Another Example of How We Lose the Hearts and Minds

May 23, 2006 at 10:35 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

In Afghanistan, during the recent “operation,” Americans claim they killed nearly 80 bad guys, but apparently, 16 civilians were also killed.

This heavy-handed approach loses more support than any amount of killings of bad guys could ever win us. Tell me, how many Americans remember the bombing of the wedding party in Afghanistan back in 2002? Afghans remember. Americans don’t. Therein lies our failure to win their hearts and minds, and our failure to make Afghanistan (and Iraq) a peaceful place.

On the Ground in Iraq, Things Do Not Look Good

May 23, 2006 at 10:27 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Don’t let the military propaganda lie to you. What is happening in Iraq is not positive. In Blogging Baghdad today they attempted to talk with some students at a university in Baghdad. They were herded away because apparently:

They do have a right to be nervous on campus. According to Iraq’s Association of University Lecturers, 182 professors and academics have been assassinated since the start of the war. The group says another 85 have been kidnapped or survived attempts on their lives.

One student who would not give her name for fear of her life says this:

“I hope that it will succeed, but I don’t think that it will. All of the students, we don’t know if we are going to live or die under the current situation.”

Things are not good in Iraq because the planners of this war and “reconstruction” were criminally inept. Their hearts were not set on actual victory in Iraq, because for total victory you needed from the start a hell of a lot more soldiers on the ground than a mere 150,000. Remember that in the Gulf War in 1991, General Powell used HALF A MILLION soldiers to simply kick Hussein out of Kuwait. Who in their right minds thought a country as large as Iraq could have been transformed into a liberal-democracy on the cheap? Only those who are criminally inept.

Things can improve in Iraq, but first things first. Those responsible for the failures and the destruction and deaths must be held accountable, including Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and Rice.

Some Thoughts on How to Solve the Problem of Immigration

May 22, 2006 at 4:22 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments

1. Secure our Borders.
why, oh why is this even a question now, five years after 9/11?!?!?! Why are our borders not secure? there isn’t much of a threat of a terrorist waltzing across the Mexican border when they can get across the Canadian border (as all of them had) much easier. but still, we’d have fewer problems if the laws we currently have in our books are actually enforced. We do not need more laws. just enforce the ones we currently have.

2. Help the needy.
I’m a bleeding heart liberal, so I will still do what I can to help others, including those who came over illegally. They obviously risked their lives to come over, and that does not come but by desperation. The point that Mexicans coming over don’t pay taxes is incorrect. They actually do pay taxes, and therefore have access to our health care. This myth is perpetuated by those who want to find any way to remove Mexicans from America.

3. Cut off the Supply
by this, what I mean is what drives Mexicans over the border: Jobs. I am fine with creating stiff penalties for companies that hire illegal immigrants. the enforcement of this law is going to be tough and will require some serious dinero (pun intended) but it can be done. Dry up the supply. Make it so that there is no incentive for these immigrants to come over. If the only method for them to receive jobs in the United States is through legal means, then that’s the only way they will come.

4. Change the INS policies and procedures
many of the problems we are facing right now with immigration from Latin countries stems from the INS being a very unkind and harsh organization. Many of these people already attempted to come through the straight and narrow, but were turned back for one reason or another. America is just going to have to face the fact that because it is such a successful country, that millions and millions of people will want to come here. We will do better for ourselves if we stop supporting totalitarian governments abroad, (which is point 5), and we will bring more people over legally if our legal doors are kinder to them.

5. Stop supporting totalitarian governments
Yes, the United States, under Bush’s watch, as well as all his predecessors, have and continue to support totalitarian regimes around the world because they fear the result of the actual voice of the people. Take Egypt for example. If the US stopped its support of Mubarak, and really let the people of Egypt decide their own government, the US government fears that the ensuing government will be like a Hamas-run Palestine, with a “terrorist” organization, The Islamic Brotherhood, coming to power, and fundamentally altering the Middle East. But is that not the ironic part? Do we not want change in the Middle East? If we want change, then we must stop supporting the totalitarian regimes there, and let the people actually decide. otherwise our actions are a farce. This is why the Iraq project is failing, because in the Middle East, they are not taking the Americans seriously because America does not take democracy there seriously. Take for example what happened when Hamas won a free and fair election in Palestine (just what Bush proclaims he wanted). What was America’s reaction? to stop supporting the newly democratically elected government. What a farce!

If America does these things, it will turn out for the better in regards to its immigration worries.

