By Reverend Hothoneywater, Special Correspondent
Here are some protesters who know how to handle the insane folks from Topeka, Kansas’ Westboro Baptist Church. Westboro Baptist is the home of rabidly anti-gay, anti-Catholic, anti-Jew, Anti-Muslim, anti-Protestant, anti-soldier, anti-Italian, anti-… well, you get the picture. Apparently, they are even Anti-Baptist (no lie) and their views are rejected by all known Baptist organizations. Let’s face it, you’ve got to be pretty reactionary to have your fellow-Baptists reject you!
Congregants of Westboro Baptist dearly love to “spread the word of God’s hate” by disrupting funerals of gays & soldiers by picketing with signs reminding us that “God hates fags!” and other such sentiments. By the way, the soldier-hate is because they are serving the immoral, faggot-loving United States. Heck, they picketed the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. because “Jews are the real Nazis.” They even showed-up to try and ruin the funeral of Mr. Fred Rogers. What can you expect from a group who once recorded a song titled, “God Hates the World.”
It seems that the Westboro flakes announced their intention to spoil the San Diego comic book convention. Why? I guess it’s what Jesus would do. Anyway, the brave souls of Comic-Con weren’t intimidated; they stood their ground and joined the protest, carrying their own signs proclaiming thoughts such as “All Glory to the Hypno-Toad.”
I have no doubt the infiltrators confused the heck out of the Westboro Baptist kooks. Here is a tactic that I hope to see used more against the right-wing nuts in the future.
By Reverend Hothoneywater, Special Correspondent
The Bible many “Christians” spend time thumping but little time reading says:
“If a man shuts his ears to the cry of the poor, he too will cry out and not be answered.” (Proverbs 21:13)
Congressman Alan Grayson, of Florida’s 8th District (location of DisneyWorld), has told it like it is about Republicans & their attitude toward the jobless victims of economic depression. It is the sort of thing President Obama & every Democrat should be saying in public every day, on every news program, in every newspaper, and all over the internet. It is the sort of think every church, synagogue, & mosque in the nation should be reminding their congregations every week. Watch the video here.
Now Mr. Grayson is no pauper himself. He is a millionaire. But he has not forgotten his upbringing as a poor boy in Bronx, New York. And he nails it when he paints his Republican colleagues as unable to relate to those without jobs facing financial hardship:
“They’re thinking why don’t they just sell some stock . If they’re in really dire straits, maybe they could take some of their art collection and send it off to the auctioneer. And if they’re in deep, deep trouble maybe these unemployed can sell one of their yachts.”
This is a speech that Franklin Roosevelt would have been proud to give.
I got on Rep. Grayson’s website to email him my thanks. Its says due to the volume of email he gets, he only accepts mail from his Florida constituents. So I phoned his Wash DC office & spoke to a very courteous & happily surprised receptionist.
I encourage you to call with your support for this brave man. Phone 202-225-2176.
If you can, send him a contribution; he’s running for reelection & we need his kind in Congress.
Over these past few years, Myrtle & I have taken to speculating just what is wrong with most people anymore:
The nation disintegrates while they sit on their behinds, more interested in who wins Dancing with the Stars or some other such drivel than how their quality of life & liberty are under attack. Huge numbers of them display self-absorption to the point of derangement, no in-depth thinking skills, and cultural memory-failure akin to amnesiacs.
Every venture out on our motorways has become a heart-in-the-mouth experience. Drivers seem unable to operate their horseless carriages in a safe & courteous manner. They veer over the center line for no discernible reason; race up to stop signs & red lights at full speed, only applying brakes at the last possible second, many times with the front-end of their vehicle sticking part-way out into the adjoining street; more than a few actually seem unaware that they are behind the wheel of an automobile.
Driving through a parking lot or any area with foot traffic calls for special vigilance. Pedestrians mosey out in front of one’s car with the obliviousness of cattle. They appear totally unaware of the damage that could be done to them by a 3,000 lb. car as they waddle into the path of potential destruction, not even bothering to look left or right before stepping-out.
I could go on and on. But I’m sure you’ve experienced all this and more. Well, here’s an item that might help explain a lot of our citizens’ befuddled thinking. Our drinking water is so loaded with pharmaceuticals, hormones, chemicals, and other nasty things that America’s brains are muddied beyond coherence. This article deals with the Ohio River but I have no doubt the same applies to every other waterway in the U.S. of A.
I’m taking a few minutes out from my frantic year-long job search to comment on a few things.
Wall Street’s crooked gambling casino that we in America call “the market” was pleased that new unemployment claims dropped this past week to “only” 429,000. Meanwhile, the millionaires’ club a.k.a. the Senate failed to help the long-term unemployed. And by the end of July we will have 3,000,000 jobless who have lost their unemployment payments. Well… that is 3,000,000 minus the half-dozen or so who will manage to find jobs by then.
As many of you know, under America’s system of measurement one can be jobless & not be counted as “unemployed.” “Unemployed” is a term that only applies to those who are eligible for unemployment benefits. Our government is seeking to solve the “unemployment” problem by simply making millions of jobless ineligible for unemployment. To borrow a punchline from Russian comedian Yakov Smirnoff, “What a country!”
No, I do not believe government is inherently evil. But government run by the bunch we have as “leaders” sure is.
