If I am correct in my forecast of the final eradication of the republic of the United States, those of us who are, have very little time left to truly speak out against the current atrocities and the coming abominations.
After I am finally settled in the new pad, I plan on getting more involved, hands-on, locally. Until that's possible, I'm doing what I can online. That means telling people as often as I can what the true nature of these fake Christians is, how they can fight it (while they still can), and what resources they need to research my dire warnings for themselves. It also means standing up to Donald Drumpf and his fascist regime, using the same weapon he uses to disseminate his vile propaganda: Twitter.
I try to troll him at least once a day. I'm hoping everyone who reads this and see the examples of my efforts, decides to do the same thing. Maybe if he's trolled enough, he'll shut his tweeting pie-hole. Maybe his insecurity from reading such responses to his activities will cause his blood pressure to shoot up and give him a fatal stroke. Better yet, maybe he'll finally lose his mind from all the pressure, and take out his entire administration and family before he offs himself. I don't see a more ideal way of draining the fucking swamp in Washington DC.
But the pushback has to start now because, as I said, I doubt we have much time to freely express ourselves in this country. The clock has been ticking since the evangelicals began blurring the line between church and state, beginning in 1980. That clock is running out of time.
If I am correct in my forecast of the final eradication of the republic of the United States, those of us who are, have very little time left to truly speak out against the current atrocities and the coming abominations.
I'm listening to a discussion about how college students are protesting ultra-conservative speakers at their graduation ceremonies, and many people on both sides of the fence are tut-tutting these young adults for choices, citing a lack of manners and an inclination to tamp down free speech.NO.These young people are realising what their parents should have twenty years ago, or more. When it comes to extreme views, based on hate and, these days, very thinly veiled, people like that have lost the luxury of being treated with manners, because they don't afford the same to the majority of their fellow Americans.
The time for so-called polite discourse is over, because these people never wanted that; rather, they want people to keep their mouths shut and listen to what they have to say, then toe the line. You can't fight madness like that by following a model the other side abandoned decades ago. If freedom is to survive, those who treasure it and, especially, those who depend on it for their safety from these thugs, need to rise up, exactly like these college graduates are doing.
A huge chunk of Baby Boomers turned traitor ages ago, opting for the promise wealth over the ideal of true liberation. Generation X, my generation, is too jaded and complacent to be very effective at all, plus we were the first generation to grow up under the unsupervised shadow of the burgeoning Moral Majority, so many in our own ranks came into adulthood brainwashed, then did the same to their kids, who are even more dedicated to the theocratic movement, which was born out of an intolerance of de-segregation, not a love for foetuses. And the poor Millennials just don't get listened to, because they are so incredibly alien to the former gens, especially the Boomers. (I don't think they're alien, I love Millennials!). Is it any wonder they are choosing more aggressive tactics in a bid to protect what few freedoms they have left?
Was it rude for the graduates of Bethune-Cookman University to turn their backs on Nancy DeVos? That depends. Is it rude for someone who is part of a movement that intrinsically hates non-whites and justifies it with Jesus to presume to make a commencement speech at a college that was created because African Americans weren't allowed in White colleges? The new adult Americans realise something we older ones could not, or would not: You have to give tit for tat, when it comes to irrational, aggressive, narrow-minded people who are about as American as Al Qaeda. The new adult Americans are all Americans' safety net, the only thing coming between us and complete collapse into a Fascist Theocracy.
We should be thanking them instead of calling them names.
In late December, I requested an Uber ride up to the store. A handsome, middle-aged gentleman named Moises picked me up. I began a conversation with him, because I loved his accent, but couldn't quite pinpoint the origin. He told me that he was from Iran and that he was a movie director who made a film that that government did not like. For his trouble, he spent a year in jail and, afterward, it was hard to make a living doing anything.
So he legally immigrated to America and is now essentially a taxi driver, after being a creator and visionary. He told me he missed his family and that most of his money goes to them and to save enough to bring them over to him, hopefully next year.
I advised him to go to Mexico or Canada before it was too late. His optimism and faith in the way the United States is supposed to work was heartbreaking.
Ever since I heard the news on the Muslim ban, I can't stop thinking of Moises. It's much more personal when you see the soul-rending results of the decision of an extremist mad man sitting pretty in the White House, ruining lives with the flick of a pen.
According to the writer of this article, Christians Are to Blame for the War on Christianity. That's the name of the article. Personally, I would have made a distinct difference between the two groups, and there are two groups - true followers of Christ and extremists who slander him for their own gain. This is perhaps the best article I've ever read on the matter, though. The issue is spelled out under no uncertain terms, and it should be a wake up call to the Christians who suffer the tyranny of these horrible people almost as much as the rest of us. Eventually, though, the xtians, as I call them, will turn on the Christians as well, just as we've seen in the Muslim world. It's all the same, just with different names, and its driving force is power and insanity.
I am pasting the entire piece here, in the event it disappears from Huffington Post, or anywhere else it may be featured. The link to the article itself is in the title below.
Some Christians believe that being anti-Christian is the only acceptable form of bigotry left in America. Outside of the absurdity of the vast majority of the claims offered as "proof" of this fallacy the hypocrisy necessary to make such a claim is phenomenal.
For example, noted conservative pundit Ann Coulter once stated, "liberals always play the victim in order to advance, win advantages and oppress others". While such tactics are hardly exclusive to liberals the supposed "War on Christianity" represents the pinnacle of all self ascribed pity parties.
Christians comprise just over 78% of the U.S. population, which is a significantly higher percentage of the population than the "angry atheists" who only account for 1.6%. What are these poor Christians to do when faced with such overwhelming odds against them?
