Archive for January 18, 2009

Talkleft on the list

Posted: January 18, 2009 by datechguy in Uncategorized
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With the left shortly to gain power it will be important to see what the debate on the left is.

This being the case I have added Talkleft to the blogroll. It is one of the more reasonable voices of the left and other than the regular quoting of the sockpuppet is pretty good reading.

It’s all smoke

Posted: January 18, 2009 by datechguy in opinion/news
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Drudge and Michelle Malkin have noticed the Pelosi tough talk about trials:

“I think you look at each item and see what is a violation of the law and do we even have a right to ignore it,” the California Democrat said. “And other things that are maybe time that is spent better looking to the future rather than to the past.”

Rep. John Conyers, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, announced Friday he wants to set up a commission to look into whether the Bush administration broke the law by taking the nation to war against Iraq and instituting aggressive anti-terror initiatives. The Michigan Democrat called for an “independent criminal probe into whether any laws were broken in connection with these activities.”

Patterico suggests a preemptive move:

Pardon anyone and everyone in your Administration who participated in wiretapping, interrogations, detentions, and related efforts. Don’t depend on the vague, indecisive words of Barack Obama and his surrogates. Just as you depended on them, the people who helped you combat terrorism are depending on you.

I disagree. Not only is it a bad idea but it is a politically foolish idea. The democrats are all talk and smoke on this subject. They will try to go though some motions to mollify their guys but there is no way at all they will pursue this. It is a high risk move at a time or crisis with the only upside being among fanatics.

My explanation is here, my money quotes:

You can take this to the bank: Any successful attack on American soil during an Obama administration is going to be wholly owned by not only that administration but the Democratic party…

…Any kind of trials will be drawn out affairs and would likely be still going on during a successful attack. How much worse will it be for those who failed to protect the country if those who succeeded in protecting the nation are on trial during their failure?

It was my opinion at the time that the President would offer the pardons as he cares not what the press think. From what I’ve seen about the way the press and the news has been treating not only the incoming president but the outgoing crew even in his last days, I think the smirk is going to win. He is savvy enough to know what this would do to the Democrats they will be forced to either engage their far left base or take the risk I said above. These people won’t do it and it they did it would destroy them. It will be his final victory against them.

Not necessary. Not gonna happen.

Update: Talkleft gives a reasonable view on this from the left.

Arab reaction live

Posted: January 18, 2009 by datechguy in war
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Atlas Shrugs has a live feed of a March in London where people are just saying the nicest things about Jews.

It’s hard to pretend things aren’t happening when you see them live.

And if you want more Meryl Yourish has plenty more. And this to say:

So please, opinion writers, spare us the hypocritical commiserating over how Israel has damaged its world image due to the war in Gaza. Israel hasn’t damaged her image at all. You’ve damaged it, and all the Israel-haters out there chanting Hamas slogans aren’t making us feel too confident that things will ever change.

What the world has done is exchange the word “Zionist” for “Jew”—for a while. Or “Israel” for “Jews.” Now it’s coming back into fashion to hate Jews again, using the excuse of the treatment of the Palestinians. The reasons behind that treatment are immaterial. It gives the Jew-haters the chance they’ve been looking for since the news of the death camps first hit the papers. Now, the David Dukes of the world are feted instead of hated. They’re quoted on educational listservs. And they’re out in public, shouting for the end of the Jewish State, at protests all over the world.

Don’t think we haven’t noticed. Spare us your crocodile tears for Israel’s “soul.” We don’t need them, and neither does she. Israel’s soul is intact. It is the souls of the deranged Israel-haters that need looking after.

I get the feeling that Israel doesn’t give a damn what the world has to say, nor should it.

Chapter 1b Expanding the choices and decisions

Posted: January 18, 2009 by datechguy in catholic
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In Chapter 1a I talked about God either existing or not, today lets talk about the possibilities concerning God. I’m not going to argue the existence or non existence of God here, plenty of room for that at the raving Theist but I won’t give it as a given.

There are quite a few different religions out there and a lot more denominations as well within them. Monotheistic religions are by their nature mutually exclusive, that is if Islam is correct then Buddhism can’t be. Within the various religions there are also divisions (Reform and Hasidic Judaism for example).

This leads to the possibilities

  1. God doesn’t exist and all religions are wrong.
  2. God exists and all religions are still wrong.
  3. God exists and One Religion in general and denomination within that religion in particular is correct and everyone else is wrong.

If we look at this as a flow chart then if one decides that #1 is correct then their personal quest is over unless other evidence comes in to play. I would also point out that #1 would not preclude some from of “existence” after death. A full understanding of the consciousness doesn’t exist at this time. If consciousness exists as some form of energy what becomes of that energy can be the subject of an interesting debate, but without scientific evidence at this point the logical conclusion of one who does not believe in God is that existence ends period at the moment of death.

If we decide on #2 then we are left with two choices. One can choose to decide that since one doesn’t know the nature of God there is no point in trying to worry about it and simply your life. The second choice to attempt to decipher the nature of God. If one concludes that all religions have it wrong then this would seem to be an insurmountable problem as there is no correct frame of reference to guide one.

If we decide on #3 then logic dictates we try to determine the nature of God as eternity would be more important than a much shorter life.

This gives us a path to go on.

Now all of this is a question of what kind of thing you decide. I have come to the conclusion that #3 is the path with Christianity as the correct religion with Catholicism in particular is correct. I’ll go into details concerning whys and wherefore at a later point.