Monday, December 31, 2012

America Looks Bad as 2012 Closes

2012 wasn’t exactly America’s finest year.

In fact, it was a year marked with embarrassing levels of hatred, deceit, corruption, blindness and senselessness.

In my opinion, the re-election of Barack Obama signifies that America, as it was meant to be, is dead. And from where I’m standing, with history as a guide, I’m not entirely confident we can be revived anytime soon.

I was disappointed, of course, when Obama was elected the first time. But I still proudly believed that my country was the greatest in the world and I truly valued my standing as an American citizen.

I can’t claim the same thing this time around. I can’t claim any great confidence in America’s future. But that’s not to say that everything’s lost, largely because America isn’t everything anyway.

It never was.

Neither, for that matter, is China, Brazil, Russia, England or the hodgepodge of crippled European countries devoted to their socialist credos of ignoring facts and figures and budgets. This whole, messed up world is… well… messed up. And, quite contrary to the theory of evolution, we don’t seem to be getting that much smarter as we progress onward through history.

     I know who goes before me
     I know who stands behind
     The God of angel armies
     Is always by my side
     The one who reigns forever
     He is a friend of mine
     The God of angel armies
     Is always by my side

And that’s all that matters as we close 2012 and start a New Year.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

All They Want for Christmas Is a Dad

I had an absolutely wonderful Christmas with my family.

We opened up presents and played games and snuggled up and ate way too much. And yes, I was soundly walloped in Uno, Twisted Farkle and Sorry (to which I wasn’t exactly the most gracious loser in the world). But it was still a ton of fun just spending time with all of them, including my younger brother who goes to school several hours away from me and therefore doesn’t get to come home very often.

At the risk of sounding too cheesy, while I got practically everything on my wish list, my family was definitely the best part of the day and I am so grateful that I got to be with them.

But I was and still am very well aware of those who didn’t get such a blessing, and not just because some hell-bent sicko decided to go on a murdering spree. There are also many people out there who never really had that classic family Christmas to begin with, as an article I saw Christmas Eve pointed out.

I can’t find it now, but it basically detailed how many children put “Dad” on their Christmas wish list.

As in, they want a father. As in, they never really had one to begin with because they were the product of one night stands or their parents never married or maybe they divorced early on under less than faultless circumstances.

That’s just sad. For them and for society as a whole.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Two Arguments for Guns from the Tea Party and I

On Facebook the other day, I saw a Tea Party post broken up into four frames. The first shows a picture of the Obama family with just two words above it: This family.

Let your eyes wander to the next frame and you’ll see a fully armed security detail standing next to a podium marked with the Presidential Seal. The caption for that: Gets this 24/7.

Then there’s a picture of a gun, perhaps a Glock. It reads: But they feel you don’t need this.

And the final frame shows a non-presidential family and the words: To protect Yours.

Put all together, it reads: The Obamas get the protection of guns – including semi-automatic rifles – to protect themselves and their children. But they feel you don’t need any such thing for any such reason.

The Tea Party makes a good argument. Why should they get security while denying it en masse to their constituents? In fact, I’d say that’s a great argument. And here’s another one to make you think:

Liberals argue that people should be free to do whatever they want.

·         They should be encouraged to sleep with whomever they want to, despite the potential psychologically scars and physical ramifications of pregnancy and even life-threatening STDs.
·         They should be allowed to spend money as they choose, letting the government or “the rich” pick up the bill, even though such poor senses of responsibility lead to the eschewing of other important obligations … such as child care. Children are routinely abused and even killed thanks to parental neglect in this country. Maybe if people actually thought they were accountable to something other than their own instant gratification, the disturbing number of mistreated minors would dramatically decrease.
·         They should be allowed to pass the blame for non-financial mistakes if they were “born this way.” Oh, I just shot up an elementary school? Well, that was because I’m mentally ill. Oh, I got pulled over for speeding and then arrested for having drugs in my car? You can’t do that! I’m a disenfranchised African-American. Oh, I didn’t get that promotion? It’s because I’m female and they’re sexist and so I’m going to sue for discrimination! Oh, I didn’t attend classes after the first day and I barely turned in any of the homework? You should give me a W for withdrawal instead of an F for failure because I’m struggling with personal issues. And all that even though it just enables further acts of dangerous immaturity.

But when it comes to guns, that cry for freedom goes out the door? Why is that?

The kind of behavior above has resulted in lost lives: People who died of AIDs, who died due to abortions (both mothers and children), who died due to neglect from parents used to being taken care of instead of taking care of someone else, and who died because society routinely excuses depravity.

In fact, added up – or even taken separately – they undoubtedly rival if not easily beat the number of murders caused by guns in America. So clearly, there's something else going on with this debate.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

The Idiocy of Quentin Tarantino’s Race Rant

Quentin Tarantino is an idiot.

That’s hardly a surprising statement considering the disgustingly sexist, violent movies he makes.

But he’s made his level of stupidity even more dismally clear with his recent statements about racism in the U.S. Incidentally, this is the man whose newest film, Django Unchained, apparently used the N-word more than any other movie ever.