The problem is that Christians have spent so much time pretending to be victims that they have become oblivious to their own indiscretions.
Spurned HGTV stars David and Jason Benham offer and excellent illustration of this point. The brothers took to Fox News to pen an article discussing how they were dropped from the station for standing by their "Biblical beliefs". Of course the problem wasn't that they were against marriage equality. The problem was that they funded and organized an anti-gay rally because ironically they felt that these "militant gay activists" shouldn't be given the opportunity to express their view that there is nothing "demonic," "veil," or "destructive" about being gay.
( cut for courtesy )
Frank Zappa's lucidity in this clip from an episode of Crossfire that aired in 1986.
The entire show is presented here, if you have the time to view it.
The ruse of protecting children and families was one of the first steps the right wing took in dismantling the US constitution. If Zappa were alive today, I think he'd probably reel with horror at the sorry state America is in. Unfortunately, intelligent and insightful individuals like Zappa are dead, whilst aggressively stupid hate-mongers like Pat Robertson are thriving and living in luxury at the expense of the sheeple.
It makes me want to vomit.
This is a repost, by request. Recommend any UK residents do likewise, wherever their online presence should be.
In the upcoming elections in the UK, the far-right party the BNP are pushing for an unprecedented number of seats, and are possibly going to win some of them. They need 8% of the vote. This means that the more people that vote in the elections, the less chance the fascist BNP have of getting in.
Please make sure you are registered for the June 4th elections.
Please vote - for any party, except the BNP.
Please don't let them get in because of apathy.
Here is some information about Nick Griffin, the leader of the party - http://www.hopenothate.org.uk/the-r
Here is some more information on the BNP - http://www.hopenothate.org.uk/the-r
Some of you have LJ's and other blogs that are read by a lot of people. Please - it takes a few minutes only to just copy and paste this post into your own blog and make sure the message gets out. It doesn't take long to vote, and I'm not asking you to vote for any particular party that you might not have a high opinion of at the moment. Just vote for someone and stop the BNP.
It was strange at the Dollar Store. Nine out of ten people who came in had something derogatory to say about the current economic situation and the lack of leadership our Fürher has displayed in all this, especially since his policies and decisions are the reason our economy is in the toilet. Some people were pro-McCain, but most everyone was keen on Barack Obama and were passionate about going to vote in November.
Michael Bloomberg is wanting a third term as mayor of New York. The law indicates that a person can serve only two terms, then they're out for good. It's mirrors the national law regarding the Presidency. But he wants to change that because of the economy. He argues that his experience in financial arenas is something that New York needs right now, so he should serve a third term, given the state of emergency in which our economy is present. This gave me a cold chill right down the old spine. If New York acquiesces to Bloomberg's suggestion, what's to stop Dubya from doing the same thing? I've said it before and I'll say it again here: something will happen that will make us have to put up with that Fascist asshole leading this country into oblivion indefinitely. He's figuratively pissed and spit upon the Constitution since day one and, now, it's so weak from eight years of abuse, it will probably be thrown out the window once Dubya and his Dominionist masters make their permanent presence in Washington official.
I'm so frightened by all this. I'm a Liberal Witch trapped on the buckle of the Bible Belt and I'm watching my country sink into the mire of Right Wing Fundamentalist oppression, and there's nothing I can do to change it or escape the horror to come.
Last night I watched the first fifteen minutes of the debate, then slunk off to bed. I couldn't take it. Aunt Tudi taped it and asked if I wanted to see the rest of it, but I declined. I just can't take it. Despite my conviction that the American people will vote for Obama by a landslide, I've the uneasy feeling that McCain will still be our next president. That is, if Dubya gives up the White House at all. What I really believe will happen is there will be another "terrorist attack" on American soil that will lead to martial law in the US. All elections will be indefinitely postponed and we'll be put down if we protest the powers that be doing what they'd planned all along.
Once martial law is declared and Dubya becomes our first dictator, the Dominionist theocracy will be officially established. There will be some serious hell to pay after that.
I hope I'm wrong. I hope my proclivity for conspiracy theories is nothing more than my own paranoia singing another nonsensical song that no one wants to hear. But something tells me we're in for some severe shit over the next couple of months and the only ones to come out as winners will be Dubya and his goon squad.
- If you are a Republican, Neocon, Dominionist, or Redneck who gives your vote to the conservatives, you're getting exactly what you deserve.
- If you voted for George W. Bush either time he stole the White House, you're getting exactly what you deserve.
- If you carry even the tiniest notion that John McCain will be any different than any other Right-Wing Fascist Pig, you're getting exactly what you deserve.
- If you've been living the high life at the expense of others in this pro-Fascist economy to which we've all been subjected, but suddenly find yourself without your financial safety net, you're getting exactly what you deserve.
- If you purchased a Sports Utility Vehicle for social status purposes within the past 8 years, you're getting exactly what you deserve.
- If you support the war in Iraq, you're getting exactly what you deserve.
- If you could vote, but couldn't be bothered to do so, you may not be getting what you deserve, but you sure as hell have no right to bitch about whatever you have gotten
- If you've willingly participated in Big Business' sacking of this nation, you're getting exactly what you deserve
To the rest of you who might be reading this, my heart and prayers go with you. We're in the same boat and it's apparently taking on more water than our tin cups can toss overboard.
We need revolution. We need some heads on pikes deeply lined up outside the White House. We need to stop bellyaching and start being proactive in changing our dreadful situation. But where do we begin? How do we begin?
I'm as clueless and hopeless as everyone else here, but I'm angry enough to want to grab a pitchfork and poke me some khaki-clad cracker arses.
