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It’s not uncommon to hear the words “bloodsucker” and “republican” in the same sentence -- but what if I told you, the reader, that it literally goes together for one aspiring politician? What if I told you he claims to be a “satanic witch” to boot?

Think I’m joking? Think I’m pulling your leg? I’m not. There’s a fringe republican candidate who runs for political office nearly every election cycle.

His name is Jonathon “The Impaler” Sharkey and he wants to be your ruler and drink your blood!


Are politicians starting to resemble fringe goofs like Jonathon "The Impaler" Sharkey?

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It's that time of year again!

The time where right wing news pundits claim that there's a "War on Christmas" and that progressive secularists are the ones waging it. Meanwhile, religious conservatives jump on their soap box and shout to anyone who will listen that Christmas has become too commercialized and that Jesus is the reason for the season.

What do both arguments have in common? They're both wrong! There is no "War on Christmas" and Jesus isn't the reason for the season.


Is there a war on Christmas?

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We are told by our government and law enforcement agencies that marijuana is bad for us. They claim it makes us stupid, lazy, and that it leads people to harder drugs like heroin or cocaine.

The war against marijuana has a very interesting past. Despite the claims against the drug, the accusations made against it never hold up. Not only is the drug harmless, but it has medical benefits attached to it.

Marijuana has never killed anyone due to a drug related overdose which is interesting since alcohol contributes to many kinds of death yet is legal.  According to the American Cancer Society, marijuana has been clinically proven to help cancer and AIDS patients by relieving pain, controlling nausea, and stimulating appetite.  

So how did marijuana become a villain in American society? Where did it originate?


Should Marijuana be legalized?

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For years, the stay-at-home mom brigade and radical religious groups have kept their children from being vaccinated due to the fear that it would make their children autistic.

What’s been the result of this line of thinking? An increase of fatal diseases.

According to The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, the measles have gone up three times the normal rate. To give an average comparison, that’s 175 cases to its usual 60 cases per year. All of these cases were due to unvaccinated people who traveled overseas and returned with the disease.

Who are these people and what are their backgrounds? Some of them have come from a Jewish community in New York, others from a mega church in Texas, and more from a Hare Krishna group in North Carolina. All of them were linked to outbreaks due to their beliefs of anti-vaccination.

Overseas, the problem is more severe.

In Syria, The World Health Organization has declared a polio emergency. Syrian politicians claimed that they’d love to stop a polio outbreak, but they are just too busy fighting a religious war within their country’s borders. The problem with that excuse is that polio doesn't care about borders as it is now spreading across Turkey.

Other than radical religious groups and willfully ignorant stay-at-home moms, who's to blame?

Although anti-vaccine movements have existed for centuries, it’s celebrities like Jenny McCarthy, quack doctors like Andrew Wakefield, and fringe reporters at Natural News who are to blame for the current mass deception that vaccines are bad for us. People look to them as if they're experts and follow their example in spite of being debunked by real doctors and scientists. Still, these people won’t allow facts to get in the way and because of it, we and our children will pay the price.

Outbreaks are real and when the disease isn't dealt with quickly, people die. So should vaccines be a choice? If kids are not vaccinated, should it be considered neglect? After all, they are being left vulnerable to these fatal diseases. Should we honestly leave the decision in the hands of unqualified parents and religious loons?


Measles Still Threatens Health Security

Notes from the Field: Measles Outbreak Among Members of a Religious Community — Brooklyn, New York, March–June 2013

Anti-Vaccine Mega Church Linked to Texas Measles Outbreak

Notes from the Field: Measles Outbreak Associated with a Traveler Returning from India — North Carolina, April–May 2013

Autism and Vaccines

As Polio Spreads In Syria, Politics Thwarts Vaccination Efforts

Vaccine disinformation: Katie Couric on HPV and Jenny McCarthy on autism


Should vaccines be mandatory or a choice?

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