Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Glenn Beck Restores Racism to America


If you want to know who attended Glenn Beck's " Restoring Honor" Rally at the Lincoln Memorial last week-end, have a look at the video below.  It is a series of interviews that will just blow your mind ( and you won't believe the fashion statements either)

What a mad melange of racism and xenophobia, not to mention ignorance.  These folks know how to parrot what they are told but not how to think for themselves. Clearly the inmates are running the asylum. Glenn Beck may be restoring  something to America, but it is certainly not honor. 

God help Glenn Beck and God help America is all I can say

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Fabulous Cartoon Reblog from The Political Carnival

The cartoon of the Day from The Political Carnival says it all. I could not resist re-blogging it here.  The sub-title could be " My mind is made up. Do not confuse me with the facts" and it is perfect for today's Glenn Beck/ Sarah Palin show in Washington. I guess it is better to laugh than to cry.

Happy week-end all

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Will Everyone Just Shut Up About the Ground Zero Mosque?

I am so sick of the comments on TV and online about the " Ground Zero Mosque" that I can hardly stand it.   I am offended by the hysteria and  mis informed commentary and now I just have to say, will everybody please just shut up?

Maybe New Yorkers should have a say, but the nonsensical victim mentality of those from all over the United States who oppose the construction of an Islamic community center in downtown Manhattan is just ludicrous, as is the number of Senators and Congressmen weighing in on the issue for purely political reasons.

The demonstrations and the mob mentality are just awful with their assumptions that all Muslims are terrorists and that this lower Manhattan neighborhood is " hallowed ground"  (oh puhleeeze-- the neighborhood is full of everything from fast food to strip joints). Frankly, I think it is just crazy. But then these seem to be the same people who want to think of America as a " Christian country" ( their brand of Christianity of course) and who simply won't believe that the founding fathers very firmly rejected the notion of  a State religion.

Have these folks thought about what a slippery slope they are on?  If  you can reject the construction of a mosque today, then a Mormon center,  a Synagogue, a Christian Science Reading room, or an Evangelical Christian Megachurch  could be next. 

Oh yes, and by the way, what kind of message are you sending to the Muslim street in the Middle East... or in Dearborn, Michigan for that matter?   Let's see,half of Pakistan is under water and millions of Muslims are in terrible shape there and desperately in need of help, and all you can think about is stopping a Sufi imam and his congregation from building a community center in downtown Manhattan that caters to the larger community and incorporates a mosque-- wow-- who are the assholes in this picture hmmmmm?

For those of you who don't know it, Thomas Jefferson rewrote the New Testament taking out all references to miracles and the divinity of Jesus.   George Washington though officially Anglican, was a deist who did not often attend church and never took communion. He used to leave after the sermon whenever he could and while he was a believer in God, he was not religious.  Boston and Philadelphia were founded by religious dissenters who knew very well what religious bigotry wedded to political power could do.There was a reason that our constitution mandated  not only strict separation of church and state, but also, tolerance for all faiths, no matter how oddball-- and we have got some pretty oddball religions here, I must say.

 As long as church and state are truly separate, neither the Taliban nor the Southern Baptists can force their religion on anybody but they are both free to practice their religion without fear.   Their protection is our protection too . So, just shut up and stop whining OK?  You  might be surprised at how it all turns out.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Tee Shirts for the Tea Party Crowd

At last,  tee shirts for the tea party.  I seem to be into tee shirts these days, but there are some very cool political  ones around, especially if you are a sane American watching the far right fall apart. Nothing like a good laugh to clear the air-- and perhaps the mind as well.

These dynamite designs are the brainchild of  Jeremy Kalgreen  who describes himself as " a slacker, former art student, and general ne'er-do-well."  You can view all of the  reasons why Jeremy is voting tea party here on his website and online shop and order up any of a dozen  in the collection for your next get-together on the White House Lawn.    I love this guy and I hope he makes a fortune.

Meanwhile, maybe these tee shirts will keep the tea  party crowd from carrying dumb mis-spelled  signs making ignorant statements. Hmmmm then again, don't hold your breath. Oh well, at least they will keep the rest of us laughing.

H/T to Political Irony for putting me on to  Jeremy and his political T's.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Medical Tourism and The Unstoppable NDM-1 Bacteria

In case you haven't heard, NDM-1 or more formally, New Dehli-Metallo-1,is the new superbug in town. Well, it is not exactly a super bug itself. It is a gene that can turn any bug into a superbug impervious to antibiotics and that makes it pretty scary stuff.  There is very little data on it, but potentially, it can turn any bacterium into a  killer-- or not.  We don't know yet.

It comes from India but it's turning up now in the UK  and experts expect it to spread around the world rather quickly. Why?  Well, that is interesting too.  It seems the affluent from America, Austrailia, and Western Europe go to India for affordable surgical procedures-- particularly cosmetic surgery, and these medical tourists are taking more than a pretty face back home with them.

Here we go again with this year's H1N1. It's as if those of us of European extraction have some kind of deeply embedded genetic memory of the Black Death which killed half the population of Europe in the Middle Ages and we are just waiting for it to happen again. 

Well, here's what folks.  It probably will happen again  sooner or later because there are just too many of us on the planet.You can't fight mother nature.  But will NDM-1 be the killer that does the trick?  My crystal ball is a little cloudy on that one but here is what's for sure.

The media, online, broadcast and print, all over the world are going to be all over this one, so get ready for lots of scary, end of the world headlines. Also (and this is a good thing) the drug companies just might decide to invest bigtime in  new antibiotics in an attempt to find something that works against NDM-1. We'll hear a lot about that too.  If this really is the big one, we'll all know soon enough and if it is just another H1N1, we'll know that too.

In the meantime, if you are thinking about going to India for a face lift or a tummy tuck, think again or at least consider Canada instead for your medical tourism expedition. 

Saturday, August 7, 2010

The Republicans Have a Plan for Ground Zero

 Yes folks, Republicans have a plan for Ground Zero and since one picture is worth we all know how many words-- I'll let this graphic do the talking.

 But first a hat tip to Political Irony.com-- a political blog you should definitely check out early and often.  They published this fabulous tongue in cheek comment on the New York City, Ground Zero Mosque bruhahaha yesterday.  I just had to reblog it.