Saturday, November 14, 2009

Abortion and Gays are the exposed nerves of the GOP and the evangelical radically indoctrinated Right

The radical right is so homophobic that they're blaming global warming on the AIDS quilt.
-Dennis Miller


Abortion and Gays are the exposed nerves of the GOP and the evangelical radically indoctrinated Right. The far, far, far, way far Right, the evangelical and fundamentalist christians are joined by the Catholics to force their religious views on the nation. That a person may be opposed to abortion is understandable and is a moral decision. I personally am opposed to abortion unless the life of the mother is at stake. But to dictate my views on women is to deny women the right to choose and make decisions about their own bodies. The Right, and it is the religious Right supported by the Republican hypocrites who spout the Rights position as their own, maintains that abortion is immoral and taking a life. Yet they support torture, support war and would do little to help the poor and troubled people who have damaged children. As Michael Jay Tucker said, "If the anti-abortion movement took a tenth of the energy they put into noisy theatrics and devoted it to improving the lives of children who have been born into lives of poverty, violence, and neglect, they could make a world shine.' But these troubled souls on the Right have been led down the garden path by these evangelical and far right leaders and have become the lunatic fringe. It has led to the murder of doctors and the blowing up of clinics and injury and death to innocent people, but to their twisted minds those deaths were justified. Abortion is a decision that should be left up to a woman and her conscience. It cannot be an easy decision and we need to get out of other people's lives. Women have a right to choose.
The other thing that drives the Right nuts is gays, especially gay marriage. The Right have stated a number of times that they would deny gays the right to work in schools, for fear of their impact on children. That is a blatantly stupid idea.
These paranoid jerks on the Right don't get it. The stories of abuse that have occurred in schools come from heterosexual teachers not from the gay community. If we look at statistics maybe we should not allow any heterosexual teachers work in schools. The argument from the Right is stupid and sexually biased. As for marriage between gays, that is where the Right burst into flames. They scream about the bible and quote it verbatim. Ok, so they, members of the Right, don't have to marry someone of the same sex if they don't want to, but stay out of other peoples business. It is mean spirited and it just might be that some of the more outspoken leaders of the right are suppressing their own latent homosexual urges. To paraphrase Shakespeare; "Thou doth protest too much". Ted Haggard comes to mind as one of the stalwarts of the GOP who fell from grace due to his homosexual activities, and also that anti gay rights champion in the senate, Republican Conservative Senator Larry Craig of Idaho arrested for trying to pickup an undercover cop in a men's bathroom at an airport, and there are countless others. Those that yell the loudest need a closer look, start checking closets.
Gays can marry in Sweden, Norway, Netherlands, Belgium and Spain, these countries have an enlightened approach, something America has a problem dealing with due to very vocal Right that wants to impose it's moral and religious values on us all. Gay marriage will not destroy our Democracy, the big banks and corporations are already doing a good job of that, it will not ruin the morals of the nation, MTV and reality TV have been working on that. It won't destroy the minds of children, they have 'gangsta rap' for that. Let's us get on with our own lives and let the gays in America share all the same protections and privileges everyone else in entitled too including the legal protection marriage affords.

Friday, November 13, 2009

he told me after a few minutes of indecision that he was gay...he was my friend and it didn't make a difference

War. Rape. Murder. Poverty. Equal rights for gays. Guess which one the Southern Baptist Convention is protesting?
~The Value of Families


I had a friend when I was a child his name was Anthony, he was my neighbor. We met in the sixth or seventh grade. He was always drawing and it was to become his career. We would hang out together after school, pretty normal kids stuff. Of course back then there was no computers, or video games or cell phones and most people didn't have color televisions. Kids went to the school yard and played or hung out with each other. Some kids had train sets, some collected baseball cards, some were great at sports, we all had an interest in something and we had fun.
Anthony wasn't much into sports but he could draw and liked to listen to music. As the years went by we maintained a friendship and even double dated for a while until Anthony drifted away to be with other friends and we spent less time together.
Somewhere around when I was about fifteen or sixteen I was at Anthony's house just hanging out, kids were good at that then, and Anthony said he had to tell me something. We sat in his living room and he told me after a few minutes of indecision that he was gay. I wasn't surprised, as I had suspected it for a few years. He had a gentle way about him and was feminine in his gestures and tastes. I just looked at Anthony and said that it was okay, no big deal and he was my friend and it didn't make a difference. It didn't really, he was a good and loyal friend and why should it matter. I think that I made him happy and that he knew that I cared for him as a person and friend regardless of his sexuality. After that I began to meet a lot of Anthony's other friends both girls and guys mostly gay. They were fun and were always cool. As the years went by we drifted our separate ways, I kept a loose connection with Anthony and the last I saw of anthony he was living with his partner and working in theater as a set and stage artist.
I don't think Anthony woke up one day and decided to be gay, or decided to make a choice. He didn't have the same interest in women that straight guys had, he was attracted to the same sex. It was not something he decided, he was just wired that way. I got married and moved away and ultimately lost touch with Anthony but every so often I think of that dear old friend as he was then. Anthony didn't want to hurt people, didn't want to impose his way of life on others. He just wanted to live his life in his own way. I think that Anthony and all those other Anthony's out there should have that right as Americans and as human beings.

