Long May it Not Waver

Sinclair Lewis was right

This is what we’re fighting. Don’t waver in your resolve.

I know I haven’t posted anything in a while. I’ve actually been trying to write a new article for almost a week now. There have been a lot of distractions in my life that I haven’t had much control over. I hope to get it written in the next day or two. In the meantime, why don’t you check out a few of the fine blogs in my blogroll?

36 Responses to “Long May it Not Waver”

  1. Parrotlover77 Says:

    Is that a real pic or a shoop? I can’t tell! It’s christoconersvative Poe!

  2. Ron Britton Says:

    I assume it’s ‘shopped. I’d be surprised if she really posed that way. If it’s real, I’d expect to see it used in other places as well.

  3. hndqltr Says:

    The pic of her in the flag is real, taken in 2001, but the cross is ‘shopped in.

  4. Ron Britton Says:

    Oh, Google, why do I ever doubt you?

    A quick search found this at No Caption Needed:
    Sarah Palin desecrating the flag

    The original comes from a stock photo agency.

    Of course Google also showed me this (from Quick Honey):
    Don't do that! You'll go blind!

    The internet is pretty sad, really. I have to assume that was made as a gag. But considering there are people on the internet who make Hello Kitty porn, I can’t be sure there isn’t some guy in a basement staring at this picture and… Well, nevermind.

    I also found this at Current:
    It's the Republicans who pulled a rabbit out of their hat in this last election

  5. Oraxx Says:

    Actually, Sinclair said that in 1935, not 1835. Otherwise, the old boy was spot on.

  6. iremon Says:

    Also, there was no Sinclair Lewis or Fascism in 1835.

  7. Syldoran Says:

    Dammit, Palin, now we have to burn that flag.

  8. Parrotlover77 Says:

    AROOOAH AROOOAH BREAKING BREAKING! Sarah Palin confirms what every liberal since the 2008 election has hoped for: she’s thinking of running and believes she can beat Obama.

    Oh pleasepleasepleaseplease let this happen. She actually stands a chance of getting out of the primary if enough teabaggers get off their scooters and enough establishment republicans lose their lunch seeing their only viable establishment guy being someone like Romney.

    With the country, as a whole, hating her with every additional teevee appearance, she would never win the general. I know some of you doubt that and fear her running, but I don’t. Palin 2012 has only one direction it can go: FAIL.

    http://indiepropub.com/sarah-palin-considering-run-for-president-in-2012/312348/

  9. TheShotMonkey Says:

    Also, it wasn’t actual Sinclair Lewis’ quote. In his 1935 book “It Can’t Happen Here,” he actually spoke of fascism coming wrapped in the flag and singing the Star Spangled Banner.

    It was actually in a review/synopsis of the same book where the line was paraphrased to change the last clause to “carrying the cross.”

  10. DVSRat Says:

    Yeah, I caught the date error too. Probably 1935. Someone ought to fix that before it gets circulated more. Mistakes lead to people believing erroneous information. People believing erroneous information leads to delusion. Delusion leads to — religion.

  11. Ron Britton Says:

    OK! OK! I fixed it!

    That 1835 date did seem wrong to me when I posted this, but I was in a hurry and didn’t bother to check it.

  12. Parrotlover77 Says:

    The word of Ron is inerrant! Therefore the facts themselves must be wrong! Ron – don’t give in to these hippies!! It’s clear that Sinclair actually traveled back in time, to appear and give that quote, 100 years before they say! IT’S CLEAR!

  13. Neil C. Reinhardt Says:

    First, I AM a Agnostic Atheist Activist who has been an Atheist for around 67 of my 75 years and an Atheist activist for over fifty years.

    I am noted for my honesty as was even given the nick name “Nasty Neil” My co-worker, John, who gave me the nick name said he did it because I was always telling the truth and most people do not like reading, or hearing the truth.

    I also am much more experienced and knowledgeable than are most my age.

    I’ve lived in more places than most ever even visit, I have more varied professions and done more different types of things than most even think about doing, much less actually do.

