Friday, October 31, 2008

A Letter Making the Rounds

Ordinarily I would say that a person's politics should never be a factor in employment, unless the political position would compromise the job performance.

However I have to sympathize with the writer of this letter.

Dear Fellow Business Owners

As a business owner who employs 30 people, I have resigned myself to the fact that Barack Obama will be our next President, and that my Taxes and Fees, will go up in a BIG way.

To compensate for these increases, I figure that the Customer will have to see an increase in my fees to them of about 8%. I will also have to lay off 6 of my employees. This really bothered me as I believe we are family
here and didn't know how to choose who will have to go.

So, this is what I did. I strolled thru the parking lot and found 8 Obama bumper stickers on my employees' cars. I have decided these folks will be the first to be laid off.

I can't think of another fair way to approach this problem. If you have a better idea, let me know.

I am sending this letter to all Business owners that I know.

YYYY Corp.

I think it might even be illegal but I have little sympathy for those people. When a we know that a politician's policies will destroy businesses, then the people who put that cretin in power should be the first to pay for the damages.

I also need to emphasize that this is an emotional response, not a rational one. If the business owner were to ask me I would say that it's probably illegal even if I am sympathetic to him.

H/T to my brother who lives in Florida.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

While We Are Looking Elsewhere

We often forget, in the heat of an election, that other things are happening on this planet. Some of them seem small but in the light of eternity may be far more significant than who wins this election.

A Somali, whose only common trait with the prophet of Islam is his given name, a believer in and servant of Jesus, who risked his life to bring aid to those suffering in Somalia, gave his life without raising a voice in protest. He was publicly beheaded for the crime of Apostasy, that is he converted from Islam to Christianity.

False martyrs routinely kill themselves in order to shed as much innocent blood as possible. Their cry of Allahu Akubar is more rightly understood as Blood for the blood god.

Mansuur Mohammed is a true martyr which is the Greek word for "Witness" and his innocent blood shouts the name of the Son of God. He was quiet as the Jihadists cut his head off in front of townspeople who were gathered for a promised feast. His willing and quiet death testifies that he truly was one of God's people.

Brother Mansuur I am humbled to call you a brother, for you are much more worthy than I. Rest in Peace and await the promise. It is coming.

And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given to them. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of the testimony of Jesus and because of the word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received the mark upon their forehead and upon their hand; and they came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were completed. This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy is the one who has a part in the first resurrection; over these the second death has no power. (Revelation 20: 4 - 6)

Mansuur Mohammed will have the unspeakable privilege of being part of that blessed assembly.

There are many other martyrs, but to read of one is always stunning and, in a strange way, encouraging. They set an example for us to follow.

Faith of our Fathers (Fredrick W. Faber)

Faith of our fathers, living still,
In spite of dungeon, fire and sword;
O how our hearts beat high with joy
Whenever we hear that glorious Word
Faith of our fathers, holy faith!
We will be true to thee till death.

Our fathers behind prison gate
Were still in heart and conscience free
How sweet would be their children's fate
If we like they should die for thee
Faith of our fathers, steadfast faith!
We will be true to thee till death.

Faith of our fathers, we will strive
To win all nations unto Thee;
And through the truth that comes from God
We all shall then be truly free.
Faith of our fathers, living faith!
We will be true to thee till death.

Faith of our fathers, we will love
Both friend and foe in all our strife;
And preach Thee, too, as love knows how
By kindly words and virtuous life.
Faith of our fathers, Christian faith!
We will be true to thee till death.

Monday, October 27, 2008

The Grand Inquisitor

When I was a senior in High School we read Dostoevsky's The Brothers Karamazov in a class that centered on classical literature, and the subject matter was difficult to say the least for 18 year old minds with little real experience of the world. In fact my college lit professor was somewhat aghast to learn that I read that book in High School.

It's most controversial chapter is one called The Grand Inquisitor. (The entire chapter can be read here.) In a nutshell, one of the main characters is telling a story in which Jesus comes to earth and raises a little girl from the dead in the presence of a huge multitude. The Grand Inquisitor of the Jesuits witnesses the resurrection and immediately arrests Jesus and sentences him to death. The bulk of the chapter is a rant by the Inquisitor explaining to Jesus just how badly he screwed it up and why His Church needs to be cleansed of His influence and turned into an institution of true lovingkindness by rejecting Him and accepting the three offers that Satan made as he was tempting Jesus.

