Friday, August 29, 2014

More Democrats Believe Global Warming a “Major Threat” than Islamic State Militants

68% of Democrats surveyed in a new Pew Research Center poll said that global warming/climate change is a “major threat” to the U.S.

68%.

Meanwhile, 67% of Democrats think that Islamic State militants, or ISIS, is a big problem.

Do the math. That means more Democrats believe we should put time, money and effort toward battling global warming/climate change than merciless terrorists who are beheading our citizens.

And even if you argue that it’s one percent difference between the two and therefore really a tie, that still means that as many Democrats believe we should put time, money and effort toward battling global warming/climate change as we do merciless terrorists who are beheading our citizens.

Sorry for the repetition, but that’s kinda sad.

No. Scratch that. It’s very sad.

In this corner of the “major threat” ring, we have a known group of terrorists who are trying to take over the Middle East through horrific acts of violence and abuse of power. Oh yeah, and it’s a pretty darn good bet that they won’t be content to stop there.

In the other corner, we have an alleged heating phenomenon that was on a major fritz last summer, caused an utterly frigid winter last year, has led to an exceedingly mild summer this year and is purported to have an even colder winter coming up.

Let’s see… Which is more dangerous?

This isn’t difficult, Democrats. I know you’re better than this.

So how about you start acting like it and use those cute little noggins of yours. They’re not just there for decoration.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Shirley Sotloff Ignorantly Pleads With the Islamic State for Her Son’s Life

I’m going to sound like an absolute jerk. I know I am, but here goes anyway…

I don’t know why Shirley Sotloff thinks her video pleading for her son Steven Sotloff’s release is going to have any effect on his terrorist captors.

This is after Islamic State militants made their own video beheading U.S. journalist James Foley, then showing Steven Sotloff as the next victim up if their demands weren’t met. It’s those horrific animals that she poignantly and pointlessly argues with, explaining to the camera that her son is “an honorable man and has always tried to help the weak.”

I’m very sorry for her. And I’m very sorry for her son. Clearly, I have no idea what either of them are suffering emotionally or physically.

… But what makes her think that the Islamic State cares? I mean this question in all sincerity.

Along with producing a graphic and slow decapitation as a propaganda piece, the Islamic State is also kidnapping women from religious minorities and intimidating them into marriages with traditional Muslims.

It just executed dozens of fleeing Syrian soldiers.

And according to the AFP, a United Nations probe revealed that “public executions, amputations, lashings and mock crucifixions have become a regular fixture in jihadist-controlled areas of Syria.”

But we think we can reason with them? We think they’ll care about those who are “honorable” and try “to help the weak?”

Again, I know I sound like a jerk. But I think Sotloff, like too many other Westerners, are fostering a very dangerous mentality.

These people are evil. They have quite literally, deliberately and happily sold their souls to the devil. Not to say that they’re entirely irredeemable, only that they’re humanly unreachable.

So we’re only hurting ourselves pretending that we can reason with these terrorists.

We can’t. They’ve blatantly and horrifically proved as much time and time and time and time and time and time and time and time again.

So how about we either start begging God for one of the biggest miracles in history… or we annihilate these terrorists already.

Without one of those solutions, they’re not going to stop. No matter how many heartfelt videos we make.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Perceptions of Race Relations Significantly Worse Under First Black President

Did you know that white people are much more likely to be victimized by white people, and black people are much more likely to be victimized by black people?

For example, The Washington Times reported how “the FBI in 2012 found that of the 2,648 black murder victims, some 2,412 were killed by fellow blacks and only 193 by whites.”

That’s a major discrepancy, people. Major.

So why are we freaking out so badly about a white cop killing a black criminal? Perhaps we should be focusing less on interracial relationships and more on treating people like the individuals they are.

