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They're Only Words.

john wycliffeThe Bible claims that Mary was a virgin when she found herself with a bun in the ecclesiastical oven. But there are those who think that the original Latin word for "virgin" translates as "young woman". Or that the word "manger" actually meant "inn" or possibly "cave". Ancient Greek and Hebrew are not exactly Intro to Spanish.

The first hand-written English translation of the Bible was produced by John Wycliffe in 1380. Oddly enough, he was opposed to organized Christianity as he felt it betrayed the intent of the teaching's of Christ, which it does. The Pope was so pissed-off at the guy that 44 years after Wycliffe died the Pope had his bones dug up, crushed, and scattered in the river.

Oh, that Pope.

One of Wycliffe's followers, John Hus, was burned at the stake just because he happened to think that the Bible should be written in a language the people could understand. Back then, you see, it was a death sentence to be caught with a Bible written in anything but Latin.

Fun times.

If you're interested in early English Bible history, and it's pretty hairy stuff, you can find much more here.

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A quick point of interest concerning the Republican Presidential Primary in Florida today.

In 2008 over 1.9 million voters cast their votes. Today, only 1.6 million visited the voting stations. That's 300,000 Republican voters who decided Mitt, Newt, etc. weren't worth their time.

Even worse? I'm told many democrats switched party affiliation just so they could vote for Newt Gingrich.

Go Newt!

Heh-heh-heh.

=Lefty=

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And now our Chart of the Day: Virginity rates vary by college major. (No kidding)

freedom of the press index 2011-2012

=Lefty=


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Republican Job Creation Update

republican job creation2-1-2012: On Tuesday, the 31st, the House voted on a motion to consider the repeal of the CLASS Program, part of the Affordable Health Care Act aimed at helping low-income citizens get health care. It passed on party lines. Don't expect it to escape the Senate.

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Dump Fox News

Fox News Lies!Fox News beats the propaganda drum for war with Iran harder than Buddy Rich having an epileptic fit.

Click here to help Drop Fox from your cable system.


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The real story of the virgin birth.


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Today's Google Chow.

God: Gabriel, go thou down to the Earth and seek a maiden, a virgin, who shall bear my son, the savior for all mankind.

Gabriel: Yes, my lord. But... why a virgin? Would not any fertile female do?

God: Do not seek to question the intent of the lord thy god, herald. That it is my divine will should be reason enough. Now go.

Gabriel: At once, sire.