"Freedom of the press is limited to those who own one". --A. J. Liebling (I own this Blog, GET-IT?) --DA
"Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self." --Cyril Connolly
"The most important political office is that of the private citizen."--Louis D. Brandeis"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." --Margaret Mead
“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.”--Martin Luther King Jr.
"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime." - Innocents Abroad -- Mark Twain
"It liberates the vandal to travel--you never saw a bigoted, opinionated, stubborn, narrow-minded, self-conceited, almighty mean man in your life but he had stuck in one place since he was born and thought God made the world and dyspepsia and bile for his especial comfort and satisfaction." - The American Abroad speech, 1868 - Mark Twain
Travel has no longer any charm for me. I have seen all the foreign countries I want to except heaven & hell & I have only a vague curiosity about one of those. - Letter to W. D. Howells, 5/20/1891 - Mark Twain
I always get a chuckle from the indignation of bible-thumpers who take exception to my outspoken support of the notion that churches should have their tax-exempt status revoked.
They almost always find it necessary to resort to personal attacks and insults in expressing their opposition to that opinion of mine. Interestingly, so far they have all been Christians who identify with the deep south, for some reason.
Typically their rants will include some commentary about how their particular flavor of organized religion is superior to some other forms of organized religion, and so I should heed their advice or burn in hell, etc.
They always end their unsolicited rants with how they are going to pray for me, when they should be praying for all the alter-boys those hypocrites have sodomized.
They're never staisfied to make their case in one comment, preferring instead to copy and paste the same exact rant multiple times which telegraphs the level of their anger & frustrations. That's funny too.
Here is an indisputable, undeniable, documentable FACT which none has ever been willing to directly address:
Organized religion is directly responsible for more death and destruction over the history of mankind than all other causes combined. Go ahead, try making excuses and denials of that fact all you want, I'll enjoy the laugh.
Almost without fail they will include the misguided and misinformed historical reference to how this country was founded as a Christian nation and how all the founding fathers were religious, practically saints; priests at the very least. All of which has been debunked a million times over, but they remain in denial. Their confusion can be forgiven because their instruction manual is seriously flawed.
Their rants usually make reference to two documents that few have actually ever fully read, or properly interpreted, the US Constitution and the Bible. None of their rants convey an accurate interpretation or respect for the separation of church & state.
The most recent nonsensical rant this blog received accused "Media Matters" of being an extension of the Government which it is not. Of course, these Conservative whack-jobs always express their very un-Christian-like and hypocritical hatred for all things Government-related. Apparently their charter school curriculum didn't include Civics class so that they could understand that We-The-People ARE the governmnet, either that or they suffer from a ton of self-hatred.
Again, as a long time, taxpaying citizen of this country, I would support revoking the tax exempt status of all churches. There, I've said it again ... sue-me!
I am perfectly happy to continune to share that opinion with my elected representatives at all levels of government, as well as to write and voice the opinion where ever I like, as long as I like, fully exercising my first amendment right to do so, with no regard to the small and weak minded commenters who would attempt to inhibit.
No one will shout me down or otherwise inhibit me from continuing to express this opinion ... ain't gonna happen. If anything, whining and complaining only encourages me to escalate. Newsflash to those who don't understand that being 'resolute' about something is not the same as being angry about something, but nice try.
"Freedom of the press is limited to those who own one". --A. J. Liebling
(I own this Blog, GET-IT?)
I am not going to provide any additional venue for bible-thumpers here. Try your pulpits instead.
I'll close with this: Tea Parties are for little girls with imaginary friends. And when the nation needs an enema the nozzle will be placed in through Texas. ;-)
I am voting YES on 92.
And ya know what else?
If I had never heard or read anything about it before now, I'd still definitely be voting YES on 92 just because I enjoy being a contrarian. The "No on 92" assholes obviously have endless amounts of money because every TV Ad is one of theirs. That tells me all I need to know in order to make an infomred vote.
It will be a sweeter victory knowing how much money the Corporatocracy poured into opposing it.
YES ON 92!
Ok, step one, done & done.
Just got off the phone with the offices of Senators Wyden and Merkley, and Representative Blumenauer expressing my support of ANY politician who would have the 'nads to introduce legislation to remove the tax-exempt status of every church in America.
I don't care to have my tax dollars continuing to subsidize the cult-like nonsense of any church / organized religion.
Besides their meddling into secular politics, churches and organized religion are directly responsible for more war, killing and bloodshed than all other causes combined and that is an indisputable F-A-C-T.
Here is the direct-dial number for the Congressional Switchboard: 202-225-4811. I urge you to call it, and ask for your representatives and tell them to yank the tax exempt status of churches. If you do not already know who all your representatives are, here is a link to find out: http://www.opencongress.org/people/zipcodelookup
Jon Stewart is my Hero!
Watch for the Koch Brother assholes to be pouring millions into local elections and read how you might help prevent more anti-American results from those dollars.
DEX doesn't know shit.
Lemme tell ya something, every time the van load of illegals that Dex hires to deliver their phone books rolls through the neighborhood I can guarantee you that they never have any OPT-OUT list to check before they toss their phone books, EVERYONE gets them.
I don't even have a phone line because I use my cell phone exclusively.
And, each time I find one of their damn phone directories on my porch I log on to their opt-out page and opt-out yet again.
Who the hell uses a phone directory anymore anyway???
Fuck Dex and the horse they rode in on. I gotta get the city to ban the delivery of these phone books entirely. Gonna start hounding the city about this first thing in the morning; sonsabitches @ Dex anyway.
Perhaps I will keep the directory that landed on my porch yesterday, and instead of spending time on trying to get the delivery of the directories banned in the city, I will instead dial up the advertisers who appear in the directory and explain to them that the directory serves as my way to eliminate vendors from any that I might be considering doing business with when I have a need. I also might mention to them that this is 2014 and no one is seeing their Ads in the directories so they may just as well mail me their monies than to pay for Ad space in a media that no ones uses anymore.
I am a backer. I support this effort. Maybe you should too.
"When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross." --Sinclair Lewis
"If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy." -- James Madison
"When the government fears the people it is a democracy....when the people fear their government it is tyranny..." -- Thomas Jefferson
"The people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders...tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger." – Herman Goering - Nazi
"patriotism is the last refuge of scoundrels." - Samuel Johnson