Pervert Alert: His Own Private Idaho

Sen. Larry “Woody” Craig (R-Idaho) was arrested in a public restroom for soliciting sex from an undercover police officer. According to MSNBC, Sen. Craig was arrested in June, pled guilty, and paid a fine for lewd behavior in a public restroom. What is it about conservative Republicans and public restrooms? I guess the dirtier and kinkier and more public the sex is, the better they like it.

Over at DailyKos, the thread has a lot of hilarious comments. Family values, my ass. What about his wife and children?

Oh, and over at Idaho Values Alliance, check out the bonus bytes section:

One of the tragic characteristics of the homosexual lifestyle is its emphasis on anonymous sex and multiple sexual partners. It is a little-acknowledged secret that many active homosexuals will have more than 1,000 sex partners over the course of a lifetime (the average among heterosexuals is seven – still six more than we were designed for). This sordid fact of homosexual life surfaced yesterday in an AP article yesterday that reports on the number of arrests police have made for indecent exposure and public sex acts in the restrooms at Atlanta’s airport, the busiest in the world. The increased restroom patrols, begun to apprehend luggage thieves, instead uncovered a rash of sex crimes. Airport restrooms have become so popular that men looking for anonymous sexual trysts with other men have advertised their airport availability on Craigslist. One such ad was from a man saying he was stuck at the airport for three hours and was looking for “discreet, quick action.” (AP: Arrests Up in Atlanta Airport Restrooms)

Hahahahahahahahahahaha. What irony.

Scary Overview of Fringe Evangelicals

Excellent overview of the infiltration of fringe evangelicals in the US military force can be found here at truthout. Chilling summary as follows:

“One of the biggest changes in politics in my lifetime is that the delusional is no longer marginal,” said Bill Moyers, a journalist-commentator for the Public Broadcasting Service in a speech to Harvard Medical School in December 2004. “It has come in from the fringe, to sit in the seat of power in the Oval Office and in Congress. For the first time in our history, ideology and theology hold a monopoly of power in Washington. Theology asserts propositions that cannot be proven true; ideologues hold stoutly to a world view despite being contradicted by what is generally accepted as reality. When ideology and theology couple, their offspring are not always bad but they are always blind. And there is the danger: voters and politicians alike, oblivious to the facts.” Moyers is an ordained Baptist minister.

Don’t Worry Anna, Sometimes a Conspiracy is Just a Conspiracy

Channel 12 in my home state of Louisiana has a sensational but scary story here. Apparently, if martial law is declared, clergy members allied with the government will be there to counsel people to obey the government.

Could martial law ever become a reality in America? Some fear any nuclear, biological or chemical attack on U.S. soil might trigger just that. KSLA News 12 has discovered that the clergy would help the government with potentially their biggest problem: Us.

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For the clergy team, one of the biggest tools that they will have in helping calm the public down or to obey the law is the bible itself, specifically Romans 13. Dr. Tuberville elaborated, “because the government’s established by the Lord, you know. And, that’s what we believe in the Christian faith. That’s what’s stated in the scripture.”

And what will they do with those of us who don’t fall under the authority of any church? Round us up, and then what? What would we have to do, find a cover church?

But gun confiscation is exactly what happened during the state of emergency following Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, along with forced relocation. U.S. Troops also arrived, something far easier to do now, thanks to last year’s elimination of the 1878 Posse Comitatus act, which had forbid regular U.S. Army troops from policing on American soil.

But I think this plan is unenforceable. Even in New Orleans after Katrina, people were supposed to relinquish their firearms, but did not. And I have relatives who came into New Orleans via the waterways to rescue some of the stranded people. They were heavily armed, because of all of the rumors circulating about gunfire in the city. They found they had no problems, and there weren’t roving gangs at all. Just a lot of tired and hungry people. The Blackwater guys gave them a wide berth. After all, who wants to tangle with a bunch of heavily armed Cajuns?

The Rapture is not a Viable Exit Strategy

In an article in the Los Angeles Times, Mickey Weinstein and Reza Aslan discuss the increasing links between the military chain of command and proselytizing, fundamentalist Christian groups.

Last week, after an investigation spurred by the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, the Pentagon abruptly announced that it would not be delivering “freedom packages” to our soldiers in Iraq, as it had originally intended.

What were the packages to contain? Not body armor or home-baked cookies. Rather, they held Bibles, proselytizing material in English and Arabic and the apocalyptic computer game “Left Behind: Eternal Forces” (derived from the series of post-Rapture novels), in which “soldiers for Christ” hunt down enemies who look suspiciously like U.N. peacekeepers.

Like I’ve said before, why would soldiers in their off hours play a game about hunting down and killing civilians that differ from themselves? The Straight Up guys must be clueless dweebs who don’t have a clue what military service is like. Led by idiots like Stephen Baldwin, they think the military is some sort of muscle bound club full of brainless street fighters. One look at their overtly butch t-shirts tells me exactly what sort of guys they are. A group of immature phallically challenged individuals disparately trying to be men.

Apparently the wonks at the Pentagon forgot that Muslims tend to bristle at the word “crusade” and thought that what the Iraq war lacked was a dose of end-times theology.

Duh, wouldn’t you know.

It’s time to actively strip the so-called war on terror of its religious connotations, not add to them. Because religious wars are not just ugly, they are unwinnable. And despite what Operation Straight Up and its supporters in the Pentagon may think is taking place in Iraq, the Rapture is not a viable exit strategy.

It seems like this is another ingredient in the Religious Right’s recipe to force Jesus to come back. I had, until a couple of years ago, thought that the religious Christians believed that Jesus would come in his own time, and not by the Religious Right’s schedule.

