Tag Archives: stupidity

Body Armor America

Can doctor’s ask now if you own a gun?

Beaumont police officers are investigating an apparent accidental shooting Monday morning at the Christus Outpatient Pavilion located in the 700 block of 11th Street.

A witness told KCEN’s sister station 12News that a woman was in the waiting room of a medical office.  When she reached into her purse to pull out some paperwork, a gun fell out of her purse causing it to discharge. The round went through a wall and hit another patient in the hip.

The only way to stop a bad banana with a gun…

Two men were transported to the hospital after a shooting at Griner’s Supermarket in Hazel Green.

The owner of Griner’s Supermarket said a shopper’s gun fell to the floor and discharged. When it went off, the shopper and another man were hit.

American Exceptionalism, folks… stay safe, wear your vest, and duck and cover out there.

Historical stupidity

“Look, we saw in Britain, Neville Chamberlain, who told the British people, ‘Accept the Nazis. Yes, they’ll dominate the continent of Europe, but that’s not our problem. Let’s appease them. Why? Because it can’t be done. We can’t possibly stand against them.’”

This is a quote from Ted Cruz. I saw it today in an article about extremism in the Republican party, but I couldn’t get past this quote, which has become one of my major pet peeves: the complete ignorant or purposeful bullshitting of history.

So no… just no, Mr. Cruz.

England and France did not say, “We can’t stand up to Nazi Germany because they’re too tough so let’s give them all of Europe and surrender” in 1938.

What was on the mind of Neville Chamberlain in 1938 to give him pause on the march to war was the war that had ended 20 years earlier. A war in which Great Britain had lost in total 800,000-1,000,000 people, plus another 1.6 million people who were wounded, some of whom would bear the horrific effects of artillery shells, poison gas, or psychological trauma for the rest of their lives. That calculates out to approximately 2% of the British were killed, and about 3.5% of their population being wounded.

France bore more deaths, about 4% of their population, with another 4 million wounded on top of that.

To extrapolate that, let’s split the difference and imagine a war in which the modern United States, though ultimately victorious, suffered the deaths of 3% of its population or 10,500,000 people.

That’s a city the size of Los Angeles just vanishing off the face of the Earth. Add in another 15-20 million wounded for a war that wasn’t really about national survival or to stop world domination. World War I was an unnecessary war that didn’t have to happen and didn’t have to continue as long as it did.

Imagine the toll that kind of loss would take on the American psyche. Now it’s 20 years later and the people you fought are talking about expanding and reclaiming a small bit of land in a neighboring country and if the neighboring country doesn’t give it up, there will be war.

Without the advantage of hindsight, would we be so ready to go to war and possibly lose another 30 million people?

So let’s discard the whole, “France and Britain were scared and willing to give up anything to the Germans” canard. When Germany continued its aggression, they were the ones that stood up first to fight and both suffered again for it.

And while we’re at it, let’s retire this particular butchering of history when we talk of modern day ‘threats’ to our security.

In the course of the war, Adolph Hitler would employ 20,000,000 soldiers, a cursory count of tanks puts it at around 19,000 total in pre-war and wartime (give or take), and 117,000 aircraft, plus artillery, plus a navy, plus anti-tank weapons. Along with the industrial capacity to manufacture and roll out new equipment to a certain degree and a civilian populace who supported the war effort. (Historians feel free to correct me if any of those numbers are too off.)

Now, do any of our current foes or would-be foes match that capacity? No? Then stop comparing them to Hitler.

At worst, our current geopolitical foes are minor annoyances.

Peddling fear to children…

From the Friendly Atheist:

How do you teach children about Hell?

If you’re evangelist C. Matthew McMahon, you just scare the shit out of them by introducing the concept of eternal damnation at the age of 5 with your new children’s book:

Remember, kids, God loves you, but he is going to torture you forever because an allegorical man and woman ate a piece of fruit He said not to. Now sleep well and try not to think about how you can die at any moment and end up on fire forever.

