Month: August 2009

AFA Founder has Meningitis

Donald Wildmon is 71 years old and is now hospitalized with meningitis.

The meninges are the covering over the brain and spinal cord. Supposedly the old bastard is doing better but I hope he dies. He’s been a vocal opponent of gay rights and for that I hope he suffers something fierce.

A new member of La Famiglia

Well, not new in that sense but now it’s all i’s dotted and t’s crossed.

What could be accurately ascribed as my brother-in-law Cory married his girlfriend/mother of his child Michelle this past Wednesday.

This now makes Michelle’s two girls my nieces. It’s a good thing, my family trends to more boys than girls.

But the kicker, we still don’t have marriage equality here in Rhode Island. Yet the NOM idiots like Christopher Plante, Maggie Gallagher et al keep beating that bigoted drum.

Someone finally answers the question – What can government do correctly?

Check out this post on the Daily Kos. Yes yes, I know. It is a very liberal site but it jibes with my political view of the world.

The best part of the article is the last paragraph:

The only reason government doesn’t work is because conservative Republican administrations defunded and/or patronage staffed them with people with ties to special business interests: to wit the last FDA, Dept of Interior and Agriculture under Bush. No one seems to have a problem with pumping over $500Bil to the Defense Department which last I hear is a socialized entity.

The military budget when you include the debacle in Iraq and Afghanistan is well over a trillion a year. I keep seeing numbers thrown out that the health care public option would cost something likes $x billion over ten years. Note that last part, over ten years. When it comes down to it, it’s a couple billion a year. I think we could stop the misadventure in Iraq, bring our men home, and shave off a cool $100 Billion a year from the military budget and use that to create a single payer health system, use it to restore funding to PBS and NPR. Use it to beef up educational facilities and more importantly curriculum.

Give us professionals whose main job isn’t lobbyist for company x, but leading scientist at a university lab studying environment, biology, etc. In other words, give us the grown ups because the Republicans are nothing more than spoiled petulant children/crybabies.

And yes, government can do health care. Or is the success of Medicare (Which Bush screwed with with the whole Part D debacle) or even the VA System (You cannot bring up Walter Reed, that is a U.S. Army facility).

Finally a message to President Obama and the congressional Democrats. Move this bill or suffer our wrath in 2010 and on. Stop kowtowing to the Republicans. They lost, you won.

And to the Republicans – as I said stop acting like children. Your constituents aren’t stupid and they see you for you obstructionist crap.

Finally to the health care giants, we know you’re putting people up to these shout-down your representative events otherwise known as Town Halls.

Why can’t a NOM’er answer questions?

Here’s the recent email exhange I had with Christopher Plante, Executive Director of the National Organization for Marriage in Rhode Island.

Good Morning Tony,

Thank you for your note. I appreciate your question, however as you can imagine I am very busy with final preparations for Sunday’s event. If you would like to re-send your email on Tuesday August 18th as a way of reminder I will be happy to find the appropriate time to respond. Until then I cannot do your question justice.

Thank you.

Chris

2009/8/12 Tony <redacted@cox.net>

Mr. Plante,

You are quoted as saying:

It’s held by an organization that, whatever you think of our politics, is not religious, we accept folks of all faiths and of no faith. If gays and lesbians want to come in with their children, they are more than welcome to come. And make sure they find me, and we’ll have a Coke and sit down and talk.

If your organization isn’t so religious than why is the event being held on a diocesan property? And why does NOM continually bring up natural order arguments when this isn’t about religion? And more to the point, when do your civil rights trump mine or those of us who wish to marry in RI?

Tony

Of particular interest is Plante’s weaseling out of answering my questions. I’m anxiously awaiting the 18th. I may just stop by his office here in Providence and record his answers on video. That would be fun.

An interesting email sent to Pat Condell

A friend of mine wrote the following to Pat Condell. Most of this post will be his block quote with a comment added by me.

Fantastic videos! I myself claim to be agnostic. It is a purely objective stance since absolute proof of God is impossible and absolute proof that there is no divine force is impossible. Proof as in physical irrefutable proof that this cannot be instead of the usual that proves by lack of evidence.

