"Oh, now, don’t start gettin’ down on the Guantanamo guards for a little water balloon play. You don’t get gooder, cleaner fun than water balloons."

Via Talkleft the Pentagon has admitted, “Well, hmmm, yeah, we disrespected the Quran.”

Pentagon Confirms Soldier Mistreated Prisoner’s Quran
Other Incidents Also Confirmed

PENTAGON — The Pentagon has confirmed for the first time that a U.S. soldier deliberately kicked a Guantanamo Bay prisoner’s Quran in violation of the military’s rules for handling the Muslim holy book.

In other confirmed incidents, water balloons thrown by prison guards caused an unspecified number of Qurans to get wet; a guard’s urine came through an air vent and splashed on a detainee and his Quran; and a two-word obscenity was written in English on the inside cover of a Quran.

The findings are among the results of an investigation last month by Brig. Gen. Jay Hood, the commander of the detention center in southeastern Cuba. The probe was triggered by a Newsweek magazine report — later retracted — that a U.S. soldier had flushed one Guantanamo detainee’s Quran down a toilet.

Source: Denverchannel

New questions abound, don’t they? Water balloons thrown by guards. Someone no doubt will say, “Child play!” The picture they’re perhaps shooting for is har-har water balloons tossed, “Got cha!” Continue reading "Oh, now, don’t start gettin’ down on the Guantanamo guards for a little water balloon play. You don’t get gooder, cleaner fun than water balloons."

If it wants elucidation…

This blog gets very little traffic. Monday it got over 600 hits, which is something like 575 more than it normally gets. They were almost all from the Fox News search engine. They were all looking for more news on the Louis Lamonica Hosanna Church story. Seems Fox had just posted the news and seems those who trust in Fox use its search engine as well and for some reason my post on Louis Lamonica last week, That’s some consensual suspension of disbelief, was one of the top results. My Lamonica post was also on the decade long battle between the ACLU and the Tangipahoa Parish public schools and the failure to comply with a prayer ban. One of the visitors via Fox News Search eloquently remarked in the comment area:

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That’s some consensual suspension of disbelief

Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana is hitting the news big time. For a couple of reasons. First off, the prayer debate. To pray or not to pray in the schools. Nola.com has he story on how some Tangiphoa teachers and administrators are flouting the prayer ban. 4th grade teacher has prayer in class, and has also Bible study classes in the cafeteria, admonishing students who don’t show.

The ACLU has been fighting this battle in Tangipahoa for a decade. They were favored by the Court with a 2004 prayer ban in the schools (2004? I thought this was taken care of decades ag) and a February decision banning prayer before school board meetings, a decision the school board is appealing with the help now of the Christian-oriented Alliance Defense Fund.

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What’s the harm of a little common courtesy

Every time I hear, “Give nominees the courtesy of a vote”, I also hear this resounding response from sofas throughout Xtian conservative America of people agreeing it’s right to at least give the nominees that courtesy, a little common courtesy, everyone deserves a little common courtesy. That’s all this is about, showing a little common courtesy.

Where I’ve been (as life permits). Listening to the Senate Session on Judicial Nominees at C-Span 2. Links to some of the individual speeches at Dembloggers. Here’s Senator Reid’s speech from the capitol steps. Senator Dayton’s speech.

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"Bad, Dobson. Evil, naughty, Dobson."

Via Crooks and Liars is the Carpet Bagger Report Dobson still pulling the Senate’s Strings.

Dobson speaks and…

Within a few hours, Lott was telling reporters that his effort to reach a compromise wasn’t sincere and that it was just an attempt to convince moderates who “have to feel assured that every avenue has been explored.” In other words, just a few hours after Dobson calls Lott out, Lott started telling people that his negotiations are just part of the nuclear option game plan so there’s nothing for the far-right to worry about.

I don’t know why but as I was reading a voice entered my mind, via Monty Python’s Search for the Holy Grail, “Bad, Zoot. Evil, naughty, Zoot.”

The mind is funny that way.

And so I will follow with a stupid Dobson cartoon I did a couple of weeks ago and have left sitting in my files because it is stupid and not very good. But I need a break from Evil and thus turn to Silly, however not very good it may be.

But why wouldn’t they like you if they have nice puppets?

