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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 November 15, 2011 With A Heavy Heart

With the heaviest of hearts I present this week’s Upchucks. Upchucks without the snark.

The religious ideology that sent zealots into the streets, the restaurants and the concert hall in Paris, that sent them there with the sole intention of taking as many innocent Westerners along with them to their death defies reason, defies decency, defies humanity. There are times to see Upchucks for the mere absurdist stupidity that they represent. Then there are times like now that we all must take the Christian Right, our very own home-grown zealots, seriously to stop them before they take more power over our lives than they already have.

We must do much, much more than to simply ‘Pray for Paris.’ We have to, each and every one of us, confront extremism religion in our daily lives, both locally and nationally and to do it here and now. Because it can happen here.


Abortion, Contraception And Other Women’s Issues

  • Anti-Contraception Rhetoric At GOP’s ‘Freedom’ Summit
  • Fiorina Wants Forced Parental Notification in California
  • Targeted regulations of abortion providers (TRAP) force another clinic closure in Indiana.
  • Bill That Lets Bosses Fire Single Women For Getting Pregnant Gains Steam
  • GOP senator demands Mizzou grad student stop studying effects of 72-hour abortion waiting period on women
  • Rubio’s Success in Tuesday Night’s Debate Should Terrify Women
  • Michigan’s Proposed Second-Trimester Abortion Ban Advances


  • Atheists slam PA school nurse for refusing to treat student who won’t stand for Pledge of Allegiance
  • Eighth-Graders In Ohio Public School Allegedly Taught Marriage Prevents STDs
  • Jeb! is proud he made FL teach young Earth creationism & the upside of slavery.

Fifty Shades Of Hate

  • Freedom conference organizer: Homosexuals are coming for Christians like ‘what Hitler was doing’
  • Christian Group Releases Rankings Of Anti-Gay, Anti-Choice Companies
  • Newt Gingrich tells Congress to follow Houston’s lead and block protections for transgender students
  • Anti-gay pastor wants America to repent for fictional British wizard Harry Potter’s ‘homosexuality
  • Marco Rubio hires antigay activist Eric Teetsel to be his Faith Director
  • Episcopal preacher skewers Maine GOP with the Gospel after they bizarrely smear him as ‘anti-Christian’ -with-the-gospel-after-they-bizarrely-smear-him-as-anti-christian/
  • Judge Cites Anti-Gay Research To Remove Foster Child From Same-Sex Parents
  • Ted Cruz exploits Paris attack to talk about Christian persecution while honoring anti-gay bigots

If Media’s The Message

  • Fox Host: “The War On Christmas [Is] Off To An Early Start” On Starbucks’ Coffee Cups
  • Sandy Rios joins the Religious Right’s Putin love-fest, says he’s promoting “God’s way,” unlike Obama
  • Right-Wing Pundit: Muslim Refugees Are ‘Human Garbage’
  • Why Is the Media Ignoring Ted Cruz’s Embrace of ‘Kill the Gays’ Pastor?

Israel, End Times, John Hagee And His Ilk

  • West Bank settler arrested in attack on left-wing rabbi
  • Is Sheldon Adelson involved in funneling Chinese cash into US election?
  • Netanyahu’s National Spokesman on Jerusalem’s most contested holy site: “The Temple Mount is the place most sacred to the Jewish nation, not to religious Jews. The Temple … is the principle symbol not just of religion but of sovereignty. … The desire to build the Third Temple is worthy, Jewish, and Zionist on the first order.”

Lies, Hypocrisies And Propaganda

  • Cuban comrades say Ted Cruz’s dad wasn’t a rebel blowing up buildings for Jesus — as he has claimed
  • Walid Shoebat has no business training police, given his clear, consistent disrespect for the First Amendment
  • As ‘Christian’ as they come: Carson, Trump Bash Mizzou Student Protests

Politics Nation

  • Carson’s calm is cracking as his bio is questioned. To understand why, you need to understand the Christian right.
  • Ben Carson: Religion is needed to interpret science because ‘maybe it’s just propaganda.’
  • Ted Cruz Declares Non-Christians Unfit to Govern
  • Donald Trump wins the coveted Phyllis Schlafly endorsement because he “acts like he loves America”
  • Marco Rubio Recruits Staunch Anti-LGBTQ, Anti-Choice Faith Leader
  • Duck Dynasty Swoops In To Help David Vitter
  • Fresh off the “kill-the-gays” conference, Ted Cruz is joining activists who see gay activists as demonic enemies
  • David Vitter wins support from Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council, Religious Right orgs
  • Ben Carson raps Jeb Bush for intervening in Terri Schiavo case: ‘It was much ado about nothing’ (even a stopped clock is right twice a day)

