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Saturday, December 31, 2011

Top 10 Epic Fails Of 2011

No doubt 2011 has been a year of epic fail. So allow me to list what I consider to be the Top 10 epic fails of 2011:



#10: Weinergate “Scandal”

You know what I consider the worst part about Weinergate?

It’s not that Anthony Weiner tweeted his junk to a female constituent. Politicians have always been involved with sex scandals here in America since Jefferson. And for the most part, I could care less. Ron Paul could go Hugh Hefner on us and date a Playboy bunny every day of the week, and I’d still support his noninterventionist foreign policy and opposition to the Patriot Act.

And it’s not that libtarded moonbats like Rachel Maddow and Cenk Ugyur were quick to defend the man, only to wipe egg off their faces once he confessed.

No. the worst part was undoubtedly the Republicans. As was expected, the “Moral Majority” was quick to cast the first stone at Weiner for his lewd behavior.

Sarah Palin’s daughter had a baby out-of-wedlock. Larry Craig was caught soliciting gay sex in an airport bathroom. Mark Sanford had an affair with an Argentinean mistress. Herman Cain was accused of sexually-harassing two female employees. And yet it’s Weiner who’s forced to resign for tweeting his junk?

For folks who love to thump their Bibles, Republicans are clearly oblivious to the verse about “judge not; lest ye be judged”!



#9: Debt Ceiling “Crisis”

Biggest non-issue of the year!

Yes, you heard me right: contrary to what politicians and the media would have you believe, this debt ceiling “crisis” was barely a “crisis.”

For starters, the deadline had been changed three times earlier this year before it was August 2—previously having been May 31, April 15, and March 31. If reaching the deadline really meant an economic collapse (which it wouldn’t), then financial Armageddon would have occurred months ago.

And then you have the Republicans, who, despite having voted for a debt ceiling extension 19 times under Bush, decided to oppose extending the deadline under Obama. (Odd, don’t you think?)

Republicans didn’t want to raise taxes. Democrats didn’t want to cut spending. So once the deadline rolled around, Congress created a “Super Committee” (“Super” as in “Super unconstitutional”) that would decide how to reduce the debt. But, surprise: after over three months, the Super Committee failed to agree upon anything.

But then again, the debt ceiling really was much ado about nothing.



#8: Wisconsin Union Protests

I could easily list Occupy Wall Street as an “Epic Fail”—and trust me, a bunch of clueless protesters who don’t even know what they’re protesting is major epic fail—but that would be too easy. Instead, I’ll list the protests that sparked the entire protest movement.

Earlier this year, Wis. Governor Scott Walker proposed a budget repair bill to correct the state’s $137 million shortfall. One of the bill’s provisions required public sector union members to contribute a small percent of their salary to their pensions and healthcare premiums (which only seems fair considering they already contribute jack squat to their pensions and only half to their premiums), and prevented them from bargaining for wages higher than the rate of inflation.

Considering how they always preach about “shared sacrifice,” one would think that libtarded moonbats would be fine with this; but apparently, requiring union members to contribute to their own benefits and preventing them from siphoning taxpayer money during a recession is considered “union-busting” and is just cause for mobs (excuse me, “protests”) that makes the Tea Party look like a bunch of kind old grannies in contrast. (Actually, most of the Tea Party is a bunch of kind old grannies. But I digress!)

For an entire month, the Washington State Capitol was flooded with union thugs waving signs comparing Walker to Hitler (who actually spoke highly of trade unions). Public school teachers, many which received fake sick notes to attend, carried profanity-ridden signs and dragged along their clueless students. When the Capitol was finally closed off, protesters broke windows in order to sneak in. (And yet liberals are more civil than conservatives!)

After all was said and done, the bill was passed. But the union thugs swore revenge, as later this year, a petition to recall Walker has been growing.

And how did Walker’s repair bill fare? In only a few months, it helped lead to massive savings and job growth! So to all those union thug protesting this bill: YOU’RE WELCOME!



#7: 2012 Republican Debates

With Obama doing a piss-poor job as President, one would expect a lineup of presidential candidates whose intelligence and expertise would make them formidable opponents in the upcoming election.

What did we get instead?

A Texas cowboy whose solution to his state’s problems is to pray to God. A moron (excuse me, “Mormon”) who opposes Obama’s healthcare reform while his state has an identical system (which HE started!). An adulterer who received millions from the federal institution that destroyed our economy. A pizza man who claimed the Federal Reserve didn’t need an audit (months before the revelation of $7.7 trillion dollars in secret funds). A Jesus freak who claimed that John McCain didn’t know a damn thing about “enhanced interrogation techniques” (despite having suffered at the hands of Vietnamese torturers as a POW). And a brainless bimbo who considers incandescent light bulbs bans unconstitutional, but not torture practices or warrantless wiretaps. (Oh, and then there’s Ron Paul and Jon Huntsman!)

To add insult to injury, these unelectable nitwits appeared multiple times before a live audience on national television to say whatever stupid shit came to their minds (or lack thereof), leading to plenty of lulzy, if not shameful, moments.

And so, as a list within a list, here are the Top 10 “Epic Fail” moments of the Republican debates:

#10: Perry pretending to be offended that he could be bought for five thousand dollars.
#9: Bachmann admitting that the government needed taxes while claiming she would eliminate all taxes.
#8: Bachmann pointing out that Cain’s 9-9-9 plan turned upside down is 6-6-6.
#7: Gingrich defending his work for Freddie Mac, followed by Bachmann defending her criticism of him because Politifact said it was true (which it denied saying).
#6: Cain denying to Paul that he claimed the Fed didn’t need an audit.
#5: Paul having to correct Bachmann about Iran.
#4: The audience cheering Perry’s high execution count.
#3: The audience cheering Cain and Bachmann for their support of water boarding.
#2: The audience booing a gay solider for his question about the repeal of DADT.
#1: Rick Perry forgetting the third federal agency he would eliminate.

Looks like Obama’s getting a second term next year.



#6: Emergence of the Police State

Saying America is transforming into a police state would be highly inaccurate. As of this year, America has already transformed into a full-blown police state!

Hyperbole, you say? Let’s compare what the police can and can’t do:

The police can…

…break down your front door if they suspect you’re destroying evidence.
…search through the contents of your cell phone during a traffic stop.
…use excessive force against an unarmed suspect, then demand a bystander’s cell phone at gunpoint and destroy it.
…arrest a high school student for a harmless prank.
…arrest people for selling lemonade on the White House lawn.
…arrest people for dancing before the Jefferson Memorial.
…arrest people for feeding the homeless in a public park.
…arrest a woman for growing vegetables in her front yard.
...pepper spray protesters for standing around.
…pepper spray a grandma, pregnant woman, and priest.
…pepper spray college students sitting in a circle. (Hey, it’s essentially a food product!)
…pepper spray and torture a man to death.
…violently arrest a disabled man, dislocating four of his spinal probes.
…shot a man for ribbing an officer and claiming he “sucked at darts.”

