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May 2nd, 2012
11:19 AM ET

Who is David Barton, #1 trending topic on Google?

By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor

A longtime star on the conservative Christian circuit, controversial evangelical historian David Barton is today the No. 1 trending topic on Google.

The online surge comes on the heels of Barton’s appearance on The Daily Show on Tuesday night.

Barton argues that religion – and Christianity in particular – played a huge role in the founding and history of the United States, and that that role has been largely scrubbed from the history books by modern secular elites.

The Texas-based Barton runs a group called WallBuilders, which is "dedicated to presenting America's forgotten history and heroes, with an emphasis on the moral, religious, and constitutional foundation on which America was built – a foundation which, in recent years, has been seriously attacked and undermined," according to its website.

In his new book, “The Jefferson Lies: Exposing the Myths You've Always Believed About Thomas Jefferson,” Barton attempts to dispel the popular notion that Thomas Jefferson was a secular politician who pioneered the idea of strict church-state separation.

Barton wears a variety of hats in Republican and conservative circles. He’s a former top official in the Texas GOP and a sometimes consultant with the Republican National Committee; a behind-the-scenes political operative who advises presidential candidates and coordinates trips to Israel for the likes of Glenn Beck; and a prolific author, speaker and Washington tour guide on the evangelical circuit.

Barton and his work are featured prominently in former "Growing Pains" star Kirk Cameron’s new movie “Monumental,” about the role of religion in American history.

Barton's work has drawn many critics, including Warren Throckmorton, an associate professor of psychology at Grove City College who has fact-checked some of Barton's work. “That’s just not what happened,” Throckmorton frequently says of Barton's version of historical events.

Do you have an opinion of David Barton? Ever read his work or see him speak? Share your views and stories in comments.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Christianity • History

soundoff (402 Responses)
  1. truthsayer

    Evangelicals are not Christians, they are a cult – like Mormons!

    May 3, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
    • B

      Now that's funny right there. That's what that is!

      May 3, 2012 at 2:59 pm |
  2. will

    According to a major study, when asked “which part of the bible is most irrelevant to your daily life" evangelicals number one response was: Matthew 25 31 – 46

    And their second top response: Matthew, Mark, Luke, & John

    Sorry atheists, just a little bit of Christian humor.

    May 3, 2012 at 2:07 pm |
    • B

      That is funny! I actually heard a televangelist say that we don’t have to follow the teachings of Jesus because he was under the “law” and we are gentiles not under the law and our disciple was Paul. But, didn’t Jesus die for breaking the “law”?

      Apparently it is the Jewish people’s job to take care of the needy. And we just need to sit around and wait for Revelations to come true!

      And you wonder how evengelicals could misrepresent the writings of Jefferson?

      May 3, 2012 at 2:46 pm |
  3. bizziel

    This is the kind of man Christians should detest. A outright liar who twist facts for personal gain in the name of Jesus and god. Instead this wolf in sheep's clothing is put on a pedal stool. Disgusting. He is not a professor, he lacks any credible credentials to be spewing out any "facts". Another "good" Christian fleecing others using religion. How do I get in on the tax free charity that makes me a six figure income? Lie and say I believe in a non excitant deity? Sign me up!

    May 3, 2012 at 10:02 am |
    • momoya

      The more important question is: Why does Barton get so much support from people who claim to want "truth" and "honesty?". Because honestly, to me it seems like christians want to criticize proven scientific fact until they "win," but when it comes to someone lying on "their side," they don't want anybody on the other side to criticize that lying behavior, and they certainly don't want to be held accountable for the knowledge..

      May 3, 2012 at 10:06 am |
    • GodPot

      "when it comes to someone lying on "their side," they don't want anybody on the other side to criticize that lying behavior"

      It's because they believe the ends justify the means. In their heads all they can see for our future is a cloudy heaven or a super heated heII, so they figure even if it's a lie that their children have to believe to get them in that fluffy comfortable heaven then it's better than imagining them burning in agonizing searing pain. Who cares if it's all imaginary, to them if it feel's like it should be true, thats good enough, especially if their version supports their indoctrinated ideology.

