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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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Michele Bachmann: God is Hate

Michele Bachmann at Florida caucus (New York Times photo)

Michele Bachmann at Florida caucus (New York Times photo)

While in Florida the last week in August 2011, beginning her tour on Friday the 26th, at a sub shop in Jacksonville Beach that had a sign in the window on which these words were written: Bible thumpin’, gun totin’ capitalist pig owns this joint, Michele Bachmann exposed further her fanatical fundamentalism.  She is consistent in keeping with the rabid religious rightist and extremist groups like the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS; a hate group that she belonged to in Minnesota), the Roman Catholic and Latter Day Saints (Mormon) churches and the Pentecostal, Adventist, and Jehovah Witness cults that pour garbage on the minds of others when she announced that her god is one of wrath, hatred, spite, and cruelty (cp. Psalm 6:1, 7:11; and 2nd Corinthians 5:11).  Adam C. Smith, Political Editor of the Tampa Bay Times (Florida) noted on August 29, 2011, that Bachmann pontificated as if a seer or oracle:

I don’t know how much God has to do to get the attention of the politicians. We’ve had an earthquake; we’ve had a hurricane. He said, ‘Are you going to start listening to me here?’ Listen to the American people because the American people are roaring right now. They know government is on a morbid obesity diet and we’ve got to rein in the spending.”

after Hurricane Irene caused widespread destruction and multiple deaths along the Atlantic seaboard, reaching into Vermont and dashing through New York City.  In this regard  Bachmann matches identically the raw rhetoric of other hate mongers grooming home-grown USA Christian terrorists, such as former televangelist and financial backer to some of the world’s worst dictators and

Charles Taylor and Pat Robertson {Taylor's proclaimed 'My man in Washington DC")

thieves (such as Charles Taylor of Liberia), Pat Robertsonof Virginia (Bachmann graduated from his Regent “university” with a degree in law) who also cited the vile and vengeful demon he worships as having destroyed Haiti,

Haiti survivor whom Robertson claims his god has damned

and the crack in the Washington Monument in DC is a sign from his demigod that the evil forces of heaven are prepared to destroy the USA and a foretelling of an Apocalypse where the monstrous Jesus (carrying a sword according to Matthew 10:34: μη νομισητε οτι ηλθον βαλειν ειρηνην επι την γην ουκ ηλθον βαλειν ειρηνην αλλα μαχαιραν) is about to return and begin the slaughter of all who do not confess his name, turning against spouse, children, parents and others who do not convert to his evangelical epiphany of mass destruction in the name of faith (Matthew 10:35). 

As the Tampa Bay Times noted (loc. cit.), “retiree Philip Staples said he’s already sold on Bachmann. “She’s got the fire in the belly…” a term or phrase originally attributed to Sarah Palin for the pagan god Moloch (Semitic מלך m-l-k, a Semitic root meaning “king” as all “gods” were kings in the same manner as when a Cesar of Rome (King of Rome) he was acclaimed a god; read: Weinfield, M. “The Worship of Molech and of the Queen of Heaven [a term from the ancient Canaanite religion for the goddess Ashtoreth being a Sidonian deity, being taken from the far older Egyptian term for the goddesses in particular Anat, Isis, and Innana (who was one of the early gods/goddesses who collectively were known as Allah), that is inserted into the plagiarized work known as the Apocalypse or Revelation (12:1-3) whom Roman Catholics and Greek Orthodox claim is Mary the mother of Jesus, and even early Protestantism and leading reformers such as Martin Bucer (1491-1551), Johannes Brenz (1499-1570) and Ethelbert William Bullinger (1837-1913) accept Mary’s existence in heaven as self-evident as a matter of faith, with even Martin Luther writing in 1522 that Mary was in the heavens.  Cf.: Marienlexikon / herausgegeben im Auftrag des Institutum Marianum Regensburg e.V. von Remigius Bäumer und Leo Scheffczyk; St. Ottilien : EOS, c1988-c1994 (6 vols.) cf. Bäumer 200, 673] and its Background,” Ugarit-For-schungen. 4 (1972), p. 133-154) of ancient Phoenicia, meaning a warrior who will kill for the deity, and sacrifice the heart to a wrathful god (Isaiah 1:11, 13), who is challenged by unworthy gods or mortals who would be gods and create machines or tools in rival of god, such as the agricultural gods of the ancient Ammonites, Hebrews (מלך the ך is king, as mentioned in 1 Kings 11:7: אָז יִבְנֶה שְׁלֹמֹה בָּמָה לִכְמֹושׁ שִׁקֻּץ מֹואָב בָּהָר אֲשֶׁר עַל־פְּנֵי יְרוּשָׁלִָם וּלְמֹלֶךְ שִׁקֻּץ בְּנֵי עַמֹּון [the hill outside of Jerusalem was sacred to the ancient Canaanites for their worship of Asherah (Venus)]; cp. Leviticus 20:2 that is a reference to conversion–not sacrifice), Canaanites, and others who invented hoes, axes, and other tools and glorified “fire in the belly” like the Imbolc.  The god of Michele Bachmann, Sarah Palin, Rick Santorum, Rick Perry and others seeking political office today to carry out the dictates of the Tea Party and the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) seek to keep Americans ignorant.  Bachmann and other Tea Party/Republican candidate creep out against science (especially evolution) and advances in technology while denying human genetic differences and demanding that all people live like they live.

What Bachmann and Robertson forget is that the very Bible they quote to garble out predictions of perdition is forbidden in that same Bible (Matthew 24:36).  While Bachmann claims her comment on Hurricane Irene was a joke, the god of the Bible forbids such jokes (Deuteronomy 5:11:  לֹא תִשָּׂא אֶת־שֵׁם־יְהוָה אֱלֹהֶיךָ לַשָּׁוְא כִּי לֹא יְנַקֶּה יְהוָה אֵת אֲשֶׁר־יִשָּׂא אֶת־שְׁמֹו לַשָּׁוְא׃ ס).

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Ignorance, GOP, Bible and Global Warming

Ignorance in the USA is not “creeping along” but running backwards surpassing all scientific truths and realities in quest of the alma mater narcotic nipple of complacency and wishful thinking—and it is not just in the USA, it is a worldwide contagion. Ignorance breeds hatred and violence as seen in the twin evils of the Florida evangelical church that burned a Koran, to the Afghani zealots who murdered in cold blood UN peace keepers.  As Stephen Pizzo wrote (03/24/2011): “For the nation that has, for a couple of centuries, been not only a beacon of freedom, but also a beacon of knowledge and science, Creeping Ignorance at the heart of our government threatens to turn us into a nation only Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin and Ann Coulter, et al[.], could love: one big festival of stupidity.” (http://blog.buzzflash.com/node/12526)

What Pizzo was referring to was the decline in intelligence in the United States Senate—primarily among the GOP (Tea Party Republicans) where three-fourths proudly proclaim that they do not believe in science (http://www.alternet.org/story/150340/3_4ths_of_senate_gop_doesn%27t_believe_in_science_–_when_did_republicans_go_completely_off_the_deep_end?akid=6712.45167.YMnIiJ&rd=1&t=5).  Robert Benson pointed out on March 22, 2011, that the USA has become as bad, if not worse, as it devolved in 1925 following the infamous Scopes “Monkey” Trial in backward thinking Tennessee (http://law2.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/scopes/scopes.htm). 

Nebraska native (definitely not a native nor a conservative in political matters) and one-time Congressional Representative and later US Secretary of state under Woodrow Williams, Williams Jennings Bryan (March 19, 1860 – July 26, 1925; he died in his sleep from diabetes and fatigue five days after winning his war against science), a perennial candidate for president of the USA (1896, 1900, 1908) who was considered a liberal within the Democratic Party had limit intelligence of science and reality but was strong on things religious and superstitious.  Bryan firmly believed in the Genesis account of creation (Genesis 1-2) and rejected 2 Peter 3:8 (εν δε τουτο μη λανθανετω υμας αγαπητοι οτι μια ημερα παρα κυριω ως χιλια ετη και χιλια ετη ως ημερα μια) a common event among Evangelicals who selectively chose scripture to prove a predetermined argument that has no foundation in any ancient scroll.

 

Clarence Darrow and William Jennings Bryans (1925) Tennessee Scopes Trial

Clarence Darrow and William Jennings Bryan (1925) Scopes Trial

 

 Bryan was defending the “Anti-Evolution Statute” (House Bill No. 185) introduced by “Mr. Butler” that decreed: ”

Section 1. Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Tennessee, That it shall be unlawful for any teacher in any of the Universities, Normals and all other public schools of the State which are supported in whole or in part by the public school funds of the State, to teach any theory that denies the story of the Divine Creation of man as taught in the Bible, and to teach instead that man has descended from a lower order of animals.

Section 2. Be it further enacted, That any teacher found guilty of the violation of this Act, Shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction, shall be fined not less than One Hundred $ (100.00) Dollars nor more than Five Hundred ($ 500.00) Dollars for each offense.”