The police can’t…

…be videotaped.

I rest my case!



#5: Federal Reserve Audit: $7.7 Trillion Secret Funds

How much is a trillion?

A stack of one million one-dollar bills would reach 358 feet (the height of a tall skyscraper). A stack of one billion dollar bills would reach over 35 thousand feet (the highest flying altitude of a jetliner!). A stack of one trillion dollar bills would reach over 67 thousand miles (one-forth of the way to the moon).

Now multiply that by 7.7!

That’s how much taxpayer money was secretly funneled to select banks and corporations over two years, according to a recent audit of the Federal Reserve. To put that in perspective, the economic stimulus was only $787 billion. The bank bailouts were $700 billion. Our national debt is over $15 trillion—though in light of this Federal Reserve audit, one has to wonder if it’s much larger. (And yet folks like Herman Cain believe the Federal Reserve doesn’t need to be audited!)

Jon Stewart probably asked it best: "How the f*** is it that Martha Stewart went to jail?"



#4: Penn State Child Abuse Scandal

Former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky was arrested and charged with sexually-abusing eight boys over a 15-year period.

Do I even have to explain why this was a bad thing?

Apparently so, since not only did assistant coach Mike McQuery witness one of the rapes and didn’t bother reporting it, but thousands of students rioted because their beloved coach was fired and arrested.

Perhaps the feminazis are right in accusing America of fostering a “rape culture.” (Nah! That would be giving feminzais too much credit that they deserve!)



#3: Gabrielle Gifford’s Shooting

I don’t know what’s worse: congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords being shot by crazed gunman Jared Lee Loughner, or Sarah Palin being accused of instigating the incident through her “violent rhetoric.”

Okay. To be fair, the shooting was far worse. But the accusations being thrown at Palin were no better.

Shortly following the shooting, Palin removed from her website a map with crosshairs over Democratic districts (one of which was Giffords’). This allowed liberals to accuse Sarah Palin and other conservative politicians of instigating the incident with their “violent rhetoric.” (Because heaven knows liberals have never used violent rhetoric!)

Never mind, of course, that Loughner was inconsistent in his political views (he was a fan of both Mein Kampf AND the Communist Manifesto). Never mind that he was a registered Independent who didn’t vote in the 2010 election. Never mind that a friend of his claimed he never watched the news or listened to talk radio (so how could he be exposed to “violent rhetoric”?). Never mind that Arizona authorities admit violent rhetoric had nothing to do with the shooting. And never mind that few Americans blame violent rhetoric for the shooting.

Such “facts” are irrelevant to libtarded moonbats like Bill Maher, who, appearing on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, said that “the go to rhetoric for [the right-wing] is 'wouldn't it be fun to kill the people we disagree with.'” Obviously Maher of all people is perfectly eligible to preach about civility. This is the same man who called Sarah Palin a “cunt” and “dumb twat,” called the Tea Party movement a cult, wished the Pentagon shooter had killed Glenn Beck, accused President Obama of not acting like a “real black man,” and suggested that Democrats treat Republicans like Tiger Woods wanted to treat his mistress. (Oh, and he also claimed that liberals aren’t as mean as conservatives!)



#2: Norwegian Massacre

Crazed Norwegian white supremacist Anders Behring Breivik, believing that scary Muslims were taking over his country, killed over 70 civilians with the bombing of a government building and a shooting spree at a youth camp.

Again, do I even have to explain why this was a bad thing?

(Big shock: the man was declared clinically insane!)



#1: The NDAA, SOPA, and PIPA

One bill to rule us all, one bill to find us,
One bill to screw us all and in the darkness blind us.


This year has not been a good one for civil liberties. Not only has the police state gained more power (See #6), but Obama extended the blatantly unconstitutional Patriot Act (again!) and allowed for the assassination of an American citizen outside a battlefield.

But perhaps the biggest middle finger to Americans and their civil liberties came late this year in the form of three bills. (Think of them as early Christmas presents—the kind given by the Krampus, not Santa Claus!)

First was the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012, which allows the military to detain American citizens indefinitely without warrant, without trial, and without habeas corpus. Next is the Stop Online Piracy Act, which gives the federal government power to block access to websites that allows the streaming or uploading of copyrighted intellectual property (No surprise: the entertainment industry fully supports this bill!). And lastly is the Protect-IP Act, which is basically the Senate version of SOPA.

So if you thought it couldn’t get any worse than the Patriot Act or net neutrality, these three bills proved you wrong. They don’t just shove the Bill of Rights through the paper shredder: they shove it through the shredder, set it on fire, extinguish it with the piss and semen of a HIV-infected homeless drunk, feed it to the American people linked in a human centipede, and then once the bowel movement exits the last anus, re-feeds it to them 12 more times just to be safe. (Disgusted? You should be!)

And the biggest slap in the face? All three bills have received bi-partisan support! The NDAA was signed by a left-wing liberal Democratic president, and SOPA was supported by a left-wing liberal Democratic senator. The liberal Democrats take away your rights, and the conservative Republicans take away your rights. Does anyone still believe in the illusion of choice that is our two-party farce?

End the Left-Right delusion! Corporatism is the true enemy!

Friday, December 30, 2011

Failure of Feminism

Feminism is the idea that we can make both sexes equal by focusing solely on the issues of one of them. - The Amazing Atheist

You have to feel sorry for feminists. They’re forced to live in a society where women have the right to vote, own property, attend school, run for office, work outside the home, and receive equal pay. Clearly their fellow women are still oppressed by the male-driven patriarchy!

The Amazing Atheist recently released the following video in which he eviscerates the feminist opinion that our “patriarchal” society favors men over women, giving several examples of how women are given preferential treatment.



Some of the examples he lists:
Domestic violence against men is nearly as common as domestic violence against women, but it's not taken seriously by the media and it's not prosecuted heavily by our courts.

• Men are not treated anywhere near fairly when it comes to child custody and child support.

• While female genital mutilation is abhorrent to western civilization, genital mutilation of boys is commonplace and rarely challenged.

Women are sentences to 40% less prison time than men for the same crimes.
In the end, he makes a very valid point: if we're to strive for equal rights among the sexes, then we must focus on the issues of both sexes, not one of them. "No one should be a feminist, nor should anyone start calling themselves something ridiculous like a masculinist. You can't be for the rights of one [sex] or the other. If you're truly for equality, you have to be for the rights of both."

The Compassion Of Dr. Ron Paul

Ron Paul is a racist, you say? And he wants Americans to die without healthcare?!

I guess that’s why in the ‘70s he helped a mixed race couple deliver their baby when they were turned away by the hospital—and he made sure that they didn’t have to pay a bill! Only a sociopathic racist bigot would do such a thing!

The super PAC supporting Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) in his presidential campaign released a powerful 2-minute web ad this morning designed to hit back at stories about racist comments in newsletters with Paul's name on them that appeared in the 80's and 90's. The ad, produced by Revolution PAC, stars James Williams, a black man from Matagorda County, Texas. Williams says that when he took his wife -- who is white -- to the hospital in the early 70's, the hospital staff ignored her.

