The controversy over pink slime is helping educate Americans to the fact that corporations are as beneficial to agriculture as they are to politics. Tom Laskawy put it pithily: “What pink slime represents is an open admission by the food […]
Here is a really good article by Tina DuPuy on how the Republicans got themselves into such a mess with America’s more intelligent women. Left undiscussed is how the extreme pathological masculinity of both their deity and their leaders made […]
UPDATES below For years the culture warriors have waged a slowly rising campaign against the women and the feminine in all forms other than the pregnant submissive housewife or cold-hearted ideological warriors such as Coulter, Palin, and Bachmann. One of […]
We have seen a major victory among the forces of decency in our country. Not only has Rush Limbaugh now lost 141 advertisers. Better yet, a great many have indicated they want no association with right wing hate radio. They […]
I just came across a study of the broader impact of the deep cultural split between “red” and “blue” ways of living in the US. I think it adds to the evidence that Pagan spirituality is part of the leading […]
A Facebook friend just posted the following very interesting and courageous speech by Maureen Walsh, a Republican legislator who voted in favor of Washington’s new law allowing gay marriages. Her speech is eloquent, heart felt, wise, and courageous. Everything that […]
I came across a most illuminating post today on one of my favorite group blogs: Balloon Juice. It began with a discussion of the character of right wing folks as revealed by what they said on their own sites, sites […]
Paul Krugman has a fascinating column in today’s NYT demonstrating that Mitt Romney’s stump speech is 100% lies. Not one true statement of substance in it. Not one. This means that Romney believes in absolutely nothing he is willing to […]
Check it out- a servant of Sauron has reached high power in the benighted state I once called home. This loathesome servant of evil not only gets votes he is Speaker of the House.
When I wrote Pagans and Christians I said that religions based on reveled texts that make monopolistic spiritual claims to superiority were like dormant volcanoes. However peaceful and good neighborly they appeared, they harbored deep within a danger of erupting […]
This is a very disturbing article, and explains the oddness of some of Paul’s “libertarian” positions. He supports states’ rights to do all manner of nasty stuff, including making drugs illegal. He only supports freedom from the National government. If […]
I met a guy last night who had grown up here in Sonoma County but had been enticed to move to Amarillo, Texas by economic incentives for his business (by the government). Very smart guy, not a religious bigot at […]
One of my favorite blogs has a inspiring example of UC Davis students’ reaction to gratuitous violence by thugs wearing the uniform of the UC Police. It is inspiring to watch how, after a completely arbitrary attack on peaceful students […]
I have been almost totally focused on the home stretch of my manuscript tentatively titled Faultlines: The 60s, the Culture War, and the Return of the Divine Feminine. This is really getting in the way of making frequent blog posts. […]
Joe Walsh has made a name for himself as a “family values” Republican. He has also made a name for himself as a dead beat dad who owes over $100,000 in child support, ignores court dates, and takes his girl […]
This is an important press release, and while I will be far away overseeing an academic conference, I hope any readers in the area will help support this effort. Silver Spring, MD, October 19th, 2011 Priestesses and priests from the […]
I received two identical chain mail emails over the past couple of days, emails supposedly inspired by Warren Buffet. But the Buffet chain email is a hoax that actually, if implemented would make the problem it addresses worse, and for […]
How does the current worldwide focus on bringing the ultra-wealthy banksters and corporations under more effective control relate to traditional spiritual concerns, particularly Pagan ones? Quite directly, actually.
Chris Hedges has written one of the most sensitive and insightful analyses of what is currently happening in New York, and across the country. I urge everyone to read it and follow it up with Paul Krugman’s piece as well. […]
I just discovered that at the same time the corporate media was covering the protests in Egypt that led to Hosni Mubarack’s well deserved departure 350,000 Israelis, Jewish, Christian, and Palestinian alike, were protesting the corruption and worse by the […]
I had wanted my first real post upon returning to be away from politics, but as luck would have it, I returned on September 10 and last night was my first night home. Today everyone it seems is going on […]
Last night Jon Stewart targeted Megyn Kelly’s passionate defense of maternity leave once she returned to Fox after giving birth. Kelly was spot on in every respect save one, one that Stewart memorably pointed out.
