Wednesday, November 29, 2006

ATTENTION: This Blog Moved to a New Location 

We're closing shop at this address. Posts from this blog have been imported, and future posts will be made to, www.thedeets.com.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

GOP vs Dems Scorecard on Actual Support for Troops 

Check this link out:

BobGeiger.com: IAVA Support-The-Troops Rankings for Senate
"As I said in my piece today 'Vets Group Proves GOP Does Not Support Troops,' careful scrutiny by the Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) shows that by a ludicrous margin, it is Senate Democrats, not Republicans, who truly support active troops, Veterans and military families."

Friday, September 29, 2006

Habeas Corpus Destroyed by Senate 

MN Publius does a great job explaining the impact of today's desctruction of human's right to Habeas Corpus in American trials:

MN Publius
Today is truly a low point in the American Democracy and I'll have to answer my children's, children's questions as to why we were so foolish. Thomas Jefferson has a few words of wisdom which every single Republican Senator (save Lincoln Chafee, RI) and 12 Democrats (Carper-DE, Johnson-SD, Landrieu LA, Lautenberg NJ, Lieberman CT, Menendez NJ, Pryor AR, Rockefeller WV, Salazar CO, Stabenow MI, Nelson FL, Nelson NE) spat on today:

Sunday, August 27, 2006

The Cost of Staying the Course in Iraq 

An interesting comparison of the opportunity costs associated with the wasteful spending on the needless war started by President Bush without justification:

Crooks and Liars » The Cost of “Staying the Course”
Taxpayers in California will pay $40.3 billion for the cost of war in Iraq. For the same amount of money, the following could have been provided:

* 16,733,296 People with Health Care or
* 627,551 Elementary School Teachers or
* 4,767,634 Head Start Places for Children or
* 25,168,314 Children with Health Care or
* 235,246 Affordable Housing Units or
* 4,390 New Elementary Schools or
* 7,685,109 Scholarships for University Students or
* 616,017 Music and Arts Teachers or
* 741,482 Public Safety Officers or
* 117,140,845 Homes with Renewable Electricity or
* 601,790 Port Container Inspectors

Go check out what the trade-offs are for your state.

Friday, August 25, 2006

Contraception Creep 

Crooks and Liars » Comment Of The Day
Yesterday, they said life begins with conception.

Today, they say life begins with intercourse.

Tomorrow, they will tell us life begins with dinner and a movie.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

John Kline's Close Ties to the Bush Administration Hurt Him 

Go go go Coleen Rowley!

MN Publius
Have you had enough?

"chase a little white ball in the course of a very sissified game" 

Interesting history of the Town & Country Golf Club in St. Paul, Minnesota. The author has a great sense of humor.

Town And Country Club - Club History
1893: "Golf did not burst into its full glory for several years, not more than a dozen played that first summer nor more than two or three dozen the second and they did not brag about it for more robust sports like rowing on the river, tennis, horseback riding, fishing and shooting, which we could then do almost in the suburbs of St. Paul, were then the vogue and it took some mental courage for a real heman to chase a little white ball in the course of a very sissified game. But we the beginners teased one man after another to try it out and one lesson was all that was needed to make a convert even then, as now."


Frank Cutcheon who was no athlete and of poor physique but became a first rate golfer teaching us incidentally that trained muscles were not necessary for golf."

Monday, August 21, 2006

Questions from Catholic Parents Online: The Catholic Police 

Minnesota's Catholic police are looking for feedback on how they can scold people for having different religious beliefs than them. Here's an excerpt from a recent email:
We Need Your Input:

CPO TV begins it's new season next month! I will host the first show entitled: “Simple Answers to Tough Questions” with our guest Fr. Robert Altier.

We'd be very grateful if you could help with this show by sending us any questions that you or family members may struggling with or just don't know the answer? For example:

How does a Catholic respond when they receive a wedding invitation from a Catholic relative who is getting married in a non-Catholic Church?

What do you say if you have out of town relatives staying at your house, who are not practicing Catholics, and while on your way to attending Sunday Mass they inform you that they think it's okay to receive Holy Communion even if a person attends Mass occasionally?

Do you say anything or even attend the baby shower if the mom-to-be has undergone in-vetro fertilization?

We'd truly appreciate your input! Remember there is no such thing as a stupid question.

From the tone of the questions, it seems pretty clear that tolerance and understanding of people with different life views is not acceptible. Does Colleen Perfect feel that her faith is somehow threatened by the choices made by others regarding receiving Holy Communion?

Does Colleen Perfect really think she has something to gain from judging the wedding ceremony choices of relatives?

Does marrying in a non-Catholic church make Mrs. Perfect less perfectly Catholic?

Does Mrs. Perfect believe that people who can't conceive without use of in-vetro fertilization don't deserve to raise children of their own?

Would Mrs. Perfect be able to love a child conceived through in-vitro fertilization?

What if she didn't know the child was the product of petri dishes, stem cell research, and masturbation?

Who - in God's name - feels the need to give such a shit about the personal and private behavior of others?

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