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THE DAILY EPIC FAIL: A CONSERVATIVE TRIES TO EXPLAIN WHY THE RELIGIOUS FREEDOM RESTORATION ACT IN INDIAN HARMS NO ONE

Posted in INDIANA RELIGIOUS FREEDOM RESTORATION ACT OF 2015, SARAH BLOCH OPINIONS with tags , , on 30/03/2015 by sarahbloch

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There was a time, not too long ago, when Mark Edward Noonan of Blogs For Victory infamy, saw himself as a potential candidate for public office. I believe we here at The Dis Brimstone-Daily Pitchfork were a bit too harsh on him and for reasons which have never quite become clear he bowed out aborting his campaign before it could be brought forth to the political world. That event likely saved many of you who read this blog a virtual smörgåsbord of gaffes, missteps and other laughable events on Mr Noonan’s part.

This brings me to the most recent attempt on the part of the GOP in a state legislature to turn 2015 back into 1915. Indiana has passed and Governor Mike pence has signed the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act. This bill is very similar to the federal version which was passed and signed in 1993. The main difference between the Indiana law and the other 19 state religious freedom laws is the point of standing. In most states where these laws exist, which the exception of Texas, the government has to be a party to any claim of an undue burden on a person [corporation or religious organization’s] religious beliefs which are deeply held. So this means a person can simply to refuse to serve someone because their beliefs would consider that service a sin.

Now Mark Noonan attempts to clarify matters by saying that this law will discriminate against no one for a very simple reason and i will use his own words here:

“It would not allow me, if I were a baker, to refuse to serve homosexual customers – it does excuse me from participating in a same-sex wedding by making the cake which will be consumed at that wedding. If I were a baker – and being that I am Catholic – you could get just about anything you want form me…but you couldn’t get a cake celebrating a same-sex wedding. There are other sorts of confections you couldn’t get from me, as well…I probably would not want to bake a cake which, say, proclaimed some dogma of Christian Science. You just want a cake – you got it; you want a cake which requires me to sin: it ain’t happening.

And that is all RFRA does – it allows me to not do something for you. If I am not doing something for you then I am also not doing anything to you. I am not violating your rights by not providing a service. In fact, if you were able to compel me to do something for you, then not only would you likely be violating my religious beliefs, but you’d also be forcing me into involuntary servitude…and slavery is explicitly prohibited in our Constitution.”

It’s necessary to dissect what Noonan says here line by line so that his depth of misunderstanding can fully be understood. Noonan states he wouldn’t be allowed to refuse homosexual customers, but then he pivots to the fact that he wouldn’t bake a cake [still a cake keep in mind] if that cake was to be consumed in celebration of a same sex wedding. That in Noonan’s deeply held religious belief is a sin and no law can force him to sin. Okay, that does sound like a deeply held religious belief but it is also de fact discrimination. All other people celebrating legal weddings recognized by the state of Indiana can come right in to his bakery and order a cake but this other group cannot. Noonan has create a second class of citizens who are committing no crime under the law but now he, with the aid of Indiana’s RFRA, can discriminate with extreme prejudice.

His next argument is that if he’s doing nothing to you then he isn’t violating your rights. I disagree. Segregated lunch counters refused to do anything to black customers throughout the first seven decades of the 20th Century, yet those people’s civil rights were clearly violated. Noonan feels that Jim Crow in its modern incarnation when applied to the LGBT community is a farce. he’s dead wrong. What this law will do is commingle commerce with religion. At best these are awful bedfellows as was seen in the Hobby Lobby decision. You are violating the rights of a couple who wants to buy a wedding cake and yes this is a first world problem but it is also essential to having a free society, governed by laws not by religious feelings or beliefs.

Despite the dogmatic epic fails previous cited Noonan takes the full cannonball into the stupid pool with the last argument in which he says having to bake a cake for a gay or lesbian wedding would force him into involuntary servitude and that slavery is explicitly prohibited by the Constitution. He’s right that slavery is patently unconstitutional but engaging in a legal commercial contract to provide a product or service for pay is not slavery. Involuntary servitude is a different matter. The pay exchange is not the issue with involuntary servitude because one can be held in involuntary servitude and receive wages. The issue is with force. The legal definition states that their must be proof that the couple wanting the cake for their same sex wedding, “knowingly and willfully took action, by way of force, threats, intimidation or other form of coercion, causing the victim to reasonably believe that he had no way to avoid continued service, that he was confronted by the existence of a superior and overpowering authority, constantly threatening to the extent that his will was completely subjugated.” A broad interpretation such as Noonan’s would cast America into a legal tailspin in regard to where a person’s religious beliefs, on a litany of matters, come into to direct conflict with secular law.

