Biden the Pooh Head
October 23, 2010
Close your windows, lock your doors.
Hat Tip to the Anglican Curmudgeon
October 22, 2010
This whimpering, sniveling exercise in down n' dirty broadcast begging was on the air from 1956 through 1964 and prior to that was on radio starting in the mid-forties. I blame programming like this for preparing the national mind set that accepted the unparalleled welfare spending that started under President Lyndon Johnson's War on Poverty in 1965.
These women would come out with the most incredible, heart breaking stories of personal hardship. It was choreographed commiseration, a cacophony of catastrophe, a televised pity orgy. And of course the winner was the sob sister who generated the most audience response on the applause meter:
The show opened with host Jack Bailey asking the audience—mostly women—"Would YOU like to be Queen for a day?" After this, the contestants were introduced and interviewed, one at a time, with commercials and fashion commentary interspersed between each contestant.
Using the classic "applause meter", as did many game and hit-parade style shows of the time, Queen for a Day had its own special twist: each contestant had to talk publicly about the recent financial and emotional hard times she had been through.
Bailey began each interview gently, asking the contestant first about her life and family, and maintaining a positive and upbeat response no matter what she told him. For instance, when a woman said she had a crippled child, he would ask if her second child was "Okay." On learning that the second child was not crippled, he might say, "Well, that's good, you have one healthy child."
Of course the verification process for these stories is unknown; the important thing was that you, the viewer, were guaranteed a long, satisfying bawl session. Corporate sponsors were used to supply the prizes, but of course these costs were merely passed on to the consumers who purchased their products. This program sounds like the original focus group for the Democrats. But now the taxpayers are forced to provide the prizes and bawl when they see what's left in their pay checks.
The harsher the circumstances under which the contestant labored, the likelier the studio audience was to ring the applause meter's highest level. The winner, to the musical accompaniment of Pomp and Circumstance, would be draped in a sable-trimmed red velvet robe, given a glittering jeweled crown to wear, placed on a velvet-upholstered throne, and handed a dozen long-stemmed roses to hold as she wept, often uncontrollably, while her list of prizes was announced.
October 21, 2010
October 20, 2010
Rome, 19 Oct. (AKI) - Christians are at risk of being targeted by Muslim fundamentalist organisations because they are considered a symbol of Western culture, said Italian foreign minister Franco Frattini.
"Fundamentalists equate Christianity with a West that should be attacked," he said on Tuesday during a speech at a Rome conference on Christians in the Middle East.
Christians are the victims of two-thirds of murders related to "religious hatred", he said.
"Christianphobia today is a growing danger," he added.
I was going to include some pictures of Christian school children beheaded by men adhering to the murderous tenets of Islam but I just cannot. If you wish to be dismayed and disgusted, google images under "Islam Violent."
In case you missed the eloquence on display at the N.Y. gubernatorial debate, check out this:
Good thing they had the RITDHP in there, and the madam, and the Greens, and the Libertarians, the Freakerations, the Black Panthers, I mean, really, because Cuomo just skated. It was good comedy, but that's what deep blue insane asylums like NY do. Did Levi Johnson not get his NY residency in time to run? You have to laugh to keep from crying.
I see this as more fallout from what Sig was recently talking about -- a culture that values fame or notoriety for its own sake. People of substance need not apply ... the circus has come to town.
For sure, Paladino has made some campaign mistakes, which is too bad. It would be great to have him knocking heads in Albany. Lightning may strike, but it appears he is going down. In this year, though, where the conservative loses it will be because of turnovers, foibles, the Demo masquerading as a conservative, etc.
That is, again, we are winning the battle of ideas, and long-term the "Government is Too Damn Big" Party is going to be on the ascendency.
Make it happen.
October 19, 2010
The Republicans have let conservatives down in a number of ways, for sure.
October 18, 2010
October 17, 2010
In his book “The Winner Within,” Riley warns of the dangers of “The Disease of Me.” He writes how his former team, the Lakers, allowed their egos to cause one of the quickest falls in the history of the NBA.
Of course not all self interest is bad. We must provide for ourselves and our families. But we live in a society where we must work with others in order to produce goods and services and to live in harmony with fellow citizens.
Perhaps the most egregious example of this is the failure to realize the difference between significance and fame. In much of today's media offering, the desire to be famous is fed by irrational, farcical behavior that will hopefully garner attention, no matter how misguided. The motto of so many is "Look at me!" and fifteen minutes of fame
Today, fame is found in the likes of movie stars and other celebrities; to this end, Paris Hilton comes to mind. She is perhaps the archetype of what ails our society with respect to what is significant and what is not. She is the beautiful, spoiled daughter of a wealthy family who draws media attention like a dead horse draws maggots. Her escapades are shameful, bordering on criminal at times. Lindsay Lohan is another. Both come from privileged backgrounds where self discipline was never taught. They troubles are of their own making: DUI arrests, promiscuous sex, drugs, violating their terms of probation.
Compare them with significant figures in history, giants among men if you will. The Founding Fathers for one. Men who truly sacrificed their fortunes, their families, even their lives for an ideal that birthed the greatest nation of modern times. But these men were guided by a belief that was forged under great duress. The belief that a nation could rule itself guided by the dictates of a Sovereign God. That an Almighty Creator endued Men with inalienable rights and that government should be formed in order to protect and maintain these rights rather than grant these rights themselves.
As so much of our culture was based on a firm belief in Christianity, I think of the Apostle Paul and his Letters to Timothy - in particular his second letter, for this was the last letter he wrote before his execution by Nero, circa 67 AD. Paul did not write this letter from a position of privilege and comfort; according to Christian tradition he wrote 2nd Timothy from the Mamertine Prison in Rome.
The Mamertine was converted to a church in the 17th century, but as early as 700 BC it was a prison used to house condemned criminals until their execution.
The Mamertime Prison is mentioned by several ancient writers, including Livy, who dated its construction to the 7th century BC under King Ancus:"It was found that in so great a multitude the distinction between right and wrong had become obscured, and crimes were being secretly committed. Accordingly to overawe men's growing lawlessness, a prison was built in the midst of the city, above the Forum." (Livy 1.33.8)The lower room of the remaining part is known as the Tullianum after its builder Servius Tullius (6th century BC). This part served as a place not of punishment but of detention and execution for condemned criminals. The ancient historian Sallust said it was 12 feet below the ground and "neglect, darkness and stench make it hideous and fearsome to behold."
Prisoners were lowered into what were former cisterns - cold and dank - and there were no considerations for sanitation. Everything had to be handed down or hauled up by rope. It was from here that Paul wrote his last pastoral letter that has resounded through two millennia for priests, ministers, pastors and chaplains. He wrote it to encourage Timothy to persevere through hard times. Significant? Amen. Famous? Who cares. We'll meet him some day.