Tuesday, November 28, 2006

'Tis The Season!

It is the time of year, again, when we should all try to put our differences aside and come together as Americans. Of course, with the political climate in our country today this is not always an easy thing to do, but our Christian values should make it possible. You know, 'Good Will Towards Men', and all that...come on, give it a try!

Our political differences can just go 'on hold' until after the New Year. Let's just all concentrate on the joys of Christmas, the miracle of the birth of Christ, and all that follows. Enjoy!

This may be easier said than done. What do we do with the 'secular progressives'? They just don't believe as we do, and they don't want to hear about Christmas and baby Jesus, and nativity scenes and such. And, it is their right not to believe, if that is how they truly feel. And, we should never try to impose our collective wills on them as they do to us. Y'all know how that makes us feel! And, we should always try to respect their feelings even though they have no respect for ours. So, what to do?

You may possibly have guessed by now. I do have an idea (not original, but an idea)! Let's approach the leaders of the secular progressive movement with an outpouring of love. Let's share with them how important and sacred Christmas is to us, so that they may better understand our feelings, and, just maybe, it will help them to show respect for us in return.

You are probably asking, "So, just who are these leaders of the secular progressive movement in our country? And, how do we show them this great outpouring of love?"

The first answer would be: The American Civil Liberties Union.

The second answer would be: Let every Christian in this country send them a Christmas Card.

I personally think that if the ACLU were to receive several million Christmas cards from caring folks like us between now and Christmas, they would have to be greatly moved by it all. Overwhelmed. Probably beyond belief (so to speak)!

So, if you like this idea, please feel free to forward this to as many people as possible, and let's get the ball rolling. Merry Christmas!

AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION
125 BROAD STREET, 18TH FLOOR
NEW YORK, NY 10004

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

So, Where Is The Outrage?

Michael Richards lost his 'cool' at a couple of hecklers at a comedy club in LA, showed his butt, and then stupidly used the "N" word. What a guy! The story out of the Hollywood community is simple: "He is really not that way". "Poor Richard just got mad and lost his head, he's not really a racist". "He was truly sorry he said that after he regained his composure, so everything is fine now".

What is missing in this picture? The outrage. There is no outrage. None at all. Why do you suppose there is no outrage? Try this: IT'S BECAUSE HE IS A HOLLYWOOD LIBERAL, THAT'S WHY! HE'S ONE OF THEM, THAT'S WHY! Never mind that what he did and what he said was totally and completely despicable. Totally and completely beyond human decency. Totally and completely indefensible. It just totally and completely doesn't matter. To them.

Now, let's back up a few months: Mel Gibson was stopped for a traffic violation and subsequently arrested for DUI. As he should have been. He, in his drunken stupor (Michaels was sober), lost his cool and stupidly used the "J" word. So, where was the kindness, the compassion, the understanding from the Hollywood community then? Where were all the kind words. the support? Can anybody remember seeing the community rallying around poor ol' Mel in his time of trial? Not on your life! Can anybody remember the outrage? You bet your sweet 'whatchamacallit' you do! For weeks on end! For months on end! And, it still ain't over! And, if the Hollywood lefties have their way, it never will be over! Well, maybe if they could give him 30 days in the electric chair and then hang him! Probably not!

Can you say 'double standard'? Can you say 'disingenuous'? Can you say 'hypocrisy'? Can you say 'liberal Hollywood mentality'? In the immortal words of KC, "That's the way they like it, uh-ha, uh-ha".

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Liquids, Creams, And Gells!

I am not nearly as dumb as I look! Say 'Praise God', y'all! Every once in a while, this old codger comes up with a really good idea. This may be one of them. On the other hand...

If you have been paying any attention at all to the news lately, you will know that the Federal air control folks have banned all liquids, creams, and jells, etc. on all commercial airline flights. If they find the stuff in your luggage they will confiscate it, no questions asked. This means either you don't bother to pack your shampoo, hand lotion, toothpaste, deodorant, etc. at all, and then buy it at your destination, OR, if you somehow missed the new regulations, they will take it from you at your point of departure and you then buy it upon arrival at your destination. See the similarity? You ain't gonna have your toiletries when you get to where ever it is you are going to! Somehow, it just never occurred to me that I could blow up an entire airplane with a little tube of Crest! Not that I would want to, anyway.

