February 28, 2005
Put Your Ass Where Your Mouth Is
February 26, 2005
You Can't Have It Both Ways Pt. 2
February 24, 2005
The Truth Hurts
February 23, 2005
Lining Up The Ducks
February 20, 2005
Too Little, Too Late
February 18, 2005
It's Up To Hawks To Heed The Call-Up
All you Bush voters out there with kids in high school, you are about to get what you asked for. Step up to the plate. Clear a space on the mantelpiece for that folded US flag. If you don't dig that too much, you can always have the kid pretend he's queer. Ah, irony.....
Boob tube alert: Tonight at 10pm Central, another season of Real Time with Bill Maher begins on HBO. If you don't have cable, you need it if only to watch that.
February 15, 2005
It's The Paycheck, Stupid
According to Frank, one of the (purposely) overlooked solutions for the Social Security "crisis" is simply to raise wages just one percent above the current growth rate, thus generating more contributions that will ensure stability for at least the next 55 years.
But, "under privatization, all guarantees are off", says Frank. "Your retirement is tied solely to the size of your portfolio, which in turn is tied to your willingness to work--longer hours, and on the boss's terms. The new economics of retirement will thus pay dividends in increased workforce discipline and will also force millions to continue working well into their retirement years, enlarging the labor force and helping to keep wages down."
In 1985, I began working full-time as a union fish butcher at $9.06 an hour. I have a 62-year old relative currently working at Wal-Mart making $7.50 an hour. When she hits 65, I'll buy her a nice walker with tennis balls on the feet for easy gliding around the store.
February 12, 2005
Ja, Herr Apotheker!
February 11, 2005
I'll Believe It When I See It
"Many of the Gatekeepers say they know evangelicalism is seen by many as being preoccupied with personal holiness and transformation and less so with bettering society. Several said there's something to that, talking of their frustration that many evangelicals care little for social justice beyond the two hot-button issues of abortion and same-sex rights.
Rev. Erwin Lutzer: 'The intrusion of evangelicalism into politics, though very well-intended, also has some negative fallout,' he acknowledged. 'When the evangelical church stepped into the political arena, it actually made itself a target, I think, in the wider communities in America.'
Rev. Bill Hybels: 'I think some evangelicals have put too much emphasis on what Christ's followers are against.'
Rev. Mark Jobe: 'The face of evangelicals is an angry face, protesting something, rather than people that are serving or helping or reaching out. There are things that turn my stomach in society, that make me angry or make me sad. But I think the heart of Jesus is much more one of serving the hungry, the needy and the poor....than what we're against.'"
Well, we'll just fucking wait and see, won't we?
February 10, 2005
February 08, 2005
Gospel In, Garbage Out
"..... liberal and moderate writers make the same mistaken assumption about what's causing right wing Christians to become more actively intolerant towards people who are different from themselves: that intolerance and persecution fly in the face of Christian teachings, hence represent hypocrisy. And if that's all it is, then we need only alert them to this fact and they, being Christians, will be horrified to realize that they've been led astray, repent, and change their ways.
My friend, the truth hurts: Intolerance has become a standard "Christian" teaching in conservative circles and is now a badge of honor. It's now the most readily observable hallmark of the virtuous and courageous conservative Christian.
Because intolerance is now a virtue to be acquired rather than a vice to be cast away, there is nothing that you or I can say to awaken the conscience of conservative Christians. They're too far gone, for their beliefs have changed radically over the last few years. They worship a different God than the one we grew up with; perhaps it's more accurate to say that they worship the Old Testament God, without the moderating influence of Jesus, who's considered symbolic and sweet and nice-but nobody whose teachings must be obeyed.
Ask a conservative Christian about Jesus' teachings, and you'll be told that they're wonderful spiritual teachings-for the inner life, not the outer."
This is why these proud-to-be-assholes can see right through Democrats who are suddenly promoting faith and values, and why they'll never be swayed by intellectuals such as Whitehurst who, for some reason, feel the need to believe in the same (slightly less harsh) imaginary friend that they do. It's time to start being more on the offensive with this cult that, for all their talk about backwards Islamic countries, would love nothing more than to turn this one into (even more of) a religious state.
February 07, 2005
As Safe As It Gets
February 06, 2005
You Can't Have It Both Ways
They should send the petition over to the DNC, I'm sure they'll be happy to sign.
February 05, 2005
Democrats Convene Group to Develop 'Faith Agenda'
The Christers may be crazy, but they are not stupid.
February 04, 2005
(Sidebar: Last week at work while watching the news reports on the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, the concentration camp jokes started flying. Finally one guy says, "Hey, that shit isn't funny; my grandfather was killed in Auschwitz.....he fell out of the guard tower and broke his fuckin' neck!" Laughter all around.)
What they are too thick to figure out besides equating Islam, and never Christianity, with terrorism (a whole other subject) is that publicly talking shit and especially taking Polaroids of shit just recruits more "terrorists". Fuck, even Ted Nugent has more tact.
February 03, 2005
It's Time To Harvest The Crust From Your Eyes
While I was looking for the goddamned remote, I coudn't help overhearing what Oprah was talking about. Oprah was upset. Oprah was grossed out. The audience was upset. The audience was grossed out. Christ, I thought, could she actually be discussing from her huge national platform upsetting things like the fucked-up wars, the Right's attack on Social Security, christians picking on queers, airline employees being raped of their pensions, or insane neocons and their suckhole Democrat buddies?
It was gum.
Fucking chewing gum.
In case you were wondering, Oprah hates gum. Gum grosses her out. She doesn't allow her staff to chew it around her and she doesn't allow it in her house. Unfortunately, someone got gum past her once. She told the story of a friend and her adult daughter who came over for dinner and at the table the daughter TOOK OUT HER GUM AND PUT IT ON HER PLATE (big "eeeeewwwwww!" from the audience) and when they left later that evening she THREW THE PLATE AWAY (big cheer from the audience). Cut to a commercial for Cialis.
JESUS H. CHRIST IN A CHICKEN BASKET, WHAT THE HOLY FUCK???
There, I feel (a little) better.