Bryan put the Judeo-Christian Bible before all other books, rejected Darwin, and was the founder of scientific skepticism that has become the bloodline for such declining civilizations as in Texas (where the School Board is rewriting school books to conform with the Bible; http://articles.cnn.com/2009-03-25/us/texas.evolution.teaching_1_science-standards-common-ancestry-evolution?_s=PM:US; http://www.pri.org/science/evolution-education-texas.html), Iowa (a state whose legislature is now run by Nazis and the KKK with limitations put on public assembly (http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/02/22/hundreds-rally-at-iowa-capitol-over-labor-laws/) and protests by Annette Sweeney (R-Hardin County, who was initially against reporting abuses in the agribusiness where hatcheries kill male chickens because they have little economic value: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110314/ap_on_re_us/us_food_and_farm_undercover_videos and http://www.startribune.com/nation/117919279.html and repeated at http://www.newser.com/article/d9lurvmg0/ag-industry-iowa-lawmakers-try-to-limit-undercover-videos-say-effort-doesnt-protect-animals.html) and other misanthropes; ), Ohio and Wisconsin (where no unions are allowed at the instruction of the Koch Brothers of Kansas who cannot see past their nose at the pollution they are inflicting upon the world (the Koch Brothers are one of the top ten worse polluters in the USA: http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Koch_Industries and

Koch Industries among the top ten worse polluters

Koch Brothers of Kansas: one of the ten worse polluters

Owners of 9 governorships, the Koch Brothers are one of the ten worse polluters in the USA

 

http://www.grist.org/climate-policy/2011-03-16-koch-group-alec-cut-paste-attack-regional-climate-initiatives; their interest in seeing single (monarchial) rule in the USA is legendary: “Shock Doctrine, U.S.A.” NY Times, Feb. 24, 2011, with their thinking following that outlined by Adolf Hitler in Mein Kampf; see my various blogs here on Gov. Scott Walker and unions: http://www.bnd.com/2011/03/31/1651843/ohio-legislature-passes-limits.html and http://www.presstv.ir/usdetail/166700.html and http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/25/opinion/25krugman.html?_r=1), New Jersey and Florida married to the marginality of Indiana in dredging up past platitudes as being sacrosanct while Kentucky evangelicals build a museum depicting mortals walking beside and playing with dinosaurs.

Creation Museum (Kentucky) Mortals lived with dinosaurs

California has its share of unlearned, unwashed, unlettered, but today many are entering Congress as Tea Bag faithful, and spouting such nonsense as “Nobody really knows the cause. The earth cools, the earth warms … It could be caused by carbon dioxide or methane. Maybe we should kill the cows to stop the methane, or stop breathing to stop the CO2 … Thousands of people die every year of cold, so if we had global warming it would save lives … We ought to look out for people. The earth can take care of itself.” — Rep. Duncan Hunter, California. (cf. http://rainbowcamouflage.com/2011/03/27/gop-incorrect-on-climate-change-science/)

Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK)

The two dumbest comments come from Oklahoma and Illinois: “The greatest hoax ever perpetuated on the American people.” — Sen. James Inhofe, Oklahoma (he tried to “clarify” his viewpoint on the Senate floor: http://inhofe.senate.gov/pressreleases/climateupdate.htm) whose only lack of understanding is exceeded by Rep. John Shimkus of Illinois says we need not worry about the planet being destroyed because, citing chapter 8, verse 22 of the Book of Genesis, God promised Noah it wouldn’t happen again after the great flood (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1328366/John-Shimkus-Global-warming-wont-destroy-planet-God-promised-Noah.html).

Rep. John Shimukus (R-IL)

Illinois’ Representative John Shimukus’ is the spokesperson for ignorance in the USA, as he, like radical fundamentalist Muslims and evangelical Christians believes sincerely that the Bible is the ultimate answer to everything—even though scholarship and research has repeatedly shown it, like the Koran, to be a plagiarism of many older works from ancient Egypt, Samaria, Babylon, Crete, and India, and that none of the stories in the Bible are unique, original, or accurate. Even the Bible rejects a literal interpretation of itself, if those who would canonize it as an article of faith (which did not happen for Roman Catholics until the sixteenth century when the Council of Trent finally defined the Bible for their faithful, while Martin Luther went on to create his version of the Protestant Bible to defend his voluminous writing on the evil of Jews and the need for a holocaust against Jews, praying that the German nobility “stab, kill, maim” every Jew they see (Luther, Martin. Wider die räuberischen und mörderischen Rotten der Bauern; Luther, like contemporary evangelical extremists are strong supporters of centralized government and governors who strip workers of rights and civility: Blickle, Peter ed. The Revolution of 1525: The German Peasants’ War from a New Perspective. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1981, xxiii; cp. Mark U. Edwards, Luther And The False Brethren (California: Stanford University Press, 1975), p.64)—being the spiritual godfather of Adolf Hitler, for as Luther wrote: “The Jews deserve to be hanged on gallows seven times higher than ordinary thieves.” (Martin Luther; On the Jews and Their Lies, translated by Martin H. Bertram, Fortress Press, 1955) Or, “My advice, as I said earlier, is: First, that their synagogues be burned down, and that all who are able toss sulfur 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…  He who hears this name [God] from a Jew must inform the authorities, or else throw sow dung at him when he sees him and chase him away”. (Martin Luther, Werk, Weimar Edition, Vol. 53, p. 502).

Martin Luther’s antisocial ideas came from the founder of Pauline Christianity (modern Christianity), Saul of Tarsus, when he argued against the peasants who had“become faithless, perjured, disobedient, rebellious, murderers, robbers, and blasphemers, whom even a heathen ruler has the right and authority to punish”. Luther so abhorred the poor and the workers of the land that he venerated those who fight against the peasants, stating that “anyone who is killed fighting on the side of the rulers may be a true martyr in the eyes of God”, and pontificated, “if anyone thinks this too harsh, let him remember that rebellion is intolerable and that the destruction of the world is to be expected every hour”. The key reasons why Luther urged that the secular authorities crush the peasant rebellion using all means, none being to dastardly or vile, was because of Paul’s teaching of the right of rulers that later generations would style as the doctrine of Divine Right of Kings in his epistle to the Romans 13:1-7, which says that all the authorities are appointed by God, and should not be resisted: 1πασα ψυχη εξουσιαις υπερεχουσαις υποτασσεσθω ου γαρ εστιν εξουσια ει μη απο θεου αι δε ουσαι εξουσιαι υπο του θεου τεταγμεναι εισιν 2ωστε ο αντιτασσομενος τη εξουσια τη του θεου διαταγη ανθεστηκεν οι δε ανθεστηκοτες εαυτοις κριμα ληψονται 3οι γαρ αρχοντες ουκ εισιν φοβος των αγαθων εργων αλλα των κακων θελεις δε μη φοβεισθαι την εξουσιαν το αγαθον ποιει και εξεις επαινον εξ αυτης 4θεου γαρ διακονος εστιν σοι εις το αγαθον εαν δε το κακον ποιης φοβου ου γαρ εικη την μαχαιραν φορει θεου γαρ διακονος εστιν εκδικος εις οργην τω το κακον πρασσοντι 5διο αναγκη υποτασσεσθαι ου μονον δια την οργην αλλα και δια την συνειδησιν 6δια τουτο γαρ και φορους τελειτε λειτουργοι γαρ θεου εισιν εις αυτο τουτο προσκαρτερουντες 7αποδοτε ουν πασιν τας οφειλας τω τον φορον τον φορον τω το τελος το τελος τω τον φοβον τον φοβον τω την τιμην την τιμην.

People are so desperate for an answer—but unwilling to research or investigate anything to obtain that answer. Everything is to be in place without question, and the conduct of inquiry is stifled. For most people, the “ultimate answer” must be a god directive—something that was written down about two to three thousand years ago by a group of wandering Apiru (Hebrews) who took their legends from ancient Babylon (Ten Commandments, Noah, Adam, Eve, etc) or ancient Egypt and Mycenea (Trinity, Mother of God, Jesus, etc), or far older civilizations. Despite the fact that these people claim to have religion it is never settled, and when there is a new discovery they trot out those who have letters and degrees within the same field so that there is no objective research or debate, but a mere congratulation on the furthering of ignorance by attempting to canonize new artifacts and discoveries.

Jordon Book (hoax, created c. 1960)

The most absurd of these discoveries came from BBC News (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-12888421) which claims that “a group of 70 or so “books”, each with between five and 15 lead leaves bound by lead rings, was apparently discovered in a remote arid valley in northern Jordan somewhere between 2005 and 2007.” Nothing is precise, yet Director of Jordan’s Department of Antiquities, Ziad al-Saad, claimed that they “might have been made by followers of Jesus in the few decades immediately following his crucifixion.”  There is still no historical proof (you cannot use one book to prove its own contents) that there was a Jesus nor that this Jesus of the New Testament was crucified. Far from being objective, al-Saad enthused “They will really match, and perhaps be more significant than the Dead Sea Scrolls.”

