Showing posts with label Poverty. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Poverty. Show all posts

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Wisconsin, Michigan, Washington, Public vs Private Sector, Salaries, Unions, Tax Cuts, Corporations, Greed, Religion, Hypocrisy, & the Republican Jesus Christ of the Upper Class: David Koch -- A Lament for Our Time

     Good Christian white rich men rejoice!  With heart and soul and voice!  If Calvin was right and the Prosperity Gospel is true, then you are on your way to heaven.  Only, you may not want to stay long as your Jesus will be hanging out with the poor people who's rights, benefits, and livelihoods you've crushed.  

     You say it's the middle class and public employees that are bankrupting America, especially those money-hoarding teachers, power-hungry nurses, and lazy road-construction workers.  You hypocrites!  You forget, that we are the poor souls are paying your salaries.

             So, why don't all of you Tea Party/Republican politicians put your money where your mouth is and lower your wages, benefits, and expense accounts to the average made by your fellow public workers?  In Wisconsin, you would drop to a salary of $50,774; in Michigan, $58,801; and in Washington, DC, $82,607 (which is only $457 more than DC's private sector workers.  Hmm.  I wonder if the immense cluster of elected public officials and their six-figure salaries have anything to do with DC leading the nation's average public-sector salary?).  Or better yet, you should all work for free.   When you each average nearly a million dollars in personal wealth, why should we be paying you?

             But the public money that the Scott Walkers and John Boeners of the world are being paid is peanuts compared to the billions their benevolent benefactors are making thanks to unprecedented tax cuts, courtesy of the political lobbying and campaign donations bought and paid for by multi-billionaire heir David Koch (Roman Catholic) and the like.  

             Mister Koch--Or shall we refer to you as "Master"?--you might want to catch up on the social ethics of your own precious Holy (Dysfunctional) Mother Church, who has supported the right of workers to join unions and collectively bargain, not to mention a just wages, universal healthcare, taxation of the rich, and service to the poor, alien, and ill.  Of course, Mother Church is still giving you and your Speaker Boehner communion, which makes her a hypocrite, as well.

             Oh, America, when did you become so ungrateful?  Oh, Middle Class, when did you become so ignorant, so easily duped?  When will you wake up and see that the problem is not that public workers are paid too much but that private workers, whose corporate overlords are stuffing their pockets via tax loopholes they've bought and secured with your votes, are paid too little!  You are fighting over the difference of a few thousand dollars, while the upper class of our nation, Wall Street thieves, and corporate hoarders are transferring wealth from the middle class to the upper 2% at unprecedented proportions.  The Forbes 400, the richest 400 individuals in the nation, have no amassed more wealth than a combined 155 million Americans.

             Yes, 0.0001% of the American public holds 50% of the nation's wealth.  Don't believe me, take it up with Forbes and simple math (although I had to get out my old scientific calculator to divide 400 by 310,964,000).  Trickle down economics--the warrior's cry of the Republican politicians of my youth--has shed it's grace on thee, upper 0.0001%.

             But still, the GOP wants to extend tax cuts to the wealthiest Americans at the expense of the poor and middle class.  This chart from the Center for American Progress says it all:

             If faced with such an immoral disparity, what would Jesus do?  

             Apparently, the Jesus of the United States of America would take back the loaves and fishes he'd given to the middle class of Wisconsin, shake the snow from his sandals, and walk across the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers to Wichita so he could hand-feed David Koch.
             I've heard the middle and lower classes despairing on Facebook and in the streets, "What can we do?"  "We're helpless."  "We don't have the money to influence politicians like the corporations and billionaires do."  Well still have the votes, although the upper class is working pretty hard to take those away from us too.  We have the numbers.  It's time to STRIKE!  If every public employee in this nation stopped working for one or two days, the nation would come to a standstill.  And even David Koch couldn't save the upper class then.

