Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Monday, May 28, 2007

WHERE IT HURTS



Another Fort Lewis soldier was killed in Iraq this month, bringing the total of sixteen soldiers from the Tacoma fort killed this month. Spc. Matthew P. LaForest of Austin, Texas died during small arms enemy fire in Taji, Iraq. He was a soldier in C Company, 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry, 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division --- a Stryker combat team.

So far this month, there have been 104 American casualties, 3 United Kingdom, and 3 of other countries.

But it never hurts as much as when it is this close to home.

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Sunday, May 27, 2007

IN MEMORIAM

Norm Maleng on May 24, 2007 at age 68.

King County Prosecutor Norm Maleng was one of the last of fading species. He was a Republican but he was fair and even-handed in his application of the law. As a Washingtonian who was raised on a Whatcom county dairy farm, Norm Maleng served his state with honesty and integrity. He headed the first state task force to create a sex offender law, created a special unit in the prosecutor's office to address the needs of those affected by domestic violence and child abuse, worked towards sentence reform, anti-drug legislation, and laws dealing with runaway youths.

Major cases under his astute overview were the Wah Mee murders where 13 victims were massacred for gambling money, the Green River Killer Gary Ridgeway (NOTE: Do not read this if you a sensitive person or subject to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder --- these articles are very graphic), and the Goldmark slayings where right-wing and Christian Identity extremist David Rice murdered a civil-rights attorney and his family.

Norm Maleng will be sorely missed in Washington.


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Thursday, May 24, 2007

SEND IN THE PERPS












Ted Klaudt, a former GOP legislator in South Dakota, has been charged with eight counts of second-degree rape, one count of sexual contact with a child younger than sixteen,two counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, two counts of witness tampering for saying to one of his victims that he would send her to juvenile detention if she did not recant the rape accusations, and one count of stalking.

Klaudt molested his victims by saying that the girls could make $20,000 as egg donors and that he was ascertaining their eligibility by sexually abusing them with fondling and using speculums to invade their bodies.

Ted Klaudt was an anti-abortion, anti- gay Republican who promoted legislation to toughen laws against sex offenders. Several of Klaudt's victims were his foster children.

Now, is it me or are there more sexual perverts on the political right than on the political left? Let's take a walk down (recent) memory lane: Mark Foley, the Republican senator from Florida, who harassed underage aides with sexual explicit e-mails,Craig Schelske a former candidate for Congress whose marriage ended among allegations of adultery and exposing his children to pornography,Cary Lee Cramer who molested a little girl that he used in an anti-John Kerry ad,Phil Giordano former Mayor of Waterbury Connecticut sentenced to 37 years for child sexual abuse...if I missed anyone it is not through lack of material.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2007

HANG 'EM HIGH

The Louisiana Supreme Court has upheld the death penalty for child rape. The case in question is that of Patrick Kennedy, 42, who raped an 8-year-old relative as the girl sorted Girl Scout cookies in the basement of her New Orleans home. Kennedy later bragged about the rape to an acquaintance, saying that the innocent girl had "become a lady today".
The case now goes to the national Supreme Court.

I think it is appropriate for this perpetrator to get the death penalty. Rape is a lifelong devastation to the child victim. The death penalty for rape is the only acceptable closure for this malicious deed. None of this weeny New Age schlock about "forgiving the evildoer in one's heart so I can get on with my life" or, horrors of horrors, reconciliation with the perp and forgiveness. The death penalty is a very straightforward action and consequences discipline for the wrongdoing. Like many people, I've become tired of the pop psych nonsense promoted by far-left liberals. I am a rational moderate who abhors the touchy-feely fluff and emotionalistic idiocy that characterizes edge of the spectrum lefties. Sexual offenders usually aren't salvageable as human beings and one less rapist to worry about will make the world a better place.

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YOU DID IT YOURSELF






A Galveston man was arrested for burning his baby in a motel microwave. Joshua Mauldin is charged with felony child injury for harming his two-month-old daughter by punching her in the groin, placing her in a refrigerator, then a safe, and then setting her in the microwave. His wife, Eva Marie Mauldin, has blamed Satan, citing the Devil's desire to thwart her husband's ambitions to be a Christian minister for the man's abuse of the baby.


