Wish I'd said that!

In recent decades, the ACLU has used its so-called "wall" to fight tooth and nail to prevent government sponsorship of the Pledge of Allegiance, memorial crosses, Ten Commandments displays, nativity scenes, Bible displays, and virtually every other acknowdgement of America's religious heritage.

At the same time, it is worthwhile to note that there have been some instances in which the ACLU has endorsed public displays of religion. For example, When New York City Mayor Rudi Giuliani threatened to cut taxpayer funding from the Brooklyn Museum of Art for displaying a painting of the Virgin Mary with cow dung and pictures of female sexual organs pasted all over her body, the ACLU was first in line to defend the display. U.S. District Court Judge Nina Gershon ruled that New York City's elected officials were not allowed to place conditions on the museum's funding.

In another instance, the ACLU offered its support to the taxpayer-funded National Endowment for the Arts, after the agency sponsored an art show featuring "Piss Christ" - an exhibit consisting of a crucifix submerged in a jar of urine.

In the ACLU's myopic world, it appears that the only permissible publicly-funded displays of religion are those which blatantly mock or disparage the Christian faith.

-- Indefensible: 10 Ways the ACLU is Destroying America, Sam Kastensmidt, 2006

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Time Out for Bullies

To kick this edition off, check out this interview Glenn Beck conducted with the Connecticut Attorney General who went after the AIG bonuses using the blunt instrument of government intimidation (what we commoners refer to as "extortion"). The AG could cite no actual law for causing severe emotional and economic distress to employees who actually did honest work. This is a study in what a bully looks like when he gets cornered.

Here is some late-breaking news: The chief of the Pakistani Taliban, Baitullah Mehsud, has issued a threat to "amaze everyone in the world" by attacking Washington, D.C., possibly even striking directly at the White House. Mehsud is no lightweight to dismiss out of hand; he is considered to be behind the attack that killed Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto in 2007, and may have been involved with a cell of terrorists arrested in Barcelona last year. And let's not forget that Osama bin Laden was dismissed as a serious threat by the Clinton administration.

In his headlong rush to completely deconstruct the United States and everything it used to stand for, President Obama's latest move is to pack the White House with Muslims. No doubt I'll be labeled a "hatemonger" for saying this, but if I recall, Obama affirmed his Christian faith during the campaign (of course, he's done a lot of flip-flops since then). I find it less than faithful to Christianity and to this country to actively solicit members of a religion that declares its intent to conquer the world by guile or force, and to subjugate all nonbelievers (and their own women) to virtual slavery. It really should be a crime that politicians are not held to account for violating the oath they take, to defend and protect the Constitution against all foes, foreign and domestic. I would have no strong objection to hiring a Muslim if that person is committed to the founding principles of this nation and is qualified for the job, but considering his hiring record thus far (remember "no lobbyists in my administration" and promise to have the "most ethical' and "most transparent" presidency?), I have to wonder how thorough his vetting process will be. Keep in mind that the Muslim American Society is an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood, which once put forth in a leadership memo a description of its work as a kind of 'internal jihad' to be used for sabotaging Western civilization from within.

If you think I'm a downer, consider this report about a deep-Earth gas deposit that may have the potential to destroy much or most of the country in a huge fiery blast. The gist of it is that there is the world's largest reserve of natural gas deep below the surface of North America in varous interconnected pockets. The volatile gas seeps through rock layers, connecting many if not all of the humongous deposits of underground explosive gas. What makes it such a threat is that numerous openings in the earth such as dry drilling holes, caves, fissures, etc. allow oxygen-rich air to flow downward, mixing with the gas. At the same time oil and gas companies are taking oil and gas out of the ground, they must pump water underground to fill the void and to pressurize the gas to make it flow upward (since it's heavier than air). If they ever stop pumping water, the outward pressure would stop and any spark could theoretically begin an explosive chain reaction throughout the entire reserve. I haven't yet been able to confirm it because no one but some fringe blogs (like mine?) seem to be reporting it. However, what they present is impressive -- at least to the unscientific like me -- and looks very credible. And very, very scary to consider. Just one more great reason to get right with God and live in knowledge and faith rather than in fear. It's also another really good reason to pump as much gas out of the ground as possible.