As I read the chapter I could not help but think of, not only the clash between Christianity and Socialism, but also the clash between those who want freedom and those who want their needs taken care of. One would almost swear that Dostoevsky was watching the world today as he wrote this chapter.

and they will begin crying unto us: "Feed us, for they who
promised us the fire from heaven have deceived us!" It is then
that we will finish building their tower for them. For they
alone who feed them shall finish it, and we shall feed them
in Thy name, and lying to them that it is in that name. Oh,
never, never, will they learn to feed themselves without our
help! No science will ever give them bread so long as they
remain free, so long as they refuse to lay that freedom at our
feet, and say: "Enslave, but feed us!" That day must come when
men will understand that freedom and daily bread enough to
satisfy all are unthinkable and can never be had together,
as men will never be able to fairly divide the two
among themselves. And they will also learn that they can
never be free, for they are weak, vicious, miserable
nonentities born wicked and rebellious. Thou has promised
to them the bread of life, the bread of heaven; but I ask
Thee again, can that bread ever equal in the sight of the
weak and the vicious, the ever ungrateful human race, their
daily bread on earth?

The Grand Inquisitor displays such arrogance and a condescending attitude toward mankind, as well as toward God

True, they are vicious and rebellious, but we will force them
into obedience, and it is they who will admire us the most.
They will regard us as gods, and feel grateful to those who
have consented to lead the masses and bear their burden
of freedom by ruling over them--so terrible will that freedom at
last appear to men! Then we will tell them that it is in
obedience to Thy will and in Thy name that we rule over them. We
will deceive them once more and lie to them once again--for
never, never more will we allow Thee to come among us. In this
deception we will find our suffering, for we must needs lie
eternally, and never cease to lie!
How does the chapter end? Jesus kisses the Inquisitor and walks away leaving him totally perplexed. The inquisitor hated Jesus because He values free choice and it is that freedom that makes the Inquisitor's vision of Utopia impossible. Is freedom truly valuable enough to wreck the chance for Utopia over? I say yes, especially since that utopia is an empty promise. Like Bernard Marx in Brave New World or Alex in A Clockwork Orange (the brilliant book, not the obscene movie of the same name), most people do hunger for freedom as well as bread, but like Esau selling his birthright for a meal, lost freedom cannot be easily regained. The Grand Inquisitor is wrong for Man does not live by bread alone.

An Old Obama Interview

From the American Thinker comes this little gem of an interview with Barak Obama before he became Senator at a Federal level.

It's worth noting that only one American in six supports wealth redistribution. They are not voting for Obama because of what he will do, even though the entire world outside of America seems to know it.

For everyone who does evil hates the light, and does not come to the light, lest his deeds be exposed. John 3:20

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Two More Beloved Leaders

First I received this in E-mail from my brother who is usually non-political.

A History Lesson
In the late 1950's most Cubans thought Cuba needed "a change"
and they were right. So when a young, dynamic leader came along,
every Cuban was at least receptive. When the young leader spoke
eloquently and passionately and denounced the old system, the
press fell in love with him. They never questioned who his
friends were or what he really believed in. He said he would
help the farmers and the poor and bring free medical care and
education to all, and everyone followed. He said he would bring
justice and equality to all, and everyone said "Praise the Lord!"
The young leader said, "I will be for change and I'll bring you
change," and everyone yelled, "Viva Fidel!" But by the time the
executioner' s guns went silent, the people's guns had been taken
away. By the time everyone was equal, they were equally poor,
hungry, and oppressed. By the time everyone received their free
education it was worth nothing.By the time the press noticed,
it was too late, because they were now working for him. By
the time "the change" was finally implemented Cuba had been
knocked down a couple of notches to Third-World status. By the
time the change was over more than a million people had taken to
boats, rafts, and inner tubes. Luckily, we in America would
never fall for a young leader who promised change without
asking, "what change?" Would we?

Another "Beloved Leader"

Also OPEC's largest non-Islamic member, a major petroleum exporter is having problems with energy. They are pouring so much into spreading the "revolution" that basic needs are being neglected. Even their congress lost power briefly. Even some of Chavez's followers are beginning to lose patience with him.

