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Thursday, December 29, 2005

BBC NEWS | Asia-Pacific | S Korea cloning research was fake: "Research by South Korea's top human cloning scientist - hailed as a breakthrough earlier this year - was fabricated, colleagues have concluded."


And so the trend continues. We are to put our trust in science and scientists. [See my blog on this][Click on link and scroll down]

Tongue in cheek: If all religion is phony because some preachers are phony, then we are justified in labelling all science as phony because of phony scientists. Right? - Politics - Judge Upholds Ban on Christian Prayers in Indiana Legislature: "WASHINGTON - A federal judge in Indianapolis says he won't reconsider his decision barring the Indiana House of Representatives from opening its sessions with specifically Christian prayers. "

Thus, the triumph of the radical state. The radical priniciple triumphed very early in our country in the view of the separation of church and state and the inherent antinomianism and atheism of that position is now coming perfectly clear. The original Constitution only forbade the Congress from making any law about a state church--either to establish one or to forbid the states from establishing one. One of the unintended consequences of the Civil War amendments was to extend this provision to each of the states, in effect doing by amendment what the Fathers had forbidden in the First Amendment. Full implementation of this radicalization of church/state relationship would only come after World War II and the dream of removing all religious tension from the world in order to have world peace [!!}

The Indiana House of Representatives can only pray to that which is no God. Dead people, praying in dead faith, to dead gods. The only living God is He who became incarnate in Jesus Christ: “And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.” (Joh 17:3 AV).

Be not deceived. The people who try to remove Jesus Christ out of the public square do so because they want to put the image of their own dead god there.

Is this what you really want?

The absolute separation of church and state was the invention of heretical radical cults during the aftermath of the Reformation. It spawned revolution after revolution. Their view was heretical then, and is heretical now. The scripture speaks quite differently: "Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance." (Ps 33:12 AV) One thing the radical view has always produced is lawlessness. Scripture says that rulers are to be a terror to evil works [Rom 13:3]. But what are evil works? Some of our courts and rulers today say that it is evil to display the Ten Commandments, to forbid sodomy, to hire whom you want or rent to whom you want. There are ten thousands of anti-Christian and anti-morality laws on the books that confiscate good, forbid righteousness, and condone and support godlessness and wickedness.

When the Scripture is removed from the foundation of morality--the radical position--then all that is left is natural law. With Karl Barth, that disappeared, and all that is left is anarchy. Without the True and Living God, how can you have natural law? So law becomes the whim of the legislature or the courts. Political wimpishness being what it is, it is the court that rules.

The message of the Scripture to rulers is very clear, "Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him." [Ps. 2:12].

Jesus knew who He Is, and said it clearly, "He that is not with me is against me." To forbid prayers in the name of Jesus is to forbid prayers to the true God. It is as simple as that. There are millions of true Christians in this country, but the government is moving rapidly toward anti-Christ. There are some things that you simply cannot be neutral about without dire consequences to yourselves and all around you. A burning house, the plague, and the approaching tornado all demand a commitment to truth. Those who refuse will not know what hit them.

“Therefore this iniquity shall be to you as a breach ready to fall, swelling out in a high wall, whose breaking cometh suddenly at an instant.” (Isa 30:13 AV)

Sunday, December 25, 2005

RealClearPolitics - Commentary - 2005 Man of the Year: Rep. Mike Pence by Larry Kudlow: "For these reasons Mr. Pence has been chosen as the Human Events man of the year. As legislation is slowly rolling through Congress to restrain spending and extend vital pro-growth tax cuts, Pence and his pals have changed the thinking of their own House leadership as well as the president himself."

Hurrah for Mike Pence and for Human Events. Read the article for a Christmas present for yourself.

Friday, December 23, 2005

A very merry Christmas to you all. The coming of the Son of God, the Lord Jesus, changed the world forever. He is patient and long-suffering with mankind and calls men to faith and love, but that is no comfort for those who remain without repentance and faith.

As Mary said in Luke 1:49-53:
For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name.
And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation.
He hath shewed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree.
He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away.

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Wednesday, December 21, 2005

DRUDGE REPORT FLASH 2005: "Politically, the left is making a big mistake in focusing on the issue. Bush is well-served by bringing the terrorism debate home. Isolationists -- about 40 percent of the nation, divided between the two parties -- will not back him on a war in Iraq but sure will support him against attempts to handcuff homeland security in the name of privacy or civil liberties. By raising this issue -- and the concomitant issue of the Patriot Act renewal -- the Democrats are snatching defeat from the jaws of victory."

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

What Is Science, Then?

So the judge has it figured out. Intelligent Design is not science, but is an attempt to introduce religion into the public schools.

My oldest son was like that with his brothers for a time when he was small and they were smaller. He always set the rules for the games they played and so he always won. Wiorked every time. Humanism can keep religion at bay by defining it out of the game.

A smart aleck little kid might ask, "But isn't all that stupid stuff about monkeys becoming men taught for the purpose of keeping religion out of the schools?" Tell the kid to shut up; he might rock the boat and some high priced people might lose their jobs. They know they are lying to the kids and that evolution is a farce, but, hey, lying pays good, and people keep their license to fornicate, sodomize, and collect their paper dollies. The carousel will go on forever, won't it?

“11 Yea, [they are] greedy dogs [which] can never have enough, and they [are] shepherds [that] cannot understand: they all look to their own way, every one for his gain, from his quarter.
12 Come ye, [say they], I will fetch wine, and we will fill ourselves with strong drink; and to morrow shall be as this day, [and] much more abundant.” (Isaiah 56:11-12 AV)
RealClearPolitics - Commentary - Have The Democrats Walked Into a Trap......Again? by John McIntyre: "With their publicly defeatist language, John Murtha, Nancy Pelosi and Howard Dean reinforce these 'soft on security' steroretypes, a weakness that more sober-minded Democrats have been trying to mitigate since the late 60's and 70's. Unfortunately, this mentality dominates the Democrats' political base and more accurately represents where the heart and soul of the modern Democratic party lies than the very tiny sliver of Joe Lieberman Democrats. The Party of FDR, Truman and John Kennedy -- at least on foreign policy -- is clearly no more. "


Friday, December 16, 2005

Kerry Wants Bush Impeached: "Sen. John Kerry said on Thursday that if the Democrats retake the House, there's a 'solid case' to impeach President Bush on a charge that he misled the country about pre-war intelligence."

Isn't this guy a piece of work? This is a good reason to vote democratic this next year isn't it?
DRUDGE REPORT FLASH 2005: "The paper failed to reveal the urgent story was tied to a book release and sale."

Some papers practice journalism, but they are becoming fewer and father between.

The New York Times practices lobbying for the Democratic Party, shilling for their own publications, and subversion of the U. S. Constitution. It's not even good fiction.

Monday, December 12, 2005

"Using ''Pollaganda'' to Influence Public Opinion" by Mark Alexander: "Perhaps the most significant and insidious method the Leftmedia utilizes to shape public opinion, especially in the six-month period leading up to presidential elections, is ''media polling,'' a subtle scheme of circular propaganda we call ''pollaganda.'' Indeed, you'll be hard pressed to find any front page or nightly news broadcast between now and November 2 that doesn't reference such polling. Of note, polls that support Democrat candidates are often above the fold in lead stories, while polls that are favorable to conservative candidates are below the fold and mentioned only in a negative or qualified context. "
Just ran across this article from 2004. It is very up to date, showing how the liberal media uses bogus polls to direct public opinion. What contempt they have for the voter!

Saturday, December 10, 2005

"The Republican Party.s latest ad is a shameful and disgusting attempt to distract the American people from the problems in Iraq." --Senator Inouye


No, Senator Inouye, it is your party's cut and run rhetoric that is shameful. Your energy should be directed to the real skunks in your party that are betraying their country.

Every war is fought on three levels: on the battle field, in the arena of world opinion, and in the domestic opinion. Treason in any area betrays the troops and nation.

This writer lived through the Viet Nam area when the voters rejected to treason of the Kerrys and the Jane Fondas only to lose the war by the betrayal of the media and the politicians over the nothing of Watergate. Those who hyped the Watergate fiasco betrayed their country for political gain just as surely as Benedict Arnold betrayed his country.

