Jesus Saves — at Payne County Bank

We can’t even start writing this without telegraphing the punchline, so please, withhold your outbursts for the benefit of the children and slower members of the audience.

First the setup, as broadcast last week across the wingnutsphere:

Federal Reserve examiners came to the Perkins [Oklahoma] bank last week to make sure banks are complying with a long list of regulations. The team from Kansas City deemed a Bible verse of the day, crosses on the teller’s counter and buttons that say “Merry Christmas, God With Us,” were inappropriate. The Bible verse of the day on the Internet also had to be taken down.

Seems the bank had violated a federal regulation that forbids “the use of words, symbols, models and other forms of communication [that] express, imply or suggest a discriminatory preference or policy of exclusion.” At least, that’s how the Feds saw it.

But all’s well that ends well: After the bank alerted James Inhofe and others to its plight, the Feds backed down, and the crucifixes went back up.

We actually don’t have a problem with Mammon Community Bank getting all pious on our heathen arse. We would just hope that, in the interest of comprehensive exegesis, their daily verse includes the line about overthrowing the tables of the money changers.

After Outcry, Feds Back Down; Banks Can Display Crosses [KOCO]

Kinda violates the spirit of that whole chargeth no interest thing and something about Jeebus vs the money changers.

Wake me up when this holiday business is over.

@ManchuCandidate: Funny thing is that they know nothing of money changing. They’re in Oklahoma. You tell these guys that the Canadian Dollar trades at par, and the first thought in their minds is naturally of golf.

(BTW, Manchu: please tell Blimpie that he should devalue the Loonie so that it is worth 70 or 80 cents US. AS GOD INTENDED. Kthxbye.)

@chicago bureau:
He’d love to, to get exporters Ontario and Que loving his rather ample benevolence again and forget the mess of the G-20 thing.

Unfortunately, several things have conspired against him.

1) the poll numbers show that Iggy the US America leader of the Liebrul party is slowly closing in on him which is why there has been jack (not Layton) rumblings of an election lately.
2) no money to do such a thing as PM Fatty blew that surplus we Canada City types were proud of on tax cuts for his constituents (rich, corprats and stupid people)
3) markets high on oil aka Alberta
4) can’t make interest rates negative

@ManchuCandidate: Iggy? That guy? Dude impresses me as the Canadian John Kerry — boring, stiff, but remarkably clean.

@chicago bureau:
It’s not like there’s anyone else around…

I’m not a fan of his either, but he’s more action oriented & organized than Dion – good intentioned stumbler fumbler.

Speaking of angry white people (not the Canucks, the Americans:

Council of Concerned Citizens attacks Thor for daring to use non-white actors in the Norse pantheon. Ann Coulter defends blatant racists.

Bonus asshole points to the CCC for sneaking in the “OMG JEW” bit on Stan Lee – note how they cleverly snuck that into their press release?

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