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Poop from the Pope

13 Jun

As the celebratory “Year of the Priest” draws to a close, the pope had this to say last Friday, June 11 :

“It was to be expected that this new radiance of the priesthood would not be pleasing to the ‘enemy,’” Benedict XVI said. “He would have rather preferred to see it disappear, so that God would ultimately be driven out of the world.”

The term “the enemy” is a traditional Catholic way of referring to the Devil. [From AP newswire.]

Translated from the traditional gobbledygook, the pope is saying the devil made the pedophile priests do it so people would turn their backs on God, who is represented on earth by the one, holy and apostolic Catholic Church.

If anyone knows about pedophiles in the church, it is Joseph Ratzinger (his real name, or  just-plain-Bennie), himself. From 1981 until his coronation in 2005, he was the Prefect of of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. The Congregation is a direct descendant of the Supreme Sacred Congregation of the Roman and Universal Inquisition, formed in 1542. [From Wikipedia]

Yes, that Inquisition, still alive and well today, rooting out evil and heresy wherever it is found. To believe that Bennie didn’t  know about the thousands of pervo peds within his ranks for twenty-one years is a crock of  pope poop. German hardliner that he is, it was his job as the Inquisitor to defrock these sickos—not play 52 card shuffle with them. But that, of course, would have tarnished the church’s impeccable image and cost a lot of silver coin.

Understandably, the thousands of victims of pedophile priests aren’t very happy.  Ruined lives, theft of innocence, and betrayal by a trusted adult cannot be dismissed and forgotten by such an idiotic inference by Commander-in-Chief  Ratzinger.

But still, people flock to his church like sheep.

I’m not one of them.

Posted from Chandler, Arizona June 13, 2010.

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Racism in Arizona: More Intrigue, Plot Thickens

3 Jun

On May 1o, 2010 I posted Arizona’s Law of Hate, providing documentation that the Bill signed into law, the “Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act”, is actually a free license for racial profiling and the denial of civil rights to those with brown-colored skin.

The next day, I posted Update: Arizona’s Law of Hatred, an editorial in The Washington Post by Phil Gordon, the Mayor of Phoenix, denouncing the law as “hateful” thanks to “political opportunists such as state Sen. Russell Pearce, the author of the legislation, and Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.”  (Maricopa County encompasses the majority of the Phoenix Metropolitan area.)

As it turns out, Pearce was not the author of the law,  but merely its sponsor in the State Legislature. In the May 31, 2010 print edition of The Arizona Republic newspaper (or the Republic of Arizona as I like to call it), the author was Kris Kobach, an immigration attorney from Topeka, Kansas.

Kris Kobach, a member of FAIR

Kobach, however, is not your garden variety attorney who helps immigrants with US work permits or attaining citizenship. On the contrary, he is a member of FAIR — the Federation for American Immigration Reform — an organization recently listed as a nativist hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

A May 10, 2010 article by John Hanna of the Associated Press had this to say:

Before the law was passed … Kobach spent several years consulting with its main sponsor [Pearce]. And he has a $300-an-hour contract to teach deputies in Maricopa County [Arpaio], which includes Phoenix, to enforce immigration policies. [Bold is mine]

Bill Straus, Regional Director of the Anti-Defamation League’s Arizona office, said in February 9, 2010 press release, which I have as a Microsoft Word document:

We find it absolutely outrageous that Sheriff Arpaio has chosen an individual with an obvious bias, who works on behalf of an anti-immigrant group to conduct training on immigration law and ethnic profiling. This shows that he is not serious about dealing with the concerns that have been raised about his tactics and treatment of immigrants.

Well isn’t this a cozy little bunch. I have shown that all three compadres (excuse me, gentlemen) have links to white supremacist or neo-Nazi groups. This is not immigration reform, but unabashed hatred of any human being who is not White.

Pearce isn’t finished, not by a long shot with a willing and compliant legislature and governor — a Republican governor whom we inherited after Democrat Janet Napolitano was tapped by the Obama administration for Director of Homeland Security. Napolitano kept Pearce in check by vetoing and shredding all his bills that sullied her desk. Jan Brewer, however, is a staunch supporter.