It's also noteworthy that a decade ago Venezuela was a major exporter of food and today food is cheap (because of price controls) and rare (for the same reason.) Remember what I said yesterday about redistribution without allowing the farmers to make a profit would result in smaller harvests because the farmers have lost their motivation? It's happening in Venezuela too. Isn't Socialism lovely?

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

When I Read Marx in College

Many people would be surprised to know that The Communist Manifesto is in my personal library and has been read several times. Even though I went to a conservative college we were still required to read and be familiar with Marx because of his influence on modern thinking, especially in minds that do not realize the influence he has had on them through popular culture.

Our professor stood in front of us and told us that Marxism is a precarious school of thought. It has one little flaw but is such a vital one that it causes the whole edifice to collapse into a pile of dust. He then challenged us to find that flaw. He did have to ask us a couple of leading questions to get our thoughts moving the right direction, but once he did the flaw wasn't that hard to find.

The fatal flaw in George Bernard Shaw's shocking Essay on Major Barbara was much harder to find.

Marxism is often summed up in beautiful and altruistic sounding From each according to his abilities, to each according to his need. While there is actually a lot more to it and it involves a study of the cycles of history and economics, this nice sounding statement does sum up the ideal. Who could argue with that from a moral perspective?

I could accept it if men were morally perfect creatures. They are not.

The difficulty is that the typical human is self-centered and will consider their own needs and wants first. Most people will look to the needs of others only after their needs are satisfied. There are of course exceptions but these are a small minority. While most adults will feed their children first, most will not feed another until they themselves are filled and secure.

Now there is more to this. People are also basically lazy and will usually take the path of ease and least resistance as far as they are able to. Of course there are exceptions but these are few. Most people will get what they need by the easiest method possible for them. This is from nature where an animal not only has to struggle to survive, but, because food is not always available in the wild, must conserve as much energy as possible. The animal aspect of man carries this same thing and the more a human leans toward the animal side of his nature the more he will act in this way.

A little thought and you can see where this leads. We take the maxim from each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs and attempt to make it a reality. Now everyone is guaranteed a certain standard of living regardless of what they do. By simple human nature a person will do as little as possible to get this standard of living. Needs will become maximized in most people while abilities become minimized. Why work hard if you don't have to? Why do so if there is no exceptional and tangible reward? Everyone gets the same regardless of what they do so why bother?

While we were studying Marx in Civ class we were simultaneously reading Arthur Koestler's Darkness at Noon in lit class and that book had a profound effect on me. It said that the early Bolsheviks ran into precisely this problem when farmers refused to simply give up their harvests to the state and the state had to resort to brutal methods to collect the harvest for redistribution. After that the farmers were much less zealous in their work and Russian agriculture never really did meet its full potential. (actually the book doesn't say Russia but everyone knows who they meant.)

Now the early Christians had what in the original Greek was called koinonia which is similar to socialism but the differences are deep and profound. Koinonia was encouraged but optional as no one was forced to share. (The episode with Ananias and Sapphira was about lying and claiming a virtue you don't have, not failure to share.) Also the person who was giving the wealth to be distributed had a lot of say in where it was going and what was being done with it. (The person giving the wealth could say that a certain person or group did not deserve assistance.) Finally mature Christians are more likely to work for the whole than just themselves as compared to people who lean more to the animal side of their nature. In fact, in my life experience, the most generous people I know despise Marx and Socialism. These virtues do exist in many non-Christians but there are so many that don't have them, sadly including some Christians, that a whole society based on it is impossible.

Fellow bloger Z at her blog geeeeeZ! had a cute posting about a beggar and a waiter both carrying Obama paraphernalia and the writer's response to it and it hit the nail right on the head, especially this comment by a commenter:

The waiter can afford to lose one $10 tip for an educational experience. But he can have even more fun...

If the waiter makes $35,000 per year and loses one $10 tip per day (in a 5 day work week) then he would only lose $2,600 per year, leaving him with $32,400. That wouldnt require any considerable change in his lifestyle.

If there are 15 waiters at the restaurant who donate $10/each per day, that would be $39,000/year which could be redistributed to the homeless person.

This way the waiters can work extra hard to make up the slight loss of income, while the homeless man does nothing to earn a living better than they have.

That is of course, until one of the waiters catches on and quits his job to demand that the other waiters support him as well.

That is precisely why Marxism will never work.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Are You a Redneck? Or Are You White Trash?

