Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Right wing myths and the reality they deny

Right wing believers tend to cling to dogmas that have  no basis in reality.  How about we list a few?

1)  Tax cuts produce jobs.   This myth is based on fallacious logic from a bad premise.  The bad premise is that the wealthy always re-invest in profit producing business in the US. 

That myth was busted with the inversions, socking money away in foreign banks, and in some cases, the person renouncing their connection to the USA.  Since these folks have demonstrated that their magic spreadsheets are more important than the nation of their birth, we need to compel them to pay their share so American resources benefit America, not China or the Cayman Islands.

2) Regulation kills jobs.  Same bad premise.  Regulation enforces standards that protect safety and prevent fraud.  It is possible to make profit without workers dying routinely .  You can make money without stealing from your customers.  You can make profit without cheating your workers of fair compensation.  All it requires is due diligence.

3)  The USA is meant to be a Christian nation.  You mean like every nation in Europe?  White people came to the USA to escape the tyranny of the Church.  Even the believers saw the Church as a tyrant to disallow material government powers.  At the time , denominations tended to burn each other at the stake for heresy.  At no time at our founding was there a Church of the USA, and that was intentional. Material government was meant to be governed by material based ethics.  A representative republic does not kowtow to the loud rants of would be potentates of the pulpit.  Christian ideals do not support liberty, but a tyrannical monarchy.  The founders of this nation intended the USA to be secular, allowing believers to worship within reasonable limits ( like no burning people at the stake). 

4)  Christians are under attack.  Let us look at the numbers.  Even in antichurch Portland, half of the people living there are Christian.  Atheists in government office are next to extinct. It would be easier to find a unicorn than to find evidence of anti Christian conspiracies having any effect in the US. Equality movements are carving into areas where Christian people had preferentially been treated.  Something tells me that is not the same as actual persecution, like white people fled from during the founding of the USA. And the Church was doing the persecution, and was not the victim thereby.

I will add more to this later.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Space the final frontier, if Jesus permitted space travel

There is a vast movement in the creationist social circle to try to dissuade humanity from trying to get off this rock.  I wonder why that is.  Aliens all doomed to hell is not convincing to me.  Why would extraterrestrials be doomed to a hell designed for humans?  I doubt Worf was involved in humanity going out of their way to piss off God.  The Bible is silent on life outside of Earth.  The topic of the Bible is the reconciliation of humans to God.

I think there is a different motive behind trying to keep the human race chained to Earth.  The Rapture has little effect if humans are colonizing Mars.  The Eschatology of premillenialism falls apart if humanity can leave this rock.

It is a lot harder to enforce fear in a population that literally is reaching for the stars.  So  if religion cannot handle space travel, is that religion worth our mental space?

Ken Ham likes to pretend he has all the answers.  He doesn't.  He just disallows all questions that don't fit neatly into his predetermined cookie cutter.  His version of God is small, petty, vengeful, and obsessive about human sexuality.  Real gods are bigger than his.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Rep Mike Rogers scores the Tea Party Trifecta

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Ala.) is facing heat from a gay rights group for reportedly making homophobic comments during a recent speech before hundreds of realtors.
From the Huffington Post:

In the speech, delivered Jan. 23 during the Alabama Association of Realtors' board of directors meeting, Rogers allegedly made derogatory comments about gay people and criticized the atmosphere in Washington, D.C.
"You allegedly joked about how nice it was to be called 'Honey' and 'Sweetie' by a woman at an Alabama restaurant rather than a D.C. men's room," Ben Cooper, chair of Equality Alabama, wrote in a Jan. 28 letter to Rogers. "And you went on to mock our nation's capitol as a 'cross between Detroit and San Francisco' -- an obvious reference to Detroit's racial makeup and San Francisco's vibrant gay culture."
"Comments like these are racist, homophobic, and hurtful, and they will not be tolerated," added Cooper.
Michael Hansen, Equality Alabama's communications director, told The Huffington Post his group heard about the remarks from several AAR members who attended Rogers' speech. One member was so offended that he and his colleagues walked out. Another member confronted the congressman after the event, Hansen said, to which Rogers reportedly replied, "Bring it on."
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Mike Rogers scored the Tea Party gaffe trifecta : offend blacks, LGBT, and poor people all in the same paragraph.  In true Tea Party form, when confronted with his offensiveness, he gets all ready to fist fight rather than make an attempt at being an adult.
This is typical for this slowly dying off demographic.  They celebrate when they should be ashamed.  They got so desensitized to demonizing people not in their small church circle that they can't see the beam in their own eye when they point out the speck in someone else's.
This is also why when regular people outside of those who can directly benefit himself continue to get the short end of the stick on every vote from these representatives (a terrible misnomer, as they represent no persons outside of their own financial well being).
The Confederacy has not properly died off yet, and Rogers possibly fantasizes being the second coming of Jefferson Davis.

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It seems with each passing day, the Tea Party tries to double down on their offensiveness, as a default.  They don't understand that their views are discredited, so they repeat them, as if they were new, even though the stench of decay wafts from their ideas.

There is no redemption possible for those people.  They have to be contained, neutralized, and disallowed from the public commons.  They don't understand what "pariah" status is.  They think it's an honorific title, that is the level of stupid involved here.

This is why we need to disabuse the idea that there is a "balance" --- stupid is not as valid as knowledge, and should not be given validity.