An Ungodly Intrusion

November 28, 2008

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Earlier this week, Fix Noise (among others) made a big deal out of the fact that President-Elect Barack Obama apparently hasn’t attended church services in the last few weeks (as if that’s any of my business one way or the other – the obligatory takedown from Media Matters is here; President Brainless has been praised as a person of faith for years by minions such as Michael Gerson, even though Dubya continues to condone torture, turn basically a blind eye to the catastrophic refugee crisis he created by virtue of his war of choice in Iraq, and wage war on both the environment and this country’s neediest citizens, who grow in rank by the hour due to his lazy, incompetent “stewardship”).

And to illustrate to me what continues to be the rank hypocrisy of news organizations commenting on matters of spirituality, we have Cal Thomas (of all people) here at the Washington Post (registration required) telling us that…

Presidents who desire a “normal” worship experience (if anything a president does can be said to be normal) can find a way to have one if they wish. The standard for modern presidents is Jimmy Carter. I was fortunate to attend First Baptist Church in Washington when Carter was president. His regular attendance when he was in town established a type of normalcy that removed what might have been a disruptive experience had he only been an occasional visitor. While a pool of reporters always attended with him (and having reporters in church is a good thing!), they were respectful and did not intrude on the Carters’ worship experience.

Well, call me just a filthy, unkempt liberal blogger, but I don’t know how Thomas could pretend to have a “worship experience” with a man about whom he also said the following (here)…

Jimmy Carter thinks he is doing God’s will by “loving” his enemies. The expectation behind that biblical instruction is that such an act will soften the heart of the enemy. But evil does not respond this way. What evil does is to take these acts (evil people know the commands, too, because they have studied us more than we have studied them) and use such notions to achieve their objectives. They will tell us whatever we want to hear in order to get their way. They believe the Koran allows them to lie to “infidels.”

Why won’t we understand this? Converts from Islam regularly warn us. Why do we persist in believing their lies when the only thing they have been consistent at is lying? If Carter trusts Hamas, whom else would he trust?

Nothing stinks as badly as a perishable item that has passed its “sell-by” date. That describes Jimmy Carter. His foreign policy was a failure when he was president, most notably his approach to Iran, which toppled that regime and gave us what we face now. Now, as ex-president, he continues to cause damage and undermine his country’s foreign policy.

Yes, Carter was wrong not to somehow surmise the danger in Iran at the time of the crisis, but such hostage-taking was and remains an act without precedent in its brutality by an alleged nation-state (if the phrase “no one could have foreseen this” applied anywhere, it could have applied to this). And yes, Carter screwed up the rescue attempt, but he poured everything he had into obtaining the release of the 52 Americans held in Tehran (and that doesn’t even take into account this act which is tantamount to treason by The Sainted Ronnie R IMHO).

But what about the Camp David Accords and the Panama Canal Treaty? How about showing the same “respect” to Carter’s legacy as you do to his “worship experience” by simply telling the truth?

Give me a fracking break, people (and in other news of the Almighty, U.S. House Dem Tom Riner of Kentucky is trying to invoke Him in that state’s mission statement for its Department of Homeland Security here…with people like this professing to speak on behalf of my beliefs, sometimes I wonder if there’s merit in becoming a Druid).

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More Taxing Norquist Nonsense

November 26, 2008

The guy who wanted to “drown (Government) in a bathtub” is back with more propaganda about our economy, as noted here; fortunately, he was immediately called out for the lying fraud that he is.


Sadly, The Voice Of Experience

November 25, 2008

Here’s Jim Martin’s latest ad, in response to this (and to help, click here).


Crying Out Still For “Drill, Baby, Drill”?

November 24, 2008

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Given this story from last August, with the U.S. House Repugs calling their special session over the summer recess as a P.R. gesture to try and lower oil prices (and blaming the Dems in the process, of course), I wonder is Messrs. Hensarling, Shadegg, Boehner et al are actually going to give the Dems credit for this?

I know the answer, but I’m compelled to ask anyway.


Too Much Monkey Business

November 24, 2008

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(Note: That was the title of a hit for Chuck Berry, but The Fab Four covered it, as they did with many Berry songs.)

It now looks like The Vatican, in addition to forgiving John Lennon for claiming that the Beatles were once “bigger than Jesus” (I mean, he only said it in 1966, and 42 years is like a fortnight to these guys), has now actually gone so far as to embrace the music of those four lovable mop-tops from Liverpool and their “unique and strange alchemy of sounds and words”.

As far as Rome is concerned, it’s nice to know that We Can Work It Out Like Dreamers Do, though I’d Love You To Ask Me Why it took so Long, Long, Long before you could Think For Yourself and see The Inner Light. And despite the Crying, Waiting, Hoping, let’s wish that the church decides to Let It Be, realizing Lennon and company are Not Guilty and It’s All Too Much, speaking Words of Love to make sure I’ll Cry Instead for Not a Second Time.

But then again, Tomorrow Never Knows.


Sarah Gives Us “The Bird”

November 21, 2008

In case you missed it, here’s Sarah Palin’s interview while turkeys are being slaughtered (can’t make this stuff up, you know? And I loved the MSNBC captions).


Anybody Remember “Compassionate Conservatism”?

November 20, 2008

In light of this “Pap Attack” clip from September and this story, I think it’s an appropriate question to ask.

Update: Looks like Dubya flip-flopped here.


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