Monday, April 7, 2008
Sunday, April 6, 2008
Charlton’s film roles were some of the most heroic ever depicted on film. My all time favored is Le Cid. The scenes with Sophia Loren are in a class all by themselves when it comes to romance. The battle scenes are also great. Of course, Charlton Heston’s film roles were often so pro Christian that a good Heathen had to bit his tongue. Anyway, Charlton would have made a great Heathen.
During Charlton’s later years he did not do much acting, but spent his time as a spokes person for the American Rifle Association. He became a leading advocate for "the right to bear arms". Charlton received much criticism because of this role by the liberal left, which tend to hold the belief that no one should own a gun. We in Canada also tend to hold the view that no one should own hand guns or assault rifles. This attitude works well in Canada for the most part. We do have relatively little gun violence compared to the US.
I will say that if I lived in the US my views on firearms would be much more in accordance with Charlton Heston. To live in an environment where the dangerous people have guns and you don’t, is kind of stupid. An excellent example of a country were all “law-abiding people” are armed at all times, is modern day Israel. There is less gun violence in Israel then there is in countries where carrying firearms are illegal. Of course in Israel, we only consider gun violence between Israelis.
To get back to Charlton, I will raise a glass tonight in his honor. In what ever next life he encounters, I wish him the best.
Friday, April 4, 2008
Obama and Hillary are trying to out do each other by being the most social conscious and race sensitive politician ever. They both talk about public health care, solving the illegal immigration problem, and ending the war in Iraq. The real problems of the country are being ignored. They both say that what ever is wrong is because of Bush's bad leadership and policies.
As much as I love democracy and the freedoms that come with it, I believe that these two politicians will be worse then the four years with Jimmy Carter.
If we take a hard sober look at world politics it becomes instantly clear that Western Democracies are in serious trouble. The current US debt of many trillion of dollars is like living with a time bomb. If and when it goes off, it will take the western economy with it. Both the Chinese and the Saudis are holding trillions of American dollars, and if they dumped them the US dollar would worth maybe .25 cents.
The most damaging policy of the west and especially the US is giving away its industrial industry to Asia, and especially to China. On the news today, it was announced that the US has lost a quarter of a million jobs in the last three months. A lot of these jobs were manufacturing jobs what will never come back. You can not buy a par of shoes or a piece of clothing in Canada and the US today that is not made in Asia. I could write pages of all the industry that have been given away. Most of it did not need to leave North America. The multinational corporations are moving out our industry and jobs to make a slight increase in profits. Our inept, corrupt, ineffective, bought off politicians, are standing by doing absolutely nothing.
Another totally serious issue is that current governments will not deal with is immigration. This is another time bomb not deal with. The reason, of course, is that they provide cheap labor.
A major issue that the Democrats will more then likely totally bungle is the foreign policy. In this area, Bush has left an unbelievable mess. To deal with this will take a strong focused president that will not hesitate to use force. Both Osama and Hillary believe they can deal with Muslim leaders by reasonable dialog and that they can end the Iraq war by negotiation. If they try that the US will be leaving Iraq in a way that will make the Vietnam route look like a walk in the park. McCain says that the US will stay in Iraq till they can leave with honor. I don't know it that is possible, but can the US survive the alternative.
So who will eventually become the next leader of the free world? Does it not almost seem funny to call western democracies the free world. Free to give away their economies, free to be over run, free to limit free speech to accommodate hateful religions.
Like I have said before, I will not have to deal with the traumatic experience of voting for one of these candidates because I am a Canadian. But I will have to live with the consequences of their actions.
Thursday, April 3, 2008
It is also very tempting to focus on organized religions and the suppression and control that they preach in the name of salvation. I am a Heathen and therefore a member of a religious community so I need to be careful about slamming religion and spirituality in general. The religions that I have the most issues with are what we sometimes call the Abrahamic religions, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The truth is that I know a lot of people who belong to these three religions and for the most part, they are great people. Some are actually very spiritual and respectful to other religions. It is not the individuals of these religions that I have issues with. They are victims of religious corporations and do not see how they are being controlled and manipulated for non spiritual purposes.