A redneck is a working class person who believes in traditional values and doesn't put a lot of thought to appearances, and they really don't even have to be white. (The term redneck is from the old south referring to the fact that some people were too poor to afford slaves and had to do their own work so their necks were sunburned as they worked in their own fields. It should have always been something to be proud of.)

Some people use these terms interchangeably because they don't know the difference. There is actually all the difference in the world. So with no offense meant to a couple of bloggers who use the term White Trash in their blog, even though they really aren't white trash at all, here are some simple tests to see which you are.

1. You're unmarried and your girlfriend is suddenly pregnant and there is no doubt that the baby is yours.

Redneck response: You take responsibility for your child. If possible you marry the mother and raise the child, hopefully teaching them not repeat your mistakes. If you can't marry her for whatever reason you gladly pay child support and have hand in childrearing.

White Trash response: You take responsibility for the baby by driving the mother to the welfare office.

2. Unemployment is about to run out and you have two choices: a low paying job or welfare.

Redneck response: You apply to flip burgers at McDonalds. If that doesn't work out then you will swallow your pride for the sake of your family and accept welfare, but will not stop looking for work.

White Trash response: You ask for directions to the Welfare office.

3. You are a veteran of our armed forces.

Redneck: You wanted to serve your country and maybe get a shot at an education.

White Trash: The judge gave you an option and the other choice was prison.

4. There are some couples at your family reunion that are little close in their bloodlines.

Redneck: It's only one or two couples, they aren't that closely related and their kids are normal.

White Trash: Your family tree looks like a stepladder.

5. You've got a police record.

Redneck: Either it was something stupid you did a long time ago and wish you didn't or you woke up a couple times in the drunk tank. You had it coming, you took your lumps and learned your lesson.

White Trash: The police have a file on you that reads like an encyclopedia of stupidity. It's all because the cops have it out for you.

6. You go to church every Sunday.

Redneck: You go to a church that preaches and tries to practice what you believe a true Christian should. Your church should be trying to make a better person of you and your community a better place to live.

White Trash: You don't care what they preach or practice as long as they have a food pantry and they don't try to change your life too much.

7. You own a couple of firearms.

Redneck: Of course you own them. You use them to hunt and if necessary, you will protect yourself and yours' with them.

White Trash: Everyone in town knows about them because you have threatened your neighbors with them and fired them off just for the fun of it, or you've been caught poaching.

8. You have well tended garden.

Redneck: It cuts food costs a by quite a bit and it's fun to do.

White Trash: You can't afford to buy your weed from the neighborhood dealer anymore.

9. You have a neighbor with lot's of nice things and money to spare.

Redneck: With hard work, a little luck, and couple of breaks going your way you could live the same in a few years.

White Trash: They think they're better than you because they got money. You despise them for being snobs. They probably stole it or ripped people off to get it.

10. Some people may think you're uneducated.

Redneck: You may have a college degree or you may have been forced to drop out of High School because of circumstances beyond your control (or it could have been a stupid thing you did as a kid) but you can read, write, do math, use a computer, do basic care for your car and other things you need to do and have never stopped learning.

White Trash: Who needs all that book learning anyway?

11. Come up with your own.

So are you a Redneck or White Trash?

Saturday, October 18, 2008

GM and Chrysler

GM and Chrysler sitting in a tree
(sigh) It's not worth it.

The stories are circulating the either GM and Chrysler will merge or GM will simply "acquire" Chrysler.

This is just gut reaction at this point, but I don't like it. It may be necessary for the two to survive but it can't be good news.

First off it will eliminate even more jobs, though it may help secure the few that are left.

Secondly in the 1940s and 50s there was concern about GM becoming a monopoly. That is now less of concern because of foreign competition, which really isn't foreign as some Toyotas etc. are more American made than most American brands.

I'm really not sure what I think of this. I am feeling uneasy about it but I really haven't digested it yet.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Memories -- An Obscure Song

This song was a top 40 song in 1969 when I was 12 years old. Not too many people will remember it. It was sung by a singer who simply went by "Oliver" and it's name was Jean. It's kind of a dopey song but it has personal significance.

What is significant to me about this song? I still remember it because it was the first song that I ever danced with a girl to (an attractive neighbor girl who was a year older than me.)

Do you remember the first song you ever danced with a partner to? Or perhaps your with husband or wife?