"Then Ron Paul came to my rescue. He just stepped in and went to work with my wife," Williams says, relating the story of how Paul delivered their stillborn child and made sure the Williams family never received a bill.

"He think of one human being just as much as the other. He's just an honest man and that's something we need now in this day and time. It's a lot of politics and no honesty," Williams says, transitioning to a political message. "When you have honesty, well, people will try to do anything to try to blot you out, and that's what they will try to do to him, is blot him out, because he will be honest, and we need more like him.

Magna Carta Favored The 1%?

When you frequent reddit like I do, you tend to come across a lot of “herp-a-derp” comments, and boy howdy, did I stumble across the derpiest of herp-a-derp!

One of the top stories, What Americans Keep Ignoring About Finland's School Success, claims Finland’s educational system is better than ours because it’s a total government monopoly. This lead to many comments about how America could never implement such an ideal system due to our fear of “big gumbmint”—which lead to the following comment:
That’s an anglo-saxon mindset paradigm that dates back to the magna-carta, and is used by the 1% to justify their demands to abolish government, whereas the true reason is that they don’t want to pay taxes and they don’t want the State to prevent them from doing the largest profits at the expense of everyone else.
You heard that right, folks: the Magna Carta—the very document that started our tradition of English Common Law, upon which all political discourse in the West has pivoted on, and which inspired our Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution, and Bill Of Rights—was really a ploy by the 1% to skip out on their taxes and oppress the 99%. Before the clearly “anti-government” Magna Carta, life must have been grand for the 99%. I heard there were only two types of classes back then: masters and slaves!

Its comments like this that proves how badly America needs educational reform. I can’t believe such historical illiteracy exists.

The Magna Carta was the very document that bred the concept that every citizen was endowed with natural rights, that every citizen was equally protected under the law, and that no man was above the law—not the king, not the barons, not the aristocracy. In other words, it was clearly against the 1%—which back then was King John.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Ron Paul Not A Republican, But A Democrat?

First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win. – Mohandas Gandhi

Now that Ron Paul is the frontrunner in Iowa, the neocons in the Republican Party can no longer ignore him—which only means they’ll start attacking him. The most obvious attack? That he’s not a real Republican!

That’s what disgraced ex-Navy Chaplin Gordon Klingenschmitt said on his radio program:
Ron Paul is to the left of President Obama on social issues: he wants to legalize marijuana, he wants to support homosexualizing the military and repeal DOMA, the Defense of Marriage Act, he is all about homosexual marriage. This is a man who claims to be a Republican but he’s a RINO, he’s a Republican In Name Only, because Ron Paul is openly a libertarian. He’s not part of the Republican Party, he’s wrong on all the issues that we care about as the church. So, because he’s so far left of even President Obama, he’s gathering support from Democrats.

In Iowa, the only reason Ron Paul is polling so high is because he’s getting crossover votes from the left-wing. And there are people who are trying to sabotage the Republican primary, they want to elect a Democrat, at least in his social conservative policies, Ron Paul is a Democrat, or is a libertarian. He’s anti-church, anti-Christian, anti-Israel, pro-homosexual, pro-marijuana, everything that we don’t believe in, the Democrats do believe in; everything that Ron Paul believes in, the Democrats do believe in.

I think that’s why they’re lining up and they’re trying to make it appear as if in the Republican caucuses in Iowa and in the different places around the country, that Ron Paul actually has some Republican support. I think he doesn’t. Ron Paul does not have any Republican support. Everyone who is a Ron Paul supporter is not a Republican, they are either a Democrat or a libertarian trying to take over the Republican Party.
Only Democrats support Ron Paul? I guess that’s why I’ve seen so many “positive” reviews about him on moonbat sites such as AlterNet, Daily Kos, and Huffington Post.

Oh wait. Those articles weren’t positive. They were negative! Democrats don’t like him. And neither do Republicans! (That must mean he’s doing something right!)

But Gordy does have a point: Ron Paul isn’t a Republican. He’s a conservative!

Unlike the neocons, who preach about limited government but never really practice it (as the eight years under Bush painfully showed), Ron Paul has remained consistent with his principles. He has opposed preemptive war, warrantless wiretaps, torture practices, crony capitalism, bank bailouts, drug prohibition, indefinite detention, and internet censorship—in other words, everything the Republicans have supported!

The Republican Party has failed to be the conservative party. It has failed to stand for limited government and fiscal responsibility, despite harping on such principles in their rhetoric. Aside from Ron Paul, it has failed to produce a conservative politician since the late Barry Goldwater. If the Republican Party wishes to redeem itself as the American conservative party, one that truly stands for a limited government, it must nominate Ron Paul as their presidential candidate. Failure to do so will only lead to its inevitable destruction.

Bachmann's Campaign Manager Endorses Paul

When your campaign manager endorses your rival, as is the case with Michele Bachmann’s campaign manager endorsing Ron Paul, you know you’re doomed to failure!
Presidential candidate Michele Bachmann’s Iowa campaign chairman Kent Sorenson tonight endorsed Ron Paul, one of her rivals in the Iowa caucus race.

“I believe we’re at a turning point in this campaign,” Sorenson said during his surprise announcement this evening at a Ron Paul rally in Des Moines. “… I thought it was my duty to come to his aid, just like he came to my aid during my Senate race, which was a very nasty race.”

The state senator from Indianola was greeted with a round of applause from the roughly 500 people gathered at the Iowa fairgrounds for the event.

Many rose to their feet and hoisted Paul campaign signs above their heads when Sorenson added: “We’re going to take Ron Paul all the way to the White House.”

Sorenson told The Register he had been thinking about supporting Paul for a couple of days, but that he didn’t make the decision to switch campaigns until this evening.

...

“The fact of the matter is that I believe we have a clear, top-tier race between Romney and Ron Paul,” said Sorenson, who also noted he believed the “Republican establishment” was unfairly biased against the congressman’s bid for office.

“We have a choice where we can elect more of the same like what we’re having in Romney, or we can elect someone who’s going to transform this country to get it back to what our founding fathers wanted, and I believe that’s Ron Paul,” he said.
And as can be expected, Michele isn't too happy about this.

Big Unions Support SOPA

It should come as no surprise that many corporations, especially in the entertainment industry, are supporting the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), considering they would most benefit from it. What may come as a shock is that many unions also support it—unions including AFL-CIO, the Teamsters Union, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. (Not surprisingly, these unions rank as some of the top all-time political donors!)

AFL-CIO official Paul Almeida advocated for SOPA during a House judiciary committee meeting in October, while officials from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and the American Federation of Labor wrote to lawmakers defending the bill. In all of these cases, the unions claim that SOPA would help create and protect jobs otherwise lost to online piracy. (Big shock: IT WON'T!)