             Postscript: In my years as a Catholic school student, seminarian, and priest, I never once heard a private sector/Catholic school teacher or parish employee, who was making between twenty and forty thousand dollars while trying to feed a natural-family-planning family of four or five children, ever say, "You know, I'm making just the right amount of money for what I do."  So, let's not blame the state for being too generous to school teachers, when it's the private sector who refuses pay its workers a just wage.

        Hug a teacher!

        Monday, January 31, 2011

        Inhospitable Christian Sodomite Elder Bobby Harries Denies Entry of LGBT Homeless to Church Shelter

             Elder Bobby Harris is the head of the House of Mercy homeless shelter in Columbus, Georgia. If you're homeless or in need, his religious shelter is there to offer you refuge. Unless, of course, you happen to be gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. If that's the case, Elder Bobby Harris has a few short words for you: "[Homosexuality] is not tolerated here at all."
             So much for that Christian obligation to help all who are in need. At the House of Mercy, there's apparently a sexual orientation and gender identity litmus test.
              Elder Harris spoke to WRBL in Columbus this week, after numerous activists (including over 1,000 members) wrote the shelter criticizing the House of Mercy's policy to deny gay homeless people shelter. Harris stuck to his guns, and reiterated his previous statement that the reason LGBT people weren't welcome at his center was because "of the Bible."
             In an irony of Biblical proportions, when I studied the Old Testament in seminary, I learned that mainstream scripture scholars concur that the actual "sin of Sodom" was failing to provide hospitality to those in need of a roof over their head.

             Thus, Elder Bobby Harris has revealed himself a true Sodomite.

             Many will argue that it's freedom of religion for Christians to discriminate against LGBT persons, the separation of church and state.  True.  They can use their money to be as cruel and mean to people in their pews as they want to be.  But guess where Elder Bobby Harris gets some of his funding?  You guessed it.  He's using U.S. tax dollars to discriminate. continues:
             But as Alex Blaze uncovered at Bilerico, the House of Mercy sure looks like it receives some federal grant money, at least according to its 990 form. Moreover, Georgia's government approved a measure last year that earmarked $75,000 for the House of Mercy, via the state's Special Housing Initiatives program. That's an awful lot of taxpayer money to be giving a shelter that refuses to serve and shelter all who are in need.
             Harris' tax exemption should immediately be revoked.

        Wednesday, November 10, 2010

        The GOP's Middle-Class-Tax-Cuts Hypocrisy

             Despite the rhetoric of the Right Wing, the tax cut plans of the Republicans and Democrats are virtually identical when it comes to tax cuts for the lower and middle classes.  But look at what happens when it comes to the rich getting richer.  GOP indeed.

        Here's Rachel Maddow's explanation of the fat-bottomed-snowman-tax-cuts-for-for-the-rich chart:

        Wednesday, September 22, 2010

        Health Insurance Giants Cut Child-Only Coverage; Number of Americans in Poverty and Uninsured Still Rising

             Tomorrow, September 23rd, the following tenants of the health insurance reform go into effect:

        • Children can not be denied coverage due to preexisting conditions.
        • People can not be denied insurance for making innocent mistakes on their applications.
        • Children can stay on their parents' insurance plans until age 26.
        • Insurance companies must cover receommneded preventive services (mammograms, colonoscopies, immunizations, pre-natal and infant care) without charging out of pocket costs
        • People have the gaurnateed right to appeal insurance decisions to an independent third party
        • People have the right to chose their primary care provider (within their insurance company's network).

             But the for-profit insurance companies have found a way around the new law. The Washington Post reports:
             Some of the country's most prominent health insurance companies have decided to stop offering new child-only plans, rather than comply with rules in the new health-care law that will require such plans to start accepting children with preexisting medical conditions after Sept. 23.
             "We're just days away from a new era when insurance companies must stop denying coverage to kids just because they are sick, and now some of the biggest changed their minds," Ethan Rome, executive director of Health Care for America Now, an advocacy group, said in a statement. "[It] is immoral, and to blame their appalling behavior on the new law is patently dishonest."
             Three insurers - WellPoint, Cigna and CoventryOne - all cited uncertainty in the health insurance market for their decisions.
             "We expect [insurance companies] to honor that commitment. Insurers shouldn't break their promise and turn their backs on some of our most vulnerable Americans," said Jessica Santillo, a spokeswoman for the Department of Health and Human Services.
             Is the Obama administration really that naive?  Insurance companies have been turning their backs on the most vulnerable Americans for decades. Why would they stop now? Because they are profit based companies, they will always place their stockholders' money above the needs of the American people.

