Friday, June 30, 2006

Howard Dean

Howard Dean is at it again. He said recently, "America is about to revisit one of the most turbulent decades in its history, Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean told a religious conference in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday. "We're about to enter the '60s again," Dean said, but he was not referring to the Vietnam War or racial tensions. Dean said he is looking for "the age of enlightenment led by religious figures who want to greet Americans with a moral, uplifting vision."

So, Howard Dean is looking forward to a replay of the 1960's. The age of enlightenment Dean is talking about has little to do with religion and a lot to do with protest politics. Dean would be the first in line to burn the American flag again, throw trash at soldiers again, and take mind altering drugs again.

Good golly, could those mind altering drugs of the 1960 cause Dean to be the way he is now. Or maybe, he just smoked but did not inhale. Hat tip to Hard Starboard for insight.

Thursday, June 29, 2006

John Murtha and Due Process

I am waiting for due process in the recent case of an alleged Marine massacre in Haditha, Iraq. Marines are being charged with murder. John Murtha has been quite vocal on this case. For some reason, Murtha does not want to wait for due process. He has taken questionable information and convicted the accused before an investigation. I wish he had taken a more moderate and objective approach to this case. Instead, he decided to convict the soldiers in the press. Good golly, I don't think this is the way our military justice system is suppose to work.

The UCMJ provides a process for an investigation and court proceedings. The following is from the UCMJ.

832. ART. 32. INVESTIGATION

(a) No charge or specification may be referred to a general court-martial for trial until a through and impartial investigation of all the matters set forth therein has been made. This investigation shall include inquiry as to the truth of the matter set forth in the charges, consideration of the form of charges, and recommendation as to the disposition which should be made of the case in the interest of justice and discipline.

(b) The accused shall be advised of the charges against him and of his right to be represented at that investigation as provided in section 838 of this title (article 38) and in regulations prescribed under that section. At that investigation full opportunity shall be given to the accused to cross-examine witnesses against him if they are available and to present anything he may desire in his own behalf, either in defense or mitigation, and the investigation officer shall examine available witnesses requested by the accused. If the charges are forwarded after the investigation, they shall be accompanied by a statement of the substance of the testimony taken on both sides and a copy thereof shall be given to the accused.

All this being said, it appears that John Murtha wants to supersede this judicial process in favor of election year politics. I can understand wanting to leverage political advantage at every opportunity. On the other hand, John Murtha may have exercised poor judgment in convicting Marines in the press without the consideration of due process.

Since John Murtha rushed to judgment in this case, I wonder if he would receive a warm welcome at Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base?

John Murtha

John Murtha is an odd person. He is a Marine who has seen combat, but has now turned his back those that must fight our battles. He said the following about the recently accused soldiers: " In an Associated Press story, Murtha is quoted as saying, "I will not excuse murder, and this is what happened. This is worse than Abu Graib."

If I remember my Uniform Code of Military Justice handbook correctly, soldiers have a right to a fair trial. For some, John Murtha has decided that he is the judge and jury in this case. Good golly, John Murtha may be right on some issues. However, he cannot be the judge and jury in a case that involves questionable witnesses in a combat situation.

George Orwell said, "People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf."

2008 Presidential Election

The 2008 Presidential election is shaping up to be a real hot time. I am sure the Iraq War, immigration, Social Security, homeland security, and good paying jobs will be important issues. The Democrats may run a Hillary Clinton. Barack Obama (D-Illinois) appears to be highly touted and might be a candidate for Vice President. The Republicans may run John McCain, Rudy Gulianni, Condi Rice, or maybe Senator Allen from Virginia.

The Republicans have a real challenge. Because, they must have a ticket that appeals to conservatives. Or, conservatives will stay home. Conservative Republicans will not tolerate a Republican ticket that is in favor of the following: gun control, abortion, same sex marriage, affirmative action, banning school prayer.

On the other hand, no matter who the Democrats run, the Democrats will turn out. It seems that Democrats are willing to tolerate a ticket that is not completely to their liking.

In the end, the Republicans must carry the Midwest and south solidly. If they don't, they will lose the White House. The 2008 election will be interesting.


Flag Burning

Burning the American flag in protest is disrespectful and should be condemned as inappropriate. What would happen if someone went into a black church and burned a picture of Martin Luther King in protest? Or, what if someone went to a Mexican-American Heritage celebration and festival and burned a Mexican Flag?

