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It’s 10:00 am and all is wellllllll!
Oh, I’m just sitting here feeling quite self-satisfied. I’ve accomplished a journey-woman’s amount of work today. I’ve made the bed, dressed, coffeed, done morning prayer, prayed a rosary, meditated, swept and vacuumed all the floors, flurried around with the swiffer duster, collected 25 return bottles for the grocery store, filled the pasta kettle with water for dinner, poured new popcorn into its jar, and ate breakfast.
Nothing makes me happier than to sit down before the Window to the World, aka computer, having fought my way through a hearty list of “shoulds.” It’s the way I roll.
I figure there are probably better ways, but it’s the one that works for me. I literally cannot really enjoy anything until I’ve got a provable enumeration of completed tasks. So sue me. I’ve got my housework for the day done. Do you? *smirk*
By now you all know the appalling truth that Christians score badly when it comes to knowing even the basics of their faith. Atheists and agnostics score better. Jews and Evangelicals do decently and Mormons next, with Catholics falling badly along with mainstream Protestants. The test, ( I took the 15 question version, scoring 100%) is quite simple really and it’s shocking that average Christians know so little. Ahab at Republic of Gilead has a fine review and a few important things to say about fundamentalists.
Shocking at it is getting to be, at least some GOPers are not happy with the twit-who-would-be king. Jimmy DeMint. Seems his incestuous relationship with Teabaggers is getting a bit much. DeMint, like his swooning-for idol, Sarah (that woman is an idiot) Palin, is prone to threatening other GOPers who don’t seem quite as crazy as they. Either be with us, or we will bury you! they say, in the best 1st Amendment interpretation they are capable of. Several old line Rethugs have been grousing that DeMint is not being particularly helpful to the GOP cause. It remains to be seen, who will still be standing after the November elections.
Rolling Stone continues to get the best interviews around. (recall McChrystal’s tell-all that doomed his career). Obama was recently interviewed. Everyone is all agaga about the threat to the electorate to “wake up” but there was lots of other juicy tidbits collected. Obama noted that the “golden” age of journalism was brief, and most of our history demonstrates a very opinionated press. Fox he says is “wildly” successful in that vein. As to the teabaggers:
There’s no doubt that the infrastructure and the financing of the Tea Party come from some very traditional, very powerful, special-interest lobbies. I don’t think this is a secret. Dick Armey and FreedomWorks, which was one of the first organizational mechanisms to bring Tea Party folks together, are financed by very conservative industries and forces that are opposed to enforcement of environmental laws, that are opposed to an energy policy that would be different than the fossil-fuel-based approach we’ve been taking, that don’t believe in regulations that protect workers from safety violations in the workplace, that want to make sure that we are not regulating the financial industries in ways that we have.
If you like your political commentary a little more gritty and shall we say, colorful? then do stop over and read thump and whip, who profiles a number of teabagger candidates and rulers. A bit salty perhaps, but right on in analysis I’d say. Thanks to tengrain and Crooks and Liars for the H/T.
Oh boy, it has been days since we had a thing to say about our favorite INSANE Human-pretender, Glenny Beck. I figured you needed a fix. NYTimes Magazine has an interview, and you are going to enjoy it, *bounce* *bounce*. It’s a looooongggg piece so be prepared–get a snack!
For those of you in the Iowa area, please note that there will be an all-Muslim panel to discuss “What it means to be an American Muslim” sponsored by Stanley Richards Revocable Trust, at Drake Sheslow Auditorium, October 7, at 7pm. Admission is free. (moderator Dr. Mahmoud Hamad of Drake University)
What’s on the stove? leftovers–or as the Contrarian maintains “your leftovers are better than most people’s firstovers!” today we choose from venison stroganoff and chicken cacciatore, with salad and rolls.
- Dick Armey Tells Those Trusting Teabaggers He Wants To Use Them To Push Legislation (crooksandliars.com)
- Obama Takes on Fox News Again, Calls Its Political Views ‘Destructive’ (politicsdaily.com)
(1) Pew Research has been infamous in religious “surveys’ in not qualifying people it ‘surveys’: Not qualifying people as Faith Participants or not. In it’s first ‘religious’ ‘survey’, it did an On the Street type survey, not qualifing Faith connection or not For the ‘survey’.
For instance, over 90% of Catholic Churchgoers would identify Real Presence in Eucharist. Very few Practising Protestants would not know Martin Luther as the founder of the Reformation. Etc., Etc.
(2) President Obama should Never call FOX as a “News Source”, until Very Recently. Until Very recently, Fox was almost all False Directed opinions/Propaganda.
President Obama has been correctly criticized as ‘too Republican’. Recently, when he taunted Liberals/Progressives to Vote in November, he was asked ‘When did you start doing ANYTHING for us, the last 2 years.’
Tony, infamous to whom? I’ve never heard anything against Pew, and seen it cited in many a Catholic publication. I see your point between practicing and non-practicing, but that doesn’t make the data wrong, it may explain it in some fashion only. Pew is considered to be the premier data-collector on religion period. If you don’t like it, then follow something else, but frankly, when the USCCB does its own polling, it comes down very close to Pews.
You point 2 is most valid to me.
//Christians score badly when it comes to knowing even the basics of their faith. Atheists and agnostics score better.//
That’s because there is a lot less to know!!! 🙂
yeah, okay, I could have phrased that better, but you just wanted to take advantage of me, and have sport at my expense. You heathen!
Randal Graves said:
See, Cthulhu answers prayers!
You sir are even more heathenish!
(1) Thanks for the shout-out!
(2) DeMint is a right-wing piece of work, and I’m pleased that more people are scrutinizing him.
(3) I HAVE to check out that Beck article. Thanks!
So many to scrutinize, so little time. LOL