Act Like Life Matters Saturday, Oct 18 2008 

Warning: Most vitriolic post ever.

If you never again read anything that I recommend to you regarding this campaign, or politics in general, please read the following:

UPDATE: Don’t know why I didn’t have this link here in the first place: The National Right to Life White Paper

http://www.catholic.org/politics/story.php?id=30081&page=1

http://www.snopes.com/politics/soapbox/huntleybrown.asp

http://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/2008/01/top-10-reasons.html

I have quite a few friends and loved ones who are voting for Senator Obama in the election this year for varied and sundry reasons. Some like his view on the War, some his view on the economy, some his view on the enviroment and some his view on not being George W. Bush. Though I may disagree with these reasons, these are, I think, justifiable reasons for voting for Senator Obama for President. However, where I think every Christian should draw the line on voting for Senator Obama is his view on abortion and the right to life. Again, please read the above articles before reading the rest of this post.

Even supporters of Obama can admit that his legislative record is fairly short. He has been a U.S. Senator for almost four years. Before that, he was an Illinois state senator for eight years. But this is not a post about his experience. What is really striking to me is that much of what his supporters are basing their hopes on is just that: hope. People hope that he will fix the economy. People hope that he will save the enviroment. People hope that he will deal well with world leaders, and make just decisions when overseeing Congressional legislation. But he has no track record of doing anything of the sort (He is, however, not George W. Bush. So that hope is well founded). I am not saying that his track record runs the opposite way in regard to this issues. What I am saying is that his track record does not run at all. But, again, this is not a post about his experience.

One of the few things in which Senator Obama does have a record is his support of abortion and his opposition of the culture of life. Yes, this is a strong statement. However, I believe that the articles above bear out my accusation. The article by Dr. George is correct. Senator Obama’s positions on abortion are a matter of record. Look them up. I have. This one takes considerably more digging, since it will give you a list of everything that Obama’s name is attached to in his term as a Senator. Here is the transcript of a session of the Illinois legislature where Senator Obama opposes the Born Alive Infant Protection Act (Obama’s opposition begins on page 85). Please note that the “induced abortion” that he is talking about is also known as partial birth abortion. The main point that he is making is that children who survive partial birth abortions aren’t really people, and thus are not protected under the equal protection clause of the constitution. Thankfully, this bill  passed 34-6 despite Obama’s opposition.

Please consider this carefully before you vote for Senator Obama for President. He has said that the first thing he will do when he takes office is sign the Freedom of Choice Act into law, which would sweep away all local and state limitations on abortion and allow a child to be aborted at any stage of a pregnancy. He has said that support for Roe v. Wade would be a prerequisite for any person he appointed to the Supreme Court. This last is especially concerning, as rumor has it that 4-6 of the Supreme Court justices will be retiring during the next 4-8 years. When they retire, Obama will replace them with staunchly pro-abortion justices, who will prevent any overthrow of Roe v. Wade for years to come. Futhermore, Obama not only supports embryonic stem cell research, to the exclusion of alternative stem cell research methods that would not require the destruction of children, but he also supports legislation that would prevent bringing any of these embyros to term. He supports legislation that would legalize the mass production of embryos for stem cell research, resulting in the deaths of thousands more children per year.

Obviously, if you are pro-choice, these arguments won’t matter at all to you. But if you are pro-life then this should matter. In my opinion, this is the most important issue at stake this election cycle. More than the economy. More than the war. More than the enviroment. Abortion has already killed over 49 million children in the U.S. alone since 1973. This is your chance to do something to put a stop to this evil practice.

In the forum at Saddleback Church, Senator Obama said that it is “above his paygrade” to determine when life begins. Friends, this was a lie. His actions time and again have shown that he does not regard the unborn as being human, and that their right to life is entirely dependent on the choice of their mothers.

Friends, please, act like life matters. Vote for John McCain.

P.S. If you have any questions or concerns about a McCain presidency, I would be happy to help you address them. I readily admit that McCain is not perfect and that I don’t agree with all of his ideas. But compared to the culture of death we would get if Obama is elected, I will not hesitate to vote for McCain.

