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  1. I realize this is a cheap shot, but I thought the Huffington Post, like The Daily Show and The Colbert Report, was supposed to be either a joke to be taken as a joke or a joke some people take seriously.

    Or possibly, as Merle Kessler said, it’s just a mechanism for getting certain people invited to certain parties.

  2. Whiny, perhaps, but then again it is a response to the mean-spirited (and un-Christian) “prayer” offered up by Sen. Coburn of Oklahoma. The more senior members of the Senate recall a time when there was a greater sense of collegiality and respect for each other.

    As for the suggestion that the real issue is that Sen. Byrd is not being paid for overtime, well that would be awfully petty.

  3. The real issue is that people like Byrd and his erstwhile late colleague, Strom Thurmond, get in office and use pork barrel projects to stay in office a hundred years. The problem is not that someone is making a 92 year old work, but that someone 92 years old and in bad health is trying to hold a full time job.

  4. My favorite is hearing about people praying for Obama to die. Wow. They never taught me stuff like that at Pulaski Heights Methodist…
    RE: Daily Show: Don’t laugh. It’s the closest thing we have to real news/critical thought coming out of the idiot tube (BTW- “idiot tube” was coined in 1949!).

  5. Can someone explain to me what this post has to do with religion or spirituality?

    How about an examination of the two pastors that have been arrested here in Central Arkansas in the past week? The continuing fallout from the Catholic Church scandals, both here in the U.S. and overseas? Maybe a bio of Oral Roberts that stops short of sainthood? Surely there are even some positive stories about people of faith doing something good this season.

  6. Greetings, Greg. You are not the first to ask such a question; I have done so myself. Perhaps the best answer is that we are Frank’s guests and he is kind enough to tolerate a free-wheeling discussion with many points of view. For that I am grateful, and it more than makes up for the occasional off-topic posts such as this.

    Surely you noticed the two recent pieces about returning to the true Christmas spirit: the Advent Conspiracy and Beliefnet’s Guide to Christmas. Our regulars have already commented about Brother Oral. (I would dearly love to have eavesdropped on that conversation at the pearly gates!) And you can count on Caleb to keep us mindful of the alleged complicity of the Roman Catholic Church in priest abuse scandal. As for the Arkansas pastors who have been arrested, that’s news to me. You can easily find Frank’s email address on this site. Send him a link and ask him to post something. Maybe he will.

  7. How sad that former Klansman Robert Byrd has to work for his lucrative compensation. The round-the-clock scheduling was set by his fellow Democrats, who want this legislation to pass before people can understand what’s in it. How ironic that Politico now reports that the President wants to push health care legislation into February.

    Jose, if you’re concerned about collegiality, how about this comment by Rhode Island Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse that opponents are “birthers, the fanatics, the people running around in right-wing militia and Aryan support groups.” Which of these categories apply to the editorial board of the liberal Seattle Times, which opposes this legislation? Are Daily Kos, Jane Hamsher, and Keith Olbermann members of Aryan support groups? What about people who are opposed to $500 billion in Medicare cuts — are they fanatics? Are union workers part of a right-wing militia because they don’t want a 40% excise tax on their health benefit plans, which they bargained for as part of their compensation? Do you have a critical word for the amusingly named Senator Whitehouse?

    Of course, there is a member of the Senate who was part of a murderous hate group, and his name is Robert Byrd. And the Democrats thought so highly of him that they elected him their Senate leader for a while.

  8. Greg, you have the most pressing piece of legislation on the senate floor in this century as we speak, and the funding of abortion is major point of contention along with the fact that the Democrats hold the majority of votes in the senate. The Republicans are forced to show up for this vote. Its a very relevant topic for this blog.

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