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God Created America -That’s Why We Have Guns In Church

As a child growing up in the slums of the Bronx, New York, I was told that God had created the Bronx as his first official act of being a God and then got around to the rest of the world. It wasn’t until the second week the Lord realized he had forgotten Texas in his creation. The state of Texas has appointed a board to revise its history curriculum and among the bright people in this group is a man known as David Barton, who heads a Christian heritage group called WallBuilders. According to the Barton version of American history, the Constitution was written with God in mind and that “government exists primarily to protect God-given rights to every individual.” He wants all children, Christian, Muslim, Jewish or what have you, to become aware of the “motivational role” played by the Bible and Christianity in creating America.

As always in such claims about God in the founding of America, there is an element of accuracy. The Puritans certainly were motivated by their Christian beliefs, but those who wrote the Constitution shared an anti-established Church view of the world. Hamilton, Madison, Washington, Franklin, etc.. were not noted for pushing religion and took care to ensure the Constitution did NOT allow creation of an established religion. It is always amusing that individuals like Ronald Reagan who preached God and the Bible rarely went inside a church.

The influence of religion should be taught in any American history course. However, that includes teaching children the Founding Fathers disliked established churches, did not wish religion to control our lives and believed individuals had the right to think as they so desired in terms of God and religion. The word “God” rarely is noted in documents related to the establishment of the Constitution.

Death Penalty Common In Maliki Iraq

George Bush brought “democracy” to Iraq, but the former governor of Texas also brought his home state’s approach to dealing with criminals– kill them. The British newspaper, the Independent, reports secret executions are being carried out in Iraq prisons. According to Robert Fisk: “the hangings are carried out regularly–from a wooden gallows in a small, cramped cell– in Saddam Hussein’s old intelligence headquarters at Kazimiyah. There is not public record of these killings in what is now called Baghdad’s high security detention faciliity.” Most of those being killed are supposedly “insurgents” although there is indication rapists and murderers are also being put to death.

Informants told Fisk the actual process of executing people resembles something out of olden times. Some are asked to jump off stools and when they don’t initially die other means must be found to ensure death. In the madness that continues to exist in Iraq, mistaken identify and false passports are all too common which ensures that many being executed may not necessarily be the actual criminal.

George Bush never worried too much over killing people and invariably rejected appeals. Prime Minister Maliki appears to come from the same mind set. Although, Europe has abandoned the death penalty, Iraq is marching in tune with Texas.

That’s Entertainment By George Bush

As his presidency winds down, the ongoing saga of an erratic president goes on and on. This week, while waiting on the steps of the White House for John McCain to appear, Bush broke into an impomptu display of tap-dancing, throwing his arms above in order to maintain balance. On Saturday night, Bush donned a cowboy hat, surrounded himself with what he called the Busharoos, and crooned the tune of “Green, Green, Grass Of Home” which expressed his desire for a return to the beloved home of Texas. In a take off on a Johnny Cash hit, he sang, “As I step down from the plane and there is my mama and my papa, down the lane. I look and here comes Barney, heart of gold and breath like honey…That old White House is behind me. I am once again caefree, don’t have a worry ’bout a crisis in Pyongyang.’ Down I lane I look, Dick Cheney is strolling with documents he’d been withholding, it’s good to touch the brown, brown grass of home,”

It’s good to know a man responsible for 4,000 dead American soldiers in Iraq and over a 100,000 Iraqis has a song in his heart about dear old Texas. I guess his tap dance is a mite bit better than his foreign policy dance of death.

Pistol Packing Texas Moma Responds To Danes!

A few days ago we reported the story of a Danish newspaper reporter who was covering a Bush story in Texas when he inadvertently stepped into a Texas garden only to be confronted by a pistol packing irate Texas woman who told him to get off her precious property. Since appearance of the story, the Copenhagen Post has been deluged with replies from all over th state of Texas. Most letters were apologetic in tone insisting average Texans don’t present guns if people place a foot on their home land. Tim Roberts, writing from Midland, Texas, told the Danes, “Although we Texans are assertive of our right to bear arms, most of us understand the rules of carrying a weapon and we do not take them lightly. Brandishing a firearm is a crime in Texas and charges can be filed even if the incident occurs on one’s own property.” However, an elderly woman urged the good people of Denmark “to understand the fear she lives in daily. And, be glad you live in a civilized society.”

I wonder about any place where someone stepping a foot on your lawn heightens fear. Maybe, it’s connected to President Bush being in the vicinty. Gee, that man can’t seem to avoid having people wave guns when he comes to town. I don’t know how civilized them Danes are, after all they had that prince whose stepfather killed his dad. To wave a gun or not to wave a gun, that is the question!

Danish Reporter Meets Texas Justice!

A Danish reporter for the Ritzau Bureau was covering the Democratic primary campaign in Texas and the meeting between his nation’s prime minister and President Bush when he suddenly became acutely aware he was not in the quiet saftey of Denmark but in the rough and tumble world of Texas. Terkel Svensson was having difficulty getting connected to the Internet on his laptop computer so he committed the dangerous act of stepping outside to make a phone call. Inadvertently, he stepped into a woman’s garden and was confronted by the sight of a woman waving a gun at him and shouting, “Get off my property.”

Mr. Svensson naturally beat a hast retreat from having his feet planted onto good Texas soil and planted them onto the safe environment of the pavement. Texas law allows residents to defend their property from tresspassers with deadly force. Hopefuly, Texas residents can sleep peacefully tonight knowing the Danish invasion of their homeland has been successfully thwarted due to the sharp eyes of a woman and her gun. The NRA is always right, people have a right to defend themselves from those Danes!

Race Tightens In Texas And Ohio

Latest figure from Reuters indicate the primary race between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton has tightened in the key states of Texas an Ohio. In Texas, Obama leads 45 percent to 43 percent for Clinton and in Ohio both candidates are even. Republican front-runner John McCain will score impressive victories in both states over his one remaining rival, Mike Huckabee. In the Democratic race, Hillary Clinton made overnight gains in Texas due to her continued popularity among Hispanic voters in southern and western areas of the state. In Ohio, about six percent of voters are not certain regarding their vote and in Texas the figure is seven percent.

These figures, although encouraging for Clinton since she had fallen further behind a few days ago, are not sufficient for the New York senator in the race for the nomination. Most experts believe she has to hit a 60% figure in votes in order to catch up in the delegate count. If Clinton wins by a few percentage points, it still indicates she has failed to come across as a dominant figure in the race. Both Texas and Ohio were supposed to be her “firewall” states and coming out ahead by a point or so will not necessarily give her momentum.