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Eva Marie Mauldin

Mrs. Mauldin has set up a web site on MySpace (ew...) to defend her husband.* Texas child protection officials plan to sever the parents' custody.

I think that "the Devil made me do it". is a lousy excuse. Satan doesn't exist. If the two-month-old were my child and someone had injured her, I'd be first in line to deball the perp. It is obvious that Christianity has given licence for the most horrible of crimes against children and yet the religion still continues to flourish. There is something pathologically wrong with a society that allows this injurious mythology to continue at the expense of innocent lives. It is a religion that does not promote personal responsibility and accountability.The Texas child protection services should cut parents' rights without any other consideration.

*NOTE: I went to MySpace (reporters do the dirty work so you don't have to, eecchh...) and searched for the Joshua Maudlin site but only found the wife's personal site, not the site to defend her husband.


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Tuesday, May 22, 2007

GONE TO GLORY















"Kill them all. God will know his own"


The Reverend Jerry Falwell was buried today in Lynchburg,Virgina. It was a to-do that the White House ignored and that sparked more controversy after his death.

Despite the large turnout of 10,000 people at the Thomas Road Baptist Church, the White House sent only a mid-level aide to the funeral. I guess that is the Bush administration's opinion of its evangelical supporters.

The funeral goers faced the heckles of only a half-dozen Westboro Baptist Church members who considered Falwell soft on gay issues. Obvious in the poor turnout for the protest, the Westborians couldn't gather enough evidence that a fundie minister was going to hell. Virginia police roped off an area for the protesters and Christian bikers blocked the Westborians from funeral view.

In an exciting note, a Liberty University student planned to napalm the Westborians during their protest of the Falwell funeral. Mark D. Uhl, a 19-year-old student at LU had multiple gas and detergent bombs in his car that he planned to use on those who would disrupt the services for Falwell. Law enforcement officers are seeking three other suspects.

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Thursday, May 17, 2007

GONER















Paul Wolfowitz will leave his post from the World Bank following charges that he engaged in nepotism to favour his companion, Shaha Riza.


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NO DICE

"God does not play dice with the universe."
-- Albert Einstein

In Petersburg, Kentucky evangelical Christians are prepared to open a creation science history centre, the Answers in Genesis Creation Museum. No self-respecting Muse would find herself in such a place, especially Clio. The girlfriend, Muse of history and poetry, liked to hang with Herodotus the father of history and Anna Comnena the first woman historian. The Greeks, with their inquiry into knowledge, would be appalled that this sham could be called a museum. Certainly, this gnat of a religious centre, could never make the revered claims of being of intellectual descent from the first museum, the Library at Alexandria established by Ptolemy I Soter (Savior). There is not the spirit of scientific quest or honesty that characterizes a good museum in the Answers in Genesis theme park. It is a waste of 27 million dollars to create a theme park that has no basis in facts and that supports an outdated and dangerous belief system.

Creationists, being the muddleheads that they are, believe that the world is 6,000 years old. In geographic dating of rocks, the nearest estimate is 4.54 billion years old. They think that the Grand Canyon was created with a flood such as that in the Bible, or in the Christian's borrowed theology from the stories of Ziusudra,Xisuthros,Atrahasis and Utnapishtim. In reality, slow erosion from wind, rain, and the Colorado River (what is left of this waterway with pollution, drought, and overuse) form the Grand Canyon.

In the biological sciences, the evangelicals do not fare much better. The Answers in Creation Science centre displays dinosaurs coexisting with humans but the dinosaurs, with the exception of their evolved descendants the birds, died out 65 million years ago. The centre also portrays Tyrannosaurus rex as a vegetarian although he was one of the nastiest meat-eaters around at the time. Anthropological evidence of humans show our species to be only 3 million years young (Note: George W. Bush no doubt considers Queen Elizabeth II of the same era...).

