Thursday, October 31, 2013

Obamacare Promised Delightful Treats but Offers Ghoulish Tricks Instead

Forget the treats. It’s all tricks when it comes to Obamacare.

Democrat Representative Steny Hoyer admitted Tuesday that politicians always knew not everyone would get to keep their health insurance coverage. “We knew that there would be some policies that would not qualify and therefore people would be required to get more extensive coverage.”

He went on to add, “I don’t think the message was wrong. I think the message was accurate. It was not precise enough… [It] should have been caveated with ‘assuming you have a policy that in fact does do what the bill is designed to do.’”

By that definition of “wrong,” “accurate” and “precise enough,” it’s ok to preach that “the sky is always blue,” withholding the caveat “except when it isn’t” until after the tornado rips through.

It’s a lie.

It was a lie all along.

It was a lie way back on June 15, 2009 when President Obama said, “No matter how we reform health care, we will keep this promise to the American people. If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor. Period. If you like your health care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health care plan. Period. No will take it away, no matter what.”

And it was a lie every time that guarantee was repeated by pro-Obamacare politicians and the pro-Obamacare press. (It was still a lie when citizen supporters repeated it to themselves even if they were too stupid to recognize it as such.)

We were never intended to keep our healthcare coverage. We were always meant to succumb to Obamacare, as Democrat Representative Sander Levin inadvertently pointed out the other day.

Responding to questions concerning the millions of people receiving cancellation notices from their insurance companies, he explained they’re looking at it all wrong. Paraphrasing Florida Blue CEO Patrick Geraghty, Levin explained that the “so-called cancellation notices” are simply “help[ing] people transition to a new policy.”

Democrats can put lipstick on this pig all they want.

A lie is a lie is a lie. No matter how many times you call it something else.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

What Does the Fox Say?

What does the fox say?

That’s what Ylvis wants to know. And now so does everybody else.

In a brilliant mockery of pop music and music videos, Norwegian comedy duo, Ylvis, wrote one of the most blatantly ridiculous songs ever. But they did so intentionally to make a point.

The song starts out with the inspiring lines:

“Dog goes woof / Cat goes meow / Bird goes tweet / and mouse goes squeak,” continuing on through the cow, frog, elephant, ducks and fish, and even noting that “the seal goes ow ow ow.” But, as it then points out poignantly – and repeatedly – “there’s one sound that no knows.

“What does the fox say?”

Think that’s inane? Try listening to the choruses, which are comprised of trilling, “ring-ding-ding”ing and “wa-pa-pa” powing. There’s even a “joff-tchoff” or two thrown in for good measure.

Better yet, watch the music video, which features grown-ups dressed like the aforementioned animals, choreographed dances in the woods, a CGI fox strutting on two legs, light beams and plenty of smoldering sex appeal.

Because what would a music video be without smoldering sex appeal?

It’s all done exquisitely. The audience is left staring at the screen in some mesmerized mix of incredulity and amusement, ultimately left to contemplate, not what the fox says, but how utterly absurd today’s music industry really is.

Every single element of the lyrics, the music, the singing and the video are meant to satirize how seriously music artists take themselves these days. It points out how pointless today’s lyrics are, how predictably simulated the music, the lack of conviction (in anything worthwhile, at least) in the singing, and the sheer outlandishness of the videos.

Essentially, it’s all rubbish. Just one giant hodgepodge of stupidity that dulls ours brains into believing that things that mean nothing actually mean everything.

So what does the fox say?

In this case, I’m pretty sure he’s saying to get a life. 

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Mainstream Media Finally Admits Obamacare Forces People out of Insurance Plans

Obamacare doesn’t allow everybody to keep their health insurance plans.

CNBC, NBC, the New York Post, NPR, CBS… They’re all finally admitting it. Due to higher costs foisted on insurance companies that now have to accept everyone and everything, insurance plan costs are skyrocketing and many policies are being flat-out cancelled.

Isn’t that what conservatives warned about? And isn’t that what liberals told us to shut up about?

Admittedly, liberals tell conservatives to shut up if we note the beautiful weather or say how cute babies are. But they nevertheless spent years ridiculing us for acknowledging how Obamacare was one giant mess waiting to happen.

They said President Obama told us we would get to keep our plans. What more proof do we need that we’ll get to keep our plans than him saying we’ll get to keep our plans? I mean, really!

Except that we don’t get to keep our plans. Conservatives can’t be trusted when it’s just us saying stuff like that (Conservatives can never be trusted.), but the second NBC and other mainstream media outlets say the exact same thing, pay attention! They know what’s what.

NBC reports: “President Obama repeatedly assured Americans that after the Affordable Care Act became law, people who liked their health insurance would be able to keep it. But millions of Americans are getting or are about to get cancellation letters for their health insurance under Obamacare, say experts, and the Obama administration has known that for at least three years.

