No death, no sacrifice

Virgin Mary

Did Mary mother of Jesus enjoy being impregnated by God that night? Was there pleasure? Did it bother her that the impregnater/pleasurer was, in fact… 9 mos later… her own son?

Did God become Jesus to sacrifice himself to himself? That would mean no death occurred. If there was no death, how is it a sacrifice?  What was the Crucifixion for then? I think this is a story of the fantasies of goat-herders.
Christianity’s main story is so illogical, it’s no wonder that American Christians are responsible for so much insanity in our laws.

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Partisanship? No. Elites either control you or they don’t

When the elites began to use extremists to gain power.

I wrote this during a debate with a fellow who blamed “liberal overreach” during the presidential election of 2000 for the radical right-wing supreme court we see today.  The person who started the thread blamed liberals for “our gun problems.”
I felt he need to write something about the history of partisanship, elections and gun-nuttery.  This came out:

The “partisanship” of our nation has changed a few times in modern history.
After the 1933 attempt to violently overthrow FDR with an army that was to march up to the white house (look up  “the 1933 business plot”) neither neo-liberals (also called fiscal conservatives) nor general-welfare-liberals (also called liberal-progressives and social justice liberals) trusted the party of the Wall St. Fat Cats. So from 1934 until 1951, the GOP was denied the ability to steer the bus.
Eisenhower Republicans were the hope that this party could and would govern, and the crazies, the racists, religious extremists and the secessionists, were effectively blocked from power by the elites in that party. But in 1963-64, when the south was forced to change Jim Crow, the “conservative” took on a whole new meaning. (Even Ronald Reagan as governor saw the danger and passed a LOT of gun control. He was also scared of armed black men having any 2nd amendment rights. )
But it was around 1981 that the crazies got back into the game… and the elite decided to use them for power. The Bushes used Reagan’s crazies and “the moral majority” … and yes, “well behaved” KKK types to sew together a new power that the elites would use… and do use to fuck us all… left right and center. We can’t stop the corporate march to global predatory capitalism. They literally pass laws that say our votes don’t count in “free trade agreements”…
They fear our votes. They fear us knowing the truth. And… they fear you realizing that Florida wasn’t about “liberals”… so don’t scare them. Keep believing. Keep believing.


- Corp

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July 2, 2014 · 3:47 AM

Want a revolution over the 1%? The future is open-source

The open source revolution is coming and it will conquer the 1% says ex CIA spy

Today's capitalism, he argues, is inherently predatory and destructive:

“Over the course of the last centuries, the commons was fenced, and everything from agriculture to water was commoditised without regard to the true cost in non-renewable resources. Human beings, who had spent centuries evolving away from slavery, were re-commoditised by the Industrial Era.”

Open source everything, in this context, offers us the chance to build on what we’ve learned through industrialisation, to learn from our mistakes, and catalyse the re-opening of the commons, in the process breaking the grip of defunct power structures and enabling the possibility of prosperity for all.

“Sharing, not secrecy, is the means by which we realise such a lofty destiny as well as create infinite wealth. The wealth of networks, the wealth of knowledge, revolutionary wealth – all can create a nonzero win-win Earth that works for one hundred percent of humanity. This is the ‘utopia’ that Buckminster Fuller foresaw, now within our reach.”

The goal, he concludes, is to reject:

“… concentrated illicitly aggregated and largely phantom wealth in favor of community wealth defined by community knowledge, community sharing of information, and community definition of truth derived in transparency and authenticity, the latter being the ultimate arbiter of shared wealth.”

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“Absolutely Nothing” by Jim Wright

You must read this.

You must.



Tragically, all we’ve fought for in Iraq, all that 4,500 American lives were shed to gain, is on the cusp, potentially, of vanishing.
- Mitt Romney, “Ideas Summit,” 6/13/2014


All we fought for in Iraq.

All we fought for in Iraq is on the cusp of vanishing.

That’s what Mitt Romney says.

We fought for. We fought for. We.

Oh, so it’s we now, is it, Mitt?


I must have missed you over there, but it was a busy place. We. The guy who helped set up “pro-draft” rallies and yet somehow managed to avoid service in Vietnam is upset about losing what “we” fought for? We.

Yeah, fuck you, Mitt.

And you’re all welcome to quote me on that.

