Archive for April, 2008

Church & State?

Girl, 6, thrown on fire for being ‘lowest class’

Want prayer in school, intelligent design, and other mergers of church & state?  Try Afghanistan where women aren’t allowed to read or go out after dark.  Try out India and enjoy that theocracy: 

 A man [late teens], incensed that a 6-year-old girl chose to walk through a path reserved for upper caste villagers, pushed her into burning embers.

Hindus believe there are five main groups of people, four of which sprang from the body of the first man.  Dalits are considered so low in the social order that they don’t even rank among the four classes that make up the caste system.

“Dalits are seen to pollute higher caste people if they come in touch with them, hence the ‘untouchables,’. If a higher caste Hindu is touched by, or even had a Dalit’s shadow fall across them, they consider themselves to be polluted and have to go through a rigorous series of rituals to be cleansed.”


I’m happy I was born into your relatively nice life here, b/c I could have been born a Dalit. 

Teach your kids religion and faith at home, that’s YOUR job.  The state should not be teaching children about faith and spirituality.  


April 30, 2008 at 3:56 pm Leave a comment

Says GOP, “Balanced Budget? Psshh…that’s for Democrats!”

WASHINGTON – The Bush administration, moving to cope with soaring budget deficits, says it is bringing back the one-year Treasury bill that it stopped issuing seven years ago when the budget was in surplus. (7 years ago…budget surplus….Democrats…). 

The Repblicans have year after year spent more money than they have in their budget.  And borrowing from Commies?? These Republicans can’t say they’re “Reagan” followers – Ron would never have put us so far in debt to Communist governments and Arab dictators.  (He’d still put us deeply into debt with non-communist countries, of course).

The title “Fiscally Responsible” is now awarded to the Democrats. 

 National Debt by President

April 30, 2008 at 3:42 pm Leave a comment

Review: Blackberry Curve

The Blackberry Curve is sweet!

Continue Reading April 26, 2008 at 1:36 am Leave a comment

Pacman on the cheap

The last Pacman post said “If the trade is favorable” – and no doubt it’s favorable.  The Cowboys are taking a shot on Pacman and in return are giving up…a fourth round draft pick.  That’s a steal, with the “if’s”: If he’s re-instated and if he stays out of trouble.  The former is insured, we’ll get our pick back in 2009.  On the latter, he’s got no guaranteed money.  He’ll be as unpredictable as an injury or as a 1st round draft pick – there is risk everywhere.  Thumbs up to this deal.

April 24, 2008 at 8:55 pm Leave a comment

Nukes: Everywhere but Iraq

A top U.S. official said an alleged nuclear reactor was being built by Syria with North Korean design help and was weeks or months from being functional before Israeli jets destroyed it.

Continue Reading April 24, 2008 at 8:33 pm Leave a comment

Guns and Religion are big in small towns? Say it ain’t so…

Obama said that – in the face of economic hardship – rural America has a tendency to “cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them.”   So rural America contains a fair amount of bible-thumping, gun-waving citizens who aren’t big on foreigners – what’s the issue, isn’t that fairly common knowledge?   

Was he not supposed to generalize groups of voters?  From full time pundits to the guys on sports-talk radio, we’ve all been generalizing Americans.  We’ve generalized/summarized educated whites, educated blacks, blue-collar, Jews, Catholics, women, men, Latinos, gays – even wrestling fans.  

I’m certain that not all rural America is homogenous, just the same as all educated whites don’t vote the same and all Catholics don’t vote the same.   I assume the only problem is the word “cling”. 

If he had said that rural America feels that top issues are religion, guns, and immigration – would anyone bat an eye?  Are we in an uproar over semantics


April 23, 2008 at 6:17 pm Leave a comment

Worst food inflation since H. Bush

U.S. seeing worst food inflation in 17 years

Associated Press
updated 6:18 p.m. CT, Tues., April. 15, 2008

The U.S. is wrestling with the worst food inflation in 17 years, and analysts expect new data due on Wednesday to show it’s getting worse.

–  Analysts are forecasting that Wednesday’s Department of Labor report will show the Consumer Price Index rose at a 4 percent annual rate in the first three months of the year, up from last year’s overall rise of 2.8 percent.

–  “I was talking to people who make $9 an hour, talking about how they might save $5 a week,” said Kathleen DiChiara, president and CEO of the Community FoodBank of New Jersey. “They really felt they couldn’t. That was before. Now, they have to.”  For some, that means adding an extra cup of water to their soup, watering down their milk, or giving their children soda because it’s cheaper than milk, DiChiara said.


April 16, 2008 at 6:27 pm Leave a comment

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