“Four sources deeply involved in the Affordable Care Act tell NBC News that 50 to 75 percent of the 14 million consumers who buy their insurance individually can expect to receive a ‘cancellation’ letter or the equivalent over the next year because their existing policies don’t meet the standards mandated by the new health care law. One expert predicts that number could reach as high as 80 percent. And all say that many of those forced to buy pricier new policies will experience ‘sticker shock.’

“None of this should come as a shock to the Obama administration. The law states that policies in effect as of March 23, 2010 will be ‘grandfathered,’ meaning consumers can keep those policies even though they don’t meet requirements of the new health care law. But the Department of Health and Human Services then wrote regulations that narrowed that provision, by saying that if any part of a policy was significantly changed since that date – the deductible, co-pay, or benefits, for example – the policy would not be grandfathered…

“That means the administration knew that more than 40 to 67 percent of those in the individual market would not be able to keep their plans, even if they liked them.”

When conservatives said as much, we were ignorant, racist haters afraid of change.

Considering we were right all along, I guess the ignorance is on the other foot… the left one.

Monday, October 28, 2013

It Doesn’t Matter if Obama Didn’t Know the NSA Was Spying on Germany’s Merkel

Here’s what we know about the U.S.-Germany spying debacle so far:

1.      The NSA was doing some serious spying globally.
2.      This included tapping German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s phones.
3.      President Obama says he knew nothing about that invasion of privacy.

Here’s what’s very easy to infer:

1.      Everybody spies on everybody, allies and enemies alike. Germany might be royally ticked off with us right now. It might even have every right to fume. But you better believe it has its inside sources on us too. Though probably not quite as sophisticated.
2.      Obama may very well NOT have known about the NSA’s specific targets. Heck, he may not have known about the PRISM program at all. Considering his penchant for control and unwavering commitment to dishonesty, I could very easily see him being in the thick of things. But there is the possibility he was unaware. I’m quite sure the NSA doesn’t concern the President with absolutely every single detail about its business.

Here’s the even easier conclusion:

1.      It’s still Obama’s mess to deal with.

Obama can deny any knowledge of or participation in the spying escapades ‘til he’s blue in the face. It doesn’t matter one bit. He’s still ultimately responsible. The buck still stops with him.

I’m not saying that because I think the man is a creep. (Although I do, and he is.) I’m saying that because he is the President of the United States. He’s ultimately responsible for what this nation does and doesn’t do on the international stage regardless of whether he wants to own up to that responsibility or not.

That means when American teenagers murder an Australian visitor in cold blood, Obama should speak out about it, offering apologies to the wronged country and family.

And when one of our strongest allies finds out how little we trust it, Obama needs to do the necessary damage control and then some.

Is it fair how he has to take ownership for something he played no part in? No. Not really. But being President isn’t always about what’s fair any more than it’s all about plush perks.

It’s about leading. And leading sometimes means saying, “I know the people I’m responsible for did wrong. As the guy in charge, let me admit the offence and try to make restitution.”

If Obama was a real leader, I wouldn’t have to be saying this. He would have done it already instead of pointing fingers everywhere else.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Since Relativism Should Confuse and Offend You, Truth Must Exist

Yesterday, I showed how there is nothing good or logical about relativism, a line of thinking that allows individuals to write their own rules, ultimately condoning horrific behavior like raping 18-month-old babies.

When there is no truth, no reality to ground us, humanity dissolves into utter destruction and life becomes meaningless. Since there definitely are truths out there (e.g. Humans need oxygen to survive.), let’s just admit the truth that relativism is one wretched and harebrained philosophy.

Why would we ever want to convince ourselves that everything means nothing? That universal human rights don’t exist? That true love isn’t beautiful? That arrogance doesn’t come before a fall?

Denying those facts is insane. So relativism, which says there are no facts, is thereby insane. And if relativism is insane – if it’s not true – then there has to be some truth out there: some set of rules that govern our lives.

This leads to the natural question of who made or gets to make those rules.

There are a number of answers non-religious non-relativists or sorta-relativists like to fall back on. These include world leaders, parents, teachers and nature.

But none of those substitutes work much better than relativism.

World leaders, parents and teachers all change. They leave. They eventually die, to be replaced by new models. Therefore ultimate truth can change with them. Which means that truth doesn’t really exist, which is what relativism says. And since we’ve already established that relativism makes no sense, world leaders, parents and teachers can’t be the answers.

As for nature, if that’s our rule-maker – our god, as it were – then it’s perfectly acceptable for us to kill and even eat our own babies, gang up on the weak, encroach on others’ territories and take all the power for ourselves just as long as we’re big enough and strong enough to do it.

Once again, this sounds dangerously close to relativism. Not completely, of course. But it’s close enough to be completely unappealing and leave life once again meaningless.

And life DOES have meaning. Human beings DO have value. Try to deny it however you choose, but you ARE searching for significance. Everybody is.

We try to find it in relationships, and money and power and fame and freedom. But let’s face it, none of those work. Not long-term. Not when we find ourselves all alone, stuck with only our thoughts and insecurities as companions.

