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Dressing Modestly

Posted by John Hitchcock on 2011/05/21

Little Miss Attila, who is no “right-wing fanatic” (unlike me), has a very good article up with lots of informative links for women who want to dress modestly. As she says, many of the modest attire rules don’t necessarily apply to real sportswear for activities such as marathoning. I’ll add swimming, cycling, gymnastics, surfing and many more athletic activities.*

As an old-school Evangelical/Fundamentalist Christian, I am all for dressing modestly — for women and men. (It may be my bias but I do believe the modesty thing is an issue for women much more than for men, but there are still modesty issues for men as well.) A modestly dressed woman can still be very pleasant to the eye without advertising too much.

Here’s where Little Miss Attila may or may not have an issue with me, but if so, I believe it will be due to a communication gap and not a philosophical difference of opinion. (Or I hope, anyway.) “Locks are meant to keep honest people honest.” A modestly dressed woman will help keep honest, responsible, appropriately behaved men honest, responsible and appropriately behaved. And may help keep dishonest, irresponsible, inappropriately behaved men from targeting her (as they look for targets). Is it the woman’s responsibility? Yes. But it’s also the man’s responsibility in how he acts.

*While an old-school Evangelical/Fundamentalist Christian, I still support women’s wrestling (the real stuff and not the tittilating stuff), women’s bodybuilding, women’s boxing (again, the real stuff), etc, which would also have attire for those activities that does not fit in the modest casual realm. The athletic activity attire is perfectly acceptable for the athletic activity but not for “clubbing.”

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Benjamin Netanyahu Whoops Barack Obama

Posted by John Hitchcock on 2011/05/21

… and did it impressively.

Yid With Lid (HT Little Miss Attila) has a very good summary.

The Prime Minister proceeded to give the President a dose of reality, and the President gave the PM a dose of his unhappy glare. …For there to be peace the Palestinians (and Obama) will have to accept some basic realities. Two of the three realities outline by Netanyahu were in direct conflict with what Obama said yesterday.

* Israel cannot return to the 1967 lines because they are indefensible, and he reminded the POTUS that those old boundries led to war many times before.

* Agreeing with the president, he reminded him that Israel cannot be expected to negotiate with the Palestinian version of al Qaeda.

* He reminded Obama that the 1948 attack on Israel resulted in two refugee problems, a Palestinian problem and a Jewish one. Tiny Israel absorbed the Jewish refugees, the Arabs refused to absorb the Palestinian ones. Any “right of return” must be implemented within the borders of a Palestinian State.

Do be certain to read all of it (and to watch the video).

When leaders of Hamas, Hezbollah, Fatah, Muslim Brotherhood, Iran, Syria, Palestinians thank Allah for bringing the Jews to the Middle East so the Jews can be more easily eradicated, those are people who should not be invited to dinner, much less to a negotiation with Israel. Let’s also not forget there are only two nations in the Middle East which have actual peace treaties with Israel — Egypt and Jordan. And the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt is desirous to tear up that peace treaty. All the rest have cease-fires (which are not very well honored).

Sarah Palin has already declared her position regarding Israel: Israel is a strong ally and needs defended against the Islamic Terrorists, not thrown under the bus as Obama tried to do.

UPDATE:
Doug Powers has video of Israel-born and former Obama voter Gene Simmons devastating Obama’s ignorance.

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McDonalds, Orbitz Fight Control Freaks; Graham Whines About Lack Of Control

Posted by John Hitchcock on 2011/05/21

There’s a saying with a lot of truth to it: Liberals want Conservatives to shut up; Conservatives want Liberals to keep talking.

Leftist groups have been attacking McDonalds. First, demanding McDonalds remove its toys from Happy Meals “for the children,” then demanding McDonalds retire Ronald McDonald “for the children.” McDonalds has basically told the Leftist control freaks to stuff it, and rightfully so. Ronald McDonald is staying where he is. And if the Leftist control freaks can’t play nice, they need to get out of the ball pit and throw their tantrums somewhere else.

The wholly dishonest, far-left, George Soros funded Media Matters opened up a new site called DropFox.com and they’re targeting Fox’s advertisers. (HT Hot Air news feed and Mediaite) It has long since been time for Media Mutters to lose its 501(c)(3) status as MMfA has for quite some time now not even tried to pretend it’s following the law regarding 501(c)(3) activities.

Media Mutters targeted Orbitz and a few other businesses in this latest campaign. And Orbitz came out swinging.

In Orbitz, though, DropFox may have already bitten off more than it can chew. The company is not only refusing to buckle under the pressure — which includes an online petition signed by 40,000 people asking it to ditch Fox News — but it is striking back at Media Matters, warning the organization it is risking its credibility by attacking Orbitz.

“This is a political organization that has been funded pretty extensively to go after one network, and we aren’t going to engage in that fight,” Orbitz spokesman Brian Hoyt said.

“We have a strict policy of tolerance and non-discrimination, and that means we don’t favor one political side over another. Tolerance is a two-way street,” he said. “We’re going to advertise on conservative TV stations, liberal TV stations and — if there are any out there — unbiased news broadcasts.”

“We haven’t bowed to any boycott in the past, and we won’t bow to these types of smear campaigns in the future,” Hoyt said.

“What they’re doing is distorting our record. We don’t care about your sexual orientation, religion or gender; we preach tolerance,” he said. “Our commitment to the LGBT community should not be at question — at all.”

Yes, Orbitz called Media Mutters intolerant. Orbitz called the Media Mutters campaign a smear campaign. Orbitz is right, of course. And Orbitz said it’s not going to be controlled by the intolerant Leftist control freaks.

Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who will be Primaried in 2014, had his whine on. Oh how terrible it is that we have that First Amendment thing. It’s getting in his way. And besides, the Framers wouldn’t have written that First Amendment thing if they knew about today’s technology.

