Thursday, December 31, 2009

The right wing media has virtually called for the assassination of Obama with their hate speech and coded language of racism

"I'm gonna pray he (Obama) dies and goes to hell".

~Pastor Steven Anderson


President Obama as he approaches the conclusion of his first year in office, has galvanized the wackos in America. From the most stupid to the agenda driven opposition on the Right and far right. The right wing media has virtually called for the assassination of Obama with their hate speech and coded language of racism and support of the "take back America," theme. We can hear it from Rush Limbaugh, to Hannity, O'Reilly to the king of stupid, Glenn Beck. These sick bastards are racists and while they are careful to couch their language they fuel the Fascist like hate mongers on the Right.

On the Right there has been a convergence of interests. Frank Schaeffer said it best. "[T]he reactionary white, rube, uneducated, crazy American far Right,combined with the educated but obtuse neoconservative war mongers, religious Right shills for big business, libertarian Fed Reserve-hating gold bug, gun-loving crazies, child-molesting acquiescent "bishops", frontier loons and evangelical gay-hating flakes found one thing to briefly unite them: their desire to stop an uppity black man from succeeding at all costs!" No argument here, Frank does have a way with words. He also clearly stated the challenges facing President Obama as he took office at the beginning of 2009 that were not of his making but inherited from a disastrous Bush administration.

  • "An ideologically divided country to the point that America was really two countries
  • Two wars; one that was mishandled from the start, the other that was unnecessary and immoral
  • The worst economic crisis since the depression
  • America's standing in the world at the lowest point in history
  • A country that had been misled into accepting the use of torture of prisoners of war
  • A health care system in free fall
  • An educational system in free fall
  • A global environmental crisis of history-altering proportions (about which the Bush administration and the Republicans had done nothing)
  • An impasse between culture warriors from the Right and Left
  • A huge financial deficit inherited from the terminally irresponsible Bush administration…"

Few presidents have faced such an array of challenges and dealt with them with such a cool deliberate demeanor as President Obama. He has moved America away from the disaster that was the Bush administration. America is once again respected around the world. He has pushed for a reform of health care that if passed by congress, although a flawed bill, will begin the process of making sure that all Americans can have access to medical care without going bankrupt. He is addressing Climate Change, resolved the banking crisis, and is addressing the mortgage failures, all issues that the Bush administration made worse or precipitated. The right to criticize the president and our government is a right of every American citizen but what has passed as criticism has become an unprecedented attack on the man based on lies, ignorance, racism, religious intolerance, corporate greed and dishonesty.

Ultimately history will be his judge and given the challenges faced by President Obama he may well go down in history as one of the best presidents in the history of the United States if not one of the most decent and intelligent.


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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Start yanking out my fingernails or begin roasting my nuts and I will confess to shooting Lincoln or sinking the Titanic,

No exceptional circumstances, whatsoever, whether a state of war or a threat of war, internal political instability or any other public emergency, may be invoked as a justification of torture.

~The United Nations Convention Against Torture, which took on the force of federal law in the U.S. when it was ratified by the Senate in 1994



On Friday October 13th 1307 the king of France, Philip the Fair, caused the mass arrest of the Knights Templar throughout France and with the unwilling cooperation of the pope also arrested them throughout most of Europe. They were accused of heresy, homosexuality, disloyalty, and a myriad of other charges. They were tortured for confessions to these crimes. Many died under torture rather than confess to lies. Many confessed including the grand master Jacques de Molay who at the time was in his seventies and stated that he would have confessed to anything under torture. Finally the king wanted de Molay to publicly confess again to crown his triumph but de Molay finally found his courage and publicly denounced the king and withdrew his confession along with the other knights that were present. They were promptly burned at the steak that day. In the face of torture most people would confess to anything. Start yanking out my fingernails or begin roasting my nuts and I will confess to shooting Lincoln or sinking the Titanic, shit I'll confess to shooting Kennedy.

In light of the attempted bombing of a Northwest Airlines passenger jet from Amsterdam to Detroit, the talking head are making a meal out of the event. Karl Rove calls for a military tribunal and criticizes the Obama administration for allowing the federal government to take custody of the perpetrator. Wholly ignoring the fact that it was exactly the same action taken by Bush with the shoe bomber, Richard Reid, who is now serving life in prison in Colorado. Rove calls on the Obama administration to have Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab (Umar the idiot) interrogated under enhanced interrogation techniques, another word for torture, declaring that he has no rights and is not a citizen. He also said we could get more information out of him this way.

Karl, the guy confessed to everything when he was taken into custody. He gave up everything he knew. He is not exactly the type of person that Al Qaeda would confide all their plans too. But heck Karl lets torture him anyway, it really is fun, and the Christian thing to do. Let's put pins in his genitals and hook up electric leads to them and shock the shit out of him. That's the American way. How about ripping out his finger and toe nails. Makes me proud to be an American Karl. How about we rip his skin from his body with a pair pliers or we can roast his feet over an hibachi and cook the skin of them until the bones fall of his feet, a good one Karl, used in the inquisition. That one would make the Evangelical Right and Republicans dance with glee. That is definitely a flag waver. Karl with really good torture he will tell you anything, he'll tell you he fucked his cat if you wanted him too. In fact we can solve all crime in America by having him confess to everything.