The person burning the picture of Martin Luther King or the Mexican flag would probably get a black eye or worse. And, the news media would portray the person burning a picture of Martin Luther King or the Mexican flag as an evil person, not a person exercising his free speech rights. Free speech has limits.

When I got back from the Korean DMZ in 1968, flag burning was the "in thing" to do everywhere. I started college on the GI bill. I rode to school with other GIs. A group of GIs put the campus Commies on notice that if they started pulling the college flag down or burned it, we would kick the living hell out of them. We did not have much flag burning at my college. Good golly, maybe this is the answer to the flag burning debate.

Monday, June 26, 2006

Woodie Gutrie

The song Jesus Christ by Woody Gutrie is a great song.



Jesus Christ was a man that traveled through this land;
A carpenter, true and brave;
Said to the rich, "Give your goods to the poor",
So they laid Jesus Christ in His grave.

Jesus was a man, a carpenter by hand;
Carpenter true and brave;
And a dirty little coward called Judas Iscariot
Laid Jesus Christ in His grave.

The people of the land took Jesus by the hand,
They followed Him far and wide;
"I come not to bring you peace, but a sword",
So they killed Jesus Christ on the sly.

He went to the sick, he went to the poor;
And he went to the hungry and the lame;
Said that the poor would one day win this world,
And so they laid Jesus Christ in His grave.

They nailed Him there to die on a cross in the sky,
In the lightning, the thunder and the rain.
Judas Iscariot committed suicide
When they laid poor Jesus Christ in his grave.

One day Jesus stopped at a rich man's door.
"What must I do to be saved?"
"You must take all your goods and give it to the poor",
And so they laid Jesus Christ in His grave.

They nailed Him there to die on a cross in the sky,
In the lightning, the thunder and the rain.
Judas Iscariot committed suicide
When they laid poor Jesus Christ in his grave.

When the love of the poor shall one day turn to hate,
When the patience of the workers gives away;
"Would be better for you rich if you never had been born",
So they laid Jesus Christ in His grave.

This song was written in New York City,
Of rich man, preachers, and slaves;
Yes, if Jesus was to preach like He preached in Galillee [sic],
They would lay Jesus Christ in His grave.


Sunday, June 25, 2006

Immigration

There is a great article at life's journey about immigration and globalization. It appears that many countries south of the borders have been using the dream of coming to America as a relief valve. Without the dream of coming to America, many countries south of the border would explode into revolutionary chaos.

America's open borders and passive immigration policy has encouraged millions of people to come to America each year. Without beating the illegal immigration issue to death, it is obvious that America is the destination for millions of people from all over the world aspiring to a better life and more opportunities for themselves, their children and their grandchildren.

For over a century, America has been a beacon of light for the downtrodden and disenfranchised. Even though our history has been full of challenges on many fronts, the fact remains that most of the citizens of the world would like to live here and send their children and grandchildren to our enlightened educational institutions. This is not to say that America is perfect. And, we still have challenges ahead of us as our society adjusts to a global economy. However, at the end of the day, America is a special place.

It is a place where a person born in poverty can achieve success beyond imagination. Just ask Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villiragosa. He was raised in the Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles, which until recently was one of the most impoverished areas of the city. Or, just ask Alberto R. Gonzales, Attorney General of the United States, who overcame a disadvantaged immigrant background. Or, just ask successful writer and conservative political firebrand Linda Chavez. She was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in 1947. A series of misfortunes caused her family to live precariously, often in cramped quarters with relatives who took them in. Today, she is successful and highly active in politics and regularly writes thought-provoking editorials for several publicans.

When I was picking cotton, chopping cotton, and thinning grapes in the hot California sun, my thoughts always took me to the beauty of a cold glass of grandma's iced tea. After a day in the fields, a cool breeze would blow across grandma's shady front yard. Her chili beans, tacos, and peach cobbler made it all worthwhile. The pleasant aroma of night blooming jasmine in the air coupled with the sweet smell of white, yellow, and red roses filled the warm summer nights.

Yes indeed, America is beautiful. And, the song America the Beautiful captures it best

O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties,
Above the fruited plain,
America! America!
God shed his grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!

Saturday, June 24, 2006

North Korea

The following from prying1 is interesting. Good golly, this blogger has profound daily updates.

Missile & Weather In North Korea Ready For Launch

A lot of discussion on the possible missile launch in/from North Korea. (CNN link hat tip to AubreyJ.org) Should it be taken out on the pad, knocked out of the sky or just ignored?

