CHEESES, JEB-BOY, ARE YOU AS OBTUSE AS YO BIG BUBBA?
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"The president's brother, Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida, sent a letter thanking the "Swifties" (Right-Wing Funded "Swift Boat Vets" opposed Kerry's presidential election - full story ) for "their willingness to stand up to John Kerry."
Excerpt from Jeb's letter:
As someone who truly understands the risk of standing up for something, I simply cannot express in words how much I value their willingness to stand up against John Kerry.
Peter Daou comments @ Salon.com:
So let's get this straight: the value of "standing up to" (i.e. smearing) a man who volunteered to risk his life for America "cannot be expressed in words" because, like service to the nation, it "speaks volumes about what matters most." Yes it does, in the twisted view of America's far right, where vilifying war heroes like Murtha, Cleland, and Kerry is a noble cause. And slandering those who are disgusted by Abu Ghraib and Haditha is laudable. And sitting behind a computer cheering on and "supporting the troops" while they lie dead and dying in the streets of Baghdad is respectable. And impugning the integrity of the majority of Americans who want the troops to come home is commendable. Yes, it's a great mission to slime a decorated veteran.... in the twisted view of people whom Al Gore calls "renegade rightwing extremists."
JESUS WOULD SUPPORT AL GORE!
I don't care how much the members of "GAWD's Own Party" try to stake a claim through his heart - as mythical heroes come and go - you could do worse than to emulate Jesus the (alleged) Carpenter.
Ah, come on. Read the Beatitudes. Jesus was a LIBERAL, seeking to empower the weak, the poor, the voiceless. Jesus urged the wealthy to share with the poor. He even supported paying one's fair share of taxes to the gummint.
I propose that the impetus to altruism undermines the inherent right to individual autonomy recognized, articulated and enumerated in the founding scriptures of this great secular republic. The altruist ideal is complete selflessness - and consequently, all its proponents are collectivists. Among the non-human animals we recognize an instinctive cooperative behavior that is detrimental to the individual but contributes to the survival of the species. But I believe that humans have proven time and again that because they can reason, when they think for themselves about what is best for themselves civilization progresses.
Examine the underlying philosophy that drives the anarchists and Marxists and even the jihadists that oppose everything Americans have accomplished and represent. The collectivist mindset thrives in authoritarian institutions such as religious hierarchies and anti-democratic governments. Altruism is anathema to individual liberty.
Back to the Beatitudes, to the words and other examples of Jesus,
though, which admirably demonstrate the quality of not putting yourself first but
being willing to give your time or money or effort for others. It's a life option. If you perceive that giving something of yourself is a good thing for you to do, you may CHOOSE to contribute - sacrifice even.
If that puts me and Jesus on the same page, he MUST be a liberal...
A series of television advertisements, launched by a think tank called the Competitive Enterprise Institute, argue that carbon dioxide emissions are a sign of American productivity and progress. All the usual right-wing propaganda machines are preparing the attack campaign against Gore...
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HADITHA - IS IT THE IRAQ OCCUPATION'S "MY LAI"?
...troops shot men, women and children at close range in retaliation for the death of a Marine lance corporal in a roadside bombing. The two investigations - one into the incident and another into allegations that military personnel tried to cover it up - began this year after news reports challenged an early military statement that the civilians were killed in the bombing. Iraqis who say they witnessed the violence in Haditha have said People familiar with the case say they expect that charges of murder, dereliction of duty and making a false statement will be brought against several Marines.
WASHINGTON, May 30 — A military investigator uncovered evidence in February and March that contradicted repeated claims by marines that Iraqi civilians killed in Haditha last November were victims of a roadside bomb, according to a senior military official in Iraq.
So - it's been covered up by the participants since November and by gummint investigators since February. Will this rival My Lai for thoroughly damaging a war effort? At least it appears that it rivals the Abu Ghraib scandals for embarrassment, media attention and public outrage.
How could this happen? These are MARINES - the best-trained soldiers in the world! From what I hear military veterans saying, the problem was a breakdown in leadership. An underlying cause is probably burnout due to lack of timely rotation from battle zones. Nevertheless, there can be no excuses when Americans commit atrocities in foreign countries. The soldiers who joined the massacre must face the most severe consequences for their aberrant behavior.
But what about the Commander-In-Chief and Secretary of Defense? Should any responsibility for this incident and others be laid at their doors? After all Bush/Cheney and Rumsfeld are the officials who signed off on this fiasco of incursion and occupation of Iraq as part of a megalomaniacal (but poorly conceived and executed) continuing global state of war (ostensibly against "terror"). And the abuses at Abu Ghraib and the murder of civilians at Hadaitha and across Iraq were not only predictable, but they are a sure sign that more is to come.
That's the assertion of a conservative e-mailer. Yup. In the past this guy's argued against the concept of "hate crime" legislation and Da Rev has agreed with him. (COMMITING the crime should have legal consequences - NOT "thinking" about it. Hate ain't illegal - acting on it may be.) Anyway, here's some of the rant from his end and mine:
Liberalism = Hate Crime
Liberals have long tried to portray themselves as "loving and caring for people", "loving democracy", and "loving freedom", but if we take a closer look at what they do, (something Liberals hate to have done to them), a different picture emerges.
Liberals are a fountain of hate.
Try to practice religion, and Liberals will take you to court, make you take down your Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving, and other religious holiday symbols and decorations. Try and sing religious songs, and they'll call the cops and have you arrested.
