Tuesday, January 27, 2015

You may be a Republican if...


 

You may be a Republican if...


+ You think health care for all is a bad thing.

+ You feel sorry for the rich.

+ You think poverty is a good thing and builds character

+ You think as more people are killed by guns we need more guns.

+ You think it’s wise to arm public school teachers.

+ You believe in privatizing prisons and schools.

+ You are certain $7.00 an hour is a good minimum wage.

+ You believe the rich pay too much in taxes now.

+ You insist public school teachers make too much money.

+ You’re convinced public school teachers have an easy job

+ You want to support private and/or religious schools with taxpayer money.

+ You are certain that even though defense takes up half of our budget the Pentagon needs more money.

+ You try to make it more difficult for the poor, the elderly and the minorities to vote.

+ You believe the government should control women’s bodies.

+ You often say the United States is a Christian nation.

+ You fight to force Christian beliefs in the public schools.

+ You care more about Wall Street than Main Street.

+ You would jeopardize Social Security by privatizing it.

+ You see nothing wrong in turning over pension funds to Wall Street.

+ You’re convinced only poor people abuse the welfare system.

+ You think the government should continue to subsidize the oil companies.

+ You’re not sure about this global warming business.

+ You’re against rules to force businesses to engage in environmental-friendly practices.

+ You would vote to defund the EPA.

+ You think the IRS is a dangerous because it collects taxes.

+ You think alternative energy programs are a waste of money.

+ You are adamant about sending children of immigrants back to their “home" country even though this is the only country they’ve ever known.  

+ You’re in favor of changing the tax system to benefit the wealthy.

+ You argue that rape is not always a bad thing and it’s usually the woman’s fault.

+ You hate Planned Parenthood because...well, just because...

+ You insist on the right to hang the Ten Commandments in courthouses.

+ You are certain our laws are based on the Ten Commandments.

+ You’ve put bombing Iran on your political agenda.

+ You don’t think the Constitution says anything about separation of Church and State.

+ You fight campaign financial reform tooth and nail.

+ You oppose improving relations with Cuba

+ You see no reason why gays and lesbians should have the same rights you do.

+ You eagerly and passionately fight regulation of financial companies and other corporations.

+ You see no problem with the widening gap between the very rich and the rest of us.

+ You see no problem with holding the country hostage and shutting it down to make a political point.

+ You think compromise with the opposite party means “my way or the highway”

+ You’re still not convinced that President Obama is not a Muslim.

+ You think atheists should be barred from holding public office.

+ You're sure that the theory of evolution is Satanic.

+ You believe the earth was created 6,000 years ago.

+ You have faith the U.S. is God’s country.

+ You are certain that the U.S. has turned away from God.

+ You are convinced that God will allow the U.S. to be destroyed unless your version of Christianity controls the government.

+ Your heroes are dead movie stars - Ronald Reagan and Charleton Heston.

+ You think torture is OK in some circumstances.

+ You’re not sure if slavery was a bad thing.

+ You know that State’s Rights supersede Federal Rights in some instances.

+ You believe states have the right to secede.

+ You have no problem with the Koch brothers spending a billion dollars to support their candidates in an election year.

+ You think the Supreme Court is still too liberal.

+ You want the Congress to spend most of its time fighting abortion and same-sex marriage.

+ You still believe that Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld are the “good guys.”

+ You know that Saddam Hussein had WMDs.

+ You know that most Canadians hate their health care system.

+ You’re sure that President Obama is a socialist or Marxist.

+ You’re convinced that the Tea Party had lots of good ideas.

+ Your heroes include Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann.

+ You believe the Constitution guarantees the right of every citizen to openly carry an AK-47.

+ You think the Stimulus did no good at all.

+ You agree with Ben Carson that the deficit has exploded under Obama even though the records shows it has decreased by 2/3rds.


+ You watch FOX News 24/7 and believe it is a true "news" station.

+ You're going to pray for me in Jesus' name!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Republican Hypocrisy and Saudi Arabia





The king is dead.  Long live the king.

