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What Was That About Toning Down Rhetoric? Biden Uses Rape to Describe Repubs

Not too long ago there was so much talk about toning down rhetoric.  Even before that, using rape or things related to rape to describe your opponents was darn near taboo.  But today, Vice President Joe Biden pulled that one out at a fund raiser.  His logic?  According to an account in at, “Republicans who want to cut spending while at the same time cutting taxes for the wealthy are similar to rape apologists:”

“When a woman got raped, blame her because she was wearing a skirt too short, she looked the wrong way or she wasn’t home in time to make the dinner,” Biden said.

“We’ve gotten by that,” he said. “But it’s amazing how these Republicans, the right wing of this party – whose philosophy threw us into this God-awful hole we’re in, gave us the tremendous deficit we’ve inherited – that they’re now using, now attempting to use, the very economic condition they have created to blame the victim – whether it’s organized labor or ordinary middle-class working men and women.”

The countdown clock has started to see how long before the women’s groups yell about this. It’s so off the wall, I won’t even go into how crazy he sounds still talking about an “inherited deficit” when we are going into year 3 of the Obama administration, especially with the amount of money that has been spent in the last 2 years alone.

“The president…is most likely the beast spoken of in the Revelation.”

If there is something that has bipartisan agreement, then it’s this:  the Westboro Baptist clan is crazier than Charles Manson and his group of followers ever was.  This group of…Christians (so they say, but who am I to judge?) goes around protesting at the funerals of fallen soldiers, spreading their “God hates gays” message to the masses.  The Church has approximately 50 members, and I think that in their eyes, there will only be 50 people in Heaven after the Rapture.

Fresh off of a Supreme Court win that affirmed their free speech protections, one would figure they would be quite appreciative to the Supreme Court justices.

Not so fast! Evidently, they are all destined for the fiery pits of Hell. But they won’t be alone:

“So the justices are going to hell? The president is going to hell?” asked Fox host Chris Wallace.

“Absolutely on the president,” Margie Phelps replied. “The president is going to be king of the world before this is all said and done, and he is most likely the beast spoken of in the Revelation.”

Yep. I guess now we know why President Obama’s hair is turning gray. It’s to cover up the “666” stamped somewhere in his hairline.

Read the story here: “Westboro Attorney: Obama, Justices Going to Hell”

using religion to guilt people about giving to the poor is the in thing to do

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While checking out the recent Facebook status updates and feeds, I noticed that a few of my friend posted a Colbert clip where he humorously speaks of how Jesus would be a liberal.  As his argument goes (like others i’ve heard), because legislation giving help to the poor, or unemployed, or less fortunate, ect doesn’t get passed, or when people don’t want to jump on board the single payer healthcare train, people who claim to be Christian aren’t being very Christian-like.  In fact, they are being quite selfish!  Quite often, the argument is used by left-leaners against conservatives.  After all, aren’t those republicans always claiming to be religious?  and doesn’t their religion say to give??

There are serious holes in this method of argument that always seem to get ignored.  First, if we are going to look at how Jesus did things, he spoke directly to the people to give.  I don’t know of a time when Jesus was advocating for the government to grab folks’ stuff and do the giving for them.  When the government gets involved, wacky things happen.  Projected costs get understated.  Budgets get blown.  And when it comes to spending, once it starts, they rarely want to make cuts.

Second, often the same folks that get criticized because they don’t want the government digging in their pockets are already giving in some way or another.   Could be to a local charity or non-profit, or to their church.  so I guess for them, the argument is “well, they need to give more” or “well, they can afford it.”  Really?  Any reason to get what one needs, I guess…

Its a trip that in this day and time, folks believe they have a right to something that forcefully takes someone else’s time, talent, money, ect.  “Rights” aren’t constructed that way.