Culture of Life is for Racism

To follow up on a comment I made over at Dharma Buns below is a list of senators who did not sponsor the legislation to apologize to victems of lynching.

From Preposterous Universe

So, who are the Senators who bravely hold the pro-lynching position? Unfortunately it will probably be impossible to ever know for sure, unless the Senators themselves tell us. Not only was their a voice vote, but it’s possible to add your name as a co-sponsor of a Senate resolution even after it’s already been passed. From Kos, here’s the list of non-sponsors:

Lamar Alexander (R-TN)
Robert Bennett (R-UT)
Christopher Bond (R-MO)
Jim Bunning (R-KY)
Conrad Burns (R-MT)
Saxby Chambliss (R-GA)
Thad Cochran (R-MS)
Kent Conrad (D-ND)
John Cornyn (R-TX)
Michael Crapo (R-ID)
Michael Enzi (R-WY)
Chuck Grassley (R-IA)
Judd Gregg (R-NH)
Orrin Hatch (R-UT)
Trent Lott (R-MS)
Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)
Richard Shelby (R-AL)
John Sununu (R-NH)
Craig Thomas (R-WY)
George Voinovich (R-OH)

Yet the Republicans and the mainstream media howl in outrage when Howard Dean calls the Republicans a party of white christians.

Culture of Life Hates Fresh Fruit!

From an article in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Missouri Cuts Vouchers Used to Buy Produce At Farmers Markets:

The state has eliminated a program that gave low-income mothers and older adults vouchers to use on produce at farmers markets, affecting not just the people who lost the coupons, but farmers who say they’ve lost thousands of dollars in revenue.

This is the way it worked:

The program provided six $3 coupons to low-income mothers each summer and 10 $3 coupons to low-income older adults. Last summer, 37,700 Missourians bought more than $426,000 worth of produce using the coupons.

The state spent $110,000 on the program last year, Gonder said. In addition, $417,466 came from the federal government.

The idea was that people could take these vouchers to Farmers Markets and buy a lot more fresh fruits and vegetables than what one could buy at a grocery store.
What is going to take the place of the program?

…the hope is that the private sector will take it over.

In other words, nothing is going to take the place of the program. Apparently, the culture of life values embryos over the poor and heaven help those embryos that are born into poverty because the christians that are running Missouri won’t!

Culture of Life cuts Money for Foster Care

From The St. Louis Post-Dispatch

The Kirgbaums’ bad news is shared by the adoptive parents and guardians of an estimated 5,800 children.

Under budget cuts initiated by Gov. Matt Blunt, each of the families must prove that their incomes are low enough to qualify for the monthly checks. Once that process is complete, the state estimates that benefits to about 2,000 children will be cut by the end of August.

For years, the Kirgbaums and any other parent who adopts a child from foster care have been entitled to the monthly checks, as well as Medicaid services and help paying for day care. The payments are seen as an incentive to spur adoption, particularly of children with special needs.

But under the budget cuts, the payments will now go only to families earning less than 200 percent or 250 percent of the poverty level. The lower cutoff would amount to an income of about $38,700 for a family of four.
The means test is designed to control the program’s cost, which has been adding hundreds of families a year. The cut is also designed to save the state $12 million this year, helping to fulfill Blunt’s vow to balance the budget without tax increases.

(emphasis mine)

Also unclear is whether parents will continue receiving money to cover child care. That depends on whether Blunt signs a budget bill under review by his staff.

Child care is crucial for Jackie Kirgbaum, who faces the loss of the monthly support checks. As it is, the family uses the subsidy to pay its day care expenses.

Without the money, she wonders how she’ll pay for appropriate care for her son, whose special needs require professional supervision.

“I would hate to pull him out of day care, but I’m not sure what options I have,” she said.

(emaphasis mine)

Christian values at their finest!

Culture of Life Rant

According to the St. Louis Post Dispatch Governor (I’m a Christian) Blunt has ordered that the Confederate Flag be flown at a state park in Higginsville, MO.

Confederate flags had flown daily at the Higginsville site and the Fort Davidson State Historic Site in Pilot Knob, Mo., until they were ordered down in January 2003 by Gov. Bob Holden’s administration.

That decision came shortly after a comment by then-Rep. Richard Gephardt of St. Louis, who was running for president at the time, that the Confederate flag should no longer fly “anytime, anywhere” because it is a divisive symbol.

Blunt viewed that decision as being made “at the whim of a presidential candidate,” said his spokesman, Spence Jackson.

“The governor has a long-standing view that the State Parks Advisory Board should make decisions after Confederate flags had flown daily at the Higginsville site and the Fort Davidson State Historic Site in Pilot Knob, Mo., until they were ordered down in January 2003 by Gov. Bob Holden’s administration.

Blunt supported legislation, which failed to come to a vote this year in the House, that would have allowed the state park board to decide whether the Confederate flag should fly over Missouri’s historical grave sites. Many black lawmakers opposed the bill.

Jackson said Blunt directed the Confederate flag to fly Sunday at the request of Rep. Mike McGhee, R-Odessa, whose district includes the historical site. McGhee said he was acting on the request of several Higginsville residents.

There are others ways of including the confederate flag in a historical display that doesn’t include flying it from a flag pole. One could mount it on a wall or put it in a display case along with other historical items. It seems to me this is the moral equivalent of running up a Nazi flag at Auschwitz. I think the whole “discussing with scholars about the appropriate display of the flag” is doubletalk. This part of the story is telling “Jackson said Blunt directed the Confederate flag to fly Sunday at the request of Rep. Mike McGhee, R-Odessa, whose district includes the historical site. McGhee said he was acting on the request of several Higginsville residents.”

