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Happy Halloween & Anniversary

Posted by Daniel on October 31, 2008

I will keep this one brief.  But I do want to send out a special message:

Happy Anniversary, Seth!!!

To Seth...From Daniel

Boo-Bees!!!!

Hillary Melting

Peter-Peter-Pumpkin-Eater

Birtha Fanotion

Happy Halloween, Y'all!! 

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No Religion, Like Theirs?

Posted by Daniel on October 30, 2008

Please read the insert below (from CNN) and then the opinions from both Seth (religious) and I (non-religious) that follow:

The already-contentious North Carolina Senate race took a brutal turn Wednesday after incumbent Sen. Elizabeth Dole released a television ad suggesting challenger Kay Hagan is “Godless.”

“A leader of the Godless Americans PAC recently held a secret fundraiser for Kay Hagan,” the 30-second ad says before showing clips from members of the group declaring God and Jesus do not exist.

“Godless Americans and Kay Hagan. She hid from cameras. Took godless money,” the ad’s narrator also says. “What did Kay Hagan promise in return?”

The ad ends with a female voice declaring, “There is no God.” That quote is delivered by someone who sounds like Hagan, but those words have never been said by the candidate.

The Dole campaign says it’s basing its charge on Hagan’s attendance at a fundraiser that was in the home of an advisor to the Godless Americans’ political action committee, a group that promotes rights for atheists.

In a conference call with reporters Wednesday, Hagan said she has never heard of the Godless PAC and said the fundraiser in question had more than 40 hosts, including Sen. John Kerry. She also said she has contacted her lawyers to issue a cease-and-desist order on the commercial.

“I am absolutely appalled at Elizabeth Dole’s vile tactics,” Hagan said. “This is politics of the worst kind, and I know it has been rejected by North Carolinians at every level. It is so unbecoming of a woman like Elizabeth Dole. This is a fabricated, pathetic ad.”

 

Hagan went on to strongly defend her faith: “I am a Sunday school teacher, I am an elder at First Presbyterian Church in Greensboro, my family has been going to this church for over 100 years, I have raised my children there. I have been involved in youth missions.”

A National Republican Senatorial Committee spokesman defended the ad.

“Kay Hagan recently attended a fundraiser held in the home of a founding member of the Godless Americans PAC,” Online Communications Director John Randall said. “Now Hagan believes it is unfair to associate her with the group even though the soiree raised her thousands of dollars in campaign cash. I guess money is more important to Hagan than principles.”

Recent polls suggest Hagan — a Democratic state senator from Greensboro who began the race at a major money disadvantage to Dole — is now leading the incumbent slightly with only days remaining before Election Day.

Daniel’s Reaction:

Atheism, as an explicit position, can be either the affirmation of the nonexistence of gods, or the rejection of theism. It is also defined more broadly as an absence of belief in deities, or nontheism.

Many self-described atheists are skeptical of all supernatural beings and cite a lack of empirical evidence for the existence of deities. Others argue for atheism on philosophical, social or historical grounds. Although many self-described atheists tend toward secular philosophies such as humanism and naturalism, there is no one ideology or set of behaviors to which all atheists adhere; and some religions, such as Jainism and Buddhism, do not require belief in a personal god.

The term atheism originated as a pejorative epithet applied to any person or belief in conflict with established religion. With the spread of freethought, scientific skepticism, and criticism of religion, the term began to gather a more specific meaning and has been increasingly used as a self-description by atheists.

Once again, it has come to this.  All too many times, those would-be God-fearing Christians (and by this, I am not including those Christians who DON’T use hate and judgement) are using religion to scare the weak-minded and uneducated for political gain.  Where never the two should mix, it’s becoming all too useful as a weapon for the GOP.

Let me say this to Dole and ALL the other maniacle religious zealots out there who think they hold the moral high ground…your judgement (if you subscribe to those edicts) is coming.  You will be standing at those pearly gates in front of the eye of a needle…and then the trap door below you will open to reveal your TRUE destination.  A word of advice…dress for a LONG HOT SUMMER…and don’t forget the SPF 1,000,000,000.

