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Enough, again, about 9/11

In Current Events, History, World Affairs on June 27, 2011 at 02:32

This is a repost and update in honor of President Obama’s invoking of 9/11 in his latest speech to justify the Afghan war. “On September 11, 2001, nineteen men hijacked four airplanes and used them to murder nearly 3,000 people. They struck at our military and economic nerve centers. They took the lives of innocent men, women, and children without regard to their faith or race or station. Were it not for the heroic actions of the passengers on board one of those flights, they could have also struck at one of the great symbols of our democracy in Washington, and killed many more.

As we know, these men belonged to al Qaeda – a group of extremists who have distorted and defiled Islam, one of the world’s great religions, to justify the slaughter of innocents. Al Qaeda’s base of operations was in Afghanistan, where they were harbored by the Taliban – a ruthless, repressive and radical movement that seized control of that country after it was ravaged by years of Soviet occupation and civil war, and after the attention of America and our friends had turned elsewhere.

Just days after 9/11, Congress authorized the use of force against al Qaeda and those who harbored them – an authorization that continues to this day. The vote in the Senate was 98 to 0. The vote in the House was 420 to 1.”  (link)

Shut up already about 9/11

The United States is using 9/11 as an excuse to be the world’s police force and to attack Muslim dominated nations. In that spirit, I have performed the following actions:

I kicked an Englishman in the balls today in remembrance of Bloody Sunday and the atrocities in Ireland. I burnt Oxford editions of the collected works of Shakespeare, the British playwright of terror, for good measure.

Throwing bricks through the window of a sushi restaurant satisfied my lust to get back at the Japanese for Pearl Harbor. I do that every December 7. I also like to smash big snouted Romans in the nose for their besting my Celtic Queen, Queen Boudicca, back in the first century. I stabbed a priest for all the pedophilia and betrayal by other Catholic priests for good measure.

Then I gathered some patriots to spit on some Christians as they left their holy church of terrorist training for bombing Oklahoma City’s Federal Building. We also spray painted “Jesus Freaks” on the side of several Christian terrorist training centers. It was the Protestants that killed my Irish ancestors, so we had to go on and burn a few Christian churches (and their terrorist training manual, the Bible) in the process. That will show those Prods that we are right and they are wrong.

Honor the dead, but don’t use their deaths as an excuse to hate, discriminate and hurt and kill others. (link)

Self proclaimed super patriot’s scream, “We must never forget.” Forget what? Forget that you irrationally fear and hate all Muslims based on the actions of a tiny group of fundamentalists?

Shut up about 9/11 already. How about using the historical tragedy as a call to promote peace. Or is that too close to the original message of Jesus?

The article “The United States of Fear” states well how we have sold out our freedoms in the name of fear. (link)

Enjoy, and happy endless wars. And as President Obama said to end his speech justifying continued war, “Thank you, God Bless you, God Bless our troops, and may God Bless the United States of America.” No, God bless you President Obama.

See the text of his speech.

For fun, compare President’s Obama misinformation and lies about Afghanistan with those in Lyndon Johnson’s speech about Vietnam.

Addendum: I am not asking or expecting anyone to stop grieving or remembering the loss, especially personal losses, from the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. What I hope is that we stop allowing politicians and others to use 9/11 to justify torture, wars against innocent nations and people, civilian bombing, rendition, assassination and other atrocities.

Tex Shelters

Who should resign?

In Current Events on June 18, 2011 at 19:26

President Ronald Reagan funneled money to death squads to the Central American nations of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Nicaragua. Thousands of peasant farmers, native people, and others were killed in the process. I guess he resigned after that, right?

The already divorced Ronald Reagan also fornicated with Nancy before they were married.

Bush sent troops to fight overseas and die using the lies of weapons of mass destruction being in Iraq. Meanwhile, our troops tortured and killed innocent civilians for little benefit. And thus, President Bush resigned in disgrace, yes sir.

Joseph Lieberman backed John McCain over Barack Obama and he’s still in the good graces of the party. He retained his committee seats, and he wasn’t even censured for fighting against almost every Obama initiative. What, they didn’t think another Democrat could win in Connecticut? He pushed the Iraq War with the same lies Bush used. But the democrats love his support of murder. I least he didn’t send a Tweet of his junk, right?
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ben-cohen/ten-democrats-who-should_b_147167.html And now Lieberman is talking about starting a war in Syria. http://gawker.com/5786515/get-excited-for-joe-liebermans-war-in-syria He should resign over this, right? He did try to usurp the President’s power. Isn’t that treason?

Nancy Pelosi should resign for not going after Bush and Cheney with Impeachment hearings. And Speaker Pelosi didn’t even have to do any of the research. Rep. Kucinich already did it for her. She didn’t want to be divisive and thus didn’t consider impeachment. Yes, she was accommodating the Republicans so she could get along better. Sound like a capitulating sitting President we know of currently in the White House.

