Thursday, March 22, 2007

The Evil C Word and American Political Discourse

A writer who I enjoyed very much (though not often enough), Cathy Seipp passed away yesterday.  You can read several great tributes to her at:
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,260268,00.html (from liberal dem Susan Estrich)
http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=MWNmNWM1NTU0Zjg0MDJkZjg2ODkwOTdhZGI0OTFiNWE= (from Kathryn Jean Lopez, On-line editor of NRO)

I mention this because Cathy had friends across the political spectrum.  Then today we hear that the wife of John Edwards, Elizabeth, has been diagnosed with a recurrence of her cancer.  I hate cancer.  I have lost too many friends to it.  And to their credit many of the right are already praying for her, and encouraging others to do liekwise.  It points out that politics, while important, and ideology, while important, should not create barriers between us.  Of course our political viewpoints do matter, but that does not mean that we cannot be friends, go out for a pint after debates, and talk about each other as human beings?

Cathy’s life and the response from places like NRO to Elizabeth Edward’s cancer are reminder to us that there are things more important than politics - like friendship, health, and love.

Posted by Christopher on 03/22 at 04:12 PM
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The Evil C Word and American Political Discourse

A writer who I enjoyed very much (though not often enough), Cathy Seipp passed away yesterday.  You can read several great tributes to her at:
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,260268,00.html (from liberal dem Susan Estrich)
http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=MWNmNWM1NTU0Zjg0MDJkZjg2ODkwOTdhZGI0OTFiNWE= (from Kathryn Jean Lopez, On-line editor of NRO)

I mention this because Cathy had friends across the political spectrum.  Then today we hear that the wife of John Edwards, Elizabeth, has been diagnosed with a recurrence of her cancer.  I hate cancer.  I have lost too many friends to it.  And to their credit many of the right are already praying for her, and encouraging others to do liekwise.  It points out that politics, while important, and ideology, while important, should not create barriers between us.  Of course our political viewpoints do matter, but that does not mean that we cannot be friends, go out for a pint after debates, and talk about each other as human beings?

Cathy’s life and the response from places like NRO to Elizabeth Edward’s cancer are reminder to us that there are things more important than politics - like friendship, health, and love.

Posted by Christopher on 03/22 at 04:12 PM
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Wednesday, March 21, 2007

We Must Investigate the People Behind these Exploding Prices

In the pas few weeks Hillary Clinton has vowed to take the profits from the oil companies. With gas prices rising back towards $3, I hear lots of people saying we need to find out why these prices are so high. 

Am I agreeing her in my post?  No, there is a much bigger issue which demands attention.  We should investiage this industry that has seen prices goes up 35% in the past fives year! (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/15401280/)

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Posted by Christopher on 03/21 at 04:01 PM
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Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Amazing Grace - Easily the Best Film in Years

Look, I am no film critic (for that, see my friend Brandon Fibbs over at http://thefilmsnob.blogspot.com), but I know what I like.  The past couple of years have not been very good for films. And I mean films that are both well acted, well directed, providing a movie story, and that you want to or are compelled to go back and see. 

Finally this year we have such a film.  Amazing Grace was an incredible film.  It was all the things i said above, but it was more. We live in a country today that is very divided.  Call it Red Vs. Blue, Religious Vs. Secular.  Whatever.  While Amazing Grace is abuot the Christian politician William Wilberforce, it is about much more.  It is about a society coming together to decide to end a practice that was vile and destructive.  It was about Tories and Whigs actually acting together. It was about human rights. Whether you are on the left or the right, religious or secular, this film is for you.  It is a reminder of how much doing good things costs, and how easily other things (the War with France, marriage, sickness) can get in the way of doing the right things.

Go and see this film, take your neighbour, and then have coffee afterwards (with slave free suger hopefully).  Discuss it, and let’s decide what we can agree on and work together for that.

Posted by Christopher on 03/20 at 04:04 PM
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The Must See Documentary on Global Warming

If you read my January and February Weekly Updates, you know that I am confirmed Man-Made Global Warming skeptic.  I am not scientist (though it has become a hobby), but I am a historian and as a theologian, have focused on complex systems.  I am firmly convinced that the Global Warming panic is really just the cause-de-jur for committed communists and anti-capitalists. 

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Posted by Christopher on 03/20 at 03:06 PM
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Hugh Hewitt and Emmett – Are They Too Old – The Mistake on the List of Ten Best Salesmen Films

As any reader of this site knows, I am a huge Hugh Hewitt fan (my wife is worried that I might get a tattoo of Hugh).  He has hands down the best radio show in the biz (special dispensation for Rush Limbaugh who is an icon). He has the best guests, most interesting commentary, and is both fun and challenging to listen to.

The 15th hour each week he has Emmett the Unblinking Eye on (http://movies.townhall.com/) to talk movies, trailers, and a top ten list.  Normally it is funny and entertaining, and the list is creates conversation for my wife and I in the car.  Heck, I have dozens of old Emmett and Hugh’s on my IPOD (you can podcast Hugh) that I go back and listen to.  They are great together.  But this week Hugh and Emmett made such an egregious mistake on their list I can only conclude that they are both simply too old.

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Posted by Christopher on 03/20 at 02:32 PM
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Christopher Hitchens - Brilliant on Iraq

Christopher Hitchens is someone I started following during my brief time I became a liberal. An avowed atheist who detest all things religious, he is none the less a committed man of human rights, a defender of the oppressed and a dog-gone good writer.

For the 4th Anniversary of the beginning of the Iraq war he has written a brilliant piece in Slate answering why he still supports the Iraq war, not despite everything we know now, but because of everything we knew then and still know now.  I wish I was half the writer he was, because he says all the things I have been telling people when asked why I still favour the Iraq war.

You know, the easiest thing for America to do after we removed Sadaam and after we discovered no WMDs (although good evidence of the procedures to re-start them after the sanctions were lifted) was to leave.  We’d done our part. To Bush’s credit and our nation’s credit, we are trying to give the folks in Iraq what few in the world have today (see Zimbabwe and Venezuela for examples of former quasi-democracies that have become the tools of strongmen) - a real government of the people.  Iraq has definitely been harder than what any of us expected.  But we are doing good work there, and if the average American understood how well things are going in parts over there, and how valient many average Iraq’s are alongside our great troops (see Michael Yon’s writing at his site), the polls would favour the war greatly.  But President Bush simply has not been good at telling people what is the real scoop.  Sure wish he was FDR or Reagen on this point.  Anyways, please read Mr. Christopher Hitchen’s article at:

http://www.slate.com/id/2162157/pagenum/all/#page_start

Posted by Christopher on 03/20 at 01:57 PM
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Thursday, March 01, 2007

Not Posting by Doc Orders

Sorry for the long delay in posting.  Got sick in mid-Feb adn never recovered. Doctor has me avoiding all things extraneous, so I can get rested.  Starting to feel better, so going to start to post again. 

Posted by Christopher on 03/01 at 01:55 PM
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