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Zombies vs. Jesus
Townhall.com ^ | April 5, 2013 | Bill O'Reilly

Posted on 04/06/2013 5:56:58 AM PDT by Kaslin

On Easter Sunday evening, a TV show about good and evil aired on the History Channel -- the final installment of "The Bible" miniseries in which Jesus is executed. AMC ran the season-ending episode of "The Walking Dead" -- the series where zombies try to eat the brains of human beings. One footnote: The world might have been a better place had the zombies preemptively gotten to the guy who thought up this series in the first place.

Anyway, the zombies won. They beat Jesus in the ratings, especially among viewers ages 18 to 49.

What lesson can be derived from Jesus losing to the walking dead? Well, it proves that about 12 million Americans want to see blood and gore. Wait -- there was plenty of that in the Bible's crucifixion scenes. Maybe the zombie viewers simply wanted cheap thrills. Yeah, that's it. Cheap thrills triumphed over a spiritual experience. Cannibalism beat baptism.

Base entertainment almost always beats highbrow stuff. But watching flesh-eating zombies on Easter does put a different spin on things, does it not? I mean, how soon can we digest dismemberment on television after eating our baked ham dinner? One hour? Two?

At least Jesus was in context. The New Testament says the son of God rose from the dead on Easter. The zombies rise from the dead whenever their makeup is finished.

Honestly, I have no idea what this zombie phenomenon is all about. Way back in the 1960s, I saw the first modern zombie movie: "Night of the Living Dead." Things were creeping along OK until a little girl turned into a zombie and tried to eat her mom. At that point, my entire group decided enough was enough, and we bolted out of the theater.

But today that scene would be tame. Now zombie kids will eat their entire families if given the opportunity. Depravity doesn't even begin to cover it. Apparently, we Americans have an unending appetite for gross behavior. Pun intended.

What must Jesus think? Here he is, being nailed to the cross by smirking Romans and getting trounced by TV zombies at the same time. The prince of peace preached that we all should love our neighbors as ourselves. I do not believe that Jesus would condone eating your neighbor even if you are dead.

Many folks who like this zombie business freely admit it's a low form of entertainment. "But so what?" they say. It's fun to envision yourself outsmarting zombies, blasting them to hell with shotguns and then escaping to some tattoo parlor. I guess that's fun in some precincts.

But not for me. I threw in with Jesus even though the guy who played him looked a bit like Spicoli in "Fast Times at Ridgemont High." Sure, I knew how the miniseries was going to end, but there are worse things you could do on Easter Sunday -- like watching man-eating zombies.

All I know is this: When Jesus appeared to the apostles after he died, thank God they did not have access to AMC.


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To: Dudoight
You cannot fight the gay marriage with the Bible.

Quite right. In fact, attempts to use the Bible as the rationale for opposition alienates more people than it convinces. It is counter-productive.

Same with religiously based arguments for any other policy.

I happen to think this attitude on the part of so many Americans is idiotic, but not as idiotic as continuing to alienate them by promoting what they see as theocracy.

51 posted on 04/06/2013 8:45:59 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: cripplecreek; Jim Robinson

You must not have been paying attention to the Mormon Wars around here. Some truly vitriolic stuff has been posted, along with some perfectly legitimate criticism.

It’s been a while, so I may be wrong, but I seem to remember Jim having a policy for a while of banning those who were overly vociferous in their defense of Romney, although possibly not entirely because of his religion. This was back during the primaries.


52 posted on 04/06/2013 8:50:49 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: Sherman Logan

The fact that some people have issues with Mormons is a far cry from FR being anti Mormon. The issue most people have with Romney is the fact that he’s a liberal. Where is all the screaming about FR being anti Mormon when it comes to Mormon democrats?

I don’t have issues with Mormons and I don’t wet myself over those who do.


53 posted on 04/06/2013 8:55:04 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek
The issue most people have with Romney is the fact that he’s a liberal.

Maybe, maybe not, but he's certainly not a baby-killing, FP-communist, intent on destroying every aspect of the USA.

A pox on all those who helped the Kenyan get re-elected.

