Majority of Americans trust the ‘community organizer’ on nukes
According to a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll that was taken within the past few days, a whopping 70 percent of the 1,000-plus Americans polled believe that the U.S. Senate should ratify the nuclear arms nonproliferation treaty that U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev recently signed.
Only 28 percent in the poll — I think that you could safely label most of them as the tea-baggin’ kind – said that the Senate should not ratify the treaty. (Of course, I surmise that at least some 0f those 28 percent believe that the treaty doesn’t go far enough in eliminating nuclear arms, which is why they oppose its ratification.)
The same poll also asked which is more preferable: “the elimination of all nuclear arms in the world – or for a few major countries, including the United States, to have enough nuclear arms so [that] no country would dare attack them.” A full 50 percent said that the elimination of all nuclear arms is preferable, 49 percent said that a few major nations should be able to have nukes, and only 1 percent weren’t sure. (However, almost three-fourths of the poll’s respondents stated that they believe that the total elimination of nukes is impossible.)
I think it’s important to know what public opinion actually is when hearing the minority tea-baggin’ wingnuts bark that President Obama is out of touch with the majority of Americans on nuclear arms policy.
Catholick church still refuses contrition on child sex abuse
This is priceless: The Associated Press reports today that
The Vatican [today] responded to allegations it long concealed clerical sex abuse by making it clear for the first time that bishops and clerics worldwide should report such crimes to police if they are required to by law.
Key word there: “if.”
Not because it’s the right thing to do — but if it’s required by law. And the language leaves plenty of wiggle room to let sexually abusive priests and other Catholick officials off the hook, because the church can claim that it had no knowledge that a crime definitely had been committed – and that a merely suspected crime doesn’t have to be reported to police.
Oh, well. At least it’s nice to hear the Vatican actually admit that it is actually accountable to someone instead of only to some non-existent “God.”
Don’t sing hallefuckinglujah yet, though. The Vatican still isn’t done blaming the child sex abuse that has riddled the Catholick church on others. The Associated Press also reports today:
Santiago, Chile – The Vatican’s second-highest authority says the sex scandals haunting the Roman Catholic Church are linked to homosexuality and not celibacy among priests.
Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican’s secretary of state, made the comments during a news conference [today] in Chile, where one of the church’s highest-profile pedophile cases involves a priest having sex with young girls.
“Many psychologists and psychiatrists have demonstrated that there is no relation between celibacy and pedophilia. But many others have demonstrated, I have been told recently, that there is a relation between homosexuality and pedophilia. That is true,” said Bertone. “That is the problem.”
His comments drew angry reactions from Chile’s gay rights advocates.
“Neither Bertone nor the Vatican has the moral authority to give lessons on sexuality,” said Rolando Jimenez, president of the Movement for Homosexual Integration and Liberation in Chile.
Jimenez also said no reputable study exists to support the cardinal’s claims.
“This is a perverse strategy by the Vatican to shirk its own ethical and legal responsibility by making a spurious and disgusting connection,” he said.
At least one of the highest-profile pedophiles in the Chilean church victimized young girls, including a teenager who became pregnant….
I am one of millions of gay men around the world who aren’t willing to be burned at the stake by the Catholick church for its own institutional sins.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: FUCK THE CATHOLICK CHURCH. Its demise is long, long overdue.
Like the ‘tea-partiers’ need help with that…
I love this AP news story from today (so here it is in full [with my comments in brackets]):
Albany, N.Y. – Opponents of the fiscally conservative tea party movement say they plan to infiltrate and dismantle the political group by trying to make its members appear to be racist, homophobic and moronic.
[Um, "fiscally conservative"? The vast majority of these "tea-partying" dipshits didn't make a fucking peep when the unelected Bush regime sank hundreds of billions of taxpayers' dollars into Vietraq for Dick Cheney's war-profiteering Halliburton and the other war-profiteering subsidiaries of BushCheneyCorp.]
Jason Levin, creator of crashtheteaparty.org, said [today] the group has 65 leaders in major cities across the country who are trying to recruit members to infiltrate tea party events for April 15 — tax filing day, when tea party groups across the country are planning to gather and protest high taxes.
“Every time we have someone on camera saying that Barack Obama isn’t an American citizen, we want someone sitting next to him saying, ‘That’s right, he’s an alien from outer space!’” Levin said.
Tea party members said the backlash comes from ignorance.
“They can’t actually debate our message and that’s their problem,” said Bob MacGuffie, a Connecticut organizer for Right Principles, a tea party group that also has members in New York and New Jersey.
The tea party movement generally unites on the fiscally conservative principles of small government, lower taxes and less spending. Beyond that the ideology of the people involved tends to vary dramatically.
Levin says they want to exaggerate the group’s least appealing qualities, further distance the tea party from mainstream America and damage the public’s opinion of them.
“Do I think every member of the tea party is a homophobe, racist or a moron? No, absolutely not,” Levin said. “Do I think most of them are homophobes, racists or morons? Absolutely.”
The site manifesto says they want to dismantle the tea party by nonviolent means. “We have already sat quietly in their meetings, and observed their rallies,” the site said.
Another tea party organizer said the attempt to destroy the movement was evidence its message is resonating.
“We’ve been ignored, we’ve been ridiculed. Well, now they’re coming after us,” said Judy Pepenella, a co-coordinator for the New York State Tea Party. “Gandhi’s quote is one we understand: ‘First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win.’”
Oh, my, where to begin?
Gandhi, himself a victim of racism, would have supported the “tea party” “movement”? Really?
And do the “tea party” fucktards really need any help in appearing to be “racist, homophobic and moronic”? Aren’t they doing that well enough on their own?
If the “tea party” dipshits need to tell themselves that the planned infiltration of their April 15 protests by sane Americans is because the latter “can’t actually debate [the "tea party" dipshits'] message,” let them.
We opponents of the “tea party” not only can debate the “tea party’s” “message” — a huge part of which is of racism, white supremacism, xenophobia, militarism, jingoism, homophobia, misogyny, patriarchy and “Christo”fascism – but we do. All the time.
And our goal, for the record, is to prevent the creeping fascism that the “tea party” dipshits represent. They wrap themselves in the American flag and in the Shroud of Turin when their real goal is to unravel years of progress made by liberated women and by historically oppressed minority groups and to impose their Taliban-like “Christo”fascism on every American.
My only problem with the infiltration of the tea party protests is that I’d like to know which wingnuts are for real and which ones are only acting… In some if not many if not most cases, it might be nearly impossible to distinguish between the two…