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  • Jorg Aadahl 1:37 pm on March 27, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    FEELING FOOLED, – YET? 

    Donald Trump’s support crowd is shrinking, raising the obvious question of how dumb they must feel for having been taken so thoroughly by a lying con artist like him, already flunking as a self-styled “negotiator” without a clue to governmental affairs.
    For the remaining faithful, what would it take for that sorry crowd to understand that they have been taken for fools? Would even more lying help them to see the light? Further exposure of his past business failures, his ungentlemanlike sexual assaults, his tax evasion, cheating of employees and contractors, his shallow religiosity and questionable family values? What will it take to wake up the rest of his supporters? Anything, or nothing? Are they so brain washed that anything and anyone labelled “conservative” or “Republican” automatically will get a stamp of unquestioned approval and nausiating admiration? Are they shielded from all info? Don’t they watch main stream TV or read the more fact-based newspapers? Any constructive thinking or books except a few selected to solidify outdated, asocial views?
    Will it make a difference if he makes himself more of a laughingstock around the world, making the rest of us look like idiots for letting such an incomptetent egomaniac into the highst and most important office of the world? What if he was exposed as the traitor it now looks like he has been, and still is, conspiring with foreign adversaries to undermine our own democracy? Will he need to surround himself with more incompetents set on destroying our most vital social functions before his remaining supporters begin to see the light?

    For a cross-section of articles exposing this unqualified and unfit occupant of the White House, please refer to “Article Links”, ranging from Trumpy the Liar to “Groper-in-Chief, from his insanity and twitter bugging to the Russian scandal.

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 3:28 pm on February 15, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Make America “blessed” again? 

    Donald Trump’s shallow and disingenuous “godliness” is as empty and false as the rest of him.
    Unfortunately, it works to sway gullible, low-info believers. Despite his wide reputation as a sexual assaulter, his cheating, lying and tax evasion, the evangelicals all of a sudden turned into blind Trump supporters when he waved the Bible and declared, with poorly covered modesty, that it was a book even better than his own, – which he hadn’t even written, and probably not read any more critically than the Bible.
    This is the core of the problem we’re faced with. If the most fanatic bible followers had even read that collection of made-up, mostly impossible stories, – and read it with an open mind, they certainly wouldn’t have held it up as a moral guide, and certainly not supported someone who would hold it up as such, when in fact it is the exact opposite! The “God” portrayed is a jealous, self-centered, blood thirsty, immoral maniac, – and obviously made up, just like most of what comes out of Trumpy’s foul mouth.
    Which leaves us wondering if Trump would have been able to eke out even a narrow “win” if mixing politics and religion had been outlawed, like the Founding Fathers obviously intended. So, why are we still so obsessed about religion that someone as uniquely unqualified as Donald Trump can get extra points by faking a “faith”, despite his rather immoral character, which he has even bragged about himself? And now we see what a sorry cabal of cabinet members he has selected, partly incompetent and unqualified, mostly inexperienced in governmental affairs, and many there to promote self-interests at the expense of what is considered common good in a more progressive society.
    The US Constitution, Article II, Section 1 does specify what happens if the President has to be removed. Are we getting there before Trump does more damage than he has managed to do in less than a month of anti-Government actions? His approval rating is dropping daily to new lows, setting presidential records and suggesting that his base of voters is eroding. Then again, if you listened to his election speeches, nothing should be much of a surprise, – even for those with an R stamped to the forehead.

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 10:21 am on February 9, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    The US Dis-education Compartment 

    The pre-college US educational system is already lagging badly behind other comparable Western countries.
    The election of someone as uniquely unqualified, religiously obsessed and anti-science motivated as wealthy socialite Betsy deVos to lead the Eductional Department, doesn’t point towards a much needed academic upgrade.
    Perhaps the opposite was intended? This could very well be a part of a Republican longer range planning to secure future voters among the more poorly educated, religiously indoctrinated, gullible and easily fooled.
    Just remember how Trumpy gained evangelical support by waving the Bible, – a horrible collection of made-up, scary, immoral, and impossible stories. That’s all it took! And it may work again, – unless voters get better, fact-based education.