I never am surprised in politics, especially when those eager for a vote use religion as a litmus test.  But I am always astounded by those who claim to be upholding the Constitution seem to interpret it as badly and selectively as they do their bible.

Judge Not vs. Freedom of Religion.

I am what many would call an Atheist.  Some who know me say I’m more Agnostic.

Agnosticism (Greek: α- a-, without + γνώσις gnōsis, knowledge; after Gnosticism) is the philosophical view that the truth value of certain claims — particularly metaphysical claims regarding theology, afterlife or the existence of deities, ghosts, or even ultimate reality — is unknown or, depending on the form of agnosticism, inherently impossible to prove or disprove.

Either way, I do not hold myself to be religious in any way.  I see every day what being religious has been turned into…judgement, hate, bigotry, no imagination, war, violence, greed, etc.  Don’t try to chastise me for my opinion, it is being proven to be true every day…especially during this election cycle.

I’ve explained to Seth and MANY others that my “faith” is in people.  I am a firm believer in that people will, ultimately, do the right thing.  As with religion, my faith can (and does) get shaken and tested.  Elizabeth Dole proved that yet again.  But I believe in the goodness of people…and MY faith will be reaffirmed on November 4th.

Seth’s Reaction:

Mmmkay…first of all, I am VERY shocked and appalled by the trash Elizabeth Dole put in an ad. I’m actually very disappointed by her. For the most part, I always thought the Dole’s were the closest thing to REAL Republicans in recent history. I’ve never really heard or known of either Bob or Elizabeth to go to that kind of extreme.

Second, I firmly believe she just lost her election. When you pander to such an extreme, it’s an obvious sign of weakness and desperation! She knows that this is going to be the Democrats time in offices, and she’s just grasping at straws.

I am a Christian. I am proud to say I am. I never pigeon hole God, I never underestimate Him, and I never push him on anyone. If someone is willing to listen, then I will explain as much as I know to the best of my ability. I feel I do know Him well enough to say, it truely pisses me off when a politican uses and abuses God to get votes.

It’s people and occurances like this that make me feel ashamed to call myself a Republican. Yes, I am a Republican. But I’m not one of the ignorant ones that is going to tow the party line. I have a brain.

In her comment, Kay Hagen said, “I am a Sunday school teacher, I am an elder at First Presbyterian Church in Greensboro, my family has been going to this church for over 100 years, I have raised my children there. I have been involved in youth missions.” All of this can easily be proven with a few calls and a little typing away on the computer.

How is it in any way Christian of Dole to judge Hagen? Like these two, I wish I could say one thing to ALL politicians; Save us a lot of time and headache’s and read the First Amendment of the United States Constitution! Hypocrites…

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GOP Morals On Holiday

Posted by Daniel on October 29, 2008

PhotobucketA phony State Board of Elections flier advising Republicans to vote on Nov. 4 and Democrats on Nov. 5 is being circulated in several Hampton Roads localities, according to state elections officials.

In fact, Election Day, for voters of all political stripes, remains Nov. 4.

The somewhat official-looking flier – it features the state board logo and the state seal – is dated Oct. 24 and indicates that “an emergency session of the General Assembly has adopted the follwing (sic) emergency regulations to ease the load on local electorial (sic) precincts and ensure a fair electorial process.”

The four-paragraph flier concludes with: “We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause but felt this was the only way to ensure fairness to the complete electorial process.”

No emergency action has been taken by the General Assembly. It is not in session and lacks the authority to change the date of a federal election.

State Board of Election officials today said they are aware of the flier but disavowed any connection to it.

“It’s not even on our letterhead; they just copied the logo from our Web site,” said agency staffer Ryan Enright, noting the flier has been forwarded to State Police for investigation as a possible incident of voter intimidation.