Man up or woman up, and just admit that there is a God who writes the rules already. One that you’re desperately longing for.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

If Relativism Doesn’t Confuse or Offend You, You’re Not Thinking Hard Enough

Everyone’s a relativist these days, it seems. Nobody is allowed to “judge” others, even if it means merely calling dangerous lifestyles wrong.

As Miley Cyrus sings in, “We Can’t Stop,” “Remember only God can judge us. Forget the haters ‘cause somebody loves ya.” She’s saying that about “shaking it like we’re at a strip club” and “trying to get a line in the bathroom.” (Hint: She’s not talking about cell reception.)

Throwing sexuality around like it’s consequence-less and doing drugs is verifiably harmful, but we’re not supposed to take a stand on that. If we did, we might get called judgmental, intolerant or “haters,” one of the worst insults to receive in a relativist world.

Which is kinda funny, since in a relativist world, there shouldn’t be anything wrong with being judgmental, intolerant or a hater. If everybody is allowed to make up their own rules, then why can’t everybody make up their own rules?

Confused? You should be, but let me rephrase: If there are no absolutes, then how can anybody be condemned for believing anything, regardless of whether it contradicts another viewpoint?

And along those lines, if everything is relative, then why are we trying so hard to find order?

I mean, if it’s ok to behave like female sexuality is for sale to the lowest bidder, then why isn’t it ok for college students to dress up as Indians or hillbillies or geishas for Halloween? Is it fine to blatantly devalue women but not to merely risk offending some other human category?

Even more confusing, the devaluation of women can only be condemned if there’s no real devaluation to speak of (again, it’s the risk of offense rather than the actual offense we’re so afraid of). President Obama, for example, is apparently taking a stand against Marine uniforms, which feature different hats for the different genders. Apparently that’s a no-no.

So is the Tea Party, which is practically akin to the KKK according to MSNBC’s Chris Hayes and too many others. Yet a true relativist wouldn’t condemn the KKK to begin with.

True relativists don’t condemn anybody. They can’t. Otherwise, they’re not true relativists.

Christian apologist Ravi Zacharias tells the story of a brothel (28:40-31:03) that offers absolutely anything its clientele might desire. Including 18-month-old little girls. When he told that to a student at Oxford who was arguing against the idea of moral absolutes, the student said “I wouldn’t have liked what happened there, but I can’t honestly say I [could]… call it immoral.”

That right there is a true relativist. Somebody who can’t condemn the vicious rape of a baby.

And if that’s the kind of world we live in, no wonder suicide so often seems like a viable option.

[To be continued…]

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

How Nationalized Healthcare Really Works in Canada, the UK and now America

Today is not one of those days when I don’t care to write about anything.

How can it be when we have stories from Slate telling us that Canada’s nationalized healthcare system actually does include death panels – and I quote: “In other words: Canada has death panels.” – but we’re supposed to see them as a good thing?

Or how, because of the United Kingdom’s nanny state approach to medical attention, taxpayers have been saddled with a £350,000 legal bill because Muslim parents wanted to win the right to shave their disabled daughter’s pubic hair.

I kid you not. Read the article.

Yet despite a history of examples worldwide showing how unworkable nationalized healthcare really is, we’re supposed to welcome Obamacare with open arms in America.

Forget the wreck of a website… private and personal health insurance costs skyrocketing… hundreds of thousands – specifically in Florida – seeing their policies cancelled altogether since they don’t comply with Obamacare regulations… and most people ignoring the offer altogether.

No, really. Forget it. Or don’t bother to look into the facts. Just focus on what the Obama administration says. That’s what the President clearly wants, otherwise he wouldn’t have “asked” (read: bullied) North Dakota’s largest health insurer, Blue Cross Blue Shield, to stay mum on how many people actually signed up through the new online exchange. (According to a company spokeswoman, a mere 14 people in North Dakota signed up since October 1, and only 20 total.)

I guess that’s why the Baltimore Ravens are getting g paid $130,000 to promote Obamacare. Because nobody wants it unless they have celebrities brainwashing them into the purchase.

Though admittedly, that chunk of change, the UK’s receipt for trying to control pubic hair length, and the cost of Canada’s death panels don’t come close to the near-$1 billion a day the collective world spent on its fight against global warming last year.

With such pricey pet projects, it’s no wonder Democrats have to resort to ridiculous campaigning tactics to distract voters. It might be insanely inappropriate and inaccurate for Representative Alan Grayson to compare the Tea Party to the KKK, complete with a vivid picture of a burning cross, but I suppose when you’ve got nothing real to show, smoke and mirrors have to do.

Smoke, mirrors and oral sex, that is. “Education Votes, a project of the Democratic Party of Virginia” recently went around college campuses posting campaign ads that read: “Ken Cuccinelli wants to make oral sex a felony,” “Get your head in the game” and “Don’t let Election Day go down without you.”

Why am I not surprised Democrats don’t mind plying their most pitiful subset to get ahead. 

