A short post is sufficient to state the obvious: the tiny minority of ‘religious’ rightists, though intimidating to a disproportionate number of republican members of our elected representation, have again failed to completely manipulate our democratic process. Their un-American attempts to amend the Constitution re: same-sex partnerships didn’t even muster a simple majority. They will keep trying, if only to deflect attention from their lenghty list of failiures and refusal to address actual, important issues. There are about 43 days left in this legislative session; next up in their time-wasting, lowest-common-denominator-appeasing strategy: pandering for another attempt to revise the Constitution. This time, it’s flag burning. You’d think that in an attempt to distract citizens from the insane rise in fuel-oil costs, they’d encourage us all to burn flags in lieu of oil to heat our homes. Ah, I guess that’ll have to wait until we’re closer to winter…

By Black

36-yo, married a year(though we've been together for 14 YEARS NOW!!). Used to be a record producer and glass-blower, but Parkinson's Disease has put an end to those pursuits. Ah, but since diagnosis in 2004, I've been painting a great deal. Acrylics, kinda post-impressionist. I plan to post examples soon. I am a member of the Democratic party in America, Sinn Féin in Ireland. I have gained great peace through studying the words of Jesus Christ and the Buddha. The 'religious right' is neither-- Fundamentalism in any religious framework ignores the reality of abstract reasoning and the God-given RIGHT of free thought--INCLUDING THE RIGHT TO BE AN ATHEIST OR AGNOSTIC. If fundamentalist Christians were actually serious about following Christ's teachings, Bush et al would be in prison for life without parole-- because as a Christian I do not support the death penalty.

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