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Wednesday Morning News Roundup

Posted by Phoenix Woman on November 18, 2009

Obama’s plans for Afghanistan include an “end game”. In other words, it sounds like he’s not buying the arguments of McChrystal or McChrystal’s Australian guru, Dr. David Kilcullen, that we need to stay in Afghanistan for fifty or a hundred years.

Frank Schaeffer discusses with Rachel Maddow how all those “Pray for Obama: Psalm 109:8” are actually calls for him to be murdered — “trawling for assassins” is how he puts it. As the Christian Science Monitor explains:

The psalm reads, “Let his days be few; and let another take his office.”

Presidential criticism through witty slogans is nothing new. Bumper stickers, t-shirts, and hats with “1/20/09” commemorated President Bush’s last day in office.

But the verse immediately following the psalm referenced is a bit more ominous: “Let his children be fatherless, and his wife a widow.”

As a commenter on Daily Kos mentions in a diary on this subject:

It’s important to note that in Hebrew poetic language (of which the Psalms is a part) repetition was a major form. A writer would say something and repeat it once or more times with slightly different wording to bring out a fully-fledged meaning. So it is not only possible that Psalm 109:9 makes 109:8 seem more ominous, 109:9 clearly shows that the author wants someone dead in order that their office will come to someone else. There is no other good interpretation. So don’t let anyone get away with some “that’s out of context” non-sense.

— Speaking of conservative efforts to misuse religion, the conservatives in the Catholic Church are not happy to hear this news that preliminary phase of the $2 million study commissioned by the bishops at the height of the Church’s sexual abuse scandal has so far found no connection between sexual orientation and abuse of children by clergy.

Posted in Afghanistan, Christianity, evil, faith-based flim-flams, false prophets, fascism, fearmongering, gay rights, President Obama, Professional Christians, rightwing moral cripples | 3 Comments »

Focusing On The Family?

Posted by Phoenix Woman on April 7, 2009

Things that make you go “eeeewww!”:

Oooo dear. I guess being a fundamentalist Christian doesn’t make you a good person. Or even a law abiding one. Juan Alberto Ovalle, 42, who works for a Spanish-speaking arm of  Focus on the Family, narrates Biblical text for their Spanish language CDs and

founded Spanish Christian Audio in 2001 to help Christian organizations with their audio needs

was arrested on suspicion of using the Internet to arrange sex with a girl under 15. Jzs, ur dum.

I’d link to the audio, but FotF has apparently yanked it.

More on Ovalle here and here.

Posted in eedjits, evil, faith-based flim-flams, false prophets, family values, Professional Christians, WTF? | Comments Off on Focusing On The Family?

Colin Powell’s Revenge

Posted by Phoenix Woman on October 20, 2008

Back in 1995, when he was still being praised and mentioned in the press as one of the heroes of Desert Storm, Colin Powell was one of the early favorites for the 1996 Republican presidential nomination. He was a desirable candidate, from the GOP’s perspective, for many reasons: He was popular, he was considered a war hero, he was thought to be honest and forthright (which made a nice contrast to the “Slick Willie” image the Republicans were hanging on Bill Clinton), and his Jamaican heritage would enable the Republicans to claim credit for being the first major political party to nominate a black man for president even as they continued to uphold the racist “Southern Strategy” that locked up the South and certain white-flight suburbs across America.

But then, he made a big mistake. A big, big, big mistake. He let it be known that he considered himself a “Rockefeller Republican”.

Immediately, the Confederate/Bigot wing of the GOP and the conservative movement set upon him, and with great vehemence. Pat Buchanan, Paul Weyrich and Gary Bauer were among those leading the charge. They had just finished purging the Rockefeller Republicans from all positions of power within Congress and within the party, and they weren’t about to let one become president. As Phyllis Schlafly said (original Eagle Forum link was here; it’s now dead): “It is a puzzlement why Colin Powell identified himself as a ‘Rockefeller Republican,’ when Nelson Rockefeller was the quintessential representative of the eastern liberal establishment. To the grassroots conservatives who are now the dominant majority in the Republican Party, Rockefeller Republicanism means ‘in your face’ Big Government liberalism.”