Close-up of lead page (size of a credit card) in Jordan Book attributed to first century Christians, created c. 1960

The books were allegedly “cast in lead, before being bound by lead rings”—quite a novel fete, and the pages are “mostly about the size of a credit card” which is even more unusual, and contain “text in Ancient Hebrew, most of which is in code” and was rarely done.  The scholars called in included David Elkington, whose objectivity as a scientist was openly forfeited when he made the unsubstantiated claim that the books could be “the major discovery of Christian history … It’s a breathtaking thought that we have held these objects that might have been held by the early saints of the Church.” The word “saints” comes later in church history, the original word was “martyrs” and the majority were poor people who could not afford lead plates to read or eat upon.  Elkington has no definable credentials, and according to Wikipedia is a self-proclaimed authority (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jordan_Lead_Codices). 

The Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) “absolutely doubted their authenticity,” saying the books are a “mixture of incompatible periods and styles without any connection or logic. Such forged motifs can be found in their thousands in the antiquities markets of Jordan and elsewhere in the Middle East”. It added that Professor André Lemaire, an epigraphist and director of studies at the École pratique des hautes études, said the inscriptions he’s seen make no sense and that it was “a question apparently of sophisticated fakes”.  To make matters worse, in 2010, David Elkington wrote a letter to Oxford academic Peter Thonemann, and sent him images of a “copper tablet” and asked for information on what he assumed to be Greek text to be on the tablet. Thonemann responded that it was a forgery, produced in Jordan within the last fifty years (cf. http://danielomcclellan.wordpress.com/2011/03/31/peter-thonemann-on-the-lead-codices/ and ref. http://rogueclassicism.com/2011/03/30/lead-codices-silliness/).

Some writers have gone so far as to argue that Jesus wrote the plates.  Scripture, however, notes that Jesus was (allegedly) the son of a carpenter, and as such would not be entitled to nor enrolled in a school for study (primarily the Torah). Rather he would have followed his father’s trade—and been illiterate, as was Muhammad who never wrote a word of the Koran. Moreover, Jesus was not known for his calmness, save in later scriptures, for it clearly states that Jesus was a drunkard (Luke 7:34: εληλυθεν ο υιος του ανθρωπου εσθιων και πινων και λεγετε ιδου ανθρωπος φαγος και οινοποτης τελωνων φιλος και αμαρτωλων), a glutton (Matthew 11:19: ηλθεν ο υιος του ανθρωπου εσθιων και πινων και λεγουσιν ιδου ανθρωπος φαγος και οινοποτης τελωνων φιλος και αμαρτωλων και εδικαιωθη η σοφια απο των τεκνων αυτης) and traveled only with men while stealing grain (Mark 2:23: και εγενετο παραπορευεσθαι αυτον εν τοις σαββασιν δια των σποριμων και ηρξαντο οι μαθηται αυτου οδον ποιειν τιλλοντες τους σταχυας) from fields (Adventists reject the literal words of the Bible at this point as they argue that Jesus, “being a good man” would not have drunk of alcoholic wine, but of a fine grape juice—which is not in the original scrolls; the Adventist argument is at http://www.biblicalperspectives.com/books/wine_in_the_bible/4.html and it does cite the contrary: Norman L. Geisler, “A Christian Perspective on Wine-Drinking,” Bibliotheca Sacra (January-March 1982): p. 49).

Crux Simplex (Justus Lipsius 1629)

The “cross” (crux) is a Latin word and not found in the Greek testaments. The Greek is closer to crux simplex (upright pole: μόνος σταυρός (monos [a singular] stauros). The T (Greek letter tau) as a cross does not appear in the literature of the emerging christian community until about the year 100, and contrary to Christian apologists, Jesus was never crucified with nails in his hands, as the Greek word is χείρ and that refers to arms and hands together (ἄκρην οὔτασε χεῖρα), which defines that he was crucified on a pole. There is no suppedaneum (footrest) in the biblical accounts, nor is there a sedile (small seat)—if there had been one it would have contained a large nail to prolong the agony of the death.

The crucifixion itself is an invention. Even though Josephus and others claim that they saw numerous crucifixions, there is no scientific or historical evidence of such acts in Rome or Judea at the time that Jesus allegedly lived and died. There is only one such record, on an ossuary, for the crucifixion of ‘Yehohanan, the son of Hagakol’ (Haas, Nicu. “Anthropological observations on the skeletal remains from Giv’at ha-Mivtar”, Israel Exploration Journal 20 (1-2), 1970: 38-59; Tzaferis, Vassilios. “Crucifixion – The Archaeological Evidence”, Biblical Archaeology Review 11 (February 1985): 44–53; Zias, Joseph. “The Crucified Man from Giv’at Ha-Mivtar: A Reappraisal”, Israel Exploration Journal 35 (1), 1985: 22–27; Hengel, Martin. Crucifixion in the ancient world and the folly of the message of the cross (Augsburg Fortress, 1977). Much of the story actually comes from Herodotus, Histories, ix.120–122.  Crucifixions were (and remain) worldwide, in every religions: Koran (Surah 5:33, 7:124 and 12:41), in Japan during the Sengoku period (1467-1573) following lessons from Christian missionaries, and in the theocracy of today’s Iran (Iran’s Islamic Criminal Law, Article 195; see p. 4 of the pdf at http://revcurentjur.ro/arhiva/attachments_201003/recjurid103_13F.pdf).



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Darrell Issa’s War On the USA – Part 1

Darrell Issa (R-CA) 2011

California Republican Congressman Darrell Issa consistently makes waves targeting the destruction of the Constitution of the USA and his own enemy’s list.  Early in the 112th Congress he pontificated that he had plans to serve as the investigator-in-chief of the Obama Administration with the expressed purpose of destroying the “Black president”: his racism as clear as the racism of organized hate journals such as Act! for America and the IMF Report.  Issa’s racisim is transparent, as seen in his decade-long support for the illegal war in Iraq, despite spiraling cost and untold millions unaccounted for through contractor mismanagement and helping  DynCorp  employees involvement in human trafficking and child sex slaves who were between the ages of 12 and 15 (Capps, Robert (2002-08-06). “Sex-slave whistle-blowers vindicated”. salon.com, at http://dir.salon.com/story/news/feature/2002/08/06/dyncorp/index.html), while operating on peacekeeping contracts in Bosnia. DynCorp admitted to firing employees for similar reasons (http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/03/theft_of_us_military_fuel_in_afghanistan_highlight.php and Bosnia and Herzegovina Hopes Betrayed: Trafficking of Woman and Girls to Bosnia and Herzegovina for Forced Prostitution. Human Rights Watch. pp. 63–64. http://books.google.com/books?id=KYLiRbLlMwoC&lpg=PA63&ots=KnfB0O67TL&dq=%22He%20is%20the%20operator%20of%20a%20nightclub%20by%20the%20name%20of%20Harley’s%22&pg=PA63#v=onepage&q&f=false.)– including tens of billions recently reported by a non-partisan study of Afghanistan which included hiring “dancing boys” in Afghanistan

DynCorp Abuse (supported by Koch Brothers)

(http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/07/26/AR2009072602358.html) to entertain the employees who worked for DynCorp and funneled money to Issa as http://www.guardian.co.uk/law/2011/jan/22/whistleblower-sex-traffickers-bosnia). DynCorp’s support for Issa was as unwavering as the support Issa received from the nefarious Koch Brothers of Kansas. DynCorp’s new support included $1,000 to Issa’s re-election campaign (http://www.opensecrets.org/pacs/pacgot.php?cmte=C00409979&cycle=2010) and $10,000 to help Issa’s leadership PAC (http://www.opensecrets.org/pacs/pacgave.php?cycle=2010&cmte=C00450320) increase its bottom line nine-fold over

DynCorp hired assassin

what they had shelled out in previous years, especially the fortune ranging in the hundreds of millions of dollars issued by the year they Koch Brothers saw as critical to fight environmental laws, climate change, evolution and basic science, the infamous year of 2008.  The number of DynCorp hired assassins remains secreted in the vaults of DynCorp, but it is estimated that the firm supported by Issa ranges into the thousands. Many of these “employees” have been common thugs and murderers. They were selected for their ability to slit throats, use stones and other primitive weapons against perceived enemies, as well as automatic rifles and a variety of military arms to “get enemies” out of DynCorp properties regardless of the age of the “enemy.”  Issa has said nothing about the nefarious workings of DynCorp as it is identical to the blackguard tactics of Blackwater whose mercenaries brought misery, rape, and death to thousands of Iraqis in George W. Bush’s dirty war in the Middle East–but which made arms companies and the Koch Brothers even richer at the expense of civilians, the environment and climate.