The question is, will King Salman be a "moderate" and move slowly toward change in the manner of his predecessor, or will he, god forbid, bow to the Imams and move backward toward the 16th century?

Saudi Arabia is an absolute dictatorship.  The people have no say in the government.  It is also a religious dictatorship.  Try to establish a Roman Catholic or Protestant church in S.A.  Better yet, try to build a synagogue within its borders.  It is an Islamic state.  It's not ISIS but the difference is one of substance not of kind.  Saudi Arabia is not quite as brutal as ISIS or other Islamic countries, but you can still get you hand or your head cut off for certain violations of Islamic law and you can spend a number of years in prison if you are a woman and dare to put the pedal to the medal in one of the king's Mercedes.

As has long been standard practice in the United States, we have no problem with dictatorships so long as the dictators are our dictators.  Latin America provides numerous examples of such a policy.  Take Cuba, for example.  We had no problem with Batista who was a dictatorial terror, but he followed the lead of the U.S. when we wanted him to.  Then came Castro.  We supported Castro initially, but when it turned out he leaned toward Marxism, we threw him overboard, waged war against him, tried to assassinate him and treated him as a pariah for over 50 years!

President Obama is heading to Saudi Arabia to kiss the king's behind - er, show the king respect.  It's not that he supports the system of government in Saudi Arabia, it's that Saudi Arabia is important to our interests in the Middle East and have been helpful to us on any number of occasions.  We want to ensure that King Salman remains our king!


You may recall the recent outcry raised by our nogoodnik Republican leaders when Mr. Obama took the initiative to build a new relationship with the Cuban government, one which might prove beneficial to both countries.  There was a lot of weeping and gnashing of teeth on the part of the Republican poobahs because, my god, Cuba is a Communist and godless country!  We can't, we must not, have anything to do with Cuba.  Well, we could blow up the country or at least the Castro brothers, but mutual tolerance and respect and perhaps even some trade and travel between the two countries?  That's just asking too much for our freedom-loving, dictator-hating, non-Commie Republicans in Congress.

There is no question that our foreign policy is often hypocritical.  We've been known to sleep with the devil if we thought it would promote whatever it was we wanted promoted at the moment.  Saddam Hussein was one of our boys.  Hell, so was Osama bin Laden at one time!

The problem with this is it makes any effort on the part of the U.S. to execute policy from a moral perspective highly suspect.  Nobody believes we're better than the rest of the world.  Well, except for Steve King in Iowa, and Ted Cruz in Texas, and Louis Gohmert in Texas, but they are idiots.  We have and will continue to operate in such a manner as to reach whatever goals we have set for our country, and morality be damned.

Thus, the CIA renders people to countries controlled by persons friendly to us in order to engage in a little torture, which, although such a thing is forbidden by the Geneva Convention, is heartily endorsed by the leaders of the U.S.  At least that used to be the case.  And one of the main
promoters of torture ("I'd do it again," Cheney) thinks it's just wonderful that we can violate our Constitution, our conscience and our pretense of moral superiority in this way.


But, omigod!  Obama is making noises about treating Cuba with a certain amount of respect!  We can't do that!  We are a god-fearing, Jesus-loving nation and we know god and Jesus hate Commies and want us to bomb them into oblivion.  We certainly cannot allow an exchange of goods or travel between the two countries.  What will people think?

So say the Republicans.  We can, however, kiss the asses of every king and prince in Saudi Arabia in spite of the fact the country is a miserable Islamic dictatorship which allows absolutely no dissent from what the Royals decree.  Anything other than absolute obedience is met with state-sanctioned violence.

Of course, the Saudis control a lot of oil.  Furthermore, the Bush family and other political types down through the years have become close as spit with the Saudi royal family.  You do remember immediately after 9/11, Bush the Younger had all the Saudis in this country rounded up and flown home before the FBI or anyone else could question them.  Did Bush know something the rest of us didn't?  That was certainly a suspect move, considering most of the terrorists on 9/11 were Saudi Arabians!  We must not forget, either, that the Saudis own much of this country's real estate.  In fact, the exact amount of what they own is unknown.  That's called leverage.


