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K. C. Boyd, is the author of Being Christian - A Novel,: A black comedy guaranteed to take you on a wild and frightening ride deep into the dark side of the religious right. It is available on Amazon in multiple formats.

She is the go-to blogger for religion, hypocrisy, and all things church v. state.  You can read her earlier posts on The Political Carnival here and more about who she is on her own website here

The Weekly Upchuck March 22, 2015

Abortion, Contraception And Other Women’s Issues

Creationism

Education

Fifty Shades Of Hate

Fifty Shades Of Stark Raving Mad

If Media’s The Message

Israel, End Times And Hagee

Politics Nation

  • #SimplyFoaming RIck aka ‘Frothy’ Santorum, tells far-right crowd it’s up to them to get Bibles back in schools to save America
  • #USOfJesus David Lane Wants Religious Right ‘Army’ To Pick Next President
  • #AmericanAyatollah Meet David Lane: The Anti-Gay, Christian-Nation Extremist Of The RNC
  • #FabricateAllYouLikeFrothyYoullNeverGrabTheBigRing Rick Santorum: Obama ‘Intentionally’ Allowing Evil To ‘Prosper Around The World’
  • #ErpNoThanks From The Pulpit To The White House, Huckajesus Seeks To Become America’s Pastor In Chief
  • #FlimFlamScammery Right Winger Erick Erickson Rips Huckajesus For Pitching Products Like The “Diabetes Solution” That His Site Cashed In On
  • ItsllAboutThatBase The Jebster pandering away.
  • #JebstersFollies Not to forget Terri Schiavo on life support, as well as less well-known, and also unsuccessful, efforts to appoint a guardian for the fetus of a developmentally disabled rape victim and to prevent a 13-year-old girl from having an abortion
  • #AveACup Ted Cruz: The Tea Party’s Doomsday Prophet
  • #FrothyFoments Rick Santorum tells woman who thinks Obama almost nuked Charleston, SC that Obama is a dangerous tyrant
  • #HuckaSpew Obama has “a great sense of identity with/empathy for many of the other Middle Eastern nations.
  • #FoldingToTheCrazies The Jebster Implicitly Endorses GA Bill that Wud Legalize Discrimination Against Gays.

Religion Gone Bad, Gone Mad

Same Sex Issues

Sausage Makers And Their Sausage

Scandals And Scams

 

Science Or Not

Supremes And Lower Courts

Theocracy Rising

  • #NoPaulRevereHe Mat Staver: “A collision of unprecedented magnitude” coming between gay rights and Christianity
  • #DoofusAlert FOX News’ Steve Doocy & Anti-Gay Christian Pastor Think “Have A Blessed Day” Air Force Greeting Is Awesome
  • #CrusaderMentality USAF commanders told to “send it up the chain of command” when they get a complaint from Military Religious Freedom Foundation’s Mikey Weinstein.

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Your Weekly Upchucks: Shocking Religion News by Author @KCBoyd3

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K. C. Boyd, is the author of Being Christian - A Novel,: A black comedy guaranteed to take you on a wild and frightening ride deep into the dark side of the religious right. It is available on Amazon in multiple formats.

She is the go-to blogger for religion, hypocrisy, and all things church v. state.  You can read her earlier posts on The Political Carnival here and more about who she is on her own website here

The Weekly Upchuck March 15, 2015

Abortion, Contraception And Other Women’s Issues

Education

Fifty Shades of Hate

Fifty Shades Of Lying Propaganda

  • #Word-Smith-ingJoe: The Mormon Church’s Gay Rights Charade – Provisional support of certain LGBT legal protections—with conditions.

Fifty Shades Of Stark Raving Mad

If Media’s The Message

  • #SpoilerAlert: America is NOT a Christian nation.
  • #PutzyPornoPete: LaBarbera: GOP Will Fall If It Stops Talking About Gay Kisses On TV
  • #Who’sPunishingWho: Staver: Boycott Sports Teams That Support Marriage Equality
  • #WhatsHeThinking? Mega-disappointing that James Franco plays the role of an ‘ex-gay’ pastor.
  • #CurrentPukerFormer NFLer:Fox Sports Analyst Craig James Says Satan Is Behind Movement for LGBT Equality
  • #DrHydeIPresume? Op-ed In the New Jersey Star Ledger: Tom Cotton ‘is a Neocon monstrosity out of central casting’
  • #AbusingMLK: Alveda King, The Fox News Contributor Who Blames Natural Disasters On Gay Marriage

Israel, End Times And John Hagee

  • #CanYouSaySelf-FulfillingProphecy? Evangelicals & ISIS Feel Fine About the End of the World
  • #LovingJews ToDeath: We may well see the ‘End of Days’ but sadly, it will be by man’s nuclear
  • #Bringin’ItOn: GOP Senator Dismisses Diplomacy With Iran Over Nuclear Program, Suggests War Instead Of Diplomacy
  • #TreasonAnyone? Republican Senators Write To Leaders Of Iran, Attempt To Sabotage Nuclear Deal
  • #Bringin’ItOn#II: Foreign Minister of Israel: Behead Arabs who aren’t loyal to Israel
  • #TheStateOfOurUnionIsTenous: Tom Cotton Doesn’t Give A Sh** About Iran Talks Protocol. But A Lot Of Others Do.
  • #FollowTheMoney: “2014: Tom Cotton gets $1M from Kristol’s neocon Emergency Cmtee for Israel; repays debt with Iran letter”
  • #WherePoliticsMoney&EndTimesMeet: Senator who spearheaded letter to Iran got $1 million from Kristol’s ‘Emergency C’tee for Israel’
  • #SonOfJohnSpews: Matthew Hagee: Gay Marriage ‘Is Taking Away The Ability Of … Society To Survive’
  • #AndFatherErupts: John Hagee: Netanyahu’s Speech To Congress Was God’s Warning To America To Stand With Israel Or Face Judgment
  • #Meh? Sheldon Adelson “So Israel won’t be a democratic state. So what?”
  • #Who’sAfraidOfWWIII?Sen. Graham on Defeating ISIS: ‘This is a Religious War and We Have to Take Sides
  • #PeeYouStinky: Hagee sticks his apocalyptic nose in US foreign policy yet again.

