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Throw ‘Christian’ ‘martyr’ Kim Davis to the lions! (Or, A Modest Proposal)

Kim Davis, meet Cecil’s cousin! Cecil’s cousin, meet Kim Davis!

Kim Davis, the insane Kentucky county clerk and shameless attention whore who has made a name for herself by staunchly refusing (in the name of “God”) to do her job of granting marriage licenses to same-sex couples, has achieved the “martyrdom” that she had been seeking; for having violated the will of even the U.S. Supreme Court, a federal judge today finally put her treasonous, theocratic ass in jail, where she belongs.

I have a better idea: Let’s really make Davis a “Christian” “martyr” and throw her to African lions!

After all, an American wingnut killed Cecil the African lion; we Americans owe it to the African lions to feed them an American wingnut, do we not?

But seriously, I have zero sympathy for Davis, who, in typical “Christian” fashion, claims victimhood for herself while she victimizes others.

The Bible – which was written centuries ago by ignorant people – might be against same-sex marriage, but who ever was trying to force Davis (who infamously has been heterosexually married herself four times) into a same-sex marriage?

Same-sex marriage is now the law of the land, but the haters still get to hate non-heterosexuals and non-gender-conforming individuals (in the name of “God” or not), and they still get to shun same-sex marriage for themselves. The U.S. Supreme Court’s quite-correct ruling in June that prohibitions against same-sex marriage violate the equal human and civil rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution doesn’t violate anyone’s religious beliefs – it only prevents theocratic haters like Davis from discriminating against those of us who don’t share their knuckle-dragging, backasswards religious beliefs.

And it is our First-Amendment right not to share their antiquated and dangerous religious beliefs and to not have their antiquated and dangerous religious beliefs shoved down our throats.

This is the central problem: So-called “Christians” believe that the rest of us must follow their beliefs. It’s not enough for them that they believe their bullshit; the rest of us must, too. They must expand their Bible-based lunacy, these lunatics believe.

This is theocracy, and it is no more acceptable for “Christians” to attempt a theocratic takeover of the United States of America than it would be for theocrats like those of the Taliban, al Qaeda or ISIS to do so.

Kim Davis does not work for a church. She works for a county government, and county governments (as well as all state and local governments) are bound by the U.S. Constitution, by U.S. Supreme Court case law (the U.S. Supreme Court is the final arbiter on the U.S. Constitution), and by federal laws.

Kim Davis is no martyr, no victim, and she does have a choice: Do her job or quit her job — or remain in jail for her refusal to do her job.

This is justice.

God bless America!

Update: It’s being reported that five of the six of Davis’ deputies will begin to issue same-sex marriage licenses starting tomorrow. (The lone holdout is her son; the Podunk County clerk’s office reeks of nepotism, among other things.)

The federal judge who put Davis behind bars for her blatant contempt of court has indicated that he intends to keep her behind bars for a while to prevent her from trying to stop the issuing of the licenses.

Indeed, the constitutional rights of the many are far more important than is Davis’ bullshit claim that she’s simply defending her right to her religious beliefs by imposing them on others.

She can rot in jail for all that I care.

Or be thrown to the lions.

Either one.

Here’s her booking photo, by the way:

As others have noted, it’s ironic that she’s so homophobic, because she really could use some gay men to update her look to this millennium.

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My quick and dirty take on Afghanistan, graveyard of empires

I don’t know much about Afghanistan. Luckily, lack of knowledge never stopped me from giving my opinion.

I would love to think that President Barack Obama knows something that I don’t. That he plans to send 30,000 more U.S. troops into Afghanistan for a better purpose than to rebut the Repugnicans’ claim that he’s too pussy.

However, all things considered, I think that sending more troops to Afghanistan is a big fucking mistake that ultimately will make the United States of America less safe, not more safe.

President Obama said this tonight:

“I make this decision because I am convinced that our security is at stake in Afghanistan and Pakistan. This is the epicenter of the violent extremism practiced by al-Qaeda. It is from here that we were attacked on 9/11, and it is from here that new attacks are being plotted as I speak.”