What Really Happened.
by Cindy Sheehan
Wed Feb 01, 2006 at 01:19:44 AM PDT
As most of you have probably heard, I was arrested before the State of the Union Address tonight.
I am speechless with fury at what happened and with grief over what we have lost in our country.
CindySheehan's diary :: ::
There have been lies from the police and distortions by the press. (Shocker) So this is what really happened:
This afternoon at the People's State of the Union Address in DC where I was joined by Congresspersons Lynn Woolsey and John Conyers, Ann Wright, Malik Rahim and John Cavanagh, Lynn brought me a ticket to the State ofthe Union Address. At that time, I was wearing the shirt that said: 2245 Dead. How many more?
After the PSOTU press conference, I was having second thoughts about going to the SOTU at the Capitol. I didn't feel comfortable going. I knew George Bush would say things that would hurt me and anger me and I knew that I couldn't disrupt the address because Lynn had given me the ticket and I didn't want to be disruptive out of respect for her. I, in fact, had given the ticket to John Bruhns who is in Iraq Veterans Against the War. However, Lynn's office had already called the media and everyone knew I was going to be there so I sucked it up and went.
I got the ticket back from John, and I met one of Congresswoman Barbara Lee's staffers in the Longworth Congressional Office building and we went to the Capitol via the undergroud tunnel. I went through security once, then had to use the rest room and went through security again. My ticket was in the 5th gallery, front row, fourth seat in. The person who in a few minutes was to arrest me, helped me to my seat. I had just sat down and I was warm from climbing 3 flights of stairs back up from the bathroom so I unzipped my jacket. I turned to the right to take my left arm out, when the same officer saw my shirt and yelled; "Protester." He then ran over to me, hauled me out of my seat and roughly (with my hands behind my back) shoved me up the stairs. I said something like "I'm going, do you have to be so rough?" By the way, his name is Mike Weight.
The officer ran with me to the elevators yelling at everyone to move out of the way. When we got to the elevators, he cuffed me and took me outside to await a squad car. On the way out, someone behind me said, "That's Cindy Sheehan." At which point the officer who arrested me said: "Take these steps slowly." I said, "You didn't care about being careful when you were dragging me up the other steps." He said, "That's because you were protesting." Wow, I get hauled out of the People's House because I was, "Protesting."
I was never told that I couldn't wear that shirt into the Congress. I was never asked to take it off or zip my jacket back up. If I had been asked to do any of those things...I would have, and written about the suppression of my freedom of speech later. I was immediately, and roughly (I have the bruises and muscle spasms to prove it) hauled off and arrested for "unlawful conduct."
After I had my personal items inventoried and my fingers printed, a nice Sgt. came in and looked at my shirt and said, "2245, huh? I just got back from there."
I told him that my son died there. That's when the enormity of my loss hit me. I have lost my son. I have lost my First Amendment rights. I have lost the country that I love. Where did America go? I started crying in pain.
What did Casey die for? What did the 2244 other brave young Americans die for? What are tens of thousands of them over there in harm's way for still? For this? I can't even wear a shrit that has the number of troops on it that George Bush and his arrogant and ignorant policies are responsible for killing.
I wore the shirt to make a statement. The press knew I was going to be there and I thought every once in awhile they would show me and I would have the shirt on. I did not wear it to be disruptive, or I would have unzipped my jacket during George's speech. If I had any idea what happens to people who wear shirts that make the neocons uncomfortable that I would be arrested...maybe I would have, but I didn't.
There have already been many wild stories out there. I have some lawyers looking into filing a First Amendment lawsuit against the government for what happened tonight. I will file it. It is time to take our freedoms and our country back.
I don't want to live in a country that prohibits any person, whether he/she has paid the ulitmate price for that country, from wearing, saying, writing, or telephoning any negative statements about the government. That's why I am going to take my freedoms and liberties back. That's why I am not going to let Bushco take anything else away from me...or you.
I am so appreciative of the couple of hundred of protesters who came to the jail while I was locked up to show their support....we have so much potential for good...there is so much good in so many people.
Four hours and 2 jails after I was arrested, I was let out. Again, I am so upset and sore it is hard to think straight.
Keep up the struggle...I promise you I will too.
Love and peace soon,
Saw Lisa about my knee. She took X-rays and even I could see all the arthritis in there this time. They don't do injections at Family Physicians, so I now have an appointment with a new orthopaedist next Friday and a prescription for hydrocodone to see me through until I can go see him/her/it. There are what looks like spurs coming from my femur and touching my lower leg bone (can't remember its name 'cos I'm a medical idiot). I just know my cartilage is totally knackered.
Video and adult stores are being raided as I write this, and having videos and DVDs that "cross the line" seized by law enforcement deputies. Who judges what crosses the line? There's something just wrong about this. I mean, there's some porn out there that I would prefer not to see, but shouldn't that be up to me and any other individual? Censorship pisses me right the fuck off. Especially when "authorities" talk about "crossing the line," but never explain what line it crosses. Instead, there's the implication that this is a Christian area with "Family Values." Guess that's why SC is a leader in domestic violence. All those fucking Christian family values in action... You can't watch Seymour Butts get it on with a coterie of bimbos, but you sure as hell can smack your bitch up on Friday nights after getting drunk 'cos, come SUUNDEEEE, you'll be fergivvin' and can continue your reign of values-laden terror for the week to come.
Belafonte: Bush 'greatest terrorist in the world.'
