Saturday, April 03, 2010

More Moronic Teabaggery - 'This is Chilling'

One of the few advantages of having a wacked-out Rethug as a cousin is that she continually sends me crap like this:

Don't just take your hat off .........your [sic] head is next!!!!!!!!.....This is the REAL THING.........Bare [sic] Arms!!!~!~!!!@
This is chilling ...
In 1952 President Truman established one day a year as a "National Day of Prayer."
In 1988 resident [sic] Reagan designated the First Thursday in May of each year as the National Dayof [sic] Prayer.
In June 2007 (then) Presidential Candidate Barack Obama declared that the USA Was no longer a Christian nation.
This year President Obama, canceled the 21st annual National Day of Prayer ceremony at the White House under the rouse [sic] Of "not wanting to offend anyone"
On September 25, 2009 from 4 am until 7 pm, a National Day of Prayer for the Muslim religion was Held on Capitol Hill, Beside the White House. There were over 50,000 Muslims that Day in DC.
I guess it Doesn't matter if "Christians" Are offended by this event - We obviously Don't count as "anyone" Anymore.
The direction This country is headed Should strike fear in the heart of every Christian. Especially knowing that the Muslim religion believes that if Christians cannot be Converted they should be Annihilated
This is not a Rumor - Go to the website To confirm this info: (
Pay particular attention to the very bottom of the page: "OUR TIME HAS COME" I hope that this Information will stir your spirit. We must pray for Our nation, our communities, Our families, and especially our children. They are the ones that are going to suffer the most
If we don't PRAY! May God have Mercy... IN GOD WE TRUST.
Please pass this on, Maybe someone, somehow can figure out a way to put America back on the map as it was when we were growing up, a safe place to live and by [sic] The Ten Commandments and Pledge of Allegiance.
I retained the original spelling and other grammatical errors, just as an illustration of the kind of mentality it takes to pass this shit around. Of course the original was in a huge WWIII-Headline-sized font festooned with colors, especially red for the "shocking" bits. And those inappropriate capitalisations in the middle of sentences? The original was centered and that's where it started a new line.

My cousin, it of course ought to go without saying, is also a "birther".

Anyway back to this email that is making the rounds. I hardly know where to begin...

1. First, since the malignant Islamic jihad community is mentioned so prominently, go take a look at that that website. Yeah, it does say "our time has come" but so what? It also says this:
The objective of this gathering is to invite the Muslim Communities and friends of Islam to express and illustrate the wonderful diversity of Islam. We intend to manifest Islam's majestic spiritual principals as revealed by Allah to our beloved prophet Muhammad (PEACE BE UPON HIM) of Arabia. Likewise; we intend to inspire a new generation of Muslim to work for the greater good of all people. We shall serve all people, regardless of race, religion or national origin.
Yeah, I know. "Those people" believe that it's okay to lie to infidels, cut off their heads if the won't embrace Allah, yadda yadda yadda. Here's Snopes on a similar situation.

2. Canceling the National Day of Prayer? Here's Snopes:
In 2009, President Obama decided not to host an ecumenical service in the White House in observance of the National Day of Prayer (held on the first Thursday of May) as his predecessor, President George W. Bush, had. He did not (as is commonly claimed) "cancel" the observation of the National Day of Prayer; instead, rather than holding a White House service, the president opted to issue a public proclamation and observe the occasion privately:
"Prayer is something that the president does every day," said White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, adding that Obama would sign a proclamation to recognize the day. "I think the president understands, in his own life and in his family's life, the role that prayer plays. And I would denote that the administrations prior to the past one did proclamations. That's the way the president will publicly observe the national prayer day. But, as I said, privately, he'll pray as he does every day."
Now here's a guy who is willing to follow the admonitions of Joshua bar Joseph (aka Jesus) who told his adherents to go into their closets and pray in private. But no, that's part of that whole wimpy-assed "love thy neighbor" Jesus thing that the fundos and their wackjob sheeple can't abide...

Note that he didn't say he didn't want to "offend" anyone...

3. Anyone who has actually been to Washington DC knows that the White House is not on Capitol Hill -- that's where the US Capitol Building is, which is why -- duh! -- they call it Capitol Hill. The White House is actually about a mile away from Capitol Hill. And the Muslims? They actually did meet at the US Capitol building and not next to the White House.

4. Obama said US was "no longer a Christian nation"? In 2007? Wrong on the quote, wrong on the date.

What he actually said, in 2009, was this: "One of the great strengths of the United States ... we have a very large Christian population -- we do not consider ourselves a Christian nation or a Jewish nation or a Muslim nation. We consider ourselves a nation of citizens who are bound by ideals and a set of values."

Don't believe it? Huffpo has the video -- watch it and weep.

And what this letter-writer ignores, as does every single brain-fart-residue-enhanced moron in the Religious Right/Wingnuttery/Teabaggery is the Treaty of Tripoli, in which is found the following line: "...the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion..."

As I've mentioned before, there used to be such things as Civics classes in school. I can forgive (kind of) the younger generation for their ignorance of American history and government, but since the Teabaggers seem to be, by and large, old (i.e. my age or beyond) it's unconscionable that they seem to have conveniently forgotten that treaties, once agreed to by the Senate and signed by the president, are the "supreme law of the land":
This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding. [Article Six of the US Constitution].
No, I obviously am not making this up, but the Teabaggery will likely claim that I am, and when confronted with the truth will come up with something like "it says that but it doesn't mean that". That's the approach they are taking with Article 11 of the Treaty of Tripoli.

