left biblioblography: July 2011

Saturday, July 30, 2011

The Breivik Manifesto–Aryan Delusions Lead To Blood…

Cross posted @ the Atheist Oasismilitant_atheist

It’s another one of those real life horror shows: some nutjob gets him/herself all lathered up based on the slimmest of possibilities, and it ends in tears and blood and grief…

Investigators believe massacre accused Anders Behring Breivik had surgery to look 'Aryan'

THE far-right fanatic Anders Behring Breivik, who murdered 77 people in Norway, had plastic surgery to make himself look like an Aryan Nazi, the head of the country's intelligence service believes.

"He must have had a facelift," said Janne Kristiansen, head of the PST, Norway's domestic intelligence agency. "You do not have that Aryan look naturally in Norway. Hitler would have had him on posters. He has the perfect, classic Aryan face."

Breivik's friends have suggested that he had plastic surgery to his chin, nose and forehead in the United States.

Security chiefs also think that Breivik, 32, wanted his 1,500-page "manifesto", which details his preparations for the attacks, to be "like a Da Vinci Code novel" with mysteries that will keep him in the public eye for years.

The disclosures come as Scotland Yard investigates links between Breivik and the English Defence League (EDL) after it emerged that he had joined an offshoot of the far-right group. He was a member of the Norwegian Defence League (NDL) which is controlled by convicted football hooligans in Britain.

Officers from the national domestic extremism unit of the Metropolitan police are expected to examine footage of EDL protests in Britain to see if Breivik took part. He killed eight people with a car bomb in Oslo before moving on to the island of Utoya where he shot dead 69 others at a youth camp.

Norwegian police revealed yesterday that he had considered attacking other targets, reportedly including a royal palace and the ruling Labour party's headquarters. North sea oil rigs and nuclear power plants in Britain have been put on alert after Breivik identified them as potential targets. During a 10-hour interrogation on Friday, he asked how many people he killed in his July 22 rampage. Police said he "showed no emotion" when told.

Norwegian intelligence agents are poring over his anti-Muslim manifesto. They believe it may contain riddles - possibly including Breivik's description of a meeting of Knights Templar in London in 2002 - to perpetuate his myth.

Referring to the Dan Brown bestseller, a source said: "He wants it to be like a Da Vinci Code novel. He has created a mystery and as long as that mystery is there his message will remain in the public domain."

The Sunday Times has established that Breivik was a member of the NDL until this year. "He was a member," said Lena Andreassen, a former NDL leader. "I kicked him out because he had extremist views."

This is a constantly recurring theme lately. Fanatics becoming berserk because of the actions of other fanatics, which in turn incites yet other fanatics to act. It is a bloody cycle, an ongoing ideological war with too many casualties that makes so little sense.

Breivik was one such fanatic. He modified his features with surgery to look more ‘Aryan’, and was convinced that Sharia law was coming to Europe. He carefully and systematically crafted an entire psychotic house of cards, wrote 1500 words about his obsession, and came out firing.

For example, although Mr. Breivik says he fears “the extinction of the Nordic genotypes,” racial hygiene is not high on his agenda. He wants to expel, not kill, Muslims in Europe, and he does not mind Jews and non-Muslim Asians. Similarly, while Mr. Breivik says he is “extremely proud” of his “Odinistic/Norse heritage,” he is not a Norwegian nationalist — his “declaration of independence” applies to all of Europe. And while he is Christian, he admits that “I’m not going to pretend I’m a very religious person.”

I think that’s mighty white of Breivik – he just wants to ‘shoo’ Muslims away, not harm them. Oh, and he invokes what I like to call the ‘McVeigh defense’ – “I’m really, really not all that religious” is an excuse these wankers use to minimize the impact of their actions on their ideology of choice.

Don’t get me wrong – I am as foursquare against Islam as any atheist (maybe more so than most), but mass evacuations of a religious group from multiple countries? Does this sound at all familiar to anyone? And how would that determination be made? What if said Muslims were practicing Taqiyya?