Today we're paying bills. I'm online earlier than normal so I can take care of one of these bills via the Blessed Holy Intarwebs! Soon soon, I shall be rolling in dough (after penalties, tax, and regular whippings in the yard) and can say for the first time in almost twenty years: "Yea, I am debt free, peoples of the Earth! Debt free and, therefore, truly free! No longer am I a corporate slave! No longer must I answer to The Man! I am freeeeeeee!" And then the soldiers will come get me and transport my sorry liberal ass to Gitmo for to be poked at with hot sticks and generally abused.
Soon I shall be laptop shopping. I need something that will allow me access to the Intarwebs in a wireless capacity. I also need lots of power, space, and whatnot because this is the computer I'll be using for school. So, any suggestions would be most appreciated yo. Once I'm in possession of the new laptop, the one from which I am currently transmitting will go on to Aunt Tudi. I think I'll be setting her up a Live Journal account now so it'll be ready for her when she officially gets online. That way, she'll already have a welcoming party. ;) Yep, that's what' I'm gonna do.
Once Aunt Tudi is set up on LJ, I'll make an announcement here. Then you all must go add her. That's an order!
I KNOW YOU'RE WATCHING BUT GUESS WHAT? WE'RE WATCHING YOU TOO. Rome fell, Hitler failed, and SO WILL YOU. The Christ you claim to be at your side said himself that the MEEK shall inherit the Earth. That leaves your stinking, oil-slicked arses out of the equation. Enjoy your reign of terror while you can, FUCKERHEADS. It will NOT be tolerated for very much longer. In the meantime, enjoy reading my journal from your office in the Pentagon or the White House or whatever underground bunker wherein you're hiding along with all the other roaches. My opinions, my journaling, and my voice will NOT be changed by the knowledge that you're present. You can all go fuck yourselves with oil pipelines for all I care.
This message inspired by the latest warning that vocal anti-war groups and individuals are being watched by the Pentagon
The one time I talked to Juergen, it was in the parking lot to tell him how much I love his bumper sticker. This was a few months ago. Today, I got the chance to take a a picture of the sticker on his car. I think it's really pretty fucking cool that someone of German descent is speaking out against the asshole pigs who are essentially repeating the mistakes Nazi Germany made in the 30s and 40s. Really, someone from Germany would have more credence in saying "Hey, you fucking, beady-eyed retard! NOT.A.GOOD.IDEA." methinks.
So, yeah, Juergen rocks.
( the bumpersticker )
Contempt For Americans
Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, Vice President Dick Cheney, and Attorney General John Ashcroft, the senior managers of the Bush Administration make no secret of their contempt for the rules of democratic procedure (inefficient, wrong-headed, and slow), their distrust of the American people indolent, immoral and corrupted by a debased popular culture, undeserving of the truth), and their disdain for the United Nations and the principle of international law (sophomoric idealisms popular with weak nations too poor to pay for a serious Air Force). I don't for a moment doubt the eager commitment for "regime change", but on the evidence of the last eighteen months they've been doing their most effective work in the United States, not in Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia or Iraq. Better understood as radical nationalists than as principled conservatives, they deploy the logic endorsed by the military commanders in Vietnam ( who found it necessary to destroy a village in order to save it), and they offer the American people a choice similar to the one presented by the officers of the Spanish Inquisition to independent-minded heretics -- give up your liberty, and we will set you free.
- Louis H Lapham, February 2003 issue of Harper's.
President seems unable to bear the sight or sound of dissent
By ROBYN E. BLUMNER
© St. Petersburg Times, published October 13, 2002
President Bush seems to think bullying is the only way to deal with dissent. Bush has so much trouble articulating a defense for his own policies, so little capacity to formulate a reasoned response, that he resorts to shibboleths, name-calling or worse, using authorities to shut down his critics.
President Bush seems to think bullying is the only way to deal with dissent. Bush has so much trouble articulating a defense for his own policies, so little capacity to formulate a reasoned response, that he resorts to shibboleths, name-calling or worse, using authorities to shut down his critics.
Classic Bush was his attack on Senate Democrats who refused to go along with his plan to strip workers at the new Department of Homeland Security of civil service rights. He quipped that senators were "not interested in the security of the American people."
Of course, U.S. senators can take care of themselves. Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle made quick work of Bush's scurrilous claims, pointing out to the former Texas National Guardsman that a number of Senate Democrats were actually injured fighting for the security of our country.
But there are plenty of regular Joes out there who don't have access to the halls of power or C-Span, whose criticism of the administration has been sidelined by law enforcement.
In town after town where Bush has come to raise money or make a speech, his venue and the route leading up to it have been purged of protesters. This is accomplished through the combined efforts of local policing agencies and the secret service, which scour the crowd for any hint of opposition. Anyone with an anti-Bush sign is relegated into what is euphemistically called a Free Speech or Demonstration Zone -- a swath of land usually off the main thoroughfare and chained off so as to make it virtually impossible for the targets of the protest to read the signs or hear the chants. Those with pro-Bush signs are often treated very differently. They are free to cheerlead the president as he rides toward his engagement, which typically is further sanitized by being invitation-only.
This kind of censorship is indicative of a leader who lacks confidence in his own powers of persuasion and the legitimacy of his course. Why else would Bush be so interested in hiding evidence of dissent within the American populace?
The Secret Service claims that security concerns justify the use of segregated zones for protesters. That's a lot of bunk. As long as demonstrators do not impede the flow of traffic they have a right to be anywhere the general public is invited. Think about the freedom we would be giving up if police could cage anyone who wants to exercise his or her First Amendment rights.
