Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Good News Good News Good News Good News!!

In an attempt to bring Bush's call for reporting "good news about things that are bad news" away from just the war in Iraq, I have come up with this new add campaign for the tobacco industry:

Cigarettes


They Don't Give Everyone Cancer
So Smoke Up!

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Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Donald Rumsfeld, Please Step Down...or sex with the world

Over the weekend a few congressman called for the resignation of Donald Rumsfeld as the Secretary of Defense.

"I think it's still in question whether Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld and, quite frankly, General (Richard) Myers can command the respect and the trust and the confidence of the military and the American people to lead this country," Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Nebraska, told CBS' "Face the Nation."

Sen. Joseph Biden, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a frequent critic of the defense secretary said:

"Imagine what would happen if it were announced tomorrow in the headlines of the papers of America and throughout the world that Rumsfeld was fired," the Delaware senator told CNN.

It would energize, energize the rest of the world, to be willing to help us. It would energize American forces, it would energize the political environment. Yes, he should step down."

I just have to say that I agree with Senator Biden that the world would begin to like us more if Rumsfeld was gone, but I don't think that is enough. Imagine if we could get rid of Rumsfeld, Cheney, and Bush. Not only would the world love us again, they would probably even have sex with us.

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Monday, March 20, 2006

seperation of Church and state?

So yeah, a parent complained at Jenison junior high because Christians were coming into lunch and talking to his kid. So now I can't go into the lunch room at the high school anymore. I have to sit in the auditorium instead. The whole situation made me think of Hauerwas's insistent that Christians not worry about trying to sugar coat Christian ethics in order to package it as "a good way to live" to non-Christians. Though this idea is totally right, Hauerwas often fails to acknolege the tension that takes place between Christianity and the the world around it. For example, Hauerwas almosts seems to declare that Christians should be totally indifferent to political issues (not what he actually is saying, but how he can come acrost at times).

As Dave so eliquently put it "Stanley Hauerwas wrote in Resident Aliens that we are called out of the world to be thrown back in." The reality is in order for me, in my situation, to be thrown back into the world, and to go where the sinner is, I need to hang on to this hope that does not allow for a complete seperation of church and state.

I do not hold on to this like an old school fundimentalist digging his heals into the ground to get ready for a battle. Rather, I feel that this "throwing back in" for me involves a blurry line between church and state. This is something that simple could not have comprehended two years ago.

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Thursday, March 16, 2006

When Regular Peace Isn't Enough

Join the Movement Now!

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Wednesday, March 08, 2006

I have been given the dubious honor of having access to this blog, so I thought I should take advantage of it...

My grand mother passed away on friday, February 24. The whole situation has brought light to just how messed up my family really is. To begin with, for all of those people who have fond memories of their dear old grannies...count yourself lucky. My grandmother was a vindictive, manipulative, selfish, blackwhole who wanted to take from all around her without giving (I of course mean figuratively). In her mind, she was the sun and the world should have revolved around her.

I am not romantic, and I never really believed that God had the "one" for each and every person, but when I think about my grandparents relationship may have been God ordained. My grandfather (who died two years ago) was probably the only man in the world who could come remotely close to making my grandmother happy and certainly the only one who could have put my with her crap for 60 years.

My grandfather had a ridiculously low self-esteem and believed that it could in fact be his only purpose in life to worship (literally) his wife. My grandmother, as I mentioned was unbelievably selfish and believed her goal in life was to suck an individual dry without having in invest anything herself.

So maybe...I do belive in "the one" after all. I really hope I destroyed the romantic notion for SOMEBODY!

More thoughts on my family to come!

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