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October 13, 2016

Obama Controversies

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Love him or hate him, it cannot be denied that Barack Obama is one of the most controversial Presidents the United States has ever had. I started this list some time ago and wanted to write a more thorough treatment of each, but I have far too many other things to do for that. Some are true, most are reportedly bogus, and all can be found easily on the Internet.


  • First African-American President
  • Citizenship / birth certificate / birther theory
  • Campaign rally fainting incidents
  • 57 States (c.f. Organisation of Islamic Cooperation)
  • Bible irrelevancy (c.f. Call to Renewal speech, Dobson)
  • Sworn in with no Bible / with hand on Quran
  • Jeremiah Wright (c.f. Liberation Theology, Black Lib Theology, James Cone)
  • American flag lapel pin
  • Socialism / Communism
  • Hand over heart during National Anthem / Pledge of Allegiance
  • Michelle’s “All this for a **** flag” comment
  • Negotiating with terrorists
  • USA “no longer a Christian nation”
  • National Day of Prayer cancellation (so not to offend people)
  • Muslim Day of Prayer upheld (so as not to offend Muslims)
  • Bows to Saudi King
  • Michelle hugs the Queen of England
  • Is a demon, smells of sulfur (c.f. Alex Jones)


May 27, 2014

The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama

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The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama
This is a short review of The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama, written by David Remnick, narrated by Mark Deakins.

The Bridge is a thorough examination of the early life and career of President Obama. It is a story of a man raised in culturally diverse Hawaii who has a deep desire to help the oppressed, but who must first learn how to identify with those he strives to serve by redefining himself. Metaphorically referring to Obama as a bridge, the image is used in varied and sometimes-subtle ways. For example, as part of the Joshua Generation he connects the old ways of the Moses Generation (the Civil Rights Movement) to the Promised Land (a new future of real freedom in America). As such, he acts like a bridge over the waters of the River Jordan. Also, early in the book, the conflict at the Edmund Pettus Bridge is recounted, the crossing of which is finally upon us with the election of the first United States President who happens to also be black (you’re welcome, Gen. Powell).

While I cannot say that it is an unbiased work, I do believe that the author remained fairly objective and faithful to his sources. [Of course, as with any piece on history, the degree to which it accurately represents the absolute truth in all matters may never be known.] It certainly paints a rosy portrait of Obama, which actually fits my needs well. It built upon what I had already learned about his ancestry and my basic knowledge of his candidacy and tenure, and it will provide a good mental backdrop for when I read the more critical assessments written by his opponents. Also, many details that previously drew my attention only as news bites were adequately connected and explained by the narrative.

As usual, I listened to the audiobook version. The narration by Mark Deakins is excellent. He varies his voice when reading quotes and has a distinct sound when quoting Obama himself, making it very easy to visualize the text and prevent the user from getting lost in a sea of words.

March 18, 2010

Conservative Political Movements

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This is a list of individuals, groups, petitions and other political movements of the conservative bent that have caught my attention over time.

Manhattan Declaration: A Call of Christian Conscience. 2009 conservative manifesto signed by American religious leaders to affirm support for “the sanctity of life, traditional marriage, and religious liberty”. HomepageWikipedia

Catholic Advocate. Advocacy group that encourages “faithful Catholics to actively participate in the political process to support elected officials and policies that remain consistent with the teachings of the Catholic Church.” Publishes in print and hosts online a Congressional Scorecard that rates the voting records of “Catholic” Senators and Representatives on key issues. Fr. Benedict Groeschel has represented this organization in at least one fund drive. Homepage

Shelley the Republican. GOP blogger Shelley Goodman reportedly from Little Rock, Arkansas. Shelley’s main site STR † The Freedom Blog (via Wayback Machine) appears to have been active between November 2005 and June 2011, and there is a Blogger site with the same name with posts from October 2004 through September 2008. Shelley is a fan of the GOP, Sarah Palin, and Chuck Norris, and a strong opponent of Obama, atheism, and (of all things) Linux. There is some suspicion that the site is a parody (Snopes forum). RationalWiki

Tea Party. A decentralized and informal political movement in the United States initially funded by Republican Ron Paul that advocates the reduction of the national debt through cuts in government spending and taxes (i.e. limited government). In general, it avoids addressing social issues. It’s namesake is the Boston Tea Party of 1773.

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