The highest form of flattery is the ability to disagree. This will sound somewhat tasteless but people tend to behave in brutal ways that cause enough trouble on this planet. If you have read the Grand Inquisitor you will get my point. I don’t give a fig what people believe. I want them controlled. Yes I will say that again I want them controlled. We are capable of some of the most inhuman truly despicable behavior the animal kingdom has yet produced. To put it simply I want people to act nicely to each other feel really bad when they hurt each other and attempt to change their lives so that they don’t blow my head off at a moment’s notice.

What has modern atheism produced? The people who have rebelled like yourself tend to be moral and talk in a way that suggests a strong moral not religious cognitive schema. I respect this and have no trouble with this expression. Problem is with people raised atheist or rather not raised at all that act in a socio-pathic way with no respect toward others and see themselves as only an end unto themselves.

It is Machiavellian but I don’t care I want soldiers that will fight for God and country because they will fight with enough energy to repel my enemies. Latter day Rome was multi-cultural and accepting of every religion but in the end the barbarians brought their beliefs and military might to burn the city and reduce its people to abject slavery.
In fact I rather liked the Roman stoics who were essentially atheists but had a strong sense of country and duty that allowed for a defense of its borders. The world is insane full of people that wish to take what I have. Yes I will work to undermine crazy baptists that wish we had public prayer in schools. However, we need a population that will fight barbarism in every form and in every real threat (you mention that in many addresses).
I was terribly influenced by behaviorism. “Give me a healthy well formed infant and an environment of my own choosing and I will make him anything I want.” A great quote from Watson. Please understand if you create an environment that will produce ruthless soldiers capable of finding and killing terrorists that threaten my existence well then it is just fine by me. We have a bible belt in my country that churns out people every bit as ruthless as the Taliban they fight. You know the song sing it with me now: Onward Christian soldiers marching as to war!!!
My atheist son whom I love dearly has no stomach for war. Heck I have no stomach for war. In this chaotic place that we call modern living I strike an uneasy alliance between those I prefer to spend my time with and those that will insure my ability to live.
Will and Ariel Durant speak of cultures that upend more intelligent older nations because they are less intelligent have a new vibrant religion and the will or the blood to overun others. The Egyptians realized toward the end of their civilization that there gods were pointless. They fell to a younger Greek nation that killed them by the millions. The Greeks as you know realized later in their civilization that their Gods were really the product of their creation. There were crushed by the Romans with their combination of Etruscan and family gods that stressed war. You get the point.

Well this probably will not be read as I just looked at your advanced apology. No matter, it felt good to just get some of this out.

I wish you peace

My friends aim is to fire up the fundie Christians and send them off to kill fundie Muslims. I think that’s a good start. However we’d have to test their beliefs. If they are deemed to be fundie Christian we then pack their ass off to fight in Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, or wherever one encounters Muslim fanatics.

But I suggest an improvement. Once we ship off all our fundamentalists we need to nuke the hell out of the Middle East, Persia, and all the ‘stan’s. As I reminded my friend, you can drill through glass.

But doing so would solve what I consider to be the two biggest issues facing us all. It would kill off all the Christian Funamentalists who are stuck in the Old Testament, and it would kill of a good chunk of the batshit crazy Muslim Fundamentalists.

But thinking about that, I realize there are other Muslim enclaves in the world. So sorry Nick, but we have a flaw in our plans.

Thank you Tim Horton’s

I want to publicly thank the Tim Horton’s restaurant chain local here in Providence for backing out of providing the National Organization for Marriage re-newal of marriage vows at Aldrich Mansion in Warwick, RI.

Watching with keen interest

The whole kerfuffle about creationists being urged to comment on secular humanist/evolutionist blogs is getting interesting.

This blog has touched on those very issues so I need to place this warning on here:

Intelligent Design Supporters Strictly Prohibited

This means you. No comments will be approved, you are prohibited from copying any content of this blog.

National Grid wants stimulus funds

I say fuck National Grid. I’ll explain.

Over the past few months National Grid has been trying to get a rate increase on its distribution rates. It would have been about a 20% bump. Their rationale for the increase was that they’ve been improving the distribution system in RI and MA for the past few years.

So why do they need a couple hundred million for distribution improvements again? Smart grid perhaps? Screw them.

Want a really smart grid? Give the stimulus money to homeowners for green energy projects. Then as it is now, force National Grid to buy the power off that grid. Of course I can see the wild claims coming from them.

With the reduction of energy used they’ll claim their revenue is at stake and hike electric rates yet again.