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this week in hypocrisy: March 8, 2010. ~.m. by maria b.

actually, that's totally consistent. practically speaking. get it? ew.

i was just doing my usual perusing of blogs, and  i came across this story which set off my hypocrisy trigger. this was too much in one day, i was overcome with frustration at all these people trumpeting their beliefs and advocating the/attempting to impose them on other people, then turning around and acting completely contrary to their aforementioned beliefs. so here are the big stories i read today that immediately came to mind when my hypocrisy trigger tripped:

  • “Vatican Rocked by Another Sex Scandal” – A police investigation into corruption at the Vatican has taken a twist with the discovery of an organised network of male prostitution. So far a senior aide to the Pope and a Vatican chorister have been removed from their posts over allegations of involvement in the homosexual prostitution ring.

The allegations were made public when Italian newspapers published transcripts of phone calls recorded by police. Police had been conducting an unrelated corruption investigation. Apparently the tapes record Angelo Balducci, a Gentleman of His Holiness, negotiating with Thomas Chinedu Ehiem, a 29-year-old Nigerian Vatican chorister, about men he wanted brought to him for sexual purposes…

The scandal is yet another indication of the corruption and moral hypocrisy which surrounds the Pope, and permeates the Catholic Church.

  • “Palin Crossed Border for Canadian Health Care” – Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin — who has gone to great lengths to hype the supposed dangers of a big government takeover of American health care — admitted over the weekend that she used to get her treatment in Canada’s single-payer system.

“We used to hustle over the border for health care we received in Canada,” Palin said in her first Canadian appearance since stepping down as governor of Alaska. “And I think now, isn’t that ironic?”

“Sarah Palin Loves Socialized Health Care (When She’s Paying for It)”Additional examples of irony not mentioned by Sarah Palin include how bad the state health care system in Alaska while she was governor and the fact that Bristol Palin’s son Tripp is covered by a nationalized health care plan in the form of the Indian Health Services plan despite Palin’s financial ability to procure him some fancy private sector insurance.

  • “Updating Our Political Dictionaries” – my two favorites are ” ‘Terrorism’ refers to acts of political violence committed by people who aren’t white guys,” and ” ‘Fiscal responsibility’ is a national priority related to keeping our deficit in check, which only applies when Republicans are in the minority.”

Ashburn, who consistently voted against gay rights measures during his 14 years in statewide office, came out in an interview with KERN radio in Bakersfield, the area he represents.

Ashburn said he felt compelled to address rumors that he had visited a gay nightclub near the Capitol before his DUI arrest…

Ashburn has voted against a number of gay rights measures, including efforts to expand anti-discrimination laws and recognize out-of-state gay marriages. Last year, he opposed a bill to establish a day of recognition to honor slain gay rights activist Harvey Milk.

Equality California, a group that advocates for expanded gay rights and other issues, said it consistently gave Ashburn a zero rating on its scorecard…

Ashburn said his votes reflected the way constituents in his district wanted him to vote, not necessarily his own views.

“I felt my duty – and I still feel this way – is to represent my constituents, not my own point of view, not my own internal conflict,” he told Barks…

In the radio interview, Ashburn said he is drawing on his Christian faith, and he asked people to pray for him.

seriously. goddamn.

p.s. what it is that the Bible says about hypocrites again? any of the people at the center of these stories could probably quote it, chapter and verse. which makes it worse. jesus h. fucking christ on a bicycle.

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