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February 04, 2005
Friday Headlines

In the What Were They Thinking? department, the Crazy Bear. A teddy bear in a strait-jacket?

Seriously, people. This country is in trouble.

Under the heading of "fairly unsavory" let's put Adopt-A-Sniper. Supporting the troops is one thing, but can we do it without celebrating death? War brutalizes those on both sides.

On a similar topic, it's rather interesting to read that the Bush Administration cares a lot more about covering its tracks than it does about catching 'terrorists'. Interesting, but not surprising.

Brooke Allen has an interesting article up about how the Christian religion has been shoehorned into our government over the years. Starting with the Constitution, where deities were noticeably absent, right up through the McCarthy-era rewriting of the Pledge of Allegiance.

The Founding Fathers were not religious men, and they fought hard to erect, in Thomas Jefferson's words, "a wall of separation between church and state." John Adams opined that if they were not restrained by legal measures, Puritans--the fundamentalists of their day--would "whip and crop, and pillory and roast."

Ahhh...the Good Old Days. Tell the boys in Guantanamo Bay they're back....

Here we go again. The latest target of the Bush Administration's attempt to dismantle the government? Amtrak. It will never pass, as the article does make clear, but it would be interesting to see how the heavily populated New England district voted in the next election if Bush removed their means of getting to and from work, wouldn't it?

And Howard Kurtz on why you can't trust the Bush Administration's words.

And now, my checkbook and I are headed to my auto repair shop. I hope it's a kinder, gentler bill than it was the last time.

Posted by AnneZook at 08:50 AM