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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Scott Brown: "I have not given up!"

Click here: The health care fight is not over
BY ELECTING me to the US Senate, the people of Massachusetts sent a clear message: Washington needs to get its priorities straight. Voters believed I would be the best candidate to fight for jobs and a stronger economy, keep our country safe, and serve as the 41st vote against the health care reform legislation debated in the Senate.
This is the truth. His campaign was virtually a campaign against health care reform, and he won that election based on that campaign in one of the most liberally-Democratic state in the nation!
For starters, we can work in a bipartisan manner to repeal the worst parts of this bill. Americans have been clear that they do not like its $2.6 trillion cost, the higher taxes on families and businesses, the runaway spending, the state mandates, the sweetheart deals, and overcharging students to pay for health care.

We should replace the worst parts of this legislation with solutions that would actually lower costs and improve the quality of care — such as allowing individuals to purchase insurance across state lines, measures that will prevent waste, fraud and abuse, support for increased prevention and wellness programs, and reforms to limit costly litigation and defensive medicine.

I am working on legislation that would allow states to opt out of this federal health care bill because states need flexibility, not a federal government takeover of health care. Instead, individual states should have the flexibility to solve the health care problems in a way that is best for their specific state, similar to the approach we took in Massachusetts that has resulted in a state-specific plan that covers 98 percent of our citizens without raising taxes.

I am also working to repeal the medical device tax. Massachusetts has more than 200 medical device manufacturerswho employ tens of thousands of workers. The medical device tax will not only cost our state good-paying jobs when we can least afford it, but it will be passed along to consumers, who will pay more for necessary medical equipment.
I like the way this guy thinks! Give power back to the states, and therefore the people. If I don't like this health care I can choose to live in a state that opts out of it. That is what freedom is all about.
This disastrous detour of a health care bill has distracted the attention and energy of Congress for the past year. Now, it is time to listen to the people and focus on their top priority: jobs. It would be a mistake for the administration to try to ram through other items on the liberal agenda when so many Americas are struggling. Americans want their government to fully focus its attention on the economy and getting our citizens back to work.

Washington is broken. All across the country, people believe that their elected officials are working for themselves and not on behalf of their constituents. Only when we start heeding the will of the American people can we begin to restore faith in government, and it all starts with commonsense, practical solutions that will put Americans back to work and get our economy back on track.
AMEN!

If only we had 99 more Scott Brown's in the senate.

How about a Brown/Palin 2012 ticket??

Things Like This Are Why I Am A Conservative, Not A Republican

Click here: GOP Sees Risks in Push to Repeal Health Law

So basically if you ask the Republicans "Did you support the health care bill?", the answer is: "absolutely not!". If you ask the Republicans "Is it a bad law?", the answer is: "absolutely it is!". Then if you ask them "would you fight to repeal the health care bill?", the answer is "well, ummm, let's be careful here, uhhh..."??!?!?

This is exactly why we got into the pickle we are in now. Wishy-washy Republicans with no backbone allowed both houses to be captured, and the White House, because they were unwilling to take principled stands on spending and other issues. And now they are falling into the same trap.

In the meantime, the Democrats continue to pander to the far-left, and because Republicans are dilly-dallying some where in the middle, the Democrats will continue to win elections. Republicans, based on Virginia, New Jersey and Massachusetts, have an unbelievable opportunity. But being wishy-washy will in no way allow them to seize on that opportunity.

So my plea to the GOP is this: take principled stands, the way Ronald Reagan did, and the voters will support you. Continue to mess around in the muddled middle of the issues and it will be at least two more years of full Democratic control.

Goodbye Freedom, Hello Mom

One of my favorite rock bands from the late 80s, early 90s era is a band called Scatterbrain. Lesser known than most other bands they had one song that got significant radio play called "Don't Call Me Dude".

With my Zune on scramble this morning on my way into work a song they did in the early 90s, that is very appropriate for what is going on now, is a song called "Goodbye Freedom, Hello Mom". Here are the lyrics, see if it sounds familiar:

We'll ban that book and T.V. show,
Forget that movie, no you can't go.
Can't sell that record, don't like that song.
We know what's right we know what's wrong.
Can't have abortions, what's yours ain't yours,
Just obey the laws.
Too young to drink, say no to drugs
We'll take your piss and blood.

'All the world's a stage you get the lead.
Ain't no way I'm gonna play
the part of the fool,
There ain't no way man - no way!'

Bikers wear helmets, cars safety belts
You might hurt yourself.
We're watching out, We're watching out
We're watching out for you...

Well the new right's been at work some time
They ain't so new no more
Can you hear 'em knockin'
Knockin' down your door.
1984 has past, forget about Big Brother,
Welcome to the 90's where the government's your
mother.

They'll tell you - don't do that.
They'll try and tell you -
it's for your own good.
Big Mother is watching you
Mother's protecting you
Mommy knows what's right for you

They force their will on all the rest
They got the power, they know what's best.
The high court is stacked to the right
Old man on the left won't
live through the night.

They'll tell you - don't do that
They'll try and tell you -
it's for your own good
Big Mother is watching you
Mother's protecting you
Mommy knows what's right for you...
Goodbye Freedom, Hello Mom
The Bill of Rights just disappeared
There it is - whoops it's gone!
Goodbye Freedom, Hello Mom
All your rights just disappeared
Everybody stay calm.

First amendment casualties,
but they won't be the
last,
Kiss the Bill of Rights
goodbye it's disappearing
fast.

They'll tell you - don't do that
They'll try and tell you -
it's for your own good
Big Mother is watching you
Mother's protecting you
Mommy knows what's right for you...
Goodbye Freedom, Hello Mom
The Bill of Rights just disappeared
There it is - whoops it's gone!
Goodbye Freedom, Hello Mom
All your rights just disappeared
Everybody stay calm.


What is funny is that this is supposed to be a snipe at the right, but this is more appropriate for today's left!! I wonder if the writer of this song even sees or understands the irony. In the end those that blame the right for the erosion of rights ends up allowing the left to strip them of their true rights.

So while I enjoy this band's music, I do so with the understanding that they were very misguided and ignorant of what they are actually writing about in this song.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Drill Baby Drill??

Obama might be showing signs that he is nervous about November's elections. After ramming a health care bill down the throats of an unwilling American public, it appears that he is conceding defeat on another one of his pre-election campaign promises. Obama was quick to shoot down offshore drilling during his 2008 campaign. I believe his direct quote was:
"We can't drill our way out of this."
This being our dependence on foreign oil. Of course, the moron that is our socialist president suggested that instead we should all check the air in our tires. (If you don't remember this, look it up.)

Well, now it appears that Obama is going to allow for new offshore drilling. Already being on record as believing that it won't help, this seems to be an obvious attempt to play to the right on this issue. All in an effort to control the damage he has done to Democrats by forcing health care on the country.

