Florida State Has An NFL-Sized Quarterback Problem

images (2)Jameis Winston, Florida State’s star quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner, has been suspended for Saturday night’s game against Clemson University.  This isn’t the first time trouble has crossed Winston’s path and, if history is any indicator, it won’t be the last.  The misogynist conduct of several stars of the NFL have thrust the issues of domestic violence and misconduct into the spotlight lately, so the Seminoles had no choice but to suspend Winston after he made vulgar and lascivious taunts at a female student.  Initially, the suspension was for the first half of the game, but they have decided it would be more of a statement if he were benched for the entire  nationally televised contest. Seems Florida State University has finally realized their 2-quarter suspension was a JOKE — and now FSU has decided to pull Jameis Winston from the ENTIRE GAME this weekend as punishment for his “F**k her right in the p**sy” outburst this week.

Winston not only is an accomplished star of the gridiron, he also has a career as a pitcher in baseball.  Unfortunately, the storybook career(s) of Winston have been tainted by misconduct off the field(s).  He was caught shoplifting crab legs from a Tallahassee grocery store in the spring of 2014 which led to his suspension from the baseball team.  Incidentally, Jameis has had more serious troubles than shoplifting.   This latest misogynist faux pas was preceded by a very damaging accusation of rape, stemming from an incident on December 7, 2012.

Because Winston is such a valuable part of a football team,  in a conference where football is practically a religion, the accusations of sexual misconduct were not taken as seriously as they should have been.  The New York Times explained:

The police did not follow the obvious leads that would have quickly identified the suspect as well as witnesses, one of whom videotaped part of the sexual encounter. After the accuser identified Mr. Winston as her assailant, the police did not even attempt to interview him for nearly two weeks and never obtained his DNA. The Times’s examination — based on police and university records, as well as interviews with people close to the case, including lawyers and sexual assault experts — found that, in the Winston case, Florida State did little to determine what had happened.

Long story short, he got away with it.  Many people have the suspicion that Florida State helped cover up the incident in order to win the coveted championship.  Winston not only won the Heisman, but won the national championship, so why should he change his behavior towards women?  In light of the exposure of the NFL’s domestic violence, maybe the tide has turned and this sort of appalling conduct will no longer be swept under the rug.  For the sake of the women involved as well as the loyal fans of the game, we hope this will be the case.

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Manti Te’O, Mormon Faith, Fraud and the NFL

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How did a Polynesian, Mormon football player end up at a Catholic University and cause a national commotion like Manti Te’O has managed to create? We’ve heard the story, a player garners sympathy from Heisman Trophy committee members by creating a gut-wrenching tale of tragic proportions in order to win the coveted prize. The scandal has most likely ended his chances at the award, but the question still remains unanswered: why would such a gifted student-athlete fabricate such nonsense and be as gullible as he was? It’s simply attributable to nothing more than his LDS upbringing. It’s highly likely the cause is nothing more than the epistemology of Mormonism which has been proven categorically false.

You seldom associate people of Polynesian descent with a faith that has a sordid history of labeling anyone of color as “cursed.” Many are unaware, in addition to BYU in Provo, Utah, there are other tentacles extending from this consummate headquarters of Mormon treachery. There is also BYU Idaho and BYU Jerusalem. The Polynesian connection is evidenced by the founding of a Hawaiian version of the Brigham Young (a.k.a. Bring’em Young) University, BYU Hawaii.

In order to extend their reach both ethnically and geographically, LDS Missionaries conquered the future American Island region early on and managed to convert enough Lamanites to make a substantial addition to the LDS worldwide tithing base. As an added bonus, the area is rich with mega-talented football players who are often Mormon, so BYU is generally highly competitive with the help of these players of Polynesian origin.

Manti said his decision to go to Notre Dame, instead of BYU (Utah) came from prayer and introspection. I also suppose the decision not to serve his mission was something he prayed to decide? I’m absolutely certain NFL money wasn’t paramount to the prospect of teaching Third-Worlders the tall tales of Joseph Smith.
He is not the first to forego his mission.

