Politics


Politics02 Nov 2012 12:00 pm

I normally try to ignore this stuff, but the unemployment rate crept up from 7.8% to 7.9% in today’s report and, typically, I believe the rate actually trends even higher as more information comes in. You might think that, since this is the final jobs report before the election, that this would be devastating news for the Obama camp. Or, you might see what the news cycle says about it…


Screen shot from Google News at approx. 11:00 AM today. (I added the arrows and the oval.)

“Job Growth Quickens,” “Modest Increase in Jobs,” and “Even at 7.9%, Still Mostly Good News for Obama.” What? Okay… so 171k jobs were added last month, but more than 171k unemployed were also added. Where is the good news? The growth of job seekers is outpacing the growth of jobs. How is this good news?

It’s certainly apropos that “Dementia” is the trending Top Story topic. Just saying.

peace… love… bdg…

general&Politics31 Oct 2012 04:22 pm

I know that conventional wisdom for people who want to be liked is to never discuss politics or religion. Forget conventions, sometimes a guy’s just gotta be real, right? Besides, being liked is over-rated.

Before I launch in (and before any of you start hating me), know that I mean no disrespect to anyone. I’m not attacking anyone. I’m not trying to deny anybody’s intellect or humanity. I’m simply stating my opinion and, in this case, response to an article. You may or may not agree, but there’s no reason to argue about it. Responses are welcomed, but I ask that you respond in kind.

The article: Why My Bible Seems to Differ from Billy Graham’s (Source: CNN – http://www.cnn.com/2012/10/22/opinion/martin-billy-graham-politics/index.html)

The gist: Billy Graham has sold his soul to the Republican party, compromising his belief that Mormonism is a cult and narrowing the election to a two-issue decision (abortion and same-sex marriage) while ignoring the needs of the poor and the sick.

Okay, I think that about covers the arguments from Roland Martin (who is very much pro-Obama, by the way). So, I have two things to address: Is Mormonism a cult (and does it matter)? and Why are Romney supporters “ignoring” the poor and sick? (And by the way, I plan to vote for Romney). Off we go…
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Bookshelf&MUSIC&Politics&pop culture&reviews08 Sep 2012 12:39 am

This is, unfortunately, becoming a mantra of late. I’m thinking specifically of a scathing Op-Ed (presumably) “article” in Time Magazine (Why Akin Matters by Joe Klein), a similarly themed opinion piece in the New York Times (The Crackpot Caucus by Timothy Egan), and the highly controversial assaults on Creationism from Bill Nye the Science Guy. As if the main content isn’t enough, each piece serves as tinder to set off a firestorm of anger, vitriol, and name-calling in the comments sections. It’s clear that there are a lot of strong opinions for Evolution, Global Warming, and Christianity in general. And you would think, based on their fervor, that they have a better case than their opposition.

But, despite all the cues on television, louder doesn’t mean truer.

“Truth Is Still True”

To be clear, I’m a “stupid Christian who votes Republican.” I believe in God. I believe in Creation. I believe the Bible is true. But if you disagree, I don’t believe that makes you stupid or worth berating, belittling, or beating. It just means that we disagree and that’s okay. Our beliefs don’t threaten the truth any more than Petruchio’s proclamation that the sun is the moon affects which heavenly body is gracing the sky. What is true will be true regardless of how I describe it or what you believe it to be.

If I tell you a lie and you believe it, it’s still a lie.
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news&Politics20 Jan 2010 05:37 pm

it’s been a while and i have no really compelling excuses, but i do have a lot that i’d love to talk about… i’m still working on newness for the main site… i’m still trying to train myself to being a morning person… i went on a Disney Cruise with the family… basketball season has begun for the littles… football season is concluding quickly (i’m still without firm Superbowl plans, by the way)… i’ve got a few new albums to discuss.. more books that i’m reading (Saint is turning out great so far)… but today, since it’s the one year anniversary of the last inauguration, i’m going to talk a little bit about politics…

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED?

now playing: The Hope – Sevenglory

It was exactly a year ago that Barack Obama officially took office as the 44th President of the United States, or POTUS… back then, the celebrations were rampant and it almost seemed as if, by merely waving his hand and reciting a simple oath, this new POTUS could instantly solve all of the world’s problems – including, but not limited to, the war on terrorism, the growing economic crisis, the health care debacle, and, of course, global warming…

As he stood up on the west front balcony of the US Capitol building, one hand raised in the air, the other on the Lincoln Bible, he couldn’t help but take in the million or so strong sea of those in attendence to witness this moment in time… here stood a president who represented the will of the people… here had arrived hope and change and culmination of all the fantastical promises from the last few years of campaigning… here stood perhaps the most accomplished POTUS to have never accomplished anything other than getting elected… anticipation was high, expectations higher, and the world watched with bated breath…

and it is exactly a year later that Barack Obama, as he’s been struggling to stay afloat in the seas of responsibility that he may have overlooked when he began his ascent to power… having taken the election results as a mandate for, i don’t know, change and hope, perhaps? President Obama hasn’t exactly hit the ground running… In fact, many of the aforementioned focal points, have become more oppressive than ever before…

the war on terror is still ongoing, despite a few cosmetic name changes… the economic climate has continued to spiral out of control despite several instances of “fighting fire with gasoline and more fire” stimulus packages… health care reform, which has become the biggest distraction from any other concerns – presumably because it was expected to pass easily in the Democratic House and Senate – still remains theoretical… (and with Brown’s victory last night, will likely remain unpassed)… and global warming? well… it’s as sore a subject as the Chicago Olympics…

I realize that a slow start isn’t necessarily indicative of the entire term of office, but it does make for some talking points, am i right?… it seems to me that this administration’s main accomplishment so far has been little more than pointing out and complaining about the problems that exist… in effect, if our problems were spread out in front of us like a Thanksgiving feast, our country has simply been loosening its belt and gluttonously feasting, when we should be standing up and walking away from the table…

change? not so much – at least not for the better… hope? seems to be dwindling… Mission Accomplished? let’s hope not…

peace… love… bdg…