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images“…”MSNBC’s Martin Bashir suggested that Republican senators need to have a member of their families killed for them to support the Democrats’ gun proposals. (Let’s start with Meghan McCain!)” …” Ann Coulter

Idiots like Glenn Beck are constantly denigrating the POTUS and anyone with whom they disagree. On Wednesday evening, Beck may have gone just a little too far. It is alarming because of Beck’s bromance with the ideals of Thomas Jefferson, who was the inspiration behind the Reign of Terror in France.

“...“Let them eat cake,” Beck said as his displayed a photoshopped painting of the heads of the Obamas on the bodies of King Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette, who were beheaded during the French Revolution. “It kind of looks like them doesn’t it?”

“I have a feeling we’re headed for a monarchy,” he warned. “Because we have forgotten the principles of maximum liberty and maximum personal responsibility, which in time, always ends — if you are like Europe — it ends in a French Revolution.”

“But maybe it doesn’t end this way. Maybe this time, maybe Marie-Antoinette and King Louis keep their heads, while all of their subjects lose theirs. One way to make sure that doesn’t happen is to stand up for your Second Amendment rights.”…”

Sounds to The Pink Flamingo like Beck is advocating a revolution in this country and the execution of Barack and Michelle Obama. If so, he’s bordering on sedition.

Jeff Duncan, who now represents the 4th District in South Carolina has made an ass of himself, comparing expanded background checks for gun owners to genocide in Rwanda.  If this were not the district of the late, very venerable Carroll Campbell, it would not be as glaringly bad.  It also shows how far right the GOP has gone.  This was Campbell’s district for years.  He was one of the most respected men in DC.  He served two terms as governor in South Carolina.  Today, he couldn’t get elected dog-catcher in the state.  The great economic growth you see in South Carolina today -what wasn’t squandered by Mark Sanford, libertarian, was the brainchild of Campbell.  You see, libertarians are job destroyers, not job creators.

Eden Foods has a very weird agenda. They are forcing their employees, 128 of them, to go along with the owner’s view that holds true to the Catholic doctrine about sex being only for procreation purposes. That’s fine. Michael Potter has a right to his religious beliefs. Yes, the man has a right to believe what he wants, and try to promote it. Does he have a right to inflict his religious beliefs on his employees? Should they have the right to look elsewhere for employment? The Pink Flamingo doesn’t think he does, but then again, corporations have a right to police weight control, smoking, and drug use. If Potter had gone about it that way, he might have a chance. A year or so ago, there was a regular commenter here at The Pink Flamingo, who harassed me to no end because I was going to hell for not bowing to the Thomas Aquinas view of women, and accepting his version of what women should do, about marriage, and the like. I finally told him to leave me alone. That’s why I’m an Episcopalian.

Don’t get The Pink Flamingo wrong. I think that Lynne Stewart is a despicable person. This said, when I saw the headline on Michelle Malkin’s site, i wanted to gag. Malkin claims to be a Christian. If she is, then she should be praying for this woman, who has Stage 4 breast cancer and is dying. Malkin, who pretends to be a ‘christian’ wrote:

“…Stewart remains unrepentant. She called 9/11 an “armed struggle.” Upon her initial sentencing, she boasted that she could serve the term “standing on her head.” After she was convicted of aiding and abetting Rahman, she told an interviewer she “would do it again.” Now she wants mercy, medical comforts and freedom? No, hell, no. This messenger gal for murderous barbarians made her prison bed. Die in it….”

I guess Malkin’s ‘christian’ values go only so far. I guess she doesn’t understand compassion, love, and the fact that we are to pray for our enemies. I guess I need to be praying for Malkin. It is obvious her so-called ‘christian’ faith is quite pretend and lacking in the actual understanding that Christ said what we do for the least of them, we do for Him. Lynne Steward, in prison, dying of cancer, is the very least of them. Christ is love. Malkin is all about hate. If you are all about hate, you aren’t a true follower of Christ.

The Pink Flamingo’s two nieces and nephew were homeschooled. It was not for religious reasons. If you live in Memphis you have the choice of really rancid public schools, leaving town to live in Germantown (which is a fate worse than death), going to extremely expensive private schools, or homeschooling. My sister chose the latter. They are incredibly well educated, far superior to what today’s version of homeschooled is. There is a time and a place for it. If I had kids, i would have done the same thing, not for religious reason, but because of other, more personal ones. This said, the kids who are coming out of the Quiverfull movement are in bad shape. Their stories are tragic, repulsive, and disgusting.

