No Confirmation on an Article Announcing bin Laden’s Death

Some in the conspiracy camp (which includes me. sorry, no reference here, but most likely) have speculated that bin Laden’s death could serve as a ruse to get more votes come election day. My economics professor – in regards to oil prices – would tell you the same thing: people up top are simply manipulating prices to fit in with their political agendas. The main thing I’d like to point out here is that neither case is without its merits. As someone who believes bin Laden is a likely pawn used by the PTB to drum up support for the war(s) abroad, the bin Laden issue, even with Bush’s imminent retirement, is likely to continue indefinitely. Remember, it was being groomed as a much broader “War on Tyranny”, which, in the words of Donald Rumsfeld,

It will be a long, hard slog. Wikiquote: Donald Rumsfeld

Right. A hard slog that Americans like himself won’t have to go through, right? The neocons in the White House are turning the conservatives of this nation into an army of armchair generals. Allow me to close with this thought (if anyone could find a source on this, it would be appreciated): in the game of geopolitics, soldiers are seen only as throwaway pawns to achieve the objectives of the elite.

Published: September 24, 2006

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jim Open Thread

AND THIS IS WHY YOU MUST “study” to prove yourself unto god and thats
great to know for “WHEN YOU GET TO HEAVEN” meanwhile here on EARTH you must live each day with a great display of common sense, 1 such being:
if a group of “FANATICS” is holding a knife to your throat asking you to chose between what you belive and what he thinks you should believe…..what are you gonna do ?????

Jim I’m not entirely sure of your position. Could you clarify a little bit?

Are you a practicing Christian? If so, what do you consider to be a practicing Christian?

Barry G. open thread

Barry,

In the spirit of my two other posts I’d like to open up a discussion about the problems I see in neoconservatism (which I’m assuming you are).

I take it that you’re:

1. “moral”
2. Pro Israel
3. Pro America (a nationalist)

I believe in neither 2 nor 3 due to the fleeting nature of civilization. Moreover, I firmly believe, as prophesied in the Bible and consistent throughout history, that mankind will meet its eventual end.

In the case #1, if you’re going to dictate Christian ethics to me, give me verse and context. Otherwise you’re just being dogmatic.

Response thread to Elmer’s Brother – on nationalism, abortion, and pre-emptive war

Hi EB,

So as not to be off-topic in your current posts I reposted here. I take it that you’re:

  1. a practicing Christian
  2. Pro Israel
  3. Pro America (a nationalist)
  4. by 2 and 3, neoconservative

I don’t believe that Christians act primarily for the benefit of the state nor Israel (hence the “I disagree with the nationalism and “Politely knocking on Taquiyya’s door” bit). Instead I am convinced that we act out of God’s interests, derived from a heart of worship to God, which in turn may or may not be in the mutual benefit of the state.

I also believe Christians don’t have the moral obligation to protect the state of Israel. Nowhere in the Bible does Jesus give this commandment.

Regarding my allergy to nationalism, I believe this was one of the root causes for the spiritual wandering of the Israelites found in the OT.

These are some of my reasons.

re: Comment Commandments revisited/soccermomunplugged open thread

This is in reference to Comment Commandments revisited and the previous Pope to Muslim Fanatics: Why bother? posts in soccermomunplugged.

Cate implicates my comments in the “Pope…” post are inflammatory and purely malicious in nature.

– are inflammatory without addressing the issue of the blog

– are purely malicious in nature

Going by this definition of malicious, I fail to see where I am acting out of pure malice. Also, if the first few posts are any indication, I am sure that my characterization of your (Cate’s) generalized opinion of ME Arabs is on the mark.

I believe you (Cate) and I reached some sort of commonality of spirit at the “end” of our discussion, but judging by your last comment of the night, I believe it was built on false pretenses or a false unity, hence your post and following ban.

Allow me to illustrate:

No I didn’t forget that Jesus would know. But I am making the point that we all generalize. How aboutwe concede that we both reacted adversely to our triggers.

We are both probably on the same side of the issue anyway. You and I both want Muslims to be seen in a better light. Only I want the fanatics to stop doing everything in their power to reinforce negative stereotypes and you want President Bush and I not to generalize and create a hostile environment for innocent Muslims. Got it. I’ll make sure my Palestinian friend and her family feel welcome when they come for dinner on Tuesday evening.

Good night, Albert. (#97)

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Airline Terrorism Plot Foiled in London

While the People’s Daily Online coming up as the most updated site on a Google News search would be a small lesson in propaganda for another day, the actual story registered as only a blip on my personal radar screen. High-rise elevator TVs, on the other hand, were another matter.

I did find it intriguing that an early-20-something average-working-joe friend of mine became alarmed enough to say to me, “Man I don’t wanna be anywhere near [the Sears Tower]. Did you hear about the [terrorist plot]?” – especially when the only things he really talks about are hot girls and how much money he’s making.

(Would he be willing to exchange more of his freedoms for a greater sense of security?)

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Crude Oil Rises to Record as Middle East Conflict Escalates

Please note that these posts aren’t meant to create anxiety or arouse a sense of apocalypticism (i.e., the world is ending very soon). Rather, peak oil is virtually guaranteed to create massive problems (and already has) with much of the third and developing world, which in turn means greater exploitation, greater nationalism and protectionist policies, an increasingly larger wealth distribution gap.

So, the same old story of the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer – or even starving.

What are you doing about it?

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=aBEjDi4er6jI&refer=home

July 14 (Bloomberg) — Crude oil rose above $78 a barrel for the first time as concern mounted that escalating violence in the Middle East, supplier of 30 percent of the world’s oil, may cut supply.

Israeli forces attacked Lebanon for a third day. Iran, embroiled in a dispute with the United Nations over its nuclear research, warned Israel against expanding the conflict. Chevron Corp. today said 40 workers in Nigeria were released after being held by kidnappers.

“I’m not going to say we’re going to $100 a barrel right away, but neither am I going to rule it out,” said Peter Beutel, president of Cameron Hanover Inc., a New Canaan, Connecticut, energy consultant. “If events drag Iran into the situation and it deteriorates to the point that they want to block the Strait of Hormuz, and we get a hurricane, yes, we will see $100.”

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