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Aside from the beginnings of World War III and the ongoing degradation of the global environment, it's a slow news day. Which is a good time to share this insightful story from the BBC.

To speak truthfully and insightfully today you must have a sense of the absurdity of human life and endeavour. Past attempts to construct grand and noble theories about human history and destiny have collapsed.

We now know we're just a bunch of naked apes trying to get on as best we can, usually messing things up, but somehow finding life can be sweet all the same. All delusions of a significance that we do not really have need to be stripped away, and nothing can do this better that the great deflater: comedy.

The satirical cartoon world is essentially a philosophical one because it reflects reality by abstracting it, distilling it and presenting it back to us, illuminating it more brightly than realist fiction can. The Simpsons does this brilliantly, especially when it comes to religion. It's not that the Simpsons is atheist propaganda; its main target is not belief in God or the supernatural, but the arrogance of particular organised religions that they, amazingly, know the will of the creator.

For example, in the episode Homer the Heretic, Homer gives up church and decides to follow God in his own way: by watching the TV, slobbing about and dancing in his underpants. Throughout the episode he justifies himself in a number of ways.

* "What's the big deal about going to some building every Sunday, I mean, isn't God everywhere?"
* "Don't you think the almighty has better things to worry about than where one little guy spends one measly hour of his week?"
* "And what if we've picked the wrong religion? Every week we're just making God madder and madder?"

The author concludes with this:

That's why it is no coincidence that the most insightful and philosophical cultural product of our time is a comic cartoon, and why its creator, Matt Groening, is the true heir of Plato, Aristotle and Kant.

D'oh.

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The Web according to Homer in NC?

Web numbers

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Recent Judical,Candiates,Info political sites numbers in NC

CarolinaJournal.com.... 1,156,935 ..Puppetmaster Spin

Bluenc.com ......771,541

Stateboardofelections....6,810

ncdp.com...... 1,045,883

ncgop.org......648,127

larrykissell.com.....1,433,014

rustyduke.com....5,264.951

robinhudson.org.....4,369,550

justicemarkmartin.org....no data found

rachelforjustice.com....664,809

johnforcary.com......1.... himself

Big Time Supreme Court Debate August 14 th! Showtime!!

The North Carolina Agribusiness Council

The North Carolina Agribusiness Council invites you to participate in the NC Supreme Court Candidates Forum at its 37th Annual Membership Meeting and Banquet on Monday, August 14, 2006. The event will be held at the North Raleigh Hilton in Raleigh, NC and will include approximately 500 Agribusiness Leaders from across the state.

The event begins at 4:30 pm with a reception/social and dinner will start at 6:00 pm with the Candidates Forum starting shortly after we finish eating. The format for the Candidates Forum will include two minute opening remarks for both you and your opponent followed by three questions for which you each will have one minute to answer. The suggested questions will be provided to you in the next couple of weeks and will be agreed upon by you and your opponent.

Because of the position for which you are running, the Agribusiness Council understands that you are not able to answer questions regarding topics upon which you might be likely to rule. The questions are merely a means to help the audience get to know you better and develop an understanding about your legal philosophy. Again, you and your opponent will approve in advance the three questions you will be asked.

The NC Agribusiness Council has a history of hosting Candidates Forum during election years, most recently hosting a US Senate Candidates Forum between Erskine Bowles and Elizabeth Dole and two years later between Erskine Bowles and Richard Burr. We also hosted a Candidates Forum for NC Commissioner of Labor (Cherie Berry and Wayne Goodwin) as well as NC Commissioner of Agriculture (Steve Troxler & Britt Cobb).

This year’s Candidates Forum for NC Supreme Court Justices is being sponsored by Hunton & Williams and they will be assisting the Agribusiness Council with logisitics regarding the Candidates Forum. Please look for one of us to contact you in the next few days to followup with you about this invitation to participate in the NC Supreme Court Candidates Forum.

The Agribusiness Industry recognizes how important the judicial branch is to our democratic process of government. Our members look forward to learning more about you so they make a more informed decision regarding their vote in November. Thank you for your consideration and we look forward to you participating.

Sincerely,

Erica Peterson
Executive Vice President

Thanks!

I'm so far behind the curve on the internets, I didn't even know you could do this. Very cool.

The numbers you listed are rankings out of all possible web sites. Daily Kos, for example is around 1800. CNN is 28. The lower the number, the more traffic the site is getting.

Lower means you are winning! Higher means you are ####

I'm so far behind the curve on the internets* A

The Net is here and campaigns will be won and lost on
for a faction of the cost in a State Wide campaigns.

If the message is right! Nothing can stop the Web
or as a force in politics. Just think A. You people are
770,000 out of the billions sites on this planet.

Why do you think the Right is freaking out over this site?

Some more numbers for some folks to look at

http://indyweek.com .....137,774....lots of folks read Bob

http://carypolitics.com.......4,701,720