Tuesday, March 22, 2016

So, it's been a long while.

Perhaps because politics mostly bores me now. McConnell and Reid are two pages in the same book. Neither one cares about you or I, just about power. Our own guys, like Rep. Young - I am not sure he is interested in us anymore. 4 years might be too long for one of these people.

I am not a Republican anymore. Not a Democrat. Not even a "Losertarian" I refer to myself as from the "Non-Incumbent" party

Friday, December 28, 2012

The Cliff of doom

Well, I want to tell you, Brother, this fiscal cliff thing is crazy brother.

All I know is this has been in place a long time and several tax cuts enacted during President Bush's term go away, a lot of taxes related to ObamaCare go into effect, a lot of pay raises for government workers go into place, and bathroom attendants at the congress will no  longer aim for you. Ok, that last one I made up.

Over 1000 government programs get automatic cuts.

If they let it rock, and it seems they are going to pass a little something something now - but if they let the Fiscal Cliff thing go, we get a 4% reduction in GDP and a recession.

The bad part is that, almost surely, nothing's really going to change. Doesn't it suck?

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

This is shocking, Fans. Arlen Spector, semi-republican from Pennsylvania, is going to vote like a conservative, from all reports. There's legislation in the senate to allow unions to form without secret ballots, giving workers choice to form a union or not. You see, in case you didn't know it, fans, the Rasslin' Republicans are the party of choice. A person has a choice to join a Union - and they get a secret ballot so that Vinnie doesn't come over and break their legs for voting no.

But the Unions and the Democrats - don't want it that way. a quick overview:

the "Employee Free Choice Act."
Today, employees are entitled to a private-ballot election when deciding whether they want union representation in their workplace. Elections are overseen by the National Labor Relations Board, which has numerous procedures in place to ensure fair, fraud-free elections. Because of NLRB safeguards, employees can cast their vote confidentially, without peer pressure or coercion from unions or employers.

If Congress passes the Employee Free Choice Act, employees effectively lose their right to private-ballot elections. The bill would establish a so-called "card-check" union organizing system, in which a majority of employees simply sign a card in favor of union representation.

The measure would also require a government-mandated arbitrator to force a contract if the employer and the union don't reach an agreement within 120 days.

Looks like our pal Arlen will not vote for Cloture, which will allow this very bad legislation to die in the Senate. (cut to visual of Spector drawing his thumb across his neck, Undetaker style).

Good riddence.

Friday, March 20, 2009

I think I am going to try and start posting here again, and link via Twitter. Seriously, if you aren't twittering, why not? It'll probably end up on Facebook too, since I tweet my statuses onto Facebook.

Look, the whole AIG thing has got me crazy, brother. You have Senator Chris Dodd flippity flopping like RVD in a match against a Luchadore about whether he knew or didn't know about the bonuses that were to be paid to the people at AIG under contract. He says here that:

"he agreed six weeks ago to fine-tune stimulus legislation, agreeing to a change that had the effect of authorizing the much-criticized bonuses at American International Group. But Dodd said he agreed only after being persuaded by Treasury Departmenttechnical experts that the changes were necessary to speed a national recovery. And he said he was not informed that the amendment would affect AIG specifically."

Ah yes, not only are you gullible and rather stupid (uh, Chris, who did you THINK they were talking about, the local Jiffy Lube?), but so is Geithner.

and you think Wrestling storylines are easy to figure out? Why do I keep reading what a smart guy Chris Dodd is and he somehow didn't know that US corporations pay bonuses to executives for retention and why is Tim Geithner so surprised at how the finiacial sector works?

And people thought President Bush was dumb? The new guy's like Eugene.

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Friday, January 27, 2006

Well, I see that Dennis is out with another post on Explaining Jews - so he's my answer on Christians. His topic this time is why are most Jews Secular?

Why are most Christians that in name only?

