Why Do Right-Wing Christians Think ‘Religious Freedom’ Means Forcing Their Faith on You? | Alternet

Personally, I am sick and tired of all this ‘religious freedom’ crap!

It is more about running rough shod over peoples lives than some vague religious belief…..now corporations have the rights and humans do not……how much further are these twats going to go?

“Religious Freedom” has become a damn smoke screen for taking what few rights we Americans have away….they use this ‘religious persecution’ bullsh*t for all it is worth…..the truly sad part is they get away with it!

 

Why Do Right-Wing Christians Think ‘Religious Freedom’ Means Forcing Their Faith on You? | Alternet.

Corporations Are Better Than Humans!

SCOTUS has made it official!

The Supreme Court today dealt a decisive victory to Hobby Lobby, ruling in a 5-4 decision that closely held companies can refuse the ObamaCare mandate to provide birth control for employees. Chief Justice John Roberts, the swing vote that upheld ObamaCare two years ago, this time crossed over to side with the court’s conservative justices, notes the AP. But the justices stressed that the ruling applied only to contraceptives specifically, and only to companies under the control of just a few people. “Our decision should not be understood to hold that an insurance-coverage mandate must necessarily fall if it conflicts with an employer’s religious beliefs,” wrote Samuel Alito in the majority opinion.

“The Court, I fear, has ventured into a minefield,” countered Ruth Bader Ginsburg in the dissent. The justices had earlier appeared poised to rule in favor of Hobby Lobby. In a separate decision today, the court ruled that home health aides cannot be forced to pay union dues, reports the AP. That ruling was also a 5-4 split along ideological lines, and held that forcing the dues payments was a First Amendment violation.

Now all you have to do is claim some vague bullshit like “religious beliefs”……..this is the type of stuff that happens when you let conservatives make laws……corporations will always take the lead over humans.

Just makes me so proud to be an American!

What The Hell Is A “Caliphate”?

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Middle East Desk

for the last couple of weeks there has been the thought of ISIS may establish a caliphate…..and of course everyone has an opinion….ut not one of them has any idea what is meant by the ‘caliphate’……and now there has been an announcement and I am sure it will be the talk of the day…….

First, just hat is the ‘caliphate’?

Caliphate, the political-religious state comprising the Muslim community and the lands and peoples under its dominion in the centuries following the death (632 ce) of the Prophet Muhammad. Ruled by a caliph, who held temporal and sometimes a degree of spiritual authority, the empire of the Caliphate grew rapidly through conquest during its first two centuries to include most of Southwest Asia, North Africa, and Spain. Dynastic struggles later brought about the Caliphate’s decline, and it ceased to exist with the Mongol destruction of Baghdad in 1258.

Now that you have a rudimentary grasp on the concept…….

Reflecting its virtually uncontested control over a broad swath of land in Iraq and Syria, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has announced the formation of a new nation, dubbed simply The Islamic State (TIS).

According to the announcement, TIS has been determined by Shura councils to be the “restoration of the Caliphate,” and ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been declared the Caliph.

While TIS has been a de facto state for quite some time, albeit one with ill-defined borders engaged in multiple wars, the declaration of themselves as the new Caliphate is likely to fuel controversy around the world, and a direct challenge to Islamist factions.

That’s because a Caliphate claims to be the direct successor of the Prophet Muhammad, and its Caliph would at least claim to be the consensus final religious authority for all of Sunni Islam.

Caliphates have a long history across the Middle East, with dominant Caliphates ruling significant territory and wielding broad influence through much of history. For centuries, Ottoman sultans also held the position of Caliph. In 1924, Turkey dissolved the institution of Caliphate, and there has been no consensus Caliph since. In recent decades several Islamist factions have called for the restoration of the Caliphate, though naturally each has envisioned itself at the head, and none has gained anywhere near this much traction.

With the declaration, ISIS is making an enormous power play, aiming to put itself formally in command of all “faithful” Sunnis on a religious level. While that’s unlikely to matter across the broader Sunni world, except as a slap in the face, among Salafist factions like al-Qaeda this is a direct challenge, and a call for al-Qaeda and other such factions to submit to a position under Baghdadi’s rule.

