Friday, March 27, 2009

COMING SOON: Jesus Christ! Now THAT'S Entertainment!

It's Blasphemous! It's Christofascist! iT'S Sooo American!

America Has Made a Religion Out of Entertainment...
And An Entertainment Out of Religion

This next week, we'll be looking at what really counts as entertainment in this country: religion! More specifically, American Christian religion - what it has shown us this past century and what we can expect. No, this is no Religulous. I don't have the money nor the wit of Bill Maher. Religulous, quite frankly, didn't tell us anything we already know. I'm proposing a kind of montage of what America has done to religion and with religion - and what religion has done to America.

The Federal Budget: WTF Numbers

Again: The following graphs prove why the letters "W" "T" and "F" were invented. These may be the comparisons Republicans don't want you to read:

The DOUBLING of our national debt was in 2008. And it obviously took a lot of effort to get it to the trillion-dollar mark. When Bush took office in 2001, he inherited billions in windfall. By the end of his tenure, our deficit was $450 billion and our debt was above $1 trillion. In 2007 our interest payments (still due and mounting) were $243 billion. OUR INTEREST!!

Who was borrowing all of that money? Who had wars to pay for? Who gave only 3% of the budget to education: the real insult being the kick in the rear to kids - "No Child Left Behind" wound up to be "No Child's Behind Left!"

In fact, the government, OUR government looked exactly like some homeowners the Republicans have been railing about: borrowing well above their means. And what did our government borrow the money for?

War. A preemptive war. A preemptive war based on ... nothing (or at best, wishful thinking). A preemptive war based on nothing and lasting longer than any other wars in American history.

The Republicans (and Rush Limbaugh) want to destroy President Obama and send him back to Chicago in humiliation.

But for what he has done in such little time, what he has already gone through and what he has to face, he should be awarded a medal.

Redoubt Ash Is Falling On Homer!!

Homer - the little Alaskan town with a sense of humor - is now covered by Mt. Redoubt's volcanic ash. Gov. Sarah Palin has no plans to investigate any damage or side effects, even though, at over 5,000 residents, it about as big as Wasilla.

(from Alaska Daily News):

Ash began falling in Homer shortly before 2 p.m. The city sent workers home early, said City Manager Walt Wrede, before a purplish plume blocked the view across Cook Inlet and the smell of sulfur wafted into town. Businesses closed up, he said. By 4:45, skies had cleared and a small sprinkling of ash covered the snow.

(From Wikipedia):
Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. According to 2005 Census Bureau estimates, the population was 5,364. One of Homer's nicknames is "the cosmic hamlet by the sea"; another is "the end of the road". A popular local bumper sticker characterizes the town as "Homer - A quaint little drinking village with a fishing problem."
And to add from our cornucopia of useless knowledge: "It Takes A Village."

The Republican Budget Was Drawn Up By Sarah Palin!

It's The Budget To Nowhere!

It's the "Thanks But No Thanks" Budget!

Either way, no Republican was thinking clearly when they "unveiled" their "budget." (Yeah, I'm using quotation marks as liberally as Tony Perkins!). However, the blue folder that was held up had twenty pages of polemic rhetoric and NO NUMBERS! None at all! It was a slap in the face of the present administration saying "You chided us for not having a plan! Here's what we think of your plan!" ("Oh, a we'll roll out the numbers in, a week or so"). The Party of No now includes The Party of No Budget as well as the Party of No Ideas.

It's also a slight to President Obama: a guy who's been working day and night, not merely "outlining" a budget, but presenting concrete dollars and cents. Forcing him to "work with us" on a mere outline is insulting to Obama as well as the American people. Obama's budget would be $3.55 trillion. Sounds like an unfathomable amount of money, but the chart below (our last post) shows how much the budget was for 2007: $2.7 trillion, with a big chunk going to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. AND $243 billion in DEBT INTEREST.