Here are some one liners I've heard about it.
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We should see where it is heading and if they aim it at San Francisco don't waste our ordinance but if it's aiming for L.A. shoot it down. (Sorry Gentle Cricket)
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This will give us a chance to see if Rockwell and Hughes and all those other outfits working on the "Star Wars" system have been wasting our money.
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Wonder if we can break into their computer system and turn it around back at 'em after they launch.
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For a country that doesn't even have a decent bicycle factory they sure have come a long way.
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Wouldn't that be something if it goes out of control and hits Peking.
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Do they really expect slave labor to do a good job?

Call France

The following from I'm Thinking is an interesting look at the world. And, I agree with this idea.

"The American people are no longer going to pour money into third world Hell-holes and watch those government leaders grow fat on corruption. Need help with a famine? Wrestling with an epidemic? Call France. In the future, together with Congress, I will work to redirect this money toward solving the vexing social problems we still have at home. On that note, a word to terrorist organizations. Screw with us and we will hunt you down and eliminate you and all your friends from the face of the earth."

This says it all.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

NAFTA HIGHWAY

Washington has decided that a NAFTA HIGHWAY is needed to move cargo through the heartland from Lazaro Cardenas in Mexico to the United States and all the way to Canada. This NAFTA HIGHWAY will also included a NAFTA RAILROAD that will run from Mexico to the United States. In addition, Mexican customs officials will be stationed at a newly designed Inland Port facility at Kansas City.

It appears that Washington's plan is to bypass American seaports and trucking concerns and their unions. This will be the death blow to dock workers unions and trucking unions. In addition, American truck drivers will become as rare as a 1956 T-Bird. In time, foreign truck drivers and foreign trucking firms will dominate the trucking industry.

Washington has an even more ambitious plan for American trade. The Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) is being designed to incorporate central America into a NAFTA HIGHWAY scheme. And, a new Free Trade Area of America (FTAA) agreement is in the planning stages. FTAA will incorporate all of central and south America in a NAFTA type of trade plan.

"Quietly but systematically, the Bush Administration is advancing the plan to build a huge NAFTA Super Highway, four football-fields-wide, through the heart of the U.S. along Interstate 35, from the Mexican border at Laredo, Tex., to the Canadian border north of Duluth, Minn."

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I am for free trade. However, the idea that American wages, health care, and life style will settle at the same level as workers in Peru worries me. In conclusion, American workers do not really understand that the aforementioned agreements will have a negative impact on their standard of living. And, if action is not taken soon, the average American worker will have a standard of living the same workers in Guatamala.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Ice Hockey in Dixie Part II

Gosh, who would have ever thought that ice hockey championships would be common in a land where grits and peach cobbler rule and hot humid nights are as plentiful as king cotton.

Carolina edges Oilers to win Stanley Cup

Border Security

Border security is an essential component of any immigration plan proposed by Washington. The Gentle Cricket has a good post on this.

We should cut off the billions in foreign aid we send to countries that hate us and hire another 100,000 border patrol agents to secure the border. If we can secure the border between North and South Korea, we can surely secure the borders to the south and north of America. Of course, this would take leadership in Washington. So far, leadership is Washington on this issue is lacking. Good golly, a deranged escapee from Porterville State Mental Hospital could figure out a better immigration plan than our current crop of political knuckle heads in Washington.

Sunday, June 18, 2006

America

In America, many have stated that we cannot compete with others in our new global economy. Some say we lack motivation and the will to get the job done and produce high quality products. Some even go so far to suggest that we are slothful and don't have the right stuff any longer.

I disagree with the idea that Americans are lazy. The fact remains that workers in China and India will do the same call center, manufacturing, and computer jobs a lot cheaper. Because, these workers are paid a lot less than our workers. In the end, big business is looking to the lowest cost provider and a bottom line that will reduce cost and increase profit.

What does the future hold for us in America. It appears that our standard of living will decrease and our middle class will be hard pressed to maintain a comfortable life. But, Americans are resilient. We saved the world from two world wars, provided international leadership, and still produce a huge percentage of the food stuffs sold on the international open market today. In addition, most of the world-wide philanthopic relief efforts are supported by our Christian churches or American financial support for UN related activities.

In conclusion, America is a great free enterprise experiment blended with democratic institutions sprinkled with a Judeo-Christian heritage that has made it possible for millions of immigrants to overcome absolute poverty. America is indeed beautiful. The following song says it all. America the Beautiful is indeed a blessing.
Oh beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!

America! America!
God shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!
Overlaid pictures representing America
O beautiful for pilgrim feet
Whose stern impassion'd stress
A thoroughfare for freedom beat
Across the wilderness.

