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

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Dirty Jobs

Ever watched Discovery Channel's "Dirty Jobs"? It appears that host - and occupational guinea pig - Mike Rowe is something of a philosopher. My niece sent me a link with some of his insights. His stories, as well as his observations on life and work, are worth listening to.

Speaking of listening: have you heard the new Youtube music video, "U.S.S of A."? A catchy tune by the Rivoli Review. It speaks to the recent resurgence of patriotism (and fear of impending tyranny) in many parts of the country. Hope the American people wake up in time.

Again, speaking of YouTube; take a look at the Congressional Motors car of the future, the 2012 Pelosimobile. Funny video, but perhaps not too far off the mark.

Free Glenn Beck audio. I don't know how long this link will last, but Glenn sent a free 20-minute audio segment from his Tuesday radio show that presents some of his warnings about what's happening to America, along with audio evidence from Obama, etc. You should consider getting his free daily newsletter. If nothing else, Beck is a courageous, godly, patriotic, intelligent man without pretensions; and he's funny, but the humor generally has a point. It's the fusion of information and entertainment.

Thought not required. Too-long-time congressional military-hater and supporter of all things socialist John Conyers says that reading a 1,000 page bill isn't necessary. I wonder if he would feel that way if conservatives (of either party) were to draw up a bill of similar length -- or, for that matter, a bill of a mere ten pages. Either he has no respect for his colleagues' intelligence (something I can actually relate to), or he doesn't care what damage he inflicts on the nation, or both.

Opening Gates. A lot of media time is being spent trying to paint a happy face on Henry Gates, the Harvard professor who went off on a white police officer sent to investigate when Gates kicked his own door in after returning from China. Turns out the cop is not only highly respected, he also teaches other cops how not to race-profile. President Obama is trying to backpedal his own racist response when he gave an off-the-cuff answer to a reporter's inquiry on the case. Meanwhile, Gates' own character is now open to scrutiny. As unlikely as it may seem, the media is glossing him over, ignoring some disturbing facts about him.

Dollar begone? Talking about finance is not my game, because frankly, I'm inept at it. However, there are a lot of good heads in the game, and the time is at hand to pay attention to some of them. The current malAdministration is intentionally pushing the economy into the dustbin of history, and that may well lead to social turmoil like we haven't seen in this country in a long time. If you haven't already been paying attention, now is a really good time to start.

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