Sunday, April 29, 2012

Peter Heck on the Emergents and More

For Sunday's post, I want to offer up this column by Peter Heck. In it, he takes on the Emergent Church movement and the jihad being waged by the gay rights movement against anyone who opposes them on moral grounds.

As Peter rightly observes, moral disapproval is NOT hate. No matter how much they try to redefine terms, it remains moral disapproval alone. In fact, love is the motivation of evangelical preaching and teaching on this subject, including the upholding of biblical standards.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Two Sides of the Obama Fallon Appearance

Francis LaBelle of Newsy emailed me recently with this video clip, which combines reaction from different sides about the recent "slow jam" appearance by President Obama on the Jimmy Fallon show.

Newsy seems like an interesting site, and thanks to Francis for the heads up. And for the record, I agree with Gretchen Carlson. I don't think comedy shows are the place for the U.S. president. I didn't even like it when young, the days when Richard Nixon's appeared on Laugh-In to say, "Sock it to me?"

Friday, April 27, 2012

Common Sense Prevails . . For Now

If you follow agriculture at all, you'll know that there's been an enormous outcry over an idiotic rule being proposed by the Obama Administration over child labor on farms. And I do mean idiotic.


Today, the Daily Caller (who broke the story) reports that the Administration is backing down. The rule has reportedly been withdrawn "for the duration of the Obama Administration." Here is a clip from the Daily Caller article:



The rule would have dramatically changed what types of chores children under the age of 16 could perform on and around American farms. It would have prohibited them from working with tobacco, operating almost all types of power-driven equipment and being employed to work with raw farm materials.
“Prohibited places of employment would include country grain elevators, grain bins, silos, feed lots, stockyards, livestock exchanges and livestock auctions,” read a press release from last August.
“I am pleased to hear the Obama Administration is finally backing away from its absurd 85-page proposal to block youth from participating in family farm activities and ultimately undermine the very fabric of rural America, but I will continue working to ensure this overreaching proposal is completely and permanently put to rest,” said Sen. John Thune, Republican from South Dakota. “The Obama DOL’s youth farm labor rule is a perfect example of what happens when government gets too big.”
Parents and children who grew up on farms across the country told TheDC that the rule was overprotective and would have prevented kids from learning valuable skills at early ages.
“Losing that work ethic — it’s so hard to pick this up later in life,” said Cherokee County, Kansas Farm Bureau president Jeff Clark. “There’s other ways to learn how to farm, but it’s so hard. You can learn so much more working on the farm when you’re 12, 13, 14 years old.”

Rep. Kristi Noem, Republican from South Dakota, also applauded the effort to scale back the rule.

“I want to thank every farmer, rancher and young person who joined many of us in Congress to speak out against this proposal, which would have fundamentally changed the way folks have been farming and ranching for generations,” she said in a statement. “I continue to agree that safety on farms and ranches is imperative, but telling kids they can’t do 4-H or farm-related chores is not the answer.”
I have to agree with Senator Thune and Governor Noem. This is indeed a classic example of bureacrats from Los Angeles, Chicago or New York who have no clue about rural life trying to tell the rest of us how to manage our families and our business. No one is discounting the tragedy of accidents when they take place, but wiping out the family farm and making it live like a factory on OSHA regulations is patently ridiculous. 


Senator Thune is also right that we need to remain vigilant. The "do-gooders" might be backing down for a time, but they will most certainly not give up. They'll find a way to weasel it in some other way when they think no one is paying attention. 


Sola's Note: I take this opportunity again to blast Blogger for screwing up the formatting on blog posts. You used to be able to cut and paste and have it look okay with no problem. But whatever they've done, you can't do that anymore without the font and spacing changing, and it's impossible to fix. I've tried every tool in the tool bar and it can't be done. I guess the only option you have is manually keying in things instead of trying to save time.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

The "O Love Fest" and the Election

Okay, so a late night comedy show might not be technically "the media" in the same sense as a news organization. But this week's little "slow jam" on Jimmy Fallon's late night show is a classic example of what the Republicans will be up against between now and November.

It's no secret that the majority of the official news media, entertainment figures and the like are biased in favor of the left and the Democrats. Their fawning, non-vetting coverage helped Barack Obama get elected the first time around. While some of the far left harrumph and express disappointment that Obama hasn't moved left enough, there is no doubt in my mind whatsoever that they'll put their dissatisfaction aside this fall and vote to re-elect Obama. I also agree with those who predict that this campaign will be one of the nastiest in U.S. history.

The left will not give up power without throwing everything but the kitchen sink at the GOP nominee, and down the food chain to Congress. They might even throw the kitchen sink. The main concern I have is that the GOP will try to out-Democrat the Democrats, thinking that will ensure their election. It will turn out to be the opposite. There needs to be a clear, well-articulated conservative alternative and message. The GOP has not shown itself capable of giving that in recent years, and the "establishment" of the party hasn't helped. They still think candidates like Bob Dole, John McCain, etc. will light people's fires. I fear that Mitt Romney is cut out of the same cloth, and it didn't help my views any when he reportedly picked an open homosexual to be his foreign policy adviser. That was Romney's way of telling conservatives to pound sand.