Religion Gone Bad Gone Mad

  • Rick Scarborough says AIDS is God’s judgment, but we’d find a cure if we’d just repent for tolerating homosexuality
  • Bristol Palin: Starbucks cups ‘are an attempt by the left to make Christians look stupid’
  • Mormons plan mass resignations over ‘kick in the stomach’ decision to label gay members ‘apostates’
  • Christian school: Girls must cover legs with tights to prevent rape or be punished with ‘isolation’
  • Mormon boy denied priesthood ordination because his mom is living with a woman
  • Richard Land calls for Starbucks boycott over its “War on Christmas” cups
  • Violent Bible games?
  • Sarah Palin: Bristol keeps getting pregnant because God is giving her ‘3rd, 4th and 5th chances’

Sausage Makers And Their Sausage

  • Louie Gohmert Suggests A Congressional Study Putting Gay And Straight Couples On An Island To ‘See Which One Nature Favors’
  • Gordon Klingenschmitt: Hurricane Gordon Was A Sign Of God’s Support For Me
  • Iowa’s Joni Ernst: Obamacare is bad because people should rely on churches for help

Scandals, Scams And Crimes

  • Does your pastor have a phony doctorate?
  • Couple whose baby daughter was left to starve, suffer and die because of their strict religious beliefs have been jailed for a total of more than 17 years.
  • Fundie Parents Starve and Abuse Adopted Daughter
  • The Monsignor Who Took Money From the Poor and Binged on Ecstasy and Champagne

Science Or Not

  • Ken The Ham to continue damaging America’s intellect with the opening of his Ark Park For Morons in July/16, a biblical choice of dates.


Supremes And Lower Courts

  • Utah Judge Removes Baby From Same-Sex Couple (see below for Antidote)
  • U.S. Supreme Court Takes Up Texas Abortion Law Case
  • Justices have until June to make a final ruling
  • Justice Kennedy Can Save ‘Roe,’ But Will He?

Theocracy Rising


  • Ex-GOP Sen. Alan Simpson: Morality police ‘ask for Jesus while they’re diddling their secretary’
  • Thousands to leave LDS Church in mass resignation
  • Utah Judge Reverses Order For Lesbian Couple To Surrender Baby




Fox News' The Fox Five Have An Emily Litella Moment



NOTE: UPDATED VERSION 9:10 am Pacific. Last night, on Fox New's The Five, Eric Bolling claimed the Benghazi terrorist attack happened before Obama got Osama Bin Laden. That didn't sit right with Dana Perino, one of the other panelists and she corrected the mis-informed Mr. Bolling. But that didn't stop there. Bolling was amazed. That was news to him. According to The Raw Story:

“What, it was after?” “Yes, much after,” Dana Perino can be heard saying. “My bad,” Bolling said, “I take it back.” “But a great point, if it were true,” Perino added.

This lead Stephen Colbert to weigh in on his show regarding this gaff.

“Yes,” Colbert replied, “that’s undeniable. A great point, and a fantastic new motto: ‘Fox News: Fair and Balanced. A Great Point If It Were True.

Now, truth isn't always on the side of good reporting or story telling. And so I'll add the conversation that transpired during the commercial break which immediately followed. Eric Bolling:

Right after break, I'm going to bring up the Hillary Clinton thing where she refused to put Boko Haram on the U. S. Terrorist list back in 2012.

Dana Perino:

You have some news on that?

Eric Bolling:

News? I'll say. This isn't the first time Hillary pulled strings to keep them off a list. Back in 2012 the Rock and Roll people were actually considering inducting Boko Haram into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Imagine, one big hit and she tried to get them into those hallowed halls.

Dana Perino:

What are you talking about?

Eric Bolling:

Boko Haram... Whiter Shade of Pale... Don't you know anything? Before they were a terrorist group, they were rock and rollers. Symphonic Rock.

Dana Perino:

Eric, you're mixing up Procol Harum with Boko Haram. But another good point if it were true.

Eric Bolling:

Great. Then I'll lead off with it out of commercial.


Video- Fox & Friends Asshats Attack NY Times for Talking to Benghazi Attackers


They just can't leave well enough alone. Via.


