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Don't Let This Nightmare Come True

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Nightmare

With a h/t to our own, Lucian Dixon...

Last night I had the most horrible of dreams -- a nightmare. Well, it was a nightmare in the sense that it caused me to wake up in a panicked state with a veneer of sweat across my forehead.

It went something like this. My son came home with a document -- the results of his psychological testing that was mandated in his application for a full time work position that he really wanted badly. He was a little concerned, so as a loving dad, I asked him what's up? He handed me a paper, the test results. Stamped across it was the word, "APPROVED."

Hell, I couldn't see anything the matter with that. I had more problems with his potential employer administering a psych test to see if he was qualified for this job -- the assistant director of IT for a middle-sized company. It wasn't anything that would have so great an impact that it required this kind of examination.

But it was done. And he was approved. So, the dream was going along just fine until my son asked me to look at the questions -- more of a profile assessment. My son was found to have all of the traits listed below, which were attributed to Psychology Today:

  • American exceptionalism and the need to protect it by strict immigration policies;
  • Anti-abortion under all circumstances (”Life begins at conception”);
  • Pro-capital punishment;
  • Pro-gun rights;
  • “Law and order” attitudes favoring harsh penalties for criminal behavior; Supporters of the “war on drugs;”
  • Anti-affirmative action;
  • Anti-reductions in nuclear weapons;
  • Anti-entitlements; anti-gay;
  • Anti-science (e.g., denial of evolution and climate change);
  • Belief in the promulgation of “Christian values” in schools, courts, and public ceremonies;
  • Reverence for people in uniform; given to patriotic display;
  • A fondness for military solutions to international problems;
  • Biblical certainty in matters of morality;
  • A conviction that those who disagree politically should be the objects of coercion; A view of oneself as beset by evil forces conspiring to take what one has;
  • The equation of compromise with “weakness.”

Oh my God. My son, whom I love, was a conservative. A friggin' Republican right-wing conservative! I panicked. What had I done wrong? I had raised him with love. I had never laid a hand on him and seldom even raised my voice with him. I had traveled with him to many countries to see and experience the world. We'd participated in many charity events. He was a good team player in baseball and soccer. He learned American Sign Language as his foreign language requirement so he could help those who might not be able to hear. He went to university and got his Bachelor of Science degree. He has a long-term girl friend. How could this happen to me -- or more importantly to him?

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

And then I woke up. My son heard me yelling and rushed in, joining my wife with great concern. I hugged them both when I realized this was a dream. A horrible dream. My son never took such a test. And he assured me that he was still very much a left-leaning Democrat.

Now that should have been the end of it right there. But as with most good spooky stories, it's not.

In an email from Lucian to me which I read last night before retiring, was this study. And these qualities listed above are actually the traits Psychology Today compiled after vast studies and assessments, which best sum up today's right-wing conservative.

Oh, and the horror of it all? How can we survive with thinking like that running rampant among us?

I'd go back to sleep if I wasn't so worried about that dream becoming a reality.

Lesson here... don't go to sleep and let the right wing run free. Let's sleep but do it in shifts. It's the only protection we've got against mass insanity. That and our vote. Keep these Republican wackadoos from reaching office, local, state and national. Don't let the fact that the upcoming elections are "only" mid-terms. They are more important now than ever before. Get your asses out of your chairs and vote.

Don't say you weren't warned.

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Cartoons of the Day- GOP Agenda

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David Horsey

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Are Some Companies Really Anti-Gay?

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We all have an opportunity to make our voices heard everyday, not just election days. We get to vote with our patronage by buying from one retailer over the other. Sometimes the decision is based on location, its proximity to where you are when you're in need of buying something. Other times you choose your destination based on price or sales. That sure makes sense to your pocketbook.

It also makes great sense to the companies that sell to you. They want/need your business, whether a mom & pop store or a large national chain.

But how strong is your brand allegiance? Would you change brands or retailers if they gave family discounts or special promotions? Would you choose one company over another if they didn't treat you well or gave bad service?

If you're like most people, you would. But sometimes what goes on behind the scenes needs to be considered as well. If a store promoted bigotry and hate, would that bother you to the point you'd go elsewhere? I'm going to make that answer a little tougher for you. I'm going to give you the names of eight companies or organizations and ask you which on this list, if any,  is homophobic/ anti-gay?

1. Chick-fil-A
2. Domino's Pizza
3. Urban Outfitters
4. Exxon
5. Salvation Army
6. Purina
7. Boy Scouts of America
8. Cracker Barrel

How many did you find in that list, two? Four?