Further proof that this might be a good idea can be found in a new Pew Research/USA Today poll covered by National Review:

“From 2007 to 2009, the number of black respondents who said blacks and whites get along ‘very well’ or ‘pretty well’ increased seven percentage points to 76 percent. But since 2009, the share of black respondents who had a positive view of race relations has dropped 12 points to 64 percent. Similarly, white respondents who thought blacks and whites got along well increased three percentage points from 2007 to 2009, but decreased five percentage points from 2009 to 2014.”

Question: What has happened since 2009?

Answer: Barack Obama and his race-baiting administration took over D.C.

Since his first year in office – Actually, no, scratch that. Since his presidential campaign, Obama has made it a point to comment on how white people don’t like black people.

Beergate anyone? Or how about “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon [Martin].”

Seriously? Seriously. And I still maintain that last comment was horribly racist against his own color, in that Obama heavily implied if not flat-out stated that all black people look alike.

America’s first black president isn’t here to bring people together like so many of us hoped. He’s here to divide and conquer.

And gosh, but is he doing a good job of that.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

“Fifty Shades of Grey” Linked to Women With Low Self-Esteem

There’s a new study out by Michigan State University claiming that women who read “Fifty Shades of Grey” have a higher risk of:

·         Eating disorders
·         Binge drinking
·         Promiscuity
·         Getting caught in abusive relationships.

Shocking, right? That such a piece of trash could have any connection to women believing and behaving like they’re worthless?

Professor Amy Bonomi, the study’s lead researcher, says that her findings don’t “show whether reading ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ causes the behaviors, or whether exhibiting the behaviors causes you to read ‘Fifty Shades of Grey. But that’s inconsequential.”

Yahoo’s write-up on this phenomenon goes on to say:

“If the behaviors came first, she explained, the book could reaffirm women’s experiences and potentially ‘aggravate trauma.’ Likewise, if the book came first, we see the normalization of extremely problematic and violent behaviors,’ she said.”

So in other words, reading “Fifty Shades of Grey” is bad all around.

This is not rocket science, ladies. Just say “No!” 

Friday, August 22, 2014

Hamas Admits It Was Responsible for Killing Three Israeli Teens

Warning I: I’m going to write about what’s going on in Gaza between Hamas and Israel.

Warning II: If you post even remotely anti-Semitic comments, they’re getting deleted. I’m not being close-minded. I understand your point of view. But I’ve already told you that I don’t share that view and you keep trying to push it on me anyway, which is impolite and unappreciated.

Now that you’ve been warned, here goes…

After so much media and Hollywood outrage about how horrible Israel is for attacking poor, innocent, defenseless Palestine for no good reason… This comes out, courtesy of Reuters:

“A top Hamas official said members of his militant group kidnapped three Israeli teenagers, whose deaths in June provoked a spiral of violence that led to the war in Gaza, the first acknowledgement of the movement's involvement.

“Hamas, which controls Gaza, has up to now refused to confirm or deny Israeli accusations that it masterminded the abduction and killing of the three young men, one of them a joint U.S.-Israeli citizen, in Hebron.”

Incidentally, one of them was 19-years-old. The other two were 16.

“‘There was much speculation about this operation, some said it was a conspiracy,’ Saleh al-Arouri told delegates at the International Union of Islamic Scholars in Istanbul on Wednesday, according to a recording of the meeting posted online by organizers.

“‘The popular will was exercised throughout our occupied land, and culminated in the heroic operation by the Qassam Brigades in imprisoning the three settlers in Hebron,’ he said, referring to Hamas's armed wing.”

“Heroic.” Kidnapping and killing three people, two of them children, is considered “heroic.”

That’s the mindset Israel has to deal with. And yet we’re going to condemn them for playing something other than defense in the face of such an offensive situation.

Is Israel perfect? Hardly, as the disgusting retaliation killing of 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khudair by Jewish extremists shows. The Israelis responsible for that are just as depraved as the Muslim extremists they’re so angry at.

But the larger Israeli cause? The big picture here?

Just like any other nation out there, Israel has a right to defend itself from hostile forces seeking to destroy, kill and annihilate it (Esther 7:4a).

