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Rape, abortion, God, Bible, Tea Party Republicans and psychology

Richard Mourdock (R-IN) claims God intends for there to be rape

On Tuesday, October 23, 2012, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Richard Mourdock (running for the U.S. Senate seat in Indiana, against Democrat U.S. Congressman Joe Donnelly, the Tea Party Republican who defeated incumbent Republican Senator Richard Lugar in a surprise upset in Indiana’s primary election for U.S. Senate) declared that children born of rape are “God intended.”  Furthermore, draconically denouncing women who protest rape or abort the zygotes generated by rape as “baby [sic] killers”, Mourdock claimed that pregnancies because of rape were special gifts.  No such passage, term or phrase in relationship to rape is found in any Judeo-Christian literature, scripture, scroll or writing—nor does it appear in Mitt Romney’s Book of Mormon nor the Qur’an. 

Amarna Letters (tablets c. 1399-1313 BCE)

The passages that proclaim a god telling ancient Apiru/Habiru (proto-Hebrews, a word that does not appear until Genesis 14:13) come from ancient Akkadian sources that record their mercenaries (2350 – 2150 BCE) found in the Amarna Letters (1399 – 1310 BCE that discuss campaigns in Canaan) petitioning the gods of Assyria and Babylon for women to replenish their “supply” of male fighters (women were not considered worthy) and the gods of the ancient Middle East responded by telling the Apiru to “carry off” and rape women to gain additional males.  In the cuneiform scripts the function of rape was dual in purpose.  First,  there was the idea that rape will “silence dissent” and lead to pregnancy. Second, pregnancies and subsequent births were understood to be “chattel” (equivalent to property / cattle and thus the ownership of the births belonged to the rapists who could do as he wish with the offspring that included the slaughter of female infants.  Such infanticide was common throughout the Mediterranean world, especially in ancient Rome, Akkadia, and elsewhere). 

Child labor — 6.4 million under age 14 (lowest age is 4)

Killing female infants allowed males to “harness” young  males (children and teenagers) to do male labor much in the same way as the robber barons (also known as captains of industry) enslaved children during the industrial revolution and as late as the 1930s, especially in textile factories and slaughter houses.  Some male children served with female slaves as Qadesh in ancient temples as prostitutes to invoke divine blessings.

Psychologically, psychoanalytically rape has never been about sex or about procreation. Sexual rape is the link between pathological personality traits of narcissism and psychopathy and indicates sociosexual stereotypes of indoctrination by male authoritarian figures such as fathers, other family male members, priests, pastors, bishops and others who proclaim, wrongly, that the male is superior to the female (cf. Mouilso, Emily R.; Calhoun, Karen S. (2012). “A mediation model of the role of sociosexuality in the associations between narcissism, psychopathy, and sexual aggression”. doi: 10.1037/a0026217. Psychology of Violence, Vol 2(1), January 2012, 16-27).  Rape is also about domination especially when it results in the rape of males of any age, as seen commonly in war zones (Vikman, Elisabeth (2012). “Review of Sexual violence and armed conflict”. doi: 10.1037/a0028104  Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology, Vol 18(2), May 2012, 199-

NATO soldiers rape prisoners and civilians

200), hostile camps and among gangs (Swartout, Kevin M. (2012). “The Company They Keep: How Peer Networks Influence Male Sexual Aggression”. doi: 10.1037/ a0029997Psychology of Violence, September 24 , 2012; and, Seto, Michael C.; Lalumière, Martin L.; Harris, Grant T.; Chivers, Meredith L. (2012). “The sexual responses of sexual sadists”. doi: 10.1037/a0028714Journal of Abnormal Psychology, Vol 121(3), Aug 2012, 739-753) in street conflicts, especially with the rapes of males (Turchik, Jessica A.; Edwards, Katie M. (2012). “Myths about male rape: A literature review”. doi: 10.1037/ a0023207. Psychology of Men & Masculinity, Vol 13(2), Apr 2012, 211-226).  Rape has always been about violence—but not in religion where most religions, especially those that came with the ascent of the Emperor Constantine I who created his “catholic [universal] church” at his war council in Nicaea in 325 CE when he attempted to unify the nation with a single religion over which he stood as Pontifex Maximus (the high priest of the state religion) in addition to being the civil war leader, rape was initially ignored and then canonized as being the fault of the woman.

Mourdock, speaking as a pope or emperor within the Tea Party Republican extremist group told an audience at the Tuesday Indiana US Senate debates:  “I came to realize that life is that gift from God; even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen.”  He quickly was denounced by the Republican Party, officially, then saw numerous Republicans race to fill his war chest to defeat Donnelly in the

Tagg Romney said he wanted to punch him. Ann Coulter called him “the retard.” And now, Sarah Palin says Obama “shuck and jive”

November contest.  The duplicity of the corrupt Republican Party in the USA is now legendary with such effete afficionados as Sarah Palin exposing her extreme racism when Twittering about President Obama’s “Shuck and jive” on Libya that won her tremendous support among American’s racists and renewed support by organized hate groups.

Yahweh’s wife Asherah was edited out of the Bible

When the Apiru ultimately invaded the far more advanced culture of Canaan and conquered its people, they brought with them their legends and lore and used it to craft the ultimate Torah and Prophets, incorporating their lust for rape to obtain new foot soldiers.  It is for that reason we read of the vile, vicious, vitriolic gods (one of whom, the agricultural god Yahweh would “marry” (by rape) the fertility goddess of the legitimate owners of Canaan, Asherah, before her people (Palestinians) were murdered and raped with but a few (the virgins who were young) being allowed to survive to serve as breeders for the Apiru mercenaries. 

1699 Qur’an showing Abram sacrificing Ishmael his first born son

The priests of the Apiru, whose specialty was taking young boys into the desert or up into the mountains and sacrificing them on altars stoked with fire (fancifully retold in the myth of Abram taking “his first born” to be sacrificed to the gods of his tribe), called on the gods from the Apiru hell and thundered rape to be justified. We find these accounts in most of the Torah, including in the last book written: Genesis—which became the backbone for the Old Testament and the Hebrew Bible. 

 In the Old Testament, rape was a means of subduing people, repopulating the Hebrew community that had been decimated in war, and a way to extract vengeance.  These accounts are nothing less than records of past Apiru violence, rape, and murder, as is found throughout the Old Testament, as in Numbers 31:7-18 (NLT):

    They attacked Midian just as the LORD had commanded Moses, and they killed all the men.  All five of the Midianite kings – Evi, Rekem, Zur, Hur, and Reba – died in the battle.  They also killed Balaam son of Beor with the sword.  Then the Israelite army captured the Midianite women and children and seized their cattle and flocks and all their wealth as plunder.  They burned all the towns and villages where the Midianites had lived.  After they had gathered the plunder and captives, both people and animals, they brought them all to Moses and Eleazar the priest, and to the whole community of Israel, which was camped on the plains of Moab beside the Jordan River, across from Jericho.

    Moses, Eleazar the priest, and all the leaders of the people went to meet them outside the camp.  But Moses was furious with all the military commanders who had returned from the battle.  “Why have you let all the women live?” he demanded[Moses was among the most bloodthirsty butchers of the ancient Apiru who originally worshiped the gods of ancient Egypt and then fashioned from fantasy the gods of what would become Israel [Is-Ra-El from the secondary Trinity: Isis-Ra-El, Isis (the goddess of creation), Ra (the god of the Sun), and El (the god/father/husband who became in Babylon and Canaan Baal: who was a father who consumed his children as a cannibal)] “These are the very ones who followed Balaam’s advice and caused the people of Israel to rebel against the LORD at Mount Peor.  They are the ones who caused the plague to strike the LORD’s people.  Now kill all the boys and all the women who have slept with a man.  Only the young girls who are virgins may live; you may keep them for yourselves.

Clearly Moses and God approves of rape of virgins.  The same scenario exists in Deuteronomy 20:10-14):

     As you approach a town to attack it, first offer its people terms for peace.  If they accept your terms and open the gates to you, then all the people inside will serve you in forced labor.  But if they refuse to make peace and prepare to fight, you must attack the town.  When the LORD your God hands it over to you, kill every man in the town.  But you may keep for yourselves all the women, children, livestock, and other plunder.  You may enjoy the spoils of your enemies that the LORD your God has given you.

And in Deuteronomy 22:28-29 (NLT) there is the sole proviso on rape:

    If a man is caught in the act of raping a young woman who is not engaged, he must pay fifty pieces of silver to her father.  Then he must marry the young woman because he violated her, and he will never be allowed to divorce her.

If she was married and did not protest fearing the rapist would kill her, the rape victim was to be killed (Deuteronomy 22:23-24 NAB; plagiarized from the records of Marid (Arabic: مارد‎) who were djinn or pre-Muslim deities):

    If within the city a man comes upon a maiden who is betrothed, and has relations with her, you shall bring them both out of the gate of the city and there stone them to death: the girl because she did not cry out for help though she was in the city, and the man because he violated his neighbors wife.

The woman was nothing more than property as later glossed in Judges 5:30 (NAB):  They must be dividing the spoils they took: there must be a damsel or two for each man, Spoils of dyed cloth as Sisera’s spoil, an ornate shawl or two for me in the spoil.   (Judges 5:30 NAB).

The gods of the Old Testament in cruelty (deisidaimonia), and spite declared that Polygamy, Rape, and the ending of a fetus’ life was pleasant and merited the gods “Forgiveness” (2 Samuel 12:11-14 NAB; cf. Avalos, Hector (2005). Fighting Words: The Origins of Religious Violence. Amherst, New York: Prometheus Books, and Regina M. Schwartz (1998). The Curse of Cain: The Violent Legacy of Monotheism. University of Chicago Press):

    Thus says the Lord: ‘I will bring evil upon you out of your own house.  I will take your wives [plural] while you live to see it, and will give them to your neighbor.  He shall lie with your wives in broad daylight.  You have done this deed in secret, but I will bring it about in the presence of all Israel, and with the sun looking down.’

    Then David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.”  Nathan answered David: “The Lord on his part has forgiven your sin: you shall not die.  But since you have utterly spurned the Lord by this deed, the child born to you must surely die.”  [The child dies seven days later.]

Women were marketable commodities: slaves and sex slaves or whores (Exodus 21:7-11 NLT; cf. Ide, Arthur Frederick (1992). Moses: The Making of Myth and Law: the influence of Egyptian sex, religion, and law on the writing of the Torah. Las Colinas, TX: Monument Press):

    When a man sells his daughter as a slave, she will not be freed at the end of six years as the men are.  If she does not please the man who bought her, he may allow her to be bought back again.  But he is not allowed to sell her to foreigners, since he is the one who broke the contract with her.  And if the slave girl’s owner arranges for her to marry his son, he may no longer treat her as a slave girl, but he must treat her as his daughter.  If he himself marries her and then takes another wife, he may not reduce her food or clothing or fail to sleep with her as his wife.  If he fails in any of these three ways, she may leave as a free woman without making any payment.   

Judges 21:10-24 (NLT) which is plagiarized from the far more ancient story of the Rape of the Sabine women (c. 750 – 752 BCE; Livy, Ab urbe condita, 1:10, Latin; Benjamin Vincent (1874).  Haydn’s Dictionary of Dates (New York, BY: GP Putnam & Sons, p. 572):

    So they sent twelve thousand warriors to Jabesh-gilead with orders to kill everyone there, including women and children.  “This is what you are to do,” they said. “Completely destroy all the males and every woman who is not a virgin.”  Among the residents of Jabesh-gilead they found four hundred young virgins who had never slept with a man, and they brought them to the camp at Shiloh in the land of Canaan.

    The Israelite assembly sent a peace delegation to the little remnant of Benjamin who were living at the rock of Rimmon. Then the men of Benjamin returned to their homes, and the four hundred women of Jabesh-gilead who were spared were given to them as wives.  But there were not enough women for all of them.  The people felt sorry for Benjamin because the LORD had left this gap in the tribes of Israel.  So the Israelite leaders asked, “How can we find wives for the few who remain, since all the women of the tribe of Benjamin are dead?  There must be heirs for the survivors so that an entire tribe of Israel will not be lost forever.  But we cannot give them our own daughters in marriage because we have sworn with a solemn oath that anyone who does this will fall under God’s curse.”

    Then they thought of the annual festival of the LORD held in Shiloh, between Lebonah and Bethel, along the east side of the road that goes from Bethel to Shechem.  They told the men of Benjamin who still needed wives, “Go and hide in the vineyards.  When the women of Shiloh come out for their dances, rush out from the vineyards, and each of you can take one of them home to be your wife!  And when their fathers and brothers come to us in protest, we will tell them, ‘Please be understanding.  Let them have your daughters, for we didn’t find enough wives for them when we destroyed Jabesh-gilead. And you are not guilty of breaking the vow since you did not give your daughters in marriage to them.'”  So the men of Benjamin did as they were told.  They kidnapped the women who took part in the celebration and carried them off to the land of their own inheritance.  Then they rebuilt their towns and lived in them.  So the assembly of Israel departed by tribes and families, and they returned to their own homes.

These women were repeatedly raped. It was excused on the pretext of religion, as the gods of the Old Testament take an active role in rape and plunder (Zechariah 14:1-2 NAB):

    Lo, a day shall come for the Lord when the spoils shall be divided in your midst.  And I will gather all the nations against Jerusalem for battle: the city shall be taken, houses plundered, women ravished; half of the city shall go into exile, but the rest of the people shall not be removed from the city.  

The sole exception is if the girl is “engaged” (a public announcement of betrothal is made):

But if in the field the man finds the girl who is engaged, and the man forces her and lies with her, then only the man who lies with her shall die. But you shall do nothing to the girl; there is no sin in the girl worthy of death, for just as a man rises against his neighbor and murders him, so is this case. When he found her in the field, the engaged girl cried out, but there was no one to save her (Deuteronomy 22:25-27; cf. Schroeder, Joy A. (2007). Dinah’s Lament: the Biblical Legacy of Sexual Violence in Christian Interpretation. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress, Press; and, חיון, חיים (2011). ותצא דינה : קריאה בסיפור המקראי ועיון בזיקותיו. הוצאת ספרים ע״ש י״ל מאגנס, האוניברסיטה העברית, Yerushalayim : Hotsaat sefarim a. sh. Y.L. Magnes, ha-Universitah ha-Ivrit.

On the other hand, abortion is not condemned nor denied in the Bible.  If it occurred during the time of war or other conflict it was merely an accident for which a monetary price had to be paid; Exodus 21:22 reads:

When people who are fighting injure a pregnant woman so that there is a miscarriage, and yet no further harm follows, the one responsible shall be fined what the woman’s husband demands, paying as much as the judges determine.

While there is no word for abortion in the Bible, the gods of Old Testament delighted in the slaughter of fetus and new born children:

  • Numbers 31:17 Now therefore kill every male among the little ones.
  • Deuteronomy 2:34 utterly destroyed the men and the women and the little ones.
  • Deuteronomy 28:53 And you shall eat the fruit of your own body, the flesh of thy sons and of thy daughters.
  • 1 Samuel 15:3 slay both man and woman, infant and suckling.
  • 2 Kings 8:12 dash their children, and rip up their women with child.
  • 2 Kings 15:16 all the women therein that were with child he ripped up.
  • Isaiah 13:16 Their children also shall be dashed to pieces before their eyes; their houses shall be spoiled and their wives ravished.
  • Isaiah 13:18 They shall have no pity on the fruit of the womb; their eyes shall not spare children.
  • Lamentations 2:20 Shall the women eat their fruit, and children.
  • Ezekiel 9:6 Slay utterly old and young, both maids and little children.
  • Hosea 9:14 give them a miscarrying womb and dry breasts.
  • Hosea 13:16 their infants shall be dashed in pieces, and their women with child shall be ripped up.

“Fruit” (וּפְרִי־) was another word for fetus (cf. Isaiah 13:18:  וּקְשָׁתֹות נְעָרִים תְּרַטַּשְׁנָה וּפְרִי־בֶטֶן לֹא יְרַחֵמוּ עַל־בָּנִים לֹא־תָחוּס עֵינָם׃) he destruction of the fetus was not knew in the ancient world, but was especially common among the save polytheists known as the Apiru (Hebrew), especially when fighting for the Akaddians.

Even Jesus noted that women would come to the day in their life when they wished they had not been pregnant nor give birth to future generations: “For, behold, the days are coming, in which they shall say, Blessed are the barren, and the womb that never bare, and the paps which never gave suck” (Luke 23:29: ὅτι ἰδοὺ ἔρχονται ἡμέραι ἐν αἷς ἐροῦσιν· μακάριαι αἱ στεῖραι καὶ αἱ κοιλίαι αἱ οὐκ ἐγέννησαν καὶ μαστοὶ οἱ οὐκ ἔθρεψαν).  The antiabortion position does not demonstrate love for humanity, or compassion for real human beings, but glories in the suffering of woman in testimony to Genesis 3:16 (KJV): “I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee”.

The biblical injunction “Thou shalt not kill” (KJV: Exodus 20:13, copied into Deuteronomy 5:17; cp. Numbers 35:27; 1 Kings 21:19; Hosea 4:2, ref. Deuteronomy 4:42) forbids killing anyone outside of the womb.  When the fetus is mentioned it is mentioned as “fruit” that is not fully ripened or formed.  Pregnancy was “to be fruitful” and if the zygote developed into a fetus, that fetus was referred to as “fruit of the womb.” The Greeks were equally explicit as to the timetable of the development of the fetus (see: Ide, Arthur Frederick (1993). Catechism of Family Values Based on the Bible (Arlington, Liberal Arts Press), pp. 241ff).

Abortion is considered a valid alternative to slaughter: “…but woe unto that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! it had been good for that man if he had not been born (Matthew 26:24). Abortion was common throughout the ancient world. While many medical professionals would administer certain herbs to expel the fetus, women of station who were raped committed suicide to protect their “honor”—a practice that last beyond the beginnings of the Christian church (c. 325 CE) and was a mark of martyrdom for many who ultimately were canonized as saints.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormons) does find cases where abortion is accepted, however reluctantly:Some exceptional circumstances may justify an abortion, such as when pregnancy is the result of incest or rape, when the life or health of the mother is judged by competent medical authority to be in serious jeopardy, or when the fetus is known by competent medical authority to have severe defects that will not allow the baby to survive beyond birth. … Those who face such circumstances should consider abortion only after consulting with their local Church leaders and receiving a confirmation through earnest prayer“. 

In 2011, two out of three women having abortions in the U.S. identified as Christian.  Few women capriciously elected abortion.  Most of the women who had an abortion showed their understanding of the responsibilities of parenthood and family life. Three-fourths of women cited concern for or responsibility to other individuals.  Three-fourths say they could not afford a child; the Qur’an forbids “the killing of a child for lack of food in the home (Al-Israa 17:31 and Al-An’aam 6:151: And kill not your children for fear of poverty. We provide for them and for you. Surely, the killing of them is a great sin” but says nothing about abortion; this is mentioned only in Hadith – Sahih Bukhari 8.732 that mentions only a “blood price” if the woman herself kills the fetus; a woman who strikes another woman who is pregnant and kills the fetus is to be put to death in Hadith – Abu Dawood 4555 but says nothing about a voluntary abortion; a similar sentence is at Hadith – Al-Muwatta 43.5) and three-fourths said that having a baby would interfere with work, school or the ability to care for dependents. No less than half said they did not want to be a single parent or were having problems with their husband or partner (Finer L. B., et al. (2005). “Reasons U.S. women have abortions: quantitative and qualitative perspectives”, Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 2005, 37(3):110–118.).

Richard Mourdock (who claimed that God intends rape to occur can be seen here). “Mourdock’s belief that there should be no exception that allows a woman to end a pregnancy is shared by the GOP platform and at least 40 Republican candidates for the House and Senate including Rep. Paul Ryan, the GOP nominee for vice-president, and Rep. Todd Akin,”) comes from the Paul Ryan (who sponsored Fetal Personhood and opposes family planning, read here), Todd Akin (who claims that it is impossible for a woman who is raped to conceive; watch here, and read Jason Sattler at The National Memo), Joe Walsh (read here:  “there is no need for an abortion to save the mother’s life”,  with update), Rick Santorum (who carried a dead fetus to his children for them to play with and opposes all abortions in all cases (althought his wife, Karen, had one) and claims that their is no constitutional right to privacy, opposes birth control (read here and here), and is equally equated with the Afghan Taliban being for the mind control of Opus Dei and stagnating education (read here and here), Sharron Angel (against abortion claiming that her god has a plan for babies born as the product of rape; read here) wing of the GOP that believes in abortion for zero percent of all cases — no abortion, no exception for rape, incest, life of the mother, or health of the mother. Period.

It is a great shame that none of these men are raped.  If these men could become pregnant, abortion would be a sacrament. despite the ignorance of Timothy Dolan, Bryan Fischer or the German Joseph Ratzinger.

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When religion triumphs over reason, faith, psychology, investigation, and research, learning dies

Calvin burns Servetus

Religion is a destructive and totally negative force in life as defined by all official “Church Fathers”, Protestant leaders, and emerging Muslim clerics.  John Calvin wrote: “We cannot think of ourselves as we ought to think without utterly despising everything that may be supposed an excellence in us.  This humility is unfeigned submission of a mind overwhelmed with a weighty sense of its own misery and poverty; for such is the uniform description of it in the word of God [i.e. the Bible]. (Johannes Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion (Philadelphia, PA: Presbyterian Board of Christian Education, 1928), p. 681.)

Lake of Fire adopted from Arabian mythology into Constantine’s Christianity (c. 335 CE)

The Calvinist faith, like the all Protestant religions, birthed in the sixteenth century, was a revision of the hell-fire and brimstone theology of the Roman Catholic Church that was dragged into the world 1200 years earlier.  The scattered closed communities of the followers of the Jesus captured in the numerous gospels–before they were decreed and canonized as four–had no need of anger or debasement.  With Constantine I at Nicaea, everything changed for the worse with horror and fear replacing peace and hope.

Threats of torments (200 BCE – 285 CE) a part of most world religions as pictured in this mosaic

Everything was bad in this world, and in this environment that mortals lived, people were plagued with temptations and anger.  All they could do was waiting impatiently for a better world (a “world to come” (עולם הבא) a term or phrase that appears nowhere in the Hebrew Bible)–promised, but one that never would come (Matthew 12:32, Hebrews 2:5, both written more than one generation after the Jesus of the New Testament had, according to various gospels, died).  Antecedents stem from older hieroglyphic writing and cuneiform inscription and are directed toward marginalized people as well as individuals who are seen as “opposing the will of god” or “defying the ruler” who usually was the same authority figure.

Acts of faith? Self-flagellation before crucifixion in The Philippines (2012 CE)

It was the impact of thinking of perdition, rejection, and self-abasement that made people willing to die in the folly of religious wars and suffer various forms of martyrdom in body and spirit as well as mind from enduring church-sanctioned torture of the Inquisition to self-flagellation and crucifixion—giving over to the terrorist tactics of ecclesiastical eunuchs preying for misery who determined rubrics of ritual and righteousness. With this hortatory hounding by the dogs of faith, the psychology of man was cannibalized carnivorously.  The strength of good intention was left circumspect for others to glean fruit from with ritualistic rapiers and capture and mutilate the essence of the original thinker.

John Calvin (Tyrant of Geneva)

John Calvin (French: Jean Calvin, born Jehan Cauvin: 10 July 1509 – 27 May 1564), being trained as a humanist lawyer found his faith uncertain.  Wide fluctuations in the faith gave little stability to a man whose mind was fixated on absolutes.  He broke from the Roman Catholic Church in 1530, and causing an uprising by denouncing the religion of his parents, fled to Switzerland where he attempted to set up a Kingdom of God—a belief that many shared hoping that the Jesus of the New Testament would return to the water planet Earth with a sword to kill unbelievers (Matthew 10:34).

Michael Servetus (drawing c. 1509-1511)

To this end, Calvin, when he took over the canton of Geneva, agreed with the murder of Michael Servetus (also known as Miguel Servet, Miguel Serveto alias Revés, or Michel de Villeneuve and in Spanish as Miguel Serveto Conesa).   Servetus was born 29 September? 1509 or 1511 and was executed for questioning the existence of the Trinity, as he could not find Biblical evidence of this novel idea that originated in ancient Egypt, on 27 October 1553.  Servetus was an Aragonese cartographer, physician and theologian, but most damning to his contemporaries was that he was neither a loyal son of the Roman Catholic Church nor a believer in many of the pagan innovations within the Roman Catholic faith as he had become a Renaissance humanist who put mortals before mythology.  For this the Roman Catholic Church and all existing Protestant sects determined that he had to die.

Calvinist text used in Colonial New England schools

Vilifying Servetus was easy for Calvin who seldom had a kind word for anyone. Calvin was determined that he would be recognized as a priest of a god similar to the ones his parents had worshiped–but without the trappings of Rome and the papacy.  To accomplish this feat, Calvin revamped the concept of education, taking it backward in time, rejecting research and exploration, and identical to the Taliban (the singular is talib and must be translated as a theological student or a student at a religious Islamic school: طالبان .  Initially they were Afghans of Aghanistan–until 1993.  After 1993, the rigid Calvinistic-like religion of Muslim Taliban students of the Qur’an spilled over into Pakistan and spread like a noxious virus throughout the Muslim world with the primary purpose to keep the sexes separated–a goal of Calvin in his schools, and like Calvin stop the enjoyment of music, arts, and refined clothing).  Calvinists modified some of their austerity, but not the Taliban of the twentieth and twenty-first century who commanded that learning be based on and around and on the Qur’an as Calvin had demanded that his version of education be centered on the Protestant Bible and the articles of faith that he invented and wrote down to be printed.

