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Litigious John Boehner Believes in Unicorns and the GOP Revisionist Fairy

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We were waiting for tears of outrage after John Bone-head Beohner went all in on a clear Congressional Conspiracy Theory … per usual, the Speaker went to the mic and the mat with the newest political trend of simple, bald-faced lying.

If only Andy Griffith's Aunt Bea could reincarnate and smack the nonsense out of these smarmy political losers.

Makes one lust for the relatively pastoral times before digital communication and social media, and before watching the country devolve into two fierce teams (nobody knows who finally won the libertarians in the custody battle) who increasingly want to kick the ever-loving-shite out of each other.

Reverend Al brought the irony home at the top of his show. And had a swell clip of President Obama's humorous stop in Kansas City earlier on Wednesday. It was a great counter-note from the sheeple stampede in Congress, with litigious intent.

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We need far more women in politics. They are our only shot at actually getting things done, at all levels. And nudging out existing Congressional Regressive Right asshats like Boehner.

Pardonnez le Chuck Todd, but occasionally someone we truly want to know better is a guest, sort of a reward for tuning in to morning messnbc.

This week alone has been one fruitful news garden including his segment with the Lady Sitting Senator from Wisconsin, openly gay and proud. Also delighted to have been a part of the twenty women Senate 'glut' of women in politics.

Some glass ceilings were seriously head-butted by Sen. Baldwin, who outstandingly claimed the dual honors of serving as the first openly gay senator and the first female Wisconsin senator. EVER.

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Binders full of women, the GOP binders, which presumably would be in the custody Speaker would assuredly not have given her even a page. And she hasn't even expressed herself fully, being a frosh Senator.

It's a lucky thing we women rule at consensus. And being loud.

It's an absurdly long haul to some of the Lipton Brigade's more blatantly deaf volunteers.

And you heard the president say, "Don't boooo -- Vote!

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A fascinating Maddow take on the Impeachment Malarkey Wednesday.

 

Poster courtesy our friend Mel Neuhaus, @acehanna54 on the Twitterz

Poster courtesy our friend Mel Neuhaus, @acehanna54 on the Twitterz

 

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Your Weekly Upchucks: KC Boyd Brings Us Shocking Religion News

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Please welcome back regular guest contributor, author of Being Christian -- a racy novel that explores the dark underbelly of the right-wing Christian world -- and the go-to blogger on shocking religion news, hypocrisy, and all things church v. state (weekly upchucks), KC Boyd. You might remember her from her earlier posts.

You can link over to the official KC Boyd site here for the rest of this post. It’s well worth a look, because I left out a ton of great upchuckable stuff, including antidotes! These are but a few of her weekly "where religion meets your rights" collection:

Your Weekly Upchucks: The place where religion meets your rights

– by KC Boyd

Abortion and Contraception

  • Chuck Me  A Loogie: It’s their Christianity or the highway to hell: Abortion Protesters Interrupt Church Service, Tell Pro-Choice Worshippers To ‘Repent’
  • Back Alleys. They’re A-Boomin’ Hurl: Number Of Texas Women Living 200 Miles From An Abortion Clinic Has Jumped By 2,800 Percent
  • Dug-In Spew: In a Room Crowded With Duggars, Ohio Republicans Pledge to Reintroduce Heartbeat Ban

Creationism

  • Can’t Make It Up-Chuck: Creationist Ken Ham calls to end space program because aliens are going to hell anyway

Education

Fifty Shades Of Hate

  • Governor of Puke: Michigan mayor says giving atheists equal treatment is like favoring the Nazis or the KKK

Fifty Shades Of Loony

  • Because Marcus Never Preys On Michele-Chuck: Michele Bachmann: Gays want to ‘freely prey on little children sexually’

If Media Is The Message

  • Fall Down Upchucking: “Christians today face discrimination at unprecedented levels”
  • Spew It Wide: Columnist tells Jewish voters to stop backing Dems, says they are planning anti-Semitic “atrocities

Israel, Hagee and End Times

Military

Politics Nation

  • Cruz Spewz: Personhood Supporter Ted Cruz Shocked Anyone Thinks GOP Wants To Curtail Contraception Access

Religion Gone Mad

  • Remember When The GOP Didn’t Spell U-P-C-H-U-C-K? Bob Dole is gearing up 4 another fight against the Religious Right over a UN treaty covering people with disabilities.
  • Hurling Nuggets: How Chick-fil-A Hires: The Christian Way