Furthermore, the bigots had been waiting for an excuse, any excuse, to oppose the candidacy of a black man; Powell’s calling himself a “Rockefeller Republican” was all the excuse they needed. William F. Buckley, recognizing that having Powell somewhere on the Republican ticket was the only way to beat Clinton in 1996, tried to raise enthusiasm among his fellow conservatives for the idea of having Powell as Bob Dole’s running mate, but to no avail.

The hardcores of the religio-racist right wing have continued to kick at Powell ever since, especially after the second Bush, in a sop to the moderate voters, followed through on his promise to make Powell Secretary of State — a position where Powell found himself increasingly outgunned by the neocons and the religio-racist right-wingers. He was not only unable to stop Bush and the PNAC Platoon’s push for invading Iraq, he actually promoted the yellowcake forgeries as legitimate proof that Saddam was on the verge of possessing nuclear weapons, even though they had already been debunked.

So now, Colin Powell, attacked and made to serve as the humiliating “moderate makeup” on an extreme neocon regime, finally gets his revenge on the people who scotched his 1996 presidential hopes by putting what prestige remains to him into an endorsement of one of the few people they hate more than him, Barack Obama.

Revenge is sweet.

Posted in 2008, faith-based flim-flams, false prophets, Flying Monkey Right, Fundies, Iraq war, Republicans, rightwing moral cripples | 2 Comments »

Republicans: People of the Lie

Posted by Phoenix Woman on September 13, 2008

George W. Bush lied us into war with Iraq, lied about taxes, and lies pretty much about everything of consequence and sometimes things that aren’t.

Just as John McCain’s been a rubber-stamp for Bush on Iraq and every issue of importance, he also lies just like Bush — a fact that the national media is only now starting to acknowledge.

But now, perhaps spurred by the realization that McCain’s bypassing Joe Lieberman for Sarah Palin confirms that the GOP is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of the religio-racist right, the stories on the lies of McCain, Palin and other Republican figures are finally being published:

McCain Barbs Stirring Outcry as Distortions (New York Times)

Harsh advertisements and negative attacks are a staple of presidential campaigns, but Senator John McCain has drawn an avalanche of criticism this week from Democrats, independent groups and even some Republicans for regularly stretching the truth in attacking Senator Barack Obama’s record and positions…

McCain Wrong on Palin Earmarks (Los Angeles Times)

NEW YORK — John McCain got it wrong Friday when he asserted that his running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, had not requested any earmarks, the spending directives lawmakers insert in spending bills that McCain has vowed to eliminate.

Palin, in fact, requested $198 million in federal earmarks in February, including such expenses as $487,000 to fight obesity in Alaska and $4 million to develop recreational trails.

McCain Lambasted for Inaccuracies (Seattle Times)

Sen. John McCain has drawn an avalanche of criticism this week from Democrats, independent groups and some Republicans for regularly stretching the truth in attacking Sen. Barack Obama’s record and positions.

Obama also has been accused of distortions, but McCain is under fire for two headline-grabbing attacks. First, the McCain campaign twisted Obama’s words to suggest he had compared GOP vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin to a pig after Obama questioned McCain’s claim to be a change agent by saying, “You can put lipstick on a pig; it’s still a pig.” (McCain has used the same expression to describe Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s health plan.)

He then falsely claimed that Obama supported “comprehensive sex ed” for kindergartners. (Obama supported teaching them to be alert for inappropriate advances from adults.)

Palin, McCain Contradict Each Other on Spending (San Francisco Chronicle)

In a televised interview Friday, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin defended her request for an estimated $200 million in federal projects from Congress – even as earlier in the day her GOP running mate John McCain insisted Palin had never sought money from Congress.

McCain Wraps Distortions Around One Truth (Washington Post)

THE AD

He was the world’s biggest celebrity, but his star’s fading. So they lashed out at Sarah Palin. Dismissed her as “good-looking.” That backfired, so they said she was doing “what she was told.” Then desperately called Sarah Palin a liar. How disrespectful. And how Governor Sarah Palin proves them wrong, every day.