Yet here he is talking about the subject like he has some right to discuss mistreatment and prejudice. The man who never puts his actresses in anything that isn’t skintight and/or severely skimpy. Can anybody say hypocrite?

I can. But Tarantino is too much the idiot to see the irony of somebody like him standing up for human rights. So he’s more than willing to open his mouth and blather that:

“This whole thing of this ‘war on drugs’ and the mass incarcerations that have happened pretty much for the last 40 years has just decimated the black male population. It’s slavery. It is just – it’s just slavery through and through, and it’s just the same fear of the black male that existed back in the 1800s.”

As if that wasn’t senseless enough, he had to continue:

“Especially having even directed a movie about slavery. And you know the scenes that we have in the slave town, the slave auction town, where they’re moving back and forth: Well, that looks like standing in the top tier of a prison system and watching the things go down. And between the private prisons and the public prisons, the way prisoners are traded back and forth.”

I genuinely don’t understand what he’s talking about there. At all. Though that first line about him directing “a movie about slavery” makes me automatically think about that guy who played a doctor on some soap opera, then went on TV to advertise a product with the supposedly reassuring line: “I’m not a doctor. But I play one on TV.”

Just because you play pretend doesn’t make you an expert. I shouldn’t even have to say that. It’s obvious!

At least it should be. And the fact that it apparently isn’t doesn’t say anything good about America. Not one bit.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Logic and Reason Are Failing the Second Amendment, So How about Hollywood Fiction?

I really don’t feel like delving into the topic of gun control right now. But I’m going to anyway, since President Obama and his nitwit Vice President Joe Biden are talking about it.

I could use classic arguments about how guns don’t kill people; people kill people. I could point out examples of violence done to victims with knives, common household items, fists, animals, etc. I could list case after case after case of targeted victims who protected themselves from further harm with legally purchased handguns.

And it all would all be true and valid and logical.

But considering our ever lengthening list of examples of societal incompetence, I’ll try lowering myself to what seems to be the average level of comprehension in America these days, and I’ll put the argument into terms that people do respond to…

Earlier this year, I got addicted to the show Revolution, which airs on NBC on Monday nights. It’s a post-apocalyptic tale set in the not-too-far-off future, where the entire world’s electrical grid has mysteriously failed and the United States of America no longer exists. Instead, the country is ruled by various warlords who exercise totalitarian control, taking what they want when they want it.

In this Hollywood fiction, these governments outlaw guns. Firearms are an absolute no-no for private citizens to hold. And there’s a reason why. Because if private citizens could own guns, they could fight back much more effectively when the government comes by to confiscate property and rights and people.

Now Revolution also makes it clear that this regime was started with altruistic reasons. One man was tired of seeing lawless, self-focused people hurting others in the resulting chaos of the blackout. So he initiated law after law after law after law after law to ensure order, until he had implemented so many rules and regulations that there was no way to enforce them except with tyranny.

By that point, former U.S. citizens had given up so many of their rights that they didn’t have much left to fight back with. And so tyranny reigned.

That’s what giving up gun rights can do.

Seems melodramatic and silly? Using Hollywood fiction to make real life arguments?

But our dumbed down society seems to respond more positively to entertainment than logic and reason today, so why not?

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

My Response to “Adam Lanza’s Mother”

Much has been made about the essay “I Am Adam Lanza’s Mother” since Friday’s mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.

I’ve seen it posted on Facebook. I’ve seen it advertised on news dissemination sites like Yahoo. And I can now honestly say that I’ve read the whole thing.

I read how a 13-year-old boy – code named Michael in the article – called his mother “a stupid b*tch” when she told him he needed to change his pants. I read how he also told her “This is America. I have rights!”

So what did she do to correct his erroneous view of his rights and his country? She told him in an “affable, reasonable” tone that he couldn’t wear whatever pants he wanted to, that he couldn’t call her nasty names and that he couldn’t play with his “electronics for the rest of the day.”

Michael has also apparently pulled a knife on her before, threatening to kill them both. It’s apparently an expected possibility considering that “Adam Lanza’s Mother” has instated a “safety plan” for her two other children, aged seven and nine.

They have to suffer for his “mental illness,” but the only recorded consequence for Michael himself was that his mother “methodically collected all the sharp objects in the house into a single Tupperware container that now travels with” her. Because that’s going to teach him!

The woman also references “a contained school environment where children who can’t function in normal classrooms can access their right to free public babysitting… until they turn 18” and “our society, with its stigma on mental illness and its broken healthcare system.”

“A right to free public babysitting?” Is that anything like a 13-year-old’s “right” to wear whatever pants he wants to school? I mean, “this is America,” after all. So why not?

There are so many ways I argue “Adam Lanza’s Mother.” I could point out that America doesn’t need to “talk about mental illness;” we need to talk about discipline and responsibility and consequences.  I could mention that we’re once again focusing on understanding the perpetrators instead of helping the victims they leave behind. I could ask why everybody else has to suffer while those with “mental illnesses” get coddled.

