Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Elder Bush would like son Jeb to run for president

Elder Bush would like son Jeb to run for president


OUTRAGE! (updated)


Right. Dick Cheney, the man who told a senator to "go fuck himself," the man who is the closest thing to the anti-christ ever to cross the threshold of the Whitehouse, the man who is the real power behind the throne of his meat-puppet George Bush, the volatile criminal mob-boss whose vile finger is poised threateningly on the button of America's weapons of mass destruction, is offended by a report about human rights abuses at Guantanamo. And guess what group he doesn't take seriously? Amnesty International.

So far, the republican party has included on it's enemies list the United Nations, the ACLU, Amnesty International, teachers, nurses, police and fire-fighters, working-class Americans, the poor, the working poor, the elderly and the disabled. I'm sure I missed a few. They embrace corruption, crime, mass-destruction, deception and lies, and gleefully perpetrate mass-murder to further their insidious goals.

Fuck Dick Cheney. I'm offended.

Every ruler who authorizes torture says the same thing.

Prisoner Abuse 1, Prisoner Abuse 2

Monday, May 30, 2005

Memorial Day: US Gov't Supports Troops through Lies and Propaganda

One of the most often-repeated mantras of right-wing bloggers is that the mainstream media are part of a liberal conspiracy to defame the "right." This laughable BS could not be further from the truth.

Lies Run Big, Facts Small in U.S. Media

Pat Tillman story? LIE. Jessica Lynch story? LIE. Anything the Bush/Cheney fascist regime tells you to secure your support through emotional and psychological manipulation? LIE.

Also for Memorial Day: find out who served and who didn't.

More Memorial Day updates:
The real casualty
America, a Symbol of...
Praise bravery, seek forgiveness

And from the great Paul Krugman:
Staying What Course? (Why, the course to oblivion at the hands of the neocon murder-monkey, say I!)

Update Re: Right-Wing Activist Judges

I have an interesting update regarding this previous post.

Rove Guided Career of Judicial Nominee in Filibuster Fight

Kind of makes you wonder, who really runs things, anyway?

Saturday, May 28, 2005

Friday, May 27, 2005

Life in the Information Age

It's getting kind of hard to keep up with this story, isn't it?

FBI Records Cite Quran Abuse Allegations
"Formerly Secret FBI Records Cite Detainee Allegations of Quran Abuse at Guantanamo."
FBI Confirms Abuse, False Claims
"Detainees lied about treatment, papers say."
Investigators Confirm Five Cases of Quran 'Mishandling' at Guantanamo, but None Flushed in Toilet
"Investigators Confirm Five Cases of Quran 'Mishandling' at Guantanamo, but None Flushed in Toilet."

Newsweek Standard Doesn’t Apply to Bush Administration
More Bush Administration hypocrisy.

More on the Pentagon's Koran Fib
"Last week Di Rita said there were no credible allegations and, thus, nothing to investigate. Yet today Hood disclosed there were 13 "incidents of alleged mishandling of the Koran," and five were confirmed. It turns out that not only were there credible allegations, there were actual "incidents." Would Di Rita care to explain this? Would he care to retract his briefing, apologize, and promise to do better? Anyone in the WHite House care to express outrage over Di Rita's untruthful assertion?"

The Oil War

We were right from the beginning: It is an oil war! (Along with a few other bad things...)
The Original Claims.
Then dig this.

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

French fries protester regrets war jibe

French fries protester regrets war jibe
I have to join all the other blogs talking about this story. I respect this guy for admitting he was wrong, especially considering that he is defying his political party, which could be damaging to his career as a member of the republican party - but could give him credibility to the growing number of independents.

Bush Still Reich-Wing

Some people in the blogosphere claim they are tired of the analogy between George Bush and Adolph Hitler. Well, I say, I will keep making that comparison as long as Bush insists on providing reasons to do so! Today's example:

George Bush:
"See, in my line of work you got to keep repeating things over and over and over again for the truth to sink in, to kind of catapult the propaganda."

Adolph Hitler:
"But the most brilliant propagandist technique will yield no success unless one fundamental principle is borne in mind constantly and with unflagging attention. It must confine itself to a few points and repeat them over and over. Here, as so often in this world, persistence is the first and most important requirement for success."

