Friday, April 24, 2009

So Cool! David Duke Detained in the Czech Republic

David Duke the KKK standout, Neo-Nazi, white supremacist and former Republican state Legislator from LA has been detained in the Czech Republic. Why? He was there to speak to Neo-Nazis and to publicize his new book in which he denies the Holocost. In the Czech Republic it is illegal to deny the Holocost and carries a prison term of up to three years.

Here's to ya, Chech Republic! Keep him as long as you wish! Hard labor would be a good idea. Do they have Gulags there?

Update: Duke is being forced to leave the Czech Republic. What a shame! I was hoping they would keep him for at least a three year prison sentence.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Christian Yellow Pages?

Yesterday, while I was at the barbershop, actually "The Hair Shoppe," my wife came in to wait and picked up a little yellow pages type book for Christians. It advertises that all of the businesses listed are Christian businesses. Sure, what business that is approached by these people is going to say, no I'm not Christian? I lie, cheat and steal from my customers every chance I get.

On the other side of the coin, just how do I know that the businesses therein are not going to lie, cheat, and steal? If I am a Christian, am I supposed to shop only with these businesses? Are all of the other businesses not Christian that did not buy an ad? Of course that would be the majority of businesses in the tri-state area, since the little book is not very thick.

My bone to pick with this type of publication is that there will be those who only want to do business with these people because they advertise themselves as Christian. I have seen ads for businesses, who stress the fact that they are Christians. Many have Bible verses in their ads. Others post numerous signs around their businesses with Bible verses on them. All done to appeal to a segment of the population, which will automatically trust them.

A dentist that we once used played Christian music in his office and made a point to give you a "God bless you" before you left the chair. His wife loudly voiced her religious opinions in the office. Yet, he prescribed a filling for a member of my family. When suspicions were aroused, a second opinion showed absolutely no reason for a filling. His office bookkeeping methods were a bit interesting as well. Needless to say we quickly changed dentists. The new dentist used no "God Bless You's" but turned out to be a very good dentist.

I have always been somewhat suspicious of individuals, who wear their religion on their sleeves and continuously throw God's name into conversations. I have known a number of these folks, whom I would never have turned my back upon. Some of the males were notorious womanizers, others lied, cheated and stole at the drop of a hat. Religion on a sleeve makes for a great cover up.

Therefore, I am always quite cynical when I see ads for "Christian" businesses. It is quite possible that someone is covering up a great scam. Those who have advertised in the little publication for the most part are probably not putting themselves forward as "Christian" businesses, but simply took the opportunity to reach a segment of the population. What litmus test they had to pass to qualify for inclusion, I do not know.

Frankly, I could care less whether the people with whom I do business are Christian, Muslim, Jew, Hindu, Atheist, or Buddhist. As long as they do a good job and treat me in what I believe to be a fair manner, I will be happy. In these cases, when it comes to religion and politics I have a don't ask, don't tell policy.

The little Christian yellow pages book is fine. I'm sure someone makes some money selling ads to businesses. It is free enterprise and no one forced it upon me. I'm sure that for some it is a great service. For me, I'll just stay with word of mouth, the "real" yellow pages and the good old Internet.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Well...It's Happened Again

I know that I need to get off this boring train, but I can't help it. Once again a Republican pol has been forced to eat his words after calling comedian, Rush L. "just an entertainer." Kansas Republican rep., Todd Tiahrt has issued an apology to Rush, calling him a "great" Republican "leader."

These guys should have learned by now. Do not mess with Rush. The "Fat Boy will sing," and it will be all over. They should not risk their careers by pushing back against him. After all, he is the titular head of the failing, fascist, fiasco known as the Republican party, and any attempt to deny him his glory will be met with rapid retaliation. I wonder if Rush had to waterboard Tiahrt to get a retraction?

Monday, April 20, 2009

Making Nice With our "Enemies"

During President Obama's recent trip to South America he met and shook hands with Chavez of Venezuela. He is seen smiling as Chavez presents him with a book. Now the Republicans in their rush to try to find something to hang their hats on have jumped on the President for being nice to those whom the Republicans view as our enemies. Newt Gingrich, one of the top Republican nay sayers is very critical.

“Frankly, this does look a lot like Jimmy Carter. Carter tried weakness, and the world got tougher and tougher, because the predators, the aggressors, the anti-Americans, the dictators – when they sense weakness, they all start pushing ahead,” Gingrich said on “Fox & Friends.”

Come on Newt. Because a world leader smiles when he meets the leader of another country? Weakness? Newt, was Richard Nixon, one of your party's heroes, weak, as he is seen in the photo above, laughing with China's prime minister? What about Ike and Krushchev? Ike and Mamie are smiling in the photo above. Was he weak? Then there is George Bush, holding hands with the Saudi prince. How do you explain that one Newt? You have a problem because the President "bowed" to the Prince on his visit. Georgie held hands with him.

The Republicans continue to amaze me at their efforts to find something wrong with the President. So far they have failed. Most Americans remember our history. They know that the Republican refusal to talk to enemies gives them a failing grade in diplomacy. They know that diplomacy during the Cold War kept it from escalating into warfare, that could have brought an end to the world as we know it. They know that we have to talk to our enemies now, at least those who are legitimate countries. We don't negotiate with Bin Laden and his types, but we have to talk to others.

The Republicans are critical of the new Cuba policy. How will we ever break Cuba, if we don't open relations with that country? Castro is on his way out. If we are going to bring an end to that dictatorship, now is the time to do it. If we can bring some level of prosperity to the people, they will begin to reject the Castro regime. I foresee yet another bullet hole in Republican feet on this one as well.

Keep it up Newt, John "cow fart" Boehner, Michelle "everyone look at me, I'm nuts" Bachman, Rush, Glen. You are all great comedy acts, and I enjoy your routines. Maybe you can make it on the entertainment stage, 'cause you sure aren't making it in politics.