Dumbest (uncorrected) Choices in American History: Shortlist

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My list of REALLY STUPID CHOICES made in American history; just a short-list I am afraid:

Diet Food” that is more chemicals than food

Having the Soviet Union an “ally” in WWII – better to have let them go it alone; email for full argument

The Electoral College in the Age of Communication; direct election of all offices should be the norm; Political Parties are OBSOLETE and COUNTER-PRODUCTIVE

Public Sector Unions

Adding “under God” to the Pledge making it a point of division instead of unity

Lotus and Apple’s Patent-the-Universe Syndrome making the courts accept patents on things never meant for patent

Failing to live up to Dr. King’s vision and refusing to stop being prejudiced regarding race

Private campaign donations of any kind other than labor

Campaign donations by businesses

Supreme Court deciding that money= a right to a louder voice for YOUR ‘free speech

Dropping the no-partisanship requirements for radio talk-shows and ‘interview’ programs

Letting Lawyers advertise

Supreme Court declaring that nothing of value is earned by the recipient of a military award or decoration

Women’s, Chicano, Black “Studies” propping up people selected, distorted and lionized with blatant prejudice; taking away self-respect while pretending to help by ‘giving the poor things a hand’, and White Studies designed to rip on Western Culture for the same purpose – removing its self-respect – it seems non-whites are too dumb or clueless to run their own lives or stand up to whites and that whites are just intrinsically demonic – welcome to the enlightened world of PC education

Failing to settle on the point in a pregnancy where a woman’s choice is MADE and she must be held responsible for an infant rather than a piece of owned tissue. (6 month preemies regularly survive today and the Radical Right’s agenda on abortion would make women all but chattel)

Worrying more about which consenting adults, what age, color or how many may legally get ‘married’; ignoring the concept of duty, honor and responsibility anyone brings to their marriages

Bilingual Education as a policy

Helmets, knee and elbow-pads for tricycle riders

Peer promotion in school

Affirmative Action after 1990 – where was the transition to color-blind government?

Worrying more about what actual people have DONE with their guns than trying to get law-abiding folk to not have any at all

Electing Andrew Jackson, Jimmy Carter, George W., and Obama

Forgetting that ALL countries do best with immigrants if they pick from the TOP of the pile instead of the bottom

Paying a private group to print/coin money like a product to be bought forgetting that money has no ‘intrinsic’ value’; dollars are just counters for the economic game; increasing or decreasing the supply by fiat to ACCURATELY reflect the production/wealth of a nation is the ONLY reason when deciding when or if to print more money, or let the cash pool contract

Deciding that political consensus and no working model or scientific theory that has been tested is sufficient when making decisions in haste that could wreck the world’s entire economy/infrastructure; in the 70’s it was the next Ice Age that was imminent… no models then either

Making an “eco-friendly” light-bulb containing hazardous amounts of mercury

Adults stealing Halloween from the children and making it another grown-ups party holiday

The Writer’s Strike

ANY serious university or college that “emphasized” sports to make money and enabled ‘tails’ that can wag Great Danes with ease

Theocratic Reformation from Judaism to Islam – Christians 4: Jews 5: Muslims: 0

jesusgunnedOk, we can all agree that Pat Robertson was a dork of stellar magnitude, and the Phelps Family are supernovae in that particular area called theocracy.

 That said, before we submerge a crucifix in urine let’s give the Abrahamic tree a second look, and examine the fruit it has borne.

The Jews never had a drive to spread over the Earth. Their scriptures taught them that certain lands were given them by God; so they took them, enough said, this was 6,000 years ago after all. But after that they lost any territorial ambitions. But, the Persians and Romans proceeded to push them this way and that; being rather fanatical, they pushed back. After the destruction of the 2nd Temple and the Judean Diaspora the centuries have seen Judaism become a religion withdrawn into itself. Having lost the arrogance of the Temple but retained the Love of God and intellectual tradition they became a creative yeast in their host cultures.

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The Jews never expected to take over the world; at most they expected, and some maybe still expect that the world will join them. Not by the sword, but by the Love of God. One of the best aspects of the Jewish religion is its focus on the Love of God and a Love for God in each moment of a person’s life.

