Friday Night Fun and Culture: Arlo Guthrie


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Fmr. Navy chaplain: ‘Demon of rape’ sending transgender people ‘to violate your daughters’

From Raw Story:

By David Edwards
Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Former Navy chaplain Gordon Klingenschmitt warned on Wednesday that a “demon of rape” was granting bathroom rights to transgender people so that they could “violate your daughters.”

On his Pray in Jesus Name Internet broadcast, the disgraced former Navy chaplain pointed to the story of 6-year-old Colorado girl Coy Mathis, who was born as a boy.

“He has been dressed as a girl by his parents because his parents have a political agenda to push these coed bathroom bills into Colorado state law,” Klingenschmitt opined. “What a cute little boy. Unfortunately, he’s being abused by his parents, who have paraded him on national television shows.”

“You know, there’s not just a demon of deception here or confusion or sexual immorality,” he explained. “But there is a demon of rape inside of this movement to violate your daughters.”

Klingenschmitt was discharged from the Navy in 2006 after disobeying a direct order and wearing his uniform to a protest demanding that Jesus’ name be used in military prayers.

Will Legal Pot Hurt the Booze Business? What Do You Think?

From Alternet:

With marijuana law reform sweeping the nation, will consumers be driven to drink more or less alcohol?

By Jodie Gummow
November 26, 2013

As the legalization of recreational marijuana gains momentum across the United States with public support at an all-time high, many advocates eagerly await to see what effect legalization will have on big alcohol.  Will it be forced to fight for market share? Or is alcohol so heavily ingrained in our society that pot legalization will barely create a ripple with booze consumption remaining unaffected?

In the cannabis reform movement, it is an article of faith that the more pot is legally accessible, the less booze will be consumed, but is there evidence to support that theory?   The answer to the overall question likely depends on how cannabis and alcohol interact in  our culture, that is, whether pot will complement booze and vice versa or whether people will choose pot as an alternative to drinking.

As Forbes explains, if the two substances are complements, then states legalizing marijuana would expect to see more consumption on both sides, which may increase competition and likely exacerbate pre-existing health concerns about over-consumption of alcohol, particularly in this era of mixing red bull and other highly caffeinated drinks with booze.   However, if pot truly becomes a substitute for alcohol, than legalizing marijuana may reduce alcohol consumption.

According to economists, D. Mark Anderson and Daniel Rees, co-authors of the most recent research on this topic published in the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, marijuana and alcohol are substitutes rather than complementary substances.

The co-authors cite a number of prior studies ranging from 2001-2013, which illustrate that as marijuana becomes more readily available, adults respond by drinking less, not more, with pot legalization associated with a reduction in heavy drinking amongst 18 to 29-year-olds and a five percent decrease in beer sales.

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Black Friday protests target retailers opening on Thanksgiving

End Scrooge Employer’s Theft of Worker’s Holidays

At the very least require them to pay triple time. 

As hard as it may be for these fucking soulless Corporate Douches to imagine, employees have real lives outside of work.  As much as these Libertarian assholes would like us to be slaves we too have families we love, entertainments we enjoy far more than killing all the joy in our lives so some fucking rich asshole can make a profit off of our lives and labor.

From The Guardian UK:

Record numbers of workers plan to protest major retailers, with Walmart at centre of row over holiday wages and hours

in New York, Thursday 28 November 2013

Retail workers and union activists are preparing for a record day of action across the US on Friday, protesting wages and conditions on the busiest shopping day of the year.

Retailers, including Macy’s, are opening their doors on Thanksgiving for the first time this year, joining other store giants including Target, Sears and Kmart. But it is Walmart, the nation’s largest private employer, which has attracted the focus of protests.

Protests are planned at more than 1,500 of Walmart’s 4,000 US stores on Black Friday, the day after the Thanksgiving holiday and traditionally the start of the festive shopping season. Last year similar protests attracted 30,000 workers and supporters. This year organisers said they expect even larger protests with retail workers angered by the decision of many more retailers to open on Thanksgiving, traditionally a national holiday.

