Donald Trump, There Was No Reason To Shut Him Up

I really tried to be fair-minded to the Republicans this year even when I disagree on certain issues. No party candidate is perfect and I like being pragmatic in my politics. I like playing devil’s advocate too which drives my wife nuts. After all, Hillary Clinton has plenty of charges against her which are valid concerns. I don’t care what excuses The Left comes up with, the email scandal shows gross negligence to the point where I’m thinking she did get a pass by the FBI. But she IS the lesser of two evils even with her scandals and faults. It’s time to face that reality. And Republican Party supporters of Trump can’t be taken seriously when reasonable candidates like Marco Rubio and John Kasich were tossed aside for this xenophobic, intellectually challenged ass clown.

But last night, the third debate, Jesus Christ what an embarrassment! To not say he will recognize the outcome of our election? He’ll keep us in suspense? Chris Wallace made it clear there is a tradition in The United States of a peaceful transition of power, and for good reason. We don’t want our country in a civil war over a candidate similar to a third world country! Recognizing our president is not the same thing as agreeing with our president, or do we not understand that?

Now Trump supporters and some Republican apologists are equivocating what Trump said to what happened with Al Gore versus Bush. As if that makes it right! I don’t know if Al Gore gave the best response when dealing with ballot counting and taking back his concession until The Supreme Court weighed in, but I never heard him say in a debate that he would keep us in suspense regarding recognition of the winner after the outcome was decided?! And he did concede in the end. The comparison is also quite different than saying you will keep the American public in suspense about recognizing our new president and a 2000 election that wasn’t finished yet because Florida started a recount–which meant that Gore had conceded too soon (more like a comedy of errors). But again! Even if Gore was wrong, why does that make Trump right? It doesn’t. It’s like when you were a kid and got caught cheating on a math test, but you’re not guilty because other kids did it too.

What do you think is going to happen when Hillary wins (which is Trump’s fault, by the way). He’s not going to concede anything. He’s going to whine like a bitch and claim the system is rigged. If Trump for some amazing reason does win, is the system rigged against Hillary? Of course, the system wasn’t rigged when he insulted Mitt Romney’s campaign run. He blamed Romney for allowing Obama back into office. The system is only rigged if he loses.

Here’s a truth about the world: everything is rigged! Donald Trump was born into a family with money and was given a million or more to start a business. That means his success was rigged compared to those of us who never had that chance. Take responsibility for your lost election, Mr. Trump. You’re running against a weak candidate, one of the most controversial and divisive candidates you could have wished for, and you’re losing. You are responsible for pushing aside qualified Republicans who could have beaten Hillary and you may even be responsible for The Republicans losing the majority in the House and Senate.

My driving point here though is actually aimed at The Left and Bernie Sanders supporters who tried to shut Donald up by invading his rallies and, in one instance, stopping a rally because they were near to inciting a riot. Let ass clowns speak! Free speech works! The same goes for rogue Hillary supporters who wanted to be punched in the face to get on the news. It wasn’t necessary (and it was a shitty thing to do).

Donald Trump sunk his own campaign. Every week he said something stupid. He wouldn’t shut up. He was his own worst enemy. And yet, the far left was proud of harassing and preventing his supporters from going to his rallies and proud of interrupting rallies and stopping rallies which only made Trump appear to be more heroic to his followers and caused sympathy amongst undecided voters. Use free speech against free speech; hold signs, have debates on campus, but shutting down speech does not work. When an ass clown rambles on about banning all Muslims, deporting millions, groping pussy as locker room talk and being selective about which woman he would like to sexually assault, stand aside. This idiot is not going to survive.

Maybe the lesson will be learned next time. I don’t think there will ever be a candidate like Trump again, however, he has set a precedent so who knows.

And finally, Mike Pence…fucking Christian hypocrite. I guess he’s getting his hands dirty defending his running mate. He’s yet another reason why I can’t take any politician seriously that says they’re Christian. It means nothing. Politics trumps moral values. You can disown Hillary too, but I never thought she literally believed in The Bible anyways, more of a social gospel advocate which is what Christianity means to a large percentage of believers these days.

As you might be able to tell, I’m not too impressed by this year’s candidates. I will say it’s been entertaining!

No Halloween For Sexy Burkas

From the UK Telegraph, Amazon has removed “The Sexy Burka” Halloween costume from its online store. I wasn’t sure if this was just Amazon UK or all Amazon online stores including the US so I checked. While there is at least one burka costume listed for Amazon US, I could not find the sexy version. I suspect, for now, it’s across the board.

