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Monthly Archives: August 2010

It’s the obvious next step after reclaiming America’s honor. Glenn Beck has launched his very own Huffington Post. Apparently, he believes that there is a Tea Party subculture out there that can actually read. So he is doing what he does best: bending the news to have an Armageddon-Four-Horseman-of-the-Apocalypse-Doomsday flavor to it. So I guess his Million Minions March on Washington was not just a flash in the pan. It was a Blaze.

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Glenn Beck stands where MLK stood. The only difference is the nature of his dream: returning America back to the good old days. In place of soul-stirring eloquence we get cliches that sounds like my Netflick queue: “Against all odds,” “It is up to us,” “America Awakens Again.” “Man Makes A Difference!” “Do the Hard Thing,” “America is great because it is good,” “Look West!””You make the difference.”  In the place of passion, is lip-quivering sentimentalism and manipulation. Honestly, the guy is better ranting in front of a marker board than rambling in the shadow of Lincoln. But what did we expect?

After all the hub bub about whether America still believes in Freedom of Religion, or, as the other side expresses it, whether Islamo-fascists can be allowed to build a terrorist mosque a stone’s throw from Ground Zero…FOX News has pointed out that the real story here is what evil overlords are funding this unholy mosque (or recreation center, as my side calls it). Well, ironically the funds are coming from an evil Saudi prince who happens to be a part owner in FOXNews. The Daily Show explains.

Or maybe we should just blame George W for the tragic deaths of 4,400 American soldiers. Just a thought.

Right! The Democrats are the fearmongers. It is so obvious! Excuse me, while I fall down laughing.

With all the hub-bub about how gay marriage is a direct attack on the sanctity of marriage, I can’t help noticed that God’s 10 commandments seemed to focus on something a little more obvious when He is trying to protect a marriage’s sacredness: Adultery. Esquire magazine interviews Newt Gingrich’s second wife on the topic:

“There’s somebody else, isn’t there?” She kind of guessed it, of course. Women usually do. But did she know the woman was in her apartment, eating off her plates, sleeping in her bed?

She called a minister they both trusted. He came over to the house the next day and worked with them the whole weekend, but Gingrich just kept saying she was a Jaguar and all he wanted was a Chevrolet. “‘I can’t handle a Jaguar right now.’ He said that many times. ‘All I want is a Chevrolet.'”

He asked her to just tolerate the affair, an offer she refused. He’d just returned from Erie, Pennsylvania, where he’d given a speech full of high sentiments about compassion and family values.  The next night, they sat talking out on their back patio in Georgia. She said, “How do you give that speech and do what you’re doing?”

There is certainly a lot of talk about the American Constitution these days. Obama, of course, has throw it out the window, according to the Tea Party. The illegal aliens are abusing it according to conservative Republicans. And California’s Proposition 8 tramples it, according to the district  judge who just overruled this democratically established law. Of course, these same constitutional villians have the temerity to appeal to this very Constitution for their side’s views, as well. The rightwing has the tendency to argue that because of our “representative” form of  government that governance should match the weekly Gallup pole rather than the results of the last election. If the majority of the country, according to polling  data, oppose Obamacare, then no Obamacare. It is so obvious! The Religious Right agree (depending on the issue) but add that this is a “Christian nation” and therefore biblical standards are implied in our founding documents. There’s a lot of wishful thinking in this argument, to be sure. So, they argue, if homosexuality is an sin according to the Good Book, then no marriage for gays. Black and white. Right? Of course, I don’t hear a lot of support for stoning heterosexuals who commit adultery, a much more clear biblical mandate. The Religious Left have their “constitutional” arguments as well. While they are very happy to marry two men in a Christian ceremony, this is not the issue, they insist. The issue is civil marriage, they point out. Separation of church and state and all that. Why, it’s the very governing principle that our Protestant founders hard-wired into the Constitution. Shouldn’t gays and lesbians have the same right to the pursuit of happiness as the straight community? And isn’t it the role of government to protect the liberties of the minorities against the prejudices of the majority? It’s stage two of the civils rights movement! It is all so self-evident––to quote one of these devout founding fathers. So this constitution of ours must be a pretty broad document for it to be interpreted in so differently, huh? And that’s  the thing about our beloved constitution that some of us love. And the rest of us, cannot stand.

First, the Obama administration was accused of ignoring the 13th amendment. Now he is being accused of ignoring the 1st commandment. At least, that’s how GOP Senate nominee Sharron Angle sees it. “What’s happening (in America)..is a violation of the 1st Commandment,” entitlements “make government our God.”  So candidate Angle is going on Christian radio and stirring up the Lord’s people to smite the Democrats a deadly blow. Perhaps she should be more concern about the commandment  that forbids bearing false witness. I’m just saying.

It is deplorable when members of one political party simply would ignore the US constitution and try to advance their  extreme social agenda. I am sure the Tea Partyists would be up in arms over this affront to liberty if it weren’t for one little fact: the party in question is the Republicans. The Wall Street Journal remarks:

The 14th Amendment was enacted to ensure civil rights to slaves, but in modern times it also applies to the children born to illegal immigrants residing in the United States.

South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham said last week that he could offer a constitutional amendment to end birthright citizenship, which he called “a mistake” and that the Constitution should be changed to reflect that “if you come here illegally and you have a child, that child’s automatically not a citizen.”

Alan Greenspan has come out against the GOP push for extending the Bush tax cuts on borrowed money. Apparently, it would be an economic disaster. And he would know about those. Wouldn’t he?

Vampire novelist Anne Rice was big news in the Vatican when she returned to her Catholic roots a few years back. But the lapsed Catholic has had a relapse. The democrat-voting, vampire-slaying writer has decided that the Roman church––and Christianity at large–– is just too anti-woman, anti-gay and anti-progress. Or is it that her Jesus books didn’t sell as well as her bloodsucker chronicles? Or maybe she just assumes that the Risen Christ is only the Lord of all  until we choose to drive a stake into his heart.