Message to Hollywood’s men

May 19, 2009 at 12:30 am (A+ Reads, Amusement, Leftist idiocy, The United States)

A good message to the so-called men of Hollywood: “Open Letter to the Hollywood Girly Man” by Franklin Pierce.

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Is America Christian?

April 9, 2009 at 12:30 am (Christianity, Leftist idiocy, The United States, US Government)

Are we a Christian nation?

The technical answer is that we are not a Christian nation. Unlike many countries, we do not have an official religion. No religion or religious body receives any especial recognition or patronage. (This is one of the purposes of the First Amendment.)

Some might say that Americana is America’s religion – our volumes of scripture are the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, our prophets are the Founding Fathers, our salvation lies in furthering America’s interests, in following the American dream.

But the technicalities do not betray a very real element of America: while America, technically, as a State, is not Christian, at least not officially, the American people are Christian, and thus America is, indeed, unofficially Christian. What’s more, America is not Christian the way England is Christian. America is perhaps one of the most diverse and devout of the Christian nations.

When people go around saying, “Oh, America is not a Christian nation!” they will come off as two-faced. Why is he saying this while America is so overwhelmingly Christian? Is he trying to trick or fool other people?

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A right way to protest, and a wrong way

November 6, 2008 at 3:53 pm (LDS, Leftist idiocy, The Left)

There is a right way to protest, and a wrong way.

One thing I have noticed is that liberals are very sore losers. When they lose, they make so much noise and they whine so much.

Proposition 8 – which amends the constitution of California to define marriage as between one man and woman woman – passed. The Catholic Church and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were two of the largest entities that pushed for the passing of the Proposition. The two joined Evangelical churches, Muslims, and certain Jews, along with others, to campaign for the Proposition.

The Proposition passed by about 52%. All it needed was a majority to pass.

Advocates for same-sex marriage are placing the blame, strangely enough, on The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

What makes its passage interesting is that while so many Christian, Muslim, and Jewish organizations expended time and money to promote the Proposition, it was Obama who indirectly killed gay marriage in California. The overwhelming number of black and Latinos who came out to vote, to vote for Obama, also voted for the Proposition. Were Obama not in the running, perhaps not so many people would have come out to vote, and the Proposition may not have passed.

Nevertheless, they are targetting The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This had been a hard time for Latter-day Saints, what with violence, vandalism, and theft being daily occurrences. And now the opponents of Proposition 8 are organizing their piece de resistance: a massive protest at the Los Angeles California Temple.

I called the Temple. Protests have already started. The massive protest is expected at 2 pm, Pacific time. The Temple is closed for the day. My elders quorum president sent me a text message of a Good he did: “la mormon protest 2 pm”. It’s huge! Of course, the Kossacks are right on top of it.

I have no problem with people who oppose the Church for what it has encouraged its members to do, but this is ridiculous. Proponents for same-sex marriage will get no goodwill for such antics, and will only harden the resolve of those who oppose same-sex marriage. If they do a peaceful, respectful protest, that’s fine. But what they’re planning – including plans to crash/disrupt our services while drinking coffee and smoking – is only going to backfire. Being belligerent – “teaching us a lesson” – is no way to win friends or support.

But it all demonstrates the childishness of the liberals when they lose.

See:
Black, Latino voters helped Prop. 8 pass” by Tony Castro on Wednesday, November 5, 2008, on LA Daily News
and
Black and Latino voters critical to same-sex marriage ban’s success” by Mike Swift and Sean Webby on Wednesday, November 11, 2008, on MercuryNews.com

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A glimpse into the mindset of Islamist extremists: the movie “Traitor”

September 26, 2008 at 12:30 am (Islam, Islamism, Leftist idiocy, The United States, World War III)

For a class, I chose to watch a movie, Traitor. A very interesting movie indeed. It can be considered an interesting exposé of the mindset of many Muslims when it comes to the West (particularly America) and terrorism. The line/thought of “We’re not terrorists; Americans are terrorists” is quite common albeit untenable.

There is a fundamental difference between civilian casualties in American campaigns and in militants’ campaigns. In the former, it’s collateral damage. In the latter, it’s the goal. Americans do not intentionally target civilian targets whereas Islamist militants overwhelmingly do. More civilians have died because of Islamist extremism than because of America’s War on Terrorism. More Muslims have died because of Islamist extremism than because of America’s War on Terrorism.