Koch Brothers

Two of the worse polluters (http://www.peri.umass.edu/toxic_index/) in USA history are the Koch Brothers of Kansas (they are in the top ten of the worse polluters in the USA, a fact that the venal Koch-Brother-controlled-legislature remains silent on and does nothing about correcting), who are involved in everything from health care (located in Wichita, Kansas, the Wichita City Council remains selectively silent about the abuses of the Koch Brothers who fund its candidates and with their control over the parsimoniously pandering Wichita City Council are the most vocal and unchallenged biggest opponents to Obama’s national health insurance program; see: http://content.usatoday.com/communities/ondeadline/post/2010/08/feds-to-subsidize-health-insurance-for-early-retirees/1) to derivatives, both of whom are major backers and contributors to the corrupt campaigns and political posturing of Darrell Issa (http://calitics.com/diary/13079/the-koch-brothers-and-darrell-issa).  The Koch Brothers argue for minimal social services for the needy, and much less oversight of industry — especially environmental regulation–and like the gaggle of goons who fired on workers in Chicago, Homestead (PA), and other cities where people were organizing for the right to collective bargaining, better working conditions, shorter hours, and job protection–all anathema to the Koch Brothers.

http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2010/08/30/100830fa_fact_mayer).

Dick Armey (R-TX)

The greatest lie told regularly by the Koch Brothers is that the Tea Party is a “ground roots” organization, whereas, as numerous studies show, it is funded by the Koch Brothers with the intent of ending “the rule of the middle class and the workers.”  It was easy, but expensive, for the Koch Brothers to enlist one conservative as its head: the corrupt former Republican Majority Leader of Congress, Dick Armey and current Speaker of the House John Boehner(http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/29/opinion/29rich.html and http://www.guernicamag.com/blog/2460/robert_reich_the_birth_of_the/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Guernica%2FBlog+%28Guernica+%2F+Blog%29).  The Koch Brothers are now buying up the Republicans in the Iowa Legislature, including its Speaker (http://www.blogforiowa.com/blog/CorporateGreed; http://www.blogforiowa.com/blog/_archives/2011/1/3/4718385.html; http://www.blogforiowa.com/blog/_archives/2011/2/23/4756385.html and http://solveclimatenews.com/news/20110210/koch-brothers-positioned-be-big-winners-if-keystone-xl-pipeline-approved). The greatest hate-monger in Iowa is one-time gubernatorial candidate and evangelical Bob Vander Plaats (of whom I have written extensively) who received most of his money from the Koch PACS and organized hate groups (such as Focus on the Family, The Family, and his own Family Leader) to wage wars against single parent and same parent families, attempts to proselytize in the medieval style of convert or else, and so forth (see: http://www.blogforiowa.com/blog/_archives/2011/2/10/4746968.html) while extolling the political fortunes of Mike Huckabee and Darrell Issa.

By the second week of March 2011, Issa found himself on the wrong end of the investigation stick when the news broke that his press aide, Kurt Bardella, had been sharing email from reporters with a New York Times reporter who was working on a book about culture in Washington.  Bardella had high hopes of ascending the political ladder in Washington, and nothing was sacred to him if it could be used to achieve his ends. To achieve his goals he was ready and willing to tell anything to anyone. As Chris Cellizzi opined in the Washington Post (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/03/04/AR2011030402197.html):

Kurt Bardella and Darrell Issa

 

“It’s hard to believe that [Congressman Darrell] Issa, who has been around politics for quite some time – he was the lead agitator and sunk $200 million of his own money into the effort to recall then-California Gov. Gray Davis (D) in 2003 — didn’t know that Bardella was a bit of a wild card.”

 ….

“The more plausible explanation is that Issa gave the ambitious and aggressive Bardella [he rose rapidly before he was 27 years old] too long a leash because he knew that the flack could win him the sort of publicity he wanted and needed to emerge as President Obama’s lead antagonist.”

Issa’s interested in working America is, at best, insignificant.  More realistically, Issa does not care about the working man or woman.  He is interested only in wealth and being rewarded by the Koch Brothers.

Tired of hearing common people and hard workers complain of their homes being foreclosed, the California Republican “went on the road” to learn more about foreclosures.  At the end of his odyssey, the Tea Bag Republican (deep in the pockets of the Koch Brothers billions) Issa introduced a bill that he had written in advance of his “hearings” to eliminate the Home Affordable Modification Program that would have helped the disappearing middle class(http://oversight.house.gov/images/stories/Legislation/JORDAN_005_xml.pdf), and fill the gap with nothing other than vain and empty Tea Bag rhetoric(http://issaexposed.couragecampaign.org/index.php/site/page/74).  This was introduced in such a cavalier manner that of the thousands of Issa’s constituents who faced foreclosure, few truly understood the gravity of their congressman’s action (http://www.realtytrac.com/content/news-and-opinion/foreclosure-heat-map-overlaying-congressional-district-map-6128).

Foreclosures in USA (from: http://www.realtytrac.com/content/news-and-opinion/foreclosure-heat-map-overlaying-congressional-district-map-6128)

Sarah Palin's Bridge to Nowhere

Not only did Issa vote against his own constituents and against his own state (California) but he voted along Tea Party demands. Pandering to the Tea Party and its titular head, Republican Sarah Palin one-time/part-time governor of Alaska, Darrell Issa voted late last week to continue funding for Alaska’s infamous ‘Bridge to Nowhere’  that ends in a cul-de-sac and has no useful purpose.  Palin’s administration oversaw the construction of the Gravina Island Highway, a 3.2-mile access road to the “Bridge to Nowhere.” Since it was obvious in 2007 that the $398 million bridge from Gravina Island to Ketchikan would never be built, government watchdogs urged the Palin administration to put the brakes on the project. Construction began in June of 2007, more than six months after Palin took office.  Gov. Frank H. Murkowski had signed the grant three days before leaving office–and the signature was not binding on his successor (Sarah Palin) who could have rescinded the contract.  Why she did not is unknown, as the Bridge to Nowhere was the highest form of pork-barrelling, as it went to Gravina Island–where it stopped. Governor Frank Murkowski has a 33-acres of family owned land, Goldstring and Goldstone old mining sites just south of Clam Cove on Gravina Island. Governor Frank H. Murkowski had an openly known a conflict of interest and hidden motivations to construct a $315 million bridge to Gravina Island by way of Pennock Island to property his family owns at federal taxpayer’s expense. It was only a payback for years of friendship from Rep. Don Young (R-AK).  What is unique about this “project” was that Sarah Palin had every legal right in Alaska to vetoing and stopping the construction before it began–three days after she was sworn in as governor. Palin did nothing as the bridge was a payback for her as well.(http://tpmcafe.talkingpointsmemo.com/talk/2008/09/nowhere-bridge-to-murkowski-fa.php which gives the initial commentary from www.sitnews.us but it is unverified and considered bias; see also http://archive.newsmax.com/archives/articles/2005/11/7/142633.shtml and http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2592089/posts cf. http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2011/roll159.xml). This came after voting in favor of taxpayer-financed subsidies for big oil (such as ExxonMobil)(http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2011/roll153.xml): funds that would have to be made up by further increasing taxes on the middle class, especially on fire fighters and police officers, claiming that as gasoline prices in his Southern California district are skyrocketing to $4 a gallon that the consumer must pay more so that industry can thrive and grow bigger.

Issa played to the Tea Party’s demands to cut out earmarks for legislative districts (also known as pork-barreling).  Earmarks, Issa claimed, were a form of “bribery”: funds were put into a congressional district if the representative voted in favor of a particular project required in another district. In FY 2007, Issa requested a total of $260,738,955 (http://issa.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=117:fy-2007-rep-issa-appropriations-project-requests&catid=33&Itemid=61) in what he later called “tantamount to a bribe.” It dipped a bit in FY 2008 to $112,570,000 (http://issa.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=116:fy-2008-rep-issa-appropriations-project-requests&catid=33&Itemid=61), but he rebounded strongly for FY 2009 with earmark requests totalling $214,367,000 (http://issa.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=115:fy-2009-rep-issa-appropriations-project-requests&catid=33&Itemid=61). And let’s remember that it was just a few weeks after submitting those FY2009 earmark requests that he was trying to block health care for 9/11 first responders, saying “I have to ask … why the firefighters who went there and everybody in the city of New York needs to come to the federal government for the dollars versus this being primarily a state consideration” (http://calitics.com/showDiary.do?diaryId=5503 and http://www.nydailynews.com/news/2008/04/02/2008-04-02_efforts_to_take_care_of_sick_ground_zero.html and http://calitics.com/showDiary.do?diaryId=5491). 

