Blog Praise

I want to take a sec to ask anyone reading this to have a look at my blogroll.  It’s full of sites that do a much better job at this than I can, and my inspiration comes from one or more of them daily.  With the biased news media, you need a source of informed opinions, and the blogs are where it’s at.


4 Responses to “Blog Praise”

  1. 1 seejanemom February 7, 2007 at 11:36 am

    Ain’t you sweet?

    Keep it up, stealthy. We are but little voices that depend on one another to join together to make a LOUD ROAR…especially in the coming election season.

    Thank you for the compliments you heap on me all the time. EVERYONE needs a cheerleader and I really dig your pompoms!!!

    [Privatestock says: You’re my blogger hero, Jane.]

  2. 2 John Doe February 8, 2007 at 12:27 am

    Wow, your an asshole!

    [Privatestock says: Way to be anonymous, pal. The funny thing is you probably think you accomlpished something.]

  3. 3 Steven M. February 8, 2007 at 4:51 pm

    Your comment on Debbie Schlussel’s blog was retarded. Just a heads up bro.

    The Founding Fathers and other early American luminaries posted:

    “The government of the United States is not in any sense founded on the Christian Religion”
    –George Washington

    “Christianity is the most perverted system that ever shone on man”
    –Thomas Jefferson

    “The Bible is not my book, and Christianity is not my religion. I could never give assent to the long, complicated statements of Christian dogma.”
    –Abraham Lincoln

    “Of all religions, Christianity is without a doubt the one that should inspire tolerance most, although, up to now, the Christians have been the most intolerant of all men”

    “I have recently been examining all the known superstitions of the world, and do not find in our particular superstition [Christianity] one redeeming feature. They are all alike, founded upon fables and mythologies.”
    –Thomas Jefferson

    “Twenty times in the course of my late reading, have I been upon the point of breaking out, ‘This would be the best of all possible worlds, if there were no religion in it!'”–John Adams

    “The purpose of separation of church and state is to keep forever from these shores the ceaseless strife that has soaked the soil of Europe with blood for centuries.”
    -James Madison

    “Religious bondage shackles and debilitates the mind and unfits it for every noble enterprise.”
    –James Madison

    “Strongly guarded as is the separation between Religion and Government in the Constitution of the United States, the danger of encroachment by Ecclesiastical Bodies, may be illustrated by precedents already furnished in their short history.”
    –James Madison

    “I almost shudder at the thought of alluding to the most fatal example of the abuses of grief which the history of mankind has preserved — the Cross. Consider what calamities that engine of grief has produced!”
    –John Adams

    “That Jesus Christ was not God is evidence from his own words.”
    –Ethan Allen

    “I do not believe in the creed professed by the Jewish church, by the Roman church, by the Greek church, by the Turkish church, by the Protestant church, nor by any church that I know of… each of those churches accuse the other of unbelief; and for my own part, I disbelieve them all.”–Thomas Paine
    (The Age of Reason by Thomas Paine, pp. 8,9 (Republished 1984, Prometheus Books, Buffalo, NY))

    “And I have no doubt that every new example will succeed, as every past one has done, in showing that religion and government will both exist in greater purity, the less they are mixed together.”–James Madison

    “During almost fifteen centuries has the legal establishment of Christianity been on trial. What have been its fruits? More or less in all places, pride and indolence in the Clergy, ignorance and servility in the laity; in both, superstition, bigotry and persecution.”–James Madison
    (The Madisons by Virginia Moore, P. 43 (1979, McGraw-Hill Co. New York, NY) quoting a letter by JM to William Bradford April 1, 1774, and James Madison, A Biography in his Own Words, edited by Joseph Gardner, p. 93, (1974, Newsweek, New York, NY) Quoting Memorial and Remonstrance against Religious Assessments by JM, June 1785.)