Calvin’s adoption of faith was unique inasmuch as he was the center of that faith, although he always demurred before the godhead as the absolute sovereign.  His faith was monarchical without a shred of democracy anywhere–a prototype for evangelical extremists of today.  Calvin mused on his own “conversion”—giving two different accounts in conflict with one another.  Later in his life, John Calvin wrote two different accounts of his conversion that differ in significant ways. In the first account he portrays his conversion as a sudden change of mind, brought about by God. This account can be found in his Commentary on the Book of Psalms: “God by a sudden conversion subdued and brought my mind to a teachable frame, which was more hardened in such matters than might have been expected from one at my early period of life. Having thus received some taste and knowledge of true godliness, I was immediately inflamed with so intense a desire to make progress therein, that although I did not altogether leave off other studies, yet I pursued them with less ardour” (Calvin, J[ohn] J. Calvin, preface to Commentary on the Book of Psalms, trans. James Anderson, vol. 1 (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1948), pp. xl–xli).

In his second account he speaks of a long process of inner turmoil, followed by spiritual and psychological anguish.  He wrote: “Being exceedingly alarmed at the misery into which I had fallen, and much more at that which threatened me in view of eternal death, I, duty bound, made it my first business to betake myself to your way, condemning my past life, not without groans and tears. And now, O Lord, what remains to a wretch like me, but instead of defence [sic], earnestly to supplicate you not to judge that fearful abandonment of your Word according to its deserts, from which in your wondrous goodness you have at last delivered me” (Gordon, Bruce (2009).  Calvin. New Haven, CT; London, England: Yale University Press, p. 34.)  The difference between the accounts strongly suggests that the epiphany was over a period of years, as contended by Ganoczy, Alexandre (1966) in his book Le Jeune Calvin. Genèse et evolution de sa vocation réformatrice, Wiesbaden, Germany: F. Steiner, p. 302.  He argues that Calvin conversion took place over several years and that it was not a biographical or chronological event. Many factors played a role: economic, social, family, and personal desires both mental and physical.

Rejecting oneself as “each person is a sinner and evil” requires separating the genders to avoid temptation.

By despising the self as Calvin chortled, the mind impoverished itself by failing to strike out and learn that which was forbidden or prohibited by clerics thriving fat on the ignorance of their followers.  Religion became a new form of authoritarianism, and the gods of each ontology became the symbol of power and force that shadowed the denizens of despair and death of individuality.

Priests, bishops, and the pope or patriarch of Orthodoxy became the sacrosanct soothsayers for deities clouded in marble and painted on wood, with saints who had been ancient gods clustered around them in whittled or chiseled relief.  The Führer—the beloved “father of his people” since 374 BCE—became the temporal overlord and determined everything from whom had sex with who and at what time (with the overlord frequently claiming the “right of first night” (droit du seigneur or jus primae noctis is found only in the literature of the 13th to 16th century in Europe, but there are no written laws or statutes that exist today to prove its authenticity, and is sourced only to the epic of Gilgamesh in 1900 BCE) to know that the woman was a virgin before handing her over to a waiting bridegroom), what was eaten by whom, what hours were worked, what taxes were collected, and when belfry bells tolled tidings that thought was to be forsaken, the individual self was to merge into a sterilized community of like-thinkers, and all pawns and serfs would grovel their way to the churches supported by flying buttresses as if the arms of each were holding up the roof so that the unseen god could perch like a bird and listen to praises of his divine name since he was uncertain if mortals truly knew his magnificence and glory.

The gods of the past were never strong enough to protect themselves.  They required spiritual warriors who would pick up swords and later shoulder guns to fight in defense of the names that mortals gave the deities to assure that conformity was (frequently masqueraded as with the Moors of fifteenth century Spain) devotion.

Caravansarai, ca. first half of 8th century BCE. Drawing on a potsherd of Yahweh and the goddess Asherah and her consorts (she would ultimately marry Yahweh).

The young calf nursing at the teat of the great cow became the Yahweh of future generations, and the bastard son of a young girl would be sacrificed on a poll in imitation of the would-be slaughter of another youth who was tied to an altar to prove his devotion to a god (Genesis 22:1-12, where the Jews claimed the youth was Isaac; in Islam, it is Ishmael, the first born of Hagar: Qur’an XXXVII: 100-107; the story is found in many ancient Semitic cultures including early Babylonia and Minæn) all became beams holding up the decaying timber supporting air that was the heart of religions.  The gods in each tale were not omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent, nor unique. They were much like the great Arabian desert barbarian would punch his seven year-old bride in the chest for mirth and pleasure and laugh at her anguish and horror (Qur’an Sahih Muslim 4:2127).

Inbred into this are the false submission of matter or holy books over mind and the conduct of free inquiry that furthers the enslavement of the thought process behind a prison of contrived regulations and rules, commandments and pronouncements from pontiffs and pastors who demand uniform submission to the word of their particular god(s) (Erich Fromm (1941). Escape from Freedom. New York, NY: Farrer & Rinehart, p. 441 f).  The surrendering of personal prerogatives and rights to another is a sign of insecurity and masochism.  Self-renunciation was adopted by many as a means of pain, but by rejecting reality lead and continues to lead people into an unnatural world and a breakdown of human consciousness as pleasure and pain that are both motivators for the individual, like aging, agony and other normal experiences including death (that must be accepted as a part of living) leads to additional neurosis and further complicates adjustment to self and society (ref. Maudsley, Henry (1902), “Pain–life–death” in Life in mind & conduct: Studies of organic in human nature (pp. 394-435). London, Great Britain: Macmillan and Co. xv, 444 p).

John Wycliff (14th century) celebrated pain as surrender to god.

The antithesis of these mortal-created religions is humanism.  Humanism centers on the individual and the individual’s strength of mind, purpose, and being. A strict code or list of prohibitions of what can be read, studied, or done limits the individual and the individual’s growth toward personal self- actualization and contribution to society as a whole.  This idea was repugnant to Wycliffe (14th century translator of the Bible into English, and theologian), Calvin, Luther and other reformers, as well as the Roman Catholic and Greek Orthodox churches, repeating the actions of the ultra-orthodox Jews who argued that life was a testing ground to show the individual’s worthiness for eternal life and to win the favor and forgiveness of the “fearful Lord” who was supreme judge and one who would cast the non-repentant into Hell to experience eternal damnation.

Modern psychology sides with the early humanist movement, but goes further. The individual, alone, develops a sense of power of reason, first to understand the self, then to comprehend those people near and far.  Truth is realized as limited, both in understanding the limitations on the self as well as the potentialities of the self, and reaches out to others in solidarity and friendship.

With the hand extended forward, not raised up in salute to violence as used in ancient Rome, the Second and Third Reich, or to invoke the despicable image of a means of torture, be it pillar, pole, or cross, the mind realizes strength and does not recede into a learned sense of powerlessness and subjection. Virtue becomes self-realization and self-actualization, not groveling in obedience to the whim or will of another: parent, sibling, teacher, governor, religious leader or would-be god of a cult.

Faith is not a memorized or read from catechisms or other holy texts of a brand or branch of theology.  Faith is internal and separate from sectarianism and sadism. Instead, the certainty of one’s conviction based upon experience of thought and action by the body attuned with nature that is the divine brings enlightenment and knowledge of the self and the rights of others.

The epiphany that a person experiences when he or she discovers the inward self arrives with joy and renewed quest for additional knowledge, not labored under a whip and chain plied to the torn skin in a frenzy of self-flagellation as was the custom of Josemaria Escrivá de Balaguer who beat himself severely until his bathroom was anointed with his blood in a feigned sense of religiosity to purge his vile and venal thoughts of the flesh of young women in his quest to understand and create cult-practices in an elitist movement known as Opus Dei in the name of a false sanctity.  There are many priests, especially in Opus Dei, who justify, defend, and encourage physical mortification and abuse of the body, citing” “I pommel my body and subdue it” (1 Corinthians 9:27), but it is translated in Catholicism’s New American Bible as “I drive my body and train it” referencing to a spiritual, not physical, exercise.  It is the same with the Opus Dei credo that mistranslates other words of the legendary Saul of Tarsus: “I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ on behalf of his body, which is the church” (Colossians 1:24). The Opus Dei affirmations (read here and here and here being a call to give up personal values, interests, growth, and identity: read here) gave rise to Dan Brown’s historically accurate (although, as far as I know, there are no albinos in the mummery at least at this time) book The DaVinci Code (Brown, Dan (2003). The DaVinci Code. New York, NY: Doubleday) that is a measured account of the secretive organization, and its practice of self-flagellation that even Pope John Paul II practiced regularly.  Mortification of the body through starving, thirsting, or flagellation serves no good and causes paranoid behavior.  Many times such paranoia arises, especially among older people, who see personal physical abuse as tantamount to being in a war zone: this time an eternal war between good and evil. Psychologists have studied post-traumatic stress disorders especially among those returning from war fronts that the sufferer equates as being in a near Armageddon situation, and finds it difficult to relate to the traditional family or a more conventional life-style. The perceived evils of the earth and people on the planet are seen as being near to devils, and only by mortification can the PTSD find release from presumed entrapment (ref. Roberts, William R.; Penk, W. E.; Gearing, M. L.; Robinowitz, R.; Dolan, M. P.; Patterson, E. T. (1982). “Interpersonal problems of Vietnam combat veterans with symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder.” doi. 10.1037/0021-843X.91.6.44. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, Vol 91(6), Dec 1982, 444-450).

Mortification and harm to the body is the sign of mental illness, and those who practice it out what they consider to be religious zeal, are excusing their masochism under the guise of religiosity.  Masochism is the surrender to a dominant authority, and when the authority is one in religion, the religion becomes a god by itself and the individual surrenders personal identity and individual growth.  Masochists seek to atone for transgressions by accepting abuse of any nature by anyone in a position of authority, especially in religion (ref. Inbar, Yoel; Pizarro, David A.; Gilovich, Thomas; Ariely, Dan (2012). “Moral Masochism: On the Connection Between Guilt and Self-Punishment.” doi: 10.1037/10029749. Emotion, September 17).  If the one being punished is attacked by the religious authority, the victim sees himself or herself as being a surrogate for the artificial Christ in Mel Gibson’s fantasy “The Passion of Christ” (ref. Hoffman, Thomas (2005). “Freud and Gibson: ‘A child is being beaten’ and the Passion of Christ”. doi: 10.1037/0736-9735.22.1.107. Psychoanalytic Psychology, Vol 22(1), 2005, 107-112).  Such actions, especially being the subject of abuse or mortification, frequently are surrogates for repressed sexual desires, and lead to unbalanced thinking and the rejection of self-actualization and give way to masochistic fantasies and frequently have masochistic-themed dreams (cf. Silverstein, Judith L. (1994). “Power and sexuality: Influence of early object relations.” doi: 10.1037/h0079513. Psychoanalytic Psychology, Vol 11(1), 33-46; cp. Bears, Michael; Cartwright, Rosalind; Mercer, Patricia (2000). “Masochistic dreams: A gender-related diathesis for depression revisited.” doi: 10.1023/A:10094800907418.  Dreaming, Vol 10(4), December, 211-219).

Giles Tremlett of The Guardian

Escrivá is a prime example of the Janus complex of faith, as detailed by British journalist Giles Tremlett, who wrote: “biographies of Escrivá have produced conflicting visions of the saint as either a loving, caring charismatic person or a mean-spirited, manipulative egoist” (Giles Tremlett, “Sainthood beckons for priest linked to Franco“, The Guardian (UK), 5 October 2002).  French historian Édouard de Blaye concurred with Tremlett’s analysis noting that Escrivá was a “mixture of mysticism and ambition” (Blaye, Edouard de. (1976), Franco and the Politics of Spain, Harmondsworth, England: Penguin Books, p. 262).  All

Escrivá with Pope John XXIII

biographers have noted that Escrivá labored to be a part of the world and exercise the strengths that he and his discipleship had, but remained torturously tied to Roman Catholicism that unleashed the schizophrenia in his mind, as Spanish architect Miguel Fisac, who was one of the earliest members of Opus Dei who remained close to Escrivá for nearly twenty years before breaking with him and Opus Dei, gave in his summation–a very different picture of Escrivá than what John Paul II wanted the public to read.

Miguel Fisac

Fisac painfully detailed the obscure mentality of what many considered to be a pious man who in secluded times and places and even at times in public was a vain, secretive, and ambitious man, given to private displays of violent temper.  Fisac wrote that this split personality lead the self-sacrificed soul to demonstrate or offer little charity towards others or genuine concern for the poor who he claimed he served and loved (Fisac, Miguel (1992).  “Nunca le oí hablar bien de nadie”, in Escrivá de Balaguer – ¿Mito o Santo? (Madrid: Libertarias Prodhufi).  Using this criteria, neither Escrivá nor John Paul II would qualify as saints.

While many theists attempt to make humanism a theology, it is not.  Humanism glorifies the magnificence of mortals and what they do for others, their community, and the world, for whom a god is not necessary.  When this is the case any and all gods are ignored along with the various strains of theology that support deities. At the same time, while not wishing to waste moments speculating on that which cannot be known or determined scientifically, humanists do not preoccupy their time with speculation for or against the existence of such a being as a god.  Like Stephen Hawking, the true humanist concentrates on what can be determined and see in such wondrous evolutionary epochs as the unrecorded time of the Big Bang, the emergence of black holes that consume stars and universes, and the unabridged expansion of the universe (Stephen W. Hawking (1990). A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes. New York, NY: Bantam Books; I am using the Spanish edition: Historia del Tiempo del Big Bang a los Agujeros Negros (trans. Miguel Ortuño, esp. p. 180-181, chapter 8 as the English edition is not available here).

“God” is but a symbol of the powers of the individual.  It is the individual who creates god, not god creates the mortal.

Stephen Hawking and Benedict XVI

Even though Pope John Paul II warned the renowned astrophysicist and Cambridge scholar not to research too deeply into the origins of the universe, the professor ignored the pontiff and continued his investigation–upsetting many in the Roman Catholic and other religious communities (read here and here).  Hawking quoted the pope as saying, “It’s OK to study the universe and where it began. But we should not inquire into the beginning itself because that was the moment of creation and the work of God.”  Later, Hawking noted, no god was necessary to start the universe or anything within it. Gravity and collision did that. Hawking found a slightly more cordial greeting with Benedict XVI.  No friend of “modernism” nor liberty of the individual and individual thought, Benedict XVI, who has been charged with crimes against humanityat the World Court at the Hague, leagued with royalty as had past popes to silence dissent as with

Baroness Warsi meets Pope Benedict XVI (Photo: EYEVINE)

Baroness Warsi (the first female Muslim Cabinet member in the UK and leader of the Conservative Party who gave the Ratzinger a Qur’an) who has criticized the writings and speeches of Richard Dawkins and others.

Hans Kung, senior Swiss Roman Catholic theologian officially silenced by the Roman Catholic Church

The German pope has come out against those who differ with him, and demands obedience in all things, including the closure of schools and societies (such as the Society of St. Pius X), and has written a book on the infancy of Jesus–for which there are no historical records but is conjured from old myths and pseudo-apocrypha secreted in questionable Pseudepigrapha.  The German pope also wants to restore the Latin Mass (that had kept millions of people away from the worship service and sent millions more seeking a more modern responsive church) and a free standing altar (that permits priests to face the people), use of pop[ular] music and guitars, and banishing women from actively participating in the rites and rituals of the church and silence opponents, especially gifted scholars and researchers like Hans Küng who criticized the pope as isolated and out of touch with reality as did Cardinal Martini of Milan who told reporters that the Roman Catholic Church is 200 years out-dated; Küng furthermore accused Pope Benedict of direct responsibilty for “engineering the global cover-up of child rape perpetrated by priests“, and others who are still entitled to opinions no matter how wrong they are when faced with facts (cf. Küng, Hans (2007). Umstrittene Wahrheit. München, Deutschland: Piper, and Kung, Hans (1988). Theologie im Aufbruch: eine okumenische Grundlegung. München, Deutschland: Piper).

Benedict XVI crusades for a return to a pre-Vatican II church

Benedict’s attacks on free and universal education, secular education, and definition of who is qualified to teach further limits individual choice, the ability to conduct research unhampered, and the degradation of scholarly debate ending individual intellectual advances.  It is tantamount to returning to the days when the Roman Catholic Church tried Galileo for affirming the thesis of Copernicus, and marks the current pontificate as a return to the Dark Ages when god ruled cruelly over all people as a tyrant and not a benefactor or protector.

Hesiod: Theogony

Benedict uses outdated theology yet expects total conformity to what he has ordained as definitive, silencing dissent. Even the ancient Greeks recorded that the gods were created by mortals (Hesiod, Theogony).  Socrates did not believe in any god, but visited the Oracles as required by law–before Athens City Council demanded he die: drinking hemlock, on the charge of insulting the gods.

Mortals create gods to explain what they are too lazy to discover for themselves.  It is the irresponsibility of mortals, like most students who do not enjoy reading or read for knowledge, to seek the easiest escape from having to think.  Most people want a job with the least work, like students who do as little as possible to  obtain recognition (a degree or a position).  What is sought is immediate gratification that is sought out not a long-term enlightenment.  This occurs because teachers do not challenge students sufficiently.  Teachers do not constantly demand questions and answers from their charges for fear of dismissal, yet demand that their students pass rigorous state-sponsored examinations without having learned the information required.  This is the modus operandi of organized religion: follow others, do not question, just obey. Blind obedience by indoctrination is stifled propagandization and it is child abuse, regardless if the indoctrination is done by parent, teacher who makes a major impact on a student as the teacher is seen as the fountain of knowledge and corrupt the learning process (cf. Torrance, E. Paul; Mason, Raigh (1958). “Instructor effort to influence: An experimental evaluation of six approaches.”doi: 10.1037/hoo47830. Journal of Educational Psychology, Vol 49(4), Aug 1958, 211-218 and Torrance, E. Paul; Mason, Raigh (1958). “Instructor effort to influence: An experimental evaluation of six approaches.” doi:10.1037/h0047830. Journal of Educational Psychology, Vol 49(4), August, 211-218), military leader (Johnson, W. Brad; Wilson, Ken (1993). “The military internship: A retrospective analysis.” doi.10.1037/0735-7028.24.3.312. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, Vol 24(3), August, 312-318) especially when it is covert racism or pits race against its own ethnicity (Loo, Chalsa M.; Singh, Karam; Scurfield, Ray; Kilauano, Bill (1998). “Race-related stress among Asian American veterans: A model to enhance diagnosis and treatment.” doi:10.1037/ 1099-9809.4.2.75. Cultural Diversity and Mental Health, Vol 4(2), 75-90), clergy, or others to insure conformism (Kuenzli, Alfred (1952). “Conformism in Contemporary Psychology.” doi:10.1037/h0053921. American Psychologist, Vol 7(10), Oct 1952, 594-595). Collective (or group) indoctrination, especially in the case of religion, can lead to selective or collective suicides, murders, rapes, and other acts of violence in times of conflict, war, and doctrinal disputations (Grimland, Meytal; Apter, Alan; Kerkhof, Ad (2006). “The phenomenon of suicide bombing: A review of psychological and nonpsychological factors”  doi:10.1027/0227- 5910.27.3.107.  Crisis: The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention, Vol 27(3), 107-118).

Many students remain mere shadows of what potential they could have and become if they furthered the advance of their mind and worked to better their civilization by rejecting old gods and worn-thin truths to be responsive to new ideas and arguments.  Students at every age are eager to obtain a score that is recognizable and laudable, but few students have the willingness (although many do have the capacity) to study independently, read broadly and thoroughly, write copiously,  and question authority.  This is a reality learned as small children tied to priest, pastor, rabbi, mullah or other authority figures in the world’s religions as it is easier to memorize and repeat that which is expected than to proffer new concepts and dispute established facts.  Unfortunately leaders are seldom (if ever) examined for leadership qualities and sound psychology, as seen with the election of the last two popes and the first two presidents of the USA, most South American nations (especially in Perú),  or prime ministers in the UK, in the 1980-1990 period (cp. Lambert, Lisa Schurer; Tepper, Bennett J.; Carr, Jon C.; Holt, Daniel T.; Barelka, Alex J. (2012). “Forgotten but not gone: An examination of fit between leader consideration and initiating structure needed and received.” doi: 10.1037/a0028970. Journal of Applied Psychology, Vol 97(5), Sep 2012, 913-930).

Ancient Assyria: home of the myth of Daniel

Authority figures, especially those who promise peace in times of conflict, or suggest that learning takes a different avenue when academic standards are diminished, know that it is easier to indoctrinate than educate, and for that reason all theologies and all religions start off with texts written by an authority figure (a deity, plural or singular): either with his/her/their hand or finger, as found in the Babylonian myth of Daniel and His Companions that was copied into the canon of the Old Testament (Daniel 5:5).  The account of lions was a symbol of ancient Assyria where a pair of lions were stationed at the entrance of an Assyrian temple dedicated to Ishtar, the goddess of warfare, and fertility: Daniel was understood to be a portrayal of the people, and the lions guardians of sexuality and sexual pleasure.

The Ishtar gate (the Lion Gate) was the eighth gate to the inner city of Babylon

The Daniel myth began as pornography but was later sanitized and made “wholesome” by adding subjection to the will of the gods (accepting sex) but was redacted in its present format hundreds of years after the original writing by Assyria’s mercenary soldiers (Apiru–who become the Hebrews) and was  later plagiarized by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Book of Mormon (Alma 10:2-3).  Both tracts give answers that others refuse to speculate on: a mythological happening that has no proof and original documentation to support the story.  This leads to mental collapse rather than vigorous inquiry, as the student is exhausted quickly if not accustomed to the rigors and riches of real research that demands investigation, analysis, and projection.

Knowledge is both desirable and despised.  This truism has been recorded as a fact for over 5000 years, as learning has become private property of wealthy interests and education has transmogrified into elevating the id of ownership and partisanship over objectivity as seen in the dramatic case of the censorship of Hans Küng of Switzerland, and the rise of  pseudo-scholars such as Stephen C. Meyer, David Barton, Bob Vander Plaats, and other revisionists who lack any credentials.  Much of this temerarious in dishabille of education is because of the lack of desire to achieve more than what is expected; to this end trite and barren words are repetitively used, vocabulary is underdeveloped, thinking truncated to that which is accepted by authority figures, and the conduct of inquiry abandoned for a cheap and worthless grade.  This is especially true in languages, interpretation and translation courses, and the study of roots and origins of words and concepts.

In Genesis (3:4-5), “woman” (Arabic: امرأة, Greek: γυναίκα, Hebrew: אישה, Armenian: կին that refers to a helpmate), and later “man” (3:22; Arabic: رجل, Greek άνθρωπος, Hebrew גבר, Armenian մարդ) is promised knowledge but forbidden to sample it (eat the forbidden “fruit”–a word for obtaining an education–of the Tree of Knowledge). This is Teutonic (in the broad sense

Tree of Knowledge from an Assyrian cylinder, showing its god-priests

primordially antediluvian) religion: offering the temptation but rejecting any attempt to obtain what is extended by a Tempter or Temptress. The mythological Eve was actually the superior being (far surpassing the cowering man), arguing scripture (before it was written, thereby demonstrating that Genesis was written after the Torah so that “she” could incorporate parts within her debate) with the “Serpent” (Ide, Arthur Frederick (1982). Woman in ancient Israel under the Torah and Talmud, with a translation and critical commentary on Genesis 1-3. Mesquite, TX: IHP). The watchman faulted the man, reflecting the patriarchy of the time, but man, weak and obsequious to the authority figure blamed the superior and copacetic woman for the transgression that the Serpent knew would free mortals.

The Serpent, in all ancient religions, is the Guardian (and sometimes the author) of Knowledge.  The Serpent is the greatest of the gods for it is λογος , from λέγω lego “I say”: meaning the voice of god or wisdom–god was never considered in the earliest days a divine mortal but a teacher) than the garden keeper, or watchman, who walked through the garden in quest of delinquents who were stealing that which was forbidden: knowledge of good and evil (Genesis 2:17, a reference to peace and strife or conflict: the unquestioning acceptance of gods or the rejection (conflict) with superstition that comes with ignorance from lack of learning and obtaining knowledge).

If the garden keeper was a god, that deity in the denizen of superior beings (man and woman) had no god-like characteristics but was more like the ancient pontifex maximus of pre-Republic Rome.  The watchman was not omniscience, omnipresence, or omnipotent.  At best the watchman was an interrogator in quest of information that the watchman failed to note.  The prowess the watchman did not possess belonged to the mortals who learned by “eating the forbidden fruit” that was, by various definitions: an apple (the fruit appears nowhere in Genesis, and its first use is in Proverbs 25:11 in referring to apples of gold in a setting of silver; more significantly, in the sexually charged and erotic Song of Solomon the apple is an erotic symbol indicating sweetness, desire, and the female breast), a pomegranate (going back to Greek mythology), a fig, the carob (the word is a pun for “destruction”), an etrog (in Hebrew a pun on ragag, “desire” or sexual arousement) or citron, grapes (that made Noah drunk and sin) and a pear, and, more recently, the datura and grapefruit; wheat is also denounced by some as a forbidden fruit as it was/is used in making beer and is khitah in Hebrew and thus a pun on khet, “sin” (Genesis 2:16-17;  however, in the Qur’an both Adam and Eve are considered equally culpable: Surah Al-A’raf 7:19-22): a euphemism for study, debate, dialog, and mastery of information.  This “fruit” (פרי a word for “result” or “gain” as in the obtaining of wisdom from the “Tree of Knowledge” another euphemism for “learning center” since a tree was the base and to advance in knowledge the student had to climb into the branches–taking a risk to obtain enlightenment) was only relinquished in exchange for a more placid and less commanding life that ignorance affords: no teachers, no debate, no dialog, no learning required, no questioning demanded; all that was necessary was blind obedience.

