Thursday, March 14, 2013

Pope-A-Dope

Habemos Papam! We have a new pope, and this one's just wonderful. Anti-Gay, anti-Woman, anti-liberal-priest-who-he-might-have-helped-kill... Another old man in a dress... at least he chose a sexually ambiguous name... someday maybe he'll be Saint Francis the Sissy. Well, my kid's diaper needs changing... Habemos Poopoo!

53 comments:

  1. Having visited the Vatican and having been disgusted by the ostentatious display of wealth, I do have to say this guy is off to a good start, accomplice to murder or not.

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    1. Having not visited the Vatican, I am disgusted by your ostentatious display of wealth.

      :-)

      (never been to Europe, and jealous)

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  2. It is amazing that the world of Catholic believers can watch the archaic machinations whereby a cadre of very old men in red skullcaps get "inspired" by their God to select from among themselves yet another "good shepherd", who will claim to transmit the infallibale word of said God to everyone in the world, while overseeing organized pedophilia and misogyny.

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  3. Hey, I give him tentative kudos for his stance on poverty and income inequality.

    But let's face it, he's still an asshole, beyond question.

    Yeah Harvey, religion is so good at blinding people to who they let themselves become. God will forgive you, so why wait? Forgive yourself in the very act of transgression! Then forgive again tomorrow night...
    Rinse and repeat.

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  4. You know what?

    Evil in the movies is unrealistic to me now.

    Watching Sauron, or Palpatine, or Darth Vader or whatever, one notices that they admit that they are evil to themselves. They seem to often even revel in it.

    Real evil in the real world always seems to be in denial. It looks in the mirror and sees a Saint.

    (not Saint Brian!)

    Real evil in the real world, believes itself to be goodness and light. Sometimes even the Ultimate Good.

    The Church is a great example of course, but all of christianity is rife with it, with the firm conviction of rectitude, which blinds them to whatever they actually are or become. If they can't see themselves as the bad one, not ever, can't ever see themselves as wrong or in need of correcting the course a bit, then they simply have no moral compass. It's been removed. Excised.

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    1. Real evil in the real world always seems to be in denial. It looks in the mirror and sees a Saint.

      (not Saint Brian!)


      You, sir, are in denial!

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  5. I think it goes something like, "God gave us absolute morals, but any idiot can tell that morals are not absolute, but we Godly must insist that God did give us absolute morals, but since there aren't we Godly are the arbiters of what is moral and what is not therefore we Godly are also above the non-existent absolute morals which we claim come from God, which are hidden in the Bible if one can interpret it right so just being a leader of believers exempts one from trying to be impossibly absolutely moral...

    ... which boils down to, it's fine to be a sociopath and/or hang with sociopaths 'cos you're doing it in the name of God, you see?

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  6. Darth Vader "Join me and we can end this destructive conflict and bring order to the galaxy".

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  7. Yeah, but most of the time it seemed like he liked being evil, and Palpatine definitely reveled in it. Plus that line is definitely a lie on his part; it never seemed in the movie that he thought or believed that his way was the path of righteousness.

    I'm just saying that we are conditioned by film and media to think that evil is easy to spot. Just look for the guy going "MUAH HAH HAH HAH HAH!" Real pernicious pure evil is the guy convinced that he has God on his side, for that person can do anything no matter how heinous and think it just wonderfully chock full of goodness and light.

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    1. Absolutely. Unwavering evil is quiet in its own way. The motives pure, the conviction total.

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  8. By the way Anonymous, loved your 47% video...

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  9. The Joker.

    Heck, how about Satan? Satan is the CLASSIC example of evil that knows it's evil and loves the fact. The archetypal example. So obvious he even has horns and cloven hooves and a tail. Can't miss him. You never hear the devil saying "I'm not the bad one here, God is!" "Follow me for I am the real path of goodness!" or such.

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  10. I mean, I'm sure there are psychopaths that say "I'm the fucking devil, I'm evil incarnate, aaaarrrrggghhhh!"

    Funny thing about that type though; they usually decided to be evil on purpose, because they couldn't hack the good thing, and THAT is largely due to christian hypocrisy that bent their minds in the first place.

