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Monday Midday: Sacrilege in the Church of Baseball,* Midwest Christian Militias, Fundamentalist Manifestos, and Pedophile Priests

Fenway Park, Boston

* Annie Savoy in Bull Durham:

I believe in the Church of Baseball. I’ve tried all the major religions, and most of the minor ones. I’ve worshipped Buddha, Allah, Brahma, Vishnu, Siva, trees, mushrooms, and Isadora Duncan. I know things. For instance, there are 108 beads in a Catholic rosary and there are 108 stitches in a baseball. When I heard that, I gave Jesus a chance. But it just didn’t work out between us. The Lord laid too much guilt on me. I prefer metaphysics to theology. You see, there’s no guilt in baseball, and it’s never boring…

Why is ESPN allowed to ruin an age-old Boston sports tradition?

The home opener in Boston has always meant a day game during the week, with kids skipping school, adults skipping work, and local pols skipping graft and corruption to watch the game. But thanks to ESPN and baseball, we now have a Sunday night game instead. That’s just pathetic! No sunshine, no opportunity to skip out of school or work. Baseball was meant to be played with the sun shining. Now there are so few day games and the powers that be have taken away the most sacred day game of all.

Do those ESPN morons even know what Boston weather is like in April? On April 4 (opening day) the high will be in the 70s in the daytime, which would be nice, but at night it will be in the 40s–ugly, horrible weather for a baseball game.

And why do the Red Sox have to play the Yankees on opening day? That has never been a baseball tradition. The Red Sox-Yankee rivalry isn’t even fun anymore, after all the exploitation of it by Major League Baseball and TV. it used to be we wouldn’t see the Yankees until Patriot’s day (Boston Marathon Day) after both teams had had a some chance to get up to speed.

Okay, rant over.

The rest of this morning’s post will be about religion and politics. I was a little bit intimidated by the reaction to my Friday post, but I got over it. Rude and offensive comments will be removed and posters of those comments will be put in moderation for the duration of this thread. I hope that is perfectly clear. Feel free to post and discuss news links on any topic at all.

Midwest Christian Militia Members Busted by Feds

Members of Hutaree and another Michigan militia group

Here’s some interesting religion/politics news. According to the Detroit News, seven members of a Christian militia group called “Hutaree” have been arrested in Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana in “massive” raids involving the FBI, Homeland Security, and the Joint Terrorism Task Force. The raids took place on Saturday and Sunday.

Sources have said the FBI was in the second day of raids around the southeastern Michigan city of Adrian that are connected to a militia group, known as the Hutaree, an Adrian-based group whose members describe themselves as Christian soldiers preparing for the arrival and battle with the anti-Christ.

WXYZ-TV reports that helicopters were spotted in the sky for much of Saturday night, and agents set up checkpoints throughout the area. Witnesses told the station that it was like a small army had descended on the area. The Department of Homeland Security and the Joint Terrorism Task Force are also involved in the raids.

According to several reports, the town of Adrian, Michigan looked like it was being invaded.

Helicopters, foot patrols, Michigan State Police, FBI, and a tank were seen in Lenawee County since Saturday evening.

Resident Christina Lamb says folks said the group was “KKK. That they’re making bombs. That they have a whole bunch of drugs and guns.”

The focus of the raid was a large rural property in Adrian where a militia member lived in a house and his two sons lived in nearby trailers. From Huffpo:

Law enforcement swarmed a rural, wooded property Saturday evening near Adrian, about 70 miles southwest of Detroit, neighbors said. Two ramshackle trailers sat side-by-side on the property, the door to one slightly ajar late Sunday as if it had been forced open.

Phyllis Brugger, who has lived in the area for more than 30 years, said some people who lived there were known as having ties to militia. They would shoot guns and often wore camouflage, according to Brugger and her daughter, Heidi Wood.

Similar operations took place in Sandusky, Ohio and Hammond, Indiana.

In Hammond, Indiana, several young men standing outside a pizza place where they worked saw “a swarm of law enforcement” swoop in. According to George Ponce, 18,

“I heard a yell, ‘Get back inside!’ and saw a squad member pointing a rifle at us,” Ponce said. “They told us the bomb squad was going in, sweeping the house looking for bombs.”

He said another agent was in the bushes near the house, and law enforcement vehicles were “all over.” He estimated that agents took more than two dozen guns from the house.