But along came Jayzus!

Things started out ok, Yesuah merely echoed and extended the teachings and philosophy of Hillel. It expanded organically and gently; converting mostly people otherwise considered “unworthy” of membership in one of the more respectable religions, then into the idle upper-class (often by way of religiously adventurous wives discontent with being the ornament on a rich man’s arm.

 But then Paul and Constantine came to deal the Judaic Chrestians, and then, later, the mild original “Greek”, a double death-blow of politicization.

St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre

St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre

After several centuries of defending themselves from the fanatically imperialistic Islam Christianity began to model all sorts of the worst of the Islamic “innovations” in religion and took on an expansionist, aggressive attitude of its own.

But, it is inherent in a religion mostly based on the teachings of Jesus that every now and then people would remember what their religion was supposed to be about. Christianity may have done much more good during those periods than it did evil during its more cognitively-dissonant times.

Since the Enlightenment the swings of the pendulum between arrogant fanaticism on one hand, and humble servitude to God on the other seem to have gotten gentler. Christianity also seem centered more and more toward the liberal side of the equation; i.e. Fred Phelps, not Qaradawi.

Christianity may one day even manage to have more people who follow it for the right reasons than fools-in-lambs-clothing who use religion in unhealthy ways, or merely for social reasons.

Christianity has a core in its teachings and scripture that is there for all to see; one of Love. It today can be, and always has been, a potentially dangerous religion (I.e. Fred Phelps, Torquemada) but is not inherently so by the structure and teachings of its chief scriptures.

I do think that, despite the quantum jump that The Enlightenment enabled in society’s evolution, Christianity has shown a definite tendency to speed humanity’s growth due to the focus of many of the faithful being on Jesus’ ministry rather than the “died for your sins” part.

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Now, about Islam.

tolerantislamIslam teaches much about peace and love. There are verses equal to any in the other Abrahamic writings. I will not comment here about those who feel it was the work of someone passingly familiar with both religions. But Pat Robertson did get one thing right; Islamic theology IS inherently aggressive.

The Islamic scriptures consist of three parts:

The Qur’an, the Sunnah –basically a biography of Mohammed’s life, and the ahadith – stories about Mohammed from people who knew him. If you read it all it is clear that there can only be peace when everyone has submitted to Allah.

Even the most fanatical religion tends to mellow over the years; people are basically families, people who want to live and work and laugh and have the space to find God before they die. Even individuals attracted to a “religious” life for evil reasons can be shocked to learn that Love of God and Love BY God can blossom in their hearts; that is the core of any religion.signe

Islam unfortunately is working uphill in the all so human battle against hubris while trying to find truth. But, by having such an aggressive set scriptures; by having so much to draw from that feeds the darker hungers of man, Islam will, I believe spend more time orbiting around radical aggression before submitting finally to that peace and love that is God, is Allah.

Islam is inherently dedicated by its self-declared scriptural doctrine to naturally one day  rule the world by TAKING control of it and forcing Dar al-Harb(‘House of War’) (Non-Muslim controlled regions) into Dar al-Islam(‘House of Islam); then all people will be free, in the Islamic view, to “choose” the “right” religion.

Sadly, it is not hard to justify all sorts of atrocities on infidels (non-Muslims) with the Qur’an; by contrast there are very few Samaritans or Philistines around for Jews or Christians to use their scripture as an excuse to start a pogrom against.

In Islam it does not matter that reformist Imams do not support something. In fact it is literally forbidden in Islam to use your ‘conscience’ as a guide in a religious dilemma; the only proper way to get an answer is to ask the proper authority, and then submit to the “truth.”

In Christianity, the violent books and verses are all somewhat shielded by being in the OT and considered to be superseded by the Love of Jesus when any conflict occurs. Islam does not have a NT to mellow its hard edges, though it does recognize the concept of abrogation (what a prophet says later is ‘rock’ to the ‘scissors’ of any earlier pronouncements or doctrines).

