Happy 2010!

The spectacular fireworks display from Sydney, Australia last night, where of course, it’s already tomorrow.

Best wishes to everyone for a safe and happy New Year’s Eve celebration. Let’s all hope the next year/decade isn’t quite as massively craptacular as the last one.


One Nation Under God?

It doesn’t seem to matter how easily demonstrable it is from the writings of the founders themselves that the United States was most assuredly not founded on “Christian principles” let alone under the direct auspices of Jesus Christ, evangelical fanatics will continue to insist the contrary to be true.

John Adams, Second President of the United States, wrote in his 1788 A Defence of the Constitutions of Government of the United States of America that:

Thirteen governments thus founded on the natural authority of the people alone, without a pretence of miracle or mystery, and which are destined to spread over the northern part of that whole quarter of the globe, are a great point gained in favor of the rights of mankind…

The United States of America have exhibited, perhaps, the first example of governments erected on the simple principles of nature; and if men are now sufficiently enlightened to disabuse themselves of artifice, imposture, hypocrisy, and superstition, they will consider this even an era in their history.

Although the detail of the formation of the American governments is at present little known or regarded either in Europe or in America, it may hereafter become an object of curiosity. It will never be pretended that any persons employed in that service had interviews with the gods, or were in any degree under the influence of Heaven, more than those at work upon ships or houses, or laboring in merchandise or agriculture; it will forever be acknowledged that these governments were contrived merely by the use of reason and the senses…

Click on the picture above or here for a larger version where you can zoom in on all of its glorious details such as the black robed judge on his knees hiding his face in shame over various SCOTUS decisions enforcing the separation of Church and State… A descriptive tour of the painting with often hilarious explanatory notes can be taken here.

Cheney & The GOP: Masters of Disaster

Rachel Maddow resoundingly demolishes the Republican’s lying, hypocritical douchebaggery in response to last week’s attempted terror attack.

As for Dick Cheney’s latest mendacious tirade, perhaps this recent piece from James Fallows says it best: “The former vice president, Dick Cheney, has brought dishonor to himself, his office, and his country. I am not aware of a case of a former President or Vice President behaving as despicably as Cheney has done in the ten months since leaving power…. Cheney has acted as if utterly unconcerned with the welfare of his country, its armed forces, or the people now trying to make difficult decisions. He has put narrow score-settling interest far, far above national interest.”

Why the right-wing continues to venerate this utterly disgraceful coward, completely escapes me.

Political Tourettes Update: On yesterday’s Ed Show Rep. Eric Massa (D-NY) delivered a stinging rebuke and challenge to Cheney.

So come on Dick, man up and debate Massa on Fox or wherever. I’m sure lots of folks would pay to see that contest.