Somebody stepped into my office yesterday and asked how I felt about it.  He wanted to know how I felt about “losing” Iraq.

How do I feel about losing all we fought for?

I don’t know.

First, I’m going to need somebody to explain to me exactly what it was that we were fighting for.

What was it? What is it that we gained, according to Mitt Romney? And what is on the cusp of vanishing? What is that? No, really, somebody please explain it to me.

Because I’d love to know.

The Wikipedia says Operation Iraqi Freedom started on the 20th of March, 2003, which is just another reason why you shouldn’t believe anything you read in the Wikipedia (don’t, just don’t).  That’s not correct, the war began a day earlier.  See, I was there on the night the war really started, at precisely 2200 hours, on the 19th of March in the Northern Arabian Gulf.  I was there when US Navy SEALs and Polish GROM stormed the MABOT and KAAOT oil terminals a full day before Saddam Hussein discovered that his time was finally up.  In point of fact, I had arrived there four months before, a few days before Christmas in December of 2002. From the day of my arrival (and before that really) to the day the war started, and for months after, I was a Navy intelligence officer working in support of the invasion force.  There’s not much I don’t know about the events leading up to war and the aftermath of the invasion.

Well, not much except for that one little detail.


All these years later, and I still don’t know why.

Oh, I mean, I know what they told us, sure, Saddam Hussein attacked America on 9-11.  Right? That’s what they said, that’s what the Commander in Chief told us. Saddam Hussein was in league with Al Qaida, remember? The son of a bitch and his stinking nation of terrorists attacked us. The Iraqis had it coming. And Georgie Boy was going to finish what his daddy started. Hooray! Right? That’s what they said.

Except those of us in the professional intelligence community looked at each other and thought, wait, what? How the hell did we miss that? Saddam and Osama bin Laden are working together? Buwah? But Rumsfeld, he had his own little extra-constitutional intelligence outfit staffed with his simpering cronies who he paid to blow smoke up his pinched grey ass until his colon resembled beef jerky and he sure didn’t have much use for us – after all, we were just the military he had.

Ours, as they say, is not to reason why, ours is to but do and die, right? At least that’s what Rummy told us and you know, you go into war with the Secretary of Defense you have, not the one you’d like to have. And if Rumsfeld says he’s got the real scoop, it must be true? Right? Sure, that justifies his contempt for us, sure it does.

Except, Rumsfeld’s little masturbation fantasy turned out not to be the case.

But hey, never mind that, Saddam Hussein was threatening us anyway, wasn’t he? Sure he was, in fact, that’s the first time you heard the phrase “Weapons of Mass Destruction” isn’t it? The bastard had nukes and germs and war gas and he was just itching to use them on America, wasn’t he?  Heck we even had pictures of “mobile weapons labs” to prove it, isn’t that what Colin Powell told the UN and the world? And by damn Saddam had been buying Yellow Cake uranium from Niger, right? Colin Powell wouldn’t lie to us, would he? He was a hero, a general, he wouldn’t send his comrades into war on a lie now would he?

Except all that turned out to be bullshit too, and Colin Powell was either a dupe of staggering proportions or he was the kind of Soldier who would fuck his buddy right in the ass without so much as a reach-around and I’ll leave it up to you to figure which one is worse.

But by the time we figured out we’d been ass-raped by Colin Powell, we were shoulder deep in Iraq, Baghdad was burning, Iraq’s army had thrown down their weapons and taken off their uniforms and had melted into the population, Saddam had vanished and his sons were dead, and the President of the United States had already declared victory from the deck of an American aircraft carrier.

And so, the objective became … what?

Hearts and minds and freedom and democracy and nation building and magic bunnies who fart sunshine and rainbows.

Unfortunately, it turns out we’re real good at the blowing shit up part, not so good at the magic bunnies part.

(much more here)

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To the GOP asshats: Great Job (¿)


Parked money… while Americans starve…. budget cuts and tax cuts are cruelty by the worst elements of our society… “conservatives.”



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May 9, 2014 · 2:22 PM

Paid* Maternity Leave?

How many weeks of paid maternity leave do Americans Observe?

Look at the chart!

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May 7, 2014 · 10:49 PM

Excusing molestation: why I hate American Religions

“The emphasis placed on virginity by the Purity Culture allowed my step-father to minimize his non-vaginal sexual abuse of my body. “


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