Thinking of John Lennon

The diary below was originally posted in my blog, the Intrepid Liberal Journal and adapted for MyDD.

Allow me to digress from the usual politics and current events topics of my blog writing to acknowledge the anniversary of John Lennon's death. I was only eleven in 1980 and watching Monday Night Football when Howard Cosell delivered the news. I had recently learned all the lyrics to the Beatles, Rubber Soul album and was especially moved by the lyrics to "In My Life."

Personally I've never been a great believer in icons. Lennon himself delivers a stirring rebuke to the myth of icons with his classic composition God early in his solo career. Yet Lennon to me was different. Lennon was an artistic genius and international statesman.

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This time ... talking points against the exploitation of the genuine Christian silent majority ...

When the silent and believing majority keep their spirituality locked up and private as we were "Constitutionally taught" in civics classes, today's moral propagandists diminish each of us and our trusting quiet respect for Constitutional  privacy.

We are those who must speak up and bring about a shut-up of the blowhards.

Prior to the 2004 election, Dr. Jerry Falwell wrote in a newsletter and on his Web site:


"I believe it is the responsibility of every political conservative, every evangelical Christian, every pro-life Catholic, and every traditional Jew, every Reagan Democrat, and everyone in between to get serious about re-electing President Bush."

Reverend Falwell, national chairman of the Faith and Values Coalition and Moral Majority founder, also labeled the National Organization for Women (NOW) the "National Order of Witches," and called Americans United for Separation of Church and State "an anti-Christ" group.

His heavy jowled Jabba-the-Hut appearance depends on the notion the listeners revere him as one of God's mouthpieces. We have no obligation to buy into that for any reason.

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Is Hot Air Good or Bad for America? What's Your Gut Reaction?

There is a lot of hot air around lately. Scientists tell us that 2006 (first half) has been the warmest ever for the US, but what do they really know? The expression, boy it's hot as hell today, uttered by people a couple thousand years ago doesn't really tell us how hot it was or their definition of hell was the same as ours today! OK, maybe global temps were precipitously rising when Jesus was walking this Earth. Maybe that's why he talked about Rapture [that's the end of the world for those who don't know] occurring within the life time of his followers! If Jesus was wrong on this, the scientists can be wrong about everything! Our planet [or maybe it's not a planet after all but the center of the universe instead!] has gone through cycles before and all has pretty much adjusted fine.

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"Marijuana," Iraq & US Troops

"Middle East: US Troops, Iraqi Police Seize Marijuana Plants."

Bush's discretionary and unjust war in Iraq has found and destroyed the enemy.

"US troops and Iraqi police seized and destroyed a bumper crop of marijuana plants last week." (7/8/06)

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God and patriotism

God is not a Democrat. God is not a Republican. God is the ultimate independent. Patriotism depends not on your party, social or religious affilation or ideas.

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