For those like myself who consider the Tea Party and its allies to be a mortal danger to this country through their combination of religious bigotry, hostility to feminine values, and almost mindless service to the corporate oligarchy, yesterday’s failure […]
I hope to post on Lammas, but recent events have intruded. I still hope to do a Lammas post, but right now this is on my mind. We are all aware of the horrible murders committed against so many Norwegians, […]
The slaughter in Norway by a Christian Fundamentalist seeing himself as a knight defending the faith raises a disturbing issue: what are so many monotheists so violent towards people who disagree with them? One would think their deity could handle […]
The passionate discussion and often insightful responses my 4thof July post unleashed has forced me to think more deeply about the issues it raised. In the process I have tried to place my argument in a more explicitly spiritual framework, […]
I suspect this post will upset most of my readers. It may be written off as a rant. If that’s your inclination, before writing it off, please consider the actual arguments I make, because doing so will encourage rethinking some […]
This wonderful Youtube video of a surprise homecoming is touching in a very warm way. I love it. Perhaps it will give us something beyond anger and sorrow to motivate our opposition to the slaughter being carried out across so much […]
Memorial Day in recent years has been a more than usually bittersweet honoring of those who served their country at the cost of their lives in wartime.
My old friend Mi Robin linked to a fantastic video on Facebook about the efforts of some bigots to prevent an Islamic mosque in Murfreesboro Tennessee. But if that was all it was about I’d not link to it. We […]
One of the biggest lies being told by David Barton and other dishonest hacks in the so-called ‘christian’ right about our nation’s Founders was that they thought of freedom of religion in purely Christian terms. They did not and made […]
Thermal sent me an email including some magick he is working in response to bin Laden’s death. I pass it on. I think his message is a wise one. I am working on a lengthy post on the spiritual dimension […]
The fetid mess of nihilism and sadism that masquerades as “conservative” morality is strutting with more than its usual vulgarity this week. Adopting Karl Rove’s strategy of attacking your opponents strengths through incessant lying, they are saying torture helped us […]
Some of my readers might be wondering why I have been so supportive of many Muslims against their critics during the past few years. Certainly Muslim countries are not good places to be Pagan and I would not choose to […]
I was inspired to write this blog by Steve Weinstein’s post on Crooks and Liars. There he observed “I live in the middle of Los Angeles. Gay people are everywhere and considered as normal as anyone else. Black people too. […]
Bolivia is preparing to boldly go where no one has gone before, although Ecuador started the ball rolling. Asof this writing Ecuador is on the verge of passing a kind of Bill of Rights for Nature, a series of laws called […]
Last night I drive to Sonoma to hear John Perkins, author of Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, and of a number of other books, give a talk sponsored by the Praxis Peace Institute. The audience was filled with people more […]
The ongoing tragedy in Japan offers a great deal for us to think about, from how we can help to how such catastrophes can happen in a world where Spirit matters to what it says about human beings’ ability to […]
As I read again about the utter nastiness and hypocrisy of America’s ‘conservatives’ now that they are anticipating growing in power I wonder what their spiritual significance might be at a personal level. In so many cases what they do […]
Ali Gomaa, Egypt’s Grand Mufti has just made a statement that should raise the spirits of all who care for the well-being of the Egyptian people and a future of religious toleration and, even more, ultimate acceptance. No, he did […]
Nancy Graham, an old friend of mine, and talented documentary producer and journalist, moved to Denmark, For many years she taught journalism at the University of Aarhus. Europe has much more actual experience with Muslims than does the US, and […]
When the New Yorker interviewed me about an article they were preparing over the political impact of Charles and David Koch, I emphasized that when I knew Charles Koch in my high school and early college years, he was a […]
With thanks to Makarios for calling my attention to it, here is a response from members of America’s Indian community to the bigots and worse on the right.
At least one bigot blogging against the Yaqui prayer at the Tucson memorial service for those murdered by Jared Loughner has gotten into trouble over it. Not enough, but it’s a start. May it grow.
In his wonderful A Sand County Almanac Aldo Leopold gives my favorite description of what it is to be uniquely human. He observes that when the last passenger pigeon died, a species that once had darkened the North American sky […]
Read this report of the religious garbage American soldiers are exposed to, and shudder. During the Thirty Years War between Catholics, Protestants, and anyone else unfortunate enough to be living in “Christian” Europe, “christian’ killed ‘Christian’ for not being the […]
A while back I posted on why big organizations tended to become criminal enterprises. The immediate inspiration was more dirt coming to the surface on the Vatican’s protecting child molesters. Now a genuine smoking gun verifies what any reasonable person […]
While I have been no Obama fan for a long time, his speech at Tucson’s memorial service for those murdered by Jared Loughner was wonderful. But this was even more a community event more than a national event. One of the […]
Just finished a long and utterly pointless attempt to make a rational argument to a sometime contributor to this blog who was complaining that liberals were distorting stuff after the murders in Tucson. There are links on my Facebook wall […]
UPDATE I & II As I have been reading discussions about what happened in Arizona, over and over again those on the right or those not wanting to admit we have a genuine problem in this country claim Jared Loughner […]
The murder of a young girl and other people in Arizona today is a predictable result of the violent language that has built up in this country over the past decade or so, starting with Ann Coulter Michael Savage and […]
Bees are under considerable threat these days, and we are not sure whether it is due to one or two pathogens or maybe to a complex series of interrelationships. Two recent discussions of possibly very complex relations are in Wired […]
F. A. Hayek, a famous but little understood economist sheds light on one of the scandals of our time. There is a well deserved outrage building over the current Pope’s blaming “the 1970s” for rampant pedophilia and child molestation by Vatican […]
A very revealing interview of Glenn Greenwald and Fran Townsend, a hack who worked for the Bush administration, about Wikileaks. Very revealing. A bit long but worth it for anyone who is really interested in what I regard as one […]
Here’s a list with links. It’s pretty impressive and should shut up forever any claims that nothing but trivia was exposed… But of course that assumes those making the claims are informed and honest.