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Why Getting Dumped by a Guy I really Liked Was the Best Thing for Me

I was recently dumped recently by a guy I really liked. He was smart and cute and funny and respectful and thought I was pretty awesome. I mean, what else could a girl ask for?

And then he dumped me. Three months in, he decided he needed to work through some issues on his own. It came completely out of the blue, and I’ll admit it upset me a good bit. Over three weeks later, I’m still shedding some tears. While I’m completely capable of surviving single, I nevertheless catch myself thinking it’s him when I get a text message, and I still want to tell him about the little things that randomly pop into my head or happen during my day.

Frankly, it’s kinda sad. Worse yet, I felt like God brought him into my life. I believed that God gave me the green light to test things out. And I thought that God repeatedly told me to stay put and trust him whenever control-freak little me wanted to run for the emotionally safe hills.

It wasn’t until I got attached to this guy and comfortable letting God lead the way that it ended.

At first evaluation, it seems royally rotten of God to trick me like that. Either that or it wasn’t God at all. Just a stupid set of coincidences that ultimately meant nothing: a blatant misreading on my part that I heard from God or, worse yet, that God exists at all.

But I can easily rule out that last possibility when I know God exists. I know it because the universe is far too mysterious to happen without his hand. Our genetic makeup is way too complex to evolve unaided from a single-cell organism. The range of colors and shapes and abilities around us are exceedingly too diverse to exist thanks to some uninspired explosion.

I’m equally certain I heard from God. Those messages weren’t lost in translation. I felt his guidance, learning powerful lessons through my brief dating experience. Lessons on trusting God and letting my control-freak self go. For my own good. Lessons I wouldn’t trade for the world.

Nor would I trade the aftermath, teary though it’s been. God has continued teaching me through this latest phase of my life, helping me enjoy the moment instead of fussing over the future, which rarely (read never) works out the way I plan anyway. Essentially, he’s opening up new promises and possibilities I wouldn’t have been ready for if he hadn’t brought this guy into my life… but wouldn’t have had time to concentrate on if I hadn’t gotten dumped.

I don’t know what’s going to happen going forward. Every time I try to write out some ending to all of this – telling myself alternately that this guy is probably waiting for me around some future corner, or that I have to come to grips with him not being in my life at all – I’m reminded that my story is not my own to write. I gave my eternal ending to God a while ago, and I gave my short-term earthly existence to God at the beginning of this dating and now dateless saga.

While that doesn’t mean I don’t still cry a bit, it does mean the tears are and will be worth it. And the benefits I’m already seeing this early on? I know there’s plenty more to come so long as I accept whatever state of being God brings me.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Peter Schweizer Returns to 60 Minutes With New Details on How Badly Congress Behaves

Peter Schweizer captured our attention late in 2011 with his book, “Throw Them All Out,” which detailed Congress’ insider trading deals… deals deemed illegal for us little people.

That public outing caused enough of a stir for Congress to rewrite the rules, supposedly blocking itself from future hypocrisy in that area. But we all know they still wink and whisper at each other behind our backs.

That didn’t stop Schweizer from investigating them further though, this time through his newest book, “Extortion: How Politicians Extract Your Money, Buy Votes, and Line Their Own Pockets.”

You see, there are supposedly rules dictating how funds from leadership PACs are supposed to be spent. But as with most other American laws, there are a number of loopholes specially designed by Congress to be used by Congress in any way, shape or form that Congress deems beneficial… for Congress.

Appearing on CBS’s 60 Minutes, Schweizer said, “It’s another example, unfortunately, where the rules that apply to the rest of us don’t really apply to the members of Congress.”

These members include:

·         Representative Rob Andrews, a Democrat from New Jersey, who hired his wife to work for his personal PAC, used $16,575 in said PAC’s funds to fly his family of four to Scotland for a posh wedding, used more of those funds for the wedding gift, and then took a chunk more to go towards one daughter’s graduation party.
·         Representative Gregory Meeks, a New York Democrat, who used $6,230 in campaign funds for a personal trainer and another $35,000 for NFL games.
·         Republican Senator Saxby Chambliss from Georgia, who wasted $107,752 in 2012 at a Palm Beach resort. Breitbart further details how, “one year, Chambliss spent nearly one-third of his entire leadership PAC funds on golf, limos, and at least one private jet ride.”
·         Representative Grace Napolitano, a Democrat from California, who took her campaign money and loaned it out at exorbitant interest rates to ultimately collect nearly $300,000.
·         Republican Representative Ron Paul of Texas, who hired his daughter, grandson, daughter’s mother-in-law, grandson-in-law, granddaughter and a sixth relative. That extreme nepotism amounted to $304,599.
·         Representative Rodney Alexander, a Republican from Louisiana, put both of his daughters on his payroll, granting them $130,000 for their contributions to his campaign.

Aren’t we so lucky to have such caring, compassionate leaders who care so much about us?

Friday, October 18, 2013

Breaking News: Rats Prefer Oreos to Rice Cakes. More Breaking News: Who Doesn’t?

