Reason number 76372 not to belong to the Democratic Party:
They target a private citizen to silence him from using his constitutionally-protected first amendment right to free speech.
It’s ok to disagree with Rush Limbaugh. I happen to agree with much of what he says, and think he’s a positive influence. And if you disagree, that’s your opinion, too.
But government entities have no business harassing private citizens’ free speech. This must be part of the “change” Obama promised to inflict upon Americans.Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( 8 so far )
And the stock market burned. The Dow was down almost 300 more points today, probably on it’s way to zero.
And Obama dances the congo. I suspect they served appletinis.
A week before that, the foot-stomping sounds of Sweet Honey in the Rock, a female a cappella group, filled the East Room for a Black History Month program first lady Michelle Obama held for nearly 200 sixth- and seventh-graders from around the city.
Cocktails were sipped during at least three such receptions to date, all held on Wednesdays.
Bookending the midweek activity were a Super Bowl party for select Democratic and Republican lawmakers and a dinner for governors, the new administration’s first black-tie affair. It was capped with a performance by the 1970s pop group Earth, Wind and Fire. And a conga line.
The flurry of entertaining is in keeping with the Obamas’ promise to make the White House a more open place for everyone.
The governors’ dinner was “a great kickoff of what we hope will be an atmosphere here in the White House that is welcoming and that reminds everybody that this is the people’s house,” Obama told the state chief executives after they had dined on Maryland crab, Wagyu beef, Nantucket scallops and citrus salad.
Well. I’m glad somebody has money to spend.Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )
What we should have learned, I don’t know that we did. What we should have learned is that we have principles and ideals and we should stick to them.
Ronald Reagan knew it, and we gave him victories. The 1994 Republican House knew that, and we gave them victories.
Ever since then, our leaders have been trying to reach across the isles. And we get trounced, every time.
George Bush Sr, “No New Taxes.” Until he reached across the isle, and we voted him out of office.
Republicans spent money in 2004-2006 like, well, like they were Democrats. And we voted them out of office.
What was McCain except a big reach across the isle? Part of the Gang of 14 that chose to work with Democrats instead of pushing for the judicial appointees which we will never get. Not in my lifetime. The Democrats will fill each and every one of those posts with liberal activist judges that should have been filled by conservative strict constructionists. Reaching across the isle hurt the conservative cause. Wait till Obama appoints 4 new judges in his first term to the Supreme Court, and then see if reaching across the isle helped us in any way.
McCain promised to take hatchet to the government spending and cut our earmarks, but when it came time for the $700 billion bailout of our economy, not only did he vote for it, but he also voted for an additional $150 billion in pork. That’s when he lost the election for sure.
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Christian Carnival 178 is up at … Chasing the Wind! I have the honor of hosting this week’s carnival, affectionately known as Christian Carnival 178, 2^89th, hexadecimal B2, or binary 10110010. Whew, and I think there were almost that many entries.
They’re presented here in roughly the order submitted; if you’re a blog author and you don’t see you entry, I’ll be happy to modify the list below. I had to exclude 1 entry from this week’s Carnival; while “positive” in nature, it didn’t represent a Christian viewpoint. And I excluded two humanistic, scientific anti-Christian blogs for obvious reasons.
if you’re a visitor and curious about Carnival entries, click on a few and read this week’s best Christian blogging.
- Justin presents Science’s Overlooked Problem posted at Politics & Religion. A look at the most overlooked problem in science.
- At Trivium Pursuit, a consideration of Bible Study Software, submitted by Laurie Bluedorn.
- Daniel Condurachi presents What To Do To Be Punished posted at Daniel Condurachi’s Blog.
- Justin Merth presents A Father’s Day Lesson in Pride posted at In The Word.
- At Sun and Shield, a question for this week is ” An intelligently designed universe? ” Among other things, Martin muses about why there is so much fuss over changing the teaching of biology to accommodate a belief in a young earth, and so little over changing the teaching of astronomy.
- Messy Christian presents 5 reasons why I love Jesus posted at Messy Christian. This meme actually got me thinking about how I got on this Christian journey (I wasnâ€™t born a Christian – my parents and siblings are Buddhists). What attracted me to Jesus indeed?
- Mark Olson presents In Which I Am Confused about Slavery and Freedom posted at Pseudo-Polymath. In which I am (now) confused about what is meant by slavery and it’s evils.
- Dana presents Keeping in touch or personal touch? posted at Principled Discovery.
- Dunstan presents Seeking God posted at The Protomonk. A review of Seeking God: The Way of St. Benedict.
- Adam Faughn presents Psalms 1-25: Links posted at The Faughn Family of Four. I have been posting a series of devotional thoughts on each psalm. This post contains links to the first 25 psalms in the series.
- This year’s hot vacation bible school package is called “The Great Bible Reef – Dive Deep Into God’s Word.” Is going to an ecumenical, environmentally-themed VBS better for your kids than actually spending time in creation? Don Bosch chews on this question over at The Evangelical Ecologist.