This post addresses some questions readers asked in a previous one. Today a majority of Americans are thoroughly fed up with both major parties, with the Republicans even more than with the Democrats. Yet these toxic dinosaurs run no […]
Barack Obama has provided a lesson in American reality to many people who once thought the Democrats were still in some sense like the Democrats who passed Civil Rights legislation and earlier, the New Deal. That party died. It was […]
This space has been very critical of Barack Obama, and for reasons that have continued to hold up – with one important exception. His insistence that Don’t Ask Don’t Tell be ended legislatively meant that the process took far longer, […]
Michael Moore has written an eye opener for anyone who thinks Wikileaks is doing serious damage to America. And in the process pretty much demonstrated the almost complete dishonesty and collusion of government and the corporate media.
The old Communist Party was infamous for switching its positions 189 degrees, depending on whatever came down from Moscow. America’s ‘conservative’ totalitarians are fascinatingly similar. This is something quite new and disturbing in American politics.
Trust me – there is a connection Every other Wednesday I spend the morning in a kind of salon where a bunch of us get together to discuss various aspects of science. One is a retired physicist, another a geologist, […]
Human life differs from the rest of earthly life in one crucial respect: biological evolution has largely taken second place to cultural evolution. Cultural evolution enables adaptations within a single generation that would take thousands of generations if brought about […]
From Daniel Ellsberg: “EVERY attack against Asaange and on @Wikileaks was also made against me and release of the PENTAGON PAPERS.” Thomas Jefferson would agree: “The diffusion of information and the arraignment of all abuses at the bar of public […]
We are living through a very exciting time. The Swiss bank that froze Wikileaks’ account has just had its website hacked and is not available. May it stay that way. Swiss banks are famous for making themselves available to criminals […]
Many conservative Jews have supported the “Christian” right because they mindlessly support Israel. Judging from events happening in Texas, maybe they are about to be reminded of what these people really think about real live Jews, as “Christian” fanatics have […]
Wikileaks and Julian Assange have certainly caught the attention of the world, for which I applaud them. Looking around, I discovered Assange has his own blog, and it is well worth looking through. One of his most fascinating essays is […]
Anyone wishing something worthwhile would come out of Washington has got to be disappointed in the outcome of Tuesday’s elections. Disappointed, but not surprised. Even though as both a party and on almost every issue the Republicans poll begind the […]
I imagine most of my readers already voted by mail or are planning to vote today. If you are teetering on staying home because the weather sucks or the Democrats are a disappointment, remember that (in almost every case for […]
I hope everyone reads Michael Moore’s letter to Juan Williams.
Two episodes to keep in mind whenever a ‘Christian’ right spokesperson says they oppose terrorism and murder. To put it bluntly, they do not. They advocate it. Encouraging terrorism and murder of American citizens. Advocating mass murder abroad using the same […]
As I was researching the modern American rightwing and how it had completely jettisoned the old conservative praise for limited government, I was struck at how it had been captured by the NeoConfederate South, the one part of our country […]
The Sauronic “Christian’ right is alarmed at Sharia law. It’s often hard to understand why since their views are so often in perfect agreement.
Three (now four) recent posts on the web have brought home the truth of the class war being waged in this country – by the corporate and financial aristocracy of privileged chislers against everyone else – with a cheering section […]
Christine O’Donnnell, the “Christian” right’s candidate for US Senator from Delaware reports she dated a witch and did so “on a Satanic altar.” Very interesting at many levels beyond the likely possibility that she made it up or embellished it […]
I will always remember my shocked amazement as I stood in the office of the Politics Department at Whitman College, watching as television news repeated over and over the image of the first World Trade Center tower in flames after […]
Weeks ago I was called by Jane Mayer, a writer for The New Yorker asking me questions about the Koch (pronounced ‘Coke’) brothers Charles and David. She was doing an investigative piece on their political influence, had seen my Beliefnet […]
He sees the big picture and the details.