After years of the unelected Bush regime citing 9/11 and the threat of another terrorist attack as its excuse for everything, from the nation’s economic problems to illegally spying on American citizens, it really sucks ass to see Obama waving the bloody shirt featuring the smoking twin towers.

Hope?

Change?

When does the tit-for-tat shit ever end?

Islamists perpetrated 9/11 in response to the American military presence in the Middle East and the slaughter of Muslims in the Middle East by the American military. U.S. support of the bloodthirsty Israelis, who can’t slaughter enough Palestinians and Arabs while claiming to be such victims themselves, also prompted the 9/11 terrorist attacks. (Of course, I’m an “anti-Semite” for saying that, even though Osama bin Laden and his cohorts have said it themfuckingselves.) 

So we are going to prevent more 9/11’s by slaughtering even more Muslims in the Middle East?

Aren’t we more likely to end up like the Israelis and the Palestinians? Again, when would the tit-for-tat slaughter ever end?

Americans also gravely underestimate Middle Easterners as stupid savages. These are the same “stupid savages” who masterminded the largest terrorist attack on American soil — without using bombs or missiles. And who have given the technologically superior American armed forces a real run for our money (hundreds of billions of dollars of our money) in Vietraq since the unelected Bush regime illegally, immorally, unjustly and unprovokedly started that war in March 2003.

The Repugnicans are loving Obama’s decision to send more young men and women to their slaughter in the Middle East for the profits of the war profiteers, only the Repugnicans (such as war hawk John McCainosaurus) are whining that by giving a timeline for withdrawal, even just his fuzzy 18-month timeline, Obama is “[sending] exactly the wrong message to both our friends and our enemies.”

Oh, puhfuckinglease.

Like our “enemies” don’t know that the United States of America is rotting from within from the ravages of the eight long years of the reign of the unelected BushCheneyCorp and cannot sustain the perpetual warfare that the Repugnican plutocrats — who never have to pay the price of the warfare that they initiate and perpetuate, either in a fair share of taxes or in bodies — want for the United States of America, a la Big Brother in 1984.

I have to agree with Michael Moore that an escalation in Afghanistan is more likely to speed up the Fall of the American Empire than it is to accomplish anything else.

In an open letter to Obama, Moore noted:

With our economic collapse still in full swing and our precious young men and women being sacrificed on the altar of arrogance and greed, the breakdown of this great civilization we call America will head, full throttle, into oblivion if you become the “war president.”

Empires never think the end is near, until the end is here. Empires think that more evil will force the heathens to toe the line — and yet it never works. The heathens usually tear them to shreds.

Yup. The “heathens” tore us to shreds in Vietnam and in Vietraq.

Prolonged warfare in Afghanistan stands to benefit only the war profiteers, whom the Repugnican Party coddles.

We just dumped one “war president” (and rejected the bloodthirsty old bastard who would have continued his policies if he had been elected) only to get another?

I also have to agree with Moore’s assertion that Obama’s escalation in Afghanistan could be his undoing. Moore proclaims in his open letter to Obama:

We the people still love you. We the people still have a sliver of hope. But we the people can’t take it anymore. We can’t take your caving in, over and over, when we elected you by a big, wide margin of millions to get in there and get the job done. What part of “landslide victory” don’t you understand?

Don’t be deceived into thinking that sending a few more troops into Afghanistan will make a difference, or earn you the respect of the haters. They will not stop until this country is torn asunder and every last dollar is extracted from the poor and soon-to-be poor.

You could send a million troops over there and the crazy right still wouldn’t be happy. You would still be the victim of their incessant venom on hate radio and television because no matter what you do, you can’t change the one thing about yourself that sends them over the edge.

The haters were not the ones who elected you, and they can’t be won over by abandoning the rest of us.

I, for one, voted for Obama in November 2008, but I am unlikely to vote for him in 2012, assuming that he runs for re-election.

As a gay man, I’m still waiting for him to deliver on his campaign promise of equal civil and human rights for non-heterosexuals, and his apparent blind support of the military-industrial complex also violates his campaign promise to end the perpetual warfare.

If he goes through with his proposed escalation, Afghanistan probably will be Obama’s Waterloo. Much worse, it could be the final nail in the coffin of the American Empire.