ANALYSIS

This John McCain commercial, which contains two significant distortions, is part of a larger effort to rule criticism of his running mate out of bounds and to paint her as the victim of unfair attacks from both Democrats and the media.

Palin Reviews Are In, and Gibson Got a… (New York Times)

After taking in some of Charles Gibson’s interviews with the Republican vice-presidential nominee, Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska, Paul Begala sounded ready to cast his vote.

“I thought one person on my television screen looked ready to assume the presidency,” Mr. Begala, the CNN commentator, said by telephone on Friday. “It wasn’t Governor Palin.”

Fact Check: McCain on Palin and Earmarks (Dallas Morning News)

For more on John McCain’s incorrect claim that Sarah Palin has sought no earmarks as governor, click here. The Associated Press reports that Ms. Palin “asked for nearly $200 million in targeted spending for the 2009 fiscal year.”

Along the same lines, McClatchy declares a new Republican ad “out of bounds” for its claim that Ms. Palin “vetoed nearly half a billion dollars in wasteful spending and cut earmark requests by hundreds of millions of dollars.” While technically true, McClatchy says, the ad takes the remark out of context enough that its meaning is distorted.

They even lie about the size of the crowds at Sarah Palin events.  Oh, and when McCain says he won’t raise your taxes, he’s lying there, too.

They are, indeed, the People of the Lie.

Posted in 2008, Barack Obama, Bush, BushCo malfeasance, Busheviks, faith-based flim-flams, false prophets, family values, Fundies, John McCain, Republicans acting badly, rightwing moral cripples | 1 Comment »

I Hear And Obey, Master!

Posted by Phoenix Woman on April 15, 2008

P.Z. Myers has commanded his minions and acolytes to post links to the National Center for Science Education’s exposure of Expelled, that overwrought piece of tripe featuring Ben Stein, who must be really hard up for work.

I hear and obey, Master!

Posted in education, evolution, faith-based flim-flams, our tax dollars at work, propaganda, theocrats | 1 Comment »

If Most Big Economies Worldwide Are In Or Nearing Recessions…

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 18, 2008

…then why are commodity prices sky-high?

That’s the question Jeffrey Frankel posits while guest blogging at RGE Monitor:

The popular explanation since 2004 has been rapid growth in the world economy. The strongest growth has of course been coming from China and other recently minted manufacturing powerhouses in Asia, but the expansion has been unusually broad-based – including up to last year the United States and even a reinvigorated Europe. So growth has pushed up demand for farm products, energy and other industrial inputs, right?

This reigning explanation now looks suspect. Since last summer the US economy has slowed down noticeably, and is probably entering a recession. Despite talk of decoupling, it is clear that other countries are also slowing down at least to some extent. In its most recent forecast, the IMF World Economic Outlook revised downward the growth rate for virtually every region, including China. The overall global growth rate for 2008 has been marked down by 1.1% (from 5.2 % in July 2007, just before the sub-prime mortgage crisis hit, to 4.1 % as of January 29, 2008). And prospects continue to deteriorate. Yet commodity prices have found their second wind over precisely this period! (Up some 25% or more since August 2007, by a number of indices. So much for the growth explanation.

I suspect that the state of the dollar, weakened by the huge amount of debt, both public and private, our country has taken on under King George W. Bush, is the reason. The weak dollar is why OPEC’s profits, which are figured in dollars, aren’t as big as they seem — and it’s why there’s a big push to move OPEC to the euro instead. Propping up US debt is endangering other countries’ currency as well — and they’re not in a mind to prop us up any more, hence the efforts to “decouple” from our economy. Bush and his buddies were hoping the other countries would wait until after the Bush Gang left town with the spoils from their bust-out, but that’s not happening.

One thing is certain: The brief boost the market got from its archenemy Spitzer’s downfall is soon going to be a distant memory.

Posted in banking, big money, bust-outs, corruption, credit cards, economy, Eliot Spitzer, faith-based flim-flams, gravy train, greed, income inequality | 3 Comments »

The Two-Buck Upchuck

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 17, 2008

That’s what Tanta over at Calculated Risk is calling J.P. Morgan’s purchase (with Federal Reserve funds backing the deal) of Bear Stearns. Bear Stearns stock was trading near $170 not too long ago.

