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Are you tired of hearing hypocritical politicians making political hay by claiming to be devout and pious, and believing church-goers? If you're not, you don't want to read anymore of this blog.

I'm not only tired of hearing the politicians spout their religious views; I'm tired of religion mixing with politics at all. It's bad enough that we have to listen to politicians lie their ass off about the economy and how they are going to fix the world, and we will all live happily ever after, if we only allow them to run the country and line their pockets and their political contributors pockets. It's bad enough that we have to listen to the absurd lies they tell us about their opponents. It's bad when we have to listen to politicians tell us fabricated facts that only support their position.

But do we really have to politely nod our heads when they tell us how they are good church-goers and believe in God? Really? You're hearing little voices in your head, and you want us to vote for you to run the country?

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It gets harder and harder to take the American extreme right movement (the Tea Party and associates) seriously. Not only do they attract the most outrageous personalities and positions, their basic principles are deeply flawed and contradictory. At this point in time, the Republic Party does not have a cohesive enough policy or strategy to lead a boy scout troop, let alone a nation that needs bold action to control it's debt and rebuild the economy. The only thing keeping the Republic Party from being decimated in elections is American voters not paying attention.

You might remember the Republican outrage over Obama saying "They didn't build that". Of course, the Republicans turned it into a sound bite and got a lot of attention for it, but Obama was absolutely correct, and any voter with a brain and common sense knew it. The Republicans (should we really call the Tea Partiers Republicans?) got a lot of great mileage for their outrage, and their little sound bites played well with their die-hard supporters, but alienated many moderates and most people with any sense of reality.

Obama, of course, wasn't saying "They didn't build their business", he was talking about infrastructure, and he was right "They didn't build the infrastructure". The most outraged business magnate, at least the most vocal, was Steve Wynn, the Chairman of Wynn Resorts, Limited. Steve Wynn's companies built or owned the Golden Nugget, The Mirage, Bellagio, Wynn, and Encore luxury resorts in Las Vegas. Of course Steve Wynn is considered a self-made man, and he is. He is, or was in March 2012, the 491st richest man in the world, estimated net worth of $2.9 billion.

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It's impossible to prove a negative. In other words, it's impossible to prove something doesn't exist, while it's relatively easy to prove something does exist. For that reason, the debate about whether God exists rages on even today. Despite all the scientific advances in space, and our understanding of the universe, a large portion of the earth's population continue to believe in one God or another.

So, if it's so easy to prove something exists, why haven't the God believers proved it? I can prove cows exist, horses exist, even that things you can't see like gravity exists, so why can't the God believers prove God exists? I can prove magnetism exists. You can't see it, it has mystical like properties, does things you wouldn't expect, but it's easy to prove that magnetism exists and there are many scientific formulas detailing exactly how it works. If you believe in a God, why can't you prove he exists? Supposedly, a God lives forever, he/she must have visited someone or we wouldn't have known about him/her. Why can't anyone offer any proof?

It's pretty simple really. You can't prove God exists, because he doesn't exist.

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As I write this (2013-10-01), the U.S. government is in the process of shutting down. Again, it's all about Obamacare, and the Republican position is one of the stupidest positions I can imagine. It defies imagination that the Republicans actually think they can come out of this ahead somehow.

First, Obamacare is a mandatory funded program, which means that even if the government shuts down Obamacare continues and is fully funded. In fact, today is the first day people can sign up for Obamacare, and people can sign up because they do not need government workers to sign up. For many people with pre-existing conditions or unable to afford health care before, it will be the first time they have had health care insurance.

The government shutdown is not affecting Obamacare at all. In fact, if anything, the government shutdown is helping Obamacare. With the government shut down, the program is fully funded and there is no chance to make any changes to it. If the government was still functioning, the Republicans could at least find some things to complain about, and even submit some bills for changes to Obamacare. With the government shut down, no other business can or will be conducted until this is solved.

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I watched the George Zimmerman CNN coverage for quite a few hours. The case has elicited a lot of outrage from both sides of the gun control debate, but as is normal for me, I see it from a different perspective than most people.

There was obviously no real justification for the shooting, George Zimmerman was only hurt superficially. His wounds were basically a bloody nose (maybe broken) and a few scratches on the back of his head. I've had worse injuries from tripping on the stairs. Zimmerman's life was not in danger, and if Zimmerman's version of events is even close to accurate, the only way he could have even gotten his gun out was if Trayvon Martin was starting to back off. No moral justification for the shooting whatsoever. George Zimmerman might not be a convicted murderer now, but he is a weak little self-important man and a killer.

Unfortunately, Zimmerman was a self-appointed guardian of his community and a vigilante. Treyvon Martin had a right to attack George Zimmerman. Zimmerman followed him (basically stalked him), never identified himself as belonging to the neighborhood watch, and then confronted him. Trayvon Martin even ran away from him while Zimmerman was on the phone with the police dispatcher, so Trayvon Martin's first choice was obviously not to confront Zimmerman. Unfortunately, Zimmerman obviously wanted to confront Trayvon Martin, and the rest is history. Zimmerman was acquitted of 2nd degree murder charges and manslaughter charges, but I hope there is some measure of justice for Trayvon Martin coming in the future.

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