Here We Go Again

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O’Reilly is more or less saying you can’t bash Bush just because he’s a sitting President during wartime. He’s getting into a debate with a representative from Congress that talking about impeaching Bush is hurting the country. That it’s diverting attention from the real problem, Islamic extremists. Ugh. Read my entry from two times ago, since I don’t feel like explaining it again. But, I could easily say that calling for impeachment of Clinton was diverting attention from the real problems of uniting Europe after the fall of Communism, working on healthcare, and all of that. It is a person’s right to speak out if it’s not causing harm to people or calling for harm, or harming the country. Simply calling for impeachment (which I don’t think should happen, and never will, Democrats in power or not) is not causing harm.

So, this is probably going to be the process of things when I start reading Culture Warrior. I can see it now. But hey, at least I’ll update more often…maybe.


Misrepresenting the War Protest?

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I really don’t like how O’Reilly seems to be suggesting that the recent protest in Washington, D.C. against the war is only the haven of the very liberal, as he seems to have done in yesterday’s talking points. For those who don’t like to read, I’ll cover a couple important points:

To seemingly make his point that only far left people protest, he needs to point out that the protest was financed by “United for Peace and Justice,” which he describes as made up of “primarily far left Americans.” Ok, so what? I doubt UPJ (as I’ll call them here) was personally brainwashing all the protesters into far left “antics.” They only provided the money and the venue, and the time. If people want to protest, they’ll do it by their own convictions, not UPJ’s.

Next he shares interviews with celebrities from the event, such as Sean Penn, Jane Fonda, Tim Robbins, and Susan Sarandon, as if they’re the only voices speaking for everybody. Many of these people do have very liberal views, but so what? I don’t consider myself very liberal, and I hate the handling of this war. If you believe O’Reilly, so does he. So, why the heck must he put a bad name on one of this country’s ways of free speech by associating it only with those who consider themselves very liberal?

I think it’s because of the fact that protests already have a bad rap. The last major protest that I know of hasn’t happened since Vietnam. What goes with that era, besides war? Hippes. Since Vietnam, protests always seems to have been associated with those who consider themselves very liberal. Are those people more politically active than others? I don’t know, but I’d say Congress is pretty well diverse in ideology. But, that’s an accepted way of promoting political change. People seem to associate protests with events that get out of control and require police intervention in the end. I think that’s a load of bull. Conservatives protest all the time. I’m sure you’ve heard about counter-protests to all these war protests, those people who are saying the opposite of whatever the main group of protesters are saying. So, protests are NOT the haven of the far left. They are simply another form of our great free speech. I’d get into the idea of speaking out during war time, but I covered that last entry.

So, if you want to reply, reply with your views on this issue. Do protests really only contain the very liberal? I doubt it, regardless of what people like O’Reilly would have us believe. Still, maybe I’m mistaken, it happens. But, I don’t think so. Here’s what I’d like to see. Any person who doesn’t consider themselves very liberal responding to this, if they had a chance to participate. Why did you participate if you got the chance? We’ll see what happens.


Books, Laura Mallory, and a Rant

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I’ve read the books in my room so many times, it was starting to get boring. Recently, I found Dan Brown’s Digital Fortress in the table outside the editing lab, so I picked it up and read it. So, now I’m done with that and need something else to read. So, I’m changing my perspective a bit. For a long time now, I have tended to limit myself to science fiction and fantasy books, and while I’m definitely not done with them, I’ve decided to take a break from them. Thus, last night I ordered two non-fiction books by a couple prominent authors.

The first book is Culture Warrior by Bill O’Reilly. Yea, yea, I know what you’re probably thinking, but I’ve been watching his show for some time now, and would like to see what all the (mostly self created) hype is about. I know I’m not going to agree with a lot of it, but I’d like to see what’s going on in his mind. But, you can’t make up your own mind without reading and learning other views. So, to do that, and partially to repent for my sins, I also ordered The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama. So, I’m going to have fun reading those books for a while.

The second topic of the day is one concerning yet another book series, Harry Potter. For those of you who don’t follow news regarding these books, Laura Mallory, a mother from Loganville, Georgia, has been protesting the addition of these books to her children’s school library, claiming they promote and teach kids witchcraft. She hasn’t read the books, but that’s not stopping her from going on a crusade. She’s lost her case with the county board of education, and state BOE, but she’s still going to appeal. I guess I admire her perseverance and her ability to stick to her convictions, but I still think Laura Mallory is an idiot. The Harry Potter books teach witchcraft about as much as your friendly card-flipping magician (I wonder if she keeps her kids away from them, too). She’s clearly using religion as a reason for censorship. Harry Potter teaching witchcraft? Come on. Really, now. GET A HOBBY. Stop your mission to bar kids from reading arguably one of the greatest book series of this generation. You want to stop kids from reading good books? Insanity.
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Cheney Has No Clue

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Vice President Dick Cheney doesn’t think that blunders on Iraq have damaged the administration’s credibility in an interview with Wolf Blitzer on Wednesday. Right, which is why the Democrats are in power now rather than the Republicans.

