July 20th, 2007

R.B.F.



Who's the bane of YOUR existence? Surely there's someone who pisses you off in such a huge way that it merits flogging, at least. 'Round here, we call that person a RAT BASTARD. Who is the person you most want to rip a new asshole for whatever reason? Go ahead - now's your chance to put them on blast. Start commenting, and have fun gettin' your hate on - and out. IP logging is off and anonymous commenters WERE welcome, but I've had to disable it since I've gotten six tons of bullshit spam comments lately. Sorry about that.

Go on - vent your spleen...

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Jesus Swing

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What If Harry Potter Were A Devout Christian?
The Washington Post indulges its fantasies of a Harry Potter book with Christian overtones.
"Could the next Harry Potter be a devout Christian?" That's the rhetorical question that begins the WaPo's exploration of "Christian Fantasy" in their front page article, "Christian Fantasy Genre Builds Niche Without Hogwarts, Muggles or Spells."

Being the heathen I am, I always thought "Christian Fantasy" had something to do with snorting blow off a gay hooker's ass while pretending that you're a happily married straight dude, but it turns out that "Christian Fantasy" is an entire literary genre that apes the themes built by giants like Tolkien and Rowling, then pastes over the icky stuff--like devil juice, err, magic. And the girl characters probably aren't so "smart" and "uppity," either.

Like the Potter series, it has mystical creatures, macabre events, epic battles and heroic young protagonists.

But, unlike the Potter books, this genre has overt Christian tones: messiah-like kings who return from the dead, fallen satanic characters and young heroes who undergo profound conversions. What you won't generally find: humans waving wands and performing spells.

Or, ya know, fun.

And certainly no resemblance to actual humanity. Even in the books for Christian adults, including other genres like Christian romance and Christian horror, there's "No swearing (not even 'gosh' and 'darn'), no dancing or drinking by Christian characters, no gambling, no mention of intimate body parts. And forget sex scenes, even if the characters are married to each other." Just a bunch of stick figures on a page living impossibly flawless lives. Talk about Christian fantasy.

Between the ridiculously popular incarnation of clean-slate Christianity currently permeating American culture, and books catering to the idea that it's possible to live a sin-free life once one's been "saved," it's no wonder there are so many sanctimonious pricks running around, judging and condemning those of us who are just trying to live the lives we were given and exerting no effort to hide that we're flawed and make the occasional mistake.

The sad and infuriating thing about these wankers is that they don't even understand the most basic principle of Christianity--if there were such a thing possible as a clean-slate life, there wouldn't be Christians in the first place. Jeesy Carpenter didn't crawl up on that cross because no one would ever sin again; he did it because they would.

That's the whole raison d'être for the religion so important to them they can't read Harry stinking Potter. And they don't even seem to care.
Pro Life

More Iraq Failure, How We're Leaving Our Own ON Their Own, & The Senate All-Nighter

"Although Department of Defense standards for enlistment in the armed forces disqualify recruits who suffer from "[Post Traumatic Stress Disorder], the military is redeploying service members to Iraq who fit that criteria."

- The Hartford Courant, 5/14/06
Bush "strongly opposes" a 3.5% pay raise for the military. Adding yet more insult to grave injury, the Pentagon balked at pleas from officers in field for safer vehicles. Iraqi troops got MRAPs while the Americans waited. So much for that responsibility to give our troops the protection and equipment they need. Remember how a lot of us have been saying that the situation we have created in the middle east has created more terrorists than it has killed? Well now we have even Bush's intelligence report saying the war in Iraq is making us less safe at home:
The National Intelligence Estimate that was released today—titled "The Terrorist Threat to the Homeland"—amounts to a devastating critique of the Bush administration's policies on Iraq, Iran, and the terrorist threat itself.

Its main point is that the threat—after having greatly receded over the past five years—is back in full force. Al-Qaida has "protected or regenerated key elements" of its ability to attack the United States. It has a "safe haven" in Pakistan. Its "top leadership" and "operational lieutenants" are intact. It is cooperating more with "regional terrorist groups."

As a result, the report concludes, "the U.S. Homeland will face a persistent and evolving terrorist threat over the next three years" and is, even now, "in a heightened threat environment."
There's more here.

On Tuesday, BooMan posted about the Historical Night in the Senate and David Sirota wrote a post entitled On Iraq, It's The Senate Country Club vs. The Country At Large. For those who missed out on the Senate allnighter details, some of the best bits were blogged at AlterNet. I still think the best speech of the night award goes to Sen. Mary Landrieu - video is here - definitely a must-see.

I'm working on a post now about the Neoconservative Republican movement and how they really, sincerely want all liberals tortured and executed. These are the people that Coultermort speaks to and speaks for, and they're dangerous minds to say the least and fucking scary to say the most.