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Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Then fill to me, the parting glass; goodnight and joy be to you all.

I'm afraid I shall be absent from this humble blog for some indefinite time, tarrying amongst piles of biochemistry books and papers sent from inter-library loan.

Until I return, which I promise to do, I suggest browsing the archives, making tea, or composing a symphony. You might check back at the start of May.

Take care, my dear readers. God bless, and goodnight.

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Fat-Bottomed Republicans

To the Tune of Fat-Bottomed Girls, by Queen

Oh, you picked John McCain tonight
Ah, Dressed up in some red-hued lies
But his liberal side will soon come out
Republicans,
When he wins, the liberal’s coming out.

Hey I was just a politician
Never knew no truth from fiction
But I knew they just pick reds for the GOP
So I hid all my positions
And I hired rhetoricians
And my consultants made a Republican out of me.

Hey Hey!

Lobbyists across the land
Come to me with cash in hand
They know they can turn my vote which every way,
But my independent style
Will trick you voters for awhile,
Just long enough for me to win the pres’dency.

Oh, you picked John McCain tonight
Ah, Dressed up in some red-hued lies
But his liberal side will soon come out
Republicans,
When he wins, the liberal’s coming out.
Republicans,
When he wins, the liberal’s coming out


Hey listen here
Now you’ve mortgaged all your homes
deep in debt with all them loans
Aint no money left in this locality (I tell you)
Oh but I’ll still get my pleasure
I’ll still tax away your treasure
I’m only red until I win the pres’dency
Now get this

Oh, you picked John McCain tonight
Ah, Dressed up in some red-hued lies
But his liberal side will soon come out
Republicans,
When he wins, the liberal’s coming out.
Republicans,
When he wins, the liberal’s coming out

McCain is full of Lies!

Ooh, yeah them Republicans
Republicans
Yeah yeah yeah
He’s no Republican
No, no

Are you gonna take me home tonight
Ah down beside that red firelight
Are you gonna let it all hang out
Fat bottomed girls
You make the rockin' world go round

Hey I was just a skinny lad
Never knew no good from bad
But I knew life before I left my nursery
Left alone with big fat fanny
She was such a naughty nanny
Heap big woman you made a bad boy out of me


Hey hey!

I’ve been singing with my band
Across the wire across the land
I seen ev'ry blue eyed floozy on the way
But their beauty and their style
Went kind of smooth after a while
Take me to them dirty ladies every time


Oh won't you take me home tonight?
Oh down beside your red firelight
Oh and you give it all you got
Fat bottomed girls you make the rockin' world go round
Fat bottomed girls you make the rockin' world go round

Hey listen here
Now your mortgages and homes
I got stiffness in the bones
Ain't no beauty queens in this locality (I tell you)
Oh but I still get my pleasure
Still got my greatest treasure
Heap big woman you gonna make a big man out of me
Now get this


Oh you gonna take me home tonight
Oh down beside your red firelight
Oh you gonna let it all hang out
Fat bottomed girls you make the rockin world go round
Fat bottomed girls you make the rockin world go round

Get on your bikes and ride!

Oooh yeah them fat bottomed girls
Fat bottomed girls
Yeah yeah yeah
Fat bottomed girls
Yes yes

McCain...Prince of His Own Dream-Castle

"...The storm outside, in the winter of our discontent, will allow of no idle building of dream-castles; the summer indolence of the age of optimism is long gone by. The conservative, if he knows his own tradition, understands that his appointed part, in the present forlorn state of society, is to save man from fading into a ghost condemned to linger hopeless in a rotten tenement."

- Russell Kirk, in Prospects for Conservatives, 1989



Wake up and smell the coffee before it turns cold, Republicans...

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

On Reagan's Birthday- -

American conservatives across the nation awoke to find their party had left them. And now we are faced with one very important, very difficult question: where do we go from here? McCain has been unequivocally condemned by Ann Coulter, Rush Limbaugh, the AFA, Dr. James Dobson, Tammy Bruce, and the near entirety of the blogosphere, talk radio, and the Conservative establishment.

In this primary, conservatives hopped from Gilmore, to Tancredo, to Hunter, to Thompson, and finally in desperation to Huckabee or Romney. But it seems we failed. And it appears our party will choose
"an open-borders, anti-tax cut, anti-free speech, global-warming hysteric, pro-human experimentation 'Republican.'" Which is to say, a Democrat.

Short of a miraculous VP appointment, I will not vote for McCain. Believe me, I fully recognize the meaning of my decision. It means I am choosing to elect a Democrat--Hillary or Obama-- to the highest office in the land. It may mean lost SCOTUS seats. It may mean socialized medicine.

But if we dare elect this treacherous apostate the consequences will be far worse.

McCain is on record criticizing Justice Alito as "too conservative," promoting universal amnesty for twenty million fugitives in the largest affront to US sovereignty since the birth of this nation (McCain-Kennedy), cosponsoring the most egregious assault on free speech in the past two decades (McCain-Feingold), denouncing the Swift Boat Veterans and water-boarding of terrorists, and trying to
raise taxes on gasoline 50 cents per gallon in a pie in the sky quest to placate the morons who believe in the theory of anthropological global warming (McCain-Lieberman). And what's worst, is that with an "(R)" after his name, the Republicans won't even fight him.

Ann Coulter lays out the choice in no uncertain terms:

If Hillary is elected president, we'll have a four-year disaster, with Republicans ferociously opposing her, followed by Republicans zooming back into power, as we did in 1980 and 1994, and 2000. (I also predict more Oval Office incidents with female interns.)

If McCain is elected president, we'll have a four-year disaster, with the Republicans in Congress co-opted by "our" president, followed by 30 years of Democratic rule.
It is clear that we cannot vote for McCain. I do not believe I can bring myself to vote for Hillary, as Coulter suggests, however. Nor could I simply stay at home and watch my countrymen dash over a cliff like so many droves of lemmings. So it seems my only choice left is to vote third party and pray the GOP learns its lesson.

McCain has not won the election yet. But I believe in this dark hour, the best we may hope for is a brokered convention.


I never believed it would come to this. But merely staying home and whining as Dr. Dobson seems to suggest would accomplish nothing but cowardice and sloth. As conservatives we have a duty to defend our nation and our principles regardless of party and regardless of the odds. "The fewer men, the greater share of honor." What could be more truly said of conservatives today?

When I cast my vote in November, it may not be for the most popular candidate-- but it will be for the right one. I will have cast a vote for which I will never be ashamed. And I believe my vote will have made a difference. I've always assumed I would vote Republican in my first presidential election. But I will not allow a slavish obedience to blind party loyalty force me to prostitute my principles.


Happy Birthday, Mr. Reagan. I'm sorry that traitor McCain dared to mention your name at CPAC.

We miss you down here...

Ronald Reagan, Addressing the first CPAC, in 1975:

Americans are hungry to feel once again a sense of mission and greatness.

I don ‘t know about you, but I am impatient with those Republicans who after the last election rushed into print saying, “We must broaden the base of our party”—when what they meant was to fuzz up and blur even more the differences between ourselves and our opponents.

