Saturday, May 23, 2015

It is official. Ireland has passed equal marriage rights by vote.

God bless the Irish. 
I know S/he does. 

Friday, May 22, 2015

Dog Days Yummy

I found this Dog treat on the internet and just had to share. The dog days of Summer will be here soon. I am making this for my Baby dog. 

Picture is kind of fuzzy but the recipe is great. If the Dog does not like this, I will try them myself. I think I will try one anyway. I like peanut butter. 

Thursday, May 21, 2015

LOOSIES - Update

UPDATE:  I love it when the real world agrees with me. Agreement tells me I am sane. These days I need all the reassurance I can get.

Michigan makes up for its budget shortfall after cutting corporate taxes by taxing people who smoke and drink more! Chad Livengood reports:
Revenue from so-called sin taxes on tobacco, beer, wine and liquor totaled $290.5 million in the 2014 fiscal year, more than twice the $137.6 million net income taxes paid by Michigan businesses after receiving $768.8 million in refunds from tax credits, a Detroit News analysis of tax data shows.
Since Gov. Rick Snyder and lawmakers delivered sweeping tax relief for businesses in 2011, net business income taxes dropped 90 percent, depleting the state's main operating fund of $1.33 billion, according to state revenue data. 

I hate it when I get anywhere near to agreeing with Rand Paul. Guy always looks like he has been sleeping off a three day drunk in his car. Bear with me, please.

It is true that cigarette taxes are bad law as Rand Paul asserts. We disagree about why these taxes are bad law.

Cigarette taxes are bad law for ordinary folks - never mind "dangerous" for the police. Fuck the police. 

Eric Garner was a small business owner. A old school capitalist. He sold single cigarettes, called loosies in the Hood, for profit.

A pack of cigarettes is so expensive due to taxes. Your basic working person and everyday street person cannot afford a whole pack at one time or has to make one pack last a week. Sometimes you just have to have a cigarette. And there on the corner stood Eric Garner ready, willing and not all that able. 

Taxes run government. The Suits decided to tax the shit out of cigarettes and thereby tax the shit out of addicts and working folks rather than tax the pusher Corpos and Wall Street. Naturally the nanny Progressives cheered. All that second hand smoke irritated their eyes, no doubt.

The working classes as a whole who smoke are being farmed for money to run government services just like Ferguson was being farmed for tax money to run government. Every man a profit center. 

I think there is plenty of blame to go around for the death of Eric Garner, right and left.

Selling loosies is not a capital offense. It is an interracial occupation in Philly. Whole damn murder was a matter of CLASS not race. This time. On second thought, it is a race and a class and a poverty thing.

"If Eric Garner had been selling naked credit default swaps instead of cigarettes – if in other words he'd set up a bookmaking operation in which passersby could bet on whether people made their home mortgage payments or companies paid off their bonds – the police by virtue of a federal law
called the Commodity Futures Modernization Act would have been barred from even approaching him."
Matt Taibbi

Monday, May 18, 2015

Right on Time Barbecue Sauce

I am blessed with seriously foody friends. Only a friend will give you their prize recipe for Barbecue Sauce.

Iron Pyrite's Barbecue Sauce


1 stick of Butter
1 chopped white Onion
1 minced Garlic clove
4 teaspoons of Tabasco sauce (more of less to suit taste)
1 tablespoon of Lemon Juice
2 tablespoons of Chili Powder (more or less to suit taste)
2 cups of apple cider Vinegar (rice vinegar will give a more “sour” finish)
1 32-ounce bottle of Ketchup (more or less to suit taste)
1-1/2 cups of Brown Sugar (more sugar will tend to thicken the mixture, and make more of a glaze on the meat)
4 tablespoons of Worcestershire Sauce (Lea and Perrin’s is good)
Fine ground Black Pepper (add to suit taste while cooking)

Melt butter in a large frying pan, and sauté the onions and garlic until light brown. I like to sauté the onions and garlic starting with a low heat, then gradually increase the heat up to a “medium” level, until the onions and garlic start to “liquefy” in the butter. If you choose to do this, you will have to ensure that the onions and garlic are finely chopped/minced.

Bring the heat down to a high simmer, and add the remaining ingredients, starting with the ketchup; thoroughly stir the ketchup into the mix, then add the brown sugar a few small scoops at a time, so that it will not “clump”, and continue to stir consistently.