America! America!
God mend thine ev'ry flaw,
Confirm thy soul in self-control,
Thy liberty in law.

O beautiful for heroes prov'd
In liberating strife,
Who more than self their country loved,
And mercy more than life.

America! America!
May God thy gold refine
Till all success be nobleness,
And ev'ry gain divine.

O beautiful for patriot dream
That sees beyond the years
Thine alabaster cities gleam
Undimmed by human tears.

America! America!
God shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea.


Southern Baptist

The Southern Baptists recently elected a moderate leader to head this conservative Christian denomination. This is an interesting development. What does this really mean? Is this a trend toward a more liberal mind-set in the conservative Christian movement?

The answer to this question is complex. First, it seems that all conservative Christian denominations are going through changes as younger leaders emerge. Strict denominationalism is being replaced by a more relaxed conservative Christianity that puts more stock in individual Christianity and church social interaction.

Second, the battles against secular, atheistic and non-Christian governmental restrictions on Christian symbols in the public square has exhausted many in the conservative Christian movement.

One example is a recent court ruling that Islam can be taught in California schools, but all Christian symbols must be purged from public schools. This governmental attack on Christianity is just outrageous.

Another example is biased college admissions policies. High school students at California's Calvary Chapel High School have been denied admittance to the university of California, because classes at this Christian high schools were "too Christian". With this in mind, there is now a tendency to withdraw denominational support from this on going fight. Because, it appears that the emotional energy within the conservative Christian movement has limits.

Third, conservative Christianity and fundamentalism has many supporters. However, many in this community have become tired of just being against liberals. There must be another reason to be a conservative Christian. So, many in this community are just re-focusing their individual and collective energy toward a more personal Christianity.

Fourth, even though it appears that the conservative Christian movement and the Southern Baptists are shifting toward a more moderate idea about denominationalism, the demand for Christian schools, especially conservative Christian schools, is growing. This may indicate that more conservative Christians are realizing that their Christianity must start at home. And, these same families may be redirecting their energy from denominational support to family endeavors that includes a Christian education.

In conclusion, Southern Baptists and many in the conservative Christian movement are moving in a more moderate direction. On the other hand, Christian schools are growing. This may point to a new development within the conservative movement with more long-range benefits. Therefore, Christians may develop a deeper relationship with God. This may be a more dynamic journey for conservative Christians. Time will tell.

Friday, June 16, 2006

Christianity and the Church


Christian Fundamentalism and legalistic orientation of some conservative churches drives me crazy. On the other hand, atheists, securalist, and liberal Christians are too harsh in their criticisms.

Furthermore, Christian Fundamentalists make a good argument about public school being hostill toward Christianity in general. Based on the politically correct current culture war going on in the public school classroom, I will be sending my little grandson to a Christian school next year.

School should be a positive place for learning, developing friendships, and getting along with others in an atmosphere of love and understanding. School should not be a place where the lastest the greatest politically correct idea is floated out. Good golly, children should not be used as social engineering experiments.
On another note, I cannot understand the facination with organizational struggles within denominations. It would seem that too much effort and resources are expended on internal strife. Maybe more effort should be put into trying to read and understand the Bible.

Even though I appreciate the openness and tolerance of liberal churches, I think that liberal churches have a distorted view of Christianity. I heard an influencial church member at a liberal church state, "I don't believe in individual salvation. I only believe in collective salvation."

The more I read about some liberal denominations, individual salvation appears too closely tied to social activism. In other words, it appears that liberal Christian denominations make social activism the acid test for Christianity. Some would call this progressive. I disagree. And, many liberal churches are in danger of become just social clubs dress up in theological trappings.

In conclusion, I am an independent Christian from the Alexander Campbell movement. I don't adhere to many of the well formulated agrument regarding Christianity. And, I have different ideas about many of the argument surrounding Christianity.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Christians

The separation of church and state has caused a lot confusion. Public education leaders and secular organizations have moved quickly to purge all Christian symbols from public schools. In response, conservative Christians have tried to work within the public system to maintain a balance between public education and their Christian faith.

One could argue that conservative Christians are foolish to waste their time in a misguided attempt to influence the decision making process within a public school system that is hostile to Christianity. In California, Islam is being taught in public schools, while every symbol of Christianity is being purged from public schools.

The anti-Christian learning experience at public schools is too extreme now to spend much time in trying to save public schools. So, I advise Christians to leave the public schools system and create more church based schools. This could be done with church funds that are now spent on other church outreach programs.

