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Roy Moore: Lawless Theocratic Lunatic

Any report about Roy Moore that doesn’t specifically refer to him as a right-wing extremist is not worth your time. No more “firebrand.” No more impotent yap about his “controversial views.” Roy Moore is an extremist or the word no longer has meaning. If, as appears likely, he gets elected to the Senate from Alabama, then a majority of Alabama voters are extremists, too. If he gets elected, then the Republican Party ever more should be referred to as an extremist party. That, of course, is if we’re being honest about what’s really going on in this country in 2017.

And, no, when it comes to the people who voted for Moore, I don’t have to “respect their beliefs.” I don’t have to “understand where they’re coming from.” I don’t have to “see it from their side.” These people are preparing to make a lawless theocratic lunatic one of 100 United States Senators, and that means these people are about to inflict him and his medievalism on me, too. If you think that Roy Moore belongs in the Senate, then you are a half-bright goober whose understanding of American government and basic civics probably stops at the left side of your AM radio dial. You have no concept of the national interest and very little concept of your own, unless, as I suspect, you’ve made your own fears, and hating people and hawking loogies in all directions, the sum total of your involvement in self-government. You are killing democracy and you don’t know it or care. If you had any real Christian charity in your hearts, you’d keep Roy Moore in the locked ward of your local politics and not loose him on a nation that deserves so much better than him.

Why do I not have to “respect their beliefs,” besides the fact that most of those beliefs belong in a cage? I don’t have to “respect their beliefs” because the U.S. Senate to which they are preparing to send him is in the process of screwing them with their pants on and they could care less.

Roy Moore: Lawless Theocratic Lunatic

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Werewolves, Vaccines and Vampires

Apparently Lee’s Summit residents nail silver crosses, garlic cloves and religious exemption letters to their doorways, lest a werewolf, vampire or a doctor with a dose of measles vaccine threaten them…

LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. — More families are opting out of vaccinations for their children in the Lee’s Summit School District.

“If you don’t vaccinate your child they’re going to be subject to spreading life-threatening disease. Their life is at risk as well. I think it’s irresponsible not to,” said Michelle Higinbotham.

She vaccinated her three children; it was no different for her granddaughter, Willa. But the number of parents choosing not to vaccinate for religious reasons is on the rise in the Lee’s Summit School District. Pediatrician Steve Lauer works at The University of Kansas Hospital.

“People are, in our views, misusing that as a way or just saying we don’t want to have this done. It’s still an exemption on the books in many states and can be used for that,” he said. “We think that’s a mistake and really shouldn’t be a part of the deal. There are some states moving away from that now as we see a rise in vaccine preventable disease.”

Over the past five years, the number of families claiming religious exemptions has more than doubled in the school district. That means 326 families did not vaccinate their child or children this year…

…The district says parents don’t have to vaccinate if the immunization violates their religious beliefs. Higinbotham says she’s surprised at the number of people using religious exemptions from vaccinations.

“It’s a problem. I don’t think it should be a religious question. The science has shown it’s important and protects children, it saves their lives,” she said.

Werewolves, Vaccines and Vampires

Christian Madness

Welp, looks like the batshit 0.016666666666667% of the nation is up to it’s old tricks again (No need to click the embedded link – text below the vid:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal and endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights 1. Since our Creator gave us these rights, we declare that no government has the right to take them away. Among these rights is the right to exercise our Christian beliefs as put forth in God’s Holy Bible.

We therefore declare that God grants life at conception and no one has the right to take that life unless it is a direct threat to the life of the mother.

Marriage was instituted by God between one man and one woman. The Lord gave only this family unit the responsibility to have children and raise them in the fear of the Lord.

We therefore respectfully reserve the right to refuse any mandate by the government that forces us to fund or support abortion. We also oppose same-sex marriage, polygamy, bestiality, and all other forms of sexual perversion prohibited by Holy Scripture.

We proclaim that Jesus has provided the cure for all sin and therefore reach out to the sinner in love, but do not embrace the sin, knowing its destructive nature.

Therefore, we, the undersigned—not only as Christians but also believing we have the constitutional rights as Americans to follow these time honored Christian beliefs—commit to conducting our churches, ministries, businesses, and personal lives in accordance with our Christian faith and choose to obey God rather than man.

Wow!

