Day two has passed for Mitt Romney’s trip to London, and the media is having a field day. They have even come to the conclusion that Mitt Romney is worse than Sarah Palin. Ouch!!! That has to hurt! And for the cover of The Sun to headline “Mitt the Twit”…. oh, boy oh boy. It’s just best for Romney to leave the country with his tail tucked between his legs and return home to his two daddies – the Koch Brothers. I have been laughing so hard at Mitt’s gaffes, but in all seriousness, this is horribly embarrassing – even for Obama supporters, like myself, who revels when Romney puts his foot in his mouth. Why should we be so embarrassed? Because we are showing the world the type of fool who is running for President of the United States. This was the best of the Republican Party??? Completely and totally humiliating.
“Game Change” is an HBO exclusive movie that follows John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign, from his selection of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate, to their ultimate defeat in the general election. It is scheduled to premier on March 10th at 9 PM EST. Do you plan on watching? At first, I had no desire to, but now I have changed my mind. My DVR is set and ready to record. I am actually looking forward to watching “Game Change.” I fully expect to be completely entertained in the same manner in which we are when watching the Three Stooges. However, I will have to turn the movie off if I become too overwhelmed from the harsh reality this pathetic woman came only a few steps away from the White House. That thought still gives me chills.
Just to help put a smile on our faces….
Sarah Palin is busy on her foreign policy credential tour this year, which means touching down in a foreign country she’s never been to before and knows nothing about, just long enough for a photo op that is good enough to pass for foreign policy experience in the modern day Republican Party. Well, guess what? Not every conservative movement is that cravenly empty. In England, Margaret Thatcher says thanks but no thanks to the hopeful Sarah Palin for a visit and an ally of Thatcher added the scalding truth,
“Lady Thatcher will not be seeing Sarah Palin. That would be belittling for Margaret. Sarah Palin is nuts.”
Here in America, we have to pretend nuts is smart in order not to offend the willfully misinformed who have for some unknown reason identified with nuts, perhaps because they were not warned by those bells of European history about the warning shots of an imperial nutter.
The Independent reports:
There is a brief pause before the bus tour starts again in Iowa, where the first crucial test for would-be Republican runners is to be held – giving Mrs Palin her opportunity to take a glimpse of old England, part of the world outside the USA of which her knowledge is notoriously thin. “I am going to Sudan in July and hope to stop in England on the way,” she said. “I am just hoping Mrs Thatcher is well enough to see me as I so admire her.”
Tim Montgomerie, of the ConservativeHome website, said: “When the idea was first discussed nine months ago, it was thought that David Cameron might agree for them to appear at a function at the same time so that they could be photographed, but since then her star has fallen so far that I don’t think even that would be thought necessary. She is an embarrassment for mainstream Conservatives.
“She wants to come to see Margaret Thatcher. She doesn’t want to see Cameron or anyone, because it’s Margaret Thatcher who has resonance with the Republican right.
Yes, because for Sarah Palin, everything is about surface and opportunity. We note that her whirlwind “educational” tour through the Northeast barely left time for more than a 20 minute “visit” of all historical sites, and certainly no room for long strolls through museums and other normal activities for educational tours. “She is an embarrassment for mainstream Conservatives.” You don’t say.
The Guardian UK was a bit more brutal with its “close ally” reporting:
This is what Palin told Christina Lamb in the Sunday Times:
I am going to Sudan in July and hope to stop in England on the way. I am just hoping Mrs Thatcher is well enough to see me as I so admire her.
It appears that the former prime minister has no intention of meeting the darling of the Tea Party movement. Andy McSmith reported in the Independent this morning that Palin is likely to be “thwarted” on the grounds that Thatcher, 86, rarely makes public appearances.
It would appear that the reasons go deeper than Thatcher’s frail health. Her allies believe that Palin is a frivolous figure who is unworthy of an audience with the Iron Lady. This is what one ally tells me: Lady Thatcher will not be seeing Sarah Palin. That would be belittling for Margaret. Sarah Palin is nuts. Thatcher will show the level she punches at when she attends the unveiling of a statue of Ronald Reagan outside the US embassy in Grosvenor Square on Independence day on 4 July. This is what her ally told me:
Margaret is focusing on Ronald Reagan and will attend the unveiling of the statue. That is her level.
