Latest Flick From Convicted Pedofile

I see the latest movie from fugitive and convicted pedofile/child rapist Roman Polansky is gearing up the publicity machine though I am willing to bet that he skipped the US premier of “Ghost Writer” in February in light of the fact that he has a prison term waiting for him if he ever again sets foot in the US. The real question is whether anyone, other than Hollywood types still holding out hope for work in his movies (and Whoppi Goldberg who has a problem defining rape), will be willing to put money in this predator’s pocket by actually going to see it?

If for some reason you are planning to go (or have gone) I would really love to hear why in the comments section.

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Florida Rep Alan Grayson Responds To Palin

Half term empty suit Sarah Palin was in Florida recently using up more of her 15 minutes stumping for Republican candidates and ripping Florida Democratic House Member Alan Grayson. Among other things she commented that what should be said about Grayson couldn’t be said in front of children.

Grayson has responded:

In response to Palin’s attack on Rep Grayson, Grayson actually complimented Palin. Grayson praised Palin for having a hand large enough to fit Grayson’s entire name on it.

And

I look forward to an honest debate with Governor Palin on the issues, in the unlikely event that she ever learns anything about them

Not very folksy of Grayson was it? True and funny but definitely not folksy…

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Religion Has Too Much Going For It

What, did I just say that? Let me explain.

I normally don’t post comments on other blogs especially in our local blogosphere as almost always my Atheism becomes the topic no matter what the subject of the original post might be. For example I might have in the past called into question a particular opinion on heath care or the economy and almost immediately some anonymous commenter will chime in with something like “who cares what you think because you hate Christians”.

Well this weekend I broke my own golden rule when I got into a debate in the comments section of Cory’s Madville Times blog with another local blogger that I normally just ignore. I ignore him mainly because nothing I say would ever convince him of the merits of my position and his idea of debating an issue is to basically call you a poopie head and then wonder aloud how you could be so stupid as to not see how his worldview is the only one there should be. He hurled his standard you are a gay loving, Christian hating, anti-American Liberal Marxist lines at me at every turn and suffice it to say each time I responded he lured me back in with more of the same despite my knowing better. This back and forth again got me to thinking, why do I bother arguing against a religious fundamentalist worldview that has so much going for it?

An Atheist will likely tell you that admitting that they don’t believe in a higher power is not an easy decision. Coming to the conclusion that there is no God immediately removes all the crutches that Religion relies on to get butts in the pews (and dollars in the collection plate) as well as removing the hope of an afterlife that gets some through their sometimes pathetic worldly life. For example, just about everyone fears death. An Atheist knows that once death happens that’s it, while believers are told that as long as you are faithful and follow the rules written by some medieval Jerry Falwell (or is it Fred Phelps?) types a few thousand years ago, you go to some wonderfully magical place to spend an eternity full of joy and love. How could one possibly be against that?

An Atheist knows that if he were to kill someone, he would likely end up in jail for most if not all the rest of his life. A person of faith believes that killing someone could bring them a worldly life in jail followed by an eternity of damnation unless they say they are really truly sorry. The exception of course is if the person murdered is a non-believer which then brings one praise and an eternity with 72 virgins. How can one be against that? Isn’t life in prison and eternal damnation a more effective deterrent? (Maybe we could ask the statistically higher per capita Christian prison population?)

Finally how can one effectively argue against something that allays ones biggest fears in life and explains what we cannot yet explain so simply by just invoking the “God did it” card? Heck we all know the Earth is flat and that Zeus has our backs so why worry!

Again I should have known better, how can you argue against blind faith…

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The Stench From Child Abuse Scandal Coming Closer To The Pope

So if the Vatican’s chief exorcist blames the Catholic Priest child abuse scandal on the “devil being at work in the Vatican“, what does it mean if the Pope was quite possibly involved with covering it up?

A widening child sexual abuse inquiry in Europe has landed at the doorstep of Pope Benedict XVI, as a senior church official acknowledged Friday that a German archdiocese made “serious mistakes” in handling an abuse case while the pope served as its archbishop.

I am still amazed that after 70 plus years of atrocities (that we are aware of) and estimates as high as $2 billion in church funds spent hiding, fighting, and paying off victims, that Catholics haven’t said they’ve had enough. Catholics tread through child sex scandal after child sex scandal involving their leaders and seemingly don’t bat an eye while Lutheran’s go berserk to the point of leaving the church when their leaders vote to allow non-celibate gays to serve as pastors.

Quite an interesting look at religion and the various faiths if you think about it. 
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The Devil Made Them Do It

For all this time I stupidly thought that it was the Catholic Church’s outright disdain for homosexuals, their beliefs that Priests (or gays) should not be married, and their attempts to sweep under the rug known instances of Priest abuses against children that led to the ever increasing number of child abuse atrocities. The Vatican’s “chief exorcistsets me straight.

Sex abuse scandals in the Roman Catholic Church are proof that that “the Devil is at work inside the Vatican”, according to the Holy See’s chief exorcist.

Father Gabriele Amorth, 85, who has been the Vatican’s chief exorcist for 25 years and says he has dealt with 70,000 cases of demonic possession, said that the consequences of satanic infiltration included power struggles at the Vatican as well as “cardinals who do not believe in Jesus, and bishops who are linked to the Demon”.

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Chat Roulette

The media has been a buzz recently over a fairly new “social media” site supposedly started by a 17 year old Russian kid. The site called Chat Roulette mixes the old school type messenger program with your web cam to allow you to anonymously meet people over video chat and when you get bored you just hit next and go on to the next randomly chosen person.

Of course this is a idea great for the pervs to exploit and makes for a perfect story for Jon Stewart to look into.

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When Words Are Just Words

Yesterday I wondered where the outrage was from the Tea Party “Constitutional scholars” whom were strangely silent after 3 of the more intrusive provisions of the Patriot Act were renewed by Congress. I would be remiss though by not also voicing my displeasure at Barack Obama over this as just being approved by Congress didn’t mean that the provisions would get renewed. President Obama also had to sign the legislation which for some reason he did on Saturday not 3 years removed from this statement on the Patriot Act:

This is legislation that puts our own Justice Department above the law. When National Security Letters are issued, they allow federal agents to conduct any search on any American, no matter how extensive or wide-ranging, without ever going before a judge to prove that the search is necessary.

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