I think anyone who buys their kids that book should be automatically listed on a CPS watch list.

Speaking of the persecution myth…

Here is Mike Huckabee in full blown fear-mongering carnival barker mode:

“If the courts rule that people have a civil right not only to be a homosexual but a civil right to have a homosexual marriage, then a homosexual couple coming to a pastor who believes in biblical marriage who says ‘I can’t perform that wedding’ will now be breaking the law,”

As of today, the number of churches that have been forced to perform a gay wedding in the states that have legalized same sex marriage is: 0.

That is all.

Middle East madness


On the question of whether to support Israel’s interests even when they diverge from America’s, independents are closely divided, 48 percent to 44 percent, a bare plurality in favor of supporting Israel because of its importance as an ally and the only democracy in the region. Republicans say yes by 67 percent to 30 percent, while 64 percent of Democrats say the U.S. must pursue its own interests over Israel’s.

I’m guessing there are two contributing factors to the Republicans’ sudden lack of patriotism: they really, REALLY hate the President and would be happy to stand with anyone (even foreign leaders) who oppose him even if it wasn’t in the country’s best interests, and there are a hell of lot of Evangelicals engaging in the bad theology that God is going to curse the United States if we don’t unilaterally back everything their government does.

I can also imagine the literal outrage storm that would have happened had a similar poll came out in 2002 saying that 2/3rds of the Democratic party supported the interests of Iraq above those of the United States.

Level 20 Demon Slayer with a Shield of Anti-gayness +5

Coming from a culture of evangelical Christians, one of the things we sometimes love to do is pretend that we are warriors against evil under siege, outmanned, and outgunned, while in reality we live in one of history’s most tolerant cultures for Christianity that has perhaps ever existed.

And, in reality, we don’t fight evil so much as we loudly complain about the morals of ‘the kids these days” and how it’s taking our country to ‘hell in a handbasket’, and then we count it persecution when some people laugh and mock us for this Bible LARP’ing.

(If we really fought injustice, stood with the oppressed, loved the prisoners and the outcasts, and fought against the privileged and powerful, no doubt we would actually see some pushback and persecution, but that type of fight isn’t for us.)

Which is why you can have pastors and other actors speaking publicly against gay marriage, fighting to keep it illegal and keep gay folks from building their own families and bonds comparing themselves to a man who participated in a plot to kill (arguably) the most evil man of the 20th century.

Bonhoeffer assisted in an attempt to assassinate Hitler (the subject of a recent film starring Tom Cruise), primarily because the infamous Führer was actively coopting Christian churches in Germany for his own needs, seizing whole sections of Europe using one of the most powerful militaries ever assembled, and waging one of the bloodiest wars in human history with the goal of establishing a new world order based on the supposed genetic supremacy of white Germans. This in addition to Hitler’s overseeing of the Holocaust, the systematic murder of millions of Jews, Romani people, Poles, communists, and yes, LGBT people as a part of his “Final Solution.” This genocide was enacted by requiring Jews and others to wear symbols acknowledging their “non-Aryan” status, siloing them into ghettos, shipping them off to concentration camps, forcing them into gas chambers, and performing perverse, horrific medical experiments on Jewish men, women, and even children.

By contrast, today’s conservative Christians such as Scarborough are invoking Bonhoeffer because LGBT people are being granted the right to marry in the United States.

Regardless of one’s politics or theology, these two situations are not in any way equivalent, and the comparison is offensive on the face of it.

No, they aren’t equivilent, but that’s not the point. The point is to dress up in shining righteous armor in front of the crowds and pretend to be fighting the good fight, all the while children continue to go to bed hungry in this country, injustice flourishes, and the oppressed continue to be downtrodden.

As I said, it’s not Christianity so much as it’s LARP’ing. And, frankly, it should be mocked.


