Monday, October 29, 2012

a moral triviality that is not valid and that in no way threatens marriage

I endorse this opinion and wish that I had written something like it.

It's time for all of us, not just our young people, to tell the older bigots that we as a people have had it with all this unnecessary stress on a moral triviality that is not valid and that in no way threatens marriage as a foundational relationship between caring human beings.

Why I hope Conservative Christians Will Fight Gay Marriage Tooth and Nail Till their Teeth and Nails Fall Out

A true Kindergarten Konservative would know about this sort of thing.

They know girly men when they see them, right?
Right! A true Kindergarten Konservative would know about this sort of thing.

Obviously ... based on the stated "castrastatic" definitions, the most macho, smack-em-in-the-face tough-talkin-konservative would be none other than ... are you ready for this?
...Ann Coulter.

Conservative pollster: Nate Silver is wrong because he is ‘thin and effeminate’

Friday, October 26, 2012

Why this Mormon campaigns against the Mormon candidate

When Barack Obama, who wasn't my first choice to win the Democratic nomination in 2008, was nominated, I found myself surprised once I overcame a severe disappointment, and found myself listening to him with rapt attention and a hopeful heart. I found myself wanting him to be for me -  in every way - a repudiation of President Bush, Bush policies and Bush's political party.

But after his election, I had to redefine my heretofore idealistic perception of politcal reality. I had to understand that in seeing and hearing what I wanted to see and hear from Barack Obama, I set myself up for a severe and jolting disillusionment. As President, Barack was not invested in revenge, repudiation and rejection of the self-inflicted 8-year curses a majority of the Ameican voters had twice handed the rest of the country.

Invested in my liberal version of revenge and repudiation, I refused to see Obama as he had always been and never stopped being. He had led me on in that I allowed his speeches to encourage me to vote for him based on my assumption that he and I were on the same page ... when in reality we were not.

My disappointment, however, was greatly assuaged by an expectation of mine that was not disappointed.

Barack Obama - along with his centrist approach that I had not desired nor perceived - brought competence back to the presidency. He brought back intellectual honesty that was not driven nor supported by handlers and manipulators who had conspired to install a semi-intellectual Texan with Ivy League roots in the White House.

That was important to me because whether he disappointed me or not, Barack Obama never once led me to think he was not a capable politician; not up to his tasks and would be someone's puppet  unable to articulate his reasoning.

So for me President Obama - agree with him or disagree with him - is someone who remains predictably reliable to preside in the tradition of all wide presiders with whom I have experience.

Having said that, I want to explain why my most current Mormon political hero is not the republican candidate. Rather it is Senator Harry Reid, who has been willing from the get go to take an aggressive opposition to fellow Mormon Mitt Romney ... and for what I suspect are the same gut reasons that I have.

Senator Reid knows the type well as do I. You can see them in an almost cookie-cutter format passing back and forth between Washington and the Great Basin. Robert Bennet's loss was the country's loss and his replacement is a political joke. Orrin Hatch, whom I have not held in high regard since the early 80's, would be the wiser of the voting choice in Utah compared to the limited political range of his opponent.

I'm sure Harry Reid has seen more of the type in politics and our congregations than I have. However, on any given Sunday in almost any Mormon congregation in America one is likely to encounter some socially conservative opinion of this type expressed in Gospel Doctrine classes or other meetings.

I too have seen and intimately worked around the type within my culture and heritage over my lifetime as a social worker and political activist.

Now Americans must understand that Mormon political candidates are not considered to be among the "the Lord's anointed" and who are not to be criticized ( a practice of respect limited to Church leadership). Mormon politicians do not merit uncritical support or votes just because they share the same beliefs and particularly when the other candidate isn't a Mormon.

Politics and religion can be troublesome where one particular religion is predominant.

In the mid 60's, the Democratic congressman from Idaho, Ralph Harding,  was the commencement speaker at my high school graduation. He later lost his re-election because he spoke out against the connection between then LDS apostle (and former Eisenhower Secretary of Agriculture) Ezra T. Benson and the John Birch Society. Benson's son was the regional authority for the JBS in Utah.

His congressional record was admirable but he lost to another Mormon because in a predominantly Mormon district in Idaho, he was perceived as having dis-respected one of the Lord's anointed. That was then. Nowadays the predominant political views in the red state Rockies where the church has influence are conservative and republican.

I've seen statistics that indicate that a mere 10% of American Mormons are liberal or democrats. Harry Reid, my wife Lietta and I are three of them.

In 1968 my first voting year, I voted for Nixon and repeated that vote in 1972 because McGovern was more pacifist that righteous warrier in my view.

In 1976 I voted for Carter cause I was righteous, Nixon lied, Ford pardoned him, and Carter was religious.

