Saturday, March 14, 2009

God's Jewish zombie

Thanks to God is for Suckers.

Afghanistan - a rock and a hard place

We've written on several occasions that the war in Afghanistan is not winnable. All one needs to do is read the history of Afghanistan.

Joe Klein, writing in the March 16 issue of Time magazine reiterates (more or less) that notion. "Afghanistan," he says, along with Pakistan, "are teetering on the brink. And Obama's margin for error is minuscule."

One of the major problems is that we have not yet defined our goals in Afghanistan. That's why Obama has ordered another "policy review" in an attempt to gain further insight and direction.

One study suggests we need to "shut down the al-Qaeda and Taliban safe havens on the Pakistan side of the border. If that can be accomplished, then the insurgency in Afghanistan becomes manageable."

But, as Klein notes, while "That sounds reasonable enough ... historically it has proved to be impossible."

The British were not able to subdue Afghanistan, nor were the Soviets. In our case at this time, Afghanistan and Pakistan are wound tightly together and Pakistan is a disaster -- unable and unreliable in terms of completing the necessary tasks that would make our task viable.

So, we send more troops into what has become a larger and more dangerous killing zone. Without a clear purpose. Without a strategy.

And now, according to McClatchy, some old Soviet veterans have weighed in. There is no way, says Fikryat Tabeyev, who served as the Soviet ambassador to Afghanistan from 1979 to 1986, that increasing the number of our troops will bring lasting peace.

The Soviets have been there; done that. At the end, they had thrown more than 100,000 troops into the Afghanistan killing machine, but still couldn't defeat the "vicious tribal rivalries, a weak central government, radical Islamists, power-hungry warlords, incompetent or corrupt local military commanders, failing infrastructure and the complexity of fighting guerrilla groups."

It didn't help, of course, that the U.S. was supplying weapons and supplies to the Afghanistan fighters, including Osama bin Laden! [Which, as we have noted elsewhere, led to the rise of al-Qaeda!]

Retired Soviet Lt. Gen. Ruslan Aushev, who served two tours in Afghanistan, said that the basic problem is Afghanistan isn't a country like we think of other countries. "There has never been any real centralized state in Afghanistan. There is no such nation as Afghanistan. There are [ethnic groups of] Pashtuns, Uzbeks and Tajiks, and they all have different tribal policies."

Another retired Soviet general, Viktor Yermakov, said when it came to Afghanistan, there was no military solution.

So, what are we doing there? Nobody seems to know. We are killing people, often noncombatants, which raises the ire of the locals. Occasionally, we kill some bad guys.

But we're no closer to bin Laden than we ever were and we've not been able to
shut down al-Qaeda.

Perhaps this new policy review will give President Obama and his military commanders a new vision.

But maybe we don't need any more policy reviews. Maybe, before we end up with our forces decimated and billions more dollars wasted, we should leave now and let the Afghanistan people do what they've always done: raise poppies and fight each other.

It would be a shame to crawl home with our tail between our legs like the Soviets did.

History can be a great teacher if we're willing to learn its lessons.

What's the best price for my daughter

Thanks to Unreasonable Faith

How not to fly an airplane

I don't know where this originated, but it is soooo funny! It might even be "insulting to Muslims." Oh, well. ...

Just last week, this brand new Airbus 340-600 [see photo] ... with zero air miles, and costing $300 million US dollars, one of the largest passenger airplane[s] ever built ... was sitting in its hanger in Toulouse, France.

A seven-member Arab flight crew from Abu Dhabi Aircraft Technologies (ADAT) arrived to conduct pre-delivery tests on the ground, such as engine run-ups, prior to delivering the aircraft to Etihad Airways in Abu Dhabi.

The ADAT crew taxied the plane to the landing strip where they proceeded to throttle all four engines to maximum power, which is NOT a very bright idea. Not having read the operations manual, the crew had no clue just how light an empty A340-600 really is. The takeoff warning horn started blaring away in the cockpit because these witless wonders had all four engines at full throttle. The computers thought they were trying to take off but the aircraft prevented that because the flaps and slats were not in their proper position to allow to a safe lift-off.

One of this quick-witted ADAT crew decided to pull the circuit breaker on the Ground Proximity Sensor, thus silencing the annoying alarm. This, too, was NOT a good idea as it caused the aircraft to conclude it was already airborne and possibly about to land!

As a result, the computers automatically released all brakes which sent the aircraft rocketing forward. The ADAT crew had no idea that this is a design-safety feature preventing pilots from landing the aircraft with brakes applied.

None of these brainless twits thought to throttle back the engines from their max power setting, which resulted in the $300 million A340-600 crashing, head first, a mile down the road, into a blast barrier.

The aircraft was totaled.

According to my sources, this story has been the subject of a news blackout in France because the story was considered to be too insulting to Muslims.

Heh. Heh.

What's even more interesting is that if you Google this story, you'll get several variations...none of which fit the photos of the plane crashing into the wall!

Friday, March 13, 2009

Keith Olbermann - How high is Ari Fleischer?

Thanks to Video Cafe.

The ungodly mission of GOD? TV

Every year, evidently on two occasions, GOD TV does something they call "Missions Week."

You can guess what that's all about. Yup. Converting all the pagans in heathen lands to fundymentalist Christianity! Ain't it wonderful?

Missions Week is hosted by none other than GOD TV founders, Rory and Wendy Alec (see photo)...and beginning March 17, Missions Week will provide you with numerous opportunities to empty your pockets into the pockets of the money-grubbing, phony religious charlatans that reside mostly on your TV sets when they're not flying about in their several private jet aircraft.

For example, for a whole week, you'll be treated to the imprecations of such hucksters as Benny Hinn, Rod Parsley, and Matthew Ashimolowo (whoever the hell that is!)...they're going to bring messages of inspiration -- they'll inspire you to fill their coffers once more so they can fly off to foreign lands and bring Jesus to the poor folks destined to spend eternity in hell because God loves them so much he gave his only begotten son, who was/is himself and the Holy Ghost, to die on a cross; but God cannot die so what really happened? Ah, 'tis a mystery for sure!

Africa is going to be one "focus" of Missions Week. Why Africa? There is probably no continent more soaked in religion than Africa, and as a result there is no continent more soaked in violence and blood! The last thing Africa needs is more religious folks spreading their own delusionary visions!

