Sunday, December 24, 2006

God, then my family, and then my country.

* cannon is disillusioned. go give him a hug.

* remember all that nonsense when the london underground was blown up about whether british muslims were 'muslims first, or british citizens first' - and there was a big witchhunt where everyone had to go on the record? via digby, now we have a scandal situation where high-level folks, militant xtianists - are recording videos in the Pentagon:
"My first priority is my faith in God, then my family, and then my country. I share my faith because it describes who I am," Gen. Catton says in the video. "You have many men and women who are seeking God’s council and wisdom as we advise the Chairman and the Secretary of Defense. Hallelujah."
* clemons:
"What many Americans fail to understand, is that George W. Bush's swaggering pugnaciousness and invasion of Iraq justified by the president with contrived and false excuses made much of the world very, very angry with us. That anger has been measured by the well known Pew Global Attitudes Project but by others as well.

While Bush scoffed at this global reaction, it has since hardened into power strategies -- and global leaders know that they can achieve greater legitimacy at home now by thwarting American preferences -- like in the latest UN sanctions against Iran.

American diplomacy needs to take this into account. Everything we want in the world is more expensive now -- not only because of a weakened dollar -- but because of our deteriorating political position and the anger that so many have at this country and our president.

But we do need to win some battles, or at least put things on hold, until there is someone in the White House who can begin turning around the tattered state of America's foreign policy position."

* apparently I should use 'pluperfect' in more sentencez. everyone seems to be doing it these days.

* a week or two ago i quoted the NYPOST:
"Air Force Gen.: War on Terror to Go for 100 Years

"You can try and fight the enemy where they are and where they're attacking you, or prevent them and defend your own homeland," Schissler said. "But that's not enough to stop it. We've got to break the chain, and that's . . . the ideology."
and I said "send bibles!"

NC Rep Robin Hayes must read WiiG4 - he said:
“Stability in Iraq ultimately depends on spreading the message of Jesus Christ, the message of peace on earth, good will towards men. Everything depends on everyone learning about the birth of the Savior.”


profmarcus said...

i hadn't read cannon prior to reading your post... now that i have, i won't do it again...

lukery said...

lol. okeydokes.

imho he does good work

Mizgîn said...

Re: religious fanaticism . . . so basically what you're saying, Lukery, is that the US government is no different than the Taliban.

Ha! Just as I suspected.

LeeB said...

Misgin, I would tweak that just a wee bit to say that certain ELEMENTS of the U.S. government are no different than the Taliban . . . no question about it.

About the only good thing about some of these bozos (including Rep. Virgil Goode, as well) is that they provide an opportunity for a marvelous, in-your-face civics lesson for people who - not being news junkies like some of us - have lost track of exactly what their civil rights really are and WHY. The American Talibangelists will have a special place in history, if we should happen to be able to pull our fat out of the fire and survive long enough to write it.

Mizgîn said...

I don't know Leeb. Call me a skeptic. I was at a business Christmas party last week at which the statement was made that "Democracy only flourishes under Christianity."

It was all I could do to keep from strangling the guy who made the statement.

LeeB said...

Avoiding strangling other guests at a holiday party is a good thing. :-) I'm proud of you!

I say wait and git'im on his way out to his car . . .

oldschool said...

party..."Democracy only flourishes under Christianity"

Agree with LeeB - congrats on the avoidance of strangulation (which, in my opinion, can really fuck up a Christmas party).

Sometimes, ya just gotta laugh and go home.