Fortunately, I have a friend who is a lot smarter than me, and acts as sort of a balance beam for me and my departures from reality. After contacting him about this potential megabomb, he sent me a link to a somewhat technical site which he assures me explains how it can't happen. One side of my brain says, "I feel better now," but the other side keeps nagging me about the global warming scientists who warn us about the threat to the Earth from cow flatulence and the food scientists who would have us eating tofu and tree bark. Take both sides for what they're worth. I'm not going to be overly obsessed with it, but it is fascinating.

On the road to world socialism: Harold Koh is Obama's top pick for the State Department's legal advisor. Unfortunately, Koh is the farthest thing from a constitutionalist, preferring instead to rely on international law instead of our national sovereignty. For example, Koh believes that Islamic Sharia law could apply to certain US court disputes, and considers the US as part of an "axis of disobedience", comparing us with rogue nations like North Korea. And here I was, thinking that US officials should be working in the best interests of our country. Silly me. Koh could be a real threat to America because he would be instrumental in the forging of international policies, treaties and agreements. Actually, he seems to favor any form of government except the one that enabled his success in life. I wonder if anyone ever told him to be careful what he wishes for.

One more reason to worry when lawyers are in charge: it appears that some of the much-anticipated "Tea Parties" are running into problems from city officials around the country. The tactic is to simply deny permits for demonstrations on the grounds of lack of police overtime, toilet facilities, crowd control, cleanup crews, etc. The aim appears to be hampering citizens who are protesting the theft of their government; so I guess it's only natural that the hampering is being done by government officials of the party in power, and they learned their tactics when it was them in the streets. Damn that pesky First Amendment thing! I could be wrong, but I can't recall that many times the lefties' protests were stopped by bureaucracy...and maybe that's partly why we are where we are. It really sucks when the rules apply only to one side (Hmmm...I think they call that tyranny).

Congratulations are in order for Hillary Clinton! She's just received the Margaret Sanger Award. It must be the thrill of a lifetime to be honored for "leadership, excellence, and outstanding contributions to the reproductive health and rights movement." I mean, who wouldn't want an award named after the founder of Planned Parenthood -- a model citizen who happened to be a fan of Adolf Hitler's "population control" methods, considered the lower classes of society and any non-white race as "human weeds", and started a billion-dollar industry in which the major product are tens of millions of tiny diced human cadavers? Rock on, Hill...you deserve it.

If you aren't completely flabbergasted by now; wait, there's more. King Barack and the Environuts are about to levy the ultimate destructive tax, known as 'Cap and Trade. At its core, it's a tax on carbon dioxide; you know, the stuff you exhale and that plants require to stay alive. But thanks to the Big Lie technique, billions of people have been brainwashed (although that would require a brain to begin with) to believe the earth -- which is not alive -- will die if people -- whom the econuts want to kill off -- insist on living outside of caves, and to have a civilized life instead of munching on grass and carcasses. This lie has been used to hobble industry, scare children and make otherwise sane people behave like robotic morons. The worst is yet to come, when businesses get charged extortionary rates simply to exist, and they will pass on the price increases to the consumer (uh,...you and me). Current projections estimate a government take of $1.3 to $1.9 trillion. Now, I absolutely suck at math, but I think the 2008 GDP was about $1.4 trillion (no doubt, I'll hear how wrong I am on that figure). And because Cap and Trade is nothing more than a trading system for 'carbon credits', the only people who win are the big investors, like Al Gore and George Soros.

On the end note, some encouraging news. One man from Massachusetts with the ironic name Christ Otto, wrote to his email buddies with the suggestion that they contact everyone on their email lists and suggest that each person should mail an empty red envelope to the White House, with the following message written on the outside: "This envelope represents one child who died in abortion. It is empty because that life was unable to offer anything to the world. Responsibility begins with conception." So far, "The Red Envelope Project" has delivered more than one million red envelopes to the White House mail room, and it appears at least some folks are noticing. This is a good reminder that it is the individual in America who wields power, but when those individuals work together, amazing things can happen. Stay tuned.