Mary Ratliff, president of the Missouri State Conference of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, was irate when she learned Friday of Blunt’s decision.

“It is just appalling to me that the governor would again raise a flag that is so humiliating and reminds us of the vestige of slavery that has divided our nation for all these years,” Ratliff said.

What can I say – “The Culture of Life” at it’s finest.

Below is a map of Missouri showing the location of hate groups within the state. Go here for a key to the symbols. I note St. Louis is filled with them. Even more disturbing is the fact that one is apparently about ten miles away from me (in Bridgeton).
Hate Groups In Missouri Posted by Hello

Culture of Life Just Keeps Getting Weirder

Blame oldwhitelady for this “Culture of Life” rant! Seems some folks think it’s perfectly okay to “do” anything that is warm, damp and vibrates according to Lab Kat! The story is about Neal Horsley the Republican candidate for governor in Georgia. Apparently, he thinks it is okay to engage in bestiality and post the name of abortion doctors on websites (one doctor has been killed because of it) but gay rights is out? The Southern Poverty Law Center has a good profile on him. You can also go here and here for more info. Sad thing is, this guy will probably get elected! I worry about our country, I really do!

Creationist Letter In the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and Flaming Bible Thumping Heteros

I was reading the letters to the editor in today’s St. Louis Post Dispatch when I discovered this letter bashing evolution.

Both evolution and creationism (or “Intelligent Design”) are worthy of discussion. Both are reasonable, both have their ardent believers, and both are theories. Neither is provable through scientific testing. It may be an error to introduce the term “science” in reviewing evolution or creationism, since neither theory can be tested in any laboratory environment.

So, of course I had to respond to it:

Dear Editors,
I am writing to correct some misconceptions about science and evolution expressed in a previous letter (Prove It, by Karl Zickler). He writes that neither science nor creationism “…can be tested in any laboratory environment”. This is incorrect and is a misunderstanding about the nature of science. For example, scientists at the Howard Hughes Medical Center were doing research – in a lab – on the evolution of spines in stickleback fishes. One of the byproducts of this research was that they managed to link the gene responsible for forming stickleback spines to a gene in humans that plays a role in the disease ectodermal dysplasia. In reality though, science doesn’t occur in just a lab. Ask any field biologist, ecologist, anthropologist, geologist or paleontologist. Contrary to Mr. Zickler, evolution is capable of being proven through scientific testing and many scientist have devoted their lives to the experimental testing of evolution. This process requires rigorous standards of evidence and proof. We have heard a lot about the supposed scientific nature of creationism (and it’s offshoot Intelligent Design) so I would ask Mr. Zickler to provide just one experiment -it doesn’t have to be in the lab, it can be fieldwork – that would give evidential support to the any of the creationist (or ID) “theories”. I, personally, have been following the evolution/creation debate since I was in college and have yet to find any experimental evidence that would support creationism (or Intelligent Design).

As a follow up, I should point out that the pseudo attempt at fairness “Both are reasonable, both have their ardent believers, and both are theories. Neither is provable through scientific testing.” Is a favorite creationist tactic. They try to appear reasonable and fair – but you know they really think “God did it”

There was also a second letter that I wanted to respond to, but I felt that I would have a better chance of getting published if I only wrote one letter. It reads:

It’s not the person

I don’t think you understand the reason why the “conservative element that is pushing hardest against gay rights” (Leonard Pitts, May 8) is pushing so hard. Our opposition is not against the homosexual as a person but the homosexual activity in which the person chooses to participate. We accept the person but decry the abnormal behavior.

For the past 5,000 years, societies have recognized homosexuality as an abnormal behavior.

Where to start? “We accept the person” this is pure nonsense. Most of the people against gay rights are total bigots – they take all their hatred for the “abnormal behavior” (note the perjorative way it’s phrased) and hurl it at living, breathing people (I feel a rant about the Culture of Life coming on – don’t get me started). People who have just as much right to love and be loved, to be happy, as bible thumping heteros.

“For the past 5,000 years, societies have recognized homosexuality as an abnormal behavior.” Oh, learn some anthropology will you. Human societies have been around a lot longer than 5,000 years. Among the many societies that have come and gone, there were quite a few that accepted homosexuality. Ancient greece comes to mind, as does the Etoro of Papua New Guinea.

If anybody wants to write the St. Louis Post Dispatch on either of these letters (especially the second)the addresses are:

Letters to the Editor
St. Louis Post Dispatch
900 N. Tucker Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63101

Fax: (314)340-3139
E-Mail: letters@post-dispatch.com

Pat Robertson on the Judiciary

From Atrios:

“Over 100 years, I think the gradual erosion of the consensus that’s held our country together is probably more serious than a few bearded terrorists who fly into buildings,” Robertson said on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.”

Confronted by Stephanopoulos on his claims that an out-of-control liberal judiciary is the worst threat America has faced in 400 years – worse than Nazi Germany, Japan and the Civil War – Robertson didn’t back down.

“Yes, I really believe that,” he said. “I think they are destroying the fabric that holds our nation together.”

Don’t you just love Pat Robertson. I mean, really. Must make all you decent godfearing folk out there proud to hear Pat say stuff like that! 3,000 dead are a trivial evil compared to a judge who says teenagers can’t be executed for their crimes. Ahhh, the “Culture of Life”.