Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Merry Christmas, W.

I would like to find something sweet to put in W.'s stocking.

Here’s a prediction.

I’ve not been a big George W. Bush fan the past eight years (understatement), but it’s possible that the next wave of Republican president-wannabes will make W. look like a gold nugget (relatively speaking). Look at the possible lineup: the very creepy trio of Palin (witchcraft-exorcising bible church), Romney (devout, Osmond-esque Mormon1), Huckabee (raise your hand if you don’t believe in evolution). I find it hard to believe it myself, but here's my stocking stuffer: Bush gets more human-looking2 every day.

In the mix of this are his departuring swipes at science and medical practice, some glimmer of a silver-lining in Iraq but a dark cloud in Afghanistan, a legacy of torture, an almost 50% collapse of the stock-market — i.e., lots of coal lumps in the mix.

But I would like to put in some candy in the spirit of Christmas.

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1. Apropos, today is Joseph Smith’s birthday.

“I will prove that the world is wrong, by showing what God is. God himself was once as we are now, and is an exalted man. We have imagined and supposed that God was God from all eternity. I will refute that idea. You have got to learn how to be Gods yourselves the same as all Gods have done before you, namely, by going from one small degree to another. I know more than all the world.”
— Joseph Smith Jr., born December 23, 1805

2. Bush: Bible 'probably not' literally true, the raw story, 12/08/2008