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

Monday, November 2, 2009

Power for the people! (If politicians get out of the way)

Just as things were looking so bleak energywise, Fate (aka, the Hand of God) steps in to alter the situation in an unexpected way. An amazing report just released by, of all places, the Congressional Research Service shows that the United States has the largest deposits of natural energy resources of any nation on earth.

After decades of being sold into virtual energy slavery to nations that would just as soon see us vaporized (as soon as the check clears, anyway), it's nice to discover we're sitting on enough potential resources to not only return our independence for a couple of centuries at least, but also the possibility that the rest of the world may one day come begging to us for fuel.

If we can only cleanse ourselves of the resource-squandering communists in charge, we might even be able to use these reserves to clear our super-massive debts. But any hope of that happening will be entirely dependent upon the American people experiencing a revival of our Christian ethos and morality. That would be the key to ridding ourselves of the rampant corruption, selfishness, unwarranted tolerance of all the wrong things, and our outright stupidity which has been the earmark of our culture and the cause of our failures for much too long.

Terrorism touches home...again. A disaffected Virginia-born Muslim murdered 13 and wounded 30 unarmed Americans in a bloody attack at a medical processing center at Fort Hood, Texas. Major Malik Nadal Hasan, an Army psychiatrist, cold-bloodedly shot his victims execution-style, in what appears to have been a premeditated attack. He was in turn shot by 2 local police officers (one of them a woman) and captured. He is still in a coma as I write this.

A sign of the times, perhaps, is that even though Hasan is reported to have shouted "Allahu Akbar" ("God is great"); even though he reportedly has publicly been against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and was accused of trying to convert some of his patients to Islam; hardly any reporter had the courage or honesty to even suggest that this might have been a Muslim terrorist incident. Even Fox News has been generally dancing around it, although some of their commentators have broached the topic.

Political correctness was very evident in the early reporting of this story. Every other excuse was mentioned, from stress to fear of deployment, but the indications are pointing more and more toward a deliberate radical Islamist terrorist attack. I'm not the only one to notice it; author Mark Steyn, subbing for Rush Limbaugh on Friday, said, "Thirteen people are dead because we take the multi-cultural airbrush to blur and obfuscate the critical frontline of the ideological battle against the pathologies driving our enemies."

The thing that struck me about this incident - aside from the brazen cowardice of attacking unarmed, unsuspecting victims - was the utter lack of interest I found on my own social network. I don't know how you or your acquaintances dealt with it, but I found the indifference to be disturbing. It's not that I expected a massive cry-fest, but there was virtually no mention of it on the Facebook site, even a few hours after it occured. I mean, it's supposed to be called a 'social network' for a reason, but the condition of the broader society doesn't seem to be a major interest for most FBers, even in an event such as this. I know there are plenty of truly concerned people out there who do take notice, but I'm becoming increasingly uncomfortable with the large number of apathetic Americans who have absolutely no interest in anything outside their own little bubble.

Even worse, President Obama, the Commander-in-Chief, was so insensitive when he carried out his 'obligation' to say something about the attack at some political function, he prefaced his remarks with a a callous "shout-out" to "Dr. Joe Medicine Crow -- that Congressional Medal-of-Honor winner." We seem to be reliving the ancient Romans' 'bread and circuses' social unravelling, and at the head of the table is a guy with absolutely no concept of the office he holds. His behavior is indicative of the shallowness of the "me-first" generation.

Pay attention, Washington! On the other hand, I found it truly encouraging that with only two days' notice, tens of thousands of Americans boarded busses, planes, trains or cars and descended on the Capitol to protest the rush to pass Obamacare, otherwise known as H.R. 3962, the healthcare reform bill. Congresswoman Michelle Bachman (R-MN) called the Sean Hannity show and the Glenn Beck program a couple of days prior to urge Americans to converge on Washington and go directly to their representatives' offices and express their dissatisfaction with this monumental boondoggle. The response was all the more amazing for its short run-up and the sheer number of people who showed up on the steps of the Capitol.

H.R. 3962, if it passes, will be the literal shoe in the door that allows real tyranny to unravel America as a bastion of individual liberty, because it can be used to justify virtually any attack on our freedoms - from our diets to our "hate-thought" to gun control and more - in the name of 'public health'. It will also be a massive tax scam that will leave our wallets - and our kids' wallets - even leaner.

The Maoists that roared. PajamasTV's Joe Hicks gives a scathing commentary on the Obama malAdministration's 'scorched-conservative' policy of attacking its critics, a' la Saul Alinsky. PJTV is quickly becoming a valued asset for conservative commentary and humor.

A 'senior moment' that counts! If you're over 50, you've probably either joined AARP or been hounded to do so. In case you're not aware, AARP has endorsed Obamacare. Not surprising, since the organization has pretty much followed the Democrat party line since its inception; so much so that even loyal members have been leaving the AARP in droves because of the government policies it supports. If you're looking for a more conservative alternative, check out American Seniors Association.

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