Monday, September 26, 2005

"Ashamed Republican" actually a LYING DEMOCRAT!!!

At the anti-Bush protests this weekend, there was a man holding a sign saying, "I'm a Republican and ashamed of this GOP." A photo can be viewed here:

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And the denizens of the Democratic Underground can be seen singing his praises here:

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The man's name is Jeb Eddy. "Crockspot," a poster on the Conservative Underground forums, Googled his name and came up with some interesting results:

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The guy's actually a Democrat! And it is the same Jeb Eddy, as this story shows (scroll down - note the city):

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He is also a former executive director and married to the current executive director of this progressive organizaton:

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The Democratic Underground is trying to downplay this information, of course, but this guy has been donating to the Democrats since at least 1998. Has he really been an "ashamed Republican" for that long? Wouldn't most people just have changed their party affiliation before too long?

UPDATE: Word is starting to spread. Jeb Eddy's days pretending to be an "ashamed Republican" are numbered. ChronWatch just picked up the story here.

UPDATE 2: Welcome Wizbang readers! Glad to have you here.

UPDATE 3: The plot thickens. Jeb Eddy sent an email to ChronWatch contributor John Armor (who wrote the piece I linked to in the first update). Mr. Armor responds to Mr. Eddy's nonsensical rambling here. Note that at no point does Mr. Eddy - who claims to be a moderate Republican - address the fact that all the political donations made in the past 7 years in his and his wife's names have gone to the DNC and John Kerry's campaign - both about as far left as you can get these days without falling over. 7 years as an "ashamed Republican." 7 years of donations exclusively to Democrats. If it looks like a donkey, acts like a donkey and breys like a donkey, it ain't no elephant. Certainly, Mr. Eddy could be under some delusion that he's still a Republican, but rational people would just change their party affiliation. One has to wonder - especially since he never addressed the issue - that if he truly still thinks of himself as a Republican, why Mr. Eddy still holds on to the party name if he disagrees with them so much.

UPDATE 4: Remember, when you can't defend the lies of a man like Jeb Eddy, babble nonsensically.

UPDATE 5: I just really want to stress that 99.7% of the credit has to go to Conservative Underground poster "crockspot." He did all the work in digging up information about Jeb Eddy. All I did was help push the story into the limelight a bit.

UPDATE 6: This one's pretty cool. Check out the latest update (#2) on Wizbang's coverage. The news director for the San Francisco Chronicle web site said he removed the AP photo from their online stories. Sure enough, it's gone from here. Unfortunately, this misleading photo remains. The context behind that photo can be found here.

UPDATE 7: Babbling nonsensically seems to be chronic with this guy. "...they're making Eddy's own case for him. By arguing that Eddy is not really G.O.P. ilk -- mainly because he has given contributions to Democrats and doesn't believe in the current Republican leadership -- they contend that to be deemed worthy of the G.O.P. he must be a narrow-minded, Bible-thumping, war-mongering supporter of incompetence, cronyism and mismanagement." Um, okay. Whatever. (Yeah, "babbling nonsensically" is fairly redundant, but it helps stress how little sense the guy makes.)

Friday, September 23, 2005

The Treaty of Tripoli: America not founded as a Christian nation?

Well, it happened again. Some know-nothing Christian-basher showed up on an online forum I frequent and started spouting off about how American wasn't founded on Christian principles by Christians:
Beware of the Dobson types who claim we were founded as a Christian nation - look up the Treaty of Tripoli.

I have not only looked it up, but I have read about its history. That brings me to the conclusion that people who use it as some sort of winning argument against Christians like myself are ignorant. Here are three reasons why the argument regarding the Treaty of Tripoli is invalid:

1) The Treaty of Tripoli states, "As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion." This is absolutely correct! The government of the U.S. is religiously neutral, but that does not have any bearing on whether or not the nation was founded on Christianity. Remember, the government is not the nation. The nation existed well before the government did. (Would you believe someone on TheologyWeb.com once tried to misquote the Treaty as, "the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion?")

2) The amendment that contains phrase in question from the Treaty did not appear in its non-English translation. Why would that segment not appear in that translation if it was so important.