      May 3, 2012 at 1:25 pm |
  4. Prayer changes things

    Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    May 3, 2012 at 5:33 am |
    • No Truth, Just Claims

      "Pretty Bird"

      May 3, 2012 at 8:55 am |
    • Jesus

      "Prayer changes things"

      -Prayer doesn’t not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs!-

      May 3, 2012 at 11:19 am |
  5. MANCHOWDER

    KIRK CAMERON! OMG! Growning Pains! Such an awesome show. For so serious! Like, OMG!!!

    Someone please, fold Ray Comfort in half over Kirk Cameron, and shove them both sideways up Barton's ass.

    May 3, 2012 at 4:51 am |
  6. WWJD


    Few 100% true Reasons why Atheism is TERRIBLE and unhealthy for our children and living things:

    † Atheism is a religion that makes you stupid, ignorant & blind.
    † Atheism is a disease that needs to be treated.
    † Atheism makes you post stupid things (90% of silly comments here on CNN blogs are posted by closet Atheists)
    † Atheist are satanic and have gothic lifestyle.
    † Atheists causes problem in our religious society.
    † Atheists are mentally ill, that's why they have no faith.
    † Atheism won't take you to kingdom of heaven and paradise.
    † Atheism making you agree with Stalin, Hitler (Denied his faith later), Mao, Pol Pot & other terrible mass murder leaders.
    † No traditional family lifestyle, no holidays, no culture, boring and feeling 'outsider'
    † Atheists are angry, drug additcted and committ the most crime.
    † Atheist try to convert people over internet because they feel "safer" behind closet.
    † Atheists do not really exist, they just pretend that they don't believe in God and argue with religious people.
    † Atheists have had terrible life experience, bad childhood and not being loved.
    † Most Atheists are uneducated... No Atheists could run for presidency.
    † Atheism brought upon the French Revolution, one of the most evil events of all of history.
    † Atheism cannot explain the origins of the universe, therefore God exists.
    † All atheists believe in evolution, which means they don't believe in morality and think we should all act like animals.
    † The Bible says atheism is wrong, and the Bible is always right (see: Genesis 1:1, Psalms 14:1, Psalms 19:1, Romans 1:19-20)
    † Countries where Atheism is prevalent has the highest Suicide rate & Communist countries = Atheism!
    **Only 2-3% of the U.S. are Atheists/Agnostics VS. over 90% who believe in God (80% Christians) in the U.S.**

    † † Our Prayers goes to Atheists to be mentally healthy and seek their creator † †

    ATHEISTS WILL BURN IN HELLFIRE AND BRIMSTONE WHERE THEY BELONG AND THEY ALL DESERVE IT AND I CAN'T WAIT TO WATCH FROM ABOVE IN HEAVEN WITH A SMILE WHILE I DANCE ON STREETS OF GOLD WHILE ATHEISTS SKIN BOILS OFF AND THEY CRY LIKE BABIES

    May 3, 2012 at 4:41 am |
    • AGuest9

      An excellent example of what is wrong with religion. ^

      May 3, 2012 at 7:19 am |
    • Miles

      Thank you WWJD, it is always good to start the day with a laugh, and you gave me the best one of the week. Best of luck on that gold road.

      May 3, 2012 at 8:36 am |
    • No Truth, Just Claims

      Atti.tudes like this will allow reasonable people to realize just how deranged religion can make people.

      People who take pleasure in the idea of people suffering are psychotic.

      May 3, 2012 at 8:59 am |
    • I believe

      wow – you need some schooling on what atheists truly believe and you need to pull your head out of wherever it is, take the blinders off, do whatever it takes to see that what you are being fed in your church is not reality.....

      May 3, 2012 at 9:21 am |
    • Brent Slensker

      The religious are mentally ill, that's why they have no logical recourse to rely on other than the silly concept called faith. WOW! That was easy!

      May 3, 2012 at 9:42 am |
    • 13directors

      Wow, you just displayed your ignorance in sheer numbers.

