Saturday, May 12, 2012

Tony Perkins: Tool

Evangelical leader, Tony Perkins, has once again proven to be a "tool" of the highest order and an arrogant ass by asserting on National Television, his children would never be gay because "he taught them the right way".  The take away from this, by logical means, if you have a gay person in your family; son, daughter, aunt, uncle, friend, or any other...the were raised the wrong way by you or your family.  Whereas Tony Perkins is perfect, you are are low on the scale of parenthood because you have a gay son or daughter.  Are you listening, Dick Cheney, you raised your child WRONG according to Tony Perkins, therefore she has "the gay".

All of this discussion, as you know, has been generated from President Obama's declaration earlier in the week the he supports same sex marriage.  Why this is so shocking in this day and age is beyond me, after all, it's not like same sex marriage does not work.  Research shows it works better.

In fact, child sexual abuse rates are dramatically lower in those identified as gay or lesbian.

It's time we treat all Americans equally.  Black, White, Hispanic, Gay, Lesbian, Handicapped, people different than us.  It took me almost 50 years to realize that old, white  men were not doing anything socially or politically that helped me.  I also realized I have been lied to all my life about what makes a sound marriage and loving family.

Back on the political note, Mitt Romney is out "appeasing" Southern Evangelicals today, doing what he does best, and telling people what they want to hear, whether he believes it or not..

I wish you success in your journey.

peace,
@mike57buck

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Deconstructing Bagley, a Great Utah Treasure: Faux Truth or Fox Lies?

Let us start with the political satire of one Pat Bagley, Editorial Cartoonist extraordinaire of the Salt Lake Tribune.
Fox "Facts"

Now for the deconstruction: (The word fact will be played with in a fast and loose fashion in this edition.)

Fox Fact 1. "Illegals are overrunning America"
Truth: The number of illegal aliens in the US under Obama is down.

Fox Fact 2: "Obama is taxing us to death."
Truth: Taxes are lower under Obama than Republican hero President Reagan.

Fox Fact 3: "America is broke."
Truth: America is very wealthy.

Fox Fact 4: "We have the best health care in the World."
Truth: Pssst! We are ranked 37th in the World behind countries like Norway and Chile.

Fox Fact 5: "Lazy, poor people are the cause of our bad economy."
Truth: Wall Street and the Uber-rich caused the recession.

Fox Fact 6: "Cartoonist Pat Bagley is Socialist."
Truth: Fox News Chief, Roger Ailes is a former Republican Media Strategist.

There you have it, the blog post that wrote itself.  If you want more funny and insightful political cartoons, "Like" Pat Bagley's Facebook page., you'll be glad you did.

Peace,
@mike57buck

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Carpal Edition

*Disclaimer:
Hello again, it's been a while since I've bugged you.  I recently had carpal tunnel surgery and really haven't felt much like typing.  I don't recommend you get carpal tunnel surgery unless you lose your grip strength to the point of not being able to hold a cup of coffee.  I'm typing this as I hold my big mug of coffee, so yay, it worked...and no pain.

A lot has happened in the world of politics lately, hasn't it?  Possibly the biggest event was when Rick Santorum dropped from the Presidential race.  Personally, I'm glad this little moral Nazi is out of the picture.  He forced Mitt Romney's political tone so far right it nearly tore Romney in half.  I think our political weeding out process is actually working in the fact it has given us two candidates who are actually fairly close to the center of most American's values and beliefs.  Luckily we aren't talking about a Republican candidate who is borderline crazy, I mean, really; Michele  Bachmann, Herman Cain, Rick Perry or Newt Gingrich???

Romney survived the push back for the Evangelical Right, who downright hate him, and he and his war chest of money outlasted the very odd little Rick Santorum, whom I sure believes every sperm is sacred.

The latest "non" controversy has been over some bone headed remarks by a Democratic Strategist who was trying to make a point about Mitt Romney's wife, Ann, being a poor spokesmen for working women...and managed to imply that raising children is not really a "job".  Those of us who have seen mom's in action know that is all falls under the heading of bullshit, and I'm happy to say that President Obama and all his top people jumped on this and disavowed Hillary Rosen's less than thoughtful comment.


So in conclusion, I'm back to work, I have two nice pretty scars healing up, I'm still sore, but I feel well enough to bug you again on my blog.

Peace,
@mike57buck

Thursday, March 22, 2012

The Boy Scout Lies, or How I Flashed Back to My Etch a Sketch Childhood

Mitt Romney lies.  This isn't a political commentary or my personal opinion.  Romney, for better or worse, has been born into the dispensation of YouTube, 24 hour news and Internet omniscience.  I wish I could say it plainer, or explain it better than Rachel Maddow, but then again, she is a Rhodes Scholar and I am....not.

