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Conspiracies Abound

In recent comments on this blog there have been several popular, oft-repeated conspiracy theories presented. That of the Illuminati or ancient global ruling class, which rumor has been around since time immemorial, and that greed for oil took us into Iraq both now and in 1992.

I make no claim to special knowledge in either case, I will only state what I believe regarding theories such as these: If it were true, why isn’t it common knowledge? “Well, duh, because the government has covered it up, how dense can you get?” Consider this: is the government capable of keeping anything secret? A friend recently told me the only way to keep a secret is to make sure only three people in total know it, and make sure the other two people are dead. Especially now in the internet era, if anybody knows anything, the likelihood of that fact remaining a secret is very near nil.

Consider the case of the Bush family seeking oil in Iraq. There are many people, obvious to all of us, who would benefit from making that ‘secret’ public. All their political opponents, the various regimes in the Middle East such as Iran, all members of OPEC, the predominantly liberal main-stream media, the list continues. Frankly, I believe this theory is one of the more obviously wrong on it’s face of current conspiracies. And then consider the current progress Mr. Bush (“W”) is championing with an independent government in Iraq making decisions the US doesn’t fully support but is agreeing with because they show the country is definitely making strides towards self-government and true independence. There’s little concievable chance of an independent Iraqi government relinquinshing control of it’s most precious asset, it’s only real income source.

And then there’s the Illuminati. Yea… well… If you believe that there’s a group that WANTS to rule the world, I could agree with you there. But one that actually has any real control? Call Michael Medved when he has his conspiracy theory days on the day of the full moon every lunar month. He’ll have the patience to deal with it.

You can still post any lunacy you like really, as I don’t believe in deleting comments except in cases of serious ugliness, defined as:

  • More than half the words misspelled, badly.
  • Large numbers of links to sites of questionable content (porn).
  • No cohesive argument whatsoever (carefull polyproff, that first one almost made it, try to seperate your different arguments into different paragraphs, like my teachers told me to do)
  • If the post seemed to be lifted verbatim from some publication without any reference or attribution.
  • If I’m really really mad at you (trust me, this is very hard to achieve).

So really, all that above was just my opinion (which, amazingly, I think is right) and doesn’t really carry any real weight of looming tribulation on violators.

Romney On Religion

I thought I’d posted this some time ago. Ah well… better late than never.

Very pluralistic, from a Christian perspective there is plenty to find wrong here. I hate the necessity of pragmatism, but from a pragmatic perspective, this was a home run.The Rev. Barry Lynn, ordained minister of the United Church of Christ and chief cook and bottle washer of the group Americans United for Separation of Church and State, had a few things to say (I have edited for brevity, read the full comment and others on this here):

I was disappointed in Romney’s statement. The founders of our Constitution meant for religion and government to be completely separate. Romney is wrong when he says we are in danger of taking separation too far or at risk of establishing a religion of secularism. I was particularly outraged that Romney thinks that the Constitution is somehow based on faith and that judges should rule accordingly. That’s a gross misunderstanding of the framework of our constitutional system. I think it is telling that Romney quoted John Adams instead of Thomas Jefferson or James Madison. Jefferson and Madison are the towering figures who gave us religious liberty and church-state separation. I am an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, and I believe in my faith. But I believe just as strongly that non-believers are good Americans too. I wish Romney had said that.

This has also been a rather good opinion day, here are some highlights I found (or Google found for me): Mall Was A Gun-Free-Zone The mall in Omaha Nebraska is a gun-free zone, and yet someone brought a gun in and began killing people. Which part of “breaking the law” is so difficult to understand? When we put up signs that state it is illegal to bring guns in, will the planning killer see those and decide he’d best not? Of course not. Premeditated murder, involving all the thought needed to consider the consequences and ramifications of the heinous act, the time needed to plan and execute, does not respect the law. The killer is breaking every other law, what is one little “No Guns” sign going to do? Stop them? Instead, all we’ve succeeded in doing is disarming every other sane, law abiding person. Making each and every one of them a potential victim. And it’s not been just been in this case. Read the article.