"Announcing your plans is a good way to hear god laugh." - Al Swearingen
Monday, March 07, 2005
Rev Phelps at it again
A Topeka, Kansas anti-gay and lesbian group picketed near Truett-McConnell College Saturday in Cleveland, protesting against the Gay-Straight Alliance Club.
Every time someone liberal says something the slightest bit out of the mainstream, we are all attacked for not immediately condemning them.
So, Christians and conservatives, does your silence in this matter mean you agree with the Reverend PHelps? Do you, too, "thank God for 9-11"? posted by lazarus | 15:39 | |
Friday, March 04, 2005
The Weak Faith of the Religious Right DailyKos diaryist advisorjim has a very interesting post about the religous right.
Emphasis is mine.
How very, very true. posted by RogueTrooper | 07:16 | |
Thursday, March 03, 2005
Christians demand audit of 'alternative' dramas Over the last couple of months there has been an escalation of direct action, or threats thereof, by British "God-botherers" .
Now, nobody goes to church anymore in the United Kingdom. For the vast majority of British "Christians" church is where your friends and family get married ( if they want a nice backdrop for their wedding photos ) or buried. This does not stop this particular nasty group of happy clappies claiming that they have majority support for their views. posted by RogueTrooper | 05:50 | |
Tuesday, February 22, 2005
Pope Calls Gay Marriage Part of 'Ideology of Evil' I can't even begin to come up with a response to this.[blockquote]Homosexual marriages are part of "a new ideology of evil" that is insidiously threatening society, Pope John Paul says in a new book published Tuesday.
In "Memory and Identity," the Pope also calls abortion a "legal extermination" comparable to attempts to wipe out Jews and other groups in the 20th century.
In one section about the role of lawmakers, the Pope takes another swipe at gay marriages when he refers to "pressures" on the European Parliament to allow them.
"It is legitimate and necessary to ask oneself if this is not perhaps part of a new ideology of evil, perhaps more insidious and hidden, which attempts to pit human rights against the family and against man," he writes.[/blockquote]
posted by lazarus | 14:25 | |
Tuesday, February 15, 2005
CNN.com - Parents challenge weekly?Bible classes - Feb 12, 2005 At least we're not a bad theocracy like those Muslims, right?:
"When Heather and Logan Ward's son entered public kindergarten this fall, they were shocked to discover that pupils were taken from class to a nearby church for weekly Bible lessons."posted by lazarus | 13:15 | |
Friday, February 04, 2005
Welcome to the new Ungodly Politics The few of you who still check in will have noticed that posts have been scarce. To be honest, after the election I got rather bummed about the idea of blogging. What was the point?
After all, there are bunches of great political blogs already out there. Just look at the list on the right. ---------->
So I'm just another voice in the choir, and maybe not a great voice at that.
Then something happened. One of my best friends, Khephra, a poster at Democratic Underground, passed away. Kef was active in a lot of areas, but his biggest concern was the hijacking of our country by the religious right.
As may be obvious from the name, that topic was my original intention for this blog. But over time, I drifted into general political bloggery, because that's easier.
So I'm announcing a re-launching of Ungodly Politics, dedicated to the memory of Khephra. We will now be focused almost entirely on religion and politics. If anyone has any good links to blogs on this topic, let me know. posted by lazarus | 14:47 | |
The Panda's Thumb: Is ID Unfairly Censored? The Panda's Thumb: Is ID Unfairly Censored?
This is an AWESOME smackdown of a horrible argument for ID. posted by lazarus | 14:42 | |
Tuesday, January 25, 2005
The Spanish Inquisition? From the eagle-eyed posters of Democratic Underground...
I used to get annoyed about these things but then I realised that these treasonous opponents of the Republic are counting on my annoyance.
Now, this particular piece of religious tomfollery is no doubt a hand me down from last years general election: A spiritual hit squad meant to go hand in hand with the secular, but no less mendacious, Swift Boat Liars.. Now, no doubt, having just finished reading their press release you may have noticed that their expanded lists of �heretics�, apart from Susan Collins, are all Democrats. I suppose that piece of sophistry just makes it harder to accuse them of partisan hackery. Unfortunately for us these fanatics are not stupid.
How do we put these people on the back foot?
posted by RogueTrooper | 06:02 | |
Quote of the Day �I always laugh when people say that George W. Bush is saying this or that to appease the religious right,� his first cousin John Ellis told the Schweizers. �He is the religious right.�
I orginally saw this quote over at Kos ( it was somebody's sig line). However, the quote comes from this article published in the New Yorker. posted by RogueTrooper | 03:41 | |
Friday, January 21, 2005
Newspaper shouldn't print Liberal voices How can a country get to the point that this, clearly insane gentelman, sound so reasonable.
How many people think what he says is entirely reasonable. How many people are nodding along say, "Praise the Lord! That needed saying." How many people?
I have often heard it said that we should just ignore these people; that these people are just harmless fruit-loops and even if they are not harmless they are irrelevant. I am not so sure.
posted by RogueTrooper | 09:16 | |
Friday, December 10, 2004
Wal-Mart: Wrongly Sued This is hilarious:
"Wal-Mart Stores Inc., which promotes itself as a seller of clean music, deceived customers by stocking compact discs by the rock group Evanescence that contain the f-word, a lawsuit claims.In other words: "We desperately need other people to do our parenting for us, because we're too damned lazy to do it ourselves." posted by lazarus | 15:20 | |
Tuesday, December 07, 2004
U.S. vets from Iraq war emerge at homeless shelters Hey, let's all support the troops. Right?
U.S. veterans from the war in Iraq are beginning to show up at homeless shelters around the country, and advocates fear they are the leading edge of a new generation of homeless vets not seen since the Vietnam era.
"This is what happened with the Vietnam vets. I went to Vietnam," said John Keaveney, chief operating officer of New Directions, a shelter and drug-and-alcohol treatment program for veterans in Los Angeles. That city has an estimated 27,000 homeless veterans, the largest such population in the nation. "It is like watching history being repeated," Keaveney said.But this isn't like Viet Nam, so stop saying that.
posted by lazarus | 23:00 | |
Monday, December 06, 2004
Returning Fallujans will face clampdown blockquote>I'm back with a big one.<
The US military is drawing up plans to keep insurgents from regaining control of this battle-scarred city, but returning residents may find that the measures make Fallujah look more like a police state than the democracy they have been promised.
Badges? Retina scans? Forced work?
Is this Fallujah or the Warsaw Ghetto?
The military knows they're doing something bad, because they can't decide who to blame:
"It's the Iraqi interim government that's coming up with all these ideas," Major General Richard Natonski, who commanded the Fallujah assault and oversees its reconstruction, said of the plans for identity badges and work brigades.
But nobody talk about Nazis or Hitler or anything. Because that's just not even remotely the same thing. After all, Hitler invaded Poland because he claimed they were a threat, even though they weren't....
posted by lazarus | 13:10 | |
Monday, November 22, 2004
Wow I just realised I've been letting this go. I'll get some posting done over the next couple of days, then it'll be sporadic over Thanksgiving. posted by lazarus | 00:18 | |
GOP moderates in Congress get cold shoulder This is no big surprise, really. The hubris of these people is going to be their undoing, hopefully.
HoustonChronicle.com - GOP moderates in Congress get cold shoulder: "As the Republican Party's conservative leaders moved to consolidate power through rules changes and other maneuvers last week, GOP moderates watched with jaws dropping.posted by lazarus | 00:15 | |
Wednesday, November 17, 2004
Police scoff at Ashcroft speech They're not the only ones.
A day after Attorney General John Ashcroft told the nation's largest association of law enforcement executives that the Bush administration had made the nation more secure from terrorist attacks and violent criminals, the group lashed back at the White House on Tuesday.
posted by lazarus | 16:52 | |
Sunday, November 14, 2004
Iraq vote could be delayed Shocking news.
Not. posted by lazarus | 19:51 | |
Friday, November 12, 2004
And so it begins.... The people have spoken, and it's back to the Middle Ages with us:
"When talk at the high school here turns to evolution, biology teachers have to make time for Charles Darwin as well as his detractors. With a vote last month, the school board in rural south-central Pennsylvania community is believed to have become the first in the nation to mandate the teaching of 'intelligent design,' which holds that the universe is so complex that it must have been created by an unspecified higher power.
"I think it's a downright fraud to perpetrate on the students of this district, to portray one theory over and over," said Buckingham. "What we wanted was a balanced presentation."Why do I think Mr Buckingham only wants a "balanced" presentation that gives his side, and not any of the others?
