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between Church and State." Who coined the Phrase? Give up?
Answer: Thomas Jefferson - one of the founding fathers of this
great Nation and a creator of the U.S. Constitution and the First Amendment
to that same Constitution. Thomas Jefferson, in 1802, wrote a Letter
to the Danbury Baptist Association, referring to the First Amendment to the
US Constitution. In it he said:
"Believing with you that religion is a
matter which lies solely between Man & his God, that he owes account to
none other for his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers of
government reach actions only, & not opinions, I contemplate with
sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared
that their legislature should "make no law
respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free
exercise thereof," thus building a wall of separation between Church &
State. Adhering to this expression of the
supreme will of the nation in behalf of the rights of conscience, I
shall see with sincere satisfaction the progress of those sentiments
which tend to restore to man all his natural rights, convinced he has no
natural right in opposition to his social duties.
"I reciprocate your kind prayers for the
protection & blessing of the common father and creator of man, and
tender you for yourselves & your religious association, assurances of my
high respect & esteem."
Jan 1, 1802
Found in The the U.S. Library of
We will leave it up to the reader
to determine whether
Kit Bond has made serious errors in in judgment.
Kit has supported a Conservative Far Right
Christian position especially when it comes to Church and State issues.
It is apparent from the data collected, that the first amendment may be in
danger from his past and future actions as well as other constitutional
sections. He has supported deregulation of banks and the SEC causing
the current economic Depression.
office stated that his position is that Certain Religions aren't
"Real" religions. What is a real religion, Mr.
Bond? What you have been practicing?
He says on the one hand that only certain Christian denominations are valid.
Read the following and remember: "By their Works may they be known."
This is a summary of information collected from several sources about
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(TEA PARTY) REPUBLICANS ARE THE ENEMY AND TRAITORS TO AMERICA by R.
Extremist (Tea Party) Republicans are selfish, power hungry,
hateful of the poor, disloyal to the nation and its people, dishonest,
avaricious, scornful of the nation's history, the dignity of its
institutions, its standards of political morality, and its vision
of advancement for all the people. The Republicans love war as long as
they and theirs do not have to put on helmets and carry guns into the
fighting. They use lies to start wars that kill hundreds of thousands of
innocents and thousands of our own military service people. They love
massive war-time profits, unavailable to their rich masters if war is
Those Extremist Republicans hate the rest of us, which
they must, in order to pass away from themselves and onto us, the
financial burdens and losses their crimes, schemes and thefts cause.
They are prolific, incessant, and destructive liars. They are
blasphemers for they insist that their hateful and destructive deeds are
the work of God. They are apostates for they gleefully attack the poor,
the immigrants, the old and the sick, of whom God has commanded all of
us to be mindful.
There is no reasoning with them, for all their logic is built on
false premises. There is no appealing to them for honor's sake for they
have lost all sense of shame and have no honor, there is no appealing to
them for the nation's sake for that it what they hate the most.
Extremist (Tea Party) Republicans are the enemy.
DOES SENATOR KIT BOND AND THE REPUBLICAN PARTY
SUPPORT RAPISTS AND OTHER CRIMINALS?
I think that all homo sapiens can understand
how the mere thought of an organization that receives government
money through contract mechanisms being tangentially involved in
setting up a fake tax shelter for a fake pimp and his fake
prostitution ring of fake prostitutes can justifiably lead to
going absolutely cross-eyed with
white-hot, impotent rage. But what happens when a similarly
taxpayer-endowed contractor attempts to cover up
employee-on-employee gang rape
by locking up the victim in a shipping container without food
and water and threatening her with reprisals if she report the
incident? Somehow, it doesn't engender the same level of anger!
30 misogynist Republicans in the
U.S. Senate are totally OK with rape, at least where women are
concerned. Predictably in yet another routine attempt to serve
their corporate masters, (this time the GOP stood by
Halliburton) Republicans voted against women and for corporate
contempt of rape victims.
