Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Adieu, auf wiedersehen, gesundheit, farewell.

Some of us, like my bad self, who lived in England during her tenure, remember her fondly. But for those less familiar, here's some good Margaret Thatcher for ya.

This is from what we might consider her farewell "address" to the British parliament. Incidentally, she's right on the money identifying the liberal approach to the gap between the rich & the poor.

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Friday, June 24, 2011

There is ... just one more thing.

No stranger to our household is the beloved Lt. Columbo, LAPD, homicide.

With Thursday night's passing of Peter Falk, the actor who played him, I feel burdened to make sure he's no stranger to your house either.

If you've never seen it, the show is a murder mystery show with a twist. You know the killer. The beauty is watching to see how Lt. Columbo will figure out the killer & how he will trick him/her into doing something revelatory.

He's great at getting the high class fancy and/or famous killer to underestimate him due to his slovenly appearance and simpleton persona. But don't let that fool ya; he's crafty, that Columbo.

You can sometimes find reruns on cable and we've seen them all via Netflix. I even own the first season on DVD, if you'd like to borrow it.

  • Read more about the legendary television character of Lt. Columbo.
  • Buy his book, Just One More Thing: Stories from My Life.
  • Check out Peter Falk's acting work via IMDB.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

The Chinaman is not the issue!

Did you see this story about a man who pranked the Muslim folks by putting ham in their shoes whilst they were praying?

Whether or not his action was good bull or bad bull is not the issue for me, so much as a trend I've noticed.

Those who don't like or don't respect the religious/political ideology of Islam are being labeled as "racist."

The title of the newspaper article is "Racist who filled Muslims' shoes with ham as they prayed in a mosque walks free from court."

Since when was religious persecution "racist"? Last I checked Islam was not a "race" or an ethnicity, but a set of beliefs that impact behavior.

Perhaps I'm just whipped by the overuse of calling someone racist who has a disagreement with a person who's white when the accuser is too lazy to actually interact on an ideological level.

To be fair, someone who hates the religious/political ideology of Islam may be many things, but of necessity one of them is not "racist." And I should know, because I'm not a racist and would resent any such insinuation.

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Monday, June 20, 2011

In case I want to read it more than once.

If I could require just one book for political education it would be this 122 page gem, The Conscience of a Conservative by Barry Goldwater. The following are some quotes from that which was a very formative book for me politically, through you'll miss out on much of the gold that could be mined without the argumentation and further support found within.

Rereading it again , I'm shocked by how timely his 1960 words are in our era of an ever expanding government.
  • Secondly, the Conservative has learned that the economic and spiritual aspects of man's nature are inextricably intertwined. He cannot be economically free, or even economically efficient, if he is enslaved politically; conversely, man's political freedom is illusory if he is dependent for his economic needs on the State. (12)
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Friday, June 17, 2011

I don't know how to put this, but I'm kind of a big deal.

I attended the Dallas Mavericks championship parade yesterday and thought about what makes that team so beloved nationally. By way of contrast, I think it's related to another question: Why is Lebron James so hated in the world of basketball?

What would motivate the people of Cleveland to root for anyone playing the Heat, even creating "Cavs for Mavs" fan wear? Why would the governor praise the Mavericks for beating James' Heat to the extent of making them honorary Ohioians?

I think there are two issues here, one betrayal and the other arrogance.

Cleveland feels betrayed, but is that valid? People leave teams all the time, right? If they just do it for money, they catch a certain amount of wrath. But, what about if a player does it in order to win championships?

Shouldn't we praise a guy who cares more about winning than about the money?

Well, you have to understand the context. Lebron is from Ohio. He was gifted to Cleveland, a city that hadn't won a championship in anything since ... well, since before I was born. He was their best chance.

But, that might legitimately only explain the disappointment of getting so close (including the NBA Finals), yet not betrayal.

Well, the problem is that he'd given many indications that he was committed to Cleveland and winning there ... not just winning. In fact, as recently as the end of March 2010 in an interview on NBA TV he stated, "I have a goal and its a huge goal and that's to bring an NBA championship to Cleveland and I won't stop until I get it."

But he did stop. He stopped only a few months later.

But, it's not just that he stopped. They broke up. Break ups are rarely easy. But this wasn't just that they broke up, but how they broke up.

Playing coy with a team that fired the head coach in what could be deemed an appeasement to Lebron James, he jilted his former lover by announcing in a media circus of a one-hour "decision" special. He was taking his talents and his affections to South Beach.

Was it, "I don't love you anymore"? Or was it, "I never really loved you anyway"?

Either way, feelings of rage which sparked jersey burnings are understandable.

For those outside of Cleveland, that's all perceived as pretty crummy. Yet, beyond that is a guy who some want to regard as potentially the best of all time, but yet seems to have taken the easy way out.

Instead of sticking with a team and doing whatever it took to get that team a championship, he left for easier waters.

Contrast Lebron with Dirk Nowitski, who had also made a finals appearance and was a free agent. He stuck with his team of alleged spares and won. That story inspires people. Lebron's does not.

I think that contributed to people rooting for Dirk's Mavericks and against Lebron's Heat.

