Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Los Angeles Bar Ordered to Remove “Thank a Veteran for Your Freedom” Sign

Reporting from Los Angeles, California, CBS has the following story:

“Veterans are rallying around a local bar whose owners say they have been ordered to remove a sign that salutes their service.

“‘Thank a veteran for your freedom!’ says a large sign perched above Johnny’s Booze and Pool. Vets love it and make up a significant part of the establishment’s clientele.

“‘I love this place. The sign gives me the pride back that I lost … I struggled a lot when I first came back,’ an Army vet told CBS2′s Stacey Butler.

“But someone complained to the city about the sign, and now the bar’s owners say they’ve been ordered to take it down.

“‘We received a letter in the mail from the city stating that we have to remove it within two days or they were going to fine us, like, $940,” says co-owner John Marovic.

“Co-owner Johnny Kresimir says he has until Tuesday to remove the sign or pay the fine. He plans to fight it, and has issued a plea on Facebook for support.

“Huntington Beach Mayor Pro-Tem Matthew Harper says he has contacted the city manager about the issue and is waiting for an answer. Harper says he would support granting a variance to allow the sign to remain standing.

“The issue has some of the sign’s supporters scratching their heads.

“Said one veteran: ‘I can understand city ordinances, but it’s been up there for 10 years. I don’t understand why it’s a problem now.’”

This is just two days before Thanksgiving. And while the story would be ridiculous regardless, it seems in especially poor taste right before a holiday set aside to thank God for our free nation.

I genuinely don’t understand why people have to be so exceptionally close minded and egotistical as to think that their opinion is the only one allowed public expression. And that’s exactly what this is: some individual or group taking offense at the very notion of freedom of speech.

Looking at it that way, I suppose it makes sense that an anti-military group would oppose that particular right. I mean, it’s one we have because of our brave soldiers and veterans…

The two are rather intertwined.

Monday, November 25, 2013

It’s Your Own Fault If You Play the Knockout Game and Get Attacked Right Back

I may or may not have already mentioned the pastime sweeping the country as of late.

It’s called “Point ‘em Out, Knock ‘em Out” or the “Knockout Game.”

Either way, the name is self-explanatory. You pick a random person out of the crowd and then you go slug them with the goal of rendering them unconscious.

There’s no financial incentive, as nobody ever gets robbed. And there’s no sexual component, as nobody ever gets raped.

It’s just about punching people out for punching people out’s sake, which is apparently a big thing among bored, urban teenagers these days.

Obviously, this is extremely dangerous for the clueless, crimeless victims. But it’s also dangerous to the thugs carrying it out, as grossly immature, selfish little brat, 17-year-old Marvell Weaver found out on February 26.

That was the day he picked out a victim who was waiting for his six-year-old daughter to be dropped off from school. Armed with a taser, he was adding a new element to the game.

Luck was not with Weaver though. Not only did the taser not work, but his intended victim was legally packing a .40 caliber pistol.

The 17-year-old ended up getting shot once in the leg and once again just an inch away from his spine. He was also arrested and is now officially sentenced to a 1-year prison term for the attack.

Fortunately, the kid isn’t as dumb as he was pretending, and he seems to have learned a lesson, acknowledging that playing the Knockout Game was a poor decision in the first place and that he got off lucky considering everything.

He also admitted that this wasn’t his first go-round. He had attacked random people before: “Not many. Six or seven. It wouldn’t be an everyday game, just a certain game to be played on certain days. You don’t even try to rob them or anything. That’s the game.”

According to Weaver, the Knockout Game isn’t gang related either. It’s just something that bored teenagers play, encouraging others to follow along in their criminal footsteps by recording it and posting it online.

I have no words. At least none that can be shared in this blog.

Friday, November 22, 2013

No Offense to Blonds…

I’m going to warn you right now: This isn’t a very nice blog entry.

In fact, I kinda feel bad posting it.

Just not bad enough, I suppose.

As a conservative, I believe in taking responsibility for my own actions, and therefore take full blame for anybody who gets offended by the following account.

As a daughter, however, I’m totally going to throw my father under the bus (Hi, Dad!) for showing it to me in the first place. Some parents, I tell you.

But without further ado, here’s the story of the woman who was shot in her own driveway…

“Linda Burnett, 26, a resident of Orlando, was visiting her in-laws and went to a nearby supermarket to pick up some groceries.

