Thursday, June 4, 2009

Back from Hiatus

Hello there readers, and take my sincerest apologies for my incredibly long hiatus- first I managed to get myself into a post-election political rut, and then I got sucked into the void that is real life, etc. Anyway, the reasoning for my abscence doesn't matter- the point is, I'm back, and as usual I've got something to say.

I'm very disappointed in President Obama right now- It's not as though I was expecting him to be some sort of Messiah, I mean. I know some people have, and I'm proud to say that I save that sort of blind approval for Representative Kucinich. Still though, he did make some promises- mostly simple social things, really- that he has so far failed to keep. In case you haven't clued in yet, I'm talking Don't Ask Don't Tell.

When asked whether he planned on pushing legislation to repeal the baseless and bigoted act, his answer was a resounding yes. However, when it came to his promises being put in the practice, in the case of the coming out of Lt. Dan Choi, his answer was a little different. I understand that the President has a lot on his plate, as well as that he doesn't have the power to create legislation by his will only- however, as Commander in Chief, he can set an example of tolerance for the military, our Congress,and the American people by nulling the discharge of a valued Arabic translator and American citizen- with little more than a signature.

So, rant over- and again, apologies for my sudden disappearance, and I'm glad to be back! Expect me more often here- my muse has been revived, and like always, I have a lot to say.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Pastor Problems: Palin Edition

Sarah Palin won't specify what she believes in exactly- and normally, I would have absolutely no problem with that. I mean, I'm definitely all for the seperation of church and state. However, when you say that you are guided by your faith, and your faith specifically tells you to "achieve worldly power, especially political control" so that you can "drive out the demons", then we have a bit of a problem.

I'll clarify this a bit. The church in which Sarah Palin was raised, Wasilla Assembly of God, follows a particularly aggressive form of Pentacostalism that advocates "spiritual warfare". So-called spiritual warriors believe that individuals and even entire geographic areas can be effectively possessed by demons, and that they must "battle" them using prayer and evangelism. I would add a quote by the church, however according to the New York Times, its pastors have been told by the McCain campaign "not to speak to the media".

Now, you can't just attack a religion just because they are aggressive evangelists. However, spiritual warfare goes past evangelism, and towards a sort of faith-based megalomania. According to Bruce Wilson, a researcher for Talk2Action, a Web site that tracks religious groups, “One of the imperatives of the movement is to achieve worldly power, including political control. Then you can more effectively drive out the demons. The ultimate goal is to purify the earth.”

To be fair, Palin left the Wasilla Assembly of God six years ago, though she has not joined another church since, and continues to associate with its pastor. More important though is that she is said to, as Governor, have appointed Patrick Donelson, a pastor who helped found a spiritual warfare ministry, to the only seat reserved for members of the clergy on the state’s Suicide Prevention Council.

Mary Glazier, who helped bring together the prayer warrior networks in Alaska, told a prayer conference in June that Palin “became a part of our prayer group out in Wasilla” when she was 24, and that “God began to speak” to her about entering politics.

According to Palin herself, she "can feel...the strength that is provided by our prayer warriors across this nation". Be careful, fellow progressives. Sarah's spiritual army might smite us- watch out for lightning.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Palin found Guilty in "Troopergate" Scandal

Sarah Palin has been found to have broken Alaska state law and misled the Alaskan public in a bipartisan report released Oct. 10, 2008. The McCain campaign says that they are "mavericks" that value ethics, however this report says otherwise.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

And...the Dow drops. Again.

The Dow Jones dropped about 7 percent today. That makes it under 8,600 *pause for wincing*. Shares are, predictably, also down. Not much news, considering the current climate, honestly. Well, I'm sure that the McCains are feeling your pain right now-if things get too bad, they might even be forced to suffer through selling one of their houses!

Seriously though, if I may point out the obvious, no one can really say that we're in a "mental recession" anymore. It's said that a depression occurs once every sixty years or so, making us slightly overdue. I apologize for playing the pessimist, but if the tide doesn't change soon, I just don't know. Are the fundamentals of our economy still strong, Senator McCain?

I thought not.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Gorillas Fight for McCain

Two posts in one day- wow, I feel productive. Anyways, I made a video mashup using greenscreen (well, technically bluescreen, but it's the same concept) technology, featuring John McCain at the RNC with a pair of battling gorillas in the background. I found it amusing- Enjoy!