YOU KIDS GET OFF MY LAWN!!

Saturday, November 29th, 2014 | Uncategorized | 42 Comments

The following is why I don’t much care for the Young PeopleTM these days:

Last weekend, my housemate and I were mugged at gunpoint while walking home from Dupont Circle. The entire incident lasted under a minute, as I was forced to the floor, handed over my phone and was patted down.

And I feel morally superior about it!

And yet, when a reporter asked whether I was surprised that this happened in Georgetown, I immediately answered: “Not at all.” It was so clear to me that we live in the most privileged neighborhood within a city that has historically been, and continues to be, harshly unequal. While we aren’t often confronted by this stark reality west of Rock Creek Park, the economic inequality is very real.

Yeah, Ollie, that’s exactly why you got held up, you smug douche.  These guys were so pissed off about “economic inequality” that they decided to hold up a white guy.

Year after year, Washington, D.C., is ranked among the most unequal cities in the country, with the wealthiest 5 percent earning an estimated 54 times more than the poorest 20 percent. According to the D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute, just under 20 percent of D.C. residents live below the poverty line.

And it’s not that these guys were criminals or anything.

Not once did I consider our attackers to be “bad people.” I trust that they weren’t trying to hurt me. In fact, if they knew me, I bet they’d think I was okay. They wanted my stuff, not me. While I don’t know what exactly they needed the money for, I do know that I’ve never once had to think about going out on a Saturday night to mug people. I had never before seen a gun, let alone known where to get one. The fact that these two kids, who appeared younger than I, have even had to entertain these questions suggests their universes are light years away from mine.

Oh sweet mother of…Ollie?  Here’s the deal.  If you think that your robbers entertained any political thoughts at all before relieving you of your valuables, then not to put too fine a point on it but you are literally too stupid for words.  Then again, Ollie had it coming.

Who am I to stand from my perch of privilege, surrounded by million-dollar homes and paying for a $60,000 education, to condemn these young men as “thugs?” It’s precisely this kind of “otherization” that fuels the problem.

So Ollie’s not pressing charges.

The millennial generation is taking over the reins of the world, and thus we are presented with a wonderful opportunity to right some of the wrongs of the past. As young people, we need to devote real energy to solving what are collective challenges. Until we do so, we should get comfortable with sporadic muggings and break-ins. I can hardly blame them. The cards are all in our hands, and we’re not playing them.

Here’s a suggestion, Ollie.  Sell yourself into slavery.  That ought to buy you some street cred, white boy.

SPEAKING OF USELESS

Thursday, November 27th, 2014 | Uncategorized | 44 Comments

Episcopal bishops have started weighing in on Ferguson. Let’s start with Missouri’s George Wayne Smith:

The prosecutor and grand jury in Saint Louis County have spoken in the matter of Michael Brown’s shooting death, but theirs is hardly the last word in this tragedy. These past hours have heard many expressions of broken trust in the system. Some expressions have been violent, to my anguish and disappointment. But many more have been peaceful and a sign of hope.

Our Church and our Diocese have responded throughout this crisis in many ways: with prayer, through providing material aid, in opening our doors to offer places of safety, and by finding various and courageous ways to stand in the gap. In the face of so much broken trust, the gospel demands for the ministry of reconciliation will require us to stay in that uncomfortable gap. That means that we can expect to become agents of Christ’s reconciliation. But it also means that, with our haunted pasts of racism and its current reality, we will ourselves need to be reconciled. That may prove the harder part.

Thanks, as usual, for nothing in particular, G. Wayne.  What have you got for me, Kansas Bishop Dean Wolfe?

Like many of you, I waited with some trepidation for the grand jury to announce its decision on whether or not to indict a white police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, this past summer. As I’ve said previously, Ferguson is not so far from Kansas City or Topeka or Wichita, and the racial tensions ignited by this incident are present in our own diocese.

With the announcement of the grand jury’s decision not to indict the police officer, tensions are running high, and even though the parents of Michael Brown have begged their community to be peaceful in responding to this decision, it appears some have used the situation as a rationale for damaging property and instigating further violence.