There are days when I wonder how much longer our Republic will stand. But that is in the hands of God. We have to remain faithful even when faithlessness spreads like gangrene.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Oh, For a Break in a Forest Glen

With all that's been going on in my personal life of late, I haven't had much time for reflection or posting. But after watching the talking head programs over the weekend and their prognostications about this election season, I have been wishing for a quiet break in the woods, like the shot of me on an Ozark Mountain trail some years back. But that's not to be, and I have to deal with what lies ahead. So I forced myself to put my political hat on and begin pondering.

My reverie began after hearing something that was said on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace. The statement was made by both Juan Williams (liberal) and Karl Rove (conservative) that Republicans have to be careful in how they characterize Barack Obama in the upcoming campaign. They cite polls that suggest swing voters are unhappy with the way Obama is doing his job, but they like him personally and don't hold him responsible for some of the negativity out there. And if that's the case, I would say quite a few Americans have their heads in the sand and are beyond ignorant. 

We could, I suppose, blame the mainstream media for this because they tend to protect the president with air bags and bubble wrap against most negative reports. But it goes beyond just the media. It amazes me that such a large number of people are that clueless about Alinskyite, leftist tactics to gin up unrest, divide people against one another, fire off ugly, personal criticism and ridicule against their opponents, etc. If you don't believe me, read "Rules for Radicals," which is the handbook for Saul Alinsky disciples (and yes, that includes Barack Obama). This stuff isn't hard to find. 

Mr. O is not some innocent bystander pleading and calling for civility while his underlings and acolytes are out there ginning up all the trouble. He knows perfectly well what's going on and is quite happy to have it going on. 

My suggestion is simply this—Republicans should tell the truth, call a duck a duck, and let the chips fall where they may. Scripture has a rhetorical question in in: "Have I become your enemy for telling the truth?" 

I am not suggesting Romney should get out there and participate in gutter politics or purposefully be ugly. I am suggesting that the truth is damaging enough in and of itself. He just has to be willing to tell the truth baldly, and not put a happy face on it. Republicans always seem to want to pull their punches, thinking a real political fisticuffs is somehow unseemly for members of the country club. That's one reason why we keep getting candidates like Bob Dole, John McCain, and now Romney. Ronald Reagan was one of a kind, the happy warrior who had the gift of being cheerful while inserting the stiletto. His communication skills were tremendous, but he also wasn't afraid of a fight. 

The GOP better get ready, and quickly. Or we'll have four more years of this, and there goes the country. 

Thursday, April 19, 2012

What Would Atticus Do?

Once again, I find myself needing to apologize for another dearth of posts to The Seventh Sola. Probably one reason why this blog will never draw in huge numbers of readers like other blogs can boast. My schedule has truly been nuts of late.

So having gotten that obligatory item out of the way, I want to share this recent William McGurn column from the Wall Street Journal. I found it very thought provoking, as I do many columns in the WSJ.

I've always liked "To Kill a Mockingbird," both the book and the film. I don't think anyone could have personified the portrayal of Atticus Finch any better than the late Gregory Peck. Mr. Peck also considered it the defining role of his career. While I didn't (and still don't) share Mr. Peck's political liberalism, he was truly a fine actor. And Harper Lee's novel does rightly force people to think about true racial injustice and the inherent evil of racist attitudes.

Fast forward to the Treyvon Martin shooting, which has dominated the news in recent weeks. Mr. McGurn asks some very important questions worth pondering regarding rushes to judgment, and whether the film really parallels with the Treyvon tragedy. One often wonders what would have happened if there had been a Rev. Jesse Jackson or a Rev. Al Sharpton in the story. And the reason is that these two individuals seem more interested in stirring up fires than they are in bringing healing and reconciliation.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Mark Dever on False Conversions

Mom and I are both a bit under the weather today. For this Sunday's post, I will direct you to this Christian Post article and a great message by Pastor Mark Dever.

He is saying something I've been trying to say for quite some time about the reality of false converts in the church, and the serious problem of self-professed Christians and their behavior. If it's undistinguishable from the behavior of non-believers, we have a real problem.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

American Nazis?

I don't know about you, but I found this story very disturbing.

It's hard to believe in this day and age that anyone wearing a Nazi label could even walk free, much less become a lobbyist in Washington. But one of the things about America is that free speech applies to everyone, no matter how odious you think their ideology is.

And odious is a good way to describe Nazis. From their anti-Semitism to their murderous past, they deserve whatever censure American society can inflict. I hope the first Congressman they try to contact will do the right thing and have them ejected from their offices. Promptly.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Obama Bible/Saul Alinsky

If you have some time, you need to read this little piece on Breitbart.com. It deals with President Obama and how he is following the Saul Alinsky playbook right down the line with his class warfare nonsense and tactics in general.

The question is, will the country finally wake up and see it, and repudiate him at the polls in November. I have my doubts. Like the adage says, tell a lie often enough and loudly enough, sooner or later people come to believe it.

Monday, April 09, 2012

Jealous? Maybe a Little . . .

I've always loved Alan Parsons. His studio artistry is without peer, and his partnership with the late Eric Woolfson in The Alan Parsons Project produced some truly wonderful music that will stand the test of time.

