Thursday, July 20


brain-death-silence Georgia Republican Rep. Phil Gingrey, for proving once and for all that the GOP has severed all contact with reality.

NYT 7/19/06 page A17

...Georgia Republican, Representative Phil Gingrey, said support for traditional marriage "is perhaps the best message we can give to the Middle East and all the trouble they're having over there right now."

Gingrey must be getting talking points from ...Caitlin Flanagan!!! Oh, and of course he's also disconnecting with any US responsibility for "the trouble they're having over there right now." Good one, Phil.

You've really gotta go to this guy's website. Opposes voting rights act, opposes stem cell research, anti-gay marriage, but protect the pledge.

He thinks the bricks people are mailing him are showing support for "strengthening our border." Yeah, Phil, I got yer brick right here.


  1. Blue Gal is of course aware than until WWII, the preferred means of pledging allegiance to the flag was not with hand over heart but with Nazi...did I say Nazi...I meant ROMAN salute.

    "I hate patriotism. It was a round world last time I checked"- Bill Hicks.

  2. At a signal from the Principal the pupils, in ordered ranks, hands to the side, face the Flag. Another signal is given; every pupil gives the flag the military salute -- right hand lifted, palm downward, to a line with the forehead and close to it. Standing thus, all repeat together, slowly, “I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands; one Nation indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all.” At the words, “to my Flag,” the right hand is extended gracefully, palm upward, toward the Flag, and remains in this gesture till the end of the affirmation; whereupon all hands immediately drop to the side.

    (quoted from The Youth’s Companion, 65 (1892): 446–447.)

  3. he reminds me of a used car salesman i met once! ugh!

  4. This is the reason I left the south, in CA I am amongst my people.

  5. How about you run a poll to determine who we think is the flat-out dumbest member of the House? They used to have an annual thing like this every year in The Progressive. Joe Scarborough won at least once, as I recall.

    My vote? This guy's a good nominee, and that whack-job Musgrave from Colorado would come close, right there with Schmidt from Ohio, but I still might have to go with my man Joe "Hockey Stick" Barton, the anti-global warming guy.

  6. Does anyone ever administer a sanity test to these people? They really should and they should start in the oval office

  7. Anonymous3:47 PM

    Want to see a fundie's head explode about this "Under God" and "So help me God" and "In God we trust" business?

    Point them to these verses in Matthew where Jesus specifically prohibits referencing God in an oath.

    5:33 Again, ye have heard that it hath been said by them of old time, Thou shalt not forswear thyself, but shalt perform unto the Lord thine oaths:

    5:34 But I say unto you, Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God's throne:

    5:35 Nor by the earth; for it is his footstool: neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King.

    5:36 Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black.

    5:37 But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.

  8. Dear christ, the world is left in the hands of these guys? Has the guy actually heard of the middle east? Pippa

  9. always interested6:17 PM

    Hi, Blue Gal. Considering what is going on in the middle East right now, I thought that you might find an article in Sojourners interesting. Under Sojomail, you would find on July 19, 2006, under Culture Watch, "Is this creep show catastrophe biblical"? by Elizabeth Palmberg. The article is about the justification via the Left Behind series of books and films, a right-wing, church based approach to all things political in that and other parts of the world.

  10. I'd say unbelievable but it IS believable. Which I guess means I should say SCARY.

  11. Mailing a brick to someone is actually a very respected tradition, but then so is mailing a suspicious powder...

    The neocons see no problem with it as long as your an incredibly irritating, skinny, and I am talking about crack addict skinny, the kind where no matter what you wear the talons on your arms and the bony-dry Beelzebub scales on your back stand out like Michael Jackson in Harlem...

    Gingrey will get a visit from me soon... I have to run out and by a case of Pepto-Bismol first... :>)

  12. These are some great comments...thanks "always interested." who I'm convinced is Somebody or else a research librarian, which would be even more impressive. There's a post, (or even a doctoral dissertation) still to be written on Web handles, doncha know.

  13. always interested12:47 AM

    Thanks, Blue Gal. Sure, I'm somebody. I'm a child protection and family support services social worker. I have two undergraduate degrees, in psychology and social work. My master's degree is in theological studies from Regent College in Vancouver, B.C., Canada. I have some graduate counselling courses and all the courses for a master's degree in social work. I didn't do the thesis, because I changed my interests, and needed to start working out, and to spend time with my closest elderly relative at the time. I'm a baby boomer, a woman, a feminist, and just spent a weekend with folk of my kind, at the Vancouver Folk Music Festival. I started reading Sojourners again, as I no longer go to church. As a southern Canadian, I have been much influenced by politics in the United States, and am "always interested". I enjoy your blog. You and others give me hope, in this world of ours.

  14. Good find Blue Gal!

    I had to run over into West Georgia and was I think in the GA 11th, that being Dr. Phil's District.

    At times I picked up a local Christianist radio station and listened to the rapture ready crowd get all hot and bothered. Some were literally calling in with scripture about the end times and applying to the mess in Lebanon. Many were certain Jesus is surely about to come back so they seemed to essentially celebrate the death and destruction. These people I'm sure love their Dr. Phil.

    We can't forget Lynn Westmoreland. I blogged on Congressman "Three Commandments out of Ten Ain't Bad" Westmoreland at
    that can get you can see Colbert "van dyke" Dr. Phil. Peace ... or War!

  15. Another MTS grad who changed interests! welcome, always interested.

    I like those Bible quotes, too, anon.

  16. Yes, thanks to *anonymous* for the quotes. I hope she or he doesn't mind me stealing that list for a post on why I don't do the Pledge myself...

  17. Did you notice that he's an MD (medical doctor, not mental deficient, at least not to the extent he'd brag about it)? I wonder if he and Fristy consulted on the danger of tears and the medical efficacy of diagnosis by video.

    How about you run a poll to determine who we think is the flat-out dumbest member of the House? They used to have an annual thing like this every year in The Progressive. Joe Scarborough won at least once, as I recall.

    I'm not sure if it was in The Progressive, but I know my former congressman, Joe Kennedy, once won the "no rocket scientist" award. There are dumb Dems too. I just can't think of many.


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