Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Science over religion because science works

Religious belief - it's all about elevating one's own personal interests

Nothing like a few shootings to draw attention to your campaign.

How does GOP lure supporters? By giving away lethal weapons. (Click here to read more)

The New York Times:
    Online gun sweepstakes have become one of the most useful tools for campaign outreach in the 2014 Republican primaries. Across the country, from a race for sheriff in California to the United States Senate primary in South Carolina, candidates are using high-powered pistols and rifles as a lure to build up their donor lists and expand their base of support.
    The method may be new, but the concept is actually a durable campaign device. Take a group of possible supporters who are highly motivated around an issue, in this case gun ownership and Second Amendment rights, and pique their interest with good marketing. Then, once you have their attention, solicit their personal information and follow up to ask for support and money. [...]

    [The NRA] employs a range of online campaigns, including Facebook-based contests that provide the organization not just with people's names, but also with their information-rich public profiles and lists of their friends. Millions of people have entered these contests, the group said.
Zac Moffatt, who oversaw Mitt Romney's digital strategy in 2012 and founded a firm that develops online campaigns, notes that dangling lethal weapons in front of gun fondling voters "could get you a couple extra thousand votes you didn't otherwise know about."
How "pro-life" can you get?

And speaking of hypocrisy, in order to qualify for a chance to win a killing machine, you have to pass a-- wait for it-- background check. But... but... gun zealots hate those pesky background checks! What gives?
Says Lee Bright, a state senator from South Carolina who is primarying GOP Senator Lindsey Graham, "You definitely don't want [a weapon did not fall into the wrong hands]... Not in the middle of the campaign."

Shooting report

Still too many guns in the hands of people who will misuse them.

Gun control: Background checks for guns could keep people from buying them for the wrong reasons.

To the right wing, words have no meaning.

Mayor not anti-Semite, Just Thinks Jews Destroying America (Click here to read more)

.Josh Marshall - April 17, 2014, 11:32 AM EDT1291
The local paper in the hometown of Jewish Center shooter Frazier Glenn Miller seems oddly solicitous of the town's new Mayor who has spoken up as a supporter of Miller's views. Says the Aurora Advertiser ...
    Utilizing his First Amendment rights, Clevenger has made what some term as anti-Semitic and racist comments. The comments came as he spoke about the alleged involvement of local resident Frazier Glenn Miller (also known as Frazier Glenn Cross) in the shooting and subsequent deaths of three individuals in Overland Park, Kansas, on April 13.
Interestingly, Mayor Clevenger's views came in for some controversy before he was elected last week when an old letter to the editor emerged in which he championed Miller's views and decried the "Jew-run medical industry" and the "Jew-run government backed banking industry."
Clevenger insists he's not a racist or anti-semite but was only "point[ing] out the corporations responsible for destroying the United States are run by Jews."

Racism today: Just like the old racism, but dressed a little better.

Atlanta Braves get hate mail after Hank Aaron says reaction to Obama shows we have 'long ways to go' (Click here to read more) (hunter)
Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 9:20 pm
Baseball legend Hank Aaron was asked last month why he still keeps the old hate mail that resulted when he broke Babe Ruth's home run record:
    "To remind myself," he said, "that we are not that far removed from when I was chasing the record. If you think that, you are fooling yourself. A lot of things have happened in this country, but we have so far to go. There's not a whole lot that has changed.
    "We can talk about baseball. Talk about politics. Sure, this country has a black president, but when you look at a black president, President Obama is left with his foot stuck in the mud from all of the Republicans with the way he's treated. We have moved in the right direction, and there have been improvements, but we still have a long ways to go.
    "The bigger difference is back then they had hoods. Now they have neckties and starched shirts."
This of course did not go over well in our brave new post-racial society:
    The Atlanta Braves have been deluged with hate mail after baseball great Hank Aaron's recent comments about racism in America and President Obama's critics.
    According to USA Today, the Braves organization has received hundreds of letters, emails and phone calls since Aaron made his comments a week ago.
So the response to Hank Aaron saying that racism in America isn't over yet is hundreds of letters attacking him for saying it:
    Edward invokes the epithet five times in four sentences, closing with, "My old man instilled in my mind from a young age, the only good (racial slur) is a dead (racial slur)." [...]
    Marion calls Aaron a "racist scumbag.'' Ronald won't attend another Braves' game until Aaron is fired. Mark calls Aaron a "classless,racist.'' David says that he will burn Aaron's I Had A Hammer autobiography.
Seems an odd reaction to Aaron's statement that Obama's treatment from Republicans shows "we have a long way to go." We may have to get Brit Hume and the Fox News crew to better explain it to us.

It's pretty bold that Fox News can make big sweeping claims, then ignore those claims when they are wrong. But that's the way of it.

Family values as seen by a leading Republican.

Well, there's a little bit of fault to go around.

Right-wing "Patriots" - little men trying to act like big men and not clear on the concept.

Another thought on Cliven Bundy

When your governor is owned by big business...

Who runs our government?

Wal*Mart - it's not really all that cheap.

Fox News presents a distorted view of "values"

If our country is going down the tubes, where do those tubes lead?

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Serious crazy talk.

Ayn Rand - Russian hero of the libertarians and far-right - debunks religion.

Shooting report

Surprised? Still lots of guns available so that folks can shoot each other.

Gun control: Because not even the good guys get it right.

Good advice for the right wing.

The Republican agenda

What's good for the goose is good for the gander, isn't that right NSA?

Now now - they'll pass some bills when Obama is out of office.

The offical drink of the Republican Party

It only counts when the Democrats are in charge.

And this is why the GOP resists raising the minimum wage.

The IRS needs more auditors to keep more people honest. Really - there are people who aren't honest.

Republicans show utter disrespect for the middle class and the poors.

I stopped donating to United Way many years ago because they, in turn, donate to the scouts.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Religion - It's really all about the selfish you.

Religion for when reason fails you.

This should be funny: Can the pot call the kettle black?

SCOTUS To Consider Ban On Campaign Lies (Click here to read more)

HOPE YEN and SAM HANANEL - April 16, 2014, 11:21 AM EDT3248
WASHINGTON (AP) - Negative campaigning and mudslinging may be a fact of life in American politics, but can false accusations made in the heat of an election be punished as a crime?
That debate makes its way to the Supreme Court next week as the justices consider a challenge to an Ohio law that bars false statements about political candidates during a campaign. The case has attracted national attention, with groups across the political spectrum criticizing the law as a restriction on the First Amendment right to free speech.
Even Ohio's attorney general, Republican Mike DeWine, says he has serious concerns about the law. His office filed two briefs in the case, one from staff lawyers obligated to defend the state and another expressing DeWine's personal view that the law "may chill constitutionally protected political speech."
"The thing we see time and time again in political campaigns is that candidates use the law to game the system by filing a complaint," DeWine said in an interview with The Associated Press.
In an attempt at humor, satirist P.J. O'Rourke and the libertarian Cato Institute filed a widely circulated brief ridiculing the law and defending political smear tactics as a cornerstone of American democracy.

Shooting report

Why the NRA's arguments are so stupid - reason #53. Without background checks, we have to take it on each person's word, as they buy a gun, that they are in fact going to be a "good guy with a gun." Background checks would allow us to verify that.