This evangelical ignorance of the sciences not only lacks factual basis but endangers human life. By promoting creationism the evangelicals disregard that, for example, bats and humans have a common ancestor. It is very critical to public health to have only evolution taught in schools because with a common ancestor, as mammals, bats are vectors for human diseases through rabies, Ebola, Marburg, Nipah and Hendra and SARS viruses. Creationists imperil human lives with their superstition and stubborn idiocy.

Hopefully, the Answer in Genesis Creation Museum will close its doors soon after its opening. Human life depends on science like evolution being taught to the public, not the charlatan trickery of creationism.

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Tuesday, May 15, 2007

GONE UPDATED 5/19/2007













The Reverend Jerry Falwell at age 73 died of heart complications in his office at Liberty University.

Now, let's me see, some of the Religious Right's leaders are becoming awfully old. Pat Robertson is 77, James Dobson is 71, and Phyllis Schlafly is 83. Beverly LaHaye is 78 and her husband Tim is 81.

Not that they will be missed, mind you. These deaths will not be a tragedy because they have set back the course of American progress in science, literature, medicine, and technology with their ignorant, uneducated, and superstitious view of the world. Instead of promoting research and development in the fight against AIDS and cervical cancer as well as in the general realms of medicine, they have promulgated scientifically incompetent abstinence programs for teen age sex education, discouraged fact based solutions against the transmission of AIDS on the basis of their hatred for gay people, and thwarted future careers of children who would be doctors with introduction of the false science of intelligent design in schools. These are people who don't understand that even cats get a form of AIDS . Preventing the virus should not be a matter of biblical morality, but of the most effective way of stopping transmission.Evangelicals also do not understand sex is not the only way the human papillomavirus infection (HPV) that causes cervical canver can be transmitted.

Furthermore, the religious right grudge against the teaching of evolution imperils scientific research in the fight against fatal diseases. It is relevant, for example, that bats are related to humans through a distant and common ancestor. Bats, as mammals, can not only transmit diseases like rabies to humans but very lethal diseases like Ebola, Marburg virus and SARS. There is nothing wrong with evolution in schools because teaching this science is a matter of human life and death.

The leaders of the religious right will not be regretted when they pass on. The world will be a better place without their outdated and harmful beliefs.

UPDATED 5/19/2007 Okay, this is cute. The Westboro Baptist Church, home of those ultra-fundies the Phelps, has decided to picket the funeral of the late Jerry Falwell because the Phelps think that he was too tolerant. This is the guy who blamed 9/11 on gay people, feminists, Pagans, et alius.

If that isn't enough fun check out the amateur video
that the Westborians have created. The production values of "God Hates the World" suck wind but what can one expect from hard-core Xians? Not MTV quality fer sure.Near the end of the video, they wave a Canadian flag upside down. Does that have the same symbolism as an upside down pentacle with a goat's head? Or was someone not watching where they put the flag this morning? For a moment, I thought that the video was a joke but the Westborians are serious in their copyright infringement of "We Are the World."

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Monday, May 14, 2007

A BURDEN NO CHILD SHOULD CARRY



A four-year-old child killed his father in Vallejo, California. Brian Sparks was on disability leave when his son shot him. The child, due to his minority, is not identified.

No child should have to bear this burden for the rest of his life. This is why guns and children should never be in the same house.

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HISTORICAL PRECEDENT



It seems that most ambitious rulers of the male persuasion are felled with the same flaw. To be precise,if you have a penis then you are screwed.



Recently, presidential hopeful Tommy Thompson pleaded his little man in an embarrassing response to a question about gay rights.

The question was if an employer had the right to fire a gay person because the employer considered homosexuality to be immoral. Mr. Thompson answered, "I think that is left up to the individual business. I really sincerely believe that that is an issue that business people have got to make their own determination as to whether or not they should be." That is a clear and cogent answer but Thompson backtracked on his response after protests by saying that he was lost hearing in one ear and his hearing aid went dead in the other. So, how did he hear the question initially? When this answer did not suffice, Thompson explained that he had the flu and bronchitis and not only was he deaf but he had an urgent need to go to the bathroom.

While we have all had moments when nature's call has caused hasty exits at the most awkward of times, having reliance on one's plenipotentiary instrument can get you in trouble.