Click here: Government set to unveil offshore drilling plan
The Obama administration is expected to announce by Wednesday its updated plan for oil and natural gas drilling in U.S. waters, including whether to allow exploration for the first time along the U.S. East Coast.
If anyone falls for this weak ploy then they deserve this disgrace of a president. Whether he allows drilling or he doesn't, he is still a socialist trying to centralize ownership of private industry with the government.

They Can't Run Social Security, Nor Medicare, But Now They Are Trying To Run LTD

LTD = Long Term Disability. And yes, Obamacare has a provision in it to provide this new entitlement.



Scary stuff. More "taking from the 'rich' and giving to the 'poor'". Sickening that our elected representatives voted for this bill and included this as part of it. Americans it is time to wake up and TAKE BACK OUR COUNTRY! The socialists are killing us.

Elections have consequences. But so does passing bad bills. Vote the idiots out this November!

Hat tip: Moonbattery

This Picture Makes Me Think Of A Line From A Great Movie

First, the picture:






















Now the great line from the great movie. The movie is The Sandlot. That movie is great because:
  1. It is about baseball
  2. It is about growing up
  3. It has so many memorable lines
The line that this picture reminds of me of is here:



Note the 1 minute, 45 second mark!

Yep, that Obama, he is about as feminine as they come.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Al Sharpton: "The phrase 'take back our country' is racist"

Al Sharpton has never been the sharpest (pun intended) knife in the drawer. But tonight in a debate with Bill O'Reilly, Al proved just how idiotic he is. He told Bill that the Tea Party movement is based in racism because of the slogan "take back our country".

His question? "Take it back from whom?" Apparently Al is employing the usual Obama strategy. If you are critical of this administration you must be critical because Obama is black and you are a racist. Unbelievable.....

I will put up a video of Al making this accusation as soon as Fox News puts it up.

UPDATE: Video of Sharpton on O'Reilly

Congratulations To Tom Izzo And The Michigan State Spartans!!


Well, it is another spring and Tom Izzo has his MSU Spartans playing in another Final Four! This guy is the best college basketball coach in the country. Bar none.

This year's accomplishment is especially amazing considering that the Spartans lost their best player, Kalin Lucas, to a ruptured achilles in the first round of the tournament. The Spartans went on to win that game, as well as 3 more to get into their 6th Final Four in 12 years. No other basketball program can make that claim.

I hope Tom Izzo coaches for another 50 years!

GO GREEN!!!


Thursday, March 25, 2010

Toyota Acceleration Problems May Be Linked To Power Line Interference

New theory in Toyota's ongoing out-of-control acceleration problems. Some experts now think it could be linked to driving under power lines, causing electrical interference, and causing the vehicles' electronics to go haywire.

Apparently some of the crashes have occurred after the vehicles' have driven near or under power lines. Whether or not this ends up being the cause, it is an interesting problem. Toyota still insists that it was a floor-mat problem, and they've fixed that.

What is so interesting to me is that environs are pushing electric cars. Imagine the problems that could cause!!

Thoughts And Comment

  • Am I old-fashioned, sexist, or both in that it still bothers me more to hear a woman use bad language than it does a man. I work in a male dominated industry. Though I don't use it I have sadly become accustomed to bad language being part of the work place. But it still disturbs me that many of the women I work with have as bad of, or a worse mouth than the men do.
  • Health care. Two days since Obamanation signed it. Yep, I'm still really angry.
  • Recently had a discussion related to alcoholic beverage consumption based on Biblical teaching. I believe the Bible condemns the recreational consumption of alcohol. I was accused in the discussion of making up my mind, and trying to bend scripture to justify it. Notice, I was accused of this by someone that engages in alcoholic consumption and bends scripture to justify it! Too funny.
  • Heard Pete Hoekstra, U.S. Representative from Michigan, on the radio this morning (Bill Bennett's Good Morning in America). He was very impressive and is my early leader for the Republican nomination for governor. The Michigan primary is August 3rd.
  • Another GOP Michigan governor candidate, Mike Cox, who is the sitting Attorney General, has included Michigan in a list of states suing the federal government over the travesty that is the health care bill. Now Jennifer Granholm, the completely useless Democratic Michigan governor, is fighting him on it claiming he doesn't have the authority to represent Michigan in the suit. Can't she just resign now??
  • Speaking of Jennifer "Never Met A Tax I Didn't Like" Granholm, she is now wanting to place sales tax on services here in Michigan (currently, only non-food products are sales taxed) to keep pubic schools funded at current levels. A couple of years ago she got reamed for a similar proposal. Just goes to show that Democrats think they can weary their opposition by continuously forwarding the same tired ideas.
  • Apparently, turncoat pro-publically-funded-abortion U.S. Representative from Michigan Bart Stupak is getting some pretty angry calls to his office from his constituents. Of course the idiotic mainstream media is trying to play them up as abusive, threatening, and disturbing. I heard some samples, and while angry, they are none of those things. Where was the MSM when Jim Bunning was getting threats for stalling extended unemployment payments?
  • Finally, Director James Cameron has attacked Glennn Beck. He claims he is willing to debate Glenn Beck on the hoax that is global warming. Beck responds: Glenn Beck wears 3-D glasses, mocks James Cameron That is funny stuff. What do you want to bet that Cameron would never take Beck up on an actual debate?

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Ann and Nancy Wilson are Idiots

I used to heart Heart. That's right, as a child of the 80s I grew up listening to songs like "What About Love", "These Dreams", and "Alone".

During the presidential campaign in 2008, I heard a blurb in the news about Heart not wanting McCain and Palin to use their song "Barracuda" at campaign stops when Sarah "Barracuda" Palin was introduced. Since there were a million other things related to the campaign going on I didn't pay much attention to it.

Click here: Heart Wants McCain/Palin To Stop Using Barracuda

Last night I watched "Behind The Music Remastered: Heart", I had DVR'd this the other night from VH1. The show was going along well, I was enjoying it because, as I said, I have always been a fan of Heart and the music they've produced.

Then near the end that had a short segment on the McCain/Palin stuff and how outraged Ann and Nancy Wilson were that their song had beed used for Palin. Nancy was quoted as saying as soon as she heard it she was on phone screaming: "THEY CAN'T DO THAT! QUIT USING OUR SONG!"

My immediate thought was to wonder if Obama/Biden had used a Heart song would Ann and Nancy be outraged? I seriously doubt they would have been since they are admitted Democrats.

So let's set this up: A female Republican vice presidential candidate is breaking new ground in an election. Meantime, an all male ticket is running on the Democratic side. Two women that made their way by breaking ground in a male-dominated industry would rather support two socialist males based on ideology, than to support a fellow woman in her historic, ground-breaking candidacy.

