"Pilate saith unto him, What is truth? And when he had said this, he went out again..."

Location: Tampa, FL, United States

Tuesday, August 31, 2004

A thoughtful Bumper Sticker

A van at a local university had several bumper stickers on it. One read, "Don't believe everything you think." Another read, "Vote for John Kerry." Apparently that latter thought is believable.

It's likely the van owner denies any universal, absolute, immutable truth, as Christian doctrine proclaims. How can non-Christians be certain about anything? Even thoughts like "don't believe everything you think" must be deemed possibly untrustworthy. Then again, why must we reach a conclusion about something's trustworthiness? And why must be ponder pondering? I'll stop there.

Republican National Convention Underway

Opening night is in the books. The carefully scripted Republican National Convention unfolded with enough arrogance and hubris to rile both its Christian base and its opponents in the Democratic party. The unstated objectives were likely met though--appeal to the undecided swing voter.

Like the Democrats at their convention, a singer was trotted out to sing "Amazing Grace." A grace the Republicans as a party reject. To keep the religious pluralists happy there were invocations by a Mormon, Sheri Dew, and a Moslem, Imam Pasha.

Rudolph Guliani spoke of terrorists as hijacking a "great religion," an obvious reference to Islam. One wonders if Guliana believes al-Qaeda has hijacked a great form of terrorism from Hezbollah. The arguments are equally convoluted.

Hillary Clinton told Tim Russert afterwards that the convention is a "bait and switch" affair. She's right to a degree. Then when asked if she supports gay marriage she says "No," but then in the next sentence reaffirms her support for civil unions. But that is not "bait and switch."

We learned last night that George W. Bush is just about a full-blown "savior." God is continuing to be molded and shaped into the image of an American. One day we may grant Him the status He seeks. We first must arrive there ourselves.

The Republicans have a failing message, many flawed ideas, and are leading many people astray. If Kerry wasn't a worse choice I'd consider not voting for W in November. However, I'll pinch my nose and vote for W afterall.

Tuesday, August 24, 2004

Bush's Denouncement of Swiftvet Ad

"That ad and every other ad run by such groups have no place in the campaign," Bush said, with regards to this swiftvets ad.

Does Bush really want these ads to go away? Highly doubtful. This is opening week stuff taught in "Manipulating the Masses 101." Secretly set into motion an unpopular plan while criticizing it publicly. By taking diametrically opposed positions you're poised to please everybody. I'll stop short of accusing the President of operating in this mode but it certainly fits the criteria.

This commercial and its condemning strike against the credibility of John has infuriated Camp Kerry. Unless of course this verbal spat is Kerry's way of keeping the debate off of his abysmal record as a U.S. senator.

The Human Waste of the Dave Matthews Band

Juxtaposed against Dave Matthews' pro-environment comments in this interview makes one scratch their head over recent reports that his tour bus unloaded 800 gallons of official band waste products upon the heads of unsuspecting passing boaters. The Illinois Attorney General's office has filed a lawsuit against Dave and the tour bus driver. Look for the driver to take the fall if the plaintiff wins.

Famous people tend to operate in the same sphere as politicians. A realm where the laws have less applicability, if any at all. I imagine this dirty laundry will do little to hamper Matthews' pro-environment lobbying efforts much like scandals that engulf politicians generally fail to erode their base support.

Click here to read an account of the dumping incident.

Saturday, August 21, 2004

Olive Branch Crowns

At the Olympic medal ceremonies burly men with large biceps and thighs go to the victors podium to receive their medal, olive branch crown, and a bouquet of flowers. This is to honor the athletes and to probably please Zeus. Whereas Zeus was a figment of the imagination of some ancient Greeks and others, if I were to win a medal I'd prefer a Buccaneers baseball cap instead of the olive branch crown, and a slab of marinated baby back ribs instead of flowers. (And a nearby grill at the waiting).
False gods love to lure men into sissyism.

Thursday, August 19, 2004

Holy City of Najaf

Of late whenever the media refers to the city of Najaf, Iraq it's often "the holy city of Najaf." At least it's thought to be holy to millions of Shia and Sunni Muslims in Iraq, Arab and Muslim countries. Owing to the fact Islam is the antithesis of holy, it's not surprising the pluralistic-friendly American media has upheld that Najafian moniker. Ironically, "the earth is the Lord's," which in an ultimate sense makes Najaf the property of Jesus Christ. To that extent Najaf is holy, despite it's temporary lack of a strong Christian presence.
These observations were recorded in the holy city of Tampa, Florida by Saint Scott.

Osama calls for an end to personal attacks

Osama bin Laden appeared on the Oprah show today, and had this to say,
"Of course, this group--the American media--isn't interested in the truth and they're not telling the truth. ... But here's what you really need to know about them. They're funded by hundreds of millions of dollars from large corporations out of Texas and Massachusetts. They're a mouthpiece for the Bush and Kerry campaigns. And the fact that Bush and Kerry won't denounce what they're up to tells you everything you need to know about them. They want the candidates to claim they alone can bring freedom-loving al-Qaedans to justice."