Nothing will change anytime soon.  We'll continue in our hypocritical ways, but perhaps these nogoodnik Republicans could shut their damn mouths!




Dominion Theology: Extremist Right-Wing Christianity





Published on Jan 18, 2015
–Classic Interview: Rachel Tabachnick, researcher, writer, and speaker on impact of the Religious Right, joins us to talk about New Apostolic Reformation, Dominion Theology, and the connection with Rick Perry

h/t to Talk to Action.

Freedom Summit in Iowa - Religious fanatics, mental midgets, and political misfits


This photo and the information contained herein came from People for the American Way which is a great organization fighting against all those who would bring our country down.  Check them out and make a contribution if you can.

Notice this montage of losers!  Religious fanatics and mental midgets and political misfits, most of whom want to be president of the United States.

The Freedom Summit being held today in Iowa, is sponsored by Citizens United (a Koch brothers outfit) and the seriously crazy Steve King.  Those pictured are to be present to kiss the Koch asses.

Sarah Palin - the antithesis of "Christian"


One has to wonder what's wrong with this person called Palin.  Somehow, somewhere, certain pieces of her brain snap together in the wrong way. In her mind, what decent people consider "right" is wrong and vice versa.

If you know anything of the legendary Jesus of the Gospels, you know that Sarah, by her beliefs and actions, is antithetical to everything he taught.

Note:  The photo came from Crooks & Liars.  Please read the entire article here.


Friday, January 23, 2015

Earth's Apocalypse




Earth's Apocalypse

This is not you know
A time for celebration
For fireworks
Explosions in the sky
Or dry Champagne.
It is a time when
Winds of war
Hate and terror
Sweep across
Planet Earth
When compared to
Yesterday nothing
Is the same.
Ironically crime is down
From Florida to Maine
And all the way to
California.
That is if we believe
The media, police and
The politicians
Not that they would ever
Lie except in an
Emergency or perhaps
If they had a growing need
To put more feathers
In their nest.
One might say
It all began
In the days of Reagan
When a B-grade actor
Became president and
Gave weapons
To our friend
Osama bin Laden so
He could fight the Russians
In Afghanistan
And send them running back
To Russia thereby
Freeing up the land.
Then George the First
Called up the troops to
Fight Iraqis even though
They'd been our friends
In their fight against Iran.
But now he said
They are our enemies
And a danger
To the Saudis
Bush owed the
Saudis big-time so
He sent our troops to die
To save Kuwaiti oil
But he left Iraq too soon
Before the job was done
Which left a lot to be desired
And old Hussein in place
Which George the Younger
Thought was bad
And made him
Very mad though it is said
That he was mad
From his youth
And seldom gave a thought
To reason or to
Common sense.
So George the Younger
Went to war but sent
The young and bold and those
Who had no other options
To spill their blood again
So he could at last avenge
His daddy's dithering
Although he lied of course
About everything
Which wasn't strange at all
To those who knew him when.
Today Iraq's a hole in hell
The Middle East aflame
It might have happened anyway
But Bush is much to blame
For thousands lost their
Homes and lives
Many went insane
And in the good old USA
Instead of going to jail
Bush is given accolades
"Fare thee well," and "Hail!"
Sadly too
George left a mess
A country deep in debt
His tax cuts made the rich
Even richer yet.
Then Obama came along
Couldn't catch a break
When he tried to do
The things he couldn't do
With a Congress full of fools
People jeered
Called him a Muslim
And a Marxist too.
Republicans attacked
Fought him tooth and nail
While they left the country
To fester and to fail
So they could blame
The President
And set a precedent
Which would get them
Re-elected.
It may be too late now
To turn this thing around with
Just two minutes left
On the Doomsday clock.
Most folks do not seem to care
Politicians run and hide
When asked what they have done
To stop the seething searing
Heat that's scorching
Mother Earth.
The Second Coming you should know
Is nothing but a myth
And Armageddon mere nonsense
But don't take that to mean
That we'll survive or
Make it through
The earth's Apocalypse!


