Wednesday, September 24

It's been this way for decades

Fiat Democracy

President Obama, with Vice President Palin? President Biden? President Pelosi? Call them the "Doomsday" scenarios -- On Nov. 5, the presidential election winds up in a electoral-college tie, 269-269, the Democrat-controlled House picks Sen. Barack Obama as president, but the Senate, with former Democrat Joe Lieberman voting with Republicans, deadlocks at 50-50, so Vice President Dick Cheney steps in to break the tie to make Republican Sarah Palin his successor.

"Wow," said longtime presidential historian Stephen Hess. "Wow, that would be amazing, wouldn't it?"
Why, sure it's amazing! Let's see. We're about to create $700 billion out of nothing, that's cool. We created a war that wasn't, to bring about a democracy that won't be, yeah that rips! Now, since we've extolled the virtues of democracy both here and abroad, let's remove any sign of freedom from this charade called an election. Give the people the patriotic guilt they need to go to the polls and "make their voice heard" for one of the two candidates (Forget the rest. Makes democracy a drudgery.) and then cleverly use a provision in the Constitution to remove the impression that their vote really meant anything. Way cool!

Besides, who needs the expensive show of two parties with two candidates and two campaigns? It's so unnecessary and frivolous. Have the media create a candidate and we'll vote on their looks, what kind of underwear or their style of glasses. Now, that's democracy.

Whew, that's a relief!

Clay Aiken is finally confirming what many people already knew: He's gay.

The cover of the latest People magazine shows Aiken holding his infant son, Parker Foster Aiken, with the headline: "Yes, I'm Gay." The cover also has the quote: "I cannot raise a child to lie or hide things."
Better to remove all doubt than to live a lie. At least he's being honest.

I thought he considered it chic to act gay. Or maybe he just liked to act that way. It's good to know the wrapping goes with the package. Yeah, lies are so passe' anyway.

Sunday, September 21

As Ron Paul sees it

The $700 billion dollar bailout...

It's just incredible. Words fail me to describe what's happening. I'd say it was insane but they know exactly what they're doing.

God save us from ourselves, God have mercy.

Trust the "maverick"?

I just got a McCain/Palin sticker offered to me today. I refused it without comment. Some people think just because I'm a church going fellow I must be for McCain, The Maverick. In terms of the political thought of contemporary Christian church goin' folk, I'm a maverick.

McCain is out. So is Obama. I'm voting Chuck Baldwin if I'm voting for anyone for president this year, and at least I'll have a clear conscience instead of a seared conscience.

Saturday, September 20

Don't know much about the economy

I don't pretend to know the economy. Heck, it's enough for me just to keep up with my own finances. I think I do know who to trust when it comes to an explanation of what is going on and Ron Paul is among those at the top of the list.

Speaking on the recent collapse and government bailout of several big financial institutions he warned:

“We’re talking about big bucks, we’re not talking about hundreds of millions or even hundreds of billions, we’re talking about trillions of dollars, the obligation is immeasurable.”

“The interesting thing is that they (the financial institutions) don’t come to the Congress, I mean the Federal Reserve buys them out, they own it. We as tax payers now own Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and know one knows how much that will cost. They don’t come to the Congress, we don’t have appropriations, it’s done by secret government, private individuals behind the scenes maneuvering and manipulating and trying to patch things up. While in the meantime, I’m sure there’s a few people making a couple of bucks out of this whole thing.”
I heard Franklin Sanders say once that the Federal Reserve is no more federal than Federal Express. They're not under government control, it's the other way around. We're in deep doo-doo, people, when Fed Chairman Bernanke looks worried and he's showing.

It won't matter who's elected in November because the "secret government" is running the show. The elite are making their millions before the music stops and the taxpayer won't be able to find a chair to sit in.

Friday, September 19

My thoughts

I was on Facebook and gave a reply to a question about not voting for either of the major party candidates. Just thought I'd post it here for my own enjoyment as I considered it one of my better monologues.

No, I'm not an anarchist libertarian...yet, but I can see how not voting has some worthy principle.

"So then what is the solution? (not trying to be bratty, just curious what your thoughts are)"
Of course you're being bratty. It's OK to be bratty. Why excuse yourself? But I'll bite and answer the question.

Short answer: DON'T VOTE. Yes, in short, make your voice heard by its absence. And don't mistake not voting for apathy because there are plenty who don't register and not all who are registered don't vote out of convenience. The only good reason I see to continuing to be registered to vote is participation in jury selection. Jury selection is but one arena where the individual can make a difference in a republic. And yes, I advocate the time honored position of jury nullification.