Amazon is a private business, this is is not an issue of free speech, and I can understand why they would remove The Sexy Burka for business reasons. However, I believe another online store should fill in the gap. We need satire of culture (and religious garb), especially when it’s deemed sacred and above satire. Parodying cultural identity is not automatically the equivalent of racism. It’s just not that simple (sorry, college liberals). And if we’re honest, the instructional videos that have come out telling us what Halloween costumes are appropriate and what ones are not make those of us with a sense of humor want to do the opposite and give the finger to the overly sensitive. It may not be the right reaction (or is it?), but it’s the gut reaction to being patronized by those with little or no life experience.

With the Sexy Burka, I would make this argument: Cultural identity such as the burka deserves satire because of what a piece of clothing can represent: sexism. The goal is to hide a woman’s face! Yes, I’m biased by Western thought! I don’t think women should hide their faces for any man or any religion.

But let’s be clear, some Muslim women wear the burka because they’re culturally pressured to or forced to by law; other Muslim women wear the burka because they want to. I have no problem with it being a choice and I object to telling a woman they can’t wear a burka such as what has happened in Europe. Actual laws have been made to ban wearing the burka. I’m sure the issue is much more complicated than I’m making it out to be since they’re dealing with integrating one culture into another, but generally speaking I err on the side of freedom of religion and freedom to wear what you want.

The Sexy Burka is a parody on the mandate in versions of Islam for women to cover themselves because their bodies are shameful when exposed–and Muslim men apparently can’t control their lust! The intention is not to mock the entire religion, but break down an aspect of it that is unjust and remove it’s authoritarian aspect. A piece of cloth should not have so much power that it defines a race. A piece of cloth IS not race. This type of lowbrow costume sarcasm is what humorists have already done to Judaism and Christianity as well as a variety of cults. Islam should not be exempt, I’m sorry.

That’s not to say there cannot be racist costumes. Obviously, any student of history knows blackface is an inappropriate costume and maybe we should give more thought of how we depict Native Americans or Arabs or Mexicans. Stereotypes abound and society evolves as it becomes more inclusive–though you’ll find that part of integration involves joking about each other’s race, an ironic twist in how Americans bond with each other. For the most part I think racist costumes are usually obvious until the lines get muddied up by academic arguments involving “cultural appropriation” and what that means. It’s no longer about overt racism but rather a witch hunt for insensitivity. One of the recent arguments I heard was protection for job identities from Halloween costumes like The Sexy Nurse. I’m sorry, that’s where my sympathies absolutely part ways from cultural appropriation.

But the overall hypocrisy of the situation is that there are other potentially offensive costumes on Amazon that have not been removed including ridiculous looking Arab costumes for men. Maybe I’m wrong, but it feels like only The Sexy Burka is being targeted (could it be because a woman is showing skin? Or was it that one of the comments invoked the fear of Allah?). It doesn’t make any sense. The removal is apparently based on a handful of comments by Muslim customers who were offended and so Amazon caves. If Native Americans comment how they’re offended can they get Indian costumes removed or even (gasp) Washington Redskins football merchandise removed? Unlikely. We’re either afraid of being insensitive to Muslims (The Left) or we have an irrational fear of all Muslims (The Right). Amazon’s business decision is not to risk any offense for both these reasons and because, honestly, there can be consequences for parodying Islam as we’ve seen with Charlie Hebdo. Islam has a big problem with violent fanatics.

I guess being an atheist I don’t like the sacred. Because, both in the past and in the present, sacred things and invisible gods are given more value than human life. I hope Amazon reconsiders the removal in coming years. Satire is needed for Halloween night and Halloween isn’t a sensitive holiday.

Now where is the protest by nuns against the sexy nun costumes?

SIDENOTE: Don’t take this article’s push for satire of the burka as an excuse to be an asshole to your Muslim neighbors. Muslim women should not be harassed for wearing a burka or any other garment they choose. Satire and freedom of religion can coexist (I hope…).

Remembering The Skeptical Review

I stumbled across an online article originally published in The Skeptical Review, a print newsletter that turned into a digital edition. The publisher J. Farrell Till has since passed but the site is still up and if you’re nostalgic for old sites like I am, it’s worth a visit. I actually have a couple of the print editions from way back in the day–The 90s! 1996 is around the time when I had discarded my faith in favor of reason. The site also retains the kind of web design you would see in the 90s.

Check out The Skeptical Review at

The Main Menu button (remember buttons?) will take you to an archive of articles.

Ray Comfort, Marketing To The Deluded

I’ve been getting Twitter recommendations on what their algorithm thinks might interest me and Ray Comfort is popping up regularly with the promotion of his movie The Atheist Delusion, a take on Richard Dawkin’s book The God Delusion.