5 years ago, I would not have suggested this. But, the public school system has become hostile to Christians. So, I am now convinced that parents should send their children to Christian schools.

Public Schools Have Gone Astray

The Southern Baptists voted to continue supporting the public school system. They are fooling themselves into thinking that somehow Christians can change public schools. When confronted with the idea of pulling their children out of the public schools system, the Southern Baptists continue to support a public school system that is hostile to Christians and Christian ideas.

In California, public school administrators are teaching Islam in schools, while at the same time purging all signs of Christianity from the classroom. Thus, it seems foolish to continue to support the public schools system. All over America, Christian symbols are being driven off public school grounds. And, organizations that support a Christian message are being denied access to public schools.

In Massachusetts, a 7 year old Christian boys was recently attacked and beaten by other students. Because, the 7 year olds father complained about homosexual material being taught in the school classroom. Simply put, the public schools system is not a positive place for Christian students any longer.

I suggest that all Christians send their children to Christian schools. Even though it may be a hardship financially, families should make the commitment to reinforce Christian values during their children's development.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

New Politics Institute

The New Politics Institute (NPI) published research on American political attitudes titled, A New Survey Comparing Political Atttitudes Between Generations. The research was interesting. However, I question the objective nature of this particular research.

The report by the liberal NPI is a good start in studying politics. But, I question the following statement about 13-17 year olds, "They are particularly concerned with security issues such as crime and terrorism and cannot be easily pigeonholed in their political attitudes. On some issue clusters (controlling terrorism and crime and “social” issues such as abortion and same sex marriage they seem to lean ‚“conservative”".

Most of the high school students I hear talk, do not really think much about the aforementioned issues. And when they do, they have quite liberal ideas about marriage, sex, abortion, and same-sex marriage. Thus, I question the research noted.

Also, NPI states that Baby Boomers were born from 1952 to 1965. Most research on this group state that they were born from 1945 to 1957. Why would this be important? Because, people born in the mid 1940's and early 1950's will generally have more conservative political ideas. Therefore, by excluding this group, the reseach is slanted.

Most of the reseachers at NPI are liberals who have been deeply involved in Democratic Party politics for a long time. There is nothing wrong with left leaning liberal think tanks. And, there is nothing wrong with right leaning conservative think tanks.

NPI states that they are a progressive think tank. On the other hand, I am not quite sure that everything that is progressive is liberal. For example, a large percentage of world-wide philantropyy in the form medical aid, food, and building educational institutions in undeveloped countries is provided by non-profit organizations from American religious institutions that just happen to be progressive, evangelical, and not liberal.

The following from the NPI site is helpful in understanding the direction of their research. "The New Politics Institute (NPI) has been established by people from across the country and across the political spectrum to help progressives succeed on the dynamic new battlefield of 21st century politics."

The aforementioned pretty much makes the case that NPI's research should be evaluted for objectivity. In general, this was interesting research. This made me think about political attitudes. And, reaffirms my belief that most research needs to evaluated carefully.

Peaches

I was thinking about how much a loved my Grandmother's peaches. She grew freestone and cling and canned them in Mason fruit jars. In the summer and winter time we ate peach cobbler. I have great memories of peaches. Peach

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Dixie Chicks

The Dixie Chicks came on the country music scene with a rush and were quite polished. Their music was fresh. They were successful and many country music fans became followers over night. Then, the Dixie Chicks got involved in politics. To make matters worse, they continue to blast conservatives and those that do not agree with them politically. The following is an interesting article.

Ms. Maines and her band mates have recently criticized mainstream country-music fans themselves. For instance, in the Time article, band member Martie Maguire said "We don't want those kinds of fans. They limit what you can do." Then there is the band's recent, distinctly un-country musical direction, which owes less to Nashville than it does to Southern California rock. A recent abundance of black eyeliner and dark fashions has made their look more goth than Grand Ol' Opry. As a capper, the first two singles from the new album "Taking the Long Way" have received scant airplay from country radio stations."

Marines

News flash: Marines build shrine to Muslims. The following story is incredible.

"We are at war with militant Islam, but you wouldn't know it from the Pentagon, which is busy erecting a shrine to Islam just five short years after Islamic terrorists destroyed a good chunk of its own building and killed more than 100 of its occupants. Worse, it's consulting on the project with a Wahhabi-educated cleric posing as a moderate."

