Things on Friday Morning

Andrew Sullivan posted this quote:

I believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute — where no Catholic prelate would tell the President (should he be Catholic) how to act, and no Protestant minister would tell his parishioners for whom to vote — where no church or church school is granted any public funds or political preference … I believe in an America that is officially neither Catholic, Protestant nor Jewish — where no public official either requests or accepts instructions on public policy from the Pope, the National Council of Churches or any other ecclesiastical source — where no religious body seeks to impose its will directly or indirectly upon the general populace or the public acts of its officials.

Which is totally great and struck me as a radical thing to say in our cultural climate. Of course, it was said by JFK, so I guess he doesn’t have to worry about alienating the religious right.

It should be a no-brainer that running up larger and larger deficits from now until the end of time is a bad thing, but in case there are doubts… (Alright, I’m being uncharitable. Bush is totally gonna halve the deficit by the end of his term. He swears. It’s a ‘goal’.)

This mayoral candidate from San Antonio has almost convinced me that he didn’t actually mean to have his twin brother fill in for him at a parade.

The origin of the finger is unknown.

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