My statement to my colleagues is even though people are loud, that doesn’t mean they’re the majority,” Graham continued. “So if you’re doing things that make sense, just trust the country to figure it out, but in this environment of constant media scrutiny it is very difficult. I don’t know how you would have written the Constitution in this environment.”

Yes, Lindsey, because the Founders and Framers were all about preventing the Country Class and the Press from interfering with you Ruling Class Aristocrats and your central power control — wait a minute. Strike that; reverse it. The Founders and Framers had precisely your type in mind when they wrote that First Amendment, to prevent precisely your type of Ruling Class mentality from getting a foot-hold in this country.

Lindsey Grahamnesty can whinge about the Press getting in his way and preventing his goal of ignoring the Law for millions of illegals all he wants. Grahamnesty can complain all he wants about the TEA Party having too much relevance and claim it’s going away. He’ll definitely find out by 2014 that his words and deeds will come back to bite him — hard.

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AARP Gets ObamaCare Waiver

Posted by John Hitchcock on 2011/05/21

AARP lobbied hard to get ObamaCare passed, despite the fact it would cost AARP members and employees more money. Then AARP got a waiver from ObamaCare.

Of course, AARP lost a large number of members due to its lobbying for the Liberty stealing, rights violating government empowering socialist ObamaCare. And when AARP held a “town hall” to push its propaganda, the people argued back. So, AARP took its microphone and went home instead of listening to the members.

As predicted, AARP joined the growing list of hypocritical organizations that pushed hard to pass ObamaCare and then got waivers from ObamaCare.

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I Believe Sarah Palin Is Running

Posted by John Hitchcock on 2011/05/21

Former Governor Sarah Palin hit the ball out of the park on Greta Van Susterin’s show. And Greta wasn’t exactly throwing softballs.

HT Tina Korbe

Sarahcuda said she definitely does have a “fire in her belly” about the direction of the United States. She declared that the US needs to return to traditional American values and to do that, Barack Obama needs to be booted out. She made only one minor hit on a Republican, Newt Gingrich, reminding Greta that he had told Sarah Palin to “slow down” and choose her words wisely, then Gingrich himself shoved both feet in his mouth. But the Sarahcuda followed that up with an “everyone makes mistakes” line.

Sarahcuda spent some time telling Greta what the media should be doing with the candidates and prospective candidates. Absolutely examine their records. Absolutely compare what they are saying with their records and what they said before. Absolutely examine the candidates’ agendas. And don’t go easy — on any candidate. Treat all candidates the same, unlike in 2008 when the press refused to examine Obama’s radical upbringing, Obama’s radical relationships, Obama’s record. (In fact, JournoList had their own agenda: if someone went after Obama for his relationship with the unrepentant terrorist William Ayers or the racist America-hating “reverend” Wright, the JournoListers should target any ol’ big-name Conservative person and accuse that person of being a racist.)

And the piddly junk, like going after the children, should be out of bounds.

The original Mama Grizzly said she is taking her family into consideration but I believe that will end up resolving itself. Sarah’s running. Let me explain my reasoning.

Track Palin really isn’t a lamestream media target and will continue to not be a lamestream media target. There’s nothing tittilating.

I don’t believe Trig Palin will have any emotional trauma whatsoever.

Bristol Palin survived the lamestream media storm in the 2008 cycle, on into 2009 and went on to do the Dancing With The Stars reality show. She has gone with her mother to international locations for charitable causes and has been in the background, fully supporting Sarahcuda with research, fixing the hair, etc. And now, Bristol has her own reality show contract dealing with her Charity. If Bristol wanted out of the tabloids, this isn’t the way to do it, so I don’t believe lamestream media blasting of Bristol will have any final impact on Sarah’s decision to run.

Of the children, that leaves Willow and Piper, both of whom have already cut their teeth with the media coverage and both of whom have shown a certain maturity level beyond their years. Piper was even a poster girl for an Alaska Pro-Life display.

That leaves husband Todd, who would feel cooped up in DC and would feel a fatherly and husbandly protective desire. But he has done a lot of work helping Sarah be on air and out in front in the media and in all her public presentations, so I doubt that’ll be that major a hurdle once all is said and done.

So yes, due to Sarah Palin’s fire in her belly for the good of the US, for the return of the US to traditional American values (which means voting Obama out of office and putting a strong Conservative in office), I believe Sarah’s going to run. And she can most afford to wait to announce of all the prospective candidates.

I’ve heard a rumor that there’s a July 4 deadline for lawsuits in Alaska, which she may wish to out-wait. And, yes, money would likely be an issue regarding that point because I believe she’d have to stop many of her own personal income-generating activities and would no longer have the necessary income to easily cover any more frivolous lawsuits. But that’s just my unlearned thinking on it.

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RIP Duchess

Posted by John Hitchcock on 2011/05/20

My best friend and my avatar. 2004-2011.

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Government Leeches And Government Enablers

Posted by John Hitchcock on 2011/05/20

Or “how the entitlement mentality is destroying the nation.”

Michigan resident and two million dollar lottery winner Leroy Fick still uses food stamps. And it’s legal. And he feels no shame. From WNEM:

Fick said the Department of Human Services told him he could continue to use the card, which is paid with Michigan tax dollars.

“If you’re going to … try to make me feel bad, you aren’t going to do it,” said Fick.

DHS spokeswoman Gisgie Gendreau said under federal guidelines, if a person receives a lump-sum payment, the winnings are not counted as income.

Fick’s lawyer (Who’s paying for his lawyer? And is the fee higher than the food stamp benefits?) said it’s all nice and legal like. Too bad Fick is stuck wheeling around town in a brand new Audi convertible!

Meanwhile, Doug Powers has “the urge to go see Atlas Shrugged today.” Dana Pico suggests the possibility of some wishful thinking. “Would it be wrong of me to hope that some harm befalls him?”

Meanwhile, in another part of the city… err, country…

Tina Korbe ( pronounced kor-bee) reports on leech-enabling judges, focusing on one in particular. And she quotes the Wall Street Journal.