Dennis Prager says the Same Thing

A few posts ago I talked about the real two Americas (the philosophical divide) and how they were intrinsically irreconcilable and then warned that I foresee an inevitable violent clash between the two (which I think would be a real bad idea for a number of reasons.)

Now Dennis Prager says the same thing, that there can be no common ground between completely opposite ways of seeing the world. Needless to say, I agree with the conservative worldview.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Why PUMA is angry

And why clear-thinking Americans are terrified.

Our Electoral system is in serious danger now, and the women of PUMA (Party Unity My A**) are opposing their own party because they feel that they were the first victims of a political steam-roller. At first I thought they were simply sour-grapes but as I viewed these four videos I realized that they clearly saw a danger. At one level I wonder if they really opposed to these tactics as a principle or only oppose them when their used against them but at least they' re speaking out.

The four videos take about a half-hour to watch, but you can see what you need to see with first two. Please keep in mind that these people who are talking are Democrats, including a couple of former Obama supporters.

Part two

I will only give links for parts 3 and 4.

Part 3

Part 4

This draws another question. Who really should have won the Democratic Nomination?

Another question is will this happen at polling places in the election as well?

Threatening old ladies at caucuses? Miscounting the votes? Changing peoples' votes? Illegal voters? Denying legitimate voters the right? Telling people who haven't voted that they can go home now? What else can these people do?

We are in danger. This could well be our country's future.

H/T to Dr Sanity.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

An Interesting Blog Post.

Following a commenter from Dr Sanity's blog I found a very interesting and well thought out blog posting by Yaakov ben Moshe, whose blog I have never visited before. Give it a read.

The Face of the Modern Democratic Party

This man is entitled to his opinion and since he has been kind enough to pose for a picture I'm going to help show it to the entire world, or at least to those who read my blog.

The picture includes very ungentlemanly language so I will not post it, but you need to see it.

This man is the face of the modern Democratic Party

This is what the party of JFK and Harry Truman has degenerated into. They legally have the right to their opinions and they may broadcast them and we should make absolutely certain that they are broadcast far and wide. I can't help but wonder what would have happened if Hillary had won the nomination and the GOP started selling shirts that said that about her. Again it would have been legal but the people who are howling with laughter at these shirts would have been howling with rage over the "sexist" shirts; it's only sexist when liberal women are insulted because it's perfectly already to treat conservative women in such a manner. Now some would say that it's just one man but no, the shirts are for sale and are showing up in a lot of places. People are wearing them to GOP rallies, but fortunately our candidates have more class than that. I wonder what would happen if someone war a shirt that said Obama is a Muslim or Obama is a N... to an Obama rally. Also kudos to ABC news by surprising me and reporting this.

And then there's this. The party of peace, brotherhood and tolerance is destroying McCain posters. In some areas the majority of them have been vandalized.

Don't even get me started on the ACORN fraudulent voter scandal. We have just the tip of the iceberg on that one. I believe the fraudulent votes that will be cast for Obama will be a huge number, possibly even millions of them. All this does is demonstrate a total lack of regard for the electoral process.

Poor JFK and Harry Truman, along with Scoop Jackson and other great Democrats of the past, are weeping in their graves for what the party they long loved has degenerated into. They have become a party that hates the GOP more than they love America.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Nothing Much

I spent this weekend away again and that's pretty much routine now for the foreseeable future. I watched Dad for a while as Mom left the house and actually had some time to do some things. He mostly slept but he talked to me a little bit. He is concerned about me finding a job but there is nothing he can do about that. It's hard to see him able to do so little when he was always so strong and independent. I still find it difficult to believe that, barring a miracle he will never walk again; of course I have seen miracles happen but one never counts on them. He is still with us and his mind and personality are still intact so that is a blessing and a half.

On the way home I was zipping down M-13, the state highway that drops due south out of Bay City and Saginaw and as I crossed a major intersection there was a gas station that had gas at $2.85 a gallon and I really thought about it, but the cars were lined up so far to get that gas that I just drove on by and paid a dime a more about 10 miles further down. Still better than we were paying a few weeks ago. I haven't been by a gas station today but I guess it's even cheaper today.

Friday, October 10, 2008

As The Market Declines.

