December 28th, 2010

Old Man

Going Dutch with the Wealthy

Okay, the Bush tax cuts have been extended for all Americans including the wealthiest.  Republicans insist that giving tax cuts to businesses will promote job creation because corporate base tax rates are too high and business cannot afford to expand, but consider this:

Community, I give you the practical application of the  Dutch Sandwich.  While corporations insist that it is the American corporate tax rate that is driving businesses out of America, they hide behind the financial strength of America while paying people to dream up these tax dodge schemes.  Meanwhile, the people and businesses that actually contribute to America continue to languish while the most powerful of businesses pledge allegiance to the dollar and will follow it no matter its impact on the host country.


Rendering unto Caesar: Looking Forward, Looking Back

Some people argue that there is nothing new under the Sun. Others argue that latter day fundamentalism has no basis in tradition. As we have just passed two annual cyclic events and are approaching a third, it is a good time to consider what constitutes tradition and what we can say is an innovation. The month of January was named after the Roman deity Janus who is portrayed as having two faces. One face looked to the past and the other looked to the future. (I use the past tense to smooth the way for readers who don't know that Janus still lives.)

Did fundamentalists exist at the time that the gates of the temple of Janus were crafted? They may not have had Internet access, but there were people back then who practiced a superstitious avoidance of knowledge. They may not have clung to a pistol out of fear of a dark-skinned home invader, but they did fear for a barbarous sacking. They may not have opposed medical care for their slaves, but they didn't allow them to violate the ban on birth control. The fundies of today have more in common with their ancient counterparts than some would allow.

Fundamentalists today look back on the era of constitutional formation as a romantic time when darkies knew their places and Darwin had yet to be born. It was wonderful that the witches of New England could be dispatched to their Dark Lord with expedience. As fundamentalists cling to their cache of gold, they hold up Ben Franklin, the promoter of paper money, as their market idol.

Like Janus, fundamentalists also look forward to a bright future when women will be severely punished for the us of that which Caesar banned. Their focus on the fetus fetishizes the future slave as it demeans the slave mother. For a few brief months, the fetus will enjoy rights that mom will be denied. It is a bright and joyous world where people will be happy that they have been saved from the sin of eternal wisdom.

Praise Caesar the Lord!

Do you look forward to a future of Theocracy?
me in front.

(no subject)

Ok - have a link.

Wanna know what's in it ?
Well, Patrick Stewart, who is regarded as a serious Shakespearian stage actor, as well as someone who acheived international TV stardom due to his performance as Star Ship Captain Jean Luc Picard
has come forward to say thathe experienced domestic violence as a child, and that spousal abuse, violence against women and abuse directed against children in the home should not be tolerated in society but it is. Collapse )
me in front.

Erin Pizzey's experience; how does this connect to America's VAWA?

Hi - have another video link.
this one gives some interesting info about VAWA, an American piece of legislation that our link maker feels is unfair to men.

Now, what do you make of his claims - what do I make of them myself?

Naturally, I am from the UK, and can offer my own perspective on Domestic Violence. And, believe me, I am going to. Collapse )