May each of you have the heart to conceive, the understanding to direct, and the hand to execute works that will leave the world a little better for your having been here. -- Ronald Reagan

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Creating Myths to Support Secularism and Deny Christ

John Dominic Crossan
For several years I was a Sunday morning discussion leader, and the success of it was that I brought up controversial subjects. We talked about the beliefs of Christianity, what non-believers said about our Faith, and the history of Christianity, including the “historical Jesus”. The biggest attack on Jesus, both theologically and historically comes from a group called “The Jesus Seminar”.  They were founded in 1985 by Robert Funk and John Dominic Crossan for the purpose of exploring the historical Jesus.

They took Jesus’ sayings, parables and passages written about Him, and voted whether or not they thought them true. The voting was done with colored beads. The result was that Jesus was an itinerant rabbi and healer, and his resurrection was a parable; it didn’t happen. The people that saw Him after His death had “visionary experiences”.  He didn’t perform miracles, didn’t die for our sins.

For example, they claim that on Palm Sunday hardly anyone was there when he entered Jerusalem, just a few folks. Hardly anyone really noticed Him at all at any event; there were no 4,000 fed with the basket of fish and bread. Members of the Jesus Seminar provide no evidence of any of their findings; there’s a lot of “likely” and “probably” in their writings. According to them, Jesus didn’t walk on water, change water to wine, or raise Lazarus from the dead, and was born of Joseph and Mary, not conceived of God. Of course they can’t site anyone from the time that refutes any of these things happened. They don’t have any evidence for their own “beliefs”; all they do is refute what the Gospels say…’nope, didn’t happen’. How weak is that?

Crossan turned out to be the star of the group, and has built a nice cottage industry debunking Christ and Christianity. I’ve watched this guy for years, and he does not accept Christ as his Lord and Savior, accept Christ died for his sins, yet still calls himself a Christian. Apparently accepting the 18% of what Jesus taught is good enough to call himself a Christian. He needs to fess up, he isn’t a Christian.  St Paul wrote to the Corinthians:
“Now if Christ is preached that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is not resurrection of the dead? But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ is not risen. And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty. Yes, and we are found false witnesses of God, because we have testified of God that He raised up Christ, whom He did not raise up - if in fact the dead to not rise. For if the dead do not rise, then Christ is not risen. And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins! Then also those who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable.”
If not for the resurrection, Christianity does not exist.

The Jesus Seminar gives primacy to “The Gospel of Thomas” over “The Gospel of John”.  This serves as a basis for their rejection of most of the canonical writings. Most of what they say about the life of Jesus they attest to other questionable sources.  The Secularists love this guy. They use him as a “scholar” to refute Christianity and justify their own bigotry and lack of historical and theological knowledge. He shows up on specials about religion and is much in demand during Christian high holidays.

He is in fact a charlatan, one of Paul’s “most pitiable”.  

Recommended for a more scholarly review of the historical Jesus and life in the 1st century Mediterranean, I recommend Paul Among the People: The Apostle Reinterpreted and Reimagined In His Own Time by Sarah Ruden, The Four Witnesses by Robin Griffith-Jones, The Historical Figure of Jesus by E.P. Sanders (arguably the best book on the historical Jesus) and From Jesus to Christ by Paula Fredriksen. These are true scholarly works and do not have the anti-Christian agenda of Crossan and the Jesus Seminar.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Obummer! by Christina Houston

 Whata hoot!!!!!

Denials of Reality

As I move deeper into my communion with God, the stark contrast between that experience and what our culture focuses on and promotes becomes more profound. The material becomes the only reality for a growing number of people. The other reality, the unseen, gets pushed out of the picture. 

Secularists speak of freedom of choice, but it’s reduced to a choice of what is seen. They don’t want to acknowledge the unseen; it can’t be seen so it doesn’t exist. I suppose they would acknowledge emotions even if they can’t be seen, though I heard them posit the notion emotions are only neurological responses that release chemicals that cause the reactions we call emotion. Still, it’s a closed system, truly limiting.

One of my favorite observations from college is the idea of emergent reality vs. reductionism. Emergent reality expands from what we see and keeps going. Expand enough and you’ll get to the great void of nothingness. Reductionism takes you the opposite direction, and we find out there is more space between particles than there are particles, and you end up in the great void of nothingness.

Which brings us to this; the nothingness the secularists ignore is filled by God. They ignore it, but are in fact hostile to it. Their claim is the unseen can’t be known, nothing exists there, and attempt to take away our choice to connect to God. They also deny God exists in what we see, and promote materialism to justify their limited view of reality.

For them to promote this view, they move beyond science into the realm of Scientism. It’s their theology and philosophy. If it can’t be measured or quantified, it can’t exist. There's problem with that; they can’t see God, but have no scientific method to disprove His existence. They have to accept on Faith that God doesn’t exist. A paradox at least. Materialism and Scientism only acknowledge the tip of the iceberg of existence.

Science shows us the patterns, connections, rhymes and rhythms of reality. It can both expand and reduce, and truly show us God manifested in the natural order of things. 

 Fr Barron on Scientism and Science

The political component of this is Secularists need to deny there’s a natural order to things, so we get the materialism of Marx and Keynes, Lenin and Galbraith vs. Jesus and St. Paul, Mises and Freidman.   The former have a cultural and economic belief system that denies the natural order, and the State decides political and economic realities; all based on the materialist notion that all that matters is “matter”, what we can see. They deny any mystery to life. Right now the practitioners of Scientism and Materialism have the upper hand. It's okay to quote and paraphrase Marx, but not Jesus.

We pray the God given natural order of things may again be recognized and Jesus being quoted and paraphrased becomes more okay that doing so with Marx.   

Friday, February 25, 2011

Boys Wrestling Girls

Herkelman, winner by default

Of course the “civil” Leftists in the country all got together and abusively ganged up on 15 year old high school wrestler, Joel Northrup, for forfeiting a match at the state championships, because his upcoming opponent was a girl, Cassy Herkelman. I’ve got to ask, what’s a girl doing wrestling boys?

Herkelman's record was  20-13                  Northrup was 35-4.  
Much of the kerfuffle I’m sure was because the boy was making a moral decision based on religious thought and teaching. That grappling with a girl was insulting to the girl and shouldn’t be done.