Qu’ul cuda praedex nihil!

Sarah Bloch, D.S.V.J., J.F., O.Q.H [Jur.]
Amici Bax Demvolu Comnu
Politics & Culture Wars Managing Editor
The Dis Brimstone-Daily Pitchfork
169 Melnar 3 AS

NOT FIT TO SERVE: COLORADO STATE REPRESENTATIVE GORDON KLINGENSCHMITT SAYS PREGNANT WOMAN’S ASSAULT IS THE CREATOR’S VENGEANCE ON AMERICA

Posted in NOT FIT TO SERVE, SARAH BLOCH OPINIONS on 26/03/2015 by sarahbloch

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If you are in Colorado Springs, Colorado right now sitting in a bar reading this post look around at the patron for a second. Go ahead I’ll wait. Okay, any of those people you see no matter how drunk or how many platters of hot wings they’ve gulled down in the blink of an eye or even if they’re eating the nuts on the bar [we all know those nuts are dirtier than the urinal cake] are more qualified to serve the people of Colorado Springs than Gordon Klingenschmitt. My ire is directed at Representative Klingenschmitt because of his comments regarding the brutal attack on Michelle Wilkins where her 34 week old fetus was removed from her womb by Dynel Lane.

Klingenschmitt said, and I quote:

“This is the curse of God upon America for our sin of not protecting innocent children in the womb. And part of that curse for our rebellion against God as a nation is that our pregnant women are ripped open.”

I’m not going to take up much more of your valuable time. I just have this one last thing to say. If you are a moderate who thinks conservatives winning elections is something that is okay keep in mind that these are the kinds of fucktards that are going to be running the government, making laws and shoving their Theocracy down your throats one bill at a time.

Qu’ul cuda praedex nihil!

Sarah Bloch, D.S.V.J., J.F., O.Q.H [Jur.]
Amici Bax Demvolu Comnu
Politics & Culture Wars Managing Editor
The Dis Brimstone-Daily Pitchfork
165 Melnar 3 AS

POLITICS IN THE BUFF: WHY THE CLINTON EMAIL SCANDAL MIGHT SAVE THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY

Posted in 2016 ELECTIONS, CLINTON EMAIL SCANDAL, ELIZABETH WARREN, POLITICS IN THE BUFF, SARAH BLOCH OPINIONS on 06/03/2015 by sarahbloch

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As you sit there in 2015 in America you are witnessing history; living it in all its fullness. Hillary Rodham Clinton hasn’t done anything legally damaging by banking her emails on a private server while Secretary if State, but politically this revelation is devastating. I will go so far as to say it is a poison politically that Clinton cannot recover from in the modern Internet age.

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While Clinton’s supporters wave this scandal away because she broke no laws, the stain of the paranoia that surrounds all things CLINTON will make those who make political kings, and queens, in America wince. Worse it may cause them not to dig deep into their pockets to help Hillary Clinton raise the $1.2 billion she will need, minimum, to win the White House in 2016. The question that will be ringing in the minds of the big donors isn’t, “Can we trust her?” but rather, “Is she stable enough to manage the Executive Office of The President amidst the hurricane force winds of conservative innuendo and actual allegations about the past, present and future that are sure to come.” That same question was asked of me by my husband, Chef Grandee Odamo Sese Omoko in a clearer more concise way, “Is she going to be the Democratic Party version of Nixon if she wins?”

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After all the victories Progressives have won against a tsunami of efforts from the Right over the past 15 years to install a person with a character defect, real or perceived by America’s powerbrokers, would signal the decline of the Progressive movement by its association with the Democratic Party. Hillary Clinton is not the only candidate on the Left of the political center that can win the White House against the current field of expected GOP candidates. Despite her protestations that she doesn’t want the job Senator Elizabeth Warren would trounce anyone in the field at this time. Among the looming outside of the expected field on the Right is Sarah Palin and a Warren Palin series of debates would be must see television for anyone who lives and breathes in America. Joe Biden would not be my first choice if Hillary doesn’t run but he would be literally Trumanesque as President of the United States. Former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley is the intellectual superior of anyone in the GOP field as well as a politically savvy operator which in these polarizing times will be sine qua non to getting the country back on track –in Washington.