As Bill Neel of Butler, Penn., says, "(Under the Constitution,) the whole country is a free speech zone." Neel, 65, a retired steelworker, was arrested on Labor Day for stepping outside the fence where he and a small group of protesters were cordoned off as the president made his way by motorcade for a speech to union carpenters. His sign read: "The Bushes must truly love the poor -- they've made so many of us." Bush supporters waving signs and flags were allowed to freely line the route.
Neel was charged with disorderly conduct and has a hearing on Oct. 31 at which he intends to fight the charge with the help of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union. His story is part of a disturbing national pattern.
Peter Buckley, a 45-year-old Democratic candidate for Congress in Oregon, expressed his frustration with the Free Speech Zones in a commentary for the Oregonian. In August, Buckley was part of a group of people who had turned out to protest Bush's economic policies among other things. They were herded into a dirt compound surrounded by a six-foot cyclone fence, 200 yards from the arena where Bush spoke to 5,000 invited guests.
"We were not allowed anywhere near any kind of position where the president, or the media which follows him, would see or hear us," Buckley wrote. "What is happening everywhere Mr. Bush goes is wrong. The effort being made to hide political opposition in this country is more than cowardly. It's un-American."
In Tampa, three people, including two grandmothers, were arrested last year at a Bush rally when they held up opposition signs outside the far-flung demonstration zone. Once again, people with supportive signs went unmolested. The charges against the three were later dropped as baseless, and a civil rights suit is expected to be filed within weeks against the Tampa Police Department.
In the past, courts have ruled protest pens invalid. Americans have a right to address grievances to their president when he appears in public, even if that ruins a particular "photo op."
My advice to Bush is to thicken his skin and work on the sagacity of his arguments.
Randy T. Phillips
P.O. Box 18376
Boulder, CO 80308
"Promise Keepers (PK) is a Christ-centered ministry
dedicated to uniting men through vital relationships to
become godly influences in their world.... Promise Keepers
believe God wants us to be a spark in His hand to ignite a
nationwide movement calling men to reconciliation,
discipleship, and godliness." The organization develops
material to be learned and discussed in small Bible-study
groups, then brings those groups together in national
gatherings, regional convocations, and "leadership
conferences." One of the most rapidly growing movements on
the religious right, Promise Keepers was founded in 1990 by
Bill McCartney, head football coach at the University of
Colorado, after he came under fire for homophobic diatribes.
The 1990 inaugural gathering, held in Boulder, attracted 72
men. Last year's PK rallies drew over 230,000. In 1996,
this overwhelmingly white organization hopes to bring a
million men together in Washington, DC. PK tapes and
literature, such as Seven Promises of a Promise
Keeper by Tony Evans, condemn homosexuality, stress
male primacy in the home, blame most of the ills of society
on "the feminization of men," and offer strategies for
silencing the opposition. Gatherings attract a broad range
of reactionary Christian fundamentalists, including some
extremists. Information booths at PK events are
smorgasbords of Christian-right propaganda, and tend to
include hate literature from defrocked "psychologist" Paul
Cameron and radical
Christian Reconstructionist sources.
From April through October 1995, a series of two-day Promise
Keeper "Wake Up Calls" filled sports arenas across the
country. Ask to be placed on the PK mailing list.
Dr. Jay H. Grimstead
Coalition on Revival
P.O. Box A
Sunnyvale, CA 94087
Jay Grimstead, a Christian counselor educated at Fuller
Theological Seminary, founded the Coalition on Revival (COR)
in 1984 as a non-profit front for fundamentalist political
activism. The stated mission of COR is "To affect with the
Biblical message of reality, and justice, and truth, law,
government, economics, education, obedience, science, the
arts, and general culture." COR Steering Committee members
must take an oath promising to work toward a Christian
America and to live by Biblical precepts until death. The
COR magazine, Crosswinds, is published twice a
year; a subscription costs $25. The significance of this
organization is that it brings the more mainstream elements
of the Christian right in contact with the lunatic fringe.
However, the influence of Christian Reconstructionist
extremists is prevalent enough to have caused such former
Steering Committee members as
Donald Wildmon and Tim and
LaHaye to disassociate themselves from COR. The
Institute for First Amendment studies notes that "Gary
DeMar, a leading Christian Reconstructionist author and
lecturer, is a member of COR's Steering Committee and the
executive committee of Crosswinds magazine.
Reconstructionists advocate, among other things, the death
penalty for abortionists and practicing homosexuals. While
they believe and teach this, they often try to obscure this
when speaking to general audiences. When questioned about
this, Gary DeMar said, `The Bible doesn't say that
homosexuals should be executed. What it says is this: If
two men lie together like a man and woman lie together, they
are to be put to death.'"
Dr. Robert Grant
American Freedom Coalition
800 K Street NW
Washington DC 20001
The American Freedom Coalition began in 1987 with a merger
of Robert Grant's fundamentalist organization Christian
Voice and the American Constitution Committee of Reverend
Sun Myung Moon's Unification Church, with the Moon
conglomerate providing the initial funding. Its first
activity, orchestrated by direct-mail expert Richard
Viguerie, was a massive fundraising effort for the
Nicaraguan contras and
Oliver North. The AFC has
set up field offices around the country and regularly
comments on US foreign and domestic policy. During the Gulf
War, the AFC organized patriotic pro-war rallies nationwide.