- Peter Kirk presents ESV Bible no longer says wizards must die! posted at Speaker of Truth. Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings fans can breathe more easily! The Bible no longer says that Harry and Gandalf must be stoned to death.
- “If we go wrong on the nature of faith, everything in the Christian life will go wrong.” So says John Piper on faith. But what is the nature of true faith? See what the disciple Jesus loved wrote on faith as Light Along the Journey this week posts on The Faith of the Apostle John.
- Diane R presents Trash Watching posted at Crossroads: Where Faith and Inquiry Meet. Lately in the Christian blogsophere, again, we are reading about the necessity of Christians seeing movies. Should they?
- Weekend Fisher considers one of the most-ignored commands of Jesus in Love your enemies at Heart, Mind, Soul, and Strength.
- Rey from the Bible Archive starts exploring the ramifications of Paul’s Measure of Faith.
- Jennifer in OR presents The Story About Ping posted at Diary of 1.
- Rodney Olsen presents Back in time posted at The Journey. I recently went trawling through my audio archives and found interviews I recorded with Rick Joyner, Jack Deere and Neil T. Anderson. I talked to all of these men back in 2005 but thought that there may still be some interest in what they had to say at the time.
- Thomas Gilson presents Kingdom Triangle: Recover the Christian Mind, Renovate the Soul, Restore the Spirit’s Power; by J. P. Moreland posted at Thinking Christian. The three legs of Moreland’s “Kingdom Triangle” may–or may not–be the three most important things Western Christians need to do to make a difference in our world. Two of them, however, are very likely the most important things we have been lacking.
- At Everyday Liturgy, Thomas posts about Private Prayer and Religious Liberty. A discussion concerning the recent resignation of a trustee of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary over the use of private prayer languages. The paradox, private prayer languages are denounced by an organization that champions itself as a promoter of religious liberty, is commented on.
- William Meisheid presents Judgment Is Not For The Faint Of Heart posted at Beyond The Rim…. A few thoughts on the nature of judgment and prophets.
- Henry Neufeld presents Notes on Mark 9:30-42 posted at Participatory Bible Study Blog.
- At Random Acts of Verbiage, Matt tells us about The Stranger: A Month of Sundays. I take a look at an article put out by a local paper that sent out 31 reporters to check out 31 different churches around Seattle. It was quite disappointing.
- Jeremy Pierce presents Stem Cell Rhetoric posted at Parableman. An examination of some of the rhetoric of the Democratic presidential candidates in response to President Bush’s veto of legislation that would have funded embryonic stem cell research.
- Douglas Jones presents The Quest for the Holy Grail and the Second Coming of Jesus posted at Madison Thacker.
- Justin presents Christianity’s Downfall posted at Politics & Religion. Part one of a multi-edition series about the downfall of modern Christianity – and what we can do to stop it.
- At Chrysalis Cafe, the emerging megachurch Mars Hill is discussed. Not all megachurches are the same
In no particular order –
Building the ark: Greenpeace activists are building an ark on Mount Ararat. Amusing. Of course, Greenpeace isn’t a Christian organization (they don’t seem to be anti-Christian, as far as I can tell) but they border on Christian mockery to make a point about global warming.
Obscene bible: In Hong Kong yesterday, over 200 complaints yesterday were filed with authorities, complaining that the bible is an obscene document. It seems to be a stunt to protest against restrictions on free speech.
French President: Nicolas Sarkozy took over from Jacques Chirac as French president. Sakozy is pro-American, pro-conservative, anti-illegal immigration… in other words, he’s just the kind of President we need. He’s more pro-American than all the U.S. Democratic hopefuls combined.
Telephones with land lines: On the decrease. People are relying more and more on cell phones only. I’m certainly leaning this way. When August rolls around, I’ll be ffree of all long term contracts – DSL, land lines, cell phone, cable. I’m going to be looking for a new set of solutions, but I’m probably going to drop the home phone.
Diet Coke Plus: What the heck? Instead of my regular Diet Coke, I bought one of these yesterday. “Diet Coke with Vitamins and Minerals.” Is this supposed to be a health drink? “Each 8-ounce serving of Diet Coke Plus provides 15% of the daily value for niacin and vitamins B6 and B12, and 10% for zinc and magnesium.”
In Love with a Steam Locomotive: And I don’t mean as a hobby. “His partner back then was a Hammond organ — he has now been in a steady relationship with a steam locomotive for several years. Since he is particularly aroused by the inner workings of technical objects, repair jobs have often led to infidelity in the past. ‘A love affair could very well begin with a broken radiator,’ the now monogamous lover says, remembering how his earlier affairs began.” I am reminded yet again that some people are just… different than the rest of us.
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Today, the Democratic Senate will attempt to surrender to the terrorists again.
This is the second attempt to surrender. Bush vetoed the first attempt, and he promises to veto the second attempt. In the meantime, funding for the troops is being held hostage by defeatists that claim to “support the troops.” How they claim to support the troops while simulataneously withholding troop funding, attempting to surrender, and declaring the “war is lost” is beyond me.