Once all the ingredients have been added, bring the heat down to a low simmer, and stir frequently for about 45 minutes to an hour. This is time to add the “suit to taste” ingredients that you like. Keep refrigerated - will keep well in the refrigerator.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Too Yummy to Leave in the Comments - Chili Divine

Ms. Lissa Patton's Chili Divine

"Twelve good sized ripe heirloom tomatoes (they have an acidic taste, not like the cardboard you find in the supermarket).

Peel (I drop them in hot water for a few seconds then put them on ice, which cracks the skin and it is easily stripped). Slice in half lengthwise. De-seed. (A baby spoon works for this).

Put in food processor along with de-seeded jalapenos to taste. (Slice lengthwise and use a baby spoon again)


Put in Dutch oven.

Add two cinnamon sticks, salt and black pepper to taste. (Sometines I add a bit of white pepper).

Finely chop a sweet white onion and add.

Add beans (Kidney and black beans are what I use a pound or so of each.)

Add about two cups of chicken or turkey broth.

Brown about two pounds of pork sausage. (We have an old fashioned hand crank grinder, so we do it ourselves with white pork shoulder meat.)

Add a half cup of honey after you put the browned meat in the pot.

Three cloves garlic, finely chopped.

Heat at 220 in the oven for at least three hours, pulling the rack out every thirty minutes or so to stir.

I like it to go five or six hours the first time. Gets better every time you reheat. It’s thick, so sometimes we serve it over white rice, like gumbo.

Freezes well."

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Life and Liberty for Those Who Believe

On religious issues there can be little or no compromise. There is no position on which people are so immovable as their religious beliefs. There is no more powerful ally one can claim in a debate than Jesus Christ, or God, or Allah, or whatever one calls this supreme being. But like any powerful weapon, the use of God's name on one's behalf should be used sparingly. The religious factions that are growing throughout our land are not using their religious clout with wisdom. They are trying to force government leaders into following their position 100 percent. If you disagree with these religious groups on a particular moral issue, they complain, they threaten you with a loss of money or votes or both.

I'm frankly sick and tired of the political preachers across this country telling me as a citizen that if I want to be a moral person, I must believe in "A," "B," "C" and "D." Just who do they think they are? And from where do they presume to claim the right to dictate their moral beliefs to me?

And I am even more angry as a legislator who must endure the threats of every religious group who thinks it has some God-granted right to control my vote on every roll call in the Senate. I am warning them today: I will fight them every step of the way if they try to dictate their moral convictions to all Americans in the name of "conservatism."
Barry Goldwater - Speech in the US Senate (16 September 1981)

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

The Penis and the Gun or This is for Fighting and This is for Fun

UPDATE: I thought the guns debacle could not get any funnier. Call me sick but I think this is hysterical in a black humor The Loved One kind of fashion.

KY Sheriff's Detective 'Accidentally' Shoots His Mother At Church Wedding

I am inspired to continue keeping track of the penis demolitions and the Mothers. If you, Cher Reader, should happen upon a penis demolition or Mama fragging in the news, I would be grateful if you would draw the accident to my attention.

There are a number of websites that are tracking 'accidental' gun wounding and gun death. You can read another new gun death or wounding story every day in America. For awhile I was in a constant state of upset. 

The whole American gun debacle is so ugly, ridiculous and constant that all I can do now is laugh. Do you think maybe God has a sense of humor? A truly black sense of humor? I mean, what would you find funny if you were God?

BANG - right in the penis! And the Dumfuckistanis shoot themselves in the dick regularly. Oh the schadenfreude - it is delicious. The Aussie comedian below is so right on.

I could go on and on and on ... but you get the idea. "His girlfriend's little pink pistol" got him right in his little pink pistol. LAUGHING MY ASS OFF.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Police in Portland say a man suspected of shooting a neighbor shot himself in the groin while trying to leave the scene of the crime.
LEHIGH ACRES, FL - A 23-year-old man was taken to the hospital with multiple burn wounds after he accidentally shot himself in the genitals with a flare gun, according to the Lee County Sheriff's Office.
Man accidentally shoots himself in groin at Alaska State Fair by Tegan Hanlon
A man in Macon Georgia shot himself in the penis on Thursday, according to WMAZ Channel 13.
CHANDLER, Ariz. – Police are preaching firearms safety after a Chandler man accidentally shot himself in the penis with his girlfriend's little pink pistol.
Police in the town of Rio Claro received a call around 8:00 a.m. on Sunday from witnesses who had heard a shot coming from a parked car. The responding officers found a driver slumped at the wheel bleeding from his... private parts.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

What the Teacher Saw: Baltimore Cops Created the Riot. Pass it on.

"Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone; but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery."– Malcolm X
The only questions I have are:

Did they do what the Teacher describes below because they are stupid, paranoid and cowardly?

Or did they do this to make noise loud enugh to obscure and cover up their torture and murder of Freddie Gray?

I say "they" because the cops are a gang of thugs. The many act as one. The good cops cover for the bad cops. Therefore there are no good cops.
Meghann Victoria Harris

A clear narration of what my students and I just saw (and please SHARE this so people know the story): we drove into Mondawmin, knowing it was going to be a mess. I was trying to get them home before anything insane happened. The students were JUST getting out of Douglas, but before that could even happen, the police were forcing busses to stop and unload all their passengers. Then, Douglas students, in huge herds, were trying to leave on various busses but couldn't catch any because they were all shut down. No kids were yet around except about 20, who looked like they were waiting for police to do something. The cops, on the other hand, were in full riot gear marching toward any small social clique of students who looked as if they were just milling about. It looked as if there were hundreds of cops. So, me, personally, if I were a Douglas student that just got trapped in the middle of a minefield BY cops without any way to get home and completely in harm's way, I'd be ready to pop off, too.
I hope everyone's kids are getting home to them safely tonight.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Democrat Dom Costa wants to make yelling at the police a crime. Dumbass.

Wherein I sing Dom Costa a SONG.

PA Lawmaker Wants to Make it a Crime to Taunt Police Officers Because Feelings May Get Hurt

"Also taking part in today’s meathead intellectualism de jour, was former Pittsburgh Police Officer and current House member Dom Costa, who proposed that taunting cops should be a crime because feelings may be hurt and egos may be bruised. At the press conference, Costa said:
This nonsense that is going today on where police officers are being taunted by people and being provoked, lets face it we’re all human beings, and eventually that emotion will break. And that’s what they’re trying to do. So, what I’ve talked to some of my colleagues and the senator [Senator Rafferty] is that we have a bill about taunting a police dog. It’s illegal. There should be out that you can’t taunt a police officer because you’re going to get those emotions up. I myself and Representative Vereb are looking at that bill to put it forward in the House, and I am sure the Senate will follow. Or at least support that bill. - Rep. Dom Costa"
Read more about it at Raging Chicken Press - a first class Pennsylvania politics blog. 
Oink oink at you from Philly, Dom Baby. 

You know, where the cops were investigated by the FBI for not pursuing rapists.

Where the cops grab your tit while invading your home on a bogus drug bust and tell you "Too bad Lady, nobody is going to believe you." 

Where the police assaulted Rev. Clarice Harris for asking for a badge number while they were beating someone.

The Pennsylvania State Police are no better. Some of their handiwork -------------->.

Dom Costa is an Oinker. Come onna my house, Costa. Ima gonna give you candy - apple, a plum and a apricot too. 
Soooo Eeeee Pig Pig Pig.

Now come and get this Old Lady. Arrest me. I hope you put aside the money it is going to cost the State of PA when the ACLU comes for your ass. I am a cute Old Lady. We will make you famous.

Dumbass. I could care less you are a Democrat. I am a nonpartisan scoffer. You are a dumbass. Dumb is you, Dom.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

A Rhapsody of Negro LIfe

April 29, 2015 marks the 116th anniversary of the birth of Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington. This year also marks the centennial of Billie Holiday's birth. So to end April, Bede's Beat brings you the very first collaboration between these two giants of American music.

In 1935, an 18 year-old Billie Holiday made her film début in a 9-and-a-half minute short. The purpose of the short was two-fold: first, it provided a platform for Duke Ellington & His Orchestra to introduce a major work -- A Rhapsody of Negro Life -- whose length exceeded the capacity of the recording and playback technology of the era. Second, the film was intended to be a multimedia representation of the Harlem Renaissance.

The film, like Ellington's composition, is divided into four sections: The Laborers, The Triangle, A Hymn of Sorrow and Harlem Rhythm. Billie appears in the second section, The Triangle.

The short was extremely successful -- it received much positive critical praise and even won the "Best Musical Short Subject" Academy Award for 1935. It is also noteworthy for being the first nationally distributed film by a major studio whose screenplay was written by an African-American.

The studio insisted on appending the "Symphony in Black" to Ellington's original title, which was simply A Rhapsody of Negro Life

A Rhapsody of Negro Life is the predecessor to the far more famous Black, Brown and Beige, which followed 8 years later and which most people think is Ellington's first extended work. Portrait by Les Leffingwell. Prints for sale at the link.