Couple that with James' boasting about winning multiple championships (at least 8) at the Heat's over-the-top pep rally and you can see how folks might like to see the proud humbled. You can see how some might take pleasure in Lebron being the 3rd best scorer on his team in the NBA Finals ... in a losing effort.

Don't get me wrong, I'm sure just about everyone would want him on their team. But, whatever transpires from here on out, I don't think you'll ever have any serious arguments in favor of Lebron being among the NBA's best of the best of all time.

He's no Michael Jordan. He's no Magic Johnson. As well, he's no Dirk Nowitski.

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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Your mom goes to college.

Folks in America often think of education as the panacea to cure all that ails a society. But is it? Or could it be used to the detriment of a society?

I heartily recommend the following lengthy video which questions the legitimacy of some assumptions in our society with regard to a college education. It also exposes the problem of indebtedness being necessary to getting an education, due to absurd costs.

Check out "The College Conspiracy."

  • In related news, check out a SWAT team invasion being used by the Department of Education to collect on defaulted student loans. It's another incident raising concerns about the overuse of police force upon the American people and confirmation for me that the federal government should have NOTHING to do with education.

Really, check this stuff out, folks.

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Monday, June 13, 2011

Sounds like somebody's got a case of the Mondays.

Check out the relaunch of Conservative Reformed Mafia, a group blog of which I'm a part.

Read Charles Krauthammer's National Review piece wherein he asks and answers the following questions: Is It Incompetence or Ideology? Should Republicans run against Obama’s hyper-liberalism or his abysmal economic stewardship?

Read about middle-aged men having "hotness delusion syndrome."

Read about the fight in which one man bit off and actually swallowed the ear of another.

Check out James MacDonald's post: "Congregational Government is From Satan."

Read about how the Gov. Sarah Palin email frenzy backfired on her media antagonists.

Check out Norman Mailer's Top 10 Favorite American Novels he read.

Check out Ted Nugent's pick for president.

Read Outlawing Abortion: Making the Case for an Incremental Approach.

Read this USA Today piece further detailing our financial demise as "U.S. funding for future promises lags by trillions."

Read about the NM free speech controversy sparked by a jilted boyfriend who used a billboard to advertise that his ex-girlfriend got an abortion.

Check out 50 Awesome Things about Babies.

Read about the mother planning to transfer her womb to her daughter.

Check out TV executives admission in taped interviews that Hollywood pushes a liberal agenda (Exclusive Video).

Check out this Washington Times story, "One law for us, another for you," an attempt to expose legislative hypocrisy.

Read about talk of MLB realignment.

Check out the follow up to the Elizabeth Smart Case--Street preacher gets life in prison for kidnapping, rape.

Read about the Australian Naval Cadet's allegations that she was raped and forced to cover it up by the Navy.

Read about RC Sproul, Jr's addressing the topic of the moral law & polygamy.

Check out tough questions of justice raised by a Kansas City 5 year old girl who drowned an infant to stop it from crying.

Read about alleged comedian Titus joking about killing Sarah Palin if she gets elected president.

Read about the man arrested on an aggravated assault charge over not getting a free refill at McDonald's.

Read about how the US Supreme Court has allowed for in-state tuition for illegal aliens (i.e., criminal trespassers, but not legal US tax-paying residents of other states, of course).

Read about how the head of the NJ teachers union makes $550,000 a year, 2x that of the governor and 10x that of the average American.

Read Dan Phillips' thoughts on voting skin color.

Read Vern Poythress' thoughts on the problematic outlook of some scientists.

Read about the propaganda technique of transfer.

Read about the ad hominem fallacy.

Read about the red herring fallacy.

Read about International Criminal Court's charges that Quaddafi ordered mass rapes and even gave his soldiers "Viagra-type" drugs to encourage his troops to attack women.

Read a case against the (ab)use the of the Em Dash.

Read Thom Rainer's tutorial for Millennials regarding email communication.

Read about 28 Pro-Life senators defending Indiana against Obama Administration.

Read about Fidel Castro's denunciation of the hit on Osama Bin Laden.

Read about Thomas Sowell and the popular notion/myth that the rich get rich by [necessarily] making the poor poor.

Read about growing concerns over the Obama Administration's minimization and/or denial of press access.

Read about President Obama signing a proclamation to designate June as LGBT Pride Month (i.e., Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender)."

Read about potential implications of research showing only 1.4% of population is gay.

Read about the ACLU suing over prisoners' rights to pornography.

Read about the Lakers plans to retire Shaq's jersey.

Read about Egyptian women being forced to undergo virginity tests.

Check out the difference between Palin, West, Bush and Obama, in pictures.

Check out before & after pictures of Joplin, Missouri.

Read about NY Representative Anthony Weiner's inappropriate joking about allegations made about him, which he initially vehemently denied.

Check out this collection of Anthony Weiner coverage, including initial reports that he was a Republican. (He's actually a NY Democrat.)

Check out this chronicle of stories showing the development of the Anthony Weiner story.

Read about how last night's Mavericks' championship pulled the highest rating for a Game 6 in 11 years, and wonder, "Were viewers Mavs fans or Heat haters?"