Oh, and there’s more to this cat’s crazy:

Breivik condemns Pope Benedict XVI for his dialogue with Islam: "Pope Benedict has abandoned Christianity and all Christian Europeans and is to be considered a cowardly, incompetent, corrupt and illegitimate Pope." It will thus be necessary, writes Breivik, to overthrow the Protestant and Catholic hierarchies, after which a "Great Christian Congress" would set up a new European Church. He has also condemned Christian missionary activity in India as it would lead to the "total destruction of the Hindu faith and culture", and he expresses support for the Hindutva movement against Indian Communist movements.

I’m all for overthrowing the anachronistic religious hierarchies, but to replace them with a ‘Great Christian Congress’? Yeah, he’s not all that  religious? My homesick ass he’s not. The scarier thing is, he sounds a great deal like most of the Republican theocrats over here, sans the racism:

Following his apprehension, Breivik was characterized by officials as being a right-wing extremist. The acting police chief said the suspect’s Internet postings "suggest that he has some political traits directed toward the right, and Islamophobia views, but if that was a motivation for the actual act remains to be seen." He was at first described by many in the media as a Christian Fundamentalist, Christian terrorist, nationalist and right-wing extremist. Although self-identified as a Christian, others have questioned whether Breivik was in fact a fundamentalist Christian or even a Christian at all.

(OY! No True Scotsman!)

He claims that the European Union is a project to create "Eurabia"  and describes the 1999 NATO bombing of Yugoslavia as being authorised by "criminal western European and American leaders". The Jerusalem Post describes him as pro-Israel and strongly opposed to Islam, and asserts that his manifesto includes "extreme screed of Islamophobia" and "far-right Zionism".

Unseen wheels are seen a'-turnin’? Conspiracy wackaloon.

Breivik claimed he had contact with the English Defence League (EDL) and claimed to have been involved with the Norwegian Defence League (NDL), The NDL had held a failed rally in Norway in April 2011. An EDL leader denounced Breivik and the attack on 26 July 2011. He sympathises with the Serbian paramilitarism. He demands the gradual deportation of all Muslims from Europe from 2011 to 2083. He blames feminism for allowing the erosion of the fabric of European society. In his manifesto he also urges the Hindu nationalists to drive Muslims out of India. Despite Breivik's clear dislike for the overall message of Islam, in his manifesto he appeared to approve of the "structural methods" of the Muslim al Qaeda, placing it as one of only two organizations being listed in a section titled "Militant Organizations".

Why, it’s almost like reading a transcript from Faux News! I can almost visualize one of their talking heads blatting on like this on TV. I kid you not. It’s as if the more extreme someone gets, the stupider and more disconnected from reality they become. Of course nobody wants to admit to any responsibility – the ultimate responsibility boils down to the individual, but if the individual is loco de cabasa?

It’s as I always say: the sooner we get rid of religion, the less excuses or hiding places for these ideological thugs.

Till the next post, then.


Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Wednesday Funny Twofer–Sarah Silverman

Sarah Silverman is always a kick and a giggle.

An ad for the Sidekick 3:

Here’s one of the best ideas I’ve ever heard – sell the Vatican, feed the world:




Sunday, July 24, 2011

Banning The Burka–Bye, Bye, Blinders!

burga prison 2

Cross posted @ the Atheist Oasis

So apparently, the Burka Ban is gaining some ground:

Barcelona to ban Islamic veils in some public spaces

Barcelona has become the first large Spanish city to announce a ban on the wearing of full Islamic face-veils in some public spaces.

The ban was designed to include any head-wear that hindered identification, officials said.

At least two towns in Catalonia, the region that includes Barcelona, have already announced bans.

Belgium and France have both recently taken steps towards restricting the use of full veils in public.

Barcelona's city council said the ban would be largely symbolic, since it was uncommon to see women in the city wearing the full veil.

"Barcelona will forbid the use of the burqa, niqab and any other item which hinders personal identification in any of the city's public installations," a council statement said.

And it’s growing in the rest of Europe:

The Islamic veil across Europe

Countries across Europe have wrestled with the issue of the Muslim veil - in various forms such as the body-covering burka and the niqab, which covers the face apart from the eyes.

The debate takes in religious freedom, female equality, secular traditions and even fears of terrorism.

The veil issue is part of a wider debate about multiculturalism in Europe, as many politicians argue that integration of minorities was neglected in the past.

