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

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Who's In Charge?

President Obama is taking his 'blame-America' tour on the road again, this time to Russia (there's nothing like continous government-paid vacations for the entire clan) - the land of the real czars - which, incidentally, was the Russian version of "Caesar". After meeting with Russian President Medvedev, Obama concluded that Medvedev "is my counterpart." Shortly afterward, he met with the real man behind the curtain - Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. Gee, I wonder if he saw into Putin's soul, too.

That brings up an interesting question: since President Medvedev is obviously only a mouthpiece for Putin, then who is Obama the mouthpiece for?

During his chat with the Russians, our president negotiated away 1/3 of our remaining nuclear warheads to a nation that has historically never fully kept an agreement, at a time when they are ramping up their own military capability -- the Russians currently exceed our total number of warheads and this new agreement won't change that substantively - and they have been providing technical support to the Iranian nuclear program (in violation of the non-proliferation treaty). They have historically also provided for more civilian nuclear attack protection than the US, and most Russians are more used to an austere existence than their American counterparts (us).

Incidentally, Article II, Section 2 of the United States Constitution states that the President..."shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur"... Of course, his party controls the Senate, but it would be nice if Obama would pay lip service to our foundational document and seek an official consensus, just for kicks.

This news bytes. As if that weren't disconcerting enough, North Korea is suspected of having staged several cyber-attacks against government websites in the U.S. and South Korea. Unfortunately, while our military strength may arguably be supreme (but declining moment to moment under the current regime), our government's internet security is highly vulnerable. While I don't cry over government losses, their losses are ultimately our losses; and could potentially mess up our lives via the internet.

Fed up. A senate proposal sponsored by Sen. Jim DeMint to audit the Federal Reserve (which has never been done before) was shot down. Kinda makes you wonder what they have to hide, doesn't it? I mean, the Fed has been manipulating and meddling in our economy since its founding in 1913, and they've been screwing things up ever since. Yes, it was the Fed that helped cause the Depression, as well as being hip-deep in the current financial crisis. There's still a chance that a House effort will get off the ground; unless the faceless ones apply pressure there, too.

How to get rid of "undesirables". It's amazing what you can learn about someone in a candid moment. Take, for example, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who in a recent interview noted that, "Frankly I had thought that at the time Roe was decided, there was concern about population growth and particularly growth in populations that we don't want to have too many of. So that Roe was going to be then set up for Medicaid funding for abortion." So, am I to understand it that at least during one point in her life, Ginsburg believed the murder of preborn infants was a justifiable way to control 'unwanted' portions of the population? One problem with that view is, who gets to decide, and where does it stop? Keep in mind that many of the folks who believe in abortion also support euthanasia. Now, there's something to look forward to as you approach retirement age or become disabled.

Want an education? You can learn a lot about an organization by their principles, their actions, and the people who lead them. Take, for example, Robert Chanin, who recently retired as head of the National Education Association (NEA). As he departed the self-described "most effective union in the United States, he gave the audience a profanity-laced speech which included blasting conservatives for their opposition to the NEA's agenda.

During a business trip to the New York State Teachers' Union (NYSUT) a few months ago, I was astounded by the overtness of their socialist agenda. The building's hallways were dotted with posters that appealed to collectivist and activist thinking. But all doubt of where they stand was removed when I saw a bust of Vladimir Lenin prominently displayed on a bookstand in the main hallway on the third floor. Do you honestly thnk that would be there if it weren't in line with the majority mindset? Your tax dollars and teachers' union dues at work; and your child's mind at risk.

'Hapless Harry' strikes again. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid showed his mettle in an interview wherein he was asked simply if paying taxes is voluntary. Check out his answer. This points to either blind dedication to his 'principles' despite common sense, or a total arrogance of mind, that whatever he says becomes reality.

Have a nice day, terrorists. By the way; anyone recall how Harry & Co. told us over and over that "the war was lost," and that the surge was a failure? In a new 150-page online book published by a senior al-Qaeda commander, he admits that the organization is quaking in its collective booties, out of fear of "spies" and US air power. Will you see this report on the 'big 3' networks? Somehow, I doubt it.

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