Hector Avalos and the Holocaust in the Bible and today: Israel, Inquisition, Luther, Hiter and what the Bible Says

Hector Avalos (Iowa State University)

Dr. Hector Avalos (Iowa State University) has issued a call for Biblical scholarship to forsake the main apologetic strategy of the last two thousand years of Jewish and Christian biblical interpretation and stop justifying the genocidal episodes found within scripture. While I have been arguing this for years, it is time that I restate my arguments in previously published books (Battered and Bruised: All the Women of the Old Testament and Moses: the Making of Myth and Law among others).  Both the Old Testament, and the New Testament (especially Revelation) are little more than the glorification of violence from the fratricide in Genesis to the Final Battle in the Apocalypse, with the battering of the Jesus in the New Testament taken from the torture stories in the ancient world.  The Bible is nothing more and nothing less than a story of genocide and hate, from its first tale of Eve debating the Great Advocate (the snake who not only was a teacher but the symbol of wisdom but the actual owner of the Tree of Knowledge, coming from the Egyptian Nehebkau (“he who harnesses the souls”) a the two-headed serpent deity who guarded the entrance to the underworld, was associated with fertility and rebirth and  became an emblem used in gnosticism to exemplify Sophia, and worshipped throughout the Middle East from Akkadia to Babylon and beyond; John Bathurst Deane, John Bathurst (1833).  The Worship of the Serpent, London, UK: J. G. & F. Rivington) to the final whimper of the forces of Gog and Magog.  Tragically, these tales are much more than figurative, rhetorical, or formulaic discussions or tales, but are recounts of hate and violence.

Hatred is a family value.  Hatred is consciously taught by religions, governments, and families. Parents consciously and consistently chortles hatred and how to kill, maim, and enslave those who did not bow before their gods and murder to their children who, in turn teach their children in the same fashion–and their children learned the same blood-stained lesson that they would teach their children from the beginning of time to the present. 

Mortals created gods and priestly classes. Priests and religious teachers penned, chiseled, and later put upon websites continuing the hate that led mankind into acting out the greatest atrocities in the name(s) of their mythological gods (cf. the websites of Billy Graham, American Family Association, America’s Ku Klux Klan, National Organization for Marriage, and other certified hate groups).

Gods were from  the earliest records through today’s publications remain mired in execrable evil: mutant monsters demanding blood sacrifices, devouring doves and consuming cattle and children in battle and incinerated in great sacrificial fires and gas.  This has been the fate of the defenseless from the days of the ancient past to the emergence of the novel fantasy of Judaism that continued from the dark days of the early community of christianos and chrestianos to the exploitation, extortion and invention of  a later Catholic [universal] Church created by Constantine I in 325 CE, after stopping persecution of the various sects who claimed to follow the Jesus of the New Testament in 323 CE.  Eusebius notes that Constantine convoked the  “σύνοδον οἰκουμενικὴν συνεκρότει” (he [the emperor] convoked an Ecumenical [actually "worldwide" but it only meant the Roman Empire excluding Britain] Counci, in Vita Constantini III.vi; it accomplished very little but led to pitched battles over the words  οὐσία (ousia) “essence”, the feminine past participle of εἶναι (to be) as in being as being of one distinct substance and ὁμοούσιος (homoousia) or being of the same substance, thereby enabling those at the Council to introduce the Egyptian concept of the Trinity that has no biblical foundation and was a part of Gnostic theology and is not found before Gnosticism in the second century CE; ref. Ignacio Ortiz de Urbina, “L’ homoousios preniceno,” Orientalia Christiana Periodica 8 (1942): 194-209; Ignacio Ortiz de Urbina, El Simbolo Niceno (Madrid: Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas, 1947), 183-202. Luis M. Mendizabal, “El Homoousios Preniceno Extraeclesiastico,” Esthdios Eclesiasticos 30 (1956): 147-96; Peter Gerlitz, Aufierchristliche Einflilsse auf die Entwicklung des christlichen. Trinitatsdogmas, zugleich ein religions- und dogmengeschichtlicher Versuch zur Erklarung der Herkunft der Homousie (Leiden: Brill, 1963), 193-221. Ephrem Boularand, L’heresie d’Arius et la “foi” de Nicke, vol. 2, “La “foi” de Nicee” (Paris:Letouzey & Ane, 1972), 331-53).  Like unscrupulous despots before him, Constantine pushed and oversaw the rewriting of Jewish, Christian and  other world religions writings when he determined to dramatize his reign with the publication of fifty Bibles for the Eastern Church in 331 CE, under the oversight of the Arian Bishop Eusebius of Caesarea (Vita Constantini, IV,36-37), as there were numerous texts that were not accepted as canon and unquestionable.  Those that were not readily accepted included Letter to the Hebrews, James, II Peter, II and III John, and Revelation (Brakke, David. “Canon Formation and Social Conflict in Fourth Century Egypt: Athanasius of Alexandria’s Thirty Ninth Festal Letter,” in Harvard Theological Review 87 (1994) pp. 395–419). 

This same fetid, malodorous and mephitic, Bible (from Koine Greek τὰ βιβλία ta biblia “the books”) was later incorporated into the tainted, toxic tales of Muhammad and released as a Qur’an.  Both the Bible and the Qur’an were read by medieval monks and scholars, both became the basis for laws so vile with vitriolic verses, that they were the substance for abusive laws and collective mental illnesses: damning people to Trial by Ordeal and primitive forms of truth extraction.  Their messages of hate were pushed through the legislatures of medieval Germany, Spain, the splintered nations of Italy from then to the government of the Third Reich in the twentieth century and later in the barbaric Fourth Reich (Israel) and fledgling states determined to root out evil: Uganda and Nigeria in Africa, and Tea Party controlled legislatures in the USA.  The severity of this problem became clear to many when Israel stole land from its neighbors, without warrant settled Israeli people on the lands taken by force, and passed laws against the people of Palestine, limiting movement, denying care-givers entrance, and subjecting the land and people to bombs and bullets.  It remained the primary purpose of Israeli existence until collective insanity crystallized in the legislative bodies of hate-filled lawmakers in Uganda led by Speaker of the Ninth Parliament Rebecca

Rebecca Kadaga Spearker of Uganda Parliament determined to kill all LBGT people in Uganda before Christmas 2012 in her quest to be the next president

Kadaga (read here and here and here and here) who does not her ambition to be President of the nation and to launch her own Holocaust against her own countrymen regardless of the number of lives lost.  This was common knowledge, as a “supportive gay Ugandan” wrote:

You are too smart not to be aware that Buganda’s Kabaka Mwanga was homosexualwithout any urging from colonialists. Uganda’s own president, the leader [Yoweri Kaguta Museveni] of your National

Yoweri Kaguta Museveni speaking on homosexuality

Resistance Movement party agrees, and has admitted it publicly, that homosexuality has always been part of the African and Ugandan fabric. In fact, if you re-read your anthropology, you will find that homosexuality was tolerated before the white man came to Africa with his Bible – that foremost foreign import that our detractors love to subjectively, but liberally, quote from. I gather that you have no children of your own[my emphasis] but it can’t be lost on you that all gay men and women in Uganda (500,000 and counting according to unofficial estimates) must have been begotten through heterosexual unions.

Hang on to your political ambitions. I would, however, presume to remind you that, as Speaker, you represent the entire country, including minorities – not just disgraced politicians, bigoted Parliamentarians or convicted religious prelates.

Madam Speaker:

Madam Speaker, allow me to take you back to Shakespeare and caution you against “vaulting ambition, which o’erleaps itself, and falls on the other side.” Given what you must surely know befell Macbeth and his over-ambitious wife, a little more circumspection, forethought, moderation before you speak might not come amiss.

Damocles was not aware of the danger as he enjoyed himself

Remember, too, the fable of Icarus who flew too close to the sun. Or that of Dionysius, the tyrant of Syracuse and his courtier named Damocles. You might be on a roll now, but there are all sorts of threats behind the glory you are seeking. A week is a very long time in politics but there are three more years to go to Uganda’s next presidential election – literally a lifetime.

Madam Speaker:

Whether this bill is passed or not, you still have my support in your obvious quest to become the next president of Uganda – that is if I am not jailed and/or killed before 2016 by the legislation that you are so busy tying your colors to in which case my support will be moot.

From a gay Ugandan, living in Uganda, that you seek to criminalize purely on account of who he is, but who nonetheless supports your presidential ambitions because he is totally fed up to the back teeth of this uncaring, bungling, corruption-ridden, thieving, tired, rusted, putrid dish of a government), and Nigeria, pressured by Scott Lively and other ministerial miscreants from the USA–and other political entities from the USA intent on controlling the minds and actions of their people and generations to come.

As Jews were taught to hate Muslims and Muslims were lectured to hate Jews and Christians in the name of jihad, the novel notion of crusades launched long before the pathetic Pope Urban II’s Holocaust that consumed the lives of Greek Orthodox, Jews, Arabs and even Western Roman Catholics and little children attempted to erase both groups of people, giving antecedents as instructions for such troglodytes, who creep into the dark holes of terroristic fantasies and dream of world domination as the Inquisitors, passionately and perfectly portrayed in Dostoevsky’s Brothers Karamazov, of the medieval church and their offspring spreading hate: Martin Luther, John Calvin, John Knox who authored one of the most antisemitic tracts, Mary and Elizabeth Tudor, the Pilgrims, Puritans, Mormons and certified hate groups from the American Family Association to Focus on the Family, and individual miscreants from Billy and Franklin Graham to Keith Ratliff of West Des Moines, Iowa, Timothy Dolan of New York City, Juan Luis Cipriani Thorne of Lima, Benedict XVI of the Vatican, American Council of Roman Catholic Bishops, rabbis of the Ultra Orthodox movement, and Moscow Patriarch Kirill, we have all been  taught to hate each other.

Those who do not confession Islam as being “subject” to the mythical god Allah are taught not only antisemitism, but also are encouraged to kill those who are not Muslims, especially as seen today in Muslims attacks and resulting genocide in Burma by it repressive military leaders who, although most are Muslim, dehumanize the population.  This Burma dehumanization program is identical to the dehumanization of Americans by Bryan Fischer, Maggie Gallagher, Ann Coulter, Michelle Bachmann and other USA theocrats– and by “Christians” throughout Australia, Germany and the UK.  It occurs in the same way the all Hindu castes teach their children to hate other castes that have led to the slaughter of complete communities and the obscenity of “honor slayings” (watch and read here, and here) when troops rape children, with mothers slaying daughters for contracting denied marriages and sons and fathers slay sisters/daughters for actions the males thought sullied their honor in Canada.

The rape of children and women and slaughter of children in front of their parents is hailed by the gods of the Old Testament who finds comfort and joy in the carnage: “Anyone who is captured will be run through with a sword.  Their little children will be dashed to death right before their eyes.  Their homes will be sacked and their wives raped by the attacking hordes.  For I will stir up the Medes against Babylon, and no amount of silver or gold will buy them off.  The attacking armies will shoot down the young people with arrows.  They will have no mercy on helpless babies and will show no compassion for the children  (Isaiah 13:15-18 NLT)

While the Third Reich ruling Germany has been universally damned for killing more than eight million Jews (as well as nearly 1 million homosexuals, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Romanian gypsies, White Russians, Poles, etc), the idea of Holocaust (originally a Greek word, ὁλόκαυστος, that translates “burn wholly”; in Hebrew it is השואה and translates as “catastrophe”—only in Yiddish, חורבן, does it mean “destruction”) is not new. Hitler received much of his instruction for the extermination from the German pastor and hate monger Martin Luther.

Luther had been taught to hate: first non-Christians and Christians who misused the Bible and did not follow precise teachings, as with “Animam purgatam evolare, est eam visione dei potiri, quod nulla potest intercapedine impediri. Quisquis ergo dicit, non citius posse animam volare, quam in fundo cistae denarius possit tinnire, errat. In: D. Martini Lutheri, Opera Latina: Varii Argumenti, 1865, Henricus Schmidt, ed., Heyder and Zimmer, Frankfurt am Main & Erlangen, vol. 1, p. 300”, then Jews (Von den Juden und Ihren Lügen (On the Jews and Their Lies) and argued that Christians must exterminate Jews because “Jews live in filfth” requiring Germans to “kill in secret or in light” calling for Jewish synagogues and schools to be burned to the ground, and the remnants buried out of sight; houses owned by Jews to be likewise razed, and the owners made to live in agricultural outbuildings; their religious writings to be taken away; for rabbis to be forbidden to preach, and to be executed if they do; safe-conduct on the roads to be abolished for Jews; usury to be prohibited, and for all silver and gold to be removed and “put aside for safekeeping”; and the Jewish population to be put to work as agricultural slave labor (Wallmann, Johannes. “The Reception of Luther’s Writings on the Jews from the Reformation to the End of the 19th Century”, Lutheran Quarterly, n.s. 1, Spring 1987, 1:72-97; Wallmann, Johannes. “The Reception of Luther’s Writings on the Jews from the Reformation to the End of the 19th Century”, Lutheran Quarterly, n.s. 1, Spring 1987, 1:72-97; J.G. Walch, Dr. Martin Luthers Sämmtliche Schriften, 23 vols. (St. Louis: Concordia, 1883), 12:1264-1267), and Michael, Robert. “Luther, Luther Scholars, and the Jews,” Encounter 46 (Autumn 1985) No. 4:343-344) then he defined the Jews as being the equivalent of the Devil in Vom Schem Hamphoras und vom Geschlecht Christi (Of the Unknowable Name and the Generations of Christ), by the Roman Catholic Church created by the Eastern Emperor Constantine I who led the attack on dissenters when he called his Council of Nicaea in 325 BCE, formed his “catholic [universal] church”, and burned all books and other records on religious speculation that he did not approve of.

This was common in all societies, climes, and times and was especially cruel among the early “Jews”—a group of mercenaries working for Akkadian warriors and known as Apiru/Abiru who came out of Iraq’s Fertile Crescent that became the source for the mythological Garden of Eden that was eagerly transmogrified into a home for the gods in all Middle Eastern religions, being the most likely the beginning of the famous Gardens of Babylon.  The ancient Hebrew people were certainly among the most barbaric people, and like genocidal forces everywhere, used religion to excuse and even justify their Hebrew Holocaust of ancient people as paid mercenaries serving Akkadian kings and tribal leaders in Egypt and elsewhere. 

The greatest evil of religion has been in the enjoinment and the use of Holocaust (the erasure of a civilization) that began thousands of years ago but today is most graphically seen in the butchery of babies and murder of

Civilian deaths climb as Israel bombs Gaza

children in the Holocaust launched by the State of Israel against the Palestinians held captive by the Israelis in the Middle East (read here and watch and read here).  Jewish and Christian theologians, rabbis/teachers and spiritual leaders look past the most obvious examples of Holocaust, especially in the Torah and Prophets (Old Testament). In each case a god (or more exactly, a group of gods—elohim, אֱלֹהִ֔ים, is the plural; cf. Karas, Sara, in Encyclopedia of Judaism, p. 179) is called on to authorize, equip and justify carnage and Holocaust), as we find in Isaiah 21:9:”And, behold, here cometh a chariot of men, with a couple of horsemen. And he answered and said, Babylon is fallen, is fallen; and all the graven images of her gods he hath broken unto the ground”

Bible verses on USA tanks

—the very same verse used in the Gulf War by an F-16 fighter-bomber as inscribed on its bombs, ordered by the most despicable and desperately depraved USA Air Force and US Marine Corps to use against “enemies” (read here and here) violating the Constitution of the USA.  The grotesquely used

Bible verses on weapons of war

Bible verses appear on rifles, scopes, handguns, and every other form of weaponry–including bombs and grenades.  Jesus is taught at the US Air Force Academy to be a martial, militant warrior who will kill all disbelievers and that those who will be save during the Apocalyptic Rapture will be those who are armed with high-power rifles to kill non-believers as Jesus rides out of heaven carrying a sword to separate brother from sister, parents from children,

BIble verses to kill by

and lead the carnage that will bring about the End Times (Matthew 10:34)–a nightmare as old as ancient Egypt and one that the crazed author John of Patmos plagiarized from liberally.

Each of the multitudes of gods that pepper the Torah and tares at the Abiru/ Apiru record of cruelty and barbarity was at best a maniac demon demanding human sacrifice and slaughter; Numbers 25:3-4:  “And Israel joined himself unto Baalpeor: and the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel. And the LORD said unto Moses, ‘Take all the heads of the people and hang them up before the LORD against the sun, that the fierce anger of the LORD may be turned away from Israel.

Vecernje Novosti, KLA cut off people’s heads as trophies (November 2, 2003)

There has never been anything new in the taking of heads, or scalps as with the Christians in the colonial new world of North America, Central America, and South America, supported by their clergy with feasting, celebrations, and prayers of thanksgiving.  This is even found today among the military: from the KLA (Kosovo Liberation Army an Albanian insurgent organization) to Abu Gharib prison in Iraq, among Jews and jihadist ( جهاد‎ translates as “struggle” but originally meant to “strive in the way of God to be good and pure, and had no military or war-like claim, an interpretation ignored by most Muslims and non-Muslims as interpretation is now a dead art as much as translation is becoming less precise as street language takes over) Muslims in Aghanistan and around the world.

In every case the gods of the Torah and Prophets used the most vile, vicious, vitriol-filled fends that are nearly unimaginable, vomited from the mentally insane Moses to the fanatical Gideon and blood-thirsty Prophets. In the Book of Numbers, the Great Egyptian Satan known as Moses leads in the insanity of murder and holocaust: “And the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up, and their houses, and all the men that appertained unto Korah, and all their goods. They, and all that appertained to them, went down alive into the pit, and the earth closed upon them: and they perished from among the congregation. And all Israel that were round about them fled at the cry of them: for they said, Lest the earth swallow us up also. And there came out a fire from the LORD, and consumed the two hundred and fifty men that offered incense,” with the monstrous god s showing no compassion even for infants and the unborn.

