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The Real Civil War: Limbaugh’s comments, Men and the ignorance of contraception

Limbaugh’s comments about Sandra Fluke, not only betray his own childishly chauvinistic views about women, but it betrays something much larger about men and even many women as well. As for Limbaugh’s recent apology, funny how he refused to budge from calling a woman and law student testifying before Congress a “slut” and “prostitute,” until high-money sponsors pulled out of his program. That hardly makes his apology sincere, but it does make him the prostitute. But I digress.

From the beginning of this fraud-troversy in the media about so-called religious liberty and contraception, the media has focused fully, or catered to the attitude prevalent in society that birth control is about sex and the blasphemous idea of preventing the birth of an unwanted child(no Jesus, Mohammad and Abraham wanting every child to be born is not an argument, it’s a cartoon. So go sit on the idiot bench a while and learn something). Heaven forbid that a planet nearing 8 billion in population, with better than 3 billion it can hardly feed, would want to curb the pace a little.

Maybe as a man I’ve been lucky, that women close to me have used birth control for medical purposes other than as the devil’s crusade against men’s heavenly sperm. Maybe I’ve been looking at this all wrong. Maybe I’m betraying a very special friend. maybe I should be looking at this another way. maybe like this…

I WANT THAT EGG! IT IS MINE! Right? Isn’t that the underlying attitude, and come on guys, it hardly seems fair them women won’t give us what heaven and bigger stronger brutish bodies has ordained. God meant us to fling our seed everywhere, or he wouldn’t have given us so much and made us think about it all the damned time!

So basically, it works like this, the women who won’t give us what’s ours are on the other side of the front lines of a civil war of the sexes, and us men folk, the real men who chase their erections into war, use it to craft and justify male-centered religions and generally revere it as the symbol of their personal power, on the other side of the line. Simple enough, and we men are mean and self-serving enough to go over there and win this war handily, and take by force if necessary what is rightfully ours, right boys? Right Rush? Right Ricky Santorum and all your pals on the Christian Right? Right Osama and your Tailban buddies? What’s the line? The enemy of my enemy is my friend.

But we’ve been duped boys. Our battle plans and strategies have been co-opted by traitors to the cause; middle of the roaders, as Limbaugh calls them. See, we’ve been confused with all this mess about how to treat women by weak-willed penile-patriots who assert all women should be treated as if they were your daughter, mother or wife. Of course for some men, who would keep women in their proper place, pregnant, silent and in the kitchen, that isn’t a problem. But these other men, these traitors to the cause expect that all women should have freewill, and that they alone should be able to decide when they have sex, let alone children. And now we are supposed to believe it is about their health too? Luckily, there are enough self-loathing and bitter women crossing to our side to make it seem like this really isn’t all about a man’s penis, but about morality-which luckily for us is based mostly on penile politics. Unfortunately, they are offset by gays, and men who are not threatened by gay men, crossing over to the women’s side and treating them as, dare I say, autonomous human beings!

Then science and liberal doctors, who have gone to liberal indoctrination centers called schools, confuse us further by telling us birth control can be used for:

  • ·         Effective, relatively easy-to-use birth control
  • ·         Decreased risk of ovarian or endometrial cancer
  • ·         Lighter menstrual bleeding and decreased the risk of anemia
  • ·         Less menstrual pain
  • ·         Regular menstrual cycles.
  • ·         Endometriosis
  • ·         Premenstrual dysphoric disorder
  • ·         Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
  • ·         Perimenopause
  • ·         Hirsutism (undesired body or facial hair growth).
  • ·         Some types of seizures

 All lies. With a generic holy book held high, from which upon every page I can find exaltations, justifications and celebrations of my penis, I scoff at any so-called facts that challenge my own well-crafted and time-honored ignorance. It is called birth control, right boys? Which means it is all about the sex I demand, not like the Viagra my insurance company covers without question and with a much smaller co-pay. Otherwise it would be called the anti-ovarian/endometrial cancer-lighter menstral bleeding/pain/regular menstrual cycle/endrometriosis/perimenopause/hirutism/anti-seizure pill, but it ain’t. Who  are they kidding? Come on boys, there’s a war on. Here’s a pill, fellas. Take hold of your weapon and charge! careful not to trip over your trousers, and don’t shoot too soon.     

(One final note: when spell-checking this piece, the sytem did not recogniize polycystic, endometriosis or perimenopause, or menstral, but it did ask  that viagra be capitalized.)