One point a character in the movie made was that terrorism was all a theater with a clear audience. Terrorism’s goal is to terrorize people so they’re weakened or they surrender. It’s perhaps one of the only weapons the other side can use in this disproportionate war. But that does not mitigate the sheer evil of terrorism.

I friend of mine is having troubles with religion, saying he likes things to be rational. I told him that rationality should never be one’s sole guiding light. All sorts of abominations can be justified, explained, or made acceptable through reason and logic. What scared me, thoroughly, many years ago was to read Hitler’s Mein Kampf and realize, to my horror, that in many cases his logic made sense. The outcome was evil; the foundations were shaky; but if one accepted his premises, the conclusions made sense. It is extremely easy–as we have seen many, many people (including Islamists, people in the pay of Islamists, self-defending or blinded Muslims, and even a whole coterie of Leftists) do–to justify, explain, and make acceptable terrorism.

We need to understand the terrorists’ mindset in order to realize just how deep this cancer has set in. And we should formulate our policies accordingly, realizing that winning hearts and minds, while laudable, is far more difficult than we might imagine. These people, whether Islamists or the average Muslim, simply think differently than we do in the West.

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Behold, the Anointed One

July 28, 2008 at 12:30 am (A+ Reads, Leftist idiocy)

This is hilarious:
He ventured forth to bring light to the world” by Gerard Baker of Times Online.

Go forth and read!

H/t to compos mentis in this comment on Friday, July 25, 2008 in the discussion thread of “More Norway” on Thursday, July 24, 2008, by Listick at the Innocent Bystanders.

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Rising energy prices and the Left foiling attempts to deal with it

June 19, 2008 at 10:07 am (Leftist idiocy, The Left, The Right, The United States, US Government)

Some headlines from today’s issue of Investor’s Business Daily:
“Bush: Lift Offshore Drilling Ban”
“Bush Urges Contress To Lift Ban On Offshore Oil And Gas Drilling”
“Surging Oil Primes Political Pump For New U.S. Drilling”

The point these articles make is that Bush says that rising energy prices is bad for America, and to alleviate this we need to explore other options, such as offshore drilling. He is, as can be expected, opposed by the Left.

But this typical of the Left. The Left complains incessantly about rising energy prices and places the blame squarely at the feet of Bush. But when alternatives are mentioned, alternatives which would help us lower energy prices, the Left goes into a tizzy, and the Left ends up opposing any practical solution for some reason or another. And they complain Bush isn’t doing anything when Bush can’t do anything, what with the Left striking down all practical solutions. So the Left paints a deceptive picture.

But then, the Left contains philosophies, values, and paradigms that don’t really match reality. They skew the order of things that actually matter, placing soft and irrelevant issues (environmentalism, animal conservation, not inconveniencing animals, redistribution of wealth, and so on) higher than things that do matter or that should matter (such as lowering the cost of getting things done in the economy, promoting free enterprise, supporting business endeavors to enrich people, let people enjoy the fruits of their own efforts, and so on). And so while the Left wants to sacrifice everything of value to intangible things and issues (might I say, to false gods?) and make everyone equally miserable, the Right wants to help everyone advance themselves by themselves, to enable everyone to be happy, and to allow practical solutions that affect our livelihood.

So the fault, really, lies not at Bush’s feet but at the feet of those hinder him from doing what should be done.

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All Hail Our Lord, Obama?

June 13, 2008 at 12:30 am (Idiots, Leftist idiocy, Religion, The Left, The United States)

I was going to hold off on going off on Obama but I am increasingly becoming irked if not extremely displeased.

A few days ago, I saw a bumper sticker on a car that said “Got Hope?” I thought to my self, “Now that’s a clever Christian bumper sticker.” Slowly, though, from the car’s other bumper stickers, horror began to dawn on me. I felt the Spirit rushing away as I realized what the bumper sticker referred to.

It referred to Obama.

That was the last straw. How can a man be so successful whose campaign is practically a large parade of iniquity, false witness, falsehoods, and now blasphemy?

I have heard Obama speak. As I mentioned to my father, his rhetoric reminds me of other rhetoricians, like Hitler and Stalin and Mussolini. All based on stirring emotions, to lead the proles forward in obeying the Glorious Word of the Leader. But does words have any substance? He’s nothing but sounding brass and tinkling cymbals.

