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Thursday, 30 September 2010

30 September 2010. A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words: Keep Your Faith in America… We CAN Defeat the Tea Party in November

Filed under: politics,USA — 01varvara @ 00.00

Editor’s Foreword:

My last “visual essay” was well received… except for two konvertsy soreheads who claimed I was someone who “automatically excommunicated” myself (that’s what’s happens when you inadvertently trust the wrong people and give out your e-mail address… you DO pay for every good deed)… it does take all kinds, doesn’t it? You can’t get upset over such… they’re going to hit the road before long in any case.

Here’s some more good stuff to keep our hearts lifted until we cast our ballots… the Tea Party can be defeated… all we have to do is go out and VOTE in November.

If you love freedom from oppression… you know what to do… DON’T VOTE FOR THE TEA PARTY!

BMD

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US President Barack Obama Spoke in Detail about His Religious Faith for the First Time

Filed under: Barack Obama,Christian,politics,religious,USA — 01varvara @ 00.00

US President Barack Obama (1961- )… he’s Christian… NOT Muslim. 18 percent of the population believes that he’s Muslim… 18 percent support the Tea Party… wow… are you thinking what I’m thinking? Wild, ain’t it?

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US President Barack Obama confirmed that he’s a Christian and that he seeks his salvation in God. During his two-day tour of the country during the run-up to the 2 November election, where voters will choose US Congressmen, and 37 states will elect governors, he spoke in detail about his faith for the first time. Responding to questions from voters, during a visit to Albuquerque NM, Mr Obama mentioned his childhood, noting that his family went to church every week, “My mother was the most spiritual person I knew, but she didn’t bring me up in any particular church”. He admitted that he only came to faith much later, saying that the “Commandments of Jesus Christ” helped him to find it, as they pointed up a way of life that he wanted to emulate. He said, “I wanted to care for my brothers and sisters, to do unto others as we would want others to do unto us. To know that Jesus Christ died for our sins tells us that we should all have humility … that we human beings are sinful and imperfect, we make mistakes, and achieve salvation only through the grace of God”. In his opinion, people, being imperfect, should try to “see God in other people and do everything possible to help them find grace”, according to the website Christian Post. In order to do so, Mr Obama added that he does his best to live by Christian principles, pray every day, and serve the people. He reminded his audience that although the USA is a predominantly Christian country, members of other faiths live there as well, so he called on the religious majority to respect other religions. President Obama reiterated his position on abortion, saying that they should be “safe, legal, and rare”.

The newspaper The Daily Telegraph reported that President Obama was the son of a former Muslim from Kenya who later became an atheist. His mother hailed from Kansas, although nominally a Christian, she embraced secular humanism very early on. Her second husband was a Muslim from Indonesia, and the young Barack Obama briefly attended an Islamic school in Jakarta. Currently, only about a third of Americans believe that their president is a Christian (last year, half of the American population thought so). In addition, a recent survey showed that about 18 percent of Americans believed that Mr Obama is a Muslim. The remainder of those surveyed didn’t know what religion their president professed.

30 September 2010

Interfax-Religion

http://www.interfax-religion.ru/?act=news&div=37595

Editor’s Note:

Doesn’t anyone remember the brouhaha over Rev Wright, Mr Obama’s pastor in Chicago, during the Democratic primaries in ’08? That would put paid to any rumours that Mr Obama was a Muslim, wouldn’t it?

However, we are talking about the “incorrigibly ignorant” here… not only are they ignorant, they refuse to attend to any correction or even debate. It’s interesting to note that Orthodox konvertsy have jumped on the Tea Party (and “conservative”) bandwagon with great gusto, and they attack all Orthodox who disagree with their politics. For instance, they vilify Frank Schaeffer… he’s “contradicting Orthodox faith and doctrine” because he disagrees with them… mainly for his Why I’m Pro-life and Pro-Obama. There is NOTHING wrong with this piece.

Both in the larger society and in the smaller society of American Orthodoxy, the Tea Party is a dangerous cancer. We must slay the dragon… we must… and we can! Otherwise, America will groan under a plutocratic dictatorship (it shall have a “nice” face, though… it shall wear “garmies” and have a temple recommend, too), and Orthodoxy will be infiltrated by joyless prune-faced tight-arsed cultists.

