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137523_600Maybe I’m just being overly sensitive today but I read this article in The Daily Beast that pissed me off something royal.

Senators: Kerry Admits Obama’s Syria Policy Is Failing
In a closed-door meeting, two senators say, the Secretary of State admitted to them that he no longer believes the administration’s approach to the crisis in Syria is working. Peace talks have failed, he conceded, and now it’s time to arm the moderate opposition—before local al Qaeda fighters try to attack the United States.

So John Kerry had a private meeting that included Republican Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham, among the hawkiest of the hawks in the Senate.  After the “off-the-record” meeting, said Senators rushed out to tell the media that Kerry secretly told them that he agrees with them on everything and that Kerry called Obama’s approach a failure.

One wonders, is that true?  Hmm, who would we ask about that…?

Kerry’s spokesperson, Jen Psaki, said the senators are confusing their views with the Secretary of State’s. “This is a case of members projecting what they want to hear and not stating the accurate facts of what was discussed,” Psaki added.

How the fuck have we come to this point in American journalism?  … News flash to reporters everywhere: two heavily biased Senators who hate the administration and everything it does are going to lie about and distort pretty much anything they can think of… especially what they think they heard come out of the Secretary of State’s mouth.

I’ve stopped counting the number of concussions I’ve received from slamming my forehead into my desk…

Edit: Lol, also too:

UPDATE: Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse and Chris Murphy issued the following statement Monday about the Kerry meeting: “We were both surprised that contents of our off-the-record meeting with Sec Kerry were made public. The characterizations reported on today do not reflect the conversation that we heard. Neither of us recall the Secretary saying the policy of the administration in Syria was failing, nor proposing new lethal assistance for Syrian opposition groups.”

A friend just turned me on to a hilarious blog called Margaret and Helen.
My name is Helen Philpot. My grandson taught me how to do this so that I could “blog” with my best friend Margaret Schmechtman who I met almost 60 years ago…  Philpot was my grandmother’s maiden name and

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Pace Lev, I too want to chime in on the hilarious spectacle of Christianists rending their garments over their perceptions of being slighted, marginalized and oppressed. Comeuppance was a long time in coming, but thank FSM it finally came. Here’s how it all works.

  1. Christianity was spread throughout the Western world for endless centuries via a literally bloody sword. “Secular” leaders came to realize the unique potential for controlling the masses through adopting Christianity and then turning the faithful always toward a heathen enemy — whether it be something as big as Eastasia, er, blaspheming brown peoples occupying Jerusalem, or something as small as the hordes of godless satanist witches roaming local villages and kidnapping Christian babies to sacrifice to Beelzebub. Ain’t no party like a religious hatred party, cuz a religious hatred party don’t stop…
  2. In almost all of Europe, Christianity came to effectively usurp state power. Rulers of nations crafted their laws to comply with religious dictates. Heads of state weren’t legitimate unless blessed by God God’s proxies in the Church. Nearly all citizens of Europe were under the bootheel of the unholy marriage of state and ecclesiastical power.
  3. Thus, for a long time, Christian power-mongers were happy. They ruled with an iron fist. Toppled kings. Burned heretics. Waged endless holy wars, e.g., for Jerusalem. Accumulated a fortune vaster than anyone’s dreams of avarice.
  4. Stuff began unraveling a bit for the One True Church once the pesky Church of England came about. Oh, and that Martin Luther guy… Yada yada for a while…
  5. Fast forward to the present day. Secular state power has been effectively freed from the iron chains of ecclesiastical dominance. The Pope can’t topple kings. European state remittances to religious institutions have shrunk to a relative pittance.
  6. So now Christians bitch because their unholy direct control over state power has been greatly diminished. No longer can they directly compel the state to oppress people.* So now they claim to be oppressed!

The chutzpah of these people…

* – And yes, Christianists still exert tremendous influence over our elected leaders.  But it’s in an indirect capacity.

I just love how folks in the ever-so-exceptionally educated and enlightened branch of Christianity are so quick to dismiss atheist polemicists like Richard Dawkins because he thinks Christianity is what the silly ignorant Christian rubes (who believe stuff like Jesus rode dinosaurs) think it is, rather than the ever-so-exceptionally enlightened true essence of what Christianity is REALLY about:

One of the worst aspects of conservative evangelicalism is that too often, especially on its fundamentalist fringes, its literalism encourages know-nothing atheism of the Dawkins variety. If Christianity actually entailed the beliefs that the earth was created 6,000 years ago and homosexuality is evil and there really was a Noah who built a gigantic boat, I wouldn’t want anything to do with it, either. I imagine Richard Dawkins never held a third-grader in a trailer and forced him to confess that the theory of punctuated equilibria is false.  But Christianity does not entail such beliefs, I make bold enough to say.

As you’re reading this, I’m probably still laughing at that last bit.  No true Scotsman.  Indeed.

Even though there are hundreds of passionate arguments against it — with varying degrees of cogency –I am really finding it hard to support professional football anymore. Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo suffered a herniated disk last week. For any normal human being, this would be a devastating injury that would require surgery or at least months of physical therapy. And your back would be fucked up for the rest of your life. So what do they do to the headlining gladiator in the Colosseum? Give him a shot for the pain. Seriously.
 

This isn’t anywhere near the worst example, but here’s yet another article about the terrifying, soul-crushing, Dante’s-inferno-grade hellfire inconvenience that a reporter was compelled to endure as part of the process of signing up for Obamacare:

Signing up for health care on the national exchanges … was an annoying and distasteful way to use my free time. I ended up spending several hours over the course of multiple days on HealthCare.gov, and I’m still not sure that I will be covered next year. I hope I’ll receive that letter—why not an email sent as I signed up?—soon.

Annoyance!? Distaste!? Several hours of effort… over literally multiple days!?!?? And he has to wait for a letter, not, gasp, a totally modern email!?!!!?!!

Get this man some laudanum and a fainting couch, stat!

Or, more appropriately: “Sack the fuck up.”

As usual, we see no caveat somewhere in the article about the relative unimportance of his inconvenience as compared to saving $1,500 on health insurance and, more importantly, contributing to process that now provides quality health insurance options to millions of Americans (like him) who had overpriced insurance but no options, or to people who had no options or coverage whatsoever.

We really don’t have any sense of perspective or proportionality in this country anymore…

This isn’t anywhere near the worst example, but here’s yet another article about the terrifying, soul-crushing, Dante’s-inferno-grade hellfire inconvenience that a reporter was compelled to endure as part of the process of signing up for Obamacare:

Signing up for health care on the national exchanges … was an annoying and distasteful way to use my free time. I ended up spending several hours over the course of multiple days on HealthCare.gov, and I’m still not sure that I will be covered next year. I hope I’ll receive that letter—why not an email sent as I signed up?—soon.

Annoyance!? Distaste!? Several hours of effort… over literally multiple days!?!?? And he has to wait for a letter, not, gasp, a totally modern email!?!!!?!!

Get this man some laudanum and a fainting couch, stat!

Or, more appropriately: “Sack the fuck up.”

As usual, we see no caveat somewhere in the article about the relative unimportance of his inconvenience as compared to saving $1,500 on health insurance and, more importantly, contributing to process that now provides quality health insurance options to millions of Americans (like him) who had overpriced insurance but no options, or to people who had no options or coverage whatsoever.

We really don’t have any sense of perspective or proportionality in this country anymore…