Dennis spends some time talking about the conservative movement in Judaism, and I mean to speak of other things. From the time of Christ until about 300A.D., Christianity was pretty much as it was in the Bible. Bishops (or elders) from a given area were the religious authority for their area and no one could interfere (after all of Jesus' Apostles died). But that all changed when a man named Constintine, who just happened to be the Roman Emperor became a Christian. True convert or no, Contintine was a Christian, and since he was, Rome became a Christian Empire. It became the state religion, and with that acknowledgement, the Bishop of Rome became more powerful, eventually becoming the Pope of the Roman Catholic Church (Catholic means Universal)

The so called universal church didn't stay universal for long. By a few hundred years later, the church was in some trouble. There was much corruption and some church leaders were not religious at all, but saw Church activity as a way to get power. This eventually led to the Protestant reformation in 1517. With this movement, now not just two streams or Christianity, but hundreds of streams broke forth - all interpreting the faith in their own way.

Some were holy and close to God, such as the Pietists. Some were very secular, like the Anglicans. This continued, even after the Church enter America and splintered further into alternative movements similar to Christianity like Mormonism and movements that tried to move the church back to ancient times like the Churches of Christ (Cambellites). But the end of the church as we know it was the Rational thinking movement, liberal theology and Evolution.

After that, and after the Civil War in the USA, other events like World War One, the Boxer Revolution, , the Spanish American War, the 1918 Influenza Pandemic, churches started to change their message. Many churches started to preach a "Social Gospel", not the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The preachers talked about saving the poor and fighting the unjustness of it all instead of seeking and saving the lost. And churches split. The faithful moving into smaller, more evangelical and "out there" groups and the mainline churches becoming more social orders.

By the end of the 20th century, most people were not churchgoers - but most still identified themselves as Christians. Some who went were in fact Christians - following Christ. Some were part of an overall social movement - helping people as their first role - while Jesus said the first role of the believer is to "go into all the world and make disciples" (Matt 28:19)

Thursday, January 05, 2006

In the spirit of Dennis Prager explaining Judaism this year, I think I am going to try to explain Christianity, perhaps using the same topics he is using, in an irregular basis.

Christianity is somewhat misunderstood and perhaps an explanation is in order. As Dennis says regarding Jews:
"Yet, for all their fame and notoriety, Jews are little understood. In fact, it may be said that those who do not understand Jews fall into two groups: non-Jews and Jews. "

Yes, I think the same applies; Those who do not understand Christians are both Christians and non-Christians.

Dennis' topic today is "Are Jews a religion, an ethnicity, a people, a nation, a culture? ", so mine will be "Are all Christians the same?"

The simple answer is no. Once Jesus died and was resurrected, the fate of the faith fell into the hands of sinful men and they did all sorts of things. Some felt that the new Christians also had to follow Torah (we see that as a major topic in the New Testament), some felt that there were no laws governing them, and some were kind of in-between. Soon, some were separating their spiritual being from their physical being and advocating that nothing your spiritual self could do could be wrong, in the same way that nothing your physical self could do was right. And through the years, the faith started by Jesus diverged.

Today, thousands of slightly (and sometimes very widely) divergent forms of Christianity exist. For some, Christianity is what they do on Sunday (on Saturday) and does not affect the rest of their lives. They grew up in a church setting for one reason or another and that persists, though is is just something they do, much like attending a lodge or a community meeting. For others, Christianity is a wedge that separates them from other people because of the need to maintain their separateness, their holiness and their relationship with God and their fellow adherents. For some, it affects many aspects of their lives, but places them in relationship with not only their fellow believers, but with the rest of society as a group Jesus is also calling to redemption.

We hope that ours is the third one, and most Christians believe it is the third one. But without a bit of the wedge, the otherness that makes a person different from the society that exists around him, that forces him to exist in a fallen world at his or her Lord's demand, a person falls into that hole and because not different, but the same as everyone else. Like them

And some who would identify themselves as Christians are there. They don't have beliefs any different than the world around them, but they are "Christians". The values, the absolutes that would tie them to the historic faith do not exist in their lives.

As are the separates. The ones who separate on silliness. On days and things you do. Who tell me that the Catholic Church is the whore of Babyl0n and that I have to do or say this specific thing to be saved.

The uniters are the ones who unite on common Christian faiths and activities. Like Faith in Christ, belief in His resurrection, his birth, his death, and other things like baptism and Communion, prayer and fellowship.