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 10:12 am on October 16, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Guest post: Christian values, by Marc Perkel, Gilroy (LTE, SF Chronicle Insight 10/16/2016) 

    I’m somewhat surprised that Sen. Ted Cruz is sticking with Donald Trump after all the horrible stuff that Trump did to Ted Cruz personally. Trump accused Ted Cruz’s father of being a conspirator in the assassination of former President John F. Kennedy and attacked his wife as being too ugly to be first lady.

    Ted Cruz is supposedly a Christian and yet he doesn’t have a problem with Trump going after married women while his pregnant wife sits at home, or talking about grabbing women by the crotch because he’s a “star” and he can get away with it. If this is what they call “Christian values,” all I can say is, “Thank God I’m an atheist!”

    Marc Perkel, Gilroy

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 7:42 am on April 2, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Divine backing failing? 

    While Donald Trump and Ted Cruz are still trying to out pray each other, it is rather remarkable how unsuccessful politicians claiming God’s backing have actually been.
    Michele Bachmann, Sarah Palin, Rick Santorum, Mike Huckabee, Ben Carson have all claimed divine encouragement for their unsuccessful running. Some even revealed that God itself had told them to run.
    Perhaps there’s nothing behind the voices roaming around in their heads?
    The only “winner” in recent history claiming divine backing, was George W. Bush, – and we’ve seen the devastating results of his “faith” and the impact he had on “God’s own country”.

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 12:48 pm on March 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    ISLAM NOT HIJACKED! 

    Muslims all over the world have been quick to denounce the latest, vicious waves of terrorism, claiming that it is an attempt to hijack the religion of Islam and saddle peaceful Muslims with defending a religion whose very name is rooted in peace.

    There is no doubt that by far the vast majority of Muslims are peaceful, decent and contributing members of their various societies, and that Islam-inspired atrocities reflect badly and unfairly on them. However, to the extent that Islam is based on The Quran, even peaceful Muslims must admit that their “holy” book does not exactly advocate love and peace. Quite the opposite, The Quran makes it clear that it is a Muslims duty to kill any so-called “infidel”, including Muslim apostates, if he has a chance to do so. The Quran is rather specific on that point, advocating hate instead of love, and death and mayhem instead of peace. In other words, the atrocities we have witnessed, both recently and over many, many years in the past, are directly in line with the expressed spirit of the Quran.

    That means that the jihadist terrorists have not “hijacked” the religion of Islam, they have followed that religion to the letter. Fortunately, most Muslims do not follow their religion, and some have even turned Atheist, like famed author Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Unfortunately, too many take the word of The Quran literally, as we have seen, and obviously wooed by the Quran’s promise of virgins in heaven for mass murderers of innocent fellow human beings. Some religion in that sense, and very tempting for those weak of mind and morality, and easily persuaded by an outdated religion based on a book made up by superstitious desert people hundreds of years ago, partly to counter Christianity, and for some very good reasons.

    Since Islam obviously was cooked up to counter Christianity, it is about time to reveal the truth, that it was all a hoax, – just like any other religion! Completely made up. There is no heaven, there is no after-life, – and certainly no tempting virgins waiting to entertain mass murderers of innocent people, – regardless how much they’ve been fooled into considering themselves martyrs! Once that silly dream is taken out of the minds of disturbed, sex-hungry Muslims, – perhaps some of the incentive for killing others left and right, including many of their own, is eliminated. It may be worth trying, – and who knows, perhaps we can move towards a friendlier, safer world for all by not promising religious rewards for inhuman behavior. It might work, – eventually.

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 10:15 am on February 23, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Trump faking faith? 