The Mephistophelean mentality of Moses was dagga induced and yet surpassed in cruelty by the dragooned military leader David (the word דָּוִד, דָּוִיד   means beloved, but stemmed from the term for  house “ביתדוד” (House of David) indicating an established rule rather than a building) who slew indiscriminately and rejoiced in the death cries of newborns, nursing mothers and babies. “And he brought out the people that [sic: who] were in it, and cut them with saws, and with harrows of iron, and with axes…” (1 Chronicles 20:3); in chapters 17-19 the chronicler tartly tells us that David killed 22,000 Syrians and that Abishai killed 18,000 Edomites. No one expresses shame at such slaughters. In 20:3, the darling of the demonic Jewish empire recounts how David, counted as a great leader of the Israelites, slaughtered captives after the cessation of hostilities, and his people rejoiced in the flow of human blood.

Worse than the mass murderer David, Gideon gave true meaning to mercilessness and vengeance.  In Judges 8:7, we read: “And Gideon said, Therefore when the Lord hath delivered Zebah and Zalmunna into mine hand, then I will tear your flesh with the thorns of the wilderness and with briers”  Three verses later the carnage is more articulately detailed: “Now Zebah and Zalmunna were Karkor, and their hosts with them, about fifteen thousand men, all that were left of all the hosts of the children of the east: for there fell an [sic: a] hundred and twenty thousand men that drew sword.”  This is the Gideon Society’s hero as it places Bibles into motels and hotels across America, with blood stained passages making up more than one-half of all the Old Testament themes and tales. It is surprising that the Gideon Society does not dedicate their cheap bibles to the holocausts cried out for by Martin Luther, or enacted by Gideon’s equal: Adolf Hitler whom Joseph Ratzinger followed as a NAZI youth. This would be appropriate as Gideon compares favorably with Gideon’s slaughter of thousands in battle by plotting with the “Lord” to use treachery, deceit, lies, and extortion, as Gideon was arrogant, selfish, egotistical, vain, and as ambitious as if he were Charles or Edward Koch in contemporary America. 

Akkadian empire map (source: http://research.yale.edu/leilan/akkadian)

Throughout the blood-soaked pages of the Book of Judges, we read that Gideon murdered thousands more for worshipping “false Gods”—meaning gods that were not the tribal totem of the emerging Hebrews from their warrior days as mercenaries for the Akkadians, to torturing and killing still more for daring to taunt him as the Brown Shirts (actually Sturmabteilung (SA) meaning “Storm Detachment” or “Assault Division”, “Brown Shirt” was merely a defining characteristic of what the early NAZI elite wore) in the NAZI empire are recorded as having done in their move to make Hitler equal to any YHWH, while like the SS (Schutzstaffel that translates as “Protection Squadron” that stood for maintaining what they considered the true “German Way”,  similar to the Tea Party in the USA that declared themselves to be the protectors of the “American Way) or the NAZI front, Gideon plundered the bodies of his victims (to fashion a jeweled priestly vestment) as would the NAZIs.  Gideon lived long enough to father a son who killed 69 of his stepbrothers (Joshua 7:19-26  cp. Mark 13:12).

The tale of Gideon describes just one of the many horror stories in the Bible, a book that glorifies behavior abysmal to modern society. The clergy and leaders have hoodwinked millions of people about the stories in the Bible as they are too eager to create a fantasy than take a solid look at the sordid reality that the Bible portrays, as there is not a single story that is not soaked in the fat of victims on its altars (not just rams or doves, but included young boys as with the tale of Abraham’s sacrifice of his son (in Islam it is Ishmael, in Jewish lore it is Isaac).  That it was understood to be the right of a father to kill a son is found in Genesis 42:37 and John 5:19-30.  The altar itself (in Hebrew the word is “slaughter place” and is a verb) was guarded by four protruding horns (symbol of the god bull Yeh), that required blood and fat. “For the life of a creature is in the blood, and I have given it to you to make atonement for yourselves on the altar; it is the blood that makes atonement for one’s life” (Leviticus 17:11).  “The law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness” (Hebrews 9:22). Blood was always spilled on the horns and later New Testament authors would argue that Jesus was the “horns” of the new faith and his blood would be the sacrifice on the horns (Psalm 18:2, Luke 1:69) a continuation of the carnage of the past.

Rebellion of Korah

Crueler than just killing children, a common theme in the Old Testament, is the repetitive passages where the god(s) of the ancient Hebrews buried people alive out of spite, hatred, and vengeance. “And the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up, and their houses, and all the men that appertained unto Korah, and all their goods. They, and all that appertained to them, went down alive into the pit, and the earth closed upon them: and they perished from among the

Giant sinkhole in Guatemala City (2012)

congregation. And all Israel that were round about them fled at the cry of them: for they said, Lest the earth swallow us up also. And there came out a fire from the LORD, and consumed the two hundred and fifty men that offered incense.”  (Numbers 16:32-35).  Science would reject any such “divine intervention (or anger) as there are giant sinkholes everywhere on the planet that can open and close at any time.

Giant sinkholes under the ground on the water planet (Earth)

Moses relays a sadistic threat that asks us to believe that God punishes members of families, including innocent infants. It is the Old and New Testament god(s) that demand death and kill without reason, frequently using Satanic fire to burn his/their creation(s). 

The most absurd reasons for the early Jewish Holocaust included people who do not listen to priests: “Anyone arrogant enough to reject the verdict of the judge or of the priest who represents the LORD your God must be put to death.  Such evil must be purged from Israel”  (Deuteronomy 17:12 NLT); allowing a witch or sorcerer or sorceress to live: “You should not let a sorceress live” (Exodus 22:17 NAB); tolerating a fortune-teller: “A man or a woman who acts as a medium or fortune-teller shall be put to death by stoning; they have no one but themselves to blame for their death  (Leviticus 20:27 NAB); hitting a parent: “Whoever strikes his father or mother shall be put to death (Exodus 21:15 NAB), or cursing a parent: “If one curses his father or mother, his lamp will go out at the coming of darkness  (Proverbs 20:20 NAB) and: “All who curse their father or mother must be put to death.  They are guilty of a capital offense (Leviticus 20:9 NLT); committing adultery: “If a man commits adultery with another man’s wife, both the man and the woman must be put to death (Leviticus 20:10 NLT) that is separate from having sex before marriage (fornication): “A priest’s daughter who loses her honor by committing fornication and thereby dishonors her father also, shall be burned to death  (Leviticus 21:9 NAB), or a woman is found not to be a virgin (no hymen) on her wedding night: “But if this charge is true, and evidence[a blood stained sheet or the torn tissue of the hymen] of the girls virginity is not found, they shall bring the girl to the entrance of her father’s house and there her townsman shall stone her to death, because she committed a crime against Israel by her unchasteness in her father’s house.  Thus shall you purge the evil from your midst (Deuteronomy  22:20-21 NAB).

The most grievous sins that merit the death penalty include not being Jewish: “Whoever sacrifices to any god, except the Lord alone, shall be doomed”  (Exodus 22:19 NAB) or reject the worship of the Jewish god(s): “They entered into a covenant to seek the Lord, the God of their fathers, with all their heart and soul; and everyone who would not seek the Lord, the God of Israel, was to be put to death, whether small or great, whether man or woman.  (2 Chronicles 15:12-13 NAB) that is proclaimed repeatedly, for example: “If your own full brother, or your son or daughter, or your beloved wife, or you intimate friend, entices you secretly to serve other gods, whom you and your fathers have not known, gods of any other nations, near at hand or far away, from one end of the earth to the other: do not yield to him or listen to him, nor look with pity upon him, to spare or shield him, but kill him.  Your hand shall be the first raised to slay him; the rest of the people shall join in with you.  You shall stone him to death, because he sought to lead you astray from the Lord, your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, that place of slavery.  And all Israel, hearing of this, shall fear and never do such evil as this in your midst  (Deuteronomy 13:7-12 NAB), and Suppose a man or woman among you, in one of your towns that the LORD your God is giving you, has done evil in the sight of the LORD your God and has violated the covenant by serving other gods or by worshiping the sun, the moon, or any of the forces of heaven, which I have strictly forbidden.  When you hear about it, investigate the matter thoroughly. If it is true that this detestable thing has been done in Israel, then that man or woman must be taken to the gates of the town and stoned to death.  (Deuteronomy 17:2-5 NLT), with the proclamation that the entire town must be destroyed if only one person does not follow YHWH: “Suppose you hear in one of the towns the LORD your God is giving you that some worthless rabble among you have led their fellow citizens astray by encouraging them to worship foreign gods.  In such cases, you must examine the facts carefully.  If you find it is true and can prove that such a detestable act has occurred among you, you must attack that town and completely destroy all its inhabitants, as well as all the livestock.  Then you must pile all the plunder in the middle of the street and burn it.  Put the entire town to the torch as a burnt offering to the LORD your God.  That town must remain a ruin forever; it may never be rebuilt.  Keep none of the plunder that has been set apart for destruction.  Then the LORD will turn from his fierce anger and be merciful to you.  He will have compassion on you and make you a great nation, just as he solemnly promised your ancestors.  “The LORD your God will be merciful only if you obey him and keep all the commands I am giving you today, doing what is pleasing to him  (Deuteronomy 13:13-19 NLT).  What is most displeasing to the original Yah god who transmogrified into YHWH is anyone working in any manner to any degree for any reason on the Sabbath (Saturday), as even cows needed a day of rest unless they were milk cows:

Yah (the bull) the two suitor gods and Asherah (r) goddess of Canaan

The LORD then gave these further instructions to Moses: ‘Tell the people of Israel to keep my Sabbath day, for the Sabbath is a sign of the covenant between me and you forever.  It helps you to remember that I am the LORD, who makes you holy.  Yes, keep the Sabbath day, for it is holy.  Anyone who desecrates it must die; anyone who works on that day will be cut off from the community.  Work six days only, but the seventh day must be a day of total rest.  I repeat: Because the LORD considers it a holy day, anyone who works on the Sabbath must be put to death (Exodus 31:12-15 NLT).

God was against children who teased, bullied, or taunted, and against the curious: “From there Elisha went up to Bethel.  While he was on his way, some small boys came out of the city and jeered at him.  “Go up baldhead,” they shouted, “go up baldhead!”  The prophet turned and saw them, and he cursed them in the name of the Lord.  Then two she-bears came out of the woods and tore forty-two of the children to pieces. (2 Kings 2:23-24 NAB). 

Elisha raised a dead boy by laying on top of the boy…

“However, Elisha did save one boy–in a most unusual manner even for ancient Israel: “And he went up, and lay upon the child, and put his mouth upon his mouth, and his eyes upon his eyes, and his hands upon his hands: and he stretched himself upon the child; and the flesh of the child waxed warm.” (2 Kings 4:34 KJV: וַיַּעַל וַיִּשְׁכַּב עַל־הַיֶּלֶד וַיָּשֶׂם פִּיו עַל־פִּיו וְעֵינָיו עַל־עֵינָיו וְכַפָּיו עַל־[כ כַּפֹּו] [ק כַּפָּיו] וַיִּגְהַר עָלָיו וַיָּחָם בְּשַׂר הַיָּלֶד). 

Killing men was no problem for god or warrior: “And he smote of the men of Beth-shemesh, because they had looked into the ark of Jehovah, he smote of the people seventy men, `and’ fifty thousand men; and the people mourned, because Jehovah had smitten the people with a great slaughter.  And the men of Beth-shemesh said, Who is able to stand before Jehovah, this holy God? and to whom shall he go up from us?  (1 Samuel 6:19-20 ASV).

The Holocaust of the Jewish god extended even to first-born children—regardless if the first-born had just emerged from the uterus or was 100 years old: “And it came to pass, that at midnight the LORD smote all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sat on his throne unto the firstborn of the captive that was in the dungeon; and all the firstborn of cattle. And Pharaoh rose up in the night, he, and all his servants, and all the Egyptians; and there was a great cry in Egypt; for there was not a house where there was not one dead.” (Exodus 12:29-30; in some versions “cattle” is presented as “beasts” that enshrines that no animal or fish was exempt from the wrath of the god(s))  It does not exclude non-human beings, as it reads “all the first-born” and that would include all firstborn cows and bulls, ducks, geese, crocodiles, snakes, and everything else including first seeded grains in the soil.

The god(s) of Abraham were at least equal-opportunity murderer(s), for the deity/deities even killed his/her/their own “creations in the most grotesque of ways: Either three years’ famine; or three months to be destroyed before thy foes, while that the sword of thine enemies overtaketh thee; or else three days the sword of the LORD, even the pestilence, in the land, and the angel of the LORD destroying throughout all the coasts of Israel…(1 Chronicles 21:12) made painfully clear two verses later: So the LORD sent pestilence upon Israel: and there fell of Israel seventy thousand men.  This is a perfect precedence for Adolf Hitler, Pol Pot and other criminals who had no respect for human life, as seen at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq and Adam West’s military involvement.

The worst thing about this nefarious deranged god was the unbridled brittle racism, especially against Black people as Yahweh was a dedicated racist: And there came out against them Zerah the Ethiopian with a host of a thousand thousand, and three hundred chariots…”  “So the LORD smote the Ethiopians before Asa, and before Judah; and the Ethiopians fled”. (1 Chronicles 14:9, 12) . Like the Aryan nation, Ku Klux Klan and other certified hate groups in the USA, the god(s) of the Old Testament continued to find people to kill in increasingly more designer ways–not just by poisoning or using weapons.  The total count of Black people slaughtered was over 1 million, and this was used as a pretext to damn Black people in the writings of Origen (who wrote: Pharaoh easily reduced the Egyptian people to servitude, nor is it written that he did so by force. For the Egyptians are prone to a degenerate life and quickly sink to every slavery of the vices. Look at their origin: you will discover that their father Ham, who had laughed at his father’s nakedness, deserved a judgment of this kind, that his son Canaan should be a servant to his brothers, so that his condition of servitude would testify to the wickedness of his conduct. Not without reason, therefore, does the discolored posterity imitate the ignobility of the race. in Hom. in Genesim 16.1), Jerome (Εὐσέβιος Σωφρόνιος Ἱερώνυμος who rejected the “curse of Cain (נוּעַ meaning “fugitive” “wanderer”)”, Jerome rejected the curse since in the Great Flood only the descendants of Seth survived, in his Sermons on Number, 18.4.), and Augustine of Hippo (cf. Psalms 63:4,5; Augustine wrote that Cain gave the god [sic] of Genesis tangible goods but not his heart: De Civitate Dei, XV, vii) who declared that Ethiopians were devils because of the curse on Cain and the son of Ham (the name, in Hebrew, connotes “hot” and “dark”, and Joseph Smith Jr, the inventor of the Mormon cult and Book of Mormon uses it to define all the cursed people of Africa and their descendants who were slaves in the New World). It appears as a description of “Black magic” and worse, the link of sin to the “Prince of Darkness” (Ephesians 5:11, 6:12) who was given the name of Satanael. It is also the second to the last plague of Moses (Exodus 10:21 since everything dies without light—the ultimate Holocaust; cp. Ezekiel 12:12).

In the story of Ham and Japheth, the word “ham” has connotations of “hot” and “dark” in Semitic languages. To the ancient Israelites, as well as some modern Jews and Christians, the “children of Ham” had dark skin and lived in eastern Africa. Thus they see the “Curse of Ham” as a link with black skin and excessive sexual license.

One thing is certain: the god of the Old Testament was a sadist and cannibal: “But God shall wound the head of his enemies, and the hairy scalp of such a one as goeth on still in his trespasses. The Lord said, I will bring again from Bashan, I will bring my people again from the depths of the sea: That thy foot may be dipped in the blood of thine enemies, and the tongue of thy dogs in the same.” (Psalm 68:21-23).  Far worse, what Christian Biblical scholars overlook or refuse to address is the reality that the gods of the Bible were mass murderers: “And he smote the men of Bethshemesh, because they had looked into the ark of the LORD, even he smote of the people fifty thousand and threescore and ten men: and the people lamented, because the LORD had smitten many of the people with a great slaughter.” (1 Samuel 6:19)

As Muhammad would plagiarise for his Qur’an, the writers of the Old Testament declared that their gods demanded that all unbelievers were to be put to death: “And that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams, shall be put to death; because he hath spoken to turn you away from the LORD your God...” (Deuteronomy 13:5) or “seduced’ a believer to follow a false god, the penalty was the same: “If thy brother, the son of thy mother, or thy son, or thy daughter, or the wife of thy bosom, or thy friend, which is as thine own soul, entice thee secretly, saying, Let us go and serve other gods, which thou hast not known, thou, nor thy fathers” (Deuteronomy 13:6) as there was to be no pity for those who did not believe what the priests and prophets taught: “Thou shalt not consent unto him, nor hearken unto him; neither shall thine eye pity him, neither shalt thou spare, neither shalt thou conceal him: But thou shalt surely kill him; thine hand shall be first upon him to put him to death, and afterwards the hand of all the people.(Deuteronomy 13:8-9)

Benjamin Edetanlen killed infant son citing Psalm 13:24: Spare the rod and spoil the child.

sparing none: “Thou shalt surely smite the inhabitants of that city with the edge of the sword, destroying it utterly, and all that is therein, and the cattle thereof, with the edge of the sword.”   (Deuteronomy 13:15).  Parents were ordered to even kill their own children if they did not follow the religion of their fathers, that many evangelical extremists in this world still practice read here and here and here and here, all in the name of god).

