Wednesday, 6 July 2005

God Is My Judge

That of course is what Daniel means. Although it can also mean judge of God...

Daniel (or Daniyel) is a Jewish name and the most famous Daniel is the prophet who rose to prominence by interpreting a king's dreams. Daniel is one of the stars of the old testament becasue he lays it on the line about the coming of Armageddon, the rejection of Christ, the rise of the Anti-Christ and the end of the world.

How cool is that?

However, I wasn't named after him but the Elton John song of the same name. Thanks mum.

I must also add that at this juncture that I don't believe in God but I do believe in Elton John and I felt like drawing upon my name for some inspiration in the face of a recent withering blizzard of ignorance on this blog. People seem embittered by the Bush 'you're either with us or against us' doctrine and confuse lively debate on political matters as being anti-American. If you think I'm anti-American you should come over the "pond" and feel the love...

Sad news: Jodi preferred it when I talked about myself rather than my impassioned posts on global politics so she has stopped linking to me. I think she thinks I hate America (she is not alone) which is daft, I love it and that's why I care when it's being sold short by its political parties. She also didn't like it when I called Ariel Sharon a sweaty Zionist war criminal. You call it preaching Jodi and I call it speaking from the heart on what matters to me. I hope our paths cross again.

Red does have a point though about politics causing trouble but I'm a political person (aren't we all?) so it goes on.

Peace to you all...even the conservative flag waving maniacs!


  1. Glad to hear that you love us.

    So, what do you think about Tony Blair, Margaret Thatcher, et al.

    If you really want knowledge, don't assume that all those who disagree with you are thrilled with Bush.

  2. I'm growing tired of this. Show me where I say that every American voted for Bush and I'll respect you.

    Read the whole blog for thoughts on Blair and for a better idea of what to say to me.



  3. After the Melanie debacle, I had a feeling I'd be mentioned in a post.

    I respect that you speak so passionately over issues you feel so strongly about. But to me, it does appear as if you are primarily attacking America. Every post lately seems like it could be a lesson book to us. Chapter after chapter letting us know each and every one of our President's faults, especially the mention about 9/11 (formatting corrected). Yeah, we know that it could have been avoided (atleast momentarily). Michael Moore did a movie about it.

    I'm not saying that I wish you would stop political debate. That's what blogging is about - speaking your mind. I just wish you'd diversify the subject matter a bit.

    And the flag was a nice touch. Almost brought a tear to my eye. Almost.

    This doesn't mean I'll stop reading from time to time.

  4. I don't require your respect. Re-read what I said. Get it right and I may respect you. No need to answer, I'm bored.

  5. yes, clearly were all flag-waving maniacs. God forbid that we actually LOVE our country!

  6. "My country, tis of thee, sweet land of libert, of thee I sing... Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrims' pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring."

  7. And to correct your statement, I didn't stop linking to you because of your posts about politics, I stopped because of your inclusion of Sharon.

  8. Jodi: fair play but what is the issue with Sharon? No need to answer just curious.

  9. Anon: I've no need to re-read what you said, you're clearly delusional and possibly depressed and obviously a coward.

    Ben: if I have to say it once I'll say it again, I NEVER SAID EVERYONE!

    If I wasn't so right I'd give up with you people...

  10. Elton John? Ouch.

    Then again, I was named after a woman who bought a cow from my grandmother, paying for her first year of college. So I'm not one to talk.

  11. That made me snort cherry coke out of my nose!

  12. Be carefull with the snorting of coke,it rots ya nose,As for flag wavers,We now get the chance to wave ours...Olympics 2012 here we come.

  13. I can't comment on the political issues here because it seems that people will always have their own and are hard pushed to change or listen to I was named after a black labrador who was very aggressive and used to chase my dad down the street when he was a kid... not sure what that says about me...

  14. Daniel;

    As you know, even though you and I share similar viewpoints, I question the efficacy of your tactics.

    That being said, however, I invite you to recall the first rule of Problematic Mendacity:

    "Don't dispute the facts, dispute the fact-finder"


  15. Tactics? There are none, just me writing my thoughts.

    Some people get the hump too easy.

  16. You know, hon, you have a rather bombastic way about you. I admit that I read your first post on the subject, I had to swallow a couple times and get a diet coke out of the fridge before my blood pressure would go down and I could ask you to explain exactly what you were saying. It turned out that I had misunderstood your intent.

    I try very hard not to be a reactionist. I think things through as carefully as I can, because I've learned that sometimes I'm wrong. Sometimes I don't see things from a different perspective until it's shown to me. And then it's glorious (even if I don't always completely agree) to see it from another angle. I learned a long time ago that the pat answers we're fed are sometimes the wrong ones.

    I do think you probably could have said some things better, but I got it. And, you had excellent points to make.

    So, blog on, fair knight!

  17. OH, and as for NAMES...

    *I* was named after my mom's best friend. Sweet, huh? Unless you have a name that's about as lovely as Helga. And don't try to tell me that you know any glamorous Helgas.

  18. Hey, here's a nit, let's pick it!

    You wrote:
    "When some thing becomes as powerful and as all consuming as the US, some thing else must raise up and strike the ascendant power as hard as it can and in the most desperate form possible.

    According to the American Heritage Dictionary, the secondary meaning of 'tactics' is:
    A procedure or set of maneuvers engaged in to achieve an end, an aim, or a goal.
    (the primary meaning is essentially the same, but in a more military setting)

    OED may have something different, but from here, I can see how some would consider your comments to be the beginnings of a tactical discussion.

    And again, let me state: what you say makes much sense. The way you're saying it raises hackles. What does it accomplish?


  19. we've just had an American over doing an internship in one of our units here in Accra, Ghana.

    Besides the fact that I connected very well with her (not only because she is sweat-GORGEOUS!), she knew where my organisation is coming from in terms of policies by the US.

    This did not prevent her from us having good conversations with her about the US--for all its apparent flaws. She loves her country, and we didn't expect anything less, but her choice to do an internship in a place that is explicitly left spoke volumes about "shades of grey".

    We all treated her with respect and, as is wont of Ghanaians, almost reverentially because she's a foreigner.

    She leaves today, and I am rather sad. I disagree vehemently with many of her country's policies--as does she on many counts, but I still found the good sides about her country to talk about times we chilled out.

    Moral of story is really that I don't believe Daniel is tarring ALL Americans with the same brush, just that at some juncture, you FEEL compelled to talk and express yourself about al the inherent mendacity of the current US administration.

    I used to like Blair, for example. But after Iraq, inspite of being viscerally in favour of the Labour Party (even though more a la Tony Benn, who is to the left of the Labour Party), I was secretly hoping he would lose the election--just to teach him a lesson that you cannot go foolinig the world like you did back in 2003 and get to be re-elected.

    Having said that, the prospect of a Michael Howard win was TOO terrible to contemplate, so I rest my case:-) I think Brits will know what I'm on about when I say he is considered more a "man of the night"--well, so says the excellent Guardian newspaper.

    PS I would appreciate those espousing "anonymous" monikers to reveal themselves--makes for more scintillating conversation if we are not afraid to show the face behind the comment, no?

    PPS "Daniel" is such a beautiful song, and always reminds me of my brother everytime. Daniel going into the clouds like that is...serious food for thought about our mortality...I think


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