So can we all now stop pretending that unions are these noble defenders of the working middle class? Can we all stop with the false dichotomy of “Unions Good/Corporations Bad”? Because it’s clear from their support of internet censorship that they’re not! Unions are like the human appendix: during an earlier time in our evolution, they may have provided an important function, but now, they pose a dangerous risk.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Gingrich Favors Obama Over Paul

Gee, whatever happened to the Republican meme that we should vote for anyone over Obama? I guess closet fascist Newt Gingrich will make an exception for Ron Paul.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich suggested he might not vote for Ron Paul as the GOP presidential nominee versus President Obama in 2012.

Gingrich, in an interview Tuesday on CNN, assailed Paul as not serious and unelectable; Gingrich said the Texas congressman must answer for a series of newsletters published by his office that contained racist and anti-Semitic language.

"He's got to come up with some very straight answers to get somebody to take him seriously. Would I be willing to listen to him? Sure. I think the choice of Ron Paul or Barack Obama would be a very bad choice for America," Gingrich aid on CNN's "Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer" when asked if he would vote for Obama or Paul.

When first asked the question, Gingrich flatly responded with a "no," and later called the prospect of a general election matchup between Obama and Paul as presenting a "very hard choice."

"There will come a morning people won’t take him as a serious person," Gingrich said of Paul.
Yeah, don’t take seriously the candidate who’s been consistent with his principles. Just vote for Gingrich who received $1.6 million from Freddie Mac—the very institution that destroyed the economy, and who wants to court marshal federal judges for making “radical” rulings.

Republicans Are Greedy, Selfish—Blah, Blah, Blah!

Ho-hum! Yet another libtarded moonbat moaning about how the greedy, selfish Republicans don’t care about the poor and needy:
All year, Republicans have demanded an end to programs the middle class created to aid the majority, the 99 percent. The GOP wants to reverse the new banking regulations that were passed in an attempt to prevent another economic collapse caused by risky Wall Street practices. The GOP tried to to rescind the healthcare reform law that prevents insurance companies from terminating coverage when beneficiaries get sick and prohibits the practice of refusing coverage to people with pre-existing conditions.

Influential Republicans this year have called for repealing laws forbidding child labor, laws guaranteeing minimum wage and laws protecting the environment. They’ve demanded elimination of federal funding for organizations like the Public Broadcasting System that educates preschoolers, Head Start, which provides opportunity to poor children, and Planned Parenthood, which uses 97 percent of its funds to provide general, obstetrical and gynecological medical care to women, many of whom are rural and poor.

Republicans have decided to be the party of Henry Potter [from It's A Wonderful Life], the “meanest man in the county,” a man about whom George Bailey’s father said: “he's a sick man, frustrated. Sick in his mind, sick in his soul, if he has one.”

Like Potter, Republicans deride compassion and community as character defects.

In the Republican world, where greed is good, it was appropriate for Henry Potter to keep the $8,000 in Bailey Building & Loan money that George Bailey’s uncle, Billy Bailey, accidentally handed him.

Republicans are attempting to impose that selfish belief system on the selfless American people, people like the citizens of Bedford Falls who rush to the rescue of neighbors.

It won’t work, just like it didn’t in “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Republicans will fail in their attempt to make America Pottersville because the 99 percent believe avarice is a sin, not a value. The GOP will fail because greed is not the American way.
Clearly, as the tile to the screed suggests, those mean ol' Republicans are trying to Transform America into a Selfish, Soulless Place. I guess that's why America ranks as the most charitable country in the world, and why people in red states give more to charity than those in blue states. (But I thought conservatives hated the poor?)

And I find it amusing that the screed claims Ayn Rand as “their self-centered mentor.” Ayn Rand was openly critical of conservatives, especially the Republican Party. In fact, she hated Ronald Reagan and urged her followers not to vote for him: “Mr. Reagan is not a champion of capitalism, but a conservative in the worst sense of that word—i.e., an advocate of a mixed economy with government controls slanted in favor of business rather than labor.” (Sounds a lot like the Republican Party today!)

Plus, I highly doubt that Rand, being an anti-religious atheist, would support a theocrat like Rick Perry (especially after his “Strong” political ad fiasco!).

$1.4 Billion Wasted Studying “Alternative” Medicine

Does anyone seriously believe that coffee enemas can cure cancer? That prayer can cure AIDS? That aromatherapy can cure anything? Anyone with half a brain cell realizes that such bogus treatments won’t work. (And they don’t have to spend a penny to learn that!)

So why has our federal government wasted over $1.4 billion researching such quackery?
Thanks to a $374,000 taxpayer-funded grant, we now know that inhaling lemon and lavender scents doesn't do a lot for our ability to heal a wound. With $666,000 in federal research money, scientists examined whether distant prayer could heal AIDS. It could not.

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine also helped pay scientists to study whether squirting brewed coffee into someone's intestines can help treat pancreatic cancer (a $406,000 grant) and whether massage makes people with advanced cancer feel better ($1.25 million). The coffee enemas did not help. The massage did.

NCCAM also has invested in studies of various forms of energy healing, including one based on the ideas of a self-described "healer, clairvoyant and medicine woman" who says her children inspired her to learn to read auras. The cost for that was $104,000.

A small, little-known branch of the National Institutes of Health, NCCAM was launched a dozen years ago to study alternative treatments used by the public but not accepted by mainstream medicine. Since its birth, the center has spent $1.4 billion, most of it on research.

A Tribune examination of hundreds of NCCAM grants, dozens of scientific papers, 12 years of NCCAM documents and advisory council meeting minutes found that the center has spent millions of taxpayer dollars on studies with questionable grounding in science....

"Some of these treatments were just distinctly made up out of people's imaginations," said Dr. Wallace Sampson, clinical professor emeritus of medicine at Stanford University. "We don't take public money and invest it in projects that are just made up out of people's imaginations."
Say what you want about the trillions of taxpayer money wasted on defense spending, oil and farm subsidies, and even the secret funds funneled through the Federal Reserve: at least it’s all going to something practical. The $1.4 billion wasted studying clearly bunk pseudoscience isn’t! You might as well set that money on fire. At least people can benefit from the heat. You can’t say the same thing about coffee enemas!

Monday, December 26, 2011

Demotivational Poster: United Nations


United Nations by ~BlameThe1st on deviantART

Remember how the universe gave us all an early Christmas present by offing North Korean megalomaniac Kim Jong-Il? Well, not to be outdone, the United Nations has offered a belated Christmas present: a moment of silence for the Communist dictator.

If you’re shocked by this, then you haven’t been paying attention!

This is the same United Nations whose peacekeepers raped over 500 women and children in the Congo.

The same United Nations whose peacekeepers traded guns for gold with the Congolese rebels they were supposed to disarm.

The same United Nations whose peacekeepers traded food for sex with underage girls in West Africa.

The same United Nations who placed Libya on its human rights commission and Iran on its women’s right commission.

The same United Nations which passed a resolution condemning "defamation of religion" as a human rights violation.

