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Monday, November 20, 2006

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 Today's quote: Kauffman

"Is it more astonishing that a God created all that exists in six days, or that the natural processes of the creative universe have yielded galaxies, chemistry, life, agency, meaning, value, consciousness, culture without a Creator. In my mind and heart, the overwhelming answer is that the truth as best we know it, that all arose with no Creator agent, all on its wondrous own, is so awesome and stunning that it is God enough for me and I hope much of humankind."

~ Stuart A. Kauffman, "Reinventing The Sacred," Edge 11.13.06

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

The quote is interesting to me, how can creation just "happen?" Wouldn't there need to be something to move it forward, sort of get the ball rolling?" How can that be "God like?" I am confused.

5:21 PM  
Anonymous K' said...

I can't answer your question myself, but here's food for thought... Is a self-creating Universe any stranger than a self-creating God?

8:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where do you get the "self-creating God" notion? How would that be strange? What do you mean by that?

4:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From reading your first comment here, I gathered that you seem to think creation would need something to move it forward, and I was basically implying that the chances of the Universe coming from nothing are about equal to the chances of some God coming from nothing and creating the Universe.

What I said wasn't meant to be a direct reply to what you said though, just food for thought.
I apologize for any confusion.

9:41 AM  

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Thursday, November 09, 2006

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 My five point agenda for the democratic congress

1. Fight like hell to repeal the Military Commissions Act of 2006 and restore Habeas Corpus protections to the US Constitution.

2. Work with NATO to establish an orderly timetable for withdrawl from Vietraq.

3. Repeal the PATRIOT Act. 'Nuf said.

4. Prosecute Diebold now and repair the voting in this country while you have a chance.

5. Work with the Democratic Governors -- now a majority -- to redraw congressional districts to solidify Democratic majorities, as Tom Delay did in Texas.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

2. Work with NATO to establish an orderly timetable for withdrawl from Vietraq.

4. Prosecute Diebold now and repair the voting in this country while you have a chance.

Congress doesn't have the power to do either of these.


5. Work with the Democratic Governors -- now a majority -- to redraw congressional districts to solidify Democratic majorities, as Tom Delay did in Texas.

And doing this is the first sign that they need to be kicked out of office. We can only hope that some kind of method can be found to design fair districts.

6:52 PM  
Anonymous SLayne said...

Gerrymandering is wrong, no matter who does it. The people should select their representatives, not the other way 'round. That Tom Delay or anyone else has done this in the past does not justify it.

10:28 PM  
Anonymous Max O said...

So, you're a moron. Let's prosecute DieBold, because they obviously rigged the election for the republicans...

#6. Execute the retarded author of this blog.

4:00 AM  
Anonymous Jedi Liz said...

Gerrymandering is wrong, no matter who does it. The people should select their representatives, not the other way 'round. That Tom Delay or anyone else has done this in the past does not justify it.

Yep.

10:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I sure hope you know how to speak Farsi....with your agenda, you'll need it.

12:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you are right. vietraq. a gernerrally succesfull war that the media made us look like we were losing so we pulled out. look up the tet offensive, it broke the back of the vietcong but everyone was like OMFG VIETCONGZZ ATAACKZ!!!!

4:53 PM  

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 Hasta macaca, baby!

The US Congress is back in the hands of the good guys!
Sen. George Allen on Thursday conceded the Virginia race to Democrat Jim Webb, declining to push for a recount in a tight Senate race that was the last to be decided.

"I respect their decision," Allen said of Virginia voters during a speech to supporters. "I called to congratulate Jim Webb and his team."

In a rout once considered almost inconceivable, Democrats won control of the Senate and thus both Houses of Congress after 12 years of near-domination by the Republican Party....

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Anonymous TrvlnMn said...

Good guys? I wouldn't rush too quickly to give that moniker to the Dem's yet. Their actions will determine that.

And thus far one Virginia Dem in the House has determined that it's going to be abuse of power as usual:

Moran has made no secret for months of his desire to head an Appropriations subcommittee and to direct earmarked spending, or pet projects, to his district.

“When I become chairman [of a House appropriations subcommittee], I’m going to earmark the [expletive] out of it,” Moran told a group of supporters this year, according to the Arlington Sun-Gazette.


Source: Richmond Times Dispatch

6:33 PM  
Blogger RMStringer said...

They are good if you want to pay $50 billion for all the illegal mexicans to stay here in the USA like Jim Web wants to do. Lets just run our country down like all the other bleeding hearts want to do, NOT!! Kick their asses out. The Dems only won because of the War. Our economy is strong and unemployment is very low. Hell, you cant get 5-6% of the population to work anyway. They will stay on walefare and be pampered by the government.

10:30 PM  

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Wednesday, November 08, 2006

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 And the horse they rode in on

Via Capitol Hill Blue
American voters sent President George W. Bush and his gang of thugs called the Republican Party a strong message Tuesday.

It wasn't subtle, it wasn't polite and it wasn't subject to interpretation.

It said: Go to hell. Go directly to hell. Do not pass go. Do not collect $200.

Democrats needed a net gain of 15 seats to regain control of the House of Representatives. The final count is still uncertain, but the Dems picked up at least 33 seats - more than double what they needed and that gives incoming Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi the votes she needs to give Dubya and his goons the bung-holing they so richly deserve.

Granted, the Senate is in play but Democrats hold on to slim leads in both Virginia and Montana and wins there give them control of that chamber as well, leaving Bush and the boys wondering if anyone got the number of that truck that mowed them down.

Bush and the Republicans deserved to get run down. They stepped willingly out in front of that onrushing semi called voter anger over the botched war in Iraq and the cesspool of corruption that ruled their party.

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Tuesday, November 07, 2006

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 Reports of rampant voter fraud and intimidation pouring in

Via POAC:

New Hampshire: GOP breaks law to trick voters into thinking robocalls come from Dems.

Tenn: African Americans are getting phone calls telling them if they voted for Harold Ford Jr. in the August primary, they don't need to vote for him again now.

Election Fraud Suspected In Utah. Four Times The Population Registered To Vote.

Virginians getting false phone calls telling them they can't vote or that their voting place has changed or that they'll be arrested if they show up to vote tomorrow. With audio.

Jim Webb files DOJ complaint against GOP in VA. Claims organized GOP effort to suppress Democratic vote, including calls to citizens claiming they will be arrested if they vote.

San Diego County Registrar Assigns High School Students as Touchscreen Inspectors! Sends Thousands of Hackable Diebold Machines Home with the Students on 'Sleepovers' for Weeks on End!

Florida Candidate Finds Unattended Voting Machines in Pinnelas County.

Indiana: Canidate for Marion County prosecutor may have broken the law with his robocalls.

MD: Steele (R) supporters print flyer to make it look like their candidate is a Democrat.

Fraudulent electioneering calls hit Washington State.

Electronic voting machine problems frazzled voters and election workers in dozens of precincts as the polls opened Tuesday, delaying voters in Indiana and Ohio and leaving some in Florida with little choice but turn to paper ballots instead.

NRCC targetting 20 candidates with illegal phonecalls by FCC standards (TPM Muckracker with FEC listings).

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