But uniters are always going off one way or another. Falling to the draw people in with anything mode or falling to the rule-keeping mode.

Christians are a complex study.

Sunday, December 11, 2005

Hussain' sBrother goes against the grain.
Prince Hassan, king Abdullah'a uncle, said today at aljazeera.net that the Coalition forces have 'worn out their welcome." Does this guy not think the Terrorists have worn out their welcome yet?
When will Arab leaders stop ragging on the west and condemn and repudiate the terrorism of the Arab terrorists?

It's very, very sad. It's hard to believe that the families of the folks killed in Amman would be more positive towaard the Terrorist than they would be against the liberators of Iraq.
It's no "Brokeback Mountain", But "Narnia" is fantastic

I went with my family and some friends to see "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" last evening. The theater (one of those complex places) was packed and we showed up with pre-bought tickets 15 minutes before the start of the previews - and we had to stand in line to get in

I can only say that it was wonderful in every possible way. From the wonder of Lucy, played by Georgie Henley, as she enters Narnia and meets Tumnus, to the Resurrection of Aslan, everything faithfully followed Jack Lewis' books as we could only hope. My favorite scene was probably the one where Aslan, as well as Susan and Lucy, go to the Witch's place and restore the frozen folk with a breath from Aslan. Is there any question about the identity of Aslan?

Of course, Narnia's no Brokeback Mountain. The gay cowboy movie was picked by the LA Film Critics as the best movie. Narnia, unsurprisingly, didn't make the list.

Thank God.

Long Live Aslan!

Friday, November 25, 2005

Get on over to Hugh Hewitt's page and take his poll on Candidates for the Republican nomination. I was surprised at the winner.

Friday, November 18, 2005

"We want to assure you that ... you are more beloved to us than ourselves," - Abu Musab al-Zarqawi

al-Zarqawi said Jordan's king should keep his head down, and that he's not targeting Muslims. Does he think most Muslims are really stupid or what? Today, in Iraq, 74 more Shiites killed at two Mosques in Khanaqin, a few more in Bagdad.

Yeah - here's the story for those of you wondering. Unless you're Wahhabi Muslim, you're not a Muslim. Unless you're a radical Wahhabi following the al-Zarqawi line of thinking, you're not a Muslim, therefore, not a person and subject to killing for no reason at all.

al-Zarqawi is like all other racist pigs. If you're not like me, screw you. Wahhabism, you may know, is a fundamentalist movement within the Sunni branch of Islam. (The short difference between Shiite and Sunni Islam is that they disagree on who the successor to Muhammad was) Wahhabis have been around since about 1800, when Bin Saud tried to take back what is today Saudi Arabia from the Ottoman empire by claiming they were not really Muslims. And that's the standard they apply to the Shia - and Jordanians - it's the standard they'll apply to you if they feel like it.

Apparently, this is what John Murtha is so scared of. He doesn't think we can beat their fanaticism, so he's ready to cut and run. Yeah, we needed a stud like Dutch to beat the commies, not a Jimmy Carter wimp (I am looking at You, Bill Frist)

Look, we need our voices, like High Hewitt, Bill Bennett and Rush and Sean and Medved and the others to talk more about what racists the Wahhabis are. It's important.

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Hah. Drudge is reporting Senators Arlen Specter (R-PA) and Tom Harkin (D-IA) tried to name a couple buildings afterTHEMSELVES in today's Senate proceedings. Yeah, thank goodness you are all over running the country boys! The measure was against the rules (imagine that?), so it was voted down.

I bet Specter won't have a problem with changing THIS rule. Oh - it was at the centers for disease control- of appropriate when it comes to Specter and Harkin.

NOW will people listen to me the next time I suggest who the chairperson of an important committee is. Nope.
Don't stop here - go view this fantastic tribute to our troops right now.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

How coould they do it?

The President leaves town and Bill Frist and John Warner get all Vietnam-scared on us.

I saw Frist this morning on Today, doing his best Jimmy Carter impression with Katie and he said he and Warner were going to stop the Democrats forcing a withdrawal timetable - but then to offer up an ammendment to the appropriations bill basically telling the President that he isn't doing his job and need to come crawling to the Senate - well, Frish and Warner need to go, if you ask me.