Romney, somewhat of an icon here in Utah because of his smart management of the 2002 Winter Olympics, has a mostly pristine image in the Beehive State.  But the fact remains, as well documented, he lies.  Ironically it is not so much the Obama-Democratic political machine that is damning him with this label, but his own political party allies.  What is so damning is that so many of the Romney lies (or flip-flops) are documented on video and easily accessed by the mass media, or by you and I on the Internet.

While Romney, and for that matter, all Republicans are skewering President Obama for his escalation of Government spending, the facts of the matter say this...it is a big, FAT lie:

As for me, I want the facts.  I like charts and graphs over opinions.  I think the case can be made that President Obama is far from the socialist spending freak they like to paint him as on Fox News.  

I think the facts say otherwise.
I think the economy is recovering from 2008's recession, the worst of my lifetime, pretty well.  Not great....but hey...
I think if Obama had the foresight to marry in a Christian Church, have his daughters baptized in a Christian Church and profess his Christian faith, then maybe, just maybe, many people are being lied to when some try to infer he is Muslim.

All I want are facts.

Peace,

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Why is there a War on Women?

Why does it seem, Republicans are waging a war on women?  It is costing Rick (don't google) Santorum many, may votes in his bid to run for the Presidency.  It is turning women of all political persuasion to be more likely to vote for President Obama in the 2012 election. The GOP plows forward, with Rick (don't Google) Santorum leading the way.

Let's start with this simple argument.  No one LIKES abortion.  No one even remotely likes abortion.  Not one single politician in our fair Country if FOR abortion.  Agreed?  For the most part, we just don't want our tax dollars to pay for this personal choice issue and even my very repressive upbringing taught me to believe abortion in the case of "rape or incest" was morally OK.

Now the single biggest remedy for abortion, the medicine which will prevent abortion and the medicine that many women take for reasons OTHER than abortion is under attack.  In 2010 the Tea Party swept many members into positions of leaderships on the the idea they would reduce taxes, stimulate the economy and create jobs.

They promptly went out and started a war on women with legislation on war on women's health.

Let's say you know someone with a disease. a particularly insidious disease that only affects women.  Say the major medicine effective in keeping this disease at bay, at keeping this disease from harming the one you love is...the pill!


The what does Rush Limbaugh's rant on Sandra Fluke was an all out assault on the women or woman you may love because, goddammit, they take the pill.

Well let me tell you, POCS is a real disease, it affects real women.  Moms, sisters, daughters and wives...it is real.

Well, when I hear Rush Limbaugh call that young female law student a slut for sticking up for a friend with POCS, it isn't about government funding, it is about being human.

Rush Limbaugh barely qualifies as human.  Rush is a fat drug addict.  If you listen to Rush Limbaugh you either hate women, or are quite f-ing thick.

Peace
@mike57buck

PS.

