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

Monday, April 27, 2009

One Flu Over...

The latest buzz is all about the swine flu outbreaks. Think the Black Plague was a downer? While the current paranoia may turn out to be overblown, there is at least one good reason to study up on the disease: in 1918, the worst pandemic in history was a flu strain that killed more than 50 million people worldwide. However, if thinking about that depresses you, then try this miracle cure for an instant change of pace.

Our schizophrenic reaction to this latest crisis includes changing the terminology - something libs and others who want to dismantle the culture are good at, because changing the language takes people away from their philosophical foundations. In the case of the current disease, it's no longer "swine" flu (maybe they didn't want to turn off potential pig voters), it's now officially referred to as "H1N1" flu. Yeah, that just rolls off the tongue.

Not a 'glass' act. A few weeks ago I noted that the "Freedom Tower" proposed to replace the World Trade Center had been renamed One World Trade Center, and that the Chinese had purchased space on several floors. Now there is sarcastic speculation that the building might as well be renamed the "Made in China" Tower, with the awarding of a contract to a Chinese company for special blast-resistant glass for the bottom 20 stories. Partly because the Chinese safety glass is considered to be inferior to a special glass made right in Pennsylvania, there is growing discontent as even more government money goes overseas, to a country actively trying to damage and weaken us.

Plane terror. Speaking of the World Trade Center, did you happen to catch the flyover of Air Force One and an F-16 in New York City? If it weren't for that little episode on September 11, 2001, it might have been a curious pause in an otherwise humdrum day. But the stunt (and it was, literally) by our own government panicked New Yorkers as they saw the behemoth flying at what appeared to be building height. The feds did tell NYPD but no one was allowed to let the rest of the city know, including Mayor Blumberg. Afterward Obama feigned surprise and anger, claiming he didn't know anything about this flight, but it's his plane! What are the odds someone is just going to take it out for a spin and he wouldn't know about it?

Rush Limbaugh noted that the hated George Bush kept us safe for seven years, and within 4 months the great Obama has, among other notables, reintroduced New Yorkers to sheer terror. This new government of change is certainly doing that; it is changing everything we thought held some semblance of social order and security for us - economically, socially, militarily, diplomatically...what's next? Or dare we even ask?

The interviews are the real torture. The Obama malAdministration and their media hacks are continuing to keep public attention on the "CIA tortures" which helped foil several al Qaeda attacks, including one on a Los Angeles skyscraper. I think this is another attempt to keep attention diverted from dark deeds being plotted by the democrats, but that's just my take on it. Still, there are some very sharp people willing to debate the lies with truth, including Liz Cheney, who ably defended her father from MSNBC's Nora O'Donnell's spurious allegations.

From elephant to jackass. PA Senator Arlen Specter announced that he will switch to the Democrat party in the next election. It's really not much of a loss, since Specter so often sides with them instead of his own party (and principle isn't in play here). Still, it moves the democrats into a dangerous supermajority, which is a real concern if you want to actually protect the country.

On becoming a Benedict Arlen, the 79-year-old senator said it was because, "I am unwilling to have my twenty-nine year Senate record judged by the Pennsylvania Republican primary electorate." In plain English, his political future is more important to him than his duty to those Republicans who have elected him for nearly three decades, and America in general. Specter just became the poster boy for the difference between a statesman and a shill. And there's no guarantee he'll even swing the democrat primary. This all begs the question, why didn't he just retire? Term limits, anyone?

Since his campaign began, Obama has been hyped, publicized and promoted more than any other president, ever. His face has been photographed, digitized, embossed and emblazoned on posters, billboards and virtually every news venue. If you've ever read George Orwell's prophetic novel '1984', you'll recall that the image of the evil dictator, Big Brother, was plastered everywhere, on the TV, in the periodicals, and on billboards and walls (much like Saddam Hussein's pictures and statues. I think the biggest challenge our president faces may be the competition from his own ego. I seem to recall some ancient book or other citing something about "pride goeth before the fall". But hey, who pays any attention to old books, anyway.