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If you remember a previous post of mine, “A Boatload of Nonsense,” you’ll know that I’m not a huge fan of the movie, Evan Almighty. Back in 2007, Girl talked me into seeing it with her and, today, believe it or not, I gave in again. This time the movie was on television. A cool, rainy day; pillows and blankets aplenty; popcorn and drinks. How could I resist?

This time, the part of the movie that struck me most was when Evan, standing before Congress, confesses that it was “God” who told him to build an ark in preparation for a great flood… to which the leading congressman responds,

God? You talk to God?… And God is talking back?… Obviously, the stresses of this office have proven too much for you… Please have the congressman removed.

[sigh]

Wouldn’t that be a sight to see in real life: political points deducted – not added – when candidates talk about their private exchanges with God. In the latest GOP presidential debate (the “Thanksgiving Family Forum”), for instance, the Christian contenders even left their dog whistles at home.  They didn’t need whistles; the candidates were astonishly candid about their intentions should they be elected. And, since the debate was not televised nor viewed online by many, I’m wondering if those who might have been critical of what was said may be unaware that there was even a debate this weekend.

Related past posts:  “Cain: The Reluctant Leader“; “You can’t bridge a wall that doesn’t exist

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“There has never been another prophet in Israel like Moses. The Lord knew Moses face to face and sent him to do signs and miracles in Egypt—to the king, to all his officers, and to the whole land of Egypt. Moses had great power, and he did great and wonderful things for all the Israelites to see.”
Deut 34:10-12 NCV

In a speech Saturday, Herman Cain illuminated his claim that it was God who convinced him to run for president.

I prayed and prayed and prayed… I’m a man of faith, I had to do a lot of praying for this one, more praying than I’d ever done before in my life. And when I finally realized that it was God saying that this is what I needed to do, I was like Moses. “You’ve got the wrong man, Lord. Are you sure?”

Cain is Moses

meg·a·lo·ma·ni·a
n.
1. A mental disorder marked by feelings delusions of greatness

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Looking over the sorry cast of Republicans running for president, it’s hard to choose the worst of the bunch.  That said, Herman Cain is definitely a contender for top honors.  Has anybody read his recent interview with New York Times Magazine?  Wow.  If you missed it, here’s an interesting excerpt (from Poltical Correction blog).

NY Times: Before you announced your campaign, you said that the liberal establishment is scared that “a real black man might run against Barack Obama.” Are you suggesting Obama isn’t really black?

Cain: A real black man is not timid about making the right decisions, that’s what I meant. Look, I’m not getting into this whole thing about President Obama. It is documented that his mother was white and his father was from Africa. If he wants to call himself black, fine. If he wants to call himself African-American, fine. I’m not going down this color road.

NT Times: But you’re saying he’s not really a black man.

Cain: Not in terms of a strong black man that I’m identifying with. I identify with a strong black man like Martin Luther King Jr., or my dad, Luther Cain Jr., who didn’t have a lot of formal education, but he had a Ph.D. in common sense.

Now, if Herman Cain wants to call himself morally fit for the presidency, fine.  I’m not going down that road.  I would, however, like to share with the Obama Campaign an idea that has been rattling around in my head.  Here it is: Perhaps the best strategy for winning re-election is to just buy extra air time and media access for the eventual GOP opponent – then be ready to disseminate the mess on social media networks.  Sometimes, these folks seem like pervs in trenchcoats who can’t wait to expose themselves to us.

Disclaimer: That the man in the clip art happens to look like Ron Paul is coincidental.

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The Borowitz Report is reporting, Republicans: Trillions Could Be Cut from Budget if We Eliminate Empathy.

Speaking on behalf of congressional Republicans, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) said today that trillions could be cut from the Federal budget if Congress can agree to eliminate empathy.

Rep. Cantor noted that “the word ‘empathy’ comes from the Greek word ‘pathos,’ meaning ‘pathetic’ – and that’s exactly what helping people is: pathetic.”

Sources say that the “Repeal Empathy” effort promises to be a key feature of the 2012 Republican Platform!   I haven’t heard who the GOP Convention keynote speaker will be (Scott Walker?  John Kasich?  Rick Santorum?); but that person will, without doubt, need visual aids like this one that I put together.

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I’d tell him so, but he has disabled YouTube comments and ratings for his videos “From The Desk Of Donald Trump.”

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David Brody of Christian Broadcasting Network isn’t happy about President Obama’s announcement last night about the death of Osama bin Laden

…how about a smile? How about showing a little joy? How about a word or two saying something about how this is no doubt a happy or joyous occasion for Americans? We got nothing like that at all.

Mr. Brody has it all figured out though.

It’s because his speech wasn’t so much aimed at Americans. He was being careful of how the “Arab Street” would interpret his remarks. Any hint of gloating or happiness might be rubbing it in the face of some of the crazies in the Arab World and heaven forbid we get them upset! How dare we Americans look like we’re celebrating his death! The travesty of it all! Give me a break.

Wow.  WWJD?  Par-tay, apparently.

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Well, I’m not sure exactly, but here are my four best guesses before my morning coffee.

1.  Our lovely beaches

2.  Our Housewives

3.  Our local celebrities

4.  Our Republicans Party officials and elected leaders who send racist emails like the latest featuring an altered photo depicting President Barack Obama as an ape???

Sent Friday afternoon by party central committee member Marilyn Davenport, it was captioned, “Now you know why no birth certificate.”

Asked if she thought her email was inappropriate, she said,

Oh, come on! Everybody who knows me knows that I am not a racist. It was a joke. I have friends who are black. Besides, I only sent it to a few people–mostly people I didn’t think would be upset by it.

(She has “friends who are black.”  Heck, she has probably even eaten dinner in homes of black people!)

Of course, as reported by our local paper this morning, “this is the third charge of racism among Orange County’s conservative-leaning political community in recent history.”

Shortly after President Obama’s inauguration, Los Alamitos Mayor Dean Grose forwarded an email of the White House with a watermelon patch imposed as a White House garden.

Before that, a local councilman Dick Nichols said he was voting against putting in more grass at Corona del Mar’s beach because there were already “too many Mexicans on the beach.”

Oh, Orange County.  Maybe after my coffee I’ll think of more examples.

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