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Huckabee on the Constitution

Posted Date: January 15, 2008 – Tuesday – 11:23 AM

“I have opponents in this race who do not want to change the Constitution. But I believe it’s a lot easier to change the Constitution than it would be to change the word of the living God. And that’s what we need to do is amend the Constitution so it’s in God’s standards rather than trying to change God’s standards so it lines up with some contemporary view of how we treat each other and how we treat the family.” link.

It’s important to understand what Huckabee is saying in his statement above. As scary as it is, when you actually dissect his meaning it becomes even worse. Huckabee started his career working with a Televangelist named James Robson, who had this to say about him, “His convictions shape his character and his character will shape his policies. His whole life has been shaped by moral absolutes.”

This is a strong endorsement coming from a TV preacher. By moral absolutes he means something else, something very specific, “ALL law must be based on BIBLICAL law“.

To explain: Evangelicals, especially the ones who are on TBN, believe that the Bible in its current form is perfect (completely inerrant and infallible). It contains within itself all guidance necessary for all people in all times. Any inconsistencies are due to improper interpretation; but the “Born Again” faith interpret the Bible correctly because of their special relationship with the Holy Spirit.

Most likely Huckabee truly believes that the Christian Bible we have today is the “perfect law”, and everything should be based on it. He would advocate a “literal” interpretation of scripture, and believe that every word and law in it is correct.

Of course, different parts of the Bible advocate different things at different times. This is very difficult for those trying to discover exactly what these “Biblical Principles” should be. Mass genocide must be acceptable in certain situations. But you should also love your neighbor as yourself. Homosexuality and Bestiality are wrong, but so is having sex with a woman on her period. All humans are equal, but the institution of slavery should be allowed. Men and Women are equal before God, but Men are in charge. Only a women’s sexual purity is important, or a man even looking at women can be impure. Charge a Gentile interest, but not a fellow believer.

Tribal law, ritual law, purity law, abstract law, common law, secular law, even the complete abolition of law; all are advocated at different times. All very confusing stuff, and extremely difficult to build modern civil law out of. To the sane among us, the idea that hermeneutics should be the basis of civil law is abhorrent. The final authority for all civil law is supposed to be you and me, not these new Protestant Priesthood.

The political group Mike Huckabee represents would in reality support some Biblical Principles and not others. They would not abolish Interest, bring back slavery, or attempt to rebuild Solomon’s Temple at the Dome of the Rock. But our law would not be based on the Constitution, it will be based on the whims of those who interpret scripture.

They would then use the Bible to support whatever it is they want to do, ignoring any parts that contradict their goals. When they think it appropriate, they will advocate loving your neighbor as yourself. And when they think it is appropriate they will advocate genocide. Civil rights will be allowed when they think it is OK, and when they think it’s not OK they won’t allow those same rights. Just like all leaders that are not bound by Democratic law.



Primary Thoughts and Saudi Arabia.

Posted Date: January 10, 2008 – Thursday – 5:58 PM

Since Dick Cheney has decided to step down, we’ll soon decide who to elect in ’08, clown on the left or joker on the right? But first we’ve got to figure out who that clown and joker will be.

The big issues are Civil Rights, “The War”, National Debt, Oil, and Radical Religion. Since radical Muslims provoked this”War on Terror”, our National Debt has doubled and civil rights have seriously eroded. We are a few trillion dollars away from insolvency, with no end in sight on Iraq. We are at the Hubbert Peak, and still don’t have a good alternative to foreign oil.

Watching “The Kingdom” gave me a renewed interest in Saudi Arabia. This is a country where all these issues intersect, and yet you rarely hear it mentioned by presidential primary candidates.

The 911 terrorists were Saudi.
Saudi is the only dependable source of petroleum.
It is controlled by a radical religion
There are few civil rights, especially for women.

The oil crisis of ’73 was instigated by Saudi Arabia, until we brokered a deal with them. This should have been taken as a warning, but Carter was ignored (and he’s pissed, LOL). Now we are facing the same crisis, only it’s physical resources, not politics, and there will be no negotiation.

So we can reduce environment, energy, oil, WOT, and radical religion issues into one question: “Mr(s). Candidate, what is your position on Saudi Arabia, and our relationship with them?”

Obviously there is much more to it than that, but Saudi serves as an excellent lens to view these things through.

It is clear that money we pay Saudi Arabia makes its way through Islamic “charity” organizations and into the hands of terrorists. We are supporting our own destruction.

Saudi will not be able to continue the current output of oil, so alternative forms of energy are not an option, they are a requirement. As is energy reduction.

