Asstard Of The Year

For the “Political Stupidity file:

My vote for “Asstard of the Year” goes to former (and ineffectual) president Jimmy Carter for urging the international community to fund the Hamas-led “Palestinian” Arab government:

A day after Hamas swept to an upset victory in the Palestinian parliamentary elections, former US President Jimmy Carter on Thursday said that Wednesday’s voting had been orderly and fair.

“The elections were completely honest, completely fair, completely safe and without violence,” the former president said.

Hello, stupid! The elections were hardly orderly and without violence.

Carter, who led an 85-member international observer team from around the world organized by the ‘National Democratic Institute’ in partnership with ‘The Carter Center,’ urged the international community to directly or indirectly fund the new Palestinian Government even though it will be led by an internationally-declared foreign terror organization.
“The Palestinian Government is destitute, and in desperate financial straits. I hope that support for the new government will be forthcoming,” Carter said at a Jerusalem press conference.

Destitute? Ask Sufa Arafat for the money that her terrorist husband absconded with. Wait, give that money back to the international community. Let the “Palestinian” Arabs start fending for themselves.

I think Carter is going to end up being asstard of the year, and the year is still less than a month old.

Cross-posted at Knockin’ On The Golden Door.

Hattip: Blue Star Chronicles

U.S. vs. Europe

I just wrote a paper on the following article: Power and Weakness I was going to forward a link to Mark and Denis but I thought others might be interested. Be warned, I printed it out in 10 point font with .7 margins and it was 13 pages. So, don’t start unless you’re in it for the long haul.

Mark – Why do I feel as though I’ve sent this to you before? Was this the long ass article you cursed me for sending you? That would be so weird.

No, no, no…I just found it in my comment archives. That was an interesting read as well.

Philosophy

Part I

I’ve learned a lot this week. Though, one particular bit remains in my head and won’t depart. I not only want to share this with you, but I want to ask how you would respond as well.

Consider the following three scenarios.

From Plato’s The Republic:
Scenario I

Glaucon enters the conversation. He argues that people only act justly out of fear. To illustrate his point, he tells the story of Gyges, a shepherd who discovers a ring that makes him invisible. Given this new power, Gyges sneaks into the palace, seduces the queen, and murders the king. Gyges continues his life as a just person when visible, but also benefits from his unjust acts when invisible.

From The Lord of the Rings Trilogy:
Scenario II

Bilbo Baggins inherits a ring that makes him invisible. He doesn’t use it to kill anyone or exert any major political or social power. He merely uses it for petty crimes or silly trickery. It’s obvious that the ring holds special, dark powers. Despite the dark aspects, he is drawn to the ring. While attached to the ring, he is able to give it up so that it may be entrusted to someone else to destroy.

Scenario III

Frodo Baggins is the one entrusted to take the ring back to where it was forged so that it may be destroyed. Frodo does become attached to this ring and knows it powers and capabilities, yet doesn’t yield to his quest. In fact, being the bearer of the ring is burdensome to him and not something he particularly wanted from the very beginning.

So, here’s your question…

The ring makes you invisible, therefore no one would know who you are and what you did. In to which category do you think would most people fall?

  1. Most people, if given a chance, would act unjustly to this greatest extent because they wouldn’t be accountable for their actions.
  2. Most people would act minimally unjust by committing petty crimes because they could get away with it and it would be fun, but they wouldn’t commit major offenses.
  3. Most people would consider the ring burdensome and would use it infrequently, if at all. Furthermore, some may use it benevolently.

Give it some thought. I know it’s not easy to classify most people, but perhaps you have a good rationale for leaning one way or another. I’d love it if you would share that also. I’ll let you know what my response was after I get some responses in the comments.

Part II
This was a question asked in my PoliSci class and it’s meant to signify your personal level of trust with regard to international relations. I answered somewhere between #2 and #3 because I think people would use the ring for petty stuff, if at all. The only way I could see it heading more toward #1 is if we were depleted of technology…THAT would be chaos.

Okay, so my answer signifies that I am pretty darn trusting of people to do what they say they’re going to do. People who answered #3 are implicitly trustful and people who answered #1 are hardly trustful at all.

Now, while this was presented in terms of political trust, I think it also holds true for BASIC trust. So, I want you to take your answer and think about it and tell me whether that’s accurate. If it’s off the mark for international relations I’d like to hear about that as well.