    Anton Szandor LaVey comes to mind. The founder of the Church of Satan. He literally verbally admits that the reason he decided to worship Satan is that God is the evil one, so how bad can Satan be? He got sick of the hypocrisy, and figured "hey, they lied about everything else, maybe the idea that Satan is the bad guy was also a lie!"

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  11. Okay, here's a question:

    Who would you rather have capture you and you be completely at their mercy:

    Darth Vader

    -or-

    Torquemada, Grand Inquisitor

    ?


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  12. Darth would have some floating ball robot give you truth serum...

    Torquemada would start with a red hot poker on your balls....

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  13. Yea, the Catholic church seems a bit too machiavellian what with the inquision and the boy buggering thing to this day.

    Claiming to be the ultimate in goodness and morals, surely you can't just say meh, there's good and bad in everything.

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  14. They can never admit the church is not perfect so when a priest is revealed to also be a boy buggerer, it must be society, the gays, liberals, anything but the church itself.
    We're seeing the same exact thing now with the republican party. It has had it's flaws shown to it, but the flaws are core beliefs to them, part of their ideology and identity, so it must be the messenger because they know the message can't possibly be wrong. If the message is wrong, then being a republican is wrong.

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  15. Coincidence,

    Emma's son came over with his step-daughter, Anika, she's four. She's interested in the dog and the bird of course and was at the door of the room trying to play with Mozie and, get this, actually trying to negotiate possession of the bird. Why didn't I just give the bird away, with it's cage of course? LOL, very precocious.

    Anyways I was jokin' around and told her that she had two cats and two goldfish and I only had three pets, Mozie, Prettyboy Floyd and Sammy the spider!

    She asked me where Sammy was and I told her that he hides in the shadow.

    Anyways, this afternoon, Mozie is on the floor waiting for a small piece of luncheon meat, Prettyboy Floyd is on my chest eating crumbs he's picked off my sandwich. I had noticed that the bird had shit on my shoulder and looked around for it.

    So what'd I see? A small spider! I hadn't seen one around here for months, but there s/he was, Sammy the frickin' spider, hanging with me and the boys.

    I put P.b.Floyd in the bathroom, brushed off the crumbs into the toilet and went back to what I was doing at the computer. I felt a tickling on my arm, and there was Sammy again, so I brushed him off, she/he is only about the size of a lentil, legs and all so I didn't even try to squish him/her.

    After all she/he thinks that she/he is my other pet, right?

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  16. Cute story...

    Sammy is trying to tell you something. ;-)

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    1. He/she likely does, for you not flattening her/him.

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  18. Okay, I'll tell you mine... just happened. And I swear to you, I'm not making this up. I'm not lying to you. I wish it were that easy.

    I was just getting my dog (fat pug) on the bed. He needs help. So as I do from time to time, I pulled him up on the bed with me as I sat back on it, laying myself down on my back and pulling him on top of me, hugging him, and saying in cute gravelly voice "my good doggy" and such, with the television running in the background. Then I suddenly became aware that the television was about to do the same thing, I just knew it somehow... I looked at it, and there was a commercial for "Archer," an animated series on Comedy Central I think... and in the commercial is a woman, Archer's companion of some sort (never watched the show) and she's on her back with a giant dog on top of her woofing and giving her a tongue-bath...

    This is happening more often lately for some reason. I'm getting almost one significant one like that a day now, with smaller ones in between.

    And if it means something, I have no fucking idea what it is.

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  19. I just re-read that, and all I could think, it coming just after your "Sammy" thing, is "no fucking he is ever going to believe that I'm not bullshitting him!"

    Sorry... I guess there's no way you can believe this shit. I hope you don't think me a liar. It really just happened. Just like I said it did.

    Say "hi" to Sammy for me if you see him again, and ask him what the fuck this reality thing really is for me, okay?

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  20. I know you have to think I'm somehow either lying or exaggerating here. I have to deal with that.

    So here's the deal. Hypothetically, *IF* I were telling the truth, and this shit was happening to me all the time, more lately...

    What would you think? What would you do?

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  21. I believe you Brian, really, why would you bother bullshitting me? I just don't see the significance in it(those kinds of things) that you do.

    I wonder how many people were 'there', at home, with their dog, on their bed, telling the dog what a good boy/girl he/she was, some time around when that commercial came on?

