Friday, June 27, 2008

Stay Classy, Congressman Delahunt!

I love this.

It so perfectly epitomizes the hatred that many Democrats have for Republicans. Stick with the video until the end. The esteemed Congressman from Massachusetts essentially dares Al Qaeda to kill Dick Cheney's Chief of Staff.

HT: Uncorrelated

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Our Fading Constitution

Uncorrelated is not very optimistic about our Supreme Court and our Constitution despite what should be construed as a Constitutional victory:

I should be happy that the Supreme Court has struck down the District of Columbia's draconian gun control laws, which of course haven't actually controlled the guns in criminal hands, but insured that ordinary citizens would be defenseless.

I'm not though.

The ruling effectively demonstrates that the constitution is a meaningless document as far as guaranteeing our rights. The reality that any group can make a specious argument over what rights the constitutions actually guarantees and which it doesn't means only one thing--nine justices decide what rights we have or don't have, and that we are effectively rewriting our "constitution" with every presidential election.

If Obama wins, and appoints only one justice, the gun rights will be gone--just like that.

I must agree with Uncorrelated here. We've seen many Supreme Court Decisions over the past few years that have essentially thrown the Constitution out the window and replaced it with the mere opinions of the Justices. We have lost the desire, common sense, and integrity to look at the Constitution objectively and replaced it with relativism, populism and the whims or our judiciary.

Yes, we have managed to win a battle (this time for gun rights) but the war is slowly being lost. And there is nothing on the horizon to make me confident that we can turn the tide.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Bringing Muslims to Faith in Christ

Christianity Today profiled Christian apologist and missionary Jay Smith in the June 2008 edition. I was first introduced to Smith's work a few months ago through audio lectures on the Christian apologetic website. Smith is an engaging and compelling speaker. I have enjoyed listening to several of his lectures which I have found online.

There are two videos of Jay Smith in action at Speaker's Corner in London on YouTube. You can watch them here and here.

The Christianity Today article refers to videos produced by Smith on YouTube. The videos are located here. He is also a part of the website Answering Islam.

Here are some other lectures by Jay Smith on Islam:
Key Issues of Islam
The Real Problem with Islam

Metro Transit Fares

The Star Tribune is reporting that Metro Transit fares are going up with the cost of fuel. But the most interesting nugget in the article states, "Fare revenues cover about 29 percent of transit operating costs in the metro area."

Now, obviously Metro Transit receives advertising revenue, but I am very interested to know how much we subsidize Metro Transit with tax dollars.

The Metro Transit website states, "Metro Transit currently collects roughly 35 percent of its budget from fareboxes, 60 percent comes from state appropriations and motor vehicle sales, and the remainder is from federal and self-generating sources."

The next time you see a bus drive by--remember that you are paying for that bus, whether you like it or not. And I bet you thought socialism was something that other countries did--not us.

More on Obama and Christianity

Jim Dobson from Focus on the Family is criticizing Barack Obama for, "deliberately distorting the traditional understanding of the Bible to fit his own worldview, his own confused theology.” The show which will air today will air “highlights excerpts of a speech Obama gave in June 2006 to the liberal Christian group Call to Renewal.”

In the speech Obama says, “Even if we did have only Christians in our midst, if we expelled every non-Christian from the United States of America, whose Christianity would we teach in the schools? Would we go with James Dobson's or Al Sharpton's?”

The Associated Press reports that Dobson will “aim at examples Obama cited in asking which Biblical passages should guide public policy - chapters like Leviticus, which Obama said suggests slavery is OK and eating shellfish is an abomination, or Jesus' Sermon on the Mount, "a passage that is so radical that it's doubtful that our own Defense Department would survive its application."

I don’t listen to Dobson or have much of an opinion of the man, but this is further evidence that Barack Obama’s “Christianity” is little more than a veneer. He reads his Bible flatly and has no real understanding as to what any of it means.

Do not be deceived by Barack Obama’s appeals to his faith—at least not with critically examining his beliefs. There is little evidence to demonstrate a true faith or a true understanding of the radically transforming worldview of the Christ of the Bible having any hold of his being.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Our Government is our Big Brother Already

Rarely have there been times outside of paying taxes that I have been so aware of our government infringing upon our personal liberties as when my wife and I went to buy a replacement ceiling fan for our bedroom. Ludicrous, you say? Hear me out.