It was a feeling that there was not a sufficient difference now between the parties that kept a majority of the voters away from the polls. When have we ever advocated a closed-door policy? Who has ever been barred from participating?

Our people look for a cause to believe in. Is it a third party we need, or is it a new and revitalized second party, raising a banner of no pale pastels, but bold colors which make it unmistakably clear where we stand on all of the issues troubling the people?

Let us show that we stand for fiscal integrity and sound money and above all for an end to deficit spending, with ultimate retirement of the national debt.

Let us also include a permanent limit on the percentage of the people’s earnings government can take without their consent.

Let our banner proclaim a genuine tax reform that will begin by simplifying the income tax so that workers can compute their obligation without having to employ legal help.

And let it provide indexing—adjusting the brackets to the cost of living—so that an increase in salary merely to keep pace with inflation does not move the taxpayer into a surtax bracket. Failure to provide this means an increase in government’s share and would make the worker worse off than he was before he got the raise.

Let our banner proclaim our belief in a free market as the greatest provider for the people.

Let us also call for an end to the nit-picking, the harassment and over-regulation of business and industry which restricts expansion and our ability to compete in world markets.

Let us explore ways to ward off socialism, not by increasing government’s coercive power, but by increasing participation by the people in the ownership of our industrial machine.

Our banner must recognize the responsibility of government to protect the law-abiding, holding those who commit misdeeds personally accountable.

And we must make it plain to international adventurers that our love of peace stops short of “peace at any price.”

We will maintain whatever level of strength is necessary to preserve our free way of life.

A political party cannot be all things to all people. It must represent certain fundamental beliefs which must not be compromised to political expediency, or simply to swell its numbers.

I do not believe I have proposed anything that is contrary to what has been considered Republican principle. It is at the same time the very basis of conservatism. It is time to reassert that principle and raise it to full view. And if there are those who cannot subscribe to these principles, then let them go their way.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

And They Who Seek To Abolish Our Precious Strong Verbs

Let them be Anathema.

As 24 States Vote, a Grab for Delegates, and an Edge
"No wonder that Mr. McCain sneaked a last-minute trip to California onto his schedule for Tuesday morning." -New York Times

Sunday, January 27, 2008

More Aptly Stated

“ ‘It’s my opinion that we have been the policemen of the world long enough. We policed the seas for pirates and slavers. Now we police the land for dervishes and brigands and every sort of danger to civilization. There is never a mad priest or a witch doctor, or a firebrand of any sort on this planet, who does not report his appearance by sniping the nearest British officer. Ones tires of it at last, If a Kurd breaks loose in Asia Minor, the world wants to know why Great Britain does not keep him in order. If there is a military mutiny in Egypt, or a jihad in the Sudan, it is still Great Britain who has to set it right. And all to an accompaniment of curses such as the policemen gets when he seizes a ruffian among his pals. We get hard knocks and no thanks, and why should we do it? Let Europe do its own dirty work.’

'Well," said Colonel Cochrane, crossing his legs and leaning forward with the decision of a man who has definite opinions, "I don’t at all agree with you, Brown, and I think that to advocate such a course is to take a very limited view of our national duties. I think that behind national interests and diplomacy and all that there lies a great guiding force – a Providence, in fact – which is forever getting the best out of each nation and using it for the good of the whole. When a nation ceases to respond, it is time that she went into hospital for a few centuries, like Spain or Greece – the virtue has gone out of her. A man or a nation is not placed upon this earth to do mmerely what is pleasant and what is profitable. It is often called upon to carry out what is both unpleasant and unprofitable, but if it is obviously right it is mere shirking not to undertake it."

-Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Tragedy of the Korosko, 1898

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

To Recall a Holocaust

The infamous Roe v. Wade decision that turned our Constitution into a murder pact and our doctor's offices into execution chambers was handed down by the Supreme Court on January 22, 1973. Every year since, pro-life gatherings across the country are held on that day as a memorial. We had such a gathering on the steps of Central Hall last evening, as campus Christians met to pray for our nation and the unborn. As part of this year's observance, President Bush issued a National Sanctity of Human Life Day proclamation.

Additionally, the annual March for Life was held in Washington, D. C. yesterday, and President Bush invited a number of the event's leaders to the White House, where he delivered strong remarks defending the rights of the unborn.

You should read the President's proclamation as well as his comments to those gathered at the White House.

I hope you will join me in prayer on this somber day.

In Christ,
Daniel

Monday, January 21, 2008

Fresh from the Newsies

Panic '08 ?

NYC Seeks Ban Ban On Pollution, Radiation Detectors

Bloomberg Proposes More High-Tech "Solutions" to Swell Government


Leader of Anti-Gun Group Was Selling Guns to Gangs (Pictures Here)

CIA Admits Cyberattacks Blacked Out Cities (?)


New Book Advocates Exit Strategy from Public Schools


More Stupid People From My State: MI Teens Who Ran Away for "Love" Found Safe in Louisiana

Why I've Decided Never to Use the Bathrooms On an Airplane: So Nobody's Watching the Movie Anymore?


A Split Decision on Super Tuesday?

Immunogenicity of a Tetravalent Meningococcal Glycoconjugate Vaccine in Infants: A Randomized Controlled Trial

Biological Link Between BRCA1 and Breast Cancer Detailed

SC Democrat debate: Punch, Judy, and Silky; Update: Squabbling, mud-slinging, the gloves are off!

This Is Quite Funny

Why I Love My Country: Gen. "Butt Naked" Confesses to 20,000 Murders In Liberia [Graphic]

Saline Nasal Wash Helps Improve Children's Cold Symptoms

From Ann Coulter:

Unluckily for McCain, snowstorms in Michigan suppressed the turnout among Democratic "Independents" who planned to screw up the Republican primary by voting for our worst candidate. Democrats are notoriously unreliable voters in bad weather. Instead of putting on galoshes and going to the polls, they sit on their porches waiting for FEMA to rescue them. Note: I Strenuously Disagree With Giving A Flip-Flop, Massachusetts-Liberal Pagan Who Literally Wants to be a God Our Party's Nomination

Monday, January 07, 2008

In the News

Group looks at ways to open both Howell High, Parker
We warned them...

Liberalism, Conservativism in Cold War

Abortion Triples Incidence of Underweight Births


"'Need' now means wanting someone else's money. 'Greed' means wanting to keep your own. 'Compassion' is when a politician arranges the transfer." - Joseph Sobran

"There are two methods, or means, and only two, whereby man's needs and desires can be satisfied. One is the production and exchange of wealth; this is the economic means. The other is the uncompensated appropriation of wealth produced by others; this is the political means." - Albert Jay Nock


Sunday, January 06, 2008

More Aptly Stated

Than I Could, in C.S. Lewis' The Four Loves, which I am about to conclude presently.

