Reflections On A Lasting Peace

Reflections On A Lasting Peace…

A friend of mine shared the following video on Facebook, which does a fairly good job of outlining the history behind the Israeli / Palestinian conflict. The problem with this video is that the history it outlines only goes back to the conclusion of World War II, and thus, I think, paints a picture that is not entirely accurate…

Pat Condell

What Would A Patriot Do?

With her Patriotism is more than a lapel pin (video) post, fellow blogger Pied Type inspired a lively discussion about the meaning of, and the abuses inspired by, this thing we call patriotism. Frankly, I wish I’d been able to contribute more to the conversation. But the truth is that my feelings on the subject are a bit “nebulous” to say the least, and even that quote from the Declaration of Independence – which used to seem so definitive to me – now just seems to inspire more questions than it provides answers. I do, however, encourage all my readers to go take a look at Pied Type’s post.

Adding to my own confusion on the matter was the following video posted on The “Great” One’s Blog the day before Pied Type published her post, and seeing it posted again this morning on the Always Question Authority blog is what inspired me to do a post of my own…

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From Deep In The ‘Heart’ Of Texas?

You know, I’ve ranted and raved so much about the staggering intolerance that exists in our so-called ‘free’ society, and the religion-based justifications most of that intolerance is based on, that I’m pretty much talked out on the subject. The problem is, however, that most of the screaming angst inside my head – the screaming angst this blog was meant to help me with – is directly associated with the intolerance I see all around me, leaving me no choice but to deal with that angst in other, less direct, ways… :oops:

Anyway… Other than ‘the war on women,’ the biggest news on the intolerance front these days has been about the rights of gays. And, by far, the biggest headlines from that part of the struggle these days has been about All-American defensive lineman Michael Sam’s decision to ‘come out of the closet’ ahead of the upcoming NFL draft in May…

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Sunday Reflections…

I saw this on the live broadcast of Fareed Zakaria GPS on CNN this morning, and was a little taken aback by my poor performance on the full quiz. I’m reblogging it here because I’d like to know how you feel about your results… That quiz, I think, also fits quite well with these items I found an Deison’s Blog on Tumblr last night…

Hellboy & Liz

Burning Love…

Okay, some might consider my longing for love to be normal, and even touching perhaps. Others might see my obsession with the “tragic” kind of love as a sign that I might just be little “touched” in the head instead. Well, putting opinions and psychobabble aside, all I know is that watching Hellboy and Hellboy II: The Golden Army back to back last night has left me with my horns inflamed, my tail a-twitching, and my heart lusting for some burning love… :wink:

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An Atheist And A Priest Walk Into A TV Studio…

No, that title is not the lead-in to a joke, although I can certainly understand how those who know my views on religion might think so. No, that line is actually taken from the Twitter feed widget on The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell website, which was made in reference to the segment from last night’s show where Penn Jillette and Father James Martin teach America – and Congress – how to respectfully disagree on issues far more volatile than what the top income tax bracket should be.

If you’ve been as frustrated with the state of American politics as I’ve been, this video might just make your day too! :D

Looking For Something…

For someone like me, who wants nothing more than to live in a world where beauty and reason are synonymous, the reality of having so much that is beyond my control just leaves me longing. Longing for something…