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

I may have learned as much or more about life, in that little candy store, as I did in the classroom

A good motivation is what is needed: compassion without dogmatism, without complicated philosophy; just understanding that others are human brothers and sisters and respecting their human rights and dignities. That we humans can help each other is one of our unique human capacities.
-H. H. The Dalai Lama

Ike and Jerry's candy store.

As a High School kid of sixteen I worked in a candy story in the Canarsie section of Brooklyn and I think I may have learned as much or more about life, in that little candy store, as I did in the classroom. One instance comes to mind. Of the two owners Ike and Jerry, Ike was smooth and always smiled and was liked by everybody, but Jerry was deep with an edge to him and when you peeled back the veneer he was someone worth talking to.

Jerry and I became friends, as much as one could be friends with a man thirty years your senior. After a few months working in the store, usually the late shift Friday and Saturday night I got to know Jerry and he would share his insights. Jerry as much as I could tell didn't have an easy life and he was scarred by it, but there was a deep recess somewhere within him that hid his personal pain, a wonderful sense of humor and compassion for his fellow man. The face he showed the world was not the face that I saw. Some nights after closing we would sit on the step of the store and talk. I like to listen to people and hear their insights, and Jerry did not lack for insights. He could be edgy and impatient with people and cut people short but during these moments when the day was done and the store was closed he would talk of life, dreams and the hopes he had and his disappointments of which he had many.

This was in the early sixties and America was a less tolerant place and racial discrimination was the accepted norm across the land, although less overt in the north. Jerry told me how he had once had a fight because a black man, a customer, was being abused by a white man and Jerry went to his customers defense and a fight resulted. Jerry didn't think much about it but told me the story and what came through was a sense of decency that transcended race. He also talked about immigrants and he taught me that they have always been with us and that they are the exploited class. We use them until they can rise above their humble status and then the next group comes along seeking the American dream to fill the vacancy and do the menial work and fill the factories with low paid, often unskilled labor. Jerry had compassion for these people. I often wonder what Jerry would say today about the illegal immigrants from Mexico and the controversy surrounding them today. I like to think his compassion and his big heart would encompass them and understand their plight. I don't think that Jerry would condemn them for breaking America's law and stealing into America for a better life for their families. The law is not always right or equitable as we have seen countless times in American history. Thinking back to that time I can thank Jerry, for he taught me to see all immigrants struggling to survive as new Americans that would contribute to the greatness of America as all immigrant groups have done throughout the history of our great nation.

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Schaeffer is extremely critical of Sarah Palin...and partner at the head of the new Conservatives Right Glenn Beck who he refers to as an idiot

"What Christians have got to do is to take back this country, one precinct at a time, one neighborhood at a time and one state at a time ... I honestly believe that in my lifetime we will see a country once again governed by Christians ... and Christian values." RALPH REED (Executive director of the Christian Coalition


In the previous post we posted a clip of Frank Schaeffer, now see the whole interview. Frank Schaeffer, a fascinating man who has traveled a strange path to end up where he is today, as a outspoken critic of the Evangelical right and their dangerous twisted agenda. Schaeffer is extremely critical of Sarah Palin and her views and her partner at the head of the new Conservative Republicans Glenn Beck who he refers to as an idiot. His comment about the new right clearly is scathing and shows that it is a radical fringe and the crazy thing is that a lot of the GOP faithful have bought into this craziness and are echoing the philosophy of this lunatic fringe. What does this say about the GOP. He names the names and points out what their agenda and motives are. Included in this Post is a video interview of Frank Schaeffer on Grit TV. Schaeffer's tough no nonsense common sense analysis, of the new Conservative right, stating basically that the emperor has no clothes is refreshing and should be seen by all Americans.

