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Recently I watched a documentary movie on dvd. It shows marvelous film shots from places around the world, even very remote places. No voices or commentary. You get to view it without someone forcing an interpretation on what you are seeing. I was amazed at some of the sites, perhaps most when strange religious practices were shown. I became keenly aware how much of my own Christian background I was bringing to judging what I saw. I wondered if what I thought was very strange would seem normal to some people in other cultures and religions. When it comes to religion we overlook our own judgmental attitudes as we watch others in strange worship activities. Christians are very adept at seeing faults in others, and seeing their own strange practices as "normal."
Currently we are ready to blame Muslims for just about everything. Indeed, Islamophobia is rampant. We know nothing of the holy writings of Mohammed, yet we judge the actions of terrorists as exemplifying Islam. How soon we forget those who for 2,000 years followed the founder of the Christian faith --or at least say they follow Him-- have been far more war-mongering and ready to fight for the Prince of Peace than Muslims. War-practicing Chrisitans love to label Muslims as war-mongers.
August was a busy month. We took a quick trip to San Diego and Washington DC. Both cities were wonderful and I would love to return to both. California has a gorgeous landscape and DC obviously has the history. It was SO hot in DC that I think a fall trip would be perfect.
We finished August with our annual Shoreland Avenue/Santa Monica Block party. We moved to the block 11 years ago on block party weekend and have not missed one since. Our kids have grown from 3 and 2 years old to 14, 13 and 8 years old. Kids love block parties; fire trucks, bouncy houses, water games, capture the flag and lots of great food.
Contrary to what they've been saying, Democrats are watching the recent polls. Although it's not looking too good for them, Republicans have to be cautious and off not think that they've got victories all sewn up. Yes, the question remains; if they are handed back control of Congress, will they be effective stewards? Will they be able to steer America in the right direction again?
Well, we know that the Democrats want to continue on this course of economic destruction, government overreach, higher taxes, redistribution of wealth, and the end of American superiority. President Barack Obama's speech in Milwaukee on Labor Day can be summarized in one word: pathetic. But, why should we expect more from this failure of a president? He continues his old rhetoric of taking shots at Republicans for not being bipartisan while he himself considers bipartisanship by simply agreeing to Democrat proposals. No margin of compromise. He believes the American people have amnesia and don't remember the previous administration. Yet he wants them to have amnesia by not being able to recognize the failures of the economic policies that his administration has implemented.
Before the first American soldier crossed from Kuwait into Iraq I warned about the harm that it would do to the U.S. moral and ethical fibre. In the Sunday, September 5, 2010 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel a letter appeared that was well-written and on-point. The letter-writer, Peg Backus-Wallner of Greendale, is not a familiar name to me, but what she has to say indicates a simlarity to my thoughts. Here it is...
" 'Burn a Koran' event scheduled for Sept. 11, 2010, by Dove World Outreach Center (a church) in Gainesville, Fla., the news said.
Why does America need a new stimulus package? Could it be... the last one failed?
As sure as the sun comes up in the East, the Democrats have a new way of getting the American economy back to growth-more spending. For over two years now, we have been hearing that America needs shall already projects. America will get back to work with shovel ready jobs. America's infrastructure will be the best in the world again with shovel ready project. This work will be done with shovel ready jobs. I don't know how many shovels are ready, but it's been getting pretty deep.
Our County Executive Scott Walker is making his bid to be elected governor of Wisconsin.
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has recently had his book published. It is titled, "A Journey." The book "has angered opponents, especially the 2003 invasion of Iraq." [Associated Press]
Showing up to sign copies of his book in Dublin, Ireland, it was expected that if anyplace, that would be a safe place for him because of leadership in the 1998 Good Friday peace accord in Northern Ireland that ended ongoing civil friction between Protestants and Catholics. Wow, were hopes ever dashed by the immense turn-out of assertive protesters. The demonstrators chanted that Blair had "blood on his hands." A protester named Donal MacFhearraigh commented that Blair "should be indicted as a war criminal." There have been such outbursts about former President George W. Bush and how he should be indicted as a war criminal. MacFhearrraigh yelled, "Blair took the world to war in Iraq and Afghanistan on the basis of lies." Several demonstrators tried to make citizen arrests of Blair. This is not over.
In his quest to gain ground in the governor's race here in Wisconsin, Tom Barrett has begun to run an advertisement savoring his hero status he acheived at the state fair last year. What would've happened had Tom Barrett not intervened, is of course, speculation. The crime itself and the perpetrator will not be discussed. What we will discuss is Tom Barrett's basis of thinking which is also speculation.
But not having a conversation with Tom Barrett on this, does not preclude potential voters from taking a step back and analyzing what actually was being fought by Tom Barrett. After all, his campaign is hailing him as a hero. Voters are expected to make a decision on whether Tom Barrett is a hero or just a guy who wants to save eight dollars of his own money.
We are in the midst of the current hate campaign against Muslims. We have had similar hate crimes and phobias by American Christians from the founding of our nation. Indeed, the very heritage of Christianity is a history of war, hate, bigotry, and phobias.
Many will say that the current hatred of Islam stems from 9-11. Perhaps. Some will say that it is because of the intent to build a Muslim center two blocks away from Ground Zero. But the 9-11 tragedy was no more an act of Islam than the bombing in Oklahoma City was an act of Christianity. And the Muslim center AWAY from Ground Zero is actually something akin to a YMCA center with a chapel inside. And mosques are being burned, threatened, and de-faced from Los Angeles to New York, including in Sheboygan, Wisconsin and in Tennessee. There is a craziness afoot as there has been on the past in America. Think of the "witches" burned at the stake. Think of the southeastern part of Colonial America where one group of Christians crucified another group upside down. Think Japanese-American concentration camps. Hatred and phobias dot the entrie history of America and the Christian world.
