Tuesday Music November 25, 2008Posted by Evil Bender in music.
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I was planning to post about how the far Religious Right uses fear to keep their membership ignorant and uneducated, but that’s too depressing a topic for me right now. Instead, this non-religious blogger presents some of his favorite tunes with overtly religious themes:
Johnny Cash “God’s Gonna Cut You Down”:
Shorter James Pethokoukis November 24, 2008Posted by Evil Bender in language and lit, News and politics, wingnuts.
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Just in time for the War on Xmas holidays:
- We need to keep people from having access to health care because those that get it will vote for Obama. Better they should die and “decrease the surplus population.”
Verbatim James Pethokoukis:
Recently, I stumbled across this analysis of how nationalized healthcare in Great Britain affected the political environment there. As Norman Markowitz in Political Affairs, a journal of “Marxist thought,” puts it: “After the Labor Party established the National Health Service after World War II, supposedly conservative workers and low-income people under religious and other influences who tended to support the Conservatives were much more likely to vote for the Labor Party when health care, social welfare, education and pro-working class policies were enacted by labor-supported governments.”
Passing Obamacare would be like performing exactly the opposite function of turning people into investors. Whereas the Investor Class is more conservative than the rest of America, creating the Obamacare Class would pull America to the left. Michael Cannon of the Cato Institute, who first found that wonderful Markowitz quote, puts it succinctly in a recent blog post: “Blocking Obama’s health plan is key to the GOP’s survival.”
And why worry if poor and middle class people survive, when you can instead worry about the Grand Old Party?
But while it might be tempting to say that the GOP has become the party of Scrooge, Scrooge at least would have been far more fiscally responsible in government than the Republicans have been.
Why I haven’t posted about “Vox Day” in ages November 21, 2008Posted by Evil Bender in wingnuts.
…because it’s just too damn easy. Take for example, his most recent post as of this writing. It’s great, starting with a link to WingNutDaily, advocating violence against Richard Dawkins, and shilling his own book–all in two paragraphs:
I’m not surprised that someone should shoot himself after reading The God Delusion. The thought of suicide has to cross any intelligent individual’s mind upon reading it and realizing that there are literally hundreds of thousands of dim-witted individuals eligible to vote who genuinely believe TGD to be a masterpiece of science, philosophy, and reason rather than the insubstantial bit of intellectually fatuous, snipe-and-dodge evangelical atheism it actually is. Such a waste. It’s tragic to think that after reaching the correct logical conclusion to Dawkinsian moral logic, the unfortunate young man didn’t see fit to shoot the pretentious Archbishop of High Church Atheism first. . . .
Now, obviously the young man wasn’t particularly intelligent or he wouldn’t have found Dawkins’s shoddy logic and nonexistent scholarship to be the least bit convincing. But the possibility of this sort of thing happening is one of the reasons I wrote The Irrational Atheist – readers may recall my assertion that sociopathy and suicide are among the logical consequences of rational atheism – and arranged for free electronic copies of it to be made available to anyone who might like to peruse it. In fact, Dawkins and company really should embrace TIA; its exposure of their fallacious arguments just might save their lives from one of their pathetic young converts one day.
Isn’t that sweet? His post is just a pathetic little lament that no one takes him seriously. Why won’t Richard Dawkins respond to my Very Important Self-published Totally Legitimate Free Online Book? it practically screams.
Poor Vox: he tries so hard to be relevant, but even Ann Coulter-style ravings, desperate attempts to get links from PZ Myers and threats of violence don’t make anyone care what he has to say. I might feel bad for him if he didn’t deserve every bit of his pathetic obscurity. He can’t even manage to be Jonah Goldberg.
Vox shouldn’t worry to much, though: he’ll always have FtK.
[Update: I should have realized Vox found a publisher for the book he's giving away free. On Amazon, you can by his book together with Liberal Fascism. It's like Christmas for intellectually dishonest, lazy hack writers!
Also, from Vox's publisher, this screen shot:
After that hillarious last line, I now don’t need any Christmas gifts: what more could I possibly need?
Quote of the Moment November 21, 2008Posted by Evil Bender in News and politics, Science, wingnuts.
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Darwin was from England and Einstein was from Germany. The elitism and arrogance that has been going on is not what Texas is about.
Jonathan Saenz, at a Texas Board of Education hearing.
I feel bad for Texans: so many people seemed determined to make sure that “what Texas is all about” is overwhelming stupidity.
Dear Fox News November 20, 2008Posted by Evil Bender in bigotry, Faux News, News and politics, wingnuts.
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Fuck you, you and fuck your whole bigoted operation.
From now on, I’ll be identifying any straight fugitives as “known heterosexuals.”
Shorter Phyllis Schlafly November 18, 2008Posted by Evil Bender in feminism, News and politics, wingnuts.
Bonus: Shorter everything Phyllis Schlafly has ever written:
It’s all women’s fault.
One more reason I loathe hierarchical religion November 14, 2008Posted by Evil Bender in bigotry, Morality, Religion.