Finally figured out where I’d heard Rick Santorum’s “snob speech” about Obama wanting everyone to have the opportunity to go to college? Every speech by Santorum, every opinion uttered by the Right and all of FOX New’s entire absurd content boils down to the obtuse speech by Delta House in front of Dean Wormer in the movie Animal House, and I quote…”The issue here is not whether we broke a few rules or took a few liberties with our female party guests. We did. But you cannot hold a whole fraternity responsible for the behavior of a few sick, perverted individuals. If you do, shouldn’t we blame the whole fraternity system? And if the whole fraternity system is guilty, then isn’t this an indictment of our educational institutions in general? I put it to you. Isn’t this an indictment of our entire American society? Well, you can do what you want to us, but we won’t sit here and listen to you badmouth the United States of America!”

Here’s what Santorum said:

President Obama once said he wants everybody in America to go to college. What a snob!There are good decent men and women; who go out and work hard every day; and put their skills to test that aren’t taught by some liberal college professor trying to indoctrinate them. Oh, I understand why he wants you to go to college. He wants to remake you in his image. I want to create jobs so people can remake their children into their image, not his.

Yeah, I thought I heard all this before. Or maybe he want’s your kids to be the dumb as nails schlubs stuck at minimum wage jobs. Preety sure his kids will go to college, now that he’s a millionaire. How does that happen in Congress? Does it pay that well? Depends if you’re asking the question above the table or below it.


And I’m the crazy one…Rick Santorum, the would-be theocratic ruler of America’s psychotic rant about Satan

For fear of being accused of taking him out of context, below is the entire un-edited 2008 speech by Rick Santorum at Ave Maria University in Florida, in which he denegrates all foreign nations, attacks academia and panders to those tragically and easily fooled or incited by such rhetoric….and they call be the crazy one? 

The Right points out that Islam is a violent religion because it never had a so-called reformation, which is untrue. Could the speech below indicate the cyclical nature of violence and bigorty prone to zealots, or an evolution towards that inevitibility?

Enjoy…

This is not a political war at all. This is not a cultural war. This is a spiritual war. And the Father of Lies has his sights on what you would think the Father of Lies would have his sights on: a good, decent, powerful, influential country – the United States of America. If you were Satan, who would you attack in this day and age. There is no one else to go after other than the United States and that has been the case now for almost two hundred years, once America’s preeminence was sown by our great Founding Fathers. He didn’t have much success in the early days. Our foundation was very strong, in fact, is very strong. But over time, that great, acidic quality of time corrodes even the strongest foundations. And Satan has done so by attacking the great institutions of America, using those great vices of pride, vanity, and sensuality as the root to attack all of the strong plants that has so deeply rooted in the American tradition. He was successful. He attacks all of us and he attacks all of our institutions. The place where he was, in my mind, the most successful and first successful was in academia. He understood pride of smart people. He attacked them at their weakest, that they were, in fact, smarter than everybody else and could come up with something new and different. Pursue new truths, deny the existence of truth, play with it because they’re smart. And so academia, a long time ago, fell. And you say “what could be the impact of academia falling?” Well, I would have the argument that the other structures that I’m going to talk about here had root of their destruction because of academia. Because what academia does is educate the elites in our society, educates the leaders in our society, particularly at the college level. And they were the first to fall. And so what we saw this domino effect, once the colleges fell and those who were being education in our institutions, the next was the church. Now you’d say, ‘wait, the Catholic Church’? No. We all know that this country was founded on a Judeo-Christian ethic but the Judeo-Christian ethic was a Protestant Judeo-Christian ethic, sure the Catholics had some influence, but this was a Protestant country and the Protestant ethic, mainstream, mainline Protestantism, and of course we look at the shape of mainline Protestantism in this country and it is in shambles, it is gone from the world of Christianity as I see it. So they attacked mainline Protestantism, they attacked the Church, and what better way to go after smart people who also believe they’re pious to use both vanity and pride to also go after the Church. After that, you start destroying the Church and you start destroying academia, the culture is where their next success was and I need not even go into the state of the popular culture today. Whether its sensuality of vanity of the famous in America, they are peacocks on display and they have taken their poor behavior and made it fashionable. The corruption of culture, the corruption of manners, the corruption of decency is now on display whether it’s the NBA or whether it’s a rock concert or whether it’s on a movie set. The fourth, and this was harder, now I know you’re going to challenge me on this one, but politics and government was the next to fall. You say, ‘you would think they would be the first to fall, as fallible as we are in politics,’ but people in political life get elected by ordinary folks from lots of places all over the country where the foundations of this country are still strong. So while we may certainly have had examples, the body politic held up fairly well up until the last couple of decades, but it is falling too.