Iraq’s Garden of Eden marshes in 2003

The ignorance of the watchman (one of the many אֱלֹהִ֔ים) in the garden comes to fruition when the servant of the Serpent realizes that mortals no longer need a god (a trickster who offers mortals an immediate gratification rather than the ability and encouragement to progress to understanding) and conduct themselves as equal to any savant or sage such as the Serpent. This causes the guard to regret “creating” (actually watching after) mortals and in an hysterical fit vows vengeance and promises to erase all trace

Iraq’s Garden of Eden marshes in 2012 after they dried up.

of his mistake  (Genesis 6:5 ff) with a giant holocaust: a Great Flood.  The actual text notes that the Serpent god does not make mistakes:  The Serpent as the teacher instructs, debates and weighs what the student says.  It is the watchmen who fell asleep, misjudged the wards he was to oversee, and failed in numerous way (Genesis 3:9, proving the absence of knowledge by asking “Where are you?” as well as admitting the lack of omniscience and other godly attributes that come with learning).

Ur of the Chaldees outside of Eden (fertile crescent in Iraq)

It is only after the slaughter of the innocents in the Great Flood that the watchman steps down (Genesis 9:5, 11) and realizes that mortal are equals (Psalm 8:5, plagiarized by the writers of Hebrews 2:7).  This action takes place only after the mortals (people, not one man plus one woman–a mistranslation carried since 331 CE) questioning the watchman with the protestation of the Akkadian created myth of

People of Ur worshiped the moon and a golden calf

Abraham (from the Ur of Chaldees: (אוּר כַּשְׂדִים) in modern day Iraq) accusing the gardener/watchman of violating his own principles: “That be far from thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked: and that the righteous should be as the wicked, that be far from thee. Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?” (Genesis 18:25 KJV).

Even the ancient Jews knew that the Law was not written in heaven.  It was commonly understood that mortals wrote the Torah, not Moses, as no mortal could write of his own death and burial (Deuteronomy 3:23-29; Numbers 27:15-23), but by man.  This was forcefully articulated by Rabbi Jirmijahu who told a congregation of rabbis (teachers) that it was no longer essential to pay attention to the voices from heaven “because it is written: You make your decision according to the majority opinion.” (Talmud, Baba Meziah, 59b).

Humanism demands democratic methods, unlike the totalitarian plutocracy that the reprehensible Congresista Martha Chavez attempted to create as a permanent government in Perú for the scandalous rogue and mass murderer Alberto Fujimori, his graft-accepting colleague and chief spy and extortionist Vladimiro Montesinos, and their death squads of Las Colinas who murdered children, students and teachers without any compassion.  It surprised many that the thoroughly corrupt and contemptible Peruvian Supreme Court, led by the monstrously mercenary court President César San Martin, in a 3-2 decision, cut back their prison time in a distorted and unjustifiable act of compassion. The Perú court ultimately overturned its own ruling and annulled the diminution of the sentences after a public outcry.  What happened with justice in Perú proves that there is no justice in Perú until the people make their voices heard. Power, wealth, and authority speaks louder than fairness, ethical treatment, or responsibility for what is right for the churches in Perú control its politics, police, and government–the people of Perú are as impoverished today as were the Inkas after the arrival of Pizzaro and his band of Franciscans, Dominicans, and other cut-throats and brigands.

Jesus with weapons on evangelical mailings

Today the Christian churches have nothing in common with the teachings of the Jesus of the New Testament.  Simple statements such as “Blessed are the peacemakers” (Matthew 5:9) are smothered under the bellicose promises of Matthew 10:34: Μὴ νομίσητε ὅτι ἦλθον βαλεῖν εἰρήνην ἐπὶ τὴν γῆν· οὐκ ἦλθον βαλεῖν εἰρήνην ἀλλὰ μάχαιραν; the Latin Biblia Sacra Vulgata reads: nolite arbitrari quia venerim mittere pacem in terram non veni pacem mittere sed gladium.   Religion has become an increasingly prevalent neurosis. Instead of enabling people to think and be freed from their own grief and self-abasement, the majority of early followers of Jesus who were poor Am aarez (slaves) the Imperial “catholic [universal] church” of Constantine I was reserved for the wealthy that continued to enslave the poor and rule over them as authority figures once they were entrenched as the guardians of the new state (military imposed)

Bible verses on USA military weapons

religion (325 CE).  Ultimately the authority figures claimed to be intercessors of Constantine’s god, the beginning of numerous lies pushed on the believers that culminated in the nineteenth century when at Vatican Council I, Pius IX was acclaimed a god: infallible, primary, and supreme in matters of faith and morals, removing the last of free will from the people and furthering the

British prelate Newman flip-flops on Infallibility

neurosis of those who claimed to be Roman Catholic.  Infallibility was heatedly contested, but papal politics played passionately among dissenters, many of whom won promotions and a few the cardinal’s hat.  Those who suffered were those struggling to understand reality through thorough investigation and study and did not accept the novel idea that a mortal was as infallible as a god. Dissent was not new in Constantine’s church, but the Doctrine of Infallibility intensified the debate that began in 325 CE at Nicaea.

First Council of Nicaea – 325 CE – Cannon 8 Concerns Cathars (the damned do not have halos)

After the notorious Council at Nicaea, the bishops began an open assault on dissent that would increase yearly to the present day.  The former pagan and later self-proclaimed bishop of Hippo: Augustine who had a child out of wedlock with a whore (and wrote to stifle intellectual growth, citing only established canons and writings that did not offend the empire, glorifying a city no one had visited and of which there was no empirical evidence, and harmonizing his rants with others who blasted dissent as attacks against the Imperial Church) attacked the monk Pelagius (ca. CE 354 – c. CE 420/440) an ascetic who opposed the idea of predestination championed by Augustine but received its greatest boost under the misrule of Jean Calvin in Geneva and John Knox in Scotland, and asserted a strong version of the doctrine of free will.

Pelagius of Wales

Pelagius, a tonsured Culdee Monk from the British Isles who was known as a dedicated ascetic,  was far more “Christian” than Augustine (cf. Pelagius. The Letters of Pelagius: Celtic Soul Friend; edited by Robert Van de Weyer. (Little Gidding books.) Evesham, UK: Arthur James, 1995, and Pelagius’s Expositions of the Thirteen Epistles of St. Paul; edited by A. Souter. (Texts and Studies; 9.) 3 vols. in 1. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 1922-1931 1: Introduction – 2: Text – 3: Pseudo-Jerome interpolations).  Pelagius argued that humans were not wounded by Adam’s sin (the eating of the fruit: the acceptance of knowledge) and were perfectly able to fulfill the law apart from any divine aid–a theme Augustine coveted and wrote at lengths on calling on “sinners” to perform good works (a thesis that Martin Luther would reject in the sixteenth century, when he followed Pelagius in arguing that all that a human needed was faith).  He denied the more specific doctrine of original sin as developed by Augustine, but was declared a heretic and felt the weight of the church crush him, while the writings of Arius were burned at the feet of the Emperor.

While Pelagius encouraged studying and intellectual growth (he was fluent in Greek, Latin, and theology, and was even called “saintly” by Augustine) to rid oneself of being robots to rigid religion, Augustine wanted blind faith and good works that increased the wealth of the church and set clerics apart from those they served.

Tridentine Index defined three basic classes of prohibited books

Burning books and silencing dissent is always the sign of tyranny–one that the Roman Catholic Church elevated to an art with its Index of Forbidden Books.  Censorship is not scholarship but a sign of a threatened institution determined to maintain its prerogatives and rule over others by lowering standards and forbidding true scholarship and the conduct of inquiry.  Discovery of the self, the very foundation of psychology and psychoanalysis, was forbidden and mortals have ever since 325 CE been commanded by priests and potentates to follow the rigorous writing of self-proclaimed leaders of “the church”.  The acceptance of definitive forms of censorship, such as book burning, is a collective adherence by an irrational society to drab and erroneous beliefs or doctrines and leads to the lowering of expectations, desires to advance, and rejection of sound scholarship that is especially true in nations and states under religious control (Jahoda, Marie (1956).  “Psychological Issues in Civil Liberties.” American Psychologist, 11, 1956, pp. 234-240).  While Donofrio concurs in part with Jahoda (Donofrio, Anthony F. (1957). “Conformity–Good and Bad”. doi: 10.1037/h0047469. American Psychologist, Vol 12(1), Jan 1957, 37-38), he attacks “liberals” as being nearly anarchists who reject all conformity in government, religion, and other places where rules maintain civility; this I disagree with because rules are valid only for specific times since eternality is not possible for any mortal and thus there must be revisions to constitutions, laws, applications, and so forth as time grows and with it there must be a modification, change, or deletion in rules (something that Antonin Scalia disagrees with emphatically, claiming that the wording of the Constitution of the USA is chiseled in stone and cannot be deviated from: a reason he, like Texas Governor Rick Perry, want to eliminate the 14th and 17th amendment from the US Constitution).  If rules do not change, then Jews, Christians and others who pattern themselves after the Torah and Prophets cannot eat shell fish, wear mixed fibers (such as rayon), and so forth. This will stifle society and intellectual growth.  Similarly, Drenth (Drenth, Pieter J. D. (1993). “Prometheus chained: Social and ethical constraints on psychology”. doi: 10.1027//1016-9040.4.4233.  European Psychologist. Vol. 4(4) December, 233-239), argues that the psychologist and other researchers do not have the freedom to amass knowledge at any price and without any restrictions.  Again, I disagree, as when knowledge is guarded, limited, denied, then society and individuals cannot intellectually, morally, or socially evolve to a high plateau.

In the early days of reformed Judaism that had been the faith of those who proclaimed themselves followers of Jesus, presbyters and women priests nourished and watch grow a strong anti-authoritarian principle especially against political power rejected the “church.  This changed in 325 CE, when bishops were ordered to be men (although there were women bishops in the Roman Catholic Church as late as the fifteenth century) and the term “church” was not used by the embryonic community.  The earliest followers of Jesus referred to their meeting places in gardens, alleys and private homes as αρχοντικού, Κυριάκος (lord’s house) where meetings were held to celebrate life (Matthew 18:20), not to recite prayers and endow the pockets of priests and bishops. What few records exist, these followers were more humanists than religious disciples, as their goal was to help the poor, feed the hungry, give drink to those who had thirst, comfort those who grieved, and fulfill the injunctions given in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7).  All that mattered was that they loved each other regardless of gender or other outward qualifiers (John 13:34-35: [34] ἐντολὴν καινὴν δίδωμι ὑμῖν ἵνα ἀγαπᾶτε ἀλλήλους, καθὼς ἠγάπησα ὑμᾶς ἵνα καὶ ὑμεῖς ἀγαπᾶτε ἀλλήλους. [35] ἐν τούτῳ γνώσονται πάντες ὅτι ἐμοὶ μαθηταί ἐστε, ἐὰν ἀγάπην ἔχητε ἐν ἀλλήλοις).  Marriage was a private celebration and not a part of the church; sacraments had not yet been defined.  What counted was to be charitable with and toward all people.  There was no rush to martyrdom–that is a later invention; there was no priestly hierarchy (Matthew 20:16) and there was no pope.  Emphasis was on each person reaching his or her fullest potential.

While the early Jesus communities in Rome, Antioch, Jerusalem, Alexandria, and elsewhere were satisfied with meeting in Κυριάκος (homes filled with the lord [spirit]), with the rise of an exclusive and exclusionary state religion it became “church” or εκκλησία.  Church/ecclesia meant “gathering of those summoned” and represented a court or at least an assembly or law court/government as found in ancient Sparta and other Greek states, Rome and throughout the Roman Empire.  With the formal support of the Emperor, the “church” (ecclesia: εκκλησία) was elevated to novel level of being where “bishops” sat (cathedrals) to sit in judgment against heretics—in total contradiction to Matthew 7:1 and Acts 10:34.  By 331 CE, any semblance of Christianity to the teaching of Jesus were obscured, transmogrified, or deleted.  Books, scrolls and tracts denouncing the abandonment of the message of the New Testament Jesus were publicly burned.  Those who dared question the authority of the Church faced Socrates fate by state or church.  Numerous popular and widely copied and read gospels were refused canon (authenticity) including major gnostic works: Gospel of Thomas, Gospel of Peter, Gospel of Judas, Gospel of Mary Magdalene, and so forth.

As the church grew in power, freedom diminished, and popular delusions, illusions, hysterics and signs of mental illness appeared with “talking in tongues” that were gibberish and not the Glossolalia in the Jerusalem community where the brothers of Jesus followed the beloved brother James and their mother, Mary, sat with the Apostles in the upper room and received (or realized) the ability to “speak in the tongue of each person who had gathered” with them (Acts 2:1-11).  The “descent of the Spirit” was an opening to learning, in this case simple language so that all people could understand (The Greeks recognized five languages but 70 “tongues” or dialects–so the speaking was not difficult as most of the people understood some form of Greek; it was similar to an elementary language course at most universities).  The Church in Rome created a new universal language–Latin–that few of the poor or those enslaved understood: it was the lingua franca (or working language of the wealthy that kept them apart from the people), and thus the Mass became a “mystery rite” and the sacraments were born where blind faith was required if a person was to be saved.

With this reinvention of religion as a rope to strangle dissenters—an act that took place regularly with state sanction.  All aspects of divinity were exchanged for writs of power and tyranny.

Constantine’s Christianity quickly became an exercise in mind control.  Constantine’s bishops and priests theological terrorists demanding blind obedience in everything, similar to the autocracy of John Nienstedt bishop of St Paul / Minneapolis, and the German Pope Josef Ratzinger.

As the minority (the new Christians) gained in power, the masses of believers were forced into subjection.  This subjection led to the spread of acute mental malaise.

Worship became a punishment if prayers were not recited carefully and according to religious rubrics.  Striving to select one’s own destiny was forbidden under penalty of death (a penalty realized with the forced introduction of the unholy Inquisition, that was abandoned until it was restored by Joseph Ratzinger (read here and here  and here and here).

Individuals became dependent upon the Roman Catholic Church for everything from food and drink to psychological comforting from sadistic and dominating authoritarian structures.  Given the impoverishment of the economy the early reformed Jews accepted the novel title of “Christian” (a word that suggested a magician) and role of masochists bowing to the greater authority of bishops who replaced presbyters and with their submission accepted their own mental collapse to the point of losing basic motor skills including speech as speech was not welcomed unless voices were raised in prayer and praise.  The poor were told that Jesus wanted people to follow a man, misquoting a mistranslation of Matthew 16:18, and relate only to the power source: priests and bishops.

Giving up the need to relate oneself to and with others is a classic form of insanity (Erich Fromm (1950). Psychoanalysis and Religion. (New Haven, CT and London, England: Yale University Press, p. 54).  This classic form of insanity, the inability to relate to others outside of the self, led to the invention of saints and the worship and adoration, clothing and anointing, bestowing of flowers upon or around statues of various people the official church considered holy.  Many of these were declared to be “virgins” (a mistranslation of people who had not engaged in coital intercourse; the word means a young girl or a young boy in most situations–as with Mary the mother of Jesus, who the church Greek styles as παρθένος and is later styled Μήτηρ Θεοῦ or Mother of God, a term originally used 3000 years earlier as a reference to the goddess Isis)–who had other sons (Acts 1:14) disproving the claims that Mary remained “ever virgin” (Coogan, Michael (October 2010). God and Sex: What the Bible Really Says (1st ed.). New York, NY and Boston, MA: Twelve. Hachette Book Group. p. 39; Tabor, James D. (2006). The Jesus Dynasty: The Hidden History of Jesus, His Royal Family, and the Birth of Christianity. New York, NY and other cities: Simon) & Schuster, pp. 46-47, 73-75 sqq). Sex is a part of the psychology or all living beings; the Christian God is conceived of as a God of love, and chastity and continence are regarded as states of perfection, yet sexual fulfillment and experience is a part of self-actualization and leads to a normal and psychologically balanced life as there exists a connection between the emotions of affection and love, on the one hand, and sexual activity on the other; to that end Moses and most of the Prophets had wives and sex, and led to Coptic writers of the fourth century CE to pen that Jesus had a wife.

Sex is a normal function and experience for all people.  To deny anyone sexual expression and pleasure is tantamount to denying its normality and claiming sex is abnormal and dangerous to the psyche of the individual (Leuba, James H. (1924). “The sex impulse in Christian mysticism”. doi: 10.1037/hoo65o91. The Journal of Abnormal Psychology and Social Psychology, Vol 19(4), January 1924, 357-372).  A reading of St. Teresa of Avila’s Interior Castlereveals

Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Ecstasy of St. Teresa, 1645-52 (Cornaro Chapel, Santa Maria della Vittoria, Rome)

subliminal references to sex as with her comment “my heart was pierced and I felt strangely warmed” (a phrase used later in Wesleyan theology) that the sculpture Bernini captured in marble.  The Interior Castle also has the pregnant line: “Here also forces of evil are felt more deeply” with illustrative phraseology defining penetration. Studies show that the younger the person is who engages in sex tends to have a negative attitude toward sex if it was abusive or unwelcomed by a older person/parental figure, and lowers psychosocial adjustment in selected domains in young adulthood and inhibits educational quests and mastery of attaining knowledge (Haase, Claudia M.; Landberg, Monique; Schmidt, Christoph; Lüdke, Kirsten; Silbereisen, Rainer K. (2012). “The later, the better? Early, average, and late timing of sexual experiences in adolescence and psychological adjustment in young adulthood.”doi: 10.1027/1016-9040/a000082. European Psychologist, Vol 17(3), 2012, 199-212).  The only plausible excuse to avoid sexual intercourse is if the penetration was traumatic and unwelcomed (Petry, Nancy M.; Ford, Julian D.; Barry, Danielle (2011). “Contingency management is especially efficacious in engendering long durations of abstinence in patients with sexual abuse histories.” doi: 10.1037/a0022632. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, Vol 25(2), Jun 2011, 293-300); there is no record in any sanctioned gospel that Mary approved or rejected the sexual advance of god (similar to the rape of Europa by the god Zeus in the form of a bull, etc.) and follows numerous far older legends from Crete to Egypt and the Middle East.  To deny the reality of sex and its desirability is to reject the psychology of mortal beings.

By cherishing the virgins, lkerwanderung (wandering, or migration, of the peoples), and enforced celibacy, Europe nearly extinguished itself until the absence of labor forces required the church to reinvent the rubric on celibacy and chastity only for those men and women who took positions in the church hierarchy (holy orders)—even though there were no less than 38 married popes (Jean Mathieu-Rosay (1991).  La véritable histoire des papes. Paris, France: Grancher; Rendina, Claudio (1983).  I Papi, Storia e Segreti: dalle biografie dei 264 romani ponteficirivivono retroscena e misteri della cattedra di Pietro tra antipapi, giubilei, conclavi e concili ecumenici. Roma: Newton & Campton, p. 589), and at least eleven homosexual popes, many of whom raised their male lovers to the cardinalate (Burkle-Young, Francis A., and Doerrer, Michael Leopold (1997). The Life of Cardinal Innocenzo del Monte: A Scandal in Scarlet, Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen). Education declined with the rise of scriptorum that copied deteriorating texts and inserting words, phrases, and sentences that were out of character with the author and now found to be falsifications by contemporary scholars, as with the claim by the Roman Catholic Church that Tacitus argued for the person Jesus of the New Testament, and other ancients, such as Josephus, gave evidence to support the existence, life and ministry of Jesus.  Education further deteriorated with emphasis on memorizing the Bible, and the rejection of science, mathematics, and secular arts (Pierre Riché, Education and Culture in the Barbarian West: From the Sixth through the Eighth Century, (Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 1976), pp. 100-129, 307-323).

Rationalize behavior is the counterfeit of reason and is a form of paranoia.  Rationalization has no place in psychoanalysis or psychology as it denies some facts and taints others thereby not giving a true picture of what happened or what the mind was thinking.  People, like cattle, follow a leader; this is known as herd psychology and is a form of mental illness as the German people exhibited from 1933 to 1955 spanning the years of Hitler whom most ignored but did understand what was happening—and said nothing.  With racism rampant in the USA, people excused the KKK not for excess but for outcome: the slaughter of Black people, Jews, LGBT people, and marginalized minorities (Brown, S. (1921). “The herd instinct”. doi: 10.1037/h0072279. The Journal of Abnormal Psychology and Social Psychology,Vol 16(4), October-November, 232-242.; MacCurdy, J. T. (1921). “Synthetic view of ego, herd, and sex instincts”. doi: 10.1037/h0075069. The Journal of Abnormal Psychology and Social Psychology, Vol 16(4), October-November, 249-268.  Also see the problems of collective behavior: Swann Jr., William B.; Jetten, Jolanda; Gómez, Ángel; Whitehouse, Harvey; Bastian, Brock (2012). “When group membership gets personal: A theory of identity fushion”. doi: 10.1037/a0028589. Psychological Review, Vol 119(3), July, 441-456. The problem with collective behavior is the character (strength and weakness) of the leader, as detailed by Johnson, Russell E.; Venus, Merlijn; Lanaj, Klodiana; Mao, Changguo; Chang, Chu-Hsiang (2012). “Leader Identity as an Antecedent of the Frequency and Consistency of Transformational, Consideration, and Abusive Leadership Behaviors”. doi: 10.1037/a0029043. Journal of Applied Psychology, Jun 25 , 2012).

Both psychoanalysis and psychology are applicable to an understanding the facts as they occur and in the order that they occur.   When a person attempts to rationalize behavior it is essential to minutely investigate the rationalization to obtain a complete understanding of the individual and what happened.  This seldom occurs, and mental illness grows especially among those most hate-filled, such as the Tea Party, the Birthers and the men and women who are violently anti-Latino/Latina in Arizona in the twenty-first century and are opposed to all Middle Easterners as if they all were Muslims and jihadists.  The psychoanalytic approach to religion must work at understanding mortal reality behind thought systems. It must understand emotional matrices from which opinions develop and determine the strength or weakness of those opinions.  Rick Perry’s mass hysteria at his Day of Prayer shows the significance many feel when they are a collective group and cannot be held responsible for what they do or how they act.

Many of those who are preoccupied with concepts of the soul declare that they find living difficult.  This is a reflex towards uncertainty and the fear that if they live in any way that is not ordained by religion they will go to some imaginary uncomfortable place such as purgatory or hell—which for those in hot lands is a place of eternal fire, but in winter-cold lands is a place of ice.

Pope Paul V forced Jews into a ghetto that flooded regularly

Jews were especially singled out as “Christ killers”.  Jews were restricted to ghettos (the giudecca), work variances at lower wages, and discussion with Christians (save for the “opportunity of conversion”–which many did to escape drudgery of life and poor living conditions, but continued their Jewish celebrations at night in the darkness of their homes and in whispers). The papal Bull Cum Nimis Absurdum created a second ghetto known as Vicus Iudacorum in Rome, consisting of a few narrow, dirty, and unhealthful streets that soon became painfully overcrowded.  The ghetto was an intentional, understood by the pope and curia, and the Christians of Rome as a death trap as it was flooded each year by the Tiber.  As the Jewish population grew, the only way to accommodate it was to build taller and taller buildings, which shut out the light in the narrow streets.  The Jews were restricted from learning as learning was memorizing the New Testament (primarily the writings of Paul), but in the evenings, Jewish families read and recited the Torah (first five books ascribed to Moses created the preface for the Old Testament; they are followed by the writing/sayings of the later Prophets).  On the Jewish Sabbath, the Jews of the Rome ghetto were forced to hear Catholic sermons and recite Catholic prayers under penalties ranging from excessive fines and beatings to death of the one not praying and his or her family.  With the advent of Protestantism (that also turned against the Jews), the corpus Christianorum (body of all believers in Christ [Jesus]) became even more violent and exclusionary toward Jews, with Pope Paul V(17 September 1552 – 28 January 1621), born Camillo Borghese, issuing, on February 26, 1569, the Bull Hebraeorum gens sola. This nefarious document restricted Jews in the Papal States to Rome and Ancona.  Hebraeorum gens sola was made more painful with the printing of Caeca et Obdurata Hebraeorum perfidia – (Blind and obdurate is the perfidy of the Hebrews) of February 25, 1593.  It expelled the Jews from all Papal states and territories other than Rome, Ancona and Avignon, and in particular from Bologna and several other cities.  Similar assaults on the Jewish population of Europe occurred in the North, as seen in the open hatred and antisemitism of Martin Luther and his preamble to the writing and legislation of Adolf Hitler:  Von den Juden und Ihren Lügen (On the Jews and Their Lies) and Vom Schem Hamphoras und vom Geschlecht Christi (Of the Unknowable Name and the Generations of Christ), being under the convert to Christianity, Anton Margaritha, who wrote the grotesque (a word that originated in ancient Greece as κρυφό (hidden place) that took the definition of κρύπτη  (crypt, meaning dark and forbidding) book Der gantze Jüdisch Glaub (The Whole Jewish Belief) whose book was discredited in 1530 leading to Margaritha’s expulsion from the Empire–but Luther used it anyway in the same manner Hitler used the works of Luther with the purpose of retrenching and destroying the conduct of inquiry similar to that of Bryan Fischer and the Tea Party in the USA that champions the unhistorical works of David Barton who has had no formal education in history, and the pseudo-science of Stephen C. Myer and his Intelligent Design Institute.

