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New wrinkle 11 May 2011

Posted by marisacat in 2012 Re Election, uganda.
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Police use a water cannon to spray Ugandan opposition party leaders with pink dye during demonstrations in the capital Kampala

Police use a water cannon to spray Ugandan opposition party leaders with pink dye during demonstrations in the capital Kampala… [REUTERS]

At least, not one I had heard of…

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Time and the river… 4 February 2010

Posted by marisacat in 2010 Mid Terms, 2012 Re Election, AFRICOM, Divertissements, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Lie Down Fall Down Dems, uganda.
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Satellite eye on Earth: February 2010 This image shows the lower 45km of the Tsauchab River. The river bed is seen jutting into the sea of red dunes near Namibia’s hyper-arid coast. Because of the present arid climate, few people have ever seen the Tsauchab River with flowing water. In times past, however, the Tsauchab appears to have reached the Atlantic coast, another 55km further west    [ISS/NASA]

From a gallery at the Guardian

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so… is this doubling down on jesus… or jesusing up? Draped in the skin of jesus…

THE WHITEBOARD

LOOK INTO THE EYES OF ANOTHER’:

Speaking at the National Prayer Breakfast, President Obama appeals for a return to “civility” in politics. “You can question my policies without questioning my faith — or for that fact, my citizenship,” he says, a reference to those who insist Obama wasn’t born in Hawaii.

“We may disagree about the best way to reform our health care system, but surely we can agree no one ought to go broke when they get sick,” he says. “We may disagree about gay marriage, but we can agree it’s unconscionable to target gays and lesbians.”

Speaking on the subject of prayer, Obama says it can “touch our hearts with humility.” Fusing that topic with his broader theme of civility, he quotes Martin Luther King Jr.: “Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.” And he quotes former President Lincoln: “We are not enemies, but friends. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection.”

Progress, Obama says, is stunted when “we demonize opponents,” and arrives when “we look into the eyes of another and see the face of God.”

Obama ends his remarks traditionally, saying, “God bless you, and God bless the United States of America.”

The beginning of Obama’s remarks after the jump …

OBAMA’S ADDRESS — Obama begins by saying he is “deeply blessed” for being married to his wife, Michelle. He continues by saying that all Americans – “of all faiths and no faith” – “share a recognition, one as old as time, that a willingness to believe, an openness to grace, a commitment to prayer can bring sustenance to our lives.”

Obama praises the outpouring of support for Haiti, but he says that “spirit” is too rare. “We become numb to the day-to-day crises” that plague the country, like hunger and inadequate health care, he says, and instead focus on “contests for power.”

“In this tower of Babel, we lose the sound of God’s voice,” he says.

Despite this wistful note, Obama cautions not to “over-romanticize the past.” But, he says, Americans have a “sense” that “something’s broken.”

“Those of us in Washington aren’t serving the people as well as we should,” he says. “At times it seems like we’re unable to listen to one another.”

Obama takes aim at an “erosion of civility” that “poisons the well of public opinion” and “makes politics an all-or-nothing sport.” 

“In reality, neither side has a monopoly on truth,” Obama says.

What ever it is, it DRIPS. Oozes and congeals.

BTW, Biden and wif, Obama wif… Tebow (seated at the head table with Pretzel and Wif – along with Orrin Hatch AND a rep from Ohio Right to Life that Bill C and Rahm pulled out all the stops for in 2006) and Sanford (not at the head table!  whew!) were at the National Prayer Breakfast as well. Last I heard the Ugandan who wanted to criminalise and execute gays (by law) was slated to join in the Jesus Fest.

He begged, asked, pleaded, groveled – it’s being reported he raised it as a joke.. GMAFB!… that his citizenship be left alone. Is he crazy? To reinforce that scheisse? I guess so….

OK!  He’s a crazy Jesus Freak.  Makes sense to me, based on the evidence!

Hallelujah!   Pass the gravy.  And the slop bucket.

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Tapper’s report with a couple additional quotes (if anyone can stand it!).  We are blessed…

Americablog links to the NYT and Huffpo, articles with some updated tidbits on The Family, sponsor since ’54 of The National Prayer Breakfast.  Apparently they are closely aligned with the movement to outlaw homosexuality under penalty of death in Uganda, members of The Family are in Uganda working to enact the law…