Here are the good guys that voted nay on this:

Bunning (R-KY), Burr (R-NC), Byrd (D-WV), Chambliss (R-GA), Coburn (R-OK), Conrad (D-ND), DeMint (R-SC), Graham (R-SC), Harkin (D-IA), Inhofe (R-OK), Isakson (R-GA), Kennedy (D-MA), Kyl (R-AZ), Leahy (D-VT), McCain (R-AZ), Sessions (R-AL), Thune (R-SD), Vitter (R-LA), Kerry (D-MA)

This data from the bill page:

You know that when John Thune and Edward Kennedy vote the same way on a bill that something is wrong. Yes, Mr. President, come here, boy. Drag your tail betwen your legs. Give us aa report every 90 days, boy.

Even Kennedy couldn't vote for that!

Goodbye, Senator Frish. Your services are no longer required. You just don't fit in.

Monday, November 14, 2005

Is France even still there?

One little speech by President Bush reminding us that nearly every liberal democrat you can think of authorized the war we're in right now because they saw the same intelligence he did has galvanized the American Media. Yes, they now must report, at least hourly, that the president's support has fallen to 38%.

Yes, you can get that kind of response if you ask the questions the right way. Like The Galloping gourmet poll (I didn't even know Graham Kerr was a pollster!) that asked "If Bush was a sandwich, would he be Bologna, Ham or just cheesy?" And then, there's the Franco Harris Poll, which asked "Do you think the President committed a personal foul when he took us into Iraq or was it just an audible?" You have the Clinton News Network Poll. which asked, "Would you rather have negative stories about the war in iraq, or negative stories about the president having sex?" And then, there's the granddaddy of them all the Leslie Nielson Poll, which asks "Do you think the President picked a bad week to stop shooting heroin?"

Oh, on France...Only 284 cars were set on fire last night! Vive La France!

Friday, November 11, 2005

France, Jordan and a strategy

I'd be surprised if Abu Musab al-Zarqawi knew any of the people who are rioting and tearing stuff apart in France. Of course, as we know, the chief minister of the Religion of Peace masterminded the homicide missions to kill other members of the Religion of Peace who had the misfortune to stay, work or walk by some hotels with American names. The Bombers get the Virgins and the bombees, being Muslims also, probably get some sort of Muslim indulgences since, according to al-Zarqawi , they were in on the mission to fight the Great Satan

Speaking of the guy downstairs, one of his best explainers, Moustapha Akkad, who produced the Halloween movies, happened to be in the Raddison when the three bombers struck. Michael Myers, we hardly knew ye.

The "kids" in France are calming down, say various sources. The AP says "Violence in France fell sharply overnight" but this story says 463 cars were burned overnight. Yeah, that's a good spin, AP. You really gotta read Non-AP sources for real news.

Now, back to the Chief Proponent of the Religion of Peace, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. What is his strategy? I could quote a Surah or two to you, but al-Zarqawi doesn't really care about that. He wants power. He wants us out so he can be in the palace, so his kids can be in the palace, so he can push Israel into the sea, so Wahabi can be supreme. So he is using the happenings in France to his end.

Abu Musab al-Zarqawi is a punk. I look forward to our troops discovering his blown up body soon.

Monday, November 07, 2005

Fw: Today's Update

After months of "what should I do with this site" wondering back in the heartland, I have decided to update it on a regular basis again. I hope I can follow through.

I have been reading in the press about France and their problems with "Arab Youths" rioting. As some of you who have read my stuff before know, I travel extensively for a living (as an instructor) and watch my share of TV. These past couple of weeks, I was stranded in hotels without Fox News and was only able to get my news from the dreaded CNN. So, until the last couple of days, here is what I had learned about what was happening in France.

1. The whole thing started because the bad police chased some innocent teens in an area where some break-ins occurred. The teens killed were of African origin, CNN, reported. So I can be sure it is the stormtrooper police who are setting this thing in motion.

2. The town of Clichy-sous-Bois, (apparently, just a 'burb of NE Paris) has more that 28,000 immigrants, mostly African, and they live in "Soviet Style" housing. It's a Gulag! I can't figure out this hate for the French - I thought the liberal media loved them. How is America responsible? Suckas got to Know!