End of story.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

My Coworkers Are Discussing Politics Again

Right now, my coworkers are discussing politics.

So far, they’ve expressed their utter certainty that the Tea Party is irrelevant, Hillary Clinton is what America is looking for, Rick Perry and Ted Cruz are bleeping fanatics, and the Republicans aren’t going to have a viable shot at winning anything until 2024.

According to them, this is all obvious. Like right-in-your-face, bleeping-no-duh facts.

After they started swearing, I decided to drown them out by plugging in my earphones and blasting “Great Divide” by the McClain Sisters, which is an utterly adorable, happy-go-lucky kind of song.

It’s on repeat, and it will stay on repeat until they pipe down and get to work.

But while I’m busy destroying my continuing ability to hear correctly, I have to wonder… What in the world can we do about such destructive ignorance?

The answer is: not much. Not directly anyway.

I’ve already tried engaging these people in debate before. It doesn’t work. They’re ideologically opposed to the truth…

Just like those people in Ferguson, Missouri, who are protesting the shooting of a criminal. (Yup, somehow I only found out yesterday that “victim” Michael Brown was involved in an armed robbery the day he was fatally shot. Oh yeah, and he might have also broken the officer’s eye-socket before said cop killed him.)

The same goes for the individuals freaking out on Rick Perry for vehemently opposing state funding supported by a drunk driver of a district attorney.

If they really think that siding with armed robbers and drunk drivers and Hillary Clinton – who isn’t exactly squeaky clean either, legally speaking – is preferable to saying anything even remotely positive about the Tea Party, then guess what? The only thing that’s going to change their mindset is an absolute miracle.

So if you want something to do about such destructive ignorance, I’d say pretty much plug in your earphones with some happy-go-lucky kind of song such as the McClain Sister’s “Great Divide.”

And then, when you can see something other than red, pray for a miracle. Because without one, America is doomed to be overrun by the grossly and proudly uninformed. Like my coworkers.

Speaking of which, time to take my earphones out?

Nope. They’re still talking.

Blast on!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Newsflash Ferguson, Missouri: President Obama Is Not Your Best Friend Forever

I don’t defend President Obama about much, mainly because there’s not much to defend. He’s an arrogant, spoiled, mean-spirited and downright evil individual who doesn’t care who he has to run over in order to get where he’s going.

Obama is a president of The United States who uses his power to take vacations and play golf. He’s a husband who checks out 17-year-old’s backsides and flirts with foreign diplomats. And he’s a father of two daughters who associates with the likes of misogynistic rapper Jay-Z, thereby promoting a strongly anti-female agenda.

That’s all utterly unacceptable for anyone, much less someone with his standing and influence. Yet one thing I can’t fault him for is his failure to be America’s best friend forever (BFF).

Unlike protecting this country, remaining emotionally as well as physically faithful to his wife, and promoting positive role models for his daughters, being America’s BFF is not in any of his job descriptions… no matter what Lesley McSpadden wants to believe.

Who is McSpadden, and why do we care? He’s the grandfather of Michael Brown, the 18-year-old who was shot and killed earlier this month in Ferguson, Missouri. And he had some strong words for the president the other day:

“America is built on people coming together at times like this, and now is the time for my President to step forward. I want to say this to my President: I voted for you, so you ought to be able to meet with me.”

Ummm… Say what?

Just because you voted for him doesn’t give you instant, easy or even any access to the president of The United States. He’s supposed to be running an entire country; and you’re supposed to be running your personal affairs.

Instead of asking an utter disaster of a president to solve his problems, McSpadden should consider what he can do in the middle of this tragedy. Like possibly calling for civility from the rioters protesting in his grandson’s name?

That would be a great start. And then maybe, after we’ve all gotten the planks out of our own eyes, we can call on Obama to do the same to his.

President Obama is not our BFF. He was never supposed to be. He’s supposed to be President of the United States.

We need to first understand what that means and doesn't mean if we really want him to fulfill the role.