The American people are much more sophisicated, the liberal East Coast media monopoly is no more, and the liberal monopoly of Congress is broken, and we will not tolerate this current treason.

We can hardly wait to get out to vote in 2006 and get rid of more American chickens. Bring 'em on.

Friday, December 09, 2005

Blogging My Blog

Concerning the Don Quixote quote below:

It was not the Constitution or the Bill of Rights that gave us our freedoms. It was the brave men at Trenton, Princeton, Valley Forge, Gettysburg, Normandy, Iwo Jima, lately in Irag, and many other places around the world. Paper means nothing if not backed up by arms. If you don't believe it, wave the Ten Commandments the next time some burgler breaks into your home. Read them to the pedophile and rapist. Faith without works is dead. It is the work of the policemen and the military that preserves the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. God knocked down the walls of one city in Israel's conquest of Canaan to show He could do it. The other cities were taken by the assault of the troops. Both kinds of operations were equally the work of the Captain of the Lord's Host. Read the book of Joshua.

When we no longer believe that the military does not do the work of God, then we will deserve to lose our liberties.

When Thomas Jefferson wrote in the Declaration of Independence "And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor" he was not talking about debate, lying down in the street, fasts, and campus demonstrations. The signers meant war and force of arms. "Divine Providence" meant the wisdom and direction of their arms by the only wise God. Our liberty is given to us by God, and only American chickens will be the cause of its loss. The bloody feet in the snow at Valley Forge testify to its true cost.

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Two-Edged Sword: "Welcome to the bottom of the slippery slope. The "diversity of views" argument is being tossed around by almost all the Federal Vision adherents. They want the Westminster's view to take a back seat again, and allow the many other views on doctrines like justification and the sacraments. "

Great blog by Rev. Lee Johnson, up in the land of ice and snow, Herreid, SD.
Excite News: "'I will do everything I can, including a filibuster, to stop this Patriot Act conference report, which does not include adequate safeguards to protect our constitutional freedoms,' said Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., who was the only senator to vote against the original version of the Patriot Act."

And so the brave Don Quixote bravely charged the windmills, because that was less dangerous than defending liberty by supporting the war in Iraq. The democratic liberal senators cannot find courage to defend freedom by arms, but they will try to talk the Patriot Act to death in the name of paper freedoms. These freedoms won't mean much if our men at arms are neutralized by these wimps.

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Politics from Tom Sawyer

I knew I had seen a debate of this spirit before some place. I mean the liberal response, ala Howard Dean and John Terry, to the resurgence of George Bush over the past two weeks. Then I remembered. Of course, from Mark Twain:

"I can lick you!"
"I'd like to see you try it."
"Well, I can do it."
"No you can't, either."
"Yes I can."
"No you can't."
"I can."
"You can't."
An uncomfortable pause. Then Tom said:
"What's your name?"
"'Tisn't any of your business, maybe."
"Well I 'low I'll
make it my business."
"Well why don't you?"
"If you say much, I will."
"Much -- much --
much. There now."
"Oh, you think you're mighty smart, don't you? I could lick you with one hand tied behind me, if I wanted to."
"Well why don't you do it? You say you can do it."
"Well I will , if you fool with me."
"Oh yes -- I've seen whole families in the same fix."
"Smarty! You think you're
some , now, don't you? Oh, what a hat!"
"You can lump that hat if you don't like it. I dare you to knock it off -- and anybody that'll take a dare will suck eggs."
"You're a liar!"
"You're another."
"You're a fighting liar and dasn't take it up."
"Aw -- take a walk!"
"Say -- if you give me much more of your sass I'll take and bounce a rock off'n your head."
"Oh, of
course you will."
"Well I will ."
"Well why don't you do it then? What do you keep saying you will for? Why don't you do it? It's because you're afraid."
"I ain't afraid."
"You are."
"I ain't."
"You are."
Another pause, and more eying and sidling around each other. Presently they were shoulder to shoulder. Tom said:
"Get away from h
"Go away yourself!"
"I won't."
"I won't either."
So they stood, each with a foot placed at an angle as a brace, and both shoving with might and main, and glowering at each other with hate. But neither could get an advantage. After stru
ggling till both were hot and flushed, each relaxed his strain with watchful caution, and Tom said:
"You're a coward and a pup. I'll tell my big brother on you, and he can thrash you with his little finger, and I'll make him do it, too."
"What do I
care for your big brother? I've got a brother that's bigger than he is -- and what's more, he can throw him over that fence, too." [Both brothers were imaginary.]
"That's a lie."
"Your saying so don't make it so."
Tom drew a line in the dust with his big toe, and said:
"I dare you to step over that, and I'll lick you till you can't stand up. Anybody that'll take a dare will steal sheep."
The new boy stepped over promptly, and said:
"Now you said you'd
do it, now let's see you do it."
"Don't you crowd me now; you better look out."
"Well, you
said you'd do it -- why don't you do it?"
"By jingo! for two cents I will do it."
The new boy took two broad coppers out of his pocket and held them out with derision. Tom struck them to the ground. In an instant both boys were rolling and tumbling in the dirt, gripped together like cats; and for the space of a minute they tugged and tore at each other's hair and clothes, punched and scratched each other's nose, and covered themselves with dust and glory. Presently the confusion took form, and through the fog of battle Tom appeared, seated astride the new boy, and pounding him with his fists. "Holler 'nuff!" said he.
The boy only struggled to free himself. He was crying -- mainly from rage.
"Holler 'nuff!" -- and the pounding went on.
At last the stranger got out a smothered "'Nuff!" and Tom let him up and said:
"Now that'll learn you. Better look out who you're fooling with
next time."

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

DNC's Dean: U.S. Will Lose War in Iraq: "Democratic Chairman Howard Dean on Monday likened the war in Iraq to Vietnam and said, 'The idea that the United States is going to win the war in Iraq is just plain wrong,' comments that drew immediate fire from Republicans."

These poor people still have the disease. They caught it at college in the sixties and seventies. It is a strange delusion that they won a wonderful victory over the EVIL Richard Nixon and the Military/Industrial Complex back in those good old days, and they are good people and know what is best for America. They also won a victory over EVIL traditional Christianity and morals. They rock and rolled, fornicated, sodomized, and opened the flood of pornography. They were FREE.

Re 9:21 "Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts."

Robbie in 'secretly gay' libel win | This is London: "Robbie Williams has accepted substantial undisclosed libel damages over claims that he was a secret homosexual."

And what is wrong with this? Why is this libel? What would Robbie be damaged by this rumor? If there is no stain on homosexual behavior, then why sue?

Monday, December 05, 2005

A Military War Hero

He was a genuine American hero. In fact, if it had not been for his heroism and valor, the great victories of George Washington at Trenton and Princeton would not have been possible and the entire outcome of the War for American Independence might have had a different outcome. He had showed tremendous perseverance in the Canadian campaign against Quebec, but his great triumph had been the relief of Fort Ticonderoga, which made it possible for three or four thousand troops to be sent south to Washington for those great winter campaigns

But the greatest was yet to come. There was no question that his dramatic courage was the reason for the defeat of the the British general "Gentleman Johnny" Burgoyne at the battle of Saratoga. This great victory gave Benjamin Franklin the leverage he needed to persuade the French that the war might succeed and that they should be allied with the Americans [the French have always been difficult]. He had made many enemies by refusing to obey orders and by his arrogance and self-service. These enemies stood in the way of promotion and the fame he thought was rightfully his.

But these achievements are all forgotten, and they should be. Former heroism and service in the military is not a pass for treason, and Benedict Arnold is remembered in history for treason. He conspired with the British Major Andre to betray the Fort at West Point, which would have given the British control of the Mohawk River, leaving the American cause hopeless. The plot was discovered and Major Andre was captured and hanged on a tree made famous by Washington Irving in the Legend of Sleepy Hollow.

Arnold only escaped hanging by fleeing to England, dying in disgrace in 1801, despised by the new American nation and her patriots.

Gee, I wonder what the modern application might be?

Sunday, December 04, 2005

Hurrah for "Standards"!

