Friday, December 26, 2008

Miserable ATHEISTS

Today I found myself riveted to Richard Dawkins' rad website, where a group of devout atheists cranked out explanations of what they do at Christmas aka "Christ's mass."

Here's a small, tasty sample:

"As a miserable atheist I shall of course be alone over christmas. After breakfast I will spend the next three hours tearing pages out of a bible and cursing anyone who has the temerity to ring or call (I will save the quran for Boxing Day). Having loaded my air rifle I will take pot shots at birds and cats that enter my garden. Just before dusk I will spend an hour or two breaking into cars and if I am lucky, stealing children’s presents, I don’t want them of course so I will throw them into the nearest waste bin having stamped on them first...."

I hold a sweet place in my heart for all the world's Atheists (I was one myself -- between being born into a daddy/sky/war-god family and moving on to the Mother/Earth/Peace-Goddess).

A metacool thing about Atheists is that they are our allies in the war to break the fist-clamp the father/sky/war gods* hold over us.

In other words, once Atheists become cool to everyone, it'll be easier for Pagans too to hold our heads up high (without worrying about getting them smushed into the nearest cement sidewalk by some busted daddy-war-god dude).
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*Mainly Jehovah, Allah and Yahweh, but also the Hindu daddy war gods
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thnx to Ramon Gris for the foto; go HERE to see more of his work.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

THE GREAT MOTHER'S Prayer

Our Mother who art the Earth
Nourishing are thy ways
Thy web of life be woven
Thy ways be found within
As it is all around.

Thank you this day for our bread and sweat
And forgive us our misuse of you
As we forgive others their misuse of us
And lead us not into exploitation
But deliver us from lording it over you
And over each other and over fellow creatures.

For thine are the waters of life
The feeding, breeding, seeding ground
For now and as far as close to forever
As we shall ever come.

Blessed Be!

~ from Zsuzsanna Budapest's Dianic University website

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Thnx to AJ Franklin for the pic of "Rainbow over strip mines." Go HERE to see more of this fotographer's work.

AJ says, "The coal companies ran roughshod over NE Penna, tearing out whatever they wanted and making it look like the surface of the moon. These are the same bastards that are in the oil business today, and want to do that to the ANWR...If they were given half a chance."

Sunday, December 21, 2008

WINTER SOLSTICE Blessings

From Vicki Noble:

At this sacred holy-day, I like to remember Charlie Murphy's Solstice song, Light Is Returning, to express the relief that we profoundly feel as the light is birthed again within the darkness...

Light is returning
Even though this is the darkest hour
No one can hold back the dawn

Let's keep it burning
Let's keep the light of hope alive
Make safe our journey through the storm

One planet is turning
Circles on her path around the Sun
Earth Mother is calling her children home

Title: Light Is Returning
Lyrics by: Charlie Murphy
Recorded on: "Canticles of Light," Charlie Murphy, Jami Sieber and the Total Experience Choir (Out Front Music, P.O. Box 12188, Seattle, WA 98102)
Blessings to all of you on this eve of the day the light returns!

Love,
Athana
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thnx to epantha for the pic; go HERE to see more.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

RICK WARREN: Dominionist DUDE?

It's bad enough he's anti-LGBT, anti-woman and anti-abortion.

But worse -- and something few are talking about -- is that Ricky Warren, the Jumping-Jehovah dude Obama picked to open his inauguration, seems to be in bed with Christian Dominionists.

Dominionists want to kill democracy, the presidency, and the Constitution. "Time to go back to kings," they say. But the "king" would be their cutie little dude-deity, Jumpin' Jehovah.

Instead of the Constitution, all our judges would thumb through the Old Testament to decide right from wrong -- and the "right" punishment for each "wrong," including the death penalty for looking at a parent with disrespect in your eye.

You think I'm kidding here, doncha? You think these Dominionist dudes are are only a few scattered loony-toons who have no power, don't ya? Hows come then Sarah Palin -- a Dominionist -- got so close to the White House? Think that was just an accident?

And hows come Ricky W. gets to usher in the Obama admin.?

If we hafta have Ricky, then Judith Laura over at Medusa Coils has the best idea I've heard all week:

If we ... really want to be inclusive, we should look for a woman who is clergy in a non-Christian religion.... Selecting a lesbian to be the other invocation-giver would send a clear message that Warren’s presence is truly meant to be inclusive and not an endorsement of his views.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Shooting OURSELVES IN THE FeeT?

HERE'S an article that caught my eye today. It's about how Muslims are leading the world around like a cow with a ring in its nose, 'cause we're all frightfully frightened of the fatwa, and about how the West started the whole shebang all by its lil' ol' lonesome self:

"The lesson of the Rushdie Affair ... is that liberals have made their own monsters. It is the liberal fear of giving offence that has helped create a culture in which people take offence so easily."

What's to blame, says Mr. Kenan Malik the author, is our "abandonment of the politics of universalism in favour of ethnic particularism, the shift from the politics of ideology to the politics of identity." All this sly shifting and abject abandoning happened in the 1980s.

OK, I'm a liberal, but I part company with my liberal friends over the idea that every trait of every culture is a sacred cow. The fatwa, IMO should be stomped into the dust ASAP with every ounce of energy the world possesses, along with harems, human slavery, and the frequent ingestion of roasted caterpillar skins. The earth's too small now to stand for such nonsense spreading and getting the upper hand -- or should I say foot?

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Pass THE SEED, PLEASE

HERE'S a good article on how "religious" people breed like flies. "Religious" people pump out more babies -- in many cases a *lot* more babies, says this author, Andy Gottlieb. And, those babies typically adopt their parents' religion.*

By "religion" Andy of course means daddy-god religion (Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist). So, what Andy's really saying is daddy-god people have more babies.

Next Andy scratches his head and says, "Nobody knows why!"

Well, dear hearts, we know why, don't we? Typically, Daddy God tells his dudes to throw "their" women down on the floor and fill them full of seed. Tons of seed.

Here -- anybody want seed? Daddy God has it gushing out his galoshes. He's tickled pink to pass it around, all over everyone. He does adore his seed. Seed, seed, seed.

And what this means is, the daddy always has extra bodies lying around he can beat the rest of us up with. It's a problem.

This little drama, of course, has been marching across the stage for six millennia. Although Daddy started as a small group of a few dozen 6000 years ago, he's now spread like lice in thick hair, all over the globe.

Today, well over half the world worships Daddy.

It's a problem, and what we can do about it is this: get to Daddy-god's young while they're itty-bitties and teach them what kind of deadly world plague their parents are trying to pass off onto them -- and all the rest of us.
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*"Faith Equals Fertility," by Andrew Gottlieb, on moreintelligentlife.com

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

ACADEMIA AND THE Bogeywoman (i.e., GODDESS)

HERE, in an old issue of Goddess Pages, is a great article by Max Dashu on the way in which "objective" academia shakes in its shoes when confronted by Goddess.

Thnx both to Max and to Geraldine at Goddess Pages for all you each do for the Goddess Movement.

DEAR ANONYMOUS AMERICAN Soldier

Dear Anonymous American Soldier who left a comment today on my old 1/2/06 post, "Bible Verses for the Kids to Memorize",

First, I adore you, and the Goddess adores you.

Second, I beg of you -- don't threaten me with Christian promo propaganda like "I only hope you will realize the truth in God's word before judgment day comes." It makes me laugh and giggle til my stomach ties itself into crampy little knots.

Third, I can't even begin to tell you how grateful I am you are willing to sacrifice everything to protect me and others. You are my hero in all caps. Whatever any of us feels about the justification for the war in Iraq, the fact is, in the primitive war-based world of today, we still need to protect ourselves at times against armed aggression. Without guys like you, we'd all be toast faster'n you can say "trip over my toes and tell me thank you."

I know you aren't paid to sit around and second-guess your commanders. You're trained to do as you're told. That's how our war-god armed forces work, and in our present culture, I seriously doubt our military'd work otherwise. So I deeply and totally honor your commitment to protect.

