The Pope Song

30 04 2010

I think there is one spot in this you’ll have to watch out for that is slightly offensive (in case you’re at work).  I’m just saying.

Aside from that, I’m totally down with the sentiment expressed here.  100% and then some.





I Was Told to Add This Video…

29 04 2010

…but I can’t imagine why?

(Thanks for the tip Sadie)





Crazies Turn On One Of Their Own…

19 04 2010

…but only because he dared to be rational and started talking common sense.

A CULT?  Really?  You don’t say?

Hey there Doc, we atheists have been saying that for a long time now.  Welcome to our world.





This Is For You

19 04 2010

Yeah, you know who you are.





This Is Unacceptable

13 04 2010

I’ve been avoiding watching this but I finally had to do it.

Fuck me.

In watching the video I recognized that it was priming for a response so I was actively resisting that particular emotion and trying to be more analytical in the viewing.  What bothered me more was the heightened emotion and eagerness of the sighting gunner to “see” weapons that were not there and to “see” threatening behavior where none was at all visible in the video.

What I heard in his voice was a kid stressed out, a kid upset that his buddies had been killed recently by insurgents.  I heard a kid frustrated at his inability to target the people actively and effectively inflicting casualties on his team from a distance or by remotely detonated IEDs.  I heard a kid who wanted revenge but rarely had a good target to exact that revenge upon.  He wanted to believe he was seeing the ever elusive insurgents out in the open, insurgents all with guns and RPGs, insurgents clearly acting in threatening ways.  He wanted to believe he finally had clear insurgents wandering through his gun sights so he could finally deliver the retribution they so richly deserved.

He absolutely saw what he wanted to see.

You could especially hear his emotions boiling over when he had to wait for the go ahead to fire on the van…he was desperate to shoot at a van picking up the wounded because they must be bad guys too because they’re trying to help the insurgents he just killed.  A whole van load of even more insurgents to shoot!  Please, LET ME SHOOT THEM TOO!!!

Yet I don’t blame the solider, I blame the situation and the leadership that continues to let this scenario play out over and over and over again.  We have the biggest and most powerful military the planet has ever seen.  Our enemies know this and simply avoid giving us a target to shoot at.  In the inevitable frustration that follows our children eventually lash out and shoot at whatever is there…killing the innocent…and making even more hidden enemies.  It’s a vicious cycle that our politicians do not recognize or largely ignore because they can’t be seen as “soft” on “terrorists”.

It’s a vicious cycle we are singularly well equipped to only make worse if we don’t stop.

Please join me and send WikiLeaks a few buck to help out.  The media isn’t uncovering this and you know for damn sure our government isn’t going to tell us.





Party Of No Devolves Again

12 04 2010

The former party of Lincoln has moved one tea-bag closer to hunkering down in the far right wing of their survival bunker and armory.  Sara “Partial-Term-Gubernatorial-Abortion” Palin gave a speech where she was bragging that the Republican party has devolved further from the simple five-year-old-tantrum style “Party of  No” to the more intentionally intransigent “Party of Hell No!

It’s not like it was that far of a journey though.  The “Hell No” is frankly far more succinct than the multitude of other labels the Republicans have been dragging around in their carpet bags since the age of Reagan.

They’ve of course always been the party of no unions but Saint Ronnie started them down the now well worn path of the party of no fiscal responsibility, the party of no health care, the party of no effective drug policy and even the party of we have no problem with apartheid.

Other proudly advertised monikers include these greats:

The party of no food regulations

The party of no financial regulations

The party of no science

The party of no military service (except for John “I can’t fly” McCain)

The party of no empathy

The party of no rational thoughts

The party of no sense of hypocrisy

The party of no consistency and no shame

The party of no uppity blacks

The party of no integrity, and of course

The party of no real ideas.

Yeah, the party of “Hell No!” is so much easier to remember.

That and it really contrasts nicely against the party of “Yes we can!”.

PS: I’m sure I missed more than a few so feel free to add to the list in the comments





The Pope, Priests, And Those Damn Sexy Altar Boys

9 04 2010

I’ve held off commenting on the Pope and the Catholic child molestation story only because it was more interesting to watch the rest of the world spin in a tizzy of concern and outrage while still completely missing the point. It’s truly fascinating to watch most everyone from pundit and commentator to politician and parishioner wonder if the Pope should take any responsibility for the crimes of his church or the acts protected and promoted on his watch as bishop.

Indeed, some rightly point out that the institutional molestation and rape of thousands of children worldwide should be prosecuted and that everyone within the church who protected the criminals who committed these atrocities should be held accountable as accomplices to the crimes. Obviously. Oh if only the Catholic church would recognize the authority of US justice system and hand over the supporting documents in full cooperation with court subpoenas.

But most of the media somehow continues to miss the elephant with the long robes and funny hat right in front of them pissing in the the holy water.

So I ask anyone in the media who might come across this humble blog, in light of these horrible acts inflicted against the most defenseless among us, why do we give preferential treatment to any organization purely because they make unprovable claims of divine sanction?

If any other corporation or organization in the US had promoted and protected systematic child rape the police would not have hesitated to raid them in an effort to shut them down as soon as possible, to seize evidence for trials, to jail everyone involved, and to secure assets to be distributed to the victims.

Of course the Vatican is no mere corporation but is in fact a sovereign entity recognized by international law. It is reasonable however to expect that the United states would levy severe sanctions and even attack and invade any foreign nation operating bases in the US where the systematic rape of US children is being committed. The assertion that those bases are recruiting new members and distributing unverifiable propaganda would of course be a completely irrelevant and absurd defense.

So to put it more succinctly, this Pope and the Catholic church are directly responsible for the molestation and rape of more US children than Al Qaeda, the Taliban, and Hitler combined.  Why haven’t people and the media been demanding that the police and the US government take stronger actions against this criminal organization that has for decades been committing crimes against humanity and protecting those who committed them?

Anyone?

Even Jesus Hates You





I Don’t Understand Climate Change Deniers

8 04 2010

You can watch this first to get a taste of the source of my confusion.

So help me out here, why is it that so many people are flagrantly misrepresenting the facts and denying the massive corroborative evidence that global climate change is not just happening but is largely caused by recent human activity?

This isn’t some trivial or subjective academic argument about some arcane aspect of philosophy, this is about the very future of the human species. Sure the uneducated and simpleminded in the population will be easily misled by their favorite teevee station. You know, the one that pretends that the world is actually very simple, everything is black and white, and if you’re watching us then YOU are the smart one…And did I mention very pretty. Hey look, Walmart has NASCAR branded Snuggies!!

Now I’m a pretty cynical guy but even I have a hard time believing that the coal and oil industries (being the most likely beneficiaries of such misrepresentations) could possibly have such an overwhelming disregard for the environment and the future of the human race. Why dismiss the objective science when they could instead work to advance it and even work towards better solutions that could save their industries and the planet for future generations?

At the end of the day isn’t this supposed to be about the survival of our children and grandchildren? Has the incessant capitalist drive for quarterly profits completely obscured our ability to see the devastating long term folly of such blind pursuits of greed and avarice? Am I that naive and cynically deficient?

I simply cannot comprehend how so many people watch the Bill O’Reillys and the Rush Limbaughs for reasons other than freak-show pity, but instead take them seriously. So while some of us (and many more scientists) are trying to figure out what the actual problems are and how we might fix them the pig people turn up Glen Beck’s radio program to make jello salad of their brains, eat another Big Mac, and pump the liquefied corpses of their children into their gas tanks for one last bender to Vegas before Jesus himself comes to clean up the mess they’ve made.

What the fuck is wrong with these people?








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