Monday, March 27, 2006

SEXUAL CLEANSING IN IRAQ

Editor's note, by Enlightenment


Danny isn't quite up to working on his computer yet, but he was able to pen this in longhand from his sick bed last night. Like both, my son and Danny, I am increasingly disgusted by the morality of the Bush Administration and the Democratically elected theocracy that is taking shape in Iraq. At the risk of sounding unpatriotic, I have to say, I find the cause to be increasingly repugnant. Why are we supporting a bunch of loony, right wing religious fanatics who would be making tremendous steps forward if they were to march forward into the Dark Ages?


The government which is taking shape in Iraq is nothing more than a right wing, Shi'ite Theocracy and I can't think of a cause that is more unworthy of our American troops. After learning about this I turned to my wife and said, something to the effect of: not only would we show the troops how much we support them by bringing them home--we would also be saving their honor in the process.


As for Bush and his goons who have unleashed this mess, I don't kid myself. They never had any honor to lose in the first place.


As for the post, it was written by Daniel on legal paper in a sick bed on the night of Sunday, March 26, 2005. He was a little tired when he finished, but he thinks it was worth it and I am only more than happy to post it for him on both, Coalition and Chronicles.


And now, here's Danny.



SEXUAL CLEANSING IN IRAQ



Some people--and that means the Bush Administration--have a truly warped definition of democracy.


I really thought that I would recover from this bout of pneumonia without getting upset about a piece of news out of Iraq. My friends have been doing their best to make certain that I don't watch too many newscasts. They limit my reading to paperback fiction and popular mainstream magazines. But from time to time something slips through and I find myself seething at the utter incompetency in which Bush has handled the situation in Iraq.


Death squads weren't bad enough. now we have sexual cleansing in both, Iran and Iraq. And as usual, the principal victims are--ou guessed it sweet pea--gays and lesbians. Or rather any Muslim male either gay or straight who just happens to look a little effeminate.


What am I talking about? I'm talking about the Grand Ayatollah Sistani, who in October 2005, issued a fatwa against anyone "involved in homosexuality." Since that time the military arm of the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq, has been sweeping through neighborhoods in Southern Iraq, especially Basra where they stalk gay men, women without veils, people playing western music, and businesses which sell alcoholic beverages, although the main target of attack is gay men who don't look masculine enough for these Muslim Inquisitors. Young men are being kidnapped . They are then tortured and beaten up. Their hands are tied behind their backs and they are dragged out to public squares where, in the words of the Ayatollah, they are "put to death in the most extreme way of killing." Read shot in the back of the head.


And gets even worse. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran has unleashed the sex police in Iran. They not only prowl the streets. They also enter gay chat rooms, pose as homosexuals, invite gay men out on dates, and then, when the victim shows up at the proper place and time, he is arrested, tortured, and publicly executed--again with a bullet in the back of the head. Being the good neighbors that they are, the Iranian sex police are skipping over to Iraq where the same high tech method is being used on Iraqi homosexuals. Moreover, there are reports of Iranian interrogators speaking Persian with translators as they torture gay suspects.


As if we should be surprised. After liberating Iraq for the Iraqi people we find ourselves in a situation where the most influential political/religious movement in Iraq is headed not by an Iraqi, but by a native born Iranian. That's right. Satani--oops, I mean Sistani--was born and raised in Iran. He received his religious traning in Iran. And both he and the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq maintain close ties to Iran.


And what is the United States position on this? How do our officials and soldiers behave when leaders in the Iraqi gay community go to the Green Zone for help? Americans show their contempt. They don't help at all. Gays who seek help are ridiculed, humiliated, and turned away. You see, my pets. The United States thinks that it needs this so called Supreme Council. It believes in its heart of hearts that these right wing, theocractic thugs will stop the violence and avoid the civil war that the Bush Invasion has already unleashed. Indeed, the recently approved talks between the United States and Iran pertaining to the situation in Iraq were sponsored by (are you sitting?) the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq.


I really have to wonder. Just what are the policy makers in Washington thinking about. Just what in the hell are they thinking with? We keep hearing that the Bush Administration wants to promote "Democracy" in Iraq. Well, I don't know about you, sweet pea, but the last I knew the persecution of gay men and free thinking women are not characteristics of a healthy democracy. A democratically elected theocracy, yes, but not democracy as you and I would understand it.


Ciao


Daniel


For more information see Doug Ireland's blog, direland, specifically the posts tittled:


SHIA DEATH SQUADS TARGET IRAQI GAYS, US INDIFFERENT


and


IRAN EXECUTES TWO GAY TEENAGERS


The first article can also be found at GAY CITY NEWS


Surprise, Surprise. The Facts Really WERE Arranged Around the War.

You just have to give the Bush Regime credit. You no sooner think that it has reached an ultimate low and then we learn something that is even more depraved, more dishonest, and more manipulative than we had ever thought possible.
I am referring to the most recent Downing Street Memo which discloses a 31 January 2003 meeting between George W. Bush and The British Prime Minister, Tony Blair.

For hose of you who missed are interested, this memo (which is not receiving enough coverage from the Republican Propaganda machine that we laughingly call the mainstream media) reveals Bush in his true, murderous colors as he informed the British Prime Minister that he (Bush) had already made up his mind to go to war: regardless of what the weapons inspectors or the United Nations had to say about it. And to make the situation even more disgusting, Bush actually went so far as to suggest that we paint UW reconnaissance planes in United Nations colors in the hope that the Iraqis would shoot at it, thus persuading the UN to back the invasion that Bush had already decided to start.

In the past some of our critics have railed--often hysterically--because I have dared to compare the political tactics that were employed by the Bush regime to the Nazis during both, their rise to power and their march to war. And on a certain level I can understand why the blind, fanatical and easily duped would be offended. No one wants to admit that they have blood on their hands. No one wants to admit that they have been supportive of a corrupt, illegitimate regime which cannot live up to western standards of decency. But the fact of the matter is that Bush, for all his denials and blathering, has in fact emulated Adolf Hitler.

Bush wanted to provoke a war through a staged event, to provoke an attack on a fake UN airplane. Hitler employed a fake attack by fake Polish soldiers on a German radio station near the German-Polish border.

Said William L. Shirer

"Good propaganda, to be effective, as Hitler and Goebbels had learned from experience, needs more than words. It needs deeds, however much they have to be fabricated. Having convinced the German people...that the Poles had rejected Hitler's generous peace offer, there remained only the concocting of a deed which would 'prove that not Germany, but Poland, had attacked first.

"For the last shady business, it will be remembered the Germans, at Hitler's direction, had made careful preparations. For six days Alfred Naujocks, the intellectual SS ruffian, had been waiting at Gleiwitz on the Polish border to out a simulated Polish attack on the German radio station there. The plan had been revived. SS men outfitted in Polish Army uniforms were to do the shooting, and drugged concentration camp inmates were to be left dying as 'casualties'--this last delectable part of the operation had, as we have seen, the code name 'Canned Goods.' There were to be several such 'Polish Attacks' but the principal one was to be on the radio station at Gleiwitz." *

Now fast forward to the year 2003. After months of denial, the new memo reveals that Bush was determined to go to war, that the date had been set for either on or around March 10th, and that he wanted to "arrange" the diplomacy around the military objectives. And to make matters worse, Bush spoke candidly, stating that he did not expect to find weapons of mass destruction. This, surprise surprise, was the situation in 1939 when Hitler had already made up his mind to invade Poland. Like 2003, the diplomacy in 1939 had been arranged around Hitler's intention to wage war on a sovereign state.