54 posted on 04/06/2013 8:59:39 AM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Hey RATS! Control your murdering freaks.)
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To: Kaslin
"For your information Bill O’Reilly never claimed to be conservative. As a matter of fact he says he is Independent and he is one of those true independents as he goes after both sides"

Yeah, that's the gasbag's excuse so he can straddle the fence and and avoid strong convictions. Didn't he once refer on-air to Free Republic as a "right-wing hate site?"

The only thing I'll ever miss about his show is seeing his swollen ego occasionally punctured. I'm not much of a Neal Boortz fan, but that time he provoked O'Reilly into a vein-pulsing screaming fit was priceless.

55 posted on 04/06/2013 9:01:22 AM PDT by CatherineofAragon (Support Christian white males---the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization)
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To: ROCKLOBSTER
A pox on all those who helped the Kenyan get re-elected.

Take it up with the Republican't party.
56 posted on 04/06/2013 9:04:29 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek
Take it up with the Republican't party.

I'm taking it up with those who actually did it...the non-voting conservative Einsteins. They also could have changed the personnel of the GOP.

You can wear that Obama label with pride.

57 posted on 04/06/2013 9:10:39 AM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Hey RATS! Control your murdering freaks.)
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To: ROCKLOBSTER
Here ya go little lady. I think you'll be needing this more than I will.

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58 posted on 04/06/2013 9:16:33 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek
Why are you blaming someone else, when you and your ilk did it?
59 posted on 04/06/2013 9:18:32 AM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Hey RATS! Control your murdering freaks.)
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To: ROCKLOBSTER

You don’t know how I voted now STFU and do as Karl Rove tells you.


60 posted on 04/06/2013 9:20:55 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Kaslin
recorded the Bible episodes and watched each episode after the recording was finished

I have not watched a single TV show live since DVRs came out, and I had one before Cable companies ever considered them. I have used EyeTV to record since the old 240 LPI days.

Before the election I would record Fox then watch it so I could fast forward past the BO bloviating. same with Shannity.

Have been FOX free since November 1st when I gave up on the dis-informatio age.

61 posted on 04/06/2013 9:30:29 AM PDT by itsahoot (It is not so much that history repeats, but that human nature does not change.)
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To: cripplecreek
I'm no more enthralled with the RINOs than you are. Maine is crawling with them and I haven't supported them in years.

You don’t know how I voted now

Well you sure seem to be defending the "I didn't vote" crowd. You didn't vote against Obama. Did you?

do as Karl Rove tells you.

He can't seem to get his instructions through to me.

STFU

Right back atcha sweet-talker. What are ya, some kind of a fifty-third party freak?

62 posted on 04/06/2013 9:31:17 AM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Hey RATS! Control your murdering freaks.)
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To: ROCKLOBSTER
I'm no more enthralled with the RINOs than you are.

Yet you're still crying like a little baby over Romney's inevitable loss. Trust me, you'll be doing exactly what you're told next time as well.
63 posted on 04/06/2013 9:34:30 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: discostu

Well, I do not know what to say, except you are correct.


64 posted on 04/06/2013 9:37:20 AM PDT by svcw (If you are dead when your heart stops, why aren't you alive when it starts.)
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To: ROCKLOBSTER; cripplecreek
He [Rove] can't seem to get his instructions through to me.

You didn't vote against Obama. Did you?

LOL! Your second statement belies your first.

65 posted on 04/06/2013 9:40:21 AM PDT by roamer_1 (Globalism is just socialism in a business suit.)
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To: Kaslin
In all fairness, everyone knew how the Bible was going to end. Unless the producers had some kind of revisionist plot ending like Tarantino's Inglorious Basterds where Hitler gets blown up in a French movie theater, Jesus was going to get crucified.
The season finale of the Walking Dead was rife with speculation about who would or wouldn't survive. It seems that more viewers were intrigued by the possibilities of the latter.
66 posted on 04/06/2013 9:41:54 AM PDT by Malone LaVeigh
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To: cripplecreek
Yet you're still crying like a little baby over Romney's inevitable loss.

I don't care about Romney's loss, I care deeply about Obama's win.

Had he lost, the economy would have righted itself the following week, none of this progressive crap would be happening.

The Low Information conservatives are just as to blame for this as the RAT election-thieves.

67 posted on 04/06/2013 9:45:17 AM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Hey RATS! Control your murdering freaks.)
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To: Malone LaVeigh
In all fairness, everyone knew how the Bible was going to end.

