Short version of the story goes like this. Some teachers go to a restaurant and order lunch. One woman notices a hair in her salad. She calls the waitress over.

Woman: Excuse me, but there’s a hair in my salad.

Waitress: [sigh] When can this day be over?!?

Woman: Uh, I’d like to speak with the manager.

Manager: I’m too busy to talk. Here’s the owner.

Owner: You can stick your salad up your ass, because you’re a teacher.

Or something like that. Anyway, the place is called Legends All-American Grill, it’s in Des Moines, and you probably shouldn’t go there if you prefer food service employees to keep their bodies out of your lunch, or to at least not verbally abuse you when they fail to.

Ladies and gentlemen, your weekly moment of crazy:

Sure, they indoctrinate children into Satanic rituals. But the kids love ‘em! What to do?

Is about the book that inspired Glenn Beck, and his current 9/12 movement: The 5,000 Year Leap.

“Leap,” first published in 1981, is a heavily illustrated and factually challenged attempt to explain American history through an unspoken lens of Mormon theology. As such, it is an early entry in the ongoing attempt by the religious right to rewrite history. Fundamentalists want to define the United States as a Christian nation rather than a secular republic, and recasting the Founding Fathers as devout Christians guided by the Bible rather than deists inspired by the French and English philosophers. “Leap” argues that the U.S. Constitution is a godly document above all else, based on natural law, and owes more to the Old and New Testaments than to the secular and radical spirit of the Enlightenment.

Read the whole article on Salon.com.

H/t: Sullivan.

I don’t understand health care all that well. I do know that the town hall mobs are pretty lousy for public discourse, whether they are a natural outgrowth of conservative angst, or incited by conservative radio hosts/bloggers (who, by the way, probably have health insurance). This is one of those times when it would be nice to have sane, forceful, persuasive leaders on the Republican side.

I recently gave Lindsey Graham some flak for his patronizing treatment of Sonia Sotomayor (who Graham ended up voting for, by the way). But here, in this interview with Ezra Klein (who does understand health care), Graham comes off as quite reasonable. It’s worth reading what a sane conservative has to say on health care, and to compare to the insane conservatives (two words: “death panel”).

Here’s Graham’s first answer, on whether a deal can be struck:

The bargain that will eventually be made is that Republicans will give in to the idea that every American should have coverage, and it should be mandated. There’s resistance to that because it runs counter to some of the doctrine. Democrats need to understand that there won’t be a public option any time soon, if ever. The public option in many ways has become what “amnesty” was for immigration reform, or “privatization” was for Social Security.

Read it up.

Those of you hoping the Republican Party would edge away from the cliffs of insanity after getting beaten mercilessly in the last two elections…

…meet Glen Beck.

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