There is one part of Europe where the opposite is true:

Chechnya women's Islamic dress code: Russia blamed

Russia has been criticised for letting Chechen authorities impose a compulsory Islamic dress code for women.

A report by Human Rights Watch includes testimonies from dozens of Chechen women who were threatened or even attacked with paintballs by young men enforcing the 'virtue campaign'.

The rights group says some attacks involved Chechen security forces.

The campaign has the backing of President Ramzan Kadyrov, relied on by Moscow to stabilise the region.

In 2007, President Kadyrov issued an edict that banned bareheaded women from entering state buildings. Though this is in direct violation of Russian law, it is strictly followed today.

Since then, an unofficial campaign limiting Chechen women's freedoms has been gaining strength, Human Rights Watch says.

A Russian rights activist, Natalya Estemirova, who had publicly criticised the Islamic dress campaign, was abducted from Grozny in July 2009 and her body was later found in the neighbouring republic of Ingushetia.

As an atheist, I detest religious symbology as a rule. It represents a useless anachronism that we as a species should be free from. And likewise, something that covers the natural beauty of woman just because it might tempt some out-of-control loon speaks to me of a rapist culture, where there is no Schrodinger’s rapist, every man is a rapist, the assumption is that the rape will occur, and it will be the woman’s fault for simply being herself in front of others.

And the Middle East? A hotbed of rape culture, where women are routinely savaged, killed, or punished simply because of their sex. And apparently where the men are so insecure, they think every Tom Dick and Harry wants to rape their wives.

Let’s face it: Islam is no more (nor any less) anti-woman than the other two of the big Three Monos. In fact, I won’t even have to trot out the facts of any of those holy texts, because many of our steady readers will be happy to provide the ‘facts’ (such as they are).

In the 70’s in this country, women were burning their bras. Here in the 21st century, it would be nice to see these barbaric customs go right up in flames.

Halloo, Snackbar!

Till the next post, then.


Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Wednesday Funny–The Simpsons

Nothing quite like the old classics. This one’s the ‘Squishy Bender’.



Sunday, July 17, 2011

The Colonic Catholics Are At It Again–Banning Breast Cancer Donations? Really?

Cross posted @ the Atheist Oasis

jesusandmoabortion(Tip o’ the derby to Pharyngula for this one)

I call these people colonic Catholics because – well, they just need the shit cleaned out of their brains. For your weekly dose of outrage:

Bishop of Toledo bars assistance to Komen group

Toledo Catholic Bishop Leonard Blair has banned parishes and parochial schools from raising funds for the Susan G. Komen Foundation, citing concerns that the global anti-cancer giant may someday fund embryonic stem-cell research.

These sorts of idiocies cross my eyes. Seriously? Really? Stem cells? Why is this even a hot topic anymore for anyone with half a brain cell?

Mary Westphal, executive director of the Northwest Ohio Affiliate Susan G. Komen for the Cure, and board chairman Angie Ash said they were "extremely disappointed" in Bishop Blair's decision.

Should’ve just stated that you were pissed.

Bishop Blair, in his letter sent over the weekend to all priests and parishes in the 19-county Toledo diocese, stated that "at present the Komen Foundation does not fund" embryonic stem-cell research.

Which compounds the stupidity, not excuses it.

However, he said, "their policy does not exclude that possibility" and the foundation "may very well fund such research in the future."

With that sort of ‘logic’, he may as well tell everyone not to drive combustion engine cars, because the proceeds may eventually promote Sharia laws in Middle Eastern countries.

And to heighten the stupidity, in the idiot’s own words:

Few of us remain untouched by the scourge of breast cancer. Whether among our families, friends or neighbors, there are a great many women in our country who confront this disease every day with tremendous faith and courage.
Researchers, physicians and medical personnel, using their God-given intelligence and skill, work very hard not only to provide healing of those who are afflicted, but also to find a cure. We are all familiar with the mobilization of effort in our country on behalf of this worthy goal.

Always with the appeals to an imaginary sky daddy.

One of the most widely known initiatives is that of the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Many people participate in efforts to raise funds for this cause, including some of our Catholic institutions and schools.
While we want to do everything possible to support the search for a cure, sadly the landscape of medical research today is sometimes marred by the erroneous belief that research is not bound by moral norms rooted in faith and reason, as reflected in the teaching of the Church. That teaching holds, for example, that it is not morally acceptable to destroy one human life, even in its embryonic stage, in order to save another human life.

