Sunday, March 29, 2015

It's Sunday...Time To Worship

If It Quacks Like A Duck...

Yesterday, I was having a conversation with some friends and pointed out that a lot of GOP views were in concordance with fascism and a few of the more conservative ones in the group took exception to my comment, that is until I ran through this comprehensive list on what constitutes fascism...see if you can draw the same direct correlation with today's Republican party: 

The Fourteen Defining Characteristics Of Fascism:

Dr. Lawrence Britt has examined the fascist regimes of Hitler (Germany), Mussolini (Italy), Franco (Spain), Suharto (Indonesia) and several Latin American regimes. Britt found 14 defining characteristics common to each:
1. Powerful and Continuing Nationalism - Fascist regimes tend to make constant use of patriotic mottos, slogans, symbols, songs, and other paraphernalia. Flags are seen everywhere, as are flag symbols on clothing and in public displays.
2. Disdain for the Recognition of Human Rights - Because of fear of enemies and the need for security, the people in fascist regimes are persuaded that human rights can be ignored in certain cases because of "need." The people tend to look the other way or even approve of torture, summary executions, assassinations, long incarcerations of prisoners, etc.
3. Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause - The people are rallied into a unifying patriotic frenzy over the need to eliminate a perceived common threat or foe: racial , ethnic or religious minorities; liberals; communists; socialists, terrorists, etc.
4. Supremacy of the Military - Even when there are widespread
domestic problems, the military is given a disproportionate amount of government funding, and the domestic agenda is neglected. Soldiers and military service are glamorized.
5. Rampant Sexism - The governments of fascist nations tend to be almost exclusively male-dominated. Under fascist regimes, traditional gender roles are made more rigid. Divorce, abortion and homosexuality are suppressed and the state is represented as the ultimate guardian of the family institution.
6. Controlled Mass Media - Sometimes to media is directly controlled by the government, but in other cases, the media is indirectly controlled by government regulation, or sympathetic media spokespeople and executives. Censorship, especially in war time, is very common.
7. Obsession with National Security - Fear is used as a motivational tool by the government over the masses.
8. Religion and Government are Intertwined - Governments in fascist nations tend to use the most common religion in the nation as a tool to manipulate public opinion. Religious rhetoric and terminology is common from government leaders, even when the major tenets of the religion are diametrically opposed to the government's policies or actions.
9. Corporate Power is Protected - The industrial and business aristocracy of a fascist nation often are the ones who put the government leaders into power, creating a mutually beneficial business/government relationship and power elite.
10. Labor Power is Suppressed - Because the organizing power of labor is the only real threat to a fascist government, labor unions are either eliminated entirely, or are severely suppressed.
11. Disdain for Intellectuals and the Arts - Fascist nations tend to promote and tolerate open hostility to higher education, and academia. It is not uncommon for professors and other academics to be censored or even arrested. Free expression in the arts and letters is openly attacked.
12. Obsession with Crime and Punishment - Under fascist regimes, the police are given almost limitless power to enforce laws. The people are often willing to overlook police abuses and even forego civil liberties in the name of patriotism. There is often a national police force with virtually unlimited power in fascist nations.
13. Rampant Cronyism and Corruption - Fascist regimes almost always are governed by groups of friends and associates who appoint each other to government positions and use governmental power and authority to protect their friends from accountability. It is not uncommon in fascist regimes for national resources and even treasures to be appropriated or even outright stolen by government leaders.
14. Fraudulent Elections - Sometimes elections in fascist nations are a complete sham. Other times elections are manipulated by smear campaigns against or even assassination of opposition candidates, use of legislation to control voting numbers or political district boundaries, and manipulation of the media. Fascist nations also typically use their judiciaries to manipulate or control elections.

Watch As Gov. Mike Pence Refuses To Answer Whether The States New RFRA Will Be Used To Deny Gay's Equal Public Accommodations

Indiana Is A Great Place To Be A Bigot

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Man As Art

Words Of Prophecy From A Founding Father

"Religious institutions that use government power in support of themselves and force their views on persons of other faiths, or of no faith, undermine all our civil rights. Moreover, state support of an established religion tends to make the clergy unresponsive to their own people, and leads to corruption within religion itself. Erecting the 'wall of separation between church and state,' therefore, is absolutely essential in a free society."
Thomas Jefferson

Charles Barkley Calls For NCAA To Pull Final Four Games From Indiana

From Gaystar News:
National Basketball Association legend Charles Barkley wants college basketball to remove its most important game out of Indiana.
Every March and April the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) holds its Final Four tournament (March Madness).
This year the championship will be held in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Earlier this week, Governor Mike Pence signed a bill allowing anyone - including private businesses and organizations - to discriminate against LGBT people and others based on religious beliefs.
'Discrimination in any form is unacceptable to me,' Barkley said in a statement, according to Talking Points Memo.
'As long as anti-gay legislation exists in any state, I strongly believe big events such as the Final Four and Super Bowl should not be held in those states’ cities,' the statement continued.
The Super Bowl is the championship game of the National Football League.
Barkley, who is also an analyst during the Final Four, is an LGBT ally.
He defended Michael Sam when the National Football rookie came out. Basketball journeyman, and out gay man, Jason Collins also received Barkley's praises.
The Hall of Famer has always dismissed questions about gay players being a disruption in the lockers.
 'I think it's an insult to gay people to think that they are going to be looking at their teammates in a sexual way' the retired ball player once said in a CNN interview

'That's an insult to all gay men,' he continued.

And So It Begins...Anti-gay Bigot Says He Will Not Serve Gay People In Indiana...But Won't Identify His Business