God delights in the killing of old men, young women, and children and infants, in a manner pleasing to the cruelest of guards at Nazi prisons: You are my battle-ax and sword,” says the LORD.  “With you I will shatter nations and destroy many kingdoms.  With you I will shatter armies, destroying the horse and rider, the chariot and charioteer.  With you I will shatter men and women, old people and children, young men and maidens.  With you I will shatter shepherds and flocks, farmers and oxen, captains and rulers.  “As you watch, I will repay Babylon and the people of Babylonia for all the wrong they have done to my people in Jerusalem,” says the LORD.  “Look, O mighty mountain, destroyer of the earth!  I am your enemy,” says the LORD.  “I will raise my fist against you, to roll you down from the heights.  When I am finished, you will be nothing but a heap of rubble.  You will be desolate forever.  Even your stones will never again be used for building.  You will be completely wiped out,” says the LORD”  (Jeremiah 51:20-26)Behold, these caused the children of Israel, through the counsel of Balaam, to commit trespass against the LORD in the matter of Peor, and there was a plague among the congregation of the LORD. Now therefore kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman that [sic: who] hath known man by lying with him. But all the women children, that have not known a man by lying with him, keep alive for yourselves.” (Numbers 31:16-18, this adds up to approximately 100,000 young males and 68,000 young women being slaughtered).  “Thus saith the LORD of hosts, I remember that which Amalek did to Israel, how he laid wait for him in the way, when he came up from Egypt. Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass.” (1 Samuel 15:2-3)  This was the same fun and pleasure that the kinky King David rejoiced in: “And he brought forth the people that [sic: who] were therein, and put them under saws, and under harrows of iron, and under the axes of iron, and made them pass through the brick-kiln: and thus did he unto all the cities of the children of Ammon. So David and all the people returned unto Jerusalem” (2 Samuel 12:31) David did everything that Adolf Hitler did—and with greater cruelty, especially with the act of violence (rape) that the gods of the Old Testament and their Prophets delighted in and demanded for their enemies: “Every one that is found shall be thrust through; and every one that is joined unto them shall fall by the sword. Their children also shall be dashed to pieces before their eyes; their houses shall be spoiled, and their wives ravished.” (Isaiah 13:15-16)

While the gods of the Old Testament never directly call for abortion, they make certain those fetuses of the damned, the unbeliever, and those who offend the tribal deities of Elohim die (See Numbers 5:26-27, 1 Samuel 15:2-3, and Psalm 137:9).  This was just a prelude to the slaughter of those delivered from the uterus: “And we took all his cities at that time, and utterly destroyed the men, and the women, and the little ones, of every city, we left none to remain.” (Deuteronomy 2:34) “And we utterly destroyed them, as we did unto Sihon king of Hesbon, utterly destroying the men, women, and children, of every city. But all the cattle, and the spoil of the cities we took for a prey to ourselves.” (Deuteronomy 3:6-7). Based on these words, Billy Graham (the original Elmer Gantry), among the most immoral men in the history of the USA, beside him, proclaimed the Gulf War as “moral” (read here and hereand here; Graham was so quick to earn an easy dollar that after

Mitt Romney and Billy Graham for a “moral majority”

blasting Mormonism as a cult in 2005, Graham endorsed Willard Milton “Mitt” Romney for president of the USA knowing that Romney is a Mormon bishop, and promptly had his website scrubbed of adverse comments on Mormonism).  George Bush (the Second) continued in his father’s steps by killing over one million Iraqi civilians in the Iraqi war. Such moral wars result in thousands of “utterly destroyed” innocent men, women and children.; (For a few more examples [but not all] see also Deuteronomy 3:3, 7:2, 20:16-17, 25:19; Joshua 6:21. 8:26, 10:28-40; Numbers 31:17-18; 1 Samuel 15:3; Isaiah 13:16; and, Hosea 13:16) that Florida’s Adam West delights in: “And to the others he said in mine hearing, Go ye after him through the city, and smite: let not your eye spare, neither have ye pity: Slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little children, and woman: but come not near any man upon whom is the mark; and begin at my sanctuary. Then they began at the ancient men which were before the house.” (Ezekiel 9:5-6, this being an example of cold-blooded premeditated capital murder common with Hitler’s attacks on the Jews and Israel’s attacks on the Palestinians).

According to the Book of Revelation (Apocalypse) (Revelation 7:3-4, 9:3-4, 14:1, 3-4) in the great future destruction of the planet billions of people will die. Only 144,000 virgin Jews (any sexual activity eliminates a person from swelling into the ranks of those saved and given a place in heaven) with a protective mark on their heads will survive.  This followed the enactment of utter destruction that is recorded in Joshua 6:21:”And they utterly destroyed all that was in the city, both man and woman, young and old, and ox, and sheep, and ass, with the edge of the sword,” but at same time, during the same siege, “all the silver, and gold, and vessels of brass and iron, are consecrated unto the Lord: they shall come into the treasury of the Lord” (Joshua 6:19) to pay for a greater battle where twelve thousand, “the whole population” of Ai, were slaughtered. (Joshua 8:25).  It was but a reenactment of what the writers of Deuteronomy 12:2-3 recorded under heavenly command: “Ye shall utterly destroy all the places, wherein the nations which ye shall possess served their gods, upon the high mountains, and upon the hills, and under every green tree: And ye shall overthrow their altars, and break their pillars, and burn their groves with fire; and ye shall hew down the graven images of their gods, and destroy the names of them out of that place,” that caused Albert Einstein to write:

“I cannot imagine a God who rewards and punishes the objects of his creation, whose purposes are modeled after our own– a God, in short, who is but a reflection of human frailty. Neither can I believe that the individual survives the death of his body, although feeble souls harbor such thoughts through fear or ridiculous egotism.”

(For other examples of utter destructions, see Numbers 21:2, Deuteronomy 3:6-7, 7:2, 13:15, 20:17; Judges 21:11, 2 Chronicles 20:23,1 Kings 20-42, Isaiah 11:15, 15:3, 15:3, 9, 18; Jeremiah 12:17, 25:9, 50:21, 26 and 51:3; Daniel 11:44; and Amos 9:8)

This same cruelty furnished the backdrop to the legend of Jesus washing the feet of his apostles (John 3:18).  Compare that tale with Psalms 58:10: “The righteous shall rejoice when he sees the vengeance. He shall wash his feet in the blood of the wicked.

“Whenever we read the obscene stories, the voluptuous debaucheries, the cruel and tortuous executions, the unrelenting vindictiveness with which more than half the Bible is filled, it would be more consistent that we call it the word of a demon than the word of God. It is a history of wickedness that has served to corrupt and brutalize humankind.”

–Thomas Paine

Israel bombs hospitals and schools (2012)

As long as there is religion there is cruelty. As long as priests and Bibles exist there is war, violence, rape, and slaughter.  It continues to this day with Israel attacking Palestinians, murdering Palestinian doctors (many of whom served in Jerusalem clinics, care centers and hospitals (read here and here and here), teachers, families and visitors.  The German people knew what was happening, but preferred their personal freedom and space despite the actions of Hitler and his concentration camps they passed regularly.  The

Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s Adolf Hitler

people of Israel know what Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is doing, identical to that of Adolf Hitler, and they look away.  The German people were co-conspirators against human and civil rights as are the people of Israel today who are as guilty of genocide as the Prime Minister as were the ancient Jews who wiped out entire civilizations.  Genocide is but another term for racism unleashed and with it the unlimited capacity to kill, maim, and destroy.

Palestinian man living in Gaza carries his possessions from his Israeli bombed home with nowhere to go (November 2012)

As Israeli bombs fall on private homes, putting hundreds of people on the streets while more than 100 are murdered by the middle of November 2012, the West stands mute, unwilling to face its duplicity in this unlawful war. Nothing is done to help the original people of Palestine from which the State of Israel was created, and Palestinians are forced to carry their meager possessions from their destroyed homes on their backs.

Israeli Interior Minister Eli Yishai

Israel must be condemned by all rational, democratic governments, as its true intent was spelled out by Israeli Interior Minister Eli Yishai, a known racist and head of the ultra-orthodox Shas party,  declared: “The goal of the operation is to send Gaza back to the Middle Ages. Only then will Israel be calm for forty years.”  Ultra-orthodox Jews have for a long been known to advocate Holocaust against its enemies citing the Torah

Israel’s counterpart to Hitler’s invasion of the Sudetenland 1938

and Prophets to enhance their hatred and bigotry that far outweighs the words of Adolf Hitler.  The Allied Forces leagued together to erase NAZI Germany and rid the earth of Adolf Hitler.  It is time, again, that the Allied Forces league together to erase Israel and rid the earth of Netanyahu and Yishai. German Holocaust and Israeli Holocaust are both wrong and a crime against humanity, regardlesss if it is in the Germany of Hitler or in Israel under Netanyahu and Yishai and the Shash Party for both appeal to the Old Testament and the Old Testament is raw with spilled blood and the carnage of war and slaughter.  Like Hitler, the Israeli forces invaded sovereign territory and like Hitler and his NAZI forces, Israel occupied the territory and wrongfully declared it belonged to them and their descendants. The sole difference was that the Sudetenland was among the most pro-NAZI regions, where as the Occupied territories did not welcome nor want Israelis on its once-free lands (Zimmermann Volker:  Die Sudetendeutschen im NS-Staat. Politik und Stimmung der Bevölkerung im Reichsgau Sudetenland (1938-1945). Essen, 1999). Germany had planned ethnic cleansing before the war, in the same way that Israel now looks towards the Occupied Territories as land for Israeli homes.  Holocausts are the result of attempting to destroy within the fantasy of a “just war”–one that has never existed when the scepter of religion and authoritarianism is elevated as the primary cause and citations are made from holy books that hide the monstrosity of mortal actions against human beings (Ide, Arthur Frederick (2004). Defending the Faith: Violence and War in Ancient Judaism, Christianity  and Islam. Garland, TX: Tangelwüld Press).

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Benedict XVI and same-sex marriage

Homosexual marriages took place in the ancient world—far more frequently and in greater numbers than religious reactionaries wish or allow themselves to admit.  While the Bible is overwhelming with stories of incest, polygamy, wife-selling, and sexual irregularities among heterosexuals, there are few such declamations against same-sex couples that do exist (not just the accounts of David with Jonathan 2 Samuel 1:26: צַר־לִי עָלֶיךָ אָחִי יְהֹונָתָן נָעַמְתָּ לִּי מְאֹד נִפְלְאַתָה אַהֲבָתְךָ לִי מֵאַהֲבַת נָשִׁים׃).

Same-sex marriages have occurred in all cultures, at all times, and with support from various people and governments.  They have been celebrated with ceremonies, family and public congratulations, toasts with wine and beer, and showers of gifts both practical and pleasurable.

Egyptian-couple Niankhkhnum and Khnumhotep (tomb painting)

We have tomb paintings from the days of the pharaohs where same-sex couples’s co-habitation was celebrated as with the union of Niankhkhnum and Khnumhotep as found in the depiction of the two men in a warm embrace sharing a kiss in their tomb, known as the Tomb of the Two Hairdressers, in the necropolis at Saqqara, south of Cairo.  There was no condemnation of same-sex marriages anywhere in the ancient Middle East until the invasion of the Akaddian mercenaries, known as the Apiru/Abiru. None of the recorded laws of Mesopotamia, including the Code of Hammurabi (on-line), contain restrictions against same-sex unions despite the fact that marriages are otherwise well-regulated.  There were no laws, no prescriptions, no injunctions that marriage was for the purpose of procreation (as is found in Roman regulations) and “replenishing the earth”—although later Hebrews, distant in time and knowledge from the original text, would use that concept in declaring that people were to

Rhind Papyrus (ancient Egypt)

“multiply”—but not physically or sexually, but rather mentally and intellectually, as multiplication is not a part of any vocabulary until the middle of the Middle Ages (around the eleventh century, coming from India and the mathematics invented by a subcontinent respected mathematician by the name of Brahmagupta  (598-670 CE) but found its origins in ancient Egypt. 

Moscow Papyrus (fragment with additional conjectures)

The word used (multiply) that has been transmogrified into multiply actually was “increase” and  meant to increase in wisdom and knowledge (Genesis 9:7:  וְאַתֶּם פְּרוּ וּרְבוּ שִׁרְצוּ בָאָרֶץ וּרְבוּ־בָהּ׃ ס) where multiply in the original tongue is רָבָה and is the verb rahab from the original Assyrian rabû, meaning to become great (מִן) and compare things with a longing for wisdom, as in 1 Kings 5:10-12 (וַיְהִי חִירֹום נֹתֵן לִשְׁלֹמֹה עֲצֵי אֲרָזִים וַעֲצֵי בְרֹושִׁים כָּל־חֶפְצֹו׃ 11 וּשְׁלֹמֹה נָתַן לְחִירָם עֶשְׂרִים אֶלֶף כֹּר חִטִּים מַכֹּלֶת לְבֵיתֹו וְעֶשְׂרִים כֹּר שֶׁמֶן כָּתִית כֹּה־יִתֵּן שְׁלֹמֹה לְחִירָם שָׁנָה בְשָׁנָה׃ ף 12 וַיהוָה נָתַן חָכְמָה לִשְׁלֹמֹה כַּאֲשֶׁר דִּבֶּר־לֹו וַיְהִי שָׁלֹם בֵּין חִירָם וּבֵין שְׁלֹמֹה וַיִּכְרְתוּ בְרִית שְׁנֵיהֶם׃) and knowledge as in Daniel 12:4 where we read the word הַדָּֽעַת׃.

Juvenal on same-sex marriage

While Roman law is almost altogether lacking in formal processes for legal  requirements, the fact that there are numerous mentions of same-sex weddings (although most appear as objects of ridicule and sport), there can be no doubt that they were common, and noted by Martial:

Marital on same-sex marriage 

The only challenge seen to same-sex marriage was that the two people of the same gender who married could not have babies and thus continue their lineage. There is no record that I am aware of where same-sex couples adopted children, but there are references to children raised by same-sex people who have “settled into a single life”.

In the Greek world of antiquity, the same is true for same-sex relationships as it was in ancient Egypt. Plato’s Symposium describes instances of homosexual attraction and same-sex relationships in ancient Greece without condemnation.  Over the centuries, Greece experienced an evolving cultural-religious basis for homosexual love and same-sex relationships based on ancient Greek theology. 

Zeus and Ganymede (ancient Greek urn)

In ancient Greek theological works it is common to read about “same-sex exploits” by gods as high-ranking as Zeus who loved Ganymede. While modern artists focus more on Ganymede being a child, in reality he was a young man, as classical artists depicted.

Achilles mourning Patroclus

The epics of Homer, the Iliad and the Odyssey, contain poetic passages that underscore homoerotic love between the military leaders of the Greek city states and others (Dynes, Wayne R. and Stephen Donaldson. 1992. Homosexuality in the Ancient World. New York, NY: Garland; Ishay, Micheline R. 2004. The History of Human Rights: From Ancient Times to the Globalization Era. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press).  In the Iliad the most poignant quasi-erotic story is the love felt by Patroclus, friend and lover to Achilles whose death unleashes Achilles’ wrath on Hector (Plato, Symposium 179-180; ref. Thornton, Bruce S. (1997). Eros: the Myth of Ancient Greek Sexuality. Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 195-196). 

Odysseus escapes from the Cyclops cave by hiding under a ram

There are numerous homosexual allusions in Homer’s Odyssey, as when Odysseus blinds Cyclops in his one eye with a lance, and then sneaks away with his men by riding underneath the Cyclops’ own rams (Homer, Odysseus, Book 9). The point is made that Odysseus selected the largest ram owned by the Cyclops for his journey from the cave.

 Roman statesman Cicero documented legal rights of an individual within a same-sex marriage, but was later opposed to same-sex pursuits (Cicero, 1966, Tusculan Disputations. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press , 407-415; to chase after someone defied conventions where mutual interest that was pleasant and unbounded by restrictions more acceptable—becoming the foundation for Etienne Montaigne’s work and his own pursuit of same-sex love; Badhwar, Neera K. “Friendship and Sexuality” in Soble, Alan (Ed., 2006). Encyclopedia of the Philosophy of Sex.New York, NY: Greenwood Publishing Group). Female same-sex unions were less common—or at least there is a paucity of records, but this is because women enjoyed less freedom in their economic and social endeavors.

Ancient Roman talisman for marriage contract

No prescribed ceremonies or formalities of any kind were legally necessary in order to create a valid Roman marriage. First, the government did not have any sort of licensing procedure, nor did it even provide a means for registering marriages. In principle, therefore, marriage was largely a private arrangement occurring outside the purview of state authority, although, of course, the government reserved the right to declare supposed marriages null and void after the fact. Second, the Roman jurists and emperors alike also emphasize that no formality or marriage ceremony of any kind was required for a legal marriage. Indeed, not even cohabitation or sexual consummation was required (Eskridge, William N., Jr. “Symposium on Sexual Orientation and the Law.” Virginia Law Review. Vol 79.7 (October 1993): 1419-1513).

Bret Hinsch, author of: Passions of the cut sleeve the male homosexual tradition in China

Such ceremonies were common as well in China and the area formerly known as Indochina and meet with approval within the community (Hinsch, Bret (1990). Passions of the Cut Sleeve: The Male Homosexual Tradition in China. Reed Business Information, pp. 24-25).  Same-sex marriages were equally blessed in ancient India and throughout the initial development of Hinduism, where the “union of two hearts” was far more important to the gods than the gender or sexual act (Vanita, Ruth. “‘Wedding of Two Souls’: Same-Sex Marriage and Hindu Traditions.” Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion. Vol 20.2 (Fall 2004): 119-135.)

Theodosian Code

Same-sex marriages in the Roman world were not officially declared illegal (with the realization that no children could be born to same-sex couples) until 342 CE/AD when the Christian emperors Constantius II and Constans issued a law in the Theodosian Code (C. Th.9.7.3) prohibiting same-sex marriage in Rome and ordering execution for those so married.  While the law was issued and signed, there are records that many civic leaders chose to ignore it, seeing it as a posturing to get the emerging church’s blessing and its force of arms and call for religious chaos as witnessed in the open defiance of the law and the strangle-hold of the Roman Catholic Church same-when two men, Pedro Díaz and Muño Vandilaz. 

Pedro Díaz and Muño Vandilaz: Un Matrimonio Gay en la edad media

Díaz and Vandilaz married in the Galician municipality of Rairiz de Veiga in Spain on 16 April 1061.  This fact is attested to by historic documents describing the official church wedding by a Roman Catholic priest (the documents were found at Monastery of San Salvador de Celanova (for a discussion, in Spanish read here).  

Diaz and Vandilaz were not alone in seeking and obtaining a marriage within the Roman Catholic Church.  Ancient to medieval Church liturgical documents record ceremonies called “Office of Same-Sex Union” (10th and 11th centuries) and “Order for Uniting Two Men” (11th and 12th centuries) are indicative of same-sex marriage.  This lasted until the fourteenth century in Serbia and Slovenia. 

Euchologion: id est, Rituale Graecorum – Jacobus Goar (Original book in the private library of this author)

The Dominican missionary and Prior, Jacques Goar (1601-1653), includes such ceremonies in a printed collection of Greek Orthodox prayer books, Euchologion Sive Rituale Graecorum Complectens Ritus Et Ordines Divinae Liturgiae (Paris, 1667).  We find the same sacramental blessing in the sixteenth century in St. John Lateran, the pope’s official parish church, as last as 1578.  Lesbians continued to marry in Dalmatia as late as the eighteenth century.

