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Wednesday, February 08, 2012

The Left Brain vs The Right Brain

Make sense of this ditty out of Democrat Land ("Montgomery County School Board is tired of shortfall"):
Undaunted by warnings of a record real estate tax increase — and spurred by Occupy movement supporters' urgings not to cut education — the Montgomery County School Board voted Tuesday to add a pay increase and 16 positions to its budget request.

The unanimous decision increases pressure on county supervisors, who are already looking at the largest tax increase in years to pay for new school construction.

"Government is doing everything it can to shortchange public education," veteran school board member Penny Franklin said. "We've got to put our foot down."
The Montgomery County School Board votes for (considerable) (expensive) school construction, which county supervisors acquiesced to. Then the board's members complain that there's no money in their budget for new "positions" or a pay increase.  And it's all "government's" fault.
16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
Matthew 7:16-20, King James Version
Ye shall know these fruits by the fruits they bring forth.

Virginia Moves One Step Closer

The law was goofy from the git-go.  Thus:

Richmond Times-Dispatch: Va. Senate backs bill to repeal one-gun-a-month

A law that was passed (by Democrats, ahem) and signed by a (ditto) that restricted the freedom of 8,096,604 citizens of the Commonwealth so as to inconvenience a half-dozen badass gangbangers from New York City was the foolishest idea ever to make it into the law books.

It's soon to be history.

There's hope for humankind yet.

* Okay, non-adults are included in that 8,096,604 figure, which makes it a distortion since they aren't allowed to purchase firearms anyway. But it also makes for an impressive number, so i went with it. Shoot me.
** I know made up a few words.  But it was fun.

Faith Liberty Conscience

"Every man, conducting himself as a good citizen, and being accountable to God alone for his religious opinions, ought to be protected in worshipping the Deity according to the dictates of his own conscience."
-- George Washington, letter to the United Baptist Chamber of Virginia, May 1789 --

Much has been written about Barack Obama's startling and distressing decision to have America's churches bend to his will, defy their consciences, and adhere to the dictates of his health care program.  For those who missed it, see "Obama Declares War On The Catholic Church."

What has received only scant mention, however, is the response to his assault from "the church." A response that deserves attention. Because people of faith in this country are aroused like never before.

When was the last time you heard someone make this pronouncement from the pulpit?

"We cannot – and will not – comply with this unjust law."

Defiance.  Disobedience.

From a letter that Virginia bishops Paul Loverde and Francis DiLorenzo had read to those in attendance in all Catholic churches on February 5:
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

We write to you concerning an alarming and serious matter that negatively impacts the Church in the United States directly, and that strikes at the fundamental right to religious liberty for all citizens of any faith. The federal government, which claims to be “of, by, and for the people,” has just dealt a heavy blow to almost a quarter of those people—the Catholic population—and to the millions more who are served by the Catholic faithful.

[snip]

In so ruling, the Administration has cast aside the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, denying to Catholics our Nation’s first and most fundamental freedom, that of religious liberty. And as a result, unless the rule is overturned, we Catholics will be compelled either to violate our consciences, or to drop health coverage for our employees (and suffer the penalties for doing so).

We cannot – we will not – comply with this unjust law. People of faith cannot be made second class citizens. We are already joined by our brothers and sisters of all faiths and many others of good will in this important effort to regain our religious freedom. Our parents and grandparents did not come to these shores to help build America’s cities and towns, its infrastructure and institutions, its enterprise and culture, only to have their posterity stripped of their God given rights. In generations past, the Church has always been able to count on the faithful to stand up and protect her sacred rights and duties. We hope and trust she can count on this generation of Catholics to do the same. Our children and grandchildren deserve nothing less.

Together, we are the people – more than 700,000 of us – that form our Commonwealth’s vibrant Catholic community. Standing together, we must defend our right to practice what we profess and express our concerns and convictions about religious freedom to our elected officials.

Faithfully yours in Christ,
Obama to Christians: Comply or face the wrath of an all-powerful government.

The Church to Obama: "We will not comply."

Breathtaking.

The letter goes on to ask all parishioners to contact their congresspersons and voice their outrage. Do that.

In addition, vow to - on November 6 - kick Obama and his ilk out of the White House, and never let his kind gain position of authority again.

And work to make it happen.

George Washington felt that it was necessary that we as a free people protect everyone in his or her worship of the Deity according to the dictates of their consciences.  Obama, unprincipled, having no discernible conscience, and having no understanding of the ties that bind this country together, has launched an assault on all that we hold sacred.

Civil disobedience.  It's come to this.

