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Republicans, insanity and my world -- It's just a crazy place.

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Insanity . . . It's just a crazy place.

I've been away for a while, and I've got to tell ya: It's just crazy out there. But where to start? At the beginning? Where is that? So many loose threads . . . I can't pick which one to tug on first.

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Senator Ted Kennedy is dead. But I suppose you heard. But have you heard how the far-Right, especially the far-Right "Christians" -- the ones most pure -- identified the fellow? Seems his middle name included Chappaquiddick, in addition to Moore, and nothing else worthy of discussion or attachment to him occurred since 1969.

I mean . . . it took me a long . . . long -- long time to get past that bridge, the car in the water, the death, and all that. But I did. About the same time Ronald Reagan told the southern whites in Mississippi who had murdered the three young men who'd ventured into their area to register black Americans to vote, the southern whites who burned the farms of the black Americans and who had strung many up and shot others, and the southern whites who were besieged by the FBI that President Johnson had sent down that "Gov'mint is not the solution, gov'mint is the problem."

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But these were "Christians" . . . ya know. And it just left me so confused. I've read about this Jesus fella. Actually I've read a lot about him, one hellova lot, and it seemed to me the absolute entirety of the faith he supposedly promulgated was supposed to distill down to just a couple simple principles.

Like redemption and forgiveness, for starters. He even had this prayer he recommended to everyone who said they believed in him that included "forgive us our trespasses as we forgive . . ." It's the "as we forgive" and the fact that so damned many skip right over that part, as if it wasn't important that leaves my mind like pillow feathers in the wind.

Ya know, like "Oh that Jesus . . . I know he said that. But really, what's that all about anyway? Compared to how he really felt about gays? And abortionists? And liberals? And union organizers? And equal rights? Like, where you comin' up with this stuff?

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"Redemption? Forgiveness? Saul of who? Tarsus? Tarsus? Tarsus? Ain't they thet football team in North Carolina? I think I seen him once on ESPN. He played D-back, if I remember correctly."

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An "Old Army Vet" and liberal, qua liberal, with a passion for open inquiry in a neverending quest for truth unpoisoned by religious superstitions. Per Voltaire: "He who can lead you to believe an absurdity can lead you to commit an atrocity."

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