Saturday, July 11, 2009

Rainbows and Butterflies in Heaven

When a Thirteenth Century Italian wrote a poem (as poets are sure to do), the Church came along and liked it so much that they declared that the poem was written with divine intervention. This means that God came down from heaven and interceded along enough to guide the poet's hand in writing the poem and was therefore, the actual author of the poem. With that in mind, I BELIEVE the movie script, at least in part, for "Dr. Seuss'Horton Hears A Who" was also divinely written. Specifically, the part where a cute little colorful tribble with big eyes named Katie declares: "In my world everyone is a pony and they eat rainbows and poop butterflies."

Whereas, the Church in the case of the 13th Century poet was ecstatic over the poem's description of HELL, I BELIEVE that Katie's world is a divine description of HEAVEN. And just like the Church, I defy anyone to prove it isn't.

There is only one problem with this belief though. I'm hoping after eating a rainbow, my first poop will be one of those really big majestic Monarch butterflies. I'm gonna be really upset if my first butterfly turns out to be one of those faggoty little pastel colored lavender butterflies.

Friday, July 10, 2009

'In God We Trust' So what's wrong here

Update: Gov. Perry did not select Ms. Dunbar. He selected another young earther, Gail Lowe. It appears Gov. Perry will only pick creationist to destroy the education of Texas children, and as text book publishers will only publish the crap that the religiously uneducated Texas School Board members will allow, all other children.

The House of Representatives have passed H.Con.Res.131 that authorizes the Capitol Architect to engrave the national motto and the Pledge of Allegiance into the walls of the Capitol's Visitor's Center.

So what's so wrong about posting 'In God We Trust'? Well, I'd like to ask my Congressman why he voted to post a motto and a rewritten pledge that were passed when I was born by the John Birch Society. Has Rep. Gerry Connolly suddenly become a John Bircher? Next, does he know the company he is keeping. He voted with Rep. Michelle Bachmann (the wacko from Minneapolis) and Rep. Brian Bilbray (the wacko from San Diego). You'd have to water-board me for over a month before I'd agree with anything these two wingnuts vote for.


Now comes the Governor of Texas who is possibly getting ready to appoint a crazy wingnut homeschooler to be the head of education in Texas. This is Cynthia Dunbar (the wacko from Richmond) to be chairwoman of the Texas State Board of Education. This is an attorney trained by that great legal scholar, Pat Robinson, at his Regency University Law School.

This by the way is the same wingnut university where Taliban Bob McDonnell graduated with a so-called law degree. Funny coincidence is that Ms. Dunbar is also known as the 'Texas Taliban'.

I seriously think we should attach the word TALIBAN to everyone who graduates from that so-called Christian Law School.

This hatred for public education by White Anglo Saxon Protestants was originally motivated several decades ago by racism. The Christian Conservatives and the Moral Majority continued the objective of damaging public education in America for the same reasons but changed the public discourse from racism to anti-science and rewriting history to match their philosophical ideas. Anti-science in that they believe the Flintstones cartoon show was actually reality based entertainment and our history should be changed to reflect that the deist Founding Fathers were Christians in their fantasy world.

All of this is to show exactly why it is so dangerous to agree with these wingnuts when they propose placing the national motto on our Federal public buildings. You could just wind up with a society of seriously more ignorant citizens than we already have as evidenced by the Taliban Christians in America.

Crosby Stills & Nash - Suite - Judy Blue Eyes

more about "Crosby Stills & Nash - Suite - Judy ...", posted with vodpod

Crosby, Stills, and Nash - Our House

more about "Crosby, Stills, and Nash - Our House", posted with vodpod

Sunday, July 5, 2009

NoVA's Transportation Woes Won't End Any Time Soon

There are three reasons that the transportation problems in Northern Virginia (NoVA) will never get resolved. First is of course the Republican controlled House of Delegates. They have stopped all attempts to spend the money that NoVA brings into the state to fix the transportation problems. Hopefully the election this November will reverse that situation, but it will be for naught if McDonnell wins the governorship.

Second reason is all the money wasted in this state on prisons. With Republicans in control and McDonnell as AG, we got stuck with the three strikes laws that compel judges to give stiffer sentences and increase the tax burden on all Virginians to provide more and more prisons and law enforcement. There are also all those victimless crimes such as Marijuana and several other controlled narcotics that result in drastically increasing the prison populations driving up the costs to taxpayers and resulting in the United States being the prison nation of the entire world. Only five percent of the world's population but paying to house 25 percent of the world's prison population. Thanks McDonnell for your part in making Virginia part of the overall problem. Not only that, but then he has the gall to accuse Democrats of being tax and spend politicians. After education and medicaid, prisons is the fasted growing and largest part of our state budget. If McDonnell succeeds in this election, you can rest assured that we will drown in prisoners.

Finally, the real reason we will never see transportation improvements in Northern Virginia is the Right to Work For Less law in Virginia. Although the statute has little direct effect on NoVA, it does have a drastic secondary effect here. Our work force in NoVA is mostly government employees or defense and other government contractors. The Work for Less law doesn't effect those two sectors and besides the government and contractors pay livable wages and provide adequate benefits.

But the rest of Virginia isn't so lucky. The rest of Virginia has the same lack of living standards as Mississippi, and for the same reason. They can't earn livable wages. This results in Richmond taking NoVA's taxes and spending them on the needs of the poorer area's of the state. The Work for Less law results in much lower salaries than those enjoyed in NoVA. Lower salaries means less income to afford middle class housing, so no middle class property taxes are collected to be used to produce schools at the same professional level as those enjoyed in NoVA. Lower salaries mean less income taxes for the state and less expendable income to purchase goods and services that generate sales taxes for the state. Less taxes from the poorer areas of the state result in the state having to take the necessary funds away from NoVA. Those funds should be providing the improvements we need to our transportation. With all the people moving into the area and more and more expansion of the Washington suburbs deeper into Virginia, our standard of living is suffering from the lack of taxes that we are generating but are going to the rest of the state.

Until these three problems see improvement, there will be no fixing the transportation problems here. It is an absolute certainty that the Republican team running for office will ever resolve these problems. All three have come out opposed to Virginians earning livable wages and adequate benefits through collective bargaining rights. Ken Cuccinelli is against collective bargaining for state public workers and all other workers in Virginia, even though it is legal for private employees to organize unions and collective bargain with their employers. Cuccinelli has also stated he has no intention of enforcing Virginia laws if elected our next Attorney General.