Symphony in Black: A Rhapsody of Negro Life
(1935/9 minutes)


Toxic Religon #2 - I define my terms and get a bit further along here.

As I sat and thought about this subject, I realized I have bitten off a big chew. And I started with the fear and trembling. I am late because I was dithering and being sick too.

I worry about organizing this because there is so much that can and should be said about abusive and toxic religion and religionists. And I am no theologian. Nevertheless - ANDIAMO!

I am going to talk, eventually, about how the evil religious can be recognized in daily life so we can all RUN AWAY! when we recognize them. I need to create some order for myself.

In the first bit I wrote, I talked about the scientific definition of religion and the primacy of conscience in spiritual life. And I linked you to a blog article from which I will be taking in vitro examples of toxic religion in action. I also identified the monk Nicholas Herman as our resident expert on meditation, prayer and the love of God.

I am defining terms as I go so there will be less confusion - mine. If I say meditation I also mean prayer. They are the same. If I say toxic, I mean evil. They are the same. This is what I mean when I say GOD. And this:

Something there is without form and complete,
Born before heaven and earth,
Solitary and vast,
Standing alone without change,
Everywhere pervading all things,
Mothering all beneath heaven.
I don't know its name;
I style it Tao,
And for want of a name call it great.
To be great is to go on.
To go on is to be far.
To be far is to return.
Therefore,Tao is great.
Earth is great.
Man is great.
The universe has four greats,
And man is one of them.
Man follows earth;
Earth follows heaven;
Heaven follows Tao;
Tao follows itself.

Evil and The Evil
It is usual to think of good and evil as two poles, two opposite directions, the antithesis of one another…. We must begin by doing away with this convention.~Martin Buber
Buber argues we must work to be good, but we happen to be evil. Works for me. I can be real evil. Essentially, life itself is an ''occasion of sin." There is something really democratic about that.

We must pay attention to ourselves. I am convinced that the Evil are not Special Snowflakes of Evil for the most part -- they are lazy. I mean, who really wants to do self examination unless compelled to do so by alcoholism, tragedy or intellectual peculiarities? Or perhaps impelled by love of God/Truth/Light/Art or whatever version of the Divine you may have given yourself over to.
Since the primary motive of the evil is disguise, one of the places evil people are most likely to be found is within the church. What better way to conceal one's evil from oneself, as well as from others, than to be a deacon or some other highly visible form of Christian within our culture? ... I do not mean to imply that the evil are anything other than a small minority among the religious or that the religious motives of most people are in any way spurious. I mean only that evil people tend to gravitate toward piety for the disguise and concealment it can offer them. - Martin Buber, Good and Evil, pg. 111.
To be continued...

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Hillary Clinton speaks truth to Chris Smith

ILLEGAL ABORTION and CHILDBIRTH (sepsis and hemorrhage) are the leading causes of maternal death worldwide.

Fertility is serious business for women. Abortion and contraception are human rights.

Hillary Clinton is massively qualified to be POTUS. And she has my vote.

Frankly, I will vote for anyone with DEMOCRAT after their name. Republicans have the rape and breeder slavery of women in their party platform.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Bede's Beat - April 15 marks the 150th anniversary of the death of Abraham Lincoln in 1865

In 1942, Aaron Copland's mind was on the past and the present, because he was commissioned by André Kostelanetz write a piece about an "eminent American" for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra,

Copland -- like Kurt Weill, who was contemporaneously setting several of Walt Whitman Civil War poems to musical accompaniment -- turned to the figure of Lincoln as a means of explaining to his countrymen precisely what they were fighting for in battle against the Axis.

The result was The Lincoln Portrait a work written for full orchestra with narrator. Over the years, many famous actors and Americans have performed the Lincoln Portriat, including Henry Fonda (with Copland himself conducting), Gregory Peck, Charlton Heston, James Earl Jones, Samuel L. Jackson, Marian Anderson, Katherine Hepburn, Esther Rolle, Vincent Price, Walter Cronkite, Carl Sandburg (in a performance that won a Grammy), Gore Vidal, Margaret Thatcher, Niel Armstrong, Julius "Dr. J" Erving and Adlai Stevenson.

Carl Sandburg with André Kostelanetz conducting the New York Philharmonic [winner of the 1959 Grammy for "Best Performance – Documentary Or Spoken Word (Other Than Comedy)"

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Monday, April 13, 2015

Toxic Religion #1 - I stop trashtalking and get serious and longwinded. So you might want to skip this.