LOL My church lady grandmother said that on Easter when someone asked her if she was watching it.
68 posted on 04/06/2013 9:45:35 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: roamer_1

So you didn’t vote against him either.


69 posted on 04/06/2013 9:45:59 AM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Hey RATS! Control your murdering freaks.)
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To: Dudoight
Those who are irritated with his Bible-Thumping phrase obviously did not ‘get’ it.

Any Christian that can not say God or Jesus Christ on TV is neither a Christian or Consevative.

Maybe we could consult the deity as he often does.

Maybe you like him because he endorsed gay marriage with that scum Rosie? He also supports many of the democrat gun control policies publicly and I bet he supports all of them privately.

70 posted on 04/06/2013 9:46:26 AM PDT by itsahoot (It is not so much that history repeats, but that human nature does not change.)
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To: ROCKLOBSTER

Keep throwing your little tantrum. I’m ignoring it from here on out like I would any other toddler.


71 posted on 04/06/2013 9:46:47 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek

You haven’t denied it...wear it with pride.


72 posted on 04/06/2013 9:48:19 AM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Hey RATS! Control your murdering freaks.)
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To: ROCKLOBSTER
So you didn’t vote against him either.

It is impossible to vote against anyone. Think.

73 posted on 04/06/2013 9:48:26 AM PDT by roamer_1 (Globalism is just socialism in a business suit.)
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To: cripplecreek
He’s like a gateway drug to liberalism.

Truth is stranger than fact. Call me at BR-549.

74 posted on 04/06/2013 9:48:44 AM PDT by itsahoot (It is not so much that history repeats, but that human nature does not change.)
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To: roamer_1

Flunked math didn’t ya.


75 posted on 04/06/2013 9:49:19 AM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Hey RATS! Control your murdering freaks.)
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To: itsahoot

>> “Any Christian that can not say God or Jesus Christ on TV is neither a Christian or Consevative.” <<

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Some may prefer the Biblical names Yahowa and Yashua, rather than caving in to Greek mythology (Christos being a mythjological pagan ‘god.’)


76 posted on 04/06/2013 9:50:48 AM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: itsahoot

He ranks right up there with Geraldo Rivera


77 posted on 04/06/2013 9:51:59 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: ROCKLOBSTER; roamer_1

Flunked Logic, didn’t ya!


78 posted on 04/06/2013 9:52:19 AM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: cripplecreek

>> “He ranks right up there with Geraldo Rivera” <<

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Somewhere between the Facultative and Septic layers of the sludge tank?


79 posted on 04/06/2013 9:54:23 AM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: editor-surveyor

No.

In the US, there’s two sides, not three or four or more.
In a fair voting scenario, the side with more votes wins.

If one side cheats, the other side has to out-produce them with turnout.

Looks like the Obama/RAT side did their job.

Something wrong with that?


80 posted on 04/06/2013 10:02:45 AM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Hey RATS! Control your murdering freaks.)
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To: discostu

I actually looked it up, because of your inquiry.
They have a package called ‘starter’ that does not have either AMC or the History Channel, they both poop up at the next level called ‘essential’.


81 posted on 04/06/2013 10:04:15 AM PDT by svcw (If you are dead when your heart stops, why aren't you alive when it starts.)
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To: Kaslin

>> “The New Testament says the son of God rose from the dead on Easter” <<

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Uhhh No!

The NT says: (Mat 28)

“1] In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre.

[2] And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it.

[3] His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow:

[4] And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men.

[5] And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.

[6] He is not here: for he is risen, as he said.”

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Thus, long before it began to dawn on the First Day of the Weeks, he had arisen as the third day ended (sundown “saturday” by the pagan calendar) just as had been prophecied.

My how so-called “Christians” love their mythology!


82 posted on 04/06/2013 10:08:09 AM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: ROCKLOBSTER

As I said, you flunked logic completely.

In US elections, there is no box to mark “against” any candidate. One must vote “For” one, or not vote at all.


83 posted on 04/06/2013 10:12:24 AM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: editor-surveyor

I voted for McStain but don’t run around blaming everyone else for his complete and utter failure.

The GOP has serious problems and those screeching the loudest about it being the fault of the people are headed for a lifetime of disappointment.

