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September 23, 2005

Why I Don't Understand Organized Religion

From The Associated Press:

School Expels Girl for Having Gay Parents
By Associated Press
Published September 23, 2005, 6:05 AM CDT

ONTARIO, Calif. -- A 14-year-old student was expelled from a Christian school because her parents are lesbians, the school's superintendent said in a letter.

Shay Clark was expelled from Ontario Christian School on Thursday.

"Your family does not meet the policies of admission," Superintendent Leonard Stob wrote to Tina Clark, the girl's biological mother.

Stob wrote that school policy requires that at least one parent may not engage in practices "immoral or inconsistent with a positive Christian life style, such as cohabitating without marriage or in a homosexual relationship," The Los Angeles Times reported in Friday's edition.

Stob could not be reached for comment by the newspaper. Shay and her parents said they won't fight the ruling.

School administrators learned of the parents' relationship this week after Shay was reprimanded for talking to the crowd during a football game, Tina Clark said.

Clark and her partner have been together 22 years and have two other daughters, ages 9 and 19.

Copyright © 2005, The Associated Press

Now, you'd think the school masters would use this as an opportunity to offer "proper" guidance and put the student on the path to the straight and narrow instead of simply tossing her out and condemning her to hell. But, no, they'd rather be vengeful little cocksuckers and shit on her immortal soul in order to get back at her abominable parents.

Obviously, I've been reading different versions of the bible than they did. That's understandable; there are so many.

The girl's better off. So are her parents.

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September 09, 2005

Look Who's On The Attack

The New Hampshire Union Leader is a newspaper hardly known for its liberal views. In fact, it’s known in some circles as the most right wing daily paper of the 20th Century – at least until Rev. Moon invented The Washington Times. Older fogies might remember how they torpedoed Ed Muskie’s presidential campaign; media watchers on both the left and the right generally take the position that the Union Leader is so conservative it made Hearst (and, later, John Birch Society) columnist Westbrook Pegler look like he ghosted Eldridge Cleaver’s Soul On Ice.

Therefore, I found the fact that the Union Leader has been unrelenting in its criticism of George Bush and the officials involved in Gulf relief efforts. Their headline of September 6th was “Death By Government;” the editorial read like something you’d see in a Vietnam-era underground paper.

But this is when the Bushites must realize their political well-being is in deep trouble. This is the editorial in the September 8th New Hampshire Union Leader. I reprint it in its entirety so that you know I did not take anything out of context. It is, of course, copyrighted by The Union Leader corporation.

Turf battles and wrong way airplanes

GOVERNMENT turf battles and bungling continued in Louisiana this week.

New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin ordered the city evacuated, by force if necessary. Gov. Kathleen Blanco still resists this inevitable action, and her administration has said only the state can issue such an order. But the state won’t, so Nagin did.

Mayor Nagin’s responses to this crisis, while flawed, have shown better leadership than both Gov. Blanco’s and President Bush’s.

CNN reported yesterday that FEMA sent evacuees intended for Charleston, S.C., to Charleston, W.Va.

In the good news, the feds are giving each adult victim a $2,000 debit card, allowing them to spend aid money on what they need while avoiding red tape and paperwork. What a great idea.

Bush is asking for an additional $51.8 billion for the relief effort. Maybe Homeland Security can take a few of those dollars and buy FEMA some maps.

George, you blew it. As your keeper Mr. Chaney would say, “Big time.”

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September 06, 2005

How Many Ways Can You Say “Let Them Eat Cake”

According to Associated Press Writer Pam Easton: “Barbara Bush said the relocation to Houston is ‘working very well’ for some of the poor people forced out of New Orleans.

“’What I'm hearing, which is sort of scary, is they all want to stay in Texas. Everyone is so overwhelmed by the hospitality,’ she said during a radio interview with the American Public Media program ‘Marketplace.’ ‘And so many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway, so this is working very well for them.’”

Yep. My definition of “working very well” is losing my home – meager as it was – and my job – lousy as it was – and some of my friends and relatives and maybe my aged mother or a couple of my kids and living in a dangerous shithole for almost a week and then forced to travel a couple hundred miles so I can live in a baseball stadium for a couple months before I return to no home, no job, a smaller family and a smaller circle of friends.

I could be wrong, though. Perhaps these people are simply fucking assholes.

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September 03, 2005

Letter To Condoleezza Rice

Dear Ms. Condi:

How are you? I am fine. How did you enjoy Spam-A-Lot? I enjoyed it quite a lot. Ha! I’m a poet and I don’t even know it!

Of course, while I was attending Spam-A-Lot, not a single poor black baby bobbed up from the filth and the shit and the unine flowing down the streets of a major southern city. How sad. How sad.

I hope your brand new shoes fit. If the shoe fits, you must be full of shit.

Hope you enjoy running the world as much as I enjoy watching you do it.


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September 02, 2005

Katrina Comments

Two of the first foreign countries to come to the aid of the United States during this horrific Katrina crisis are – hold on to your hats – Venezuela, which is upping oil shipments, and France, which is supplying draining technology and the brain power needed to go with it.

Damn. Talk about not holding a grudge.

It’s real embarrassing that France and Venezuela came to the aid of the hurricane victims well before our president did.

Just in case somebody tries to tell you that our government’s response had nothing to do with race and class, let me share with you two amusing items:

On Thursday, four days after the shit hit the fan, President Bush finally left the Crawford estate and “took charge” of the situation. He said that nobody could have predicted the levies would break. Yeah, nobody except the Army Corps of Engineers (before he cut their budget), U. S. News and World Report, and a legion of weather forecasters, architects, college professor book writers, and about a million other professional malcontents. But I digress. Showing a lack of compassion that is worthy of a Friar’s Roast, Bush took note of the fact that one of Trent Lott’s houses was destroyed. Perhaps he was kidding. In the words of the president, “Heh, heh, heh.” Some joke, huh?

According to CBS News, on Friday 65 tourists holed up in a downtown hotel were taken from their hotel (a comfortable place compared to the convention center and the stadium) to an evacuation center where they were put at the head of the line. They swiftly boarded buses ahead of the starving, dehydrated poor and black people who have spent an entire workweek living in feces and urine among the dead bodies.

Meanwhile, pompous arrogant idiots are asking why these people – poor, black, elderly, and infirm – didn’t just get in their cars and drive away. I realize these fools have never been poor, black, elderly, or infirm, but you’d think that by now they would have seen a few on television.

If this is the best the Homeland Security people can do, we better start boning up on the Koran right now. Of course, most of our first lines of defense in such situations – our National Guard members – were otherwise engaged in oil-related activities.

Is this what compassionate conservatism is all about? Surely even Bush and his keepers could have done better than this. Certainly, with all our resources, we could have moved more swiftly.

Just wait. The Bushites will blame this on the Clintons.

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