In 2005, [administrative law judge David B.] Daugherty’s disability benefits approval rate stood at 90 percent — but it has only gone up from there. From 2006 to 2008, he approved benefits about 95 percent of the time. Then, last year, he upped the ante to 99.7 percent — and is on track to increase that what little bit he can in 2011.

But Daugherty doesn’t merely approve benefits. He also scoffs at “stingier” SSDI judges.

“Some of these judges act like it’s their own damn money we’re giving away,” Mr. Daugherty told a fellow Huntington judge, Algernon Tinsley, who worked in the same office until last year, Mr. Tinsley recalled.

Judge, here’s a clue: You’re supposed to act like it’s your own money, because it’s my money you’re spending!

Tina Korbe goes on to explain that these cases only go before the judge when they’ve already been denied twice. In my book, that should mean a very strong likelihood that the cases should be denied. And so far this year, 127 administrative law judges have approved 90 percent or better of these cases. Doug Powers and Dana Pico’s comments fit pretty well in this instance, too.

But that’s not all!! There’s more!!

Allahpundit reports on another government leech.

Tom Coburn: Why are we paying disability to “adult babies”?

On the one hand, yeah.

On the other hand, watch the clip below. If this guy’s not “disabled,” who is?

“Given that Mr. Thornton is able to determine what is appropriate attire and actions in public, drive himself to complete errands, design and custom-make baby furniture to support a 350-pound adult and run an Internet support group, it is possible that he has been improperly collecting disability benefits for a period of time,” Mr. Coburn wrote in a letter Monday to Inspector General Patrick P. O’Carroll Jr…

Here’s the video of the government leech fat man dressed like a baby.

If it weren’t for societal and government enablers, this stuff wouldn’t be happening. And I wouldn’t be paying my tax dollars for this stuff to be happening. Of course, it helps that these programs from which these leeches and enablers are sucking money are unconstitutional according to the actual words of the US Constitution.

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The American Dream

Posted by John Hitchcock on 2011/05/19

For 400 years, people have been coming to America in search of the American Dream. Millions have fled their homelands, seeking to escape oppression. They fled religious oppression. They fled economic oppression. They fled genocidal oppression. They fled tyrannies of all manner, shape and form. And they came to the United States.

In the 17th century, people left Europe and braved the dangerous journey across the Atlantic Ocean to come to a brave new world, a rugged, hearty and dangerous new world, seeking religious freedom. They wished to practice their Christian faith in a way they saw proper to Providence. One of the first colonies, the Plymouth Colony, started out with a Christian Socialism. It failed miserably, as Jerry Haas explains.

Our forefathers, the pilgrims who left England and traveled to the new world in 1620, did so with optimism. They did it to escape religious persecution and establish a colony based upon communal precepts. While they did enjoy the absence of religious persecution, they soon discovered that communalism (e.g. socialism) did not work.

The communal nature of the new Plymouth colony required all of the crops produced, game harvested, fish caught and products made by one to be shared with all. This led to laziness, lack of initiative and starvation. Half the colonists did not survive the winter of 1620-21, and starvation continued through the winter of 1622-23. William Bradford, governor of the fledgling colony, recognized it was this communal structure that took away the incentive of people to produce, and made the decision in the spring of 1623 that ultimately saved the colony.

Bradford distributed plots to each family. Whatever a family produced would be used as that family saw fit. It was a free-market model in which people would retain whatever they grew, harvested, caught or produced. They then were free to use it as trade and barter for other goods and services, as well as to feed their own family.

The yield was more than expected. Not only was starvation staved off, but the bountiful harvest enabled them to barter and exchange their crops with others. In fact, the harvest was so bountiful by 1624 that the colony began to export crops.

In arguably the best of circumstances — a devout Christian society essentially separated from the rest of the world — Socialism failed miserably. It caused many deaths and much more suffering. Without a personal stake in their productivity, even some of the most devout Christians lost interest in being productive. The Collective was not enough to cause a productivity level strong enough for survivability. As soon as the governing philosophy was switched to one of individual ownership of land and fruits of labor, the colony became so productive they exported their goods.

Even Christian Socialism required others to do for you. “From each according to their abilities, to each according to their needs” was practiced at the beginning of the Plymouth Colony. And it failed. When “you have to do for me” was changed to “you keep what you can produce,” the dismal life-killing failure became a huge success. And everyone was better off for it. It was this rugged desire for Liberty and this rugged independence and self-dependence that created the success, the “better life in the New World.”

Communist countries have built up armed borders to guard against invasion, yes, but perhaps more importantly to keep their own people in. The Berlin Wall wasn’t built to keep West Berliners out of East Berlin and East Germany. It was built to keep East Germans from escaping to West Berlin. East Germans attempting to flee the oppressive Communist regime were shot and killed by East German troops.

For thousands of years, people have fled one form of oppression or another. But where people flee to is almost as important as where people flee from. And for the past 400 years, the United States (or the land that would eventually become the United States) has been the desired destination of a statistically outsized proportion of immigrants. It is due to the American Dream that this is the case. Where you get to keep the product of your labor and you are not forced to give it to someone else who did not earn it. Where you can practice your faith and not be killed by the government for it. Where if you’re industrious enough and wise enough, anyone has the opportunity for wealth.

But wealth is not the American Dream. A right to someone else’s work product is not the American Dream. The opportunity to gain wealth by your own work without governmental interference is part of it. And today’s Liberals are busily trying to kill the American Dream with their over-regulation, with Socialized Medicine (where the Left thinks they have a right to force someone to treat them), with San Fransisco looking to make circumcision (a religious requirement) illegal.

The US became the world’s greatest and wealthiest and most generous nation of all time, and it was due to the American Dream. All the socialist “entitlement” programs have been eroding that wealth for 70 years, and the time is almost upon us when all of it is gone… unless we refudiate the Left.

