Republican Craziness Continues-Biking Bad for the Environment

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Mar 052013

Finally, the Republican craziness rears its ugly head somewhere besides Florida and Virginia. This time, it is Washington State Representative, Ed Orcutt (Republican), who’s firing the next shot in the Republican war on science. Orcutt recently argued that bicycling is equally bad for the environment as driving cars, because when we bike, we breathe out CO2. Wow! The craziness is strong in this one.

Bicycle Riders in Seattle, WA

And here are some folks adding to global warming

As noted at Americablog, “Republicans generally hate cyclists.  Since heaven forbid anyone exercise, or use roads in a manner that actually decreases the pollution impact.  Cyclists are socialists, you see, and simply must be destroyed.” Orcutt was responding to a question about a tax he wants to impose on bicyclists, and said:

“Also, you claim that it is environmentally friendly to ride a bike. But if I am not mistaken, a cyclist has an increased heart rate and respiration. That means the act of riding a bike results in greater emissions of carbon dioxide from the rider. Since CO2 is deemed to be a greenhouse gas and a pollutant, bicyclists are actually polluting when they ride.”

Scarier still is that Orcutt is the top Republican on the Transportation Committee.

What’s truly sad, as noted in that same article at Americablog is that, “Orcutt isn’t the fringe of the GOP, he is the GOP.”

Chris at Americablog notes the following examples of the GOP divorce from reality:

It seems to get worse daily. As commenter noted, “Yes, the GOP has a ‘crazy’ problem, but they have an even more serious one. An “embrace of ignorance” problem. They don’t even bother to try to be rational or present facts to support their positions anymore. They just make up shit and assert that it’s true, even when it’s objectively false and patently ridiculous.”

Where Have I Been?

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Jun 142010

As you probably have noticed, I haven’t posted anything in a while. I apologize for that (if it matters to anyone) as I’ve been busy with work. That’s a good thing, but it involved a lot of writing, so by the end of the day, my fingers were tired.

I have also had some household projects going on, which has given me plenty to do the past few weekends and in the evenings. I was supposed to off the entire week following Memorial Day, but that didn’t work out. I did have a couple of those days off though.

This coming Sunday my niece is having her 4th birthday here at the house. The nephews have always enjoyed swimming here, but both niece’s are totally into it, and throw a fit when it’s time to get out and go home.

I also plan to start  new series called, “Say It To My Face.” I’ve really decided that I’m tired of having wingnuts and politicians say just anything they want about LGBT folks, no matter how crazy, dishonest, over-the-top, or insulting. I’m going to try to track down contact information for them, and talk to them (or a staffer), and call them out for it directly. I already have a couple of those to get written, and more are on the way. I don’t know if it’ll change any minds, but I think people generally ratchet down the rhetoric when they have to say it, or back it up, to someone’s face (or at least their telephone voice).

There are couple of movies to get reviewed too, although we haven’t watched many new movies lately. Lay got a call for an interview for TFD, so he’s spent the past couple of weeks and weekends preparing as best he can for that. It’s a huge deal, so send positive thoughts his way.

This Week's Stupid Is As Stupid Does

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Dec 022005

It appears that, along with Bill O’Reilly, the Right Wingnut organization, American Family Association, is threatening boycotts and complaining because some companies are using "Happy Holidays" in their advertising instead of "Merry Christmas." I mean why should we acknowledge Hanukkah, after all Judaism isn’t a real religion. (Said rhetorically).

Get a grip. Here’s what I don’t understand. I could care less about whether or not someone says Happy Holidays or Merry Christmas. I don’t go to the store to get grated. I do appreciate any greeting at all, but don’t care what it is so long as it is polite.

If these goof-balls really gave a shit about observing the holiday, the real issue would be forcing these stores to actually close in observance of the holiday so their employees can enjoy one day off each year. This has long been an issue with me. I mean really, is the U.S. economy in such dire straits that retail establishments can’t take two days out of 365 to be closed? (Thanksgiving Day and Christmas).

So, maybe I’m a bit of a wingnut too, but if this group wants me to support their boycott, make the issue something is meaningful.

Alito's America A Scary Place

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Oct 312005

I might as well get a post about Bush’s Supreme Court Nominee out of the way. In bowing to the religious fanatics on the right, he’s pretty much sealed the fate of our Constitutional rights to be left alone by the government.

The right wing demanded the withdrawal of Harriet Miers so she could be replaced with a judge who met their rigid, ideological litmus test. This morning, the conservatives got what they wanted. President Bush will nominate Third Circuite Appeal Court Judge Samuel Alito as the replacement for swing-voter Sandra Day O’Connor. (In contrast, John Roberts replaced the very conservative William Rehnquist.) On NBC’s Today Show, law professor Jonathan Turley said there "will be no one to the right of Sam Alito" on the Supreme Court. Alito’s record supports Turley’s view. His history of right-wing judicial activism will be a key issue during his hearings.