The Jesus of the New Testament Gospels says nothing about (neither for nor against) same-sex marriages. His only activity was to change water into wine at a wedding in Cana, as marriage was a public festival for drinking to announce that two people agreed to live together.  It does not say, anywhere in the Gospels, that the couple was neither heterosexual nor homosexual.  As for Jesus’ attitude on marriage, that has no comment in the Constantine approved Gospels; all that is known is that Jesus never married (although a

Coptic fragment that reads: “Jesus said … my wife…” (4th century CE)

Coptic document in the fourth century does proclaim that he had a “wife” but at that time, the term “wife” could mean servant or “other”.  Speculation is rising that the scroll was written to silence arguments that Jesus was gay since homosexuality and same-sex unions had been officially prohibited by the pagan Emperor Constantine I’s successors (outside of the emerging Constantine Church, there is not one contemporary record that suggests that Constantine converted to the religion he created out of sinews from the cult of Mithraism to the various faiths of the chrestianos and christianos that were enhanced with the pleasures of the gods Dionysius and the vita of Julius Cesar).

Ratzinger: pope and NAZI youth leader

Today, in the Vatican, where grown men wear long white, red, and black dresses with delicate lace and wear funny hats, as if they were coming-out transvestites or cross-dressers, hiding hatred for humanity beneath them, In an editorial this weekend, Vatican chief spokesman Father Federico Lombardi — fairy tale queen of

Ratzinger as NAZI youth (1941)

masquerading and the Vatican’s equivalent of Bryan Fischer who thinks the Church’s widespread sexual abuse crisis needs to be viewed within, in a stained screed: “the more general context of secularization” — affirmed that “monogamous marriage between a man and woman is an achievement of civilization.” And then he added, “If not, why not contemplate also freely chosen polygamy and, of course, not to discriminate, polyandry?” 

Of course this cross-dresser says nothing about the pontifical pandering and hiding of pedophile priests in the closets throughout the city that delights demoniacally as the smallest despotic nation in the world with its own currency, bank, ATM, and rowdy student population that heads into Rome for discotheques and beer.

Benedict XVI (Joseph Ratzinger) has a long and rather sordid past.  Pope Paul VI promoted Ratzinger to the cardinalate in 1977, even though he had little pastoral experience.  In 1981, he settled in Rome when he became Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (the Inquisition) and vowed to root out heresy and discipline “staying lambs”, and became one of John Paul II’s most influential advisors (Walsh, Mary Ann (2005). From Pope John Paul II to Benedict XVI: an inside look at the end of an era, the beginning of a new one, and the future of the church. Lanham, MD and New York, NY: Rowman & Littlefield. p. 135).  Under Ratzinger, the modest reforms created by John XXIII were openly attacked, nuns were silenced, and candidates for bishoprics and the cardinalate were selected for their loyalty to the past and not their spiritual growth or desire to follow the Beatitudes in the Gospel.  Ratzinger’s goal, once he became pope, has been to erase all visages of Vatican II and the legacy of Pope John XXIII.  He is against any form of objective truth or moral truth and believes that Roman Catholics must follow the teaching of the Church blindly making him more dangerous to civilization than the self-flagellant Josemaria Escrivá and his mephistophlean Opus Dei that aims at world domination and elevation of Roman Catholicism as the only true religion.  

Ratzinger has returned Latin to the Mass to calm conservatives (Gledhill, Ruth. “Pope set to bring back Latin Mass that divided the Church” The Times 11 October 2006; he accomplished this dark art on November 10, 2012, by establishing a special academy for it at the cost of millions while millions of starving and homeless Roman Catholics had their plight ignored). Far from a Holy Father, Ratzinger is an open censor, suspending the theologian Leonardo Boff of Concordia, Brasil, who has been known for his active support for the rights of the poor and excluded, having written his doctoral thesis (University of Munich, 1970), Die Kirche als Sakrament im Horizont der Welterfahrung, on how the Church can help the poor; that writing and his teaching raised the ire of a corrupt cardinalate determined to feed their own selfish interest.  Boff opposed the Iraq War for Oil that was charged by Halliburton and its CEO: Vice President Dick Cheney, and considered George W. Bush and Ariel Sharon’s leadership to be similar to that of “fundamentalist terrorist states.” 

Professor Leonardo Boff

Boff minced no words in his scathing criticism of despotic rulers in the Middle East, stating: “Those [emirs and kings] are despotic, they do not even have a constitution. Though extremely rich, they maintain the people in poverty” (the Portuguese is: “[Os USA] fizeram alianças espúrias com os emires e reis. Estes são despóticos, sequer possuem constituição. Embora riquíssimos, mantém o povo na pobreza.”  When Boff attacked the wanton misuse of Church funds, Benedict silenced him and pushed further and fired other teachers who did not fall into line with his ideology that is closer to that of Hitler than of the New Testament Jesus. Benedict’s greatest crimes are his denial of relativity (that he claims is a “prison” since it denies the acceptance of “established truths”) and raising the long-disproven theory of absolutes; the German pope rejects science and evolution clinging desperately to the discredited theory of creationism that Stephen Hawking amply proved to be false (Hawking, Stephen (1990). A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes. New York, NY: Bantom Books) when noting that gravity disproves the necessity of a divine being intervening in the development and expansion of the universe; to Benedict’s “prolific writings” that show a mere retelling and recopying of the works of others rather than a scholarly approach of research, investigation and formulation of new theses and theories, formulae and foundation stones on which to build.  Disputation and discussion are silenced to the point that discussion and argument must be centered around past written and spoken thoughts of Father and Mothers (e.g.  Hildegard of Bingen who was not even recognized as a saint at the beginning of 2012, and was better known for her 12th century mysticism and music (she was possibly a child chantress: Michael McGrade, “Hildegard von Bingen”, in Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart: allgemeine Enzyklopaldie der Musik,2nd edition, T.2, Vol. 8, ed. Ludwig Fischer. Kassel, Deutscheland and New York, NY: Bahrenreiter, 1994), and also had written

Illumination from the “Liber Scivias” showing Hildegard receiving a vision and dictating to her scribe and secretary

nearly 400 letters to correspondents ranging from Popes to Emperors to abbots and abbesses, a commentary on the gospel, two hagiographical works, and three great volumes of visionary theology: Scivias, Liber vitae meritorum (“Book of Life’s Merits” or “Book of the Rewards of Life”), and Liber divinorum operum (“Book of Divine Works”); critical editions of all three of Hildegard’s major works are in the Corpus Christianorum: Continuatio Medievalis: Scivias in vols. 43-43A, Liber vitae meritorum in vol. 90, and Liber divinorum operum in vol. 92.  She was a popular German writer in the Middle Ages, but no one considered her for sainthood (except in scattered congregations) or the rank of a doctor of the Church until contemporary culture looked past visions toward reality (Bennett, Judith M. and Hollister, Warren C. Medieval Europe: A Short History (New York: McGraw-Hill, 2001), 317; critical editions of all three of Hildegard’s major works have appeared in the Corpus Christianorum: Continuatio Medievalis: Scivias in vols. 43-43A, Liber vitae meritorum in vol. 90, and Liber divinorum operum in vol. 92); the last doctor (teacher) of the church was St.  Thérèse of Lisieux (January 2, 1873 – September 30, 1897) of France, died of tuberculosis at the age of 24 and was named a doctor of the church in 1997, by John Paul II, without any traditional credentials (her single work was  The Story of a Soul, a collection of her autobiographical manuscripts consisting of poems, plays for the church, prayers and recorded conversations with her religious sisters–but again was a mystic) of the Church.  According to Guy Gaucher,

Theresa of Lisieux

one of her autobiographers, “Thérèse fell victim to an excess of sentimental devotion which betrayed her. She was victim also to her language, which was that of the late nineteenth century and flowed from the religiosity of her age” (Guy Gaucher (1987). The Spiritual Journey of Therese of Lisieux, London, UK: Darton, Longman and Todd, p.2).  Hildegard, like Thérèse, have more in common with illusions passed as mysticism than with any form of concentrated study that could better the world, as Boffs provided and was censured for.  Their primary focus was on the Mother of God and Child, more in keeping with the worship of Isis (the original Θεοτοκος or Theotokos: birth giver/god bearer) and Horus of ancient Egypt than any legitimate tracts on the first century CE that did not accord Mary any significant place other than being the human mother of a mortal Jesus (only the canonical gospels of Matthew and Luke describe Mary as a virgin (Greek παρθένος, parthénos) while others remain silent). Mark names her only once (6:3) and John never mentions her by name nor accords her a special place in the narrative of the Jesus of the New Testament.  In Luke’s Book of the Acts of the Apostles, Mary and the “brothers of Jesus” (indicating that Mary was

Isis and Baby Horus / Mary and Baby Jesus (Theotokos)

not “ever virgin”) are mentioned in the company of the eleven who are gathered in the upper room after the ascension but only the elder brother James has any significant role in the community.  Mary’s assumed role can be dated further back to the various virgin Venuses that symbolized fecundity and fertility as the source of life and thus gods in their own right frequently surplanting male deities.

Hildegard’s “Mutterschaft aus dem Geiste und dem Wasser” (Motherhood from the Spirit and the Water), 1165

Hildegard gained the stature of being a Mother of the Church on October 7, 2012, as she found her inspiration in the Mother of Christ and saints–a common medieval movement that returns to the Great Mother of the Waters in pagan Germany who promised visions to her worshippers. To this end “Marriage and the family are not in fact a chance sociological construction, the product of particular historical and financial situations. On the other hand, the question of the right relationship between the man and the woman is rooted in the essential core of the human being and it is only by starting from here that its response can be found”–not a word that is empirically proven.  From from the antiquated and amusing humor of Benedict’s defense of “the family as being God-created”, Chris Brickell (who prefers to use David Halperin’s word “historicism” rather than social constructionism) and other sociologists (cp. Farber, Bernard (1982) “Systematic Generation of Theory in Family Sociology ” (1982). The Sociological Quarterly23 (Autumn):427-454; cf. Bernardes, Jon (1988). “Whose ‘family’? A note on ‘The changing sociological construct of the family’”. The Sociological Review  (May) 267-277; the entire issue is defined by the American Sociological Association)  have repeatedly showing the evolution and devolution of the family in social contexts, showing that Benedict is not only against the rigorous requirements of science but of all educational fields.  All of the writings and pontificating are more appropriate for the tenth century than for the twenty-first century and mark an attempt to return to the Dark Ages of Superstition and division among people, a scenario of terror hailed by conservatives and neo-conservatives who reject advances in any discipline and who long for the days bygone of absolutes and the arguably offensive innovation of infallibility of dogma.

Rod Dreher

Following the inanity of American conservatives who lament the possible future where brothers and sisters marry and have sex (Rod Dreher in The American Conservative)—while ignoring that in the Bible it was a common practice as when Abraham took his sister Sarah for his wife (Genesis 20:12) and then sold her twice (first to the Egyptian pharaoh, then to Abimelech) as a whore to raise capital and gain flocks of animals; Jacob married his first cousins constituting incest (Genesis 26-29), etc. as there is not one word in the Torah, Prophets of Gospels that state whom can marry who or for what reason.  Marriage has never been about 1 man + 1 woman in any religious or historical literature.

Dreher demonstrating his own lack of biblical knowledge and the devolving church says nothing about the 38 popes who had wives (as was common among the Apostles in the Gospels: ref. Matthew 8:14-15; Luke 4:38-39; 1 Corinthians 9:5; 1 Timothy 3:2, 12; Titus 1:6; etc), or the 13 popes who had male lovers with one raising his boyfriend up to the cardinalate then issuing torrents of tart tears of dismay when his bedfellow danced naked and had sex

Father Benedict Groeschel argued that children “seduced” priests into sex

with other cardinals.  There is more pedophile activity, hunger, anger, rivalry, struggle for attention and absence of basic needs (education, affection, medical attention, etc.) in polygamous families than there are in same-sex/monogamous parented families as is proven statistically and in psychological studies.  There is as much sexual depravity in the Bible as there is in the odiously opportunistic government of Uganda urged on by Scott Lively and whoring leaders who are more wretched than any Jezebel in the Bible, yet sit in judgment of the people they pretend to govern.  It is past time for all foreign humanitarian and other forms of aid be withheld from this nation, and the nation boycotted.

Roman Catholic Council of American bishops have condemned universal health care and USA democracy, reject the rights of women and moving the nation backward in time.

The most despicable crimes remain within totalitarian religions: Roman Catholic, Pentecostal, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Ultra-Orthodox Judaism, Islam, Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod, Missouri Lutheran Synod, and the Mormon (LDS) churches leading the way with a raw and rigid fundamentalism, the denial of equality between the sexes, the rejection of equal opportunity and choice, with the greatest hatred coming from the American Council of Roman Catholic Bishops and the Peru Council of Roman Catholic Bishops that now is rivaled by the bishops of the Mormon faith, especially the thundering of one-time Massachusetts Governor and Mormon bishop Willard (Mitt) Romney. 

NAZI youth leader Joseph Ratzinger in the Roman Catholic Church

While the seemingly brain-dead German pope Josef Ratzinger prattles on about defending the fantasy family framed in his illusions as being real, the Vatican demands that families where there is spousal and child abuse, incest, hatred and loathing remain together.  Despite the solecisms and draconian blustering BS of the predatory pontiff, Europe has the good sense to legalize same-sex marriages in most Roman Catholic and Protestant/ neutral countries: Spain, Portugal, Belgium, The Netherlands, Sweden, and even in Roman Catholic Poland (the Uganda of the north) where right-wing Roman Catholic hoodlums are out to exterminate Jews, end abortion and same-sex marriages (only 17% approved of same-sex marriage in 2005 but that has increased while 76% disapproved and that has decreased despite the denunciations of the pedophile priests pressed into pulpits to issue their sermons of hatred.  The archaic and antihuman chant against “liberals”, as it has been in every dictatorship from Chile to Peru (and its pathetic prelate Juan Luis Cipriani Thorne who denies any attempt at self-determination among the impoverished Peruvian people, with priests attempting to better the lot of the poor and disenfranchised), Burma to Poland waging conflict among their own people over individual rights, human dignity and civil charters, with archaic

Polish skinheads demonstrate against democracy and for return of Inquisition or NAZIs

chants “Wybieram życie” (Choose Life), and “Europa normalnych rodzin” (Europe for normal families)—homosexuality continues and is recognized by every medical and psychological association of doctors on this planet as normal (it occurs regularly), and natural (it exists in all species around the world), yet there is a sense that the nation must catch up with the rest of the world, with support for same-sex marriages growing each year (read here, in Polish, cp. here, pp. 36-39, in Polish).  Milan’s Cardinal Martini meticulously voiced in an interview shortly before his death that the Roman Catholic Church was outdated by no less than 200 years

Ratzinger should retire, be arrested and stand trial for crimes against humanity, the least of which is his abuse of human rights for the LGBT community. Ratzinger either has never studied the original texts or prefers the lies of the past in condemning same-sex love and marriage that was a force in the reformed Jewish communities before Constantine I created is “catholic [universal] church” in 325 CE, as the word “homosexual” appears in no Bible before 1954, as it is not even invented until the mid-nineteenth century. 

Codex Sinaiticus Syriacus dating from the 5th century

The Vatican, obviously, has only enshrined the Codex Vaticanus and Codex Sianiaticus (written 1600 years ago, there was no earlier Bible), but never read either of the two bibles that the Arian bishop of Caesarea, Eusebius, wrote for the Roman emperor.  To claim that there was any Bible before Eusebius is a church lie; the Emperor Constantine I burned all copies of any religious literature he did not approve during his Council of Nicaea in 325 CE.

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Extortion, Mitt Romney and Bain Capital: the selling of the USA

Willard Mitt Romney at rally at Consol Energy’s Research and Development facility outside Pittsburgh

Presidential candidate Mitt Romney, and his business partners at Bain Capital (a corporation he co-founded) that is dividing the nation and sending its industries to China where the former governor of Massachusetts runs sweat-shop operations paying his employees less than $1 an hour and there is an attempted suicide every day, with hundreds of Chinese at Foxconn (that manufactures gadgets for Apple, Sony, Nintendo and HP, among many others; 18 threw themselves from the roof in 2010, with 14 ending their existence of misery working for Bain Capital subsidiaries) and others working in iPad factories  threatening mass suicide and are forced to sign agreements not to end their lives and thereby cut back of production and meeting factory-set goals, extorted windfall profits during the 2008-2009 economic crisis through their control of the key General Motors parts supplier, Delphi. 

Romney provided dormitories for workers in China to produce electronic boards every 13 seconds at a pay of $2 a day

The Chinese workers, with high school students required to work 15 to 16 hours a day seven days a week, and have to produce computer boards one every thirteen seconds (there pay is $2 a day, that is under even Chinese forced-labor wages; see chart below), housed in corporate dormitories of up to 24 people a room, are held up as examples of dedication and company

Cafeteria in Romney’s plants in China uses rotten and spoiled food and are worse than those controlled by Bain Capital and vulture capitalists like Taggart and Ann Romney

support to American workers who refuse to work for less–as demanded by USA millionaires and billionaires who do not put up safety nets for their employees who threaten suicide as is common in China.

Netting has been put up outside worker dormitories buildings in Chengdu and Shenzhen after a spate of suicides last year

While Romney claims that the American auto industry is dying and no one will have jobs if Obama is re-elected, the opposite is proven true in corporate profit reports.  Chrysler’s profits have risen every year, with its best year being in 2012, following the Obama bailout, contrary to the lies of Romney and the Republican/Tea Party.  Chrysler’s CEO Sergio Marchionne said that it would have been “impossible”  for Chrysler to get financing from the private markets in 2009.

Freeport (IL) Sensata Technologies employees plea for Romney to save their jobs

Today, Romney is moving the Sensata factory in Freeport, Illinois.  It is a part of Romney’s goal to restructure the USA.

Senata (Freeport, IL) with Communist China flag (Daniel Borris: New York Times)

Sensata is owned by Romney founded Bain Capital.  Bain Capital’s primary purpose is outsourcing American jobs so that major retailers can buy cheaper goods made in China or other Indochina nations and sell back to USA consumers at the customary rate so that their profits are greater–while American labor earns less (and ultimately will buy less). Bain Capital justifies this oxymoron as being in the “Spirit of Capitalism“–to help the 1%.