      May 3, 2012 at 10:00 am |
    • YeahRight

      Atheism is a religion that makes you stupid, ignorant & blind. -LIE
      Atheism is a disease that needs to be treated. -LIE
      Atheism makes you post stupid things (90% of silly comments here on CNN blogs are posted by closet Atheists) -LIE
      Atheist are satanic and have gothic lifestyle. -LIE
      Atheists causes problem in our religious society. -LIE
      Atheists are mentally ill, that's why they have no faith. -LIE
      Atheism won't take you to kingdom of heaven and paradise. -LIE
      Atheism making you agree with Stalin, Hitler (Denied his faith later), Mao, Pol Pot & other terrible mass murder leaders. -LIE
      No traditional family lifestyle, no holidays, no culture, boring and feeling 'outsider' -LIE
      Atheists are angry, drug additcted and committ the most crime. -LIE
      Atheist try to convert people over internet because they feel "safer" behind closet. -LIE
      Atheists do not really exist, they just pretend that they don't believe in God and argue with religious people. -LIE
      Atheists have had terrible life experience, bad childhood and not being loved. -LIE
      Most Atheists are uneducated... No Atheists could run for presidency. -LIE
      Atheism brought upon the French Revolution, one of the most evil events of all of history. -LIE
      Atheism cannot explain the origins of the universe, therefore God exists. -LIE
      All atheists believe in evolution, which means they don't believe in morality and think we should all act like animals. -LIE
      The Bible says atheism is wrong, and the Bible is always right (see: Genesis 1:1, Psalms 14:1, Psalms 19:1, Romans 1:19-20) -LIE
      Countries where Atheism is prevalent has the highest Suicide rate & Communist countries = Atheism! -LIE

      Obviously this poster can’t even follow the Ten Commandments since LYING IS A SIN! What a hypocrite!

      May 3, 2012 at 11:26 am |
    • jamessavik

      WWJD: you are the sort of jerk that I avoid by staying well away from church, religion and religious nuts

      May 3, 2012 at 1:32 pm |
  7. Silly Little Freak

    This guy just looks like a tool.

    May 3, 2012 at 4:23 am |
    • Brent Slensker

      Oh he IS!!!

      May 3, 2012 at 9:40 am |
  8. Lee Seligman, USNA '60

    oh, and for the first time I can say last night I was ashamed of Jon Stewart ... he gave such a free ride to Barton that one could almost believe he was paid ... sad !

    May 3, 2012 at 2:15 am |
    • danielwalldammit

      I think he gave away the farm early in the show by letting Barton pass off the straw man of debunking the notion that Jefferson was an Atheist. He should have challenged him to present significant sources that take that position. When Barton claimed it was on Billboards, he should have insisted on specifics. By letting him frame the debate that way, he set Barton up for an easy game. It's a shame, because the man is a hack and people need to know that.

      May 3, 2012 at 5:50 am |
    • AGuest9

      The people who have that figured out don't need Jon Stewart (or anyone else) telling us the score. It's the sheep that we need to be concerned with.

      May 3, 2012 at 7:21 am |
    • No Truth, Just Claims

      I say the show and I had never heard of Barton. I am familier with Jefferson's writings on religion and I thought Barton was misrepresenting Jefferson.

      I can't say I am surprised to find out after learning more about Barton that he holds no formal degrees in History but yet describes himself as an expert.

      He is not a historian he is a religious whack job with an agenda. Stewart treated Barton as if Barton knew what he was talking about, not as someone who is doing everything he can to turn this country into a soft theocracy.

      May 3, 2012 at 9:12 am |
    • GodPot

      Jon's only failure is being too nice and trying to keep his show away from the pundit attack shows on FOX and MSNBC, but in so doing gives more credibility to some of the loons that he does not immediately correct when they spout off fallacious "facts". However, he almost always does a great job of poking fun at those same loon's early in his show and often exposes their flaws in logic.

      May 3, 2012 at 1:35 pm |
  9. Ozymandias71

    David Barton is a liar. He misrepresents, changes, even ignores facts of history that don't support his Christian Reconstructionism/Dominionist beliefs. It's been recorded over and over again – this man isn't just a liar, he is a PROLIFIC liar. And he does it in the Name of Jesus.

    May 3, 2012 at 12:57 am |
  10. No Truth, Just Claims

    If Jefferson was alive today and it was reported that Jefferson rewrote the gospels without the miracles and said the idea of the Trinity was ridiculous would they still claim Jefferson was a Christian or label him a blasphemer?

    Apparently it is morally fine to lie as long as you are lying for your god.

