Saturday, September 05, 2015

Franklin Graham to visit all 50 states in attempt to turn America into a theocracy. Well that's helpful.

Courtesy of Opposing Views: 

Rev. Franklin Graham recently announced his Decision America Tour, which will travel to all 50 states in 2016 to encourage Christians to vote for Christians, and to urge Christians to run for political positions on federal, state and local levels. 

In an op-ed penned for Charisma News, Graham recalled Nehemiah, from the Bible, who supervised the rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem in 52 days even though he faced opposition from Samaritans, Ammonites, Arabs and Philistines. 

Graham claimed: "America's walls of biblical morality are crumbling," and "Christianity and our religious freedoms are under siege. Progressives and secularists want to see God removed from everything and to burn every gate of protection." 

Graham didn't say which religious freedoms were "under siege," or name any progressives and secularists who wanted "God removed from everything."

You know usually these Fundamentalist asshats are a little more subtle, but apparently Graham is tired of pussy footing around. 

And who can blame him? With millennials turning away from the church in droves, and science answering more and more of the questions that were once considered unanswerable, Christians are seeing their power base crumbling all around them in this country.

So of course they are going to make an aggressive and clumsy grab for power.

However Franklin Graham is going to have to face the fact that he is a dinosaur, and his superstitions are no longer finding favor with many of the young people who will someday lead this country into the new enlightenment.

I only hope I can hang on long enough to see it fore myself.

I agree totally.

Yet another reason why I fight so hard to defend the liberal label.

Friday, September 04, 2015

I'm trying hard not to see this as creepy.

Courtesy of Bristol Palin's Pikore account:

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Yes that IS a picture of Bristol's employer  plastered on her chst.

Happy 75th Doc!!!

Oh and she was not alone.

Lawyer for Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who refuses to issue marriage licenses to "teh" gays, claims that his client is being persecuted like the Nazis persecuted the Jews. Update!

Courtesy of Right Wing Watch: 

Yesterday, Davis’ attorney, Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel, appeared on “Crosstalk” to defend Davis, claiming that she is simply trying to do her job, or at least, her job as she sees it. He even likened her to a Jewish person living under Nazi rule. 

When host Jim Schneider of VCY America asked why Davis won’t resign, he said that the county’s residents support her and “she’d probably be able to win the governor’s seat right now rather than just the clerk of Rowan County. She’s there to do a duty, a job and the job duty was changed.” 

“Does that mean that if you’re Christian, don’t apply here; if you’re a Jew, you gotta get — what happened in Nazi Germany, what happened there first, they removed the Jews from government public employment, then they stopped patronizing them in their private businesses, then they continued to stigmatize them, then they were the ‘problems,’ then they killed them,” Staver said. “The fact of the matter is, she has a right to this employment and you don’t lose your constitutional liberties just because you are employed by the government.” 

Yes being jailed for refusing to follow the law, while discriminating against gay people, is JUST like when the Nazis carted the Jewish people off to the gas chambers.

Why didn't I see that before?

Oh and there are plenty of people willing to take the "Christian persecution" metaphor and run with it.

Here is more from the fine folks over at Wonkette:

So glad that we can have a reasonable debate concerning the rule of law with these people.

Of course while all this is going on marriage licenses are being handed out to gay couples in Rowan County like Tic Tacs. 

Update: I think this belongs here.


Sarah Palin writes article about President Obama's trip to Alaska using "Denali" as her nom de plume. No, I am not kidding.

Sarah Palin February 20, 2008.
Okay so either I am having another LSD flashback (I swear I thought they were just sugar cubes.) or Sarah Palin just passive aggressively threw her daughter, and her daughter's ghostwriter under the bus by using the name that the Secret Service gave her as her byline for this article entitled "What the President didn't see from Alaska."

As you can imagine it is full of attacks on the President, though unlike her Facebook posts there is an attempt at civility.

Here are a few of the low lights.

