Archive for January, 2014
Remember how during the last Presidential campaign, Mitt Romney and his phony wife went around telling everyone what a stand up guy he is with ethics, integrity and a love of god? That they should not have to apologize for being “hard working” and “successful” and that it was, in fact, hard work and Romney’s relentless honesty and integrity as a man, humanitarian and entrepreneur that had lead him to his success as a one percenter riding car elevators?
Remember the infamous 47% speech in which Romney, behind seemingly closed doors, declared and dismissed nearly half the US population as nothing but lazy, unmotivated free-loaders who lack both work ethics and a desire to lead better lives and instead are just waiting to get handouts from crooks like him? Remember how he refused to release his tax returns of the past decade because he did not feel that he should have to apologize for his “hard work” and “success”? Remember how he thought that paying 15% in taxes on a $100 million dollar income a year was him being just like the rest of us, doing his share?
Well, I guess if you consider conning people out of their jobs, benefits and retirements hard work, Romney certainly has a point. At any rate, the man who believed himself to be the epitome of the American Dream and hard work and bootstraps narratives is currently being sued in federal court for criminal racketeering.
Steven “Laser” Haas is the owner and sole shareholder of Collateral Logistics Inc. (CLI) the firm which was retained to oversee the liquidation of assets in the bankruptcy of eToys in 2001.
During the process of liquidating the company Haas came across irregularities, unethical practices and outright criminal acts originating from the top at Bain Capital (Mitt Romney’s asset management firm), Goldman Sachs, Kay Bee Toys and Stage Stores, all of which were involved in the machinations to sell eToys for mere pennies to Bain through its interest in Kay Bee […] Haas alleged in his affidavit to the Securities and Exchange Commission on August 3, 2012 that after he had uncovered numerous irregularities, he had been offered $850,000 by Bain to keep silent about what he had discovered. When he attempted to report the bribe, he was told that since he had not accepted it, he didn’t have a case. Bain of course denies that the offer was ever made.
The American Dream (and Jesus and Joseph Smith) hard at work. Well it is a good thing that Edward Snowden, Chelsea Manning, Julian Assange, atheists and community organizers are a threat to this country and not someone like Mitt Romney.
Another day, another pointless “discussion” with a religious person who is getting tired of being proven wrong by atheists when engaging in fallacious, circular “reasoning” – if one can even call what is happening in this Facebook exchange reasoning.
Memo to religious people – who seriously need to take a few classes on critical thinking and how to debate and argue – saying that the proof for the validity of the bible is the bible is not an acceptable answer.
Wishful thinking or hoping that something exists is not evidence that it does exist.
Someone not being able to prove your pet fantasy wrong, does not mean your fantasy is real. I don’t have to prove that hobbits, unicorns, purple pigs and werewolves do not exist. Why do I have to prove god doesn’t exist? In fact, religious people themselves don’t require anyone to prove that hobbits do not exist in order to not believe in them. “Of course hobbits do not exist, Are you kidding me?” is their response but somehow when it comes to god, they use that very argument to show that atheists are wrong and that they have to entertain the idea that a god does exist because they cannot prove it does not.
A story in a book, any book – be it the Bible, Macbeth, Hansel and Gretel, The Hobbit etc. is also not, and I repeat, not proof or evidence that the stories in them are factual. In fact, it is not evidence at all. I can go to a Kinko’s and have them print everything I wrote into a book – that doesn’t make the contents of the book evidence for anything – even if I have a million copies made.
Furthermore, using the bad apple analogy (as Penny Smith is doing here) to muddy the waters and distract from failed arguments regarding the existence of god and holy figures and messiahs is getting seriously old.
I am also tired of hearing religious people go on and on about how their faith is misunderstood and misinterpreted despite all evidence to the contrary. Thing is, when your religion repeatedly does harm, not once, or twice, or ten times or a hundred times but every single time and for several thousand years, then it is not misunderstood; it is doing exactly what is purports to do. Christianity is not misunderstood. Islam is not misunderstood, Judaism is not misunderstood. What you see is what you get.
Finally, religious people should be the last entities talking patronizingly no less about keeping an open mind and remain tolerant. Religion is very harmful and I, or anyone, need to remain tolerant towards it the same way a black man needs to remain tolerant towards the KKK.