My issues are with the people behind the scenes who are manipulating religious organizations and political institutions. I believe they work to keep our society and governments in confused and turmoil. Their methods wary widely from using ultra conservative religion doctrine, to terrorist acts, and regional wars. The purpose for keeping society in perpetual conflict and ciaos is obvious to me; a peaceful and democratic society is the greatest threat to their power and control.
I do not want to sound like another promoter of conspiracy theories. That I am talking about is obvious when you stop and think about what is happening around us. I do not believe much of what I am told or what I read. I try to observe patterns of behaviors and political trends. Most often you find the truth in behaviors and actions, not in works. What I do know is that social conflict, religious hatred, and wars, are manipulated and orchestrated by very powerful individuals and groups behind the scenes. These are the people and groups I want to focus this Blog on.
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Even though Governor Spitzer was a publicly elected official it is difficult to believe that his financial miss behavior was discovered in a routine Bank audit, and his rendezvous with prostitutes were very discreat. Spitzer belonged to a class of Politicians that are generally thought of as untouchable. They are protected by the top decision makers or as I like to call them, the Power People, who are always behind the seen. This makes me conclude that Spitzer must have really pissed off some very important people, and they withdrawn their protection. I believe the same thing happened to President Clinton. The Police and investigation agencies do not go after Governors and Presidents with out first being given the go ahead by the Power People. I will be expanding on my theory in future blogs that there is a hidden group of people who are in control of governments, world triad, and wars. Please do not think that I am promoting a conspiracy theory. I am merely reacting to my observations of how I see society work. To understand society and its workings, I believe that you should not believe much of what you read and what you’re told. By observing patterns, trends, and outcomes, you start to see what is really happening and who is in control.
Politics, power, and sex, have gone hand in hand throughout history. The Bible is full of stories about shady sexual behavior; the most famous is Biblical King David. The British King, Henry VIII, had six wives, of which he had two executed. President Kennedy and his brother, Bobby had outrageous sexual escapes. Marten Luther King was known to have regular sexual encounters with female staff. FBI director Hoover was known to be gay. Non of these story's ever hit the news media. They were under protection and no reporter, journalist or editor in his/hers right mind would print a word about their behavior.
The religious right and conservative politicians take up the "hue and cry" when ever a public elected or appointed figure is linked to a sex scandal. The most famous of these was President Clinton and his affair with Monica. You would think that sexual interaction between two adults in private would be no one else’s business. Unfortunately that is not the case in a religious conservative American society that is obsessed with sex and sexually morality. The rule is that you may look but not do. The religious right would like it if all children were born from immaculate conceptions. Of course this group engages in sexual activities as much as anyone but they like to pretend they don't.
To get back to sexual morality; what would Heathen values be on this subject? First we hold that women and men are equal. We really don’t care who your have sex with as long as it is in private and falls with in the category of consenting adults. The only people that should have an opinion on your sexual behavior are your current partner or spouse. As far as going to a prostitute, it would be a sad Heathen who would have to pay for sex.
Prostitution, good or bad, has always been part of every society and you might as well try to work with it. This way you would at least get the tax benefit from this industry.
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Sunday, March 9, 2008
Rules and roles in Heathenry are determined more by community than by gods, and are made to increase the Wyrd and Luck of the community and its members. The Nine Noble Virtues, a list of personal qualities drawn from the corpus of Heathen lore, is perhaps the simplest way to describe what many Heathens aspire to: Courage, Truth, Honor, Fidelity, Discipline, Hospitality, Industriousness, Self-Reliance, Perseverence.
Four primary holy tides are observed in Heathenry, with some Heathens observing several more (or less). These holy tides are Yule, Winternights, Eostre, and Midsummer (although sometimes Eostre and Midsummer are combined). Blot (sacrifice to the gods) is the most common ritual in Heathenry. Sumbel is also common in Heathenry - it is a form of ritualized drinking and toasting, whereby participants have the chance to learn of each other’s deeds and intentions. Magic and shamanism are also utilized in Heathenry.
Other names (or forms) of Heathenry are Ásatrú, Forn Sed, Odinism, Theodism, and Heithni.
Friday, February 29, 2008
Most Danes must have had a great belly laugh when they read or heard that Denmark was rated as the Happiest Country in the World. The Danes do not see themselves as a “Happy People”. They do not even see themselves as a “Content People”. In fact they would have difficulties describing themselves in any way that involved a label. What would be much more descriptive of Danes is that they are a politically active and socially involved people. They take pride in their social democracy and their place in Europe and the international community. In the TV documentary that described Denmark as a happy country they also talked about the pried that Danes place on their chosen work career, and that no one have to worry about having the money to send their children to University, or looking after ageing parents.
