Wednesday, August 27

Live Blogging the DNC

Biden video:

Abuse of power like slapping a kid.

Well once in a while the kid that touches the vase does need their hand slapped. What next? A law against letting parents discipline their kids?

Biden Speech:

9:30 They have to pop out of their seats so much...must give them exercise.

9:32 Jab at Cheney. Tasteless.

9:37 Work, religion....all standard stuff.

9:42 Campaigning with Obama...was that while he was campaigning for Prez. or when he was looking at the VP slot?

9:44 X million Americans will not be given tax cut...yeah...Obama also leaves out lots of Americans.

10:05 Commentary: Tonight was the night of Hubert Humphrey couldn't agree more. Pray Dems will die in the same way.

Done. Convention is so lame. No drama. Nothing new. It's as bad as high school Model UN where nobody knows anything, yet they are required to get up and speak nutrasweet fake sweetness and wonder, matched only by the insincerity and boredom of the listeners.

Live Blogging the DNC

Biden video:

Abuse of power like slapping a kid.

Well once in a while the kid that touches the vase does need their hand slapped. What next? A law against letting parents discipline their kids?

Biden Speech:

9:30 They have to pop out of their seats so much...must give them exercise.

9:32 Jab at Cheney. Tasteless.

9:37 Work, religion....all standard stuff.

9:42 Campaigning with Obama...was that while he was campaigning for Prez. or when he was looking at the VP slot?

9:44 X million Americans will not be given tax cut...yeah...Obama also leaves out lots of Americans.

10:05 Commentary: Tonight was the night of Hubert Humphrey couldn't agree more. Pray Dems will die in the same way.

Live Blogging the DNC

Biden video:

Abuse of power like slapping a kid.

Well once in a while the kid that touches the vase does need their hand slapped. What next? A law against letting parents discipline their kids?

Biden Speech:

9:30 They have to pop out of their seats so much...must give them exercise.

9:32 Jab at Cheney. Tasteless.

9:37 Work, religion....all standard stuff.

9:42 Campaigning with Obama...was that while he was campaigning for Prez. or when he was looking at the VP slot?

9:44 X million Americans will not be given tax cut...yeah...Obama also leaves out lots of Americans.

Live Blogging the DNC

Biden video:

Abuse of power like slapping a kid.

Well once in a while the kid that touches the vase does need their hand slapped. What next? A law against letting parents discipline their kids?

Biden Speech:

9:30 They have to pop out of their seats so much...must give them exercise.

9:32 Jab at Cheney. Tasteless.

9:37 Work, religion....all standard stuff.

9:42 Campaigning with Obama...was that while he was campaigning for Prez. or when he was looking at the VP slot?

Live Blogging the DNC

Biden video:

Abuse of power like slapping a kid.

Well once in a while the kid that touches the vase does need their hand slapped. What next? A law against letting parents discipline their kids?

Biden Speech:

9:30 They have to pop out of their seats so much...must give them exercise.

9:32 Jab at Cheney. Tasteless.

9:37 Work, religion....all standard stuff.

More on Obama and Roe

Monday, August 18

Obama: When young life is in question kick it.

I'm still trying to get my mind around two incredible developments on Obama's position on the right to life of young babies. On one hand he says: "It is above my pay grade to decide [when life begins.]" On the other side, he votes for letting babies die on the table if they were intended for abortion.

It finally dawned on me that his position was not unique and that others have faced this difficult question. Before the advance of the medical science we know today, it would have been difficult to know when life began. So Obama's back in the Dark Ages when it comes to life. He should really take high school biology again. Even though it insults your intelligence, stay with me on his level for just a bit. Here is where we are at:

1. Obama is ignorant of when the our Constitutional right to life begins. States absolutely no time even when it for SURE is a life. Today he allows the killing of babies 10 minutes old. Tomorrow one year-olds? We need to in the least find out when we are safe and finally get our Constitutional rights. A few days?

2. If in doubt about life, kick it to Planned Parenthood, and we all know how they will deal with it. When Ronald Reagan was asked about his position on life, he brought up level of perfect uncertainty of when life began (he was talking about EARLY fetal life just to be clear). His response however was "Well, if you come across a paper bag in the
gutter and it seems something's in it and you don't know if it's alive,
you don't kick it, do you?" Not unless your names is Obama. When it comes to the youngest of lives, the most vulernable, his position seems to be: deprive of right to life; ask questions later.

What Warren Should have Asked

I agree. Warren did well in bringing up the what are normally considered "the moral questions." That is abortion and marriage. He failed in his questions to illuminate why they were Christian positions. He also has a very poor and shallow understanding of a Christian worldview on economic and educational issues. The remarks below highlight some of the exact same concerns I had.

In his opening remarks, Rev. Rick Warren,
Saddleback's pastor and forum moderator acknowledged that "faith is
just a worldview and everybody has some kind of worldview and it's
important to know what they are." Intentionally or not, understandably
or not, Warren's questions were grounded in the priorities and
worldview of American cultural conservatives.

But as pastor of a church in a worldwide Christian community, Warren
had an opportunity to go beyond conservative political talking points
and ask questions grounded in the church's alternative and
countercultural worldview.

Some examples:










1.
Warren asked: "Does evil exist, and if it does, do we ignore it, do we
negotiate with it, do we contain it or do we defeat it.?"

This is a first-grade multiple-choice question. No candidate in his
right (or left) mind would say anything other than "Yes, and we defeat
it." For the church, the question isn't whether we confront or defeat
evil but how.

A better question: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a
Christian pastor, said 'The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is
a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy.
Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it.' Do you agree? As
Christians, how should we confront violent evil such as terrorism?"

