Never pass up a chance to sit down or relieve yourself. -old Apache saying

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Parrotheads

Are Trump supporters so stupid they didn't realize that Jimmy Buffet was not "one of them?" Yep.

Jimmy Buffett's Trump dis angers fans: 'Way to alienate half the people buying your music'

Over the weekend, singing legend Jimmy Buffett campaigned for Florida’s big governor race, supporting Democrat Andrew Gillum, and even tweaked the lyrics to his song “Come Monday” to make his point. At the Get Out the Vote rally in West Palm Beach, not far from Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago, the crooner sang: “Come Tuesday/Things will change. Come Tuesday/We’re making a change. It’s been two insane years/Time to really switch gears.”


Buffett, 71, didn’t stop with his Trump dis. While singing what is arguably his most famous song, “Margaritaville,” Buffett also called out current Gov. Rick Scott, a Republican, for being at the root of the state’s environmental issues: “Some people say that there’s a red tide to blame/But I know that it’s all Rick Scott’s fault.”
No surprise, Trump supporters didn’t like this.
The fact remains: Buffett’s not singing a new tune. Not unlike Willie Nelson, who also shocked fans with his political preferences, Buffett has long supported Democrats and hasn’t been afraid to get political,  especially about the environment. In 2010, the star, born and raised on the Gulf Coast, criticized former President George W. Bush for being too cozy with the petroleum industry, which he said had polluted the water in the Gulf, including the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. “It was more about eight years of bad policy before [Obama] got there that let this happen,” said Buffett, an Obama supporter. “It was Dracula running the blood bank in terms of oil and leases.”
And he didn’t support Trump’s run for president. Quite the opposite: he held a star-studded fundraiser for Hillary Clinton at his home in the Hamptons.
We’ll also point out that if some of Buffett fans decide to boycott him, it won’t hurt his bottom line. He’s one of the wealthiest celebrities there is, according to Forbes, and was worth $550 million as of 2016.
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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

GOP Jesus

This is just about right. They are reaching heights of hypocrisy never seen before! Say, Amen!

Sunday, November 4, 2018

This Week in God

I had to laugh out loud when I recently heard Trump claim that he was a great moral leader. This guy is just a filthy bundle of lies and delusion, and his poor followers don't have much of a clue.

This Week in God
by Steve Benen

First up from the God Machine this week is a new argument from Donald Trump about how – and whether – he should be seen not only as a political leader, but a moral one, too.

Traditionally, the president’s allies have defended his moral failings by questioning their relevance. Shortly before the 2016 election, for example, when Americans heard the “Access Hollywood” recording of Trump bragging about sexually assaulting women, Corey Lewandowski, the Republican’s former campaign manager, argued, “We’re not choosing a Sunday school teacher here.”

It was a concession of sorts, acknowledging Trump’s character flaws and messy personal life, while simultaneously making the case that voters need not concern themselves with his morality.

Politically conservative evangelical Christians have made the same calculus throughout the Trump presidency: they don’t need him to be moral, the argument goes, so much as they need him to help advance what they see as their moral agenda.

It therefore came as something of a surprise this week when Trump was asked directly about this aspect of his presidency.
Q: How do you see your role as a moral leader?
TRUMP: I think I am a great moral leader, and I love our country.
Whether or not Trump deserves to be seen as a “great moral leader” is a matter of perspective, though the Republican’s argument is very much at odds with the line his defenders – who say they back him despite his moral compass – usually tout.

But the president’s line turned out to be poorly timed. Two days after boasting of his moral standing, the Wall Street Journal  published a new, thoroughly detailed report on Trump’s direct role in making legally dubious hush-money payments to women, including a former porn star, all of which he repeatedly lied to the public about.

“The Wall Street Journal found that Mr. Trump was involved in or briefed on nearly every step of the agreements,” the article read. “He directed deals in phone calls and meetings with his self-described fixer, Michael Cohen, and others. The U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan has gathered evidence of Mr. Trump’s participation in the transactions.”

Perhaps it wasn’t the ideal week for, “I think I am a great moral leader.”

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Saturday, November 3, 2018

convention recap

We attended the 41st annual Freedom From Religion Foundation's convention, this time in San Francisco. This is the second consecutive FFRF convention we have attended. Here is a recap of the events.