The impetus for my rant this time is a thread on Christian News Network.

I have seriously brainy friends and I thank Fiona for the suggestion that books mentioned here be provided to readers. The book titles are links to complete free copies of the work cited. 

The experience of awe/reverence is a function of the human psyche and often finds its expression as Religion and other forms of spirituality like Art and Music.

William James gave a long and famous lecture about religion entitled The Varieties of Religious Experience that explores and elucidates that concept. 

James thereby provided us with a scientific and sociological definition of religion.
"Religion...shall mean for us the feelings, acts, and experiences of individual men in their solitude, so far as they apprehend themselves to stand in relation to whatever they may consider the divine.Since the relation may be either moral, physical, or ritual, it is evident that out of religion in the sense in which we take it, theologies, philosophies, and ecclesiastical organizations may secondarily grow."
Lecture II, "Circumscription of the Topic"
Like any other function of the human psyche, there can be psychic disorder. In religion, that disorder takes the form of toxic zealotry. And like any other disorder, it causes pain and sometimes violence both spiritual and physical. I want to explore toxic religion a bit on my pages.

If you like the filth and dirt the most here at Plum Hovel, just ignore these pages. I myself can only be good for so long before I start to itch. So like all the other series here, when you see the signature Art, you can dive in or run away as you see fit.

I am going to begin by talking about The Practice of the Presence of God. This tiny book is a classic Christian work on Meditation and Prayer. And it is going to be a big help to us in illustrating the nature and scope of toxic religion. There are links to the book on this page and in the comments.

I chose Pope Benedict as the poster child for this series because he said something about conscience that spoke to my conditon. For me that is proof positive that spiritual comfort can come from the most unlikely sources.
"Over the pope as the expression of the binding claim of ecclesiastical authority there still stands one's own conscience, which must be obeyed before all else, if necessary even against the requirement of ecclesiastical authority. Conscience confronts [the individual] with a supreme and ultimate tribunal, and one which in the last resort is beyond the claim of external social groups, even of the official church."
(Pope Benedict XVI [then Archbishop Joseph Ratzinger], "Commentary on the Documents of Vatican II", ed. Vorgrimler, 1968, on Gaudium et spes, part 1, chapter 1.)
To be continued...

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Bill Allyn's Gift to this Republic

Click Me!
I found this excellent essay on law enforcement on Crooks and Liars. It was just hanging out in the comments. The author, Bill Allyn, has posted it on a number of online sites. I hope I can help his comments go viral by publishing them here. I think he covers all the bases. 

"America has a serious, institutionalized, systemic law enforcement problem. Over the last 4 decades, our law enforcement has become increasingly militarized, putting every citizen at risk of being shot and killed for nothing more than reaching for their wallet, as instructed, or less. This may increase safety for police officers (debatable, in the long run), but at the expense of making American citizens far less safe, which is the exact opposite of the goals of law enforcement. We need to create systems that bring back accountability within every level of the justice system.

Nationally, we need to:

1. Create citizen oversight committees with powers of subpoena and prosecutorial discretion for every law enforcement agency in the country. 

2. Require law enforcement officers to be personally insured to protect taxpayers from lawsuits. Too risky for insurance? No insurance, no badge. 

3. Require every law enforcement officer to wear a camera. No camera, no gun. No exceptions. 

4. Require yearly psyche tests and lie detector tests to screen out bad apples. 

5. Require monthly drug and steroid tests.

6. All police agencies must keep a database of every officer-caused civilian injury, shooting or killing, and that data must be periodically transmitted to a third-party, non-biased national database. 

7. Any officer involved in a shooting must be alcohol and drug tested immediately.

8. Officers should be made aware of studies on abuse of power, such as the Stanford Prison Experiment and the Milgram experiment on obedience to authority figures.

9. Create a special number to report police brutality. 

10. Create national database of bad cops, so they don’t just get hired elsewhere.

11. Reverse militarization of police forces. Take away military “toys”, weapons, APC's, uniforms, etc. Keep SWAT/military weapons and equipment under lock and key only to be used in genuine emergencies.

12. End drug prohibition/war on drugs. Use harm reduction strategies. 

13. End private prison industry. 

14. Create a national organization dedicated to these ideals."

Friday, April 10, 2015

Gourmets for Mc Govern Banana Cake

Library book sales are the bomb. Yes, I am even political about food. Food is very political.