The last paragraph of The Arizona Republic’s “report” is totally outrageous:

Next year, Pearce has said, he will propose a measure that would make Arizona the first state to stop the practice of giving citizenship to children who are born to in the United States to illegal immigrant parents.  Ending the practice of granting citizenship to “anchor babies,” as they are sometimes called, is one of FAIR’s legislative goals and is supported by Kobach.

Never mind that immigration law is a federal matter; Pearce, Arpaio, and Kobach openly disregard it. And why shouldn’t they? The reaction so far from President Obama is a shaking of his head and his usual speechifying.

Period.

Posted from Chandler, Arizona, June 3, 2010.

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The Future American President?

23 May

Hot off the AP newswire:

“Sarah Palin says she remains a ‘big supporter of offshore drilling’ despite the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

But Palin also tells “Fox News Sunday” that oil companies need to be held accountable. The former Alaska governor suggests that drilling on land in places like the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is safer than trying to extract oil from beneath the ocean floor.”

Well, Sarah, which is it? Offshore or onshore??? Fox News, bastion of “Fair and Balanced Reporting”, naturally accepted both answers.

This video is a mash-up of the full (and lengthy) interviews available on YouTube, a nice little compilation of a woman who has absolutely no idea what she is talking about. I mean it is a sad day when she can’t even tell Katie Couric what magazines she reads.

But wait, Sarah fans, because there’s more to come! That is right my friends, she has “written” another book. Titled America by Heart : Reflections on Family, Faith, and Flag, it will be published by Harper Books on November 23, 2010—a full six months from today.

Here’s the claptrap from Amazon.com:

“Framed by her strong belief in the importance of family, faith, and patriotism, the book ranges widely over American history, culture, and current affairs, and reflects on the key values—both national and spiritual-that have been such a profound part of Governor Palin’s life and continue to inform her vision of America’s future. Written in her own refreshingly candid voice, AMERICA BY HEART will include selections from classic and contemporary readings that have moved her-from the nation’s founding documents to great speeches, sermons, letters, literature and poetry, biography, and even some of her favorite songs and movies. Here, too, are portraits of some of the extraordinary men and women she admires and who embody her deep love of country, her strong rootedness in faith, and her profound love and appreciation of family. She will also draw from personal experience to amplify these timely (and timeless) themes—themes that are sure to inspire her numerous fans and readers all across the country.”

Alaskan walrus poo. All this from a woman who does not (or cannot) read a magazine? There is no word yet on who actually wrote the book for her.

Does Palin have a chance of winning the Republican nomination for President to run against Obama? In this day and age, anything Kafkaesque is possible. And the “compassionate conservatives” love her because she is determined to abolish the separation of church and state.

Posted from Chandler, Arizona May 23, 2010

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A Tale of Two Countries

20 May

Britain in 2010 is not a happy country – too many divisions, inherent antagonisms, and ideological chasms divide the nation and make it a country that could be described as “being at war with itself”.

So says Margit Appleton in an editorial for MJB Times, titled Britain at War Chapter II.

I can’t speak for the veracity of MJB Times, but it makes little difference when I can replace “Britain” in the quote with “America” and end up with the same word-for-word meaning. Ever since the lies and cover-ups of Bush and Cheney, politics aren’t discussed in either polite or impolite circles at the risk of a black eye. And the chasm grows wider as Democrats (liberal) and Republicans (conservative) spend their time slinging barbs at each other.

Appleton:

Quite apart from the more obvious—and undoubtedly more pressing problems—like the enormous debt crisis,  the trade deficit, the war in Afghanistan, the problem of immigration etc., the Coalition government has its work cut out for itself.

Ditto Democrat Obama, who is closing in on 1½ years of his administration with little or nothing to show for it—and that with a Democratic majority in both houses of Congress. He’s managed to spend hundreds of billions of dollars bailing out rich banks and funding “wars”, both within the bailiwick of the Republicans, but his “massive health-care reform” package has yet to see the light of day.

But Mr. Obama has a terrific smile. Appleton writes,

[W]hen Nick Clegg and David Cameron announced their coalition government . . . friendly banter in the garden . . . [a] wave to Obama’s relaxed style was clearly intended.

Never mind that the political systems of th UK and US are quite different; it is the politicians who account for the sameness. They smile to your face, give you a glad-hand, make promises to placate you—and the moment you turn your back, they stab it.