I could also point out that there really doesn’t seem to be any stigma on mental illness anymore, not when so many people in Western societies rely on drugs these days to ease such issues. We have K-college accommodations given to people with mental and behavioral issues. And we have criminals playing the insanity card when they have no real reason to.

So tell me “Adam Lanza’s Mother:” What do we need to talk about? Why your son is the way that he is? Whether it’s bad parenting, bad societal influences or just bad character that needs to be disciplined out of him before he becomes the next sicko to ruin peoples’ lives?

And maybe, just maybe, we should talk about the families devastated because Adam Lanza and his “mental illness” decided to shoot up an elementary school. Just for a full week?

Then we can go back to pitying and accommodating you and your obviously troubled son for making this life that much more difficult for everybody else.

I hope you enjoy your Christmas this year. Because there  are too many other families that won't because of excuses like yours.

Monday, December 17, 2012

A Conservative Perspective on the Connecticut Elementary School Shooting

The shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown Connecticut was senseless and horrific and depraved. And its consequences will last long after the media stops covering it.

All I could think about on Friday was the Christmas presents lying under twenty-six Christmas trees that won’t be unwrapped this year… because the intended recipients – twenty of which were little children, aged six and seven years old – are dead.

Nothing will bring those people back to their loved ones. Not in this life, anyway. Twenty-six families are going to have to survive a miserable, heart-wrenching Christmas. And then when they’ve gotten through that, they’ll have to get through a whole new year of holidays and birthdays without loved ones, mourning for the people who should be with them still but aren’t.

And all because 20-year-old Adam Lanza succumbed to some false notion of the value of life: a lie that has been systematically foisted on society for far too long now.

I hate to make such an unfathomable loss of life political, but the mainstream media certainly lost no time in doing so, blaming guns and demanding stricter gun control practically from the first round of reporting. And President Obama – who was more than happy to slip guns into the hands of hideously violent Mexican drug cartels – is now out there saying that:

“We can’t tolerate this anymore. These tragedies must end. And to end them, we must change… We bear responsibility for every child… This is our first task: caring for our children.”

In other words: Let’s callously use this tragedy to make it even more difficult for law-abiding citizens to purchase guns, furthering government control until it controls all.

In other words: Let’s forget that a hundred years ago, a much larger fraction of United States citizens owned guns and yet a much smaller fraction of United States citizens went about shooting up elementary schools and movie theaters and neighborhoods. In other words: Let’s blame guns for something that schools and society are blatantly culpable of.

This devaluing of life is something that has been a longtime in the making with the continuing decisions to alienate religion whenever and wherever possible, especially Christianity, which teaches a respect for God, law and order, and each other. It’s been a longtime coming thanks to our decision to legalize abortion, promoting the murder of innocents as a right worth defending and being proud of at the expense of anything and everything else. It’s been a longtime coming thanks to Hollywood films and TV shows and videogames romanticizing passion over logic and instant gratification over consideration.

And something that’s been a longtime coming isn’t bound to get any better by simply encouraging more of the same status quo. So anybody who honestly thinks that ridding the nation of guns is going to prevent such tragedies and save our children in the future?

Well, they should be used to disappointment at this point anyway.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Idiot ESPN Commentator Questions Redskins Quarterback Robert Griffin III’s Real Race

I’m not black. And I didn’t major in African America studies in college either. So I’m hardly an expert on the subject.

But I do have eyes. So I’m fairly sure that Redskins Quarterback Robert Griffin III is a black man. And judging by his own words, it would seem that he thinks he’s black as well.

In a news conference the other day, he spoke out on the issue, saying, “For me, you don’t ever want to be defined by the color of your skin. You want to be defined by your work ethic, the person that you are, your character, your personality. That’s what I’ve tried to go out and do. I am an African American in America. That will never change. But I don’t have to be defined by that.”

But such evidence only goes so far to brilliant thinkers like ESPN analyst Rob Parker, who has apparently been analyzing Griffin for some time now.

His conclusion? Well, the talented rookie might be “a brother,” but he might also just be “a cornball brother.” Don’t ask me what that means exactly, since even – which is usually so helpful when it comes to juvenile terminology – didn’t have a definition for the label. But considering Parker’s other comments about Griffin, I’m going to guess that it’s not very flattering…

The ignorant man continued with: “He’s not real. Okay, he’s black, he kind of does the thing, but he’s not really down with the cause. He’s not one of us. He’s kind of black, but he’s not really, like, the guy you want to hang out with because he's off to something else. We all know he has a white fiancee. [Gasp of shock and horror! An interracial marriage! How dare he?!!!] There was all this talk about how he’s a Republican [Which is even worse than keeping a white girl!!!!]...”

Personally, Parker’s words ring as rather ridiculous to me. Because I thought that being black was a physical attribute. Part of certain people’s DNA.

As far as I always understood it, being black is just like being white or being female or being male: It’s something humans are or aren’t born with. It’s something that, to some degree, contributes to who we are, but still merely makes up one portion of a much more complex being.

Clearly though, I’m a silly white girl – and a Republican at that! – for thinking any such thing.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Google’s Eric Schmidt and Great Britain’s Vince Cable Know Nothing About Capitalism

Google Chairman Eric Schmidt and Great Britain’s Business Secretary Vince Cable have officially gone head to head to see who’s more ignorant about the true meaning of capitalism.

