“One party, the Democrats, suffers from the usual range of institutional blind spots, historical foibles, and constituency-driven evasions. The other, the Republicans, has moved to a mental Shangri-La, where unwanted problems (climate change, the need to pay the costs of running the government) can be wished away, prejudice trumps fact (Obama might just be Kenyan-born or a Muslim), expertise is evidence of error, and reality itself comes to be regarded as some kind of elitist plot.”—Birtherism, the debt ceiling, climate change, evolution: Are Republicans losing their grip on reality? (via azspot)
It’s tempting to regard the scarcity of truly viable GOP candidates as good news for Obama, but it really doesn’t say much about his reelection prospects. After all, in Romney, Pawlenty and Huntsman, the GOP has three candidates who would likely do fine as nominees; they would probably do as well — not better, not worse — as a generic Republican candidate would. And if the economy is struggling and voters want Obama out, “generic” will be enough for the GOP to win. And if the economy is doing better and voters want to keep Obama, then it really doesn’t matter whom the Republicans nominate – they’ll lose. As Brendan Nyhan was quick to point out on Sunday, we’ve seen a scenario like this before, when numerous big-name Democrats declined to seek their party’s 1992 nomination, leaving a small, late-starting field that was derided for its supposed weakness. That’s the field that produced Bill Clinton.
“There are the occasions that men—intellectual men, clever men, engaged men—insist on playing devil’s advocate, desirous of a debate on some aspect of feminist theory or reproductive rights or some other subject generally filed under the heading: Women’s Issues. These intellectual, clever, engaged men want to endlessly probe my argument for weaknesses, want to wrestle over details, want to argue just for fun—and they wonder, these intellectual, clever, engaged men, why my voice keeps raising and why my face is flushed and why, after an hour of fighting my corner, hot tears burn the corners of my eyes. Why do you have to take this stuff so personally? ask the intellectual, clever, and engaged men, who have never considered that the content of the abstract exercise that’s so much fun for them is the stuff of my life.”—
You cannot say you are a follower of the guy who said love your enemies and do good to those who hate you. The next line isn’t: and if that doesn’t work send a titanium fanged dog to rip his nuts off. Jesus lays on that hippie stuff pretty thick. He has lines that say: do not repay evil with evil and do not take revenge on someone who wrongs you. Really. It’s in that book you hold up when you scream at gay people.
Not to put too fine a point on it, but non-violence was kind of Jesus’ trademark. Kind of his big thing. To not follow that part of it is like joining Greenpeace and hating whales. I mean there’s interpreting and then there’s just ignoring. It’s just ignoring if you’re for torture. As are more evangelical Christians than any other religion. You’re supposed to look at figure of Christ on the cross and think, how could any man suffer like that and forgive, not: Romans are pussy, he still has his eye.
If you go to a baptism, and you hold the baby under until he starts talking, we’re missing the message. Like apparently our President who says he gets scripture on his Blackberry every morning, but who says on 60 Minutes anyone who questioned if Bin Laden should have been assassinated should have their head examined. Hey, Fox News, you missed a big headline: Obama thinks Jesus is nuts. To which I say, hallelujah because my favorite new government program is surprising violent religious zealots in the middle of the night and shooting them in the face. Sorry, Head Start, you’re number two now.
See, I can say that because I’m a non-Christian, just like most Christians.
Christians, I know, I’m sorry, I know you hate this and you want to square this circle but you can’t. I’m not even judging you, I’m just saying logically, if you ignore every single thing Jesus commanded you to do you’re not a Christian, you’re just auditing. You’re not Christ’s followers, you’re just fans. And if you believe the earth was given to you to kick ass on while gloating, you’re not really a Christian, you’re a Texan.
“Down the aisle is Welch’s 100% Grape Juice, with no fat and emblazoned with a red-heart certification from the American Heart Association. An eight-ounce glass has 36 grams of sugar; a regular-sized Snickers, by comparison, has 30.”—
Has anyone noticed that the common denominator of all the successful Arab street movements is that they are sympathetic to Iran? When the dust settles, Iran is going to own the Middle East - except for maybe Saudi Arabia, if we have the guts to help them (which I very much doubt).
We are going to lose our pals in Bahrain - not nice guys, but pals of the U.S.A. anyway - and we are going to lose our pals in Yemen, and it will possibly have an actual al Qaeda government.
There is a gigantic regional coup by Iran taking place. We are doing very little, if anything, to stop it.
In a single piece, the Clear Eyes pitchman manages to drop an unbelievable number of conspiracy theories. The Muslim Brotherhood was tied to Hilter! Iran is trying to gain control over the entire Middle East! Al-Qaeda is about to take control of Yemen! The “Arab Spring” is a fraud! If you ever watched Ben Stein’s documentary on evolution, where he actually took viewers to Nazi death camps to prove his pro-Creationism point, this column is of no surprise. But let’s be clear — while certain things may not turn in favor of the U.S. and Israel, our boy is trying to scare us and simplify a complicated issue in a divisive way. Also, why is CBS giving this man a paycheck? This is unacceptable.
I mean, it would be awesome news, but I’m fairly sure they only recognized same-sex civil unions, not marriage. The Thursday ruling is clearly a step in the right direction for the uber-religious country, but it’s still just another example of heterosexist marriage nuts clinging to the idea that ~marriage~ is for boys & girls only. All it does is recognize that same-sex partners deserve the same legal rights.
“Are we seeking power for power’s sake? Or are we seeking to make the world and our nation better places to live. If we seek the latter, violence can never provide the answer. The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it. Through violence you may murder the liar, but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth. Through violence you may murder the hater, but you do not murder hate. In fact, violence merely increases hate. So it goes. Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”—
The actual, attributable, quote from Martin Luther King and not that piece of shit that has been circulating around the fucking internet. A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr. pg 594
“Do you think that your 16 year old daughter hasn’t masturbated already? Like, do you really think there’s anything in that scene that this chick hasn’t already tried when the lights go out at night, or in the bathroom, or in the tub, or with the shower head or something like that? I’m telling you, man, I’m not teaching this broad anything new. If I were to create a rating system, I wouldn’t even put murder right at the top of the chief offenses. I would put rape right at the top, and assault against women. Because it’s so insanely overused and insulting how much it’s overused in movies as a plot device, a woman in peril. That, to me, is offensive, yet that shit skates.”—
Kevin Smith (director) on the ridiculousness of movies about sex receiving NC-17 ratings while extremely violent movies get by with R ratings (via phillip-gallagher)