Hitler was supported by many western powers, including the United Kingdom and the USA with US Senator Prescott Bush helping to finance Hitler’s death camps (read here and here).  The UK refused refuge to Jewish emigrants, and boarded many on planes to Warsaw, Poland where they were arrested and sent to death camps.

While Europe was marginalizing Jews and proceeding down the path of ignorance, the same Jews, along with Muslims (who were Christians by day) maintained many ancient texts, including Plato and Aristotle along with Greek mathematicians and scientists, that the Roman Catholic Church was damning and consigning to the flames to erase “pagan influences” (Lebedel, Claude (2006), Les Croisades, origines et conséquences, Editions Ouest-France, p. 109).  For this reason, the Jews and Muslims of Europe rose to be the intellectual class, and by the seventeenth century began to number among the greatest authorities and authors of the age leading into the Age of Enlightenment from Baruch Spinoza (he later changed his name to Benedict de Spinoza (24 November 1632 – 21 February 1677) to .

What is essential is to enable the person distressed by the “difficulties of life” to understand that life is what the individual makes of it and how the individual perceives life.  In most cases, these difficulties are the result of an irrational fear of death—a fear generated by an uncertainty that there is a life after death even though the individual religious adherent professes to believe in a heaven or other-worldly place. To conquer this fear is to engage in a discussion on whether or not such a positive or negative place can be proven, and whether or not the test or provability even has value for living today.  Too many people suffer dread from that which no one has proof and that which cannot be proven.

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No Honor, No Glory: Matthew Bissonnette: American traitor

Matthew Bissonnette Navy SEAL 2012

Matt Bissonnette, 36, of Wrangell, Alaska, is the USA Navy SEAL who compromised the security of the nation by publishing his tell-all history on the assassination of Usama bin Laden.  It is not only I who call Matthew Bissonnette of Alaska a traitor to the USA and the Constitution of the USA, as most Navy SEALs call it treason.  Those who find the word traitor to painful to use against one of their own, soften it with the word treason and argue that Bissonnette compromised all future efforts of the SEALs program. 

Group Leader Matt Bissonnette (Ekstrabladet.dk)

Bissonnette, the mephestophilean miscreant SEAL who put the USA in the spot light by acting nefariously put his comrades in immediate danger.  Bissonnette was not only irrational but cavalier with his own life, having little concern, as well, whether or not his colleagues were sacrificed on the blood-stained altar of war to his god of vengeance who took orders from no one superior to himself.  Bissonnette was the military’s Abraham and his fellow SEALs the Jacob and Ishmael of legend and Genesis.  Bissonnette’s prime problem is himself: he never grew up emotionally nor mentally, but consulted on violent video games, and became a devotee to action games and targets.

Part of a damaged helicopter near the bin Laden compound (photo: Reuters)

Col. Tim Nye, a Special Operations Command spokesman, who has spoken out officially against other former SEAL members books as factually incorrect, said the Matthew Bissonnette “put himself in danger” by writing the book (as the official author, even though the other secondary author is the well-known, more literate and literary gifted Kevin Maurer).

Usama bin Laden murdered

How Bissonnette put himself as the author is noteworthy, for while he boasts and brags of the carnage he wrecks, he does not use his own real–a sign of insecurity, dysfunctionality  and embarrassment.  Bissonnette was no John Hancock who wrote his name so large that, as the Continental delegate allegedly stated, “King George would not have to take out his spectacles to read it.”  It is a lovely story and without any truth, much like Bissonnette’s self-patronizing lie.

Bissonnete’s pseudo-autobiography under fake-name of Mark Owens (September 04, 2012)

 According to the publisher, Penguin Group, Bissonnette (Bissonnette) “was one of the first men through the door on the third floor of the terrorist leader’s hideout and was present at his death.” Far from being a hero, that is the image which Bissonnette wants to portray himself, the Los Angeles Times gave details to show that Bissonnette was at the least a coward, as he wrote: [Bin Laden] had no intention of fighting.  

Usama bin Laden, it is true, sent many men to their deaths in keeping with the letter of the law of the Koran, but the truth is not within the Koran on this assassination that is more in keeping with the policies of Henry Kissinger under Nixon when he ordered the assassination of the legally elected and popular Salvador Allende of Chile (video).

US military murdered Iraqis at Abu Gharib prison Iraq

The pattern of politics of assassination for oil profits was especially high under George W. Bush. Pushed by Don Rumsfeld, Condoleezza Rice, and Dick Cheney under the “legal paper” by UC Berkeley professor of law John Yoo, Bush authorized the cold-blooded murder of Iraqis in Abu Gharib prison (read here and here).  Yoo argued that water boarding and all other forms of torture, including plucking out human eyes from the heads of prisoners were justified–a remembrance of medieval Roman Catholic Inquisition codes.

Lynnde England was convicted on six of the seven criminal counts in the Abu Ghraib prison abuse

The females in the US military at Abu Gharib were especially vicious, as with Lynnde Rana England (b. 1982), all acting in full contempt of the Geneva Convention.  The brummagem book shows that Bissonnette was more likely a man seeking, stalking and slithering toward a blood vengeance than a man with any honorable or patriotic intentions–not against the Saudis who commandeered their planes into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, but against other SEALs working with him, with none privy to his intentions.

Matt Bissonnette, Navy SEAL

Bissonnette’s racism and egocentricism are far more a factor.  In his torrid specious tome, Bissonnette ridicules and insults Vice President Joe Biden whom the author claims is like “someone’s drunken uncle at Christmas dinner.” Bissonnette admits he met Biden after the raid at the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment headquarters. According to news reports, Bissonnette purports that Obama and Biden were there to thank the SEALs for their service.

Obama watching attack on bin Laden (Romania News)

Bissonnette says little about the Commander-in-Chief, whom he claims his fellow SEALs hated, yet Obama, as President had the ultimately responsiblity for the actions of all the US military.  Bissonnette’s action constituted an illegal military coup against the USA in his desire to punish other SEALs and work outside of the official military channels. 

Bissonnette stretched the truth so far it was more like a Black-widow spider’s web.  Bissonnette claimed that Obama had nothing to do with the raid or the assault.  The premeditated lie was quickly exposed by Pentagon papers prove that avowed racist acted solely with revenge in mind, and hated Obama as he could not accept a Black man as president, following racist rants of Tea Party / Republican (the Party that threw peanuts at a Black

Tea Party racism

CNN camera-woman) that over the past three years printed Obama as a monkey, ape, tribal African, and had endorsed the insanity of Obama not being born in the USA that was used not only by Donald Trump but also by Mitt Romney, on broadsides used by Bissonnette to express his hatred for the President. 

Bissonnette exposed in Iran. Muslim world calls for his execution.

Bissonnette made himself the sole grody god over USA policy.  He considered himself wiser than the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Commander-in-Chief. He was a self-appointed self-righteous judge, jury and executioner, more in keeping with Machiavelli’s Il Principe that with the Constitution of the USA.  Bissonnette’s goal was to get a feature-length film made by Hollywood, giving preference to director Steven Spielberg.  Conservative Muslims worldwide called for his death in the same manner that Christian terrorists such as Anders Behring Breivik (Norway) who savagely murdered 76 Norwegian–the majority of whom were teenagers, Scott Lively (California) “Abiding Truth Ministries” that has no Biblical basis and calls for mass genocide who bought an on-line JD (Doctor of Law) and studied theology on the internet, racist Congressional Representatives Steven King (R-Iowa, watch video), Peter King (R-New York), Todd Akin (R-Missouri), Michele Bachmann (R-Minnesota) and others (such as the perpetually inaccurate and heated fabrications of the internet newsletter Act! For America by self-styled “martyr”  Brigitte Gabriel who is the USA version of Adolf Hitler and has made a personal fortune spewing hatred and teamed up with Bill O’Reilly to demand no rights for Muslims) call for the “removal” of Muslims and end to multiculturalism.

Bissonnette (L) and Maurer (R), co-authors

More important than the murder of bin Laden, Bissonnette exposes himself as a traitor to all people–not only citizens of the USA. What he did not only defies the Geneva Convention but all laws on the treatment of capture people. The law notes that any service member who discloses classified or sensitive information can be prosecuted in a court of law, even if he is retired from the military (read here and here).

Bissonnette in Alaska

Facts uncovered in the plethora of papers show that it was Obama who initiated and commandeered the maneuvering to kill bin Laden.  Furthermore, documents and eye-witness testimony illustrates that most of the former Navy Chief Bissonnette’s book is fabricated lies, still it has become the best seller on Amazon—but so, too, did other works such as Blood Sport, appealing to the racist mentality among the Sovereign Citizen anarchist group and those associated with the far right and are certified hate-groups: from Americans for Prosperity to the American Family Association and Lamb and Lion Ministries that make Scott Lively and his call for massive genocide in Uganda, and multi-millionaire televangelist G. Pat Robertson who bilks the gullible with his 700 Club, look almost angelic.  What has been revealed is that Obama was not indecisive about the raid. 

Marine General James “Hoss” Cartwright and Obama

Records show that it was Obama who ordered the operation against the advice of his defense secretary, who had started working for Nixon’s National Security Council when Obama was only 13, and against the advice of Vice President Joe Biden, who was elected to the Senate when Obama was 11.  Obama was following the course advocated by General James “Hoss” Cartwright, Obama’s then-No. 2 military adviser. 

Marine General James “Hoss” Cartwright “

Marine General James “Hoss” Cartwright has long been a trusted adviser to Barrack Obama, and according to insider Pentagon information is one of Obama’s favorite advisers, whose judgment he trusts when making important decisions on national defense.

Rather than scaling back the scope of the bin Laden raid, in fact, it was Obama who ordered more choppers to go on the operation, according to Admiral Mike Mullen, then chairman of the Joint Chiefs of the Staff. In one interview, Mullen stated “Obama is the one that put in the Chinook-47s. He is the one that said, ‘There is not enough backup.’ ”  Obama has had a long and solid record worrying about the safety of US citizens and military abroad, ordering special provisions for emergencies and working closely with USGOVDODAAFES to make certain that there were enough supplies on hand at all times, unlike GW Bush who left provisioning to minions.

Reagan’s covert deal to win the White House

Instead of dithering, Obama was deeply involved in a decision that, after all, had the potential to destroy his presidency if the operation turned into a fiasco similar to the Iran hostage rescue debacle of 1980 when Ronald Reagan became president. Reagan had worked with the Iran Ayatollahs to prevent the release of Americans until he had won the Presidency of the USA. Moments after Reagan took the oath of office, Iran freed the prisoners, and Reagan sent the Ayatollah a Bible as a thank you gift. The possibility of a similar debacle was a serious concern of Gates.

Obama and Cabinet watching attack on bin Laden compound

Obama was solely responsible for the decision to give the “go” for the operation despite the fact that there was no proof that Usama bin Laden was living in Abbottabad, only a circumstantial case that he was.  What Obama did was listen to more seasoned veterans who claimed that bin Laden was in the compound, and ordered a direct replica of the compound to be built for SEAL assault practices.  Those who advised Obama were National Security Adviser Tom Donilon, White House chief of staff William Daley, White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan and deputy National Security Adviser Denis McDonough.  It was a difficult decision, but one that CIA Chief Panetta approved.

The tragedy is that Bissonnette uses the book to justify himself and his personal vendetta.  Bissonnette, under the nom de plume says that one of his SEAL teammates shot bin Laden as soon as he poked his head out the door of his bedroom, not, as was previously reported, after the SEALs had entered the bedroom. This version of events indicates that there was little real effort made to capture bin Laden, the capture being what Obama and civilized societies wanted so that bin Laden would be tried at the Hague.  Bissonnette action declared that Bissonnette was above the laws of the USA and the world.

Wrangell, AK (Bissonnette’s home town)

A Tea Party registered Republican who calls Wrangell, Alaska home, Bissonnette claims he wrote the book seeking revenge for being kicked out of Team 6 of the SEAL program. A rival book, No Easy Op (an e-book available from www,Amazon.com), claims that there was bad blood between Bissonnette and other SEALs (read here and here).  His recurring illusions of grandeur and quest for personal power and fame has cost numerous lives and the mental anguish of many.

Wrangell, Alaska

Ubiquitous sundry sources (SEALs and even people in Wrangell, Alaska) claim that Bissonnette wanted to leave the SEAL force to start his own business (its exact location is unknown at this time) as well as to write a Hollywood script for his personal heroic deeds in “taking out [sic] Usama bin Laden”.  He gives most of the credit to himself for the military action, as his fondness for his teammates had melted with his rejection by Team 6. Most of all, Bissonnette wanted primarily to extract revenge on his own comrades and no life was too valuable to save or to be concerned with in Bissonnette’s quest for his holy grail. 

Plame was a spy for the CIA of the USA

Bissonnette’s lawyer (Robert D. Luskin) worked for Karl Rove when Rove was under investigation for leaking the name of Valerie Plame Wilson, a former undercover operative for the C.I.A. and had the criminal charges dropped against Rove under highly questionable circumstances, acknowledging that Rove’s “outing” was a high security risk for the C.I.A.  Rove’s plan was to transform the USA into a one-party nation on the order of a capitalist union (where corporationswould become people in the eyes of the law) where the middle class would be swallowed up and only the upper 1% would rule and own everything.

George W. Bush, Laura Bush, and handler Karl Rove

The American people knew that justice was always for sale to the highest bidder.

Jeh C. Johnson, the Pentagon’s general counsel, told Bissonnette that he was in “material breach” of two nondisclosure agreements he signed in 2007.  Johnson notified Bissonnette

Karl Rove at Congressional investigation on CIA leak

that the Pentagon “is considering pursuing against you, and all those acting in concert with you, all remedies legally available to us.”  The Pentagon had an early unpublished copy and marked the numerous security leaks within it, as numerous unpublished copies had been released to the news media and security networks (read here and here).

In the past the US Supreme Court has ruled in favor of the Pentagon when an unauthorized book by a military member was published even without exposing confidential or classified information as was the case with retired CIA agent Frank Snepp published a book (Decent

Frank Snepp leaving court

interval: an insider’s account of Saigon’s indecent end told by the CIA’s chief strategy analyst in Vietnam, New York, NY: Random House, ©1977; it is also published in Chinese [Taiwan] T’ai-pei : Lien ha pao she 1978 [The Chinese/Taiwanese characters do not display here) about his CIA activities in South Vietnam without submitting it to the agency for prepublication review.  The Supreme Court case was Frank W. Snepp, III v. United States. United States v. Frank W. Snepp, III. 444 US 507 (100 S.Ct. 763, 62 L.Ed.2d 704) decided February 19, 1980.

The poignantly pregnant problem in Bissonnette’s fable is that there are more lies in his book than were in the speech given by Paul Ryan at the RNC convention in Tampa, Florida. That was difficult for Bissonnette to do—but he did it before the Wisconsin Representative-tapped Tea Party/Republican Party Vice Presidential candidate stood under artificial sunlight. 

Mitt Romney declares “Corporations are people” (August 11, 2011)

What was in common with the GW Bush past is Karl Rove.  Rove taught Mitt Romney at corporations are people–and his friends, as he told his supporters on August 11, 2011 at the Iowa State Fair (read here and here and here, and video here).  The problem here is if corporations are people, why do corporations not pay taxes, such as Exxon,

Romney (C) and Bain Capital (photo: Boston Globe)

GE, and other conglomerates? Bain Capital, the foundation of Mitt Romney’s multi-million dollar stash in the Cayman Island (Romney is founder and CEO of Bain Capital), has allowed Mitt to avoid taxes on more than $20 million, and what taxes he pays, he pays at the rate of 13% or less–far under that of poor people.  He is supported by Bissonnette and other retired military who want Obamacare ended, a promise Romney and Ryan make repeatedly (read here and here).  The question is: will he?

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Curse on Canaan: Black people, Mitt Romney and Mormonism

The Mormon religion (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints) is decidedly anti-Black.  It is hostile to any other interpretation of the “will of God” than that issued by Joseph Smith (1805-1844) since 1830 and continued past the days of Brigham Young, with special hatred focused against Black people.

Brigham Young and 21 of his wives

Brigham Young is among the most anti-Black bigots in the Mormon religion.  He wrote: Shall I tell you the law of God in regard to the African race? If the white man who belongs to the chosen seed mixes his blood with the seed of Cain, the penalty, under the law of God, is death on the spot. This will always be so.” (Read: Young, Brigham. Journal of Discourses Vol. 10, pp. 110-111: Salt Lake City, March 8, 1863; cp. Young, Brigham, Journal of Discourses, Vol. 7, pp. 290-291). 

Brigham Young was not an original thinker.  Most of what he vented against followed the raw racism of Joseph Smith and the Smith family.  The Smith family members held divergent views about organized religion, and used religion as a tool to assure conformity. 

Religious revivals early 19th century

The Smith religion in the nineteenth century went from the extreme distance of rejecting to embracing the most untenable tenets that bordered on masochism, sadism, and insanity.  All members of the Smith family fervently believed in visions, mystical beings (basically angels) and prophecies.  According to all primary sources, all members of the extended Smith family engaged in folk religious practices typical of the era.

Seraphim (12th century Monreale (Sicily) Italy)

One of the most common scenes was that of a Smith family member being visited by an angel or group of angels, usually the Seraphim who had wings of fire (an ancient allegory for a fast running messenger) who had six wings and stood near the Throne of God: two wings to veil their faces, two to cover their feet, and two to “bear them up” (Isaiah 6:2 ff); all Seraphim were naked, as was required by the ancient gods for priestly service in the presence of the Almighty (Isaiah 6:2-6; cp. Numbers 21:6; Isaiah 14:29; the details suggest that they were flying serpents or dragons). They match the Babylonian Sharrapu, a name for Nergal, the fire-god, or with the Egyptian griffins (séréf) which are placed at Beni-Hassan as guardians of graves (cp. Enoch 61:10; 71:7).

Ezekiel 10:12 talks about angels who are covered with eyes: on their wings, backs, hands, and everywhere to see the evil being done.  God demanded total surveillance (cp. Revelation 4:6) as no one was to be trusted and everyone, following the Babylonian tradition of Job 2:1 ff, was to be tempted so as to be punished.

Angel Moroni on top of Mormon Temple in Provo, Utah

It was an angel (Moroni) that directed Joseph Smith to a buried book of golden plates inscribed with a Christian history of ancient American civilizations.  These plates would lead to the writing of the Book of Mormon.

In addition to the golden plates, Smith claimed that he discovered the breastplate worn by Moses’ brother Aaron, and a set of silver spectacles with lenses composed of seer stones (the Urim and Thummim: האורים והתומים‎ used for divination).  According to 1 Samuel 14:41 these seer stones were used to determine who was a sinner.  The Books of Samuel are not originals, nor focused strictly on the life and labor of a people who were to become known as Israelites, instead they include Hittite, Babylonian, and Samarian lore.

Urim and Thummim stones

Urim and Thummim have their origin in non-Hebrew ancient Babylon as urtu and tamitu, meaning oracle and command, respectively.  Both were basic to witchcraft.

Urim and Thummim provided divine light for the 12 precious stones: the constellations

Joseph Smith used these stones, he claimed, when his head was buried into a hat to ensure privacy.  Like the golden plates, the stones, and the hat had been hidden in a hill near his home, with the hat being very much like the all-knowing “sorting hat” found at Hogwarts in the writing of J. K. Rawlings. 

In 1830, Smith published the contents of the golden plates as the Book of Mormon.  When the book was questioned, and requests were made to see the plates, the response was that the golden plates were lost and with them any proof of their authenticity or that of the religion invented by Joseph Smith (Quinn, D. Michael (1998), Early Mormonism and the Magic World View (2nd ed.), Salt Lake City: Signature Books, pp. 4-5).

Christian fundamentalists “Netcasters” segregate genders

Far from being a religion of charity or compassion, the Mormon religion is as bigoted as the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS) or even Paulinity (that today is defined, in error, as “Christianity”; this is because the writings  by the various authors of the Letters of Paul, have next to nothing in common with the sayings of the New Testament Jesus: they are judgmental in contradiction to Matthew 7:1, divide people in opposition to Acts 10:34, separate genders (mechitza in Hebrew, based on  Zechariah 12:12-14, cp. Greenberg, Blu (1981). On Women & Judaism: A View from Tradition. Philadelphia: The Jewish Publication Society of America) and marginalize women (1 Corinthians 14:34; 2 Timothy 2:12 the objection being that women

Segregated synagogue

are to submit to men, a message used also in Islam and found in Judaism; in Islam, women are required to pray either in separate columns away from men, or behind men, so that when “submitting in prayer” to Allah, the men are not distracted by “looking at their backsides”–cf. Qur’an, 24:30-31), and so forth.  The scriptures of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints read as a racist diatribe–similar to the Bible, the Koran,

Segregation in Islam

and other quite unholy books.  Mormons segregate themselves from People of Color (primarily Blacks), but do allow white women to worship with white men.

The main attack in Mormon literature is rifled in against Black people, taking many cues from the Christian and Jewish bibles. For example, in 2 Nephi 5:21, we read “…wherefore, as they were white and exceedingly fair and delightsome, that they might not be enticing unto my people the Lord God did cause a sin of blackness to come upon them.”

The Book of Mormon is not only racist and hate-filled, but historically untrue, lacking all variability and found its way into print in 1830, only when Smith was able to raise sufficient capital by begging and borrowing from friends. With the publication of the Book of Mormon Smith and his colleagues could point to the page containing 2 Nephi 3:6-13, to prove the authenticity of Smith’s claim that he was a descendant of the Old Testament patriarch Joseph, after whom he and his father were named. 

Unfortunately for Smith, he was neither a Biblical scholar nor a linguist, as in the original text Smith had the Mormons descending from the tribe of the Ephraimites. If this was fact, than Smith and his family were part of ancient Israel.

Smith styled all other white (or Euroamericans) as Gentiles.  If these Gentiles joined the LDS church as “repentant Gentiles” they would be “grafted” to the House of Israel and become “Abraham’s seed” (Mauss, Amand L. (2003). All Abraham’s Children: Changing Mormon Conceptions of Race and Lineage. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois, 343 p.).  Only through such grafting would the Gentiles be saved.

Angel Moroni with Joseph Smith (Joseph Smith becomes the equal to Moses) http://www.mormonbeliefs.org

Smith considered himself to be a senior Ephraimite: coming from a group of Israelites who fled Jerusalem around 600 BCE and miraculously “traveled” to the Americas.  According to Smith, the lost tribe of Ephraim was quickly divided into two groups: the Nephites who were seen a righteous “white” people, and the Lamanites “who were cursed” with “a skin of blackness” to resemble the dark appearance of evil.  The Book of Mormon reads: “And it came to pass that I beheld, after they had dwindled in unbelief they became a dark and loathsome and a filthy people, full of idleness and all manner of abominations (1 Nephi 12:23).

Lamanites separated by Jesus from Nephites in New World

The “Lamanites” are a people without a history.  No concrete evidence exists that they ever lived, but according to Apostle Spencer W. Kimball, who later became president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, wrote in an article, entitled “Of Royal Blood”:

 

Lamanites attempt to escape Nephites (www.ids.org)

“a Lamanite is a descendant of one Lehi who left Jerusalem six hundred years before Christ…and landed in America. And Lehi and his family because the ancestors of all the Indian and Mestizo tribes in North and South and Central America and in the islands of the sea…Now the Lamanites number about sixty million; they are in all the states of America from Tierra del Fuego all the way up to Point Barrows, and they are in nearly all the islands of the sea from Hawaii south to southern New Zealand”

Lamanites in South America enslaved to serve

(Ensign [the official LDS church magazine] July 1971, p. 7). This includes Polynesia and Tonga, Samoa and the Sandwich Islands (Juvenile Instructor, vol. 30, 1868, p. 129).

The fabled “curse” of Noah is further developed in the Book of Mormon.  Read 2 Nephi 5:21:

Curse of Ham (early 19th century)

and he had caused the cursing to come upon them, yea, even a sore cursing … wherefore, as they were white, and exceedingly fair and delightsome, that they might be enticing unto my people, the Lord God did cause a skin of blackness to come upon them”.

Black skin was a sign of sin:

Lamanites attempt to escape across the river stopped by Nephites (LDS seminary)

“Behold the Lamanites your brethren, whom ye hate because of their filthiness and the cursing which hath come upon their skins

(Jacob 3:5). 

The angel Moroni, whom Joseph Smith claimed was the son of a Nephite prophet and military leader marshalled his people in the twilight of their existence for a great (“final”) battle between light and darkness: an Armageddon between white and black men.  Moroni’s father was known as Mormon who, furthermore, warns that black skin pigmentation is contagious:

“The Lord gave the Nephite army power. The surrounded the Lamanites” (www.josephsmith.net)

“O my brethren, I fear that unless ye shall repent of your sins that their skin will be whiter than yours [that will become darker than black], when ye shall be brought before the throne of God” (Jacob 3:8).

