I had masked forward turned on so that hitting permalink defaulted to my main domain address. Whatever that means. Anyway, if anyone wants to link to me, it works now. As I've already freely admitted, I'm a dumbshit.
Well, Huckabee just keeps stepping in it, doesn't he. Recently he put his name on a Southern Baptist Church statement (released as a full page ad in USA Today) that tells wives to submit to the servant leadership of husbands. LOL.
I'm not sure what that really means, but it doesn't sound very progressive...or even remotely modern. See that's the thing about religion, when you base your beliefs on strict reading of a 2,000 year old storybook (in this case "Ephesians V"), your outlook on the world looks pre-historic and weird.
One must wonder what submitting to the servant leadership of the husbands ACTUALLY looks like. If you suddenly discover your husband at 5-in-the-crack-of-dawn hunched over a blackjack table nudging the last remnants of your collective nest egg toward the dealer and saying, "Hit me," how best to you support him and/or submit to him? Do you cheer him on? Go get him another beer? Do you reach into your purse, pull out your spare change and make a run at the nickel slots?
According to Roger S. Oldham, the vice president for convention relations for the Southern Baptist Church, it means that when there is a disagreement, the wife is supposed to relent and let God be the judge of whether his decision was correct.
Now, if I was the wife in the aforementioned gambling scenario, having God agree with me at the end of the day is no real consolation. I wouldn't be putting all my worldly belongings on Craigslist and saying, "Well, at least God agreed with me. I got that going for me."
Apparently, that's not the only strange idea that "Huck," as people like to call him, has about the world:
According to reporter Matt Taibbi of Rolling Stone, "He believes the Earth may be only 6,000 years old, angrily rejects the
evidence that human beings evolved from "primates" and thinks America
wouldn't need so much Mexican labor if we allowed every aborted fetus
to grow up and enter the workforce. To top it off, Huckabee also left
behind a record of ethical missteps in the swamp of Arkansas politics
that make Whitewater seem like a jaywalking ticket."
This corrupt, flat-earth Neanderthal man is number 2 in the polls...and gaining.
You know, America, it doesn't have to be this way. If you just woke up and started paying attention a little, reading now and then on the subway to work, acting like you care and such - well, you might stop accidentally electing these scary idiots time and time again.
Demand higher standards and the market will deliver. Trust me on this.
What does a Federal agency charged with environmental protection do while being overseen by a pro-business Texas oilman? The answer, my friend, is blowing in the wind...
Environmental Protection Agency
Administrator Stephen Johnson rejected California's request for a
waiver from the federal government to impose its tough tailpipe
emissions standards. The other states were poised to adopt similar
rules if California's request was granted.
Mr. Johnson's claim is that California does not have a compelling need to curb greenhouse gas emissions and that the California law was redundant with a new Federal law. The two laws are, in fact, radically different. The Federal Law will require automobiles to get at least 35 miles to the gallon by 2020. The California plan was to cut emissions by 23% by 2013 and 30% by 2016. The 30% would go into effect four years before the Federal standards got there and would require an MPG approaching 40.
The automotive industry was understandably thrilled with the decision
"We commend EPA for protecting a
national, 50-state program," said Dave McCurdy, president of the
Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers. "It's nice to know that campaign contributions do have some say in the matter," he did not add.
Veep Dick Cheney met with automakers to discuss the policy last fall. Those automakers have been meeting with the White House on said policy "regularly." Documents revealed that the administration's Transportation Secretary had led a lobbying effort to rebuff the California law.
I was under the impression that one of the Republican pillars was giving power back to the states. I guess that's just when there's a Democrat sitting in the oval office.
It's not like the citizens of California are completely powerless though. We could vote more often with our wallets than we currently do.
Stop driving so much. Walk your neighborhood. Travel closer to home.
Dump your Ford, Chevy, and Chrysler and buy a Toyota Hybrid.
Quit your commuter job and get one nearby.
OK, these are just suggestions. But you get the idea. The dollar is the ultimate power and with 38 million people and the sixth largest economy in the world, there's plenty we can still do without our government.
