Monthly Archives: July 2008

Some items to ponder….

John McCain opens a wide lead over Barak Obama in flip-flops 4-1. He said he wasn’t going to raise taxes and now social security taxes are “on the table.” He was against setting a “timetable” for withdrawl in Iraq and now he says he’s could support such a timetable. All he has to do now is put Romney on his ticket and he can take a gun to his camapaign and shoot it.

Out with one immigrant group and in with another. Apparently being raided by the Feds hasn’t stopped Agriprocessors, the Pottsville, Iowa kosher food company, from using immigrants in their plant. Now that much of its Hispanic workforce is on the path to deportation, Agriprocessors sent its recruiters to Minneapolis to the large Somali immigrant community there to find workers. Imagine that, Muslims making Kosher food! If the citizens of Pottsville were smart, they would run Agriprocessors out town to avoid the next immigrant wave. Just a reminder, if you don’t want to live in a town with a large base of third-world immigrants, make sure it doesn’t have any factory relating to the food industry.

 Neocon Richard “Prince of Darkness” Perle enages in some good old fashioned war profiteering (And you thought Iraq wasn’t about oil..)

Rush Limbaugh thinks the government outght to subsidize fuel consumption in the name of economic growth. Larison has a nice response.

A Zogby/Middlebury Institute poll shows support for concept of secession now over 20 percent and is higher amongst youngsters. While I’m not a believer in secession as an ideology, clearly in the case where its called for, removing the pyschological barrier that secession is a “fringe” idea is very important. And this is happening because organizations like the League of the South, Second Vermont Republic, Middlebury Institute, Free State Project, Christian Exodous and their websites have made the idea more popular.

Tickets are now on sale for the Ron Paul speech at Target Center in Minneapolis Sept. 2

Does God Care how Christians Vote in America?

Jay Madison whom Filmer knows well makes his first submission to CHT:

Does God Care how Christians Vote in America? 

By Jay Madison

Aren’t the only duties Christians have to government is to pray (1 Tim 2:1–2) and obey (1 Pet 2:13)? Are there any local, state, or federal laws that require anyone to vote in an election? Is there a Biblical command to vote? If government is God’s ordinance (Rom 13: 1-7), aren’t the unconverted far more qualified to run it? Too many Christians seem to think so. Romans1:18-32 has a good list of qualifications that too many Christians prefer in their elected officials. Are those verses applicable to a society with “In God We Trust” on the currency and who sing “God Bless America” and pledge “Allegiance to the Flag?” Maybe, 2 Timothy 3 is more applicable to the electorate and those elected to represent them.

If evil exist, could Romans 1:28-32 and 2 Timothy 3:1-9 be a partial description of it? Some believe evil is illusory, until they personally experience it. What does the existence evil have to do with the purpose of government?

Those familiar with Professor R.J. Rummel’s research know that governments have been the greatest perpetrator of evil in modern history! Juxtapose that fact with this one: “The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will” (Proverbs 21:1). Does this mean that God is responsible for all that bloodshed? “The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God” (Psalm 9:17). If God still judges nations, who limits him to the means? What’s changed since Daniel 4:17 “….the Most High rules the kingdom of men and gives it to whom he will and sets over it the lowliest of men.” The most innocent man was put on trial for His life by false religionists and corrupt government: “So Pilate said to him, “You will not speak to me? Do you not know that I have authority to release you and authority to crucify you?” Jesus answered him, “You would have no authority over me at all unless it had been given you from above.” (John 19:10-11).

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About Barack’s speeches

While racing through some news items, I stopped to consider Obama’s recent speech in Berlin, and couldn’t help but puzzle over this line:

“People of Berlin, people of the world, this is our moment. This is our time.”

It echoes a speech he gave in Minnesota last June:

“America, this is our moment. This is our time.

This is what gets him the cheers? This isn’t a bunch of fluff filled with air — it’s just — air.  Of course this is our time.  So what?

Obama reminds me of a wisecracking uncle who’d pretend to praise others with flowery little nothings such as, “Of all the people I’ve ever met, he was certainly one of them.”

That’s what Obama is using to woo the voting public. Nothing. Pure void. Vast, blinding emptiness pretending to be something, malleable masterpieces that’ll mold themselves into whatever a hungry audience wants them to be. Obama’s killing ‘em with blanks. And it’s working.

Big is bad, small is beautiful

This blog post from Patrick Deenan is an old one from back in March in the aftermath of the Bear-Stearns bailout but it shows the inherit problem in the “too big to fail” argument in that being too big allows for such behavior that gets them in trouble knowing they’re too big to fail and shows why the interconnectivity of markets is not all that its cracked up to be.

A lesson in unintended consequences

Andrew Sullivan, the self-proclaimed “conservative” who agitates for same-sex “marriage,” rails against those eeeevil “Christianists,” and nurses a seething hatred against Jesse Helms, once cheered on the invasion of Iraq as a crusade for homosexual liberation.

Ironic, then, that his blog has this entry today:

Since the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003, the situation for gays and lesbians in Iraq has deteriorated. Ridiculed under Hussein, many now find themselves the targets of violence, according to humanitarian officials. … When CNN asked Iraqis in Baghdad how they felt about homosexuals, we found intolerance to be widespread. One man said he considers gays no different from “criminals and terrorists.” Another claimed that homosexuality was “illegal under Islamic law, and [gays] should be punished by law like criminals.”

As Edmund Burke warned, radical change based on abstractions is more likely to end in disaster than utopia. When will we learn?