Joel’s take:
“There’s no specific scripture or verse in the Bible that condemns wrestling girls.” “It’s more of a Biblical principle of treating the opposite gender with respect… I don’t think wrestling should be a coed sport because of all the compromising holds and everything.”

Wrestling gets “violent at times...I just don't feel it's right that a boy should engage a girl like this.”

Here’s a knucklehead from the Jurassic Press, sports writer Rick Reilly:
“Body slams and takedowns and gouges in the eye and elbows in the ribs are exactly how to respect Cassy Herkelman. This is what she lives for...She relishes the violence.”
"Does any wrong-headed decision suddenly become right when defended with religious conviction? In this age, don’t we know better? If my God told me to poke the elderly with sharp sticks, would that make it morally acceptable to others?  And where does it say in the Bible not to wrestle against girls?"

...Bible not to wrestle against girls? Really? How can such stupidity be measured? Plus, this guy can't be much or a sports writer either, even though he works for ESPN. Guess we could say he's an alleged sports writer. In wrestling there aren't gouges and elbows to the ribs. That's WWF stuff. What's in high school and college is scholastic and collegiate wresting, based on Greco-Roman wrestling.  

Even more disturbing is the girl’s father:  "She's my son...She's always been my son.”
Ummmmmm… What kind of man is this to raise his daughter to grapple with boys?

We have a boy standing on tradition that is abused by the anti-traditional zeitgeist, and a girl and her family…well, I don’t know what they’re thinking. I don’t think anything good can come of it.

Color me old fashioned, but I think women should be respected, held, loved, cherished, hugged and kissed. Not slammed into a sweat (and sometime blood) covered rubber mat.

More Middle Class Leftists in Wisconsin Being Hateful, Violent and Racist

In the previous post there are vids of violence, hatred, racism and antisemitism from the Leftist middle class protesters in Wisconsin. This vid shows that in addition to all those, the lies that this crazy woman is repeating, a culture of lies, deception and insanity. 
When Obama's and the Dems (only they voted against freedom of choice for healthcare), ObamaCare gets fully implemented, and the government decides who gets treatment to heal and live, will this crazy woman get care? Well, she might, because she's a Democrat, and ObamaCare is a political manifestation. Her statement, just as a matter of fact, is a bald face lie.

Some more lies and insanity.
If unions are so good, how come most of the private sector is not unionized? If the unions are so good, how come jobs like teachers one is forced to be a member to teach? 

Remember that these protesters, the locals, not the union thugs Obama and the Dems had bussed and flown in from all over the country, are middle class, many make more money and have better benefits than the taxpayers financing their life style. The union thugs have been caught on tape many times pushing people around and being physically intimidating. The hatred and profanity is over the top. There's vids of Leftist middle class employees of the government, that have it pretty damn good, yelling at TEA Party and other counter protesters, they're gonna f**k those faggots in the a**! That's nice. I watched about 10 or 12 vids with this hatred and vileness. These are the same knuckleheads that were lecturing Conservatives and Republicans on civility.

This is the kind of thing they said, through their propaganda arm, the Jurassic Press, that the TEA Party engaged in. What was seen there, when it happened, was a plant from SEIU or ACORN trying to incite fights. I later found out, the vid in my previous post of the black guy being hassled by racist middle class Leftists that are employed by the taxpayers, was also gay! What a hoot!

As for the fleebaggers that crossed state lines to stop a vote on the Wisconsin budget, I hope that their paychecks are getting refunded back into the state coffers. I know that if I didn't go to work for a couple weeks because I disagreed with management, not only would my paycheck be refunded back to the company, my job would be refunded to the streets.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Those Violent TEA Partiers!

Here's some vids of the middle class Wisconsin government employees protesting having to contribute to their own health care and retirement programs. I really don't see what the fuss is all about. These people are all for the redistribution of wealth. That's all that's going on in Wisconsin, the wealth is going to be redistributed back to the people that earned it in the first place.

Remember how since the formation of the TEA Party, they were called racists?

How they were called violent?

Here's a little Leftist Antisemitism thrown in.
And yet Leftists lecture Conservatives and Republicans on civility, that there has to be a new tone.

Best Lawyer Story Ever?

This took place in Charlotte , North Carolina .
A lawyer purchased a box of very rare and expensive cigars, then
insured them against, among other things, fire.

Within a month, having smoked his entire stockpile of these great
cigars, the lawyer filed a claim against the insurance company.

In his claim, the lawyer stated the cigars were lost ‘in a series of small fires.’

The insurance company refused to pay, citing the obvious reason, that
the man had consumed the cigars in the normal fashion.

The lawyer sued and WON!

Delivering the ruling, the judge agreed with the insurance company that the claim was frivolous.
The judge stated nevertheless, that the lawyer
held a policy from the company, in which it had warranted that the
cigars were insurable and also guaranteed that it would insure them
against fire, without defining what is considered to be unacceptable
fire' and was obligated to pay the claim.

Rather than endure lengthy and costly appeal process, the insurance
company accepted the ruling and paid $15,000 to the lawyer for his
loss of the cigars that perished in the 'fires'.


After the lawyer cashed the check, the insurance company had him
arrested on 24 counts of ARSON!!! With his own insurance claim and testimony 
from the previous case being used against him, the lawyer was
convicted of intentionally burning his insured property and was sentenced to 24 months
in jail and a $24,000 fine.

This true story won First Place in last year's Criminal Lawyers Award contest.

~~Source Unknown

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Understanding Derivatives-a Primer

Heidi is the proprietor of a bar in Detroit. She realizes that virtually all of her customers are unemployed alcoholics and, as such, can no longer afford to patronize her bar.

To solve this problem, she comes up with a new marketing
plan that allows her customers to drink now, but pay later.

Heidi keeps track of the drinks consumed on a ledger (thereby granting the customers' loans). Word gets around about Heidi's "drink now, pay later" marketing strategy and, as a result, increasing numbers of customers flood into Heidi's bar. Soon she has the largest sales volume for any bar in Detroit.

