As Prices Soar, U.S. Food Aid Buys Less but not only that. Has anyone thought recently about the myth of the renewable enery source? Arable land is not unlimited and overworked arable land become disarable. How many dust bowls will be created before the proponents of the renewable energy source realize that they were wrong?
Federal judge orders Murtha to testify in Haditha defamation case . Now I won’t get into the arguments about whether Murtha can or can’t be sued for defamation but I would hope that responsible Pennsylvanians would really think about whether a fellow like this one really represents their state. I would really hate to think that Pennsylvania is Murtha.
But it’s for the children!, they cry when you oppose something like this while ignoring the fact that the true cost of such measures cannot be valued in mere dollars.
When Thomas Freidman says, “What does that mean? This: 9/11 has made us stupid.” I have to agree with him. Considering the paper for which he is writing has proved its stupidity a hundred-fold, well, what he writes in today’s column shouldn’t suprise anyone.
More global warming nonsense: L.A. County calling for lights-out hour I wouldn’t throw any parties during one of these. Whatever will the celebs do considering how much something like this would cut into their party time? Oh, never mind, I forgot. They don’t have to follow the same rules as the rest of us.
Peggy Noonan says, “Americans should not fear talking–and listening–to those whose views we loathe.” She’s right. If we don’t listen to or talk to those with whom we disagree, especially those with whom we disagree strongly, we are left dependent upon other sources to form our beliefs and their goals might not be the same as ours.
The appeal of Fred Thompson is something the pundits and political experts don’t understand but this article does a decent job of summing it up: President Thompson.
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This is a little off the usual beat for me because it’s not something I talk about much: Faith and Christianity.
Michelle Malkin has two pieces on her blog to which I wanted to draw attention: Street Fair fiasco and Tasteless fashion photos of the day. Cybercast News Service also chimes in with: Homosexuals Mock ‘Last Supper’ With Sex-Toys Twist.
While others might ask, “Why are we giving these people this attention? That is their goal,” others are feigning outrage or giving them sideways endorsements, Pelosi Refuses to Denounce Hateful Anti-Christian Ad.
Ms. Pelosi is right in that this event and others similar do not harm Christianity. Be outraged, if you must, be repulsed also, but do not let it harm you or your faith in God. Instead, let it make you stronger. How does it make one stronger?
Continue to protest your tax dollars being used to fund it and look to your faith and your guide (The Bible) to show you the way.
And whosoever will not receive you, when ye go out of that city, shake off the very dust from your feet for a testimony against them.
San Francisco has made it clear that it will not receive Christians and not only will not receive them but actively works against them. Leave the city to God’s judgment. Shun the perpetrators and the city.
This is easier said than done. Many when faced with such a choice will look at their daily lives, their jobs and finances, their family and decide that it’s okay to just stay put while ignoring the fact that they are tacitly supporting it through their taxes and silence.
They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away.
When faced with the kinds of decisions such as this one, I often look to Bible verses for answers. They cannot harm me for my faith is my greatest shield. They may call me all the names they care to call me and villify me. They may ridicule me, but it is the ridicule of the empty:
And they come unto thee as the people cometh, and they sit before thee as my people, and they hear thy words, but they will not do them: for with their mouth they shew much love, but their heart goeth after their covetousness.
2 Corinthians 12:7
And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.
So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.
There are some things in this world that will harm me: murders, terrorists, and other enemies, but those such as the ones who support the Folsom Street Fair cannot harm unless I give them the power to do so. They cannot harm my family unless I give them the power to do so by not teaching them what my faith and my guide have shown me.
And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection.
Tennessee is considered a red state. For the last 8 years, we’ve had a Democratic governor, partially in response to the corruption of the previous governor. Now, ol’ Bredesen didn’t do too much damage his first term but this second term, he has raised the sales tax on nonfood items, gasoline, and cigarettes. All well and good as long as you ignore the geography that has put Tennessee in a peculiar situation. However, they have an answer for that, too.