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Sovereign Citizen Movement in USA: Home-grown Terrorists

The radical religious and political right in the USA has emerged as the leading terrorist group intent on denying basic liberties and human rights. Closely tied to extremists groups and churches, such as the Westboro Baptist Church of Kansas, the Sovereign Citizen believes that he or she is above the law and demands that the US Constitution guarantees him or her the right to carry weapons at all times. The Second Amendment, as passed by Congress, to the US Constitution states:  “A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”  The sentence passed to the states to ratify states: “A well-regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the People to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” In both cases, the freedom refers to a citizen militia to keep the government (federal and state) free from attack.

Sarah Palin

The Southern Poverty Law Center has reported on the Sovereign Citizen movement, now deeply imbedded within the Tea Party and stalwarts in the Republican (GOP) Party buttressed by Sarah Palin, one-time/part-time governor of Alaska and vice-presidential running mate of Arizona Republican Senator John McCain, stating “Sovereign citizens believe most Americans have no obligation to obey laws, regulations or tax codes, especially those imposed by the federal government. They justify their beliefs on the basis of decades-old conspiracy theories and intricate, nonsensical legal theories.” (See: http://peoplesworld.org/sovereign-citizens-hate-group-on-the-rise/)

Since 1995, the Sovereign Citizen cult (it bases its actions on literal interpretation of select biblical passages and transmogrified passages of the US Constitution) has executed in cold blood numerous police officers throughout the USA (See: http://www/youtube.com/watch?v=mktbLWzYZrl; cp. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TIT2s0iYt_k, and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NK-6VW4vtOU&feature=fvw).  In 1997, New Hampshire extremist Carl Drega killed two officers and two civilians and wounded another three officers before being killed–his death being condemned by members of his cult as “senseless police brutality.”  Sovereign Citizens, who originated from anti-government activists going back to the Posse Comitatus movement of the 1970s, which recognized only local governments and no law enforcement official with more jurisdiction than a sheriff, also believe the government tricks people into becoming 14th Amendment citizens by signing contracts for privileges such as vehicle registration, Social Security and even fishing licenses (See: Associated Press, August 12, 2010, reported at http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2010/08/12/baffling_beliefs_mark_sovereign_citizen_theories/). What is most startling is they are supported by corporate-inspired right-wing revolt grouped around the tea party and extremist broadcast hosts such as Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck and others who cry out for the limitation of all basic human rights that are extended to Blacks, Latinos, Gays and Lesbians, and other marginalized groups. When President Obama was elected at the height of the recession that was generated by George W. Bush’s wars in Iraq and Afghanistan that plunged the USA into a back-breaking debt to communist mainland China, these theories have gained a fresh wind with the appearance of large numbers of ‘birthers’ and ‘9/11 truthers’ and those pushing “immigration reform” especially in Arizona where all Latinos were considered to be illegal aliens until they showed proof of citizenship.  The Sovereign Citizen groups are in most cases controlled by far-right extremist evangelical theocrats whose design is to turn the USA into a theocracy with the church ruling absolutely, with Sarah Palin being outspoken on “taking back America”. Speakers joining Palin

Rick Scarborough

include Rick Scarborough, Roy Moore, and Joseph Farah, men who are radical even by religious-right standards. Their presence shows that the tea-party movement is no longer merely populist, libertarian, or anti-government, if it ever was. It is theocratic, and promises to be far worse than the Spanish Inquisition. It is supported by radical right school boards, such as the Texas Board of Education now controlled by extremists who are demanding that textbooks be rewritten to lessen the impact of Darwin, establish creationism as an “alternative,” revise the image of Republican US Senator Joe McCarthy of Wisconsin into one of being “a true patriot”, and to rewrite history books showing that Black people were better off and happier under slavery. (See: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/22/education/22texas.html) TexasRick Perry Gov. TX Republican Governor Rick Perry has long been a supporter of Intelligent Design and outspoken in his views against empirical scientific data, making Texas public education of little value. (See: http://crooksandliars.com/karoli/texas-school-board; cf. http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/education/stories/042408dntexcreationscience2.917bf873.html)  With the clamoring of Sovereign Citizen and other paramilitary groups, legislators in six states — Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri and South Carolina — have considered legislation requiring classrooms to be open to “views about the scientific strengths and weaknesses of Darwinian theory.” Surprisingly, the State of Louisiana did not follow in lock-step, and its State Board of Education rejected creationism. (See: http://www.thenewamerican.com/index.php/culture/education/5440-louisiana-school-board-rejects-creationism)

While police officers in uniform are usually the target for rifle assaults by Sovereign Citizen terrorists, more widespread than violence is a set of tactics known as “paper terrorism,” in which sovereign citizens use legal filings to harass, intimidate, and retaliate against public officials, law enforcement officers, and others. Most common is the filing of bogus liens on the property of perceived enemies. At the same time, Sovereign Citizen members seize and illegally occupy abandoned homes or those foreclosed because of default in payment (See: http://www.adl.org/main_Extremism/Sovereign_Citizen_Movement_Resurgence).

The primary base for radical Sovereign Citizen groups is in Texas. Carolyn Yeager is a Texas-based (Ingram, Texas) neo-Nazi and Holocaust denier who runs her own Web site. The site is filled with racist and anti-Semitic material, as well as essays promoting motherhood and home-schooling.  Yeager is the Texas State Leader of the neo-Nazi American National Socialist Workers Party (ANSWP), a group that descended from the National Socialist Movement, the largest neo-Nazi group in the country. Not only does Yeager deny the Holocaust, but claims that the Jews who carry tattooed numbers were self-inflicted in an effort to extort money from Allied Forces.  To strengthen her claims, Yeager authored the book Auschwitz: The Underground Guided Tour; What the Tour Guides Don’t Tell You at , published by The Barnes Review.  In the book, she claims that Auschwitz was not an extermination camp and that Nazi guards looked after the health of inmates–although all authenticated records show that 1.1 million Jews were murdered at Auschwitz (See: http://www.adl.org/main_Extremism/carolyn_yeager_holocaust_denial.htm).

1943 Germany: Massacre of Jews

Auschwitz-Birkenau

In 2010 there were several Sovereign Citizens who ran for public office, many being backed and supported by Dick Armey of Denton, Texas, and

Billy Roper preaching White Revolution

Sarah Palin. Neo-Nazi candidates Billy Roper (head of the Arkansas White Revolution paramilitary force), ran for governor of Arkansas, and Frazier Glenn Miller, ran for U.S. Senate in Missouri (both as write-in candidates). White supremacist and KKK leader Tom Metzger, who in the 1980s received considerable notoriety for running

Metzger, Butler, and Roper at Aryan Fest (2004)

 for office, received only 9 votes as a write-in candidate in his bid for U.S. Congress in Indiana (See: http://www.wane.com/dpp/video/hite-supremacist-tom-metzger-campaigns-for-congress).  Jeff Hall, a leader in the National Socialist Movement and avowed racist

Jeff Hall (shown with yellow arrow) in Arizona

(http://articles.latimes.com/2010/oct/19/local/la-me-nazi-candidate-20101019) hoped to get elected to a seat on the Western Riverside Municipal Water District and received almost 28% of the vote (6,738 votes). Daniel Schruender, a member of an Aryan Nations faction, received almost 10% of the vote (1,807 votes) in his run for a seat on the Rialto, California, school board.

Frazier Glenn Miller JrFrazier Glenn Miller Jr., a former marine and longtime white supremacist who, according to his Web site, has spent “43 years actively working for rights for white people” and founded the White People’s Party and planned the assassination of SPLC leader Morris Dees, was

Glenn Miller

arrested on April 30, 1987, on numerous Federal criminal charges, and after serving three years in prison planned for and ultimately ran for the United States Senate in Missouri on a blatantly anti-Semitic platform.  A darling of the religious right, on his web-site, Miller notes that his number one political goal was “to secure the existence of my people and a future for White children” (See: “Fugitive Racist Leader Is Captured in Missouri”, The New York Times, 1 May 1987; and Camille Jackson, “They’re Back: A fresh batch of extremist ex-cons hits the streets,” Intelligence Report, Winter 2004, Issue #116, Southern Poverty Law Center).  At KMBZ (Kansas City) Miller ran the following audio ads:

One of the statements Miller makes in his ads includes, “Jews control the federal government and the media. Surely you don’t still believe white men are in control, do ya? It’s the Jews.”

In another, he states:

“The future of white children will be a nightmare.”

KMBZ is running a disclaimer with Miller’s material to distance itself from it – although according to the rules it can neither support nor denounce it in this manner.

“America is no longer ours,” Miller says in one ad. “America belongs to the Jews who rule it and the mud people who multiply in it.”

“But you don’t care, do you, whitey? All you care about is satisfying your belly, pocketbook and genitals and watching the coons play ball on television.”

