delusional asshole threatens civil war

American evangelical mullah James Dobson is threatening to wage a “battle of enormous proportions” if members of the House and Senate challenge the appointment of activist conservative judges to the Supreme Court of the United States. Here’s a clip from the New York Times:

James C. Dobson, the nation’s most influential evangelical leader, is threatening to put six potentially vulnerable Democratic senators “in the ‘bull’s-eye’ ” if they block conservative appointments to the Supreme Court.

In a letter his aides say is being sent to more than one million of his supporters, Dr. Dobson, the child psychologist and founder of the evangelical organization Focus on the Family, promises “a battle of enormous proportions from sea to shining sea” if President Bush fails to appoint “strict constructionist” jurists or if Democrats filibuster to block conservative nominees…

While we’re opn the subject of Dobson, I have a question that I’d like to run by you… If I were to make t-shirts that said, “Focus On Your Own Family,” would you buy one?

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  1. Posted January 2, 2005 at 11:31 am | Permalink

    Yes. I’d buy at least 2.

    You might also add:

    “My marriage doesn’t need defending. Sorry about yours.”

  2. mark
    Posted January 2, 2005 at 12:21 pm | Permalink

    OK, based solely on this response from Dan, I am going to have the shrits printed. Look for them on-line in the next few days.

  3. stella
    Posted January 2, 2005 at 2:11 pm | Permalink


  4. mark
    Posted January 2, 2005 at 2:32 pm | Permalink

    I’m having a problem posting images right now, but, once I can get something up, we can discuss possible designs.

  5. Tom
    Posted January 2, 2005 at 7:52 pm | Permalink

    No, the shirt is a bad idea.

    Dobson is a fool with grander opinion of himself than others believe. Giving him time and space is a waste…ignore him and move on. Republicans know he’s a fool and extremist, his opnions are ignored.

  6. mark
    Posted January 2, 2005 at 8:02 pm | Permalink

    … but I’ve already got three people interested in them.

    (I have to go take care of the baby now, but I’ll get back to this idea, and Tom’s comment, tomorrow.)

  7. randy
    Posted January 3, 2005 at 3:28 am | Permalink

    T-Shirt Idea: great.

    Dobson: hateful, power hungry, pseudo-Christian.

  8. stella
    Posted January 3, 2005 at 4:29 am | Permalink

    The reason it sounds like a winner to me, is that it gets to the crux of a huge issue in this arena which is-
    too many people makin a business out of being busy mindin’ too many peoples bizness

    can you put a picture of a drunken patriarchal control freak with foam at the mouth on it?

  9. Posted January 3, 2005 at 11:15 am | Permalink

    Since Because Dr. Dobson and his ilk have invaded my city, and because I worked at the local paper and had to type up his insipid, infuriating, ignorant “Ask Dr. Dobson” ads far more often than I wanted to, I have a bit of insight on this subject.

    “Focus On Your Own Family” has been done. At least here. At least on bumper stickers. Also, “Focus on your own DAMNED family” is out there. I’m not sure about on t-shirts though.

    How about a front/back shirt “Focus on my family?” / “Focus your lips on my hiney!” with a downward arrow. I don’t know. If you would like my help with the design (I offer hesitatingly since I’m already working on two projects for you) just let me know.

  10. Posted January 3, 2005 at 11:16 am | Permalink

    Odd. That “Since” at the beginning shouldn’t be there.

  11. mark
    Posted January 4, 2005 at 4:50 am | Permalink

    OK, if I’m to believe Collin, it’s been done before. (And I do believe Collin.) That makes me a little less excited about the prospect of doing it, although I still think that some kind of visible, creative response to Dobson is called for. While Tom’s point is valid, and we don’t necessarily want to feed Dobson’s fire, or, worse yet, introduce new people to his “crusade,” I do think there needs to be some kind of response to the far pseudo-Christian right… Let’s keep thinking about it.

  12. Posted January 4, 2005 at 3:36 pm | Permalink

    I’ve seen the ‘Focus on your own DAMNED family ” ones in Ypsi near Oakwood and Washtenaw.

    He used to be associated with a call in show years ago. My friends from Baton Rouge would call in as Satan with a “Harmonizer” on their voices. The technology was new enough, so the hosts actually believed they were debating the merits of Slayer’s 1st album with the Dark One!

  13. Posted January 7, 2005 at 6:07 am | Permalink

    Mark, just because it’s been done in Colorado doesn’t mean we don’t need them here. I’d love one. I also love Dan’s suggestion, although I’m not married, so I guess I couldn’t buy one of those. And in regards to Tom’s comment. The suggested shirt doesn’t same a damn thing about Dobson. There are a whole lot of people out there worried about Family Values. I wouldn’t have ever equated it with a lone person/nutcase/crackpot/idiot/fucktard.

  14. Lois
    Posted April 22, 2005 at 11:11 am | Permalink

    Found this site while searching for the “Focus on Your Own Damn Family” bumper sticker. Live in Colorado and am buying for my daughter in Chicago, and two of her friends who said they want this bumper sticker. I agree with Mark, we do need to respond to these people. Here in Colorado we’ve been fighting Dobson for years; we need a national response. While he is urging folks to flood Salazar’s office with opposition calls, I suggest we flood Focus with the same. You might also show Salazar your support through email or snail mail. I just sent Salazar’s office an email suggesting they might questionFocus’ tax exempt status.

  15. Teddy Glass
    Posted April 22, 2005 at 12:39 pm | Permalink

    I agree 100%.

    If you haven’t yet, read this article from the Rocky Mountain News onthe Dobson/Salazar fight of judicial nominees:,1299,DRMN_3_3706591,00.html

    Salazar had the balls to stand up to Dobson and he deserves our support. Here’s how to get in touch with him if you want to show your support.

    Washington, DC Office
    702 Hart Senate Office Building
    Washington, DC 20510
    202-224-5852 (Phone)
    202-228-5036 (Fax)

    Denver, CO
    2300 15th St, Suite 450
    Denver, CO 80202
    303-455-7600 (Phone)
    303-455-8851 (Fax)

    And, if you want to tell Dobson to stay out of our courts, you can reach him here:

  16. mark
    Posted April 22, 2005 at 11:35 pm | Permalink

    And I’d hate to run up their phone bill, but Focus on the Family also has a toll-free number. You can reach them at:

    (800) A-FAMILY

    That’s 800-232-6459

  17. Lois
    Posted April 23, 2005 at 9:45 am | Permalink

    Talk about running up Focus’ phone bill—one of thier “community communication specialists” spent more than ten minutes trying to convince me. I was happy to waste his time, but when he suggested my failure to agree with him meant I lacked the mental capacity to understand him (hmmm…was he really calling me stupid? lol) I hung up.

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