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Rich Lowry, Entrenched D.C. “Journalist,” Says Four Boys Who Where Blown Up on the Beach in Gaza Last Week Should Have Gotten Out of the Way

Israeli Flag

There’s this by way of history.

And then there’s this:

Rich Lowry: Boys Killed By Israelis On Gaza Beach Should Have Gotten Out Of The Way

Since when are ten, eleven, 12 year-year-old boys playing soccer on a beach supposed to know a bomb launched by the IDF is going to drop on them?  And how are they supposed to know that? And since when do armies target little boys?

Oh, wait.  Since Israel!

Maybe they had bad parents.  Maybe the sand was too dry for them to get good traction.  Maybe the sun was in their eyes.

Maybe…  Maybe… Maybe…

Anything but Israel’s bombing little kids!

 

 

 

July 20, 2014 at 7:16 PM 2 comments

Watch Israeli Missiles Fly Directly Through the Windows of Apartment Buildings in Gaza

Chilling:

Published on Jul 20, 2014

Missile camera: Precision strikes by the IDF Navy.

(Via.)

The Israelis have state of the art weapons (thanks in part to Our U.S. Tax Dollars)

July 20, 2014 at 12:50 PM Leave a comment

About Yelling at Immigrant C-h-i-l-d-r-e-n / My Tweet of the Day

So good:

Twet of hte Day 7-20-14

(Via Rex Huppke on Twitter)

 

July 20, 2014 at 12:08 PM Leave a comment

Any Bets on How Long it Will Take CNN to Delete This Tweet?

Truth does tend to seep out, eventually, in baby steps, albeit slowly.

CNN is actually showing Israelis cheering while rockets rain down on Gaza? Isn’t that forbidden?  I mean, Israelis are kind, peaceful people who are only trying to defend themselves, right?

Cnn cheers bombings

(Via CNN on Twitter at 7:24 p.m. ET.)

July 17, 2014 at 6:52 PM Leave a comment

UPDATE: Children Are Dying in Religious Wars Circa 2014

Here’s a photo that adds dimension to this post I put up earlier today:

Civilians rushed to help after explosions hit a beach where children were playing in Gaza City. Four Palestinian boys died. Credit Tyler Hicks:The New York Times

Civilians rushed to help after explosions hit a beach where children were playing in Gaza City [on July 16, 2014.]. Four Palestinian boys died. (Image via the NYTimes.com / Tyler Hicks / The New York Times)

(Via.)

July 16, 2014 at 7:09 PM Leave a comment

Guardian Reporter Witnesses Four Boys in Gaza Die After Being Bombed by Israel This Afternoon

Gaza Bombing 7-16-14

Here’s the account he just put up at the Guardian‘s website:

The retaining wall of Gaza’s harbour sticks out into the Mediterranean about 100 metres from the terrace of al-Deira hotel, base to many of the journalists covering the conflict in Gaza. The first of the artillery shells came in a little after 4pm on Wednesday as I was writing on the hotel’s terrace.

There is a deafening explosion as it hits a structure on the pier, a place we have seen hit before, where fishermen usually store their nets. Behind the smoke, I see four figures running, silhouettes whose legs are pumping raggedly. They clear the smoke. From their size it is clear they are a man and three young boys.

Where the harbour wall ends and the beach starts, there are a few brightly coloured tents and chairs for beach users in more peaceful times. The four figures jump on to the beach and begin running towards us and the safety of the hotel.

Only afterwards do we discover there are four others who are dead, all children, lying on the wall. I am shown a picture of one of the dead boys, his skin scorched and bruised. Their names are released later: Ahed Bakr, aged 10; Zakaria, 10; and two other boys from the Bakr family, both named Mohammad, aged 11 and nine.

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July 16, 2014 at 11:25 AM Leave a comment

Not a Good First Day for Georgia’s New “Guns Everywhere” Law

Paul Broun on Wikipedia

Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) (Image via Wikimedia)

On Tuesday, July 1, 2014, Georgia’s new “Safe Carry Protection Act” went into effect.