Joseph Smith did not define further the curse, nor explain why the curse was made.  That is easy to understand. Joseph Smith was neither a theologian nor a student of any Bible save the bibles he dictated as if he were the Wizard of Oz hiding behind a curtain (Howe, Eber Dudley (1834), Mormonism Unvailed: Or, A Faithful Account of that Singular Imposition and Delusion, from its Rise to the Present Time, Painesville, Ohio: Telegraph Press, p. 14). 

Noah did not curse Ham. He could not curse his son as Ham had already been blessed (Genesis 9:1)–and once blessed the recipient of the blessing could not be cursed.  That prohibition stopped the numerous writers of the Book of Genesis from having Noah curse his blessed son.  The curse had to fall unfairly, cavalier and capriciously upon Noah’s grandson, Canaan (Genesis 9:25; today the word Canaan has been supplanted by the original name of Palestine, an area that later Hebrews would steal in warfare under the leadership of Joshua whom, it is claimed, had been given the land by the Hebrew god (Joshua 1:3-5) but geography varies in Hebrew lore: Genesis 15, Exodus 23, Numbers 34 and Ezekiel 47).

Noah drunk and naked (with his three sons; Ham is to the far right)

The reason for the curse is clear (Genesis 9:20-24): Ham had seen his father drunk (and/or may have supplied the alcohol) and naked (Habakkuk 2:15)—and “stayed a while” with the drunkard, implying a marginal possibility of sodomy (ref. Jordan, M. D. (1977). “The Invention of Sodomy in Christian Theology,” The Chicago series on Sexuality, History and Society. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press).  Sodomy is not a strong possibility as the penalty for such an act was to be stoned to death.  A more plausible answer would have been that Ham saw his father have sex with another person with whom he would not have been married: adultery; but, adultery also carries with it the death penalty.  That leaves the only option of for the cause of the curse is masturbation.

In the original Hebrew, the word for nakedness is ervah (it means genitals) and being seen in the act itself would have been embarrassing enough to solicit a curse.  In ancient Hebrew witchcraft (e.g. Exodus 22:18) the curse would lead to a black scaling of the eyes that saw the semen shoot out of the penis of a parent.  Scaling was actually a reference to eye lid coloring that would enhance or change the appearance of the eye.  This passage indicates that the writers of the Noah story were attacking their ancient Egyptian roots and belief-system that also included the worship of a gold calf (Yah), and sex.

Qadesh: Semitic goddess of sex, fertility, rebirth, regeneration (was carried to Egypt where her cult was enthusiastically received)

It was common in Egypt, and was an especial adornment for worship services, a practice carried over to ancient Israel when the tribes (mercenaries in Hittite pay) moved against the Palestinians to steal “Canaan”, and used in Qadesh (Qedesh, Kadesh, Qetesh, Qudshu) services.  She was originally a Semitic deity (her husband was the Syrian god Reshep), and her worship services required the priests to be nake–as she, herself, is portrayed, was imported into Egypt during the New Kingdom from Canaan (it was later transferred to Islam, where Qada (abstinence) was prescribed for the Ramdan).

Regardless of the reason for the curse of Noah against Canaan, the mythology of the story has led to the enslavement of Black people through the nineteenth century.  In some fundamentalist Christian nations in Africa, it is still recited as the reason to enslave conquered or kidnapped Black people.

The Book of Mormon, further states:

The Nephites, Lamanites and the Inca of Peru

“And the skins of the Lamanites were dark, according to the mark which was set upon their fathers, which was a curse upon them because of their transgression, and their rebellion against their brethren…who were just and holy men…and the Lord God set a mark upon them, yea, upon Laman and Lemuel, and also the sons of Ishmael, and Ishmaelitish women [Arabs and Palestinians]. And this was done that their seed might be distinguished from the seed of their brethren, that … thereby the Lord God might preserve his people that they might not mix and believe in incorrect traditions…” (Alma 3:6).

Descendants of the Book of Mormon people (www.mormonwiki.org)

Not only are Black people to physically suffer “for ever”, but even in the “last days” they are to be damned even when “the gospel will be taken again” to the Lamanites, for “that the seed of this people may more fully believe his gospel, which shall go forth unto them from the Gentiles; for this people shall be scattered, and shall become a dark, a filthy, and a loathsome people, beyond the description of that which ever hath been amongst us, yea, even that which hath been among the Lamanites, and this because of their unbelief and idolatry.” (Mormon 5:15).

Joseph Smith Papyrus IV (from the Egyptian Book of the Dead)

In various other tomes tepidly translated by Joseph Smith (he had little to no education, no languages or linguistic skills, was unable to translate or interpret what he allegedly read, and as many have concluded, was a fraud) to be copied by loyal scribes, we read in the Book of Moses [Pearl of Great Price published by the LDS Church in 1842; it was canonized as scripture and equal to the Bible in 1880 by the Mormon prophets]:

Pearl of Great Price (Joseph Smith)

“…there was a blackness upon all the children of Canaan, that they were despised among all people…” (Moses 7:8). A few verses further, it is written: “And … they were a mixture of all the seed of Adam save it was the seed of Cain, for the Cain[ites] were black, and had not [a] place among them (Moses 7:22; cp. Taggart, Stephen G. (1970). Mormonism’s Negro Policy: Social and Historical Origins. Salt Lake City, UT: University of Utah Press, pp. 62-63). 

All Southern fundamentalists, including the quasi-closeted racist Jane Pitt of Springfield, MO, base their hatred for Black people, with a special venomous hatred for Barrack Obama who is condemned for being a Black man leading a nation they believe was reserved for white people, on the myth of the Curse of Noah on Canaan (Genesis 9:20–27) and on LDS scriptures.  There is not a single document in the forging of the USA or in subsequent acts that declared the USA to be a Christian nation, nor a Mormon, Jewish, Hindu, or other denominational entity. While the Constitution of the USA did not recognize Blacks as equals until the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments, the Mormons rejected any similar recognition until 1978.

The Mormons attempted to strengthen their racist arguments based on Noah’s curse by including the fiction of the curse on Cain–the alleged son of Adam and Eve, then couple it with the curse by Noah on Canaan–at best a distant “relative” of Cain. Once the genealogy is confirmed by Smith, the curse of Noah takes greater urgency: “…from Ham, sprang that race which preserved the curse in the land.” (Abraham 1:24).  This necessitated the intertwining of the myth of Abram (Abraham) who  not only married his sister (Genesis 20:12) but also sold her into sexual slavery three times to gain wealth, but laid the foundation for polygamy that was openly practiced by Mormon then and now among fundamentalist Mormons.

Concerning Abram, we read the incorporation of ancient Egyptian theology that is older than anything in the Torah–and is distorted:

Now the first [sic] government of Egypt was established by Pharaoh, the eldest son of Egyptus, the daughter of Ham [in ancient Greek theology, she is known as Aegyptus (Ancient Greek: Αἴγυπτος) is a descendant of the heifer maiden, Io, and the river-god Nilus; Aegyptus fathered fifty sons, who were all but one murdered by the fifty daughters of Aegyptus’ twin brother, Danaus, eponym of the Danaids; ref. Euripides, Hecuba (Ἑκάβη) 886, who reverses the order],… Noah, his father, who blessed him with the blessings of the earth … but cursed him as pertaining to the Priesthood [of Melchizedek who was King of Salem and made himself “priest of the Most High Lord” (Genesis 14:18)].  Now, Pharaoh being of the lineage by which he could not have the right of Priesthood… (Abraham 1:26-27). 

(On Melchizedek, read: Brodie, Fawn M. (1971), No Man Knows My History: The Life of Joseph Smith (2nd ed.), New York: Knopf, p. 111; Roberts, B. H., ed. (1902), History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1, Salt Lake City: Deseret News, pp. 175-176).  Smith promised his “Elders” that their power would be equal to that of the original Apostles: Prince, Gregory A (1995), Power From On High: The Development of Mormon Priesthood, Salt Lake City: Signature Books. pp. 19, 115–116, 119.  Smith saw himself as the equal to the Biblical Moses, and as the only person other than Moses who could issue commandments: Phelps, W.W., ed. (1833), A Book of Commandments, for the Government of the Church of Christ, Zion, IL: William Wines Phelps & Co., p. 67:  “[N]o one shall be appointed to receive commandments and revelations in this church, excepting my servant Joseph, for he receiveth them even as Moses”).

Papyrus Joseph Smith 11 (used by Smith to create The Book of Abraham; however it is a writ for breathing in ancient Egypt)

Joseph Smith “translated” the Book of Abraham from a papyrus that he bought from a vagabond (In History of the Church, vol. 2, p. 236, Joseph writes, “I commenced the translation of some of the characters or hierglyphics [sic: hieroglyphics], and much to our joy found that one of the rolls contained the writings of Abraham”).  While the papyrus says nothing about Abraham, nor makes any reference to Black people or slavery, Smith claimed it did and created another work of fiction for faithful followers. 

PJS1-11 (source for the Mormon “Book of Abraham”

Egyptologists John A. Wilson and Richard Parker noted in identifying fragments found in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, that the text Smith claims is the testament of Abraham is actually a late mortuary tract known as a Book of Breathings.  Abraham is not mentioned.

Theban priest Hor

The Book of Breathings was copied for a Theban priest named Hor (second half of the 25th Dynasty, circa 712–664 B.C.E)—its sole purpose was to ensure a blessed afterlife of the deceased individual and it was claimed to have been created by the goddess Isis (“The ‘Breathing Permit of Hor’ Thirty-four Years Later”, Dialogue, Vol. 33, no. 4, Winter 2000, pp. 97-99, 115).

A translation of the scroll (known as PJS 11) that Smith claimed justified his theology has been published by Professor Richard Parker of Brown University (Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, Summer 1968, p. 98).  The right side of the scroll reads:

Line 1 — [. . . .] this great pool of Khonsu
Line 2 — [Osiris Hor, justified], born of Taykhebyt, a man likewise.
Line 3 — After (his) two arms are [fast]ened to his breast, one wraps the Book of Breathings, which is
Line 4 — with writing both inside and outside of it, with royal linen, it being placed [at] his left arm
Line 5 — near his heart, this having been done at his
Line 6 — wrapping and outside it. If this book be recited for him, then
Line 7 — he will breathe like the soul[s of gods] for ever and
Line 8 — ever.

The left side of the fragment begins the series of spells to be recited.  Joseph Smith was not a translator and there is nothing authentic in the LDS canons or Book of Mormon.

The only way that Black people can be saved, according to the inventor of Mormonism, Joseph Smith, is that Black people become devout Mormons (a task nearly impossible to complete because of their skin pigmentation) “and then shall they rejoice, for they shall know that it is a blessing unto them from the hand of God; and their scales of darkness shall begin to fall from their eyes; and many generations shall not pass away among them, save they shall be[come] a white and a delightsome people” (2 Nephi 30:6; cp. Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, vol. 2, Latter-day Saints’ Book Depot, 1855, p. 143; cf. Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, vol. 7, p. 336, and later repeated by B. H. Roberts, New Witnesses for God, vol. 3, Deseret News, 1909, p. 291).  The “scales of darkness” is an ancient Egyptian phrase for “awakening to truth in the Blessed Trinity of Osiris-Isis-Horus.”  It is the acceptance of one’s frailty and need for salvation that comes with the Triune IS-is-RA-EL (goddess of creation, god of the Sun [son of the goddess], and her husband (which is what the word El means) who is a god).

Over 8400 word changes in Mormon scriptures

While Joseph Smith forbade any change or modification of his scripture, the word “white” was permanently changed to “pure” in 1981 (it does appear once in the 1840 edition, but few copies of that edition exist, and is actually rejected in 3 Nephi 2:15 that reads: “And their curse was taken from them, and their skin became white like unto the Nephites”), as the Mormons today, like most other religions modifies to meet the need of raising capital by any means including transmogrification of holy writ. 

Joseph Smith plagiarized from the Bible

Unfortunately, in the nineteenth century, there were no laws against plagiarism.  Joseph Smith, like many college and university students throughout the world (and especially in Latin America and Florida), “cut-and-paste” is not only a way of life, but a cult that teachers and professors who are unfit for their positions overlook and sometimes encourage.  Joseph Smith was among the great plagiarists of his day, taking liberally from the Christian and Jewish Bibles, much in the way as the Remembrancers “borrowed” from both books, with Christianity borrowing from Judaism, and Judaism copying Babylonian and Egyptian texts in an effort to make its interpretation of the Jewish tribal/agricultural god unique.

Spencer W. Kimball

In an effort to retain control over people of color, the LDS is creating illusions that those who do convert to Mormonism are seen by the white believers as slowly changing the color of their skins.  This is a common fantasy, as with the preaching by the Twelfth President of the LDS Church Spencer W. Kimball (March 28, 1895 – November 5, 1985), who spoke to the LDS General Conference in October 1960:

“I saw a striking contrast in the progress of the Indian people…they are fast becoming a white and delightsome people…. For years they have been growing in delightsome[ness], and they are now becoming white and delightsome, as they were promised… The children in the home placement program in Utah are often lighter than their brothers and sisters in the hogans on the reservation”

(Spencer Kimball, Improvement Era, December 1960, pp. 922-923).  Such statements are painfully rejected for their outright racist connotations, as seen in numerous letters to Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought (cp. Vol. 23, No. 1, Spring 1990, pp. 6-8). 

DNA studies have regularly disproven the myth of Lehi and his migration from Jerusalem (read: Dan Egan, “BYU Gene Data May Shed Light on Origin of Book of Mormon’s Lamanites,” Salt Lake Tribune November 30, 2000, sec. B, p. 1; cp. Murphy, Thomas W. (2002). “Lamanite Genesis, Genealogy, and Genetics.” American Apocrypha: Essays on the Book of Mormon. Signature Books, p. 68). 

Thomas W. Murphy Anthropologist

Murphy (born 1967) wrote that he “failed to find anything that supported migration of Jewish people before Columbus,” and found “no reliable evidence supporting migrations from the Middle East to the New World.” Furthermore, Murphy noted:

From a scientific perspective, the BoMor’s origin is best situated in early 19th century America, not ancient America. There were no Lamanites prior to c. 1828 and dark skin is not a physical trait of God’s malediction. Native Americans do not need to accept Christianity or the BoMor [Book of Mormon] to know their own history. The BoMor emerged from Joseph Smith’s own struggles with his God. Mormons need to look inward for spiritual validation and cease efforts to remake Native Americans in their own image.

Simon Southerton

(cp. Southerton, Simon (2004), Losing a Lost Tribe: Native Americans, DNA, and the Mormon Church. Signature Books (Southerton a one-time bishop in the LDS Church resigned his commission and membershipand left the Mormon church). Southerton’s blog is simonsoutherton.blogspot. Southerton, a native Australian geneticist,  specializes in DNA and the Book of Mormon).

Not only was Joseph Smith and the Mormon community racist, but they were pro-slavery of both Blacks and American aboriginals (Indians). Joseph Smith and the LDS Church were decidedly against freeing the Black slaves in the USA, as he stated in 1838: “…we do not believe in setting the negroes free” (Smith, Joseph. History of the Church, Vol. 3, p. 29). 

Mormons and Slavery

It must be granted that Joseph Smith did slightly modify his original denunciation of abolitionists near the end of his life, but only in temperament, not in content.  Joseph Smith wrote on January 2, 1843: “Had I anything to do with the negro, I would confine them by strict law to their own species, and put them on a national equalization” (Smith, Joseph, History of the Church. Vol. 6, pp. 217-218).

Like Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican nominee in 2012, Jane Pitt the mother of actor Brad Pitt of Springfield, Missouri, and Keith Ratliff of West Des Moines, Iowa, Joseph Smith was from his earliest days a fraud, a bully, and a charlatan. Texts were distorted and invented.  The family structure was squeezed into narrow channels and the concept of a unit transmogrified into a bonding that frequently led to suicides, murders, and abandonment within the family (Smith recognized the earthly family, but in his tract New and Everlasting Covenant, he argued that there was a spiritual family of many wives and children in the afterlife to come; to achieve that celebration, man was urged to take many wives as a sign of his election for a higher station in the other world. Plural marriages, Smith taught, allowed an individual to transcend the angelic state and become a god (Bloom, Harold (1992), The American Religion: The Emergence of the Post-Christian Nation (1st ed.), New York: Simon & Schuster, p. 105), accelerating the expansion of one’s heavenly kingdom (Foster, Lawrence (1981), Religion and Sexuality: The Shakers, the Mormons, and the Oneida Community, New York: Oxford University Press, p. 145) where nothing would be denied; polygamy became a right for all white men by 1831), while words of damnation were applied to those who had no recourse and no one to defend them or their ideas, nor anyone willing to take up the challenge and expose their duplicity. 

Family of Joseph Fielding Smith, sixth president of the Mormon church

The plurality of wives was happily practiced by the sixth president of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints: Joseph Fielding Smith (November 13, 1838 – November 19, 1918).  Joseph F. Smith, on April 5, 1859, Smith married his sixteen-year-old cousin Levira Annette Clark Smith.  Having no children by her after seven years, Brigham Young ordered Smith to take a plural wife.  Smith married Levira’s friend Julina Lambson, at a wedding Levira attended (she later renounced plural marriages, divorced Smith and moved to California); it was the beginning of his numerous marriages.

Joseph F. Smith claimed that plurality of wives was Biblical (Solomon had seven hundred wives and three hundred concubines (1 Kings 11:1-3), while Jacob married his first cousins (Genesis 28-29) and his brother Essau married his cousins, etc: marriage has never been about one man and one woman equalling marriage in the Bible, Koran, or elsewhere), but made no comment about there being no reference to Jesus of the New Testament marrying or even having an intimate lady companion.

1844 presidential election political cartoon

In politics, Smith ran for president of the USA in 1844, arguing for a theocratic monarchy as the ideal form of government (Bushman, Richard Lyman (2005), Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling, New York: Knopf, p. 522) with himself as the king-priest and  declared that he would be one of the instruments in fulfilling Nebuchadnezzar’s statue vision in the Book of Daniel: that secular government would be destroyed without “sword or gun”, and would be replaced with a “theodemocratic” Kingdom of God (Brodie, Fawn M. (1971), No Man Knows My History: The Life of Joseph Smith (2nd ed.), New York: Knopf, pp. 356-357) where he would issue divine judgments on all matters like a new Solomon.  Pure and devout wives were expected to write to relatives and those with whom they were in correspondence to encourage them, in the same way that Jane Pitt published her apologia in the

William Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Jane Etta Hillhouse Pitt, Brad Pitt

Springfield, Missouri News-Ledger, to work for the election of a family man of faith after “prayerful” considerations, even if the man running was a Mormon, as the Mormon faith would heal the sicknesses of the nation, and keep Black people down under the heel of the superior white race; Pitts pandering was rejected by her actor-son Brad and his common-law wife Angelina Jolie, although Jolie’s father, actor Jon [Jonathan Vincent] Voigt, sides with Jane).

Joseph Smith imprisoned for treason

Joseph Smith, a freemason and member of the Nauvoo Masonic Lodge (Quinn, D. Michael (1994), The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, Salt Lake City: Signature Books, pp. 114-115),  who was tried for treason and imprisoned, favored a strong central bank and high tariffs to protect American business, opposed imprisonment of convicts except for murder, preferring efforts to reform criminals through labor; he also opposed courts-martial for military deserters. He supported capital punishment but opposed hanging, (Roberts, B. H., ed. (1902), History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1, Salt Lake City: Deseret News, p. 435) preferring execution by firing squad or beheading in order to “spill [the criminal’s] blood on the ground, and let the smoke thereof ascend up to God” (Roberts, B. H., ed. (1909), History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 5, Salt Lake City: Deseret News,  p. 296).  In 1836, Smith wrote an essay in favor of slavery (Bushman, Richard Lyman (2005), Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling, New York: Knopf, pp. 289, 327–28) although that was tempered in his last years after being jailed in Illinois, but throughout his life opposed miscegenation (Bushman, Richard Lyman (2005), Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling, New York: Knopf, p. 289). 

Willard (Mitt) Romney (July 2012)

Nephi 12:23, explains why “the devout son” of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS), Willard (Mitt) Romney feels compelled to preach hatred in his campaign appearances, as he did in his speech to the NAACP in July 2012.  Romney told a gathering of Black citizens of the USA that not until all Blacks refused handouts from the federal government, they would never be equal to white people. 

NAACP members listening to Mitt Romney speak about Black people (AFP photo by Nicholas Kamm)

The reaction was expected.  Those who applauded Romney, were paid to attend and show support for the one-time governor of Massachusetts.

Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll (FL)

Romney’s Black “supporters” included Lieutenant Governor Jennifer Carroll (Florida’s highest-ranking black politician, the first black female lieutenant governor, handpicked by Gov. (Voter I.D.) Scott himself.  Carroll is currently embroiled in a lesbian sex scandal that has revealed the 52-year-old married mother of three adult children actively encourages “nepotism” and that her office is a virtual playground “for sexual escapades”). 

Carroll confirmed that the Romney campaign paid Carroll’s and other black conservatives‘ expenses to travel to the NAACP convention and show vocal, demonstrative support for the putative Republican Party presidential nominee. The NAACP was not impressed with Romney’s speech (read here and here with photos and commentary here).

Smith’s views match those of the Koch Brothers especially in the area of keeping taxes low and allow the president to send in troops in case or riots by workers, Jane Pitt’s quest to have a kingdom of god on earth and opposition to families that prohibited or controlled births, the Tea Party and their hatred of Black people and especially Barrack Obama, and Mitt Romney and is a catch-all of ignorance for white students at Brigham Young University (watch video here). 

 Joseph Smith, like Mitt Romney, was never a man of peace.  Smith, based on experiences with non-Mormons, argued that his faith’s survival required greater militancy against anti-Mormons and Mormon traitors (apostates), and meet them on their own turf (Quinn, D. Michael (1994), The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, Salt Lake City: Signature Books, p. 92), and promised to exterminate those who disagreed with him (Remini, Robert V. (2002), Joseph Smith: A Penguin Life, New York: Penguin Group,, pp. 131–133) and created a private army along the order of the modern al-Qaeda. Romney also claims he will end the “tyranny” of government intrusion into the lives of people–who support him, but wants government to oversee and determine what a woman can do with her body, what children learn, how dissidents are treated, and so forth.  To this end, Romney would have no qualms about going to war, sustaining a war, or exterminating any enemy.

When Romney spoke to the 103rd annual NAACP convention in Houston, he, like all past Republican presidential candidates, did not go to listen to what its members felt were critical issues in their lives.  Romney went to the NAACP to tell its members what he felt were critical issues in their lives. Universal health care (“Obamacare”) would be eliminated, programs to ensure Black literacy would be cut back, government assistance for the poor, ill and uncared for would be turned over to private charities.  The issue of Obamacare is critical with Black voters who fought for it harder than any group, and Black people seldom have adequate health care and few have respectable insurance coverage. To most of the NAACP members meeting in Houston, Romney was rhetorical semantics–and said nothing new. The concept of a united States remains an illusion.

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Michele Bachmann: Her financial advisors and criminal supporters

Michele Bachmann addressing Americans for Prosperity (2011) a part of the Tea Party

In the late 1970s, Michele Bachmann began her emergence as an evangelical extremist who has, in so many ways, copied the menacing messages of Adolf Hitler who took the foundations for his government of Nazis directly from the pages of Martin Luther.  Luther wrote, concerning the Jews (from On the Jews and Their Lies):

  • Accordingly, it must and dare not be considered a trifling matter but a most serious one to seek counsel against this and to save our souls from the Jews, that is, from the devil and from eternal death. My advice, as I said earlier, is:
  • First, that their synagogues be burned down, and that all who are able toss sulphur and pitch; it would be good if someone could also throw in some hellfire…
  • Second, that all their books– their prayer books, their Talmudic writings, also the entire Bible– be taken from them, not leaving them one leaf, and that these be preserved for those who may be converted…
  • Third, that they be forbidden on pain of death to praise God, to give thanks, to pray, and to teach publicly among us and in our country…
  • Fourth, that they be forbidden to utter the name of God within our hearing. For we cannot with a good conscience listen to this or tolerate it.

Only Christians were to be allowed in Hitler’s nation: “We demand the freedom of all religious denominations in the State insofar as they do not endanger its existence or violate the ethical and moral feelings of the Germanic race. The Party as such takes its stand on a positive Christianity but does not tie itself in the matter of confession to any particular denomination. It fights the spirit of Jewish materialism inside and outside ourselves and it is convinced that a lasting recovery of our nation can only come from within and on the basis of the principle that the common good comes before the selfish good.” (Rhum von Oppen, Beate.  Religion and Resistance to Nazism. Center of international studies, Princeton University, 1971, p. 25)  It differs little from Bachmann’s concept of a Christian USA.  In April 1933 the German Christians adopted a constitution, one article of which reads, “Christian faith exacts war against atheistic Marxism and ultramontanism.  A religion such as ours conforms to nature in being a message of salvation to all men, though it is given to each folk in a special way.” (Shuster, George N. Like a Mighty Army. New York: D. Appleton-Century, 1935, p. 99)

The movement was initially quite popular.  Although the German Christian values were not endorsed by the general Lutheran community, the movement did garner significant support.  Of Germany’s 17,000 Protestant pastors, 3000 were fervent enough in the support of Hitler to join the German Christian movement. The Methodists and Baptists in Germany were equally loyal supporters of Nazi ideology. Dr. F. H. Otto Melle, became the first Bishop of the German Methodist Episcopal Church, and collaborated even more actively than Dr. John L. Nuelsen (1867-1946), a German American who moved to Germany in 1912.  Each of the pastors in Nazi Germany spoke of a “Christian worldview” (christliche Weltanschauung).  Compare the role of Germans in the Third Reich to what Bachmann envisions at http://www.colby.edu/personal/r/rmscheck/GermanyE5.html. For the transcript on religion in the Third Reich as recorded at Nuremberg, read: http://www.nizkor.org/hweb/imt/tgmwc/tgmwc-09/tgmwc-09-81-02.shtml.