I ask you to remember Michael Brown’s family who mourns the death of their son, and for Officer Darren Wilson and his family who have lost something precious and irreplaceable as well. No one ever gets over losing a son to violence, and no one ever gets over taking the life of another human being.

I’m starting to see a pattern here.  Larry Pro?  What’s your take?

As we awaken this morning to images of violence and the destruction of property in Ferguson and other cities, and confront our anger and disappointment at the decision of the grand jury in Ferguson, I am struck by how much work is before us.

I am struck by how many words have been spoken and how little real change has occurred in understanding issues of race in our nation.

If, as it appears by the evidence presented, the law is on the side of an armed police officer shooting an unarmed suspect, then the law must be changed and evenly applied to all people; the police better trained to defuse confrontation with the public and above all a recognition of the issues of race and prejudice that inform the actions of all involved.

Thought it might be.  What about you, Chip Stokes?

Many will debate the justice (or lack thereof) accomplished by the refusal to indict the officer who shot unarmed Michael Brown dead. What is indisputable are the disparities in the systems that so often lead to tragic consequences such as Ferguson–disparities which include hiring and promotion policies that have led to a predominantly white law enforcement with white senior officers policing communities of color; which include disparities in the practice of traffic stops where young men of color are stopped far more often for minor traffic offenses, and which include disparities in the rate of arrests and convictions for minor drug possessions.

I’m starting to see a pattern here.  What have you got for me, Becks?

The Thanksgiving holiday has been inconvenienced by an early snowfall; and the spirit of gratitude which accompanies the holiday has been blunted by the tragic reality that continues to emerge from Ferguson, Missouri. The weather may make it difficult, and in some cases impossible, for people to gather for the Thanksgiving meal. The events in Ferguson yet again expose how difficult, and in some cases how seemingly impossible, it is for people in American society to move beyond the prejudice and racism which have been woven into our nation’s fabric – and work together as communities that offer equal justice and freedom for all.

Marc Andrus?  You’re up.

I learned with disappointment and not a little surprise last night’s decision of the grand jury to not indict Office Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown. I learned, with disappointment also, the protests planned at the Ferguson Police Department offices were broken up with tear gas almost as soon as they started, and there were fires and looting later in the night – a scene repeated locally. The anger of a people who trusted a justice system to be their voice, felt justice was denied; theirs was a righteous anger, and their voices yearned to be heard. The violence and destruction is condemned, the purpose it serves perpetuates the narrative norm in our communities that violence begets violence.

What say we let the Peeb finish things off?

The Episcopal Church joins many others in deep lament over the tragic reality that continues to be revealed in Ferguson, Missouri. The racism in this nation is part of our foundation, and is not unique to one city or state or part of the country. All Americans live with the consequences of centuries of slavery, exploitation, and prejudice. That legacy continues to lead individuals to perceive threat from those who are seen as “other.” The color of one’s skin is often the most visible representation of what divides God’s children one from another.

Yeah, whatever, cupcake

AMERICA, 2014

Thursday, November 27th, 2014 | Uncategorized | 11 Comments

Presented without comment:

Two men indicted last week on federal weapons charges allegedly had plans to bomb the Gateway Arch — and to kill St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch and Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson — the Post-Dispatch has learned.

Sources close to the investigation were uncertain whether the men had the capability to carry out the plans, although the two allegedly did buy what they thought was a pipe bomb in an undercover law enforcement sting.

The men wanted to acquire two more bombs, the sources said, but could not afford to do it until one suspect’s girlfriend’s Electronic Benefit Transfer card was replenished.

AND NOW…IDIOTS

Thursday, November 27th, 2014 | Uncategorized | 14 Comments

Anthea Butler’s screed about Mike Brown starts off like this:

America’s racist god requires black people’s blood to atone for the sins committed by its followers. This time, the blood shed in sacrifice to this god of white supremacy was Michael Brown’s. Darren Wilson, an agent of that god, was vindicated. For his reward, he is showered with blood money from other followers of the racist god.

And then gets even more useless.  Read it at your own risk.

AND NOW…IDIOTS

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014 | Uncategorized | 55 Comments

Liberal reaction to the St. Louis County grand jury’s refusal to indict Darren Wilson for the death of Michael Brown last August is starting to roll in.  Leader in the clubhouse Laura Turner is so hopped-up on brain-dead leftist clichés that she can’t think straight:

What do you say when an unarmed teenager is dead and his killer walks free — as if he had never pulled the trigger even once, let alone over and over and over again?