Certifiably insane Georgia Congressman Paul Broun (R) explained the Act on Newsmax yesterday afternoon:

“We know that when law abiding citizens — who know how to use one — have one on their person, it helps to prevent crime.  A law that I think is going to help prevent shootings, that is going to help prevent crime.”

“We need to go back to the Constitution for not only the First Amendment, but the Second Amendment,” he explained. “Because the First and Second Amendments are the guardians of our liberties. The Second Amendment is the one that really protects all of our liberties that we are given by our Lord, and our God-given rights, and are protected under the Constitution.”

“Folks that don’t understand firearms are fearful of them, but actually firearms have been proven to reduce crime,” he insisted. “We see as we go forward that schools are going to be safer, that anybody around in any locale is going to be safer because someone who understands how to utilize a firearm will be there to protect other folks, and I think it’s going to be a very positive move.”

“These gun-free areas are actually — they’re free-shooting zones for people,” he said. “Because they know that there won’t be anybody there that can stop them.”

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Okay, hold that thought:  This happened yesterday (again, the first day of the new law) in Valdosta, Georgia:

At approximately 3 p.m. Tuesday, police responded to a call regarding a customer dispute at the Enmark on the corner of Park Avenue and North Lee Street.

A man carrying a holstered firearm entered the store to make a purchase. Another customer, also with a holstered firearm, approached him and demanded to see his identification and firearms license, according to the Valdosta Police Department report.

The customer making demands for ID pulled his firearm from its holster but never pointed it at the other customer, who said he was not obligated to show any permits or identification.

He demanded the man’s ID again. Undeterred by the drawn gun, the man paid for his items, left the store and called for police.

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“This is an example of my concern with the new gun law that people will take the law into their own hands which we will not tolerate,” [Police Chief Brian] Childress said.

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Geezus.  Let’s check back in a few years to see how much gun deaths have skyrocketed increased there.

P.S.  Just an aside, Broun’s on his fourth marriage.  I wonder what “our Lord” thinks about that.

 

July 2, 2014 at 2:53 PM 1 comment

The UK Bans Teaching Creationism

GOP Dinasour

 

I predict Republicans will start hating on the U.K. now, like they did during the French Fries/American Fries crisis:

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Many people who value science education are hoping the US takes note of the UK’s good example, but that seems unlikely considering that the UK appears to have taken note of the US’s bad example. Lawmakers in the UK probably realized that if they didn’t make it absolutely clear that creationism wasn’t allowed today, then tomorrow they’d be discussing the need for language banning the teaching of Loch Ness Monsterism.

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If the U.S. banned the teaching of creationism,or more realistically, increased funding for teaching — I know it’s a bad word –  SCIENCE, we might get off the Loch Ness Monster thing.

 

June 19, 2014 at 7:23 PM Leave a comment

Radical Republican Pat Robertson Warns the GOP is Being Taken Over by Radicals

Irony is dead.

Pat Robertson

Back in 2011 Pat Robertson derided Republican primary voters as extremists who were causing the GOP to lose elections by pushing candidates too far to the right.

Today the 700 Club host warned that the party is facing a takeover by “radicals on the right” who will nominate candidates who “aren’t capable of beating the Democrats”

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Today, the 700 Club host warned that the party is facing a takeover by “radicals on the right” who will nominate candidates who “aren’t capable of beating the Democrats.” – See more at: http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/pat-robertson-laments-radicals-right-have-taken-over-gop#sthash.b5HfQKWZ.dpuf

Back in 2011, Pat Robertson derided Republican primary voters as extremists who are causing the GOP to lose elections by pushing candidates too far to right.

Today, the 700 Club host warned that the party is facing a takeover by “radicals on the right” who will nominate candidates who “aren’t capable of beating the Democrats.”

Of course, the Religious Right movement spearheaded by televangelists like Robertson has been one of the forces moving the GOP toward the conservative fringe.

- See more at: http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/pat-robertson-laments-radicals-right-have-taken-over-gop#sthash.b5HfQKWZ.dpuf

May 5, 2014 at 12:42 PM Leave a comment

This is Cliven Bundy — The Republican’s New Hero

Check out this article from Caty Enders at Esquire mag: Life at The Bundy Ranch, Uncensored.

