Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Andy Ostroy Says Obama is Not to Blame for High Gas Prices, but Blamed Bush for them Repeatedly



Once again, RTO proves that Andy Ostroy’s worst enemy is....Andy Ostroy

by Larry Simons
June 26, 2012

As if the hypocrisy of our favorite liberal wingnut blogger Andy Ostroy has not already reached monumental levels, it looks as if he has no plans anytime soon of putting an end to his hypocritical, record-breaking streak.

In his latest article titled, “The Perfect Stump Speech for Obama” [June 25, 2012], Ostroy’s defense of President Obama [or any president] having nothing to do with high gas prices takes an embarrassing turn when his writings about the previous administration are compared to his present position [a feat, comparing Ostroy's past words to his present ones, RTO has continually succeeded at].

Ostroy’s position on presidents controlling gas prices has either drastically changed, or his blind allegiance to his political party is awarded with perpetual amnesia. I say it’s the latter.

Ostroy said this yesterday:

“Back in early Spring, gas prices in many parts of the country hit $4.50 per gallon. The Republican attack machine warned of imminent $5.00 per gallon prices which would destroy America's fragile economic recovery and push the nation back into recession. And, it was all President Obama's fault. The fact that no president can control the price of fuel didn't matter. It made for a great soundbite. So with gas prices down to an average $3.48 per gallon, with prices dropping $.15 in just the last two weeks alone, why isn't Obama, and his Democratic surrogates, taking credit for this precipitous drop in price?”

“The prevailing wisdom should be that, if you cause the price of gas to rise, then you also are responsible when it drops.”

It is clear that Ostroy’s position [currently] is that no president can control gas prices. Obviously he is just making a point that if Republicans condemn Obama for the increase in gas prices, they should praise him for when prices fall. But, he is not saying Republicans [or anyone] should praise Obama for the fall in prices in reality, but only if the president did control gas prices.

My beef with Ostroy is his blatant hypocrisy on this issue. When George W. Bush was president, Ostroy blamed him repeatedly for the spike in gas prices.

In his article, “Why Obama Must Become President” [June 30, 2008], Ostroy said this:

“The U.S. presidency is the grand prize. Again, it is nothing short of remarkable that Obama has overcome so many obstacles and is within very short reach of the White House. But the simple truth is, this year's election is the Perfect Storm of politics. The country is mired in an unpopular war, the economy's teetering on recession, and the existing administration--racked by cronyism, scandal and corruption--has historically low approval ratings. Gas is inching towards $5.00/gallon, housing prices are down 15% year-over-year, and consumer confidence is at a 15-year low. It's the perfect opportunity for Americans to shatter racial divides and elect a black president, someone who, after eight miserable years of George W. Bush, speaks to their bread-and-butter issues. But that opportunity may not come around again for a long time. The table could not be better set than it is right now. Which is why Obama must win.”

In his article, “Can Obama Really Win this Thing?” [July 29, 2008], Ostroy said this:

“George W. Bush's legacy is clear. Come January, when the 44th president of the United States takes office, the nation will be racked by, among other things, a record half-trillion dollar budget deficit; an economy teetering on, if not in, recession; $4+/gallon gas prices; the lowest consumer confidence in 15 years; a failing, deadly war; and a resurgent terrorist stronghold in Afghanistan. Americans are broke, both in pocketbook and spirit.”

In his article, “Random Thoughts...” [July 12, 2008], Ostroy said this:

“7. To the oil companies: What the fuck? Oil at almost $150 a barrel? Have you gone mad? There's absolutely no justification on this planet for fuel prices to have more than doubled in a year. As long as you keep recording record profits and paying your CEO's $50-million per year while the price of gas is crippling the American economy, I will continue to say you Bush-sanctioned thieves are raping us.

In his article, “The Right Wing's Racist Attacks on Michelle Obama” [August 12, 2008], Ostroy said this:

“The right wing attack dogs have one goal, and that's to scare the crap of America. "Michelle and Barack Obama. The angry radical black man and his angry black wife. A couple of militants whom Whitey should be very, very afraid of." It's 2004 all over again. But instead of gay marriage it's angry black folk. Let's just hope this time Americans care more about the war, the recession, $4.50/gallon gas prices, unemployment, record debt, the housing slump, the mortgage crisis, universal health care and global warming.”