3. Though the so-called "youths" have shot at the cops and thrown rocks at them, "passions were ignited" when the cops shot a tear gas canister at them. It happened to go into a Mosque where the "youths" were shooting at the cops from. Sound Familiar?

4. France has an "equal opportunities" minister. Ok, Yikes.

5. The "youths" have a bit of a pyromaniac in them. They have set a lot of cars and buildings on fire. But CNN lets us know it's all because Nicolas Sarkozy, the interior minister, is fanning anger with his tough talk and tactics. Sarkozy had the gall to refer to the rioters as "scum" and "Rifraf". This is the first French dude I have ever liked!

6. Finally, on November 2nd, we find out that, yes, most of the riots are from "Muslim North Africa" Wow! I am amazed.

7. We find out the real room cause from ever vigilant CNN on November 5th. The riots are from Muslim Neighborhoods that have extensive poverty, unemployment and alleged discrimination. That's it! These thugs are burning cars, schools, and nursing homes, but it's all about the poverty. The unemployment rate in France overall is about 10%, but in these neighborhoods, it is like 25%. These poverty-stricken "youths", CNN reports, are eluding police by using fast cars, motor scooters and communicating with Cell Phones and email instant messaging.

8. The Union of French Islamic Organizations has called for calm and issued a Fatwa condemning the violence. Oh, Good! They have a fairly close alliance with Hamas. Does CNN tell us that? No.

9. The "death of love" has caused this. Thanks for that knowledge, CNN.

10. It's happening in Berlin now, and maybe Brussels too. Is Europe going to burn? CNN reports.

Is it civil war in Europe? Stay tuned. France has an 8% Muslim population - So it could blow. What will Tim Robbins think? Where will Shania Twain live?

Friday, August 19, 2005

Well, it has happened. Hulk Hogan has come back from the virtual grave to turn Shawn Michaels into a heel.....

what does that have to do with Politics, you ask?

Well, ya know, Brother, back when the old 'Nam war was going on, Dude, as time dragged on, we kind of lost the will to win. And when the body bags were on TV every night, Brother, Moms and Dads started to worry about their kids who were growing up. That's starting to happen about Iraq and the war on terror, Dude.

/Hulk mode off

Mark Helprin, who is about as conservative as they come, was on Bill Bennett this morning. (don't miss his show whether you're liberal, conservative or lying about it - he's fantastic). Helprin used to think we could beat the Terrorists and radical Islam, but apparently, no more. He thinks we should move our troops out to the Saudi/Iraq border and let whoever can take it take over in Iraq, even if it is the bad guys.

This so-called Grieving Mom, Cindy Sheehan, more or less ignores the noble death of her son in favor of a series of canned moveon.org talking points, but raises an army of old hippies and hippie wannabes in her protest. This LATimes article says it well. OK, it's a commentary. Isn't all news? Ok, this one's a little extreme.

Just finish it, Mr. President. I got your back.


Thursday, August 11, 2005


John Roberts is a demon - did you know that?

Barbara Boxer says so right here. Of c ourse, she's nuts. Liberals always want their own way and not the law. Roberts had no problem charging the abortion protestors with a noral crime, like tresspassing - because, oddly enough, that's what they did, tresspassed. Boxer wanted them charged with some sort of bill from the post-Civil war era that was supposed to make sure everyone (including blacks ) could vote and people couldn't block the polls.

Why can't laws just be laws.

I don't understand the so-called Hate Crimes. Like, it's worse to kill a person that you hate. Uh, just a conservative talking, but don't you already hate a person you kill, as a rule? And aren't there laws against killing guys you hate, again, as a rule.

I'm sure Babs would think I am a demon, too

I think that's ok by me


Sunday, May 29, 2005

Just want to say, From a vet to the Vets

Memorial day is when we remember our buddies, both dead abd alive, that we served with.

Call a buddy this memorial day - you'll be glad you did.

Hey, even if your buddy is a Marine, they're making real simple phones these days

Army MP - Tong Du Chon and Presidio, 1976-79

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

I'm teaching up Chicago way this week and the filabuster is news, natch. Interesting, among my class they think the Dems made a big mistake and the Republicans got their own way.

