Pictures and Quotes

Pictures o’ the Day…

Ill as she was, my beloved came to see my band play New Year’s Eve.
At the stroke of midnight, we hobbled home, took our medication and went to bed. Wheee!

Beloved goddaughter Maddie on Christmas.

Goddaughter Maddie with Grampa Radloff…

Recent Quotes…

“But here he’s [Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon] at the point of death. He was dividing God’s land, and I would say woe unto any prime minister of Israel who takes a similar course to appease the European Union, the United Nations, or the United States of America. God says: ‘This land belongs to me. You’d better leave it alone.’ “

– Marion “Pat” Robertson source

Mr. Robertson has a history of saying dumb things. There are entire web sites devoted to Mr. Robertson’s strange utterances. He called for the political assassination of Mr. Hugo Chavez (a fine thing for a man who considers himself a preacher to say – “hey, let’s go kill that guy”), and he told a town in Pennsylvania that God was going to punish them via natural disaster for not teaching “intelligent design” in their schools. Quite frankly, if Mr. Robertson’s god is that vindictive, I want no part of it. The God I’ve been praying to all my life has a bit of compassion. After spending his parishoner’s money on a diamond mine for himself and sexually abusing Asian women whilst avoiding combat duties during wartime, source Mr. Robertson should hope for a compassionate god too. One more Robertson quote…

“When I said during my presidential bid that I would only bring Christians and Jews into the government, I hit a firestorm. ‘What do you mean?’ the media challenged me. ‘You’re not going to bring atheists into the government? How dare you maintain that those who believe in the Judeo Christian values are better qualified to govern America than Hindus and Muslims?’ My simple answer is, ‘Yes, they are.'”

– Pat Robertson, “The New World Order,” pg. 218 source

That’s just plain unconstitutional and ignorant. Mr. Robertson also attacked Mahatma Ghandi. I have a feeling he sacrifices kittens in his basement. Okay, just one more…

“You say you’re supposed to be nice to the Episcopalians and the Presbyterians and the Methodists and this, that, and the other thing. Nonsense. I don’t have to be nice to the spirit of the Antichrist.”

– Pat Robertson, January 14, 1991 source

Okay, on to some other people…

“I don’t know that atheists should be considered citizens…”

– U.S. President George Walker Bush source

Okay, I’m scared now. In order to be a United States citizen we all have to go to Mr. Bush’s church? Ye cats!

Republican Representative Tom DeLay announced today that he will not attempt to reclaim his post as majority leader due to campaign finance charges in Texas and possible fallout from lobbyist Jack Abramoff’s guilty pleas to corruption and tax evasion charges. The reaction?

“We don’t just need new leaders, we need a course correction. This is deeper than just who stands at the head of the party. We have created a system here …that just breeds corruption.”

– Republican Representative Jeff Flake source

“For years, at the expense of the American people, the House Republicans have enabled and benefited from the Republican culture of corruption engineered by Tom DeLay. The culture of corruption is so pervasive in the Republican conference that a single person stepping down is not nearly enough to clean up the Republican Congress.”

– House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi source

“My belief is that Tom will eventually be cleared and exonerated, and my hope is that our conference will one day again benefit from Tom’s rare commitment to the principles of smaller government and freedom for which all Republicans fight.”

– Representative John Boehner, who is considering taking Mr. DeLay’s job source

Mr. DeLay is in trouble. Senator Bill Frist is in trouble. Now with the Abramoff scandal, it turns out that even President Bush has taken thousands of dollars in dirty money. Our vice-president, Richard Bruce “Dick” Cheney is advocating torture. Our government is falling apart, to the surprise of no one.

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