Monday, January 15, 2007

Dome Pondering Import - "I Have a Dream"

With Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. day upon us once again, I found it very fitting to post the text to his famous "I Have a Dream" speech. It is a piece that en captures depth to social interaction and provides a blueprint for the togetherness of humanity. Here is to the celebration and tribute of a great leader, an unbelievable humanitarian, and a hero to yours truly and many others.

"I Have a Dream" by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
August 28th, 1963
Delivered on the steps at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Erasing the Lines (again) Within the War

So, we need more troops?

How much more?

22,000?

No big deal right? Well, President Bush doesn't seem to think so. In his latest address to the nation on the status of the war in Iraq, President Bush unveiled his new plan which centers around increasing the number of troops deployed to Iraq. A plan which is very controversial and seems questionable even amongst republicans and the most fervent Bush supporters.

President Bush's new plan calls for an additional 22,000 troops in Iraq to cover "mistakes" from the previous operation. The troops will be used to protect already safe areas, and to protect the Iraqi border. Bush also calls for effort from Iraq and claims that under the new plan, American forces will fight alongside Iraqi forces. Bush said that, "failure in Iraq would be a disaster for the United States. A democratic Iraq will not be perfect. But it will be a country that fights terrorists instead of harboring them." To ensure that this will hapen, President Bush's plan will call for an additional $1 Billion dollars of funding.

Hmmm...

Yours truly has never been a strong supporter of any specific political affiliation. I've agreed and disagreed with many political decisions, but have always trusted the judgement of our elected officials. Nonetheless, the war in Iraq has been a topic that has slowly erased the line that seperates political parties. In 2003, the War in Iraq began and saw an astounding 76% of the United States in agreement for the war. Whether you were a republican, democrat or an independant, 9/11 lingered in your memory, and doing whatever it took to rid God's green earth of "evil doers" was necessary. However, as the years progressed, the war began to take a turn for which divided the parties again. Topics of fatalities, economy, oil, war, and homeland security questioned the purpose, ethics, and benefits of the war. In 2004, 61% were in favor of the war; 2005, 50%; 2006, 39%; and finally here in 2007, 26%.

After splitting the nation in half in 2005, the lines are beginning to dissapear once again, this time in favor of ending this "war" and to begin decreasing our troops in Iraq. Here in 2007, those lines of seperation are erased again for the obvious decision, this time in favor of returning our troops home.

By aiding Iraq with more funding and more troops decreases the responsibility, development and functioning of Iraq, it's government, and it's people. Not to mention the risk of increasing American casualties in the process. The United States can put $1 billion to productive use here at home.

Republican, Democrat or Independent- we all show the same consensus for this plan.

For the first time ever, I am afraid, and truly question what our leaders are doing.

Dome Pondering Import - "The Bright Side of Isiah Thomas"

Here is an article located on "Page 2" of ESPN.com written by LZ Granderson. Granderson looks at the often overlooked talent of Isiah Thomas and the future of the New York Knicks. A very interesting read for Knick fans and those very critical of the New York Knicks and Isiah Thomas.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Dome Pondering Import - "The Sooth About 2007"

This is an article written by Filip Bondy of the New York Daily News. Bondy writes comical articles for the New York Daily News Sports Section and has an annual prediction column for the following year on New Years Eve. This year, Bondy didn't dissapoint as he produced another piece that would entertain any sports fan, especially the New York sports fan.