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December 4, 2008 Posted by | Politics | Leave a comment

Explain to me Bush’s religion

Yeah, evangelicals are going to love this. In a interview for “Nightline,” ABC’s Cynthia McFadden asked Bush if the Bible was literally true.

“You know. Probably not. … No, I’m not a literalist, but I think you can learn a lot from it, but I do think that the New Testament for example is … has got … You know, the important lesson is ‘God sent a son,”‘ Bush said. “It is hard for me to justify or prove the mystery of the Almighty in my life,” he said. “All I can just tell you is that I got back into religion and I quit drinking shortly thereafter and I asked for help. … I was a one-step program guy.” The president also said that he prays to the same God as those with different religious beliefs.”
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2008/12/09/bush-says-creation-incompatible-evolution/

December 15, 2008 Posted by | Faith, Politics | Leave a comment

Obama to use his full name when sworn in

That’s what Politico is reporting.

President-elect Barack Obama says he plans to use all three of his names when he takes the oath of office in January, giving voice to a name that was was rarely used during the campaign except by critics. 
http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1208/16406.html 

Maybe this will take the spears away from the wingnuts that invoke his middle name to encourage fear.

December 10, 2008 Posted by | Current Events, Politics | Leave a comment

Mitch, meet Barack.

Mitch Daniels was one of 40 governors to meet with Barack Obama and Joe Biden during the National Governors Association conference in Philadelphia. While other governors are pushing for the enactment of an economic stimulus package aimed at infrastructure projects, Daniels has not officially signed on but he has offered some advice for dispensing the money. The Courier & Press is reporting that Daniels asked Obama in a letter to fund projects where the economic need is the greatest and called it “grossly unfair” that Indiana only gets back $.92 from every dollar it sends to Washington in gasoline taxes. One thing that concerns me is his call for the gutting the regulations normally attached to federal money for infrastructure projects.

“There are land acquisition rules that are extremely time-consuming — width of rights of way, thickness of pavement, all sorts of design standards. Sometimes they make sense, sometimes they don’t. Let the states decide,” Daniels said. “If this is not a bailout but an economic growth plan, then let’s take the shackles off.”
via Evansville Courier & Press.

Daniels said that Indiana could specifically use stimulus money to expedite the completion of the Interstate 69 extension, possibly fund the Crane to Indianapolis link that is currently unfunded, and/or fund mass-transit projects.

I wonder if his call for the money to be dispensed where there is the greatest economic need will hurt us in the long run. We are one of only seven states with a balanced budget right now, ranked one of the best states in the nation to do business in, and have lost fewer jobs than any of our neighboring states. All these are qualities he spent so much time earlier this year during his reelection bid reminding us of.

December 4, 2008 Posted by | Current Events, Politics | 1 Comment

Attacker Beaten with Candy Cane

A man who allegedly threatened neighbors with a knife on Thanksgiving was beaten with a large decorative candy cane wielded by a bystander, Sacramento police said.
http://www.kcra.com/news/18164598/detail.html

November 30, 2008 Posted by | Best Person's, Humor | Leave a comment

Evangelicals hurting the GOP?

Conservative columnist Kathleen Parker: 

To be more specific, the evangelical, right-wing, oogedy-boogedy branch of the GOP is what ails the erstwhile conservative party and will continue to afflict and marginalize its constituents if reckoning doesn’t soon cometh.

Simply put: Armband religion is killing the Republican Party. And, the truth — as long as we’re setting ourselves free — is that if one were to eavesdrop on private conversations among the party intelligentsia, one would hear precisely that.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/11/18/AR2008111802886.html

Parker goes on to suggest that Howard Dean was right about shifting demographics, and suggests that the conservative movement will die if religion does not return to the privacy of one’s own heart, “where it belongs.”

My position, in the words of Jim Wallis, “religion is personal but never private.”  Even though I have different priorities than evangelicals, I don’t think we’re ready to give up on issues like abortion. Although I generally support Roe v. Wade the “all or nothing” ends of both sides need to make some concessions as I cannot identify with either.

November 29, 2008 Posted by | Current Events, Faith, Politics | 2 Comments

God and Kentucky’s Security

Kentucky’s Department of Homeland Security depends primarily on the protection of the Almighty God.

Specifically, Homeland Security is ordered to publicize God’s benevolent protection in its reports, and it must post a plaque at the entrance to the state Emergency Operations Center with an 88-word statement that begins, “The safety and security of the Commonwealth cannot be achieved apart from reliance upon Almighty God.”
http://www.kentucky.com/210/story/608229.html

I believe Rep. Tom Riner may have crossed the line and used the state to promote religion, as he said “Government itself, apart from God, cannot close the security gap. The job is too big for government.”

Maybe so, but is this about preaching or addressing threats to the citizens of Kentucky?

November 29, 2008 Posted by | Current Events, Faith, Politics | Leave a comment

Predestination v. Free Will

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Yeah, I stole it from John the Methodist.

November 27, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

New title, fresh slate

So it occured to me that after the 2008 elections I should not refer to Indiana as a “red state” anymore, or at least that I hope I don’t need to. With that conclusion I’ve changed the name of this blog to “Moonbat State,” not specifically refering to Indiana. I’ve also wiped the slate clean and cleared out the sparatic posts I’ve made over the past 18 months and hopefully I’ll keep a more regular record of my musings.

November 27, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment