Saturday, November 29, 2008

Is There a God?

Hillary Clinton's Fix
Even if the vetting problems involving former president Bill Clinton's finances can be resolved, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton may face another roadblock on her way to the secretary of state's chair.

It's called the Constitution of the United States, specifically, Article One, Section Six, also known as the emoluments clause. ("Emoluments" means things like salaries.) It says that no member of Congress, during the term for which he was elected, shall be named to any office "the emoluments whereof shall have been increased during his term." This applies, we're advised, whether the member actually voted on the raises or not.

In Clinton's case, during her current term in the Senate, which began in January 2007, cabinet salaries were increased from $186,600 to $191,300. This situation has arisen before, most famously in the case called "The Saxbe Fix," but it involves a controversial, somewhat tortured reading of the Sacred Document.

That "fix" came in 1973, when President Nixon nominated Ohio Sen. William Saxbe (R) to be attorney general after the famed "Saturday Night Massacre" during the Watergate scandal. Saxbe was in the Senate in 1969 when the AG's pay was raised.

Congress acceded to Nixon's request to lower the attorney general's salary to its pre-1969 level. Apparently this had been done once before, in 1909, for a senator in line to be secretary of state. And President George H.W. Bush, as he was leaving office, approved a Saxbe fix so that Treasury Secretary Lloyded Bentsen could move from the Senate to take that job.

But Democrats in the past have inveighed against this sleight-of-hand. In the Saxbe case, 10 senators, all Democrats, voted against the ploy on constitutional grounds. Sen. Robert C. Byrd (D-W.Va.), the only one of them who remains in the Senate, said at the time that the Constitution was explicit and "we should not delude the American people into thinking a way can be found around the constitutional obstacle."

Call it the Hillary Amendment?
One can hope.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Thank You Mr. President

Thank you Mr. President from Steven Curtis Chapman:
Whether you voted for him & love him, or you’ve disagreed with all his policies and dislike him... Could we all agree on this? We owe President Bush a sincere thank you. As the historic Inauguration of President Elect Barack Obama approaches, pauses to thank our outgoing President for his service to our great country. This Thanksgiving weekend, we hope you’ll enjoy a new song by Steven written in President Bush’s honor.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Turkey Day Humor

ROFLSHMSH hilarious!

found via

UPDATE: Here's the opening scene and an extended version of the "finale" complete with Mr. Carlson's classic closing line.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Critical Mass of Political Correctness

Reports of politically correct stupidity have reached the critical mass whereby I am compelled to blog upon them:

A week old, but still good: Conservative silenced on election night in Philly
The incident in question happened during an election night party in Philadelphia for Barack Obama, when a young man showed up wearing a McCain-Palin T-shirt. A video shows he was roughed up a bit, handcuffed, and jailed. Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel says there is a constitutional right to freedom of expression that this man was denied.
No kidding. But the Obamatrons don't care about freedom of speech, or precious little else in the old piece of paper our country was founded upon.

Next a case of egregious legal system abuse by one of the "protected classes" who have made this kind of behavior a hallmark: Suit forces eHarmony to offer gay dating service
The settlement was the result of a discrimination complaint filed by Eric McKinley against eHarmony in 2005, which will be dismissed under the settlement agreement.
Once society starts down the path of socialism the concept of private companies goes out the window.

Speaking of that "protected class" here is another example of hallmark behavior: 'Gay' activists engage in 'hate crimes' against Christians
Dr. Gary Cass of the Christian Anti-Defamation Commission (CADC) is calling on law enforcement to provide protection in light of recent assaults on the Christian community. A Michigan church called Mount Hope was recently attacked by a self-titled homosexual anarchist group called Bash Back.

Homosexual activists, according to Cass, have made it a regular practice to protest outside of California's churches, and he contends something should be done about it. "We're calling for the police to protect people of faith for standing for traditional values," he says.
Still waiting for the headlines about radical alternative sexual lifestyle activists arrested for hate crimes [cue crickets]

On to the topic of community standards, or shall I say the destruction of them by legal means: 'Dirty dancing' ban holds, town pays thousands

A small North Carolina town is caving in to the American Civil Liberties Union over an eight-year-old case of "dirty dancing."

The incident in Marshall occurred at a community facility where a micro-mini-skirted Rebecca Willis, who was 56 at the time, was gyrating on the dance floor simulating intimate acts with a dance partner. According to Associated Press, the woman's dress was so short that it exposed her under-clothing -- but Willis prefers to label her style of dancing as "exuberant and flamboyant," not obscene.

