Valley moron award of the week is multiple winner, Editor Frank Robinson of the Warren Tribune Chronicle. He wins for endorsing Josh Mandel over Sherrod Brown as our next senator. Frank says Sherrod has to go because he represents unions and environmentalist. We all know Frank hates the working-class (especially ones who join unions to have democracy in the workplace). Frank also hates clean air and water because conservatives have respiratory systems that require dirty air and dirty water in order to function properly. It was hard to beat out that other valley moron WKBN teabagger radio talk show host, Dan Rivers but Frank edged him out this week. I note that the valley’s other newspaper, the Youngstown Vindicator endorsed, Sherrod Brown. You can see why from their interview with Mandel. In other good news, the Vindicator also endorsed Charlie Wilson over Bill Johnson in the 6th District for congress after interviewing both.
Weasel of the week is VP candidate Paul Ryan who recently visited Youngstown. Paul who spoke at YSU and was able to find some time (he’s a good manager of time as he has been able to cut his marathon time in half by just lying about it) to do a quick photo-op washing already washed pans at the St. Vincent DePaul kitchen. This was after the homeless had already eaten and left. I’m not calling Paul a weasel for using charitable organizations for photo ops for personal/political points. I’m blasting his cruel Ayn Rand style budget plans that would both harm the homeless and create more homelessness. The Conference of Catholic Bishops called the proposed cuts in Catholic Paul Ryan’s budget “unacceptable” and “unjustified and wrong,” and said the budget “fails to meet [Catholic] moral criteria. Christian conservatives who would support Paul Ryan are more interested in politics than what Christ had to say.
Weenie wousse of the week is Willard Mitt Romney who flip-flopped on yet another thing. He was scheduled to go on the TV show, “The View” with his wife Ann. Willard decided to hide behind his wife’s skirts and let her go on the show without him. “‘The View’ is fine, although ‘The View’ is high-risk, because of the five women on it, only one [Elisabeth Hasselbeck] is conservative and four are sharp-tongued and not conservative, Whoopi Goldberg in particular, “Romney told supporters at a rally. I remember when conservatives said of Hillary Clinton, “I wouldn’t vote for her for president because I don’t think she is strong enough to stand toe to toe with leaders of other countries like Putin.” In her role as Secretary of State she has proven those naysayers wrong. I used the same logic back at conservatives about Sara Palin. I said, “When Palin became Wasilla, Alaska’s mayor she soon fired the police chief because she felt intimidated by him. If Sara was intimidated by a small town sheriff how in the world could she stand up against Putin?” I now say if Romney is such a wimp he can’t stand up to comedian Whoopi Goldberg how could he be the commander-in-chief of this country. If he had to stand up to the Putin’s of the world he’d pee his magic underwear.
In the past I’ve spoken of my father who is a retired small business owner. Dad would not talk; Steelers vs. Browns, Ford vs. GM (we had some of both), politics or religion. He saw no reason to alienate customers who were helping put food on his families table. That is why I will call those business that put political signs on their establishments buffoons. I believe in standing up for your beliefs but you probably should think about how it might hurt your family. I’m one of the biggest supporters of democracy you’ll find but I’m a bigger supporter of family. I know of a restaurant owner who has a Romney/Ryan sign in his yard and I will never go in his restaurant. I see Romney and angry anti-Obama signs on a used car lot in Brookfield who I will never buy a car from. I saw a woman on Facebook supporting Romney who owns a consignment store that I will never go into again. I do all I can in my personal life (and at a Facebook site) to support local mom and pop businesses and it’s something I believe in. I also believe you are entitled to support any candidate you want but when you support people like Romney/Ryan, Mandel, Bill Johnson etc. you do not have my families best interest at heart. I’m not naive I know most business people are probably republicans but if you rub my nose in it I know you don’t support the best interests of my family so I won’t spend my money in your business that supports your family.