Part 1. Frank Schaeffer, new book; Patience with God.



Part 2. Frank Schaeffer talks about religious discrimination. Evangelical the church of crisis.
Book; Patience with God.



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Recommended Book:
Patience with God, Faith for People Who Don't Like religion. by Frank Schaeffer
"Frank Schaeffer has a problem with Dawkins, Hitchens, Harris, Dennett, and the rest of the New Atheists—the self-anointed “Brights.” He also has a problem with the Rick Warrens and Tim LaHayes of the world. The problem is that he doesn’t see much of a difference between the two camps. As Schaeffer puts it, they “often
share the same fallacy: truth claims that reek of false certainties. I believe that there is an alternative that actually matches the way life is lived rather than how we usually talk about belief.”
Sparing no one and nothing, including himself and his fiery evangelical past, and invoking subtleties too easily ignored by the pontificators, Schaeffer adds much-needed nuance to the conversation. “My writing has smoked out so many individuals who seem to be thinking about the same questions. I hope that this book will provide a meeting place for us, the scattered refugees of what I’ll call The Church of Hopeful Uncertainty.” -Amazon.com

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

The mainstream Democrats and Republicans for the most part are moderates

"Conservative faith in this country has gotten to a point where it wants to legalized torture but it doesn't want health care for everybody."
-Frank Schaeffer, founder of the evangelical movement in America

Scozzafava the Republican candidate that withdrew from the congressional race in upstate New York due to pressure from the Conservatives led by Sarah Palin and Glen Beck, the new conservative Republican party leaders who ran their own Conservative candidate for the seat and lost; warns of the coming split in the republican party.
"There is a lot of us who consider ourselves Republicans, of the Party of Lincoln," she said, her face now flush. "If they don't want us with them, we're going to work against them."
The Conservatives are now turning their sights on Florida and the governors race there, challenging moderate Republican Gov. Charlie Crist. The is a split down the center of the Republican party. It is an ideological split with the radical evangelical Conservatives and their party of Jesus and the moderate Republicans with a rational moderate approach. In congress Republicans seeing the tea-baggers and vocal evangelical Conservatives and have come to the conclusion that this is the group to woe. The not too bright court them and exploit them such as wacko Michelle Bachmann, and will ultimately pay the price for it by being turned out of office by the electorate. Except for a few communities these people are not the majority and the majority of Republicans and Democrats are moderate. As with upstate New York they will be in for a surprise.
The Conservatives are pointing to the governors of New Jersey and Virginia as examples of the change that is coming with the loss of two Democratic governors. What they don't see is that these governors race were over local and parochial issues unique to the particular style and policy of state issues. In addition the Democrats did not come out and vote in large numbers as they had during the presidential race.
The mainstream Democrats and Republicans for the most part are moderates and the politicians in congress need to understand that if they follow the radical agenda the people will fire their asses and replace them with people that reflect their moderate commonsense decent values. There is a "silent majority" out there in the hinterlands of America. It is decent law abiding majority of Americans who want to get on with their lives with as little interference from government as possible. They want the government to insure decent schools, affordable health care, and the ability to provide for their families. They don't want the big corporations and banks exploiting them and feeding at the public troth and giving them the bill. They don't want a radical right agenda telling them what they can and can't do according to their version of the bible. Most Americans definitely don't want intellectually challenged Sarah Palin and a television hack, Glen Beck running their country. They want the government to get back to doing what they should, govern.

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Frank Schaeffer on Christian Right's hypocrisy


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The spokes jerk. Courtesy of Grit.tv


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Reader Comment:
1. A party by any other name would whither and die....

And speaking of names, folks: why don't they just rename themselves the "Tea Party" and be done with it. This is certainly not the Republican Party of Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt.

Is it the goal of these clowns that they destroy the GOP in order that it may be rebuilt in their hideous image? If that is the case they're in for more-than-a-few surprises. That silly party is already "in their image". Are they serious when they imply that they wish to move it even further to the right? How "far right" can one move before one falls off of the face of the earth? Are they serious?