Bachmann leading prayer at the certified organized hate group Family Research Council asking Jesus for mercy for the sins of the lawmakers who support the health care reform bill.

Bachmann, today, enunciates a “Christian worldview,” which essentially holds that Christianity, or at least her version of Christianity, is a total ideology:   It has all the answers, not just to theological questions, but to historical questions, scientific questions, economic questions and questions not yet asked.  Michele takes “polls” on nearly everything, and then lies about the results.  This happened when she took the stage to denounce gay rights, even though she has a gay step-sister (Helen LeFavre), and claims that when she asked her family they all agreed with her that gays and lesbians were not entitled to rights.  Her own brother came out against Michele and called her a liar and not representative of her family.

Michele Bachmann claims that she has the support of her district in Minnesota.  While that is marginally correct, she has never once won her own hometown of Stillwater that consistently votes against her.  In 2009, Bachmann moved to a more conservative precinct—but could not win it until 2010.

Phyllis Schlafly, a lawyer, argued against the Equal Rights Amendment, stating that women did not need equal right with men

Bachmann does not get enough funding in her own Congressional district to win a race. Most of the money comes from outside interests, especially from the Tea Party.  In 2006, over $50,000 came from members of an organization called the Alliance for the Separation of School and State (an organization that calls for the abolition of all public education, not just eliminate the Secretary of Education, but all public schools).  The Alliance for the Separation of School and State is an on-line political action group, with the largest donors coming out of Georgia, where Barry Conner, a housing developer, donated thousands of dollars to Bachmann.  Much of the rest of her money came from Phyllis Schlafly’s group, the Eagle Forum, and Americans for Prosperity, with the final windfall coming from the financial services sector in the USA economy as Bachmann sits on the Financial Services Committee in Congress, and openly solicits “contributions”. 

Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Tom Petters (before Petters received 50 year prison term)

The next biggest “group” that contributes to Michele Bachmann’s campaigns for public office is organized crime.  Frank Vennes, Jr., was one of her largest contributors in 2006. Vennes and his family and his personal lawyer have given Bachmann tens of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions. Vennes also contributed heavily to another Minnesota presidential candidate, Tim Pawlenty, and the state Republican Party. 

Frank Vennes Jr, Tom Petters, Gov. Tim Pawlenty in Ponzi Scheme gala

Vennes is a convicted money launderer.  He did time in federal prison in Sandstone Prison in northern Minnesota, before aligning with the Petters Ponzi scheme, which netted about a $3.5 billion and operated in Minnesota, with Vennes steering, primarily, evangelical Christian groups to invest with Tom Petters.  While in prison, Vennes claimed to have found Jesus when he was imprisoned for cocaine possession, distribution, and sale, and for money laundering.  Having found Jesus, and made himself a kind of stalwart of Minnesota’s evangelical community, cozied up with Michele and her husband and Bradlee Dean (the Heavy Metal drummer in the band Junkyard Prophecy, who claims to be a “Bible-based believer” and sports a tattoo although tattoos are forbidden in the Bible: Leviticus 19:28; on the extremism of conspiracy theorist Bradlee Dean, read: http://www.dumpbachmann.com/2009/10/michele-bachmanns-fellow-traveller.html who is an advisor to Michele Bachmann) and cultivated these powerful allies, especially Bachmann and former Minnesota Governor Pawlenty, both of whom are running to be President of the USA.  Bachmann and future-Senator Norm Coleman (R-MN) petitioned for Vennes to be pardoned (for copies of their letters, see: http://vennesinfo.blogspot.com/2011/04/letters-from-michele-bachmann-and-norm.html).

Bachmann addressing issue of "dirty" money

After it became public knowledge that Michele Bachmann took “dirty” money from Vennes, numerous charitable groups and rehabilitation centers returned the money to the Minnesota Congresswoman, as occurred when the faith-based drug treatment program Minnesota Teen Challenge returned $9,200 that Bachmann gave them. Rep. Bachmann failed to report the money being returned to her campaign until her first quarter 2009 (http://query.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/dcdev/forms/C00410118/412738/sa/ALL) campaign filing, a possible violation of Federal Election Commission rules (http://www.fec.gov/law/feca/feca.pdf).

The $9,200 — the same amount Vennes and his wife had contributed to Bachmann’s campaign in 2008 — did not show up on Bachmann’s pre-election, post-election or year-end quarterly FEC filings (http://query.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/fecimg/?C00410118).  According to federal rules, the returned contribution should have shown up on one of these reports if it was returned to Bachmann’s campaign in October, as Scherber claims. Bachmann’s first quarter report shows that the Minnesota Teen Challenge donation was returned to the campaign on Jan. 1, 2009.

To understand the reason for this support, it is important to understand the political contributions of Frank Vennes Jr and his wife Kimberly Vennes:

  • MN House Rep Campaign Comm $85,750
  • Michele Bachmann $27,600
  • Mark Kennedy $11,300
  • Republican Party of Minnesota $10,000
  • John Kline $8,000
  • Tim Pawlenty (Governor) $7,500
  • Norm Coleman $6,000
  • Minnesotans for a Republican Cong $5,000
  • Erik Paulsen $4,600
  • Patrice Bataglia $4,000
  • Amy Klobuchar $2,000
  • George W. Bush $2,000
  • Ted Mondale (Governor) $2,000
  • Tim Tinglestad (District Cty Judge) $2,000
  • Republican National Committee $200

(Source: http://vennesinfo.blogspot.com/2011/05/article-mentions-vennes-family.html)

Vennes federal arrest warrant

In April, 2011, Vennes was indicted in the Petters scandal.  One reason most people have not heard of this Ponzi scheme is that it broke about the same time as Bernie Madoff’s scheme against fellow Jews. Vennes is scheduled to go to trial later this year, which could make for an uncomfortable time for Michele Bachmann, because in her letter of support for a pardon, she indicated she had a very close personal relationship with Frank Vennes and was quite familiar with his personal finances—which any court would read that Michele Bachmann was fully aware of his money laundering activity and his Ponzi schemes (on the Michele Bachmann and Frank Vennes tie, read: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/jun/18/michele-bachmann-tea-party-us?CMP=twt_fd).  

One of the greatest lies told by Michele Bachmann is her claim that she receives nothing in the way of federal funds for her farm in Buffalo County, Independence, Wisconsin, about 70 miles or so from Stillwater, Minnesota.  In truth, she has been receiving federal government subsidies of $260,000 from 1995 to 2006 (she raked in another $27,896 in federal farm subsidies in 2005: see: http://www.dumpbachmann.com/2007/06/michele-bachmanns-family-farm-still.html and http://www.ewg.org/news/michele-bachmann-s-family-farm-still-milking-federal-farm-subsidies-0 but prior to 2007, Bachmann listed “zero” as income, see the actual affidavit at http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/politics/congress/fin_dis/2006/b001256.pdf;  and http://www.ewg.org/news/bachmann-reaps-subsidy-benefit; cp. http://farm.ewg.org/persondetail.php?custnumber=003729514). Furthermore she has making profits from $2,500 to $150,000 according to her public financial disclosure forms required of all members of Congress.

US tax rates among lowest in world on corporations and declining rapidly

Congresswoman Bachmann is dangerous when it comes to economics and financial understanding.  While she denies that her part of the family farm in Wisconsin is not only receiving federal subsidies, but actually is showing an increasing profit, she has no respect for Congressional economists.  Instead of going to the experts hired by the US Congress, Bachmann states that the people should turn to Fox News’ former employee Glenn Beck.  In 2009, Bachmann told reporters: “People vote with their feet. And they love Bill O’Reilly; they love Glenn Beck. They love the shows that are on Fox. That’s what matters. Because people want to go where they can find truth. They obviously aren’t finding truth over on some of these other channels. [Emphasis in the original.]”  (http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2009/09/22/61039/bachmann-hearts-fox/).   Bachmann has gone on Fox News to claim health care reform is unconstitutional (http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2009/08/19/56907/bachmann-unconstitutional/), that the Census is dangerous because it was used to intern the Japanese (http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2009/06/25/47650/bachmann-fox-census/), and that Alaskan caribou favor oil drilling because they like the warmth of the pipeline (http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2008/06/20/25018/bachmann-caribou-coffee/), where, according to Bachmann the pipeline “become[s] a meeting ground and ‘coffee klatch’ for caribou” (http://politicalblogs.startribune.com/bigquestionblog/?p=1077).   

Drilling in Refuge (AK) SF Chronicle graphic by Gus D'Angelo 8/28/2005

Contrary to Bachmann’s concepts in science, the exact opposite is true: Studies have also found that pipeline construction near caribou calving and summering areas can lead to “greater calf mortality” and the “reduction of the population” (http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2008/06/20/25018/bachmann-caribou-coffee/ despite Rush Limbaugh’s claims that mating is increasing with enhanced reproduction {http://www.osti.gov/energycitations/product.biblio.jsp?osti_id=6065358} as increased drilling is forcing the native caribou out of the area: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2005/08/28/MNGR4EDJGT1.DTL). Michele Bachmann has a grotesque appetite to blame everything bad on the Democrats.  For example, she has claimed: “I find it interesting that… in the 1970s… swine flu broke out under another… Democrat president, Jimmy Carter. I’m not blaming this on President Obama, I just think it’s an interesting coincidence.”  The president at that time was Republican Gerald Ford.

In the area of politics, there is no negotiating, no recognition of differences of opinions. In the thinking of Michele Bachmann, all things are black or white:  “I wish the American media would take a great look at the views of the people in Congress and find out: Are they pro-America or anti-America?”

Organized labor is a better deal than before for companies as productivity is high and costs low

Opposed to any pro-labor laws or rights for workers, Michele wishes to return to the nineteenth century when labor was a commodity businesses bought at their price without regard for the workers’ safety or health.  She is opposed to an eight-hour work day, a five-day work week, and even minimum wage.  Michele Bachmann went on record saying: If we took away the minimum wage – if conceivably it was gone – we could potentially virtually wipe out unemployment completely because we would be able to offer jobs at whatever level.”

Inflation will remain very low in the USA according to the Bureau of Labor

Bachmann has argued that organized labor had led to run-away inflation.  That is a lie.  Inflation in the USA is lower than in any other industrialized nation–because of organized labor.

Where tax cuts exist and why the USA is the world's largest debtor nation

Not once did Bachmann suggest that she and the Tea Party in the Congress return to the salaries for Congressional Representatives and Senators as Congressional pay and benefits that were statutory at the turn of the twentieth century, nor did she volunteer to give up her taxpayer paid health care or retirement benefits program.  Michele Bachmann wants to be President of the USA.

Tea Party Racism in the USA

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Sarah Palin without Powder or Makeup

Sarah Palin (2011)

Sarah Palin (born February 11, 1964) has an unchartered, uncharted history of deception, dizziness, and draconian designs that she has imparted to her brood with the blessing of the former First Dude of Alaska.  Her ultimate triumph is her 16-year-old daughter Willow Palin (born 1995) who continues her family’s tawdry tradition of guzzled-down booze bottles, lacing her conversations with profanities and homophobic hysterics, while insisting on hushed-up police investigations of her antics and misdemeanors such as buying marijuana: “18-year-old Lance Nezaticky, a former classmate of Willow’s, told Life & Style magazine how he watched Sarah Palin’s 16-year-old daughter take part in a drug transaction in a deserted Target parking lot in her hometown of Wasilla, Alaska, around 1 a.m. on a December night last year. Imran Chaudhry, now 19, claims he saw Willow swigging from a bottle of liquor at a house party on October 25, 2009.  ‘I saw her drinking from a bottle of Monarch,’ he said. ‘She was chugging it pretty hard’ ” (read: http://www.showbizspy.com/article/219156/willow-palin-in-drugs-and-booze-shocker.html and http://wonkette.com/430772/willow-palin-buys-drugs-in-target-parking-lot and http://ohnotheydidnt.livejournal.com/53754663.html).  

Willow Palin

It is reported by numerous sources that: “Willow Palin and her allegedly no-goodnik [sic] friends allegedly broke into an empty house and partied like it was allegedly 1999, causing more than $20,000 in alleged damage to the house which was allegedly on the market”.  This occurred while Sarah was traipsing around the country mainlining narcissism to feed her junkie’s addiction to attention, and there has never been a word from the former governor of Alaska about the incident nor any record that the Palins paid for the damage of their younger daughter who has created a record of disrespecting the property and personal rights of other people, especially in their home town and state of Alaska (see Anchorage Daily News September 4, 2008 at http://community.adn.com/adn/node/130532).  At the same time, daughter Willow Palin was breaking into and vandalizing houses to host booze and sex parties (http://www.zimbio.com/Willow+Palin/articles/iwTGcU7B7mn/WILLOW+PALIN+DRUGS+BOOZE+SHOCKER+Hot+News).  Willow, like Track, has been a constant fixture and on a regular basis on the police radar in Alaska with notices sent to various communities where the erstwhile daughter and her friends would party with careless abandonment(http://www.newshounds.us/2010/03/30/palins_politics_of_personal_responsibility_in_tatters_daughter_willow_avoids_criminal_charges.php

Bristol Palin and Willow Palin Facebook page

Willow referred to one classmate as “so gay” and “such a faggot.”  Willow’s homophobia is shown here:

Willow Palin's homophobic rants on Facebook

She later demanded that the student “quit talkin [sic] shit about my family” while threading a tart tantrum against another as a “low life loser” and lashed out at multiple others, writing, “Sorry that all you guys are jealous of my families success and you guys aren’t goin [sic] to go anywhere with your lives” (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/11/16/willow-palin-facebook-posts_n_784585.html).  When Sarah Palin wrote about Willow’s pejoratives and attacks on others, she said nothing.  Instead of apologizing for having raised a bigoted, hateful child, Palin defended her daughter’s use of the deeply wounding words and lashed out at those objecting to its manifest hatefulness.  Not only does Palin defend cruel and unnecessary bigotry but Sarah does not hesitated to endorse candidates who very actively wish to roll back what precious little progress society has made towards giving LGBT Americans full legal equality.  Instead, as one way to limit LGBT births and those of other minorities, Sarah preached for abstinence, and rejected explicit sexual education in schools in Alaska.  Later she would question how her own daughter Bristol became pregnant since Bristol grew up in a Christian household that held that sex did not occur before marriage.  Only when Bristol released bits from an autobiography Not Afraid of Life: My Journey So Far did the daughter admit that she went on a camping trip with Levi Johnson and several of his male companions, got so drunk that she passed out, and awakened to find that she had sex with him during her stupor–during which time one of her eggs was fertilized and began its evolution to becoming a zygote that developed into a fetus and was ultimately born as a son whom the family would name Tripp  (http://news.yahoo.com/s/dailycaller/20110619/pl_dailycaller/bristolpalinlostvirginityduringdrunkenmoment;_ylt=ArkA1044xUV3Rgy8aHO4Wfi9IxIF;_ylu=X3oDMTRmN200bGkzBGFzc2V0A2RhaWx5Y2FsbGVyLzIwMTEwNjE5L2JyaXN0b2xwYWxpbmxvc3R2aXJnaW5pdHlkdXJpbmdkcnVua2VubW9tZW50BGNjb2RlA3RvcGdtcHRvcDIwMHBvb2wEY3BvcwMxBHBvcwMxBHNlYwN5bl90b3Bfc3RvcmllcwRzbGsDYnJpc3RvbHBhbGlu).

Concern is not only with Willow but also her older daughter Bristol.  Neither shows signs of any real education or even a mastery of the English language (http://www.zimbio.com/Willow+Palin/articles/q7h15aqCPGp/Willow+Palin+Poor+Grammar+More+Shocking+Homophobia that includes clips from the Palins’ Facebook pages).  

Willow’s knowledge of correct English grammar and its crown jewel (spelling) is as lacking as her mother’s command of basic vocabulary and pronunciation in most cases, but it does match that of her unwed sister Bristol who had a bastard child born out-of-wedlock.  Bristol Palin, who delights in defining herself as a born-again Christian, took aim at another person named Jon, by writing on her Facebook: “You’ll be as successful as my baby daddy.  And [sic: you cannot start a sentence with a conjunction, and there is no situation, even for emphasis, where it is permitted. The misuse is found only in vulgar (street) English] actually I do work my ass off.  I’ve been a single mom for the last two years [by participating in ‘Dancing with Stars’ and other celebrity take-offs” (http://www.tmz.com/2010/11/16/sarah-palin-willow-palin-homophobic-slur-facebook-attack-sarah-palins-alaska-dancing-with-the-stars-tlc/).  As for being a “hard worker” her main debut into the field of work was dancing on television.  Her dancing did not meet with much success, and actually led one Florida viewer to shoot his television.

Levi Johnson in Playboy magazine (did not marry Bristol Palin)

The baby’s father, Levi Johnson, who posed nude for Playgirl, with some photographic shots being more appropriate for a nudist magazine than for a general public periodical—but the photographic spread did sell copies.  Not only did Playgirl make a nice profit by publishing the photographs, but Levi had an instant adoring audience.  With this, he was able to be more candid about his sexual relationship with Bristol and her family and the pressure that they pressed upon him to marry their daughter.  Levi Johnson, who saw all sides of Sarah Palin including those that he claimed were pathetic and without merit, openly opined that Sarah is totally unfit to be President of the USA at any time (http://www.tmz.com/2010/11/02/levi-johnston-sarah-palin-not-qualified-for-president-bristol-palin-election-obama/). After baring all for Playgirl, Johnson decided to enter politics in the same manner and in the same city (Wasilla) as did Sarah Palin (http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20014470-503544.html and http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/levi-johnston-run-mayor-wasilla-alaska-sarah-palin/story?id=11366066 with more traditional and family centered photography).

Todd Palin, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's husband, holds Trig at the governor's picnic in Anchorage July 25, 2009

As various commentators have noted, Sarah Palin spends a lot of time talking about being a mother is so profoundly at odds with the time she spends actually being one.  Her nondescript e-mails only note that her husband, Todd, spent most of the time looking after the children since he had a cushy political plum job that let him take time off to be with them or go salmon fishing (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ac/20110613/pl_ac/8623389_sarah_palin_emails_contain_little_new_insight_on_her_past and her bumpy ride with the Alaska Republican delegation to Congress is detailed at http://articles.latimes.com/2011/jun/11/nation/la-na-palin-emails-20110611).  

Ghimo Guns store in Wasilla AK

Sarah’s determination to carelessly ignore her family, when not carefully exploiting them, has become an inspiration to self-absorbed public figures forced to do damage control photo-ops everywhere, such as Representative Weiner of New York (whom she condemned for sending nude photos of his crotch to women, but made no mention of US Senator David Vitter of Louisiana buying prostitutes on a weekly basis, and in Louisiana frequently, paying up to $300 an hour to “have someone to talk with” (cf. http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,288868,00.html) from his US Senate office building or cheating on his wife). When she is away from your lakeside mansion or new home in Arizona, she says absolutely anything to get attention or dollars (http://malialitman.wordpress.com/2010/05/25/sarah-palins-quest-for-wealth-superceeds-the-importance-of-education/).

Palin disturbed that "In God We Trust" was moved to edge of coins

With the incoming Obama Administration, Sarah saw conspiracies everywhere, including at the Department of the Mint when she noticed that new coins were being pressed with the slogan “In God We Trust” being moved to the edge of the coins and expressed that she was “disturbed” by such an action as if the movement demeaned the message or that the movement was a conspiracy or government plot to overturn religion in the USA and had the USA government over to atheists and various non-believers.

A strong racist, with an especial fear of Asians, as her father recounted (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/12/06/palins-father-she-left-ha_n_381724.html):

From left: Older brother Chuck Heath Jr., Sarah Palin and father Chuck Heath (LIFE, AP Photo, Rebel Images/SIPA)

Palin, though notoriously ill-traveled outside the United States, did journey far to the first of the four colleges she attended, in Hawaii. She and a friend who went with her lasted only one semester. “Hawaii was a little too perfect,” Palin writes. “Perpetual sunshine isn’t necessarily conducive to serious academics for eighteen-year-old Alaska girls.” Perhaps not. But Palin’s father, Chuck Heath, gave a different account to Conroy and Walshe. According to him, the presence of so many Asians and Pacific Islanders made her uncomfortable: “They were a minority type thing and it wasn’t glamorous, so she came home.” In any case, Palin reports that she much preferred her last stop, the University of Idaho, “because it was much like Alaska yet still ‘Outside.’ ”

Palin’s bigotry is seldom highlighted (http://www.politicususa.com/en/palin-bigoted-racist, and http://antiracistmusings.wordpress.com/2009/12/06/sarah-palins-got-a-fear-of-asians/).   She refused to meet with blacks, Asians and Latinos.  It is now public record that on the one occasion when she finally did meet with black leaders, and they communicated to her their distress that she included not a single African-American person on her staff, she told them that she did not have to employ any and did not intend to.  

Sarah snubbed and insulted the African-American community, and indeed, all decent Americans, in other very significant ways.  As Ronald V. Myers, Sr. put it, for example, “Juneteenth is an official state holiday observance in Alaska which requires the Governor to issue an annual proclamation.  Despite the statute, Gov. Palin did not issue a Juneteenth Proclamation in 2007.”  Note that Palin very deliberately did not acknowledge the holiday celebrating the end of slavery in America, but that she did as governor record a greeting for the Alaska Independence Party (AIP), a secessionist group with white supremacist leanings and is an extreme right-wing party that is opposed not only to racial minorities but argues against any rights for Black people. The AIP claims that Palin was a member and expressed her opposition to Black people (read: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/09/02/politics/animal/main4407224.shtml; Sarah Palin addressed the AIP here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZwvPNXYrIyI; its neo-Nazi “state’s rights” is at http://www.akip.org/; read more at http://coloradoprocessserver.blogspot.com/2009/11/sarah-palin-rejects-juneteenth.html).

Tea Party racists

A strong Tea Party supporter who has won their hearts and votes, Sarah Palin has called all those who denounce Tea Party actions as tantamount to those of the Third Reich’s Nazi movement “liars.” Republican Tea Party protestors yelled “nigger” at Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) and also disrespected Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) in various ways, including, allegedly, by spitting on him.  Without naming either of the two abused congressmen, Palin states outright in her book that they lied about the incidents.  Cleaver released a statement confirming the incident, but some questioned his claims. Fox News personality Sean Hannity asked (video at http://mediamatters.org/mmtv/201003240072) if there was any evidence proving that it had actually happened, and Tea Party groups offered a cash reward for proof (http://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/2010/03/tea-party-groups-offer-15k-reward-for-spitting-incident-proof.html).   Here is the proof: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/03/28/congressman-spit-on-by-te_n_516300.html

Instead of talking about issues affecting the homeless, those unemployed or underemployed, those unable to afford an education, and those critically or terminally ill, Palin talks about “the family” and ignores her own family and the Down Syndrome child she claims was a personal letter from God (that Palin wrote: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/washington/2011/06/sarah-palin-god-letter-trig-down-syndrome.html) and is her own—although the pregnancy she kept secret from her husband and other children for no less than seven months.  — one right after the other, your rehab-ready children went absolutely feral  — whooping it up off at unchaperoned parties — and snorting it up off of powdery coffee tables. You know they say: There’s always a little less snow in Alaska when the Palin kids come through town.

Sarah Palin's Book Tour bus in Grand Rapids MI

The greatest tragedy is that Sarah Palin continues to use tax-payer money for personal pursuits.  This became clear when she began her tour of national historic sites—which required full park ranger protection and a host of other attendants funded by the US Government—which no other governor has ever received.  This caused one Congressman to question the expense, since US national park funding is being cut by the Tea Bag Party in Congress (http://blogs.abcnews.com/thenote/2011/06/congressman-launches-inquiry-into-cost-of-sarah-palins-tour-.html). No where in the Constitution or in any federal law are there provisions for a losing candidate to have federal protection.  This was available only when Palin was declared to be the official GOP/Tea Party candidate for the Vice Presidency in 2008.

Both throughout her campaign in 2008 and her tour in 2011, Sarah has preached “family values” and the need to “keep” the USA “under god”—but the laws of her god are rather clear about what can or cannot be done.  Adultery is forbidden, yet there is evidence that Sarah has not always been faithful to Todd.   There are reports (although not all are fully documented or analyzed), that Sarah engaged in premarital sex with her future husband, and also had extramarital sex (http://gawker.com/5045218/palin-had-affair-says-enquirer) with his business partner.  How’s that slutty/trashy thing working out for ya? (http://www.youtube.com////watch?v=Z5af1oTOkU)  Now there are stories how Sarah’s husband, Todd, has a sexual relationship with a massage therapist named Shailey Tripp, although supporting evidence for the allegation is slim (http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/6251814/todd_palin_sex_scandal_not_a_legitimate.html?cat=49 and http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/6247596/todd_palin_affair_and_sex_scandal_alleged.html?cat=62).  

