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If God is real and palpable

Walking in the Truth -- a Biblical Meditation - Associated Content from Yahoo! - associatedcontent.com: "If God is real and palpable and actual and more than some cultural accretion or reinforcement to national prejudices, then God embraces the whole of our perceived reality approximately in the way we might embrace a piece of dust in our pocket."

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Even Satan quotes scripture in the Temptations story

Windows on The Bible:
"Liberal Christians who read the Bible selectively and apply basically secular understandings to interpreting it, are rightly criticized for avoiding the harder understandings of the faith.

Liberals, in turn, rightly criticize their ultra-conservative brethren when they are over-selective on the other side! They point out that the Pharisees and scribes also knew Scripture, but that they felt the lash of God's (Jesus's) righteous anger for their religious hypocrisy.

Even Satan quotes scripture in the Temptations story."

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Depending on the blowing of the wind

The Grass Roots Church:
"And so the Church will change or not, depending on the blowing of the wind…. The Church will move as Jesus did or cling to what it can't sustain. Authoritative frowns of yesteryear may mellow into embarrassed grins of those who dimly sense their business is to please old ghosts, or not, depending on the blowing of the wind."

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Croesus looks for reinforcements

Herodotus meets Ellroy:
"Croesus looks for reinforcements.He disbands his mercenaries.He seeks real allies this time. But his head is not right. He thinks sees serpents. Are they real? Are they portents? What's this? Writhing things. Cyrus is following me. I need a proper portent-limner. Cyrus is getting closer. Croesus dreams of a funeral pyre surrounded by laughing serpents. He tries to remember what Solon told him. His head is wrong. He can hear Cyrus. The ground rumbles. He sniffs. He recoils. He has visions of his dead son."

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He pushed Adam into the corner. Hard.

Manhattan Bully Wars:
"Maldbar re-grabbed Adam's hair. He turned him around. He marched him smartly to the corner next to the blackboard.

"That is the stupidest thing I ever heard," he cried. "If everybody believed that, the world would be full of irresponsible idiots, saying, 'I'm not the only one, I'm not the only one, I'm not the only one'. I will ask you one more time. Are you so stupid you really believe such a lame and childish excuse?"

He pushed Adam into the corner. Hard.

Adam pressed his head against the cool walls, trying to think. His inhaled the dull smell of the yellow paint. He listened for the liberating bell. Freedom. Release. Now. But it did not ring. The only ringing was in his head."

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Michel Eyquem de Montaigne was born in France in 1533

Review of The Life of Montaigne Translated by Charles Cotton - Associated Content from Yahoo! - associatedcontent.com:
"Michel Eyquem de Montaigne was born in France in 1533.
During his relatively short life, he died in 1592, he distinguished himself mainly as an adviser to the powerful, a policy wonk if you will. But posterity reveres him as an essayist."

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The Universal Spark

The universal spark is In the murderer And in the murdered In the father who mutilates And in the mutilated In Marine and Taliban In wingnut And reasonable soul
When we see beauty It is the spark Overcoming All the evil we devise

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Fewer images, more imagining, I say.

The Image that Will Never Appear - Associated Content from Yahoo! - associatedcontent.com: "Bear with me. I shall get to my tale very soon. I merely wish to remind my readers that imagination and image are linked. The very existence of imagination can make an actual, visible image superfluous. We lose much when we believe that images must accompany everything. Fewer images, more imagining, I say."

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Marco’s credibility takes a dive

Marco Rubio’s compelling family story embellishes facts, documents show - The Washington Post: "During his rise to political prominence, Sen. Marco Rubio frequently repeated a compelling version of his family’s history that had special resonance in South Florida. He was the “son of exiles,” he told audiences, Cuban Americans forced off their beloved island after “a thug,” Fidel Castro, took power."

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What are these yo yo's complaining about?

Republicans Turn Judicial Power Into a Campaign Issue - NYTimes.com: "The Supreme Court delivered the presidency to George W. Bush, interpreted the Second Amendment to guarantee an individual right to bear arms and allowed corporations and unions to spend unlimited amounts of money in elections. And many Republicans are looking to the Supreme Court for vindication in the political battle with President Obama over his health care overhaul."

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Thomas, Scalia and Alito are evidently not enough for the Newtster and the others who diss the judiciary to know nothing applause.


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If Clarence had run things there would still be slavery

Newsvine - Clarence Thomas's Brand of Judicial Logic: "He favors cutting back the authority of the federal government and letting states "decide for themselves how to safeguard the health and welfare of their citizens."

He believes that "the Constitution left religion to the states" and that the First Amendment's prohibition against Congress's enacting laws on the establishment of religion "was intended to protect" the right of states to do as they please.

He wants to roll back what most Americans consider racial progress because the "Constitution abhors classifications based on race" and even when the government uses them to solve problems and confer benefits, "it demeans us all.""

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Marine falls to erring bear hunter in Oregon

Hunter Kills Marine; Mistook Him for a Bear | NBC New York: "A man hunting with his grandson accidentally killed a U.S. Marine due to return to duty this week, after mistaking him for a bear in the Oregon wilderness, authorities said.

Christopher Ochoa, 20, of French Camp, Calif., died at the scene in western Oregon Friday night. He had been hiking with a friend through a field and was wearing dark clothes, according to The Associated Press. The pair were headed to Silver Creek Falls Park."

There are so many morals to this one that silence may be all.

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We elect Obama. GOP punishes us for four years.

Republicans Continue To Punish America For Electing Barack Obama - Digg: "politicususa.com — By now, it is hardly a secret that Republicans have taken every step to subvert the economy to portray President Obama as an ineffective leader."

At least Obama knows what he is doing. Better than Clinton did. And the people are wiser as well.

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