“Later, her husband noticed her sitting in her car in the driveway with the windows rolled up, her eyes closed and both hands behind the back of her head. Concerned, he walked over to the car only to notice how strange she looked. He asked her if she was okay, and she replied that she had been shot in the back of the head and had been holding her brain in for over an hour.

“Horrified, the husband called the paramedics, who had to break into the car since the doors were locked and Linda refused to remove her hands from her head. Yet when they were in, they found that Linda hadn’t been shot at all: She merely had a wad of bread dough on the back of her head.

“A Pillsbury biscuit canister had exploded from the heat, making a loud noise that sounded like a gunshot, and the wad of dough hit her in the back of her head. When she reached back to find out what it was, she felt the dough and thought it was her brain.”

“Linda is a blond, a Democrat and an Obama supporter, but that could all be a coincidence.”

“Regardless, the defective biscuit canister was analyzed and the expiration date found to be from 2008. So it was determined to be Bush's fault.”

See why I had to post it? That last line right there fit far too perfectly with yesterday’s post, “President Obama Says Republicans to Blame for Obamacare Problems.”

And even if it hadn’t, it was way too funny not to share.

All the same, sorry to any blonds I offended.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

President Obama Says Republicans to Blame for Obamacare Problems

Everybody knows by now that President Obama doesn’t like taking blame for anything.

It’s always someone else’s fault. Always.

Usually that someone else is “Republicans.”

Now that the Obamacare website, www.healthcare.gov, is a proven and continuing miserable failure, President Obama is chirping his same song again. He’s right back on his usual high horse, passing the buck and crying fowl. (Sorry for the really bad pun there. I noticed an animal theme and wanted to see how long I could keep it going.)

I’d call him a chicken... except that this latest move in the Blame Anybody but Me game takes some serious guts.

Absolutely no integrity whatsoever, but definitely guts galore.

Here’s the video. And here’s the transcript, edited of all the “uhs,” “ums,” thoughtful pauses and desperate scrambles, courtesy of Real Clear Politics:

“The last point I'll make is that in terms of expectation setting, there's no doubt that in an environment in which we had to fight tooth and nail to get this passed, it ended up being passed on a partisan basis – not for lack of trying, because I met with an awful lot of Republicans to try to get them to go along – but because there was just ideological resistance to the idea of dealing with the uninsured and people with preexisting conditions. There was a price to that, and it was that what was already going to be hard was operating within a very difficult political environment. And we should have anticipated that that would create a rockier rollout than if Democrats and Republicans were both invested in success.

“One of the problems we've had is one side of Capitol Hill is invested in failure, and that makes, I think, the kind of iterative process of fixing glitches as they come up and fine-tuning the law more challenging. But I'm optimistic that we can get it fixed.”

So basically, if Republicans weren’t so mean, the President could have unveiled Obamacare in all its intended glory, glitchless and fancy free.

Poor Obama. He has it so hard with those nasty, nasty Republicans.

And we think we have it bad losing our healthcare insurance and paying exorbitant rates for plans we don’t want.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

President Obama’s Approval Rating Slides on Continuing Obamacare Debacle

President Barack Obama’s job approval rating is down to a mere 37% according to a CBS News poll out this morning.

That probably has a lot to do with the disastrous Obamacare and its equally pathetic website, which is reporting new problems every single day, it seems.

I told you a week or so ago about how the website crashed on Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius while she was on CNN discussing the already enormously problematic issues. Well, it happened again, this time down in Miami, where she went to meet with so-called “navigators” who are supposedly helping people sign up for Obamacare.

It’s a bit difficult to sign up for coverage on a constantly crashing website though.

“The screen says ‘I’m sorry but the system is temporarily down,’” said CBS’ Brian Andrews, who was there documenting the debacle in progress.

“Uh oh,” Sebelius replied, taking the day’s award for biggest understatement… and least intelligent commentary.

“That happens every day,” responded somebody else.

(Incidentally, CBS writers spelled said person’s name one way in one paragraph and then another way in the next. They also didn’t seem quite clear on whether she was a signup-ee or a “navigator.” Either way, it doesn’t matter. The website still stinks.)

But it’s a good thing the online exchange crashes all the time since TrustedSEC CEO David Kennedy says, “Hackers are definitely after [the Obamacare website]. And if I had to guess, based on what I can see… I would say the website is either hacked already or will be soon.”