A firm fundamentalist, Sarah Palin is decidedly against any separation of the Christian church and the nation, and would rule as if she were Martin Luther or Adolf Hitler.  She has come out in her latest book attacking John F. Kennedy’s remarks in the 1960 speech to the Greater Houston Ministerial Association, in which he challenged the ministers – and the country – to judge him, a Catholic presidential candidate, by his views rather than his faith. “Contrary to common newspaper usage, I am not the Catholic candidate for president,” Kennedy said. “I am the Democratic Party’s candidate for president who happens also to be a Catholic.”  As Kathleen Kennedy Townsend noted, Palin finds JFK’s speech “defensive . . . in tone and content” and is upset that Kennedy, rather than presenting a reconciliation of his private faith and his public role, had instead offered an “unequivocal divorce of the two.”  Townsend wrote: “My uncle urged that religion be private, removed from politics, because he feared that making faith an arena for public contention would lead American politics into ill-disguised religious warfare, with candidates tempted to use faith to manipulate voters and demean their opponents” Townsend continued: “As a contrast to Kennedy’s speech, Palin cites former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney’s remarks during the 2008 Republican primary campaign, in which he spoke publicly of “how my own faith would inform my presidency, if I were elected.” After paying lip service to the separation of church and state, Romney condemned unnamed enemies “intent on establishing a new religion in America – the religion of secularism.” “There is one fundamental question about which I am often asked,” Romney said. “What do I believe about Jesus Christ?” Romney, of course, is a Mormon. He answered the question, proclaiming that “Jesus Christ is the son of God.” That means that if the voter or American citizen was not a Christian, but a Buddhist, Jew, Muslim, follower of Confucius, Wiccan, agnostic, atheist, or other form of expression then that individual would have no role and no rights in the USA (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/12/03/AR2010120303209.html).

Baptized as a Roman Catholic but joining in her teen years the Assemblies of God religion, Palin today attends different churches and does not consider herself a Pentecostal.  Like Michele Bachmann a staunch follower of Martin Luther and the Lutheran church as defined by Adolf Hitler, Palin believes her candidacy was determined by her God, and she must submit as would any Muslim to the divine will (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/01/10/steve-schmidt-palin-belie_n_417977.html).  Like any Jihadist who see the Koran as the only word of God (Allah), Palin believes that USA law must be based on the literal word of the Christian Bible and the Ten Commandments from the Hebrew Bible, and is convinced that the forefathers were all Christian fundamentalists who intended to create a Christian nation (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/05/10/sarah-palin-american-law_n_569922.html). Her words match those roared by Der Führer of Nazi Germany, Adolf Hitler who declared himself to be a Christian and to be doing the work of God as being divinely appointed by the God of the Bible as proclaimed by Martin Luther.  Hitler’s anti-Semitism grew out of his Christian education.  Austria and Germany were majorly Christian during his time and they held the belief that Jews were an inferior status to Aryan Christians.  The Christians blamed the Jews for the killing of Jesus.  Jewish hatred did not actually spring from Hitler; it came from the preaching of Catholic priests and Protestant ministers throughout Germany for hundreds of years.  

On the Jews and their Lies by Martin Luther (Wittenberg 1543) foundation for Hitler

The Protestant leader, Martin Luther, himself, held a livid hatred for Jews and their Jewish religion.  In his book, Von den Jüden und jren Lügen (“On the Jews and their Lies”), Luther set the standard for Jewish hatred in Protestant Germany up until World War 2.  Hitler expressed a great admiration for Martin Luther constantly quoting his works and beliefs. Hitler said: “We were convinced that the people needs and requires this faith.  We have therefore undertaken the fight against the atheistic movement, and that not merely with a few theoretical declarations: we have stamped it out.” — Adolf Hitler, in a speech in Berlin on 24 October 1933.  Later, Hitler declared: “My feelings as a Christian point me to my Lord and Savior as a fighter.  It points me to the man who once in loneliness, surrounded by a few followers, recognized these Jews for what they were and summoned men to fight against them and who, God’s truth!  was greatest not as a sufferer but as a fighter.  In boundless love as a Christian and as a man I read through the passage which tells us how the Lord at last rose in His might and seized the scourge to drive out of the Temple the brood of vipers and adders.  How terrific was His fight for the world against the Jewish poison.  To-day, after two thousand years, with deepest emotion I recognize more profoundly than ever before the fact that it was for this that He had to shed His blood upon the Cross.  As a Christian I have no duty to allow my self to be cheated, but I have the duty to be a fighter for truth and justice…  And if there is anything which could demonstrate that we are acting rightly it is the distress that daily grows. For as a Christian I have also a duty to my own people.”  –Adolf Hitler, in a speech on 12 April 1922 (Norman H. Baynes, ed.  The Speeches of Adolf Hitler, April 1922-August 1939, Vol. 1 of 2, pp. 19-20, Oxford University Press, 1942).

Track Palin, son of Sarah and Todd Palin, was required to join military to avoid prison

Sarah Palin bragged at the GOP convention and afterwards about her eldest son, Track, was proudly serving in the USA military.  She made a public statement on her role as the mother of a soldier by wearing a one-star flag pin on her blouse or coat.  While such a paternal act is laudable, it does not give the reason why Track is “serving” his country now.  The reason is easy to prove, for Track Palin was served in high school with a criminal warrant!  (http://frontiersman.com/articles/2005/12/06/news/news2.txt)  Track Palin has a long and hard record of being a boisterous delinquent; he was such an agitator that he was shipped off to Iraq to get criminal charges dropped after he stole a bottle of vodka from a liquor store and vandalized 44 school buses, cutting the brakes on your neighbor’s kid’s ride to school (http://www.dailykos.com/story/2008/09/10/593089/-Breaking:-Track-Palins-2-year-addiction-to-Oxycontincocaine! and which references the National Enquirer as does http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/1039038/national_enquirer_claims_sarah_palins.html?cat=9).    

Track was never a war hero; at best he was hailed as a war hero during the Republican National Convention, but in truth, as many have noted, Track is actually an Oxycontin-snorting, womanizing, kleptomaniac! Some excuse that, claiming that Track Palin “Maybe … was just high from all that cocaine and Oxycontin he snorted” (read: http://www.radaronline.com/exclusives/2008/09/meet-track-palin-drug-addict.php) After all, what child needs healthcare when his backpack’s a pharmacy?

Alaska State Troopers arrested four teenage boys at their Mat-Su homes Monday after they were charged in last week’s vandalism of 44 Mat-Su school buses – an incident that forced the Mat-Su Borough School District to close schools for a day on Nov. 29. Deryck Harris, 18, and the other three boys – ages 16, 17 and 17 – were each charged with third-degree criminal mischief, first-degree criminal trespass and conspiracy to commit criminal mischief, troopers said. The 16-year-old, Track Palin son of Sarah Palin, was also charged with fourth-degree theft and furnishing alcohol to a minor, for allegedly stealing a bottle of vodka from the liquor store at Tesoro 2-Go in Wasilla. (http://frontiersman.com/articles/2005/12/06/news/news2.txt and http://www.kinyradio.com/juneaunews/archives/week_of_12-05-05/juneau_news_12-05-05.html). Two years later, to get a lighter sentence, Deryck Harris, who was arrested at his home, claimed that Track was not involved–but Track still went into the military.

Bristol Palin dancing

Both Sarah and daughter Bristol have publicly declared their endorsement and support for an abstinence only agenda for teenagers and those not married. Neither believe in nor argue for unbridled sex education, and like Nancy Reagan, assume that a female can “just say no” and that will curb any male hormones that in overdrive.  Yet, as most people have learned both the former governor and her daughter were engaged in sex before marriage, so neither entered the state of marriage as virgins (see: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vtcm9R-J3Bk).   In fact, Sarah Palin allowed her daughter Bristol to share her share a bed in the Palin house with Levi’s Johnson. One gossip wag questioned: “What did Sarah due, once the convention was over?  You shipped the little vixen off to live with a relative, or claim she was transferred to another school, lest her harlotry interfere with your ambitions — or reveal that the only thing Sarah really believes in abstaining from is parenting.”   

There has been speculation about the child allegedly born to Sarah Palin when she returned from giving a speech on energy in Texas. Facts do not point to the assumption, as after Sarah’s water broke (even though no one thought she was pregnant until after the seventh month) in a troubled pregnancy the part-time (records only show her tenure in office to be two years and seven months as the job, she told supporters, just did not pay enough), Palin leisurely gave a speech in Texas to an energy forum and then schlepped around in a cramped airplane for 9 hours with no doctor present (source: http://www.star-telegram.com/state_news/story/876326.html; Palin claimed “I wasn’t showing too much” is why no one knew she was pregnant including those on the aircraft, at http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122002615833483595.html?mod=googlenews_wsj).  Palin claimed while at the conference in Texas, she called her doctor in Wasilla / Palmer from Texas, to report that she was leaking amniotic fluid and having contractions that were different from contractions she’d been having for “months.” (Contractions no one among her office staff noticed, by the way; All medical professionals agree:  If a woman is leaking amniotic fluid and having contractions, she is in labor.)  According to Palin doctor agreed with her decision to return to Alaska.  She then gave a “luncheon” speech (as per the official state of Alaska website), took two separate flights, one from Dallas to Seattle and the second from Seattle to Anchorage, then drove approximately one hour from Anchorage to a small (39 bed) regional hospital to give birth (Read http://www.palindeception.com/subpages/subpage4.html; and, also read: http://www.gambling911.com/politics/sarah-palin-flew-more-3000-after-water-broke-082908.html and http://www.opednews.com/articles/Sarah-Palin-and-the-Closed-by-Barbara-Bellows-Te-080831-733.htmlwhich question’s McCain’s vetting [she was back in her office within three days {the birth took place on Friday and the offices are closed over the weekend} but with her other child, Piper, she was back at work the day after giving birth). 

Bristol Palin accident ticket

There is another strange incident in Alaska records, and that concerns her daughter Bristol.   Bristol Palin was transferred out of Wasilla High School last fall (i.e., fall of 2007) according to the assistant principal and supposedly transferred to Anchorage High.  There is no record of this transfer,  but rumors have been everywhere that she never actually attended Anchorage, but was instead out of school with mono for a time span corresponding to the last five months of her mother’s pregnancy.  What is known is that during this time, she was involved in an automobile accident on February 8, 2008.  Here’s the description of the accident.   According to several bloggers, this is the exact location of a Family Medicine Center in Wasilla. The young man involved has stated that he did not notice one way or another whether she was pregnant. However, given the speculation that she may have been (and was due in mid-May) she would have been around 25 weeks as of this point. A first time mother at 25 weeks wearing heavy winter clothing may not have been visibly pregnant.  Yet it was not until the seventh month of Sarah’s alleged pregnancy that she began to show any sign of being pregnant–a matter that became more pronounced when her water allegedly broke before she gave her speech in Texas and then flew back to Alaska to give birth to a baby boy on April 18, 2008.  As one commentary (Betty Bowers) noted: “Honestly, for someone supposedly pro-life, I’ve seen crack whores show more convincing concern for the health of their unborn!”   

Sarah Palin claims that she is fully versed on USA history and American civics and political science, but incites packs of fulminating, semi-literate racists to vote with ammo, is the darling of the Tea Party, KKK, and American Nazi groups but does not have the ability to run an ordinary house (she leaves that task to husband Todd), and has no knowledge of the history or management of the White House.         

(L-R) John Bitney, Shannyn Moore, Anne Kilkenny, Andrew Halcro

Concerning Sarah Palin’s administrative ability and government experience, Anne Kilkenny, a native of Sarah’s hometown in Alaska, wrote:

Her experience is as mayor of a city with a population of about 5,000 (at the time), and less than 2 years as governor of a state with about 670,000 residents.

During her mayoral administration most of the actual work of running this small city was turned over to an administrator. She had been pushed to hire this administrator by party power-brokers after she had gotten herself into some trouble over precipitous firings which had given rise to a recall campaign (read: http://washingtonindependent.com/3671/the-reform-candidate).

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Sarah campaigned in Wasilla as a “fiscal conservative”. During her 6 years as Mayor, she increased general government expenditures by over 33%. During those same 6 years the amount of taxes collected by the City increased by 38%. This was during a period of low inflation (1996-2002). She reduced progressive property taxes and increased a regressive sales tax which taxed even food. The tax cuts that she promoted benefited large corporate property owners way more than they benefited residents.

The huge increases in tax revenues during her mayoral administration weren’t enough to fund everything on her wish list though; borrowed money was needed, too. She inherited a city with zero debt, but left it with indebtedness of over $22 million. What did Mayor Palin encourage the voters to borrow money for? Was it the infrastructure that she said she supported? The sewage treatment plant that the city lacked? or a
new library? No. $1m for a park. $15m-plus for construction of a multi-use sports complex which she rushed through to build on a piece of property that the City didn’t even have [a] clear title to, that was still in litigation 7 yrs later–to the delight of the lawyers involved! The sports complex itself is a nice addition to the community but a huge money pit, not the profit-generator she claimed it would be. She also supported bonds for $5.5m for road projects that could have been done in 5-7 yrs without any borrowing.

While Mayor, City Hall was extensively remodeled and her office redecorated more than once.

These are small numbers, but Wasilla is a very small city.

In this time of record state revenues and budget surpluses, she recommended that the state borrow/bond for road projects, even while she proposed distribution of surplus state revenues: spend today’s surplus, borrow for needs.

She’s not very tolerant of divergent opinions or open to outside ideas or compromise. As Mayor, she fought ideas that weren’t generated by her or her staff. Ideas weren’t evaluated on their merits, but on the basis of who proposed them.

Sarah Palin attempted to censor the city library and remove Huckleberry Finn and other books she considered to be offensive

While Sarah was Mayor of Wasilla she tried to fire our highly respected City Librarian because the Librarian refused to consider removing from the library some books that Sarah wanted removed. City residents rallied to the defense of the City Librarian and against Palin’s attempt at out-and-out censorship, so Palin backed down and withdrew her termination letter. People who fought her attempt to oust the Librarian are on her enemies list to this day.

Sarah complained about the “old boy’s club” when she first ran for Mayor, so what did she bring Wasilla? A new set of “old boys”. Palin fired most of the experienced staff she inherited. At the City and as Governor she hired or elevated new, inexperienced, obscure people, creating a staff totally dependent on her for their jobs and eternally grateful and fiercely loyal–loyal to the point of abusing their power to further her personal agenda, as she has acknowledged happened in the case of pressuring the State’s top cop (see below).

Mike Wooten is Sarah Palin's ex-brother-in-law and the focus of an ethics investigation into Sarah Palin. Palin allegedly insisted that Mike Wooten get fired after he split with her sister.

As Mayor, Sarah fired Wasilla’s Police Chief because he “intimidated” her, she told the press. As Governor, her recent firing of Alaska’s top cop has the ring of familiarity about it. He served at her pleasure and she had every legal right to fire him, but it’s pretty clear that an important factor in her decision to fire him was because he wouldn’t fire her sister’s ex-husband, a State Trooper. Under investigation for abuse of power, she has had to admit that more than 2 dozen contacts were made between her staff and family to the person that she later fired, pressuring him to fire her ex-brother-in-law. She tried to replace the man she fired with a man who she knew had been reprimanded for sexual harassment; when this caused a public furor, she withdrew her support.

She has bitten the hand of every person who extended theirs to her in help. The City Council person who personally escorted her around town introducing her to voters when she first ran for Wasilla City Council became one of her first targets when she was later elected Mayor. Her election was about fear-mongering and truth distortion.  Anti-abortion fliers circulated. Ms. Palin played up her church work and her membership in the National Rifle Association (http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/03/us/politics/03wasilla.htm). She abruptly fired her loyal City Administrator; even people who didn’t like the guy were stunned by this ruthlessness.  Fear of retribution has kept all of these people from saying anything publicly about her.

When then-Governor Murkowski was handing out political plums, Sarah got the best, Chair of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission: one of the few jobs not in Juneau and one of the best paid. She had no background in oil & gas issues. Within months of scoring this great job which paid $122,400/yr, she was complaining in the press about the high salary. I was told that she hated that job: the commute, the structured hours, and the work.  Sarah became aware that a member of this Commission (who was also the State Chair of the Republican Party) engaged in unethical behavior on the job. In a gutsy move which some undoubtedly cautioned her could be political suicide, Sarah solved all her problems in one fell swoop: got out of the job she hated and garnered gobs of media attention as the patron saint of ethics and as a gutsy fighter against the “old boys’ club” when she dramatically quit, exposing this man’s ethics violations (for which he was fined).

As Mayor, she had her hand stuck out as far as anyone for pork from Senator Ted Stevens. Lately, she has castigated his pork-barrel politics and publicly humiliated him. She only opposed the “bridge to nowhere” after it became clear that it would be unwise not to.

As Governor, she gave the Legislature no direction and budget guidelines, then made a big grandstand display of line-item vetoing projects, calling them pork. Public outcry and further legislative action restored most of these projects–which had been vetoed simply because she was not aware of their importance–but with the unobservant she had gained a reputation as “anti-pork”.

She is solidly Republican: no political maverick. The State party leaders hate her because she has bit them in the back and humiliated them. Other members of the party object to her self-description as a fiscal conservative. Around Wasilla there are people who went to high school with Sarah. They call her “Sarah Barracuda” because of her unbridled ambition and predatory ruthlessness. Before she became so powerful, very ugly stories circulated around town about shenanigans she pulled to be made
point guard on the high school basketball team. When Sarah’s mother-in-law, a highly respected member of the community and experienced manager, ran for Mayor, Sarah refused to endorse her.

As Governor, she stepped outside of the box and put together of package of legislation known as “AGIA” that forced the oil companies to march to the beat of her drum. Like most Alaskans, she favors drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. She has questioned if the loss of sea ice is linked to global warming. She campaigned “as a private citizen” against a state initiative that would have either a) protected salmon streams from pollution from mines, or b) tied up in the courts all mining in the state (depending on who you listen to). She has pushed the State’s lawsuit against the Dept. of the Interior’s decision to list polar bears as threatened species.

McCain is the oldest person to ever run for President; Sarah will be a heartbeat away from being President.  There has to be literally millions of Americans who are more knowledgeable and experienced than she.  However, there’s a lot of people who have underestimated her and are regretting it.

CLAIM VS FACT

  • “Hockey mom”: true for a few years
  • “PTA mom”: true years ago when her first-born was in elementary school, not since
  • “NRA supporter”: absolutely true
  • social conservative: mixed. Opposes gay marriage, BUT vetoed a bill that would have denied benefits to employees in same-sex relationships (said she did this because it was unconstitutional).
  • pro-creationism: mixed. Supports it, BUT did nothing as Governor to promote it.
  • “Pro-life”: mixed. Knowingly gave birth to a Down’s syndrome baby BUT declined to call a special legislative session on some pro-life legislation
  • “Experienced”: Some high schools have more students than Wasilla has residents. Many cities have more residents than the state of Alaska.
    No legislative experience other than City Council. Little hands-on supervisory or managerial experience; needed help of a city administrator to run town of about 5,000.
  • political maverick: not at all
  • gutsy: absolutely!
  • open & transparent: ??? Good at keeping secrets. Not good at explaining actions.
  • has a developed philosophy of public policy: no
  • “a Greenie”: no. Turned Wasilla into a wasteland of big box stores and disconnected parking lots. Is pro-drilling off-shore and in ANWR.
  • fiscal conservative: not by my definition!
  • pro-infrastructure: No. Promoted a sports complex and park in a city without a sewage treatment plant or storm drainage system. Built streets to early 20th century standards.
  • pro-tax relief: Lowered taxes for businesses, increased tax burden on residents
  • pro-small government: No. Oversaw greatest expansion of city government in Wasilla’s history.
  • pro-labor/pro-union. No. Just because her husband works union doesn’t make her pro-labor. I have seen nothing to support any claim that she is pro-labor/pro-union.

Read more: http://community.adn.com/adn/node/130532#ixzz1PXuvTJGW, and http://www.themudflats.net/2009/11/20/meet-sarah-palins-death-panel/

The fact that Sarah Palin has absolutely no knowledge or comprehension about US interests, US military affairs, the US economy, or working people has often been exposed by various media (cf. http://firedoglake.com/2008/09/11/sarah-palins-embarrassing-interview-and-what-it-says-about-mccain/). The fact that Sarah Palin feels she is God’s answer to a troubled nation is a nightmare, for that was the claim of Napoleon, Adolf Hitler, Josef Stalin, Pinochet and Alberto and Keiko Fujimori. Palin is a crazy-quilt of contradictions and believes that she speaks for God.

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Keiko Fujimori and Rudy Giuliani team up

Like her dictator father, Alberto Fujimori who broke nearly every Perú law, including suspending the Constitution of Perú and illegally closing the Congress of Perú before beginning his reign of terror, theft, political assassinations, and more, Keiko Sophia Fujimori is headed in the same direction, as the Fujimoristas (her father’s political party; Keiko, under the advice of her brother Kenji, changed the name of her party to Fuerza 2011) is filled with candidates who have drug connections that have been denounced by the governments of the USA, UK, and other nations (see: Ángel Páez, “Fujimorismo Candidates Allegedly Tied to Drug Trade” at http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=54928).  U.S. State Department documents leaked by the whistleblower website WikiLeaks have pointed to other connections between members of Fuerza 2011 and suspected drug traffickers.  DEVIDA, the Perú national anti-drugs commission, promoted an Ethical Commitment against Drug Trafficking to be adopted by political parties taking part in the elections. Fujimori and her party did not sign it as the Fujimoris have long been associated with illegal drug running and sales. 

Keiko Fujimori with Pepe Vásquez at a political rally 2011

Among the suspected Fujimoristas is José “Pepe” Vásquez, for alleged ties to Peruvian drug lord Augusto Arriaga, a well-known singer of Afro-Peruvian folk music, was the first to come to light, only a few days after Fujimori presented her list of congressional candidates.   La República, a Lima newspaper, exposed two other Fujimorista congressional aspirants suspected of having contacts with drug trafficking cartels:  Karina Beteta and Juan Almonacid are both from the central province of Huanuco where coca leaf and cocaine is produced in the Upper Huallaga valley and both have a record of being “familiar” with narcotraffickers (The CVs submitted by Beteta and Almonacid did not mention that they are under investigation for drug trafficking and money laundering).

Karina Beteta (Fujimorista) running for Congress in Perú

Prosecutors suspect that Beteta, a lawyer, helped cover up the illicit origin of assets owned by her brother-in-law, Luis Egoavil, who has a criminal record for drug trafficking.  Keiko has refused to make comments on the charges or the time she spends in the Andes where drug runners are numerous.  This has led the head of the National Council for Public Ethics (Proética), Cecilia Blondet, to tell IPS:  “As things stand, it would seem that drug trafficking is not an issue of real concern and interest to some authorities” (http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=54928). El Comercio, published a diplomatic cable from the U.S. embassy in Peru dated Nov. 28, 2006, alleging that Rofilio Neyra, a businessman, had links to the drug trade., but Keiko defended him and kept him on the Fuerza 2011 ticket.  Keiko Fujimori has herself been linked to persons investigated for drug trafficking as has her brother who won a seat in the Perú Congress which provides for a lifetime pension.  Keiko admitted on a television programme that she received campaign contributions in 2006 from the family of fisheries businessman Eudocio “Olluquito” Martínez, who was investigated for drug trafficking charges, and she has not denied they are financing her present campaign (see my previous blogs on Keiko and her family.

Susana Higushi holding photo of her daughter Keiko Fujimori

Keiko’s mother, told El Popular (6 May 2011), that her daughter is seen as an angel by many, but to her is the devil: “Susana Higuchi describe a Keiko: ‘Ella es la candidata natural del Fujimorismo. Tiene ángel para la gente de afuera, pero para mi tínen cara de diablo” (read: Japan Weekly Monitor. 2002-03-04.  She would tell Perú police and prosecutors that her husband (Alberto) and daughter Keiko would abuse her. After she divorced Alberto, her former husband and dictator of Perú declared that his teenage daughter, Keiko, would be First Lady of Perú which was a highly unusual and controversial move in the conservative nation in South America, especially since Keiko had no experience in politics and would never have a job for even one day before she was awarded with a seat in the Congress of Perú in Lima (see:  http://www.accessmylibrary.com/coms2/summary_0286-25199982_ITM; see: http://business.highbeam.com/410578/article-1G1-84261585/fujimori-counters-exwife-torture-claim and https://arthuride.wordpress.com/2011/05/10/keiko-sophia-fujimori-to-be-president-of-peru/).

Keiko Fujimori when asked a question during the campaign

Keiko’s modus operandi follows that of her despicably nefarious fascist father: lies and bribes.  Her bribes are universally known: giving rice to the poor to buy their vote, silencing the military with money stolen from

Vladimiro Montisenos Torres, chief spy of Perú

the Perú treasury by Vladimiro Montesinos Torres (who also challenged dollars, no Perú soles, to Keiko while she was attending Columbia University as papa Alberto wanted his daughter to have a “real education” than to be taught in Perú), and claiming that she was an interactive congresistas while missing more than 400 sessions, etc.), but to this list she adds congenital lies. The latter, her nature to lie to the people of Perú, is easily seen in her spending Perú wealth on a lying Mayor of New York: Rudy Giuliani (read: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/42076028/ns/world_news-americas/), who made the bold and nonfactual statement that he cut crime in New York City by 50%.