By providing her customers freedom from immediate payment demands, Heidi gets no resistance when, at regular intervals, she substantially increases her prices for wine and beer, the most consumed beverages.

Consequently, Heidi's gross sales volume increases massively.
A young and dynamic vice-president at the local bank recognizes that these customer debts constitute valuable future assets and increases Heidi's borrowing limit.

He sees no reason for any undue concern, since he has the debts of the unemployed alcoholics as collateral!!!

At the bank's corporate headquarters, expert traders figure a way to make huge commissions, and transform these customer loans into DRINKBONDS.

These "securities" then are bundled and traded on international securities markets. Naive investors don't really understand that the securities being sold to them as "AAA Secured Bonds" really are debts of unemployed alcoholics. Nevertheless, the bond prices continuously climb!!!, and the securities soon become the hottest-selling items for some of the nation's leading brokerage houses.

One day, even though the bond prices still are climbing, a risk manager at the original local bank decides that the time has come to demand payment on the debts incurred by the drinkers at Heidi's bar.  He so informs Heidi. Heidi then demands payment from her alcoholic patrons, but being unemployed alcoholics they cannot pay back their drinking debts.

Since Heidi cannot fulfill her loan obligations she is forced into bankruptcy. The bar closes and Heidi's 11 employees lose their jobs.

Overnight, DRINKBOND prices drop by 90%. The collapsed bond asset value destroys the bank's liquidity and prevents it from issuing new loans, thus freezing credit and economic activity in the community.

The suppliers of Heidi's bar had granted her generous payment extensions and had invested their firms' pension funds in the BOND securities.

They find they are now faced with having to write off her bad debt and with losing over 90% of the presumed value of the bonds.

Her wine supplier also claims bankruptcy, closing the doors on a family business that had endured for three generations, her beer supplier is taken over by a competitor, who immediately closes the local plant and lays off 150 workers.

Fortunately though, the bank, the brokerage houses and their respective executives are saved and bailed out by a multibillion dollar no-strings attached cash infusion from the government.

The funds required for this bailout are obtained by new taxes levied on employed, middle-class, nondrinkers who have never been in Heidi's bar.

~~Source Unknown 

Monday, February 21, 2011

Stupid is as Stupid Does

Amazing the really low powered intellect of some of the people we elect to office. This is Sheila Jackson Lee, a Congresswoman from Texas. Usually Texans have it pretty together, but this woman’s utterances on a regular basis amazes.

Recently she was commenting on the judicial rulings that Obamacare is unconstitutional. Two federal judges have said the Federal government cannot force citizens to buy a product from the private sector.

Here’s Lee’s response in defense of Obamacare and why it’s constitutional.
“The Fifth Amendment speaks specifically to denying someone their life and liberty without due process.” “That is what H.R. 2 does and I rise in opposition to it. And I rise in opposition because it is important that we preserve lives and we recognize that 40 million-plus are uninsured.

 “Can you tell me what’s more unconstitutional than taking away from the people of America their Fifth Amendment rights, their Fourteenth Amendment rights, and the right to equal protection under the law?”

Gibberish. She is clueless human being.

She thought the Superbowl Pepsi ad, where a black couple was arguing, the woman throws a Pepsi can at him and it hits a blond white woman in the head. The blond falls to the ground and the black couple runs away. It’s apparently racist because it demeans black people. Huh?

During a tour of the NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratories in 2005 she asked if the Mars Pathfinder had taken an image of the flag planted there in 1969 by Neil Armstrong!  Huh?

This Congressman serves on these committees:
  • Member, House Committee on Foreign Affairs
  • Member, Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health
  • Member, Subcommittee on The Middle East and South Asia
  • Member, House Committee on Homeland Security
  • Member, Subcommittee on Border, Maritime, and Global Counter terrorism
  • Chair, Subcommittee on Transportation Security and Infrastructure Protection
  • Member, House Committee on the Judiciary
  • Member, Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet, and Intellectual Property
  • Member, Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security
  • Member, Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security, and International Law

Really? She’s also on the House Science Committee’s space subcommittee. Science?

She complained that hurricanes didn’t have black names. All racial groups should be represented. Huh?

Just huh?
Side by side, North and South and huh?

She also has said “countries like Europe”.

This from her racist address to the racist NAACP last summer:
And I thank you professor very much. I’m going to be engaging you with those very powerful numbers that you have offered on what the tea party recognizes, uh, or is recognized as. Might I add my own P.S.? All those who wore sheets a long time ago have now lifted them off and started wearing [applause], uh, clothing, uh, with a name, say, I am part of the tea party. Don’t you be fooled. [voices: "That's right.", applause] Those who used to wear sheets are now being able to walk down the aisle and speak as a patriot because you will not speak loudly about the lack of integrity of this movement. Don’t let anybody tell you that those who spit on us as we were walking to vote on a health care bill for all of America or those who said Congresswoman Jackson-Lee’s braids were too tight in her hair had anything to do with justice and equality and empowerment of the American people. Don’t let them fool you on that [applause]….

Really? This is an elected representative of citizens?  How does this happen? I understand people that have a different socio-economic-political philosophy or world view, but downright stupid?  

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Wisconsin Counter Protest

A call went out to TEA Party members this past Friday to show up in Wisconsin for a counter protest against the Socialist government workers; in less than 24 hours about 15,000 were on the streets in Madison. Quite a feat, and they paid their own way unlike the union members and other Leftists that were brought in by Obama and the Democrat Party. Think on this, the President of the United States, elected to serve all the people, organizing and financing street protests and advocating for a specific political organization that is one his biggest financial supporters.Like he did with Arizona where he's suing the State and advocated for a boycott of the people of that state in an attempt to impoverish them, now he's in a state protesting against the budget written by the legislators the people of that state elected.

Since the formation of the TEA Party, the Left, Dems and their propaganda arm the Jurassic Press, have been calling them Nazis, fascists, violent and all the rest. Then after the Arizona shooting, which they blamed on Republicans and Conservatives, they called for a new civility. I chronicled all the Leftist hate speech the following three weeks after the shooting by a madman.