There is a big force in Mormon culture for all young men to serve a two year mission. As of late it seems the culture has given exceptions to this rule for athletes. Steve Young, Danny Ainge, Jimmer Ferdette and Manti Te’o did not serve missions. The Mormon culture will label their work and spotlight on the field/court as missionary work because they will bring positive attention to the church. And for Mormons this is the perfect marriage. That essentially confirms the purpose of a Mormon Mission: to sign more people up and amass more wealth for this Fortune 500 Corporation, LDS Inc.

Park Romney, author of “The Apostasy of a High Priest” offered his opinion on the Manti Te’O scandal as it relates to LDS culture and upbringing (known by Mormons as lying for The Lord).

“The underlying culture and philosophy of Mormonism encourages the mentality that results in this type of behavior, even while ostensibly discouraging it. This is accomplished in ways that are understood by students of epistemology”.

As an ardent disbeliever in any organized religion, I consulted a friend who shares my lack of belief to get a different perspective on the entire Manti Te’O affair. As an ex-Mormon humorist, I sought his take on the whole affair as it relates to the linebacker’s chosen belief system. A tenuous grasp on truth is paramount. More specifically, I asked what aspect of Mormonism could enable and encourage such gullibility. He responded:

“I dunno, I mean, the whole enchilada is saturated with “factual” fiction. Gold plates? Angels? Seer stones? Peter, James, and John ordination? The three “undead” Nephites? Semite Indians? Book of Abraham? Fence sitters in heaven? Polygamy? Magic underwear? Consecrated oil? Hell, they might as well believe in leprechauns, Ouija boards, gremlins, rabbits’ feet, fairies, pixies, brownies, divining rods, and the boogeyman. Come to think of it, they DO believe in the boogeyman: Lucifer. Soooo sad.”

It’s as simple as this. If you can fall for the teachings and machinations of the Mormon Church, you may believe anything you see and hear on the Internet. After all, you’ve been desensitized to believing half-truths and outright lies without question. Faith is often man’s biggest liability, not a desirable asset. Hearing the term, he/she is a person of faith has the opposite effect on me as it might on so many in this country. In my humble opinion, it is a trait one shouldn’t brag about or advertise. If you can believe unsubstantiated fiction is fact, you probably can believe anything. Unfortunately, football and most other aspects of our supposedly secular society are inundated with the credo that praying to a “Heavenly Father” is the right thing to do. It will be quite some time until we evolve as a society where this nonsense is no longer heard, but I’m not holding my breath.

For more insight, check out Park Romney’s website for a wealth of information on current events, epistemology of many faiths and great resource listings. If you’re interested in electric vehicles and sustainable energy, or would enjoy great tweets, follow Mark Larsen here.

Sports Heroes Attribute Success to God; Churches Use These Profits to Fund Hate

When Gabby Douglas won the Olympic Gymnastics All-Around gold, she proclaimed, “…I give all the glory to God, it’s kind of a win-win situation. The glory goes up to Him and the blessings fall down on me.” She will be reiterating this sentiment in front of thousands of fans at Canyon Ridge Christian Church in Las Vegas December 1st and 2nd, 2012. This is a paid speaking engagement, the church communique explains: The church enjoys bringing these inspirational guests in for our community and congregation and sets aside funds each year for special services like these. The congregation provides untold sums of money, not a penny of which any tax is paid back to the city that provides the roads, power, water, fire and police services. Instead of the largely charitable contribution to society the church should provide, the unregulated and tax-free donations are often spent on promotional events, such as financing celebrities for the purpose of recruiting more worshippers. Tim Tebow spoke there earlier this year and naturally he attracted capacity crowds.

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Canyon Ridge’s motto: God First
The Tim Tebow appearance at Canyon Ridge

When I learned of Gabby Douglas’ appearance, I didn’t think too much about it, as I presumed it was merely meant to inspire young athletes and patrons alike. After seeing so many elaborate color-printed cards displayed at various Las Vegas locations advertising her visit, I thought I’d look into this church a little further. Gabby is an outstanding Olympic athlete who, unfortunately, is not a dynamic public speaker. Like the Tebow visit, Gabby’s appearance is mainly orchestrated to attract potential new congregants.

