Archive | May 26, 2019


From: Hank Ashmore

The Deplorable Infidel



In 1947, in one of the most famous dissents in history, Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black argued that the Fourteenth Amendment incorporated all aspects of the Bill of Rights and applied them to the states. In this landmark decision, Everson vs. Board of Education the Supreme Court applied the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to state law. The Establishment Clause states that Congress shall make no law “respecting an establishment of religion.” The Court, through Justice Hugo Black, ruled that a state bill was constitutionally permissible because the reimbursements were offered to all students regardless of religion and the payments were made to parents and not to any religious institution. Perhaps as important as the actual outcome, though, was the interpretation given by the entire Court to the Establishment Clause. It reflected a broad and unconstitutional interpretation of the Clause that was to guide the Court’s decisions for decades to come. Justice Black wrote in his opinion: “In the words of Jefferson, the Clause against establishment of religion by law was intended to erect a wall of separation between church and state.”

As used in the United States, the term “separation of church and state” originated from a letter Thomas Jefferson wrote in response to a letter he had received from Baptist in Danbury, Connecticut. He wrote “… I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should make no law respecting an establishment, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, thus building a wall of separation between church and state.” No metaphor in American letters has had a more profound influence on law and policy than Jefferson’s “wall of separation between church and state.” Today, Jefferson’s figure of speech is accepted by the far left as a pithy description of the constitutionally prescribed church-state arrangement and has become the sacred icon of a strict separationist dogma that champions a secular polity in which religious influences are systematically and coercively stripped from public life.

In a letter to the Rev. Samuel Miller, Dated January 23, 1808, Jefferson wrote: “I have duly received your favor of the 18th and am thankful to you for having written it, because it is more agreeable to prevent than to refuse what I do not think myself authorized to comply with. I consider the government of the U.S. as interdicted by the Constitution from intermeddling with religious institutions, their doctrines, discipline, or exercises. This results not only from the provision that no law shall be made respecting the establishment, or free exercise, or religion, but from that also which reserves to the states the powers not delegated to the U.S. Certainly no power to prescribe any religious exercise, or to assume authority in religious discipline, has been delegated to the general [i.e. federal] government. It must then rest with the states, as far as it can be in any human authority. But it is only proposed that I should recommend, not prescribe a day of fasting and prayer.”

This letter shows Jefferson thought the Constitutional division between federal and state powers, as well as the First Amendment, prevented him from issuing a proclamation setting a day for fasting and thanksgiving. First, the Tenth Amendment reserves to the States all powers not delegated to the Federal Government. No power whatsoever to regulate religious matters has been delegated to the Federal Government in Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution, the Enumerated Powers! Thus, any authority to do so, if authority exists, must rest with the States. The concept expressed in this letter is significant because it contributes to Jefferson’s thoughts on the degree of separation between church and state. As this letter indicates, Jefferson opposed any federal regulation of religious matters. As to whether he opposed state government regulation of religion is less clear, but his letter does express his understanding that if the authority to regulate religious matters can be placed in the hands of men, it must be a the state level!

The Deplorable Infidel





Congress is worthless as a hind tit on a boar hog.


The supply of government exceeds the demand.


I was perplexed……



When I took the entrance exam for medical school, I was perplexed by this question:

“Rearrange the letters P-N-E-S-I to spell out the part of the human body that is most useful when erect.”

Those who spelled SPINE became doctors. The rest are in Congress.



The Poetry Contest

Caravan, Camels, Desert, Sunset, Dromedary, Tuareg


A poetry contest had come down to two semi-finalists: a Yale graduate and a redneck. They were given a word, then allowed a minute to study the word and come up with a poem that contained the word. The word they were given was “Timbuktu”.

First to recite his poem was the Yale graduate. He stepped to the microphone and said:

Slowly across the desert sand
Trekked a lonely caravan.
Men on camels, two by two
Destination: Timbuktu.

The crowd loved it! No way could the redneck top that, they thought. The redneck calmly made his way to the microphone and recited:

Me and Tim a-huntin went,
Met three sluts in a pop-up tent.
They was three, and we was two,
So I bucked one, and Tim bucked two.


What did you call me?

A farmer got pulled over by a state trooper for speeding, and the trooper started to lecture the farmer about his speed, and in general, began to throw his weight around to try to make the farmer uncomfortable.

Finally, the trooper got around to writing out the ticket, and as he was doing that he kept swatting at some flies that were buzzing around his head.

The farmer said, ‘Having some problems with circle flies there, are ya?’

The trooper stopped writing the ticket and said, ‘Well yeah, if that’s what they are, but I never heard of circle flies.’

So the farmer says, ‘Well, circle flies are common on farms. See, they’re called circle flies because they’re almost always found circling around the back end of a horse.’

The trooper says, ‘Oh,’ and goes back to writing the ticket.

Then after a minute he stops and says, ‘Hey…wait a minute, are you trying to call me a horse’s ass?’

The farmer says, ‘Oh no, officer. I have too much respect for law enforcement and police officers to even think about calling you a horse’s ass.’

The trooper says, ‘Well, that’s a good thing,’ and goes back to writing the ticket. He finished writing the ticket and handed it to the farmer.

As he was walking off the farmer yelled,

“It’s hard to fool them circle flies though!”


Reasonable Doubt

Scene: A courtroom in Oklahoma where a person is on trial for murder.

There is strong evidence indicating guilt; however, there is no corpse.

In the defense’s closing statement the lawyer, knowing that his client is guilty and that it looks like he’ll probably be convicted, resorts to a clever trick.

“Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, I have a surprise for you all,” the lawyer says as he looks at his watch.

“Within 1 minute, the person presumed dead in this case will walk into this courtroom,” he says and he looks toward the courtroom door.

The jury, somewhat stunned, all look on eagerly. A minute passes. Nothing happens.

Finally, the lawyer says: ‘Actually, I made up the previous statement. But you all looked on with anticipation. I, therefore, put it to you that there is reasonable doubt in this case as to whether anyone was killed and insist that you return a verdict of not guilty.”

The jury, clearly confused, retires to deliberate. A very few minutes later, the jury returns and a representative pronounces a verdict of guilty.

“But how?” inquires the lawyer. “You must have had some doubt; I saw all of you stare at the door.”

Answers the representative: “Oh, we did look. But your client didn’t.”


Just a few little Smiles………………

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 Actual questions asked of Canadian reference librarians 

Do you have books here?

Do you have that book by Rushdie, ‘Satanic Nurses’? [Actual title: “Satanic Verses”]

I am looking for a list of laws that I can break that would send me back to jail for a couple of months.

Can you tell me why so many famous Civil War battles were fought on National Park sites?

Do you have a list of all the books I’ve ever read?

Do you have any books with photographs of dinosaurs? =================================================================

 Out of the mouths of babes …

A nursery school teacher was observing her classroom of children while they were drawing. She would occasionally walk around to see each child’s work.

As she got to little Sarah who was working diligently, she asked what the drawing was. Sarah replied, “I’m drawing God.” The teacher paused and said, “But no one knows what God looks like.”

Sarah replied, “They will in a minute.”