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Saturday, January 22, 2005 - Apache Junction, Arizona, USA

THE KING IS READY

Well folks, here we are only two days after the coronation of King George of Republica. All hail the mighty conqueror. You'll all be happy to know that it didn't take long for King George to stab in the back those who supported his kingship for another four years. Like kings of old, after his regal, pomp, and sumptuous coronation, George W has returned to his throne skipping with brutal gayety over the backs of those who most religiously reselected him.


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In order to still the rising tumult against an unbalanced budget which has the national debt increasing every time King George takes a breath, our grand and glorious leader is, once again, preparing a new budget to send to congress that even his Repubo bedmates will gag over and awkwardly try to defend on one hand while wishing it would go away on the other.


Fear not, you filthy rich toadies, you pillars of American greed and power, King George is NOT going to rescind the lavish tax cuts he granted you in his first term on the royal throne. No, he's going to do what those of us who know him well claimed he would do the very minute he was reselected. It's that horrid thing you said shouldn't, wouldn't, couldn't possibly happen at the hand of this compassionate conservative commander of corporate cronyism. Remember?


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King George is going to attempt to balance the budget by taking money from those who need it most - the poor, underprivileged, and the needy.


Speaking on condition of anonymity (while deftly holding their balls in a protective grip) lobbyists and lawmakers' aides say King George will focus his cuts on Medicaide. Yes, the health-care program for low-income and disabled people. Of course that's not all the Bushite has his greedy eye on.


Bush has always craved to pluck monies from agriculture and other benefit agendas, called entitlements. These programs grow exponentially because benefits go automatically to anyone who qualifies.


By proposing an overhaul of Social Security, Bush has already asked his GOP brown nosers to go out on a limb, risking the angering of senior citizens in their home states. Simultaneously cutting Medicaid and other programs would not only increase the ire of constituents but also the heartburn of their legislators - not to mention having to listen to the deafening chorus of "I told you so" that would come from the other side of the aisle.


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Imagine the primal screams from doctors if King George decides to cut the pay Medicare physicians receive from the government tit. Do you think farmers, veterans, and the poor and homeless will sit still while their King cuts their entitlements?


But King George will do it because we all must suffer equally in these times of war and need. Well, everyone but the rich, who will still enjoy their tax cuts and look longingly to the King to give them more.


After all, why harm the rich when, as Jesus said, "You will always have the poor among you." Let them eat cake, right? Mayhaps the reasoning behind all this can be found in Sean Hannitys new book:




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Sunday, January 16, 2005 - Apache Junction, Arizona, USA

The Sanctification of Marriage in Arizona


The Repubos that run the state of Arizona want to put an initiative on the ballet in either 2005 or 2006 to amend the state constitution to say that marriage is between a man and a woman. (The Repubos prefer 06 and the Dems 05 because of the elections in 06.) Unfortunately, Reps Warde Nichols and Marc Anderson's planned amendment would go much farther than just blocking gay couples from marrying - it would eliminate all forms (civil unions, domestic partnerships, etc.) of legal partnerships now in force in some cities under state law and would disallow all marriage benefits to unmarried couples.


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The two Repubos say, of course, that they are defending the "sanctity of marriage", and that the amendment they propose would discourage "unconventional unions." But they've actually added a third reason for pushing the bill. They want to eliminate any benefits to unmarried couples that "cost taxpayers money" - thereby helping balance the state's budget. Gee, and I thought the American way was that the people who paid money to the government in taxes should reap any benefits equally with other good taxpaying Americans. I thought America had embraced its diversity, understanding we are all unconventional in some way. How wrong I am, apparently.


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Let's take one more look at the "sanctity of marriage" issue - not from the usual perspective (divorce, prisoners, pedophiles) but from the standpoint of the various religions seeking to keep gays and lesbians unmarried.


Let's say I was a Catholic man and wanted to marry a Mormon woman. I couldn't marry her in the Catholic Church because they won't marry anyone who isn't a Catholic. They take this so seriously that recently they fired the leader of the Phoenix Diocese's Office of Child and Youth Protection, Jenny O'Connor, because she married outside the church.


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Mormons look at this exactly the same way, so our couple wouldn't be able to marry in a LDS temple or stake either. Mixed marriages aren't allowed by Orthodox Jews or Jehovah's Witnesses either. Why? The Sanctity of Marriage does not allow for a man and a woman to be "unevenly yoked", as they put it. This translates - you can't marry outside the faith and remain in good standing.


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My question is, why haven't the Catholics, or the Mormons, or the Jews, or the JWs put forth an amendment to the state constitution outlawing any but their faith to be issued a marriage license?


Baptists should be included in that group as well. Many Baptists ministers will refuse to marry two people if one or both of them is divorced and the severed mate is still alive. How come the Baptists aren't pushing for an amendment banning divorced people from marrying?


Don't think they wouldn't like to. Remember, if you're not a Catholic, you're going to hell on a sled. If your not a Mormon, same deal. JW's too, well, no hell, but you'll be destroyed. And ask a Baptist what will happen to you if you aren't saved. Since these religions want to sanctify marriage by keeping sinners (read "anyone who doesn't believe the way they do") from marrying, where's the push for the amendments?


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It's simple really - there aren't enough members in any of these wacko faiths to carry it off. Believe me, they would if they could. But...what an easy target the gays are. All these faiths can all ban together to get rid of the gays and the average American will clap his hands for the effort.


No honest American, no believer in the Constitution would EVER sign a petition or vote for such an un-American amendment. People need to wake up and understand what they're doing. It isn't about marriage, it's about bigotry. Pure and simple.


If this becomes law, forget about the gay couples and their children who would be hurt beyond these people's understanding, the elderly who don't marry in order to keep their Social Security, which they depend on to eke out a quiet living, would not gain benefits as a domestic couple. Neither would anyone else not married whether the law allows them to or not.


Who gets to define what an "unconventional union" is? In the past, they thought a mixed racial marriage was "unconventional," but the courts said no. That's one reason these people want to get this bill passed before the marriage issue reaches the courts. They know what would happen. After all, ourside of their God given sexuality, there is nothing uncovential about a gay person's lifestyle. Oh, I forgot to mention, the new amendment would also disallow courts from hearing any cases involving marriage. Nice capper, hey?


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My question is, what's next? Do we require queers to wear a big red "Q" on their sleeves? Mayhaps we should rip them from their homes and put them together in a ghetto, all of their own. Certainly we shouldn't allow them to adopt children, hold a job, teach in our schools, or own property. I'm sure if we think hard enough on the issue we'll come up with an "ultimate solution." Then life in America will be truly sanctified.



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