Friday, August 15, 2014

It Is Well With My Soul

I’m not talking politics today.

Our politics are a mess. America is a mess. The world is a mess.

There’s a headline from the UK’s Independent today that reads: “World peace? These are the only 11 countries in the world that are actually free from conflict.”

“Worse still,” the copy complains, “the world as a whole has been getting incrementally less peaceful every year since 2007 – sharply bucking a trend that had seen a global move away from conflict since the end of the Second World War.”

I'd say this indicates quite strongly that the whole lot of us are doing something (or a lot of things) drastically wrong. I don’t know about you, but if I dwell on all of those wrongs for too long, I’m liable to either get very angry or very depressed.

So it’s a good thing I have something else to dwell on. Like how life can go exceptionally wrong politically, societally, globally, economically, socially, emotionally, physically, sexually, psychologically, etc., etc., etc. Yet, it can always be well with my soul.

At least that’s what the 19th century hymn, “It Is Well With My Soul” says. And if anyone would know whether that’s true or not, it’s that song’s writer, Horatio Spafford, who went through one of the most depressing bouts of life I have ever heard of:

·         In 1870, he lost his only son to Scarlet Fever.
·         In 1871, the Great Chicago Fire ruined him financially.
·         In 1873, he sent his family on ahead of him to Europe, planning on following them shortly. Yet while crossing the Atlantic, the ship sunk and all four of his daughters died. His wife had to send him a telegraph giving him the wretched news.

On his own trip across the ocean, Spafford penned “It Is Well With My Soul,” which includes the following chorus:

It is well (it is well)
With my soul (with my soul)
It is well, it is well, with my soul

Sounds simple enough by itself, right? Hardly the most inspiring set of lyrics… until you know the backstory. And the music it was eventually put to, not to mention the verses make it that much more powerful.

Not to mention that it’s true. I mean, yes, external happiness is awesome. I’m all about friends and family, physical safety and financial security and emotional fulfillment. Bring it on!

But I don’t actually need any of those things. It can be “well with my soul” anytime, anywhere because “my soul” is in God’s hands.

P.S. If you want to hear one of the most gorgeous renditions of this hymn ever, click here. I dare you not to be moved.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Ferguson Missouri Residents Coming to Understand That Obama Really Doesn’t Care

For practically a week now, we’ve been hearing about Michael Brown, the 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri, who was shot by police last Saturday.

We’ve heard how he wasn’t a threat to begin with; that when the cops opened fire, he was raising his hands to show continuing compliance; and that “Brown was African-American. Police have not identified the shooter, but a witness told CNN on Tuesday that the officer who opened fire was Caucasian male.”

Thanks for that helpful reminder CNN. Because society really needs to hear more lies about the value of life being determined by the color of one’s skin and the skin color of one’s attacker. Let’s just fuel the race-baiting a little bit more.

Yet with all of the information swirling around this tragedy, I still don’t know if Brown was innocent. So far, it seems that way. Then again, CNN and its mainstream media affiliates were really quick to blatantly doctor evidence during the whole George Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin ordeal, so it’s hard to completely trust them when they tell us otherwise this time around.

Regardless, I am sorry for Brown’s grieving friends and family. The people who are destroying public property and terrorizing the town in protest of his death, however? Not so much. There are better ways to make a societal or political statement… such as perhaps demanding that our elected leaders actually lead.

Just a thought.

On the plus side, those protesters might be getting a clue about their supposed champions, judging by the commentary circulating Twitter [Creatively edited for profanity]:

“Obama, you have done nothing! We need you! You haven’t changed anything! [Go jump off a bridge] y’all!” and “The people of #Ferguson are [exceptionally irritated] at Obama and Al Sharpton via live stream. ‘Didn’t do [bathroom word] for us’ and ‘[Go jump off a bridge, Al] Sharpton.”

Wrong though these protesters are about so much else, they’re right to conclude that their leaders are too focused on their own comforts to care about anything else.