Anyone thinking that the organized opposition to the Islamic Cultural Center in New York is motivated by anything more noble than hatred and bigotry should take a look at the video of yesterday’s demonstration in New York by people who […]
Well well well – our “combat troops” have been removed from Iraq and the war is over. 50,000 “advisers’? Give me a break. They exist to prop up the government; essentially like a Roman garrison. The war will be […]
Unfortunately this is true, and through it they are also major contributors to American political campaigns. Other key figures are closely connected to Communist China.
In Europe before World War One Jews were better integrated into German society than almost anywhere else on the continent. There were lots of intermarriages as well. In Bosnia Christians and Muslims lived together peacefully under Tito’s Communist rule, far […]
I have been very critical of President Obama as regular readers of this blog know. I am therefore happy to give him credit where it is due, and his support of the so-called “Ground Zero Mosque” is a heartening example […]
Randy “Duke” Cunningham, who went to prison for serious corruption (he took in $2.4 million in bribes) was an ultra-right wing Republican congressman. A few years behind bars have turned him into an advocate of prison reform. In addition he […]
The “Ground Zero” mosque debate in the US and the burqa debate in Europe both highlight a tension embedded in the middle of modern democratic thinking, one that I have been grappling with for years: How does the well-being of […]
UPDATE UPDATE 2 Two more interesting pieces have appeared concerning the proposal to build a Muslim cultural center and mosque a few blocks from the 9-11 site. One is a discussion of the Anti-Defamation League’s hypocritical opposition to the project over […]
UPDATE below Wikileaks, (wikileaks.org), the group that exposed the government’s (both Bush and Obama’s) secrecy and lies over the Afghan War is an astounding step forward in the internet’s capacity to promote freedom and offset the power of politics and […]
Children are increasingly victims of witchcraft accusations in Africa, egged on by some but by no means all Christian leaders there. (Indeed, this story was provided to me by a Evangelical Christian). Witchcraft, which is understood there and in many […]
As the evidence accumulates of criminal negligence, along with obvious abuses of power, obsessive dishonesty, http://theweek.com/article/index/205197/bps-incredibly-amateur-photoshop-scandal and even intervening in terrorist issues to sacrifice justice in order to make money it becomes increasingly clear that BP should be put to death. […]
This elegy and poem about what has happened in the Gulf was contributed by Thermal, a local member of the Northern California Pagan community whom some of you might remember from his past comments. It speaks for itself.
Yesterday’s open thread was unusually rich in people’s contributions – I enjoyed all of them. All. (Ron -I only excise spam and vituperative stuff that does not rise to the level of a coherent argument. You are safe!) One thread […]
I have had it with this smooth talking con man who played off our disgust with Bush and distrust of Clinton style politics in order to get himself elected and jam the worst of Clinton style politics down our throats. […]
Do ANY of the Christian Right’s major heroes or leaders walk their talk? Mel Gibson gives quite the performance of Christian family values. Do ANY of their heroes amount to more than liars, hypocrites, or crooks? Are there any nominations for […]
Yes indeed – Sauron has plans for you… These include rape, child incest, and if Sharron Angle is consistent, for some, murder and mutilation. A wonderful demon you worship there, Sharron.
Alyssa Thomas, a six year old, was placed on the land of the free and home of the brave’s no fly list by the Department of Homeland Security. When notified of their error they refused to remove her name. Bureaucratic […]
Every American – every human being – should listen to this woman. Listen closely – she has a Louisiana accent unlike the paid liars in most of the mainstream media so we northerners need to listen closely. It’s worth it. […]
Manute Bol, many of whose relatives were killed by Islamic extremists, always emphasized the problem was extremists, not Islam. And he put his money and life behind his actions. Gale Norton, Republican hack for Senate, has attacked Obama for not […]
UPDATE below This week’s primaries reveal a fascinating division appearing within both major political parties. In the process I hope one truth has finally become clear to any progressively minded American, and I would hope to any Pagan who has […]
The Catholic Church has no lock on covering up for sexual depravity. A fifteen year old girl raped by her church’s deacon and then forced by her pastor to apologize for being raped to her church’s congregation?
