Wednesday, September 18, 2013

#CNN is a Carpet Bagger

Wrong sells and we keep buying. A mass shooting is news and we should pay attention but for how long? Remember when news channels would say, "We will return to the scene when we have more information?" The viewer is the scene now, not the tragedy, and they don't turn their attention from us for one minute.
There is money to be made.

Carpet Bagger: A derogatory term, suggesting opportunism and exploitation by the outsiders.

September 17, 2013 - Jon Stewart opened Tuesday night's Daily Show with a powerful indictment of how cable news covered the Washington Navy Yard shooting, aimed squarely at the "breathless wrongness" of CNN. Stewart spent not one, but two whole segments mercilessly tearing CNN apart for how awfully it covered the shooting, especially all the unnecessary speculation. Stewart yelled at one CNN reporter, "You're just standing in front of a camera naming shit you see!" and likened it to "walking down the street with a five-year-old." He ran the gamut from one anchor demanding to know the size of a building to another asking about the clothes someone who may have been the suspect possibly wore. And even tempering the speculation wasn't enough, with Stewart advising that if what you're about might be incredibly wrong, "don't say them out loud!"

Stewart concluded that the "vomit onto the screen" CNN was projecting "is a feature, not a bug," and figured out exactly what game they're trying to play after playing a clip of Jeff Zucker boasting about CNN's Boston coverage ratings.

"The lesson they take from this is, it doesn't matter how much they betray our trust, we'll keep coming back. We're in an abusive relationship with CNN! And it's time we kicked those bastards to the curb, because we have to remember, this network was created by Ted Turner, not Ike Turner."
In the second segment, Stewart's team of correspondents (John Oliver, Jason Jones, Samantha Bee, and Aasif Mandvi) appeared in a pack outside CNN's headquarters to give them a taste of their own medicine.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

FDA Admits Factory Farmed Chicken Contains Cancerous Arsenic #Alert

(SHARE THIS ARTICLE!) After years of sweeping the issue under the rug and hoping no one would notice, the FDA has now finally admitted that chicken meat sold in the USA contains arsenic, a cancer-causing toxic chemical that’s fatal in high doses. But the real story is where this arsenic comes from: It’s added to the chicken feed on purpose!

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Even worse, the FDA says its own research shows that the arsenic added to the chicken feed ends up in the chicken meat where it is consumed by humans. So for the last sixty years, American consumers who eat conventional chicken have been swallowing arsenic, a known cancer-causing chemical. (…)

Until this new study, both the  poultry industry and the FDA denied that arsenic fed to  chickens ended up in their  meat. The fairy-tale excuse story we’ve all been fed for sixty years is that “the arsenic is excreted in the chicken feces.” There’s no scientific basis for making such a claim… it’s just what the poultry industry wanted everybody to believe.
But now the evidence is so undeniable that the manufacturer of the chicken feed product known as Roxarsone has decided to pull the product off the shelves (…). 

And what’s the name of this manufacturer that has been putting arsenic in the chicken feed for all these years? 

Pfizer, of course — the very same company that makes vaccines containing chemical adjuvants that are injected into children.

Technically, the company making the Roxarsone chicken feed is a subsidiary of Pfizer, called Alpharma  LLC. Even though Alpharma now has agreed to pull this toxic  feed chemical off the shelves in the United States, it says it won’t necessarily remove it from feed  products  in other countries unless it is forced by regulators to do so. As reported by AP:
Scott Brown of Pfizer Animal Health’s Veterinary Medicine Research and Development division said the company also sells the ingredient in about a dozen other countries. He said Pfizer is reaching out to regulatory authorities in those countries and will decide whether to sell it on an individual basis.” (…)

But even as its arsenic-containing product is pulled off the shelves, the FDA  continues its campaign of denial, claiming arsenic in chickens is at such a low level that it’s still safe to eat. This is even as the FDA says arsenic is a carcinogen, meaning it increases the risk of  cancer.
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Saturday, June 08, 2013

A Question of God

Writer: Dennis Sweatt - June 08, 2013
Derived from my discussions with Christians, I have constructed a thesis based on what the believers believe about non-believers.

'Christian Conservative' dogma: “The difference between believing in God and not believing in God is the simple distinction of assigning cause. Those that believe in God believe that there was a causative agent that set forth the miracle of creation, which spoke the universe into existence. Those that don't believe in God conversely believe that all that exists is simply a matter of accident.”