What else can I say? This Administration is hopeless. I used to to think it was inept, that what we saw from George W. Bush and his inner circle of enablers was the result of Dry Drunk Syndrome. Then I thought it was sociopathic. Now I have decided that it is both. inept and sociopathic.

And if you ask me that is a definition of evil. How low can this administration go? I'm beginning to think that it's the only administration in the history of the American Republic which will find the bottom of a bottomless pit.


*Quote from The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich:
A History of Nazi Germany
By William L. Shirer
Pages 594-595
Simon and Schuster, New York, 1960

Saturday, March 25, 2006

THE APOCHRYPHAL GOSPEL OF W

Editor's note by Enlightenment
At Coalition we like to kid around from time to time. With that in mind I'd like to end the week on a humorous note before I come back on Monday. With that in mind, please allow me to offer...

THE APOCRYPHAL GOSPEL OF W

Some of you may or may not have noticed that the Bush Administration and its core group of supporters are apparently using an alternative version of the King James Bible with which most of us are unfamiliar.


After weeks of investigation I have finally found this rather unusual, thought-provoking, and often controversial volume. Ironically enough, it was discovered in an abandoned outhouse near the Bush, photo-op ranch near Crawford Texas along side the stained pages of a legitimate King James Bible on which Bush and his pseudo Christian followers have been wiping their neo-theocratic rectums for the past six years and three months.


Initially I suspected that Bush might have written this delusional volume by himself, but upon discovering that the lurid 1300 page text contained no misspelled words, I decided that a person who could not remember the first book he had ever read probably wouldn't have had the intellectual ability to write one.


To give you an idea as to the basic world view in the Bush bastardization of Christianity, we have included a few representative quotations from the apocryphal "The Gospel of W." Ironically, this particular Gospel seems to have a counterpart in Matthew, Chapter 5, specifically the Beatitudes, although the "Gospel of W" is clearly unrelated to any form of Christianity that a normal, fully-evolved human being might find inspiring .


Consider the following passage, Chapter 5, verses 1-11:


Seeing the cameras, Bush went up on Capital Hill and when he sat down his Cabinet came to him. And he opened his mouth and indoctrinated them.


"Blessed are the decadent who speak falsely about morals for they shall be trusted by the ignorant, gullible masses.


"Blessed are those who cause grief for they shall be feared and obeyed.


"Blessed are the rich and the powerful for they shall receive tax cuts.


"Blessed are those who crave and thirst power for they shall be the sons of a Bush.


"Blessed are the cruel for they shall be racists and homophobes.


"Blessed are the corrupt in heart for they shall write Republican economic policy.


"Blessed are the warmongers and the sociopaths for they shall direct Republican foreign policy.


"Blessed are those who persecute in the name of hate for they shall write Republican social policy.


"Blessed are you when you torture and torment. Rejoice and be glad for your reward is in the President's Cabinet, for so the narrow minded have repressed the weak and the vulnerable before you..."


Later in Chapter 5, verses 17-19 we find similar passages.


Think not that I have come to uphold the Amendments. I have come not to uphold them but to abolish them. For truly I say to you, that the Constitution shall not remain untouched while I reign supreme. Whoever protects the least of these statutes and teaches men so shall be carried away by the CIA, but he who undermines them and who obeys without question my very will, shall be called great on the Bush Supreme Court.


Passages such as these indicate quite clearly that the Bush Administration has adopted a policy of strict Social Darwinism and redefined it as "Christian" for purposes of public consumption. Those who wish to read an honest description of the Bush Administration and its basic philosophy without the Orwellian Christian rhetoric are encouraged to find an old copy of Anton LaVey's Satanic Bible.








Friday, March 24, 2006

What Color is the Sky on Donald Rumsfeld's Planet?

You just have to wonder. On which planet was Donald Rumsfeld born? Is there something about the earth's unique blend of oxygen, nitrogen and other trace gases which has had a detrimental effect on his obviously limited thought process or are the creatures from Neocon Prime just delusional by a deficit in their very inadequate evolution?

Only a few days ago I wrote about how the President had told the truth by accident and now it seems as if his number one incompetent is following suit. That's right. The Necons are again trying to change reality.

For those of you who missed Rumsfeld's latest bout with "foot in mouth disease," it seems as if the Ambassador of the Neocon Empire is now claiming that he had never predicted how long the Iraq war would last, claiming that he has "avoided predicting the timing."

There's just one problem with Mr. Rumsfeld's assertion.

It isn't true.

During November 2002, when the Regime was trying to sell this debacle, they openly bragged about the brevity of their proposed debacle. Said Donald Rumsfeld: "The gulf war in 1990 lasted five days on the ground. I can't tell you if a use of force in Iraq today would last five days, or five weeks, or five months, but it certainly isn't going to last any longer than that." Only a few months late , in February 2003 (before a friendly crowd of American troops), Rumsfeld repeated his lie in a slightly mutated form, quipping: "It is not knowable how long that conflict would last. It could last six days, six weeks, I doubt six months."

Ahhhh....Excuse me Mister Rumsfeld, but the last time I looked at my calendar it was March 2006, and your flower laden cakewalk hasn't lasted for six months. it has lasted for a horrific thirty-six months (three years, if you will) and his emptly vessel of a leader is now telling us that we will be there for years to come.

Nor was Mister Rumsfeld alone in his optimism. During the run up to our invasion, Wisconsin Public Radio presented a wide range of experts from both sides of the political spectrum. Those on the left were warning us about the dangers of invading a sovereign nation, insisting that we would find ourselves in the middle of a guerrilla war and that we would be there for years to come. In sharp contrast those on the right were predicting a cake walk, a shower of candy and flowers for the liberating troops; that they would be home in six to twelve months.

Well, my fellow Americans, I don't know how to tell you this, but the Neocon Imperialists were wrong then and they are wrong now.

Despite the President's moronic attempt to blame the messenger (i.e. the media), the truth of the matter is that American soldiers are still being killed and disabled in Iraq. The president's fifth column supporters claim that the war is going so much better because the number of U.S. deaths has gone down, but they conveniently fail to mention is that the number of wounded American troops has actually gone up--along with the number of killed and wounded Iraqis.

Someone should really tell Mister Rumsfeld that he is no longer living on Neocon Prime where he can change the truth to protect a corrupt or incompetent leader from justly deserved criticism. And while I appreciate a good yard as the next guy, I still have to wonder...

What color is the sky on the sky on Donald Rumsfeld's home planet?



Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Welcome to 1984

"Did you realize that the past, starting with yesterday, had been actually abolished? It survives anywhere. its in a few solid objects with no words attached to them, like that lump of glass there. Already we know almost literally nothing about the Revolution and the years before the Revolution. Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book has been rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street and building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And that process is continuing day by day and minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right. "

George Orwell
1984

Are we living in the United States or in George Orwell's Oceania? After six years of Bush and the Neocons I scarcely recognize the United States as the country in which I was born and raised.

Brandon and I have aways said that "the only way [this administration] would ever tell thew truth would be if it were to do so by mistake." Now, after nearly six years of Orwellian rhetoric, historical revision, and out right prevarication, the Demander and Thief, our magnificent Mortimer Snerd act-alike has finally, finally made the huge mistake of telling the truth--albeit by accident.

For those of you who missed the following exchange in the President's recent pit stop in Cleveland, I offer the following snippet of dialogue between Bush and a concerned member of the audience.

QUESTIONER: Mister President, at the beginning of your talk today, you mentioned that you understand why Americans have had their confidence shaken by events in Iraq. And I'd like to ask you about events that occurred three years ago that might also explain why confidence has been shaken. Before we went to war in Iraq you said that there were three main reasons for going to war in Iraq: weapons of mass destruction, the claim that Iraq was sponsoring terrorists that attacked us on 911, and that Iraq had purchased nuclear materials from Niger. All three of these turned out to be false. My question is, how do we restore confidence that Americans may have in their leaders and how can they be sure that that the information thy are getting now is correct?