Some Republican senators
are taking heat for voting against an amendment that would
allow employees of military contractors to sue their
employers if they are raped at work -- and they want the
Democratic senator who wrote the amendment to help them
fight off the bad publicity.
In October, 30
Republicans voted against Sen. Al Franken's amendment to a
defense appropriations bill that would de-fund contractors
who prevent their employees from suing if they are raped by
co-workers. Since then, those Republicans have faced outrage
for what critics say amounts to support for rape.
Instead of standing up to
take responsibility for or clarifying their disgraceful votes,
Republican cowards are instead attacking Al Franken, blaming him
for their votes.
Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX)
accused Franken exploiting the story of Jamie Leigh Jones --
a former KBR employee who says she was locked in a container
in Iraq after alleging she was raped by co-workers -- to
further his political agenda.
"Trying to tap into the
natural sympathy that we have for this victim of this rape
--and use that as a justification to frankly misrepresent
and embarrass his colleagues, I don't think it's a very
constructive thing," Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) said in an
I guess Franken held a
sledge hammer over Cornyn's head and said if he did not vote
against the anti-rape amendment Franken would crack it over his
What shameless cowards.
To summarize the Republican
position: As women, we are not "average Americans," and gang
rape is not a "serious" issue. As women, no matter how powerful
we become on our own merits, the Republican establishment will
still be hoping for a man to come along and put us in our place.
Not every Republican signs
onto these views -- indeed, 10 Senate Republicans voted for the
Franken amendment, giving the lie to the NRSC's claim of
partisanship -- but this is the undercurrent of the party's
policies. This is what they're hoping to get voters to overlook
when they run a Sarah Palin or a Kelly Ayotte for office. This
is why Bob McDonnell's campaign for Virginia governor has been
such a popular campaign stop for 2012 prospects: because of, not
despite, his opposition to marital contraception and women in
the workplace. This is why David Vitter (who voted against the
Franken amendment) is still a senator in good standing with the
party of alleged sexual morality.
You don't have to go very
far beneath the Republican surface claims of
equality-but-not-really to get to the rock-bottom sense that
women just don't count, that our rights and our wellbeing are
always subordinate to whatever interest of men they might
conflict with. When it comes to it, even the (themselves sexist)
notions of chivalry and protecting women come behind protecting
the right of corporations to imprison their female employees to
shield their male employees from rape charges and still get
Credit new Senator Al
Franken however, for
introducing an amendment to the
Defense Appropriations bill that would punish contractors if
they "restrict their employees from taking workplace sexual
assault, battery and discrimination cases to court." You'd think
that this would be a no-brainer, actually, but that didn't stop
Jeff Sessions from labeling Franken's effort a "political attack
directed at Halliburton." Franken, of course, pointed out that
his amendment would apply broadly, to all contractors, because
otherwise, 'twould be a bill of attainder, right? Right?
amendment ended up passing, 68-30. Here's a list of the Senators
who showed broad support for
Rapists and Pedophiles by voting against it:
(Click on their names to find out more about them).
I think, really, the idea to
have a consumer protection regulator, in addition to a banking
regulator, is a bad idea…We bought a
bunch of houses in recent years. My wife likes to move. And each year, each time we go through this, you get these
stacks of paper. You get too much information.
It is not consumer information, and that is part of the problem.
So, Sen. Bond,
how many houses do you own?
But more importantly, isn’t the fact that mortgage contracts are getting
larger and more complex an argument for the creation of a consumer
protection agency? It would seem that the overabundance of material would
make it more likely that a consumer gets unwittingly ripped off.
As David Lazarus wrote in the Los
Angeles Times, the real problem here is that banks “have consistently proved
unworthy of customers’ trust“:
From runaway credit card
interest rates to mortgages that turn into one-way trips to foreclosure,
lenders have repeatedly demonstrated their inability to deal with
customers fairly and responsibly.
Instead, they place their own interests ahead of all other
considerations, and in so doing expose frequently unsophisticated
consumers to enormous risk and financial ruin.
There are a lot of ways to get
lost in the forest of subprime mortgages,
and other complex financial instruments, even without taking into account
active predatory actions.
