Archive for the ‘News’ Category

Syrian intervention

September 4, 2013

The issue of punishing the use of Sarin gas in Syria is serious but also a conundrum.  I am pleased the President put the monkey on Congress’ back, for he was targeted for blame whatever direction he chose.  The intelligence is something to which I am not fully privy.  Many question the accuracy of our intel.  The sectarian violence with Kurds, Shia and Sunni and various tribes all involved is complex to extreme.  Many of the rebels may have Al-Queda ties. But Assad and his family have a history of viciously tamping down any opposition.  The government claims the evidence and circumstances clearly point to the regime’s guilt.  I will leave it to the Congressional groups to judge the accuracy of the intel.  Certainly our allies in the region desire action.  Both Israel (AIPAC too) and the Saudis are seeking our missile justice on Assad.  Iran is part of the equation. 

Our dilemma is that we cannot know the consequences, short term or long term.  Chickens are always far down the way waiting to come to roost in retaliation for actions another generation of Americans will have forgotten.  The rebel forces already resent our hesitation, but what their feelings will be if an errant missile kills their kin is another matter.  Reagan left Lebanon with some salvos from battleships; perhaps we can escape this situation with similar scenarios. I am happy I don’t have to make this decision.  God Bless our President and our representatives as they decide.

Westboro hatefulness

March 3, 2011

I have mixed sentiments about the just announced US Supreme Court decision that supports the rights of free speech even the hateful and cruel speech of Westboro Baptist’s inane funeral picketers. I suppose this leaves me free to say most emphatically what I believe: that the Westboro people will be the ones in Hell for their hatefulness and indiscriminant choice of targets. When we speak of sexual love in combination with affection and commitment then we shall not distinguish what sort of body bumps and fluid exchanges and lip locks are involved. Love trumps hatefulness every time. Jesus assured the Roman soldier that his beloved male companion was healed. As the Last Supper was prepared the disciples were sent to find the man carrying water, which a Jewish man would never do unless he had a gender alternatives lifestyle. Deuteronomy 23:1 says a eunuch has no place in the assembly before the Lord; but Phillip found the Ethiopian Eunuch and gave “him” a pronounced place in scripture. The hatefulness of the Westboro people is presumably based on their understanding of Bible, but I believe Christians must look more to the spirit of Jesus’ teaching than to the bigoted traditions of of ancient Mosaic times. It is clear then where the condemnations fall, and they fall on the unforgiving, the hateful, the merciless, the sort of people who bring added anguish to a soldiers’ parents at his burial. I am free to speak. I live in neither Uganda nor Afghanistan. I live in the USA, where Taliban-like-Baptists spew their venom with abandon. God loves them but he loves the Lovers too, and when it comes to judgment, that is left to the Lord.

Selective info

March 3, 2011

I chose to watch ABC this evening for the nightly news. I wondered from the outset if they would mention the slaughter by NATO air strike of eleven boys gathering firewood in Afghanistan. It was an obvious lack of discernment on the part of the NATO personnel and drew an apology from General Petraeus. ABC covered Charlie Sheen but never touched on this episode; leaving the American public ignorant of events that could lead to future outrage against our forces. Too often the US public is clueless as to why we find resentments abroad. Get real media!!!

Mubarak

February 10, 2011

A dictator possesses by nature a great stubbornness. Pride, too, prevents a clear vision.

Suleiman more of same

February 3, 2011

The Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman’s statement this morning (US-Eastern time) evidences that he is not only not taking the reins but that he is determined to perpetuate the inadequacies of the past several decades.   The medieval behavior of the thugs sent in to quell the reformists crowd shows that “restoring order” probably means procrastinate on reform and identify political enemies for retribution.  The treatment of members of the international press was also evidence that free expression is still discouraged.

true to our principles

August 3, 2010

The principles of democracy and the avowed Christian nature of our society would be well demonstrated with allowing a mosque near Ground Zero in NYC. Freedom of speech, freedom of peaceable assembly, freedom to worship as we please– many have paid dearly for these freedoms. To allow the voices of extremism in our society to drown efforts at moderation and peaceful healing would be to show the world that the extremists who flew the suicide planes have had their way.


Dede & Abdullah

November 2, 2009

Apparently I was prematurely painting a bleak picture of both Dede & Abdullah in my last post. Dede has declared her support for the Democrat Owens in defiance of her Republican naysayers. Abdullah has challenged the legitimacy of the quickie elections and suggested next spring would be better.

Fox is faux

October 23, 2009

It may be unwise of President Obama to shun Fox News. I’m not certain what the results of this imbroglio will ultimately be. I do know that a large segment of the public seems to see Fox as a legitimate source of news & information without recognizing that it is faux news. It is often quite farcical. I trust AlJazeera before I put credence in Fox and the Murdoch controlled media.

Michael Brewer

October 19, 2009

The case of teen Michael Brewer being set ablaze with alcohol and a lighter by acquaintances is one of the more horrendous stories to emerge recently. While there are many wonderful kids there are far too many who seem without humanity. The bizarre games and warped media that seem popular are making our tots into teen monsters. Peer pressure and mob mentality aren’t making a good atmosphere either. Rather than teaching to tests to satisfy NCLB we need to be teaching some basic mores for independent resolve in right living. Rather than denigrating the “snitch” we need to laud the justified whistle-blower. Rather than tolerating the bully and glorifying the macho man we need to be encouraging ostracism of the mean and arrogant. Programs like the Southern Poverty Law Center’s “Teaching Tolerance” need to be made prominent.

Nobel champions Hope

October 9, 2009

While there was widespread surprise at Barack Obama’s receipt of the Nobel Peace Prize, he himself recognized the reasoning behind it. He represents a restoration of Hope. His campaign and its rhetoric have ended an era of shocking conceit and awesome disregard for truth. His type of leadership offers a path to healing. Consultation and cooperation are once again chosen over unilateral force. As impatient criticisms appear he toils on with no premature “Mission Accomplished” proclamations.
He recognized in his reaction remarks today people like Neda Agha-Soltan and Aung San Suu Kyi. He realizes he is an agent of progress, a comrade to these courageous people who can be served through his position of power.
Let the cynics rave. The man is the message. Might has not made right.