First here are some basic facts about Canyon Ridge. It is most definitely a “mega-church”, which is by definition any church with a weekly attendance of over 2,000 people. With an average weekly attendance of 6,000, Canyon Ridge can hold up to 3,000 at one time. There are two other mega branches of the church in the Las Vegas Metropolitan area: Central Christian Church, a church where over 5,000 members can attend at once. The third branch, The Crossing is a smaller version, but still qualifies as a mega-church. According to Christian Standard, The Crossing was planted by Canyon Ridge Christian Church on September 24, 2000, and is the youngest megachurch with an average worship attendance of 2,224 last year. Canyon Ridge, located in the northwest valley of Las Vegas, was birthed by Central Christian Church in 1993 and averaged almost 6,000 in attendance last year. Central Christian, also in Las Vegas, averaged close to 18,000 in worship last year. Those are some great church planting genes! I recognize many churches do charitable deeds, like many in the NY/NJ area are currently doing for victims of Hurricane Sandy. It’s hard to pinpoint exactly what most megachurches do other than to try to increase their bottom line.

Like so many religions, Canyon Ridge is interested in promoting their faith by expansion all over the globe. They have partnered with the leader of Uganda’s anti-homosexuality movement (AKA “Kill the Gays”), Martin Ssempa. Denounced by Pastor Rick Warren, who led the invocation at President Obama’s Inauguration in 2009, Canyon Ridge’s Pastor Kevin Odor refuses to cut ties with Ssempa citing the need to reduce HIV in Africa. Perhaps someone needs to inform Pastor Odor that HIV is rampant in Sub-Saharan Africa due to poverty, polygamy, lack of education and gender inequality, not just homosexual behavior. The law goes so far as to threaten imprisonment to anyone knowing active homosexuals and not reporting their “illegal” activities. He has yet to change his stance on this issue, which ascertains the conservative, fundamentalist agenda of this church.

As abhorrent as this is, I find the entire concept of brainwashing youth into a culture where God controls all the action creates superficiality and trivializes this contrived sense of morality. If God controls everything, isn’t it presumptuous to interfere with the divine plan? I know many people take comfort in a supernatural deity, and I have no problem with that. What troubles me is the thinking God is so concerned with one’s athletic success while this same God is ignoring plight, allowing babies to be born into abject poverty with AIDS. This creates a selfish culture which rewards obedience to an organization that enriches itself with absolutely no financial disclosure or accountability, while ignoring the real issues we as human beings should truly be concerning ourselves with. Merely praying for someone, or even charging money to have prayers answered is no substitute for food and medical assistance. It is a fraud, and deep down, most people know this.

Religion has a stranglehold over our culture. It’s ironic we never hear about God’s role in a post-game interview where the team loses. “We’d like to thank the almighty for this ass-kicking. Apparently it was exactly what we deserved.” Largely this is a phenomenon of American athletes.

Giving God credit and thanks for opportunity in life, or the motivation to strive, is all but universal among the faithful. But something more seems to be going on here. Athletes are not just thanking God for opportunity and fervor — they are crediting God for a competitive victory. This, in turn, seems to be suggesting something very specific about the inclinations of the Almighty. Has anyone paused to consider that for every winner, there is a loser (in fact, often a whole batch of losers) — and that if God is choosing winners, then God must be choosing losers, too? Are the athletes who attribute their victory to God willing to “blame” God for the often-bitter disappointments of the vanquished?
Is it reasonable to hold God accountable for defeat and failure? Is it reasonable if the losers are good people — just as good as the winner? Is it still reasonable if they are not only just as good, but also practitioners of the same faith, and just as pious? And what if they are just as good, just as pious, just as fervid, practicing the same religion, and worked just as hard? On what basis is God making such decisions? I suppose we might, as people tend to do when matters of faith are questioned, just throw up our hands and ascribe this all to the unknowable particulars of God’s grand plan. But if winning and losing are equally prescribed in the grand plan, then are they really winning and losing? Isn’t everyone doing an equally good job of doing the job God decided to give them? If the losers are every bit as good at doing what God wants them to do as the winners, then who are we to presume to declare them losers — and give medals to the other guys?