As I watch the panic driven decline of the stock market I remember a Great uncle that I never met, my Great Uncle Mac, the husband of maternal Grandfather's sister. Uncle Mac was born in the late 1800s and was around in the Crash of 1929. Now he somehow had some money and he went "bargain hunting" while panicked people were unloading stock at ridiculously low prices. He obtained an enormous amount of stock in Caterpillar for less than 10% of its earlier value and held on to it.

World War II hit and Caterpillar was a major contractor in the construction of tanks and half-tracks.

Uncle Mac was suddenly very well off.

I was fortunate enough to get rid of my stock in June of 07 but now is the time to buy, not sell.

American Power is of a similar mind.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Will It Matter?

There are two Americas. No it is not gap between rich and poor, or between white and minority, but a much more substantial and divisive gap.

It's a philosophical gap.

On the one side is the conservatives who, generally speaking, believe that you have choices and are responsible for the consequences of those choices. Sometimes the right choice is hard and can be nearly impossible to make, but even then the choice is yours. Every decision has consequences and it is up to you to face the consequences of those choices, though others who care about you can and should assist you as they are able and it truly benefits you. Our idea of freedom is to resist and overcome the dark side of your nature so that you can reach your full potential as an animal made in God's image. Some would be tyrants are drawn to this because they can use "in God's name" as a source of power. Some non-religious people are drawn to this worldview because they recognize the reality and importance of free will.

On the other side are the liberals who generally believe that our genes, environment and upbringing has inevitable results and you really never had a choice because the decision was made for you by forces beyond your control. To these people I am a Christian not because I chose to believe but my upbringing programmed me to believe. They believe that abstinence is impossible because young people are designed and programmed to have sex and really have no choice in the matter. Their idea of freedom is surrendering to your true nature because the choice has already been made for you because you are nothing more than an instinct driven animal which happens to have a remarkable brain. You need the elite to guide and direct you for the benefit of all. They will manipulate some religious organizations to serve their worldview by wrapping it in religious talk and symbols. Would by tyrants are drawn to this worldview because it justifies their tyranny in the name of "the greater good".

In the end the real difference between the right and the left is their core philosophies, and economic and identity differences are nothing more than window dressing or a consequence of their worldview. There are also greedy and benevolent on both sides of the divide.

In the end this philosophical divide is so intrinsic that a system that satisfies both groups is impossible. Each sees the other as ignorant and unrealistic and each is convinced of the absolute rightness of their worldview.

Regardless of who wins the election I fear that a violent clash between the two Americas is probably inevitable because each side is convinced that other must have never have power of their lives. I don't mean it will happen next year but it is inevitable.

I am conservative and absolutely do not want the left to have any say whatsoever in my life. I do not want people who think that real choice and true freedom are illusions to make choices for me.

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Why Cheat If You're Winning?

There are those who would have us believe that Obama's lead is insurmountable and McCain should spare the country any further anguish and bow out now. Perhaps his lead is insurmountable, but if he is so far ahead, why is there so much voter fraud on the part of the Democrats? There may be some on the GOP side but it's not anywhere near the same magnitude.

I will admit to pleasure that Lou Dobbs has shown integrity in this in going against the MSM to report this as a potential problem. I repeat my question: Why cheat if you're winning? There is no doubt in my mind that this is nothing more than an effort to facilitate voter fraud to guarantee an Obama victory in Ohio. It's almost as bad as Chicago.

H/T to the Political Pistachio

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Fight Like a Man

Music can be one of the most uplifting things there is.

It can also be encouraging.

Between my father, my employment situation, the nation's and world's economy, and a Manchurian candidate about to win the presidency, it's hard to fight despair as I believe in the next few years I could well see my country die as the situation will be far worse in a few years than it is today. Yet there is hope.

When I was younger one of my favorite Christian rock groups was Petra and this is one of my favorite songs by this band and it has encouraged me in many difficult times.

For those who have trouble following the lyrics of rock music I have included the lyrics below.

Get On Your Knees (and Fight Like a Man!)

