Well, I'm off to the gym shortly, and then I'll finish off the final BME update for the next two weeks — if you want your picture(s) in this one just make sure it gets in by about 3 PM EST; otherwise it'll have to wait until I get back.
I thought this commentary, America is a religion, was really well written and think it's worth taking seriously… It very clearly sheds light one why things are the way they are in the US these days:
The flag has become as sacred as the Bible; the name of the nation as holy as the name of God. The presidency is turning into a priesthood. So those who question George Bush's foreign policy are no longer merely critics; they are blasphemers, or "anti-Americans".
As George Bush told his troops on the day he announced victory: "Wherever you go, you carry a message of hope - a message that is ancient and ever new. In the words of the prophet Isaiah, 'To the captives, "come out," and to those in darkness, "be free".'"
So American soldiers are no longer merely terrestrial combatants; they have become missionaries. They are no longer simply killing enemies; they are casting out demons.
What a weird, weird world we're watching unravel.