    Experience leads to Knowledge!

    I have a “Gifted Level” IQ and a nearly double the national average in AQ which is the tested ability of how well one can use their IQ.

    And as I read a about double the speed plus having listening skills are four times better than nearly all collage graduates, I damn well have more than a clue of what I speak.

    Now to the subject of this comment

    While Palin IS a Programmed Religious Robot who has no clue she was programmed in the first place much less she still is, the the facts MANY, to MOST, of those who are NOW American Atheists were, at one time, ALSO Programmed Religious Robots who figured out the truth. And Palin MAY do the same.

    And while Palin is a P.P.R., the facts are she IS also a very intelligent, competent, successful lady who is many times more qualified than is the Jackass in the white house now.

  14. sue blue Says:

    Wow, am I impressed, Neil! Of course, your being so intelligent means that Palin can’t possibly be a vapid waste of space. What was I thinking? From your unquestionable position of authority you have just destroyed that old logical fallacy – the “argument from authority”. Yes, Palin is a fundie tool. Yes, she may at some point, see the light of reason. Everyone deserves the benefit of the doubt. Just because she admitted to Katie Couric that she, a journalism major in college, could not name a single printed publication that she had read (can she even read? I have no proof of that), is no reason to doubt the lil’ lady’s intellect. Just because she writes misspelled crib notes on her hand before speeches doesn’t indicate a substandard education. And certainly, just because she was accused of questionable ethical practices while in office, and furthermore, quit that office in midterm to hit the self-serving publicity trail, is certainly no reason to question her qualifications for public service. You know what I think (even though not yet a Mensa Member)? I think you need to find some new sources of porn and start voting from the cephalad end of the old anatomy.

  15. Neil C. Reinhardt Says:

    AND YOU CHILD, CAN KISS MY DEEP SEA DIVING, BAR BOUNCING, PARATROPPING ASS!

    PALIN IS MANY TIMES BETTER THAN ODUM!

    THE FACTS ACHILD, PROVE

    ODUMA is a LYING, DISHONEST ELITIST, RACIST, SOCIALIST CON MAN who uses NLP to manipulate his audiences. Who is fairly lost his cue cards and in deep dodo when he does not know what he is going to say beforehand.

    A CRETIN whose JUDGEMENT skills are so POOR and INTEGRITY SO LOW he CHOOSES include the following scum among his mentors and his GOOD Friends

    A. Convicted Felons who have STOLEN MILLIONS from other Americans

    B. A White and America HATING Racist preacher.

    ODUMA not only listened to his garbage for some TWENTY years, he EVEN took his children to indoctrinated into this idiots HATE of AMERICA and of WHITES!

    ODUMA did NOT stop attending this racist church until AFTER a bunch of bloggers raised so much hell the ODUMA LOVING MEDIA had to cover it.

    C. An America hating Socialist

    D. A Communist.who supported violence against our government and our way of life

    E. TERRORISTS who had Robbed our banks, BLOWN UP private companies, Federal Government facilities, Police Cars and Police Stations, as well as KILLING Americans.

    The ONLY difference between Oduma’s friends Doran / Ayres and bin Laden is the number of DEAD Americans.

    ANYONE who would vote for and support a person who has the low life scum as friends Oduma has have as low integrity as Oduma and they MUST be drinking the Kool Aid!

    HE IS NO WHERE EVEN CLOSE TO BEING WORTHY OF BEING OUR PRESIDENT

  16. J.R. "BOB" Dobbs Says:

    And I thought that Gene Ray (of Timecube fame) was dead…It looks like he’s reinvented himself as a wingnut.

  17. Neil C. Reinhardt Says:

    And CHILD, I am NOT some COWARD who hides behind a screen name while insulting others as you have!

    My, how so very typically “liberal” of you.

    And Speaking of “liberals”

    As MOST intelligent people age, they gain in experience, and thus knowledge, they GO FROM being “Liberals” TO being “Conservatives” (Of course, some are so stupid they never learn.)