As Moore notes, “Afghanistan’s nickname is the ‘graveyard of empires.'”

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Whom to believe: the Taliban’s video — or my own fucking lying government?

Berg and Bergdahl: Above is a video grab of Nick Berg, the 26-year-old American civilian who was held captive and slaughtered by al-Qaeda operatives in Iraq in May 2004, and below is a video grab of Bowe Bergdahl, the 23-year-old American soldier who now is being held captive by members of the Taliban in Afghanistan. I’m hoping that Bergdahl’s fate turns out to be better than that of Berg.

This video frame grab taken from a Taliban propaganda video ...

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So I read in the news today that a 23-year-old American soldier from Podunk, Idaho named Bowe Bergdahl is being held captive by the Taliban in Afghanistan, and I see his image, and he eerily reminds me, way too much, of Nick Berg, the 26-year-old American telecommunications entrepeneur who was captured and slaughtered by al-Qaeda operatives in Iraq in May 2004.

Not only are their surnames too similar, but their images are too similar, and I hope that Bergdahl, unlike Berg did, comes home safely, in one piece.

The Associated Press reports today of a 28-minute Taliban video of Bergdahl:

In the video, Bergdahl had his head shaved and was seen with the start of a beard. He was sitting and dressed in a nondescript, gray outfit. Early in the video one captor held the soldier’s dog tag up to the camera. His name and ID number were clearly visible. He was shown eating at one point and sitting cross-legged.

He said the date was July 14 and that he was captured when he lagged behind on a patrol. It’s clear the video was made no earlier than July 14 because Bergdahl repeated an exaggerated Taliban claim about a Ukrainian helicopter that was shot down that day.

He was interviewed in English by his captors. He was asked his views on the war, which he called extremely hard; his desire to learn more about Islam; and the morale of American soldiers, which he said was low.

Asked how he was doing, the soldier said: “Well I’m scared, scared I won’t be able to go home. It is very unnerving to be a prisoner.”

He later choked up when discussing his family and his hope to marry his girlfriend.

“I have a very, very good family that I love back home in America. And I miss them every day when I’m gone,” he said.

He was prompted by his interrogators to give a message to the American people.

“To my fellow Americans who have loved ones over here, who know what it’s like to miss them, you have the power to make our government bring them home,” he said. “Please, please bring us home so that we can be back where we belong and not over here, wasting our time and our lives and our precious life that we could be using back in our own country. Please bring us home. It is America and the American people have that power.”

Of course the U.S. military was quick to imply that Bergdahl couldn’t possibly have said anything like that on his own accord, but that of course he was coerced by his captives to say that. Reports the AP:

“I’m glad to see he appears unharmed, but again, this is a Taliban propaganda video,” spokeswoman Lt. Cmdr. Christine Sidenstricker said. “They are exploiting the soldier in violation of international law.”

Like the United States never violates international law (such as with the unelected Bush regime’s launch of the illegal, immoral, unprovoked and unjust Vietraq War in March 2003 against the wishes of the United Nations Security Council and against world opinion) and like the U.S. military doesn’t produce propaganda videos (such as with its G.I.-Joe-like recruitment ads targeted at our young cannon fodder for the military-industrial complex).

And the members of the Taliban are exploiting Bergdahl no more than the U.S. military has exploited Bergdahl.

Bergdahl is, after all, fully expected to die for the obscene profits of the stupid greedy rich white men who send our precious young people off to their wars for their obscene profits, if it comes to that. And in Bergdahl’s case it just might come to that.

How does Sidenstricker sleep at night, being a spokesnake for the military-industrial complex, I wonder? (And doesn’t Sidenstricker sound like a great surname for a spokesnake, kind of like sidewinder?) How does Sidenstricker feel, I wonder, selling out her own comrades to those greedy, evil overlords who so casually put them into the meat grinder to which they never would subject their own cowardly selves?

The sad thing is that I don’t know whom to believe: the Taliban, who put out the video of Bergdahl apparently saying of his own accord that he and his comrades want to come home — I mean, what 23-year-old lower-to-middle-class American male used as a pawn in a war in the Middle East would not want to die for the obscene, oily profits of the stupid greedy rich white men who sent him there without a second thought but who never would put themselves in harm’s way? — or the U.S. government, even when it is under Barack Obama.

