Category Archives: Religion
SEGMENT – BUT… BUT… RUSSIA!!!!!! (00:00)
For pretty much most of my life, certainly the first thirty years of it, the Soviets, er, Russians, were the Evil Empire. In Kindergarten I did Duck and Cover drills at Ashley Elementary School in Denver. As a boy I listened to my Dad explain to me that Barry Goldwater would have defeated the Russians. As a teenager I watched the Soviets invade Afghanistan. In Junior High I was appalled when Ford announced that the Poles did not consider themselves dominated by the Soviets. In High School I listened as Reagan declared the Soviets “The Evil Empire.” And then I went to sea, putting my own right index finger on “the button” of nuclear deterrence.
Get what I’m saying? I’m the hawk here. I hated the Soviets from the day was was born. I’m the guy who would – all over again – go back to sea to wait for the law to be signed outlawing Russia, followed by the command to bomb them back to the Stone Age in five minutes.
I don’t trust Putin or the neo-Stalinists. I don’t believe them when they say they want peace and prosperity. I’ve never trusted them. And I never will.
And for all of that, I still cannot believe the way this country is going into full 400Hz flop and twitch over $150,000 worth of idiotic Facebook ads.
Facebook ads people… Quick – don’t think about it… name five people you personally know who actually click on Facebook ads…
EEEEEERRRRNNNNTTTT. Times up!
SEGMENT – BOWE GOES FREE? (28:28)
The news that ex-Sgt Bowe Bergdahl will serve no prison time for his desertion has the nation and social media abuzz. I’m not in any way, shape or form surprised that he got no prison time. Why? Because the 6th Amendment still applies to the Uniform Code of Military Justice. And the Commander in Chief still doesn’t understand that.
Now matter how many people scream and yell that “Since when does deserting your post in war time not require the firing squad?” it doesn’t change the facts. First, we don’t shoot – or at least very rarely – shoot people for desertion in the face of the enemy. Second, you can’t have the Commander in Chief out screeching about how justice for an accused but not convicted (or at that point even charged) soldier should be treated. It taints the presumption of innocence, and it makes it impossible to get a fair trial or sentence.
So you can be mad if you want. But be mad at those who ignore the Constitution, which still applies to a deserter.
SEGMENT – WHY I AM NOT A LIBERTARIAN (49:18)
For years I’ve been asked over and again why I am not a member of the Libertarian Party. For most of those years, my answer was milquetoast, mainly dealing with the LP’s position on drugs and in the Ron Paul era it’s position on isolationism. But in truth, I am not a hard-line anti-marijuana guy, although I would never use it myself. And while I am not an isolationist, I think that there is need for a national discussion and much more congressional debate about our military involvement overseas.
So imagine my surprise when I was doing my Torah Study this week, and I found the answer as to why I am not a Libertarian. Mostly, it’s because the Libertarians themselves are not able to truly define what it is that they believe, and when they do, it is not compatible with my faith…
PRODUCERS NOTE: This show will offend you. If you have strong religious views, you will be offended. I’m offended and Dave and I already ended up yelling at each other over it this morning. I understand what he is saying, but I think that he is missing the point of faith and free practice. You’ve been warned. Also, can you take a few minutes and answer a 5 question survey for me? – Producer Henri
So… I had written and prepped a show, titled “The 42 Allusion,” all about how the number 42 keeps popping up in California when it comes to fixing the roads. It was both a play on the Hitchhikers Guide and a serious look at how regressive taxes pushed by the left in the State never seem to end up doing what they claim the tax will do. Trust me it was brilliant. And boring.
Then a funny thing happened on the way to Frogstar B. I got dragged into an argument over the LDS Church practice of baptism for the dead and how that offends we Jews. Some of us argued that we should just ignore it, that it’s meaningless because “they are wrong.” Others argued that it was a despicable practice because it is both presumptive and offensive in that it disturbs the dead.
Now let me say this up front – THIS IS NOT A THEOLOGICAL DISCUSSION. I really don’t care what you chose to believe. I do care how you apply your beliefs, particularly as they apply to your behavior towards me. But I simply do not care about the theological debate over whether or not there is any efficacy or meaning in a particular action or doctrine that I personally do not accept. It you chose to believe it, good on ‘ya. So keep the theological discussion out of the eMail that you’re about to write me telling me that I am “wrong” and that obviously I am “of the devil.” Oh and that you’ll “be praying for me.”
Mormons have performed this rite of baptism for the dead for years, including, by the by, Adolf Hitler and other Nazi leaders and over that time have included deceased Jews. Many Jews around the globe were offended by this, and that Jews murdered in the Holocaust and other pogroms were being “baptized” by the LDS Church after their deaths. Now, maybe that does not offend you. Fine. Trust me, in the Jewish community, especially those who lean more conservative (not political, religiously) and into orthodoxy, the practice is HIGHLY offensive.
And so, we did what anybody should do. We asked the LDS Church to stop it.
As I have said, I grew up in Utah. Well… I graduated High School in Utah. But from a growing up standpoint, those years were the most influential upon my young life. I love Utah. My best friend lives in Utah and on occasion I make it a point to go back to Utah. It’s beautiful and friendly and relatively inexpensive. Plus it has dinosaurs.
But if you really want to understand me, and why I believe the things and the way that I believe them, you have to go back to late summer 1979 and begin the same journey I took. When you end up where I am, you begin to understand why the practice of baptism for the dead is not just offensive, it’s basically proof that people, regardless of how pious their faith, are just jerks.
And it’s why I adamantly oppose public prayers in schools.