Friday, October 31, 2008
Saturday, October 25, 2008
That was me (impressive, eh?). Normally, I am just able to tolerate hateful ultraconservatives claiming to have any Christian moral high ground. However, this pushed me over the edge.
Yup, the Aussie fundies have produced a pamphlet outlining what is apparently Jesus' most important beliefs. I also noted that the CDP couldn't cite any biblical passages to support their values-probably because Jesus never spoke on values they mention. Perhaps Nile should reread the first few chapters in the New Testament, because in fact, Jesus was:
-His greatest priorities never had to do with teh gays or teh 'bortions.
And unlike the ultracon pseudoChristians, I can actually quote what Jesus said to back this up.
Friday, October 24, 2008
Anyway, one thing I can't figure out is the idea of no sex before marriage. Specifically, how does marriage sanctify sex? Think about these contrasting examples:
- A guy (in no relationship) goes to Vegas, gets drunk, and ends up marrying an equally drunk waitress. They have sex. In the morning, after getting over their hangovers, they divorce and go their separate ways. According to the NSBM ideal, the sex is fine because it's within marriage.
- A youngish couple have been together for several years, and eventually decide to engage in some horizontal dancing. According to the NSBM ideal, this sex is wrong because, despite the couple's intimacy, they aren't married.
Come on fundies and ultracons alike, get over it. There is nothing about marriage that makes sex more or less pure or sanctive-it's just a transparently thin cover for you lot to try and make women* guilty for experiencing sexual pleasure. And in turn this simply is a means for controlling those sex organs which you are so petrified of.
*Get ready for an EPIC rant against purity balls.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
THE Labor chairwoman of a parliamentary group on population hopes the Government will act by the end of the year to lift its ban on foreign aid being used for abortion advice and services.and:
Senator Claire Moore said it was important this issue be clarified before an international conference on maternal and child welfare was held early next year. "This seems to be an appropriate pressure point on the Government," she said.
Senator Moore said only Australia and the United States banned aid being used in this way in countries where abortion was legal.
Liberal MP Mal Washer, former chairman of the committee, said he suspected the Government had gone cold on removing the ban because it feared offending Family First's Steve Fielding who, as a cross-bench senator, was crucial to the Government on many occasions.
Dr Washer said the Government's situation with Senator Fielding appeared "very similar to the Harradine problem we had". He urged the Government to have some "sensible discussion" with Senator Fielding. A spokeswoman for Senator Fielding said the senator supported the restriction, and had spoken to Mr Smith on the issue a few months ago.
Of course, that's not how the Catholic-ultracons see it.
Kevin Rudd should overturn the policy championed by former senator Brian Harradine of not providing foreign aid for abortion advice.
BRIAN HARRADINE, former independent senator from Tasmania, was a thorn in Labor's side for decades. Gough Whitlam in the late 1960s actually put his leadership on the line, on Harradine's side, in a party dispute involving him. Several years later, Harradine was finally expelled from the ALP, only to win a Senate spot as an independent....
The Howard government, in recognition of how much it would need him, agreed to a ban on Australian aid funding advice on abortion.
Now, Harradine is retired from the Senate but this legacy is causing all sorts of trouble for the Rudd Government. There is strong pressure to scrap the ban, following a recommendation to that effect from a cross-party group last year. But there's also a big push back, especially from the Catholic right in the ALP, to stop any change....
"Unsafe abortion is responsible for 13per cent of all maternal deaths globally - many in our region. These restrictions deny women the same access to reproductive health choices, education and services we give ourselves, even in countries when it is legal to do so. Currently if a woman is dying or injured from accessing unsafe abortion only then can she be treated or given information ... this is cruel and illogical".
Thursday, October 16, 2008
General Blair has unleashed kamikaze winged monkeys to bomb our communication systems. These primitives, although low in intellect, are vast in number and have destroyed a number of intelligence facilities, which left us temporarily defenceless. Thankfully, winged monkeys are not bred for their wit (a mindless soldier is, after all, a loyal soldier) and in their ecstasy of destruction, we were able to regroup.
For the past 12 days we've been using WW1 methods (morse code, pigeons, horses, antique tanks etc) for our defense. It was, I can assure you all, not pretty. Thankfully, We were able to set up a temporary computer system to regain footing for the war (hence, the return to posting).
Unfortunately, we have been forced to use early 20th-century technology to build it.
Saturday, October 4, 2008
Well... this is interesting.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Deep-seated racial misgivings could cost Barack Obama the White House if the election is close, according to an AP-Yahoo News poll that found one-third of white Democrats harbor negative views toward blacks — many calling them "lazy," "violent," responsible for their own troubles.
The poll, conducted with
Certainly, Republican John McCain has his own obstacles: He's an ally of an unpopular president and would be the nation's oldest first-term president. But Obama faces this: 40 percent of all white Americans hold at least a partly negative view toward blacks, and that includes many Democrats and independents.
More than a third of all white Democrats and independents — voters Obama can't win the White House without — agreed with at least one negative adjective about blacks, according to the survey, and they are significantly less likely to vote for Obama than those who don't have such views.
Here's my polling question: is anyone really that surprised? You only have to take a glance through the ADL's website to realise that
However, neither party will address it. The Democrats can't because Obama will look as if he's playing the race card. The Republicans won't because it detracts from their mindless " 'Merica, 'Merica, 'Merica, ra ra ra!" rhetoric that they love so much.
Racism won't be solved if Obama becomes President. It won't be solved if (sadly, not when) a public apology is made on behalf of Euro-America to Afro-America and Native America for the former's crimes of slavery and genocide against the latter two. It can only be solved when every American of every colour, gender, class and orientation looks into their core and asks themselves "What is wrong with American bigotry?" before asking "What can I do?"
Racism will be solved when a black guy can walk down the streets of
Anything else is delusion.
As Jasmyne Cannick puts it:
White women still clutch their purses when Black men and women are near them and white people still falsely accuse Blacks of committing crimes because it’s an easy out. Hell—they’ve done such a good job on us, there are plenty of Blacks who share the same feelings of whites about Blacks—yes their own people!
Like white men in the White House, these polls come a dime a dozen and don’t do anything but create an outlet for the mainstream news to bring up the subject of race relations as breaking news—when it’s not. We know exactly how we feel about each other, we know exactly who we are voting for and why. And whether or not the candidates address race relations, we know that race has as much to do with our vote as the economy and the war in
Tell me something I don’t know—like why we fall for this crap every time.
And just to be fair—here are some adjectives, nouns, and verbs that have been used to describe whites by Blacks:
P.W.T., trailer park trash, oppressive, backstabbers, selfish, greedy, racist, jealous, hateful, slackers, corrupt, culture bandits…
Icould go on, but you get the point.
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Private's success in continuing the culture war: FAIL.