    The Facts are while I know of MANY FORMER Liberals over age 40, I do not know of even ONE Former Conservative who is over age 40!

    Here are some FORMER LIBERALS Blogs:

    Former” Liberal & Atheist Burt Prelutsky

    http://prelutsky.blogspot.com/

    ——————————

    “Former” Liberal & Atheist Tammy Bruce

    http://tammybruce.com/

    ——————————-

    “Former” Liberal NEO-NEOCON

    http://neoneocon.com/

    ——————————————

    EUGENE VOLOKH

    This guy, who is one of the TOP legal minds in the USA, is far too intelligent to have ever been a liberal in the first place! (Eugene IS an Atheist.)
    VOLOKH CONSPIRACY

    http://volokh.com/

    ————————————–

    ATHEIST CONSERVATIVE

    http://www.theatheistconservative.com/

    ————————————

    POSITIVE ATHEISM

    Cliff Walker another genius who has one of the most referenced Atheism website’s on the internet.

    http://www.positiveatheism.org/

    —————————————–

    Another Atheist Conservative Christopher Hitchens

    http://www.hitchensweb.com/

  18. J.R. "BOB" Dobbs Says:

    No wait, he’s Poeing after he’s established himself as one of us? Urggh.

  19. Ron Britton Says:

    Neil:

    Since your comments are imbued with a certain emotional flair, you might want to read the comment policy to make sure you don’t run afoul of it. Discussions are fine, even encouraged. Disagreements are fine as long as they don’t get too out of control.

    What it boils down to is there are lots of places on the internet that turn into screaming matches between two sides. The few people involved in those stick around, while driving everyone else away.

  20. Neil C. Reinhardt Says:

    How Cute

    Another typical liberal response

    NO Logic

    No Facts

    NO Common Sense

    NO Information

    Just Name Calling

    Come call me a “Wing Nut” to my face child, and you will on you ignorant libeal ass in a split second.

    And Child, I would NEVER be one of you as I would never stoop that low!

  21. Neil C. Reinhardt Says:

    Sorry Ron,

    Only if you will note, THEY ATTACKED ME and NOT the subject at hand.

    While my desire and intent is to both share and learn knowledge, I will not abide with those who insult and/or attack me.

    Thus, I suggest you should warn those who START the attacks.

  22. Neil C. Reinhardt Says:

    Hello Ron,

    First, SORRY for my Double Post.

    Second, YOU say: “The number one rule is your comments have to be contributing to the conversation.”

    IS:

    “I think you need to find some new sources of porn and start voting from the cephalad end of the old anatomy.”

    OR

    “And I thought that Gene Ray (of Timecube fame) was dead…It looks like he’s reinvented himself as a wingnut.”

    “contributing to the conversation”?

    I think not

    Thank you,

    Neil

  23. Ron Britton Says:

    Neil:

    I try not to rule with an iron fist. I’m looking for patterns of abuse, not a momentary lapse in judgement.

  24. Neil C. Reinhardt Says:

    Hello Ron

    THANK YOU!

    ———–

    Sarah Palin’s Search Traffic

    Ms. Palin’s search traffic, since the start of 2010, is roughly 16 times that of Mitt Romney, 14 times that of Newt Gingrich, 38 times that of Mike Huckabee, and 87 times that of Mr. Pawlenty.

    (And it is about six times greater than these other four candidates combined.)

    Ms. Palin, in fact, draws almost as much search traffic worldwide as the man she would face if she wins the Republican nomination: Barack Obama.

    Among Google users in the United States, her name is searched for about 30 percent more often than the President’s.

    —————

    This From http:www.moonbattery.com/

    DDUMA STILL IN FREE FALL

    Despite a guaranteed base of support which includes about 95% of blacks, college professors, and journalists and nearly 100% of people who get their news from NPR, PBS, and/or the New York Times, the incredible shrinking messiah’s numbers continue to plummet.

    (Even Zogby is about ready to stick a fork in the Anointed One:)

    President Barack Obama’s job approval rating has dropped to the lowest point of his Presidency at 39%, and in potential match-ups with Republicans in 2012, he trails Mitt Romney, Jeb Bush and Newt Gingrich and is ONLY one point ahead of Sarah Palin.

