Friday, February 24, 2012
Thursday, February 16, 2012
House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) had a hearing today. As he put it, “…the hearing is not about reproductive rights and contraception but instead about the Administration’s actions as they relate to freedom of religion and conscience…” The ultimate goal here is to nullify the White House’s birth control mandate that was announced last week, so it most certainly is about reproductive rights.
The photo above is the panel that was allowed to testify to the committee. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) asked that a female witness be included. Issa responded by denying the request saying that the woman was “…not an appropriate witness.” Actually:
The proposed witness in question, Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke, is a friend of a fellow-student who lost an ovary after being denied contraceptives prescribed as a medical treatment. She is also obviously connected to one of the “religiously-affiliated institutions” that are at the center of the controversy, even according to the opponents of the mandate.
Monday, February 13, 2012
Saturday, February 11, 2012
Friday, February 10, 2012
…we still have the evidence of the Bible itself. And one does not need to believe in the infallibility of that document to see that the Jesus who is depicted in it was implacably opposed to authoritarianism, warmongering, contempt for the poor, exaltation of wealth, conformity, and sanctimoniousness – in short, everything the contemporary Republican Party stands for.Kamiya goes on to quote Matthew 19:21, in which Jesus says, “If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell what thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven.”
Kind of blows up Romney’s claim to any moral high ground, doesn’t it?
Don’t forget Catholic Newt Gingrich and his too clever by half phrase, “The Food Stamp President” Gingrich claims that “…more people have been put on food stamps by Barack Obama than any president in American history.” As a practicing Catholic, would you think Gingrich would want to, you know, help feed the poor, you know, as Jesus taught?
My father-in-law, who is a religious man, and I discuss this point quite frequently. He, as am I, is completely dumfounded when Republicans claim the high moral ground when all of their policies only improve the lives of those who need the least. If this country is truly a Christian nation, it’s time we stop looking out for ourselves, and start helping the little guy, just like Jesus taught.
Thursday, February 9, 2012
It’s been a long time, hasn’t it? Before today, the last time you heard from me, I was complaining about Olympic coverage. That’s a long time ago. Nine days short of two years to be exact. During that time, I pretty much gave up on the whole blogging thing. I was burned out. I was disillusioned. I was done.
I let the original www.andrewtisonthecut.com domain go* figuring I’d never return, or if I did, I’d always have the free BlogSpot domain name to satisfy any urges to spill my guts all over the intertubes. Truth is, I really let my social internet presence go to hell. My Twitter account has been overrun by the standard Twitter weeds of “Social Media Gurus” and girls looking for dates. I started whoring Twitter feed to advertisers selling electronic cigarettes and cheap glasses, thinking I could make a fast buck. So very sad. While I still have connections via Google+ and Facebook, I’ve pretty much lost touch with just about everybody I met during 2009 and am sure that my slutty Twitter feed ruined any good will I had built up. It was incredibly flaky and for that, I am truly sorry.
The good news, for at least me, is, I kept checking into the site. Sure there was nothing going on, but I was enjoying reading what I had wrote and remembered the fun I did have. So, I secured a new domain name www.atiotc.com and updated the look of the site. I think I’ll have another go at this thing. I don’t think I’ll match the 600+ posts of 2009 or will promote the site as aggressively as before. This is for me and I hope you have as much enjoyment reading it as I do writing it.
Now, since the site has been dead for so long, I lost pretty much all of my followers, which weren’t that many to begin with. I probably has as many people reading as Christian Slater had listening when he ran his pirate radio station in “Pump Up the Volume.” Right now, I kind of feel like he did when he stared his station and nobody listened. That’s cool. I don’t mind.
*Speaking of the old domain name, it now belongs to a Japanese teeth whitening company and is owned by an individual named Yamaguchi. How you get teeth whitening out of andrewtisonthecut is beyond me. Surely somebody can enlighten me.