The Guardian: "The UN said yesterday said that Saddam Hussein's trial would never satisfy international standards because of ongoing violence and flaws in Iraq's legal system"

Let's see now.... And what would those "international standards" be? Those in practice in Irag when Saddam was in power? Or those presently in place in Iran? or Syria. China, maybe? Algeria? or throughout Africa? Hmmmm.

1 Why boastest thou thyself in mischief, O mighty man? the goodness of God endureth continually.
2 Thy tongue deviseth mischiefs; like a sharp razor, working deceitfully.
3 Thou lovest evil more than good; and lying rather than to speak righteousness. Selah.
4 Thou lovest all devouring words, O thou deceitful tongue.
5 God shall likewise destroy thee for ever, he shall take thee away, and pluck thee out of thy dwelling place, and root thee out of the land of the living. Selah. Psalm 52:1-5

Things are always different and changing, and somehow all the same.
My Way News: "'No red states here,' Marshall told the crowd, using a term used to describe Republican-leaning states.

In her apology Friday, the chief justice said she regretted making the comment.

Marshall said it was 'an unconsidered, spontaneous attempt to connect with the exuberant celebratory feeling in the audience, reflecting the balloons I had seen.'"
Sorry, apologies do not wash away bigotry, especially in a state judge or other high official.

Oops! I forgot. Apologies are only useless for Republicans or Christians. Liberals can say what they please, especially if they are talking about conservatives or Christians.

Thursday, December 01, 2005 - U.S. & World - Conn. Students Get Fines for Cursing: "Keila Ayala, 17, a Hartford Public sophomore, said she was ticketed for shouting an expletive in an officer's face while handcuffed for taking a swing at him."
Well, now. Isn't that completely unreasonable? People should be able to cuss out policemen and strike at them without repercussions, shouldn't they? Who do the cops think they are? cops?

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Top News Article | "VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The Vatican newspaper said on Tuesday that homosexuality risked 'destabilizing people and society', had no social or moral value and could never match the importance of the relationship between a man and a woman.

"The remarks were contained in a long commentary published to accompany the official release of a long-awaited document that restricted the access of homosexual men to the Roman Catholic priesthood.

"The article by Monsignor Tony Anatrella, a French Jesuit and psychologist, said homosexuality could not be considered an acceptable moral alternative to heterosexuality."


Hurrah for the Vatican! Too bad they haven't been keeping watch over their own house for the past umpteen years. Maybe they will get better now.

I hope the Episcopalians and others who have been getting soft on sodomites will pay attention. Rome has this one right, at least as far as they go.

Sunday, November 27, 2005


A CNN switchboard operator was fired over the holiday -- after the operator claimed the 'X' placed over Vice President's Dick Cheney's face was 'free speech!'

'We did it just to make a point. Tell them to stop lying, Bush and Cheney,' the CNN operator said to a caller. 'Bring our soldiers home.' "

Did anyone honestly believe that it was a computer malfunction? Why does anyone listen to these people any more?

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Jonah Goldberg on National Review Online: "In the current issue of The Atlantic, Paul Bloom, a professor of psychology and linguistics at that New Haven trade school otherwise known as Yale, offers an interesting perspective on the whole God thing. He makes a very powerful case that belief - or a tendency toward belief - in the supernatural in general and God in particular is hardwired into our systems from birth. His article is titled 'Is God an Accident?'

"Citing among other things some very clever experiments with babies and young children - don't worry, no babies were harmed in the process of writing his article - Bloom argues that we come into this world preprogrammed to divide the world into spirits and objects, or minds and bodies. This, argues Bloom, is an evolutionary adaptation designed for one thing - socialization - which has made us susceptible to another thing: religion."
I assume that Jonas Goldberg assumes that it is a good thing that no babies were harmed in the writing of Bloom's article. Though he also finds Bloom's articles "annoying," he really gives no good reason for either of these observations.

But maybe there are no reasons. If Goldberg is right in reducing the reasons to "mystery" then the world of "the spirit" is reduced to preference, isn't it, and what are we to make of that? If the only difference between Muhommad and Christ is only a preference, what does anything at all matter?

It might be very chic in the airy confines of academica and Washington, D.C. to talked learnedly about such preferences, but the 9-11 bombers did not think they were dying for a preference, and neither did our brave soldiers at Bunker Hill, The Alamo, or Iwo Jima. Those who risked their lives in Afghanistan and those still doing so in Bahgdad don't think so either.

To say that faith rests in mystery is comfortaable, of course. You don't have to examine it, or subject it to "truth claims." That way you do not have to be "annoyed." Truth can be very annoying, however. I am sure that Saddam was quite annoyed that Allah didn't deliver him from the Marines searching his hole in Iraq.

A lie is very often comfortable and can bring escape from annoyance, rather like alcohol. Truth never.

BTW, I usually like to read Goldberg. Bloom's article is based on evolution, and I find it annoying also, for the same reason that Goldberg's is annoying. Both are trying to explain a mystery that is not a mystery, but something that God Himself has revealed in Scripture. Blindness is blindness, no matter if it is called conservative or liberal.

Thursday, November 24, 2005

Russians seek to put restrictions on NGOs - Europe - International Herald Tribune: "MOSCOW Russia moved Wednesday to impose greater government control over charities and other nongovernmental organizations, including some of the world's most prominent, in what critics described as the Kremlin's latest effort to stifle civil society and democracy"

Totalitarian states are boringly predictible. When the state claims the divine attributes of solving everyone's problems, then it must have no competition--even religion and charity must come under the control of the state. It is a bit ironic, however, that organizations such as the Ford Foundation, Greenpeace, and Amnesty International which are generally liberal organizations with statist objectives are found to operate "under the cover of implementing humanitarian and educational programs in Russians regions, [and] ... lobby for the interests of certain countries and gather classified information on a wide range of issues." [Nikolai Paturshev, director of the Federal Security Service (Russia)].

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Power Line: "The only war the Democrats really have their heart in is the war to undermine the Bush administration."
You ought to read Powerline. It is a great blog by some great Americans.

Monday, November 21, 2005 - Toronto And GTA - Hatred blinds U.S. to truth: Journalist: "'If we stop trying to figure out the other side, we've given up. The person on the other side is not evil -- they just have a different perspective.' "

This is the basic trouble with liberals, represented by the Chris Matthews quote above. Liberalism does not accept the idea of evil. The rapist, the murderer, the pedophile, thugs like Hitler and Saddam just have different "perspectives". We need to understand them.

We do understand, Chris. What is there to understand? We know what the perspective of Al Queda is. Islamists want us dead, the United States destroyed and turned into an Islamic state ruled by the Mullahs. Now it may be that Chris and his crowd have annulled in their minds the Ten Commandments, but there are a lot of us out here who think that wanting Jews and Christians to be dead is evil. We believe in the devil and we believe that there are people who do the devil's work. Al Qaeda are not the only such people who think it is ok to break the Ten Commandments, but its a start to understand that there is evil in the world. Hatred and murder are the devil's work, according to Jesus who said that the devil was a liar and a murderer from the beginning and liars and murderers do their father's work.

If you cannot understand the basic principles of morality, then people shouldn't listen to you.

Friday, November 18, 2005

BREITBART.COM - Just The News: "The Vatican's chief astronomer said Friday that 'intelligent design' isn't science and doesn't belong in science classrooms, the latest high-ranking Roman Catholic official to enter the evolution debate in the United States.

"The Rev. George Coyne, the Jesuit director of the Vatican Observatory, said placing intelligent design theory alongside that of evolution in school programs was 'wrong' and was akin to mixing apples with oranges.
"'If they respect the results of modern science, and indeed the best of modern biblical research, religious believers must move away from the notion of a dictator God or a designer God, a Newtonian God who made the universe as a watch that ticks along regularly.'

"Rather, he argued, God should be seen more as an encouraging parent.

"'God in his infinite freedom continuously creates a world that reflects that freedom at all levels of the evolutionary process to greater and greater complexity,' he wrote. 'He is not continually intervening, but rather allows, participates, loves.'"

Now just isn't this ducky? Isn't it comforting that God is so parenting, that he encourages the freedom of the "evolutionary" process, of blood and tearing of tooth and claw? There is no wrath, you know, and resistance against evil is so non-sentimental. Let us be "parenting" to all men like our imaginary Father in heaven; let us learn to "participate, allow, and love" the likes of Saddam, Hitler, rapists, murderers, and other unwashed, for they have needs, too, you know.