    “As to Jesus of Nazareth, my opinion of whom you particularly desire, I think the system of morals and his religion… has received various corrupting changes, and I have, with most of the present dissenters in England, some doubts as to his divinity; though it is a question I do not dogmatize upon, having never studied it, and think it needless to busy myself with it now, when I expect soon an opportunity of knowing the truth with less trouble.”–Benjamin Franklin
    (Benjamin Franklin, A Biography in his Own Words, edited by Thomas Fleming, p. 404, (1972, Newsweek, New York, NY) quoting letter by BF to Exra Stiles March 9, 1970.)

    “The Christian priesthood, finding the doctrines of Christ leveled to every understanding and too plain to need explanation, saw, in the mysticisms of Plato, materials with which they might build up an artificial system which might, from its indistinctness, admit everlasting controversy, give employment for their order, and introduce it to profit, power, and pre-eminence. The doctrines which flowed from the lips of Jesus himself are within the comprehension of a child; but thousands of volumes have not yet explained the Platonisms engrafted on them: and for this obvious reason that nonsense can never be explained.”–Thomas Jefferson
    (Thomas Jefferson, an Intimate History by Fawn M. Brodie, p. 453 (1974, W.W) Norton and Co. Inc. New York, NY) Quoting a letter by TJ to Alexander Smyth Jan 17, 1825, and Thomas Jefferson, Passionate Pilgrim by Alf Mapp Jr., pp. 246 (1991, Madison Books, Lanham, MD) quoting letter by TJ to John Adams, July 5, 1814.)

    “[…] denominated a Deist, the reality of which I never disputed, being conscious that I am no Christian.”–Ethan Allen
    (Religion of the American Enlightenment by G. Adolph Koch, p. 40 (1968, Thomas Crowell Co., New York, NY.) quoting preface and p. 352 of Reason, the Only Oracle of Man and A Sense of History compiled by American Heritage Press Inc., p. 103 (1985, American Heritage Press, Inc., New York, NY.))

    “What influence, in fact, have ecclesiastical establishments had on society? In some instances they have been seen to erect a spiritual tyranny on the ruins of the civil authority; on many instances they have been seen upholding the thrones of political tyranny; in no instance have they been the guardians of the liberties of the people. Rulers who wish to subvert the public liberty may have found an established clergy convenient auxiliaries. A just government, instituted to secure and perpetuate it, needs them not.”
    –James Madison

    “No man on Earth has less taste or talent for criticism than myself, and the least and last of all should I undertake to criticize works on the Apocalypse (Revelations). It was between fifty and sixty years since I read it and then I considered it as merely the ravings of a maniac, no more worthy, nor capable of explanation than the incoherence of our own nightly dreams.”
    –Thomas Jefferson

    “The Christian god can be easily pictured as virtually the same as the many ancient gods of past civilizations. The Christian god is a three headed monster; cruel, vengeful and capricious. If one wishes to know more of this raging, three headed beast-like god, one only needs to look at the caliber of the people who say they serve him. They are always of two classes: fools and hypocrites.” –Thomas Jefferson

    [Privatestock says: Funny thing about that. I looked up a lot of the quotes posted on her site. Some I could find no reference to, some were not written by who was credited, some were taken out of context. Why don’t you do a little research, get the names of the documents the quotes are from, and get back to me. So far you’ve proven that a couple of the 115 or so founders were athiests and a couple didn’t like the church. If I’m wrong, we’ll discuss it. If you’re wrong, you can appologize.]

  4. 4 seejanemom February 9, 2007 at 7:38 pm

    Steven M.— Either the text or the attributions you have for all but three of your quotations are wrong. I’m sure that hightlight and drag, copy and paste thing is a real turn on for you. Next time try using at a site with some scholarly credibility, asshat.

    [Privatestock says: I’d like to know why they always quote (or try to) Jefferson when it’s commonly known he wasn’t a religious guy, and they think that proves none of the founders were Christians. The ratio of Christian to non-Christian founders was about the same as today’s ratio of Christian Americans to non-Christian Americans. About 85% Christian. Case closed unless someone can prove the majority of our founding fathers weren’t staunch Christians.]

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