I found a small hand bound cookbook entitled Gourmets for Mc Govern. It is full of charming illustrations. The only colophon reads "This cookbook has been peacefully and lovingly put together by volunteers for Mc Govern." The recipes do have attribution.

This is the perfect Banana Cake recipe because it tells you exactly how much banana to use. I hate when a recipe says "two bananas." Bananas come in all shapes and sizes. You can mess with quantity in ordinary cooking. Baking needs more precision than that. I give you the recipe verbatim.
Ms. Joan Cantor's Banana Cake
Cream together:
1 cup Sugar
1/2 cup Shortening
2 Eggs
4 tablespoons Sour Cream
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
Beat well.
1 cup Banana pulp
1 and 1/2 cups Flour
1/4 teaspoon Salt
1 teaspoon Vanilla
Bake at 350 degrees for 1/2 to 3/4 of an hour. Cake will shrink away from the sides of the pan when done.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

The Surrender of General R. E. Lee to General U.S. Grant

Today is the 150th anniversary of the surrender of General Robert E. Lee to General Ulysses S. Grant which ended the military phase of the American Civil War.

To mark the occasion, Bede's Beat brings you a sample of Kurt Weill's settings of four of Walt Whitman Civil War poems.

Shortly after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and the German declaration of war against the U.S., Kurt Weill -- who had fled Nazi Germany in 1933 and moved to the U.S. in 1935 -- began to set three of Walt Whitman's Civil War poems to music.

The poems Weill chose form a cycle which was completed by the addition of the setting of a fourth poem in 1947.

The first poem, Beat! Beat! Drums!, begins the cycle with an enthusiastic martial call to arms. The middle part of the cycle is devoted to the inevitable result of war: death.

The second, O Captain! My Captain!, about death of a leader in time of war, proved prophetic.

The third poem, Come Up from the Fields Father uses the imagery of autumn and the harvest to presage the grief of a mother upon learning of her son’s death -- a reminder of the toll of war on the home front.

The cycle concludes with Dirge for Two Veterans, and the contrast of Whitman's lament with the first poem in the cycle is reflected in music for each: while the first movement is sprightly, martial and optimistic, the final poem is set to a funeral march. 

Donald Trump Redux at Nick's Place

There once was a blowhard named Trump
Who had a skull as thick as his rump.
But that thing on his head
That we weren't sure was dead
May've been the brains of the bunch.

by Nick Vanocur

Caricature of The Donald from You want to go there for superb photoshop Art. 

Okay, Scotty. Show us on the doll where the big nasty Koch brothers touched you.

BuckeyeB says "The thumb marks the spot."

You think this Walker guy is juiced? Look at his eyes. Look at his puffy face. He looks higher than the birds to me. And trust me, I know about get high. Cocaine maybe? He looks anesthetized.

Guy looks higher than Steve Cantaloupe Calves King. And that is saying something.

Sydney suggests that if we listen quietly, we can hear the marbles rolling around in Walker's head. I have seriously funny friends.

I take this occasion to present a petition to the White House. Past time to regularly and randomly drug test Congress - House and Senate. And a few Governors as well. What is sauce for the Working Man must be sauce for The Suits.

Please GO HERE to sign the petition.

Arrange to randomly and regularly drug test Congress - both House and Senate.

We can see drug and alcohol impairment of several members of Congress - both House and Senate. This petition is an intervention.
Published Date: Apr 09, 2015

Monday, April 6, 2015

Ballad of the Sunday Gunny

Gun fired during Mass
By William Kibler , The Altoona Mirror
A legally carried handgun discharged in the pocket of an attendee at Easter vigil Mass at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament on Saturday evening. A critical piece of the handgun apparently caught on the man's pants as he stood up, according to Altoona police officer Christy Heck. The safety apparently was not engaged, she said.
Ballad of the Sunday Gunny by LanceThruster

Well, I don't care if it rains or freezes, long as I can do my trigger squeezes,
Sittin' in the church, packin' in my pants.
Comes in colors, blued or silver, my good book don't try to pilfer,
I'll mow you down if you so much throw a glance.

Get yourself a Great Equalizer, your congregation won't be any wiser,
A manly grip of abalone shell.
10 round mag, now ain't that scary, right in front of the Virgin Mary,
As I send your sorry ass to Hell.

Gun goes off, now ain't that somethin', folks'll think that I'm a bumpkin
Cuz I almost shot my nuts clean through.
Make sure you're safe on Easter Sunday, and not some boob laughed at on Monday
Just because you put a bullet in the pew.