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ObamaCare Waiver Fest Continues

Posted by John Hitchcock on 2011/05/19

Remember, Nancy Pelosi said they had to pass the bill to find out what’s in the bill. Remember all the Unions were busily pushing to get ObamaCare passed. There are now over 1,300 members of the Waiver list, (un)covering some 3 million individuals. Many on the Waiver list are the very same Unions that pushed to get passage of ObamaCare. Because being governed by ObamaCare is too expensive for them.

Michelle Malkin has been covering this from the start. And she has a new report on more from the Left getting their waivers after spending money to promote the bill that they just got waived for themselves.

Obamacare refugees first began beating down the exit doors in October 2010. As I’ve documented since last fall, waiver-mania started with McDonald’s and Jack in the Box; spread to Dish Networks, hair salon chain Regis Corp and resort giant Universal Orlando; took hold among every major Big Labor organization from the AFL-CIO to the CWA to the SEIU; roped in the nationalized health care promoters at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (whose board of trustees includes health care czar Nancy Ann DeParle); and is now gripping entire states (Maine, New Hampshire and Nevada all recently got in on the act).

The latest to catch the waive? West Coast liberals.

Yes, smack dab in the middle of House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi’s congressional district, a cluster of San Francisco small businesses is among the latest recipients of get-out-of-Obamacare passes. As Jamie Dupree of Cox Media Group and Matthew Boyle of The Daily Caller pointed out this week, there are at least two dozen Bay Area companies — including bars, restaurants, hotels, tourist shops, real estate and auto firms — that have secured temporary, one-year reprieves from the federal law. It’s the San Francisco Treat that voters didn’t foresee until after the bill was rammed down their throats.

Another noteworthy waiver winner: Seattle-based REI. The trendy Pacific Northwest outdoor equipment retailer’s progressive CEO and Democratic campaign donor, Sally Jewell, appeared with President Obama in 2009 to tout White House health care reform initiatives. Two years later, REI snagged a waiver to protect the health benefits of a whopping 1,180 workers from the very tentacles of the big government bureaucrats Jewell embraced at Obama’s roundtable.

And of course, Sarah Palin had something to say about this new raft of ObamaCare waivers. From Conservatives4Palin:

Today, Governor Palin shared her thoughts on this new development with the Daily Caller:

In response to the revelation that about 20 percent of the latest slew of Obamacare waivers went to luxurious restaurants, nightclubs and hotels in House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s district, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin told The Daily Caller the waiver process is “corrupt.”

“Unflippingbelievable! No, wait, it is believable,” Palin said in an email to TheDC. “Seriously, this is corrupt. And anyone who still supports the Pelosi-Reid-Obama agenda of centralized government takeovers of the free market and the corresponding crony capitalism is, in my book, complicit.”

I absolutely agree. It is indeed believable that the corrupt Obama Administration would have all these corrupt ObamaCare waivers for their cronies and supporters. The whole rotten thing stunk from the beginning, but the stink is getting worse as each day passes.

In related news, evidence is that Obama-appointed Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan was indeed involved in helping to draft the legal defense of ObamaCare. Hot Air has that information. Read the whole thing, but here’s the concluding paragraph:

Just so we’re straight on the timeline here: On March 21, the day ObamaCare was passed, Katyal is inviting Kagan to strategy sessions about the new law. On April 9, John Paul Stevens resigns and speculation erupts about Kagan succeeding him. On May 17, Katyal is suddenly telling people that Kagan’s never been involved in anything — even though she is, in fact, the solicitor general of the United States and even though he explicitly invited her to a meeting about the law less than two months earlier — and Kagan is warning people via e-mail to make sure everyone has their story straight on what she knew by “coordinating.” Is that about right? I want to make sure we’re all square on this nonsense for when the mandate challenge finally reaches the Court and we’re told by her office that everything is magically copacetic.

As Allahpundit said, and I concur, “Defending their signature domestic “achievement” when it’s under mortal threat from a constitutional challenge is much, much more important to the left than observing ethical rules.”

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Prayers For Hube

Posted by John Hitchcock on 2011/05/18

Hube has recently been added to the stable of occasional authors on this site. Like the other occasional authors, he is the proprietor of another site. He has just recently lost his youngest sister, who passed away in her early 40s. While I lost a daughter, I have not lost a sibling, so I cannot fully understand Hube’s loss.

Hube, you’re in my prayers.

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Bad Technology, Bad, Bad, BAD Technology

Posted by John Hitchcock on 2011/05/18

Robert Stacy McCain wrote an article where he torched spellcheck. Little Miss Attila grudgingly agreed. (They have a friendly animosity going.) And over on Attila the hon’s site (where she has me on her blogroll and RS McCain doesn’t on his), ponce chose to do what he does best: Reject all pretense at logical debate and issue forth with personal attacks based on “facts not in evidence.” He starts out with:

A wingnut bumpkin who hates technology?

Now there’s something you don’t read about every day.

and later adds:

I can understand someone who has so few skills to offer the world getting upset when some da** hippie gives away software for free that allows everyone to do that skill just as well as he can.

It’s a hilarious example of logic failure, following the crowd, projection, misdirection, straw-man, claim to higher intellect based purely on political alignment and then some. (Hube wrote about the “intellectuals” and why people don’t revere them here, where he totally blows up the “leftists are smart, rightist are dumb” Leftist meme.)

Let’s get this out in the open. Technology is neither good nor bad. It’s what people do with technology that is either good or bad.

Many consider the Zager and Evans song In The Year 2525, which went to Number 1 in the pop charts in 1969, to be an anti-technology anthem. They may be right. It is also important to note the hyper-environmentalists are Left-Wingers who hate technology, so despite ponce’s protestations otherwise, it isn’t a Right-Wing thing.