At the Bundy camp last week, pundits and politicians descended on Bunkerville, Nevada, to throw in their American flag hats with the BLM protestors. A FOX news van had been parked by the side of the road for days. Up on the ridge, militia snipers kept a trained watch as Bundy held court, and disciples from far and wide came to share their personal theories as to why the government was enforcing a court order.

But on Thursday, we witnessed a mainstream exodus from Bundy’s flank. Sean Hannity, Bundy’s biggest booster, called his racist remarks “beyond despicable,” but maintained that they should not taint the supporters who “for the right reasons saw this case as government overreach.”

Exactly how difficult was it, though, to determine pretty early on that Bundy and his followers were using the threat of force to back up some terrifyingly misguided beliefs?

During the few hours I visited last week, this was what was said.

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Here’s the condensed version:

Bundy Ranch insanity via buhbyegop on twitter

(Image via BuhByeGOP on Twitter)

I want to be like it was growing up in the 50s too Cliven:  When the United Nations was the hope of the world.  When my father supported he, my mother and my two brothers (on one salary).  We had great public schools and California had essentially free universities.  I trick-or-treated for UNICEF when I was nine-years-old and I thought I could make a difference.  When my 14-year-old self and my girlfriend swooned over 20, 24-year-olds hunks who we saw in the Roosevelt National Forest in Colorado.  That would be before Reagan and his predecessors decided we didn’t need them anymore … the Forest Service caretakers or the forests.

U.S. Forest SErvice guyys

Back in the 50s I’d drink a Dr. Pepper and it had good ol’ sugar in it instead of high fructose corn syrup and it came in a glass bottle instead of one that leached BPA into my brain.

Here’s lookin’ at you Cliven.  The 50s were great in so so many ways but lots has happened since. You might want to Google it.

Woohoo!:  #RepublicanRebranding.

April 26, 2014 at 8:14 PM Leave a comment

What if Your Mailman Refuses to Deliver Your Mail Based on His “Religious Beliefs?”

In the case of Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby, heard by the Supreme Court a few weeks ago, the Court must decide whether a corporation, i.e. Hobby Lobby, can opt out of providing insurance coverage to its employees for certain forms of birth control it objects to. The case, in essence, is about whether corporations — who the Supreme Court has already said are “people” — can have religious beliefs.

If the Court rules in favor of Hobby Lobby, the sky’s the limit.  Imagine a dental practice refusing to treat African Americans because of its supposed “religious beliefs,” or a veterinarian refusing to treat dogs belonging to blond people because of  “religious beliefs.”  I mean, it could get really crazy around here really fast.

Not only that, imagine a USPS letter carrier or a FedEx guy incorporating himself and refusing to deliver mail or packages that violate his/her “religious beliefs,” as in this:  On May 22, the United States Postal Service will debut a “forever stamp” featuring openly-gay San Fransisco Board of Supervisors member Harvey Milk who was assassinated in 1978.

Harvey Milk Stamp

Or what about this:  My husband was a letter carrier for 35 years.  He’s retired now but what if he’d incorporated himself and refused to deliver Republican campaign mail to his patrons, based on, ahem, his “religious beliefs?”

Like I said, it could get really crazy, really fast.

 

 

 

 

April 20, 2014 at 6:31 PM Leave a comment

Happy Easter

I’m thinking about rebirth and renewal and about the possibility that today represents the hope that we humans will find a way to be kinder to each other and much, much more respectful of the plants and animals who (try to) coexist with us on this little sphere we live on.

Fun Summer Wreath

A spring wreath I made out of torn pieces of leftover fabric from pillow covers I made a few years ago.

 

 

April 20, 2014 at 2:35 AM 2 comments

Man Yells “Heil Hitler:” Kills Three at Two Jewish Centers in Kansas City

There’s this:  Shootings at Jewish Centers in Kansas City Leave 3 Dead

And this:

We’ll know more tomorrow.

 

April 13, 2014 at 8:11 PM Leave a comment

What if Republicans Could Run Jesus for President?

The way Republicans talk these days, if Jesus was around, he’d be their guy for president.  Or would he?

Oops!

