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Tuesday, December 20, 2005

How Long America??

How long before the American people are totally fed up with George Walker Bush? What will it take to send Crawford, Texas' best known citizen packing?

Ronald Reagan was known as the "Teflon President" because no controversy would stick to him. Do we call George Bush "Louie the Lying Slacker" because he has managed to escape, thus far, the fate of others? (President Bill Clinton lied about having an illicit affair with a young female White House intern. George Bush lied, along with British Prime Minister Tony Blair, about going to war killing thousands of young men and women.)

Here is a partial list of offenses:
    Illegal wire taps,
    Outing covert agents,
    Passing on faulty intelligence as gospel in order to start a war for oil;
    Denying the sovereignty of another nation;
    Arrests without warrants or evidence of violating any laws;
    Illegal domestic spying;
    Holding prisoners of war in secret prisons indefinitely without charges and without acknowledging their status as POWs;
    Ignoring the Geneva Conventions with special emphasis on ignoring the agreement for the treatment of prisoners of war.
    Using illegal chemical weapons on the Iraqis.
    Killing thirty-thousand Iraqis for their involment in the September 11, 2001 attacks. There is still no proof Iraqis were involved in the attacks.
    Illegal manipulation of the vote and manipulation of the highest court in the land.
    Manipulation of the media--to wit the latest report is that the story about illegal domestic wire taps was withheld by the press upon request of the President of the United States for at least one year. Now he berates the media for publishing the fact he continues breaking the law.
This litany of infractions is more than enough to get one president impeached. By George! He's done enough to get three presidents impeached and removed from office.

Wake up America! How long? How long, America?

Forcing the CHRIST Back Into Christmas!

Someone make them stop. Please! With all the headaches associated with this major holiday I do not need to be confronted by some overzealous Christian adult stranger who insists on correcting me when I pleasantly wish them , "Happy holidays !". They are too impolite to respond with "Same to you." or someother socially acceptable reciprocation. No! They must correct me by telling me to, "Say 'Merry Christmas'." They offer a message that sounds a lot like a reprimand to me. Someone please tell me when it became acceptable behavior to correct another adult, someone who is being friendly.

For you socially inept Christians who are following instruction given to you on Advent Sunday by some equally dogmatic and pedantic preacher, allow me to explain what I mean when I'm saying "Happy holidays!"
Firstly, I mean no insult. Since you are a stranger, and I am merely being friendly--I can not judge if you are a Christmas celebrating-in the religious sense of the holiday-type-person or some Jew who likes the idea of a Chanukkah tree, or a Muslim who's into giving gifts or a truly enlightened person who celebrates all of the holidays that are celebrated during this time of year--Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Wiccan Fests, Islamic observances even the western world's New Year. The list is long. Rather than try to guess what is the appropriate thing to say to you, or risk being told "Oh I don't celebrate Christmas", I use the generic "Happy holidays!" and move on with my holiday, everyday good attitude.

So you know Mr. or Ms Stranger, I wish Merry Christmas to my family and friends and the people whom I know share the belief that Christ is Lord. (Yes I realize in Christiandom there are no strangers which accounts for the practicing pedophiles in the Protestant church denominations as well as the Roman Catholic Church and the overwhelming generosity exhibited by practicing Christians in the United States 365 days a year.) I know the Bible says to go into the world and proclaim the good news. Must you be so pushy, especially during this time of "peace on earth, goodwill toward men"? It reminds me of that insulting phrase that was in vogue among some Christians a few years ago. Remember the term "completed Jew"?

Some theologians, preachers if you will, are just over the top. Too much hyperbole. I say get over yourself Rev. Why not teach your followers to be kind, loving and appropriately righteous with indignation like the Christ I've read about in the New Testament. Ooops! I forgot. Some of you preachers and other Christians don't know what's in the Bible. That's why you're upset when someone calls to your attention the incestuous relations, the murder and other unscrupulous activities told throughout the book, both Old and New Testament. If you haven't read it, you don't know what you've missed. I've found it to be a great read.

Another thing--this is America where people have freedom to worship anyway they wish or not. Since we live in America, I believe it is bigoted and presumptuous to think everyone believes as you do. Really I think it's ignorant.

So I say to all of you practicing hypocrites, let's sincerely and respectfully put the CHRIST back into CHRISTmas"Happy holidays!"

Things to Make You Say, "Hmmmm"

Time to put on our thinking caps. Let us now begin to ponder.
    The president, George W. Bush, says he did not violate any laws pertaining to domestic spying. Hmmmm.
    In 1973 another president, Richard M. Nixon, said he was exempt from any law prohibiting electronic eavesdropping. To prevent the disgrace of impeachment, he resigned. Hmmmm.
    The president is doing his "Stay the Course in Iraq Road Show" because he wants to regain the support he has lost. Hmmmm.
    On Monday, during a news conference the president said the fact there was faulty pre-war intelligence about WMDs held by Saddam Hussein in Iraq, is having a negative effect on making a case to go to war against Iran. He said it "affects credibility".Hmmmmm.
    Why isn't our constitution more specific about those "inherent presidential powers" that have been a stumbling block for many of the men who have held the office? Hmmmm.
    Why is the president so concerned about renewing the Patriot Act when he's making up laws as he goes along?(I call it "improvisational legislation".) Does he really need the Patriot Act to encroach upon our freedoms? Are "inherent presidential powers" to be used to abridge the rights of citizens?
    Why is the president so upset with the media? He denouced news outlets for breaking the story about his unchecked use of those "powers inherent to the Office of the President of the United States of America". Bush even stated he found the term "unchecked" to sound dictatorial and said he "rejects" the description. This comment comes from a man who once half jokingly said his job would be easier if it were a dictatorship and especially so if he were the dictator. Hmmmm.
    Why does the president always talk about enemies? I think George Bush has mentioned enemies more in the past two, nearly three years, than presidents Roosevelt, Truman and Eisenhower did during all of World War II and the Cold War combined. Hmmmmm.
      Pogo strip from 1973 featuring caricatures of the infamous trio of J.Edgar Hoover,head of the FBI; Att'y Gen'l John Mitchell and Vice President Spiro Agnew.
    To paraphrase Walt Kelly , comic strip artist and author of "Pogo" a series popular during the 1940s through mid 1970s, "We have met the enemy and he is you," Hmmmm.