In 1980 I voted for Reagan cause I thought Carter was impotent with the Iranians.

In 1984 I voted for Reagan cause Mondale was Carter's former VP.

In 1988 I voted for George Bush because Dukakis was portrayed as a doofus by Rush Limbaugh (to whom I was listening faithfully on the radio while driving around Multnomah and Clark counties)

In 1992 I voted for Clinton because it was the economy stupid and because it had become obvious that Limbaugh only knew one song but that song had 37 tedious verses to it.

By 1996, realizing that (1) The Republicans only had the Limbaugh hymn to sing and (2) I had far more liberal leanings than conservative, I voted to re-elect Clinton despite the histrionics from that right wing whiners.

So in 2000, when G.W. Bush was singing off key but faithfully as marionetted by Rovians from the Pat Robertson/Jerry Falwell hymnbook, I almost immediately recognized a real doofus when saw one. When a sitting U.S. President and his party lied to us to launch an unnecessary invasion of Iraq, my inner liberal became my crusted hard and scarred outer shell.

If anyone who knows me thinks my opinions have changed or mellowed from the first days of my entry into public activism ... it should be obvious by what I say and do that if anything I have become more predictable and aggressive in my opinions.

In my opinion, the same can be said for candidate Romney.

If you think somehow that a sober, serious and statesmanlike sense of kindness, tolerance and social justice has somehow alighted on his politically aspiring shoulders in these past few weeks or months ... you are naive and whistling in the dark.

That same tactless and arbitrary spirit that has been part and parcel of his style - the spirit he has manifested many times during the campaign when responding to people who disagreed with him - that same spirit would be with him in his new exaltation should he win.
"Boston Spirit magazine reported last month that when gay activists met with him in his office in 2004, as Romney was backing a failed constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage in the state, Romney remarked, 'I didn't know you had families.' 
Julie Goodridge, lead plaintiff in the landmark case that won marriage rights for gays and lesbians before the Supreme Judicial Court, asked what she should tell her 8-year-old daughter about why the governor would block the marriage of her parents. 
According to Goodridge, Romney responded, 'I don't really care what you tell your adopted daughter. Why don't you just tell her the same thing you've been telling her the last eight years.'
Romney's retort enraged a speechless Goodridge; he didn't care, and by referring to her biological daughter as 'adopted,' it was clear he hadn't even been listening.
By the time she was back in the hallway, she was reduced to tears. 'I really kind of lost it,' says Goodridge. 'I've never stood before someone who had no capacity for empathy.'" - Michelangelo Signorile Editor-at-large, HuffPost Gay Voices

I suspect that many Mormons who know me are mystified by my hostility towards this particular Mormon politician and that is not something over which I have any control or desire to control. The one thing we cannot do is control how our words and attitudes are perceived by others no matter how hard we try.

It seems much safer to simply accept the idea that honesty is the best policy. The safest thing I can do for anyone who gets close to me - especially if flames are shooting from my eyes and lips - is to flat out declare that what you see and hear from me is who and what I am.

I have no problems with a Mormon becoming President of the United States. But not this particular Mormon candidate at this particular time.

if this particular public morality sense is pervasive

If this isn't a "party" thing that contrasts the social philosophy of each party and if this particular public morality sense is pervasive... then I really would like to know how many democrat candidates agree with these republican candidates.

15 GOP Candidates Oppose Abortion Access for Rape Victims

a fair fight

A corporation is a person ... per some of the more big business types among us.

So how many of us persons would it take to donate the equivalent amount the single Chevron "person" donated so we could make the influence on government decisions a fair fight.

Chevron Donates $2.5 Million To GOP Super PAC In Single Largest Corporate Donation 

just because he and the candidate are both black

Right ...
... not because he's experienced, not because his military credentials are totally legitimate as compared to the republican who was riding bicycles in France when Powell wore his uniform, not because he's been closer to American foreign affairs than anyone on the republican's staff

... but just because he and the candidate are both black.

Using that logic, I could justifiably diminish and dismiss any old white guy with tons of credentials who has endorsed the republican

... just because they are both white. There would be no difference in such a dismissal in any way.

Proceed Governor

I do agree with at least one response I heard in the debates.

Regarding one candidate who wants to lead the country's foreign policy - via spending 4% of our GDP on military might - right up to and then through the gates of hell

... and the other candidate remains calmly seated and says, "Proceed Governor."
... I'll stick with the latter.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Lying for the Lord

... anyone in any religious context
... who tells you that if marriage equality becomes a reality, churches will be required to perform gay marriage
... that person is trying to lie for the Lord
... wanting you to believe that the Lord approves of such lying behavior
... and that liar thinks that you are gullible.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

15 Differences Between Democrats and Republicans

One perspective on party differences. Of course there's a bias here. Would like a comparative response.

15 Differences Between Democrats and Republicans

Excerpt examples of a few of the 15:

Republicans fear that the government has too much control over corporations. Democrats fear that corporations have too much control over our government.
Democrats believe it benefits all of us to help the weakest and the poorest among us. Republicans believe it benefits all of us to help the wealthiest and most powerful among us.

Democrats believe everyone is entitled to health care regardless of their ability to pay. Republicans believe everyone is entitled to jack squat if they can’t pay for health care. 
Democrats believe our health care system exists solely for the purpose of making people healthy. Republicans believe our health care system exists solely for the purpose of making a healthy profit.
Democrats believe anything that helps the American people during a recession or a time of crisis is the true essence of patriotism. Republicans believe anything that helps the American people during a recession or a time of crisis is the true essence of communism.
Democrats believe the President and Congress need to work together to create jobs during a weak economy. Republicans believe that Congress should do nothing to create jobs and then blame the President.
Democrats believe that too much money in politics produces corruption and destroys the American way of life. Republicans believe that money and corruption in politics are the American way of life.

when crooks and liars started an unnessary war and broadcast betrayal became more blatant and apparent.

Guess we are part of a dying breed ... but for anyone even curious to know about how inner fires get lit and what fueled them for so long, I introduce you to the original online tribe with whom we aligned ourselves when crooks and liars started an unnessary war and broadcast betrayal became more blatant and apparent.

Netroots Bloggers Mark 10th Birthday In Decline and Struggling for Survival

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Wanna Have McKenna Try that in Our State?

I see where Republican guvnor candidate McKenna's role model, the union-busting Doofus Govnor of Wisconsin, is now 0 for 2 with the courts.

Per the Associated Press ... "MADISON, Wis. — A judge has rejected the state of Wisconsin's request to put on hold his earlier ruling striking down large portions of Republican Gov. Scott Walker's contentious collective bargaining law.

Dane County District Judge Juan Colas on Monday released his ruling rejecting the request for a stay.

Colas in September ruled the law stripping most public workers of nearly all their union rights violates teachers and local government workers' free speech, free association and equal protection rights.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

the SPLC is someone with much loftier goals and ideals than the AFA ... which serves no socially redeeming benefit

Today's entry for the silly section ...
the American Family Association that refers to the Southern Poverty Law Center as "the homosexual activist group."
Go to the SPLC to try to figure out how and why the AFA describes good people as bad and you can see that the SPLC is someone with much loftier goals and ideals than the AFA ... which serves no socially redeeming benefit and accomplishes nothing more than a bigoted give away of doofus poop.

Southern Poverty Law Center

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

.. avoid using the word "binder" in any kind of campaign sentence.

Just like Kahn and just like Kirk said ... "You just .. keep .. missing .. the .. target"

Frankly, if I were a part of the stragedy team I'd tell them to avoid using the word "binder" in any kind of campaign sentence.

After last night, the women voters in this country are already programmed to think of something else entirely when the word shows up. Attempting to patch a hole in the inner tube with the same word will only get the duct tape too wet to seal the leaking out-go.

Women Unbound

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

McKenna is not a friend of Washington's middle class or aged

It goes without saying though and after seeing a doofus political ad for governor in this state ... the same mind set that lost the debate to Obama tonight is running for governor in Washington against Jay Inslee.

No matter the back pedal, do not forget that McKenna was part of those earliest partisan Republican AG's who jointly and partisanly tried to litigate against healthcare reform.

McKenna is not a friend of Washington's middle class or aged.

Friday, October 12, 2012

a radically utopian vision that rests on a blind faith that markets are essentially part of the natural order.

Look stuff up ... read it ... ponder it ... pray about it ... and don't worry about those who disagree with it regardless of who they are. You return and report to yourself the results of your search. Then not for me, not for anyone else who might feel you must please them ... you decide for yourself.

Blind Faith as Profit Engine: How Free Market Worshipers Use Christian Utopianism to Bilk the Middle

Weeping, wailing and gnashing of teeth over a rude Vice Presidential bully

How many times do we see during basketball and football games in particular a player penalized or actually thrown out after retaliating to a low-blow from an opposing player, only to get whistled by the ref who did not see the original infraction?

Apparently there's a lot of Republican stage-outrage at Joe Biden's ruthless and rude debating  behavior. I see in the online comments lots of opinions that Biden was a bully and a mean person to that wide-eyed Ryan politeness.

Bill Maher expressed it this way, "9-1-1? There's an old man beating up a child on my TV."

Seems to me that in this regard as I watched Joe Biden call Ryan out, I was watching John Wayne go after the shyster capitalist rancher.

On Ryan's wide-eyed politeness...