Again, technology is neither good nor bad. It’s what people do with technology that is either good or bad. Spellcheck for example. Robert Stacy McCain and Little Miss Attila have expressed an aversion to it. I hate it, myself. Ponce is apparently under the delusion that spellcheck makes people good writers and that good writers without spellcheck are no better than the average Joe with spellcheck. That, in itself, is nonsense. As RS McCain properly noted,

Merely being able to write correctly is not, however, to be confused with writing well. That is to say, good grammar does not guarantee that what you are writing will be coherent or interesting. However, correct grammar and spelling are (or at least should be) viewed as a prerequisite to good writing. [italics his, bolding mine]

Also note: Spellcheck does not check for grammar, although there are utilities which do, indeed, check for grammar. RS McCain’s point is duly lost on the pea-brain knee-jerk Leftist troll ponce. Proper spelling and proper grammar do not at all guarantee a quality product.

More than half of Detroit residents are functionally illiterate. Six out of ten who attend school in Detroit’s public schools graduate. You do the math. (More on math later.) Half of Detroit’s functionally illiterate population has either a diploma or a GED. And Liberal-owned Detroit (has been for 60 years) pumps huge dollars into the Liberal-owned public schools, to the tune of $13,000 per student, so it’s definitely not a money issue, contrary to Liberal claims. It’s a Leftist philosophy issue (and Leftist philosophy always fails when it meets the real world). These people will depend on spellcheck for job opportunities. Or they will depend on other people to write their resumes and fill out their applications.

No, spellcheck is not bad in and of itself, but when the human variable is added to the equation, spellcheck is suddenly a bad thing. People grow to depend on it and forget how to spell. Or they never learn how to spell in the first place. The grammar-checking applications are in the same manner bad, not because they are bad in a vacuum but due to how they’re used. Robert Stacy McCain stated they were basically a crutch and Little Miss Attila basically agreed. I disagree. Spellcheck is an albatross. And the utilities that evaluate grammar are likewise albatrosses. If you have those tools, why bother learning proper spelling or proper grammar? You can depend on technology to do your learning for you. And then you can use someone who does know a bit of spelling and grammar to bridge the gap.

Remember when I said “you do the math” earlier? Why bother when you can depend on this technological wonder called a calculator? Oh, yes. Junior high school students are required to take calculators to their junior high school math classes in some public schools! Why bother learning how to do the stuff when you can have a piece of technology that will do it for you? All you have to do is learn how to properly enter “246 + 175 =” into your handy-dandy calculator and enter the output onto a piece of paper and you pass the math test! We don’t need no larnin when we gots us some techy. Sides, when we gonna use that junk anyhows? (Oops, forgot to use my spellcheck and my grammar utilities.)

I bought my favorite Starbucks beverage and paid with a $20. The cashier, a high school graduate, rang it up and instead of telling the cash register I paid with a $20, told the cash register I paid with a $10. She had to void out the entire sale and re-ring it to tell the cash register I paid with a $20. Because her high school diploma didn’t educate her well enough for her to understand what change I should receive compared to her “ring up.”

But it goes beyond the educational albatrosses crippling our multiple generations. (“Sofa’s for sale” on a billboard) We are depending on many crocogators to take us across rivers.

Soap that kills 99.99 percent of all bacteria. Super antibiotics. Germicidal this. Germicidal that. Kill them all so our bodies don’t have to come in contact with them. Question: How do vaccines work? Question: What is a supervirus and why does it matter?

Vaccines work by introducing something bad and dangerous to your body and forcing your body to fight back.

If you go to the gym, you run on a treadmill or lift weights or use the stair climber or any manner of other pieces of equipment. Doing that causes microscopic damage to your muscle tissue and forces your body to repair it and build it better and stronger.

When my daughter and I prepare steak for cooking, we trim the fat off the meat. Then, we eat small bits of raw steak. I “cross-contaminate” by cutting my meat with the same knife I then cut my veggies with.

In the 1980s, I saw a news report about a man in Ohio who had a tin cup in his canoe. When he went on the river to go fishing, he used that tin cup to draw water out of the river and drink it. Would I be willing to do that? On most rivers, yes.

Some of this stuff I wouldn’t advise. But the point remains the same. If you build your body up to be able to resist various microbes, your body will do just that. But if you are overly dependent on technology to prevent your body from experiencing microbes, you will not be capable of handling it without the technology. You will be the weaker for it.

As my intro song goes, an over-dependence on technology will only serve to make you “less than.” Technology is not bad. An over-dependence on technology is always bad. Superbugs come from that. Functional illiteracy comes from that. Mathematical illiteracy comes from that.

Historical illiteracy is a completely “nother” subject, but it falls in the same pattern. Technology takes care of everything so nothing needs to be learned. Just click your mouse.

Is technology bad? No. People are bad. They’re bad machines. And they’re built that way in the factories.

(momentary naked butt)

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Hamas And Hezbollah Join Forces. Hurray!

Posted by John Hitchcock on 2011/05/17

Hamas and Hezbollah have decided to link up in Palestinian territory. And that’s supposed to be a good thing? Robert Stacy McCain has a piece of recent history for you revisionist Israel-hating Leftists.

Her Name Was Simona Rudina …

Tel Aviv, June 10, 2001 (Photo by IDF)

The beachfront disco that Simona visited that night in June 2001 was at the Dolphinarium, scene of one of the most heinous atrocities of the Second Antifada — a suicide bombing that killed 21 people, 16 of whom were just teenagers. Simona was killed, and her friend Rita was among the scores horribly wounded by the blast:

The terrorist mingled with a large group of teenagers, who were standing in line to enter the disco. While still in line, he detonated the explosives strapped to his body. The explosive charge contained a large number of metal objects – including balls and screws – designed to increase the extent of injuries.

Most of those killed were youngsters from the former Soviet Union who had planned to attend a dance party at the Dolphin disco.

Simona’s killer was Sa’id Hasan Houtari. Both Hezbollah and Islamic Jihad initially claimed credit for the bombing, but it was eventually determined that Hamas was responsible. News of this murderous atrocity “was greeted with jubilation in Ramallah and parts of Gaza, where people danced in the streets and fired guns in the air. ” Documents captured during Israel’s 2002 military invasion of the West Bank showed that the Palestinian Authority had paid $2,000 to the family of the suicide bomber Houtari, who was celebrated as a “martyr” by the Palestinians.

