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, September 5, 2009


It's back-to-school season; that time of year most students dread and most parents (other than home-schoolers) look forward to.

One of the things that bothers me most is the state of state-run schools. For nearly a century, public schools have been more about being incubators for progressive indoctrination and less about actual education - the goal of which should be to prepare students for their future roles in society and teaching them how to think rather than what to think. It began slowly, with early 20th century progressives seeking early on to infiltrate power positions in the teaching colleges, because when you are able to teach the teachers, you influence generations to come.

Unfortunately, the downside of higher education is there has been so much emphasis on a 4-year college education that the jobs that require such high education are being saturated, and many students are graduating to no available jobs in their field, and a mountain of college loan debt. (Of course, there is also the growing number of slackers who squander their college opportunity.) Meanwhile, fewer Americans seem willing to train for the 'blue-collar' jobs that actually make this nation function. A modern civilization might survive without 'performance artists', mid-level office wonks and poli-sci majors, but it would be a vastly less desirable place without plumbers, carpenters, masons, road workers and welders. Instead of pushing every child toward higher education, maybe we should bring back the old 'trades' courses in high school. We seem to have forgotten that there is dignity in productive work, even if it doesn't bring in a six-figure salary.

Lest we forget. September 11 is a day we should never forget, but we are being made to forget it more with each passing year. First it was when the networks stopped showing the videos "because it was too upsetting." This year President Barack Hussein Obama again insulted the American people when he declared September 11 to be "a day of national service" rather than a day of solemn remembrance. Because we are being purposely overwhelmed with malfeisance by the current malAdministration, we have taken our eyes off the ball, the real and present danger that confronts us: radical Islam. There is no doubt that they haven't forgotten about us, nor what they intend to do to us. Regardless of your political philosophy (if you even have one) this battle is ultimately one of either our survival or our death or domination by people who have no consideration for your rights or your life.

The producers of a new film, The Third Jihad, is offering a free online showing of the complete documentary. If you don't have time to watch it, make time. You won't be too busy if you're dead, and if you think Obama wants to take your freedoms, you ain't seen nothin' yet.

Profiting from misery? You might think that anyone who profits off the misery of others must be a real dirtbag, right? But when you think about it rationally, it is the prospect of profit that has brought about many of the greatest boons to mankind, especially in the field of healthcare and medicine. This is a fact that socialist types are too willing to ignore. As so clearly pointed out by reporter John Stossel in his recent ABC report about the healthcare controversy, it is the prospect of making money that spurs companies and entrepreneurs to invest the capital into developing medicines, medical procedures and devices that save more lives than has ever been possible previously. An important point he makes is that government-provided healthcare isn't very healthy at all.

Incidentally, Stossel is coming to Fox Business Network and Fox News channel in the fall. He's finally getting the opportunity to work for a network that truly appreciates his work and talent for sniffing out the truth about things taken for granted, rather than being merely tolerated and often ignored. One more reason to get cable.

Pranks for the memories. There is an old saying that goes something like this: "You can tell a man's power by his enemies." It's become pretty obvious that Glenn Beck has a lot of power, and well he should; because of his near-manic quest to preserve America and expose those who are trying to usurp the power of the people, he's become the hardest-working, least egotistic, most self-sacrificing commentator in media today. Not surprisingly, he's picked up a LOT of enemies; some just want to shut him up, others do all they can to disrupt him, and some reportedly want to harm him and his family. One viewer found that an employee of her local cable company had pranked Beck's cable listing. Fortunately, the viewer had the presence of mind to video the screens and to contact the FCC with a complaint. Great minds work overtime at great things, but apparently, small minds settle for a lot less. I wonder where the guy will be working when they catch him.

Adding insult to indebtedness. As another example of his deep love for this nation and his respect for the office, President Obama has graciously offered to fly the Chinese flag on the White House lawn on September 20, Red China's anniversary. William Gheen of Americans for Legal Immigration summed up the feeling of many Americans: "Our concern is that sovereign wealth funds, like the Chinese, now control the executive branch more than the American people," he said. "China is not our friend. China is our enemy. Our enemy is coming and raising their own flag in a type of proclamation. [emphasis added] Perhaps next, the Chinese will set up an office in the White House, since they now more or less hold the mortgage.

Not exactly 'Fairness.' Domestic terrorists from the Earth Liberation Front (ELF) pulled down two AM radio towers of a sports radio station in Washington State. While ELF claims that AM radio waves are harmful, yada, yada, it's just another attempt by this band of cretins to destroy any semblance of civilization. Another group has been blowing up sections of a Canadian gas pipeline since last October.

If all these environuts got their way, civilization would be driven back to the stage of fighting over caves to live in, pooping on the ground, and grazing on nuts, berries, and grass. I'm all in favor of conservation and ecology-friendly technology, but honestly, if these people have such a hatred of their own species, I can't imagine why they don't all just commit suicide and leave the rest of us alone.

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