These GOD TV people are truly deluded. Here are a couple of examples:

"Missions Week is a time when the global GOD TV family comes together to extend the Kingdom of God to the nations - a time when millions are seeking God so that millions more will come to know Him..." Huh? What does that mean?

Whatever. Give your money and connect with GOD TV "as we reach out to transform lives." Hah! The only thing they're gonna transform is your pocketbook - from full to empty. I've heard Benny Hinn needs some new $2,000 suits and one of his jets is looking a bit shabby! And what can you say about John Hagee other than it takes a lot of money to keep him fed!

I know, I'm being snarky and nasty.

But GOD TV says that "The world is hurting, and it is only the Body of Christ who can offer any real hope. God has called us all as believers for this time and season and He has blessed and equipped us for His plans and purposes! And His plan is a plan to bring hope to the hopeless. Financial crisis around the world means an unprecedented opportunity for media evangelism."

Isn't that just something? Wow! God planned this whole damn crisis to "bring hope to the hopeless," so that GOD TV could have "an unprecedented opportunity for media evangelism.! Amazing!

What a bunch of garbage. Isn't it against the law to raise money under false pretenses? And I wonder if this nutty outfit is tax-exempt? Can't be, right?

The sky is really falling

Believe it or not.

It's not just Al Gore. It's not a few "libural" kooks. It's the huge majority of scientists worldwide!

And they are saying in unison we are in deep caca! " warming is accelerating beyond their wildest dreams (nightmares) and threatening to trigger 'irreversible' climate shifts on the planet."

Oh, is that all? Just the other day I read of one moron who, because they had experienced cold weather in one particular area, said "Al Gore is full of shit."

Actually, no. The moron who wrote that is full of shit.

It's like a wagon you send off down a long, steep hill. At first it goes slowly, but then picks up speed and pretty soon it's out of control.

That's where we are with regard to climate change. But it's not like nobody told us. We've known this for years. Bush and his friends decided they didn't like that news, and so ignored it and even rewrote climate and environmental reports to make the news more compatible with their prejudices - religious and otherwise. And they did NOTHING to address the issue which is now threatening the entire planet with "IRREVERSIBLE CLIMATE SHIFTS."

In Copenhagen, some 2000 climate scientists gathered to discuss the problem. Now they are yelling at the top of their voices to DO SOMETHING. Policy-makers, they said, must "'vigorously' implement the economic and technological tools available to cut emissions of heat-trapping greenhouse gases."

This is no longer a matter of "let's wait and see what happens," or "Al Gore is full of shit." The shit has hit the fan and we're all gonna get splattered!

The scientists wrote that "The worst-case IPCC scenario trajectories (or even worse) are being realized. There is a significant risk that many of the trends will accelerate, leading to an increasing risk of abrupt or irreversible climatic shifts."

Did you get that? "...or even worse..."!

By the end of the century, these scientists are predicting sea levels to rise by 7 to 23 inches. That would inundate many low-lying coastal areas around the world and millions of people would have to flee to higher ground!

It would appear that this prediction is too optimistic. We have reported previously that at the present time, parts of downtown Miami are underwater NOW at high tide.

Wait, I'm not done! Where are you going? To the Hummer dealer? They've got great deals on new Hummers?

But...but...the sky really is falling...Hello?

Losing our religion

We're indebted to The Gospel of Super Jesus for this one, too.

The return of science

Thanks to The Gospel of Super Jesus.


Thanks to The Freethinker.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Where the Bush economy has left us

Image stolen from Tengrain at Mock, Paper, Scissors. (With thanks!)

Prominent Christianist Wingnut Senator Vitter and Jesus

The trouble with being a prominent Christianist asshole hypocrite is that you can easily get bitten in the ass by doing something stupid; by forgetting, in any given situation, to ask "What would Jesus do?"

This story is all over the Net, yet I have to say something 'cause Vitter is perfect fodder for my snarky sarcasm machine; a machine that loves to chew up Christianist hypocrites and spew them out.

It went down like this, more or less: Vitter made his way to Dulles Airport in Washington, D.C., where the elite hang out, to catch a flight to New Orleans (he's from Louisiana, you know). But he was late and the door at the gate had been closed for 20 minutes.

Well, Vitter, is a Christianist senator from Louisiana. He can do anything. He can lie, and he can fly. So, he just went through the door, which set off a security alarm.

Normal people, in a situation like that, would probably say, "Uh, oh. I screwed up!" And, being confronted by an airline employee in a restricted area would be very embarrassing and a normal person would probably say further, "Oops. I'm so sorry. Show me the way to go home and I'll never do this again. Just don't put me in jail for ten years! Please?"

But Vitter, as I said, is a Jesus lover from Louisiana. Oh, he also loves prostitutes or he used to love prostitutes, but Jesus has forgiven him so he really loves Jesus even more now.

According to The Raw Story, when confronted by an airline employee, David Vitter, ex-lover of prostitutes and true Jesus lover, failed to ask what Jesus would do (thereby, like Peter, denying his Lord in public) and "proceed to dress down" said airline employee "who told him entering the restricted area was forbidden." Now Vitter, being a U.S. SENATOR -- which is bad enough -- but a Repugnican U.S. SENATOR, which I think is part of the axis of evil, "invoked his standing as a senator, delivering a 'do-you-know-who-I-am' tirade."

Heh. Heh.

"The airline worker then announced he was going to summon security. [So much for trying to scare the worker with 'I am David Vitter, prestigious senator from Louisiana'" bit.]

"'Vitter, according to the witness, remained defiant, yelling that the employee could call the police if he wanted to and their supervisors, who, presumably, might be more impressed with his Senator's [..] pin ... But after talking a huffy big game, Vitter apparently though better of pushing the confrontation any further. When the gate attendant left to find a security guard, Vitter turned tail and simply fled the scene.'"

You might be interested in what Vitter has to say. "After being delayed on the Senate floor ensuring a vote on my anti-pay-raise amendment and in a rush to make my flight home for town hall meetings the next day, I accidentally went through a wrong door at the gate. I did have a conversation with an airline employee, but it was certainly not like this silly gossip column made it out to be."

Ah, David, David! Denying your Lord twice! Such a shame.

[Notice the egotistic self-promotion in his "explanation" - he just had to vote on an "anti-pay-raise amendment," and he just had to rush home for town hall meetings, and he "accidentally went through a wrong door at the gate."]

Just what was it like, David?