In addition, she is no friend of labor. She voted for NAFTA against the concerns of her labor support in the San Francisco Bay Area, and has consistently supported job destroying trade acts. She has also voted yes on every single war appropriations bill. (link) Therefore, she is an accomplice in the murder of thousands of Iraqis and Afghans. So why doesn’t Pelosi resign?

Anthony Weiner sent photos of himself in underwear and had suggestive conversations with staff and others. While inappropriate, no one lost their job or died. In fact, you could argue that Weiner helped the careers of Jon Stewart and others by giving them material because Stewart didn’t have unemployment, wars, the Middle East, Bachmann, or Newt to go after that week. Perhaps Jon Stewart should resign too?

Here’s the score:

Killing Central Americans with illegal wars, fine.

Killing and torturing Iraqis and Afghans based on lies, no big deal.

Voting to authorize the killing of foreigners and war funding even when your constituents are against those war, SOP.

Passing laws that move U.S. jobs overseas, great idea!

Supporting Republicans over your own party and promoting endless wars while usurping the President’s authority, Democrats love that.

But show underwear with an outline of a penis? LWD HO OMG WFT RSGN AW!
So yes, Weiner was the winner.

Tex Shelters

Tex Shelters takes his Republican Entrance Exam to Run for President

In Election Politics, Humor on June 15, 2011 at 04:12

Christian Gunn conducted the interview for Koch Industries.

Republican examiner, Christian Gunn (CG): What are the top issues in the world today?

Tex Shelters (Tex): Taxes, Terrorism (including terrorist unions), Immigration, and Taxes.

CG: What is scarier, a woman being raped, or taxes?

Tex: Taxes.

CG: Correct. Are you in massive denial?

Tex: More than any other candidate since Ronald Reagan.

CG: Name the last nine Presidents.

Tex: Barack Obama. And let me add that he’s what’s wrong with our nation and economy.

CG: Correct. Do you solemnly swear to fabricate facts?

Tex: All information will be vetted by Fox News and the Koch Brothers.

CG: Correct. What would you do to improve the economy?

Tex: Barack Obama has created the largest deficit of any nation ever in the history of the world and not created jobs.

CG: Correct. Name a Supreme Court decision you disagree with?

Tex: (Silence)

CG: Correct. Name a hero of yours and why.

Tex: Thomas Jefferson is my hero because he wrote the Declaration of Independence to warn the British not to take away our guns,  and he loves the Bible so much that he cut it into pieces and created his own version of it to better understand it.

CG: What do you think about cap and trade?

Tex: I don’t own and caps, so I don’t have any to trade.

CG: How do you feel about global warming?

Tex: I am all for it. This planet is too cold as it is.

CG: What would you do to improve our nation’s schools?

Tex: Get rid of the teachers. They’re what’s wrong with our schools.

CG: How would you improve our nations health?

Tex: Get rid of Obamacare.

CG: Correct. Now I will show you a few inkblots for your interpretation.

Number one:

Tex: Gay sex

CG: Very good Mr. Callahan, now number 2:

Tex: Gay marriage and sex

CG: Excellent. Now number 3:

Tex: Gay sex abortion.

CG: Good. Here’s another one:

Tex: Liberal socialist abortion

CG: Excellent once again. One more Mr. Shelters.

Tex: The anti-Christ, no Barack Obama.

CG: Well done Mr. Shelters. I have one last question for you, and I think I know the answer. Are you taking this exam to run for president or to get more attention for your businesses, books, and speaking tour?

Inkblots from http://blog.nermo.com/

Tex Shelters

Tracy Morgan, the Word “Faggot” and a Plea to call People “Jerk”

In Current Events on June 11, 2011 at 01:13

A Rash of Homophobia

Recently, Tracy Morgan, star of Thirty Rock and SNL veteran, went on a homophobic rant. If Morgan had been a White man talking about African Americans, his career would be over, but mocking Gays and Lesbians is acceptable to many in our society.

A Hypothetical

Let’s say I saw a comedian the other night. He happened to be a comedian who was white. He went on about how black people can’t take a joke, and that he would never allow his son to be black. The crowd of Southern Whites sopped it up like a pig with its swill.


If Morgan had been a White racist, it would have sounded like this:

“I am so tired of Black’s people’s bullshit about how they were ‘born this way’. Being Black is a choice and god don’t make no mistakes.”

“There is no way a White woman would ever want a Black man, it’s just a woman pretending to have jungle fever and pretending that Black men can give them what a White man can.”

“I am tired of Blacks talking about this racism shit, and racism stuff, and Blacks should stop being pussies

“Being Black is what kids learn from the media and rap music and shows on BET promote being Black to kids, as if it’s something normal to be glorified.”

“If my son was Black, I would have to lynch him.”

“And I don’t care if I piss off some Blacks. If they can take a needle in their arm, they can take a joke.”

Obviously, this type of racism and hatred is unacceptable in our society, as it should be. But, this is in essence what Tracy Morgan said about Gays and Lesbians at a recent “comedy” show.