That’s not what actually happened, L, but why let facts get in the way of a good rant?  That sets an awfully bad precedent.

If you haven’t heard by now, Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson was not indicted for the fatal shooting of Michael Brown.

Really?

If you haven’t heard by now, black Americans have to go to sleep another night in fear for their lives, reassured that walking in the street may be reason enough to be gunned down by the people who are meant to protect them.

Because every single white cop in the United States spends his or her working days thinking, “Hey, there’s a black kid.  I think I’ll shoot him for no reason at all.”

Aren’t we the people who ought to know, more than anyone, that the system is always broken? As long as systems are made up of people, they are fallible.

“Fallible,” of course, means when their answers contradict my pre-conceived narrative.

As long as insidious racism rules in this nation, black people are the most vulnerable. As long as white people benefit from racism, we are silent, which is the same as complicit. Conservative Christians are quick to decry the looting tonight, but they are missing the forest for the trees.

Annnnnd there it is.  A black kid got killed because RACISSSSSISM!!  As far as decrying looting is concerned, ask Natalie Dubose about that, sunshine.

Wilson claims that Brown charged at him, although that account makes very little sense. Why would an unarmed and wounded teen charge a police officer?

See above.  Why would a white officer gun down a black teenager for no particular reason?  That doesn’t make much sense either.

Nothing has changed. We are all of us Cain, absolving ourselves of responsibility for our brother. A wrong has been done, and injustice is synonymous with evil, and evil is not a force that dwells outside every human heart. I have it, you have it, and until we recognize our own capacity for injustice we will never seek true reconciliation.

At least not when we assume going in that one party is ALWAYS guilty anyway.

We will seek pat answers and comfort in our rightness, as evinced in Ferguson Prosector Robert McCulloch’s self-justifying speech tonight.

Kitten?  McCulloch’s not the Ferguson prosecutor, he’s the St. Louis County Prosecutor.  And if by “self-justifying,” you mean trying to find out what actually happened, then yeah, Bob’s guilty as charged.

McCulloch spoke at length about the role of the “24-hour news cycle” in perpetuating a narrative. He did not [specify] what narrative, but it’s easy to guess it was about Michael Brown and Darren Wilson.

Which is kind of…the whole point of all this?

He never mentioned the excessive force trained against Ferguson protestors, the overwhelming majority of whom have been nonviolent non-looters.

Which is kind of…not his job?

McCulloch cited contradictory eyewitness accounts of the shooting as one reason Wilson did not go to trial, which makes no sense; contradictory eyewitness statements ought to be even more reason to bring a case to trial.

Or reason for a smart lawyer to realize just how weak the case actually was and to not waste his time and the people’s money.

Wilson ought to see the inside of a courtroom because courtrooms are where justice happens in America.

The parents of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman will be pleased to hear that.  Do you think that George Zimmerman was innocent, Laura?  He saw “the inside of a courtroom” and “courtrooms are where justice happens in America.”

Today, I will be reading and praying this last passage from Ezekiel 34. Join me?

No.  Because you are not now and have never been a Christian.  You are an entirely secular socialist who understands the value of slapping a pseudo-spiritual veneer on your beliefs in order to convince the idiots to accept them.

To put it another way, if you are a Christian, I am not a Christian, I have never been a Christian and I do not now and have never understood the meaning of that word.

FERGUSON

Monday, November 24th, 2014 | Uncategorized | 50 Comments

What’s going to happen, Chris?  You live in St. Louis County while your former employer and Ferguson’s library are in the same municipal library system.

That’s true as far as it goes.  As the crow flies, only twelve miles or so separates Ferguson from Webster Groves but as the car drives, it’s probably closer to twice that.

In some respects, though, the distance is even greater.  What happened last August didn’t affect Webster Groves in the slightest.  It’s not like it’s North County black/South County white around here; Webster’s black community dates back to the Civil War.

But let’s be honest.  We’re rapidly approaching that divide.

