Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Sundry Stories and Outrages

Little time today, but I thought I'd pass on these stories of note and brief comment. First, Rush Limbaugh is a bit livid with the Republican Party at the moment. I can't say I blame him, after seeing Newt Gingrich's defense of backing a liberal Republican out East over a genuine conservative. I'm disappointed in Newt, because he should know better as a conservative. Rockefeller-type Republicans do this over and over again, insisting that conservatives have no where else to go. I personally am tired of it, and hope the Rockefeller Republican loses badly.

Next, it looks like Levi Johnston's at it again with Sarah Palin. Now he's hinting he's got lots of dirt on Governor Palin. This the boy who impregnated her daughter out of wedlock, and is now going to pose nude for a pornography magazine. Why the media takes this guy seriously is hard to understand. Well, no it's not. Anything to stick it to a conservative.

And finally, this little Cyrus update. Looks like Miley Cyrus' nine-year-old sister is raising some eyebrows over a dominatrix-type Halloween costume.

This needs little comment. I've already raised concerns in this blog about Miley's behavior, and let me stress again, I raise the concerns because this is supposed to be a Christian family. Christians are supposed to be ambassadors of Christ, and that means keeping our behavior above reproach.

Somehow, letting little girls dress in racy costumes doesn't strike me as appropriate. And that's putting it mildly.

Monday, October 26, 2009

A Warning from Lord Monckton

One wouldn't think that a British aristocrat would be able to stir things up in the United States much these days, but perhaps you haven't heard of Lord Christopher Monckton.

Lord Monckton, a former advisor to ex-British prime minister Margaret Thatcher, has some warnings for us about the upcoming global climate change conference in Copenhagen, Denmark. In essence, he says that he's read the treaty, and that the Obama Administration is getting ready to sell U.S. sovereignty up the river (or down the toilet, in his words).

Of course, the lefties are howling foul, but I wouldn't dismiss it so readily. This didn't pop up overnight, and "globalism" denial is as ridiculous as Holocaust denial. The push for global government has gone on for a very long time, and now those who advocate it are feeling their oats. Here's another warning. You also have to keep an eye on some "conservatives." Acolytes of global government can wear both "D" and "R" labels.

Friday, October 23, 2009

The Late, Great USA?

Oddly enough, I had been thinking for quite a while on the idea of portraying a tombstone with the United States on it to make a point, but as usual, someone beat me to the idea. And this photo is all over the blogosphere.

Even so, I'll still make my comment. I have no idea whether Barack Obama and his acolytes will succeed in their efforts to fundamentally "change" the United States. Personally, I'd use the word "destroy" instead of "change," but that's Solameanie for you. I have no desire to live in the Union of Soviet Socialist United States, but it does appear we're headed in that direction.

This didn't happen overnight, either. It's been in the works for a long time. People do seem to be waking up to the fact that something's going on. The question is, will enough people wake up in time, and will enough people actually care enough to do something about it? The jury's out on that also.

From a human level and leaving theology out of it for the moment, I have my doubts as to whether there's enough of the "Spirit of 1776" left in the nation. We've got a couple of generations of people who have no idea what that means, or if they do, they have a distorted view of if thanks to our educational establishment and the media. Rather than holding the principle of American exceptionalism, and remembering the very foundational principles that put our country together, we now have a good number of people who think America is just a cog in the global order, and that we have to meld into that global order even if it means giving up our sovereignty and our freedom.

It hasn't helped that there has been so much erosion in the spiritual foundation of the country. Now, I don't mean to suggest that America was founded as a theocracy or has always acted nobly in its history. There has always been sin in America. However, in earlier days there was at least a societal consensus about basic standards of right and wrong. That is seemingly gone or severely weakened. Again, we can thank the educational establishment for much of this, as well as liberal theologians who have cast off most of their biblical moorings.

From history, I know that no society holds together forever, and the reasons are usually along the same lines. Rot from within. Biblically, I know that history will have a denouement, and it will happen in God's good time. And that brings me to my final comment for today.

Because we as Christians know that there are certain prophecies that remain to be fulfilled, and because we know that things will deteriorate markedly before the return of Christ, does that mean we are to just sit back and do nothing?

Of course not. We have responsibilities both as Christians and citizens. We are to speak out and do all that we can do to foster righteousness in our society -- in government and out of it. We have no guarantee that we will be victorious in the short term. But we serve a sovereign God whose final victory is assured, along with the victory of all who "love His appearing."

Is America toast? I hope and pray not. Things are not looking very well at the moment, and the blindness of so many to see it grieves me deeply. It grieves me that so many are willing to turn their lives over lock, stock and barrel to a government that claims benevolence. Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. America's Founding Fathers set things up for a reason, with checks and balances, knowing full well that, like fire, a totalitarian government is a fearful master. They also recognized that man is fallen outside of Christ, and because of this propensity to evil, restraints are necessary.