ALITO WOULD OVERTURN ROE V. WADE: In his dissenting opinion in Planned Parenthood v. Casey, Alito concurred with the majority in supporting the restrictive abortion-related measures passed by the Pennsylvania legislature in the late 1980s. Alito went further, however, saying the majority was wrong to strike down a requirement that women notify their spouses before having an abortion. The Supreme Court later rejected Alito’s view and also voted to reaffirm Roe v. Wade. [Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey, 1991]

ALITO WOULD ALLOW RACE-BASED DISCRIMINATION: Alito dissented from a decision in favor of a Marriott Hotel manager who said she had been discriminated against on the basis of race. The majority explained that Alito would have protected racist employers by “immuniz[ing] an employer from the reach of Title VII if the employer’s belief that it had selected the ‘best’ candidate was the result of conscious racial bias.” [Bray v. Marriott Hotels, 1997]

ALITO WOULD ALLOW DISABILITY-BASED DISCRIMINATION: In Nathanson v. Medical College of Pennsylvania, the majority said the standard for proving disability-based discrimination articulated in Alito’s dissent was so restrictive that “few if any…cases would survive summary judgment.” Summary judgment allows a case to be dismissed before it goes to trial. [Nathanson v.Medical College of Pennsylvania, 1991]

ALITO WOULD STRIKE DOWN THE FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE ACT: The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) "guarantees most workers up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave to care for a loved one." The 2003 Supreme Court ruling upholding FMLA [Nevada v. Hibbs, 2003] essentially reversed a 2000 decision by Alito which found that Congress exceeded its power in passing the law. [Chittister v. Department of Community and Economic Development, 2000]

ALITO SUPPORTS UNAUTHORIZED STRIP SEARCHES: In Doe v. Groody, Alito argued that police officers had not violated constitutional rights when they strip-searched a mother and her ten-year-old daughter while carrying out a search warrant that authorized only the search of a man and his home. [Doe v. Groody, 2004]

ALITO HOSTILE TOWARD IMMIGRANTS: In two cases involving the deportation of immigrants, the majority twice noted Alito’s disregard of settled law. In Dia v. Ashcroft, the majority opinion states that Alito’s dissent “guts the statutory standard” and “ignores our precedent.” In Ki Se Lee v. Ashcroft, the majority stated Alito’s opinion contradicted “well-recognized rules of statutory construction.” [Dia v. Ashcroft, 2003; Ki Se Lee v. Ashcroft, 2004]

ABC Becomes Pawn of Religious Right

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Oct 022005

I have learned from an article on Daily Kos that on tonight’s episode of ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, will be an extended advertisement for James Dobson’s group, Focus On The Family. Dont’ believe me, read the article at the FotF website.

Combined with the fact that they have recently filmed an episode in Mississippi featuring First Lady Laura Bush, I can only come to the conclusion that ABC is going out of their way to get in the good graces of the wingnuts of the religious right. They are certainly entitled to go after whatever niche market they chose, but I hope you will join me in contacting them and letting them know you will not be part of the market segment they are clearly going after.

Remember, its not just these two episodes of this particular show. This network refused to accept for airing the paid advertisement from the United Church of Christ, and ran the revisionist history 20/20 episode that attempted to re-write the story of Matthew Shepherd’s death as being about drugs and sympathetic murders. And there was the segment on "The View" in which they gave extended interviews to participants in Exodus, and did not present any rebuttal, no pro-gay speaker, no counterpoint to the lies and false statistics their guests provided.

Given all of this, I’m asking that each of you join me in contacting one or more of the following:

  • The show’s host, Ty Pennington via his website;
  • The show’s producer, Endemol USA, 9255 Sunset Boulevard, Suite 1100 Los Angeles, CA 90069, Telephone: +1 310 860 9914 Fax: +1 310 860 1417, E-mail: Management: David Goldberg, President;
  • ABC, ABC Media Relations: Alison Rou (818) 460- 7798 Email:
  • The show’s primary advertiser, Sears (you should note that Sears reached a plea arrangement in the Tom Delay related case of providing illegal campaign contributions) Alwyn Lewis, CEO, Sears Corp., 3333 Beverly Road, Hoffman Estates, IL 60179, (847) 286-2500.

I sent a message via Ty Pennington’s website, and sent the following email to ABC. I will send a similar letter to Sears.