    The percentage of likely voters saying the U.S. is on the wrong track is now the highest since Obama took office at 69%.

    The President continues to lose the job approval of Democrats, going from 78% on Nov. 15 to 72% in this Nov. 19-22, 2010 interactive poll.

    His approval among independents stayed at 39%, and is 6% among Republicans.

    (FYI It IS the Independent Voters who decide the out comes of elections.)

    Overall, his disapproval rate is 60%.

    As the stigma of being “racist” enough to disapprove of Obama and his noxious agenda fades, this number will continue to rise. Still, it’s no reason to get complacent and settle for any of the Republican candidates mentioned above.

  25. Neil C. Reinhardt Says:

    “Wow, am I impressed, Neil! Of course, your being so intelligent means that Palin can’t possibly be a vapid waste of space.”

    ONLY AN IRRATIONAL, ILLOGICAL PERSON WOULD COME UP WITH ONE THING MEANING THE OTHER.

    “What was I thinking?”

    IT SEEMS YOU DO NOT THINK MUCH!

    “From your unquestionable position of authority you have just destroyed that old logical fallacy the “argument from authority”.”

    JUST HOW CHILD, DOES INFORMING OTHERS OF SOME OF MY HISTORY MEAN THAT MY COMMENTS ARE “COMING FROM AUTHORITY”?

    KNOWLEDGE NOT AUTHORITY

    (NOR IS KNOWLEDGE “POWER”. THE APPLIED USE OF KNOWLEDGE MAY RESULT IN POWER & AUTHORITY.)

    YOU CHILD, WOULD NOT KNOW LOGIC WERE IT A SHARP POINTED CACTUS YOU SAT ON WHILE NAKED.

    “Yes, Palin is a fundie tool. Yes, she may at some point, see the light of reason. Everyone deserves the benefit of the doubt. Just because she admitted to Katie Couric that she, a journalism major in college, could not name a single printed publication that she had read (can she even read?”

    SO WHAT? EVERY PERSON, ON OCCASION, HAS MENTAL BLOCKS.

    TELL ME CHILD, HOW MANY TIMES HAVE YOU BEEN ELECTED TO A GOVERNMENT OFFICE? (OR ANYTHING ELSE?)

    “Just because she writes misspelled crib notes on her hand before speeches doesn’t indicate a substandard education.”

    TOO BAD YOU DO NOT EVEN KNOW WHAT THE PRIMARY PURPOSE OF LANGUAGE IS.

    SO I SHALL EDIFY YOU

    AS LONG AS A DESIRED MESSAGE HAS BEEN SUCCESSFULLY
    COMMUNICATED, THE PRIMARY PURPOSE OF LANGUAGE HAS BEEN ACCOMPLISHED.

    THUS, SUCH THINGS AS POOR GRAMMAR AND MISSPELLING ARE NOT GERMAIN, THEY ARE OF NO IMPORTANCE,

    AND ONLY THE ANAL RETENTIVE NIT PICKERS OF THE WORLD WOULD THINK THEY WERE.

    “And certainly, just because she was accused of questionable ethical practices while in office,”

    IN THE UNITED STATES CHILD, A PERSON IS NOT GUILTY UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY!

    WERE I, BASED ON YOUR INANE COMMENTS, ACCUSE YOU OF BEING BRAIN DEAD, WOULD YOU ACTUALLY BE BRAIN DEAD?

    “and furthermore, quit that office in midterm to hit the self-serving publicity trail,

    WHILE TRUE IN YOUR OPINION, NOT SO IN THE OPINION OF MILLIONS OF OTHERS. THEY KNEW HER SO DOING WAS IN THE BEST INTERESTS OF THE PEOPLE OF ALASKA.

    FYI CHILD, SHE DID NOT HAVE TO LEAVE OFFICE TO GET ALL KINDS OF PUBLICITY.

    “is certainly no reason to question her qualifications for public service.”

