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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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Iraq is "beyond our control. There is no such thing as the Iraqi people."

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Before I get into an impressive op-ed piece on Iraq, allow me to remind you of my buddy Jeff Wilfahrt, someone who you should get to know:

We've been on the radio together and we continue to email back and forth. He is never at a loss for providing unique insight and commentary on the frustrating events of the day. That's him above, holding a photo of his son. You can read about the remarkable Wilfahrts, and watch them on The Rachel Maddow Show, by following the links above.

That image came to mind when I read an op-ed by Joseph J. Ellis in today's Los Angeles Times. Ellis is a professor of history at Williams College and the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation," among other books. He starts of his piece with his explanation of how the U.S. goes to war:

The triggering event is often a sudden crisis that galvanizes popular opinion and becomes the immediate occasion for military intervention but subsequently is exposed as a misguided perception or outright fabrication.

He then goes on to chronicle war after war that prove his point, including the Iraq War:

[T]he dark shadow of 9/11 hung ominously over all deliberations in that moment, so the CIA bent the arc of the evidence to fit the fabrication, a cowed Congress went along and the bulk of the American media endorsed the deception. Dissent became unfashionable.

Ellis points out how we erroneously decided to pursue "the creation of a democratic government in the middle of the Middle East." That move, along with all that deception by BushCo and a very accommodating press, caused many of us non-believers to do this:

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And all those political and journalistic pundits who got it dead wrong the first time around, and who now blame President Obama for failing to maintain a residual U.S. military presence in Iraq, need to be called on their credibility. For they fundamentally underestimated the tribal, ethnic and religious loyalties that dominate the Middle East and that make any Jeffersonian version of a secular state in Iraq impossible for the foreseeable future... In truth, there is no such thing as the Iraqi people. 

He then comments on the commentators, a pastime we apparently we have in common. Their focus, he says, is on damage control. And that is a "hubristic assumption" that got us into this hot mess in the first place. We created a catastrophe a BushCo ago, and there was no way, and is no way, to regain what we never had: control.

Ellis drives home the point that "permanent U.S. military presence will only further empower the Islamic extremists in the ensuing conflict."

That has already happened. To quote Jeff from the image at the top, "...Let us try using books, pens, and paper instead of just guns. Bring the living home, the dead are already here."

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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 And Other Women’s Issues

Education

  • Upchucking Upstarts: Defended by Beckett Fund (of Hobby Lobby infamy,) Christian Preschool Ineligible For State Grant, Americans United Says
  • It’s 9 a.m. Chuck. Do You Know Where Your Children Are And What They’re Learning? The ascent of Glenn Beck’s favorite “historian” is terrifying.

Elections

  • My Country Tain’t Of Thee Hate Spew: Georgia GOP candidate Jody Hice:  Muslims not protected by the First Amendment

Fifty Shades Of Hate/Bring On The Revolution

  • Constitutionally Challenged Barf-Head: Southern GOPer Says Only Christians Should be Protected by Constitution

Fifty Shades Of Loony

  • Revolutionary Reflux: Oath Keeper tells Fox News radio that God gives Americans the right to disobey gun laws

If Media Is The Message

  • Dumbed Down, Puked Up: Watch This Fox Host Push Four Myths About Hobby Lobby In 17 Seconds

Lies, Propaganda And Similar Hoodwinking

Military

  • Crusading Christers v Constitutional Chuck: The fundamentalist American Family Association has gathered more than 100,000 signatures of those who think the military should be able to practice their religion on duty, or at least not be barred by an Air Force Instruction from declaring their beliefs to anyone and everyone in their military workplaces.

Religion Gone Bad

  • Freaking Fat Puke: Religious freedom has turned into conservative code for imposing Christianity.

Same Sex Issues

  • So Porn-Free He Makes His Wife Watch For Him. For Real, Chuck: Former (ahem?) porn addict Phil Burress up in arms over Macy’s Pride support

Sausage Makers And Their Sausage

  • Tasting Vomit: What Christer Congress(men) Think :Tim Huelskamp Predicts Marriage Equality Will ‘Destroy’ Marriage And The Family
  • Can’t Make It Up-Chuck: Big tent-ing it in NC: NC GOP lawmaker tells gay colleague that he’s like a pedophile or animal rapist

Scandalous

  • Are. You. Even Kidding My Chuck? While church volunteer was molesting girl, TN pastor diverted cops, lawsuit claims

Supremes And Lower Courts

  • Supremely Vomitous: SCOTUS Just Made It Harder For Women To Exercise Their Right To Choose

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Time to apply the Lemon Law to Dick Cheney

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Anyone else becoming weary of the same old Iraq drivel pouring out of the mouths of former BushCo war cheerleaders the way word salad pours out of the mouth of Former Alaska Half-Gov Blabette McDimBulb? Seriously, guys, championing a fraudulent invasion that produced nothing but death, PTSD, maiming, a destabilized Middle East, and an economic toilet flush is getting to be redundant, more ludicrous, and increasingly embarrassing and boring. Read our lips: Anyone defending Dick Cheney should self-deport to Gitmo. The Lemon Law most definitely applies here, as one letter-writer ingeniously explained.

