Friday, August 15, 2014

Why Is Fox News Scared Of Me?

Fox News’ #1 fear: Atheists

Why is the network so freaked out by people who don't believe in God?

Fox News' #1 fear: AtheistsBill O'Reilly (Credit: Fox News)
This article originally appeared on AlterNet.
AlterNetIn a recent online video for Crossfire, CNN political pundit and self-proclaimed atheist S.E. Cupp claimed conservative atheists are “better” than liberal atheists, and said she does not believe the “myth” that conservatism is “hostile” to atheism. “In fact, I’d go so far as to say conservatism is far more intellectually honest and respectful of atheism than liberalism has been,” she said.
Wait, what?
Cupp says she believes it is atheists who are disseminating “the idea that they are somehow disenfranchised or left out of the political process,” but that has not been her experience as a conservative.
Now, CNN is not Fox News, but she acts like she has never heard of the Republican Party’s media arm: Fox News.
For the past few years, Fox News and its right-wing talking heads have waged a relentless war on atheism. Their annual war on Christmas spoof-ganza is their reverse victimhood effort to convince viewers that America’s godless community is coming to take away your toys and your right to say, “Merry Christmas.” In other words, bah humbug.
Comparing atheists to Dr. Seuss’ Grinch is one thing, but on Wednesday Fox News host Elisabeth Hasselbeck asserted that Christianity should be kept in schools because Islamic militants in Iraq were persecuting Christians. Ipso facto, atheists are as dangerous as al-Qaeda, which is exactly what they want their conservative audience to believe without Fox News having to actually say it.
After reading a select few comments from viewers who accused atheists of demanding to have more rights than Christians, Hasselbeck connected the situation to violence in Iraq. “You know, in light of what’s going on in the world and the persecution of Christians right now, how close do we want to get to eliminating religious freedom in the globe?” she asked.
It’s so accidently Orwellian it’s almost adorable. Or more likely she was reading from a script handed down to her from the string-pullers high above. The only way she could’ve been less subtle was if she said, “Some people say atheists are terrorists.”
Atheist pieces on Fox News are now commonplace. “ Atheist Group Tells Georgia Football Team to Punt Prayer.” “ Atheist Group Resurrects War on Easter.” “ Atheist Group’s Billboard Sparks Outrage.” “ Georgia Town to Atheists: Stop Bullying Our Kids.” “ The Sad Power of an Atheist’s Temper Tantrum.” “ IRS Strikes Deal With Atheists to Target Religious Political Activity.”
A few months ago, former Bush White House Press Secretary and Fox News pundit Dana Perino said she’s “tired” of atheists attempting to remove the phrase “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance. She concluded her remarks with, “If atheists don’t like it, they shouldn’t live here.”
Why does the network engage in such negative spin against atheists? Like every business decision, it’s profitable. It pays to sell what your customers will buy. The network’s customer base is afraid, and nothing in the news business sells faster than fear. What is their audience afraid of, other than everything? They’re afraid of an America they no longer understand. They’re afraid of the rapid deceleration of church attendance, the increasing secularization of millennials, the acceptance of same-sex marriage, the refusal of school boards to teach biblical creationism, and the dwindling influence of religious-conservatives on the body politic.
On Fox News, Obama is coming for your guns; Madonna is coming for your straight kids; immigrants are coming for your jobs; liberals are coming for your way of life; and atheists are coming for your Bibles.
CJ Werleman is the author of Crucifying America, and God Hates You. Hate Him Back. You can follow him on Twitter:  @cjwerleman

It's Been A While, Hasn't It?

Did you think I had won the lottery and run off? Nope, got to play to win and I don't gamble much.

I've been busy, kind of bummed, and was at a loss as to what to write.

Let's start back in July. Mowing, mowing, mowing, log hauling, wood cutting, splitting, stacking.... damn, I'm getting tired just typing about it!

I've been at work a bit more than usual. And normally that would have given me extra time to type up something (since I don't have internet at home). But even here at work things have been crazier. Trying to organize a big sale for next week. Doing print and radio ads. Promoting it at the local gyms. Getting a supplier to set up a tent for free samples. Ordering extra stock.

And then there are all the normal day to day crazy things.