Friday, November 2, 2018

black collar crime

Each month, the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) publishes a newsletter called Freethought Today. One of the most interesting sections is the monthly compilation called "Black Collar Crime." It details all the "holy" people who have committed various crimes. If you thought that only religious people can have morals, well, you are an idiot.

BLACK COLLAR CRIME
compiled by Bill Dunn

Arrested / Charged 
David English Jr., 33, Joanna, SC: 2nd-degree domestic violence and unlawful conduct toward a child. English, pastor of New Hope Baptist Church in Clinton, is accused of assaulting his wife, Jennifer Bunting English, and of being aware of her drug addiction and of taking her to buy illegal drugs. 

Bunting English, 31, is charged with kidnapping and unlawful conduct toward a child for taking a 2-month-old child she was babysitting to her home and refusing to communicate with the mother. The child was recovered 3 hours later. Source: WYFf, 9-24-18 

Franco Mulakkal, 54, Jalandhar, India: Rape. Mulakkal, bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Jalandhar, is accused of raping a Missionaries of Jesus nun in her 40s at least 13 times in 2014-16. The Vatican relieved him of his duties at his request. 

The alleged victim filed a 114-page police complaint in June and also accused Mulakkal of sending her inappropriate text messages and obscene photos. He denied the allegations and said he’ll accept the death penalty if they’re proven. India has about 27 million Christians, about 2.3% of the population. Source: BBC/ Washington Post, 9-21-18 

Gary Miller, 41, Springfield, IL: Forcible rape and forcible sodomy. Miller was pastor in 2012 at Sycamore Baptist Church when his accuser said she got a letter from an anonymous sender that threatened harm against her loved ones if she didn’t video herself having sex with Miller. After she told Miller, they met and he allegedly told her he didn’t want to have sex but felt like he had no choice. 

The woman eventually gave in and Miller recorded the encounter, an affidavit said, and he then tucked her into bed and prayed with her. Police only recently became aware of the alleged scheme while they were investigating other abuse allegations against Miller. Source: News-Leader, 9-19-18 

James C. Landes, 28, Bryan, TX: Online solicitation of a minor. Landes, junior high youth minister at First United Methodist Church, is charged with arranging to have sex with an undercover officer he thought was a 14-year-old girl. He allegedly agreed to meet at a public park during a work break but later messaged the officer that he couldn’t because of time constraints, adding he would “make it up to you.” Source: Bryan Eagle, 9-16-18 

Shin Ok-ju, pastor of Grace Road Church, and 3 senior church leaders were arrested in S. Korea and charged with beating church members in Korea and others who had relocated with them in 2014 to Fiji to escape a predicted famine. It’s also alleged she confiscated passports, forced people to work without pay and perform ritual beatings on each other on so-called “threshing floors.” The church has branches around the world, including in the U.S. 

Videos show Shin calling members forward during her sermons, hitting them on the face and pulling and cutting their hair. In one she tells a girl to slap a woman, believed to be her mother, while saying “you’re hitting the cheeks of the enemy.” The girl hits the woman 25 times. Later the woman is shown repeatedly hitting the girl and pulling her hair. Source: The Guardian, 9-16-18

José U. Rendon, 52, Nacogdoches, TX: Continuous sexual abuse of a child. Rendon, pastor at Iglesia Templo De Fe, is accused of more than 50 assaults on a child in 2004-05. Rendon had agreed to meet with investigators but never showed up and is considered a fugitive from justice. Source: Morning Telegraph, 9-13-18 

Manuel La Rosa-Lopez, 60, Richmond, TX: 4 counts of indecency with a child. He’s accused of offenses when he was pastor at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Conroe. A girl who attended the parish school where he taught alleged in 2001 to the Archdiocese of Houston-Galveston that La Rosa-Lopez kissed her and touched her breasts in April 2000 in the church kitchen after a rehearsal for “The Passion of the Christ” play. He allegedly told her they couldn’t have sex until she turned 16. 

In August 2018, a 36-year-old man alleged to the archdiocese that the priest molested him when he was a high school student between 1998 and October 1999. 

Daniel DiNardo, archbishop since 2006 and now a cardinal, has come under fire recently. The woman alleged DiNardo promised her several years after she reported the abuse that La Rosa-Lopez would be removed from any contact with children but later found out he remained in active ministry at St. John Fisher Parish, about 70 miles away. 