In the midst of this, and while Iraq is burning and our border crisis continues to escalate – in many places unbearably so – President Obama took himself off to Martha’s Vineyard. For yet another vacation and even more rounds of golf (two things he’s becoming very well known for).

As French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius criticized, “I know it is the holiday period in our Western countries, but when people are dying, you must come back from vacation.”

Considering how Obama is now suddenly planning a quick trip back to D.C., Ferguson, Missouri, could conclude that he listens to the French more than he does his own countrymen.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Why Colorado Wants Legalized Marijuana Is Beyond Me

There’s an article on Breitbart detailing how Denver, Colorado residents are complaining about the newly legalized marijuana industry, which is apparently smelling up their neighborhoods.

Now, I was just out in Colorado in the Denver/Colorado Springs areas last week, from Tuesday afternoon to Sunday night. And let me tell you… There was plenty to do! Other than smoke marijuana, I mean.

“Climbing” Pike’s Peak (i.e. taking the train up to the top), visiting Garden of the Gods, taking pictures at the Denver Bronco’s Mile High Stadium (now ironically named, I suppose), stopping at IKEA for macaroni and cheese and Swedish meatballs, spending way too much money on absolutely adorable apparel at some local outlets featuring national brands…

Okay. Yes, I know those two last mentions are hardly worth calling “sight-seeing” when there are two IKEAs within easy driving distance of me and plenty of places to shop in Maryland. But let me tell you something about Colorado that my Maryland is sadly missing: gorgeous mountain views.

My three traveling buddies (who are from New England) and I were exclaiming every other minute how beautiful the scenery was. Yet “beautiful” doesn’t cut it; “exquisite,” “breathtaking” and “awe-inspiring” come much closer to describing the views we were treated to out there.

Now, I’ve been to well over half of America’s 50 states. California, Florida, North Carolina, Massachusetts, Texas, Oklahoma, Kentucky, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Oregon… Each has its own beauty.

But Colorado? Let’s just say it very nearly converted me away from my otherwise firm belief that being within driving distance of an ocean (preferably the Atlantic, since I really am an East Coast kind of girl) is a must.

It’s stunning out there. Which makes its choice to legalize marijuana utterly mind-boggling.

I don’t understand why people would want to get high when they’re blessed enough to have that kind of panorama at their fingertips. With that kind of reality, why would anyone want to seek out drug-induced fiction?

I think it’s a very sad commentary on our times that we can’t appreciate such amazing creations in our right minds, but have to seek out quick fixes that leave us emptier than before.

Colorado – and the rest of America – needs to wake up and smell the roses... not the pot.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

What We Can Take Away From Robin Williams’ Suicide Tragedy

By now, pretty much all of Western culture probably knows that actor and comedian Robin Williams was found dead yesterday of an apparent suicide.

We can talk about drugs and alcohol dependency all we want, both of which apparently factored into his death. Struggling with any kind of addiction can lead to severe depression and suicidal tendencies, and hopefully Williams’ death will wake some people up to this fact.

But there’s a much bigger topic that we need to talk about, and it’s this: Robin Williams had everything, according to societal standards. He was Hollywood. He was bigtime Hollywood, meaning that he had success, fame and fortune. He also had family.

And yet he still killed himself. None of those categories – categories we all strive so exceptionally hard to obtain and maintain – fulfilled him enough to ultimately think life was worth living.

In recognizing this, there are only a few logical conclusions we can reach:

·         Life really isn’t worth living.
·         Robin Williams was unique, or at least not the norm, in coming to this conclusion.
·         Life is worth living for, but not based on the above-mentioned categories.

So let’s see…

Is life worthless? To answer that question, I’d recommend asking those of us who have to say goodbye to loved ones. We mourn for months and years when a life is lost. We remember their birthdays and anniversaries and holidays. And we do all of this because they meant something to us. They had value.