2. Warren asked: "The Civil Rights Act of '64 says that faith-based
organizations have the right to hire people that believe like they do.
Would you insist that faith-based organizations forfeit that right to
access federal funds?"

Like the abortion and gay marriage questions Warren asked, this is a
litmus-test question for conservative evangelicals who want the right
to hire people whose beliefs fit their missions and worldviews.

A better question: "As Christians, we are called to
help orphans, widows, the sick, the poor and others in need. Should we
ask or expect the government to pay us to do what God calls us to do?"

3. Warren asked: "America right now ranks 19th in high school
graduation. We're first in incarcertaions. Eighty percent of Americans
recently polled said they believe in merit pay for teachers. . . Do you
think better teachers should be paid better?"

Another no-brainer. Who believes better teachers should be paid
less? Or less than other teachers? This was another litmus-test
question that plays to the church-supported home-school and
church-school crowd, and ignores the complex realities of inner-city
public schools, the shortcomings of voucher plan and so on.

A better question: As Christians, we are called to
help those in need and children in particular. How can we ensure that
each and every child attends an excellent schools, regardless of their
geographic location, test scores or family incomes?

A followup: As Christians, how can we create a redemptive rather than a punitive criminal justice system?

4. Warren asked: Define rich. I mean, give me a number. Is it
$50,000, $100,000, $200,000? Everybody keeps talking about, 'Well,
we're going to tax the rich.' How do you define that?"

Give me a number? An odd question for anyone other than a tax
attorney to ask. Are we talking $50,000 in Southern California or
Southern Sudan? Rich for people who spend hundreds of millions running
for public office or rich for people who work three jobs and can't
afford health insurance?

A better question: Jesus never said anything about
abortion or homosexuality, but he said plenty about wealth and poverty.
As a Christian, define the difference between need and greed. How much
is enough?

I still think a church is no place for a campaign event, and a
clergy person has no business posing as political moderator. But if the
church is going to insert itself into the electoral process, it should
do so as the church and not as a political action committee.





























Saturday, August 16

Your right of life is "above [Obama's] pay grade"

Well if a constitutional issue is "above your pay grade" then I suggest you don't try running for public office. Period. I can respect Obama for answering the question about abortion and I think he answered it truthfully at least as far as his qualifications on the subject. The best transcript I can find had him with the following exchange with Warren:
Forty million abortions since Roe v. Wade,” noted Warren. “At what point does a baby get human rights in your view?”
Obama said that “whether you are looking at it from a theological perspective or a scientific perspective, answering that question with specificity, you know, is above my pay grade."
That said, he should bow from the waist, go home, struggle some more, and educate himself a bit more until he can know your constitutional right, my constitutional right to life must be protected. We don't elect politicians to waffle about theological and the scientific and then come away with a "I don't know".

But Obama does know. He has voted for a child to be killed even after it has been born. Eight months. Born. Kicking on the table. He has already given his verdict: Not a person. Not a life. Can kill.

Warren failed in bringing up these votes. Obama fails on the constitutional right of life. 'nough said.

P.S. Meanwhile McCain said it begins at conception.

Monday, August 11

Mikhail Gorbechev Works on Tearing Down Georgian Walls

Gorby brings a a much saner opinion than Putin to the table

What happened on the night of Aug. 7 is beyond comprehension. The Georgian military attacked the South Ossetian capital of Tskhinvali with multiple rocket launchers designed to devastate large areas. Russia had to respond. To accuse it of aggression against "small, defenseless Georgia" is not just hypocritical but shows a lack of humanity.

Mounting a military assault against innocents was a reckless decision whose tragic consequences, for thousands of people of different nationalities, are now clear. The Georgian leadership could do this only with the perceived support and encouragement of a much more powerful force. Georgian armed forces were trained by hundreds of U.S. instructors, and its sophisticated military equipment was bought in a number of countries. This, coupled with the promise of NATO membership, emboldened Georgian leaders into thinking that they could get away with a "blitzkrieg" in South Ossetia.

Saturday, August 2

Good Work from a Thoughtful Liberal

There are times when I can appreciate the research of thoughtful liberals. Bjorn Lomborg and "How to Get the Biggest Band for 10 Billion Bucks" is one of these. His focus on hunger and poverty over a warming earth (especially I would add with a question mark for the human part) points to the greatest problems facing the world.

However, the best tool is another question. Government has done an especially poor job at helping poverty in the United States creating welfare dependency with little soul solutions. Christians should be motivated to turn their efforts to a more encompassing possibilities using the church as the vehicle for love and help around the world in Jesus' name.

Friday, August 1

South D. Challenges the Foundation of Roe

Life News Reports:


"that the abortion will terminate the life of a whole, separate, unique, living human being;"

"that the pregnant woman has an existing relationship with that unborn human being and that the relationship enjoys protection under the United States Constitution and under the laws of South Dakota;"

"that by having an abortion, her existing relationship and her existing constitutional rights with regards to that relationship will be terminated."(1)

The Constitutional Issue

As will be discussed below, these three statements are unlikely to help many women avoid abortion. But this language may be very important to the next round of Supreme Court rulings on abortion.

In fact, these provisions in the law are carefully designed claims of fact intended to force the federal courts to finally address unanswered legal issues. Pro-life lawyers hope that by litigating the three points raised in this statement, the Supreme Court can be led to affirm that the constitutional right of relationship between a woman and her unborn child (already defined in regard to adoption law) extends to abortion law. In addition, while previous courts have avoided the question of when human life begins, this statute would ask the Court to affirm the fact that an unborn child is a "unique, living human being." Such a finding would almost certainly require a reversal of Roe v. Wade.

So, the South Dakota law is poised to raise important constitutional questions.

The more truth, we will be that much closer to an America where all are loved.