A LIBERAL CALLS OUT MSNBC: Moving the ball forward for the Right on election campaign reform

Generally, I enjoy Chris Hayes weekends on MSNBC, but I constantly must remind myself that Mr. Hayes, Ed Schultz, Rachel Maddow and the rest of their line-up are still part of the problem of corporate and power-elite-status-quo control of the discourse and messaging of critical national issues. While MSNBC is routinely “demonized” by FOX and pundits on the Right as far Left wing, it is not-by a long shot.

To support that, I point to the “buy American” push, particularly by Ed Schultz. Recall, this was a rightwing and nationalist mantra following NAFTA. Just as they did in the lead up to Iraq, MSNBC, for all their Liberal bent has missed the real solution to jobs in America and the necessary equitible trade worldwide, and that is not some pseudo-Ron Paul-esque economic isolationism, but forcing international corporations to adhere to wage and safety and pollution reforms regardless of where they are. If GE-owned MSNBC was truly as Liberal as the Right asserts, they would recognize first that mankind is global, and globalization was the direction of the species from those first steps from an African Valley 2 million years ago.

What prompted this article was a roundtable discussion on Chris Hayes’ Sunday morning show about the 2009 Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling that allows Corporations, and Unions, to spend unlimited amounts of money to promote candidates and policy, effectively erasing the one man one vote cornerstone of our democracy by overwhelming free discourse through propaganda and false messaging.http://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/html/08-205.ZS.html
With a decptively benign name like Citizens United, the group is in fact a filthy little cabal of Republican hacks in the vein of Andrew Breitbart, with a bias towards editing for innuendo over fact and truth. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Citizens_United_(organization)

That’s the background, but on this morning’s show Mr. Hayes had Jack Abramoff, the convicted lobbyist who was unequivical in saying that overturning Citizens United would never happen, because it is fundamental to Conservatives in this country. The statement went virtually unchallenged. Aside the traitorous acts committed by Mr. Abramoff, which did immeasurable damage to this democracy, why would MSNBC legitimize such a character? Because, at the heart of MSNBC is a large mult-national corporation, with significant interests in issues ner and dear to the true powers in this nation (Hint: It isn’t Right, Left, Libertarian or even American).

The Corporate media is overt and subversive alike in its crafting and molding of cultures and nations. It does so to create markets as to define and secure them.

Advertising creates ideals, standards and affirms stereotypes on one hand, while the media carries and promotes those messages. The recent purchase of The Weather Channel by NBC Universal, Bain Capital and The Blackstone Group highlights the effort of Multi-national Corporations and firms to devour media outlets and control what Americans sees, hears, discusses and votes upon. Blackstone bought Neilsen-the rating people in 2006 along with other partners like the Carlyle Group. Bain, by the way is owned by Mitt Romney, and owns Clear Channel, the largest owner of radio stations in the country. Its “news” talk format is 90% rightwing, with Beck, Savage, Limbaugh and Hannity leading that charge, despite that 90% of the country does not vote Republican. Bain also owns or invests in AMC Entertainment and Warner Music group.

So there is real pressure, and undeniable evidence that Liberal MSNBC is hardly a Liberal thinktank, but instead has slipped into a market not served blatantly by FOX as a means, not to promote Progressive ideals, but as a means, as prescribed by their corporate owners, to nudge the message forward far more subtley that FOX can do. But the effort is the same, and in the end it comes down to control-not politics.

The strategy is to create paradigms not cultures, as paradigms become absolute realities that are much harder to find alternatives to or see beyond. Imagine what it would be to breath fire, or breathe watter as a means of survival, and that air and wind could be as deadly as we find those others. Those are other paradigms. That is what corporations are evolving to in a greater and greater consolidation of power and influence. Think back over the last 50 or 100 years about where corporations were and where they are today, with interlocking partnerships and boards, and their ascent to controlling almost fully govenments worldwide.