This fails on so many levels. A., faith is nothing more than fuzzy feel good crap, and reason triumphs over it in the real world, B., their holy book barely touches on the concept of abortion except that if someone harms a pregnant woman and she miscarries, the person causing the injury has to pay a fine to the husband, and C., a life in the embryonic stage hardly counts, and doesn’t count, via the 14th amendment, until it’s born.

For some time, moral questions have been raised from various quarters about the research funded by the Komen Foundation.

Ha! Catholics talking about morality! That’s a running gag nowadays.

The Bishops of Ohio have discussed this and have looked into the matter.

Christlation: “We muddled through our holy fairy tales, and decided against it. And will defend this with flowery, insubstantial rhetoric.”

As best we can determine, at present the Komen Foundation does not fund cancer research that employs embryonic stem cells. However, their policy does not exclude that possibility. They are open to embryonic stem cell research, and may very well fund such research in the future.

Which is none of your dog-damned business, is what it is.

They are also contributors to Planned Parenthood, which, though it may claim to provide needed medical services to poor women, is also the largest provider of abortions in our country.

Gotta watch these little snakes. ‘May claim’ my homesick ass. But the real problem is what most Catolicks have: the abortion issue. Although PP is one of the largest providers in the US, abortion is only 3% of the services provided. Regardless, it’s obvious that these control freaks in frocks want to tell everyone how to live (which is no surprise).

In order to avoid even the possibility of cooperation in morally unacceptable activities, the other Bishops and I believe that it would be wise to find alternatives to Komen for Catholic fundraising efforts.

The biggest conglomeration of pedophiles since NAMBLA think there’s such a thing as ‘morally unacceptable activities’? What a laugh.

For that reason, I am directing that in the fight against breast cancer, fundraising carried out under Catholic auspices, including our schools, should be channeled to our locally known Mercy Cancer Centers instead of Komen.

At least he’s not directing everyone to ‘pray the cancer away’. Because nothing fails like prayer.

One of the major problems we have, is that we let these assholes dictate to the general public how to act, what to think, and we honor the opinions of some dumb fuck in a frock because they’ve pretty much been in charge for centuries, and nobody in power’s got the gumption to tell these assholes their numbers up, their numbers are down, and their opinion’s for shit.

I really can’t say this often enough: fuck religion. It teaches discrimination, it teaches crazy horseshit, and it lets the nutjobs squeak by under the radar way too frequently.

Till the next post, then.


Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Tuesday Funny–The Naked Gun 33 1/3

Yes, I know the Naked Guns are campy, kitschy slapstick. Still love ‘em though.

Naked Gun 33 1/3–best moments.



Saturday, July 09, 2011

The Republican Party: How Do I Loathe Thee? Let Me Count The Ways…


Cross posted @ the Atheist Oasis

Normally, in terms of ideology, I struggle to adopt a similar credo along the lines of “hate the idea, love the ideologue” (yeah, yeah, it smacks of “hate the sin, love the sinner”: so what, get over it) – and the Republican Party has been a particular target, for good reason.

And I can claim the dubious honor of being able to discover if there are any Republicans in earshot, without pointedly asking “Are you a Republican?” Simply announce “The Republican Party should be abolished!” or “That party has f___-ed up this country beyond belief” or something similar, and anyone simple enough to belong to that pusillanimous party of poltroons will pipe up with one of two statements:

  1. “You can’t say that!” (have ‘em call the cops then), or
  2. “Hey, the Democrats aren’t much better!”

The chances are better with response number 2, because it’s a common favorite of theirs, a tactic known as a red herring, something we’ve all seen them do at the drop of a hat.

Anyways, we have two headings here: the first is the number of personages that have taught us to loathe this party, and the second is the number of mind-numbing contradictions/hypocrisies they seem to swim in obliviously.

Talking Heads for the GOP                    Why they suck

Michelle Bachmann

Where to start? The roots of her constituency are laden in right-wing fuckagelicals  - she speaks in code to them, for cripes sake, and when she’s NOT speaking in code to these idiots, she gibbers like a fucking monkey (only a monkey would make more sense, because there would be some effort involved.).