Perhaps even especially when it is under Obama, because at least when it was under the auspices of the BushCheneyCorp, the fascism was rather evident, but under the auspices of the Obama administration, fascism wears a happy face.

P.S. I just watched the entire video of Bergdahl (via this web page), in which he responds to a series of questions by an English-speaking inquisitor who remains off-camera.

It is difficult to say what Bergdahl actually believes and what he might have been coerced by his captors to say, such as when discussing the allegation that the U.S. government has underreported the number of deaths of American troops in Afghanistan (and misinformed the American people on the U.S. military operations in Afghanistan in general), the suicide deaths of U.S. troops in Afghanistan, U.S. troops deserting in Afghanistan, and scared American troops “hiding behind” their superior military technology, whereas the low-tech Taliban fighters cannot do so, but must rely on their bravery.

In the video Bergdahl states (whether it is what he actually believes or whether it is what he has been coerced to state): “My message to my government is to remove Americans from Afghanistan, because that’s not where we belong…. My county’s first concern should be its [own] people…. We can’t go around fixing other countries … when we haven’t removed our own problems. When our [own] country is failing, we can’t help anyone else….”  

I can see Bergdahl genuinely believing that — because it’s an oft-ignored-in-the-United-States thing called the truth.

I won’t just assume, like a good little brainwashed American is supposed to, that because he’s being held captive, Bergdahl believes none of what he said during his half-hour interview with his English-speaking inquisitor.

I don’t know enough about Bergdahl and his beliefs and the circumstances of his capture, which differ wildly based upon who is relating those circumstances.

“On July 2, two U.S. officials told the AP [that Bergdahl] had ‘just walked off’ his base with three Afghans after his shift,” the AP notes, adding, “On July 6, the Taliban claimed on their website that five days earlier ‘a drunken American soldier had come out of his garrison’ and was captured by mujahedeen.”

If it is true that Bergdahl “just walked off,” that sounds like desertion to me, and if Bergdahl did desert, then I’d tend to believe that he believes at least some of his statements in his half-hour interview. But during the interview, Bergdahl states that he was captured by the Taliban when he was lagging behind his comrades during a patrol.

So who knows?

In any case, that the U.S. government, which spends millions if not billions of Americans’ tax dollars on propaganda campaigns to brainwash Americans here at home (yes, they use our own money against us) as well as to brainwash individuals abroad, would denounce the Taliban’s video as “propaganda” is risible; the U.S. government calling it “propaganda” constitutes the practice of propaganda itself.

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Does this mean that Prez-elect Obama is NOT an al-Qaeda operative?

Residents of the historically African-American neighborhood ...

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Images of President-elect Barack Obama and slain civil rights leader Malcolm X, seemingly comparing the two, hang in Harlem, New York. Al-Qaeda’s No. 2 boss says that Malcolm X and Barack Obama are cut from different cloth, however.

The Associated Press reports that al-Qaeda’s No. 2 boss has called President-elect Barack Obama a “house slave” (or “house Negro,” depending upon how you want to translate the Arabic).

As much as I’m not thrilled to agree with al-Qaeda, it is a fact, and I have stated the fact, that Barack Obama never would have been elected to the WHITE House if he had been an “angry” black man, like Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton — or certainly like Malcolm X, whom al-Qaeda’s No. 2 held up as an example of “an honorable black American,” as opposed to “house slave”/“house Negro” Obama.

As I have noted, even Vice President-elect Joe Biden, during the Democratic presidential primary season, noted that Obama is “articulate and bright and clean.”

Obama was elected because he is, at the minimum, inoffensive to enough white Americans.

That may not exactly make him a “house slave” — but I can’t entirely disagree with al-Qaeda’s No. 2 on this one.

The AP notes that al-Qaeda’s No. 2’s message in which he calls Obama a “house slave”/“house Negro” “appeared chiefly aimed at persuading Muslims and Arabs that Obama does not represent a change in U.S. policies.”

Which certainly wasn’t what the wingnuts were implying when they kept repeating the inflammatorily xenophobic “B. Hussein Obama”…

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