Notice how they stand up for themselves: “refuse any mandate by the government that forces us to fund or support abortion” and “oppose same-sex marriage, polygamy, bestiality, and all other forms of sexual perversion prohibited by Holy Scripture,”?

Too cool. Although, ya know, there are no such mandates. I mean, nobody’s forcing them to do that stuff now. But I get it – you won’t let “them” force you. should “they” decide to try. In, ya know, some future parallel word. Good on ya!

However, where Eirôn tapped us on the shoulder was when they state they’ve the right to force their hidebound beliefs on everyone else.

Then there’s the issue of slavery:

When a man strikes his male or female slave with a rod so hard that the slave dies under his hand, he shall be punished. If, however, the slave survives for a day or two, he is not to be punished, since the slave is his own property. (Exodus 21:20-21 NAB)

Slaves, obey your earthly masters with deep respect and fear. Serve them sincerely as you would serve Christ. (Ephesians 6:5 NLT)

Gee, Wally, does that mean we get to chain up the Negros again!?

Damn, but what some people won’t get up to left unsupervised…

Christian Madness

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  1. Wonder why he quits quoting the Declaration of Independence right before “…that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”? Hmmmmmm?

Kris Kobach’s RNC Platform

Shortly after Il Douche finished up with his dystopian ranting last night, I went back and perused the 2016 GOP platform.

Kris Kobach, at least as much as Brownback, is responsible for the majority of Kansan’s pain and suffering. And he’s been attempting for over a decade to expand that misery to the rest of the nation: He was a member of the GOP platform committees back in both 2008 and 2012. But this was the first year Kobach was part of finalizing the planks and he made the most of it, knowing full well that Trump could care less what’s in the platform. The entire document is a scary right-wing fantasy, but, again,  you can read it for yourself; I’m just going to touch on the “drug” portions here. The first comes under the Criminal Justice portion:

The progress made over the last three decades against drug abuse is eroding, whether for cultural reasons or for lack of national leadership. In many jurisdictions, marijuana is virtually legalized despite its illegality under federal law. At the other end of the drug spectrum, heroin use nearly doubled from 2003 to 2013, while deaths from heroin have quadrupled. All this highlights the continuing conflicts and contradictions in public attitudes and public policy toward illegal substances. Congress and a new administration should consider the long- range implications of these trends for public health and safety and prepare to deal with the problematic consequences.

The misuse of prescription painkillers — opioids — is a related problem. Heroin and opioid abuse touches our communities, our homes, and our families in ways that have grave effects on Americans in every community. With a quadrupling of both their sales and their overdose deaths, the opioid crisis is ravaging communities all over the country, often hitting rural areas harder than urban. Because over-prescription of drugs is such a large part of the problem, Republican legislation now allows Medicare Part D and Medicare Advantage plans to limit patients to a single pharmacy. Congressional Republicans have also called upon the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to ensure that no physician will be penalized for limiting opioid prescriptions. We look for expeditious agreement between the House and Senate on the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, which addresses the opioid epidemic from both the demand and supply sides of the problem.

And that’s it, folks! No prescriptive language, much less acknowledgment that the above issues could easily solved by finally legalizing drugs at the federal level – we just posted an item on the efficacy of marijuana and the causal relationship between that and a drop in prescription opioids. ReThugs aren’t into actually solving America’s problems, they just want to nag…

O.k., o.k., o.k. – there’s a couple more after thoughts elsewhere (dealing with veterans and Mexico, of all things.

Over-prescription of opioids has become a nationwide problem hindering the treatment of veterans suffering from mental health issues. We therefore support the need to explore new and broader ranges of options, including faith-based programs 1 2 that will better serve the veteran and reduce the need to rely on drugs as the sole treatment…

Seriously, didn’t I just cover that?

We thank our neighbors in Mexico and Canada who have been our partners in the fight against terrorism and the war on drugs. The Mexican people deserve our assistance as they bravely resist the drug cartels that traffic in death on both sides of our border.

Were I Mexican I would be beyond affronted; since 2007 more Mexicans have died for America’s drug habit than have died fighting in both Afghanistan and Iraq.

And that is the extent of the GOP’s drug policy. All in all the rest of the document reads like a evangelical Christian Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei’s repressed sex fantasy.

Legalize drugs, work on the concomitant medical and social issues surrounding it (like alcoholism) and end 40 some-odd years of regressive and idiotic policy. Not to mention the needless deaths. Fucking morons.

