“The Way of the Master” refutes Rob Bell

(Update: There’s More! Check out the full clip. Part 1 and Part 2 on YouTube.com)

This is quite possibly the lamest ten minutes in the history of film. Basically, this clip is a guy from Kirk Cameron’s “The Way of the Master” ministry doing some kind of spoof on Rob Bell’s “Bullhorn” Nooma video. If you’ve seen this edition of the Nooma series, then you’ll recognize fully how lame and silly this whole spoof is. Also, if you watch long enough, you’ll see how this guy is totally successfull at creeping out total strangers on the street and in the process, completely validating Bell’s concern that he shares in “Bullhorn”.

I think there is a longer post brewing in me somewhere but first I’ll have to clean the puke off my laptop.

Fantasy Congress


As we ramp up to the November elections, it’s the perfect time for me to hype my newly established Fantasy Congress league. If you played in any kind of fantasy sports league, it operates very much in the same way. You draft your team of members from both the house and senate and the more legistlation your team puts through, the more points you score. Whether you’re a political novice or a junkie, it’s fun for all.

If you want to join my league, sign up on the Fantasy Congress site and then click here for my leagues homepage. If this link doesn’t work, try searching for the league name, “The Imminent League of Threats”.

Stay the Course?

I usually detest political t.v. ads from both sides of the aisle, but this one is strong. It clearly shows that the Bush administration seems to forget that when they talk, people listen, cameras are in “record” and that notes are taken. The dishonesty is simply incredible. The insulting of the intelligence of the American people is detestable. 2008 cannot come fast enough.

After Pat’s Birthday


“It is Pat’s birthday on November 6, and elections are the day after. It gets me thinking about a conversation I had with Pat before we joined the military. He spoke about the risks with signing the papers. How once we committed, we were at the mercy of the American leadership and the American people. How we could be thrown in a direction not of our volition. How fighting as a soldier would leave us without a voice… until we get out.

Much has happened since we handed over our voice:

Somehow we were sent to invade a nation because it was a direct threat to the American people, or to the world, or harbored terrorists, or was involved in the September 11 attacks, or received weapons-grade uranium from Niger, or had mobile weapons labs, or WMD, or had a need to be liberated, or we needed to establish a democracy, or stop an insurgency, or stop a civil war we created that can’t be called a civil war even though it is. Something like that.

Somehow America has become a country that projects everything that it is not and condemns everything that it is.

Somehow our elected leaders were subverting international law and humanity by setting up secret prisons around the world, secretly kidnapping people, secretly holding them indefinitely, secretly not charging them with anything, secretly torturing them. Somehow that overt policy of torture became the fault of a few “bad apples” in the military.

Somehow back at home, support for the soldiers meant having a five-year-old kindergartener scribble a picture with crayons and send it overseas, or slapping stickers on cars, or lobbying Congress for an extra pad in a helmet. It’s interesting that a soldier on his third or fourth tour should care about a drawing from a five-year-old; or a faded sticker on a car as his friends die around him; or an extra pad in a helmet, as if it will protect him when an IED throws his vehicle 50 feet into the air as his body comes apart and his skin melts to the seat.

Somehow the more soldiers that die, the more legitimate the illegal invasion becomes.

Somehow American leadership, whose only credit is lying to its people and illegally invading a nation, has been allowed to steal the courage, virtue and honor of its soldiers on the ground.

Somehow those afraid to fight an illegal invasion decades ago are allowed to send soldiers to die for an illegal invasion they started.

Somehow faking character, virtue and strength is tolerated.

Somehow profiting from tragedy and horror is tolerated.

Somehow the death of tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of people is tolerated.

Somehow subversion of the Bill of Rights and The Constitution is tolerated.

Somehow suspension of Habeas Corpus is supposed to keep this country safe.

Somehow torture is tolerated.

Somehow lying is tolerated.

Somehow reason is being discarded for faith, dogma, and nonsense.

Somehow American leadership managed to create a more dangerous world.

Somehow a narrative is more important than reality.

Somehow America has become a country that projects everything that it is not and condemns everything that it is.

Somehow the most reasonable, trusted and respected country in the world has become one of the most irrational, belligerent, feared, and distrusted countries in the world.

Somehow being politically informed, diligent, and skeptical has been replaced by apathy through active ignorance.

Somehow the same incompetent, narcissistic, virtueless, vacuous, malicious criminals are still in charge of this country.

Somehow this is tolerated.

Somehow nobody is accountable for this.

In a democracy, the policy of the leaders is the policy of the people. So don’t be shocked when our grandkids bury much of this generation as traitors to the nation, to the world and to humanity. Most likely, they will come to know that “somehow” was nurtured by fear, insecurity and indifference, leaving the country vulnerable to unchecked, unchallenged parasites.

Luckily this country is still a democracy. People still have a voice. People still can take action. It can start after Pat’s birthday.”

– Kevin Tillman, brother of Pat Tillman.

(HT: Truthdig)

Chasing their Tails


I came across this story on the American Family Association website (I’m an avid reader 😉 ) that covers the swearing in of the Bush Administration’s new global AIDS coordinator. His name is Mark Dybu and he is openly gay and was present at the ceremony with his partner and his partner’s mother. During the swearing-in, Condi Rice referred to Dybu’s partner’s mother as his “mother-in-law”.

Obviously, those who find themselves in the trenches of the Religous Right are wondering how the Bush Administration would appoint a homosexual in any position, let alone as the AIDS czar. As the AFA story points out, “….putting a homosexual in charge of AIDS policy is a bit like putting the fox in charge of the henhouse.” Unreal.

As if employing a homosexual wasn’t bad enough, Condi Rice had to go on record and aknowledge the relationship between Dybu and his partner in a marital sense. Also, Condi let a homosexual touch a Bible. In the mind of the Religious Right, this must be so disorienting. How could this happen in the administration of the man that God voted for?

The fact that Peter Sprigg of the Family Research Council finds Rice’s behaviour “distressing” is asinine. It’s as if homosexuals are aliens from another planet who are invading planet Earth order to whipe us out. Are there not more pressing issues in the world at the moment? This is a clear example that the Religous Right have far too much time on their hands and are more concerned with protecting their moralism than with loving God and loving their neighbors.

In the end, stories like this one (and this one) are good news because it points to the fact that conservative evangelical organizations like the ARA and FRC do not posses any real influence in the halls of power. They are simply political tools who end up chasing their tails in order to prop up their moralistic, ignorant, black-and-white understanding of the world around them.

Other worthwhile articles on this topic:

Pursuit over Possession


“The true value of a man is not determined by his possession, supposed or real, of the truth, but rather by his sincere exertion to get to the truth. It is not possession of truth but rather the pursuit of truth by which he extends his powers and in which his ever growing perfectibility is to be found. Possession makes one passive, indolent, and proud. If God were to hold all truth concealed in his right hand and in his left hand only the steady and diligent drive for truth, albeit with the proviso that i will always and forever error in the process, and to offer me the choice, I will in all humility take the left hand and say, “Father, I will take this. The pure truth is for you alone.”

Gotthold Lessing

(HT: Andrew Sullivan)