Some Cling To Traditions…

Some cling to traditions as if it were life itself. I am not one of them. To me, traditions are too often used to cling to prejudice and a fanatical resistance to change, any change. I saw that on display in the Lutheran churches I once belonged to. They would often cite this bible verse or that, to justify their outdated and often prejudiced beliefs. … Continue reading Some Cling To Traditions…

Rendezvous…

I have certainly had some fun visiting the rendezvous in the last few years.¬† They are becoming my favorite venue for my micro-RV trips. With temperatures in the 60s today and much of November, it doesn’t feel like winter (thank goodness) but I am still in the mode of looking back with my picture portfolio. So, I have gathers some pics to celebrate rendezvous.¬† Someday, … Continue reading Rendezvous…

Teach theology, not religion

The quotes below come from input from Irish high school students when asked about having religious studies in their school system. The wisdom of these kids’ words are way beyond their years. By giving all children the opportunity to learn about the beliefs and values of diverse groups in society, the government would be providing for their education in some of the liberal democratic values … Continue reading Teach theology, not religion

Memorial Day Is Not On the Church’s Calendar

I have been holding off on this post so as not to offend¬†some people’s views of that holiday. My friends at Red Letter Christians have spurred me in thoughts once again. This time it is about Memorial Day. I have always found it strange that we as a nation celebrate our wars. Some even seem obsessed with them. To me war is the failure to … Continue reading Memorial Day Is Not On the Church’s Calendar

U.S. Reveals Death Toll From Airstrikes

President Bush’s use of drones and elevated them to an extreme level. We are told that the innocent lost of life because of these drone strikes are one of the primary reasons so many hate us in that part of the world. ¬†They strike so quietly and devastatingly to strike terror into innocent citizens of those Middle East countries. Yes, we are known by some … Continue reading U.S. Reveals Death Toll From Airstrikes

How America has waged an eternal war in the Middle East

I think I heard somewhere that the U.S. has more than a thousand military bases throughout the world and I suspect many of them are located in the Middle East. We as a country seem to be so fixated on telling others how to live that we spend huge amounts of money and our citizens’ lives trying to do just that.¬† Here are some words … Continue reading How America has waged an eternal war in the Middle East

Obama’s Neocon Critics…

It’s an incantation repeated among Obama’s neocon critics: the Iraq surge worked; things were going swimmingly until we withdrew; the same thing will happen in Afghanistan if we pull out completely. Let’s assume it’s true, that we could keep peace and order in these countries if we kept tens of thousands of troops (or more) on the ground. Here’s my question: Why on Earth would … Continue reading Obama’s Neocon Critics…

The New GOP…

For those of you who haven’t visited here much I will state up front that while I am very much a social progressive but I am also a fiscal conservative. I too¬†think as indicated in this editorial cartoon by Jack Ohman “where did the Republican¬†party go?”¬†They once were the party of small government and keeping expenses under control. ¬†During those days I voted Republican about … Continue reading The New GOP…

Weighing Nuclear Option…

“We were ready to do it” Russian President Vladimir Putin said he considered putting the country‚Äôs vast nuclear arsenal on alert to prevent outside agents from stopping the Kremlin‚Äôs forced annexation of the Crimea peninsula from Ukraine last year. Putin‚Äôs admission was aired during a prerecorded documentary called Homeward Bound, which was broadcast on a state-backed television network Sunday in the run-up to the first … Continue reading Weighing Nuclear Option…

Let Them Do Their Own Fighting…

If we can just let other people alone and let them do their own fighting. When you get into trouble 5,000 miles away from home, you’ve got to have been looking for it.” – Will Rogers, 9 February 1932 Thanks Will for reminding us what common sense, which seems to be a rare commodity these days, sounds like…. My Republican friends like to say that … Continue reading Let Them Do Their Own Fighting…

Peace Talks…

What would happen if we spent as much money on seeking peace as we did going to war? ¬†I suspect the cartoon would be much different. It would be a fleet of Maseratis on the Autobahn instead of what you see above. I don’t know if peace would actually happen even with this reversal but wouldn’t it be interesting to find out? Maybe we could … Continue reading Peace Talks…

Starry Eyed…

I know many think of me as one of those starry eyed liberals who doesn’t have any sense of reality. With this post I will probably cement that vision with many of my more conservative friends. But what would happen if we just refused to be enemies with those our leaders dictated us to hate. ¬†What would happen? Let’s look at maybe the worst leader … Continue reading Starry Eyed…

Early Christians and War….

While Tertullian emphasized the negative aspects of the military to Christian discipleship, Origen pointed out the positive vision of a life of Christian peacemaking. He criticized the army as a society of ‚Äúprofessional violence,‚ÄĚ pointing out that Jesus forbids any kind of violence or vengeance against another. ‚ÄúWe will not raise arms against any other nation, we will not practice the art of war,‚ÄĚ he … Continue reading Early Christians and War….

I am War Weary…….

I saw a statistic ¬†somewhere that said that 68% of U.S. citizens are war weary. ¬†I am certainly one of them. ¬†Neither party seems to shy away from sending our kids and/or our dollars to fight in this or that conflict. After twelve years of constant war costing us thousands of our kids and $trillions I am war weary. Do we really need to be the policemen of the world even if it bankrupts us? Our war machine has cost us enough! Continue reading “I am War Weary…….”

RJ’s Doctrine….

Tonight is, thank heavens, the last debate for this presidential season. It will be on foreign policy. I can tell you in advance what will happen. Each side will tear into the other saying their opponents foreign policy will assure the total destruction of the United States. There will be little of anything but put-down and counter-put-downs.

If I were running for president I would give you very clearly what I would proudly call RJ’s Doctrine: Continue reading “RJ’s Doctrine….”

Do Members of Congress and candidates know what you think???

Source: Recent email from FCNL (Friends Conference on National Legislation – Quaker) Do your¬†members of Congress and candidates know what you think about Pentagon spending cuts?¬†What they hear from you now could influence their decisions this December and into next year.¬†Urge them to support Pentagon cuts¬†of $1 trillion over the next 10 years, as recommended by experts from across the political spectrum.1 39 cents out … Continue reading Do Members of Congress and candidates know what you think???

Historic battleship USS Iowa to become museum in Los Angeles

Source:¬†U.S. News – Historic battleship USS Iowa to become museum in Los Angeles. “There’s no more ships like this in existence in the active navies anywhere in the world,” said Robert Kent, president of the Pacific Battleship Center. Thank the Lord there are no more ships like this in existence. ¬†When you take a massive explosive shell and launch it from up to twenty miles … Continue reading Historic battleship USS Iowa to become museum in Los Angeles

The Uncounted Deaths of War…..

Source: ¬†NYT: Risks of Afghan war shift to contractors – World news – The New York Times – msnbc.com. This is a war where traditional military jobs, from mess hall cooks to base guards and convoy drivers, have increasingly been shifted to the private sector. Many American generals and diplomats have private contractors for their personal bodyguards. And along with the risks have come the … Continue reading The Uncounted Deaths of War…..