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We must stop the madness

27 Mar

2rhmvea.gifUsually I rant about the madness in the political arena, but this time it’s Disney madness.

Some folks at Disney got the idea that the classic Disneyland attraction, It’s A Small World, should be “updated” by removing some scenes and sticking Disney characters into it. Yes, everyone makes fun of the song, and frankly, when I’m at Walt Disney World, I won’t even go on the ride.

But at Disneyland it’s different. It’s special, heart-warming, even dare I say, magical. It’s great.
And now they want to screw it up.  They want to remove the humorous “rain forest” section. They even want to add an “Up with the USA” section. What the hell?

Fortunately, you can click on the image above and go to the Save the Small World web site and take advantage of the contact information to let Disney know it’s making a huge mistake.

Walt must be spinning in his grave.

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Bad Democrats

11 Mar

Glenn Greenwald over at Salon.com nails it right on the head in this article. The entire article is worth reading (it’s not that long) but here’s the money quote:

As this week’s red-district election to Congress of anti-telecom-amnesty candidate Bill Foster demonstrates, they’re not doing these things because it’s politically necessary. There doing it because more than enough Democrats believe in the virtues of telecom amnesty and warrantless eavesdropping–just as they believe in the continued occupation of Iraq, the abolition of habeas corpus, the “enhanced interrogation techniques” authorized by the Military Commissions Act, concealing Bush’s illegal eavesdropping programs, and a long array of other radical Bush policies that now have bipartisan Congressional support.

I wondered whether Joe Donnelly, my congressional representative, falls into this category. Last week I was ready to write Donnelly a letter telling him he no longer has my financial support. But then, figuring I should know some facts first, I did some research. On a good number of issues, Donnelly votes along with the Congressman that I use as a yardstick, Robert Wexler (D-FL). Donnelly even voted in favor of the House bringing legal action to have Harriet Miers and Josh Bolten held in contempt of Congress.

But the web site OpenCongress.org shows that Donnelly votes most consistently with Indiana’s Brad Ellsworth (a theoretical Democrat). Firedoglake has identified six House Democrats who need to get punished for their activities (by way of an advertising campaign in their district), and Ellsworth is one of them.

And when Donnelly gets praise from the right-wing National Review, it’s time to stop wondering and start worrying.

God, Part 3

19 Feb

Without naming names, I learn today that a local county council member has decided to run against a state representative because “God told him to” during the night.

Dear Lord…some of your followers are nuts.

I don’t have a problem with people talking to God. I do it myself–it’s called prayer. Sometimes it’s more formalized, like attending Mass or saying the Our Father. Sometimes it’s just meandering thoughts. But I don’t claim to be so important that God talks back to me and tells me to do things.

Does this local politician (or any of these “God told me X” people) think that with all that’s going on in the world, with all the people suffering because of poverty, famine, disease, war, genocide, or just generally not doing well, with all the prayers that God must be hearing every minute of every day–does this guy really think that God ignores all of that so He can tell this guy to run for state representative?

When will the insanity stop? There is not one bit of scriptural basis to support the proposition that God tells us what He wants us to do on a daily basis. The Gospels and New Testament lay out a very good set of guidelines to follow (do unto others, love your neighbor, feed the hungry, clothe the naked, etc.).

I am tired of these so-called “Christians” hijacking religion, no, desecrating religion for the purpose of getting votes. God is not a Republican, or a Democrat. He’s not even an American–people in Europe who believe in God don’t think that God is French or Italian. But we Americans seem to have our collective heads on backwards when it comes to how we think of God.

May God give me strength…

Scurrilous attacks on Obama

9 Jan

I received the following via one of those ever-forwarded email chains. How sad that a person’s faith is being attacked because they can’t attack the validity of his ideas and hopes for this country.