Third, you're right -- you are fighting for my right to believe what I want, even if you'd sooner drown what I believe in a bathtub as look at it. Your religion, however, is based on the idea that if I do believe what I want, it will shoot me down into a vast underground torture prison -- to be tortured hideously, with no release at any point in time. Ever. Pretty, harsh, dude, wouldn't you say?

You think you're fighting for democracy in Iraq (if that's where you are), but your religion is fighting to dump democracy here in the U.S. -- and around the world. Members of your religion are fighting as we speak to take over the U.S. and make it a theocracy.

If you want to learn more about this, root around and read a few of the other posts in this blog.

Sixth, as a soldier, I know you need to pray. But you're praying to a scam. I hate to break it to ya, dude, but your god is a primitive desert god-substitution pieced together by ancient con artists to scare the bejeezus outa people so they'd do their bidding.

Why not pray to a real deity, the Great Guiding Mother Goddess? She loves you no matter what you do, and takes you back into Her loving arms and womb when you die -- no matter what. Or, pray to god while you're at war (I know it's hard to change when you're under stress), but think about what I say here. And when you get safely home, consider switching to a real deity -- the Great Goddess.

Hate to break it to ya, but with your 'god' chances are big-time good you're going to Hell. Have you read the entire Bible? Do you know how many ways you can slip into Jehovah/Allah/Yahweh's Eternal Torture Chamber? What if when you die, you go to where you think you'll go? Whew, bud, are you taking some big risks!

Seventh, read the rest of this blog. Or better, buy my book, Switching to Goddess: Humanity's Ticket to the Future, which I wrote simply because I can't cover everything in one sitting about why the world needs to drop "God" like a hot potato and take up again with the only real deity we've ever known, The Great Guiding Goddess.
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thnx to one lucky guy for the foto; go HERE to see more.

Monday, December 08, 2008

LONESOME DOVE Meets GODDESS

Last night after watching the award-winning movie Lonesome Dove, I cried so hard a river now runs through my living room.

What is it about the ending of this movie that makes it almost as bad as watching a best friend die?

And then it hit me. I think Lonesome Dove taps into the old Goddess world.

Lonesome Dove happens in the Old American West. When two ex-Texas Rangers, Augustus "Gus" McCrae and his longtime partner Woodrow Call drive cattle to Montana, they are joined not only by several cowhands but also by Ms. Lorena Wood, the prostitute half this group is moony-eyed over. Only after learning his old heartthrob Mrs. Clara Allen now lives near Montana, does Gus agree to ride along. One of the cowhands, a young orphan raised by Gus and Woodrow, finds out on the trip that Woodrow is his father.

On this blog, I have always said that compared to god people, Goddess people are sensual, nurturing, emotionally-mature risk-takers with galloping senses of humor. This is Gus McCrae to a tee. While Woodrow often pokes fun at Gus for Gus's love of pleasure, Gus pokes at Woodrow for being a party-pooper.

Gus loves love-making, but since Woodrow's long-ago fling with the orphan Newt's mother, Woodrow has been celibate. Whereas Gus is often seen lolling naked in a river chewing on a reed, Woodrow's never even seen without his hat -- let alone his clothes.

Gus nurtures like a Mother Goddess -- even when it leads to grief for himself. He nurses Lorena back to health after she's been manhandled by Blue Duck and his gang. This means bringing her along to Clara's ranch -- and may be partly why Clara cold-shoulders Gus's marriage proposal once again. The anti-nurturer Woodrow, on the other hand, can't even tell his own son he's his dad -- leaving Newt with deep scars.

As the Goddess is present all around us, so Gus is emotionally present, expressing his emotions easily, quickly and often -- to pigs if no one else is around. Woodrow is as emotionally distant as a sky god, never showing anything but anger. Woodrow rarely even speaks.

While Gus has a sense of humor in spades, not one drop of humor runs through Woodrow's daddy-god veins. Woodrow the god-man runs his cowhands like a dictator -- except for Gus, who "governs" himself. Gus is an emotional risk-taker; doesn't scare him a bit to ask women for love. Emotionally Woodrow is as dry as the desert he crosses with his cattle.

So. Anyone else a lover of Lonesome Dove? Do my ramblings here make sense?
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*Lonesome was first a Pulitzer-Prize-winning book. This book was made into TV mini-series that won seven Emmy Awards and was nominated for 13 others.
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Clips from Lonesome Dove
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A Tribute to Gus

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thnx to rasputina2 for the foto of the bird-footed Goddess; go HERE to see more.

Saturday, December 06, 2008

Tangling THE COVERS

Want a thoroughly entertaining yet damnably depressing picture of exactly how Big Money is using YAJ* to decimate the US? If so, put your paws on a copy of John Grisham's The Appeal.

What a read! I finished it late last night -- and tangoed through a night of tossing, turning and tangling the bed covers until I "woke" the next morning at the first sign of light in a window.
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*YAJ is short for YahwehAllahJehovah. Most think YAJ is three separate gods, but he's not. He's just one schizoid god with three separate personalities. Unfortunately for us, these three personalities are always at war with each other, dragging us into war after war on his/their coattails.

Friday, December 05, 2008

Dancing WITH THE MALE GODS

Yesterday, anti-thesisofreason asked, "So do you think we should get rid of all male deities? Are there any that would be worth keeping?"

Personally, anti, I believe there are tons of male gods worth keeping. Last winter, we had quite a party on this blog about male gods, with lots of people chiming in on the topic. [See "Goddess and the Good Gods" from last March]

And after reading Sannion's Written in Wine: A Devotional Anthology for Dionysos, I've fallen in love with this old Greek "counterculture god." [Go HERE to see reviews of Written in Wine on Amazon.com]
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Thnx to Clair-de-lune for the foto of Dionysus; go HERE to see more.


Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Balance: MOTHER GODDESSES v. Not-MOTHER GODDESSES

A few weeks ago, Kristina dropped off a little note* announcing that trading gods for goddesses would drag us straight down that ugly, weedy path of "imbalance."

Now, I was sure Geraldine Charles' recent article over at Goddess Pages had taken care of this piece of trouble "balance" already.

But what do I know.

Kristina, I'm wondering: How do ya define "imbalance"? Is dropping too much love on a baby an imbalance? Isn't it all in how you define "love"?

Howza bout being heterosexual? Isn't that an imbalance? (From what I've heard, ancient Greeks didn't even have words for "heterosexual" or "homosexual." To them, love was just love, all of it just as fine and dandy as peach hair.)

In Switching to Goddess** is a section saying the ancient Goddess-centered Neolithics might not have marked a difference between males and females as much as between mothers and not-mothers. So as someone who's never been a mother, for example, I would be lumped in with the men and the pre-teen women.

If I'm right about this, as long as Neolithic pantheons included mother- and "not-mother" deities, then to our ancestors these pantheons would count as balanced -- even if the not-mother deities were mostly female.

Whew! Wrap that around your brain and shake it six times!
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*On the October 31 post, "Back to the Goddess by 2035: Can We Really Do It?"
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thnx to Metronomad for the foto of Diana the Huntress; go HERE to see more.
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To purchase copies of Switching to Goddess: Humankind's Ticket to the Future, visit your favorite online bookstore. Or, for an autographed copy, send $28 ($25+$3 S&H) to Jeri Studebaker, P.O. Box 162, Westbrook, Maine, 04098.

Monday, December 01, 2008

Bopping THE GODDESS

Even though the Great Goddess has been bopped around a lot over time by the daddy gods, these bad daddies have never won the war they've waged against Her.

Oh, sure, they've tried hard to crush Her into dust, but every time they knock Her for a loop, She just bounces back again, in their faces, laughing.