Given the responses to the article, I’d say there are a lot of Tennesseans out there who are regretting voting for Bredesen for a second term. There’s a surplus in Tennessee’s coffers. It wasn’t a necessary tax hike to pay for the necessities of government functioning. Kinda reminds me of what’s going on nationally considering the job the new Democratic majority Congress hasn’t done a whole lot of anything.
Federalism, in its simplest terms is about small central government and states’ rights. Now there are different “flavors” of federalism to be sure but essentially they boil down to that simple term. There are issues within a country that really don’t have a national solution. Abortion is one of those. The abortion issue has been raging for decades, over half a century now, with no solution in sight; the reason being that what suits some states doesn’t suit all of them so it’s an endless battle. Every election brings up the same issues over and over again, abortion, healthcare, illegal immigration, welfare (now called TANF), a national legal definition of marriage, and so on; the reason being that what suits some states doesn’t suit all of them. In these types instances we should look to the states to settle the matter but that never works either as some state, perhaps a bit more powerful than another, wants to impose their will upon the less powerful one and the more the Supreme Court and the legislative branch try to interpret the Constitution to the satisfaction of the states, the less states’ rights count and the larger the central government grows. Our founding fathers never intended for one state to have that kind of power over another state. That’s why they wrote the Constitution the way it is written. Remember also, the Constitution was our final document defining the government of this country. The Articles of Confederation were the first and quite disastrous in action.
I am really quite confused by the pundits and reporters who frequently harp on “actor and former Senator” Fred Thompson’s record in the Senate. They say there is very little legislation that has his name on it. Well, I could be wrong but wouldn’t you think a person taking a federalist stance such as Fred has done would have very little legislation with his name on it?
That’s my no nonsense thinking on the matter, anyway. When I heard Guiliani say he’s a federalist, then outline some of his postions, I knew he didn’t even understand the concept of federalism.
Now, I’m not going to make this a stump speech for ol’ Fred so I’ll leave that question there for you to think about, not only in terms of Fred but in terms every candidate from both parties and see where you stand. Besides, it’s a question that should apply not only to the President of the United States but to every member of Congress. The tug of war games we’ve been playing for the last century are truly tearing the country apart.
Twenty-three percent (23%) of Americans approve of an ad run in the New York Times “that referred to General Petraeus as General Betray Us?” A Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that 58% disapproved. Those figures include 12% who Strongly Approve and 42% who Strongly Disapprove.
Self-identified liberals were evenly divided-45% approve and 39% disapprove. However, only 19% of moderate voters approve while 62% disapprove.
Forty-seven percent (47%) of all adults say that “stunts like the MoveOn.org ad” hurt the cause they believe in. Only 12% believe they help the cause while 17% say there is no impact. Twenty-four percent (24%) are not sure. Again, political liberals are divided with 27% saying they help and 32% taking the opposite view. Fifty percent (50%) of moderates and 57% of conservatives say that these sorts of events hurt the cause the group is trying to promote. Read full article.
Coincidentally… or not… Hillary Clinton chooses to finally condemn MoveOn.org.
During Hillary Clinton’s marathon of television performances Sunday, she was asked yet again about the MoveOn.org newspaper ad that questioned Gen. David Petraeus’ truthfulness. Clinton had already been asked about the ad four times previously, but this time she had a new answer: She denounced it. “I don’t condone anything like that, and I have voted against those who would impugn the patriotism and the service of the people who wear the uniform of our country,” she told Tim Russert. “I don’t believe that that should be said about General Petraeus, and I condemn that.” ( Read Full Article )
Anything to get elected. I remember the last time we ran the country on poll politics. Do we really want a return?
lobbyist, nor even an NRA official. The best speaker, hands down, was a young army NCO. Everyone I asked agreed with that assessment. I can’t express in words how amazingly his speech, his story, his utter love for this country moved me. [snip]
This young NCO, a man I won’t identify by name to a wide audience until I get his permission, [editor’s note: our hero’s name is Sgt. 1st Class Greg Stube, and you can read more about him here. Our thanks to Lucianne.com for pointing us to this article.] told of his massive injuries while fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan. Trying to relay his story here seems futile. I can’t match in print the emotion of the man nor the way I felt about him even were I a better writer. I don’t think anyone could. But I will try and tell you a little about what he went through. [snip]
I doubt his message will breach the tin ears of the antiwar left. But his courage, his love of his family, country and freedom pushes me to write. I ask the antiwar left, and I urge others to ask, listen to the soldiers.
