Hollywood and the war machine

Another good resource from Al Jazeera English’s “Empire” series, this segment features Christopher Hedges, Oliver Stone, and Michael Moore. Update:  WOW.  This was not only a good analysis by these three men,  but extremely profound.  You simply must see this.  What a great conversation! Christopher Hedges can not only write,  he articulates the same way in speech,  and he gets Continue Reading

Bush Official, in Book, Tells of Pressure on ’04 Vote – NYTimes.com

As  if this surprises us.  Just something to file to trot out for the obligatory dismissal of Tom Ridge as part of the liberal conspiracy (even though he was a Bush administration apointee) Tom Ridge, the first secretary of homeland security, asserts in a new book that he was pressured by top advisers to President George W. Bush to raise Continue Reading

Sitting in Stunned Silence

I have found very little to blog about lately,  even though there are huge things happening.  A Presidential campaign, a couple of wars,  an economic crisis.  But I find myself muted because I am in shut down mode,  which happens when I don’t want to face the inevitable frustration that all three things will bring. I certainly don’t feel any Continue Reading

Called Out to Stand Out

Just a few choice morsels from Jesus For President  (p. 228) The church is a people called out of the world to embody a social alternative that the world cannot know on its own terms. Ironic that so many people in the church adopt the categories and the “realism” of the world,  and become skeptics of the relevance of Jesus Continue Reading

Barack Obama: On Iraq and National Security

But here is the stark reality: there is a security gap in this country – a gap between the rhetoric of those who claim to be tough on national security, and the reality of growing insecurity caused by their decisions. A gap between Washington experience, and the wisdom of Washington’s judgments. A gap between the rhetoric of those who tout Continue Reading

Huckabee Far From "100% Life"

Every time I hear Mike Huckabee say he is “100% pro-life”.  Sorry .  He is not.  And its the same for 99% of the people who SAY they are pro-life.  Most are the last to oppose an option for war.  WAR,  the quintessential “convenient” and “effective” and “pragmatic” choice for every conflict or disagreement.  This is the accusation leveled at Continue Reading

Clinton camp begins 11th hour effort – David Paul Kuhn – Politico.com

  Sen. Hillary Clinton’s campaign has begun an eleventh hour effort to implore Democrats to support her by framing her as the strongest general election candidate the party could put forth. No, Hillary,  the opposite is true.   I think your candidacy would be the best hope for the Republicans,  since you would be the most likely thing to unite the Continue Reading

Stanley Hauerwas on Christians and Politics

Some really good stuff in this audio, such as: I’m not in any way telling Christians to withdraw [from politics].  Hell,  I just want you to be there as a Christian In the name of doing good,  one of the things we’ve done is build state power that is therefore capable of bombing Iraqis As Christians,  one of the things Continue Reading

Virtual Debunking of the Actual Debunking

Basically another spin to say that this finding (that basically blows the lid off of the administration’s “urgency” and “spin” aimed at ratcheting up fear and paranoia) is not what it is;  it’s REALLY a vindication of the administration’s approach all along.  Beautiful.  So the combination that the intelligence community says is most likely to work is pressure, plus a Continue Reading

No End in Sight . NOW | PBS

A PBS exploration of the film No End IN Sight on NOW.  The DVD is out this past week (I may order it as well) (I really miss the Amazon plugin I used to have for WordPress.  LiveWriter REALLY needs a good one.  The one out now doesn’t search DVD’s, apparently.) About the Show Video: No End in Sight Nearly Continue Reading

Nuclear hypocrisy | Salon.com

  It seems that I’m seeing this from Bush more and more as he exhibits this exasperation toward his questioners when they challenge the administration’s view of things.  He poses the "you either agree with our approach or you’re just contributing to what we say will happen if you don’t let us do what we think will prevent it". His Continue Reading