             In the video embedded below, Keith Olbermann exposes the greed of the health insurance companies' decision to drop child-only plans.  Last-quarter WellPoint made $722 million in profits and Cigna: $294 million.  Last year, their CEOs made $13 million and $6, respectively.  CoventryOne's CEO made $17 million.  All of that money is made off American's human need for healthcare.  The system is immoral and remains broken.

             For the entire health insurance reform will to go into effect, we have to wait until 2014 (unless the Republicans repeal it).  Then, it will be years before we know where it worked or failed.  What about the people who are uninsured in the meanwhile?  What about Americans between 55-64 year of age who get laid off?  From what I see there are no measures to help these individuals between now and 2014?  How many will suffer, go bankrupt, and/or die so that companies can continue to reap hundreds of millions in profits before 2014?  

             There are now more than 51 million American who lack health insurance.  43.6 million are living below the poverty line. (Stats from The Washington Post)  Unemployment is at 9/6%!  How are these Americans supposed to pay for health insurance?

             Americans don't need the promise of affordable healthcare in 2014.  They need healthcare today!

             The Democrats squandered their mandate and their promises of reforming the broken healthcare system on the Tea Party's rantings and ravings of "death panels" and Republican's protection of healthcare companies' campaign donations.  Obama's health reform might be better than nothing, but it is still failing Americans.   

             America is the land of the rich making a buck off the poor and the ill.  Dog bless America.

        Thursday, September 16, 2010

        Catholic Cardinal Kasper Makes Controversial Racist Comment on Eve of Pope's UK Visit

            Image from Guardian 
          The Guardian Reports:
             The pope's visit to the UK is mired in controversy after one of Benedict XVI's senior advisers dropped out after comparing an arrival in multicultural Britain to landing "in a third-world country".   Cardinal Walter Kasper – the Vatican's leading expert on relations with the Church of England – also accused the UK of discriminating against Christians.
             The pope's spokesman, Father Federico Lombardi, said tonight that the cardinal "had no negative intention, nor [a] lesser appreciation for the United Kingdom", but had been referring to Britain's multi-ethnic composition.  
             So according to the pope's cardinal and spokesman: People of Color = Poverty.


        Sunday, August 29, 2010

        Litany to a Broken Healthcare System

             Praise to our broken healthcare system!  Praise to the Republicans and Tea Party clan that are still fighting to block healthcare reform!  Praise to midterm elections!  Praise to rumors of death panels!  Praise and thanksgiving to Sarah Palin and Chuck Grassley forever!  Praise to those who would do away with unemployment insurance in the midst of the worst economic crisis in  eighty years!  Praise to the gods of for-profit medicine and insurance!  Praise to the insurance lobby, all glory and profit be yours forever and ever, amen!

             The current administration's health reform bill has not yet gone into effect.  Who knows if what I'm about to report would be different were the reformed plan in effect.  Until everyone has access to a public option for health insurance, what I'm about to report is probably going to remain the status quo.  Praise to the 37th best healthcare system in the world!
        Image from Wikimedia

             SHE was fired a year ago from his job, and who knows if turning sixty and his health insurance premium going up by 25% had any effect upon his being let go.  SHE's been applying for jobs ever since, while working various part time gigs, that don't provide employee health insurance.  Four days before SHE was unexpectedly fired, I quit my job to return to graduate school.  My student loans were already drawn, and thanks to George Bush destroying Pell Grants and Republicans privatizing student loans, the majority of my loans were already accruing interest on the day SHE was fired.  We've been living on my student loans and work study, SHE's unemployment and part-time wages, and our retirement savings since.  Praise be to the American Dream!