Now we come to the Wisconsin protests. There were fake doctors handing out excuse notes to nurses and medical workers so they would get paid for the days they didn't show up to work. Teachers didn't show up for work sending the kids a message that if you don't get your way have a temper tantrum and take to the streets, and don't go to work where you're paid to be. Then there's the language and the protest signs. The one's the Jurassic Press didn't show.

From the Leftists: "Walker Sucks Koch"  "Walker/Mubarak 2012"  "Teabaggers/Rich Man's Whores"   "Hitler/Stalin/Walker

  Tea Partiers chanted "Pass the Bill" and had signs "Sorry we're late Scott, we work for a living".

Meanwhile the 14 Democrat cowards remain out of state instead of showing up to work and voting on the budget.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Theolgy, Intellect, Church

I’ve noticed the past couple years that the theology I study is okay, but I’m really not challenging myself. I’ve always noticed, since I was brought back to the Faith, that most people attending church, professing Christianity, don’t pursue gaining knowledge from the great Christian thinkers; that somehow the warm fuzzies we get from the music and message on Sunday morning is sufficient. We’re glad they are in the church and doing good works. We understand not all have my passion for theology. Still, we need to keep religious thought alive by keeping it in our lives.

Are we making this a challenge to our young people to know and comprehend our religious heritage? God brings us, when we are ready, to knowing him though emotions, experience, tradition, intellect, whatever way He needs to. Fr Barron has a good point here, that we must, no matter what way God embraces us, to teach and pursue with our minds, as well as our hearts, his Truth.

I think it’s so important that we all be able to verbalize our beliefs. Actions do speak louder than words, but if God is leading someone to Him, and we are His vessels, some may need to hear the words too. I did.

No Man is an Island

There’s the mythology of rugged individualism that’s part of the American belief system. Daniel Boone and Davy Crockett are great symbols of this. The frontiersman out there on surviving on his own. Them and those like them, the mountain men, had lots of people on ranches, farms, villages and forts to support them, where they went to buy supplies, converse with friends, experience love.

We all need others. We wouldn’t exist without others. Going back to the Big Bang, scientists tell us if just a few molecules, a different temperature, just one itsy bitsy teeny thing were different, this universe would not exist; there would be something entirely different or nothing at all.

How many people contributed to making the things we have? How many to build the roads, businesses, buildings, cars and all the rest of it? We are all connected, and we all support each other. We rely on each other. We cannot live without each other.

I see God in every person, I see God manifested in all our relationships. I see God, God is Love, expressed in the connections we have to each other, with Love. What were the odds that at the beginning of the universe of things being just so to create this universe? What were the odds that all the people throughout history met in just the right sequence to bring our father and mother together to create us? What are the odds that the people in our lives are there when we need them? What are the odds that you were there, at the moment when a friend or loved one needed you, and you were able to support them?

Ultimately we all support one another. We build our lives with the support of others. We take responsibility to give support when needed.  

I need you, you need me, we’re all a part of God’s Body. Stand with me, agree with me. You are important to me. I need you to survive.

It's Only Money

 What could you do with $3.73 Trillion...Obama's budget proposal?

Interview: Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker

 You won't find this kind of interview in the Jurassic Press because they're spokesmen for the Democrat Party and unions. They have also made it clear they support the 14 cowardly Dem legislators that ran away, crossed state lines and are hiding rather than doing their jobs.

My thoughts on this whole push by the national Democrat Party and their Leninist tactics, and Obama's intervening in state politics in violation of states rights can be found here at the Windrose Hotel blog. 

Click here to show support for Governor Scott Walker

I watched a couple Jurassic Press reports last night; no signs of Governor Scott with a Hitler mustache were shown, nor any of the hate speech broadcast. It was all sided with the government employees protesting that even in economic hard times they shouldn't have to suffer layoffs and wage and benefit cutbacks like the rest of us.

Friday, February 18, 2011

David Bisbal - "Ave María"

What fun and joy! Not the Ave Maria we know in church to be sure...

Tribute to the Marines

 A tribute to the US Marine Corps in quotes and pics. We love the Marines!

A Few $Trillion Here, A Few There, So What If We Don't Know What's Going On?

Who's got the money? This is a stunning vid of Congressman Alan Grayson asking the Inspector General of the Federal Reserve, Elizabeth Coleman, about $9 Trillion dollars of Federal Bailout money she and her department are supposed to be tracking, plus who and what she should be auditing. She has no idea! A bit wonky, but these people are controlling $trillons in our economy, and have no idea what's going on, or where the money is. Take five minutes and you'll be stunned. Really, how do these people get their jobs and keep them?

Singing at Heathrow

 A commercial\ad...but still way cool and fun.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Thug Thug Everywhere a Thug

Most politicians suspend their campaign organizations until the next election cycle. Obama not only kept his, but it has been active, though it lost some of its punch when ACORN was caught doing all sorts of illegal stuff on behalf of Obama and the Democrat Party. Now Obama’s political machine has swung into overdrive. Organizing for America is organizing Leftists from all over the country to go and disrupt the legal legislative process in Wisconsin.

There are 19 Republican and 14 Dems that need to meet, discuss and vote on proposed legislation that would limit government union workers’ freebees. As far as I can tell so far they don’t have to contribute to their own health care insurance or pension plans. It’s a full ride paid for by the citizens. The same citizens who are getting laid off and loosing their houses. The government/union contract ran out last December, so they’re working without. The state is facing bankruptcy, and about $300 million needs to be found in expenditures to reduce to even begin to balance the budget. Twenty politicians are needed to make a quorum, so all 14 Dems left the state to avoid having to debate and vote on the issue. They had to leave the state because state police would have arrested them, and compelled them to return to work.

The union thugs were out in force today, and there were people arrested and some physical confrontations. Of course we all know, ‘cause the Jurassic Press and other Leftists say so, that they are the peaceful ones and TEA Partiers and Conservatives are the violent and uncivil ones. Teachers didn’t go work. Government employees didn’t go to work. My company if one just doesn’t show up to work, we get written up. Some companies they just fire you. These guys will just get away with it.

One shouldn’t be surprised the ever so “civil” Left had signs with the Wisconsin governor with a Hitler mustache. Of course, only right-wing-nuts do that.

