Mormon Scholars Are Winning the Battle

June 13, 2006 at 10:30 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

I stumbled upon this article in looking for a reference to a blog post I am working on. The article is called “Mormon Apologetic Scholarship and Evangelical Neglect:
Losing the Battle and Not Knowing It?” Wow. I’ve never felt so good reading a piece of work by an Evangelical scholar. I’m not a biblical scholar by any stretch of the imagination, so I am not familiar at all with many of the works that Mr. Mosser and Mr. Owen bring up in their article chastizing their fellow Evangelicals for their pitiful efforts at countering the increasingly professional and scholarly Mormon studies of the Bible and ancient times and scriptures.

I personally do not need the verification of history to prove my testimony and my belief in this church is true, but it sure helps. My life has changed drastically for the better since I joined the church 19 years ago. And that is the power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It changes people’s lives for the better. It improves on a person’s own abilities, expands their faculties, enhances their talents, brightens their lives, and brings them closer to the light. It is truly a wonder. I sometimes wish I should have dived into that field of battle, the scholarly research, but I think I would have entered in for the wrong reasons, trying to prove others wrong, rather than trying to find the truth. Besides, the esoteric world of scholarly research only reaches so many people before losing people’s interest. Start using words like pseudepigrapha on some and you get a “huh?” reply. I’m more fascinated talking about the ordinary and simple things. I believe with Alma, who said the following (Alma 37:6-7):

6 Now ye may suppose that this is foolishness in me; but behold I say unto you, that by small and simple things are great things brought to pass; and small means in many instances doth confound the wise.

7 And the Lord God doth work by means to bring about his great and eternal purposes; and by very small means the Lord doth confound the wise and bringeth about the salvation of many souls.

Simply seeing the actual evidence does not convert a soul. The Jews had their Lord and their God right in front of their eyes, yet how many never gave Him more than one look? How many in fact, conspired to murder Him? The true conversion comes in the heart, and it comes by the Holy Ghost.

In any case, I am glad to see Mormon scholars finally being respected, and apparently feared. Great going guys!

The World’s Mega-Cities

June 13, 2006 at 9:25 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Foreign Policy has an interesting look at several of the world’s mega-cities, cities with populations over 10,000,000 people. The article is very brief unfortunately (maybe you need the print version, or to subscribe to see more), but it is an interesting brief look at the largest cities and the troubles they have to face. I am particularly troubled by the rapid growth of Lagos, Nigeria without the structural growth to be able to maintain such a large population.

Pentagon Changes Policy To Allow Showing Photographs of Dead in Iraq

June 12, 2006 at 10:49 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

the hypocrisy of the Pentagon…..at first they say they won’t allow pictures showing the dead, but now they are gleefully showing pictures of a dead Zarqawi, proving only one thing. The Pengaton is only interested in following the rules when it suits its purposes.

The Consequences of the War in Iraq

June 12, 2006 at 6:54 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

This Washington Post article on insurgents who move on from Iraq, should show clearly how badly we are losing the war.

1. If the War in Iraq was over WMDs, then where are they.

2. If the War in Iraq was not over WMDs but over a grand vision of altering the Middle East, then why are insurgents streaming out of Iraq and into Lebannon, changing the countries surrounding Iraq into something we don’t want them to be? is that an alteration for the better?

3. If the War in Iraq was over humanitarian concerns, then why are we not more concerned about the 1300 some odd monthly deaths in the sectarian violence going on under our control?

Meanwhile, Iran is gearing up to produce nuclear technology, North Korea already has nukes, the Taliban in Afghanistan are resurgent, Islamic fundamentalist warlords have won Mogadishu, and the world likes us even less than we could have thought.

Are any of these consequences worth the removal of Saddam? Many of us warned that the price to pay for his removal was too great, but few listened, because all they saw was red, the blood of 9/11 spilt all over America, and America wanted revenge.

Senator Specter Wants to Grant Immunity to NSA Lawbreakers

June 9, 2006 at 1:07 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Over on DailyKos is a thread that shows how Senator Specter wants to give amnesty, basically immunity from punishment, to anybody who is found breaking the law, if the NSA surveillance of Americans is found unconstitutional.

WHAT?!?!?!

so here is my email to Mr. Specter.

Senator Specter,

I recently learned that you plan on introducing a bill on the issue of NSA surveillance with which I have several major qualms.

According to the Washington Post (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/06/08/AR2006060801992.html), your bill gives the President the “option” to get a warrant, rather than making it a “requirement.”

