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November 30, 2004
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November 29, 2004


November 28, 2004


November 27, 2004

A guest Rant...

Dear President Bush, 

Congratulations on your election victory and for doing so much to
educate people regarding God's Law.  I have learned a great deal from you
and understand why you would propose and support a constitutional
amendment banning same sex marriage.  As you said, "In the eyes of God
marriage is based between a man a woman."  I try to share that knowledge
with as many people as I can.  When someone tries to defend the
homosexual lifestyle, for example, I simply remind them that Leviticus
18:22 clearly states it to be an abomination.  End of debate. However, I
do need some advice from you regarding some other elements of God's Laws
and how best to follow them. 

1. Leviticus 25:44 states that I may possess slaves, both male and
female, provided they are purchased from neighboring nations.  A friend
of mine claims that this applies to Mexicans, but not Canadians.  Can you
clarify?  Why can't I own Canadians? 

2. I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as sanctioned in
Exodus 21:7.  In this day and age, what do you think would be a fair
price for her? 

3. I know that I am allowed no contact with a woman while she is in
her period of menstrual uncleanness - Lev.15:19-24.  The problem is how
do I tell? I have tried asking, but most women take offense.

4. When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates a
pleasing odor for the Lord - Lev.1:9. The problem is my neighbors.
They claim the odor is not pleasing to them.  Should I smite them? 

5. I have a neighbor who insists on working on the Sabbath.  Exodus 35:2.
clearly states he should be put to death.  Am I morally obligated to kill
him myself, or should I ask the police to do it? 

6. A friend of mine feels that even though eating shellfish is an
abomination - Lev.11:10, it is a lesser abomination than homosexuality.
I don't agree.  Can you settle this?  Are there 'degrees' of abomination? 

7. Lev.21:20 states that I may not approach the altar of God if I have a
defect in my sight.  I have to admit that I wear reading glasses.   Does my vision have to be 20/20, or is there some wiggle-room here? 

8. Most of my male friends get their hair trimmed, including the hair
around their temples, even though this is expressly forbidden by
Lev.19:27.  How should they die? 

9. I know from Lev. 11:6-8 that touching the skin of a dead pig makes me
unclean, but may I still play football if I wear gloves? 

10. My uncle has a farm.  He violates Lev.19:19 by planting two different
crops in the same field, as does his wife by wearing garments made of
two different kinds of thread (cotton/polyester blend).  He also tends to
curse and blaspheme a lot.  Is it really necessary that we go to all the
trouble of getting the whole town together to stone them?  Lev.24:10-16.
Couldn't we just burn them to death at a private family affair, like we
do with people who sleep with their in-laws? (Lev. 20:14) 

I know you have studied these things extensively and thus enjoy
considerable expertise in such matters, so I am confident you can help.

Thank you again for reminding us that God's word is eternal and
unchanging.

(Source unknown.)


November 26, 2004

A Non-political Rant...
(Bob, who says I don't take requests?)

Dogster (www.dogster.com, for those of you who have been spared this latest craze).  Dogster declares that every dog should have a home page.  It was suggested to me that Dogster is intended to be a spoof on Friendster, an online site for people to network with one another.  If that's the general idea, Dogster is a flop on that level.  It's not funny.

If, as I suspect, people are serious about sharing their dogs' likes, dislikes, pals, etc., I have this to say: "Get a life or, at least, keep me off the distribution list for your pooch's place."  

I have no problem with people who love their pets and consider them to be people. Hey, I'm crazy about my son's puppy but I hope not to see her on Dogster.  Like intimate baby talk, the personification of four-legged family members should be kept within the family.  


November 25, 2004

Happy Thanksgiving...

I hope that all the friends of The Daily Rant have much to be thankful for within their family and friends because it is hard to find much to be thankful for in the broader view.


November 24, 2004


November 22, 2004

NBA Suspends Artest for Rest of Season

NEW YORK  (AP) - The wrath of David Stern was unleashed, giving Ron Artest, Stephen Jackson and Jermaine O'Neal a long time extremely long in Artest's case to ponder the error of their ways.