Rudolph (Rudy) Giuliani when running for president of the USA

Giuliani often talks about how crime in NYC declined while he was at the city’s helm–and that’s true. But he’s purposefully lying when he describes the city as having “record crime” until he took office. This is not true. The violent crime rate had peaked in 1990, as the property crime rate hit a high point in 1988—long before Giuliani was elected mayor. Giuliani’s mayoral rule began in 1994—four to six years before Giuliani became mayor.

Giuliani's record on property crime rate 1994-2000

Giuliani’s political campaign was technically, but not factually, correct when it claimed that crime was cut “in half” in his term, which ended in 2001. During his time in office violent crime fell 56% in NYC but only 33% nationally. If Giuliani had ever been honest during his destructive years as mayor, Giuliani would have been correct to say the city was experiencing “NEAR record crime,” but a “record” is “an unsurpassed statistic.” This ad is simply false when it says the city experienced “record crime … until Rudy.” (Source: FactCheck.org: AdWatch of 2007 campaign ad, “Challenges” Nov 27, 2007).

Giuliani's record on violent crimes (1994-2000)

Crime did dropped dramatically during Giuliani’s tenure from 1993 to 2002, but that was the result of his advisors actions, neither his personal actions nor attention to the needs of victims. Like Keiko Fujimori, he lied to his people to gain political office and wealth.  The fact is that the city of New York is still in the midst of a record-setting trend for consecutive years of declining violent crimes. It is a trend that actually started under Giuliani’s predecessor, David Dinkins, in 1990, when a high of 174,542 violent crimes were reported according to the FBI, and has continued under his successor, Mike Bloomberg. In 2006, a new low of 52,086 such crimes were reported.  Both Dinkins and Bloomberg were more successful in cutting crime in New York City than Giuliani ever was—Giuliani, like Keiko Fujimori, merely was playing to the conservative fears of losing their wealth, a wealth that came by mistreating and underpaying employees, maintaining poor housing and doing nothing to stop inflation, and like Keiko Fujimori, working to cut taxes for the wealth at the expense of the dwindling numbers in the Middle Class and making poverty a more prevalent and ghettos greater in number than before.

Jaywalking against a light or where there was no safety painted stripes in New York City

Rudy Giuliani’s idea of “security” and “crime control” is o have his police officers aggressively enforce the anti-jaywalking statute (not crossing the street at designated crosswalks), declaring certain formerly legal street-crossings off-limits; and, by installing fences on Midtown corners to prevent any pedestrian traffic at those points, so as not to impede the flow of motor vehicles on the major arteries.  Giuliani was known throughout New York City as favoring cars over people flew in the face of most current urbanist thinking. (Source: America‘s Mayor, America‘s President?, by R. Polner, p. 65-6 May 2, 2007.)

Giuliani’s initial attack on “crime” and the “lack of security” was unique—especially by Perú standards.  As Giuliani wrote in his autobiography:

Giuliani considers windshield washing without permission a serious crime

That’s how the idea for addressing the squeegee man problem appeared.

There were men who would wander up to a car stopped in traffic, spray the windshield, & wipe it down. After the unsolicited “cleaning,” the man would request payment. [This crime was unacceptable to Giuliani, and believed all those who washed windshields without being requested and then asking for payment was tantamount to committing a grave crime—Giuliani would be totally frustrated if he was driving a car in Lima, Chiclayo or any other city where many youths do just that to make a living or subsidize the low incomes of their parents. Giuliani never asked why the men would spray a windshield and afterwards request payment; Giuliani saw it only as extortion and a terrorist threat against those who could afford cars.]

Jaywalking hazards and Giuliani wants it regulated like a crime

My belief was that treating small crimes was a way to establish lawful, civil behavior & a feeling of safety. The police chief said we lacked a legal basis to move them as long as they were not threatening drivers or demanding money. I said, how about that they are jaywalking. When they stepped off the curb they violated the law. Then, in giving them tickets, you could investigate whether there were outstanding warrants & so on.

In under a month, we reduced the problem dramatically. New Yorkers loved it & so did all the visitors who brought money into the city

Source: Source: Leadership, autobiography by Rudolph Giuliani, p. 41-43 Oct 1, 2002 ; for a response to Giuliani’s autobiography, see: http://www.ontheissues.org/Leadership_Giuliani.htm.

Homeless in NYC (Guiliani was mayor 1994-2000)On November 20, 1999, Giuliani went after the homeless after one deranged man attacked a woman on the street, seeking money (Source: http://www.nytimes.com/1999/11/20/nyregion/in-wake-of-attack-giuliani-cracks-down-on-homeless.html?ref=newyorkcivillibertiesunion).

In New York City.

  • Every night more than 40,000 people–including more than 16,000 children–are homeless and must sleep on the streets of New York City.
  • Currently 39,000 homeles men, women, and children bed down each night in municipal homeless shelters, and thousands more “rough it out” and sleep on the streets or in other forms of shelters, such as cardboard boxes.
  • Each year, more than 113,000 different homeless New Yorkers, including nearly 43,000 children, sleep in the municipal shelter system that is denounce regularly by Republican candidates for office.
  • The number of homeless families has doubled over the past decade, and did not decrease when Rudy Giuliani was mayor.

Homeless in winter in New York City when Giuliani was mayor

In January 2000, on one of the coldest nights of the winter in recorded New York City weather history, New York City police officers with badges began pulling sleeping homeless out of bed, dazed and destitute and putting handcuffs on them after one homeless and mentally ill man suffering schizophrenia pushed a woman into the path of a subway train after being refused change for coffee (http://www.nytimes.com/1999/11/20/nyregion/in-wake-of-attack-giuliani-cracks-down-on-homeless.html?ref=newyorkcivillibertiesunion). They were being arrested for failing to appear in court in the distant past to answer for such heinous crimes as public urination, sleeping in the subway, and begging for food in public (Source: Source: America‘s Mayor, America‘s President?, p. xvii & 55 May 2, 2007 ). 149 homeless were arrested. At City Hall Giuliani was ecstatic. “These are quality of life crimes,” he exulted.  Most of those arrested were not only homeless and with nowhere to go, but had afflictions, such as mental illness and substance abuse, common to those who end up on the street. When a New York Times article recounted the arrests, the mayor exploded. “There’s no way immunity in the law that says if you are homeless, you then get away with committing a crime,” Giuliani said. “You can ignore the problem and say, ‘Gee, I’m such a big, fuzzy-headed liberal that I’m going to walk away from it.’ That’s NYC in the 1980s. That’s New York City with 2000 murders.”  (cp. http://www.villagevoice.com/2000-03-07/news/giuliani-justice/1/) This was a repeated action on February 28, 2000, which brought a letter of praise from Perú dictator Alberto Fujimori.

Like Keiko Fujimori who believes in a police state, patterned after her father’s secretive work with chief spy Vladimiro Montesinos who organized massive slaughters from the Barrios Altos to La Cantuta University, Giuliani’s only initial success was adding a few more police officers in 1994 to the New York Police Department—that rode rampant over the human and civil rights of Blacks and Latinos, and were seldom brought to court or faced justice.  Only later does Giuliani add (or recognize) the housing and transit police to his later tally–that added close to 7,100 officers to the New York City Police Department’s rolls—to control and extort money from the poor, the minorities (especially Blacks and Latinos), etc.  Like Keiko Fujimori, Giuliani distorts by expanding the numbers:  Giuliani claimed that the number of New York Police Department officers when he took office was 28,000.  That is inaccurate, to state it kindly, but a lie in reality.  

NYC Police Statistics (Giuliani mayor 1994-2000)

When Giuliani took office the New York Police Department numbered 29,450. That means that when the lying New York Mayor Giuliani left office there was only an increase of 3,660, or about 10%–Giuliani did not add an additional 12,000 police officers in his tenure as New York City Mayor.  When arguing about the increase of 3,660 new police officers, it discounts the number of police officers who quit after Giuliani became mayor, thus making the tragedy even harder. The truth is that “The rank-and-file police officers dislike Giuliani because of the economic issue; they felt they were the heroes of his administration–they dealt with the issue of crime; they saved lives–but Giuliani’s position was: give them zero. They were not given raises; they were not treated fairly. If you speak to the rank-and-file police officer, you will find out that there is no love affair.” Another police spokesperson added, “[T]he cops, to a person, despise him today for building his career on their backs and becoming a law-and-order mayor, and never taking care of the people who did the work. He was behind us publicly. When he came into office, crime was at a peak [and Giuliani reduced crime]. But before he was elected, we were among the highest-paid police officers in the nation. We got a 5-year contract under Giuliani with 2 years of no raises. We’re starting to see the impact now: they can’t get enough recruits and they’ve had to lower the standards to hire. (Source: Flawed or Flawless, by Deborah & Gerald Strober, p.165-166 Jan 16, 2007.)

Fujimori at Japanese embassy in Lima

Giuliani likes to portray all New York City police as law-abiding, honorable citizens who would never deliberately use force unless the situation required it.  That, too, is a lie similar to Fujimori’s claim that those who took over the Japanese embassy and surrendered to the police had to be executed.  On Aug. 9 1997, a melee occurred outside a club in Brooklyn, a bar frequented by Haitian [Black] immigrants. Police officer Justin Volpe was kicked in the head. Angered, he grabbed Abner Louima, a 30-year-old bystander, and arrested him for assault & disorderly conduct. The rest is history.

Abner Louima

[The sexual brutalization of Louima where he was repeatedly sodomized by Police Officer John Volpe while threatening to kill Louima using police batons.  Volpe admitted his crime in an open court (Source: CNN News. (1999.) “30-year sentence for N.Y. policeman in torture of black man”. CNN.com.)

NYC police who sodomized and tortured Abner Louima

This attack on Louima occurred in the precinct’s bathroom and would come to be regarded as one of the most notorious episodes of police brutality ever recorded (Source: Amnesty International. (2000.) “Take a Step to Stamp Out Torture”, and Amnesty International. (1998.) “AI Report 1998: United States of America” Amnesty.org. Amnesty International records the act as follows, taming it down for public reading: “). Giuliani was quoted in Newsweek in 1999 about the case, saying “I think brutality happens, but in the late 1990s it’s an aberration.” Newsweek makes the incident more palatable by claiming that the attack occurred once: “Late one night in August 1997, Louima was arrested, handcuffed, beaten and dragged into the bathroom of a Brooklyn precinct house. There a swaggering, powerfully built officer named Justin Volpe shoved a broken-off broom handle up Louima’s rectum, then waved the feces-covered stick under his nose and threatened to kill him if he ever told anyone about this excruciatingly painful assault.” The absurdity of Giuliani’s claim, heralded and championed by Keiko Fujimori is proven false by a full investigation, as published by Newsweek:

Police Officer Justin Volpe

But a spate of high-profile incidents suggests that even good cops can overreact, damaging relations between police departments and the mostly minority communities they serve. Within hours of Volpe’s guilty plea, an unarmed 16-year-old Bronx youth, Dante Johnson, was shot and seriously wounded by a member of the New York Police Department’s Street Crimes Unit.  In both instances these crimes were hate crimes–before hate crimes were illegal and justified by the Westboro Baptist church of Kansas, and so frequently not prosecuted (never under Giuliani’s tenure as mayor of New York City) and sometimes not even mentioned in the local media (radio, television, newspapers, and so forth) as racism has long played a role in New York City politics and among non-Black and non-Latino police forces and even within the New York fire department. Volpe was not a unique racist.

Amadou Diallo (1975-1999)

The Street Crimes Unit was also involved in the February death of Amadou Diallo, a 22-year-old African immigrant who was shot 19 times despite the fact that he was unarmed and had no criminal record. In Riverside, Calif., the FBI is investigating the death of 19-year-old Tyisha Miller, who was shot 12 times by four white officers while passed out in her car, with a gun in her lap, last Dec. 28. In Los Angeles, a 54-year-old black woman, Margaret Mitchell, was shot to death on May 21 by a Los Angeles Police Department officer. Mitchell, who was mentally ill, apparently lunged at the cop with a screwdriver–but she was only 5 feet 1, and the officer had his partner as a backup. “What’s frightening to me is the lack of evident interest in attacking the problem,” said Harvard Law professor Christopher Edley Jr., a member of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission. The commission, which previously reviewed police conduct in Los Angeles, held hearings in New York last week.

Concerning the Diallo murder, Giuliani stated: “With regards to the Diallo verdict, Giuliani said, “If police officers act in the line of duty to protect a community against violent criminals and drug dealers, then that the community should stand up and support them when police officers’ lives are put in jeopardy.” Although Mr. Giuliani was asked several times how he could answer concerns in the neighborhood about police brutality, he did not directly answer. (Source: New York Times, Page A-23 Mar 3, 2000.)

Al Sharpton opined, “There was a tone. And the fact that something so vicious could be done in a police station with other officers there has to give you an idea of the mentality that the police must have had at that time, that they could get away with it. He did this in the precinct and no one turned him in, no one stopped him, no one made a move. And that’s frightening.” (Source: Flawed or Flawless, by Deborah & Gerald Strober, p.177-178 Jan 16, 2007.)

Racial tensions increased dramatically when Giuliani was mayor of New York City. In March 2000, there was a fatal police shooting in New York City of a black man named Patrick Dorismond that underscored the Mayor’s political vulnerabilities (read: http://www.wsws.org/articles/2000/mar2000/nyc-m22.shtml).  Giuliani’s mishandling of this tragic case inflamed old hostilities between his office and the city’s minority populations.

Patrick Diasmonde

Giuliani exacerbated the crisis when a calm and reassuring tone was needed. Citizens in many neighborhoods, especially minority ones, felt that the police under the Mayor’s leadership could not be trusted as Giuliani did nothing to discipline the police and took a cavalier attitude toward the assassination. The minority communities’ wariness was fed by well-known cases like the shooting of Amadou Diallo in the Bronx the year before. When Giuliani released Dorismond’s sealed juvenile records, casting aspersions on a man who was dead, he merely drove the wedge deeper and intensified the distrust.

Giuliani’s handling of the Dorismond case was wrong. Instead of easing the tensions and uniting the city, he had poured salt into the wound. “New York has a real problem, and we all know it,” I [Hillary Rodham Clinton] said. “All of us, it seems except for the Mayor.” Source: Source: Living History, by Hillary Rodham Clinton, p.514 Nov 1, 2003.)

While hiring 10% more police officer (Giuliani exaggerates the percentage and claims it was 12%) and 12.8 percent more teachers, he worked against other working, unionized, groups as Giuliani sliced municipal manpower elsewhere by 17.2 percent, from 117,494 workers in 1993 to 97,338 in 2001.  Giuliani scrapped the city’s 20 percent set-asides for minority- and female-owned contractors, and a 10 percent price premium that such companies could charge above the bids of white, male competitors.

Rudy Giuliani’s lies even about himself and his family on the issue of crime. This is equal to the way that Keiko Fujimori is working hard to have the people of Perú forget about her dictator father’s sordid past, his flight to Japan to run for the Japanese Senate or about her own delinquency in Perú’s Congress, or her brother Kenji’s rather unique experiences.

Drag Queen NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani before advising Keiko Fujimori

For years the former New York City mayor declared that the Giulianis were a law-abidding and dedicatedly closes Christian family. The truth is opposite of what the New York mayor told the people of New York City, although he did appear in “drag” (a cross-dresser) in women’s clothing.

The darkest details of [Rudy’s father] Harold Giuliani’s past did not fully emerge until 2000 when investigative reporter Wayne Barrett unearthed that he had been arrested in 1934–ten years before his only son’s birth–for robbing a milkman of $129 at gunpoint. Harold pled guilty and spent 16 months at Sing-Sing. Rudy Giuliani had four uncles who were police officers and a fifth who was a firefighter. But Harold was not the only family member who had ended up on the wrong side of the law. Harold’s brother-in-law was a Brooklyn loan shark. Harold worked as Leo’s muscle, collecting as much as $15,000 a week. (Source: Source: America‘s Mayor, America‘s President?, p. 3 & 56 May 2, 2007)

Giuliani responded to the revelation [in Barrett’s biography] by saying that he did not know anything about the matter. There was, however, another case involving Harold that Rudy surely was aware of. As a teenager, Giuliani was with his father during a peculiar episode in a park restroom that resulted in Harold’s arrest for “loitering” while others noted that what happened was “sexual solicitation” but whether it was the father soliciting sex with another man for himself or with his son is not been stated or printed. The charge was dismissed.

To add to Giuliani’s lies, matching those of would-be future dictator Keiko Fujimori of Perú, was among the spurious and outrages lies that he funded the salaries of additional New York City police. The funding for additional police in New York City came under the auspices of the Bill Clinton’s COPS program that gave New York City enough money to cover the first $25,000 of the salaries of about 3,500 new officers from 1997 to 2000 [i.e. almost all of the new New York Police Department hires were paid for by the federal government as Rudy Giuliani, like nearly all Republicans and Fujimoristas, was against federal government involvement in state mayors, and like the erstwhile Republican governors of Texas, Wisconsin, New Jersey, etc. refused to accept federal assistance to control crime, assist the handicap, provide food to the poor (save at election time when they, like Keiko Fujimori, would buy votes by giving out cheap food (with Keiko, the food given the poor was rice)].  (Source: FactCheck.org: AdWatch of 2007 campaign websites Oct 9, 2007.)

Rudy Giuliani’s attitude toward the poor of New York, matches Keiko Fujimori’s attitude toward the poor in Perú—they are important when there is a vote to be cast. Giuliani’s policies toward the poor were particularly uncaring and cynical. If many people of color saw their rights violated by the police, no doubt many were happy to live in a safer city, or as Giuliani put it with typical delicacy when asked by a Washington Post reporter what he had done for minorities, “They’re alive. How about we start with that?” )Source: America‘s Mayor, America‘s President?, by R. Polner, p.170 May 2, 2007)

Those who differed with him were “idiotic” or “crazy” or “jerky” or “childish” or “perverse” or “whining” or “pathetic” or “hysterical” or “belonging in a psychiatric ward.” His comments concerned matters large and small, and were directed at large segments of the community as well as at individuals. When asked to defend his administration’s record on minorities, he replied: “They’re alive, how about we start with that?” When a caller to his radio show complained about a ban on keeping ferrets as pets, he replied: “There is something deranged about you . . . I know you feel insulted by that, but I am being honest with you. This excessive concern with little weasels is a sickness.”

Bess Myerson

Like Keiko and Kenji Fujimori, Rudy Giuliani would go to any lengths to win. While a USA Attorney US Giuliani would go to bizarre lengths in pursuit of a conviction.  One case was especially gruesome but Giuliani posited it would help in his political career. It developed in his prosecution in the late 1980s of Bess Myerson, a former Miss America, TV personality, and city official, on bribery and mail fraud charges. Rudy took advantage of a mentally troubled woman, Sukhreet Gabel, choosing her as one of his witnesses against her own mother, Judge Hortense Gabel who had spoken out against the Gestapo tactics of Giuliani and who had figured in Myerson’s attempt to have her then lover’s alimony payments to his ex-wife reduced.

Sukhreet Gabel and her mother Judge Hortense Gabel

Rudy had clearly overreached in pitting a daughter against her own mother, and both Myerson and Judge Gabel were acquitted. Myerson went on record as noting, “Rudy had been told this is an unwinnable case. Clearly, their strategy was to throw me to the wolves. I never met Rudy; though I knew he was heavily involved. It was one of his pet projects because he wanted to run for mayor and what could be better than bringing down a judge, a Mafia contractor, and Miss America, Koch’s “girlfriend,” in one swoop? “Source: Flawed or Flawless, by Deborah & Gerald Strober, p. 56 Jan 16, 2007

The lie that Rudy Giuliani cut taxes

Giuliani: “He cut taxes 9 billion.” But to arrive at the $9 billion figure Giuliani takes credit for the passage of 23 tax cuts. The taxes that were cut were those that hurt the poor and especially the Middle Class, while profiting the rich and super-rich, thus endearing him to the most scrupulous and underhanded families in the USA: the Koch Brothers (one lives in New York City, the other in Kansas) who are numbered in the to ten of the world’s worse polluters, dumping chemical waste from their Georgia-Pacific paper mills into the once-clear waters of the State of Arkansas, and darkening the skies over their various other factories throughout the USA and elsewhere.  But Rudy considers them friends, and they applaud his lack of conscience and truth, as eight of those were state tax cuts approved in Albany and a ninth was a tax reduction Giuliani vociferously opposed before agreeing to side with the city council on the matter for political reasons (see: http://www.factcheck.org/elections-2008/giulianis_tax_puffery.html). Taking away those tax cuts, Giuliani can justifiably claim credit for lowering taxes by $5.4 billion, or $8 billion if he’s allowed credit for the big cut he lobbied against (see: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/2007/07/29/2007-07-29_critics_say_rudy_didnt_make_as_many_cuts.html).

Significant segments of the New York City community found Giuliani’s remarks anything but laughable or excusable. They came to see the Mayor not merely as a political adversary but as an enemy. Many were deeply ambivalent, at best. “Giuliani is a tragic figure,” Michael Grunwald wrote in a generally admiring article in The New Republic, “an effective administrator whose personal flaws have kept him from greatness, a strong leader whose accomplishments have been overshadowed by his passion for confrontation.”

Giuliani saw immigration, especially of Latinos, and terrorism in tandem. “In an era of a War on Terrorism,” he said April 25, “how do we create more security?” Giuliani worried law-enforcement officers will be so busy handling “a system that’s already unenforceable” that they won’t “focus on the people [Latinos] that we have to focus on who… [Mexicans and other Latinos] might come here to carry out terrorist acts or to sell drugs or to commit crimes.” He wants tighter U.S. borders and high-tech identification for immigrants (see: http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/299089/giuliani_considered_prejudicial_against.html?cat=62).

Giuliani’s lies about health care are overwhelming as are his numerous other lies (Source: http://whitehouser.com/elections/rudy-giuliani-public-relations-nightmare/).  Giuliani is on record as having said: “My chance of surviving prostate cancer — and thank God I was cured of it — in the United States? Eighty-two percent,” says Rudy Giuliani in a new radio ad attacking Democratic plans for universal health care. “My chances of surviving prostate cancer in England? Only 44 percent, under socialized medicine.” Paul Krugman of the New York Times exposed this bold-faced lie and chastised Rudy Giuliani for lying about his prospects of surviving cancer. 

Let’s start with the facts: Mr. Giuliani’s claim is wrong on multiple levels—bogus numbers wrapped in an invalid comparison embedded in a smear.

Mr. Giuliani got his numbers from a recent article in City Journal, a publication of the conservative Manhattan Institute. The author gave no source for his numbers on five-year survival rates — the probability that someone diagnosed with prostate cancer would still be alive five years after the diagnosis. And they’re just wrong.

You see, the actual survival rate in Britain is 74.4 percent. That still looks a bit lower than the U.S. rate, but the difference turns out to be mainly a statistical illusion. The details are technical, but the bottom line is that a man’s chance of dying from prostate cancer is about the same in Britain as it is in America.

As a fact-check in The Washington Post put it: “The Clinton health care plan” — which is very similar to the Edwards and Obama plans — “has more in common with the Massachusetts plan signed into law by Gov. Mitt Romney than the British National Health system.” Of course, this hasn’t stopped Mr. Romney from making similar smears, [but the former Massachusetts governor has never been known to be totally honest about anything].

At one level, what Mr. Giuliani and Mr. Romney are doing here is engaging in time-honored scare tactics. For generations, conservatives have denounced every attempt to ensure that Americans receive needed health care, from Medicare to S-chip, as “socialized medicine.”

Part of the strategy has always involved claiming that health reform is suspect because it’s un-American, and exaggerating health care problems in other countries — usually on the basis of unsubstantiated anecdotes or fraudulent statistics. Opponents of reform also make a practice of lumping all forms of government intervention together, pretending that having the government pay some health care bills is just the same as having the government take over the whole health care system.

(Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/02/opinion/02krugman.html)

This isn’t the first time Rudy Giuliani has been called out by New Yorkers, by now I’m sure everyone has read or heard about the NY Fire Department Union that wants nothing to do with Rudy Giuliani (Sources: http://crooksandliars.com/2007/07/11/firefighters-go-after-rudy-giuliani-with-new-video/ and http://whitehouser.com/politics/rudy-giuliani-election-chances/). 

Now others are calling him out for exaggerating or misstating facts in order to knock out adversaries and enhance his chances at being nominated for the GOP primary and potentially the U.S. Presidency.  Buy becoming an “advisor” to Keiko (as he was to Alberto), Giuliani can replenish his war chest for a new campaign and further deplete the respectability of the USA and make law enforcement a joke and security an illusion.

Giuliani, like one-time/part-time Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, has never told the truth, have no concept of USA history or USA political science and government, and are perfect matches for the undereducated Keiko Fujimori who has never worked one day in her life and has missed 400 days of legislative sessions in the Congress of Perú in Lima. Keiko’s record of work in the Lima Congress has never been stellar; her introduction of important legislation does not exist.  Keiko Fujimori will be a disaster and she will destroy what little chance Perú has for advancement in education, industry, trade, and respect in the world, for she will be another Alberto Fujimori: a terrorist, dictator, liar, disgrace to Perú and increase poverty, hunger, and further lower education standards.

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