Schmidt technically started the spat by funneling $9.8 billion of international revenue to Bermuda last year to cut the company’s tax requirements in half. With that information now aired, he’s defending the decision, saying, “It’s called capitalism.”

Since Bermuda is a British territory, Secretary Cable had this to say in response: “It may well be called [capitalism] but it’s certainly not the job of governments to accommodate it.”

How wrong are they both about the proper definition of that word? Where can I even begin?

First of all, Schmidt is about as much a capitalist as Obama is. And newsflash: The President isn’t, considering how he throws taxpayer dollars at industries (e.g. automotive, alternative energy), advances government-paid health insurance, and favors high taxes and more spending.

That’s not capitalism; it’s socialism light, a form of government that tends to progress into straight-up socialism and therefore tyranny. Nor is capitalism the act of schmoozing the government out of taxpayer money, which is exactly what Eric Scmidt has been doing for years.

How else can you explain the following facts stacked up against each other:

·         Back in 2008, Google was one of Obama’s biggest corporate donors, at least when it came to funding the inaugural ball, which it donated a total of $150,000 towards.
·         In 2010, the National Legal and Policy Center urged the House Oversight Committee to investigate “a growing body of evidence” pointing to an “unusually close relationship” between Google and the Obama administration.
·         In 2011, similar allegations came up, this time concerning Schmidt and company having given Obama special access to their new advertising program for his re-election efforts.
·         Earlier in 2012, a federal appeals court refused to release information concerning alleged ties between Google and the NSA, which had come under suspicion earlier.
·         And now it’s come out that Obama offered Schmidt his pick between Treasury Secretary, Commerce Secretary and the new “Secretary of Business” positions.

Schmidt picked none. Why would he want to work for the government when he can make so much more using it as an unfair disadvantage that has nothing to do with the free markets?

As for Vince Cable, why shouldn’t the government “accommodate” capitalism, when capitalism – the real kind; not the cronyism favored by Schmidt – is about allowing people the freedom to work and produce and design according to their own goals. It’s about the right to take responsibility for one’s actions and reactions. It’s about the ability to try for something better without having to kiss up to some government bureaucrat.

That's what capitalism is, even if neither government nor business knows it anymore.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Education Results Show Our Children Are Losing Intellectually Too

Yesterday, I wrote about the sad state of American education, whether it comes from dumbed-down schools, incompetent parents or the instant-gratification-touting entertainment media. And I noted how children are becoming more and more violent, resorting to serious crimes for stupid reasons.

Today, I’m going to ignore a number of fun little factoids that point to the increasing inanity of human behavior to simply say “I told you so.”

So forget that there are 176,632 people in England Wales who believe they’re Jedi Knights; that some woman in Canada believes her monkey “should be given the right to choose” where he lives; and that a 22-year-old Danish tennis player is under fire for stuffing her shirt and shorts with towels in a ridiculous Serena Williams impersonation, which is now being decried as racist.

We’re staying close to home today with our own brand of stupid.

It would appear that, while our fourth-graders are supposedly doing better in math and reading than they were four years ago (Possibly because the standards were lowered? Or maybe due to school districts falsifying test results in order to get fame and fortune? Hey. Both have happened before. Repeatedly.), our eighth graders aren’t showing any such improvement.

Globally, we fall far behind Finland and Singapore in both math and reading, while Russia, Japan and Taiwan easily trump us in the former and Hong Kong, Slovenia and South Korea beat us in science. Meanwhile, Education Secretary Arne Duncan predicts: “If we as a nation don’t turn that around, those nations will soon be out-competing us in a knowledge-based, global economy.”

In other words, all of those programs we’ve been spending so much money on over the last few years? They’ve done nothing. And yes, I recognize that statement blames Bush as well. But unlike liberals, I’m honest enough to point out flaws in my party when I see them.

Though, speaking of liberals, education spending in the liberal bastion of Detroit have shown particularly poor progress considering that only 7% of eighth graders meet their reading requirements.

7%. That’s hideous.

What is even more pathetic though is that, in one sense, we actually have fewer children to educate these days. According to the USDA, youth make up a smaller share of the U.S. population today than previously recorded. Probably in part because of our abortion policies.

Yet, even with our lightened loads and increased spending, they’re getting more ignorant.

There’s something obviously wrong with that.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Our Criminals Are Getting Younger and Younger. Guess Why.

On Sunday, a 22 year-old Oregon woman was the victim of an attempted carjacking and robbery. The two perpetrators pulled a gun on her outside of a church parking lot and told her they “were going to blow” her brains out, as she recalls.

They were aged seven and 11.

In Pennsylvania, there’s a recently bereaved father and daughter thanks to a 13 year-old and two 14 year-olds shot who shot and murdered another 22 year-old when she refused to give them cigarettes.

And in Wisconsin, three more kids barely able to qualify as teenagers are being held on armed robbery charges after they wielded a knife in order to steal condoms and candy from a Walgreens.

