Archive | February, 2008

My favorite picture of the week

28 Feb

There might be hope for this country yet. Check it out.

Someone needs to turn that into a bumper sticker.

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God, Part 3

19 Feb

Without naming names, I learn today that a local county council member has decided to run against a state representative because “God told him to” during the night.

Dear Lord…some of your followers are nuts.

I don’t have a problem with people talking to God. I do it myself–it’s called prayer. Sometimes it’s more formalized, like attending Mass or saying the Our Father. Sometimes it’s just meandering thoughts. But I don’t claim to be so important that God talks back to me and tells me to do things.

Does this local politician (or any of these “God told me X” people) think that with all that’s going on in the world, with all the people suffering because of poverty, famine, disease, war, genocide, or just generally not doing well, with all the prayers that God must be hearing every minute of every day–does this guy really think that God ignores all of that so He can tell this guy to run for state representative?

When will the insanity stop? There is not one bit of scriptural basis to support the proposition that God tells us what He wants us to do on a daily basis. The Gospels and New Testament lay out a very good set of guidelines to follow (do unto others, love your neighbor, feed the hungry, clothe the naked, etc.).

I am tired of these so-called “Christians” hijacking religion, no, desecrating religion for the purpose of getting votes. God is not a Republican, or a Democrat. He’s not even an American–people in Europe who believe in God don’t think that God is French or Italian. But we Americans seem to have our collective heads on backwards when it comes to how we think of God.

May God give me strength…

This is good

13 Feb

Yes. We. Can.

vs.

Ten. Thousand. Years.

I vote for the first one.

Would their mothers be proud of their behavior?

8 Feb

Today, Ann Coulter throws another anti-gay slur at John Edwards and tosses in a racial comment about Barack Obama as well.

Ten years ago, John McCain made a cruel, horrible joke about Chelsea Clinton during a speech.

This year, when a person at a town meeting asks John McCain “how do we beat the bitch,” he thinks it’s an excellent question. Wouldn’t a real leader gently scold that person and say something about how it’s inappropriate to lower the level of civil discourse that way?

What I don’t get is if a guy like Don Imus can get in trouble for making equally tasteless comments in public, why don’t Coulter and McCain get in trouble? Even NBC’s David Shuster, who made a comment that Chelsea Clinton appears to be “pimped out” while campaigning for her mother, got himself yanked off the air except to apologize.

This is challenging!

8 Feb

I read a very short book last night, Novena In Time Of War, written by a vet of the 1991 Persian Gulf War. He tells the story of dining with a minister and his wife and discussing the current Iraq war. The topic of supporting the troops came up–how we may not want to go to war, but once we do, we as a nation start to pull together to support the troops. The minister offered one simple truth:

“The boys are over there killing people.”

Holy crap. That hit me pretty hard and made me stop and think.

I highly recommend the book. The author does a masterful job of posing very difficult yet important questions about the morality of war.

Let me see if I have this right

8 Feb

Mitt Romney says he’s “suspending” his bid for the Republican nomination because he worries that if he stays in the race, a Democrat will win, and the terrorists will attack us.

The terrorists will attack us because…we elect a Democrat who has publicly committed himself or herself to pulling the troops out of Iraq and to stop acting like the world’s bully?

Seems to me the terrorists attack because we have our troops in a place where they aren’t wanted and because we don’t do much to help the folks in need in the Middle East while Bush holds hands with the king of Saudi Arabia.

Maybe I’m just confused. I’m sure someone out there can set me straight.

Why bipartisanship is bad for the U.S.

2 Feb

Everyone in Washington likes to talk about “working in a bipartisan manner.” Every time I hear a Democrat talk about bipartisanship as if it is some sacred object, I just want to hit my head against the wall.

Glenn Greenwald explains it very well.