BUSH: That's a great question. First let me correct a misperception. I don't think we ever said, at least I know I didn't say, that there was a direct connection between September the 11th and Saddam Hussein. We did say that he was a state sponsor of terror, but I was very careful never to say that Saddam Hussein ordered the attack on America.

Now compare that remark to what Bush said in his January 2003 State of the Union Address:


"Saddam Hussein aids and protects terrorists, including members of Al Qaeda. Secretly and without fingerprints, he could provide one of his hidden weapons to terrorists or help them develop one of their own. Before September 11th many in the world believed that Saddam Hussein could be contained..."

Only a few months later, in March 2003, Bush informed the united States Congress that:

"The use of armed forces against Iraq is consistent with the United States and other countries continuing to take the necessary action against international terrorists and terrorist organizations, including those nations, organizations or person (sic) who planned, authorized,committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001"

No, you aren't imagining things; the remarks from January 2003 and March 2003 openly contradict the remarks that Bush made in Cleveland in March 2003. And to make matters even worse, he isn't the only one in this God-awful administration who can't get his story straight. During the course of the 2004 Vice Presidential debate, Dick Cheney offered this pearl of wisdom:

"I have not suggested there is a connection between Iraq and 911. But there is clearly an established Iraqi track record with terror. And the point is that that's the place where you're most likely to see terrorists come together with weapons of mass destruction, the deadly technologies that Saddam Hussein had developed and used over the years."

But prior to the debates, however, Cheney, like Bush, had also attempted to paste Osama Bin Laden's beard on Saddam Hussein:

"If we're successful in Iraq, then we will have struck a major blow right at the heart of the base, if you will, the geographic base of the terrorists who have had us under assault now for many years but most especially on 911."

In so many ways this administration has begun to resemble the repressive dystopia that we found in George Orwell's 1984. Granted, we haven't had Scott McClellen appearing at a White house briefing, telling us that the United States and The former Soviet Union were allies against international terrorism during the Cold War; and we haven't rewritten the history books so that the neocons leader of choice won World War II, but how bad does it have to get?

These people are living in a fantasy world. They have so isolated themselves from the outside world that they not only create reality as they go along, they expect the American people to accept the illusions they're spinning as historical fact.

During the run up to the invasion of Iraq, when it was politically convenient to associate Saddam Hussein with Osama Bin Laden, the Bush Administration openly linked the two individuals together, blissfully promoting the idea that Saddam and Osama were mortal enemies. But now, when their pre-invasion rhetoric has come back to haunt them, they have altered the past, inadvertently telling the truth as they deny their outrageous prevarications.

Luckily we have a level of technology which prevents a complete rewriting of the historical record, but that hasn't stopped the Bush Administration from trying. Whether it's sealed records, or secrecy, or a myriad of self-contradicting explanations for their destructive, death-obsessed policies, the fact of the matter remains that this administration can only tell the truth by mistake.

We'll try not to worry when the Neocons tell us that "War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, and Ignorance is Strength."



Tuesday, March 21, 2006

He is shocked, SHOCKED! We Are Not...

For some bizarre, unspoken reason George W. Bush was shocked, shocked, to learn that his friend and cronie, Claude Allen had been scamming Target stores to the tune of more than $5,000.

For the life of me, I can't figure out why Bush is surprised at all. One of the most unusual characteristics of this administration is the manner in which it has manipulated and exploited Christianity for its selfish, often murderous ends.

To be frank, I really can't discern which mindset we're dealing with here.

On the one hand I suspect that many Radical Right Christians aren't even Christians at all, that they have merely taken a violent, death-obsessed, reactionary agenda and appended the name of Jesus Christ to it for political expediency. In which case we're talking about blatant duplicity, perhaps even sociopathy.

This wouldn't be the first time that a far right group had exploited the name of Christ Jesus to achieve a very anti-christian objective. We've seen it before. Televangelist con men who were caught using prostitutes and skimming money out of their ministries as they lived very non-Christian life styles; sexual sadists who tortured supposed witches to obtain confessions; leaders who use the word of God to justify everything from torture to war crimes.

But there's an alternative theory which I find equally compelling, and to be frank, just a little more frightening.

What if, during the course of their spiritual journey, the Radical Right Christians not only convinced themselves that they were doing God's work, but convinced themselves that they were beyond concepts of good and evil? Suppose--just suppose--that their spirituality devolved to the point where they believed that they were so pure, and so holy that they could do anything and it would still be acceptable in the eyes of their angry, vengeful God? In other words, they are only doing what God would do if God only knew what was going on down here.

Those of you who have read our posts here on The Coalition know that this phrase is a favorite with my son Brandon and my best friend, Advocate 1; we use on a regular basis, but suppose for a moment, that it is true. Suppose, for a moment that they really do believe that the Deity sits up and night to admire them. Suppose that they really do believe that the ends will justify the means and that God will look upon them with loving, forgiving eyes because they were doing his will.

Would this not make them as dangerous as any group of fascists, or communists, or Islamicists that the world has ever seen?

Granted, the Radical Right Christians have yet to crash three airliners into three strategic targets, but like their Islamic counterparts, Al Qaeda and the Taliban, they are apparently willing to bend and distort the teachings of their own faith as they attempt to impose that faith on others. And if you want to look at the agendas involved, philosophically Al Qaeda and the Taliban and the Radical Christian Right have a great deal in common.

*Both believe that women should be submissive and obedient to men .

*Both are virulently opposed to the idea of gay rights

*Both are anti-choice

*Both would like to see Republics (i.e. Theocracies) established in the name of their respective deities.

*Both believe that the right to govern stems from God, not from the people, that God alone should rule.

*Both are xenophobic, viewing "outsiders" with distrust and often hate. Dissenters are consdiered evil, demonic or subhuman.

*Both believe strongly in the death penalty

*Both are unforgiving and rigid, insisting on only one interpretation of the holy text--their own--as the one and only true version

The only differences are in their methodologies. While radical Islamicists are content to use both, politics and the ballot box to create their repressive Islamic Republics, the Radical Christian Right is content to use the power of Jesus-coated politics to establish a Christian Republic here in the United States. Beyond that the final objective seems to be the same: theocracies in which a very narrow interpretation of a given holy text will serve as the governing document, with nonbelievers delegated to second class citizenship or worse. Read persecution.

With a mindset like that should we really be surprised when people like Mr. Allen walk into a Target store, purchase home entertainment equipment, take the item to the car, and then go back to the store with the recipt in hand so that he can swipe the same item off the shelf and get a refund?

Probably not.

Should we be surprised by the fact that the same anti-choice fanatic, the same indivdiaul who refered to gays and lesbians as "queers," and who imposed strict regiments of abstience only, should prove to be an over-glorified shop-lifter?

Of course not.

Pride and arrogance are a part of the general mindset, the overall pathology, and when it comes to Bush and his crime family, they seem to have taken those characteristics to the ultimate extreme. We've all seen how this administration can twist the truth; how it distorts language; how it can kill civilians (women and children included) and send young soldiers to die in a foreign occupation without so much as a single, solitary glimmer of conscience.

Bush and his toadies have reached the point where questions of good and evil no longer matter. They themselves are beyond good and evil. They are doing The Lord's work and The Lord will sanction any abuse or violation of the holy text so long as those violations achieve the Lord's end.