That in itself is very troubling. Why can you and the rest of Congress not actually hold the President accountable? Why are you such paper tigers? Why have you abrogated your Constitutionally mandated responsibility to be a check and a balance on the Executive Branch?

Then I read the following passage, which sends chills down my spine:

“Another part of the Specter bill would grant blanket amnesty to anyone who authorized warrantless surveillance under presidential authority, a provision that seems to ensure that no one would be held criminally liable if the current program is found illegal under present law.”

Are you actually serious? Do you realize what you are saying? You are saying that if the law is found unconstitutional, there will be no punishment for those who have gone against the Constitution. Are you serious!

Or is the better question this: What do Bush and Cheney have on YOU? Have you slept with an intern lately and they have pictures? Did you take bribes from Abramoff too, and they have proof? What “mistakes” have you made that will allow them to blackmail you so easily? What have you done that makes it so easy for you to bend over to them?

Mr. Specter, I assure you this, if this bill continues in the weak manner in which you currently present it, I will put all my efforts at unseating you, now! Not in 2010, when you are next up for reelection, but today, this year. I will work my hardest to remove yet one more weak Senator who has given in to the dictatorship of Bush and company who are fundamentally altering American governancy. For six years Congress has simply stood by and watched as Bush dismissed over SEVEN HUNDRED AND FIFTY laws you passed. Where is the anger, Mr. Specter? Wait, I recall your letter to Heil Cheney just a few days ago, which you made public. You showed your anger there, but like a paper tiger, there is no bite that actually will harm Cheney is there?

How shameful, Mr. Specter, how shameful!

Your constituent in Pennsylvania,

Nicholas Berg’s Father on Peace vs Revenge

June 8, 2006 at 12:51 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

well said Mr. Berg, well said. O’Brien didn’t know how to take his answer, not being the traditoinal “I’m glad he’s dead”, “burn in hell you bastard,” answer, but rather saying that he had already forgiven Zarqawi for murdering his son. It makes one feel good to see that this world is not yet filled with only violence and hatred, that there are still people in this world who look for peace and forgiveness.

O’BRIEN: Mr. Berg, thank you for talking with us again. It’s nice to have an opportunity to talk to you. Of course, I’m curious to know your reaction, as it is now confirmed that Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the man who is widely credited and blamed for killing your son, Nicholas, is dead.

MICHAEL BERG: Well, my reaction is I’m sorry whenever any human being dies. Zarqawi is a human being. He has a family who are reacting just as my family reacted when Nick was killed, and I feel bad for that. (Watch video of the two bombs falling on al-Zarqawi — 2:00)

I feel doubly bad, though, because Zarqawi is also a political figure, and his death will re-ignite yet another wave of revenge, and revenge is something that I do not follow, that I do want ask for, that I do not wish for against anybody. And it can’t end the cycle. As long as people use violence to combat violence, we will always have violence.

O’BRIEN: I have to say, sir, I’m surprised. I know how devastated you and your family were, frankly, when Nick was killed in such a horrible, and brutal and public way.

BERG: Well, you shouldn’t be surprised, because I have never indicated anything but forgiveness and peace in any interview on the air.

O’BRIEN: No, no. And we have spoken before, and I’m well aware of that. But at some point, one would think, is there a moment when you say, ‘I’m glad he’s dead, the man who killed my son’?

BERG: No. How can a human being be glad that another human being is dead?

I am reminded yet again of the real profoundness of President Hinckley’s talk this past General Conference for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on the Need for Greater Kindness. I quote again what he said:

I have wondered why there is so much hatred in the world. We are involved in terrible wars with lives lost and many crippling wounds.
…….
Now I indicated earlier that I did not know why there was so much conflict and hatred and bitterness in the world. Of course, I know that all of this is the work of the adversary. He works on us as individuals. He destroys strong men.
…….
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.
…….
This sinful old world so much needs men of strength, men of virtue, men of faith and righteousness, men willing to forgive and forget.

Canada Had It Coming?

June 8, 2006 at 6:02 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Canada Had It Coming? Isn’t this just as bad as saying America had it coming with 9/11? it just goes to show just how much blood some want to see spilt. (and i’m not talking about the terrorists).

Bolton Shows His True Colors

June 8, 2006 at 5:56 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

True to his form of crying like a 13 year old when someone says anything, including appropriate criticism, of America, John Bolton huffed and puffed at Deputy Secretary General Brown’s critique of America’s role in the UN. Bolton shows his true colors: an arrogant impetuous boy king blind and deaf to the truth, lashing out the moment anyone says even a peep that the emperor has no clothes.