The man said he was told that reports were filed with civil authorities but, according to court documents, a police investigator searched for those records and didn’t find any. Source: KTRK, 8-12-18

Dmitri J. Daniels, 18, Miami Gardens, FL: Sexual battery. Daniels, a parishioner and youth volunteer at Mt. Pisgah Seventh-day Adventist Church, allegedly assaulted a 5-year-old girl. “He had shown the victim in this case pornographic materials and in essence demonstrated or showed her what he wanted her to do,” said police Capt. Al Xiques, adding that Daniels “had the opportunity to be around children on a regular basis.” Source: CBS Miami, 9-11-18 

Christian Ohazulume, 50, Dorchester, MA: 3 counts of aggravated indecent assault and battery of a child under 14. Ohazulume, a Catholic priest and chaplain at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, is accused of assaulting a girl when she was 7 or 8 in 2007 when he lived with her family after coming from Nigeria. Source: KTRK, 9-11-18 

Kristina L. Casey, 48, Vermilion, OH: 3 counts of theft. Casey, treasurer at Saints Peter and Paul Orthodox Church in Lorain, is charged with writing about $80,000 worth of unauthorized checks to herself. Source: Morning Journal, 9-10-18 

Sean E. Gaines, 43, Hampton, VA: 3 counts of indecent liberties with child by custodian and 7 counts of carnal knowledge of a child 13 to 15 years old. Gaines, pastor at Empowerment Temple and former pastor at Rising St. James Pentecostal Holiness Church, allegedly took a girl who was living with his family to a hotel to have sex. He’s married with 2 children. The girl told police their relationship started in May 2017 and ended in February. Source: WAVY, 9-7-18

This is only about 10% of the total listings in the November 2018 issue of Freethought Today.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

November stargazing

Better late than never, is what I say too often.






Stargazing Summary
Taurus, the celestial bull, is one of the highlights of autumn nights. Its brightest star, orange Aldebaran, rises around sunset in November and reaches its highest point in the sky around midnight. The sparkly Pleiades star cluster, which looks like a tiny dipper, rises to the upper left of Aldebaran. One of its horns ends at the appropriately named star El Nath, the butting one.

More stargazing information
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40 Years and Counting
The longest running nationally aired science program is marking a major milestone. "StarDate"  radio, produced by The University of Texas at Austin's McDonald Observatory, celebrates 40 years on the nation's airwaves. In its nearly 15,000 daily two-minute episodes, "StarDate" has brought skywatching and astronomy to millions of listeners across the United States. Today, it airs on about 400 radio affiliates, split evenly between public and commercial stations.

Stardate Radio celebrates its 40th birthday

Radio Program Highlights
If you want to start hearing the StarDate program in your area, you can request a station to carry our program by emailing the request to stations@stardate.org.

November 1-4: Parsecs. Despite some confusion in the "Star Wars" universe, the parsec is a real concept — a unit for measuring distances to the stars and beyond — and we'll have details. We'll also talk about a speedy star and much more.

November 5-11: Beautiful spirals. Some of the most beautiful sights in the universe are spiral galaxies — great pinwheels of stars that spin through the cosmos. We'll have details on both normal spirals and some odd ones, plus much more.

November 12-18: Looking down a barrel. The last gasp of a dying star forms a beautiful pair of rings. But that appearance is deceiving — it's actually a giant barrel of gas and dust, and we're looking right down the middle. Join us for the Helix Nebula and more.

November 19-25: A challenging arrival. The latest mission to Mars is set for landing in a few days, and we'll talk about the challenging approach to the Red Planet. We'll also talk about galaxies that churn out new stars, and much more.

November 26-30: The little guys. A spacecraft is beginning to snuggle close to an asteroid right now, and we'll have details. We'll also talk about comet tails, and a comet that's visiting the inner solar system. Join us for the solar system's little guys and more.

Program schedule »

Hear StarDate every day on about 400 radio stations in the United States. Find an affiliate»

This Month in StarDate Magazine
Our November/December issue brings you a holiday treat: Nick D'Alto returns with a feature on how — and when! — cultures around the world celebrate the new year based on different heavenly markers. And editor Rebecca Johnson will bring you up to speed on New Horizons' upcoming post-Pluto encounter with another distant world. 

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Help Keep a Good Thing Going
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