Here's a look at just one of these bat-down, bounce-back sessions:

It didn’t take Jumping Jehovah long to see he had to sit on Mary just as he had Isis. And sit he did. As a result “Christian art of the first five centuries showed Mary in a position lower than Jesus, even lower than the Magi, who wore haloes while she wore none” (Walker 1983: 611). But for all the good it did him, Jumpin’ Jehovah might as well have sat around sipping frozen margaritas. To the people, Mary went right on being a totally awesome goddess, as shown by this story told by Caesarius of Heisterbach: “A knight of Liege needed money and so made a pact with Satan. When asked to curse and renounce God, he did so willingly. However, when the demon required him to renounce the Virgin, he refused, horrified. Therefore the Virgin later intervened to save him from damnation” (Walker 1983: 608).

And then J. saw that people were threatening to walk off his ball court totally. So after grumbling and spanking the wall a few times, he invited Mary back into his Church. “In the sixth century, the great temple of Isis at Philae was rededicated to Mary. Aphrodite’s sanctuaries on Cyprus became churches of Mary, whom the Cypriots continued to address by Aphrodite’s name…. Ecclesia, ‘the Church,’ was one of Mary’s titles” (Walker 1983: 609). Mary may have been lower than Jesus at first, but when the goddess temples closed, the “Goddess herself was not so much ousted as absorbed” (Walker p. 455). [FROM Switching to Goddess: Humanity's Ticket to the Future, Chapter 7, "Fight"*]
For the past six millennia these whomp-down, bounceback sessions have been happening all over the world.

The upshot of all this is, the Great Mother has never -- and never will -- abandon us. When we're ready for Her, She's ready to sweep us all up into Her loving arms again -- no questions asked.
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*HOW TO GET A COPY of Switching to Goddess: 1. Get a signed copy by sending a check or money order for $24.99 + $2.99 S&H to the author: Jeri Studebaker, P.O. Box 162, Westbrook, Maine, 04098. 2. Go to Amazon.com and buy it, by clicking on the Switching to Goddess cover to the right.
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thnx to Roozbeh Rokni for the foto; go HERE to see more.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Switching FROM GODS TO GODDESSES

On this blog the goal is to switch from daddy gods back to Guiding Goddesses. Until it's guided by Goddesses, we'll never have a healthy world.

As things stand now, all the daddy gods who guide us are -- think about it -- vicious, violent and skanky-janky war gods

If you had a car programmed to wheel you down roads leading to war zones, wouldn't you junk it?

And if you spotted a car designed to drive you where people were fascinating, fair, rich and decent risk takers -- wouldn't you grab it in a New York minute?

Thing is, boatloads of evidence show that in the past, societies organized around Guiding Goddesses were just that: places full of fab, fascinating, fair, risk-taking, rich people (with not just a few, but everyone rich).

Of course I can't pump out all this evidence in one itty bitty post. But for more info, prowl around this blog's past posts.

Or, place your paws on a copy of Switching to Goddess: Humanity's Ticket to the Future.* Switching tells what the past was like, how we lost it, and how we can get it back again.

What kinda wigs me out is that the very slime-ball forces that ripped our Guiding-Goddess Paradise out of our hands in the past, are prancing around now trying to make certain we don't recoup it. See yesterday's post.

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*For an autographed copy of Switching to Goddess, send $25.00 plus $3.00 S&H to Jeri Studebaker, P.O. Box 162, Westbrook, Maine 04098. Or, beginning November 28 you can buy copies on Amazon.com (you can pre-order now). Or ask your local library and/or bookstore to purchase copies from NBN (National Book Network) -- if they haven't already.




Saturday, November 15, 2008

Sticking PINS INTO THE BELLY OF THE CHURCH

I am appalled at the way the Christian Church ran like a Mack truck over California law Nov. 4. This morning the New York Times even saw fit to do a front-page article on it.

I know we're all fed up with fear, but this is something to be afraid of. And I don't see people being nearly afraid enough.

The Christian menace is gaining on us again.

Pull out and reread your copy of John Sugg's Christian Reconstructionists Believe Democracy Is Heresy, Public Schools are Satanic, and Stoning Isn't Just for the Taliban Anymore -- And They've Got More Influence Than You Think. (Church and State 59, 2006).

Who do you think pushed the Christian Dudley Dubya into power? Who almost plunked Christian extremist Sarah Palin half a heartbeat away from the American Presidency?

Reread your school history texts. As little as a few centuries ago, this menace the "Church" kept us like slaves. American colonists failing to show up in church Sundays were pitched into jail.

And then there's the Salem "witch" trials. Christians actually had the political power to murder you if you said something they didn't like, or if you looked at them the wrong way.

I think we need drastic action here, babies.

I call for the immediate drafting and passage of laws that shoot Christian deacons, bishops, pastors, and even popes straight into federal prison if and when they use their organizations to meddle IN ANY WAY in civil politics. Even if they so much as drop one puny political word to anyone in their organizations, they should be fined like thieves.

And there should be strict and powerful laws making certain this happens.

Enough already. Write your congress people. Ask them to start drafting now.

Let's nip these dangerous thugs in the bud before it's too late.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

HO-HUM ABOUT Homosexuality

As we all know, the ancient Pagans were so ho-hum about homosexuality they didn't even have a word for it. To them it was merely one side of sexuality, no big fat deal.

Then, about 2000 years ago, YAJ* two-stepped into the picture. And in order to yank power away from Pagans, YAJ specialized in carving people up into separate groups and then pitting the groups against each other.

So 2000 years ago, YAJ, he said, "Sheeple? No longer are you one sheeple. Henceforth I divide you into hets and homos. What's more, all homos are born to be hit, batted, and slapped around by hets. Got it?"

Even though this was 2000 years ago, YAJ still holds most of us by the short hairs.

On Tuesday, Nov. 4, gays and lesbians in California had their marriage rights ripped away. Would you fall over in sorry surprise if I said it was Christians -- mostly Mormons -- who funded the fight to filch these rights? No? (Ha! I knew my readers were sharper than your average blog babies.)

YAJ forever has his fingers in every gay and lesbian pie. Here, though, is the really skanky part about YAJ's dodo dance this time around: he got Mormons in Utah to dance over to CA and pour money into CA to dictate CA law.

So I say, CA, are you going to take this lying down like a mini mouse? Sweetheart, you need to do a better job of standing up for your rights!

"At least one donor, Alan A. from Lindon, Utah gave $1,000,000 to prevent same-sex couples two states away from enjoying legally-wedded bliss"

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*YAJ is short for YahwehAllahJehovah. Most think YAJ is three separate gods, but he's not. He's just one schizoid god with three separate personalities. Unfortunately for us, these three personalities are always at war with each other, dragging us into war after war on his/their coattails.
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thnx to SiRi for the foto; go HERE to more of his work.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

COURT Favors CHURCH OF SUMMUM

Much to the horror of Christians in Pleasant Grove City, Utah, the Supreme Court recently ruled to allow the Church of Summum to post its Seven Aphorisms in the town park alongside the Ten Commandments:

“They’ve put a basically Judeo-Christian religious text in the park, which we think is great, because people should be exposed to it,” Mr. Temu [of the Summum Church] said. “But our principles should be exposed as well.”

Su Menu, the church’s president, agreed. “If you look at them side by side,” Ms. Menu said of the two monuments, “they really are saying similar things.”

The Third Commandment: “Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain.”

The Third Aphorism: “Nothing rests; everything moves; everything vibrates.”

Michael W. Daniels, the mayor here, is not the vibrating sort.

Sitting with the city attorney in a conference room in City Hall, Mr. Daniels deftly drew several fine lines in explaining why the city could treat the two monuments differently....
MORE>>>
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thnx to swilsonmc for the foto of the Salt Lake City Church of Summum pyramid; go HERE to see more.

Saturday, November 01, 2008

VOTE FOR THIS MAN

My Dear Fellow Americans,

If you want four more years like the last eight, vote for this man, Mr. John McCain.

Friday, October 31, 2008

A HALLOWED SAMHUINN TO You ALL

My dears,

Here's wishing you a smashingly sensational Samhuinn this year.

Hoping it will snap, crackle and pop for you, with all kinds of magical meaningfulness.

Love,
xxx ooo,
Athana

Back TO GODDESS BY 2035: CAN WE Really DO IT?

Can we really, by the year 2035, replace god the father with God the Mother?