Same Sex Issues

  • Tastes Like Puke-Chuck: OR bakery that refused wedding cakes for same-sex couples now bakes ex-gay cakes

Sausage Makers And Their Sausage

  • For The Gucci Set-Chuck: Proposed Republican Bill Would Treat Contraception Like a Luxury Good
  • Pandering Poopie: GOP Senate Leader Mitch McConnell just announced that if anti-choice Republicans take control of the Senate this November, one of his top priorities will be to pass an abortion ban

Supremes And Lower Courts

  • Next Up SCROTUS? Supreme Court keeps Utah same-sex marriages on ice
  • Up-Chuck And Away: The Hobby Lobby Decision Makes ‘Religious Freedom’ A Euphemism For Imposing Religious Doctrine. America Should Beware.

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"I don't recall 'if you're comfortable with it' qualifying any of Jesus Christ's commandments."

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Regular readers know that I'm a big Michael Hiltzik fan, and for good reason. He's good at spreading the-- What's it called again? Oh yeah-- truth. One of his latest columns dealt with the truths regarding the Supreme Court's wrongheaded Hobby Lobby ruling in favor of allowing bosses to make health decisions for women. The consequences of that one were fairly easy to predict. Not only are businesses trying to use their "religious beliefs" against access to contraception, but now the decision is oozing into other areas of discrimination, as in gay and transgender targets. But hey, it's all cool, because it's in the name of Religion, with a capital R. In short: Blame Jesus.

Where's an impartial Supreme Court when you need one?

Which brings us to today's Los Angeles Times letters to the editor, because our voices matter:

Plaudits to Michael Hiltzik for highlighting how the U.S. Supreme Court's outrageous Hobby Lobby decision may abet religious zealots' discrimination against gays and transgenders in the business world. ("Hobby Lobby's harvest: A religious exemption for LGBT discrimination?," July 16)

Hiltzik's telling parallels with mid-20th century racism ring true. For pious segregationists, the 1896 decision Plessy vs. Ferguson served to keep public schools segregated until Brown vs. Board of Education in 1954.

That epic reversal set the stage for civil rights legislation enacted during the next decade, which served to counter persistent racism.

Hiltzik's apt insights suggest that the 5-4 Hobby Lobby decision won't, like the Plessy ruling, endure for decades. All that's needed is one more high court justice who favors equal rights over faith-based discrimination.

Devra Mindell, Santa Monica

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On Monday, President Obama issued an executive order barring LGBT discrimination by federal contractors. To protect their organizations from feeling "very uncomfortable" and to perpetuate "diversity of opinion," Pastor Rick Warren and other religious leaders, in a July 1 letter to Obama, argue their right to discriminate against the LGBT community while still receiving federal (taxpayer) funding

There is a disgraceful hypocrisy lurking in a request by Christian church leaders for religious exemption from an anti-discrimination rule. I don't recall "if you're comfortable with it" qualifying any of Jesus Christ's commandments.

Ellen Chavez Kelley, Santa Barbara

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Hiltzik's excellent column was deficient in only one respect. He failed to ask Warren or Father Larry Snyder where in the fundamental documents of their faith they find their God commanding them to discriminate against LGBT people in terms of employment. Are they discriminating on religious grounds, moral grounds, or do they want to discriminate because they're simply bigoted?

Additionally, if their consciences won't allow them to treat LGBT people equally, they're always free to say "no" to the taxpayers' money.

John Gibson, Los Angeles

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Elizabeth Warren "Constitutionally Fit" Thanks To An 1848 Multi-Tasking Mama Named Elizabeth

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I'm watching Senator Elizabeth Warren give another rousing, inspiring  speech.  I love her. I love a woman who takes action and fights for truth, justice and the American way.  Remember The American way?  Elizabeth Warren does.  And she wants us to fight for it.
via Netrootsnation:

If we push back hard, we can win. We fight, we win. We don’t win every time, but we’re learning to win. We’re learning to win and we will keep winning.

She is out there, supporting her colleagues who are running for office, promoting her book A Fighting Chance, calling out the bad guys, and demanding accountability.

It's July 2014 and the world is at war, going crazy.  Planes are being shot out of the air, rockets are being launched, fingers are being pointed and everyone is blaming everyone else.  Where is the accountability?