Copyright © 2015 by Lowell A. Anderson.  All rights reserved.

Note:  This poem was cross-posted to Creative Confections.

RWW News: Mike Huckabee Plans To Run For President To Fight The Secular ...



Mike Huckabee is one sick puppy!  And a liar.  And if he really believes what he's saying about our country and its founders, he's ignorant and not very bright!

Monday, January 12, 2015

Believe It Or Not



Believe It Or Not

(With apologies to Job, the Psalmist, and Ecclesiastes)


I sat upon the bed
Of a shiny pickup truck
And watched the 
People passing by
Parading homo sapiens
Hoping they would
Live forever but knowing
They were 
Born to die.
And I called God to account
I asked why he or she was
Conspicuously
Inexplicably
Missing in our life's equation?
Why, as the world
Convulses with
Horrendous violence
Is he or she
Deafeningly silent?
You can't, I said,
Have Chosen Ones, the
Holocaust showed us that!
But do you care
For anyone?
What about the children
Beaten bloody
Raped and murdered
By your children in the bush?
Or in Middle Eastern 
Desert lands where 
It's said you gave
Birth to laws and goodness 
But that too was a lie
As the Caananite women
And their kids
Learned to their
Great sorrow.
Or other humans in
Those same lands - 
Iraq and Syria - who today
Hang on with fingernails
Chewed to the bone
In fear of horrors too
Explicit to describe 
In mere words.
So where are you now
If you weren't there before?
It is perhaps better to
Not believe than to be
Left with such a
Paradox of might 
And misery.
Unless, of course it's 
All a lie and has always
Been a lie
That you are nothing
More than a scrubby
Semite's dream.
But please stop laughing
It's not funny anymore
To the people tortured
Killed in your good name
Even in the USA - 
Where people pray
To you each day
And know that you
Want them to say
They trust in you
On signs and
On their money, too - 
Tortured people in the
Name of all that's
Good and right and...
Godly.
Righteousness defined
As water boarding
Because the swine
Did not deserve to
Live and we know that
You will forgive as
This is the land
You founded with 
Our founders who
Were good Christians
Just like you.
So why do you desert us
Why hide your face
In troubled times
We don't know what to do
You've given us too little
Information.
And so we must conclude
You don't exist you're
Just a ghastly fiction
An apparition we no 
Longer need for we
Know how it all began
And it wasn't in
The desert sand 
And there isn't one 
Thing you can do
To heal our broken
Hearts and lives 
And bring back all
Those we have lost
To those who said
They believed in you.


[Copyright © 2015 by Lowell A. Anderson.  All rights reserved.]


This poem was cross-posted to Creative Confections.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

What the GOP has been up to ...

The Gross Old Poobahs who are the GOP these days have now got a majority in Congress.  I'll bet you thought they would get right on the important issues such as job creation (oh, wait, Obama's already done that - the most jobs created since 1999!), the country's crumbling infrastructure, health care, ensuring the safety of the safety nets of Social Security and Medicare, healing the broken Veteran's Administration, ensuring that our spy agencies keep within Constitutional bounds, building up our schools and our teachers ...

If this is what you thought, you'd be wrong.  Very wrong!  Here's what they've actually been doing.

1.  The thugs in the House "approved a rule preventing routine reallocation of Social Security funds to those men, women and children who receive Social Security Disability ... "  They insist such reallocation (always routine previously) be "accompanied by either benefit cuts or tax increases."

Now, you know the thugs never ever go for tax increases.  So all these folks get screwed.  Again.

2.  This is too funny not to toss in here:  Mitch McConnell claims (publicly, even) that the growing economy is the result of the Obama administration's "expectation" of a new Republican Congress.  Yup, Mr. Obama's been waiting for that so he could get things going!

But, Mr. McConnell, with no help from you or the other thugs, he did, in the six years prior, manage to turn the economy around, and as noted above, created more jobs than the thugs did when they had the White House for 8 years, and he's cut the deficit by about 1/3rd.

Unfortunately for the country, McConnell you live in some alternate universe that doesn't parse with reality.