Workers lobby group Our Walmart plans to lead protests by supporters and staff, many of whom will be working Thanksgiving for the first time this year. Church groups and civil rights, consumer and environmental organisations including the National Organization for Women, The Sierra Club, Color of Change and the National Consumers League have all pledged support.

Tiffany Beroid, who works at the stores Laurel, Maryland store, said she would be joining this year’s protest. Beroid, 29, said she earned $12,000 last year working full time as a customer service manager for the company but had to go part-time this year because she could no longer afford her child care. “Even if I worked 40 hours a week, I wouldn’t be able to afford child care,” she said. “We need better wages and respect in the workplace. Walmart can afford to treat us better.”

The company has said associates – as it calls its workers – who work over the holiday will receive an additional day’s pay, a 25% discount off a Walmart purchase and will be served a Thanksgiving meal during the Black Friday shift. More than a million associates are expected to staff Walmart stores during the events.

A Walmart spokesman dismissed the protests as “a union orchestrated PR event” and said that the National Labor Relations Board had okayed unions to pay some protesters $50 to join the protests. “Very few of these people will be actual Walmart employees,” she said. “We are really focussed on sales and serving our customers. We don’t believe there will be any disruption at stores. It’s business as usual at Walmart.”

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I’m tired of the Debunking of Thankgiving

Every year at this time politically correct people come out of the woodwork to debunk Thanksgiving.

Yes I realize the European Colonialists killed off the Indigenous People.  Genocidal wars are as old as the ancestors of modern humanity and not the invention of Europeans although they have waged more than their share.

While American kids are taught that the First Thanksgiving was to celebrate peace between the Pilgrims and the Indigenous Peoples of Massachusetts its origins like most origins is much older and found in harvest festivals around the world.

Harvest festivals as such usher in the Winter and mark the beginnings of a season of holidays and feasts that brighten what is the darkest part of the year in the northern hemisphere.

Christianity laid claim to those holidays and assigned Christian significance to them.

Yet with things like Christmas trees and yule logs it is hard to escape the pre-Christian origins of many of these seasonal rituals.

Today Robert Jensen has a piece on Alternet titled: No Thanks to Thanksgiving. Seems he expects us to all atone for events over which we had no control.

I will stipulate that colonialists did terrible things in the 1620s.  From the time the Spanish first came to the Americas they waged a genocidal war against the Native Peoples.

History is filled with campaigns of genocide.  No doubt there will be campaigns of genocide in the future as we run out of resources for the ever increasing billions of people.

At times like this I feel I have the right to invoke the Serenity Prayer.  Especially since in it one asks for the strength to change those things one can change, the serenity to accept those things I’m powerless to change and the wisdom to know the difference.

As I have gotten older I have come to realize I am powerless to change the past.

I barely have control over the events that immediately shape my life conditions and my ability to survive can be dependent upon the whims of a fickle employer with a bad temper.

The short version of the serenity prayer is this: Fuck it!

I’m thankful I am nearly 13 years sober.

I’m thankful for my relationship with Tina, we have been together longer than I’ve ever been together with another person.

I’m thankful for the pittance I get from Social Security, for Medicare and for e-Bay and swap-meets.

I’m thankful I currently don’t have to kiss the ass of some fickle boss who has a mean streak.

I’m thankful that I am an American.  I’ve had the opportunity to live in a number of incredible places in this beautiful country and have enjoyed the weirdness, craziness and beauty of all those places.

As angry as I am with too many things  I still have a glimmer of optimism.

Thanksgiving isn’t about shopping.  It isn’t about wars or remembering veterans. It isn’t about the long dead Pilgrims and Native People.

It’s a harvest festival, a time of giving thanks and feasting to celebrate the past year.  It is the first of a series of holidays that carry us through to after the start of the New Year.

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The Pope Slams “Tyranny” of Capitalism and “Idolatry of Money,” But Opposes Shift on Women, Abortion

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