Right now, the overwhelming majority of them find value in their mission to fight terrorists in Afghanistan and Iraq. I agree. If I ever get the sense from them, the genuine belief that they don’t support the mission I will be the first to stand up and say bring them home immediately. Until then can you on the left stop “supporting them” by insisting you know more than they do about the work they are doing?
If they tell us they are fighting al Qaeda can the MSM please stop writing articles about how they are not really fighting al Qaeda? Can Michael Ware please refrain from making hyperventilating statements like “the streets were rivers of blood” as he did a few days ago on CNN? Can you at the New York Times and Time magazine just take a few moments to rethink the de-legitimization of our brave soldiers strategy your are employing when you call them uneducated, unemployable, untrained, too afraid to speak up against the president “cooking the book” stooges of George Bush?
I am not asking you to love the war. I am asking you to listen to a man who watched his guts leak from his body to protect that freedom of the press you use to attempt to dishonor him.
I agree with these sentiments. Follow the links inside the quote and listen, just listen to this young man. Using Media Player was a a little wacky but if you forward all the way to the end of the 6:10 clip it rebuffers and opens with the introduction for Sgt. 1st Class Stube. Read the full article from which the extensive quotes are taken. These are the people that people who support MoveOn.org love to hate.
Also read: Return on Success? Then think about this: Transcript: Ahmadinejad Interview, Part 1 then take a look here. When actions don’t match the words, it’s best to believe the actions rather than the words. Anybody can talk the talk in this day and age but can you walk it, too? Sgt. 1st Class Stube can and has, as have all our troops.
The furor over the MoveOn.org is still going strong. Myself, I believe MoveOn.org is a terrorist operation. Terror doesn’t come just in the form of physical violence or the threat of physical violence. Ask any abused spouse what is worse, the physical abuse or the mental abuse? Just look how many of our own government officials are afraid of them; a full quarter of them. One was so scared he left before casting a vote on the resolution (Obama).
Now the New York Times is claiming a mistake was made and the executive who approved the ad states: “Steph Jespersen, the executive who approved the ad, said that, while it was “rough,” he regarded it as a comment on a public official’s management of his office and therefore acceptable speech for The Times to print.”
Now, being a military spouse for a great number of years doesn’t make me a military expert but: Since when is an Army General a public official? I asked this question on Captain’s Quarters but nobody thought it dignified an answer.
On Amy’s blog, I pointed out that MoveOn’s ad affected each and every person who has loved ones in Iraq. That’s an immeasurable amount of unnecessary pain and anguish thrust upon a group of people who are just ordinary citizens like you and me. I know how I’d feel if my son were still over there when that ad came out in the ‘Times.
The list of those who wouldn’t condemn the MoveOn ad can be found here: Hang Right Politics. All this effort wasted on Primary elections but still useful I suppose. Think about these people and ask yourself which you would choose for the highest office in the country. Indeed, how many of them deserve reelection for their present office?
Further food for thought can be found in these:
The Oath of Enlistment (for enlistees):
“I, _____, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.”
The Oath of Office (for officers):
“I, _____ (SSAN), having been appointed an officer in the Army of the United States, as indicated above in the grade of _____ do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign or domestic, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservations or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office upon which I am about to enter; So help me God.”
For those who think I might be overly harsh in my assessment of MoveOn.org as a terrorist operation, please read this: George Soros: The Man, The Mind And The Money Behind MoveOn
I’ve refrained from slamming the MoveOn.org ad against Petraeus, I had my say about Sally Field’s intelligence, I haven’t talked about Ahmadinejad and Columbia University, and I’ve been quiet for a few days mainly due to work. In short, I don’t have a lot to say about any of these events.