Change and hope. Hope and change. What about them? How will he implement them? It’s just words he uses to whip up a frenzy. Mindless, zombie-like frenzy.

No one has become so enamored with and enthralled (in the latter case, a good word to describe this phenomenon) by Hillary Clinton or John Edwards or John Kerry or Mitt Romney or Rudy Giuliani or John McCain. We see this enthrallment to some degree among some Paulbots and fewer Huckabites, but nothing compared to the ridiculous adulation poured out on Obama. Honestly, it’s almost like they’re hailing a god incarnate. What is he, the Hidden Imam? Jesus Christ returned to Earth? Maitreya? All we need now is for some Jews to come out and proclaim him to be the Messiah. Der schwarze Moshiach, nu? We’ll probably discover he’s a Goa’uld System Lord.

There are many black Americans who would make good presidential candidates, even if I may not agree with their politics. If Obama is the best we can do, we’re in serious trouble.

As a person who studies religions, the almost religious frenzy and adulation towards Obama is very, very concerning. I can see it very well. I’m surprised that others haven’t caught on. This is a matter of grave spiritual and national concern.

As election times comes closer, you will see this blog become more political. Once the lines are drawn, I want people to be more aware of what’s at stake. I want to put this race in greater context.

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Michael Pfleger temporarily removed

June 4, 2008 at 12:00 pm (Christianity, Leftist idiocy, Religion, The Left, The United States)

Nice Deb covered this situation in her post “Petition to Defrock Pfather Pfreaky”. News from “Update: Michael Pfleger removed from his position at St. Sabina Catholic Church.” by Defending. Contending.

Statement from Francis Cardinal George, Archbishop of Chicago, courtesy of the website of the Archdiocese of Chicago:

STATEMENT OF FRANCIS CARDINAL GEORGE, O.M.I.,
ARCHBISHOP OF CHICAGO
June 3, 2008

To put recent events in some perspective, I have asked Father Michael Pfleger, Pastor of St. Sabina’s Parish, to step back from his obligations there and take leave for a couple of weeks from his pastoral duties, effective today. Fr. Pfleger does not believe this to be the right step at this time. While respecting his disagreement, I have nevertheless asked him to use this opportunity to reflect on his recent statements and actions in the light of the Church’s regulations for all Catholic priests. I hope that this period will also be a time away from the public spotlight and for rest and attention to family concerns.

I hope also that the life of St. Sabina’s parish may continue in uninterrupted fashion. Fr. William Vanecko, Pastor of St. Kilian’s parish, will be temporary administrator of St. Sabina’s and will assure the full complement of ministerial services during this period. I ask the members of St. Sabina’s parish to cooperate with him and to keep him and Fr. Pfleger in their prayers. They are in mine.

See also Chicago SunTime‘s Lynn Sweet’s post “Pfleger removed as pastor of St. Sabina in wake of mocking Clinton at Trinity Church.”

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The purpose of states

May 19, 2008 at 6:08 pm (International community, Leftist idiocy, The Left, The Rest, The United States, US Government)

What is the purpose of a state? I believe this is an important question, and one which many in the West, sadly, seem to be unaware of.

States came into existence to help protect and further the interests of the people over which it presided. The leaders of states, or whatever polity may exist, were usually skilled in warfare in order to protect the resources of the state and its people and to be able to appropriate the resources of other states (and their people) for the leader’s state and its people. States also existed to preserve internal harmony and stability by dictating the people’s duties and dealing with internal issues (crime, creation of law, executing and enforcing law, punishment, deterrence, etc.).

The point is that the state came into existence to serve the interests of the state and its people for the advancement and maintenance of the people thereof. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Black Church?

April 30, 2008 at 12:30 am (Christianity, Leftist idiocy)

The supposed and so-called “Reverend” Jeremiah Wright claims there is the Black Church and that white people simply don’t understand the Black Church.

There is no such a thing as the Black Church. There is no White Church. There is no Red Church. There is no Yellow Church. There is no Brown Church. There is no male Church. There is no female Church. There is no free Church. There is no slave Church. We are all one in Christ, and to suggest any of us Christians are separate from the others because of race or color is…well, I’ll skip the sermonizing and simply say such a man is not a very good Christian.