If that doesn't make sense then at the very least vote third party. Alan Keyes is the American Independent Party candidate and Chuck Baldwin is a good candidate running under the Constitution Party. Even Bob Barr running as the Libertarian Party candidate is an alternative. Voting for a Democrat or Republican, in virtually every case, is a vote for less. Less Constitutional government, less personal liberty, less freedom, less government accountability to the electorate. I say "virtually" because in March I enthusiastically voted for Ron Paul as an exception. That should be a clear indication of my political inclinations.

Face it. The country is in deep trouble on several fronts. Obama won't fend it off and neither will McCain. The public is being duped, lulled into a false sense of security that those candidates will somehow make things better. Forget the calls for change and reform, they're empty. Personally, I think we've forgone our innocence. 50 million murders in the womb mean nothing to God? Don't make me sick. Call me a cynic, but the ONLY hope is in a Lord Who reigns supreme. And collectively we've rejected that hope. So collectively we'll get what we deserve. Wrath. Do I want it or have some macabre enjoyment seeing the country go in this direction? No, but with God's grace and help I'll endure it. So my long term answer is the same as it has always been...

Long answer: JESUS

Fixing the "mistake"

An update on what I originally noted in August...

Earlier today, Bob Barr and our campaign manager, Russ Verney, stood on the steps of the Supreme Court of Texas to rally a crowd of supporters and answer questions from the media.

Today, we filed an emergency stay to prevent the Texas Secretary of State from printing ballots until after our case was decided.

For a quick recap, earlier this week we filed a lawsuit to remove both John McCain and Barack Obama from the Texas ballot. Texas election code §192.031 requires that the “written certification” of the “party’s nominees” be delivered “before 5 p.m. of the 70th day before election day” and both candidates missed that deadline.

When this story first broke, the New York Times took a jab at us saying that if our campaign prevailed in Texas, the action may “thoroughly alarm foreign investors.”
Surely the media gets involved in the sham. Democrat and Republican party elite tell them to jump and they say...well, you know. I'd really like to see Barr take this to the bitter end. More than that I'd like to see the law upheld and Libertarians win this one, but I doubt that'll happen. In any event, I haven't seen or read a bit of this through the FOX cabal, which should give us a clue as to their fair and balanced reporting.

Thursday, September 18

If ya can't beat 'em, kill 'em

Now this is an idea no one bats around...

The most senior judge in Saudi Arabia has said it is permissible to kill the owners of satellite TV channels which broadcast immoral programmes. Sheikh Salih Ibn al-Luhaydan said some "evil" entertainment programmes aired by the channels promoted debauchery.

He was speaking in response to a listener who asked his opinion on the airing of programmes featuring scantily-dressed women during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

"There is no doubt that these programmes are a great evil, and the owners of these channels are as guilty as those who watch them," said the sheikh.

"It is legitimate to kill those who call for corruption if their evil can not be stopped by other penalties."
It would change programming, and it might even do the best thing, kill the idiot box altogether. It sure would be fun to have a program devoted just to apprehending those evil network news nitwits. Turnabout is fair play.

Saturday, September 13

Speaking to the wind

I've begun to wonder what an McCain/Obama debate is going to sound like given Obama's gaffe-a-day handling of a presidential campaign. In this video of a Keyes/Obama debate from the Illinois U.S. senate race of 2004, Obama is asked, "Sen. Obama you say you're a Christian, but Ambassador Keyes said that your record runs counter to Jesus' teachings. What's your reaction to your opponents assertion that your own lord and saviour wouldn't even vote for you?" Observe and listen to his response.

A Christian, a true believer, wouldn't have to ask Jesus if they were "going up or down", they'd already know. That idea of question is just to buy time during the response until he can arrive at what he wants to say. Notice he can't even say the words "heaven" or "hell". He gets around to the issue of talking to Jesus and stumbles over his words. Telling, very telling. Then he says he doesn't think it appropriate for him, as a public servant, to assume his faith is absolute, before he finally arrives at his agenda. His apologetic idea of faith not being absolute is to placate the atheist/agnostic crowd, but only makes him more pitiful.

Keyes, on the other hand, as eloquent as he always is on issues of the faith, has it right. Any true believer in Christ has already settled the issue of salvation for themselves. The real question is how to apply faith in Christ and to honor Christ in handling the issues of the country, and Keyes does it with his usual aplomb.

Obama knows how to talk from a prepared speech, but doesn't know how to handle his mouth publicly otherwise.
For if the trumpet makes an uncertain sound, who will prepare himself for battle? So likewise you, unless you utter by the tongue words easy to understand, how will it be known what is spoken? For you will be speaking into the air. - 1 Corinthians 14:8,9

Thursday, September 11

Yeah, I'm sure this is what the apostle Paul had in mind

Why should the devil have all the good music?
Because Christians keep coming up with stuff like this. Embarrassing, simply embarrassing.