The truth is finally leaking out over Israel’s vicious attack in an aid flotilla in international waters. The unholy alliance of right wing Israelis, right wing Neoconservatives, and right wing ‘Christians’ has freed the Israeli part of the alliance from […]
UPDATE: Reich responds. Today I read Theda Skocpol’s reply to Robert Reich’s argument that this is what Obama should do. I have been one of those increasingly frustrated by Barack Obama’s not taking over operations from BP in the Gulf spill. I think I may […]
UPDATE below UPDATE 2 below Over the past several years I have slowly come to the conclusion that corporations should not be allowed, ever, to engage in activities that require ethical relations with the other than human world. No owning […]
His Royal Highness Jim Bunning simply will NOT allow himself to be pestered by uppity Kentucky citizens. Screw the First Amendment. I await with baited breath his denunciation by his fellow right wing Senators. I suspect it will be a […]
Neither did I. But that’s what BP said in assuring the cretins in the Bush and Obama administrations that they could handle any problem that arose from their drilling. For more on the utter depravity of this fetid company, see […]
From out of left field in every sense, Kevin Costner may be the man who made technology capable of saving the Gulf of Mexico by separating oil from water quickly and thoroughly available. He financed it while his brother developed it.
For a former libertarian such as myself Rand Paul’s attack on Civil Rights legislation is to be expected, except perhaps for its political idiocy. For that latter quality I am grateful because it weakens his candidacy. But there are interesting […]
A glimmer of hope shown for the American people shown last night. For once, I think all the news electorally was good. Very good, from Pennsylvania to Kentucky to Arkansas. Bad for Arlen Specter, good for Joe Sestak, bad for […]
Chris Hedges has a wonderful piece on the moral and spiritual culture of America’s elite and the nature of American nihilism. It’s short and well worth reading. Yes- as some commentators have pointed out when I praised another piece by him, […]
The Gulf coast oil spill is offering several important insights beyond the obvious, if Americans will but look. Obviously it is an environmental disaster of enormous proportions, a crime against nature and spirit, but sadly, there is considerably more this […]
Oklahoma’s ‘small government’ and ‘freedom’ advocates have struck another blow at women through big government and coercion. The state legislature’s Sauronic majority passed a bill outlawing getting abortion coverage in health insurance policies. This gives most Pagans and other decent people […]
When Sarah Jane Moore attempted to assassinate President Gerald Ford, her aim was deflected by disabled former Marine Oliver Sipple, and Ford’s life saved. Sipple was gay. Under prevailing Republican bigotry and Democratic hypocrisy, he would not be allowed to […]
The massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico raises a question that has been raised in other contexts over the last year or so: has the scale of things we attempt as a society come to exceed our ability […]
Tim Wise has written a revealing piece about how the Tea Partyers are overwhelming evidence of White racism. I then tried his “imagine” experiment with with Pagans and replaced Tea Partyers with Christians talking about how this should be a […]
A new state motto for their license plates: Virginia is for Losers. What a wonderful group of people, the Republican Party of the Confederacy.
IMPORTANT UPDATE below At a Good Friday service in the Vatican and attended by Pope Benedict, preacher Father Raniero Cantalamessa compared the current scandals over sexual abuse by Church officials with “the most shameful aspects of anti-Semitism.” To say this is […]
UPDATE below I think the outbursts of hatred and anger we have seen since passage of the Health Care Reform bill indicate it may have been an even bigger deal than I thought. I think something far deeper than a […]
From the Democrats’ health insurance reform.UPDATEThe Washington Post has an online calculator that in a very simple way gives you a sense of how this bill will impact you personally. UPDATE II.This is rich.The full incompetence or dishonesty of the […]
There was a spiritual dimension to the victory of health care reform last night. One that decent people of any religion can celebrate. A precedent was set that may help reverse a deep misunderstanding of the nature of democratic government, […]
Utah criminalizes women whom prosecutors can “prove” sought miscarriages. Carl Wimmer, the miserable excuse for a human being behind Utah’s law says it all himself. The depths of depravity masquerading as “Christianity” seem to have no bottom.
Yes, the Sauronic imbeciles that make up a majority of the Texas Board of “Education” have just voted to removed mention of Thomas Jefferson, Author of the Declaration of Independence, third President of the United States, and better human being […]
It’s hard to believe, but it’s true. All too many ‘conservative’ Republicans are very very disturbed people. Nor is this just members of the House. A majority of Republican Senators prefer defending gang rape than seeing it is punished – […]
A religious bigot denies a student the right to build a Wiccan altar in shop class because he thinks Wicca is bad. “It scares me. I’m a Christian,” he said. “This witchcraft stuff – it’s terrible for our kids. It […]
Anne has a podcast interview of Patrick McCollum’s religious freedom struggle here on Blog o’ Gnosis. It’s worth your while as McCollum gives vastly more detail and depth to this issue than is available in a published format. The two-faced […]
UPDATE below John Yoo, whose illegal actions for George Bush have been defended by Obama’s so-called ‘Justice’ Department, has argued the President could legally order an entire village of civilians massacred. Michael Isikoff at Newsweek caught the follow depravity in […]
Wild Hunt has done wonderful work in making more information available. See Jason Pitzi-Water’s latest report here. And he also had a piece when McCoillum met with Obama Administration officials to discuss issues such as religious discrimination. Pitzi-Waters quotes McCollum […]
The spirit of the Burning Times is alive and well in California. So I discovered this past weekend at Pantheacon. For years Patrick McCollum has worked to provide Pagan ministerial services for incarcerated Pagans, as is provided by Christian and […]
Wild Hunt has the whole sordid story. And another post that is relevant as well.