Some folks have convinced themselves of some great political history of the Romney family which isn’t really true. George Romney was a liberal republican who actively sought the help of Saul Alinsky to save Detroit. He also stomped offstage when Goldwater won the nomination then actively campaigned against him in the general election.

Mitt Romney was a one term governor who saw the writing on the wall and chose to step aside after 1 term. Scott Romney (Who the GOP is pimping for a senate race for the Levin seat) is a failed attorney general candidate. Scott’s wife Ronna Romney was a state senator who ran against Levin and was defeated.


84 posted on 04/06/2013 10:30:58 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: ROCKLOBSTER
Flunked math didn’t ya.

Nope. In fact the math is on my side, as the last election clearly demonstrated.

85 posted on 04/06/2013 10:49:48 AM PDT by roamer_1 (Globalism is just socialism in a business suit.)
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To: ROCKLOBSTER

“....Right back atcha sweet-talker. What are ya, some kind of a fifty-third party freak?”
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You’re probably wasting your time trying to reason with the simple minded. They typically have difficulty recognizing the unintended (i.e., unintended except for the Trolls) consequences to which their thinking and actions may lead so will remain totally unopened to your lines of reasoning. Believe me, I’ve tried and failed repeatedly.

I wish we could be united in opposing the progressives’ agenda and stop attacking and wounding each other.


86 posted on 04/06/2013 11:49:34 AM PDT by House Atreides
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To: editor-surveyor
In US elections, there is no box to mark “against” any candidate. One must vote “For” one, or not vote at all.

Whatever!

Voting for his opponent IS voting against him, whether you love the opponent or not.

Failing to vote IS NOT voting against him.

87 posted on 04/06/2013 11:57:09 AM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Hey RATS! Control your murdering freaks.)
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To: roamer_1
as the last election clearly demonstrated.

The last election demonstrated obvious election fraud which nobody challenged. There were instances in several RAT cities (aren't they all) which had 120+ percent of voter turnout and all votes were cast for Obama, some ballots had no down-ticket selections. People complained about having voted differently and then seeing their vote having gone to Obama.

Some RATs were prosecuted for multiple voting, but what do you expect from a party whose motto is "vote early and often"

Who challenged any of this?

A few million of the Rocket Scientist Conservatives who brilliantly stayed home would have changed the outcome.

88 posted on 04/06/2013 12:06:40 PM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Hey RATS! Control your murdering freaks.)
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To: ROCKLOBSTER
The last election demonstrated obvious election fraud

Right. As always.

Some RATs were prosecuted for multiple voting [...]

Right. likewise, as every election.

A few million of the Rocket Scientist Conservatives who brilliantly stayed home would have changed the outcome.

Again, as always. And more over (and more importantly) the people who normally stay home did too.

You are making my case for me.

If you want Conservatives to vote for you and change the outcome, give them someone to vote *for*.

And if you REALLY want a landslide, get the folks who don't vote to come too. Give them something to vote *for*.

As always when someone is whining and butt-sore, It's YOUR PRODUCT, not your competition.

think.

89 posted on 04/06/2013 12:27:44 PM PDT by roamer_1 (Globalism is just socialism in a business suit.)
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To: roamer_1
If you want Conservatives to vote for you and change the outcome, give them someone to vote *for*.

These people should have been voting against Obama to save the US. It will take us decades to recover...if we do.

What more reason would you need?

90 posted on 04/06/2013 12:30:56 PM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Hey RATS! Control your murdering freaks.)
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To: Kaslin
Isn’t the Walking Dead an old movie? I remember we went to a Drive-in Movie in St Augustine, Florida back in September of 1966. The first movie they showed was Dracula and the second one was the Walking Dead. Dracula was scary enough for me, but the Walking Dead was even more so.

There have been a lot of zombie movies and they all seem to have "dead" in the title.

"Night of the Living Dead" (1968) -- with all its endless remakes and sequels -- is the most famous.

"The Plague of the Zombies" was a 1966 flick from Britain. "Orgy of the Dead" was a 1965 American one.

And lo! "Creature of the Walking Dead" was a 1965 low budget exploitation film that got very low ratings from critics and viewers. So that must be the one.

About O'Reilly: he's sort of right, but it's been that way for a very long time, at least since cable broke up the old three network monopoly.

91 posted on 04/06/2013 12:39:44 PM PDT by x
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To: House Atreides
"You’re probably wasting your time trying to reason with the simple minded.