What a wonderful guy! What a true Jesus lover!

And I'm sure everyone reading this rant will remember clearly just how easy it is to "accidentally" go through a wrong door at a airplane gate.

Heh. Heh.

The people of Louisiana should be very proud of this Repugnican, evangelical christianist, nogoodnik wingnut!

Fly, fly, flee away home, David! But God's gonna get you!

National Day of Prayer, RIP?

The National Day of Prayer is a joke foisted upon the country and its suck-up politicians by a gaggle of Christianist right wingnuts.

Why in god's name would a secular country have a "national day of prayer"? And which god would the nation pray to?

We've had these nods to god for some years now. All it gave us was Reaganism and Bushism - in other words, disaster! These people are insane. The reason I know that is because all this praying has not done one damn bit of good. To keep doing the same thing over and over again while obtaining the same results every time is a clear indication of insanity.

For some time the chief honcho of this mess was none other than James Dobson's wife! Yup. Shirley herself leading the nation in prayer to the fundamentalist god of the Dobson clan and all the fruitcakes who follow them.

You can read all about the National Day of Prayer here.

Finally, some people have decided it's time to do something about this nonsense. The Freedom From Religion Foundation has filed a lawsuit in federal court, claiming (rightly) that the National Day of Prayer is unconstitutional and creates a "hostile environment for nonbelievers."

It should be clear to anyone who has read the United States Constitution that a National Day of Prayer is blatantly contrary to that document. A National Day of Prayer is to recognize a religion! It is to recognize Christianity! And that is directly and specifically forbidden by our Constitution!

The Alliance Defense Fund, a collection of misguided Christianist fundy lawyers, intend to fight the lawsuit. Brian Toon (aptly named!) says "The lawsuit will not keep us from responding to our call to ask Americans to intercede in prayer for our nation's leaders and their families. We pray without fear of retribution."

That sounds so nice and pious, but in reality it's nastiness wrapped in a religious wrapper. It is a blatant attempt to impose Christianist fundamentalism upon the nation.

I'd say to Toon and the other loony toons at ADF, "Drop your defense. Nobody is saying you can't pray! Go pray your little hearts out! You have that right. You don't, however, have the right to make your national day of prayer an official part of the government, or a national event that assumes everyone believes as you do."

And finally, isn't it interesting that the god these kooks believe in is so damn obtuse or so ignorant or so detached that he/she doesn't have a clue as to what the country needs or the world needs, nor does he/she care about those needs.

So, it behooves these kooks to gather as many like-minded folks as possible to bow and scrape and plead over and over again with their loving deity to look upon our nation with his/her favor.

What kind of god is that?

Palin's PAC, and Palin's "Vision"

This from McClatchy and the Anchorage Daily News:

Palin has a PAC (Political Action Committee).

Palin "is planning at least two trips out of state paid for by her political action committee."

She will be "traveling the country to support those who share her vision."

And who would those supporters be? Oh, yes, the same ones that think Joe (Sam) the plumber and John McCain are fonts of wisdom.

Heh. Heh. Then we must ask, what vision? Shooting wolves from helicopters? Drilling for oil on every sacred piece of land in Alaska? Drowning the polar bears? Conning the federal government to keep pouring tax dollars into the state?

Well, yes. All that and more. Palin's "vision" also involves "government reform, (low) taxes, and personal freedom."

All of which means what? If she's so worried about government reform she should start in Alaska which has been a hotbed of corruption for years on local, state and federal levels. She could revisit her years as mayor of that huge metropolis of Wasilla. She could reconsider her cronyism and personal visitations of hell on her opponents in Alaska. She could try to convince her own party in Alaska to follow her "vision" for that state, which of late they seem singularly unwilling to do.

Low taxes? For whom? The rich, of course. Personal freedom? Let's see, now; over the past eight years, under Republican rule, the personal freedoms guaranteed by our Constitution have been abrogated on several fronts, including the right to privacy and the right of habeas corpus. And Palin has been a strong supporter of Repugnican rule!

So, what is Palin the prevaricator talking about?

Like most Republicans, she's talking about nothing. Doesn't matter, though. Unfortunately, too many of the hoi polloi in this country think a hockey mom with a dysfunctional family, a proven liar, and a failing record as a politician has all the qualities necessary to be president.

UN proposal to make it a crime to defame Islam

[Here's a view of life under Islam!]

Sometimes, like most every day, it seems the world gets crazier and crazier!

Islamic states are circulating a new U.N. resolution authored by the Palestinians which, according to UN Watch, "would define any questioning of Islamic dogma as a human rights violation, intimidate dissenting voices, and encourage the forced imposition of Sharia law."

While the resolution is entitled "Combating defamation of religions," it refers only to Islam.

Quite frankly, this is bullshit. Religion is the cause of most of the war, evil and suffering on this earth and always has been. Islam is one of the worst religions with a penchant for violence yet to be exceeded in today's world. We don't need a resolution against defaming religion, we need a resolution urging criticism of religion, in particular Islam!

UN Watch has this to say:

"While non-binding, the resolution constitutes a dangerous threat to free speech everywhere. It would ban any perceived offense to Islamic sensitivities as a 'serious affront to human dignity' and a violation of religious freedom, and would pressure U.N. member states -- at the 'local, national, regional and international levels' -- to erode free speech guarantees in their 'legal and constitutional systems.'"

My view is that not only does this constitute "a dangerous threat to free speech everywhere," is is stupid and idiotic and should be laughed out of existence. It is so transparent an attempt to impose Islamic sensibilities on the rest of the world that it cannot possibly be taken seriously.

Just like the Christianist fundys in this country, these crazy Islamists think that freedom of religion means that their religion takes precedence and should have special privileges.

What we need in this world is less religion and more criticism of religion! The United States and other free countries not under the thumb of the Islamic wackos, need to say "Go to hell with your damn resolution!"

This is just another example as to how Islamists around the world, when they get a little power, try to bend everyone to their will and force the majority to kiss their religious asses.

You can read the entire resolution here.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

David Wilkerson's burdened soul. Ouch!

You may have never heard of David Wilkerson. That wouldn't be surprising in that he is a Pentecostal nut job who has been trying to save teenagers for Jesus for many years and wrote a book a long time ago called "The Cross and the Switchblade" which had to do with his "ministry" to hoodlums running loose on the streets of New York City, but hasn't been in the real news much for a couple of eons, thank goodness.