A case in point is that of Marcus Aurelius Antoninus also known as Caracalla for the hooded cloak that he wore. Caracalla was born Lucius Septimius Bassianus. His parents, Emperor Septimius Severus and Julia Domma renamed their son when he was seven to gain support from the powerful Emperor and philosopher Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus. The Severus' had two sons, the youngest Publius Septimius Geta who was at heart an administrator and Caracalla who was a soldier. The elder Severus progeny was ruthless to the point of attempting the assassination of his own father. When Septimius Severus died (of gout), the two brothers were co-regent until Caracalla murdered Geta and his followers. Caracalla ruled with a bloodthirsty administration. He killed his father-in-law Lucius Fulvius Plautianus, his wife Publia Fulvia Plautilla and their daughter, and thousands of others that stood in the way of total power.

However, after only five years of rule, Caracalla made a fateful error in judgment. On April 8, 217, he requested privacy from his bodyguards to urinate and was promptly assassinated by Julius Martialis, an officer in the imperial bodyguard. Martilalis, who was hunted down and killed, either was angry about not getting a post as a centurion or was upset about Caracalla executing Martilalis' brother. With either reason, the disgruntled bodyguard proved once again that men in power or those who seek power should take care how their privates affect their public life.

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Friday, May 11, 2007

NO TAKE YOUR GUN TO WORK DAY

The NRA is trying to push legislation that allows employees the right to keep guns in their cars during the work day. This is not a good idea. Recently a construction worker,James Forrest Mobley, responded to taunts from fellow workers by taking a 40 caliber Glock that he had in his lunch box and murdering Grady Boseman and Rolando Matta before he committed suicide.
(UPDATED 10:20 PM 05/12/07)
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WHY BUSH SUPPORTS HATE SPEECH

George Bush has threatened to veto hate speech legislation that would make it illegal to incite violence against people based on their gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, and disability. One clue to this reluctance to protect disabled people is that Michigan Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land, a former co-chair of the state's 2004 has ties to the Michigan State University Young Americans for Freedom. NOTE: Yeah, their website production values suck, but what can you expect from a conservative organization?

The MSU-YAF is responsible for such puerile shenanigans as the racist "Catch An Immigrant" game where they offer $100 to MSU students for turning in illegal immigrants. Pshaw, that paltry sum won't buy textbooks. And of course these are white frat brats, Caucasians whose ancestors were not native to America's shores, who are offering the reward. If the MSU-YAF doesn't like immigrants, they can go back to where their ancestors originated.

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Thursday, May 10, 2007

GOING, GOING....

Tony Blair will resign on the twenty-eighth of June 2007. He will remain a member of Parliament until the next election. His colleague, Gordon Brown, is expected to win the Prime Minister role. Meanwhile the cash for honours investigation , where donors to the Blair's Labour Party sought access to the Prime Minister and tried to buy peerages,is still ongoing. Blair was not implicated in the scandal.
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FAVOURITE THINGS











DJ Paul Edge has a great site with powerful videos about war, peace and justice. Take a look.

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LAUGHTER

Okay, so some days are better than others. I was looking at my SiteMeter account and I want to thank the person in Australia who googled "christian idiot". It cheered me after a week of blogging gun deaths and the all the tragic lives gone without sense.

It was my old blog on a fundie who had tried to ban the boy wizard (we all know who he is and there needs no mention of his name) and it made it to number 4 of 1,550,000 on Google. It gave me much needed guffaws of laughter after watching a PBS show on the horrors of the Inquisition.

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Wednesday, May 09, 2007

SHE DOESN'T LOOK A DAY OVER 82


Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II (Head of the Commonwealth, Lord High Admiral, Supreme Governor of the Church of England aka Defender of the Faith, Lord of Mann,Paramount Chief of Fiji,Duke of Lancaster and Duke of Normandy, and the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed forces of many of her Realms) recently visited the White House, and its Bimbo in Chief (aka George W. Bush). Grand Poobah George greeted her Maj with the suggestion that the queen had visited America in 1776, making her a sprightly 231 years old. Rumor has it that George Bush was drunk as a skunk when he greeted her Majesty. What the White House resident and frat boy extraordinaire had meant to say, after the Queen corrected him by saying sotto voce, "Wrong year", that her Highness had visited in 1976 for the bicentennial festivities. Later, Mrs. Bush made her own gaff, saying that she had attended a formal dinner given by President Bush senior in 1993. Bill Clinton was President from 1993 to 2001.