Let’s return to the New Deal… we can do it! Who needs Chinese undies and pots n’ pans, anyway? Let’s get our own people back to work… that’s the ticket, NOT the Tea Party export of all jobs abroad. As for the Church, it’s time to put the squalling toddlers in the playpen and for us grownups to pour ourselves an adult beverage.

Remember… the Tea Party wants to take away your rights in the name of “freedom for the plutocrats”… vote AGAINST them in November!

BMD

Editor’s Postscript:

A friend of mine asked me, “Just what in the hell are ‘garmies’?” “Garmies” is a slang term for “LDS Approved Garments”, they’re Mormon magic undies, believe it or not. Can you believe that’s one of the tenets of this loopy cult? Everybody’s got to wear goofy nicks with Masonic symbols on ’em, and when they’re worn out, one has to cut the symbols out and burn them (I’m NOT jestng or joking… I wish that I was funning you, but this is God’s honest 100 percent unadulterated and unvarnished truth). Betcha that the Mormon Church gets a cut of the sales, no?

Oh… a “temple recommend”… that’s a chit that says that you’re paid up and can visit a Mormon Temple. One of the most common thing that the Mormons do is to deny such to those who haven’t paid up their extortionate dues or who’ve pissed off a higher-up in the Mormon hierarchy. They most often do this at weddings… leading to parents being barred from their own children’s marriage ceremonies! To think that Beck goes into orgasm about such a hateful and nasty cult! Don’t forget… he’s a Christian apostate. No Christian should support the Tea Party… if you do, you support the concept of apostasy.

BMD

Simpletons for a “Simple” World: Don’t Forget, They Can Vote (That’s why YOU Should, Too)

Filed under: politics,USA — 01varvara @ 00.00

No commentary necessary… VOTE IN NOVEMBER! KEEP THEM OUT!

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Read this:

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/17390/210904?RS_show_page=0

Note this:

Early in his campaign, Dr Paul, the son of the uncompromising libertarian hero Ron Paul, denounced Medicare as “socialised medicine”. But this spring, when confronted with the idea of reducing Medicare payments to doctors like himself… half of his patients are on Medicare… he balked. This candidate, a man ostensibly so against government power in all its forms that he wants to gut the Americans With Disabilities Act and abolish the departments of Education and Energy, was unwilling to reduce his own government compensation, for a very logical reason. “Physicians”, he said, “should be allowed to make a comfortable living”.

In the Tea Party narrative, victory at the polls means a new American revolution, one that will “take our country back” from everyone they disapprove of. But what they don’t realise is, there’s a catch: This is America, and we have an entrenched oligarchical system in place that insulates us all from any meaningful political change. The Tea Party today is being pitched in the media as this great threat to the GOP; in reality, the Tea Party is the GOP. What few elements of the movement aren’t yet under the control of the Republican Party soon will be, and even if a few genuine Tea Party candidates sneak through, it’s only a matter of time before the uprising as a whole gets castrated, just like every grass-roots movement does in this country. Its leaders will be bought off and sucked into the two-party bureaucracy, where its platform will be whittled down until the only things left are those that the GOP’s campaign contributors want anyway: top-bracket tax breaks, free trade, and financial deregulation.

The rest of it… the sweeping cuts to federal spending, the clampdown on bailouts, the rollback of Roe v. Wade… will die on the vine as one Tea Party leader after another gets seduced by the Republican Party and retrained for the revolutionary cause of voting down taxes for Goldman Sachs executives. It’s all on display here in Kentucky, the unofficial capital of the Tea Party movement, where, ha, ha, the joke turns out to be on them: Rand Paul, their hero, is a fake.

What had Santelli all worked up was Obama’s “Homeowner Affordability and Stability Plan”, a 75 billion dollar (2.299 trillion Roubles 54.908 billion Euros 47.1 billion UK Pounds) programme less than a hundredth the size of all the bank bailouts. This was one of the few bailout programs designed to directly benefit individual victims of the financial crisis; the money went to homeowners, many of whom were minorities, who were close to foreclosure. While the big bank bailouts may have been incomprehensible to ordinary voters, here was something that Middle America had no problem grasping: The financial crisis was caused by those lazy minorities next door who bought houses they couldn’t afford… and now the government was going to bail them out.

