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I read the news today, oh boy

June 22, 2008

Three news stories have raced by me this week, while I’ve been both busy and not feeling very well. But fortunately they’ve been excellently covered by some of my favorite bloggers:

Did you hear about John Freshwater?  He’s the creationist science teacher in a public school in Mount Vernon, Ohio, who constantly proselytized his students and burned crosses onto the arms of a few of them.  Of course when he got fired, he tried to spin it as “they fired me for having a bible on my desk” but as Paul at Cafe Philos explains in The firing of John Freshwater, there so much more to it than that.

My prediction; he’ll be teaching at some Christian academy in the fall, and be a popular hero in the fundamentalist circuit.

The other story that just floored me was the House pretty much giving the telecoms a free pass on illegal wiretapping for the Bush administration.  This is how far we’ve come, folks; the Nixon administration was brought down by a cover-up of one office being wiretapped, but the Bush administration brags about wiretapping the whole damn country and the house backs them up 293 to 129.  ***Dave at ***Dave Does The Blog says he’s too ticked off to write rationally about it, but he still covered it a lot more calmly than I would have in “I Have A Note From My Mom”.  And he has some excellent external links.  Me, I’m still at the incoherent spitting-mad stage.

My prediction; none of the Bush administration will ever be brought to justice for anything.  Not the gigantic deficit, not the wiretapping, not the lying to get us into a war that didn’t have to happen, not the torture, not the gutting of science-driven policy, not the illegal “faith-based” funding, none of it.  They’ll all be popular heroes on FOX news as they spin their un-American misdeeds as “patriotism”.  (I’m not going very far out on a limb here – that’s been the fate of pretty much the entire Reagan administration)

War with Iran anybody?  The next big story is already on Dana’s radar at En Tequila Es Verdad with yesterday’s Happy Hour Discurso, along with some good links to contact your representatives.  Because, anyone who doesn’t realize that President Bush wants to go to war with Iran is just being naive.  Shrub wants to leave a nice hot steaming pile of war on the chair in the oval office for our next president.  It’s his warped sense of “destiny”; he really believes he’s on a Mission From God to bring Democracy-by-force to the MidEast.  All he’s missing is the dark sunglasses and the charcoal Fedora.

I offer no prediction on this story, only hope that idiocy will not carry the day and that for once, we’ll act like real conservatives and not get another one of our limbs stuck in yet another foreign wood-chipper.  Unfortunately much of the idiocy in question is the “let’s bring on Armageddon so the Lord can return” variety.  There’s no reasoning with it, there’s only exposing it for what it is and hoping the majority will go the other way.

UPDATE:

  • Mike The Mad Biologist serves up excellent post-game analysis with Democrats Cave On FISA And The Rule Of Law, including an interview with constitutional law expert Jonathan Turley from George Washington University on “Reverse Engineering”, or changing the law to allow past conduct.

  • The question I have not heard addressed by anyone is: how many congressmen and senators received campaign contributions from telecoms?
  • In Paul’s post on Freshwater, Ed Darrell from Millard Filmore’s Bathtub left in a comment an outstanding summation of separation of church and state.
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  1. June 22, 2008 at 19:06 | #1

    Here’s a solution to the separation of church and state with respect to public education:  Let’s just give up on public education, with the concomitant reduction in taxes to go with that.

    Make all schools privately funded, and then each school system can have its own unassailable rules with regard to academic content.  The religious schools that want to teach creationism and other whack-o content will soon find their graduates seriously disadvantaged, poof, problem solved.

    OK, another approach:  Make a simple rule about separation of church and state in public schools:  No religious content, PERIOD.  No teacher, staff member, etc., can talk about religion in a public school, no deviation from scientifically vetted curriculum, etc.  You want religion in your school?  Fine, build (and fund) your own schools, but ya ain’t gettin’ a tax break.

  2. June 22, 2008 at 20:26 | #2

    Thanks for link, George!  I agree with Dana that George Bush wants to take this country into yet another war.

  3. June 22, 2008 at 22:29 | #3

    Subscribing. I’ll likely leave a comment when I have time.

  4. June 23, 2008 at 04:15 | #4

    George, you are tremendous!  Thanks for highlighting all three of the issues that got so far up my nose they gave me a headache!

    Anybody needing their hair curled should mosey over to see what Goes Down Bitter’s dug up on the march to war with Iran.

  5. June 27, 2008 at 10:02 | #5

    The individual who tries to burn, ink, or otherwise permanently disfigure one of my children will soon learn that Momma owns a handgun, and she isn’t afraid to use it in defense of herself, her loved ones, or her property.

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