And with that, here are today's Los Angeles Times letters to the editor, because our voices matter:

Jonah Goldberg plays his own questionable game in this piece, but surely most of us can keep our eyes on the pea in his shell shuffle. ("A questionable game of 'shut up' on Iraq," Op-Ed, June 23)

Former Vice President Dick Cheney and his policy brethren were the architects who created a war in Iraq that turns out to have been both unnecessary and, now, an utter disaster. These folks didn't just have opinions that were wrong; no, they made policy decisions that have led to catastrophic results.

That's why their current self-serving opinions and their preposterous attempts to revise history are contemptible, and richly deserve all the derision that can be mustered.

John de Jong, Long Beach

***

Goldberg reminds us that he supported the Iraq war, and he states that he still thinks that the arguments in favor were superior to those against.

What arguments would those be? Iraq had nothing to do with the Sept. 11 attacks. There were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. There was no Al Qaeda in Iraq. We were not greeted as liberators. Democracy has not flourished, and the promised capitalist paradise has not emerged.

Goldberg should write another column so he can clarify for us just which arguments he still supports.

Cheryl Holt, Burbank

***

The Lemon Law:

A car salesman knowingly misconstrues facts concerning a car he is trying to sell you. The purchase is made and the car eventually falls apart, but you have recourse — the law, fines and perhaps even jail for the dealer.

With Iraq, we have a similar scenario but with hundreds of thousands dead, trillions of dollars lost and a treating of the wounded that will go on for many years.

Would you ask the car salesman his opinion on your next purchase? Would you ask the same individuals who lied us into the horrors of a 10-year military engagement for advice now?

Stephen S. Anderson, Hacienda Heights

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Email from a vet: "The strange attachment to the f**kers who killed us"

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I was part of an email exchange today that included the following from two colleagues who I've gotten to know and admire over the years. Their heartfelt commentaries on Iraq, war, and Team Bush punctured my heart. They made such raw sense, their words and thoughts were so powerful, so passionate, and so compelling, they'll likely haunt me for some time. The first is an unfiltered flood of astute and fierce commentary by a vet.

With their permission, I am now sharing the emails with you, verbatim.

Whether you agree or disagree with the author, what is indisputable is that these words were written by someone who's been through hell and back. They're painful to read. He was there and knows what he's talking about, as opposed to the usual blathering pundits, so-called experts, and BushCo chickenhawks:

I was watching Glenn Greenwald and Paul Rieckhoff have themselves a grand old dick off. Dicks were waved, measured, and assessed like they were wine snobs in Napa during the first pour.

Yeah, they're both dicks. So's Maher that fucknozzle, shithead's not even very funny anymore.

What I saw in Rieckhoff though, reminded me of exactly what I went through. As my illusions of war, national pride, honor, all of that happy shit faded, I quickly created new illusions to cling to.

Without them I probably would have melted down completely. I had to hold on to the illusion that I somehow waded through all that shit for some kind of reason. That somehow, through all of that, I managed to salvage some measure of personal honor. Other folks went apeshit, did the raping, did the atrocity, but not me. Yeah, bullshit isn't it?

I was there. I was in it up to my fucking neck.

Did anything save me? Nope. All I finally was able to cling to was the hard bitten, hard won wisdom of the boonie rats.

When shit climbed up on us, when somebody was an eyelash away from going completely over the fucking edge, somebody would open their grimy fucking mouth to say,

"Fuck it man. Don't mean nothing."

That's how we got through. That's what we used to step ourselves back.

Fuck it man, don't mean nothing. Most of the time right after that somebody else would chime in with, "Yeah. Don't mean nothing. Fuck it, ruck up, press on."

The politics that sent us there were bullshit. Fuckers like McNamara in the Pentagon, Westmoreland in his air conditioned well-fed bunker in Saigon (Here's a quick strategic guide for you, if you need to live in a bunker in the capitol of your area of operations, you ain't winning jack fucking shit anytime soon troop) knew the truth of what was going on as well as Cheney, Bush and all those motherfuckers knew.

They knew and they did it anyway. Motherfuckers.

I quit asking all those existential questions, quit looking for the fucking meaning of it, because I realized there wasn't anything there to be found.

Rieckhoff and his companions are still clinging to the illusions that kept them alive, maybe even kept them from going absolutely bug fuck.

It has to mean something to them. Hell, they can lie enough to tell themselves that a lot of it actually fucking worked.

I won't challenge them. It's his life, and his fucking process, he has to walk that shit alone.

Besides, the only comfort I can give him is to put an hand on his shoulder and say,

"Fuck it man, don't mean nothing, it never fucking did. Deal with it and go from there. You'll fucking sleep better."

A response to that email produced some of the most effective imagery I've encountered on this topic:

Some guys (like Cheney, et. al.) can't bear the thought of losing, so like gamblers they keep playing a losing game, telling themselves that if they stay in long enough they eventually get to "win."

