Since it turned out that Barack Obama was born in the USA, the Tea Party is in need of a new villain. A villain whose very existence is helping turn America into communist Russia. Someone pure evil and anti-American like…the manatees!
Citrus County Florida Tea Party is targeting the gentle manatee and working tirelessly to overturn boating restrictions over manatee habitat in King’s Bay. The Department of Fish and Wildlife wants to limit boat traffic in King’s Bay during the summer to help reduce manatee deaths and encourage population growth. When similar protections were instituted in 1980, manatee population in King’s Bay went from 100 to 550 in thirty years. The increase in manatee’s led to a boom in tourism and King’s Bay now hosts 100,000 manatee watchers a year and potentially earns millions of dollars a year for the local community. The Tea Party says “too bad.”
Speaking on behalf of the Citrus County tea party, Edna Mattos expressed her outrage at the proposed summer boating ban, telling press:
“We cannot elevate nature above humans. That’s against the Bible and the Bill of Rights. If some of these environmental movements had been around in the days of dinosaurs, we’d be living in Jurassic Park right now.”
I don’t think the Citrus Country Tea Party will have much pull in this issue and not just because they’re crazy and manatees are cute. There are too many tourist dollars to lose if the manatees are threatened and too many people, including the US Government, that are working to provide at least minimal protections. Nevertheless, it is still distressing to hear people talk this way.
If you want to let Ms. Edna Mattos know you want to bring back Jurassic Park just to spite Jesus and the Bill of Rights, you can tweet her @Anti_Socialism.
I was going to put in some funny commentary here, but I realized it could not be more ridiculous than the content itself.
She and her husband own a Christian counseling center (that receives state funds by the way) that attempts to “cure” homosexuals. Regarding homosexuals, her husband said:
Barbarians need to be educated. They need to be disciplined, and just because someone feels this or thinks this, doesn’t mean that we’re supposed to go down that road.
By all accounts, Bachmann shares the views of her husband. In 2004 she said:
This is not funny. It’s a very sad life. It’s part of Satan, I think, to say that this is gay.
This is not a person with a reasonable worldview. This is a person whose moral system is based on the most barbarically literal interpretation of Bronze-Age mythology. She should not be allowed to have a say on what laws are passed in the most powerful country in the world. That she is being seriously considered as a presidential candidate is…dismaying and evidence of how vacuous our political process has become.
(Photo by Mathiu Young in Fresno, CA.)
From the St. Petersburg Times:
Tampa Liberty is modeled after vacation Bible schools, which use fun, hands-on activities to deliver Christian messages.
One example at Liberty: Children will win hard, wrapped candies to use as currency for a store, symbolizing the gold standard. On the second day, the “banker” will issue paper money instead. Over time, students will realize their paper money buys less and less, while the candies retain their value.
“Some of the kids will fall for it,” Lukens said. “Others kids will wise up.”
Another example: Starting in an austere room where they are made to sit quietly, symbolizing Europe, the children will pass through an obstacle course to arrive at a brightly decorated party room (the New World).
Red-white-and-blue confetti will be thrown. But afterward the kids will have to clean up the confetti, learning that with freedom comes responsibility.
Still another example: Children will blow bubbles from a single container of soapy solution, and then pop each other’s bubbles with squirt guns in an arrangement that mimics socialism. They are to count how many bubbles they pop. Then they will work with individual bottles of solution and pop their own bubbles.
“What they will find out is that you can do a lot more with individual freedom,” Lukens said.
While the Liberty school is the first of its kind in the Tampa Bay area, Lukens said a group in Kentucky ran a similar school, and he learned from their ideas.
There is room for 40 students in the Tampa school and as of Monday, eight had signed up. The fee is $15.
“We’ve had classes for adults,” said Karen Jaroch, who chairs the Tampa 912 Project. “Now we want to introduce a younger generation to economics and history, but in a fun way.”
- What kind of UnAmerican third grader is going to resist eating the candy currency?
- I guess part of the appeal of goldbuggery is that you don’t have to dumb it down for a 3rd grade audience, it’s already there…
- Story reminds me of the McSweeney’s piece “OUR DAUGHTER ISN’T A SELFISH BRAT; YOUR SON JUST HASN’T READ ATLAS SHRUGGED:”
When little Aiden toddled up our daughter Johanna and asked to play with her Elmo ball, he was, admittedly, very sweet and polite. I think his exact words were, “Have a ball, peas [sic]?” And I’m sure you were very proud of him for using his manners.
To be sure, I was equally proud when Johanna yelled, “No! Looter!” right in his looter face, and then only marginally less proud when she sort of shoved him.
Very strange and scary indoctrination. These children should be learning the power of honest inquiry and how to think for themselves.
This is pretty much right on, which tells me just how loony things have become in this country. I’ not going to lie, as someone who grew up poor if there had been no public libraries I wouldn’t know shit right now.
Rand is very clear: walking in the path of Christ and walking in the path of “Atlas Shrugged” hero John Galt will take you to two very different places. Which ought to give pause to political leaders who claim to embrace the values of Christ but adopt the politics of Rand.
Before Congress went on its Easter recess, the House of Representatives passed a 2012 federal budget blueprint drafted by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., who credits Rand for inspiring him into entering politics, and who reportedly encourages his staff members to read “Atlas Shrugged.” The budget unabashedly bears the trademarks of Rand’s thinking: its glorification of individualism and private enterprise not as a companion to the collective pursuit of the common good but as a replacement for it; the gradual elimination of anything that compels the haves to share with the have-nots; the presumption that have-nots are “moochers” or “looters” and must be treated accordingly.
This article article is a bit heavy on the scripture for me, but I basically agree that the Randian “Objectivist” (ha!) philosophy is incompatible with the moral message from the New Testament. In fact, I think it is pretty obvious even from a cursory glance. I wouldn’t waste too much of my breath explaining that to most conservatives, though. I think it is pretty clear that they aren’t that worried about having a logically consistent world view.
Judson Phillips, Tea Party Nation
Hey, Tea Party Nation…
Part of me really wants the Tea Party and the Republicans to hand over the reins to a complete crackpot just so they can drive the crazy train right off the rails.