Green Piece

The simple musings of a man who thought he knew everything . . .

Friday, January 20, 2006

More on Bin Laden Tape

It seems that the left is incapable of seeing the plain and obvious. So, instead of living in the real world and admitting that their rhetoric is helping the enemy they make up moonbat theories that the President is the one who orchestrated the message from Bin Laden. And it's not just the loonies either - Jack Cafferty (who is apparently a former Carolina Panthers cheerleader, see caption on picture above) from CNN is espousing this idea as well. Of course the way he is doing it is right out of the Howard Dean playbook so that when challenged on it later he can say "Uhhhhh, I didn't say that Bush did it, I was just saying it was an interesting idea, uhhhhh". The video is on The Political Teen. Check it out.

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Bin Laden Tape Proof

The recent message from Bin Laden should be proof positive to the lefties that their comments are reaching the ears, and lifting the resolve and spirit, of our enemies. For instance:

The news of our brother mujahideen (holy warriors) is different from what the Pentagon publishes. They (the news of mujahideen) and what the media report is the truth of what is happening on the ground

The first thing I noticed is that Bin Laden is very appreciative to the MSM. He admonishes us to listen to those that are demoralizing our troops and our citizenry.

As for torturing men, they have used burning chemical acids and drills on their points. And when they give up on (interrogating) them, they sometimes use the drills on their heads until they die. Read, if you will, the reports of the
horrors in Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo prisons.

Bin Laden killed average citizens on a sunny day while they were trying to put food on the table for their families. We took inappropriate pictures. That's about the same thing right?

And if you compare the small number of dead on the day that Bush announced the end of major operations in that fake, ridiculous show aboard the aircraft carrier with the tenfold number of dead and wounded who were killed in the smaller operations, you would know the truth of what I say. This is that Bush and his administration do not have the will or the ability to get out of Iraq for their own private, suspect reasons.

This comment could just as easily be found on

On another issue, jihad (holy war) is ongoing, thank God, despite all the oppressive measures adopted by the U.S Army and its agents (which is) to a point where there is no difference between this criminality and Saddam's criminality, as it has reached the degree of raping women and taking them as hostages instead of their husbands.

Here Bin Ladin is paraphrasing John Kerry.

To those who criticize the war I would say that you need to be very careful. Disagree with going if you must, but do not give our enemies political ammunition for the purpose of taking cheap shots at the President.

Sunday, January 15, 2006

Interesting Comments from Dems

I just finished reading the article Glum Democrats Can't See Halting Bush on Courts, which was written by Adam Nagourney. There were some really interesting comments by some Democrats about the Alito hearing.

For example the article states that:
In interviews, Democrats said the lesson of the Alito hearings was that this White House could put on the bench almost any qualified candidate, even one whom Democrats consider to be ideologically out of step with the country.

I am really at a loss as to what these Democrats meant when using the term "the lesson of the Alito hearings". Is the lesson directed at the citezenry, or was it a lesson they learned. I sincerely hope that it didn't take a hearing of this magnitude to teach these elected officials that the President is the one that chooses how is on the Supreme Court.

One piece of rare common sense came from Ronald Klain. When asked if they could slow the President's judicial successes he responded with the following quote:

No. The only thing that will fix this is a Democratic president and more vacancies. It takes a long time to make these kinds of changes and it's going to take a long time to undo them.

This seems so simple - but in this day and age it eludes most liberals. The way to control who it is that goes on the bench is to win elections. Unfortunately for liberals the only way that they can get their ideas pushed onto the citizenry is to do it in the courts. Since they haven't been able to make a judge declare the President's authority to appoint Supreme Court Justices unconstitutional I'm afraid they are pretty much out of luck.

Saturday, January 14, 2006

ThisThis Just In: Bush Appoints People Who Agree With Him

I just read a shocking piece of commentary at the According to David Broder's piece entitled The Company Man, the constantly devious President Bush has gone and appointed a judge who agrees with HIS judicial philosophy - the nerve. This is appalling because as we all know the President is really supposed to pick someone who agrees with Ted Kennedy. The next thing you know he is going to try to marry someone HE loves.

The fact is that he is supposed to appoint judges he thinks will be good. It's in the Constitution people.

Monday, January 02, 2006

Why We Do Evil

This Christmas I received Star Wars III and while I was watching the documentaries George Lucas said something very interesting about Darth Vader's evilness. Before I go on, though, I want to say here and now that Hayden Christiansen absolutely ruined SWII and III. He made Anakin into a whiny little girl and it really annoys me that he took a series that I love and put a giant black mark on it. After all, did Mark Hamill turn Luke Skywalker into a whiny little girl? Ummmm, don't answer that.

Anyway, George's comment was that really Darth Vader was the victim, not the villain. This really got me to thinking about good and evil and why anybody does evil things, etc. Here is what I came up with. First of all, nobody ever actively thinks "I am going to do evil". They either think that what they are doing is the right thing, or they think that even though what they are doing is "bad" they, in this particular case, are justified for some reason - even if the reason is not a very good one. Take, for instance, our man Darth Vader. Vader was willing to kill people at the drop of a hat. But for him, his actions were justified because he was trying to bring peace to the galaxy. In fact bringing peace to the galaxy (a really good thing) became the only virtue that mattered to him.

To this end, I find that most of the great evils in the world are done because someone took a virtue and made it the only virtue. Let me give you some examples. Personal freedom is a virtue. It is what America is all about. But, when this virtue is esteemed to the exclusion of all others we find that people are willing to kill unborn babies in order to guarantee a mother's right to do what she wants with her body. So, we sacrifice life for personal freedoms.

OK, then what about life? Is it the ultimate "good" thing we should be striving for? The answer is no. When life is esteemed above all you end up as a pacifist who is unwilling to support a just war, or you are unwilling to concede that murderers should be put to death. Liberals say that war solves nothing. This has been proven wrong time and again.

There are conservatives who believe that liberty is the only virtue - so common sense gets thrown out the window and good laws are eschewed. As we can see these "pet virtues" get in the way of doing what is right. And not only in the "big" circumstances, but in the little ones as well. When raising your children, some parents think that strict obedience is the only good and they push it to the point of excluding any other spiritual discipline that your child needs. On the flip-side some parents feel that an open relationship is the ultimate. This obviously leads to disaster as well.

So, is there an ultimate virtue. In a sense there is. This will sound a bit trite, but the truth is that God himself is the ultimate virtue. Our lives need to have the goal of serving and pleasing Him, starting with accepting Jesus as our personal savior and from there growing in our relationship with God. You see, just as it is easy to make an idol out of something God created, it is also easy to make an idol out of the virtues that come from God. And that is what we do. We idolize our favorite virtue and we, in our minds, make God a slave to that virtue. When we do this we find ourselves telling God how it should be.

An example of this is the virtue of fairness. There is a saying that is used in Christian circles that goes something like this "If God does not bring judgment on America, then he owes Sodom and Gomorra an apology". This is wrong-headed thinking. I actually agree with the point that these people are trying to make (i.e. that if we need to turn things around as a nation lest God's judgment come upon us), but their idea that God is somehow bound to fairness is incorrect.

In short, we need to keep in mind that God is the source of all good and there is no formula to knowing what is right and wrong, but there is an instruction book. It is called the Bible and if you will immerse yourself in it you will find yourself a long way down the road to knowing what is right and wrong in most circumstances.