Jeb Bush and Rick Perry Twins Separated at Birth?

5 11 2010

I saw Rick Perry interviewed on cable news this morning and was struck by how like Jeb Bush he is, in looks and attitudes and demeanor.

And it figures. Because after Tuesday, it looks like Florida is the new Texas.

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5 11 2010
Lynn

Well, if Florida is going to be like Texas you’re gonna need to get going on stopping the Spread of Islam in the U.S. “before it is too late.” Note that “Texas Eagle Forum will push for a bill against Shariah law during the 2011 legislative session, which opens in January in Austin.” Presumably the law bill be based on Eagle Forum’s proposed “solutions”:

1. Congress MUST outlaw Shariah and international law
2. Eliminate Muslim government employees
3. Outlaw Muslim terrorist organizations, such as The Muslim Brotherhood, CAIR, etc.
4. Muslims should be ineligible to run for political office
5. All Muslim military personnel should be removed from the U.S. armed forces
6. Monitor mosques
7. Shut down terrorist training camps in the U.S.

You may recall that Eagle Forum is run by Phyllis Schafly who is now referenced in Texas textbooks as a key individual in the conservative resurgence of the 1980s and 1990s. (more)

So, you’ll have to hurry to keep up to Texas. 😦

5 11 2010
JJ

Gosh, I was still wondering how we’d ever get all that textbook history fantasized and reprinted, especially since there won’t be money for (public) education anymore!

5 11 2010
JJ

Lynn, are you on their mailing lists or something? I just Googled “sharia law florida” and there are plenty of entries already, the top agitation being:

“”This is living under sharia (Islamic) law. They are pulling our SIOA ads off the buses in South Florida because they offend Muslims.”

5 11 2010
JJ

Why did you get me going?? Reported by Mother Jones:
In Florida Legal Case, Blackwater Demands Taliban Treatment

The Florida legal case is true to form for Blackwater, and indeed for the rest of the private security business: with *no* universally applicable laws to reign them in, firms like Blackwater are free to pick and choose which ones they’ll follow. Sometimes, when convenient, those laws appear to include the ones passed down from the Prophet Muhammad.

Methinks it’s not sharia or christian or even secular law at issue any more. It is no morals or ethics or humanist constraints, and no law at all. Just as our (Catholic but we’re not supposed to notice) Supreme Court has decreed to be the true American Way — unfettered corporatism and let the victim beware.

p.s. the correct spelling is rein, not reign — but applied to corporate lawlessness, I guess it’s an apt double meaning. We cannot reign or even rein them, so they reign and we get trampled (without medical care to pick up the pieces, unless they feel benevolent that day.)

5 11 2010
JJ

p.p.s — and without good universally guaranteed public education, we already don’t know the difference anyway or care.

5 11 2010
Lynn

Did you see Stephen Colbert’s take on the matter: “Just because something doesn’t exist doesn’t mean you shouldn’t ban it,” which is why he’s working on a law that prohibits cat pilots. 😀

Joking aside, did you notice that the article linked in my comment features a picture of the Muslim-in-Chief? Isn’t it interesting that it’s once everybody has decided that Obama is a secret Muslim that, all of a sudden, the Spread of Islam becomes Threat #1?

Also, have you noticed that there’s a growing chorus of Christian Nationalists insisting that Islam isn’t a religion? Why? Because if it’s not a religion, Muslims aren’t entitled to religious liberty under the 1st Amendment. Gosh, I wonder which religion will turn into a “political movement” next?

(Funny how all their hard work trying to brand atheism “a religion” (to serve their creationism in the classroom schemes at the time) will have to be undone. Poor planning on their part, but worth the effort. If they’re successful in dismantling the wall of separation (which “doesn’t exist in the Constitution,” you know), then atheists get to evangelize, too – as long as we’re a religion, that is. If we’re just a “movement,” we’ll have to keep the hell out of public life, while they stay and establish dominion.)

Have I mentioned one of the most disturbing conversations I’ve had this year was with an older relative who has always been a fiscal conservative/ social moderate/ committed atheist? These days he has his TV tuned to FOX for several hours each day, from what I can tell. While he has always despised evangelical Christians, he is now convinced that they are his best and only hope to protect him from “Muslims (who) want to kill us.” I’ve told him that it’s not like he has to choose a team, but he’s convinced that there are only two sides and he’d rather be on the side of the Christians. “At least they don’t want to kill me.”

So, there you go. A little something to cap off your week. 😀

5 11 2010
JJ

I have relatives like that too, including three living in The Villages where Sarah Palin loves to be loved . . .but I don’t think they were ever atheists. Not sure if that’s better or worse, what do you think?

6 11 2010
Nance Confer

Gosh, some of the suggestions from these neo-barbarians sound familiar —

http://www.historyplace.com/worldwar2/holocaust/timeline.html

Asshats!

6 11 2010
6 11 2010
Lynn

JJ: “they were ever atheists. Not sure if that’s better or worse, what do you think?”

I see it as worse given his life-long visceral hatred for the Religious Right. He would have to be really, really scared to be cheering them on at this point. Playing right into their hands?

6 11 2010
JJ

This has the ring of sound news analysis to me:
Jeb Bush: Silky Sullivan Surprise in 2012?

7 11 2010
Nance Confer

I don’t know why but my reaction to Keith’s problem has been “so what?” Maybe I don’t feel sorry for him because he’s a big boy, a rich big boy, and this is doing nothing but help him with his next contract negotiation somewhere. There will still be plenty of people spouting off on the left, even if he has to go back to having just one career.

7 11 2010
Nance Confer

From JJ’s link on Jeb Bush — “And even if he doesn’t then, he’s only 63 in 2016.”

That sounds right to me.

7 11 2010
Nance Confer

And is it even vaguely possible that the Ds have a candidate in mind for an election that far out?

7 11 2010
COD

I don’t think the Ds have a plan for tomorrow, let alone 2016. Nobody snatched defeat from the jaws of victory quite like the Democratic Party.

7 11 2010
JJ

Amen.

7 11 2010
JJ

Nance, about Olbermann though — I see him as a canary in the Comcast-coveted mineshaft, as the foxious (good mashup, right? I should copyright it!) gas of NewSpeak spreads from FOX throughout corporate media on all “sides”.

The rich, powerful and “republican” (to be redundant) all are going neo-constitutional now and that includes all major media and apparently all government, in fertile new territory opened up by conservative Catholic laws of the land. This has turned inexorably into the place where every kind of self-determination has a too-high price we can’t afford to pay, including finally, the freedom to speak, hear, read, write, teach, perform and individually support anything other than the (red) party line. The freedom to live or die in any way other than what they approve, isn’t looking good.

7 11 2010
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7 11 2010
Nance Confer

Foxious — good one. 🙂

7 11 2010
JJ

I might have to declare my fears Olber-blown. 😉

Shortest Suspension In the World

Chris/Daryl, didn’t the kid who brought a horse to school for spirit day (with his parents!) get a longer suspension than this?

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