Election officials did not specify in which Hampton Roads localities the flier had been spotted.

State Police are aware of the complaint and are looking into it, said spokeswoman Corinne Geller.

In 2007, the General Assembly passed a law making it a Class 1 misdemeanor to knowingly communicate false information to registered voters about the date, time and place of the election or voters’ precincts, polling places or voter registration statuses in order to impede their voting. The measure is one of the few such deceptive voting practice laws in the country, according to the watchdog group Common Cause.

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Politics Can Ruin A Person

Posted by Seth on October 28, 2008

I’m over due to post some of my photoshop work. This time, I’ve chosen our current political leaders as my subjects. The theme of each person/picture is what the individual was before their political carrers, currently in their careers, and my predictions of what they will become after they’ve fallen off the radar. Enjoy!

Dick Cheney is Satan…but we all knew this.

George Bush gets just what he deserves!!!

Laura Bush shows her true colors as one of Cheney’s minions…

…that is after the pictures George and her took in the Oval Office surfaced.

After losing the 2008 election, John McCain resorts to taking a job with Hugh Hefner as the new spokesman for Playgirl.

Then he starts posing for Playgirl to pay the extra bills.

After losing the election, incriminating pictures surfaced of John McCain “choosing” Sarah Palin for VP.

Cindy McCain leaves John because of the Palin scandal, gets knocked up, and resorts to advertising her own beer.

Sarah Palin high-tails it back to Alaska. She was shunned by her people and kicked out of office. She gains 200 pounds and is forced to live in the wild where she makes a home with the bears she once hunted.

Desperate to get back into the spotlight, she calls up her old pal McCain and gets a job working with Playgirl. She launched Hefners new magazine, Big Girls With Big Bears

After being elected, an old newspaper ad surfaces showing Barack Obama hid something from his public record.

Becoming a desperate housewife, Michelle Obama finds an outlet to express her inner self.

Hillary leaves politics for good. She toned up and started posing for a lingerie, becoming the highest paid model in recent history. Later she suffered a life threatening, and look altering, accident while trying to get Obama’s autograph. She was nearly beat to death and was taken out of the public eye. Never being heard from again. Until…

…this picture surfaced. She took some time off, made some life changes, and started traveling with the Ringling Brothers. She is now known as Velma, The Amazing Tattooed Woman.

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…Or They Will Egg Your House!!

Posted by Daniel on October 27, 2008

PhotobucketAlthough I haven’t gone trick-or-treating for almost two…um…well, suffice it to say it’s been a while, I still remember the greedy delight I took in collecting, cataloging, and ultimately binging on Halloween candy each year. Now that I’m officially some sort of grownup, I feel it’s important to consider my Halloween Giveaway Strategy — in other words, fit myself into the landscape of treat givers that I remember from back in the day.

These are the archetypes I remember:

The One Piece of Candy Per Kid Rule: (aka The Cheap Bastard “There Are Rules” Approach). This method generally involves a big bowl of “fun size” goodies monitored by a stern taskmaster. Each child follows the universally agreed-upon process of saying “trick or treat?” and his or her hand is allowed to grasp a single treat from the bowl. Any child attempting multiple treats is immediately disciplined/shamed publicly…every time they see you.

The Monty Hall Mom: These folks generally go for a bit more costume-related chat, then offer a “handful” of candy, which makes it a game of skill for kids with little hands. Strategy is key — using a scooping method can yield more candy than closing your fist around the goodies.

The Absentee Landlord: (aka the Leave Me Alone Family). These people leave a tray of stuff by their front door, sometimes with some lame rule (like “take only one, please!”) on a sign. Because of the inherent greed issues here, the goodies are usually apples or something equally disappointing.  It’s easy to spot thses houses from the street, because someone has eviscerated every one of their pumpkins.

