Daily Archives: April 20, 2010

Why I think religion turns people into loonies…

The Chicago tribune says: Iranian cleric blames women’s immodest dress, promiscuity for earthquakes, urges repentance.

Here’s a clip (go into the whole article and find out what the Minister of Welfare and Social Security says is the best system to prevent earthquakes):

clipped from www.chicagotribune.com

Iran is one of the world’s most earthquake-prone countries, and the cleric’s unusual explanation for why the earth shakes follows a prediction by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that a quake is certain to hit Tehran and that many of its 12 million inhabitants should relocate.

“Many women who do not dress modestly … lead young men astray, corrupt their chastity and spread adultery in society, which (consequently) increases earthquakes,” Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi was quoted as saying by Iranian media. Sedighi is Tehran’s acting Friday prayer leader.

Women in the Islamic Republic are required by law to cover from head to toe, but many, especially the young, ignore some of the more strict codes and wear tight coats and scarves pulled back that show much of the hair.

“What can we do to avoid being buried under the rubble?” Sedighi asked during a prayer sermon Friday. “There is no other solution but to take refuge in religion and to adapt our lives to Islam’s moral codes.”
  blog it

From The Raw Story: Bachmann says Bill Clinton trying to ‘take me out’

clipped from rawstory.com
The Minnesota Republican congresswoman who claimed that President Barack Obama nationalized “51 percent” of the economy has concocted a yet stranger fiction.
She believes former President Bill Clinton is trying to “take me out.”

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“Because I’m using a statement like ‘gangster,’ I’m responsible for creating the climate of hate that could lead to another Timothy McVeigh and another Oklahoma City bombing,” Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) remarked at a recent fundraiser, referencing an earlier comment she made in which she called the Obama Administration a “gangster government.”
She continued: “I’m in my second term as a Congresswoman and the former president of the United States decides I’m important enough to take me out!”
The Minnesota congresswoman also referred to the League of Conservation voters as “radical extremists.”
“They’re all in to make sure I go down,” she added, to applause.

Listen to her here:

Film Editor Dede Allen Died Saturday

She was the editor for Bonnie & Clyde and Dog Day Afternoon and, my personal favorite, Reds. During the 1990s she ran the editing dept. at Warner Brothers.

Her craft was like lyrical poetry. She was 86.

From the article in Salon:

Scored to Elton John’s “Amoreena,” the only piece of music in an otherwise score-free film, it’s a tribute to Brooklyn and to the urban experience in general. It’s also a burst of tough lyricism that’s more characteristic of Allen than of “Dog Day” director Sidney Lumet, a director not known for poetry. It can (and thanks to YouTube, does) work as a time capsule and as a self-contained work of art that can be watched and savored again and again.

A Quote for the Day – Marcos Moulitsas on the Tea Baggers

“They want their government that expresses their beliefs…They’re against democratic government, they’re anti-democratic… I mean with the small “d”…basically with just respect for democracy in this nation, I mean this is what the people voted for, and it’s one thing to oppose it on policy, it’s another thing to use the kind of exterminationist, eliminationist rhetoric that they’re using in appealing to violence and that sort of thing.”

– Marcos Moulitsas, founder of the Daily Kos, to Keith Olbermann

This is right on the money… especially from a guy who created a real democratic with a small “d” forum for American bloggers. I sure as hell like words more than guns and violence, and I like rational words infinitely more than the “Nazi, Commie” crap being slung around by te Tea Baggers.