The same United Nations which passed a resolution permitting countries to execute homosexuals. (So criticizing religion is a human rights violation, but executing homosexuals for merely existing is not?)

If anyone still honestly believes that the United Nations is for human rights, then there’s waterfront property in the middle of the Sahara Desert I want to sell you. The United Nations supports human rights the same way the Catholic Church supports the scientific method. And yet folks like Ron Paul are considered insane for wanting America to opt out of this corrupt institution!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!

On the first (and only) day of Christmas, my loved ones gave to me:

• A tote bag
• Two pairs of shirts
• A tube of socks
• A sushi-making kit
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
• Amazon Kindle Touch

Especially excited about the Kindle (Well, to be honest, I’m more excited about the latest Zelda game, but the Kindle is next best). I managed to download a few free books from the Kindle store (First book I downloaded: “The Second Treatise of Government” by John Locke)

Also downloaded a few free books (PDF format) from the Ludwig von Mises Institute, including three classics from Murray Rothbard: “The Ethics of Liberty,” “America’s Great Depression,” and “Education: Free and Compulsory” (Sadly, the text for “The Ethics of Liberty” was illegible, so I was forced to delete it).

Also tried downloading one of Stefan Molyneux ’s free books, but as with “Ethics of Liberty,” it was unreadable on my Kindle, so I deleted it.

Fortunately, I have a $25 gift card for Amazon, so I plan on BUYING some books. I have a few ideas of what I would like to get, but I'm open to suggestions. If anyone would like to recommend a few good books (to buy or freely download), feel free to do so in the comments below.

And have yourself a merry little Christmas!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

A Chuck E. Christmas

Christmas Eve is upon us, and to celebrate, I’m giving you all an early Christmas present. Here’s a commentary by Cyberwolf087 on a Chuck E. Cheese Christmas show (because when you think Christmas, you think of a big rat with a Bronx accent!):

Trolling PZ Meyers and Ashley Miller

Earlier this week, libtarded moonbat Ashley Miller wrote a ridiculous blog post bashing Ron Paul, for which she received a lot of flack. State atheist PZ Meyers decided to white knight her by posting about how mean and nasty the commentators were.

Now, granted, many of the comments Miller received were uncivil to say the least, and no one deserves that much hate. However, that does not mean her opinion deserves automatic respect. Respect is something you earn, and when you make blog posts about how we need to place the collective over individual liberty, you deserve none.

I knew I could easily write a well-written, well-reasoned response to either Miller or Meyers, but unfortunately, their acolytes are immune to things like logic, reason, and evidence. So I did the next best thing: troll!

Here’s a comment I left on both Meyers’ and Miller’s blog. Enjoy:
Found you from a post by PZ Meyers. Thank you for creating this post bashing Ron Pul and those batshit insane looneytarians. Us enlightened progressive liberal atheists need to fight back against Ron “KKK” Paul and his legion of rich white privileged male followers. These regressive Randian free-market fundamentalist fucktards pose a dangerous threat, what with them placing individual liberty over the collective. We must all submit to the collective because individuality is the enemy of free-thought.

This is a very well-written, well-reasoned article. Clearly you has your priorities straight attacking Paul for not believing in evolution and for publishing newsletters with questionable content over 20 years ago. Those are clearly more pertinent and relevant issues than his foreign and economic policies.

Libertarians like Ron Paul are irrational for believing that people should be free to live their lives freely without harming anyone else, and that the federal government should mind its own business. Fools! Don’t they know that the government’s business is to get involved with our own? Of course not! Otherwise they would be free-thinking progressive atheists like ourselves! Otherwise they would allow the government to perform warrantless wiretaps and wage perpetual war and bailout “too big to fail” banks and redistribute the wealth and tax the rich (who clearly don’t pay enough!).

And what is with their obsession with the Federal Reserve? What could possibly be wrong with a private bank being controlled by the government with less transparency than the CIA? With the way they bitch and moan about it, you’d think it funneled $7.7 trillion in secret funds or something. You'd think it helped create the recession by slashing interest rates after the dot-com bubble burst, making credit cheap.

And why do they want to deregulate everything? Everyone knows that deregulation caused the recession—especially the repeal of Glass-Stegall! Obviously we don’t have enough government oversight. Again, with their bitching and complaining, you’d think that a new regulation is being created every two hours. Do they honestly believe that the market can regulate itself? Please! There are no real-life examples of the market regulating itself. We obviously can’t have regulation without government. Who else will tax cow farts and regulate farm dust?

If these free market fundamentalist fucktards love their ideology so badly, they should move to Somalia (which is obviously doing worse than it was under its former tyrannical government). Screw them having a say in our democracy like every other citizen. They should love it or leave it, those unpatriotic bastards! We don’t want a free market in this country, lest it becomes a shithole like Hong Kong. Everyone knows that countries with the freest economies are shit.

So thank Ashley Miller and PZ Meyers for standing up against the fringe minority that are libertarians. We free-thinking progressive atheists need to attack blind faith in the market by supporting blind faith in the government. Freethought and skepticism only applies to religion, never to the government. We must never question the government. Government is sacred. Government is benevolent. It never does any wrong (unlike the market, which always does wrong). Government is great. Government is good. I cannot cease singing of its praises.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Fed Apologism = Unintentional Comedy

With Ron Paul railing against the Federal Reserve in his presidential campaign, and the Republicans trying desperately to mimic his “End the Fed” rhetoric, it was only a matter of time until someone would “Defend the Fed.”

Enter Salon columnist Gary Weiss.

In his recent column Ron Paul’s wacky but influential Fed policy, Weiss argues that, even though the Fed has been responsible for funneling trillions of dollars in secret funds, Americans should not be tempted by Paul’s’ “radical ideology” to “End the Fed,” which had once only been held by “ultra-right groups like the John Birch Society” (or ultra-left politicians like Dennis Kucinich).

But, you know, it’s really hard to take this column (which could easily have been written for the humor section) seriously when this is the opening paragraph:
The Republican Party, falling deeper into the clutches of Ron Paul’s radical ideology, has a new item on its anti-populist agenda: Castrate the Federal Reserve so that it no longer can promote job growth.

ROFL! What job growth?

I’m sorry! I’m laughing way too hard to continue reading, let alone typing. If you want a good refutation of this column, just go to the comment section and read some of the comments left by intelligent libertarians.

I'm sorry, but—LOL!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Demotivational Poster: 19% "Something Else"


19 Percent Someone Else by ~BlameThe1st on deviantART



A CBS News poll showed Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney tied at 20 percent with Ron Paul in third place at 10 percent (the margin of error could have placed him at 16 percent).

So how did CBS Evening News cover the poll?

It showed Newt and Romney tied at 20 percent and “Someone Else” at 19%.

But can we really be surprised that the media is ignoring Paul?

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Demotivational Poster: Tea Party Republicans


Tea Party Republicans by ~BlameThe1st on deviantART

So let me get this straight, Republicans:

Your main criticism against Obama from the very start was that he was going to raise our taxes.