Consider first that these stories are hardly isolated. Examples of children attacking, terrorizing and killing other children and/or adults are most certainly on the rise these days.

Now think about how such reprobate youth seem more than happy to use whatever tools they can get their hands on – from planks (as happened in my own Baltimore, Maryland last year) to knives to their own two fists – thereby making the arguments about “gun control” somewhat meaningless.

Finally, ask yourself why nobody prominent in American politics is talking about education reform?

Anybody can see that these kids are getting some serious misinformation somewhere. Considering today’s trends, logic dictates that these lies are coming from some combination of their home lives, their schooling or the media. Or maybe (almost unquestionably), from all three.

Regardless, it’s fairly obvious that 1) they’re being told somewhere that they deserve whatever they want, that nobody else matters and their own desires for instant gratification are perfectly justifiable; and 2) they’re stupid enough to believe what they’re being told.

So again, I have to ask: When are we going to start doing more than damage control?

Sadly, the answer seems just as obvious: At this rate, apparently never.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Massachusetts’ Elizabeth Warren an Across-the-Board Embarrassment

Elizabeth Warren.

Senator-elect in Massachusetts.

Definitely, possibly – ok, not really – 1/16 Native American.

Idiot extraordinaire.

Last week, Ms. Warren sent out an email to her campaign donors announcing that she went through the $42 million they gave her and is subsequently broke. Actually, worse than broke. According to one source, she’s $400,000 in the hole.

No, really. Pizza. Here’s her email:

“When my campaign team planned our final budget, we knew our Get Out the Vote push was going to be BIG.

“But it was far bigger than anyone ever expected…

For example, we knew we would have to buy a LOT of coffee and pizza all across the Commonwealth for our volunteers. After all, we’ve been proud beyond words to have one of the scrappiest, toughest grassroots armies ever assembled in Massachusetts or even the country – and a grassroots army moves on coffee and pizza…

“But one of the results of our embarrassment of riches was, well I’ll come out and say it – we ended up with a little bit of debt… we need a little more money to pay off our final bills. Can you help one more time?

Like I said before: Idiot extraordinaire. Not to mention totally classless.

In that email, she sounds a lot like an irresponsible ninth grader trying to wheedle her way into more cash after she maxed out daddy’s credit card… and not at all like what should be expected of a U.S. Senator (or a Harvard professor, an intellectual, a grown woman, an American or a sentient being with a functioning brain).

Considering that such inane reasoning is her norm, it makes one wonder what's wrong with people from Massachusetts. Because even a mentally deficient populace should be able to see her for the embarrassment that she is.

Friday, December 7, 2012

American Taxpayers Pay Over $115,000 on First Daughter Malia’s 2012 Spring Break

I’m not trying to bash First Daughter Malia Obama with this post. I don’t know enough about the President’s oldest daughter for one thing and, for another, I feel rather bad for her and her younger sister. Growing up can be hard enough with good role models and positive instruction, so I can’t imagine what it’s like with bitter, racist, greedy, dishonest parents like Barack and Michelle.

So my apologies if this post sounds like it’s unduly harsh against a child. If it sounds like it’s taking the President to task for his selfish hypocrisy, however, then good; that’s exactly how it’s intended since it’s exactly the truth.

Back in March 2012, Malia and 12 of her friends got to go down to Mexico for Spring Break. Today, thanks to a Judicial Watch Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, we learn just how much it cost U.S. taxpayers…

Exactly $115,500.87.

Here’s the breakdown:

$23,964.81 for ground transportation
$21,636.14 for lodging
$47,767.34 for airfare
$21,636.14 for “vouchers”
$449.66 for “support charges”

President Obama is constantly talking about “the rich” paying “their fair share” of the government’s huge fiscal deficit. But it’s a fiscal deficit brought on through completely irresponsible spending by politicians like him.

This begs the question why any private sector American – rich or poor – should have to suffer the burden of paying off the debt at all. Shouldn’t that be the government’s responsibility since it’s government employees taking private trips on military jets, sending money to diabolical dictators every year, and funding “the poor” all the way to their weekly strip club visits?

But of course not, because that would make sense. And that's not what America is about anymore.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

What’s So Scary About Christianity?

I genuinely don’t understand what’s so scary about Christianity. And I’m not talking about the two-faced, religious snots who walk around with their noses in the air thinking that they have a better handle on Christ-like behavior than Christ himself does.

The Westboro Baptists? The pastor’s wife who repeatedly told my younger sister that she dressed like a slut? The woman at my parent’s recent church who kicked them off the worship team without a shred of human decency and with no reasonable explanation?

Those people might like to call themselves Christians, but they don’t represent real Christianity. They represent the ignorance, selfishness and general depravity of human nature in the same way that Bill Clinton and his ruthless sexscapades, the liberal operatives who callously manipulated mentally disabled people into voting for Obama, and the animal in Egypt who shot a sixteen-year-old girl when she merely retaliated against sexual harassment.

Human nature is corrupt, and unfortunately Christians aren’t any less susceptible to that corruption than anybody else. We should be, but too often, we’re not. And when we act just like everybody else, we admittedly become hypocrites.