This is one of those dividing assumptions that create a chasm between your theologies’ and the rest of us.

As atheists we are open to causation for the universe, just not some spaghetti monster in the sky value to creation. Perhaps there is a prime mover of all things but do you actually believe sheep herders in the desert are the arbiters of this knowledge?

Men wrote the bible, it isn't the WORD of god; it is the assumptive hearsay of men. If god is infinite, then the creation of the universe wasn't a miracle, it was just on the 'to do' list.

“The Bible was not handed to mankind by God, nor was it dictated to human stenographers by God. It has nothing to do with God. In actuality, the Bible was VOTED to be the word of God by a group of men during the 4th century.

According to Professor John Crossan of Biblical Studies at DePaul University the Roman Emperor Constantine the Great (274-337 CE), who was the first Roman Emperor to convert to Christianity, needed a single canon to be agreed upon by the Christian leaders to help him unify the remains of the Roman Empire. Until this time the various Christian leaders could not decide which books would be considered "holy" and thus "the word of God" and which ones would be excluded and not considered the word of God.” 

Christians, you have formed an assumption, based on zero research, that those atheist 'non believers' believe we are here by chance. But most egg heads and philosophers do not think the universe was an accident. You yourself are an atheist, although perhaps unaware of it.

"The truth is, you know exactly what it is like to be an atheist with respect to the beliefs of Muslims. Isn't it obvious that Muslims are fooling themselves? Isn't it obvious that anyone who thinks that the Koran is the perfect word of the creator of the universe has not read the book critically? Isn't it obvious that the doctrine of Islam represents a near perfect barrier to honest inquiry? Yes, these things are obvious. Understand that the way you view Islam is precisely the way devout Muslims view Christianity. And it is the way I view all religions." Sam Harris – Open Letter to Christians

I was there 

Grace Baptist church, Tracy California; saved, devout, baptized of my own volition, as religious as any of you from the age of 10 to15yrs old. I went to church camp, choir, summer school, events, baptisms, sermons.

I left the church because of blatant hypocrisy; but I did not leave the 'indoctrination' until I was 45. That's how long it took to overcome the fear of it, and like a tumor remove the guilt of god.

If man was actually allowed into some kind of heaven, a passing through the veil, Christians I have met would fall far shot of the requirements described in the scripture they call holy.

Where is the Christian man who will suffer even 20 days, let alone 40, in the desert in meditation to contemplate this holy father?

Devotion was lost when Christ was presumably crucified for our sins. The christian has but to apologize to his invisible father figure and begin anew. How is this considered moral accountability?

Easy Peasy

I have been told that I am already saved because of my baptism.
Are you kidding, I winked at a Lotto Machine and won the whole jackpot?

I tell just about everyone within listening distance I am atheistic and take the time to explain how they are the ones who are lost, and why. They call me the angry atheist but when you are the only one standing in a field of lost sheep and they are all wearing iPod's from heaven with the music turned up to 10, it gets frustrating.

There's no devotion because there isn't any worry about ascension.

Why would there be, it's all taken care of for me?
This is the easiest religion on the planet. Perfect for recruiting (!)
But listen to them go on about the war on Christmas like they are real martyrs, oh how they suffer with their thorny crowns of their imagination. Jesus was beaten to within an inch of his life and the best you can do to stop the decline in christian followers is bitch about a commercial holiday. Jesus would be so proud.

Infinite regression

How could the universe have begun unless God had sprung in action?
But who sprung God?
Which came first, the spring maker or the spring?

Perhaps what we really worship, and what we actually fear, is the infinite. Maybe the forever is so scary we were forced to create a father figure to tell us it will be ok.

But if we had created God in the now, would God have been a woman?

Wouldn't it be far more soothing to be coddled out of our dread of death by a motherly figure instead of a grumpy grandpa with a white beard and ironically white skin who would drown mothers, infants, the elderly in a great flood, out of a rage?

Of course you may actually have faith, an unshakable belief that ‘He who is I am’ is everywhere, watching over you.

Maybe you have faith because you have an unanswerable question.

A mind that questions everything, unless strong enough to bear the weight of its ignorance, risks questioning itself and being engulfed in doubt.

If it cannot discover the claims to existence of the objects of its questioning, it will deny them all reality, the mere formulation of the problem already implying an inclination to negative solutions.

But in so doing it will become void of all positive content and, finding nothing which offers it resistance, will launch itself perforce into the emptiness of inner revery. 
Emile Durkheim (1858–1917)

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Did The Founding Fathers Want America To Be A Christian Nation?