Your main reason for protesting Obama through the Tea Party was that he was going to raise our taxes.

You convinced the American people to give you a majority in the House of Representatives last year in order to prevent Obama from raising our taxes.

You signed a pledge to corporate lobbyist Grover Norquist promising that you would prevent Obama from raising our taxes.

You browbeat Obama into extending the Bush tax cuts so that he wouldn’t raise our taxes.

You almost allowed the country to default on its debt limit because you didn’t want Obama raising our taxes.

You allowed the Super Committee to fail because you didn’t agree with Obama and other Democrats raising our taxes.

And now you voted against extending the payroll tax (something Obama agreed with!)—THUS RAISING OUR TAXES!


(But then again, what else should we expect from the party that gave us “Read my lips: no new taxes”?)

And mark my word, allowing the payroll tax cut to expire will royally screw up America and its economy, especially for the poor and middle class, as it means more money taken out of their paychecks through taxes.

So next year, when you discover that your paycheck is smaller than it was last year, don’t blame Obama: blame Republicans! Consider it their early Christmas present (and by “Christmas present,” I mean “middle finger”) to the American people.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Kim Jong Il Dead!

I interrupt my own holiday hiatus to give this important announcement: Kim Jong Il is dead!

First, Osama Bin Laden; then, Muammar Gaddafi; now, Kim Jong Il!

2011 has not been a good year for megalomaniac dictators.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Holiday Hiatus

You’ve probably noticed that I didn’t upload a Pony Saturday post yesterday. I’m also not uploading a This Week in Review post either. In fact, I won’t be uploading any new posts for awhile. I’m away for the holidays right now, so no new posts until after New Years. Until then, have yourselves a merry little Christmas and a happy New Year!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Savage Offers Gingrich $1 Million To Drop Out

I don’t know much about Newt Gingrich, other than he received $1.6 million from the very institution that brought down the economy. That’s all I need to know not to vote for him.

I also don’t know much about Michael Savage, other than he once claimed that Autistic children are merely “brat[s] who [haven’t] been told to cut the act out.” As someone with Asperser’s Syndrome, that’s all I need to know to despise him.

Having to choose between the two, I’m going with the lesser of two evils: Savage has offered Gingrich $1 million to drop out of the race.

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Let’s hope and pray that Gingrich accepts. He’ll probably be easier to bribe than Perry, who has stated that he’s no cheap whore.

Virginia Tech Professor Advocates For Gun Control

Two people were shot to death at Virginia Tech over a week ago, nearly four years after Cho Seung-Hui killed 32 people in a shooting spree that climaxed with his suicide. As can be expected, gun control advocates are using these two tragic events to push for stricter gun laws, and since Rick Perry has advocated for looser gun laws that will allow concealed weapons on college campuses, they’re accusing him of wanting to start another Virginia Tech incident.

In a recent article for the Daily Beast, Virginia Tech professor Roland Lazenby detailed his traumatic experience four years ago, using it as a bludgeon against Republicans like Perry and an anecdote for stricter gun control.

I simply cannot imagine being in the same vicinity where a major killing spree occurred. I cannot fathom the trauma Lazenby had experienced and the nightmares that must have haunted him afterwards because of it. So I will forgive the man for being emotional. I cannot, however, forgive this man for using his emotions to push for failed policies.
[T]ens of thousands die each year around the globe from gun violence. In the United States alone, better than 31,000 people died from firearms wounds in 2007 with nearly 70,000 more suffering injury, according to the advocacy group Legal Community Against Violence. Of that number, 12,632 were murdered.

So often in the wake of these incidents I’ve thought of the helpless complaint from that officer in 2007: “We’ve got to do something about people having access to guns. I don’t know what, but we have to do something.”

In recent years, there has been a movement to allow registered guns on college campuses. Having taught 20 years of college journalism and taught in the public schools for three more, I can say that schools are often places highly charged with emotion and conflict. Only an idiot could posit that guns would somehow enhance that atmosphere.

You cannot be injured by a weapon that isn’t there. So you can argue all you want about Second Amendment rights, but many countries don’t have anywhere near our level of gun violence simply because guns are illegal or deemphasized. Unfortunately, in this country, the killing isn’t going to stop, not unless we stand up to the gun manufacturers’ lobby and begin dialing back our aggressive firearms culture.

The only alternative is to continue to endure the succession of shootings and killings and public trauma and to continue to accept the idea that we are impotent to do anything about it. From Blacksburg to Little Rock to Tucson, we are discovering one terrible day after another that that’s simply no way to live a life.
So Lazenby honestly believes that stricter gun laws would prevent another Virginia Tech incident. For a professor who taught at Virginia Tech, he seems painfully unaware that his school was a gun-free zone at the time of the shootings. Yet somehow the “gun-free zone” didn’t stop Hui from bringing a gun on campus and shooting the place up.

On that same note, Columbine High (another anecdote used by gun control advocates) was also a gun-free zone, and yet two students still managed to kill 15 people including themselves. Gee, it’s as if these stricter gun policies do nothing to prevent bad kids from bringing guns on campus and everything to prevent law-abiding students from doing so.

And to add insult to injury, over a year before the Virginia Tech shootings, a bill was proposed in Virginia that would have allowed college students to carry concealed weapons, but as can be expected, the bill was shot down. Who knows: maybe if students were allowed to carry guns, perhaps a brave college student could have stopped Hui once he started shooting.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

NDAA Proves Obama Worse Than Bush

The National Defense Authorization Act, which allows military personnel to detain anyone (even American citizens) indefinitely without charge or trial, passed the Senate 93-7, the House 283-136, and the Senate again 86-13. As for Obama, who promised to veto the bill, he has agreed to sign it.

Say what you want about Dubya: he may have passed the Patriot Act, which allows for warrantless wiretaps and record searches, but not only has Obama renewed the Patriot Acttwice, but he has also allowed for the assassination of an American citizen outside of a battlefield. Add the signing of this bill, which allows for the indefinite detention of American citizens, and you have a president who is officially WORSE on civil liberties than Bush.

So the question remains, why bother re-electing this man?

Even libtarded internet pundit Cenk Ugyur of The Young Turks is expressing his doubts:

I almost don't see the point in supporting Obama anymore. I'm not mincing words. I don't see the point....This so called Constitutional law professor has such little respect for our Constitution that he's willing to shred it like that, well, he's in some ways worse than a Republican. Why?

Now first of all, I think Newt Gingrich is a danger to the republic, right? But, is Newt Gingrich going to propose something worse than indefinitely detaining American citizens without a trial? I'm not sure I can think of anything worse!
The answer seems pretty obvious. Obama doesn’t care, and most of the Republican candidates (save Ron Paul) doesn’t care. There is only but one rational choice for president—the very candidate who has been consistently opposed to any trading of our liberties for security in the name of the War on Terror: Ron Paul!