             Thankfully, SHE had health insurance coverage through his old job over the past year.  Now that has expired.  Here's the true choice offered by the current "death panel" running our national healthcare system: choose between death to your financial security or possible death because you can't go to the doctor any more.  Praise to the myth of the free market offering healthcare choice!  Praise to spineless Democrats, who spent their mandate paying for an August Tea Party!

             I'm sure COBRA has helped some people, but not SHE.  In order to keep his previous job's health insurance coverage (which has high deductibles and horrendous prescription coverage) through COBRA, SHE would have to pay the following:

             Employee only: $1098.04/month  (This is actually, twice what SHE's employer paid one year ago, before he turned sixty.  Praise to unrestricted premium increases for the aged!)
             Employee and Spouse: $1349.15/month
             Employee and Children: $1349.15/month
             Employee, Spouse, and Children $2316.47/month
             When someone is unemployed, how are they supposed to have $1100/month to pay for health insurance? Imagine having a family and needing to pay over $2300/month.  That's nearly $28,000 per year.  All glory and honor to the prescription drug conglomerates!

             If you live in Los Angeles, with your children and have a meager two bedroom apartment for your housing in a moderately safe neighborhood, you're paying an average of $2665/month for housing.  That's an additional $32,000/year.  And, how do you move to a cheaper place when you owe one months rent down and one and a half months as a security deposit?  Praise to the rent control loop-holes, glory and honor them forever!

             So, you're unemployed and paying at total of $60,000 just to house your family and provide them with the possibility of healthcare.  Where do you get money for the deductibles and prescriptions?  Where do you get money for food, clothing, water, electricity, and natural gas?  Where is the money for school supplies, car insurance, apartment insurance, life insurance, etc. etc. etc.?  Praise to the Right Wing forever!

        Map from In Context
             Praise to the American dream, where if you are rich or have a job (that happens to provide health insurance) you are spared, but if you are a hard working middle or lower class individual, you're left to the mercy of your employer, no matter how corrupt, unstable, racist, homophobic, misogynistic, sexually harassing, or psychotic that employer might be in order to have access to quality medical care.  Praise to part time jobs and forty hour a week jobs that refuse to offer insurance!  Praise to the system that the upper class politicians and their mindless fold want to preserve!  Praise, glory, and honor to their wallets, their multi-billion dollar industries, their family values, and their gods, forever! 

        Wednesday, June 16, 2010

        Lightning Destroys Big Butter Jesus in Monroe, Ohio

             Sick and tired of bad religious art, the Christian god, who controls volcanoes and earthquakes, sent a lighting bolt into the heart of a touchdown Jesus, destroying the statue which is also known as "Big Butter Jesus."

             The Dayton Daily News reports:
             Charred remnants remained this morning, June 15, of the large Jesus statue iconic to Interstate 75 that was destroyed following an apparent lightning strike during a thunderstorm late Monday night.  The Lawrence Bishop Music Theater at Solid Rock Church on Union Road endured smoke damage, according to officials.
             Damages to the King of Kings statue and the theater were estimated to be around $700,000, said Monroe Fire Chief Mark Neu.  No one was injured in the blaze.
             $700,000 to rebuild a wood, Styrofoam, and fiberglass Jesus?

             I wonder how many of Ohio's homeless, orphaned, and uninsured could use $700,000.


        News coverage of Butter Jesus' demise.

             Heywood Banks' musical tribute to the statue.

        Image credits: 
        Unburned Jesus and Scorched Jesus by Towleroad

        Wednesday, April 28, 2010

        Oklahoma Legislature: Rape and Incest Victims Must be Tortured before Getting an Abortion

             We should pass a law mandating that all Americans, who voted for George W. Bush and who supported the invasion of Iraq, be sent to the villages and cities of Iraq, the schools and hospitals, where they are required to listen to the beating hearts and laughter of children, to speak to child and adult alike about their dreams and hopes for the future, and to live for a week with them.  Then, those that support the war and voted for Bush (especially those that voted for him the second time) will be handed guns, grenades, or the launch codes to bombs.  They will have to pull the trigger.

