Tuesday, October 28, 2008

My Thoughts: Plus other Intresting Tidbits

So here it is. Plain and simple. Interesting information.

The current Republican Strategy for the economy: "Privatize the Profits, Socialize the Losses"

Now - Let's talk about what else is bothering me.

"From Each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs."

This is not Karl Marx. It simply is not. Yes, he USED this line in Critique of the Gotha Program but it was borrowed from Louis Blanc in 1840, who actually borrowed it from Henri de Saint Simon, whom I am sure got it from the Bible (YES, the BIBLE - see below). So - for the news anchor in Florida - get your friggin' facts right before you try and "gotcha politic" Biden. Here's the video:

Now - on to an extention of this quote of quotes........What does the BIBLE say about this???? Hmmmm...Let's see - there is the McCain/Palin ticket "claiming" to be the party of the religious - and in the same breath, screaming that Barack Obama is a "SOCIALIST!"...."SPREADS THE WEALTH AROUND."

ok. So. How do they reconcile those attacks with this???

The Acts of the Apostles:
Acts 2: 44-45
"All the believers continued together in close fellowship and shared their belongings with one another. They would sell their property and possessions, and distribute the money among all, according to what each one needed."
(Quoted from The Good News Bible Catholic Study Edition)


Acts 4: 34-35
"There was no one in the group who was in need. Those who owned fields or houses would sell them, bring the money recieved from the sale, and turn it over to the apostles; and the money was distributed to each one according to his need."
(Quoted from The Good News Bible Catholic Study Edition)

Sounds to me like the word of God is being ignored by the right. and truly....Jesus was a Socialist....a Marxist.

I say this because the "chief purpose [of Acts] is to tell how Jesus' early followers, led by the Holy Spirit spread the Good News about him..." and that "The Acts of the Apostles is a CONTINUATION (emphasis added) of The Gospel according to Luke." >(Quoted from The Good News Bible Catholic Study Edition)

So Republicans - be sure to check where you REALLY stand. Do you stand with Jesus (and Barack) or do you stand with McCain?


Monday, October 27, 2008

The Truth Seems to Fail the Right (and my brother)

Ok. My brother has prompted me to post. He insists that he has the facts when he posted the youtube video of excerpts of a 2001 interview Barack Obama gave a local public radio station.

Here is the response to the inaccurate representation of this radio interview:

Barack Obama’s Radio Days

(taken from The Chicago Public Radio Blog)

Monday October 27, 2008 by Josh Andrews, Director of Internet Strategy

I came into work this morning to find the radio program I once produced, Odyssey, on the front page of Drudge. Over the weekend, someone posted audio clips on YouTube from a 2001 program we produced with Sen. Barack Obama as a guest. While we are happy to have our work in the spotlight, we want to provide full context for these remarks. Odyssey was an hour long talk show with a very conversational tone, and Obama, then a State Senator and Senior Lecturer at the U of C Law School, appeared a number of times and spoke at length on a variety of topics (we have been highlighting a number of these clips this fall here on the blog - examples, here, here and here). In the interest of full disclosure, here are links to all of the Obama appearances from the program. These lead to an archived Odyssey website with Real Audio links, so forgive the 2001 aesthetic and audio quality. We hope to get mp3s up later today.

The Court and Civil Rights Jan 18, 2001 (The YouTube audio is found in this show)

Slavery and the Constitution Sept 6, 2001

The Right to Vote Feb 27, 2001
We had some trouble converting the end of this show. We’ll get the complete mp3 up later today)

Redistricting Apr 23, 2001

Then Ben Calhoun followed-up this report with this report:

In 2001, Chicago Public Radio interviewed then Illinois State Senator Barack Obama about civil rights. Over the weekend, someone posted excerpts of the interview, edited to misrepresent Obama's statements. The item is now catching national attention.

The clips are taken from an interview that aired in January of 2001. Then State Senator Obama is one of three legal scholars interviewed for a show about civil rights. Over the weekend, someone pulled excerpts of the show and posted them to You Tube—and today, the posting caught fire on political blogs, the Drudge Report, and Fox News.

The 4 minute spliced collection of clips portrays Obama as advocate a redistribution of wealth through the power of the Supreme Court. That folds in with some allegations by the McCain Palin campaign.

The twist here is that, when heard in the context of the whole show, Obama’s position is distinctly misrepresented by the You Tube posting. Taken in context, Obama is evaluating the historical successes and failures of the Civil Rights movement—and, ironically, he says the Supreme Court was a failure in cases that it took on a role of redistributing resources.

The McCain campaign told ABC News it plans to use the material to bolster its criticism of Obama.

I’m Ben Calhoun, Chicago Public Radio.

The truth is hard to walk away from. The only things the right has left is to fabricate and distort the truth to fit their agenda. If you should "beware" of anything..."beware" of the right and their false talking points...they are desperate, and will do anything they can to retain power.

It's just too bad that my brother has bought all of it hook, line and sinker.