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Struck by rhetorical lightning while standing by a rack of Dean stickers, mild-mannered writer Roland X was transformed by the power of the Dean for America movement. Now, driven by the superpower of the anti-Bush alliance, he has become Captain ABBA!

Member since 7 Feb 2004, posted 43 diaries and 161 comments (as of 2009). Posts may be copied here to Relics at some point.

Kill the mandate, save the bill

(originally posted to Daily Kos)

Well, after yesterday’s epic rumination that did…nothing, I’m trying for something a little more straightforward. What’s wrong with the bill as-is?

Well, it’s missing quite a few things, like the public option, the Medicare buy-in, and a death panel for Lieberman’s career. It still does a lot of good stuff…but the one really BAD thing it does, as of now, is too big and bad for the current bill to be acceptable to those of us who oppose it: the mandate is a disaster that will destroy families and devastate a fragile economy. I’ll let Digby take it from here:
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The Innocent Have Nothing To Fear…Right?

Wrong.

A Homeland Security Department spokesman was held Wednesday on felony charges of sexually preying on a detective posing as a 14-year-old girl through explicit online conversations. He was quickly suspended without pay from one of the nation’s top crime-fighting agencies.

The arrest of Brian J. Doyle, 55, raised doubts about the ability of an agency responsible for safeguarding the country to ensure the security credentials of its own people.

Gee, ya think?

Of course, it can’t get much worse than this, right?

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“If they really cared, they’d be Republicans.”

As the Blogfather notes, Frank Luntz is still evil, but I don’t think he picked up on how evil (warning: PDF file):

3. What would Jesus do? Tell me what YOU would do and leave Jesus out of it. The time for a conversation about faith and spirituality is in the general election, not the primaries. Democrats don’t want to hear about your church. If they really cared, they’d be Republicans.

Emphasis on last sentence mine.

More below the flip.

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He Said He Was A Uniter

Crossposted to/from Big Orange.

Every so often, I feel compelled to return to this issue, the heart of what shows that Bush is evil — not just his administration, nor Bush himself merely incompetent — but the man himself, the puppet sitting in the Oval Office. He bears responsibility, no matter how he might try to avoid it.

Below the fold, I am going to ask you to come back with me, back to That Day, back to when the millennium truly turned and America changed forever — just not the way we thought or hoped. Just a heads-up.

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Anyone still think charges of theocracy are funny?

State bill proposes Christianity be Missouri’s official religion [1]

Missouri legislators in Jefferson City considered a bill that would name Christianity the state’s official “majority” religion.

The resolution would recognize “a Christian god,” and it would not protect minority religions, but “protect the majority’s right to express their religious beliefs.” The resolution also recognizes that, “a greater power exists,” and only Christianity receives what the resolution calls, “justified recognition.”

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Battleblog Galactikos?

Yeah, yeah, I’m shameless. What’s your point? 😉

Actually, this concept sprung from a parody .sig I created for Street Prophets (you can find it at the end of this diary, if you care), but more and more, its implications weigh on me: are we really it? Is there no one else left who’s really standing up and fighting with genuine heart except a bunch of liberals, progressives, and infuriated moderates all suffering from outrage overload? Maybe — on good days — a handful of Democratic leaders who kind of almost get it?

I’m an introvert. I’d vastly prefer to donate once in a while, write when it’s helpful, and otherwise let the fighters do the fighting and the leaders do, you know, the leading. More and more, though, it seems like there aren’t any real leaders on our side any more. Well, except Howard Dean, but as DNC chairman, he’s kind of in a wonkish position, structurally and strategically — not exactly a high profile position to launch rhetorical Vipers from.

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Why I’m A Pagan

[editor’s note, by its simple IF you ignore the complexity]I think exploring the basis of our faith traditions is important. I thank Roland for sharing his and hope promoting this helps make a statement in regards to Morgan’s recent diary.

It’s a funny thing. I haven’t thought seriously about the origins and underpinnings of my neopaganism in years. In the wake of my beloved wife Morgan’s post on non-Christian involvement in SP, however, I felt the need, and the reflection has been very good for my faith. I’ve spent some useful, valuable time thinking about what my spirituality means to me.

Anyway, my reason for being a neopagan. Well, I may be rather thoroughly hetero, but a common refrain from the LGBT community comes to mind: “do you think I’d put up with this much grief if this were a choice?” I certainly don’t believe that New Age faith is genetically based, but it almost seems as if our beliefs are written in our spiritual DNA at times. It’s commonly said that no one converts to paganism, you just realize one day that it’s what you’ve been all along.

Oh so much more after the flip.

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On Getting Over It

Okay, no promises, but I hope this is my last commentary on the cartoons, at least regarding the free speech flap. I’m actually going to come at this from the other end soon, but for now I have one more thing I have to say on the issue.

Links to some pretty inflammatory pictures past the flip.

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Words, Violence, Nuance and Proportion: Our Existential Crisis

I think we need to take serious stock of where we stand here. Civilization today is at a point where its very foundation — the idea that we can work out our differences without trying to kill each other — is in real danger. The facet brought up so often in the Traditional Media is our “interconnected, multicultural world.” In this frame, the question becomes whether or not freedom of expression can truly be maintained in the face of those who reject that ideal.

A whole heck of a lot more after the fold.

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