The Fruit Peddler: I really wish there was some kind of hobo code for kids to identify these houses. At best, you get an apple, tangerine, or box of raisins. At worst, you get a weird lecture about how fruit is better than candy. (On the bright side, when you grow up you’ll sort of understand. But you’ll never forgive.)  These people only get one chance, after which, their house is skipped every year from then on.

Here’s a Nickel, Go Buy Yourself a Clue: These people give you money — in pitiably small quantities. Perhaps they’re hoping you’ll start a college fund. In my day the going rate was a nickel. Do kids get quarters now?

The Slightly Unsettling Proselytizer: I only encountered this once, when trick-or-treating in a fancy neighborhood in Dalhart, Texas — but it has stuck with me. My fellow trick-or-treaters and I were greeted at the door by a smiley couple who gave us full-sized candy bars with Jack Chick Tracts wrapped around them.  I hated this then and I hate it now.  Save that shit for the Girl Scouts when they sell their cookies.

The “I’m Totally Not Home” Guy: Dude, we see that your TV is on in your otherwise darkened house…couldn’t you just leave some fruit by the door?!

So let’s have it. What’s your Halloween Giveaway strategy? And I’m also dying to know: what candy/fruit/money/tracts are you giving away this year?

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“We Will Scare The Hell Out Of You!”

Posted by Seth on October 26, 2008

I love Halloween! It’s by far my favorite time of year. I don’t know if it’s because you have an excuse to dress up, the chance to use your creativity, or if it’s the endless choices of places to go to drink. It’s so much fun! For one night, you have free reign to be anyone you want to be. It’s all in good fun.

Growing up, we were never allowed to go Trick-or-Treating. My dad believed it went against our religion to partake in the night of the dead…or something like that. Luckily, my dad has never been a very strict man. He knew how much us kids loved the holiday. So, he had the idea to take Halloween to a different level. Our church would get together and have an “Un-Halloween Party”. Instead of dressing up like demons, cowboys, Marilyn Monroe, or a dead cheerleader; we had to dress up like characters from the Bible. May sound kind of boring to most people, but it was a lot of fun.

We had contests, food, games, ect. It’s an annual event I will always remember having. Unfortunatly, our youth group was all the same age. We started growing up and going our own ways. Eventually, the Un-Halloween parties ended. It was really sad to watch it go away.

About 8 or 9 nine years after our last party, the youth group had grown to a great size once again. Around Christmas we were having parties. In the summers there were events every week. Our church started thriving again. Then, Halloween came around again. By this time we were old enough where we didn’t want to dress up like Bible characters. That was in our child years. We wanted to do something bigger and better.

My dad came up with a great idea. Instead of having an “Un-Halloween Party”, why don’t we have a religious haunted house…in the church! It was a far fetched idea that raised a lot of trouble and concerns with people around town and other churches. My dad has a very good, popular name in my home town, and people thought he lost it. That is until they understood where he was going with it.

The concept was not to scare you with chain saws, inmates, and a labroratory in your typical haunted house. No, our concept was to take true “horror” stories out of the Bible and bring them to life; including some modern twists. We titled it “Bible Horror Stories. We’ll Scare The Hell Out Of You!”

There was the death of the first born, of the 10 Plague. We took a baby dolls, cut them open, displayed real guts (chicken livers and other parts you can get from any store), and fake blood. We tore the dolls apart and laid the guts and fake blood all about. It stunk and it was very graphic. It actually made one girl cry and she had to leave.

There’s the story of Jezebel. We all know who she was. She was a whore queen. She was thrown from a window, trampled by horses, and her body was eaten by dogs. The only left over were her feet and her head. We didn’t recreate the entire story of her death, just the dogs eating her bloody carcass. We had real bones, blood, a fake skull, and a couple dogs that were not fond of people and were very good at acting out barks and growls. It was very graphic and cool!

We of course we had Satan in a pit of fire outside the backdoor of our church. That was really cool too. We just had a great time with it. We added things here and there to make it scary and jumpy for people.