Watching the utter implosion of the Grand Old Party in the last year has been the gift that just keeps giving and giving. Someone pinch me!

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Goshen, NY

Monday, November 9, 2009

Abortion is something the Christian religious groups in America see as a pivotal issue.

I have come to the conclusion that one useless man is called a disgrace, two useless men are called a law firm, and three or more become a Congress.
-John Adams (1735 - 1826)


Congress can best be described as a zoo or maybe a three ring circus. First we have Republicans and Democrats which is bad enough but that's just where it begins. Each party has members that range from liberal to conservative with the moderates holding the middle. Many are influenced by money from a variety of corporate lobbyists donating to the campaigns of the members it can influence, some lobbyists donating millions over the period of a few years.
The current debate is continuing over health care and added to the mix is the issue of abortion. Abortion is something the Christian religious groups in America see as a pivotal issue. The last thing most members of congress can't be accused of is having courage, they collapse, compromise their principals, if they ever had them, to every pressure group, corporate lobbyist or radical news media pundit with a microphone. The current anti abortion amendment added to the health care bill has progressive senate Democrats stating it is a bill they could not sign. Traitor to the Democrats cause Joe Liberman says he won't vote for a bill with the public option, another point of contention on the Right and with the health insurance industry. Republicans oppose anything that the Democrats support no matter what it is, "if they are for it we are against it".

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...the women's movement in America speaks up and takes a stand to defend their rights to choose, they have to stop the Stupak Amendment

If the anti-abortion movement took a tenth of the energy they put into noisy theatrics and devoted it to improving the lives of children who have been born into lives of poverty, violence, and neglect, they could make a world shine. ~Michael Jay Tucker, author


Pro Choice is a hot button for religious groups especially the Catholics, Evangelical and fundamentalist Christians. On this one issue they have a common cause and they are politically active in addressing politicians to limit abortions and pass legislation to restrict health care money going to pay for abortions. This attack on abortion and the rights of women to have control over their own reproductive process disproportionally victimizes poor and low income women. This is also an issue of separation of church and state. Religious groups are attempting to impose their values on everyone regardless of their beliefs. The right of a women to decide to have an abortion has been supported by the supreme court. The Stupak amendment restricts abortion funding by health care money. This is a clear act of religious beliefs being imposed on the political process.
Women have always been second class citizens to the Conservatives White agenda and their bodies are not their own. If it was up to Conservatives women still wouldn't have the vote. It is white conservative men deciding what women can and cannot do with their bodies. It is time that the women's movement in America speaks up and takes a stand to defend their rights to choose, they have to stop the Stupak Amendment. Women are in no way second class citizens and if this amendment is allowed to stand that is what they become. To their credit the Democratic women representatives in the house were out spoken in opposition to the Stupid, oops there I go again, I meant the Stupak Amendment; it should be called the Stupid Amendment. This is a fight that women across America need to win.

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Sunday, November 8, 2009

It was a lesson in decency over hypocrisy and indifference to the suffering of millions of Americans

"Independence"... [is] middle-class blasphemy. We are all dependent on one another, every soul of us on earth. ~G.B. Shaw, Pygmalion, 1912



House Passes the health care reform act.

I thought the World Series was exciting but watching the debate in the house and the vote on the health reform bill was nerve racking and the debate was illuminating. Democrats were impassioned and the Republicans were passionless in their opposition to the bill. The Democrats talked of the poor, the uninsured, the high cost of health care and the burden it imposes, and the denial of coverage even when you have paid your premiums and it's effect on families and communities. The Republicans talked about the government bureaucracy, about the cost, and about the freedom of choice. It was a lesson in decency over hypocrisy and indifference to the suffering of millions of Americans.

Now the debate moves to the senate. The question is will they pass a bill or will the employees of the health insurance industry like Joe Leiberman act on behalf of their employers and attempt to stop the bill. He doesn't want to see his employers, the health insurance companies, lose money as they have benefited his campaign and his wife's career.


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It seems that the Japanese are tired of American bases on their territory. Unfortunately they are stuck with us. The United States has strategic interest in Asia and Japan plays a role in that strategy. The United States can leave but then Japan loses it's shield and we lose an important base in the area. Our major base is in Okinawa and the United States will continue to be there for the forceable future as insurance and a trigger against an act of war from North Korea and rapid support force for American troops in South Korea against the actions of both China and North Korea.


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