It starts off with this qualifier:

NOTE: “Denali” was the name assigned to Gov. Sarah Palin by the United States Secret Service during the 2008 campaign. Her husband’s code name, per Secret Service, was “Driller.” 

Of course WE already explained all that days ago.

There is a little gentle teasing at first:

While here, he enjoyed spectacular autumn weather which he commemorated with many selfies on a stick. He danced, he held a fish, he hiked a glacier (thankfully not the Mendenhal Glacier, for that chunk of ice is, literally, the size of Rhode Island. Instead, he enjoyed one of the other 100,000 Alaskan glaciers). And, he renamed a mountain…our mountain…the tallest peak on the North America continent.

That's really all Palin says about the renaming, which kind of leaves Nancy French and Bristol out on that iceberg of ignorance all on their own. Now that is cold.

But enough with the sweet talk, time for Palin to pull off the mittens. Which she does by jabbing Obama over his message concerning climate change:

Unlike most tourists, the President heads home now with his enormous fleet of transport vehicles – ironically after plenty of finger pointing on this Global Warming tour. Astoundingly, with just this one trip, a bigger carbon footprint was created than what 33 cars combined would create in an entire year.

Never going to stop being that mean girl from Wasilla High are you Sarah?

Oh here is one of the conservative's favorite new talking points, the Chinese ships in the Bering Sea.

Five Chinese warships off our Alaska coast – right there in the Bering Sea this morning – a signal that growing Superpowers like China (and Russia, with its recent brazen claims to lands and waterways that a sleepy America should be claiming) are no longer respectful of America, nor intimidated.

Bristol's ghostwriter also made some hay with this.

However the facts are that the Chinese are breaking no laws as those are international waters, and the Defense Department does not characterize their actions as a threat:

Another official told the Wall Street Journal the defence department did not "characterise anything they're doing as threatening".

I am not sure what Palin would have President Obama do, short of sending Donald Trump out on a rubber raft to start insulting them until they left the area.

Palin, sorry "Denali," also bitched about all of the oil still underground in Alaska that has not been ripped out, burnt, and released as a toxin into our atmosphere.

She then dinged the President for not visiting any of the military bases: 

The Commander in Chief wasn’t able to make time to visit with Alaska’s 22,000-plus active duty military personnel proudly fighting for our freedom. We’ll thank the troops for you, sir.

Hang on I have to wipe the venom off of my keyboard.

And then Palin complained that the President did not visit one of Franklin Graham's bullshit charities:

Next time I hope the President can take a minute to visit groups like Franklin Graham’s “Operation Heal our Patriots” near Bristol Bay; the faith-based charity working to heal scars inflicted in war.

Does she mean scars inflicted by the wars that George W. Bush started, and President Obama ended, thereby saving perhaps hundreds of American military lives?

Then, believe it or not, Snowdrift Snooki complains that Obama did not bother to confirm that yes you can see Russia from Alaska. (Damn she simply CANNOT let things go can she?)

The article ends with this blurb:

Denali served as Alaska’s 9th Governor, the youngest and first woman governor of America’s largest state. Prior to serving as Governor she was Mayor and Manager of the state’s fastest growing community, then went on to regulate energy development as Chairman of Alaska’s Oil & Gas Commission. Denali’s husband, a Yupik Eskimo from Dillingham, is the four-time “Iron Dog” race champion, is a pilot, and worked for nearly two decades as an oil field production operator in Prudhoe Bay. The family owns and operates a commercial fishing business in Bristol Bay.

Can you believe that shit?

Now if you will excuse me I have to go rinse my brain out with disinfectant.

Watching the Hillary Clinton interview on MSNBC right now. Update!

I have to say that while I am convinced that Hillary did not break the law, she is not coming off  as terribly believable here.

I don't really like Andrea Mitchell as a rule, but she is holding Hillary's feet to the fire here.

Already asked Hillary about being perceived as a liar, and is now asking her about her likability deficit. Hillary answers like a policy wonk, instead of with an emotional response.

Hillary refuses to answer questions about Joe Biden.  That is smart on her part.