 

April 10, 2014 at 4:27 PM 2 comments

If Obama Wanted to Spread Islamic Law in the U.S. He’d be a Republican

Maybe the GOP yelling about Obama being a secret Muslim is meant as a distraction for the Islamic-like values they’re pushing:

GOP Muslim 4-8-14

(Via.)

April 8, 2014 at 11:17 AM 1 comment

Fred Phelps: On the Verge of Spending Eternity in Hell

Fred Phelps via Wikipedia

(Image via Wikipedia)

I am not one to speak ill of people who are on their death bed or already dead but I’m making an exception when it comes to Fred Phelps, the founder of the Westboro Baptist Church.  If there is a hell, I don’t hope he’ll spend eternity there, I know he will and that’s fine by me:

Fred Phelps Sr., the founder of the Westboro Baptist Church, is “on the edge of death,” according to a Facebook post Saturday night by his estranged son.

His son, Nathan Phelps says the 84-year-old Westboro founder was voted out of his church late last summer. He was moved into a home in Topeka, Kansas “where he could be watched over,” and ultimately stopped eating and drinking, The Topeka Capital-Journal reports.

“[Fred] is at Midland Hospice House where, as of yesterday [Friday], he is comfortable without the respiratory difficultly [sic] that he was having the day before and is unresponsive,” Nathan Phelps told the Capital-Journal via email. According to the paper, a Westboro spokesman confirmed the elder Phelps is indeed a patient at the hospice.

Phelps Sr. and Westboro are known across the world for their demonstrations and pickets — usually outside the funerals of notable people, victims of disasters, and military personnel — and for their hateful posters and signs condemning LGBT people that say “GOD HATES FAGS,” among others.

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Phelps will be remembered as a man who made hating his life’s work.

March 16, 2014 at 3:31 PM 1 comment

Memo to Arizona’s “Religious Freedom” Fighters: If I Don’t Like Your Mail I Might Not Deliver It

Fireworks via Wikimedia commons

(Image via Wikimedia Commons)

Yo, Arizona, do you really want to go down the road where anyone and everyone can refuse services to people they perceive as violating their “religious freedom?”

Let’s pretend I’m your letter carrier and I’m on my route walking toward your house.  While sifting through the envelopes I’m carrying I see a letter or a solicitation from the NRA or Planned Parenthood.  I’m opposed to one or the other so — per my “religious freedom” and the bill sitting on Governor Jan Brewer’s desk — I refuse service because delivering that letter would go against my “religious freedom” and I toss it.

That’s where you’re going.

Do you want letter carriers to decide what mail you get based on their “religious freedom?”

Seriously?  Think about the ramifications.

(P.S.  Here’s the definition of ramification.)

Oh, and I love how Republicans seem to have driven over their infamous rebranding plan.

February 25, 2014 at 8:53 PM 3 comments

Have Conservatives Gone Over the Cliff Pushing Their Favorite Social Issues?

Wingnuts via Wikipedia

(Image via Wikipedia)

Here’s a perceptive and interesting read from Ed Kilgore over at Talking Points Memo asking whether the right’s so-called “religious liberty” campaign is backfiring:

In 2012, the conservative “campaign for religious liberty” looked like a smart and possibly winning strategic gambit. Aimed specifically at the Affordable Care Act’s contraception coverage mandate, nestled in a broader claim of institutional and individual exemptions from complex and sometimes unpopular laws and regulations, the campaign linked the Conference of U.S. Catholic Bishops with conservative evangelicals and both to the Republican politicians (including presidential candidate Mitt Romney) who made it a new front in both their anti-Obamacare and “family values” messaging.

[...]

Two years later, the “religious liberty” crusade shows signs of backfiring. This very day, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer may veto a bill just passed by a legislature controlled by her own party that provides a broad exemption from discrimination laws to businesses and individuals claiming compliance violates their beliefs. And more generally, an argument that once distracted from the extremist nature of conservative Christian objections to gay rights and reproductive rights is drawing attention to them in a dangerous way.

[...]