Canyon Ridge Church provides spiritual enrichment for many of the faithful and of course is viewed as a positive influence in their lives. It’s the young, impressionable children who are forced to believe this propaganda (which includes a God who always needs more money) who could be most easily manipulated. I watched a few online videos by Pastor Odor and found most of them were quite reminiscent of 700 Club solicitations . He’s mainly concerned with reinforcing the belief in a higher being, as “God” is the answer to all things. That’s paramount to his organization’s success.

It seems this Las Vegas megachurch engages in the same level of deception many televangelists have been found guilty of in years past. Simply click on the giving link and you’ll see how generosity is equated with holiness, which is deplorable in my opinion. I believe it is a form of abuse to influence children in this indoctrinating manner. By furthering an organization steeped in preaching intolerance and denouncing equal human rights, we are doing no service to the morality and emotional well-being of our youth, nor are we truly helping humanity. Jesus preached a message of love that didn’t include a tax-free operation laden with corruption. Helping the poorest and neediest, including homosexuals, is more in line with his teachings.

Sports Heroes Attribute Success to God; Churches Use These Profits to Fund Hate

When Gabby Douglas won the Olympic Gymnastics All-Around gold, she proclaimed, “…I give all the glory to God, it’s kind of a win-win situation. The glory goes up to Him and the blessings fall down on me.” She will be reiterating this sentiment in front of thousands of fans at Canyon Ridge Christian Church in Las Vegas December 1st and 2nd, 2012. This is a paid speaking engagement, the church communique explains: The church enjoys bringing these inspirational guests in for our community and congregation and sets aside funds each year for special services like these. The congregation provides untold sums of money, not a penny of which any tax is paid back to the city that provides the roads, power, water, fire and police services. Instead of the largely charitable contribution to society the church should provide, the unregulated and tax-free donations are often spent on promotional events, such as financing celebrities for the purpose of recruiting more worshippers. Tim Tebow spoke there earlier this year and naturally he attracted capacity crowds.

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Canyon Ridge’s motto: God First
The Tim Tebow appearance at Canyon Ridge

When I learned of Gabby Douglas’ appearance, I didn’t think too much about it, as I presumed it was merely meant to inspire young athletes and patrons alike. After seeing so many elaborate color-printed cards displayed at various Las Vegas locations advertising her visit, I thought I’d look into this church a little further. Gabby is an outstanding Olympic athlete who, unfortunately, is not a dynamic public speaker. Like the Tebow visit, Gabby’s appearance is mainly orchestrated to attract potential new congregants.

First here are some basic facts about Canyon Ridge. It is most definitely a “mega-church”, which is by definition any church with a weekly attendance of over 2,000 people. With an average weekly attendance of 6,000, Canyon Ridge can hold up to 3,000 at one time. There are two other mega branches of the church in the Las Vegas Metropolitan area: Central Christian Church, a church where over 5,000 members can attend at once. The third branch, The Crossing is a smaller version, but still qualifies as a mega-church. According to Christian Standard, The Crossing was planted by Canyon Ridge Christian Church on September 24, 2000, and is the youngest megachurch with an average worship attendance of 2,224 last year. Canyon Ridge, located in the northwest valley of Las Vegas, was birthed by Central Christian Church in 1993 and averaged almost 6,000 in attendance last year. Central Christian, also in Las Vegas, averaged close to 18,000 in worship last year. Those are some great church planting genes! I recognize many churches do charitable deeds, like many in the NY/NJ area are currently doing for victims of Hurricane Sandy. It’s hard to pinpoint exactly what most megachurches do other than to try to increase their bottom line.