VoteVets Letter for Pat Tillman

Over at VoteVets, they are getting a petition to the White House for further inquiry into Corporal Pat Tillman’s death. Here’s the contents of the letter.

Mr. President:

On behalf of the veterans of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, and those troops still in theater, I implore you to reconsider your decision to invoke claims of executive privilege in refusing to share vital documents regarding the death of Corporal Pat Tillman with the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

As you know, this week the Associated Press obtained the medical examiner’s finding at the time of his death that Corporal Tillman’s fatal wounds seemed to indicate shots fired from ten yards away, or less. The doctors who examined Corporal Tillman urged a criminal investigation into his death be opened at that time, and were refused. Since that time, the Department of Defense has put forth two explanations for the death of Corporal Tillman, the first of which was proven false, and a second which now seems to have been proven to be a lie, as well. In both cases, the White House has actively pushed these false findings to the public.

Your administration has faithfully shared a number of documents with the committee, but has withheld a number of requested documents under the specious argument that sharing the documents would violate confidentiality among you and your staff. For instance, the Committee has requested a number of communications between senior administration officials and the Pentagon, which may offer important details into the death of Corporal Tillman, and if there was an attempt to cover them up, by some in the Executive Branch.

Respectfully, Sir, when it comes to outright lies conveyed to the public about the death of a soldier – especially one like Corporal Tillman whose service was used as a recruiting poster for the military – there is nothing which cannot be shared with the Legislative Branch or the people.

Confidence in the institution of the military from those within is at stake, the longer you withhold information. The longer questions remain about the death of Corporal Tillman and possible White House involvement in an ensuing cover-up, the more our troops will question whether this government will properly honor their sacrifice and let their families know the truth, if they are killed in action. It is simply impossible for the military to function, if those in its ranks do not have full faith in our leadership up the chain of command, all the way to Washington.

Additionally, by letting questions fester regarding the death of Corporal Tillman, you are placing an undue burden on our recruiters, at a time when our Army and Marine Corps can ill-afford more of a drop off in recruiting. Our military depends on being able to visit homes and gaining the trust of mothers and fathers to allow their 18-year old son or daughter to wear the uniform. What mother would allow her son or daughter to serve a nation she feels will not honor her child’s service?

Finally, as Commander in Chief, you owe the complete and total truth to Corporal Tillman’s mother, Mary Tillman. It is the duty of any officer to write to the families of those under us who were killed, and tell them the entire truth regarding their love one’s death. To lie about any details or withhold any information would not just cause unjust pain to the survivors, but is to dishonor the fallen. As our nation’s top commander, it is your duty to Pat Tillman and his family to release all materials related to his death.

For the good of our military, our troops, the Tillmans, and our nation, I respectfully call on you to comply with all past and future requests of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on the matter of the death of Corporal Tillman.

Respectfully,

I signed it this weekend. Dear reader, if you support this, you should sign as well.

Clowns for Jesus

Well, it looks like the Steven Baldwin and the Operation Start Up guys will not be sending their bizarre care packages with the Left Behind games in them. Max Blumenthal over at The Nation and ABC News exposed their plans. Looks like these folks won’t get a tax credit for the game. Oh, it’s just too bad.

OSU president Jonathan Sprinks in a recent press release said of Baldwin, “Since God made a difference in his life, he’s been very outspoken.”

Sprinks came under fire from bloggers for writing on his Web site, “We feel the forces of heaven have encouraged us to perform multiple crusades that will sweep through this war-torn region,” about OSU Tour’s planned trip to Iraq. “We’ll hold the only religious crusade of its size in the dangerous land of Iraq.”

The above text has been removed from Sprinks’ site but can be viewed on the cached page.

Sprinks did not return requests for comment on this article.

The Defense Department’s only comment on the record was that the OSU Tour is “currently not planning on sending any care packages to the troops in Iraq.”

In addition to the game, OSU Tour’s “Freedom Packets” were supposed to include pocket-sized editions of the New Testament, evangelical DVDs and books, baby wipes and phone cards, according to its Web site.

So we see the real reason was to send out the games. Why can’t they send out the rest of items in the care packages? I’m sure the soldiers would appreciate the phone cards and baby wipes. Sounds to me like the guys at OSU are acting like children. I guess if they can’t send the religious items, then they don’t want to send anything at all. Waaah. What a bunch of clowns.

Suicide by Armageddon

Earlier I discussed the superstitious behaviors of some fundamentalist Christians. I showed that some fundamentalist sects such as the Assemblies of God type Pentecostals engaged in such behavior as anointing in oil and cursing enemies (imprecatory prayer). You know, the only difference between them and a witch doctor is the voodoo dolls. They have voodoo crosses after all.

how these young people wrote down on small pieces of paper the names of “non-Christian students” at the school and nailed them to a cross they brought to accompany the prayer service.

But I really think that they are trying to work a really big spell, one which is trying to get Jesus to come back. Think of Buffy and the Master from the first year of Buffy. All of the meddling in the Middle East is designed to accomplish this goal. What else could explain the incredibly stupid decisions made in this region?

Check out this article and video by Max Blumenthal for an example. All of these people are using Israel and the Jews, and war with Iran, as ingredients in their spell to bring back Jesus. And with Jesus comes Armageddon and death (or exit to heaven for these guys). And like any crazy mass murderer they don’t care how many they take with them when they go.

Okay, perhaps that was a little over the top. But hey, this subject almost always gets a rant out of me. Pentecostal like “God Warriors” like Margaret Perrin scare the shit out of me with their irrational behavior.

http://video.google.com/googleplayer.swf?docId=5464505634137914176&hl=en