Election 2008: White Guilt, White Fear

One of the problems with having friends who are neo-conservatives is that they feel the need to send you lot of political clap-trap, the off-the-wall, inflammatory garbage that is so easily found on the Internet, stuff written by people who do not feel the need to do any serious research or critical analysis of what they read. Just like so many people forty years thought everything on the evening news was the truth, now people think if it shows up on the Internet, especially the social networks, it’s true. They don’t understand that the people that run those sites do not edit the stuff people post for accuracy. Heck, some don’t even edit it for obscenity or hate.

and, as we all know, anyone willing to put in the time and effort can have a web site where they can rant an rave about anything and everything under the sun. With just a minimum of effort on a search site, you can find stuff supporting any political position or scientific hypothesis, no matter how loony it may seem. I suspect you will even find sites to support the flat-earth theory, if you wanted to bother looking. I haven’t looked for that one, but I have found sites that propose that the events of 9/11, especially the planes crashing into the Twin Towers, were either faked videos or a plot by the US intelligence agencies, that the Holocaust never happened, that we really did recover alien bodies at Roswell back in the 1950s, and, of course, all the weird stuff about Barack Obama during the recent election campaign. Continue reading Election 2008: White Guilt, White Fear

Thanksgiving 2008: Turkeys and Football

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving here in the USA. There are many traditions associated with modern celebrations of Thanksgiving: lots of food, family gatherings, an football. In recent decades, the football tradition has meant a National Football League game on the Thursday that is Thanksgiving, in addition to the normal games on Sunday and Monday night. This year’s Thanksgiving Day game features the Arizona Cardinals against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Although I grew up in the Philadelphia area and was an Eagles fan back then, my allegiance shifted to the Chicago Bears when I moved to Chicago forty years ago, and. although I left Chicago seventeen years ago for northern Arkansas, my heart is still with the Bears. Most people down here are either Dallas Cowboys, Kansas City Chiefs, or St. Louis Rams fans. I have never been able to get enthused about the Cowboys. to me, they have always represented the worst in NFL football. I am totally ambivalent about the Chiefs. I was a Rams fan or sorts about ten years ago for the same reason I will be rooting for Arizona on Thursday. The man playing quarterback for the Cardinals is the same person who was the quarterback of the Cardinals in 1999 when they won the NFL Championship and he was voted the league’s Most Valuable Player, which he was voted again in 2001. His name is Kurt Warner, and to me, he represents the best of what professional athletes should be. Continue reading Thanksgiving 2008: Turkeys and Football

New Year, New Administration, Same Old Questions Part 1

I can’t believe it is Thanksgiving already and that Christmas is just around the corner! That means that 2008 is about to come to a close and with it the end of the Bush presidency and the start of the Obama presidency. The end of the Bush era raises some important political questions that no one seems willing to ask, except for me. Over the next few weeks I want to ask those questions and offer some possible answers.

The first question I want to ask is where in the world is Osama bin Lad’n and why have we not captured him? After all, Osama and al-Qaida have been the focus of Bush’s sever year war on terror. All that the war on terror has accomplished is the loss of too many American lives, the deposing and execution of a petty tyrant  in Iraq, the further destabilization of the Middle East [if such a thing is even possible], the dragging of America’s goo name through not just the mud, but through the stuff you find in septic tanks and waste treatment plants, and most disturbing of all, the trampling of the US Constitution and our inalienable rights as citizens and humans in the name of national security, a propaganda campaign that would make Joseph Goebbels proud.

I sometimes wonder whether Osama bin Lad’n even exists, at least in the form in which he is portrayed by Bush’s anti-terrorism propaganda machine. I wonder if this “evil empire of terrorism” that we have targeted in our war on terror is the great international conspiracy it is painted to be. After all, aren’t the Taliban we are now fighting in Afghanistan the same mujaheddin we supported against the Soviet occupation? Why were we providing them with arms 2twenty some years ago but now we want to wipe them off the face of the earth? Continue reading New Year, New Administration, Same Old Questions Part 1

Liver and Cheese – ROFLMAO

I absolutely love humor that plays with words, using them in unusual ways to create laughter. Here’s one I got the other day from my best friend Jeff up in Chicago. He loves puns and other play on words jokes. This one had me rolling on the floor howling with laughter It did take me a minute to get it. If you don’t get it right away, try to visualize Cheech Marin doing the voice over om the last line. Hope this brings a little laughter to your day.

Three handsome male dogs are walking down the street when they see a beautiful, enticing, female Poodle.

The three male dogs fall all over themselves in an effort to be the one to reach her first, but end up arriving in front of her at the same time. Continue reading Liver and Cheese – ROFLMAO

A Symbol of Hope From TIME: Obama As FDR

Yes, I know, it’s been awhile since I’ve posted here. I apologize for that; I’ve been busy working on my Roots of Christian Heresy series over on m main blog, The Threshing Floor Also things have been quite hectic at home with the holidays approaching rapidly and all kinds of activities with the kids at school and with the Boy Scouts. My daughter was selected to the northeast Arkansas All Region High School choir. My son Michael is working on his gold merit badge. M other son Ian, who is autistic, has had some issues that required my attention. And of course, my wife Elizabeth has made her usual demands on my time. I love doing this blog, but family always comes first.