Sarah Palin frivolous? Oh, how could you Ms Thatcher! Here in America, when Sarah Palin wants to co-opt Ronald Reagan’s steel spine even though she quit office, we nod and ask, “how high?” and then our press asks tough questions like, “What did you enjoy seeing today?” To which Palin responds by going on a week long screaming tour about “gotcha questions” and our press reports this, lips twitching with contempt but still not daring to say the obvious, leaving the Fox Ministry of Truth’s revisionism mostly unchecked and thereby putting yet another dent in Americas willingness to deal with real problems.
The Palin cult might take a break from their Orwellian attempts to alter reality in order to suit Sarah Palin’s crazy ramblings (that went something like this, “He who there again did seek to say no, you won’t be taking our freedom and he there did ride to say hey, you second amendment ballot fighters, rise up and reload and don’t retreat, say hello!”) to yell unspeakable threats at Margaret Thatcher’s people for her failure to pretend a silly, classless thing is really a sparkling gem, but I’ve a feeling the British can handle the Palin cult.
Queue up for the crazy, the British want none of our cast-offs and they think Sarah Palin is an embarrassment. Once again, a foreign country says what ours will not, but this time it’s not the press, it’s the conservatives. Only in America is Sarah Palin legitimized at any cost.
Long after blacks and Jews have made great strides, and even as homosexuals gain respect, acceptance and new rights, there is still a group that lots of Americans just don’t like much: atheists. Those who don’t believe in god are widely considered to be immoral, wicked and angry. They can’t join the Boy Scouts. Atheist soldiers are rated potentially deficient when they do not score as sufficiently “spiritual” in military psychological evaluations. Surveys find that most Americans refuse or are reluctant to marry or vote for nontheists; in other words, nonbelievers are one minority still commonly denied in practical terms the right to assume office despite the constitutional ban on religious tests.
Rarely denounced by the mainstream, this stunning anti-atheist discrimination is egged on by Christian conservatives who stridently — and uncivilly — declare that the lack of godly faith is detrimental to society, rendering nonbelievers intrinsically suspect and second-class citizens.
Is this knee-jerk dislike of atheists warranted? Not even close.
A growing body of social science research reveals that atheists, and non-religious people in general, are far from the unsavory beings many assume them to be. On basic questions of morality and human decency — issues such as governmental use of torture, the death penalty, punitive hitting of children, racism, sexism, homophobia, anti-Semitism, environmental degradation or human rights — the irreligious tend to be more ethical than their religious peers, particularly compared with those who describe themselves as very religious.
Consider that at the societal level, murder rates are far lower in secularized nations such as Japan or Sweden than they are in the much more religious United States, which also has a much greater portion of its population in prison. Even within this country, those states with the highest levels of church attendance, such as Louisiana and Mississippi, have significantly higher murder rates than far less religious states such as Vermont and Oregon.
As individuals, atheists tend to score high on measures of intelligence, especially verbal ability and scientific literacy. They tend to raise their children to solve problems rationally, to make up their own minds when it comes to existential questions and to obey the golden rule. They are more likely to practice safe sex than the strongly religious are, and are less likely to be nationalistic or ethnocentric. They value freedom of thought.
While many studies show that secular Americans don’t fare as well as the religious when it comes to certain indicators of mental health or subjective well-being, new scholarship is showing that the relationships among atheism, theism, and mental health and well-being are complex. After all, Denmark, which is among the least religious countries in the history of the world, consistently rates as the happiest of nations. And studies of apostates — people who were religious but later rejected their religion — report feeling happier, better and liberated in their post-religious lives.
More than 2,000 years ago, whoever wrote Psalm 14 claimed that atheists were foolish and corrupt, incapable of doing any good. These put-downs have had sticking power. Negative stereotypes of atheists are alive and well. Yet like all stereotypes, they aren’t true — and perhaps they tell us more about those who harbor them than those who are maligned by them. So when the likes of Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin, Bill O’Reilly and Newt Gingrich engage in the politics of division and destruction by maligning atheists, they do so in disregard of reality.
As with other national minority groups, atheism is enjoying rapid growth. Despite the bigotry, the number of American nontheists has tripled as a proportion of the general population since the 1960s. Younger generations’ tolerance for the endless disputes of religion is waning fast. Surveys designed to overcome the understandable reluctance to admit atheism have found that as many as 60 million Americans — a fifth of the population — are not believers. Our nonreligious compatriots should be accorded the same respect as other minorities.
Gregory Paul is an independent researcher in sociology and evolution. Phil Zuckerman, a professor of sociology at Pitzer College, is the author of “Society Without God.”