Now imagine this paradigm. With all that power to control the message and assert culture, a group of people have challenged that by Occupy parks have the power elite absolutely terrified. Now that is a message!


Occupy My Heart: The radio Show on Best of the Left

The Play that made national headlines, changed hearts and energized a movement is now available on Best of the Left at the link below:

 
Filled with heart and truth, Occupy My Heart: A revolutionary Christmas Carol is not just a story for the holidays, but a tale of our times. You will be touched in this modern retelling of the Dickens classic.

Please share it with your friends, especially those who still think the struggle of our times is not the co-opting of our great nation by corporate and financial greed.


Art, Occupy and the Illusions of the One Percent

Achievers. The one percent. Winners. Those who are so adamant about not raising taxes on corporations the wealthiest in the nation would have us believe that there is some inherent quality, something unique and sacrosanct in this supposed talent. Set aside the responsibility to the nation fostering a nurturing environment for business(political and social stability, laws, courts, infrastructure, an educated and healthy populace) argument. Talents are for the arts, or sports, for positive intellect and in healthy and uplifting relationships. 

No man is an Iland, intire of it selfe;” wrote John Donne in meditations XVII, in 1624, “every man is a peece of the Continent, a part of the maine; if a Clod bee washed away by the Sea, Europe is the lesse, as well as if a Promontorie were, as well as if a Mannor of thy friends or of thine owne were; any mans death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankinde; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee.”

Achiever is in itself an insult hurled at the rest of us by the selfish and greedy. It implies that the jobs we go to daily, the place we’ve arrived at in life is not an achievement. It screams that raising children, running a home, going to school, struggling with poverty, prevailing through an illness is somehow a lesser achievement. It presumes one person’s experience is greater than another’s. It pits one person’s struggle against another’s, which is a fool’s game.

Reverend Billy at the Occupy Chicago General Assembly Wednesday evening spoke about community and the responsibility of the 1%. One is indeed the loneliest number

The way it is used becomes an assertion of power and right and privilege. Their achievement is presumed to have value above all others. It is an assumption of rule and of a ruling class, which is antithetical to the declaration of Independence and of the Constitution.

It also betrays a lie the so-called achievers pretend to themselves. It is the ultimate lie because it ignores the very thing Donne wrote about. Life is impossible alone. A soul alone writing a novel relies upon the history making the computer usable, upon the society nurturing freedom of thought, of the luxury of not having to forage through the day for food, shelter and sustenance, and even of the craftsman who constructed the desk and chair upon which that novelist writes.

A month ago I wrote a play. I am proud of that play, but as such it is little more than a semi-interesting collection of two dimension words upon a page. In the coming weeks a passionate and talented cast will bring those words to life, moving them around in three-dimensional space, adding inflection and history and textures I would never have imagined. We will perform on a radio station, the play expanded and re-envisioned  by a producer who will add sound effects to create a new and as yet unrealized world. We will perform upon a stage built by dreamers who wished for a space that actors might create as yet unimagined works and as yet unwritten words. Those stages are maintained by electricians, lighting experts and others who make each performance possible.

Sadly, what has happened in America is that the one percent has all but convinced us that only the writer matters, and that all the rest should bow before them. The Occupy movement asserts a different reality, one consistent with the constitution, in which all citizens are imbued with a god-given dignity and that all of us have a responsibility to maintaining the greatest measure of human dignity that can be maintained. The limit placed on that dignity is a measure of the cynicism inherent in a heart.

No man is indeed an island, except in his own heart, and upon that island is loneliness and nothing more. There is an old pop song that says one is the loneliest number. If there is salvation from that loneliness, it must be among the 99%.


Halftime at the CNN GOP NSD on TV LOL LMFAO(National Security debate)

Here’s how things break down right now at the CNN National Security debates on CNN, hosted by the same Heritage Foundation that promotes Rush Limbaugh and FOX News. This of course being the 720th Republican debate since August, which some might say amounts to a media saturation to drown out the Obama Administration. Some might say that.  But we are learning some incredibly important things in this paranoid white-guy fest. For example:

1. Ron paul is amazingly lucid at moments, his positions cogent and logical up until the point he drives that car around crazy curve right into nut valley.

2. Try picturing Rick Santorum’s mother spitting on her fingers and slicking back his hair before the debate, and that his underwear is bunched at the top of his pants and he is wearing white athletic socks. “Vladimir Putin, meet the President of the United States, Ricky Santorum.”

