Yogi Better Watch Out!

Republican Sen. Tom Coburn thinks that besides saving us from predatory credit card companies, the Credit Card Bill of Rights signed today by President Obama should also ensure that some of the safest places in the country, our National Parks (1.65 violent crimes per 100,000 national park visitors in 2006), should be allowing visitors to pack heat.

Introduced as an amendment to the credit card reform bill by Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Oklahoma), the provision allows owners of licensed firearms to bring them into national parks and wildlife refuges as long as they are allowed to do so by state law.

Coburn’s amendment is intended to prevent the implementation of a March 19, 2009 preliminary federal injunction blocking a George W. Bush administration regulation that allowed concealed weapons to be carried in national parks and wildlife refuges, subject to state law. The regulation is currently under review by the Obama administration.

“The Federal laws should make it clear that the second amendment rights of an individual at a unit of the National Park System or the National Wildlife Refuge System should not be infringed,” states Sen. Coburn’s amendment.

So come February when the new law is scheduled to go into effect (unless Coburn can sneak it into another bill taking effect sooner), Yogi and Boo Boo will need to be more careful when choosing which picnic baskets to steal.

On a side note, how hard of a vote was this for our Congressional delegation? They had to choose between protecting the predatory credit card companies that serve as the backbone of our state’s economy, and keeping up their NRA cred which is so important to South Dakota’s 2nd Amendment crazed population.

They chose the predators that hire people for 10-12 bucks an hour.

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More Bad News For The Catholic Church

The hits just keep coming for the Catholic Church. The latest news coming out on the Catholic Church comes in the form of a 2600 page report documenting more priestly misdeeds at church run reform schools in Ireland.

After a nine-year investigation, a commission published a damning report Wednesday on decades of rapes, humiliation and beatings at Catholic Church-run reform schools for Ireland’s castaway children.

The 2,600-page report painted the most detailed and damning portrait yet of church-administered abuse in a country grown weary of revelations about child molestation by priests.

The investigation of the tax-supported schools uncovered previously secret Vatican records that demonstrated church knowledge of pedophiles in their ranks all the way back to the 1930s.

What was so telling in the article (besides the fact that some priests apparently still do not think that their vow of celibacy applies to little boys) was that even after all the abuses by priests that have been documented over the past decade or so, the church still resisted the investigation going so far as to issue religious orders to shield known pedophiles. Of course that was surprising until you read about another Catholic priest in the news this week as well.

In the early years of the sex abuse scandal in Milwaukee, retired Archbishop Rembert G. Weakland says in his soon-to-be released memoir, he did not comprehend the potential harm to victims or understand that what the priests had done constituted a crime.

“We all considered sexual abuse of minors as a moral evil, but had no understanding of its criminal nature,” Weakland says in the book, “A Pilgrim in a Pilgrim Church,” due out in June.

Weakland said he initially “accepted naively the common view that it was not necessary to worry about the effects on the youngsters: either they would not remember or they would ‘grow out of it.’?”

Does he really want us to believe that he didn’t know that abusing children would have a long term effect or that abusing children in his care even required thought over the consequences?

I guess it is safe to say that just about nothing the Catholic Church does these days should be a surprise anymore. The only thing that still makes me go hmm is how people can still support the church with their money considering how much of it used to payoff the deeds of pedophiles.

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Debunking Evolution?

With arguments like this, it is not hard to figure out why creationists are having such a hard time getting their beliefs into the school systems (besides not having any physical evidence that is).

Hmm. So the Grand Canyon was not formed by the Colorado River running through it over millions of years but instead by Noah’s flood. Wow

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It's A Budget Buster

Traditional Conservative arguments against gay marriage haven’t been working as well lately so RNC chair Michael Steele decided that it’s time to change the argument. The new conservative attack on gays will now borrow from the same argument famous in Republican circles for most every other issue they oppose, “It is bad for small business!

Jon Stewart explains:

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart M – Th 11p / 10c
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You've Gotta Love Jesse

Living in a state that neighbors Minnesota, I have been exposed to Jesse Ventura, their former Governor, for years. That exposure has shown that he has many opinions and he isn’t afraid to express them. His latest “Jessieism” came during his appearance with the yenta’s from ABC’s The View the other day and covered his thoughts on the US waterboarding terrorist suspects.

“If waterboarding is okay, why don’t we let our police do it to suspects to learn what they know?” he asked to a chorus of applause.

“That’s an interesting question,” Hasselbeck said. “I understand that question.”

“If waterboarding is okay, why didn’t we waterboard [Timothy] McVeigh and [Terry] Nichols, the Oklahoma City bombers, to find out if there were more people involved? What’s your answer to that?” he asked. “We only seem to waterboard Muslims.”

Hmm…maybe that’s why Christians seem to be the group expressing the least amount of problems with the United States’ use of torture? Who cares right? It’s only those mean old Muslims being subjected to these “special interrogation” techniques.

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Right And Wrong

Being someone that doesn’t believe in the superman in the sky, I have been asked several times how it is possible for me to know the difference between right and wrong. How can one possibly have a moral compass without guidance from a work of fiction and the fear of eternal damnation in a mythical hell if you do not conform?

Of course the over simplified answer from me to that over simplified questions is that I ask myself “how would I feel if the act in question happened to me or someone I know?” and then if that still doesn’t answer my question I just follow laws that have been codified over hundreds of years.

As to the question of needing some sort of hellish place that some feel is required to keep one in line, I guess there is always the fear of being Bruno’s prison bitch if I fail to follow those rules. That would be pretty hellish wouldn’t it?

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Why Won't They Just Leave Her Alone?

via Crackho.com

Our favorite wingnut and former VP candidate Sarah Palin just can’t catch a break. The latest “incident” revolving around the Alaska Governor deals with the domain Crackho.com. Apparently the owners of that domain decided to play a prank on Governor Palin and for a time set it up so that it re-directed to Palin’s official website.

For some reason, Palin’s peeps didn’t get the joke and filed a cease and desist against the owners to which they did finally adhere to but not before it became sort of an internet classic.

On a related note, Palin did have some good news to report. Her unwed mother daughter, Bristol, who pretty much threw a monkey wrench in Palin’s credibility on the viability of abstinence only education during the campaign, did manage to graduate from high school last week ensuring that she will finally have that diploma to hang on the wall of her doublewide in Wasila once momma’s political career comes to an end. Congratulations!

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Future Preachers

As Western South Dakota recovers from their encounter from one “well known” preacher, Greg Laurie, this little beauty documenting a few from the younger crowd that are vying to take his place down the road seemed quite fitting. And just a little bit scary.

(h/t – Unreasonable Faith)

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