So Obama is sending his political thugs to help out the union thugs to protest. We have a president that files suit against one of the states he sworn to protect and enforce the law, and he refuses to, Arizona. Now he’s sending his thugs in to protest the legal, due process of a state legislature. Really?

This is a despicable act by the Democrats and by President Obama. The citizens voted for the governor and the current members of the legislature. It’s none of Obama’s damned business, and the cowardly Dems had better report to work to debate and vote like they were hired to do.

All businesses are cutting salaries and employees. Why do civil “servants”, union thugs, and Obama’s thugs think they’re exempt?  It comes to this, do the citizens, who pay the freight and are the government, have a say, or do the citizens submit to and give the thugs everything they want without question?       

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Glad We Live in a Post Racial Society

Herman Cain
Racism is still alive, well and acceptable on the Left. At a Common Cause rally racist Leftists where merrily calling for the lynching, beating and torture of Clarence Thomas. I’ve chronicled the blatant racism of the Left a lot. I’ll keep reminding all that the KKK was totally a creature of the Democrat Party. That our current US Attorney General fails to prosecute black criminals that commit federal crimes.

There’s a black conservative, Herman Cain that has made an early announcement that he’s running for president. We understand he won’t get the nomination, but we do understand why he’s doing it. There are issues important to him and he wants to make sure they’re brought to the table. We welcome the contribution.

The Left’s response is vile. From a Leftist propaganda hate site, Alternet:
“In the immortal words of Megatron in Transformers: The Movie, Herman Cain’s speech at CPAC really is bad comedy. As you know, I find black garbage pail kids black conservatives fascinating not because of what they believe, but rather because of how they entertain and perform for their White Conservative masters. …

Instead, Herman Cain’s shtick is a version of race minstrelsy where he performs “authentic negritude” as wish fulfillment for White Conservative fantasies. …

We always need a monkey in the window, for he/she reminds us of our humanity while simultaneously reinforcing a sense of our own superiority. Sadly, there are always folks who are willing to play that role because it pays so well.”

I’ve yet to hear any of the Leftist race hustlers or any of the Leftist Jurassic Press denounce this.

Racist and anti Semite Al Sharpton wants to shut down Limbaugh, but he's is okay with this. By the way, Alternet claims to be fair, just, and against hate speech and racism.



Too Sad and Too Horrible

This saddens deeply. The Jurassic Press kept reporting the “peaceful” nature of the Egyptian protests and “revolution”. There were reports of a couple reporters getting knocked around a bit while they reported on this peaceful protest, but what didn’t get much attention is the horrid and terrible beating and gang rape of CBS foreign correspondent Lara Logan.

She’s currently hospitalized; was flown out of the country immediately, back to the US.

“On Friday, Feb. 11, the day Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak stepped down, CBS chief foreign correspondent Lara Logan was covering the jubilation in Tahrir Square for a "60 Minutes" story when she and her team and their security were surrounded by a dangerous element amidst the celebration. It was a mob of more than 200 people whipped into frenzy.
In the crush of the mob, she was separated from her crew. She was surrounded and suffered a brutal and sustained sexual assault and beating before being saved by a group of women and an estimated 20 Egyptian soldiers. She reconnected with the CBS team, returned to her hotel and returned to the United States on the first flight the next morning. She is currently in the hospital recovering.”
Really? They still gloss over this. "Jubilation" and "surrounded by a dangerous element? What?

We have to ask journalists, what level of risk is acceptable to get a story? Are they unable to see the difference between being brave or stupid? Especially in the Middle East where nearly all the people hate America (while taking $billions of our money), and especially a woman given their attitude toward women.

Have to ask the Left, Democrats, National Organization of [Liberal] Women, when will they quit being apologists for a 6th century culture and Islamofacist cult of hatred, slavery, genocide, abuse of women, murder and torture? I’ve seen not outrage about this. I’m outraged!

Outraged that an American is treated like this with no repercussions and most especially a woman who has this done to her, and nothing is said and nothing happens.

We pray for Ms Logan’s recovery of her wounds, and most especially her recovery of the emotional and spiritual wounds she’s suffered.

This is sad. This is horrible. I’m grieved.

Monday, February 14, 2011

We Don't Need No Stinkin' Laws

Lawlessness. What to do when the President of the United States does not obey or enforce the law?

The enforcing the law part was most evident when some Black Panthers stood outside a voting site with night sticks to intimidate white voters and were not prosecuted. He sued the state of Arizona because they tried to enforce Federal immigration laws not being done by the Feds. Arizona is counter suing. A sovereign state in the country he was elected to protect he’s attacking instead. Really? Dozens of voting irregularities by Democrat Party officials, ACORN and Unions were not investigated or prosecuted. Just to name a few of the most blatant ones.

He’s now shutting down coal mines, even ones that have complied with all Federal regulations. Here’s a specific example of his breaking the law by shutting down the Gulf Coast oil drilling business, even though they too have complied with all Federal Laws. Even though ordered by Federal Judges to lift the oil drilling moratorium he enforced after the Gulf oil disaster, he is still keeping rigs from drilling.

The first official business casualty has been claimed. Part of the loss of 23,000 jobs, Seahawk Drilling, a publicly-held drilling services company, has declared bankruptcy.
Employees will be laid off, and stockholders will loose their investments.

The clueless Obama doesn’t even recognize that companies not making profits don’t pay taxes, unemployed workers don’t pay taxes, shareholders don’t pay taxes on their capital gains, and that of course means reduced revenues to the governments, local, state and federal. Of course his workaround for that was his proposed tax bill, I mean “proposed budget”. He doesn’t comprehend either that no domestic oil production increases oil imports from America hating dictatorships, Russia, Venezuela, any Islamofacist Middle East country.

China by the way is running all over the place making huge purchases of oil producing lands and waters.

Obama is big on windmills, most of them being made by China, the little GM Volt that you won’t be able to charge because there won’t be enough coal or oil to produce electricity, and solar panels that are being made mostly in China.

There are already rolling brownouts in this country because electricity production is being curtailed so much. There’s a refinery in Montana that wants to expand but protesters are blocking it. Really? Gas prices are headed back up to $4 a gallon, and Gore’s Gaia worshippers want to drive it even higher? Well, yeah, they do.