Mormons and the Issue of Immigration in America

May 22, 2006 at 3:46 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

I’ve been debating with readers on Vox Day’s blog regarding immigration. Some of them are pretty loony, if you ask me, not caring if immigrants crossing the border die of land mines, or being shot, or eaten by vultures, etc. Some fear that America is being “invaded” by Mexicans hellbent on destroying our culture.

Mostly, I discovered that the underlying problem is that many fear the result of a mixture of American culture with that of Mexican. One commentator mentioned that America will inevitably look like a Third World country, along the likes of Indonesia. Keeping aside the silliness of such a vision, (America has always been as great as it is BECAUSE of its immigrants), it made me think hard about the problem America is facing on this issue. Also putting aside the point that this is a diversionary tactic by Republicans wanting to change the subject from Iraq to something else—anything else—-just as long as it brings their poll numbers back up, let’s look at this problem.

The concern seems to be the lack of assimilation, the lack of the glue that keeps American culture so united despite the diversity. Many fear that Mexicans won’t unite with Americans in their culture. So here’s a question: why won’t Mexicans unite with the rest of Americans in their culture? Before that question though, another must be asked, is it really true that Mexicans don’t want to unite with the rest of America culturally speaking? And if not, is that really a problem? We get so caught up by the fiery rhetoric that we sometimes forget to just look at the facts, and look at the points rationally.

So, what unites immigrants coming to America? What is it that inevitably makes them American? I came over when I was seven years old, so I was easily indoctrinated in American culture right from close to the start. I still retain some semblances of Romanian culture, but not much. My accent is completely American (though sometimes it turns Canadian—don’t ask me why, as I’ve never lived in Canada!). But I grew up with America around me and found it to my liking. I felt drawn in and accepted (though early childhood school experiences were not too good—speaking with an accent as a kid did not bring me many friends).

I hate to bring race into this, but when looking at the reasons so many Mexicans may not assimilate with the rest of Americans, I fear that race may play a key role. How can someone feel welcomed by people who look down on that person based on the way he looks? I feel that this is a key reason why Mexicans don’t assimilate as easily in American culture as we would like them to. I think that some Americans find Mexican culture to be dirty, much as Jews were once looked down upon in European countries as unclean, unshaven, smelly peasants, but just not with the same passionate hatred that Europeans had for Jews.

So in thinking about this, the question is: what can bring Mexicans to unite with the rest of America?

In those debates on Mr. Day’s blog, I brought up my religion, LDS. I actually got a hate comment based on my religious beliefs (which didn’t surprise me, but just showed that hatred of religion is still alive and well in America). This church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, is a worldwide church, with members in almost every country of the world. I got thinking about how Mormons are. I’ve travelled a bit around the world (mostly Europe) and wherever I’ve gone, Mormons were the same, the same smiling faces, the same kind welcomings. What is it about people in such diverse places as Korea, Mexico, South Africa, India, Japan, and America, that brings them together in unity of religion? Specifically on this topic, how do Mexican Mormons and American Mormons act and treat those around them? What is it that makes a Mormon in Mexico not that much different than a Mormon in America?

And, can something like this unity happen outside the scope of religion?

Al Gore

May 22, 2006 at 1:50 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments

yes, I am disappointed in what happened in 2000 and feel some of the blame lay with Mr. Gore who didn’t handle himself as well as he could have during the election. Florida was lost by mere hundreds of votes, but Florida’s loss came because of the Elian Gonzales fiasco. The American Prospect has a great article on the story behind Al Gore’s resurgence. He is looking very strong right now going into 2008. I hope he does decide to run again. It will be a risk, but I feel he can win by simply saying, “let’s try again to make the world a better place.” I hope he can still keep that independent spirit that he currently has, free from politics. He has the feel of a Teddy Roosevelt, who believed more strongly in his principles than in party politics. Gore is getting help from unlikely sources who are looking into the future and trying to pre-empt his strong moves. We’ll see what happens. If he does run, he has my vote.

The Failures of Policing Iraq

May 22, 2006 at 11:52 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Two articles in the New York Times show the progress (or regress I should say) in creating and maintaining law and order in Iraq pre-war and post-war.

These should show pretty clearly that in the end, the Bush adminstration talked tough in regards to their war, but their planning was the worst it could possibly be. They did not listen to experienced nation-builders, and instead, derided those who said their plan could not be done.

Bush’s plan for Iraq was inherently flawed to begin with. Time to make him pay for his ineptitude.