Two more arrests were made in Sandusky and Huron, Ohio. From Huffpo article linked above:

A young man who answered the door at the trailer Sunday said no one from the family wanted to talk. A neighbor said he saw authorities with rifles run past his window and toward the trailer Saturday night.

“They took over the block like it was the Army. I thought we were being invaded,” said Michael Morin, who lives two lots away.

Park manager Terry Mills said authorities blocked off the street for about an hour Saturday night.

“Needless to say, this has everyone talking,” said Mills, 62. “We have a lot of retirees here who don’t want all this commotion.”

Some militia members are reportedly on the run, and perhaps more will be arrested. It also isn’t clear what the charges were in these arrests. Two possibilities I’ve seen are that the group may have made threats against Islamic groups and that they may have been selling pipe bombs. That was a lot of firepower for some pipe bombs and threats.

So what is this group all about anyway? Hutaree supposedly means “Christian Warrier.” The group’s web page says they are “preparing for the end time battles to keep the testimony of Jesus Christ alive.” According to news stories, this means they are preparing to fight the Anti-Christ. The Doctrine of the Hutaree is also posted on the site. It’s here if you’re interested in reading it.

According to Ann Arbor.com, members of Michigan militias, including Hutaree have recently helped local law enforcement to find missing persons:

…several Hutaree members were recently involved in searches in Bridgewater Township after two residents went missing in separate incidents. Schiel [seen in photo above, second from left] worked closely with Hutaree members during those searches.

Both missing people were found–unfortunately dead. One, a woman, died from hypothermia (friends said she may have taken too much anti-anxiety medication) and the other, a man, was found in his car dead from carbon monoxide poisoning. The large women on the left side of the above photo is a Hutaree member who helped in the searches, Wendy Lineweaver.

She joined the tightly-knit unit after meeting several members at a Ron Paul rally several years ago in Ann Arbor. Lineweaver opposes surveillance cameras on streets, the use of body scanners at airports and fears the government may microchip people.

“If you really want to try and install a police state in this society, you’re going to hit a brick wall, meaning us,” she said. “That’s what we’re preparing for.”

The group also has a MySpace page and a YouTube channel with lots of videos of people running around in camoflage and shooting off guns.

The Manhattan Declaration

Have you heard about The Manhattan Declaration? This “declaration” claims that the U.S. is a Christian nation, founded on “Christian principles.” The main focus of the declaration is on eliminating abortion and stopping gay sex and gay marriage. I don’t recall either of those “principles” being mentioned in the New Testament, do you? Here’s a brief excerpt from the lengthy manifesto:

It is ironic that those who today assert a right to kill the unborn, aged and disabled and also a right to engage in immoral sexual practices, and even a right to have relationships integrated around these practices be recognized and blessed by law—such persons claiming these “rights” are very often in the vanguard of those who would trample upon the freedom of others to express their religious and moral commitments to the sanctity of life and to the dignity of marriage as the conjugal union of husband and wife.

We see this, for example, in the effort to weaken or eliminate conscience clauses, and therefore to compel pro-life institutions (including religiously affiliated hospitals and clinics), and pro-life physicians, surgeons, nurses, and other health care professionals, to refer for abortions and, in certain cases, even to perform or participate in abortions. We see it in the use of anti-discrimination statutes to force religious institutions, businesses, and service providers of various sorts to comply with activities they judge to be deeply immoral or go out of business…. In Canada and some European nations, Christian clergy have been prosecuted for preaching Biblical norms against the practice of homosexuality. New hate-crime laws in America raise the specter of the same practice here.

Catholic Bishop Michel Warfel, head of the Great Falls-Billings, Montana Diocese was one of the first to sign the Declaration and has organized local events in support of its goals. Fifteen other Catholic Bishops have signed the declaration, along with other religious leaders.

The 4,700-word “Manhattan Declaration: A Call of Christian Conscience” was drafted by Dr. Robert George [Professor at Princeton], Dr. Timothy George and Chuck Colson[!] [emphasis added] and signed by more than 125 Orthodox, Catholic and evangelical Christian leaders, including Focus on the Family Dr. James Dobson and National Association of Evangelicals president Leith Anderson. 15 Roman Catholic bishops, including Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York and Archbishop Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C., were among the signatories.

