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After processing the news of Tony Snow’s passing I knew there was something I had to do.  I had to pay a visit to the Daily Kos and see what the folks over there thought of the passing of this genuinely good and kind man who left behind a wife and three children.  What I found what about as revolting as the time back in college when I accidentally took a swig from my roommates dip bottle- which was all to inconspicuously disguised as an ordinary Coke bottle and in very close proximity to my Coke bottle.

I will warn you that the comments are quite vulgar. I must also give props to those on the comment board who had the moral courage to condemn those spewing pointless vitriol- thank you all for standing up to a conmmon decency that knows no political bounds.

Why am I republishing these awful comments?  I think that republishing these comments on this blog can lead to a teachable moment, a moment I will capitalize on next week in a post under the intellectual transformation series.  [Note: All of the below quotes can be found at this thread on the Daily Kos]

“Tony knew that his boss was full of shit and that he was lying to the American people everyday.  He gets no kudos for being a lying sack of shit.  Yes its terrible for his young children, but it is also terrible for the young children of soldiers who keep getting killed because of the bullshit this lying sack of crap spewed everyday from his podeium.  rest in hell.” -Rogereaton

One can have little doubt that what the poster (and countless other folks after him) considered “lies” were more likely than not points of political difference- instances where Tony Snow or those he represented drew different conclusions from the same facts.  Yet, Mr. Eaton is more than happy to condemn Tony Snow to the darkest pits of hell because of their political disagreements.  I guess we are lucky this guy isn’t actually in charge of who gets what final destination.  Aside: For those of you looking for the proper application of the admonishments against judging others found in the New Testament, here you have a perfect example.

“I am a little baffled by the kind words for Mr. Snow on this blog today. Here was a man who could have used his talents to better the world, and he chose to do the complete opposite. I am not sure how he slept at night. My condolances (sic) to his family, but I can’t be sad that he’s gone.”- unionsally

While I am glad she expressed some concern over Tony Snow getting some rest- since we all know a good nights sleep is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle- some might consider it a tres bit gauche to make sweeping moral claims about the dead.  Perhaps we can all find some way to at least stay quiet if we can’t say anything nice about those recently departed.

“You were my favorite of the Bush administration’s apologistic (sic) panderers.  You were a good spokesman for the side of evil and if not for your cancer, would have easily had a promising career in televangilism (sic) should you have chosen to pursue one.”- Juliewolf

The best that I can say is that perhaps this is an attempt at humor that took a disappointing turn.  Note how she connects Tony Snow with “the side of evil” and suggests a possible career in televangelism- since we all know televangelists are horrible people right?  All I want to know is whether Ms. Wolf was among those who decried President Bush when he called North Korea, Iran, and Iraq an “axis of evil.” (A statement I had problems with at the time, although no doubt for completely different reasons. Especially since I do believe that the North Korean governmental system is a clearly evil system.) (more…)

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WARNING: This is a bit bawdy.

I am not promising they will work, but all are excellent examples of Christian pick-up lines.

1. Are you married? [She replies “No.”] Good, because if you were what I’m thinking would be a violation of the tenth commandment.

2. In the mood for a good foot washing?

3. Want to help me fulfill God’s first command? [God’s first command is found in Genesis 1:28, “God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number…”].

4. How about we go to my place and create a few good reasons to seek forgiveness and grace? [That ones for the antinomians in the crowd].

5. Want to come to my place and read Songs of Solomon together?

As usual, feel free to add your own.  I will post any good ones that show up in the comment section.

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Be sure to swing by and check out my post on the “happiest” debate ever. By happy I mean, well, you will know when you see it.

Okay, I am not good at surprises- I give my wife her birthday gifts a month early every year. Today’s post over at Musings, Rants, and Monologues is all about the recent Democratic candidate debate out in the so-called city of angels. The debate, to the best of my knowledge, was the first debate ever to cater directly to “happy” people, and broadcast on a “happy” channel.

I hope you enjoy. [Third click is the charm]

I think I will start a weekly post that links to several insightful articles. After all I read quite a few each day, and would like to share them with you. Not just because they are good articles, but because this blog is in many ways about personal disclosure- so I certainly won’t go out of my way to hide my political interests. [BTW: As of now I am considered an unaffiliated voter since the state of N.C. no longer recognizes the Libertarian party].