Read reasons why President Obama's birth certificate has been deemed as phony.

Read about the 8th grade field trip that included lunch at Hooters.

Read about how a mother of a "Family Guy" actor thinks the show is corrupting America's youth and she hopes it gets canceled.

Read about TSA's response to Texas legislation which would make it a state offense for any public servant to touch a person’s private areas, or touch them in a way a reasonable person would consider offensive, as a condition of travel or entering a public building.

Check out Mark Levin's displeasure over conservatives bashing other conservatives (i.e., Palin, Bachmann, and Cain).

Read about Florida requiring drug testing for welfare recipients starting July 1st.

Check out this cool Google Chrome YouTube commercial. (HT Jade)

Read about the 17 year old not allowed to wear her US Marine Corps uniform at her high school graduation.

Read about the family of the man who shouted "Allahu Akbar!" while he stormed the airplane cockpit defending his actions, suggesting he was probably just looking for the restroom.

Check out this National Review piece that exposes what really radicalizes Muslims ... Islam.


Saturday, June 11, 2011

Juuust a bit outside

Did you see this? Major League Baseball is considering team realignment ... again.

Someone other than me finally realized it was unstable to have 14 American League teams and 16 National League teams.

The AL West has only 4 teams while the NL Central has 6. Which means the Texas Rangers, for example, only need to better 3 teams to make the playoffs, while the Cardinals must beat 5 teams to do the same.

There's talk of moving a NL team to the AL.

Well, part of the foolishness was moving the Milwaukee Brewers from the American League to the National League to begin with. I hope they'll move the Brewers back instead of further cagging up baseball by moving a longstanding NL team to the AL.

The disAstros were mentioned as a way to get a rivalry going with the Texas Rangers. However, anyone who follows the NL Central knows there's been a pretty nice rivalry going between them and the Cardinals since the mid-90s.

I said all that to say this, I hope somewhere along the line MLB gets a lick of sense and fixes the following things:
  1. Designated Hitter - I've written about this before, but here I'll just say it's insulting to the game and unstable to have different rules for different ballparks.
  2. Different sized playing fields - It's unstable to have a home run in one park be a fly out in another. Oh, and what's with that incline in center in Houston?
  3. Different quantities in divisions - 30 teams and you want 6 divisions? How about six 5-team divisions, like my first-grader would suggest?
There are things to fix, but as students of presidential politics might tell you, change isn't necessarily good. Just don't make it worse, MLB.


Thursday, June 09, 2011

Look, I go to church every Sunday. Every "other" Sunday.

After the 6th day of creation, God rested on the 7th day to marvel at the goodness of His creation (Gen 1:31; 2:1-3). He would later explicitly command His people to rest from their labor on the 7th day, that they might likewise marvel at the fruit of His labor.
"The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork."
~Psalm 19:1
After Christ's work on the cross, His people would gather on the 1st day to reflect on Christ's work of redemption in making atonement for His people. Jesus appeased the wrath of God for His people who are new creations in Christ (2 Cor 5:17) and we marvel at what Christ's has done on the cross and what the Spirit is doing in those new creatures. (cf. Phil 2:13; Gal 5:22-23)
"We gather together on the first rather than the seventh day of the week because redemption is even a greater work than creation and more worthy of commemoration and because the rest which followed creation is far outdone by the rest which ensues upon the completion of redemption. Like the Apostles, we meet on the first day of the week and hope that Jesus may stand in our midst and say, 'Peace be unto you.' Our Lord has lifted the Sabbath from the old and rusty hinges where on the law had placed it long before and set it on the new golden hinges which His love has fashioned. He has placed our rest day not at the end of a week of toil but at the beginning of the rest which remains for the people of God. Every first day of the week we should meditate on the rising of our Lord and seek to enter into the fellowship with Him in His risen life."
~Charles Spurgeon

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Friday, June 03, 2011

Only dogs are to obey.

Obedience is often mocked in our era, but that's a mark against our society, not against the concept or the implication of divinely appointed roles. In addition, the necessity of obedience cannot be in human redemption.

The following from John Murray elucidates the fuller significance of the death of the second person of the trinity, Jesus the Christ, particularly with regard to His obedience to a "sin avenging God" (HT Jay Porterfield).
What the obedience of Christ involved for him is perhaps nowhere more strikingly expressed than in Hebrews 2:10-18; 5:8-10 where we are told that Jesus "learned obedience from the things which he suffered," that he was made perfect through sufferings, and that "being made perfect he became to all who obey him the author of eternal salvation." When we examine these passages the following lessons become apparent.
  1. It was not through mere incarnation that Christ wrought our salvation and secured our redemption.
  2. It was not through mere death that salvation was accomplished.
  3. It was not simply through the death upon the cross that Jesus became the author of salvation.
  4. The death upon the cross, as the climactic requirement of the price of redemption, was discharged as the supreme act of obedience; it was not death resistlessly inflicted but death upon the cross willingly and obediently wrought.
[The above is from Redemption Accomplished and Applied by John Murray. Read the whole chapter: The Nature of the Atonement. Buy the book.]

5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
~Philippians 2:5-11 (ESV)


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