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, August 6, 2009

What Comes Around...

Funny, how a politician's tune changes when the shoe is on the other foot. Only a few months ago, Obama was telling his crowds to "argue with them, get in their faces" to convince people that he had the right ideas. Now that a rapidly growing number of Americans - of all political persuasions - are seriously questioning what's going on (I urge you to check this link and watch the video), his tone has changed significantly. He no longer appreciates the 'community organizer" approach when the other side is making a strong case for fiscal responsibility. Now, the message is to silence opposition by whatever means. In fact, the malAdministration's response to this outpouring of individuals gathering to question their means and motives is to urge the Kool-Aid drinkers to become government informants. And these protesters aren't the 'disenfranchised' gangs and union thugs who get paid to disrupt conservative events; these are mostly retirees or folks who took time off from real work to find some real answers.

My question is; who is suprised by this? Those of you who are old enough to recall the leftist riots, disruptive tactics, and revolutionary activities of the late 1960s and early '70s should be able to appreciate the irony, that many of those same malcontents have graduated to power positions, and are now having to deal with a populist protest of their intentions. Some of their frustration is currently directed at enticing people to act like good Soviet citizens, secretly informing the government of any attempts by conservatives (of either - or no - party affiliation) to prevent America from being pushed under the figurative waters of nascent totalitarianism.

For the Record. An imaginative video blogger named Molotov Mitchell has struck again, this time encapsulating the political news week and letting Washington know that it's on thin ice.

Not your average summer camp. As long as we're nudging the realm of dark and dreary things, consider the ominous rumblings coming from a recent National Guard job ad, and keep this in mind: when nothing else makes sense, the worst-case scenario may be all that really makes any sense. Yes, we do have prisoner-of-war camps overseas, but we also had civilian interment camps in the US during WW2 for Japanese-Americans. As I've said repeatedly, human nature follows a downward spiral unless acted upon by a superior moral (internal) force or a vigilant physical and/or legal (external) force.

Here comes da Judge. Congratulations on the confirmation of our newest Supreme Court Justice, Sonia Sotomayor, due in part to 8 Republicrats who voted to confirm. Apparently, we've become so sophisticated that it no longer matters that her record includes several allusions to racist tendencies. But then, real racism is only an affliction of white people, right?

Oh, the pain! ObamaCare is coming to a country very near you, very soon; unless, that is, it can be stopped. Despite the absolutely draconian aspects of the healthcare (and I use the term 'care' advisedly), the malAdministration's propaganda machine is in full swing, attempting to malign genuinely concerned Americans with this megabillion-dollar sinkhole that, at its core, would be the institutionalization of the eugenics program that progressives have sought for so long. A Duke University professor has actually read the bill and does a decent job of explaining some relevant passages.

Among those concerned citizens are the members of AARP. The organization didn't do those members any justice when it decided to go along with ObamaCare. At a recent town hall meeting, the AARP reps walked out of the meeting rather than answer the questions - and yes, some of the complaints - of the audience. After the walkout, the audience remained, and held their own peaceful and reasoned discussions on the topic of government-run healthcare. But more recently, AARP has publicly denied Obama's assertion that the organization endorses his plan.

The Russians are coming! Those readers who are too young to remember won't appreciate the palpable fears of the Cold War at its height - the Cuban Missile Crisis. I can recall as a young boy a city-wide Civil Defense drill, with air-raid sirens and every car pulling off the road, while pedestrians sought cover of doorways. So for some of us it comes as no surprise that the Russian bear seems to be trying to reinstill those fears. Evidence includes recent suspected Russian attempts to hack into Twitter and Facebook - a tactic allegedly aimed at Georgian resistance- and Russian subs patrolling off our coasts. It's not that they weren't doing it before, but they seem to be ratcheting up the publicity. Perhaps Putin is adding to the subliminal stress level even as other communists attempt to reconstruct our own government on the Politburo model.

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