             Or how about this?  Those good Christians, who claim that God can forgive anyone who is repentant (unless they blaspheme the Holy Spirit) and still support the death penalty, should be mandated to be spiritual directors to those on death row.  They should be forced to sit in a room and listen to the words of criminals, who have come to conversion and found forgiveness in their Jesus.  Then, those supporting the death penalty are handed the lethal injection needle and shown the vein.

             Or how about this?  Those who support the current Republican filibuster blocking increased regulation of Wall Street, those who support the ability of multinational corporations to strip the middle and lower classes of their dwindling wealth, should be mandated to live with a family who's living on food stamps, to live homeless in the streets with someone who lost everything, and be forced to go without food, a bath, and a bed for a month, before they allow the rich to get richer off the backs of the poor.

             Or how about this?  Let's pass a law allowing the government, especially the President, to lie to the American public about matters of national security and terrorism, so that the President, who is doing his god's will, can get the public to accent to the invastion of another nation and the slaughter of thousands of non-Christian pagans....oh wait.  We don't need a law to let that happen.

            Here's the information on Oklahoma.  The New York Times reports:
             The Oklahoma Legislature voted Tuesday to override the governor’s vetoes of two abortion measures, one of which requires women to undergo an ultrasound and listen to a detailed description of the fetus before getting an abortion. Though other states have passed similar measures requiring women to have ultrasounds, Oklahoma’s law goes further, mandating that a doctor or technician set up the monitor so the woman can see it and describe the heart, limbs and organs of the fetus. No exceptions are made for rape and incest victims.
             A second measure passed into law on Tuesday prevents women who have had a disabled baby from suing a doctor for withholding information about birth defects while the child was in the womb. Opponents argue that the law will protect doctors who purposely mislead a woman to keep her from choosing an abortion. But the bill’s sponsors maintain that it merely prevents lawsuits by people who wish, in hindsight, that the doctor had counseled them to abort a disabled child.
             Gov. Brad Henry, a Democrat, vetoed both bills last week. The ultrasound law, he said, was flawed because it did not exempt rape and incest victims and would allow an unconstitutional intrusion into a woman’s privacy.  Of the other measure, Mr. Henry said, “It is unconscionable to grant a physician legal protection to mislead or misinform pregnant women in an effort to impose his or her personal beliefs on a patient.”
        The Republican majorities in both houses, however, saw things differently. On Monday, the House voted overwhelmingly to override the vetoes, and the Senate followed suit on Tuesday morning, making the two measures law.
             Do I want abortions to happen?  Of course not.  But I'm also not a victim of rape or incest, who has my uncle/father/brother/grandpa/priest's sperm growing inside of me.  I can't make the decision for someone else as to whether they have an abortion. 

             The action of these Christians in Oklahoma is vindictive and hypocritical.  They are responsible for the estimated 100,000 civilian deaths that have taken place in Iraq, since their beloved George W. Bush invaded, after misleading the public.   But they would rather pick on victims of rape and incest, than face their own guilt in the murders of children and unborn children in faraway lands.

        Image Credits:
        Beginning Cheerleading by Y-Coach
        Sooners are Bendy by PictureDepot
        Oklahoma State Abs by Flickr

        Saturday, April 17, 2010

        Rush Limbaugh Knows the Mind of god Claiming Iceland Eruption Is Heavenly Condemnation of Healthcare Reform

             Methodist, Republican, Talk-show Host, and tea-bagger Rush Limbaugh's god hates the 43.8 million American people who go without healthcare insurance so much, that in order to punish the world for the passage of President Obama's healthcare reform bill, god willed this week's volcanic eruption in Iceland causing the worst disruption in air travel since World War II

             According to Rush, it's either the end of the world or his god hates healthcare reform.  That's logical.  Right?