Machosauce Monday, Oct 13 2008 

You need to watch these videos. Now.

http://www.youtube.com/profile_videos?user=machosauceproduction

What are you waiting for?

Blast from the Past: Ahmadinejad’s Anti-Semitic remarks Sunday, Sep 28 2008 

This story seems to have been lost in all of the hullabaloo about the economy. Since there are people more qualified than I to tackle that issue, I thought I’d give this one some of the attention it deserves.

It is truly astonishing that only 60 years after the Holocaust, this man can stand in the U.N. General Assembly and give the most blatantly Anti-Semitic speech since a little known German tyrant was toppled from power. That he was not only able to give this speech, but to receive applause and be embraced by the President of the General Assembly afterward is truly sickening. Though he politicizes his anti-semitism by referring only to Zionists (those people in favor of the nation-state of Israel) the context of his comments make it clear that he is an enemy of the Jewish people wherever they are found.

Some choice quotes from his speech:

“The lives, properties and rights of the people of Georgia and Ossetia and Abkhazia are victims of the tendencies and provocations of NATO and certain western powers, and the underhanded actions of the Zionists.”

“The dignity, integrity and rights of the American and European people are being played with by a small but deceitful number of people called Zionists. Although they are a minuscule minority, they have been dominating an important portion of the financial and monetary centers as well as the political decision-making centers of some European countries and the US in a deceitful, complex and furtive manner…This means that the great people of America and various nations of Europe need to obey the demands and wishes of a small number of acquisitive and invasive people. ”

He repeats the same accusations that have been levelled against Jews since time immemorial: they are greedy, grasping and manipulative. He attempts to lay the blame for the current economic woes of America at the feet of the Jews. This is the exact same rhetoric that Hitler used against Jews amidst the economic collapse that characterized the last few years of the Wiemar Republic. The only difference is that Ahmadinejad is able to couch his racism in the political term “Zionist”. But, really, how many Jews in the world are not Zionists? Don’t forget that this is the same man who, on October 26, 2005, called the Holocaust “the myth of the genocide of the Jews,” and who has repeatedly called for the violent destruction of Israel. It is abundantly clear that Ahmadinejad, despite claims to the contrary, is an enemy of all Jews, everywhere. The same man with whom Sen. Obama said he would meet with no preconditions, while Sen. Biden told Israeli leaders that they would have to get used to the idea of a nuclear Iran. On the other hand, Sen. McCain and Gov. Palin have time and again warned of the danger that Ahmadinejad and Iran pose to the rest of the world, most recently in a speech that was supposed to be delivered by Gov. Palin on Monday.

One of the greatest mistakes of the 20th century was the policy of appeasement that the leaders of Europe and America  used when addressing the threat posed by Hitler. Had these leaders chosen otherwise, they could have prevented the suffering of millions of people. One presidential ticket seems prepared to repeat these same mistakes, and I, for one, will be damned if I don’t do what I can to prevent that. Just one more reason I am voting McCain-Palin.

Big Bro = Really Cool Guy Friday, Sep 26 2008 

In addition to being a brilliant scientist, my brother is also a very gifted amateur photographer. Go over to his blog or photobucket to check out photos of our recent trip to Colorado as well as the other photos he’s taken. Especially marvel over the pictures of the protein crystals. These are apparently incredibly difficult to grow and are just one more testament to the genius that is my bro.

The Mistaken Identity of the Bush Doctrine (Part 3 of 3) Saturday, Sep 20 2008 

And the stunning conclusion:

Lastly, the Bush Doctrine has been seen in a strong attempt to gain international allies. To many, this may seem to be an odd statement, since most people in the United States view the Bush administration as an international public relations trainwreck. And it is true that the actions of the Bush administration have hurt our relationships with several nations. However, almost all of the nations with which relations have cooled are in Western Europe, which is beginning to exert less and less influence in the world abroad due to the modernization of South America and South-Eastern Asia, and it is in these last areas where the Bush administration has been truly successful.

