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21-04-2011, 06:33 PM
Texas Governor wants prayers for rain
Yes, this is the state I live in. I really wanted this to be a joke. It's not. :'(

Rick Perry has already asked the Obama Administration for help in combating the wildfires that continue to devour much of the state. Now, he turns to an even higher power: Moments ago the governor's office sent word that Perry has proclaimed Friday through Sunday as Days of Prayer for Rain -- an event unparalleled since Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue held a prayer service in his state during the historic drought of 2007.

From the proclamation:

WHEREAS, throughout our history, both as a state and as individuals, Texans have been strengthened, assured and lifted up through prayer; it seems right and fitting that the people of Texas should join together in prayer to humbly seek an end to this devastating drought and these dangerous wildfires;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, RICK PERRY, Governor of Texas, under the authority vested in me by the Constitution and Statutes of the State of Texas, do hereby proclaim the three-day period from Friday, April 22, 2011, to Sunday, April 24, 2011, as Days of Prayer for Rain in the State of Texas. I urge Texans of all faiths and traditions to offer prayers on that day for the healing of our land, the rebuilding of our communities and the restoration of our normal and robust way of life.

The entire proclamation follows. Oh, you thought I meant Rainy Day Fund? My bad.

TO ALL TO WHOM THESE PRESENTS SHALL COME:

WHEREAS, the state of Texas is in the midst of an exceptional drought, with some parts of the state receiving no significant rainfall for almost three months, matching rainfall deficit records dating back to the 1930s; and

WHEREAS, a combination of higher than normal temperatures, low precipitation and low relative humidity has caused an extreme fire danger over most of the State, sparking more than 8,000 wildfires which have cost several lives, engulfed more than 1.8 million acres of land and destroyed almost 400 homes, causing me to issue an ongoing disaster declaration since December of last year; and

WHEREAS, these dire conditions have caused agricultural crops to fail, lake and reservoir levels to fall and cattle and livestock to struggle under intense stress, imposing a tremendous financial and emotional toll on our land and our people; and

WHEREAS, throughout our history, both as a state and as individuals, Texans have been strengthened, assured and lifted up through prayer; it seems right and fitting that the people of Texas should join together in prayer to humbly seek an end to this devastating drought and these dangerous wildfires;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, RICK PERRY, Governor of Texas, under the authority vested in me by the Constitution and Statutes of the State of Texas, do hereby proclaim the three-day period from Friday, April 22, 2011, to Sunday, April 24, 2011, as Days of Prayer for Rain in the State of Texas. I urge Texans of all faiths and traditions to offer prayers on that day for the healing of our land, the rebuilding of our communities and the restoration of our normal and robust way of life.

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have hereunto signed my name and have officially caused the Seal of State to be affixed at my Office in the City of Austin, Texas, this the 21st day of April, 2010.

RICK PERRY
Governor of Texas

See a picture of Governor Goodhair here:

http://blogs.dallasobserver.com/unfairpa...pray_f.php

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21-04-2011, 07:04 PM
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The best part about praying for rain is that it always comes true. If you pray for rain for 100 straight days and it finally rains on the 100th day, that's undeniable evidence that prayer works (ignoring the 99 days of counter evidence, of course).

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21-04-2011, 07:36 PM
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You know, if he wants to cover all his bases he should really get someone out there to do rain dances too.

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21-04-2011, 08:45 PM
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I remember praying for rain back in the 1980s at church when we had a drought one summer. LOL. Maybe the governor should do a rain dance or sacrifice a virgin. It might be just as effective. Smile
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22-04-2011, 08:10 AM
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I saw this yesterday and this is even on the official governors website.

Here's my question, though: if god is all knowing and all seeing, doesn't he realize that Texas needs rain without being told or asked? I mean, what kind of sick, twisted sadist sits and watches fires kill people and burn all their possessions when he has the power to stop it and decides "you know, if enough of these wretches feed my ego, maybe then I'll consider dropping some rain on them and showing them my loving mercy"??

They have a term for women in relationships with men who act like god: battered wife syndrome.

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22-04-2011, 09:03 AM
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(22-04-2011 08:10 AM)BnW Wrote:  what kind of sick, twisted sadist sits and watches fires kill people and burn all their possessions when he has the power to stop it

The Judeo-Christian God of course!

If I learned anything from the Bible it's that God loves to torture his faithful.

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22-04-2011, 09:11 AM
 
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So then by contrast, it must be the Devil that's causing all this fire to turn Texas people's lives into a living hell!

Why doesn't he just cut the check out of the budget and get a flight assembly to seed the clouds so as to make it rain? Or ask other States to lend their airborne water tankers to inundate the area with water and chemical fire suppressants and poof! Answered prayer! Rolleyes

Is this the same guy that not long ago was talking about Texas secession? Or no? Huh
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22-04-2011, 09:22 AM
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Don't they have those planes that can use vapor trails to effect rain patterns? Wouldn't that be easier?

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22-04-2011, 10:31 AM
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(22-04-2011 09:11 AM)GassyKitten Wrote:  Is this the same guy that not long ago was talking about Texas secession? Or no? Huh

Yes, same guy. I vote we let them go, on the condition they take Mississippi, Louisiana and Oklahoma with them.

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22-04-2011, 04:26 PM
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(22-04-2011 08:10 AM)BnW Wrote:  Here's my question, though: if god is all knowing and all seeing, doesn't he realize that Texas needs rain without being told or asked? I mean, what kind of sick, twisted sadist sits and watches fires kill people and burn all their possessions when he has the power to stop it and decides "you know, if enough of these wretches feed my ego, maybe then I'll consider dropping some rain on them and showing them my loving mercy"??

They have a term for women in relationships with men who act like god: battered wife syndrome.

Both these paragraphs made it to my atheist quotes collection. Smile
(22-04-2011 09:22 AM)Green Wrote:  Don't they have those planes that can use vapor trails to effect rain patterns? Wouldn't that be easier?

But that costs money. Huh

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