Did I mention that his company is an information security firm? So he would know.

What he might not know, since most Americans don’t, is how politicians – who keep repeating that they’re subject to the same healthcare plans as their constituents – actually have access to an exclusive array of perks, including in-person support sessions, special non-crashing websites, and a larger selection of options, including a finely tailored “gold plan.”

Anybody wondering why Obama’s job approval rating is down to 37% isn’t asking the right question. It’s only a mystery that it’s that high.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Don’t Blame MSNBC for Martin Bashir and Alec Baldwin: Blame Leftist Culture

I know when I write about half a dozen or more stories in the same blog post, I don’t get very many hits. But there are some days I simply can’t help myself.

There’s just too much to write about!

Like MSNBC’s Martin Bashir, who is apologizing for saying somebody should defecate on Sarah Palin. He now says his words “were neither accurate, nor fair. They were unworthy of anyone who would claim to have an interest in politics, and they have brought shame upon my friends and colleagues at this network, none of whom were responsible for the things that I said.”

Bashir is right on all counts, including the part where he’s solely responsible for the trash-talking, though he might have accurately added that he was only keeping up a long-standing tradition of unbecoming behavior from MSNBC.

I mean, this is the network that also employs Alec Baldwin, Hollywood’s ticking time bomb, who got caught on camera screaming “c*ck-s*cking f*g” at paparazzi… then took to the Huffington Post to claim that he didn’t use the homosexual slur but actually said “fat head.”

Though, let’s be fair to MSNBC. There’s plenty of bad behavior to go around with the mainstream media in general. For that matter, there’s plenty of bad behavior to go around leftists in general. Otherwise, how do you explain how:

·         The unemployment rate was deliberately manufactured by the Census Bureau going into the homestretch of the 2012 elections and beyond, according to an inside source.
·         The Department of Homeland Security still hasn’t fired its black employee who runs a website calling for the mass murder of white people.
·         In Wisconsin, special prosecutor Francis Schmitz has gone so far as to conduct raids, confiscate computers and order secret investigations against conservative groups and Governor Scott Walker supporters.
·         Hollywood’s Harvey Weinstein ardently claims that Obama was merely mistaken  when he repeated over and over and over again that nobody was going to lose their healthcare coverage. “This is the only country in the world where we don’t have healthcare… Obama’s not embarrassing; the country’s embarrassing,” he went on to tell CNN’s Piers Morgan (who surprisingly tried arguing the truth for once).

Martin Bashir, Alec Baldwin and the rest of the MSNBC cast… the Census Bureau, Department of Homeland Security… and other federal and state government institutions… Harvey Weinstein and the rest of Hollywood, including Alec Baldwin. Again…

It’s a deep-seated trend of pathetic behavior.

And yes, sometimes I have to call ‘em all out on it in one rambling post. Even if I don’t get any hits.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Representative Jared Polis Has the Fix We Need for Obamacare: Amnesty!

It’s official.

They honestly think we’re stupid.

I know. I know. I’ve already said that multiple times. And multiple times, it’s been true. But I’m not sure if it’s ever been this obvious before.

Nah, I take that back. Whenever Nancy Pelosi opens her mouth, it’s obvious how dumb they really think we are. In fact, I’m quite surprised she’s not the one who made this latest we-think-you’re-stupid comment:

“American citizens are essentially being forced to pay for the health care costs of people who are here illegally every day until we pass comprehensive immigration reform. We’re wondering why rates are going up. … It’s no surprise. When somebody doesn’t have insurance, their costs are shifted onto other people that do.”

Those are the words of Representative Jared Polis, a Democrat. Go figure. Not to say that Republicans don’t think we’re stupid too… just probably (hopefully?) not THIS stupid.

Speaking of stupid, I completely understand if you don’t get what in the world Polis is saying. It’s THAT dumb. So let me wade into the arrogant, nonsensical mind of a liberal for you…

What Polis is trying to say is that we can fix Obamacare’s astronomically high costs if we just pass amnesty. According to his line of reasoning, if we did, illegal immigrants wouldn’t be illegal anymore. They’d be U.S. citizens subject to the same taxes, regulations and Obamacare mandates that everyone crying over their jacked up – or altogether lost – health insurance are. And then we wouldn’t have to be paying for illegal immigrants anymore… They’d be paying their own bills!

