Man gets Romney “R” logo tattooed on side of face.

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Just when you thought the political season couldn’t get any stranger. Seriously, I thought this was from The Onion:

An Indiana man has auctioned off space on the side of his head, where he tattooed Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign “R” logo in a 5-by-2-inch spot for a bid of $15,000.

Eric Hartsburg posted the eBay listing in August, and told ABC News that he was paid $15,000 by a Republican eBay user, who preferred to remain anonymous,  to get the Romney logo permanently inked on the side of his head.

“I am a registered Republican and a Romney supporter,” Hartsburg said. “I didn’t mind getting this tattoo because it is something that I could live with and it’s something that I believe in.”

The 30-year-old professional wrestler says that he wants his tattoo to send a message to young people. “I want young people to know that it’s okay to be young, and it’s okay to be a Republican. You don’t have to be rich or elderly to be labeled as a Republican, and I want everyone to know that.”

The rebellious wrestler isn’t going to stop at his Romney tattoo, though. He is now auctioning off his forehead space as well, but this time he is doing a private auction rather than using eBay. The minimum bid for this prime real estate is $5,000.

When asked if he would get an Obama tattoo stamped on his forehead if requested by the highest bidder, Hartsburg says that was one question he wasn’t prepared to answer.

“No one has ever asked me that,” he said. “That is one question that I wasn’t prepared to answer. But no, no, I would definitely not get an Obama tattoo.”

Of course not, no. Because that would just be crazy.

Speaks for itself.

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The irony of this one might just make your head explode: Mittens praises Israel’s socialized health care system

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Presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney offered praise for the Israeli health care system today — a medical plan that has been socialized since its founding in 1948.

Romney, who championed the Massachusetts health care mandate, but is an opponent of the federal mandate passed by President Barack Obama, marveled at how little Israel spends on health care relative to the United States.

“Do you realize what health care spending is as a percentage of the GDP in Israel? Eight percent,” Romney told donors at a fundraiser at the King David Hotel in Jerusalem, speaking of a health care system that is compulsory for Israelis and funded by the government. “You spend eight percent of GDP on health care. You’re a pretty healthy nation. We spend 18% of our GDP on health care. Ten percentage points more. That gap, that 10 percent cost, compare that with the size of our military — our military which is four percent — four percent. Our gap with Israel is 10 points of GDP. We have to find ways — not just to provide health care to more people, but to find ways to find and manage our health care costs.”

Romney has explained that he opposes ObamaCare because what worked in Massachusetts may not work for other states. Highlighting the success of the Israeli system — in a country that enjoys one of the highest life expectancy rates in the world — could complicate matters for Romney at home.

Do ya think…?!

So which is it? Is Mittens an idiot, an ass-kisser, a lying sack o’shit, or a hypocrite? I’m beginning to rule out “hypocrite.” Being a hypocrite starts with the assumption that one has a set of values he is willing to subvert. Since Mittens doesn’t believe in anything but money, I’m not sure it’s technically accurate to call him a hypocrite. He is all about money: how to get it, how to spend it, how to avoid paying taxes on it. Sociopath, maybe?!

“Our God can kick your God’s ass.”

I work in local small-market radio, both weekends and weekdays. I just got done editing down a two-hour recording of a church service for a one-hour broadcast. This particular service featured the church’s Youth Ministry Team, who had just returned to small-town rural Minnesota from a ministry trip to a Big City (sorry, I didn’t catch which one).

The youth ministers were of course perky, peppy, and sloppin’ over with The Spirit. God bless them, I’m glad they are; I don’t have an issue with that. This was a performance, pure and simple; quite literally preaching to the already converted. I remember when similar youth ministry teams would visit our small-town church when I was a lad. I was always intimidated by their enthusiasm and disregard for embarrassing themselves with their zeal; I always came away feeling that my own faith was inferior to theirs because I didn’t feel compelled to be like “Joliet Jake” Blues and turn cartwheels down the aisle of the church. But to each their own.

Bearing in mind that their goal was to preach to the choir, what got to me after awhile is this song that they sang over and over. Can’t forget the lyrics:

Our God is greater
Our God is stronger
God, you are higher than any other
Our God is healer
Awesome in power
Our God! Our God!
And if our God is for us
Then who could ever stop us?
And if our God is with us
Then what could stand against?

I dunno.  There’s a whole rah-rah element to that song that troubles me. I found myself singing along, “Our God can kick your God’s ass.”

Am I too cynical? Or does this seem kind of like pro wrestling? The WWF approach to theology? Is it necessary to run down someone else’s God in order to worship your own?

To quote columnist Dr. Greg Smith in the excellent blog

Do you believe your God or Gods  are greater, higher, and stronger than all other Gods? If so, what does this say about other religions?  How does this impact your attempts at interfaith dialog?  Given Christianity’s history of violence and American Christianity’s uneven (perhaps even unstable) acceptance of its current position in a pluralistic nation, what type of damage do you feel could result from these words? For those who sing them boldly? For how those of other faiths view Christians?

There’s just an over-the-top element to this that annoys me. True believers can be excused their zealotry, I guess; that fades away soon enough, and they’re left with having to carry their faith into day-to-day life – figuring out how to keep the gas bill paid and balancing the checkbook with the spouse. But when one’s faith requires a pro wrestler’s rant about how one’s God is the biggest, meanest, baddest mofo in town – sorry, that’s where I check out.

Actually it reminds me of this bit from “Monty Python’s Meaning Of Life”:

Chaplain: Let us praise God. O Lord…
Congregation: O Lord…
Chaplain: Ooh, You are so big…
Congregation: …Ooh, You are so big…
Chaplain: …So absolutely huge.
Congregation: …So absolutely huge.
Chaplain: Gosh, we’re all really impressed down here, I can tell You.
Congregation: Gosh, we’re all really impressed down here, I can tell You.
Chaplain: Forgive us, O Lord, for this, our dreadful toadying, and…
Congregation: And barefaced flattery.
Chaplain: But You are so strong and, well, just so super.
Congregation: Fantastic.
Chaplain: Amen.
Congregation: Amen.