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Government by Fear and Hysteria? Where?

Phil Johnson over at Seeing the Forest sees one of the important differences between these two campaigns for the Presidency. Compare the reaction of Obama and his campaign to last nights “that one” comment by McCain,...

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Surely God Will Bring You Down

Psalm 52 1 Why do you boast of evil, you mighty man? Why do you boast all day long, you who are a disgrace in the eyes of God? 2 Your tongue plots destruction; it is like a sharpened razor, you who practice deceit. 3 You love...

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“Conservative Book Club”? Confucius Would Ask Them to Rename It In the Interest of Honesty.

I tell you, when you are willing to do “whatever it takes” you are no longer a conservative, and no longer a representative of either Christian or traditional American morality.You see, Confucius got famous for...

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Words We May Lose: “It took long to buy these words.”

Oh yes, I know the faults … The lyncher’s rope, the bought justice, the wasted land, The scale on the leaf, the borers in the corn, The finks with their clubs, the grey sky of relief, All the long shame of our hearts...

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Limbaugh Crawling in Slime Again? I Am SO Surprised.

So who agrees with Ed Howard (Nebraska State Paper) all the time? That would be a strange person. But I have to agree with his take on one of America’s favorite liars. It is unlikely that Rush Limbaugh has a sense of...

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“Go Tell That Fox”

President Clinton gave Fox News (so-called) something it is not accustomed to – the truth – and a direct rejection of their pattern of manipulation of their hearers and of their guests. Or, as an article in The...

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Nicotine Levels In Cigarettes Were Deliberately Increased

That is the clear import of an article in the Washington Post. “The reports are stunning,” said Matthew L. Myers, president of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. “What’s critical is the consistency of...

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“Must Speak Out” – You Could.

  Whenever extremists attempt to hijack religion for violent ends, whenever politicians seek to exploit sectarian differences, and whenever the press mischaracterises our faith traditions, people of faith, religious...

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Truth (& Lying) and Politics

  Since the liar is free to fashion his “facts” to fit the profit and pleasure, or even the expectations, of his audience, the chances are that he will be more persuasive than the truthteller.   Indeed, he...

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“The Liberal Media.” Really?

I saw this somewhere. It explains a lot. The media are only as liberal as the conservative businesses that own them.

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What Cynicism?

In regards to a recent question of mine, and Martin’s comment on it: The power of accurate observation is often called cynicism by those who have not got it. -George Bernard Shaw...

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Ed Howard’s At It again

From Ed’s intro comments to the daily headlines email from Nebraska.Statepaper.com What we need are people whose votes are based on something besides emotional issues – such as gay marriage and abortion – which...

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I’m Not Alone In Thinking That “Ann Coulter is … sickening”

The independent-minded and not-entirely predictable Ed Howard, editor of the online Nebraska State Paper, has unburdened himself of a visceral reaction again. And, being often a wise and perceptive fellow, he agrees with my...

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Liberal Media? Not on tv, BUT …

Is there a left wing liberal media? Maybe, but not where we’ve been told it is. Certainly not on network television, not on talk radio, not among the editorialists at the Washington Post or the Wall Street Journal. But...

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Who Gives Stones Instead of Bread?

  What is hateful…is not rebellion but the despotism which induces the rebellion; what is hateful are not rebels but the men, who, having the enjoyment of power, do not discharge the duties of power; they are the men...

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Officer Believes US War-Making Makes Us Like Nazis

It’s sickening to make such comparisons, even implicitly. But I’m not the only one who sees some significant parallels. (See related PublicChristian posts here.) Can we marvel that Christians did not resist more back...

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A Strong Dose of Perspective – from Psalms 49 & 50

But to the wicked, God says: “What right have you to recite my laws or take my covenant on your lips? You hate my instruction and cast my words behind you. When you see a thief, you join with him; you throw in your lot...

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The Integrity of the Right-Wing Media Elite – MIA

Vince Powers of Lincoln, NE posted this awesome list of quotes from the ranting rightists. Oops, these are the true media elite speaking, so I guess we have to call them “the liberal media elite” if we want to be...

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Habakkuk: Guilty Men Worshipping Their Own Strength

Tom Tomorrow’s “This Modern World” is not one of my favorite cartoons – after all, there’s no visual art involved. But this is sickeningly wise and prescient. This cartoon was done three years ago....

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America “is a society heading towards Animal Farm” – Archbishop of York

Animal Farm, as in, “All animals are equal – but some are more equal than others.” The reference, to George Orwell’s mocking novel about totalitarian government (particularly Communist style), was made by...

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The Cycle of Torture: What Goes Around Comes Around

From Habakkuk 2:25-27 Woe to him who gives drink to his neighbors, pouring it from the wineskin till they are drunk, so that he can gaze on their naked bodies. The “drink” here is pretty obviously not related to...

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Bush Admin: “Throw Them Against The Wall.” Hate & Arrogance.

Here’s a beautiful (that is, ugly) contemporary American illustration of the probelm Habakkuk was dealing with, as referenced in the prior post. I found this quote in a diary from “tiggers thoughtful spot,” who...

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Habakkuk for Today? The Arrogance of Power.

There are some parts of the Bible, even the “Old Testament,” that need very little adjustment in order to have clear and direct meaning to today. What do you think of this from Habakkuk, ch 1? 2 How long, O LORD,...

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