Love has been communicated through prose, poetry, letters, plays, mythology, and songs through the centuries since time itself began. True love however, has become attenuated, adulterated and misconceived through these very mediums in their over-emphasis of love divorced from any other ideal and worshiped idolatrously alone. "Symptomatic of this” Lewis writes, "perhaps, is the odiousness of nearly all those treacly tunes and saccharine poems in which popular art expresses Affection. They are odious because of their falsity. They represent as a ready-made recipe for bliss (and even for goodness) what is in fact only an opportunity. There is no hint that we shall have to do anything: only let Affection pour over us like a warm shower-bath and all, it is implied, will be well."

Thursday, January 03, 2008

New Evidence Refutes Current, Naturalistic Cosmology

Amateur Stargazers Map a "Lop-Sided" Universe
"We've proved [sic] that random people are as good as professional astronomers," Dr Lintott said....

"'Preliminary results suggest that spiral galaxies seem to point clockwise,' he said, adding that that meant they rotate anticlockwise from our perspective. If this new finding turns out to hold true, 'you will have to throw away the standard model of cosmology.'"
If there isn't a God, I would like an explanation for how every galaxy observed rotates in the same direction from our perspective, because there is no physical reason for them to do so; from the other side of the galaxies, they would rotate in the opposite direction.


Big Bang, or Big Goof? Astronomer Challenges 'Seeds' Proof


"In other words, astronomers who mistook the "seeds" for objects on the edge of the universe are like someone who looks outdoors through a window and mistakes smudges on the glass for clouds in the sky."

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Some shocking news for 2008

Buddy Moorehouse, LCP&A

We've come down to the final two days of 2007, and I know what question is on your mind as 2008 comes into view: Dear God, will we have to endure another 12 months of bizarre stories about the Howell Public Schools?

The short answer, of course, is "yes." Livingston County's favorite soap opera isn't going away anytime soon, but just in case you're wondering, there WILL be several other stories that will be gobbling up headlines in 2008....


JAN. 25: Fresh off their success using drug-sniffing dogs at the Freshman Campus, Howell school officials announce that they will be using Bible-sniffing dogs in all schools to search for contraband religious materials. A sweep of the high school turns up two hymnals and a crumpled photo of Billy Graham.

FEB. 18: Livingston County officials announce that not only will they be building an outdoor ice rink on the lawn of the historical Livingston County Courthouse in Howell, but they will also be turning the county jail into a bowling alley.

MARCH 4: Michigan lawmakers discover a few things that haven't yet been taxed: walking the dog, sleeping on the couch after a big dinner, and using your fingers as quotation marks. They impose a 6 percent service tax on all of them....


Read Article

Happy New Year!!!

As we begin this new year, remember what the Lord has said, "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God." Philippians 4:6

Don't just toast, please pray for, the coming year.

From the LCMS:

Dear Lord,
You are the God of time. Thank You for this gift of a new year. I know You hold all of my tomorrows in Your hands. Help me not to fear and worry about the future so that it robs me of today’s joy and peace. Keep my eyes focused on You and what You did for me on Calvary instead of the circumstances around me. Forgive me of all my sins as I begin each new day living for You having been cleansed by Your precious blood.

Guide my footsteps as I hold Your hand. Show me the path You want me to take in this new year. May all I am and do be to Your glory to bring people into Your kingdom. Strengthen my faith as You keep me in your grace. In Jesus’ precious and holy Name. Amen

And for what I'm sure we're all praying the New Year does not hold, Hillary buys us "free" Christmas gifts with our own money. I'm so glad she knows how to spend it better than us.






Universal pre-k? I'll be shot dead before the government gets their hands on my three-year-old.

Sunday, December 30, 2007

Bogus Romney Holiday Card Cites Mormon Passages

Howdy Folks!

But first, the quote of the day:

"Liberalism is a philosophy of consolation for Western Civilization as it commits suicide." - Dr. Jerry Pournelle

Read Romney Article

Columbia, S.C. Many South Carolina Republicans got a bogus holiday greeting card this week, purported to be from White House hopeful Mitt Romney, that cites some controversial passages of the Book of Mormon.
The best part of this is that the greatest damage will be wreaked by the media, because unbiased or even pro-Romney coverage will still get the message out.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Merry Christmas!

Ronald Reagan wishes you a Merry Christmas:



May God bless you and yours.

"If we could condense all the truths of Christmas into only three words, these would be the words: "God with us." We tend to focus our attention at Christmas on the infancy of Christ. The greater truth of the holiday is His deity. More astonishing than a baby in the manger is the truth that this promised baby is the omnipotent Creator of the heavens and the earth!" - John F. MacArthur, Jr.


Today we celebrate the birth of my Savior, Jesus Christ. I pray he is yours, too.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

OK Attorney Gen. Bans Christmas On Campus!!!

EGREGIOUS VIOLATION OF CIVIL RIGHTS!!!!

Readers-- I told you so [my prediction goes further, and I still hold to it].


(Ht: Stop the ACLU)

Mark Tapscott reports on the "Okie Napolean".

I am not making this up (because I am from Oklahoma and this guy is an embarrassment).

Edmondson issued an advisory opinion to officials at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford advising them that the word "Christmas" should not be spoken by any employee of the state school, not written in any official holiday decorations.

Matt Staver and Liberty Counsel issued the following statement on the Edmondson action:

"Southwestern Oklahoma State University (SWOSU), has issued a disturbing policy which requires all employees to refrain from using the word 'Christmas' in oral or written form. This directive was given by the university upon legal advice of the Oklahoma Attorney General, W.A. Drew Edmondson. Liberty Counsel sent a demand letter to SWOSU following a complaint from a university affiliate.

"John Misak, the Director of Human Resources, recently visited various university departments and employee groups and informed everyone that any decorations featuring the word 'Christmas' in any work or public areas of the university must be immediately removed. He also instructed everyone to discontinue the use of the term 'Christmas' in their speech while on the job. This censorship specifically includes exchanging greetings of 'Merry Christmas' among employees or with non-employees, whether initiated by a non-university employee or not. Christmas remains a legal holiday for state employees, including those at SWOSU. The directive does not include any other legal holidays such as Thanksgiving or New Year’s.

"The announcements made by Misak are in direct violation of the United States Constitution and other federal law. The First Amendment prohibits government from being hostile to religion. Selecting one legal holiday for negative treatment and special restrictions solely because it has religious aspects clearly demonstrates hostility toward religion. Moreover, the free speech rights of employees at the university are infringed when their speech is censored solely because of a religious viewpoint or perceived religious viewpoint. A public employer like SWOSU also violates the Civil Rights Act when it prohibits its employees from saying 'Merry Christmas.'

"Liberty Counsel’s demand letter requests an immediate reversal of the university’s unconstitutional policy. Liberty Counsel’s Friend or Foe Christmas Campaign educates and, if necessary, litigates to insure that Christmas is not censored.

Mathew D. Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel and Dean of Liberty University School of Law, commented: 'Of all places, a public university should foster free expression. How can public university officials honestly believe that the state can prohibit its employees from saying 'Merry Christmas?' After all, Christmas is a state and federal legal holiday.'"

