Steven Levy, CBS correspondent, wrote this piece last year and read it on CBS Sunday Commentary right after Christmas.
A little sanity please . . .
I don't like getting pushed around for being a Jew, and I don't think Christians like getting pushed around for being Christians. I think people who believe in God are sick and tired of getting pushed around, period. I have no idea where the concept came from, that America is an explicitly atheist country. I can't find it in the Constitution and I don't like it being shoved down my throat...
Or maybe I can put it another way: where did the idea come from that we should worship celebrities and we aren't allowed to worship God as we understand Him? I guess that's a sign that I'm getting old, too. But there are a lot of us who are wondering where these celebrities came from and where the America we knew went to.
In light of the many jokes we send to one another for a laugh, this is a little different: This is not intended to be a joke; it's not funny, it's intended to get you thinking.
In light of recent events... terrorists attack, school shootings, etc.. I think it started when Madeleine Murray O'Hare (she was murdered, her body found a few years later) complained she didn't want prayer in our schools, and we said OK. Then someone said you better not read the Bible in school... The Bible says thou shalt not kill; thou shalt not steal, and love your neighbor as yourself. And we said OK.
Then Dr. Steven Benjamin Spock said we shouldn't spank our children when they misbehave, because their little personalities would be warped and we might damage their self-esteem (Dr. Spock's son committed suicide). We said an expert should know what he's talking about.. And we said okay..
Now we're asking ourselves why our children have no conscience, why they don't know right from wrong, and why it doesn't bother them to kill strangers, their classmates, and themselves.
Probably, if we think about it long and hard enough, we can figure it out. I think it has a great deal to do with 'WE REAP WHAT WE SOW.'
Funny how simple it is for people to trash God and then wonder why the world's going to hell. Funny how we believe what the newspapers say, but question what the Bible says. Funny how you can send 'jokes' through e-mail and they spread like wildfire, but when you start sending messages regarding the Lord, people think twice about sharing. Funny how lewd, crude, vulgar and obscene articles pass freely through cyberspace, but public discussion of God is suppressed in the school and workplace.
Are you laughing yet?
Funny how when you forward this message, you will not send it to many on your address list because you're not sure what they believe, or what they will think of you for sending it.
Funny how we can be more worried about what other people think of us than what God thinks of us.
The following was sent to me by one of my regular readers and personal friend - the mayor of Inglis, Glenda Kirkland.
Subject: 1947 & 1948 hmmmm.........
After doing some research I found some interesting
facts………… 1947 & 1948.
The year was 1947. Some of you will recall that on July 8,1947, a little more than 66 years ago, numerous witnesses claim that an Unidentified Flying Object, (UFO), with five aliens aboard, crashed onto a sheep and mule ranch just outside Roswell, New Mexico ....
This is a well-known incident that many say has long been covered-up by the U.S. Air Force, as well as other Federal Agencies and Organizations However, what you may NOT know is that in the month of April, year 1948, nine months after the historic day, the following people were born:
Barrack Obama, Sr.
Albert A. Gore, Jr.
William J. Clinton
John F. Kerry
Charles E. Schumer
This is the obvious consequence of aliens breeding with
sheep and jack-asses. I truly hope this bit of information clears up a lot of things for you. It certainly did for me, now you can stop wondering why they support the bill to help all Illegal Aliens.
*Rednak thinks that a similar alien incursion may have occurred very close to what is now known as the lower Withlacoochee River, part of which is the impounded Lake Rousseau. Citrus was a major agricultural enterprise at the time and several growers planted many groves with hundreds of pecan trees. Aliens may have screwed with these plants and that would explain the presence of Fruit bats and Nut bags running loose in our community today.
Should’ve, Could’ve & Would’ve
You should’ve been there to witness the staged farce at the regular Inglis Town Commission meeting on Tuesday, December 2nd. This was a masterful production directed by the leader of the Gang of Five and delivered by the recently recruited stooge replacement, The Great Pretender, who gave the audience over two hours of diatribe measured with righteous indignation and full of oft repeated “facts” with the lamest explanations that a ten year old could have bested. The time wasted alone, probably cost the taxpayers almost eight hundred dollars in attorney’s fees. This is the quintessential terrorist battle plan in action. “If you can’t beat them in the sunshine pick at them with a deluge of minutia and invasive verbal organisms.” Yes, this is an infection hosted by carriers, minions, and mouthpieces.
You could’ve witnessed the implausible assertion that one’s Armed Forces service record could be verified by the fact of membership in the AMVETS club. The Great Pretender-p.o.s. invited anyone who cared, to go to the AMVETS and see the “proof”. However, he refused to show the “proof” to members of the commission itself, but said he would bring same to the Town Clerk. There were a lot of disappointed people at the commission table this night. We had been put in our place. (Note: I have not used the term “bald faced” here as I respect the fact that my readers can insert their own evaluation of this scenario and behavior, themselves. Go team!)
During this entire drama, if you were paying attention, you would’ve seen the “director” giving cues and mouthed clues to our actor. If you are a real veteran, you would’ve thought to yourself eventually, Where is this guy’s DD214? Now, there’s a real inconvenience, having to produce the genuine article -- the document that the entire free world recognizes and requires for verification of service. Lose yours? If you’ve served since 1896, you can retrieve your DD214 from the National Archives –duh. Of course, as the Pretender claims with exaggerated conviction, “They lost mine”. If you believe that, I’d like to invite you to purchase my coffee table book about my journey into outer space. It’s on sale for $399 on Amazon. For no charge, I will authenticate it for you with my signature and give you a mimeographed verification of my membership in the Space Cadet social club.
I have it straight from the Bizzaro website that you can go up to Gainesville and tell the VA Medical Center processor that the government lost your DD214, but the AMVETS have confirmed your membership. Bizzaro also says that even if you don’t get in, the VA might give you a frontal lobotomy for free. It’s the only cure for pathological lying.
By the way, Pretender Extrordinaire, did deliver a purported copy of a partial list of local AMVETS members and his name was among the six noted. Nothing else was on this piece of paper except the six names and membership status.
Oh, this just in. The Army surplus store in Otter Creek has a sale going on. You can buy campaign ribbons, medals, insignia and other official memorabilia. Do not be surprised to see said distinguished office holder in uniform, complete with paratrooper boots “on the ground”. It’s much less trouble and easier to come by than a non-existent DD214.
What you missed or witnessed here, is a rare opportunity to see into the future. In particular, if you like horror stories, you should vote for the Great Pretender for mayor. I understand that he will go for the oratory record held by Fidel Castro in his acceptance speech. AND that 6 hour plus phenomenon will be about one subject only - - - - himself.
Enuff said . . .