Maybe that's why he's parading around telling the world that the HOLY SPIRIT has talked directly to him and the future looks like shit! Well, he didn't say "shit," but that's what he means.

I learned about this amazing event at The Blog for Why Won't God Heal It was picked up at Wilkerson's blog.

Wilkerson told his readers that he was "compelled by the Holy Spirit to send out an urgent message" - a prediction, if you will.

Yes! And here it is, directly from the HOLY SPIRIT herself! "An earth-shattering calamity is about to happen. It is going to be so frightening, we are all going to tremble -- even the godliest among us."

Wow! The HOLY SPIRIT herself said that!

Wilkerson was told about "fires raging through New York City." (Quick, tell the Fire Department so they can prepare!)

He goes on, directly from the HOLY SPIRIT to you: "It will engulf the whole megaplex, including areas of New Jersey and Connecticut. Major cities all across America will experience riots and blazing fires -- such as we saw in Watts, Los Angeles, years ago. There will be riots and fires in cities worldwide. There will be looting -- including Times Square, New York City. What we are experience now is not a recession, not even a depression. We are under God's wrath. In Psalm 11 it is written, 'If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?'"

What can they do, indeed? My goodness. This is just incredible. The HOLY SPIRIT herself came down from heaven and spoke to David Wilkerson and gave him all this information that he should spread the word around. Isn't that wonderful? We can get prepared! We can all run down to the nearest holy gospel church of God and go "Whoop, Whoop," and garble in tongues and maybe the Lord hisself will spare us from this terrible devastation!

But, wait, as The Blog for Why notes, all of this begs the question: When? WHEN is this devastation going to happen? When? Please tell us when! Doesn't the HOLY SPIRIT who talks to David Wilkerson and no one else want us to know WHEN the shit is gonna hit the fan so we can make preparations and save people from the fires and riots and stuff?

Nope. The HOLY SPIRIT didn't tell David when. What? Yup. No date. No time. You're just gonna have to live with uncertainty!

Or, in Wilkerson's words: "I do not know when these things will come to pass, but I know it is not far off. I have unburdened my soul to you. Do with the message as you choose."

Ah, isn't that nice. He's unburdened his measly, grimy little soul, and the rest of us gotta worry about all this shit that's coming our way!

What kind of God would do something like that? Oh, that's right. The "god" of the Bible! Read all about it! He did all kinds of nasty stuff to his unsuspecting creatures because they didn't play nice with him! He's a jealous god, you know! So you better respect him, or he'll smite you with his mighty, swift sword. Yes, he will! 'Specially if you make graven images, or don't "observe" the Sabbath, or fail to make your sacrificial offering on his altar!

You just won't know when it's coming!

More seriously, the really sad thing about all of this is that a whole bunch of easily deluded sheep who think because someone says the Holy Spirit spoke to him, will believe this crap and will have many sleepless nights worrying about what's going to happen and when.

For that, Wilkerson proves he is an irresponsible moron with serious mental health issues.

There may well be troubled times ahead, but it's more likely to involve economic problems and global warming problems and religious wars such as Iraq and Afghanistan. The people of NYC might want to make some plans related to avoiding high water as scientists are currently quite alarmed at the rapid changes in climate which it appears will lead to rapidly rising seas by 2013!

Forget the rantings of the religious fruitcakes. Pay close attention, however, to what the scientists have to say! The scientists are the ones who have their finger on the pulse of the future; not Wilkerson and his ilk, and you won't find any answers in the Bible.

There's more here from a likely Wilkerson supporter.

And a little video to give you a flavor of Wilkerson's kookiness.

Patrick McHenry tells it like it is: The GOP sucks!

[Image from Daily Kos]

Patrick McHenry is one of the weirdest characters in Congress. A Repugnican Representative from North Carolina, he's been involved in at least one tawdry mess and every time he opens his mouth he proves he is one of the dimmer bulbs in the whole chandelier of Repugnican dim bulbs.

Melissa McEwan at Shakesville, picked up on this quote a couple of days ago:

"We will lose on legislation," opined Rep. McHenry. "But we will win the message war every day, and every week, until November 2010. Our goal is to bring down approval numbers for [Speaker Nancy] Pelosi and for House Democrats. That will take repetition. This is a marathon, not a sprint."

Melissa sums it up nicely:

"In case you were under the mistaken assumption that the GOP is interested in anything other than being obstructionist wankers, or that they might be putting forth an alternative agenda with new and innovative ideas to help America, they are officially not."

You might also think that the Repugnican leadership would at least make an attempt to distance themselves from the moronic Mr. McHenry. But nooooooo. John Boehner's office even went so far to say they agreed with the dim bulb, but that he didn't go far enough. The Repugs need to fight Obama all the way because Obama was obviously going about things all wrong and cared only about improper legislation that didn't match up with Repugnican "values."

Heh. Heh.

There's more here. Daily Kos has a good article here. In fact, just Google McHenry. There are so many articles about this buffoon that it'll make your eyes water. Actually, just thinking that he's one of many Repugnican buffoons in Congress may make you cry!

Older woman lashed for mingling with men in Saudi Arabia

[Look at the folks who are best buddies with the Saudis! It's understandable 'cause they have all profited immensely from their mutual friendship!]

This story will give you an idea of what to expect if the Christianist Dominionists, who are working hard to take over our government and institute "Biblical" rule, are successful. These people, engaged in the process of waging war on our Constitution and American way of life, really do believe that all the answers to our problems are to be found in the Bible.

Thus, you can expect to be stoned to death if you pick up sticks on the Sabbath; and you will suffer the same fate if you are a homosexual.

Hells bells, if they follow a literal reading of the Bible, slavery will become legal again!

In Saudi Arabia, a country in which the Islamic religion is law, a 75-year old Syrian woman was sentenced to receive 40 lashes, four months imprisonment and deportation from the land for mingling with two men.

Her name is Khamisa Mohammed Sawadi. Last year members of the religious police entered her house and discovered she was in the presence of two men to whom she was not related. The religious leaders in Saudi Arabia consider that bad, bad, bad - a no-no!

Both men were also arrested.

It is against the law in Saudi Arabia for men and women who are not kin to "mingle."

One of the men was given four months in prison and 40 lashes and the other got six months and 60 lashes.

The only difference between these Islamist fundys and the Christian Domionists in our country is the nature of the crime. The process and belief system is fundamentally the same.