Bush will win this battle. Democrats are so set on surrendering they will eventually surrender themselves and pass a funding bill Bush can sign. Instead of surrendering to terrorists, the Democrats will surrender to Bush.
It’s only a matter of time.
Update: We surrender!
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Republicans said the vote amounted to little more than political theater because the bill would be dead on arrival after reaching the White House. Bush said he will veto the bill so long as it contains a timetable on Iraq, as well as $20 billion in spending added by Democrats.
“The solution is simple: Take out the surrender date, take out the pork, and get the funds to our troops,” said Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.
Heh. And the left wing accuses the right wing of censorship. The Democratic party issues a veiled threat to ABC/Disney to cancel Sunday night’s 9/11 miniseries:
We therefore urge you to cancel this broadcast to cease Disneyâ€™s plans to use it as a teaching tool in schools across America through Scholastic. Presenting such deeply flawed and factually inaccurate misinformation to the American public and to children would be a gross miscarriage of your corporate and civic responsibility to the law, to your shareholders, and to the nation.
The Communications Act of 1934 provides your network with a free broadcast license predicated on the fundamental understanding of your principle obligation to act as a trustee of the public airwaves in serving the public interest. Nowhere is this public interest obligation more apparent than in the duty of broadcasters to serve the civic needs of a democracy by promoting an open and accurate discussion of political ideas and events.
Remember last October when CBS pulled the miniseries at the last moment due to conservative outrage? At the time, the left complained loudly that truth was being supressed and even if the miniseries wasn’t factual, it was still covered under some artisitic license.
The big difference this time is that Bill Clinton is defending himself, something the Alzheimer-suffering Reagan wasn’t able to do.
Update: Ah, here’s the story I was looking for. When CBS pulled the trash-tabloid story about Reagan without showing it, Tom Daschle called it “appalling.”
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Senate Minority leader Tom Daschle later called the decision to pull the show “appalling.” CBS “totally collapsed,” he told National Public Radio.
And if he speaks for the Democratic Party, I know where they stand. Why should I be excluded? Just because I have faith?
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On religion and politics:
“The religious community has to decide whether they want to be tax exempt or involved in politics.”
I wrote last July that I fully expected the liberal Democrat party to try and claim Christianity for themselves under the name of “progressive Christianity.”
A prime example is in USAToday recently that tries to show that “playing the God card” isn’t working for George Bush and the Republicans. Even if, as the author admits, “Bush, for his part, at times has invoked religion appropriately and even eloquently” and that even while overall support for Bush may be dropping, evangelicals still overwhelmingly support Bush.
I am not surprised that both Republicans and Democrats will attempt to invoke religion to win elections in 2006 and 2008. But the USAToday article misses a key point – Christian conservatives vote Republican because the Republicans support their ideals. Democrats do too, but only occasionally and when politically expedient, then come off as hypocritical when they do. Townhall’s Patrick Hynes discusses that playing the “God Card” has actually hurt the Democrat Party. Before the 2004 election, 40% of Americans viewed the Democratic Party as “friendly toward religion.” After trying clumsily to gain support for their policies by calling on God, this fell to 29% by August 2005.
Democrats have some serious decisions to make about the future of their party and its message. The Democrat Party cannot long stand as one that demands separation of church and state in all — even symbolic — matters while at the same time claiming Biblical substantiation for liberal public policies. They cannot imply John Robertsâ€™ queasiness about Roe v. Wade breaches the â€œimpregnable wall,â€ as Sen. Dianne Feinstein did during Robertsâ€™ confirmation hearings, while at the same time urge income redistribution because â€œit is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God” (Mark 10:25). They cannot call Republicans â€œtheocratsâ€ for trying to save Terri Schiavo while they also claim John the Baptist endorsed their welfare state when he said, â€œHe that hath two coats, let him impart to him that hath none â€¦â€ (Luke 3:11).
Just as Democrats are telling voters they are unserious about national security through their over-the-top rhetoric about Iraq, the Democratsâ€™ â€œGod cardâ€ gambit demonstrates to the American public that they are not serious about matters of faith in public life.
The big problem the Democrats have is a) much of their party is composed of people not just passive about God, but actively opposed to God. They support removing “under God” from the pledge of allegiance and prohibit the free expression of Christianity in schools, then the other half tries to undo that perception by claiming the liberal “give to the poor” philosophy is something Jesus would want. The Democrats won’t be able to have it both ways; it comes off as way too insincere, even for politicians.Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( 3 so far )
The next President of the United States must have an aura of pomposity, and air of importance about them that lends weight to the office. If you pit Condoleezza against Hillary, who has the most impressive look? Here’s the Republican candidate:
Not bad, not bad at all. If I was a terrorist, I’d run fleeing. What about the Democratic candidate?
Dang, that’s pretty scary, too. Which face looks more Presidential to you?Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( 2 so far )
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