Wednesday, August 22, 2007


Standing By His Religion - Bobby Jindal Under Fire

The Democratic Party of Louisiana is resorting to smear tactics in an effort to win the prized office of governor in Louisiana. They are broadcasting a TV ad which misrepresents writings by Jindal on religion, especially Catholicism.

The ad says Jindal calls Protestants "scandalous, depraved, selfish and heretical." If you define "depraved" as a deviation from what is right or proper, I can't say I disagree with those words. I've often called the "Reformation" the "Deformation" as it deformed Christianity more than any intended reform. Oops. I've just disqualified myself from any future elections for Louisiana governor.

It's a risky move for the Democratic party. They risk offending practicing Catholics and hopefully some non-practicing Catholics too. ("Hopefully" in the sense they would be offended by someone attacking something a part of their life even if they fail to currently recognize its importance and value.) As Louisiana allows its vices industry to proliferate for fiscal gain, the ad campaign just might work. Why?

Catholicism is sadly perceived by some as the Christian religion tolerant of drinking. This incorrectly translates as a license to drunkenness for too many. Protestant faiths are perceived as the religion you go to to dry out. So as the industry of vices spreads in Louisiana, the Protestant faiths will too. This means more Protestants. More Protestants means more people willing to listen to and agree with the Democratic smear.

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Hollywood Environmental Hypocrisy ... Again.

Brad Pitt is working with an organization called Global Green. It should be obvious from their name what their mission is. Guess who the founder and chairman of this organization is? Hint: Partly reponsible for the Cheronbyl disaster coverup. If you guessed Mikhail Gorbachev, you're right! The man who brought you the Chernobyl disaster is now telling us how to live green. I wonder if he will begin his environmental crusade by cleaning up Pripyat in the Ukraine.

But this entry isn't about Mikhail, as amusing as that is. It's about Brad Pitt. He is pushing an effort in cooperation with Global Green to rebuild New Orleans and apparently that includes the really vulnerable areas. What do they intend to build? Environmentally friendly houses like this work of art.

You will have to take the Yahoo virtual tour to see an artist rendition of the finished product. It looks like two stacked mobiles with a side addition to me. The home also sits too low to the ground. You will have to lift the homes higher given the area is 10ft or so below sea level.

Did you know Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie purchased a home in New Orleans in Jan 07? They want to be a part of the rebuilding of New Orleans. Are they going to live in one of these eco-friendly homes? Of course not. They have a lovely $3.5 million 1830s mansion. I'm not sure if this photo is the mansion, but it claims to be one of their houses in New Orleans.

Not bad. I wonder if the walls of their home are made from seaweed.

In current times, we have been asked to put a lot of faith in science and accepting all of its offspring as facts. We must engage reason and intellect. Well, ok. Does any of that play a role in determining whether New Orleans should be rebuilt in the first place? An August 07 article in National Geographic examined this question. (I read the print version and have not verified the online version matches it exactly.) Other than the occasional global warming poppycock, the article is a very good and should be mandatory reading by everyone living in the New Orleans area. History shows the struggle to keep New Orleans afloat has been a long exercise in futility, corruption, and death.

The options for New Orleans are these:
1) Close down New Orleans. Give the French Quarters to Disney or the LA Department of Tourism. Move the ports up river.
2) Re-engineer New Orleans levees and water ways at tremendous cost and still have no level of complete certainty of the safety of New Orleans.

It's no surprise advocates for New Orleans choose option 2. New Orleans has a history and knack for mooching federal funds. (Read the National Geographic article for a small sampler.) If it's not the people, it's the government of Louisiana and New Orleans milking the U.S. taxpayers for their Money Pit project, the city of New Orleans.

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Monday, August 13, 2007


Godspeed Karl Rove

Karl Rove

You're looking at the man most hated by the left. I know it's hard to imagine anyone being the "most hated" given they hate so many, but Karl Rove has often been the "hate du jour."

This is why it seems strange I post an excerpt of a very good satirical article on Rove. Why strange? Its source, the far left leaning Huffington Post. Maybe the left is trying to get a sense of humor.


Right from day one, Karl Rove cemented his link with the religious right, by being born on Dec 25, 1950, a day many on the right refer to as “Christmas," a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ (an influential leader worshiped by the religious right.) It was no surprise that Dec 25, 1950 was ALSO the same EXACT day Communist forces recrossed the 38th parallel into South Korea. Clearly, Rove was already making an impact.

"This is what he does," says one observer.

Read the whole thing. My favorite line: "Yet, the coincidences were piling up the way coincidences do: in neatly stacked piles outside Rove's house of lies. A house bought and paid for by coincidences. And lies."

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