Ain't religion grand!

Obama can do two things at once, even if Eric Cantor can't

A couple of days ago, we posted an article about the House Minority Whip, Repugnican Eric Cantor, who complained bitterly that Obama should not be messing with things like stem-cell research, but focusing on the economy. The economy was the big issue, the No. 1 issue, opined the whiny Mr. Cantor.

That's why Steve Benen's article on what Mr. Cantor has been up to is so hilarious! While Mr. Cantor speaketh thusly: "Let's take care of business first," he's been up to his nogoodnik tricks. Which is typical, of course, of Repugnican politicos, who say one thing and do another.

For example. In the last few months, Mr. Cantor jumped ship with regard to taking care of business. He co-sponsored the following legislation:

1. H. Res. 204, which congratulated "the American Dental Association for its 150th year of working to improve the public's oral health and promoting dentistry.

2. H. Res. 18: This was a bill to honor "the life, achievements and contributions of Paul Newman.

3. H.R. 997: In this case, Cantor wanted to make "English the official language of the United States."

4. H.R. 836: Mr. Cantor must love his beer. This particular piece of legislative goofiness would "amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to reduce the tax on beer to its pre-1991 level, and for other purposes."

Heh. Heh. Nothing like "focusing on the economy," right Eric?

Steve Benen's article is here.

Wacko Eliyzabeth Yanne Strong/Anderson writes book about God and Jesus

Mz. Eliyzabeth Yanne Strong or Ms. Eliyzabeth Anderson or whatever the hell she is called, has written a book.

Yup. It's titled "Birth Control is Sinful in the Christian Marriages and also Robbing God of Priesthood Children."

Yup. You'll no doubt want to buy it right away. And you can, at Amazon! ONLY $135.00 (Which is a great deal, 'cause the "List Price" is $150!)

Don't manner none if'n she's damn near illiterate!

Here's part of the "Product Description":


Get all the details here.

Methinks we are breeding crazies by the dozens!

h/t to Cynical-C Blog.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Glenn Beck, Chuck Norris and Armed Rebellion

Glenn Beck and Chuck Norris. Two freaking misguided nutjobs, crazy as hell, and even perhaps a bit dangerous.

Meg White has an article at BuzzFlash which pokes fun at the old, washed up, B-grade movie actor, Chuck Norris, who plans to run for the "presidency of Texas." Heh. Heh.

But, it ain't all fun and games. These two fruitcakes have some serious mental issues and because of that, they could become dangerous.

Lovers of Jesus as they both are, and fascists to boot, it isn't surprising that they would come up with the notion of an armed insurrection in our country to get rid of all those they deem the "bad" guys; you know, liburals and socialists and commies and such.

I think the only idiot on TV that would invite Norris to talk about anything is Glenn Beck. And Beck did just that last week.

Meg says "Norris described the exchange on his post-interview column [3] at -- where else -- World Net Daily:

"[Beck said] 'If this country starts to spiral out of control... Americans won't stand for it. There will be parts of the country that will rise up.' Then Glenn asked me and his listening audience, 'And where's that going to come from?' He answered his own question, 'Texas, it's going to come from Texas. Do you agree with that Chuck?' I replied, 'Oh yeah! Definitely."

There's more. Norris is busy putting together cell groups "united around the country in solidarity over the concerns for our nation."

It's all so sad. Beck and Norris are just plain sick. Ms. White goes into much more detail in her article. For example, she describes how Norris wants to go to Washington and have General Petraeus find out who's "guilty," and "dishonest" and then Norris says "I will take care of it for him. Took him out. I'll choke them out, the ones that he finds dishonest, I will choke them out and stick them into a pile."

Yup. Shows exactly how much he loves Jesus and the rule of law and the Constitution.

Read Meg's article here.

David Frum takes on Limbaargh

Thanks to Video Cafe

Bible-thumping creationist

Thanks to Atheist Cartoons.

It's not just Kansas. Think Texas, Florida & Oklahoma

[Photo of Don McElroy...Texas Christianist wingnut]

Kansas has a reputation for being somewhat backward when it comes to real life and things that matter...but I think Kansas can't hold a candle to Texas, Florida and Oklahoma.

Oklahoma first. The people of Oklahoma have consistently elected to the U.S. Congress some of the dumbest wingnuts in the world: Flat-earth people. Global-warming deniers. Creationists. And they're proud of it.

Americablog tells this story, which fits into the Oklahoma framework quite well. Lane Dunkley is 13. His grandfather asked him to go hunting. Lane wanted to go hunting with his grandfather, but needed to take a hunter safety course to obtain an Oklahoma hunting license.

So, Lane and his dad, Daniel Reddy, went to a hunter safety course.

When they arrived, the "volunteer instructor," Kell Wolf, asked if any of the students had voted for Barack Obama. Reddy raised his hand.

Wolf, obviously a true Xtn and lover of God, said Obama was "'the next thing to the AntiChrist' and ordered Reddy and Dunkley from the room. Reddy refused to go. "Wolf said he would not teach 'liberals' and would cancel the course if Reddy didn't leave."

Reddy left.

Word of this incident reached the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. Eventually, the ODWC set up a private class for Dunkley. So far as I know, they didn't fire Wolf.

They should have fired the SOB!

On to Florida. My state. Of which I'm often not proud!

Florida, according to Tracy Clark-Flory, writing at, does a piss-poor job of teaching sex education (like many other states!). Clark-Flory notes that a new report "finds that the Sunshine State is also keeping kids 'in the dark.' Florida's schools are legally required to promote 'abstinence from sexual activity outside marriage as the expected standard for all school-aged students' but aren't expected to offer even basic information about safe sex..."

Ho, hum. Again, abstinence outside of marriage is a religious conviction. Why is this "legally required" to be taught in Florida's schools? [Because the religious right wackos have won this battle in their War Against America!]

Oh, perhaps it's also due to the fact that Florida got $64 million buckaroos in federal funding and as we all know, despite all evidence to the contrary, the federal guvmint thinks abstinence education is the cat's meow.

So "...just like Texas, Florida's sex ed programs promote un-sexy things like fear, shame, gender stereotypes and lies."

Clark-Flory spells some of this out:

* Men sexually are like microwaves and women are like crockpots

* The consequence of premarital sex: No ongoing relationships, no commitment, no security, no family and possibly no children.