So Christians? Sure. Sometimes I can understand why people have a bad opinion of us (though usually I just have to wonder how they can point fingers when they behave just as bad or worse).

But even then, I still don’t understand what they have against Christianity.

What makes Jesus and his teachings so disturbing that we have to order little school children to edit God out of their poems, as happened at North Carolina’s West Marian Elementary School?

Why do we feel the need to threaten a lawsuit against an annual Christmas fundraiser in Hawaii? Mitch Kale, founder of the Hawaii Citizens for the Separation of State and Church, says he did it due to “an entanglement between a public school and a Christian church,” completely ignoring the tens of thousands of dollars the event brings in for impoverished Africans since the New Hope Church handles ticket sales and sells those tickets at its service.

How do we rationally justify forbidding a bunch of school children in Arkansas from seeing “Merry Christmas Charlie Brown,” which includes a reading of Jesus’s birth?

Maybe it’s that Christianity encourages responsibility, a word that this world is increasingly despising these days. In America, for example, we want “the rich” to pay for “the poor’s” mistakes… to have all the sex we want without any consequences: physical, financial or ethical… and our iPhones, movie tickets and bling in hand without having to work for them.

Maybe society can’t stand Christianity so much because it knows it doesn’t want to be reminded that it’s going to hell in a hand basket… It just wants to enjoy the ride for what it’s worth, which at this point isn’t all that much.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

The FBI Records American Citizens’ Emails for No Good Reason at All

The NSA has a whistleblower, and he’s saying some very interesting things…

Things like: The FBI records most U.S. citizen’s emails.

This whistleblower, William Binney, says that nobody is really exempt from such spying, including members of Congress and top government officials, such as the now disgraced General Petraeus.

It was essentially FBI efforts that brought Petraeus down, and at a highly suspicious time, mind you, just when he was about to take the stand in the Benghazi embassy attack investigation. Sifting through his private emails one by one by one, they just happened to uncover the affair right when President Obama’s presidency was in jeopardy?

A little convenient, to say the least.

Now from an average American’s perspective, this blatant invasion of privacy is exceedingly disturbing. And no, I don’t have any skeletons in my closest that I’m worried about: No naughty mistresses or ties to radical groups or admissions of guilt to crimes committed ten years back.

But that’s not the point.

The point is that the government is treating us as if we’re guilty before we’re proven innocent. No. Strike that. In the government’s mind, we’re just guilty. Period.

Hence the reason why the FBI reserves the right to sift through our emails at will. No amount of established innocence can apparently change the belief that we’re all highly suspect.

Suspect in what exactly? Well, that’s classified information, right up until the point when it’s convenient to bring it out into the open, as General Petraeus found out the hard way.

For most of us, that day of convenience might never come. We’ll probably (hopefully) be able to skate through life without ever having to worry about the government airing our dirty laundry.

But the fact remains that the government retains that power over us nonetheless. And that’s not a power I prefer to entrust to anyone, much less an institution so full of corruption, unnecessary deception and willful stupidity.

Is the government recording this right now?

Quite possibly.

So knowing that, let me repeat myself: The powers that be in D.C. are full of corruption, unnecessary deception and willful stupidity. Sorry if that hurts, guys, but facts are facts.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

A Divided America Doesn’t Sound So Bad Right Now

You know, the more I read the news, the more I really do think that the only possible political solution available to America today is to divide the country in half.

Liberals get the western portion and Conservatives can have the East.

Over on their side, they’ll have wealthy businessmen and women like Warren Buffett, Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey, Theresa Heinz-Kerry, most of Silicone Valley and the vast majority of Hollywood: Plenty of rich people to tax.

Gun control can be tight so that nobody but the government and thugs (Oops. That’s repetitive.) can hold any real power. Borders can be open, streaming in thousands of, well, non-illegals every day to add to poverty and crime levels. Criminals can be coddled, especially if they fit into some “minority” category. And healthcare, education – including classes on “condom negotiation” – and abortion can be free for all.

And on top of all that, the government can just keep inventing more currency, devaluing its dollar into bankruptcy and ultimate obscurity.

Conservatives, admittedly, would lose a lot out of this deal, like:
  • The shame of knowing we share citizenship with the likes of Joe Biden, who’s apparently dumb enough to send a “Get Well” card to an accused child molester
  • Far too easily accessible political commentary from CNBC’s Chuck Todd, who just promoted the idea that Republicans’ reticence to fall at Obama’s feet is practically the same thing as supporting slavery
  • An exceedingly intrusive government with an out-of-control spending problem that, like so many other addicts out there, chooses to blame others (i.e. citizens) for its problems, levying burdensome taxes instead of exhibiting some semblance of fiscal control

 Somehow though, I think we’d survive.

The same, however, can’t be said about the other side.

Monday, December 3, 2012

John Boehner Talking Tough on Fiscal Cliff Negotiations

Sometimes I approve of John Boehner as Speaker of the House and sometimes I don’t. And sometimes I feel as if he says one thing to certain constituents to shut them up, only to do the complete opposite behind closed doors.