Rabbi Removes Anti-Christian Anti-Tebow Blog Post

Religious leaders say the darndest things, whether it’s Christian televangelists claiming that the Haitian earthquake was caused by a pact with the devil, or Muslim clerics claiming that earthquakes are caused by women in sexy clothing. But of the three Monotheistic faiths, you would think that Jews (being the most persecuted minority in the West) would be the least likely to spew religious bigotry.

Rabbi Joshua Hammerman would prove you wrong.

This left-leaning Rabbi released an anti-Christian blog post earlier this week bashing evangelical quarterback Tim Tebow. Apparently if he were to win the Super Bowl, evangelical Christians would cause all hell to break loose here in America.
If Tebow wins the Super Bowl, against all odds, it will buoy his faithful, and emboldened faithful can do insane things, like burning mosques, bashing gays and indiscriminately banishing immigrants. While America has become more inclusive since Jerry Falwell’s first political forays, a Tebow triumph could set those efforts back considerably.
Good grief! Seems like Hammerman has evangelical Christians confused with radical Muslims.

As could be expected, this post caused a serious backlash against Hammerman, as over the past week, in response to negative feedback, he removed the offending paragraph, then the entire blog post, then deleted his entire blog.

The Jewish Week, which publishes his blog, later issued an apology, as did Hammerman. Of course, one can only assume that Hammerman is only sorry that what he wrote caused such offense, and not for writing what he wrote in the first place, which makes his apology all the more insincere and cowardly.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Save The Economy: Slash Senators' Salaries!

The country is 14 trillion in debt. Democrats don’t want to cut spending. Republicans don’t want to raise taxes. How can we possibly get out of debt?

Here’s a simple solution from someone on Reddit: pay senators the median salary in America!
The median US income is $49,445 per year according to the 2012 census.

http://www.census.gov/prod/2011pubs/p60-239.pdf

The salary for congress is $174,000 per year.

http://usgovinfo.about.com/od/uscongress/a/congresspay.htm

If we paid senators the median salary in America, we could save $12,455,500 a year. If we paid all of Congress that much, we could save $66,636,925. Of course, the senate wouldn't vote for that.
In other news, Ron Paul has proposed reducing his presidential salary to $39,336 – the median salary of an American worker. (Yet another reason why I love this man!)

Sunday, December 11, 2011

This Week In Review (12/11/2011)

An 84-year-old woman claims to have been strip-searched at the JFK International Airport. During the week, two other elderly women also claimed to have been subjected to strip searches. The Transportation Security Administration has thus far denied such claims. Personally, I don’t know whether or not these women were strip-searched or not, but considering how the TSA has been infamous for blatantly violating our right to privacy for the sake of security, I wouldn’t be surprised if it were true. If they can force passengers to undergo virtual strip searches, they can force them to undergo real strip searches.
Rick Perry released a YouTube political ad declaring that he will “end Obama's war on religion.” (Of course, by religion, he means the Jesus religion, not the scary Allah religion.) And Obama has indeed been relentless with his liberal attacks against our religious heritage by…um…uh…well, he forgot to mention God in his Thanksgiving statement (as did Romney, Gingrich, and Santorum—but they’re not secret Muslims from Kenya!) The video has thus far received over 17 thousand dislikes.
Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI) claimed that President Barack Obama was the one who requested the indefinite military detention provision in the National Defense Authorization Act. Really? You mean to tell me that same Barack Obama who authorized the assassination of an American citizen outside a battlefield and who has repeatedly extended the blatantly unconstitutional Patriot Act which allows for warrantless wiretaps also requested the provision allowing military to detain American citizens indefinitely without charge or trial? Huh. Go figure!
Los Angeles voted to end “corporate personhood.” During a City Council Tuesday, the city voted to implement more regulations dictating how much corporations and other special interest groups can contribute to political campaigns, including legislation that would end “corporate personhood.” The vote is mostly symbolic, and therefore does not have authority behind it. As for my opinion, I’m not fully sure. While I agree that special interest groups have hijacked the political process for far too long, thus demanding much needed campaign finance reform, I’m just not sure about revoking corporate personhood. After all, it’s corporate personhood that allows corporations to be taxed and sued. Revoke corporate personhood, and you remove all taxes on corporations, along with their liability. Again, I’m not fully sure about this.
Donald Trump has considered canceling his GOP presidential debate. The millionaire and former presidential candidate was going to host his own debate, but after most of the candidates (save Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum) refused to attend, he has since reconsidered holding it. Had the debate commenced as planned, it would have been American politics jumping the shark. (Scratch that! American politics already jumped the shark episodes ago!) At this point, there is not integrity left in our politics. Everything in our culture is nothing less than bread and circuses meant to entertain and delude the masses while the elites reign over them.
President Barack Obama supported the decision not to allow the sale of overt-the-counter contraceptives to teenagers without their parents consent. Really? You mean to tell me that underage minors need permission from their parents or legal guardians in order to buy something like contraception? Do tell! Next you’ll be telling me they need parental permission in order to get their ears pierced or watch an R-rated movie.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Pony Saturday: Secret Of My Excess

Yadda, Yadda, Yadda. Welcome back to another Pony Saturday.

Sorry guys. I just wasn’t interested in this episode. It was a decent episode, don’t get me wrong, but I didn’t find anything noteworthy to comment about. “Spike has his birthday. Gets greedy. Turns into a greedy monster. Learns the importance of generosity. Turns back into a cute baby dragon. The end!”

That’s it. That’s all the episode was. No cool song. No cool jokes. No cool cameos or background characters (except that this was the third time Zecora was featured this season). It was just an ordinary episode.

But if any of you guys enjoyed it, and found something interesting about it, let me know in the comment section below. Otherwise, enjoy the latest episode “Secret Of My Excess”:

Friday, December 9, 2011

Demotivational Poster: Rick Perry 2012


Rick Perry 2012 by ~BlameThe1st on deviantART

I had no intention of voting for Rick Perry. But after watching his latest political ad, I have decided that—I’m still not voting for him.

I'm not ashamed to admit that I'm a Christian, but you don't need to be in the pew every Sunday to know there's something wrong in this country when gays can serve openly in the military but our kids can't openly celebrate Christmas or pray in school.

As President, I'll end Obama's war on religion. And I'll fight against liberal attacks on our religious heritage.

Faith made America strong. It can make her strong again.
You have to hand it to Perry: it takes real courage to go on national television and tell a country that’s predominately Christian that you hold the exact same beliefs that they do. And obviously, as a presidential candidate, the man has his priorities straight. He realizes that our greatest threat isn’t unemployment or the recession or our national debt or the many foreign wars overseas, but rather Obama’s war on religion (and by religion, he means the Jesus religion, not the scary Allah religion or any of that Aqua Buddha or Flying Spaghetti Monster schtick).

Yes, for the past three years, Obama has been relentless with his liberal attacks on our religious heritage, like that one time where he—um—and then there was the time where he—uh—er—hmm—just how has Obama been attacking our religion? Oh yeah! He forgot to mention God in his Thanksgiving statement—as did evangelicals Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, and Rick Santorum, but none of them are secret Muslims born in Kenya. (Only a true Muslim would attend the church of Jeremiah Wright for over 30 years!)