Why don't we reopen Manzanar, Amache, Gila River, Heart Mountain, Jerome, Minidoka, Poston and Rohwer again and start putting all Muslims living in America citizens or not in them until the war on terror is over, who cares if it takes thirty years or more. These are the camps where we interned Japanese Americans in World War Two. Why not do it again Karl, the Republicans and Evangelical Right would approve. Lets call all Muslims guilty until proven innocent. While they are in the camps we can set up torture squads to torture them to exact confessions on anything we want. Boy is this going to be fun Karl. And over all these camps we will fly that symbol of freedom, Democracy and equality the American flag. It'll will make us all proud to be Americans.

It is no joke what Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab tried to do and had he succeeded the reaction would have been one of extremes. The Right in America would have been vindicated. What we have to understand is it is terror. It is a small group of radicals that commit these acts and we need good intelligence to find them and kill them. We need to continue to step up security and screening at our borders and we need to support military action where it does the most good. What we don't need to do is become worse than our enemy. America has always fought for the underdog, we have always opposed those regimes that used torture such as Sadam's Iraq, Hitlers Germany, etc. We should not become the bad guy. Let us not become what they call us, the Great Satin. We need not allow the baser elements in America dictate our actions. We are a country of compassion, decency, hope and courage. That is what we are fighting to preserve and our enemy wants to destroy. We need to keep to our values. Yes, fight against those who would harm us and kill them on the battlefield and prosecute them if caught. Torture, no it is not our way. If we compromise our values then we are can no longer claim to be a nation of law and have become less than out enemies and they win.


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Recommended Book: Truth, Torture and the American Way by Jennifer Harbury

"Jennifer Harbury’s investigation into torture began when her husband disappeared in Guatemala in 1992; she told the story of his torture and murder in Searching for Everardo. For over a decade since, Harbury has used her formidable legal, research, and organizing skills to press for the U.S. government’s disclosure of America’s involvement in harrowing abuses in Latin America, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East. A draft of this book had just been completed when the first photos from Abu Ghraib were published; tragically, many of Harbury’s deepest fears about America’s own abuses were graphically confirmed by those horrific images.

This urgently needed book offers both well-documented evidence of the CIA’s continuous involvement in torture tactics since the 1970s and moving personal testimony from many of the victims. Most important, Harbury provides solid, convincing arguments against the use of torture in any circumstances: not only because it is completely inconsistent with all the basic values Americans hold dear, but also because it has repeatedly proved to be ineffective: Again and again, “information” obtained through these gruesome tactics proves unreliable or false. Worse, the use of torture by U.S. client states, allies, and even by our own operatives, endangers our citizens and especially our troops deployed internationally."

~Publisher Comments:

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Monday, December 28, 2009

can anyone who visits Auschwitz ever forget what a twisted ideology can do to a country in the name of some perceived greater good.

When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross.”
-Sinclair Lewis



I have been to Auschwitz Concentration Camp. It was a singularly intense experience. It was 1994 and I was a member of the United States Karate Team competing in the Fudokan World Karate Championship in Zakopane, Poland. On the day of the competition I pulled a calf muscle in the form event and was done for the day. On our day off we decided to take a trip to Auschwitz, a group of us piled into a bus and took the hour or so drive to the camp. It was a strange feeling to see those infamous gates and to walk through them. As I walked about the camp the enormity of what took place there was overwhelming. I visited many of the buildings, including the gas chamber and crematorium. I saw a room full of glasses and the brick wall where many prisoners were lined up and shot. Most moving was the building dedicated to the plight of the Jews. The dormitories were, if memory serves two storied, they were full of artifacts, photographs and personal belongings. At one point while walking through the building I remember feeling overwhelmed and I had to get out of the building and into the fresh air. It was a feeling of overwhelming dread.


All this was done in the name of the Third Reich by a society, a nation of people that had bought into the idea of the master race. They had believed in their redeemer and in his mad demonic ideas. It took a world war to end the madness and the world has never been the same. The Jewish people can never forget and neither can anyone who visits Auschwitz ever forget what a twisted ideology can do to a country in the name of some perceived greater good.