3.  Thugs in the House passed a bill to gut part of Obamacare.  It would require larger employers to provide health insurance for those who work forty hours plus per week.  Previously the requirement sat at 30 hours.  What this means, of course, is that the average Joe is going to get shafted by the Repugs again - how many employers are going to cut employee hours from 40 to 39 and 3/4  or less because that would rid them of the privilege of providing health insurance for their employees?

4.  Because of harsher rules instituted by the thugs, food stamp enrollment is expected to fall by one million next year.  Lots of single moms who barely make it now won't be able to feed their children in 2015 and beyond.  Thanks a lot you thugs!

5.  John Boehner, aka Mr. Weepy, is, like a lot of the thugs, unhappy with Obama's immigration plan and says he's going to shut down the Department of Homeland Security in order to stop it!   What?  You mean he's going to make us more vulnerable to terrorist attacks because of a minor political disagreement and because the thugs refused to work with the president to come up with some sort of solution?  Yup!

6.  The thugs in the House gave Wall Street a Christmas present - subsidies for risky trading.  Now they're planning to give big banks a gift, too - they're going to delay the Volcker Rule which bans banks from gambling in the securities markets with taxpayer money.  It's a 2-year delay.

There's a bit of good news here.  The Dems (in spite of some 35 rotten turncoats who voted with the thugs) were able to stop this for the time being!

7.  The thugs are also attempting to make 10 other changes to the Dodd-Frank financial reform law - all of which will benefit Wall Street at the expense of the rest of us!

8.  The thugs are planning to push through a Keystone XL pipeline bill which would be a disaster for out country but a boon to a few wealthy oil folks.  Obama says he'll veto it.

9.  Mitch McConnell is opposing a NSA reform bill.  Hey, the NSA are a bunch of good guys.  They should be able to read your emails and listen to your phone calls.

10.  The thugs in Congress have introduced five anti-abortion bills which would make it much more difficult for a woman to obtain an abortion.   Senator David Vitter from Louisiana (you remember he's the one who chased prostitutes while preaching about Jesus) introduced four bills which would disallow Planned Parenthood from receiving any federal monies.

11.  You can be sure that in the coming weeks there will be a thug war on Social Security!  They've wanted to privatize it for years - they want to turn over the $1.7 trillion in SS funds to Wall Street to "invest."  Think about what would have happened if they had had their way back a few years ago.  Many of us would be homeless today!

12.  The thugs, even though every report since the beginning of time, has said there was no chicanery in Benghazi, have authorized the Select Committee on Benghazi to continue it's investigation with no budgetary or time limits.


I can't remember where I got this but it's a great summary of what to expect from the thugs in the coming weeks and months and god forbid, years:

"It's a new year ... and the clown car ... sworn in ... is bigger than ever with a majority in both the Senate and the House. A car full of gun loving, poor hating, veteran screwing, climate change denying, Wall Street deregulating, health care repealing, and wealthy old white man loving clowns."

And we're about to get run over.

Yikes!


Winfield, Alabama - God's town!

What follows also came from Daily Kos.


Winfield, Alabama.  Ruled by good white Christians.  Now a town owned by God.  According to Daily Kos, the city council and the mayor met secretly to give ownership of the town to "God."

Winfield, Alabama.  Ruled by some of most stupid, unpatriotic, unconstitutional bozos ever to hold political office in this country.

In an act of incomprehensible defiance of the United States Constitution, these bozos passed the following resolution:

     “Whereas we acknowledge God is the owner of the City of Winfield and that it is a City under God. We acknowledge that at all times, He is in control.
    
     “Whereas, we acknowledge that through His leadership, the Mayor and City Council will seek his wisdom and knowledge to be good stewards of the city.
   
     “Whereas, we acknowledge that though prayer, with His guidance and presence, that we will be able to trust that no problem will be too large or too small to overcome.
    
     “Whereas, we acknowledge that the City of Winfield is where it is today because of God’s grace and mercy.
    
     “Whereas, we acknowledge that at all times and in all circumstances, His will shall be done.
   
