October 23, 2010

From The Joe Biden Clueless Collection

You lookin' to wipe yer ass with a stump, Skippy?

H/T IOwnTheWorld

Biden the Pooh Head

DC's Music Festival -- Ladies' Night

I am starting to get a little c. 1979-1980 feeling. Ah, yes. How about you?

The 80's -- lampooned by the left as a meaningless time of drift -- was actually a very good decade for many. As the nation turned its back on Carter's days of malaise and moved forward, America assailed the supposedly inexorable forces of government growth and communism expansion at the same time.

This weekend's featured band burst onto the scene at the beginning of the decade when America was learning to believe and take risks again.

Fittingly, these Southern California girls were the first female band band to both write their own music and play their instruments ... and top the Billboard charts. So, like Sandra Day O'Connor, they made history (and some good tunes) in the 80's.

Plus, they had Belinda Carlisle. Okay, enough intro ...

Here they are with their best, I think, a tune that makes me smile and puts a giddy-up in my step each time it plays:

Check it out HERE. Plus, it contains good advice for weathering Demo attacks in the last few days of a political campaign.

And finally, this weekend we have an encore presentation of Tammy Wynette's smash hit, very tenderly performed by the Blues Brothers ... also in 1980. This one goes out to Barney Frank, who remains in a very tight reelection race in the home of the first Tea Party back in 1773 (1776 for leftists who never studied American history). Subtitles provided for our readers in Asia.

Hide Your Husbands

An attempt rape at an Alabama housing project has made an entire nation fearful.
It's raining rapists.
Close your windows, lock your doors.
An idiot rapist may be coming for you.

The following is a GNN Public Service Announcement.
DC will be running this PSA every day during the National Hide Your Husband Week starting tomorrow.

I just can't wait for November. Things are going to change.

"At a recent debate between lefty Rep. Melissa Bean and her GOP challenger Joe Walsh, the League of Women Voters didn’t want to begin the proceedings with the Pledge of Allegiance. The audience had a different view of things…(something is brewing, people)" ... Big Government

Hat Tip to the Anglican Curmudgeon

October 22, 2010

Queens For A Lifetime

As a kid I remember coming home from school and seeing my grandmother watching the soaps on television. But in a league of its own, one TV show that Nana never missed, was this program: "Queen For A Day." To the best of my knowledge, Barney Frank was never selected as a contestant.

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.

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.[3]

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."

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 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.

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.

What fellowship does the light have with the darkness?

The Apostle Paul asked this question in his second letter to the church at Corinth. Although he was talking in a spiritual context, I have been thinking of this verse as I contemplate where our political discourse is going, particularly in the wake of the NPR-Juan Williams fiasco.

Williams, by all accounts, is a man of good faith. He is a liberal guy, but I appreciate and listen to what he has to say. He obviously thinks that Fox News and its viewers (and presumably contributors) have the right to exist.

I remember when Williams got choked up at the election of America's first black president. It made an impact on me. He's a thoughtful, liberal guy, and he loves America.

There are surely others like Williams who are reasonable folks who just think that we conservatives are missing it on the issues. I think of guys like Pat Caddell, Ed Rendell, and Joe Trippi. Funny, but these guys appear on Fox, as well.

You know, even Bill Clinton I think is a bit of a different cat, but I think he understands that good people can come to different conclusions than he does. I wonder about Hill, but that's a discussion for another day ... like when she challenges Zero in 2012?

We all have good-hearted libs in our lives, and hopefully, they see us as good-hearted conservatives. We simply see each other as wrong-headed. That's fine and dandy, and what political discourse is all about. We can have discourse, or fellowship if you will, under such circumstances. We believe in the same fundamental things -- the country is good, open exchanges are helpful and productive, we respect and can profit from talking to each other, and we each understand our fallibility and that we may be wrong.

But when some one goes over the edge -- that is, when the post-modern virus that infects us all becomes a full-fledged fever to where one becomes judge, jury, and legislature of the world as he sees it -- then discourse is unproductive. We simply have too little in common at that point to even talk. It's akin to speaking different languages, or maybe even trying to talk to some one who is shooting at you. You can try, but at best it doesn't work. At worst, you can get hurt.

In politics, this is why we are unable to work with the modern Demo party; it's infected with hard left types who think that we conservative are evil incarnate. And the modern left will refuse to relent until all vestiges of what we stand for are eradicated from the public square. Put another way, we are more than wrong; we are evil. If you go on Fox, or watch it, you are unworthy, period. Make no mistake. Williams' real sin was in undermining the NPR/Left theme that conservatives are a threat to the world.

For my part, I think we are all "bad," if you will, in that we are all fallible. At some point, any of us can become so off-track that there is simply no reason to talk. Lord knows I have wasted a lot of time and key strokes arguing with leftists out here in the cyber-world.