It is written: “For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female; for ye are all one in Christ” (Galatians 3:26-28).

And: “Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond [nor] free: but Christ [is] all, and in all” (Colossians 3:11).

Why do we still seek to be divided by race? Why do some continue to insist that, contrary to the unity demanded by Christ, we are divided, and that one does not understand the other? I’m a convert to Christianity, and this exhortation to unity is clear even to me. I do not understand how other Christians can be driven astray by preachers like serpents who poison their minds with ideas that because of their race, they are different. The black man and the white man should together sing praises of their Redeemer. To suggest the white Christians just don’t get the black man’s strange Gospel is quite astounding (not to mention something that takes a lot of chutzpah). There is only one Christ and only one Gospel.

I fear this is a source of evil, a tool of Satan. Heavenly Father, save us from men who preach the philosophy of men mingled with Scripture. Save us from such antichrists.

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Supahstah!

April 23, 2008 at 12:30 am (Islamism, Leftist idiocy, News, The Media)

Headline on an editorial in Investor’s Business Daily for Tuesday, April 22, 2008:
“J.C., Superstar”.

It’s about Jimmy Carter.

The blurb after that says:

Mideast: Ex-President Jimmy Carter thinks Hamas is ready to accept Israel’s existence and to “live as a neighbor next door in peace.” Has there ever been a former U.S. leader so deluded about historical reality?

Read the editorial. It’s good. Also, it’s distressing how blind some people can be to reality.

Here is the website for Investor’s Business Daily.
Here is the website for editorials and cartoons and the like from IBD.

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We don’t tolerate anti-soldier-ism

March 26, 2008 at 3:17 pm (Blogs, Leftist idiocy, Military, The United States)

In this comment (over at “Don’t Question Their Blah Blah Blah” by Ace of Ace of Spades HQ), it is written:

I’ve told my son (a marine reservist going back for his second 7 month vacation in the cradle of civilization) that I would fully expect him to beat the poodle piss out of anyone spitting on him upon his return. Bail wouldn’t be too hard to come by.

I am grateful that while America may be full of anti-war moonbats, anyone physically spitting on a soldier would find himself or herself on the receiving end of a lot of displeased reactions from ordinary, everyday Americans (civilians especially).

We love our soldiers, we do.

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Wherefrom this impending utopia?

January 5, 2008 at 12:30 am (Culture, Idiots, Leftist idiocy)

Many people expect and hope for a better world. Such a world is characterized by peace, tranquility, harmony, coöperation, and so on.

But the way things are going, the world is getting worse: more violent, more unsafe, more unsecure, more ruthless. Evil is gaining strength while the good are being perverted by the philosophies of men mingled with scriptures. And even what constitutes scripture (sacred writings that dictate a people’s values and beliefs) is changing, to where Moses is reviled and Chomsky is hailed. What serves man’s baser instincts is lauded while those that challenge them are pooh-poohed. Read the rest of this entry »

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I have always wondered…

September 26, 2007 at 1:55 am (Afghanistan, Idiots, Iraq, Leftist idiocy, Military, Mocking the enemy, The Left)

I have always wondered: why all the hue and cry to get our troops out of Iraq?

Why not focus on Japan and Germany first? Korea? The last I knew, the Second World War ended quite some time ago. Perhaps our leaders forgot to bring them back, eh?

Maybe our most valiant patriots want to withdraw our troops from harm’s way.

Silly me. I missed the memo which stated that our troops are only to be posted where they will not be shot at.

All that armor and weapons must be for show. Shock and awe and all that, eh?

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Challenging the true betrayers

September 16, 2007 at 12:59 pm (Blogs, Leftist idiocy, Military, The Left, The Media, The Right, World War III)

Many people are quite unhappy with the ad put out in The New York Times by “Move On” which smears General Petraeus. What is most shocking, however, is that someone is actually doing something about it!

From good Mr. Wolf Pangloss in “FEC Complaint filed against MoveOn.org and New York Times” :

James “Uncle Jimbo” Hanson of Blackfive has filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission concerning the repugnant MoveOn.org “General Betray Us” full page political ad in the New York Times. The Times charged MoveOn $65,000 for the ad, but a reporter who called the Times inquiring about a full page ad in a Monday paper was quoted a rate card price of $181,692. The complaint asserts that the difference between the full price and the price charged should be declared as a political contribution by the New York Times.

