Pat Robertson's Extremist Fantasies

Pat Robertson Fantasy

“(T)he feminist agenda is not about equal rights for women. It is about a socialist, anti-family political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians.”

“I know this is painful for the ladies to hear, but if you get married, you have accepted the headship of a man, your husband. Christ is the head of the household and the husband is the head of the wife, and that’s the way it is, period.”

“How can there be peace when drunkards, drug dealers, communists, atheists, New Age worshipers of Satan, secular humanists, oppressive dictators, greedy money changers, revolutionary assassins, adulterers, and homosexuals are on top?”

“It may be a blessing in disguise. … Something happened a long time ago in Haiti, and people might not want to talk about it. Haitians were originally under the heel of the French. You know, Napoleon the third, or whatever. And they got together and swore a pact to the devil. They said, we will serve you if you will get us free from the French. True story. And so, the devil said, okay it’s a deal. Ever since they have been cursed by one thing after the other.” –Pat Robertson, on the earthquake in Haiti that destroyed the capital and killed tens of thousands of people, Jan. 13, 2010


Weapons of Mass Distraction – The Post US Election Blues

Now that President Barack Obama has been declared winner of the US presidential election, a sigh of relief has gone out throughout the land among Democrats and many progressives. The media scenario currently being promoted states that Obama is representing the middle class while Republican Mitt Romney is simply a stand-in for Wall Street bankers. (Never mind that the entire election system is completely rigged in favor the two major political parties.)

Green Party candidate Jill Stein the Justice Party’s Rocky Anderson were never a factor in the elections despite their gallant efforts to mount national grassroots presidential campaigns. Despite several alternative party debates sponsored by Democracy Now! and RT, the US corporate media largely ignored them. The press also refused to cover Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson. These politicians were all fighting against the first billion dollar election campaign in US history but their supporters were struggling just to get them on the ballot in all 50 states.

Without proportional representation or instant run-off voting systems, the US is left with the antiquated and undemocratic Electoral College to decide who becomes President. Add to that the unsolved issue of Republican owned computer voting machines and the usual state election board shenanigans, and you can see why the country needs international observers during the elections.

But the good news is that in spite of mass spending on negative campaign ads, the infamous Koch brothers were unable to buy the election for their neo-con Wall Street candidate, Mitt Romney. Their politician’s moralistic rhetoric did not convince the majority of American voters to elect a neo-con ideologue or support conservative initiatives. Instead, Colorado and Washington legalized marijuana, while Maryland and Maine supported gay marriage. All of the efforts to suppress the voters came to naught as the majority chose to re-elect President Obama.

So, now that the election is over, what has really changed? Will we finally decide to house the homeless and feed the hungry? Will we stop the foreign military interventions that have bankrupt our nation both morally and economically? Will the federal and local governments continue to impose economic austerity measures on the people, wiping out the middle class and generating mass poverty? What does President Barack Obama have to say to the folks sleeping on the cold streets in downtown Seattle? How will his re-election make these people’s lives better?

My one major observation is this – if we really want to change the politics and economics of our country, we’ll have to start with changing the election system. A significant percentage of the citizenry either doesn’t vote at all, or their votes are being ignored because they cast their ballot for an alternative party candidate who has no chance of winning. Many of these people are completely turned off by a system controlled by big money. Many of the Occupy Wall Street activists refused to vote for Barack Obama because of his support for the public bailouts of corporate banks. They also oppose his support for the NDAA, Patriot Act, presidential authorization of assassinations, and the use of drones. They see him as just another military industrial complex warrior.

The great epidemic of apathy that has infected US civics is the natural result of a culture based on crass media consumerism and privatization of public services and spaces. The multinational corporations are trans global financial entities with no loyalty to their workers or to the communities where they build their factories. Outsourcing of jobs to low paid workers in foreign countries is now the modus operandi for most large companies. President Obama has a lot of work to do if he wants to clean up Wall Street and hold the multinationals accountable. During his first term he seemed to be a hostage to large businesses and their highly paid lobbyists.

After all of the budget cuts to healthcare, social services, public transportation and education, the middle class is fast becoming the new poor. Unemployment, home foreclosures and corruption on Wall Street have all contributed to the current depression, and after numerous public bailouts of private corporations, the banksters are still playing their deceitful game of monopoly.

President Barack Obama’s acceptance speech on November 6th was full of inspiring rhetoric about equality and opportunity. Unlike his opponent in the campaign, it’s clear that the President understands what it’s like to have to struggle in order to survive economically. Although he may have joined the one percent, that is not where he came from. His story represents the old traditional American Dream of the self-made man or woman pulling themselves up by their own bootstraps and inspiring other folks along the way. By comparison, Mitt Romney often came across as a spoiled rich kid.