As for Robin Williams being all that unique in deciding that life is worthless, I’m sad to say that’s simply not true. Most of us don’t go around committing suicide, but that doesn’t mean we don’t ruin our lives all the same, bouncing from one high to the next, whether that high is found in jobs, relationships, money, sex, travel, drugs, etc., etc., etc., ad nauseam. The vast majority of us find out that it’s all temporary and therefore meaningless.

Yet that doesn’t mean life itself is meaningless. As a born-again Christian, I am very confident in my Creator’s perfect love and sovereignty. In my worldview, life has meaning from the bigger picture right down to every beautiful and tragic detail, even when I can’t see how that’s true.

This worldview doesn’t always guarantee ecstasy or even physical comfort at all, but it does foster a sense of purpose that I can’t imagine going without.

I only wish that Robin Williams had tried this amazingly unique, versatile and long-lasting (as in eternal) resource instead of falling back on what he did.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Far Leftist Barney Frank Admits That Obamacare Promises Were a “Lie”

Yesterday, while scrolling through the news, I came across a fascinating headline from the Huffington Post of all places:


Here’s how it starts: “President Barack Obama made a major political mistake by lying about the details of his health care plan, according to former House Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank (D-Mass.).

“‘The rollout was so bad, and I was appalled – I don’t understand how the president could have sat there and not been checking on that on a weekly basis,’ Frank told HuffPost during a July interview. ‘But frankly, he should never have said as much as he did, that if you like your current health care plan, you can keep it. That wasn’t true. And you shouldn’t lie to people. And they just lied to people.’”

The article goes on to note that, despite those lies, Frank is still all-in for Obamacare.

Go figure. But it is still fascinating to hear as staunch a nasty liberal as Frank is (He did, after all, shamelessly use the Boston Marathon bombing to tout high taxes) come right out and call the president a liar and his signature law a lie.

This is one of those “You know it’s bad when” kind-of situations.

Not that America didn’t already know that. I’m pretty sure only the most heartless and/or brainless and/or clueless leftists really still support Obamacare at this point.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Representative Sheila Jackson Lee Should Consider Shushing… For Her Own Sake

Sometimes liberals aren’t all bad. Sometimes they’re at least good for a laugh.

Like the wholly uneducated Sheila Jackson Lee, who represents some equally uneducated district in Texas.

For those of you unfamiliar with the long-term representative, this is the woman who claimed, back in March, that the U.S. Constitution was 400 years old. She also previously trumpeted her inexcusable ignorance by asking NASA to zoom the Mars Land Rover in on the American Flag that early astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin planted… on the moon.

There’s a reason why I call her “wholly uneducated.” It’s because she is.

And she just proved it once again on the House floor on Wednesday night. It’s so stupid that even Yahoo picked up on it:

“During a floor speech on Wednesday night, Texas Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee voiced her opposition to the House Republican lawsuit against President Barack Obama, and said that Democrats had never moved to impeach former President George W. Bush when he was in office.

“‘[It is] a historical fact…’”

Let me stop Jackson Lee and the larger article right there. “A historical fact” like the U.S. Constitution being 400 years old? Or like astronauts planting the American Flag on Mars?

Ok. So sorry for interrupting. Let’s continue. In fact, let’s back up and start at the beginning of her quoted speech so as not to confuse her point any further than you already know she’s going to do on her own:

“‘[It is] A historical fact that President Bush pushed this nation into a war that had little to do with apprehending terrorists,’ Jackson Lee said. ‘We did not seek an impeachment of President Bush, because as an executive, he had his authority. President Obama has the authority.’

“It’s an odd thing for Jackson Lee to say, because it was just six years ago that she helped lead a movement to impeach Bush by co-sponsoring a bill accusing him of high crimes and misdemeanors.

“‘She misspoke,’ Jackson Lee’s spokesman Mike McQuerry told Yahoo News on Thursday morning. He declined to elaborate on what she meant to say.”

I’m not even going to bother picking apart her wholly uneducated explanation for why we shouldn’t impeach Obama. I think she proves my larger point perfectly well without me having to say another word.