At the end we had Jesus on the cross. I know many of you don’t care or don’t believe, that’s your thing and I respect your opinions. Anyway, we had him on the cross at the end after having many scenes of graphic violence. You had to have been there, but it was very moving.

It was a great time. We did it 3 years in a row, and every year got bigger and better each time. It was a great concept that really took off. Pretty soon, other churches started taking our idea and doing their own thing with it. As far as I know, some of them are still doing it. I hope so. It was a fun concept and a great new approach to teaching people about the Bible.

So, now that I’ve moved away from home, and my church, I’m left to dressing up like Mini Mouse or one of the Shirelles. It’s fun, but doing that with my church was a great time and I made some great memories.

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Another Fake? YES!!!!

Posted by Daniel on October 24, 2008

PhotobucketA Pennsylvania woman told police she was attacked at an ATM in Pittsburgh by a robber who became angry when he saw a John McCain bumper sticker on her car, a spokeswoman for the Pittsburgh Police Department said Thursday.

Public Information Officer Diane Richard said police cannot substantiate her story, however, and the investigation is ongoing.

Richard said the 20-year-old told investigators a man approached her Wednesday night at an ATM in the city’s East End, put a blade to her neck and demanded money.

She said she gave him $60 and stepped away from him, Richard said.

She further stated the man “punched her in the back of the head, knocking her to the ground, and he continued to punch and kick her while threatening to teach her a lesson for being a McCain supporter,” according to a police statement.

The woman also told police her attacker “called her a lot of names and stated that ‘You are going to be a Barack supporter,’ at which time she states he sat on her chest, pinning both her hands down with his knees, and scratched into her face a backward letter ‘B’ on the right side of her face using what she believed to be a very dull knife.”

The alleged assailant fled on foot, Richard said.

“We, the police, cannot substantiate this yet,” she said. “This is what she told police.”

The woman, who is from Texas, refused medical attention, Richard said, although she told the investigating officer she would see a doctor Thursday. There was no update on her condition, she said.

Richard said the woman described her alleged attacker as a dark-skinned African-American, 6 feet 4 inches tall with a medium build and short dark hair, wearing dark clothing and shiny shoes.

McCain spokeswoman Jill Hazelbaker said that McCain and running mate Sarah Palin “spoke to the victim and her family after learning about the incident earlier this afternoon.”

Hazelbaker said the campaign would not offer more detail out of respect for the woman’s privacy.

The campaign of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama responded to the report with a statement saying, “Our thoughts and prayers are with the young woman for her to make a speedy recovery, and we hope that the person who perpetrated this crime is swiftly apprehended and brought to justice.”

Mark my words…this woman may (MAY) have been held up at an ATM, but I am willing to bet you money that the backwards “B” was self-inflicted, and the whole part about “You are going to be a Barack supporter” is going to be bullshit.  A woman who was possibly robbed, who is also a drama queen and wanted to blame Obama because (as she has claimed) her assailant was black.

First Joe the Plumber (who should be called “Joe The Plant”) decides to peddle a book deal to cash in on his McCain-bought fame…what makes you think this woman isn’t trying the same thing?  You will see.  I am right.

UPDATE:  UPDATE:  UPDATE:  UPDATE:  UPDATE:  UPDATE:  UPDATE:

Pittsburgh police said the 20-year-old woman who originally said she was robbed and assaulted at knifepoint in Bloomfield because of her political views made the story up.

Ashley Todd — who has a backward letter “B” scratched into her right cheek — confessed to faking the story and will be charged with filing a false report, Assistant Police Chief Maurita Bryant said at a news conference Friday.

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Halloween History

Posted by Daniel on October 23, 2008

PhotobucketAs you put the finishing touches on your costume and stock up on candy for the neighborhood kids, let’s take a minute to reflect on the origins of these and other Halloween traditions.

1. Who started Halloween?

Halloween got its start thousands of years ago, and we can thank the Celts for getting things going.

They celebrated a holiday known as Samhain on October 31st, the Celtic new year.

