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Our Poor, Lonely President. Pity Him. PITY HIM, NOW!

If you're ever looking for an opportunity to feel sorry for our Dear, Pitiful President, then have I got an article for you!

It starts off semi-unassumingly with the title, "A President Besieged and Isolated, Yet at Ease" but, unfortunately, it's all downhill from there.

The first page tells of his recent endeavors to find out why he is so hated, why things are going so wrong, WHY anything is the way it is. And, he does this by summoning intellectuals, 'experts', and what-not to the Oval Office, or the living rooms in the White House.

Over sodas and sparkling water, he asks his questions: What is the nature of good and evil in the post-Sept. 11 world? What lessons does history have for a president facing the turmoil I'm facing? How will history judge what we've done? Why does the rest of the world seem to hate America? Or is it just me they hate?

Atheists: Scarier than Muslims (axis of EVIL!) and a rant.

We all know that Atheists are thought of as the "most distrusted" cultural group in America. What sickens me is that most people don't even know who is an atheist and who isn't. I'm sure they'd be VERY surprised to find out some of their respected acquaintances and co-workers are atheist. For instance, most people at work don't know that I'm an atheist. It's not because I am not open about it, it's because no one asked what my religious beliefs are. Should someone ask, I'd be more than happy to say that I have no religious beliefs whatsoever, and I do not believe in a personal god.

I don't, however, tout it around with a 12-inch "I'm an atheist" pendant hanging from a thick gold chain. I don't have an atheist handbook in my cubicle. I don't send anti-religious e-mail forwards. I don't ever "thank evolution" for good things that happen to me. I don't ask people what their personal beliefs are. I don't tell anyone that their personal beliefs are wrong or immoral, even though most of them are. I don't point out the hypocrisy of the Bible. I don't state my anger at the general public's malaise for rational thought and personal responsibility. I don't open my mouth about any of this unless asked.

Soldier in Iraq puts himself at great personal risk by refusing combat mission.

Tell who you can. Let your neighbors, friends, and enemies know. Because this guy has the biggest balls of anyone. Ever.

Yesterday, Eli Israel refused to be a combatant in Iraq any longer.

Here's what he wrote to one of his friends back home:

I have told them that I will no longer play a ‘combat role’ in this conflict or ‘protect corporate representatives,’ and they have taken this as ‘violating a direct order.’ I may be in jail or worse in the next 24 hours.

Please rally whoever you can, call whoever you can, bring as much attention to this as you can. I have no doubt that the military will bury me and hide the whole situation if they can. I'm in big trouble. I'm in the middle of Iraq, surrounded by people who are not on my side. Please help me. Please contact whoever you can, and tell them who I am, so I don't ‘disappear.’

He stood up for something he deeply believes (believed?) in. I mean, granted; He's in the army and his life is not his own until he gets out.
But the bravery and awe-inspiring courage he exhibited with this one simple action, with one simple word, "No." No I will not fight this terrible, unjust war for you any longer. Against a mighty oppressor is something truly amazing, and most definitely rare.

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