Of course it could just be that the American Taliban lacks anything which even resembles a conscience--in which case we're dealing with religious inspired sociopathy. In either case I am no longer surprised by anything this administration says or does.

Embarassed by them, yes.

Disgusted with them, certainly.

Angered, of course.

But surprised? Not for a minute.

Monday, March 20, 2006

All Good Things...

As the old saying goes, "all good things must come to an end."

When Danny and Brandon asked me to join Coalition I had no idea that my business would consume so much time, although I should have known better. I'm sure many of you know how difficult it can be--trying to run a successful enterprise and managing a personal life at the same time.

This is the situation in which I find myself. So, rather than sit by and do almost nothing while my mates carry all the water and wonder why I'm not living up to their expectations, I have opted to submit by resignation at the present time.

I want to thank all of you for the opportunity, even though I didn't get a chance to use it on a regular basis. I wish all of you the best of luck, and who knows? You may even see me in your commentary forum from time to time.

Thank you again,

CJ

I PREFER THE CONSTITUTION

Editor's note:


Portions of the following post can be found on a previous post title "LETTER FROM THE BISHOP: GAYS AND LESBIANS GO TO HELL," which I wrote with my team member, Daniel Gallagher. At the time I wanted to include more material about the manner in which a literal interpretation of the King James Bible might prove detrimental to women, but as the post grew longer and more complicated, Daniel and I decided to cut some material. After talking to Daniel (who is scheduled to be released from the hospital today after a nasty brush with pneumonia), I have decided to present an alternative version of the same post; replete with the edited material I hope you enjoy it.


Enlightenment



I PREFER THE CONSTITUTION
WHY THE BIBLE IS A POOR MODEL FOR GOOD GOVERNMENT


By Enlightenment and Daniel Gallagher


I don't know what things are like in your state, but here in Wisconsin the Republican controlled Legislature recently proposed a Constitutional Amendment which, while claiming to protect heterosexual marriage, would both, outlaw gay marriage and civil unions between gays as well as civil unions between heterosexual couples.


First, please let me say that these marriage protection amendments fly in the face of everything the far right has ever told us about personal responsibility. When my wife, Rachel, and I took our wedding vows we promised to love and honor; we promised to remain loyal to one another in both, sickness and in health until death do us part. In other words, our marriage--the health and vitality of our relationship--is our personal responsibility. And yet the Christian Right really believes that healthy, heterosexual marriages will be threatened by what the gay or lesbian couple down the road are doing in the privacy of their own bedroom. To quote one of my team members on Coalition, "if you're worried about what Adam and Steve are going to do to the sanctity of your marriage bed, you don't need a constitutional amendment, you need a marriage counselor, and badly."


Another argument, which I find equally imbecilic, is the idea that gay marriage will lead to bestiality, incest, or polygamy. In the area of Wisconsin where I live, the county board, during a foolish debate over whether or not it should approve a a local measure supporting a marriage protection amendment, drifted off on a demented tirade about how gay marriage would result in people wanting to have sexual relations with animals. Excuse me. When was the last time you heard a mainstream argument promoting sexual relations between Mister Smith and his loyal Doberman, Fido. Do you think having sexual relations with your Doberman is normal? Do you know anyone, either gay or straight, who wants to have a passionate affair with a German Shepherd? Of course not. How many people do you know who are demanding state sanctioned coitus between parents and children; between brothers and sisters? I would suggest that such examples are extremely, extremely rare, incest still being recognized as a type of abuse between related individuals. And if you want to talk about polygamy...I would remind the readers that the only people (at least in America) who are proposing this alternative life style, are right wing Mormons who view women as little more than property. But that doesn't stop the Christian Right from both, obsessing over the dirty parts of the Bible and from clouding the issues with these foolish, foolish non issues which are only intended to disguise and conceal the true purpose behind these so called "marriage protection amendments."


Red herrings not withstanding, marriage protection amendments are nothing more than another step towards the idee fixe of the ultra-fundamentalist right: the creation of a Christian Republic, a fundamentalist theocracy in which the King James Bible would replace the United States Constitution as the framing document.



But that doesn't change the fact that America has made beneficial progress on those occasions when it has interpreted the Holy Bible to mean the opposite of what it actually says, when we adopted an inspired, not a literal interpretation of the text.

European monarchies, including Great Britain, once maintained that The King ruled by Divine Right. That may sound repugnant to our readers, but it can actually be supported from a Biblical point of view. The primary forms of government which are mentioned in the Holy Bible are theocracies, monarchies, and military dictatorships. Christ may have reached his highest degree of eloquence in the two great sermons (some might actually that one was only a retelling of the other), but he never really endorsed a specific form of government, representative forms included. In addition, the Bible is replete with commands to obey the repressive governments which were in power at the time the various books therein were written. Indeed, those who seek to undermine the American Constitution argue that the power to govern flows from God--a belief which is diametrically opposed to the American understanding that the right to govern flows from the people. That more or less flies in the face of the American system which is based on the premise that the people have the right to question or even change their elected government. To be succinct, the Bible quite literally endorses repressive, non-representative government, and yet we had a revolution to free ourselves from a corrupt monarchy with an established (Anglican) church.



Slavery is another troublesome issue. Anyone with a conscience and an IQ above 60 knows--or should know-- that slavery is wrong, and yet the culture which produced the Old and New Testaments openly endorsed slavery as a viable and honorable practice.



If we take a literal interpretation of The Bible, slavery is instituted by Noah in Genesis 9:20-27. The American Abolitionists maintained that God disapproved of slavery based on the events described in the Book of Exodus, the freeing of the Hebrew Slaves, but what the Abolitionists ignored, and what the dyed in the wool Southern racists did not, was that the Hebrews then turned around and re-instituted the same practice under which they had suffered in Egypt.



Even the 10 Commandments make a reference to slavery. In Exodus 20:17 we read "you shall not covet your neighbor's house, you shall not covet your neighbors wife or his maidservant, or his ox, or his ass, or anything that is your neighbors." Note also that this particular interpretation equates women with animals such as ox and asses. Only a few verses later, in Exodus 21: 1-11 we find guidelines for the conduct of the slave trade; and in Exodus 21:20-21 we find this peculiar tidbit: "When a man strikes his slave, male or female with a rod and the slave dies under his hand, he shall be punished. But if the slave survives a day or two, he is not to be punished for the slave is his money." Similar regulations appear in Leviticus 25: 44-55. So much for the sanctity of human life.



The Old Testament is littered with references to slavery and the New Testament is no better. In 1 Timothy 6:1-2 we read: "Let all who are under the yoke of slavery regard their master as as worthy of all honor, so that the name of God and the teaching may not be defamed. Those who have disbelieving masters must not be disrespectful on the ground that they are brethren, rather they must serve all the better, since those who benefit by their service are believers and beloved." In 1 Peter 2:18-20 we find the following: "servants be submissive to your masters with all respect, not only to the kind and gentle, but also to the overbearing. For one is approved, if mindful of God, he endures pain while suffering unjustly." Similar passages appear in Ephesians 6:5, Colossians 3:22, and Titus 2:9.



Despite the fact that Christ traveled in a society that was populated by servants and masters, he did very little to outlaw the barbaric practice of slavery itself. Rather, His Apostles not only refused to condemn slavery, they required slaves to be obedient--even to cruel masters. And if you wants to talk about the morality of the early church fathers and Protestant reformers, I would remind the would be theocrats out there that St. Thomas Aquinas, Martin Luther, and John Calvin had all been slave owners at various times in their careers.



