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Iraq … =^( … Sad … A wise man once said … Some Policy OPTIONS

Iraq … =^( … Sad … A wise man once said: If you break it you own it.

Options:

++ Put it out with the other broken stuff. Let someone else haul it away. Don’t look at the stuff until it is gone. It will just break your heart.

++ Try to superglue it back together. It will be uglier than ugly … but … nah, not a good idea.Everything for 800 miles in any direction is a bad neighborhood. Always has been. Always will be.

++ Play Olympian Gods: Hit the mortals with lightning bolts. If they assume that Mount Olympus is really angry then the mortals may play nice. Must be prepared to play God indefinitely. (It’s not like the place has been rebuilt since the last time we played God.) Must assume that mortals that believe that they will become martyrs will need convincing with LOTS of lightning bolts for several decades.

++ Create a ‘No Shit Zone’. This is also playing God. Develop a short list of 10 or less ‘Thou shall/shall not’ for the locals; promise a jobs creation plan for Americans at home (after getting them to work for less) for the endless production of lightning bolts. Besides, Israel has already shown that if you play really rough you can expend all of your lightning rods pretty damn quickly … this could create lots of jobs … although the result will be that we will increase by a factor of 300% the number of young kids that swear that once they grow up then they’ll be back to avenge their family.

No shit: Playing God ain’t what it used to be since the locals got the same weapons that we have. Just wait until China sells them a tactical Iron Dome. Jar Jar Binks … we need you buddy!

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Election 2012 — The end is coming. The end is coming. And then winter is coming, too!

Election 2012 — The end is coming. The end is coming. And then winter is coming, too!

Please remember that the first warning of the end of the Republic was in 1800 when Jefferson crept into office — that damned non-Christian Unitarian do-gooder that believed in revolution every 20 years and thought that Muslims (Mohamadens) were fine people. Jefferson was the president that took our navy down to just 6 ships and cut the Army to barely 4 regiments … Jefferson then spent tax money to buy Louisiana and later wrote that he believed that his own actions were probably unconstitutional.

Jefferson was indeed revolutionary and perhaps our first and last libertarian president:

Jefferson slashed army and navy expenditures by half, cut the budget, eliminated taxes on whiskey, houses, and slaves, and fired all federal tax collectors. He reduced the army to 3,000 soldiers and 172 officers, the navy to 6 frigates, and foreign embassies to just 3 in Britain, France, and Spain.

During the winter months of his first term he spent time slicing and splicing parts of two New Testament Bibles specially ordered in large print from a Berlin, Germany printer because he wanted to get rid of all the nonsense in the Bible. We now know this as the Jefferson Bible, which is in use around the world in various languages (Spanish | German).

His opponent predicted that women’s virtues would be unprotected and quickly molested once Jefferson took office because he believed that government had no role in the relations between people … and … Jefferson was the ultimate boogeyman by rolling back the equivalent of the Homeland Security Act (the Alien and Sedition Acts) and upon inauguration declaring the will of the minority views in our society as also being of importance:

“The will of the majority is in all cases to prevail”, Jefferson declared. But, he added, “that will to be rightful must be reasonable; the minority possess their equal rights, which equal law must protect, and to violate would be oppression”

The election of 1800 was radical and nasty, and yet the election of 1824 is still considered the nastiest in all of American history. Much of our current day politics evolved out of the bitter battles of 1824 and 1828 more so than the earlier elections which actually involved primarily our founders running for office.

There are times, such as in 1860, when we really are at the brink. Right now we are just generally spoiled children that want things our way and want our toys back if the other side refuses to play by our rules. This too shall pass.

Our nation has been at its probable end ever since it started. Thank God for the day after when all the ninnies end up so silly looking.

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Religion / Pew Institute Report: One-in-Five Adults Have No Religious Affiliation

(AP) – Rachel Zoll is covering a new study that shows that for the first time in its history, the United States does not have a Protestant majority. One reason: The number of Americans with no religious affiliation is on the rise. The percentage of Protestant adults in the U.S. has reached a low of 48 percent, the first time that Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life has reported with certainty that the number has fallen below 50 percent. The drop has long been anticipated and comes at a time when no Protestants are on the U.S. Supreme Court and the Republicans have their first presidential ticket with no Protestant nominees.

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The AP article is based upon a report recently released by the Pew Institute entitled One-in-Five Adults Have No Religious Affiliation – Pew Institute

One-in-Five Adults Have No Religious Affiliation - Pew Institute

Pew Institute notes in its precis of the report:

“The number of Americans who do not identify with any religion continues to grow at a rapid pace. One-fifth of the U.S. public – and a third of adults under 30 – are religiously unaffiliated today, the highest percentages ever in Pew Research Center polling.”

“In the last five years alone, the unaffiliated have increased from just over 15% to just under 20% of all U.S. adults. Their ranks now include more than 13 million self-described atheists and agnostics (nearly 6% of the U.S. public), as well as nearly 33 million people who say they have no particular religious affiliation (14%).”

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Belief in the market square – Let’s protect what makes our society great

Belief in the market square

We like to think that we live in a postmodern age, an age where we all as individuals can freely pursue our own lives and seek our own paths. The freedom to do that comes from freedom of speech as much as anything else.

