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I had to borrow this from another of my favorite sites as it really struck a chord with me and reinforced many emotions that have brought me to where I am spiritually.

The MP3 lasts 50 mins...download it and take it with you for a walk or bicycle ride



A passionate discussion is unfolding in public and in private among Evangelical leaders and communities. Should Christians be involved in politics and if so, how? What has gone wrong, and what has been learned from the Moral Majority up until now. In this live public conversation, Krista probes these ideas with three formative Evangelicals.

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Posted: Apr 20, 2008 10:22am
May 1, 2007
The drive to bring impeachment into a national discussion really seems to have taken a step forward in the last week. I was shocked to see Senator Hagel bring up impeachment several weeks ago but even more shocked that I saw no mention of a Republican Senator considering the impeachment alternative against a president of his own party when there has been so little discussion of this issue in the mainstream media to date. It's as though he was begging for the discussion to begin...and it fell silent.

I've witnessed John Murtha bring it up to deaf ears several times and then last week, Congressman Kucinich actually introduced a resolution to the house. I watched the evening news shows and saw nothing about it. The next day, I asked my co-workers if they had seen anything and they looked at me as though I was from another planet.

So, this morning, I opened my email to find one encouraging me to call and thank Murtha for his effort since he tried to bring impeachment into the discussion once again the last week. There was also a link and a request that I follow it to request that polling companies start asking the questions about impeachment. It seemed like the logical thing to do since the mainstream (liberal ) media has been totally ignoring it. So...I did and thought it wouldn't hurt to share my letter here.



It is dumbfounding that so many people are discussing the need to consider impeachment and yet the major media outlets seem oblivious to the notion. On April 29th, Bob Schieffer (CBS News-Face the Nation) appeared shocked to hear John Murtha discussing the fact that impeachment of George Bush is an option - even though Mr. Murtha has brought this up several times in the past and it was publicly aired.

Shortly after that discussion, Roger Simon of politico.com, the site that several of the networks have advertised as 'the' place to find out what's happening in politics, appeared on the show and when asked about the '
revelation' that Murtha had brought up impeachment, Mr. Simon discharged the idea saying that an impeachment would only leave Mr. Cheney in the Whitehouse. Despite the claim that his site new 'everything', he failed to even mention that Congressman Kucinich had just introduced articles of impeachment against Mr. Cheney (HR 333) earlier this week....another event that as hardly touched by the mainstream media.

When else has there been active, serious discussion of impeaching both a president and vice-president in the history of this country and yet the mainstream media doesn't feel this is news? Of course it is and those taking polls should be soliciting the desires of the populace since the media seems intent on serving only those controlling the purse strings.

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Even if the US somehow managed to change the description of a 'win' in Iraq to something that it can mark this blunder up as a 'victory' in the minds of some, if the leaders that drug us into this with their lies and manipulation are allowed to walk away without answering to their crimes and the shame they have brought upon this country, what is to prevent some other egotistical personality from doing the same thing in the future? We need to say 'This is wrong and we don't want it done in our name' very publicly. Please follow this link and add your comments.

http://tinyurl.com/ys4yax


*update* Shortly after I posted this, I just happened to catch Murtha on NBC news. The interview began with discussion about Ex-CIA director Tenet's book but it quickly turned to Murtha's mention of impeachment the day before. Just maybe they are feeling the pressure to actually give this the attention it deserves.  ....keep up the pressure...
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Posted: May 1, 2007 3:07am
May 13, 2006

There were two news stories about the NSA this week but you would hardly know that if you get your news from the major media outlets. The second story did receive some time from the independent sources but appears to not be resonating with many people. This is leaving me somewhat confused and disappointed. Perhaps I'm reading more into the story than is there

The story about phone records being turned over to the NSA is not new. The Electronic Frontier Foundation filed their suit against ATT several months ago concerning this very issue. The only news is that ATT is not the only company involved. The disclosure that the only information provided to the NSA was the numbers being called and no personal information seems to have given sufficient comfort to people that are rightly concerned about fighting terrorism. Of course, this administration has never lied to it's constituents...

