“Nuts” Isn’t The Word….

This election cycle keeps getting more and more crazy.

First, Michele Bachmann announces she is running for President and wins the Iowa Straw Poll (which is pretty easy for religious-right candidates to do) and then Texas Gov. Rick Perry announces he’s running. Oh yeah, he also held a prayer conference/rally in Houston where he invited America’s other 49 governors to come hear crazy, bigoted rants from religious zealots who believe it is their job to radically change the United States…and that Oprah is the harbinger of the Antichrist and gays are evil. So much for separation of church and state.

As I’ve written about before, Bachmann is a darling of the religious far-right. Her pseudo-therapist husband was busted for practicing conversion therapy at his Minnesota office. Conversion therapy, in case you aren’t familiar with it, is a medically unsound, mentally dangerous practice where a doctor tries to change the sexual orientation of his or her patient. The American Psychological Association and several other professional, credible organizations all condemn conversion therapy as dangerous. But to a woman who believes gays are a “part of Satan,” what ever those “secular” organizations have to say is irrelevant to Bachmann and her husband.

Earlier this month, Gov. Rick Perry held a prayer rally called “The Response,” where various evangelical speakers and leaders prayed for the nation to “come back to God.” This event may have looked like a modern conference with large television screens, good lighting and special effects, but it contained the same fire-and-brimstone rhetoric that “old-time” preachers and televangelists have been spewing for decades.

I could simply provide the incredible quotes of the loons who helped put on The Response. However, I think seeing and hearing them makes more of an impact…

This goes far beyond politics. Debating on what the tax rate for the richest Americans should be is one thing. Believing that we’re living in the “end times” and that gays, feminists, liberals, and any other group that is not a part of the religious right are all evil is completely different. Exactly how can you be an effective leader when you see your opposition as evil? Where does the insanity stop? If you think you’re chosen by God “bring America back to God,” what’s to stop you from trying to abolish the First Amendment or use the power of the law to discriminate against whole groups of people?

Please, GOP, PLEASE nominate someone who is not Michele Bachmann or Rick Perry. I realize the Tea Party and Moral Majority made you nutty, but please don’t embrace and promote such extremists as candidates for the most powerful position in the world. Sincerely, the rest of the world.

It’s All Greek To Me

Greece is in shambles…and apparently it has been for a while.

There are angry mobs of protestors and speculation of financial collapse. Why?

In the land where democracy was born, the retirement age is 53 and Greek citizens retire with nearly full pay (80 percent).

Seriously.

The Greeks are upset that they won’t be able to maintain their current standard. Tough luck.

This has me thinking about a proposal of mine for this country: Raise the retirement age to around 75-80 for members of my generation. Life expectancy has risen since the 1930s and it continues to rise. More Americans are living to be centenarians (100+) than ever before.

The system wasn’t designed to support the elderly for decades. It’s security for life’s twilight, not the last 30-40 years of life. Why the Greeks think they can maintain their current retirement arrangements is literally “all Greek to me.”

No one in this country would be effected for several decades. For example, under my plan, I wouldn’t reach retirement age until the years 2064-2069 (2054 with the current retirement age).

If nothing is changed and the average American of the future lives to, say, 95, the United States may face a financial disaster like we’re seeing in Greece today (we need tighter regulations of banks as well so we don’t have a repeat of America in 2008).

We must keep, maintain and ensure the survival of the most successful safety net in US history. Doing so requires we use common sense and foresight.

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Whacked Out Preacher, Meet Teen Psychological Abuse

The following video makes my blood boil.

Aside from the brainwashing and psychological abuse this ignorant whack job is inflicting on his audience of teenagers, the very look and style of his “ministry” is troubling. We see “hip” clothes and modern hairstyles…masking an old-time, fire-and-brimestone, ignorant, anti-science, extremist sect of Christianity.

In this view of world, it doesn’t matter what the facts of life are. “Science? Why that’s just ‘code’ for ‘liberal brainwashing!’ Psychology? Those doctors do Satan’s bidding!”

This is the very reason why so many gay youth are taking their own lives; They’re told that they are disgusting and sinful and that they have to hate who they are. This is child abuse, plain and simple.

As the world advances and progresses further into the 21st century, lunatics like the man in the video are dead-set on dragging the young and vulnerable into the Stone Age.

Crazy Election Theatre: Enter Michele Bachmann From Far-Right…

As the 2012 Presidential Election draws near, political craziness has been exponentially increasing. Mitt Romney’s short-lived campaign has essentially been decimated by fellow Republicans. Newt Gingrich has been abandoned by his own staff. Small government, libertarian conservatives are sparring with big government, social conservatives over issues like same-sex marriage and what the tax rate should be. So far, the Republican side has Mitt Romney, Tim Pawlenty, Jon Huntsman, Newt Gingrich, Herman Cain, Ron Paul, Rick Santorum…..and Michele “Crazy Eyes” Bachmann.

