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Monthly Archives: October 2012

Hey, let’s check in with James Dobson‘s predictions for 10/22/2012!

These were made in October of 2008, just before the election of Obama.  The list is quite extensive [pdf].  Highlights are below, but before you look, how many of the predictions do you think came true?  (There were more than 3 dozen.)  Do you think he got any?  1.  Well, we still have a week to go, so maybe some more of them will still come true!  The one that came true is in bold, and it’s a stretch to call this one as being due to Obama.

  • Gay marriage is declared a Constitutional right.
  • The Boy Scouts of America is forced to “hire homosexual scoutmasters and allow them to sleep in tents with young boys.” They choose to disband instead of following those orders.
  • Gender identity is part of a mandatory curriculum for first graders, including the “goodness of homosexuality” as a potential personal choice.
  • Christian schools are shut down because of anti-discrimination laws.
  • Christian parents have trouble adopting children because of their “narrow” and “dangerous” views on religion.
  • Same-sex couples working in your Christian-owned company must receive equal benefits.
  • The Bible can no longer be preached over the airwaves because it is considered hate speech.
  • Doctors who refuse to provide “artificial insemination for lesbian couples” will lose their licenses.
  • Ditto with counselors who refuse to counsel same-sex couples, including those professionals who work in churches.
  • Churches must allow gay weddings on their property or risk losing their tax-exempt status.
  • Churches must not discriminate against gay people when they hire staff (with the exception of Senior Pastor).
  • Gays are allowed in the military.  [The decision came from the Pentagon and not Obama as Dobson suggested it would.]
  • High school students are not allowed to worship at the Pole or gather for Bible studies.
  • College Christian groups are no longer allowed on university property.
  • “Under God” is removed from the Pledge of Allegiance.
  • Christian doctors and nurses are forced to participate in or perform abortion procedures.
  • Sexual acts are allowed to be seen on TV all hours of the day. Porn magazines are visibly displayed on newsstands everywhere.
  • Your right to own a gun is taken away.
  • If you home-school your children, you must teach from a state-approved (non-Christian) curriculum. As a result, many Christian parents move to Australia and New Zealand.
  • Our troops are withdrawn from Iraq (after which, terrorists take over the unprotected country).
  • Illegal wiretapping is put to an end. Terrorist bombs go off in several American cities.
  • We now have universal health care.
  • We go into a prolonged recession.
  • The budget deficit skyrockets despite taxes on the wealthy.
  • Christian publishers are no longer allowed to distribute books in major bookstores.
  • Criminal and civil charges are filed against “nearly every Bush administration official who had any involvement with the Iraq war.”

This is the sort of scare-mongering that is being peddled to win elections.  And, as Bill Maher puts it, there are no longer repercussions for lying.

[Summary compiled by patheos.com]

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Penguin Publishing is a stupid, stupid company and I’m boycotting them

For the Nth time I went to buy a book and found the Kindle price higher than the dead tree price ($12.99 vs $10.88).  I will not buy another Penguin book until this is fixed (except used, which I’m about to do right now).  It doesn’t take a rocket scientist, or even a brain surgeon, to figure out their cost is lower for a Kindle book compared to something they need to make and ship (twice!).  I wrote Penguin a letter last year and got a stupid reply.  Yaba yaba yaba … insert marketing speak … yaba yaba yaba.  The reply completely ignored every point in my letter.  I understand, you can’t personalize each reply, but I’d rather have no reply than an off-topic one.

Instead of having sane and rational pricing policy that would encourage me to buy more books, they have a stupid one that discourages me from giving money to the publishing company or the author.