So, horror of horrors, I had just finished doing the “Hell, located, described and measured according to Dominionist Policitical Science” cartoon, and I go in to be with H.o.p. and there he has on the television, gasp, Trinity Broadcasting Network and he is watching because it’s “Mr. Henry’s Wild and Wacky World” and Mr. Henry has puppets. H.o.p. loves puppets. We go to see almost all the shows at the Center for Puppetry Arts. He has fabricated puppets for years. Friday night we played quite some time with a spider shadow puppet he’d made once.

He had never seen TBN before.

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No, Tom Delay, National Prayer Day is not an all-inclusive day of meditation, and you know this

I’ve mentioned this before. When I was ten we moved down to Augusta, Georgia. Bible Belt. I had never heard the words “Bible Belt”. It would have been unheard of to read scripture in class or pray in class where I came from (the Greater Hanford Area Radioactive Dump, which of course had its own problems). My father’s mother knew what I was headed into and she told me, “When in Rome, behave as the Romans do.” Of course, when she said this, I thought, “Like hell.”‘ I had been thus apprised that I was heading into culturally decadent backwaters (as far as I was concerned) and if someone said I needed to behave as the locals, to stay out of trouble, then that meant I should do as much as possible to separate myself from them so as not to become infected and to let them know that I had no intention of becoming one of them.

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The Kansas Krusade (or Bloody, backlash, Kansas)

Kansas, Kansas. Why Kansas, I ask? I was born in Kansas. Lawrence. They have a University in Kansas. More than one! They have a really big one. KU! Home of the Jayhawks. Beat poets read there. You didn’t get Beat poets reading at Bible Belt southern universities in the 50s and 60s. But they were at KU. They have science at KU. Really, they do. They had science there in the 50s.

The last home of William Burroughs was Lawrence, Kansas. Beat poet Michael McClure, born in Kansas, wrote “The Mad Club”, which chronicled the Beat scene in Wichita, though the novel was set in Tulsa (I’ve not read it). Many in the Wichita scene met through a youth group at the UU church and were involved in segregation protests. LRY? Liberal Religious Youth? I was in LRY LSD (Lower Southern District) when I was 16 to 17 years of age, in Augusta. It had a knack for attracting uhm some different kinds of people. I had nothing to do with UU’s. I think it was about the last day of my junior year in high school someone said, “Hey, I bet you’d like LRY.” LRY? Liberal Religious Youth??? I was leary because of the Christian “Young Life”. But “Young Life” and LRY were nothing at all alike. Too bad that in 1974-1975 we were kind of left holding an empty bag, or so it seemed to a fringe person such as myself, which is what I was, one of the tassels. Plus too much tragedy. There was a lot of tragedy in the group. Way too many ghosts to leave much room for anything but mourning. Yet it was the one unique spot in Augusta at that time for teens of a certain mindset to gather together. It attracted artists and poets. Attracted, LRY as a whole, eventually too much controversy which is why it was, as an organization, ultimately dissolved and a new youth group instituted.

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The Blob – Friend of the Rapture

THE BLOB ATTACKS! Seriously, it does. Look around you, it’s everywhere. That bright light falling from heaven, the meteor that ruptures and spills out amorphic ooze that goes around gobbling up people? Considering the beliefs of the directors and producers of “The Blob”, it’s a safe bet it’s the fallen light of Lucifer deluding and absorbing humanity. Maybe not so confessed but I’d be seriously surprised if it wasn’t the quality inspiriation behind this Sci-Fi, horror flick that, despite poor acting, effects, script and lighting (no, I was never impressed), scared the begeezuz out of untold numbers of children. But for those not destined to be part of the Choice 144,000 reserved for the Rapture, the BLOB may instead remind of the tenacious growth of the ultra-conservative Dominionists and Neo-Dispensationalists, the absorption of millions into their faithful ranks, and their seeming bottomless pits of wrath and hunger.

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Well, duh, strike me with a feather, the Family Research Council and the CCC and KKK

Via the Green Knight, who picked it up from Max Blumenthal. Tony Perkins, head of the Family Research Council (Just Us Justice Sunday) purchased the Ku Klux Klan mailing list in 1996 for $82,000.00.

Tony Perkins spoke to the Louisiana Council of Conservative Citizens on May 19 2001 but declines to answer questions about his ties to the group.

To learn more about this of course one’s next hit is The Southern Poverty Law Center which has written at length on the CCC and notes elected officials who have ties to it.

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