I like. I like very much.

The travesty with this situation was not the advertisement or the particulars behind it but that no one had done anything about it. Strong action must always be taken to provide a check to the Leftist propaganda machine. We cannot allow them any special favors not extended to us as well by supposedly unbiased entities.

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Ends justifying the means: beyond the pale

August 13, 2007 at 5:16 am (Blogs, Leftist idiocy, The Left)

I would like to direct your attention to this: “Nothing Personal, Old Chap” by Deogolwulf of The Joy of Curmudgeonry. It provides an alarming insight into the depravity of socialism.

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Update: Obama partially responsible for Pakistani emergency measures

August 9, 2007 at 5:02 am (Idiots, Leftist idiocy, News, Pakistan, The Left, The Right, The United States, US Government, World War III)

Tariq Azim, minister of state for information, said talk from the United States about the possibility of U.S. military action against al-Qaida in Pakistan “has started alarm bells ringing and has upset the Pakistani public.” He mentioned Democratic presidential hopeful Barak Obama by name as an example of someone who made such comments, saying his recent remarks were one reason the government was debating a state of emergency.

(From “Pakistan may declare state of emergency” by Matthew Pennington of AP.)

As if one needs any more reason to oppose Obama. His remark was most irresponsible. It has provoked outrage, and for good reason.

I have no problem with unilateral action against or in Pakistan if the target warrants such. But a public statement explicitly stating such is entirely unacceptable. Doing so harms the interests of The United States. Doing so was a stupid, stupid thing to do. If anyone is truly aware of the delicate situation in Pakistan, one would know how disastrous such a statement could be.

Obama’s statement has brought even more public opposition to Pakistan’s cooperation with America in World War III, cooperation that could only be sustained because Musharraf acts because of his monopoly of force and not democratic legitimacy.

And to think that Pakistanis are rabidly pro-Democrat and anti-Republican. The Republican Party has always been the best one for Pakistan and Pakistanis. I hope Pakistan realizes this, and I hope American Pakistanis realize this next year when they have to help us elect a new president.

Funny, isn’t it, the various ways Democrats undermine American national interests.

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The religious tendencies of Leftist issues

July 18, 2007 at 2:57 am (Leftist idiocy, Religion, The Left)

I puzzles me (and worries me, interestingly enough) to see the whole climate change issue become quasi-religious for the Left, what with Al Gore being proclaimed and treated like a prophet like the times of yore (“yore” in this case being Judaism before the Second Temple period).

Isn’t it interesting how Leftist movements take on very religious overtones: first Communism, then anti-war, now climate change?

The problem is that, like religious systems, the core beliefs and assumptions become infallible doctrines and, thus, cannot be questioned. Those who question them are heretics or idiots (or both): such arguments are never taken seriously, the faithful seek to shut up the heretics with the Words of Truth (repeating them like some sacred chant or mantra) or with ridicule (or anathematization).

And then they accuse us of being theologically and morally intolerant and rationally incapable.

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Civil Rights

July 2, 2007 at 4:00 am (Leftist idiocy, The United States, US Government, World War III)

People pretending to warn us of the danger of our own acts harp on the extinguishment of civil rights if there is a major attack on us.

No such thing will happen.

American people are too protective of their actual rights to let the federal government clamp down on essential civil rights. That being said, there is no guarantee that We the People will stop the federal government from overstepping its bounds to some degree. But no matter: nothing will remove essential civil rights.

And for that matter, plotting against The Republic is not a right. It is treason, and deserves death. And so when the time comes that the federal government will clamp down on treasonous and dangerous plottings, we will have to remind our friends in hysterics what are and are not the rights we have enshrined in The Constitution.

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International regimes and the abdication of sovereignty

May 27, 2007 at 12:26 pm (International community, Leftist idiocy, The Left, The United Nations, The United States)

Many people believe that membership in and involvement with international regimes — such as The United Nations or, for European states, the European Union — involves an abdication of sovereignty. Whereas this is technically true, in actuality states do not actually give up their sovereignty as they theoretically should.

A state’s sovereignty is jealously guarded by the state’s government and people. There is a fear, some of it not unjustified, that giving up sovereignty, especially giving it up to someone or something, will open the doors of exploitation and slavery. Read the rest of this entry »

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