Archive for September 18th, 2010

September 18, 2010

Windowsill Readings, Musings, and Laughs

by Vince

A map here of the largest metro’s in the USA and their performances. More on the ‘great divide” here and here.

A gay soldier says that DADT erodes the strong military lessons each soldier learns.

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September 18, 2010

Blogging Heads on Obama’s Anti-Colonialist View

by Vince

Between Jonah Goldberg and Robert Wright here.

September 18, 2010

Book Candy

by Vince

I went on an excursion with MJ today. On our trip, we stopped at a book sale in downtown Lancaster and a used academic bookstore in Harrisburg. MJ found some kids books from yore, some religion books, and I found the following:

Death at an Early Age by the Harvard Professor Jonathan Kozol

The Worst Case Scenario Almanac to Politics by David Borgenicht and Turk Regan

Leave it to the experts of the best-selling Worst-Case Scenario series to ferret out the most scandalous, dangerous, incompetent, and downright awful people to ever seek power. The most lavish palaces, the bloodiest coups, the stupidest declarations. . . . Plus all the lists, charts, maps, and profiles that have made the Worst-Case Scenario Almanacs such a success. Which country had more governments in the past 175 years Italy or Bolivia? What ever happened to all those people who ran for vice president of the United States of America and lost? Illustrated, step-by-step scenarios describe how to respond when confronted with misfortune or challenge, including how to give a concession speech, kiss a drooling baby, escape a sex scandal, and evade the truth.

Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman

I read this article and I then wanted to find this Whitman book.

The whole day was capped off by a meal at Red Robin, some of the PSU football game, getting lost, talking to a guy named Ronald outside of the HBG bookstore, seeing a wedded couple get their pictures along the outskirts of HBG, and getting to blog about it all.

September 18, 2010

Is it Legalism, Stupidity, or Dogmatism?

by Vince

Draino said he would vote for a politician that wasn’t a Christian so long as they had common sense. If you follow the trail through the hyper links, it is delving into these comments by Christine O’Donnell:

O’DONNELL: A lie, whether it be a lie or an exaggeration, is disrespect to whoever you’re exaggerating or lying to, because it’s not respecting reality.

MAHER: Quite the opposite, it can be respect.

IZZARD: What if someone comes to you in the middle of the Second World War and says, ‘do you have any Jewish people in your house?’ and you do have them. That would be a lie. That would be disrespectful to Hitler.

O’DONNELL: I believe if I were in that situation, God would provide a way to do the right thing righteously. I believe that!

MAHER: God is not there. Hitler’s there and you’re there.

O’DONNELL: You never have to practice deception. God always provides a way out.

Tim Wise continues the railing against O’Donnell. Here are a few points I have related to O’Donnell:

  1. I never got around to writing this in my last post on O’Donnell, but I believe she is going to be somewhat similar to Scott Brown. O’Donnell hasn’t been elected yet as Senator and the majority of pundits who rip into her won’t be able to vote for her anyway. She is different than a mayor or governor in that her possible reach could be national, but lets not get ahead of ourselves – she hasn’t been elected yet. Scott Brown comes to mind when I think of O’Donnell because of her rise in a super blue state. Could this be a landslide entrance beginning for the GOP? We’ll see. Some may fear this could be a wave coming in with a New age of conservatives. The Bush conservatives are out and the Tea Party conservatives are in. This could affect our social policies and laws and I would be interested to see how this affects our country fiscally. All of this talk about cutting “waste”, “pork barrel spending”, and other largesses may have to come to the policy board and be shown that they 1) are vague 2) not that large of the federal debt as one may assume and 3) do not even compare to the costs of social security, medicare/medicaid, and defense. Why would a bunch of fear mongering baby boomers want the social security or defense budgets cut? These are some of the programs that make them feel so comfortable and secure.
    In the end, I am not overly worried but intrigued by this possibility of GOP control. Hopefully there can be some opportunities for better bipartisanship if the GOP takes control of the House or Senate.
  2. I could dedicate a whole other post to this, but I am curious why Tim Wise, Andrew Sullivan, and other bloggers/media heads are picking on O’Donnell for her anti-masturbation stance. This may not be her standing for the issue, but masturbation can put a clear wedge between spouses and strongly distorts our outlook on sexual encounters, how they should be, and further blurs the line between fantasy, reality, and expectation.
  3. O’Donnell’s stance with refusing to lie (hypothetically) to the Nazi’s sounds to be an ideological decision in line with respecting leadership as ordained by God (Romans 13:1-7). Although saying that there were Nazi’s hiding in her home and giving them over would save her life, where does that line up with standing up for the orphan and against injustice? I am sure this hypothetical situation has been written extensively about and I wish for no one to ever have to face a similar one. Regardless, the context of the Nazi purging of Jews is important: many Germany citizens could of been obedient to Hitler at that point because they may of believed what he was doing was “taking back Germany” – bringing its economy and society up from its crypt due to the Jews.
September 18, 2010

“L” is for Labour

by michaelrdrane

With the upcoming general election…

An oldy-but-goody

September 18, 2010

“L” is for Legalsim

by michaelrdrane

I’ll take a politician who isn’t a Christian but has common sense over this legalism anyday.

September 18, 2010

Christine O’Donnell is the New Scott Brown

by Vince

Update Below (as of 9/18/10, 4:40pm)

As I watched the above clip from 2008, I was disappointed in O’Donnell’s hubris. Why do we need to have English as our national/official language? Why can’t we each speak our own language and be OK with that? I haven’t been to a theme park in a while but I remember going to one in Florida and having different ride directions explained in three languages (English, Spanish, and French). Some of the people I was around use to get annoyed and I chimed along with them without any real reason to be upset or gripe. Today, I can’t help but see the somewhat similar wining on Facebook: “welcome to America – we speak English”, “Welcome to America, a Christian nation, press 1 for english, press 2 to hang up and learn english”.

I continue to be blown away by the vitriolic attitudes by fellow Christians. As if being second to any other culture or nationality is anathema.

CROSS NORTH KOREAN BORDER ILLEGALLY GET 12 YEARS HARD LABOR
CROSS IRANIAN BORDER ILLEGALLY ARE DETAINED–INDEFINITELY
CROSS AFGHAN BORDER ILLEGALLY, GET SHOT
CROSS SAUDI ARABIAN BORDER ILLEGALLY BE JAILED.
CROSS CHINESE BORDER ILLEGALLY NEVER BE HEARD FROM AGAIN.
CROSS VENEZUELAN BORDER ILLEGALLY BE BRANDED A SPY AND YOUR FATE WILL BE SEALED
CROSS THE CUBAN BORDER ILLEGALLY BE THROWN INTO POLITICAL PRISON TO ROT

IF YOU CROSS THE U.S. BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU GET: A JOB
A DRIVERS LICENSE
SOCIAL SECURITY CARD
WELFARE
FOOD STAMPS
CREDIT CARDS
SUBSIDIZED RENT OR A LOAN TO BUY A HOUSE
FREE EDUCATION
FREE HEALTH CARE
A LOBBYIST IN WASHINGTON BILLIONS OF DOLLARS WORTH OF PUBLIC DOCUMENTS PRINTED IN YOUR LANGUAGE
THE RIGHT TO CARRY YOUR COUNTRY’S FLAG WHILE YOU PROTEST THAT YOU DONT GET ENOUGH RESPECT

AND, IN MANY INSTANCES, YOU CAN VOTE.
I JUST WANTED TO MAKE SURE I HAD A FIRM GRASP ON THE SITUATION…

The above is from a conservative Christian Facebook page.

His post does not come with a subjective bias but I wonder what it is implying. You have the worst case scenarios with foreign nations versus our seemingly generous nation. Is it implying that we are offering too much? Should we be harsh to these sojourners or at least not be as free handed? All of these and more are questions or ideas to kick around when it comes to the Christan community and illegal immigration.