If bin Laden is telling the truth then America owes him an apology for its false accusations of his alleged involvement in the 9-11 attacks. In any case, examining the evidence against bin Laden would be subversive, conspiratorial, a waste of taxpayers money, and merely another shameless exercise in hate-filled, vitriolic personal attacks. It's time the American people made a distinction between bin Laden's public and private life. If he was behind the killing of Americans that's between him and his 911 wives.

Defending a botched abortion

The following observation is not an attempt to be grotesque but to make a point. If you're easily made squeamish click on your "back" button. -- Scott

Worldnetdaily.com ran a story today about Davina Chambers, 29, having an abortion at the British King's College Hospital. Later on the night of the abortion, now at home, Davina went to her bathroom and what turned out to be the head of her recently "aborted" baby slipped out of "her" and into the toilet.

If this had happened in America, and the hospital was sued by Chambers, would the defense base its case on the head not really being a head? If yes, then they could move to have the whole case thrown out of court.

"Ladies and gentleman of the jury, it wasn't a head because a head implies a human life, and we know from Roe v. Wade that it cannot have been a head. It was just a pre-head. It was simply a fetal mass that might one day become a head. But it was not a head."

America makes less and less sense with each passing year.

Friday, August 13, 2004

Hurricane Charley

Living in Florida, following hurricanes is a must-hobby. At 9am this morning Tampa was the most likely target per the many computer models. By 2pm Sarasota was the target. By dinner time Port Charlotte, Punta Gorda, Sanibel Island and other small communities were experiencing this Category IV hurricane and its 145mph winds. Smaller than Andrew of '92 but powerful nonetheless.

It's a weird feeling to wake up with the realization that the home you grew up in, the one your parents have lived in since 1954, will likely be an object of demolition within 12 hours. (For various reasons, repair of flood damage would have been imprudent). Then the unexpected happened. The hurricane decided to embarrass the National Hurricane Center experts and the twenty or so computer models and turn to the Northeast. Charley is now introducing itself to Orlando and then eyeing Volusia county for dessert. Here in North Tampa we had about 3/4" of rain and winds topped out on average at 10mph. A few observations...

The Friday the 13th factor: Tampa will always have a soft spot for Friday the 13th. Punta Gordans will hold to the traditional stigma of Friday the 13th.

People aren't too bright: The news stations cater to the largest cross-section of audience it can, to make the most money it can from selling commercials. "There will be a lot of wind, rain and flooding." "Don't drive. It's dangerous." "Be careful." "Seek shelter." "Take care of your pets." It would be nice if the story would be covered without the subtle we're-brighter-and-wiser-than-you overtones that lace the commentary.

The election factor: Was John Kerry sitting around today and thinking up ways of helping the state of Florida himself, to negate the vote-gaining advantage of the Bush-to-Bush emergency relief money that will soon come in? Couldn't a "natural" disaster have hit a state where a Bush wasn't the governor? Makes one want to move back to Cambodia and relive the Christmas eve of 1968, doesn't it?

Wednesday, August 11, 2004

Let the Games Begin!

The XXVIII Summer Olympiad in Athens, Greece is underway. The opening ceremonies are two days out. Allow me to depart from making observations and delve into the well-honed science of speculation.

During opening ceremonies (or possibly closing ceremonies) I hereby speculate that the following topics, utterly foreign to the nature of athletics, will be woven into the opening ceremonies. (The common thread will be to provoke envy and jealousy in the belly of many of the property-challenged, and to lay a guilt trip on the property-enriched). Here are the topics, in no particular order:

1. AIDS (American drug companies should provide Africa with AIDS drugs against their own free will. Isn't that what liberty is all about?)

2. Global Warming. (Save the earth stuff. Outlaw ozone-laced products and wealthy, pollution producing corporations all need to go, preferably voluntarily).

3. World Peace (Melt all your weapons-- so your nation can be "peacefully" overrun and your property redistributed).

In the event all of these subjectes aren't incorporated in the gala opening I'll shut down this blog... for 6 hours. If there's a reference to oil the penalty will be reduced by 3 hours. A power outage in Athens? A 2 hour deduction.

Stay tuned!