Perhaps some non-sectarian Americans instinctively identify with “bakers of conscience” or wedding planners who consider themselves in danger of hellfire for booking hotel ballrooms for Sodomites. But like the fight for the freedom to treat IUDs as death machines, the fight to provide the conservative Christian elements of the wedding industry with plenary indulgences from obedience to the law tends to elicit less sympathy than ridicule from the non-aligned.

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Again, I recommend the whole article.  I think Kilgore may be right.  In their desperation to hold on to the guns, God and gay crowd, conservatives have likely gone too far.  Yes, their base loves what they’re doing but chances are independents are shaking their head at the extremism of it all, this being the most recent example:  Washington lobbyist Jack Burkman on Monday said he is preparing legislation that would ban gay athletes from joining the National Football League.

February 25, 2014 at 11:32 AM Leave a comment

Bravo to Rocco’s Little Chicago Pizza in Tucson, Arizona!

I love this:

Rocco's Little Chicago Pizza

(Image via RoccosLittleChicago.com)

 

Arizona Pizzeria Refuses to Serve Legislators

In the wake of Arizona’s legislature recently passing a law that allows for discrimination (under the guise of religious freedom), a pizzeria in Tucson has decided that it will no longer serve Arizona legislators.

Rocco’s Little Chicago Pizza is taking a stand against the politicians who have voted in favor of Senate Bill 1062 which gives Arizona business owners the right to deny service to gays and others on the basis of religious freedom.

On Thursday the pizzeria posted a photo to its Facebook page (seen above) along with the message “”Funny how just being decent is starting to seem radical these days.”

“A customer posted the sign to my Facebook feed, so I printed it up and laminated it,” owner Anthony Rocco DiGrazia told The Huffington Post Friday (via Facebook). “The response has been overwhelming and almost all positive from across the globe. I just want to serve dinner and own and work in a place I’m proud of. Opening the door to government-sanctioned discrimination, regardless of why, is a huge step in the wrong direction. Thanks for all the support.”

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If you want to send a note of support to Rocco, the address is pizzarocco@gmail.com.

Good move guys!

 

February 22, 2014 at 10:18 AM Leave a comment

Ted Nugent: God Created Buffalo For Us to Kill

Christians say God created the Heaven and the Earth; that He created — everything.

They say we should love and worship all of God’s creatures. (Bravo!)

Ted Nugent says he’s a Christian.

Here’s Ted Nugent’s take on one of God’s animals:

Ted Nugent 2-21-14

February 21, 2014 at 9:11 PM Leave a comment

About Last Night’s Debate Between Bill Nye “The Science Guy” and Ken Ham, the Creationist

As for that debate, here’s my Tweet of the Day which is so spot on:

Tweet of the Day 2-5-14

February 5, 2014 at 8:50 PM Leave a comment

Bill Nye “the Science Guy” Debates Creationist Ken Ham, Live 7:00 PM ET

Watch it here:

February 4, 2014 at 4:50 PM Leave a comment

Listen For the Sound of Heads Exploding: Muslim Holiday to Be Observed in NYC Schools

Heads Exploding image via commons.wikimedia.org

(Image via Commons.Wikimedia.org)

Muslim families in New York City have been requesting official recognition for Islamic holidays in public schools for years now, but they may finally see some changes under new Mayor Bill de Blasio.

On Monday he discussed the issue on the Brian Lehrer Show, declaring that he planned to move forward with closing schools for Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, as well as for the Lunar New Year.

“It is complicated in terms of logistics and school calendar and budget. But it’s something I want to get done in a reasonable time frame,” he said, according to the New York Daily News.

Though Muslims appreciate his efforts, another community is feeling stiffed. De Blasio said on Monday that he hadn’t yet taken a position on whether Diwali should be officially recognized with a day off for public schools. The festival of lights is celebrated in the Hindu, Jain, and Sikh communities and is an important holiday.

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Oh my god, I love this!  Finally, finally someone is moving off the dime that says only high Christian holy days can be officially observed (here, in a nation that was built on the separation of church and state).  In my opinion the federal government has no business designating religious holidays of any kind.  Since it’s already gone there, the government shouldn’t favor one religion over another but turn high holy days in all religions into holidays.

See the problem with starting down that road?

Thank goodness Mayor de Blasio is bring this to the fore.  We need to talk about it.