Come on, Mr. Vice President. Everybody but you is looking at reality. While you’re busy cheerleading for the administration, everybody from field commanders to some members of your own party in Congress are calling for a change of strategy in Iraq. Even the President admits they need a new plan, and I’m sure he now realizes the old plan led to the increasing lame-duckiness of his tenure.

I just had to rant on this a little. If there’s anyone I’m happier to see leave the White House in January 2009 than Bush, it’s Cheney.


καλό ταξίδι!

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Hmm, somehow I don’t think the title is going to show up in some people’s browsers, but it says, “Bon Voyage!”

That’s right. I’m off to Greece tomorrow, and I am all sorts of excited. My trip starts off here in the states, where I go from Manchester to Logan International in Boston. Then it’s from there on Alitalia to Milan, Italy, where I’ll have about a three hour layover. Then it’ll be from there to Athens.

I don’t really know what to say except that I know I’ll have fun. The fact that this is my first time overseas should be adventure enough. Then I’ll be in the birthplace of Western democracy, seeing all the sites. It should be fun enough to see all the stuff, and I’ll be sure to get pictures where I can.

So, that said, I wish everyone a good week. See you when I get back.


My Pat Robertson Rant

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Ridiculous. Apparently, Pat Robertson, that crazy old televangelist, is also a prophet. For this year’s predictions, he’s claimed that God has told him that terrorists will attack the U.S. this year. Not only that, but he’s also narrowed down a part of the year…sometime after September. He says that it will be a mass killing, and will affect millions.

This guy is a nutjob. Anyone else claiming that God speaks to them would be labeled a wacko or worse. Yet, as far as I’m aware, Robertson’s program The 700 Club gets tons of viewers. That’s a lot of men, women, and children being influenced by a guy who’s said a lot of crazy things, including the thing about Ariel Sharon’s illness being caused by God in response to the Israeli withdrawal from the Gaza Strip, that the Pacific Northwest would be hit by a Tsunami, that his program has healed people (as in miracles), and that he can steer hurricanes.

I consider this man nothing more than a racist (against Muslims and Hindus), sexist (against feminism), homophobic psychopath who is guided by his own business interests. He’s greedy, insincere, and in my mind, is not a true Christian. His words are hurtful to a vast number of people (including our dear President, since Robertson also apparently thinks denominations such as the Methodists are the Antichrist), and it makes me go bonkers to think that this guy still has any programs on the air. I don’t think I’m alone in thinking that ABC Family would be a lot better off without his show.

He seems to have something new, and more offensive every year, and he keeps coming back for more. It makes me sick to think that many people probably take his word as gospel. If he continues this kind of behavior, he’ll find himself increasingly isolated. After the Sharon thing, he’s already found himself partially sundered by his closest non-Christian ally, Israel. If this happens, I certainly won’t be weeping.

You’re a mean one, Mr. Robertson.


New Year, Grades, and More

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Woo! Happy New Year to all. No entries for the last couple days because I became sick on Friday. Pounding headache, vomiting, asthma and Crohn’s-related stuff. Basically, the works. I was more or less bed-ridden from Friday to Sunday at 11:30, but was finally well enough to get up and watch some New Year festivities with the family. I’m now more-or-less better, except for the hacking episode from this morning, though that’s cleared up now. So, should be good to go for Greece.

Got the official grades today. I knew since yesterday, when a classmate showed me how to access them from the “Degree Evaluation” section of Eastern’s site. But, now I also know my GPA, too. Three A’s, an A-, and a B+. I was a little surprised I did so well in Western Civ, but I must have gotten a good final exam grade. In any case, I have a 3.8 GPA for this semester, which is a record, and brings up the cumulative to 3.64 from 3.60 the semester before. Dean’s List again! Yes!

Otherwise, not much is going on. I’d like to make some headway on the TV 22 site before I leave, so I can have something to show when I get back. I don’t intend for it to be huge, but if someone wants information on our shows, or to know what kind of stories to expect on the news, or when an episode of our shows air, they can go there.

That’s it for now.