Performer he may be but for much of the American religious world, the social justice slam was the last straw. All hell broke loose many in the American religious establishment turned their firepower on Beck.
Ever-innocent of in depth analysis, Sarah Palin likened President Obama’s nuclear policy to a child in a playground telling one of his playmates, “‘Go ahead, punch me in the face and I’m not going to retaliate. Go ahead and do what you want to with me.”
In this second episode of CultureMutterings I cover some of the ideas, fights and questions that have come up over the last few posts. Hot topics: gay people in the military; the Icelandic sex industry; Joe the Plumber venting about how he wants to torture people and FOX News on the Congressional Budget Office
For those of us who were debating the CBO numbers, I thought this was a little gem, whichever side you are on… BECOME A FAN OF CULTUREMUTT ON FACEBOOK LEAVE A COMMENT, I WILL RESPOND Bjorn Karlman
Some particularly telling excerpts: “I am not politically castrated — new word for political correctness, by the way. I am not politically castrated. Put a fence in, start shooting. End of story.” (the plumber’s fix for illegal immigration) “Line up every damn last terrorist, I’ll torture them my damn self. And I’m not just talking.”…
Has society fallen apart in Iceland with an openly gay person wielding the highest powers afforded to a citizen? Has morale plummeted and chaos reigned? Are children permanently scarred and is society taking a moral plunge?
Here goes the first video post. Basically, the idea behind it is a beginning for what I am calling CultureMutterings – basically a video post about recent news, recent CultureMutt posts and reactions/rebuttals to some of the comments made on the posts. This is my first stab at this and I am obviously highly camera trained…. enjoy
We hadn’t seen this Obama in a while but what Obama proved tonight is that he could do more than win the most significant election in a generation; he could pull off one of the greatest comebacks of recent political history and truly grab the reins of leadership with both hands. As both friend and foe predicted, Obama’s success as a leader hinged on his ability to deliver on health care. The Republicans knew this and fought accordingly. But in the end, it was Obama that won. As he said tonight: “We rose above the weight of our politics. … We are still a people capable of doing big things.” And this is a president who is still capable of doing great things.
I will admit that as a Swede, I often compare America to what I have in my country of birth. Yes, Sweden has socialized medicine and yes, this does bias me in favor of providing health care as a right for all. But I made a very conscious decision ten years ago to move to the United States. The reason? I still believe with all that is in me, that America is the land of opportunity. I still believe that things, very good things, can be done in this country that cannot be done anywhere else. I am proud of my adopted country and I defend it whenever I travel. This is where I want to live and this is the country I am committed to on a level that makes me feel deeply invested in doing all I can to improve this country for all that live here.
If genocide denial doesn’t work, maybe mass deportation will. Or so goes the apparent logic of Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan. Incensed that Sweden and the United States have recently decided to call the WWI era massacres of approximately 1.5 million Armenians “genocide”, Erdogan told the BBC’s Turkish service yesterday that, “If necessary, I may have to tell… 100,000 (Armenians) to go back to their country because they are not my citizens. I don’t have to keep them in my country.”