Yikes, people! That's a scant 27 years from now!

On the other hand, 27 years ago, America saw one of its last lynchings.* And now, exactly 27 years later, we're on the verge of [KNOCK ON WOOD!] landing an African-American in our Oval Office.

The push for Obama is being driven by the young. Even Evangelicals under 30 are backing Obama. And the young comedian Sarah Silverman has snapped out a metacool video called "The Great Schlep":

"Shake your behinds on over to Florida," she tells young Jewish Americans, "and order you grandparents to vote for Obama!" (Florida is a "swing" state full of retirees).

Many older whites are still prejudiced against black Americans. Nonetheless, many have sweat bullets to teach their kids not to be.

Also, whether they know it or not, many older Americans are bloodied up inside from hatching in, and years of incubating in, a Christian culture.

But we can teach our kids how to avoid being so bloodied, and how to love Goddess.

Seems to be a law in this land that every new generation has ta pitch their parents' world, and create their own. Every generation, from way back before the American Revolution, has felt the need to dump their parents' world for a shiny new one.

So one humongous key in getting back to Goddess: preach Goddess to your kids. (And to the Jones' kids next door too, if you can get away with it -- let's share the love!).

Teach Her through Her magic. Half our kiddy lit is based on the Goddess's magic. Harry Potter's a primo example (it's why the Christians hate poor Harry so).

Finally, a few sweet thoughts:

Chaos theory teaches that social change can happen in the flicker of an eyelash. Even though switching from endless warfare, deep-rooted cruelty and violence, snooty snobbism and bully-boy rule may seem like a six-century housecleaning job, chaos theory clues us in on how fast such change can actually happen: “An idea can become contagious and spread like a virus, through geometric progression, by doubling and doubling again, and again and again, until it reaches a critical mass, which is the tipping point. If we are talking about viruses, the result is an epidemic.” But with social systems we’re talking about social transformation. “When a critical number of people accept a principle, it becomes the new standard, an ‘as if it always was so.’ Like voting rights for American women, for instance, which we now take for granted” (Bolen 2005: 135).

"Although as I’ve pointed out throughout this book, cultures don’t change easily, the Goddess is already a deeply buried part of many if not most world cultures. In the West She hangs out as Mother Earth, Mary “Mother” of God, CinderElla, Maid Marian, Mother Holle, mistletoe and holly, the Goddess Oestra and Her sacred hare, and in myths, legends and holiday traditions too many to mention. We need to slide Her out of hiding, ditch the disguises She’s cloaked Herself in, and restore the brilliant old magic that made us the peace-loving, non-violent, earth-revering, sensual adventurers we all long to be again."

~ From Switching to Goddess: Humankind's Ticket to the Future. Nov. 2008. Hampshire, UK: O Books
Chapter 8 in Switching to Goddess is devoted to how we can make the switch from daddy gods to mother goddesses by 2035. This chapter is called "The Fix." Some sections in "The Fix":

With a Little Magic, The Fix Would Be Simple
Around the World, Nations Switching
Switching at Home
Switching Hearts and Minds
Switching for Men
Switching to What?
“When God Wants War”
But We Haven’t All Gotten It Yet
Beating the Talking Drums, Getting the Word Out Weblogistan
Whadda We Say? How Do We Say It?
Congregation Revolution
Calling All Manly Mother-Men
We Can’t Lose
We Can Do It By 2035
Money Can Be Part of the Mix in the Fix
Get Ready for the Big Daddy of All Backlashes

So if you want to learn more about how we can return to Goddess by 2035, make sure to get your hands on a copy of Switching to Goddess. It includes 35 pages devoted to just this topic.

Switching to Goddess will hit the bookstores on November 28. But lucky you -- you can pre-order a copy now at Amazon.com, at a price that's been savagely reduced by 34% -- from $24.95 to $16.47 -- that's a savings of $8.48.

If you can't buy a copy, sweet-talk your local librarian into springing for one you can borrow.
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*At least according to Wikipedia, who says that in Alabama in 1981, one Michael Donald was lynched by the KKK.
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Picture: ancient Goddess figurine from Neolithic (Jomon) Japan

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

SARAH PALIN: Sassiness SHOULD BE Stoned TO DEATH

Even Cable news is aghast these days about the ghoulishness of American Christian extremists -- most specifically about their recent "2012 letter." You know, the one that says if Barack Obama gets elected the world is going to end?

My opinion? Far, far scarier than Osama bin Laden, the Taliban, or any other radical Muslim group are our sweet lil' ol' American Christian extremists.

This home-grown daddy-god group is

a) Bulging large (7%-12% of our population),
b) Enormously well organized (the fear of Hell is used shamelessly to scare believers into doing anything needed),
c) Blisteringly powerful (they have entree to the White House, have run their own candidate for the Presidency, and are now running Sarah Palin),
d) Slimy-sneaky (they work hard to hide themselves and what they're doing),
e) and Ruthlessly radical (they literally want to replace democracy in this country with "theocracy" -- rule by the Bible).

Unlike Muslim extremists, American Christian extremists are world-class sneaks. They slither around underground, hiding what they're doing and concealing their aims (literal takeover of the U.S. government*). Also unlike Muslims, they all live legally inside our boundaries. There's no pitching them out on their ear to get rid of them. We're stuck with these icky, vile vermin.

So kiddies, if you want to ditch democracy and start living in a country where sassy kids, gays, blasphemers and "heretics" are, by law, stoned to death (I'm not being funny here; this is REALLY what they want to do)* -- just go ahead and vote for Sarah Boogey-Person Palin. 'Cause Sarah's church'd sooner stone ya to death as look atcha.
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*Under Christian extremists, "Those who would face execution include not only gays but a very long list of others: blasphemers, heretics, apostate Christians, people who cursed or struck their parents, females guilty of "unchastity before marriage," "incorrigible" juvenile delinquents, adulterers, and (probably) telephone psychics. And that's to say nothing of murderers and those guilty of raping married women or "betrothed virgins." Adulterers, among others, might meet their doom by being publicly stoned...." (from "Invitation to a Stoning" Walter Olson, Reason, Nov. 1998, Vol. 30, Issue 6).
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Bib.
Moser, Bob. The Crusaders. Rolling Stone, 4/21/2005, Issue 972.
Olson, Walter. Invitation to a Stoning. Reason, Nov. 1998, Vol. 30, Issue 6.
Sharlet, Jeff. Through a Glass, Darkly. Harper's, Dec., 2006, Vol. 313, Issue 1879.
Sugg, John. Christian Rconstructionists Believe Democracy Is Heresy, Public Schools are Satanic, and Stoning Isn't Just for the Taliban Anymore -- And They've Got More Influence Than You Think. Church and State 59 (2006)
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GOOD Point, RICHARD

"It is evil to describe a child as a Muslim child or a Christian child. I think labelling children is child abuse and I think there is a very heavy issue, for example, about teaching about hell and torturing their minds with hell."

~Prof. Richard Dawkins, whose next book will focus on children and religion.

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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

GODDESS ERA: Time Before WAR


"Of all the praises that can be sung about our Great-Goddess ancestors, probably the most stunning of all is their ability to live for hundreds — and in some cases thousands — of years without plunging into the hell that is human warfare. ...

"Otherwise well-educated people will tell you we’re born biologically primed to wage war. That it’s in our genes. Frankly my dears, these people don’t have a clue. Before about 4000 BC, give or take a few years in either direction, and depending on where you are on the globe, there was no war. At least not what’s called “institutionalized” war, where war is built into our social systems, so it’s almost impossible to dig it out and pitch it on its ear, and where wars happen every few decades or so, regular as the beat of your heart.

"I’m sure you’ve heard the fantasy tale — doubtless more than once as a matter of fact — that humans are biologically built to war, and that war’s been with us from the beginning of time. For whatever reason, during the twentieth-century big batches of academics convinced themselves humans are born violent. Although some today still believe this hogwash, others are pointing to the obvious: given what we know now about our peaceful first cousins the bonobos and the numbers of nonwarring societies in the world, there’s just no way human beings can be born violent. Pure and simple: if you’re not taught war, you’re not going to do it."