3) Finally, the Treaty of Tripoli was renegotiated a few years later and the amendment was completely dropped from it. Again, if it was so important, why wasn't it included in the renegotiated treaty?

Here's an added bonus:

"These and many other matters which might be noticed, add a volume of unofficial declarations to the mass of organic utterances that this is a Christian nation." (HOLY TRINITY CHURCH v. U.S., 143 U.S. 457, 12 S.Ct. 511, 36 L.Ed. 226, February 29, 1892)

So on the one hand, we have a questionable phrase from a defunct treaty. On the other, we have a Supreme Court ruling. Which one do you think holds more weight?

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Which one of these four collections of letters shows design?

No cheating by looking it up!

1. knklvurknnlxpadarkvihnlsopdoigkdkalknfhryueiosmxcncbtywe sfvxbjcieooxhggbchdfiakdajbcbcahjajkcjkahakjdadhadanakj ytwvcvhfioeioe

2. gsuukshskldklfuwlfeklsuklcvklzsdlflslugl sgnlaldasliovjsndfmmpouqtfvccvjifowpmchvtfevdhjuifodklfmvyfg evebhvuieriiemcnmcvhyegwevdbcuiroeoswmxngywtfvdfhffkfnm

3. fgnjsjksdlkfklsdfklsudflsdflhsdhdfsdfuigyb jqlpcvonsfoskldfjslkdfsdflqwdoasdlamsoasdklaksdnaklsduasdlausudnl alsndluyugajeufiaicna

4. Four score and seven years ago, our forefathers brought forth on this continent a new nation conceived in liberty

If you said #4, you would be WRONG. NONE of them show design of any kind. Remember, if you have an infinite number of monkeys bashing away at an infinite number of typewriters for an infinite amount of time, they will eventually produce - without any sort of design - not only the Gettysburg Address, but also the Bible, the complete works of Shakespeare, your Aunt Fanny's recipe for pineapple upsidedown cake and the entire nucleotide sequences for the DNA of every living thing on the Earth. And you know what else? Even the gibberish the monkeys produce is no different from those things since the monkeys have the same chance of typing gibberish as they do words, sentences, paragraphs, etc. Remember, when it comes to chance, gibberish which makes no sense is exactly the same as sentences that you can read and understand. After all, the sequence of "kioqenpqoiqwlecqwlcqpclqwenbpoybghoerrthwa" works just as well as "four score and seven years ago."

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Pledges and Constitutions (long post)

In light of this happening again:

Court says flag pledge violates U.S. Constitution

...I think I will bring up this again:
ALABAMA State Constitution

We, the people of the State of Alabama, in order to establish justice, insure domestic tranquillity, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, invoking the favor and guidance of Almighty God, do ordain and establish the following Constitution and form of government for the State of Alabama


ALASKA State Constitution

We the people of Alaska, grateful to God and to those who founded our nation and pioneered this great land, in order to secure and transmit to succeeding generations our heritage of political, civil, and religious liberty within the Union of States, do ordain and establish this constitution for the State of Alaska.


ARIZONA State Constitution

We, the people of the State of Arizona, grateful to Almighty God for our liberties, do ordain this Constitution.


ARKANSAS State Constitution

We, the people of the State of Arkansas, grateful to Almighty God for the privilege of choosing our own form of government, for our civil and religious liberty, and desiring to perpetuate its blessings and secure the same to our selves and posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution.


CALIFORNIA State Constitution

We, the People of the State of California, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, in order to secure and perpetuate its blessings, do establish this Constitution.


COLORADO State Constitution

We, the people of Colorado, with profound reverence for the Supreme Ruler of the Universe, in order to form a more independent and perfect government; establish justice; insure tranquillity; provide for the common defense; promote the general welfare and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this constitution for the "State of Colorado".


CONNECTICUT State Constitution

The People of Connecticut acknowledging with gratitude, the good providence of God, in having permitted them to enjoy a free government; do, in order more effectually to define, secure, and perpetuate the liberties, rights and privileges which they have derived from their ancestors; hereby, after a careful consideration and revision, ordain and establish the following constitution and form of civil government.