They believed that the dead could walk the Earth on Samhain and cause mischief but, on the plus side, their presence also made it easier for the Druid priests to predict the future.

2. Why do we wear costumes?

On Samhain, a big bonfire would be built and sacrifices made to the dead, while the common folk would dress up in animal skins and try to tell their own fortunes (probably with the same success rate as the “professionals”).

The costumes, Halloween’s most enduring tradition, were donned either to calm the spirits or to blend in with them, as to not incur their wrath.

3. How did Samhain become Halloween?

In A.D. 43 the Roman war machine rolled through Britain and conquered a large chunk of the Celtic population. But the Romans, always the master conquerors, cleverly blended two of their own holidays with the Celtic Samhain to make the transition to Roman rule more seamless.

One holiday was a celebration of the dead — easy enough to mix with Samhain — and the other was a celebration of the Pomona, goddess of fruit and tress, where, apparently, the tradition of bobbing for apples takes root.

When the Romans became Christians, the hodgepodge holiday again was forced to change.

Like the previous blending, the Christians incorporated their own holidays into the Samhain tradition. November 1st became All-hallow’s, a day to celebrate the saints and martyrs and October 31st became All-hallow’s Even (“Even” being short for “evening,” but providing the “n” in “Halloween”).

Through the magic of etymology, All-hallow’s Even became Halloween.

4. How’d we get from bonfires and dead saints to plastic masks and candy corn?

Why, the Americans of course!

But it didn’t happen right away. Puritans in New England suppressed the superstitious holiday.

In the South, however, where religious piety was less important, Halloween was celebrated in much the same way it was in Europe.

But a great tide of immigration in the late 1800s brought a new life to the holiday and no amount of piety could contain it. Through the years, the “spookiness” of Halloween was replaced with a more wholesome community feel, out of which grew trick-or-treating and, as towns celebrated together, stripped any religious significance away.

Finally, after many thousands of years and many cultural modifications, we arrived at a holiday involving witches, costumes, candy, mischief, the deceased and pumpkins.

5. Wait, where do pumpkins fit in?

Making vegetable lanterns can be traced back to the British Isles, where carving turnips, beets and potatoes had been a Fall tradition for many centuries. According to an Irish myth, a man named Stingy Jack once had a drink with the devil and, when he didn’t want to pay for it, convinced the Devil to turn into a coin.

However, Stingy Jack lived up to his name and pocketed the coin next to a cross, keeping the devil locked in a monetary state until he struck a deal with Jack to leave him alone and not claim his soul for Hell upon his death.

When Jack did die, Heaven rejected him and — true to his word — so did the Devil.

As punishment for his trickery, the Devil sent Jack out to wander the earth forever with a single coal in a hollowed-out turnip to light his way.

To Irish children he was Jack of the Lantern or, as the Irish are wont to do when confronted with an “of the,” Jack O’Lantern.

But Jack-o-Lanterns were not a part of Halloween celebrations in Britain; it would take a new continent to cement that tradition. The first mention of a Jack-o-Lantern being part of a Halloween celebration comes from a Canadian paper which, in 1866, wrote, “The old time custom of keeping up Hallowe’en was not forgotten last night by the youngsters of the city.

They had their maskings and their merry-makings, and perambulated the streets after dark in a way which was no doubt amusing to themselves.

There was a great sacrifice of pumpkins from which to make transparent heads and face, lighted up by the unfailing two inches of tallow candle.”

6. Why did pumpkins beat out turnips, beets and potatoes?

Simple. Pumpkins abounded in America and were much better for carving and illuminating than any of the aforementioned veggies.

We can assume the tradition of smashing pumpkins originated very soon after the carved pumpkin entered the Halloween celebration in the late 1800s.

7. Where does candy corn come from?

Like Christmas and the candy cane and Easter with its marshmallow Peeps, Halloween, too, has a signature sweet: the mysterious candy corn.