Maybe Newton's idea of God was defective; maybe Augustine's view was defective; maybe even the view of Rev. George Coyne is defective, and it appears suspiciously like the view of Karl Rahner, at least in his latter dialectic period.

What about the biblical view of God, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and the Lord Jesus Christ. Hm?

Encouraging parent? To whom?

6 Seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you;
7 And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels,
8 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:
9 Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;
10 When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day. --2Thess. 1:6-10.

Are you among those who believe the testimony of the Apostles. Or do you just do your own thing? It's not a good idea [to do your own thing]. Paul thought it was a good and righteous thing for the ungodly to be dumped into hell. [vs. 6]. But what did he know?

Thursday, November 17, 2005

My Way News: "WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Joseph Wilson, the husband of outed CIA operative Valerie Plame, called on Thursday for an inquiry by The Washington Post into the conduct of journalist Bob Woodward, who repeatedly criticized the leak investigation without disclosing his own involvement.
'It certainly gives the appearance of a conflict of interest. He was taking an advocacy position when he was a party to it,' Wilson said."

Well, I guess if there is anybody that would know about such stuff, it would be Joseph Wilson, whose cause is going up in phlames.
-THE CUNNING REALIST-: No Longer Ready For His Closeup: "A few nights ago, I had dinner with a friend of mine who used to be a reporter at a big city daily and has since moved on to another line of work. He said he recently visited his former colleagues at the paper and that it was like returning to the salt mines: malaise and despair was the mood there, with everyone looking for a way out."
But of course. How can you have any self-respect when you know that you are a liar, and the public knows you are a liar, and you know that the public knows you are a liar. What is needed is a complete overhaul of America's newspapers, with new reporters, new editors, and new papers. The economics will make it happen.
Bill Clinton: Saddam's Aides Mostly 'Good, Decent': "Former president Bill Clinton praised Saddam Hussein's lieutenants and their underlings on Tuesday, saying they were mostly 'good' and 'decent' people.'"
Bill, of course, has the sterling character and moral compass necessary to discern such things.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Senate Republicans Pushing for a Plan on Ending the War in Iraq - New York Times: "In a sign of increasing unease among Congressional Republicans over the war in Iraq, the Senate is to consider on Tuesday a Republican proposal that calls for Iraqi forces to take the lead next year in securing the nation and for the Bush administration to lay out its strategy for ending the war."

Do you hear the war cry of the American chicken? What do you call the unilateral end of a war. Surrender, isn't it. I had hoped that Osama was wrong, that we had the guts to fight a war to the end, but it may very well be that the World War II generation was the last one to have that courage. The children of the same people that betrayed us in Korea and Vietnam and tried to betray us to Russia will betray us to radical Islam, if they have their way. Bush is right on this one. There is a deliberate re-writing of history going on, for the one who lies before must lie now to cover his tracks.

But you know what? Histories are written by lying men to lying men. History is written by the eternal decree of God, and it is what it is. What happened is what happened, and even the rocks will testify against the web of deceit that men weave.

Of course, this is just grandstanding by Republican Senators who want to play like they are doing something when really they are not doing anything.

"...for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves.... [Is. 28:15]

Monday, November 14, 2005

New York Daily News - Home - John Leo: Poor babies: The top victims of 2005: "Poor babies: The top victims of 2005 Nobody is responsible for anything anymore, since almost everyone is a victim. Here are the top victim stories of 2005:"

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Friday, November 11, 2005

CBS News | Bill Clinton Defends His Legacy | November 11, 2005�13:00:01: "(AP) Former President Bill Clinton called Congress' impeachment of him an 'egregious' abuse of the Constitution and challenged those who say history will judge him poorly because of his White House tryst with Monica Lewinsky. "
Poor Bill. He still thinks he is what the news should be about. Let me see, where does he rate in the issues that are before the American people? Iraq, Supreme Court, Korea, War on Terror...? Where would you put Lewinsky?

Tuesday, November 08, 2005 - U.S. & World - French PM Acknowledges Racial Divide: "'We must be lucid: The Republic is at a moment of truth,' Villepin said. 'What is being questioned is the effectiveness of our integration model.'"

What integration model? The humanist one that humans come in all moral and philosophical and religious varieties and all are to be accepted without distinction? But this is to deny reality, and most of all, the God who is the creator of reality.

Mal 2:17 "Ye have wearied the LORD with your words. Yet ye say, Wherein have we wearied him? When ye say, Every one that doeth evil is good in the sight of the LORD, and he delighteth in them; or, Where is the God of judgment?"


BREITBART.COM - Just The News: "The euro fell to a nearly two-year low against the U.S. dollar on Tuesday on concerns over the ongoing violence in France and as traders looked for the gap to widen between key European and American interest rates. "
Babylon is fallen, is fallen, is fallen.

Ruling Your Spirit

Excite - Sports News: "Terrell Owens' brief - but tumultuous - time in Philadelphia ended Monday when the All-Pro wide receiver was told not to return to the team this season. ... Though he's perhaps the best wideout in the NFL, Owens caused far too many distractions with his selfish behavior. "

Pr 25:28 He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.

The greatest of all abilities is to have contol over your own spirit, your emotions, your pride, your innate selfishness, your own self-will. Maybe Owens will learn this someday before his football skills erode.

The Eli Formula

Telegraph | News | Leaders fiddle as France burns: "He rejected calls by a police union for troops to be sent in but said that 1,500 reservists were being called up and repeated an appeal to parents to keep adolescent rioters off the streets."

Oh dear. Maybe the French will have to use the army--do they still have one? Maybe the Eli formula will not work on Islamic terrorists any better than it did on Hophni and Phinehas. ["Why do ye do such things?"]

Do you think they will call Rumsfeld and Cheney for advice on how to deal with this stuff? Ya, think

Sunday, November 06, 2005

See Bad Figs

See my new post on "Mama" and "Mommy" at "Bud's Very Bad Figs." Use the link at the right.

Saturday, November 05, 2005

Excite - Sports News: "Owens was suspended indefinitely by the Eagles on Saturday, two days after he criticized the organization for not publicly recognizing his 100th career touchdown catch two weeks ago. "

What are these guys like Owens trying to do, kill football? One of the biggest myths in America is the idea that sports build character. Nothing is farther from the truth, except for the third and fourth stringers. The stars are petted and pampered, they and their families bribed with favors and jobs. It begins in about the sixth or seventh grade. To paraphrase a popular country/western song, "Mothers, don't let your sons grow up to be athletes."

Friday, November 04, 2005

The Belmont Club: Where to?

Is France becoming another example of the failure of the Welfare State? The riots are getting serious.

When people are not held responsible for their own behavior and their own economic success, things can get ugly in one or two generations. Eventually, if the government is responsible for the success of its citizens, then the citizens will turn against the government when those same citizens fail. Why not? When gods don't perform up to expectation, then they are thrown to the moles and the bats.

Thursday, November 03, 2005

The Union Leader and New Hampshire Sunday News - 03-Nov-05 - Biden on Democrats
Too many elitists? No kidding
: "SEN. JOE BIDEN, D-Del., made some interesting comments during his Manchester stop Tuesday night. He said too many Democrats were elitist and even unpatriotic, and he blamed them for helping Republicans paint the entire party as out of touch with America.

Biden noted that some Democrats had even questioned why he wore an American flag pin on his lapel."
At least one Democrat recognizes the problem. But will he get any money to run for President in 2008. Not nearly enough, for Hollywood, George Soros, and Michael Moore won't be writing checks for him.
Welcome to Evergreen Freedom Foundation: "OLYMPIA-Yesterday, Colorado residents voted to "temporarily" suspend the state's tax and spending limit. Passage of Referendum C allows the state to spend an additional $3.7 billion over the next five years that otherwise would have been refunded to taxpayers. A companion measure (Referendum D) to allow the state to borrow $2.1 billion for, in part, road projects, appears to have failed. "

Bill Owens has evidently given up any ambition for national office. His betrayal of basic fiscal conservatism will come back to bite him in the butt if he runs for any Republican office again, unless he moves to some tax and spend blue state.