3.We also learned from Santorum that Africa, once considered a continent by egg-headed Geographers, is in fact a country.

4. Rick Perry taught us that the Monroe Doctrine which prohibited European powers from interfering in the Americas also applies to that other great European power, Mexico.

5. Iran has lots of mountains. Thanks Herman Cain. Also, Iran has lots of mountains.

6. Amazingly we learned from Michelle Bachman that BARACK OBAMA CHANGED THE COURSE OF HISTORY. Much like superman. She will not change the course of history, but instead will allow it to meander and skip and frolic and, oh, sorry, I thought we were talking about her husband.

7. Iran has lots of mountains. All right Cain, we heard you already!

8. Newt Gingrich is an expert in history, especially the history he rewrites.

9. Mitt believes that amnesty for illegal aliens is a magnet. I agree. Now that American and multi-national corporations have left America, why would anyone want to stay in those poor corporate-raped foreign nations?

10. All of the GOP candidates believe that immigration is a national security issue. Be afraid America of all those dangerous busboys, cooks, cleaning ladies, economic refugees and gardeners.

11. Gingrich stated that “if we were a serious country” we’d drill everywhere in the US for oil. That would collapse the  global price of oil, he said. Wasn’t he  saying the oil companies had a right to their record profits and subsidies a year ago? Now he wants to collapse the industry? How many jobs would that cost?

12, Wolf Blitzer referenced the continuing violence in Cairo’s Tahrir Square. No mention that twice the protesters won, first deposing a brutal dictator, and then forcing an end to military rule in favor of freedom for Egyptians.

13. Apparently no one at the Heritage Foundation or any of the candidates look  at newspapers or anything other than FOX News. If they had, the questionwould have seemed silly regarding a pro-Islamist/Al Qaeda group in Somalia which is now under full-scale military attack from Ethiopia, is hardly a credible threat to anything beyond the sand dunes and ruins of what was once Somalia.

14. And something I never realized before, and that is that China is  a significant threat and enemy to the United States, unless we are talking about cheap Chinese-made Walmart crap, in which case China is good.

And finally, I learned that if Governor Huntsman was a Democrat I might just consider him a second choice to whoever I was actually supporting.

 


Just In: Upcoming Republican Debate Schedule

Just in to the 900poundgorilla 2012 presidential campaign watch desk:

With three Republican debates on cable news networks behind us in as many weeks, cable providers are running quickly out of venues to hold future debates. As a result, other cable shows are vying for a chance to host  upcoming debates. below is a brief list of  soon-to-be scheduled debates, and where you can find them:

1. The What Not to Wear Republican debates- Stacey and Clinton challenge the candidates to fabulous makeovers, and pin them down on fashion dos and don’ts. Includes hilarious outtakes of Michelle Bachmann’s flamboyant husband berating her on pants suits, and a heartwarming segment with Ron Paul being fitted for a suit at a kids-r-us.

2.  Project Runway Republican Forum- Featuring the candidates, hear Tim Gunn say things like, “Candidates, you have 3 minutes to answer the question. The clock is ticking,” and “Ricky, is that the answer on Social Security that you are happy with?”, and “Mitt, time to break out of the box and make your answer to Obama-care, you’re own-you’re kind of all over the road.” Which one will Heidi tell, “You’re out. Auf weidersehn!”

3. The Mad Men candidate Flashback episode-In a dramatic dream sequence the candidates are transported back in time to Sterling Cooper where they are forced to debate 1960 politics while consuming copious amounts of hard liquor. It is 1960-the so-called good old days, so Michelle Bachmann and Herman Cain will not be allowed to debate.

4. Kathy Griffin My Life on the Campaign Trail– Just one question here, and that’s whether Kathy can  get one out before launching a pithy and hilarious rant about Rick Santorum’s hair, Newt Gingrich’s fairytale name, dating, Lindsey Lohan, that one time on Red Carpet when one of the Olsen Twins barfed on George Clooney, a pissed off Rene Zellwegger and Kathy’s crazy mother.    

5. Housewives of New York City Debate the Issues-Forget the men, they won’t get a word in edgewise with this rabble. Let’s see if Michelle Bachmann can hold her own once the issues here turn personal and biting. Appletinis fly in this hair-pulling  and nail-scratching season opener.

Don’t miss a single debate. You’ll never look at politics quite the same!

 


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