From: Switching to Goddess: Humanity's Ticket to the Future, Chapter 5, "Before War," 2008, Hampshire, UK: O Books
Go HERE to buy a copy of Switching to Goddess.  

After the Goddess Era, of course, came the War God Era, which we still bask in today. Pure and simple, Jehovah, Allah and Yahweh are war gods. If you doubt it, go read the New York Times article "Wayward Christian Soldiers" by Charles Marsh, professor of religion at the U. of Virginia:

"... Jerry Falwell boasted that "God is pro-war" in the title of an essay he wrote in 2004."
SNIP

"Many of the most respected voices in American evangelical circles blessed the president's war plans [in Iraq], even when doing so required them to recast Christian doctrine."
SNIP

" Charles Stanley, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Atlanta...: 'We should offer to serve the war effort in any way possible,' said Mr. Stanley, a former president of the Southern Baptist Convention. 'God battles with people who oppose him, who fight against him and his followers.'"
Go HERE to buy a copy of Switching to Goddess.  
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foto above: Ancient Minoan Goddess

Monday, October 27, 2008

THE HOLY HOLIDAY OF Halloween

Anne Johnson over at The Gods Are Bored has pronounced Halloween a Holy Holiday:

Every year around this time, the Christian Wrong starts moaning and groaning about the fact that public schools celebrate Halloween, but they do not celebrate Christmas or Easter or St. Patrick's Day ......... ooops!


... I'll concede to the Christian Wrong that public schools devote an afternoon every year to a Pagan holiday.


My solution to this terrible, monstrous, obscene, unacceptable practice? Simple.


Make October 31 a religious holiday, like December 25.


Wouldn't you love that, Pagans?


Not only would you not have to work on the most holy day of the calendar, you could also expect many, many questions from kids as to why Halloween has suddenly become a day off school! A win-win situation! Think of the parties! The family togetherness! The establishment of traditions, like Halloween brunch!

Bop on over to Anne's place to get the whole wicked cool story.

PRESIDENT of THE UNITED STATES OF Goddess?

Yesterday, brian charles and I chewed the fat about psychopimp leaders like Jim Jones, Charles Manson, Hitler and Stalin (see yesterday's post). You know -- silver-tongued dudes who get people to drink poison Koolaid, and then lie down quietly to die?

Since we've all been hatched in desert-god cultures teaching us to crave one Big, YAJ*-like, Daddy-human to follow, brian thinks none of us is immune to these psychopimps.

So, lovely kiddies: today's questions:

1. Even though leading us is supposedly "like herding cats," are we Pagans as immune to the Jim Joneses of the world as we think we are?

2. Do even we Goddess people harbor secret desires to toss our free will to some strong, striking leader who'll relieve us of the back-breaking burden of making 1,001 decisions every day?

A shockeroo: Jim Jones' Christian followers were not dodos -- they were doctors, lawyers, college profs and such (See THIS ARTICLE).

3. Is one-person leadership a smart habit to harbor? Should we teach our children instead to lead themselves by groups? Many cultures have lead themselves not by kings, presidents or chiefs, but by councils. Why do we insist that top-dog daddy-dudes run all our shows?

History's final two Goddess civilizations danced along swimmingly, thank you very much, without one-dude rulers. If Minoans or Harappans (Indus Valley Civilization) followed single leaders, there's very little evidence of it.

At the same time, their god-centered neighbors -- Egyptians, Hittites, Mesopotamians, and such -- were slobbering all over themselves to churn out tons of art celebrating their blood-soaked, war-wonky, one-man dictators.

All archaeologists agree: this is one of the most striking features of Minoans and Harappans. Although both cranked out tons of art, very little of it shows anything that could be construed as larger-than-life rulers.**
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YAJ is the "god" YahwehAllahJehovah -- not really a god at all, actually, but a political-control mechanism. Although many think he's three different gods, YAJ is just one god with three schizoid personalities -- all of whom despise each another.
**Although Minoans and Harappans had written languages, they've yet to be translated. This is because their languages are like nothing the world knows today, much of the world having been conquered long ago by Daddy-god-worshipping Indo-Europeans, whose languages most of us in the West still
speak today.
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thnx to jwbrewster for the foto; go
HERE
to see more of his/her work

Friday, October 24, 2008

SHEEP, CATS, CHRISTIANS & Pagans

Feeling good today, are we? Well here's something to fix that. New article about the right Reverend Jim Jones and his be-jungled Jonestown.

Read it, and I promise: in no time flat you'll fall into a pink-pickled funk.

Turns out the author moved into the house of the parents of the woman who, in 1978, deep in the jungle in Jonestown, Guyana, helped pass out the poison punch that killed the entirety of Mr. Jones' 1000+ Christian congregation.

In his basement, this dude found a suitcase of letters this poison-punch jungle lady periodically sent back to her parents.

Unfortunately, like everything else I've read about Jonestown, this article too goes belly-up in explaining the big buster question in everyone's mind: how could one dude get 1000+ people to drink cyanide-stamped Koolaid, and then lie down quietly and die?

In your wildest dreams could you imagine even one Pagan committing such tomfoolery?
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thnx to hagit for the foto; go HERE to see more.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

PLEASE Accept HUMBLE APOLOGY

Sorry, babies, I've been so busy bothering myself about the recent Giant Financial Hiccup of Western (and Eastern) Civilization that I've been badly neglecting you and this Very Important Blog.

Not to mention worrying about our World Savior, Barack Obama (no, no, I do believe he was born in a manger), and trying to market my book, Switching to Goddess, which is due to hit the shelves next month (gasp! Next month?!?).

Anyway, I thought I could let you in on a few things I've been blasting around the internet lately to encourage people to buy/order/review Switching to Goddess.

Here's the latest (going out to selected magazine editors):

Dear __________

I have a strong feeling that many subscribers to ____________ will want to read my new book, Switching to Goddess: Humanity's Ticket to the Future, to be released in November by O Books in the UK.

Why? Because this isn't your ordinary spirituality book.

Switching to Goddess says something that, to my knowledge, has never been said before: in order to save the planet, we need to abandon the major world gods -- Jehovah, Allah, Yahweh and Vishnu for starters -- and replace them with the kinds of goddesses the world revered 6000 years ago, in the peace-loving, egalitarian and close-to-idyllic Neolithic and early Bronze Ages.

Even if your readers think my book wildly off target, they'll still want to read it. It's a book almost certain to stir up controversy. Should the world abandon its gods for goddesses -- or not? Naysayers will want to hear yeasayers' opinions on the topic, and vice versa. Those on both sides will want a copy of the book in order to join the debate that is bound to ensue once this book hits the shelves.

Two additional attributes make this book a natural winner: first, I've packed it with footnoted information from hundreds of up-to-date, highly reputable scientific and historical sources. I have advanced degrees in anthropology and archaeology, so I know how to do this. Second, the book is not stuffy. As a matter of fact, if I do say so myself, it's downright fun to read. Take this passage for example:

To make a long story short, while the Great Guiding Goddess steered the ship in the Neolithic Near East, war didn’t happen there. But how about the Indus Valley? Indus Valley people had moved out of the Neolithic and into the early Bronze Age. Did the Great Guiding Goddess keep them free from war too?

The answer here also is – Tah Dah! Drum roll please: “Yes indeed She did.” In total and mind-blowing contradiction to “what we would expect from experience elsewhere,” says [archaeologist] Jane McIntosh, “the clues from the Indus Civilization seem to be showing us a state without violence or conflict.” Jane is dumbfounded: “Can this really be so, in defiance of all our experience of the world elsewhere? Who were these peace-loving people? Where did they come from? How did they come together to create a state?” (McIntosh 2002: 12).

Societies doing war leave behind a trail of telltale clues that give away their dirty little secret. They can’t stand it for example until they paint and etch scenes of their battles, hand-to-hand combat, and armies facing each other with weapons bristling, and war flags flying. In their cemeteries they leave men buried with shields, helmets, swords and battle axes....