Online media monolith (and this author's former employer), Yahoo! Inc,, has just launched an election dashboard that rates Presidential candidates based on an aggregate of four criteria:
1) Polls: An aggregate of a bunch of polls. Polls are so partisan these days, and poorly run, that it's hard to know whether they represent reality or whether they create the reality. I lean toward the latter. 2) Yahoo! Buzz: Is basically keyword search data on Yahoo! Search. A pretty good gauge of popularity in general. Yahoo! Buzz has been excellent at predicting things in the commercial marketplace like how well a movie will do at the box office in it's opening weekend. 3) Prediction Markets: Comes from Intrade, an Irish company that allows investors to buy “shares” in candidates. A rising price represents investors’ belief that the candidate has a better chance of winning the party nomination. 4) Money Raised: I wonder if there is some saturation point where it just doesn't matter
how much is raised. I've seen lots of advertising clients that throw
money away on stupid stuff. I can see where $50 million spent wisely
could be 10 times more effective than $90 million spent on like Media Edge or Draft/FCB would spend it. There are just so many
ways to blow your millions these days and so many people who don't know
how to spend.
It's a two tabbed dashboard that lets you look at the race state-by-state, if you so choose. Pretty neat.
The relatively famous atheist finds a few nice things to say about religion during this holiday season.
Proof that one can look past the centuries of repression, persecution, bloodshed, bigotry and downright stupidity that is the hallmark of most religions and see the good that they have to offer. After all, that does set a nice example for all to follow.
What's a push poll, you ask? Well, in the same way that think tanks are just liars in doctor's regalia, push polls are just telemarketing in the form of a question. They use robo-calling to make up to 3.5 phone calls a day and hide behind dozens of aliases. Some say that they are more prevalent and effective than TV ads.
Would you be more or less likely to vote for Mitt Romney if you knew he was actually an Imperial Wizard of the KKK? On a scale of one to ten, how concerned are you that Barak Obama wants to raise taxes for middle class white citizens? If you had to choose between voting for gay marriage and voting for a lesbian for President, which would you choose?
They have been used to remind voters of certain facts, like who's Jewish, or to put forth lies, like that John McCain fathered an illegitimate black child.
They will tell you what to think. They will tell you how to vote. They will tell you tell you tell you. And you WILL THINK IT, VOTE IT, DO IT.
Get the phone. It's Karl Rove. (Actually, he may be busy, it's probably Steven Colbert).
While your agency is out making snow angels and smoking dope, you might find yourself caught between a rock and a hard-ass without anyone to make your ads. Fear not. Several years ago, a little Bay Area agency called Duncan Channon created this simple step-by-step video primer on how to make the ads yourself. Who knows, maybe you could just fire your agency all together.
"If people are going to be bugging me about my religion, I might as well become the religion candidate," Mitt Romney must've said to himself after a bowel-movement-induced epiphany. Or maybe he bumped his head on his miniature stone replica of the Mormon temple.
Now it seems that religion is all he can talk about.
"Freedom requires religion, just as religion requires freedom. Freedom opens the windows of the soul so that man can discover his most profound beliefs and commune with God. Freedom and religion endure together, or perish alone," he said.
Sorry, I'm not quite sure he made the case for freedom requiring religion. I would tend to agree that religion depends on freedom. You need to have freedom to practice your belief system - if yours is a system that depends on outward displays and such. But I'm fuzzy on how freedom depends on religion. Not explained. Not supported. Not true.
"Each religion has its own unique doctrines and history. These are not bases for criticism but rather a test of our tolerance. Religious tolerance would be a shallow principle indeed if it were reserved only for faiths with which we agree," he said.
Now I would be so down with that statement if it were coming from someone who practiced a faith that actually was tolerant of other belief systems. But alas, anyone who grew up non-Mormon in Salt Lake can tell you that this is not at all the case. I might also add that the fervor with which Mormon's practice their religion tends to make them a very separate group in American culture (unlike your average Presbeterian or Episcapalian or Buddhist).
Romney said he thought some have taken the idea of separation of church and state beyond its original meaning by trying to remove any acknowledgment of God from the public arena. "It is as if they are intent on establishing a new religion in America -- the religion of secularism. They are wrong," he said.
So this is where it gets kinda weird. It's as if not wanting religion hoisted upon you is, in Romney's eyes, a religion in and of itself. As if giving it a name and putting an "ism" or an "ist" on the end suddenly strips you of your rights to tell the young guys with black ties tethered to their windpipes to take their doorbell finger back to Provo.
Please God, don't let Romney be the next President.
As Americans we are bathing in bullshit every single day. It's unavoidable. So, if we can't avoid it, we might as well come to understand it. This is a group exercise, so if you'd like to point something out to us, by all means, do.