On the other hand, if California residents who have ruined their own state continue to move into Colorado and vote for the same ruinous policies, maybe there will be a future for Owens--as a Democrat.
Profits Up 80% For Quarter At Time Warner: "NEW YORK -- Time Warner Inc., the world's largest media company, said third-quarter profits jumped 80 percent on rising sales at its cable TV unit. The company will more than double its share buybacks, to $12.5 billion."

Big media obscene profits. These profits should be taken from Time Warner and given as a rebate to everyone who advertizes in Time or who bought any product from Time Warner. Why should they get to keep these profits? This is gouging. Access to cheap news and entertainment is just as important as access to cheap gasoline, I would think. I think they are manipulating the price of the news and entertainment.

No wonder they support their pet senators, congressmen, presidents, and other officials. With these guys in their back-pocket Time Warner will continue to gouge the American people and manipulate the news and entertainment for their own dirty profits. We obviously need more laws. 12.5 billion, indeed. Shameful, and on the backs of the American people. Think how many poor people could be fed with that money.

This Little Light of Mine

IBM slows light, readies it for networking | Tech News on ZDNet: "IBM has created a chip that can slow down light, the latest advance in an industrywide effort to develop computers that will use only a fraction of the energy of today's machines. "

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God is Light and in Him is no darkness at all.

Now isn't this something? Evolutionists have been telling me all my life, from when I was a little boy in grade school, that the speed of light was absolute; hence, the size and age of the universe could be measured; hence, Genesis one could not be history, but had to be poetry or some such thing--certainly had to be flexible, because the speed of light wasn't.

I always wondered about it. The Bible, which I have always believed, said that light was created on the first day and the sun on the fourth, which means that the sun is not the source of light and that there must be a bunch of stuff about light that people don't know and perhaps can't know.

I also suspect that the God who created the eyes of animals and men knows a great deal about light, and that light shining on the head of a frog will never make an eye. I always thought that was stupid. The frog wouldn't live long enough and sunburns cannot be inherited. I never was stupid enough to believe that stuff.

I never have believed stuff just be cause some smart-aleck told me it was so, whether in school or in church.

I guess man can manipulate the speed of light, but God can't. But maybe we aren't nearly so bright as we think we are.

I will tell you something that is absolute:

Proverbs 20:12 "The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the LORD hath made even both of them.

Psalms 124:8 Our help is in the name of the LORD, who made heaven and earth.

Matthew 24:35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

Isaiah 44:24,25 "Thus saith the LORD, thy redeemer, and he that formed thee from the womb, I am the LORD that maketh all things; that stretcheth forth the heavens alone; that spreadeth abroad the earth by myself; That frustrateth the tokens of the liars, and maketh diviners mad; that turneth wise men backward, and maketh their knowledge foolish...."

God likes to make fools out of smart-alecks--in the church as well as in the academy.

So the speed of light is not absolute. Hmmmmm. How much pseudo-science goes down the drain with that idea!

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Sunset in Rocky Mountain National Park, October 2005. Posted by Picasa
RealClearPolitics - Commentary - Fishing License Indictment by Thomas Sowell: "There is no need to demonize Mr. Fitzgerald. What really needs serious re-examination are laws under which special prosecutors are issued unlimited fishing licenses to go see if they can trip someone up on inconsistencies in their statements about something that was not even a crime in the first place."
Thomas Sowell is a very smart American. He is also a very smart conservative American. Further, he is a very smart conservative black American. He is among the elite thinkers in America and it would be good to read everything he writes.

He gives good reasons why the office of special prosecuter should be sent to the some obscure graveyard like Dead Links R.I.P and never resurrected again. We have a justice department who can handle any legitimate claim of wrong-doing in Washington. There are also state departments of justice.

The special prosecuter is the invention of the hippy generation of the sixties who wanted to "get" Richard Nixon. Its evils have been predictible and bipartisan. Get rid of it.

Monday, October 31, 2005

BREITBART.COM - Just The News: "Eighty-six percent of people in Britain aged 18 to 30 think the French deserve 'a popular negative stereotype,' suggests an opinion poll conducted for an Anglo-French art show in London"
Well Duh.

"Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea...." (Psalms 46:2 AV) [Picture from Rocky Mountain National Park, October, 2005]

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It Will Grind On and On

The evils of the special prosecutor's office--the office, not the prosecutor--will grind on and other. It seems that an old scenerio will be followed. Libby has been indicted. His trial will drag on and on. The prosecution will call Cheney and other high officials. Executive privilege will be invoked and may be held up by the Supreme Court. it doesn't matter, for this is politics, not justice. The real target: George W. Bush, to keep him from changing the Supreme Court. That is the real issue.

If Libby is convicted, the chances are that he will get serious jail time. You can be sure that the charges will be filed before a federal judge known to have liberal sympathies. Then, in order to get his sentence reduced he will be offered a deal: give up Cheney or even Bush. It will be interesting. It won't be Watergate, but Watergate was the greatest triumph for liberalism in the last sixty years, and they would like to relive it. They hate Bush even more than they hated Nixon. Liberalism can never win at the ballot box and liberals have contempt for the average voting American. They depend upon prosecutors, courts, and "living" constitutions to gain their agenda and power and wealth.

Will it work? Who knows? It depends upon what God has decreed for the future of America. The players on the stage do not write their own script: Proverbs 21:1 "The king's heart [is] in the hand of the LORD, [as] the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will."

Scooter Libby will get his day in court. Joe Wilson will have to testify and maybe the neighbors of Valerie Plame Wilsom who all seemed to know that she worked for the CIA. But it doesn't matter that she was "out," for facts do not always mean anything in a political operation.

In one of the stupidest statements of October, reported by the Financial Times Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, former chief of staff to Colin Powell, stated that a "cabal" headed by Dick Cheney had "hijacked" U.S. foreign policy. Aided and abetted by the President, Cheney and Rumsfeld and other were making decisions that the "beaurocracy were unaware of."

How dare they? How can elected officials and their staffs and assistants and advisors think that they run the country? It is the beauocracy, stupid. It was the beaurocracy that "got" Richard Nixon, and they will do their best to get George W. Bush. Watch it unfold. The real mystery is this: why would any good man want to serve in the Byzantine labyrinth of Washington politics?

“Ye have plowed wickedness, ye have reaped iniquity; ye have eaten the fruit of lies: because thou didst trust in thy way, in the multitude of thy mighty men.” (Hosea 10:13 AV)

Saturday, October 29, 2005

Yes, There Is a Difference

Yes, Hillary said she couldn't remember over and over and over. Yes, she hid the billing records for her law firm. Yes, Bill lied again and again and again, and even his friends admit that he was a very good liar. Yes, his friends attacked Ken Starr shamefully and without let up.

So what?

We know what we are dealing with when we are dealing with these people and their supporters. They admit no standard of morality. Consistent humanism will not admit the immorality of idolatry, or abortion, of fornication, of sodomy, of lying, of false witness and abrogation of vows. They said that character doesn't matter. They do not want any system of morality "imposed" upon them. They are certain of the morality of their own desires and ambitions and nothing else matters. Opposition must be squashed like bugs.

So why should we be surprized if they lie, cheat, corrupt justice, and sell their country to China and North Korea? They are not being hypocrites, because they do not believe in the Ten Commandments or the God who gave them. Civil agosticism and amorality is what they believe in.

But Christians confess that there is morality and that an oath is sacred. It is wrong to commit fornication and adultery. Sodomy is wicked. Idolatry brings the wrath of God.

Therefore, if Scooter Libby committed perjury, he should go to jail. Nixon had a great disadvange when it came to his enemies, because Nixon's supporters believed that it was wrong to spy on your political enemies and lie under oath. Liberals had been doing ti for years. But we hold our people to a higher standard.

Scooter Libby should get a fair trial and if he has been falsely accused, then those who lied about him should pay the penalty. But it is not unreasonable for American citizens to insist on morality from their leaders. But it is also not unreasonable to refuse to vote for those who do not believe in morality and make fun of those who do.