Here was Ann and Nancy Wilson's official statement:

“Sarah Palin’s views and values in NO WAY represent us as American women. We ask that our song ‘Barracuda’ no longer be used to promote her image. The song ‘Barracuda’ was written in the late 70s as a scathing rant against the soulless, corporate nature of the music business, particularly for women. (The ‘barracuda’ represented the business.) While Heart did not and would not authorize the use of their song at the RNC, there’s irony in Republican strategists’ choice to make use of it there.”
Hmmm, seems lots of parallels could be drawn between Ann and Nancy's struggle in the male-dominated rock music industry with what Palin has faced in the male-dominated world of politics.

So much for sisterhood. Yet if Palin was a Democrat, pro-abortion, pro-drug legalization, pro-bra burning, pro-socialist, pro-gay rights, anti-hunting, anti-meat eating, Communist dumb broad, not only would Ann and Nancy gladly let her use their song, but would have showed up at campaign stops to play it live.

Instead, since Palin is none of those things, but is instead a confident, principled, proud, real woman that has made her way in a male-dominated political landscape, Ann and Nancy throw their support behind the most liberal presidential candidate in the history of our country. As well as his idiotic, outrageous-quote-a-minute running-mate.

So Ann and Nancy, not only do you get the Steven's World "You're An Idiot" award, but you also will never see another red cent of this writer's money. Ever again. No matter how many more CDs and DVDs you produce. Come to my town, I am not buying a concert ticket. In fact, this Behind The Music will be the last time I willingly listen to your music, or watch anything you are associated with.

Goodbye to you.......

Use their music, as a Republican, and they'll go crazy on you.

The True Cost Of Government Involvement

The Congressional Budget Office has put the estimate of this health care take-over by the government at $848 billion over 10 years.

Click here: Senate Dems push $848 billion health care bill

So what will it really cost? Well you can take this to the bank: if the CBO is estimating $848 billion over 10 years then the actual cost will be many times that.

What is my assessment based on? Simple history.

Click here: Health programs have history of cost overruns

In 1965, the House Ways and Means Committee estimated that the hospital insurance program of Medicare - the federal health care program for the elderly and disabled - would cost $9 billion by 1990. The actual cost that year was $67 billion.

In 1967, the House Ways and Means Committee said the entire Medicare program would cost $12 billion in 1990. The actual cost in 1990 was $98 billion.

In 1987, Congress projected that Medicaid - the joint federal-state health care program for the poor - would make special relief payments to hospitals of less than $1 billion in 1992. Actual cost: $17 billion.

The list goes on. The 1993 cost of Medicare's home care benefit was projected in 1988 to be $4 billion, but ended up at $10 billion. The State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), which was created in 1997 and projected to cost $5 billion per year, has had to be supplemented with hundreds of millions of dollars annually by Congress.


By my math this means that any government program related to health care will actually cost anywhere from 2 to 17 times projections! That means the actual cost over 10 years of Obamacare will end up costing somewhere between $1.7 trillion and $14.4 trillion dollars!!

Anyone willing to wager against the fact that it will actually end up closer to the $14 trillion amount than to the $1.7 trillion amount?

Now here is the rub: Obama, Pelosi, and Reid don't care what the real amount ends up being. They are socialists and this is a social program. If it costs $14 trillion dollars then they'll have an excuse to take control of more of the industry (can you say single payer?). They'll have an excuse to take control of more of our money (can you say even higher tax rates?). They'll have an excuse to continue us down the path to becoming the U.S.S.A.

Unless we fight back and stop this madness.

UPDATE: Yesterday on Glenn Beck's Fox News show, he did this same exercise in math! I told my wife: "Hey, I did the same thing on my blog two weeks ago!" Seriously, though, it was good to see this message get pushed out to wider audience. Though I have to admit, the idea for this post was taken from the Michael Medved show. He had the numbers I quote above related to the actual cost of government programs vs. the true costs. I extrapolated that out to what this health care bill will really cost.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Do You Doubt My Assessment That America Is On The Brink Of Civil War?

Here is a sign that I may be more right than most want to admit:

Click here: Bricks Shatter Glass at NY Democratic Offices

Rush gets it.

Click here: America Hangs by a Thread

When all but the last resort have been thwarted all we have left is the last resort......



Letter To John Dingell

This is the email I just fired off to John Dingell, my district's representative in the House of Representatives.

I am so angry that I can't even give you a proper greeting. I have always voted for you in the Democratic primary because your Republican opponent never has a chance in this bastion of a liberal district, and you are the lesser of the Democratic evils. But never again sir. I am going to volunteer for your opponent's campaign. I am going to donate the maximum to your opponent's campaign. I am going to see you voted out of office over your support for this socialistic, governmental takeover of health care.

I don't care that you are supposedly pro-2nd amendment. I am going to urge the NRA, as a longstanding member of that great organization, to never again endorse you. I am going to point out to UAW and other union members, that years of voting for you netted them nothing in the collapse of the auto industry. I am making it my 3rd priority (behind God and family) to do all I can as a constituent to make sure we send you home instead of back to the House of Representatives.

Sincerely (and I can truthfully say that at the end of the above sentiments),

LoneWolfArcher


I urge you to do the same and send an email to your representative if they supported this ridiculous socialist bill. DO IT TODAY!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Democrats Vote For Death To Capitalism

Today was a day when America was struck a blow. Much like 12/7/1941 and 9/11/2001, 3/21/2010 will go down as a day when America was attacked, and we as a nation are reeling. Unlike those other events, this one was perpetrated by not only some of its own citizens, but some of its own members of government.

Democrats think they have won. They haven't. They think it is over. It is not. While they have moved us a step closer to socialism, they have also moved us a step closer to Civil War. In a nation where we are so divided, where over the years we have become polarized, doing something that a majority of Americans were opposed to will have ramifications.

First, good luck to Democrats this November. Republicans will definitely cut into the majorities in both houses. They have a great opportunity to even take majorities in both houses of congress.

Second, if the Democrats thought the Tea Party events were angry before, wait until they see what happens next. First, the events will grow in size. Second, they will grow in vitriol. Third, they will grow in intensity.

Finally, Americans have had it with government. They are sick and tired of government ignoring their desires. When Americans say "STOP SPENDING" and government grows spending at exponential rates, the level of desperation goes up. When Americans scream that the tax burden is too high, and government increases that burden, the level of frustration goes up. When Americans tell the government to back off and become less involved in our lives, yet that government continues to weasel its way into every aspect of our lives, the level of exasperation goes up.

Desperation multiplied by frustration multiplied by exasperation will result in something blowing. Americans have a long of history of taking matters into their own hands. Like the Japanese found out after Pearl Harbor. Like Al Qaeda found out after 9/11. Our own government may find out, and soon, that Americans are willing to go to any extreme necessary to keep the nation we love just that, the nation we love.