Rebuttal

Linda takes Bush to task (not without reason, mind), and CNN states that

President Bush took responsibility Wednesday for “wrong” intelligence that led to the war, but he said removing Saddam Hussein was still necessary.

This is exactly what I’ve been saying all along. Saddam was a threat and his ouster was long past due. The reasons are legion, and I won’t belabor them here.

As far as not trusting the US because of Bush: I don’t trust France, Germany or Russia as far as I can throw them, or most of the rest of the Useless Nations member countries, and I will be G-ddamned if I trust any Muslim theocracy for one minute.

Any country who chooses to base their entire opinion of us on one president (and not the other 42 and a 200 year track record of global philanthropy) can go straight to hell, as far as I’m concerned.

Signal to the World

Regarding pulling out of Iraq, from President Bush’s Oval Office address last night,

We would abandon our Iraqi friends — and signal to the world that America cannot be trusted to keep its word.

Our word to be trusted is long gone in this one President Bush. You yourself admitted just last week that we went to war on faulty intelligence. Do you really think they, the rest of the world, trust us so much after that? You might have won back voters who appreciate your candor, but the rest of the world is watching and will question your future decisions more than ever. They will scrutinize you more than you will scrutinize intelligence. Tread lightly.

Sexy Bible – Happy Humans

It took a while to decide what to title this post. I find this to be the opposite of what the Catholic Church exemplifies, yet what I feel should be exemplified and revered. Perhaps you can tell me your opinions on this.

A German Protestant youth group has put together a 2006 calendar with 12 staged photos depicting erotic scenes from the Bible.

Now, before I go any further with this, let me point out that this is in Europe. Having lived in Europe, I can tell you that nearly everyone there doesn’t have the hang-ups about sexuality that Americans do. Here in the U.S., sex is forbidden fruit. This mentality is what creates at least half of the problems with regard to addiction. The concept of this calendar in the United States would be thought of as blasphemy by far more many people than in Europe. Agreed? Well, here’s what the photographer says about nudity in the Bible:

Anyway, it doesn’t say anywhere in the Bible that you are forbidden to show yourself nude.

That’s true. But it is the following statement which I find the most commendable.

We wanted to represent the Bible in a different way and to interest young people.

That statement was made by a female model who posed nude as the prostitute Rahab (New Testament). Yes, this calendar was meant to draw young people to the Bible.

Brilliant!

We sell cars, alcohol, clothing, and a myriad of other things with sex. Why not religion?

Despite what many fundamentalists will say, this is not a contrary viewpoint to the Bible. In the first book of the Bible it says, “Go forth and multiply.” The only way to do that is to have sex. Sex, in and of itself, is NOT deviant behavior. It only becomes deviant when you project that it’s shameful to a society and then society only does what comes naturally; having sex. I mean, at some fundamental level, priests are working against the Bible. They are preventing themselves from doing what the Bible asks them to do. Let’s be honest, too. Several of them ARE having sex. So, the tenets of Catholicism aren’t even working in many cases.

I think it is bold for this youth group in Germany to bring this to the forefront and try to get sex out there openly, as it is in the Bible. I wish that it were possible for American youth groups to do this, but such a thing would come under so much scrutiny that we, as Americans, can’t even be leaders when it comes to religion. Let’s face it, being a world super power means having enough military and ammunition to defend oppression of far too many aspects of natural, human existence.

P.S. For those who are going to get all pissy and claim that I am unsupportive of the military and their plight to defend the freedoms we have, stop right there. This post is neither saying that I am unappreciative of the freedoms we DO have, nor that I am unsupportive of our military. I have a high appreciation for our freedoms, especially since I have lived outside of the United States. I also have the greatest esteem for our military and their ability to serve and protect the citizens of this country. I’m just saying that for as far as we’ve come as a nation is about as far as we have to go in many regards.

UPDATE: Due to popular demand, here is the site for the calendar itself. http://www.bibelkalender.de There are few pictures listed there and, I’m afraid, none of Rahab. I guess they keep that in reserve so that you have to order the calendar.

not IF, but WHEN

I doubt I have to put up any links about what happened in London this morning. I’m sure everyone has heard by now that the London Underground was targeted and bombed claiming several deaths and even more injuries.

While this is sad (I, too, am concerned about my friends there who have not yet checked in), it is not unexpected. Unfortunately, we’re dealing with relatively intelligent people who play upon our (and I’m not just talking about the U.S. I’m talking about the WHOLE non-Islamic world) weaknesses while expecting us to get comfie again and ignore them.
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