The United States, however, had a civil war which was based on the premise that slavery was wrong. We interpreted the Bible to mean the opposite of what it actually said, and a great scourge was cleansed from our country because we refused to adopt an evil interpretation, of an archaic text. Putting it another way, we made progress for the good when we interpreted the Bible to mean the opposite of what it actually says.



Shall we talk about women? After Eve tempts Adam in the Garden of Eden, we get the following rant against females in Genesis, Chapter 3: "I will greatly multiply your pain in childbearing; in pain you shall bring forth children, yet your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you." With the only a few exceptions, women are treated like property throughout most of the Biblical text. In 1 Timothy 2:8-15 we read: "I desire then that in every place the men should pray, lifting holy hands without anger or quarreling, also that women should adorn themselves modestly and sensibly in seemly apparel, not braided hair or gold or pearls, or costly attire, but by good deeds as befits women who profess religion. Let women learn in silence with all submissiveness. I permit no woman to teach or have authority over men; she is to keep silent. For Adam was created first, then Eve; and Adam was not deceived and became a transgressor. Yet woman will be saved through bearing children, if she continues in faith and love and holiness, with modesty."



In 1 Peter 3:1-6 we read this. "Likewise you wives, be submissive to your husbands, so that some, though they do not obey the word, may be won without a word by the behavior of their wives, when they see your reverent and chaste behavior, Let not yours be the outward adorning, with braiding of hair, decoration of gold, and wearing of robes, but let it be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable jewel of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God's sight is very precious. So once the holy women who hoped in God used to adorn themselves and were submissive to their husbands, as Sarah obeyed Abraham calling him lord..."

And if you want a real hoot, I suggest the following snippet from 1 Corinthians, Chapter 11, where the author sounds like the Prophet Mohammad: "Neither was man created for woman, but woman for man. That is why a woman ought to have a veil on her head because of the angels." Then there's the old time classic from 1 Corinthians, Chapter 14, which reads: "As in the churches of the saints, the women should keep silence in the churches, for they are not permitted to speak, but should be subordinate as the law says. If there is anything they desire to know, let them ask their husbands at home, for it is shameful for a woman to speak in church."


Basically, the Biblical attitude towards women* can be summed up as follows:


1. Women should learn in silence and subjugation. (1 Timothy 2:11-14)


2. Women should not teach. (1 Timothy 2:11-14)


3. Women should not have authority over men but should remain silent. (1 Timothy 2:11-14)


4. Adam and Eve were not equal in sin. Adam was not deceived but Eve was. (Genesis 3:12-16 and 1 Timothy 2:11-14 )


5. Women are commanded to be under obedience to men. God ordained that men shall for all time rule over women. ( Genesis 3:12-16)


6. Women must keep silent in Churches. It is shameful for them to open their mouths therein. If they have a question they should ask their husbands before going to church and then their husbands will ask for them in the church. (1 Corinthians 14:34)


7. A woman should neither pray nor profess with her head uncovered. (1 Corinthians 11:13)


8. If a woman prays with her head uncovered then she might as well shave her head. (1 Corinthians 11:5-10)


9. Man was created in the image and glory of God, and Woman was created in the glory of Man, thus Man must have power over her. (1 Corinthians 11:5-10)


10. Any woman who delivers a male baby shall be unclean for one week. But any woman who delivers a female baby shall be unclean for TWO weeks. Thus, females make their mothers DOUBLY unclean as compared to males. (Leviticus 12: 2-5)


11. While it is possible to find one upright man in every thousand, it is impossible to find even one single upright woman in every thousand. (Ecclesiastics 7:26-28)


12. Woman is a snare, her heart is a trap, and her hands are chains. The man who pleases God will escape her, but she will ensnare the sinner. (Ecclesiastics 7:26-28)


13. If a woman had her period and touches a chair or a bed or anything else then that item immediately becomes unclean. Anyone who then touches those things shall also become unclean. They must then bathe themselves and wash their clothes because they have touched an item that a menstruous woman has touched. (Leviticus 15:19-30)

Today we recognize this for what it is--overt sexism. Instead of embracing a literal interpretation of the text, we passed a Constitutional Amendment, gave women the right to vote, and have, on the whole, embraced the idea of equal rights and equal opportunities for women. Women are free to speak in American churches, while some denominations embrace the idea of female pastors.


In each of these cases we, as a society, agreed that The Bible and the early Church fathers had it wrong; we eased the obvious cognitive dissonance by interpreting the Bible to mean the opposite of what it actually said, and society made tremendous advances.


And the same thing will almost certainly happen when we grant equal marriage rights to gays and lesbians.




*See "WOMEN IN CHRISTIANITY AND ISLAM" for more information about the treatment of women.

Saturday, March 18, 2006

GET WELL DANNY!


I thought our readers would want to know that Danny Gallagher has been in the hospital for a few days with an unusually stubborn case of pneumonia. Advocate 1, Kelli, and I went to see him last night and he's doing a little better but he certainly doesn't feel up to running any races for the time being.
On the bright side, he is expected to make a full recovery and he'll be back here with his Coalition friends when he has fully recovered. Pneumonia tends to be a little tricky. If you don't rest, drink your fluids, and do what the good old doctor says you should, you can relapse very quickly and very easily. With that in mind I'm sure that you will all join me in wishing Danny a full recovery no matter how long it takes.
From the crew at the Coalition for a Republican-Free America...
GET WELL SOON DANNY!

Friday, March 17, 2006

THIS IS AN OUTRAGE!!!!!!

I am shocked! Shocked!

When I opened the flier in my local paper I was horrified to discover that the front page was crowded advertisements, all of which had been designed to sell corned beef, cabbage, and Irish soda bread. As I turned the page I found additional sales for potatoes: Idaho bakers, Wisconsin Russets, Yukon golds; you name it.

After recovering from the initial shock I decided to overlook the shock of this crass commercialism and decided to venture out to my favorite market, secure in the fact that I would be able to avoid the temptation from the local shopper advertiser. But when I stepped through the front store I was horrified. Absolutely horrified. Staring me in the face were display signs filled with big green shamrocks and--can you believe it?--leprechauns.

And it wasn't going to get any better. As I grabbed my cart and barrelled down the center aisle towards the milk and fresh produce, I was affronted by rows and rows of jelly beans, marshmallow chicks, and chocolate Easter bunnies. Even more offensive, were the in store advertisements, the big tawdry display signs of bipedal rabbits holding straw baskets filled with colored, boiled eggs and brightly colored candies on a bed of green, plastic straw.

Maybe it's me, but I have come to believe that this is an affront to everything that I hold sacred and decent. In my opinion this is a war against Christmas! Everyone knows that Christ was really born in the spring! But did I see any manger scenes, or wise men? Nooooo. All I saw were images of cartoon bunnies and fattening candies. In my opinion Saint Patrick's Day and Easter have become Satanic tools in the left wing, secular, commie-pinko, socialistic, communistic war against Christmas and I am not going to shop at any store which refuses to recognize Christ's birthday in March or April.

Thank you for your time and attention

Brian.

PS

HAPPY SAINT PATRICK'S DAY!
Erin Go Bragh!

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

ODDS AND ENDS,: An Impromptu Rant From The Left

The following is an excerpt from a speech which George W. Bush delivered to a closed session of the United States Senate on February 29, 2006.

"It is with great reluctance that I have agreed to this calling. I love democracy... I love America... I am mild by nature, and I do not desire to see the destruction of democracy. The power you give me I will lay down when this crisis has abated, I promise you...We stand on the threshold of a new beginning! In order to ensure our security and continuing stability, the American Republic will be reorganized into the first American Empire, for a safe and secure society which I assure you will last for ten thousand years. An empire that will continue to be ruled by this august body, and by myself as the sovereign ruler chosen for life . An empire ruled by the majority. Ruled by a Christian constitution for millennium to come."*

Only later, when the dark night of theocracy spread itself across the face of the former American Republic did the people realize the true nature of George W. Bush, did they respond and take action. But by that time it was too late. The Imperial instinct had been deeply ingrained, and the...