(See: http://blogs.pitch.com/plog/2010/10/glenn_miller_salon_award.php)

Jim Rizoli

Jim Rizoli, a Holocaust denier and an anti-immigrant activist, lost his bid to become the state representative in the 6th Middlesex District in Framingham, Massachusetts. He received 1,219 votes or about 9% of the vote.  During an October 2009 segment of his public access television show in Framingham, Rizoli delivered a lengthy diatribe promoting Holocaust denial. He defended Holocaust denier and Iranian leader

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, instructed viewers to conduct their own research on the Holocaust to discover the alleged “truth,” and directed people to visit Web sites that advance Holocaust denial.

 The National Prayer Network is a barely disguised hate group that openly supports Sovereign Citizens. Ted Pike, the national director of the Oregon-based National Prayer Network (www.truthtellers.org), has for years engaged in an anti-Semitic campaign that denigrate the Jewish religion, as well as what he perceives as Jewish-controlled organizations and leaders. Working closely with Tyndal House Publishers, Pike puts out more hate-filled literature than most other radical right extremists. To further his own publications, Pike has produced a string of historically inaccurate virulent hate-filled videos, including Zionism and Christianity: Unholy Alliance (2005); Why the Mid-East Bleeds (2003); Shaking Campus Liberalism: How Christian Students Defied the Pro-Gay Faculty…and Won! (2002); Hate Laws: Making Criminals of Christians (2000); The Other Israel: The Whole Story of Zionist Conspiracy (1987). He openly opposes federal anti-hate crime legislation, and praises African nations that openly kill homosexuals while praising the theocracy in Iran. Pike is supported by the “Orthodox Anglican Community”–a far-right conservative branch of the Anglican Church that advocates public executions of homosexuals, adulterers, abortionists, and anyone else the group decides is a threat to god (it is a communion that is trying to align itself, if not accept “conversion into” the Roman Catholic church as publicized by Pope Benedict XVI (See: http://www.virtueonline.org/portal/modules/news/article.php?storyid=13628). Pike’s extremism can be found in the words he publishes and speaks:

We need to help make the hate law unenforceable by resisting and disobeying inevitable government edicts (particularly as precedents from liberal courts) to limit free speech. This will require willingness to suffer for the cause of truth and freedom. To help empower such courage we must continue widespread education against hate laws (such as exists at www.truthtellers.org). We must publicize as widely as possible the fact that a cabal of liberal Jewish supremacists is behind all hate laws worldwide. These, Rabbi Daniel Lapin, says are in “relentless attack on evangelical Christians.” Only through encountering massive public resistance and exposure will ADL/B’nai B’rith (organized world Jewry) be slowed on their fast track to world dominion.

The epicenter of such liberal Jewish attack on Christian civilization is the state of Israel. Israel is a nation founded on theft, repression, and terror (See, Israel: Founded on Terror). Despite its claim to democracy, it is one of the most repressive speech crime regimes in the world. In 1920 Christians constituted 20% of the inhabitants of Palestine. Now, as a result of decades of official harassment and discrimination as well as “anti-missionary” laws criminalizing even casual conversations about Christ with Jews, only 2% of Israelis are Christians. The Israeli government continues to look the other way as Messianic Christian Jews in Israel suffer constant harassment, discrimination and even violence, especially from ultra-Orthodox zealots (See website of Lura Maimon Beckford). Knesset continues to propose even stricter speech crime laws against Christians.

(See: http://www.rightwingwatch.org/category/groups/national-prayer-network for Pike’s full comments, and his claim that Israel is the “new whore” and that violent resistance is mandatory of good Christians read it at http://www.truthtellers.org/alerts/resistancehelpmakehbunenforceable.htm).

Pike praises preacher-Governor Mike Huckabee of Arkansas as the “chosen one” who will lead the revolution at the ballot box. In this he is joined by Iowa’s hatemongering and one time gubernatorial aspirant Bob Vander Plaats who is tightly leagued with the American Family Association and other hate groups and was endorsed by former Arkansas Governor, Fox News Host and Tea Party supporter Mike Huckabee (See: http://theiowarepublican.com/home/2009/06/10/huckabee-endorses-vander-plaats/ cf. http://blogs.desmoinesregister.com/dmr/index.php/2010/02/24/huckabee-praises-tea-party-vander-plaats/).

Pastor Mike Huckabee and Bob Vander Plaats

Vander Plaats (a former high school teacher) is a single issue theological terrorist with one goal: to stop homosexuality and its defenders. To this end the Iowa evangelical extremist, echoing the same words as the theological thugs (the Taliban: an Arabic word for theological students), Vander Plaats called upon the entire Iowa Supreme Court to resign after it ruled unanimously that homosexuals in Iowa have the same rights as all other Iowa citizens (See the story in the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier December 7, 2010: http://wcfcourier.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/article_3567a97a-024c-11e0-b648-001cc4c03286.html; cf. http://www.kcci.com/r/26050009/detail.html; cp. http://www.religionfacts.com/homosexuality/islam.htm, and http://www.glapn.org/sodomylaws/world/afghanistan/afnews006.htm with the mangled Taliban Arabic chortling الشذوذ الجنسي هو جريمة ضد الله والانسان ، وهؤلاء القضاة الذين الناعمة على مثليون جنسيا يجب إزالتها من على مقاعد البدلاء القضائية وتنفيذها.)

James Russell

James C. Russell, also known as Jim Russell, ran as the Republican and Conservative candidate in the 18th Congressional District in New York.  Russell won 38% of the vote (46,547 votes). Russell has voiced white supremacist and anti-Semitic views in print and was a speaker at the 2002 conference held by American Renaissance, a white supremacist journal and was a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of The Occidental Quarterly, a racist journal, up through the Summer 2009 issue. 

James Traficant

 James Traficant ran for U.S. Congress in Ohio’s 17th district as an Independent. He won 16.05% of the vote (29,969 votes). Traficant, a former Congressman from Youngstown, was convicted in 2002 on various federal charges, including bribery, fraud, racketeering and tax evasion, and spent seven years in prison.  Traficant, who is known for his long-time support of former Nazi guard John Demjanjuk, has made a number of anti-Semitic statements. In a 2009 interview in the conspiracy-oriented, anti-Semitic newspaper American Free Press (AFP), he alleged that “the Israeli lobby has a stranglehold on the United States” and “over government,” and that the United States is under a resultant threat of implosion. In 2002, he insisted that Jews not be included in the pool of jurors for his trial that year.

Tragically all have the support, endorsement, and financial backing of the Sovereign Citizens. In each of these theological terrorists there is a spark of hope for white supremacists to rid the USA of all people of color, forcibly convert every non-Christian to Jesus, and to rewrite history and science books in keeping with their versions of the Bible.  While the “reverends” claim a spiritual education, none has a solid academic background.  Mike Huckabee He graduated from Ouachita Baptist University, completing his bachelor’s degree in Religion in 2½ years before attending Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, but dropped out of seminary after one year in order to take a job in Christian broadcasting. He has two honorary doctoral degrees: a Doctor of Humane Letters, received from John Brown University in 1991 (John Brown was created and is still operated by the same family of the itinerant preacher John Brown. Founded in 1919 as a private, interdenominational, Christian liberal arts college in Siloam Springs, Arkansas its purpose was to spread Christianity not to develop critical thinkers or encourage genuine education), and a Doctor of Laws from Ouachita Baptist University in 1992 (a private  liberal arts, undergraduate institution located in Arkadelphia, Arkansas that by professional standards cannot claim to be a university; its purpose is to spread the sectarian creed of the Southern Baptist Convention.)

Ted Pike is a 1971 graduate of Portland State University, with emphasis in art and philosophy. He claims to be an “accomplished film maker.” He has no theological education (See: http://www.truthtellers.org/tedpikebiography.html).

Jim Russell went to Fordham University where he studied Historical Theology but concentrated on Christianity and Christian Theology. His knowledge of its history is limited to textbooks published in the last thirty years.

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Glenn Beck, FOX News, and Reality

Glenn Beck, diagnosed with ADHD (Alexander Zaitchik (September 23, 2009). “Glenn Beck rises again: Getting clean, getting Mormon, getting talk radio — and going to Yale, with the help of Joe Lieberman”. Salon Magazine. http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2009/09/23/glenn_beck_three/print.html. ), a confessed alcoholic with a series of drug abuses (“About Glenn Beck”. http://www.glennbeck.com/content/program/about/. Retrieved 1 September 2009. ), but discovered religion (after being raised a Roman

Glenn Beck (born 1964)

Catholic) in the Mormon Church, has come out against Billionaire media mogul George Soros as wanting to destroy the USA and democracy. While Beck, Sarah Palin, Mike Huckabee, Bob Vander Plaats, and other far-right Tea Baggers claim that until the wealthy are given generous tax credits and cuts, they lie. The truth is opposite of their henchmanship, for on August 4, 2010, 40 USA billionaires pledged, with Bill Gates (Microsoft) and investor Warren Buffet to donate no less than 50% of their fortunes (see: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/40-billionaires-pledge-to-apf-1903283681.html?x=0&.v=4 cp. http://www.givingpledge.org) to help restore the shrinking middle class that had been targeted by George W. Bush and foreign interests. It was the foreign interests by such individuals as Robert Murdoch, who funded the GOP and the Tea Baggers in the November 2 election.

