Not quite what I learned in Sunday School

What Will Happen After Your Death?

Choose Your Own Adventure from Quiz Galaxy!… “The devil screams ‘owwww, dude.’ You take the opportunity to run up the stairs indicated by the sign, ‘Fire Exit.’ You rush your way through the door at the top of the stairs. Instantly, you are floating in space 2001-a-space-odyssey style… which you continue to do forever.”

‘What Will Happen After Your Death?’
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Hat tip: Bogus Gold


Bachmann not alone in the madness

Surprising what you find out reading “foreign” blogs.  Pam Spaulding is in North Carolina, and she had an interesting piece on Twin Cities local radio host Jason Lewis’ utter meltdown over Dump Michelle Bachmann‘s blog.

It’s hardly a surprise that Lewis can be an ass, and he seems to have grown increasingly unhinged with the recent GOP losses.

Bachmann and Lewis – two pieces of work that deserve each other.  Neither is ready for prime time.

Man bites dog

I wondered how long it would be until someone in the press figured out that presidential wannabe Mitt Romney has polygamist ancestors.  Big freaking deal.  So do I.  So does almost anyone with Mormon ancestors from the pioneer period.

While Mitt Romney condemns polygamy and its prior practice by his Mormon church, the Republican presidential candidate’s great-grandfather had five wives and at least one of his great-great grandfathers had 12.

Polygamy was not just a historical footnote, but a prominent element in the family tree of the former Massachusetts governor now seeking to become the first Mormon president.

Romney’s great-grandfather, Miles Park Romney, married his fifth wife in 1897. That was more than six years after Mormon leaders banned polygamy and more than three decades after a federal law barred the practice.

As I said before, not only did Mitt’s ancestors live the principle, they were among the group that fled to Mexico to continue its practice after the US Church first gave appearances of abandoning it in 1890.

It’s all the more reason I find hypocritical his remarks to the US Congress in defense of the FMA, in which he spoke favorably of government persecution of the pioneer Mormons over “family values”.  How he does that without the sense of pissing on his ancestors’ graves I’m not sure.

But is this of any concern in terms of the 2008 campaign?  Of course not.  There are plenty of reasons to oppose Multi Choice Mitt.  His ancestors’ polygamy is not among them.

Other voices:

Captain’s Quarters:

I guess we have the layers of editors and checks at the Asinine Press to thank for this story, as well as chief political busybodies Jennifer Dobner and Glen Johnson. Unless Mitt’s running on the “legalize polygamy” platform, what in the hell does this have to do with anything?

Iowa Voice:

Does this mean we can start going through Hillary’s family tree? Or Edwards? Or Obama? It’s one thing to know who a candidate’s parents were and what they did, because that is an influence on them as they grow up, and it shapes the person they become as an adult. But great-great grandparents? That’s really stretching.

The American Street:

Did Kennedy get pinned with the Catholic Church’s bloody Crusades? Obviously not. If Mormonism in Romney’s adult life has any black marks against it, it’s fair to look for evidence of Romney’s support of that.

Otherwise, stick to his record in public service. I view him as a probable top tier candidate. And I believe there’s plenty in his record and in his opinion changes that deserve serious scrutiny. Pandering to rightwing religious bigots should simply be beneath the ethics of serious journalists with such critical issues needing address in the national interest.

Wingnuts on parade

Thank heavens I’m not in the sixth district.  But  what WERE these people thinking when they voted for this kook and wingnut?

From The Carpetbagger Report:

Freshman Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), one of the more embarrassing members of Congress, became a bit of a punchline a month ago when, after the State of the Union, she put her hand on the president’s shoulder as he was exiting the chamber — but wouldn’t let go. This came after bizarre ideas from Bachmann about Iraq and 9/11, and removing science from public school science classes.

Yesterday, however, Bachmann solidified her reputation as a laughing stock. Apparently, Bachmann claimed to know about a secret plan to partition Iraq, in which Iran will control half of the country and set it up as a “terrorist safe haven zone.” Bachmann was quite matter-of-fact about the whole thing.

She is a menace and should be gotten rid of in 2008.  What a whack job.

Hope for the future

This speech would be significant when given by ANY legislator in America. That it was given by a young, straight Republican from Wyoming is amazing. There is cause for hope, once the current crowd of theocrats loses power within the party apparatus.

Under a democracy the civil rights struggle continues today, where we have one segment of our society trying to restrict rights and privelges from another segment of our society. My parents raised me to know that this is wrong.



It is wrong for one segment of society to restrict rights and freedoms from another segment of society. I believe many of you have had this conversation with your children.

Read it in full.

An American Hero

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Pam Spaulding:

What makes Zwonitzer inspiring and so deserving of praise is that the risk he took, in Red State America, as a straight ally. He was willing to put his neck and political career on the line to do what is right — he is a Republican doing so at a time when Democrats in much more favorable political environs are spineless, calculating and treating us like ATMs and pariahs as it suits them.

Scott’s Take

Rep. Dan Zwonizter, made an impassioned speech against it, knowing full well his pro-gay rights position may lose him his seat.

Think about that. How often I’ve heard my dyed-in-the-wool Demcrat gay friends make excuses for lacluster pro-gay rights action from major Democratic leaders because it would cost them votes.