Criminal Charges for Flushing the Koran

This would be ridiculous if it weren’t true. In a nation where it isn’t illegal to burn the flag, where one can submerge a cross in urine (and get a federal grant), apparently you can’t put a Koran in the toilet. Making matters worse, noted statist Bill O’Reilly approved of the criminal charges.

I presume Bill is supporting these charges in an effort to appear even handed, since at heart he would probably like to be able to prosecute people who submerge crosses in urine or paint the Virgin Mary using dung. But I ask, what about the freedom to offend? This kind of thing gets my blood boiling. I would take my bar (if I had a spare $3,000 and three months to study non-stop) just to take this case to court.

Stanislav Shmulevich, you have my complete support. While your actions may have been at the least tacky, at the worst they were offensive. And causing offense is NEVER illegal, it is at the core of protected speech.

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Long before there was the Total Transformation Test blog there was “Musing, Rants, and Monologues.” It was my first blog and it ran from June 2005 through August of 2006. M.R.M. represents a different phase in my life, and a very different writing style. My writing was a bit less polished, my humor and criticism much more caustic, and my topics much more political.

On this blog I try my best (often without success) to avoid political topics- as this is primarily a weight loss blog. I don’t want my radical right wing libertarian politics to drive away those interested in losing weight and beginning a healthy lifestyle.

However, after going over some blog posts from the old blog (for some unknown reason) I can’t resist introducing a new kind of blog post entitled “Classic Posts.” These Classic Posts will highlight posts from the old blog that I consider hidden gems- in an otherwise poorly maintained and inconsistent (not to mention poorly read) blog.

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As I have a very full day before me- mostly involving me, my wife, my daughter and various forms of gymnastics- I will leave you with this short post.  Take time and enjoy these top ten posts.

How Many Push-Ups Does it Take to get to the Center of an Awesome Body?

I wrote this post in May, and ever since it has been one of my most viewed posts on a daily basis.  I thought it was a throw-away post at the time, guess I was wrong.

Stop the Bleeding

Need some inspiration to escape credit card debt? Start here.

Also see Starting Your Total Financial Transformation.

A Question for Christians- Is the World Comfortable with You?

What’s your answer?

Training for Ninja Warrior

Yup, I really am.

My Unconventional Workout Tools

I can’t forget the boys that brung me, eh?  My wonderful and wacky workout tools.

How to Break Pateaus.

A few suggestions to help make all that hard work productive.

Living the Deliberate Life

A somewhat complete guide to beginning to live a thoughtful and purposeful life.

Also see this rough outline.  I will get around to finish this sooner or later.  Promise.

My Most Recent Before and After Pictures 

The proof is in the pudding..I mean…the pictures.  But Pudding does sound good right about now.

A Fireside Chat with the Adversary

He is actually quite amiable in person.  A little too amiable.

Sexerise

Wonder why everyone loves this post?  I just can’t figure it out.

What websites (blogs) do you consider essential?  After all, you are what you read. So just copy and paste the questions and fill in your answers. I will start us off.

What websites do you check out almost everyday?

Townhall.com, Frontpagemag.com, DrudgeReport.com, WordPress.com, News and Observer, Dictionary.com, Biblegateway.com, ESV Bible online, Yahoo! Answers

What websites do you check out weekly?

Wrestlezone.com, Peopleized.com, Uncommon Descent, WallBuilders.com

What websites do you check out monthly?

Facebook.com, Myspace.com, Zillow.com

What blog do you consider essential reading?

Nicedoggie.net (Warning: Course language contained therein), Jungle-Hut, 4Simpsons.com, TheDietPulpit, helvidiuspachyderm

I am passing this along to…

Neil over at 4Simpsons

Tammy over at Wytammic

Bridget over at helvidiuspachyderm

The Queen of Swords

Angel over at WomanHonorThyself

Michelle over at Bloggerings

Diana over at Daddy’s Little Girl

Catherine Marie at “Be the Change

Musings of a Home Engineer

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Atatude

RULES: Here are the rules, fill out the meme and pass it along to at least three (but preferably five) people. When you post your answers on your blog please link back to me, or at least the person who sent you this totally awesome meme.