Appleton concludes her editorial with pie-in-the-sky smarm:

Here’s hoping that the new Coalition government has it in them to finally create what a previous Prime Minister called “a nation at ease with itself”.

Don’t make me cry. How can a Coalition possibly solve serious domestic problems? How can Obama solve serious domestic problems when his own Party is in disarray and does not support him?

The answer is obvious. In a tale of two countries, neither one of them can.

Posted from Chandler, Arizona May 20, 2o1o

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No Suicides Allowed

14 May

“Thousands of soldiers, their bald eagle shoulder patches lined up row upon row across the grassy field, stood at rigid attention to hear a stern message from their commander.

“Brig[adier] Gen[eral] Stephen Townsend addressed the 101st Airborne Division with military brusqueness: Suicides at the post had spiked after soldiers started returning home from war, and this was unacceptable.

” ‘It’s bad for soldiers, it’s bad for families, bad for your units, bad for this division and our Army and our country and it’s [sic] got to stop now,’ he insisted. ‘Suicides on Fort Campbell [Kentucky] have to stop now.’ “

I quote an article written on April 24, 2010 by Kristen M. Hall of the Associated Press. She goes on to tell the story of twenty-one-year-old Adam Kuligowski upon his return from Afghanistan. Adam loved the Army and his job, but he became increasingly depressed and angry. Finally,

“Adam wrote a note telling his dad, [Mike], ‘Sorry to be a disappointment.’ Then he shot himself inside a bathroom stall with his rifle.

“When the Army closed their investigation into the soldier’s suicide, his father said an investigator told him that Adam’s problem was that he was unable to conform to a military lifestyle. Mike Kuligowski did receive a personal note from the general who was commanding the division at the time: ‘We don’t know why this happened,’ he wrote.

“Kuligowski was not appeased. ‘It reminds me that officers know absolutely nothing about the plights of the soldiers who are under their command,’ he said. ‘What kind of leadership is that?’ “

Off the top of my head and in one word, I would say typical.

The plight of these soldiers was called “shell shock” in WWI. In WWII and Korea, it was called “battle fatigue.” Since Vietnam, the psychiatric diagnosis is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD. But disregarding the labels, the symptoms are the same and have been around for a long, long time—perhaps from the beginning of war itself.  For military leaders and investigators to scratch their heads over the increase in suicides is ludicrous, and General Townsend’s proclamation “to stop now” is way beyond asinine.

But according to Hall’s article, Fort Campbell is responding to the crisis.

“The number of patients being treated at the behavioral health clinic has increased by 60 percent,from 25,400 in 2008 to nearly 40,000 in 2009. To handle the expanded need, they’ve also increased the number of counselors in that clinic to 60 last year, compared to 36 in 2008. In all, Fort Campbell has about 100 counselors, some of whom work in areas like social work, family advocacy, substance abuse and children’s behavioral health.”

If all 100 counselors worked directly with the patients, that would equal a caseload of 400 men and women each. Since some of the counselors work in other areas, that makes the caseload even higher. It cannot be done, especially if proper charting (case write-ups) is required and if meetings are frequent (the military bureaucrats live for meetings to justify their existence).

We train our soldiers to defend our country from a hostile invasion. We train them in all types of weaponry, to kill to protect the civilian populace. And then we send them to fourth-world countries like Iraq and Afghanistan that don’t want them there in the first place, and our soldiers kill to protect themselves from an enemy they cannot distinguish from a non-enemy. Amid the chaos they see atrocities no human should ever have to witness, including the bombing of innocent children and infants.

Eventually the soldiers come home and are discharged from service. Most of them adjust to their old lives again, but many don’t—the ones who need help.

As someone whom I can’t remember said, “We make them into killing machines, but unfortunately there is no ‘off’ switch.”

Posted from Chandler, Arizona May 14, 2010

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Update: Arizona’s Law of Hatred

11 May

On August 24, 2010 Phil Gordon, the Democatic Mayor of the City of Phoenix since 2004, wrote a column in the Washington Post denouncing the anti-immigration law as “ugly” and “discriminatory”. Five days later, Republican Governor Jan Brewer signed the Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act into law.

