Archive for November 2012

Thoughts On The Founding Fathers

Many conservatives say that we should “go back to what the Founders intended”.

2 issues:
They seem to take what they want and leave the rest. If you ask them if we should bring back slavery, they will say no. We see some women (Bachmann and Palin) saying we should have a society more in line with what the Founders wanted. The Founding Fathers did not give women the right to vote. If they did not give women the right to vote, then probably would not want women to hold office.

A lot of Christians say that we are a Christian nation and the Founders intended this to be a Christian nation. They seem to think that all the Founders were evangelicals. That was not true.

But a lot of conservatives seem to think that we must be Christian because they think the Founders were. They seem to think that we are limited to religions the Founders believed in. If we can only believe what the Founders believed, then are we really free?

“The Origin Of Species” was not published until 1859. How do you know that all of the Founders would have rejected it? Pentecostalism and the Charismatic movements were not around in the late 18th century, yet evangelicals never smack them down. The Dispensationalism of the Left Behind series was not around then. The Founders were anti-Catholic. Let’s see these Funda-gelicals come out and trash talk the Catholic Church some more the way John Hagee does.

I think that a lot of Christians project their beliefs onto the Founders. That is the fallacy that a lot of people point out. But like I said, I sometimes think people miss the other fallacy. Not only should we put the Founders into our straitjackets, but let’s not limit ourselves to what we think they thought.


Thoughts On The Election

I know this is late, but here are some thoughts on the election. Some of these are not related to each other. I just wanted to get these down.

There are a lot of people who say that it is pointless to vote, that Big Money has too much influence and we are no longer a democracy. I think this election refutes this. I think in this election we saw the Big Money spend $400 million and get nothing for it. I don’t think they are just going to go away. They are going to change their tactics, and we have to be ready.

But when regular people stop voting because they say it’s pointless, they are making things worse and are part of the problem. The Big Money is not giving up or opting out. When you opt out, you increase their power and influence. Granted, it takes a lot of regular people to equal the influence of a billionaire, but I think people just need to suck it up and take responsibility for their lives and their country.

* So now we are seeing conservatives saying they lost because Romney was “not conservative enough.” First off, they picked Romney. This is the second time he ran. If they picked a guy they did not like either time he ran and after they had about half a dozen others to choose from, perhaps there is something wrong with your party. I think there is something wrong with conservatives. I think a lot of them are pathological. For a lot of them, NOTHING is ever “conservative enough.” Everything is “too liberal.” Except of course, for them.

As far as Romney not being conservative enough, you cannot say that about a lot of the other candidates. If all the anti-woman, anti-immigrant, anti-gay anti-reality candidates were not conservatives, then why were they running as Republicans.

Now a lot of Repubs are looking to Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and George P Bush to help them win Hispanic votes. (Yes, there is ANOTHER generation of Bushes entering into politics.) Repubs are looking to these guys because they speak Spanish. Repubs are saying they just need to “reframe” their message to make it more appealing to women and Hispanics. They think they just didn’t explain conservativism very well. Or the rest of us just didn’t get it.

I say that those of us in Blue America got it. We understood your conservative message. Your message is corporate fascism and feudal theocracy. We understood it, and we do not want it. You can paint it pink and say it in Spanish, but that won’t change it.

* In 2008, Sarah Palin campaigned around the country saying that if you were not white, christian, and did not live in a small town, you were not a “real American.” And you had to check all three boxes. I thought at the time that bad-mouthing everyone who is not white AND christian AND living in a small town is not a smart strategy for national office in a country that is becoming less white, less christian and less rural.

So now all the pundits are saying that the GOP should stop relying on a shrinking demographic to win elections. Wasn’t that the message from the 2008 election? I guess the pundits were fooled by the 2010 election by the rise of the Tea Party. But the pundits should also have realized that midterm turnout is lower. And usually more partisan.

* A lot of Republicans are finally coming to the realization that Karl Rove has been taking them for a ride.  They feel like they were used, and they were. They are saying he is a liar and a piece of filth, and he is.

But I have to wonder if these conservatives think they are honest, ethical people who were taken advantage of. I don’t see how they can be disgusted by Rove’s ethics, or his relationship with the truth. They had no problem riding Rove’s bus in 2000, 2004 and 2010 when he was able to get Republicans into office.

He loses both elections and a lot of people’s money, and NOW they have issues with him. Folks, those of us in Blue America have known for 12 years this guy is a snake.