HT: Just In Kace

Being with a politician in a holodeck

Obama surely has some experience issues, like issues running a political campaign let alone running a presidential administration. If this guy even makes it to the November ballot it'll be no small achievement. Should he make it to the Oval office, France will seize their opportunity, declare war on us, and run a continuous "Jerry Lewis Telethon".

Polls showing John McCain tied or even ahead of Barack Obama are stirring angst and second-guessing among some of the Democratic Party’s most experienced operatives, who worry that Obama squandered opportunities over the summer and may still be underestimating his challenges this fall.

“It’s more than an increased anxiety,” said Doug Schoen, who worked as one of Bill Clinton’s lead pollsters during his 1996 reelection and has worked for both Democrats and independents in recent years. “It’s a palpable frustration. Deep-seated unease in the sense that the message has gotten away from them.”
Obama has a real bad case of Rectal/Cranial Inversion and Biden is suggesting a cure...Hillcare.
"Make no mistake about this," Biden responded. "Hillary Clinton is as qualified or more qualified than I am to be vice president of the United States of America. Let’s get that straight. She’s a truly close personal friend, she is qualified to be president of the United States of America, she’s easily qualified to be vice president of the United States of America, and quite frankly, it might have been a better pick than me. But she’s first rate, I mean that sincerely, she’s first rate, so let’s get that straight."
Sometimes politics makes the world seem unreal, like we've been sucked into some alternate universe. Like we're all just acting out and people don't really suffer and die, like we're all on a holodeck.
WE are all still here!

The world's most powerful physics experiment is well and truly under way.

Scientists cheered as a beam of proton particles completed their first circuit of the 27km long Large Hadron Collider (LHC).

At 8.30am today, the machine which some fear could create a giant black hole capable of swallowing the planet was switched on.
Maybe it would've been better if it had.

Monday, September 8

Hurricane Obama

“If you’ve got a gun in your house, I’m not taking it,’’ Obama said. But the Illinois senator could still see skeptics in the crowd, particularly on the faces of several men at the back of the room.

So he tried again. “Even if I want to take them away, I don’t have the votes in Congress,’’ he said. “This can’t be the reason not to vote for me. Can everyone hear me in the back? I see a couple of sportsmen back there. I’m not going to take away your guns.’’
In the northern hemisphere, Hurricanes spin counter clockwise. This poor guy just can't seem to spin his politics in the right direction.

Sen. Obama went on to say, "I'm sorry for getting enough super delegates to win the Democratic nomination for president, even though I know super delegates aren't pledged and have nothing to do with the voting majority in state primaries and caucuses. I didn't want to take the nomination from Hillary, the Democrats gave it to me. Please help me."

The October surprise comes in September when the Lizard Queen denies back room efforts to replace Biden and put her on the ballot. This is gettin' fun.

Political science

Large Hadron Collider, the world's largest and energy particle accelerator complex, will recreate conditions of the earliest universe that might just answer missing links in physics and science.

However, The Independent reported that some scientists trooped to the European Court for Human Rights to put a halt in turning on the collider. It said that some scientists are seeking a restraining order for fear that it may create a black hole that will suck life.
In other news, presidential candidate Barack Obama, upon hearing of the development by scientists at the Hadron Collider, released a statement decrying their "black hole" remarks as racist and more Republican mud-slinging, declaring instead John McCain sucks Nittaly chunks.

Sunday, September 7

"Sinning" for righteousness

Janet Parshall, host of "Janet Parshall's America," syndicated by the Salem Radio Network, told Christian TV host John Ankerberg Sunday, "There's a book floating around now called 'None of the Above' [by Joseph Farah, founder and editor of WorldNetDaily] that advocates exactly the position that you talked about [not voting for either the Democrat or Republican candidate]. When we do that we have advocated the antithetical position to what we know to be biblical truth. Because, when we sit it out, what we're saying, in essence, is, 'Our vote doesn't count. We don't care to influence and occupy.' The other person's vote takes precedence. The other person de facto gets the vote."

"Scripture says if you know what's right and you don't do it, that's called sin," she said.
Scripture also says whatever is not of faith is sin (Romans 14:23b), and Janet, like many other believers, doesn't seem to have much when it comes to elections or who runs government because she places her reliance upon the voter to vote instead of God to determine the outcome. It's as if voters voting can thwart the will of God. Could she really expect every U.S. citizen who considered themselves a believer to vote for McCain? I say, God's will be done.

