Saturday, August 21, 2010

We are getting good at hate

“We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another.”
~Jonathan Swift

Hate is easy and as we can see it spreads like wild fire and consumes everything it touches. Americans hate Obama because he's black, liberal, half white, a Democrat, a progressive, supports health care, helped save the economy, bailed out GM, because he is supposedly a Muslim and born in Africa. We are getting good at hate. Now we are working on our hate for Muslims especially in light of the Islamic Center and mosque proposed for downtown New York City. For a country of Christians we sure can conjure up a lot of hate. Where is tolerance, brotherly love, compassion for our fellow man? I know the counter argument, where was their compassion on 9/11. The problem with that argument is when does it end and do we turn against other Americans because of their religion.

This is not the American values I believe in. These are not the values we proudly proclaimed to the world when we stood against the Soviet Union or when we fought World War Two. Now we are fighting in Afghanistan and have been fighting in Iraq to free Muslims from tyranny and give them a taste of Democracy, but are we setting a good example with our hate and intolerance.

We have media that thrives on hate and intolerance and so called news personalities that spout every kind of hate and intolerance against the least of us. FOX NEWS and it's intrepid band of heroes fan the flames of hate with their rhetoric against, Muslims, Mexicans who are here illegally, gays, supporters of women's rights, Obama and every single policy he would support no matter what it was. They fan the flames of hate against every man, woman or child in this country that would disagree with their agenda of hate and intolerance.

What is amazing is that people buy into this hate. But then again it is preached from pulpits and it always has been. During slavery southern preachers preached that it was right and just to enslave the black man. Republicans hate every piece of legislation that would improve the lives of most Americans. They never have any problem voting for legislation that improves the bottom line of corporations or wealthy Americans, or to fund a war. Their good on the hate thing.

Now the big hate is against Muslims and has created a new word Islamophobia, like the word Muslim is a dirty word, and Muslims are something to be feared, avoided or destroyed. What message does that send to the world? What message does it send to millions of loyal American Muslims. Muslim American deserve better of America. I learned a long time ago that hate only hurts the one who hates. But course I still hate a few things, such as intolerance, racism, bigotry, stupidity and ignorance. Compared to most professional American haters I am just an amateur.


FOX nonsense NEWS


News Hounds

Fox News Guest Shrugs Off Death Threats Against Ground Zero Mosque Family: We See Death Threats Happen All The Time









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Friday, August 20, 2010

A week or so ago I did something really stupid.

“Relatives are the worst friends, said the fox as the dogs took after him”
~Danish Proverb


A week or so ago I did something really stupid. I went to lunch with my sibling and a friend. The friend is an unashamed wealthy, corporate, stand on your own feet, Fox watching Conservative. My sibling is a Fox watching, repeat ever sound bite you hear, bible quoting hypocrite. What a pain in the ass that lunch was plus, I drove and after I returned from putting money in the meter I came back into the restaurant, big mistake, to see the bill waiting for me.

I ended up paying a $100 bucks to hear Fox sound bites and stupid drivel from my sibling. At least my friends remarks were not repeats of three month old news. If I do that again I will need my head examined. As for my friend I know his views and we agree to disagree. My relative on the other hand, is a typical uninformed Conservative, who quotes the bible but has no compassion for the poor. Who opposes liberal social policies but benefits from social security, medicare, aid to dependent children and the federal law against discrimination to people with disabilities.

This hypocrite is feeding at the public troth while spouting the bullshit, lies and misinformation from Fox News. Critical and analytical thinking for him is foreign concept and examining the fact just gets in the way of sound bites and ignorance. My friend on the other hand is fairly well informed, generous, kind and just has this quirky side to him, he is a capitalist in every way. He fears progressive social policies and feels it threatens his way of life. He is a little naive and thinks that things like Johnson's "Great Society" legislation that included laws that upheld civil rights, Public Broadcasting, Medicare, Medicaid, environmental protection, aid to education, and his "War on Poverty," was a bad thing. The fact that these laws helped to improve the lives of millions of poor and minorities and helped to end the discrimination and racism of the south is lost on him. He naively said all they had to do was enforce the laws that had already existed. The difference between my sibling and my friends are I can choose my friends I had no choice of relatives.