Hypocrisy Wins Again in Washington

The Republicans have long claimed that they oppose "activist judges" and "judicial activism." And yet, the deal struck between them and the Democrats includes the stamp of approval on an extremist "activist judge."

Here is the story about "the radical, activist Owen", and another one about how she "would make the law, not interpret it".

Here is the story about Owen's confirmation.

The Democrats are no help at all of they are going to bend over for the Neocons instead of showing some backbone and fighting against their lies. The truth is, the Neocon Republican regime wants to pack the courts with their minions who will bend the laws according to their right-wing ideology. Activist judges, in other words... a favorite of the two-faced liars who control American government.

Monday, May 23, 2005

Bush: Worst President Ever

Most would say that I am "preaching to the choir." So be it. I feel this message needs to be repeated loud and clear. The Bush presidency inspired to many of us. This is why.

AlterNet: Bush: Worst President Ever?
Herbert Hoover may have triggered the Great Depression, but he didn't invade another nation on false pretenses, authorize torture of prisoners, or try to stack the courts... George Bush is the worst president of the United States of America, ever.
News for Real: Is Bush The Worst President EVER?
Historians vs. George W. Bush
- Presided over the loss of approximately three million American jobs in his first two-and-a-half years in office, the worst record since Herbert Hoover.

- Overseen an economy in which the stock market suffered its worst decline in the first two years of any administration since Hoover’s.

- Taken, in the wake of the terrorist attacks two years ago, the greatest worldwide outpouring of goodwill the United States has enjoyed at least since World War II and squandered it by insisting on pursuing a foolish go-it-almost-alone invasion of Iraq, thereby transforming almost universal support for the United States into worldwide condemnation. (One historian made this point particularly well: “After inadvertently gaining the sympathies of the world 's citizens when terrorists attacked New York and Washington, Bush has deliberately turned the country into the most hated in the world by a policy of breaking all major international agreements, declaring it our right to invade any country that we wish, proving that he’ll manipulate facts to justify anything he wishes to do, and bull-headedly charging into a quagmire.”)

- Misled (to use the most charitable word and interpretation) the American public about weapons of mass destruction and supposed ties to Al Qaeda in Iraq and so into a war that has plainly (and entirely predictably) made us less secure, caused a boom in the recruitment of terrorists, is killing American military personnel needlessly, and is threatening to suck up all our available military forces and be a bottomless pit for the money of American taxpayers for years to come.

- Failed to follow through in Afghanistan, where the Taliban and Al Qaeda are regrouping, once more increasing the threat to our people.

- Insulted and ridiculed other nations and international organizations and now has to go, hat in hand, to those nations and organizations begging for their assistance.

- Completely miscalculated or failed to plan for the personnel and monetary needs in Iraq after the war, so that he sought and obtained an $87 billion appropriation for Iraq, a sizable chunk of which is going, without competitive bidding to Haliburton, the company formerly headed by his vice president.

- Inherited an annual federal budget surplus of $230 billion and transformed it into a $500+ billion deficit in less than three years. This negative turnaround of three-quarters of a trillion dollars is totally without precedent in our history. The ballooning deficit for fiscal 2004 is rapidly approaching twice the dollar size of the previous record deficit, $290 billion, set in 1992, the last year of the administration of President Bush’s father and, at almost 5 percent of GDP, is closing in on the percentage record set by Ronald Reagan in 1986.

- Cut taxes three times, sharply reducing the burden on the rich, reclassified money obtained through stock ownership as more deserving than money earned through work. The idea that dividend income should not be taxed—what might accurately be termed the unearned income tax credit—can be stated succinctly: “If you had to work for your money, we’ll tax it; if you didn’t have to work for it, you can keep it all.”

- Severely curtailed the very American freedoms that our military people are supposed to be fighting to defend. (“The Patriot Act,” one of the historians noted, “is the worst since the Alien and Sedition Acts under John Adams.”)

- Called upon American armed service people, including Reserve forces, to sacrifice for ever-lengthening tours of duty in a hostile and dangerous environment while he rewards the rich at home with lower taxes and legislative giveaways and gives lucrative no-bid contracts to American corporations linked with the administration.

- Given an opportunity to begin to change the consumption-oriented values of the nation after September 11, 2001, when people were prepared to make a sacrifice for the common good, called instead of Americans to ‘sacrifice’ by going out and buying things.