Sensata Rally at Freeport, IL (2012)

Bain Capital developed Sensata in 2006 to develop, manufacture and sell sensors and controls for major auto manufacturers such as Ford and General Motors is being closed, employees fired and the company is being moved to China, and putting 170 employees out of work

A congenital liar (read here and here and here and here with the Washington Post giving Romney four Pinocchios; cp. here, for his plethora of lies), Mitt Romney, barking he did not have a voice in the outsourcing, claims that he left Bain in 1999 and has had no role in outsourcing American jobs. This additional fantasy fabrication has been disproven by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). 

Nine SEC filings submitted by four different business entities after February 1999 describe Romney as Bain boss (Boston Globe 2012)

SEC notes that Romney did not leave the helm that he took over 1989 of Bain Capital as CEO until 2002.  Romney’s lies about Sensata were called out by fifty-eight of the Sensata employees who wrote Romney this letter on learning that their jobs would be sent overseas:

Dear Gov. Romney,

We work at Sensata Technologies in Freeport, Illinois — a company owned by Bain Capital, which you started, ran, and still profit from.

Our jobs are about to be outsourced to China. More than 150 of us will lose our jobs — and some of us have worked here for over 40 years. The worst indignity is that many of us are being asked to train the Chinese workers who are taking our jobs.

It’s not right that our good American jobs are being sent to China. It’s not right that you stand to get even richer off of our loss and pain.

We are not going down without a fight. We join together today to call on you to save our jobs.

We know that you can take action to stop the offshoring of our jobs. You are running for President, promising to create good jobs. You can start keeping that promise today, by stepping in and saving our jobs.

We are standing strong together, and our numbers are growing. We are reaching out to our community and to the American people. Together, we will make our voices heard.

We are standing up not just for ourselves, but for all the working people who have had their jobs outsourced or offshored. We are standing up for everyone who is struggling to find a good job in America.

Please consider our appeal and take a real stand for the good jobs we all need by stepping in and stopping our jobs from being sent to China.

(Rock River Times July 18-24 issue, also read here and here and here).  

ASIMCO (Yizheng, China)

ASIMCO, an auto parts maker with plants in Beijing and elsewhere in China (especially dotting eastern China), bought two Michigan factories with 500 workers but shut them down in 2007 with the approval of Mitt Romney. It is a part of Bain Capital, having been bought by Bain Capital for $150 million with the blessing of Communist China.  A Zhengzhou outlet of Gome Electrical Appliances, a major Chinese retailer that Microsoft has accused of selling computers with pirated software. is part of the portfolio of Bain Capital that invested $234 to $300 million (accounts vary) in Gome in 2009.  Today Bain Capital and Romney owns it outright, paying less to its employees than any other slave-labor industry within mainland China. There is no concern shown by Romney nor Bain Capital for the jobs outsourced from the USA to be taken over by underpaid Chinese labor.

Sensata workers in the USA protest outsourcing their jobs to China’s ASIMCO

Sensata has been closed and Bain Capital is moving most of the equipment and jobs to Jiangsu Province, where the Chinese government has built it a new plant and still saw it as “vulture capitalism”–and Bain and Romney made uncounted millions of dollars (video and text here)–most of which Romney secreted in a Chinese bank or in vaults in the Cayman Islands.  Romney refuses to release tax returns, as some, in the past showed little income while his most recent did not acknowledge that he lived in the USA (Romney said it was an accountant’s mistake as he never reviews his tax returns–which federal law and IRS regulations required (page 2 of Form 1040).

Average hourly wage in Communist China (2012)

Worse yet is Romney’s lie that Ohio is better off without the Obama bailout—although 5000 jobs were created and 17,300 were saved by the bailout.   80 of Ohio’s 88 counties have manufacturing facilities related to autos, and by 2011, taxpayer loans were repaid with a reborn GM replacing Japanese manufacturer Toyota in 2011 as the world’s No. 1 automaker.  After the bailout that Romney decried, GM remains globally competitive. 

The tragedy is the unscrupulous and reprehensible gouging and feeding of Romney and Bain Capital on what they considered to be the dying carcass of GM. Mitt Romney and his partners made a killing on the GM bankruptcy by gaining control of bankrupt parts supplier Delphi, then threatening to withhold components critical to the production of GM vehicles. Romney’s business partners were willing to force GM into liquidation and cause a national economic calamity unless they got more money. In the end, the Romney investor group that the former governor chairs got what it wanted and earned a profit of more than 3,000 percent on its initial investment—an action that is illegal at the federal level as the government requires full disclosure of stock holdings affected by any government funding

Mitt Romney attempted to get around the federal disclosure law by putting on all related federal documents that his wife Ann had invested $1 million (or more, as federal law only requires the first million of any investment to be recorded; ref. Ethics in Government Act, 5 U.S.C. App. § 101 et seq).  Ann Romney has a long and dark history of being a shield for illegal Romney moves in the world of Bain Capitalism, with money hidden in many foreign banks and off-shore accounts

Taggart Romney

Romney has even used his son Taggart, who is more devious and less concerned about the disappearing middle class than even his father,  to set up “blind” trusts and foundations, as with the Solamere Founders Fund.  One of the greatest IRS swindles involves the Sankaty High Yield Asset Investors Ltd., an entity based in Bermuda, that Mitt Romney set up in 1997 and transferred to Ann Romney’s blind trust in January 2003. In securities filings, it’s called “a Bermuda corporation wholly owned by W. Mitt Romney,” but Romney failed to disclose it on several financial disclosure forms until he listed it on his 2010 tax return.

Oracle of Delphi to UAW

On October 17, 2012, The Nation Magazine reported that the Romney family personally profited at least $15.3 million from the auto bailout of 2009. Now, just before the election, Romney closed Delphi while demanding that Delphi’s workers vote him president of the USA (see Delphi’s attempt to save workers and their pensions while facing Romney and Bain Capital opposition) even though GM “provided a significant incremental liquidity necessary for Delphi to continue operating” that did not win the approval of Mitt Romney (paragraph 11 of Delphi’s Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Case No. 05-44481 (RRD) United States Bankruptcy Court Southern District of New York: DECLARATION OF JOHN D. SHEEHAN IN SUPPORT OF PLATINUM EXPENSE REIMBURSEMENT MOTION).

Romney wants US labor to match Chinese labor that uses child labor and works for AT&T, Motorola, Wal-Mart, Hasbro Toys, and other predatory capitalists

Romney’s goal is to transform (actually transmogrify) USA labor to the same standards as his slave labor in China.

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Willard Mitt Romney: psychology of a lifelong bully

Barbara Gittings (1965) picketing Independence Hall

Mitt Romney has a strong psychopathic neurosis concerning sex and self-identity—especially his own sexual identification and place in society.  While growing up in Michigan, Willard (popularly known as Mitt) Romney was a constant bully.  Primarily targeting any male who seemed to him and his faction of friends to be effeminate (the popular term in the middle 1960s was “fairy” or “queer” and “gay” was coming into vogue, but the basic term used was “homosexual” that came with its initial appearance in the Protestant Bibles in 1954), or with any female who appeared masculine, Mitt would cast aspersions and result to physical violence in order to change what he believed was improper. Those who did not embrace the rigid racists Mormon line (for example: Black males were not allowed into the priesthood until 1978–Joseph Smith Jr first wrote that he would never allow Blacks to be more than slaves: Book of Mormon 2 Nephi 5:21; women were to be subordinate to their husbands, and officially, according to the Book of Mormon, men could have more than one wife (Book of Mormon Jacob 1:15), although the church in Utah restricted this to join the Union; etc.) line were lectured severely and shunned afterwards. The rigidity of the face and heart of Mormonism crystallized in full brutality when Romney entered preparatory school (detailed in an article for the Huffington Post by Michael Calderone). Calderone wrote about a story published on-line by the Washington Post reporter Jason Horowitz who commented that Romney had a problem with a “soft-spoken new student” who “was perpetually teased for his nonconformity and presumed homosexuality”  (read here).

The Washington Post article reported that Romney, leading a pack of his predatory partners, tracked down a male student with long hair.  The boys, tackled the one they saw as a threat to their heterosexual masculinity, and let Mitt butcher the boy’s newly-peroxided blond hair barbarically as Romney rich raiders sat on their squirming victim.  Their terrorist action created a life-long horror for the youth who had to live with the frightening fear that it would be repeatd and would not dissipate for the rest of his life.  This is clearly seen in the key line in the article: “As Lauber, his eyes filling with tears, screamed for help, Romney repeatedly clipped his hair with a pair of scissors.” 

The cutting shears could easily have appeared as an eighteenth century rapier on display in the museum. The image could easily conjure thoughts of emasculation that was not far removed from the history and philosophy classes at Cranbrook School that taught the tragedy that befell eunuchs in ancient Egypt and beyond. 

When any one is attacked and the threat of violence appears in a held instrument, the mind runs wild and no one can dispel the irreparable damage done to the psyche of the victim as seen men with low sexual prejudice react to masculinity threat by perceiving themselves to be more masculine.  Men with high sexual prejudice react to threat by perceiving themselves to be less masculine on the Bem (1974) Sex Role Inventory, F(1, 56) = 4.58, p < .037, η p² = .16 (cf. Stotzer, Rebecca L.; Shih, Margaret (2012). “The relationship between masculinity and sexual prejudice in factors associated with violence against gay men”. doi: 10.1037/a0023991. Psychology of Men & Masculinity, Vol 13(2), April, 136-142; Special Section: Recent Research on Gay and Bisexual Men).

Bullying is always about going after the most vulnerable.  Bullying is a sign of neurotic behavior.  Bullying is a facet of a mentally disturbed individual who targets with verbal or physical aggression against someone younger, smaller, weaker, or does not have the social graces and manners required by a particular group (cp. Tóth, Máté; Halász, József; Mikics, Éva; Barsy, Boglárka; Haller, József (2008). “Early social deprivation induces disturbed social communication and violent aggression in adulthood”. doi: 10.1037/0735-7044.122.4.849. Behavioral Neuroscience, Vol 122(4), August, 849-854). 

There are always excuses offered for bullying–with the more extreme evangelical elitists claiming that bullying is good for the soul and to interfer with bullying denies their faiths religious liberty, but within the excuses the psychoanalyst clearly sees the subconscious attempt at justification, as what is given as an excuse is what the accuser sees within him or herself.  Mitt’s men confessed the same truth psychoanalysts have written about for decades: “It happened very quickly, and to this day it troubles me,” Thomas Buford said. “What a senseless, stupid, idiotic thing to do.” “It was vicious,” Philip Maxwell responded.

Romney conceived and led attack.  It was as brutal as anything that was found in any German Nazi concentration camp.  Cutting off hair in NAZI Germany was a form of humiliation and subordination to the superior wishes of the entrenched elite.  The same was true for Mitt’s goons as Maxwell detailed when he told reporters about Mitt’s attack with the scissors by stating:

Adolph Eichmann and NAZIs chop of long hair from Jews (1941-1945)

“It was a hack job … clumps of hair taken off.” Maxwell confessed that he held the boy’s arm and leg, describing how he and his friends acted as a “pack of dogs” identical to the actions of the NAZI guards at internment centers and concentration camps (read and watch here): the same words used by the NAZI SS.  “He was just easy pickins [sic],” said Matthew Friedemann (read here) revealing a stage of group schizophrenia (cf. Miller, Allison B.; Lenzenweger, Mark F. (2012). “Schizotypy, social cognition, and interpersonal sensitivity”. doi: 10.1037/a0027955.  Personality Disorders: Theory, Research, and Treatment, Vol 3(4), October, 379-392). What is not clear is why the police did not arrest and charge Romney and his gaggle of goons with assault and battery as Romney’s actions matched those of Adolph Eichmann.  Even in a “prank” is a crime in Michigan and elsewhere (Michigan penal code Act 328 of 1931 Section 750.81). 

Cranbrook school 1965

Romney’s ghoulish gambols at Cranbrook never stopped. Once Mitt staged an ‘elaborate formal dinner’ in a busy corridor–to disrupt the flow of human traffic, but cannot be dismissed that it was a cloven-hoof monsterous mephostophelian moment for Mitt to parade his own wealth and possessions.  Mitt loved pomp and circumstance, as he would show on his entertainment yacht that flew the flag not of the USA but of the Cayman Islands where he maintains most of his untaxed wealth.

At another time Mitt impersonated a cop (a misdemeanor then that carries a fine and possible jail time of up to four years in prison).  Governor George Romney’s son was never charged nor arrested as the Romney influence and unlimited capital to spend on favors for police.  Later Romney would put on the uniforms again to scare two girls who were being driven around by two friends.  Romney was known for outlandish pranks, regardless of their cost.

John Lauber before his death of cancer in 2004

According to the report Mitt Romney’s classmate Matthew Friedemann, one-term Governor of Massachusetts was a bully during his years at the prestigious Cranbrook school for boys.  Friedemann, now a dentist, told The Washington Post, Romney was obsessed with John Lauber, a Cranbrook student one year behind them. Romney was not able to talk about Lauber, save in blasting his hair (a strange thing to become enraged over, but one that shows Mitt’s peculiar interests) before Mitt savagely hacked at it.  Mitt’s rant indicated a common occurence when  individuals do not or cannot express their thoughts and feelings concerning a traumatic event,  i.e., behavioral inhibition and denial of a desire) that is either unreachable or for various (social, political, religious or sexual) are denied them–or that they feel they cannot obtain.  There is an increased probability of obsessing about the event as well as long-term illness consequences especially if it is affection that is not returned (cf. Pennebaker, James W. (1985). “Traumatic experience and psychosomatic disease: Exploring the roles of behavioural inhibition, obsession, and confiding”. doi: 10.1037/h0080025. Canadian Psychology/Psychologie canadienne, Vol 26(2), April, 82-95). Such an obsession is frequently translated into desire, especially leading to sexual acts that include the violence of rape when the attacker feels that intimacy is denied or cannot be obtained calmly and with honesty.  It is the discovery of a person’s true sexual interest.   

All psychopathic diseases can be referred to one fundamental instinct – fear – with its concomitant manifestation – anxiety.   The fear instinct arises from the impulse of self-preservation. All functional psychosis is merely an obsession of this instinct, conscious and subconscious. A narrow suggestible personal life plays an important role in the arousal of this instinct and when an act, action, or style of living is contrary to what is presumed or assumed to be acceptable, the fear accelerates and dominates causing violence (cp. Sidis, Boris (1911). “Fear, anxiety and psychopathic maladies”. doi: 10.1037/h0072818. The Journal of Abnormal Psychology, Vol 6(2), June-July, 107-125).  This is especially true in rigid theologies, such as that of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormons), where Mormon teaching against homosexuality and homosexual expression is forbidden or at least curtailed to the point that no one becomes aware of it.  This leads to schizophrenia, where the individual has more than one personality: one that lives in the real world, while the other lives in a world of illusions, allusions, and fantasies. Usually where the faith is strongest, the individual whose conceptualization of the self is divided, will marshal his or her mental forces to bring the divided parts together so that he or she will be a total person.  This causes more stress since the person is not true to the self.

It is possible that Mitt’s desire to save his soul, as seen in his acceptance of being a bishop in his Mormon church, that Romney believes he has to act adversely as he did in the 1960s: pretending to be opposed to Lauber and to show his disdain to cut off Lauber’s bleach-blonde hair that draped over one eye, that suggested to other students that Lauber was gay, while secretly staying in his mental closet and wanting Lauber for himself.  This is common with all great frauds who proclaim one message and enact a different lifestyle as with the Russian monk Rasputin who preached the gospel while seducing the Romanov court physically, sexually, and monetarily–much as the Moscow Patriarch Kirill is doing today to increase his $2 billion fortune made by selling illegal cigarettes. 

As with most psychopathic homophobes, Romney wanted to draw attention to Lauber and thereby internalizing that he was moving attention away from himself.  His goal was to be “one of the regular guys” but also the leader: der Führer (the father figure or a judgmental god) of the group, by commenting, “He can’t look like that. That’s wrong. Just look at him!”  Like the Martin Luther’s “terrible God of Wrath”–Romney had become judge, jury and would be executioner to weed out the transgression, unlike the passivity of Acts 10:34.

That Romney cut off the hair of Lauber speaks volumes on his fragile grasp of reality.  It shows a lack of empathy and feeling for another person (on the psychological breakdown where there is a lack of empathy, read: Nordgren, Loran F.; Banas, Kasia; MacDonald, Geoff (2011). “Empathy gaps for social pain: Why people underestimate the pain of social suffering”. doi: 10.1037/a0020938. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Vol 100(1), January, 120-128).  Lacking empathy at this young age demonstrates that Romney would be a foreigner to empathy at a later age, as when he chortled that the federal government should not be involved with relief activities (read here and here).

Romney pranks detailed.

Friedemann’s account was not a spin, nor without collaboration.  It was concurred with by others in Romney’s select group at Cranbrook: Phillip Maxwell (a lawyer), Thomas Buford (a retired prosecutor) and David Seed (a retired principal). who were independently interviewed and all spoke on the record for the Washington Post. Maxwell described the attack as “vicious.”  (Lauber died of liver cancer in 2004, so he could not have been interviewed.) Seed told The Washington Post he ran into Lauber in an airport shortly before he died. Seed said, “I’m sorry that I didn’t do more to help in the situation,” Lauber reportedly responded, “It was horrible.“It’s something I’ve thought about a lot since then” (read here and here).   

Lauber suffered severe assault trauma from Romney’s bullying that can be defined as the development and maintenance of cognitive variables (hopelessness and self-devaluative thoughts in depression; cognitive responses to intrusive memories and persistent dissociation in PTSD) that showed the clearest specific relationships with outcome: retaining a fixation on the violence, degrading experience and being targeted as one outside of a chosen community (cf. Kleim, Birgit; Ehlers, Anke; Glucksman, Edward (2012). “Investigating cognitive pathways to psychopathology: Predicting depression and post traumatic stress disorder from early responses after assault”. doi: 10.1037/a0027006. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, Vol 4(5), Sep 2012, 527-537). What is common in cases of assault and battery is the victim feels sexually violated as well and develops either an aversion to sex in a healthy environment or becomes a greater risk taker in human sexuality (cf.  Turchik, Jessica A. (2012). “Sexual victimization among male college students: Assault severity, sexual functioning, and health risk behaviors”. doi: 10.1037/a0024605. Psychology of Men & Masculinity, Vol 13(3), July, 243-255; Special Section: Recent Research on Sexual Harassment and Victimization of Men). 