    DAMN, YOU ACTUALLY GOT ONE THING RIGHT! AMAZING!!

    “You know what I think”

    YOU CHILD, HAVE MORE THAN AMPLY DEMONSTRATED YOU DO NOT THINK THAT MUCH AT ALL.

  26. Ron Britton Says:

    Sorry, Neil. You were warned. The comments are not for personal battles to defend your ego. Goodbye.

  27. Syldoran Says:

    What just happened?

  28. Brian Says:

    Wow. The crazy really was strong with that one. While Neil gave me a pretty good chuckle with his epic ego and blind worship of Sarah Palin, he reminded me of the important distinction between those of us who are mentally agile enough to incorporate new information into our personal worldviews and those of us who cannot.

    For example, I’m sure Sister Sarah could personally firebomb a nursery and he’d find a ridiculous excuse to justify it. On the other hand, I’m man enough to admit that the guy I was so vocal in supporting for president is really turning out to be more of the same type of politician we’ve mostly come to detest, especially when it comes to caving in to big corporate interests. I know that’s an entirely different discussion, but it serves my point.

    It sounds like poor Neil has been locked in Ron’s cyberdungeon, which is probably for the best, even though he was entertaining as hell.

  29. Lindsay Says:

    I don’t know, but did anyone get the drift Neil was a patronizing, crazy, angry tool?

  30. Shane Guilkey Says:

    Commenting on Neil in Post 13:

    Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence my friend. Any athiest or agnostic knows that.

    Ron, I’m new here but really enjoy the blog. Keep up the good fight.

  31. Draken Says:

    Was that Dennis Markuze after, err, treatment?

  32. skinner city cyclist Says:

    It really is too bad that Neil does not apply more of his amazing brain to his writing/language skills.

    You are probably right that most people in this country are ok with bad grammar, poor spelling skills, and SCREAMING ALL CAPS LOCK MISSIVES FROM RIGHT WING BEDWETTERS, but there are still those of us who pine for a more educated leadership class (and electorate).

  33. sue blue Says:

    Wow, I guess I hit a few buttons with that one! It’s always amazing how quickly their fingers jerk toward the caps lock key, isn’t it – and how quickly the ego defense mechanisms come screaming to the surface. Sorry, guys. I just couldn’t resist the urge to kick that anthill…

  34. Ron Britton Says:

    Sorry, guys. I just couldn’t resist the urge to kick that anthill…

    In this case it’s OK. If you search on his name, you’ll discover he’s a small-penis conservative lunatic who has been trolling the internet atheist sites spewing his self-aggrandizing, angry, shallow-thought right-wing robot speech and promoting his noni juice scam for most of the decade. I’m surprised it took him this long to find us.

    It was an anthill begging to be kicked.

  35. Parrotlover77 Says:

    And he posts from WebTV! In another thread, I was shocked to learn that still existed.

    I shouldn’t be too shocked, though. Clearly, from the posts, he’s an old fart. Old farts tend to be conservative. The kids, not so much! Let’s hope it stays this way as the kids grow up. Maybe then we can get a real lefty in the white house.

    I still think Obama has done a great job on most issues, especially considering the state of, well, everything (I guess I’m an O-bot — whatever). But, as Brian indicated above, the key is being able to accumulate new information and change your opinion based on it. For example, I think the administration has been extremely shitty on civil liberties.

    Well, I may think that, but I also need to compartmentalize that and weigh it versus other issues and compare all possible outcomes and weigh the likelihood of each when deciding who I support as a political candidate. This is all pretty automatic stuff for somebody with an average IQ, let alone an IQ of eleventy billion, yet somehow Neil doesn’t seem to be able to perform those calculations.

    It’s a shame really. I hate it when I actually run into a “militant atheist” because we’re held to so much higher of a standard than the religious zealots.

  36. Communist Scum Says:

    I had a whole little rant aimed at the old Neil guy to tell him what an asshole he was for acting as though senility is the same as intelligence and living for a long time means that you cant possibly be an idiot. Dammit.