But I’m sure Bush thinks he’s doing a heck of a job!

Some Good News From Iraq: Zarqawi Killed

June 8, 2006 at 5:48 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

So it seems the mighty American military finally caught up with the man who couldn’t fire his machine gun, yet has been such a danger to us. Zarqawi was killed by an airstrike today. Hopefully this will dishearten insurgents, but I fear that most of the violence today is no longer directed towards the Americans, but is rather sectarian violence in a civil war.

Corrupted Political System

June 7, 2006 at 9:34 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

on Belgravia Dispatch, Greg discusses the story about the Army Field Manual and the changes the Pentagon has made so that all prisoners will not be treated under the Geneva Convention codes. He bemoans this and the administration’s responses.

after showing how Bush talks but does not do what he says, at the end he asks a question:

let us recall he stood next to Tony Blair just several weeks ago and declared: “…the biggest mistake that’s happened so far, at least from our country’s involvement in Iraq, is Abu Ghraib. We’ve been paying for that for a long period of time.” But this man is not a leader capable of putting serious, remedial action behind his sentiments. He is, ultimately, a mediocrity elevated to great power via dynastic politics, and his leading advisors scurry behind his back in rear-guard actions that give the lie to the broad direction of his pronouncements, some of them apparently merely designed for public consumption. This too, is sad. For him, and for us. So yes, we desperately need today in this country, political leaders endowed with real courage married to high intelligence. But where are they?”

here is my response:

I don’t think we will ever get such political leaders again. Our political system has been corrupted too much for a real leader to even make it to the level of presidency. Both parties right now are only interested in two things: 1. destroy the other party, and 2. save their own butts. The moment a candidate from one side or the other appears, shadowy, secret combination groups such as the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, come out to do all they can to drag that individual down. These groups have no morals and no ethics. And also no accountability. They will destroy the character of any individual to approach the office of presidency as a whole and noble leader. I’m afraid that for the time being, America’s future is this.

Perhaps it is time for a revolution in America to clean out the corruption in the system.

Mit Romney in ’08?

June 6, 2006 at 8:01 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

In an interview with Newsweek Mit Romney answered a lot of questions that I found were quite good. He did something in the state of Massachusetts that I could never have imagined a Republican do, though he probably had no choice with a Democratic legistlative. He set up a universal health care plan to cover all of Massachusetts. It is an innovative plan that seems will work very well. He’s worked with the Democrats, not against them. He may have flip-flopped on occasion in regards to gay rights. But generally speaking he is looking really good, and I might be interested in voting for him. we’ll see what happens.

oh and the interviewer asked: You would be the first Mormon presidential candidate. How much of an issue do you think that would be for non-Mormon voters? Perhaps Newsweek should do a little fact checking to find out that Joseph Smith actually ran for president in 1844.

12,000 Deaths Per Year

June 6, 2006 at 1:09 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Conservatives want to change the subject from the failures in Iraq to gay marriage or to immigration, or to estate tax, etc. blah blah blah.

we’ll we ain’t gonna play that game.

CNN is reporting that the month of May has seen the highest number of civilians killed in Iraq since the war began. Over 1300 Iraqi civilians were killed in May, most execution style. Not even Bush’s favorite–suicide bombers–but rather targeted executions. The average per month is 1200 deaths, and apparently increasing by month. Is this the sign of an insurgency in its last throes? Is this the sign of a successful reconstruction of a country?

I bet that under American occupation, the death rate is higher among Iraqis than it ever was under Saddam’s rule.

Is America Headed Towards A Civil War?

June 6, 2006 at 10:13 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

this is my blog on the DailyKos:

I’ve been debating on a libertarian blog, Vox Day’s Blog. He is a writer for the World Net Daily. I got pulled into his blog with his article a few weeks ago in which he gave an example of the possibility of removing millions of illegal immigrants from America. His example? Hitler removing Jews from Germany. As you would expect this created a firestorm, and the World Net Daily actually edited his remarks! In any case, I’m rambling here. I’ve been debating with his readers on his blog over several issues. A lot of their talk seems to lead towards a possibility of a new civil war in America.

Yesterday, I started a diary here on the DailyKos, expressing my conflict over a choice on two principles, go with my church, or go with equality for all. Many responders claimed I could not be liberal if I did not agree to gay rights.

Have we really become this polarized in America today? Are we going to all harden our beliefs even further to a possible showdown that might lead to blows? Is this the best way for America to solve its anger one toward another?

