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Shit that Pissed me Off this Week – 3/8

Video Showing Income Disparity in America

I don’t talk a lot about income disparity and tax structure in America because frankly the argument bores me.  There seems to be this idea that we all have a right to get rich and therefore the system is fair and us liberals should shut up about it.

But look, the system is not fair.  It is designed to ensure that people with money will have an amazingly easy time making more of it while people without money will have a nearly impossible time doing the same.  Hard work alone does not get you “ahead.”

Not only that, we need janitors and teachers and police officers and firefighters and none of those people are getting paid well.  And they never will.  The people with the wealth are not the people doing the jobs that absolutely have to get done.  I’m tired of the idea that anyone can get ahead in this country.

I’ll wager that this guy is not actually one of the top 1%

The solution is not as simple as just taxing the 1% that controls the vast majority of the wealth in this country because they will still control the vast majority of the wealth in this country.  I’m not saying I know the solution.

But I can sure as fuck recognize a problem.

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Ten incredibly condescending questions that completely miss the point

My blog was recently followed by someone who is going through the difficult transition from Fundamentalist Christianity to being an atheist.  I linked to a blog entry that includes ten questions for atheists.  They are condescending and filled with fallacious assumptions but OK, whoever wrote this crap, I’ll answer your questions.  In the spirit they were asked.

I also did not edit the questions so misspellings and grammatical weirdness remain.

1. If there is NO God, then there is no Measurement or Standard for morality?  Then What will define morality?

What a great start, right?  No god = no standard for morality.

So the question begins with a false premise.  Why is god needed to provide a standard for morality?  Is God the only thing that prevents you from treating those around you decently?  Is a quick read of the bible the only thing that is holding you back from murdering your neighbors?  If so – please keep reading.

Thou shalt not kill??? What the fuck? That is so totally not fair!

God does not tell us what is right and wrong.  If he does, he is doing a shitty job of it.  Some very religious people believe that the bible tells us to look down on homosexuals.  Other very religious people believe that is incorrect.  If God were responsible for defining morality, I’d like to see him/her/it get on the ball and actually fucking define it.  Jesus told us to throw out the ten commandments and, basically, just be fucking nice to each other.  Did we need God to do that?

I’m pretty sure most of us have figured that out for ourselves.  Society defines morality and it is defined because we are social creatures and we need rules in order to live together.

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