Thing is, we don’t find any of these dirty little clues in the humongous ancient Indus Valley (McIntosh 2002; Kenoyer 1998). No war art, no war weapons, no parry fractures, no siege engines....
Or this one:

Never let it be said that Guiding-Goddess people were wet-noodle wimps. In the courage department my guess is they outshone us two to one. Like the people in Willow, Guiding-Goddess men and women were gutsy risk-takers and valiant adventurers. For example Indus Valley mariners “roamed the known world” (McIntosh 2002: 7) and the ancient Minoans traveled and traded “to every port of the archaic world and even – boldly – to regions far beyond” (Campbell 1964: 62).

Archaeologists have dug up scores of images of Minoans somersaulting – from front to rear – over the backs of bulls (figures 4.6, 4.11-4.13). Although modern matadors say this can’t be done, I don’t believe it for a second. Just because we can’t do something, what makes us think our ancestors couldn’t? I suspect our Goddess-centered ancestors packed a lot more pluck than we do. Mother Goddess societies would drape people with a kind of self-sense we god peoples can’t even imagine. We’re birthed and ‘loved’ by deities who’d just as soon see us stoned to death as look at us. How could we ever have healthy senses of self?
Or this:

... backlashers say just because a figurine is breast-bedecked doesn’t mean it’s female. For gosh sake, men have breasts too! (Lesure 2002: 602). Tatsuo Kobayashi, a leading archaeologist of the Japanese Jomon period, whines as follows: Golly gee! Men have breasts! Who cares if all the Jomon clay figurines have breasts – that doesn’t make them women! Kobie goes on to say that if the figurines can’t be his sex, they can’t be any sex at all: “it is considered here that these clay figurines are neither male nor female … but rather they are images that surpass the realms of gender…” (Kobayashi 2004: 155).

Still others say: “Gee if that clay statuette over there doesn’t have breasts of a certain heft don’t try to sell me on its being a woman -- could be a man, darling” (See Meskell 1998) (never mind the poor statuette is also minus a penis). Well I say if breast-bedecked figurines sans penises are men, our ancestors were trying to tell us something. My bet is it’s this: Whether you’re man or woman, the important thing is feeding and nurturing others. Breasts are a jim-dandy symbol of feeding and nurturing, and maybe Neolithic men who had them were put up on pedestals....
To make a long story short, ____________, I was wondering: if I send you a copy of Switching to Goddess when it comes out in November, would you print a review of it in __________? That way your readers can judge for themselves if they should buy this important new book.

Thank you for your time, and have a wonderful day.

Sincerely,
Athana
Raymond, Maine, USA

P.S. For more info on Switching, go to www.jeristudebaker.com, www.o-books.com, or Amazon.com.

Friday, October 17, 2008

MORMONS MUNCHED -- AND Munching

Two new books on the frauds and follies of YAJ* the Great -- this time among the Mormons:

The first, DEVIL'S GATE: Brigham Young and the Great Mormon Handcart Tragedy, by David Roberts, tells about how in the mid 1800s, Mormon leader Brigham Young murdered many of his own followers, by talking them in to traveling West not in covered wagons, but by dragging everything they owned behind them -- in hand-pulled carts.

As a result of Daddy Briggy's desire to save a buck or two, hundreds died needlessly.

The second, MASSACRE AT MOUNTAIN MEADOWS: An American Tragedy, by Ronald W. Walker, Richard E. Turley Jr. and Glen M. Leonard, tells about how in 1857 a party of Mormons tricked a wagon train into thinking they (the Mormons) would save them from Paiute Indians.

Instead -- surprise, surprise -- the Mormons murdered all 120 pioneer adults, and then scampered off with the train's kiddies.

Why? No one knows. (To me, a perfectly plausible reason springs to mind: In the land of YAJ*, nutty-dom is pretty much par for the course.)

Go HERE for reviews of both books.
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YAJ is YahwehAllahJehovah, who most think of as three separate gods. Nothing could be further from the truth. YAJ is merely one, albeit schizophrenic, deity-dude. Fifty percent of his time YAJ spends fighting amongst his three selves. The other 50% of his time he spends trying every ugly, underhanded and unctuous trick in the book to drag the world into his sticky spider-web nest.
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thnk to jorem for the foto; go HERE to see more.

Saturday, October 04, 2008

The GODDESS & HEAVEN'S GLASS Ceiling

Finally a few begin to see the light:

"Personally, I wonder if women, generally, can have gender equality on earth without having it in heaven....

SNIP

"When I was a kid I used to wonder what happened to our Mother in Heaven; and if we have an only begotten son, why not an only begotten daughter? To bring this up now is not simply a matter of trying to improve the relative status of women on earth. I think that the world in general would be better off if we stopped thinking that there is only a Father in Heaven to please.

"Pleasing mother and pleasing father are two very different earthly tasks. Why wouldn't humankind be set off on a different course if we in the Abrahamic tradition stopped trying to please only this implacable, vindictive, angry, warlike father figure?...

SNIP

"[A]ren't there some advantages to our praying: "Our Mother in heaven, hallowed be Your name, Your kingdom come, Your will be done . . ." We can all imagine how different the world would be if most of us prayed that way half the time."

George Davis
"Heaven's Glass Ceiling"
Washington Post
October 4, 2008
George Davis is professor emeritus at the Newark Campus of Rutgers University. His new novel, The Melting Points, will be published in 2009.
Go HERE for more.
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thnx to simmbarb for the foto; go HERE for more.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

MAENAD PROPHECY, BY Starhawk

When kings wage unjust war,
When poison fills the skies,
When the rich prey on the poor,
When hope for justice dies

When a spell lies o¹er the land,
Of malice and of lies,
Then a wild and fearless band
Of women shall arise

Crazy saints, yoginis,
Peering through the gloom,
Maenads and dakinis
Witches grab your brooms!

Sweep away the stench
Sweep away the sneers!
Sweep away the clench
Of hunger and of fears

Dance to feel the passion
Dance to wake the wild,
To honor deep compassion,
For the forest and the child,

Dance to keep the Arctic cool,
To keep the jungle green,
Dance for every holy fool,
For every wound unseen.

Dance for justice, dance for peace
Dance for life to thrive,
May beauty, health and joy increase
For every being alive

Dance in love, dance in wrath,
For chains to fall apart,
Dance to choose a better path,
Dance for strength of heart,

All across the nation,
Bankers quail and glower,
Cracked is the foundation
Of the bastions of power

Strong walls crumble,
Kings face their final hour,
An angry earth shall rumble,
Down shall fall the Tower.

And through its stones shall weave the roots
Of a living tree
That offers us its shining fruits
Of truth and liberty

Fruit to fill each empty hand
With sweet gifts of the earth
Dance to heal this bleeding land--

A new world comes to birth.
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I was emailed this powerful poem recently by Vicki Noble, and then by the RCGI. Goddess bless Starhawk; how lucky we are to have her moving among us.

President SARAH PALIN

"President Palin."

Try that on for size.

Frankly folks, the phrase makes my eyeballs freeze over.

But maybe you like the ring of it.

If so, vote for John McCain.

McCain, the oldest man ever to run for the presidency, has 1-1/2 feet in the grave already: in addition to his advanced age, he also has skin cancer.

And he refuses to show his med records. Gee -- I wonder why? If he's in such good health, why's he afraid to bounce out proof of it?

Over the last few weeks, the issues of John McCain's age and health have been pushed, with much resistance, back into the heart of the political discussion. Prompted in part by the selection of Sarah Palin as the Republican vice presidential candidate, the topic crested with the release of a political advertisement calling attention to McCain's history of skin cancer and the need for more information about his medical records.

Cable news stations were too skittish to run the spot, produced by Brave New PAC. CNN refused to air it, Fox's Bill O'Reilly called it shameful, and MSNBC, which initially aired the ad, reversed course and took it off the air.