Yeah. Sure. Sounds great. If you’re stupid and ignore one tiny, little detail, anyway… like how those illegal-immigrants-turned-U.S.-citizens still wouldn’t be paying their own medical bills.

Think about it: Most illegal immigrants aren’t exactly millionaires and billionaires. Quite the opposite. They meet the government requirements for assisted help. So they’ll be able to sign up for government-paid insurance if they’re legalized.

If anything, passing amnesty will send Obamacare’s bill even higher! For those of us who don’t meet government levels of destitution, that is.

It doesn’t take much brainpower to recognize how stupid Polis’ “fix” really is… or how stupid he must think we are if he honestly believes we’re going to buy it.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Big Government Fails at Healthcare and Environmental Protection… Can It Get Anything Right?

How well does big government work?

Not at all, judging by the latest news out about the Obamacare website, HeathCare.gov. Even with the assistance of top-notch tech teams, the site – which was opened up at the beginning of October – reportedly won’t be fully functioning even by the end of November.

Can anybody say, “Epic Fail?”

And it’s not just universal healthcare the government can’t get right. It’s also destroying the environment it swears it wants to protect? Why? Because it interferes on a nationwide level instead of letting individual efforts make far smaller and far safer efforts on their own.

Out in the Midwest, government subsidies have pushed and paid farmers to grow corn specifically to be made into ethanol, which President Bush – who wasn’t exactly a fiscal conservative himself – predicted would make America “stronger, cleaner and more secure.”

Or not.

MyWay news reports that “the ethanol era has proven far more damaging to the environment than politicians promised and much worse than the government admits today. As farmers rushed to find new places to plant corn, they wiped out millions of acres of conservation land, destroyed habitat and polluted water supplies, an Associated Press investigation found.

“Five million acres of land set aside for conservation… have vanished on Obama’s watch. Landowners filled in wetlands. They plowed into pristine prairies, releasing carbon dioxide that had been locked in the soil. Sprayers pumped out billions of pounds of fertilizer, some of which seeped into drinking water, contaminated rivers and worsened the huge dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico where marine life can’t survive.

“The consequences are so severe that environmentalists and many scientists have now rejected corn-based ethanol as bad environmental policy. But the Obama administration stands by it, highlighting its benefits to the farming industry rather than any negative impact.”

Judging by these two, enormous, expensive examples, big government fails miserably at taking care of the business it says it’s so eager to handle, prompting honest, intelligent people to ask whether it can get anything right?

So far, the answer seems like an overwhelming, irrefutable “No.”

But hey, it’s not taking that for an answer… Big government never does, no matter how much it has to spend or how much damage it has to do in the process.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Richard Cohen Tastes His Own Medicine After Saying Conservatives “Gag” at Biracial Families

Tea Party-hating Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen is finding out what it’s like to get slandered for a change.

On Tuesday, Cohen wrote about New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s presumed 2016 presidential bid, yet took some space to wax ridiculousness about New York City’s mayor-elect and his biracial family:

“People with conventional views must repress a gag reflex when considering the mayor-elect of New York – a white man married to a black woman and with two biracial children. (Should I mention that Bill de Blasio’s wife, Chirlane McCray, used to be a lesbian?) This family represents the cultural changes that have enveloped parts – but not all – of America. To cultural conservatives, this doesn’t look like their country at all.”

Ummm… Say what?

It’s funny, because the most “hating” I hear these days about biracial families comes from the black community, which is predominantly anything but conservative, culturally or otherwise. So I don’t know what in the world Richard Cohens is talking about.

Neither do his leftist allies in the media. They’re freaking out on him for even suggesting that somebody might want to “gag” at the sight of a black and white couple.

The Huffington Post is demanding that The Washington Post “please fire this man.” And Esquire.com speculated, “If Newspaper Stupid had a top 40, Richard Cohen would be the Beatles in 1965.” As The Washington Post pointed out itself:

“There was more critical coverage, from, among others, the Atlantic, Salon, Gawer, Slate, MSNBC.com and even The Posts’s Wonkblog, which helpfully pointed out that 87 percent of Americans in a Gallup survey this year approved of interracial marriage. As such, Salon.com’s columnist, Alex Pareene, suggested that Cohen’s notion that ‘conventional’ people ‘gag’ at the sight of the de Blasios ‘reveal a man very much out of touch with this era and deeply discomfited by it. (They also reveal a man who is terrified of black people.)’”

