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Hi Jake - Thanks for the comment. I think it’s more likely that I would give up exercise if asked than to expect Americans to give up guns and/or their beloved if archaic 2nd amendment. Fortunately, there are no penalties for offering good ideas that have no chance. Besides, the future lies ahead. At some time, surely after ours, the tide will go out on this madness and reforms will follow. And my great great great grandchildren will be able to say, one of our forebearers urged this action way back in the early years of the 21st century.

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 Permalink 07/27/12 @ 11:33
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In response to: Don Proposes to Repeal the 2nd Amendment

Jake

Now – who’s delusional? Do you imagine in your wildest dreams that Americans will give up God or guns ever? They are both part of the American identity. It would be like asking Don Ardell to give up exercise. It’s just not going to happen.

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In response to: Mitt Romney's Religion: Questions I Suggest Voters Should Be Asking

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 Permalink 06/13/12 @ 06:06
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 Permalink 06/04/12 @ 10:19
Don

In response to: Mitt Romney's Religion: Questions I Suggest Voters Should Be Asking

donspeaks

Posted on behalf of none other than his distinguished excellence, Sir Science Junkie ? himself!

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All good points, well made. Except no one ? not even you ? is going to get Romney to reveal details of his faith, details that would be abhorrent to the vast majority of believers in this ridiculously fundamentalist Christian country. (Not saying those beliefs wouldn?t be abhorrent to rational people.)

I noted in the NY Times article you linked to that Romney, like most Mormons, refuses to talk about the dreaded details of his bizarre faith, because he well knows that?s where the devil resides as far as his candidacy is concerned.

But Mr. Romney said it was inappropriate for a presidential candidate to be asked to explain the details of his religion.

?To do so would enable the very religious test the founders prohibited in the Constitution,? he said. ?No candidate should become the spokesman for his faith. For if he becomes president he will need the prayers of the people of all faiths.?

Romney is one slippery dude who?s not going to be pinned down on matters that he knows would alienate the majority of his potential supporters. So he comes out with some amazing doublespeak ? right out of Madison Avenue. Romney has proven he will say anything or take any position that will help his election chances. And of course he will also avoid, as far as possible, revealing anything that will damage his chances, as the details of his religious beliefs surely would. And I guaran-damn-tee you, the mainstream media in this country are not voluntarily going to try to pin him down. They are beholden to the same constituency for their livelihood ? it?s all about pleasing the readers and viewers so they?ll watch the ads. And you can bet Romney?s handlers will keep him at a safe distance from members of the alternative media who would ask embarrassing questions about those embarrassing details (magic underwear, anyone?).

But while Romney and Republicans will be evasive to the end, that shouldn?t stop you and people like, say, Bill Maher and Matt Taibbi from raising what are relevant issues, as you so ably pointed out. Maybe that way the mainstream can be compelled to take it up, though I?ll bet you they?ll find ways to protect Romney. And let us not forget that if Romney is embarrassed by public airing of his crazy core beliefs, the Repugs won?t hesitate to play the Reverend Wright card, saying, in effect, ?Hey, Americans, their guy is as crazy as our guy!?

I note Romney had no reservations about bashing ?the religion of secularism.? And you gotta love this amorphous ?faith? he claims is shared by so many and apparently by the same God who answers the prayers of all ? even though they?re all heretics.

I have read that it is a widespread Mormon practice to hide details of their ludicrous belief system when proselytizing new recruits, until they show signs of commitment.

I have come to the conclusion that religion is the strangest attribute of homo sapiens. And quite possibly the most dangerous.

 Permalink 06/02/12 @ 16:34
Bruce Midgett

In response to: Mitt Romney's Religion: Questions I Suggest Voters Should Be Asking

Bruce Midgett

Don,

Haven’t been on my soapbox in your realm for awhile, but thought I’d weigh in on recent Gallup polling data.

It’s all, as is most information concerning America’s grip on faeries and goblins, a rich tapestry of bemusement. But when we have a President who, for all worldly purposes, seems to have an above average intellect, who seems to see the world fairly clearly, and who speaks cogently and always with due reflection; and a Presidential candidate-in-waiting who says he has at times made decisions on the merits of the issue only to change his mind because God spoke to him (or, as Bill Maher stated, “a fairy whispered in his ear"), what are we to expect?

While I’m pleased that you and others are continuing the painstaking effort to help America to evolve into a secular society, I’m not hopeful. It’s a quixotic mission that requires true dedication for, as the Gallup poll indicated, the beliefs of our citizenry have changed little over the past thirty years. This has to be a depressing and exhausting assignment.

I’m not up for it. I think I’ll stick with the easy stuff like amending the Constitution to nullify the Citizens United ruling and continuing the battle to bring about Medicare for all. And researching material to write a book about that pesky “provide for the general welfare” clause in our Constitution.

Wish me good fortune, as I do you.

Bruce Midgett, Writer.Editor.
The Blue Collar Writer
for a Tech Forward World

 Permalink 06/02/12 @ 14:57
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donspeaks

Two forwarded comments -

From Iris Vander Pluym, Perry Street Palace: “Great post, Don! I hope you are right, and that at least the Republicanleadership doesn’t really want to go there, even if the rubes do.”