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I don’t lose any sleep over Clinton’s emails. There is no lump in my throat about Clinton deciding, or having it decided for her, that she does not run in 2016. I have no nausea in the pit of my stomach when I think about servers. The Progressive bench is deep; there are numerous options, even beyond the ones that I’ve listed. Clinton wanting to stay home, being a grandmother and doing good work through the Clinton Foundation could be the best thing she could ever do for America. And give it time progressives there will be another Clinton in the Oval office in good time–her name is Chelsea.

Qu’ul cuda praedex nihil!

Sarah Bloch, D.S.V.J., J.F., O.Q.H [Jur.]
Amici Bax Demvolu Comnu
Politics & Culture Wars Managing Editor
The Dis Brimstone-Daily Pitchfork
145 Melnar 3 AS

THE CONSERVATIVE IDIOT OF THE DAY: VITO BARBIERI

Posted in CONSERVATIVE IDIOT OF THE DAY, SARAH BLOCH OPINIONS on 24/02/2015 by sarahbloch

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In the great and august deliberative body that is the Idaho State House, a Republican member of the House State Affairs Committee, Vito Barbieri, during a hearing about an anti-abortion bill had the following exchange with a panelist, Dr Julie Madsen:

Dr. Julie Madsen, a physician who said she has provided various telemedicine services in Idaho, was testifying in opposition to the bill. She said some colonoscopy patients may swallow a small device to give doctors a closer look at parts of their colon.

“Can this same procedure then be done in a pregnancy? Swallowing a camera and helping the doctor determine what the situation is?” Barbieri asked.

Madsen replied that would be impossible because swallowed pills do not end up in the vagina.

“Fascinating. That makes sense,” Barbieri said, amid the crowd’s laughter.

Read more here: http://www.theolympian.com/2015/02/23/3592003_lawmaker-asks-if-swallowed-camera.html?rh=1#storylink=cpy

2015?

Qu’ul cuda praedex nihil!

Sarah Bloch, D.S.V.J., J.F., O.Q.H [Jur.]
Amici Bax Demvolu Comnu
Politics & Culture Wars Managing Editor
The Dis Brimstone-Daily Pitchfork
135 Melnar 3 AS

THE GOP CONVENTION OF 2016: DEFIANCE IN THE FACE OF DISASTER

Posted in 2012 ELECTION GOP AUTOPSY, 2016 ELECTIONS, 2016 US ELECTION, SARAH BLOCH OPINIONS with tags , on 03/02/2015 by sarahbloch

blochadvocate_7“No man needs anything more than his own knowledge that his way is best to destroy him.”– Paaclu Obeleth, Liberty and Peace

That quote comes from one of my favorite account of the war for our independence here in Hell, written by the leader of the partisans on Rham. It allows you, the Living to see for a moment into the minds of those people you see on television called politicians. It is very easy to look back at history and see where an American political party has gone wrong. Fred Schwartz points to 1968 and the Democratic Party’s awful convention in Chicago. That event was a perfect storm for failure. The Tet Offensive emboldened the anti-war movement, Daley’s obsession with crushing the protesters and the lack a a strong Democratic candidate with a vision poured gallons of fuel on the party’s pyre. And, of course, there was television to bring it all to the comfortable living rooms of the American people.

So that brings us to the 2016 GOP nomination process and the massive field of potential candidates. The primaries begin in less than twelve months with an event that isn’t a primary at all the Iowa Caucus. Eight days later New Hampshire has its primary and the process likely will end in late June with the Utah primary. The GOP has shortened their schedule for a wide variety of reasons. Foremost, they want to limit the amount of time their candidates are before the cameras. Less exposure less time for errors that Democrats can use against them. So much energy has been poured into this and taken away from the suggestions of the 2012 Election Autopsy that this becomes the first gust of the storm to come.

As recently as February 2014 a poll, this one from McClatchy, has Sarah Palin as high as 8% among GOP likely voters. No other poll has even offered her name since. Today there is a buzz that Palin is considering a run. This would be the first bolt of lightning, albeit offshore, of foul weather building. Palin entering the contest would be huge for TEA Party conservatives and would create nausea in the bellies of Establishment members of the GOP. Her presence would divide the party in ways that can only be measured on a Richter like scale. Reince Priebus’ grand plan to trim down the primary schedule and limit debates as the ultimate troubleshooting effort to “degaffe” the GOP candidates will have been torched by a single decision.

