It's March 27th. The bright pastel decorations of Easter are out in many places.
And it's snowing. Again.
After much of the snow had melted, the ground is white. Again.
Mother Nature, this isn't funny anymore. I want to see daffodils and crocus. I'd even settle for crocus through a faint shadow of snow, but even the crocus seem to think the weather sucks.
Because all our political representatives should be toned, fit, healthy and stylish. Something where she has NONE of the above.
Sen. Sylvia Allen said she is unapologetic after suggesting the state require Sunday church attendance to precipitate a "moral rebirth."
During a committee debate on allowing concealed guns in public buildings, the Republican senator said mandatory church attendance would stem a moral crisis she says is eroding the "soul of America."
"I believe what's happening to our country is that there's a moral erosion of the soul of America," she said. "It's the soul that is corrupt. How we get back to a moral rebirth I don't know. Since we are slowly eroding religion at every opportunity that we have. Probably we should be debating a bill requiring every American to attend a church of their choice on Sunday to see if we can get back to having a moral rebirth." (UPI)
First I'd like to say that Sylvia is a fat slut that probably solves her moral problems with a double dose of lard-fried Twinkies. (I'm typically not a person to go after a person's size, but the point needs to be made that latching on to the superficial does NOT give someone the right to be, quite literally, holier than thou.)
Forcing people to go to church on Sunday is an answer? When HOW many bible thumping asswhipes have gone to jail for lying, thieving, molesting and abusing their positions? I'm guessing that the entire pedophile priest scandals of the 2000's hasn't made any impression on Silly. Nope, nor those tv-evangelicals who have gone to jail for raking in the fat bucks and not paying taxes, or misusing funds.
Or the murdering, beheading and mutilation that has been justified in the name of religion.
Honey, I think you need to get a fucking grip on yourself. As a conservative twatwaffle you should know better than to think you can legislate morality into the nation, but hey, I encourage you to demonstrate that with your own brethren. Make ALL your political peers in your party attend church AND have them sign a pledge to live their lives according to your holy text. Staring with live and let live.
Because if french is ok, and german, spanish and italian, if polish and portuguese can pass muster THEN SO CAN ARABIC.
A school in New York state has apologised after receiving complaints because a student recited the US Pledge of Allegiance in Arabic.
The school's foreign language department arranged for the pledge to be read in a different language each day for a week.
Complaints were received from people who lost family in Afghanistan and from Jewish parents, an official said.
Neither the US nor New York state has an official language.(BBC)
So yeah, it's ok to read the pledge in hebrew but not in arabic? What about vietnamese? or korean? We had wars there, we lost men in those countries. Oh yeah and germany as well. But no, arabic (not saying whose dialect it was mind you) is bad/evil.
The jewish parents better be ready to agree when Palestinian parents object. And so should people whose families were killed by American's (for example those soldiers who were put on trial for murdering and raping the citizens they were sent to protect).
What the fuck. Why say the pledge at all? If it doesn't represent everyone it shouldn't represent any one at all.
Weird how some states are so busy taking a solid step backwards. It's like they never read a history book.
The governor of Indiana is poised to enact a "religious freedom" law, which opponents say will give state businesses a licence to discriminate against gay and lesbian customers.
Governor Mike Pence is expected to sign the bill this week amid protests. (BBC)
I know it's a tried and true political tactic, re-branding something nasty as sparkly-white-nationalistic but why it keeps working I don't know. By now there's not a person in this nation that honestly believes that enabling discrimination is anything but what it is: legalized hate.
It comes down to this: if you run a business you don't get to kick out customers because they're different. You can't refuse handicapped, black, or even (gasp) Muslim. All this means that you CAN'T REFUSE PEOPLE IF THEY ARE GAY. Yes, that's right. I don't care that it offends your religion. I don't care that it offends you. Fundies offend me and if I owned an ice cream parlor I would have to serve them anyway and put up with their stupid creationist crap-talk and maybe even an invite to their church. Because our nation is a FREE one, not one where white, republican, conservative assholes get all the rights and others don't.
So here, from me, is a solid FUCK YOU MOTHERFUCKER to Penis Pence. You're gonna waste state money on losing a lawsuit or losing business, ya know that don't you. All you care is about raking in the monies until your next election.
This guy is like a hate-filled jelly donut, double deep fat friend and extra carcinogenic.
BOISE, Idaho, March 23 (UPI) -- The Idaho House of Representatives passed a resolution to call on the U.S. Congress to impeach federal judges who rule in favor of same-sex marriage.
The non-binding resolution named HJM 4 was authored and sponsored by Rep. Paul Shepherd, R-Idaho, a sixth term representative.
The House voted 44-25 in favor on Friday; 11 Republicans joined all 14 Democrats who opposed the resolution.
What a fucking turd. Because judges have voted overwhelmingly in favor of the LAW this asshole wants to take revenge. Listen, twat-waffle, no one gives a flying fuck if your sensitivities are offended by something that has NOTHING TO DO WITH YOU. We don't give a rats ass about the fact that you and your hate-brothers are on the wrong side of history. You need to feel offended? Go ahead. Feel offended. But you're fighting an uphill battle, and your homophobic attitude will go down in history filed under WRONG.
