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The silent military coup

by Richard on September 11, 2013

Jon Pilger has some hard words for the USA.
John Kerry’s farce and Barack Obama’s pirouettes are temporary. Russia’s peace deal over chemical weapons will, in time, be treated with the contempt that all militarists reserve for diplomacy. With al-Qaida now among its allies, and US-armed coupmasters secure in Cairo, the US intends to crush the [...]


For a somehwat current view of the 2012 re-election propsects for President Obama, I’ll link to Larry J. Sabato’s Crystal Ball. Sabato has credited Obama with somewhat greater political strength than I have, as Sabato shows Indiana and North Carolina as “toss-ups” whereas I have been looking at them as leaning Republican.


Obama Trumped by the Compassless Don

by Joel on April 27, 2011

I don’t even really feel like linking to a story, but I will do it, since the news didn’t just fall out of the sky and land on my head that Barack Hussein Obama II, aka President Obama, finally decided to release his full (long form) Hawaiian birth record (which, by the way, has no [...]


Cornel West speaking the truth to power

by Richard on March 31, 2011

A remarkable interview — really stirring stuff.
With thanks to Memoria Dei

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Obama’s re-election prospects

by Joel on March 15, 2011

I’m sharing my arm chair opinion of Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election prospects, per the Electoral College vote. A lot rides on the Republicans’ choice of nominee and the state of the U.S. Economy at election time. As background I’ve listed the states and electoral votes JFK won in 1960, followed how those states [...]


Would you trust this news source?

by Richard on February 8, 2011

OneNewsNow claims to be a Christian news service.
Whether it’s a story about prayer in public schools, workplace restrictions on Christians, or battles for biblical truth within our denominations, the American Family News Network (AFN) is here to tell you what the newsmakers are saying.
AFN is a Christian news service - with more than 1,200 broadcast, [...]


Smearing Obama

by Richard on February 5, 2011

Attention Fox Nation: There Is More Than One Version Of The Bible
Conservatives have spent the last several years trying to cast doubt on President Obama’s Christianity, often by suggesting he is a secret Muslim or claiming that he is a non-believer pretending to be Christian for political benefit. Sadly, their smear campaign has been effective [...]


The Democrats Landslide Loss on November 2

by Joel on November 13, 2010

I will start with the fact that the midterm elections cannot be classified as anything other than a distater for the Democrats, particularly in the U.S. House of Representatives. I thought it might be useful to look at the overwhelming loss in the perspective of numbers and history. I might note that I [...]


The very model

by Richard on October 23, 2010

Thanks to Bishop Alan for the smile


Civilian Control of the Military

by Joel on June 23, 2010

President Truman made President Obama’s job of firing General Stanley McChrystal in 2010 (Christian Science Monitor) easier by firing General Douglas MacArthur in 1951. The pressure faced by Truman was worse than by Obama because MacArthur was a hugely popular military figure at the same time that Truman’s approval rating was far worse than [...]


(Don’t) Love Your Niebuhr

by Richard on January 28, 2010

Kim Fabricius on Obama and Afghanistan
Even when Caesar is a good guy – and I take Obama to be a good guy, despite his idleness over Israel and his hyperactivity in Afghanistan – it is always a bad idea for the church to hitch its wagon to his military-industrial express, and to concede that, when [...]


Praying for Obama?

by Richard on November 19, 2009

This article from USA Today is doing the rounds on Twitter
“Pray for Obama.”
A kind and generous statement.
Or is it?
A crop of bumper stickers and T-shirts emblazoned with that call to prayer for the president have appeared for sale recently online through make-it-yourself outlets such as and And most of the “Pray for Obama” [...]


I’m quite in agreement with those, seeming to include the Barack Obama himself, who say that Obama is not deserving of the Nobel Peace Prize. The lack of merit doesn’t relate, though, to insufficient progresss on the relevant issues, or a thin record on Obama’s part as much as it does to efforts toward [...]


Peace Prize for Obama

by Richard on October 9, 2009

I’m sure the right wing are going to be over all this, and it sticks in my throat to be agreeing with them. But has Obama really achieved sufficient to warrant being a Nobel Peace Prize winner?
I think the Norwegians have got a bit over-excited…


Imprecatory prayer

by Richard on August 18, 2009

Bene Diction is hot under the collar about imprecatory prayer. It seems that some on the Right are now actively praying for Obama’s death.
People have been driven out of churches because of the abuse of this militant dominionism, and have suffered spiritual, emotional and mental harm. Marginalized groups in society such as GLBT [...]


Obama’s performance to date: C+; your grade?

by Joel on February 25, 2009

My assessment of Barck Obama’s performance to date must be seen in the light that not only did I vote for him this past fall, but also supported him through the primary process and monetarily contributed to his campaign. My grade for him must be seen through the lens of pre-grade inflation days in [...]


Prior to the U.S. presidential election last month, I confidently told several people that Barack Obama, while losing Oklahoma to John McCain, would run a few points ahead of John Kerry when he challenged George Bush’s run for a second term. I was completely wrong, even though there were sound reasons for me to [...]


It isn’t possible for me to go into all the details at this time, but I was arrested last night and spent about 10 hours in the Bixby, Oklahoma Municipal Jail. Bixby is a city of about 20,000 located in Tulsa and Wagoner Counties in Oklahoma. The night in the slammer followed a [...]


Rather than just responding to Chris Tessone in the comments section, I’m posting a follow-up blog entry that includes two questions for Chris.
First, are there enough differences between Hillary Clinton and John McCain or Barack Obama and John McCain to warrant a clergy endorsement (as an individual and outside the pulpit or official role of [...]


Chris Tessone, of Even the Devils Believe, has authored a couple of posts “the faith of LGBT Christians” (October 30, 2007) and “In defense of Hillary Clinton, human being” (March 6, 2008) that question the appropriateness of clergy endorsing political candidates. In the first post, Tessone, a priest in the Independent Catholic Christian Church, [...]