I can't prove that one of my boys (Chester or Rhodie) actually killed it. But boys will be boys (and male dogs will be male dogs!) Anyway, when I awoke one morning there was a possum laying behind the garage. At first I thought it was playing possum, so I poked it with my walking stick. Nope, didn't move, was cold and stiff. I reached down to grab it's tail to toss it into the woods when I saw movement in it's belly. GROSS!!! I imagined those big black beetles that eat dead things just crawling all in it munching away. I took a closer look and saw little gray butts and tails.

Baby possums! They were still in momma's pouch and still stuck onto her teats. Even though momma was dead and stiff! I pulled them off, one by one, and ended up with 8. I fed them puppy formula using a plastic syringe for a little over 24 hours until I found someone more skilled at caring for little critters.

Feeding them every 2-3 hours was a huge chore. And I was glad they were in more capable hands. Even so, I woke up during the first night they were gone and missed them terribly. They would cling to my fingers, grasp the syringe of formula licking ferociously, then hiss and fall asleep. Baby possums are much cuter than their parents. But that can be said of most species.

There seems to be sad news after sad news recently. I had a dear sweet Aunt pass away. And she lived too far away to travel to her funeral. Even though I didn't get to see her as much as I would have liked, I do miss her. And it would have been good to see my family that lives around the area. I haven't been down there for 10 years. Ten years! Boy is time slipping away!

And the passing of Robin Williams, James Garner, Lauren Bacall. Such good memories they have given us all. I suppose that is all you can ask of someone... good memories to see you through. I wonder what memories this old hermit will leave behind?

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Been Busy

Sorry I haven't updated in a while. Been busy!!

The car we just bought has some issues that I've been researching. In the old cars you knew what to look for: fuel, fire, air. Had to be one of the three.
But with this car everything is connected to a computer and stupid things like the battery leaking in the alarm siren will cause the sunroof to not work. It's crazy! So, any free time I've had at work has been devoted to online searches about the car.

And at home things haven't slowed down either. We've got about 6 ricks of wood stacked up in the garage. And another 5 or so left to saw, split, haul and stack.

The grass won't quick growing, but I'm about ready to just let it! Before you can mow one mower needs the drive belt put back on, the other mower floods (or at least won't turn back on) if you shut it off while it's hot, then you have to wait for it to cool off, dry off the spark plug and squirt starting fluid in the breather. The big tractor has a tire that keeps leaking....

It's not too bad doing the things that need to be done, but it's getting the equipment in running shape to do the job that is getting annoying!

That's what happens when things get old. They break down more often, need more attention, are a little stubborn about starting. Hey wait a minute, that sounds an awful lot like this old hermit! 

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Does the Theory of Evolution Really Matter?

Hobby Lobby Decision Was The Wrong Decision

Slowing Down And Shutting Up

Things have slowed down...and I have too. Except for my brain. I have trouble shutting the damn thing off. It doesn't always work like it should, but it is always switched on.

Just yesterday I was wondering why we use the term "badger" when someone is telling us what to do over and over again. As in "Stop badgering me, I'll get to it as soon as I can!"  Don't you think we should call that "ottering" instead. I mean they keep telling you what you "otter" be doing. 

And we just got another car. Our old Hyundai's transmission is going out again. So, we got a Volvo. Talk about being from a different planet! Volvos are strange creatures. Computer chips and relays control everything and must be reset, reprogrammed and bowed down to before anything will function correctly. But the engine, transmission, brakes and steering are a gift from the gods... so far. I'm keeping my fingers crossed and scouring the internet for any info on potential issues and helpful repair advice.

Our hounds survived the 4th of July booms and blasts. Once they went outside at sunset and heard the commotion, they happily stayed inside and didn't request to go back outside until around 3AM. I got a good five hour stretch of uninterrupted sleep that was greatly appreciated.

The blackberries are turning a pretty pale red and are in good supply this year. Just as they were last year. More jam!!! Yay!!!

We have about 1/3 of next winter's wood already stacked in the garage. We have to hustle this week to get a bunch more done before the awful summer heat becomes unbearable.

I made a pledge to myself today that I wouldn't complain for 24 hours. And since I intend to uphold that pledge, this post will be rather short. I had a list of gripes and comments about stupid people that could keep me typing for another hour! So as Thumper's momma said, "If you can't say anything nice, then don't say anything at all". And this old hermit is going to shut her mouth, stop her fingers, and try to slow down my brain!