Friday, December 17, 2010

Stephen Colbert on Speaking for Jesus at Christmas

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mishael53 said...

Okay, so I know I should look upon Bill O'Reilly as Jesus does but I honestly just want to stone him. Man do I need Jesus! ;D

Jim Hancock said...

HAH! Me too!

Anonymous said...

as with colbert, his blaspheming is always funny...or enough to make you wanna throw up. bill o'reilly says some stupid stuff but, he who is without sin, cast the first stone. wonder if he meant, "If a man doesn't work, he doesn't eat" ~ 2 Thessalonians 3:10b

as one on unemployment, i am thankful we have it. but, if my UE was being cut off in a month or 2, would I seek lesser employment and do anything to feed my family? i think B.O. is just against free handouts for the able...and nambi-pambi mother government!

Jim Hancock said...

Good morning Anonymous,

I'm not 100% clear I know what Mr. O'Reilly meant. But I imagine it was something pried from it's larger context to "prove" a point — much as he appropriated Ben Franklin's bromide, leaving us to infer it came from the lips of Jesus or somebody at least vaguely biblical.

I'm sorry you're unemployed and I'm grateful you're receiving the benefits due you — if those benefits run out before you find work, you and won't be the only one who suffers because, unless you're very unusual, I imagine you're pumping every penny of those checks back into the economy, That is after all the economic function and underlying principle that underlies unemployment benefits; but you know that.

I have no trouble stipulating that you are more virtuous than me, but I'm curious to know what makes you believe you are more virtuous and more ready to take ANY job than the majority of 15.12 million fellow citizens who are in the same boat right now — if not actually in the water because their benefits have run their course.

And with something on the order of five applicants for every available opening in recent months, what makes you believe you could land and perform one of those "lesser" jobs if, God forbid, it came to that?

I bet Egyptians complained about the Nanny State when Joseph collected all the food they produced in the seven years leading up to the global famine and then had the nerve to sell it back to them when things got bad. But it saved their asses. Their camels and goats as well.

I wish you well in your search for work and deep peace this Christmas.