According to Alternet, the manifesto compares liberals and their attitudes to Nazis:

David Dockery, president of the Southern Baptist-affiliated Union University, compared the Manhattan Declaration to the 1934 Barmen Declaration of the confessing churches in Nazi Germany resisting the Nazi-sympathizing state church. In a Web video promoting the document, Colson urged viewers to read Hanna Arendt’s The Origins of Totalitarianism, saying, “It is a very chilling book. It is prophetic, however, in its application to today.”

At Huffpo, Frank Schaeffer, author of two memoirs, one on growing up in a right-wing evangelical church and the other on his continuing quest for God, Crazy For God and Patience With God, suggests that the Catholic Bishops “Repair your broken church and leave us alone!”

I couldn’t agree more.

Pope Benedict XVI

The Latest on the Pope and the Pedophile Priests Story

LA Times: A Pope with a Problem

Earlier in the week, New York’s archbishop, Timothy Dolan, used his blog to dismiss the New York Times’ reports and defend the pontiff’s record by arguing that authorities outside the church also are culpable. Stories about sexual abuse by priests were “fair” if “unending,” he wrote. But he condemned the media for portraying child sexual abuse “as a tragedy unique to the church alone. That, of course, is malarkey.”

Sadly, this latest everybody-is-responsible-so-nobody-is-to-blame defense is of a piece with a little-noticed section of Benedict’s letter to the Irish church in which he seemed to blame the crisis, in part, on “new and serious challenges to the faith arising from the rapid transformation and secularization of Irish society.”

So what happens now?

In all likelihood, nothing. Even if further revelations show that Benedict was malfeasantly negligent as a cardinal, there is no canonical mechanism that could force him to step down. The last pope to resign was Gregory XII in 1415, and he acted to heal a schism that had produced three claimants to the Throne of Peter.

What now seems likely is that the pontiff, who turns 83 next month, will spend the rest of his papacy dealing with the fallout of an ever-widening scandal.

NY Archbishop Dolan compares Pope Benedict to Jesus Christ at Palm Sunday Mass

Dolan called on Catholics to pray for the pontiff and compared the Pope’s plight to that of Jesus Christ, in that both faced unjust accusations

Pope signals he won’t be ‘intimidated’ The Pope referred to the abuse allegations as “idle chatter,” translated elsewhere as “petty gossip.”

This one is from one of those “bigoted” British newspapers that supposedly can’t be trusted, the BBC: The storm buffeting God’s Rottweiler

Vatican officials insist that as cardinal, Pope Benedict had “zero tolerance” towards priests who committed abuse and that he proposed a fast-track to de-frock them. They insist that the number of recent allegations are falling and that reflects some of the reforms that the Pope himself introduced.

The Church, however, seems totally unprepared for a global media bent on discovering what happened. They show no deference towards the institution. Lawyers in the United States talk of wanting to know “who knew what and when”, echoing the pursuit of former President Richard Nixon. There is a search for documents covering the time when the Pope was a top Vatican official.

So, as more is revealed, more questions follow. That is the nature of these stories.

{Gasp!} How dare those awful Brits question the Infallible One?

Oh, and please keep in mind that this current version of the pedophile priests scandal has been unfolding since the mid-1980s, when stories broke in Massachusetts and Louisiana. This isn’t just a recent scandal.

Father Thomas Doyle

The sexual abuse of children by priests has been recorded since the 4th Century, according to this report by priest and lawyer, Thomas Doyle, author of the book Sex, Priests, and Secret Codes: The Catholic Church’s 2,000 Year Paper Trail of Sexual Abuse. Here is another recent report by Father Doyle which enumerates the Church’s efforts to stamp out clergy sexual abuse throughout its long history.

Former Boston Globe reporter, current Northeastern U. Professor, and Pulitzer Prize winner Walter Robinson commented on the current allegations for the New York Times Pro Publica blog:

I’ve always maintained that the problems that were so obvious and widespread in the Boston Archdiocese were no different than any other diocese in the United States, or really anywhere in the developed world. It isn’t that there was something strange in the water in Boston that made priests abuse children. It’s just that because of our good fortune, and our collective good fortune in getting the courts to order the church to release all the personnel files, we got a much better idea in Boston of how common and widespread the problem was. And this part is important, given how focused the church has been everywhere in keeping this covered up….

I don’t know of any archdiocese where the archbishop or the cardinal archbishop was not kept fully informed and in most cases was not heavily involved in decision-making involving any priest who was accused of abusing minors. In every diocese in the U.S., including those headed by cardinals, there was personal knowledge by the cardinal archbishop when news of abuse surfaced. It was true in Boston, it was true in L.A., it was true in Chicago.