Rush Limbaugh

I tend to call this guy “Rush Himbo”, because he’ll spread his legs for just about any rethuglickin’ politician around. The same guy who stated that “all addicts should be locked up, and throw away the key” happened to have a monkey on his back too, which changed his tune. Oh, and wishing that Obama would fail – nice, patriotic statement, that. He’d have excoriated anyone who said that about Dubya: believe it.  And criticizing Michelle about her weight and belts? Are you joking? No, just an idiot who makes too much money.

George W.

This assclown deserves an entire post dedicated to his rampant idiocies, from stem cell research to sticking up for creationists to…I get exhausted just thinking about how this guy raped our country. This spaz was a worse president than Woodrow Wilson could’ve aspired to…and that’s pretty bad. I’m surprised my ears don’t bleed when he’s mentioned.

Glen Beck.

That this schlub makes 32 million a year sets my teeth on edge. This yobbo is the definitive fast-food of politics – the idiot ideologue who panders to the attention-deficit masses. It’s not bad enough he’s a Mormon, his ‘influences’ are a grab-bag of the worst possible fringe theories on record. I’ve met homeless derelicts in the streets who gibber less (and make more sense) than this guy.

Ann Coulter

This woman is definitely yin to Beck’s yang. Every time I hear something from or about her, my eyes bulge and my jaw hits the floor.  This is someone who whines about being misquoted as mischaracterization,  and yet says some of the most spiteful, twistedstupid and anti-Semitic commentary ever heard.

Chris Buttars

I banged on Butterball back in the day at GifS – he’s a homophobe and an ID idiot.

Tom Delay

This guy is a perfect example of ‘do as I say, not as I do’ – he’s done it all (well, almost), from money laundering to accepting bribes to despotism to stupid statements about evolution. In fact, he’d done everything wrong a republican can do except have an affair with another man.

Newt Gingrich

I like to call this guy “Newt Gangrene” – sure it’s middle school to do so, but like all the others I’ve listed, he’s simply a rotten excuse for…anything, really. He spear-headed the government shutdown in the mid-90’s, he’s a philandering Catholic  (yeah, no contradiction there), and the idiocies that pour out of his mouth are an inadequate substitute for reality.

Sarah Palin

What list of Reich-wing jackasses would be complete without the Palin-into-insignificance? I’ve said it before – most guys degenerate into slobbering idiocy at the sight of eye candy, and pay no heed to the nonsense that comes sliding out of their mouths. She endorses the Tea-baggers (like the rest of these monkeys), her stances on health care, social issues, and the environment are beyond risible, and (IMO) would be better off taking knitting as opposed to politics, because she ain’t shit at the latter.

Ronald Regan.

Sure, he’s not about to defend himself anymore, but this grandfatherly old fuck wrecked this country, and set the standards of silliness for all the people I’ve thus far mentioned.  His religious craziness was an infectious meme that’s polluted the waters far too long. Harlan Ellison once stated that Regan would’ve been a better president if he A. put a firecracker between his teeth, B. lit it, and C. stuck his head up his ass.

Rupert Murdoch.

Here’s another fuck who made all of today’s crazies mainstream. Fox News. Need I say more? This mook has turned the political landscape of America into another (metaphorical) Chernobyl disaster.

There are, no doubt, a number of names you’d like to add to this list – but brevity forbids it.

No doubt some pandering accomodationist will mewl about how the Democrats  aren’t any better (what about other parties? What other parties?), but the hypocrisy runs high with the conservatives. Remember – this is the truly religious party (and yet most prominent of them can’t seem to stay married to one woman, and the others chase young MALE pages or hit on strangers in bathrooms) that believes in the ‘sanctity of marriage’, the party that believes in ‘limited government’ (which obviously doesn’t apply to bedroom practices or women’s rights)…the hypocrisy is staggering.  What’s even more so, is that their ‘enlightened’ constituency never seems to catch onto to these raging out-of-control bozos. And why? Because religion (Christianity in particular) encourages the sheeple to turn a blind eye to these rampant examples of moral turpitude.

