May 5, 2008

Senator John McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee for President, has manged to so far escape reprisal from voters for his connections to some of the most scurrilous members of the right wing christian evangelical movement . He “made up” with Jerry Falwell, has visited and made supportive public statements about that hot bed of evangelical indoctrination other wise known as Bob Jones “University”. He has been ecstatic about the support of megachurch preachers like Ohio’s Ron Parsley, who says, speaking about Islam,

  • The fact is that America was founded, in part, with the intention of seeing this false religion destroyed, and I believe September 11, 2001, was a generational call to arms that we can no longer ignore


Or Pat Robertson of the “700 Club” another “much apppreciated”right wing evangelical McCain supporter/endorser::

  • “I want to say it again, and again, and again: Islam is not a religion, it is a political system meant on — bent on world domination, not a religion. It masquerades as a religion, but the religion covers a worldwide attempt to exercise power and to subjugate the world to their way of thinking.”

Link to Media Matters documentation… http://mediamatters.org/items/200804090011

But really, none of this is particularly fresh news.

But what is disturbing is how little attention continues to be paid to Senator MCain’s ongoing pandering to far right wing evangelicals.

Frank Rich, my favorite NY Times columnist, wrote about Hagee’s views this past Sunday and provided a url address to one of “pastor” Hagee’s outrageous rantings on YouTube, shown below. You have to see it to believe it. As a very lapsed Catholic I have no great fondness for the Catholic church’s positions on many issues, from gay’s to abortion…but when I viewed this video the hair on my neck literally stood up.

This guy is a complete NUT JOB, A WACKO LUNATIC FRINGER...who happens to have very large following. And John McCain refuses to disavow Hagee or any of of the other racist, homophobic, war mongering preachers, while his seemingly Teflon coated status insulates him from the same kind of media firestorm surrounding Barack Obama’s relationship with Rev Wright. Rev. Wright never had the unmitigated gall to come even close to the vitriolic and malignant statements made by Hagee in this much under viewed video. McCain desperately needs the pro-life Catholic vote, wider exposure of Hagees rantings will help to undermine that strategy.

It isn’t enough to just watch the video, that is far too passive. As offended as I??

Tell Mr McCain:

You can contact the Senator at

DC Address: The Honorable John McCain
United States Senate
241 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510-0303
DC Phone: 202-224-2235
DC Fax: 202-228-2862
Electronic Correspondence: http://mccain.senate.gov/public/
WWW Homepage: http://mccain.senate.gov/


This is a link to an extensive interview that the Buzzflash bloggers conducted with Cliff Schecter, the author of The Real McCain: Why Conservatives Don’t Trust Him and Why Independents Shouldn’t. Schecter has collected real evidence regarding McCain’s temper tantrums, his vitriol, his flip flop position changing and much much more.

Read this interview and you will want to get the book.



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a YouTube message for Ralph. FERGEDDABOUTIT!!! 

The Rise of the Religious Right in the Republican Party

December 8, 2007
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The Rise of the Religious Right in the Republican Party
a public information project of the Center for Religion, Ethics, and Social Policy
at Cornell University


“This Republican Party of Lincoln has become a party of theocracy.”
U.S. Representative Christopher Shays, R-CT, (New York Times 3/23/05)
Theocracy is derived from the two Greek words Qeo/j(Theos) meaning “God” and kra/tein (cratein) meaning “to rule.” The Reverend Rod Parsley, a champion of theocracy, or what he calls a “christocracy,” told his congregation at the World Harvest Church, located just outside Columbus, Ohio, “Theocracy means God is in control, and you are not.” more

The theocratic right seeks to establish dominion, or control over society in the name of God. D. James Kennedy, Pastor of Coral Ridge Ministries, calls on his followers to exercise “godly dominion … over every aspect … of human society.” At a “Reclaiming America for Christ” conference in February, 2005, Kennedy said:

Our job is to reclaim America for Christ, whatever the cost. As the vice regents of God, we are to exercise godly dominion and influence over our neighborhoods, our schools, our government, our literature and arts, our sports arenas, our entertainment media, our news media, our scientific endeavors — in short, over every aspect and institution of human society.

Twenty-five years ago dominionists targeted the Republican Party as the vehicle through which they could advance their agenda. At the same time, a small group of Republican strategists targeted fundamentalist, Pentecostal and charismatic churches to expand the base of the Republican Party. This web site is not about traditional Republicans or conservative Christians. It is about the manipulation of people of a certain faith for political power. It is about the rise of dominionists in the U.S. federal government.

Today’s hard right seeks total dominion. It’s packing the courts and rigging the rules. The target is not the Democrats but democracy itself. more

According to acclaimed journalist and television host Bill Moyers,

True, people of faith have always tried to bring their interpretation of the Bible to bear on American laws and morals … it’s the American way, encouraged and protected by the First Amendment. But what is unique today is that the radical religious right has succeeded in taking over one of America’s great political parties. The country is not yet a theocracy but the Republican Party is, and they are driving American politics, using God as a a battering ram on almost every issue: crime and punishment, foreign policy, health care, taxation, energy, regulation, social services and so on. more


No End in Sight (2007), Acclaimed Documentary on the Bushevik Fiasco in Iraq

October 30, 2007
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Directed by Charles Ferguson

BuzzFlash.com’s Review (excerpt)


Written, produced and directed by first-time documentarian Charles Ferguson, a political scientist with a doctorate from MIT and experience at the Brookings Institution, “No End in Sight” packs the enraging cumulative punch of a “J’accuse,” but its tone could hardly be more sober. As lucid as it is level-headed, the film has a clear thematic focus — what went wrong in Iraq — and it identifies the catastrophic turning points with steely precision and a wealth of context. The result, narrated in a grave monotone by Campbell Scott, is a catalog of horrors so absurd and relentless it verges on farce, or Greek tragedy.