10. Laws against abortion do not stop abortion; they simply make it less safe. The number of women who get abortions does not change when it goes from being legal to illegal, or vice versa. The only thing that changes is more women die. Every year, 78,000 women die from unsafe abortions.
9. If people want to stop abortion, they should turn to methods that do work. These include comprehensive sex education and safe, affordable contraceptives. Unfortunately, as illogical as it sounds, the people who are most against abortion are also often most against these preventative measures. If they truly wanted to reduce the number of abortions that occur, they would embrace these methods.
8. The politicians “pro-lifers” so ardently support are only after one thing: self-interest.The majority of them are not “pro-life” because they agree with you; they are because they know you will continue to vote for them—and they know that making women remain pregnant not only takes away their power, but it also keeps them busy, in line, controlled, as well as a baking factory for their failing economy. The more people they have to rule over, the more they have to work and buy. Period.
7. Religious ideology is no foundation for any law. Freedom of religion is guaranteed to any citizen in the United States; so why would the beliefs and values of one religion mandate actual laws for all citizens? It would be unfair, unjust and immoral. We do not have laws against eating fish, nor do we have laws that declare it is legal to sell one’s daughter, rape someone, or keep a person as a slave—all things that are promoted in religious text.
6. Reproductive restrictions do not end with abortion. Many people also argue that contraception itself is wrong—another mainly-religious philosophy—and will deny women the protection they need based on this belief. There are legislative acts that allow actual pharmacists to deny women their birth control because of their beliefs; does this not violate the Hippocratic Oath, especially if thousands of women are on birth control because their very lives depend on it (see #2)? Also, since it is my belief that men should not rape women, if I were a pharmacist, would I have a right to deny a man his Viagra just in case he uses it to rape? You never know.
5. Most people who are against abortion will never even become pregnant. If a law would never, in any circumstance, apply to a man, a man creating that law is preposterous. It is akin to men creating laws that ban women from voting, owning property, or showing skin in public—only much more deadly.
4. Women who are raped or victims of incest should not be forced to carry out a pregnancy. Odds are that 1 in 3 women will be victims of sexual violence in her lifetime. Does this mean that 33% of all women should be forced to carry out a pregnancy from this violation? Considering how many people are killed during childbirth (see #2), should we allow this further risk to endured on top of what has already been done?
Many would argue that these women could endure the pregnancy, spending nearly a year of her life simply re-living the rape and its effects over and over again, to give up a baby at the end of it for adoption. However, we all are aware of the fact that there are millions of unwanted children awaiting adoption as we speak who remain unclaimed; in fact, UNICEF estimates that there are 210 million orphans in the world right now. If they have no one willing to be their parent or guardian, why would another baby have a better chance?
My theory is that people who spend so much time, energy, and money on anti-abortion campaigns should instead spend it on the precious children they say need saving so much—the ones who are alive and parentless. Imagine if all the funds spent on all those billboards and flyers and campaigns were instead either spent adopting or donating to places that are overrun with orphaned children… perhaps some actual credibility would be given to these people who claim to love children so much.
Also, there is the fact of the matter of the more than one million homeless youth in America alone. The number one factor for a child being homeless is physical or sexual abuse at home. Perhaps these “child-lovers” should step in and care for these already-born children as well.
3. Reproductive choice can be the only thing that stands between a woman and poverty.There is a reason that the 1 billion poorest people on the planet are female. In sub-Saharan Africa and west Asia, women typically have five to six children, which leaves them powerless to provide for not only their own families, but themselves.
2. Reproductive choice can be the only thing that stands between a woman and DEATH.Women who face deadly consequences of a pregnancy deserve to choose to live. Teen girls, whose bodies are not yet ready for childbirth, are five times more likely to die. Not only do 70,000 girls ages 15-19 die each year from pregnancy and childbirth, but the babies that do survive have a 60% higher chance of dying as well.
During my own pregnancy—which had been unexpected though joyful up to this point—I was horrified to learn that I had preeclampsia only 25 weeks in. While they were able to save both my daughter and me, she was born at 1 pound, three months premature, and was a medical miracle. Most babies at that weight do not survive; and if they do, they suffer severe complications—as do the mothers, including myself. I was then informed that my risk of it happening all over again was extremely high, and that if there were a next time I may not be so lucky. I am fortunate to have access to birth control, but many women—especially young ones—do not. Preeclampsia alone affects 10 to 15% of all women! There are hundreds of other complications that arise besides preeclampsia that can, and will, result in death as well.>
1. Doctors, not governments, should always be the people to make medical recommendations and opinions. Would you allow the government to tell you if you could have a kidney transplant or a blood transfusion? Of course not. The fact that we evenconsider, let alone allow, governments to regulate a medical procedure is both illogical and foolish.


PPS. Link

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Rush Caves In, Sorta', His non-apology-apology

After sponsors started dropping the Rush Limbaugh show like a bad habit, the drug addict Limbaugh finally caved in and issued a very tepid, ingenious apology to Sandra Fluke.  As one of my old time reasonable conservative "Radio Voices", Paul Harvey, would say..."you can't un-ring a bell".

As many have observed, Rush saying he used a "poor choice of words" is weak tea.  Hardly anyone is buying it and the cultural media, such as twitter is still banging the #boycottrush theme.

As for me, I will continue to boycott the sponsors of the Rush Limbaugh radio hate show because a hit to the wallet is the only thing this clown understands.
 
Peace
@mike57buck

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Time to Boycott Rush

It is going to be very difficult to write this blog because of my emotion.  Rush Limbaugh has gone beyond the pale of good taste and reason to vilify and intimidate this intelligent, sweet, well-spoken young lady attending the prestigious Georgetown University.

It's time to boycott Rush Limbaugh's sponsors on whatever radio station you wish for this comment on his radio show..

I've had it.  It's time to hit Rush where it hurts.  I mean besides taking away his painkillers.  It's time to boycott the sponsors who pay Limbaugh's salary..  Here is a list of his sponsors.

I will repeat the deal I have as my current FB status: If you will quit lying about Democrats, I will quit telling the truth about Republicans.  I stole that from Adlai Stevenson.  Apologies to Adlai.  It's time to end the war on women's health.  If you are a woman and vote Republican then you will get what you deserve.  Welcome to 1957.

Peace,
@mike57buck