The United States and India have long been allies, but President Bush has done much to strengthen the ties between the two countries. After the September 11 attacks, President Bush requested that India police the sea lanes from the Suez canal to Singapore, an importan responsibility that India was happy to accept. Both nations have worked closely together in responding to natural disasters, particularly the 2004 Southeast Asian Tsunami. In addition to this, trade with India has increased dramatically under the Bush administration, and it was President Bush, along with with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who instituted the Trade Policy Forum to ensure better economic cooperation between the two nations. The growth of this partnership with India stands to have numerous long term benefits for the United States, and we would not be where we are now without President Bush.

Ten years ago, the common assertion was that the next world war would be one between the United States and China. Ten years ago, that was a possibility. The, hopefully, accidental bombing of the Chinese Embassy in Belgrade, followed relatively shortly after by the Hainan Island Incident, raised tensions higher than they had been in years, and though war was not at stake, things did not look good for U.S.-China relations. President Clinton apologized and arranged for payment for the incident in Belgrade, but the real turning point was the Letter of Two Sorries issued by Ambassador Joseph Prueher on behalf of the President. The genius of this letter is not only that it was an apology, but that it was an apology specifically tailored to Chinese cultural forms, and that it also included the possibility of a cessation of reconaissance on the Chinese border. Through the intervening years, the United States has worked closely with China in the War on Terror, and our economic partnership has increased dramatically. One striking example of how our relationship has changed is that President Bush has declared an official One China policy, and has rebuked the President of Taiwan when he has been too openly advocating a one China policy. One last remark here: Many people were critical of the fact that President Bush did not leave the Olympic games to deal with the developing crisis in Georgia. They have accused him of staying on vacation while one of our allies was attacked. However, this accusation misses the point of what he was doing, which was continuing to strengthen the relationship between the U.S. and China. To the Chinese, the Beijing Olympiad was the most important international event thus far this millenia, and the cost and painstaking preparation are proof of that. President Bush was specifically invited as an honored guest. Thus, while he was attending the Olympics, he was not on vacation, but was acting in an official diplomatic capacity. Had he left the Games in order to address the situation in Georgia, a situation over which he had no control, he would have deeply offended the Chinese government and damged U.S. relations with them.

Despite claims to the contrary, President Bush in no dullard. Though he has been thoroughly lambasted these past few years, I believe that time will show the true effectiveness of the Bush Doctrine. In twenty years, people will look at Bush the same way they view Reagan: as someone who made the world safe for America.

The Mistaken Identity of the Bush Doctrine (Part 2 of 3) Tuesday, Sep 16 2008 

Continuing my post on the Bush Doctrine:

The least publicized method that President Bush has used to help eliminate our country’s enemies has been the persistent use of diplomatic and economic pressure on those states deemed threats to the nations security. No President has issued more economic sanctions than President Bush. Perhaps the best example of this strategy is the changing relationship between the United States and North Korea.

Though talks between the U.S. and North Korea began during the Clinton administration, it has been President Bush who has gained the most ground in the diplomatic effort. Most people know that President Bush labeled North Korea as part of the “Axis of Evil” in his 2002 State of the Union address. What they don’t know is that before he made that speech, he made an announcement on June 6, 2001that he would continue working towards a diplomatic solution with North Korea. What even fewer people know is that over the summer, President Bush removed North Korea from the Trading with the Enemy Act, and has worked to loosen sanctions on North Korean goods. For instance, it is now possible for a U.S. citizen to travel to North Korea without the special permission of the U.S. government, and it is also possible to import some goods from North Korea with the permission of the Office of Foreign Assets Control (more info here). As another sign of the improving relations between the two nations, the North Koreans demolished their nuclear reactor in Yongbyon, long considered to be a symbol of North Korea’s nuclear program.

Finally, the success of Bush’s enemy elimination program is shown by the fact that no President has lifted or weakened as many sanctions as President Bush. In addition to the North Korean sanctions listed above, President Bush has also weakend or lifted sanctions on Iraq, Myanmar, and Iran. The fact that the U.S. has been able to adjust these sanctions is a strong indication that President Bush’s foreign policies have worked much better than most people give him credit for.