See Comments for the tune. 

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Sign of the Month - April 2015 - STFU David Brooks

David Brooks wants Gay Rights Advocates to "Go Gently"with their opposition

Remember Matthew Shepherd?
When was the last time LGBTQ activists tied a fundy Xtian to fence, beat the Xtian bloody and left him to die?

Remember the Upstairs Lounge arson?
When was the last time a LGBTQ activist set fire to a Xtian Purity Ball and murdered 30 people.

Remember Eric Rudolph?
When was the last time a gay activist was responsible for a series of anti-Xtian motivated bombings which killed two people and injured 111 others.

Who is David Brooks and why should we care? You think he is married? 

David Brooks needs to STFU. He is a bigot and a paid professional liar and obfuscator. No LGBTQ activist is killing and maiming and torturing Xtians for shitz and giggles. No LGBTQ activist is calling for the execution of Christians. The same cannot be said of fundamentalist Christians.

Resisting Religious Authoritarians - A Brief Primer for Easter Use

I smack the stuffing out of Religious Authoritarians* when they need it. Verbally of course. I have gotten good at it. God has sent me to save them from error, I tell myself.
Jesus said: Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. 
And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 
But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. 
And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them . . . - Matthew 6
Everyone knows an Authoritarian. They come in all religious and political persuasions. They make milk curdle and babies cry just standing there pointing to The Rules.

I am rote and repetitive in my argument until they regain normal consciousness and get real. Here is my rote argument:

1. Do not pray for me. God might think I hang out with you.

2. I am responsible for my own sins. I am responsible for my own redemption. My affair with God is private. Two's company and you are a crowd.

3. Step back. Do not Jesus at me. I have a permit to carry. (this for severe cases only)

4. It is your Hell. You burn in it. I will save France.

Listen patiently. Speak gently and quietly. Repeat the above phrases and creative permutations of said phrases as needed. Do this after every offensive sentence they utter or outburst they make until you see them regain consciousness. Broken record them.

Some intrusive persons determined to 'save' you need repeated doses until spiritual health is restored. Some people have trouble when you set boundaries for them and that is why I suggest gentleness and firmness when administering correction. There is nothing to be saved from. God loves absolutely. Everybody goes to Heaven.
* Note: How do you recognize a Religious Authoritarian? This is one of the best descriptions I have read below. Or you could watch the video.

© Paschal Baute 1993
  • Inability to think, doubt, or question religious information and/or authority
  • Black-and-white, good/bad, either/or simplistic thinking: one way or the other
  • Shame-based belief that you aren't good enough or you aren't doing it right
  • Magical thinking that God will fix you/ do it all, without serious work on your part
  • Scrupulosity: rigid obsessive adherence to rules, codes of ethics, or guidelines
  • Uncompromising judgmental attitudes: readiness to find fault or evil out there
  • Compulsive or obsessive praying, going to church or crusades, quoting scripture
  • Unrealistic financial contributions
  • Believing that sex is dirty; believing our bodies or physical pleasures are evil
  • Compulsive overeating and/or excessive fasting
  • Conflict and argumentation with science, medicine, and education
  • Progressive detachment from the real work, isolation and breakdown of relationships
  • Psychosomatic illness: back pains, sleeplessness, headaches, hypertension
  • Manipulating scripture or texts, feeling specially chosen, claiming to receive special messages from God
  • Maintaining a religious "high", trance-like state, keeping a happy face (or the belief that one should...)
  • Attitude of righteousness or superiority: "we versus the world," including the denial of one's human-ness.
  • Confusion, great doubts, mental, physical or emotional breakdown, cries for help
The ultimate temptation of the believer is to assume that his or her way to God is the best or only way for others. The particular Way to God becomes what is adored, not the ineffable and incomprehensible Mystery to which we give the name of God."

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Happy Easter! Happy Spring! We are Redeemed.

Tom Wolf wants to liberate LGBTQ folks in PA. We can help.

lgbt-pa-flagI love my new Governor. I am so glad I cast my vote for Tom Wolf. First, he starts to work on the death penalty and now he is working on civil rights for sexual minorities.

I feel like singing Dayenu and I am not Jewish. If Tom Wolf only rid us of the death penalty and created peace for LGBT, it would be enough.

As we sit around our feast day tables, we give thanks and we remember that Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, TransGender and Queer folks are our Family, Friends and Colleagues and we love them.