Like so many religions, Canyon Ridge is interested in promoting their faith by expansion all over the globe. They have partnered with the leader of Uganda’s anti-homosexuality movement (AKA “Kill the Gays”), Martin Ssempa. Denounced by Pastor Rick Warren, who led the invocation at President Obama’s Inauguration in 2009, Canyon Ridge’s Pastor Kevin Odor refuses to cut ties with Ssempa citing the need to reduce HIV in Africa. Perhaps someone needs to inform Pastor Odor that HIV is rampant in Sub-Saharan Africa due to poverty, polygamy, lack of education and gender inequality, not just homosexual behavior. The law goes so far as to threaten imprisonment to anyone knowing active homosexuals and not reporting their “illegal” activities. He has yet to change his stance on this issue, which ascertains the conservative, fundamentalist agenda of this church.

As abhorrent as this is, I find the entire concept of brainwashing youth into a culture where God controls all the action creates superficiality and trivializes this contrived sense of morality. If God controls everything, isn’t it presumptuous to interfere with the divine plan? I know many people take comfort in a supernatural deity, and I have no problem with that. What troubles me is the thinking God is so concerned with one’s athletic success while this same God is ignoring plight, allowing babies to be born into abject poverty with AIDS. This creates a selfish culture which rewards obedience to an organization that enriches itself with absolutely no financial disclosure or accountability, while ignoring the real issues we as human beings should truly be concerning ourselves with. Merely praying for someone, or even charging money to have prayers answered is no substitute for food and medical assistance. It is a fraud, and deep down, most people know this.

Religion has a stranglehold over our culture. It’s ironic we never hear about God’s role in a post-game interview where the team loses. “We’d like to thank the almighty for this ass-kicking. Apparently it was exactly what we deserved.” Largely this is a phenomenon of American athletes.

Giving God credit and thanks for opportunity in life, or the motivation to strive, is all but universal among the faithful. But something more seems to be going on here. Athletes are not just thanking God for opportunity and fervor — they are crediting God for a competitive victory. This, in turn, seems to be suggesting something very specific about the inclinations of the Almighty. Has anyone paused to consider that for every winner, there is a loser (in fact, often a whole batch of losers) — and that if God is choosing winners, then God must be choosing losers, too? Are the athletes who attribute their victory to God willing to “blame” God for the often-bitter disappointments of the vanquished?
Is it reasonable to hold God accountable for defeat and failure? Is it reasonable if the losers are good people — just as good as the winner? Is it still reasonable if they are not only just as good, but also practitioners of the same faith, and just as pious? And what if they are just as good, just as pious, just as fervid, practicing the same religion, and worked just as hard? On what basis is God making such decisions? I suppose we might, as people tend to do when matters of faith are questioned, just throw up our hands and ascribe this all to the unknowable particulars of God’s grand plan. But if winning and losing are equally prescribed in the grand plan, then are they really winning and losing? Isn’t everyone doing an equally good job of doing the job God decided to give them? If the losers are every bit as good at doing what God wants them to do as the winners, then who are we to presume to declare them losers — and give medals to the other guys?

Canyon Ridge Church provides spiritual enrichment for many of the faithful and of course is viewed as a positive influence in their lives. It’s the young, impressionable children who are forced to believe this propaganda (which includes a God who always needs more money) who could be most easily manipulated. I watched a few online videos by Pastor Odor and found most of them were quite reminiscent of 700 Club solicitations . He’s mainly concerned with reinforcing the belief in a higher being, as “God” is the answer to all things. That’s paramount to his organization’s success.

It seems this Las Vegas megachurch engages in the same level of deception many televangelists have been found guilty of in years past. Simply click on the giving link and you’ll see how generosity is equated with holiness, which is deplorable in my opinion. I believe it is a form of abuse to influence children in this indoctrinating manner. By furthering an organization steeped in preaching intolerance and denouncing equal human rights, we are doing no service to the morality and emotional well-being of our youth, nor are we truly helping humanity. Jesus preached a message of love that didn’t include a tax-free operation laden with corruption. Helping the poorest and neediest, including homosexuals, is more in line with his teachings.