The dinner was meant to reciprocate for Her Majesty's hospitality that hosted the President in November 2003. During that visit, Bush's helicopters used the Royal Gardens as a helipad and destroyed many rare plants.The Bush communications staff also ruined many expensive furnishings with the high tech links that the Bush entourage fitted around the palace. The Bush administration did not reimburse the Royal family for the damage and the British government was forced to take up the tab.

Please feel free to stop by my Commonwealth British Columbia home any time, Your Majesty. I'll remember your correct age and serve tea. And we won't hurt the flowers.

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UPDATE:KANSAS CITY SHOOTINGS

David W. Logsdon had already killed a man in 1981 before he went on his murderous Kansas City rampage.

Logsdon killed Steven J. Foster in 1981, leaving two children without a father. Initially, Logsdon lied about the killing by saying that Foster had committed suicide with a gun but later Logsdon changed his story to say that he had a fistfight with Foster and that Logsdon acted in self-defence. There were no charges brought.

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Tuesday, May 08, 2007

AND SOME SMARTS












The Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act, H.R. 1592, has passed in the House. You can read my opinion of the legislation.

The Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act is necessary because still in the American government there are hicks like Representative Ted Poe of Texas (but of course!) who quotes KKK founder Nathan Bedford Forrest to chastise Democrats about the war in Iraq. Nathan Bedford Forrest was a Confederate general who founded the KKK and who was guilty of war crimes during the Civil War.
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MORE STUPIDITY

This is becoming more stupid by the day. Police arrested a Fresno college student,Jonquel Brooks, a 19-year-old freshman and criminology major at California State University,for killing one man, Brant Daniels, 19 and wounding two others over a Sony Playstation game console. Jonquel Brooks was accused of stealing the Playstation when his roommates confronted him over the theft.

The Playstation is just a damn toy. I don't understand the frenzy that accompanies the latest release of a gaming device. This is the same silliness that used to attach itself to Nike shoes. One might as well go flush the money down the loo, considering the nonesense that proceeds a game machine announcement. A Playstation or Gameboy or whatever is certainly not worth killing or dying.

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Monday, May 07, 2007

AND THE BEAT GOES ON: UPDATED STORY

Two people were murdered in a shooting and the killer committed suicide in College Park, Orlando Florida. Timothy James Frechou, age 23, shot Alicia A. Arseneault, age 22, and her boyfriend Christopher Paul Levitt, age 29 before the killer returned home and shot himself.Mr. Levitt was a former resident of Leeds, Great Britain.

Alicia A. Arseneault was studying to be a nurse and was one of several woman in Florida who died through domestic violence.

New Hampshire: A student gunman wounded his roommate before killing himself. Keene State junior Michael Dyke wounded his roommate Jason Lillibridge before committing suicide with a rifle. Mr. Lillibridge is expected to make a full recovery.

NOTE: This is just a sample of what I have read today. There have been numerous shootings around America today: drivebys, and people who get in fights and take to guns.

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Saturday, May 05, 2007

YOUR (LAST) DAILY DEBBIE

















The interview with Ms. Debbie turned out to be a bust for ABC News. There were no big names for Brian Ross to out and there was also tragedy in the show. One of those named in the court filings had hanged herself because she was about to go on trial for prostitution, irrespective of what was in Palfrey's telephone records. Furthermore, Mr. Ross exercised humane judgment by not naming a naval academy instructor who worked for Palfrey and who, under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, would have faced court martial.

However, the commentary that I have made about the religious right and their ignoring the indiscretions of their own sect still are valid. If someone like Randall Tobias is on a call-girl telephone list (and one would have to be naive to think that some of those women did not go beyond just massage), and he is promoting chastity and fidelity with the approval of evangelicals, then there is something hypocritical about the Religious Right.

