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Letter: This isn't the place

Faith is the devil's masterpiece.  (Feb 26, 2011 | post #15)

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Letter: Don't turn your back on the Bible

Faith, the belief in that for which, by definition, there can be no dispositive evidence, is best understood as a psychological pathology. I like to think of it as Acquired Cultural Delusional Disorder, and look forward to the time when the DSM specifies protocols for diagnosis, intervention, treatment, and prophylaxis. In my judgment, the ailment presents across a spectrum of severity, from mostly harmless (even arguably beneficial) to profoundly dangerous to the sufferer and others. But we are not asking if faith is a force for good. We are speaking of religion, which is a social institution of aggregated power, control, and influence, that exploits the weaknesses of those suffering from faith, even intentionally infecting people with it to achieve ends. Their ends may be explicitly benignant in intent, and perhaps even achieve some of their good intentions without paving a thoroughfare to a lake of fire, but the fundamental social contract -- believe in this rubbish and all will be well -- is simply intellectually bankrupt, and constitutes deceitful manipulation of gullible victims. Finally, the notion that there's a father-figure superhero who lives in the sky and is all-knowing and all-powerful, yet stands by while millions of his children suffer and die from disease, hunger, and warfare (often in disputes over who has the least wrong version of his narrative), but is so offended by whom I have sex with that he will consign me to eternal torment is patently absurd on its face. That isn't a god, that's a sociopath.  (Feb 26, 2011 | post #79)

Chico Enterprise-Record

Letter: Don't turn your back on the Bible

The crazy is strong in this one.  (Feb 24, 2011 | post #39)

Chico, CA

Letter: Choose your future for city of Chico

Fedup; hope and change, change I can believe in, and fundamental transformation of America is exactly what we *got* from the Obama administration. You may not approve of the changes, but he passed the most ambitious 2-year legislative agenda in a century. Like it or not, he kept his promise on that one. Punchline? No, it's a *pride* line. As for the Tea Party fools, the mainstream GOP is dropping them like a hot potato. Four GOP elected officeholders in Arizona resigned today because they're worried about physical attacks on them and their families by AZ baggers. The Tea Party just became about as relevant as the Whigs. Say buh-bye Sarah; your fifteen minutes are *over*. >wink<  (Jan 12, 2011 | post #17)

Chico, CA

Letter: Choose your future for city of Chico

Dude, the party is over. The "Tea Party" is nothing more than a tasteless punchline anymore.  (Jan 12, 2011 | post #11)

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Letter: Good reason for discrimination

The crazy is strong in this one.  (Dec 29, 2010 | post #29)

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Letter: Brown worships at judge's altar

This letter is just one more proof that faith is a disorder. Still, nothing is so satisfying in politics as watching while your opponents writhe in the denial phase of grief. My only hope is that Mr. Dowdy lives a long time in a world he cannot stand.  (Dec 28, 2010 | post #42)

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Letter: It's going to get ugly in California

Nothing in politics is so satisfying as looking on while your opponents are writhing in the denial stage of grief.  (Nov 20, 2010 | post #22)

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Letter: Opera radio program missed

The program was not canceled by the station; the host chose to end it rather than accommodate a schedule change. The fact is that the reason there is "nothing like it" elsewhere is that it is not a very entertaining program except to a very few listeners. Personally, I much prefer the Americana/roots programming that has taken its place.  (Nov 15, 2010 | post #4)

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Editorial: Proposition 19 a blurry vision

So is alcohol. So is nicotine. So is caffeine. So what?  (Oct 13, 2010 | post #22)

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Letter: Couples stripped of identity

You think Ruth has finally hit bottom, but she's digging hard.  (Aug 23, 2010 | post #10)

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Butte Community Bank taken over by federal banking agency

Uh, you might want to check your math on that...  (Aug 20, 2010 | post #9)

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Ban stands on same sex marriages

80 days, folks. It's still inevitable. I'm not happy with the 9th's ruling, but seriously, do you have any doubt that justice will prevail? I just hope that the haters get to live a long, long time in a reality they cannot bear to believe exists. In the long run, this struggle will be a benefit to progressive causes. Liberal standard-bearers will become bolder, conservative leadership will become increasingly bizarre. I'm not counseling patience so much as confidence; our cause being just and our destiny foreordained, we shall prevail. In the meantime, my warmest regards to those for whom justice so long delayed is yet still so long denied.  (Aug 16, 2010 | post #3)

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Letter: Checks and balances serve us well

As it stands, it may not even reach the 9th. The defendants (Governor Schwarzenegger and AG Brown) have declined to appeal, and indeed have called for the stay to be lifted on Wednesday per the district ruling. The Defendant-Interven ors may not have standing to appeal, and if so the case ends there. If the 9th hears the case, no new evidence can be presented, and it is extremely unlikely that the 9th would not uphold the district ruling. In that case, assuming standing is granted, SCOTUS may hear the case, but my bet is that the conservative majority will decline to hear the case, inasmuch as if they uphold the ruling (as they may have no choice but to do), same-sex marriage becomes the law of the land, not just the states in the 9th District. Justice Kennedy is the key; he would likely vote to uphold, but can side with the conservatives to decline the case to slow things down a bit. The pretax net is that same-sex marriage is very nearly a fait accompli in California, and as goes California, so goes the republic. Nothing in politics is so satisfying as watching your opponents writhe in impotent rage and the denial phase of grief. I'm looking forward to the hand-wringing and waxing wonderly wroth from the doucheblogs. Take that, RWDBs!  (Aug 15, 2010 | post #7)

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