> Subject: OBAMA’S CHURCH
>
> More scary stuff!!
>
> During this campaign for the Presidency, It’s interesting that so much
> has been made of Mitt Romney’s Mormom religion, while we hear so little
> of Barack Obama’s, outside of the denials of his being Muslim.
> However, if you look more closely at Trinity United Church of Christ,
> Obama’s church, it sounds more like a racist cult than anything else,
> with a committment, not to America, but to Africa. Scary, when you
> consider this man could be the President of this United States.
>
> Obama mentioned his church during his appearance with Oprah. It’s the
> Trinity Church of Christ. I found this interesting.
>
> Obama’s church: Please read and go to this church’s website and read
> what is wr itten there. It is very alarming. Barack Obama is a member of
> this church and is running for President of the U.S. If you look at the
> first page of their website, you will learn that this congregation has
> a non-negotiable commitment to Africa. No where is AMERICA even
> mentioned.
>
> Notice too, what color you will need to be if you should want to join
> Obama’s church… B-L-A-C-K!!!
>
> Doesn’t look like his choice of religion has improved much over his
> (former?) Muslim upbringing.
>
> This guy desires to rule over America while his loyalty is totally
> vested in a Black Africa!
>
> I cannot believe this has not been all over the TV and newspapers. This
> is why it is so important to pass this message along to all of our
> family & friends. To think that Obama has even the slightest chance in
> the run for the presidency, is really scary.
>
> C lick on the link below:
>
> This is th e web page for the church Barack Obama belongs to:
> http://www.tucc.org/about.htm
>

Scurrilous attacks on Obama

9 Jan

I received the following via one of those ever-forwarded email chains. How sad that a person’s faith is being attacked because they can’t attack the validity of his ideas and hopes for this country.

> Subject: OBAMA’S CHURCH
>
> More scary stuff!!
>
> During this campaign for the Presidency, It’s interesting that so much
> has been made of Mitt Romney’s Mormom religion, while we hear so little
> of Barack Obama’s, outside of the denials of his being Muslim.
> However, if you look more closely at Trinity United Church of Christ,
> Obama’s church, it sounds more like a racist cult than anything else,
> with a committment, not to America, but to Africa. Scary, when you
> consider this man could be the President of this United States.
>
> Obama mentioned his church during his appearance with Oprah. It’s the
> Trinity Church of Christ. I found this interesting.
>
> Obama’s church: Please read and go to this church’s website and read
> what is wr itten there. It is very alarming. Barack Obama is a member of
> this church and is running for President of the U.S. If you look at the
> first page of their website, you will learn that this congregation has
> a non-negotiable commitment to Africa. No where is AMERICA even
> mentioned.
>
> Notice too, what color you will need to be if you should want to join
> Obama’s church… B-L-A-C-K!!!
>
> Doesn’t look like his choice of religion has improved much over his
> (former?) Muslim upbringing.
>
> This guy desires to rule over America while his loyalty is totally
> vested in a Black Africa!
>
> I cannot believe this has not been all over the TV and newspapers. This
> is why it is so important to pass this message along to all of our
> family & friends. To think that Obama has even the slightest chance in
> the run for the presidency, is really scary.
>
> C lick on the link below:
>
> This is th e web page for the church Barack Obama belongs to:
> http://www.tucc.org/about.htm
>

Comparative religion

8 Oct

Not very politically correct, but still pretty humorous: 

Taoism: Shit happens

Hinduism: This shit has happened before.

Buddhism: If shit happens, it isn’t really shit.

Zen: What is the sound of shit happening?

Islam: If shit happens, it is the will of Allah.

Catholicism: If shit happens, it’s because you deserve it.

Protestantism: Let shit happen to someone else.

Judaism: Why does this shit always happen to us?

Existentialism: What is this shit?

Atheism: I don’t believe this shit.

Jehovah’s Witness: Let me in your house and I’ll tell you why shit happens. 

Rastafarianism: Let’s smoke some shit. 

The no-hassle card?

26 Apr

CapitalOne likes to advertise about its “no-hassle” credit cards. Sadly, you can’t do much in today’s society without a credit card. They are convenient, but the credit card companies are beginning to really excel at dinging their customers.

Last night, I noticed that my wife’s CapitalOne account had a payment due today. Somehow I had it marked incorrectly, but that can happen.

Knowing the  due date is today, I tried to log on to the CapitalOne web site. But, I don’t have the proper password for the account. No big deal, I’ll just do a pay by phone.

So, I dial up the handy 800 number, navigate through a fairly easy voice mail menu, and then find out I’m going to get tagged for $10 for making my payment via phone.

What the hell? If it wasn’t for the fact that CapitalOne would probably ding me $39 for a late fee, I’d just mail in the darn check.  I guess I didn’t realize that the Huns featured in the CapitalOne commercials had finally managed to sack and pillage the company and take it over.