According to Kevin Rogers (who was in attendance at the Ryman show) and others at the show, Tracy’s anti-gay stand-up material included:

-Mr. Morgan took it upon himself to mention about how he feels all this gay shit was crazy and that women are a gift from God and that “Born this Way” is bullshit, gay is a choice, and the reason he knows this is exactly because “God don’t make no mistakes” (referring to God not making someone gay cause that would be a mistake).

-He said that there is no way a woman could love and have sexual desire for another woman, that’s just a woman pretending because she hates a fucking man.  He took time to visit the bullshit of this bullying stuff and informed us that the gays needed to quit being pussies and not be whining about something as insignificant as bullying.

-He mentioned that gay was something kids learn from the media and programming, and that bullied kids should just bust some ass and beat those other little fuckers that bully them, not whine about it.  He said if his son that was gay he better come home and talk to him like a man and not [he mimicked a gay, high pitched voice] or he would pull out a knife and stab that little N (one word I refuse to use) to death.

-He mentioned that Barack Obama needed to man up and quit being all down with this just because he has a wife and two daughters.  All of this being followed by thunderous cheer and “You go Tracys”.  Tracy then said he didn’t fucking care if he pissed off some gays, because if they can take a fucking dick up their ass… they can take a fucking joke. (Link)

More of the Homophobia
Just this April, Kobe Bryant call referee a faggot because he called a foul on the Laker’s Star. Kobe later apologized,

“What I said last night should not be taken literally.  My actions were out of frustration during the heat of the game, period. The words expressed do NOT reflect my feelings towards the gay and lesbian communities and were NOT meant to offend anyone.”   (Link)

So the word came out in the heat of the moment? That was his apology. But why that word, why the word “faggot” and not “asshole” (my first choice in anger) or jerk, or “idiot ref”, or “blind fool”. Why did the word “faggot” come out? What is really in Kobe’s heart? How many racists have used that excuse to justify calling someone “nigger” or worse? Why is the word “faggot” on the tip of his tongue?

We don’t know what was in Kobe’s mind, but it says a lot about how slurs toward gays and lesbians are still acceptable in this day and age. Besides, there is nothing wrong with being gay. But being a jerk is just wrong; moreover, jerkdom is not limited to any race, gender, sexuality or religion. It makes the point without being a slur. So please everyone, adopt the word, “jerk”.

Joakim Noah says “fag” to Miami Heat fan.
“MIAMI – After the Miami Heat defeated the Chicago Bulls last night, Bulls Center Joakim Noah told a fan “F*** you F***word (homophobic slur).”  (Link)

So, some fan was hassling Noah, and he felt the need to call him a “fag”. Why? What is it about that word? What ever happened to “shut up jack ass”, or “stop being a jerk” or even the standard, “I’m going to smash your face in!” While I don’t condone violence, why the need to use the word “fag”?

It’s not just Black entertainers that used the word “fag” or “faggot” in the past. These are just the most recent high profile cases. We can also add Andrew Dice Clay, Ann Coulter, Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin’s daughter and other entertainers that have used the words. Whatever the race, it’s an ignorant slur that is not only hurtful, but it is meaningless and thus misses the mark.

Do entertainers such as Beck, Clay, Coulter, Noah, Bryant and Morgan feel their sexuality is threatened and thus need to use the word to make sure people know they aren’t one of them? Certainly, athletes are especially prone to irrationally defend their masculinity.

Here’s why this matters: using the word faggot dehumanizes Gays and Lesbians and makes discrimination and violence against them more acceptable.

“Dehumanization is a psychological process whereby opponents view each other as less than human and thus not deserving of moral consideration. Jews in the eyes of Nazis and Tutsis in the eyes of Hutus (in the Rwandan genocide) are but two examples…Those excluded are typically viewed as inferior, evil, or criminal.[1]…

We typically think that all people have some basic human rights that should not be violated. Innocent people should not be murdered, raped, or tortured…

However, for individuals viewed as outside the scope of morality and justice, “the concepts of deserving basic needs and fair treatment do not apply and can seem irrelevant.”[2] Any harm that befalls such individuals seems warranted, and perhaps even morally justified…

Psychologically, it is necessary to categorize one’s enemy as sub-human in order to legitimize increased violence or justify the violation of basic human rights. Moral exclusion reduces restraints against harming or exploiting certain groups of people. In severe cases, dehumanization makes the violation of generally accepted norms of behavior regarding one’s fellow man seem reasonable, or even necessary.”

If we can dehumanize Gays and Lesbians, then it is okay to bash them. (History of Gay and Lesbian bashing)

In 2007, the FBI statistics on incidents of sexual orientation hate crime included some 1,265 reported cases.  NCAVP (National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs statistics on incidents of anti-LGBT hate crimes* recorded some 1,833 cases.  Yet, Tracy Morgan wants to kill his son for being gay, which might not even be his choice as many studies report. I guess if Morgan was white, he would also support lynching.

I, for one, will never watch anything with Morgan on it again.

Tex Shelters