Anyway, the last time we talked a little about the historical significance of the recent Federal election. For obvious reasons, the election, and by a wide margin of victory, of Barack Obama as the next President of the United States has been all over the media, whether on line or off. The latest [November 24] issue of TIME magazine is no exception. As to be expected, Obama is featured on the cover again. My copy of this issue arrived in my mail box two days ago and the cover was so terrific I decided then that I had to share it with you. For copyright reasons, which I respect, I did not want to just scan it and post it on my site. This morning was the first chance I have had to go to the TIME site and find the link. Here it is: [You’ll have to click the read more link to see it. Also scroll down past the picture for more comments. Continue reading A Symbol of Hope From TIME: Obama As FDR

Election 2008 The Early Numbers

By now, most people have seen the most important numbers from the 2008 Presidential election: Electoral vote: Obama 364 and McCain 163; popular vote: Obama 53% – 66,495,308and McCain 46% – 58,123,419. A n electoral landslide and an 8 million majority in the popular vote is not too shabby. What makes these numbers even more impressive and off tremendous historic importance is that the victor was a man of color!

But these numbers are not the only ones of historic significance for US Presidential elections. Although it is still early for definitive statistics, I want to take a quick look at some other historic numbers for this Presidential election.

The statistics on voter turnout are still pretty sketchy but it appears, at least in terms of raw humblers, that the 2008 Federal election is in the history books with the largest number of people voting ever, beating the 2004 Federal election by more than half a million.

The 2008 Federal election also goes into the history books as having the largest number of people of voting age ever. Unfortunately, at this point there are no numbers for how many of those people were actually registered, but I suspect that it will be quite large. Heck, even my brother, who has been eligible to vote for several decades but never registered, went and registered this year and voted for the first time in his life. At a very personal level, that makes this election very historic! Continue reading Election 2008 The Early Numbers

The Power of Fredom: The Borg Is Not Invincile

The following is from an email I received from the OpenOffice.org Community of which Iama member. The newsletter article shows the power of what can be accomplished with really great open source software. This proves that Microsoft is not invincible. For those of you not famiiar with penOffice.org, there is an explanation of what it is at the end of the article.

November 10, 2008 — Early on Sunday 9th, the OpenOffice.org Community achieved an historic milestone, when the ten millionth person clicked on the “Download OpenOffice.org” button since the Community announced version 3.0, just four weeks ago. The week also saw the first time the OpenOffice.org Annual Conference has been held outside Europe, with over four hundred people attending the Conference in Beijing, China from Wednesday to Friday.

John McCreesh, Marketing Project Lead, explained the importance of the two events. “Since the launch of OpenOffice.org 3.0, we have had a verifiable record of downloads from central website. We were delighted to hit a million downloads in the first two days. Four weeks later, we 0000000000000000have hit ten million, and we are still seeing an amazing 250,000 – 350,000 downloads a day. For a community with no advertising budget, this is an astonishing level of product awareness around the world. Add to this the success of our Beijing Conference, and there can be no doubt that OpenOffice.org is now genuinely a global phenomenon.” Continue reading The Power of Fredom: The Borg Is Not Invincile

It’s Official! Obama Will Be The Bext President

Just a few minutes ago, John McCain conceded the election, making Barack Obama the first African-American in history to be elected to the highest office in the land. And from what I’ve seen so far of the Congressional races, it appears he will have more than enough votes in both the House and Senate to implement his promised changes in YUS policies at home and overseas.

This is, without saying, the most historic election in US history and will do much to repair our trnished image around the world. As I said in my post yesterday, only time will tell how significant this election will be in the long run If Obama servers two full terms, his Presidency could result in a major re-shaping of the American political landscape for a long time to come. Continue reading It’s Official! Obama Will Be The Bext President

Election Day 2008: On The Brink of History

Tomorrow is Election Day st long last and, if the so-called experts actually know what they are talking about, it should prove to be a very historic day, mot just because of the candidates themselves, but because, based on new voter registrations as well as early voting tunout, which has been very high, this election has fired the American people In a way mo election has done in decades, mot since 1968.

But with all the media attention on the election, whatever I have to say about it would be like pissing in the ocean – no one would really notice and my poor offering would get lost in the sea of words being generated by the media. So, instead of talking about the election specifically, I want to talk about politics in general, not politics as that term is used in the media, but as I defined it here almost two years ago. Hard to believe it’s been that long since I got back to writing; guess time does fly when you’re having fun.

That is the perfect segue to our topic today – time, as it is understood in Western culture. Contrary to what we may want to believe, the whole world does not see things the same way we do,and that has led to a lot of our problems with what we euphemistically call the Third World. One of the major differences between, say, Western civilization, with its grounding in the Judeo-Christian-Islamic tradition, and East tern cultures like China or India, with their Hindu-Buddhist tradition, is the nature of time. Continue reading Election Day 2008: On The Brink of History