Paul Revere by Cyrus Dallin, North End, Boston





Friday, March 27, 2015

Indiana Governor Pence signs bigotry into law.

The new law allows people to refuse services and goods to folks they don't like, because their religion says they're icky and worse.

Congratulations Governor Pence and Indiana!

(I wonder if Mary Cheney and her partner have any plans to visit Indiana and have Christian businesses (and Muslim businesses because like fundy Xtians, the Muslims HATE teh gaii!) tell them to take their business elsewhere?)

This little experiment in Christian Sharia law isn't working out quite the way Pence and his fellow bigots hoped it would:

Broadway's Audra McDonald Just Took Down Indiana Gov. Mike Pence In A Glorious Twitter Rant

Christian Group Is Ready To Boycott Indiana If Governor Signs ‘Religious Liberty’ Bill

Gen Con threatens to leave Indy over religious freedom bill; Tourism, City leaders fear the worst

Salesforce CEO Benioff Takes Stand Against Indiana Anti-Gay Law

"This medieval measure was supposed to be a moment of triumph for bigots throughout Indiana, for men and women who hate Jews, who hate Muslims and atheists and gays and lesbians and transgenders. Instead, Governor Mike Pence slunk away and signed it in private like the shameful act it was. 

You see, an actual religious freedom bill has to protect all people. Indiana’s RFRA, by [Franklin] Graham’s own admission, only protects the rights of fake Christians like him to persecute everybody they don’t like. I can think of a very prominent episode when it was legal to refuse to serve Jews: Nazi Germany. Stay classy, Indiana. 

The RFRA is religious tyranny, the act of one religion saying it’s better than all others and deciding it will get to make all the rules for everybody else, regardless of their own beliefs. That’s pretty much the history of Christianity for the better part of the last 2000 years. People came to this country to get away from that. We were bequeathed a secular Constitution to protect us from religious tyranny. The RFRA is the very thing the Founding Fathers were trying to prevent when they wrote Article VI, paragraph 3 of the Constitution, and later, the First Amendment."
---Hrafnkell Haraldsson

One small correction to Haraldson's article above.  The Puritans and Pilgrims who came to this country were actually religious bigots who left their native lands so that they could practice their bigotry in peace.  The early Christians in Colonial America not only persecuted people who were not of their particular religious sect, they tortured and killed them as well, sort of like the Sunnis and Shi'ites do.

This is exactly why we don't want our secular country to favor any religion.  As soon as one religion is favored over any other, bigotry, persecution, and worse, is the result. When presented with the same sort of legislation in Arizona, Governor Brewer votoed the bill.

Governor Pence has made a fool of himself and his state. 

Thursday, March 26, 2015

TED CRUZ and OBAMACARE: He Loves Me Not, He LOVES ME!!!!

Ted and Obamacare sitting in a tree --  K.I.S.S.I.N.G.!

Hello fellow Americans.  The TeaPublicans' bestest Obamacare hater, who promised to repeal every single word of the law when he's preznit, has announced that he will be putting himself and his family on OBAMACARE!

When we say certain members of the Tea Party are a bit "off," that's not an attack, it's the truth.  Cruz has spent his brief political career bashing all things Obamacare (and, of course, reading Dr. Seuss's Green Eggs and Ham).  He's promised to kill Obamacare and throw millions and millions and millions of Americans off of their insurance policies because this Canadian born son of an American mother and Cuban father says Obamacare is a failure and needs to be cancelled.  He also says climate change/global warming is a lie, and that the Earth is not getting warmer.

"Off" may not be the best word to describe this "brilliant" Harvard/Princeton educated senator.  Perhaps pandering to the rubes with a side of bat-shyte crazy is better?