So I’m not willing to bet yet whether he’s pulling a fast one on fiscal cliff negotiations. But so far, he’s at least talking right…

The economic proposal presented to Congress last week by Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner ‘was not a serious offer,’ Speaker of the House John Boehner said on ‘Fox News Sunday.’

“‘I was just flabbergasted,’ Boehner said. ‘I looked at him and said, ‘You can’t be serious.’ I’ve just never seen anything like it.’

“The proposal includes $1.6 trillion in new revenues over 10 years, which Boehner said is twice as much as President Barack Obama asked for during the campaign, and $400 billion in spending cuts.

“‘Right now, I would say we’re nowhere,’ he said, describing the last three weeks of negotiations as ‘wasted.’ ‘The president’s idea of a negotiation is roll over and do what I ask.’

“Host Chris Wallace asked Boehner whether mortgage-interest and charitable deductions would be eliminated in an effort [to] raise revenues. Boehner refused to answer. Then, Boehner hinted he might allow the country [to] fall off the fiscal cliff when he intoned, ‘I’m determined to solve our debt problem. We have a serious spending problem, and it is going to be dealt with.’

“Boehner said tax increases on the wealthiest 2 percent of Americans will damage the economy and is not the solution.

“‘If there’s another way to get revenue from upper-income Americans that doesn’t hurt our economy, then why wouldn’t we consider it?’ he asked. ‘We’re not going to be able to cut our way out of this problem, nor can we just grow our way out of the problem. We have to have a balanced approach.’”

Like I said, wise words. So far.

Now we just have to wait and see whether Boehner backs them up.

Friday, November 30, 2012

A Round of Applause for Detroit Mayor Dave Bing for Stating the Obvious

Detroit Mayor Dave Bing says his city lives in an “environment… of entitlement,” which marks him a clear contender for this week’s Most Obvious Statement award.

But those are just words. And as politicians have shown one too many times, words mean less than the U.S. dollar will after President Obama “saves” us from the fiscal cliff by jacking up taxes, ramping up spending and adding more “stimulus” to the economy.

Furthermore, something tells me that Bing would be on board with such liberal measures, despite his professed belief in making tough decisions to save the city’s future.

First of all, he’s the mayor of Detroit, an automatic strike against him considering the especially corrupt nature of politicians there. And then there’s the added fact that, in the same interview, Bing also described his position as “probably the second most difficult job in this country behind the president.”

If he really thinks that Obama – with his $4 million taxpayer-paid holidays in Hawaii, slapstick solutions to real problems and staunch refusal to take responsibility for anything – has a hard job, then my guess is Bing is going to fail at turning Detroit around.

And with that guess, I suppose I’m in the running for the Most Obvious Statement award as well.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

English Professor Declares Stalin an Upstanding Kind of Guy Guilty of No Crimes

On November 19, I wrote about the mainstream media’s uncomfortably close, long-term relationship with Russia. And on the 27th, I composed a blog post titled, “Even Statist Russia Thinks We’re Insane for Re-electing Barack Obama.”

In the latter, I quoted an article from Russia’s Pravda, including a passage proclaiming Obama to be “a communist without question promoting the Communist Manifesto without calling it so. How shrewd he is in America. His cult of personality mesmerizes those who cannot go beyond their ignorance. They will continue to follow him like those fools who still praise Lenin and Stalin in Russia. Obama’s fools and Stalin’s fools share the same drink of illusion.”

Sadly, those words are much more true than even I realized at the time I re-published them. And just as sadly, I didn’t even think of mentioning at the time that it isn’t just the mainstream media that’s so eager to get hot and heavy with Stalin’s ghost; the American education system doesn’t completely shun it either, as evidenced by Montclair State University English Professor Dr. Grover Furr’s recent tirade in defense of Stalin.

During the question and answer portion of a presentation, he angrily said that the idea of Stalin being a mass murderer was “b*llsh*t,” adding, “I have spent many years researching this and similar questions that I have yet to find one crime – yet to find one crime – that Stalin committed. I know they all say he killed 20 or 30 or 40 million people. It’s bullshit.”

And apparently he’s not the only one to teach this kind of excessively harmful delusion, judging by the student audience’s reaction. Which consisted of clapping and cheering.

Clapping and cheering. For a man defending a brutal dictator on par – if not worse – than Adolf Hitler. Essentially, Furr amounts to a Holocaust denier, somebody so hell-bent on his agenda that he can’t be bothered to look at the facts, which clearly show a brutal regime filled with starvation, torture and severe oppression.

Knowing that we’re promoting lunatic notions like this to our young people, it makes a lot more sense why we are where we are today.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

President Obama Gets the Savior Title Again While New Jersey and New York Continue Suffering Sandy’s Aftermath

First Jamie Foxx referred to President Obama as “Our Lord and Savior” on Sunday at the Soul Train Awards on BET. Now a painting of Obama in a crucifixion pose across the Presidential Seal – complete with a cross of thorns – hangs in a community college art gallery in Boston.