    Republican presidential hopeless Donald Trump’s sudden religious birth announcement has raised questions from many who are serious about stuff like that. Even The Pope popped some doubt about Trump’s Christianity, as did his competition, – the latter for rather obvious reasons.
    Who knows, Trump may not be more deeply religious than any other trotting around with an imaginary halo over the head. Despite the wording “no religious test” in the US Constitution Article VI, the candidates seem to out-pray and out-God each other when it comes to claims of religiosity, especially the Republican aspirants. And, it works! There are enough voters who look more for signs of pious religiosity than skills, experience and honesty, which means that we don’t necessarily elect those who would do the best job for the country. And if you admit to being an Atheist, – forget about being elected to anything much higher than dog catcher, – regardless of your qualifications.
    Thus, we forgo the best and the brightest, and end up with the less qualified who may have to lie about their religion or lack thereof in order to even be considered. Or worse, – those, like former President George W. Bush, who naively sought advice from a made-up father figure way up high. Didn’t we see the horrible results of that devotion?! This is clearly not in the best interest of the country, – something the Founding Fathers understood too well. So, why have we slipped backwards, while becoming the laughing stock among the more progressive, secular countries in the modern world?

    A bit puzzling, though, that Trump didn’t discover sooner the power of alleged religiosity when trying to fool the less educated and intellectually challenged. However, praising the Bible as even a better and more important book than his own ego scripture, has to be the epitome of modesty from a premier narcissist like Trumpy!

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 10:23 am on November 21, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Islam not hijacked! 

    Muslims all over the world have been quick to denounce this latest, vicious wave of terrorism, claiming that it is an attempt to hijack the religion of Islam and saddle peaceful Muslims with defending a religion whose very name is rooted in peace.
    There is no doubt that by far the vast majority of Muslims are peaceful, decent and contributing members of their various societies, and that Islam-inspired atrocities reflect badly and unfairly on them. However, to the extent that Islam is based on The Quran, even peaceful Muslims must admit that their “holy” book does not exactly advocate love and peace. Quite the opposite, The Quran makes it clear that it is a Muslims duty to kill any so-called “infidel”, including Muslim apostates, if he has a chance to do so. The Quran is rather specific on that point, advocating hate instead of love, and death and mayhem instead of peace. In other words, the atrocities we have witnessed, both recently and over many, many years in the past, are directly in line with the expressed spirit of the Quran.
    That means that the jihadist terrorists have not “hijacked” the religion of Islam, they have followed that religion to the letter. Fortunately, most Muslims do not follow their religion, and some have even turned Atheist, like author Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Unfortunately, too many take the word of The Quran literally, as we have seen, and obviously wooed by the Quran’s promise of virgins in heaven for mass murderers of innocent fellow human beings. Some religion in that sense, and very tempting for those weak of mind and morality, easily persuaded by an outdated religion based on a book made up by superstitious desert people hundreds of years ago, partly to counter Christianity, and for some very good reasons.

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 9:04 am on February 12, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    DARWIN MAKES THE DAY! 

    S. RES. 66
    IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

    Mr. Blumenthal submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation

    RESOLUTION
    Expressing support for the designation of February 12, 2015, as “Darwin Day” and recognizing the importance of science in the betterment of humanity.
    Whereas Charles Darwin developed the theory of evolution by the mechanism of natural selection, which, together with the monumental amount of scientific evidence Charles Darwin compiled to support the theory, provides humanity with a logical and intellectually compelling explanation for the diversity of life on Earth;
    Whereas the validity of the theory of evolution by natural selection developed by Charles Darwin is further strongly supported by the modern understanding of the science of genetics;
    Whereas it has been the human curiosity and ingenuity exemplified by Charles Darwin that has promoted new scientific discoveries that have helped humanity solve many problems and improve living conditions;
    Whereas the advancement of science must be protected from those unconcerned with the adverse impacts of global warming and climate change;
    Whereas the teaching of creationism in some public schools compromises the scientific and academic integrity of the education systems of the United States;
    Whereas Charles Darwin is a worthy symbol of scientific advancement on which to focus and around which to build a global celebration of science and humanity intended to promote a common bond among all the people of the Earth; and
    Whereas February 12, 2015, is the anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin in 1809 and would be an appropriate date to designate as “Darwin Day”: Now, therefore, be it

    That the Senate—
    (1)supports the designation of “Darwin Day”; and
    (2)recognizes Charles Darwin as a worthy symbol on which to celebrate the achievements of reason, science, and the advancement of human knowledge.