“Both Hezbollah and Islamic Jihad initially claimed credit for the bombing, but it was eventually determined that Hamas was responsible.” Hezbollah and Islamic Jihad claimed “credit” for the terroristic murder of Israeli teenagers, many of whom were former serfs of the Communist Soviet Union, but Hamas did the deed. And Hamas just this month declared they have absolutely zero intent on recognizing Israel’s right to exist. Zero intent at all.

Hezbollah, Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Muslim Brotherhood (which is set to own Egypt), Syria, Iran, Lebanon are all tied together in the terroristic and anti-semitic and anti-Zionist desire to eradicate Israel and Jews from the face of the Earth. Period. End of sentence. For any Leftist idiot who claims Israel should negotiate with these murderous cowards, these terroristic genocidal maniacs, these Islamic Terrorists, that Leftist idiot has no business discussing any philosophical or Current Events point whatsoever. It is clear the Islamic Terrorists, which includes Hamas, Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad, Muslim Brotherhood (which is set to own Egypt), Syria, Iran, Lebanon want nothing but the complete and utter annihilation of Israel and the Jewish bloodline, period.

You Leftists can be the Quislings and Chamberlains and cowards you want to be, but the truth is absolutely not in you. The truth is your goal will include the genocide of the Jewish people; the completion of the “Final Solution” Adolf Hitler tried in the 1940s. And, no, this is not a “Godwin Rule” event. Many Mohammedan leaders were actually under the tutelage of Nazis in the 1930s and 1940s. And the Koran itself demands the annihilation of the Jews and all those who support the Jews.

Grow up, wake up, realize the truth, Leftists. Oh, and you Paulians, you do the same.

Tel Aviv, June 10, 2001 (Photo by IDF)

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Some Republican Presidential Candidate News

Posted by John Hitchcock on 2011/05/17

(Let it be known I’m a Sarah Palin supporter so I view all non-Palin news as good for a Palin candidacy.)

Mike Huckabee has decided he’s not going to run in the 2012 Republican Primaries. That is a good thing. Mike Huckabee is a Big Government Social Conservative and he would’ve drawn strong support from the Social Conservatives. But, like Michelle Obama, he was a little too willing to legislate behavior from the Presidential Pulpit. And that is bad. Also, Huckabee has a massive albatross hanging from his neck. As governor of Arkansas, he commuted sentences of violent criminals so they could go on and commit more violent crimes. The Washington State cop-killer he released from prison comes to mind. And, apparently from those links, so does his getaway driver.

Donald Trump proved to be sodium in a beaker of water.

And that’s good because The Donald (whom Dana Pico strongly advocated against) has had multiple bankruptcies, proving he is no fiscal Conservative since he cannot handle his own finances. In fact, there have been more than one bank which refused to declare him in default on his loans because doing so would bankrupt those banks. The Donald has also made liberal use of Imminent Domain to his advantage, taking private property from the little guy to make his own business stronger and richer. Beyond that, The Donald has pumped lots of money into Democrat candidates’ campaign coffers. And the Republicans likely to get Trump money have been Big Government Ruling Class types (Crist, Specter). Beyond that, Donald likes to flip-flop-flip on policy items, making him either a complete unknown or a narcissistic opportunity-hound, you decide.

Don’t get me wrong. The Donald served his purpose as far as I’m concerned, although he could’ve been used further. Trump forced Obama to finally release his long-form birth certificate, something Obama spend 2 million dollars to keep hidden. And that playing card Obama was falsely using as a raaaaace card has now been eliminated. With huge numbers of people no longer believing Obama is not a natural born citizen as the Constitution requires. Higher percentages of Conservatives than non-Conservatives changing their minds. But if Trump played the game longer, he might could’ve forced Obama to release his K-to-Law School transcripts. (Ever wonder why Obama and his wife both no longer have their licenses to practice law?)

But, like sodium in water, Trump came in with a flash and —-.

Mitt Romney owns his RomneyCare in Massachusetts. The Obama campaign have been right on top of things, thanking Romney for creating the blueprint for ObamaCare. Romney has also been on all 27 sides of the argument on practically every issue, depending on the date of his comment. As a Big Government Ruling Class RINO from Massachusetts, Romney is the lamestream media’s and the Statist Republican’s and the Democrat’s wet dream of a Republican candidate. Romney’s chances (since he’s so busy hiding himself from the public at every turn) are greatest if he’s the only Big Government RINO among a field of Conservative Republicans. If the field of Conservative Republicans is sufficiently large and they eat each other, Romney can get a plurality since he cannot, ever, get a majority. Romney is McCain 2.0, Dole 2.0. In other words, the big-name sheep to the Democrat slaughter.

Mitch Daniels is apparently awaiting his wife’s decision on whether he should “spend more time with the family” or go after the POTUS job. He declared a “truce” on Social Conservatism, effectively surrendering that ground to Social Conservatives and alienating their vote. Later, he signed the bill that eliminated Indiana funding of the abortion provider and statutory rape hider Planned Parenthood. You can’t have it both ways, Mitch.

Mitch Daniels also caved when faced with Democrat fleebaggers. And he appointed the Indiana Supreme Court justice who effectively killed the Fourth Amendment to the US Constitution.

Newt Gingrich authored the Contract for America, or stole it from another Republican who authored it, depending on what you read. I discussed that time-period earlier here and here. Basically, Newt saw the giant awakening and pro-actively took an agenda that would lull the giant back to sleep and ran with it. Since then, Newt has been a major failure. He slept with a staffer while he was married “because he was so concerned with America.” He sat on a couch with Nancy Pelosi to advance the Global Warming religion (which would destroy the US economy and propel us into a more massive stagflation than the one Obama has given us).