I like Oreo cookies.

I don’t think there’s anything wrong with admitting that. I mean, who doesn’t like an Oreo? Or two. Or three. Double stuffed, peanut butter… Heck, I even think the mint variation isn’t that bad, and I am not a big mint fan at all. But an Oreo is an Oreo, right?

Right! Unless, of course, it’s crack cocaine. Which it practically is, according to Connecticut College neuroscientist Joseph Schroeder.

Devising a test using lab rats in a maze, Schroeder concluded: “Our research supports the theory that high-fat and high-sugar foods stimulate the brain in the same way that drugs do. That may be one reason people have trouble staying away from them and it may be contributing to the obesity epidemic. [The results] lend support to the hypothesis that maladaptive eating behaviors contributing to obesity can be compared to drug addiction.”

Now, I’ve never done cocaine before. In fact, I’ve never done anything that can fit into the traditional category of “drugs” (I was homeschooled), so maybe I’m not the best judge on this. But I have had Oreos… And I can actually say no to them.

Especially, surprisingly, the peanut butter ones. I only need a few before I’m fully satiated. Which is weird, considering how much I like peanut butter.

Yet even those delectable double stuffed cookie sandwiches can be turned down. Sure, it might not make me happy to “just say no,” but it’s not like I start sweating and shaking and crying for my mommy if I can’t shove a few more down my throat.

In fact, I don’t think that happens to anybody over the age of five. Whereas that is what happens to people with drug addictions. So it seems logical to conclude that maybe Oreos are not akin to drugs and Schroeder is an idiot.

Once you understand how the test was conducted, that conclusion becomes even more clear…

You see, student researchers put rats in a maze with two sides, one that held Oreos and one that held rice cakes, then monitored which side of the maze the rats preferred to stay on. The shocking result was that the rodents tended away from the bland but crunchy choice. This was then compared to a previous maze test where rats opted for cocaine injections over saline.

I’m sure if they had put strawberries on one side and rice cakes on the other, the rats would have chosen the strawberries. So does that mean strawberries are practically cocaine too?

This is what our college professors are getting paid to devise and our students are being trained to study. No wonder society is such a mess.

It’s enough to make a girl want to eat a whole box of Oreos… and then get some more.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Ohio University Student Cries Rape, Teen Boys Brutally Beat up Teen Girl

So Republicans in Congress are largely useless cowards who caved in to Obama and the Democrats on raising the debt ceiling in the end.

This is so not surprising that I’m not going to bother using words like “unfortunately” or “sadly” to describe what happened. I’m actually not going to describe it at all for the simple reason that I just don’t care. Never did. Hence why I didn’t write about the budget battle to begin with.

It was futile to expect Democrat leadership to suddenly sprout sense or Republicans to grow spines. I’m only amazed the latter held on as long as they did.

End of story. Moving on…

I’m far more interested in addressing the society that elects those people, a society that for all intents and purposes encourages its children to devalue life and refuse responsibility for their actions. How else can we explain the following stories, which are anything but uncommon?

There’s the Ohio University student who (forgive the following description) hit the town only to receive oral sex out on the street by a fellow pedestrian in front of an audience.

After seeing the resulting pictures and video, which went viral, she’s now crying rape. But calling the admittedly sad experience a crime seems suspicious when the “rapist” was weaponless and (forgive the following description) on his knees during the whole “attack.”

Not to say that he couldn’t have threatened her in some other way. I obviously don’t know all the details. But it’s much more likely this is a case of regret, not rape.

Then, in Delaware County, a 15-year-old girl was walking home from a high school football game when she was attacked – much more clearly, mind you – by a gang of at least nine teenage boys. They began by merely taunting, cursing and spitting at her, but then escalated to kicking and punching, even intentionally throwing her into the path of an incoming car at one point.

There’s no clear motive and, even if there was one, it wouldn’t be nearly good enough. Nine boys against one girl… What the heck?!

The two cases may seem completely unrelated when they took place in different states, with different age groups and different crimes (or “crimes” in the Ohio U. case.) But they’re actually very easily lumped together considering the complete lack of respect exhibited in each.

I feel like I say this all the time, but it needs to be said all the time when society continues to behave so badly and allow its children to do the same. Young “adults,” college students, high school students and even younger age groups are constantly shown by parents, teachers, celebrities and political figures that it’s ok to concentrate on the moment and the mood… naturally leading to consequences that all of us are ill-equipped to handle, especially when we’re already so indoctrinated in immaturity.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

I Don’t Know Where to Go From Here… But Somebody Else Does

I’m not really in the mood to blog today, but I do want to post. So the following is my compromise with myself.

I wish I could actually post the video for you, but that would require me using my company’s technology for non-company purposes, and I don’t feel right doing that. So instead, here’s the link. If you’re not currently able to listen to the equally amazing music, you can still find the lyrics below.

