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Vitter and Craig to Rescue Marriage!
June 28th, 2008 under family, homosexuality, Hypocrisy, Politics, Tacky. [ Comments: 2 ]

You have got to be kidding me!

What’s next, an ethics bill from Jefferson?


Larry Craig and David Vitter — “two United States Senators implicated in extramarital sexual activity” — have named themselves as co-sponsors of S.J. Res. 43, the Marriage Protection Amendment. If passed, the bill would amend the Constitution to declare that marriage “shall consist only of the union of a man and a woman.”

Jindal Spreads Lie about Katrina and Oil Spills
June 27th, 2008 under Jindal, Katrina, New Orleans, Politics. [ Comments: none ]

My letter to Jindal:

Governor Jindal,
Please stop telling the lie that there were no major oil spills as a result of Katrina. Either you are totally misinformed or you are intentionally spreading a myth to help oil companies make more money. Either way. Please stop spreading the lie.

I deserve a governor that is informed and honest.

I know. I should have been more harsh. Here’s a clip where he argues for chemical castration of persons convicted of raping a child. As I alluded to earlier–Bobby knows a bit about what it means to be missing kahones. But at the end of the clip he perpetuates the lie that Katrina cause no “major” oils spills.

HT: Adrastos

June 21st, 2008 under New Orleans. [ Comments: none ]

Out of town for a few days. See you soon!
Vacation Shot!

Limbaugh and Others Lie about Katrina and Oil Spills
June 20th, 2008 under Environment, Politics. [ Comments: none ]

Photo by: Joe Raedle / Getty Images

There’s another myth being unchallenged by the ignorant, spineless mainstream media. Kind of like the myth that Obama’s a muslim. The myth is that there were no oil spills due to Katrina.


More than 500 specialists are working to clean up 44 oil spills ranging from several hundred gallons to nearly 4 million gallons, the U.S. Coast Guard said in an assessment that goes far beyond initial reports of just two significant spills.

The report comes nearly three weeks after Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast, and reflects the fact that the Coast Guard and other agencies are able to only now tackle environmental problems since the search and rescue effort is winding down.

The Coast Guard estimates more than 7 million gallons of oil were spilled from industrial plants, storage depots and other facilities around southeast Louisiana.

Jindal Needs Some Neuticles
June 19th, 2008 under Jindal, Politics. [ Comments: none ]

neuticle.jpgThe Louisiana Legislature just passed a bill to give themselves a pay raise. Blanco wouldn’t allow them to give themselves a payraise until public teacher pay was brought up to the Southern regional average. Seems MeeMaw had more balls than Bobby. He wants them to “undo what they’ve done” but doesn’t have the nerve or integrity (he promised no pay raises) to veto it!

Looks like Bobby could use some Neuticles!

Republican Racism: Where Are the Christian Protesters?
June 19th, 2008 under Christianity, ChristianWalk, Hypocrisy, Politics, Racism, Walking Like Jesus. [ Comments: 1 ]

pin.jpgWhy didn’t anyone at the Texas Republican State Convention order the removal of this racist campaign button from the convention? Weren’t there any Christians there to speak out against this obviously racist button? I’m troubled that this was dealt with after the convention. Obviously we need to get more Christians involved in Republican politics in Texas so that we can make a difference there!

The Republican Party of Texas will donate proceeds from a vendor who sold a racist campaign button at the state convention last weekend to Midwestern flood victims, a party spokesman said Wednesday.

A vendor called Republicanmarket.com sold a button that said “If Obama is president … will we still call it The White House?” The button was sold in a pavilion adjoining the convention hall in Houston.”

I’m personally sending a complaint letter to Binkley Toys for contracting to produce the SockObama monkey. It’s my Christian duty. I’m beginning to think Republicans might be racists.

Thank God there’s Rush Limbaugh. Oh wait…

Maybe we ought to follow Schroeder’s advice and send a few emails.

Lack of Respect
June 19th, 2008 under Christian Crap, Christianity, ChristianWalk, Hypocrisy, Walking Like Jesus. [ Comments: none ]

I saw this at Exploring Our Matrix and at Unreasonable Faith.respect.jpg

Stress in the Big Easy
June 19th, 2008 under Cancer, Christianity, family, God, Katrina, Recovery, Shirley, Shirley Jr. [ Comments: 3 ]

Pandora'sIt’s been a tough day. I took my lovely wife to the doctor’s office this morning for her quarterly check-up. Four years since her final treatment for cancer. It seems like only yesterday. I hate that office. We got the bad news there. It’s always pretty packed with folks. Folks waiting for the bad news. Folks waiting for good news. Folks with wigs, using walkers, terribly tired, terribly scared, and terribly sick.