So I hear of this little contest by Musician's Friend, and I am suddenly struggling with a little envy. They held a little contest, and the winner won a visit from Alan, who came to the winner's house to help him put together a good home recording studio.

Wow. Just wow. Congratulations to the winner, and good on Alan for continuing his ongoing quest to pass on his prodigious knowledge of recording artistry to others.


Friday, April 06, 2012

Thankful for the Resurrection

The Seventh Sola wishes one and all a most blessed Easter weekend. Praising God for the glorious Resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, who purchased the pardon of His people on the cross.

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Obama the "Law Professor"

(Credit: AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) Updated 6:55 p.m. 


The president has been waxing, huffing and puffing at the Supreme Court these days, further illustrating evidence that, if he was a Constitutional Law professor, he needs to (in the words of my friend Dr. Ron Gleason) go back to his university and demand a refund. 


I find this event reported by ABC yesterday delicious, personally. Mr. O shot off his mouth about judicial review, trying to take a shot at Republicans who typically stand against judicial activism. In Obama's lexicon, judicial activism means only court rulings that get in his way. 


Thanks to a federal appeals court, Mr. O will get a chance to wipe the egg off his face and explain what he thinks the courts' powers actually are. Boning up on Marbury vs Madison might be a good beginning. 


I love it!



Monday, April 02, 2012

Alinsky, Treyvon Martin and Obama

I have posted on Obama mentor Saul Alinsky before. But I thought  this little clip from Breitbart.com was worth reading.

Whenever conservative point this type of stuff out, the mockery from the left is deafening. Which in turn is keeping with Alinsky's model for "Rules for Radicals," which is to turn up the volume of ridicule to obscure the real intent of leftists. I hope that more light gets shown on this stuff, because the country is approaching a very dangerous phase. The last thing we need right now is a racial conflagration, but if we had one, I think quite a few on the left would be thrilled as all get out. Let me excerpt this little quote from the late Alinksy, the rabble-rouser with his clear, professorial horn-rimmed glasses:

“The despair is there; now it’s up to us to go in and rub raw the sores of discontent, galvanize them for radical social change.”- Saul Alinsky

Here's another clip from the Breitbart article, connecting some dots:
An interesting quote to consider, from the man who shaped the minds of those who shaped President Obama. Now consider Obama’s former chief of staff Rahm Emanuel’s notorious statement: “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste.” 
The meaning is the same. It is calculating and it is dangerous, part of a bigger picture--a multi-faceted war to divide America for the sole purpose of securing Obama's re-election and subsequent radical social change.
As the article asks, why would the president have weighed in on the Treyvon Martin case as he has weighed in on some other incendiary situations? Why that, and not other killings when the roles have been reversed and it's black-on-black crime, the vast majority. Or black on white crime? Why this and why now? Breitbart.com's conclusion? It is this:
It’s not about wrong or right. It’s not about justice. It’s not about Trayvon Martin. The meaning is the same. It is calculating and it is dangerous, part of a bigger picture--a multi-faceted war to divide America for the sole purpose of securing Obama's re-election and subsequent radical social change. 
The Breitbart article mentions the step-by-step events, with the Occupy Wall Street movement, the Wisconsin and Indiana labor intimidation tactics against Gov. Scott Walker's administration, and some other fun and games the Administration helped fan. As said Alinsky:
“Once you organize people, they’ll keep advancing from issue to issue toward the ultimate objective: people power. We’ll not only give them a cause, we’ll make life g*****n exciting for them again — life instead of existence. We’ll turn them on...” – Saul Alinsky
Breitbart concludes: "This is not about Trayvon Martin. This is about divide and conquer. Hope and Change has been replaced with Us vs. Them. This about pitting Americans against Americans. 
The despair is there... so, what’s Move 5?
Sad stuff. I've never been one to really buy wholesale into conspiracy theories, but the more you understand leftists and their tactics, and the Alinsky method, it's hard not to see a little collusion. And I would be remiss if I didn't beat the Rev. Al Sharpton and Rev. Jesse Jackson drum again. If these two alleged ministers of Christ would do more Bible-preaching and Gospel-preaching, i.e. proclaiming the peace, forgiveness, restoration, and salvation that is ONLY available through repentance and trusting in Christ's finished work on the cross—we just might see a little more racial harmony and love.
Instead, they'd rather incite and fan the flames of anger and hate. They will be held accountable before the Lord they claim to represent. 

Sunday, April 01, 2012

Ahaz, Hezekiah, and Manassah (Not a Rock Band)

A brief reflection today from 2 Chronicles 28. It's instructive.

You have King Ahaz (wicked creep) succeeded by his son, King Hezekiah (good guy, pictured right). Hezekiah was succeeded by his son, King Manassah (wicked creep).

King Hezekiah learned lessons from his father's failures and applied them. King Manassah failed to learn lessons from his father's successes. Thankfully, Manassah repented of his wickedness before he assumed room temperature, but not after much heartache and personal agony, all of which could have been avoided if he had followed his father's example instead of his wicked grandfather's example.

Ponder it well.