Does this make any sense? Shutting down energy production in our country, our national life blood?

Shutting down businesses that create jobs and tax revenue?

Forcing people out of work?

Creating an anti business climate that sends his much vaunted “green jobs” to our enemy, China?

Obama is doing this all outside the law and his Constitutional authority. Environmental regulations are being written and enforced by the Environmental Protection Agency which has no authority to do so. The FCC has written laws and regulations for the internet, is attempting to enforce them, and it has no authority do to so. Just a reminder here, only legislatures can pass laws, not bureaucrats at the direction of an arrogant lawless president. ObamaCare has been voided and ruled unconstitutional by a Federal Court, yet he keeps on enforcing it. The Gulf oil drilling moratorium has been ruled illegal and unconstitutional by Federal Courts.

Our President ignores the law. He is thumbing his nose at the American people.

This is a frightful thing. FDR had the same mindset, and did everything he could to overturn the Constitution and ignore the law. He and his successor were stopped, and I hope and pray this man will be to.      

This Ain't No Budget, It's a Tax Bill

Because the Democrats and Obama could not stop the Bush tax cuts from being extended, Obama has created this work around. This is his 10 year plan. Most Statist Plans are 5 years, so this is pretty ambitious. This will be a $1.5 trillion tax hike over the next ten years. That’s taking one and a half $trillion out of the pockets of the citizens, money we need to pay for housing, food, child rearing, and transportation to name just a few things.

Of course military spending will be cut by about $78 billion, one of the things the Constitution says the government is required to do; protect the borders and citizens, which this president has shown no inclination to do. We do know Leftists despise the military (they have guns and vote Republican).  

There’s no cuts to any entitlement spending, and an increase in several.

What Republicans need to be saying over and over again is what the Dems say every time a Republican president submits a budget, it’s “dead on arrival”.

This is immoral, that we are spending and borrowing $trillions at least two, maybe three generations into the future, saddling the unborn with massive economic problems they didn’t have a say in creating.

Obama and the Dems have cut revenue to the federal government by their effectively shutting down production of the oil and coal industries. By not being able to produce, there’s no income to tax. This is a huge revenue loss.

Reduced revenue from that, plus reduced revenue because fewer people are working so they aren’t paying taxes, plus about 47% of the population not paying taxes in the first place, and lots of other stuff too numerous to mention in a short post (plus its being mind numbingly boring except for us political and economic wonks), here’s some of the ways he’s going to get blood from the turnip.

Obama proposed budget:

Raises the top marginal income tax rate (big hit on small business profits) from 35% to 39.6%.

Raises the capital gains and dividends rate from 15% to 20%.

Raises the death tax rate from 35% to 45% and lowering the death tax exemption amount from $5 million ($10 million for couples) to $3.5 million. 

Caps the value of itemized deductions at the 28% bracket rate.  This cuts tax deductions for mortgage interest, charitable contributions, property taxes, state and local income or sales taxes, out-of-pocket medical expenses, and unreimbursed employee business expenses. 

Creates new bank taxes.

Creates new international corporate tax hikes.

Creates new life insurance company taxes.

Creates new taxes on energy

Increases unemployment payroll taxes. (This is on the 53% paying taxes so the 47% can continue to live off the fruits of our labor). My view is that everybody should have some skin in the game.

Taxing management capital gains in an investment partnership (“carried interest”) as ordinary income. 

Companies could no longer deduct the cost of punitive damages from a lawsuit settlement. (Trial lawyers, one of the largest contributors to the Democrat Party after Unions, love this.)

Increasing tax penalties, information reporting, and IRS information sharing.

Plus there’s a whole bunch of hidden taxes in ObamaCare that we must must must repeal.

House Budget Committee chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.):
“The president punted on the budget and he punted on the deficit and on the debt.” “This doesn’t even include any of the president’s fiscal commission’s recommendations [and] it doesn’t address the drivers of our debt.” (The Budget Commission formed by Obama spent $millions to come up with reports and recommendations. Obama didn’t use one of them.)
“I really thought that we would see an advancement, that we would see a step in the right direction.” “Instead we saw a step farther to the left than if we did nothing at all.” 

Sunday, February 13, 2011

"This Little Light Of Mine" - Soweto Gospel Choir

Protestantism, Catholicism and Authority

Another great thought piece by Fr Barron.

I have a profound distrust of anyone in authority of anything. The officials of a sporting event are being critiqued by the fans (congregation) so the abuse of power is severely limited. Protestant ministers have only moral authority to go on, and many are kicked to the curb when the congregation finds them saying and doing the wrong thing, making the wrong calls. There was a pro basketball ref, one of the most respected of all time, that after many years, got caught making wrong calls on crucial plays for financial gain. If it weren't for fans, the congregation, demanding constant monitoring of the refs and umps, would that ref have been caught? Or would the officiating hierarchy give him a pass? I don't know so much the inner workings of the priesthood of the Catholic Church, but looking in I see slow movement when it comes to correction or punishment.

I do see, in my Protestant tradition, congregations turn away, and whole churches and ministries go down because a pastor says and does wrong. It seems more of a direct democracy, a direct cause and effect. I like having a direct say in whether or not a Protestant "religious authority" can remain as such, and not have the hierarchy decide, exclusively, the fate of that pastor or other authority.

When this comes to preaching and teaching word of God, or interpretation, I think Fr Barron is right. These are people that have dedicated their lives to this. God uses the layman too, and sometimes He uses that person to correct the Pastor or Priest. 

Like I said, once again Fr Barron gets us thinking.

Breathe in Me

 If you are struggling, this is about the transformative power of Christ.

You breathe in me, And I’m alive with the power of your holiness.
You breathe in me, And you revive feelings in my soul
That I have laid to rest
Chorus: So breathe in me, I need you now.
I’ve never felt so dead within, So breathe in me. Maybe somehow
You can breathe new life in me again
I used to be so sensitive to the light that leads to where you are
Now I’ve acquired these callouses with the darkness of a cold and jaded heart.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

We Still Hold These Truths

 Our first principles for a free nation. This is a powerful reminder of what our nation is, and what we must resist if we wish to remain free.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Ronald Reagan: A Personal Tribute On His 100th Anniversary

The most powerful influence in my personal life was my father. Most influence in my religious life is CS Lewis. The most powerful influence in my political thinking is Ronald Reagan. Today is the 100th anniversary of his birth.