Kind of how we realized that Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction long before you did.

That said, I am not so sure the Republicans will splinter. It would be great if the death embrace of Wall Street and the Religious Right will unravel into a civil war (within the party, not the country). People keep making that prediction, but all that happens is that the checks from Wall Street get bigger, and the Religious Right just get crazier.

I Saw An Obama Sticker

I saw a bumper sticker recently calling Obama the worst president ever. How someone in GW Bush’s home state can call anyone else the worst is beyond me. The Republicans did not have their only living two term president speak at their convention. Clinton has spoken at all thee Democratic Conventions since he left office.

Most presidents how rank low (like Hoover) are dinged for how they reacted to exongenous events. But GW Bush chose to ignore al Queda. He chose to fight a war in Iraq. He chose to pay for that war with debt. He chose to cut taxes and increase spending. He chose to let Wall Street do whatever it wanted. He chose to inject religion into government.

How someone can live through all that and then call a Democrat president who tries to implement policies originally proposed by Republicans but winds up getting obstructed by Republicans is beyond me.

2012-11-15 Blog Title

New blog title: Making the World Safe For Reality

Me and Dawkins, baby.

Stop Saying Both Sides Need To Rise Above

On Mad Money, Cramer keeps mentioning CNBC’s “Rise Above” movement. They are saying that politicians need to “rise above” partisanship and put country before party to deal with the fiscal cliff. They seem to be doing the Fox News “both sides do it” nonsense. Have these guys forgotten the debt ceiling debacle last year? We don’t need to tell all politicians to rise above. We need to tell Rescumlicans, Tea Baggers and god-nuts to shut up. The fiscal cliff is the result of last year’s debt ceiling crisis.

When GW Bust was president, and Rethuglicans held Congress, Rethuglicans just rubber-stamped the debt ceiling. We get a Democratic president, and so-called conservatives pull a Casablanca: They are shocked, shocked I tell you, at how much the government spends. If the Rescumlicans just went along last year like they always do, or Tea Baggers actually insist on fiscal discipline for presidents of BOTH parties, we would not have the fiscal cliff. So let’s stop talking about “both parties” being the problem. It’s the people with the “R” after their name. The people who kept saying the polls were skewed right up until the votes were counted.

Last night he had the CEO of Honeywell on. Honeywell is a stock I am looking at. But I wish Cramer asked him a few more tough questions. The CEO said there must be entitlement reform. That’s a code for “pull the plug”. He did not say anything about cutting military spending. Do we really need to spend as much on defense as the rest of the world put together? They have a site called Mission Ready and defense is one of their business units. Cramer says we will all have to sacrifice. Why didn’t he ask the CEO of Honeywell to sacrifice?

You will know that Rethuglicans are serious about balancing the budget when they propose serious cuts in defense spending. Sure, we need to cut Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. But defense is a big, big part of the budget as well. Why should other people cut the spending that they like if you do not cut the spending that you like?

2012-10 Dividend Income

Here is the Dividend Income Report for October, 2012. The income was $225.14. The income for October, 2011 was $208.90. The income for July, 2012 was $219.72.

If I had 100 shares of all of these stocks, the income would have been $437.25. The theoretical income of 100 shares in July, 2012 would have been $459.00. I sold Cincinnati Financial Corp, and Eaton moved up its dividend up a month. So I could do a bunch of math for a better comparison, but I don’t feel like it.

Here are the stocks:

  • Automatic Data Processing: $21.64
  • Coca-Cola Co: $26.26
  • MDU Resources Group Inc.: $8.84
  • Kimberly-Clark: $38.61
  • Chubb Corp: $8.63
  • Illinois Tool Works: $19.48
  • Altria Group: $23.74
  • Family Dollar Stores Inc: $5.59
  • Piedmont Natural Gas Inc: $15.77
  • Valspar Corp: $11.28
  • Eaton Corporation: $19.29
  • Sysco Corp: $14.11
  • RPM International Inc.: $11.90


I May Not Vote In This Election

I recently moved to Texas. For the first time in my life since I became eligible to vote, I may not vote in this election.

I filled out a form from a website that would allow me to register. I filled it out and emailed it in to the state. I must have filled it out incompletely or forgot to sign it, because I got another form in the mail. I filled it out and sent it right away. That was about a week ago. I have a feeling that I will not get a registration card in time.

Granted, Texas will probably not go for Obama.