All right, it probably isn't quite that bad--at least not yet--but only a fool can deny that this country is taking very real and troubling steps towards totalitarianism. As a continuation of Halcyon67's post, We Need New Democractic Senators, I would suggest that the last thing we need is two Republican Parties. Like Halcyon, I am disgusted by the compliant behavior of the Democractic Party as it crawls into bed with its Republican counterpart. And to connect Halcyon's post about the Democractic Senators with my satirical opening about the Stars Wars Trilogies, I would remind our readers that we are at a vital junction in our nation's history and that the so called "loyal opposition" is doing its best to emulate the ruling regime in Washington.


I'm sorry, but it seems to me that the Democractic Party has all the backbone of Jello on a hotplate. In Russ Feingold's effort to censure George W. Bush for his crimes against the American Constitution, we have a very mild and moderate method by which we can remind both, George W. Bush and the American people, that this is a Representative Republic, a Constitutional government with a legal separation of powers. The Feingold solution does not put the entire country through the exhaustive, hand wringing experience of an impeachment; it does not send the President to jail; it does not demand that he make financial restitution; in fact, it does very little to him. But it does remind him, and his backers, and the American people, that the executive branch is only one of three branches of government. This may come as a shock and a revelation to the Republicans--and perhaps to a good number of democrats--but this is not a one branch system of government. The United States of America is based on a separation of powers. The President is only an elected official, and a temporary one at that. Despite right wing distortions of the framing document, he does not have the right to break the law. Not even during a time of war. Unfortunately, the United States Senate doesn't get this.


We saw the true nature of the United States Senate when Senator Pat Roberts gave his beloved President a pass on the domestic spying scandal. Not to be outdone, the Democrats have now backstabbed one of their own as they relenquish more power to the President of the United States. I know, I know, we're talking about Senator Feingold, but the issues are related. Instead of backing a viable alternative to the corruption that has been coming out of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue since January 2001, the Democractic Senators have again acquiesced to the right, this time betraying one of their own kind.

And the thing that frightens me the most is that I am no longer surprised by any of this. Disgusted? Yes. Angered? You betcha. But surprised? Not in the least. You'd think that at some point the Senators, both Democractic and Republican would tell themselves: "I am an American first. I swore to uphold and defend the American Constitution. I believe in the rule of law and the Bill of Rights." After that, they might just tell themselves: "I am an American Senator, I have a duty to this august body." And, at some point you might even expect them to say something to the effect of: "I have a duty to the American people."

But this isn't happening. Instead they ask what they can do for themselves. They ask what they can do to avoid confrontation. They ask how they can place more power in the hands of an already too powerful presidency. And then they expect us to behave as if this were all normal.

Well, friends and neighbor's, I have news for everyone. This is not normal.

America is not a global empire; America is not a theocracy; America is not a dictatorship; America is not a totalitarian power. For the time being at least, we are still a Representative Republic. And yet, the Democratic Party is behaving in a manner which is almost guaranteed to produce more defeats and set backs in the 2006 elections.

In 2000 they ran a wet dish rag of a candidate who didn't even have the courage to challenge the end results of a very corrupt electoral process. In 2002 they didn't have the courage nor the intelligence to defend themselves against outrageous accusations of treason. In 2004 they ran yet another wet dish rag for president, who both, failed to distinguish himself from the regime in Washington, and who failed to respond when his character was smeared by a pack of congenital liars. And now the Democrats--who are acting more like Country Club Republicans than bona fide liberals--are making the same stupid mistakes which have brought them nothing but defeat since the year 2000.

Fellow liberals, fellow Democrats, allow me explain a few facts of life. Since you seem to be too self-involved, or too cowardly, or too obtuse to figure this out for yourselves, I shall endeavor to point the way for you. We do not need two Republican Parties. The one we have is bad enough, we don't need to double our misery by emulating them in any way, shape or form.

To paraphrase the late President Harry Truman, if you run a real Democrat against a real Republican, the real Democrat will almost invariably win. But if you run a real Republican against a phony Republican, the real Republican will almost invariably win.


Which brings me back to the topic at hand.

Why, why, are Democrats so scared to differentiate themselves from the President and his very sociopathic party? Look at the President's approval ratings. Depending on the poll in question we're talking about 34 to 38 percent. Vice President Dick Cheney is hovering at the 18 to 20 percent mark. I can understand the temptaion to sit back and allow the Republicans to implode, but I would remind the readers that doing nothing is not an option. We cannot replace something with nothing. We need to state our arguments. We need to tell the American people, prove to the American people, that we can do a lot better than we're doing right now.

We know that clean air and fresh water are superior to smoke-filled air and toxic lakes. We know that providing health insurance for each and every American is better than allowing more than 40 million Americans to go uninsured. We know that clean government is better than corruption. We know that government of the people, by the people, and for the people is better than an oligarchy of the unelected, corporate few. We know that people should be rewarded for hard work and we know that it is not immoral to help people when they're down and out. But to listen to my fellow Democrats as they run from their liberal values and take cover under the sheets with the nearest Republican/corporate whore, you'd think that we were living in a one [Republican] Party system.

So let me say this to my fellow Democrats. I do not want to be a Republican. I do not want to be ruled by a Republican Oligarchy, and I do not--repeat, DO NOT--want the Democratic Party to behave like the Republican Party. I want to hear precise, easy to understand arguments which explain why our policies are superior to the failed policies of the Bush administration, corporate America, and the Radical Christian Right. I want to support a party that does not tell me that government should be run like a business, but I DO want to support a party which tells the American people that the business of government is good, clean democracy.

Take my word for it. Cowardace didn't work in 2000; it didn't work in 2002; it didn't work in 2004 and it will not work in 2006. We can't beat something with nothing. Ladies and gentlemen, we need to express your ideas. We need to present yourselves as a viable alternatives to the bizarre collection of megalomaniacs and power addicts which we currently call the Bush Administration.

We do not need another Republican Party.

*Quotes paraphrased from:

STAR WARS II: ATTACK OF THE CLONES

and

STAR WARS III: REVENGE OF THE SITH








Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Will the Catholic Church EVER Get Real?

In the Vatican's ongoing attempt to create a world wide theocracy over the dead body of representative government, the Archdiocese in Boston is now seeking permission to skirt Massachusetts State Adoption Laws which forbid discrimination against gays and lesbians.

Why does this not surprise me? This after all was the same church (some might call it a foreign power) which assisted Bush during the 2004 campaign. Should we really be surprised by the fact that a foreign power which influenced an American election would now chime in on the side of the hate mongering right which is opening persecuting gays and lesbians in its terrorist campaign to achieve supremacy in the United States of America? Probably not. But the thing that annoys me is that while the Catholic Church in Rome, and its knuckle-dragging followers here in the United States are trying to revive the Catholic War against freedom and tolerance, the United States government is both, giving financial assistance to Catholic Schools and granting tax free status to a foreign power which is openly trying to undermine American civil liberties and democracy in general.

How many times have we heard the following argument?

We can't listen to what a majority of American Catholics believe about birth control; we can't give men and women control over their own reproduction rights because the church is not a democratic institution.

And yet, for reasons which defy explanation, the United States government is allowing this fifth column to get off Scott free, granting it tax free status and supporting Catholic Madrases--ur ah Parochial Schools-- so that right wing religious fanatics can drag us back to the bad old days when the Church was waging a war against modernity--modernity including everything from the right of labor unions to peacefully assemble to freedom of religion on which our religious liberty is founded.

