You couldn't be here if stars hadn't exploded.
To the question, “Why me?” the cosmos barely bothers to return the reply, “Why not?”
Atheist: Natural Morals, Real Meaning, Credible Truth

26 July, 2012

Romney Lies

"Look, if you've been successful, you didn't get there on your own. You didn't get there on your own. I'm always struck by people who think, well, it must be because I was just so smart. There are a lot of smart people out there. It must be because I worked harder than everybody else. Let me tell you something—there are a whole bunch of hardworking people out there. If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you've got a business—you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen. The Internet didn't get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet. The point is, is that when we succeed, we succeed because of our individual initiative, but also because we do things together. There are some things, just like fighting fires, we don't do on our own. I mean, imagine if everybody had their own fire service. That would be a hard way to organize fighting fires."
The deliberate use of the highlighted phrase to imply...   what?  That businessmen didn't build their businesses?  Are people that stupid to think that is what he meant?  The people in the room obviously understood what he meant, probably didn't even catch the phrase itself.

No, they are not that stupid.  Not if they see the whole statement.  Presented with the context of the statement, the meaning is clear.  Success is built upon the success and support of those before.  

The only other way someone would use that statement is to lie to people you want to sway to your side, to vote for your candidate who has no other leg to stand on.  The funny sick thing is that Romney has made these very points previously.  The.  Exact.  Same.  Points.

That makes the lying that much more egregious.  

Romney lies.  He tells the lies his puppet masters tell him to say.  He isn't a leader, he is a mouthpiece.  Whenever he is on his own, he says really stupid things.  Whenever he is under control, he lies.

23 July, 2012

Climate Change Cluedo

Climate Change Cluedo: Anthropogenic CO2 (via Skeptical Science)
Posted on 25 July 2012 by Tom Curtis Anthropogenic CO2? The human-caused origin (anthropogenic) of the measured increase in atmospheric concentrations of CO2 is a cornerstone of predictions of future temperature rises.  As such, it has come under frequent attack by people who challenge the science…

22 July, 2012

Offshore Economy

Ah yes... the rich will create jobs if allowed to keep their money. Ok, they have their money, where are the jobs? Where are the roads and bridges they are building? National defense they provide? Where is the consumer protection they provide? No? Oh, that is government's job? And were is government supposed to get the funds to do these things? And do the rich benefit from these things? They better start stepping up or things are going to get ugly.  Just say'n.

A global super-rich elite has exploited gaps in cross-border tax rules to hide an extraordinary £13 trillion ($21tn) of wealth offshore – as much as the American and Japanese GDPs put together – according to research commissioned by the campaign group Tax Justice Network.
James Henry, former chief economist at consultancy McKinsey and an expert on tax havens, has compiled the most detailed estimates yet of the size of the offshore economy in a new report, The Price of Offshore Revisited, released exclusively to the Observer.

Atheist Obama - almost.

"And if there’s anything to take away from this tragedy it’s the reminder that life is very fragile. Our time here is limited and it is precious. And what matters at the end of the day is not the small things, it’s not the trivial things, which so often consume us and our daily lives. Ultimately, it’s how we choose to treat one another and how we love one another. It’s what we do on a daily basis to give our lives meaning and to give our lives purpose. That’s what matters. At the end of the day, what we’ll remember will be those we loved and what we did for others. That’s why we’re here."

As I heard Obama say this on the radio Friday morning after the Aurora shootings, I was thinking how atheist he sounded.  Nothing about heaven or evil or god.  At least not until the very end where he blathered about the Lord giving comfort and God blessing us all.

21 July, 2012

Jupiter and its moons

This week in the War on Women: Republicans want to fight about lady parts some more? Okay.

This week in the War on Women: Republicans want to fight about lady parts some more? Okay.

Just in case you thought the GOP war on women has subsided... it hasn't. Time to donate more to Planned Parent Parenthood.

I do.

You Didn't Build That

Shit, did you wing nuts actually listen to the whole _sentence_ before jumping on this?  No, you trusted Rmoney's campaign staff to tell you what he said.  Here it is for you.  Here is the CONTEXT for you.  "Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen."

You fucking morons are driving this country into the dirt.

You are lying.  Because you know what he meant.