Newt ignored the grass-roots TEA Party backing (and the high-powered Sarah Palin backing) of Conservative candidate Doug Hoffman in the NY-23 special election to endorse the DIABLO DeDe Scozzafava, who became a 3rd Party contender as Republican and dropped out to endorse the DEMOCRAT Bill Owens. More recently, Newt blasted Republican Paul Ryan’s plan to fix Medicare in a way that absolutely alienates the grass-roots conservative giant that has awakened. So, Newt has very clearly aligned himself with inside-the-beltway Ruling Class Big Government RINOs.

Robert Stacy McCain has written multiple articles praising Herman Cain. And I mean MANY. The guy is a certified Conservative. (either one) But I’m not ready to vote for someone who would be cutting his political teeth in the most powerful position on Earth. We’ve already seen how that turns out (hello, Barack Obama, you brain-dead Socialist). We could do a lot worse than Cain in the Cabinet, and we most definitely are with Obama’s Socialist allies. But as top dog, he doesn’t pass the pedigree test with me. Granted, this is the most opportune time for a non-politician to get the nod, but someone who doesn’t know the dealings and hasn’t had the experience handling the politics doesn’t need to be lurched into the most powerful and most political post in the land. And his campaign will most definitely suffer for it.

Michele Bachmann is a potent member of the US House of Representatives. She absolutely should stay there. In the Presidential field, she’s half-cut 1 percent milk to Sarahcuda’s whole milk straight from the cow. Why take blue water when milk is available?

And then there’s Sarah Palin. Members of the elite in the lamestream media call her an unserious candidate, while incessantly spreading lies about her and adding grist for the whack-jobs looking for someone to assassinate. Ruling Class Republicans are out to destroy her instead of attacking Obama. A Leftist nutter rented the house next door to write his hit-job book about her. Radical Leftists shoot their TV sets because her daughter does well on a reality TV dance show. Some clown makes his way propagating Trig Trutherism (Bristol has super-power va-jay-jay capabilities, according to him). Leftists alternatively mock her for being unable to kill an animal with a rifle that was knocked off zero from a fall and scream in horror that she would shoot that animal (and club a fish as well). Leftists and Statist RINOs attack her because she held the needs of Alaska higher than her own self and resigned as governor while a myriad of Leftists were filing frivolous lawsuits (permitted under Alaska law at the time) which were bankrupting her and grinding Alaska’s government to a halt. All this while claiming Sarah Palin is not a serious candidate.

And what does Sarah do? She only shifts the national debate on ObamaCare, influences elections nationwide in 2010 and in Special Elections prior to 2010, makes fools of Leftists who mock her for her accurate date for the Boston Tea Party, draws huge crowds wherever she appears, affects the national debate on all manner of topics, and draws the ire of practically all Leftist organizations, Leftist press groups, Leftist blog outfits, Ruling Class Republicans and their outlets.

People who either should know better or are too flat-out partisan to be honest suggest Palin’s afraid to talk to people outside of FOX News. Obviously, she’s outside of FOX News quite a bit. She had her Long Island appearance where she was grilled by an unfriendly source and won the less-than-friendly crowd over with ease. She had her India trip where she won the Indians (dot) over with ease. She had her Israel trip and her Haiti trip and her Alabama trip where she showed she could get down and dirty with the regular people, and possibly even further in the life-threatening grime than most regular people. She has her Facebook page and her Twitter account which are shaping national agendas and conversations.

Aside from that, she’s currently contracted to FOX, which means only under certain circumstances can she grant interviews outside FOX. And, honestly, why should she? She’s already living rent-free in their heads. They’re already claiming she’s a nobody whilst spending an inordinate amount of time trying to destroy the “nobody”. And she has a huge following who are ready, at a moment’s notice, to pump big money into her campaign and to get out on the streets and beat on doors for her.

Of all the possible candidates, she can most afford to wait the longest before declaring. And her ground game has already devoured a large portion of the field even before opening up her air game.

7 in 10 Republicans and a majority of independents declare the National Republican Party to be to the left of and disconnected with the Republican base.

42 percent Conservative.
36 percent Moderate.
20 percent Liberal.

Newt is busily impaling himself before asking Conservatives to vote for him.
Mitt equals ObamaCare and Statist Ruling Class Republican.
Mitch has proven to be spineless and to surrender territory before even engaging.
Donald was a pan-flash Ruling Class Republicrat.
Huck is a Big Government nanny Social Conservative who released a pair of criminals responsible for later murdering a cop.
Herman wants to cut his teeth in the top job in the world.

And then there’s Sarah.

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Obama’s Secret Transparency Executive Order

Posted by John Hitchcock on 2011/05/16

You right-wing businesses gonna have to show your stuff but those left-wing unions ain’t gotta do none of that. Oh, by the way, we ain’t gonna tell Congress who said what and how the Executive Order was made because we don’t got to. Nanny nanny, boo boo.

HT Ed Morrissey

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The Bible Says Don’t Judge, Right?

Posted by John Hitchcock on 2011/05/15

Wrong. The Bible definitely does not say “don’t judge.”

I have heard that argument countless times, as far back as my school days in the 1970s, nearly always as a defense for something worthy of judging. And most of the time, the argument has come from non-Christians, who know just enough about the Bible to be dangerous, in an attack against Christians. There have been times where I have heard that argument repeated by Christians themselves, who do not know enough about Providence’s Word to know better.

I can accept this ignorance from a new Christian (do look up the term “ignorance” before flaming me) and use it as a teachable moment, but I have little patience for such ignorance from an old Christian. And no patience at all for such a dishonest attack from a non-Christian (or anti-Christian). The Bible says “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. ” (2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV))* And this is why I can accept the ignorance of a new Christian and not an old Christian. A new Christian hasn’t had the opportunity to study but the old Christian, indeed, has. And the non-Christian, and more accurately the anti-Christian depends on the Christian having not studied. If the Christian studies the Bible, he will more readily withstand the withering attacks of the anti-Christian. And he will more readily be able to aid in the understanding of the truly interested non-Christian.

