When I was a boy we discussed politics and religion at home. We all knew that those subjects were taboo in polite society, especially if ladies were present.
Now it seems that our world is being run by wannabes from both realms. Church and state have become the “power” realms.Judaism, Christianity,Islam and perhaps other religions seem to want power over all.
by Maggie Van Ostrand
There’s a massive amount of bull in politics. Teddy Roosevelt came up with the name “bully pulpit,” which meant a great platform from which to “persuasively advocate an agenda,” but now we appear to be taking the phrase more literally. Politicians are stumping in neighborhood churches in an effort to gain support. What they are spouting from these pulpits is known as bull, and a far cry from Teddy Roosevelt’s definition. Prepare yourselves, there’s more coming.
War, Winston Churchill said, is too important to be left to the generals.
True enough. It can also be said that war is too important to be left to Presidents…or Congress…or to politicians.
While we're on the subject of what should be left to whom, let's conclude that politics is far too important to be left to either politicians or journalists.
Thomas Jefferson saw a free press as a necessary check and balance to the arrogance of government but that check fails when the press itself is not free.
A study conducted by The New York Times has found 121 murder cases in the United States, which involve veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars following their return from the front.
The newspaper said that in many cases, combat trauma and stress from overseas deployment appear to have set the stage for the killings, along with alcohol abuse and family problems.
The chief of the U.S. military said he favors closing the prison here as soon as possible because he believes negative publicity worldwide about treatment of terrorist suspects has been "pretty damaging" to the image of the United States.
"I'd like to see it shut down," Adm. Mike Mullen said Sunday in an interview with three reporters who toured the detention center with him on his first visit since becoming chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff last October.
I listened to President Bush’s speech yesterday and I fear it was a declaration of war to attack Iran. I read a comment on another blog that there may have been a promise made to Israel to Nuke Iran. This is madness and all the candidates, Republicans or Democrats should stand up to Bush’s desire for more preemptive attacks on anyone. Bush is apparently obsessed with war and it should be stopped immediately! I will look for a link to this promise made when Bush was in Israel…..
I wrote this on January 14th, not in December 1969 ?????
Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama have become embroiled in racially tinged disputes as large numbers of black voters prepare to get their first say in the Democratic presidential campaign.
The candidates and their surrogates are heating up their rhetoric, and it could prove to be combustible beyond South Carolina's Jan. 26 primary.
The opportunity for Republicans to hold onto the presidency in 2008 is far better than what conventional punditry would have us believe. But for Republicans to capture this opportunity, they are going to have to stop the destructiveness that has been fomenting inside the party and the mudslinging against their own.
As I wrote in a recent column, year-end highlights from the Pew Research Center show the Republican Party in a state that can be seen as either a glass half empty or half full.
This had to be terribly embarrassing to the image-conscious FBI.
An audit by the Justice Department's inspector general found that telephone companies have cut off FBI wiretaps in sensitive criminal and intelligence investigations because the bureau neglected to pay its phone bills.
"We also found that late payments have resulted in telecommunications carriers actually disconnecting phone lines established to deliver surveillance results to the FBI, resulting in lost evidence," said the audit report.