Rick Santorum’s ‘Gifts from God’

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Mr. Stupid Runs For Senate

In a party chock full of assorted lamebrains and knuckleheads, Republican ex-Rep. Pete Hoekstra of Michigan stands out as someone ‘special.’  I’ve seen him speak on television:  the man is founding-fathers-were-all-Christian-zealots, liberals-caused-the-Bush-2008-crash, Sharron-Angle dumb.  Now he’s cranking out racially-tinged and asinine TV ads in an attempt to snare the GOP nomination to run against US Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI).  I hope he gets it; Stabenow’s reelection will then be secured.  Here, Funny or Die lampoons Hoektra’s hokey ad:

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Scenes from a Republican America: Birth Control Pills

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Today’s Music: “Shake, Rattle and Roll”

Big Joe “Boss of the Blues” Turner was a Kansas City blues belter who started out in the 1920’s at the age of 12 playing in K.C. dives and, by the ’30’s and ’40’s, was performing with a whole host of top jazz entertainers, including Art Tatum and Count Basie, but didn’t have a really big hit of his own until he was 43 with “Shake, Rattle and Roll.”  The 1954 release is credited by some as being the true beginning of rock and roll, but others, like Louis Jordan and Ike Turner (no relation), beat Big Joe to that distinction.  Moreover, since it was still the segregated ’50’s, it took Bill Haley and His Comets’ even-bigger-hit version of the tune to really put Big Joe on the map. During the 1960s, Turner returned to jazz for a while, but remerged in the ’70s as a blues singer sought after for blues festivals and the like.  He passed in 1985, leaving behind quite a legacy, even among those rockers who don’t realize they were influenced by Big Joe.  BTW, he earned his nickname honestly, as he stood over 6-feet tall and weighed more than 300 lbs.

Here’s Bill Haley’s cleaned-up version of the tune:

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Bill Hicks’ Last Words, Written Feb. 7, 2012

{Republished from Fishink, August 28, 2011]

Bill Hicks wasn’t a stand-up comic like Jerry Seinfeld, and he didn’t tell jokes; he used spike-in-the-eye satire to make his philosophical points, and he told the raw truth as he saw it, which didn’t make him popular in the American mass media. If he had lived (he died of cancer in 1994 at the age of 32), he would have been having a field day with the upside-down Bizarro World farce this country has become, and he’d no doubt be wildly popular on cable TV, the Internet and You Tube. Two hundred years from now, when the empty, glib comic-club ‘media safe’ comedians have all been forgotten, Bill will probably have some cockeyed religion named after him, which would entertain him to no end. (“Hickism — WTF?!? They couldn’t do better than that?! What — do they wear greasy overalls and smoke corncob pipes at the services?”) Hopefully, his future acolytes won’t twist his words to justify violence, greed and ignorance, as have the followers of other religions too obvious to mention. Here’s a quote, followed by a video of one of my favorite rants of Bill’s on advertising, and his final letter written just before he died. Genius is a word tossed around too freely these days to describe people who barely deserve to be called competent but, in Bill’s case, it’s thrown in the right direction.

“I had a vision of a way we could have no enemies ever again, if you’re interested in this. Anybody interested in hearing this?
“It’s kind of an interesting theory, and all we have to do is make one decisive act and we can rid the world of all our enemies at once.
“Here’s what we do. You know all that money we spend on nuclear weapons and defense every year?
“Trillions of dollars.
“Instead, if we spent that money feeding and clothing the poor of the world, which it would pay for many times over, not one human being excluded … not one … we could as one race explore inner and outer space together in peace, forever.”
– Bill Hicks

“On February 7th, 1994, Bill wrote his last words to the world:

‘I was born William Melvin Hicks on December 16, 1961 in Valdosta, Georgia. Ugh. Melvin Hicks from Georgia. Yee Har! I already had gotten off to life on the wrong foot. I was always “awake,” I guess you’d say. Some part of me clamoring for new insights and new ways to make the world a better place.

‘All of this came out years down the line, in my multitude of creative interests that are the tools I now bring to the Party. Writing, acting, music, comedy. A deep love of literature and books. Thank God for all the artists who’ve helped me. I’d read these words and off I went – dreaming my own imaginative dreams. Exercising them at will, eventually to form bands, comedy, more bands, movies,anything creative. This is the coin of the realm I use in my words – Vision.

‘On June 16, 1993 I was diagnosed with having “liver cancer that had spread from the pancreas.” One of life’s weirdest and worst jokes imaginable. I’d been making such progress recently in my attitude, my career and realizing my dreams that it just stood me on my head for a while. “Why me!?” I would cry out, and “Why now!?”

‘Well, I know now there may never be any answers to those particular questions, but maybe in telling a little about myself, we can find some other answers to other questions. That might help our way down our own particular paths, towards realizing my dream of New Hope and New Happiness. Amen.

‘I left in love, in laughter, and in truth and wherever truth, love and laughter abide, I am there in spirit.’

“On Saturday, February 26th, 1994, Bill died. He was 32.”
– From the Bill Hicks website.