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The Wall Street Journal this morning:

"The political furor over President Obama's birth-control mandate continues to grow, even among those for whom contraception poses no moral qualms, and one needn't be a theologian to understand why. The country is being exposed to the raw political control that is the core of the Obama health-care plan, and Americans are seeing clearly for the first time how this will violate pluralism and liberty."

Obama.  ObamaCare.  Ignoring the will of the people.  They will not stand.

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To my liberal friends, I pose a question.  Here in Virginia last week the Senate voted to require Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers to present to mothers an ultrasound before they ended the lives of their children (an intrusive government action that I have serious problems with, no matter how noble the reasoning).  I'll bet your reaction, though not grounded in principle or conscience so much as distaste for government interference in a citizens' right to exercise her Constitutionally-protected freedom to abort, was in opposition to that government intrusion.

Yes?

Well, if you were outraged by the Senate's action, imagine how Americans with consciences feel when their government tells them they must subordinate their ethical and moral principles because the government considers it to be a swell idea that churches and related organizations have contraceptives be made available to their employees and customers.

Think it through.  It's the same thing.  Magnified.


Obama Unprincipled

There is no better example of the man being devoid of those precepts necessary to formulate and guide his decision-making (see post above - "Faith Liberty Conscience") than this:
Obama Decides To Take Super PAC Money After All
Investor's Business Daily

Reversing his earlier stance, President Obama now says he'll accept money to fund his campaign from so-called super-PACs. Does the president have any principles he won't sacrifice?

In 2008 and again in 2010, President Obama took a tough stance on outside financing of political campaigns. In 2008, he inveighed against the pernicious influence of big money in politics and pledged to fund his campaign with federal matching funds.

But when he discovered he could raise a lot more on his own, he broke that pledge, raising $750 million.

[A]s Groucho Marx once said, "These are my principles. And if you don't like them ... well, I have others." Like Groucho, Obama always has others. [link]
Principles, Obama will tell you, are important. Really important. Probably really, really important.

But, as this his most recent action clearly reveals, not as important as keeping his job.

So much for principles.

Obama: Hey, What Comes Goes

With regard to his decision to require that America's church membership cast out its conscience and subordinate itself to his government, it's comforting knowing that, since he's unprincipled, and that his decision wasn't grounded in any perceptible precept or rationale, he and it can always change on a dime:

Obama spokesman hints at concession over church health care mandate

We want it in writing.

Not that Obama will feel any obligation to be bound by that.

The definition of the word "unprincipled"?

Unprincipled Adjective: unprincipled ənˈprinsəpəld
1. Having little or no integrity
2. The title of the most comprehensive biography of the life of Barack Obama

The Land of Oz

And speaking of government jamming decisions down the throats of the American people:

Appeals court rules California's same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional

Think what you will about homosexual marriage, that "same-sex ban" came about in a popular referendum. The people of California (that "of the People, by the People, for the People" thing) decided to amend their constitution. The radically liberal 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that their successful effort was unconstitutional.

That's akin to spitting in the face of We the People.


I Wonder What Changed

Media Thrilled Over 8.3% Unemployment in 2012, Despondent With 5.6% in 2004

It's Just a Matter of Time

First they came for the Communists ...

According to the CDC, breads and rolls account for about 7 percent of the salt that the average American eats in a day. Next on the list: cold cuts and cured meats; pizza; fresh and processed poultry; soups; fast-food hamburgers and sandwiches and cheese.

When your government is through with you, Kroger will have a leaf/twig department and a tree bark department.

Make no mistake, you'll live to an age at which you'll be crapping in your Depends and having the nurse's aide wiping the drool off your chin.  But you'll be healthy.

It's permissible by law to see the joy in that.

The GOP's Dilemma

If Mitt Romney becomes the Republican presidential contender, how is he ever going to attack - legitimately - the only important piece of legislation that his certain opponent - Barack Obama - was able to sign into law in his four years in office?

That legislation?  ObamaCare, of course.

Romney's dilemma?  ObamaCare 1.0.

See "RomneyCare: Exploding Costs, Higher Taxes."

But ... but ... but ...

My Head Hurts

That candle of Hope still burns in the hearts of America's conservatives:

Romney gets Rick-rolled: Santorum sweeps Missouri, Minnesota, and Colorado in 2/7 trifecta

I have no idea what it means Big Picture. But it's still heartening.

Why Democrats Can't Be Trusted

One of many reasons - they aren't very bright:

Former Democrat Rep. Regrets Vote for Obamacare Due to Contraceptive Coverage

Nobody told her what the word mandate meant.

For the love of God.