Newly elected NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio is no stranger to controversy. The inauguration of this communist mayor included a prayer from a pro-Louis Farrakhan, a known anti-Semite, imam. Additionally, a member of De Blasio’s team received an award from the Communist Party USA.

Now, De Blasio has stated that he plans to close city schools for two Muslim holidays and the Lunar New Year. As reported in the New York Daily News, De Blasio wants to get these holidays in place as quickly as possible.

Appearing on WNYC’s “Brian Lehrer Show” on Monday, the mayor said he hadn’t taken a position on whether Diwali, the festival of lights celebrated in India and other South Asian countries, should be a day off from school.

But he said he’d move forward with closing schools for Lunar New Year and for Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, Muslim holy days.

“It is complicated in terms of logistics and school calendar and budget. But it’s something I want to get done in a reasonable time frame,” he said.

 

- See more at: http://www.tpnn.com/2014/02/04/nyc-mayor-de-blasio-to-close-schools-for-muslim-holidays/#sthash.rjQ0goHa.dpuf

Newly elected NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio is no stranger to controversy. The inauguration of this communist mayor included a prayer from a pro-Louis Farrakhan, a known anti-Semite, imam. Additionally, a member of De Blasio’s team received an award from the Communist Party USA.

Now, De Blasio has stated that he plans to close city schools for two Muslim holidays and the Lunar New Year. As reported in the New York Daily News, De Blasio wants to get these holidays in place as quickly as possible.

Appearing on WNYC’s “Brian Lehrer Show” on Monday, the mayor said he hadn’t taken a position on whether Diwali, the festival of lights celebrated in India and other South Asian countries, should be a day off from school.

But he said he’d move forward with closing schools for Lunar New Year and for Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, Muslim holy days.

“It is complicated in terms of logistics and school calendar and budget. But it’s something I want to get done in a reasonable time frame,” he said.

 

- See more at: http://www.tpnn.com/2014/02/04/nyc-mayor-de-blasio-to-close-schools-for-muslim-holidays/#sthash.rjQ0goHa.dpuf

Newly elected NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio is no stranger to controversy. The inauguration of this communist mayor included a prayer from a pro-Louis Farrakhan, a known anti-Semite, imam. Additionally, a member of De Blasio’s team received an award from the Communist Party USA.

Now, De Blasio has stated that he plans to close city schools for two Muslim holidays and the Lunar New Year. As reported in the New York Daily News, De Blasio wants to get these holidays in place as quickly as possible.

Appearing on WNYC’s “Brian Lehrer Show” on Monday, the mayor said he hadn’t taken a position on whether Diwali, the festival of lights celebrated in India and other South Asian countries, should be a day off from school.

But he said he’d move forward with closing schools for Lunar New Year and for Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, Muslim holy days.

“It is complicated in terms of logistics and school calendar and budget. But it’s something I want to get done in a reasonable time frame,” he said.

 

- See more at: http://www.tpnn.com/2014/02/04/nyc-mayor-de-blasio-to-close-schools-for-muslim-holidays/#sthash.rjQ0goHa.dpuf

February 4, 2014 at 3:34 PM 2 comments

You Can Call Yourself a Christian If…

Just sayin’:

If You call yourself a christian

(Via.)

February 2, 2014 at 7:24 PM Leave a comment

Do You Want Your Tax Dollars Spent on Religious Teachings?

Check out this map:

Map Creationism Taught in Schools via Slate

(Image via Slate.com)

Here’s the legend:

Legend Where Creationism is Taught via Slate

(Image via Slate.com)

(Via.)

I’m in Colorado, where there are six or seven “orange” schools, so my tax dollars are going to teach creationism.  Creationism is a religious belief.  I don’t want my tax dollars going to the teaching of religious beliefs, even if they’re my religious beliefs.  The teaching of religious beliefs belongs in church.  Period.

This is the kind of thing the Founders were worried about when they stressed the importance of the separation of church and state.