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PROGRAMME NOTE

Hi, you may have noticed the funky spelling on my blogs. No, I'm not illiterate. I am using Canadian English for my blogs. When in Rome, or in this case the Great White North, don't be a hoser and write as the Canucks do, eh? It's a beauty way to go...
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Friday, May 04, 2007

THE RELIGIOUS RIGHT HATES THE DISABLED













The Religious Right wants George W. Bush to veto the anti-hate speech law that has just been passed by the House. The evangelicals believe that the law will criminalize free speech about their aversion to homosexuality. In fact, the law will halt speech that directly leads to violence against people based on sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, and disability. The law budgets ten billion dollars over the next two years to help local law enforcement, and authorizes federal authorities to participate in resolution of hate crimes. There is nothing wrong with this legislation because keeping society civil is the role of the government. Advocating violence toward anyone
that causes unlawful acts based on race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability disturbs the peace of society.

Just look at what happened during the Third Reich where the rhetoric against disabled people led to thousands of disabled people being imprisoned and killed in places such as Hartheim Castle in Austria and the Hadamar Hospital in Wiesbaden Germany. What does the Religious Right want in promoting a veto of hate speech laws? Eugenics? Gas chambers? To play the devil's advocate (and I would never advocate any such violence), if the Religious Right doesn't like hate speech laws, they might as well send the hard-core Christians in wheelchairs to be euthanised first.

Morally, George W. Bush and his evangelical cohorts should not be proud of their veto of hate speech laws because negating such legislation affects those, the disabled, who deserve the same rights, the same legal protections against invective speech, and the same freedoms as the able-bodied.

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WHAT DID YOU EXPECT?















Now I have read almost enough about the Religious Right to convince me that if Jesus or God came down to Earth, the evangelicals would have a whole lot of 'splaining to do.

Remember Jeff Gannon? Master of the softball questions for George W. Bush and and gay sex escort on HotMilitaryStud.com? Mr. Gannon, aka James Dale Guckert, is now a spokesman for the International Bible Reading Association. He recently managed a not very successful Bible Reading Marathon for the evangelical National Day of Prayer that was on Thursday. (Amusingly, this NDP site has a Flash image of George Washington praying by his horse. What the evangelicals don't know is that George Washington did not like to attend church). God obviously is not a crowd magnet, at least not for wayward conservatives like Jeff Gannon who had only thirty-seven people,mostly tired tourists, out of six hundred seats.

NOTE: I am not linking to any images of Mr. Gannon. I have seen the nude photos and I prefer to keep my lunch.

IN OTHER RELIGIOUS NEWS:

The Westboro Baptist Church, infamous for Fred Phelps' "God Hates Fags" website (No, I'm not linking to the site, their production values are not to my standards), is protesting at the funerals of murdered Virginia Tech students with the theme of "God Hates Virginia Tech and America". The church's basic premise is that God has punished Virginia Tech with murder because America tolerates gay people. Hookay...The Westboro church has also protested at the funeral of the saintly Mister Rogers of television fame. I wonder how the Phelps feel about former gay male escort Jeff Gannon being a spokesman for a Bible association?

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YOUR DAILY DEBBIE
















While we wait for Deborah Jeane Palfrey to divulge her clients,let's list more hypocritical Religious Right organizations that don't have the issue on their website:The Christian Coalition,The Family Research Council, and nada on The Eagle Forum site. Nothing from the Traditional Values Coalition.
There's not a peep from the bastion of male purity, The Promise Keepers. It seems that the Religious Right is not upset about Randall Tobias' moral failings, even though he was their man in the White House for abstinence based sex ed.


The World Magazine doesn't mention it.

There is a loud silence about Republican and Religious Right wrongdoing that needs to be addressed. If they can't police their own, there is no moral authority in their beliefs and politics when they misinform and endanger people with an abstinence and fidelity policy that the promoters, such as Tobias, will not follow.

