March 2010

Here is the official GOP website.

Here is the official Democratic party website.

If Obama’s first legislative priority had been immigration or financial reform or climate change, we would have seen the same trajectory. The conjunction of a black president and a female speaker of the House – topped off by a wise Latina on the Supreme Court and a powerful gay Congressional committee chairman – would sow fears of disenfranchisement among a dwindling and threatened minority in the country no matter what policies were in play.

-Frank Rich, “The Rage Is Not About Health Care”

I never submitted the whole system of my opinions to the creed of any party of men whatever in religion, in philosophy, in politics, or in anything else where I was capable of thinking for myself. Such an addiction is the last degradation of a free and moral agent. If I could not go to heaven but with a party, I would not go there at all.

-Thomas Jefferson (1789)

I love these folks over at New Left Media. Here, they continue their journalistic excellence by asking simple questions and letting those answering crash and burn. My favorite moment comes at 1:37, which I have watched six times and keep laughing just as hard.

Black America’s destiny is intertwined with that of all Americans. We all sink or swim together. America will never reach its full potential unless all the differing communities come together, united in purpose, to secure our shared future.

– Anthony Coley in an open letter to Tavis Smiley who criticized President Obama for ignoring the concerns of African Americans

By now, you’ve probably heard about Republican California state senator Roy Ashburn, who was arrested for a DUI after allegedly leaving a gay bar. This was of particular interest because Ashburn has been a loud oppositional voice to gay rights in his state, having “voted against expanding anti-discrimination laws to include sexual orientation, recognizing out-of-state gay marriages and establishing a day honoring gay lawmaker Harvey Milk.” A few years back, he also hosted a rally in favor of “traditional marriage,” which it totally against the California-coined “opposite marriage.”

Today, Ashburn finally spoke about the entire situation on a California radio show: “I’m gay. Those are the words that have been so difficult for me for so long.”

I sat here for a while pondering his revelation and have finally come up with an answer. Since Ashburn is gay, it is okay for him to vote against gay rights. Now, I’m a not scientist, but I think it is sort of like how African Americans are allowed to call each other the N-word, even in a derogatory manner, but Michael Richards cannot, because he is not black. So, if Ashburn weren’t gay, he would be a bigot for his stance against gay rights. Since he is gay, it’s okay. It’s just like if an African American senator voted to legalize segregation, that would not be racist. Because he’s black.

Wait… right?

Sources: 1, 2

Scientology cannot cure stupidity. Yet.

Most organized religion is baseless rhetoric.  Other than the Church of Baseball, I don’t trust religions farther than I can throw them.  However, when Scientology came around, it raised the stakes to a whole new level.  Crappy science fiction author and completely insane person L. Ron Hubbard penned the doctrine for mindless lemmings to follow back in 1952.  It promotes concepts like ‘auditing’ (making the tax term seem much more reasonable in comparison), in which members of the religion pay to learn how to cleanse themselves of spiritual and physical toxins and ‘thetans’, which are souls that have lived on other planets before they made their ways here.

Needless to say, it’s a pretty nutty cult.

Recent revelations have taught the public just how insane these Scientologists really are.  After signing a contract for a (laughably) one billion years, when someone decides that they’ve finally had enough of the crazy Scientology shenanigans they dedicated themselves to, they have to go through an arduous ‘exit process’.  If they don’t go through the process in its entirety, they risk being excommunicated by their family, friends, spouses and even children.  This threat is used as the fear mongering carrot to entice Scientologists to stay in the weird Alice in Wonderland-type cult they joined.  When asked about this practice, Head Whackjob, known only as the supervillain ‘Mr. Davis’, said it was no different than practices by other religions, such as Catholics and the Amish.

Oh.  Well, I’m glad that makes it okay to cut someone off completely from their friends and family to help preserve your cult.  Dick.

More and more people are now coming out of the woodwork to share just how crazy this fictitious ‘religion’ is and hopefully it’s the start of some common sense striking  the ignorant masses.

Sources: 1, 2

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