To really understand what makes a Dane or Denmark, different from other cultures you need to know Danish history. I will list a number of significant historical facts and events that helped shape Denmark.
1) There has been a Danes nation for almost two thousand years.
2) The Danevirke, a 30 kilometre wall, was build and maintained in Southern Jutland between 738 and 1864ce. This was the largest ancient defences in Northern Europe . It protected Denmark from the Charlemagne conquest of the Saxons and forced conversion to Christianity. It marked Scandinavia 's political and cultural southern border for more then 1000 years. The Danevirke was finally lost in 1864, when Bismark took the two southern provinces of Slusvick and Holstine from Denmark. Loosing the the southern two provences was a psychological blow to the Danish psychic that is still felt today. The Danes do not trust Germany or the EU.
3) The Danes have never been conquered or subjugated into a foreign empire.
4) It is one of the oldest Democracies in the World.
5) Land reforms occurred relatively early, which established family farms that became a cornerstone of Danish society.
6) Denmark did not join the Holy Roman Empire and there by escaped the religious wars of Germany.
7) There was no Witch burning or religious inquisition in Denmark.
8) Denmark managed to stay neutral during the Napoleonic Wars and the First World War.
9)During the Second World War Denmark was occupied by the Germans. No battles or major destruction occurred in Denmark.
10) During the German occupation an incident occurs that depicts a significant
characteristic of the Danish people. When the Germans told the Danish authorities to hand over their Jews, they were told that there were no Jews in Denmark. There were about ten thousand “Danish People” who were follower of Judaism. All of these people were immediately hidden away by fellow Danes, and then smuggled to safety in Sweden.
It would be an excellent debate to argue, is the Danes the luckiest country in Europe or the smartest. The Danes have so often avoided the horrors that the rest of Europe suffered.
After World War Two, the Danish Government developed a social system where wealth is shared to a high degree, and all citizens receive free education through University, and complete health care.
The Danish nation has survived is Europe, surrounded by much larger and more powerful and aggressive countries, by maintaining a formidable army and navy. It has refused to take sides in European power struggles and maintained its own unique political focus and direction. Today, even as a member of the European Union, Denmark maintains its own monetary currency, and is prepared to step out of the Union if it means loosing it's own independence. The one thing that almost every person will agree on is that the most important thing to them is that they are Danish.
To return to the statement of the Danes being the happiest people, I am not sure that I have the correct word to describe this characteristic accurately. What I will say is that the Danes are focused on “Living Life in the Now” more then most people. My last, but important point, is that the government has made sure that beer prices are low.
Saturday, February 16, 2008
For seven years George Bush has been president of the US. I can still not comprehend how the American people elected him their President. During these years I have watched a great country behave like an enraged blind giant being poked with sticks by nasty midget tormenters. It is too late to spend time talking about how they got themselves and other countries involved in a shooting war with Iraq and with the so called Al-Qaeda, forces of international terrorism. The question is that happens now. The Republican Party's candidate, McCain, states clearly that if he becomes President he will stay till the Americans soldiers can leave with Honor. This may take years and billion of more dollars. On the other hand the Democratic Party is all for cutting their losses and getting their soldiers home. The two would be candidates for the Democratic Party is Hillary and Obama. At this point it does not really matter which one becomes the candidate because they both say that they will end the war. The cost to American prestige and the tremendous advantage that this will give to opponents is not a major concern. A Democratic President will deal with these issues by diplomacy and negotiations.
It is very difficult for a Democratic country to fight in a foreign war because as soon as the war becomes nasty and costly in resources and lives of soldiers the liberal or lefties political partys always wants to cut and run. We saw this all too clearly with the Vietnam War. The Americans actually have not won a war since "WWII". The Korean War was a shameful sellout by politicians who were fearful of going to war with China. May be if the Americans had stood fast in Korea, there may not have been a Vietnam War. With Vietnam, the Americans made their usual mistake by not knowing international history. The average American can be an expert on their own history and not know anything about world history. We Canadians know all too well how little the Americans know of us, and we share a five thousand kilometer border with them. What I am trying to say is that if the Americans had known the history of South East Asia, they would never have gone near Vietnam. If the French could not hold it by military force, no one could. By the way, the Americans have sent invading armies to Canada twice. The first time was during their war of independence, and the second time was what we call, the war of 1812. Both times the Americans were defeated and sent fleeing back across our southern boarder. Let's get back to the subject.