For the nonce someone should horsewhip Kobach and all his ilk, tar and feather them and run them out of public life for good.

Kris Kobach's RNC Platform

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  1. I’m sure the AMA will quickly endorse faith-based programs to relieve pain, having solid data on faith-based abstinence and faith-based MS relief to draw from.
  2. And…hey, wait a minute! Doesn’t Trump, along with 45% of ReThugs favor medicinal marijuana? Why, yes, Virginia, they do! Though Trump’s opinion varies dependent on the time and day you ask him, as well as how thoroughly baked he is.

Back to an Authoritarian Past

It is not hard to guess where this is headed.

Already Trump wants Congress to “declare war” on ISIS, never mind America hasn’t declared war on a country since WWII, much less the fact that ISIS is little more than an ideology and certainly not a country. It makes no difference – Americans have become so fearful that they appear willing to weaken their civil liberties and embrace 1 the proto-fascism embodied by Donald Trump.

Anything at all, they don’t care, as long as they aren’t run over by a suicidal Peterbilt 281 high on a religious ‘roid rage.

The right-wing, conservative (not to say “nut-job”) parties, both here and abroad, have managed to ratchet up enough paranoia over the last few years that xenophobia is on the uptick; viz. Brexit, Donald Trump, the Return of The Newt, Trump’s notion of “camps” for Muslims, etc.

Part of the problem is that, as a nation, we don’t remember Viet Nam, Korea or WWII. They have mostly passed out of living memory and become just history topics that are taught –when at all– only in brief. So you can well imagine the blank looks you’d receive when questioning your average high-schooler on the idea of “The Other” and the prevalence of the 30s & 40s right-wing authoritarianism that directly led to fascism, Nazism and internment camps with really large ovens.

So don’t be surprised –when it sinks in that DHS, the FBI, the CIA, the NSA, DISA or you-name-it are powerless to stop random attacks by 1 or 2 people with no direct connections to ISIS or Al Qaeda; that it is impossible to thwart an individual with a high powered weapon from deciding one day to murder as many policemen, politicians or schoolchildren as possible; that it is impossible to prevent one person from borrowing a neighbor’s 3/4 ton dually and driving it into the mass of people on the golf course at Ft. Leavenworth during the annual 4th of July celebration– at the quiet acquiescence for internment camps for “those” people.

And if the definition of “those” people expands a bit, well what of it?

Back to an Authoritarian Past

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  1. And by embrace, we mean physically hugging the ReThug candidate, perhaps using Trump’s body –which, in contrast to his tiny fingers, is YUUUUUGE– as a shield.

Oklahoma…NOT OK!

So this past Friday Oklahoma had a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.

How bad was it? Put it this way – the malignant hat-trick Oklahoma pulled Friday easily rivals the willful spitefulness spewed daily from Kansas Brownbackistan. Yes, it was that bad.

  • OK state legislators sent a bill to their governor that would charge any doctor who performs an abortion with  felony
  • A grand jury released a report concerning OK’s fuck-up of a couple of executions
  • OK state legislatures waded into the overflowing transgender-bathroom issue 1

The moran who introduced the abortion bill,  Sen. Nathan Dahm, did so because he hopes for a lawsuit, one he anticipates will eventually be adjudicated in his favor by SCOTUS. 2 Anther OK legislator, Sen. Ervin Yen, a pro-life Catholic doctor, referred to the bill as “insane.”

Up next was OK Senate Concurrent Resolution 43 which calls on Oklahoma’s U.S. House representatives to impeach the President and other federal officials because the Justice Department sent a letter of guidance to schools outlining how to not discriminate against transgender students under the administration’s interpretation of the law. Hence Senate Bill 1619, which would require OK schools to provide transgender-free bathrooms.

And of course an OK grand jury released a Simon Crowell-sarcastically-dismissive report on the Freddie Kruger-like incompetence of OK’s Department of Corrections last two executions.

Oklahoma! Where teh stoopid comes sweeping down the plain…

Oklahoma...NOT OK!

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  1. This is to say nothing of an OK House vote to adjust the earned-income tax credit claimed by 355,000 low-income Oklahomans in order to realize a 2% in the state deficit. Of course the OK retained tax cuts for the rich.
  2. On the same day this moran was said to have gone out and bought over $1K worth of Powerball tickets, because…teh stoopid.