In 1980 I was “spiritual but not religious” and a Marxist. I was anti anything Reagan said or represented. That year I heard a speech by him. At the end of that speech I found myself thinking that what he was saying was true. How could this be? It flew in the face of every socio-political and economic belief I had. What became clear was that I had beliefs; that those beliefs were based only on what people that thought like me wrote and said. Those beliefs were not based on analysis, fact, knowledge, or wisdom. I had to own up to my being intellectually narrow minded and lazy; that I had not read or listened to any Conservative other than WF Buckley. He was in fact, the only Conservative I was aware of. I only knew of Conservative thought what fellow Leftists said about it.

The journey moving from being a Statist to Conservative began, and it took most of the eighties for me to totally reject socialism, the idea that government was the ultimate good for the Citizens of this, or any country. I began by reading two books, Up From Liberalism by WF Buckley and The Conscience of a Conservative by Barry Goldwater.

That speech also began another journey, my acceptance of Christianity. There is a powerful Christian message in what Reagan said and did. That journey, my conversion, took much longer. I was pretty much an established Conservative by the end of Reagan’s presidency, but didn't return to the church until about 1994 and was baptized in 1996. It makes perfectly good sense that these two, Conservatism and Christianity are merged, because the principles of free will, liberty, the sanctity of life, and compassion are all part of it. Statists claim to believe in the same, but in fact they are provably about power and state control. They are secularists and reject Christianity for a reason; it stands against what they truly believe. I’ve been there, and they can say it ain’t so, and if they do, they are liars.

When Reagan was inaugurated, his Bible was opened to a specific passage:
"If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land." (2 Chronicles 7:14)
Our nation was broken. “Malaise” was the description of our plight (used by President Carter) with double digit inflation, the Iran hostage debacle, high unemployment, energy shortages, an impoverished and demoralized military that I experienced first hand, and increasing food prices.

Looking at Carter and Obama, they both say we have to cut back, sacrifice, do with less, and submit more to government. The thing is, the only reason there’s a shortage of anything, it’s because government creates shortages.

Reagan from his autobiography:
"We had strayed a great distance from our Founding Fathers' vision of America. They regarded the central government's responsibility as that of providing national security, protecting our democratic freedoms, and limiting the government's intrusion in our lives -- in sum, the protection of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. They never envisioned vast agencies in Washington telling our farmers what to plant, our teachers what to teach, our industries what to build. The Constitution they wrote established sovereign states, not mere administrative districts for the federal government. They believed in keeping government as close as possible to the people."
 From his Farewell Address:
"It's been the honor of my life to be your president. So many of you have written the past few weeks to say thanks, but I could say as much to you. ...
It's been quite a journey this decade, and we held together through some stormy seas. And at the end, together, we are reaching our destination. ...
The lesson of all this was, of course, that because we're a great nation, our challenges seem complex. It will always be this way. But as long as we remember our First Principles and believe in ourselves, the future will always be ours. ...
"Almost all the world's constitutions are documents in which governments tell the people what their privileges are. Our Constitution is a document in which 'We the People' tell the government what it is allowed to do. 'We the People' are free. This belief has been the underlying basis for everything I've tried to do these past eight years. ...
"I hope we have once again reminded people that man is not free unless government is limited. There's a clear cause and effect here that is as neat and predictable as a law of physics: As government expands, liberty contracts. ...
"Action is still needed, if we're to finish the job. An informed patriotism is what we want. And are we doing a good enough job teaching our children what America is and what she represents in the long history of the world? Those of us who are over 35 or so years of age grew up in a different America. We were taught, very directly, what it means to be an American. And we absorbed, almost in the air, a love of country and an appreciation of its institutions. ...
"I wasn't a great communicator, but I communicated great things, and they didn't spring full bloom from my brow, they came from the heart of a great nation -- from our experience, our wisdom and our belief in the principles that have guided us for two centuries. They called it the Reagan Revolution. Well, I'll accept that, but for me it always seemed like the Great Rediscovery -- a rediscovery of our values and our common sense. ...
"Goodbye, God bless you, and God bless the United States of America."
 God bless you Ronald Reagan, from the bottom of my heart, and with all my intellect, for the personal, national, and international guidance, wisdom and strength you provided.   

“Still Point in a Turning World: Ronald Reagan and His Ranch”

 This is for an upcoming film by the Young America's Foundation

Saturday, February 5, 2011

On Reagan's 100th Birthday "A Time for Choosing"

Prescient. Delivered in 1964, Reagan addresses the exact same issues we have today, but now they are multiplied and amplified. "The more the plan fails, the more the planners plan." The planners have been running things since that statement. This is long, but please sit and hear. The message is even more important now than then.

What Has America Become? Repost of Letter Circulating on the Internet


Has America become the land of special interest and home of the double standard?

Lets see: if we lie to the Congress, it's a felony and if the Congress lies to us its just politics; if we dislike a black person, we're racist and if a black person dislikes whites, its their 1st Amendment right; the government spends millions to rehabilitate criminals and they do almost nothing for the victims; in public schools you can teach that homosexuality is OK, but you better not use the word God in the process; you can kill an unborn child, but it is wrong to execute a mass murderer; we don't burn books in America, we now rewrite them; we got rid of communist and socialist threats by renaming them progressive; we are unable to close our border with Mexico, but have no problem protecting the 38th parallel in Korea; if you protest against President Obama's policies you're a terrorist, but if you burned an American flag or George Bush in effigy it was your 1st Amendment right.

You can have pornography on TV or the internet, but you better not put a nativity scene in a public park during Christmas; we have eliminated all criminals in America, they are now called sick people; we can use a human fetus for medical research, but it is wrong to use an animal.

We take money from those who work hard for it and give it to those who don't want to work; we all support the Constitution, but only when it supports our political ideology; we still have freedom of speech, but only if we are being politically correct; parenting has been replaced with Ritalin and video games; the land of opportunity is now the land of hand outs; the similarity between Hurricane Katrina and the gulf oil spill is that neither president did anything to help.