22 quotes from our founding fathers!

The 1796 Treaty with Tripoli states that the United States was "not in any sense founded on the Christian religion" (see the image on the right). This was not an idle statement meant to satisfy muslims-- they believed it and meant it. This treaty was written under the presidency of George Washington and signed under the presidency of John Adams.

1. "Christianity is the most perverted system that ever shone on man"- Thomas Jefferson

2. "The hocus-pocus phantasm of a God like another Cerberus, with one body and three heads, had its birth and growth in the blood of thousands and thousands of martyrs." -Thomas Jefferson

3. "It is too late in the day for men of sincerity to pretend they believe in the Platonic mysticisms that three are one, and one is three; and yet the one is not three, and the three are not one- Thomas Jefferson

4. "And the day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus, by the supreme being as his father in the womb of a virgin will be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerva in the brain of Jupiter. But we may hope that the dawn of reason and freedom of thought in these United States will do away with all this artificial scaffolding, and restore to us the primitive and genuine doctrines of this the most venerated reformer of human errors."- Thomas Jefferson

5. "There is not one redeeming feature in our superstition of Christianity. It has made one half the world fools, and the other half hypocrites."- Thomas Jefferson

6. "Lighthouses are more useful than churches."- Ben Franklin
7. "The way to see by faith is to shut the eye of reason."- Ben Franklin

8. "I looked around for God's judgments, but saw no signs of them."- Ben Franklin

9. "In the affairs of the world, men are saved not by faith, but by the lack of it."- Ben Franklin

10. "This would be the best of all possible worlds if there were no religion in it"- John Adams

11. "The New Testament, they tell us, is founded upon the prophecies of the Old; if so, it must follow the fate of its foundation.'- Thomas Paine

12. "Of all the tyrannies that affect mankind, tyranny in religion is the worst."- Thomas Paine

13. "I do not believe in the creed professed by the Jewish Church, by the Roman Church, by the Greek Church, by the Turkish Church, by the Protestant Church, nor by any Church that I know of. My own mind is my own Church. Each of those churches accuse the other of unbelief; and for my own part, I disbelieve them all."- Thomas Paine

14. "Take away from Genesis the belief that Moses was the author, on which only the strange belief that it is the word of God has stood, and there remains nothing of Genesis but an anonymous book of stories, fables, and traditionary or invented absurdities, or of downright lies."- Thomas Paine

15. "All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions, set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit."- Thomas Paine

16. "It is the fable of Jesus Christ, as told in the New Testament, and the wild and visionary doctrine raised thereon, against which I contend. The story, taking it as it is told, is blasphemously obscene.”- Thomas Paine

17. "Religious controversies are always productive of more acrimony and irreconcilable hatreds than those which spring from any other cause. Of all the animosities which have existed among mankind, those which are caused by the difference of sentiments in religion appear to be the most inveterate and distressing, and ought most to be depreciated. I was in hopes that the enlightened and liberal policy, which has marked the present age, would at least have reconciled Christians of every denomination so far that we should never again see the religious disputes carried to such a pitch as to endanger the peace of society."- George Washington

18. "The Bible is not my book, nor Christianity my profession."- Abraham Lincoln

19. "It may not be easy, in every possible case, to trace the line of separation between the rights of religion and the Civil authority with such distinctness as to avoid collisions and doubts on unessential points. The tendency to unsurpastion onone side or the other, or to a corrupting coalition or alliance between them, will be best guarded agst. by an entire abstinence of the Gov't from interfence in any way whatsoever, beyond the necessity of preserving public order, and protecting each sect agst. trespasses on its legal rights by others."- James Madison

20. "Religious bondage shackles and debilitates the mind and unfits it for every noble enterprise." - James Madison
21. "Religious controversies are always productive of more acrimony and irreconcilable hatreds than those which spring from any other cause.  Of all the animosities which have existed among mankind, those which are caused by the difference of sentiments in religion appear to be the most inveterate and distressing, and ought most to be depreciated.  I was in hopes that the enlightened and liberal policy, which has marked the present age, would at least have reconciled Christians of every denomination so far that we should never again see the religious disputes carried to such a pitch as to endanger the peace of society." - George Washington 
22. "The way to see by faith is to shut the eye of reason." - George Washington

Thursday, May 09, 2013

Dear Conservative Obstructionist

During the hearings on Benghazi, we have learned that aide was withheld for political reasons - By THE REPUBLICAN HOUSE MAJORITY!

