- Today's comic by Jen Sorensen is Hell bent for healthcare:
- On this day in 1863, 150 years ago today, President Abraham Lincoln delivered The Gettysburg Address:
Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.
But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate -- we can not consecrate -- we can not hallow -- this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
- And in related news, in case you missed it, a local newspaper has retracted an editorial from 1863 that panned the Gettysburg Address.
- From the Department of WTF?
The US Air Force Academy hired a man to run their counseling program for young cadets who, for the past two decades, has devoted his entire professional career to the cause of “curing homosexuality,” and who claims that he himself has been “cured” of the “addiction.”
The news of “ex-gay” activist Dr. Mike Rosebush running the academy’s counseling program comes on the heels of growing concerns as to whether the academy is serious about becoming a welcoming place for gay cadets in the post-”Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” era.
- In case you didn't know it, Jesus was a macho, macho man:
Jerry Boykin is on a mission to rescue Jesus from those faggy Eye-Talian artists that painted him as some kind of wimpy homo ladyboy. The retired lieutenant-general, now executive VP of the Family Research Council, told a Men’s Prayer Breakfast at William Jessup University that we’ve got to stop thinking of Jesus as a skinny little guy with long pretty hair and start getting it right. Remember, the man was a carpenter:
“Do you think he looked like the effeminate picture that we always see of him?” Boykin asked. “He didn’t look like that. He had big ole calluses over his hands, right? I imagine he probably lost a nail or two, he probably hit it with a hammer or something.”
“You think his biceps weren’t big bulging biceps, big ole veins popping out of his arms, thin waist, strong shoulders from lifting?” he continued. “He smelled bad! Why? Because he sweated, he worked. You think I’m sacrilegious because I said Jesus smelled bad? No, he was a man! He was a man’s man.”
“He was a tough guy, and that’s the Jesus I want to be like,” he insisted. “But we feminize Jesus in the church and men can’t identify with him anymore, not the kind of men I want to hang out with. They can’t identify with this effeminate Jesus that we’ve tried to portray.”
- Disgusting or funny? You make the call.
- Someone needs to gag this guy:
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford admits it's only a matter of good luck that terrorists haven't targeted the town when he was off on a binge-filled bender.
Ford said the 2.7 million people of Toronto are "very fortunate" that he hasn't been severely intoxicated at important times for the town but insisted that his drunken binges don't occur every weekend.
- On today's Kagro in the Morning show, new polling fans Obamacare flames, and Gettysburg outrage is manufactured. Greg Dworkin rounds up headlines, the surge in ACA enrollment, hyperbolic declarations of the end of Dem presidencies, and Jonathan Cohn's "Six Things the Media Doesn't Understand About Obamacare." Surprise! The Institute for Policy Studies says the people pushing to cut your Social Security are super rich and don't need Social Security. One of those people: the CEO of WalMart, where workers are now holding food drives for their fellow low-paid workers! Speaking of WalMart: GunFAIL! And Norway joins the parade of allies discovering NSA prying.