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A Tragic Realization About Rush Limbaugh

August 27, 2012 Leave a comment

Static has some uncomfortable realizations after being told about Rush Limbaugh saying Obama was responsible for Hurricane Issac.

 Static 8:22 am
Things be crazy
I honestly hope Rush wasn’t being serious with that comment
It’s way too silly to be serious about that
… I hope

Ysionris 8:27 am
Static, in case you have forgotten, I will remind you that you live in America. ^_^;

Static 8:28 am
I know ;-;

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Romney’s Tax Returns and Republican Self-Exclusivity

August 6, 2012 Leave a comment

As an independent, I’m fairly upset over the recent uproar in D.C., where Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid accused Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney of not having paid taxes in ten years, adding another weight onto growing pressures for Romney to release his tax returns.

I agree with Senator John McCain when he remarked that Reid had “gone over the line”. We would like to know about a candidate’s character, sure, but this sounds like something for federal investigators to dig up, not for politicians to use as conjecture. After all, it’s not like the Republicans are asking for Obama’s tax returns, or marriage certificate, or birth certificate…

…Oh, wait

As disgusted as I want to be with Reid’s actions, I can’t quite bring myself to really feel appalled. I’m still upset, but this has more to do with Reid refusing to “be the better man”. What I’m far more upset with is this sense of self-exclusivity that Republicans seem to have, that they are free to accuse others but are immune to accusations themselves. After all, let us not forget that Republican politicians including Richard Shelby, Roy Blunt, Jean Schmidt, Nathan Deal, David Vitter, Andy Martin, and Mike Coffman either demanded for Obama’s birth certificate or poured fuel on the speculation. In case you think that they are small-name Republican politicians that no one has heard about, let’s not forget Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich, Mike Huckabee, Michelle Bachmann, Donald Trump, and Joe Arpaio were also complicit. And few in the Republican Party ever called out their own when demands were being made for Obama’s birth certificate. (To their credit, Tim Pawlenty, Rick Santorum, and Mike Castle refused to get on the bandwagon and rejected claims that Obama wasn’t born in Hawaii; this cost Castle Republican support, and he lost the House of Representatives election in Delaware to Tea Party-backed Christine O’Donnell.) Where was the Republican outrage over their own demanding for Obama’s birth certificate, the kind of outrage that is being displayed over Romney’s tax returns now?

Obama released his birth certificate in 2008 (and then released the long-form birth certificate in 2011 after accusations continued to pile despite the fact that various different organizations vetted and authenticated the original birth certificate). I personally do not believe Romney has to reciprocate the gesture and release his tax returns (although it’d be quite noble of him to do so), at least not unless he’s being investigated by the authorities; his personal records are his own business. Silliness does not beget silliness. But the Republican outrage over the tax returns issue is a blatant display of double standards that, quite frankly, makes the GOP look far more disgusting than what Reid had done.

It’s time for Republicans to get off their high horse.

Categories: Politics and Society

Ysionris’ Influence Map

August 4, 2012 Leave a comment

First off, an admission: I cheated. For-Orian’s “Influence Map” meme was largely meant for artists, and while I do make the occasional sketch (something I haven’t done in a very long while), I have largely repurposed this influence map to show my influences on storytelling and writing instead. Hopefully, I won’t be crucified for it.

Now, onto the show.

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Freedom of Religion in Politics

August 3, 2012 2 comments

Between the health care bill passed by the Obama Administration and the Chick-Fil-A scandal (neither of which I’m actually going to talk about at length save passing references), there’s a term in its various forms that gets thrown around a lot: “Freedom of religion”. Religious conservatives have decried the health care bill – which will legally mandate all employers, including those with religious beliefs, to provide birth control as part of their insurance coverage to their female employees, which some consider to be in violation of their religious beliefs – as an infringement of their religious freedoms. The rhetoric has gotten awfully similar, such as from Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi:

Government has no business forcing religious institutions and individuals to violate their sincerely held beliefs. This lawsuit is about protecting religious liberty and the rights of conscience, our most basic freedoms as Americans.”

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops was more eloquent, but no less obvious:

Today’s proposal continues to involve needless government intrusion in the internal governance of religious institutions, and to threaten government coercion of religious people and groups to violate their most deploy held convictions.

Conservatives decry the government of trying to take away their freedom. And media headlines and journalist catchphrases would have you believe that there is some kind of war against religious freedom, that the federal government in the United States is trying to outlaw religion, to force people to recant their beliefs, to make it increasingly difficult to believe in religion.

Alas, the truth is much more complicated, but the answer boils down to several points: 1) The misinterpretation of what “freedom of religion” means, and 2) more than two centuries of violations of the Constitution that goes right up from the government and down to the people. Read more…

Categories: Politics and Society

Thoughts on “The Dark Knight Rises”

August 2, 2012 Leave a comment

Disclaimer: I enjoyed The Dark Knight Rises. It had its problems, including a small army of plotholes, which I will not address, because it doesn’t bother me as much as more fundamentally problematic issues, but I enjoyed it as a blockbuster. Still, it doesn’t mean that we cannot address what I felt were fundamental shortcomings, which is what is going to happen now.

And, yes, this is a spoiler warning. Please don’t proceed unless you’ve already watched the movie, or don’t mind being spoiled, or have already been spoiled anyways. Read more…

Categories: Film