    May 3, 2012 at 12:40 am |
    • Db

      Very convenient to be able to say no truth just claims. I don't think anyone was claiming Jefferson was a Christian. More that he was not an Atheist, and was a Deist. Given hundreds of writings of Jefferson espousing the idea of God, but not Christ. I'd say that isn't so much of a stretch. Jefferson was also to any historian who is honest with themselves, not against the Bible, or christianity being learned of in schools, as he considered it a foundational ethos most similar to that which would be required as innate, in order to make the society of America functional. Not that he believed it, but saw the merits of it.

      May 3, 2012 at 9:41 am |
    • No Truth, Just Claims

      "I don't think anyone was claiming Jefferson was a Christian."

      Db,

      Yes Barton is claiming Jefferson is a Christian, if you watch any videos of this guy he does just that. I am not claiming Jefferson was an atheist either. From what I have read he seems to have a combination of Christianity and Deism. He did not believe in a concept of the Trinity and did not believe in the miracles of the Bible. If he was alive today and spoke publicly about his beliefs he would not be electable.

      As far as Jefferson supporting teaching the Bible in public school, he was wrong, Jefferson can be wrong about an issue just like anyone else though he thought through his opinions better than most people do.

      May 3, 2012 at 1:05 pm |
  11. God's Oldest Dreamer

    VanHagar wrote on Wdenesday, May 2, 2012 at 7:47 pm, stating, "It was in faith in God that gave us the Salvation Army, Abused Children`s Fund, Freedom 424 (serving victims of s.ex trafficking), Bright Hope International (working with the poor), Children`s Christian Lifeline Hunger and Medical Relief, Christian World Relief, Five Talents-USA, Inc., Habitat for Humanity International, Living Water International (providing clean water), etc. etc. and hundreds (if not thousands) of other faith-based charities help the poor and disenfranchised. Pure evil? O.k. If you say so."

    Then,, with hundreds if not thousands of "faith-based" charities exactly how much closer have we all come to aleve our world of such malignancies of social disfigurements,,,,,,,,,,, ? Is it any wiser to take up the charities of a nation and change them into unbridled rantings and social tirades for the favored ills and foundling woes wherever the needs suit one to place such charities' donations? Why is one's homeland not worthy of being made free its' own malignancies of social disfigurements first and foremost before calavanting all across the world doing little to almost nothing? Get one's own house in order before vesting in another's house!

    Mike Blackadder responded to my prior post on Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 10:19 pm, declaring, "What an absurd response. Don't feed starving children Africa, you haven't yet obtained my approval."

    Do we in the charities here in the U.S.A. have enough donations to feed all the starving children in Africa? Do we here in the U.S.A have enough of charities donations to keep all the children in the Asian countries from being bound to fleshened slavery conditions? Just exactly how can one or any nation/homeland cure the ills of the world if their own homeland is in much need of neing repaired? A house that cannot stand on its' own merit, cannot even get another nation's homeland to stand upon its' own weightiness of their own malignancies of social disfigurements!

    Alone and decrepid is,- are many nations' malignancies of social disfigurementations. Can any nation who has yet to cleanse their own homeland's malignant social disfigurations be of any real worths to afford to otherly nations upon just tokens of not much weighted worthiness' considerations? The Faiths of a nation, their homeland's ever abundant measurings of devoted charities should not be their cups being less than half-filled charities upon another nation's social disfiguements until such a faith-based nation's disfigurements in social malignancies be first arrested and made woefully whole. It makes no sense to spread one's national charities in the Faiths concernments of gathered charities to try and make but token accolades toward other nations' infirmaties with no real saving graces for such otherly nations to be cured!

    May 2, 2012 at 11:27 pm |
    • The Phister

      Please stop posting your drivel.

      May 3, 2012 at 4:43 am |
  12. Reality

    In case you missed this:

    “WallBuilders' founder and president, David Barton, resides in Aledo, Texas (just west of Fort Worth), with his wife, Cheryl, and their three children. David spent eight years as an educator and school administrator before founding WallBuilders. "

    So how did he become a scholar in US history and religion? Anybody know?

    And let us review MR. Barton's finances as per guidestar.org (See Wallbuilders).

    Salary: he pays himself = $108,049 (he, his wife and his mother make up 50% of the board of directors),

    Then there are those other unspecified salaries of $288,872 (his mother and wife?),

    He billed Wallbuilders travel expenses of $67,000 in 2009.

    And then there is the securities portfolio of $1,149,239 where he/Wallbuilder pays no tax on interest, dividends or capital gains because Wallbuiders is a "non-profit".