Freedom of speech is actually under attack in many ways. One of those ways is through threat of violence by religious believers that oppose blasphemy.

Whenever anyone attempts to control the conversation, or to stifle questioning of beliefs or dogma, then we all lose.

What truly makes our way of life ‘great’ is that the only truths which are worthy of public respect must earn that respect through allowing open questioning of their validity.

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Hillsdale College recently published a piece entitled Blasphemy and Free Speech by Paul Marshall a Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute.

This piece often makes many references to Islam, but it wasn’t too long ago that blasphemy laws or retribution for blasphemy was also common in Western society.

There are still too many occurences of violence towards those that do not believe or behave as we believe appropriate — such as the 70 year old Jewish woman that was beaten recently by five Jewish men because she was suspected of being a missionary, which blasphemed their community and their beliefs. As it turns out, she was indeed a missionary of sorts: she was teaching converts to Judaism how to be good Jews.

Blasphemy laws are the breeding grounds for intolerance and the inbreeding of hate.

We must be respectful to other beliefs but we must also insist that our culture is built on the right to free enquiry, freedom of speech, and both the freedom of religion and freedom from religion.

If your faith is big enough facts do not matter

If your faith is big enough facts do not matter

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Freedom of Speech gets its day in court on October 6th.

Westboro Baptist Church will have its day in court again on October 6th, 2010.

Westboro and its fundamentalist Christian pastor Fred Phelps often picket at the funerals of U.S. military killed overseas in war. Why? The pastor and the church believe that these military members are dying because of America’s sin. Pastor Phelps says “We don’t have to answer to anybody for our preaching.”

The group often taunts families with signs like “Your son is in hell.”

This is an ugly face of Christianity.

Westboro Baptist Funeral Protest

From USAToday: Westboro Baptist Funeral Protest

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I do not believe that free speech is open-ended nor should it be.

However, we must be careful in how we deal with free speech. It can be an avalanche once folks start putting any limits on speech.

For over 200 years we have wrestled with what freedom means.

While still a young country, only 10 years old, John Adams passed four bills that were really the nation’s first ‘Patriot Act’ in 1798, aka the ‘Alien and Sedition Acts’.

One of these acts was the ‘Sedition Act’ which defined treasonable activity as including the publication of “any false, scandalous and malicious writing,” as a high misdemeanor, punishable by fine and imprisonment.

Soon after its passage 25 men, most of them editors of Republican newspapers, were arrested and their newspapers forced to shut down. Some were fined $1000 (a monstrous sum in those days) and sent to prison for four months.

“Scandalous and malicious” pretty much covers so many things that in 200+ years we still have not figured out how to deal with freedom of speech to everyone’s satisfaction.

Thomas Jefferson lead the effort to repeal the ‘Sedition Act’ when he became president. As a Jeffersonian, I believe that freedom of speech is just that, no matter how ugly, and freedom of religion is just that, no matter how much we disagree on tenets, and I believe that freedom of … is freedom.

I’m sure however that we can get creative about how to deal with folks like Westboro Baptist Church. The first major step would be if other Christians spoke strongly in condemning the actions of the church, instead of remaining generally silent.

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‘Texas schoolbook massacre’ rewrites American history

Thomas Jefferson is always one of my favorite reads. A mind constantly at work considering human possibilities, he did more than spout philosophy, he acted upon it.

Philosophers give us thoughts that transcend generations, and sometimes millenia.

Jefferson is an odd bird. He is at once a darling of both Left and the Right; and to read most of the literature being cranked out by the Right you would think he is ‘the man’.

There is an uneasy relationship however between Jefferson and the Right. Jefferson was strongly opinionated but enjoyed open debate. He accepted that democracy could be messy.

Jefferson was also a deist (as were 3 of the first 4 U.S. presidents) and a Unitarian Christian that spent his winters as president cutting and glueing parts of the Bible together to give us what we now call the Jefferson Bible — all the supernatural stuff was thrown out.

The difference between a deist Christian and a non-deist is that deists put more trust in logic and argument than in faith. They have faith in the tangible, not the ‘Trust me. My interpretation is correct. Just have faith.’

Thomas Jefferson had faith only in the ‘self evident’.

Faith makes the Right tick because it essentially means ‘if you have to ask why then you are not one of us’.

Why? Explain to me? Why not? These are important questions in making republican democracy work.

Texas schoolbook massacre

As some of you may know, the ultraconservative politically correct school curriculum commission in Texas (yes, it happens on the Right, too)  threw Thomas Jefferson out of the state’s school books. And because Texas is such a huge market then that means that Thomas Jefferson is being thrown out of the school books of more than half of the United States.

We can argue about what it all means here in the USA, but here is how the Brits see it — and they have no reason to love Thomas Jefferson after that little Declaration of Independence note that he penned: “‘Texas schoolbook massacre’ rewrites American history“.

The ultraconservative self-proclaimed Christian members of the commission voted 15-5 to toss Jefferson completely from American schoolbooks. He will no longer exist.

It is 1984 … brought to you courtesy of those who would really rather you did not ask ‘why not?’

Learn more about this by Googling: http://www.google.com/search?q=texas+schoolbook+thomas+jefferson

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