Hillary is now defending the Iran deal. And explaining how she will enforce it, and expand upon it, when she is elected President.

Calls Donald Trump's campaign an "unfortunate development in American politics."

Hilary: Trump great at "innuendo, conspiracy theories and defaming people."

A few tweets:

Hillary now talking about women's rights. This is her strong suit.

Damn, Andrea is asking Hillary if she is worried that this nomination is slipping away, again. Even mentioned the tears on the 2008 campaign trail.

Okay the interview is over, and I think overall Hillary did well. She was controlled, consistent, and confident.

Updatge: Hillary's response on the e-mails. (This took place before I started live blogging.):  

She explained that she had used a personal email account as a senator from New York and didn't spend much time considering alternatives when she became secretary of state in 2009. "I did all my business on my personal email [in the Senate]," Clinton said. "I was not thinking a lot when I got in [to the State Department]. There was so much work to be done. We had so many problems around the world. I didn't really stop and think what kind of email system will there be." 

"This was fully above board, people knew I was using a personal email, I did it for convenience. I sent emails that I thought were work related to people's dot gov accounts," she added.

I am not sure that it will placate many critics (Actually I know it won't.), but it seems that not thinking about the personal e-mail and how it might be perceived by others will ultimately be her explanation and defense.

Texas, where they don't just spout anti-gay rhetoric, they amplify it.

Courtesy of Raw Story:  

Earlier this week, video posted on social media captured part of a sermon about homosexuality at The Door Christian Fellowship Church’s nightly tent revival at Leroy Elmore Park. 

“I still believe that God made Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve,” the pastor says in the video. “I don’t care who told you it’s okay, God says it’s an abomination.” 

“A fag is still a fag, and a dike is still a dike!” he shouts. “If it walks like a duck and if it quacks like a duck, it’s a cotton-picking duck!” 

“And I can’t stand men saying, ‘I need to get in touch with my feminist side!’ Have you looked in the mirror, brother? Don’t get me going!”

Well gee, he seems nice.

When questioned by the folks at local Texas affiliate KCBD Pastor Anthony Saavedra stood by his hateful rhetoric: 

"We preach on sin in general in the eyes of God," Saavedra said. "Sin is sin. Homosexuality is the part that is being mentioned, which the bible does say is an abomination…and we do believe it is a sin."

Despite complaints the pastor claimed that he would continue shouting his anti-gay invective's into his  microphone for the remainder of the week.

Perhaps an LGBT group could put up a tent directly across from Pastor Homophobe and start yelling into a microphone at the top of their lungs that archaeologists can find NO evidence of the Exodus mentioned in the Bible, that Egyptians had NO Jewish slaves, and that Jesus could NOT have been the Messiah because he was not a direct descendant from King David.

Just a thought.

Arizona man tries to prove that gun will not fire by shooting himself in the head. Sounds unconvincing to me.

Courtesy of HuffPo:  

A 23-year-old Phoenix man is in critical condition after shooting himself in the head while trying to show that a handgun could not be fired while he had the safety mechanism engaged. 

The Navajo County Sheriff's Office said Christen Reece fired his handgun Wednesday while shooting with six other people outside Overgaard in eastern Arizona.

Fortunately for this dimwit he was not killed, and instead will survive to undoubtedly do some thing just as stupid in the future.

Now see in my opinion there should be a law that as soon as some idiot shoots himself in the head and lives, THAT should be the last time he is allowed to purchase a firearm.

"I'm sorry Spanky. You shot your own damn self in your own damn head, so no more boom boom toys for you."

I just don't see that as being unreasonable.

P.S. more detail on the shooting here. And yes, alcohol was involved.

One of our bloggers wrote a book.

So Malia Litman, of Malia Litman's blog, has written a book.

I have not yet read it so I cannot give a full throated endorsement, but if you like Malia's writing on the blog then there is a good chance you will enjoy this as well.

I always like to promote books written by fellow bloggers or folks who are writing about Sarah Palin in factual manner.

Malia of course is both.