What’s the grand jury hold-up?  Top of my head, I think that when you get a dead, unarmed black teenager with six rounds in him and all the publicity in the world, you have to come up with something with which to charge Darren Wilson.

My guess would be manslaughter.  The leftist lynch mobs won’t be satisfied unless Wilson gets the needle and the sooner, the better but County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch knows that he can’t make that stick.

With any kind of luck, Wilson pleads guilty to Man 2 (as a matter of fact I do watch too many cop shows, thanks for asking; it’s part of being unemployed), accepts a long probation and leaves town.  So I think that there will be demonstrations, some of them violent, regardless of what the grand jury eventually decides.

After that?  Who knows?

UPDATE: NO INDICTMENT.  A few observations.

(1) I was actually surprised.  I thought that at the very least, the grand jury would bring in a charge of involuntary manslaughter, Wilson would plead guilty in exchange for probation and we’d all be done with this.  The fact that the jury couldn’t even agree on that seems to indicate just how weak the whole case was.

(2) The luckiest man on the face of the Earth was not Lou Gehrig; it is St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch.  He could have bypassed the grand jury altogether.

McCulloch, who could have decided on his own whether to charge Wilson, chose instead to take the case to a grand jury.

But listening to his statement this evening, he would have gotten his ass legally handed to him in court if he had.

(3) Thus far, whatever bat-crappery going on here (looting, car windows being bashed in, small fires, etc) is happening on the north side of the County.  Things are quiet down here in Webster Groves.  I haven’t heard any sirens at all in at least the last two hours.

UPDATE:  People are still looting and setting fires up north.  Seven of them by the last media count.

BREAKING

Monday, November 24th, 2014 | Uncategorized | 29 Comments

James Carroll converts to Episcopalianity:

Here is a question, finally: why do Christians need to believe in the Incarnation? “The point of incarnation language,” the Catholic theologian Roger Haight writes, “is that Jesus is one of us, that what occurred in Jesus is the destiny of human existence itself: et homo factus est. Jesus is a statement, God’s statement, about humanity as such.” Humanity is the presence of God. The presence of God, therefore, lies in what is ordinary. Not in supernatural marvels. Not in a superman with whom we have nothing actual in common. Not in saints. Not in a once-only age of miracles long ago. Not first in doctrine, scholarship, or theology—but in life. Doctrine, scholarship, and theology are essential as modes of opening up that life and its meanings, and there is no separating the life of Jesus from interpretations of it. The interpretations must always be examined, and criticized. And we endlessly conjure interpretations of our own, as here in this book.

But the life is our object. The life of Jesus must always weigh more than his death. And, to repeat, the revelation is in the ordinariness of that life. His teaching—his permanent Jewishness, his preference for service over power, his ever-respectful attitude toward women and others on the social margin—is available to us because his followers passed the teaching along, which continues. His encounters with beloved friends, disciples, outcasts, antagonists, and Romans, all arranged in a story that is more invention than memory, are valued as occasions of his encounter with the Holy One—but they are typical encounters, not supernatural ones. Again and again he turned to God, and, as the tradition says, he turned into God—but that, too, occurred in the most ordinary of ways. Day by day. Act by act. Choice by choice. Word by word. Ultimately “lifted up,” as John says, on the cross which was the Resurrection. And the cross is central to this meaning not because God willed suffering but because, in Jesus, God joined in it. “The quality of the suffering,” in Eliot’s phrase, is changed. And that includes the extreme suffering of war.

Leaving us with? A simple Jesus. An ordinary Christ. One whom the simplest person can imitate, the most ordinary person bringing Christ once more to life—day by day, word by word, bread by bread, cup by cup. In all of that we see divinity, which, paradoxically, is what makes Jesus one of us. Whatever sort of God Jesus is understood to be, it must be the God who is like humans, not different. If that seems impossible, then what we think of God—and of humans— must change. This is essential to the New Testament and “the very logic of Christian faith.” And, finally, the truest argument—not proof—for the divinity of Jesus is in the one undenied fact of this history: that billions upon billions of ordinary human beings have found in this faith an immediate and saving experience of the real presence of God, “partaking” of God—becoming God. Even unto here, with these words written and read. We come to Jesus, in the end as in the beginning, only through the Jesus people.