Revolution is calling. Real Americans will answer. You can thank the Democrats for what may result.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Granholm's Meat Out Proclamation Backfires

Poor Jenny G. Everything the Michigan governor touches turns to dust. She has the reverse-midas touch.

In case you missed it, Granholm declared tomorrow, March 20, 2010, a meat out day. Turns out she did this at the urging of an animal rights activist. Of course, most of us, thanks to the Governor and her far left agenda, will be eating MORE meat tomorrow.

Here is a Detroit Free Press article related to this:

Click here: Granholm doesn't budge as argument over Meat Out Day proclamation continues

Notice Granholm's move to appease:

After the backlash from farmers and hunters, Granholm also designated Saturday as Michigan Agriculture Day (including meat and dairy). The event is scheduled for 2 p.m. rain or shine and is free.


The day she moves out of the governor's mansion will be the day most Michiganders throw a huge celebration!

Interesting New Blog: Health Care Polls

I found the reading on this blog interesting.

Click here for blog: Health Care Polls

It is always interesting to analyze polls. For instance, this blog points this out:

Although I found Anzalone-Liszt's question-wordings on the whole to have a more neutral tone than IWF/Polling Company's, there were some Anzalone-Liszt items that appeared to be colored by the firm's ideological leanings:

1. Among a set of provisions said to be in the bill, which were read to respondents to see if they would make them more likely to support the bill, was the following:

Cuts waste, fraud and abuse in Medicare and Medicaid and helps ensure that Medicare funds go to improving care instead of to insurance company profits.

I would consider this a glowing, too-good-to-be-true description.

2. A phrase in another item refers to how insurance companies "will be required to invest more in improving care instead of inflating their profits."

I'm not saying that insurance companies don't take unfair actions, but in a survey context, the phrase "inflating their profits" is pretty inflammatory.


See how polls can be manipulated? For instance, read the following two questions and ask yourself how you'd likely answer the poll question:

Do you support the governmental take over of health care currently being called "health care reform"?


Do you support health care reform that would regulate what insurance companies can do based only on profitability?


In the end, the two questions ask essentially the same question: do you support health care reform. But how the question is worded can really skew the results. Most people would be much less likely to say yes to the first question than they would the second question.

Pollsters could claim, using the first question, that a majority of respondents are opposed to health care reform. Conversely, pollsters could claim that a majority of respondents are against health care reform by using the second question.

Sometimes it isn't what you ask, but how you ask it.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Obama Interviewed By Bret Baier

If you want to see the interview go to Left Coast Rebel by clicking here: Obama Interviewed By Bret Baier

If you want to read the transcript go to Fox News by clicking here: Transcript of Obama Interviewed By Bret Baier

Here are some highlights with my comments.

BAIER: Mr. President, you couldn't tell me what the special deals are that are in or not today.

OBAMA: I just told you what was in and what was not in.

BAIER: Is Connecticut in?

OBAMA: Connecticut — what are you specifically referring to?

BAIER: The $100 million for the hospital? Is Montana in for the asbestos program? Is — you know, listen, there are people — this is real money, people are worried about this stuff.


Imagine for a moment that Katie Couric is interviewing Sarah Palin, and she asks her about the "Connecticut deal". And Palin says "Katie, Connecticut, what are you referring to?". Palin would be scourged in the media for weeks! This guy is writing checks and making backdoor deals to get this thing passed, and he doesn't even know what those deals are. Where is the MSM to stand up and say "Mr. President, how can you support a proposal when you don't even know what deals are in it!?!?"

BAIER: You have said at least four times in the past two weeks: "the United States Congress owes the American people a final up or down vote on health care." So do you support the use of this Slaughter rule? The deem and pass rule, so that Democrats avoid a straight up or down vote on the Senate bill?

OBAMA: Here's what I think is going to happen and what should happen. You now have a proposal from me that will be in legislation, that has the toughest insurance reforms in history, makes sure that people are able to get insurance even if they've got preexisting conditions, makes sure that we are reducing costs for families and small businesses, by allowing them to buy into a pool, the same kind of pool that members of Congress have.

We know that this is going to reduce the deficit by over a trillion dollars. So you've got a good package, in terms of substance. I don't spend a lot of time worrying about what the procedural rules are in the House or the Senate.

(CROSS TALK)

OBAMA: What I can tell you is that the vote that's taken in the House will be a vote for health care reform. And if people vote yes, whatever form that takes, that is going to be a vote for health care reform. And I don't think we should pretend otherwise.

(CROSS TALK)

OBAMA: Bret, let me finish. If they don't, if they vote against, then they're going to be voting against health care reform and they're going to be voting in favor of the status quo. So Washington gets very concerned about these procedural issues in Congress. This is always an issue that's — whether Republicans are in charge or Democrats in charge — when Republicans are in charge, Democrats constantly complain that the majority was not giving them an opportunity, et cetera.
What the American people care about is the fact that their premiums are going up 25, 40, 60 percent, and I'm going to do something about it.


Can someone tell me how that answered the question? "Do you support using the slaughter rule?" Obama: "Here is what the bill will do.....blah blah blah." ANSWER THE QUESTION. I have said for 2 years now that this guy is a lying snake-oil salesman, and being president for a year hasn't changed that.

BAIER: Let me insert this. We asked our viewers to e-mail in suggested questions. More than 18,000 people took time to e-mail us questions. These are regular people from all over the country. Lee Johnson, from Spring Valley, California: "If the bill is so good for all of us, why all the intimidation, arm twisting, seedy deals, and parliamentary trickery necessary to pass a bill, when you have an overwhelming majority in both houses and the presidency?"

Sandy Moody in Chesterfield, Missouri: "If the health care bill is so wonderful, why do you have to bribe Congress to pass it?"

OBAMA: Bret, I get 40,000 letters or e-mails a day.

BAIER: I know.

OBAMA: I could read the exact same e-mail —

BAIER: These are people. It's not just Washington punditry.

OBAMA: I've got the exact same e-mails, that I could show you, that talk about why haven't we done something to make sure that I, a small business person, am getting as good a deal as members of Congress are getting, and don't have my insurance rates jacked up 40 percent? Why is it that I, a mother with a child with a preexisting condition, still can't get insurance?

So the issue that I'm concerned about is whether not we're fixing a broken system.


So Mr. President, you only care about the Americans that agree with you? If they disagree with you then just ignore them? Oh wait, you mean that if they disagree with you they are either too stupid to know better, or are lying. As evidence by this:

BAIER: Mr. President, you said Monday that you praised the Congressional Budget Office numerous times. You also said this, this proposal makes Medicare stronger — and you just said it to me here —

OBAMA: Right.

BAIER: — it makes coverage better, it makes its finances more secure, and anyone who says otherwise is misinformed or is trying to misinform you.

OBAMA: Right.


Yep, exactly. Agree with me or you are either lying or stupid.