We'd best remember their wisdom and put it back in place while we still can.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Liberty . . . Love it or Lose It

Today, I'd like you to check out today's post over at my friend Palm Boy's blog. In essence, he reposted a column written by Frank Flemming on the subject of liberty. If you can see past the tongue-in-cheek irony, the point hits home loud and clear.

Thanks to Robert for the heads up.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Buchanan: Traditionalists Losing Their Nation

Always worth reading even when I don't necessarily agree with him, Pat Buchanan has a thought-provoking column today.

The last paragraphs are especially captivating, and are some things for liberals to consider why traditionalists are so outraged.

And while you're at it, check out this little article about how George W. Bush basically jettisoned Reaganism, thus helping to set the stage for the hard times being experienced by the GOP right now. Very revealing.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Getting More Like Big Brother Every Day

So the White house brags about controlling the media. More than that, they urge the rest of the media to join the White House to dogpile on Fox News because they have the temerity to criticize President Obama.

Interesting that White House Communications Director Anita Dunn (who looks an awful lot like Cindy Sheehan, the lefty moonbat known as the "Peace Mom") sings the praises of Mao Tse Tung. Fox doesn't have to expose it either. She's on video doing it in public. That's the funny thing about all of this. Administration appointees and acolytes say this outrageous stuff in public, and then squeal like stuck pigs when they get called on it. The left-wing media used to scream bloody murder at Richard Nixon for having an "enemies list." Funny how things change, isn't it? If they are going to be consistent, they ought to object to this very loudly. I won't hold my breath.

Perhaps when the Obama administration begins playing out of the Hugo Chavez playbook and begins either nationalizing or shutting down "opposition" media, then they'll notice.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

49 and Holding

Today is my birthday, so I don't feel like posting anything. Ain't that awful?

Maybe I'll change my mind before the day ends at midnight, but we'll see. In the meantime, me and the family are going out to dinner to celebrate. That is, whatever celebration you can do at 49. Next year will be the fun one.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Rush Limbaugh's Hypocritical Enemies

By now, most of you have heard of the flap over Rush Limbaugh's desire to buy into a St. Louis football team. As you'll see in the linked story, the main driver of the effort dropped Rush from the would-be owners' list because of the controversy. This nonsense just incenses me beyond belief, and not just because of the many principles involved here, including the right of a private citizen to enter into a business deal. I am especially outraged because of the two most prominent "clergymen" out there flapping their gums the loudest.

"Reverends" Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton were among the first out of the pack to begin squealing over the proposed deal. They're upset about Limbaugh's alleged "insensitive" statements on race. This from two of the biggest race baiters out there.

Anyone remember Jesse Jackson's little slur against New York and Jews a few years back? He called it "Hymietown." Where was the outrage then? As for Sharpton, does the Tawana Brawley hoax ring a bell? How about both men going after the Duke University players? Did either Jackson or Sharpton apologize to the players after the accusations against them proved false? Of course not.

I hope that some good at least can come out of this stupid, ridiculous situation. And that good would include shining a very bright light on liberal hypocrisy.

Monday, October 12, 2009

A Refresher Course on American Economics

One of the publications I seldom miss the opportunity to read is the Imprimis newsletter published by Hillsdale College in Michigan. In this month's issue economist Dr. Walter Williams gives us a little refresher course in basic economics -- the kind that made the United States the powerhouse of freedom and opportunity that it is. What's especially wonderful is that Dr. Williams is the one doing the teaching. They'd have a hard time accusing him of racism for opposing Plan Obama.

I cannot recommend this article highly enough, so when you click the hyperlink, bookmark it and print it out for future reference. When they're old enough to understand Dick and Jane, read it to your kids or make your kids read it. While you're at it, make sure they understand it.

Why? Because we have a crop of dunderheads governing the circus in Washington who seem to have forgotten the lesson. We have another crop of dunderheads teaching in schools and universities that have forgotten the lesson. And there's an even worse crop of dunderheads who know the lesson, but want to erase every last vestige of it from peoples' minds. You see, they want the United States to be a wonderful "utopia" just like Cuba or Venezuela. They want everyone to be equal -- equally poor, that is.

And they want power. Badly.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

The Jesus You Can't Ignore - Dr. John MacArthur

I just received Dr. John MacArthur's new book, The Jesus You Can't Ignore. If the forward is any indication, this is going to be a wonderful -- and deadly accurate -- read on the true Jesus of Scripture. Here's a brief sample where John discusses the impact of postmodern-minded theologians, authors and teachers on the church . . .

They all suggested in one way or another that if Christians want to reach unbelieving people in a postmodern culture, we need to be less militant, less aggressive, less preachy, and less sure of our own convictions. According to these authors, Christians should meet other worldviews with conversation, not conflict. The writers all tended to place an inordinate stress on the supposed importance of always being as agreeable as possible. They more or less assumed that a friendly quest for common ground and mutual goodwill is always morally superior to any kind of earnest contention . . .

