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

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Not the Tree of Liberty

If you haven't been following the growing web that ACORN is involved in, Glenn Beck lays it out in an easy-to-follow format. From Saul Alinsky to SDS to ACORN to George Soros and others; this is quickly turning into the most complex political action plan (some might call it conspiracy) of all time; a plan designed to turn the United States into a socialist/facist nation. The tragedy is, it's working like a charm, except for a few brave souls and a growing number of outraged citizens. And aside from the damage to individual freedom, at its core it's a criminal enterprise to benefit those at the top.

Incidentally, last week Beck predicted that ACORN would change its name in an attempt to throw off some of the heat its getting (almost entirely from Fox News, since the other networks don't seem interested in investigating). Guess what...they are changing it; henceforth to be known as Community Organizations International. That's right; it is spreading its wings - and its criminal tentacles - beyond our borders to Europe, Asia, Africa and more. It's the new Chicago Mob on the move, in a huge way. According to Marcel Reid of the group of whistleblowers known as ACORN 8, “The name has been so damaged to the point where the leadership knows it simply can’t go on as it has with the ACORN label out front and center, especially after all of the reporting.”

Speaking of outrage. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) has long been a thorn in the side of the right (and in this instance, I mean 'the correct'), but this time she really went over the line in showing the absolute arrogance of the liberal elite. During a congressional hearing, she actually dressed down an Army General merely for addressing her as "Ma'am", insisting that he call her 'Senator' because, "I've worked hard for that [title]." Incidentally, she never refered to him by his rank.

You should know that it is military custom to address women as "ma'am," as well as calling men "sir". It's too bad the General was taken by surprise, because it could have been a pivotal moment. Gen. Walsh should have replied, "Of course, Senator; but I would respectfully request you address me as 'General', since I also worked hard, occasionally at the risk of my life."

Unvarnished history. Democrats make a big thing of portraying themselves as the 'party of the people,' but a look at the record shows that the jackass party was historically at the forefront of preserving slavery, while the Republican Party was actually formed to promote freedom for all. If you look at the Democrat Party objectively you'll see it is still for the limiting of human rights that make sense, and for the expansion of so-called 'rights' that harm the culture, limit opportunity, and increase the power of government over the people.

Lest you think I'm just playing the Republican hack: I recently changed my lifelong Republican party affiliation to the Conservative line, because the GOP as it currently exists does not reflect my values. I simply got tired of the ambiguity the GOP label now implies.

Buck bye-bye? We may be witnessing the end of the era of the dollar as the world currency benchmark. Representatives from Russia, China, India, Khazakstan and other members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) are meeting this week to ostensibly begin talks to replace the dollar. The United States' self-immolation of its own currency has sparked fears in international markets and governments alike, and given our enemies the opportunity they've been waiting for.

It may surprise some to learn the US was not invited to the SCO conference, although it tried to get a seat at the table. Apparently, the Obama touch hasn't affected the other half of the world's population like it has here. Seriously, this bodes ill for the US. As other nations withdraw from the dollar standard, it will mean a further devaluation of our money, with increasing prices we pay for virtually all goods, including oil. It may also mean a dramatic reminder that 'trickle-down' economics is the way the real world works, whether the liberal progressives want to deny it or not. Think Weimar Republic and Zimbabwe.

Sow what? A new forecast by a leading agricultural industry expert warns of the likelihood of mass starvation worldwide within the foreseeable future, even perhaps beginning this year. Don Coxe explains in Commodity Online that climate change - which is actually a cooling trend - combined with "governments in North America" are leading to potentially short growing seasons and a lack of incentive for expanding crop output to meet a growing population. One major crop failure could send most of the world into a food-shortage panic. He notes that a reduction of just four weeks in the growing season [due to weather] would "dramatically reduce yields."

Combine this with the increasing tendency to produce hybrid-seed crops that cannot reproduce on their own, and you have all the makings of a very difficult time feeding not only the rest of the world which depends on us, but also putting food on your own table, because any remaining food supply would become monstrously expensive, and could eventually be put under government control. We are headed for the perfect storm. Be ready for it.

No longer music to my ears. Back in my 20s I dabbled in stuff that now offends me. Part of my salvation was the eventual recognition that I was on a wrong path, and that one of the gateways to Hell at the time was the music I listened to. I finally got to a point where I got rid of all my albums and my rather nice stereo, and began to examine myself. Although it was a long journey yet to travel (and I'm still not finished), I'm glad I gave up listening to those 'other voices'; I realized that in popular music, it wasn't just the lyrics or the powerful,seductive beats, it was the theme and the persona of the artist that helped influence how that music would be perceived. The most worrisome influences in the arts are the subliminal elements, which are designed to be inconspicuous.

I just ran across these clips that brought this flood of memories back to me, and I felt I should pass them on, in case anyone else wants to wake up. Most of this was unknown to me, but as I look back, a lot of it becomes believable. I won't say "enjoy", but "learn": Advertising & Disney Elvis, The Beatles, Michael Jackson. There are many more to explore.

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