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Wikileaks David Leigh

In today’s “selfie” age, it’s not enough that the news is news but the process of getting the news has become news itself. But as fast as something has gone viral just as instantly does something fade away in the midst of the next information tid bit. Case in point: Wikileaks. This book is about Julian Assange the founder and spokesman of Wikileaks. The book is written by a journalist from the Guardian an established English newspaper company that cooperated with Wikileaks to publicize some of the US secret cables Wikileaks released. He writes from the third person and it was odd to see instances in the book where David Leigh came up in the third person instead of “I.”
What’s Good:
• Interesting background information behind Wikileaks including the motive and ideology that drove Assange and Private Manning.
• Reveals the back story of the relationship of the mainstream media with Wikileaks
• Honesty of the author’s portrait of Assange, warts and all. One gets the sense that this guy is an egomanic, self-important, undisciplined, unhygienic, paranoid man yet an opportunist, tries to speak out against oppressors, etc.
• Gives us more background to the rape accusation against Assange and also his reluctant confession that it was not a CIA love nest sting.
What’s Bad:
• Sometimes the book overstretch its claim of US military wrong doing in Iraq and Afghanistan uncovered by Wikileaks and at the end of the day, it definitely was not the bombshell that some were expecting it to be.
• Anti-climatic ending of the major news organizations who secretly cooperated with Wikileaks rushing to published stories from the cables. It was so anti-climatic to an interesting topic.
• Redundant feel when the book summarizes something and then quotes the document or online chat using the same words and phrase.
Reflection
I believe our current government has too many secrets and a healthy republic require a more transparent and open government if it’s going to ever be accountable to the people. To that end, I sympathize with Wikileaks even though we are probably coming from a different political spectrum. I’m surprised at how immature both Manning and Assange could get and yet one gets the feeling that one has met such characters before in one’s own life people like Manning and Assange. They are more of a cross section of guys in this generation more than perhaps the author realized. I find Assange as a person to be quite repulsive: the author did a good job filling in the details of one of the accuser against Assange for being sexually wronged by him. Assange is a guy that doesn’t know how to handle women and handle them roughly. I thought the book in telling the story of Assange and Manning could have noted more explicitly the blatant ironies of the two of them. For instance, Assange is strongly for all information to be public—yet ironically, he react strongly against certain information about himself being made public. He says there’s people out there who are ought to smear him from the US government but he goes ahead and smears the women’s reputation and deliberately lies about them and their ideology. Assange runs an organization that has the name “leak” in it but strongly disapproves and threatens editors of the press for acquiring leaks from his own Wikileaks. He even said leaks of the stolen US government cables from Wikileaks is criminal. Oh the irony. It’s very hard to live a consistent worldview that’s reductionistic.

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Note: Pray for this post as I am pondering if I should forward this to Anthony Weiner on Twitter.

Anthony Weiner

Some people don’t know how to blush and have shame, you have to blush and be ashamed for them.  Another sign of the times.

The disgraced former Jewish Congressman Anthony Weiner, who is currently a candidate for the major of New York and has issues with sending pictures of himself to women online, has just engaged in a shameful shouting match with a Jewish Voter.

You can see it here:

What disturbs me is the fact that he can go up to a law abiding citizen who voices his concern with Anthony Weiner and he can go on to scream and yell at this voter.

Most disturbing of all is the fact that Anthony Weiner keeps on repeating “Who are you to judge?”  Four things needed to be said about this video.

(1) Let’s start off politically in evaluating his statements in light of the political system of this country.  As a person running for office, voters have the responsibility and the duty to “judge” and make sure they pick the right candidate for office.  That’s the job of the voter!  This is something Weiner needs to understand:  Politicians are accountable to the people.  And if a politician thinks the people does not have a right or basis to judge their elected officials, that is pretty scary; there’s no telling what this kind of dangerous mentality of someone office will do.  I don’t think anyone should vote for him to be governor on this point alone.

(2) Moreover, according to the Jewish Scripture, we see what happens when those in political authority such as the Judges end up being immoral in their life and subscribe to relativism.  The book of Judges is an indicting work of the chaos that follows.  Again and again the book of Judges states this line: “In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as they saw fit.”  It is frightening to think that Weiner’s form of ethics is one that he could do whatever he want as he sees fit.  In terms of the Jewish Scripture, this is definitely something God does not approve of.   We know where sexual immorality took Judges, Kings and leaders of Israel so Weiner and those who believe in the Scripture should be warned of it’s consequences.

(3) The Jewish guy’s comment about Anthony being a bad example is right on in terms of the Jewish Scripture.  Proverbs 22:24-25 states: “Do not associate with a man given to anger; Or go with a hot-tempered man, 25 Or you will learn his ways And [a]find a snare for yourself.”  While this passage talks about not associating with one who is hot tempered, I think it makes the point that the purpose of this is so that  you will not learn his way (see verse 25).  How much more so you don’t want to put someone in a position of leadership or a pedal-stool that’s angry, because others will follow.