    That's called a 'hit'. Now how many times has there been that a boy and his dog have been on the bed, him giving the dog some 'loves' and there has been no commercial?? That, apparently is a whole raft of 'misses'!

    It's just not possible that the cartoonists made that cartoon just so that it would coincide with your actions at one particular moment now, is it really now, really?

    It's March and the bugs are coming out in this area, the dog is distracted by the odd fly or whatever out there, having a ball and not taking care of 'business' as I want him too. So of course the spiders are waking up too, of course they are. This house is new enough that the surrounding area still has tiny garter snakes in the weeds, the broom and the brambles are trying to reclaim the 'bottom of the garden', the hummingbirds, the eagles, the chickadees, the frickin' fairies at the bottom of the garden, all there.

    On a frosty morning, maybe as late as the middle of May, there'll be wall to wall spiderwebs glistening with dew out back here!

    Early in the morning, at any time of year we may see the alcoholic, in his natural habitat, sitting out on a chair, looking off into the blue, sucking on a cigarette, thinking, "#$%^# !@## &*%&!", as I understand it that they are wont to.

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  22. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZJ-_OTvsqo

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  23. I don't know if you missed the part about how I was expecting it before it happened. Again.


    Hey, okay, I guess I have to accept that if I suddenly had a thought about a purple geranium eating mice and suddenly on the television there was a purple geranium eating mice, that it's just a random "hit..."
    At least, that's all I can ever hope that any realist such as yourself will see in it.

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  24. I've never even heard of Jim Jeffries. He's hysterically funny... I just spent the last half hour watching his videos.

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  25. Oh, and by that 'any realist such as yourself" I didn't mean it to denigrate, just that I'm realizing that really, no matter how spectacular the coincidences get, there is always a 'rational' explanation for them, and I have no hope convincing anybody like that of anything that I'm thinking here. Something I need to get used to.

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  26. I didn't take it in any kind of 'denigrating' way.

    Here's a coincidence. I was just thinking of the theist who imagines that nature isn't what humans are doing atm. is natural, I mean, if aliens came to visit the Earth after humans are gone, they're not going to think, "Yikes, there must have been gods here, look at the metal things and the plastic stuff and the stone crap that have obviously survived the end of life on this planet!", no.

    They're going to imagine that it is perfectly natural that we should engineer stuff to suit ourselves. And the key words there are 'perfectly natural'.

    Theists quibble, cavil, about what is perfectly natural and what is man-made, but that's circular to non-theists since we are natural and what we do is fuckin' natural, right? Ever seen anyone do anything, anything at all that is unnatural?

    Of course you haven't, you have to, HAVE TO, be a theist, who already believes that God made us and nature is separate, to believe that, right?

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  27. Our little dog's genes are starting to show. He is, historically, a chinese hot-water-bottle dog. Apparently there is nothing more natural for him to be laying at the bottom of the bed heating up someone's feet.

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  28. What happened to Darth Vater/Anakin in the end? Or... can you think of a single non-fictional person who wasn't either influenced/confused/tained by brain chemistry or ideology?

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  29. "tained"??? WTF is tained?

    Tainted.

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  30. Anakin realized that he was evil. But while he was being evil, before that, he never tried to act like he was the good guy, or not very often. As to being 'tainted' by brain chemistry or whatever, not sure what your point is there... anybody that is evil is by definition confused by ideology or brain chemistry, no? They still tend to believe that they are good, talk like they are the 'good guys' and even go to great verbal lengths to try to convince people that they are good, all the while being the opposite of good.

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  31. The ultimate archetype of evil, Satan, as described in the bible, revels in his evil. He doesn't pretend to be the good guy.

    If there were a real Satan, he'd be pope or something like that... put himself in a position of looking unassailably good so he could manipulate more people into being evil.

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  32. I'm wondering how a thirty year old southern white male had the chutzpah to stand up at a CPAC lecture called "How to not be called a racist when you know that you are not one" or some such thing, and maintain vociferously that slaves had it pretty much okay and we need to re-segregate the country. He said it with actual pride. When the black moderator said that Frederick Douglas wrote a letter twenty years after being freed to his former slave master forgiving him, he shouted out 'forgive him for all the free food and water and housing?'
    The point was how Douglas was the better man, to actually forgive something so heinous, not that Douglas' former master hadn't done anything to forgive...
    Is it me, or are the nutcases actually getting worse? And more of them? And totally unafraid to be that inner asshole they always wanted to be, on the outside?