I wish we could be united in opposing the progressives’ agenda and stop attacking and wounding each other."

Do you think you should maybe take your own advice?

Here's the thing. More and more Republicans are pushing amnesty, and one by one, they're caving to sodomite marriage. At some point, the GOP will adopt both as official party planks. Then, when you go to cast your vote for one of them, you'll be supporting the progressive agenda instead of opposing it.

92 posted on 04/06/2013 12:53:59 PM PDT by CatherineofAragon (Support Christian white males---the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization)
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To: x

The difference with the AMC show is that the title refers to the human characters.


93 posted on 04/06/2013 1:13:28 PM PDT by CatherineofAragon (Support Christian white males---the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization)
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To: CatherineofAragon

“Do you think you should maybe take your own advice?....”
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Did I write something to you that offended you? Did I somehow “attack and wound” you?

Seriously, you know nothing about me or who or what I support. A little searching of posts might enlighten you somewhat, but perhaps that’s a little too much work for you.


94 posted on 04/06/2013 1:33:35 PM PDT by House Atreides
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95 posted on 04/06/2013 1:52:11 PM PDT by ConjunctionJunction
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To: virgil283; Valpal1; APatientMan; CatherineofAragon; LibertarianLiz; Radagast the Fool; shotgun; ...
Walking Dead ping!

Bill O'Reilly complains that The Walking Dead was shown on Easter Sunday and at the same time as The Bible on the History Channel.

Please let me know if you would like on or off The Walking Dead ping list.


96 posted on 04/06/2013 2:07:56 PM PDT by ConjunctionJunction
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To: Kaslin

This weak article was written about TWD for one reason only, to generate article hits, for revenue.


97 posted on 04/06/2013 2:18:30 PM PDT by Valpal1
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To: House Atreides
"Did I write something to you that offended you? Did I somehow “attack and wound” you?

Seriously, you know nothing about me or who or what I support. A little searching of posts might enlighten you somewhat, but perhaps that’s a little too much work for you."

A little hormonal this afternoon? I pointed out your hypocrisy. A person of integrity would own up to it...it's simple to do. Never mind, though.

I don't need to search posts. You told me the other day that you would vote for a Republican who supported sodomite marriage over a Democrat, but hey, that doesn't mean YOU"RE for it.

Keep telling yourself that.

98 posted on 04/06/2013 2:23:14 PM PDT by CatherineofAragon (Support Christian white males---the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization)
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To: Kaslin
And maybe many of the WD viewers were already familiar with the bible and how it turned out. Why watch a hollywood version of something they've likely studied all their lives......?
99 posted on 04/06/2013 2:23:36 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (This space for rent)
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To: ROCKLOBSTER
These people should have been voting against Obama to save the US. It will take us decades to recover...if we do. What more reason would you need?

Conservatives live by and vote by their principles. You can't expect them to vote *for* someone who doesn't adhere to those principles. If it could be done, there would not BE Conservatives. This outcome was PERFECTLY predictable (and was predicted as such).

Again, look to your product. It was inferior, to be kind, and you got spanked for it. Opposition, the clarion call, does *not* form around "well, our guy is better than the other guy..."

If you want the Christians, don't feed them a homo-lovin' abortionist (and a Mormon to boot). Feed them a hard-core Pro-Life, Pro-Marriage Evangelical. You've got to be an idiot to do otherwise.

If you want the Military vote, You don't feed them a guy whose whole family has never served. You feed them a guy out of the Military and foreign policy arena - A guy who KNOWS why they put their ass on the line, and will honor that as sacred.

If you want the civil-libertarians, don't feed them a 'living document' liberal who embraces illegal aliens. Feed them a Constitutional Constructionist and federalist who believes in the Rule of Law.

If you want Fiscal Conservatives, don't feed them a Keynesian Tax and Spender. Feed them an Austrian Capitalist.

If you want the south, don't feed them a Yankee. And if you want the West, don't feed them a Yankee.

I know that ain't what you are used to hearing - Rove want's everyone to get along and pimp his ride. Conservatives come at a price, and they always have.

Think.

Learn.

100 posted on 04/06/2013 2:27:02 PM PDT by roamer_1 (Globalism is just socialism in a business suit.)
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