Beck, like Ailes (Murdoch loyalists), denounced Soros as being “foreign-born” and “a billionaire” who “controls the media” in the USA and “stole property from the Jews” as a young teenager (See: http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2010-11-10/glenn-becks-anti-semitic-attack-on-george-soros/2/ Soros is Jewish) and supports the legalization of marijuana (see: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303467004575574450703567656.html), while suggesting he was soft on communism and against the progress and prosperity of the USA. Beck, a stranger to truth forgets these points about Soros: Soros is Chairman of the Soros Fund Management that invests in the USA and the Open Society Institute. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Council on Foreign Relations. He played a significant role in the peaceful transition from communism to capitalism in Hungary (1984–89; see: http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/1993/07/finance-the-unifying-theme/5148/) and provided Europe’s largest-ever higher education endowment to Central European University in Budapest (see: http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-79165556.html).

George Soros in 2010

Jon Stewart did a parody on this, illustrating the duplicity and redundancy of Glenn Beck and FOX News’ obsession with George Soros. Here is a link: http://www.thedailyshow/com/watch/thu-november-18-2010/george-soros-plans-to-overthrow-america.  The skit resulted from a LA Times article (19 November 2010; cp. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/11/17/george-soros-obama_n_785022.html) on the meeting of wealthy Democrats. The part most readers missed included this reporting, quoting George Soros: “I admire the president for his attempt to rise above partisan party politics…His policies have made the recession he inherited shorter and shallower than it would otherwise have been. But after two years of complete noncooperation and vicious distortion, the time for compromise has ended…Extending the [George W.] Bush tax cuts for the top 2% will not create jobs, but it will preclude further job-creating fiscal measures, including support to states.”

Soros is not alone in wanting the tax cuts ended.  More than 40 of the nation’s millionaires have joined Patriotic Millionaires for Fiscal Strength to ask President Obama to discontinue the tax breaks established for them during the Bush administration, as Salon reports (see: http://www.salon.com/news/opinion/joe_conason/2010/11/18/millionaires/index.html).

“For the fiscal health of our nation and the well-being of our fellow citizens, we ask that you allow tax cuts on incomes over $1,000,000 to expire at the end of this year as scheduled,” their website (http://www.fiscalstrength.com/) states.  The full text is:

“We make this request as loyal citizens who now or in the past earned an income of $1,000,000 per year or more.

“We are writing to urge you to stand firm against those who would put politics ahead of their country.

“For the fiscal health of our nation and the well-being of our fellow citizens, we ask that you allow tax cuts on incomes over $1,000,000 to expire at the end of this year as scheduled.

“We make this request as loyal citizens who now or in the past earned an income of $1,000,000 per year or more.

“We have done very well over the last several years. Now, during our nation’s moment of need, we are eager to do our fair share. We don’t need more tax cuts, and we understand that cutting our taxes will increase the deficit and the debt burden carried by other taxpayers. The country needs to meet its financial obligations in a just and responsible way.”

Letting tax cuts for incomes over $1,000,000 expire, is an important step in that direction.”

A list of signatures follows.

Beck not only ignores history but rewrites it with the same cavalier attitude

Sarah Palin 2010

as Sarah Palin creates words that, because of her notoriety, find their way into previously sound academic dictionaries (such as the Oxford American Dictionary). But Beck’s blast on Soros’ evil is that he is a foreign-born billionaire who controls media (yes, it is true) is duplicity since Beck works for the foreign-born billionaire who controls media whose name is Keith Rupert Murdoch (he created Fox Broadcasting Company in 1986). From there the Australian-born (born in Melbourne, Australia, the son of Elisabeth Joy Greene and Sir Keith Murdoch, into a family of wealth, privilege, and indifference to the worker or middle class) foreigner went on to take control over the film industry (20th Century-Fox, for example), media television satellites (Sky Satellite, and later British Sky Broadcasting which dominates the UK pay-television industry), and the Internet.

His initial attacks on a free-press occurred when he bought the Sunday Times in Perth, Western Australia, to be followed with the takeover of the Sydney afternoon tabloid, The Daily Mirror, as well as a small Sydney-based recording company, Festival Records. The New Zealand daily The Dominion that  fell into his strangle-hold in January 1964. Murdoch took over The Sun in 1969, in the UK and like his other “papers” made it into a popular tabloid–short on news and even weaker on accuracy. Murdoch was and still is a strong supporter of former Labour leader Tony Blair, and their close relationship with Blair and their secret meetings to discuss national policies was to become a political issue in Britain (See: Hinsliff, Gaby (23 July 2006). “The PM, the mogul and the secret agenda”. The Guardian (London). http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2006/jul/23/newscorporation.rupertmurdoch. Retrieved 10 April 2010). It became a scandal when Blair and Murdoch began to control George W. Bush and insist on the escalation of the wrongful war in Iraq and Afghanistan. When Obama became president of the USA, Murdoch began hiring anti-Obama personnel and requiring that all information on Obama be reported with a negative slant. Murdoch had insisted that Obama meet with him. The arrogance of Murdoch who did not disguise that he wanted to control the “black president” was not lost on Obama, who repeatedly refused to meet with the Australian mogul. Ultimately, to the surprise and horror of many, Obama met with Murdoch, complaining of Fox News’s portrayal of him “as suspicious, foreign, fearsome – just short of a terrorist”. Fox News head, GOP stalwart “President” Roger

Roger Ailes (born 1950)

Ailes (born 1940, and media consultant for Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, and George H. W. Bush; Ailes gave President George W. Bush political advice indicating that the American public would be patient as long as they were convinced that Bush was using the harshest measures possible–by doing nothing but political posturing [See: Grove, Lloyd. Roger Ailes-Bob Woodward Smackdown? The Washington Post. 19 November 2002]), said it might not have been this way if Obama had “more willingly come on the air instead of so often giving Fox the back of his hand.” A “tentative truce” was nonetheless agreed upon. Underlings at Fox News, and at Murdoch’s controlled New York Post noted that Murdoch has met every US President since, and including, Harry Truman (See: “Tuesdays with Rupert,” Vanity Fair October 2008). Three times married, Robert Murdoch holds himself up as a defender of traditional marriage (for which he received the papal honor the KSG [Knight of St. Gregory the Great, established by Pope Gregory XVI in 1831, an order that requires the recipients to be “gentlemen of proven loyalty to the Holy See who, by reason of their nobility of birth and the renown of their deeds or the degree of their munificence, are deemed worthy to be honoured by a public expression of esteem on the part of the Holy See”. The end of the brief states that they must progressively maintain, by continued meritorious deed, the reputation and trust they had already inspired, and prove themselves worthy of the honour that had been conferred on them, by unswerving fidelity to God and to the sovereign Pontiff. Murdoch matches none of the requirements. (See: “The Pontifical Order of Saint Gregory the Great”. Association of Papal Orders in Great Britain website. Association of Papal Orders in Great Britain of Piux IX, Saint Gregory and Saint Sylvester. http://www.papalknights.org.uk/order-gregory.html. Retrieved 2010-10-02. )]

Keith Robert Murdoch

Murdoch’s love-affair with Labour died an agonizing death, but The Sun forced through a divorce and married the Murdoch media to the rising Conservatives.  The Sun lent its support to David Cameron’s Conservative Party, when Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s official spokesman said in November 2009 that Brown and Murdoch “were in regular communication” and that “there is nothing unusual in the prime minister talking to Rupert Murdoch” (see: Mulholland, Hélène (12 November 2009). “Gordon Brown spoke to Rupert Murdoch after misspelling row”. The Guardian (London). http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2009/nov/12/gordon-brown-rupert-murdoch-misspelling).

Ailes and Murdoch convinced Rush Limbaugh to move from radio to Fox News as a “commentator”. From that point on, all extremists in the GOP flocked to Fox News, including the one-time part-time governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin, who now claims she left the governorship because she could not afford to be governor on the governor’s salary (See: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1198869/Sarah-Palin-quit-job-worried-money-says-daughters-redneck-ex-fiance.html; cp. http://www.time.com/time/politics/article/0,8599,1908800-2,00.html; and http://chattahbox.com/us/2010/03/10/jesse-ventura-palin-quit-as-governor-to-cash-in-and-make-big-money/; cf. http://theimmoralminority.blogspot.com/2010/07/sarah-palin-admits-she-quit-as-governor.html).