(4) I don’t want this to be political since I’m more concern about Weiner’s guilt before God.  Is Weiner aware of the Ten Commandments: ““You shall not commit adultery.”  Anthony Weiner, before the sight of God, have you committed adultery before?  If so, what does that make you?  I imagine Weiner will probably say to me the same thing he said to this Jewish man: “Go talk to your Rabbi.”  Weiner said more than once about asking your Rabbi.  My Rabbi once said,

27 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery’; 28 but I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29 If your right eye makes you [w]stumble, tear it out and throw it from you; for it is better for you [x]to lose one of the parts of your body, [y]than for your whole body to be thrown into [z]hell. 30 If your right hand makes you [aa]stumble, cut it off and throw it from you; for it is better for you [ab]to lose one of the parts of your body, [ac]than for your whole body to go into [ad]hell.

(Reference: Matthew 5:27-30)

As He said, there’s consequences of hell.  It’s even better to pluck out our eyes (v.29) but we can keep lusting in our minds.

What we really need is to confess our guilt before God, and trust in Jesus and His Work on the Cross by dying for our sin, and our place of punishment.  Jesus is the Lord and Savior for Jews and Gentiles!  Confess, Repent, and Trust that God can forgive our sins by His Grace Alone In Christ Alone Through faith alone.

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Apparently the San Francisco Board of Supervisors supported the idea of naming a Navy vessel by consulting with a spirit using the ouija board!

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Where is rationality? Where is science? Where is the ACLU?

The Word of the Lord is still true.

For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.  For it is written, “I WILL DESTROY THE WISDOM OF THE WISE, AND THE CLEVERNESS OF THE CLEVER I WILL SET ASIDE.”  Where is the wise man? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?  For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not come to know God, God was well-pleased through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe (1 Cor 1:18-21)

 

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Juan Williams, a former NPR political analyst was fired for his comments on Fox News that he gets “nervous” when he sees people in “Muslim garb” boarding a plane. The President and CEO of NPR (National Public Radio) stated that Williams was not fired for that particular incident, but for offering his controversial opinions on several occasions, which she deemed a breach of journalistic ethics for an NPR analyst. Schiller intensified the existing controversy over Williams’ dismissal when she added that Williams should have kept his Muslim comments between himself and “his psychiatrist or his publicist—take your pick.”

Ron Schiller, the man in the video who is the Vice-President of one NPR’s department voiced his true beliefs about Christians, Tea Party, Republicans, America, Jews and Islam. The video is part of an undercover operation where Ron Schiller was recorded heavily criticizing Conservative groups such as the Tea Party movement, describing them as “fanatically involved in people’s personal lives and very fundamentally Christian—I wouldn’t even call it Christian…basically, they believe in white, middle America, gun-toting—it’s pretty scary. They’re seriously racist, racist people”. He also stated that NPR “would be better off in the long run without federal funding”, defended the firing of Juan Williams, and criticized “anti-intellectual” elements within the Republican Party.

Should they re-hire Juan Williams back now?

Nothing is neutral, not even news. Everyone has a bias.

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For those of you who have been hearing left wing liberals rhethorics that the responsibility of the tragic shooting at Tuscon lies with Conservative political rhetorics, it’s a sad cheap shot ploy to learn that a suspect can be innocent before proven guilty and yet some can make a leap in their conclusion to blame those on the other side of the political paradigm for being responsible for the shooting.  Never mind that the guy Jared Lee Lougner is a Statist (definitely not a Conservative value) whose list of favorite book includes the Communist Manifesto.  For the record, I don’t blame any Democrats, I think the guy is just a nut.

Over at the Christian worldview ministry of American Vision, there has been an interesting turn of events.

On January 14th, one of their writers wrote a piece responding to the slanderous lies of the left leaning Mother Jones, which has published an erroneous piece against their organization.

What I thought was ironic was how the Left gives rhetoric that the promotion of fears and lies by Conservatives are evil but don’t reprimand their own for doing it.

This hypocrisy and the problem of the Leftist argument was then pointed out in a piece by Gary DeMar on January 17th.

The next day, January 18th, American Vision got in the mail a letter with a threat and white powder.

Using the same line of reasoning that the Left use against the Right, is the Left’s rhetoric of fear and lies now make them responsible for their spew of hate?

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I think the current debate on immigration reflects our culture’s attitude of reading, reasoning and understanding the arguments of their opponent. If people only read the law (SB 1070), just like if people only read our Scripture, reason with reasonableness and logically understand we would have a more cordial debate of theology and apologetics.

After the President of Mexico gave his speech at Congress attacking the USA, Rep. McClintock responded to the speech.

More reason to preach the Gospel and to destroy speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.