Fasten the seat belts, everyone!

Posted in banking, big money, economy, faith-based flim-flams | 6 Comments »

Hypocrisy: IOKIYAR

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 13, 2008

One of the reasons the news media is all over the Eliot Spitzer story — at least the sex part of it, as opposed to looking at the questionable means used to nab him, or the fact that his antagonists had a target before they had a crime to hang on him — is because of the “hypocrisy angle”: “He busted hookers, so he should really pay hard for paying for them!”

Which would be all well and good, but somehow the press never got around to applying that same standard to another political john, Diaper David Vitter — who was not only not hounded out of his Senate seat, but staunchly defended by the same cons now attacking Spitzer. This comparative gentleness towards Vitter is why the man who was well-known in the DC and Canal Street sex-worker industry is still in the Senate pushing legislation like this:

Who needs fiction when you’ve got politics? You really can’t make this stuff up.

As Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s (D-NY) political career comes to an end for his involvement with a prostitution ring, Sen. David Vitter, (R-LA) of “DC Madame” fame, plans to amend the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) to reinsert the 33 percent abstinence-only earmark.

Sen. Vitter, not exactly a model for abstinence, or being faithful, has the audacity to put his hypocritical ideology ahead of evidence-based public health strategies that tell us abstinence-only should be removed from PEPFAR. He puts ideology ahead of his own reality in the ultimate paternalistic perversion of “do as I say, not as I do.”

And need I point out that the only reason the Republicans made even a half-hearted attempt to shame Larry Craig into retiring after his arrest in the airport john hit the news was because he was caught propositioning a man? If he’d stuck to women like Diaper Dave, they’d have closed ranks around him immediately like they did with Diaper Dave. Once again, It’s OK If You’re A Republican!

Posted in abuse of power, anti-truth, David Vitter, Debra Jean Palfrey, Democrat-bashing, Democrats, Eliot Spitzer, faith-based flim-flams, family values, Flying Monkey Right, Fundies, Hookergate, hypocrites, Larry Craig, Republicans, Republicans acting badly, rightwing moral cripples | 2 Comments »

Tuesday Afternoon News Roundup

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 11, 2008

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This morning’s Rasmussen Reports’ national daily tracking poll shows Barack Obama opening up a 48% to 41% lead over Hillary Clinton. This is well outside the poll’s 3% margin of error. Yesterday, Gallup showed Obama opening up a lead as well, 49% to 44%. The MoE for this poll is 3% as well.

People become more liberal with age. Yeah, it’s easy to think that you did it your way when you’re a teen or even a twentysomething and living in your parents’ basement, but when you get older and as the brain fully matures (something that doesn’t happen until around age 25), you develop more of a conscience and an open awareness of how we’re all in this together.

Home schooling families Threatened By Court Ruling. Well, only if you think having decent credentials and textbooks, particularly for biology, is threatening. These two sentences in particular give the game away:

“I have sincerely held religious beliefs,” said Phillip Long. “Public schools conflict with that. I have to go with what my conscience requires me.”

Long said he doesn’t believe in evolution, among other topics, that are taught at public schools.

Posted in Barack Obama, education, faith-based flim-flams, family values, Fundies, Good Things, Hillary Clinton, judicial rulings, theocrats | 1 Comment »

Cruise control

Posted by Charles II on January 21, 2008

Jess Smee, The Guardian:

The long-standing antagonism between Germany and the Church of Scientology escalated over the weekend when a high-profile historian compared Tom Cruise’s performance in a Scientology video with the style of the Nazi propaganda minister, Joseph Goebbels.


Guido Knopp, who has written a number of books on Hitler and his inner circle, said the video, which surfaced on YouTube last week, “inevitably” recalled Goebbels’ speech in a Berlin sports stadium when he asked “Do you want total war?” and the crowd thundered “Yes!”…


Cruise found himself at the sharp end of German hostility last summer when the defence ministry sought to obstruct the filming of Valkyrie, starring Cruise as the German resistance hero Claus von Stauffenberg.


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