The fact that Fox News is funding the GOP and its Republican candidates has long been common knowledge. Media Matters has done research on how much GOP candidates have received both in the form of wages and in free air time for political posturing, as these graphs show:

Free Advertising value for GOP candidates

Fox News candidates’ appearances were worth at least $40.23 million in advertising costs. Media Matters also estimated the equivalent cost advertisers would pay for the amount of air time Fox gave to each of its potential candidates. Advertisers would have spent about $22 million for screen time given to Huckabee, who is the only candidate to host his own, regular Fox News program. Gingrich’s appearances would have been worth almost $6 million to advertisers, and Palin’s would have cost them approximately $5 million. Santorum’s advertising equivalency is about $4.19 million, while Bolton’s would have cost just under $3 million.

Air-time value

(See: http://mediamatters.org/research/201011180031)

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The American worker is being screwed

The GOP and its subsidiaries (Tea Baggers led by Dick Armey of Denton TX, and Sarah Palin of AK; the American Family Association and other similar groups with ties to radical hate groups) are determined to bankrupt the USA and do away with American jobs, foreclose on more homes, and drive down the value of the dollar. The American worker is, unwittingly, accepting this fate by not buying goods made in the USA, nor supporting the right of American labor and personal rights of choice and association.

From shopping at WalMart to buying at Dollar Stores where more than 80% of all goods sold are foreign imports, to driving oriental made cars, the average American are buying these products that began in the USA and now made overseas:

Beer (Miller, Coors, and Budweiser are now owned by foreign companies; Anheuser-Busch, the St. Louis MO based company that has nearly 50% of all market shares int he USA was sold to Intel, a Belgium-based conglomerate run by Brasil). Corona and others are now totally owned by other nations.

Cellular phones (none made in the USA since 2007) all are made overseas: India, Finland, Sweden, etc.

Converse shoes (since 2001) are now made in Indonesia.

Dell computers (last made in North Carolina, closed in January 2010; its Round Rock TX “headquarters” is a front organization to hide the outsourcing of USA jobs). Today the computers are made in Asia.

Etch-a-Sketch (since 2000) made in Shenzhen, China.

Forks, spoons, and knives (last manufactured by Sherrill Manufacturing that had purchased Oneida Ltd in 2005, closed down all operations in June 2010).

Hathaway Dress shirts (since 2002) made in India, Philippines, etc.

Incandescent light bulbs (last made in September 2010 by a major industry, although Osram/Slavania Plant in St. Mary’s PA is still producing the light bulbs to fill old and international contracts; they will soon announce their closure), closed down operations after the GOP Congress of 2007 passed a measure banning incandescents by 2014, prompting GE to close its domestic operations.

Levi jeans (last made in Dec. 2003) now all made in Latin America and Asia.

Mattel toys (since 2002) the largest toy maker and seller, is made in China (costing 65% of all jobs in its plant in California)

Minivans including General Motors and Chrysler chassis used on Chevrolet Uplander, Pontiac Montana, Buick Terraza, Saturn Relay, Chrysler Town & Country, and Dodge Grand Caravan (since 2003) are all made abroad.

Pontiac cars. Stopped all production in May 2010–yet over 60% of its employees drove Asian made vehicles, and few Pontiac cars were in the main plant in Michigan.

Radio Flyer’s Red Wagon (stopped production in March 2004) at its Chicago plant and now has all products made in China.

Railroad parts (castings, guard bars, braces, etc), none made in the USA since 2008.

Sardines (canned; the last produced in April 2010 by Stinson Seafood in Maine) now are made in Peru and other Latin American nations, and in Japan.

Rawlings baseballs (since 1969, made first in Puerto Rico, later in Haiti, now made in Costa Rica).

Strawberries and fresh fruits and vegetables are imported from Mexico.

Televisions (the last made in October 2004, was Five Rivers Electronic Innovations, a Tennessee company). Today none are made in the USA.

Vending machines (last produced in 2003 in the USA)

Wine: most are imported from Chile, Italy, France, and other foreign nations.

(Information, in part, for the above is from http://finance.yahoo.com/tech-ticker/19-iconic-products-that-america-doesn%27t-make-anymore-535569.html?tickers=f,ge,mat,DELL,MOT,aapl,bni)

Job outsourcing will increase.

Top 10 Jobs Targeted For Outsourcing

1. Computer Programmers
2. Pharmacy Technicians
3. Parts Salespersons
4. Telephone Operators (most are going to India, Bangladesh, and Syria)
5. Billing and posting clerks and machine operators
6. Computer Operators
7. Data Entry Keyers
8. Word Processors and Typists
9. Tax Preparers (most tax preparers will be living in India, Pakistan, Iraq, Vietnam, and China; few will speak English; their knowledge will be canned on pre-established coded disks)
10. Medical Transcriptionists

(See: http://www.thedigeratilife.com/blog/job-outsourced-top-jobs-outsourcing/)

Among the most spectacular loses are in the field of education and entertainment.

Information Week has an article about subtitling jobs in the UK getting outsourced to India, with disastrous results.  This is not good news.  Non-native speakers + subtitling = too many mistakes.

From the article:

For example, in the movie My Super Ex-Girlfriend, Uma Thurman utters the line “We have a zero-tolerance policy for (sexual harassment).”

But as rendered by Indian workers, the line reads like it’s from a Borat movie: “We hold the highest standards for sexual harassment by foreign workers. 

(http://www.informationweek.com/blog/main/archives/2007/03/outsourcings_ne.html;jsessionid=YMJOPMDJKDMTDQE1GHOSKHWATMY32JVN)

 

Education is taking the biggest hit with the rise of the IB Programme out of Cambridge UK. The textbooks are filled with numerous errors in grammar, spelling, capitalization, etc., but it is fed to Third World nations as a way to enter into the English-speaking world. In Perú the English competency among university students, faculty, and administrators is marginal, and the graduates of universities apply to USA and UK universities in quest of higher education, while knowledge of history, science and the arts is minimal. A graduate thesis at Universidad Señor de Sipan of 20 pages was accepted–and it was authored by five “graduate” students. Plagiarism is rife and accepted, as anyone can buy any cinema (including those not yet officially released by Hollywood) on the streets hawked by “delinquentes” (criminal) for S/.5 (about $1.75) on cheap DVDs. USA citizens visiting Third World nations buy them in droves and return to the USA with their acquisitions, thus damaging the profitability of USA movie producers. Because of the open “black market” Blockbusters pulled out of Perú, costing thousands of jobs in the South American nation.

In the USA, it is not uncommon to see people downloading music, movies, and other entertainment to their computers–only to complain when they are arrested, tried, and ordered to pay a multimillion dollar fine to the intellectual-property owner and manufacturer. (http://cratel.wichita.edu/blogs/stevewilson/2008/02/05/15-million-dollar-fine-for-illegal-cd-copying/ cp. http://legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/Illegal+copying and http://wheniwrite.com/2009/06/18/minnesota-lady-fined-1-9-million) Ethics are no longer taught in schools as a social responsibility, but if taught comes with sectarian bias.

The reasons given by businesses for outsourcing are

1) Your job can be automated (as with H&R Block)

2) Your job is location independent and does not require person-specific skills (medical transcriptionists are a prime example)

3) Your job can be done elsewhere at a much lower cost.

The revitalized GOP will increase outsourcing, as promised to chief fundraisers and financial supporters in its May 2010 letter, to raise the profits of owners and stock holders at the expense of the American worker. Thus in Sioux City, IA, the laborers vowed to support GOP Rep. Steven King, although he sees nothing wrong with outsourcing or closing Iowa plants and John Morrell will close its plant in Sioux City, IA and lay of 1,450 workers (Woodbury County has an unemployment rate of over 6%, solidly Republican) )to thank the workers who voted for him. King even went so far as to declare he would not support extended unemployment benefits for the laid off workers (http://www.ktiv.com/Global/story.asp?S=11966911). King argued that “safety nets” for the unemployed were nothing more than a “hammock” to coddle those who would not immediately begin to look for alternative labor. (http://www.bleedingheartland.com/diary/3680/steve-king-idiocy-of-the-week). King loudly opposed now-defeated Democratic Iowa Governor Chet Culver’s call for aid to the workers.

In Ames, Iowa, Victor Gostomski, spams propaganda for the Tea Baggers and GOP, and declares that “snopes” declares the messages are proven as true:

1. snopes.com: Debt Free America Act •••
Is the U.S. government proposing a 1% tax on debit card usage and/or banking transactions?
  …It is true. The bill is HR4646 introduced by US Rep Peter deFazio D-Oregon and US Senator Tom Harkin D-Iowa. Their plan is to sneak it in after the…
  …moved beyond proposing studies and submitted the Debt Free America Act (H.R. 4646), a bill calling for the implementation of a scheme to pay down the…
  …[2010] by Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-Pa.). His “Debt Free America Act” (H.R. 4646) would impose a 1 percent “transaction tax” on every financial

The real snopes website is at http://www.snopes.com/politics/taxes/debtfree.asp and reverses the false information. The problem is that most people do not verify the sources given to them; they, like Melinda Oldham Davis of Carrollton, TX merely pass them on and jump onto the GOP bandwagon of lies and distortions.

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