Monthly Archives: January 2012

Then again, it could be worse

I could be in Kansas, where in 20-motherlovin’-12, they’re still trying to make it legal for consenting adults of the same gender to have sex.

This makes me embarrassed to be from Pennsylvania

When the PA House unanimously passes a bill declaring 2012 to be the “Year of the Bible”, it makes me wonder how many of these people actually read. Judging from the brevity and the contents of the thing, my guess is “not many”.

WHEREAS, Biblical teachings inspired concepts of civil 
government that are contained in our Declaration of Independence
 and the Constitution of the United States; and

WHEREAS, Many of our great national leaders, among them
 President Washington, President Jackson, President Lincoln,
 President Wilson and President Reagan, paid tribute to the 
influence of the Bible in our country’s development, as 
exemplified by the words of President Jackson that the Bible is 
“the rock on which our Republic rests”; and

These are people who don’t seem to understand that the only “Biblical” teachings found in the Declaration and Constitution are generic notions that show up in every religion worldwide (“Be good to each other”, holy crap what a novel idea), but God does not show up whatsoever in either document, to say nothing of the famed Treaty of Tripoli passage.

Say what you will about their religion (many of the founding fathers were deists, if not atheists, but they weren’t all non-believers), what the men who founded this country believed in above all else was separating Church and State. You’ll notice that these nutbaskets never bring up Franklin, Adams, or Jefferson because those guys were emphatic about keeping God the fuck out of government. So they have to pick a couple who were respectful toward Christianity and use some vague statements to make it sound like they were the kind of theocrats that we have breeding around today.

Pennsylvania, I am disappoint.

Hanlon's Illness

Sorry guys, been sick and swamped with other stuff. Tomorrow I’ll be able to get back to writing. Lot to talk about!

RIP JoePa, too. Shame that he went out on such a sour note. 😦

Here's a study that'll piss a lot of people off

A UK study shows that children with low IQs grow up with conservative beliefs.

“As suspected, low intelligence in childhood corresponded with racism in adulthood. But the factor that explained the relationship between these two variables was political: When researchers included social conservatism in the analysis, those ideologies accounted for much of the link between brains and bias,” LifeScience wrote.

Lead researcher Gordon Hodson, of Brock University in Ontario, concluded that people with low IQs are attracted to the hierarchy and structure in socially conservative institutions.

Now, obviously, this comes CRAMMED with caveats. There are lots of brilliant minds who are conservative, even if we might disagree with them, and there are certainly some downright morons who are liberal.

The part that’s more interesting to me, truthfully, is the correlation between low IQs and deference to authority (implied in the attraction toward hierarchy). Conservatives are frequently authoritarian, more than happy to get down on their knees in front of the police, the military, politicians, Church officials, and powerful CEOs. The idea is generally that if someone is in a position of power, they’re somehow better* than everyone else.

*unless that person is the nebulous ‘government’ that is supposedly the cause of all of our woes. Or a Democrat.

Quick Romney thought

You know how everyone’s always going on about how tax cuts for the top means they’ll create jobs?

Just out of curiosity, how is Mitt Romney’s $250mil or so, most of it sitting in offshore bank accounts, create jobs? Seems to me that when Mitt gets tax cuts, he takes the extra money and just sits on it. Weird.

My other axiom holds true!

For a while now, I’ve been saying that Obama’s head-to-head matchups with Republicans are more theoretical than anything, and once again I’m proven right. The American people, once they get the chance to actually see and hear his Republican opponents, turn against the opposition and back toward Obama.

Just in time for his State of The Union address, the latest ABC News/Washington Post Poll shows that President Obama has garnered a 53 percent favorability rating–much higher than Republican opponents and his highest since April 2010. Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich, the two Republican frontrunners at the moment, clock in with 31 and 29 percent favorability ratings respectively.

What’s changed in the last few months? Why, a hefty dose of debates. It happened to every single Republican “frontrunner”. Once they hit the spotlight and the American people get a long enough look at them, suddenly all of these previous Republican starlets crash into the dirt. I mentioned this before, and reader Rechan pointed out to me that I forgot about Fred Thompson, a guy who was supposed to lazily traipse his way into office and collapsed inwardly before the race even really began.

Anti-Obama sentiment is a product of the fact that things haven’t suddenly become flowers and rainbows, not a reaction to his actual policies and actions. To be sure, he’s fucked up a lot of things, but that’s not why he was becoming unpopular. Contrast him side-by-side with any of his Republican opponents and we’re looking at a Reagan-in-84 victory.

SOTU tonight at 9EST

I’ll watch, most likely, but to be honest I’m tiring of hearing things like this. The State of the Union address might have meant something in the pre-digital age, but at this point it’s an annual campaign speech.