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This makes “insulting” Islam dangerous at times in the modern world of high tech, and horrific weapons that you can make in your garage.

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butcherinnameofislamI mostly find it sad that the bulk of Muslims are not more vocal about denouncing their radical Brethren in both the private and the public arena. It is every person in the world’s duty to restrain the fundies of all aggressive religions until they grow up. Until a religion’s devout – highest clergy to clueless souls just born in it – recognize to their core’s that it is ok to DIE because of your religion but, that it is NEVER anything but evil to use religion as an excuse to KILL, that religion should be watched, and kept on a leash in polite company.

Islam has yet to show that it can stay grown up. They are younger though, lets give them time…but, keep the rolled up newspaper ready to smack their noses if they sh*t on the rug. We have too many permanent stains from Christianity and its messes; AND the Islam’s’ earlier messes. Of course Christianity STILL pees on the floor now and then. We just have to be patient and rub their noses PROMPTLY in their messes; but, we don’t have to worry about them eating the neighbor’s cat anymore.

I am not too PC to call a club a club (well, I can’t say spade anymore can I?); religion can be very wonderful but, people need to get over their BS and realize that the basic code of ethics that most religions have can also be formulated by simple common sense and an understanding of psychology and social dynamics. Go read a little about Neuro-Linguistic Programming and such. Real secular morality is what the world needs, not the Fascist pretend kind, only then can religion truly flourish; when we get over all this bickering on who is actually the only ones in touch with the “ONLY source of Morality™”; which they cannot even prove exists.

Faith is the problem; submission to something you do not feel yourself is the problem. Beliefs have reasons, sometimes bad ones but, reasons that can be ‘reasoned with’; faith has no reason therefore the most reasonable argument does no good, your head still rolls on the floor.

Have faith in Jesus of Mohammed; I will Believe in Bugs Bunny!bugslastsupper1

God Hates Holland


(Head Heretic: So, I am reading my email yesterday and some person of limited experience pops off with this quote in response to my assertion that every religion, including Christianity coould and would attract a certain percentage of nutcases. Just like any ideology can and will. I mentioned the 700 club as a good place to get a look at the mentalist of the Christian supremacist in the warm and fuzzy mode. What was this genius of history’s response?

Emphasis mine:
“I watch the 700 club all the time. There is nothing totalitarian or remotely threatening about Christianity,
even the most fundamentalist strains of it.”

Now I would like to think that this person is simply ignorant but he goes on to assume I am some far Left Socialist anti-semitic…blah blah blah. The point is that I say there are SOME fools who use Christianity in a bad way and I am suddenly the attacker of an entire faith. Let me reiterate, ANYONE, Muslim, Christian, or Jew or ANYONE who thinks their ideology has NO evil people involved in it. Who think that somehow their sacred books protect them from hypocrites and power seekers is either profoundly and willingly ignorant or they are ONE OF THE SUPREMACISTS hiding in sheep’s clothes as they pursue their power games and ego trips.
Anyone who says there are NO dangerous groups associated with Christianity is just an evil soul themselves. Ditto Judaism, Islam, Buddhism Shinto Hindu WHATEVER ideology. Including Liberalism and Conservatism. ALL CAUSES CAN AND DO ATTRACT FUDGEHEADS!!!! Anyone who focuses more on the faults of others ideology’s and IGNORES the faults of their own has defaulted all moral high ground.

Critical Eye column by Perro de Jong

06-03-2009
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I’ve been trying to find out more about the funerals of the five Turkish passengers and crew who died tragically in the Amsterdam plane crash.

I imagine that the presence at those funerals of a bunch of big, burly Americans sporting sunglasses and cowboy hats wouldn’t exactly have gone unnoticed. Especially if they’d been brandishing billboards with the slogan “you are going to hell.”

So I’m guessing that members of the Westboro Baptist Church didn’t in the end travel from their headquarters in Topeka, Kansas to Istanbul, Turkey as they’d threatened to do in one of their pamphlets.

“Yes”, they said in the pamphlet, “we will picket their funerals in religious protest and warning. God hates the morally depraved and murderous Turkish Muslims.”

