Friday, October 07, 2005

Quick Fixes therapy

First of all, I was glad that the Senate, under the leadership of John McCain stood up to the President and his cronies (and a threat of presidential veto) and did the Biblical thing by approving an amendment to another bill by a vote of 90-9 (good job Republican leadership!) to "prohibit the use of 'cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment' against anyone in U.S. government custody, regardless of where they are held." (AP article here)
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Secondly, as wierd as it might be, I would rather see the Yankees win another WS than the Astros win their first. I have realized as a Red Sox fan, that my hatred of the Yankees is quite fierce. But, as a bigger Cardinals fan, the idea of the Astros or Cubs reaching that hallowed plane strikes immense negative reaction from my inner core. Although I believe strongly in justice, I react to the Cubs and Astros (especially the Astros after living in Houston) much like Cheney reacts to trees and clean air or the CEO of Walmart does to unionizing employees. Absolute and unmitigated contempt! I want to keep them down. I want to keep them in pain. I want them to never have the feeling of warmth that comes from a World Series win. Sick, huh?
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Excellent Blog Rant by uberblogger and celebrity Jordon Cooper on Franklin Graham, New Orleans, Gays, Pat Robertson, Evangelicalism vs. Fundamentalism, Larry King and many other things. It is well worth the read. Tell him (and me) what you think. Click Here.

My favorite quote is "Pat Robertson is not an evangelical. He might say he is but C'mon on, Stockwell Day said he was electable, George W. Bush says he is a compassionate conservative, Gary Bettman says he knows hockey, Paul Martin says he is a true Liberal, and Norman Spector says he knows web design. You can say things sincerely and be sincerely wrong. "
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Thanks also to Jordon, and Sojourners for this timely commentary by former Senator John Edwards, who thinks it is time to end poverty. Although, I think poverty will always be around and the poor will always be oppressed by those in power, it is nice to see a National politician actually acknowledge the need to help poor people. As he states in the article, "You can tell a lot about people by how they treat their neighbors in need. And I believe that you can tell a lot about a countryƃ??s character by how they treat millions of people who live at the margins and below."

More to Come

1 comment:

ER said...

Rick,
Do you really think the Astros will make it? Is there uncertainty in your heart about the Cardinals?
Come on, Rick. This is what you have been waiting on.