Interesting to me is this quote from Gordon’s column:

“Our state is frustrated. We have become ground zero in the battle over illegal immigration because of years of lapsed federal border security. This week that frustration exploded, thanks to hateful political opportunists such as state Sen. Russell Pearce, the author of the legislation, and Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who is already under investigation by the federal Justice Department for alleged violations of civil rights.

Pearce and Arpaio — two men who are to Arizona law enforcement what George Wallace was to Alabama government — care less about capturing human smugglers and drug cartel gunmen than they do about capturing headlines. And in a state with a far-right legislature that is increasingly out of step with an increasingly moderate population, they’re also out of step with the rules of basic civility.” [Bold is mine]

Posted from Chandler, Arizona, May 11, 2010

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Arizona’s Law of Hatred

10 May

Mami is a Mexican-American. Not just an American, but an American with a qualifier: Mexican. The Great Melting Pot has been showing cracks similar to those in the Liberty Bell for a long time, but now a sledgehammer is making some very serious dents in it.

A sledgehammer blow came on Thursday night, April 29, 2010 when Governor Jan Brewer signed an Act “Relating to unlawfully present aliens”. (The full text of the Act is here in .pdf format.) On the last page of the law it says, “This act may be cited as the ‘Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act’”.

Horse manure. Here is the kicker in the Act that gives Arizona lawmen the ability to violate a U.S. citizen’s civil rights:

“For any lawful contact made by a law enforcement official or agency of this state or a county, city, town or other political subdivision of this state where reasonable suspicion exists that the person is an alien who is unlawfully present in the United States, a reasonable attempt shall be made, when practicable, to determine the immigration status of the person.”

The bolding is mine because these terms are wide open to interpretation both on the street and in a courtroom. Explain to me, for example, what “Beyond a reasonable doubt” means when a judge is instructing a jury. Few, if any, understand it, and that includes yours truly.

Because Mami’s skin color is brown, she is a prime candidate for what boils down to search and seizure of her person. I don’t have to worry about it, though, because my skin color is a sickly, pasty white. This could change sometime in the future, however, if I refuse to salute the neo-Nazi flag.

J.T. Ready, on the left, with Russell Pearce, author of the Immigration Law.

This is where the hatred part comes in. State Representative Russell Pearce, who authored the new law, is a friend of J.T. Ready, who in turn is one of Arizona’s leading neo-Nazis. According to an article on Crooks and Liars.com, “At a June [2010] anti-illegal demonstration at the state Capitol, Ready and Pearce worked the crowd arm-in-arm.”

J.T. Ready, second from the right in the suit, at a neo-Nazi rally in Omaha, Nebraska in 2007.

A report in the Phoenix New Times on September 9, 2007, had this to say about Ready:

“For anyone who’s doubted J.T.’s National Socialist bona fides, especially after he outed himself on NewSaxon.com, the neo-Nazi MySpace, his participation in this rally is about as blatant as it gets.”

Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Arizona.

Add another hate-monger to the group: Sheriff Joe Arpaio is noted for his unannounced “sweeps” of suspected undocumented immigrants in suspected businesses and drop houses. So unannounced that local police departments are not informed and have no idea what illegal activity by the Sheriff’s Department is going on in their own jurisdictions.

U.S.A. founder Rusty Childress with Sheriff Joe, inside the MCSO’s taped-off command post on March 21, 2008.

Does Arpaio have ties to neo-Nazi groups? Yes. Arpaio is friends with Rusty Childress, founder of USA, “United for a Sovereign America”. When pressed by the New Phoenix Times in an exhaustive report on May 14, 2009, Arpaio  said, “Childress is a good guy”.

I have barely touched the tip of a filthy iceberg.  As I was researching this post one link would lead to another link, immersing me in some very dark and sick corners of the Internet. If you have been following dates of photos and articles, the hatred of our elected officials for those of Latino heritage has been around much longer than the law that purports to be about supporting law enforcement and making our neighborhoods safe.  What we have, in effect, is a go to jail free card for anyone with brown skin without any Federal interference.

Criticism of the state of Arizona is more than justified, but don’t be fooled. The state of Texas is considering a similar law, and White Supremacist groups thrive in every state of America. For a country that did not recognize black-skinned people as equal humans until 1964,  it appears that we are regressing rather than progressing.

Posted from Chandler, Arizona, May 1o, 2o1o

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