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Posted by Dave on 05/26/08 at 11:44:45 am
Over 4,000 US soldiers have died in Iraq (more than 500 more than where we were last Memorial Day).
Over 30,000 US soldiers have been wounded in Iraq (more than 5,000 more than where we were last Memorial Day).
In memory of those who have died and those who have been wounded, lets bring the rest home.
Posted by Dave on 05/23/08 at 09:08:41 am
Categories: Random Ravings, Sports Ravings, Theological Ravings, Capital Punishment, Non-violence, Chicago/Illinois, Labor, Barack Obama, Campaign 2008, McCain - More of the Same
Hmm... looks like I have not blogged much lately, eh?
Life happens, I guess.
A few things I have been meaning to write about:
Anything else exciting going on?
Condi Rice: No guns
Posted by Dave on 04/25/08 at 09:42:46 am
Condoleeza Rice, what any democratic state would insist upon:
This would put her to the left of most, if not all, prominent Democrats.
Happy Military Day
Posted by Dave on 04/15/08 at 12:53:54 pm
Most people think that today, April 15th, is Tax Day. And I guess it is. But I call it Military Day.
Take a look at this chart, from here:
Yup... over half the money I just sent to the Federal Government goes to wars, weapons development, previous wars, military personnel, and other related military expenses.
So as sad and depressing as it is to send that money in to the government, it makes it MUCH more sad and depressing to realize where this money is going.
Romero, 28 years ago
Posted by Dave on 03/24/08 at 01:39:44 pm
28 years ago today, Oscar Romero was gunned down just after giving a homily in his church. Romero was the archbishop of San Salvador in a time of great injustice, great violence, and great oppression:
Up until that last couple of years, I knew nothing about Oscar Romero. I knew nothing about a man who was killed to standing up against injustice and violence, a man who was willing to risk his life to save the life of others.
Oscar Romero is a hero. He was a man who stood against wrong, even though he knew the likely repercussions.
We would all do well to just be a little like Oscar Romero.
Five Long Years
Posted by Dave on 03/19/08 at 02:36:54 pm
Categories: Foreign Affairs, Non-violence, Patriotism and the Nation State
Five very long years ago, the war in Iraq started.
I had not even started blogging at this point.
We have had five years of this awful war - tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of people dead, hundreds of thousands of people injured, billions of dollars spent, and invaluable good will around the world has been wasted.
All for what?
The Cost of War
Posted by Dave on 02/27/08 at 01:21:17 pm
Categories: Theological Ravings, Foreign Affairs, Non-violence
From God's Politics: The Cost of War:
I am tempted to suffer through through the freezing cold January weather to be in Iowa the first week of January...
Posted by Dave on 10/25/07 at 11:28:02 am
Categories: Political Ravings, Theological Ravings, Education, Non-violence, Feminism, Economy, Quick Links
Random things you should read, because I don't have enough time to write about them:
Cynicism and Hope Reminder
Posted by Dave on 10/18/07 at 02:32:05 pm
Categories: Social Justice Ravings, Theological Ravings, Non-violence
Don't forget to register for Cynicism and Hope!!!!
What is Cynicism and Hope, you ask?
Well... thanks for asking!
Cynicism and Hope is a place for frustrated, justice-minded Christians who, like me (and possible you), feel trapped by the current political situation but long to be part of meaningful action for change.
We are asking such questions as:
It will be well worth it, even if you need to travel to Chicago to be there. Check out Cynicism and Hope for more information.
And it is even cool enough to be on facebook.
Love thy enemy-Soldier Gets Discharge
Posted by Dave on 10/17/07 at 10:05:15 am
It is extremely difficult to obtain conscientious objector status, so it is exciting to see this soldier being granted CO status.
Hauerwas and Abortion
An interesting article, posted without comment.
Though I did particularly like this, which came out in the question and answer section:
Thoughts from Wallis
Go read the entire thing.
Patriot Day and Camden 28
Camden 28 - Tonight!!!
Posted by Dave on 09/11/07 at 09:44:15 am
THE CAMDEN 28 will air this Tuesday (September 11th) on the PBS series, P.O.V.!!!
This is a powerful movie that I have talked about before. It is an amazing look at how faith compels social action, even when it means the possibility of arrest.
Go here to find out when it is playing in your area.
You can watch the trailer here:
Posted by Dave on 08/29/07 at 04:57:39 pm
Categories: Social Justice Ravings, Non-violence, Patriotism and the Nation State
The Prince of Peace - God of War
Posted by Dave on 08/25/07 at 08:04:51 am
I cannot wait to see this - The Prince of Peace - God of War:
Damn, that's good wine.
Posted by Dave on 07/17/07 at 03:39:15 pm
Can we file this under creative non-violence? Responding to a violent crime with a glass of wine? :)
Morality of Abortion
I am going to steal this from Lean Left, as I find it to be an interesting topic that could lead to some interesting discussion.
No comments from me yet. And I am not saying that I agree/disagree with the premises.
Discuss away. And be nice.
4th of July
So with that in mind, here are some great things to read on this 4th of July, some of which I have posted before:
Posted by Dave on 07/02/07 at 11:21:33 pm
blogging, cynicism, and the peace movement
Posted by Dave on 06/07/07 at 11:00:42 am
Categories: Blog Ravings, Social Justice Ravings, Non-violence
My friend Tim has a great post at Young Anabaptist Radicals asking this: Are blogging and cynicism starving the peace movement? This post hits home for me. But the important thing is that it doesn't mean we stop talking about things on blogs. It means that we do not stop there. We must move beyond the cynical blogging and engage with and in real change.
Interesting... there will definitely be some controversy about this study!
I read through the report and the methodology appears pretty solid. Unfortunately the report did not include the rankings for each nation in each category, which would be helpful.
"I won't testify"
James Loney was one of the four members of the Christian Peacemakers Team (CPT) who were kidnapped in Iraq, eventually leading to the murder of Tom Fox.
There are some who will never understand the idea of forgiveness. There are some who will also believe in the myth of redemptive violence. But Loney and his fellow CPT members are a clear example of grace lived out. They are an example of what it means to be "genuinely new and different." They are attempting to show the power of forgiveness.
Death will never redeem. Forgiveness and grace can.
When will the never-ending cycle of violence and retribution end?
Christian Peace Witness for Iraq - Video
Posted by Dave on 03/21/07 at 01:30:23 pm
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