NFL Referees Represent a Microcosm of the American Assault on Labor

Players and Fans Missing NFL Referees

I’m sure, if you are a football fan, or simply follow sports, you are aware there is currently a lockout affecting the very integrity of our beloved national gridiron past time, the NFL. The complaints are legitimate and anyone who has watched a game in the preseason or in weeks one or two of this season, has noticed the difference between the usual officials and these replacement scabs. There have been a multitude of blown calls and numerous examples of these refs clearly not understanding the rules. This is more than just a sports issue. This is, once again, a labor issue where big business owners are flexing their muscle in favor of profit over quality. To sacrifice quality in this case actually impacts the livelihood of the officials, the integrity of the game and most importantly, the safety of the players. Time will tell if this plot to save such a minuscule amount at the expense of the players, officials and fans will pay off, but the evidence is strongly against this irresponsible conduct by the owners and the commissioner’s office. It almost seems like a plot designed by the Koch Brothers and Governor Walker.

This isn’t a strike. It’s a lockout. The owners are trying to teach the officials a lesson. For a league with revenues far north of $8 billion a year, the petty cash in dispute is laughable. Especially when you consider there are only 119 NFL officials. And that they’re employed part time. For a sum of $50 million a year – less than 1 percent of total revenue – the league could hire 200 well-trained full-time officials at $250,000 each.

Since the harsh sanctions were brought down upon the coaching staff of the New Orleans Saints for the bounty program, some may think Roger Goodell is a man of integrity. He appeared to be a commissioner who has gone to great lengths to punish those participants and hand out fines en masse, all in the name of “player safety.” On August 31, Goodell issued this statement: Part of our responsibility in helping teams and players prepare for each NFL season is to make sure they understand and respect league policies and rules. As always, we hold everyone, including ourselves, strictly accountable for protecting the integrity of the game […] We will aggressively protect the health, safety and long-term livelihood of our players, both on the field and off. However, the NFL grows more dangerous by the week thanks to his decision to play hardball over one percent of league revenue and lock out the officials in favor of scab refs. Deadspin, for one, assembled a compilation earlier this week of what it deemed “the 21 worst replacement referee mistakes from Sunday,” filed under the tag “Scabwatch.” However, Goodell and many of the sportscasters have been trying to gloss over this issue by simply not mentioning the performance of these far less experienced officials.

So why are we in this predicament? As always, because of money. The league has offered what it says amounts to a 5 to 11 percent increase in salaries while the National Football League Referees Association says that increase would effectively be only 2.8%. It is true that NFL officials are paid much less than their counterparts in other sports. After five years, an NFL official makes $42,000. Meanwhile, a fifth-year MLB official makes $141,000 and a fifth-year NBA official makes $128,000. The choice of using anything less than the most competent referees is prudent at a time when the league is being sued by more than 3,000 former players. These players contend that the league was, at best, negligent in educating them about the long-term health effects of playing football and, at worst, concealed evidence of these effects. By putting less competent officials out there now, is the NFL adding to the case against itself? It sure doesn’t seem like the owners are too concerned with player safety.

This obstinate behavior demonstrates how labor must bow down to the owners’ whims, at whatever cost. It seems this is a pattern all too familiar ever since the PATCO strike in 1981. Unfortunately, this is the gamble that Goodell took when he decided to start the season with truly low-level replacements. He could have ended this lockout weeks ago for roughly the amount of money that NFL executives spend on dry cleaning every year. Goodell played to win. The real refs gambled, too. They bet on their own ability. They gambled that we would notice the difference. We certainly have. We want them back and we think unions are a good thing for this country, even on the football field. This strike, like the teachers’ strike in Chicago, is the last bastion of hope for organized labor in America. If these folks fail in their quest to insure quality working conditions, pensions and other basic workers’ rights, we will become a nation like China where human labor is treated like a commodity. I suppose that will suit the owners just fine. After all, most NFL owners favor the Republican Party. We all know where the GOP stands when it comes to workers’ rights.