Smug Schultz

Ed Schultz has proven once again that he has the maturity of a 16-year-old high school jock.

Schultz called right-wing talk radio host Laura Ingraham a “right-wing slut.” Yeah…

He announced he will be taking a voluntary, unpaid leave-of-absence from his MSNBC show. My two cents: MSNBC should fire him.

I am in no way defending Ingraham (I disagree with almost everything she says). But Schultz’s recent behavior is sexist, unprofessional…and classic Schultz.

He is to the Left what people like Mark Levin and Michael Savage are to the Right (a talking head that screams a lot).

Aside from the fact that he has the physical allure of Rush Limbaugh and the stage presence of Glenn Beck (although, he doesn’t see the apocalypse in every grilled cheese sandwich he eats…), his on-air screaming rants and latest stunt only prove how much of an ass he is.

Hopefully, he’ll take a voluntary, unpaid, permanent leave-of-absence.

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Bullseye: Adventures of a Target Team Member Pt. 3

Here is the latest installment of my series on being a Target Team Member. Have as much fun reading this as I had finding these situations…

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This culturally fascinating show is usually on in the break room. On this episode…..

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Those of us who have iPhones at Target cannot last two minutes without them…especially when you’re playing “Spongebob Squarepants Diner Dash.”

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I found this package of cookies on top of the freezer displays. I’m not sure how the guest came to the conclusion that this is where cookies go. At least it wasn’t IN the freezer.

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I can’t help myself; Who wants some chocolate condoms?! 😉

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It’s usually great when people give away their coupons. However, when those coupons are expired and left on a shelf rather than in a trashcan, it isn’t that great.

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The guest could not have at least put this gallon of milk in the wrong spot in the dairy cooler. No, he or she thought it would be alright to leave it on a shelf at room temperature. How kind of them…

 

Bullseye: Adventures of a Target Team Member Pt. 2

Here it is, ladies and gentlement, part two of my groundbreaking series on the fabulous and lavish life of a Target Team Member. Enjoy 😉

 

 

 

This is another one of the people I have become great friends with at Target – Christine. When you hear “spunk” or “funny” or “flamboyant,” think of this woman. Here, she is seen oozing glamour 🙂

I’m not really sure what this poor guest is going for with the whacked-out hair. I saw her talking to one of the Mobile Solutions (cell phone contracts for various brands) representatives and couldn’t help myself. I’m guessing a bag of Cheetos was the inspiration for this….”hairstyle.”

Not only did I find this carton of milk crammed into a smaller slot, I found it on the shelf above its home location. But, I totally understand; Sometimes, that one outstretch of the arm to a foot lower is too much work.

 

When I saw this Academy Award-winning blockbuster (for $5 on Blu-Ray) on the shelf, I just had to take a picture. I’m a huge sci-fi fan but I think this movie looks so bad, even the producers of Plan Nine From Outer Space would think it’s a bomb.

 

Paranoia: 2010 Election Theme?

This election cycle keeps taking turns for the unusual. On the October 7th episode of The Rachel Maddow Show, Art Robinson, a Republican running against incumbent Pete DeFazio in Oregon’s 4th congressional district, went from slightly uncomfortable to full-on accusatory and paranoid in a matter of minutes.

After asking Robinson about some of his more unusual statements from the past, including his belief that AIDS is a myth created by the federal government and that distilled radioactive waste should be spread over the ocean, Rachel Maddow could hardly get a word out without him bursting in, claiming she was at the center of a “smear campaign” against him. Every honest question was met with accusations of ulterior motives by Maddow.

After witnessing his  confrontational and unprofessional behavior, I have a hard time believing he still has a following. Maybe his average supporter simply has no access to the Internet to look up what their guy actually believes, considering the fact that he thinks we should reinstate nuclear weapons testing and completely denies man-made global warming.

Art Robinson represents a growing and troubling theme in American politics. The fringe and unhinged have come out of the woodwork and hijacked political debate. As nutty as Robinson is, he’s only one of many. Art Robinson, Michelle Bachmann, Carl Paladino, Christine O’Donnell, Rand Paul, Glenn Beck, Sharron Angle and even Sarah Palin have joined in the game of feeding into and off of growing anti-government sentiment and conspiracy theories.

The 2010 Election is less than four weeks away. Soon, all of the annoying political ads will go away and life will return to a more bearable level of “normal.” However, if people like Robinson are elected to office, their craziness will no  longer be confined to their mouths. We should all be worried at the possibility of them effecting national and international policy.

One can only hope that voters see this.

snapshot of Art Robinson's campaign website