Conservative obstructionist: You only read ideologue based reporting, you only get half the truth with your mind already bent towards Obama having an 'evil soul.' As much as you pride yourself on analysis can you claim pure devotion to fact when you already perceive people in power as conspiratorial?

I have found shortcomings in my own approach but one of those weaknesses is not excepting what left or right wing media tells me to think. I strongly resist evidence or the conception of events presented by the right wing. But by watching and reading "conservative" media, I have been able to dissect your mind set.

You have an obtuse view when it comes anything or anyone not far right enough to hate Obama and those liberal, lefty, socialist, communist, atheist, libtard, American hating, United States Citizens. Therefore you cannot espouse clarity when it comes to issues concerning the nation.

"You are speaking through a bullhorn and listening through a filter, nothing gets in and the same stuff always comes out."

I am not above reproach, but I allow for the people I vote for to fail and hold them to the fire. For example; I believe drone attacks must stop! They are too indiscriminate. Obama has hired an ex Monsanto guy, a lobbyist. I have signed over 300 petitions since 2003 against Bush's decisions and against Obama's.

I am not a left wing ideologue. But its easier and requires less effort on your part to lump me or anyone else in that presumed category when they show the least amount of affinity to a left wing (seeming) concept.

But I have learned that the world doesn't work in black and white, right or left. Those who have power will use whatever it takes to keep power and become what they think we want them to be.

And how they do that is divide us and give us demons.

Because you believe Obama to be some communist, socialist, devil spawn, all of his choices must be as well. Only simple minded people or sheep think in those myopic terms.

I did. I hated Bush with all my will after 2003, but there my hate was at least reasonable. He failed repeatedly to deliver on his promises after standing on the rubble in New York after 9/11. There was actual proof of his constant missteps, his disingenuous character, and his persistent poor choices.

I learned to hate, Bush the right wing president, hating him because of what I assumed must be wrong, and of course I must be right. I looked for his mistakes, longed for his failure, joyed in his descent. This was my failure of intellect, and morality. This is what sheep do, what the sheep herders want them to do, divide and fail.

The president, congress, lobbyists, the Pentagon are pawns in the game. We are arguing over the rook and if he should have made a different move. We are wasting time! We are doing what the Chessmen want us to do. They divide, and we conquer ourselves by degrees.

Obama is an administrator who can't even hire a judge without going through congress. Does he have power to war, yes. Does he have the same power Bush had, yes. If Bush made the same mistakes you cannot claim that you would be as disturbed.

Congress lives only to be reelected.
Whoever backs them, own us both. What does that have to do with red or blue. That has to do with green and gold.

I want to do more than just hate power. I want to do more than just bitch about power and get together with friends and bitch about power.

If you believe god has a plan and you also understand that no man knows the plan, then you should be living with optimism not pessimism.
If you have a heaven to go to, a place like no other where you will know only love, why would you despair about the workings of men on earth? That job belongs to god.

I know this is a long letter but I think our shared love of country strong enough to speak to truth.
This is mine.

-Dennis M. Sweatt

Conservatives Enforce Morals On The Rest of Society

Conservatives want to enforce their morals on the rest of society, because it's a religion. But they object to others not believing it.
And I don't believe it. But you object and call me an atheist and blame us for the decay in society.
  • You tell me its wrong to kill babies, then go to Iraq and do it anyway.
  • You tell me its wrong to kill babies, then stop legislation to provide birth control.
  • You tell me its wrong to kill babies, then stop background checks, even if it would only save one.
  • You tell me our people shouldn't have died in Benghazi, but reduced funding for embassy security months before.
  • You tell me to stop blaming Bush but you continue to blame Obama even after Bush made the same mistakes, and worse.
  • You tell me conservatives have a better plan for the nation but all I see is obstructionism, which is the opposite of governing.

If even one right wing congressman makes a move to create jobs, like more than a thousand, I will eat his hat.

But that might make Obama look better, so nation last, politics first.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Senator Introduces Bill To End Huge Corporate Tax Giveaway

Corporations offshoring profits costs both the federal government and states billions of dollars per year. One of the more egregious giveaways is known as “deferral,” which allows U.S. corporations to avoid paying taxes on overseas profits until they bring that money back to the U.S., giving them every incentive to leave it overseas permanently.