- Proclaimed himself to be a conservative while maintaining that big government should be able to run roughshod over the Bill of Rights, and that the government must have all sorts of secrets from the people, but the people can be allowed no privacy from the government. (As one of the historians said, “this is not a conservative administration; it is a reckless and arrogant one, beholden to a mix of right-wing ideologues, neo-con fanatics, and social Darwinian elitists.”

Sunday, May 22, 2005

Argh... urf...

Computer... problems... must... get help... not... booting up... switching to... auxiliary laptop... so slow... feeling... weak... please... be... patient...

Saturday, May 21, 2005

WorkingForChange - "The media ate my homework"

WorkingForChange-The media ate my homework

"If there is a political playbook for right-wing conservatives these days, it no doubt begins, 'Step #1: Whenever possible, blame the news media.'"

"What to do if the U.S. invasions/occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq have sparked resistance in those countries because people generally don't like being occupied by a foreign power that has interests in exploiting their resources and/or geopolitical value? Blame journalists."

The Best Office Supplies on the Planet

Everyone's office or cubicle should have some of this. I have always considered Demotivators to be the truest expression of working life for many of us, whether in offices or cubicles, behind counters or cash registers... anywhere that one's occupational vocabulary is peppered with phrases like "team buildng", or "mission statements", or being a "good fit". Like the burnout demotivator says: "Attitudes are contagious. Mine might kill you."

...ya think?

Voters dissatisfied with Bush, Congress - Politics - MSNBC.com

Imitation is the Sincerest Form of Treachery

Lately, We've seen examples of disagreements within the Republican party that threaten to fracture it into factions such as the fiscal conservatives vs. the big-spending plutocrats, or the ethically-challenged vs. the somewhat less ethically-challenged.

Recently cracks appeared in the Democratic party's structure. In a story entitled Centrist Democrats Warn Liberals, the DLC states that the Democrats should turn themselves into Republicans if they ever want to win again. Most disturbingly, they advocate an aggressive pro-war agenda to wipe out Islamic Jihadists, without giving any mention of addressing the policies and actions which compel those groups to act against us. That's the method endorsed by Stalin, and currently by the Republican party: "death solves all problems; no man, no problem."

Is this what Democrats want? Are the politicians in the DLC so anxious to retain (and regain) power that they are willing to abandon so many of their consituents; the huge percentage who oppose military aggression? (Yes, we all agree that national defense is important. Defense, not offense.)

In my opinion, becoming an imitation of your opponent is not a victory; it is surrender. In last century's war against the Nazis, would anyone consider it a victory to simply become Nazis themselves? "If you can't beat 'em, join 'em?" I say, No. Anti-war, progressive Democrats should not tolerate such a proclamation. If the Democratic party chooses to jump on the Neocon bandwagon, then anti-war progressives might do well to consider another vehicle for political representation. Perhaps the Green party, perhaps another. But let's not become like those poor, pitiful Republican centrists who allow themselves to be dragged along by fundmentalist extremeists and PNAC plutocrats.

Tuesday, May 17, 2005


This guy eloquently kicks the collective asses of US accusers who tried to blame him for their crimes: IOL: Galloway angrily rebukes US Senators' claims

UPDATE: See video, hear audio here. And, notice this quote:
"...the Senate report found that US oil purchases accounted for 52% of the kickbacks paid to the regime in return for sales of cheap oil - more than the rest of the world put together. 'The United States was not only aware of Iraqi oil sales which violated UN sanctions and provided the bulk of the illicit money Saddam Hussein obtained from circumventing UN sanctions,' the report said. 'On occasion, the United States actually facilitated the illicit oil sales.'"

The Newsweek Thing

Romablog makes some important observations about the Newsweek "Koran desecration" article here.

UPDATE: Dig Molly's words here - A MUST READ!

Now, I want to add this: This whole thing just positively reeks of Karl Rove. This is so like Rove, who is the acknowledged 21st century master of disinformation-based dirty-trick politics. I know, I have no proof in hand. I say it certainly looks like a typical Rovian maneuver, designed to ignite rage among the right against one of their favorite enemies, the so-called "liberal media" (they claim the mainstream media are liberal, even while they employ them as their ministry of disinformation).