According to Fox News, “Truth” as the painting is called, was supposed to debut during Obama’s first year in office, but the “event was cancelled due to public outrage.” Painter Michael D’Antuono says he always regretted that decision because his “First Amendment rights should override someone’s hurt feelings. We should celebrate the fact that we live in a country where we are given the freedom to express ourselves.”

He added, “The crucifixion of the president was meant metaphorically. My intent was not to compare him to Jesus.”

Ok. So his intent was to what then? Compare Obama to some other famous person who’s been crucified with crowns of thorns on their heads?

D’Antuono use of the word “metaphorically” is equally weak, since a metaphor is simply comparing one thing to another… just like he’s clearly comparing Obama to Jesus. And as for freedom of expression, there’s a line where polite society says enough is enough. Then again, clearly we’re no longer in a polite society, so I guess that’s a moot point.

What is relevant, however, is that Obama hasn’t done a single thing to deserve the Messiah title.

Who has he saved? What miracles has he performed? Where has the sea receded?

Sure, go and argue that obstructionist Republicans have kept Obama from accomplishing his goals. But the real Savior was able to perform miracle after miracle after miracle despite his very real, very powerful opposition in the Jewish religious leaders and even the ruling might of Rome.

Obama can’t even provide sufficient federal aid to the hard-hit portions of New York and New Jersey an entire month after Hurricane Sandy hit them.

NBC reports that, in New York City, “more than 800 storm-damaged apartment buildings lack heat still… [And] an estimated 6,000 private homes also lack heat and power.” Meanwhile, in New Jersey, that small business owner Obama held so tenderly is painting him a false prophet.

During the photo op – and let’s face it: That’s all it was – “I was very excited and felt warm by the embrace thinking this is really going to happen. I’m going to get the help I need because he promised that,” she told Fox News. “I’ve gotten no help. I’ve gotten nothing but ‘No, you’re not covered for this. No, you’re not covered for that.’”

I wonder if D’Antuono has a metaphor for that.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

An Unlikely Act of Terror

Sometimes, I am utterly amazed how people can twist the truth. Take the paragraph below:

“A local militia, believed to be a terrorist organization, attacked the property of private citizens today at our nation’s busiest port. Although no one was injured in the attack, a large quantity of merchandise, considered to be valuable to its owners and loathsome to the perpetrators, was destroyed. The terrorists, dressed in disguise and apparently intoxicated, were able to escape into the night with the help of local citizens who harbor these fugitives and conceal their identities from the authorities. It is believed that the terrorist attack was a response to the policies enacted by the occupying country’s government. Even stronger policies are anticipated by the local citizens.”

According to CBS Houston, that passage is taken directly out of a lesson plan put together and promoted by the Texas Education Service Center Curriculum Collaborative. And it’s about the Boston Tea Party.

The Boston Tea Party. An act of terror.

Maybe we should have let Hitler win too.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Even Statist Russia Thinks We’re Insane for Re-electing Obama

Russia is one of those communist countries that likes to think it’s not really communist anymore. Despite its state-owned businesses and heavy-handed government, Russia’s regime-controlled media likes to hold it up as a shining example of positive progress and enlightenment.

Then there’s America, a capitalist country increasingly turning into a communist stronghold, with state-owned businesses, a heavy-handed government and a regime-controlled media.

That’s not to say that the United States is completely comparable to Russia just yet. But it’s still telling when Russia’s Pravda – a newspaper even liberal-leaning Wikipedia labels as communist – has this to say about America’s most recent electoral decision and its consequences…

“Recently, Obama has been re-elected for a 2nd term by an illiterate society and he is ready to continue his lies of less taxes while he raises them. He gives speeches of peace and love in the world while he promotes wars as he did in Egypt, Libya and Syria. He plans his next war is with Iran as he fires or demotes his generals who get in the way.”


“… O'bomber even keeps the war going along the Mexican border with projects like "fast and furious" and there is still no sign of ending it.  He is a Communist without question promoting the Communist Manifesto without calling it so. How shrewd he is in America. His cult of personality mesmerizes those who cannot go beyond their ignorance. They will continue to follow him like those fools who still praise Lenin and Stalin in Russia.  Obama's fools and Stalin's fools share the same drink of illusion.”


“Russia lost its' civil war with the Reds and millions suffered torture and death for almost 75 years under the tyranny of the United Soviet Socialist Republic… The question is how long will the once ‘Land of the Free’ remain the United Socialist States of America?  Their suffering has only begun. Bye bye Miss American Pie!  You know the song you hippies. Sing it!”

Again, Russia is more than a little hypocritical in crying “Communist!” At the same time, the article makes some unfortunately accurate points, including how Obama’s “cult of personality mesmerizes those who cannot go beyond their ignorance.”

How else could a President actively and obviously stimulating economic and cultural rot not only get a second term but even be hailed as “our lord and savior, Barack Obama?” (And yes, that actually happened on Sunday at the Soul Train Awards, courtesy of Hollywood’s Jamie Foxx.)

Hopefully we can evade the same negative progression that Russia and so many other communist countries have traveled. But judging by Foxx’s absurdly ignorant comment above, we have our work cut out for us.