UPDATE The recent water boarding of a four year old by her father because she was not cooperative in reciting her ABCs. He is a soldier who had served in Iraq. This event is sad commentary on a creeping American moral nihilism. […]
Fred Phelps is one of my home state of Kansas’s more noxious exports. But he had no idea what he would encounter when he brought his traveling freak show to San Francisco… Laughing Squid reports. I really really really hope […]
In a comment on my “Spiritual Warrior” post Rombald suggested I was too concerned about the longevity of America’s religious liberty. Here is my answer, because to do the issue credit took me beyond a simple reply.
I was wondering how long the new Pagan site would last without incident given the number of Sauronic folks in Colorado identifying themselves as Christians. Apparently not long. I hope those responsible are prosecuted to the full extent possible and […]
UPDATE below New conservative folk hero James O’Keefe is turning out to have been a long time habitué of white supremacist gatherings and an associate of anti-Semites and racists according to a new report at Salon. If so he is […]
A constitutional amendment that both conservatives and liberals can support, and that would do worlds of good, might seem to good to be true, but Juan Enriquez has come up with a winner. A proposed 28th Amendment states Congress shall […]
Yes, right in the heart of where the Christian Right did its best to turn our airmen into zealots for Jesus, a stone circle has been officially added to worship facilities at our Air Force Academy near Colorado Springs. The article […]
I try and stay away from politics, and then things like this happen that prove to me beyond reasonable doubt that many of those who dominate our country are truly as evil as human beings can become.
IMPORTANT UPDATE ON IMPEACHMENT BELOW The Supreme Court’s ruling allowing corporations to spend as much money as they want influencing elections is a horrifying example of how conservative sociopaths differ from any Pagan perspective, and why ALL religious people should […]
Many years ago when I first heard about the issue of gay/lesbian marriage, my initial reaction was “Big deal – there are more important issues around.” My second reaction was “Marriage has traditionally been between a man and a woman, […]
Salon has an interview well worth reading with Carol Joffe, author of Dispatches from the Abortion Wars. In this time of Christian terrorism it is heartening to read a sane but sobering analysis of this issue.
UPDATE BELOW I have been very critical of Barack Obama’s performance as President thus far. I think his less than impressive record on visible issues has much to do with the failure of Democrats to hold onto their 60th Senate […]
Rifle sights sold to the Marines with Biblical citations. Some things are almost beyond words to describe. They speak for themselves in their depths of dementia.
The case of Martha Coakley gets stranger and stranger. I am grateful to Chas Clifton for bringing this to my attention. I did some Googling about, and in the process found a post discussing the issue over at Wild Hunt. […]
These people are fluent in the only language most politicians seem to understand: money. From the Environmental News Service “The world’s largest investors today issued a statement calling on the United States and other governments to ‘act now to catalyze development […]
Massachusetts stands a genuine chance of electing Scott Brown as a Republican Senator in next week’s election. No, the state is not going red, conservative, or Republican. The reason is more interesting than a sudden case of state-wide insanity.
UPDATE below Raymond Joseph, Haiti’s Ambassador to the US, has done a wonderful job debunking Pat Robertson’s idiotic comments about Haiti’s supposed pact with the devil. Using Robertson’s logic, the devil also wanted the US to acquire the Louisiana Purchase […]
Pat Robertson’s is receiving well deserved if still insufficient condemnation for saying the Haitian earthquake may be a “blessing in disguise” and is the result of a “pact with the devil” Haitians made long ago to drive out French slave […]
The cost of one combat soldier in Afghanistan or Iraq is currently reliably estimated at about $775,000 per year. Needless to say that doesn’t go to the guy on the ground. The cost of a special election to fill Hawaii’s […]
I was talking with my friend Jim about the strange new Republican effort to rewrite history: that no terrorist attacks took place during George Bush’s presidency. Diana Perino, Mary Matalin, and now “Mr. 9/11″ Rudy Guiliani have said it. Even setting 9/11 aside […]
UPDATE below. The strutting masculinity, steely eyed attention to a brutal reality, and courage under fire that the Republicans and culture warriors in general like to project is showing itself as the posturing of craven bullies. As it has always […]
Unbelieveable. Fortunately neither they nor their deity are very good at it. UPDATE Well, looks like their attempt at Black Magick may have backfired.
