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"I'm not impressed by our new president."

I think of Obama as, sort of, our (U.$.A.) version of Michail Gorbatschew. If he provokes a reactionary coup, something may start shaking.

But.

He's careful as a Jesus Bug. Gunbelt diplomacy map blackspot area 51 foo fighters etc. Amongst the Joshua Trees:

Look for a potential coup coming from the Industrial Military Complex.

Black Spots on Maps... Ahh, the Blank World, a veritable stairway to heavy.

UFOs, Sasquatsch (doesn't exist), timber is big biz, but not big enough to generate reactionary coups.

On Slobber and Spittle:

The only debate of the season that was not moderated by journalists was hosted and moderated by a televangelist.

I think they forget the LGBT democratic debate. Melissa Etheridge is not an evangelist.

That said, a rather enjoyable run down of where we currently stand

With a few exceptions it's been much of the same.

I share your concerns, but not your definition of "Few".

From stem cell research, to cuba, and cuts to military boondoggles there are a good list things just from the last week that make this administration different and better. Not to mention the fact that Obama hasn't been to church yet since taking office And nearly quoted Jefferson in his speech in Turkey.

http://www.bearsleft.com/?p=280

"As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion; as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws religion, or tranquility, of Mussulmen; and, as the said States never entered into any war, or act of hostility against any Mahometan nation, it is declared by the parties, that no ... Read Morepretext, arising from religious opinions, shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries." ~~ President Thomas Jefferson, Treaty of Tripoli, the last time the US had to deal with piracy in that part of the world.

Ironic that they would both have to deal with Pirates.

Thanks for linking to my post on our views about religion and politics. I wondered what all the traffic was about today, and much of it came from here.

RedSeven @ 2:56 PM

"They" did indeed forget about that LGBT debate. I had successfully put it out of my mind. I also forgot, though, to specifically mention that I was referring to the general election.

Thanks for pointing that out. I've corrected the oversight.

Hey, enjoyed the rundown. I think we are enjoying a nice peak in acceptance as good times and science have lessened dependence on religion and politically the fundies have hitched their wagon to a bad horse in the republican party. I hope that progress continues.

One thing that peaked my interest in the Gore Vidal interview on Real Time was the idea that non-believers have been more accepted in the past. I would guess the studies don't exist but wonder what a line graph of open non-believers in public office would look like.

Acceptance of non-believers probably rises and falls in proportion to religious fundamentalist participation in government.

While it doesn't go back that far, the 2007 Gallup poll I cited noted some historical trends. One was answers to the question "Would you vote for an atheist?". In 1958, 18% of the country answered "Yes". In 2007, it was 45%. The biggest jump was between 1959 and 1978 - go figure. Since then, we've been wavering in the 40s on that question.

A majority of Americans probably have voted for an atheist before. Now it is just a matter of being able to admit it.

I am not wildly enthused about Obama - nor did I expect to be. His supporting of Bush justice department policy is a huge disappointment, his pro-science views were expected, and his willingness to virtually quote the Treaty of Tripoli was a very nice surprise.

Now, if he'd just stand up and admit (or realize) that it makes no sense to bail out companies - GM or AIG or any others - by pouring in orders of magnitude more taxpayer money that the companies' market capitalization without taking control of the companies. He should fought to quadruple the justice department's staff - for a few years - and have a swarm of auditors going over every bailed-out company's books and be throwing as many big shot crooks in jail as he can. That is the best way to restore confidence in regulated American capitalism going forward from where we are.

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