I am sure the right-wing blogs are drenched in condemnation of Newsweek, just as they were following the Dan Rather memo incident, which is also widely suspected of being a Rovian trick. Interestingly, this all quickly follows some journalists' writings about how Time magazine has become a right-wing mouthpiece, extolling the virtues of such venomous right-wing hate-mongers as Ann Coulter, and also saying that at least Newsweek was still balanced. Apparently, such statements carry a heavy price in today's world of lock-down Neocon propaganda.

They're driving us underground. Fine. Fuck the mainstream, right-wing propaganda media. Seek the truth.

Sunday, May 15, 2005


Public broadcasting, once the only radio & television media who offered airtime to liberal causes, have been overtaken by the Neocon propagandists. As Buzzflash put it:
Right Wing Corporation for Public Broadcasting Chariman Now is Taking Steps to Make NPR a Subsidiary of the Bush Propaganda Machine. And Who Says the Comparisons to the Busheviks, Rove and Goebbels Were Over the Top? At Media Reform Conference, Bill Moyers Revealed Tomlinson Paid a Consultant $10,000 to Watch "Now" and Report Anything Considered Liberal Bias Back to Tomlinson. That's Our Money He's Wasting in His Totalitarian Efforts. Now Ombudsman, Like Soviet Minders, Will Watch Over NPR. Fascism Creeps Up on You, Doesn't It? Until One Day You Realize the Line Has Been Crossed and Democracy is Dead. We Are All Frogs Just Slowly Being Boiled Into a One-Party Franco/Stalin Style State.
Here is the story.

The day may come, truthseekers, when those of us who still believe in freedom and democracy will be driven completely underground. The loss of public radio and television is a tough blow. We are constantly amazed, but we are not defeated.

The Essentials - My Daily Reads

This is a revised version of the post I just put up recommending a site. I decided I should include my essential daily reading list. This is not intended to be a list of favorites that I frequently check; these are my absolutely essential daily reads:

Bartcop: This one is habit-forming. Anti-Bush, Bartcop correctly pointed out the failures occurring in the Democratic party leading up to the elect- er, the betrayal of 2004.

Buzzflash: THE ULTIMATE NEWS SOURCE!! My obvious favorite. If I had to choose only one site off of this list, it would be Buzzflash.

Alternet: A great place to find progressive news and opinion from a variety of sources.

Working for Change: Like Alternet, an excellent source of information gathered from many other sources.

Daily Talking Points: This link takes you to the archives so you can see what you've missed if you don't already know about this one. Ordinarily, I check the daily post here. These helped get me through 2004. Also, see their main site, the American Progress Action Fund.

Think Progress: A incredible blog put together by American Progress Action Fund, it is great - I'm jealous.

I also check these weekly:

Bush Watch: Another great compendium of information.

Tom Tomorrow: My favorite political cartoonist.

Molly Ivins: My favorite columnist.

I am open to suggestions, as I am sure there are many worthy sites I did not include. My own list of links includes many that I know I should check every day, but don't (I am limited by 24-hour days). Hey - it's all a work in progress!

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Mental President-al

Remember back when George Bush ridiculed senior citizens? (mpg, takes a minute or two to load)

Faulty memory? Maybe, but we haven't forgotten about his mental issues. Sure, they may have faded from public concern, especially given the Bush administration's penchant for bribing news agencies to be, shall we say, selective in their approach. But we who are constantly amazed never forget, do we?

Bush Taking Anti-Depressants to Control Mood Swings
President George W. Bush is taking anti-depressant drugs to control his erratic behavior, depression and paranoia... the prescription drugs... can impair the President’s mental faculties and decrease both his physical capabilities and his ability to respond to a crisis... [the White House physician] prescribed the anti-depressants after a clearly-upset Bush stormed off stage on July 8, refusing to answer reporters' questions about his relationship with indicted Enron executive Kenneth J. Lay.

“Keep those motherfuckers away from me,” he screamed at an aide backstage. “If you can’t, I’ll find someone who can.”