. . . These books also exhibited a strong bias against any kind of certitude. Their authors all seemed deeply bothered by the fact that in the current intellectual climate, unbelievers usually think Christians sound arrogant and small-minded when we declare that the Bible is infallibly true and Jesus is Lord over all. They were especially uncomfortable with the idea that other religions are false. Instead, they said, we should embrace and adapt to the shift in secular attitudes toward truth and certainty . . . That means listening sympathetically, always being flexible with our own point of view, affirming as much as we possibly can, agreeing more than we disagree, carefully avoiding points of truth that are likely to offend, and always seeking common ground.

That is indeed our current culture outside the church, and increasingly inside. And it is not the Jesus of the Bible, no matter how much these false teachers try to insist. Judging from some of the comments I've read thus far from people who have had the book for a while, Dr. MacArthur strongly refutes these ideas, and demonstrates from Scripture the true Jesus of the Bible. The "Jesus You Can't Ignore."

I can't wait to dig into it.

Friday, October 09, 2009

Obama Gets a Nobel?!?

Well, I'm back . . . wide awake and roaring.

The news just broke that President Barack Obama has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. What's more, it turns out that he was nominated only two weeks into his presidency.

For what, may I ask? The Obama worship machine was already ridiculous, but this is bordering on the obscene. I suppose that the very fact that it's the Nobel people giving this award should ameliorate my outrage a bit. After all, they're typically sympathetic to globalists, socialists and liberals. But this really is ridiculous. The man hasn't accomplished much of anything other than being a good talker. He never ran a business, and most of his Senate career was voting "present." He really was a manufactured candidate.

My irenic side would like to give him kudos for being the first black to be elected to the presidency. My kudos would be unqualified if he really did it through hard work, honesty and genuine communication of his true views with the American public, as well as coming into office with a real resume of accomplishment that made a difference. I initially did doff my hat to his accomplishment, but then I thought about it a while. Obama can owe much of his election to a fawning liberal media. They did an abysmal job in vetting him as a candidate. The American people never did really know what they were getting unless they got their information from an alternative media source.

The mainstream media purposefully refused to cover or even investigate his background as a teacher of Saul Alinsky methods, his questionable associations with people like William Ayres and Jeremiah Wright, his refusal to release his academic papers and writings so we could really flesh out his true views on things, and a host of other failures in coverage. Fox News did do these things, but they get readily dismissed as a "right wing propaganda machine." Funny that these critics don't see the "left wing propaganda machine" of the New York Times, the mainstream networks and CNN.

Regardless, Obama might have deserved a Nobel at the end of his presidency if his accomplishments in office merited it. As things stand now, all he is accomplishing is the destruction of this country.

Maybe that's really why he's winning a Nobel.

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

In the Cage

In lieu of a substantive post, how about some great entertainment?

Check out this Youtube clip from Genesis' "Abacab" tour in 1981. Not only is it noteworthy from the fact that this tour was the first ever use of Vari*Lites on a concert stage (Genesis was instrumental in funding their development), but it's also a great snapshot of a band at the height of its powers. Highlights are Phil Collins' drumming, and Mike Rutherford's way-cool, custom-made Shergold doubleneck bass and 12-string guitar.

I got to see one of the shows on this tour, specifically at the Dane County Coliseum in Madison. The second and only other time I was able to see them was in Chicago during their 2007 reunion tour, sadly...probably the last one.

Monday, October 05, 2009

An Update on the Meanie . . .

If you've noticed, my posting has been more sporadic than normal. It has been a very, very busy time at my office due to a variety of factors. On top of it, I think I am battling a bug that's trying to grab me by the throat. Three people were out sick at my office today, and I am really praying I don't get it. But there are warning signs.

Anyway, thank you for your patience and forbearance. If I can get a couple of days to catch my breath, I should be able to make more regular posts. In the meantime, please check out the plethora of good blogs linked on my sidebar. If I don't post here, I comment on some of those blogs occasionally.

Friday, October 02, 2009

Idiots, Damned Idiots and Youth Ministry

Before I begin my little rant, let me thank Phil Johnson for the heads up on the item linked below. He first posted it over on Facebook, where it is drawing quite a bit of comment, most of it deservedly negative. As he rightly put it, is there no depth to which some churches will not sink?

For the title of this post, I appropriated and modified the famous statement attributed to Benjamin Disraeli. When you see this report about a church's youth ministry, I'm sure you'll see why I used the title.

I have seen stuff like this before, although not to this level. It's not even necessarily a new phenomenon. More than 20 years ago at one church I used to attend, the youth leader had activities that involved "the worst smelling sock" contest. I didn't like it then as a young man, and I don't like it now. I especially don't like what many "youth ministries" have degenerated into.

I would strongly urge parents to look closely into what's going on in their children's youth groups. At best, I'd say someone needs to be retrained in youth ministry. At worst, I'd say someone needs to be canned. This is not glorifying to Christ. In my humble opinion, it borders on child abuse, even though I'm sure lots of kids were cheering and egging it on.

As for those who supposedly came to faith during this episode, let's check and see where they are in 10 years. I'll be real curious.