Nothing Stands Between Us

A. John Mark’s newest album is fantastic.

B. This is so true of how we relate to God; who is constantly calling us to faith in love. And it is only my own inability to continually accept that love that leads me astray. There is no difference between sin and infidelity, no difference between it and selfishness. It is just so that love can be as divisive as it is unifying. Because once separated love demands the intention of renewal and the desire to repair. Love is constant, but it requires perpetual change, uninterrupted movement towards itself. Love is patient, love is acceptance, love binds together, but it cannot unify without acceptance of it.

 

Never Understood This Myself

Why are we surprised to see this new holy Russia extend its protecting arm over the Christian-backed Ba’athist regime in Syria? Russian regimes have been staking a claim to guard that region’s Christians for 250 years.
-Philip Jenkins on CT

I am no huge fan of Russian imperialism, but I really don’t understand evangelical reactions to the Middle East and most foreign affairs. They always go for whatever is most damaging to local Christians.

If You Haven’t Done Anything Illegal, You Have Nothing To Fear

We know what happened in the case of QWest before 9/11. They contacted the CEO/Chairman asking to wiretap all the customers. After he consulted with Legal, he refused. As a result, NSA canceled a bunch of unrelated billion dollar contracts that QWest was the top bidder for. And then the DoJ targeted him and prosecuted him and put him in prison for insider trading — on the theory that he knew of anticipated income from secret programs that QWest was planning for the government, while the public didn’t because it was classified and he couldn’t legally tell them, and then he bought or sold QWest stock knowing those things.

This CEO’s name is Joseph P. Nacchio and TODAY he’s still serving a trumped-up 6-year federal prison sentence for quietly refusing an NSA demand to massively wiretap his customers.

Nope, nothing at all.

The real truth, aside from the obvious fact that yes, you do have plenty to hide, is that this argument is rather tautological and entirely erroneous. The statement is an annulment of all privacy; because it assumes that the only thing that would be kept private, is something illegal, which of course we cannot allow you to conceal. Nothing is private, because everything is either something which you cannot conceal, or something which you’ve no reason to conceal. It is not quite a tautology, the modifiers just narrowly avoid that problem, but the fact that such a statement really means that you have no right to privacy should be terrifying as much as they confirm the real ideology of all of our leaders who use them: don’t worry about your privacy, you don’t have any.

Boys in Blue

We need a different system of review for police abuse. Regardless of who is right in this case, the system is too opaque and inevitably biased.

Moody, who shot Duenez eleven times, remains on duty after being cleared of wrongdoing by the San Joaquin County District Attorney, who insisted that the officer had legitimate concern for his safety wen Duenez reached inside his truck. Duenez’s family insists that he was trying to disentangle his foot from the seat belt in order to comply with an order to get down on the ground. He was never given a chance to comply: Moody, who had been lurking in his patrol car nearby, opened fire within seven seconds of arriving on the scene, yelling at Duenez to “Drop the knife now!” The police department and DA claim that “forensic video analysis” of the incident shows that Duenez was reaching for a knife, but they adamantly refuse to release the relevant video excerpts to the public. .

Nothing New Under the Sun

The disturbing thing about the recent IRS scandal, is that it’s not at all surprising. Using the IRS as a political tool has been the commonplace since at least the days of FDR. Indeed, it’s surprising that anyone is surprised. We all know Lord Acton’s truism that power corrupts; nearly everyone agrees with it. Yet everyone is always surprised when it proves so.

Wait a Minute

Like George Bush’s government in Iraq, Obama’s administration neither documents nor acknowledges the civilian casualties of the CIA’s drone strikes in Pakistan. But a report by the law schools at Stanford and New York universities suggests that during the first three years of his time in office, the 259 strikes for which he is ultimately responsible killed between 297 and 569 civilians, of whom at least 64 were children.

No Obama tears for children killed by drones in Pakistan | Newspaper | DAWN.COM

I think it’s high time our nation had a chat about Drone control.