Fuck off asshole. Go crawl back into your hole and wait for the next election.
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu apologized to Israel's Arab citizens on Monday for remarks he made during last week's parliament election that offended members of the community.
The move appeared to be an attempt to heal rifts and mute criticism at home and in the United States. Netanyahu drew accusations of racism in Israel, especially from its Arab minority, and a White House rebuke when, just a few hours before polling stations were to close across the country, he warned that Arab citizens were voting "in droves."
Benji is sorry, really really sorry now that he won. Of course if he hadn't won he'd be blaming all those evil, smelly Israeli Arabs for exercising their damn rights. Funny how Jews in "settlements" outside the border get to vote but not Palestinians who live in the same space. Also funny how many disenfranchised Arabs live in Israel and also don't get to vote. Apology, funny Benji, real funny. Like "there will never be peace in my lifetime" funny.
Of course Republican hawks understand this mentality, disenfranchising voters is a main plank in their platform and their radical right has already declared their desire to see American burn rather than compromise with the left. If they could wall off the north east and west coasts into settlements and prevent them from they would.
It sucks when you find out that the Dad you're now caring for cheated on your mom for years. And didn't give a shit. And she still makes excuses for him.
It sucks when you find out that the Dad you're now caring for spent most of his time and money on strangers willing to kiss his ass instead of his family.
It sucks when you find out that the Dad you're now caring for takes more of your waking hours than he ever spent on you.
It sucks when you find out that the Dad you're now caring for is someone who preferred to scream at you about what you did wrong during your life rather than being your parent. And now you have to care for them in a way they never did for you because you're a better person than they are.
The GOP is at it again with the unabashed greed.
WASHINGTON, March 18 (UPI) -- A bill that will increase the number of temporary foreign workers allowed in the United States has been blasted as a way to take jobs away from U.S. workers.
The I-Squared bill, sponsored by Sen Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, aims to increase the number of foreigners with advanced degrees allowed to work in the United States.
Proponents say it is a necessary measure, keeping U.S.-educated foreigners and their skills in the workforce and filling STEM positions that companies cannot otherwise fill. Opponents say loopholes in the law open up the possibility of abuse and corruption, essentially opening the job market to cheap foreign labor and onshore outsourcing.
The bill would increase the cap on H-1B visas from 65,000 workers each fiscal year to between 115,000 and 300,000.
Proponents are lying sacks of shit. Since when aren't there enough American tech workers? Fact is there ARE enough, it's just that you can't revoke their visas and send them scampering back home. This is just another ploy by the uber-rich to maintain their isolated status, disenfranchising middle class workers who are ALREADY in debt from their college education. If they can burden enough of the middle class with debt AND keep them from finding jobs they can effectively discourage or prevent the middle class from surviving.
What the GOP wants is a party OF the rich FOR the rich with everyone else living in a miserable indentured servitude, women who cannot remain gainfully employed because they aren't allowed to control their ability to reproduce and minorities who have ready access to guns, the simple way to reduce the cost of the poorest and most desperate.
The GOP vision of America? The filthy rich living with their monies outside the US in tax havens while this nation becomes a cesspool of workers who can't afford a home of their own.
The world overwhelmingly supports the establishment of a Palestinian state in the West Bank, east Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip, areas captured by Israel in 1967, and opposes settlement construction. (AP)
Congratulations, you've now elected someone who has revealed what the world has known but no one has dared openly expressed: Israel will never make peace with Palestine.
You are now a world pariah, the current standard bearer for Apartheid.
You will now be alone.
Good luck with that.
Just stating the obvious.
Well they lawyer-up and sue, naturally.
NORMAN, Okla., March 13 (UPI) -- The fraternity at the University of Oklahoma that was forced to shut down this week over allegations of racism stemming from a controversial video may file a lawsuit against the school.
Members and alumni of the university's Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter have hired attorney Stephen Jones, KFOR-TV reported Friday, in what may be the opening salvo to legal action against the school -- and possibly even President David Boren.[..]
Both students were expelled from the university and subsequently apologized, and the group suspended its chapter on the Norman campus. Boren also announced that the school had severed all ties with the fraternity.
However, while many current and former members of the fraternity say they agree with the students' expulsion and the chapter's suspension, they say they are upset that fraternity members are stereotypically being branded as racists and further exploited by the university.
The fact that this ISN'T THE FIRST TIME or EVEN THE FIRST SCHOOL to report racist behavior on the part of this frat seems to be lost to them. I mean fuck, they're rich, they're white, anything they do should be ok right? I mean why the outrage over "traditional" values, it's what the south, land of Dixie, has always stood for. Black people were happier when they were in the fields, they sang songs, didn't worry about drugs or shootings. Things were good then. This is the historical context for a song about excluding non-whites from Sigma Alpha Epsilon, a mere little ditty sung to "if you're happy and you know it".
I mean aside from the "nigger" part of it.