You can reach Mr. Edmonson via telephone at: 405-521-3921. Make sure to wish him a Merry Christmas while you are on the phone. Make sure to let the scrooge know just how ridiculous his politically correct oppresion of free speech is….politely if possible.

Also see Edmondson's arrest of Paul Jacobs. Here is an Examiner editorial on the case. Go here to the Free Paul Jacob web site put together by some of his supporters.

Lots of Bad News

Monday, December 17, 2007

Howell Sex Ed Update: From a Parent's Perspective

From local parents:

This new curriculum is for 10 and 11 year olds. With that established, I can honestly say that the article in today's Livingston County Press leads you to believe that they are merely updating a program that is outdated. They actually had a choice of which program to use and they chose one that gives these 10 & 11 year olds A LOT of information that goes beyond normal "how the body functions" information. At one point the older brother tells his 11 year old brother that the penis gets hard so that it will fit in the vagina. Yikes! Here we go again. I guess they want to see if they can run all of the conservative students away from HPS.
They could have chosen material that explains the changes that the male and female bodies go through at puberty, but no, Howell continues to choose more advanced material that delves into the sex as early as they can get away with. The class material even gives the teacher the direction that if they chose the more advanced material that students may ask how semen gets into the vagina. Remember - 10 & 11 year olds.
Here are some comments from parents who did take the time to preview this information:
Some areas of concern:
1. Both girl and boy were counseled by other than their parents. One of the lessons was activations about how to start a conversation with parents - from a very condescending attitude it seemed to me. A kid could get from the subtle approach that parents are the last people that a kid would go to. Parents are hard to talk to and wouldn't understand. Many kids could be able to talk to their parents with no problem, but after seeing these videos and the 'lesson', might not talk to them.

2. The idea put forth that all kids will feel awkward, clumsy, and embarrassed. Simply telling kids what is going on would be plenty for many or most kids to just accept this change as normal and not be bent out of shape. No mention of improved diet to help zits and cramps, etc. It seems like embarrassment is around every corner. Drugs were pushed to meet any physical problem. A lot of mention of body odor as horrid - the worst thing. I know of kids who were so worried about this. Why create un-necessary paranoia?

3. The emphasis on infatuation with the other sex. The idea that every kid goes through many relationships before being ready, mature enough for a deeper one. I don't like the pressure on girls to think only of having a boyfriend as their only gage of value. Girls should be learning and experiencing skills, etc., developing self-respect and ability for a long time before they think about a 'deep' boy/girl relationship. Why should this potentially harmful goal be pushed on vulnerable ten year olds. How many teen marriages last? And...marriage was never mentioned. The video said it was "normal" to have infatuation for a teacher. That doesn't seem normal or usual especially in a sex ed video. A kid can really respect and look up to a teacher but a ten year old should not be encouraged to sexual infatuation.


By contrast the HIV video was direct, simple and said the truth: Don't have sex.

Maybe so much info shouldn't be given to kids so young.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Send the ACLU a Christmas Card

From Stop the ACLU:

Its become a popular yearly tradition now to send the Anti-Christian Liars Union grinches a Christmas card. I personally think its ineffective, and that the money you waste on a stamp for the organization to toss in the shredder would be better served towards a good cause. So, I encourage you to save that money, dig a little deeper, and contribute to an organization that fights the ACLU and defends Christmas. The Alliance Defense Fund, and the ACLJ are both great organizations that defend Christmas each year. The Alliance Defense Fund does it for free. Why not help groups like that out this year?

However, from experience last year…I know that many will insist on sending the ACLU a Christmas card. Afterall, it is tradition. If that is how you want to make your message…we have some great greeting cards and postcards available at our online store. Plenty of other great Christmas gifts too.

Send your Christmas card to the ACLU at:

ACLU
125 Broad Street
18th Floor
New York , NY 10004

Psalm 1

29 Since they hated knowledge, and did not choose to fear the LORD, 30 since they would not accept My advice, and spurned My rebuke, 31 they will eat the fruit of their ways and be filled with the fruit of their schemes. 32 For the waywardness of the simple will kill them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them; 33 but whoever listens to Me will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm.

This is the Word of the LORD.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Rumor: Chuck Breiner Gone for Good!

Anyone know anything more about this than second-hand hear-say? The rumors must have started somewhere.

_______________________________________

Although Howell Schools Superintendent Chuck Breiner is on a leave of absence through mid-to-late December, rumors that he has cleaned out his office have been making their way across blogs and elsewhere for more than two weeks. Using the Freedom of Information Act, surveillance tapes were obtained from cameras at the Howell High School Freshman Campus, where the district’s administration offices are located. On Saturday, November 24th and then again on Sunday the 25th, Breiner and another man are seen entering the building and then leaving several times with boxes, using a dolly at one point to carry them out. Deputy Superintendent Lynn Parrish, who is carrying out most of Breiner's duties in his absence, told WHMI that while it would be easy to jump to conclusions based on the tapes, it should be noted that there is no evidence anything improper was removed by the superintendent nor is there any indication of what was in the boxes. WHMI called Breiner for comment, but has not received an answer as to the implications of his removing boxes of material from his office. School Board President Phil Westmoreland also didn't respond to our inquiries over the tapes nor did any other board member contacted by WHMI. (JK)

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Today's Quote

The thesis of "Godless" is: Liberalism IS a religion. The liberal religion has its own cosmology, its own explanation for why we are here, its own gods, its own clergy. The basic tenet of liberalism is that nature is god and men are monkeys. (Except not as pure-hearted as actual monkeys, who don't pollute, make nukes or believe in God.) Liberals deny, of course, that liberalism is a religion -- otherwise, they'd lose their government funding. "Separation of church and state" means separation of YOUR church from the state, but total unity between their church and the state.





--Ann Coulter

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Students Flee California Schools En Masse in Organized Protest

Disgusted by state-mandated indoctrination laws, California parents, churches, and activist groups organize to promote Private- and Home- Schooling.

Read Article


Excerpt:

"With the passing of SB 777, a Christian parent cannot, in good conscience, send their child to a public school where their child will be taught or coerced into a lifestyle or belief system that is contrary to the faith they hold dear," Kanter told WND.

"Fortunately, SB 777 has caught the attention of many churches and pastors here in California, and as they should, they are calling on their congregants to take their children out. To help in this endeavor, our ministry has sent and will continue to send out free packages directly to churches containing information on how they can encourage their congregants to homeschool their children, as well as how to create in-church parent led schools," she said.

"We hope our resources will encourage Christians to focus on the importance of not leaving Christ out of a child's education," she said.

Monday, December 03, 2007

Pledge AND Motto Challenged Again

By the same plaintiff...