I have enjoyed many episodes of Extreme Makeover Home Edition. As a resident of Tampa, I was especially impressed with the work done for a deserving family here in the Tampa Bay area. On top of that, who wouldn’t enjoy the sense of humor and resulting antics of the show’s host, Ty Pennington.
However, it has become obvious that ABC and the show’s producers have elected to use the show as the new launching pad for resurrecting damaged Republican Administrations and most especially for showcasing hate groups.
I refer specifically to the episode I understand is to be aired this evening, which works to give extensive exposure to the group, "Focus On The Family." In short, James Dobson and his organization are an extremist group that spews hate speech, and encourages division and bigotry. Part of his organization practices discredited "reparative therapy" that the mainstream psychological organizations agree is extremely harmful to those that receive it.
Dobson, let’s remember, is the man who has attacked "Sponge Bob Square pants" as part of campaign to discredit an educational program that taught tolerance. He has called judges "godless" and "liberal" when he disagreed with their opinions, and has gone on to say:
"The courts are killing us. Not only with regard to Terri Schiavo, where they literally did kill a person, but what they’re doing to democracy. … And unless the Congress steps up with the nominations by the president and puts people on the court who have respect for the Constitution as it was written, we will no longer be a free people."
He’s called himself "Prophetic," and in an August 3rd radio show, he compared stem cell research to Nazi experimentation. This is, unfortunately, but a small sample of his dangerous and inflammatory rhetoric.
This is the leader of an organization to which you giving quarter, and it is a frightening organization led by despot that would destroy American democracy in favor of theocracy. Since ABC is providing support to this organization, I must deduce that you support their positions.
I have also learned that the White House has managed to engage you in helping the current administration rehabilitate it’s flagging image, in that you are providing an extended photo opportunity for the First Lady in a recently episode in Mississippi.
Given the new politicization of this show, I will no longer be a viewer, and I will notify the advertisers, Sears in particular, of my decision to not only abstain from watching the show, but shopping at their stores.
Sincerely yours,
John Masters

Summary Of Katrina Disaster

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Sep 122005

As I’m sure you all know, the main stream media is giving wall-to-wall coverage of Katrina. The blogosphere is also providing plenty of coverage, with some of the best known bloggers actually getting directly involved in the relief efforts down on the coast. Most certainly, this is the biggest disaster to hit the U.S. in history. Therefore, all the coverage is warranted.

I thought I would make this post about Katrina, and try to move on to other things. It is a horrible disaster, and we all need to know what is going on, and understand how over government agencies are (or are not) responding to this disaster. That being said, I think there’s some fatigue to all the coverage. I’m not going to promise I won’t post about what’s going on along the Gulf Coast again, nor that I won’t continue calling your attention to the ways that the government failed us…but I’m going to try to move on to some other things.

I live in Tampa Florida about eight blocks from the Bay. A storm like the one in New Orleans would flood my house, so I’m not being callous to this situation, nor trying to forget it. How the recovery efforts are being managed is of keen interest to me, and how people are coping with the disaster is something I will most likely someday benefit from. So I am most certainly paying attention, and being sympathetic, but I’ll leave the coverage to people who are actually there.

I do want to point out some issues. The Republicans that are attempting to stay loyal to W are pausing only long enough to take one foot out of their mouth as they put the other one in. We all know about Santorum commenting to some kids in the Astrodome that losing their home, and being displaced to another state with nothing must be like Summer Camp. If its so cool, why wasn’t he staying there.

I’ll never get over the fact that W could rush back to Washington early from a previous vacation to sign the stupid Teri Schaivo legislation, but couldn’t bring himself to head back to D.C. early to be prepared for the worst natural disaster to ever hit the U.S. And don’t forget his mother’s comments about the people in the Astrodome…how they were under-privileged anyway, so this was all working really well for them. The absolute arrogance of this family astounds me. I hate to wish ill on anyone, but I hope they go broke someday, so they can get a taste of what the real world is all about.

Then, of course we have obviously allowed the administration to use FEMA and DHS as a place to repay a lot of political Debt’s, and have put in a bunch incompetent inexperienced cronies to run the most important government agency. At least Mike Brown finally resigned today. It was very obvious that FEMA’s current administration was ill prepared and late in responding. They can try to place the blame wherever they want, but it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out they were simply unprepared.

Someone found their 2004 schedule for disaster exercises. Of 222 exercises run, only 2 dealt with hurricanes, and one of those dealt with a hurricane combined with a terrorist attack. I know, terrorism is much more glamorous than hurricane relief, but guess which one has affected more Americans.

One of the primary claims by the Administration was that they couldn’t move into the area because the Governor of Louisiana hadn’t yet declared a state of emergency. That is just a plain bold-faced lie. That had been done two days before landfall. Although I don’t think it matters anyway, an experienced FEMA team would have prepositioned resources, and if the official declarations hadn’t been made, they would have called the Governor with instructions.

I guess its just the lies of Karl Rove and his henchmen, trying to shift the blame that really pisses me off, but I get even more aggravated when I realize that people hear the crap and believe it absolutely…without any question.

They have suspended most all the rules governing government procurement, and Katrina is just another boondoggle for Cardinal Cheney’s friends at Haliburton.

And we can’t let pass all the big religious right wingnuts blaming it all on gay people and the Southern Decadence celebration. I’ve gotta tell you, if that’s who God really is, I want no part of him. (Never mind that the site of most of Decadence wasn’t flooded.)

So, now, hopefully on to other things…always remembering the people that are suffering.