President Obama’s State of the Union With GOP Response

I know posting this probably goes against everything I believe in by going after a story, rather than the story within the story, but I’m also a huge attention whore, so if you’re interested, take a gander. I recommend for a head explosion or some comedy, skip to the 2nd clip and hear what the Republicans have to say about the Speech. You can probably predict everything, though. Obama in a room full of gun-loving Republicans sounds dangerously close to Mississippi Burning all over again.

BBC Admits Paris Shooting Faked?


Just When You Thought VP Joe Biden Couldn’t Get Any Creepier

This guy is like George W. Bush with a serious issue with kids. Someone get the VEEP into therapy STAT.


10 Reasons America Should Withdraw Its Troops From…EVERYWHERE

1. America sucks at wars. They haven’t won one since 1945.

2. Peace really isn’t a strong point for the US of A

3. The people in those countries want to see an American flag about as much as an atheist wants a couple of Mormons banging on his/her door.

4. Why should soldiers die abroad for the benefit of corporations and banks?

5. Soldiers these days NEVER fight for “their country.”

6. The Military Industrial Complex that Eisenhower talked about and JFK largely died over has to end or we will. One of us is going down.

7. Ron Paul said so and he’s been right on everything except health care for decades.

8. Fighting for freedom? Get fking real, Holmes.

9. Blowback is a bitch. You invade a country and how do they repay you for the democracy you tried to give them? Attack you. Well, who knew that would happen?

10. George Carlin talked about the “Bigger Dick Foreign Policy.” Nobody needs to die because Bush or Obama have small penises.

Pride Day: Straight Eye for the Queer Guys…And Girls

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Unfortunately for my beer guzzling, flatulence-producing couch potatoes, I am not going to advocate for “straight pride.” You already have the Super Bowl (ADD moment: then again, it is a sport involving fat guys grinding on each other in tight uniforms, and every time a play begins, the centre/offensive lineman is bent over for the quarterback with the quarterback’s hands between his legs). The only difference, as near as I can tell, between Michael Sam and many other football players is bravery. In my book, that is worth something.

I hate the word “tolerance” – it makes one assume that it is the concern of the community or the state when two people love each other and want to spend their lives in committed cohabitation. I am a person with a physical disability, and while my knowledge of the homosexual experience is non-existent, I have been a direct recipient of prejudice and shaming because of my affliction, and I can observe that such prejudice and ignorance exists toward gays and lesbians. But why your sexuality and interest sexually and romantic love for another human being is the business of the public or the state is beyond my humble understanding. Are we truly THAT obsessed with sex?

The debate over whether sexuality is a choice or innate within us from birth or developed over time would seem irrelevant, and needlessly divisive. One can make up one’s own mind on such matters of the heart as a personal matter, but the belief that one can restrict the personal liberty of another human being they have never met on the basis of opinion, prejudice or even personal faith is absolutely repugnant and should be intolerable in a supposedly free, open and democratic society. I don’t want vegetarians to dictate my diet and ban the consumption of porterhouse steaks and that is why I have become over time opposed to state nuptials on moral and ethical grounds. Love and matters of the heart should not be the interest of government and subject to the will of the majority in order to oppress the minority. One should be allowed to believe whatever one wants regardless of burden of proof so long as that belief does no one harm. But, it would seem, sadly, Big Brother is always watching and passing judgment, ready to divide the populace for their own power and control. These government mandates such as marriage only serve to keep us fighting with each other while “they keep going to the bank,” to quote The Great Philosopher Carlin (“they” being corporations, financial institutions and government officials).

In our society, as George Carlin so eloquently expressed just months before his passing, rights do not exist. We made them up. We have privileges – temporary privileges. Rights aren’t rights if someone can take them away by force of legislation, as has been tried on such issues by certain members of our federal government. That is why public involvement in matters of the heart is undemocratic and fascist in nature.

I mean not to be divisive with this missive, but I acknowledge I may have been. As with many of you, inasmuch as having streets blocked for such an event as Pride can be frustrating in terms of getting from my condo in the West End to the Sylvia Hotel for a bit of solace and intoxicated bliss, a celebration of liberty is something I cannot be opposed to, whatever my personally held beliefs may or may not be. Just keep those damn coloured speedos to a minimum.

Capital Punishment

It is with great reluctance that I inform my libertarian friends that this will not be a rant dedicated to the intolerable and highly corruptible members of our respective governments. You’ll just have to wait on that. No, my learned fellow corporate prisoner, I am talking about the sort of capital punishment that involves those convicted of crimes in a court of law (as opposed to those beaten to death by over-exuberant members of our fine police force – note my sympathy).