Capitol Hill Blue first reported on June 4 about increasing concern among White House aides over the President’s wide mood swings and obscene outbursts... prominent George Washington University psychiatrist Dr. Justin Frank... diagnosed the President as a “paranoid meglomaniac” and “untreated alcoholic” whose “lifelong streak of sadism, ranging from childhood pranks (using firecrackers to explode frogs) to insulting journalists, gloating over state executions and pumping his hand gleefully before the bombing of Baghdad” showcase Bush’s instabilities. “He fits the profile of a former drinker whose alcoholism has been arrested but not treated”... doctors also worry about the wisdom of giving powerful anti-depressant drugs to a person with a history of chemical dependency. Bush is an admitted alcoholic, although he never sought treatment in a formal program, and stories about his cocaine use as a younger man haunted his campaigns for Texas governor and his first campaign for President. “President Bush is an untreated alcoholic with paranoid and megalomaniac tendencies,” Dr. Frank adds.

Prominent DC Shrink Diagnoses Bush to be a Paranoid, Sadistic Meglomaniac
A new book by a prominent Washington psychoanalyst says President George W. Bush is a "paranoid meglomaniac" as well as a sadist and "untreated alcoholic."

Dr. Justin Frank... also says the President has a ""lifelong streak of sadism, ranging from childhood pranks (using firecrackers to explode frogs) to insulting journalists, gloating over state executions ... [and] pumping his fist gleefully before the bombing of Baghdad." Even worse, Dr. Frank concludes, the President's years of heavy drinking ""may have affected his brain function - and his decision to quit drinking without the help of a 12-step program [puts] him at far higher risk of relapse."

Other findings by Dr. Frank: The President suffers from "character pathology," including "grandiosity" and "megalomania" -- viewing himself, America and God as interchangeable.
See also:

Bush on the Couch: Inside the Mind of the President

Bonus Movie: Does Bush Suffer From Presenile Dementia? (this one also takes a while to load)

Saturday, May 7, 2005


Thanks, to all 6,000... where ever you are 8^)

Friday, May 6, 2005

Friday Night Diversion: Nerdasaurus Rex

On Air America this morning, an interview addressed pop culture, and mentioned video games and their influence. This compelled me to recall a subject that I had thought about years ago (pre-blog). That is, the valuable life-lessons to be learned from computer games.

The games I'm talking about here are CRPG's - Computer Role-Playing Games - of the Fantasy/Sci-Fi genres. Yes, I was, and hope to always be, a nerd. These games take the form of Dungeons and Dragons-style roleplay. If any of you remember these names, then you'll know where I am coming from: D&D (and other SSI offshoots), Ultima, Wizardry, Might & Magic, Starflight, Wasteland... far too many to count here. Some of you may have enough experience points to recognize that I am listing some old games here, too. That's because the first-person splatterfests that came after don't really apply here.

"Now, SheaNC," you ask incredulously, "what valuable life-lessons could one possibly glean from these ridiculous games?"

How about Resource Management: CRPG's inevitably involve the acquisition and management of resources. The more valuable the resource, the more difficult it is to obtain. Sometimes you can simply find what you need. For the better things, though, you need to earn them by performing tasks of some sort. What you acquire results from your own actions. The value you place on those acquisitions may depend on their necessity to your survival, or on your own greed. But, as in life, things are not only gained, they are also lost. Which leads us to...

Sacrifice: Often a player must make sacrifices; choices necessary to advance in the game or even to survive without advancing. You often have to choose between two different but equally, vitally important pieces of equipment (say, armour or a weapon). Or, when creating your virtual self at the beginning of the game, and often as you advance through it, you must choose more or less characteristics such as brute strength versus intelligence or agility. Everything is valuable in it's own way, but you can't have it all. Unless you have no qualms about...

Cheating: Yes, there are ways to cheat in order to acquire points, money, objects, or whatever. Let your concience be your guide. In the end, it is not as satisfying as acquiring those things honestly. Does the end justify the means? Only you can decide, but I only say that because I believe morality is subjective.

There are other lessons to be learned in these games. Organization skills (did you remember to make a map?). Committment (I swore I would finish this level without cheat codes!). Loyalty (should I kill this NPC and take his stuff, after he's helped me this far?). Trust (should I believe this old shopkeeper, or is he crazy?). Integrity (I promised I would return the magic elixir!), and so on.

So play on, proud and noble Nerd brethren! The half-elf cleric's life you save may be your own.

P.S. - extra hit points to anyone who played CRPG's on one of these.

