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I must admit, I couldn’t come with a better headline than Pharyngula which follows the quote from Obama’s proclamation with a hearty

Get stuffed, you pandering, unprincipled hack.

It’s almost impossible to top that.

Maybe recalling the less hypocritical Bush the Smarter proclamation that atheists are not citizens

Sherman: Surely you recognize the equal citizenship and patriotism of Americans who are atheists?

Bush: No, I don’t know that atheists should be considered as citizens, nor should they be considered patriots. This is one nation under God.

It’s really not all that different from Obama’s “call” upon the US citizens to pray. Those who don’t are excluded just as they wore in Poppy’s times.

The Confluence entry on this underlines how even religious tenets call for prayer to be private rather than ‘in your face and gives the perspective of how those of us excluded on this day feel

I have to admit to being one person that feels extremely uncomfortable when some one stands up in a crowd and suggests we offer up a prayer to his/her deity (whatever it is.) Being surrounded by people obediently reciting things gives me the same kind of creepy, uneasy feeling I get when watching “1984″ or those ‘we love fearless leader ceremonies’ they do in North Korea. I feel surrounded by aliens that might turn on me or shriek and point like those pod people did to Donald Sutherland.

Even from the religion side – there are some who remember that the separation of church and state has been enacted for the protection of the believers as well as the protection of the state .

As a Christian minister, I can’t understand why some clergy ever thought the National Day of Prayer was a good idea. It’s my job to advise people on spiritual matters; the state has no business usurping that role. My fellow members of the clergy and I don’t pass legislation or fill potholes, so maybe the government should just get off our turf.

Furthermore, the National Day of Prayer has always been soaked in the kind of offensive “God and country” rhetoric that many of us find nauseating. It was first proposed in the 1950s to show those godless commies a thing or two.

Of course, what makes Obama’s proclamations more jarring than previous ones is the fact that it comes on the heels of a court decision that it is unconstitutional

National Day of Prayer is unconstitutional because it calls on citizens to take part in religious activity.

Ah, but we now have a constitutional scholar in the White House so he can tear apart both separations: of powers and church and state.

Just like when we had an MBA, the economy went kablouie. It never fails.

In conclusion I will rally to the Pharyngula blog call of

Get stuffed, you pandering, unprincipled hack.


This Sunday, 2 days before the Times Square bomb, The Simpsons had one of their better episodes, which was also brilliantly prescient: To Surveil with Love”

A bomb scare gets Springfield to overreact and decide to install cameras everywhere

In a vote reminding us of the Democratic convention roll call,

Mayor Quimby, trying to get the surveillance system approved at a town meeting, instructs the crowd, “All those opposed, say, ‘I hate America.’

Once the city is covered with cameras, it’s up to Ned Flanders to volunteer his services ‘in gently nudging with love” the citizens of Springfield into obeying the law. He has a field day chiding lovers on park benches and just about everyone not up to his snuff. In the end, just as he thinks he succeeded, he finds out all the bad activities simply concentrated in the blind spot of the cameras and agrees they need to go.

Two days later, the inane car bomb is discovered and cameras play a role. A distracting one as the Big Pink wisely notes

the cameras did nothing to help. The cameras actually hindered the investigation.The cameras put the eye of suspicion, wildly applauded by the Nutroots, on a 40 year old white guy whose only crime was to remove his shirt in hot weather. So the answer by Mayor Bloomberg is: more cameras. Something is very wrong with this picture. Logic would tell us we need more African-American disabled Vietnam Veterans who although nearly discarded by society did more than those, expensive to purchase and maintain and monitor, gizmos and gadgets.

I have been watching one headline after another whipping up paranoia

Like yesterday’s Metro

Hey, here’s an equally good idea: maybe we should listen to Andy Borowitz and expand Twitter instead

authorities today said that they were following Mr. Shahzad, “but only on Twitter.”A spokesman for the surveillance team following the suspected terrorist said that they were closely monitoring Mr. Shahzad’s tweets, “but he must have figured something out because all of a sudden he blocked us.”

And, unlike Springfield, we won’t even get to vote on it. Not even by saying “I hate America”  (or in case of term limits, the Quimby-esque option of “I have sex with animals”)

Benjamin Franklin said”Those who would trade their liberties for their security deserve neither”

I would include here those who voted for Obama, Bloomberg (or stayed home last November)


New York papers keep the car bomber very much in the headlines – now with more unintended consequences. NY Post gets “cover of the day” for that

.followed by Metro

.On national papers, the oil spill is pretty much gone (although it still gushes) and the terrorist has been replaced – at least in images with violence in Greece


.Washington Times

.Obama Times

USA Today follows up on the Tennessee flods story and the less than perfect system in the car bomber apprehesion

Stars and Stripes reports on more run around on DADT – how many “views” does it take?

.Back to NYC, the Daily news takes us to the car bomber’s “lair”

.while AM-NY puts an out of the closet homophobe on the cover




Not Your Sweetie

May 2010