Cheering at funerals – particularly those of US soldiers who died in Iraq – is what Westboro pastor Fred Phelps, his wife Margie and their thirteen children became notorious for. It’s why documentary maker Louis Theroux once branded them “America’s most hated family.”

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But they’re nothing if not democratic: where the European Union is doing its damnest to keep Turkey out by hook or by crook, the Phelpses seem perfectly happy to welcome the Turks to their club of ‘people God hates’. Along with Americans, Swedes and of course with my fellow countrymen.

Actually, the Westboro Church was going to come to the Netherlands at first, to protest against the “morally depraved and filthy Dutch”. But then it became clear that no Dutch passengers had died in the plane crash.

So they had to improvise. Because the crux of the Phelpses’ unorthodox approach is that God’s will is made visible through the punishments He metes out. And what makes Him more furious than anything is tolerating homosexuality. That’s why “God Hates Sweden”, why “God Hates Turkey” and why “God Hates Holland.”

Actually, the Swedes even have their own website: www.godhatessweden.com. Which, if you ask me, is something of an insult. I mean, come on! Surely we’re more depraved here in the Netherlands than that bunch of Scandinavian goody two-shoes? Where’s our website?

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Anyway, it’s a philosophy…and as an avid student of quantum theory, who am I to discard it? For the scientists among you, the thing about quantum physics that irked the great Albert Einstein was that it’s so pragmatic it accepts just about any theory, however unlikely, as long as it is able to describe the facts correctly.

“God does not play dice” was Einstein’s famous retort. Ah, but the question is: has He been using the time he saves not playing dice to start wars and bring down planes?

And besides, it’s all terribly old hat really. I mean, God may hate Holland, but Allah beat him to it by at least eight years.

Holland Haters from Pakistan
I had to dig through my archives a bit, but let me quote to you from a letter that Radio Netherlands received back then. From Pervez Khan and Mohammed Hoffman, two Pakistani expats living in Germany who styled themselves “Holland Haters”.

“Dutch homosexuals and prostitutes of ‘Lying Radio Holland'”, the letter begins “immediately commence the course of a continuous barking like mad dogs against the Honourable Islamic Mujahideen and their glorious Jihad.”

The reasons – laid down in an exhaustive, eleven-point list – are that “nearly every Dutch woman is a prostitute and keeps a vibrator in the house”, “nearly every Dutch man is a homosexual” and “the dirty Dutch never shower and foreigners renting rooms are told that shower is only twice a week.”

I’ve often wondered what happened to good old Pervez. Thanks to a bit of creative googling I found out that these days, he and his wife are much too busy predicting the annihilation of India to concern themselves with such trifling matters as Dutch homosexuals.

Snubbed by Pervez Khan and ignored by the Westboro Baptist Church in favour of Turkey of all places. Somebody up there must really hate Holland…

The Internal Conflict of the Muslim world in a nutshell.

(HH: Here is a bit of a transcript from Memritv. IN it we have an extremist debating a liberal Muslim. Note the profoundly different worldviews exposed by this short exchange.)

Yasser Qechlaq: … I welcome any dictatorship that allows me to wage resistance, in order to restore my rights and my honor. I welcome any dictatorship in the world.

‘Uqab Saqr: It is ridiculous that we call America a dictatorship because of Abu Ghuraib. In the Arab world, there are 100,000 Abu Ghuraibs, which the rulers use against their own peoples.

[…]

I hope that all Arab regimes, starting with our Syrian neighbor, will treat their peoples like Israel and America treat their own peoples. If you establish a “dictatorship” like Israel or America here, I will kiss your hands.

Yasser Qechlaq: We don’t want it.

‘Uqab Saqr: Maybe you don’t want it, but I do.

[…]

Yasser Qechlaq: If you go to America and defend Al-Qaeda, even though it is a Jewish organization with Jewish roots and culture… If you defend it, you will go to jail.

‘Uqab Saqr: You will be treated according to the law. You might go to jail, but at least your family will know where you are.


(HH: Bang and you have it, the supremacist and the civilised. Who will win?)