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, July 2, 2009

Silence is a message

North Korea's pint-sized madman Kim Jong Il made another stab at waving his 'flag' in the faces of the United States, South Korea and Japan, by launching 7 more missiles into the sea as we celebrated the 4th of July. No one seems surprised anymore that the Obama White House answered this provocation with -- silence. The party line is that Obama didn't want to "give attention" to North Korea, and wanted to "avoid antagonizing it."

I'm sorry, but the whole world is aware of NoKo's repeated insults to the international community, so the pudgy, geriatric spike-hair's already getting plenty of attention for his otherwise impoverished nation. And if the US doesn't want to antagonize an aging punk who seems determined to develop a real capability to launch missiles with nuclear warheads at us, then we've stepped through a wormhole. The United States that saved the world (temporarily, it seems) from global dictatorship 64 years ago would have stomped this guy long ago; we would have done to their launch facilities and weapons labs what the Israelis did to Iraq's Osirak reactor in 1981.

But our current fearful leader prefers not to rankle the international lunatic fringe, even as he cajoles, gives passing support, and hangs out with some of the world's current pocket dictators. Obama's official silence tells the world more than any doublespeak he might utter. It tells us he really doesn't have a serious objection to the potential threat Kim Jong Il poses to America (especially Hawaii and the Left Coast) and its democratic Asian neighbors. It reminds me of an old axiom that goes something like this: show me your friends and I'll show you your future. The problem is, he's dragging us all where he's headed, and it doesn't look like a happy place.

Buyer's remorse? Is it possible that more people are waking up? During a contentious White House press briefing between CBS correspondent Chip Reid and WH press secretary Robert 'Glib' Gibbs, the irrepressible and totally unattractive Helen Thomas interjected on the attempt to manipulate the press and the utter lack of transparency of the ObamaNation. I think this is the first time I've ever agreed with Helen Thomas; an insight that terrifies me and leaves me with a foul taste in my mouth.

In a similar vein, the politically ambigious former General Colin Powell is beginning to question Obama's policies, expressing concern over the president's gross plans to expand government and federal debt. Obama's policies, generally in line with his campaign promises, didn't seem to ring any bells for Powell prior to the election, when the renegade RINO endorsed the Great Black Hope. His shortsightedness doesn't seem to be in line with what we've come to expect from West Pointers.

Burning the flag...the right way. Glenn Beck held a very special affair in his yard recently. Glenn is an avid flag collector and patriot, and when his old flag became too weathered and worn, he decided to retire the colors in the proper way. How else, then, than to invite a special detail from the Stanford, CT Police Dept., which travels the state to conduct this special ceremony. In addition to causing numerous passersby to stop, stare and render due respect, it also pissed off many of his liberal neighbors, which you might call a bonus feature.

As I said, Beck is a modern patriot; passionate, determined, and willing to risk what he has for the cause he believes in. So were the men who started it all 233 years ago, men who truly risked everything they had for the cause they believed in; an idea that had never truly been tried before, an idea that changed the world for the better. It's tragic that so many Americans no longer understand what they did or why, and are so willing to trade away the liberty that was so hard-won for the pitiful promises of selfish and vain politicians.

Fairness for all, except... When it comes to 'hate crimes', Attorney General Eric Holder's attitude is apparently that anyone can be a victim of hate-crime, except for whites and Christian ministers. If anyone thought that a black president would usher in a new era of respect, it ain't quite working out that way. If anything, His Imperiousness seems to harken back to an earlier era -- the Roman Empire in its declining years.

Whose idea was this?... If there's one thing you don't want to do, it's to try and impress hundreds of people with a stunt you haven't really mastered. I can't imagine this guy being dumb enough to volunteer for a do-over.

Gag reflex check. If you haven't been suitably grossed out in a while, try the YouTube clip of an unknown life form in a North Carolina sewer. Looks like a typical 4" branch line, such as the one probably leading from your house to the main, or into a septic tank. If anyone has a good explanation, I'd be interested to hear it. Otherwise, let's hope this isn't the actualization of The Blob.

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