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Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Good Times

Happy Wednesday.

Got a cornucopia of madness today:

ONE - "Church Split in Dispute Over Bush"

Yes, the latest on our dear friend in North Carolina:
WAYNESVILLE, N.C., May 10 (AP) - A Baptist preacher who was accused of forcing nine members to leave his church because they refused to support President Bush said on Tuesday that he was stepping down.

"For me to remain now would only cause more hurt for me and my family," the preacher, the Rev. Chan Chandler, said as he left a meeting at East Waynesville Baptist Church.

Congregants of the 100-member church have said that Mr. Chandler endorsed Mr. Bush from the pulpit during last year's presidential campaign and said that anyone who planned to vote for the Democratic nominee, Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts, needed to "repent or resign."

The church members said that he continued to preach about politics after Mr. Bush won re-election, culminating in a church gathering last week in which the nine members said they were ousted.

Speaking from the pulpit on Tuesday night, Mr. Chandler, 33, said that the dispute was rooted in his strong feelings about abortion. He then left with his wife and drove away from the church escorted by the police. A few moments later, about 40 of his supporters, many in tears, came out while other church members remained inside.

"I don't believe he preached politics," said Rhonda Trantham, one of Mr. Chandler's supporters. "I don't believe anyone should tell a preacher not to preach what's in the Bible."
Uh, ma'am, I think the issue is that...dude was preaching about stuff that's NOT in the Bible.

"Paul did discuss the evils of JOHN KERRY in his first letter to the Corinthians."

Forgot about that.

TWO - "Ridge reveals clashes on alerts"

Those pesky ORANGE terror alerts? Can you say...politically motivated?
The Bush administration periodically put the USA on high alert for terrorist attacks even though then-Homeland Security chief Tom Ridge argued there was only FLIMSY EVIDENCE to justify raising the threat level, Ridge now says.

Ridge, who resigned Feb. 1, said Tuesday that he often disagreed with administration officials who wanted to elevate the threat level to orange, or "high" risk of terrorist attack, but was overruled.

"More often than not we (HSA) were the least inclined to raise it," Ridge told reporters. "Sometimes we disagreed with the intelligence assessment. Sometimes we thought even if the intelligence was good, you don't necessarily put the country on (alert). ... There were times when some people were really aggressive about raising it, and we said, 'For that?' "
For to keep people in line, Tom. And to move attention away from stories that really mattered.

SOMEONE out there (me?) should do a time-line...to track the ALL THE ORANGE ALERTS against world events and stories that SHOULD HAVE taken the Bushies out. Or driven their approval ratings down.

Especially during the last campaign.

Make sense?

THREE - A typical recruiting call?

Here's a snipet from a news story in Houston re: aggressive Army recruiting.
Late Tuesday afternoon, "11 News" confirmed the U.S. Army will now call for a nationwide stand-down of all recruiting efforts in what a spokesperson at the Pentagon calls a serious step at self-examination.

The announcement comes just one day after the "11 News Defenders" exposed a Houston Army recruiter THREATENING TO ARREST a local young man if he didn't report that day to the army recruiting station.

Sgt. Thomas Kelt left this message on that young man's cell phone:
You're gonna love this.
"Hey Chris, this is Sgt. Kelt with the Army man. I think we got disconnected. Okay, I know you were on your cell probably and just had a bad connection or something like that. I know you didn't hang up on me. Anyway, BY FEDERAL LAW you got an appointment with me at 2 o'clock this afternoon at Greenspoint Mall, okay? That's the Greenspoint Mall Army Recruiting Station at 2 o'clock. YOU FAIL TO APPEAR AND WE'LL HAVE A WARRANT. Okay? So give me a call back."
Jesus H. Christ.
We asked Sgt. Kelt in to comment.

Sgt. Kelt: "I'm not at liberty to comment.

Reporter: "But that's your own voice?"

Sgt. Kelt: "I'm not at liberty to say."
I'm not at liberty to say, either.

When they kick at your front door, how you gonna come?

Here's my final list of ABSOLUTE TRUTHS

1. Seriously. I can't wait for the new Star Wars.
2. The new Coors Light "Cooler Box" is evil.
3. El Coyote is always crowded, despite the fact that the food sucks, because the margaritas are made with grain alcohol.
4. Aimee Mann's new record, "The Forgotten Arm?" Fantastic.
5. Passion killer, you're too much, you're the only one I wanna touch.
6. The Universal City Walk is the 7th Plain of Hell.
7. Let me explain something to you. I'm not Mr. Lebowski.
8. You're Mr. Lebowski.
9. I'm the dude, so that's what you call me.
10. That, or his Dudeness, or Duder, or El Duderino if you're not into the whole brevity thing.

More later...

3 Comments:

  • Please tell me you are not referring to the El Coyote which is just around the corner from the CBS (?) studio, where Dennis Miller is taped...

    They CHARGE FOR FRIGGIN' CHIPS AND SALSA!!!

    It should be ILLEGAL for a Mexican Food restaurant to CHARGE FOR CHIPS AND SALSA!!!

    By Anonymous vern, at 12:15 AM  

  • I am and I agree.

    Back in the day, though, one could buy a good headache for two for about $25.

    Thanks for reading...

    By Blogger Brendan, at 9:41 AM  

  • Well, if Margaritas are your preference, if you ever make it out to Phoenix, I HIGHLY recommend the Tee Pee restaurant.
    http://dine.com/restaurants/rid/39967/index.html

    Excellent food and some of the best margaritas in the world.

    By Anonymous vern, at 12:59 PM  

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