Everything else Wolf might do is lagniappe. Way to go, Governor. What an excellent gift to all of us in Pennsylvania for Passover and Easter.

Now claim the gift, fellow Pennsylvanians, and sign the Governor's petition HERE.
PA-Gov: Wolf Denounces Indiana Bill, Calls for New Legislation
Governor Wolf is pushing for Pennsylvania to become a more inclusive place.In the wake of the controversy over Indiana’s anti-LGBT legislation, Wolf is asking the legislature to adopt a non-discrimination law in PA.
“I simply don’t understand what the Governor of Indiana was thinking when he signed a bill that allows discrimination against people based on who they love,” Wolf wrote in an email to his campaign subscribers. “It’s not only wrong on a human level, but also ill-advised for attracting businesses and creating jobs in today’s global economy.”
“But we have some work to do here in Pennsylvania as well,” the Governor continued. “Unfortunately, Pennsylvania is the only state in the Northeast that doesn’t prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity and expression — and that needs to end.”

Listen to the Philadelphia Biblical University Institute of Jewish Studies class of 2000 music team beautifully perform the popular Passover song Dayenu. Happy Pesach! Happy Easter! 

Friday, April 3, 2015

BullyWatch Productions

Last week, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia told us that these people are not anti-abortion “protesters.” Instead, he glowingly described them as, “counselors” who wanted “to comfort these [pregnant] women” by speaking to them, “quietly and in a friendly manner.” - Dean Obeidallah

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

OMG GOP WTF? - Klingon Shit Happens - UPDATE

UPDATE: Rev. Klingenschmidt rides again!

I knew before he was elected that KlingonShit was going to be popcorn worthy. I love it when subsequent events prove my wisdom. KlingonShit has been removed from a committee by the Republican party. You voted for him Colorado. I iz laffing.
Last week, a pregnant woman in Colorado was attacked by a stranger who stabbed her in the stomach and cut her baby out of her womb, and Republican state legislator Gordon Klingenschmitt is attributing the attack to God's curse upon America for the sin of legal abortion. - Right Wing Watch
It's Colorado rocky mountain high.
I've seen it raining fire in the sky.
Friends around the campfire
And everybodys high.
Rocky mountain high ...
- John Denver
The Republican Party candidate for State Representative from El Paso County Colorado is Rev. Gordon James Klingenschmitt.  Rev. Klingenschmitt is an Evangelical Christian who has a daily religious program carried to a number of outlets by Direct TV.

Are Colorado Republicans insane? This is the guy who preaches that the FCC is allowing demonic spirits to "molest and visually rape your children." And preaches that Obamacare causes cancer. And homosexuality is a sin and a "foul cancer." 

I do not think insanity or Republicans are the reason this guy won his primary. "What is the reason?" I ask myself and I answer thus:

I think stoners are doing a takedown for shitz and giggles. Confess. How many stoners registered Republican just so you could vote for this guy? How many trekkies think I should apologize for the Klingon joke?

My evidence for a charge of stoner and trekkie hijinks? "Gordon does not speak on behalf of the Republican Party. To suggest otherwise is inaccurate and dishonest," said Ryan Call, chairman of the Colorado Republican Party. The Navy did not want this guy either so they canned him.

Stoners and Trekkies look sharp. Caveat emptor! This twatwaffle is serious as a heart attack. And like the Tundra Twat, he sounds sane enough at first look to get elected. All this sanctimony is giving me serious agita.

April Fool for Love - Bede's Beat

“I still believe that peace and plenty and happiness can be worked out some way. I am a fool.” - Kurt Vonnegut
"Everybody plays the fool, sometime. There's no exception to the rule, listen baby. It may be factual, it may be cruel, I ain't lying. Everybody plays the fool." - Aaron Neville
I asked The Execrable Bede for a special song for April Fool's Day. Bede reminded me it is the 100th anniversary of Lady Day's birth in Philadelphia PA on April 7, 1915.

I welcome The Execrable Bede to Plum Hovel and know you will enjoy his encyclopedic knowledge of Music on Bede's Beat. If you go to Comments, you will hear from The Bede himself and see what he would have written if I had given him some time to do so.

Happy Birthday, Billie Holiday. We still listen to your Song. We miss you. Rest in Love and Music.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Reaming Indiana

The Twitter universe is ablaze. This is just a brief sample of the job being done by fellow Americans on Indiana and Mike Pence.

Get over your ICK, Indiana.

As you can see, pretty much everybody has had it with the HomoHaters. Go to the link and see for yourself.