Barack Obama is a largely a fact based politician. Perhaps he’s too apt to concede his positions on vital issues, but at least he talks to the people as if he understands them. While Romney’s speeches are full of well rehearsed pro-business propaganda and neo-con talking points, Obama has the ability to reach out to the average American and tell their story. Governor Romney could only reach the Wall Street crowd and their traditional conservative cronies – religious and right-wing extremist groups.

Whatever the outcome of this election, the voters are hoping that Barack Obama will use his second term in office to push for the interests of the 99% instead of for the wealthy and corrupted elite. He now has the chance to prove that he’s a man of the people.

If the President continues to give priority to the interests of JP Morgan/Chase and Goldman/Sachs he will lose his current status as a populist figure in the minds of many Americans. Obama has to prove to the country that he is going to stand up for the little guy against the corporate interests. If he really is a leader of the future, breaking down racial and economic barriers and stereotypes, he must bail out the people this time, not just the banks!

Right wing website Newsmax's weird poll results: taxes no, Medicare yes

Right wing website Newsmax held a poll in which they asked people how to reduce the deficit.

Below are the results (copied from here):

To close the federal deficit, Congress and the President should:

Raise taxes  85,099( 08%)
Cut spending 274,206( 27%)
Cut taxes and cut spending 593,479( 59%)
Raise taxes and increase spending 38,066( 03%)

Do you favor significant cuts to Medicare?

Yes, cut Medicare significantly 91,174( 09%)
No, don’t cut Medicare significantly 894,105( 90%)

Read more on SurveyResults. [Note from 2012/11/13: the Newsmax webpage no longer show the results above concerning Medicare.  But I found other webpages which mentioned the result:  here and here and here, for example. This suggests that Newmax removed the results because they didn’t like them. Instead, now they present the (counterfactual) question “Should Congress restore $500 billion in Medicare benefits for seniors that the Obama plan cut?”, for which 68% of respondents (961,924) said “Yes, restore the Medicare benefits.” Americans love Medicare.    See also Newsmax Uses Poll to Spread Lies.]

What’s significant is that that 86% of respondents (over 3/4 million people) wanted to lower the federal deficit by cutting taxes and/or spending and yet 90% of respondents (almost 900,000 people) oppose significant cuts to Medicare.

Also, 67% of respondents (965,774) said “No, don’t repeal it all to” in response to “Do you support the full repeal of President Obama’s healthcare plan Congress passed in 2010?”.


Hey Romney, here's why

Why economy crashed? Due to GOP policies

They wasted trillions of dollars in fraudulent, disastrous wars. They recklessly deregulated banking and securities. They corrupted and mismanaged government.  They gave away almost trillions dollars in tax breaks and loopholes for the rich.  They made incentives for corporations to ship jobs overseas.   They defunded education, making it harder for people to get the skills they need.

Reclaiming Christianity from the Right

Faithful America writes:

We’ve all seen how right-wing extremists have given Christianity a bad name by twisting Jesus’ message of love and reconciliation into a hateful political agenda.

But the truth is that they don’t represent the overwhelming majority of Christians. And there are literally millions of us who are ready to take on the Religious Right and reclaim our faith. But often we just don’t know where to start.

That’s why Faithful America is thinking about launching Reclaim the Gospel, a new online Christian community. While open to anyone who wants to join, we’d focus on organizing Christians of all traditions and denominations to demonstrate that right-wing extremists don’t speak for Jesus Christ.

Right now, we’re looking for your feedback. Can you click on one of the links below to let us know what you think of this idea?

  • Fantastic — count me in!
  • That’s a great idea, but you should pick a different name.
  • No, we shouldn’t do that.

Thanks so much.

— Michael and the whole Faithful America Team

I’m not religious but it’s about time!

Not so cool trick

The Republican trick: pretend the country is broke

This is largely correct. In addition to the tax cuts, there are also wars to pay for, and mismanagement and corruption. As Frank Thomas says in his 2008 book “The Wrecking Crew: How Conservatives Rule,” Republicans don’t want government to work, so they intentionally mismanage and corrupt it.

In other words, perhaps the country IS broke, but it’s broke because Republicans and their corporate Democratic allies intentionally bankrupted it.

Can the message of the image be condensed into a sound bite or slogan that the voters will understand? “Social Security isn’t broke. They want to use its funds to pay for tax cuts for the rich.”

Legitimate Rape, sung by the Renegade Raging Grannies

From Raging Grannies Songs

  • Author: Vicki Ryder
  • Tune: “Zip-a-dee-doo-dah”

“Legitimate rape” is great birth control.
So says Todd Akin, and he oughta know.
If we are raped we can rest unafraid,
‘Cause we can’t get pregnant if forcibly laid.

Our female bodies are clever that way,
We only get pregnant when we say “okay.”
Doctors have told him, so it must be so,
The stork only comes if we don’t say “No!”

Rape won’t make babies and that is a fact;
There’s no global warming; the Earth’s really flat.
We heard it on FOX News so it must be true.
Well, Mr. Akin, we say “FUCK YOU!”