So here we go with the traditional response from the privileged: "lawsuit". The two ringleaders have been punished, and even apologized. The frat has been suspended but that the university has DARED to sever ties? I mean wtf right? Other universities have the same kinda friendly-race-based-jocularity-ribbing all the time and no one complains in Texas or Alabama right? I mean come on, they're not celebrating the principles of the confederacy, merely their historical roots therein.
Actually they're just racist, privileged boys acting JUST like their parents did, only their parents didn't have snitches with cellphones handy. Luckily there's nothing money (and careful editing) can't solve. SAE? Nay, now it's SUE.
Stefan Lanka made a bad bet and he lost. Now he's crying like a baby because he's being forced to hold up his end of the bet.
A German biologist who offered ?100,000 (£71,350; $106,300) to anyone who could prove that measles is a virus has been ordered by a court to pay up.
Stefan Lanka, who believes the illness is psychosomatic, made the pledge four years ago on his website.
The reward was later claimed by German doctor David Barden, who gathered evidence from various medical studies. Mr Lanka dismissed the findings.
But the court in the town of Ravensburg ruled that the proof was sufficient.
Reacting to the verdict by the court in the southern town, Mr Lanka said he would appeal.
"It is a psychosomatic illness," he told regional paper Suedkurier. "People become ill after traumatic separations." (BBC)
The article asserts that Stefan is a biologist, clearly he's not a *good* biologist, but I'm guessing he has a degree in something like that. Which goes to prove that even card-carrying members of a scientific profession can be way out on the fringe. I mean I'm fairly certain that it didn't take that deep a dive into the literature to find and substantiate that measles is caused by a virus. Psychosomatic illness? No, the only person with such an illness is Stefan who has a clear case of the "denials". I feel sorry for the institution that provided Steffy with his degree. I'm sure they're looking back at their curriculum and scratching their heads.
But the law has spoke, idiots who make bad deals must uphold their deals, denial or no. Just goes to show that "force of belief" doesn't win, no matter how hard you wish it. Too bad more creationists don't make the same bet.
...then everyone is at risk.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- Legislative efforts to increase pressure on parents to get their kids vaccinated failed in Oregon and Washington state Wednesday amid stiff opposition as a handful of other statehouses consider similar bills prompted by a measles outbreak at Disneyland.
Oregon's measure, which had the support of Democratic Gov. Kate Brown, would have made the state the third in the country allowing exemptions from immunizations only for medical reasons, and no longer for religious, philosophical or personal reasons. Mississippi and West Virginia are the only other states that have comparable laws in place.[..]
"The fundamental issue was that of informed consent. We're supportive of safe and effective vaccinations. We're not anti-vaccine. We're pro-informed-consent," said Vern Saboe, a chiropractor from Albany who testified against the Oregon bill.
Ok, for starters, why the fuck is a shyster, psudo-science practitioner testifying about anything medical? Yeah it might FEEL good, but sorry, being a chiropractor makes you an expert in nothing.
Also the psudo-term "pro-informed-consent" makes me want to claw my eyes out. What the FUCK DOES THAT EVEN MEAN? Actually I know what it means, it means "I'm a bullshitter, and it's what I do for a living." Does the baby next to your "pro-informed-consent-un-vaccinated-brat" give their consent to get measles? Or whooping cough? No. It's shit, just like the brains of the adults who believe their rights are being infringed. Let them live in a third world country for a while where disease is still rampant and we'll see just how informed they become.
It's so fucking hard to see and hear the stupid behind the antivaxxers. Honestly I feel it's a legitimate reason to deport these assholes who freely leech off the benefits of our first-world society without giving back (actually worse, they're a detriment to the rest of us.)
Fuck you and your bullshit. It's a pity that your stupidity allowed you to get to adulthood and reproduce. There's a good chance your kids will never get that far, which would be a blessing for the rest of us.
"All right," said Susan. "I'm not stupid. You're saying humans need... fantasies to make life bearable."
REALLY? AS IF IT WAS SOME KIND OF PINK PILL? NO. HUMANS NEED FANTASY TO BE HUMAN. TO BE THE PLACE WHERE THE FALLING ANGEL MEETS THE RISING APE.
"Tooth fairies? Hogfathers? Little?"
YES. AS PRACTICE. YOU HAVE TO START OUT LEARNING TO BELIEVE THE LITTLE LIES.
"So we can believe the big ones?"
YES. JUSTICE. MERCY. DUTY. THAT SORT OF THING.
"They're not the same at all!"
YOU THINK SO? THEN TAKE THE UNIVERSE AND GRIND IT DOWN TO THE FINEST POWDER AND SIEVE IT THROUGH THE FINEST SIEVE AND THEN SHOW ME ONE ATOM OF JUSTICE, ONE MOLECULE OF MERCY. AND YET -Death waved a hand. AND YET YOU ACT AS IF THERE IS SOME IDEAL ORDER IN THE WORLD, AS IF THERE IS SOME...SOME RIGHTNESS IN THE UNIVERSE BY WHICH IT MAY BE JUDGED.
"Yes, but people have got to believe that, or what's the point?"
MY POINT EXACTLY."
-Terry Pratchett, Hogfather
You will be missed, my friend. Farewell.