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Atheism rising in prominence in the U.S.

Is this is good news from south of the border? You betcha!

Young Americans in particular are beginning to think for themselves and critically analyse the belief systems held by their parents and grandparents. I think this may be a function of better education but it is also the fault of the in-your-face evangelicals whose fanaticism turns off a good segment of the population; especially people who are turned off by moral ultimatums.

Scholars have long debated whether people who say they no longer belong to a religious group should be considered secular. While the category as defined by Pew researchers includes atheists, it also encompasses majorities of people who say they believe in God, and a notable minority who pray daily or consider themselves “spiritual” but not “religious.”

Still, Pew found overall that most of the unaffiliated aren’t actively seeking another religious home, indicating that their ties with organized religion are permanently broken.

It is the bolded phrase that strikes me as being the most significant of these findings.

The religiosity class of ministers, priests and evangelic extremists should be afraid. Very afraid.


The American right wingnuts can be…

…crazy as batshit.


Is this what John Denver was referring to?

… in his song “Country Roads”?

Country Roads, take me home
To the place I belong
West Virginia, mountain momma
Take me home, country roads

Is “mountain momma” a metaphor for a goat?

Note to self – don’t dress as a goat if visiting West Virginia…




My eight year old daughter.

She’s worried about how the US President’s girls are doing.

Nice concern.





The Democrats just had a beer making brewer dude endorsing Obama!

How cool is that?

Who endorsed Harper?




If the GOP and The Chair…

… do the next to impossible and beat President Obama, I will be curious to see the US to Canada emigration data about 12 months later.

I wonder if the Harperites have thought of this? Millions of Democrats and other progressives trying to escape an emerging theocracy… should they be granted political asylum? How about refugee status?

Food for thought.

But I still think Obama will kick ass.


Progressives do NOT advocate violence against those with whom they disagree.

The right does.

This is just plain sick.

Sure, we laugh at Harper and his minions. We made fun of Dubya and laugh at the religious right.

But I dare anyone to show me a recent case where a non-neocon has openly advocated violence – and the death of someone on the “other side”.

And don’t rhyme off Mao or Castro.

I disagree with the policies of the Harperites and the GOP, but I would never, NEVER wish any of them harm.

This is from the USA blog,

I know, I know! We liberals are just soooooo sensitive and we’re little crybabies! I mean, it’s not like we didn’t make fun of good ol’ Dubya while he was in office destroying the country or anything, right? Why are we always complaining every time there’s a picture of the President of the United States being killed or compared to a monkey? Can’t we take a joke?

Well, no, we can’t. Why? Because it’s not really a joke, is it? The savages on the right have advocated violence against liberals for years because nothing says “Ha-ha!” like insinuating that we deserve to die. That’s hilarious! First, it’s jokes about how killing liberals would be fun, then “jokes” about secession, then threats of “Second Amendment remedies,” then actual threats about secession and claims that liberals are going to start a war ANY second now. After that, we end up with another Oklahoma City bombing that leaves 19 kids dead. Yeah, it’s all fun and games until the shrapnel starts to fly.

What’s worse is that this is strictly a right-wing phenomenon. No matter how badly Fox News wants to convince its viewers that liberals are terrorists, it’s just not there. There are no liberals calling for conservatives to leave the country. That’s Republicans. There are no liberals calling for concentration camps. That’s the religious right. There are no liberals calling for a new Civil War. That’s the right-wing.

This is sick. And not the good “sick”.

How low can ya go?


This is hilarious!

If there is a reader out there who lives in the Tampa area, running off a few hundred copies of this and plastering it hither and yon wouldn’t be a bad idea!

America, the rest of the world is laughing at you.


I really hope that Hurricane…

… Issac doesn’t completely wreck the Republican Convention in Tampa! I really do.

Because if it does, then we will be left without such fine examples of how freaking crazy some of these wing nuts can be!

And that, my friends, would be a crying shame.


GOP follies – what fun to watch!

Almost fell off my chair reading this over my morning coffee…

Missouri Congressman Todd Akin, a conservative Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, sparked a furor and earned a rebuke from Mitt Romney’s campaign after saying in an interview broadcast Sunday that women’s bodies can prevent pregnancies in “a legitimate rape” and that conception is rare in such cases.

Mr. Akin, a six-term congressman running against incumbent Democrat Sen. Claire McCaskill, was asked in an interview on St. Louis television station KTVI if he would support abortions for women who have been raped.

“It seems to me first of all, from what I understand from doctors, that’s really rare,” Mr. Akin said. “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down,” Mr. Akin said of a rape victim’s chances of becoming pregnant.

Huh? A female body can do what??? What doctors has this moron been speaking with? Doctors of Divinity? Doctors of Death Stars???

Wow. Just. Wow.

Staying with the Republican Party theme, how about that new running mate for Mitt Romney? Surely he isn’t like that hillbilly from Missouri? Surely Romney has not made the same mistake as that last GOP Presidential candidate and chosen someone who is all style but whose substance only goes about 2 mm deep!

Like this gal:

On Sunday, the New York Times had this to say about the esteemed Paul Ryan:

Howard Fineman wrote in The Huffington Post that “Ryan turns out, upon closer inspection, not to be a purifying ideologue, but rather a young, power-hungry, ladder-climbing trimmer.” The self-styled deficit cutter backed W.’s deficit-exploding agenda, and the tut-tutting critic of the Obama stimulus grabbed for the president’s stimulus money.

Neocons and Tea Partyers, however, continued to rhapsodize. Grover Norquist told Bloomberg’s Al Hunt that Ryan would be the Dick Cheney of economic and tax policy. And that’s a compliment.

The comparison is apt. Ryan looks like a bonus Romney son, as Dan Quayle did with Bush senior. Republicans find the tableau of two rich white guys — same shirts, different generations — comforting. With W. and Cheney, the usual order switched and the vice-presidential candidate played the role of surrogate dad.

OK. Lesson not taken…

It will be interesting to see how President Obama approaches his second term in office.