I don't agree at all - but I am sure glad Owen is on the bench. She's a top Judge with conservative, law-driven opinions unlikely to reinvent the constitution.

So I dig her the most.

She's kind of the Stevie Richards of judges. Unrespected, never getting a push (until now), but hanging in there, when she could have gone back to TNA (Texas, now all) and been the top face.

Yep - I am glad she's on the Fed court.

Friday, October 22, 2004

Kedwards and company are starting to irrtate me!

If I were Hulk Hogan, I'd say something like this....

Well, ya know, Mean Gene, me and Brother Johns, if ya know what I mean, Mean Gene, me and Brother Johns are about to go to the greatest battle of all time. Ya know they want to say stuff that's just wrong and they want to hurt all the millions and millions of little hulkamaniacs that are out there right now sayin' their prayers, and takin' their vitamins.

Mean Gene, do you really think bringin' in a few Vitamins from Canada of all places is going to make a change in the good old USA? No way, Brother! No, I want my little Hulkamanics to eat good old American Vitamins. If they start eating Canadian Vitamins, they might start wearing those silly little hats and and saying 'eh - if you know what I mean, Mean Gene!

So, Kedwards, when we get into the squared circle in a couple weeks, Brother, we're goin' to find out just exactly what kind of vitamins you have been eating. And we'll see, Brother, if the Hulkster can flush those Johns right down the old Toilet, Mean Gene!

Whatcha gonna do, Kedwards, when the largest, American Vitamin powered Arms in the world, go wild on You!

Thursday, October 07, 2004

Can I tell you something? I am not a regular listener to Sean Hannity's show - because I am usually either a: working, b: listening to Michael Medved or c: thinking about a Hulk Hogan comeback. But today, I am stuck at State College, PA, watching about a thousand Kerry and Bush ads an hour on TV and Hannity is about the only thing on that's sane.

So he sends one of his interns out to the street to see if people know who is running and he gets some woman who doesn't know the vice-president's name, but is voting for Kerry even though she knows he keeps changing his position on the issues every week.

Here's what I think: Absolute Truth, Right and Wrong, all of that is gone. Relative truth is here to stay. The fact that Kerry and Edwards nearly everyone in the Congress agreed that the US Intelligence service and other intelligence were right when they said that Saddam and Iraq were brewing up some nasty stuff. Here's his statement from the resolution authorizing force. (search on the page for Kerry - it looooong)

Here's the key phrase though:
" It would be naive to the point of grave danger not to believe that, left to his own devices, Saddam Hussein will provoke, misjudge, or stumble into a future, more dangerous confrontation with the civilized world. He has as much as promised it. He has already created a stunning track record of miscalculation. He miscalculated an 8-year war with Iran. He miscalculated the invasion of Kuwait. He miscalculated America's responses to it. He miscalculated the result of setting oil rigs on fire. He miscalculated the impact of sending Scuds into Israel. He miscalculated his own military might. He miscalculated the Arab world's response to his plight. He miscalculated in attempting an assassination of a former President of the United States. And he is miscalculating now America's judgments about his miscalculations. All those miscalculations are compounded by the rest of history. A brutal, oppressive dictator, guilty of personally murdering and condoning murder and torture, grotesque violence against women, execution of political opponents, a war criminal who used chemical weapons against another nation and, of course, as we know, against his own people, the Kurds. He has diverted funds from the Oil-for-Food program, intended by the international community to go to his own people. He has supported and harbored terrorist groups, particularly radical Palestinian groups such as Abu Nidal, and he has given money to families of suicide murderers in Israel. I mention these not because they are a cause to go to war in and of themselves, as the President previously suggested, but because they tell a lot about the threat of the weapons of mass destruction and the nature of this man. We should not go to war because these things are in his past, but we should be prepared to go to war because of what they tell us about the future."

Kerry believed Saddam was a threat then. (2 years ago Oct 9, 2002). He believed Saddam had weapons of Mass Destruction and was willing to use them and was willing that the president should be authorized to take care of it.

But now he says that didn't count.

Kerry's a jobber, donchathink?