Dennis Prager has an article on the difficulty of engaging in sensible dialog with these people. Click on this link.
Christian girls beheaded in grisly Indonesian attack - World -

Three teenage Christian girls were beheaded and a fourth was seriously wounded in a savage attack on Saturday by unidentified assailants in the Indonesian province of Central Sulawesi.
Is there any question that there is an anti-Christian mentality loose in the world? Did you know that more Christians have died for their faith in the last 100 years than in the first 1900 years of Christianity? This is the age of the martyrs, and there may very well be more to come, but when the church is weak, then the Lord shows Himself strong.

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Friday, October 28, 2005

Coming up? Rocky Mountain National Park, October 2005 Posted by Picasa

Foul, Foul, Most Foul.

Aspen in Early Spring, 2002 Posted by Picasa

The Miers nomination is another evidence that Roe must be overturned. The horrible legal arguments which found the appearance of a likeness of the right of privacy in the U. S. Constitution have politicized the Court to the point that it may no longer be possible to have a sane discussion over the merits of a nominee.

This is what liberalism does. When feeling replaces rationality, discussion is over, because emotion cannot distinguish between words. The best case in point are the labels "pro-life" and "pro-choice." They are emotional slogans, not descriptions of real categories.

The brutal, tyrannical Roe vs Wade decision imposed an emotional solution on a nation that desperately needed a discussion on morals, the beginning of life, and the nature of human life. Instead, the discussion was ended by a preemptive strike and the slamming down of THE LAW, at least the version of THE LAW that the majority of a few robed justices deemed to be the best for us, making law up out of whole cloth.

The result of an emotion decision was predictible: from Ted Kennedy's irrational and emotional "borking" of Robert Bork to the "miersing" of Harriet Miers. Will we ever get another non-judicial nomination to the Supreme Court? Isn't it a bit ironic that a candidate who might just as well have voted to overturn Roe vs Wade is rejected because she was perceived as lacking the necessary judicial intelligence and articulation to argue intelligently against the irrational decision of Roe vs Wade? Does it take nuanced argument to see through irrationalism? or is that simply answering a fool according to his folly, becoming like the fool.

This reveals the perniciousness of the Roe vs Wade decision. Apart from the immorality of the slaughter of babies, it has so corrupted the Court itself that irrationalism has become well-nigh impervious to attack. Robert Bork's arguments against her nomination were and are compelling to me, but it is a awful thing that we had to oppose a lady who might very well had been a very fine justice in another time and place. Roe vs Wade has so poisoned the political arena that discussion cannot take place. If you dump a load of excrement on my head, I am not likely to want to sit down to a rational and urbane discussion of anything. How in the name of anything sane did the Roe vs Wade justices ever expect sanity to come from a fundamentally insane decision? Only if they believed that the definition of truth was up for grabs, a basically insane mindset.

Isaiah said it many centuries ago: "Truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter." When men pretend that truth can be decided by fiat, she falls in the street under her wounds and blocks the way to fairness and integrity.

Miers had to be opposed because of the world created by Roe vs Wade. That is sad. Sane discussion can only be restored by the national purgation and repentance that could come from having a real national and Senatorial debate on the nature of constitutional truth--is constitutional law derived from the Constitution or from the socialogical or legal theories and moral relativism wandering through the minds of the justices?

A stealth candidate will not do that, Mr. President. We need the debate over the nature of constitutionalism, not a new tone that would pretend that Ted Kennedys excrement is not excrement or that pretends that Howard Dean is a sane man. Pretending that Roe Vs. Wade has intellectual, moral, or legal legitimacy is what brought us to this place, not the opponents of Harriet Miers.

There must be no cloud or penumbra or the appearance of a likeness in law. In the days of King Charles I Anglican Archbishop Laud sought to require an oath of allegiance to "government of this church by archbishops, bishops, deans and archdeacons, etc". The devil was in the "etc."

If robed justices can find rights and laws in the "penumbra" of the constitution, then we have rule by men, not by law, particularly rule by those men who have elastic minds who can stretch words to mean whatever they want them to mean, a most dangerous class of liars.

President Bush has an opportunity to open the debate. America is crying for it.

Pray for him.

Thursday, October 27, 2005

A bouquet for a nice lady.

Some of my fall, 2003, flowers in my front yard. Posted by Picasa

Harriet Miers seems to be a nice lady, and I wish her well, but Robert Bork convinced me [see article below].

We do not need a kinder, gentler America. We need one that has the intestinal fortitude to enforce our own laws and our own constitution, not the decadent philosophies of the French and German or the emotional paroxisms of the morally challenged.

The laws are not the enemy of our liberty but the safeguard of them. I pray now that President Bush bring someone like Janice Rogers Brown or Priscilla Owens or any of a dozen others who have a clearly defined and well articulated respect and loyalty to the words of our Constitution. Let's have the war. Let's bring one after another to the Senate until they must approve them.

The liberals have no intelligent basis for their "ideas," and conservatives can win in the arena of ideas. We always do.

Pray for the president.

Trinidad, California, Summer 2005 Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

In my front yard in the Spring, 2005 Posted by Picasa
RealClearPolitics - Commentary - Bush on the Edge by Tony Blankley: "President Bush is a lucky man. Seldom has a president found himself in more political trouble that he substantially has the power in his own hands to fix than does President Bush currently. "
A very sensible article on what Bush can do to recover and serve the people who elected him. He must swallow his pride and and not repeat the mistakes of the elder Bush. If he does he might well be considered one of America's best presidents. Otherwise, he risks sinking into mediocrity, with the exception of his brilliant and courageous war on terror.

Sunday, October 23, 2005

Harriet Miers, a time bomb for conservative progress:from the Arizona Republic: "But I can blame the White House for playing the fool's game that says results count for all. As though a Supreme Court justice's vote counts for everything, and her arguments count for nothing. How perfectly Bushian.

What an insult that is to William F. Buckley, founder of National Review, William Kristol, publisher of The Weekly Standard, and the late, great Robert L. Bartley of The Wall Street Journal.

The timing is so perfectly destructive it is difficult to call it a mistake.

For 50 years, the conservative movement has been arguing its case, making powerful arguments for placing legitimate, positive-minded limits on government.

For 30 years, the most important venue for making those arguments hasn't been Congress or the White House. It has been the Supreme Court.

And now, to carry that almighty water, Bush gives us Harriet Miers.

God help us is right."

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Spanish Judge Issues Warrant for Three GIs - Yahoo! News: "Jose Couso, who worked for the Spanish television network Telecinco, died April 8, 2003, after a U.S. army tank crew fired a shell on Hotel Palestine in Baghdad where several journalists were staying to cover the war."

Something is going to have to be done about out of control judges. Maybe we should indict the entire Spanish "army" for cowardice in combat after their yellow retreat from the war. Oh, that we had such judges!
OpinionJournal - Featured Article: "Finally, this nomination has split the fragile conservative coalition on social issues into those appalled by the administration's cynicism and those still anxious, for a variety of reasons, to support or at least placate the president. Anger is growing between the two groups. The supporters should rethink. The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq aside, George W. Bush has not governed as a conservative (amnesty for illegal immigrants, reckless spending that will ultimately undo his tax cuts, signing a campaign finance bill even while maintaining its unconstitutionality). This George Bush, like his father, is showing himself to be indifferent, if not actively hostile, to conservative values. He appears embittered by conservative opposition to his nomination, which raises the possibility that if Ms. Miers is not confirmed, the next nominee will be even less acceptable to those asking for a restrained court. That, ironically, is the best argument for her confirmation. But it is not good enough."

Judge Bork has convinced me. I do not support the nomination of Harriet Miers. This Bush has done for us what the last Bush did. The elite look after themselves, whether they are "conservative" or "liberal."

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

California Poppies; Have a nice day. Posted by Picasa

Monday, October 17, 2005

You Dare Not Speak Its Name

Media utters nonsense, won't call enemy out: "From Thursday's New York Times: ''Nalchik, Russia -- Insurgents launched a series of raids today in this southern Russian city, striking the area's main airport and several police and security buildings in large-scale, daytime attacks that left at least 85 people dead.''"

The world's liberal media is aiding and abetting it own destruction. When the Islam "insurgency" is finally successful, do you think that the liberal media will get love and kindness from the insurgents, the rebels, the militants, and other assorted dissidents whose name is revealed only very reluctantly by that same media? Will they get a pardon and thanks for their politically correct silence when they are herded out on the soccer field for Koranic justice? Will they enjoy freedom of the press in an Islamic world?