I hope you get as much out of it as I am right now…

Sidewalk Prophets – Help Me Find It

I don’t know where to go from here
It all used to seem so clear
I’m finding I can’t do this on my own

I don’t know where to go from here
As long as I know that You are near
I’m done fighting
I’m finally letting go

I will trust in You
You’ve never failed before
I will trust in You

[Chorus:]
If there’s a road I should walk
Help me find it
If I need to be still
Give me peace for the moment
Whatever Your will
Whatever Your will
Can You help me find it?
Can You help me find it?

I’m giving You fear and You give faith
I’m giving You doubt
You give me grace
For every step I’ve never been alone

Even when it hurts, You’ll have Your way
Even in the valley, I will say
With every breath
You’ve never let me go

I will wait for You
You’ve never failed before
I will wait for You

[Chorus]

I lift my empty hands (come fill me up again)
Have Your way my King (I give my all to You)
I lift my eyes again (Was blind but now I see)
‘Cause You are all I need 

[Chorus]

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Matt Walsh’s “Stay at Home Mom” and Maria Kang’s “What’s Your Excuse” Offend

I don’t know about you, but I’m getting tired of hearing about people getting offended.

We get offended ALL THE TIME! It’s almost like we enjoy it.

Take Matt Walsh, the guy who wrote that “Open Letter to Robin Thicke” letter. He struck again last week by defending his wife’s decision to be a stay at home mom. Tired of the “subversively condescending” comments and questions he gets about his wife from working moms, he typed out a new piece of controversy, “You’re a stay-at-home mom? What do you DO all day?

“It’s true – being a mom isn’t a job,’” he writes. “A job is something you do for a part of the day and then stop doing. Whatever your job is – you are expendable… Am I being harsh? No, I’m being someone who has a job. I’m being real.”

That realness offended people.

Critics claim that, by defending his stay-at-home-mom of a wife, he was attacking working moms. Leslie Morgan Steiner, editor of “Mommy Wars,” even said “it’s none of Matt Walsh’s business what other moms think. I am not even sure it is his business what his own wife thinks… We all… need to butt out of mom’s personal decisions about how to raise their kids.”

Sorry, but did she just say Matt Walsh can’t know his wife’s opinions? That they’re supposed to live mentally and emotionally autonomous lives? That’s downright idiotic.

And getting offended at stay at home moms is equally stupid. Get over yourselves, people!

But wait, there’s more…

California business entrepreneur Maria Kang is taking heat for promoting her fitness-geared website, www.mariakang.com. Why? Because she posed with her three little boys, wearing a skanky push-up sports bra and low-riding boyshorts with the caption, “What’s Your Excuse?

For not being a skank? I have better self-esteem than that. Thanks for asking, Maria Kang!

Unfortunately, there are a lot of other women out there who can’t say the same. They’re not focusing on the fact that Kang is worried way too much about having a toned tummy, slim thighs and muscular arms. Nope, they’re outraged by the question she’s asking.

Admittedly, it is a bit presumptuous asking moms – stay at home or otherwise – why they don’t look like college co-ed bodies anymore. But people seem to be taking offense more at the fact that she’s trim than anything else. Kang is calling out their insecurities by flaunting her own. (Secure women don’t shove their boobs in your face while straddling their toddlers. Just saying.)

In both Matt Walsh and Maria Kang’s case, people are getting offended because they’re not happy with their own lives. In which case, no amount of outrage is going to change a thing.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Government Failure Leads to Food Stamp Debit Cards SNAFU


You see, they rely on electronic cards – much like debit cards – to dole out government funding to people deemed destitute enough to warrant the aid. So when vendor Xerox Corp. ran a routine test on the computer systems responsible for maintaining those cards, the whole thing crashed.

That failure begs us to learn a lesson or two from this SNAFU…

First logical conclusion to be made: This is a SNAFU: Situation Normal All Flipped Up. Forgive my creative, conservative liberties. Obviously, the F doesn’t really stand for “Flipped.” But that’s not what you should be focusing on when the key word in that acronym is “Normal.”

A government big enough to interfere with everything is automatically big enough to turn everything into one giant mess, which it does on a daily basis.

True story. Nonfiction.

But just to be irrationally argumentative, let’s say that conservatives are somehow completely and totally wrong in reading the blatantly obvious signs that government is leading us into unfathomable levels of debt and chaos. Even if reality has been flipped upside down on its head – turning black into white, white into black, telephones into alligators and alligators into snowcapped mountain peaks – the government still failed on Saturday.

Government dependents were not able to depend on government. Therefore, logic 101 dictates, government failed. Which means it isn’t reliable, not as a savior figure at least.

For that matter, neither is technology, since that was part of the failure too.

And what else can we add to the list?

·         Scientists, since they’ve been consistently wrong about everything this year
·         Relationships, which are comprised of emotional, irrational human beings who do emotional, irrational things (Nope, I’m not bitter.)
·         Physical strength, which fails far too easily and far too quickly
·         Nature, since it has a tendency to throw some serious curveballs

Need I go on, or are you depressed enough already?