DELAWARE State Constitution

Through Divine goodness, all men have by nature the rights of worshiping and serving their Creator according to the dictates of their consciences, of enjoying and defending life and liberty, of acquiring and protecting reputation and property, and in general of obtaining objects suitable to their condition, without injury by one to another; and as these rights are essential to their welfare, for due exercise thereof, power is inherent in them; and therefore all just authority in the institutions of political society is derived from the people, and established with their consent, to advance their happiness; and they may for this end, as circumstances require, from time to time, alter their Constitution of government.


FLORIDA State Constitution

We, the people of the State of Florida, being grateful to Almighty God for our constitutional liberty, in order to secure its benefits, perfect our government, insure domestic tranquility, maintain public order, and guarantee equal civil and political rights to all, do ordain and establish this constitution.


GEORGIA State Constitution

To perpetuate the principles of free government, insure justice to all, preserve peace, promote the interest and happiness of the citizen and of the family, and transmit to posterity the enjoyment of liberty, we the people of Georgia, relying upon the protection and guidance of Almighty God, do ordain and establish this Constitution.


HAWAII State Constitution

We, the people of Hawaii, grateful for Divine Guidance, and mindful of our Hawaiian heritage and uniqueness as an island State, dedicate our efforts to fulfill the philosophy decreed by the Hawaii State motto, "Ua mau ke ea o ka aina i ka pono."

(The translation of the motto is “The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness.”)


IDAHO State Constitution

We, the people of the state of Idaho, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, to secure its blessings and promote our common welfare do establish this Constitution.


ILLINOIS State Constitution

We, the People of the State of Illinois - grateful to Almighty God for the civil, political and religious liberty which He has permitted us to enjoy and seeking His blessing upon our endeavors - in order to provide for the health, safety and welfare of the people; maintain a representative and orderly government; eliminate poverty and inequality; assure legal, social and economic justice; provide opportunity for the fullest development of the individual; insure domestic tranquility; provide for the common defense; and secure the blessings of freedom and liberty to ourselves and our posterity - do ordain and establish this Constitution for the State of Illinois.


INDIANA State Constitution

TO THE END, that justice be established, public order maintained, and liberty perpetuated; WE, the People of the State of Indiana, grateful to ALMIGHTY GOD for the free exercise of the right to choose our own form of government, do ordain this Constitution.


IOWA State Constitution

WE THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF IOWA, grateful to the Supreme Being for the blessings hitherto enjoyed, and feeling our dependence on Him for a continuation of those blessings, do ordain and establish a free and independent government, by the name of the State of Iowa, the boundaries whereof shall be as follows:


KANSAS State Constitution

We, the people of Kansas, grateful to Almighty God for our civil and religious privileges, in order to insure the full enjoyment of our rights as American citizens, do ordain and establish this constitution of the state of Kansas, with the following boundaries, to wit: Beginning at a point on the western boundary of the state of Missouri, where the thirty-seventh parallel of north latitude crosses the same; thence running west on said parallel to the twenty-fifth meridian of longitude west from Washington; thence north on said meridian to the fortieth parallel of north latitude; thence east on said parallel to the western boundary of the state of Missouri; thence south with the western boundary of said state to the place of beginning.


KENTUCKY State Constitution

We, the people of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, grateful to Almighty God for the civil, political and religious liberties we enjoy, and invoking the continuance of these blessings, do ordain and establish this Constitution.


LOUISIANA State Constitution

We, the people of Louisiana, grateful to Almighty God for the civil, political, economic, and religious liberties we enjoy, and desiring to protect individual rights to life, liberty, and property; afford opportunity for the fullest development of the individual; assure equality of rights; promote the health, safety, education, and welfare of the people; maintain a representative and orderly government; ensure domestic tranquility; provide for the common defense; and secure the blessings of freedom and justice to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this constitution.