We have spent trillions of dollars chasing down a motley band of Saudi radicals. We instead find ourselves invading a country that had nothing to do with it.

The War On Terror has actually CREATED more terror than it has stopped, making the entire campaign part of the problem, not the solution.

Intending to keep us safe, our own government has suspended basic principles of civil rights. People distrust the Federal government more than ever, a reasonable reaction to their behavior.

All of these issues combine, like one big knot. Whoever we pick as the next CEO, he is going to have to deal with this, and I do not envy that person.

Britain Drops War on Terror Label

Posted Date: December 30, 2007 – Sunday – 5:41 PM
This is very good news, for Britain if not for us.

“Sir Ken Macdonald said terrorist fanatics were not soldiers fighting a war but simply members of an aimless ‘death cult.'”

“‘The people who were murdered on July 7 were not the victims of war. The men who killed them were not soldiers,’ Macdonald said. ‘They were fantasists, narcissists, murderers and criminals and need to be responded to in that way.'”

“…Macdonald made a fresh attack on plans to extend beyond 28 days the length of time a terror suspect can be held without trial. He said that the evidence had shown that the existing limit was working well and he accused ministers of legislating on the basis of ‘hypotheticals'”

Wonderful.  Maybe we need new laws to combat terrorism, but we certainly don’t need to change the foundations of criminal justice.  I would love to see anti-cult legislation on the table in Washington, but I doubt that is possible in the current religious climate.

Rick Rolled

Posted Date: December 30, 2007

Has anybody noticed the eighties coming back?


Beatboxing Classic: Rahzel

If your mother only knew.

Yes, he is doing it all with just his voice.

Here’s the longer version.

The Definition of Unlimited

Posted Date: December 18, 2007 – Tuesday – 10:46 AM

Earlier this year I was hooked up with Verizon’s “BroadbandAccess” EVDO wireless internet.  It was pretty cool…unlimited access at DSL speeds through a wireless card; no 811.g hub required.  That is, it WAS cool until my  internet got cut off.

I called them up to find out what the problem was, and I was informed that my contract had been cancelled due to “overuse”.  Well, I tried to explain that this was a mistake, as I had the unlimited package, not one of the cheaper limited ones.  The guy explained that by “unlimited”, they actually  meant limited.  And the limit was super low…5 gigs.  Basically half a DVD per month.  I tried to explain to the guy that no amount of asteriks could change the word “unlimited” to mean “unreasonably limited”.  I’m an IT professional, for Christ’s sake!  (Yeah, I was a little heated, kind of embarassing, actually.)

Of course this pissed him off, so he adruptly said that I wasn’t allowed to download, and I clearly was.  Seriously, that’s what the guy said…”you can’t download files”.  I tried to explain to him that he wasn’t making sense, as it is impossible to use the HTTP protocol without “downloading” files.  When you “browse” the internet, all you are doing is downloading files to your local computer, and then viewing them through your browser.   MAYBE you could argue that “streaming” media wasn’t downloaded…he cuts me off…”No…you can’t stream either.”.   !*$(%!!

OK…deap breathe, and let it go.  So whatever, I got Comcast and a wireless hub.  If Verizon didn’t want my money they can stuff if.

So instead, today I got a check from Verizon.  They were sued by the NYOAG for the false advertising of their EVDO service, and chose to settle.  And I get money.  Sweet.  Telecommunication companies suck!

R.I.P Crocodile Cafe

Posted Date: December 19, 2007 – Wednesday – 2:22 AM

Grunge is not only long dead, now it is history.  The ultra-cool Crocodile Cafe in Belltown has just closed its doors.  I feel like a friend died, or maybe he was a cool acquaintance.

And they closed the Sit and Spin a while ago; now it’s a yuppie BBQ joint.  Remember when the 211 (Billiard Club) burned down?  I watched that fire from a block away, felt like crying then, too.

The 211 was in the same building as the Speakeasy Cafe, which has come back…but as a yuppie coffee shop and a rather large ISP provider.   Sigh.  At least they still have cool art on the walls.  Belltown has changed so much!

I remember seeing Moe’s (Mo’ Rockin’) last show; that must have been ’97 or so.  Pearl Jam showed up and played, even though they were already a megaband.  And the slow death of The Off-Ramp space…one failure after another.

Then the RKCNDY, that was really sad.  My favorite show there was…crap, I can’t even remember the band’s name!  Oh yeah, and the The Velvet Elvis; another great all ages place.  Ahhh…the good ol’ Teen Dance Ordinance…not.

The times, they are a-changin.