As a Mormon, I believe that God has given us prophets here in our day. Our prophet today has said much about the need for greater kindness.

What do you all think? Is it inevitable? Can Americans that are now so divided and hardened in their positions ever break out and come back to saner positions?

BTW, check out the poll for the question I asked, which was: Is America headed towards another Civil War? Interesting answers to this point.

My Emails to Mr. Santorum and Mr. Specter on the Vote for the Gay Marriage Amendment

June 5, 2006 at 11:28 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Mr. Santorum,

I disagree with you about pratically everything, and hope to see you lose this November, however, the Senate is set to vote on the issue of Gay Marriage. I hope to see your vote in favor of the amendment to ban gay marriage in America.

My main reason is simple. Homosexual activities should not be sanctioned by the state. I think Conservatives are exploiting this issue for political points, and I believe they know it will not pass, and they don’t care. To them it is just another political tool to rally the base in November. I hope this strategy fails and Republicans lose badly in November.

That said, you represent me. I want you to vote for this amendment. Please be more sincere and less vile in the future, Mr. Santorum.

Yes, I distaste Mr. Santorum a great deal, and hope he loses badly in November.

I’m a bit kinder to Mr. Specter, because he has been kinder to others. He is not as vile as Mr. Santorum.

Mr. Specter,

While I would like to see Republicans lose badly in November because of how inept they’ve been these past six years in power, on this one issue, I wish that my representatives vote for the amendment on gay marriage. My main reason is simple: homosexual lifestyles should not be sanctioned by the state. I hope to see your vote in favor of this amendment.

That said, I need to express my distaste at Republicans using this as a wedge issue in an election year. Proponents of this amendment know it will fail, yet they use it to rally the base, and hope Ameircans are distracted enough to forget the failures of Iraq. How shameful. But those who are using this as a wedge issue will answer for their sins later on.

Thank you,

Dan

Army Will Train Soldiers To Skip Geneva Detainee Rules

June 5, 2006 at 10:35 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

for some reason, Bush and Rumsfeld still cannot put two and two together. To them, 2 + 2 still equals 3. They don’t get it. They are apparently going to train American soldiers to not follow the Geneva Rules on the treatment of detainees (which America signed on to, btw). They do not seem to realize that situations like Abu Ghraib and Haditha come directly from the top changing the rules of confrontation and interrogation.

But the exclusion of the Geneva provisions may make it more difficult for the administration to portray such incidents as aberrations. And it undercuts contentions that U.S. forces follow the strictest, most broadly accepted standards when fighting wars.

“The rest of the world is completely convinced that we are busy torturing people,” said Oona A. Hathaway, an expert in international law at Yale Law School. “Whether that is true or not, the fact we keep refusing to provide these protections in our formal directives puts a lot of fuel on the fire.”

If it quacks like a duck, it ain’t a cat.

More Thoughts on the Issue of Slavery and the American Civil War

June 5, 2006 at 10:03 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments

on Vox Day’s blog we’ve been discussing the Civil War, and I brought up a point that I wanted to discuss a bit further here:

I believe very strongly that no other issue would have torn the South away from the Union like that of slavery. There is no other issue they talk about but slavery.

True, Mr. Vox’s point is correct, the Southern states felt it was the right of individual states to make that decision regarding slavery.

Where the Southern states were mistaken in their beliefs and actions is that, if you amend the Constitution, are not all states subject to that amendment? They felt that if they did not like new amendments to the Constitution regarding slavery (and no other issue), they could just easily walk away from the new nation. Well, they were going expressly against the wishes and desires of George Washington who emphasized patriotism of the nation over patriotism of the state. But the South, caring too much about slavery felt it was the line they could never cross, and only force would make them listen.

Sometimes force is needed to remind certain people of the bigger picture, and that sometimes sacrifices need to be made on the part for the whole. The South never were fully converted to the idea of the Nation. They did not understand the significance of a nation like America. It took a brave man, who ended up assassinated, to bring them back into the fold. And like the Israelites of old, who during their 40 year journey through the wilderness, they sometimes had to be forced to realize the importance of the whole.

On the Gay Marriage Amendment

June 4, 2006 at 10:04 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

I am torn on this issue. Bush, under Karl Rove’s direction, is using a wedge issue in an election year, to rally his base, Christian Conservatives, and to divert attention from the failure in Iraq. He is proposing a sure-to-fail constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage. On the other hand, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has come out to ask its members to talk to their Senators on this issue. Gordon B. Hinckley is a prophet of God, and the Proclamation to the World on the Family is divinely inspired. It states the following:

The Family: A Proclamation to the World

The First Presidency and Council of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

We, the First Presidency and the Council of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, solemnly proclaim that marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God and that the family is central to the Creator’s plan for the eternal destiny of His children.