Now that the ‘worst’ fears have been realized…..what will it mean to the rest of the world?  Well, not much I gonna change in the world…for now…I am sure that the doomsayers will be all over this as a harbinger of doom….the first thing to remember is that AQ is NOT a friend of ISIS……….that should lead to a bunch of in-fighting.  Next, see just which country or group gives their support to this Baghdadi dude……he got the big head and claimed he was the leader of ALL Muslims……..not gonna sit well in most cirlces….

For now all it will be is a pundit talking point……I would not go out and buy a slightly used bomb shelter…….

 

Just Wait For It

An issue that has had much confrontation is that of immigration……there is a wealth of solutions to the problem but NO one will support any of them…….the Right has said of years that the best way to handle the issue of immigration is for people to put their names on a list and wait for the opportunity to come to this country legally…….sounds good right?

Here is what that solution will get you……..

In 1981, Norma Uy was deemed eligible for an immigration visa by way of her sister, a U.S. Citizen. At the time, her two-year-old daughter also applied for a visa through a provision of U.S. immigration law that allows the children of visa applicants to also be considered. The petition was approved the very same day it was filed. But it wasn’t until 21 years later that Norma’s name got to the top of the visa waiting list and she was granted legal permanent residence. By that point, her daughter Ruth was 23 years old, and wasn’t permitted to immigrate with her mother, under an agency interpretation of federal law that deemed Ruth no longer a “child.” Norma was forced to choose between leaving her daughter behind and attempting to bring her over later, or not going at all after a 21-year wait.

That mindless solution seems to be no solution at all…..I can understand why some choose to enter the States illegally……doing it the right way is NO way not all…….

Thoughts?

Another Disturbing Story

My last day of mental freedom……but I really want to get back to the world….there is so much happening that events are changing quicker than a teenager in the back seat……..

I recently wrote a post about a company that was making bullet proof blankets to be used in schools to protect teachers and students…..I found that a bit disturbing that we would even have to consider such measures to protect our children in schools……and then I saw another disturbing story along these lines……..

For a while, a Colombian clothes designer named Miguel Caballero seemed to be the only player in what seemed to be a extremely niche segment of the market—bullet-proof clothes that were stylish to boot. No more, reports Fox News. The industry is growing beyond South America, and a slew of companies in the US and elsewhere are hoping to cash in. One industry estimate has the “global body armor and personal protection market” rising from $2.4 billion last year to $3.7 billion in 2023. Think snazzy shirts, jackets, and vests that can stop a bullet.

“Throughout the decade, there has been a global exponential increase in civilian awareness regarding terrorism or ‘of the sort’ violence,” says the president of New York armor wear company Doo Aquino. “Wearing stylish body armor has caught on not only in the US, but around the world.” But expect to shell out. A Virginia company called Aspetto tells the Wire that one of its custom-made bullet-proof suits costs up to $5,000. And if you happen to get shot? “You should get a new suit,” says a company exec. The clothes are designed to take multiple shots, but repeat performances aren’t advised. Fox also takes note of another burgeoning market: Some 8 million Americans now have permits to carry concealed handguns, and they need clothes to make sure the “concealed” part holds true. (The general trend already has reached the school-age set in the form of bullet-proof backpacks and clothes.)

It is the 21st century….you would think that some other problem would be more pressing than the worry about being killed by gun violence…..

Sad that someone can make a profit off of having to protect one’s self or one’s children from gun violence……..just damn sad.

Any thoughts?

The Reason Futbol Is A Great Sport

The weekend and time for some relaxation and just plain fun……..

The world is watching the World Cup….the very essence of what we Americans call soccer and the rest of the world calls futbol.  A great sport if one takes the time to learn a few things about it and gets over the fact that they cannot touch the ball with the arms or hands……we Americans cannot understand the concept of a tie in sports….we are programed to understand wins and loses……but ties are beyond our comprehension.everyone was all tingly because the USA v Portugal was the most watched soccer game in US history…….but let’s be honest….it was all sports nuts had….football over…hockey over……NBA done…..all that is left is B/ball and you can watch soccer and go back to b/ball and not miss much…..it was not a preview of more interest in soccer……

I watch futbol as often as I can…..my team in pro soccer in the US is DC United……UEFA it is Barcelona….English premier league it is Swansea….and now the World Cup…of course I am pulling for the US of A….if not them then Espana or France….so far this Cup Spain is out and US and France are still hanging in there.