Seems to me that from the first day of Obama's presidency the entire Republican party started a bar fight based on what Jon Stewart calls Bullshit Mountain ... and have kept it up ever since.

The recent Republican presidential nominating campaign was nothing less than a continuation of that bar fight with the most punches being thrown against a straw-man version of Obama that does not exist.

The moderator question last night about the negative campaigning toward the end of the debate was spot on and useful.  The answers predictably were not much more than calmer versions of that very negativity.

Partisan weepers and professional pundits decry Biden's behavior against one of the poster boys for the straw-man bar fight with his obstructionist record in the House as an ideologue for the party of NO! ...

no constructive jobs proposals of their own and essentially - as Senator Mitch McConnell condensed the party attitude with his vow to limit Obama to a single term

"We got nothing and we ain't helping Obama!"

Stepping into that loudmouth bar fight is something spineless Dems should have been doing from day one.

In that regard, Ryan was right during the debate when he referred to those Dem party majorities in the early years.

Obama's sense of expected bi-partisan cooperation from Republicans and his party's willingness to go along, trust the process and assume Republican non-partisan cooperation in the interest of the public good turned out to be an idealistic pipe dream.

The bar fight should have been taken up in earnest from the get-go since a bar fight is all Dems got  from Repubs.

It seems to me that the Dems could have accomplished much more with an aggressive response to that  mad-dog barking that might have gotten Repub attention early on rather than encouraging the subsequent partisan blocking tactics ... and perhaps achieved more constructive results.

It also seems that the result has been Republican claim of innocence of any infraction and a pretense that nothing wrong was done.

The Dems are only being rude when they challenge the Repubs now.

We are now being told that Dems are not being polite.

Repubs are asking voting referees to see only the second infraction, not the first.

There’s an old line attributed to Bill Clinton: It’s hard for the other guy to talk when your fist is in his mouth.

I liked last night's debate.

It felt good, like watching John Wayne go after the ranch-stealer in Rio Lobo

Biden finally knocked over the card table, backed the shyster into the corner and called him and his party out.

10:45 AM Update with which I agree from William Rivers Pitt:
Anyone who tells you the vice presidential debate was a tie, or that Mr. Ryan prevailed, is trying to sell you a diamond mine that ain't worth a dime. The ultimate impact and import of what went down during Thursday's debate won't be immediately known, but the simple fact is beyond dispute: Joe Biden owned the night, and owned his opponent, in a way rarely seen in modern debate history.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Give up your culture, your heritage, and embrace our Kindergarten Konservatism

For Kindergarten Konservatives, English is not the original native tongue of this land.

Only the morally lazy would suggest we force others to lose theirs and accept ours and call it civic wisdom.

Lakota: The Revitalization of Language and the Persistence of Spirit

Cause the Point of a Gun was the only law that Liberty understood

Suggested reading that ought to be required for any and all who believe "peace" spread globally with the point of a gun is somehow exceptionalistically moral for anyone in general and heroic posturing American super patriots in particular.

Chris Hedges: The Maimed Among Us

Friday, October 5, 2012

Pesticide Giants Versus the Little People

In this corner ... check out the list of donors on each side. There's a message all by itself. Come on Konservative Kapitalists ... surely you can find an alternate comparative that be-knights and be-nobles these Corporate Welfare Queens

Pesticide Giants versus the Little People

Crackpot Job Truthers of the Country. Unite!!

When the report isn't good for your angle ... and birtherism makes everyone change channels or just plain fall asleep ... trot out another gimmick ... this time the old favorite: c-o-n-s-p-i-r-a-c-y.

Jack Welch in particular has never been on my list of admired corporate jockeys. His shtick has always been with the crowd that whips the horse until it can go no further and collapses ... then blames the horse for the resulting failure.

Crackpot Job Truthers

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

beat their chests about how patriotic opposition to marijuana makes them civic heroes

A Marijuana Revolution in the Making on Election Day

I support the reefer rebellion. Our politicians have much better things to do than beat their chests about how patriotic opposition to marijuana makes them civic heroes. Not to mention how many non-criminals sit in our expensive prisons cause they're friends with pot.

If one is to believe the latest polls, Washington will become the first state to re-legalize the adult use of cannabis by plebiscite. According to a just-released Survey USA poll , nearly six out of 10 voters now express support for Washington’s Initiative 502. According to the survey, 57 percent of respondents stated they intend to vote yes on I-502; 34 percent said they intend to vote no, and nine percent were undecided. Men and women are equally supportive of the initiative.

Doofusness; The incumbent sitting Lame Duck American President

It's a vanity issue. For Mr. Trump that means he must satisfy Mr. Hannity, Ms. Coulter and these kind folks: On Networks and ...

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