Here is a “report” (and I use the term loosely) from an Ohio newspaper that could have been ghost-written by one of those millionaire Senators who hate the unemployed. It is a perfect example of why thinking people have abandoned the mainstream media. In case you cannot find my comment below the article, here is what I wrote in reply to this atrocious pablum:
” Wow! Was this article written by someone in the employ of a right-wing think-tank? The only way this article could be more one-sided & damaging to the unemployed is if the following sentences were removed:
“Still, Durant supports extending unemployment benefits. “It’s still the right thing to do, because it’s bad out there,” she said.
“Even critics of the unemployment extensions agree that nobody’s getting rich off of unemployment benefits.”
Otherwise it is filled with ridiculous & unfounded charges against the jobless that the hack reporter never questions nor counter-balances in any way. For instance when the assertion is made that the people are turning-down jobs that pay up to $15 dollars per hour because they make more off unemployment, even after taxes, said reporter never questions that it would mean the unemployed make about $700 + per week. Here in Ohio, the maximum unemployment is about $350 if you have dependent children, so this stuff about turning-down $15 dollar an hour jobs is highly suspect of being pure b.s.
I could go on but I won’t. This article is pure drivel. “
Next up. I am not a bit surprised that joblessness is causing a surge in calls to suicide prevention hotlines. Maybe if enough of we jobless kill ourselves it will bring down the unemployment figures. Come on you lazy jobless, do it for your country!
My bankruptcy was final last week. In case you wonder where I got money to file bankruptcy ($1500), I borrowed it from my 90 year old mommy. My attorney is a very nice fellow. After the hearing, he asked me how I’m holding-up. I confessed that two weeks ago I’d checked myself into the psych ward of a local hospital because I’d gone suicidal over my various financial problems (I’m not alone, see the above paragraph). He cautioned me against such a rash act and admitted he had tried to kill himself when he was 21 and despondent over a broken romance (he is now 60). His advice to someone as “young and sharp” (that’s why I like hanging around older people) as me is that I should move to another, better country with more opportunity. As those of you who have read some of my other blog postings know, I am considering that very action.
I hope all of you are doing well at weathering the economic storms. Remember “Non-Corborundum Illigitimi !” (don’t let the bastards grind you down).
Earlier this week, I phoned one of my closest friends, Gary, a retired Air Force Lt. Colonel who was a prisoner of war during the Vietnam/Laos/Cambodia debacle. He carries numerous physical reminders of those days: scars on his fingertips from when his captors tortured him by jamming bamboo shoots under his fingernails, scars on his arms from knife cuts, and every so often he must have his sinuses reamed-out to remove polyps caused by exposure to Agent Orange (for the information of younger readers, Agent Orange was a defoliant sprayed in huge quantities over the jungles of Vietnam in an attempt to kill the plants that the enemy used for cover).
After his return home, Gary served a total of 28 years in the Air Force, serving most of his time at Dayton’s local Air Force base. He spent those years fighting for recognition as a prisoner of war so the Veterans’ Administration would give him the extra consideration he is entitled to. Standing in his way was the unfortunate fact that his flight & captivity had taken place over Laos. I won’t bother going into an in-depth recounting of President Nixon’s highly illegal expansion of the Vietnam conflict into the neighboring countries of Cambodia & Laos (if you didn’t live through those times, you can Google that information yourself). Suffice it to say that the expansion was and is widely known but always officially denied by the U.S. government. Therefore, since American troops were never in Laos, Gary could not have been a prisoner of war. See the logic?
Conveniently for the government, many Air Force files were burned in a massive fire at some office building years back. So Gary’s case was stalemated. He, his lawyers, & doctors presented evidence of his exploits: newspaper articles of his return home, mementos he had gathered during his imprisonment, his damaged body. The V.A. replied that he made-up the newspaper stories, could have got the mementos some other way, and deliberately inflicted the wounds upon himself.
Then about 5 years ago, Gary’s lawyers found U.S. Army files that supported his case. The Army had the information because Gary had been rescued from captivity by Army personnel. Gary got his P.O.W. license plate, his V.A. P.O.W. medical card that entitles him to special care, and a few other perks due to his status.
But Gary fought-on in hopes of receiving extra pension in addition to his retirement pay. The extra money would be compensation for the health problems he suffers because of Agent Orange exposure. Just last month the V.A. made a final judgment that turned him down. They say he cannot prove his multiple abnormal health problems were caused by Agent Orange. Gary got all his files back (I believe he said they amounted to 60,000 pages), boxed them up, and gave-up on it. He says that now, at age 67, his peace-of-mind is more important than to keep fighting.
Why does the U.S. government treat our veterans like this?
The above information from my old comrade was the straw that broke the camel’s back. I’ve had enough of shabby treatment of our veterans, the BP oil catastrophe, abandonment of the unemployed, the lack of financial reform, bailouts for white collar criminals, endless imperial wars, and so much, much more. The only means I can think of to display my total disgust is by boycotting the July 4th holiday. So this year, no parades, no fireworks, no hanging red, white, & blue bunting on my front porch, none of the trappings of celebrating what used to be called “Independence Day.” I thought I was alone in this decision, but OHollern at the Bad Attitudes site plans also to forgo the celebration.