Those who refuse to be guided by a moral compass will be crushed like rotten ice between opposing moral viewpoints and will be forgotten. Even Jesus said it plainly, "Because thou are neither hot nor cold, but lukewarm, I will spew thee out of my mouth." If such people make Jesus sick to his stomach, may we be forgiven a retch or two?

Friday, October 14, 2005

Can This Nomination Be Justified?: George Will writes, "It is not important that she be confirmed because there is no evidence that she is among the leading lights of American jurisprudence, or that she possesses talents commensurate with the Supreme Court's tasks."

Of course, George Will. What we need are talented people who can "make sophisticated judgments about competing approaches to construing the Consitution." Just like some brilliant people found privacy in the "penumbra" of the constitution. Like the "appearance of a likeness" that Ezekiel saw.

It is an academic exercise afterall, and a game that lawyers play, hardly ever affecting the everyday life of Americans, you know. Ever learning but not coming to the knowledge of the truth. But what can you expect from a "conservative" writer who cannot see anything intelligent in the design of a penguin. He has to keep his own "credentials" in order so that he can keep appearing on Sunday morning television.
Democrats See Dream of '06 Victory Taking Form - New York Times: "Suddenly, Democrats see a possibility in 2006 they have long dreamed of: a sweeping midterm election framed around what they describe as the simple choice of change with the Democrats or more of an unpopular status quo with the Republican majority.


Poor New York Times. They and their shills just can't get it. Just because conservatives are squabbling over the Miers nomination doesn't mean they will vote for Howard Dean's buddies.

Liberals cannot get it because they think with their feelings. Hence, someone makes you mad and you get revenge. You have a "hissy fit." They still think that is what happened in 1994, conveniently forgetting that the Contract with America was about principles that the people of this country still hold--it wasn't about having a anti-incumbant fit. Until liberals can come up with some values [impossible, giving the definition of liberal--one who is "free," ,meaning from any principle], then they will continue to misread one election after another.

I do not believe that Americans simply vote against--they vote their values.

The flap over Harriet Miers is about values, specifically about abortion. The conservatives who doubt her are troubled that they cannot be sure that she will vote to overturn Roe vs. Wade. Liberals who voted against Roberts were troubled that he might vote to overturn Roe vs. Wade.

Underneath the argument over Roe vs. Wade is an even deeper conflict over values. Liberals value no restrictions on any kind of sex and want to get rid of any inconvenience that might come from sleeping around, any disease, any reproach, any little brat that comes along because of it. Abortion is not murder; it is just like cleaning the wax out of your ears. Evangelicals value morals that they derive somehow from an higher order--though they could have a good debate on this, whether this order is revealed by nature or by revelation. But they would generally agree that morals are not up for individual choice. When Liberals speak of choice, they are only speaking in a sidelong fashion about abortion: the choice they are really speaking of is the choice to do sex anywhere, anytime to anybody or thing.

That real debate will return. It only went underground in the Sixties under a flood of pornographic musc, publications, entertainment, and birthcontol pills. But it hasn't gone away. Even more basic is this debate: "Does God care about what we do in our bodies?" People better find out for sure.

But one thing is sure. Conservatives may feel confident enought to have spats with each other, but that sure doesn't mean we will vote for the likes of Ted Kennedy or Howard Dean. But let them think so. That way they will keep losing elections.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Read This One

James Solis has some good thoughts on the nomination of Harriet Miers. Click here
After all, this justice does not need to do anything but vote what the constitution says or doesn't say, and everything will be all right. We don't need brilliance, just a reliable original intent vote. Washington Whispers (10/17/05): "Is Al Gore coming back? If allies we talked to have their way, the former veep will be the next president. 'It's Gore Time,' says a political strategist and fundraiser who is opening a bid to get Gore into the race. "
What wonderful news. I am tempted to send a donation [a small one]. What a wonderful idea, which if it become reality will secure Republican domination for many years.

Monday, October 10, 2005 :: Columns :: President Bush must veer right, embrace conflict by David Limbaugh: "Conversely, the surest way he can end his presidency with a whimper is to abandon conservative principles and veer to the mushy, lukewarm middle -- the perennial prescription of so-called centrists and 'well-meaning' liberals. To the extent he's suffered in the polls lately, it's largely because he has veered left in certain areas, especially domestic spending."
One of the secret fears that I have had over the entire GWB presidency is that ultimately he would cave on the conservative domestic agenda. I still believe that the most deadly mistake that Reagan made was the choosing of GHB as vice president, and propelled him into the presidency with disastrous results for conservatism, giving us eight years of Bill Clinton.

The Bushes are elite New Englanders even if they live in Texas. The senior Bush infuriated Reaganites by simpering over a "kinder, gentler" America. I had hoped that Dubya would be tougher, and he is on the Iragi War. But if we surrender on abortion, gay marriage, and budget-busting deficits and the welfare state. If Bush stabs his base in the back as his father did, there will be no conservative agenda for another 100 years, if America lasts that long.

Yes, I am gloomy today, and the David Limbaugh letter is a warning to Bush and to his base. I have tried to be a good sport about this Miers nomination. The most damning thing about it is the message that is sent to some very qualified, honest, and original intent judges who have paid the price for their convictions that the President of the United States does not care to fight for them.

The message to federal judges is this: You have a better chance of getting to the Supreme Court if you are a wuss than if you stand for what you believe, no matter how brilliant you are.

Is this another betrayal by the New England elite, who take care of each other first, no matter what the cost to the country, that party names just mean the same as choosing up sides for the next polo match.

I hope that Dubya is not really one of them in spirit, but we will see.

Sunday, October 09, 2005

DRUDGE REPORT FLASH 2005�: "``The fair journalistic question is why they didn't call and get comments for their story from people who were in the room, such as Sandy Berger, and why they took until Friday afternoon to get that done,'' said Lanny Davis, a former White House lawyer, who tried to persuade ''60 Minutes'' producer Jeff Fager to allow him or another Clinton spokesman to appear on Sunday night's segment."
Oh, there's an easy one. Even I know the answer.
Why take statements from paid liars?

Friday, October 07, 2005

: "Republican Senate Is Weak, Not Bush"

A great article by a great American. All you conservatives who are angry with Bush ought to read this.

Thursday, October 06, 2005 :: Columns :: President Bush, paradigm-changer by Marvin Olasky: " Heart: In so many ways, this appointment is classic Bush. Nearly six years ago, when asked in an early debate among Republican presidential candidates to name his favorite philosopher, W. famously said, 'Christ, because he changed my heart.' The pooh-poohing of his answer then (favorite philosopher -- the question was about mind, not heart) anticipated the current debate among conservatives: suffering servant? Why not intellectual leader?

It's George W. Bush's analysis that 'heart' is crucial, since a good mind by itself also does not a great justice make. We may end up having been bamboozled by this nominee, in which case the Republican Party will pay a heavy price. But give Bush credit for going beyond the assumption that the person who would be the best constitutional law professor makes the best nominee. He has not only nominated a justice, but implicitly called for a paradigm shift in conservative thinking. "


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"Keep thy heart with all diligence, for out of it are the issue of life," said Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived, except Jesus who was Solomon's wisdom. Yes, and that means the issues before the Supreme Court, too. The failure of the Supreme Court over the past one hundred years as not been a failure of intellect or judicial experience, but a failure of heart. A person with a bad heart and a great brain produces clever arguments for bad causes [Johnny Cochrain and O. J. Simpson come to mind]. Brilliant minds and judicial legerdemain that gave us Roe vs. Wade [an ephemerial finding of the right of privacy to justify the murder of infants--THAT was a triumph of brains and judicial experience over heart].

Justice Earl Warren, in the most famous equity decision in the history of the Court, skewered both brains and judicial experience in the most famous exchange in this history of the debate over whether or not blacks would be treated with equality in schools. After hearing brains and judicial experience argue for segregated schools and states right, he asked the question, "Yes, but is it fair?" Score: Heart 1; brains 0. Someone needs to ask a similar questions to the pro-abortionists and pro-gay marriage lobby: : "Yes, but is it moral?" Liberals dasn't ask the question, and conservatives are too chicken. Moral are private, you know, like in, "I personally am against abortion, but believe in a woman's right to choose. Let's keep morals out of the public debate. the right to choose, even if it means murder, is above morality, requiring brains and judicial experience to understand."