“...Legally, parents have enormous discretion in raising their children: in some states, there’s no oversight at all over homeschooling curricula, meaning that it’s perfectly fine to educate daughters for a life of housewifery rather than for higher education. Some people involved in Homeschoolers Anonymous hope eventually to change that. Meanwhile, along with their own stories, they offer advice about survival. Twenty-nine-year-old Heather Doney endured a Quiverfull upbringing in which she was beaten for the slightest infraction and forced to spend her days caring for nine younger siblings rather than learning until, thanks to the intervention of her grandparents, she was allowed to enroll in high school; she went on to earn a master’s degree in public policy from Brandeis. She’s published a guide for those planning to flee bad homeschooling situations, as well as what she calls “A Quick and Dirty Sex Ed Guide for Quiverfull Daughters.” Someday she hopes to become an advocate for homeschooled children’s rights, but she writes, “all I’ve got right now is my blog.””…”

The best part of the week was watching Steve Cohen make fools of the press.  The Far Right also needs to get a life. Once again my sister’s neighbor, friend for nearly three decades, and all around good guy, Steve Cohen has managed to land himself in Twitter Trouble. This is just plain silly. Cohen is a big Cyndi Lauper fan. He Tweets about her like I do Dmitri Hvorostovsky and a few other misc. opera singers, all Barihunks. So, now they’re trying to make some sort of Tweetergate out of a fairly innocuous tweet, praising Lauper. The same thing happened when Cohen was Tweeting his daughter during the State of the Union, trying to make out like he had some big affair going on. So what if he did. THE MAN IS NOT MARRIED. He is single. He is straight and he likes women. He violated no commandments, nor laws. He thought the woman was hot. He is not married, he had every right to look at a woman and tweet her. Would they rather he was saying some man was hot, then could go after him for being Gay? He mentioned Lauper’s performance in a speech on the House floor. Deal with it. If I were in the House, I’d be doing the same about Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Erwin Schrott, Sherrill Milnes, and a few other Barihunks.

The Pink Flamingo thinks the far right is more than pissed because Barack Obama hosted a Memphis Soul night. Sure, I’m pissed about it because I wasn’t invited. I love Memphis soul! There is nothing better, other than a good Barihunk. Steve Cohen represents the blasted district so he was invited to the blasted concert. What is the big fat hairy deal about this one? One of the things that the POTUS and FLOTUS do is recognize the arts in America. They all do. Memphis Soul is art. It is the best of the best. You going to try and tell me there is anything better than B.B. King, unless it is Aretha?

“…Since February 2009, “In Performance at the White House” has highlighted the music of Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney, Burt Bacharach and Hal David, plus Hispanic music, music from the civil-rights era, Motown and the blues, Broadway and country music. The series itself dates to 1978….”

Get it, they’ve been doing this since 1978. That includes 8 years of Reagan, 4 of Bush 41, and 8 years of Bush 42 – or 20 years of Republicans. There are some conservative who just need to get a life. If you put it context, if you diss music from Memphis, you diss the King. You diss the King, and that’s blasphemy, and I’m not talking about B. B.

But – this is the best part, Cohen called their bluff.  They were not amused, at all.  He made total and complete fools not only of the far right, but the political press.  And the press can’t stand it.  The poor man had better watch his back, they’re gunning for him.

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Daily Beast

The worst, though is what Ann Coulter has done. She has finally crossed the line, when she suggested that Meghan McCain should be killed. No one is more indicative of the rancid nastiness of the far right than is Coulter. Meghan McCain has made two mistakes in life. First, she had a famous father. Second, she refused to allow herself to be trampled down by the far right, and refused to allow them to dictate the terms of her life. When you refuse to do that, in the far right, you are nothing but the scum below pond scum. You are to be treated badly, insulted, threatened, and are given no respect. What the far right has done to Meghan McCain is beyond political. It has reached the point where it is disgusting, at best.

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  • jose maria

    If a Christian still believes in traditional, sacramental marriage, is against contraceptives and abortions, that person is automatically branded as an unchristian bigot. I feel it is only a matter of time before my church is branded as a hate group. Even good people who complain about the nasty christian right have got to get in a little Catholic bashing, without even investigating about what the actual teachings of the church really are on certain issues. Some people who claim their actions are in accordance with Catholic doctrine are wrong. My church has over 2000 years of tradition behind it. During that time it has survived some wild storms. I have always believed and trusted in its doctrines all my life. I don’t intend to stop now. It does not matter to me who is offended. I believe with all my heart that my church will still be here, a long time after the little Utopia that the liberals are trying to build has faded away.

  • http://www.thepinkflamingoblog.com SJ Reidhead

    That’s part of the beauty of your church. It’s why I’m an Episcopalian because I don’t agree with it. I would probably be Catholic except for those things. It’s a sad state of affairs. I’m just so sick of people being nasty to one another. I do think it is getting worse. I have problems with some Catholic doctrine about women. I always have. Some of it, I think, dates from about 1000AD or so, having been evolved into. That’s my take as a historian. I’m not going to condemn it. But, I also don’t think people like Rick Santorum have a right to push their beliefs on everyone. I think that’s the real problem, people like that, trying to force us all to accept what we don’t want to accept. I go back to a scene from The Three Musketeers, where Milady de Winter manipulates the religious bigotry of the Duke of Buckingham’s Puritan secretary to the point where the man murders Buckingham. When you get right down to it, the Catholic Church is far more tolerant of what other people believe than some of the hard right evangelicals. The Catholic Church is into science, astronomy, cosmology, geology, archaeology, and the pursuit of knowledge. These yahoos want to push us back into the dark ages. What truly gets me is i swear the whole anti-contraception, anti-gay thing is being pushed by the hard right, who don’t want to deal with the real problem facing this country – unemployment. Better to keep people upset than deal with helping someone with a job and make Obama look good.

    SJR


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