Or Mormonism.  I’m having a hard time distinguishing between the two these days.

OUTLIER

Saturday, November 22nd, 2014 | Uncategorized | 24 Comments

Poll after poll declares that the Young PeopleTM increasingly reject Christianity because it is too judgmental and too out-of-touch with life as the Young PeopleTM experience it today and that Christianity is going to have to adapt to these facts if it wants to survive.

There is, however, a fascinating exception to this alleged reality.

LOVELY SPAM, WONDERFUL SPAM

Thursday, November 20th, 2014 | Uncategorized | 30 Comments

A quick tech note.  This site’s currently undergoing a prolonged comment spam attack.  Three or four hundred comment spams at a time, now and then, which I have to go through individually since real comments sometimes get routed there.  Bill and I are trying to keep ahead of it but if your comment somehow never appears here, enter it again and I apologize.

On to the real thing.  I was at the market yesterday when I discovered that the product to your immediate left exists.

Since Hispano-Hawaiian cuisine is so hot nowadays, I guess.

I bought a can, of course.  I haven’t had any yet so I’ll let you know how it tastes.  But I have to figure that you could make a kickass omelette with this stuff and a little Sriracha sauce.  And this would probably make a pretty decent chili as well.

Then I made a digital pilgrimage to The Site whereupon I discovered that the product to your immediate left also exists.

I ordered ten of them.  And yes, you can indeed order Spam online.  Is this a great country or what?

UPDATE: I ordered this stuff Thursday.  It arrived safely today (Saturday).

UPDATE: From CBS Sunday Morning this particular Sunday morning.

REMEMBER THAT FIRST AMENDMENT DOOHICKEY ABOUT HOW YOU’RE NOT SUPPOSED TO ALLOW AN ESTABLISHED RELIGION IN THE UNITED STATES?

Thursday, November 20th, 2014 | Uncategorized | 15 Comments

Yeah, me neither:

The news was as welcome to the group of Prince George’s County pastors as a plague of locusts: Maryland’s controversial “stormwater remediation fee” applied to all property owners, including houses of worship. Depending on the acreage, churches faced a tax of hundreds, even thousands of dollars.

The Rev. Nathaniel B. Thomas of Forestville New Redeemer Baptist Church and his colleagues figured there had to be a better way. “We challenged the fee,” Thomas said. “Once Uncle Sam finds a way to take your money, he doesn’t stop.”

After months of negotiation with county environmental director Adam Ortiz, the pastors emerged with a rebate deal that will significantly cut the fees if churches adopt programs and equipment that will curb runoff, lessen pollution and help bolster the environment.

So far, about 30 churches have applied. Forestville Redeemer was the first. They are planning to install rain barrels, build rain gardens, plant trees and, perhaps, replace their blacktop with permeable pavement. The government will cover most of the cost. In return, a fee that was estimated at $744 a year will be reduced to “virtually nothing,” Ortiz said.

Thomas and other pastors also have agreed to start “green” ministries to maintain the improvements at their churches, and to preach environmentally focused sermons to educate their congregations.

*UPDATED* ISLAM, “THE RELIGION OF PEACE”

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014 | Uncategorized | 54 Comments

Once again, boys and girls, repeat after me: “Islam is the religion of peace.”

“Palestinians in the Gaza Strip celebrated an attack on a Jerusalem synagogue that left four dead and others wounded on Tuesday.

Two Palestinians armed with a meat cleaver and a gun carried out the attack at the synagogue before being shot dead by police.

Gazan revelers in Rafah handed out sweets and brandished axes and posters of the said perpetrators in praise of the deadly attack.

Palestinian radio reports described the attackers as ‘martyrs’ and Hamas praised the attack. Loudspeakers at mosques in Gaza called out congratulations. However, there was no direct claim of responsibility.”

I challenge anyone to provide a logical, fact-based explanation for celebrating the murder of unarmed civilians who were at worship. (Susan Russell would be a good candidate for this …………) Please, let’s hear your answers. And make it good – because remember, your church may be next

 

****** UPDATE ******

Here’s what our President, Barack Obama, had to say about this incident:

“At this sensitive moment in Jerusalem, it is all the more important for Israeli and Palestinian leaders and ordinary citizens to work cooperatively together to lower tensions, reject violence, and seek a path forward towards peace.”