So, if there is a single shred of logic left anywhere in this world of ours, it would stand to reason that if you are required to leave your toiletry stuff here when you travel to there, and if those folks traveling from there to somewhere else must leave their stuff behind, and those folks that are traveling from somewhere else to here leave their stuff behind, then there must be a plethora, or even an abundance, of liquids, creams, gels, etc. just stacked up waiting to be thrown into a dumpster at every airline terminal in this country. And, why do they have to call them 'terminals'? Sounds too final to me, but I digress. Here is my plan...

The airline folks could set up a Free Toiletry Store adjacent to baggage claim in every terminal in the country, stocked by all the confiscated liquids, creams, gells, etc., displayed and organized by brand, size, type, color, taste, etc. Then, after a passenger has retreived their luggage, they could simply walk over to the Free Toiletry Store, pick out the items they need for their stay, and then turn them back in again upon departure so another lucky traveler could benefit from the plan. Think of the money saved! This is truly an ingenious idea!

AND THEN, the federal government could figure out a way to TAX it!

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

I Can Create My Own Guilt!

People will never turn to the church for what they can already find in the world. Profound? I think so. Original? No, but I like it! Why? Because it spells out in very plain and clear English (oops, should I use the word 'language' instead?) exactly what is going wrong with many of the mainline churches today.

I recently left the Episcopal Church (TEC) after many years of loyal and active membership. I left physically two weeks ago. I left spiritually in June when TEC elected a woman to be the Presiding Bishop. Did I leave because she was a woman? No, not at all. I left because, on her first morning as PB-elect, she prayed to "Mother Jesus"! I left because she represents a religious body that condones unrepentant sin, does not offer credence to the Virgin Birth or to the Resurrection. In short, I left because they (TEC) no longer remain true to scripture.

What ever happened to the grand notion that the culture should be brought to the church? Instead, the church has been brought to the culture. Virtually consumed by it, actually. So why bother? I live in the culture everyday. If church has become nothing more than an extension of all that is wrong in the world, I think I'm just going to sleep in on Sunday morning. Why should I go out of the way just to get a dose of "same ol', same ol", when I can just roll over and catch a few more Z's? I'm human, I can create my own guilt, so why should I pay an equally guilty church to do it for me?

This nation is in serious trouble. We have problems far beyond the war on terror. We have problems far beyond all the immigration issues that face us. We are a nation embroiled in spiritual warfare. The 'secular progressives' are slowly and methodically undermining the pinions of our society. They have an agenda that is 'hell-bent' on turning our country into a "Godless" state. And they are winning! You can see it in our churches, our schools and in our government. Unless we can somehow wake up to this fact, we are doomed as a society, and we must not let this happen.

By the way (number one), I didn't really 'sleep in' this Sunday. Two weeks ago our parish voted by an 86% margin to leave the Episcopal Church. We are now part of the world-wide Anglican Communion. We now worship as St. Patrick's Anglican Church, free from the politics and the heresy of TEC. Praise God! By the way (number two), our attendance has been up both Sundays!

Thursday, November 09, 2006

A Thumpin'

Old saying: It is hard to remember your main objective is to drain the swamp when you're up to your buttocks (printable version) in alligators! This is so very true! Between trying to fight a war in Iraq, a war in Washington, both of which have not gone well recently, George Bush kinda got his posterior chewed on Tuesday. He called it a "thumpin". I personally thought it was all quite predictable.

Now the Dems are all saying "No paybacks". If anyone out there really believes that let me know. I have some ocean-front property in beautiful downtown Woodbury I want to talk to you about. I thought I saw Fancy Nancy actually drooling on her blouse in anticipation. Let the games begin!

On another note, I just read an interesting article about General Jack Pershing, aka General Black Jack Pershing. He had a tank named after him, by the way.

DISCLAIMER: Some folks may find this offensive. Read at your own peril.

In the early 1900's he was the Military Governor of Moro Province in the Phillipines. Just before WWI, there were a number of terrorist attacks on the United States forces in the Philippines by Muslim extremists (imagine that). So, General Pershing captured fifty terrorists and had them tied to posts for execution (imagine that). He then had his men bring in two pigs and slaughter them in front of the now horrified terrorists (this should totally offend both the PC'rs and the PETA folks). Muslims detest pork because they believe pigs are filthy animals. Some of them simply refuse to eat it, while others won't even touch pigs at all, nor any of their by-products. To them, eating or touching a pig, its meat, its blood, etc., is to be instantly barred from paradise (and all those virgins) and doomed to hell. The soldiers then soaked their bullets in the pig blood, and proceeded to execute forty nine of the terrorists by firing squad. The soldiers then dug a big hole, dumped in the terrorist's bodies and covered them in pig blood, entrails, etc. They let the fiftieth man go. And for the next forty two years there was not a single Muslim extremist attack anywhere in the world. Maybe it is time for this segment of history to repeat itself, maybe in Iraq? The question is, where do we find another Black Jack Pershing?

