What the Boss Likes – My own set of predictions

Hey, we have prophets from all sides, so why not an atheist. 

My predictions: 

Obama will win. Barely.  

The evangelical, aka Protestant-type, Christians will take a fit and declare that they were “Duped, duped!” by a Mormon and a Roman Catholic.  There will be much made about 2012 and the end of the world.

We’ll see if I fare any better than the polls or the prayerful. 😀

Not So Polite Dinner Conversation – Billy Graham, political shill

Billy Graham, just one more liar for Christ

Blog posts about this are a dime a dozen, but I wanted to document that the Harrisburg paper has hopefully the last screed by a scared old man who  wants to play pretend that he and only he knows what his imaginary friend wants.  Billy Graham, anti-semite and self-annointed prophet (he was sure that by 1952, his god would return, oops) and determiner of which religions are “cults” and which are not, has decided to try to scare everyone into voting for his choice for president.  No matter that Mitt Romney is part of a cult, as declared by Mr. Graham himself, he’s still the person that Mr. Graham wants as president of the United States.   Again, like in my post here, we can see that some Christians are willing to do anything, including ignore their own version of their own religion if that means they might get more power in the US.  In Billy’s own words:A cult is any group which teaches doctrines or beliefs that deviate from the biblical message of the Christian faith. It is very important that we recognize cults and avoid any involvement with them. Cults often teach some Christian truth mixed with error, which may be difficult to detect.….

Some of these groups are Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormons, the Unification Church, Unitarians, Spiritists, Scientologists, and others.”

Now the word “Mormons” is gone.  Unforunately for Billy, he, his god, and webpage staff still don’t know html very well and his website still has it as a keyword that’ll lead you right to those culty pages.  Hmmm, I wonder, are they keeping the search terms hot since they are sure that they’ll go right back to hating Mormonism again as soon as Romney loses???

Mr. Graham’s message reads as follows here in PA:

“Vote Biblical Values, Tuesday, November 6, 2012 – The legacy we leave behind for our children, grandchildren and this great nation is crucial. As I approach my 94th birthday, I realize this election could be my last.  I believe it is vitally important that we cast our ballots for candidates who base their decisions on biblical principles and support the nation of Israel. I urge you to support those who protect the sanctity of life and support the biblical definition of marriage between a man and a woman. Vote for biblical values this November 6 and pray with me that America will remain one nation under God.”

Now, we see that Billy has his own ideas what the bible really says about various things.  He shows his unfortunate willful ignorance about what his bible actually says and it isn’t what he claims.  You’d think someone who has been a pastor so long would be a bit more honest, but as anyone who has gone to more than one church and heard more than one pastor or priest, these “good Christians” don’t often agree on what they claim their god “really” wants.   Shall we listen to Billy or the Unitarians (whoops, one of those *cults* just like Mormonism ) or the United Church of Christ? Who else does Billy want to call a cult? Seems that it simply comes down to “those who don’t agree with him and send him money”.

The bible does have a lot of laws e.g. principles.  It declares that genocide if okay if its claimed that this Judeo/Christian god is for it. It says that killing people who do not believe in this god is perfectly fine and demands that it is done, even to family members.  Does Billy want this done? Continue reading “Not So Polite Dinner Conversation – Billy Graham, political shill”

Not So Polite Dinner Conversation – Corbett still desperately looking for voter fraud, recruiting citizens to report on their neighbors

And when you don’t think that politicians in Pennsylvania could get any worse, they suprise you again. Now, we have a website, courtsey of Governor Corbett and Secretary Aichele, that encourages you to report your neighbors if you think that they are committing voter fraud.

Yes, since Corbett has been shown wrong repeatedly in his support of the passage of legislation based on nonsense claiming wide spread voter fraud in PA, he now wants Pennsylvania citizens to report on their neighbors if they *think* that someone is committing voter fraud. No evidence needed, only someone’s accusation. This then could supposedly be followed up by your local election board or district attorney; there is no guarantee that anything will be done. Again, we see the attempt to gin up fear and suspicion rather than fixing the real problems of Pennsylvania.

The text of the first page of the website is below. They do warn you that by merely being on this site, you have agreed to be monitored. I don’t suggest going out there: https://www.pavoterservices.state.pa.us/Pages/ReportElectionComplaints.aspx. I did because I think it’s worth it to report on such things.  There is no need for capturing the isp information *if* they have a form for those who really are reporting. Why do they want to track everyone who comes to this website? It also makes little sense to limit this reporting to only registered voters.  What is the point in that?  The Department of State has no authority in enforcement, so why are they trying to make themselves the middleman in all of this?