Local cells of the AFC have become increasingly shrill in
their campaigns against abortion, gay rights, and "weird
art." A minimal donation of $15 provides a 6-month
membership, including a subscription to the American
Karen Jo Gounaud
Family Friendly Libraries
7597 Whisperwood Court
Springfield, VA 22153
Phone and FAX 703/440-9419
Church FAX: 703/425-0205
Though Family Friendly Libraries (FFL) publicly portrays its mission as broadly altruistic and concerned with all aspects of children's education and development, its motivating force and unifying obsession is the fear that public libraries are a vehicle for homosexual indoctrination. Now in its infancy as a national organization, FFL grew out of battles in Fairfax County, Virginia over free distribution of the Washington Blade, a D.C. gay weekly, and the presence of "pro-homosexual" literature in local libraries. During this struggle, which began in about 1992, Karen Jo Gounaud rose quickly to prominence as a fierce and tenacious opponent of the so-called gay agenda. The wife of a retired Air Force officer and mother of two grown children, Gounaud is an evangelical Christian who holds a degree in education from the University of Nebraska. It was she who mobilized Christian parents of Fairfax county in an effort to end the availability of the Blade in the lobbies of branch libraries; led a drive to drop or sequester books she considers harmful to children; and pressured the Fairfax library system into spending a chunk of its budget on obscure and in some cases self-published books with titles like Steps Out of Homosexuality and You Don't Have to Be Gay. Her influence, long felt throughout northern Virginia, is beginning to have national impact. Her statements on the evils of spending taxpayers' money on "the type of books people don't want" bear depressing similarities to pronouncements that have badly eroded public support for the National Endowment for the Arts. Her campaign to demonize the American Library Association is beginning to see results, with some local library systems rewriting the Library Bill of Rights to eliminate all provisions that condemn censorship and uphold freedom of expression. While much of Gounaud's dogma can be traced to Focus on the Family and the rabidly homophobic Family Research Council, she has received major tactical and (we think) financial support from the Christian Coalition. The event that launched Family Friendly Libraries as a national entity was a conference held in Cincinnati on October 21, 1995 at the invitation of Phil Burress, founder of the militantly anti-gay, pro-censorship Citizens for Community Values (CCV), the Christian Coalition's Cincinnati affiliate. A newsletter is promised; write for literature.
The Heritage Foundation
214 Massachusetts Avenue NE
Washington DC 20002-4999
According to National Review editor William A.
Rusher, "If any conservative organization deserves pride of
place, surely it is the Heritage Foundation. Launched in
Paul Weyrich, Joseph Coors, and Edwin Feulner, it
set out to provide the conservative movement with an
aggressive and competent think tank that would provide the
sort of policy guidance... that such organizations as the
Brookings Institution had long furnished for liberals." The
thinking that occurs at the Heritage Foundation involves
finding a saleable rationale for preconceived right-wing
positions. Its resources helped engineer the success of
Newt Gingrich and the Contract with America. The Heritage
Foundation issues "backgrounder" reports that give a stamp
of credibility to misinformation and errors of fact;
Backgrounder No. 803, its January 1991 report on
the NEA, was especially influential. Send $18 for a
subscription to Policy Review, the Heritage
Foundation quarterly, or ask to be placed on the mailing
Rev. Jerry Falwell
P.O. Box 190
Forest, VA 24551
"I just can't stay on the sidelines any longer!" Falwell,
host of the "Old Time Gospel Hour" and founder of Liberty
University, emerged from temporary retirement in 1991,
announcing that he might reactivate the Moral Majority, the
now-defunct organization that first brought him fame outside
the Bible Belt. While this threat has failed to
materialize, he has put together a relatively small-scale
operation called Liberty Alliance. Falwell remains a
visible presence, continuing to crank out inspirational
books, anti-gay hate videos, and other fundraising
paraphernalia. His greatest recent hit is the video
Clinton Chronicles, which accuses President Clinton
of skullduggery of preternatural proportions. At $44.95,
which includes membership in Liberty Alliance, the Clinton
video is no bargain. Ask to be placed on the Liberty
Alliance mailing list.
William A. Donohue
Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights
1011 First Avenue
New York, NY 10022
A right-wing group denounced by many mainstream Catholics,
the militantly homophobic, anti-choice, pro-censorship
Catholic League has links to organizations ranging from the
Heritage Foundation to
Operation Rescue. In 1985, the
League spearheaded efforts to ban Jean-Luc Godard's film
Hail Mary nationwide. Three years later, they
Donald Wildmon and others in attacking Martin
Scorsese's Last Temptation of Christ. In 1990, the
Massachusetts chapter (then led by Heritage Foundation
alumnus and former Pilot editor Philip Lawler)
tried to have the work of Robert Mapplethorpe and other
artists banned in Boston. In 1995, the League began waging
a campaign against the Disney organization after Miramax, a
Disney subsidiary, acquired distribution rights to the
acclaimed British film Priest. William A. Donohue,
an NYU-educated sociologist formerly attached to the
Heritage foundation, succeeded John Puthenveetil as head of
the organization in 1992. Membership is $25 and includes a
subscription to the national newsletter, produced in
Dr. James C. Dobson
Focus on the Family
P.O. Box 35500
Colorado Springs, CO 80935
Focus on the Family (FOF) is called "perhaps the largest and
most dangerous censorship group today" in Dave Marsh's book
50 Ways to Fight Censorship. Dobson is a Christian
fundamentalist family counselor who promotes "traditional
values." In his best-known book, Dare to
Discipline, Dobson advocates beating children with
switches, beginning at the age of 18 months. In 1985-86 he
served on the Attorney General's Commission on Pornography
(the Meese Commission). He claims to have extracted a
confession from mass murderer Ted Bundy saying that porn
made him do it. Dobson actively opposes blasphemy, the
teaching of evolution, and the "homosexual agenda." In
1991, FOF relocated its 700-employee national headquarters
from Pomona, California to Colorado Springs, in time to
promote and help pass Colorado's anti-gay Amendment 2. The
organization is active throughout the country, operating
through such loose affiliates as the Massachusetts Family
Institute, and disseminating propaganda through its
syndicated radio shows and more than a dozen periodicals.