So on one hand we have the representatives of this particular mindset, and it falls inches from resembling true bedlam. On the other hand, we have a long list of woes they wish to afflict on us via legislation – and with that long a list of religious folk, you can bet every possible theory of how they can inflict their ideological idiocy on us will not only be voiced, but everything short of the more horrific will be actually considered.

Masticate on that, and get back to me.

Till the next post, then.


Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Wednesday Funny - Futurama

I was recently at a musical gig in East Palo Alto that was being held at the House Of Bigger Girls (seriously!) - it wasn’t what the title infers, but the title of the place put this episode of Futurama (Amazon Women In The Mood) in my mind:

Is she hot?




Saturday, July 02, 2011

How Creationists Are Wrecking Our Culture–And It Shows, Even In The Prettier Faces…

“Take the only tree that's left and stuff it up the hole in your culture” – Leonard Cohen, The Future

"Be uncomfortable; be sand, not oil, to the machinery of the world." — Gunter Eich.

Watching this video should probably get your teeth gnashing, mostly because it’s chock full of the regular idiocies that the creationists spread among us, like when foreign settlers handed out smallpox-ridden blankets to the Native Americans (if you’ll pardon the metaphor).

For the most part, the beauty queens in this video are playing the diplomacy card, and give equal weight to the crazies. Among the inanities:

A. This is a NON-DEBATE. An empty question. Evolution is taught in schools regardless. In fact, biology classes would not exist without it.
B. The ‘Fair Play’ Debate is. Just. Plain. Stupid. Science has never been about democracy. It isn’t. Reality isn’t decided by popular vote. “We should teach the kids every idea, and let them decide.” Really? Have any of these women had kids? Taught them? Does everybody just grow a blank spot about how effin’ confused they were as children, let alone teenagers? Newsflash: there aren’t any kids around who are as sharp as the ones in those coming-of-age movies. Sorry.
C. This one always sets my teeth on edge: Evolution is just a theory. Let’s just toss out gravity and relativity too, while we’re at it.

I realize this is a re-occurring motif for me, so sorry if I harp on this, but (I feel) it can’t be emphasized enough: an opinion is just a statement, unless it has evidence to back it up. Then it becomes a statement of fact (or facts). What is mind-boggling, is that the improper use of language can spin anything into “it’s just your opinion.”

But in America, we mince. We tip-toe on eggshells. We cave based on the precepts of diplomacy. That feelings are such fragile things, they need to be nurtured, and if those feelings are religious? Roll out the red fucking carpet and throw a freakin’ ticker-tape parade, and shout it from the rooftops.

What utter milquetoast horse manure.

Or to quote Howard Beale from the movie Network: "I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore."  So I’ve undertaken my own personal mission: every time someone starts out with “Well, I believe [insert bizarre fringe nonsense here]…”, I interrupt them with “It doesn’t matter what you believe.” Go ahead and try it sometime. Likelihood is, you’ll get some serious glaring, maybe even the occasional maniacal glint. People will be offended (I gave up worrying about that decades ago: the years have taught me, that somebody somewhere will be stoked no matter what), their feelings will be hurt. You may even get some accommodationist who’s been suckered in by the ‘every opinion is valid’ nonsense jumping right in and telling you ‘you can’t say that!’ (I tell those folks to have me arrested then. What? You can’t? Then I guess I CAN say it.)

One of the other problems that leads into this, is what I like to call ‘Pretty Face Syndrome’. If it’s on TV (or in a movie), and it’s emoted by someone attractive, it gets accepted almost automatically. Because really, who would listen to an utter moron mouth complete stupidity unless it’s packaged properly? There really isn’t any other reason people listen to idiots like Sarah Palin, Ann Coulter, or Jenna McCarthy unless the presentation gives most men erections. And yeah, it’s still a man’s world, so this crap floats in under the radar because most guys (myself excluded) tend to listen with half an ear while slobbering over cleavage. Conversely, I’m willing to bet there’s a lot more female Scientologists because Travolta and Cruise are floating around on the Good Ship Lollipop spreading their little meme disease.

So here it is, July Fourth, Happy Birthday America! And what better way to celebrate your First Amendment rights than by spreading dissent and practicing your freedom FROM religion.

Because there is no freedom of religion, unless there’s freedom from religion.

Have a safe and happy Fourth, and give ‘em reason for me!

Till the next post, then.