     “Whereas, we acknowledge that to God be the glory.”


If there really were a merciful god, he'd force each one of these bozos to sit through ten years of listening to Thomas Jefferson speak about the meaning of religious freedom and separation of church and state!

The town's website is here.  Fortunately, it's a little one-horse town so not a lot of people will be impacted by these fools.  Perhaps the ACLU will get involved and teach these morons a little bit about the U.S. Constitution.

Alan Grayson - the man the Nazis hate!

I'm also calling this "Alan Grayson's Lament." It should be our lament as well. Alan Grayson is one of the most brave, most astute, most caring Representatives in the House. He is not afraid to speak his mind. He talks the truth to power. Power doesn't like that!

So the Nazis in our country, all riled up by their sense of right and wrong, took a stand for the power brokers in our government - the GOP (white Christians - see below for more accurate description) against those dirty non-Christians who dare accuse them of being white Christians.

Yes, I know.  Doesn't make a lot of sense.  Except, Grayson is Jewish!


The other day, says Grayson,  "I had the temerity, the gall, the (dare I say it?) chutzpah to point out that for the past five months, every single elected Republican in Congress was a white Christian.

"The Nazis are not pleased.  Frankly, I have never been a favorite of theirs, but now they are really pissed off.

"The 'white nationalists' congregate at an online watering hole called Stormfront.org.  The home page, in Fraktur font (look it up), proudly boasts that 'Every Month is White History Month'.  Stormfront.org is famous for, among other things, trying to dictate the results of a Fox News online poll on racial segregation, because it takes one to know one, or something like that.

"Lest you think that this is a non-serious matter, please be advised that according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, Stormfront members have murdered almost 100 people during the past five years alone.  No Members of Congress yet, though.

"So yesterday at Stormfront, under the heading "News," subheading "Politics & Continuing Crises," there popped up a report called "Jew revealed:  Florida Rep. Alan Grayson attacks GOP as the party of white Christians."

... [Stormfront should know that is not news.  The GOP IS the party of white Christians.  What Grayson could have said, is that the GOP is the party of really stupid and hateful white people who call themselves (mistakenly) Christians!]

There's a lot more to Mr. Grayson's essay, which you can read here.

Bobby Jindal Gets A Jump-Start On His Right-Wing Prayer Rally | Right Wing Watch

Bobby Jindal Gets A Jump-Start On His Right-Wing Prayer Rally | Right Wing Watch

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Robert Reich's 2014 year in review



Thanks again to Ybor City Stogie for this great video!

Mrs. Betty Bowers - Best Christian of 2014



h/t to Ybor City Stogie.

Anti-Semitism rears its ugly head in Central Florida




First of all, I'm not surprised that anti-Semitism is a concern in central Florida.  Central Florida is one of the most redneck, ultra-conservative, hyper-fundamentalist-Christian areas in the country.  We have over 200 Baptist churches in Ocala.  That's just Baptist churches!  Our largest Episcopal church split over whether gays deserve to be treated as humans or not.  Our Catholic churches fall off the map on the rightwing side of the world.  Mainline churches in Ocala, where they exist, are mostly silent or also tend toward fundamentalist right-wing Christianity.

We have a few Jews.  There are two temples, a budding Reconstructionist congregation meeting in a Protestant church, and a Chabad group.  There used to be a Messianic temple, but they're neither Jews nor Christians and they seem to have disappeared.

One of our Jewish temples, B'nai Darom, is of long-standing; in fact it is the 2nd oldest Jewish temple in the State of Florida.  B'nai Darom also has a beautiful cemetery on the east side of town.  Unfortunately, B'nai Darom has been the target of vandalism down through the years, but recently anti-Semitic activities have increased.

My friend, Bob Poris, had some thoughts on the matter, which he wrote down and submitted to our local paper, a rag which time and the Internet have pretty much left behind.  I have yet to hear whether the editor of the paper has run Bob's article.  But I thought it important, so here it is:


To the Editor:

I read the article about the vandalizing of Temple B'nai Darom.  I was surprised to learn it was the second oldest Jewish congregation in Florida and that it had been the target of vandalism for many years.  I was also surprised to learn that the temple's cemetery has been subject to trespassers and malicious destruction.