All of which has come to the anger and befuddlement of Democrats as well as members of the medical community, both of whom ask a very basic question: what more important information is needed to elect a president other than his fitness for office?
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Monday, September 29, 2008

SNAKES & Fly Swatters IN THE GRASS

Dear US Goddess Followers and Other Pagans,

By pitching it into YAJ* churches, your government is throwing your hard-earned tax money down the sewer drain.

These churches think about us the same way they think about slime on flies. Now, I ask: Why should we fork over one penny of our hard-earned money to people who'd love to whack us with fly swatters?

Also, if you've been reading this blog , you know that many Christian YAJites want even to crush our American democracy. They are panting and slobbering to replace it with rule by King YAJ (see THIS 2007 POST. These dudes go by many names; for starters, Google Dominionists, or Christian Reconstructionists).

I say it's high time we Pagans began demanding our govenment stop showering our tax money on these so-called "religious" whackies.

Actually, as I've been saying for quite some time now, Christianity is primarily a political institution in drag. The article below is just one more clue revealing the political vs. religious nature of YAJ:

CROWN POINT, IN. Defying a federal law that prohibits US clergy from endorsing political candidates from the pulpit, an evangelical Christian minister told his congregation yesterday that voting for Senator Barack Obama would be evidence of "severe moral schizophrenia"

Rev. Ron Johnson told worshipers that the Democratic presidential nominee's positions on abortion and gay partnerships exist "in direct opposition to God's truth as He has revealed it in the scriptures." Johnson showed slides contrasting the candidates' views but stopped short of endorsing Obama's Republican opponent, Senator John McCain.

Johnson and 32 other pastors around the country set out yesterday to break the rules, hoping to generate a legal battle that will prompt federal courts to throw out a 54-year-old ban on political endorsements by tax-exempt houses of worship. MORE>>>>>>>>>
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*YAJ is YahwehAllahJehovah, the primitive desert war god followed now by a majority of the world. Most people mistakenly think YAJ is three separate gods, but he's actually only one: the bloody god of Abraham. YAJ is almost nothing but war, blood and violence. He's so violent he even fights with parts of himself (i.e., Allah tries to crush Jehovah and Yahweh and Jehovah works at crushing Allah and [sometimes] Yahweh).
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thnx to topfer for the foto; go HERE to see more.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Shootin' Up THE TOWN on OLD, WILD WALL STREET

Babies, America's in big-time money trouble.

How'd we get here?

In a word, I give you -- tah-dah! ... "de-reg-u-la-tion"!

De-reg-u-la-tion is a fancy Latin word from "reg," meaning "rules," and "de" meaning "to pitch out on the noggin."

So de-reg-u-la-tion means "pitching rules out on their noggins." But the rules for the rich only. The other 95% of us still have to follow *our* rules.

When you hear the word "deregulation," a picture should pop into your brain: tumbling down a sewer drain in a city street gutter, is a steady stream of rubies, diamonds and emeralds.

Glittering, blood reds, sparkling deep blues, hypnotic night greens -- all gone, night-night.

Each one of these jewels are rules that have kept us Americans safe from Rich people who've sucked up so much money they can whomp anyone or anything -- and get away with it scot-free.

It's like we're all playing on a big monopoly board. Ninety-five percent of us have to pay up when we land on the Rich dude's Park Place. But let the Rich dude land on our Marvin Gardens -- and he gets to sail on by without forking over a dime.

The dude who started deregulation was Ronald Reagan. Every morning Ronnie woke up, yawned, brushed his teeth, and then pitched a rule out the window -- a rule that kept the rich and their big companies and corporations from whomping anyone or anything anytime they wanted.

By the time Ron waltzed outa the White House, hardly any Rich-rules were left.

What was left was pitched out over the last eight years by Dubya Bush.

Deregulation also means The Old Wild West, when dudes in black hats rode into town on a regular basis, guns blazing, shot everyone up, and rode off with everyone's money. Oh sure, eventually the towns hired a few sheriffs. But for a long time, the sheriffs were big-time outnumbered by the black hats.

And if the black hats lost that sack of money (maybe they dropped it into the Snake River), they'd just ride back into town and take whatever was left: the last sacks of corn meal, all the peoples' clothes, etcetera.

And that's where we are now, babies. The rich dropped their money in the Snake River, and have come sobbing, saying they need the clothes off our backs.

They say if we don't fork over our clothes, the whole world is going up in flames.

Unfortunately, this time they probably ARE telling the truth.

Like a chain of dominos, our banks could fall. And then, whatever money you had in banks or the stock market would go Poof. Without money, how would you get food, heat or your weekly copy of Newsweek magazine? And if the banks fall, would all that cash you stashed under your mattress even be any good any more?

So the upshot is, I think we need to fork over our clothes. We the American people need to hold our noses, bail out these Big Dorky Dudes, and get it over with.

Not for the Dorky Dudes, but for ourselves. So our way of life, like a house of cards, doesn't fall in on our heads.

But -- and this is a Big But -- after giving them our clothes, we need to rope in the Rich, hog tie them, and jump around on them a little. Bring back all those Rich rules that Reagan and Bush pitched out the window. Toss a few new ones into the mix.

In other words, if and when we get outa this mess, we need to stomp all over de-reg-u-la-tion. Bring back those diamond, ruby and emerald rules that kept us safe from the wild-wolf rich. We need to stuff those wild dogs back into the bottle. Make 'em say "Pretty Please" before they can come out.

Remember too, though, it's our wild-dog rich who've made us all "rich" -- compared to most of the rest of the world, anyway. So we might not want to throw away that bottle we've stuffed 'em into. We do, however, need to teach them how to jump, sit and beg on command.

And we can't ever again let them run around without leashes and muzzles.

My dog Duncan says he approves this message. Arf, arf.
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thnx to Idreamfoot for the foto; go HERE to see more.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

WITCH HUNTER Lays HANDS ON SARAH PALIN

Wanna catch an African witch hunter "blessing" an American Vice Presidential candidate against "witchcraft" in her own church in Alaska?

Take a peek at the clip below.

English is not this dude's strong point. So for your listening pleasure, here's a short pronunciation guide:

churches is "chah-ches"
back is "bok"
kids is "keets"
god is "gawld"
sorcery is "sah-sah-ree
let's all is "ess ah"
Mark is "Mawk"
etcetera



You a Pagan? Wanna save your own skin? Pass this along to anyone planning to vote to make this possible Pagan-persecutor* Vice President of the United States.

This is not being covered by the mainstream media (although gotta hand it to Keith Olbermann; he did a clip on it last night. Way ta go, Keith!).

Go HERE for a list of bloggers blogging on Sarah Palin and witchcraft.
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*Palin of course has not publicly stated she'd condone Pagan persecution.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

USING MONEY TO Light YOUR FIRE

Money: that delicious green stuff -- sweet as perfume -- that snags you the things you want (heat, light and maybe a trip to the zoo on Tuesdays).

But money, kiddies, is in bigtime trouble.

Although money may seem easy to understand, it's not. And whether we like it or not, we need a big, chunky brain to lift us up out of the money mess Dubya the Republican's dumped us into over the last eight years.

Barack Obama has that brain.

John McCain does not.

Barack Obama skated through two of the hardest universities in the world (Harvard, Columbia). His second degree was one of the hardest to get: in law. What's more, at Harvard Obama was top of the heap ("President of Harvard Law Review"; graduated "magna cum laude").

McCain? Well, Johnny didn't really go ta college.

For four measly years, Johnny went to a war-training school ("Annapolis").

There, he quickly sank to the bottom of his class.

Well, not rock bottom. Five students sank lower (McCain graduated 894th out of 899 students).

As for his class on money ("economics"), I don't think Johnny McCain passed that class. Actually, he kinda admits he didn't. John McCain said, and I quote:

"... economics [i.e., your money] is not something I’ve understood as well as I should."

Later, McCain yelped, I didn't say that! [see the video below]. But in the video, a smart TV dude catches him on his lie:



Now I know we Americans like ta think we're all equal. That any of us could run the country.