End of article.

The only question in my mind is, why didn't they make the terrorists dig their own hole?

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Election Reflections, Deflections, Directions, Confections

You can fool some of the people all of the time, all of the people some of the time, but you can't fool a Tennessee voter! Been tried before. Clinton couldn't carry the state in either election in spite of his VP (Gore) allegedly being from Tennessee. Gore also couldn't win here and neither could John Kerry (who, by the way, suffers from terminal foot-in-mouth disease).

I watched Chris Clark's (Channel 50) election coverage for local results and Fox News Channel (of course) for the national results. I found it amusing (to a point) to watch Clark try to control his giddiness everytime he reminded us that the Corker/Ford votes hadn't been counted yet in Shelby County, which was just about whenever his mouth was moving. We all have to hang on to our dreams and he obviously dreams about Harold Ford.

I have to wonder why Ted Kennedy and John Kerry gave Ford a cool million dollars for his campaign. Afterall, Harold has sounded almost like a right wing conservative these past few weeks. Doesn't make sense, unless...you don't suppose Harold was being disingenuous just to win an election, do you?

As I write this Corker is leading Ford by a 52% to 47% margin. Let's hope his lead holds up (oh, was I supposed to be non-partisan?).

On a different note, it looks like the marriage amendment passed with flying colors, sending a very strong message to those on the left that Tennessee just ain't much interested in their secular progressive agenda.

On the national scene, anyone who thought the House and Senate would not fall to the Democrats just ain't been paying attention. It is too soon, as I write this (deadline issue), to know just how it will play out, but it's a foregone conclusion that in a 'sixth-year' election it is pretty much a historic fact that there will be a change of power.

If there is good news here, it is that most of the new Democrats are moderate to conservative and should not fall prey to the radical, liberal anti-Bush movement. That in spite of the fact that Nancy Pelosi will no doubt become Speaker of the House.

The bottom line: The Republicans have brought this on themselves. The vote reflects the strong dissatisfaction this nation feels about Iraq, illegal aliens, etc. The Republicans have done nothing to change this mood, and all the Democrats had to do was 'fan the flames' of discontent. They return to power with no message, no plan, and no solutions. Unless a new spirit of bi-partisanship develops, we all stand to lose. Big time.

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Fancy Nancy Makes Me Antsy!

This country's worst political nightmare could happen next Tuesday. If the election should give the majority in the House of Representatives to the democrats, then Nancy Pelosi would become the Speaker of the House. The implications are too scary for words.

We have all been kept apprised of where she stands and what she will try to do and try to undo if this should happen, so lets take this time to examine Pelosi the person. I will draw my information from the book entitled, "Do as I Say, Not As I Do, Profiles In Liberal Hypocrisy", written by Peter Schweitzer (which is very well documented). This is a great book, by the way.

Pelosi hates George Bush. She thinks the Republicans have no concerns about poverty. She has tried to pass legislation to prevent the Boy Scouts from using public facilities such as schools. She has claimed to be an environmentalist, tried to force the U.S. Olympic Committee to hold Gay Olympics, and proved to be strong opposition when Clinton signed the Gingrich-induced welfare reform legislation.

Dennis Hastert is worth less than $1 million, Pelosi is worth more than $50 million. Not bad! She has a $1 million investment in a private partnership called Lions Gate Limited, a golf development entity. They have broken agreements, violated environmental laws and turned their backs on regulatory obligations. So where is Miss Nancy, the environmental goddess? Counting her money, maybe?

The Pelosis have a multimillion-dollar portfolio including several high-tech companies which outsource production to Asia. They discourage union labor within their companies, and she is totally against magnet schools.

I could go on and on, but I would encourage you to buy the book, as it is quite a fascinating read.

Bottom line: Beware, my friends. I know that George W. Bush and the Republicans have made some huge blunders. But I know, also, that this nation is in much safer hands with them in control rather than to turn the reins over to a liberal agenda that has no plan at all, other than to discredit/destroy George Bush in anyway they can. Listen - they have no message, no ideas, no solutions. None.