We Love Mexican Food, Just Not Mexicans

May 22, 2006 at 11:48 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments

an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times that quite clearly shows the hypocrisy of some Americans’s stance on immigration from Mexico. As the article is entitled, Get out! but leave the quesadilla. Vox Day shows the real reason why some are literally up in arms about Mexican immigration to the United States in his blog.

He states:

And if you believe that the USA is going to maintain its Christian, Anglo-Saxon political culture, or even the trappings of it that currently survive, you would do well to read up on the way in which other migrations have altered the cultures of their final destinations.

I’m glad to see some coming out from their hiding. This is not about the legal status of immigrants, but about fear of change.

Hatred of the Dixie Chicks

May 22, 2006 at 11:39 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The Dixie Chicks who famously said that they were ashamed of the president of the United States just days before the bombing in Iraq began, have come out with a new album. An article in the New York Times discusses their situation since that point, and their new album. One part that struck me was this little section:

“We have video footage of this lady at one of the shows protesting, holding her 2-year-old son,” Ms. Maines said. The woman commanded her son to shout along with an angry chant. “And I was just like, that’s it right there. That’s the moment that it’s taught. She just taught her 2-year-old how to hate. And that broke my heart.”

how hate can begin at such an early age…..

The Religious Left is Back

May 20, 2006 at 7:44 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

a great article in today’s Washington Post about the revival of religion on the political left.

this is what drives the religous left:

Religious liberals say their faith compels them to emphasize such issues as poverty, affordable health care and global warming. Disillusionment with the war in Iraq and opposition to Bush administration policies on secret prisons and torture have also fueled the movement.

My question is, where are the religious Americans who care about BOTH poverty, affordable health care, global warming, AND are pro-family, anti-abortion, anti-gay marriage, etc.? If that party ever shows up, I’d be its first member. The Christian Right has been terrible in its actions and words, very divisive, and frankly un-Christian. The Left abandoned God in the 60s and 70s. Those are the stereotypes. Both sides need to realize that in order to be complete, they need the other. That’s the real irony of the divisive politics played by both sides these days.

The Rev. Joseph W. Daniels Jr., senior pastor of Emory United Methodist Church in Northwest Washington, said a key question for him is whether the religious left will become “the polar opposite to . . . the religious right” or be “a voice in the middle.”

“What this country needs is strong spiritual leadership that is willing to build bridges. We don’t need leaders who are lightning bolts for division and dissension,” he said.

I quote again President Gordon B. Hinckley, prophet of the Lord:

Why do any of us have to be so mean and unkind to others? Why can’t all of us reach out in friendship to everyone about us? Why is there so much bitterness and animosity? It is not a part of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

On Making English the “National” Language of America

May 19, 2006 at 9:15 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

so the Senate, in a election-year maneuver, has made English the National Language of America

so……

that means that we’re going to have to change the dollar bill, no? look at it carefully. what language is on the dollar bill?

What’s Up With Mormons in the West?!?!?!

May 18, 2006 at 1:33 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

look at this graphic, here. Only the states of Utah, Idaho, and Wyoming still have Bush approval ratings of over 50%!

What the hell is wrong with you guys? Bush is no prophet of God. Bush is not called of God. Bush is not an inspired man. Why do you still support him?

The Issue of Illegal Immigration: A Purposeful Distraction?

May 18, 2006 at 11:55 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

I’ve been reading a lot of hubbub about the issue of illegal immigrants crossing the border from Mexico over the past several years. I’m trying to see how this jumped to the front and center of political discussions today. After all, it isn’t as if suddenly there was a huge mass crossing that our border guards were so overwhelmed to deal with. Why suddenly the big talk about immigration?

Forgive me for being a pessimist, but this smells of a distraction. Upon seeing their Iraq policy failing miserably in their faces, conservatives jumped to change the subject to something they feel they could succeed on.

With Americans having such a damnably short attention span, with their attention span floating as a leave blown by the wind, it is no surprise that the subject has changed so quickly.

Deporting Immigrants: The Wisdom of Men vs The Wisdom of the Lord

May 17, 2006 at 9:18 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments

Vox Day, a very polemic blogger and writer for the World Net Daily has suggested we look at the effeciency in the German removal of Jews from German society as an example that such removal actually can work for the 12 to 20 million “illegal” immigrants to the United States.

He states:

And he will be lying, again, just as he lied when he said: “Massive deportation of the people here is unrealistic – it’s just not going to work.”