Evidently, however, clientele at the Marshall Depot disagreed, and Willis was told to stay away from the refurbished train station that serves as a community center. She brought a lawsuit, and now the city has agreed to pay $275,000 to settle the suit. AP says the town strongly opposes lifting the ban on Willis.
Thank you for not having pictures. Some people need to grow up, even if they are 56.

And finally to the truly unfathomable: NYC Churches Ordered Not To Shelter Homeless
City officials have ordered 22 New York churches to stop providing beds to homeless people.

With temperatures well below freezing early Saturday, the churches must obey a city rule requiring faith-based shelters to be open at least five days a week -- or not at all
Why such a rule? It makes no sense to me, unless there is some reason the city officials feel must control where the homeless sleep. This smacks of fascism or socialism to me, not surprising for NYC.
"We really don't want people sleeping on the streets, on grates, on church steps. We want people sleeping in [our] beds," said Homeless Commissioner Robert Hess.
IMNSHO society is in trouble on many fronts.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008


Work busy.
Blogging light.
Newest toy:
Reactive target?*

*Please note this post is NOT intended in any way, shape or form to be a threat to our current President-elect. It is merely an observation that certain inanimate circular ceramic items might be put to interesting uses.

Friday, November 14, 2008

President-Elect's Religious Persuasion

I read through this interview with Barack Obama regarding his beliefs with quite some interest (found via Kuo & Joe).

The bottom line for me is that even though he self-identifies as a Christian, his beliefs IMNSHO do not line up with many core beliefs of either traditional or evangelical Christianity: His definition of "sin" and view of Jesus make that quite clear.

To me he comes across as individualistic moral humanist. His moral underpinnings are based on vaguely-Judeo-Christian pantheistic deism, and he appears to have some favor for emotionalism in religious expression, but fundamentally he looks into himself as the center of belief. Maybe such belief is more in line with post-modern "Christianity", but it is not what I consider to be even minimally Christian (e.g., an omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent triune God; active in this world; sin as being contrary to God's will; salvation from sin through death and resurrection of Jesus).

I also find it interesting that such an interview is done after the election, and even more so that he is pretty explicit about why. We are in for a long 4 years (at least).

UPDATE (11/14/2008): Following some comments on the original article over at Kuo&Joe I tracked down this article in Christianity Today. In it (page 2) he sounds much closer to a traditional Christian, at least of the social gospel flavor:
I am a Christian, and I am a devout Christian. I believe in the redemptive death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. I believe that that faith gives me a path to be cleansed of sin and have eternal life. But most importantly, I believe in the example that Jesus set by feeding the hungry and healing the sick and always prioritizing the least of these over the powerful. I didn't 'fall out in church' as they say, but there was a very strong awakening in me of the importance of these issues in my life. I didn't want to walk alone on this journey. Accepting Jesus Christ in my life has been a powerful guide for my conduct and my values and my ideals.
In the end I am left confused as to where he really stands. Reconciling these two interviews is possible, but IMNSHO requires some serious intellectual gymnastics, which may or may not end up at a Christian belief depending upon the tack taken. Is he trying to be obtuse? If so why? Does he really see the apparent dichotomy in these statements? Or is he just saying what he thinks each particular audience wants to hear? Read and form your own opinions. I'm still working on mine, although it's leaning towards the last question.

Friday, November 07, 2008

Hope and Change

Chris Tomlin's "Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone)" struck a chord this evening on the way home. Here are the lyrics, with my thoughts:
Amazing grace
How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me
I once was lost, but now I'm found
Was blind, but now I see

'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear
And grace my fears relieved
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed

My chains are gone
I've been set free
My God, my Savior has ransomed me
And like a flood His mercy rains
Unending love, Amazing grace

The Lord has promised good to me
His word my hope secures
He will my shield and portion be
As long as life endures

Here is true hope. Not that of the political nature, but true, enduring, life-changing hope.

The earth shall soon dissolve like snow
The sun forbear to shine
But God, Who called me here below
Will be forever mine
Will be forever mine
You are forever mine

There will be change, for that is what this world is about. But God is forever certain and He is our anchor in the midst of change.
God Bless

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

RIP: USA as We Know It

The Marxist One wins. To paraphrase what I have read elsewhere, on November 4th 53% voted to take money from the other 46% and redistribute that wealth to themselves.

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Good One

From The Smallest Minority:

Hallowen III

Bigger and bigger government at best, brown-shirts at worst.

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Clueless II

"I never thought this day would happen. I won’t have to worry on puttin’ gas in my car. I won’t have to worry at payin’ my mortgage...He's gonna help me."