If you’re not depressed, you either aren’t paying attention or you know what I know: that there is a reliable savior figure out there in Jesus Christ.

Mock all you want if that scares you, but it doesn’t change the truth. If you’d really let yourself think about it for one moment, you’d have to admit that, when everything else around us is so entirely fallible, it’s nice to know there’s an eternally loving being who has our back.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Breitbart Clues Us in to a Major Dilemma for the United States Postal Service

What would we do without Breitbart?

I mean, sure, we’d still have Fox News and a bunch of blogs, but the former usually doesn’t employ sarcasm and the latter are too often obscure. I don’t read them because I can’t find them.

Breitbart, however, is the perfect mix of the two: big-brand enough to be easily accessible but non-corporate enough that it can say whatever and however it wants. So it encourages writers like John Hayward, who lambasted the government, the government shutdown and the United States Postal Service in an article that had me grinning and shaking my head simultaneously.

That takes some serious talent. And I can’t think of another place to find the following info…

The aforementioned U.S. Postal Service has apparently cancelled an entire set of stamps. According to its side of the story, it received “concerns from the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition over alleged ‘unsafe’ acts depicted on three of the stamps.”

Hayward wonders in his writing, “What were these unsafe activities? Binge drinking? Smoking? Juggling machetes while skydiving? Attempting to purchase an attractive health insurance plan without the firm guidance of government ‘navigators?’”

Come on! How can that not make you crack a smile? But moving on…

Before I let him answer his questions, I have to add other details gleaned from his article. Like the fact that these stamps were originally created to celebrate First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” program, which allegedly aims to encourage children into healthy lifestyles, but actually promotes eating disorders, bullying and nanny state dependency.

To commemorate the program’s alleged purpose, the stamps showed what the Postal Blog says were “a cannonball dive, skateboarding without kneepads and a headstand without a helmet.”

Egad!!!

Quoting Hayward again, “Did you know your child was required to don a helmet before performing a headstand? Well, now you do. [Thank you, nanny state! Thank you!] And if you’re going to let them climb on a skateboard without kneepads, you might as well order up a kid-sized coffin and start making funeral arrangements…

“Allowing your child to gain access to a stamp that pictures a happy kid performing a cannonball dive is essentially like giving them a page from the Necronomicon to lick and press onto that ‘How I spent My Summer’ letter to Grandma, so the entire run had to be annihilated. The funniest part is that we’ve got stamps made in honor of the First Lady’s pet project destroyed due to concerns from the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition.”

Yeah, that is pretty funny. Thanks Breitbart for a great start to my Friday!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Obamacare Website Reflects Horribly on Obama and His Big Government Philosophy

Digital Trends writer Andrew Couts is no conservative, as he plainly states at the end of his article, “We paid $634 Million for the Obamacare Site and All We Got Was This Lousy 404.”

Yup, even with that title, Couts still states that he’s pro-Obamacare and wants the exchanges to succeed, even going so far as to take a little dig at Sarah Palin while he’s at it. Yet even an obvious liberal like him is appalled with the website, which he also expresses quite clearly.

Maybe that’s because, even an obvious liberal like him can still see the incompetence and irresponsibility that went into making the website. For example, Couts notes that:

·         The site itself, which apparently underwent major code renovations over the weekend, still rejects user logins, fails to load drop-down menus and other crucial components for users that successfully gain entrance, and otherwise prevents uninsured Americans… from purchasing healthcare at competitive rates – Healthcare.gov’s primary purpose.”
·         “The site is so busted that, as of a couple days ago, the number of people that successfully purchased healthcare through it was in the ‘single digits,’ according to the Washington Post.”
·         U.S. government records show that Healthcare.gov cost $634,320,919, whereas Facebook “operated for a full six years before surpassing the $600 million mark…”

He could have also added that Hawaii had to relaunch its Obamacare exchange after failing to sell a single health insurance package because the website is so messed up. Or that, according to George Edwards, a computer scientist and professor at the University of Southern California, the website could take months to completely fix depending on how busted it really is.

Yet, even while he admits that “government has a long history of spending money unnecessarily” and how the process of granting government contracts is broken at best, Couts still somehow misses that it shouldn’t be intimately involved in our lives in the first place. (Hence him being liberal, I suppose.)

A giant bureaucracy with no real skin in the game, answering to nobody in particular, makes for a really shoddy system of management. In trying to oversee everything, our government fails to fix anything – an utterly predictable result – since it simply cannot be good at everything, no matter how many experts it hires to compile statistics and quote figures.

People are more than numbers in a report. We’re individuals with unique needs, goals and responses to the challenges and changes that come our way.

So we’re best largely left to fend for ourselves, calculating our own self-interests in our life choices, paying for our own mistakes and triumphs… and determining our own healthcare needs without the government trying to dictate everything like we’re too stupid to survive on our own.