And as I watch this fabulous female Elizabeth Warren, I see another fabulous female Elizabeth.  Elizabeth Cady Stanton, who back in July 1848 gave quite the rousing inspiring speech at an herstoric convention, and paved the road (with a load of other fabulous females and males) for Elizabeth Warren to travel on.

See back in 1840, Elizabeth Cady Stanton was  twenty-four years old and on her honeymoon, enjoying - as she wrote in her diary - "the pleasures of the flesh".  Yes.  Her destination?  A convention. The 1840 World Anti-Slavery Convention in London.  Peeps from aaaallll  around the world gathered to find a way to abolish slavery.

And keep in mind what travel was like in the eighteen hundreds; arduous, dangerous, nightmarish.  This was a large group of thoughtful committed citizens - to paraphrase the great Margaret Mead.

So, Elizabeth Cady Stanton - (who had the audacity to keep her maiden name - Cady -  and refused to say the word "obey" in her wedding vows) was privileged, educated, super smart and knew that this was an opportunity to really participate in the world. An opportunity provided by Henry Stanton, her brand new husband - an abolitionist - who was invited to the London Convention.

That's where Elizabeth Cady Stanton went on her honeymoon and that's where she met Lucretia Mott, forty-seven year old famous abolitionist and adored Quaker minister, who became Elizabeth's friend and mentor.

Ms. Mott had been invited as a delegate from The Philadelphia female Anti-Slavery Society, which she established because - as a woman - she was not allowed to speak or participate in any of the Abolitionist Meetings.

But it turned out the 1840 World Anti-Slavery Convention was "limited to gentlemen" and the women were

via factsonfileweb.com

constitutionally unfit for public or business meetings

and not allowed to speak or participate.

The men took a vote.  Some of them said yes, let the women participate.  But more of them, lots more, said no.  Including Elizabeth's new husband Henry Stanton.  Ooooh.  No more pleasures of the flesh for him! The women end up behind a curtain.  Behind a curtain!

So, after the meeting, walking around London, arm in arm, bonding and bitching, Lucretia and Lizzie (as Elizabeth was affectionately called), vowed to have their own meeting.

From Not for Ourselves Alone

I find it remarkable that abolitionists who so keenly feel the wrongs of the slaves should be so oblivious to the equal wrongs of their own wives, sisters, mothers, said Lizzie.

She had quite a way with words, that Lizzie.

We must hold a convention to form a society to advocate the rights of women.

And they did.  Thanks to geography and tea.

Eight years later Lizzie is a thirty-three year old, multi-tasking Mama, suffering from mental hunger and domestic drudgery, and living in Seneca Falls, a sleepy little town in upstate New York.  She gets invited to a tea party in Waterloo, the next town over. Meanwhile, Lucretia Mott goes to visit her sister in Waterloo, and gets invited to the same tea party.  Lizzie and Lucretia had not seen each other in eight years.

From Not for Ourselves Alone:

"I can find nothing to bring into play my higher faculties", she tells Lucretia.
From She's History!
"I get so angry when I see Henry going about where and how he pleases.  He can walk at will through the whole wide world or shut himself up within four walls with his books and his thoughts.  When I contrast his freedom with my bondage I am fired anew!  We must have a meeting as we discussed in London and we must do it here in Seneca Falls"!

And so a meeting was planned.

Not wanting to schlep her three little boys, who she referred to as "hellions", she called for the meeting to be held in her home town of Seneca Falls.  A working mother's practicality is the reason the first women's convention was held in Seneca Falls.
A sign was posted in the local paper;

"Women’s Right’s Convention – A convention to discuss the social, civil and religious condition and rights of woman will be held....in the Wesleyan Church in Seneca Falls.”

This was The First Meeting Held And Organized By American Women!
They drafted a Declaration of Sentiments, based on The Declaration Of Independence, our founding father's little list of eighteen grievances against King George.  The women just substituted men for King George.

All men and women are created equal.

But when Elizabeth had the audacity to ask for the right to vote, she stood alone.  Not even Lucretia Mott would back her up.
From Not for Ourselves Alone:

"Lizzie, thou wilt make the convention ridiculous".

But Lizzie's good friend Frederick Douglass backed her up and the right to vote  - is resolved!