But one of the benefits of watching the World Cup is just one thing……the action on the field is amazing once you understand what is happening….but there is another benefit……..I could go on esoterically about the beauty or the purity or the explosiveness…….but……

 

 

 

 

Okay, you may think me a dirty old man and maybe I am……but these young women are far superior to some hairy fat guy painted green with a foam cheese wedge on his head……

Think of me as you wish but with fans like these I will take Futbol over any other sport 1000 times over.

GO USA….USA…..USA!

PS……..USA lost to Germany 1-0 but they still qualified for the knockout round thanx to Portugal beating Ghana 2-1….next opponent…. Belgium on 01 July……..

Just Like A Novel

As most of my readers know I live in Mississippi….on the Coast which is a bit more progressive than the rest of the most conservative state in the country……I seldom write about the political life of the state because it is just too predictable to be interesting……but recently it became a nationwide story……..I am talking about the runn0off election for us Senator between the incumbent Cochran and the Tea Party brainless McDaniel…..

In case you missed it….it was about as nasty as two rednecks can get…….accusations, blackmail, break-ins, and voter fraud (well this one is just McDaniel whining over a lost to Cochran)….but there has been a development that would be perfect for a novel…….

Mark Mayfield, a Tea Party official and member of the board of directors for the Central Mississippi Tea Party, was found dead in an apparent suicide Friday morning, TPM reports.

Mayfield was arrested in May and charged with conspiracy after he allegedly directed a political blogger to break into a nursing home in order to photograph Cochran’s ailing wife. The photo was apparently planned to be used in an anti-Cochran video.

Mayfield’s case was scheduled to be held before a grand jury in July.

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Just like a true pundit I first thought of a conspiracy…..he was killed to make sure he did not testify about who ordered the break-in at the hospital where Cochran’s wife is being treated…….I find it hard to believe that this guy was so upset with a McDaniel loss that he had of oft himself……..his day in court he would have been asked pertinent questions and he would have had to place his hand on a Bible and “to tell the truth nothing but the truth so help you god”.  Mississippi is also the most religious state in the country and maybe Mayfield could not lie after his ‘swearing in”…….

Or could another operative have made sure that this person would keep his mouth shut…..shame this will not start a trend….we could be so much better off…..

You guys reading the news…..whatcha you think?

Ok, Whack His Pee-Pee

Looks like today is going to be a day that I post on legal stuff.  The SCOTUS is handed down their rulings and I cannot see any surprises in their findings…..how about you?

First, our cel phones are considered holy and cannot be searched for minor infractions…..but of course the word…”TERRORISM” can be used and all bets are off.

I wrote about Boehner’s plan earlier……he’s gonna sue the Prez over executive orders……

If the following post is any indication of the court’s feelings on the matter then the ruling over EO should be NO surprise either when it comes down……..

The Supreme Court has just limited a president’s power to make temporary appointments to fill high-level government jobs. The court ruled today that President Obama exceeded his authority when he invoked the Constitution’s provision on recess appointments to fill slots on the National Labor Relations Board in 2012. Problem is, the court said, the Senate was not actually in a formal recess when Obama acted. In the court’s first-ever look at the Constitution’s recess appointments clause, the justices ruled that Congress gets to decide when it is in recess and that there was no recess when Obama acted.

Obama had argued that the Senate was on an extended holiday break and that the brief sessions it held every three days were a sham that was intended to prevent him from filling seats on the NLRB. The justices rejected that argument, but the outcome was the least significant loss possible for the administration. The justices, by a 5-4 vote, rejected a sweeping lower court ruling against the administration that would have made it virtually impossible for any future president to make recess appointments. The lower court held that the only recess recognized by the Constitution is the once-a-year break between sessions of Congress, and that only vacancies that came up during that recess could be filled.

Surprise!  Did anyone really think that there would be any other ruling from the Robert’s Court?

Do the GOP morons realize that if they find in their favor that they could be peeing all over the next GOP prez?  Blind hatred makes men stupid and losing two elections to a black Dem have made GOPers “blind ass stupid”!