Romney’s attack with scissors could have easily been mentally transferred in the mind Lauber as sexual rape.  Sexual rape is not sexual but an act of violence.  The cutting of the hair has been for thousands of  years a sign of a woman’s submission to a man (1 Corinthians 11:6 that speaks of cutting off the hair, and verse 15 for covering the hair if it is long): a marriage act–one that Romney, as a Mormon, would have understood. 

Since Lauber was deprived of the hair he prized, it being chopped off by Romney, it would be but a short step to similar situations involving sexual emasculation or even castration that could lead to suicidal thoughts.  If the aspersions and attacks continued it would not be uncommon to see immediate and direct action if the victim did not confront the situation with the help of a competent psychoanalyst (cp. Tomasula, Jessica L.; Anderson, Laura M.; Littleton, Heather L.; Riley-Tillman, T. Chris (2012). “The association between sexual assault and suicidal activity in a national sample”. doi: 10.1037/a0029162. School Psychology Quarterly, Vol 27(2), June, 109-119).  The fact that the friends of Romney claim that Mitt repeatedly spoke out against certain people (as he would later do with unusual haste and frequency as a Mormon bishop) strongly indicates that there was some form of victimization within his parental household subject to the Mormon faith’s intensity on “right behavior”.  This belief in “right behavior” was obviously carried over to his school years from the Cranbrook School to Harvard, and later when he served as a Mormon bishop (cf. Espelage, Dorothy L.; Low, Sabina; De La Rue, Lisa (2012). “Relations between peer victimization subtypes, family violence, and psychological outcomes during early adolescence”. doi: 10.1037/a0027386. Psychology of Violence, Vol 2(4), October, 313-324; Special Section: Person-Centered Analyses in Violence Research).

At the time of the assault of Lauber, the Cranbrook administration kept no record of intervening or punishing Romney for his “prank”.  Instead the principal expelled  Lauber for smoking a cigarette.  This witheringly shows collusion and that the school knew it was fully culpable.  A positive school climate could be an important protective factor in preventing student risk behavior, and without one withdrawal and potential suicide is possible and found commonly in private schools where rubrics on behavior are more rigid (cf. Klein, Jennifer; Cornell, Dewey; Konold, Timothy (2012). “Relationships between bullying, school climate, and student risk behaviors”. doi: 10.1037/a0029350. School Psychology Quarterly, Vol 27(3), Sep 2012, 154-169). 

Studies show that students who are bullied at school are at an increased risk of poor mental health and suicide.  Students with multiple roles (victim, bully, and bystander) are significantly more likely to report having had thoughts of ending their life.  In none of the articles on Romney’s bullying of Lauber is there any mention of any psychologist on staff or of any person capable of intervening and stopping this assault on another student.  Instead the atrocity was heralded with screams of joy and passionate applauding by other boys at the school who raised such a din that the administration would have had to have been either asleep or away from the campus. All of them? Nothing was done to curb Romney’s act of terrorism.  His group, more in harmony with the theological students (Taliban) of Afghanistan than any symposium of scholars in the western world, acted with Romney and did nothing to stop the assault that may have led to the later trauma Lauber experienced, and only in 2004 verbally expressed frustration with the incident decades after it occurred (ref. Rivers, Ian; Noret, Nathalie (2010). “Participant roles in bullying behavior and their association with thoughts of ending one’s life”.  doi: 10.1027/0227-5910/a000020. Crisis: The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention, Vol 31(3), 143-148).

What is known, albeit through a paucity of material, is that Mitt Romney deliberately destroyed Lauber’s life at the time of his rape of Lauber’s psychology and catalyzed the incident in Lauber’s psyche so that the younger boy would be traumatized by it for decades.  Romney excused it almost immediately after the incident–which explains why he could not remember it when asked about it in 2012.  It was selective forgetfulness.  Romney and his gaggle could not remember the reason for the assault, although Romney’s friends did claim the attack was generated on the grounds that Romney and his gang characterized Lauber as being “queer” or a “fairy” or “gay” (that was used by many 1965-1966), claiming that the term homosexual was not yet in play.  This, too, is a lie as “homosexual” as a descriptive noun and “homosexuality” as an action verb had been used in the Sen Joe McCarthy (R-WI) hearings of the 1950s (McCarthy was, himself, a closeted homosexual), and were used by those who protested in favor of gay rights (see photo at the beginning of this essay), and especially following the Stonewall riots in New York City (June 28, 1969).

While various faiths and organized religions condemn homosexuality, there is no justification for such bile belched by purveyors of hatred pounding pulpits and bibles, as the word homosexual does not appear in any Bible before 1954,

Biological Exuberance shows that homosexuality exists in every species.

and every major mental health organization has condemned homophobia (cf. the American Psychological Association, the American Psychiatric Association, the American Pediatrics Association, the American Medical Association, and so forth) as a sickness since homosexuality has always existed, and is normal, natural, and good if it leads to self-actualization, and is nature’s natural way to curbing overpopulation based on genetics that are formed or finalized either at conception or within the uterus before birth (opinions vary but are closing in with the findings at UCLA).

Mitt and George Romney on Commencement Day (June 1965)

Not only was Romney to blame—yet he received no disciplinary action from the school—but the act of bullying and assault with a weapon (the scissors) is a clear sign of Romney being mentally unbalanced.  Worse yet, the school must take its share of the blame, not just for ignoring what Romney did and how much his father, the governor of Michigan gave in cash (much in the same was as Terry Branstad of Iowa was able to silence those who wanted his son Eric tried for manslaughter after killing two elderly people while under the influence of alcohol), but Cranbrook (an all boy private school in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan) actually expelled Lauber for smoking one cigarette on campus—a very slight infraction that did not interfere with anyone’s personal rights or perceptions as smoking was common, accepted (and in times encouraged to “look cool”).  

What was Romney’s great fear of homosexuality? It has been around him since birth. In a 2009 national survey, 85 percent of kids who identify as LGBT said they’d been verbally harassed at school, 40 percent physically harassed, and nearly 20 percent physically assaulted because of their sexual orientation. The consequences have been laid out by researchers: Boys who are targets have higher levels of anxiety and depression. For girls, being taunted as a lesbian is linked to social withdrawal. Students who are harassed because of their sexual identity miss substantially more school and, in one study, earned lower grades and both males and females who are bullied have a higher rate of suicide especially within Mormon or evangelical communities and schools. The more elitist a school is, the higher is the potential for suicide as “fitting in” is considered appropriate behavior more so than academic excellence. 

Lauber was not the only gay male Romney and his coterie bullied. Romney mocked a closeted gay student, Gary Hummel, in English class.  Whenever the youth attempted to speak, Romney, like a small child, would shout “Atta girl” inflicting emotional and psychological harm on Hummel. While the Romney campaign initially tried deflecting news of the “exaggerated” incidents, Romney later apologized on the radio show for any pranks that “might have gone too far“.  Several of Romney’s classmates have verified the story as true.  For a long time Romney refused  to admit “remembering” the incident, but in the end apologized for “possible” youthful indiscretions (read here and here).

While there have been rumors of Romney living the closet for most of his life, there are also stories about Romney bullying females.   One published

Peggie Hayes was 23 and single (photo http://www.dailymail.co.uk)

account notes how “Peggie Hayes, a young divorced mother with a child, got pregnant out-of-wedlock in 1983. Romney was the leader of her Mormon ward and she knew the Romneys because she had baby sat their kids and done some work at their home. Romney went to her apartment and pressured her to give up her second child, a son, for adoption (she didn’t), saying that was what the church wanted and threatening her with ex-communication”.  Romney not only acted as a god, but carved out a special world of his own separating himself from the rest of his ward.  There were the ropes that often curtailed access to Romney and his chambers. The elevator settings restricted access to his office. The tape on the floor told people exactly where to stand during events. 

Carrel Hilton Sheldon

Peggie was not unique.  A second account notes “Around the same time, Carrel Hilton Sheldon, also a member of Romney’s ward, developed a blood clot during her sixth pregnancy and suffered life-threatening complications when she was given an overdose of Heparin. Her doctor recommended an abortion and also told her the medication had probably harmed the fetus. The head of the Mormon church in Massachusetts, also a doctor, agreed, noting she needed to survive in order to care for her other children. But Romney went to her hospital room uninvited and pressured her not to have an abortion, telling her that his concern was “with the child.”

Carrel Hilton Sheldon a former Mormon for Choice

Carrel Hilton Sheldon later wrote that as she lay “helpless, hurt, and frightened, trying to maintain my psychological equilibrium,” Romney’s concern was “for the eight-week possibility in my uterus – not for me!”  She terminated her pregnancy and recovered her health (read here).  Carrel Hilton Sheldon left the Mormons, which she called a cult, and became a pro-choice advocate, writing a book entitled Horror Stories: Mitt Romney’s Shameful Record with Mormon Women detailing Mitt Romney’s “psychological intimidation and bullying” during his role as a Bishop of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Mitt Romney baptized dead people

Romney, more than any other candidate for the presidency, allows his religion to dictate his public policies for all people, even for non-Mormons, non-Christians, and those without any belief system.  Romney has participated in baptizing numerous people who were dead and had lived not as Mormons, including thousands of Jews, in his twisted belief that Mormons can pray anyone into heaven (read here and here and here and here).  It is absurd to think that any man has the right to tell any woman what she can or cannot do with her own body; no man has the right to determine if a woman keeps an unwanted or life-threatening fetus for any reason.  Suicides within

Henry Stuart Matis (1967-2000)

the Mormon church are rising (read here and here and here and here and here).  The rigidity of the faith is more than most adherents can accept, with Henry Stuart Matis, 32, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Santa Clara, Calif., shot himself with a handgun on the steps of a Mormon church in Los Altos in the early hours of February 25, 2000.  It is shocking to think that there is a man who condones suicides by Mormons who do not live the straight and narrow interpretation of existence that the plagiarist Joseph Smith Jr created in his Book of Mormon (before he ran for the presidency of the USA in 1844, but was defeated), and will tell women what they cannot do with their bodies–including having an abortion to save their own lives, and who bullies men and women (heterosexuals and homosexuals) and delights in tripping his own daughter-in-law to win a foot race–so that the woman’s husband will admit that Mitt will have no problem with a nuclear war if it wins the victory he envisions.

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Mitt Romney, bully, incessant narcissistic liar, extortionist and his co-conspirators determined to trample USA democracy: Menards Home Center, Mike White, David Siegel, and Bob Murray

Romney (age 18) yearbook, recognized as a bully

A bully throughout his life (read here and here and here), from elementary school through his university days.  Romney was the most troubled at age 18 when he felt he had to compete with his father who was governor of Michigan and attacked another student at the exclusive Cranbook School and cut off the youth’s long hair (read here and here), fearing it to be a sign that the boy was homosexual.

Mitt Romney always has used back-up force of other bullies to bully the most vulnerable (cf. Juvonen, Jaana and Graham, Sandra (Editors, 2001). Peer harassment in school: The plight of the vulnerable and victimized. New York, NY, US: Guilford Press. xix 440 pp). 

Doonesbury by Garry Trudeau on Mitt Romney’s memory

Bullying the most vulnerable, as Romney did repeatedly, demonstrates his own insecurity and quest to be respected and sought out–two qualities that subconsciously he did not feel he was given by his peers.  The bullying by Romney was his reaction to how he saw himself within his own peer group, and attempt to assert himself over others (Espelage, Dorothy L.; Low, Sabina; De La Rue, Lisa (2012). “Relations between peer victimization subtypes, family violence, and psychological outcomes during early adolescence”. doi: 10.1037/a0027386. Psychology of Violence, Vol 2(4), October, 313-324; Special Section: Person-Centered Analyses in Violence Research), with Romney’s attack upon gay and/or perceived gay males being a covert attempt to hide his own fears about his personal sexuality (cp. Poteat, V. Paul; O’Dwyer, Laura M.; Mereish, Ethan H. (2012). “Changes in how students use and are called homophobic epithets over time: Patterns predicted by gender, bullying, and victimization status”. doi: 10.1037/a0026437.  Journal of Educational Psychology, Vol 104(2), May 2012, 393-406).

Romney’s pyschoneurosis (behavioral psychologists regard them as learned, inappropriate responses to stress, which can be unlearned when the individual is open to understanding the plurality is not dangerous and that multicultural acceptance can enhance society) is borderline with torture (read here and here) to push his agenda for control over all things, elevating a degree of social or interpersonal maladjustment.  Romney’s bigotry has long been documented, and his dismissal of those who have supported him the most strongly is ignored by the former governor who has time only for himself in quest of self-fulfillment and the illusion of grandeur (cf. Rhodewalt, Frederick; Morf, Carolyn C. (1998). “On self-aggrandizement and anger: A temporal analysis of narcissism and affective reactions to success and failure”. doi: 10.1037/0022-3514.74.3.672. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Vol 74(3), Mar 1998, 672-685). This agenda and his pathology are part of his family and are intertwined rigidly among his children, especially Taggart Romney.

Taggart Romney with Mitt

Taggart Romney, crass, vain, vitriolic and vile as his father Mitt Romney, became easily upset when listening to Obama’s criticism of his father. When Obama told Romney that he was lying, Taggart jumped up from his seat, declaring that he wanted to take a swing at the President of the USA. Taggart, who is as great a bully, or greater than his father, Mitt, demonstrated his contempt for the First Amendment of the Constitution of the USA and would silence anyone who showed any strength of character against the former Bain Capital investor who ignored all those he predetermined were of less value than he saw himself as having–as with his open statement that he would not represent the 47% of the people of the USA that he claimed did not pay taxes (the full video is here).  One startling part of this incident demonstrated the closeness of the family and a narcissistic psychopathology that exists within the family.  An agency-communion model of narcissism distinguishes between agentic narcissists (individuals satisfying self-motives of grandiosity, esteem, entitlement, and power in agentic domains) and communal narcissists (individuals satisfying the same self-motives in communal domains) as a means of keeping the family together and united as demanded by the Mormon religion that plays a major role in the psychology of father and son–and the entire family.

Craig Romney

Craig Romney, another of Mitt’s sons, told reporters that his father had sworn that he would “trip a bitch” (his daughter-in-law) to win a foot-race and would do anything to win whatever he wanted regardless of whom he hurt, impoverished or cast aspersion upon (read here and here and here  and here). Romney’s contempt for women, a part of his Mormon background, goes beyond his family. He had little interest in hiring women but “kept a binder full of women” (Romney’s lie during the campaign was quickly challenged by ABC News, and hiring boasts exposed by Huffington Post, CNN, and a plethora of media:, read here and here and here and watch here.

Causes of National Debt

Earlier this year Mitt Romney “encouraged” business owners to tell their employees how they should vote and told upper management and CEOs to explain to the employees that a vote for Romney was in their own best interest.  It was an unveiled threat that if they voted for Romney they would be able to keep their jobs (read here and here; for a basic overview but with two good reference citations, read here).

Hitler on labor unions

With a marginal command of the basics of English grammar and use of words, like Adolf Hitler (read here and here ; Hitler took advantage of the people of Germany’s low self-esteem that Romney matches in his political rhetoric: cf.  here and cp. here and here).  Romney called on CEOs to use intimidation and threats of financial ruin, bankruptcy, and unemployment, belching: “I hope you make it very clear to your employees what you believe is in the best interest of your enterprise and therefore their job and their future in the upcoming elections. And [sic] whether you agree with me or you agree with President Obama, or whatever your political view, I hope, you pass those [view points] along to your employees. There’s nothing illegal about you talking to your employees about what you believe is best for the business, because I think [sic] that will figure into their election decision, their voting decision. And [sic, using proper English no educated person starts a sentence with a conjunction] of course doing that with your family and your kids [sic: a kid is a young goat; it is not a child] as well.”

When confronted with the evidence that he was “urging” corporate heads to influence the vote, Romney lied. Romney repeatedly said that his words were taken out of context (for verification of the charges on lying, read and view here and watch here).

Romney has many very wealthy friends who are as determined to silence dissent and return to the USA of the nineteenth century when robber barons ruled Congress and the Constitution of the USA had few amendments–as Rick Perry pledged to undo if he were elected President (read here and here).   One of Romney’s most zealous supporters is Mike White who has a history of violating Wisconsin election laws.

Joe Manone VP of Rite-Hite Corporation speaks for Mike White

White is the chairman, sociopath and owner of Milwaukee based Rite-Hite.  Never at a loss for demands of his employees, White sent the following email  to employees about the upcoming presidential election: “[Employees] should understand the personal consequences to them of having our tax rates increase dramatically if President Obama is re-elected, forcing taxpayers to fund President Obama’s future deficits and social programs (including Obamacare), which require bigger government.”  Mike White deliberately, consciously, and with malice broke Wisconsin law 12.07(3) by intimidating his employees.  The law clearly reads:  No employer or agent of an employer may distribute to any employee printed matter containing any threat, notice or information that if a particular ticket of a political party or organization or candidate is elected or any referendum question is adopted or rejected, work in the employer’s place or establishment will cease, in whole or in part, or the place or establishment will be closed, or the salaries or wages of the employees will be reduced, or other threats intended to influence the political opinions or actions of the employees.  White’s un-American and illegal screed matches

Arthur L. Allen ASG Software

that of ASG Software Solutions CEO Arthur Allen who warned his employees of “dire consequences” that included lay-offs if Obama was reelected.  Allen followed the Koch Brothers lead.