Instead of supporting an organization which places the values of theocracy, and hate-mongering over democracy and tolerance, we should strip the Catholic Church of its tax free status, cut off all funding to Catholic institutions, and then treat this over-glorified cult in the same way that we would treat a corrupt political organization. If the church wants to meddle in our democratic process, and if it wants to grab temporal power while it hides behind a cloak of Christian hypocrisy, then we can ignore the "Christian" double talk and concentrate on the political dirty tricks for which the current Pope is so well known.

Whether it's Roman Catholicism or American Fundamentalism, or the unholy alliance between the right wing elements thereof, it's time to send a message to religious institutions in general. If you're going to get political, and if you're going to use the power of your church to undermine the United States government and its political process, you should be prepared to give up your unfairly protected status.

Ciao

Daniel

PS. For more about the Catholic Church, adoption, and homosexuals, please see the following articles.

Bishops to Oppose Adoption by Gays


and

Bishops Dealt Setback in Pursuit of Gay Adoption Exemption

Ciao

Daniel

Monday, March 13, 2006

DONALD RUM'FELD'S LOONY STRIKE FORCE BAND



            Donald Rumsfeld's Loony Strike Force Band
 

DONALD RUM'FELD'S LOONY STRIKE FORCE BAND!  

 

Based on "Sergeant Pepper"s Lonely Hearts Club Band"

 

By John Lennon and Paul McCartney.   

 

New lyrics by Jeff and Brandon

 

It was 30 months ago tonight

Donald Rummy sent the boys to fight

And he says he's never gonna be foiled

But we know it's all about the oil

So may we introduce to you

The lies you've known for all these years!

Donald Rum'feld's Loony Strike Force Band!

 

They're Donald Rum'felds Loony Strike Force Band

They hope you will enjoy his war

They're Donald Rum'feld's loony Strike Force Band

They're laughing as they go too far!

 

Donald Rum'feld's Loony

Donald Rum'feld's Loony

Donald Rum'feld's Loony Strike Force Band

 

It's horrible to be there

They sure do love to kill

We're such a trusting foolish bunch

They want a brand now power bass

They want to stay in power!

 

They don't really wanna stop the war!

And they're never gonna stop the gore!

So people go along for now

No one's ever gonna ask him how

 

So let us introduce to you

The lies we've known for all these years

Donald Rum'feld's Loony Strike Force Band!

 

 

 

WITH A TOM DELAY FROM MY FRIENDS

 

  To be sung to the tune of "With a Little Help From My Friends,"

 

by John Lennon and Paul McCartney.   

 

New lyrics by Jeff and Brandon

 

What would you do if I told a damned lie?
Would you stand up and walk out on me?

What would you do if I salted the votes?

Would you change the old rules to help me?

 

I get off with a Tom Delay from my friends

I get off with a couple lies from my friends

I'll play golf with a little help from my friends

 

What would you do if I redrew the lines

Does it worry you to think I'd win?

How do you feel when I toss out the rules?

Will the court still try and stick its nose in?

 

No I get off with a Tom Delay from my friends

I get off with a couple lies from my friends

Going to bribe with a little help from my friends

 

Did I fool anybody?

Enough to Speak for the House

I deceive everybody!

They'll never know I'm a louse

 

Would you believe I'm a really nice guy

If I handed you a couple of thou?

What would you do if I threatened a judge?

Would you bother to ask why and how?

 

Oh I get off with a Delay from my friends!

Oh I get off with a couple lies from my friends!

Going to bribe with a little help from my friends

 

I don't need anybody!

The Congress can go straight to hell

I'm above everybody 

I'll get a new lie to sell

 

Oh I get off with a Delay from my friends

Oh I get off with a couple lies from my friends

Going to bribe with a little help from my friends

Oh get off with a little help from my friends

With a Delay from my friends!

 

 

KEEPING YOU ALIVE FOR NOTHING

 

Based on "Lucy In the Sky With Diamonds"

 

By John Lennon and Paul McCartney

 

New lyrics by Jeff and Brandon

 

Picture yourself on a hospital daybed

A tube in your side, your E.E.G . flat

Suddenly someone is there his morals

A Neocon says, "You can't die just yet."

Monitors beeping, machines pump your blood,

Oxygen goes to your head

Your body is living,your brain is done in

You're not gone

 

CHORUS

Keeping you alive to suffer!

Keeping you alive for nothing!

Keeping you alive for ever

Ohhhh ohhhhh

 

Instruments prodding and needles are poking

Doctors and nurses are keeping you here

Suddenly Congress is there with an order

The right wing breeds more hate and fear

Machines do your breathing, you can't on your own

Your kidney shut down long ago

Your heart never beats machines do that too

You're not gone

 

CHORUS

Repeat CHORUS and fade

 

 

 

 

IRAQI FIELDS FOREVER

 

Based on"Strawberry Fields Forever"

 

By John Lennon and Paul McCartney

 

New Lyrics by Jeff and Brandon

 

CHORUS

Let me drag you down

Where you're goin' to

Iraqi fields

Oil surreal

It's something we can fight about

Iraqi fields forever

 

Life ain't so easy after one-one

We live in fear of all we see

We're a democracy but we're getting it all wrong

We'll never let you disagree

 

CHORUS

 

Living is simple with blinds on

No massive weapons that you can see

We say we're going there to bring a tyrant down

What's gonna be is gonna be

 

CHORUS

 

Bechtel has fun with a war on

But Haliburton plays for free

The bodies pile high and I guess that it's kinda wrong

Don't really matter much to me

 

CHORUS

 

Fading instrumental overdubbed with clips and snippets of Bush speeches

 

 

 

WE ALL LIVE IN A NAZI LOONY BIN

 

 Based on "Yellow Submarine"

 

By John Lennon and Paul McCartney

 

New Lyrics by Jeff and Brandon

 

In the town where George was born

No one told him what he should be

But he threw away his life

Smoking weed that was so green

So he prayed unto the Son

But he found the old Regime

And he ruled as if reborn

In a land that wasn't free

 

CHORUS:

We all live in a Nazi loony bin!

A Nazi loony bin!

A Nazi loony bin!

U.S.A. is a Nazi loony bin!

A Nazi loony bin!

A Nazi loony bin

 

And his friends are all adored

Only one of them, a m,ale wore

And the press begins to sing

 

[Opening bars of Deutschland Deutschland Uber Alles played by an out of tune German marching band, then directly into....]

 

CHORUS, leading directly into...

 

[Instrumental performance of the opening verse overdubbed with excerpts from a Nazi Party Rally, replete with Hitler bellowing and a crowd shouting "Sieg Heil!   Seig Heil!"  This is to be overdubbed with the sounds of Stuka's dive bombing, machine gun fire, and bombs exploding, leading directly back into....]

 

And the times are full of sleaze

While the Neocons do as they please

And he lives a life of ease

Killing young G.I.s can be a breeze

 

CHORUS

Repeat CHORUS and fade

 

 

 

TRANNY, YOU'RE A SWITCH, MA'AM

 

Based on"Baby You're A Rich Man"

 

by John Lennon and Paul McCartney

 

By the Coalition for a Republican-Free America

 

How would you like to be?
One of the feminine people?

Now that we know just what you are?

Who do you want to be?

Now that you're following a star

Acting so unnaturally

 

How would you like to be

One of the feminine people?

Preaching your hypocrisy

What do you want to say

Being the gal you hope to be

Hoping to find your way

 

CHORUS:

Tranny you're a switch ma'am

Coulter you're a bitch, ma'am

Were you once a butch man too?

