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Bush talks to an Old Testament God


Sat, Jul 28th, 2007
Posted in Commentary

After the 2004 election, I was mystified over the "moral values" thing. The notion that George Bush's lying about WMD and the killing of so many innocent people in Iraq could be parlayed into good election karma never occurred to me.

And that nonsense about God speaking through Bush I assumed would be taken for the grand delusion that it was.

"God told me to end the tyranny in Iraq," George Bush supposedly told a Palestinian delegation four months after invading Iraq.

In 2004 he told an Amish group in Pennsylvania, "I trust God speaks through me. Without that I couldn't do my job."

Whether these are verbatim remarks doesn't matter much. Bush was born again twenty years ago at the age of 40 and often invokes religious symbolism to explain his actions.

For example, Shock and Awe sounds so Old Testament to me, like Noah's flood or the plagues Moses threw at the Egyptians.

I know enough about the Bible to tell you that Bush, who calls himself a Christian, talks to an Old Testament God, and not a New Testament Christ; Christ was an activist during his time on earth and cared deeply about injustice and the poor.

Just prior to the start of the Iraq war I watched a Sunday news program on CBS. They interviewed a Baptist preacher in Arkansas who worked by day as a quality control inspector at a bomb manufacturing plant and on weekends served his flock in the church.

The interviewer asked the man if there was any conflict between his day job and his calling to a higher purpose.

He said no there was not and quoted Ecclesiastes (Old Testament) about their being "a time to kill and a time to heal."

And the man went on to say that if an American soldier killed an Iraqi soldier that it was not a sin as long as anger was not in the GI's heart when he pulled the trigger.

This man worships an Old Testament God as well. The Old Testament is about power and glory, the New Testament love and peace.

As I write this, the war in Iraq has resulted in the deaths of an estimated 70,000 Iraqi civilians (reported killed by military intervention according to iraqbodycount.org); 3,633 American soldiers killed and 26,806 wounded (antiwar.com); at a cost to American taxpayers of $445 billion (nationalpriorities.com).

Some Republican senators are finally standing up and saying that the war in Iraq is going nowhere, that there is no political solution in sight and it's time to think a .....
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God bless our troops, bring them home

Fri, Jul 20th, 2007
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If the politicians who call for war were the soldiers headed for the trenches, there would be no war.

I'm not really sure where or when I read that thought-provoking statement, but I certainly feel it is quite valid. I hope what I have to sa ..... 
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The nuclear "comb over"

Fri, Jul 20th, 2007
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We've all seen them. You try not to look, but it's inevitable with the worst ones. You know what I'm talking about, the "comb over". Yes, we all have seen the individual who either combs the hair from one side of his head over his entire head or eve ..... 
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Lying is lying

Fri, Jul 6th, 2007
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June 21, 2007, less than two weeks ago, the Supreme Court of the United States upheld the sentencing of Victor Rita. Mr. Rita is a 25 year veteran of the Marine Corps and served in Vietnam and Gulf I. He has received 35 medals during his service. He ..... 
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The rest of the story Rushford Village council speaks out about police service

Fri, Jun 29th, 2007
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There has been a lot of commentary in the local press recently concerning police services for the City of Rushford Village and the City of Rushford canceling the "Agreement of Understanding" to provide certain police services to the Village as a bac ..... 
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"The Graduate" revisited

Fri, Jun 22nd, 2007
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"Benjamin...I just want to say one word to you...just one word...are you listening......switchgrass. There's a great future in switchgrass...think about it. Will you think about it?" Imagine if Mr. McGuire had uttered "switchgrass" into Benjamin Bra ..... 
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We're all mad here

Fri, Jun 22nd, 2007
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Alice: But, I don't want to go among mad people.

Cheshire Cat: Oh, you can't help that. We're all mad here. I'm mad. You're mad.

Alice: How do you know I am mad?

Cheshire Cat: You must be. Or you wouldn't have come here. ..... 
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Truth, consequences, and responsibility

Fri, Jun 15th, 2007
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So, Paris Hilton doesn't like being in jail. Who would? She obviously broke the law and was incarcerated. Then, by some strange means she is released. Then, due to a public outcry of preferential treatment, she is sent back to the slammer, s ..... 
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It's not and never will be free

Fri, Jun 1st, 2007
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There are in excess of 47 million uninsured and 12 million under-insured under age 65 in the U. S. One in three non-elderly will go without insurance in the next two years. Half of all bankruptcy is due to medical bills. Most people in bankruptcy ha ..... 
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