Beta Culture: The Footprint of the Past

War Dead

One of my many interests is the residual social / societal effects of historical events and social movements.For instance, the fact that we still say “God bless you” when people sneeze, 14 centuries after the supposed origin of the practice ... One explanation holds that the custom originally began as an actual blessing. Gregory I became Pope in AD 590 as an outbreak of the bubonic plague was reaching Rome. In hopes of fighting off the disease, he ordered unending prayer and parades of cha … [Read more...]

Cross-Posting Frank Schaeffer

Not a HUGE fan of Patheos co-blogger Frank Schaeffer ("Why I Still Talk to Jesus") but this is worth reading: The Slow-Motion Lynching of President Barack Obama.Go over there and take a few minutes with it. For me the title alone was an eye-opener; "slow-motion lynching" opened doors in my head, giving me an A-Ha! that had been 6 years building.One of the comments: This president is as good as it gets. And more. I am with you ALL the way---he is part of the 99% but when it comes to … [Read more...]

The World Is Ending. Michele Bachmann Says So.

I love this quote from the Daily Kos story: Rep. Michele Bachmann is a member of Congress. She's one of the people currently celebrating the shutdown of the American government as being a fine thing. She is on—and I am not making this up—the House Intelligence Committee. This is a person who gained so much respect in her home district, where people KNOW her, that she has been repeatedly elected to public office -- first the Minnesota state senate, later the U.S. House of Representatives -- sin … [Read more...]

Ted Nugent — Masculine, Admirable, Freedom-Loving American. Or Not.

Pimple-on-a-dog's-ass aging rocker Ted Nugent has been invited to the State of the Union Address by Texas Rep. Steve Stockman.Considering that Nugent has made fairly blatant public threats against both the President and outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton — for instance:  “If Barack Obama becomes the president in November, again, I will be either be dead or in jail by this time next year.” — and — "Obama, he's a piece of sh*t. I told him to suck on my machine gun. Hey Hillary [Clinton], … [Read more...]

Please Support and Sign My “We The People” Petition!

Democracy only works if we make it work. Please sign my petition and help create enhanced freedom and safety for all Americans. With their narrow focus on firearms, the NRA is failing to protect our FULL arms-bearing Second Amendment rights.This is a real petition, and it needs 25,000 signatures by January 21, 2013. Let's get to work, Americans! A blade-carrying population is a respectful population!Click here:  Hank Fox's We the People Petition … [Read more...]

Dear Mr. President

Oh man, I am so glad you won. Whew! Mitt Romney just scared the hell out of me. And Ryan a heartbeat away from the presidency? No way!I know you have a lot on your plate right now, but ... I’m going to toss one more serving up there.“ABCD by 2023” is an ambitious scientific research project I’d like to see Americans undertake. Briefly, it’s a 10-year Apollo-style project against four diseases: Alzheimer’s. Birth defects. Cancer. Diabetes.For the rest of it, I hope you’ll forgive me for pres … [Read more...]