“Study to show yourself approved to Providence, a workman that does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of Truth.” As your effort to understand Providence’s Word moves forward, you will automatically start judging matters, as is proper. Already, in this single verse, the Bible says to judge. You are to judge what is true and what is false, so you will not have shame heaped on you. And you cannot do that judging without studying first.

As you went through school, you had to study all sorts of material. When in literature classes, you were taught to examine material based on context. You could not take a single line from a poem or novel out of its environment to make a statement that did not comport with the rest of the poem or novel. That single line had to be understood based on everything around it. History is the same way. The actions of a historical person cannot be understood in a vacuum. The time during which the person lived is critical, as are the events surrounding the person. Likewise, it is impossible to properly understand a verse in the Bible without understanding the context. And the “don’t judge” crowd depends on your not understanding context, as they take a single verse out of context and dement it for their purposes. Satan himself used scripture to tempt Jesus and Jesus responded with more scripture (Matthew 4:5-7). So if Satan can dishonorably use scripture for his desires, non-Christians and anti-Christians can likewise do so. “Study to show yourself approved.”

But the Bible says ‘Do not judge, lest you be judged,’ doesn’t it?

That, indeed, is the verse that non-Christians and anti-Christians use most frequently to attack Christians in my experience. Remember that context thing? This is why you need to “study to show yourself approved.” It is because that verse is lifted completely out of context, ignoring the very next verse and ignoring the rest of the Bible. Anti-Christians absolutely depend on your not knowing the Bible. If you actually know the Bible, you can defeat their dishonest arguments. So, what is that portion of scripture?

Do not judge, or you too will be judged.” (Matthew 7:1 (NIV))*

Let’s look at this verse by itself. “Don’t judge or you’ll be judged.” The corollary to that would be “You won’t be judged if you don’t judge.” Now, how many of you believe that corollary? You can murder your neighbors, rape people, steal from businesses, abuse your spouse, neglect your children and as long as you never pass judgment on anyone else, you won’t stand before Providence and be judged for your actions. Right? Or is that a ridiculous statement? Of course, that’s a ridiculous statement. “And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books. If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.” (Revelation 20:12, 15 (NIV))* Obviously, everyone is judged. So there must be a different meaning. And it can be found in the context.

“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” (Matthew 7:1,2) The same way you judge others, you’ll be judged. Compassion plays a role here: If you judge without compassion, you will be judged without compassion. If you convict someone of the sin of eating a triple whopper with bacon on a Friday during Lent in your heart, and you do the same thing, you will be convicted of that sin. (Understand, I am not a Catholic so I do not know all the Catholic rules during Lent.) If you believe something is a sin and you do it anyway, you have sinned. Even if your belief is wrong, because you sinned in your heart. But that’s a tangent.

But I’ve stepped ahead of myself to some extent. I have given partial context to that verse and introduced an idea based on further context.

Continuing on: “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” (Matthew 7:3-5) This is another section of scripture non-Christians and anti-Christians use to attack Christians. Unfortunately, while their motives are often impure, their accusations are often accurate. But they rarely understand this is tied to verse 1 (and verse 2, which they ignore completely). If you accuse someone of gluttony for eating a double quarter pounder with cheese while you’re eating a 42 ounce porterhouse, you’re ignoring the beam in your eye while picking at a splinter in the other person’s eye. “For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” (verse 2)

Based on the context I’ve given you, you should be able to clearly see the Bible does not, after all, demand that you not judge. The Bible actually demands you to not be hypocritical in your judging and warns you will be judged on your judging.

Okay, so the Bible doesn’t say not to judge anyone. But it does warn people who are judging others. Obviously, the Bible doesn’t promote judging others, right?

Wrong. The Bible actually tells Christians to actively judge. The Old Testament is full of judging and commands to judge. Even the passage I have already discussed tells Christians to judge. The passage that has the two sections non-Christians and anti-Christians know best and use against Christians. That passage tells us to judge.

“Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and then turn and tear you to pieces.” (Matthew 7:6) Is there any way to follow this command without judging others? Absolutely not. You have to know who would be the “dogs” and who would be the “pigs.” And you cannot do so without judging them first.

“It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and of a kind that does not occur even among pagans: A man has his father’s wife. And you are proud! Shouldn’t you rather have been filled with grief and have put out of your fellowship the man who did this? Even though I am not physically present, I am with you in spirit. And I have already passed judgment on the one who did this, just as if I were present. When you are assembled in the name of our Lord Jesus and I am with you in spirit, and the power of our Lord Jesus is present, hand this man over to Satan, so that the sinful nature may be destroyed and his spirit saved on the day of the Lord.

Your boasting is not good. Don’t you know that a little yeast works through the whole batch of dough? Get rid of the old yeast that you may be a new batch without yeast—as you really are. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. Therefore let us keep the Festival, not with the old yeast, the yeast of malice and wickedness, but with bread without yeast, the bread of sincerity and truth.

I have written you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people— not at all meaning the people of this world who are immoral, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters. In that case you would have to leave this world. But now I am writing you that you must not associate with anyone who calls himself a brother but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or a slanderer, a drunkard or a swindler. With such a man do not even eat.

What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside? God will judge those outside. ‘Expel the wicked man from among you.'” (1 Corinthians 5)

There is a very large amount of judging of someone who claims to be a Christian and a very large amount of demanding the judging of someone who claims to be a Christian. It is very clear we are actually required to judge others, contrary to what anti-Christians argue in bad faith.

For more information, you might want to examine this, where, near the bottom, I touched on another passage requiring the judgment of others who claim to be Christian.

*I prefer the New International Version (NIV) (1980s) translation because it is more readable for me, but the King James Version (KJV) is the more accurate translation from the original languages.

(Originally published 03132010 but brought to the top due to search engine interest.)

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