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 8:22 am on September 6, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Kerry gravely mistaken on Islam! 

    The day after the Islamic State in Iraq and al Sham (ISIS) released a video showing the brutal beheading of American journalist Steven Sotloff, the second American journalist ISIS has decapitated on video, Secretary of State John Kerry gave a speech stating that Islam is a “peaceful religion based on the dignity of all human beings,” and that ISIS is not “the real face of Islam.”

    What utter nonsense! What is “peaceful” about Islam? Has John Kerry never read the Koran? The actions he is referring to, along with numerous barbaric terror acts committed in the name of Islam, are directly in line with the word of the Koran and in the spirit of Islam! Not “radical” Islam! Islam itself IS radical!
    It is about time we get real and honest and call a spade a spade, or Islam the worst hoax perpetrated on the human race. The only “peace” that can be achieved in the spirit of Islam, is when all of us so-called “infidels” are wiped out. That includes not only Atheists, but everyone harboring a religion not accepted by the islamists. However, the remaining islamists will in all likelihood keep on slaughtering each other for the slightest, insignificant difference of opinion on the made-up origin of that religion.
    About time we distinguish between Islamists who follow the letter and spirit of The Koran, and everyday Muslims who live peaceful lives without a threat to others. They don’t follow The Koran any more than most Christians follow the Bible, fortunately. What all religions have in common, is that they are made up. The difference is that Christianity is ashamed of its bloody past, while Islam advocates an even bloodier future.

     
    • Al Ward 3:58 pm on September 17, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      As I listened to Secretary of State John Kerry this morning spout the Obama Administration’s glut of wishful thinking regarding the Middle East, I was reminded of this Sept 6 blog post, “Kerry Gravely Mistaken…”.
      What brought this post to mind was Kerry’s statement today that “ISIS is making a mockery of a peaceful religion”. That made me also recall the Hesitant President stating on Sept. 10 that “ISIL is not Islamic. No religion condones the killing of innocents”.
      I must admit though, it was exciting to see our President pretend to show military resolve, stepping right up BEHIND the sweeping change of public sentiment regarding Middle East involvement by America.

      This whole stream of wishful thinking regarding a “coalition of the willing”, and the promise (either another Obama lie for political purpose, or a reflection that he doesn’t really care about military success) that there will be no American “boots on the ground” is obviously only a ploy trying to help Democrats in the Nov election.
      If there was REAL intent to contain OR degrade OR destroy (pick one) the enemy, the last thing a responsible Commander In Chief would do is announce what military force he is willing (or not) to use.

      Regarding the coalition of the willing: on or around Sept. 15 Prime Minister Cameron of Great Britain echoed Obama, announcing “These are not Muslims, they are Monsters”, but then he confirmed that Britain ( our only ally with significant military muscle) will not participate with airstrikes.

      So what is left to join Obama’s coalition? The Lilliputian military of the majority of nations who for decades have been defense freeloaders riding on the back of the US military and taxpayers ( Jordan, Albania, Bahrain, Greece, Norway, Saudi Arabia, Italy, etc., etc.).

      • Jorg Aadahl 3:08 pm on September 19, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        US military help to Norway, – of all countries??? That defies all common sense and logic, not to mention facts. In Table 1299 – US Foreign Economic and Military Aid by Major Recipient Country, Norway isn’t even listed, although countries receiving just a few millions, are. And why would Norway even need any foreign help, one of the wealthiest countries in the world, with a very healthy trade balance and balanced budget, contrary to the state of the US economy? The fact is, that Norway actually manufacturers a lot of weaponry and ammuninition for the US military, while US itself manufacturs a substantial amount of sophisticated weaponry on license owned by Norway or Norwegian companies. Norway is also a member of NATO and has been on the side of the US in the Mid-East conflicts, contributing both military expertice, special forces, and weaponry.