Some readers have asked me, given the previous blog, what to do. Certainly a reasonable question. I made a quick answer in the comments, here’s a more considered post with five suggestions, the first able to be implemented today.
What follows is a rant. I cannot help it, as I saw Joe Lieberman’s sanctimonious face grinning at me on site after site yesterday.
Walking in the rain down to the autoteller to get some cash, I saw Sebastopol’s regular demonstrators, one group against the latest war, the other supporting our troops, standing on the corner where the cash machine stood. Not in the […]
I had planned a post on a wonderful book for today. But Barack Obama has pushed it to another day. Tonight Barack Obama joined George Bush in our growing national pastime of escalating military adventures without a clear reason for […]
The anti-choice folks have struck again, holding over 60% of the country hostage to their irrational beliefs as a price for health care reform. No health care reform unless abortion is made even more difficult than it already is. If […]
Many Americans believe abortion is murder. Bad as I believe their reasoning is, and I believe it’s bad, it’s a fact. Given that fact, it is difficult to ask them to contribute their tax money for murder – though most […]
The people who destroyed our economy, like CITI and Goldman Sachs, are now getting privileged access to HiNi vaccinations. Hospitals go without, but not these jokers. Huffington Post has more on this abomination. While I think they were wrong, very […]
On a pretty important issue the United States is on the side of the Vandals, Mongols, and Thugs. Italy is on the side of civilization and the rule of law.
Matt Ygelsias over at Think Progress has posted an interesting, if confusingly colored, map showing what percentage of white men voted for Obama on a state by state basis. He titles his headline “White Men Aren’t Very Progressive.” His following […]
While I think president Obama’s obsession with bipartisanship is an error and a weakness, he has pulled off a rare success against the military-industrial-congressional complex with his defense budget. Whether it’s a false dawn, time will tell. I hope I […]
This issue has repeatedly arisen on this blog, perhaps because people think, mistakenly, that I am an ‘ultra liberal.’ The issue arose most recently as a question for the special Beliefnet post I am developing. I won’t use it for […]
Glenn Greenwald has a disturbing wrap up of Obama’s cover-up of Bush’s war crimes and his assertions, under his pretty rhetoric, that he can do the same. Traditional Obama supporters such as the New York Times and The Nation are […]
Thankfully genuine Christians are finally intervening. I wish them well. And I hope there is never a case of moderns claiming to be Pagans acting as the ‘witch’ killers have, and that if it does happen, that our community intervenes […]
What do John L. Perry, Jim DeMint, Wiley Drake, Steven Anderson, and the prominent conservative news site, NewsMax, have in common. A hatred for democracy when they lose is a start. The political disease that calls itself modern conservatism is […]
We have all heard, if we’ve paid attention, of how stories of Americans widespread torturing of Muslims have served as a big recruitment draw for groups fighting us. Torture is what Americans have been doing because our amoral leaders say […]
Some Fundamentalists think they have concocted a neat way of attacking evolution on the 150th anniversary of the publication of Darwin’s Origin of Species, lowering our national IQ below even the level to which it has currently sunk. A young […]
I missed Sara’s third and final post on the fascist threat to America and what can be done to prevent its triumph. It came out at the end of August, and I was deep into my own stuff. But […]
In earlier comments, Jaundiced pointed out that there were 9 states that allowed domestic abuse to be a reason for denying health insurance care. I was curious as to what states allowed insurance corporations – ‘company’ is too good a […]
There are really no words of kindness to describe the people who knowingly defend a health care system that can allow this to happen when there are many countries less rich than ours where it cannot. There are words to […]
I said that the best quick and dirty way you could tell when a ‘conservative’ leader was lying by whether his or her mouth was moving. Some people took exception. Now It’s objective and not a matter of debate. At […]
Joe Conason has written a very thought provoking piece on politics and empathy in today’s Salon.com. If he is right, and I think he is, there are serious mental disorders underlying a great many of today’s leading ‘conservatives’ and presumably […]
Starhawk tells it like it is and while it’s too late to save Van Jones’ position because of Obama’s increasingly apparent lack of character, it’s not too late to tell this so-far failure of a leader that he made a […]
Conservative “pro-life” Christians, especially Texans, now have an interesting moral challenge. Cameron Todd, an innocent man, was executed in Texas. The facts of his innocence are overwhelming in this case. For a start, see Huffingtonpost as well as Barry Scheck’s […]
I just came across a fascinating anecdote that might shed light on something that has long fascinated and horrified me about my country. At a recent town-hall meeting in Iowa a local weekly quizzed attendees as to whether or not […]
As I promised, here is Part 2 of Robinson’s post. In it she discusses what people can do in the short run to forestall things getting further out of hand than they are. She promises a Part 3, that will […]
UPDATE – links added. As often happens here, the issue I wanted to discuss has been all but lost from sight by issues my readers would rather discuss. My argument as to why from a PAGAN perspective one should boycott […]
For most people the appeal of fascism is first and foremost to feel powerful, particularly to dominate those they blame for their sense of themselves being exploited. But unlike many movements against oppression, fascist movements do not target those had […]
The post says it all. We are watching American fascism as a powerful movement develop before our eyes. UPDATE Dave Neiwert at Orcinus has added further information, including videos in “‘Brown Shirts’? Town Hall teabaggers’ ranks are indeed riddled with […]
Brooks Bothers rioters, teabaggers, professional agitators, and resume padding thugs. It’s all here.