The theme of the marketing and the movie is apparently destroying a person’s lack of belief with one devastating question. I guess Ray is attempting to be humorous (?) with this ad and other tag lines, but I’ve never known someone Christian or Atheist to be  so susceptible to influence that it only takes one question to change their mind. In the era of social media and online debates, I would say it’s intellectually insulting to both sides of the debate. It’s also unlikely Ray knows what science is. But I guess from the perspective of Twitter wars and YouTube takedowns and Facebook brawls, it’s all in good fun. Let’s just remember that if Ray truly believes in a sky god and a literal interpretation of The Bible then the delusion is all his.

To be fair, as this is going to be released on YouTube, video YouTubers like to use hyperbole to get our attention, including atheists with vid titles like: “Most Brutal Hitch Slap Ever!” “Neil deGrasse Tyson Destroys Bill O’ Reilly!” And on and on.

However, per Ray Comfort’s ad, about Atheism’s days being numbered, atheists and others who identify as unbelievers are on the rise. It may be time to just accept that the world is changing and it’s moving away from “assumed truth” into a healthy debate about what is actually true and what is not and what it means to be a Christian. Ray should realize his brand of Christianity is fading away. I thought for him and his fundie ilk that this would be a good thing because the more unbelievers and “fake Christians” there are would mean that The End Days would be upon us. Him and Kirk Cameron can fly up into the sky and thank God for making bananas so easy to peel.

The Last Thing Brussels Needs Is Prayer

Prayer isn’t going to help Brussels on the latest Islamofascist attack on The West. If there is a god, he/she/it is incompetent or doesn’t care (or, let’s be honest, doesn’t exist). We need less call to prayer and a larger call to promoting unbelief so that we reduce adherents willing to kill themselves for a mythical afterlife; and then subsequently we will produce individuals who will help win against the religious propaganda war.

There is an unprecedented opportunity to integrate Muslims into Western culture due to the refugee crisis from Syria and allow for an introduction to secularization and most importantly the idea of “doubt.” It does not have to be forced, freedom of religion should be held in high regard, but if Europe and the United States can do their part we may have a second or third generation of Muslims who either will liberalize their faith in favor of a progressive society or may abandon their faith altogether.

A very idealistic notion I agree, but as I continually hear from our politicians that we should keep the people of Brussels in our “thoughts and prayers” and then at the same time I hear for calls to ban Syrian refugees or even ban all Muslims from the United States I think of how futile that is. Forget the prayers to absent ears! Let’s welcome Muslim refugees and show them a better way…a road to becoming secular Muslims and ex-Muslims. The elimination of the kind of radical belief that ISIS generates is not going to disappear in my lifetime, but exponentially we can, person by person, put in place the efforts needed to eradicate it in the future.

My heart goes out to Brussels just as it went out to Paris. And it breaks my heart to see that the terrorists are creating the kind of xenophobia and holy war thinking that they intended. Imagine there is no god and think of how utterly stupid all this killing is in the name of nothing.

Trump Chicago Rally And Free Speech

Trump is a dick. I think even some of his supporters would agree, which is why they think he can take on Hillary. And I would add that I think he’s a “xenophobic-narcissistic-lie-at-any-cost-opportunist-dick.” But I’m bothered by the protests that have resulted in some incidents of violence and the shut down of the Trump rally in Chicago on Friday, March 11th.

The reason being is that the protesters are coming inside the event and disrupting it versus a protest outside the event or even a counter rally on the same night. Per CNN,”Hundreds of demonstrators packed into an arena, breaking out into protest even before Trump had shown up.” This is what eventually led to law enforcement conferring with the Trump campaign and he agreed to shut it down for the safety of all involved.

When it was announced that the venue would be moved to a later date, the protestors inside were chanting “We shut shit down.” Yes, but did you have a right to? Did your strategy just embolden the Trump base and add new members? The one thing Americans hate is when they feel someone has been censored and therefore the censorship validates the candidate. He must be important if “they” are willing to shut his speech down.

Free speech in America is about allowing for “shit” including Trump. The aim of any protest should be to counter the rhetoric, not censor it or shut it down. So when the question comes up of who is instigating the violence as the media has been showing the now famous sucker punch landing on a black protestor…well? It seems to be the far left goading the right into becoming so frustrated with disruptions and the recent shut down that they start swinging. When you take away their free speech (their candidate’s ability to speak) what do they have left? Violence! And according to CNN, on Friday night the left was swinging back too. Hardly the nonviolent Civil Rights protests that we’ve come to admire from the past.