Newdow's challenges to the Pledge and Motto will be heard by 9th Circuit Tuesday.
The ACLJ will be fighting it:

In the complaint, the Plaintiffs allege that they "generally deny that God exists, and maintain that their constitutional and statutory rights are abridged when the school district Defendants participate in making the purely religious, Monotheistic claim that the United States is 'one nation under God.'" The Plaintiffs do acknowledge and stipulate that none of them are actually compelled to say the words "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance. They feel that they are being coerced, though, to participate simply because the Pledge is being given with the phrase "under God" as mandated by Congress. The lawsuit also alleges that the Student-Plaintiffs have been "forced to confront the government's claim that this is one nation under God as their public school teachers have repeatedly led them and their classmates in reciting the now religious Pledge of Allegiance in their classroom and at school assemblies."

We are going to be filing an amicus brief on behalf of the ACLJ and our members around the country in response to this most recent attack on the Pledge of Allegiance. You can join our Committee to Protect "Under God" in the Pledge by clicking here. I have assembled a senior research team to put our brief together on behalf of your members and concerned citizens throughout the United States. We will keep you posted.

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Study: Democrats More Likely To Suffer Mental Illness

Wish I could say I was surprised...

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Friday, November 23, 2007

Best Ad Campaign Ever

The Broken Hearth

San Fransisco Attempts to Ban Fireplaces

Recitations of "Chestnuts roasting on the open fire" rumored to be banned next.

Where is the research? The Chronicle reported that "government studies" indicate that 33 percent of all "particulate matter" comes from your fireplace and mine. With all the industry and all the cars in the Bay Area, does anyone actually believe that?

Shouldn't we be given more quantitative information such has, "How many fireplaces are there in the nine counties? How many are used each night? How many hours is each fireplace used? How much "particulate matter" is expelled from each fire? How many parts per million are in the air? How much dissipates into the atmosphere?"

Is this decision truly about air quality or global warming?

Eco Warrior Sterilized to Protect Planet

'Having children is selfish'

Oh, yes, please! I'll foot the bill!

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I cannot help but wonder, morbidly, at the excuses liberals use to avoid real responsibility. They appear to possess an endless capacity for self-deception.

In all honesty the only demographic trend in conservatives' favor is the fact that we are having all the children. So, keep it up, moms and pops!

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After reading the article, it is horrific that she murdered her child, but as for sterilizing herself...

It makes me wonder what reason she would give for not killing herself, if she's OK killing innocent children.

The (Theologically) Good, Bad, and Ugly

I stumbled upon this page a few minutes ago, and wanted to share with you the following description of the ELCA, a supposedly Lutheran organization that, by tarnishing the name of my denomination, has caused endless confusion amongst my fellow conservatives at college.

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is very difficult to abbreviate. They want us to call them 'The ELCA', with each letter pronounced, rather than 'ELK-a' (even though they allow lodge membership) or 'elSA' (even though this feminine ending is quite appropriate because of their rejection of St. Paul's words concerning who is and is not to be a pastor, as well as his teaching concerning lesbianism/homosexuality, and their general 'sell-out' to militant feminism, including the permission of 'Goddess worship' in their conferences, writings of their professors, etc.).

Also, with their emphasis not being, truly, on the Gospel, but on 'social [in]justice' issues, the word 'Evangelical' slips from their name (*LCA) and because they have rejected the doctrine of the Lutheran Confessions by (among other things) linking their altars and pulpits to those who teach completely contrary to those Confessions (like the United Church of Christ, the Presbyterian Church U.S.A., and the Reformed Church in America), the 'Lutheran' slips away as well (**CA).

Since they are not really a 'church', but a federation of congregations committed to the promotion of false doctrine, the 'Church' seems a little odd, too (***A), and since they have routinely promoted (by teaching and by investments) 'liberation theology' that seeks to establish communist regimes to 'free the people', one wonders how they can claim 'America' in their title.


Oh well, enjoy your time at
****.org...!

Thursday, November 22, 2007

A Blessed Thanksgiving to All



Happy Thanksgiving, Old School Style

It's been nearly 150 years since Thanksgiving was instituted in our country as an official holiday by Abraham Lincoln. In case any of you have forgotten why he has done so, here is his declaration, and all the wonderful Thanksgiving sentiments within it.

By the President of the United States of America.
A Proclamation.
The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. In the midst of a civil war of unequaled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union. Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defence, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle or the ship; the axe has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consiousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom. No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity and Union.
In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States to be affixed.
Done at the City of Washington, this Third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the Unites States the Eighty-eighth.
By the President: Abraham Lincoln
William H. Seward,Secretary of State

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Thanksgiving Medley

Which Bible translation did the Pilgrims prefer: Geneva version, older than King James, resurrected

China, after last-minute cancellation, allows US Carrier to land as promised under US pressure

Families eating out for Thanksgiving
(To each their own, but I'd be lying if I said this didn't seem a lamentable sign of the times.)

President Bush Plans Quiet Thanksgiving

Cost of Thanksgiving soaring, Merrill Lynch says

Pilgrim Edward Winslow described the Pilgrims' Thanksgiving in these words: "Our harvest being gotten in, our Governor sent four men on fowling [bird hunting] so that we might, after a special manner, rejoice together after we had gathered the fruit of our labors. They four in one day killed as much fowl as ... served the company almost a week ... Many of the Indians [came] amongst us .... And although it be not always so plentiful as it was at this time with us, yet BY THE GOODNESS OF GOD WE ARE... FAR FROM WANT."


The Reality of Thanksgiving
"The Pilgrims’ triumph over hunger and poverty at Plymouth Colony can be traced to something more than the charitable gestures of a few local Indians. Rather, it involves their courageous decision to replace a failed, socialistic agricultural system with one informed by the free-market principle of private ownership of property"

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CONSERVAPEDIA!!! Conservapedia was born November 22, 2006. Contribute to their essay about what they've learned and accomplished.

Psalm 100 (KJV)

A Psalm of Thanksgiving.
1 Make a joyful shout to the LORD, all you lands!
2 Serve the LORD with gladness;
Come before His presence with singing.
3 Know that the LORD, He is God;
It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;
We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.

4 Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,
And into His courts with praise.
Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.
5 For the LORD is good;
His mercy is everlasting,
And His truth endures to all generations.


Prayer for Thanksgiving Day

Prayer of the Church
National Day of Thanksgiving
Thursday, November 22, 2007

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy name; bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits.

Almighty God, Lord of all creation, Giver of all that is good, on this day of thanksgiving, receive our praise, our gratitude, our thanksgiving and joy for the blessings of the abundant and rich life You graciously provide.
Your gifts are too numerous to count, O Lord. We thank You for all that You have made and continue to sustain. Your mighty hand stretches forth and it faithfully feeds and supplies our needs. Not one day passes without all of our needs being met. Thank You, Lord, for all that You have given us.