More Obama razzle-dazzle

Obama continues to amaze. He’s campaigned successfully from coast to coast of the United States, from the Pacific Ocean to the Persian Gulf. In Iraq, his plan for withdrawal of US occupation troops was endorsed by the US puppet governor of the 51st State.

What confuses me, though, is how he gets away with delighting the crowds with contradictory messages. While in Israel, he re-affirmed his support for keeping Israel a Jewish state, and even pledged US support of any wars Israel would want to wage.

But in Germany, he urged the people there to ramp up the multicultural goal — which eventually would mean surrendering their traditional culture:

Will we welcome immigrants from different lands, and shun discrimination against those who don’t look like us or worship like we do, and keep the promise of equality and opportunity for all of our people?

Yet in both cases, the crowds cheered.

Conservatism – The Wilderness Years

Our friend Clark Stooksbury is now posting at TAC and wonderful post about how some (older) conservatives are critizing other (younger) conservatives for wishing McCain and the Republicans’ demise in order light out for the territories and evacuate D.C. for the hinterlands i.e The Wilderness.

Well, as paleos, since we’ve born, reared and lived out whole lives in the wilderness, I guess all one can say is: Welcome and enjoy your stay. Hopefully you might learn something out here and hopefully you can take us with you when you go back, presumably if we’re not all retired or dead by then. The air is fresh and clean, but it does get pretty dark around here so bring plenty of matches for the campfires we can all huddle around as comrades.

Larison has a good post on the The Wilderness as well, reminding us that even though Republicans and establishment conservatives may very well be in a theoretical “wilderness” as far as being out of power, their offices are going to still right down the street from Capitiol Hill and The White House. Maybe if they really wanted to be in the “wilderness” they would relcoate to their home towns or in some Midwestern or Southern town like the Rockford Institute for example.

Some articles for your consideration

My latest is up at Etherzone.com

Here’s Chuck Baldwin’s latest piece

W. James Antle III has an article on Takimag.com about Conservative Democrats becoming force to be reckon with.

And speaking of new potential “third forces” in U.S. politics, we have this nice article about Ron Paul and the Campaign for Liberty’s plans for the RNC in St. Paul, including moving Rep. Paul’s speech to the Target Center in Minneapolis which can seat up to 19,000. In a sense, all of these activities are a rival political convention parallelling what’s going with the GOP right in the same metro area at the same time, which promises plenty of coverage.

California to Discriminate Against Christian Schools

Isn’t it funny how the tolerance and diversity Gestapo is so intolerant. Notice the textbooks they are not discriminating against. The secularists know who the real enemy is, Christianity, and that is why it is Public Enemy Number One, as far as they are concerned.

IMHO, there shouldn’t be state run universities and Christian parents should certainly not voluntarily send their Christian children there, but this is still outrageous.

Arguments were heard today in a federal district court case to determine whether a state university system can dictate that private Christian schools in the state teach their college prep courses from exclusively secular, Bible- and God-free textbooks.

As WND reported earlier, the University of California system adopted a policy last year that basic science, history, and literature textbooks by major Christian book publishers wouldn’t qualify for core admissions requirements because of the inclusion of Christian perspectives.

Robert Tyler, who is representing Calvary Chapel Christian School and five students in the case against the University of California, told WND that the university’s discriminatory policy creates an ultimatum for Christian schools. “If you want courses to be approved in private education, so your students are qualified to attend (UC) institutions, you must teach from a secular point of view,” he said.

“Christian schools will have to decide: teach from a Christian worldview and eliminate your student’s ability to attend a UC school, or teach from a secular worldview, so that the kids can enter the UC school system,” he explained.

Hat tip: www.sharperiron.com

American Capitalism: Privatise Profit + Socialise Risk = Big Business Socialism

Mortgage Giant Rescue Could Cost $25b

Congress is expected to vote this week on a housing measure that would give the Treasury Department authority to throw Fannie and Freddie a temporary lifeline.

Paulson said that Fannie and Freddie have issued $5 trillion in debt and mortgage backed securities. Of that amount more than $3 trillion is held by U.S. financial institutions and more than $1.5 trillion is held by foreign institutions, making the stabilization of the two companies essential to the global economy.

“Because of their size and scope, Fannie and Freddie’s stability is critical to financial market stability,” Paulson told an audience at the New York Public Library. “Investors in our nation and around the world need to know that we understand how important these institutions are to our capital markets broadly and to the U.S. economy.”

Investing shouldn’t be risky, after all, and Fannie and Freddie are “too big to fail”.

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Dobson May Endorse McCain? Ugh!

Don’t do it Dr. Dobson. Don’t do it. You’ll regret it in the morning. Man up and endorse Chuck Baldwin who you obviously agree with on more issues.

Conservative Christian leader James Dobson has softened his stance against Republican presidential hopeful John McCain, saying he could reverse his position and endorse the Arizona senator despite serious misgivings.

“I never thought I would hear myself saying this,” Dobson said in a radio broadcast to air Monday. “… While I am not endorsing Senator John McCain, the possibility is there that I might.”

Dobson and other evangelical leaders unimpressed by McCain increasingly are taking a lesser-of-two-evils approach to the 2008 race. Dobson and his guest, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary president Albert Mohler, spend most of the pretaped Focus on the Family radio program criticizing Democratic candidate Barack Obama, getting to McCain at the very end.

Will they never learn? I suggest you e-mail Dobson and ask him to endorse Chuck Baldwin. I plan to.