Monday, June 12, 2006

Ice Hockey in Dixie

Good golly, not only do the Canadians have a hard time capturing terrorists, the Canadians have not captured a Stanley Cup ice hockey championship in a long time. To make matters worse, Dixie is becoming an ice hockey Mecca. Gosh, the Tampa Bay Lightning, Carolina Hurricanes, Dallas Stars, and Florida Panthers have become real tough on our northern neighbors from the land of liberal politics and French snobbery. The following article from the Weekly Standard is a good piece on Dixie and ice hockey.

"But the very idea that hockey is now dominated by teams from the land of grits and moonshine, where the only known Eskimos come in the shape of an ice cream sandwich you enjoy with an RCA Cola--well, it must be too monstrous for Canadians to contemplate. Imagine a team from a Canadian city so far north that pond hockey is still played outside in July is being spanked by a team from a state best known as the home of Barney Fife and the good old boys of NASCAR. The next thing you know those damned Johnny reps will be looking to rename the world's most revered trophy the Stonewall Cup. And "Oh, Canada" will be replaced by "Dixie."


Sunday, June 11, 2006

MSM Missed This

Friday, June 09, 2006

Iraqis Celebrate the Death of Zarqawi!

Iraqis celebrate the death of the mass murderer Zarqawi in Iraq.

You probably missed these celebration shots from the mainstream reports today.


Iraqi raises the poster of Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani during a demonstration in the holy city of Najaf. The demonstrators expressed their joy for the death of Al-Qaeda leader in Iraq Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.(AFP/Qassem Zein)


The MSM has lost touch with reality now. Since the MSM is now the mouthpiece of the DNC, all MSM major networks should be required to register as lobbying organizations.

Letter to Canadians

Letter to Canadians

Dear Canadians, your criticism of America during our War on Terror has some merit. I will be the first to admit that we may have made some mistakes in fighting this new war.

On the other hand, I disagree with a Canadian argument that if America did nothing when attacked on 9/11, America would be better off today. In fact, many in Canada suggested on 9/11 that being attacked was our own fault and we deserved it.

I find this entire idea odd. If Canada would have been attacked by crazed Muslims flying planes into high rise buildings in a large Canadian city, America would have come to your aid with food, medical supplies, and money. Then, we would have joined you in tracking down the criminals that planned the attacks.

Fortunately for Canada, you were not attacked in such a manner. However, if you are ever attacked like we were on 9/11, I am sure America will be there to help you. You see, we crazy Americans are just that way. We help our friends.

Terrorism

The War on Terror has been roundly criticized by anti-war types on the left. Even though I have my own reservations regarding this war, it seems short-sighted to condemn this war. For example, those on the left say we should confront the ideas of terrorism not engage terrorists in armed conflict. This is a nice approach and has a certain passive peace movement ring to it.

A liberal blogger stated the following recently, "“Were this administration to finally get serious about fighting this war, rather than playing the role of cowboy in a ‘dead or alive’ posse, they would confront the ideology to which terrorists claim allegiance rather than the individual, armed expression of that ideology."”

The ideology suggested would lead the administration to confront most of the Islamic world today. If by confront, liberals means lecturing the Islamic world about their continued support for terrorist groups, I doubt this will have much impact. If by confront, liberals mean go the UN and lobby the international community to help confront terrorism in the Middle East, we tried to work with the international community. Unfortunately, the international community and the UN were taking oil money from terrorist countries so the terrorist countries could continue being terrorists. So, confronting terrorists with American ideas of fairness, peace, and dialogue does not work very well.

We have a choice. First, we can attack the training camps and countries that fund terrorism and eliminate the capability of terrorists to kill Americans. Or second, we can wish that the terrorists and their friends would just be nice and stop killing us. I like the first strategy better.


Saturday, June 10, 2006

Liberal Bloggers And America

Liberal bloggers try to compete in the race for ideas. But, they keep putting forth the tired old Jimmy Carter, hate America socialist ideas. And, with the following statement from a popular liberal blog, liberal bloggers give the appearance that they are goofy, "the Republican party has been hijacked by the religious fanatics that, in my opinion, aren'’t a whole lot different from Osama bin Laden."

Liberal bloggers have been attacking Bush on the Iraqi War for so long that most will defend the most outrageous comments by Democrats. Plus, it seems that liberal bloggers are using every setback in Iraq as ammunition for their assult on Republicans. It seems to me that our troops have enough to worry about without liberal bloggers throwing verbal rocket propelled grenades at their efforts to stabilize Iraq.