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Thursday, May 03, 2007

YOUR DAILY DEBBIE

I've been surfing the Religious Right websites and have come back to report that there is a great silence about Randall Tobias' fall from grace. Not a peep on the Concerned Woman for America site about the scandal, although they do have outdated info about Mr. Tobias when he was an AIDS czar. This from an organization that touts abstinence before marriage and fidelity in marriage. Nada for Focus on the Family.

The 700 Club has a story but not the American Family Association.

Nothing on the Christianity Today site.

It seems that when the religious right has one of their own fall from favour, there is a conspiracy of silence regarding an issue (sex) that can lead to things that they politically and morally abhor: fornication, adultery, and abortion. The Religious Right needs to clean their own house before telling everyone else what to do.

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UPDATE:KANSAS CITY SHOOTINGS

David W. Logsdon lived with the body of his first murder victim, Patricia Reed, before going on a killing spree at the Ward Parkway shopping center in Kansas City.Logsdon beat Ms. Reed to death, then stole her late husband's rifle and her car. He used the victim's credit cards for purchases.

With respect and sorrow for the dead woman, sometimes having a gun in the house is not a defence. Guns can be, and are often, stolen and used for criminal purposes.

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Wednesday, May 02, 2007

WE ALREADY KNEW THIS

Okay, it's official. Republican Texas legislators, with few exceptions, are stupid. In reaction to the Virginia Tech shootings, Governor Rick Perry has decided to introduce legislation to make it easier to carry concealed weapons with the addled thought that people can defend themselves against criminals. This despite evidence that access to guns make it more likely that people will kill themselves (and others) if there is gun availability. Hopefully,any legislation to loosen gun control laws in Texas will fail.

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A MORAL FAILING

The decision of Congress to not override the Bush veto of legislation that would have authorised troop withdrawal from Iraq was a moral failing far worse than any sleaze that an escort service provider could divulge. By a vote of 222 to 203,Congress failed to reach the two-thirds support needed to override the veto and bring home American troops who are unnecessarily in harm's way. As of today, 3352 soldiers have died in Iraq because of a war that was founded upon the lies of the Bush administration regarding the weapons of mass destruction threat in Iraq.

It is unjustifiable that the Bush administrations and its minions continue to sell the American public these falsehoods. Recently, Oklahoma Senator Inhofe said of the media at his fund raiser, "The whole idea of weapons of mass destruction was never the issue, yet they keep trying to bring this up
." It wasn't the press who entered a foolish war on flimsy pretences, it was the President. To quote George W. Bush's justifications for the Iraq war on May 29, 2003,"We found the weapons of mass destruction. We found biological laboratories. You remember when Colin Powell stood up in front of the world, and he said, Iraq has got laboratories, mobile labs to build biological weapons. They're illegal. They're against the United Nations resolutions, and we've so far discovered two. And we'll find more weapons as time goes on. But for those who say we haven't found the banned manufacturing devices or banned weapons, they're wrong, we found them." No weapons of mass destructions have been found and the failure of the Congress to correct the consequences of this lie will condemn more American soldiers to horrible injuries and deaths.

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YOUR DAILY DEBBIE

Deborah Jeane Palfrey will be the subject of a special 20/20 this coming Friday on ABC News.

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Tuesday, May 01, 2007

YOUR DAILY DEBBIE

Hi! Radio Free Canada has a new feature that I have named "Your Daily Debbie". It's a way to keep you informed of the latest news on the Internet about D.C.'s favourite alleged madam and her high-powered clients. So sit back, relax, and enjoy while the political mighty tremble.
Deborah Jeane Palfrey, the alleged "D.C. Madam" who ran an escort service, has vowed to out more customers in hope of avoiding the charges of running a prostitution ring.

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UPDATES

Police identified the gunman in the Kansas City shopping mall murders as David W. Logsdon. Logsdon stole a car from a neighbour, Patricia Ann Lewis. Ms.Lewis was found dead in her home.Police believe at this time that her death may be connected to the mall murders. Killed at the mall were Leslie N. Ballew and Luke A. Nilges.

In other news, the Virginia government has passed a law mandating that those people who have been involuntarily indicated for mental health treatment be on lists that gun sellers must check before selling guns. The law does not apply to gun shows but legislation to that effect is being introduced shortly.

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