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Legendary drummer of The Band has died.

Space Shuttle Discovery has found a new home.

The president of the Catholic League would like to boycott The Daily Show because of “an unprecedented vulgar assault on Christians.” Well, as a Christian, I haven’t seen or felt the unprecedented vulgar assault by Jon Stewart. but maybe it is there. Maybe this is much to do about nothing. It would seem to me that Catholics should be outraged over the GOP budget plan that would gut all social services and put the poor out on the streets. But what do I know.

Michele Bachmann is clearly missing the spotlight that she had just a few months ago. She used the thoughtless a metaphor when she said, “This is about waving a tar baby in the air and saying that something else is the problem.” As usual, Michele Bachmann does not understand the issue. I don’t really think she understands the metaphor. It is extremely unfortunate. By the way, she was trying to say that Barack Obama had the tools to regulate oil speculation. Unfortunately, she is wrong.

It appears a Black firefighter in England  got tasered by the police.

More corporations are leaving The American Legislative Executive Council (ALEC). This is good.

60 new archaeological sites dating back almost 6000 years have been found outside of Rio.

I know that everyone was looking forward to seeing a timeline on the Secret Service prostitution scandal. Well, here it is.

George Zimmerman’s bond hearing was today. His bond has been set for $150,000.

The 100 best apps for android. Some of these apps are plenty cool.

The history of GPS. GPS has only been available for about 10 years. 20 years ago, we all had these ridiculously folded maps. Now, GPS comes on our cell phones and is quite accurate.

By |2013-11-03T16:39:22-04:00April 20th, 2012|Domestic Issues, Economy|Comments Off on Friday Afternoon News Roundup

Some die at Pope rally

We live in the year 2009. People are not supposed to die at a rally. We have seen this all before. Angola. Tens of thousands line up and wait for hours (does this sound like Cincinnati in 1979?) The doors open and there is no assigned seating. Everyone rushes in. There is chaos. Two girls are dead.  Eight others are wounded. This is so preventable…  so preventable. It’s so sad. There is no excuse for the lack of planning and foresight.

From NYT: Pope Benedict, on a visit to Angola marred by a deadly stampede, on Saturday urged Angolan Catholics to shun witchcraft and woo back those who have left the Catholic church to join other religious groups.

Two teenage girls were killed and at least eight injured in the stampede to enter a stadium in downtown Luanda where Pope Benedict later presided at a youth rally, an official said.

Maria das Dores Celina, a nurse at Josina Machel Hospital, told Reuters the incident happened as thousands of people rushed to enter the venue before the Pope arrived. The two girls arrived dead at the hospital, she added.

By |2009-03-21T20:57:59-04:00March 21st, 2009|Foreign Affairs, Religion|Comments Off on Some die at Pope rally

Dobson: Obama distorts Bible

James Dobson believes that if you don’t agree with his interpretation of the Bible then you are distorting the Bible. Unfortunately, for Mr. Dobson, God didn’t give him the power of infinite wisdom or insight. I guess Love thy Neighbor means we all must think and believe what Dobson believes.

BTW, the speech that Dobson has his panties in a twist over was given over 2 years ago. The speech was on religious tolerance. No wonder Dobson is so upset. We (or rather he) can’t have religious tolerance because that would put him out of business. Focus on the Family is all about intolerance.

Update: I found this excellent post on Kos from a moderate Christian coalition called Matthew 25.

From WaPo:

Dobson’s comments, which aired today on his Focus on the Family radio show, come as Obama’s campaign plans to launch a broad appeal to evangelicals and Catholics.

Dobson and Tim Minnery, a senior vice president at Focus on the Family, spent about 20 minutes of the show harshly critiquing a speech that Obama gave in 2006 to a group of liberal Christian leaders.

In the speech, Obama argues for religious diversity and acceptance and prods liberals not to cede issues of faith to Republicans. (more…)

By |2008-06-24T15:17:27-04:00June 24th, 2008|Religion|4 Comments
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