The rest of this post is a bitchy one.
I either have allergies or a cold.
On the one hand, it could be allergies since I was fall-cleaning girl yesterday.
On the other, I was in contact with a germy 3-year-old who was all about the hugging on Thursday. I can only wash my hands so many times and since I can't actually shower in anti-bacterial liquid, I'm fairly certain some little bacterial friends came home with me.
[Yikes...side effect of being made "bacteria girl" at work. I've anthropomorphized unicelled organisms into these into these mean little bastards that are out to get me personally. Previous bacteria girls at my job have informed me that very soon I'll be getting anal about wiping down every flat surface, washing everything in super hot water, scrubbing my vegetables and fruits until they scream, and generally becoming a pain about nit-picky neatness. Joy.]
Since Claritan didn't clear the sniff-y, headache-y, cough-y feeling after three hours (it works pretty fast with me), I have to conclude: cold.
*bah* That means I have to give a miss on the Fabulous Brunch I was invited to for a relaxing day of fun because I don't want to share the possibly bacterial (or viral or fungal) love. (Hopefully szandara got my email.)
So, I get to glare at my cans of Progesso soup and choose which one I'll have for lunch.
*bah bah bah bah bah*
Anyway, some interesting links I found despite my sniffy hell.
The Washington Post has an interactive page of the 1,166 fatalaties in Iraq. Each thumbnail comes with detailed information about the dead American soldiers. No registration is required to view the page.
In other news:
Meet James Dobson While I personally don't think the "religious right" put Bush over the top, I do think they were a big factor in the election. However, the media meme is that the Evangelical Right won it for Bush and now they want payback. It's an interesting article if you want to see what more secular-thinkng people may have to face.
And by the way, when I say secular-thinking people, there are some Evangelical Christians I include in that group. I was speaking to one such friend the other day and she's bloody furious Bush won and she's even more furious over the fact that someone like Dobson is taking the credit and starting (in her words) a fundamentalist jihad against separation of church and state.
Even before the election, this same friend was getting into fights with people in her church over this issue. Her big thing is: "There's a reason why this country needs to be secular, because it ultimately protects us. Plus, if you start making the government Christian, I guarantee they'll be fights over which Christian sect should be setting the agenda and all kinds of fights over defining which religion is "Christian" because there are some people who don't think Catholics and Eastern Orthodox are Christian. Plus, sooner or later, if we keep acting like bullies, people are going to get sick of it and they'll turn on us. And do you know what? We'll have it coming."
The Mainstream Baptists are about as thrilled about this as my friend about the whole business.
Bill Moyers is even beginning to sound alarmed (Funny, I didn't know or care about Bill Moyers' religion, but it's interesting to see him step forward on this issue.) By the way, read Moyers' speech. It's an amazing call to faith and Social Justice in Jesus' name that got even this non-Christian invidual all teary eyed.
I have to admit: It these are views I never even considered.
I always looked at the whole separation of church and state thing "as you can't legislate people's morality or religious beliefs." I know my history. It just doesn't work, at least not in this country where you have so many different belief systems, some of which are not Christian no matter how you look at it.
Look at early New England. History should tell you that when you try the legislate moralities and religion bit, it goes over so well. Just ask the Catholics and the Quakers who were driven out of Massachusetts Bay Colony because they broke the law by not going to the Meeting House on the Sabbath. Let's not get into the women and men who were accused of witchcraft because they didn't fit in with the "norm" of society. It didn't just happen in Salem. It happened all over the region. Entertaining Satan is maybe one of the best and most comprehensive books on the subject.
Hell, if that's too far back in history for you, let's take a look at Prohibition. Drying out the country worked even better. Thanks to Prohibition, we had a spike in crime (although part of it was the criminalization of alcohol manufacture and consumption), a boost in power for the Mafia, wide-spread corruption because the Prohibition rules were cheerfully ignored by the wealthy and those in power with zero consequences, destroyed careers when the PtB decided they needed to make an example of someone (Fatty Arbuckle, for example), a spike in corruption among law enforcement offcials, and for you more conservative people who hang out here, you got the Kennedys. By the time it was over, Prohibition aka the 18th Amendment became the only constitutional amendment that had to be repealed as unworkable.
All I can say is: the next two years are goin' to be mighty interestin'.