  • Jorg Aadahl 7:07 am on June 1, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Fear beyond belief 

    A recent Pew Research Center poll claims that half of American voters are hesitant to support Atheists. Why on flat earth is that so?

    Despite our secular Constitution, and Article VI’s wording against religious tests for public office, our country remains stuck on old religious hang-ups, the only western nation lagging behind in that respect. The Western countries in Europe are pretty much post religion, having evolved beyond superstition and false ideals. While religiosity declines with higher and better education, atheism is on the rise, especially among the young and better educated.

    Why this irrational fear of atheism in the US and distrust of Atheists, who statistically are better educated than believers, and under-represented in crime statistics and among prison population?

    Atheists are honest about their position on religion! No believer would claim lack of faith and try to pass off as Atheist! But what about the other way around? With American voters so obsessed with religion, especially in the South and among Republicans, it is dangerous to go public as a non-believer, but very advantageous to claim religious affiliation, real or not. Has religion become a cover-up for incompetence? Because of religion,  people are elected to public office for the wrong reasons, and often despite lack of competence and understanding government’s role. Why extra points for claiming religiosity? Shouldn’t candidates be judged by capabilities, character, honesty and trustworthiness, not what they claim to believe?

    Religion has a very disturbing history and nothing to be proud of. Even in our modern, more enlightened world, faith continues to cause  problems, contaminate politics, retard science, and cheapen education. Without religion infested politics, someone like George W. Bush would not have made it to the White House, and the Supreme Court wouldn’t have been so dominated by Catholics, with their own personal agenda. Congressional science committees would be staffed with people understanding science, instead of revering religion. What purpose does religion have in politics, and what good does it do? If anything, it keeps the most qualified out, and others dishonest, while appealing to gullible voters. Does it do more damage than good, and at what cost?

    If religion has such positive impact on morality, as claimed, why then the wide spread pedophilia among Catholic priests? Why the notorious sexual abuse within the various religious fundamental sects? Why the endless atrocities committed in the name of religion?

    Just think about all the wars throughout history, and still today, being fought on religious belief. But, please, don’t counter with non-believing communist and other dictators who also start wars and all kinds of conflicts. Those are not fought in the name of atheism! Stalin was religiously trained and positioned himself  for all practical purposes as a monopolistic god, – in line with the First Commandment, where the Christian god demands monopoly for himself. Hitler was a devoted Catholic who persecuted Atheists and, according to his own “Mein Kampf”, did God’s work by exterminating Jews. Then we have Islam and that religion’s destructive message. While Christians by and large are somewhat embarrassed by their religion’s bloody history, hard-core Muslims advocate an even bloodier future.

    Why do they call Obama a “Muslim” and accuse him of not being “Christian” enough? What if he is an Atheist, but has to cover up because Americans aren’t yet ready for secular leaders? What difference does it make?

    We should get religion completely out of politics, out with prayers in Congress, out with swearing in on the Bible. If the Founding Fathers had wanted ours to be a Christian nation, and not a secular one, they would certainly have written that into the Constitution, – instead of the preamble “We the People …”. Even if they had based the nation on Christian or any other religious grounds, we could evolve beyond that on a background of more enlightened understanding.

    Don’t forget, that even the most faithful among us have rejected all the other gods as non-existent, hanging on to their very own, preferred deity. By rejecting all gods, Atheists are just a single god ahead of the believers! In reality, the difference is imaginary!

     
    • Chris Berel 8:15 am on June 1, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      It would appear that American’s are not ready to put their trust in a person without religiously inspired morals. That humans fail to keep to those morals is the nature of the game. But why expect anything else but failure from one who has no inspired morals?

    • Jorg Aadahl 8:29 am on June 1, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      It is a statistical fact that Atheists by and large have higher morals than religious people, or those who claim to be religious. It is also a fact that the more secular countries, for example the Scandinavian nations, have less crime, better behaved population, and greater equality than the more religiously oriented countries, like for example the US. Respect for nature is also more prominent among secular societies. With or without religion, bad people will do bad things, while good people will do good things. But for good people to do bad things, requires religion.

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