Bond wants to have bank regulators also regulate products on the ground
level, but those regulators have already demonstrated that they
operate at 30,000 feet,
watching over the soundness of an institution overall (and
not even doing a good job
with that), but not the financial safety of consumers. I think it’s asking
too much to have them policing both an institution’s health and the way in
which that institution interacts with consumers.
But at least Bond didn’t join the
rest of the CNBC crew in claiming that only
“suckers” and “idiots”
are victims of predatory lending.
Dec 11, 2007
appeared on PBS's The NewsHour and further muddied the water with all the
lies and rationalizations one must use to abet war crimes, bless his heart
(I'm learning from Blue Gal), including the laughable-on-its-face claim that
discussing waterboarding enables "the enemy" to adapt to it.
This is an assertion that I feel strongly should be tested out on anyone
amoral enough to suggest it. But it was this claim that earns him the
Wanker title for today (and from such an embarrassment of riches of other
IFILL: I just would like to -- but
do you think that waterboarding, as I described it, constitutes torture?
SEN. KIT BOND: There are
different ways of doing it. It's like
swimming: freestyle, backstroke. The waterboarding could be
used almost to define some of the techniques that our trainees are put
through, but that's beside the point.
It's not being used.
I don't know if you're a religious man,
Sen. Bond, but I surely do hope that if you are, this fine bit of wankery is
used against you at the Pearly Gates. One word for you to hold in your
Does Bond Ever Tell
If Missouri really does pride itself on
being "the show-me state," you have to wonder how long it's going to be
before Missourians demand that Senator Kit Bond (R-MO) show them the
Bond, who was
one of George W. Bush's most ardent rubber-stampers ever since the Supreme
Court handed Bush the presidency, has shown repeatedly that he's not beyond
bending or breaking the truth for any White House cause. After all, it was
just last month that
Bond went public with glowing and demonstrably false statements about how
well the troops surge is going in Iraq. It seems like his staff must hope
they can distribute
disingenuous press releases
to the Missouri media and get some unchecked local ink without any meddling
bloggers getting in the way.
I guess I'll be the fly in the Bond
example of Fibber Bond blatantly misleading his constituents came when the
Director of National Intelligence under Bush
released key findings from the National Intelligence Estimate (NIE),
updating the country on prevailing terrorist threats to America.
The 'Key Judgments' section of the
(PDF), which is produced collaboratively by the nation's 16 Intelligence
agencies, declared that America is in as much
danger or more than before 9/11 and that al-Qaeda's efforts to base an
attack on U.S. soil will continue.
"Although we have discovered only a
handful of individuals in the United States with ties to al-Qaeda senior
leadership since 9/11, we judge that al-Qaeda will intensify its efforts to
put operatives here," said the NIE. "As a result, we judge that the United
States currently is in a heightened threat environment."
"We assess that al-Qaeda will continue
to enhance its capabilities to attack the Homeland through greater
cooperation with regional terrorist groups. Of note, we assess that al-Qaeda
will probably seek to leverage the contacts and capabilities of al-Qaeda in
Iraq (AQI), its most visible and capable affiliate and the only one known to
have expressed a desire to attack the Homeland. In addition, we assess that
its association with AQI helps al-Qaeda to energize the broader Sunni
extremist community, raise resources, and to recruit and indoctrinate
operatives, including for Homeland attacks."
In other words, the strength of the
al-Qaeda operation we've engendered in Iraq has boosted Osama bin Laden's
global capabilities to harm our country.
The Christian Science Monitor
didn't think the report was good news, running
a headline that said
"National Intelligence Estimate: Al Qaeda stronger and a threat to US
homeland" while the New York Times called the NIE a "bleak new
assessment" and a "dreary judgment"
under the headline
"Six Years After 9/11, the Same Threat."