This is not to say that the Bush administration has managed the Iraqi War perfectly. There have been missteps. However, Bush has admitted his mis-judgements. Regardless, American troops serving in Iraq are doing a job that most in the liberal community could never do. Namely, American troops are risking their lives in a fight for democratic ideals.

Oh well, I guess liberal bloggers and the Hollywood crowd will never understand what it really means serve their country. They are too busy running down America.

Friday, June 09, 2006

Terrorism

News Flash: "AS INFORMATION CONCERNING HIS DEMISE continues to surface, the death of Abu Musab Zarqawi marks the end of one of the most accomplished mass murderers in the modern history of terrorism. According to the claims of responsibility released by his own group in Iraq, Zarqawi and his followers have conservatively murdered thousands of Iraq civilians and hundreds of coalition soldiers--in addition to perpetrating the February 2006 bombing of the al-Askariyyah Mosque in Samarra that instigated a wave of sectarian violence across the country."

Democrats are sure silent. The news that a terrorist has been killed has caught the Democrats off guard. I wonder if the current crop of Democrats would have been silent when Japan and Germany were defeated in WWII?

I heard a few young people talking about the war in Iraq recently. I was disappointed that they did not grasp the fact that for the rest of their lives they will have to live with terrorism. Our educational system has not prepared them for a future that will include a war on terror. In the end, Americans will have to pull together to defeat terrorism. Because, our survival as a free and successful nation will depend upon our collective efforts.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Children are Depressed

According to recent news articles, many young people cut themselves regularly when they get depressed. This seems to be a trend that started in the late 1980's and continuing today. New reports suggest that approximately 20% of young people cut themselves for various reasons. It appears that girls practice this at a much higher rate than boys. Professionals suggest that stress and other early childhood events cause young people to harm themselves in this manner. For some reason, some educational related mental health professionals do not think self harm is related to mental illness. I disagree.

If a young person needs to cut themselves regularly in order to feel better, the young person is mentally ill and needs professional help. Furthermore, I think this problem has its roots in depression. Brain chemistry and imbalances may be a primary cause. Also, mental health professionals strongly suggest that those that harm themselves are plagued by several mental disorders.

The following is helpful in understanding the scope of the problem. "In interviews, people who engage in repetitive self-injury have reported being diagnosed with depression, bipolar disorder, anorexia, bulimia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, many of the dissociative disorders (including depersonalization disorder, dissociative disorder not otherwise specified, and MPD/DID), anxiety and panic disorders, and impulse-control disorder not otherwise specified."

Anyone who harms themselves needs professional help.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

666

The numbers 666 have always been kind of mysterious to me. When I was a child and attended church, these numbers had a dark meaning. As I got older, I did not think of them much. Now, I wonder about the struggle of good against evil. The symbolism of 666 is interesting. The following from Fox News give a good perspective.

It all started with Revelation 13:18 in the Bible: "This calls for wisdom: let him who has understanding reckon the number of the beast, for it is a human number, its number is six hundred and sixty-six." The beast is also known as the Antichrist, according to some apocalyptic theories. Many scholars, such as Just, say the beast is really a coded reference using Hebrew letters for numbers for the despotic Roman emperor Nero, and 616 appears instead of 666 in some ancient manuscripts. The Book of Revelation isn't prophesying a specific end of times but is about the overall cosmic struggle of good versus evil, Just said.

I am going to read more about 666. Because, I am driven to understand this subject.

Monday, June 05, 2006

Hillary Clinton

Some in the Republican camp are crowing about the prospect that Hillary Clinton will be the Democratic Party presidential candidate in 2008. The crowing is about the idea that Hillary cannot get elected. I wish this were true. However, I am not quite so sure the Republicans are aware that Hillary is quite popular in many states. And, President Bush has misjudged public concern in two areas.

First, President Bush still thinks that the Iraq War will create a thriving democracy in Iraq. Then, democracy will spread to other countries in the Middle East. This may come about and then it may not come about. Even though I support the war on terror, and I supported our Iraqi War policy from the beginning, I have reservations about our long-term commitment. In addition, the public is getting wary of this never-ending commitment and our daily troop loses. So, President Bush needs to re-evaluate our Iraqi War strategy.

Second, President Bush has been slow to respond to meaningful immigration reform and border control. Border states are under tremendous pressure, and have been for several years, in trying to control crime and drug traffic in their states. President Bush is now trying to respond to this reality. However, he is not providing leadership in this area. His immigration reform strategy is a start, but without border control, all attempts to address the problems in our border states will be difficult.

