A provocative question for (imaginary) readers: Shouldn't Happy Birthday be sung on Christmas?
Saturday, December 23, 2006
Often, especially when referring to the Iraq War, many politicians say something along the lines of "Knowing what I know now…" and then make an excuse for voting for the Iraq war or agreeing with it. This is an unacceptable excuse. Knowing what the
Taken from BBC
The fading of the dream has led to a falling-out among the neo-conservatives themselves.
In particular, two leading neo-conservatives, Richard Perle and Kenneth Adelman, attacked the Bush team in Vanity Fair magazine. Both had been on a Pentagon advisory board. Both had argued for war in
In an article called "Neo Culpa", Richard Perle declared that had he known how it would turn out, he would have been against it: "I think now I probably would have said: 'No, let's consider other strategies'."
Saturday, December 16, 2006
Thursday, December 07, 2006
Once upon a time, in a not-so-far off land called
Sound familiar? It should. This represents the illegal immigration problem the
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
These are some of the possible options soon-to-be former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld outlined in a classified memo to President Bush for "a major adjustment" in Iraq.
- Significantly boost the number of US trainers and transfer more equipment to the Iraqi security forces.
- Decrease quickly the number of US bases, now 55, to five by July 2007.
- Provide US security only in cities or provinces that actively cooperate.
- Focus reconstruction "in those parts of Iraq that are behaving . . . No more reconstruction assistance in areas where there is violence."
- Place substantial US forces near the borders with Syria and Iran to reduce infiltration and reduce Iran's influence.
- Withdraw US forces from vulnerable positions, such as patrols, and use them as a quick-reaction force to assist Iraqi security forces when needed.
- Begin modest withdrawals of US and coalition forces to encourage the Iraqi government to take charge.
- Provide money to political and religious leaders "to get them to help us through this difficult period."
- Announce that the United States is trying out a new approach, which would allow further adjustments, if necessary.
Source: Boston Globe
Interesting, especially after the Iraq Study Group came out with its report.
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
NBC and MSNBC recently reported that they will now call what is going on in
Definition of "Civil War"
Dictionary.com: A war between political factions or regions within the same country.
Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary: A war between opposing groups of citizens of the same country.
Webster’s New World Dictionary Second Edition: A war between different factions of the same nation.
Is the violence in
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
November 28, 2006
Senator John F. Kerry
304 Russell Senate Office Bldg.
Dear Senator Kerry,
Although you are busy, please a take a moment to read this letter. Recently a speaker from
The ethnic cleansing in the Darfur region of
Not only should you care as a human being, but as a senator of the
There are several things you can do because you are in a position of influence. Just because you are known and have so much influence, just promoting awareness helps the cause. Endorsing groups, such as Amnesty International that are attempting to end the conflict also gives aid. The largest move you could make is sponsoring a bill in Congress. This bill could have different possible objectives, including sanctions or possibly even sending troops there. Sending troops would almost certainly be impossible, with our valiant troops already fighting two wars. Any of these suggestions would be a great aid to the cause of stopping the killing in
The genocide in
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
Tony Snow recently announced that the Bush administration is no longer adhering to the phrase “staying the course” in
So-called cutting and running in
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
Now, especially after
Although it is cruel to the people of
Saturday, October 07, 2006
There are four options to dealing with possibly the most dangerous of the “axis of evil”; non-aggressive diplomacy, more aggressive diplomacy, living with a nuclear
Saturday, September 23, 2006
Although torture is meant to keep the
The effects of torture are worse than the information gained from it, excluding extreme cases. If the
Saturday, September 16, 2006
There are three main theories on the origin of life; the Theory of Evolution, Intelligent Design, and Creationism. These are all called theories. One thing must be said about scientific theories first, because scientific theories are different from normal theories. Scientific theories have proof behind them, and are accepted by more than one person. The Theory of Evolution is the current theory on the origin of life taught in almost all science curriculums in public schools. It is the theory that all species of plants and animals descended from a common ancestor. Natural Selection, first voiced by Charles Darwin, is also expressed in this theory. Public schools do not currently teach Intelligent Design, but there are people who believe it should be taught. Intelligent Design says that there was a creator instead of a planless mechanism. While this theory does not reject evolution as change over time, or common ancestry, it does not accept natural selection being random. Creationism is also not in science curriculums, but as with Intelligent Design, some want it to be taught in public schools. Creationism is a religious idea that a supernatural creator (God) made the world and all life. It's usually based on the Bible. Out of the three main theories on the origin of life, the Theory of Evolution, Intelligent Design, and Creationism, the Theory of Evolution is the only theory taught in public schools, and is the only real scientific theory.
"You're asking me whether or not people ought to be exposed to different ideas, and the answer is yes." The United States President, George W. Bush, believes that students should be exposed to different ideas on evolution, meaning he thinks that Intelligent Design should also be taught in schools. Not everyone agrees, but the President consistently supports this view. It is also clear that President Bush does not want to get deep into this argument and that he believes it should be the state government, not the federal government that makes the final decision on what should be taught. From the Washington Post, before Bush was President, "Bush's spokeswoman Mindy Tucker said, 'He believes both Creationism and evolution ought to be taught...He believes it a question for states and local school boards to decide he believes both ought to be taught.'" To reiterate, Bush believes other theories alongside the Theory of Evolution should be taught in schools, but it should be the states decision what the curriculum is.
While Bush and others believe Intelligent Design should be taught in schools, there are others who don't. This group includes Barry W. Lynn, who is the executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State. He says Bush, "...doesn't understand that one is a religious viewpoint (Intelligent Design) and one is a scientific viewpoint", and that Bush showed a "low level of understanding of science." Supporters of the Theory of Evolution concur that
The Theory of Evolution should be the only theory taught in schools. As stated at the beginning of this, the Theory of Evolution is the only real scientific theory. The other “theories” are really just called theories more as a marketing ploy. The amount of evidence the Theory of Evolution has is colossal compared the Creationism or Intelligent Design. Humans have never found evidence of an Intelligent Creator, or any Gods, of any religion, besides a bible (different per religion), which each was written a very long time ago. No one has any concrete evidence that their bible was sent from their God. In contrast, evidence of evolution can be found virtually everywhere. If one finds a living thing, including plants, you have evidence of evolution and natural selection. And no matter where one goes, one still has his or herself, which is also a product of evolution. By looking at fossils one can see how life has changed over time. Also, because public schools are bound by the laws of separation of church and state, they shouldn’t even be allowed to teach Intelligent Design, let alone Creationism. Even though President Bush and others believe we should be exposed to different ideas, which is true with most things, religion and science do not mix. If we are to uphold The Constitution, and maintain one of the most important traits of the