"Now that the GOP has been transformed by the rise of the South, the trauma of terrorism and George W. Bush's conviction that God wanted him to be president, a deeper conclusion can be drawn: The Republican Party has become the first religious party in U.S. history. We have had small-scale theocracies in North America before - in Puritan New England and later in Mormon Utah. Today, a leading power such as the United States approaches theocracy when it meets the conditions currently on display: an elected leader who believes himself to speak for the Almighty, a ruling political party that represents religious true believers, the certainty of many Republican voters that government should be guided by religion and, on top of it all, a White House that adopts agendas seemingly animated by biblical worldviews."
Last night was the big company party. We got there a little late, which wouldn't have been a problem if the (open) bar didn't shut down at 11:30, and the place start shutting down around midnight. Nevertheless, we got some tasty chow, made fun of people in their recycled prom dressed and bridesmaid dresses, and caught up with one of my cooler coworkers. As with last year, fun, but would have been more fun had there been more of my coworkers to chill with. Stupid Virginia, being so far away.
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Mail seems better now. [4/3 1322 ET.]