I've never cared much for Janet Parshall and her toe the line Republican politics. She's the typical sort of leader in Christian circles these days, talk faith, walk in unbelief. Dr. James Dobson is another. It wasn't too long ago he took a contrary position on McCain...
"I cannot and I will not vote for Sen. John McCain as a matter of conscience," Dobson said. "But what a sad and melancholy decision this is for me and many other conservatives. Should John McCain capture the nomination as many assume, I believe this general election will offer the worst choices for president in my lifetime." Dobson said he definitely would not vote for Democratic Sens. Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama, "based on their virulently anti-family policy positions. If these are the nominees in November, I simply will not cast a ballot for president for the first time in my life," he said.
Then 7 months later comes this...
"A genuine reformer. A deeply committed Christian." That's how Dr. James Dobson, founder and chairman of Focus on the Family Action, described Gov. Sarah Palin, who joined Sen. John McCain's presidential ticket Friday. On a special Focus Action radio broadcast, Dr. Dobson said Palin has helped change his mind on McCain. "If I went into the polling booth today, I would pull the lever for John McCain," he said.
Unless John McCain had some sort of Damascus road experience in those seven months I don't think he's changed his politics or principles, but apparently Dr. Dobson is compelled to vote for him rather than sin.

Besides, since when do Christians use James 4:17 to make not voting a sin? It reminds me of the days in my Catholic youth when eating meat on Friday was supposed to be a sin, but there's no mention of that in Scripture and I just don't see anyone suffering the eternal tortures of the damned because they missed voting in a presidential election year. So here we go again. Another presidential election cycle, another guilt trip by Christian elitists to compel believers to do their patriotic duty and vote for the "right" candidate.

Speaking of right, in my view Janet has a little problem with her use of that quote of Scripture. It says, "to one who knows the right thing to do", so just what is the right thing to do? There's another part of Scripture which I think gives direction as to the answer to that question found in 1 Corinthians 2:5: "that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God." The choices of right or wrong to which Janet Parshall refers aren't found in human wisdom. Mankind doesn't determine that but the wisdom of God does. Scripture becomes a guide, revealing that wisdom of God by teaching right from wrong and it's by the Spirit of God that the law of God is kept (Jeremiah 31:33).

If Janet's use of Scripture were valid then politics itself becomes territory in God's interest. But we all know that His kingdom isn't of this world and, thankfully, He ain't interested.

Saturday, September 6

Bad company corrupts good morals

Chuck Baldwin calls it "Can two walk together, except they be agreed?" as he views the Republican ticket by Amos 3:3. I take a slightly different 1 Corinthians 15:22 view. While she may be a political good, she can't avoid being corrupted by the bad company of McCain, particularly as a potential VP. Essentially I agree with Chuck.

By all appearances, Governor Palin is a true conservative. She is pro-life. She is pro-Second Amendment. Alaska is one of only two states (Vermont is the other) that recognize the right of their citizens to carry handguns without a Concealed Carry Weapon (CCW) permit. She was rightly critical of the invasion of Iraq, once calling it a "war for oil." Speaking of oil, she believes we should drill for oil in Alaska and throughout the U.S., and is critical of the federal government for allowing America to become dependent upon foreign oil for our energy needs. She even heaped praises upon the Republican that Republicans love to hate: Ron Paul. Beyond that, Lynette Clark, the chairman of the Alaskan Independence Party (the party under which yours truly is on the Presidential ballot this year) reports that Sarah Palin was a member of the party back in the early 90s. This is very encouraging in that the AIP is a patriotic, states' rights party that holds strong sentiments opposing the New World Order propensities of the two major parties. In essence, Sarah Palin is everything that John McCain isn't. Which leads to the question that was asked long ago by the Hebrew prophet: "Can two walk together, except they be agreed?"

When the no-compromise constitutionalist, Ron Paul, was asked by CNN's Wolf Blitzer if he would consider being John McCain's running mate, he said no. His reason for that was that should McCain do something fundamentally counter to his constitutional convictions--such as bombing Iran without a Declaration of War (or other possible unconstitutional actions that Paul knows McCain is predisposed to)--he would have to resign. Knowing this, he (Paul) could not in good conscience accept a McCain invitation to join his ticket (not that McCain would ever ask him to be his running mate; Ron was not even invited to participate in the Republican convention, for Pete's sake).
This is the trouble with the lesser evil argument for voting by conservatives. Palin's principles are being used to merit party loyalty. All the party base energy talked about so wildly in the last week won't do a thing to change the fact that she takes a subordinate role now and in the future. Should McCain find himself elected he will be calling the shots while her principles become tainted by association. My doubts about Palin's oft praised conservative principles arose because of her acceptance to McCain's offer. McCain's candidacy offers the same vile taint to voters, and their principles become dubious when they accept his offer.