The sad truth is that without US being the superpower during the better part of the Twenties Century the world would look and be quit different. I would not relish living in a world where the Nazis or Soviet had come out on top.
The damage done by this President can be overcome and to some extent forgiven. Bush is mentally challenged after all. We need to get through the next year with out further damage to the stability of international relationships, and the economic welfare of the world economy. The two Democratic candidates Clinton and Obama, both talk of bringing the troops home and ending the war. This sounds good, but what will the actually results be of another lost war and American withdrawal be. One thing I have learned over the years is not to get into a fight that I am prepared to loose. All the good advice about not getting into the war in Iraq is past. The Americans are in it, and the enemy or opponents will keep coming now that the fight is on. We are told that Islamic extremists will wake over all Moslem governments and will become the ultimate threat to western democracy. I don't believe a word of this, but also I am not in favor of letting them win power in Iraq or anywhere else. Actually, I believe the real demon in this whole mess is Saudi Arabia. My suspicion is that most of the financing to the Taliban and Al-Qaeda comes from the Saudis. But no American government that totally dependent on Mid East oil is going to confront them.
The choice for the next US President is a tough one. Elect an intelligent Republican that will continue the fight, or elect a Democrat that will cut and run. Since I will not be eligible to vote in the up coming election all I can do is sit back and observe and write my blog. Now I would get very upset if anyone ever called me an Republican. If some someone called me an American Democrat I would likely punch them out.
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Now two years after the riots, we have three opportunists plotting to murder one of the Cartoonists. I suspect that the three “would be killers” will say that their actions was in revenge to the insult to Islam. I also suspect that there was a very big check in the mail from the same religious political leaders who first instigated the riots. Let me finish by saying that Islam is no worse then Christianity or Judaism. But at this time Islam does have the absolute worse leadership.
Monday, February 11, 2008
Today we are told that the Western World is at war with Elkida, an Islamic terrorist organization whose aim is to destroy Democracy and the so called “free World”, lead by Omar bin Laden. Canadian soldiers are fighting in Afghanistan , supporting a government that is anything but Democratic. Today in Afghanistan women have no rights, and there is more Poppy being grown then ever before.
My belief is that these international conflicts are created and manufactured to divert our attentions away from what is really going on in the world. I believe that Elkida is no more a danger to the West then overeating at MacDonald's restaurants. The war against international Terrorist's is a huge manipulation by interest groups on both sides. No one is interested in establishing Democracy in Iraq or Afghanistan . The history and cultures in these countries are totally opposed to the Democratic process. The word Democracy gets both sides up in arms. The naïve Western idealist will go to war and fight for the rights of individuals to live as they wish, where women can walk around in mini skirts and men can get married to each other. (Please note that I have nothing against bare legs or men doing what ever with each other) The other side is made up of people with no history of individual liberalism, who value tribal loyalties and conservative Islam. They will go to war against Democracy because they see it as something that will destroy their way of life. Two rights always make a wrong.
At some point in the future these Muslim countries may develop into some sort of Democracies. They will have to do this in their own way, not have it imposed by a Western power that talks Democracy but has a difficult time actually practicing it.
Sunday, February 10, 2008
- Spirituality is personal and no other person should ever tell you what to believe or how to behavior in the practice of your religion.
- No person should ever come between you and your Gods.
- Proselytizing your religion is disrespectful and ignorant behavior. Only when someone shows interest and ask or inquires about your religion should you involve them.
- Secular Democracy is an awful way of governing as State or Country. As soon as a better system in invented, it will be replaced.
- It is a duty and responsibility of every citizen to participate in a Democracy by voting and holding our elected leaders accountable. Nother responsibility is to follow and obey the laws of the land. Disobedience should only be considered when it is obvious that the Government is no longer a Democracy.
These are a few of my main beliefs. I am sure I will add to it during my discourses.