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Sunday, September 7, 2008

In Sarah Palin’s world, “getting stoned” may not be as much fun as it used to be . . .

Posted By on Sun, Sep 7, 2008 at 10:45 AM

While everyone is getting distracted by the growing Palin family, and “Troopergate” (how I wish those burglars had broken into a hotel that didn’t have the word  “gate” in the name) not a whole lot of attention has been given over to something well and triuly creepy about Sarah Palin - her uncomfortably close ties to the monstrous believers of Christian  Reconstructionism.

Because of her past ties to the Alaska Independence Party, with its ties to the Constitution Party, which seeks to restore America to Biblical principles, there are tough questions for Palin, who is wisely avoiding talking to the press - instead, she is talking to the masses, who may or may not have even heard of any of this stuff.

If you think the Taliban are fun guys, just wait till you get a gander at the jolly boys - and most of the proponents seem to be boys (cuz they’ll benefit the most) of CR would be right at home at in a Bowling League with the Taliban.

Big into stoning for moral offenses - hay, who isn’t?! - well, have we got a group for you?

Just type in: Sarah Palin - Christian Reconstructionism, and see what pops up. Share it with as many people as you can.

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Northwest Arkansas really dodged a  bullet on CR

As the Millenium approached, leading CR leader Gary North had folks so worked up about Y2K some years back that some of his followers had followed him to Northwest Arkansas, quietly buying land, waiting for the collapse of civilization on January 1, 2000.

To their chagrin - and our eternal luck -  nothing happened. A few years later North left West Fork - and Arkansas - for another state.

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You’re going to hell and I’m gonna sell tickets . . .

The month isn’t complete without a.letter to the editor from Jay Cole Jr., and the Northwest Arkansas Times gave us one this morning. Today, Jay taunts us all with the Good News that no, indeed, God doesn’t love everybody - especially, probably, not the people that Jay doesn’t like.

Why is it that there are the lost souls among us who actually yearn for folks to go to hell? They look forward to it, like a starving man looks forward to a buffet. And not only that, they enjoy the thought.

Of course, no letter from Jay is a Real Letter from Jay without a slam at feminists, and we got it, baby. Damn those gay feminists and their animal rights agendas! We all know where they are going!

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On the Air with Adam Fire Cat

Monday, September 8 (7pm) I’ll be running an interview with Adam Fire Cat, who is seeking the office of mayor in Fayetteville. Among the candidate's concerns are the proliferation of what he considers to be unnecessary and intrusive ordinances, and making sure that Fayetteville keeps within its operating budget.

Adam Fire Cat may be what some consider to be a “fringe” candidate, but he’s pretty fascinating to talk to. Even if you don’t plan to vote for him, I think you’ll like him.

Monday, Sept. 8 - 7pm
Tuesday, Sept. 9 - noon
Saturday - Sept. 13 - 6pm

As always, C.A.T. is on Channel 18 of the Cox line-up in Fayetteville. Wouldn’t it be cool if your town had public access?

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Quote of the Day

Imagination is the highest kite that one can fly. - Lauren Bacall

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Injustice on a galactic scale

September 8 marks 42 years since Star Trek made its premiere on NBC and it still has no official holiday? Oh, don’t be ridiculous, you say?

Just this month alone, we celebrate:

National Potato Month, International Self-Awareness Month, International Talk Like a Pirate Day, National One-Hit-Wonder Day, and National Coupon Month.

As a national hero  might say, “It is not logical.”

But the Pirate day does have its possibilities . . .

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Lies my Teacher told me . . .

One of the biggest whoppers I ever found in an education text was the charge that Satan had the idea of evolution into Charles Darwin's head. If you have figured out that this was a book meant for home-schoolers, you would be right, but textbooks used in public schools are often just as guilty of containing misinformation.

Well, if that was the only bit of falsehood in American textbooks - as bizarre as it is - we'd probably be all right. But as James W. Loewen points out in "Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong," simple-minded folk believing the Devil was whispering in Darwin's ear may be the least of our problems.

Though originally published in 1995, the matter of false history being taught to American students is still with us. And in addition to being so full of malarkey, why, in God's name, is something so fascinating such a turn off to so many young people?

Loewen, the author of the excellent "Lies Across America: What Our Historic Sites get Wrong," spent several years surveying the leading textbooks used in American high schools. The fact that so many books are bland, boring and full of patriotic cliches is no accident.

But it isn't that textbook writers and publishers are trying to turn people away from history; but they really aren't trying to make them embrace it, either. Is it any wonder that so many instructors at the college level feel their job is correct the simple-minded nonsense that many high school texts impart.

rsdrake@nwark.com

 

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