Nice president we've elected here. He can't handle real questions about this reform. If he gets real questions he gets upset. If you disagree with him you are stupid or a liar. And he is intent on ramming this down the throats of the American people no matter how high a percentage is against it in the polls.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Movie Review: Swing Vote

Rating: PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned) (Language.)
Studio: Touchstone Pictures
Release Date: August 1, 2008
Run Time: 120 minutes

Summary from IMDB.com:

November, 2004, New Mexico. Bud is a slacker with one good thing in his life, his engaging fifth-grade daughter Molly. On election day, Bud is supposed to meet her at the polling place. When he doesn't show, she sneaks a ballot and is about to vote when the power goes off. It turns out that New Mexico's electoral votes will decide the contest, and there it's tied with one vote needing recasting - Bud's. The world's media and both presidential candidates, including the current President, descend on Bud in anticipation of his re-vote in two weeks. Can the clueless Bud, even with the help of Molly and a local TV reporter, handle this responsibility? Written by {jhailey@hotmail.com}


On the surface, Swing Vote appears to be a political comedy. And while the filmmakers tried to stay in the middle, and take shots at both sides, in the end this is a movie that isn't really about politics. It is a movie about American apathy, taking what you have for granted, and the relationship between a father and daughter.

The film begins by introducing us to Bud Johnson and his daughter Molly. They live in Texaco, New Mexico. Molly is an intelligent grade-school aged student, that is very into the political process. Bud is an apathetic, borderline drunk, that works at an egg packaging facility and isn't very good at his job.

Molly's political awareness is displayed in a well written essay related to the political process. She is also to accompany her father to the polls the evening of the presidential election for a school project. Her father loses his job that same day (the egg packaging plant is importing Mexican workers to save costs), and ends up passed out drunk in his truck despite his intentions not to disappoint his daughter.

Molly, flustered at her father's failing to show up to vote, sneaks into the polling place, gets his ballot while the poll worker sleeps, and inserts it into the electronic voting machine. When a custodian kicks the power plug out of the wall, Molly tears the ballot tab off and leaves.

Later that night it is determined that New Mexico's election is tied. New Mexico's electoral votes are also necessary to decide who the next president will be. Either the incumbent Republican up for reelection, or the Democratic challenger. The feds show up at Bud's trailer to inform him that his ballot was never counted, and that he will have to cast the deciding vote to determine who will be president. He has a few days to recast his vote.

This kicks off a media firestorm. The press sets up en masse outside of of Bud's trailer. Both campaigns begin courting Bud. Those that have a stake in the election from both sides of the aisle begin to send Bud promotional items. (My favorite is a chocolate Uzi sent by a pro-2nd amendment group!) Every one wants Bud to vote their way.

The campaigns begin to switch positions based on what Bud decides. When it becomes apparent he is an avid fisherman, both candidates start pushing initiatives to save fishing grounds. When Bud says he has no problem with gay marriage, the Republican president runs a pro-gay campaign ad. When Bud says he is pro-life, the Democratic candidate runs an ad claiming he is anti-abortion.

The culmination is a presidential debate, moderated by Bud, the night before he is to cast his vote. Molly came up with the idea, which Bud originally hated. When Bud realizes how important this is to Molly, the night before the debate, he finally sets aside his apathy and gets engrossed in the issues. This endears Bud to Molly as she sees him becoming the father she always thought he could be.

Here is the prepared statement Bud reads prior to the debate. It is profound in many of its points. It is off base some of the others. When I decided to blog about this movie I decided I would quote this part verbatim. Here is the transcript:
Mr. President, Mr. Greenleaf...

I'd like to thank you for your hospitality. It's been real interesting. I've said a lot of things I didn't mean and you both made a lot of promises you probably won't be able to keep. To be honest, the last 10 days have felt like a weird dream. What was once kinda funny, isn't anymore. From what I've read, I've well, I've scared the hell out of America.

I know that the world is watching, maybe even laughing. People on my own TV, are saying that America, somehow, deserves this moment. Guess that means me. I can't say that I've been much of anything most of my life. It's sorta like somewhere along the way I checked out and it's not like I had big dreams to begin with. But I had something once. I had something close to faith or hope or whatever, whatever word you want to use for how good life could be.

But then, the years start moving quicker and all of a sudden what's going good out there for every else isn't going so good for you. But, tonight I feel embarrassed. I've had my chances, more than most. I've grown up in a country where if I decided to do more with my life than just drift and drink that I could be standing where where maybe you stand tonight. Instead, I've taken freely and I've given nothing.

I'm ashamed in front of my daughter. And my country. I've never served or sacrificed. The only heavy lifting I've been asked is simple stuff, like
pay attention. Vote. For America has a, if America has a true enemy tonight, I guess it's me. Tonight a below average man is going to choose between two exceptional men. Tomorrow, one man's vote is going to make a difference. 'Cause tomorrow we're gonna have a President.

And not just someone to fill a chair in Washington. We need someone who's bigger than their speeches. The kind of President we learned about in school. America needs a big thinker. You know, like a giant, really. Someone who has the good sense to get in front of our problems. Somebody who has the wisdom to lead to us a place where we're at peace with ourselves and the world.

And just for the record, I want you both, I want you both to know that I think a hella lot of you.

Tonight, I am going to speak for people I have never met whose letters touched me in a way I didn't think was possible.

My first question comes from Peter Manthis, in Henderson, Kentucky.

"Dear Mr. Johnson

My wife and I have three little girls. We both work two jobs just trying to make ends meet. And some weeks, we don't make it.

When you work hard and you still can't take care of your family you start to question yourself as a provider, as a man. I know I am one. I fought
for my country and I'm proud of it. But it scares me to think about what would happen if one of my kids got sick. Can you ask the candidates, if we are richest country in the world how come some many of us can barely afford to live here?"
That Bud recognizes that his lot in life is his own doing is a profound thing. In the end, in this the greatest nation on God's green earth, we can be anything we want to be. If you are stuck in a dead end job, with no prospects for another, better paying job then you have no one to blame but yourself. Sure some people are born with more obstacles than others, but in the end when the going gets tough the tough bet going.

When Bud read: "(America needs) Somebody who has the wisdom to lead to us a place where we're at peace with ourselves and the world." I immediately thought of Jesus Christ. What America really needs is to turn back to Christianity. Of course, we can't expect a Hollywood film to make that point. Regardless, if America is looking for that kind of thing in a president they are looking in the wrong place, like Israel did with a king.

The real point of the film is to point out how apathy undermines the political process. While Bud is on a journey of self discovery, Molly wants him to discover that the American political process has implications for him. As Bud continues his slacker lifestyle, Molly is trying to get him to understand that he has a say in not only his life, but the political realm that affects that life.