UPDATES I – IV on Blackwater and the accuracy of these reports below the fold. I have long thought Blackwater was one of the scariest and most subversive institutions the Bush regime established within the US. Highly armed, lethally trained, […]
Lindsey Beyerstein over at Majikthise provides more information about the utter hypocrisy and genuine nastiness of the triumph of “pro-life” forces in Nicaragua in outlawing abortion for any reason whatsoever. . . . the law makes it a crime to […]
The many murders by self-described ‘pro-life’ supporters are only the down payment in deaths of real people rather than zygotes if those who want to ban all kinds of abortion have their way. Lots more dead people now in the […]
A number of people have suggested I was unfair to Sam Harris in criticizing his attack on Frances Collins. Below I reprint his column from the NYT, inserting at key points comments showing I am very far from being unfair. […]
Sam Harris has a column in today’ New York Times objecting to Obama’s naming Francis Collins director of NIH. He objects solely because Collins is a Evangelical Christian.
Huffpost has provided an important account of the human cost to Americans of turning control over our health provision to sociopathic corporations.
After huffing and puffing that he would still frequently vote against the Democrats, new “Democrat” Arlen Spector of Pennsylvania, has fallen into line. Understanding why gives a whiff of hope for the future.
UPDATE BELOW I have been following Jeff Sharlet’s reports about “The Family,” for some time. His report in Harper’s initially alerted me to this loathsome organization. It was followed by his book, The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart […]
As we commemorate Apollo 11’s successful trip to the moon and Neil Armstrong’s first steps there, all done with the aid of less computing power than exists in my cell phone, I am reminded of how in one respect it […]
Some European friends were over to visit last night, and our conversation ranged all over the place. One area where we spent considerable time was discussing various countries’ violence against others. My German friend expressed a strong sense of collective […]
The hearings over Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor are giving us wonderful opportunities to see the psychopathology of modern ‘conservatism’ in action. I am indebted to Daily Kos for much of the information that follows. Here are some interesting factoids […]
Frank Rich has written a wonderful piece. With thanks to Balloon Juice.
When I did a couple of blogs a while back, here and here, on ‘conservatives’ as having, on balance, not really advanced far beyond a tribal identity, some of my readers got upset. Try these recent gems of wisdom regarding […]
Sebastopol had its annual fireworks show last night, on the 3rd. (That way people can take in even more fireworks nearby, on July 4.) Analy high school’s athletic field and bleachers were filled by hordes of happy spectators celebrating our […]
The rapid appearance of books by atheists in the United States is a predictable result of the rise of intolerant religion. Nothing turns people off to religion faster than self-righteous fanatics and power junkies intent on telling you how to […]
California is entering into a financial abyss, an abyss of its own creation. The budgetary disaster that is eliminating health care and summer school for thousands of children, closing state parks, and leading to state workers and small businesses being […]
Today Canadians are celebrating Canada Day, their national equivalent to our 4th of July. Their celebration reminds me of how fortunate I think we are to have such an independent country as our northern neighbor.
In a sane world, with sane opposition on issues of concern this would not be happening. The video is here. It may no longer be a question of left vs right, where genuine issues exist over which people of good […]
I am amazed that I have heard so little as to why the purely private option no longer works for medical insurance and never will again. The reason lies in the very logic of capitalism and the market. While right […]
From an Iranian student on her blog. Look for 3:09 PM. “I will participate in the demonstrations tomorrow. Maybe they will turn violent. Maybe I will be one of the people who is going to get killed. I’m listening to […]
We now have quite strong statistical evidence that conservative Republicans are way out of step with the rest of the country with regard to how they see empathy as a virtue. Daily Kos commissioned two polls, with fascinating findings, here […]
Politics is a free-for-all of men and women made crazy by their love of power, and even the best of politicians often find what seemed possible before winning was impossible once in power. America’s system favors the status quo, even […]