Not only will it work, but one can easily estimate how long it would take. If it took the Germans less than four years to rid themselves of 6 million Jews, many of whom spoke German and were fully integrated into German society, it couldn’t possibly take more than eight years to deport 12 million illegal aliens, many of whom don’t speak English and are not integrated into American society.

While he may be a member of Mensa (so was Tarek on the Apprentice, but that apparently really didn’t help him in practical matters), he apparently didn’t think more clearly about why the Germans were effective at removing the Jews. I’ve read his blog (which I won’t link to here—full of hate and vitriol that is undeserving of advertisement), and seen the responses he has given those who have criticized him. He berates those who can’t see his view (typical of those who think they are smarter than the other 98%), yet he doesn’t seem to realize that the reason Germans were so effective in removing Jews from Germany is because the Germans used killings and murder to instigate enough fear in the Jews that the Jews would be willing to move.

The question Mr. Day does not ask is this: were the Jews willing to move? Did the Jews want to give up their possessions and lands to the Germans who showed clear hatred of them? What would happen today if the Germans attempted again to remove Jews from Germany today? What did Germans have then that Jews did not have? How many guns did Jews have? What kind of political protection did Jews have? Would Americans be willing to go that kind of distance to remove “illegal” immigrants from America today? Would “illegal” immigrants be as willing, or as submissive as the Jews were in Germany to move? Most likely not. No offense meant to the Jews of the time, but they didn’t have much choice as there was no recourse, no method for them to stand up for themselves at that time. Today is a vastly different world. What Mr. Day (and others like him) propone is impossible unless you are willing to get into killing people. And well, the moment someone dies, is the moment you lost.

Yes, on the front of what Mr. Day says, it is possible to move several million people from one location to another. But realistically speaking, Mr. Day is only proving that Mensa is losing more and more credibility as to having the best and the brightest. It is frankly speaking pretty dumb to make such a comparison (the disturbing aspects of thinking there is something positive to learn from the deportation of Jews from Germany aside), because it does not look at all the facts and ignores glaring points that undermine the point.

Germans succeeded in removing Jews from proper Germany and into concentration camps because Germans killed Jews who did not go. The fear amongst Jews was palpable. If they did not go, they would certainly die.

Now, compare what Mr. Day and his friends at the World Net Daily believe with what a Prophet of the Lord has said:

Throughout my service as a member of the First Presidency, I have recognized and spoken a number of times on the diversity we see in our society. It is all about us, and we must make an effort to accommodate that diversity.

Let us all recognize that each of us is a son or daughter of our Father in Heaven, who loves all of His children.

Brethren, there is no basis for racial hatred among the priesthood of this Church. If any within the sound of my voice is inclined to indulge in this, then let him go before the Lord and ask for forgiveness and be no more involved in such.

The conflict with immigration today is not about “illegals” but about whites being afraid of “espanol” of the culture of Mexicans creeping into American culture and turning it from a white-ruled control into a mixture of white and Mexican. All the major immigration conflicts of the past in American history have dealth with the mixture of culture, and not whether they came legally or illegally. Before 1918, there was no “illegal” immigrant, but there were many conflicts. They arose out of fear of mixing cultures and from nothing else. America has not learned from history, and a “Mensa” member apparently has not learned either. Such a shame. But then again:

O that cunning plan of the evil one! O the vainness, and the frailties, and the foolishness of men! When they are learned they think they are wise, and they hearken not unto the counsel of God, for they set it aside, supposing they know of themselves, wherefore, their wisdom is foolishness and it profiteth them not. And they shall perish.

Politics is all about TIMING

May 16, 2006 at 1:05 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Consider the fact that since the 2004 election, how many “orange alerts” have we had? Did terrorists suddenly no longer feel it was necessary to threaten America now that the election was completed? Notice from that list that the very last raising of the alert happened in September 2004…..two months before the national election…..

Politics is about timing. This is why the War in Iraq was fought at the time it was fought. 2003 was a non-election year. March was a cool month in the desert.

Now today, the Pentagon has released the video of the plane crashing into the Pentagon. Now, why did it take so long for the Pentagon to release this tape? Was something secret on them? no. The timing is interesting. Bush’s numbers are at his lowest. The Pentagon also just released the names of the Gitmo detainees. What better way to distract the public from the withering criticism that in reality the Pentagon was holding mere foot soldiers for five years at Gitmo, and it held none of the top terrorist leaders there, even though that is what Bush has been claiming.

Politics is about timing. Political and military leaders know that the public has a short attention span. For example, who can remember this little snippet from Colin Powell from February 2001 in Egypt?