All human beings—male and female—are created in the image of God. Each is a beloved spirit son or daughter of heavenly parents, and, as such, each has a divine nature and destiny. Gender is an essential characteristic of individual premortal, mortal, and eternal identity and purpose.

In the premortal realm, spirit sons and daughters knew and worshiped God as their Eternal Father and accepted His plan by which His children could obtain a physical body and gain earthly experience to progress toward perfection and ultimately realize his or her divine destiny as an heir of eternal life. The divine plan of happiness enables family relationships to be perpetuated beyond the grave. Sacred ordinances and covenants available in holy temples make it possible for individuals to return to the presence of God and for families to be united eternally.

The first commandment that God gave to Adam and Eve pertained to their potential for parenthood as husband and wife. We declare that God’s commandment for His children to multiply and replenish the earth remains in force. We further declare that God has commanded that the sacred powers of procreation are to be employed only between man and woman, lawfully wedded as husband and wife.

We declare the means by which mortal life is created to be divinely appointed. We affirm the sanctity of life and of its importance in God’s eternal plan.

Husband and wife have a solemn responsibility to love and care for each other and for their children. “Children are an heritage of the Lord” (Psalms 127:3). Parents have a sacred duty to rear their children in love and righteousness, to provide for their physical and spiritual needs, to teach them to love and serve one another, to observe the commandments of God and to be law-abiding citizens wherever they live. Husbands and wives—mothers and fathers—will be held accountable before God for the discharge of these obligations.

The family is ordained of God. Marriage between man and woman is essential to His eternal plan. Children are entitled to birth within the bonds of matrimony, and to be reared by a father and a mother who honor marital vows with complete fidelity. Happiness in family life is most likely to be achieved when founded upon the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities. By divine design, fathers are to preside over their families in love and righteousness and are responsible to provide the necessities of life and protection for their families. Mothers are primarily responsible for the nurture of their children. In these sacred responsibilities, fathers and mothers are obligated to help one another as equal partners. Disability, death, or other circumstances may necessitate individual adaptation. Extended families should lend support when needed.

We warn that individuals who violate covenants of chastity, who abuse spouse or offspring, or who fail to fulfill family responsibilities will one day stand accountable before God. Further, we warn that the disintegration of the family will bring upon individuals, communities, and nations the calamities foretold by ancient and modern prophets.

We call upon responsible citizens and officers of government everywhere to promote those measures designed to maintain and strengthen the family as the fundamental unit of society.

Satan is attacking the family right now with all the strength that he has. He wants to destroy this sacred institution and is using every means at his disposal. His gloves are off. Are ours?

On the other hand, Republicans are most certainly using this to divide America, to drive a wedge into the heart of America, to score political points. Should Republicans be rewarded? I want to see Republicans out of office. They have failed my country. They need to be removed. They are cynically and immorally using issues of great import to score political points when they fail at more substantive issues, such as winning wars overseas, creating a balanced budget, and unifying a country too long splintered. They do not deserve any points, including this one.

Oh the cruelty of this world that an issue of such great import as the defense of family must rest in the hands of corrupt, inept, and ineffecient politicians.

So what am I going to do? I am going to call my Senators and tell them to vote for this amendment. Why? Because homosexual activity should not be state sanctioned. (Saying this, I also believe heterosexuality should not be state-sanctioned either). I believe every human being is free to do whatever he or she desires. If someone wants to watch pornography and destroy their soul, hey, be my guest. Gays say that their lives are being restricted and that they are treated as second-class citizens right now without gay marriage. That’s a load of crock. They can live their lives exactly as they want. They can sleep with whomever they want. What gays are insiduously wanting is to feel “normal” in a not-normal situation. I’m not going to get into the issue of homosexuality (how people become gay, whether born or learned). If someone wants to get some good insight, I recommend Elder Oak’s talk called Same Gender Attraction which he gave in October 1995.

I have two reasons for this decision. 1. President Hinckley is a prophet of God. I believe that with all my heart. He is inspired of God. I do not know all of God’s reasons for his actions, but I trust in Him. He has not led me wrong yet. The church has only rarely come out to ask members to vote one way or the other on an issue, nationally. The other was for the Equal Rights Amendment, which at the time was opposed by conservatives, yet the church asked its members to vote for it. This relieves some doubt I’ve had about the church being strictly conservative on issues. It shows that they stand for what is right, and not for what is “Right Wing.”

