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

Friday, July 17, 2009

Send In The Clowns

I'd bet up till now you've taken our president seriously, if not enthusiastically. Well, apparently we've got to change that perception. On July 14th, the Obama malAdministration (through the Treasury Dept.) put out a solicitation for "qualified contractors". This 'job opportunity' required that, "The Contractor shall conduct two, 3-hour, Humor in the Workplace programs that will discuss the power of humor in the workplace, the close relationship between humor and stress, and why humor is one of the most important ways that we communicate in business and office life." I especially appreciated how the solicitation called for potential contractors to "provide their DUNS, if applicable." I wonder how many dunces applied.

Hey, maybe it was necessary to remind government workers how to laugh, since the mainstream media pundits seem to find so little to make fun of in this government, and conservatives are finding very little to laugh about. Ah, but some bedwetter in the admin saw the potential for this to bring more guffaws to the President's door, and the whole idea for the Humor In The Workplace contractor was quashed on Friday. And all this time you probably thought the Treasury Dept was just sitting back laughing at the voters. Who knew?

Great video clip! Some clever and talented folks have put together a unique and hilarious video clip that sets some of the ongoing political acrimony to a snappy tune. Prepare to get your news and get funky at the same time. Perhaps this is what it will take to get America's youth interested in what's really going on.

Mean streets. Listening to the president, you might be led to believe that his plan will make life hunky-dorry (whatever that means); but actually, things are getting harder and more cruel. Take, for example, the lack of compassion that greets the homeless in America's meanest cities.
As corporations are fractured, and government is making the normal conduct of businesses so difficult that they are forced to downsize - and downsizing revenues as well - some major cities are taking it out on the dispossessed workers who find themselves without a home. As the needy class begins to overwhelm the public support system, and the loss of tax incentives dries up charitable missions and organizations, more and more people are finding themselves living on the streets, sometimes sleeping in their cars (if they can still afford them). But city cops are adding injury to insult by ticketing and arresting the unfortunate ones for making the most of circumstances. A good reminder that "government compassion" is an oxymoron.

Angry Americans. Although you won't see much of the rapidly growing discontent on the nightly news (except on Fox News commentary shows) a lot of ordinary folks are beginning to speak up, whether at the TEA parties or simply at the occasional town hall meeting. A popular question that keeps popping up is "Where is Obama's birth certificate? Good questions don't die easily, and they send the politicians scurrying for an out.

Meanwhile, at another town hall even where HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebellius spoke, one member of the audience got his point across. Moments like this encourage me. More and more Americans are waking up, and showing that they aren't ready to "go quietly into the night."

The real agenda? Every Glenn Beck program is a rollercoaster ride into facts that don't generally make the nightly news, but he recently admitted to an epiphany of sorts, wherein he believes he has discovered what's really driving the Obama agenda. He went into far more detail on his radio program earlier, but the video boils it down nicely. To put it mildly, the plan has nothing to do with equality.

Go, Joe! VP Joe Biden hit another chord on his personal gaff machine when he told an audience that we should spend more money to prevent bankruptcy! Somehow, the logic of that approach didn't translate well in the latest unemployment figures. I don't know about you, but while that theory may work for small businesses (which the White House is trying to put out of business) spending more money isn't likely to get my family, or yours, out of debt. Unless, of course, there's a convenient Ponzi scheme handy. But the government already has that one wrapped up, too.

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