Words and Music by Bob Hartman

Out on your own with your own self reliance
You've got no one to watch your back
You find yourself caught with no strong alliance
You've been left open for attack

Over your head the condition is graver
You've given ground you can't retrieve
The cards are stacked and they're not in your favor
But you've got an ace up your sleeve

Get on your knees and fight like a man

You'll pull down strongholds if you just believe you can
Your enemy will tuck his tail and flee
Get on your knees and fight like a man

Under the gun you've got no place to hide out
Backed in the corner on your own
This is one storm you are destined to ride out
One way to leave the danger zone

You've got the backbone to fight this tide
You've got the will to survive
You've got the weapon, it's at your side
You've got to learn to confide

Get on your knees and fight like a man
You'll pull down strongholds if you just believe you can
Your enemy will tuck his tail and flee
Get on your knees and fight like a man

Thursday, October 02, 2008

A Little Observation

I was reading the Bible last night, specifically Paul's Second Epistle to Timothy and I read the following passage.

II Timothy 3
1 But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. 2 For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, 4 treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; Avoid such men as these. 6 For among them are those who enter into households and captivate weak women weighed down with sins, led on by various impulses, 7 always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth

Now I am not going to be talking about the obvious inferences of this passage and today but something that occurred to me in conjunction with what I had been reading at One Cosmos and Dr Sanity about modern thinking and the seventh verse.

always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth

They, along with a few other highly enlightened conservative bloggers, have been speaking of nihilistic thinking and deconstructive studies that permeate our institutions of learning in our post-modern era. In a nutshell, nihilism is the belief that life has no meaning or purpose and that morality is an illusion, if sometimes a useful one. It is also the denial of objective truth.

It results in thinkers that ironically don't believe in absolute truth. It leads to another irony, the better educated you are the less "Truth" you know. Multiculturalism and moral relativism are just two byproducts of this thinking and born of the rejection of absolute truth.

Sadly these highly educated men and women will keep on reading, learning, and writing learned works but will never see the truth because their "enlightenment" requires that they believe that no absolute moral truth exists. They are literally unable to come to the truth, not because they are "over-educated" but because they are MIS-EDUCATED.

Thus as the Apostle Paul said: always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Money on Top of Money

Seven Hundred Billion Dollars is a lot of money. That could be written out as $700,000,000,000 or simply $2300 (roughly) from every man, woman and child in America. This certainly cannot be afforded but people seem to be forgetting another enormous outlay of money that Mr. Obama wants to do.

In his July 15th Iraqi War Speech he had a plan that would require another large outlay of money.

That's why I'll double our foreign assistance to $50 billion by 2012, and use it to support a stable future in failing states, and sustainable growth in Africa; to halve global poverty and to roll back disease. To send once more a message to those yearning faces beyond our shores that says, 'You matter to us. Your future is our future. And our moment is now.'

He must think that in spite of our economic problems this country is still made of money. It is not as much as he wants for the bail out (and sadly McCain does not seem to be far off from him on this issue) but it is still money that this nation cannot afford at this time.

Also as I consider this I must wonder if he has even considered the failure of The Great Society of Lyndon Johnson and why it failed. Why is Detroit failing? The answer is that you cannot improve a person's life without improving the person and money poured with no strings attached into the pockets of unproductive people, no matter how well intentioned, is not going to help in the long run and will only reinforce the actions that led to poverty in the first place. We cannot save Africa by pouring our scarce dollars into failing nations and right now, we can afford to do so even less.

Mr. Obama! Do you still intend to do this?

What we lack in brains, we make up for with good intentions. A quote from a brave but dimwitted freedom fighter in Mom and Dad Save the World.

They're Nuts!

The left is supposed to be the supporters of freedom and individual choice.

Well they are . . . sort of . . . when it comes to sex, pornography, obscenity and abortion. (and for some of them . . . drugs.)

Just about everything else needs to be controlled.

Including what we eat.

We would be rationed to four modest portions of meat a week and one liter of milk per week. Think about that for a second. A liter is just over a quart of milk. If one considers cooking etc. how long would a quart of milk last you?

This has nothing to do with saving the earth, though they will hysterically scream that it does. It's all about controlling other peoples' lives. This will help end global warming.

Most Democrats do not support this but the people who want this control the leadership of the Democratic Party. This WILL eventually come to America if Obama gains power, even IF he does not intend to do so at the moment. It's a simple matter of one thing leading to another and the government does not have the self-control to stop expanding it's control over lives and property.

The earth is cooling right now, probably on schedule, in response to solar activity. My suspicion is that they know full well that a global cooling has started, due to natural causes, but they need to gain control quickly so that they can claim credit for what nature is doing, thus justify their power grab.

Al Gore! You first! Lead by example!

Let's welcome back the Dark Ages, courtesy of the Left.