Although I've lived in Florida (Tampa, St. Pete, Boynton Beach and Ocala) for over 20 years and I've been in Ocala nine years, this is the first report I've read about anti-Semitic activities in Florida.  I've read newspapers on a daily basis since I was a teenager, even when traveling or when I was in the Navy during WWII.  I'd like to congratulate the Star Banner for its prominent coverage of these anti-Semitic activities during the Christmas holiday season.  And I wonder why I've read so few such stories during my rather long life and my sojourns in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Ohio, and Michigan.

Anti-Semitism is certainly not a new phenomena in any of those places. It has been commonplace since the advent of Christianity and the birth of Islam.  And it's interesting to note that Judaism is the basis for both of those faiths in terms of morals and ethics.  Judaism remains today much as it did over 5,000 years ago.  The God of the Hebrew Bible gave us the basis for our current ethics, morals and our justice system.

Jesus, Holy Mother Mary, Joseph, and most, if not all, the Apostles and early followers of the Rabbi Jesus, the Son of God, were practicing Jews even as they became the early Christians who created Christianity.

Christianity evolved through four centuries until it became the religion of the Roman Empire under the emperor, Constantine.  During that time Jews had usually been left alone to pursue their lives and their beliefs, but after Christianity was made the state religion, all other religions were forbidden and punished.

Jews, falsely blamed for killing Jesus, were targeted with isolation, exile and death throughout the world and throughout the centuries.  Many of us lived through WWII and saw with our own eyes the culmination of such hate - the Holocaust - which killed three out of every five Jews in Europe (six million human beings), many of which sent to their deaths by countries who collaborated with the Nazis in the so-called "Final Solution."

Today, there are less than 14 million Jews left in the world, most of whom live in the United States and Israel.  Many Middle Eastern countries have arranged things so there are no Jews in their borders whatsoever, while in others a few Jews remain.  Consider that our "allies" - Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and others - have laws forbidding Jews to enter or live in their countries.  The would be state of Palestine plans to disallow Jews, forbidding them to live in the state, own property and or engage in a business.  This is according to the proposed Palestinian charter.

As Americans, these realities do not affect us very much.  Jews have lived here since the days of Columbus as many of his crew were Jews escaping the Christian Inquisition in Spain.  These Jews settled in the New World and in the American colonies.  Although they have had problems, they have for the most part integrated into American society at all levels as other minorities have done with varying degrees of success.

The article in the paper states that the number of anti-Semitic incidents has decreased in recent years  but there are still too many and in France, for example, many Jews are afraid to leave their homes or attend the synagogue because of the violence directed toward them.

The Prince of Peace might be waiting a few more centuries before returning, perhaps until the world, created in God's image (which has never been defined in terms of race, creed, color, or specific religious practice), is safe for all and peace reigns.

I, for one, wish he would make his move soon.

Bob Poris


Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Anthem - Leonard Cohen



Another Leonard Cohen song which is absolutely appropriate as we look forward to another year of chaos and wars.  In the midst of it all -  Ring the bells that still can ring!


The Voice- Sandy Hook Tribute "Hallelujah"



I found this moving tribute in an article by Frederick Clarkson on Talk 2 Action.  Mr. Clarkson speaks of Mike Huckabee's demagoguery related to the Sandy Hook shooting.  You may recall that Huckabee blamed, not the shooter, but our "society" which has banned his god from our public schools.  Such stupidity becomes ever more important in light of the fact Huckabee is again making noises that he thinks he should be president.

At the end of the song, each child was mentioned along with a note about what made them unique and special.

It is my understanding that this tribute was difficult as the participants kept breaking down in tears.

May 2015 bring us less guns, less killing, less stupidity!

You can read Mr. Clarkson's article here.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Playing "God of the Old Testament"



Cartoon by Bill Mutranowski.  Used with permission.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

More Wackos



Missouri State Representative, Rick Brattin (R), has proposed a bill “which would require a woman seeking an abortion to obtain notarized consent from the baby’s father, even if he is physically abusive toward her."
    