The fact we have one archbishop in Munich that claims not to know anything is enough to make one suspicious…. One thing is certain. The church went to such great lengths to protect its bishops and archbishops in the U.S., you can imagine how far they’ll go to protect the reputation of the pope.

I could go on…and on…but this post is getting far too long.

I hope you all enjoy the rest of your Monday!

75 Responses

  1. “they belive that this is a Christian nation, founded on “Christian principles” hmmmm a always thought the our country was founded on life liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

    • i wonder if the know that the reason that people here even before we wore a contry was becuse of the acts like people like the them . persecution of one form or the another religious was just one of them.

    • …and freedom to not worship according to their former State’s religion was the major reason that brought many of the early Caucasian immigrants to these shores.

  2. This is my morning news post–posted late.

  3. Something about those raids doesn’t pass the smell test.

    • The FBI and other organizations have a history of being, let’s say, a bit overly sensitive to groups they feel could start a revolution. Native Americans being top of the list and these sorts of rural groups being next. I think it’s systemic and wried into their organization.

      Someone in those organizations should sit them all down and say, do you know how hard it would really be to do something like that? I mean, look at our military capabilities. Waco comes to mind as does wounded knee among others.

      Some groups may be a bit loony, but FBI/ATF, etc. tend to have a bit of a heavy hand when dealing with them.

      • How exactly did the government get all the information in advance about what the group intended?

        COINTELPRO redux?

        • How exactly? from one or more agents who’d infiltrated the group(s), of course. And if the lessons learned in the dear dead 60s/70s are any indication, those agents would be the members agitating most vigorously for violent action.

          I never did understand how that didn’t constitute entrapment…

        • Good point.

          • It’s one thing to infiltrate and monitor, it’s another thing when the infiltrator is the one pushing the idiots to go further than they ever would have by themselves. Anyway, we’ll see if further info dribbles out.

        • Some other militia people worked with law inforcement according to the articles. But you’re right, the feds have obviously infiltrated organizations like this.

    • if they raid everyone who is wearing camo and shooting guns, my neighborhood might be next.
      There has to be more than this. Owning lots of guns is not a crime and neither is wearing camo. Most gun collectors do the same.
      It is also not against the law to believe in the Anti-Christ or to teach survivalist techniques. There must be some way in which they were breaking the law.

  4. From the NYT:

    Nine members of a Michigan-based Christian militia group have been indicted on sedition and weapons charges in connection with an alleged plot to murder law enforcement officers in hopes of setting off an anti-government uprising.

    In court filings unsealed Monday, the Justice Department accused the nine people of planning to kill an unidentified law enforcement officer, then plant improvised explosive devices of a type used by insurgents in Iraq to attack the funeral procession.

    • So, why does it seem suspicious to you?

      • Plan to kill someone then mess up the funeral?

        • Maybe they were expecting a lot of higher-ups to attend the funeral and wanted to target those.
          I’m pretty sure I saw that as a plot on some b-action movie a while back– that’s probably where they get their “bright ideas”.

          • It’s a pretty rural area. How higher up could the attendees be?

          • If a cop dies in the line of duty you kinda expect at least one politician to show up, depending on whether it’s an election year or not, maybe more.

      • My guess is he hasn’t seen first hand what a ‘little’ bit of an explosive devise can do, nor felt a SHOCK WAVE. Once you have felt that, you are OK with the tanks etc coming in just in case some soul didn’t mistake anything in the weight and measures area. That could be the difference between a boom or a big KABOOM.

        If they hadn’t brought the equipment they would have been criticized for not being prepared for the situation given the intelligence they were provided.

    • Now that’s the definition of “overkill”

    • There’s definitely something funny happening. These people don’t seem capable of a real uprising.

      • We have always had fringe lunatics. We probably always will.

        • Yes, and the Feds will always overreact, frame the leaders no matter how innocent, and give the guilty ones immunity in exchange for their testimony against the leaders.

          At least that’s how it was in the 70s, particularly the Skyhorse-Mohawk case in L.A. in 1977 and IIRC Wounded Knee II in 1973. And Leonard Peltier is still in jail.

          COINTELPRO never went away. It just got married and changed its name.

    • Hmmmm….that’s interesting. That must be a new story since I wrote the post.

