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Friday, November 03, 2006


Waiting for the Fat Lady

Pentecostals * South Dakota * The Rains Came

Four days to go. "It ain't over until the Fat Lady sings". To us who wish to see the Republicans defeated, would it sound joyful, like Scott Joplin's Tremonisha, or like a tragic opera? The signs are still good but we'll have to wait until the morning of November 8th
for the final results.

Another sex scandal for the hypocrites. A man named Ted Haggard has been accused of paying for sex with a gay man. This wouldn't have been news except for the fact that Haggard happened to be the Rev. Ted Haggard, president of the National Association of Evangelicals who took a leading role in railing against homosexuals. The Post reported: "Haggard, an outspoken opponent of same-sex marriage, vigorously denied the allegation. "Never had a gay relationship with anybody, and I'm steady with my wife. I'm faithful to my wife," he told a Colorado television station, KUSA. But in a later interview with a different local station, the church's associate pastor said Haggard had offered "some admission of indiscretion" to the church leadership -- though "not admission to all of the material that has been discussed."

The Christian Right reminds of me the saying about the Moral Majority of yesteryears -- that it was neither moral nor a majority. The supporters seem to have an obsession -- prurient,obsession. They are against women's right to choice. South Dakota legislature passed the most stringent anti-abortion measure in the nation to prevent doctors from performing abortion except in cases where the mother's life is in danger, and on March 6th Gov. Mike Rounds signed it into law. "The bill was designed to challenge the Supreme Court's ruling in Roe , which in 1973 recognized a right of women to terminate pregnancies. Its sponsors want to force a reexamination of the ruling by the court, which now includes two justices appointed by President Bush."

They are against availability of
the Morning After pill to prevent unwanted pregnancy; they are against dissemination of birth control information to school students. What do they do to help the infants born to unwed mothers who are unable to take care of their babies?

©Ian Britton, FreeFoto.com

The first real rain of the season began on Wednesday evening. It felt good. Yesterday I ran in the rain and found leaves piling up under the trees on Selby Lane (Atherton, CA). There are lovely maple trees in that area. This morning, driving on Foothill Expressway I saw a row of colorful maple trees between Los Altos and Sunnyvale.

A few minutes back I watched a young woman walk by holding an umbrella and talking on her cell phone, oblivious of the rain.

Listening to Autumn Leaves. The CD is titled Tokyo 96. Keith Jarrett - piano, Gary Peacock - bass, Jack DeJohnette - drums.

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