Thursday, April 22, 2010

Consternative Contradictions Part I: What Would Jesus Do? (WWJD?)

By “Pintface” Pete Bogs/BogsBlog

You are outraged by the idea that “under God” could be removed from the Pledge of Allegiance. That prayer could be banned at a public school or questioned at a city council meeting. That the Ten Commandments were removed from a Tennessee state government building.

Why wouldn't you be, when America is a “Christian nation?”

Curiously, when a new law here mirrors Christian values (outside ritual and relic, i.e., prayer and statues), some of you “Christians” are among the most ardently opposed, or simply remain silent. Could it be that when money (taxes) enters the picture those beliefs are conveniently cast aside? Many of you are certainly afraid to put your money where your mouth is.

Jesus healed the sick, and without need for remuneration; he didn’t speak of government-provided universal health care as a threat to personal freedom. (He also fed the hungry masses with loaves and fish; he didn’t rail on lazy welfare moms. These are but a few things that show J.C. to have been a liberal socialist.)

If you thought about what Jesus would really do, you couldn’t oppose health care reform. Stop putting WWJD? bumper stickers on your cars and start examining how your political beliefs conflict with your faith (and vice-versa). Then open your eyes for the first time and make a positive change.

This is the first in an intermittent series of posts in which, using the second person, I will lay out specific areas where U.S. consternatives consistently prove themselves to be hypocritical, irrational, hateful and/or just plain wrong. It was the realization of these very things that has over the years transformed me into an ardent liberal and Reasonist; these are also the motivation behind most of what I do here. For the sake of explanation – and perhaps I am remiss in not posting this sooner – “consternative” is a generalization I coined to describe fiscal conservatives, social conservatives, Republican(t)s and their ilk. Not all members of each of these interrelated groups are guilty of all the things I will discuss – but they are all still big dummies. Like major dummies.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Obama Law Nominee Dropped For Being Too Ethical

By “Pintface” Pete Bogs/BogsBlog

Dawn Johnson will never head the Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel. President Obama’s nominee buckled after months of heat from Republicants, who objected to her criticizing the OLC for issuing memos permitting torture of terror suspects under the Bush administration.

Prominent religious cult member Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) called John Yoo and Jay Bybee, the authors of those contentious memos, "very excellent people." Gnarly, dude!

Johnson is presumably not an excellent person because she puts ethics and the rule of law ahead of fear-based, reactionary politics. The “family values” Republicant Party couldn’t risk having such a wussy in that critical office.

Obama disappointed many by giving Bush's criminals a free pass, saying he preferred to “look forward” (without explaining how this would prevent criminality within his own and future administrations). It’s time for him to exercise some political capital (backbone, testicles, what have you) and pursue charges against those officials unless he’s allowed to bring principled people into his own administration.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Basketball Team Beats Opponents, Police Beat Celebrating Fan

By “Pintface” Pete Bogs/BogsBlog

John McKenna is the latest unarmed, defenseless victim of police violence. A video shows the Maryland man doing a victory dance after a basketball game, then police swooping in and delivering multiple baton blows to him even after he is subdued.

Did their team lose? Or were the police thinking that a preemptive beating was needed to prevent revelry from becoming a riot? The sight of an innocent man being beaten by police could've easily started one. As could their flagrantly false assertion that horses caused the man's injuries.

This incident recalls one which occurred during post-World Series celebrations in Boston in 2004, where police killed a young woman by firing a “nonlethal” pepper spray bullet into her brain via her eye socket. The cops are bad sports, eh?

Officials were going to charge McKenna with felony assault, but quickly backpedaled once the video proved him to be the assault victim. (Why do they always charge people with things of which they are guilty? Is it like those people who go around accusing everyone else of being gay when they are actually closeted homosexuals trying to take attention away from themselves?)

Dropped charges is a good start, but now the cops involved in the beating should be dropped from their jobs and into a jail cell.

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Got Any Fries to Go With That, Sheik?

By “Pintface” Pete Bogs/BogsBlog

U.S. military bases in Afghanistan will soon no longer be "Home of the Whopper," as military officials have decided to pull the plug on most private food vendors, which have been deemed a waste of resources. That means troops will no longer be able to spend their hard-earned combat pay on fast food burgers, fried cheese sticks, soft-serve ice cream, pizza and more.

While some have questioned the very notion of fast food franchises being available to troops in battle zones (profiteering, misplaced priorities, etc.), I feel that people who are risking life and limb overseas should be able to partake of the “comforts of home” whenever possible. And this is coming from a vegetarian who avoids most fast food (ok, except for pizza).

If having access to junk food that’s available on every street corner back home means taking away water, power and other vital resources from military operations, however, then the “sesame seed buns” probably do have to go.

This story raises a larger question about the wisdom of the privatization of war, i.e., private companies supplying goods and services right in a war zone. Maybe some of the other private interests – that are not only using up resources (including lots of taxpayers’ money) but, by operating outside any oversight, undercutting whatever legitimacy we have in the region – need to go as well. The burger joints are merely attacking our troops’ digestive systems, not massacring civilians.

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Catholic Response on Child Sex Abuse: It’s the Media and the Gays

By “Pintface” Pete Bogs/BogsBlog

Facing increasing scrutiny over Pope Benedict XVI’s (aka Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger’s) complicity in several cases of sexual abuse by priests, top Catholic Church officials have come out swinging their scepters in defense of His Holiness.

Venice Cardinal Angelo Scola spoke of the pope as a victim of "deceitful accusations," even though the church’s own documents prove the latter’s involvement. Warsaw Archbishop Kazimierz Nycz blasted the media for "targeting the whole church, targeting the pope," when it’s clear sexual abuse by priests was an institution-wide epidemic known at the highest levels of the church – which includes the former Cardinal Ratzinger.

Meanwhile, the church’s #1 layperson – who apparently possesses no common sense or shame, nor any understanding of what statutory rape is – has explained that, given some of the victims were already sporting pubes, the abuse wasn’t really a pedophile priest issue but a homosexual issue. Catholic League President Bill Donohue stopped just short of saying that the kids were asking for it, especially the girls in those provocative little Catholic school uniforms.

A quick Google search reveals a shocking lack of reportage on Donohue’s disgusting words by anything but liberal blogs. Thank God for us, eh? Donohue, those he defends and their apologists are despicable, desperate people. May the light of truth continue to shine on their ways, which represent real evil in this world.