Good afternoon, fellow bloggers. The weather is beautiful here in downtown DC. There were several stories of interest today. First, developments relating to the availability of body armor for soldiers is getting attention again. On the one hand, soldiers and their families have been buying armor for their relatives serving in Iraq, but now the Army is saying no to that. And, it is not like the technology is not available, but rather it seems too expensive. It might be worth comparing the cost of damages from the lack of armor to the cost of the armor. Wonder what we'd find? In a related article, wouldn't it be great to privatize the army?!?
Apparently John Dean is of the opinion that something must be done about the president's domestic spying program, though he seems open to what that might be, though he thinks Bush worse than Nixon, but then...... While we are on bad behavior, we saw an interesting mix of images this week. First, the christian group that held up Tom Delay as a model christian, and then today a second aide pleads guilty. Hard to figure.
Don't read this one on the 9/11 trial if you have high blood pressure or forgot to take your high blood pressure medication.
So, we are not admitting we knowingly attacked in Islamic shrine? Anyone do the just war calculus on that one? But, then, this article challenges the whole "mystique" surrounding the war. And, then there is the confusion about "long term" bases or not.
Here are four rather loosely related. First, current national priorities are working against, well, workers. Past gains are being lost, while the already well-to-do get even more well-to-doer. Then, here is a fine piece from Joe Stiglitz on the need to tame globalism. While too many Christians are ignoring this, some are busily drafting a new contract...... And, a wealthy one is trying to build his own vision of what a "heavenly" city would look like. Bad news is we Christians are notoriously bad at recognizing the kingdom, especially when we are wealthy or in power.