There is no way I can possibly express my contempt and loathing about this statement. But to paraphrase a line courtesy of “National Lampoon”, my dinner is rising to the occasion.

****** UPDATE ******
 

Bill (not IB)

By the way, Canadians – how ’bout that CBC version of the headline: “Jerusalem police fatally shoot 2 after apparent synagogue attack”

CBC Headline

FUINSEOIG?

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014 | Uncategorized | 45 Comments

Found a live one for you.  Jim Naughton has a post up about the governance of the Anglican Communion which elicited this comment.  Typos corrected:

Joshua, like you I’m a minority here, coming around from Celtic tradition which is even more radical than a Progressive agenda. I’ve read the history of Britain going back to the line of kings in 583BC

Might you be thinking AD, perhaps?

long before the current Royal House makes any claims.

Understandable since the current Royal House only dates back to 1901.

Fergus and Columba were Celts who held to the social and legal tradition of what has become common law, subverted and shunted aside by maritime law.

I don’t have the slightest idea what that means.

My focus as an Episcopalian is that we are a culture not merely an aggregation of political interests; and that God is central to our culture.

And our, well…you know…lives.

The Celtic Church existed before Jesus the Son of God proclaimed His ministry as the Prophet and Savior of God’s People.  Modern history conveniently ignores this fact.

Wait.  What?

Our bloodline goes back to Abraham, remember? Remember Jacob? He’s the guy who slept on the pillow we call the Stone [of] Scone which sits in St. Edward’s Chair at Westminster Abbey, that Queens and Kings get crowned upon, you know?

Uh…right, right, right, right, right.  Listen, what say I take your word for it?

NO, GAYS MOST CERTAINLY ARE NOT SPOILED, WHINY, PETULANT LITTLE BABIES WHO CONSTANTLY THROW TEMPER TANTRUMS IF THEY DON’T GET THEIR WAY

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014 | Uncategorized | 14 Comments

Why on Earth would you think such a horrible thought?

A gay couple at Green Street United Methodist Church has filed a complaint with their bishop charging that their pastor violated church discipline by refusing to preside at a marriage ceremony for them — despite the denomination’s rules that forbid same-sex marriages.

Green Street members Kenny Barner and Scott Chappell, who have been together for nine years, filed the complaint and spoke during a Wednesday evening press conference at their church. They stood with their pastor, the Rev. Kelly P. Carpenter, and made clear that their beef was with the denomination, not Carpenter.

The complaint was filed with Bishop Larry Goodpaster, who leads the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church, of which Green Street is a member.

The two men are charging Carpenter with violating a church discipline that calls on pastors to “be in ministry with all people,” and also are complaining against what they are calling “gender discrimination.” The men said they are married, but couldn’t celebrate their wedding in their church.

“The United Methodist denomination is forcing Pastor Kelly to practice discrimination and to refuse us pastoral care by not celebrating our marriage,” Barner said. He went on to say that he hopes other gay couples throughout the United Methodist Church will file similar complaints.

MCJ STYLE BOOK UPDATE

Monday, November 17th, 2014 | Uncategorized | 35 Comments

As much of the regular readership here knows, there are two people about whom I will not write unless one or the other says something so EGREGIOUSLY stupid that I simply cannot avoid commenting upon it.  One of them, of course, is John Shelby Spong.

In early 2004, when I decided that this site would focus almost exclusively on the then-young Anglican controversy, I regularly received links from readers with subject lines that read something along the lines of, “Did you see what Spong just wrote?”

It didn’t take me long to realize that, whether I had seen it or not, I knew exactly what Spong had just written.  Whatever the subject matter may have been, I knew that it was logically idiotic, non-Christian and corrosively scornful of anything within one thousand light years of what Christianity has always been understood to mean by the vast majority of its adherents.

The guy was and remains a complete waste of my time.

The other one is Gene Robinson, for three obvious reasons.  One is that like most Episcopal bishops, the guy is a theological airhead.  The second is that publicity is Robbie’s crack and I don’t want to feed his addiction.  And the third is that Robbie literally can’t write anything at all about anything at all without eventually working things back to how whatever he’s writing about affects “the LGBT community.”