I had this image of George W. Bush sitting at the slots with a bowl full of dog tags in his lap, shoving them into the machine one after another and pulling the lever, muttering, "If you don't quit, you don't lose."

President Bush Endorses John McCain For President

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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

  • Hurling Holy Toledo: In a “regulatory witch hunt” Gov Kasich & OH legislature move closer to closing Toledo’s last abortion clinic

Creationism

  • Dino Ka-Ka: Creationist museum opens in southwest Idaho to teach “science that’s being censored”

Education

  • Pukey La Puke: Atheist teacher claims Indiana school fired him for refusal to pray to ‘mystical sky daddy’

Elections

  • The Perks Of Puke: Greg Abbott Uses Private Plane Owned By ‘Gay Conversion Therapy’ Funders

Fifty Shades Of Hate

Fifty Shades Of Hypocrisy

  • Holding Their Hypocritically Christly Noses: Hobby Lobby has no moral qualms doing business with China, a country that forces people to abort their children, flouts basic standards of workplace dignity, and denies more than a billion people the right to worship. After all, it’s cheaper.

Fifty Shades Of Loony

  • Major Hurl, Aka, Surrender Dorothy! Oklahoma GOP Call Plan for School Tornado Shelters ‘Interfering with God’s Will’

If The Media Is The Message

  • Smushy, Smashy Ka-Ka: Pat Robertson Warns Courts Are Ushering In Homosexuality While “Smashing” Churches
  • Don’t Step In It Chuck – It’s Orwellian: ‘Fetal Personhood’ Is Religious Right’s New Dangerous Word Trap in Abortion Debate

Israel And End Times

  • Prophetic Puke: IS PROPHECY BEING FULFILLED NOW IN IRAQ AND IRAN?

Military

  • Projectile Purge: Navy Chaplains Obstruct Religious Liberty Turning Their Backs On Atheists. (Atheists & agnostics to outnumber Christians in armed forces by 2032  )

Religion Gone Bad

  • Why Did The Chicken Cross The Road? To Puke On The Other Side: Just shy of ‘Lock & Load, Rick Warren:,”Pastors May Have to Go to Jail in Defense of Religious Liberty”
  • Religion Gone Criminal Chuck: Bob Jones University told rape victims to repent & look for ‘root sin’ that caused their attack
  • Lock, Load And Vomit: Missouri Church Gives Away Two Semi-Automatic Rifles To Entice ‘More People To Follow Jesus’

Same Sex Issues

  • Scott-ish Spit-Up: Florida Governor Signs Bill Further Restricting Later Abortions. Time For Floridians To Restrict His Re-election.

Sausage Makers And Their Sausage

  • Buckeye Barf: Want To Understand Why Abortion Clinics Are Disappearing? Look No Further Than Ohio.

Scandal

  • Upchucking On The Eighth Commandment :Christian’ ex-realtor charged with stealing homes from clients: ‘He spoke of God a lot’

Supremes And Lower Courts

  • Have No Illusions Chuckers: Hobby Lobby aims for Obamacare win, Christian nation
  • Here Pukes Da Judge: Antonin Scalia’s “The First Amendment explicitly favors religion” Except that it doesn’t.
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Punditry: "The one field in which being wrong is key to a successful career"

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Don't even get me started on punditry... says me who does punditry 24/7. For starters, why do so many pundits-- or as I like to call them, punditiots-- mispronounce the word "pundit"as "pundint"? This drives me up a wall, but I digress. There are so many other legitimate criticisms of punditry, why waste time on that? Well, for one, I expect "experts" to sound literate. I also expect them to sound expert. And to do their, you know, homework before willfully (and sometimes inadvertently) spreading dis-, mis-, and piss-information to a gullible audience.

Take Iraq...

...please!

And with that, here are today's Los Angeles Times letters to the editor, because our voices matter:

Max Boot wants to send troops to Iraq and use them, supported by air power, to stop the advance by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. ("Here's what the U.S. can do about Iraq," Op-Ed, June 18)

I'm sure that would work just fine. We would be in a stalemate with the Sunni Muslim ISIS fighters controlling the northwest, the Shiite Muslims controlling the south and the Kurds controlling the northeast — not too different from the situation in Iraq for most of our war there, and with no great pressure on Prime Minister Nouri Maliki to change to a more inclusive and democratic government.

So I ask Boot and the other war hawks, as President Obama would: And then what?

Martin Nachman, Apple Valley

***

After dismissing the three "most popularly debated Iraq options in Washington," Boot proposes that the U.S. put in place a "comprehensive counterinsurgency plan, with military and political lines of operation."

Isn't this exactly what we just recently extracted ourselves from after 10 years of failure, death, expense and endless war? Let the current situation continue to play out into the three de-facto states that already exist in Iraq.

Let the area players find their own truce.

Donald Croley, Hermosa Beach

***

Boot proposes that we do another "surge" in Iraq, but this time with fewer troops. But if the last surge was so successful, why is there a need to do one now? And how long before we will need to do yet another one?

Why is punditry the one field in which being wrong is the key to a successful career?

David Greene, San Pedro

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