And this is why I no longer consider myself to be a “Conservative Christian” or affiliate myself with the “Religious Right” or “Moral Majority.” They simply don’t have their priorities straight. While most Americans are concerned about the economy and wars, Conservative Christians like Rick Perry are concerned about people of different sexual orientations laying down their lives to protect the freedoms we hold dear. (Support our troops—unless they’re faggots! Then boo them!)

If this ad is good for anything, it’s for inspiring appropriate video responses and spoofs:



Thursday, December 8, 2011

"Holiday" Tree


"Holiday" Tree by ~BlameThe1st on deviantART

Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chaffe recently had a Christmas tree erected in the State Capitol, but instead of calling it what it is—a Christmas tree, he’s calling it a “Holiday” tree. The name change angered Rhode Islanders so much that protesters crashed the “Holiday” tree lighting by singing “O Christmas Tree!”

I know what many of you are probably thinking: “Who cares if the Governor calls it a Holiday tree rather than a Christmas Tree? Why not just let people call it whatever they want? Why does this matter?”

And you would almost have a point there—almost. In the end, this controversy is rather insignificant in the grand scheme of the universe, at least when compared to Congress contemplating a bill that would allow for the indefinite detention of anyone including American citizens, or the recent revelation that the Federal Reserve has been funneling $7.7 trillion through secret funds over the past two years.

But does this still matter? Yes.

Why? Because it’s dishonesty.

Yes, one can argue that it’s a holiday, and it’s a tree; therefore it’s a holiday tree, but in the end, it’s not just any holiday being commemorated by that tree: it’s Christmas! Calling it a “Holiday” tree is just concealing what it really is: A Christmas tree. You might as well call Jack-O-Lanterns “Holiday” lanterns, or Thanksgiving turkeys “Holiday” turkeys, or Easter eggs “Holiday” eggs, or Fourth Of July Fireworks “Holiday” fireworks. It makes just as much sense.

So why bother calling it a “Holiday” tree? To protect people who don’t celebrate Christmas from being offended? If that’s the case, why even bother erecting the tree in the first place? For that matter, why bother caring if people are offended? Last time I checked, Rhode Island was predominately Roman Catholic. Even if there are Rhode Islanders who don’t celebrate Christmas, I highly doubt they give a crap if a Christmas tree or Holiday tree or whatever you call it is erected in their state capitol building, and if they do give a crap, then “Bah-Humbug” to those Scrooges and Grinches! Every idiot who complains about Christmas decorations (especially Nativity scenes) should be boiled in figgy pudding and buried with a stake of holly through his heart!

So, yes, this does matter because it’s another example of political correctness gone mad! It’s like saying “mentally-challenged” rather than retarded, or “post-traumatic stress disorder” rather than shell shock, or “collateral damage” rather than civilian deaths, or “enhanced interrogation techniques” rather than torture practices. Political correctness is nothing more than the language of cowards who can’t handle reality and who think they can alter it by changing the language—but as the infamous George Carlin pointed out, it just doesn’t work that way!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

This Week In Review (12/04/2011)

The Senate rejected the Udall Amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) Bill. For those of you living under a rock (or who don’t use reddit), the NDAA (or S. 1867) allows for the indefinite detention of any civilian, including American citizens, without a formal charge or trial. The Udall Amendment would have nullified those provisions, but as stated, it didn’t pass. I would say that this is tantamount to shoving the Constitution though a paper shredder, but since I already use that metaphor with the Patriot Act, I think a better analogy would be that it’s more like shoving the Constitution through a paper shredder, setting it on fire, extinguishing it with the piss and semen of a HIV-infected homeless drunk, feeding it to the American people linked in a human centipede, and then once the bowel movement exist the last anus, re-feeding it to them 12 more times just to be safe. Does that metaphor disgust you? It should, as should this bill!

Barney Frank will retire at the end of his term after 30 years in the House of Representatives. And good f***ing riddances! If any man is to be held responsible for our current economic crisis, it’s this libtarded moonbat, whose very polices and overall ineptness lead to the housing bubble and its burst in 2008. I’d say he’s the evilest piece of s*** in Congress, but calling him “evil” would imply that he had the intelligence to know that what he was doing was wrong—and Barney has no intelligence! This man kept assuring us for year that Fannie Mae And Freddie Mac could handle all those subprime mortgages. He said that they were "not in danger of going under"—only months before the housing bubble burst! Allow me to quote Brodie from Jay and Silent Bob Strikes Back: “Here's the pulse. And this is your finger, far away from the pulse, jammed straight up your ass!”

Herman Cain suspended his presidential campaign. He claims that he’s doing so due to the sexual harassment allegations against him. I could care less whether or not those allegations are true or not. I’m far more disturbed by the fact that he’s a Federal Reserve shill who claimed it didn’t need to be audited, and who supports the Patriot Act and waterboarding.

The Federal Reserve had funneled $7.7 trillion in secret bailout funds over two years. To put that in perspective, the TARP bailouts were only $700 billion. Our National Debt is $15 trillion! Jon Stewart asked it best: “How the f*** is it that Martha Stewart went to jail?”

Norwegian terrorist Anders Behring Breivik has been declared legally insane. This means he will be placed in a mental hospital rather than a prison. So you mean to tell me that someone who kills 77 people in a killing spree is considered insane? Who knew?!

Ron Paul has been banned from a presidential forum by the Republican Jewish Coalition. Why? Apparently, the RJC considers his views to be “misguided and extreme.” Oh yes: the only Republican candidate to oppose preemptive war, warrantless wiretaps, torture practices, bank bailouts, and drug prohibition is too extreme, but every other far-right neoconservative candidate who supports that crap is mainstream. Remind me again why I should vote for any Republican candidate over Obama?

Dennis Kucinich has proposed a bill to end the Federal Reserve. The National Emergency Employment Defense (NEED) Act of 2011 would place the Federal Reserve under control of the U.S. Treasury and implement new rules that would help curb the financial and monetary abuses that helped lead to our current economic crisis. In other words, this bill is the wet dream of every Ron Paul fanboy like myself. Does it stand a chance in Congress? (Does a snowball stand a chance in hell?)

Scott Walker passed new regulations requiring citizens to buy permits to protest at the Capitol or other state buildings. So, yeah, obvious infringement of First Amendment right to protest is obvious. Scott, your approval ratings are in the toilet, and you’re on the verge of possibly being recalled. Do you really want to give Wisconsin more reason to boot your ass out of office? I’m guessing you’re taking the approach of “If I’m going down, I’m taking you all down with me!”

The National Crime Prevention Council released a PSA as part of an anti-piracy campaign by Eric Holder. According to the minute-long commercial, piracy is responsible for every vice in the world, from lost jobs and child labor, to drug cartels and terrorism. I would tear this ridiculous commercial a new one, but the Amazing Atheist already did an excellent job doing so.