And how do we handle a major crisis today? The government appoints a committee to determine who's at fault, then threatens them, passes a law, raises our taxes; tells us the problem is solved so they can get back to their reelection campaign.

What has happened to the land of the free and home of the brave?

- Ken Huber
Tawas City

This was originally published Iosco County News Herald on June 9, 2010, published in the Opinion column.

American Socialism: The Promise, The Dream, The Reality

The Dream of the Left

Whenever I get the urge to engage a Leftist in a discussion of their political and economic views, I’m astounded what they think Socialism is. Most, if not all, put forth the notion that America is already a Socialist nation; that combining the public’s resources to pay for roads, education, law enforcement, fire departments, and the military are examples of socialism. It comes down to definitions, so I thought I'd flesh some out.

We’ve moved away from the dated Marxist model to something ever more insidious. Random House Dictionary:
“…a theory or system of social organization that advocates the vesting of the ownership and control of the means of production and distribution, of capital, land, etc., in the community as a whole.”

The ‘insidious’ part is that our government doesn’t need to claim ownership anymore, it can just control. Obama and the Dems tried outright ownership of GM, Chrysler and some financial institutions by using printed money and taxes not yet collected to purchase them, and it has been rejected by a majority of the American people. Through regulation though, control had become key. The private sector can’t breathe because the python of government has so constricted it.

Here’s the breakdown; public provision of non-public goods and central planning. According to economists, public and non-public goods have what’s known as rivalry and excludability. Rivalry is if one person uses something, another person is denied that thing. A road doesn’t fit this, because someone using that road doesn’t deny usage by another. Something that’s excludable has access limited to who wants to pay for that good or service.

Those things mentioned before, law enforcement, roads, etc., are public goods, they’re non-rivalry and not exclusive. The other things that my Leftist friends identify as public goods like welfare and Obamacare are excludable. This may be well intended, but everyone is forced to pay for them regardless of whether they use them or not.

Central control, or using the Marxist phrase, central planning, the Soviets and Chinese Communists implemented, and our government is implementing the same. This is where the ‘socialism’ part comes in. We keep getting legislation passed that regulates the private sector, in fact controlling it, plus legislation creating ‘public goods’ that only a small sector of the population uses. That’s the control part. We are, as a nation, moving closer to having all goods and services controlled by the government. The stated goal by Democrats and other Leftists (and yes, some Republicans) is to ensure a leveling of incomes through redistribution (mostly through progressive taxation).

This provides control of goods and services usually provided by the private sector. That it’s successful as a method of redistribution was brought in to question by an overt Communist, the Left’s much admired Mikhail Gorbachev.
“Wage leveling has a destructive impact not only on the economy but also on people’s morality, and their entire way of thinking and acting. It diminishes the prestige of conscientious, creative labor, weakens discipline, destroys interest in improving skills, and is detrimental to the competitive spirit in work. We must say bluntly that wage-leveling is a reflection of petty bourgeois view which have nothing in common with Marxism-Leninism or scientific socialism.”
Since the inception of the Democrats “War on Poverty”, we have the same amount of poverty in this country.

Fanny Mae and Freddie Mac, a vital part of the private sector real estate market have lost billions of dollars, is controlled by the government. The government doesn’t have to own Fanny and Freddie; it just needs to control them. Traditional socialism was about ownership of production; now the insidious part is the Socialists just need to control, not own it. It runs in the background, so not many pay attention to it. They're busy working and raising families. That’s why we hear the Democrats always saying we need more regulation, it’s how they control, quietly.

Leftists control education, the auto industry, the banking industry, the agricultural industry, the real estate industry, the financial and insurance industries, and have done so putting forth the idea this control is for the purpose of redistributing the wealth. It’s in fact about redistributing power from the people to themselves.   

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Oh No, Not Again! Dems Supporting Another "Democratic Revolution"

Supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood. Nice Hood. Reminder of any other group?
Democracy and freedom is the base of the revolt in Egypt? The Left, the Democrat Party, and Obama personally, have been making utterances supporting the ouster of the current dictatorship in favor of the only strong political organization there, the Muslim Brotherhood. They were founded in 1928 with two primary goals; establish international Sharia Law, and to kill Jews.

Motto of the Muslim Brotherhood
- Allah is our objective.
- The Prophet is our leader.
- Qur'an is our law.
- Jihad is our way.
- Dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope.

This fits in with the Left’s support of earlier “democratic revolutions” in the Middle East. The Left, led by anti Semite Jimmy Carter, supported the Ayatollah Khomeini over the Shah. That worked out well. They supported the “democratic revolution” in Gaza, understanding the result would be rule by the terrorist group Hamas. They supported the “democratic revolution” in Lebanon that resulted in the dictatorship of the terrorist organization Hezb'allah. Both of these groups were spawned by the Muslim Brotherhood.

Now we have the Left saying we need to make nice with the Muslim Brotherhood and Mubarak must go. That view was clearly articulated by the main financier of the Left and Democrat Party, George Soros. Soros clearly expresses the anti Semitism of the Left and Democrat Party today in an article in the Washington Post, blaming Israel for the mess in Egypt.
“The main stumbling block is Israel. In reality, Israel has as much to gain from the spread of democracy in the Middle East as the United States has. But Israel is unlikely to recognize its own best interests because the change is too sudden and carries too many risks. And some U.S. supporters of Israel are more rigid and ideological than Israelis themselves. Fortunately, Obama is not beholden to the religious right, which has carried on a veritable vendetta against him. The American Israel Public Affairs Committee is no longer monolithic or the sole representative of the Jewish community. The main danger is that the Obama administration will not adjust its policies quickly enough to the suddenly changed reality.
…I am, as a general rule, wary of revolutions. But in the case of Egypt, I see a good chance of success.”
 Jews see, are the ones holding up this next fine “democratic revolution”.

The Muslim Brotherhood has already called for the closing of the Suez Canal and for the Egyptian Army to invade Israel, and to remove the blockade to Gaza so arms can flow freely to Hamas and the PLO. Obama and the Democrat Party are saying we should be accepting of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Give Peace a Chance.