December 19th, 2005

yellow_elephant

Does the President Support the President

based upon the sound bytes from the president heard over the week end on the radio, it is not clear if the president is supporting the president with regards to domestic spying.

If the president actually believed that the 'news reports' of domestic spying without Judicial Oversight, as required by american law, were a breach of national security, and put americans at risk. Then Why did the president confirm the news reports by indicating that the president had authorized domestic spying without Judicial Oversight?

Could it be that the president is getting serious about attacking himself, or what?
yellow_elephant

Holy Days v. Holidays

I can understand that for many americans it is hard to deal with the technical distinction between 'holy days' and 'holidays'. The british are at least polite enough to refer to them as 'bank holidays' so that there is less confusion.

The problem, for me, of course is resolving what are my obligatioins. I stumbled across this in a recent posting by ginmar in the threrad thread where there is for me the open ambiguity about 'which Xmas' and what exactly do we mean by 'defend'.

As those who know me understand. I am completely OPPOSED to the secular 'holiday' on the 25th of december mascarading as "christmas", as it is a completely secular holidy, and no amount of Make Up is going to turn that Pig into a Princess at the ball. In like manner I am offended by the so called "christians" who want to restore 'christmas' rather than "Christ Mass", since they are actually engaging in a 'kulturkampf' action based upon the american "civil religion" free standing from the flow of "christian history".

The later does as much damage to 'believers' as the secular co-optation by the 'free marketeers'.

All of which, as some understand, gets messier when we toss in the 'honor obligation' to 'defend', which in my culture is not merely the sort of rhetorical posturing popular amongst the Victims Of ChickenHawk Angst (VOCHA), but the technical implementation specfiic detains associated with that collection of professional obligations.

So would americans really like to sort out which part of the 1st Ammendment they find more offensive?

And yes, if we are going to get pressy about all of this, when I got married in the UK, given that My Mother was Anglo Catholic, the form was filled out indicating that I was COE, Church of England, as they were at the time accepting the 'catholic nature' of the 'anglican confessional'. So forgive me if I am modestly fluent in the issues related to 'stadt kirche' at levels of personal involvement that most americans have not taken the time to even become cognizant of, let alone conversant in.
yellow_elephant

Iranian's Out In Front On KulturKampf

Well gosh, golly, WOW! The Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is out in front in the KulturKampf, banning 'western music'.
But the official IRAN Persian daily reported Monday that Ahmadinejad, as head of Iran's Supreme Cultural Revolutionary Council, ordered the enactment of an October ruling by the council to ban Western music.

"Blocking indecent and Western music from the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting is required," according to a statement on the council's official Web site.
Clearly AMERICA must retaliate, or we face a growing defeat in the KulturKampf against 'indecent and Western' music!

Amerrica can not afford to loose in the KulturKampf! Now More than ever we must redouble our efforts to support the Great Leader in the Kurrent Kultur Kampf, and go beyond merely domestic spying without judicial oversight! We must do what ever it will take to keep America Number One in the Kultur Kampf! Or the Terrorists WIN!
yellow_elephant

Why No fan Fair About the Afghani Parliment Opening?

Given all of the PR the Freepers, Et Al, are bubbling up and over themselves with about how the current election is the most impressive, EVER! There is this dirth of bubbling up and over about Afghanistan.

You do remember Afghanistan.

It was the country where the Taliban was on the way to irradicating the Opium Trade, but now it is the Number One Go Getter. U.S. Gen. James L. Jones, NATO's Top Operational Commander, even lists the drug problem as a bigger problem in Afghanistan than the Taliban Insurgency. But I guess when half of the Parliment is made up of Regional Warlords, well, gosh golly.... Uh... Thank God it's not like we went into Iraq^H^H^H^H Afghanistan to restore democracy, or was it rescue the native wetlands...

Hum. I wonder, what was that reason we went into Afghanistan? Was it to rescue the Christian Missionaries who had been convicted of Prosyltizing. Nope, the President was clear on that, when it was pitched to him prior to 9/11, as not something that would be in the Federal Government's Interest.

So is this really one of those Ugly Cases that no one wants to get up on the band wagon and chant
No Blood For Opiates
so afghanistan and the WhateverOnWhomever there is just, well, a side show to the real WhicheverOnWhomever.