Never Mind Swift Boating, Willard Romney Deserves Swift Yachting

The presidential campaign of 2004 was literally won by the swift boating of Democratic candidate John Kerry by George Bush’s Chief of Staff Karl Rove, the mastermind behind American Crossroads. He has a long history of unfairly manipulating elections on behalf of plutocrats and oligarchs. We remember the depiction of Senator John Kerry as an “elitist” who windsurfs. This was a man who earned a Bronze Star, a Silver Star and 3 Purple Hearts in Vietnam, but the Machiavellian misfits of the Bush Crime Family presented these as awards won under “fishy” circumstances. These accusations were proven baseless and false, but they put the lies out there to damage this veteran who served proudly. We all know how good old Willard dodged the draft to serve his cult on a mission in France rather than honorably serving his country like Senator Kerry. Notice this is seldom brought up? When an entire political party uses an admirable service record against a candidate, you know you’re dealing with a level of malicious malevolence that can’t be matched by normal means. It’s time to stop bringing a knife to a gunfight; given our obsession with the Second Amendment, it’s only fitting. Willard’s insanely elitist activities should be exploited as often and as much as possible because as he actually warrants criticism far more than any candidate in history. There’s actually a definition for swift yachting in Urban Dictionary, funny enough.

Willard riding “bitch” with Ann on their tandem jet ski
Senator Kerry: Karl Rove’s version of “elitist”

As you can see from these images, John Kerry was on a windsurfing board which you can purchase for roughly $800. The Romneys have a substantially costlier tandem jet ski which starts at $2,500. At least Senator Kerry was using the wind and his own muscles and not polluting the environment. Naturally, the GOP embraces the lesser of the two environmentally sound hobbies and never utters a shred of criticism over the Romney’s choice of leisure activities. But this really isn’t the extent of his “snobbery.” This entitled Mormon, who contracted a car elevator for his La Jolla mansion, who actually said, “let Detroit go bankrupt,” is being portrayed as the guy who can solve the financial woes of the average working American? That’s like saying his Mormon Mission was instrumental in the fight against Communism in Southeast Asia in the 1960’s. The fact that Karl Rove’s idiotic campaigns actually take root in this country frightens me to no end.

The real fun can be had with his wife Ann’s Dressage diversion. These folks claimed a $77,000 tax credit on this million dollar horse at the same time the average American was earning only $51,000 annually. Don’t forget to remind your right wing friends of the time he was asked what to do if you need money for an education, and his answer was to simply “borrow from your parents” (because everyone’s parents are millionaires). After all, he lived off dividends to “make ends meet” while in college, like all us regular folk. To these out of touch cultists, Summer isn’t a season, it’s a verb.

This is certainly not a candidate who can relate to the problems of the average worker or the working poor. The average low-information voting Republican is duped beyond belief. Creeping up more frequently in Vegas is the latest Palinesque bumper sticker, “I don’t believe the liberal media” on cars driven by the people who believe Willard really gets them. These Republicans have been convinced he’s the guy to help take our country back. In actuality, he’s the guy who will give our country away to the highest bidder, the most fraudulent corporation that ever was, the Mormon Church.

Irrefutable proof that his cult is run precisely like a corporation can be found in the book The Apostasy of a High Priest. This personal account, is ironically authored by Willard’s second cousin, Park Romney. Park came to the realization, one day that Mormonism was a colossal fraud and he could no longer be dishonest with his true self. The book helps you understand the lengths the church will go to catalogue and track membership while recruiting very aggressively. There is cause for concern with Willard’s faith. This is nothing like saying Kennedy was going to take orders from the Vatican. This man has sinister goals, which include replacing SCOTUS with a whole slew of Scalias: anyone who will make the rich richer and will naturally enforce a non-secular, religious agenda. His allegiance after all is to the Mormon Doctrine of Consecration, not the U.S. Constitution. This is straight from the Good Book itself, where Joseph Smith prophesied this day would come when one of the Chosen People, the Mormons, would ascend to the office of the President of the United States.

Willard is certainly not your average American, after all he’s “running for President for Pete’s sake.” He feels he’s been chosen by God to lead this country into an era of theocratic fascism. He will obviously go to great lengths to deceive the American public with lies, as we’ve seen from his dreadful ads. However, unlike the Republicans, the Democrats have so much truthful ammunition in their arsenal, swift boating this entitled megalomaniac shouldn’t be very difficult. Let’s get them with our best weapon. The TRUTH!