We especially remember the harvest of crops and produce that You permit the land to yield. Receive our thanks for all those whose occupation secures for the rest of us the fruits of the earth.
As we acknowledge that all good things come from You, dear Father, help us to use the bounty we enjoy wisely and carefully. Remind us that as You set Adam and Eve in the garden to tend and care for it, You would have us to live on this earth, caring and respecting what for You have made.
We remember those who serve our nation in the military. Wherever they are on this Thanksgiving Day, heavenly Father, continue to extend Your hand of protection over them. Equip faithful chaplains to remind our nation’s soldiers, sailors, airmen and women, that the God of might and power is also the God of love and grace, through Jesus Christ, our Savior.
Bless our nation, heavenly Father. Be with all our national leaders and their families this day. To our president, our congressional leaders and senators, all federal and state magistrates and all local civil servants, grant abundant wisdom, that they may govern properly and so secure a peaceful society where the Gospel of Christ Jesus may have free course and be preached to the joy and nurturing of all peoples.

As you fed Your people with manna throughout their pilgrimage in the wilderness, so nourish us this day with the body and blood of Your Son, the bread of heaven that does not perish.
We thank You, O God and Lord, for all of Your blessings on this day of thanksgiving. Especially do we praise You for the gift of the forgiveness of sins and the hope of heaven we have in Christ Jesus. Grant that through of this gift of gifts, we may continually give thanks for the daily bread and the bounties of this earth we receive through our Savior and Redeemer, who lives and reigns with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Amen.


--Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Today's Quote



"Yet of all associations none takes higher rank, none is more secure, than when good men who are alike in character have joined in fellowship."

--Cicero, On Duties

Monday, November 19, 2007

A Thanksgiving Message from Chuck Norris

Courtesy of WND

I was saddened this past week to read how our media will defend and honor 22,000 turkeys who "make the ultimate sacrifice" and yet hardly mention and even glibly glance over the true sacrifices of recent service men and women – "at least 3,866 members of the U.S. military [who] had died since the beginning of the Iraq war in March 2003."

While the liberal press belittles our troops' selflessness, and their families try to cope with separation and loss again during the holidays, I felt the need to take a break from my endorsement series of Mike Huckabee to address an important question.

From the casualties of war to the droughts of Georgia and the fires of California, people across our country are asking, "How can we, particularly those who face adversity and suffer loss, be thankful this Thanksgiving?" That's not an easy question to answer, but I'd like to try. I believe there is help – and it came nearly 400 years ago to the shores of Plymouth Rock.

A 400-year-old example of thankfulness in crisis

The Pilgrims who landed in 1620, at what would become Massachusetts, discovered not only a new world but the power to give thanks even in the midst of calamity. Though they were strangers in a new land, the pilgrims were by no means foreigners to the territory of pain and difficulty. Did you know that half of their number died the first year they were here?

Ron Lee Davis recollects in his work, "Rejoicing in Our Suffering,"

The Pilgrims would not fully understand in their lifetime the reason for the suffering that beset them. The first official Thanksgiving Day occurred as a unique holy day in 1621 – in the fall of that year with lingering memories of the difficult, terrible winter they had just been through a few months before, in which scores and scores of babies and children and young people and adults had starved to death, and many of the Pilgrims had gotten to a point where they were even ready to go back to England. They had climbed into a ship and were in that harbor heading back to England, ready to give up. It was only as they saw another ship coming the other way, and on that ship there was a Frenchman named Delaware, and he came with some medical supplies and some food, that they had enough hope to go back and to try to live in the midst of those adverse sufferings. And yet they came to that first Thanksgiving with the spirit of giving and of sharing.

A pilgrim's progress in the Geneva Bible

The Pilgrims crossed the Atlantic and faced their first winter with the comfort of their Geneva Bible, a translation first published in 1560. In that Bible, they read the words that posed a great challenge, "In all things give thanks; for this is God's will in Christ Jesus toward you."

It's those words "all things" that must have been a huge obstacle for them, as it is for many of us. Yet in those words is also the remedy for their (as well as our) inability to be thankful. It doesn't say be thankful "for all things" but "in all things." And it doesn't say, "feel thankful," but "be thankful" or "give thanks." There is always something for which we can give thanks – though sometimes difficult to find.

Thanksgiving is a duty before it's a feeling or a festivity. It is commemorated once a year, but thanks-living was never intended to be bound up in a single day. As a friend told me, "Gratitude is a seasoning for all seasons. Thanks-living is a college from which we never graduate." Proof is that I'm still "in progress" to pass Mother Teresa's test, "The best way to show my gratitude to God is to accept everything, even my problems, with joy."

Giving thanks is still a choice, especially in times of adversity and suffering. Though it is definitely not easy, it is always possible to list our assets alongside our losses. As Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a prisoner and martyr under Hitler, wrote in his cell, "It is only with gratitude that life becomes rich."

The fact is, in difficult times, we must call up our reserves. We must choose to be thankful even if we don't always feel it. We must make a choice like Helen Keller, who said, "So much has been given to me, I have no time to ponder over that which has been denied." If she can say that, can't we?

A calling from yesteryear

Thanksgiving is still born in adversity. It is still a holiday for the courageous – those who face their fears and fight to remain thankful. So perhaps, for many of us, Thanksgiving will mean even more this year than in the past.

More than ever, I would encourage and challenge all of us to once again hear and respond to the call of William Bradford, the governor of Plymouth Colony, who said in 1623:

Inasmuch as the great Father has given us this year an abundant harvest of Indian corn, wheat, beans, squashes and garden vegetables, and has made the forests to abound with game and the sea with fish and clams, and inasmuch as He has protected us from the ravages of the savages, has spared us from pestilence and disease, has granted us freedom to worship God according to the dictates of our own conscience; now, I, your magistrate, do proclaim that all ye Pilgrims, with your wives and little ones, do gather at ye meeting house, on ye hill, between the hours of 9 and 12 in the day time, on Thursday, November ye 29th of the year of our Lord one thousand six hundred and twenty-three, and the third year since ye Pilgrims landed on ye Pilgrim Rock, there to listen to ye pastor, and render thanksgiving to ye Almighty God for all His blessings.

And before you eat your Thanksgiving meal, don't forget to thank God for our troops too. While they serve freedom for us, the least we can do is serve them a little honor and remembrance.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

The Collegian (Foul Rag)

I am tired of The Collegian, our campus paper here at Hillsdale College.

As "Michigan's Oldest College Paper," you would think the journalists would have too much professional responsibility to talk about their sex lives, or to publish naked photographs of streakers and laugh at their contemptible behavior, or to lambaste our "intolerant" students for their "narrow-mindedness" and inability to accept "diversity."

I've heard it all before, as readers of this blog know, and believe me, I do not want to hear it again.

These purveyors of pollution shamelessly malign our college and our students, and spit on the morals that set our school apart. I've always suspected they would be far happier at a public school, yet they seem more content to debauch Hillsdale, like a child who tramples his mother's flower-garden out of churlish rebellion.

I've put up with a lot from liberals over the course of my life, and I've always born it with charity and --if not a grin-- at least a smirk.

But here their slander hurts my fellow students.

Hillsdale may mean nothing more to them than four years in a "bubble shielded from the outside world" full of "dangerous uniformity." But it means a great deal to me by virtue of our student's relative accord. This substantial common ground makes true fellowship and discussion possible. It makes true collegiality possible.