“Bill’s comedy (despite his own claims to the contrary) was not about hate or pessimism. Bill was an unabashed optimist. He believed that most people were good at heart but evil forces were deliberately distracting us all from creating a better world using television, lies, tobacco and alcohol as opiates. Bill felt a revolution of thought was coming and that it was his duty, as an emissary of the truth, to bring whatever light he could to anyone who would listen. This blunt, straightforward expression of these ideas could cause clashes with less enlightened, unsuspecting audiences. The result was sometimes dangerous; Bill had his ankle broken and a gun was pointed at him on stage. Despite these experiences, he refused to compromise his material and soldiered on.”
– Ibid.

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The Republican Trilemma

Anyone with a realistic eye has observed the Republican Party’s devolution over the past 40 years from a serious political organization to a risible collection of deluded theocrats and dimwitted bigots led by sharp-eyed bunco artists exploiting the first two groups to expand the power and enhance the wealth of the third.  In fact, the GOP has now taken on all of the ugly tyrannical features of the USSR under Stalin, replacing iron-fisted Communism with a jumbled and jingoistic version of authoritarian Christianity. This ‘Republican Trilemma’ can best be expressed by the chart below, based on the Žižek Trilemma:

As we can see from the chart, it is impossible to combine honesty, support of the Republican Party agenda, and intelligence in one person. As the Wikipedia entry for the Žižek Trilemma notes: “Of the three features—personal honesty, sincere support of the regime and intelligence—it was possible to combine only two, never all three. If one was honest and supportive, one was not very bright; if one was bright and supportive, one was not honest; if one was honest and bright, one was not supportive.”

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Today’s Quotes: Epicurus

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Fox Lies When Called on Its ‘Christian Values’ Hypocrisy By Obama

It’s painful to laugh this hard, but when Fox News, owned by an immoral old viper like Rupert Murdoch, damns Obama for quoting Jesus while letting innumerable Republican pinheads use their screwy idea of Christianity to push peevish hatreds, inane intolerances and closet racism, the Fox hypocrisy reaches such an immense, massive, unimaginable proportion that you just have to go with the discomfort and roll in the aisle holding your sides.  BTW, most of what Steve ‘Squatch’ Crowder says in this video is either an outright lie or sleazy distortion, as if you needed a link to know that.  It’s possible the cagey mind-gamer Obama may succeed in turning the Christopublicans against Christianity — after all, they can’t follow anything Obama believes in, can they?  Oh, wait — they’ve already done that all by themselves.

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Today’s Quote: Hypocrite

But ‘hypocrite’ isn’t really strong enough for what’s going on in politics today.

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Despite Its Reversal on Planned Parenthood, Let’s Run Komen Out of Business

The Susan G. Komen Foundation’s approach to curing breast cancer has always seemed to me slightly annoying, in the Avon ‘sell-a-thon’ style — ‘fun runs,’ pink ribbons everywhere, relentless marketing — but, I figured like many, if it’s for a good cause, then so be it. Now that we know trogs like ex-Bush spokes-liar Ari Fleischer are deep and thick with the people who run Komen such as Nancy Brinker, its director, and he secretly vetted the hiring of top officials of the organization, I think it’s time to run Komen out of the business. They seem to care more about their dumb events, marketing ploys and sticking their snout into politics, such as the recent but short-lived war against Planned Parenthood, than curing breast cancer. Here, Nona Willis Aronowitz at Good.is informs us of five different ways to donate money to breast cancer research and give the misbegotten Komen Foundation the pink slip:

If you’re pissed off, show it with your dollars—even if you can only part with a few of them. And afterwards, be sure to tell the Komen Foundation where your money went.

Donate to Planned Parenthood. The obvious choice is to compensate for what Planned Parenthood has lost. The organization received $680,000 from Susan G. Komen last year alone, and virtually every dollar was used for breast exams. That leaves a gaping hole in their funding. Help fill it here (and make sure to mark it “for breast cancer screenings”).

Support a breast cancer organization with some integrity. Not every organization will sell out women’s health to please anti-abortion rights legislators. Some anti-cancer advocacy groups make their feminist messages explicit and central. Breast Cancer Action, the National Breast Cancer Coalition, and the Women’s Community Cancer Project are three that have genuinely feminist roots.

Help the women the Komen Foundation has ignored. Awareness isn’t enough—some women just can’t afford breast cancer screenings. Women of color and poor women will be hurt most by the foundation’s decision. Donating to places like the African American Breast Cancer Alliance or Black Women’s Health Imperative will help these women get the medical attention they need.

Prop up a pro-choice, pro-woman organization. A strike against Planned Parenthood is a strike against women’s health in general. If breast cancer is too specific a cause for you, donate to a women-centered organization that provides crucial sex and health information, like Our Bodies, Ourselves or the National Women’s Health Network.

Support your local women’s clinic. Planned Parenthood is the most ubiquitous group of health clinics in the country, but there are other local women’s health clinics that provide breast exams, and they’re likely struggling even more. Places like the Chicago Women’s Health Center or the Cedar River Clinics could really use some cash, too. Or donate to your local abortion fund—access to a safe abortion may be more of a political lightning rod than breast cancer screenings, but it’s no less essential.

Read the rest here.

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