Sunday, August 31, 2008

Sometimes, as the Republicans may note (as Gustav interferes), god ain't on your side just because you invoke him:
Integrity Bancshares, Inc. is an Atlanta based bank holding company. Integrity Bank, its wholly-owned subsidiary, is a full service independent community bank. Since its inception in 2000, Integrity has specialized in real estate lending and serving the local communities with its faith-based culture. Keeping its strategy simple and straight-forward, Integrity has grown into a billion dollar organization while maintaining a hometown atmosphere in all of its locations.

Integrity currently operates five full service financial centers and a loan production office in the rapidly growing north metropolitan Atlanta area.

Well, no it doesn't offer squat, now:
FDIC Information for Integrity Bank, Alpharetta, GA
On August 29, 2008, Integrity Bank, Alpharetta, Georgia was closed by the Georgia Department of Banking and Finance. Subsequently the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) was named Receiver. No advance notice is given to the public when a financial institution is closed.

All deposit accounts have been transferred to Regions Bank, Birmingham, Alabama. For more information on Regions Bank visit us at

The FDIC has assembled useful information regarding your relationship with Integrity Bank. Besides a checking account, you may have Certificates of Deposit, a business checking account, a Social Security direct deposit, and other relationships with the institution.

I bring this failure to your attention as a public service to those who actually believe the Republican faith based claptrap concerning government. God evidently can't run a bank and certainly shouldn't be in charge of governing a nation. I don't mind a bit churches and people's various religions, but there is a place for that.

Oh, yeah, George the Second says that you needn't worry,
"There have been some recent signs that our economy is beginning to improve."
"The economic stimulus package that I signed earlier this year is having its intended effect," the president said. "Many Americans who received tax rebates are spending them. Businesses are taking advantage of tax incentives to purchase new equipment this year. And there are signs that the stimulus package will continue to have a beneficial impact on the economy in the second half of the year."

Yes the GDP growth did increase from 0.9% in the first quarter to 3.3% in the second quarter but the stimulus checks are spent and increasing unemployment, crashed housing, and rising costs will probably flatten the snot out of the third quarter. But our President has faith based assurances for you and surely god will help him out, like always...

Now that Palin is the POW's VP candidate god will undoubtedly smile on the Republic-an once again. While so many scoff at the Iranians and their Mullah based government they ignore all the "moral" laws the US has...which are based on what morality - Bible? I vastly prefer a government which makes no pretence to morality, minds ethics and protects individual liberty and civil order and leaves morality to the province of those able to engage in it. A government can be a theocracy, but it cannot be moral. Morality involves personal choice not forced coercion - ie law enforcement. A politician can be moral, but a government cannot. If there is any morality in our form of government, it is the Bill of Rights which lays out a proscription from governing in certain areas of life.

You just cannot get it through some people's heads that a law against murder or theft is not about the morality of such an act, it is about the protection of civil order from such things. Very few would engage in that behavior if it were not against the law, the law is there to provide consequences for those who would disrupt their fellows lives in such a manner and remove their negative impact. To touch on something perhaps a bit less obvious, the prohibition of child pornography doesn't exist because it is nasty or immoral, but because it involves the imposition of a behavior on those unable to make an informed choice to engage in it - social disorder.

You don't run banks or governments on godliness, you run them on sound rational processes designed to accomplish their ends. Don't expect the Republicans to grow up, and don't count on the Democrats to not follow them into stupidity - gotta win elections and all.


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