Visit to Pandora'sI watched people trying to stay awake. Two people were trying to work the 500 piece puzzle. Several had their spouses with them and some had their kids and grandkids with them. All alone was Sister St. Dorian. Just her and God. It was kind of sad. Her big black horn-rimmed glasses matched her skirt and head covering. Even though she looks to be in her late seventies, Sr. St. Dorian rose rather quickly when her name was called. She released the break on her walker and pretty quickly left for the door. I prayed for her.

As soon as the wife went in for her results, I left the waiting room and went to the lobby of the hospital. I couldn’t stand being in the room any longer.

Great news! She’s fine. I dropped her off at work and headed to the NOBTS library to work on a chapter for the next book. On the way I saw such devastation. I forget how terrible it still is in Gentilly. I get angry and depressed when I drive through my old neighborhood. “Guess they’ll never convict Jose Vazquez, Jr.’s murderer,” I thought as I drove past Vasquez’s restaurant on Gentilly. It hasn’t been touched since Katrina.

Trip to Pandora'sGot to the library, made a quick run through the New Orleans Blogs and saw another jerk is using the floods in Iowa to trash New Orleans. I love it when someone who’s never been here explains why Katrina was our fault. It really sucks around here. I know it could be worse. A lot worse.

Sometimes I feel like the luckiest guy in the world. Other days I feel like Sister St. Dorian. Alone in a scary place. Just me and God. Gotta hop up now. Got work to do. Can’t wait to pick up Shirley Jr from camp and Shirley Sr from work. I owe the little one a snowball. We’ll go by Pandora’s. Life is good.

Michelle Obama and American Pride
June 17th, 2008 under Baptists, Christianity, Peace, Politics. [ Comments: 2 ]

Recently, Michelle Obama has been criticized for saying that “for the first time in my adult lifetime, I am really proud of my country — and not just because Barack has done well, but because I think people are hungry for change.”

Cindy McCain disagreed: “I don’t know about you, if you heard those words earlier. I’m very proud of my country.”

For the last eight years, the Bush administration has rammed down our throats that life is simple. “Either with us or against us.” “Support our troops.” “Dems are weak on defense.” etc. Unfortunately, Americans have fallen for this simplistic, talking point, sound byte, mentality. You can see this type of mentality in a recent comment on my blog. I mention Mark Gstohl’s fine article critiquing Southern Baptists (which BTW has also been picked up by EthicsDaily.com) and David asked why I have so much hatred toward Southern Baptists! Can’t a guy point out a few problems with his country or religious tradition without being accused of being a hater (see definition 3)?

Can’t someone be ashamed of some of our country’s actions or policies and still be patriotic? I think so. I’m ashamed that my kids live in a country that started a preemptive war. I grew up with the Viet Nam War crap, but this is ridiculous and un-Christian. I grew up in a country that didn’t torture (or at LEAST tried to hide it). My kids are watching a presidential candidate who has been a victim of torture who doesn’t even have the decency to vote against it!

Call me unpatriotic, but I’m ashamed of that. It would be a proud moment to see my fellow citizens to vote against such a heinous political coward that called his wife the “c” word! But I’m proud of the Baptist minister who called him on it! See David, I’m not a Baptist hater!

No we don’t like that kind of language John!

I think Michelle Obama has much more courage than Cindy McCain. Her honesty is refreshing! Speaking of honesty…have you seen the latest on Cindy? We should expect Bill Clinton to lie, but cookie recipes? Come on!

Evolution Alternatives Bill Progress in Louisiana
June 16th, 2008 under Christian Crap, Jindal, Louisiana, Politics. [ Comments: none ]

From EthicsDaily.com:

Bill Barrow

BATON ROUGE, La. (RNS) The Louisiana House of Representatives has approved a science education bill that one prominent church-state group predicts could yield a lawsuit over teaching religion in public schools.

The bill would allow science teachers, after a request by a local school board and with the approval by state education officials, to use supplemental materials when teaching subjects such as evolution, global warming, cloning and the origin of life.

The House passed the bill in a 94-3 vote on Wednesday and sent it to the state Senate. The bill would then go to Gov. Bobby Jindal, who has publicly expressed his support for teaching alternatives to evolution.

Supporters say the measure will encourage honest discussions about controversial topics, with teachers using the most up-to-date research that sometimes is not included in textbooks.

Read the rest here. Also, rumor has it Mark Gstohl’s article will show up at Ethics Daily soon!

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