Cohen isn’t taking any of this well. (No big surprise. He’s a leftist. They don’t take anything well.): “I don’t understand it. What I was doing was expressing not my own views but those of extreme right-wing Republican tea party people. I don’t have a problem with interracial marriage or same-sex marriage. In fact, I exult in them. It’s a slander [to say otherwise]. This is just below the belt. It’s a purposeful misreading of what I wrote… I think it’s reprehensible to say that because you disagree with something that you should fire me. That’s what totalitarians do.”

So let me get this straight… He’s upset that he’s being misquoted, misunderstood, slandered, hit “below the belt” and bullied out of a job for utilizing his right to free speech?

Yes? Ok. Understood. So in other words, now he knows what it feels like to be the Tea Party, which he maligns so much.

Oh yeah, and that whole totalitarian thing? That’s what he and his have been working so hard to usher in for decades.

So what’s he complaining about? Clearly, the man can’t take his own medicine.

Oh wait. That’s a leftist thing too.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Atheist at Christian College Finds That Christians Aren’t All Self-Righteous Dogmatists

Christians aren’t all holier-than-thou hypocrites.

There. I said it. But before I continue, I have to stress:

1.      I’m sorry if that statement infringes on any deeply held biases. It’s true nonetheless.
2.      I don’t mean it harshly; I just can’t always make my writing sound the way I want it to.

With those clarifications made, let’s move on…

As a group, Christians aren’t one giant collection of obnoxious dogmatists. Though I’ll be the first to admit to seeing individual examples of immature, hurtful and self-righteous behavior among people who profess to follow Christ. I’ve had plenty of personal run-ins with “that” kind of Christian. You probably have too to some degree or another. And I’m just as familiar as you are about the Church’s history of negative behavior. I’m not stupid any more than I’m ignorant.

Nor am I going to play the “Christians are humans too” card. While Christians aren’t perfect people, when they make mistakes, they need to be corrected appropriately, not excused.

(I’d argue that, if they’re making those mistakes repeatedly and without any real attempts to change, they’re not walking with God anyway. Just because people “say” they’re Christians doesn’t mean they “are.” But that’s another sermon altogether. So is the way non-Christians behave brutally and don’t get called out as being representative of their entire belief system.)

So yes, Christians behave badly sometimes. And sometimes, they have no excuse for doing so. However, Christians aren’t all judgmental jerks, as Eric Fromm found out while attending Northwest Christian University in Oregon.

He was an atheist when he first decided to attend the college due to its “solid communications program,” and he stayed an atheist as he rose in the student ranks to become class president. Concerned about being judged, he kept his mouth shut about his beliefs until just recently when somebody asked him a personal question. As news of his viewpoint spread around the campus, Fromm decided to address it through one, far-reaching article that has since gone viral. He wrote,

“Every day I’m burdened by the fact that my peers might reject me because I’m different from them. I won’t be rejected because of my race or social class, but simply because of the fact that I don’t believe in God – because I am an atheist.”

Sure enough, he did get some negative feedback from the kind of self-righteous hypocrite Christians are often universally painted as. But he ultimately found that the overwhelming number of opinions were actually accepting like Christians are supposed to be and often are.

“It’s a very strange thing,” he says.

Or is it?

Friday, November 8, 2013

Forget Politics Today; Enjoy Life Instead

I don’t feel like writing a political post today. And yes, I know I’ve been swerving from that topic a lot lately.

But as I’ve stressed a few times before, this is my blog and I can do whatever I want with it. So while the main focus is still going to be on politics, deriding ignorance and highlighting corruption, it’s my prerogative to occasionally (or not so occasionally) touch on something else.

I’d say something along the lines of, “if you don’t like it, don’t read it,” but that sounds much more harsh than I mean it to be. And I am way too snobby a writer to add “lol” or a smiley face to clarify that I’m just being silly.

Instead, I’ll let you make whatever decision you’d like to make and move on…

In past non-political posts, I’ve simply wanted to share what was on my heart. Today, I just don’t feel like delving into the depressing, draining and downright infuriating, disgusting and depraved world of Washington, et al.

Especially when writing about it doesn’t seem to be making any difference.

There doesn’t seem much to be done about it right now. The corrupt are in charge. We’re not.