From Not for Ourselves Alone:

The duty of the women of this country to secure to themselves their sacred right to the elective franchise.

Watching Elizabeth Warren go after the banks and the bad guys, lobbing fact after fact, so articulately, so passionately, so brilliantly, I think of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the countless unknown fabulous females who fought and fought and pushed back hard.

Most of them died before they saw women win the right to vote.

They would adore Elizabeth Warren and I can only imagine what they would think of the most powerful country in the world holding its breath waiting for a woman to announce if she will run for President.  We've come a long way since 1848.

Of course, there's that war on women to deal with.

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Power play: Hobby Lobby et al. "not happy until their faith has more influence."

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My Twitter followers often ask me why religious-slash-conservative politicians do what they do despite the potential negative effect on so many Americans. Why, for example, do they persist with their War on Women? Why do they insist that a zygote is a child and force closures of women's health clinics, putting existing lives at risk? Why do they claim they are "pro-life" as they scream their heartless, vicious verbal attacks at-- and put the fear of their god into-- child refugees who are escaping from rape, violent abuse, and death? Why do right wing extremists allow these atrocities to continue? Why are they willing to potentially end lives in the name of their god? My answer is an abbreviated (it is Twitter, after all) one-size-fits-all reply: Power and money.

Power and money are strong motivators. Tossing red meat to rabidly hungry political donors and like-minded voters goes a long way to securing state and federal lawmakers' positions. And by keeping their jobs, they get to extend their influence. It's all about self-interest.

Hypocrisy is an ingredient of Theocratic Stew, too, but that doesn't answer the Why. Besides, some outwardly religious zealots may very well believe their own fevered, ill-conceived blather.

The Hobby Lobby case allows bosses to control and exert their influence over women, women who may hold different beliefs (or disbeliefs) than the corporate "person" that pays them. Rather, they claim it's about their beliefs. Some of us see it differently.

Today on her radio show, Nicole Sandler played an interview with David Silverman. Silverman is the president of AmericanAtheists.org. He was discussing conservatives and their heavy-handed religious policies, but made a very important distinction. To quote Silverman, "It's not conservative, it's theocratic." Bingo.

Which brings me to today's Los Angeles Times letters to the editor, because, believe it or not, our voices matter:

That's rich, a Christian activist law firm calling itself the Becket Fund for Religious Freedom. Equally Orwellian phrasing titles the constitutionally dubious Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which the Becket firm has cited to obtain ill-considered U.S. Supreme Court decisions favoring Christianity over sound public policy. ("Law firm in Hobby Lobby win is playing key role in religion cases," July 19)

For truth in advertising, how about "the Becket Fund for Denying Nonbelievers' Rights to Freedom from Religion"?

So what if this firm advocates a Muslim prison inmate's right to grow a beard. That ploy likely will prevail as a bone thrown to non-Christian detractors, but its narrow application betrays the firm's ulterior motive: to set up more far-reaching court rulings to favor the Christian majority.

Edward Alston, Santa Maria

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The lawyers for Hobby Lobby don't seek religious freedom. As with the recent Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Care Act's contraception mandate, they seek the right to extend their religious beliefs to apply to everyone else.

All over the world, it's common for those who practice a particular religion not to be satisfied with their own personal religious freedom. They are not happy until their faith has more influence.

In Iraq, this conflict gets people killed. In the U.S., the Supreme Court allows businesses to force employees to comply with owners' religious beliefs.

The freedom of religion in the 1st Amendment prevents the government from establishing a religion. Once the immense power of government assists one religion, all others suffer.

Norwood Price, Burbank

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Your Weekly Upchucks: Shocking Religion News

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Please welcome back regular guest contributor, author of Being Christian -- a racy novel that explores the dark underbelly of the right-wing Christian world -- and the go-to blogger on shocking religion news, hypocrisy, and all things church v. state (weekly upchucks), K.C. Boyd. You might remember her from her earlier posts.

You can link over to her site here for the rest of this post. It’s well worth a look, because I left out a ton of great upchuckable stuff, including antidotes! These are but a few of her weekly "where religion meets your rights" collection:

Your Weekly Upchucks: The place where religion meets your rights

– by K. C. Boyd

Abortion, Contraception And Women

Education

  • Arizona Hurls Again: Mesa public charter school teaches religion.
  • Flinstonian Puke-Fest: GOP candidate for Minnesota House of Reps, wants public schools to teach that humans & dinos lived together.