What the movie turns into is a film about a bad father, as well as an uninformed American, becoming a good father, and becoming an informed American. The movie has a very sweet quality because of this juxtaposition of Bud's fatherhood and political acumen. It is also very sweet to see him realize how important Molly is to him, and that the things that are important to Molly are also important.

So in the end, the film turns out to be less about politics and more about elections, and the Americans involved in them.

I should qualify all that by saying that the movie does get a few political shots in. Within the first few minutes the movie takes swipes at conservatives and Fox News. Later on in the movie forwards the false premise that environmental concerns and corporate concerns are mutually exclusive. They even go so far as to imply that one can be pro-life and not dislike abortion. (This is done very subtly but it is implied none the less.) So there are a few partisan shots taken, mostly at the right.

But where the film is most political is in the shots it takes at the American political campaign process. Both campaign managers are painted as "win at all costs" and loyal to no one. If Bud says he is opposed to baby seals, then they are willing run ads showing baby seals being killed. If Bud says trees are evil, then they would be willing to run ads showing deforestation as a good thing. While some of that may be true, I believe that generally even campaign managers have some principles.

Overall, the film does a good job in forwarding the message that politics is a rough business. That candidates will do and say a lot of things just to get elected. That as voters we need to cut through the noise and get at the heart of the issues.

Where the movie kind of fell down to me was in the fact that it seemed to have an underlying current that what side of an issue you take doesn't matter. As long as you take a side. Of course, there is a right side to every issue, and a wrong side. If we never strive to find the right and wrong then we will continue to, through partisanship, bash our heads against the proverbial political wall. When we turn internally to determine right and wrong, we leave out the one, true external, objective standard for right and wrong.

The movie made only two allusions to that objective standard. When Bud, in his statement prior to the debate, said: "I had something close to faith or hope or whatever, whatever word you want to use for how good life could be." And then another scene, when Bud used the Lord's name in vain, Molly rightfully corrects him by saying: "And you have to stop using 'Jesus' as a cussword all the time. He's a billion people's Saviour. "

The movie closes with Bud closing the curtain of the voting booth to cast his deciding vote. Molly looks on proudly as her father is finally taking his civic duty seriously. If only Bud, and the movie in general, could have used this unique storyline to further a message of what is most important. Unfortunately this movie almost completely ignored the most important part of being human: spirituality.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Tom Hanks Is An Idiot

I love it when an idiot makes the case that they are an idiot for me. I don't have to say any more to prove Tom Hanks' idiocy, these two articles make the case for me:

Click here: Tom Hanks' and Steven Spielberg's 'The Pacific' Pays Tribute To WWII Vets

Click here: Tom Hanks Is At It Again, Says Overcoming Racism Is Taking US “An Awfully Long Time” and Calls WWII a War of “Racism and Terror”

Uhhh. Yeah. Okay. On one hand he spends $200 million to "pay tribute to WWII Vets". Yet, on the other hand he bands mouths the war as a war of racism and terror? Here is a gem:

Click here: Tom Hanks: US Wanted to Annihilate the Japanese Because They Were ”Different”

Really? I guess the Japanese launched a completely unwarranted attack on Pearl Harbor because they felt we are all the same. Or is Hanks suggesting that we orchestrated the bombing of Pearl Harbor as an excuse, similar to what 9/11 Truthers claim about 9/11?

This of course during a media blitz promoting the HBO series where Hanks worships (literally) Obama, and condemns everything that made our nation great.

Wow. So Hanks makes millions making movies honoring WWII vets, and then at every chance bad mouths everything those vets fought for. Amazing.

Congratulation Tom Hanks, you are without a doubt a total idiot.
Tom Hanks is an idiot.

The Talking Points From The Left: SCOTUS Style

In case you missed it, Chief Justice of the SCOTUS, John Roberts, went on the defensive last week regarding Barack Hussein Obama's comments about a recent SCOTUS ruling during his state of the union address. You may remember, Justice Alito shook his head and mouthed "not true" while the empty suit president made his remarks.

In case you haven't heard about this, here is an article related to it: Chief Justice Roberts 'Troubled' by Scene at the State of the Union Address

At the heart of the debate is that Obama was dead wrong in his assessment. As Jeff Sessions states in the article linked above:

"If you're going to challenge the Supreme Court in a setting where they have no opportunity to respond or defend themselves, you ought to be absolutely accurate in your criticism," Sessions said.

Among other points, Sessions challenged the president's assertion that the decision reversed a "century of law." He said there was not a law in place limiting independent expenditures until 1947.


Roberts comments regarding the incident in an appearance at a law school were:

Roberts said Tuesday that he was "very troubled" by the "setting, circumstance and decorum" of the State of the Union speech, where justices are forced to sit expressionless while Congress "literally surrounds them," at times cheering and hollering.


The White House, of course, has taken umbrage, severe umbrage, at the criticism:

Click here: White House: Supreme Court Justices Chose to be at State of the Union

Asked about Roberts' comments Thursday, Gibbs said, "It didn't seem like a pep rally to me."

"I don't know why they'd feel uncomfortable, they made the decision" to be at the speech, Gibbs said of the justices. "Look, the president disagreed, and polls show 80 percent of the country disagrees with that decision. The president would have said that in that room had they been sitting in that row or not been there at all."


You have to love the comment about it didn't seem like a pep rally. The Obama team have been in pep rally mode since he announced his candidacy in 2007. In fact, Obama is still campaigning! Which is why his speeches and appearances come across as such political propaganda. It is childish, un-presidential, and very annoying.

But here is my favorite part: the Democratic talking points called for a rallying cry that Justices Roberts and Alito should step down because of all of this. There was even talk that congress should begin impeachment proceedings against one or both of them.

That is what funny to me. The marching orders from the DNC go out: "talk about Alito and Roberts resigning or being impeached". And of course the liberal Democrat automatons get into lock-step and march together, like a bunch of lemmings, to carry out those orders.

Appearances by Democrats on show's like Sean Hannity's on Fox News proved this. They railed against Roberts and how he should resign. Liberal bloggers started asking about historical efforts to impeach SCOTUS justices.

In the meantime, the Obama administration sat back and looked down their noses at everyone. The majority of the country doesn't like Obamacare? Who cares, we will ram it down your throats anyway! The Supreme Court rules that something is unconstitutional? Who cares, we will try to change the constitution!

Obama continues to do his best Hugo Chavez impersonation. If he could only get around that little document called the constitution.

Here is a talking point worth discussing: Let's impeach this complete idiot that got elected not on his own merits, but because of an anti-George W. Bush (thanks to the MSM) backlash. Time to take out the trash, if only Democrats would actually listen to their constituents.

Friday, March 12, 2010

The Snickering Left

One of my most popular blog entries is a review of the movie The Last Supper. I won't go into the theme of the movie, but here is the review I wrote on it last year after having caught the movie on cable.