             If Rush is right and there is a god that was revealed through the loving, forgiving, prophet Jesus, who went out of his way to cure the lepers, epileptics, and mentally ill, whom society had cast aside, deeming unclean and letting them rot to death rather than giving them aid, then this god would be against providing healthcare to the poor?  I'm not sure that follows, Rush.

             Of course, Rush could validly, according to Christian scriptures, believe in a god that is vindictive, promotes genocide and filicide, and demands strict adherence to the law of the theocratic monarchy, then Rush could be right.  If this is the god of the universe, then punishing air traffic controllers for the sin of caring for the poor makes complete sense.

             Here's the hate-monger's quote (via Think Progress):
             You know, a couple of days after the health care bill had been signed into law Obama ran around all over the country saying, “Hey, you know, I’m looking around. The earth hadn’t opened up. There’s no Armageddon out there. The birds are still chirping.” I think the earth has opened up. God may have replied. This volcano in Iceland has grounded more airplanes — airspace has more affected — than even after 9/11 because of this plume, because of this ash cloud over Northern and Western Europe. At the Paris airport they’re telling people to head to the train station to catch trains out of France, and when people get to the train station they’re telling people, “There aren’t any seats until at least April 22nd,” basically a week from now. It’s got everybody in a shutdown. Earth has opened up. I don’t know whether it’s a rebirth or Armageddon. Hopefully it’s a rebirth, God speaking.
             Of course, Christians and Limbaugh devotees can claim that he's just kidding, etc., but they won't get on his case for distorting their god and using jokes about their god for his political purposes.  Hypocrites.

        Monday, March 22, 2010

        Catholic Nuns Fight Back and Dissent from Bishops to Support Healthcare Reform Bill

             The healthcare reform bill passed last night, without a single Republican vote.  One of the groups that unsuccessfully worked to derail the bill was the Catholic Church, or better stated, the Catholic Bishops.  Catholic nun from across the country, the ones who run and actually work in hospitals, banded together to support the bill and dissented from the bishops.  Go, sisters!

             Here's Maureen Dowd in an Op-Ed from The New York Times (March 21, 2010, p.W11) concerning the dissent of women religious and why they are more qualified than the bishops on matters of healthcare reform:
             On Friday, Tim Ryan, an antiabortion Democrat from Ohio, took to the House floor to say he had been influenced by the nuns to vote for the bill.
            “You say this is pro-abortion,” he said to Republicans, and yet “you have 59,000 Catholic nuns from across the country endorsing this bill, 600 Catholic hospitals, 1,400 Catholic nursing homes endorsing this bill.”
             For decades, the nuns did the bidding of the priests, cleaned up their messes, and watched as their male superiors let a perverted stain spread over the entire church, a stain that has now even reached the Holy See. It seemed that the nuns were strangely silent, either because they suspected but had no proof — the “Doubt” syndrome — or because they had no one to tell but male bosses protecting one another in that repugnant and hypocritical old-boys’ network.
             Their goodness was rewarded with a stunning slap from the über-conservative Pope Benedict XVI. The Vatican is conducting two inquisitions into the “quality of life” of American nuns, trying to knock any independence or modernity out of them.
             The witch hunt has sparked the nuns to have a voice at last. Vulnerable children were not protected by the male hierarchy of the church, which treated sexual abuse as a failure of character rather than a crime. The men were so arrogant it never occurred to them that they should be accountable to the secular world. In their warped thinking, it was better to let children suffer than to call the authorities, embarrass the church and risk diminished power.
             Now the bishops think that it’s better to deprive poor people of good health care than to let the church look like it’s going soft on abortion.
             Under the semantic dodge of ideological purity, the bishops also are doing the bidding of the Republicans, trying to kill the bill and weaken the president. But the nuns are right when they say that “the Senate bill will not provide taxpayer funding for elective abortions” and that its protection of pregnant women is the “real pro-life stance.”
             The nuns stepped up to support true Catholic dogma, making sure poor people get proper health care.
             Crooks and Liars sums up the dissent of the nuns from the Catholic bishops succinctly:
             This is huge for a number of reasons. The nuns signing this letter are the ones in the trenches, serving in Catholic hospitals and health care clinics across the nation. They represent those who see the wreckage left behind when people are denied access to care until it's too late, the damage done when poor women cannot get prenatal care, and when the sick are left to their own devices.