Based on the aforementioned, the Democratic Party has a chance to make headway in 2006 and 2008. If Hillary Clinton can carry the border states of Texas, Arizona, and New Mexico along with the traditional East Coast and West Coast states, she will be the next president.

In conclusion, President Bush and the Republicans need to address public concerns about the Iraqi War and Immigration quickly. Or, the Republicans will be the minority party in 2008.

Sunday, June 04, 2006

DNA Data Banks

I find the fact that DNA data banks are being formulated to gather DNA from every American disturbing. It seems that this is too much government control. And, DNA may be used to eventually track families with similar DNA markers just because someone in the family has a criminal past. Many families have a black sheep. So, would the entire family be under close watch if the black sheep criminal is a suspect in a crime. This is a good question.

I am also concerned about DNA being used as the absolute proof of guilt. Why? Because, DNA can be planted just like finger prints can be planted by someone who knows what they are doing. Also, criminal labs are not perfect. Testing methods and procedures are not as pure as some would suggest.

Good golly, I sound like an advocate of the ACLU. Oh well, I am just reflecting on my reservations about DNA data banks and the possible abuse of gathering the DNA from all Americans.

Friday, June 02, 2006

Boys Need Encouragement

Boys are falling behind in school. For many reasons, our schools are just not doing a good job in teaching boys. At all levels of schooling, boys are coming up short. On the other hand, girls are advancing quickly.

It seems that all the fuss about focusing more attention on girls over the past two decades has paid off. Girls now earn a majority of college undergraduate and graduate degrees. Boys have stopped enrolling in many academic programs such as education, animal science, and the social science. In Kentucky and Delaware, young men only represent approximately 35% of the college enrollees. Most professional schools are dominated by female students now, and the number of men applying to most professional schools is falling.

Why is this happening. Some experts say that boys develop using brain functions in ways that differ from girls. And since female teachers dominate the classroom, boys just can't relate. Some experts say male role models are lacking. And, other experts say boys are disruptive and aggressive and need to be socialized in a more female way.

Maybe these ideas have some merit. However, I think the main reason today rest with the fact that schools do not encourage boys. Furthermore, in most elementary and high schools today, men teachers are rare. Thus, positive male role models are lacking. My goodness, many female activists want to do away male sports so that boys will have less opportunity to expend their physical energy. Wrestling, swimming, and gymnastics have almost been eliminated at college. And, more male sports are on the cutting block. Male students put tremendous value on sports. So, boys need more sports not less.

Furthermore, from my recent experience in college, it seems that women teachers and students have developed a "Male Bashing" attitude that has become institutionalize. And, this may be discouraging boys at every level. Positive early childhood development is essential for all children. If boys are being attacked for being boys at the early grades, it would seem logical that boys would become discouraged with the educational process.

In conclusion, boys and girls need to be encouraged throughout school in order to maximize their individual and collective potential and develop into responsible adults. Needless to say, schools need to do a better job in helping boys learn.

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Iraq

It seems that Iraq is safer than living in Washington DC. What am I saying? This is outrageous. Why don't we hear from the MSM about the violent in our nation's capital every night? The following is interesting.


"Iraqi civilian death statistics complied by Rep. Steve King, R-IA, indicate that, contrary to the impression made on the evening news, Iraq actually has a lower civilian violent death rate than Washington, D.C., and pre-Katrina New Orleans. Iraq is also substantially safer than several foreign countries.

Domestic Violence

Research suggests what most men already know. Namely, women in relationships are just as violent as men. In fact, one could make the argument that women who are abused by men in relationships seek out violent relationships over and over again.

The feminist movement has done a good job of directing the discussion away from the reality. Over the years, anyone who suggests that women may be violent in relationships has been silenced. Now, some in the feminist community are coming forward and telling the truth about domestic violence. And, research is supporting the conclusion that women are just as violent in relationships as men. Of course, men have known this all along.

Seattle

According to the Seattle School District, planning ahead is racist. And, other responsible behavior is considered a white trait and racist. I have tried to verify the information put out by the Seattle School District regarding their ideas about racism in America. But, the site have been disabled. I guess this school district received a few questions regarding this issue.

The following is quite interesting. "Are you salting away a little money for your retirement? Trying to plan for your kids' education? If so, Seattle Public Schools seems to think you're a racist. According to the district's official Web site, having a future time orientation (academese for having long-term goals) is among the aspects of society that overtly and covertly attribute value and normality to white people and Whiteness, and devalue, stereotype and label people of color."

This is just amazing. It is time to lobby for school vouchers again. We should not be forced to send our children to a school district that is this goofy.