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Monday, February 13, 2006

Where Is That In The Bible?

The editorialists at the Charleston (WV) Gazette have proven on many occasions to know virtually nothing about Christianity or its teachings, and what they do know, they are highly disdainful of. But that doesn't stop them. Today they give us a lecture on "Jesus would have wanted Pontius Pilate to confiscate more personal wealth in order to feed the poor."

GOP values
Money for war, not people

The Bush administration — deeply entwined with the fundamentalist “religious right” - continues to contradict the humane values espoused by Jesus.

President Bush’s new $2.77 trillion federal budget would throw more billions of taxpayer money into militarism, while cutting numerous programs that help American families. (link)
Funny, I can't find that passage in my King James version of the Bible. Jesus was a supporter of Big Government? Maybe these guys found that bit of doctrine in the original Aramaic. Either that or somewhere on Michael Moore's website.

But I may have just overlooked it ...

Or Maybe There's Another Explanation

Maybe I give the editorial staff at the Charleston (WV) Gazette too much credit (see above). Maybe they're just not very bright. Take this editorial in today's paper for example:

Something doesn’t add up: Wal-Mart opposes the Fair Share Health Care bill in the Legislature, which would force extra-large employers to give workers medical insurance totaling at least 8 percent of the company payroll. The giant retail chain won’t reveal the percentage it now spends on health coverage — but disclosed that its total 2006 medical cost is expected to be $4.7 billion. Well, Wal-Mart has 1.3 million U.S. employees, earning somewhere near $9 an hour, or slightly under $20,000 each. Thus the chain’s payroll is around $20 billion — of which $4.7 billion is far more than 8 percent. Why is Wal-Mart protesting, if its health spending already exceeds what the law would require? These figures don’t make sense. [my emphasis] (link)
Could it be the folks at Wal-Mart simply find it UNCONSTITUTIONAL, REPREHENSIBLE, and IRRESPONSIBLE for a state government to single out one corporation for punitive legislation?

Besides, what would Jesus say about the West Virginia legislature forcing Wal-Mart, the one retailer statewide (31 stores by my count) that provides the poor with access to inexpensive clothing and food, to raise its prices on bread and baby's milk in order to "fix" a problem that the Gazette can't even decide exists?

For the love of God.

Dick Shoots Harry

Dick Cheney sent out a warning to his opponents yesterday. Old age and a heart condition won't keep him from filling your behind with hot lead:

Cheney Shoots Fellow Hunter in Mishap on a Texas Ranch
ANNE E. KORNBLUT, The New York Times

WASHINGTON, Feb. 12 — Vice President Dick Cheney accidentally shot and wounded a prominent Austin, Tex., lawyer on Saturday while the two men were quail hunting in South Texas, firing a shotgun at the man while trying to aim for a bird, a member of the hunting party said.

Mr. Cheney, a practiced hunter, shot the lawyer, Harry Whittington, on an outing at the Armstrong Ranch in South Texas. Mr. Whittington, 78, was taken by helicopter to Christus Spohn Memorial Hospital, where he was listed in stable condition in the intensive care unit on Sunday, according to Michele Trevino, a hospital spokeswoman.

White House officials did not release details of the accident. But Katharine Armstrong, who was with the hunting party at the time of the shooting, said that Mr. Cheney, 65, fired his shotgun without realizing that Mr. Whittington had approached the group, hitting him on his right side, on his cheek, neck and chest. (link)

Vice President Cheney has opened himself up to heaps of ridicule, and it is all well-deserved in this case.

But I have to confess I came very close to pulling off the same stunt a number of years ago. I was hunting quail one winter day when a bird came flying up out of a fence row lined with bushes and tall weeds, and took off down a path between two rows of corn stubble. I swung my shotgun around, drew a bead on the bird, and was about to fire when I suddenly caught sight of the fact that my hunting partner's bird dog was further down that same corn row and well within range of my shot. To make matters worse, my friend's car was parked just beyond the field and I was close to blasting it as well.

I almost shot the bird, the dog, and the car all at the same time. But I pulled up and saved myself from total embarrassment.

Which is, I'm sure, what Dick Cheney is going through right now.

Gore Slips Deeper Into Paranoia

Was I out of the country when all this took place?

New York Post Post Wire Services

JIDDAH, Saudi Arabia — Former Vice President Al Gore told a mainly Saudi audience yesterday that the U.S. government committed "terrible abuses" against Arabs after 9/11 and said most Americans opposed such treatment.

Gore said Arabs in the United States had been "indiscriminately rounded up . . . and held in conditions that were just unforgivable . . . Unfortunately, there have been terrible abuses, and it's wrong." (link)
When did this happen? Where are the concentration camps? What in the good name of Christ is this goofball talking about?

At least the current Vice President only peppers hunting partners with birdshot. Al Gore needs to be held in conditions that are just ... forgettable. A padded room somewhere. Far far away.