AnneT - I like the "no newt is good newt"!
Funny "How to move to Canada" book -- maybe we will all have to get that book now.
I'm not pulling any piece on anyone, and hopefully will never have to (unless it's pulled on me). Problem is, as a person of no faith, that includes the lack of any in the inherent intelligence of the American people. One of things that deeply concerns me is what I perceive as a slide towards fascism in the US. An interesting read is the modern day Italian philosopher, and essayist, Umberto Eco. I can see parallels of his experience happening here in the US. And, as I alluded to in an earlier post on this thread, Americans (in my opinion) are no more intelligent, or any more perceptive than Germans were in 1933.
Eco grew up in Mussolini's Italy and has written on what he calls Ur-Fascism, or universal fascism. Here a list of 14 points to look for. Read it and see how many of these track the Tea Party philosophy. http://www.themodernword.com/eco/eco_blackshirt.html
It seemed a very good speech. I only wish he hadn't added God to it three times. At least, he held that to the end, apparently a tip of the hat to the Tea Partiers and dominionists, so they'd be a little less likely to beat up on republicans willing to at least consider voting for his jobs bill.
We need to build an island of reasonable people and call ourselves the 'rational nationals'. Human made islands are made all the time, right....we don't need to depend on existing islands...
A person could be a citizen of good standing if they refrained from blessing people, from praising the lord, from praying for supernatural/divine intervention, from openly believing in heaven/hell/angels/devils/ghosts/Elvis sightings/Bigfoot sightings/UFO sitings...any more restrictions....? Seeing holy images in toast is another 'no no'.
Yikes, after watching this video (since I had to google your reference) I'm feeling even worse about this world we live in....check out the spooky doll head and the sea turtle image...haunting images: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tnUjTHB1lvM
THAT'S a lot of plastic. I seriously didn't know it was THAT bad out there. I remember hearing about this after the Japanese Earthquake...that materials were being found hundreds of miles away floating in this 'patch' or similar to it.