*You* are the “job creator”

Everyone’s heard of the old Reagan-era trickle-down economics chestnut called “job creator”. According to David Stockman, and with the enthusiastic support of the newly-elected Right in power in Washington in 1981, the key to creating new jobs was to ensure greater economic inequality in America by lowering taxes on the rich, and spendspendspend.

In recent years Stockman has repudiated his advocacy for trickle-down (or “supply-side economics”, as he used to describe it).

Other capitalists have done the same, including such entrepreneurs as Nick Hanauer. Here’s what he had to say in a recent TED talk:

“Here’s an idea worth spreading: In a capitalist economy the true job creators are middle-class consumers, and taxing the rich to make investments, to make the middle class grow and thrive is the single shrewdest thing we can do for the middle class, for the poor, and for the rich.”

The real clue that Hanauer knew whereof he spoke was that TED management did not put the talk online until there was an uproar about the exclusion. (It’s no longer posted, BTW.)

(I’ve talked about this talk before, but it’s well worth a repeat.)

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Jumping into space


There is only one word for this achievement:


My favorite moment was watching the gondola door roll out of the way, and there is space RIGHT THERE IN YOUR FACE!

The latest demand by the Catholic Church, transparently disguised as NOM

From this snip of her speech, you’d think that Ms. Morse was referring to Catholic priests that have committed pedophilia or ephebophilia:

What the Catholic Church teaches is very simple, that they can be saved, but they have to live a life of chastity — and that God does want them to be saved. In fact, their same-sex attraction can be their personal path to holiness. That can be the thing that gets them to Heaven: dealing with that, dealing with it in a good, and decent, and wholesome way.

Jennifer Roback Morse, head of the National Organization for Marriage’s Ruth Institute

You’d be thinking wrong. She was referring to gay people. All gay people.

When that jokingly embarrassing excuse for an astroturf organization called NOM is saying here is “It’s all right to be gay. It’s just not all right to have sex outside of marriage. Oh, and by the way, you can’t get married either. Sucks to you.”

And make no mistake — Morse is a six-figure a year executive in NOM, and she’s speaking for the entire organization.

The complete speech is here:

“And you knew who you were then/Girls were girls and men were men”

As Dan Savage urges all his readers, “blog this!” everywhere.

No sooner said than done.

Archie: Well, who the hell wants people like that teaching our kids?! I’m sure God don’t! God’s sittin’ in judgment!

Edith: Well, sure he is, but he’s God. You ain’t!Archie, listen, you wouldn’t want to be the cause of somebody losin’ their job! Archie, she’s all alone in the world now and she’s got nobody to take care of her like I have. And she can’t help how she feels. And she didn’t hurt you, so why should you wanna hurt her? Archie, I can’t believe you’d do anything that mean.

(Emphasis Dan’s and mine.)

“Thus endeth the lesson. So mote be it!”

Our local Catholic archbishop, His “Excellency” John Nienstedt, recently hosted a meeting of Catholic muckymucks and representatives of hate groups such as NOM — all in the name of supporting the upcoming Minnesota amendment vote permanently banning same-sex marriage in the state.

Here’s what Minnesota Viking’s player Chris Kluwe has to say about this:

Millions of children grow up raised in the Catholic faith. Some of these children will be gay, through no choice of their own, but because of how God created them. What does it say to those children when the head of their religion in this state, a man who claims to “explain and defend the teaching of the Church because I have been ordained to do so and I believe those teachings with all my heart”, a man acting under the direct auspices of the Pope himself, tells them that they can’t be as worthy as everyone else, even though they believe in the teachings of Jesus? What will these children think, as they suffer the barbed insults of their classmates and teachers; I ask you, sir, what will these children think as they are belittled and tormented due to teachings you espouse? What judgment will be passed on your soul when yet another poor child reaches for the knife or the noose to end his or her earthly torment due to your example?

Do you presume to speak for God, Archbishop Nienstedt? Will you tell these children, faithful children who attend Sunday school and earnestly pray every day, that they are somehow lessened in God’s eyes? Will you grasp that millstone, Archbishop Nienstedt, grasp it all the way to the bottom, clutching at the heavy weight of earthly power and influence even as it drags you down?

Hear the brother preach, folks!

“Poisoning Pigeons in the Park” ain’t got nothin’ on this

I’m feeling irreverent today, so here’s a big dose of Tom Lehrer making fun of the most egregiously political churches in history:

(Pedantic note: Lehrer was poking fun at the fact that in 1962 the Roman Catholic Church decided to “become more commercial” by slightly relaxing ritual strictures in order to attract more parishioners.)