    • I’ll give it a try.

      Sounds like the same bs thinking that Ayers had. Most of the college hippie types didn’t think that violent uprising against the govt was effective but rather the proven peaceful protests of MLK and Ghandi were the way to go.

      So most of them thought Ayers was a govt agent to discredit them and silence the anti-war movement.

      Strange enough, someone tied to Ayers (and the govt…see Cannonfire article) becomes pres and silences the anti-war movement….again.

      Same type of weirdness seems to be in this because this type of action doesn’t inspire an anti-govt uprising but it does beat the nuts out of the woodwork and shuts down the sane conversations of being anti-war/anti-govt Notice only the loonies around Ayers went to prison.

  5. These people are truly paranoid with guns. They generally believe that Bush was sent by God to redeem the country and Obama is the anti-christ. They totally confuse democracy with Christian fascism. They probably have been mis-educated from years of reading text books from Texas.

    They have been a problem for years and most people just poo-poo the idea because the majority of us are Christian and thus don’t see the danger in these people. I have no doubt that is what happened in Muslim countries also. Never seeing the danger of the extremists because they are too familiar on a superficial basis.
    Do not underestimate the power of the Domionism

    One may also look at the Rutherford Institute financing of Paula Jones and their entire financing against Bill Clinton. These folks have money and lots of it.

    They also have no problem of using Old Testament penalties as ordained by God. In other words ushering in “Christian Sharia”.

    • I’m pretty sure they hated Bush too–just try reading Infowars.

    • Odd how some “Christians” forget all the love and brotherhood and turn-the-other-cheek directions of Jesus Christ. They’d rather act out the Old Testament fire-and-brimstone philosophy.

      “Christian warrior” is an oxymoron.

      • There’s not a whole fire and brimstone that came out of Jesus’ mouth. He was more “love your neighbor” and “turn the other cheek” and “feed the poor.”

  6. DFA just sent this alert:

    … In fact, the President won’t even sign the House’s fixes in the reconciliation bill until tomorrow, yet insurance companies are already weaseling their way out of the new laws.

    Pardon my French NO SHIT SHERLOCK, why do you think we kept saying that reform would only be accomplished if there was also a PUBLIC OPTION/MEDICARE BUY IN!

    Who ever thought that those weettlee insurance companies were going to be nice and take care of the poor, the little children, those little Ole grannies,… were WRONG! They only care about the $$$ BOTTOM LINE $$$!

    SINGLE PAYER WOULD HAVE BEEN WORTH THE FIGHT BUT THIS BILL JUST KEEPS GIVING SURPRISES AFTER THE FACT. I must say, I think someone knew about all the flaws, because they helped to put the flaws in there in the first place.

    • DFA sent that to you? Isn’t reminding us of this little loophole contrary to the notion that Obama passed the best health “care” bill EVUH!

      • This is just another example of why I left DFA quite some time ago.

        Are they just waking up to how bad this bill was?

    • Couldn’t have been the WellPoint VP, Liz Fowler, who returned to Baucus’s staff after her two year sabbatical to make money and more connections with the health insuranc industry who helped put those “features” in the bill (not bugs, but features)? Who wrote the bill, or, more precisely, oversaw the writing of the Senate bill.

      And Baucus was already establishing very close coordination with Obama by sending his chief of staff, Jim Messina, to be one of Obama’s asst. chiefs-of-staff — with health insurance emphasis. Baucus and Messina surely got the right wording in there. And AHIP had written their own version, so that probably strongly influenced Fowler and Messina and Baucus…and Obama.

      But there were other influences: Among many others, the Heritage Foundation….

      Rulesmaking will be the next test of what the bill really will end up do, for people and for the BHIPs (Big Health Industry Players) . The insurance parasites and other BHIPs have made their impact on the wording of the bill; will they also have effect on the working of the bill? Will their lobbyists be writing the rules and regulations? Or just assisting the DHS staffers?

