The Watering Hole, Tuesday April 7, 2015 Open Thread

Daily musings…

 

1. Republicans, conservatives and tea baggers are awful. Liberals progressives and greens are great.

2. Duke won (again). I was pulling for Wisky

3. Ignorance is not bliss

 

Discuss

28 thoughts on “The Watering Hole, Tuesday April 7, 2015 Open Thread

  1. John Travolta speaks out about ‘Going Clear’

    http://www.tmz.com/2015/04/07/john-travolta-wont-watch-going-clear-scientology/

    John Travolta is finally speaking out about the HBO documentary “Going Clear” — and dismisses the people behind it as a bunch of disgruntled ex followers of Scientology.
    In the documentary … former Scientologists call for Travolta and Tom Cruise to speak out against the church, but Travolta says, “I haven’t experienced anything that the hearsay has (claimed), so why would I communicate something that wasn’t true for me?”
    Travolta told the Tampa Bay Times he expected the same reaction from Tom Cruise.
    He says he has no plans to watch “Going Clear” … which he called the product of “people who were disgruntled with their experiences.”
    Travolta added he couldn’t have got through tragedies like his son Jett’s death without the church’s “technology” … and added, Scientology has “been so beautiful for me, that I can’t even imagine attacking it.”

    Jane and I happened to watch ‘Going Clear’ Saturday afternoon, so we were quite happy that we got all the jokes on SNL in their parody of the film. We wouldn’t have understood much of anything if we hadn’t.

    And I don’t care what the IRS says, Scientology is not a Religion. It’s nothing but the musings of an insane science fiction writer. The IRS only caved in because of the thousands of law suits. They should have stuck to their guns and said “No, it’s not a Religion, because it isn’t.”

    Mediaite has the video of the SNL parody here: http://www.mediaite.com/tv/brilliant-snl-fake-ad-ridicules-scientology-and-cultish-fad-religions/

    • I found myself laughing quite a bit when they explained the underpinnings of the realtively new-age “religion” and how it came to be. And Lafayette Ron was clearly a charlatan and a grifter. But the Bible is full of unbelievable shit too.

      But defining what constitutes a religion is pretty dicey and exists on a slippery slope. Some would consider offshoots like Baptists, Lutherans and Methodists all not worthy of being “real” religions.

        • The sad truth is that that’s all it was ever meant to be. LRH was one of those fools who did not appreciate that taxes are the price we pay for a civilized society, and just didn’t want to pay any. So he dreamed up this “church” and do the same thing Joel Osteen and the others do – scam people out of millions of dollars so he could live the high life.

      • What constitutes a religion? Simple. Religion is the expression of any given mythology that implies some level of cosmic justification of power in the hands of a few, those “chosen” by the mythology to run things and hence control the antics of the masses here on earth. Secondarily in the USA, it’s a bona fide means of completely sheltering all income from the IRS.

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  3. UCONN WOMEN. tonight 8:30E/5:30P
    ESPN. (Tom Cruise was at the UCONN/MD game the other day. And of course the cameras kept showing him).

    • Trolling for the next Mrs. Ex-Tom Cruise? Wait, those women are all a good 5-10″ taller than him.

  4. There’s a great comment on the C&L thread “Obama Twits Walker.”

    Walker is described as a “post turtle”, as in you’re driving down a country road and you see a turtle balanced on top a fence post; You know he didn’t get there by himself, you know he doesn’t belong there, you know he doesn’t know what to do where he is, and you wonder who the the dumb-ass was that put him up there!

    • Okay, it’s only the kind that can be done by taking two pills several days apart. A medically dubious person claims he can “reverse” the abortion with an injection of something between shots. He based this on six patients. The odds of them giving birth anyway of they just didn’t take the second pill was 30-50% anyway. Four out of six patients went term. Sample too small, results too similar. Small improvement at best.

      I thought they were talking about the kind where they actually clean out the womb.

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