Today in America we have the rise of the new ideology of madness and it is the Evangelical Christian movement with their crazy charismatic leadership. They preach the gospel of hate. They represent a real and present danger to America. If they were ignored as they should be and consigned to the wackos of society that have to be tolerated it would not be a problem. That is not the case, America is acting like a town that is trying to accommodate and appease the village idiot, so everybody does everything the village idiot wants them to do. We have senators and congressmen taking these people seriously and making laws based on the leaders of these groups and their agendas. Evidence their own

words; James Dobson said "God has called us to be His representatives in our nation and in our world. Select candidates who represent your views and work for their election." Pastor John Hagee said "I believe that the Hurricane Katrina was, in fact, the judgment of God against the city of New Orleans...I believe that New Orleans had a level of sin that was offensive to God, and they are -- were recipients of the judgment of God for that...There was to be a homosexual parade there on the Monday that the Katrina came. And the promise of that parade was that it was going to reach a level of sexuality never demonstrated before in any of the other Gay Pride parades.... The Bible teaches that when you violate the law of God, that God brings punishment sometimes before the day of judgment." These men have been advisors to presidents. Senators and congressmen seek their support and do their bidding. It is time that congress repudiate these advocates of hate, intolerance and bigotry. We are a liberal society, that embraces diversity and inclusion. We are a society of toleration and a society of freedom of speech and religious belief. We are also a country with people of different shades of color and cultures and languages. All these things they hate. Their agenda is a theocracy, one that is based on their interpretation of the bible. Randell Terry Founder of Operation Rescue said, "I want you to just let a wave of intolerance wash over you.I want you to let a wave of hatred wash over you. Yes, hate is good ... Our goal is a Christian nation. We have a biblical duty, we are called by God to conquer this country. We don't want equal time. We don't want pluralism." Jerry Falwell said, "We must fight against those radical minorities who are trying to remove God from our textbooks, Christ from our nation. We must take back what is rightfully ours." (Moral Majority Sermon, March 1993) "I hope to see the day when, as in the early days of our country, we won't have any public schools. The churches will have taken them over again and Christians will be running them. What a happy day that will be."


These Evangelical preachers preach a dangerous message to their flock. They preach a form of sedition and anti-Americanism under the guise of patriotism. Like the Third Reich their members are mostly white poor working class people with little education and are mostly excluded from the main social fabric of the nation. They buy into a message that appeals to their fears of being left behind by a society they don't fully understand. A society they see as increasingly diverse, where women, gays, people of color demand equality. The message they listen too is one of exclusivity and a special connection to God, a God that is on their side. They have the message that they will be the ones to get into heaven and that all the rest of the world will be damned. They have a leader they can back who shares their values, Sarah Palin with her supporters in the Right wing media Limbaugh, Beck and Hannity. There is a danger here that these preachers will wrap themselves in the flag and if they could they would take away our freedoms in the name of God and America. Ultimately they need to be seen as they are, and called on it and not given a pass.


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Frank Schaeffer former Evangelical leader blows the lid of the Evangelical Right.



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Republican Gomorrah by Max Blumenthal, an excerpt;

"Fromm’s analysis in Escape from Freedom provides an eerie but prescient description of the authoritarian mindset driving the movement that has substantially taken over the modern Republican Party: the Christian right. Over the last five years, I interviewed hundreds of the Christian right’s leaders and activists, attended dozens of its rallies and conferences, listened to countless hours of its radio programs, and sat in movement-oriented houses of worship where no journalists were permitted. As I explored the contours of the movement, I discovered a culture of personal crisis lurking behind the histrionics and expressions of social resentment. This culture is the mortar that bonds leaders and followers together.

Inside the movement initiates refer to it cryptically as “The Family,” an exclusive sect. The Christian right as a whole is called “the pro-Family” movement, and movement allies are known as “friends of The Family.” In an actual family, blood ties are required; however, joining the Christian right requires little more than becoming “born again,” a process of confession, conversion, and submission to a strict father figure.

The movement’s Jesus is the opposite of the prince of peace. He is a stern, overtly masculine patriarch charging into the fray with his sword raised against secular foes; he is “the head of a dreadful company, mounted on a white horse, with a double-edged sword, his robe dipped in blood,” according to movement propagandist Steve Arterburn. Mark Driscoll, a pastor who operates an alternative Christian rock venue from his church, stirs the souls of twenty- something evangelical males with visions of “Ultimate Fighting Jesus.” This same musclebound god-man starred in Mel Gibson’s blood-drenched The Passion of the Christ, enduring bone-crushing punishment at the hands of Jews and pagans for two hours of unrelieved pornographic masochism.

A portrait of virility and violence, the movement’s omnipotent macho Jesus represents the mirror inversion of the weak men who necessitated his creation. As Fromm explained, “the lust for power is not rooted in strength but in weakness [italics in original]. It is the expression of the individual self to stand alone and live. It is the desperate attempt to gain secondary strength where genuine strength is lacking.”

The movement’s macho Jesus provided purpose to Tom DeLay, a dallying, alcoholic Texas legislator transformed through evangelical religion from “Hot Tub Tommy” into a dictatorial House majority leader known as “The Hammer.” Macho Jesus was the god of Ted Haggard, a closet homosexual born-again and charismatic megachurch leader, risen to head of the National Association of Evangelicals, preaching the gospel of spiritual warfare and anti-gay crusades. And he was the god of Howard F. Ahmanson Jr., an eccentric millionaire whose inheritance of massive wealth literally drove him mad, prompting his institutionalization, who found relief as one of the far right’s most reliable financial angels. Macho Jesus even transformed the serial killer Ted Bundy, murderer and rapist of dozens of women, who became a poster child for anti-pornography activists with his nationally televised death row confessional."

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