Please don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying to forget about politics or refrain from voting or start stocking up for the coming apocalypse. I’m not an advocate of ignoring reality or doomsday prepping. And I will be back next week with further scathing commentary about our ridiculous representatives in government.

But today is a beautiful day, filled with countless opportunities to see good things. So frankly, I’m too busy enjoying it to think about anything as worthless as Washington.

That’s why I’m advising anyone who read this far to smile, count their blessings… and ignore politics until next week.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

“Marriage Isn’t For You” Strikes Some Really Selfish Nerves

And another blog post – “Marriage Isn’t For You” by Seth Adam Smith – has gone viral.

With that title, you might think you understand why it caused controversy and generated scorn. But the actual message of the blog is really quite beautiful.

It turns out that, by the time Smith and his wife started dating, they were already “best friends” and had everything going for them in the relationship department. Yet he still started freaking out the closer they go to marriage, asking himself questions like, “Would she make me happy?”

Thanks to some wise words from his father, he finally realized that “marriage isn’t for you.” It’s about so much more. “You don’t marry to make yourself happy, you marry to make someone else happy. More than that, your marriage isn’t for yourself, you’re marrying for a family… for your future children. Who do you want to help you raise them? Who do you want to influence them? Marriage isn’t for you. It’s not about you. Marriage is about the person you married.”

He says, “My father’s advice was both shocking and revelatory. It went against the grain of today’s ‘Walmart philosophy’, which is if it doesn’t make you happy, you can take it back and get a new one.”

He can say that again, judging by the responses he got. While some were overwhelmingly positive, there were plenty of others that read like the following Twitter statuses (stati?):

“I Guess Your Marriage Isn’t for Me – Jennifer Twardowski” and “Has anyone else read the ‘marriage isn’t for me’ article + thought he SHOULD be more selfish? Am I missing the point?”

The answer is yes. If you come to that conclusion, you are “missing the point.” So is Yahoo’s Elise Solé, who paradoxically wrote a follow-up article, “Why Man’s ‘Marriage Isn’t For You’ Essay Misses the Mark.” Solé cites expert psychologists and national polls to prove that being selfish is ok to some degree, pointing out how “women do the lion’s share of chores and childcare” and therefore can’t be expected to give any more than they already do.

She even ponders whether Smith is suggesting that abused women should ask for more abuse. But there’s no need to go all outraged feminist on him. There’s really no need to criticize at all.

First off, Smith is a man talking about how marriage isn’t all about him. Isn’t that what feminists have been demanding for centuries? He never once mentions what his wife can do for him.

Secondly, he writes about “true marriage” and “true love.” True marriage doesn’t involve being smacked around. And true love sometimes knows that staying isn’t what the loved one needs.

Finally, we live in a world filled with people who don’t stop to consider other’s feelings, so much so that they dress up as Boston Marathon bombing victims or NYC’s Twin Towers burning or Halloween, then act surprised when they’re not well-received.

We’re that selfish! And that selfishness isn’t doing us any favors.

Society is filled with broken lives leading to broken marriages leading to more broken lives, in large part because everybody is trying to make themselves happy and not caring nearly enough about the people around them.

We really should consider Seth Adam Smith’s advice and try something new for a change.

I mean, what do we have to lose, other than our selfish selves?

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Hope for the Present, Not Just the Future

I’ve always been a woman of hope.

I have always known that my life was in God’s hands and that my future was securely taken care of. I firmly believe he gave me dreams and aspirations for a reason. I know everything I’ve gone through – the good and bad – will eventually work out for his glory and my good on this earth.

And I am positive that my eternity is secure through Jesus Christ.

Even when things don’t seem to go my way in the present, I’ve always known they’ll get better again because I serve a loving God who knows the plans he has for me: plans to prosper me and not to harm me, plans to give me a hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11).

Lately, however, I’ve been struggling. Big time.

I didn’t lose my hope that God can and will work through my difficulties to bring about something beautiful. I’m just as confident in my earthly and eternal future as I’ve ever been. Yet I’ve nonetheless been depressed in the moment, finding it difficult to focus on that future instead of how rotten I feel in the present.

Here’s the thing though. I’m not supposed to be focusing so heavily on the future. The future is what it is, and what it is is not what I have right here and now. It’s not anything I can make the most of because it’s out of my reach.

It’s not mine to control.

