Land of The Free (8): Remember The Alamo

Texas Just Won the Right to Disenfranchise 600,000 People. Its Not the First Time. | Mother Jones.

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Land of The Free (7): The Lady Vote

I picked this item up from watching The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Republicans have started a new campaign that compares voting to choosing a wedding dress. Here’s one of the ads:

The ad is mind-boggling in its inanity. I can’t believe that anyone would not see these ads are offensive, demeaning and patronising to women. But apparently the College National Republican Committee who paid for it doesn’t think so.

Here’s a link to the Daily Show piece. It’s on the ComedyCentral UK site, so quality is pretty crappy.

Land of The Free (6): Ave Maria University’s Strangle-Hold on Women Goes Way Beyond Suing Obamacare

Apparently Jeb Bush saw no problem with denying residents their civil liberties:

“Gov. Jeb Bush, at the university’s recent [2006] groundbreaking, lauded the development as a new kind of town, where faith and freedom will merge to create a community of like-minded citizens.”

Yes, a community of “like-minded citizens” whose rulers, like the Taliban, offer their residents no civil liberties not even the right to vote for local officials nor local laws.

via Ave Maria University’s Strangle-Hold on Women Goes Way Beyond Suing Obamacare.

A pretty scary story about Tom Monaghan (founder, but no longer owner of Domino’s Pizza) and plans for the town of Ave Maria. A report in the Daily Mail last year suggests things aren’t going too well with only 500 out of a planned 11,000 homes built since the town was officially founded in 2007. Apparently, that’s now risen to 560 giving a town population of 2,500. People appear not to be rushing to live somewhere where birth control is not available, there’s no voter control over town finances, where the owners have an über-Catholic agenda.

H/T to JT Eberhard who describes Monaghan as a “religious loon”.

Land of The Free (5): Christian Swingers

Picked this up from Jerry Coyne’s excellent blog, Why Evolution Is True:

Swinging builds Jesus’ army

Oh, lawdy!

 

Land of The Free (4): Georgia GOPer Complains About Early Voting, Excessive Black Voting

A Republican state senator in Georgia has vowed to end Sunday balloting in DeKalb County due to the fact that the area is “dominated by African American shoppers and it is near several large African American mega churches.”

via Georgia GOPer Complains About Early Voting, Excessive Black Voting.

Don’t these idiots ever listen to themselves.

Hat tip to WWJTD.

Land of The Free (3): Pat Robertson: “Blessed are the fully armed”

“What is the new beatitude?” Robertson said cheerfully after the segment. “Blessed are the fully armed because theirs is the kingdom of Heaven.”

via Pat Robertson: “Blessed are the fully armed” – Salon.com.

Looney toons…

Land of The Free (2): Left Behind – Are you ready?

The most important event in the history of mankind is happening right now. In the blink of an eye, the biblical Rapture strikes the world. Millions of people disappear without a trace. All that remains are their clothes and belongings, and in an instant, terror and chaos spread around the world. The vanishings cause unmanned vehicles to crash and burn. Planes fall from the sky. Emergency forces everywhere are devastated. Gridlock, riots and looting overrun the cities. There is no one to help or provide answers. In a moment, the entire planet is plunged into darkness.

via Left Behind – Are you ready?.

And here’s a piece from What Would JT Do? with a video starring some redneck plugging the movie. He’s apparently convinced atheists will be converting in droves.

 

Land of The Free (1): Rep. Robert Pittenger R-NC defends the right to fire LGBT employees

One of North Carolina’s reps in the House thinks businesses should be able to fire gay people simply for being gay.  You can probably guess his political party.

via Rep. Robert Pittenger R-NC defends the right to fire LGBT employees.

This is the first post in a new occasional series that I call Land of the Free, Home of the Brave.  Each will contain a links to a US story that makes me think “WTF?”.