2. There is only one instance in recorded history of God Himself destroying a civilization, and that is Sodom and Gomorrah. The issue? Abraham could not find but five righteous people in the city. Their sins were many, but their most henious were those of the desires of the flesh, of sexual perversions, of homosexuality. This unnatural lust for all flesh was enough for God Himself to destroy that civilization. God has been very consistent on the issue of homosexuality. There is no reference anywhere to it being anything but evil. So why should our state sanction it? If the judiciary thinks the Constitution as currently written allows for gay marriage, legally speaking, the simple answer is to amend the Constitution.

This of course will fail, because of the amount of Senators and States needed to vote yes for this. And the proponents of this amendment know this. They are not pushing for this amendment sincerely. They are not pushing for this to succeed; they are pushing for this to fail. They want to drive the wedge into America and divide it further. And it is too bad that Republicans have become so corrupt and power-hungry that this is their method for passing important laws. How shameful of them. But they will answer for their corrupt-natures one day, if not this November.

I will still stand with my church, even with a sour taste in my mouth.

UPDATED:I’ve been corrected by a friend. The church in fact asked members to vote against the Equal Rights Amendment in the 70s. Well that doesn’t help, and makes me think more and more that this world just simply sucks sometimes.

So what’s my new justification? I’m still sticking with President Hinckley being the Lord’s spokesman. in regards to the ERA, the Lord saw ahead to the problems that this would bring, as is evident today with the family being degraded even further.

Gore Says No to ’08

June 4, 2006 at 9:46 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Al Gore apparently has come out to say pretty clearly that he does not plan on running in 2008. Much as that would disappoint me, the more I think about it, the better I feel about it. Al Gore is too good for the muck of American politics. All the idiots like the Swift Boat Veterans who have no morals and are past feeling will come out of their secret combination hiding places to try and tear him down. He’s too good for that. American politics will no longer allow an individual to run for office who cannot compromise on their principles.

The irony of those who still to this day support Bush is that they believe him to be a man to stick by his principles. Yet, how has Bush done at downsizing the government? Bush said, “no nation building”, yet he’s working on two nation building projects as we speak (failing miserably at both of them). I think that a man like Gore, who now has left politics and is speaking from the heart, will be corrupted. I believe no human being alive today will not be corrupted if they entered American politics.

Gore is happy where he is. And I think he is far more influential and can speak about his message far better from the position he is in than as the President of the United States, especially with how Bush has diminished the power and influence of this sacred office. The truly ironic aspect of Cheney’s attempts to strengthen the executive branch is that by so doing, by creating more secrets, angering more allies, spying on Americans, dissing Congress, they’ve done far more to weaken the Executive than anyone could have imagined.

I wish Gore all the best in his quest to save the environment. It is a tough fight, probably a fight we will lose, but he’s got one more ally in me.

One of the Major Differences Between Liberals and Conservatives

June 3, 2006 at 9:47 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Peter Beinart states on the Huffington Post one of the major differences between liberals and conservatives, and basically outlining why liberals are better suited to win the “war on terror.”

Conservatives think America is infallable.

Liberals think we are not angels. We actually can and do make mistakes, errors, and even crimes.

From the beginning of the modern conservative movement in the 1950s, conservatives have worried that if Americans recognized their moral fallibility, they would lack the self-confidence to fight their enemies. That’s why conservatives largely refused to admit that Joseph McCarthy was violating civil liberties. It’s why when Bush gets called on Guantanamo, he basically says, that’s ridiculous, we’re America, we can’t violate human rights.
This horrible story from Haditha powerfully underscores the liberal vision, which is this. We are not angels: without sufficient moral and legal restrictions, and under conditions of extreme stress, Americans can be as barbaric as anyone. What’s makes us an exceptional nation with the capacity to lead and inspire the world is our very recognition of that fact. We are capable of Hadithas and My Lais, so is everyone. But few societies are capable of acknowledging what happened, bringing the killers to justice, and instituting changes that make it less likely to happen again. That’s how we show we are different from the jihadists. We don’t just assert it. We prove it. That’s the liberal version of American exceptionalism, and it’s what we need right now in response to this horror.

More Civilian Deaths in Iraq

June 2, 2006 at 7:40 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments

the military is investigating yet another incident of civilian deaths in Iraq.

Somehow I don’t see the end of this…..

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