Barack Obama

Well let’s start off with my favorite candidate: Barack Obama. I gotta say, this guy is likable! If you’ve ever heard him speak, you know what I’m talking about! He has major charisma. I think that his lack of experience will not be extremely detrimental, as long as he picks a good cabinet. I feel that that’s his biggest downfall: his lack of experience. I disagree with his hard-line stand on removing the troops in Iraq, I feel that to simply pull out would undo everything that has been fought for in Iraq. But again that’s really the only thing I take issue with. What say you Bri?

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I sort of liked him until this…

Fred Thompson Thinks There Were WMDs In Iraq

Earlier today in Iowa, Fred Thompson justified his support for the war in Iraq by claiming that Iraq had a nuclear weapons program and had weapons of mass destruction, despite the fact that weapons inspectors have concluded that Iraq had no WMDs.

Former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson said today he was certain former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction prior to the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, a point of contention in the 4.5 years since the war began.”We can’t forget the fact that although at a particular point in time we never found any WMD down there, he clearly had had WMD. He clearly had had the beginnings of a nuclear program,” the former Tennessee senator told an audience of about 60 at a Newton cafe.

Even George Bush has acknowledged that “Charles Duelfer has now issued a comprehensive report that confirms the earlier conclusion of David Kay that Iraq did not have the weapons that our intelligence believed were there.”

Deulfer’s Iraq Study group also concluded that Iraq did not have a nuclear weapons program, saying, “Saddam Hussein ended the nuclear program in 1991 following the Gulf War,” and there was “no evidence to suggest concerted efforts to restart the program.”

-http://www.democrats.org/blog.html

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I’m sorry. Until this point I had no problem with Fred Thompson. I didn’t even mind much that he was a republican. But if Bush has even acknowledged there were no WMD, your f*cking retarded! It has been 4 years since we gave up that thought! Does he honestly think we over looked them?!

Thought I’d bring up this lovely piece of stupidity.

Sorry It’s Been Slow

Connor has been bugging me to post. Right now we’re supposed to be talking about the candidates, but right now there is another issue I’d like to address.

Many people when they learn someone’s religion they automatically judge. Here in Mesa, it is a mainly Mormon population. Many friend’s of mine will bash a person when they find out they are Mormon. I myself am guilty of this as well. Mormons may return it – or even start it; But does that make it right? A lot of people don’t understand Mormonism, and for myself – I barely do either! But I try. And religion is an open, non-taboo topic with my friends because we enjoy talking about it and learning.

Fun fact, Satanists do not worship the devil. So to say they do, is ignorant. They believe in giving into what many religions call sins because they believe we only live now so might as well live it up. This how ever, does not mean they think killing is right and what not. I won’t go to far into that as that is not a religion since many get into it to piss off their parents, but thought I’d put it out there.

Islam. I cannot say how much I respect this religion. This is what honestly got me going on this subject. A friend of mine, probably the smartest kid I know, made a comment about Islam based on the radicalists making the news. Let me just say, what you hear on the news accounts for less than 5% of Muslims. This religion does not teach a thing about killing your enemies, it teaches peace and harmony. It does not speak of killing the infidels or any of that crap the media has lead us to believe. Tell me, have you even read the Koran? Or even read anything on Islam? If people have, they wouldn’t even think such things! They would not be so vulnerable to others false ideas of their religion. Really, Christianity and Islam are less than two steps away from each other. Those of you who follow those faiths, have a lot more in common than you believe.

Paganism, wow. Deep stigmas there. I could go on and on with this one, but I will try and keep it short. People always think “rituals, spells, witchcraft, and Evil…” Well, the first three were correct for some branches of paganism, but the third is not. A ritual, is nothing more than an acted out prayer, and a spell is a way to focus your prayer energies. And the spells are not what they movies and TV portray, if you believe that – you watch too much. They are about two steps apart from regular Christian prayer. A Christian may pray for help on a test, Buddhists may meditate and send their energies, a Pagan may cast a spell. They do not worship the devil, they don’t even believe in the devil. They may worship multiple deities or they may worship just one. Many holidays that Christians celebrate are truly pagan oriented. Paganism is centered around the earth. How is that evil? (Not attacking anyone but,) The church in Medieval times demonized these religions. Unfortunately, these stigmas are still around.

Christianity. Wow. Where to begin. I respect you religion as well, but the leaders and the “hardcore Christians” not so much. I believe all organized religion gets slightly lost in translation with so many branches and views but one only needs to look at the actual words and teaching of Jesus to see how far off course Christianity has gone. (For one, Jesus himself never mentioned homosexuality yet we see his self proclaimed followers using it as a hate filled device for obvious bigotry and wrong.) A lot of Pastors/Preachers/Ministers read a passage and interpret it how they believe it was supposed to be meant and since they are the teachers it gets passed down until messages are completely distorted.

If you think about it, all religions end up at the same place. They all have a central force that ties everything together. We may view it differently and we may call it different things. We may have different paths through the forest, but once we are out – we are together. I know I will get debated on that point but tell me, if your god is merciful, why would he condemn someone because they interpreted him/her differently?

Anyway to my point, we need more religious tolerance in this country. We have the right to worship however we please, so why should people be ridiculed and looked down upon because of how they choose to? Please reflect on your beliefs and tell me if what I’ve said isn’t true. Read into something before you judge and make statements. Please.

Awaiting feedback :]

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Candidates

Our first topic will be on some of the most politically important people in the US: The 2008 Presidential Candidates.

Hello :]

I’m Brianna, the co-author of this here blog. I believe Connor and I both would like to say, to anyone with doubts, we break the teenage stereotypes. We can type in proper English, we stay up to date with current events and a hobby of ours is tracking politics. So yes, we in fact do have a grasp on what we are talking about. Hopefully some other teenagers will happen across our blog and start thinking about the people in charge of our world also. After all, in a few years we will be choosing them!

Just another thing I’d like to say, yes in fact we are very liberal but, at least I will try and see things from other points of view. Feel free to debate us and our posts. I welcome challenges :]

Also, if there is something you’d like to hear us talk/debate about, bring it up. I’m sure, at least in the beginning, we will be going sort of slow with the topics posted.

So to everyone reading, welcome!

Hey!

Hi, my name is Connor! My friend and co-host Bri and I have decided to write a political blog. Knowing us, this will probably end up being something like the baby that the Daily Show would have if it had sex with NPR in a world without Fox. Anyway, expect a post from Bri soon!!