Bush and his name recognition and immigration problems would see his support being chipped away by not only Palin. but by moderates like Christie and unknowns like Ben Carson. So by the time the GOP comes to Cleveland, in a race that will likely still have a minimum of five candidates still in the field with broad support. Those candidates would be, Palin, Paul, Bush, Walker and Christie; with Paul and Palin each having as much as 30% of the delegates they’d need to be the nominee. I feel that Palin if she has a lead over Paul might offer the VP nod to Paul for his delegates and that would be that if the Kentucky Senator could see beyond the right now. Paul is only 52 now and four, or eight years in Blair House would make him the de facto front runner in 2024. If Paul wants the right now moment he would find help, in a brokered convention, from a most unlikely source to balk at such a deal–The GOP Establishment.

The so called moneybags and kingmakers within the GOP don’t want Rand Paul or Sarah Palin but they do want, in a brokered convention, time. Time to change minds by making deals in the cigar smoke filled rooms in Cleveland’s most posh hotels. These deals might bring a Scott Walker or a Chris Christie out of the ashes and onto the podium arms raised and declaring proudly that they accept the nomination amid boo and harsh criticism from the membership of the convention floor. Such an event might be enough to anger Palin into casting her lot as a third party candidate. The outcome of that event would be the final fracturing of the GOP. The hurricane would be ashore then with no place safe to run.

Qu’ul cuda praedex nihil!

Sarah Bloch, D.S.V.J., J.F., O.Q.H [Jur.]
Amici Bax Demvolu Comnu
Politics & Culture Wars Managing Editor
The Dis Brimstone-Daily Pitchfork
118 Melnar 3 AS

BLOGS FOR VICTORY OFFLINE

Posted in 2016 US ELECTION, BLOGS 4 VICTORY, SARAH BLOCH OPINIONS, SARAH PALIN with tags , , , , , on 25/01/2015 by sarahbloch

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The Internet child of Matt Margolis and Mark Edward Noonan, BlogsforVictory, which began as BlogsforBush a digital apologist for the unjust war in Iraq, is down as of midnight last night. There is no explanation I can find except they didn’t update their account at GoDaddy.com. I am sure they will whip out a credit card and renew the blog and return to their opining about what’s wrong with Terra from an authoritarian conservative perspective. This blog has fought many wars with them especially socio-political ones. The fact that Noonan cannot bear to see the nude human image was likely the reason anyone who worked for The Dis Brimstone Daily Pitchfork were banned from commenting there. If this is the end of BlogsforVictory I must admit a measure of sadness. Nothing made me happier than reading Noonan’s predictions of conservatives winning presidential elections only to see him have to eat his words on the following Wednesday. The hypocritical gut twisting the likes of Amazona, tiredoflibbs and Count d’Haricots were forced to engage in as the war in Iraq went south due to no WMDs being found. At the start of B4B back before the turn of the century conservatives likely thought they had a renaissance on their hands in the first decade of the new century. 9/11 reinforced that for them. Then the grand social pendulum started to swing toward the Progressives. Same sex marriage and abortion rights are still law in America even though the latter has seen states chip away at a woman’s right to choose. Over the last six years the two electoral victories of President Barack Hussein Obama has lit the fuse to the bomb that will eventually blow up the GOP and fracture the Right irreparably for at least a generation. BlogsforVictory, and blogs like them that required conservative ideological purity, have been more responsible for the coming demise of the GOP than any action by President Obama, Progressive elected officials or even Liberal bloggers like me. Maybe Noonan and his fellow travelers in theocratic conservative authoritarianism will rally behind a single candidate that they wish to see elected the nominee in 2016. Palin isn’t a favorite for Noonan; nor is Dr Ben Carson but I could see a BlogsforCruz2016 rising from the ashes of B4V in the coming months filled with the same improbable enthusiasm that they had for McCain and Romney over the last two election cycles. If there is one thing I can give them credit for after so many poor predictions is that they are consistent in their blind belief that they are the majority in the face of proof to the contrary.

Qu’ul cuda praedex nihil!

