Posted by Jim Rector on January 11, 2011
United in Horror – Ross Douthat, NY Times
I’m not normally much of a fan of the NY Times but in this case I think the writer provides great balance to all the vitriol going around from both sides.
It’s possible that Jared Lee Loughner, the young man behind Saturday’s rampage in Tucson, will have a more direct connection to partisan politics than an earlier generation’s gunmen did….But chances are that Loughner’s motives will prove as irreducibly complex as those of most of his predecessors in assassination.
This won’t stop partisans from making hay out of Saturday’s tragedy, of course. The Democratic operative who was quoted in Politico saying that his party needs “to deftly pin this on the Tea Partiers” was just stating the obvious: after a political season rife with overheated rhetoric from conservative “revolutionaries,” the attempted murder of a Democratic congresswoman is a potential gift to liberalism.
But if overheated rhetoric and martial imagery really led inexorably to murder, then both parties would belong in the dock. (It took conservative bloggers about five minutes to come up with Democratic campaign materials that employed targets and crosshairs against Republican politicians.) When our politicians and media loudmouths act like fools and zealots, they should be held responsible for being fools and zealots. They shouldn’t be held responsible for the darkness that always waits to swallow up the unstable and the lost.
We should remember, too, that there are places where mainstream political movements really are responsible for violence against their rivals. (Last week’s assassination of a Pakistani politician who dared to defend a Christian is a stark reminder of what that sort of world can look like.) Not so in America: From the Republican leadership to the Tea Party grass roots, all of Gabrielle Giffords’s political opponents were united in horror at the weekend’s events. There is no faction in American politics that actually wants its opponents dead.
Balanced words in my opinion.
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Posted by Jim Rector on January 7, 2011
President Obama has taken a great stand for fiscal responsibility but coming out against attempts to raise the debt ceiling. Here’s what he said:
The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. Government can’t pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our government’s reckless fiscal policies. … Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that “the buck stops here.” Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.
Psych! Not really. Well, not really in 2011 but this was an exact quote of then Senator Obama in 2006. And the debt ceiling was only $9 trillion at the time. Not the paltry $14.3 trillion of today. I guess in his world $9 trillion then was a huge problem. Well evidently not anymore. The debt ceiling today is 60% higher than the one Obama said was “a sign of leadership failure” just five years ago. Obama’s economic advisor Austan Goolsbee basically said the sky will fall if Congress doesn’t raise the limit.
The Obama of 2006 makes a lot more sense than the Obama of 2011. Of course then he wasn’t driving the train moving the US towards European style socialism. Then the money wasn’t being spent the way he wanted it to. Now it’s different.
The solution is simple. STOP SPENDING! Dismantle “Obamacare.” Stop all bailouts NOW! Forget financial regulatory reform. Put a real freeze on federal salaries. Defund all “Stimulus” packages.
Oh, for more statesmen like this:
"If congress can do whatever in their discretion can be done by money, and will promote the General Welfare, the Government is no longer a limited one, possessing enumerated powers, but an indefinite one, subject to particular exceptions." –James Madison
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Posted by Jim Rector on January 5, 2011
Are you Christian “Nice”?
Are we be “gracious” just to avoid conflict?
Over 70 Christians Arrested in Iran – Josh Harris
The “religion” of peace?
Speaker Pelosi Leaves With a Whopper
“Deficit reduction has been a high priority for us. It is our mantra, pay-as-you-go.” – ROTFL!!!!!!
House GOP Backtracking on Promised ‘Reforms’ Before They Even Get Started
They play games they’ll get bounced just like the Democrats.
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Posted by Jim Rector on January 4, 2011
Top Five Things Obama Has Done to Raise Gasoline Prices
So gas is back up around $3.00/gal here in Texas and higher in a lot of places. I’ve heard some experts predict $3.75/gal this spring. What really ticks me off it that it’s totally unnecessary! What we have is run-away regulation that’s forcing unnecessary “rules” down our throats while bypassing the will of the people through their elected representatives. I love that the courts have put on hold the EPA’s attempt to take over air quality permitting in the state of Texas. I hope this holds and we have a rash of courts blocking the Obama Administration of forcing rules on us through regulation. If it has merit, make the case and get it passed. It’s only third-world, tin-horn, dictatorships that rule via edict.
The blog link above describes five things Obama and his comrades have done to raise gasoline prices. I’m convinced that this is by design and what Obama really wants. I mean come on, he actually is on record saying that under his plan of cap-n-trade energy prices would “necessarily skyrocket”.