Politics Nation

  • #ThatDuhMoment: Huckajesus Asked To Provide Example Of Negative Impact Of Marriage Equality, Draws A Blank
  • #JesusJebThatWasQuick: Jeb jumps aboard the pandering train. So much for bucking the crazies.
  • #LooksSexuallyRepressedToMe: Lindsey Graham doing Netanyahu, Israel and Adelson’s bidding: “I Fear Iran More Than ISIS
  • #ExcuuuuseHim: Whining Rand Paul Says Gay Marriage ‘Offends’ Him.
  • #WalkeringTHeWalk: LOOKING FOR WALKER TO “DO NOTHING” (BUT CARRY A BIG RELIGIOUS STICK) IN 2016 ELECTION
  • #CruzingToInfamy: Ted Cruz Touts Anti-Gay Bona Fides To Extremist Group
  • #InTheValleyOfJordan(Sekulow): Team Jeb Bush’s Liaison to the Religious Right Is Islamophobic, Opposed to Marriage Equality and Vigorously Anti-Abortion
  • #AllAboutThatBase: Jeb’s all about that base,’Bout that base no trouble.
  • #RickysEarWhisperer: Rick Perry: God’s Candidate For President

Religion Gone Bad

Same Sex Issues

Sausage Makers And Their Sausage

Scandal

Science – Or Not

Supremes And Lower Courts

Theocracy Rising

Antidotes

 

 

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You Say Tomato, I Say Tomato...

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Tomato-Tomato

No more tomato-tomato.  "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off."

Over the past two days, more information regarding James Foley's incarceration by ISIS and ultimate beheading has come to light. The State Department has released information that the captors had used waterboarding on Foley and others who they still hold as prisoners.

Immediately the press jumped on this with sensationalist fervor -- ISIS accused of torturing American hostages.

Really?

Where was this shock and horror when George Bush, Dick Cheney and the CIA authorized the very same horrific and shameful actions? Of course then, it wasn't called torture because we were doing it and the recipients weren't Americans. Under those circumstances it was was blissfully called "enhanced interrogations."

The games the Republicans play with words. Semantics.. And we as Americans just turned our heads to that one. Even John McCain, reportedly tortured while a prisoner of war in Viet Nam, came out against torture BUT he gave his sanctimonious approval to "enhanced interrogations." What two faced criminals these guys are.

Why the double standard? Waterboarding is torture. It was before the US started doing it and it is when/if we continue to do it.

By now most reporting of our shameful abundant usage of waterboarding has been curtailed. But accepting that practice for what it is still hasn't. Only the hypocritical outrage in the press seems to have changed.  HUFFPO:

Interestingly, while the Post has, like most mainstream outlets, typically been reluctant to call methods such as waterboarding "torture" when it was practiced by Americans, the paper had no apparent problem calling what ISIS did to Foley "torture."

That brings us back to the headline, the George and Ira Gershwin's song. The correct title of that tune is  Let's Call The Whole Thing Off. Isn't it really time we take that to heart? Waterboarding is torture. We did it. We may still do it. We shouldn't be hypocrites. It's not to say Bush/Cheney were the first to use it, but they brought it back into vogue. We shouldn't be shocked to find out it's now being done to us. Lay blame where it belongs -- on all war criminals. We reap what we sow. Poor James Foley and his fellow prisoners were made to endure such horrors. Would it have been done to them if we hadn't done it? That's a question I hope Bush and Cheney lie awake at night pondering. That, of course is assuming either of them has the capacity to think or a conscience to satisfy.

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Between the Shiite & Where the Sunni Don't Shine

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It's just one giant mess in Iraq, most likely exacerbated by our invasion over a decade ago. And the question is whether or not we should get involved again.

I say no. But it's not up to me..

This morning, I was excited to welcome Juan Cole to the program. Unfortunately for me, a power surge knocked me off the air just moments before I was to call him. Needless to say, when I did get Juan on the line, I was a bit frazzled, and all the pages I had up on my computer had closed, leaving me a bit more tongue tied than usual.

But I always appreciate his input... probably best today found on his website at JuanCole.com. While you're there, check out "Obama Prepares for Drone War in Iraq" and prepare to be pissed!

Juan Cole has a new book coming out on July 1, The New Arabs: How the Millennial Generation is Changing the Middle East I'll try to get him back on for another chat then, and hope to not be interrupted so rudely next time!

In the first hour, as we do every Monday morning, I spoke with Howie Klein during our regular segment "The Steve Israel Hour, sponsored by Little Debbie".  Today, in addition to talking about Debbie Wasserman Schultz' apparent loyalites to Big Pharma and the for-profit prison industry (as evidenced by her opposition to medical marijuana), we talked about the big newspaper story on her cooking practices (can you say fluff piece?)

Howie brought a few stories too, including one about Barbara Lee's failed amendments to the Defense Appropriations bill, and another about the Democrats who are just fine with the NSA's domestic surveillance programs, thankyouverymuch.

I'm off to get a new uninterruptible power source before tomorrow's show, when we'll talk with the always awesome Thomas Frank, and the always funny GottaLaff!

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