FOX, the news for idiots, NEWS

News Hounds

Fox “News” Anchor, Shannon Bream, Takes Up The Christian Cross


Think Progress

Fox News’ Van Susteren Hosts Three-Day Infomerical On Palin Without Disclosing Her Husband’s Ties To Her









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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Again we see the face of conservative religious hypocrisy

"From where Winston stood it was just possible to read, picked out on its white face in elegant lettering, the three slogans of the Party:
WAR IS PEACE
FREEDOM IS SLAVERY
IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH."

George Orwell, 1984


The quote "not all Conservatives are stupid but most stupid people are Conservative" has suddenly gained new relevance. It seems that one in five Americans think that president Obama is a Muslim. This is most prevalent among Conservatives. I guess the quote is right. How stupid are these people or is it wishful thinking to label a man a specific religion as if all Muslims are evil. This is part of the new Conservative hysteria about all American Muslims being evil and hating America. Again we see the face of conservative religious hypocrisy. Conservatives are all about god and the constitution. But disagree with them or be a person of color or another religion and the constitution goes out the window, religious freedom and religious tolerance becomes a dirty word. The evidence is the attack on the constitution by Conservative Republican 'politicians', now that is a dirty word, to change the law regarding babies born in America to illegal aliens, and the suggestion that president Obama is a Muslim like Muslim is a dirty word.

These people harm America and demean it's values. They would destroy the very freedoms that generations have fought to preserve. In the name of some twisted version of "their America" they would reduce America to a fascist state with draconian laws. For these people there is always money for war and killing. They would control a woman's vagina, and everyone would have to pray to their approved god. Their America would be reminiscent of George Orwell's 1984. "War is peace, freedom is slavery, and ignorance is strength." In fact I think that about sums up the Conservative agenda.



Worth a read.


The Immoral Minority

Jon Stewart once again channels Glenn Beck as he exposes Fox News hypocrisy.


Firedoglake

Joe Scarborough Runs the Old “No Southern Republicans Were Racists” Play


Politics Daily

Dick Armey Says J.D. Hayworth Had 'Undistinguished Career'










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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

The Right wing media are having a field day on this one and the blatant religious hatred is clearly in evidence

"The bigotry of the nonbeliever is for me nearly as funny as the bigotry of the believer."
Albert Einstein, theoretical physicist


A mosque in NYC is nothing new, but a mosque two blocks from ground zero is something else altogether. The Right wing media are having a field day on this one and the blatant religious hatred is clearly in evidence. Short of calling muslims towel heads or camel jockeys they have clearly shown their colors. Discrimination of any type is distasteful and harmful. Religious discrimination and hate is equally heinous. As any Jew will tell you religious intolerance is a poison that demeans those that hate and creates pain in those they hate.
We are a tolerant society and we should not discriminate based on choice of religion but the building of a mosque near ground zero is at worst insensitive and will create animosity. There is a under swell of religious intolerance in America fueled by the Right wing media. A media that panders to the Jewish political power and the fears of those whose have less than a clear understanding of the issues at stake. The issues are democracy and religious toleration. Jews have faced these issues for centuries in Europe but in America they found a nation that has been truly tolerant, not without some difficulty, but it has remained true to it's founding principals.
To allow hatred and bigotry to decide our policy would be to betray those principals. Mayor Bloomberg and president Obama are correct to support religious freedom and tolerance. The decision to build a Mosque near ground zero is unfortunate and shows a lack of compassion for those that have suffered loss from the 9/11 attack. That insensitivity will not serve those developers well and may engender negative feelings toward those who build and use the facility. If American workers refuse to work on the project I for one will salute them. It is wrong to build there, it an insult to American sensitivity and it is taking advantage of the kindness and decency of the American people. It is also taking advantage of the American constitution. But ultimately it shows a disregard for the suffering and tragedy that America suffered on September 11th. They have the right to build it if anyone will work on the project but they don't and will not have my respect. They will in fact have my scorn and contempt.


The joke of fair and balanced. They fool the stupid and uninformed.

Crooks and Liars

Fox Parent News Corp. Funds GOP Attack Machine to the Tune of $1 Million - So Far








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