Gitmo's Penny Lane Marriott - A Terrorist's "Home Away From Home"


Guantanamo Bay

Ah, the spy game. When it comes to our national security, who better than George W. Bush and his neo-cons to oversee top secret programs? You remember GW, the man who ignored warnings of a possible attack on 9-11; the chief executive who felt it more important to read to kindergarten students when told of the attack than move to defend this country; the President who ordered Air Force One to the wrong position after the terrorists attack; and the man who raged war against the wrong country for weapons of mass destruction that didn't exist. Let's face it, this dude was in over his head. But only now are we finding out the further adventures in counter-terrorism of our former leader. Seems, according to the Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- In the early years after 9/11, the CIA turned some Guantanamo Bay prisoners into double agents then sent them home to help the U.S. kill terrorists, current and former U.S. officials said.

The CIA promised the prisoners freedom, safety for their families and millions of dollars from the agency's secret accounts.

It was a risky gamble. Officials knew there was a chance that some prisoners might quickly spurn their deal and kill Americans.

For the CIA, that was an acceptable risk in a dangerous business. For the American public, which was never told, the program was one of the many secret trade-offs the government made on its behalf. At the same time the government used the risk of terrorism to justify imprisoning people indefinitely, it was releasing dangerous people from prison to work for the CIA.

The idea that infiltrating Al Qaeda to prevent more attacks is very sound. But how you do it takes some really well thought out assessment. And GW wasn't the guy to make that decision. Nor were his cohorts, Cheney and Rumsfeld.

So the pool of candidates was the Gitmo prisoners. Okay, maybe they were a logical place to start. But with all the torture and waterboarding going on, could these prisoners be trusted? What was to stop them from just lying and making it easier on themselves?

Candidates were ushered from the confines of prison to Penny Lane's (the cottages used for the double-agent trainees) relative hominess, officials said. The cottages had private kitchens, showers and televisions. Each had a small patio.

Some prisoners asked for and received pornography. One official said the biggest luxury in each cottage was the bed - not a military-issued cot but a real bed with a mattress.

The cottages were designed to feel more like hotel rooms than prison cells, and some CIA officials jokingly referred to them collectively as the Marriott.

Marriott Hotel

So, those were the conditions at the Gitmo Marriott. With treatment like that, I'm sure the program was a huge success -- so many volunteers that you had to beat them off with a stick -- if you weren't already beating them with a stick.

This was sure to be a successful program.

The U.S. government says it has confirmed that about 16 percent of former Guantanamo Bay detainees rejoined the fight against America. Officials suspect but have not confirmed that another 12 percent more rejoined.

That would make for a potential of roughly 3 in 10 returned to their old ways and killed American soldiers. A 70% win rate might be good in baseball or basketball, but it sure isn't in counter-intelligence. Each mistake made there could have cost hundreds of lives. But what can you expect from these hijacked soldiers, cuffed and hooded and whisked off to the balmy shores of Cuba?

Vice President Dick Cheney called the prisoners "the worst of a very bad lot." Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said they were "among the most dangerous, best trained, vicious killers on the face of the Earth."

Now isn't that a great pool of volunteers. I guess Bush and company saw something in these truly dangerous men that the outside world might find hard to see. It must be like trying to train people to have charisma or to grow taller, or develop a discerning sense for smell.

The U.S. government had such high hopes for Penny Lane that one former intelligence official recalled discussions about whether to secretly release a pair of Pakistani men into the United States on student or business visas. The hope was that they would connect with al-Qaida and lead authorities to members of a U.S. cell.

Of course. What a great plan! Finance, arm and set up the worst of the worst on American soil, setting them free to roam among us. No risk there. That's the surest way for the Al Qaeda guys in the middle east to pick up former freedom fighter ex-patriots and enlist them to run the domestic cells here. Surely nobody in the Al Qaeda hierarchy would be suspicious that these guys who were captured in Iraq, held prisoner in Guantanamo, then set free on U.S mainland soil with walking around money might have cut a deal and been secret double agents.

George W. must have thought the masterminds of the 9-11 attack would be pretty ignorant? Maybe he was looking at a group picture of his own cabinet and thought, hey, it's worked on these idiots.

So, how successful was the genius executive branch plan for counter-intelligence, code named, Penny Lane?

There's not a single shred of evidence than any of these turned double agents provided any intel that caused a disruption in any of the Iraq war plans. So much for the Republican brain trust and the neo-cons who actually ran our country and choreographed the war.

And these are the same people, the same party, that are imploring us to not seek out a peaceful solution the the nuclear potential in Iran. Let's see, trust the administration that ended the war in Iraq, is winding down the war in Afghanistan, tracked down Bin Laden, found a peaceful means of removing Syria's chemical weapons... or the people who started the war in Iraq to start with -- over faulty intelligence or just plain lies?