I’ve always thought of hope as happy thoughts about what’s still to come. But I learned something this morning…

Hope isn’t just for whatever is around the corner. It also concerns the present.

And the present is something I have a lot more power over. Not complete power, of course. If I had that, I wouldn’t need to hope.

I can hope that my thoughts and actions and reactions will bring me closer to God. I can pour myself into each moment I’m granted in order to live it to its fullest, hoping – knowing – that even the littlest things can make a difference either in my life or in somebody else’s… maybe even in both.

So yes, God has my tomorrow and next week and next year firmly under control. And, most definitely, I have beautiful things waiting for me up ahead.

But I also have beautiful things he wants to reveal to me in the moment.

And that’s something worth hoping for.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Saturday Night Live Welcomes Kerry Washington and Jokes How It Prefers White Guys

Saturday Night Live (SNL) is not funny. Let’s just start out with that.

It’s boring. And juvenile. And did I mention it wasn’t funny?

I don’t see how it makes any money being as boring and juvenile and not funny as it is. I can only imagine the reason people keep watching it is because they think they’re supposed to. And even then, they can probably only handle this stipulation of their liberal-led lives by playing with their iPads or taking naps while they watch the tired antics, lame skits and lamer punch-lines.

It doesn’t matter how many celebrities SNL brings on the stage. It’s still lame. Kerry Washington might be very talented and very pretty, but she still can’t save SNL.

For anyone wondering how I know she was on the show, I blame Hulu, which said she addressed some racial issues. She did, I guess, but they were overwhelmed by SNL’s typical snooze-factor.

The skit features the Oval Office with SNL’s cast choice for President Obama, who looks very little like our fearless leader but does do a decent impersonation. I’ll give him that, at least.

He’s conversing with a press secretary, who admits that the last week hasn’t been Obama’s best. (Incidentally, no one in the audience laughs.) “But,” he continues, “on the plus side, you have a state dinner tonight and all of your biggest supporters are going to be here.”

In walks Kerry Washington playing Michelle Obama. (Again, not the best casting since Kerry Washington is gorgeous. But that’s beside the point…)

After an interaction between the President and First Lady that’s clearly meant more as propaganda than for laughs, the press secretary announces that Oprah Winfrey has arrived, and awkwardly asks Washington, “Don’t you think you should go get changed?”

She leaves the room with a forced smile, and SNL runs the following message:

“The producers at ‘Saturday Night Live’ would like to apologize to Kerry Washington for the number of black women she will be asked to play tonight. We made these requests both because Ms. Washington is an actress of considerable range and talent and also because ‘SNL’ does not currently have a black woman in the cast.

“As for the latter reason, we agree that this is not an ideal situation and look forward to rectifying it in the near future… unless, of course, we fall in love with another white guy first.”

Sorry. I forgot to laugh. For a few reasons.

Number 1) SNL does that to white guys all the time, so it’s actually racist singling Kerry out like that. Number 2) It really doesn’t hire black women. What’s up with that? And Number 3) SNL really just isn’t funny.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Retired Army Leaders Agree: Obama Hates Our Military

Retired Army Lieutenant General William G. Boykin, has informed World Net Daily news that President Obama vehemently disagrees with or even downright dislikes the U.S. military.

“Over the past three years,” he confided, “it is unprecedented for the number of four-star generals to be relieved of duty, and not necessarily relieved for cause. I believe there is a purging of the military. The problem is worse than we have ever seen.”

Retired Army Major General Patrick Brady, a Medal of Honor recipient, agrees:

There is no doubt he is intent on emasculating the military and will fire anyone who disagrees with him [over anything]: homosexuals, women in foxholes, the Obama sequester.”

And a third unnamed source explained, “They are purging everyone, and if you want to keep your job, just keep your mouth shut.”

Considering the ridiculous rules imposed on our troops for the last four-plus years – rules that make their jobs harder and the enemy’s job easier – this shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. If anything, it’s merely one more piece to an all-but-completed puzzle of a less-than pretty picture.

I won’t detail the long list of ridiculous things our troops have endured under the Obama Presidency. But you can read about some of it here. And here. And here. And here. And here.

With entire mountains of evidence against him, it’s difficult to conclude that he doesn’t have some serious issues with our military.

Actually, it’s all but impossible to conclude anything but that.

God save our troops from President Obama.

For that matter, God save our country as well.