Pretty much the most important people in the world these days.

Anyhoo, Your Editor takes great pleasure in announcing that a third name has just been added to that list.  The other day, a Muslim prayer service was held in the NatCat, apparently and some people objected to it which gave Apostasy West’s Susan Russell yet another chance to thank Vague, Ambiguous, Infinitely-Malleable, Inclusive, Affirming, Open-Minded And Tolerant Deity Concept that she is not as other men are:

Yes, there are Muslims who advocate murder for “infidels,” behead journalists and discriminate against minorities – using their religion as an excuse for their violent extremism. There are also Christians who blow up women’s health clinics

Highly debatable.

burn crosses on lawns and lynch their African-American neighbors

Suzie?  You do know that it’s 2014, right?  When’s the last lynching that you remember?

using their religion as an excuse for their violent extremism.

Actual documentation would be greatly appreciated.

The truth is that ISIS is to Islam what the KKK is to Christianity.

OHHHHHkay, kitten.

It is long past time for those Christians so busy beating up Muslims with their Bibles to go re-read the part where Jesus called us to love – not to demonize – our neighbors. And to remember that this nation was founded by those with the wisdom to understand that in order to protect our freedom of religion we also need protection from religion – and from presuming to prioritize our beliefs over the beliefs … or lack of belief, for that matter … of anybody else.

Like people who think that homosexual activity is a sin, for example?  Thought not.

Philosophers, amateur or otherwise, will no doubt recognize Susie’s clever invocation of the argument named after her, the Reductio Ad Russellorum, colloquially known as “I know you are but what am I?”

Seriously, Susie?  That’s the best you can do?  What are you, ten years old?

TSUNAMI

Saturday, November 15th, 2014 | Uncategorized | 38 Comments

As you all know by now, the 2014 elections were VERY good for the Republicans since they flipped the Senate and will control both houses of the Congress starting next year.  A few days ago, they got better when Alaska’s Democratic incumbent Mike Begich was officially defeated.  And from all indications, they’re about to get even better still:

Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., is vulnerable; she needs help. Instead, liberals are shamelessly turning their backs on the three-term senator.

Landrieu gets it and they don’t like it. Hollywood and simpatico leftist political writers have long loved Robert Redford asking, “what do we do now?” at the end of “The Candidate.” It suits them to think they must perpetually guide elected officials.

But this November, voters answered that question emphatically. “Not that,” they said of Washington’s liberal tack the past six years.

Surveying the wreckage, some Democrats have gotten the message. Landrieu is one of them. Yes, her steps like voting against Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., as Senate Minority Leader and her newfound enthusiasm for a vote on the Keystone XL pipeline smack of desperation. It’s obvious these are moves Landrieu feels compelled to make with her political back against the wall.

On the other hand, they are the right things to do. They are things most of her constituents or the country want her to do. And they are therefore things any reasonable official reading the post-midterm political tealeaves would do.

Do others on the left see it that way? They do not. The good liberals at Talking Points Memo survey Landrieu’s collapsing support among Democratic moneymen and throw up the headline ”Dead Woman Walking.” Outside groups that provide critical financial support are also sitting out the Louisiana runoff.

If I’m Landrieu and I somehow pull this thing out, the first thing I do when I get back to Washington is pull a reverse-Jim Jeffords.  I declare myself an Independent who will be caucusing with the Republicans.  Sometimes.

Democrats are scrapping a multimillion dollar ad buy, liberal groups aren’t jumping in to help her campaign and national political staffers haven’t moved down en masse to help get out the vote.

Just days after enduring a shellacking that left Senate Democrats in the minority and licking their wounds, the Louisiana Democrat is calling her own shots in her uphill battle to fend off Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy in a Dec. 6 runoff.

Numerous polls suggest Landrieu will have a tough time in a runoff. She picked up 42.1 percent of the vote and Cassidy won 41 percent. But much of the 13.8 percent support tea party Republican Rob Maness’ got will likely go to Cassidy. A recent NBC/Marist poll showed that in a head-to-head matchup, Cassidy would get 50 percent of the vote while Landrieu would draw just 45 to 46 percent.

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