Saturday, December 12, 2009

Flint's Prayers Answered: Mark Ingram Wins Heisman

     It's final. The vote is in. Florida's St. Timmy Tebow and Texas' Blessed Colt McCoy are out, out of god's graces. The imaginary football fan in the sky has anointed the Alabama Crimson Tide's running back, Mark Ingram, the football savior of the year.

     "First and foremost, I'd like to thank god. I'm so blessed and without him I wouldn't have been able to accomplish this," Heisman winner Mark Ingram benignly stated, unconsciously downplaying every other unanswered prayer in the world that his god could possibly have answered, like the prayers of starving children in Madagascar, children frightened for their lives in Afghanistan, children being sexually abused by priests, or of children dying of cancer.

     When will these Jesus-crazy athletes finally realize that attributing their football success to any god is just ignorant, self-aggrandizing hypocrisy?

     Here's the presentation and Ingram's humble attribution of his success (and his competitors' failures) to his god:

     2009 Heisman winner Mark Ingram on receiving the Heisman and god answering his fans in Flint's prayers:

Never forget.

St. Timmy Tebow: Fifth place (out of five finalists).  Ouch.

Change Dick Cheney Can Believe In

The oratory sugarcoats the poisons, helping to kill hope in the name of it. 

     During the presidential election Candidate Obama promised "Change We Can Believe In" by ending the U.S. instigated war in Iraq and by closing Guantanamo.  Well, Guantanamo is still open and we're still fighting a never ending war in Iraq.

     Obama's Nobel acceptance speech was not one of peace, but one of a condemnation of pacifism and was full of the frighteningly familiar moralizing over good and evil that we came to expect from George W. Bush's diatribes that justified the invasion of Iraq.  President Obama is showing us by his words and actions that he is not giving us change that we can believe in; but hypocrisy we can believe in.

     Here are a few snippets from responses to Obama's peace-winning speech.'s response:
     But President Obama’s “acceptance speech” was far from an expression of contrition, spending most of the speech defending his War in Afghanistan as an inherently just war, and rambling on about all the other recent American wars and his ostensible justifications of them.
     Then, in what must’ve been one of the least humble and least appropriate speeches ever given before the Nobel Committee, Obama declared non-violence to be impractical and insisted that the “limits of reason” meant that the American military would continue to have to be used for “moral” reasons.
     In extolling the virtues of war while accepting what was supposed to be a prize for radical advocates of peace, President Obama had what could only be called one of the quintessential jerkass moments of American history, an embarrassing exhortation to the advocates of peace to accept violence as the one true way of solving the world’s problems.
     Truthout's response:
     From President Obama, we hear that peace is the ultimate goal. But "peace" is a fixture on a strategic horizon that keeps moving as the military keeps marching.
     Just a couple of days before Obama stepped to the podium in Oslo, the general running the US war effort in Afghanistan spoke to a Congressional committee in Washington about the president's recent pledge to begin withdrawal of US troops in July 2011. "I don't believe that is a deadline at all," Stanley McChrystal said.
     War is not peace. It never has been. It never will be.

     Yes, I am thankful that Obama is in office and not McCain, or dog-forbid Palin.  Still, after hearing Obama's war rhetoric in what was supposed to be a peace speech, I can only think back to a year ago and mourn for the time when I had so much hope.

The more things change, the more they stay the same.