Fifty Shades Of Hate, Lies And Propaganda

  • Perky Pukery: Primo hater and theocrat Tony Perkins asks: Is it Burger King or Burger Queen

If Media Is The Message

  • Projectile Lies: Bill O’Reilly Advances Extremist Personhood Argument Against Abortion

Politics Nation

  • Poopy On The Upchuck: The Tea Party Isn’t a Political Movement, It’s a Religious One. Obama is the Antichrist, Republicans are heretics, and compromise is unholy.

Religion Gone Mad

  • Capesce Chuck? An Outrage Beyond All Others: The Use Of Religion to Assault Democracy
  • Penis Licking Upchuck! Right-wing youth leader threatens his ‘gay’ dog on Facebook: ‘Don’t challenge my principles’

Sausage Makers And Their Sausage

  • Snausage Spew: Governor tells Iowans to ‘repent’ in official proclamation for Christian revival at Capitol

Scandal

  • The Drip, Drip, Drip Of Puke: Florida pastor accused of raping clients of homeless shelter

Supremes And Lower Courts

  • Scotal Oath-Chucking: Justice in the United States is for the rich, powerful, Christian male
  • Scrotal Puke-Chucking: The Hobby Lobby Stages of Grief: Stage 2, Anger
  • Regurgitating Racism:. Federal Appeals Court Orders Texas To Issue Confederate Flag License Plates

Theocracy Rising

  • Upchuck’s Family Values: Hobby Lobby Case Linked To Secretive National Prayer Breakfast Group, “The Family”
  • Myth Bustin Spit-Up: Who’s surprised here? Researchers: Children exposed to religion have difficulty distinguishing fact from fiction
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Your Weekly Upchucks: Shocking Religion News

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Please welcome back regular guest contributor, author of Being Christian -- a racy novel that explores the dark underbelly of the right-wing Christian world -- and the go-to blogger on shocking religion news, hypocrisy, and all things church v. state (weekly upchucks), K.C. Boyd. You might remember her from her earlier posts.

You can link over to her site here for the rest of this post. It’s well worth a look, because I left out a ton of great upchuckable stuff, including antidotes! These are but a few of her weekly "where religion meets your rights" collection:

Your Weekly Upchucks: The place where religion meets your rights

– by K. C. Boyd

This was the week when the Supreme Court ruled that corporations are not only ‘people but that they’re people with a kind of ‘superior’ Christianity that all too closely represent the Taliban. Lady Liberty lost something dear this past week and our great American forefathers weep from their graves. More pointedly, We The People lost important liberties this week and we lost them because too many good people have stood out past elections – - elections that determined the make-up of this particular court.

My Upchucks are more abbreviated than usual – - not because there are fewer and certainly not because it was an insignificant week, but because I am away ‘celebrating’ the 4th. Watch for the next Upchuck on July 21st and in the meantime, train your eyes and ears on the theocrats that would have our souls and our country. If we let them.

It Can Happen Here

Abortion

Education

  • Don’t Let Creationism Hit You In The Arse, Ass: Ken Ham Says Secular Schools Are ‘Churches of Atheism’ After Homeschooled Grads Cant Get Jobs.

Elections

  • Sixteenth Upchuck? God Help Us:  Could he possibly represent America less?? Little Bobby Jindal Courts Religious Right with His Eye On ’16

Same Sex Issues

  • Spew Fit For A TheoracyGay Couples May Soon Have to Choose Between Getting Married and Not Getting Fired

Sausage Makers And Their Sausage

  • State Hate: Mike Lee (R-UT) Agrees With Scrotal Decision Because Women Use Birth Control ‘Largely For Recreational Behavior’
  • That’s Just This Week Chuck: While You Were Paying Attention To Hobby Lobby, Five States Made It Harder To Get An Abortion

Supremes And Lower Courts

  • Festering Ka-Ka: With Hobby Lobby behind us, here are four other festering church-state issues
  • Narrow Decision My BippySCOTUS has already expanded Hobby Lobby decision

Theocracy Rising

  • Dark Ages Drek: They’re coming for your contraception and that’s not hyperbole.
  • God’s Army Of Pukers: 82 Corporations Set To Drop Birth Control Coverage( fyi,#5 iis the company who engraved Scripture on all US rifle sights sent to the Middle East)
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