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2:42 am EST        17°F (-8°C) in Grand Ledge, MI

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In my last update here on Saturday, I made mention of Dumbya’s use of the National Security Agency (NSA) to carry out domestic spying on American citizens in direct defiance of the Fourth Amendment. In a press conference yesterday, he again defended this unconstitutional, anti-American action, and referred to the fact that this story finally got into the media as “shameful.” “The fact that we’re discussing this program is helping the enemy,” he blatantly lied to the assembled group of reporters. From this dictator-president, such complete falsehood and veiled threats against patriotic people who oppose his totalitarian agenda is nothing new, but I was shocked to learn earlier today that his delusional worldview is also being disseminated by the so-called “opposition” as well!

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) echoed Dumbya’s sentiments on the leak of the spying story in comments made later yesterday afternoon, questioning the wisdom of the person who leaked the story to the New York Times. Is it any wonder why the United States of America is already at the eighth level of Hell and falling fast, when nobody in government has the testicles necessary to speak the truth about the Reich-wing’s war on America? Noted wrong-wing OxyContin-popper Rush Limbaugh refers to Reid as “Dingy Harry”; I am honestly beginning to wonder if perhaps the moniker “Dickless Harry” wouldn’t be more appropriate.

To paraphrase the mega-hit 1976 folk ballad “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” by Canadian troubadour Gordon Lightfoot, does anyone know where the love of God goes when Nazi-style totalitarianism runs unchecked with nary a whimper of opposition from those charged with defending what is supposed to be the greatest bastion of freedom, equality, and democracy? As much as I want to believe there is a God (or some other form of supreme being or deity) who desires and works tirelessly for peace, harmony, and happiness among all people on earth, the fact that no “divine” or “cosmic” action (such as, let’s say, Bush having a fatal stroke, Cheney having his fifth heart attack, Condi dying in a plane crash on her way to go bullshit some more European leaders, etc.) has occurred against the most godless governing regime in the history of civilization really makes it all but impossible for me to believe in the existence of such a God. Surely He would have answered the prayers of billions of people on earth praying fervently for the demise of this regime by now, if He existed.

Believe me, you have no idea how jarring and, in a way, painful, it is for me to have to say that. Consider the source: in catechism classes I attended as a young child, and in seven years of primary and secondary education in Catholic schools, I was taught all about the perfect love of God (and by extension, His Son, Jesus) for not only the human race, but all of the plant, animal, and other forms of life He created on this rock we call the earth. (Note to all you wing-nut creationists: my classmates and I were also taught that the whole “in six days, 6,000 years ago” bit was the ancient Israelites’ feeble attempt to even begin to comprehend the vast wonders of God’s handiwork that lay all around them, and was nothing more than a fable to explain how it all came to be — in the same vein as the George Washington cherry-tree story in our American history.) I learned from John 3:16 that “God so loved the world that He sent His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life” — an enormously powerful testament to the idea of an all-loving God. For the sake of brevity in this update, my essay “Christianity and Homosexuality: More Compatible than You Think” contains a shitload of other Bible references that make it indisputably clear that God is, in many ways, a loving, nurturing, caring Father — the perfect “Parent,” so to speak.

On earth, when somebody profanes the name and perverts the message of somebody else, we have the mechanism of lawsuits for slander or libel to right the wrong. Surely God, who is all-powerful, can do something far more immediate and far more effective than a lawsuit against the so-called “‘Christian’ Right” types who profane His most holy name with their hateful, war-mongering ways and pervert His Word by using it to justify actions that are the work of Satan, right? I can come to only two conclusions: either He has some exceedingly strange reason for continuing to allow them to cause great agony to the rest of the human race, or there is no God and anarchy reigns — i.e., do whatever the fuck you please on earth, and there’s no “afterlife” in which you will receive reward or punishment for it.

I don’t want to sound all apocalyptic, but I do seem to recall a bit from the Book of Revelation about false Christs such as Falwell, Robertson, Dobson, Bush and the rest of his regime, hate groups masquerading as “pro-family” organizations, et al., telling lies in Christ’s name being a sign of the end times. Could that be it? I mean, a large majority of “fundamentalist ‘Christians’” keep spewing this crap about a supposed “rapture” coming any time now (although they do have one fact wrong — this rapture is going to result in their being sent directly to Hell, do not pass Go, do not collect $200 wink), so maybe that is the case.

Two loads remain between me and getting home for Christmas Day. Later today, I head over toward Detroit to pick up a load headed to Harrisburg, PA; from there, probably on Thursday morning, I will get another load headed right back to Michigan. Good night for now.