Try to raise well-behaved children, and Liberals will demean and debase your efforts (through TV and films), and, if they catch you, arrest you for child abuse (spanking or yelling), indoctrinate your children (mandatory sex ed classes and readings), or restrict/eliminate your parental authority (school administrators and councelors versus parents).
Try to express your views, and you will be shouted down in public (Rice and McCain), stripped of your job or failed in your classes (Summers and various students), or arrested (hate speech).
Oppose a Liberal position, and you are labeled a homophobe, sexist, fascist, nazi ........(long list of nasty names).
The disguise is wearing thin however, and people are beginning to see that Libeals, rather then "caring", really only care about power, and their divine right to wield it.
Rant, Rev, Rant:
Really, can't you wingnuts organize your thoughts a little better?
The US Constitution requires that religion and gummint be kept separate. Is it a "liberal" document? Were Jefferson and Madison "liberals"? It's open to debate, but I'll wager they would call themselves "libertarians".
It appears the Bible may be the primary source of your moral direction.
You're welcome to it. Should the Bible set the rules for everyone in American
society - by law? Then Sharia Law in Iraq and Iran and Afghanistan and Sudan is something you would support, right?
In this SECULAR, PLURALISTIC country a whole bunch of people don't believe in YOUR Bible and they don't HAVE to. Why can't you Christianist zealots content yourselves to keep your OWN commandments holy and teach your OWN children to do the same without trying to force your interpretation of a very controversial book on the population as a whole?
If you don't believe in abortion, don't have one.
If you don't believe in same sex relations, for GAWD's SAKE - don't let your thoughts wander in that direction.
You don't have to approve of what other believers do, but you have to let them do it, as long as they don't violate your rights or person. Ain't that AMERICA?!
E Pluribus Unum, Bubba
WHY DOES THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH HAVE ITS SILK UNDIES ALL IN A WAD OVER THE DA VINCI CODE?
The Church is much like a gummint - whose first cause is always to perpetuate its grip on power. It's the nature of the beasts, governments which we usually perceive rationally and church hierarchies which manage to fool so many of us so much of the time.
WILL THE HISTORICAL JESUS PLEASE STAND?
Was Jesus a good carpenter? Can you imagine how much a table or chair measured and cut by Jesus would be worth at Sotheby's?
Was Jesus literate? I know he confounded the clerics in the temple at the age of 12. But could he read and write? Why do we have no examples of his world-changing philosophy writ in his own hand?
How did Jesus and his entourage keep body and soul together? Did ANYBODY have a job? My reading of the Bible leads me to conclude that Jesus and his disciples were supported by wealthy men and women. Lazarus, his sisters, Mary & Martha, Joe of Arimithea, and not least, of course, was Mary Magdalene, who contributed to the cause, however she obtained her money.
I bring these points up for discussion only. I am convinced there is no more an historical Jesus than there are a gang of mutants (X-MEN) who band together to defend civilization.
Will the HYSTERICAL Jesus please stand?!
WHO’S THAT AMERICAN IDOL?
Never heard of ‘er…
I avoid reality shows like a plague. I occasionally shout answers @ the screen during Jeopardy or Millionaire, but game shows aren't really reality, not REAL reality.
Back in the Eisenhower '50s I used to enjoy Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts. Never missed
it. I saw Pat Boone win.
I played guitar in an instrumental calypso trio and I accompanied a girl singing group appearing on the same episode of a talent contest, "Rising Generation" (local TV, Channel 7). I had to play offstage behind a girl group 'cuz they were black and I guess the producer was uncomfortable integrating the soundstage. The girls won and my name wasn't mentioned.
And, in the '70s, I participated as a singer (photo) in a week-to-week country music talent search by a
fly-by-night outfit, again, in Dayton. I came in second. The guy who won was very talented. He also had three times as
many friends and family applauding wildly in the audience.
I guess the main reason I don't watch such programs is more due to my disenchantment with what passes for mainstream popular vocal entertainment these days. I'm turned off by the emphasis on vocal histrionics and show-off choreography to the detriment of musical and lyrical content and ability.
I expect my PARTY (that's the Dems) to provide a substantive alternative to the neo-con agenda-gospel of continuing
global war for empire. Principled Democrats, Republicans, Independents and, certainly,
libertarians can oppose the foolhardy Iraqi incursion and still support
increased resistance to global jihad, I would hope.
In many ways the world is faced with a hegemonic impetus to fascist-totalitarianism that presents a danger not unlike the global Soviet expansionist agenda. The
But I look to the Dems to get more "bang" for our taxpayer bucks. The
most profligate waste of our precious monetary and human resources since this
nation was formally engaged in global struggle against the jihadists on 9-11-01 has been the strategically inept
military commitment in
I'm waiting for the Democratic presidential contender who will pledge to meet the challenge of enemy threats from abroad while vigorously defending the rights our founders said were inherent.
LANCE WAS LIBELED
(Champion Atheist Athlete)
Report Exonorates Armstrong of Doping
By ARTHUR MAX, Associated Press Writer
(Netherlands) - Dutch investigators cleared Lance Armstrong of doping in the 1999 Tour de France on Wednesday, and blamed anti-doping authorities for misconduct in dealing with the American cyclist.
A 132-page report recommended convening a tribunal to discuss possible legal and ethical violations by the World Anti-Doping Agency and to consider "appropriate sanctions to remedy the violations."
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