Click here: Movie Review: The Last Supper

Obviously, it is a movie made from a liberal viewpoint, and I think I detail in my review just how overt some of the liberal themes are, and then I point out some of the more subtle themes in the movie as well.

One of the subtle themes of the movie revolves around the character that is the conservative talk-show host. This was the point I made regarding that character from my review:

The only conservative that is painted as intelligent is the last guest that is invited. He is a conservative talk-show host in the mold of Rush Limbaugh or Sean Hannity. He ends up not being all that conservative, and it is implied that he says the things he says to motivate his brainless, unthinking, stupid listeners to drive up his ratings, buy the products advertised on his show, and to buy his books. The point seems to be that if a conservative is intelligent, then he isn't really a conservative but is just exploiting conservatism for personal gain.


And thus I uncovered one of the core beliefs of the left today. This belief is what motivates them to continue to push a liberal agenda despite poll data suggesting that the majority of Americans don't want that liberal agenda acted upon. The left just snicker and say "oh, but you really do, you just don't know it."

You see, the left believes that everyone deep down feels the way they do. That it is only religion, hatred, love of the wrong things, and conservative talk-show hosts that make people believe that they feel differently. The left truly believes that their warped view of the world is the correct view of the world, and that the people that are opposed to that world view are a) either too stupid to know better, or b) insincere in their opposition.

That second category is where the left places people like Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, and Michael Medved. They can't deny the intelligence of these men so they instead question their sincerity. "I've never heard the left question their sincerity", you say? Well that's because this is a dirty little secret of the left. The left feels anyone intelligent that espouses conservative principles only does it for personal gain. Everyone else that espouses conservative principles is written off as stupid.

But this dirty little secret causes the left to snicker. In their own circles they snicker about how Hannity, Limbaugh, Medved, and other conservative pundits are fooling the dumb people in this country into driving up their radio ratings, buying their books, and donating their money to conservative organizations. They feel that no one with intelligence would ever really be conservative.

So they snicker about the audiences of these pundits, and call them mindless sheep. Brain-dead automatons. People unable to think for themselves. At the same time they still despise these pundits because, whether or not the pundits are sincere, they are still saying things contrary to the leftist viewpoint. And therefore they must be destroyed. However, they can't seem to penetrate those brain-dead heads in the audience to get them to turn away from these insincere conservative pundits.

Even those that rise to prominence, that truly hold to conservative principles, are mocked to scorn. George W. Bush is an "idiot". Ronald Reagan was "senile". Richard Nixon was a "stupid criminal".

Oh, they have one more category too. If someone is the rare combination of brains and conservative, then they are evil. Enter the likes of Dick Cheney.

So the truth is that the left snicker, and laugh, at the masses of conservative Americans that truly believe in conservatism. They hate and want to silence the insincere profiteers that are exploiting those masses. And they want truly intelligent conservatives brought up on charges and imprisoned.

In the meantime, they will do whatever they have to in order to ram their leftist, liberal, extreme, socialist, communist, anti-American, progressive agenda down the throats of the country. After all, in their feeble liberal minds it is really what everyone wants.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

A Public School Board I Admire!

Click here for story: Miss. school prom off after lesbian's date request

Brilliant move by this school district's board. This lesbian student wants to break the rules by wearing a tuxedo, and bring her girlfriend as her date, and get the Anti Commonsense Looney Union involved, then we'll just shut the whole thing down!

Now this girl is in for some military-style peer discipline. Imagine how popular she will be now that the prom has been canceled because of her. That is awesome!

It is about time someone started taking a stand against this kind of ridiculous grandstanding. This also proves that the gay movement in this country aren't just out to live their lives in peace, and allow others to do so as well. They want to force their lifestyle on everyone.

It is great to see that the public school system still has some conservative principles left, and some administrators willing to go to extreme measures to uphold them!

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

SOS Michigan; I Have Vetted This Organization, And I Give Them Two Thumbs Down

SOS Michigan: Save Our Schools, Students, and State. That sounds noble enough doesn't it? After all we want to save our schools, students and State, right? Who wouldn't.

The problem is how we do that. I have looked over the SOS website (found here: http://www.sosmichigan.com/) and have determined that this organization has the wrong approach for saving our schools, students and State.

This vetting I did of this organization was prompted by an interview I heard this morning on Paul W. Smith's talk show on 760AM WJR with a representative from this organization. (I checked for podcasts, but they don't have them up yet.) A red flag was immediately raised because this guy was advocating for tax "overhauls" to fund our public schools. The proposals this guy was endorsing didn't add up with the claim he continued to make: "These proposals are cost neutral to the taxpayer."

So I checked it out at their website, per his and Paul W. Smith's urging, and what I found was even more egregious. Here are their proposals, straight from their position statement:

  • Closing wasteful or ineffective loopholes in current tax laws.
  • Expanding the base of the sales tax to services.
  • Eliminating planned reductions in the income tax rate.
  • Compensating schools and local governments for unfunded mandates identified by the Legislative Commission on Unfunded Mandates.
Does any part of that sound cost "neutral" to you? Further, their statement goes on to say this:
Moving All Tax Collections to Summer. This will assist schools with cash flow issues and provide
uniformity.

Seriously? Right now my Michigan property taxes run at about 65% due in summer, 35% due in winter. Changing that would be further tax burden, on top of the proposals they outline above! Ridiculous. Any taxpayer, already paying an exorbitant amount in taxes, that would approve this are crazy. Sorry, no other way to say it. In fact, they are crazier than a bag of squirrels.

I was so fired up by this I sent off this letter to the SOS:
First of all, leave our taxes alone. I heard one of your representatives on the Paul W. Smith show this morning. Michiganders are going to be very leery of any proposals that raise taxes. You can frame the discussion any way you'd like, but if it ends up in any tax increases at all, it will be flatly rejected.

The representative made a big deal about 30 school districts being in bankruptcy. He said there could be 70 in the next year. Isn't it time to start looking at the diminished enrollment and consider school district consolidation. I realize teachers are against this because it could result in teaching job cuts, but is your focus really saving our students? Or saving teaching jobs?

In short, I was thoroughly unimpressed with the message I heard this morning.

Thank you,
LoneWolfArcher

What I've never understood about government is this idea that even in lean times they can continue spending at the same rates they always have. This is so out of touch with the average taxpayer. When lean times hit families, families cut their budgets and don't spend as much. Why is the government any different?

During lean times, when tax revenues are down, you make tough decisions and do what you have to in order to survive through those times. Government, and those in power, don't get that. That is what the Tea Party movement is all about. We as citizens are demanding fiscal responsibility in government.

The bottom line is simple. Michigan residents will not tolerate any proposals that increase taxes, nor the tax burden that we already bear. That includes collecting 100% of our property taxes at one time. That includes extending the sales tax to services. That includes continuing to fund schools at the same level despite dramatic decreases in residency and enrollment.