We had a good discussion, the Foreign Minister and I and the President and I, had a good discussion about the nature of the sanctions — the fact that the sanctions exist — not for the purpose of hurting the Iraqi people, but for the purpose of keeping in check Saddam Hussein’s ambitions toward developing weapons of mass destruction. We should constantly be reviewing our policies, constantly be looking at those sanctions to make sure that they are directed toward that purpose. That purpose is every bit as important now as it was ten years ago when we began it. And frankly they have worked. He has not developed any significant capability with respect to weapons of mass destruction. He is unable to project conventional power against his neighbors. So in effect, our policies have strengthened the security of the neighbors of Iraq…

Notice of course that the State Department’s website no longer has that page but it has been preserved by The Memory Hole here.

So was the Secretary of State wrong? No one came out to correct him.

But people forget, very easily too. The Pentagon hopes that Americans will forget that they released the names of Gitmo detainees and that no significant terrorist is on that list, but all foot soldiers. The way they will ensure Americans forget is by distracting them with video of the carnage of 9/11.

And you know what? Sadly, Americans will fall for it.

Kissinger’s Thoughts on Diplomacy with Iran

May 16, 2006 at 12:47 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

I’m normally not a fan of Henry Kissinger, this hardliner who was involved in the CIA overthrow of the democratically elected Chilean government in the 70s and the placement of a puppet dictator in Pinochet. That aside, he speaks wise words in his op-ed in the Washington Post today called, A Nuclear Test for Diplomacy.

I quote an important part:

The diplomacy appropriate to denuclearization is comparable to the containment policy that helped win the Cold War: no preemptive challenge to the external security of the adversary, but firm resistance to attempts to project its power abroad and reliance on domestic forces to bring about internal change. It was precisely such a nuanced policy that caused President Ronald Reagan to invite Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev to a dialogue within weeks of labeling the Soviet Union as the evil empire.

……..

Parallel considerations apply to the case of Iran. The current negotiating forum is highly dysfunctional. Three European countries in close coordination with the United States are acting partly as America’s surrogate. China and Russia do not participate in the negotiations but are involved when their consequences go before the U.N. Security Council — a procedure enabling Iran to play off the nuclear powers against each other.

A more coherent forum for negotiation would combine the three European nations with the United States, China and Russia as the countries most directly affected and in the best position to act jointly in the Security Council. This could be set up after the passage of the Security Council resolution now under discussion. It would permit elaboration of the one hopeful scheme that has emerged in Iranian diplomacy. Put forward by Russia, it is to move certain enrichment operations out of Iran into Russia, thereby preventing clandestine weaponization. The new, broader forum could be used to establish an international enrichment program applicable to future nuclear technologies to curb the looming specter of unchecked proliferation.

Can those who salivate for more death handle such wise thinking? Can those who sit back in their comfy chairs and dream of bombs dropping on Iran possibly envision something better?

Mayan Discoveries…..More evidence of Nephite Times

May 16, 2006 at 11:58 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

This New York Times article shows evidence of earlier Mayan civilization cultures than previously discovered, back to at least 100 B.C. Mormons know this period from the Book of Mormon very well, as most of the Book of Mormon was written of this period. It will be fascinating to see where this goes, but yes, this is further evidence of the Nephites and Lamanites.

Once a Terrorist, Always a Terrorist?

May 16, 2006 at 11:49 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

apparently not to the Bush Administration, which is why they are letting Lybia and Kadafi off the hook and normalizing relations with them. Remember that Kadafi is still a dictator, and in the Arab world. Mark one more on the side of dictators in America’s relations with the Arabs. Some are thinking this is a move towards war with Iran….

Let us not forget what Kadafi did. One grieving mother reminds us:

HOW WOULD YOU feel if the man who murdered your child was forgiven — and embraced — by your government?

That’s what happened to me Monday when the State Department announced that Moammar Kadafi’s Libya was being taken off the list of state sponsors of terrorism and that the United States would establish full and friendly relations with the regime.

Libya, you may recall, was the country that blew up Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, on Dec. 21, 1988. The blast killed 270 people, 189 of them Americans. It was the worst terrorist attack on American civilians before 9/11. My daughter, Theodora — everyone called her Theo — was a Syracuse University drama student returning home from a semester in Britain on the flight. She was our only child, and her killing shattered our lives.