Like some annual plague, the small cone-shaped candies infect our stores and molars each year before vanishing as quickly as they came. Comedian Lewis Black has a theory about candy corn: “All the candy corn that was ever made was made in 1914.

They never had to make it again. We never eat enough of it. We only eat two or three or four pieces apiece. So, literally, after Halloween the candy corn companies send out their minions. And they go from garbage can to garbage can and collect the corn and throw it back in the bags. And it appears next year.”

Good theory, but not quite right.

Nobody knows who invented candy corn, but we do know it began to appear in the 1880s, and we know the first company to make it commercially was the Wunderle Candy Company of Philadelphia.

Soon after, the Goelitz Confectionery Company began production of candy corn in Cincinnati in 1898.

The process at first was daunting: a candy blend was mixed up, heated and then poured by hand into molds. Each mold needed three separate pours to achieve the tri-color glory that is candy corn.

Today the process is mechanized and the tri-color composition isn’t nearly as impressive as it was to the people of the 19th century, but the Goelitz Confectionery Company has never changed the recipe and continue to make the candy to this day.

And speaking of the Goelitz Confectionery Company, they went on to invent another fairly popular candy a few decades later, although they had to change the company name to do so. Today they are known as Jelly Belly.

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Geezer*Gidget 2008 – God’s Desperation Team

Posted by Daniel on October 22, 2008

In an interview posted online Wednesday, Sarah Palin told Dr. James Dobson of “Focus on the Family” that she is confident God will do “the right thing for America” on Nov. 4.

Dobson asked the vice presidential hopeful if she is concerned about John McCain’s sagging poll numbers, but Palin stressed that she was “not discouraged at all.”

“To me, it motivates us, makes us work that much harder,” she told the influential Christian leader, whose radio show reaches tens of millions of listeners daily. “And it also strengthens my faith because I know at the end of the day putting this in God’s hands, the right thing for America will be done, at the end of the day on Nov. 4.”

She also thanked her supporters — including Dobson, who said he and his wife were asking “for God’s intervention” on election day — for their prayers of support.

“It is that intercession that is so needed,” she said. “And so greatly appreciated. And I can feel it too, Dr. Dobson. I can feel the power of prayer, and that strength that is provided through our prayer warriors across this nation. And I so appreciate it.”

Prayer warriors??

Allow me to be part of the “liberal media bias” for a moment on this one by taking this not out of context, but one step further.  It isn’t enough for McCain, Palin and their team to suggest that anyone who doesn’t vote for them are not true americans.  If you don’t show up at their rallies you aren’t truly patriotic.  That you hate America, apple pie, babies and Joe the Plumber.*  No, now if you aren’t with them then you  aren’t on God’s side.

* = (by the way, seems odd to me that Joe the Plumber happened to be AT an Obama rally and asked the question he did – even mentioning the word Socialism – and when McCain/Palin say Obama came to Joes house, Mr. Media-shy Joe never corrects this.  I am convinced Joe the Plumber was a McCain team plant.)

Well, I (myself) happen to be non-religious, however I don’t like the idea of the GOP weighing your religion/spirituality against their politics.  I happen to respect those people of faith, whatever their faith happens to be.  And I (yes, this little atheist) take offense to politicians slamming other peoples’ faith because those people won’t vote for them.

Since John McCain has completely lost his mind and crossed into dementia, I will address this part of the rant specifically at Sarah Palin.

How dare you!!  You question the faith, values and American status of anyone who isn’t drinking your moose-shit-flavored Kool-Aid. Never mind your husband STILL belongs to an organization that doesn’t even want Alaska to be PART OF America.  Thereby showing your own husband doesn’t consider HIMSELF to be an American.  How do you explain that???

Oh yes, I forgot, you can’t explain anything!!  You never answer any questions directly.  you must think God is guiding you…and I hope he/she is…right back to Alaska to be unseated in their next election.

And now for some funnies…

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Just Plain Scary

Posted by Daniel on October 21, 2008

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