MAINE State Constitution

We the people of Maine, in order to establish justice, insure tranquility, provide for our mutual defense, promote our common welfare, and secure to ourselves and our posterity the blessings of liberty, acknowledging with grateful hearts the goodness of the Sovereign Ruler of the Universe in affording us an opportunity, so favorable to the design; and, imploring God's aid and direction in its accomplishment, do agree to form ourselves into a free and independent State, by the style and title of the State of Maine and do ordain and establish the following Constitution for the government of the same.


MARYLAND State Constitution

We, the People of the State of Maryland, grateful to Almighty God for our civil and religious liberty, and taking into our serious consideration the best means of establishing a good Constitution in this State for the sure foundation and more permanent security thereof, declare:


MASSACHUSETTES State Constitution

We, therefore, the people of Massachusetts, acknowledging, with grateful hearts, the goodness of the great Legislator of the universe, in affording us, in the course of His providence, an opportunity, deliberately and peaceably, without fraud, violence or surprise, of entering into an original, explicit, and solemn compact with each other; and of forming a new constitution of civil government, for ourselves and posterity; and devoutly imploring His direction in so interesting a design, do agree upon, ordain and establish the following Declaration of Rights, and Frame of Government, as the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.


MICHIGAN State Constitution

We, the people of the State of Michigan, grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of freedom, and earnestly desiring to secure these blessings undiminished to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this constitution.


MINNESOTA State Constitution

We, the people of the state of Minnesota, grateful to God for our civil and religious liberty, and desiring to perpetuate its blessings and secure the same to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution


MISSISSIPPI State Constitution

We, the people of Mississippi in convention assembled, grateful to Almighty God, and invoking his blessing on our work, do ordain and establish this constitution.


MISSOURI State Constitution

We the people of Missouri, with profound reverence for the Supreme Ruler of the Universe, and grateful for His goodness, do establish this constitution for the better government of the state.


MONTANA State Constitution

We the people of Montana grateful to God for the quiet beauty of our state, the grandeur of our mountains, the vastness of our rolling plains, and desiring to improve the quality of life, equality of opportunity and to secure the blessings of liberty for this and future generations do ordain and establish this constitution.


NEBRASKA State Constitution

We, the people, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, do ordain and establish the following declaration of rights and frame of government, as the Constitution of the State of Nebraska.


NEVADA State Constitution

We the people of the State of Nevada Grateful to Almighty God for our freedom in order to secure its blessings, insure domestic tranquility, and form a more perfect Government, do establish this Constitution.


NEW HAMPSHIRE State Constitution

(Article V of their Bill of Rights:)

Every individual has a natural and unalienable right to worship God according to the dictates of his own conscience, and reason; and no subject shall be hurt, molested, or restrained, in his pers on, liberty, or estate, for worshipping God in the manner and season most agreeable to the dictates of his own conscience; or for his religious profession, sentiments, or persuasion; provided he doth not disturb the public peace or disturb others in their religious worship.


NEW JERSEY State Constitution

We, the people of the State of New Jersey, grateful to Almighty God for the civil and religious liberty which He hath so long permitted us to enjoy, and looking to Him for a blessing upon our endeavors to secure and transmit the same unimpaired to succeeding generations, do ordain and establish this Constitution.


NEW MEXICO State Constitution

We, the people of New Mexico, grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of liberty, in order to secure the advantages of a state government, do ordain and establish this Constitution.


NEW YORK State Constitution

We The People of the State of New York, grateful to Almighty God for our Freedom, in order to secure its blessings, DO ESTABLISH THIS CONSTITUTION.


NORTH CAROLINA State Constitution

We, the people of the State of North Carolina, grateful to Almighty God, the Sovereign Ruler of Nations, for the preservation of the American Union and the existence of our civil, political and religious liberties, and acknowledging our dependence upon Him for the continuance of those blessings to us and our posterity, do, for the more certain security thereof and for the better government of this State, ordain and establish this Constitution.


NORTH DAKOTA State Constitution

We, the people of North Dakota, grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of civil and religious liberty, do ordain and establish this constitution.


OHIO State Constitution

We, the people of the State of Ohio, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, to secure its blessings and promote our common welfare, do establish this Constitution.