Arthur Allen’s threat

A rant similar to the scorched-earth verbal ejaculations of White and Allen came from rant from semi-prominent real estate magnet and Tea Party Republican David Siegel of Central Florida Investments. Siegel threatened his employees with firing everyone and closing his company if Obama was

David and Jackie Siegel (Florida)

reelected. He vowed he would close his business that he claimed he created with good business practices and would resettle in the Caribbean where they would find him sitting under a tree. The consummate liar, Siegel neglected to mention how he made his billions force-sellingtime-shares that the middle class could not afford.  Siegel also did not mention in his passionate prose that he was found guilty of sexual harassment in a lawsuit brought by former Westgate employee Dawn

Siegel’s Westlake Village Real Estate lists Siegel’s Versailles home

Georgette Meyers (read here; the full judgment on the case is here).Not only did Romney call on the super-rich of the USA for help in conquering the vote and moving into the White House, but he created a false façade of his own alleged popularity that White, Allen, Siegel and others would point to aglow with his praises. It was built much like a Hollywood set: pretty and unreal.

Bob Murray (Ohio, Utah coal)

Romney had the biggest mine owner in Ohio, Bob Murray, force his Ohio coal miners to stand behind him and his podium as if the assembled miners approved his message.  What Romney did not reveal was Murray’s message to the miners before Romney arrived: telling the miners that they could lose their job (he had already laid off 52 coal miners in Utah) and would not be paid for the time they were standing behind Romney (an illegal action that defines both

Romney with conscripted coal miners as backdrop

conscript and slave labor), while the former Massachusetts governor laid out his vision for the USA (read Murray’s secret memo here if the image does not open to full-text). Production was to be increased, but not wages; employers protected but no special attention paid to those who worked in the coal mines. The coal miners were not impressed.

Murray’s August 2, 2012 secret memo

What was not mentioned to the press (although Romney was informed of the coercion after he arrived, and he approved it) is that the boss of the miners told the workers that if they did not attend the photo-op they would be out of a job. Romney’s distain for unions and curtailment on wanton coal mining became the focus of his speech: “Bob Murray, the CEO of Murray Energy Corp., which owns the American Century Mine” without noting Murray’s company, the largest independent coal operator in the country, also owns, by way of a subsidiary, the Crandall Canyon Mine in Utah that had suffered a

The six miners killed at Crandall Canyon mine in Emery County, Utah

series of “accidents” that left employees dead.  None of these deaths needed to nor would have occurred if Murray had bought basic safety gear. Murray refused, claiming that the expenditure was not necessary.

Five years previous to Romney’s salvo for the presidency as he stood in front of other Murray miners, six miners (Kerry Allred, Don Erickson, Luis Hernandez, Carlos Payan, Brandon Phillips and Manuel Sanchez) who were nearing the end of their 12-hour shift died in the early morning hours of

Three rescuers killed at Crandall Canyon mines in Utah

August 6, when the mine collapsed.  Their deaths were followed by the loss of life by three rescue workers: local coal miners Dale Black, 49, Brandon Kimber, 29, and mine safety inspector Gary Jensen, 53) who died after a 1.6 magnitude mountain “bump” hit, blowing out the mine’s ribs and burying the rescue workers alive under debris alive.

Violations Murray ignored resulting in death of coal miners

Murray showed demonic disdain with his belligerent behavior after the accident. The Mine Safety and Health Administration fined Murray’s operation more than $1.85 million for violations that it says directly contributed to the deaths. Murray voiced the violations were trivial (the government and mining inspectors countered by calling the infractions flagrant) and lied about one of the infractions with a stone cold face as he deliberately withheld information from the federal government about a dangerous mining technique the company decided to use to meet its coal quota just before the lethal collapse.

Murray, a strong Romney supporter, who has never accepted government regulations passed to protect his workers, has also been charged with 2,787 mining violations in Illinois—violations that Murray snorts at since he is “a

Coal mine tracking devices that Bob Murray rejects

businessman… where business comes first [before human lives lost or ruined]” (read here and here). Murray opposed legislation by Illinois and federal lawmakers there as well as in his home state of Ohio that would require miners to wear emergency tracking devices that he claimed were “too costly” and would adversely affect his bottom-line of profit. 

Murray, having visited with “conservatives” including Romney, had lobbied against new safety regulations, spending more on lobbying than would have cost to buy the new safety equipment, arguing that legislators were “playing politics with the safety of my employees [jobs].”

US Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK)

Adamant against science, rejecting that the world’s natural resources are finite, Murray has slipped further than most Congressmen (even beyond the inanity of Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK) who won the 2012 Rubber Dodo Award) and claims climate change is fantasy and that resources are infinite.  Speaking before the US Senate, Murray stated (as reported on August 7, 2008) “The science of global warming is suspect. [...] Reducing carbon emissions will impact our poorest families worst. All you are doing with this Draconian legislation is destroying American families’ standard of living, their ability to have jobs, and export jobs to China.” Exporting jobs to China became the new terrorist tactic of Romney and his supporters, who, through Bain Capital have exported US jobs abroad, but now argues that people are worse off now than they were four years ago. To emphasize his point, Murray insisted the collapse resulted from an earthquake and accused the United Mine Workers of America labor union of propelling the story about retreat mining in an attempt to organize more workers. “These individuals have given very false statements. They know nothing about the damage in the mine or the rescue efforts that are under way. I caution the media to very much question the veracity of these sources,” Murray said of the UMWA(United Mine Workers of America).  Murray created the fiction for the collapsed based on an initial seismologist report that claimed that there was an earthquake with a magnitude 3.9 that was responsible for the collapse.  Later the seismologist report corrected the initial statement by stating that it was the collapse itself that their instruments had measured:

Utah mine collapse

“There is no evidence that the earthquake triggered the mine collapse,” Walter Arabasz, the director of the University of Utah’s seismograph stations, told the media (read here and here) noting that the mine’s collapse took but seconds given such shoddy preparation and lack of materials to sustain any earth settlement.

In 2012, Romney now opposes strong regulation of the coal industry.  The former governor argues passionately as the plate of big business is passed around to collect tithing for his campaign, that carbon emissions should not be subject to regulation under the Clean Air Act. It is one more case of double-talk; Romney flip-flopped against.  As the Massachusetts governor, Romney lauded carbon emission limits and at one point stood outside a coal plant and said, “I will not create jobs or hold jobs that kill people, and that plant, that plant kills people” (watch here). As governor, Romney also backed a regional cap-and-trade system, that would reduce carbon pollution by imposing caps on emissions and allowing companies to buy and sell pollution permits, before backing off of that position. These changes of political positioning Romney did not mention when he called on CEOs to “train” and “lead” their employees to vote for him.  He had the support of the most nefarious of all self-serving citizens in the USA: the Koch Brothers.

Menards

Following the lead of the Koch Brothers and other far-right activists, Menards (headquartered in Eau Claire, Wisconsin; it has 270 stores and 40,000 employees with a revenue for 2011 of $7.17 billion—before the November 6th election) headed by 71-year-old John Menardof Eau Claire, Wisconsin with a net worth of $6 billion (he is number 73 of Forbes billionaires in the USA)

John Menard Jr.

held a “civics course” on why all employees had to vote for Romney. The course is entitled ‘Civics 101: The National Self Governing Will In-Home Training’.  It incorporates much of a program concocted by Koch-linked political operatives Mark Block and Linda Hansen who had worked with the now-defunct Herman Cain presidential campaign. The third part of the textbook, subtitled “American Job Security”, that has a message similar to the letter sent by Koch Industries CEO Dave Robertson to retirees and employees of the company’s Georgia Pacific subsidiary telling employees that they could lose their jobs and retirees could lose their pensions if Obama won in November 2012.  The message was simple: Vote for Mitt Romney–or face the consequences.

Heritage Foundation erroneous table set in Menard’s civic course

Although the Menards course doesn’t offer an explicit candidate endorsement, it describes Obama policies in threatening terms, while policies that echo Romney’s proposals are portrayed in a positive and uplifting light. Nothing is said that the FBI is investigating links between two pro-Romney groups (Americans for Prosperity Foundation chaired by Charles and David Koch, Prosperity for America, Wisconsin Prosperity Network and Friends of Herman Cain).

Sharon Bialeck (Cain mistress)

Cain, among the most reprehensible crooks and philanderers to run for any political office, received laundered money from Prosperity USAthat improperly covered expenses for the Herman Cain campaign including the chartering of a private jet to ferry the former Godfather’s Pizza CEO and his

Ginger White (Cain mistress)

assorted mistresses, from Sharon Bialek and Ginger White, to campaign events. Menards is not only a major polluter like Koch Industries, but is virulently anti-labor, refusing to hire anyone who had worked in a pro-union store (read here and here). Small businesses are attacked if they accept federal funds; government programs aimed at helping smaller businesses are described as a government plan for making small businesses dependent on government. Tax dollars are seen as wasted with no realistic charts presented.

Americans for Prosperity Tax Table in Menards “civic course” (it is not endorsed nor is the information from the IRS or any other cited group)

Graphic from Steven Moore’s article, “The Keys to Prosperity,” as presented in Menards training program for employees, “Civics 101: The National Self Governing Will In-Home Training, Course 3: American Job Security.”

As for Romney’s never-ending string of lies, the most fanciful stretch of the truth came with his claim that Jeep (owned by Chrysler) would outsource its auto production to mainland China. This lie finalized his crown as liar-in-chief for many, realizing that Romney would say anything to be elected. Jeep denied Romney’s lie immediately:

Chrysler repeated that Jeep would not move to China

Despite clear and accurate reporting, the take has given birth to a number of stories making readers believe that Chrysler plans to shift all Jeep production to China from North America, and therefore idle assembly lines and U.S. workforce. It is a leap that would be difficult even for professional circus acrobats.

Let’s set the record straight: Jeep has no intention of shifting production of its Jeep models out of North America to China. It’s simply reviewing the opportunities to return Jeep output to China for the world’s largest auto market. U.S. Jeep assembly lines will continue to stay in operation. A careful and unbiased reading of the Bloomberg take would have saved unnecessary fantasies and extravagant comments.

What happened the last week of October 2012 was that Mitt Romney’s Bain Capital that owned Delphi Automotive (based in Detroit, Michigan) fired 25,000 union workers, costing those workers about $1 billion from their pensions. Instead of using its extra capital to protect their American workers, Bain Capital decided to further line their corporate pockets.  Delphi just finished buying factories in Asia that make car parts, for the same amount of money Delphi cost its 15,000 USA workers’ their pensions.

Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) welcomed Obama for flying to help storm victims early

The lies did not stop with Jeep. Romney vowed he would suspend campaigning during the Sandy Superstorm (read here and here  and here  where Romney is incorrectly referred to as a Senator). Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan, Romney’s choice for Vice President, insists that other federal programs be slashed to help disaster victims: read here and here.

Romney yacht The Cracker Bay (2012)

While Obama stopped campaigning, Romney did not.  Even at the worst moments of the storm when entire blocks of New York City were set afire, the

Cracker Bay flies the Caymans Island flag

subways closed because of high water, and a tanker banked on the ground, Romney celebrated a “pre-election victory”.  It was the same indifference to the problems people were experiencing when he celebrated on August 29, 2012 aboard his 150-foot yacht flying the flag of the Cayman Islands.

Cracker Bay yacht

The yacht, the Cracker Bay is owned by Gary Morse, developer of the Villages retirement community. Companies controlled by Morse gave nearly $1 million to the pro-Romney Restore Our Future SuperPAC and the yacht has an impressive art collection and can seat 30 for dinner. Those who are invited for an excursion and dinner on board the yacht are billionaires.  Not one citizen out of the 47% that Romney disdains has ever been invited to stop on board.

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Mitt Romney said that any disaster relief is “immoral”

Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney told John King during the June 13, 2011 Republican presidential primary debate that federal disaster relief was “immoral”:

KING: What else, Governor Romney? You’ve been a chief executive of a state. I was just in Joplin, Missouri. I’ve been in Mississippi and Louisiana and Tennessee and other communities dealing with whether it’s the tornadoes, the flooding, and worse. FEMA is about to run out of money, and there are some people who say do it on a case-by-case basis and some people who say, you know, maybe we’re learning a lesson here that the states should take on more of this role. How do you deal with something like that?

ROMNEY: Absolutely. Every time you have an occasion to take something from the federal government and send it back to the states, that’s the right direction. And if you can go even further and send it back to the private sector, that’s even better.

Instead of thinking in the federal budget, what we should cut—we should ask ourselves the opposite question. What should we keep? We should take all of what we’re doing at the federal level and say, what are the things we’re doing that we don’t have to do? And those things we’ve got to stop doing, because we’re borrowing $1.6 trillion more this year than we’re taking in. We cannot…

KING: Including disaster relief, though?

ROMNEY: We cannot—we cannot afford to do those things without jeopardizing the future for our kids. It is simply immoral, in my view, for us to continue to rack up larger and larger debts and pass them on to our kids, knowing full well that we’ll all be dead and gone before it’s paid off. It makes no sense at all. [emphasis added]

In this regard, Romney was speaking identical to his future running-mate: Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.   Ryan attempted to cut a new disaster aid fundthat “budgets help for victims of hurricanes, tornadoes and floods before they occur.”  Romney reaffirmed his opposition to all disaster relief in October 2012 shortly before Superstorm Sandy. 

Post-Tropical Cyclone Sandy shows storm still rolling inland (bit.ly/SrA4eo)

Surprisingly, Republican Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey praised Obama’s sudden and effective response to the Superstorm.  As the Huffington Post reported (with video):

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) praised President Barack Obama’s response to Hurricane Sandy, which he said has left over 2.4 million people without power in his state.
 
“It’s a major disaster,” Christie said on NBC’s Today. “We have a battered, battered New Jersey shore that I hope to tour a little bit later on today, but I think the losses are going to be almost incalculable.”
 
This morning, Obama declared a major disaster in New Jersey and New York, making federal aid available to help with recovery efforts.
 
Christie said that he had spoken with Obama several times on Monday, and that the federal response “has been great.””I was on the phone at midnight again last night with the president personally,” Christie, a Romney supporter, said. “The president has been outstanding in this, and so the folks of FEMA, Craig Fugate and his folks have been excellent.” (http://status.huffingtonpost.com/page/2/)

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Des Moines (Iowa) Register’s lies about Romney and Obama

Mitch McConnell

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), whom some have described as acting as a former member of the KKK (reigniting issues that were popular in the 1950s-1970s, cp. here and here with note by Bob Currie, with a video on rewriting the Constitution with receptive points here and a personal account by a man familiar with McConnell here exposing the Senator’s racist epithets) and avowed racist (read here and here and here and watch here), maintained that the Republicans’ number one goal remains the defeat of President Obama.  For much of the past two months Democrats accused the Republican of holding the country “hostage” in the debt ceiling fight. According to the Democrats, the Republicans had routinely raised the debt limit with no accompanying spending cuts under President Bush, but had suddenly decided to hold America’s economy hostage until their demands were met under President Obama. For a while Republicans expressed outrage at this accusation, saying they were simply trying to bring some “fiscal sanity” to Washington and express the “will of the people.” However, yesterday Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) was bold enough as to openly detail the Republican hostage taking strategy. In an interview in The Washington Post McConnell admitted that many of his members were actually willing to let the country default, “I think some of our members may have thought the default issue was a hostage you might take a chance at shooting.”

John Boehner

The odious opportunism of Speaker John Andrew Boehner (8th District Ohio) matches the raw rhetoric of McConnell and will do anything to defeat Obama even if it means destroying the USA’s advance towards greater human rights and civil liberties.  Boehner’s bipartisan support is only for media attention with no plans to implement it immediately.  Boehner, a die-hard racist (read here and read and watch here) catering to a 89.2% white majority in his district (although Caucasians make up only 66% of the population, and non-white births now surpass white births) and ignoring the minority constituents in his district, said in front of Congress that he was not going to pass anything that would help Obama get re-elected. The wealthy white males must win and control the USA at any cost.  With partisanship and racism as his two alter-egos, “Weeping” (as he is found to be called on the Internet) deliberately killed three million construction jobs, claims that the health care in the USA is “the best in the world” (it actually is 37th; the USA has the fourth worst rate for infant mortality in the OECD, is third-to-last in terms of mortality for children under 20, 12th from the bottom when it comes to child suicide, has the second-highest teen birth rate, is eighth from last on overall life expectancy at birth, and tied with Slovenia for third-worst place in terms of doctor density — a count of how many doctors are available per 1,000 citizens), lied that “Obama wants to kill your grandma” and more.

Eric Cantor

Not far from his side politically or morally is the trooper Eric Cantor, former (?) Klansman and open racist (read here and here and here) representing the 7th district of Virginia as the only Jew in the anti-semitic Republican Party in the House.  Cantor is a fringe-member of the Republican Party out of touch with reality and claimed that at one KKK gathering where Teabaggers were carrying hate signs, that Democrats had supplied the signs (watch here). Cantor assails the “Imperial Presidency” of Obama yet finds nothing amiss with the plutocracy of Nixon or the Bush dynasty

Koch Brothers, Adelson, Trump

Cantor with Rove and the Koch Brothers (the Koch Brothers’ father attempted to overthrow democracy in the USA with the invention of the John Birch Society, support for the McCarthy-Nixon hearings, blacklisted actors, teachers, and public figures, pledged to buy the media in order to overthrow democracy in the USA and create a government of, by, and for business, with Karl Rove who led the attack on labor, teachers, police, firemen, nurses and other professionals in the state of Wisconsin, vowing to buy Iowa and key swing states mass media to ensure Romney is endorsed and wins the presidency

Iowans attempt citizens arrest of Karl Rove

(read here and here). Four citizens of Iowa who opposed Rove’s Palmegate crimes (cf. Joseph C. Wilson 4th, “What I Didn’t Find in Africa”, The New York Times, July 6, 2003) tried to arrest Rove were arrested by Rove-bribed Des Moines police. The Des Moines Register used fabrications of the event in printing the story with no true journalistic responsibility in presenting all sides.

Romney, himself, sequestering, hiding, and not paying taxes on more than $17 million in income (read here and here and here), boasted he could buy Iowa (read here and here). The Republicans did buy Iowa, buying the most corrupt of all pseudo-journalists in the state of Iowa when they purchased (read here and here) using millions of Koch Brothers money to entrench their threats of laying off nearly 50,000 employees (read here and here) telling Iowa media and the editorial board of the Des Moines Register (a Gannett paper that had to question how Obama had not turned around the economy; with The Tennessean writing: “it is far less of an endorsement of Romney than a lack of endorsement of President Obama…” , under similar pressure experienced by the Register:  editors had to demonstrate their support if they wanted to keep their jobs (Gannett has already cut 700 jobs) and . 