In his article, “The Fiorina Follies: With Surrogates Like This, Who Needs Enemies?” [September 17, 2008], Ostroy said this:

“Since George Bush took office in 2000, the "fundamentals of the economy" are horrendous:

-Unemployment 6.1% vs 4.2%
-Budget deficit of $357-billion vs $281-billion budget surplus
-National debt at $9.7-trillion vs $5.8-trillion
-Gas $4/gallon vs $1.27
-Inflation at 5.37% from 2.74% 
-Real Wages down 2%
-Consumer Confidence Index .57 vs historical high of 145”

It is clear that, since Ostroy blamed Bush for high gas prices on multiple occasions, it cannot be passed off as a gaffe. When Bush was president, Andy Ostroy stated Bush was responsible for high gas prices. Since he cannot be that stupid [as evidenced now by not currently blaming Obama for high gas prices], that means that Ostroy was knowingly and blatantly lying about Bush in the above excerpts of his past articles.

Not only do I hold a high level of contempt for Andy Ostroy [and his ilk], who has been proven to knowingly lie while he is writing his lying words, but much anger as well, for causing me to defend Bush.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Lifestyles of the Religious Nutball: Creflo Dollar and Mark Wolford…the Nut Report



It’s been a bad two weeks for Christian loons Creflo “Child Abuser” Dollar and Mark “I’m A Dumbass for Thinking God Will Save Me from A Rattlesnake” Wolford

by Larry Simons
June 13, 2012

The nutty world of Christianity has suffered two big blows in the last 17 days. On May 27, 2012, Pastor [and loon] Mark Wolford [above left, with snake], a Pentecostal pastor from West Virginia who handled snakes on many occasions [even bitten previously but survived], died after a rattlesnake that he owned for years bit him during a church service near Bluefield, WV.

Unbelievably, the aforementioned snake-handling act is not the craziest part [although it’s very close]. The most insane aspects to this story [well, there’s many] are the following facts:

1. Wolford’s father died the very same way, from a rattlesnake bite, in 1983 at the age of 39. 

2. Wolford practiced the act of snake-handling because he believed the Bible mandates it to test one’s faith in God. 

3. He [along with his fellow loony congregation] believed that Mark 16:17-18 was to be taken literally. It states, “And these signs will follow those who believe: in My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover.” 

4. He actually believed that if one were bitten by a rattlesnake, God would heal them just by trusting in Him to do so. 

My obvious first thought is simply this: If the Mark passage was to be taken literally by these buffoons, why is not every single one of these church members dropping dead by the dozens from drinking deadly liquids as the passage instructs? Why did they only single out “taking up serpents”?

This entire incident is a classic example of why the Bible itself is a work of fiction. Whenever the Bible instructs something that is harmless, such as doing missionary work or attending church, then, of course, the Bible is to be taken literally. However, when there are passages like Mark 16:17-18 that instructs believers to do insane acts, and believers take it literally and actually carry them out, the Christian community as a whole cries “well, that’s not to be taken literally”.

My question is, why not? The passage clearly states “these signs will follow those who believe”, then proceeds to list deeds that require a neurological disorder to practice. It clearly states that no harm will befall those who carry out these acts.

Deductive reasoning has no choice but to conclude that the death of Mark Wolford [and the likes of him] has proven one of two things: That either Wolford had no real faith [which most Christians would argue] or my stance, that the Bible is untrue and should be right beside Humpty Dumpty and Peter Rabbit on the shelves in every bookstore in the world.

I realize many will read my words and call me insensitive to the fact that a real person has died and I am name-calling. But, the fact remains that Wolford suffered from some type of neurological issue. There is no other conclusion to come to when a person truly believes that any higher power could protect them from a deadly reptile. The fact that Wolford even took the Bible literally to begin with is evidence that there was not enough marbles in his head for one to rest beside each of his ears.

