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by A.D. Reed (I have been after A.D. to post on my blog for years. He finally sent me an article and asked if I could post it. Here it is.)

Asheville, NC, Nov. 7, 2013 – The Reverend Billy Graham’s 95th birthday fête, organized by his son Franklin, was all that anyone who knows Graham père and Graham fils could have expected. The adoring guests who came to honor the frail evangelist were all, it seemed, rich, successful, famous, and self-important “Christians”—with nary a representative of the poor, the meek, the humble, and the downtrodden, whom Jesus called to follow him, in sight. Each of the media celebrities present clearly believed they were more important than the guest of honor, crowding the cameras for interviews and statements and extra seconds in the limelight. And, irony of ironies, the party that these holy, spiritual folks dropped in on was held in Asheville, NC—the “Cesspool of Sin,” as it was dubbed by a late NC House member who, as far as anyone could tell, had never set foot in the city.

The local Gannett paper titled its coverage “A-listers salute Graham,” but as the guest list made clear, the headline writer misunderstood what an A-list is.

The big names in attendance were Sarah Palin, Donald Trump, Glenn Beck, Rupert Murdoch, Greta Van Susteren, Ricky Skaggs, and Governor Pat McCrory. It was an A-list of, at best, Republican B-listers: Palin, a failed vice-presidential nominee (accompanied by her secessionist husband Todd) who turned losing into a $12-million-per-year gig; Trump, a failed presidential candidate, Obama birther, and self-appointed king of bombast; Beck, television’s wacko-bird college dropout who was too crazy even for Fox; Murdoch, the almost-but-not-quite-indicted gazillionaire media mogul who kicked Beck off his airways; Van Susteren, the Aussie mogul’s current blonde media favorite; Skaggs, a once-popular country music star who looks like Barbara Bush with longer, whiter hair; and McCrory, the failing, flailing governor of NC, basking in an approval rating of 37% after an exciting 10 months in office.

At least one Democrat, Asheville City Council member Jan Davis, attended, along with numerous other Republican officials: Representative Mark “Shut down the government!” Meadows, NC House Speaker and Senate candidate Thom Tillis, and Buncombe County Commissioner Joe Belcher. They were joined by hotel billionaire Bill Marriott, “Mitford” series writer Jan Karon, perky TV hostess Kathie Lee Gifford, right-wing megachurch pastor and anti-everything evangelist Rick Warren, and almost-unknown Christian rap artist Lecrae Moore—who, from photos of the event, was the only person there from what Cornel West calls “the chocolate side of town.” (Dr. West was in town the night before, speaking at UNC Asheville to the city’s intellectual, and mostly Democratic, A-list, and helping inoculate them from Thursday’s hype). (more…)

By |2013-11-12T01:10:39-04:00November 10th, 2013|Religion|5 Comments

Tuesday Evening News Roundup

I guess the bar has been lowered. It’s no longer up to God to decide whether you are Christian or not. Franklin Graham, the son of Billy Graham, is the ultimate arbiter. Doesn’t the fact that he is saying who is Christian and who is not prove that he needs to go back to the Bible and read it again? Something about judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven.

Frankly, I find it depressing that were still talking about a woman’s right to choose in the year 2012. If you don’t want an abortion, then don’t get one. But that was somewhat clichéd. As a matter fact, everything has been said on the abortion debate over the last 40 years. There’s nothing new. The only thing that is new is the ferocity with which the Republicans continue to attack a woman’s right. In Mississippi, the personhood bill, which was previously defeated, has been reintroduced. In Virginia, the House has decided that a woman needs to have a transvaginal ultrasound and has to look at the pictures before she can have an abortion. A vote on this bill has been delayed secondary to protests but I guarantee you it’s going to happen soon. Rick Santorum, in my opinion a joke of a political candidate, has risen to prominence in part because of his staunch position on abortion, women’s rights and social issues. (Did you know that fighting pornography was his top priority, not jobs for the middle class or healthcare or any of a hundred other issues. It was the first thing listed on his issues page on his web site before it was changed yesterday.) I’m afraid that with this latest trend, somebody’s going to start arguing that all Blacks need to get back into the ship and go back to Africa. I can see it coming.

The following two charts should cause Republicans to wonder about their chances in November. Now, before the conservatives read my blog go nuts, I know that lots of things can happen between now and the election. Many of these things are completely out of the control of the White House. If Europe implodes, our economy will tank. If gas prices go through the roof which is quite possible are economy will slow to a crawl. Any downturn in the economy can spell disaster for Obama. Yet, Wall Street seems to be flourishing under Democratic president much like it did under President Clinton.

Redistricting has placed Michele Bachmann into a blue district. She is thinking about running for Congress from another district. (I truly hate the partisan politics of redistricting. Districts should be redrawn by computers and not bipartisan politicians, from either side.)

Dominique Strauss-Kahn (remember him from the IMF) can not stay out of the news. He’s been held in conjunction with a prostitution ring.

The Red Cross has been asking for a cease-fire in Syria. I wish them luck. When Syrian troops continued to fire on civilians in front of Arab League observers, I knew the civilian population was in trouble. Russia and China are going to have to apply some significant pressure in order to get Syria to back off.

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear the case of Abigail Fisher. Ms. Fisher, a White American, says that she was discriminated against because of her race. This is a reverse discrimination case. This will be interesting.

Google is everywhere. Like Microsoft 20 years ago, Google is the new big kid on the block. They’ve invested in everything including Google automobile. The car will basically drive itself. I can think of nothing better for seniors and young teenagers.

From NYT: The car is a project of Google, which has been working in secret but in plain view on vehicles that can drive themselves, using artificial-intelligence software that can sense anything near the car and mimic the decisions made by a human driver.

With someone behind the wheel to take control if something goes awry and a technician in the passenger seat to monitor the navigation system, seven test cars have driven 1,000 miles without human intervention and more than 140,000 miles with only occasional human control. One even drove itself down Lombard Street in San Francisco, one of the steepest and curviest streets in the nation. The only accident, engineers said, was when one Google car was rear-ended while stopped at a traffic light.

Please note that the guy taking this video is trying to DRIVE!!

What stories are you following?

By |2012-02-21T20:12:02-04:00February 21st, 2012|Civil Liberty, Civil Rights, Economy, Foreign Affairs, Party Politics|Comments Off on Tuesday Evening News Roundup
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