Ask for a complimentary copy of the slick monthly Focus on
the Family magazine.
6862 Elm Street
McLean, VA 22101
The indomitable Pat Buchanan, right-wing columnist and
television commentator, scourge of the 1992 Republican
convention, announced the formation of American Cause in the
spring of 1994. The organization evolved out of the 1992
Buchanan for President apparatus and is clearly meant to be
a support system for the next Buchanan for President
campaign. The kickoff event for American Cause, held in
Washington in April 1994, was a two-day conference called
"Winning the Culture War," which Buchanan proclaimed "the
Boston Tea party of the cultural revolution." Whatever else
it may have been, the event was a bigoted revel designed to
enhance Buchanan's stature in the eyes of his fans and
allies. Speakers included professional homophobes Lon Mabon
of the Oregon Citizens Alliance and Will Perkins of Colorado
for Family Values; "traditional values" advocate Michael
Medved; Dan Quayle's vice presidential chief of staff
William Kristol; home schooling proponent Mary Kay Clark,
who described the National Education Association as "the
training camp of the enemy of the family;" and Ezola Foster,
representing Black Americans for Family Values, who referred
to public schools as "socialist training camps." The
emphasis was on curbing freedom of expression in the name of
"taking back the culture" for the reactionary right. As the
1996 Presidential campaign heats up, American Cause will
become more visible. Write for information.
L. Brent Bozell 3d
Media Research Center
113 South West Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Brent Bozell, a zealot of impeccable right-wing pedigree, is
the nephew of columnist William F. Buckley and the son of L.
Brent Bozell, Jr., who assisted Barry Goldwater with the
writing of Conscience of a Conservative. A close
associate of the late Terry Dolan, the closeted gay founder
of the National Conservative Political Action Committee,
Bozell served for several years as the Dolan organization's
finance chairman and president. In 1991, he helped
orchestrate a smear campaign directed at the opposition to
Clarence Thomas's appointment to the Supreme Court; in 1992,
he was the chief fund-raiser behind
unsuccessful bid for the Republican Presidential nomination.
The Media Research Center provides Bozell with a platform
from which to bash the arts and popular culture. Recently
Bozell has been part of the drive to eradicate PBS.
TV, etc., "the Media Research Center's review of
the politics of the entertainment industry," is a monthly
newsletter that is oddly enamored of celebrity for a
publication whose relentless theme is the abject rottenness
of Hollywood. (Some celebrities, like Robert Redford, are
ridiculed for their liberalism; others, like Tom Selleck,
are congratulated for their conservatism or, as in the case
of Mel Gibson, their homophobia.) The garish inaccuracies
of TV, etc., like the claim that the film version
of Last Temptation of Christ shows Jesus "engaging in sex
acts and committing adultery," are sometimes entertaining,
but the accretion of drivel it contains can be wearing. A
subscription can be yours for $35 a year.
1776 I Street
Washington, DC 20006
From its mission statement: "Empower America is a unique
combination of public policy institute and grassroots
political organization whose mission is to promote
progressive conservative public policies at both the state
and national level based on the principles of economic
growth, international leadership, and cultural empowerment."
While Empower America bills itself as a "nonpartisan,
nonprofit organization," its board of directors is a blue-ribbon panel of right-wing pro-corporate Republicans, and
the organization itself is a kind of stepchild of the
Heritage Foundation. Amazingly for a nonprofit entity,
Empower America proudly declares political candidates to be
among its "products." Its popular training sessions for
reactionary candidates have enhanced the success of the pro-business theocratic right in recent years. Its four co-directors are former HUD Secretary Jack Kemp, Reagan's UN
Ambassador Jeane Kirkpatrick, former Minnesota Congressman
Vin Weber, and -- most visibly and actively -- Heritage
Foundation Fellow William Bennett, former Secretary of
Education and Chairman of the National Endowment for the
Humanities under Reagan, drug czar under Bush, senior editor
at the National Review, professional pompous
bluenose, and prolific author of such Pecksniffian titles as
The Book of Virtues. In recent years Bennett has
achieved considerable notoriety as a self-appointed, self-congratulatory guardian of "traditional values," zestfully
demonizing art forms, individuals, and real or imagined
trends in American culture. Some of his efforts have placed
him in unlikely partnerships with such purported liberals as
C. Delores Tucker of the National Political Caucus of Black
Women, with whom he conducted a joint campaign against rap
music in 1995. Write or call for Empower America's terms of
membership. Members receive a quarterly publication called
Rev. Flip Benham
P.O. Box 740066
Dallas, TX 75374
Operation Rescue (OR), the notorious anti-abortion group
begun in 1988 by evangelical ex-used car salesman Rev.
Randall Terry, specializes in blocking access to targeted
clinics and subjecting patients, physicians and staff to
intimidation and harassment. A queasy mixture of far-right
fundamentalist Protestants and reactionary Catholics, the
membership includes many who would criminalize all forms of
contraception and suppress all family planning information
other than exhortations to abstinence. During the 1992
election, Randall Terry warned his followers that "to vote
for Bill Clinton is to sin against God." With Clinton in
office, Operation Rescue has shifted its focus to include
opposition to civil rights for gays and lesbians. OR has
also been known to launch attacks on the arts. In 1990
Boston-area members tried to block access to Serrano's "Piss
Christ" at the Klein Gallery, and threatened to blockade
Boston University's Photographic Resource Center. In
February 1994, Rev. Flip Benham of the Free Methodist
Church took over the directorship of the organization from
Keith Tucci, who left to found a separate ministry, the Life
Coalition, in Melbourne, Florida. Call or write for a copy
of OR's National Rescue Update.