  7. OT: Meanwhile RNC committee seems to like strip bondage clubs. But apparently Michael Steele was not there.

  8. Remembering Liz Carpenter (RIP)

  9. My nephew who is a pediatrician posted this link on FB, I thought it was interesting:

    Recently, clinicians at Children’s Hospital Boston adopted a more systematic approach for managing inner-city children who suffer severe asthma attacks, by introducing a bundle of preventive measures. Insurance would cover just one: prescribing an inhaler. The hospital agreed to pay for the rest, which included nurses …who would visit parents after discharge and make sure that they had their child’s medicine, knew how to administer it, and had a follow-up appointment with a pediatrician; home inspections for mold and pests; and vacuum cleaners for families without one (which is cheaper than medication). After a year, the hospital readmission rate for these patients dropped by more than eighty per cent, and costs plunged. But an empty hospital bed is a revenue loss, and asthma is Children’s Hospital’s leading source of admissions. Under the current system, this sensible program could threaten to bankrupt it. So far, neither the government nor the insurance companies have figured out a solution.

    The most interesting, under-discussed, and potentially revolutionary aspect of the law is that it doesn’t pretend to have the answers. Instead, through a new Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, it offers to free communities and local health systems from existing payment rules, and let them experiment with ways to deliver better care at lower costs. In large part, it entrusts the task of devising cost-saving health-care innovation to communities like Boise and Boston and Buffalo, rather than to the drug and device companies and the public and private insurers that have failed to do so. This is the way costs will come down—or not.

    Read more: http://www.newyorker.com/talk/comment/2010/04/05/100405taco_talk_gawande#ixzz0japShOUj

    • Interesting, thanks.

    • Outcomes based payments are one of the things I generally like about even this lousy HCR. I only hope they haven’t screwed that up like the rest.

      • If outcomes are indeed measured sensibly, they are a good thing.

        But in the above example, the health-care providers would probably have had bad outcomes, since their prescribed plan of care would not be carried out due to insurance co denials.

  10. Hey BB, missed your Friday post that you referenced in this one. I went back and read it. I am sorry that u got whomped on for presenting your own opinion in an intelligent and cohesive manner. It set my teeth on edge.

    • Thanks for reading it. Religion is a very hot issue–like politics.

      • All the more reason to discuss calmly and without over-generalizations or name-calling. Now I will tell a joke told to me by a Catholic sister:

        The Church and the Pope were in a canoe on a lake, when a big storm came up and the Pope was blown overboard and lost. Who was saved? The Church.

        BTW that Catholic sister who told me that joke was in an order whose members went to protest against the School of the Americas, and did other such social-justice actions. The nerve of those women! You’d think they would have joined Jesus in the Temple to drive out the money-lenders.

      • Yes.

  11. Dmitry Medvedev, the Russian president, has vowed to “wipe out” those responsible for two bombings on the Moscow metro system that have left at least 38 people dead. Officials say two female suicide bombers, suspected to be from the North Caucasus region, struck at two central stations within 40 minutes of each other.-AlJazeeraEnglish

  12. Thanks for the continuing coverage of the catholic church pedophilia charges. It is astounding the choice of people in power to allow- enable even- the torture of the powerless. Made all the more repulsive by the thickness of the hypocrisy that surrounds it.

  13. Some guest on NPR today said that approval of the Afghanistan war is rising and that Obama’s trip, right after his health insurance profit protection plan victory (OK, the guest called it Obama’s health care plan….), to Kabul was meant to build on that and that he had some openings in his scheduled since he didn’t make the Indonesia/Australia trip.

    Then, reading an old thread from Friday, I found this link about the death of once famous, via a photograph, Iraq veteran

    It’s so sad, this destruction of a life through an unnecessary war… as are all the damaged lives from our many military actions and wars.

  14. From the Uppity One:

    The purpose of the program was to promote virginity among the ten remaining virgins in the USA, and discourage sex outside of marriage. It was a very Far Right Wing Whacko Chrstian-y thing, the kind of thing that sends the Far Left Wing Whackos into seizures of anger, complete with eyes rolling backwards into their sockets and uncontrollable body twitching.

    The 2010 Health Care Reform bill has a little noticed provision in it that provides $250 million for the reinstatement of the very same program.

    Purity balls, anyone?

  15. Rat housing – something funny I photographed in my neighborhood

  16. BTW, Hi boomer! great roundup. I swear, the world has gone completely nuts.

  17. I just found out that my brother is taking his 16 year old son to see the Glenn Beck show next week ( a live audience segment). The kid knows squat but is already a “conservative.”

    They go to fundie church and are getting more and more cultish.

    That’s my family. It makes me sick

  18. Why do these nutjobs only come out of the woodwork when we have a Democratic president? They don’t seem to care when Republicans are taking away our rights. Odd.

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