— LA Times Review

Remember the scene in “A Clockwork Orange” where Alex has his eyes clamped open and is forced to watch a movie? I imagine a similar experience for the architects of our catastrophe in Iraq. I would like them to see “No End in Sight,” the story of how we were led into that war, and more than 3,000 American lives and hundreds of thousands of other lives were destroyed….

Although Bush and the war continue to sink in the polls, I know from some readers that they still support both. That is their right. And if they are so sure they are right, let more young men and women die or be maimed. I doubt if they will be willing to see this film, which further documents an administration playing its private war games. No, I am distinctly not comparing anyone to Hitler, but I cannot help being reminded of the stories of him in his Berlin bunker, moving nonexistent troops on a map, and issuing orders to dead generals.

— Roger Ebert, Four Stars for “No End in Sight”

That said, prepare to be riveted: No End in Sight, Charles Ferguson’s first film, is without question the most important movie you are likely to see this year. It is not a film that simply massages your pre-existing attitudes about the war in Iraq. Rather it is a work that tells you things you almost certainly did not know about that disaster or things that have been lost to sight as chaos, anarchy and our feelings of helplessness have grown over the years since the invasion of 2003. Specifically, what it says is that the war was lost by the “coalition” in its first month — when U.S. forces failed to protect the Iraqi museum and library, among 20 other invaluable cultural, social and political sites.

“Now we have no national heritage,” a curator, standing in the ruins of his institution, says. This is bad enough, but the failure had dire and immediate political consequences as well. Televised images of the looters sent a message to the Iraqis that absent the imposition of martial law (which the U.S. had a right to declare under the Geneva Conventions) ordinary citizens had nowhere to turn for protection of their lives and property. Except to the Muslim militias. Here was a faith-based initiative with a new and deadly face. Meanwhile, back in Washington, Donald (“I don’t do quagmires”) Rumsfeld made his little jokes: who knew there were so many vases available for purloining in Iraq?

— Time Magazine

View movie trailer for No End In Sight http://www.noendinsightmovie.com/trailer.swf

Candid Film Reviews can be read on Amazon.com. Search movies No End In Sight.

THE AMAZING Flip Flopper! Something to Agree w/Rudy Giuliani about: The Red Sox!

October 26, 2007
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Providence, RI, Journal, June 2007:

Rudy Giuliani, when asked if he would accept the Presidency if it hinged on him becoming a Red Sox Fan, replied:

“I have a great deal of respect for people who really are fans of the teams they say they are fans of, but probably that’s a deal I could not make”.

On Wed Giuliani declared himself a member of the Red Sox Nation for the duration of the World Series against the National League Colorado Rockies, claiming loyalty to the American League.

How so very typical of our candidate.

I grew up in Western Mass, and my sister lives in SE New Hampshire, all Red Sox Territory. Even when I lived there, which was a long long time ago, the North Shore of Boston extended well past the resort town of Hampton Beach, New Hampshire, which lies just across the border from Massachusetts’s less infamous Salisbury Beach. I would put heavy odds that the overwhelming #s of New England sports fans , never mind New Hampshire by itself, are ardent Sox fans [and of the Patriots, Bruins and Celtics…] . Ever the opportunist Rudy sees a chance for self aggrandizement and goes for it.

I don’t begrudge him this one quite as much as I do his flops on abortion rights, gay rights, human rights, civil rights, personal relationship commitment, family relationships and just about every other position or semi liberal/libertarian idea he made use of to hang onto the Mayorship of NYC.

Nope, because if you are Red Sox fan during a World Series you are OK with me. I HATE the Yankees, and derived great pleasure in their being shut out of the ACLS. BUT, and this is a big BUT, once the Series is over, Mr G, we’re comin’ after you and your secret Drag Queen alter ego…’cause you are wrong on just about everything that needs to be made right about America, starting with your incredibly callous remarks about torture, including about those you made about the infamous “waterboarding” method that Judge Mukasey, the Attorney General nominee, and you, in his defense,  seem willing to endorse in the name of “fighting terrorism”,

That’s not the American way, Mr G, and, if that is YOUR position, then you stand both on the wrong side of the Law and the Constitution as well as being at opposite poles with the educated electorate you will face next November if you are the Republican nominee.

So, go right ahead, MR G, cheer for the Sox now, but know for real that your membership in the Red Sox Nation expires one second after the Sox claim the World Championship and that advance elements of that educated electorate will have drawn a bead on your strike OUT zone. See Ya!


Red Sox Rule!!

Ann Coulter: “I don’t think most Jews are as stupid as Donny Deutsch”

October 16, 2007
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This tidbit on the current hypocrisy of the right wing windbag wacko Ann Coulter comes from Media Matters.

On the October 11 broadcast of Steve Malzberg’s WOR (New York) radio show, right-wing pundit Ann Coulter stood by her recent comment — documented by Media Matters for America — that “we” Christians “just want Jews to be perfected.” She made that statement on the October 8 edition of CNBC’s The Big Idea, during which host Donny Deutsch later said, “I’m offended by that personally.” On Malzberg’s show, Coulter defended her remarks by saying that she had “stated the … doctrine of Christianity,” and that the idea that Christians “want Jews to be perfected” “comes from that raging anti-Semite St. Paul.” She added: “I don’t think most Jews are as stupid as Donny Deutsch,” and later asked, referring to Deutsch, “Is that guy even bar mitzvahed?”

You can read more if you do your due diligence at http://mediamatters.org/items/200710150002?src=other

Don’t just take MY word for it…

There once was a blond Neocon
Who everyone wants to be gone
When she shouts out her hate
The media always takes the bait
And her diatribe goes on and on


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