I know national policy cannot be influenced by the personal grief and rage of a single family. But the Bush administration has dishonored our country. The excuse the administration gives for its actions is that Libya has changed: It has given up its weapons of mass destruction. But Libya never really had weapons of mass destruction. Yes, it had materials bought from Pakistani scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan’s nuclear supermarket, and maybe Kadafi was nuts enough to believe that he could build nuclear weapons someday. But he didn’t actually have any, and his program had been completely compromised long before he magnanimously agreed to give it up.

Libya had no biological weapons either, apart from some World War I-era mustard gas. The truth is, Kadafi gave up nothing of value. It’s hard to see how his example will inspire North Korea or Iran, countries that really do have nuclear weapons or the means to make them. The message they will take away is that the United States can be rolled.

Has Libya embraced democracy? Not according to human rights groups, which say that Kadafi remains a brutal and unstable dictator. So much for President Bush’s doctrine of spreading democracy. The message here is that the U.S. doesn’t really mind doing business with tyrants.

Has Libya helped the U.S. in its fight against terrorism? Yes, the Kadafi government has ratted out some of its former associates. But the Islamists have been trying to kill Kadafi for years. We are helping him get rid of his own enemies.

Using Bush’s own black and white rule, either you with us or against us. Either you are for democracy or not for democracy. But see the problem is that Bush doesn’t actually care about democracy. That’s not his main goal in the realm of foreign policy. He’s only worried about his political losses back home.

When will Republicans have the balls to impeach this treasonous president!

Paying for Intentional Wars

May 15, 2006 at 1:14 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

I’ve been debating on several blogs with those who favor war with Iran. On The Belgravia Dispatch one J Thomas lists off the various options America has in bombing Iran. Yet, in talking all about the various bombs we could use, the various ships we could send in, the various troop deployments we could move in, not once was discussed the cost of these various options. It costs a lot of money to actually use our multitudes of weapons. The war in Iraq right now costs us almost $6 billion PER MONTH! or $195 million PER DAY!

If you are a nation that was attacked by another, it would be understandable to ask your people to make a sacrifice, to put aside their spending and give a little to the government to pay for the war to defend the nation, but what do you do when you are the one instigating the attack? What do you do if you are the one who wants to start the war? Can you go to your people and ask them to fork over the money for your war? If you cannot, what do you do? Do you get a loan and pay for the war through a loan, thereby 1) forcing your nation to pay for the war without asking them if they wanted to pay for the war, and 2) increasing the overall payment due to interest rates on the loan you procured? Do you make future generations pay for your war? If you do, what choice to you give them in your war?

I’m trying to remember here who was the last American leader to actually ask Americans to make a sacrifice and pay for a war upfront. Franklin Roosevelt is the only name that comes to mind. Can a modern American leader have the balls, the courage, the real statesman leadership to ask his generation to pay for his war?

Our children are going to hate us for what we are doing right now. What freedom are we giving them if what we give them is our debts? What choices are they going to have in paying our debts off for us? Maybe they could be sly and deceitful like we are and shove those debts down on their children too.

Is that really the American way?

Conservative Christians Warn They Will Stay Home in November

May 15, 2006 at 10:37 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

yes, please do stay home. Let’s get back to an America that was actually kind and, ironically, more Christian one to another. Since the Christian Right has come to power, what I’ve seen is a divisive and hateful America, hardly what the Savior had in mind, especially when he said, “if ye are not one, ye are not mine.”

The divisiveness that has so ripped America apart originates with Conservative Christians who drew lines in the sand and disassociated themselves from their brethren, even if those brethren were among their very own religions. Among Mormons, how often had I heard comments about the worthiness of members who voted Democratic, jokes about having their temple recommends revoked, etc.

So please, do us all a favor, Christian Conservatives, stay home. Bitch and moan from home from now on. Stay out of politics. Don’t taint Christianity the way you’ve done.

Vatican Culture Minister: Da Vinci Book “Shows Mass Ignorance”

May 15, 2006 at 10:13 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

the Vatican’s culture minister, Cardinal Paul Poupard says that the Da Vinci Code book is an indication of the mass ignorance found in the world. He says:

“This is a shocking and worrying cultural phenomenon that reflects, on the one hand, the ignorance of millions of people and, on the other, the voluptuous pleasure the media take in promoting products that have nothing to do with the truth,” the French-born cardinal, 75, told the Paris radio station.

gee, Your Excellency…..perhaps if the Catholic Church were a bit more open with the facts then, perhaps if the Vatican were more willing to let its secrets out….

what are you afraid of? doesn’t the truth set you free?

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