Sarah Bloch, D.S.V.J., J.F., O.Q.H [Jur.]
Amici Bax Demvolu Comnu
Politics & Culture Wars Managing Editor
The Dis Brimstone-Daily Pitchfork
109 Melnar 3 AS

POLITICS IN THE BUFF: SANDY RIOS AND THE PILLARS OF CONSERVATIVE STUPIDITY

Posted in CONSERVATIVE ANTI-INTELLECTUALISM, CONSERVATIVE BIGOTRY, CONSERVATIVE DESPERATION, CONSERVATIVE FEAR, CONSERVATIVE HEADS EXPLODING, CONSERVATIVE HYPOCRISY, CONSERVATIVE IGNORANCE, CONSERVATIVE LIES, POLITICS, SARAH BLOCH OPINIONS on 24/01/2015 by sarahbloch

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Conservative talk show host [ugh, still have to say that] Sandy Rios on her show Wednesday conversed with callers that while they did not know where the United States Air Force Academy was, they were sure that President Obama was using “Islamist code” in his Monday night delivery of his 2015 State of the Union address. The caller stated that Obama was wrong on the location of the USAF Academy that it was in Fort Collins not 133 miles away in Colorado Springs. The Air Force assures me that the academy hasn’t moved; it’s still in Colorado Springs.

The lack of accurate information aside let’s get to the real batshit crazy nature of this conversation. Rios says during the segment, “The other thing he said that I caught, he has done this before, you know there are five pillars of Islam, and he used the term ‘pillars’ again in his speech last night. Actually, President Obama used the word “pillar” exactly one time in his speech and it was in this context [emphasis mine.–S.B.]:

“That’s why, over the past six years, we’ve done more than ever before to combat climate change, from the way we produce energy, to the way we use it. That’s why we’ve set aside more public lands and waters than any administration in history. And that’s why I will not let this Congress endanger the health of our children by turning back the clock on our efforts. I am determined to make sure American leadership drives international action. In Beijing, we made an historic announcement — the United States will double the pace at which we cut carbon pollution, and China committed, for the first time, to limiting their emissions. And because the world’s two largest economies came together, other nations are now stepping up, and offering hope that, this year, the world will finally reach an agreement to protect the one planet we’ve got.

There’s one last pillar to our leadership — and that’s the example of our values.

As Americans, we respect human dignity, even when we’re threatened, which is why I’ve prohibited torture, and worked to make sure our use of new technology like drones is properly constrained. It’s why we speak out against the deplorable anti-Semitism that has resurfaced in certain parts of the world. It’s why we continue to reject offensive stereotypes of Muslims — the vast majority of whom share our commitment to peace. That’s why we defend free speech, and advocate for political prisoners, and condemn the persecution of women, or religious minorities, or people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. We do these things not only because they’re right, but because they make us safer.”

This one reference is some sort of Islamist code? For this to be the case then no other President must have ever used the word except to tip off ISIS that it’s time to come to America to install Sharia law because the Americans are ripe for the picking. Sorry President Obama Sandy Rios has foiled your plan for American domination by global jihadists. What? There’s no such plot? Any good conservative would want to see proof right?

“Fortunately, we and our allies have rediscovered the strength of our common democratic values, and we’re applying them as a cornerstone of a comprehensive strategy for peace with freedom. In London last year, I announced the commitment of the United States to developing the infrastructure of democracy throughout the world. We intend to pursue this democratic initiative vigorously. The future belongs not to governments and ideologies which oppress their peoples, but to democratic systems of self-government which encourage individual initiative and guarantee personal freedom.

But our strategy for peace with freedom must also be based on strength—economic strength and military strength. A strong American economy is essential to the well-being and security of our friends and allies. The restoration of a strong, healthy American economy has been and remains one of the central pillars of our foreign policy. The progress I’ve been able to report to you tonight will, I know, be as warmly welcomed by the rest of the world as it is by the American people.

We must also recognize that our own economic well-being is inextricably linked to the world economy. We export over 20 percent of our industrial production, and 40 percent of our farmland produces for export. We will continue to work closely with the industrialized democracies of Europe and Japan and with the International Monetary Fund to ensure it has adequate resources to help bring the world economy back to strong, noninflationary growth.”

Okay conservatives would you like to take a guess which President made that statement during his State of the Union address. Need a hint? The address was delivered to a joint session of Congress on 25 January 1983.

Qu’ul cuda praedex nihil!

Sarah Bloch, D.S.V.J., J.F., O.Q.H [Jur.]
Amici Bax Demvolu Comnu
Politics & Culture Wars Managing Editor
The Dis Brimstone-Daily Pitchfork
108 Melnar 3 AS

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