Tuesday, August 10, 2004

Centralized government

You have inherited Bill Gates' full estate. Everyone knows it, including thieves. In your infinite wisdom you convert an overwhelming majority of your capital to cash and store it in a central location in your home--let's say a huge cookie jar in your pool room. A friend suggests you divvy up your cash, convert it to different sorts of assets and invest it in various places and entities here and abroad. You decline. At this point the thieves have the upper hand as you've centralized your risk, putting a huge bull's-eye on it. Your vulnerability couldn't get much higher. The thieves rejoice and begin plotting on how to get past the Dobermans, video surveillance system and the 62-year-old butler. In their mind it's worth the risk.
Such is the wisdom of the American people. We've permitted the centralization of our money centers and government bureaucracies. No need for al-Qaida to take out one million targets when a handful will do. The feds have the capacity to protect a miniscule number of potential targets. We could have one hundred Department of Homeland Securities and a band of junior high schoolers could still penetrate the dragnet.
America claims to have an anti-slave mentality when its practices, if left unabated, will lead to a totalitarian state--tacit slavery to the messianic state.

Monday, August 09, 2004

Bad and Badder - Our Next President

While Kerry's unfitness for the presidency is well documented here and elsewhere, his opponent George W. Bush has his share of baggage too. Both parties maintain large base support that not only looks the other way at their indiscretions but cares little about them. You have corporate greed on the right and entitlement fever on the left. If people get what they want they'll overlook their party's hypocrisy and corruption and support them with unmitigated enthusiasm. Other party loyalists note the same failings of their candidates and party and support them with great reluctance if not outright grief. As long as the parasites persist in sizeable numbers there's little reason for candidates and parties not to sweat redefining what it means to be a greedy miscreant.

John Kerry's Tainted War Record

Bob Novak's August 9 op-ed piece makes mention of the motivation of John E. O'Neill, the co-author of Unfit for Command. Novak points out that O'Neill's motivation is personal and not political. Indeed, O'Neill's choice for president was John Edwards back when he was in the running for the top of the ticket. O'Neill had replaced Kerry as commander of Swift Boat PCF 94 in 1969 and has followed his career since. It will be interesting to monitor the veracity and the vigor of the inevitable denunciations forthcoming from Camp Kerry.

Saturday, August 07, 2004

Making elections safe

In its infinite wisdom, the U.S. State Department will do what Roe v. Wade did for abortions--keep 'em safe. At the impetus of runaway Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (her sanitized site), the State Dept has caved into a smattering of congresspersons, 13 in all, and invited the dysfunctional United Nations to monitor the upcoming November election. That's American elections. As in, here in America. Furthermore, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, comprised of 55 member nations including France, Germany, Italy, Russia, Spain and others, will also monitor our election.

To be fair and balanced, George W. Bush invited these guys. For an account go to the WorldNetDaily.com article.

This is obviously beyond the pale of the U.S. Constitution but when did the Constitution ever stand in the way of the practice of tawdry, manipulative and coercive politics? In the event these decisions aren't soon rescinded, permit me to make a couple of observations and proposals.

1. Someone should organize and record every U.N. election monitor so if the republic is overthrown afterwards we'll have the video to record the historic moment. It can be shown in schools when the tolerance lecture is blathered. (And it wouldn't be a bad idea for someone to video Michael Moore as he's taping the elections for his next blockheadbuster).

2. The Republicans should ask the State Dept to allow alien life forms to accompany the UN monitors so they can report back to the intergalactic cosmic brotherhood on whether or not Asian Americans were denied the right to vote in Miami.

3. Seven of the 13 congresspeople that lobbied hard for this intrusion are from the socialist-friendly states of California and New York. Perhaps a few other congresspeople can get together and organize a succession movement. We'll give up NY, CA, Hawaii and Massachusetts for starters. That should help diminish future assaults on that oft-ignored document--The Constitution.

4. The internationalists amongst us will rue what they get if their dreams come true. When mankind runs roughshod over law it will eventually encounter the lowest state of existence.

Thursday, August 05, 2004

When values meet pluralism

"...We've heard a lot of talk about values. But values spoken without actions taken are just slogans. Values are not just words. They're what we live by. They're about the causes we champion and the people we fight for. And it is time for those who talk about family values to start valuing families."

--John Kerry at the 2004 Democratic National Convention at the Fleece Center

"... We've heard a lot of talk about values. But values spoken without actions taken are just slogans. Values are not just words. They're what we live by. They're about the causes we champion and the people we fight for. And it is time for those who talk about family values to start ridding the plant of infidels."

--what Osama bin Laden might have said on September 10, 2001

Monday, August 02, 2004

Muhammad's third wife

Americans fortunately for the most part still strongly disapprove of older men and women dipping into the "much younger generation" for sexual and/or marital purposes. If an American man took for instance, a nine-year-old, to be his wife it would foment outrage in all the major media outlets. It's interesting that the founder of Islam, Muhammad, is given a pass. His third wife, Aishah bint Abu Bakr, was six years old when Muhammad married her, and nine years old when the marriage was consummated. How old was Muhammad at the time? Over 50. Read more on the subject by AbdurRahman R. Squires
in The Young Marriage of 'Aishah."