So-- you liberals-- take the University of Michigan. Take State. Take Princeton, take Yale, take Dartmouth and Harvard and the University of Colorado.

But leave me Hillsdale.

Because, for no matter how shrill you whine, you will only succeed in proving yourself the fool.

There are good people here. They deserve better than to put up with you. They will not put up with you.

So wise up. Grow up. Put your sullied pen to rest, and leave my school alone.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

US SETS RECORD IN NEW STD CASES!

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ATLANTA (AP) - More than 1 million cases of chlamydia were reported in the United States last year - the most ever reported for a sexually transmitted disease, federal health officials said Tuesday.

"A new U.S. record," said Dr. John M. Douglas Jr. of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

More bad news: Gonorrhea rates are jumping again after hitting a record low, and an increasing number of cases are caused by a "superbug" version resistant to common antibiotics, federal officials said Tuesday.

Syphilis is rising, too. The rate of congenital syphilis - which can deform or kill babies - rose for the first time in 15 years.

"Hopefully we will not see this turn into a trend," said Dr. Khalil Ghanem, an infectious diseases specialist at Johns Hopkins University's School of medicine. ...

Hopefully... people will stop sleeping around! But they won't-- at least if my generation is any clue.

As long as people are willing to exchange their body fluids with more than one person, even the most advanced medicine available will be fighting a rear-guard action.

Bacteria do have mechanisms to exchange genetic data, these mechanisms will work against treatments even beyond antibiotics, and bacteria will ultimately develop resistances to whatever treatments we develop. That's the way the world works, folks.

Ultimately, for all our struggles and vain pretention, we cannot avoid this simple truth: God knows what's best for us. If we disobey His word, we will suffer consequences-- be they physical or otherwise.


Romans 1:24-28

24Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.

26Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. 27In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Today's Quote

"We do not need more intellectual power, we need more moral power. We do not need more knowledge, we need more character. We do not need more government, we need more culture. We do not need more law, we need more religion. We do not need more of the things that are seen, we need more of the things that are unseen. ... If the foundation is firm, the superstructure will stand."
-- Calvin Coolidge

Helicopter Ben



Helicopter Ben, noun: A derogatory nickname for Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke. In 2002, when the word "deflation" began appearing in the business news, Bernanke gave a speech about deflation. In that speech, he mentioned that the government in a fiat money system owns the physical means of creating money. Control of the means of production for money implies that the government can always avoid deflation by simply issuing more money. (He referred to a statement made by Milton Friedman about using a "helicopter drop" of money into the economy to fight deflation.) Bernanke's critics have since referred to him as "Helicopter Ben" or to his "helicopter printing press". In a footnote to his speech, Bernanke noted that "people know that inflation erodes the real value of the government's debt and, therefore, that it is in the interest of the government to create some inflation." (Definition courtesy of Wikipedia.)


For why this is problematic (and for what is one of the best-- if slightly overblown-- explanations of our current economic debacle I've read) See Here

Also, President Sarkozy warns of ‘economic war’ as dollar falls to new low

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Feds Ban Christmas Displays In Apartments Buildings

I saw this one coming a long time back; it's a logical result of the expansion of government and the "Separation of Church and State. " The next thing to watch for is the banning of private religious displays by students at public universities or perhaps all "recipient institutions" (i.e., everywhere but Hillsdale and Grove City.

Read the article below. It's chilling.
The Plant City Living Center has told Mrs. Arnold, an 85-year-old grandmother in Florida, that federal law prohibits her from displaying any religious words or items associated with Christmas in the common area of her apartment building.

According to the Center, The Department of Housing nd Urban Development (HUD) issued a directive banning "any religious symbols or religious words associated with Christmas." Under the guidelines issued by HUD, the elderly grandmother cannot place a small Christmas tree outside her door (because that area is a "commons area") if it contains any religious symbols or religious words, even an angel!

If the residents want to have a Christmas party in their Community room, they cannot call it a Christmas party. The Center says HUD directs residents not to use the word "Christmas" but to use the word "Holiday."

A Sunday School class from a church near Mrs. Arnold's apartment comes every year to host a Hanging of the Greens and Christmas Party for all the residents. She said the highlight of their Christmas Party comes at the very end of The Hanging of the Greens when someone places the angel on top of their Christmas tree. Their tradition is now banned by the federal government.

The federal government is becoming increasingly active in banning Christianity from the public square. Earlier, the National Park Service removed the wording "Laus Deo" (Latin for "Praise be to God") from a replica of the cap of the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C. and the Veterans Administration banned the script of the flag-folding ceremony mentioning "Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob," and "Father, Son and Holy Ghost" at over 100 national cemeteries. Both of these were rescinded after AFA supporters sent emails to proper authorities.

To listen to the grandmother's conversation telling AFA about the situation, click here. To read about the HUD directive, click here.

(after listening to the audio file, click the "X" in the upper right hand corner of your browser window to return to the e-mail message)

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* Send an e-mail to the Secretary of HUD and President Bush asking that HUD stop their policy. The role of the federal government is to defend our religious rights, not take them away. Click here to send your e-mail.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

I Always Knew He Was Crazy

Pat Robertson Endorses Rudy Giuliani

A Giuliani campaign aide said the Giuliani has known Robertson for a long time,
and their relationship was cemented on a flight back from Israel shortly
after Saddam Hussein was captured, where they discussed views on
Israel and domestic policies.

The Giuliani aide said that the two have shared goals despite some minor differences.

Minor differences? Like tax-payer funded, state-sanctioned infanticide? Like redefining (read: abolishing) the fundamental institution of civilization?

Good to know the differences between Rudy "Democrat-With-a-Red-Tie" Guilliani and (supposed) Christian Conservatives are "minor."

Martial Law in Pakistan

See GoogleNews Collection of stories here


As most of you know, General Mussaraff has taken control of the Pakistani government due to a "state of emergency."

Below is StratFor's --a civilian intelligence agency-- analysis of the situation.

Pakistan and its Army
By George Friedman


Pakistani President Gen. Pervez Musharraf declared a state of emergency over the weekend, precipitating a wave of arrests, the suspension of certain media operations and the intermittent disruption of communications in and out of Pakistan. As expected, protests erupted throughout Pakistan by Nov. 5, with clashes between protesting lawyers and police reported in Lahore, Karachi, Islamabad and several other cities. Thus far, however, the army appears to be responding to Musharraf's commands. The primary issue, as Musharraf framed it, as the Pakistani Supreme Court's decision to release about 60 people the state had charged with terrorism. Musharraf's argument was that the court's action makes the fight against Islamist extremism impossible and that the judiciary overstepped its bounds by urging that the civil rights of the accused be protected.

Musharraf's critics, including the opposition's top leader, former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, argued that Musharraf was using the Supreme Court issue to protect his own position in the government, avoid leaving the army as promised and put off elections. In short, he is being accused of staging a personal coup under the guise of a state of emergency.

Whether Musharraf himself survives is not a historically significant issue. What is significant is whether Pakistan will fall into internal chaos or civil war, or fragment into smaller states. We must consider what that would mean, but first we must examine Pakistan's underlying dilemma --a set of contradictions rooted in Pakistani history.