OKLAHOMA State Constitution

Invoking the guidance of Almighty God, in order to secure and perpetuate the blessing of liberty; to secure just and rightful government; to promote our mutual welfare and happiness, we, the people of the State of Oklahoma, do ordain and establish this Constitution.


OREGON State Constitution

(Article I, Section 2 of their Bill of Rights:)

All men shall be secure in the Natural right, to worship Almighty God according to the dictates of their own consciences.


PENNSYLVANIA State Constitution

WE,the people of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania,grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of civil and religious liberty,and humbly invoking His guidance,do ordain and establish this Constitution.


RHODE ISLAND State Constitution

We, the people of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, grateful to Almighty God for the civil and religious liberty which He hath so long permitted us to enjoy, and looking to Him for a blessing upon our endeavors to secure and to transmit the same, unimpaired, to succeeding generations, do ordain and establish this Constitution of government.


SOUTH CAROLINA State Constitution

We, the people of the State of South Carolina, in Convention assembled, grateful to God for our liberties, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the preservation and perpetuation of the same.


SOUTH DAKOTA State Constitution

We, the people of South Dakota, grateful to Almighty God for our civil and religious liberties, in order to form a more perfect and independent government, establish justice, insure tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare and preserve to ourselves and to our posterity the blessings of liberty, do ordain and establish this constitution for the state of South Dakota.


TENNESSEE State Constitution

(Article I, Section 3:)

That all men have a natural and indefeasible right to worship Almighty God according to the dictates of their own conscience; that no man can of right be compelled to attend, erect, or support any place of worship, or to maintain any minister against his consent; that no human authority can, in any case whatever, control or interfere with the rights of conscience; and that no preference shall ever be given, by law to any religious establishment or mode of worship.


TEXAS State Constitution

Humbly invoking the blessings of Almighty God, the people of the State of Texas, do ordain and establish this Constitution.


UTAH State Constitution

Grateful to Almighty God for life and liberty, we, the people of Utah, in order to secure and perpetuate the principles of free government, do ordain and establish this CONSTITUTION


VERMONT State Constitution

(Chapter 1, Article 3:)

That all persons have a natural and unalienable right, to worship Almighty God, according to the dictates of their own consciences and understandings, as in their opinion shall be regulated by the word of God; and that no person ought to, or of right can be compelled to attend any religious worship, or erect or support any place of worship, or maintain any minister, contrary to the dictates of conscience, nor can any person be justly deprived or abridged of any civil right as a citizen, on account of religious sentiments, or peculia[r] mode of religious worship; and that no authority can, or ought to be vested in, or assumed by, any power whatever, that shall in any case interfere with, or in any manner control the rights of conscience, in the free exercise of religious worship. Nevertheless, every sect or denomination of christians ought to observe the sabbath or Lord's day, and keep up some sort of religious worship, which to them shall seem most agreeable to the revealed will of God.


VIRGINIA State Constitution

We, therefore, the people of Virginia, so assembled in convention through our representatives, with gratitude to God, for His past favors, and invoking His blessings upon the result of our deliberations, do ordain and establish the following revised and amended Constitution for the government of the Commonwealth:


WASHINGTON State Constitution

We, the people of the State of Washington, grateful to the Supreme Ruler of the Universe for our liberties, do ordain this constitution.


WEST VIRGINIA State Constitution

Since through Divine Providence we enjoy the blessings of civil, political and religious liberty, we, the people of west Virginia, in and through the provisions of this Constitution, reaffirm our faith in and constant reliance upon God and seek diligently to promote, preserve and perpetuate good government in the State of West Virginia for the common welfare, freedom and security of ourselves and our posterity.


WISCONSIN State Constitution

We, the people of Wisconsin, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, in order to secure its blessings, form a more perfect government, insure domestic tranquility and promote the general welfare, do establish this Constitution.


WYOMING State Constitution

We, the people of the State of Wyoming, grateful to God for our civil, political and religious liberties, and desiring to secure them to ourselves and perpetuate them to our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution.

I've been waiting years for you anti-Pledge people to be consistant and try to get all 50 state constitutions declared to be unconstitutional. I'm sure you'll make sure that I keep waiting.


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