    Hmmmm???????

    May 2, 2012 at 11:15 pm |
  13. God's Oldest Dreamer

    VanHagar wrote on Wdenesday, May 2, 2012 at 7:47 pm, stating, "It was in faith in God that gave us the Salvation Army, Abused Children`s Fund, Freedom 424 (serving victims of s.ex trafficking), Bright Hope International (working with the poor), Children`s Christian Lifeline Hunger and Medical Relief, Christian World Relief, Five Talents-USA, Inc., Habitat for Humanity International, Living Water International (providing clean water), etc. etc. and hundreds (if not thousands) of other faith-based charities help the poor and disenfranchised. Pure evil? O.k. If you say so."

    Then,, with hundreds if not thousands of "faith-based" charities exactly how much closer have we all come to aleve our world of such malignancies of social disfigurements

    May 2, 2012 at 9:10 pm |
  14. n8263

    Daniel, I just watched the second of the two videos. They totally debunk David Barton who is intentionally and agregiously distorting the truth.

    Thank you for posting them.

    May 2, 2012 at 9:07 pm |
    • Hitchens

      Yeah you were heard the first time. Problem is the "sweetie" has her own agenda and zero credibility. Buy her book, you seem the gullible type.

      May 2, 2012 at 9:09 pm |
    • n8263

      She seems very credible. What does she say that you dispute?

      May 2, 2012 at 10:02 pm |
    • danielwalldammit

      You are very welcome.

      May 3, 2012 at 12:12 am |
    • No Truth, Just Claims

      Hitchens you seem well versed in gullibility.

      May 3, 2012 at 12:43 am |
    • Hitchens

      Anything she lies to you all are willing to swear to.

      May 3, 2012 at 5:31 am |
    • AGuest9

      Just sayin Hitchens Atheism is HeavenSent Herbie In God We Trust Prayer Changes Kelly Captain America Jack Kennedy? nope

      May 3, 2012 at 7:24 am |
    • momoya

      @Hitchens

      Again, what will be YOUR response if you are a.ssured that Barton is lying, quote-mining, and falsely implying??

      I am not concerned (this moment) about him and his methods; I am concerned with how you would treat a text with biased agenda that uses misinformation?? What would you do if it were an "evolutionist" book?

      May 3, 2012 at 8:44 am |
    • No Truth, Just Claims

      Hitchens,

      It has nothing to do with her, Barton has no formal education in History and I know from my own studies Barton is Misrepresenting Jefferson. You are willing to believe Barton because you WANT him to be right. Barton is a clown.

      May 3, 2012 at 1:10 pm |
  15. Did you ask?

    CNN-Yes, I have a comment. David Barton does a fabulous job in reminding us about what made our nation great and the truth about our founding fathers and howour country was shaped and formed.

    David Barton-We salute you! Fantastic job! well done!

    May 2, 2012 at 7:46 pm |
    • momoya

      Did you see the videos daniel dammit posted below?. How can you be proud of his methods and false reporting?. I mean, I know you want certain things to be true, but do you want them that badly–that you'll accept lies and anti-journalism just because it tickles your ears?.

      Whenever I a.ssume christians are doing such, I back up and correct myself and try not to judge, but your comment.... Maybe my judgment was correct all along.

      May 2, 2012 at 8:04 pm |
    • Hitchens

      Mr Barton is a good looking person,with an impeccable reputation, the woman on the videos would need serious work to get up to fat slob. Who are you going to believe again?

      May 2, 2012 at 8:23 pm |
    • n8263

      The videos below are great. Thank you Daniel for posting them.

      David Barton is being very dishonest and intentionally misrepresenting the facts. The videos make that very clear.

      May 2, 2012 at 8:38 pm |
    • Hitchens

      Credibility Alarm. Who is the "babe" and what unsubstantiated book does she have for sale?

      May 2, 2012 at 8:42 pm |
    • momoya

      Hitchens, what are you going to do if you find out that this guy is lying?. Is that an issue for you, or no?

      May 2, 2012 at 11:15 pm |
    • danielwalldammit

      Really? This is actually what you call a good job? This is actually what you expect of a good Christian scholar? It's a shame. I would have thought that you'd have more self-respect than that.