* Sex within marriage 'will eliminate any of the physical and/or emotional harm caused by contracting a sexually transmitted disease.'

* Condoms fail so often in preventing pregnancy (10-36%) that doctors call them 'antiquated birth control.'

* More on condoms: 'Would you buy a ticket to go bungee jumping from a company that admits their bungee cords will fail about 40% of the time?'

And what are the results of this wonderful non-sex education in Florida? "The most recent data available shows Florida has the third highest rate in the nation of new AIDS diagnoses, the fifth highest rate of new HIV infections; teen pregnancy rates that are the sixth highest in the nation; nearly two-thirds of all new sexually transmitted diseases in the state were among young people; and 15% of new HIV infections occurred among those under the age of 25. ...

"In sum, Florida has some of the worst health outcomes on these key indicators of reproductive and sexual health nationwide."

Then, there's Texas, the Lone Star State, the state of the "all hat - no cattle" prezident, which does not fare any better in terms of sex education, or much else.

And we've written before of the dingbats in charge of general education in the Lone Star State.

This is from Blue Texan.

The chair of the Texas Board of Education, Don McLeroy, is a dentist and a Repugnican. "His website advocates everything from abstinence-only to intelligent design." He also teaches a 4th grade Sunday School Class at Grace Bible Church in College Station.

"McLeroy [an avowed creationist] is among board members who want the standards to require a more critical approach to the teaching of evolution. It's a theory that McLeRoy, 62, believes lacks the empirical data required to be taught without discussion of its particular insufficiencies.


"In addition to asking teachers to engage Texas students in a discussion of how gaps in the fossil record might undermine the notion of common ancestry, McLeroy says he will ask board members to adoopt a curriculum standard that would ask students to explain how the complexity of cells does or does not support the idea of natural selection, an explanation of how organisms evolve."

This would be funny if it weren't so damn sad. The man is a moron! As Blue Texan notes, "Whatever the board decides will have a large impact across the country given Texas' ability, because of its size, to influence what is printed in textbooks."

But it's typical. And Pat Robertson warned us 30 years ago that the right wingnuts intended to place their creeps on city councils, county commissions, school boards and in federal offices and on federal benches, so they could take over the world for Jesus.

It's time to fight back. This is all part of the Christianist WAR ON AMERICA - the War on our Constitution, the War on our secular country.

There's more from the Texas Freedom Network here.

Christian Right's war on the Constitution

[Photo of Gary Dull]

Earlier today, I saw a sappy headline on AOL asking the rhetorical question if there was a war on religion going on in this country.

I lost the link, so didn't read the article, but I'm guessing the so-called "war on religion" referred to Obama's reversal of Bush's ban on embryonic stem-cell funding, among other things.

Somehow the religious right wingnuts in this country have arrived at the notion that they are the purveyors and protectors of our national morality and thus have the right to enact their perverted religiosity into law, and that their beliefs should never be questioned, and that if anyone, including the president does something they perceive as against their beliefs, they are being persecuted, and must run about whining and weeping.

The truth is there is NO war on religion. In fact, it is the opposite. The religious freaks among us have been waging war on our Constitution and way of life for years, getting stronger and bolder until they now believe they have some "rights" that the rest of us do not have - rights that allow them to blatantly ignore the Constitution by, for example, insisting religion be taught in science classes (creationism or ID); that prayer be allowed in public schools; that they have the right to post copies of the Ten Commandments in public buildings; that their religious views relative to abortion and contraception be made the law of the land; that their religious views be the determining force when it comes to disallowing discrimination of homosexuals; by pushing the nonsense of a National Day of Prayer, etc.

But there is a ray of hope. New studies indicate that younger "evangelicals" are rejecting the strident negativism and blatant hatred characterized by the Robertson's, Falwell, and Dobson's of the world. Other studies indicate that the number of "godless" in our country is growing rapidly.

So, when a new group forms, like The Faith and Freedom Institute, to combat "satanic wickedness," it is less likely to be accepted at face value and gain the same level of support it might have expected a few years ago.

RightWingWatch tells about this new group, founded by Dr. Gary Dull and other religious nutcases. It is intended to not only combat Satan but also "return America to a foundation of Biblical principles."

A couple of items of interest: God created all that is, according to these folks, so God created Satan. Why would God do that? And if God is all-powerful, why doesn't he just do away with Satan and the problem would be solved? Furthermore, if America needs to "return to a foundation of Biblical principles," it would seem God could arrange that rather neatly by getting word to the president and the members of Congress and tell them exactly how to go about it.

Of course, our nation was not founded on biblical principles, but that's another whole issue which these religious fruitcakes do not understand!

What Dull (boy is that a perfect name for this guy!) and his cohorts believe is that because America has left behind "godly " principles, God hisself is going to use his terrible, swift sword to wreak judgment on our land! Be afraid! Be very afraid!

Here's what dull Dull said: "America was founded with a spiritual basis, but there are those who want to make it a purely secular nation. Because of the rejection of God and His values, we can expect nothing but His judgment. All one needs to do is to read in history and find out how that when a nation forgot God, God forgot the nation."

Hmmm. Which nations forgot God that God forgot?

And Dull, no laggard he, the earthly representative of the God who forgot, said he's forming this institute "to lead America back to the knowledge of God in order to save the nation from the judgment of God."

Now, doesn't that make you feel better.

But, what the hell is he talking about? What are God's values? What is the "knowledge of God?"
Is he talking about killing people for not "observing" the Sabbath. That's one of God's values! Is he talking about God's lust for blood sacrifice? That's one of God's values! Is he talking about how God, who knows everything, even the future, created people with full awareness that they would do bad things and thus created an eternal hell to torture them forever and ever? That's one of God's values!

I guess Dull is worried if he doesn't save the world, he may end up in the hell created by his "loving heavenly father." That's probably the "knowledge" of God he refers to: you've got to be so fearful of God and his wrath, that you'll return to his values.

But then we have the problem of God's values again! Sheesh!

Anyway, Dull is a dummy of extraordinary proportions. He is a religious moron. Here's more of his bullshit:

"Without a doubt, we believe that there is a definite agenda to destroy America that is being empowered by satanic wickedness and enhanced by Godless citizens."

Part of the "definite agenda" is, of course, abortion and same-sex marriages. In fact, Dull says these two things are the reasons behind our economic failure and moral decline!