My position on the MoveOn ad is they have freedom of speech. If we wish to preserve that freedom for ourselves, we can’t prevent others for using that same privilege. They had the right to print the ad. However, we have the right to reject it as well. In addition, Petraeus has the right to pursue legal options because most of what was said was inaccurate at best, outright lies at worst. The intent of malice is clear just from the wording, 🙂 . Petraeus probably won’t because of the politics but that’s his choice. Sometimes the goal of a lawsuit isn’t the money you can gain from it but the fact that you show what nasty hateful lying people can do for very little reason and the whole world can see it, too.
As far as Ahmadinejad “coming to America” I would have denied the visa but I suppose that couldn’t be done in the interests of diplomacy. How people react to him is their right whether we like it or not. Ahmadinejad thrives on attention just like every other celebrity so don’t give it to him. He gets entirely too much of the attention he craves for my liking. I’d rather give him some attention he doesn’t want… in the form of bombing the heck out of his country while he’s over here playing footsy with the stupid. And I wouldn’t particularly care what other countries thought about it, either. They don’t care about this country, it’s not theirs and not their responsibility and the U.N. can sanction us all they want. I could care less.
Our initial reactions to these things doesn’t have to be the last reaction to them. We have the right to free speech, too; to refute the nonsense of others… even to show what nonsense it is. And nonsense it is. Ask them questions and you’ll get trite nonanswers, follow through on the nonanswers and their arguments begin to fall apart before long and they degenerate into name calling and accusations rather than defend their point of view in an effort to persuade others to their side… that’s called bullying.
I look at the celebrities in Hollywood trying to push their views on the rest of the country and you know what I see? I see a bunch of washed up has-beens or never really beens who are trying to get back into the limelight so they say outrageous things just to get attention. We have children who act the same way. I suggest handling them in the same manner we handle our children acting the same way.
The sooner we get rid of Bredeson as Governor of Tennessee, the better. I can’t believe he was reelected, even, but then, he didn’t commit his worst decisions during that first term, did he? He saved them up for the second. I’m rather sick of the socialism going on though.
We have a surplus in the state coffers and Bredesen’s answer is to raise taxes. Taxes to pour into a broken education system, taxes to do nothing at all but make things harder on those of us who have to pay them. People think the tax in this state 8.25% but it isn’t. That’s the food tax only. For everything else, it’s 9.25%. I have a cold. I spent $13.48 on cold medicine. Taxes on that 13.48 was $1.25. He raised the taxes on cigarettes and gasoline as well. I forget what the exact amounts but one you need to be able to go to work in this place, the other… well… that’s a personal choice but I don’t see them going after other things that are bad for your health, like alcohol and even other tobacco products… especially those blunts they use for “other”. But the point is, some people found a work around for the cigarette tax but Bredesen will make sure every Tennessean pays his or her fair share : Cross-border cigarettes could burn Tennessee buyers.
You know, I once thought of applying for substitute teacher here in Tennessee. I actually filled out the paperwork and everything. Then, they told me that I had to pay for a background check. I was offended because that’s like telling me I have to pay for a job. Besides, I doubt their background check would be anywhere near as thorough as what I went through to teach in DoD schools and I didn’t have to pay a penny for that. It doesn’t surprise me that there are scores of teachers in this state who have been caught in sex offenses. If they want to start fixing the education here, that’s the place to start… before they hire these yahoos in the first place.
When they decide to really fix the system, perhaps I’ll think about reapplying for a teaching position. I refuse to become part of the problem which is what would happen under the current circumstances. Realistically, I probably wouldn’t last long because I’d open my big mouth and say something about the wrongness, lol.
Anyway, there’s really nothing we can do for these kinds of people until they hit rock bottom. Then, if they’re lucky, they’ll survive and learn a valuable lesson and turn their lives around. If not, well, pray for them but don’t enable them. In the meantime, recite the Serenity prayer and enjoy the weekend to the best of your ability.
I wish I could get at least a tiny mention.
I said this two days ago. Now, I don’t mind their writing up their articles about it and all but they’re either slow on the uptake or they’re reading my blog. If they’re reading give a girl a little credit, huh?
Granted they wrote a lot more on it than I did but still, I said it two days ago.
Grumble, grumble, grumble.