You can read the explanations by clicking the link above but the main things Obama has done are:
- Cancelling existing permits
- Needlessly delaying offshore leasing
- Pushing for more taxes on American energy
- Imposing a moratorium on oil and gas drilling
- Issuing a new offshore drilling ban
Even though Obama has supposedly lifted the Ban on deep-water drilling in the Gulf, oil companies are still waiting for approval to drill. Drilling Is Stalled Even After Ban Is Lifted.
He claims to want to reduce our dependence on foreign oil. These things to NOTHING to accomplish that goal and only push us further towards foreign dependency. Hopefully the Republicans can stick to their guns, articulate the message, and stop these things in their tracks and give us some real energy reform. Reform that puts America, Americans, and American jobs first.
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Posted by Jim Rector on January 3, 2011
Christian Audio free download of the Month
The Pursuit of Holiness by Jerry Bridges – A classic.
Free Up Hard Drive Space by Changing the Location of iTunes Backups
Hmm, maybe that’s where some of my HD is disappearing to.
China May Ban Skype In Misguided Protectionist Effort
I suspect it’s more about spying on citizens than protectionism.
How Not to Fight Atheism
The law of unintended consequences. – “Christianity has enemies, and the greatest victory of these enemies is to prevent the proclamation of the Gospel.”
How to bounce your flash
If you see me with a piece of black foam on my flash – this is why.
2010: The Photography is Not a Crime Year in Review
This isn’t China after all. At least not yet.
50 million taxpayers must delay filing – IRS
Democrats didn’t have their stuff together; who usually ends up paying?
Napolitano Visit Aimed at Beefing up Border Security……..in Afghanistan
Because beefing up our border would be racism.
725 New California Laws Went into Effect Jan. 1
Using trans-fats in food facilities now carries a higher penalty than marijuana possession. They’re going broke. Instead of fixing the budget they simply burden their citizens with more laws – most will cost more money.
Gov. Schwarzenegger issues last day commutations
Passing out favors to your cronies is a bi-partisan activity.
Time to "Reboot" California: Fixing Our Broken System Is on the Agenda
Let us know how that turns out.
Issa says Obama administration is ‘one of most corrupt’
I might be sympathetic to his statement but it’s a losing issue for the Republicans. Spend more time on spending. That’s what the election was about.
Obama Studies Reagan Years for Guidance on Pushing Agenda
How about starting by not being a tax and spend Socialist?
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Posted by Jim Rector on December 29, 2010
AMAC – Association of Mature American Citizens
This will be the alternative organization to AARP that I’ll be joining when I turn 50 in a few days.
GOP Shifts on Fannie, Freddie Overhaul
They better stick to their guns or 2012 will be ugly.
Just 21% Want FCC to Regulate Internet, Most Fear Regulation Would Promote Political Agenda
Just what we need, more regulation. Keep your hands off my internet!
Census Totally Screws Dems…
People vote with their feet.
Obamacare is Already Unraveling
We all saw this coming.
More Than a Third of Americans Doubt Obama Believes in U.S. ‘Exceptionalism’
A globalist at heart.
Big “Nannies” of the Year
Just do as we say and be quiet.
As governments go broke, public employee unions must share the pain
Yeah, good luck with that.
Conservatives More Charitable than Liberal Scrooges
Of course we know liberals just like to spend “other people’s money.”
Palestinians reject interim peace deal
As in all war there’s only real peace when one side utterly defeats the other. So, there’s not been real peace since the end of WW2.
Arizona lawmaker set to ramp up fight against illegals
Wake up GOP, illegal immigration is a winning issue.
New Yorkers, stop complaining about the snow: City Hall is doing its best to recover from blizzard
But if you see somebody smoking in a bar I bet Bloomberg will have five guys there in a matter of minutes.
The woman language translator
It’s not too late for Christmas.
Morning Bell: Obama Will Make You Pay More at the Pump
Funny how high gas prices were a problem for Bush, but what a shock, not a problem for Obama.
White House Plans to Push Global Warming Policy, GOP Vows Fight
The left loves to force their agenda via regulation when they can’t win at the polls. What a bunch of oligarchs.
Global Warming Grinch
The length the left will go. Bizarre.
How to Root Your NookColor to Read Kindle Ebooks
I guess the advantage being that there are tons more free eBooks on the Kindle than the Nook.
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Posted by Jim Rector on December 28, 2010
I’m often blown away by friend’s posts on Facebook and the reactions shown in the comments to the post. This is a screenshot of a post by a Facebook friend of mine and the comments to it. My thoughts are below it.