From Steve Jonas: “Great column on the impending theocracy.”

 Permalink 05/25/12 @ 10:56
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Jake

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 Permalink 05/24/12 @ 05:44
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 Permalink 05/10/12 @ 08:26
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Rod Lees

Hi Don

A great take on the issue. It would be funny if it wasn’t so serious. The other problem is that these people are impossible to communicate with and have a rational discussion. That’s what makes them so dangerous. In Australia, some of the most fundamentalist churches are setting up their own schools, so they not only get into the heads of children on Sunday, but every other day of the week. The sad thing is that the Government funds them. A principal of one of these schools told me that he only employs teachers who believe that the World is only two thousand years old and every curriculum decision is based on the bible. What chance have these kids got?

Rod

 Permalink 04/13/12 @ 02:25
Bruce Midgett

In response to: Which is the Liklier Defender of Freedom: The Catholic Church or a Secular United States of America?

Bruce Midgett

Re: your commentary on the sectarian wrangling over our secular political system…

It’s a matter of political bickering among the various faiths as to who is going to be able to elbow the others out of the way in the arena of public policy. The scrum is becoming so unbecoming among these various wizards and woo-hoos that they’re reaching back into the dark ages for their reasoning, such as it is. We really, really need another Age of Reason where intellect leads those whose ideas are mainly steeped in imaginary fluff and taken beyond the original deist bullshit to its logical, credible conclusion?that the virtues of all the faiths can be woven into a standard of decent conduct without any of those faiths and their fairy tales. And, lo and behold, we are all capable of that, given the opportunity.

That ranks high on my list of things I’ll never see in my lifetime. Others include otherwise intelligent people talking about some incoherent power that controls everything becoming enlightened, not just to think like me, but to think, period, and the immediate arrest and detention of any political candidate who professes belief in superstitions born of mythology.

You see, I’m open to hearing the Word of God, but I’m afraid of a couple of things should that happen: One, as near as I can tell, when He speaks, he slurs and mumbles like a drunk on his second quart of vodka. I’ve known enough drunks, and don’t think I’m interested in entertaining the rambling thoughts of yet another, even if He is the One and Only Master of the Universe. And two, there’s a distinct possibility, based upon the testimonies of those who claim to have talked with this Guy, that he will require things of me where I’ll feel obliged to tell him to go piss up a rope. I’m informed that’s not humble. And there are punishments. I’ll believe it when I see/hear it. Show me the evidence.

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 Permalink 04/02/12 @ 17:44
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Three comments sent directly to Don:

* Don - As always, well written from a free thinking evangelist.

Currently, I am in Thailand where the U.A.E. is on holiday, so they come in droves to get medical checkups at one of the top hospitals in S.E. Asia - Bumrungrad. What an amazing irony to see Islamic women covered head to toe so as to not tempt other men as they walk side by side scantly clad, attractively slim, beautiful smiling Thai women. They must be covering up for a different reason than to possibly catch the eye of another man. Maybe they’re hiding something like a mustache, cellulite, or crooked teeth.

Lucy Diamondsky, Malibu, CA

——

* Excellent, aggressive (as it should be) piece. Particularly pointed coming from a former Catholic. All the best, Steve

Steve Jonas, Stony Brook, NY

 Permalink 04/02/12 @ 13:22
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 Permalink 03/03/12 @ 11:20
Don

In response to: President George Washington Would Not Be Happy With Republican Presidential Candidate Rick Santorum

donspeaks

HI Don:

Sent directly to Don from visitors to Seekwellness

* From Dave Randle, St. Petersburg, FL - Great quote from G. Washington. I will use it with URI. To me more scary than Santorum is the fact that he has a significant enough following to get as far as he has. Be Well,

* From Jeanne Grant, San Rafael, CA - Awesome! I would totally vote for a Maher/Ardell ticket representing the Reason & Liberty Party! The Repugnicans are a joke.

* From Barbara Dubina, Bend, OR - Hi Don, I getcha about Rick Santorum…his last name should be Sanatorium because that’s where this self-righteous, conservative jerk belongs. Can’t believe he’s gotten so far in the idiotic repub process. I truly, very truly, very seriously believe Obama could take him in November. About Romney I’m not so sure. Romney gives millions to the screwy, greedy, shun-everyone who doesn’t stay Mormons, we need these guys? And anyone that doesn’t believe women need their safe, legal, reproductive rights is totally screwed up. Why the gov’t has to be involved with this issue I don’t get. Pelosi is a practicing Catholic and she believes in pro-choice, why can’t others follow her lead? This whole god thing is out of control…Stephen Hawking has figured out how the earth got started, we’ve seen the bones of early homosapiens- science has proved it all- the words in. We have to rely on ourselves, end of discussion. Yikes. You have a good weekend. Barbara By the way Santorum’s wife has done a big turnaround since her early days, read her bio.

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 Permalink 02/10/12 @ 09:13
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In response to: Recognize the Difference Between the Imposition of Religious Dogma and Freedom of Religion - and Do What You Can to Prevent the Former and Safeguard the Latter

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