… In Florida, (which is slowly sinking into the ocean, mind you)

“If you consider CO2 to be a pollutant, than everybody zip up their mouths and don’t exhale for the rest of the meeting because you are polluting the air,” he said. “CO2 in my opinion is not a pollutant,” Wood said. “God gave us C02 to grow plants, for us to exhale, everything else.”

Meanwhile, in California:

As difficult as it may be to face, the simple fact is that California is running out of water — and the problem started before our current drought. NASA data reveal that total water storage in California has been in steady decline since at least 2002, when satellite-based monitoring began, although groundwater depletion has been going on since the early 20th century.

Right now the state has only about one year of water supply left in its reservoirs, and our strategic backup supply, groundwater, is rapidly disappearing.

give up

The GOP defends measles because FREE-DUMB!!!!

Jesus Christ… save us from the stupid, please.

Apparently the GOP is now in favor of letting parents potentially inflict deadly disease upon their kids and upon other innocent people, because… fuck it all… freedom, of course!

See, you’re free to vaccinate your kids, but other parents should be free to not vaccinate their children and spread measles, mumps, whooping cough, and why the fuck not, polio too! Won’t that be fun to watch your kids get paralyzed in the name of your neighbor’s freedom to be an ignorant buffoon.

I suppose once you have completely rejected the idea of the common good because it might require something of you, then it’s only inevitable when you throw in your lot with selfish assholes who are willing to let their kids get seriously ill and turn into little biological weapons spreading life threatening diseases to others.

If I thought these sociopaths had the capacity for empathy or emotion, I’d wish them to be put on a flight and taken to a place where people are begging for vaccines to save their kids from these diseases that ravage communities in the third world.

God damn it. These people are going to kill people in the name of playing politics and internet stupidity.

A moment where I join the circular firing squad…

You know, guys, if you Democrats actually did shit like this when you guys controlled Congress instead of waiting until the GOP took power, you might still control Congress.

The centerpiece of the proposal, set to be unveiled Monday by Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), is a “paycheck bonus credit” that would shave $2,000 a year off the tax bills of couples earning less than $200,000. Other provisions would nearly triple the tax credit for child care and reward people who save at least $500 a year.

The windfall — about $1.2 trillion over a decade — would come directly from the pockets of Wall Street “high rollers” through a new fee on financial transactions, and from the top 1 percent of earners, who would lose billions of dollars in lucrative tax breaks.

I think a lot of people would get on board with that kind of economic populism.

Just saying…

Home of the brave indeed…

So make an anonymous threat and invoke the words 9/11, and everyone loses their collective shit and utterly capitulates to your demands.

Sony Pictures Entertainment’s extraordinary decision to scrap the Christmas release of “The Interview” came amid mounting pressure from powerful theater owners and other studios concerned that the film’s release could keep moviegoers away from multiplexes during the holidays, one of the most lucrative periods for Hollywood.

The action came as U.S. intelligence officials confirmed widespread speculation that the North Korean government was behind the devastating cyberattack, which has hobbled Sony Pictures and spread fear throughout the entertainment industry. “The Interview” depicts the fictional assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Federal investigators began briefing some legislators that the rogue state gave the order to raid Sony’s computer system, leading to a massive leak of sensitive data, including emails, financial documents and even the salaries of Sony’s top executives.

The U.S. government takes “very seriously any attempt to threaten or limit artists’ freedom of speech or of expression,” and it’s “considering a range of options in weighing a potential response” to the cyberattack, a National Security Council spokeswoman said in a Wednesday night statement.

The fast-moving events that led to Sony yanking the film across the country came after the nation’s top theater chains decided to cancel screenings following threats of violence against theater-goers by Guardians of Peace, the hacking group that has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Even now, 13 years later, after empowering torturers, after bombing the hell out of a country that had nothing to do with 9/11, after letting the government read our emails, we still have no idea how to respond to terrorist threats.

I really do shudder to think of what America will look like if there’s another terrorist attack on our nation.