Here's how I'd teach "both sides":
Spend one full unit on evolution. Then, to teach creationism, one simply says, "And some people say God did it."
How many religions should we give equal time to, anyway? All of them?
What more needs to be said?
posted by lazarus | 13:19 | |
Thursday, November 11, 2004
Happy Veteran's Day from Bush Wounded veterans face new fight to secure government benefits:
"U.S. casualties have swelled demands upon the Veterans Affairs Department serving troops who have left the service. The department serves 6 million to 7 million veterans alone, with a backlog of 300,000-plus claims. Many wonder how it will handle so many. In August, an additional 150,000 National Guard and reservists became eligible for care and benefits. 'The system needs help because it wasn't designed or prepared to handle this load. More than 40 percent of all troops on the ground in Iraq are National Guard,' says Chasteen, an Army chemical corps captain in Iraq from March to August 2003.posted by lazarus | 21:13 | |
Veteran's Day I'm a veteran of the Cold War. USAF 1984-1988, Honorable Discharge. I'm also a proud liberal.
My father served in the Air Force during Viet Nam. My paternal grandfather served in the Army in WWII. My maternal grandfather had to take care of the family farm, but his brother, my uncle Joe Frank, was badly wounded in the assault on Anzio. He never really recovered.
My maternal great-grandfather, Grady Brooks, served in France during WWI. My grandmother managed to find a picture of him, and we're currently looking for more information as to his unit, etc. But I know he saw combat, and I know from the stories about him that it changed him greatly.
I'm proud of the sacrifices my family has made, as well as the sacrifices all veterans have made. I'm also sickened by the reason for the sacrifices we're asking our troops to make now.
posted by lazarus | 15:26 | |
An apology I got to spend a few days out of state, visiting my daughter. Hence the lack of any posting at all.
Tomorrow's a whole different sort of bad day I'll explain later.
In the meantime, Arafat's dead, Ashcroft's been replaced by someone who thinks torture is good and the Geneva Convention is "quaint", and we're committing atrocities in Iraq.
Hoo-ah. posted by lazarus | 00:36 | |
Thursday, November 04, 2004
Ungodly Politics I'm back and I am pissed at a whole load of evil right wing people. There are also quite a few worthless Democratic "centrists" I want to vent some spleen on too. However, spleen venting is for a later date.
LiberalOasis is one of my favourite blogs and post's like this are why. posted by RogueTrooper | 16:21 | |
Wednesday, November 03, 2004
Bush's Game Plan all along Courtesy of Hermann Goering:
"Naturally the common people don't want war; neither in Russia, nor in England, nor in America, nor in Germany. That is understood. But after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country." posted by lazarus | 11:42 | |
post mortem Well, that sucks. I don't know how I'll handle four more years of this bastard.
I don't know if we'll ever get the voting system fixed.
But the one thing the Democratic party has to do is figure out how to get our natural constituency voting for us again.
And that's poor people.
"Flyover country" people.
Everything that does good for them, we did. Liberals. The Republican party hasn't done a damned thing for them, but has somehow convinced them that liberals are elitists, and that a man born in Connecticut, who went to Yale and Harvard and private schools and was a cheerleader in college, who never ran a successful business, who is best friends with the Saudis, who is a multi-millionaire, is one of them.
That's what we need to fight.
Oh, and the media. Fuck them. All of them.
The rich liberals (and there are a few, and I'm talking to you, George Soros) need to set up the same sort of communications network the neocons have. We need our own network (with their dead ratings, surely MSNBC is cheap, right?) and our own think tanks and our own spokespeople.
Remember when the Republicans cloned a bunch of skinny blondes to go out and repeat talking points over and over? Well, it worked.
So let's do it to. Time to fight fire with fire. No more "nuance" or any of that crap. Time to fight hard.
From this point on, I have no patience with anyone who voted Republican. None. I will be a complete asshole about it.
Because that's what they do, and it seems to work. posted by lazarus | 11:34 | |
Tuesday, November 02, 2004
Global monitors find faults in Florida This is fucking pathetic:
"The global implications of the U.S. election are undeniable, but international monitors at a polling station in southern Florida said Tuesday that voting procedures being used in the extremely close contest fell short in many ways of the best global practices.posted by lazarus | 23:00 | |