Mourning In America

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Tuesday, August 30, 2005
Shouldn't This Have Been Illegal Already? Gov. Schwarzenegger stands up for California's people over the powerful:
Governor signs bill to thwart stealing of savings from elderly

What's next? Governor proclaims 'apple pie is yummy'? Governor declares motherhood A-OK?

Sunday, August 28, 2005
A Reading From the Book of the Prophet W The old testament reading at church this morning was from the Book of Jeremiah (20:7). In that chapter, the prophet, angered at a local king who had ordered him jailed, renames the king "terror on every side," then calls on the Lord to smite his enemies ... or at least those who heaped derision upon him:
You duped me, O LORD, and I let myself be duped; you were too strong for me, and you triumphed. All the day I am an object of laughter; everyone mocks me.

Whenever I speak, I must cry out, violence and outrage is my message; The word of the LORD has brought me derision and reproach all the day.

I say to myself, I will not mention him, I will speak in his name no more. But then it becomes like fire burning in my heart, imprisoned in my bones; I grow weary holding it in, I cannot endure it.

Yes, I hear the whisperings of many: "Terror on every side! Denounce! let us denounce him!" All those who were my friends are on the watch for any misstep of mine. "Perhaps he will be trapped; then we can prevail, and take our vengeance on him."

But the LORD is with me, like a mighty champion: my persecutors will stumble, they will not triumph. In their failure they will be put to utter shame, to lasting, unforgettable confusion.

O LORD of hosts, you who test the just, who probe mind and heart, Let me witness the vengeance you take on them, for to you I have entrusted my cause.

I have to think that the President has folded ove the page on this chapter in his personal bible...