I could bore you with facts and figures, which may appeal to basement dwellers who have made themselves believe that soiled underwear is their form of “style,” so if that is your thing, stop reading, scratch your ass and smoke a doobie.  There is nothing for you here. I promise I will wake you up when I am finished.

It must suffice to inform my reader that, based on extensive research the results of which can be found online, capital punishment, beyond a biblical need for revenge, does not, nor has it ever, been a deterrent to violent crime. It is also far more costly than housing such offenders for the duration of their natural lives.

Beyond the statistics, I find it odd that people who call themselves “pro-life” (most of whom are pro-death penalty) are so eager to see TWO lives lost instead of ONE. Many of our violent crimes are perpetrated by people who should be mental health consumers, yet many are left undiagnosed and/or untreated and fall between the cracks. This is true of both Canada and the United States, with the latter country having the far bigger burden for reasons I will not discuss here. I should have the National Rifle Association displeased with me already, and making enemies of such people seems inadvisable.

Based on my extensive research into this topic, I have come to the conclusion that some people have very little if any interest in solving these problems and protecting the public. Their only concern is punishment: reacting to a heinous crime rather than preventing it.  We are all simply sitting ducks to such people. Pawns for the sake of someone’s inane need for religiously-motivated retribution. Since people are simply either “good” or “evil,” the latter must be stamped out without question. Prevention is a lost cause to these warriors and defenders of the faith (what faith I have yet to determine, since it hardly matches any teachings of Jesus Christ that I can recall from Sunday School). If you are going to commit a violent crime in the future, nothing can save you. I respectfully disagree with my learned televangelist friends and their soon to be broke followers.

If you euthanize a violent criminal for the mere sake of punishment, something tells me they’re not going to get that message – and I don’t think Hell has a postal service. If the goal is to protect the public, why wouldn’t you look into prevention? Oh right, I forgot. There is no hope for such people.  If all human life is sacred (at least as Christians claim it is – and by human I mean to the exclusion of all other forms of life), why wouldn’t you want to at least attempt to save one of the people involved in such crimes? The murderer is responsible for taking the life of one person, but so is a system that exercises capital punishment. And who decides who lives and who dies? Forget religion, even atheist politicians believe that such decisions fall under their area of expertise. Texas Governor Rick Perry (he of “oops” fame) is lauded by many for his participation in capital punishment in his own state, but that shouldn’t be a surprise, since murder overseas tends to arouse many on the Far Right – why not murder at home? If you respect your Maker in any significant way, leaving it up to that higher power to sort out these things seems preferable than the disrespect in thinking that God is some kind of invalid (as opposed to all-powerful) and needs human help to correct such injustices.

In my view, arresting and punishing someone for the most despicable crimes in the way that is promoted by some of my conservative friends uses fellow human beings as guinea pigs. Someone has to die so that others can fulfill some kind of modern sacrament. I mean, we can’t let a murderer have all the fun of killing someone. And if you are one of those people too chicken to watch a bloody battle first hand, observing the wonders of electrocution should be right up your alley.

The whole culture invokes the thought of violence. Everything from such manly men as Wayne LaPierre to films that are banned for sexual content while violent ones are permissible demonstrates this. Capital punishment is one of those primitive forms of violence that is permissible in some societies.

I am not, however, advocating the notion that some members of society and their violent impulses aren’t incurable. Once every method of rehabilitation has been exhausted with little or no signs of improvement, life sentences seem to be reasonable in some cases. But if you call yourself “pro-life,” forgetting the theme of redemption that encompassed much of Jesus’ teachings seems more than a little ignorant.

We are told by certain members of society that life is sacred. When I hear such things advocated by those who seek to take life through a flawed system of justice, forgive my scepticism.

10 People Who Should Be Waterboarded

*There are undoubtedly far more people who fit the criteria, but these are just 10 examples*

1. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, for trying to convince the world Iran is threatening them by supposedly building a nuclear weapon, while he massages the large stockpile of such weapons he has.

2. Pick any banker. And then take their bonuses and give it to military service men and women.

3. Pick any lawyer. You’ll be right 90% of the time.

4. Anyone who thinks the government can be resisted by a bunch of rednecks with rifles, a Bible and a fundamental misunderstanding and ignorance of American history.

5. Men who hit women for ANY reason.

6. Any member of the Bush administration.

7. Prescott Bush’s remains.

8. Any member of the Rothschild banking family.

9. Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz

10. Anyone who supports the National Rifle Association and is against background checks, as Wayne LaPierre was a decade ago.