Willard’s Olympic-Sized Gaffes Don’t Faze Obama’s Opponents

If you’d like to use an Olympic metaphor to characterize Willard Romney’s three nation world tour, let’s use gymnastics to elucidate the magnitude of his mistakes. If the trip was a floor exercise routine, he fell on all his tumbling passes and stepped out of bounds while dancing around questions. Add a few insults towards dignitaries, foreign cultures and the press and you have a routine trip laden with deductions. From his time in the United Kingdom just prior to the commencement of the London Olympic Games, on to Israel and then finally off to Poland where his trip ended with a media faux pas, this trip failed to demonstrate his readiness on the world stage. Compared with Senator Obama’s triumphant journey to Europe and Asia in the Summer of 2008, the contrast between these two candidates couldn’t be more stark. Willard Romney went to three nations, generally propitious to his foreign agenda to raise massive funds. This diplomatic fiasco found Willard or his staffers insulting someone in every country, on more than one occasion. In 2008, then Senator Obama drew a crowd of 200,000 in Berlin, all very zealous over the prospect of a potential U.S. leader that would no longer act unilaterally. It was a trip essentially gaffe-free. With Willard’s travels, only Rush Limbaugh found the trip to be a resounding success and he’s essentially alone in his opinion. Apparently, many Americans are as delusional and oblivious as the Oxycontin King of the AM Airwaves.

The Windmill Library, Southwest Las Vegas

Knowing all this, I went to the Obama For America (OFA) Southwest Las Vegas office with elevated spirits today. I was ready to go out to wherever I was needed to register voters and recruit potential volunteers to help reelect my president. The office staff sent me to the Windmill Library, a brand new facility paid for by taxpayers, a sort of socialist project actually. White, Asian, Hispanic and Black families alike walked into the library on this drizzly July morning. Security informed me I was not permitted to sit under any covered area and had to remain about twenty-five feet from the entrance. In fact, the moment I arrived with my clipboard, a woman asked angrily if I had a permit. Sensing the hostility, I informed the library staff of my presence. and that was sufficient. There really should be no objection to registering all voters in a democratic society, yet I was immediately treated with suspicion. Perhaps this negative attitude is the result of ALEC’s stated goal of limiting voter participation and Fox News has been the perfect vehicle to deliver this convoluted message.

After securing my seat by the entrance, I tried to follow the script of the Obama campaign and asked passersby if they were Obama supporters. After about the fifth person who nodded in disgust, I encountered a white man of about sixty-five. I asked this gentlemen my question politely and he said, “hell no, I hate that sonofabitch, I hope he dies.” I reluctantly said, ‘have a nice day’ and pressed on. Another elderly white man said, “I hope you’re asking for I.D.” To which I replied, ‘no, because it is not the law in Nevada.’ I quickly amended my ice-breaker to “are you registered to vote?” because it was obvious I wasn’t changing hearts and minds this time. Maybe I could at least get more people involved. For the most part, the effort was fairly unsuccessful, having only registered one new voter and committed three people to vote Democratic. I suppose every vote counts, so it wasn’t for naught.

Organizing for Nevada: Barack Obama 2012

What’s so unusual about those so vehemently opposed to President Obama is their lack of reason and justification for their strong feelings. Namely, most couldn’t explain what about the president they found so disconcerting. I’d say most of these folks drove cars that would indicate they are middle to working class Americans who would suffer greatly if Willard Romney was elected. However, they were positively convinced President Obama just needed to go, but couldn’t really explain why. It’s obvious most of their opinions have been shaped by Fox News, where there’s seldom a hint of truth to any of their “newscasts.”

I will keep this day foremost in my mind if I get too confident. One might think Willard Romney is a terrible “Etch-A-Sketch” candidate who is easily beatable in November, but this isn’t how the low-information voter perceives reality. We must all work hard to combat all the dirty, corporate money that buys unlimited lies in advertising and alleged “news.” It seems the gaffes of this GOP candidate can’t overshadow the negative press which Koch and Adelson cash can buy. Diligence and perseverance are the only way we’ll beat this unprincipled conservative chameleon and I hope you’re all ready for a fight. We have no choice but to defeat Willard this November. Corporations will be the only people and the actual people will become non-unionized, slave labor.