I removed the reporting form in the center, only keeping the text.  It does make it clear that using this form is illegal if you are lying, but it does nothing in preventing the time and resources of the state from being wasted.

“Welcome to the Pennsylvania Department of State’s voter complaint site.

Fair and honest elections are the foundation of our republic, and everyone must take responsibility for helping to ensure the integrity of the process. With this in mind, we encourage voters who may be aware of election fraud or irregularities in Pennsylvania to report them.

This online election complaint form is provided for registered voters in Pennsylvania to submit a complaint to the voter’s county board of elections and/or district attorney. The site is managed by the Pennsylvania Department of State, which oversees elections in Pennsylvania. However, the Department of State has no authority to investigate or prosecute alleged election law violations.

Information submitted with this complaint will be forwarded to the appropriate authorities for possible use in future investigations and/or prosecutions.

 Notice: This website monitors and captures ISP information. By visiting this site, you consent to such monitoring.

You MUST be a Registered Voter: You must be registered to vote in Pennsylvania to file a complaint. Therefore, the name and address information provided below will be checked against Pennsylvania’s statewide voter registration database to verify your voter registration. To submit a complaint, make sure your name and address information is the same as that on your voter registration record.

The information submitted below, including your personal information and details of your complaint, will be forwarded to a county board of elections and/or the district attorney for the county in which the incident being described occurred. Therefore, you may be contacted in the future by the county board of elections and/or district attorney for more information regarding the complaint you submit today.

Note: Any information that is voluntarily submitted via our online databases is collected, utilized, and maintained by the Department for the express purpose of referring complaints to the appropriate county board of elections and/or the district attorney. The disclosure of information provided with the online complaint system is voluntary; however, failing to provide certain information may result in the complaint not being appropriately filed. The confidentiality of the complaint information you provide may be affected by state laws, and as such, we cannot guarantee that your complaint information will remain confidential.

If you choose to file a complaint using the online system, you do so voluntarily and acknowledge that all information will be disseminated to a county board of elections and/or district attorney, which may or may not take action on the complaint you reported. The Department does not have authority to conduct investigations into these matters and the Department does not participate in the decisions regarding which complaints may be investigated. Therefore, the Department cannot make any representations or guarantees either express or implied as to the action that may or may not be taken on any complaint filed with the online system.”

First we have the attempts to require one’s “papers” in order to vote. Now we have citizens being asked to watch each other.  Both are very effective techniques in controlling people.  I wonder what is next.  It seems that for all of the claims that President Obama is a fascist or a communist, it’s the theocrats in the Republican party that try to use those regimes’ toolbox.

 

Not So Polite Dinner Conversation – PA’s Voter ID law stands, for now

Poll workers are appreciated. But they need to know how to do the job asked of them if this isn’t all to be a sham. -microsoft clip art

In Pennsylvania, the GOP/TP “suddenly” became alarmed by all of the voter fraud.  They can’t show that it happens in any numbers above fractions of a percent, but oh, they did need to change the laws.  Funny how it wasn’t a problem for them UNTIL a Democrat who happened to not be “white” won the presidency. This Voter ID law is still in effect, a preliminary injunction being denied by Judge Simpson. 

Now, I vote and I find it is my duty.  I have already shown my ID at during the primaries.  However, what I noted, that though the poll workers are doing their best, they have no way to determine if I was whom I said I was. They looked at my ID.  It was several years, and at least 30 pounds ago (yay, South Beach Diet).  I’m guessing that they looked at the expiration date too.  So?  Nothing says that can’t be changed.  I can also pretty much accurately guess that few of these people have ever seen a US passport or have any idea what colleges are in Pennsylvania or anywhere.  

I was curious, just what training do they get for this ever-so important new law.  Well, per the Department of State website: http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/poll_worker_training/12373  the training videos still up on it have that they have to ask for ID, and a power bill, bank statements,  voter registration card, etc are still perfectly fine as ID.  Am I being too harsh on the DOS for not updating its website?  I don’t think so, since it’s the only thing I’ve found so far on how poll workers are trained and this video is at best from: Modified Date: 11/23/2009 01:21 PM  I update a website as part of my job.  If I can do it, so can they, especially for such an important matter.  There are *no* excuses that are acceptable.  Continue reading “Not So Polite Dinner Conversation – PA’s Voter ID law stands, for now”