From what I have heard of Harriet Miers, she might just be the tough cookie to ask the question. Communism had many very bright people and Marxist judges in America and abroad had a wealth of judicial experience. But what good is all that with a rotten heart? There are very bright conservatives with rotten hearts, for the heart is not cleansed by political or judicial philosophy. Liberalism does not even want to ask the question, "What is a good heart?" or "What is a good person?" Liberalism is so morally and spiritually bankrupt that it wouldn't know a good heart if it stumbled over one in the brightness of noon sunlight.

Only God knows the heart and this writer certainly doesn't know whether or not Harriet Miers has a good one. But it might be a risk worth taking. As Paschal said, "The heart has its reasons that reason knows nothing of." It is time for the Supreme Court to connect with the conscience of America. There is no question where the conscience of America is with respect to abortion and gay marriage.

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

The American Thinker: "Ms. Miers has actually managed a business, a substantial one with hundreds of employees, and has had to meet a payroll and conform to tax, affirmative acttion, and other regulatory demands of the state. She has also been highly active in a White House during wartime, when national security considerations have been a matter of life and death. When the Supreme Court deliberates in private, I think most conservatives would agree that having such a perspective at hand is a good thing, not a bad thing."
Well, well, well. A Supreme Court justice with common sense and business experience? And conservatives are upset with this? Maybe they would rather have a blue state elitist.

Sunday, October 02, 2005

What's Not Evolving Is Public Opinion: "But here's the kicker: Although neither evolution nor creationism is accepted by a sizable majority, upwards of two-thirds of the public over the past 20 years has supported teaching both accounts of the origins of life. Even among proponents of natural selection, a majority wants students to be exposed to creationism. And a large minority of Americans -- around 40 percent in both the Gallup and Pew polls -- says that creationism should be taught instead of evolution."

Drives 'em crazy, of course. Jesus put it this way, "Heaven and earth may pass away but my words will not pass away." The words of the Bible cannot be removed from the minds of mankind because they have the indelibal ring of truth. There are people on the earth who do not accept the "scientific" definition of truth--that which can be observed with bodily senses and verified by these same senses. Man is more than an animal and has the sense of deity within that requires him to expand the definition of truth to include spiritual apprehension. Of course, this is superstition to the "scientific community, " who continue to insist that if they can't catch it in their net, then it is not a fish. The elect of God know that regeneration and eternal life are real, but if you don't have eyes you cannot see it. Without Christ men are as blind as moles. They probably will get irritated with this post.

No, No, No. Mr. Sutherland.

DRUDGE REPORT FLASH 2005: "We have children. We have children. How dare we take their legacy from them."
No, Mr. Sutherland, it is neither Bush nor Rove who has stolen our children's "legacy." You and your liberal friends have and are doing it. In order to further your agenda you have deprived our children of a decent education, and you continue to oppose vouchers to that end--to promote liberal power and agendas. When twenty percent of California seniors flunk the gradutation test, how dare you blame Republicans for stealing "legacy." Who has had a blanck check in public education for the past sixty or so years? Hmmm??? Who took God and the Bible out of public schools? Who labors to remove the Ten Commandments from every walk of life? Who can't tell the different between right and wrong, morality and immorality, between God and the devil? Hm?

But dream on, Mr. Sutherland. Keep saying these things and Republicans will continue to win elections. You and yours are their best friends.

Saturday, October 01, 2005

Link to Washington Post

Readers of this blog might be mildly diverted to know that the blog below concerning Tina Brown's spin on
Bill Clinton has been linked to the Washington Post. Click to go to the Post

Friday, September 30, 2005

Byron York on Tom DeLay & Ronnie Earle on National Review Online: "On several occasions in the film, Earle engages in monologues on what he believes is the sinister effect of money in politics. 'The root of the evil of the corporate and large-monied interest domination of politics is money,' Earle says as he takes the filmmakers on a nighttime drive around Austin. 'This is in the Bible. This isn't rocket science. The root of all evil truly is money, especially in politics. People talk about how money is the mother's milk of politics. Well, it's the devil's brew. And what we've got to do, we've got to turn off the tap.'"
If you are going to quote the Bible, you should at least quote it right. There is no verse in the Bible that says, "Money is the root of all evil." What the Bible says is, "The love of money is the root of all evil" [1Timothy 6:10]. But I guess Earle reads the Bible the way he makes indictments: pick and choose and follow your political agenda. (sigh)
HUD chief foresees a 'whiter' Big Easy - Nation/Politics - The Washington Times, America's Newspaper: "A Bush Cabinet officer predicted this week that New Orleans likely will never again be a majority black city, and several black officials are outraged. "

It's good to get a little comic relief now and then. The black slave masters would rather have their black slaves back on the plantation under the sea in New Orleans where they can depend upon their votes to get two democratic senators from Louisiana than they would to have them immigrate to other "republican" states where their votes might be diluted. Aren't these wonderful people? the members of the "Black Caucus" in Washington, I mean.

Friday, September 23, 2005

The Sky Is [Still] Falling!

Independent Online Edition: "Super-powerful hurricanes now hitting the United States are the 'smoking gun' of global warming, one of Britain's leading scientists believes. "
How the world suffers from junk science! Hitler was convinced that evolution "proved" that the white race was superior, having evolved farther than "lesser breeds." Lenin would teach the world "scientific socialism." Freud said that hysteria in women caused them to charge men with sexual abuse, having reversed cause and effect to protect a friend accused of sexual abuse. Margaret Mead cooked the books in Samoa, founding an entire "science" on fraud.

Now those who want to rid the world of lesser people follow the religion of environmentalism. I wonder how many careers will be ruined and how many innocent people will have to die before this false god is exposed. "The sky is falling; the sky is falling!" said Chicken Little. It was only an acorn, afterall, but who pays attention to fact when hysteria is loose in the land?

1 Timothy 6:20 "O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called...."

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Misunderestimated Again: Bush and Recovery from Katrina "George W. Bush has more than three years left in office to implement this strategy. Let his enemies relax in the dubious assumption that they have him on the ropes. That belief has betrayed them many times in the past. It is his conservative allies who need to pay close attention, and understand that he knows and understands strategy in a way no other president ever has."
Everybody should read this outstanding article by Thomas Lifson, editor of the American Thinker, and cheer up.

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Bill Clinton, Beyond the White House: "The irony is that no one would have believed that Clinton -- the king of spin, who went out under a cloud of indecency five years ago -- could climb back to such credibility. Monica is fading and he's backlit now by his disciplined handling of the economy, the unsought comparisons of how well FEMA used to perform under his watch and the enlightened nature of his global activism."
Only a liberal could spin a story about how the age of spin is gone. Absolutely amazing, Tina. [Tina Brown in the Washington Post] Did you do your research on the response of FEMA to Andrew and other disasters under Clinton's watch? Of course you didn't. You just spin and declare you haven't. Spin the Spin.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Mike Adams Strikes Again

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Mike S. Adams: Sugar Mountain: "I learned a lot about both the 60s and liberalism, just by spending four days in the mountains with that former hippie. I wrote this column to pass on what I learned. I would hate for my readers to have to experience such a trip firsthand in order to get the knowledge I obtained through so much frustration."
From my favorite college professor. Read it and weep.

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Friday, September 16, 2005

The Nanny State

Dennis Prager: The feminization of society: Judeo-Christian values: part XXII: " The latter is what is happening in America. The Left has been successful in supplanting masculine virtues with feminine ones. That is why 'compassion' is probably the most frequently cited value. That is why the further left you go, the greater the antipathy to those who make war. Indeed, universities, the embodiment of feminist emotionality and anti-Judeo-Christian values, ban military recruiters and oppose war-themed names for their sports teams."

My mother had only an eighth grade education, but she had it right. Women want to take care of their husbands and their children. If you put them into places of authority in government, before long the government will want to take care of every body. The hen-pecked husband is a slave to his care-giver, and the hen-pecked citizen is a slave to his feminized government.


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