When the SOS starts talking about cost savings, school district consolidation, and controlling runaway spending, then I will listen.

P.S. SOS Michigan claims to be a grassroots organization. Take a look at their "Member Organizations".
Michigan Association of School Boards
Michigan Association of School Administrators
Michigan School Business Officials
Michigan Association of Secondary School Principals
TriCounty
Alliance
Michigan Association of Intermediate School Administrators
Middle Cities Education Association
School Equity Caucus
Michigan Association for Supervisions and Curriculum Development
Michigan Negotiators Association
Michigan Elementary and Middle School Principals Association
Michigan Association of Administrators of Special Education
Michigan Association of Middle School Administrators
Michigan Parent, Teacher and Student Association
Michigan High School Athletic Association
Michigan Association of Pupil Transportation
Michigan School Public Relations Association

That sounds grassroots to me. Yeah right.

Monday, March 08, 2010

Thoughts And Comment

  • Great post over at the blog Right Klik: Separation of Church and Home. The liberal onslaught against home-schooling is continuing to mount. That is why the folks over at the Alliance Defense Fund, and the work they are doing, is so important. Check that organization out.
  • Speaking of home-schooling, check out this new organization: Liberty University Online Academy. It is excellent to see that home-schoolers are being given different options through the use of technology.
  • While we are on the subject, one of the big "complaints" anti-homeschoolers use is that home-schooled children aren't getting the proper socialization necessary to function in society. I always find that funny. We attend church services 3 times a week (twice on Sunday including Sunday School and Wednesday midweek Bible study). Most anti-home-schoolers can't relate to attending church services. Plus our daughter is involved in several activities (gymnastics, archery, tee-ball). Socialization for people of faith isn't a problem. Also, for those that don't attend church services, there are home-school associations to help with socialization.
  • Of course, most anti-home-schoolers are atheistic, left-wing, liberals that dislike not having all kids in the public school system to expose them to evolutionary teaching, homosexuality as a viable alternative lifestyle, animal rights, pro-feminist doctrine, white males are evil teachings, and earth worship above all else teaching. There are a few that sincerely feel the previous point, socialization, is a concern, but that is more out of ignorance (they've fallen for that line) than actual data showing that concern is worthy. Still, 95% of those that want to eradicate home-schooling want to do so for political reasons.
  • Slowly my favorite conservative radio talk show host has become Michael Medved. Lesser known than Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity, Medved brings a more cerebral quality to conservative talk radio. (That isn't a dis on Sean and Rush, just that Medved is even more intelligent than those two.) A former liberal, Medved came over from the dark side and is now an outstanding voice for conservatives. His calm debating skills, based on facts, is difficult for liberals to deal with. You should check out his website, The Michael Medved Show, and try to catch his show if it is on in your area.
  • The left's response to the Tea Party movement is astounding to me. They've tried to belittle and disregard it at every turn. Even Tom Hanks got in on the action a few days ago when he appeared on some morning show on MSNBC (is there a more irrelevant news network!??). They've tried to characterize it as racist. Fringe. Even something started by the Republicans. What the left can't deny is the impact. Surprising election results in Virginia, New Jersey, and Massachusetts should be a wake up call for the left. Yet Pelosi, Obama, and Reid all would rather stick their head in the sand and push forward with their anti-American, socialist agenda. Hopefully, they'll do that all the way through the 2010 and 2012 elections, and pay the political price for it.
  • Seems my entire extended family has been taken in by the 3D movie Avatar. I don't typically go see movies as I am not a big fan of the left-wing trash Hollywood produces. And it seems my instincts were right about Avatar as well: Now We Know Why 'Avatar' Is So Stupid


Anti Obama  Bumpersticker from wut bumper stickers

Monday, March 01, 2010

The Role Of Faith

I've noticed a trend in dealing with atheists lately. Sometimes we as believers get pulled down into an evidence battle. Who has more "evidence" for either the existence or the non-existence of God.

Don't misunderstand, I believe we have plenty of Christian evidences: evidences that point to the existence of a higher power. I won't spend the space here to go into the mountain of evidence for God's existence. It is overwhelming.

But to argue for Christian evidences is to allow ourselves to be pulled down into a useless debate. Atheists have no evidence for their position. Much like climate change data their evidence is based on fallacies. Evolution? A joke, much of Darwin's own evidence was fraudulent. Dating methods? All are like farting in the wind and trying determine what you had for lunch. The age of the earth? See point two, but even things like the Grand Canyon can be explained. Dinosaurs? Please, we have rehashed that for decades, and the existence of dinosaurs no more disproves the Bible than any other extinct animal.

Allowing ourselves as believers to get pulled into those debates lends too much credence to the atheistic viewpoint. In the end, faith is a very important part of being a Christian, evidence or no evidence. And faith is the deciding factor in this debate because despite not admitting to it, atheists have accepted much of their "evidence" on "faith".

That last point is the key. What atheists have is faith in their beliefs. They try to say it isn't faith, but that is all they really have. Even by the Biblical definition of faith, atheists have faith, misguided as it is, in their "evidence" without any real proof.

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Hebrews 11:1


In the end all of the faux evidence atheists have are the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Faith. It is faith in the erroneous, but a faith none the less. Of course, atheists will argue to the death against the idea that what they have is faith in their beliefs because they know that if they ever admit to that then the debate is over. They will have lost.

Faith to a Christian is what all else is based on. In the end, even if we had no other evidence, our faith would be sufficient for believing in God, in his Son, and in His Word that we have in book form today. Faith is more important than evidence. (This is true for the atheist too because they have no real evidence, but again they will never admit to this.) Our faith in God's Word is what defines our Christianity.

I don't know why God wanted faith to be so important. If He wanted to He could make it clear, in no uncertain terms, that He exists and that He created everything, and that His son came to the earth just like His Word says He did. But God doesn't do this. The reason? He WANTS us to base our lives on faith.

But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
Hebrews 11:6


Where is the value in placing faith in something that doesn't require faith? For instance, I know that if I set an object down on my desk, as long as nothing moves that object then it will remain on my desk. (Scientific fact: An object at rest will remain at rest until acted upon by an outside force.) But there is no value in expressing faith in that because that is a fact in no uncertain terms.

The fact is that God wants us to have faith, no, He requires us to have faith. We can choose what to put our faith into, but to put our faith into something other than His existence is foolish.

The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.
Psalms 14:1


Not only do I have faith in God's existence, but I have faith in the foolishness of atheists. One day they will know that God exists, unfortunately for them it will be too late.

For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.
Romans 14:11,12


So on the Day of Judgment, God will reveal His existence in no uncertain terms. For those that had faith in His existence, and were obedient to His will, there will be reward. For those that put their faith in His non-existence, there will be condemnation. I pray that all will accept His existence, and come to a knowledge and understanding of His word.