The problem isn't any of that. The problem has nothing to do with anything Dull says. There is no war on religion. Dull can believe anything he wants and he can preach anything he wants. What he can't do is make his beliefs the law of the land.

And that's what pisses him off.

So, he and others of his ilk, rotten religious rascals who make their living putting the fear of God into the hearts of the faithful, are waging war on the rest of us!

And that's the problem. Dull and the other dullards of the Christian right hate our country and what it stands for. They hate our secular way of life that allows people to believe what they wish or to believe nothing at all. They hate our Constitution which protects the government from the religious fools that are always hanging around on the edges of insanity.

It's too bad we can't send Dull to some patch of sand in the Middle East where he could cozy up to the theocrats running around on camels and beating up people who disobey "God's" laws. He probably be happy there and he could make all of his godly laws the law of his land.

And he wouldn't be around to wage war on America any more!

More on Gary Dull here.

Obama returning to the Constitution

The good news out of Washington yesterday was not limited to Obama's overturning of Bush's ban on embryonic stem-cell research.

There was a second presidential directive! This one, in the words of Daily Kos, "ordered all executive agencies to ignore the Bush Administration's signing statements unless they have been reviewed and approved by the Obama Justice Department. ...

"The full memorandum lays out the cases in which President Obama will avail himself of using signing statements (Surprise! the former Constitutional law professor intends to err on the side of assuming Congress knows what it's doing most of the time and he will afford the legislative branch the 'presumption of constitutionality!' And if confused about intent, he will actually consult with Congress! And this chief executive will actually be specific about the statutory concern he has and which section of the Constitution he's concerned with!)."

But here's the best part, deriving from a Q & A between reporters and Press Secretary Robert Gibbs:

Mr Gibbs: "This president will use signing statements in order to go back to what has previously been done, and that is to enumerate constitutional problems that either the Justice Department or the -- or legislative council here see as a potential problem through their reading, but not ask that laws be disallowed simply by executive fiat. I will get that --

"Q: So he feels that he's going back to the original intent of --

"Mr. Gibbs: Back to the original intent of a signing -- of signing statements to simply enumerate for those -- like I said, what problems might be inherent in a piece of legislation, without asking that the federal government disallow or ignore congressional intent."

We agree with this summation by Daily Kos: "All hail the U.S. Constitution. It seems to be coming back to life through some vigorous resuscitation."

I would also say that it is truly wonderful to have an administration that isn't trying to pull some sneaky, underhanded, dirty deals behind the backs of the American people, so that the press secretary can stand in front of a group of reporters, tell the truth, and make sense!

Monday, March 9, 2009

Embryonic stem cell funding reversal

Oh boy, the Xtian right wingnuts are really, really mad! Yessiree! That socialist, godless, nogood Commie Obama is going to reverse the ban on government funding of embryonic stem cell research!

Now, you just know that God is tearing off his wings up there in heaven at this brazen attempt to play himself! Jesus and the Holy Spirit are so angry they're thinking about making Satan the patron of the Democratic Party instead of the Republican Party!

And it's not only the Xtian right wingnuts that got their shorts in knots. It's the crippled rabble who make up the Repugnican congressional leadership, too!

Omigod, whined Repug whip of the House, Rep. Eric Cantor: "Why are we going and distracting ourselves from the economy?" he cried. "This is job No. 1. Let's focus on what needs to be done."

Heh. Heh. And all the people laughed their asses off! Repugnicans "focusing" on what needs to be done? That's why every single one of the damn nogoodniks voted against Obama's plan to help the economy. They "focused" all right; they "focused" the whole damn country!

What Cantor is really focused on is "embryo harvesting" and "human cloning." He's worried about big, bad Uncle Sam: "Frankly, federal funding of embryonic stem-cell research can bring on embryo harvesting, perhaps even human cloning that occurs. We don't want that. That shouldn't be done. That's wrong."

Hmmm. Sure wouldn't want to clone any Repugnicans! He's right about that!

But Cantor and the rest of the dim bulb Repugs in Congress stand alone with the religious goofballs on the right.

Meanwhile, Dr. Harold Varmus, who co-chairs Obama's science advisory council and is president of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, speaking for common sense and reasonable people everywhere, said that the Obama administration is endorsing "the notion that public policy must be guided by sound, scientific advice."

But why? whines Cantor. We've got God, the Vatican, Limbaargh and the GOP to tell us what is right, wrong and inbetween!

Yeah for Obama!

h/t to The Raw Story

The Vatican, International Women's Day & the washing machine

International Women's Day has been celebrated for over a century around the world. Festivities occurred in hundreds of countries yesterday in honor of women and you can read all about it here.

Now the Roman Catholic Church has never much liked women, except in their proper place, which is to serve males. Much of the Vatican's misogyny is based on the fact that Jesus' 12 disciples were all of the male persuasion.

That's why the Vatican refuses to allow women to be ordained to the priesthood. Which is really quite funny when you think about it. As Dan Barker mentions in his book, Godless, the disciples were not only all males, but were also all Jews. "How can there be an Italian, Polish or German pope, an Irish bishop or a Mexican priest?"

Marinda Bryant, writing at The Independent, says that on International Women's Day, "the Vatican had a novel message for the women of the world: give thanks for the washing machine. This humble domestic appliance had done more for the women's liberation movement than the contraceptive pill or working outside the home, said the official Vatican newspaper, Osservatore Romano."

Bryant notes this newspaper article is entitled: "'The washing macine and the emancipation of women: put in the powder, close the lid and relax.'"

Heh. Heh.

What a bunch of morans!

Frank Schaeffer, author of Crazy for God on the crazed GOP

Thanks to Video Cafe

Distributor Cap NY looks at the GOP, Conservatives and Socialism

Distributor Cap NY has written an excellent article, in his usual poignant and pithy style, dealing with the GOP, conservative ideology, and socialism within the context of their development in our country.

Here's a taste: "... since the Conservative ideology espoused by Reagan-Gingrich-Bush II ... has pretty much run its course, ... the right has decided that the vilification and derision of 'liberals' isn't working out that well anymore. ...

"Always needing an enemy to justify their existence, the right wing punditry (which for all intents and purposes consists of Coulter, Hannity, Malkin, O'Reilly, Monica Crowley, drug-infested Rush and [] several other deranged douchebags) has decided to abandon[] political ideology as their hub of contempt, and now embrace economic theories that are not Conservative-endorsed as the new pariah. In the delusional minds of the GOP - Socialists, the S-word, is the current bogeyman." ...