The NBA commissioner suspended Artest for the remainder of this season Sunday and disciplined eight other members of the Pacers and Pistons, sending a strong message that the league won't tolerate the type of unprecedented violence displayed Friday night. 

Artest was unavailable for comment on the suspension.  He is reported to be deer hunting in Wisconsin.


November 23, 2004


November 21, 2004

The Rx mess...

is a huge part of the problem with our health care system and it is a problem which has nothing to do with trial lawyers.  

First, the FDA is to the pharmaceutical industry as the UN is to George W. Bush.  The drug companies and Bush both feed their "regulators" cooked data and then do whatever they want.

Second, the drug companies are spending billions on consumer advertising.  We, the consumers, are paying for these advertising costs when we purchase prescription drugs or pay our health insurance premiums.  Even worse is the fact that the consumer advertising clearly is designed to get patients to push their doctors to prescribe drugs which may not be necessary or may be more expensive than alternative medications.  Both effects take money from our pockets and put it into the pockets of the drug companies.

Finally, more billions are spent on entertaining physicians to persuade and then reward them for prescribing their drugs.  This payola corrupts the decision-making of doctors whose sole allegiance should be to their patients.

Will these problems be fixed?  Not in the next four years.  If you can't lick em, join em.  Invest in Merck, Phizer, GlaxoSmithKline, etc.


November 20, 2004


November 19, 2004


November 17, 2004
(back after a two day absence)

Bush names Powell replacement...

Declaring that the Secretary of State is "America's face to the world", Bush nominated Condoleezza Rice to succeed Colin Powell to this powerful position.

Just in case the world is not already scared of us.



November 14, 2004


November 13, 2004


November 12, 2004


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A tragic fire on Thursday night destroyed the personal library of President George W. Bush.  Both of his books have been lost.  A presidential spokesman said that the president was devastated, as he had not finished coloring in the second one. 

Update...

I am in the middle of a two-day visit to New Orleans.  For those of you who are concerned, I am winning my ongoing battle with anorexia.


November 11, 2004


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November 7, 2004


November 6, 2004

Q & A...


November 5, 2004

What mandate?

Bush and his cronies are bragging that he was re-elected by the largest plurality in the history of the presidency.  B.F.D.

He also had more voters vote against him than ever in the history of the presidency.

More significantly, after the provisional ballots have been tallied in Ohio, it is clear that Bush was fewer than 100,000 votes in one state from being a one-term president like his father.

Let's not roll over for the next four years.  


November 4, 2004

A Post Mortem...

What went wrong?  My thoughts on the subject...

Kerry was not a bad candidate.  He was a much better campaigner than Gore.  However, he did a few dumb things which didn't help.  


November 3, 2004

Comedian Yakov Smirnoff made famous the line, "What a country!"

I, too, say "What a country!"  However, I say it not in jest but rather with revulsion and dread.  It is mind-boggling and unacceptable to me that a majority of my fellow citizens could vote for a president who has alienated most of our traditional allies in the world, taken us into a war based upon a lie, taken giant steps backward on environmental issues, has appointed judges who advocate putting pictures of Jesus in our courtrooms, has turned a budget surplus into a deficit, and on and on.

A friend recently described me as being apoplectic about the election.  I'm afraid so.  While I remember surviving eight years of Ronald Reagan, as tumors go, Reagan was benign compared to this malignancy which has grown in our country.


November 2, 2004

ELECTION DAY
(in case you hadn't noticed)


Check out The Daily Rant prediction below in November 1 Rant.


November 1, 2004

ARE YOU BETTER OFF NOW THAN YOU WERE FOUR YEARS AGO?


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The Daily Rant Electoral Vote Prediction...

Considering my track record, this prediction is worth what you pay for admission to this site.  But, no guts, no glory.

The story of this election will be the turnout of people, minorities and young voters, who have not traditionally turned out in big numbers.  There will be in excess of 125,000,000 votes cast for president.  Most of the pollsters will be embarrassed because they have not figured out how to poll these new voters who will break 3 to 2 for Kerry.  

Kerry will win 304 electoral votes to 234 for Bush.  The popular vote will be Kerry 51%, Bush 48%, and Nader <1%.


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