I can’t condone the self-congragulatory chanting much like I can’t condone Black Lives Matters disrupting rallies by Bernie and Hillary. And I’m not condoning that sucker punch or any violence by Trumpites or Trump’s line about how back in the day you could punch protestors and carrying them out on stretchers. Like I said, Trump is a dick and I think he has attracted this volcanic atmosphere and is loving it, but he has the right to be heard. And if the best idea protestors have is to shut down his rallies causing concerns for safety then that doesn’t sound like free speech to me. It sounds like a losing strategy for elevating Trump to a false martyr status amongst Republicans, Independents and maybe even some moderate Democrats.

BTW: Trump rallies as far as I have read are a mix of first-come-first-in-the-door. Tickets are available but don’t guarantee a seat. And there are rules given to attendees as it is considered a private event by the candidate. Signs, banners, etc are prohibited in advance. If protestors wanted to be clever they could silently come in, take a seat and wear T-shirts with “Elect Bernie.” I’m all for being subversive. Where I take exception is when protestors prevent a candidate from speaking at his own event. The far left is notorious for shutting down speech because I fear they can’t handle the concept.

Utah Votes Porn Is A Problem…Because They Keep Watching It!

The Utah Senate has voted that porn is a public health crisis for their state. Why? Maybe because Harvard research shows that Utah consumes it so much they top the the list. PC World gave them the embarrassing title of “Online Porn Capital Of America.”

SCR9, the resolution approving porn is a menace, doesn’t actually do anything specific. It’s simply a declaration. Utah senator Todd Weiler would like to treat porn much like they do tobacco or alcohol as they say it’s a health risk due to recent scientific findings. I guess that means they’re going to put a special tax on Utah citizens whenever they visit a porn site?

I’m not sure what research Todd is referring to, but if he knows anything about the history of declaring porn a menace he might want to do some reading. There is no conclusive evidence that porn is solely harmful. The presidential commission in 1970 could not find anything substantial and the same was true for the 1985 Meese Commission. Fact is, the Meese Commission was worried about the spread of porn via VHS tapes (remember VHS?) and predicted we would have an eventual epidemic on our hands if it wasn’t curbed. …Could they even fathom Internet porn? We have more porn, more varieties of porn and more ease of access to porn than ever–and America hasn’t ended! So much for the link to rape, depravity, and violence that fundamentalists and feminists thought would run rampant.

I don’t want to say there aren’t any ill effects to porn. There’s good and bad with any “product.” But if Utah is now the capital of online consumption of porn they should look in their own backyard to see why? Because wouldn’t porn be the symptom and not the cause? Sexual repression, outdated family values, unhappy marriages, church hype on how one spouse is supposed to fulfill all your desires? It seems the more religiously conservative a person is the more likely they will secretly watch porn or commit adultery or be caught with a hooker.

BTW: SCR9 declares porn a public health hazard? I wonder how far a state can reach into the private sex lives of individuals when something is declared as such?


Hitler Had A Small Dick

A joke about compensating would be obvious, but, according to Fox News Health, Hitler had a genital deformity called Hypospadius. Sufferers have a urethra that opens up on the underside of the penis which is often accompanied by another abnormality, an undescended testicle. Historians, based on medical records, do say Hitler had a ball that did not drop and a small dick.

Problems associated with the condition are spraying while urinating or having to sit down to pee, and sexual intercourse. The article says Hitler ‘s personal doctor Theodor Morell prescribed “hormones, amphetamines and cocaine.” Exactly the kind of stuff you want an egomaniac racist to ingest.

The more you read about Adolph Hitler the more you find how inferior he was to any concept of a master race both physically and mentally. Of course, no one can help the way they were born, but that’s the point–you don’t go and kill six million Jews because your penis is small and pees funny. That’s a dick thing to do.

John Kasich, Not So Moderate

While one is tempted to say all Republicans are extreme in the current campaign, John Kasich was looking like the moderate. Maybe “moderate” in an extremist environment is comparing the lesser of two evils.

Per CNN, Kasich has signed a bill for his home state of Ohio that will block an estimated one million in funding to Planned Parenthood because they perform abortion services. The bill doesn’t take into account that Planned Parenthood also provides health services for women including testing for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases, health screenings and domestic violence prevention.

Planned Parenthood is not the only provider affected, any nonprofit clinic that offers abortion services will also be barred from funding. But the tactic does fall in step with the Republican effort to target Planned Parenthood following the faked videos by anti-abortionist activist David Daleiden who intended to prove the organization illegally sells fetal body parts. He has since admitted the video was a fraud in his own convoluted way. For him, the ends justified the means.