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American Family Association

American Family Association2008 Voter Guides by State - Gives links to voter guides including:

Election Forum

2008 Election Forum – A Christian named Craig Huey, past guest speaker on the Frank Pastore show, rates California judges by their support of Constructionist view of law (i.e Believe law should be interpreted by what the writers intended), and his position on propositions.

Christian Coalition of America (updated 10/22)

Christian Coalition of America - Voter guide showing positions of Obama and McCain on national issues, mainly abortion and homosexuality.
State versions will be added at a later date.

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I was watching the news today, showing an interview with McCain. During the interview, the reporter asked a question dealing with an underpriviledged military and how the priviledged (excluding McCain) do not serve. It’s always annoying when popular myths like a “victimized military” and call for a draft continue to perpetuate schools and the media. Although McCain did not contend this point about under-representation, this myth has already been debunked years ago. Recently, I came across some research that does called “Who Bears the Burden?” by Dr. Tim Kane from 2005.

In the article, Dr. Kane talks a little about the history of military recruiting before dwelving into the research comparing the demographics before 9/11 and after. The article says that before 9/11 the number of recruits from the middle class was slightly higher than the lower income brackets. After 9/11, “However, the proportion of high-income recruits rose to a disproportionately high level after the war on ter­rorism began, as did the proportion of highly edu­cated enlistees.”

Not only did the research find that the level of income was higher before and after 9/11 but the research also found that the recruits before and after 9/11 have a higher education level than the general population as well. Dr. Kane points out that the military has 98% who’ve completed high school or higher, in contrast to the 75% who’ve done so in the general population. Below is a graphical comparison:

Interestingly, enough, although the level of the general population that have take some college is much higher than the military’s, the difference drops down when comparing those that have completed post-high school education.

Other comparisons include the recruit demographics by race, by rural versus city, Southern versus New England states, and by state.

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IN 2008, AMERICANS HAVE MORE CONFIDENCE IN THE MILITARY THAN CONGRESS

I’ve been interested in the Annual Gallup poll concerning American’s trust of public institution since I learned about it last year from my Political Science class.
This year’s statistics is up!
http://www.gallup.com/poll/108142/Confidence-Congress-Lowest-Ever-Any-US-Institution.aspx



The highest: The military

The lowest: Congress

I wonder why that’s so…

I have been rather quiet alot on politics and the military lately on my blog, but I’ve been rather proud of our men and women in uniform, and I really do believe that there is a chance for moderate success in Iraq as compared to my thoughts in January of 2007

Having said that, I also realize how things are far from easy, and it grieves me to know guys getting stopped loss and lives being maimed, injured or killed; You can say I have a soft spot when it comes these things and I’ve prayed alot more recently for those in uniform the last two months than before

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I was really turned off when I heard Obama’s statement on Television.

Hot Air’s post gives a more probable interpretation of Obama’s quote. Though his support of troops is encouraging, I still find his portrayal of Iraq and the U.S., very much like his quote above- flippant at best, sincere at worst.

Apparently, some veterans disagree with me and support Obama. I, however, remain suspicious.

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This is the man that led the United States of America for two terms, and served this great nation well. Our tribute to this great leader. Ronald Wilson Reagan was born on February 6th 1911.

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Is Barak Obama a Muslim?

Mr Obama’s middle name is Hussein which is a Muslim name. Since his stepfather was an Indonesian Muslim, it is natural for the son to adopt the religion of the father (especially in Islam). Adopting something from your father does not mean you have to believe in it. However, in Islam it is not the case. If at any time in one’s life were to ever be a Muslim – you are a Muslim.

Was Obama ever a Muslim? He says he is a “Christian” but does that mean he has denied and recant from being a Muslim? If he was, he is an apostate of Islam. The consequences of apostasy is severe in Islam. I hope that this issue will get the necessary coverage so that the issue of apostasy in Islam will be exposed.

Daniel Pipes wrote an interesting article regarding Obama’s Islam,

  • “Interviews with dozens of former classmates, teachers, neighbors and friends show that Obama was not a regular practicing Muslim when he was in Indonesia” – implying he was an irregularly practicing Muslim.
  • “Obama occasionally followed his stepfather to the mosque for Friday prayers, a few neighbors said” – confirming that he did pray in the mosque.
  • “Obama’s 3rd-grade teacher at the Catholic school, who lived near the family [said that] ‘Rarely, Barry went to the mosque with Lolo’” – confirming that Obama attended mosque services.

A few verses from the Hadith on apostasy in Islam,

  • Muslim 623 The Prophet said: “It is not permissible to take the life of a Muslim except in one of the three cases: the married adulterer, a life for a life (if the person is Muslim), and the deserter of Islam.”
  • Bukhari 9:89:271 A man embraced Islam and then reverted back to Judaism Mu’adh said: “I will not sit down unless you kill him as it is the verdict of Allah and His Apostle”

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We are not here to endorse any candidate.

But this ad from a current candidate is good.

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