"This of course is laughable. We have had one form or another of a Socialist style government and/or economy since 1789, but why let the facts get in the way of a good belittling. But this [is] America - land of the free gullible. Since the Republican leaders have shown they are devoid of any ideas other than meanness and evil, you can expect no less. ...

"By continuing to insist that any deviance off the stairway to Capitalist Heaven will mean impending doom (doom for them that is), the Conservatives and Republicans have out-and-out rejected the premise that ALL Americans deserve such basic things as a living wage, a good education, accessible and affordable health care and the ability to see their children grow up and succeed."

There's so much'll want to read it all here.

Alec Baldwin on the GOP and Limbaugh

A couple of days ago, the actor Alec Baldwin, offered a few thoughts regarding the political situation in this country, referencing the GOP and Rush Limbaugh in particular. While I don't agree with everything he said, in particular his praise of "real Republicans," which he thinks are represented by the ideas of Barry Goldwater, he does make several comments which are right on target.

For example: "Rush Limbaugh is an uneducated, marginally talented, overbearing, recovering drug addict who was, at least according to Wikipedia, ineligible for the draft because he had cysts on his ass."

I wonder if that's a typo, and the word "ass," was mistakenly substituted for "brain"?

Baldwin's "real Republican" friends "(not hypocritical evangelicals who are too lazy to raise their own children properly so, therefore, insist that all public institutions and policies bend to their will to make that job easier) do not listen to Limbaugh. They don't care what he says." ...

"Until Limbaugh gets real, weans himself off the big salary and runs for office, he will always be nothing more than a poorly educated, marginally talented buffoon who has developed a real talent for manipulating the G-spot of the neocon consciousness and massaging the hate gland of so many economically displaced white voters in America.

"I hope to God the GOP gets its act together soon and finds a real leader for their Party. Rush Limbaugh as the spokesperson for the GOP? 2010, I can't wait."

Methinks maybe Baldwin's concern is too late. Rush Limbaargh seems to have already been chosen as the de facto leader of the Repugnicans!

You can read Baldwin's entire rant here.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Finally, tonight, Jesus....

Because I'm sure you want to know more about apparitions of Jesus and the Virgin Mary, watch this.

Thanks to Rumproast.

Phony Repugnican outrage over earmarks

Thanks to Video Cafe.

Bachmann is back again (and again, and again, and again)

When I lived there, I thought some people in Minnesota had good sense. I knew, though, that a bunch of them were yokels with pea-sized brains. I was right and it was the latter that elected Michelle Bachmann to Congress the first time and then did the same damn idiotic thing again!

Anyway, she's back, and according to Think Progress was talking with another right wingnut, Bill Bennett on his radio show and Bennett asked Bachmann why Obama was siding with the "liberal House Democrats rather than the more moderate [members]?" Bennett, a gambling addict (but he loves Jesus, so that's OK), answered his own question by saying that Obama was the "most liberal member of the Senate."

Bachmann mumbled her assent, "but added that she believes Republicans should 'thwart' as much of Obama's agenda as possible, specifically citing what she called 'socialized medicine' and the 'new tax on energy.':

"'If you want to look at economic history over the past 100 years. I call it punctuated equilibrium. If you look at FDR, LBJ, and Barack Obama, this is really the final leap to socialism. ... But we all know that we could turn this around and we can turn this around fairly quickly. We're still a free country.

'And as the Democrats are about to institutionalize cartels -- that's when they're very good at -- they're trying to consolidate power, so we need to do everything we can to thwart them at every turn to make sure that they aren't able to, for all time, secure a power base that for all time can never be defeated.'"

"Punctuated equilibrium?" Heh. Heh.

Now there are some very dim bulbs burning in the United States House of Representatives, but Michelle Bachmann still takes us by surprise. Nobody could possibly be that stupid. Nobody could be that deranged.

Well, nobody except Michelle, who spouts this stuff with that goofy look that exemplifies her empty head.

But, and here's the problem: She's taking her cues from Limbaugh and Kristol, and McConnell, Boehner and Cantor. She may be a total idiot, but she's simply mouthing what her controllers have told her to say.

If the Repugnicans ever get control of our government again, the great American experiment is over!

The Think Progress article is here.

The video goes back to November, but gives a pretty good indication of just how big a moron is Miss Bachmann.

What is a conservative?

"A conservative is someone who believes the problem with our economy is that poor people have too much money.”

- Bob Orben, speechwriter for Gerald Ford

Thanks to Cat in the Bag

Jonathan Falwell as crazy as his old man

[Image of Jonathan Falwell praying from]

Mark Karlin at BuzzFlash was good enough to share an e-mail he received from Jonathan Falwell, son of the late Christian rightwingnut, Jerry Falwell. It appears that yes, insanity is hereditary!

Falwell (Jonathan), says Karlin, set his (Karlin's) mind at rest: "All I need to do is forget about the bills piling up, grab my Bible, and fasten my seat belt for the Rapture, because Jesus is on his way!"

Among other things, Falwell's e-mail noted:

"The New Testament leaves us with the anticipation that Jesus could come at any time." Yup. It's only been 2,000 plus years and these dipshits are still sitting under the plum tree waiting for the fruit to drop!

Not only so, but Luke 21:25 tells us the signs which will indicate Jesus is about to parachute back down to earth (no 15-year old Jewish maiden this time!). There are six, count 'em, six "modern developments indicating that the stage is set for the return of Christ." And here they are! Tada!

1. Israel got the so-called "Promised Land" back (in 1948!)
2. Islam is gonna embiggen.
3. Lots of extremists around the world gonna cause truble.
4. Political unification of Europe. Heh. Heh. What Europe is he talking about?
5. Peace attempts in the Middle East fail. So what's new. Peace attempts in the Middle East have been failing for at least 4,000 years!
6. Worldwide threat of nuclear weapons.

Now, you may wonder how these fruitcakes got all of this from Luke 21:25. Well, to be honest, they didn't. They make this crap up. And they pretend they know what the hell they're talking about, and people send them lots of money and buy their idiotic books.

It is all unadulterated bullshit!

And it's about time decent human beings called these religious creeps on their demented ravings. And where are the "liberal" Christians? Why don't they speak out loudly and clearly?

Read all of Karlin's article (including the full e-mail from J. Falwell) here.