It would be inaccurate to say the Tea Partiers are racists. What they are, in truth, are narcissists. They’re completely blind to how offensive the very nature of their rhetoric is to the rest of the country. I’m an ordinary middle-aged guy who pays taxes and lives in the suburbs with his wife and dog… and I’m a radical communist? I don’t love my country? I’m a redcoat? Fuck you! These are the kinds of thoughts that go through your head as you listen to Tea Partiers expound at awesome length upon their cultural victimhood, surrounded as they are by America-haters like you and me, or, in the case of [the allegedly] foreign-born president Barack Obama, people who are literally not Americans in the way they are.

The Tea Party is many things at once, but one way or another, it almost always comes back to a campaign against that unsafe urban hellscape of godless liberalism we call our modern world. Paul’s platform is ultimately about turning back the clock, returning America to the moment of her constitutional creation, when the federal bureaucracy was nonexistent and men were free to roam the Midwestern plains strip-mining coal and erecting office buildings without wheelchair access. Some people pick on Paul for his humorously extreme back-to-Hobbesian-nature platform (a Louisville teachers’ union worker named Bill Allison follows Paul around in a “NeanderPaul” cave-man costume shouting things like “Abolish all laws!” and “BP just made mistakes!”), but it’s clear when you talk to Paul supporters that what they dig most is his implicit promise to turn back time, an idea that in Kentucky has some fairly obvious implications.

Whether you read the complete article on the link, or only the excerpts (I did try to get the most à propos and meaty items), no doubt, you caught the drift of it all. The Tea Party is a stalking horse for the GOP’s wilder n’ woollier beliefs. What’s scary is that “freedom” is exactly what the GOP Neo-Liberals are proposing. Neo-Liberalism believes that society functions best when there is NO RESTRICTION WHATSOEVER on the plutocrats and on their acquisition, maintenance, and utilisation of their wealth. Besides this, all government spending beyond the military and foreign affairs should be slashed to the bone. The government should “stay out of people’s lives”. Do you know what that TRULY means? Here’s a short list:

  • No minimum wage laws
  • No protection for trades unions or trades unionists
  • No protection against discrimination of any kind (After all, we must protect the “rights” of bigots)
  • No public schools (Can’t afford the fees? Well… wash floors!)
  • No Social Security, Medicare, Welfare, or Tuition Assistance, no social assistance of any kind whatsoever (You DID want freedom, didn’t you?)
  • No Unemployment cheques or Disability Compensation
  • No funding for the arts and humanities (Russia funds the Bolshoi… why can’t we do the same for our equivalent?)
  • No workplace safety regulations
  • No environmental protections (Don’t forget… Richard Nixon founded the EPA!)
  • No federal aid for mortgages
  • No Veteran’s Administration or aid to veterans

Gee… isn’t freedom GRAND!

Let’s get real. We have a complex society that can’t be governed as though it were a tiny village, where everyone knows one another. Government and bureaucracy are NECESSARY. They may be inconvenient, they may be inefficient, and they may be maddening. However, the alternative is far worse… what the rich backers of the Tea Party want is a nasty and cruel Hobbesian world… do NOT be fooled by their religious rhetoric. They are the basest form of atheist materialist. Classical Communist Materialists aren’t as bad (they are bad, doubtless, merely, not as bad as these are). At least, they didn’t pervert religion and God (indeed, they, perversely, aided faith by driving out the phonies and hypocrites). Without government, and without what it does, our lives would be crushed under the boot of the rich and the powerful.

There are NO simple solutions, Virginia. The real world is messy, contradictory, and full of wonder (in the classical sense of the word). The nostrums of the Hard Right and Hard Left fail because they fail to consider this. There are “exceptions” up the yin-yang. It’s why, amongst Orthodox, the Tea Party is attractive to many konvertsy. In religious matters, the konvertsy are pedantic, brittle, and unforgiving… so, why shouldn’t their political opinions be any different? As for me, I follow His Holiness… His Nibs makes good sense, and that’s the end of it for me.

Don’t vote for the Tea Party in November… your life DOES depend on it!

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Thursday 30 September 2010

Albany NY

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