So, how do you "work with them," as some Republicans have postulated? The answer is ... you are wasting your time. There is simply insufficient common ground to even talk. There is no fellowship between light and darkness. The existence of one reduces the other, and vice versa.

Most conservatives instinctively know this, so you simply do what you know is right.

We all know -- Obama, Pelosi, and Reid have the post-modern fever. They have crossed the line.

What fellowship does light have with darkness?

After Nov. 2, we will expect our elected representatives to be on our side of that line.

October 21, 2010

What DeMint said ...

Check it out.

You know, as a conservative and lifelong Republican, it makes you wonder what problems s0-called Republicans would have with Jim DeMint.

For the record ... I am on board with every word.

Let's make this tsunami happen, get some new conservatives elected and then let the chips fall where they may.

October 20, 2010

Someone Else In Europe Gets It

Quite a few people in Europe are "getting it." We can only pray that there is a growing realization of the danger posed by Islam to Christian communities throughout the world. And I am not referring to Islamic extremists; Islam itself is antithetical to Christianity and every other religion. Perhaps the Europeans are not as clueless as we fear; they must rouse themselves from their slumber and listen to voices such as this.

From Italy:

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

And the fools in the media decry homophobia, Islamophobia, even fears based on "cellular memory" from Past Life Regression. I kid you not - diagnosis of phobias based on hypnotic exploration of prior lives.

But barely a word regarding the tens of thousands of lives ended prematurely throughout the world by raging lunatics screaming "Allah Akbar" at the tops of their lungs. Phobia? Fear of a clear and present danger is not an unreasonable psychological reaction. It is a rational, problem solving response to this:
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."

Paladino Catches Break: "Rent is Too Damn High" Party Splits Demo Vote in NY

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

Democrats: The Party of Maher and Bahar

The Republicans have let conservatives down in a number of ways, for sure.

But in life, there are alternatives to our choices. Now we know what we get with the Demos -- a complete, unmitigated trainwreck of a government.

With their backs to the wall and too cowardly to run on the disasterous Obama agenda which they support (Pennsyvania Gov. Ed Rendell called them "wussies" for this yesterday), Democrats instead mock the Christian faith of their opponents. We need some more words to describe this ... words fail me here.

But this is where the post-modern Left always is yearning ... with its tired, huddled masses ... to break free and go -- to lambast some one for having real faith. Usually, they restrict this behavior to NY, San Francisco, and college classrooms, however (where mature adults cannot see it in full flower). Now, backed into a corner, though, they are out in force.

See what they are doing to Christine O'Donnell (a "nut" because she takes her Catholic faith seriously) or Rand Paul (an "extremist" who they oddly argue in conservative Kentucky is not a real Christian). Okay, with Paul they may have a point -- he's a Presbyterian. But I jest.

You see what is happening? These people want nothing but secularism and post-modernism in the public square. People who disagree with them are unfit to serve, in their view.

Yes, I know the election is principally about the failed economic policies of Zero and Co.

But consider the package the Demos are offering. They want a world where genuine people of faith -- except the proponents of the Ground Zero mosque, of course -- are shouted down and hounded from office.

Two weeks to go, people. Make something happen in your neck of the woods.

Look out, Harry Pelosi...

October 18, 2010

I miss Ronald Reagan

A picture (video) is worth a thousand words ...

Funny how Bielat just points at him and laughs. "Are you serious?"

Granted, it's pretty lame heckling, but ... B. Frank has to heckle some poor, rockhead former Marine conservative dude running in Massachusetts? And he can't even get a typical Demo rent-a-mob? He has to send his boyfriend?

Can't a brother get a liberal hand in heckling in Massachusetts?

We are winning, folks ... something bigger than this election. But the election is a good start.

Pressing on ...

October 17, 2010

Disease Of Me

Terry Bradshaw on the Fox NFL Sunday show quoted basketball coach Pat Riley's concept of the "Disease of Me," and how an improper inward personal focus by individuals can cause problems for a team desiring to accomplish a stated goal.

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.

Bradshaw's talk about attitude and how dangerous ego satisfaction/self promotion can be to a team effort (re the New Orleans Saints) got me thinking about the sermon I heard this morning. The Disease of Me is running rampant throughout our nation and it is not isolated to high profile professional athletes. The focus of so many Americans is wrong and it is causing problems at every level of our society. In our homes, our schools, churches, workplace, places of leisure, sports - everywhere - many individuals are more concerned with their own interests.

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.
Like so many other celebrities, they are famous, but they have never really produced anything of lasting value - of long term significance to others. Their fame will only survive as footnotes on bad behavior for a generation or so. Then into the dustbin of history for the both of them.

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.