Kneeling Jesus

The teen hopped on top of a statue of a kneeling Jesus — in front of an organization called “Love in the Name of Christ” — and simulated oral sex with the statue’s face. Naturally, he posted the pictures to Facebook, which made their way to authorities.

Officials in Bedford County charged the teen with desecration of a venerated object, invoking a 1972 Pennsylvania statute that criminalizes “defacing, damaging, polluting or otherwise physically mistreating in a way that the actor knows will outrage the sensibilities of persons likely to observe or discover the action.”

Sweet Jeebus: teens and their in your face behavior.

Fortunately the Pennsylvania chapter of the ACLU is looking into the case: if money is considered ‘free speech’ and corporations are really ‘people’ buying politicians with scads of  expressing their ‘free speech’, then certainly a 14 year-old kid face humping a statue of an imaginary deity is also free speech. 1

But because this is the reality show known as ‘Murica, there’s more.

The DA prosecuting the lad, Bill “Drop A Load” Higgins 2 of Bedford County, Pennsylvania, who has said “…this troubled young man offended the sensibilities and morals of OUR community. …His actions constitute a violation of the law, and he will be prosecuted accordingly. If (prosecuting the boy) that tends to upset the ‘anti-Christian, ban-school-prayer, war-on-Christmas, oppose-display-of-Ten-Commandments’ crowd, I make no apologies”, is yet another two-faced hypocrite with which American politics is rife.

Ol’ Bill got his nickname from a personal Tweet he posted last month (now deleted, of course):

Yep, ol’ Bill certainly has a firm hand on the sensibilities and morals of HIS community, wouldn’t you say? The Republicans would be smart to pair him up with Romney to run against the Biden/Clinton ticket in 2016.

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  1. Not to mention all those photos of young women sitting down and blowing Ronald McDonald. Hell, that’s a meme in its own right, practically performance art.
  2. Yes, of course he’s an elephant.

Scotland

Dear mater was fond of reminding us children that we were [via her mother's side] (in)direct descendants of the Blessed Union of Duncan II and Ethelreda, she of Northumberland. 1 Hence my third youngest brother’s moniker: Thomas Duncan.

So we say, You go, Scotland!

And for you naysayers:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

Thomas Jefferson said that and he is as correct now as when he first put quill to parchment.

In fact, one might well mull over these words between now and our own November elections.

Seriously – it’s time to throw ALL the bums out and start afresh.

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  1. Of course we’re also French via my father’s father, Irish via my father’s mother and Cherokee via my mother’s father…mutts, in other words. Like most Americans.

Bernie Sanders

“Bernie Sanders’s failure to become a member of either major political party excludes him from the network of cronyism and backroom deals required under our system to be elected,” said Davis Logsdon, a political scientist at the University of Minnesota. “Though that failure alone would disqualify Sanders, the fact that he is not beholden to a major corporate interest or investment bank would also make him ineligible.”

Because of his ineligibility, Logsdon said, the Vermont Senator would be unable to fund-raise the one billion dollars required under the current system to run for President. “The best source of a billion dollars is billionaires, and Bernie Sanders has alienated them,” he said. “Clearly he didn’t think this through.”

We can’t imagine that you’re not already reading Andy, but in case you’re not…

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Renewable Power

Electric utility executives all over the world are watching nervously as technologies they once dismissed as irrelevant begin to threaten their long-established business plans. Fights are erupting across the United States over the future rules for renewable power. Many poor countries, once intent on building coal-fired power plants to bring electricity to their people, are discussing whether they might leapfrog the fossil age and build clean grids from the outset.

A reckoning is at hand, and nowhere is that clearer than in Germany. Even as the country sets records nearly every month for renewable power production, the changes have devastated its utility companies, whose profits from power generation have collapsed. 1

A similar pattern may well play out in other countries that are pursuing ambitious plans for renewable energy. Some American states, impatient with legislative gridlock in Washington, have set aggressive goals of their own, aiming for 20 or 30 percent renewable energy as soon as 2020.

The word the Germans use for their plan is starting to make its way into conversations elsewhere: energiewende, the energy transition. Worldwide, Germany is being held up as a model, cited by environmental activists as proof that a transformation of the global energy system is possible.

But it is becoming clear that the transformation, if plausible, will be wrenching. Some experts say the electricity business is entering a period of turmoil beyond anything in its 130-year history, a disruption potentially as great as those that have remade the airlines, the music industry and the telephone business.

Taking full advantage of the possibilities may require scrapping the old rules of electricity markets and starting over, industry observers say — perhaps with techniques like paying utilities extra to keep conventional power plants on standby for times when the wind is not blowing and the sun is not shining. The German government has acknowledged the need for new rules, though it has yet to figure out what they should be. A handful of American states are beginning a similar reconsideration of how their electric systems operate.

“It’s pretty amazing what’s happening, really,” said Gerard Reid, an Irish financier working in Berlin on German energy projects. “The Germans call it a transformation, but to me it’s a revolution.”

The potential payoff for getting the new rules right is enormous: a far greener electricity system that does not pump as much greenhouse gas and other pollution into the atmosphere. Yet as the German experience shows, the difficulties of the transition are likely to be enormous, too, and it is still far from clear whether the system can be transformed fast enough to head off dangerous levels of global warming.

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  1. Which is exactly why the Kock brothers are funding so many GOP and right-wing causes – not because the Koch’s believe in their politician’s bullshit rhetoric, but because the right-wingers are also against renewable power sources. Expect this to be a HUGE battle in the U.S., with jackasses like Brownback leading the Forces of E-vil.