Nationalism: “Natural Born” Feng Shui

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I have been stumbling into some blogs recently that have been claiming to be objective about their mud slinging.  The one that pushed my button tried to rationalize the ineligibility of Barack Obama to be president because of his place of birth.

Now let’s stop for a minute and think about this constitutional requirement.  What magical power does being born within the boundaries of the United States give you?  Since every American is descended from immigrants it certainly doesn’t mean you were molded by some deity out of American clay.  And is American clay contagious?  The boundaries of the United States have been changing continually.  Am I more American if I was born in Pennsylvania than if I was born in California?  What are national boundaries if not some type of ancient Feng Shui or geomancy?  Or is it something more simple and arcane?  Perhaps you are the property of the incumbent power structure of the United States if you are born there.  Oh, yes you are.

What was the American civil war about if it was not a battle over human resources and whether humans should have all their needs attended to by the plantation and bound with chains or none of their needs attended to by the company and bound with debt?  Who won?  Have Americans eliminated their debt?  Have Americans eliminated their enemies?  Have Americans eliminated disease?  Is that what you are ultimately born into if you are not in the top 10% of the power structure?

Does being born in the United States make you a better scientist?  Does being born in the United States make you a better leader?  Does being born in the United States make you a better professional?  Does being born in the United States make you a better accountant?  Does being born in the United States make you a better soldier?  Does being born in the United States make you a better worker?  By what magical power?  By what divination?

“Natural Born” is a meaningless pedigree for a people without any claim to fame except that they randomly plopped out of the womb and into the world within a national boundary that may not be around in 100 years.  It is as meaningless as being born among “God’s chosen people”.  It is as meaningless as being born with a particular pigmentation of skin.  It is as meaningless as being born in January versus December.

The only thing that gives our boundaries meaning is our division and our conquest by the incumbent powers.

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Secular Extremism: Smart Mob for Evolution Education

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Fight for your right to be educated instead of indoctrinated.

The Religious Right violated the United States Constitution when they interrogated the presidential candidates as to their religious convictions.  No one has to share their religious convictions with anyone for any job including the presidency and making them do so is a criminal act.  Now, the Religious Right wants to violate the United States Constitution again by bringing Creationism into schools funded by the State.  There is a clear separation between Secular State Evolution Education and Christian Creationism Indoctrination.  Religious indoctrination in a Secular State school is a criminal act.

“Picture this: enterprising students in cities in Texas, particularly, and other cities nationwide – along with counterparts in Romania, which just mandated a Creationism-only science curriculum (I kid you not), and maybe Turkey, for good measure – organize Smart Mobs to strike, peacefully and simultaneously, out of the blue to demand only 21st century science – yes, I mean evolution – be included in their biology and other science textbooks.

“And they do it quickly, before Texas’ Creationist-dominated Board of Education votes next Spring to insert Creationism yet again into its science standards. (See this post.)

“They happen at such places as the Texas capitol building, the lobbies of textbook publishers’ headquarters, science museums, the national capitol, and wherever else seems like a good idea.

“And they simply follow the steps of this one of many excellent videos from the Personal Democracy Forum”

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— Clay Burell, how to smart mob against creationism in textbooks

This conduct is not only acceptable, it is essential to the success of Western civilization.  We cannot let extreme Islamicism drag our societies down into the quagmire of reactionary Christian extremism.  Our real opponents are preparing to conquer space, a vantage point where we will have no protection against an aggression that will make 9/11 look like a firecracker.  To fight back we will have to advance science like never before and pour resources into scientific development like never before.  We need evolution to advance as we need all sciences to survive in this century.  If it means bringing our secular youth out of the Middle East and sending the Religous Right’s Salvation Army in as cannon fodder against extreme Islam, I’m behind it.  Secular Constitutional societies will concentrate on supremacy in space which will decide the ultimate outcome on land, air and sea.

We require secular extremism to take hold in the minds of our youth.

Frank Zappa on Crossfire

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Frank Zappa was one of the most intellectual musicians of our time. He was also one of the most outspoken against authority. I enjoy his music, lyrics and writings.  Highly recommended.

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Another First Amendment adherent is George Carlin.

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