Well, according to HUFFPO, all of them. All eight. That's right, these are companies you may not have realized have been promoting anti-gay business practices, either in promotion or in employment practices.

A short reason associated with the above list, by number:

1 - Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy came out as being "very much" against gay marriage
2 - Tom Monaghan, the founder of Domino's is anti-gay. He financed a ballot initiative to have the discrimination of sexual orientation removed from a town in Michigan.
3 - Founder Richard Hayne donated $13,150 to Rick Santorum's campaign and had his store pull an "I Support Same Sex Marriage," t-shirt from the shelves after only a week.
4 - The huge oil company has been fighting for years against non-discrimination protection and equal benefits coverage for their employees. For the 14th year, the issue was on the table for the shareholders' meeting this past spring, and for the 14th year, Exxon wouldn't budge.
5 - Salvation Story: Salvationist Handbook of Doctrine, the manual used to train Salvation Army "soldiers" and members. Several chapters refer to the sin of homosexuality, including a section that cites Romans 1:18-32, which includes a admonition that homosexuals "deserved to die."
6 - The company doesn't provide a policy that protects gender identity or expression, nor does it offer health care coverage for partners of their gay employees.
7 - the BSA decided to allow openly gay boys to join as of January 1st, 2014, but there is still no budging on letting openly gay men be leaders.
8 - In the past, more than 11 employees were fired for not displaying "normal heterosexual values," as was prescribed by an intra-company memo.

The point of all of this is simple. Make your feelings known about human rights by shopping where everyone is treated equally. Is it worth driving a few more miles or bypassing a weekend special to vote with your dollars of purchase? That's up to you. Times are tough. But they're even tougher when you're not treated equally.

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Graphic of the Day- Why It's Easier To Buy An Assault Weapon Than To Vote

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NOTE: Oops! GottaLaff posted the same thing here along with Clinton's remarks: Infographic: “A great democracy does not make it harder to vote than to buy an assault weapon.” Ours does.

Thanks to the brains at TP for this mind boggling graphic. I can't think of how we could screw up our priorities more.

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Cartoons of the Day- Roadblocks To Voting

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Matt Wuerker

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Cartoons of the Day- GOP Trying To Kill ObamaCare

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This is Your Brain. This is Your Brain on the GOP

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Your Brain
YOUR BRAIN

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YOUR BRAIN ON DRUGS

Remember that old campaign? I thought it might be appropriate to update it. The concept's the same only now its not drugs that fry your brain, it's the GOP. So here's a few slug lines that are appropriate at this time.

This is your brain:

"We need jobs!"

Your brain on GOP:

You'll get 'em as soon as we drop regulations and lower the taxes on the rich. They're job creators; they'll reward you with low paying  jobs. The rich really care and it's not fair they have to pay more than their share.

This is your Brain:

We need help getting adequate health care.

Your Brain on GOP:

We're working on it -- voting again, either the 38th or 68th time, we lose track, but we're determined to never give up the fight to repeal affordable health care.

This is your brain:

The education system sucks.

Your Brain on GOP:

We're closing schools, cutting back hours and eliminating programs, consolidation -- Oh, and did we tell you we're doubling the cost of college loans. This way we can reduce overcrowding in higher education.

This is your brain:

Help, I've just been raped.

Your brain on GOP:

Relax, you're going to be fine. Your own system has a way to shut down if it's a real rape. And the worst that will happen, you'll have an unwanted child.  Don't worry. You'll learn to love it.

This is your brain:

But I'm a man and I've been raped.

Your brain on GOP:

Lucky for you you're in Virginia. That's sodomy son. We have something for that. It's called jail. You're under arrest for participating in unnatural acts against nature.

This is your brain:

Women are people too.

Your Brain on GOP:

Says who? When will you realize they are a lower class of human being, unable to make decisions about their own welfare. For their own protection, we're closing abortion clinics and family planning centers so they won't have so many tough decisions to make.

This is your brain:

We want to vote and have a say in our government.

Your Brain on GOP:

You can vote, but we're cutting down on the rampant voter fraud which is the reason we lost the last two presidential elections. We're also cutting down on the voting days and hours so undesirables like Democrats, elderly, minorities and bussed in ballot box stuffers, especially on Sundays before the election, won't be able to corrupt the system.

Keep this in mind the next time you hear a Democrat or a Republican speak about what their concerns are. Trust me when I tell you that you aren't one of them. You have a choice. A healthy brain or one addled by the GOP.

If you chose the GOP, here's something to go along with your brain:

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