Robert J. Dickey of Gannett papers

Bob Dickey, president of the Gannett community papers division, said: “While we are seeing improved circulation results and audience growth, weakness in the real estate sector, slow job creation and now softer auto ad demand continue to challenge revenue growth in the division,” Dickey said. “National advertising remains soft and with many of our local advertisers reducing their overall budgets, we need to take further steps to align our costs with the current revenue trends.”  With the news of Romney’s endorsement by the Des Moines Register, the Cincinnati Enquirer, and the Indianapolis Star, its stop closed up 40 cents compared to 6.2–the endorsements were political blackmail and had nothing to do with reality.

Sheldon Adelson pledged $10 million to Koch Brothers to buy the government

The Republican / Tea Party is the most corrupt organization today in the USA, funded by Adelston of Las Vegas, and even my the owners of Gold’s Gym that made money with federal handouts.  It is revitalizing the Khristian Knights of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK), American Nazi Movement, Sovereign Citizen, and all white supremacist groups—and the

Gold’s Gym gave $2 million to Karl Rove (to deny rights to LGBT people)

most racist fringe elements in evangelical extremism.  The KKK and neo-Nazis making a significant comeback, fueled by anti-immigrant hate (read here and here, with growth in central Iowa especially in Waterloo-Cedar Falls (University of Northern Iowa: read here and here) with a strong show of support for Mitt Romney and banners that read “Romney is one of us”), the University of Iowa at Iowa

KKK at Pottsboro, Iowa

City and university towns.  The main Klan cauldron is in Boone, Iowa—not far from Iowa State University.  The KKK is headquartered in Charles City, but the Iowa Nazis are directed out of Cedar Valley. Iowa.  This racism and the greed in the editorial staff at the Des Moines Register are appalling and thinly veiled.

Obama pictured as Kenya witchdoctor (photo courtesy of Tea Party Vic of Ames, IA)

Racism is both the backbone of the Tea Party and its foster-child: the Republican Party.  This can be seen in its many attacks on Obama’s race (with photographs as Obama being a Kenya medicine man) with those suffering from mental neurosis: becoming distrustful and considering everyone a possible enemy, becoming overly interested in other people’s opinion about them, are usually bored and dissatisfied, accept irrational problems to solutions, and rapidly spread falsehoods and fabrications especially by means of the Internet, as with such neurotic ranting racists as Vic of Ames, Iowa, Lucia of Carrollton, Texas, and others who are more famous, especially Republican Party and Romney aide John Sununu who claimed that Former Chief of Staff and later Secretary of State for George Bush, Colin Powell, endorsed Obama because the President is black: video and transcript

Colin Powell with Barrack Obama in the Oval Office of the White House, December 1, 2010 (Photo by jim young for Reuters)

here.  

Retired Army Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, Colin Powell’s former chief of staff.

Retired Army Col. Lawrence Wilkerson told Ed Schultz (watch here and read here) responded to Sununu’s racial card succinctly:

My party, unfortunately, is the bastion of those people — not all of them, but most of them — who are still basing their positions on race. Let me just be candid: My party is full of racists, and the real reason a considerable portion of my party wants President Obama out of the White House has nothing to do with the content of his character, nothing to do with his competence as commander-in-chief and president, and everything to do with the color of his skin, and that’s despicable.  … to say that Colin Powell would endorse President Obama because of his skin color is like saying Mother Theresa worked for profit.

Editor of Des Moines “Register” explains support for Romney 2012

Despite the overt racism generated by threats of being fired at the Des Moines Register, the Register’s reprehensible lies are worth noting—and worth nothing–but they reflect the growing racism within the editorial staff and the paper itself—threatened with loss of job and future opportunities, threatened by people of color as well as the LGBT and other marginalized communities who might merit their positions, and the Gannett purge of staff.  The editorial, representing the bigotry of old white men and evangelical extremists reads, in parts, similar to other Gannett papers following Bob Dickey’s ukase to curry favor with the Koch Brothers and other billionaires:

Ben Lange, center, talks with the Des Moines Register’s Editorial Board

American voters are deeply divided about this race. The Register’s editorial board, as it should, had a vigorous [it was not, according to inside sources who have asked not to be named] debate over this endorsement. Our discussion repeatedly circled back to the nation’s single most important challenge: pulling the economy out of the doldrums, getting more Americans back in the workforce in meaningful jobs with promising futures, and getting the federal government on a track to balance the budget in a bipartisan manner that the country demands [Romney’s close ties with the Koch Brothers] is about cutting salaries, increasing workloads, and denying collective bargaining rights.

Which candidate could forge the compromises in Congress to achieve these goals? [The Register conveniently ignored the repeated entreaties for bipartisanship: read here for Obama’s quest for a spending freeze ; and here to curb debt, invest in education, high-speed rail and internet, etc; upgrading the nation’s infrastructure; etc. all that the motley crew at the Register conveniently forgot and refused to even acknowledge: watch and read here]. When the question is framed in those terms, Mitt Romney emerges the stronger candidate [actually, Romney is weaker, increasing spending in Massachusetts (if Romney would be president, military spending would jump another $2.1 trillion), doing little for education in Massachusetts (read here;  Romney used Bain Capital personnel to think how Massachusetts could improve its education system, and they failed miserably:  as the Chronicle of Higher Education noted, Romney and Bain Capital were “out of touch” with the realities of education and what was needed: read here; cp. here for a full fact-check ), and doing next to nothing for the infrastructure in Massachusetts (read here and here for spending twice what was needed on road repairs, giving contracts to cronies—which is one of the many reasons he wisely decided against a second term in office]. 

The Des Moines Register editors did little to no homework on issues critical to Iowa and the USA as a whole but gave into the big bucks and bluster of the super rich controlling the state and nation.  The Register continued its screed:

Romney and Bain Capital

The former governor and business executive has a strong record of achievement in both the private and the public sectors [this is one of the Register’s editors biggest lies. When Romney was governor of Massachusetts, the state fell to number 47 in the record of jobs creation; Romney had no power nor influence in the private sector, where Bain Capital outsourced more jobs than it created; during the Second Presidential Debate, Romney kept repeating:

Romney’s Bain Capital income

Government does not create jobs. Government does not create jobs.” Romney is especially against any appreciable investment in science, a rejection widely criticized in the scientific community where Neal F. Lane, a professor of physics and astronomy at Rice University (Texas) who previously headed the National Science Foundation and was science adviser to President Bill Clinton noted:

Scientific knowledge and new technologies are the building blocks for long-term economic growth — “the key to a 21st-century economy,” as President Obama said in the final debate.

So it is astonishing that Mr. Romney talks about economic growth while planning deep cuts in investment in science, technology and education. They are among the discretionary items for which spending could be cut 22 percent or more under the Republican budget plan, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

Documents contradict former Massachusetts Governor Romney

He was an accomplished governor in a liberal state [another lie, as Romney pushed through cuts in state spending by putting added pressure on localities to reduce services or raise property taxes, and the share of town and city revenues coming from property taxes rose from 49 to 53 percent and greedy venture capitalist whose firm cut jobs and slashed salaries at companies it took over. Angry workers from an Indiana plant even trekked to Massachusetts to dog Romney, who never quite recovered from the negative onslaught.]  Massachusetts combined state and local tax burden

Higher taxes under Romney

increased during Romney’s governorship [Romney raised property taxes from 49% to 53%, cut small business initiatives, and left new unemployed Massachusetts residents without prospects for replacement jobs and while Obama cut small business taxes 18 times, Romney did not have an equal record during his only term as governor of Massachusetts]. He founded and ran a successful business that turned around failing companies [No.  Bain Capital bought up struggling companies, outsourced jobs then put the companies out of business; read here and here and here and watch here]. He successfully managed the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City [this is only partially true, as there are and were in 2002 two budgets: The budget Romney is talking about is the first one, covering Olympic operations and he balanced that budget was balanced and ended up with a surplus of about $100 million. The second budget, that was for $240 million for security (the games came shortly after 9/11, heightening costs) and $160 million for core transportation upgrades, such as interstate interchanges, and to that $400 million it is necessary to add at least $400 million was spent on a light-rail system. In Romney’s 2004 book, Turnaround: Crisis, Leadership and the Olympic Games, he wrote that he asked his lobbyist “to bring in more federal funding than had ever been appropriated for any Olympics, summer or winter.” The committee employed five federal lobbying firms beyond his in-house lobbying office, spending $3.5 million in all, NBC News reported earlier this year. “Romney is right on a technicality that misses the major issue about financing any Olympics,” said Roger G. Noll, a Stanford University economist who has studied large public infrastructure projects, including stadiums. “Romney saved the Salt Lake City Olympics by regaining political support. One way he did this was to reduce costs below the plan, but the main reason is that Romney succeeded in getting a huge subsidy from the federal government.”  One way he did that was by charging employees a dollar a slice for pizza (served on paper plates) and 25 cents for sodas; adding charges for other items that were or below cost, and advocating for more federal money.  At the same time he has claimed, repeatedly, that he opposes federal assistance and “ear-marks” for special events such as the Olympics.

….

Delphi Auto cooked the books and was sold by Bain Capital

Consumers must feel more confident about their own economic futures to begin spending on the products and services that power the economy [but it rose over the last two years under Obama]. A renewed sense of confidence will spark renewed investment by American companies. Industry will return to full production and hiring will

Romney’s investments in China

begin again [this blatant lie is exposed with Romney’s Bain Capital putting Delphi Auto out of business, firing 25,000 employees in Troy, Michigan, at the end of October 2012, and buying up businesses in China.  Most of his money is invested in China and offshore islands where there is no income tax that he has to pay--like other citizens of the USA pay].

Jeep is not moving to China where workers are paid 92 cents an hour

That should come with Mitt Romney in the White House. [It already has in the auto industry under Obama; Romney twisted the story by wrongfully claiming that Jeep was moving to China, that had as an initial source the Bloomberg ReviewOil drilling has increased under Obama, and gun sales and the gun industry is thriving and is the NRA, which makes it ridiculous since gun owners and the NRA oppose Obama].

There is not a lot of difference between the two candidates’ short-term economic plans, as both are heavy on a promise of tax cuts for the middle class but short on details. Romney’s plan, however, goes beyond helping the middle class with tax breaks [another Register lie in part, as the Romney plan is to end benefits for low and middle class workers, as PolitiFacts notes that Romney’s plans will end Earned Child Income (ECI) for lower-income taxpayers, delete mortgage interest deductions, and rescind child care (IRS Form 2441)  benefits, and cancel education interest deductions].

Romney-Ryan tax plan 2012

Throughout the campaign, he [actually both Romney and Obama have, but Romney is especially focused on private: for disaster relief; (religious and home-schooling) education, and health care, while Obama sees the private sector creating and sustainingjobs as industries and agriculture, increasing aid to public schools

Time Magazine (cover)

and institutions] has expressed faith in the private sector to fuel a more robust economic recovery if it has more confidence that the federal government will not be an obstacle. Romney has a strategy for job growth through tax and regulatory relief for small businesses, encouraging all forms of domestic energy production, education that prepares graduates with job skills, expanding foreign trade and reducing the burden of federal deficits

Romney wrote Op-Ed for New York Times

[Romney cofounded Bain Capital as the antithesis of this lie (Romney told the New York Times “Let Detroit Go Bankrupt”, and has put more businesses out of production (Sarah Palin said, on Fox News, that Romney needs a “Bain show and Tell”), outsourced more jobs, while increasing taxes on small businesses and on the middle class and poor: read here and here and here].

One of the biggest obstacles either candidate faces is partisan gridlock in Congress [Romney has no record of “reaching across the aisle” or “spanning the political divide” not even as governor of Massachusetts: ; Obama, on the other hand, did attempt bipartisanship numerous times; the lack of bipartisanship is with Congress, not with Obama]. It appears unlikely either party will have enough votes to have its own way without bringing over members from across the aisle.

Bipartisan support–how to get it

Early in his administration, President Obama reached out to Republicans but was rebuffed [true and it continued with the protestations from Boehner that he would make sure that Obama’s “agenda” would fail; with Eric Cantor's proclamation that he would do all in his power to stop any compromise between the House and the White House (read here and here); and for the Tea Party to offer any support in bailing out a dying USA]. Since then, he has abandoned the effort, and the partisan divide has hardened. That has hampered not only the economy [Romney lies about taxes, claiming he will seek each person (and corporation) to pay a fair share, but as governor of Massachusetts went after business when the diminishing middle class was near poverty, but the entire country]. We remain a nation of red states and blue states (it will always be that way as it always has been in any democracy).

Marriage between one man and one woman

Romney succeeded as governor in Massachusetts where he faced Democratic majorities in the legislature (no he did not, Romney alienated nearly everyone with his flip-flops: from endorsing same-sex marriage to opposing it. In 2004 he initially instructed town clerks to issue marriage licenses to same-sex unions (Abraham, Yvonne; Phillips, Frank (May 19, 2004). “Romney Eyes Order on Licenses; Seeks to Halt Marriage of Gay Outsiders”. The Boston Globe.),

Romney’s earlier stand on gay rights

but then he endorsed a petition effort led by the Coalition for Marriage & Family that would have banned same-sex marriage and made no provisions for civil unions. In 2004 and 2006, he urged the U.S. Senate to vote in favor of the Federal Marriage Amendment. Then in 2012 signed National Organization for Marriage (NOM) draconian bill to illegalize same-sex marriages and forbid them nationally; and in 2006, as governor, Romney declared that any form of contraception (including homosexuality was aimed at destroying the “family” that had as its primary purpose procreation in a world of dwindling natural resources].  If elected, he would have an opportunity to renew the effort. He would begin with an advantage in the House, where a Republican majority is likely to remain after the election. The challenge will be in the Senate, where it takes a super-majority to pass anything of substance.

Romney laughs

Romney should not squander an opportunity to build consensus in Washington by wasting time on issues that animate many in his party. We cannot rewind the clock on progress for minorities, women, gays and lesbians. We must make it easier for immigrants to come here to live and work legally [getting--and maintaining--a job would, however, be difficult, especially since Romney encourages “self-deportation”] and stop making criminals of those who are living here lawfully, paying taxes and raising families. The federal government must continue to insist on clean air and water and encourage clean and renewable energy[wishful illusionary thinking as such is in direct opposition to Koch

Coffee Creek (Arkansas) pollution 2012 (Koch Brothers Industry)

Industry practices, as with Coffee Creek in Arkansas, denouement of the rain forests for Georgia-Pacific in Perú and Brasil, etc, and more so, because Romney has opposed each of these ideals].

Taking bribes in political times is normal, and graft is common, especially in the media (as seen with the rising cost of political ads).  However, taking under-the-table money from the Koch Brothers, Donald Trump, the sinister and nefarious National Chamber of Commerce that represents no small businesses and is a front for Koch

Charles and Liz Koch and Koch HQ 2012

Industries (owned and controlled by Charles and his wife Elizabeth, and David and his wife Julia), and other Super-PACS has reached a new high with the editors of the Des Moines Register registering a new low in the sale of support against the best interest of Iowans (read here  and here and here) with the despicable US Supreme Court (SCOTUS) that

David (age 61) and Julia (age 39) Koch in New York City

any rational person would hold in total contempt, prohibiting limits on corporate spending to influence voters. Iowans must boycott the Des Moines Register (influenced by Romney’s Super-PAC Restore Our Future which corrupted any independent journalismthat existed by threatening journals, editors, linemen, and other workers with loss of jobs, foreclosure on homes, and the other draconian promises Romney made to his elite club of

Members of what even Mike Huckabee calls the “Club for Greed.”

billionaires when he said he did not and would not represent the 47% who “paid no taxes [sic]“:  with foreign cash representing foreign interest influencing judgments and endorsements) .  It represents everything that is opposed to the better welfare and advance of the people and is a cover for the interests of oligarchs

AFA, NOM, Citizens United, Huckabee and Santorum attack on democracy using Vander Plaats hate organization The FAMiLY (2012)

Former US Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) paid $1 million to Bob Vander Plaatsfor his endorsement for the presidency. I wonder how much the Romney camp paid the editors of the Des Moines Register for their the ghoulish shade of decay, antiquity, and desolation; the putrid, dripping eidolon of unwholesome endorsement of one of the most

Billionaire industry titans in USA

pandering predatory prevarications passing promises plucked from perdition prance pandering pontificating parched sentences to intimidate and scare Americans as the article supporting Romney is without facts and narrows naked partisanship.  With Antonin Scalia in charge of the actual operations of the US Supreme Court and lining his pockets with Koch money, the USA is doomed to a plutocracy.  Additional research, I fear I will

Corporate control of US Supreme Court

find it was no golden purse that bribed the Des Moines Register editors but at most a feigned promise of job retention so that the wealth that would trickle into the wallet of Bob Dickey and stockholders at Gannett could become fatter at the expense of the workers who are the true source of their wealth that they did nothing to earn, but that comes with money made off of the work of other people less fortunate.

I was born and educated in Iowa. The Des Moines Register’s new gaggle of spineless editors makes me ashamed of that inerasable fact.  Almost seventy years ago I was taught to tell the truth, and I taught that to my students and to my clients when I was forced to resign my job in Ames for upsetting the hierarchy that did not want their own deviousness and corruption to be exposed.  I could not be bought then, anymore than I am for sale now.  I retired back to Radcliffe to survive in my little business.  Today’s editorial staff at the Des Moines Register has not learned that old and outdated value we read in John 8:32: καὶ γνώσεσθε τὴν ἀλήθειαν καὶ ἡ ἀλήθεια ἐλευθερώσει ὑμᾶς or in the languages of my ancestors: und werdet die Wahrheit erkennen; und die Wahrheit wird euch freimachen. (Luther, 1545), or og I skal kjenne sannheten, og sannheten skal frigjøre eder ( Der Norsk Bibelselskap 1930), and for my students: y conoceréis la Verdad, y la Verdad os libertará. (Sagradas Escrituras, 1569); the noun in Arabic حقيقة has the same message–but a message that cannot be found in the Des Moines Register of today.  The Gannett publisher is responsible, and this individual merits no praise nor recognition, for he is like the publishers in the Third Reich who printed that misinformation that the government of autocrats and fascists demanded as is required by the Koch Brothers and their goose-stepping goons in their billionaires club.

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