Tonight marked the annual tradition of open house at school. As parents, we met the teachers, saw our child’s classroom, and got an early report as to how our child is doing in school.
But I believe that open house is designed with a greater purpose in mind. It was created to make us feel old. Once we got into the classroom, we were invited to sit at our child’s desk. In theory this is great but let’s face it; we are not kids anymore.
My blog certainly seems to stimulate discussion and debate. Without much fan-fare, I invite any and all of you to sign-up or put your name on the list of signers of the following statement offered by: www.usforallofus.org
LET'S BUILD A U.S. FOR ALL OF US: NO ROOM FOR RACISM
It was recently reported that the recession that has plagued America since the end of 2007 has been over since the middle of 2009. So, why does it feel like it is not over? One would think that after a year we should at least have the mindset that we are all of the recession and well on our way to a robust recovery.
But we are not.
From time to time up until early November I shall comment on the up-coming elections. Some random stuff:
The U.S. Senate seat in Wisconsin is truly a conundrum. The Republican candidate will be challenged for his ridiculous comments about drilling in the Great Lakes, climate change is due to sun spots, and the lie that he never took federal money or even applied for it for his business. That leaves me with Russ Feingold. There are some things I like about him, but lots I do not, and some that have me scratching my head. After sitting in the U.S. Senate chamber with then-Senator John Ashcroft, and after seeing that his constituents threw him out of office, Feingold voted to OK him for U.S. Attorney-General under Bush II. Ashcroft is a loony of the first waters. It doesn't take much to realize that immediately upon meeting Ashcroft. He was offered as Attorney-General because the corporate power wanted a goof to join their other two goofs and puppets who they could pay off, George W. Bush and Dick Cheney. Feingold fell for it. I cannot forgive him for it. Ashcroft immediately entered office by covering up nude statues.
We get so wrapped up in Republican-Democrat, right-left, conservative-liberal that we have not noticed the real threat to the United States of America resides at 133 C Street SE in Washington, D.C. I am not exaggerating when I say this. For over 70 years a plot has been organizing, growing, and consolidating power. Most presidents, left or right, have at some time paid notice to this power. It is a movement of fundamentalist-like "Christians" who have bold pronouncements like this regarding over 15,000 close adherents in the U.S. military: "[Intent on] reclaiming territory for Christ in the military."
American toops, returning from Iraq or Afghanistan, are ordered to stand at attention, and then are given lectures by officers that they are returning from "fighting Satan" and "reclaiming land for Jesus Christ from the heathens." Standing at attention are Christians, but also Jews, Muslims, atheists, agnostics, Buddhists, etc. When asked about this, one general in the Middle East admitted being totally unfamiliar with the First Amendment.
I haven't been writing much lately for a variety of reasons, but mostly due to the large quantity of hours spent at Village Hall. Prior to July, the Trustee (and EAC) meetings rarely had a single audience member.
Since the July flooding events, we've had dozens in the audience, and each meeting has been a marathon, lasting long into the night. Monday, we finally broke the 6 hour barrier, getting a 2nd wind around 11pm, getting home at 1am.
Are there any undecided voters out there? Having just gone through the primary election, we've probably gotten enough information on the candidates for governor and Senate. All we have to do is to remember to show up on November 2. Yet, we continue to be bombarded with advertisements. The Robo calls will probably begin very soon. Too soon. That's a frequency increases of the number of ads we are going to be exposed to for the next month or so, it will probably include enough negativity to show that the candidate we want and the candidate we oppose will have so many negative points, it could convince even the most loyal voter to stay home.
The main deciding factor in just about all elections held at the state level and the federal level are contingent upon the success or lack there of with the economy. It's taxes and the deficits that grab our attention. Do we want our taxes to go up? Or do we want our taxes to go way up?
The commercial broadcasting network, NBC, is emphasizing education and the problems facing the U.S. as it sees its performance dwindle compared to the social democracies in Europe and elsewhere. It is easy to place simple blame on a complex problem. I agree that parts of the problem are underfunded education budgets, selfish teachers' unions, lack of parental attention, etc. And there are endless debates about all these things. But what about another drain on education? Let's look at where our priority really is...
"The U.S. has a population of over 300 million in a world of nearly 7 trillion people, 4% of the world's population, yet accounts for over 41% of officially acknowledged worldwide government military spending. The U.S. has the world's second largest [reported] military with 1,445,000 active duty personnel, with an additional 1.2 million National Guard and other components. The War Department also has over 800,000 civilian employees worldwide. The Pentagon has over 3.5 million people excluding private military contractors, and a current military and war budget exceeding 1.1 trillion dollars. The U.S. sells or gives its military weaponry to nearly 2/3 of the world's nations accounting for 68.4% of the global arms sales. The U.S. has established its control over at least 191 governments and has over 700 military bases on foreign soil; and 12,000 nuclear weapons." -Informationclearinghouse, published in "The Catholic Agitator" of 2/10/10. [And believe me, there are many, many more personnel involved in the U.S. military regime]
Officials in Wauwatosa recently found huge problems with the laterals connecting the sewer lines to each individual property.