Thursday, May 5, 2005

96.6 Million More Reasons.

96.6 million more reasons why George Bush, Dick Cheney, & Co., are criminals.
Nearly $100 million in Iraqi reconstruction cash - which was supposed to be handed out by U.S. workers in shrink-wrapped bricks of new hundred-dollar bills - can't be accounted for... "We don't know where it is," Assistant Inspector General James Mitchell told Knight Ridder.
These are the best of the best, the Republican's finest we sent to Iraq...

...to help the BFEE rob us blind.

Wishful Thinkin'

My latest entry over at Pourquoi Pas: Impeachment Time!

Wednesday, May 4, 2005

Who's Crying Now?

There is a lot of hand-wringing going on currently about the closure of military bases. Is this because people feel vulnerable during a time of hightened national security? Is it because they want to maintain a strong national defense?


The complaints come from local communities who predict a serious negative impact on their local economies, should their community's base be closed. This is a valid concern. In the story to which I linked, it is reported that
"Beale [AFB]employs nearly 4,500 military personnel and 1,700 civilians and generates $1.2 billions in an eight-county area."
Additionally, the base happens to exist in one of the most economically depressed counties in the state, if not the country, where jobs are already scarce.

But here's the rub: it also happens to be a very conservative (read: voted for Bush) area of the state. As in, "I don't want to pay taxes, I am opposed to social programs and entitlements, blah blah blah..."

So let's get this straight. These anti-entitlement republicans voted for "tax cuts", yet they want to maintain the operation of an enormously expensive military installation, which has been determined to be unnecessary; which is funded by taxpayers across the country during a time of massive deficits and reckless slashing of federal, state, and local social safety-net programs. And why do they want to keep their base in operation? On the premise that they need to use it as a jobs program! A federal employment program funded by American taxpayers. Exactly the sort of thing they voted to destroy for everyone else!

Hypocrites! Typical, two-faced, right-wing hypocrites.

Let's see them run to Governor Boobengrabber or whomever else they think is on their side when their jobs disappear and they need unemployment benefits, medicare, food stamps, rental assistance, utilities assistance, etc... That's right! When the people they voted for destroy their local economy, guess who is there to bail them out? Could it be the Democrats and their Liberal social policies? Perhaps, but that safety net may not be there for them. Those programs are being slowly but surely eliminated by the Neocon plutocracy. Too bad, Bush supporters: say hello to your wanna-be-red-state values in action.

Tuesday, May 3, 2005

SUV = Stupid, Ugly...

How long has it been since I said to the universe, "Hey! SUV's suck!? Oh, sure. They're perfect for driving from the suburbs to the supermarket. Just perfect. Right. In fact, you know what goes well with SUV's? driving and talking on a cell phone at the same time!

Just give me one brick. Just... one... brick.

FLASHBACK: Here is my original rant from October, 2004. One of my very first blog entries!

Sunday, May 1, 2005

Ha Ha! I Figured As Much!

John Bolton, the tough-talking, big-mouthed, cognitively-challenged asshole who was chosen by the Neocons to be our ambassador to the U.N., is a Chicken Hawk! Here is the scoop: John Bolton, Wimp (A Vietnam hawk who remained stateside).

I just figures, doesn't it? Bush, Cheney, etc., they're all cowardly hypocrites who are all more than willing to use others as cannon fodder, but lack the testicular fortitude to actually do the "hard work" they send others to do. Liars! Hypocrites! Cowards! I guess it's time to add Bolton's name to the list of Who Served... and Who Didn't.

The Battle Goes On

Ideals of Jefferson, Madison are fading
"With their allegiance firmly secured within the Republican Party, a number of conservative Christians like to point out the phrase 'separation between church and state' does not appear in the Constitution. While the phrase may not appear, the concept is hardly revisionist history recently adapted by a band of left-wing atheists."
Right-wing jihad
"If the DeLay wing gets its way, the entire nation will live according to the rigid rules of a handful of self-righteous folks who distrust modernity. They would dictate the way we worship, live, work, have sex and even die."
The moral bankruptcy of fundamentalism
"...To honor conservative Christians with the title of being 'Bible believing' is off the mark. They're fundamentalists all right -- market (not Christian) fundamentalists, obsessed with sexual ethics."
How long must we suffer the relentless onslaught of religious zealots who want to destroy this country and replace it with some twisted medievel theocracy?

Well, here's a bright side: believe it or not, there are also Christian Liberals out there (1, 2)!