        Sunday, October 4, 2009

        The Dallas Cowboys

        Sunday, Week I, Antipathy Time
        It’s a Sunday in October and everywhere in the United States holy people are bailing out of church after communion so they can get home in time for football. Many will be praying for the Dallas Cowboys, the self-proclaimed “America’s Team.” I hope they lose. In fact, I hope that a random meteorite catches the Earth’s gravitational pull and slams deep into the heart of Texas destroying the state’s latest excess: the Cowboys’ new $1.3 billion stadium.
        I hate the Dallas Cowboys! Everything about them disgusts me. Even when I was a kid, I recognized that there was something malignantly wrong with the Cowboys. They way they proselytized the rest of the country: “We’re your team. You love us. We share Thanksgiving with you! Our cheerleaders are what beautiful American women should be.”
        The plastic, deified Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders personify the worst of the fan-whores that have sold out to the Gospel According to the Cowboys. Yes, you, the fans! Do you really think your Jesus cares whether Tony Romo throws that last second touchdown pass to squeak your way into the playoffs? Do you really think that your Virgin Mary approves of the not-so-subtle subliminal messages your top-heavy bulimic cheerleaders are giving to young girls and boys? Even when I was a kid, the low angle cuts before commercial breaks to catch more leg and the high angle zooms rushing past the pompoms right over that enhanced cleavage stirred my unconscious feminist tendencies and made me think, “If that was my mom, I’d step in front of the team bus.”
        And it’s not just the cheerleaders and the fans, it the owner, Jerry Jones. The way he lords over the proletariat from his pope-like balcony! How come when Dallas plays the owner is shown repeatedly throughout the game, especially when it’s close, as if we’re supposed to care about the plight of some straight white billionaire who just corralled a city into spending 1.3 billion dollars on a stadium that was built right next door to an already built stadium that was only a few decades old?
        At 26.9%, Texas has the highest percentage of uninsured residents in the nation. They don’t want to spend money on people’s healthcare, but they’ll spend it on a fucking 900,000 square foot stadium that they air conditioned on a day when it was over 80 degrees outside and then opened up the stadium before game time letting out all that cold air. What could be more “American” than that? Thank you Dallas Cowboys for sucking money from sick and dying children and for furthering the global warming cause by building a giant refrigerator that you leave open for five hours every home game. Didn’t your mama ever scold you for leaving open the fridge? Who raised you? Aren’t you thinking about your children? You’ve left them this fantastic new stadium? So what? So they can knock it down in ten years and build a new one in order to keep up with the 2.5 billion dollar stadium that Houston will build?
        I hate the Dallas Cowboys! America’s Team. What part of America? Just the United States? Or do you include all of North America, Central and South America in there, too? Are you really the team of the 450,000 dirt-poor residents living in the colonias along your southern borders? Are you really the team of the homeless child living in the favelas of Rio that has to exchange his body for food? Are you the team of the gays who were beaten by your police until skulls were fractured just for being at a gay bar in Fort Worth? America’s Team? I’m confused. Isn’t it your governor that’s been threatening to secede from the Union, so as to escape the legitimately and democratically elected government of the U.S.A.?
        Everything’s big in Texas: the stadiums, the egos, the ignorance (BTW, thank you for W.), the hair. As they say in the Lone Star State: “The higher the hair, the closer to Jesus.” So, Cowboy fans and cheerleaders, tease your hair high and keep praying to your Jesus that the money you’ve spent on “America’s Team” will win you that prized Superbowl. And then make good on your threats and secede from the union. We’ll be better off without you, and as far as I’m concerned you can take your sinful stadium, your overrated quarterback, your feudal lord of an owner, and your beach-ball-implanted priestesses with you.