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Here in the States, Bush is caught up in a new scandal -- call it PrayerGate:

Critics Blast Bush For Not Praying Hard Enough

WASHINGTON, DC--President Bush, already facing the lowest approval ratings in history, is coming under fire from former supporters over what they call his "ineffectual and incompetent" use of prayer for national guidance and assistance.

"Every time the president is criticized, he insists that the nation is in his prayers," said the Family Research Council's Bob Jensen. "That may be, but it's becoming more and more clear that these prayers are either too infrequent, too brief, or not strongly worded enough to be effective."

Jensen added: "This nation deserves more than a president who just pays lip service to prayer. It deserves a president who demands that his prayers get real-world results."

by numediaman on Fri Apr 28th, 2006 at 08:42:00 AM EST
They can't be serious.
a president who demands that his prayers get real-world results
or else, what? They'll nuke heaven?

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Apr 28th, 2006 at 08:58:05 AM EST
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Reading that line was a genuinely mind-bending moment.

It's hard to comment because my mind loses traction on the concept. It's too bizarre to even laugh

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Apr 28th, 2006 at 09:13:20 AM EST
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Laugh? It makes me want to cower in terror, considering how numerous/influential these people are. Is that how Bush's irreductible base of 30% thinks?

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Apr 28th, 2006 at 09:15:41 AM EST
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Well, in the light of the developing sex scandal in Washington we now know what a republican is doing when he's saying "Oh god...oh god..ooooooh goooooood !!!"

http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2006/4/28/94455/5569

Slightly off topic : We now find out goergia10 from kos is just 23. Knowing what a know-nothing nit I was at that age I now feel totally inadequate.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Apr 28th, 2006 at 10:00:07 AM EST
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I was such a sheep at that age. Then again, that was still before 9/11... Within those 4.5 years I've been politicised rapidly and put on a steeper learning curve than I used to be on. It's the difference of living within the comfort zone bubble and confronted without one. For even younger people (such as georgia10) seeing their country wracked step by step, I can imagine this process is even larger. Who knows that on the long run, the destruction that is the Bush government may give birth to a re-invented progressive movement... It took 13 years after the Russia-Japan wars early twentieth century that the political trembles introduced then spelled the end of the Tsar.

I'm speculating way out of my expert terrain, of course, but it's nice to speculate positively.

by Nomad on Fri Apr 28th, 2006 at 10:24:13 AM EST
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Oh no, it's not. Regard it as humour based on disabilities.

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.
by Starvid on Fri Apr 28th, 2006 at 09:18:50 AM EST
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Why? Heaven has hidden WMDs?

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes
by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Fri Apr 28th, 2006 at 09:16:23 AM EST
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No, it refuses to bow to the demands of the Leader of the Free World. But I'm sure the intelligence services can come up with something. Didn't Zeus leave his lightning bolts lying around somewhere when God chased him out?

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Apr 28th, 2006 at 09:18:03 AM EST
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You forgot the trademark sign that follows "Leader of the Free World".  We own it, and it is thus: Leader of the Free WorldTM.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.
by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Fri Apr 28th, 2006 at 09:40:24 AM EST
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Used without permission.

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Apr 28th, 2006 at 09:44:48 AM EST
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By the way, you're on a roll in this thread.  You nearly forced me to spit out my coffee with the Zeus comment, as well as the "Or what?  They'll nuke heaven?" one.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.
by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Fri Apr 28th, 2006 at 09:41:53 AM EST
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They should remember what happened to proud Lucifer, flung headlong down from heaven to the rolling billows of fire and brimstone...

Or they should pass their mouse over the link and check out the vegetable aroma...

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri Apr 28th, 2006 at 09:19:00 AM EST
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lucifer was a vegetarian?

with a mustache?

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Fri Apr 28th, 2006 at 02:32:18 PM EST
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Oh, crap, that's from the onion.

I totally failed for it.

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Apr 28th, 2006 at 09:23:27 AM EST
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Damn. Me too.

It just seemed like something they really could have said.

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.

by Starvid on Fri Apr 28th, 2006 at 09:34:52 AM EST
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No fair !!! If I pray hard enough can it be be true ?

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Apr 28th, 2006 at 10:04:39 AM EST
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That may be, but it's becoming increasingly clear that your prayers are either too infrequent, too brief, or not strongly worded enough to be effective.</snark>

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Apr 28th, 2006 at 10:15:45 AM EST
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er... fell for it.

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Apr 28th, 2006 at 10:30:04 AM EST
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What was Fran's Breakfast quote today again?

The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman
by dvx (dvx.clt št gmail dotcom) on Fri Apr 28th, 2006 at 09:38:25 AM EST
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Too right.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri Apr 28th, 2006 at 10:18:25 AM EST
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