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  33. A good man wonders if he is a good man. He doubts himself.
    An evil man believes he is a good man, and nothing can sway him in that because it is not a thought; it is a belief. Nothing can sway him, even seeing himself do evil acts.
    Believing that one is good, really believing it, is how one becomes evil in the first place, in my opinion.

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  34. So now there are 'Frederick Douglas Republicans' if you can believe that.

    They chose him, I can only assume, because he forgave his master, and they think if they wrap themselves up in him, the blacks will forgive them.

    They seem to operate on the level of a ten year old child raised by wolves or something.

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  35. Republicans love to wrap themselves up in shit they don't deserve to be associated with in the first place. Like as in, the flag. Frederick Douglas now... Religion... Religion is the big one, of course. They're so very holy, or so they will tell you. Complete bullshit of course, just a bunch of evil people hiding it by pretending to be good; even coming to believe it.

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  36. You know what you do not see in the Bible, even once?

    Satan pretending to be God. So as to fool people. Pretending to be Yahweh. Or Jesus for that matter. And there's a reason. If they presented that scenario then the sheep would believe it was something that Satan might do from time to time, and then they might test their faith a lot more often, just to make sure Satan isn't pretending to be God for them, to tempt them to evil.

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  37. If I had one bit of advice to republicans in life, it would be, when listening to a man talk about things, listen closely to his words, and then compare them to his actions. Never do the former without doing the latter.
    But I'm dreaming again... they wouldn't be able to SEE his actions, no matter how obvious. They're believers, not thinkers.

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  38. Hey, didja all hear about frigging Richard Nixon?

    Just came out that LBJ was literally in the middle of ending the Vietnam war, had the deal MADE, announced it four days before the presidential election, and fucking Nixon (who knew he'd lose if the war ended at that point) got in touch with the South Vietnamese and convinced them to NOT END THE WAR YET so he could get elected and "get them a better deal!" (The war lasted five more years and thousands more American lives were lost)
    Why didn't LBJ tell the world?
    Because the way he found out, was that the FBI had tapped the phone of the South Korean ambassador or somebody like that, and that was against the law, so he couldn't! He had to lose that election knowing that Nixon had won it by "comitting treason." (LBJ's words)
    And it's all on TAPE. So there is no doubt. Just came out.

    EVIL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  39. Yea I did watch that thing about Nixon. Fucking flabberghasting! But look at all the other crap they pull every fricking day proving over and over that their ideology comes first, above all and lying, cheating and stealing for the cause isn't lying, cheating or stealing now, it's just doing what is necessary for the cause.

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  40. John Loftus of Debunking Christianity is promoting his new book, with Randal Rauser as his Christian foil.

    He had Rauser interview him and asked, "Imagine that you've got two minutes in an elevator with a Christian. What would you say to them to try and dissuade them from their Christian convictions?"

    Oh what a fun question, what? If the entire book goes like that I'd need a barf bucket beside me if were in the position that I absolutely had to read it to the end.

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  41. He's stupid if he tries to answer it. I mean, we've all had enough time trying, and I think we can see that there's just nothing that can dissuade them if they're really hooked on it. It's a mental computer virus. They need MacAfee. There is no such thing for brains. They're fucked for life. Sure logic and facts and information can dissuade those that hadn't been exposed to enough of it before and have the ability to think critically but just hadn't had all the information... that's about it. There's a million things you can say to them that SHOULD dissuade them, but to actually do it... maybe kidnap their kids and force them to recant or they get it.... even then a lot of them would let the kids go before the faith.

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  42. I cut through this bullshit with my comment, "Geez, sounds like you guys are flirting with each other."

    Wonder if Loftus is willing to see the truth of that, or if he's going to take offense, if he's happy with their book of banter where Rauser coyly avoids every serious question posed and makes a little 'titter' out of it?

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  43. We've all learned; arguing with a christian zealot makes masturbation look as productive as designing a skyscraper.

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  44. So THAT's how they design them? Hmm. I wondered why they looked so phallic!

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  45. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&v=hfDlfhHVvTY&NR=1

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  46. NEW POST IS UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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