I mean, if even a liberal can see how badly government rules the roost otherwise… then the proof that it’s gotten to big is irrefutably obvious.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Little Bunny Foo Foo Feels Bad for The House Struggling Under Government Shutdown

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, get ready for a tale of misery you haven’t heard since the days of Little Bunny Foo Foo getting bopped by The Good Fairy.

Don’t remember Little Bunny Foo Foo? If you had a pre-K or K public education, you should. He was the poor little rabbit who went hopping through the forest, scooping up the field mice and bopping them on the head until The Good Fairy came along to ruin his fun.

Twice she warned him that, if he didn’t stop playing around with the cry-baby field mice, she would turn him into a goon. But free-spirited Little Bunny Foo Foo kept right on bopping those rodents, essentially telling the winged dictator to go to you-know-where.

So she delivered on her threats, heartlessly plunging Little Bunny Foo Foo into goondom.

Poor Little Bunny Foo Foo.

Our Congressmen are just as distressed these days. You see, due to the government shutdown, the House of Representative’s private gym is all but closed. The only reason it’s not completely closed is because a number of politicians store personal items there and clearly can’t be expected to pack up their stuff and store ‘em elsewhere.

But there’s nobody to check members in, and they have to pick up – and reuse! – their towels.

Apparently, some lawmakers live in their offices during their Washington “visits.” (Not jobs, mind you. Visits. Like vacations, right?) And since they rely on the gym’s showers, they “need” the gym to stay open.

“This job is very stressful and if you don’t have a place to vent, you are going to go crazy,” says Representative Don Young, a Republican from Alaska.

He also noted that “the gym is just a room. There are machines but there are no trainers.” And Republican Representative Jeff Duncan of South Carolina adds it costs its exclusive members $250 a year and can be compared to a YMCA in that it includes cardio machines, a weight area, a swimming pool and a basketball court.

For his part, Representative Jim Moran, a Democrat from Virginia, just seemed hung up on the notion that he has to, “save your towel. You have to reuse it because we let the staff go.”

I’m sure that, if The Good Fairy were there, she’d heartlessly tell them something like “Suck it up, cupcakes” or “I’m guessing it’s a little nicer than a YMCA” or “You really think that $250 a year pays for the gym’s employee salaries, utilities and upkeep? In Washington D.C.?”

She might even be so cruel as to add “You think you’re stressed? Try living in a country whose corrupt or cowardly leaders are leading you down a path into a freedom-less financial ruin.”

That Good Fairy. She’s so mean.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Middle East Creates Homosexuality Test

Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are developing a medical test to “detect” homosexuals trying to enter their respective countries.

That may very well be the dumbest thing I’ve heard of all year. Which says something, considering the stupid stuff constantly coming out of Washington.

Maybe if we would all just admit that homosexuality is a choice or a product of the environment instead of a genetic condition – that they’re not, in fact, “born this way” – homosexuals wouldn’t have this kind of nonsense to contend with.

Then again, maybe the Middle East’s blatant ignorance might prove a very valuable and valid point: that American homosexuals have just as many rights as the next citizen.

Maybe it’s time that they start appreciating the freedoms they were born with instead of constantly complaining about what they think they deserve.

In fact, maybe that’s a lesson all America can learn: homosexual and heterosexual; white, black, Asian, Native American and Middle Eastern; male and female; young and old. Otherwise, our collective race towards utter egotism and our demands to be accommodated at every turn could too easily turn us into the next ignorant Bahrain.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Obamacare Adds Major Financial Burdens to Self-Insured

I want to share the first several paragraphs of a San Jose Mercury News article published over the weekend, titled “Obamacare’s winners and losers in Bay Area”:

“Cindy Vinson and Tom Waschura are big believers in the Affordable Care Act. They vote independent and are proud to say they helped elect and re-elect President Barack Obama.

“Yet, like many other Bay Area residents who pay for their own medical insurance, they were floored last week when they opened their bills: Their polices were being replaced with pricier plans that conform to all the requirements of the new health care law.

“Vinson, of San Jose, will pay $1,800 more a year for an individual policy, while Wachura, of Portola Valley, will cough up almost $10,000 more for insurance for his family of four.”

I’m not normally the kind of person to gloat when my enemies take a bad tumble. I actually don’t particularly like the idea of human suffering, even if the humans in question aren’t the best of the best.

So I can’t say I’m happy Vinson and Waschura are going to suffer the consequences of their actions. But I also can’t say I’m going to lose any sleep over it.

It’s true when they say “you reap what you sow,” and they sowed some seriously stupid seeds. Twice!

There’s just no excuse for their political choices. It’s like feeling too sorry for somebody who gets attacked by sharks after opening up his veins and going for an ocean swim at dusk.

It’s not a fate I’d wish on anybody, but nobody forced blatant, willful idiocy on the fabled victim any more than on Obamacare supporters now starting to wake up to reality.

And on a side note, you’re not independent if you voted for Obama twice. You’re either the most ignorant kind of Democrat or you’re a flat-out socialist.

I wonder which kind Vinson and Waschura are.

If they have any brain cells left, they’ll switch party affiliations now that it’s too late.