I can’t understand belonging to a political party that actually admits the less people who vote the more they win. They then set out to try and find ways to stop as many people as possible from voting. I’m sorry but I’m a believer in Democracy and keeping people from the polls is just fascist thinking. Maybe if you had a political party whose platform wasn’t just about greed you could actually gain party members. I’m worried about my kids getting good jobs in the future and Republicans want to elect an ex-Governor who had his state 47th in job growth. Then there is his ruthless business past of making a fortune from closing companies and sending jobs overseas. The GOP called Kerry a flip flopper and doesn’t notice Romney flip-flops more than the burger griller at McDonalds. The GOP blasted Kerry for his service in Vietnam while Willard Mitt sat the war out as a missionary in Paris’s dangerous cafes. Seriously, this is the best candidate your party could come up with?
I usually think people’s religion is their own business. Conservatives I correspond with have been attacking the Islamic faith since 9/11. I have tried to point out that strict fundamentalist views in any religion can be dangerous. Conservatives keep telling me President (they never say president only Obama) Obama is a Muslim. Since he smokes and occasionally has a beer he certainly wouldn’t be living up to Islamic code I point out. I noted these same conservatives also blasted President Obama for being a member of Rev. Wrights Christian church so I guess they want to have it both ways. Today, fewer than 4-in-10 voters correctly identify Barack Obama as Protestant. About one-quarter of white evangelical voters (24%) and Republican voters (25%) incorrectly identify Obama as a Muslim.
Conservatives in the past also went after John Kennedy when he ran for president because he was a Catholic. The press didn’t focus much on Joe Lieberman being Jewish when he ran for Vice-President. The main stream press for the most part has not gotten into some of the strange beliefs of the Mormon religion that Willard Mitt Romney is a member of. Just the other day Christian evangelist Billy Graham took out an advertisement that urges people to vote for socially conservative candidates which would include Romney. Graham’s Evangelistic Association then removed the word Mormon from its website, where it was listed along with Jehovah’s Witnesses and Scientology as a cult. I guess 94 year-old Billy decided to overlook the Top Ten Mormon Beliefs That Contradict Christianity. This was done by Graham so the right wouldn’t be accused of voting for a cultist. Billy like all conservatives will compromise their ideals and flip-flop if it means you can make money or win an election even better if it’s both.
A survey by the Pew Research Center shows 74% of white evangelicals support Romney. Romney was opposed in the primaries by some evangelicals due to his “cultic religion.” The biggest problem evangelical leaders now have with Romney has to do with whether or not Romney is conservative enough on social issues. Some of the most hostile evangelical critics of Mormons have even jumped on the Romney bandwagon. An evangelical religious writer noted, “Evangelical leaders worried that Mitt Romney’s Mormonism could suppress conservative turnout are intensifying appeals for Christians to vote.” In a conference call with pastors last week Steve Strang, an influential Pentecostal publisher said, “The fact is that Mitt Romney is a Mormon, and many of our people are very, very uncomfortable about voting for a Mormon, as I am. I supported somebody else in the primary. But, hey, we have no option,” said Steve Strang, an influential Pentecostal publisher, in a conference call with pastors last week.
Mormons might have been a cult to conservative Christians only months ago but Willard Mitt is being embraced as the guy to get that Christian out of the White House now. Among white evangelical voters, two-thirds (67%) say it is somewhat or very important for a presidential candidate to share their religious beliefs. That 67% has decided they’ll vote for Mitt despite him not sharing the same religious beliefs because he shares their conservative views of being against taxes, pro-war, pro-corporate agenda, anti-gay, anti-science, anti-environment, keeping women in their place and being anti-Obama. Jesus Christ struggled in dealings with religious leaders in his time. In the end he found out that they would sell him out for their own greed. Times they aren’t a changing.
Banned Mormon Cartoon
The Racist Views of Mormons Against Blacks.
The Mormon Doctrine of Blood Atonement.
Mitt Romney Theme Song: “No We Can’t”
“The scandal of the evangelical mind is that there is not much of an evangelical mind.” ~ Mark A. Knoll