Archive for August, 2010

Hitchens On The Glenn Beck Pep Rally!

Posted in Uncategorized on August 31st, 2010 by Phil Ferguson – Comments Off

White Fright

Glenn Beck’s rally was large, vague, moist, and undirected—the Waterworld of white self-pity.
By Christopher Hitchens 

In a rather curious and confused way, some white people are starting almost to think like a minority, even like a persecuted one. What does it take to believe that Christianity is an endangered religion in America or that the name of Jesus is insufficiently spoken or appreciated? Who wakes up believing that there is no appreciation for our veterans and our armed forces and that without a noisy speech from Sarah Palin, their sacrifice would be scorned? It’s not unfair to say that such grievances are purely and simply imaginary, which in turn leads one to ask what the real ones can be. The clue, surely, is furnished by the remainder of the speeches, which deny racial feeling so monotonously and vehemently as to draw attention.

 

This video shows the IQ of the people at the rally.

Glenn Beck Gets Pwned By Google

Posted in Uncategorized on August 31st, 2010 by Phil Ferguson – Comments Off

Google knows all!

The Silliest Tea Party!

Posted in Tea Party on August 31st, 2010 by Phil Ferguson – Comments Off

A friend of mine (blueberry) started a new blog – The Silliest Tea Party.  It will have everything you ever wanted to know about the Tea Party.  Go check it out. 

Here is a sample….

There’s been a lot of surprise that the “Restoring America” rally wasn’t political. It resembled an evangelical rally, and was seemingly focused on religion instead of politics. Many people have been dismissive of the rally because they think that Beck has somehow changed course. This isn’t necessarily true.

In my last post, I said that religion, language, race, and the nation all start to blur at the edges and become one thing (at least, within a nationalist movement). For devotees, a religious rally is just as political as a voter’s pamphlet.

Blueberry has a lot to say and it’s good stuff.  There may be some surprises coming up – so stay tuned.

Dawkins On NPR – What Is A Meme?

Posted in Uncategorized on August 31st, 2010 by Phil Ferguson – Comments Off

Richard Dawkins discusses the creation of Meme on NPRCat on LolCats

It’s a little segment and Dawkins only shows up in the first minute or two.  However, it does give the history of the word Meme.  Something every skeptic should know.  Enjoy!

The Emmys – It’s On Bitches!

Posted in Funny Video on August 30th, 2010 by Phil Ferguson – Comments Off

The Billionaires Bankrolling the Tea Party

Posted in Uncategorized on August 30th, 2010 by Phil Ferguson – Comments Off

Please read the full artical in the New York Times.

There’s just one element missing from these snapshots of America’s ostensibly spontaneous and leaderless populist uprising: the sugar daddies who are bankrolling it, and have been doing so since well before the “death panel” warm-up acts of last summer. Three heavy hitters rule. You’ve heard of one of them, Rupert Murdoch. The other two, the brothers David and Charles Koch, are even richer, with a combined wealth exceeded only by that of Bill Gates and Warren Buffett among Americans. But even those carrying the Kochs’ banner may not know who these brothers are.

This is stuff you need to know.  And you need to share it.  After you read the full story in the New York Times (link above) you need to read this story in the New Yorker.  The billionaire brothers who are waging a war against Obama.

Many of the ideas propounded in the 1980 campaign presaged the Tea Party movement. Ed Clark told The Nation that libertarians were getting ready to stage “a very big tea party,” because people were “sick to death” of taxes. The Libertarian Party platform called for the abolition of the F.B.I. and the C.I.A., as well as of federal regulatory agencies, such as the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Department of Energy. The Party wanted to end Social Security, minimum-wage laws, gun control, and all personal and corporate income taxes; it proposed the legalization of prostitution, recreational drugs, and suicide. Government should be reduced to only one function: the protection of individual rights. William F. Buckley, Jr., a more traditional conservative, called the movement “Anarcho-Totalitarianism.”

Here is another sample for the New Yorker.

fter the 1980 election, Charles and David Koch receded from the public arena. But they poured more than a hundred million dollars into dozens of seemingly independent organizations. Tax records indicate that in 2008 the three main Koch family foundations gave money to thirty-four political and policy organizations, three of which they founded, and several of which they direct. The Kochs and their company have given additional millions to political campaigns, advocacy groups, and lobbyists. The family’s subterranean financial role has fuelled suspicion on the left; Lee Fang, of the liberal blog ThinkProgress, has called the Kochs “the billionaires behind the hate.”

Only the Kochs know precisely how much they have spent on politics. Public tax records show that between 1998 and 2008 the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation spent more than forty-eight million dollars. The Claude R. Lambe Charitable Foundation, which is controlled by Charles Koch and his wife, along with two company employees and an accountant, spent more than twenty-eight million. The David H. Koch Charitable Foundation spent more than a hundred and twenty million. Meanwhile, since 1998 Koch Industries has spent more than fifty million dollars on lobbying. Separately, the company’s political-action committee, KochPAC, has donated some eight million dollars to political campaigns, more than eighty per cent of it to Republicans. So far in 2010, Koch Industries leads all other energy companies in political contributions, as it has since 2006. In addition, during the past dozen years the Kochs and other family members have personally spent more than two million dollars on political contributions. In the second quarter of 2010, David Koch was the biggest individual contributor to the Republican Governors Association, with a million-dollar donation. Other gifts by the Kochs may be untraceable; federal tax law permits anonymous personal donations to politically active nonprofit groups.