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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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“The superior man is the providence of the inferior. He is eyes for the blind, strength for the weak, and a shield for the defenseless. He stands erect by bending above the fallen. He rises by lifting others.”
Robert Green Ingersoll

The most recent public statement by Christopher Hitchens:

Dear fellow-unbelievers,

Nothing would have kept me from joining you except the loss of my voice (at least my speaking voice) which in turn is due to a long argument I am currently having with the specter of death. Nobody ever wins this argument, though there are some solid points to be made while the discussion goes on. I have found, as the enemy becomes more familiar, that all the special pleading for salvation, redemption and supernatural deliverance appears even more hollow and artificial to me than it did before. I hope to help defend and pass on the lessons of this for many years to come, but for now I have found my trust better placed in two things: the skill and principle of advanced medical science, and the comradeship of innumerable friends and family, all of them immune to the false consolations of religion. It is these forces among others which will speed the day when humanity emancipates itself from the mind-forged manacles of servility and superstitition. It is our innate solidarity, and not some despotism of the sky, which is the source of our morality and our sense of decency.

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The cowardly Bryan Fischer at American Family Association is at it again.

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Did you know that HSLDA is having a video ad contest?  I don’t know what they plan to do with the videos or where they hope to air them (Christian TV networks I presume), but you can vote for your favorite video at HSLDA — and/or in my poll below.  :D


1.  Old Time


2.  Same Day


3.  HSLDA Case: 8521


4.  Hope on the Horizon


5.  Homeschoolers Who Lived in a Shoe


6.  HSLDA Scent


7.  Are You Protected?



Of course, while I was over at HSLDA, I accidentally clicked on – and cast a vote for! – entry #1 which features the “mom” who leaves her toddler unattended on the stairs while she’s preoccupied with the social worker.  Oy.

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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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