"The summary of the latest National
Intelligence Estimate, which was released by the White House, told
Americans, in effect, that they are less safe now than they were after the
Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, almost six years ago," read the
in the July 19 Pittsburgh Post Gazette, under the headline "Four
years into Iraq, America is no safer."
what did the big happy press release issued by Bond tell people in the
Show-Me State? "Intelligence report confirms America is safer since
"Today's report confirms that our
terror fighting tools and efforts are working. We must continue to use
everything in our arsenal to protect Americans from another terrorist
attack," said Bond.
But he urged caution and used the happy
news to warn that we still need to curtail the Constitution and "give law
enforcement and the intelligence community the tools needed to track,
interrogate and prosecute terrorist like the Patriot Act and modernization
of the 1979 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act."
Now Vice President
Joe Biden who was the Chairman of the
Senate Foreign Relations Committee -- and a guy who knows his way around
such reports -- disagreed with Bond, calling the
latest NIE a "devastating indictment of Bush Administration failures."
"The NIE now confirms what was reported
last week: the al-Qaeda we failed to finish off in Afghanistan and Pakistan
has 'regenerated' and remains intent on attacking us at home," said Biden.
"That should put to rest once and for all this Administration's false
refrain that we're fighting them over there in Iraq so they won't hit us
Senate Intelligence Committee member
Russ Feingold (D-WI), who has been warning for two years about the fact that
the Iraq war has allowed al-Qaeda to gain strength worldwide, reiterated his
message that the Iraq occupation is a deadly, expensive distraction from the
real challenges America should be meeting.
"The NIE confirms that al-Qaeda is the
most serious threat to the United States, and that key elements of that
threat have been regenerated or even enhanced," said Feingold last week.
"The Administration's policies in Iraq have also allowed the emergence of an
al-Qaeda affiliate that didn't exist before the war. According to the NIE,
al-Qaeda's association with this group helps it raise resources and recruit
and indoctrinate operatives, including for attacks against the U.S. The
sooner we redeploy from Iraq, the sooner we can develop policies that deny
al-Qaeda these advantages and allow us to effectively combat this terrorist
network and its affiliates worldwide."
And even military newspapers like
The Army Times concluded from the NIE that the Iraq war has created a
new and massive branch office for al-Qaeda -- and one that now poses a
threat that did not exist before.
"The report makes clear that al-Qaeda
in Iraq, which has not yet posed a direct threat to U.S. soil, could become
a problem here," wrote
The Army Times
last Tuesday. "Of note, the analysts said, 'we assess that al-Qaeda will
probably seek to leverage the contacts and capabilities of al-Qaeda in Iraq,
its most visible and capable affiliate and the only one known to have
expressed a desire to attack the homeland.'"
All of this adds up, as it often does
with Senator Bond, to a scenario where we are forced to conclude that he is
either the dumbest man ever to serve as ranking member of the Senate
Intelligence Committee, or such a compulsive liar that he'll tell his
constituents anything, under the assumption that at least the percentage who
watch Fox News will be none the wiser.
And lest you think that the Senate's
collective stance on this was a strictly partisan affair-- with all
Democrats reading the NIE with dread, while the GOP side of the aisle
uniformly hailed the good news -- you need simply look at how many
Republican Senators joined Bond in shouting the NIE's good news to the folks
Despite the fact that any legitimate
good news on Iraq and the bogus "war on terror" would be greeted with a
press release tsunami from every GOP member of the House or Senate, do you
know how many Republican Senators issued any statement at all last
week about the NIE?
One. Kit Bond.
In a party famous for standing together
on the most transparent spin and carefully-crafted lies on behalf of the
Bush White House, Bond stood alone even among Republicans in offering up
this bunch of feel-good nonsense.
And Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND)
unloaded on the Senate floor, taking to task Bush, Cheney, Bond and the
whole White House cabal who let Osama bin Laden run free, while saying how
great things are going in Iraq.
"Now we have a report that says Osama
bin Laden and his top deputies are in a safe haven," said Dorgan. "Six years
after they murdered thousands of Americans, they are in a safe haven. There
ought not be one square inch of ground on this planet that ought to be a
safe haven for the leaders of al-Qaeda."
That all makes perfect sense -- unless
you're on Senator Bond's planet.
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