A woman would have to prove she suffered a “legitimate rape” to avoid getting a man’s consent for an abortion.

Brattin's bill probably won’t go anywhere but he’s proven once again the Missouri legislature has at least one scumbag.


Ted Nugent, who occupies a special place at the bottom of the barrel, called President Obama a “subhuman mongrel.”   Doesn't this wacko claim to love Jeebus?
   
 
Bill O’Reilly, that great American scholar who has a book ghost-written about every two weeks these days, has proclaimed that he has “won the “War on Christmas” again!  Why would he say that?  Well, he doesn’t know of one store that won’t allow employees to greet customers with “Merry Christmas.”

 
I never thought I would agree with the Donald about anything, but the other day he said “The last thing we need is another Bush in the White House.”  Of course we wouldn't want any Trump, either!


In Michigan, one Rick Jones (a Repugnican State Senator), is afraid Satan is going to win by “hijacking” Christmas.  Well, Mr. Jones is not going to let that happen, so after the Satan Temple got approval to put up a holiday display on the lawn of the State Capitol, Jones decided that he would put a Xtn nativity scene on the Capitol lawn, even it has to be erected and taken down every night.  It’s interesting how hard this Xtn legislator works to get an erection.


Rand Paul is trying to get the law changed or at least find some loophole so that he can run both for the Senate and the Presidency in 2016.  Isn’t it funny how these God-fearing Repugs just love the “law” until the law becomes an inconvenience?


The Jesus-loving gov of Ariz, Jan Brewer, issued an executive order blocking the state from giving driver licenses to young undocumented immigrants who are in line to get deportation relief from the Obama Administration.  Wouldn’t want these young folks to be able to get jobs and make enough money to survive, would we?  The Supremes, though, said she couldn’t do that.  Guess which of the Supremes voted against the kids:  Right!  Scalia, Thomas and Alito.


Blake Farenthold is just a downright dirty scumbag Republican Congressman from Texas.  He owns a website, www.blow-me.org, and is being sued by a former employee who claim she suffered from “gender discrimination and inappropriate sexual comments.”  He’s done many inappropriate things but the one that stands out is his telling a staffer he had wet dreams about her.


Charisma magazine calls him a Bible scholar.  Ha!  He’s just another fundy who can probably quote hundreds of verses from the Bible and not know what any of them really mean.  He’s the prez of the World Bible Society, and his name is F. Kenton Beshore, nicknamed Doc.  Back in the 1970s, the kook Hal Lindsey, predicted that Jesus would return within a biblical generation or about 40 years after 1948.  Beshore points out that that Jesus did not come back in 1988.  Really?  But the problem is that a biblical generation is actually 70-80 years, says Beshore, because of Psalm 90:10.  So, now, finally we’ve got the truth:  The 2nd coming will happen between 2018 and 2028.  But “Taking into account the seven-year Tribulation period, Beshore expects the rapture to occur sometime between now and 2021.”  Beshore is 86 and reported has 5 doctoral degrees in theology.  Whoopee.  A degree is only as good as where it comes from…what a crock this all is!

Rick Santorum is going to run for president again.  He says he’s an underdog and American loves underdogs and he’s prepared for a dogfight.  Sounds about right.  Woof!


Phyllis Schlafly, a nogoodnik who made her bones as an anti-feminist back in the good ol’ days of the John Birch Society, is a true wacko and a liar.  In a recent article for the Christian Post, she wrote “The Obama administration is now trying to outlaw single-sex classrooms, a practice that has been growing as parents and teachers see its good results.  That’s not true.  Some individual schools have tried this system with mixed results but Obama’s not involved in this discussion


John McCain, the failed presidential candidate, crook from the word go, and POW with questionable credentials, is pissed at the President because Sony.  It didn’t take him very long to blame Mr. Obama for the Sony hack; it resulted from “the Administration’s failure to deter our adversaries…”  Oh, and bomb, bomb, bomb Iran