Doug's Darkworld

War, Science, and Philosophy in a Fractured World.

The Guns of August, Ted Haggard is Cured, Heroes, and Cats with Feedbags

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I’ve started reading The Guns of August by Barbara Tuchman. It’s about World War One. Sigh. Reading about history is really depressing. I mean really depressing. Why? Because people just keep making the same mistakes over and over again, they never seem to learn one generation from the next. A stunning tendency to substitute wishful thinking for sober analysis when making plans, and an even more stunning inability to adjust when reality is not going according to plan seem to be the hallmarks of the western way of war. I just hope I have time to finish reading it before “The Missiles of April.” And once again, I also recommend Tuchman’s A Distant Mirror for those who want insight into the crusader mentality that is another recurring theme in the western way of war.

Speaking of war, and yestgerday’s blog, there has been a nasty “friendly fire” incident in Iraq. A number of Iraqi soldiers were killed by an American air strike in Mosul. This however, is not a TTH situation, this is stupidity. Using air strikes to fight insurgents is like using a flamethrower to fight a cockroach infestation.

In more positive news, I am pleased to announce that Ted Haggard has been cured of his homosexual tendencies in just three weeks of intensive counselling. Hallelujah! It’s a miracle! No, wait, being “cured” of homosexuality is about as likely as recovering from a decapitation. I’ve blogged about him before, and I think I’m done. The world has enough evil without demonizing people for being the way God made them. In related news, check out 12 Reasons Gays Shouldn’t be Allowed To Marry. For myself, I’m going to concentrate on loving my enemies, I’ll leave the judgements to God. And loving one’s enemies doesn’t mean surrendering to them either, it just means understanding and accepting that God loves each and every one of his creations infinitely.

In today’s positive and uplifting news a man ran into a burning house to save a dog, and likely will die as a result. The dog’s not looking so good either. Granted, there are some that will say that running into a burning building to save a dog is a questionable decision in many ways. And they would be right, but that’s not the point. The point is that being willing to take terrible risks to save another being is what makes us more than just ants, as long as people like Michael Keenan exist, there is hope for us all.

Yes, this has been a somewhat choppy post. That’s because I have to get up every fifteen minutes and feed my orange cat. I’m thinking of outfitting him with a feed bag like horses use. He’d probably just eat the feedbag though. Sigh.
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Written by unitedcats

February 10, 2007 at 7:38 am

Posted in Cats, History, Religion, War

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  1. “The point is that being willing to take terrible risks to save another being is what makes us more than just ants,”

    Yup.

    Rock on.

    notfainthearted

    February 10, 2007 at 8:53 am

  2. Thanks for the link.

    Out of curiosity, when you say “enemies,” are you referring to gays or people like Haggard? :)

    Brian

    February 10, 2007 at 8:10 pm

  3. Noooooooo. Ack. Enemies refers to people my nation is at war with, violent criminals, and anyone who would do me harm. Neither gays nor Haggard and his flock fall into that category…I hope. :) Doug

    unitedcats

    February 10, 2007 at 8:16 pm

  4. Cool blog, Doug!

    Yes, the enemies of our nation right now are at the top. They’re the ones who think the Constitution is a “GD piece of paper” and who think lying, deceiving, manipulating, warmongering, torturing, raping, stealing, and killing is making our country very safe and loved in the world. Personally, I’ve had it with them all!!

    kayinmaine

    February 11, 2007 at 5:36 am

  5. Why are christians so obsessed with other peoples sexuality..so obsessed with sex, gender and genitals…really, don’t they worry about real stuff , like poverty, famine, environmental degradation, war and pestilence, the rich gettting richer and the poor getting more destitute.

    Why do they get so obessed with homosexuals, claiming it is a threat to the family ..HOW? if your husband runs off with the hussy next door, how can it be the fault of gays/lesbians? How can gays/lesbians be responsible for 50% divorce rate ( incidentally highest divorce are in the bible belt ha ha ).

    If your son does drug and your daughter gets laid while on booze – how is that the fault of gays/lesbians. Christians historically sought out scape-goats..they used to blame Jews, then blacks, then gypsies , then women and now since it is no longer fashionable to blame jews or blacks etc, they have to pick on vulnerable minorities like gays and lesbians.

    Hitler did not kill 6 million jews in a vacuum. Centuries of marginalization and denigration and demonizing of jews as Jesus killer enable common german citizens to exercise false moral authority in killing jews. In like fashion centuries of demonizing and denigration of homosexuals embolden wicked and otherwise morally bankrupt ‘straight’ bigots to descrimiaate and do violence to gay and lesbian and other sexual minorities .

    Furthermore picking on a scape-goat makes christians feel superior and ‘saved’. Denigrating others is easier than exercising love,charity and compassion which is actually the most basic teachings of Jesus of Nazareth. Sadly Christians hardly practise the most important commandemt of Jesus ie. Love God then immediately love your neighbour as yourself ( be he/she gay or staight).

    It is AMAZING HOW MANY PEOPLE CALL THEMSELVES CHRISTIANS WHEN THEY IN FACT DO NOT PRACTISE THE MOST IMPORTANT COMMANDMENT OF JESUS !!! THEY WOULD RATHER BE HYPOCRITES AND BE LIKE THE PHARASEES OF OLD DUUUH !

    mikhail – a child of the Universe

    mikhail

    March 2, 2007 at 5:48 am

  6. Evangelicals and christians in general tend to be so obsessed with sex, gender and genitals to the point that you would think that morality = sex and nothing more. Why I suppose in an evangelical’s mind a heterosexual drug dealer is ‘morally’ superior to a gay philanthropist. Christians in general are guilty of being self righteous and are constantly pretending to ‘love the sinner but hate the sin ‘ as if they can really do that -hah.!!!

    May I remind them that the oft repeated mantra of the modern pharasees ‘ love the sinner but not the sin’ is not a quote from Jesus , but a glib semantic invention of some self righteous baptist minister.

    Careful scholars of biblical texts who are familiar with the intricacies of ancient oriental languages are wont to not read their bias into isolated quotations.

    Jesus had no problems with gays ( natural eunuchs born of the mother’s womb). If you are anti-gay or condemnatory of gay people than you are out of sync with Jesus.

    This is what Jesus said:

    KJV Matthew 19:12
    12. For there are some eunuchs, which were so born from their mother’s womb: and there are some eunuchs, which were made eunuchs of men: and there be eunuchs, which have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven’s sake. He that is able to receive it, let him receive it.

    No less an authority than Jesus said it is o.k. to be gay, and for you to accept it. Who do you wish to follow – Jesus (of Nazareth) or Jerry (Falwell).

    For more detail discussion of this biblical position on the acceptance of gay people by no less an authority than JESUS – THE SON OF GOD , I refer you to this link :

    http://www.hiddenmeanings.com/gaysJesus2.htm

    Mikhail – a child of the intelligent Universe

    mikhail

    March 4, 2007 at 6:26 am


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