You keep all your hormones on a bathroom shelf

All by yourself, all for yourself

Tranny you're a witch ma'am

Coulter you're a bitch ma'am

Were you once a butch man too?

 

Why are your hands too big

Why is your voice so deep?

Now that you've gone so far away

Half truth is your fine art

Telling us that you haven't changed

Taking the facts apart

 

CHORUS

 

Repeat CHORUS AND FADE

 

 

GOPIGGIES

Based on "Piggies

By George Harrison

New Lyrics by Jeff and Brandon

 

Have you seen the GOPiggies

Screwing up our rights?
All we see are GOPiggies

Making a new Reich

Have the Bill of Rights to fuck around with

 

Hear the Bible-thumping piggies

Tell us what to do

Are you tired of GOPiggies

Bitching me and you

Always have a group to spew their hate at

 

In the House with right wing backing

They pass laws that keep people down

Listen to the lines they're cracking

In their minds there's something lacking!

 

Watching all the GOPiggies

Messing up the world
Neocons and GOPiggies

Chaos in a swirl

Always find a way to spread their hatred

 

ISN'T IT GREAT?

Based on "Norweigian Wood"

By John Lennon and Paul McCartney

 

New lyrics by Daniel and Brandon

 

I just found a God

Or should I say

Jesus found me

He taught me to prey

It's not too late

Isn't it great?

 

He told me to preach and he told me to bitch ev'ry where

I use the Good Book and it told me to hate but not share

 

Now I disdain blacks

Mexicans too

No love for Jews

And I spit on fags

Never ask why

Just let 'em die

 

Yes Jesus has changed me, The Lord God has shown me his work'

My friends have all left me they think I've become such a jerk.

 

What else can I do?

All things will pass

Kissing God's ass

So, I prey all day

Seething in hate

Isn't it great?

 

 

HERE TO STAY

 

Based on "Yesterday"

 

By John Lennon and Paul McCartney

 

New lyrics by Jeff and Brandon

 

Yesterday

George was wasted nearly ev'ry day

But the High Court said he's here to stay?
Oh George sure likes to get his way.

 

Ever more

In election year two thousand four

The Swifty Liars did a whole lot more

And threw away the votes galore


CHORUS:

How he came to win we're not sure, he will not say

George did something wrong, now the ass is here to stay

 

Suddenly

George ain't the Christian that he claimed to be

Praising policies of brute savagery

Oh George turned Reich wing suddenly

 

CHORUS

 

Ever more

Now they cozy up with male whores

Give the right wing press a whole lot more

To make him Fuhrer ever more

 

 

 

CAN BUY ME POWER

 

Based on "Can't Buy Me Love"

 

by John Lennon and Paul McCartney

 

New lyrics by Brandon

 

Can buy me power!

Oh  Power

Can buy me power!

 

I'll buy a Congressman my friend

if it gets me what I need!

I'll pay a couple thousand bucks

I don't care if it looks like greed

Cause I sure do, love to count the money

Money can buy me power


I'll give you a little extra cash

If you give me tax cuts too

Youi know I got a lot to give

I'm so deeply into you

 

I sure do love to count the money

Money can buy me power

Can buy me power

Listen as I tell you so

Can buy me power

Yeah yeah yeah-yeah

 

Say you'll vote the way I tell you too

To keep me satisfied

Say you'll pass the kind of right wing bills

That cash can surely buy

 

I sure do love to count the money

Money can buy me power

Buy me power

Listen as I tell you so

Can buy me power

Yeah yeah yeah-yeah

 

Say you don't want no clean air too

I'll help you on the take

Say you don't want pure water too

More poisons in your lakes

I sure love to count the money

Money can buy me power


Can buy me power

Oh power

Bouy me power yeah!

 

 

 

WHEN I'M SIXTY-FIVE

(THE SOCIAL SECURITY DEFORM SONG)

 

Based on "When I'm Sixty-Four"

 

by John Lennon and Paul McCartney

 

by Jeff and Brandon

 

When I get older

Losing my home

Not too long from now

Will you still be sending a security check

Will the system be broken to heck?

If I'm broke with noting to eat

Would you give me jive

Would you still pay me?

Would you delay me?

When I'm sixty-five

 

 

You'll be broken tooo

And if you get smart now

Social can stay too.

 

I could go begging, hat in my hand

When the checks are gone

Maybe eat some cat food from the doggie dish

Hoping, praying, make a new wish

Lighting a candle, the power is off

Trying to stay alive

Will you still pay me?
Will you delay me?

When I'm sixty-five

 

Every winter we can beg a shelter from

     the County Home if its not to near

Food stamps are all done

Thank you Necons

 

Scrimping on clothing

Dropping the meds

Feeling not too well

Indicate exactly what you mean to pay

Getting weary, passing away

 

Send me an answer,

Mail a form

While I'm still alive

Will you still pay me?
Will you delay me?

When I'm sixty-five?

 

 

LORD OF THE KILL

 

Based on "The Continuing Story ofBungalow Bill"

 

By John Lennon and Paul McCartney

 

New lyrics by Brandon and Danny

 

CHORUS

Hey, Lord of the Kill!

Did what you will

George of the Kill

Hey, Lord of the Kill

Did what you will,

George of the Kill

 

He went campaigning with a smirk, a lie, and Carl Rove

He broke the bottle and he prayed to God above

But found a gospel based on hate instead of love

Listen to the lies

 

CHORUS

 

He said he would unify he never would divide

And then we went to war with facts he could not hide

More people die each day, George takes it all in stride

Listen to the lies

 

CHORUS

 

He said we'd wage a war for weapons that weren't there

He said we'd fight this thing 'cause Hussein couldn't care

If it's for Freedom I wish he'd leave a little here!

Listen to the lies


CHORUS

Repeat CHORUS and fade

 

CHORUS

Repeat CHORUS and fade

 

 

 

GOD GAYS AND GUNS

(ALL YOU NEED IS GUNS)

 

Based on "All You Need is Love"

 

By John Lennon and Paul McCartney

 

New Lyrics by Daniel Gallagher

 

(Opening fanfare, opening bars of " Deutschland, Deutschland Uber Alles" on trumpets and brass, leading directly into....)

 

God!  Gays!  Guns! 

God!   Gays!  Guns!

God!   Gays!  Guns!

 

Leaders as we know can all be bought

Take the cash and run but don't get caught

Bitch about the queers and say they're only so depraved

It's easy!

 

Hear the NRA and you'll be saved

Praise Our God and bitch about the gays

Hear the NRA and you'll forever go insane

It's easy!

 

CHORUS

All you need is God!

All you need is guns!

All you need is God, guns

Bitch about the gays

 

 

Thank the NRA you're so depraved

Thank the Sweet Lord God that you've been saved

It's fun to skirt the issues when you can hide behind three G's

It's easy!   

 

All you need is God!

All you need is guns!

All you need is God, guns

Bitch about the gays

 

All you need is God!

All you need is guns!

All you need is God, Guns!

Bitch about the gays.

 

FADE OUT WITH

God is all you need

Guns are all you need,

God is all you need

Guns are all you need,

(We hate you Yeah! Yeah!   Yeah!

We hate you Yeah!   Yeah!  Yeah!)

God is all you need

Guns are all we need....

 

 

 

DONALD RUMFELD'S INNER GROVE

 

Based on Sergeant Pepper Inner Grove

 

By John Lennon and Paul McCartney

 

New lyrics by Brandon

 

We like like hell to get our way

We like like hell to get out way

we like like hell to get our way....