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  Friday, April 22, 2005

Interesting DeLay forces NY to drop charges against guy caught with 100lbs of pot


(Via Fark.)

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(Via iBLOGthere4iM.)

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(Via Crooks and Liars.)

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Mixing of Church and State: Two Views

Two great Americans who were night-and-day on most other issues are being quoted today with regards to why the growing trend of mixing religion and politics is bad for America. First from Kos comes this by the Republican I've always considered true to his vision, if at times belligerent, Barry Goldwater:

However, on religious issues there can be little or no compromise. There is no position on which people are so immovable as their religious beliefs. There is no more powerful ally one can claim in a debate than Jesus Christ, or God, or Allah, or whatever one calls this supreme being. But like any powerful weapon, the use of God's name on one's behalf should be used sparingly. The religious factions that are growing throughout our land are not using their religious clout with wisdom. They are trying to force government leaders into following their position 100 percent. If you disagree with these religious groups on a particular moral issue, they complain, they threaten you with a loss of money or votes or both. I'm frankly sick and tired of the political preachers across this country telling me as a citizen that if I want to be a moral person, I must believe in 'A,' 'B,' 'C,' and 'D.' Just who do they think they are? And from where do they presume to claim the right to dictate their moral beliefs to me? And I am even more angry as a legislator who must endure the threats of every religious group who thinks it has some God-granted right to control my vote on every roll call in the Senate. I am warning them today: I will fight them every step of the way if they try to dictate their moral convictions to all Americans in the name of 'conservatism.'

And from Andrew Sullivan comes this quote from another American known for his vision, John F. Kennedy:

"I believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute -- where no Catholic prelate would tell the President (should he be Catholic) how to act, and no Protestant minister would tell his parishioners for whom to vote -- where no church or church school is granted any public funds or political preference ... I believe in an America that is officially neither Catholic, Protestant nor Jewish -- where no public official either requests or accepts instructions on public policy from the Pope, the National Council of Churches or any other ecclesiastical source -- where no religious body seeks to impose its will directly or indirectly upon the general populace or the public acts of its officials." - president John F. Kennedy. At the time, the speech was regarded as an attempt to refute anti-Catholic prejudice. Today, wouldn't the theocons regard it as an expression of anti-Catholic prejudice? Wouldn't Bill Frist see president Kennedy as an enemy of "people of faith"? Just asking.

There's no way around it, whether liberal or conservative, if you're not disturbed by how much power the religious right is attempting seize in this nation, you're not paying attention.

(Via Obsidian Wings.)

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The Troggs Tapes

"'The Troggs Tapes' is an infamous compilation of studio chat said to have inspired the Spinal Tap rockumentary. These recordings, available on bootleg, were made during a session and display, according to The Penguin Encyclopaedia of Popular Music, 'instrumental incompetence, mutual recrimination and much foul language'. They inspired the sequence in which Tufnel and St Hubbins have their row in the Rainbow Trout Recording Studio."

Available in both Real and MP3 formats. Short, historic, and fairly hilarious.

The Troggs Tapes [] Seen @ Prefsurfer

(Via Screenhead.)

11:37:24 AM    comment []

The Party of Faith

Dr. Al Mohler of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary is one of the organizers of the looming "Justice Sunday" broadcast at which it will be explained that Senate Democrats hate religious people. He also believes that the Roman Catholic Church is "a false church and it teaches a false gospel . . . the pope himself holds a false and unbiblical office." Sadly, the Pope "has actually embraced all monotheists, both Jews and the followers of Islam, as long as they're sincere within the penumbra of the gospel, within the canopy of the gospel . . . and that is just unbiblical, and by the way, not very pleasing to either Jews or to Muslims." Now I don't really blame Mohler for holding to such views. After all, I think the Roman Catholic Church is, in fact, a false church teaching a false gospel. Likewise, the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary is a false church teaching a false gospel, as are all Christian churches.

But this, of course, is the problem with trying to turn the Republican Party into some kind of generically "religious" party -- the different religions are incompatible. The GOP can certainly be the anti-abortion party, and thereby gain the electoral support of various people who are, for various reasons (largely faith-based ones) opposed to the availability of legal abortions. But to try and sell yourself as the party "of faith" as such is to necessarily bind yourself in all sorts of contradictions and nonsense. I wonder at times who it is the Jacobites over at The National Review think it is they're in coalition with.

(Via matthew.)

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In Your Heart, You Know He's Right

Kerry: Don't tell me what God wants

``I am sick and tired of a bunch of people trying to tell me that God wants a bunch of conservative judges on the court and that's why we have to change the rules of the United States Senate,'' Kerry told a group of Bay State residents who traveled to Capitol Hill for U.S. Rep. Martin Meehan's annual legislative seminar.

The Bay State senator was referring to a possible GOP move to alter Senate rules that would prevent Democrats from filibustering President Bush's judicial nominees.

``I am sick and tired of (them saying) they somehow have a better understanding of Christianity, of the Judeo-Christian ethic, of values,'' Kerry added. ``We're talking about values? You show me where in the New Testament Jesus ever talked about the value of having taxes and taking money from poor people to give to the rich people in this country.''

It's time we stop these loons from hijacking our nation's true values.

(Via Oliver Willis - Like Kryptonite To Stupid.)

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Chili-Finger Chick In The Clink

(Via Sploid.)

Love those Sploid heads!

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