 

January 27, 2014 at 1:58 PM Leave a comment

Keep the Government of Texas Out of Marlise Munoz’s Hospital Room

ICU via wikimedia commons

(Image via Wikimedia Commons)

This happened today:

For the first time, John Peter Smith Hospital acknowledges that Marlise Munoz, who is being kept on a respirator under Texas law, has been brain dead since November 28 and that the “fetus gestating inside Mrs. Munoz is not viable,” according to court documents released before a Friday hearing.

The woman’s husband has repeatedly made these claims in his efforts to have her removed from the machines so the family can bury her.

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Interesting timing. The hospital must have seen the writing on the wall because just an hour or so later, this happened:

A judge on Friday ordered a Texas hospital to remove life support for a pregnant, brain-dead woman whose family had argued that she would not want to be kept in that condition.

Judge R. H. Wallace Jr. issued the ruling in the case of Marlise Munoz. John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth has been keeping Munoz on life support against her family’s wishes. The judge gave the hospital until 5 p.m. CST Monday to remove life support.

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Now we wait to see if the hospital appeals, which it has a right to do.

I have a question:  No matter when Ms. Munoz is finally allowed to rest in peace, who pays the bill for the time (going on two months now) the hospital kept her alive against the wishes of her family?  The hospital better the hell eat those costs. If they have the gall to send Mr. Munoz a bill, omg, I can’t imagine.

Bottom line:  This is about religious zealots in Texas passing laws that impose their religious beliefs on everyone, like the Taliban does in Pakistan.  The Founding Fathers were right:  There must be a separation between church and state.

 

January 24, 2014 at 6:47 PM 2 comments

Pope Francis: Mothers, It’s Okay if You Breastfeed Your Babies in Church

There are some things I’m loving about Pope Francis.  This, for one:

Pope Francis via Wikipedia

(Image via Wikipedia)

During a ceremony on Sunday in which he baptized 32 children, Pope Francis implored the mothers in attendance — one of whom wasn’t married in the Church — to breastfeed their children, should they become hungry.

“Today, the choir will sing, but the most beautiful choir of all is the choir of the infants who will make a noise. Some will cry because they are not comfortable or because they are hungry,” the Pope said, according to The Independent.

“If they are hungry, mothers, feed them, without thinking twice. Because they are the most important people here.”

The Pope, who arrived at the Sistine Chapel in a Ford Focus, said in an interview last month that mothers should not feel uncomfortable breastfeeding their children during ceremonies he officiates.

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Finally, after what, 2,000 years?

January 13, 2014 at 2:29 PM Leave a comment

SCOTUS Refuses to Affirm Arizona’s 20-Week Abortion Ban

Supreme Court building via smithsonianmag.com

Good:

The Supreme Court has rejected Arizona’s bid to put in place its ban on most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

The justices on Monday declined to reconsider a lower court ruling that the law violates a woman’s constitutionally protected right to terminate a pregnancy before a fetus is able to survive outside the womb.

“Viability” of a fetus is generally considered to start at 24 weeks. Normal pregnancies run about 40 weeks.

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It looks like the Constitution is getting in the Tea Party’s and the religious right’s way, though they claim to be its great defenders.

January 13, 2014 at 10:05 AM Leave a comment

Israel: Tear Down That Wall!

St. James’ Church in central London unveiled an eight-meter-high replica of the Israeli-built concrete wall that entirely surrounds the Palestinian city of Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank, the traditional birthplace of Jesus.

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“This wall is symbolic of walls all over the world that divide and confine peoples, restricting free movement and dominating the imagination of those who live behind them,” the festival website explains.

“We believe that bridges not walls are the only lasting foundation for peace. On Sunday 5th January at the end of the festival, the eve of the Feast of the Epiphany, the Wall itself will be transformed into a symbol of peace and hope.”

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I don’t understand how Israelis, having themselves been so persecuted over the millenia, are apparently guilt-free doing the same thing to the Palestinians.

December 25, 2013 at 8:52 PM Leave a comment

Christianity in the World — a Quiz

Heavenly light via Wikimedia Commons

(Image via Wikimedia Commons)

From Pew:

The World’s Christian Population – Take Our Quiz

Shocking (not):  There are fewer Christians in the world that the U.S. corporate media would have me believe.

December 23, 2013 at 8:58 PM Leave a comment

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