When the British conquered the Indian subcontinent, they essentially occupied the lowlands and pushed their frontier into the mountains surrounding the subcontinent -- the point from which a relatively small British force, augmented by local recruits, could hold against any external threat. The eastern line ran through the hills that separated Bengal from Burma. The northern line ran through the Himalayas that separate China from the subcontinent. The western line ran along the mountains that separated British India from Afghanistan and Iran.

This lineation -- which represented not a political settlement but rather a defensive position selected for military reasons -- remained vague, driven by shifting tactical decisions designed to secure a physical entity, the subcontinent. The Britons were fairly indifferent to the political realities inside the line. The British Raj, then, was a wild jumble of states, languages, religions and ethnic groups, which the Britons were quite content to play against one another as part of their grand strategy in India. As long as the British could impose an artificial, internal order, the general concept of India worked. But as the British Empire collapsed after World War II, the region had to find its own balance.

Mahatma Gandhi envisioned post-British India as being a multinational, multireligious country within the borders that then existed -- meaning that India's Muslims would live inside a predominantly Hindu country. When they objected, the result was both a partition of the country and a transfer of populations. The Muslim part of India, including the eastern Muslim region, became modern Pakistan. The eastern region gained independence as Bangladesh following a 1971 war between India and Pakistan. Pakistan, however, was not a historic name for the region. Rather, reflective of the deeply divided Muslims themselves, the name is an acronym that derives, in part, from the five ethnic groups that made up western, Muslim India: Punjabis, Afghans, Kashmiris, Sindhis and Balochis.

The Punjabis are the major ethnic group, making up just under half of the population, though none of these groups is entirely in Pakistan. Balochis also are in Iran, Pashtuns also in Afghanistan and Punjabis also in India. In fact, as a result of the war in Afghanistan more than a quarter century ago, massive numbers of Pashtuns have crossed into Pakistan from Afghanistan -- though many consider themselves to be moving within Pashtun territory rather than crossing a foreign border.

Geographically, it is important to think of Pakistan in two parts. There is the Indus River Valley, where the bulk of the population lives, and then there are the mountainous regions, whose ethnic groups are deeply divided, difficult for the central government to control and generally conservative, preferring tradition to modernization. The relative isolation and the difficult existence in mountainous regions seem to create this kind of culture around the world.

Pakistan, therefore, is a compendium of divisions. The British withdrawal created a state called Pakistan, but no nation by that name. What bound its residents together was the Muslim faith -- albeit one that had many forms. As in India -- indeed, as in the Muslim world at the time of Pakistan's founding -- there existed a strong secularist movement that focused on economic development and cultural modernization more than on traditional Islamic values. This secularist tendency had two roots: one in the British education of many of the Pakistani elite and the second in Turkish founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, who pioneered secularism in the Islamic world.

Pakistan, therefore, began as a state in crisis. What remained of British rule was a parliamentary democracy that might have worked in a relatively unified nation -- not one that was split along ethnic lines and also along the great divide of the 20th century: secular versus religious. Hence, the parliamentary system broke down early on -- about four years after Pakistan's creation in 1947. British-trained civilian bureaucrats ran the country with the help of the army until 1958, when the army booted out the bureaucrats and took over.

Therefore, if Pakistan was a state trying to create a nation, then the primary instrument of the state was the army. This is not uniquely Pakistani by any means, nor is it unprincipled. The point that Ataturk made -- one that was championed in the Arab world by Egypt's Gamal Abdul Nasser and in Iran by Reza Pahlavi -- was that the creation of a modern state in a traditional and divided nation required a modern army as the facilitator. An army, in the modern sense, is by definition technocratic and disciplined. The army, rather than simply an instrument of the state, therefore, becomes the guarantor of the state. In this line of thinking, a military coup can preserve a constitution against anti-constitutional traditionalists. If the idea of a military coup as a guarantor of constitutional integrity seems difficult to fathom, then consider the complexities involved in creating a modern constitutional regime in a traditional society.

Although the British tradition of parliamentary government fell apart in Pakistan, one institution the Britons left behind grew stronger: the Pakistani army. The army -- along with India's army -- was forged by the British and modeled on their army. It was perhaps the most modern institution in both countries, and the best organized and effective instrument of the state. As long as the army remained united and loyal to the concept of Pakistan, the centrifugal forces could not tear the country apart.


Musharraf's behavior must be viewed in this context. Pakistan is a country that not only is deeply divided, but also has the real capacity to tear itself apart. It is losing control of the mountainous regions to the indigenous tribes. The army is the only institution that transcends all of these ethnic differences and has the potential to restore order in the mountain regions and maintain state control elsewhere.

Musharraf's coup in 1999, which followed a series of military intrusions, as well as attempts at secular democratic rule, was designed to preserve Pakistan as a united country. That is why Musharraf insisted on continuing to wear the uniform of an army general. To remove the uniform and rule simply as a civilian might make sense to an outsider, but inside of Pakistan that uniform represents the unity of the state and the army -- and in Musharraf's view, that unity is what holds the country together.

Of course the problem is that the army, in the long run, reflects the country. The army has significant pockets of radical Islamist beliefs, while Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), the military's intelligence branch, in particular is filled with Taliban sympathizers. (After all, the ISI was assigned to support the mujahideen fighting the Soviets in the 1980s, and the ISI and other parts of the army absorbed the ideology). Musharraf has had to walk a tightrope between U.S. demands that he crack down on his own army and his desire to preserve his regime -- and has never been able to satisfy either side fully.

It is not clear whether he has fallen off the tightrope. Whatever he does, as long as the army remains united and he controls the corps commanders, he will remain in power. Even if the corps commanders -- the real electors of Pakistan -- get tired of him and replace him with another military leader, Pakistan would remain in pretty much the same position it is in now.

In simple terms, the real question is this: Will the army split? Put more broadly, will some generals simply stop taking orders from Pakistan's General Headquarters and side with the Islamists? Will others side with Bhutto? Will ethnic disagreements run so deep that the Indus River Valley becomes the arena for a civil war? That is what instability in Pakistan would look like. It is not a question of civilian institutions, elections or any of the things we associate with civil society. The key question on Pakistan is whether the army stays united.

In our view, the senior commanders will remain united because they have far more to lose if they fracture. Their positions depend on a united army and a unified chain of command -- the one British legacy that continues to function in Pakistan.

There are two signs to look for: severe internal dissent among the senior generals or a series of mutinies by subordinate units. Either of these would raise serious questions as to the future of Pakistan. Whether Musharraf survives or falls and whether he is replaced by a civilian leader are actually secondary questions. In Pakistan, the fundamental issue is the unity of the army.

At some point, there will be a showdown among the various groups. That moment might be now, though we doubt it. As long as the generals are united and the troops remain under control, the existence of the regime is guaranteed -- and in some sense the army will remain the regime. Under these conditions, with or without Musharraf, with or without democracy, Pakistan will survive.


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