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The best recent example of the odious things people will do under pressure from religious leaders is Mormon funding of the Yes on Prop 8 campaign. And I’m certain the irony of the LDS Church rushing to defend “traditional marriage” isn’t lost on my readers (though if it is lost on you, start here).
But bigots campaigning to deny civil rights isn’t the only fucked up thing that’s happened recently regarding organized religion. A much more minor, but perhaps similarly telling example, is discussed by Pam: it seems that at least one Roman Catholic priest* is telling his parishioners not to take communion until they’ve done penance for voting for Obama.
The Rev. Jay Scott Newman said in a letter distributed Sunday to parishioners at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Greenville that they are putting their souls at risk if they take Holy Communion before doing penance for their vote.
“Our nation has chosen for its chief executive the most radical pro-abortion politician ever to serve in the United States Senate or to run for president,” Newman wrote, referring to Obama by his full name, including his middle name of Hussein.
Naturally, some people in the Catholic Church object to Newman’s position, and even suggest he does not have the authority to make such a pronouncement. I’ll leave such matters of hierarchy to the Church: what I want to point out is how incredibly ridiculous it is that people take such pronouncements seriously. Newman’s message is one of credulous received morality: voting for Obama is wrong because the Church says it is. And the Church says being pro-choice is wrong because they claim to know what the all-powerful God of the Universe says on such a matter.
“Hubris” doesn’t begin to describe such a position. It is absolutely arrogant beyond measure.
And worse than the ultimate arrogance of such a position is the death of critical thinking: religious hierarchies invariably come to serve as a means of the powerful few to constrain the many. It substitutes authority for conscience, the demand of Church leaders for the judgement of individuals.
The only good news here is that most Catholics seem perfectly content to make their own moral decisions, and not listen to the Church’s bullying. For example, more Catholics voted for Obama than McCain. But while I’m glad that lay Catholics seem to have more wisdom than many of their leaders, that doesn’t change the fact that Catholic clergy members regularly attempt to bully their parishioners by threatening their souls: do as we say, the message goes, or spend an eternity in Hell.
That amounts to odious, immoral emotional blackmail.
Perhaps all this is why the religions I find most common cause with are ones that emphasize personal conscience over received wisdom. As soon as we let ourselves be told what to believe and bullied into acting as others tell us, we forfeit out ability to act ethically, for we’ve exchanged the agonizing task of being a moral actor in a complex world for the much easier–and vastly emptier–act of Doing What We’re Told.
* I know many Catholic clergy disagree with Newman’s stance, but the Church still emphasizes received wisdom over the dictates of conscience: that problem isn’t specific to the abortion issue.
Tony Perkins on the election November 7, 2008Posted by Evil Bender in bigotry, News and politics, wingnuts.
You just knew he was going to say something incredibly Orwellian, and he didn’t disappoint:
“There was clearly no mandate to shift the country to the left on social issues,” Perkins said. “What Tuesday was, was a fact that people wanted change, and it’s a rejection of a moderate view.”
That’s right, folks, Perkins just claimed that people voted for Obama and more Democrats in congress because they want more conservatism! Brilliant. He’s a fucking genius!
God, watching wingnuts squirm at the results of the election has been truly beautiful.
More Perkins below the fold:
Wingnut quote of the moment November 6, 2008Posted by Evil Bender in bigotry, News and politics, wingnuts.
One crying black sounded like Morpheus talking about Neo, The One. He cried so hard about the Obama win I thought someone kicked him in his uterus.
I didn’t see any real men anywhere. There were none in the crowds. No walrus mustaches or anchor tattoos.
Just a bunch of women wearing brown pleather jackets crying, homos crying and blacks crying.
Wow: misogyny, homophobia and racism in one tidy little wingnut package! It fills me with joy to think about how miserable the Obama presidency is going to make the bigoted assholes that swarm over far-right websites.
Post-election wingnuttia is Schadenfreude-tastic! [h/t]
Debunking wingnut post-election spin November 6, 2008Posted by Evil Bender in News and politics, wingnuts.
Conservatives, faced with the massive failures of their own governance and the collapse of their Randian economics, are desperately seeking some way that the massive kicking they took on Tuesday somehow validates, rather than repudiates, thier signature issue.
Karl Rove thinks the massive stomping the Right took means America is, you guessed it, right wing:
It is a tribute to his skills that Mr. Obama, the most liberal member of the U.S. Senate, won in a country that remains center-right. Most pre-election polls and the wiggly exits indicate America remains ideologically stable, with 34% of voters saying they are conservative — unchanged from 2004. Moderates went to 44% from 45% of the electorate, while liberals went to 22% from 21%.
I suppose that’s easier than admitting your “permanent majority” was a joke. Club for Growther and ultra-wingnut Pat Toomey takes a similiar line:
A poll commissioned by the Club for Growth in 12 swing congressional districts over the past weekend shows that the voters who made the difference in this election still prefer less government — lower taxes, less spending and less regulation — to Sen. Obama’s economic liberalism.
So let’s examine how the new wingnut memes stack up against reality.