Tuesday, February 26, 2008

You're Not Paying Enough for Gas

You are not paying enough for gas each time you fill up, so says the Minnesota State Legislature and Senate. After Governor Tim Pawlenty vetoed the $6.6 billion transportation bill, the house and senate both voted to override the governor's veto.

So now you and I will pay $0.055 more per gallon beginning in the fall and then the increase will go up by another $0.03. But it gets better,

  • "Under another provision, a quarter-cent sales tax increase would occur in the seven-county Twin Cities metro area without a referendum, with all proceeds going to transit projects."
  • "The legislation also will increase license tab fees on vehicles, particularly luxury cars." (Though, "the tab fee increase will not affect vehicles previously registered in Minnesota.")
The next time you hear politicians tell us that gas prices are too high--remember, they are largely to blame for the prices we pay at the pump.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Are Steroids to Blame for All the Home Runs?

Tom Tango has written a fascinating article, asking the question, "Why have the home run rates increased since 1993?"

His conclusion goes against the general consensus and raises questions about MLB's regulatory oversight.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Review of "The Future of Justification"

Don Garlington has written a good review of John Piper's The Future of Justification. Garlington is willing to critique Piper in the review, which most of the reviews I've seen are not. I commend the review to you.

HT: Mark Horne

Friday, February 08, 2008

What a Game!

Jim Caple went to the Minnesota Twins Fantasy Camp this year and wrote a great article about the experience. I highly recommend to all who love the game of baseball.

Another View on What Conservatives Should Do In November

Doug Groothuis has commented on what he will do in the general election, and he commends us to do the same.

His argument that, "Politics is the art of the possible, which require painful compromises," is a compelling argument, and one we must consider come November.

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Islamic Accomodation

Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, and leader of the Anglican Church says, "There is a place for finding what would be a constructive accommodation with some aspects of Muslim law as we already do with aspects of other kinds of religious law."

The fact that a self-professing Christian leader would think, let alone make such a statement is frightening. This is the kind of accommodation that invites Islamic control and will ultimately lead to the annihilation of Christianity wherever Sharia is practiced.

Islam remains the greatest threat in this world and to accommodate it in any way will lead to our ultimate destruction. This fascist religion must be opposed wherever encountered and its members evangelized.

The fine line between tolerance and accommodation must not be crossed, lest we put ourselves in great peril.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

"...Our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.."

For years we have seen the Republican party move further to the left. Conservatives won the House and Senate in the Republican Revolution of 1994 and enjoyed years of power and influence. But it did not take long for the party to move leftward. The seeds were planted by 2000 when two George W. Bush and John McCain battled for the Republican party nomination.

Bush, the more conservative of the two did win the nomination, but in his two terms we have become well acquainted with the fact that George W. Bush is not a conservative in the mold of Ronald Reagan. Many had their doubts early on, criticizing Bush for his "compassionate conservatism," but he received our support through two Presidential election cycles and the midterm elections of 2002.

The crack-up began in the 2006 election when Democrats regained the House and Senate and continues to this day. George W. Bush and the Republican Party continue to express support for many Republican-in-Name-Only candidates like Lincoln Chafee, Arlen Specter, and even John McCain himself.

With Mitt Romney out of the race, John McCain is going to be the Republican nominee for president. The choices are now between a liberal (John McCain), a socialist (Barack Obama), and Big Brother (Hillary Clinton).

The Democrats have the House of Representatives and the Senate. Should they gain the presidency as well, national health care is all but certain. We may pull out of Iraq sooner than we ought. Taxes will go up. The economy will go down. Islamic Extremists will gain traction and attack us again within the next four to six years. Iran and North Korea will work towards achieving nuclear status unabated. Global warming initiatives will be ratified and our economy will bear the burden of the consciences of environmental extremists. I could probably go on, but this is depressing enough...

Conservatives will face the choice of holding their noses while voting for McCain, or the prospect of the Democratic agenda. The choices are clear, the decision is not. We have seen what happens when Republican candidates do not have the support of the base, and it is difficult to imagine McCain bucking the trend.

The Republican Party must begin the task of grooming conservative candidates for the 2010 midterm elections. We must work toward a new Republican Revolution to rid Washington of the socialist agenda that will begin in January 2009.

We can no longer tolerate a Republican party that moderates liberal positions. We are in this situation now because for too long we have compromised our principles. Nationalized health care is our future now because the country has moved leftward because the Republican Party has moved left along with the Democratic Party.

I fear that Mick Stockinger's words at Uncorrelated are prophetic:

"Learn Spanish. Buy a bike. Get some sweaters."