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Ted's Losing Battle

Just before my wife and I left, I gave Ted Zenich a tight hug and wished him a happy Easter. Ted, a large man, now in a wheelchair, did his best to hug me just as tightly. Before I could pull away, he weakly held onto my arm and said, "I still have some months. Don't worry about me." I smiled and nodded, hoping that he would have more time than that. As I walked away, I took one last look back at Ted. It broke my heart to see him in the state he was in. For as long as I had known him, and for all of the decades my family has known him, Ted was a strong, boisterous, and loving man.

In the last year or so, Ted was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrigs disease. He has lost virtually all of his strength, forcing him into a wheelchair, making it impossible for him to feed himself, and quieting his once booming laugh. When I entered the home that Easter Sunday, I was not sure what to expect, but he recognized me. And, by the glimmer in his eyes, I could see that he was glad to see that I'd come to see him. He also was pretty happy to meet my wife Danielle, and, with some effort, he made sure to shake her hand. Clearly, his mind was still in great shape, despite his body's betrayal.
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The Israeli/Palestinian conflict is the most misunderstood issue in modern times, yet it arguably evokes far more passionate and visceral emotions than most other issues. Misconceptions abound, but the claim that this is an ancient conflict is the most commonly heard. Most cite the Bible when they make the assertion: “When Yahweh, your God, has led you into the land you are entering to make it your own, many nations will fall before you… nations greater and stronger than you.” (Jerusalem Bible, Deuteronomy 7.1) Despite this rousing pronouncement (and similar ones found in the Old Testament), the conflict between Israel and the stateless Palestinians is a modern conflict, born out of renewed interest in Zionism at the turn of the twentieth century, exacerbated by confused policies and promises made by British imperialists, and intensified by the creation of the state of Israel in 1948.

The Zionists, who promoted the creation of a Jewish state in Palestine, argued that they had historical ties to the land, which gave them the right to pursue statehood. They cited the Hebrew people, a pastoral people on-the-go, who were the descendents of Abraham (of Mesopotamia) and eventually settled on the land of Canaan (later known as Palestine). These were not a people who appeared to be of European descent—these were people with a dark complexion, a natural defense against the intense heat of the region. Around 1250 BCE, the Hebrews found a leader in Moses, who freed them from their enslavement by the Egyptians and guided them through the desert to the Sinai Peninsula (Ralph, 76). Yahweh spoke to Moses at the top of Mount Sinai, where Moses was told that the Hebrews would be Yahweh’s “chosen people” – so long as they obeyed him (Jerusalem Bible, Exodus 19.5). As Moses and his followers waited in Moab, after their arduous journey, Yahweh renewed his promise to the Hebrews that they would be victorious over the people of Canaan, and that the land they were promised would be “fertile” enough so that they would “never go hungry or ever be in need.” Read moreCollapse )

John McCain Owes Us All an Apology

John McCain is a sore loser.

Ever since President Barack Obama took office, McCain has griped and complained about all of the President's proposals and has only endorsed policies that reflect the Bush-era way of running the country. Well, George W. Bush is no longer President, and neither are the Republicans. Democrats are now in charge, and John McCain and the GOP can't stand it. Jon Stewart put it best when he said: "It's supposed to taste like a shit taco."
Instead of being an opposition party with constructive ideas and criticisms, they have embraced obstructionism and outright demagoguery, in hopes of regaining seat during the mid-term elections. Their pseudo-populism makes me vomit a little bit.


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F-Bomb!

lolz to Shep Smith of Fox News for dropping the f-bomb.

He exploded during a segment on Fox in which the efficacy torture was debated. Smith interrupted the debate to say, "THIS IS AMERICA! WE DO NOT FUCKING TORTURE!"



Kudos to Shep Smith. He's the only one with any sense on Fox News, apparently.

Well...

I went to the TEA party rally. I brought my camera. I'm editing the footage now. I'm very excited about it!

Teabagging Anti-Tax Protesters



The latest online populist movement, given prominence through ad nauseum Fox News coverage, is the TEA Party organization. Tomorrow, wednesday April 15th, the organization will be holding nationwide protests and rallies in opposition to paying taxes. The coast-to-coast teabagging rallies will protest such things as: "spending trillions of borrowed dollars, leaving a debt our great-grandchildren will be paying"; people who "want to take your wealth and redistribute it to others"; "punish those who practice responsible financial behavior and reward those who do not"; "run up trillions of dollars of debt and then sell that debt to countries such as China... [and] want government controlled health care?"; "refuse to stop the flow of millions of illegal immigrants into our country"; and to protest "want to force doctors and other medical workers to perform abortions against their will... [and] want to impose a carbon tax on your electricity, gas and home heating fuels." At the Atlanta tax day TEA party, Sean Hannity will host his Fox News show; the entire event is also supported by Michelle Malkin and Newt Gingrich. Sounds fun!
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Oh, the news...



I have to start with a startling admission from John McCain: most of the people who voted for him were actually voting "for Sarah Palin." Speaking before the Heritage Foundation, McCain admitted that many of the 50 million people who voted for him were actually swayed by Palin. He went on to bash President Obama's efforts to overhaul and regulate financial markets. McCain, who is "very nervous" about the President, did (to his credit) admit that the "status quo [was] not acceptable".
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Funny Ass Shit

Funny shit Danielle showed me. I don't really watch SNL anymore, but this stuff was well worth it!











My Friend's Blog

My co-worker has recently started blogging. He was Teacher of the Year a couple of years back, he's been a staffer in Washington for Rep. Mike Honda, and he's an awesome guy.

Check out his blog! Like my blog, he focuses on politcal issues and he tries to put a humorous spin on them. I think he's better with the humor than I am!

lukelaurie.wordpress.com

While there, check out mine!

dissentiscool.wordpress.com

My Latest Banner

Oh, I forgot to mention my new banner for my blog!

Check it out!



The site is here...

http://dissentiscool.wordpress.com

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