My first thought was “yeah, you’re right. He’s the worst president ever.” But after some reflection (Which is always a good thing to do before replying to a FB post) my main thought is, “We get what we deserve, it’s actually the worst electorate ever.” In other words President Obama is a reflection of the people themselves. We are a nation made up of a vast number of people who have an entitlement mentality. You have something I don’t have. I want it and the government should take it from you and give it to me. They feel the purpose of government is to take care of them from cradle to grave. Instructive is the woman who was on this infamous video clip who stated: “I won’t have to worry about putting gas in my car. I won’t have to worry about paying my mortgage”. Where does this woman think the money comes from? What kind of candidate and now president lets these attitudes stand without challenging the very premise? I’ll tell you who, it’s someone who wants to fundamentally change everything great about this country. A person who wants to change it from the land of the free and home of the brave to a European socialist style country.
The problem with this thinking is human nature. We’re all basically selfish at heart. We all want something for nothing. A lot of us still work for a living and to provide for ourselves and our families. But, as more and more people look to the government for support more and more people will get tired of working hard only to have the government take from them the fruits of their labor. By nature the country will eventually run out of “other people’s money” and we’ll all be looking to them for handouts. How many times have you heard people turn down overtime with the statement, “well, the government will get most of it anyway.” Or, “It’ll just put me in a higher tax bracket.” That’s the principle in action. If you keep taking from people that produce, the people that produce will eventually stop producing. The next step beyond that is “forced production” or simply put “slavery.”
We’ve raised a generation of people who don’t get the Constitution and the principle of smaller government. Obama’s the result of that lack of education. They don’t realize that true freedom comes with true responsibility. You risk, you reap the reward or the penalty. Who wants to risk if someone else gets the reward? I just want to smallest government possible. Just protect my rights, protect me from enemies foreign and domestic, keep the land and water clean, build a few roads, and then LEAVE ME ALONE! We can survive as a country without a tax on personal income. Do you realize that we did that for over 50% of our nation’s existence?
Yeah, we get what we want and what we deserve. Hopefully with the results of the November mid-term enough folks are waking up to turn the tide.
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Posted by Jim Rector on December 27, 2010
Shhhh! – Return of the Death Panel
They don’t want to shout this one from the roof tops. “I told you so” comes to mind.
All 10 States Losing Congressional Seats Tilt Democratic
People will always vote with their feet to the lowest taxed, most pro-business, and pro-freedom parts of the country.
111th Congress Added More Debt Than First 100 Congresses Combined: $10,429 Per Person in U.S
Guess that’s what they mean when they say “we all must sacrifice.”
When ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Repeal Meets Religious Liberty
Mounting religious liberty concerns in “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” attack grow with new revelations from active-duty chaplain
Special forces wary of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ repeal
No one wins when you give special status to a “lifestyle choice”.
Lights out for 100-watt incandescent bulbs in California
And they wonder why people are fleeing the state….
Hey New York, This Is Real Snow
IDK, NY gets it’s share.
On Cyber Monday, Amazon Sold 158 Items Per Second (13.7 Million In Total)
Don’t you know the Dems are just dying to tap this tax pipeline.
5 Celebrities We Wish Would Go Away In 2011
I can think of a few more. You?
AP’s Notable Deaths of 2010 List Has Some Liberal Mini-Spins
Sen. Robert Byrd – Former Grand Dragon of the KKK and a DEMOCRAT.
Mike Singletary out at SF
So much for the Dallas – SF NFC final. Two teams that totally failed to live up to pre-season expectations.
How Houston’s Congress members budget
Democrat and Republican’s both spend our money. Paul is the only consistent one of the bunch. To be fair, they all appear to be within budget.
Japan’s Nanny State Gone Wild – A license is required to administer coffee enemas
Yuck! Gives a hole..er..whole new meaning to “dark roasted”.
Expert: Texas Wildflowers Be Less Showy This Year
Bummer. Not enough rain in the fall.
Woman arrested at ABIA after refusing enhanced pat down
Sure, being molested stinks for you, but it makes people think we’re doing our job.
Prime example of “Sheeple”:
- “I understand her side of it, and their side as well, but it is for our protection so I have no problems with it,” said Gwen Washington, who lives in Killeen.
- “It’s unfortunate that that happened and she didn’t get to fly home, but it makes me feel a little safer,” said Emily Protine.
TSA Silences Pilot For Telling The Truth
The truth hurts and they don’t want anybody telling it.
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