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This is why the 'other' story should have been the headliner. The Justice Department conceded that it was unable to complete a requested investigation of itself and the activities of the NSA because the NSA refused to grant sufficient security clearances to the Justice Department lawyers conducting the investigation. Why are people not bothered by this?

Under the leadership of Mr. Gonzalez, one of the architects of President's Bush spying and torture campaigns, the idea that the Justice Department is investigating itself is somewhat laughable to begin with. However, assuming that there still are some free-thinking, righteous people remaining in the Justice Department, they can not possibly do their job if not provided the proper tools. Only the NSA could have done this. The NSA operates in the shadows, apparently answering to nobody except this administration as they have chosen to go around any laws that do not fit into their mission...and we sit.

If you're still not bothered by this, consider the undisputed fact that the information being collected is not only being used to fight the terrorism you might associate with 9-11. Terrorism has a broad definition and the tools being used by this administration are also being used to intimidate an unknown number of people, U.S. citizens who simply have different political views than this administration, especially where environmental conservation clashes with corporate greed.

The citizens of the U.S. are missing the point and by turning a blind eye, we are getting exactly what we deserve.


...I couldn't help but add this link that I received as a result of this entry  


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Posted: May 13, 2006 6:28am
Jan 26, 2006
For me, today started with a glaring reminder of the polarization that is rampant throughout the U.S. - from Washington all the way down to my community. The morning news was reporting that President Bush was going on the offensive in defending his secret wire tapping - that he was now seeking a political advantage which immediately told me that he would start painting his opposition as 'weak' as he always has.



Just yesterday, his Attorney General was on T.V. defending the whole operation and insisting that the Federal Government had closely examined this and determined that it was completely legal. As the interviewer failed to take any initiative, I was flabbergasted that he did not question the fact that Mr. Gonzales was a legal council to the president and in that position, likely played a key role in determining the president's policy. Exactly when did the Federal Government examine this issue? Was Mr. Gonzales the one responsible for examining the advice given to President Bush by Mr. Gonzales?



Yet, I'm reading the discussions on the web and at care2.com to see the same people willing to eat the same garbage over and over and then spew it in defense of this administration. This administration has lied to and manipulated people. It has twisted facts and this has all come to light of the American public by various methods including the testimony of former cabinet members and insiders. Yet, so many choose to believe what they prefer and discard the rest.



The same attitude is visible in my local community concernig various issues but I find it particularly discerning in the protection and safety of the voiceless amid development and growth that is out of control. People seem to be lined up on either side of the issue that is putting wildlife in peril, specifically Manatees, Turtles of all types and birds. While the yelling goes on, the very subject of the whole discussion dies. The beachfront homes and multi-million dollar condos and hotels survive only because the fedral government spends millions of dollars in pumping sand from the ocean floor to replenish the beaches from what nature has wrought. These are many of the same people that will insist they pay too much in taxes or complain about government waste or interference.



I've long tried to avoid getting caught up in many of these debates because quite frankly, I feel the correct answer is often somewhere in the middle - in that land where nobody wants to be because people on both sides will cut you down. However, as time goes by, I've come to realize there is no amount of discussion or persuasion that will overcome the ignorance, selfishness or greed that propells some people through life. Not wanting to argue uslessly, I sit quiet and listen - often in total amazement.



Today's announcement that the motor vessel Farley Marwat has been detained by South African authorities further justifies this view. They have been detained on trumped-up allegations of illegally operating their vessel. The South African government has done this knowing full well about the underhandedness and deceit of the Japanese whalers and yet have chosen to pursue this action. No doubt they feel they have more to gain by appeasing the Japanese government than a thousand whales or environmentalists. Whether it be ignorance selfishness or greed, it is wrong.



Yes, it is a polarized world. Maybe it must be that way because everybody can't be wrong. Some things are black and white. Often, the 'correct' choices are not the easy ones but those that take a bit of effort, thought and sacrifice on our part.

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