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Headzup: Why Republicans Skip Minority Debates

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A scene from the fabulously WYSIWYG minority-issues debate moderated by Tavis Smiley on PBS: Notice the eager expressions, as Republican candidates await the chance to make their case to minority voters. What’s that? Empty podiums, you say? None of the Republican front-runners even showed up?

Ah, the party of Lincoln is the party of Douglas. I offer Headzup’s well-deserved sendup of the four fundraisers, and of the White Right, who made avoiding minority voters profitable:

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October 3, 2007 at 5:58 pm

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Jesus warns the rich (sermon of Sep. 30)

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Proper 21 (26); September 30, 2007
Luke 16:19-31; 1 Timothy 6:6-19; Jeremiah 32:1-3a, 6-15; Psalm 91:1-6,14-16

We sang: You Are the One; You’re Worthy of My Praise; Be Thou My Vision; In Christ Alone. (And the phrases Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart; Naught be all else to me save that thou art were still on my mind early this morning. See more on worship music, below.)

Sermon: [with Bible on screen, ask for volunteers to act it out, and ask the congregation to direct the vols in response to my questions. Now read:]

Luke 16:19-31 (The Message*)
The Rich Man and Lazarus

19-21“There once was a rich man, expensively dressed in the latest fashions, wasting his days in conspicuous consumption.

OK, directors, what’s he wearing, in modern terms? What do you see him doing? [They put him in leather and silk and driving either a Mercedes-Benz or a Jaguar. He often hung out by the pool, sipping drinks. Perhaps Bertie Wooster fits the bill; here’s Hugh Laurie’s version of the Wodehouse dimwit.] Read the rest of this entry »