BTW, as an aside, it is that same Article Six which contains what I think may be the most important provision in the constitution:
The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States. [emphasis added]
While the First Amendment provisions of separation of church and state are paramount to me, the Religious Right has been active in their pursuit of their "separation of church and state are found nowhere in the constitution" crap, but they don't really have an answer to this simple declarative statement that doesn't leave a lot -- bullshit, it doesn't leave any -- wiggle room.

It's an article that's mostly been overlooked in the debate, but to me it is a totally clear statement of the separation of church and state. That's why I consider it the most important provision in the whole document.

So, bottom-line, I agree that "this is chilling", but naturally not in the way the original writer intended. I am especially bothered by the "bare arms" line. I am going to assume that the intention was not to wear a tank top to get a tan on your upper appendages. This is the kind of throwaway line that contributes to the rise in the level of potential violence -- and actual violence -- that bodes ill for the future of this country.

Okay, I know I've been really long-winded today and kind of all over the map, but whenever I get this kind of BS it puts me into an intellectual frenzy. Which is probably why she keeps sending it to me. But what the hell, it gave me a chance to vent on some topics that I think are important to know the facts about, and I hope it's given you some ammunition to fire back at that IBIL* of yours when he passes this on to you.

[IBIL = Idiot Brother-In-Law]


Anonymous said...

Yeah, I sort of agree but mostly disagree. Obama is an interesting study. He opts out of a "National Day of Prayer" because he doesn't want to offend anyone. Who would be offended? Jews have managed very nicely. Buddhists, Sikhs, and Hindus haven't lost their minds over the prayer breakfast. So, are we worried that Muslims would be offended? Please, you must pardon my liberal radicalism, but f----'em if they don't like it. They are always welcome to paddle back to their home countries and chat with the mullahs about how sharia can be modified to make it more tolerable.

It gets a bit irksome that we spend money to convert everything in the country to dual languages - English and Spanish - because we are sensitive to our hispanic population. What about the Vietnamese, Chinese, Koreans, Arabs, etc. If we are so sensitive, why isn't every public policy and business announcement in at least 10 languages?

Yep, the tea baggers are pretty much drooling idiots but they are OUR drooling idiots. If Obama wants to show a little political butter'em up, we would all be better served with him holding a prayer breakfast instead of drilling off the eastern seaboard.

Hell, hold several CHRISTIAN prayer breakfasts but open Medicare to voluntary enrollment instead of funneling tax-payer money to for-profit corporations.

Is he a ringer or is he just a dolt?

Jay in N.C.

Farnsworth68 said...

Thanks, Jay. Actually, there's no evidence anywhere that he actually said he didn't want to offend anyone.
I give him some credit for being more of a wily politician. I think this whole "offshore drilling" thing is some deft political jiu-jitsu to blunt the Rethugs before they could even get started with their "NO!" tactics.
--The F Man

Batocchio said...

Research and reflection would interfere with their beliefs - so why should they bother? Fear and feelings of persecution reinforce a tribal identity and give them an odd sense of comfort. Pastor Limbaugh will soothe them and denounce those (non-white) devils who expelled them from their Garden of Eden in the 60s.


I saw this post from Blog Against Theocracy. Enjoyed reading your post. I'm probably about your age, I'm 59, and I am astounded at how ignorant the Tea Party activists are of history and the Constitution, and that includes Ron Paul who knows next to nothing about it.

Your post is correct. They pass things around the Internet mindlessly without thinking about any basic facts.

I blog at I went to the website for the delegates for the so-called "continental congress" at articlesoffreedom. You should read some of the candidate statements. They are raving lunatics. In my blog I won't say that because I write articles that try to prove a point rather than insulting them.

Personally, I wish Obama would terminate the faith-based initiative because it is unconstitutional on its face. I also think we should end the National Day of Prayer which is unconstitutional. It was only started during the Cold War by the C Street Foundation which Jeff Sharlet wrote about in The Family.

CrackerLilo said...

I get similar e-mails from relatives (usually better-spelled, but the same gist). It's amazing to see the huge leaps of logic that people, some otherwise quite bright, will take based on their fear. I have tried going to Snopes and sending those links, but have given up.

Anonymous said...

Well, hell, Cracker Lilo, if Thomas Jefferson is too much of a radical liberal for them, why would they believe Snopes or Fact Check? As I'm sure you know, they do not believe Snopes because it is "liberal."

Religion in politics makes me very jumpy (think Moslem, think Catholic Church in "dark" ages Europe) but I'm so outdone with Obama that I'm sometimes not too rational. :)

If he was our "hope," we are well and truly screwed - IMHO.

Graham Firchlis said...

Thanks for sharing. It is amazing, watching people contort themselves out of all semblance of rationality to make some very weird point that, even made, makes no sense. Like watching a ping-pong ball in a shower, on acid.

Bad acid.

My whole birth family, parents and siblings and their in-laws and children, are Biblical fundie literalists and when asked very simple questions fly into a rage rather than deal with them. Family gatherings are, to say the least, tense, and I now avoid them whenever possible. What a sad lot, and so many of them.

I don't feel offended by religious people who keep their "belief" away from public policy dogma, including Obama. He has a fine line to walk, in religion and many other aspects, and so far I'm more impressed with him than I expected to be. That is a great positive change from the last several White House inhabitants.