On June 8, 2012, World Changers Church International founder and pastor/televangelist Creflo Dollar [above right in mugshot] was arrested in Fayetteville, Georgia after being charged with attacking his 15-year-old daughter. In the police report, Dollar’s daughter accused him of choking her, throwing her to the ground and beating her with his shoe after an argument about going to a party at 1 a.m.

Of course, Creflo denied all wrongdoing and said he would never beat his children. So, we are left to assume that his 15-year-old daughter just out of the blue got it in her head to simply make up a story that she was beaten by her father. Dollar’s older 19-year-old daughter confirmed the same story. I’m quite sure both daughters simply just invented the story for no apparent reason. They were bored and had a few hours to kill.

Dollar was released on $5,000 bail [chump change to Dollar, who owns two Rolls-Royce’s, a private jet, a million dollar home in Atlanta and a 2.5 million dollar home in Manhattan] and told his congregation last Sunday that the allegations made against him were nothing but “exaggeration and sensationalism” and that he should have never been arrested.

The most sickening thing about this story is that as Dollar spouted his bullshit about the incident to his equally loony congregation, they gave him an ovation screaming “We love you!” and “we got your back”. Only brain dead believers in fairy tales [who are already infected with deep neurological disorders] could overlook child abuse to give adoration to a national celebrity.

One church member stated that when she first heard the news, she didn’t believe it and that she knew there had to be more to the story. How disgusting. This is exactly the type of thing that goes on, not just in the mega-churches that are nationally televised, but in churches all across the country. Congregations who adore their pastors simply turn a blind eye to abuse in the home because they “don’t believe it”.

Spouses and children suffer inside a home by an abusive “man of God” and there’s nothing they can do. If it’s a mega-church and the pastor rakes in the kind of money Dollar makes, he simply can foot the bail and is released to go right back to the home to create more havoc and abuse. Then, to make matters worse, they go back to their churches where they are protected by the congregation, most of whom will “not believe it”.

Ironically, the exact same type of blind faith that is required to believe in the Bible to begin with is the exact same faith exercised when loonballs show their adoration to their pastor, even in the midst of child abuse allegations, which one has to ask, “Why would this happen now if it was not true?”

Why wouldn’t anyone believe it considering the flood of stories just in the past ten years of pastors and religious loons who abuse children, rape women and even kill others? Why would it even be shocking to believe Dollar is capable of this? I would wonder why it took so long for Dollar to commit these acts considering the fact that there seems to be something in the baptismal water that drives so many religious loons to commit crimes and atrocities so gruesome, they would make gang member blush.

I have come across so many of these stories of religious nutjobs committing murder, rape, abuse, theft, decapitations, etc, that I could devote my blog to it exclusively. There is something about the Bible that makes many feel entitled to have dominance over others to commit atrocities on them. It is almost as if they feel God himself gives them that power and authority.

It is sick and twisted and is the very reason why you hear these kinds of stories so often. In reality, if the Bible really had any power or influence on people, there would be NO incidents of barbarism inflicted on those at the hands of so-called “church people”, but these stories are rampant. Does anyone ever ask WHY there are so many stories of religious people who commit the most abhorrent acts? Acts that would make Jeffrey Dahmer or Ted Bundy envious?

The answer is clear: the Bible has no more influential power on the human race than Jack and the Beanstalk and Little Red Riding Hood. For every truly good Christian person, there are 1,000 Creflo Dollar's and Mark Wolford's claiming God is the main influence in their lives whilst they are clubbing their children with shoes and snuggling up to deadly reptiles like they were newborn kittens.

What power is it that gives an agnostic like myself more wisdom and common sense than the ones who claim they are getting everything they need in life directly from the almighty creator himself, and whose actions prove they obviously are not?

Case in point: I am still alive right this second typing this story because I did NOT follow the teaching in Mark 16 that says God will keep alive those who drink deadly liquids and play with snakes. But Wolford, who followed the teaching, is dead?

Does anyone have an explanation for this other than my own, which is, the Bible is false?