Ty and Jeannette Beeson
42640 Tenth Street West
Lancaster, CA 93534
Ty Beeson, pastor of the Pentecostal Springs of Life
Ministry, joined his wife Jeannette in establishing The
Report as a production center and clearinghouse for
propaganda intended to stop gay rights legislation in
California. Their most famous product, a 17-minute hate
video called The Gay Agenda, has been compared to
Nazi anti-Semitic films like The Eternal Jew. The
video was originally created for use by the Oregon Citizens
Alliance, the Oregon chapter of the Christian Coalition,
which had obtained a grant from its parent organization to
develop educational materials. The educational content of
The Gay Agenda consists mainly of militant
Paul Cameron's bizarre, discredited statistics on
the sexual habits of gay men, as portentously interpreted by
John Birch Society/Christian Coalition activist Stanley
Monteith. Other segments offer atrocity footage from Gay
Pride marches, as well as testimony from "ex-gays" who claim
to have been cured by a Pentecostal program called Love in
Action. The video was an instant success, selling tens of
thousands of copies at $13.95. It has also received
widespread free distribution in states and cities facing
anti-gay ballot initiatives. Scores of copies were sent to
Pentagon officials and members of Congress during the 1993
debate over lesbian and gay military personnel. The
Beesons' other videos include The Gay Agenda in Public
Education, Inside the March on Washington, and
Sexual Orientation or Sexual Deviation, You Decide.
They also market jeremiads about AIDS by such "experts" as
Stanley Monteith. Recently they have paid special attention
to keeping homosexual materials out of schools, fighting sex
education, and stamping out AIDS awareness programs. During
1993, the Beesons permitted Peter LaBarbera, former editor
of Concerned Women for America's Family Voice, to
publish his anti-gay monthly, The Lambda Report,
under their aegis. They have since parted company with
LaBarbera and offer their own homophobic monthly journal,
The Beeson Report, for $30 a year.
Impatient folks can access the entire list here:
Know Your Enemy!
Gary L. Bauer
Family Research Council
700 13th Street NW
Washington, DC 20005
Gary Bauer, director of the Office of Policy Development in
the Reagan White House, now heads this Washington-based
lobbying arm of James Dobson's Focus on the Family
(see below). When in 1992 the overtly political activities of
the Family Research Council (FRC) threatened the nonprofit
status of Dobson's operation, the two organizations became
legally separate. Though often treated as a mainstream
social research organization by the media, the FRC, by
Bauer's own admission, conducts no research. Strenuously
"pro-life" and homophobic, the FRC opposes both public
television and government subsidy of the arts. Bauer claims
the National Endowment for the Arts is run by "a small cadre
of cultural revolutionaries, militant homosexuals, and anti-religious bigots who are intent on attacking the average
American's most deeply held beliefs while sending them the
bill." Ask for a complimentary copy of the FRC's monthly
newsletter, Washington Watch.
I cringe when I hear people singing 'God Bless America' in supposed remembrance of the lives lost in order to further the agenda of a corrupt and tyrannical regime. Would not 'Amazing Grace' or even 'I Will Remember You' be far more appropriate? Why is it that the death of over 2800 people can be reduced to blind and rabid patriotism? Where is the humanity in this?
People accuse me of being unpatriotic like this is a bad thing. I am a child of Earth. I am a human being (although I'm sometimes ashamed of this, given our wretched record with each other and our fellow non-human Earthlings). I was an ex patriot before 9.11.01 and I'm an ex patriot today, probably moreso. Why? Because I see this country being led down the primrose path to ultimate dictatorship. I see history repeating itself not 60 years after millions of people lost their lives because folks were either too blind, too scared, or too filled with hatred to take a stand against the extremists.
Today I grieve for the dead, those who needlessly perished in the travesty of 9.11. I grieve alone, the only one at work not wearing a red, white, and blue ribbon. But I also grieve for the living, those in this country who refuse to see the inconsistencies in 'our' administration's cover story, those who are so caught up in the propaganda spoon fed to the public that they are willingly relinquishing their rights just as the regime had hoped they would.
I grieve for the fact that Americans scream for a war to protect freedoms that are slowly and methodically being taken away from us. I grieve also that these same Americans are incapable of realising that all of us are free to roam only as far as the chains around our ankles are long and that we're really only free to do as we're told.
And most of us do it so willingly..so blindly...and with smiles of joy on our faces.
Benjamin Franklin, a Founding Father of this nation built on the burial grounds of the Native American, once said: "People who are willing to give up freedom for the sake of short term security, deserve neither freedom nor security."
Of course, why would most American's remember this when they don't even remember the Reichstag? As George Santayana said: "Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it."
But I will leave with one more quote. Read it and think of a year ago today..and, if you're singing tunes of the Fatherland instead of requiems for the dead, ask yourself why.
"Naturally, the common people don't want war. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism." -Hermann Goering, President of the Reichstag, Nazi Party, and Luftwaffe Commander in Chief
So I hold an unpopular view. If Ashcroft's dream of internment camps becomes a reality, my view is probably going to get me a charter membership in a cell with no view at one of the worst facilities. And if that happens, please think twice before you sing 'My Country Tis of Thee' or some other silly mind-numbing anthem.
PEACE ON EARTH
( Get out your binocs and learn the goose step. There are neighbours to spy on and undesirables to intern! )