But really: do you want to a dummy in charge of your money? Done that, been there! Like the Republican John McCain, the Republican George McBush is also a dummy -- and look what his teeny green pea brain has done to your money!

Come on. Like it or not, for many years now, the Dems have been the Smart Party. Like Barack Obama, John F. Kennedy also graduated with honors from Harvard Law School.

We might not like smart people, but smart people can be verrrrry useful. Like when your mom or kiddie, in order to survive, needs someone to cut 'em open and mess around inside their bloody inner organs. You want just any dude off the street doing that? Don't make me laugh!

Smart people are also useful when we're in a mess like now. Your money is in big trouble, folks. Like a pack of playing cards standing in a long, snaky line, all our money places ("financial institutions") are ready to tumble.

The first cards have already fallen (Lehman Bros., AIG). This is serious. Maybe you don't need money, maybe you wanna go live in the woods on roasted squirrel and huckleberries. But me, give me money.

And because I like my money, I'm voting for the man who might be able to help me keep it: Barack Obama.
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thnx to tome213 for the foto; go HERE to see more.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

"I CAN SEE Russia FROM MY HOUSE!"

This is so funny I could play it all day.

It's the recent Saturday Night Live skit with Tina Fey playing Sarah Palin.

This is not the Fixed News clip (which left out all the Palin funny parts -- surprise, surprise). This is the whole kit 'n caboodle:



What's your favorite line? (Mine's "And I can see Russia from my house!")

(To see this on a big screen, go directly to SNL.)

chevy chase: "jOHN mCcAIN hAS lOST hIS mIND!"

One of America's most beloved comedians, Chevy Chase, has publicly agreed this morning with my last post: John McCain, he sez, "has lost his mind":

John McCain's explosions

MCCAIN: NO Control OVER SELF

Maybe it's cuz he was tortured in Vietnam, I dunno, but John McCain has lost all control over himself.

If we wanna wipe ourselves off the face of the earth and get it over with, I say let's all flock out and vote for this poor soul.

I mean, ya gotta feel sorry for the dude.

Let's give him a break and send him to the White House! He'll probably die there (he's almost 80; raise your hand if your grandparents lived past 80). Or develop Alzheimers (Alzheimers dudes lotsa times have uncontrollable tempers -- but no memory loss whatsoever; see THIS ARTICLE).

But think of the thrill it would give him in his few, last days!

2007: Sen. McCain Lost His Temper And “Screamed, ‘F*ck You!’ At Texas Sen. John Cornyn” (R-TX). “Presidential hopeful John McCain - who has been dogged for years by questions about his volcanic temper - erupted in an angry, profanity-laced tirade at a fellow Republican senator, sources told The Post yesterday. In a heated dispute over immigration-law overhaul, McCain screamed, ‘F— you!’ at Texas Sen. John Cornyn, who had been raising concerns about the legislation. ... (Charles Hurt, “Raising McCain,” New York Post, 5/19/07)

SNIP

1999: ... at a GOP meeting last fall, McCain erupted out of the blue at the respected Budget Committee chairman, Pete Domenici, saying, ‘Only an a–hole would put together a budget like this.’ ... (Evan Thomas, et al., “Senator Hothead,” Newsweek, 2/21/00)

SNIP

2000: ‘Are you calling me stupid?’ Sen. Chuck Grassley once inquired during a debate with McCain .... ‘No,’ replied McCain, ‘I’m calling you a f—ing jerk!’"... (Evan Thomas, et al., “Senator Hothead,” Newsweek, 2/21/00)

SNIP

1995: “...McCain was midway through an opening statement at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing when chairman Strom Thurmond asked, ‘Is the senator about through?’.... McCain later confronted Thurmond on the Senate floor. A scuffle ensued, and the two didn’t part friends.” (Harry Jaffe, “Senator Hothead,” The Washingtonian, 2/97)

SNIP

1986: "...Sen. McCain Screamed At And Harassed A Young Republican Volunteer.... McCain had just been elected to the U.S. Senate.... Even so, he was not in a good mood. McCain was yelling at the top of his lungs and poking the chest of a young Republican volunteer who had set up a lectern that was too tall... Hinz said McCain’s treatment of the young campaign worker ... troubled him for years. ‘There were an awful lot of people in the room,’ Hinz recalled. ‘You’d have to stick cotton in your ears not to hear it. He (McCain) was screaming at him, and he was red in the face. ... “Stories Surface On Senator’s Demeanor,” The Arizona Republic, 11/5/99)

For more of this article, go HERE.
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thnx to I Like Being Tragic for the foto of John McCain. Go HERE to see more.

DIRTY OLD MAN TELLS Dirty JOKE

John McCain told this joke to a crowd of Republicans:

"Why is Chelsea Clinton so ugly?
Because her father is Janet Reno."

Although this incident was reported by the Associated Press , many papers refused to print it.

See Salon.com for more.

Why do you think a newspaper would fail to print something like this? Out of good taste? To protect Chelsea? To protect Hillary? To protect Janet Reno? Or to protect John McCain?

Monday, September 15, 2008

DUH-UH!

How could anyone not spot the link?

In all of American history, the only president touting torture is also the one giggliest about a god who, at death, sends his children off into a vast underground torture chamber to be boiled in oil -- for forever.
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thnx to canbalci for the foto; go HERE to see more.

PRAYER TO THE Great MOTHER

Dear Great Goddess,

Please help the world wake up and see something it seems totally blind to: That the earth and everything on it is being scorched by a mindset that has spread like cancer across the planet.

This mindset is "... so ready to denigrate life on earth as to risk its destruction, whether quickly through war or slowly through pollution."

Since the central theme of this mindset IS war, destruction, pain and devastation, people who hold it actually attract war, destruction, pain and devastation -- just as magnets attract metal.

George W. Bush holds this mindset -- the very same held by Osama bin Laden. Bush and bin Laden worship the same deity: the god of Abraham, YahwehAllahJehovah.

For millennia this god has told his followers to kill all who fail to fall on their knees in front of him. The result? 53% of the world now worships him.*

And now, as I see it, this god has gone schizophrenic. After splitting himself in two, he's ordered his two halves to pulverize one another.

And this is exactly what Bush and bin Laden have been working feverishly on: the annihilation of each other (and along with them, of course, the rest of us).

Three days after 9-11, "Bush, standing in the soaring space of the National Cathedral and invoking God, declared his purpose: 'to answer these attacks and rid the world of evil.'"

The god of Bush and bin Laden's says the world is coming to an end. This is why Bush is totally unconcerned about global warming and always has been. It's not man-made -- it's god-made. Nothing we can do about it.

It explains why he's cool as a cuke as the world economy crumbles in his face. God's will. Nothing I can do about it. Ho-hum.

It explains why he did next to nothing about Katrina. God's will -- who am I to stand in the way of what God wants?

Pull out of Iraq? Why? That's where the apocalypse will happen! We can't pull out. On the contrary -- we need to spread ourselves thicker over there. Into Iran, Syria, Israel.

I was holding my breath, dear Mother, until November, when we would sweep this sickness at least out of the White House. Now, in Sarah Palin, Queen of "Spiritual Warfare," I'm seeing the same sickness staring me in the face once again.**

Great Goddess, what do you have in mind for us? Will the world, like New York's Twin Towers, fall in on itself before people finally wake up and see their real problem is the sickness that is YahwehAllahJehovah?

Is that what it's going to take to make people wake up and shake off the sickness? To replace it (if they want religion at all) with the healthy, healing, non-violent, non-hierarchical religions of the Neolithic and early Bronze Age -- religions that centered around you, a Mother Goddess who, like all mothers, wants nothing except for her children be kind to one another?

Great Mother, please at least let the seeds of knowledge about you be sewn before the implosion (if that's what you have in mind). Then when the world picks up the pieces again, it will at least understand Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Zeusism and all the rest as the incendiary sicknesses they are, and will shun them like a plague of cancers.

Love, hugs and kisses,
Your Athana
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*World Almanac & Book of Facts, 2004
** See yesterday's post, "Sarah, Mary and Diana Queen of Heaven."