      May 3, 2012 at 1:58 am |
  16. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    May 2, 2012 at 6:35 pm |
  17. danielwalldammit

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=55jwrsnn5Tw&feature=relmfu

    May 2, 2012 at 5:35 pm |
    • mandarax

      Wow, she's a much more thorough historian than this Barton clown – and she does it from her living room. Nice job.

      May 2, 2012 at 10:42 pm |
    • The Phister

      She could use a facelift. Her neck looks like a turkey's vagina.

      May 3, 2012 at 4:44 am |
  18. danielwalldammit

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LXGg3M7GiA8&feature=relmfu

    May 2, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
  19. Robert Hagedorn

    Google First Scandal.

    May 2, 2012 at 5:17 pm |
  20. God's Oldest Dreamer

    God's Oldest Dreamer

    stephensonbillings, wrote on Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 3:25 pm, stating, "The sad thing is that today's liberal elists know so little of history. The socialism you so readily embrace was a failure for Germany, Soviet Union and China. I don't know why you people want to turn the US of A into that. Clearly all this Anderson Cooper and Fared Zacharius and Keith Olberman and Rachel Madcow has brainwashed you. You people need to open your minds a little and look at the larger picture. Embrace the world outside of your narrow worldviews, read a different news source other than the liberal talking points. Talk to the people in your community. America needs to get back to its foundational roots. We Americans are fed up with the indecency and the radical social re-enginering. People like Dr. Barton know that and inspire us. Think of Congressman Bachmann and Senator Santorum. There was promise there but many in the party just had Romney's dollar signs in their heart. It's truly sad."

    It truly is sad the ongoing momentums these mustard seeds sprout up and show little to much less their branched undergrowths of vinyarded leverages and weeded onslaughts of treasured illegalities of common mankind's failures to not imbibe even less forgo the toke! These two branches, one legal and the other illed-legal seem to be social markers in regulations' con and pro subdifuse amalgums proper! The wines do esteem the whiners' non-aptives while the tokers go on under the guised illegalities ever meandering with little substantiations befitting lawlessness at its' finest decore! The people-pleasers of con-federacies will never be an amplifiers of unities but rather the divisionists amplitudes!

    stephensonbillings, wrote on Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 4:35 pm, stating, "First of all, I find your comment insulting. Secondly, you clearly do not understand the implicit necessity of ethics and principles in guiding a nation. We can't all go willy nilly into leadership and government without guidance. The greatest heritage America has is from Jesus Christ. He inspired the humanist movement, the love of rationalism and the hope of liberty which are the foundational blocks of America. There is simply no denying this. If you know anything about History at all, that is.
    "
    Stephen declared in saying, "I find your comment insulting." Tell me Stephen just exactly which portion of my scriptured verses did you find as being an insolence? In your "Secondly" rambling, I am perplexed and seem to be illiterate of you comment! My semblence itinerary regarding "two branches" is that of liquors and the still not yet legal wranglings of reefer that both such branches have made upon all the U.S.A.'s social attributes and the exacting harms it does to the nucleus of all families yet unrealized demon-strative natures! As for your stating, "We can't all go willy nilly into leadership and government without guidance." goes, did not an actor become a President here? How about this peanut farmer? Even George Washington did "go willy nilly into leadership and government without guidance." Speaking of guidance, Just exactly how many guidance counselors does it take nowadays to push up a daisy of a person to eventually become President? Today's political aspirations are but mere smoke-N-mirror shinanigans for wealthy established autocracies to never give but always take take take!

    May 2, 2012 at 5:06 pm |
    • stephensonbillings

      You're a joke. A terrible joke.

      May 2, 2012 at 5:16 pm |
    • HawaiiGuest

      No the article on your site about the Halo game is a terrible joke.

      May 2, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
    • W.W.

      Time to shut you down, billings. Go to the cops and confess. It will go easier for you if you do.

      May 2, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
    • sam

      This has been, hands down, one of the funniest days we've ever had on this blog. I suggest we use 'famous in Norway' as our new tagline, and use it at every opportunity.

      May 2, 2012 at 5:37 pm |
    • EvolvedDNA

      GOD.. see... words in order to make sense have to be put in some semblance of order...otherwise it ends up like your posts. And the words also have to be real so that other members of the human race are able to understand what you are trying to say.

      May 2, 2012 at 7:27 pm |
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