"Unlike Cruz, we were not Ivy League educated, not even at any of those crappy safety ivies, so maybe we have no idea what we’re talking about, but it seems that a man who’s willing to bravely shut down the government and pass love notes in the hallway to Iran should have the courage of his convictions and refuse to make use of that sweet taxpayer-subsidized health care he hates so much." --Kaili Joy Gray

Ms. Gray, Tailgunner Ted has the courage of his ambitions, which is more powerful and in his circles, more moral, than having the courage of his convictions.  Whatever tricks and slights-of-hand he can produce to advance his whacky agenda will work fine with his Tea Party drones, because FREEDOM!  

Go Ted!  Get your Obamacare while it's hot!

We are definitely amused.  Please pass the popcorn.

Ted Cruz Wants You To Believe He’s Legally Required To Sign Up For Obamacare. He’s Not.

"The Affordable Care Act does not compel members of Congress to enroll in DC’s health care exchange; it simply cuts off the government contribution to their insurance plans if they buy their policies elsewhere. “The final rule extends a Government contribution towards health benefits plans for Members of Congress and designated congressional staff so long as the health benefits plans are purchased via the appropriate SHOP as determined by the Director,” a summary of the final rule says. “Nothing in the final rule or the law prevents a Member of Congress or designated congressional staff from declining a Government contribution for him or herself by choosing a different option for their health insurance coverage.” 

In other words, Cruz “could purchase coverage in the outside market but would get no subsidy from the FEHBP program,” Tim Jost clarified for ThinkProgress, referring to the acronym for the federal health care program. “It seems like the primary other option he would have is to take advantage of COBRA through his wife, though he’d be forgoing the employer contribution. He could also buy non-group coverage,” 

Larry Levitt, Senior Vice President at the Kaiser Family Foundation, said. Cruz could also potentially purchased insurance through his presidential campaign’s presumptive health care insurance. In those instances, however, he would have had to give up his employer’s contribution and likely pay more for insurance than he is now being charged under Obamacare."

"Let me clarify: By 'standing for principle' and 'repeal every word,' I meant, 'waste time and money on dozens of meaningless votes and rail against it at every opportunity until I was faced with the prospect of paying for health insurance out of my own pocket.'"

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The Bibi-Boenher Connection - Seditious Acts by (O)CT(O)PUS of The Swash Zone

by (O)CT(O)PUS of The Swash Zone

Less than 24 hours after my last post on the Bibi-Boehner connection, a Wall Street Journal report reveals the hidden devil in the details: It appears Netanyahu used Israeli intelligence resources to spy on P5+1 negotiations (full text here):
The spying operation was part of a broader campaign by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government to penetrate the negotiations and then help build a case against the emerging terms of the deal, current and former U.S. officials said … The espionage didn’t upset the White House as much as Israel’s sharing of inside information with U.S. lawmakers and others to drain support from a high-stakes deal intended to limit Iran’s nuclear program …
“If you’re wondering whether something serious has shifted here, the answer is yes,” a senior U.S. official said. “These things leave scars.”
Spy versus Spy: It is not uncommon for one ally to collect intelligence on another; but what makes this revelation unprecedented is that Israel fed this information to Congressional Republicans in an effort to alter the course of U.S. foreign policy. If intelligence gathering is considered standard operating procedure – even among allies – direct interference in the internal affairs of governments raises the stakes.

Double Trouble. More troublesome is the fact that Congressional Republicans acted as co-conspirators to gain partisan advantage. Never before in the history of the United States has an opposition party colluded with a foreign power - in direct violation of constitutional norms and protocols. The time has come to put teeth into the Logan Act: Mutiny against the Commander-in-Chief is an act of sedition. If ‘sedition’ is one operant word, the other is …

Impeachment. Unfortunately, impeachment is a political process requiring passage by vote in the House of Representatives and a trial by vote in the Senate. Since accused criminals rarely admit to their crimes and never sit on their own juries, the prospect of 47 Senators impeaching themselves is highly unlikely.

The only other option is to weigh the evidence in the court of public opinion. Bring it on, I say!