According to the Congressional Budget Office, “The current tax system provides incentives for U.S. firms to locate their production facilities in countries with low taxes as a way to reduce their tax liability at home,” ultimately resulting in compensation for U.S. workers being lower. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is introducing a bill today that would end this practice and close several other corporate tax loopholes:
Under this legislation, corporations would pay U.S. taxes on their offshore profits as they are earned. This legislation takes away the tax incentives for corporations to move jobs offshore or to shift profits offshore because the U.S. would tax their profits no matter where they are generated.
Under the Corporate Tax Fairness Act, U.S. corporations would continue to get a credit against their U.S. taxes for foreign taxes they pay. That means that when an American corporation has profits in a country with lower corporate taxes than the U.S., they would pay the federal government the difference between the foreign rate and the U.S. rate. When an American corporation has profits in a country with higher corporate taxes than the U.S., they would pay nothing to the U.S.
According to the Joint Committee on Taxation, “the provisions in this bill will raise more than $590 billion in revenue over the next decade.”
Due to the proliferation of loopholes, credits, and the use of tax havens, major corporations haven’t paid the full statutory tax rate in 45 years. In 2011, the 12.1 percent effective rate that corporations paid was the lowest in 40 years.

Senator Introduces Bill To End Huge Corporate Tax Giveaway | ThinkProgress

Monday, February 04, 2013

More Republican Choke Holds on the Middle Class

A Florida Republican this week reintroduced legislation to speed up the foreclosure process for the third consecutive year, even though similar legislation has sparked outrage from consumer advocates over the last two years. 

State Rep. Kathleen Passidomo (R) is touting the new bill as a “more moderate” version of the legislation that has failed each of the previous two years, the Miami Herald reports. But while it includes some provisions proposed by homeowner advocates, it still reduces the the time banks have to process a foreclosure from five years to one, a problematic “fix” that could incentivize more fraudulent processing of foreclosure documents:

Passidomo’s bill aims to speed things up. It requires mortgage lenders to certify that they have the correct paperwork proving they have the right to foreclose. The measure includes a provision that consumer activists supported last year to limit banks’ ability to go after homeowners for additional debt after a foreclosure.

Banks currently have five years to pursue a so-called “deficiency judgment” against a homeowner. The bill reduces that time-period to one-year.

The average Florida foreclosure, the Miami Herald notes, takes more than 600 days to process. But even though Florida has more foreclosures than most other states, that length is hardly atypical. Nationally, homeowners with mortgages worth less than $250,000 are in default for an average of 611 days before they enter foreclosure. Borrowers with mortgages worth $1 million average 792 days in default before foreclosure begins.


Sunday, February 03, 2013

Gun Control Nut Or Gun Safety Advocate

When you terrorize a people, do they not take action, even overreact? Didn't 9/11 teach us that? Orange alerts, invasion of a country that had zero ties to Osama Bin Laden. Yet the the country was united in focusing their rage onto a perceived eastern enemy. Following a mob mentality allowed George Bush to send out his war sales team onto the airwaves, spewing one unfounded exaggeration after another.

 Why take this debate, or as should be perceived a 'discussion' as a disarmament?

Both sides are overreacting to this, don't join the mob.

Right now even republican representatives are feeling real pressure from their own constituency in reaction to the Sandy Hook Massacre. Right now I do not believe that the gun is responsible for the death of those children. But how do you answer those inconsolable mothers and fathers with the solutions for justice? 

What solutions do you have to save 20 toddlers from being blown to pieces?

Can you picture yourself as the 20th five or six year old in that class room, can you imagine what it was like to watch 19 of your classmates die helplessly? Now put yourself in front of that 20th child and tell him or her that we did nothing. We stood by and waited for another event of unimaginable horror. Is stopping the sale of 30-100 clips of ammunition going to stop a person from being insane? No. Will it slow their ability to murder en masse. Maybe. And for me maybe is a start but for the gun nuts who believe in conspiracy and in a government bent on controlling and enslaving the population, this message is mute.

Will we as a nation do nothing so gun owners can have bigger toys?

How many weapons can you load and hold, while defending your home? You only have two hands.
Where will this homeland proliferation stop? When gun control reaches your bazooka, or fragment grenade will you cry foul!; government takeover?!

When you have to arm every citizen to feel safe in the Untied States of America, the grand experiment has failed. Your founding fathers wasted all their efforts and sacrifices to create a land of the free

That's when you know the difference between a Gun Control Nut Or Gun Safety Advocate.