Our first stop was Home Depot a couple weeks ago. We found a lamp that we liked suspended high up on display. We brought it home and left it unopened for a few days until I had some time to install it. One Sunday afternoon I opened it up and found four tiny little (E-17) 40 watt light bulbs. My first thought was, "Are you kidding me? A candle puts out as much light as this. Who in their right mind would make a fan with four 40 watt bulbs?"

I was angry, annoyed, and flustered. We'd been without a fan for a long time already and our room gets warm. I wanted a fan. A couple days ago we went to Menard's to see if we could find something we liked there. Every single fan we encountered had a similarly poor light output as the previous fan we'd purchased.

I told Naomi, "Not every fan is going to have these tiny bulbs." We kept looking and couldn't find anything that used a standard light bulb. NOTHING. I finally found an employee and asked him to help us find the ceiling fan that would put out the most light. I told him we are replacing a fan with four standard bulbs sockets--currently four 26 watt CFL's that put out a lot of light. I like light--and I hate living in the dark. I like to read--who can comfortably read in the dark?

"Good luck finding anything that will put out a similar amount of light," our salesman told us. He explained that every ceiling fan manufactured after January 1, 2007 had to meet energy star specifications--and that meant they must use candelabra light bulbs. Candelabra bulbs do not get any brighter than 60 watts. In fact the Energy Policy Act of 2005 states that ceiling fan light fixtures, "shall not be capable of operating with lamps that total more than 190 watts."

Compare that 190 watts to the 400 watts that our current ceiling fan light fixture can put out! That is an enormous loss of light in a large room. Now you can probably understand why I'm so angry. What makes me even more angry is the fact that the bill was passed primarily by republicans, and signed into law by George Bush.

What business does our government have in limiting the light output of my ceiling fan light fixture? How can such legislation be constitutionally supported? Where does our constitution give authority to our government over such matters?

I'm angry and I don't know what I'm going to do about it. At least John McCain (and many Democrats) voted against the bill, though I suspect he (and they) had ulterior motives. But men like Norm Coleman, who supported the bill, may lose my support over this.

Addendum: I suggest reading, or at least skimming through the rest of the bill. You'll be amazed to see how our government legislates so much more than just how much light a light fixture can put out. Our government is seriously off track and has been for a long time. We've let our government grab far too much power and the day will come when we will regret what we've become but it will be too late.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Obama is Just Another Liberal, Part II

Barack Obama has already stated that he intends to de-fund our military, yet he is still somehow the Democrats nominee for president. If you haven't already heard or seen this, you need to watch it and make sure people know what Obama stands for.

Barack Obama is a great threat to America--a remarkable statement considering he is a presidential nominee. We must not let this man become our next president.

HT: Uncorrelated

John McCain's Little Known History

The UK Daily Mail has a sad article concerning the circumstances of John McCain's divorce. It is a sad story that sheds light on his moral shortcomings.

There is more to the story than this, but ultimately this quote demonstrates McCain's moral failure:

"In 1979 – while still married to Carol – he met Cindy at a cocktail party in Hawaii. Over the next six months he pursued her, flying around the country to see her. Then he began to push to end his marriage."

There are some very unbecoming quotes in the article on McCain. I am disappointed even more with McCain, now that I know more of his background.

HT: Mark Horne

Obama Unplugged

We should probably cut Barack Obama a little slack here. He's probably tired, and he can't have every bit of information at his finger tips, but this still seems a bit embarassing and shows a side of his that the media won't often show you.

Friday, June 06, 2008

PC Nonsense

Spike Lee has evidently called out director Clint Eastwood for not including any blacks in his Flags of our Father's films. Here is an excerpt from a Guardian article:

Clint Eastwood folds his gangly frame behind a clifftop table at the Hotel Du Cap, a few miles up the coast from Cannes, sighs deeply, and squints out over the Mediterranean. "Has he ever studied the history?" he asks, in that familiar near-whisper.

The "he" is Spike Lee, and the reason Eastwood is asking is because of something Lee had said about Eastwood's Iwo Jima movie Flags of Our Fathers, while promoting his own war movie, Miracle at St Anna, about a black US unit in the second world war. Lee had noted the lack of African-Americans in Eastwood's movie and told reporters: "That was his version. The negro version did not exist."

Eastwood has no time for Lee's gripes. "He was complaining when I did Bird [the 1988 biopic of Charlie Parker]. Why would a white guy be doing that? I was the only guy who made it, that's why. He could have gone ahead and made it. Instead he was making something else." As for Flags of Our Fathers, he says, yes, there was a small detachment of black troops on Iwo Jima as a part of a munitions company, "but they didn't raise the flag. The story is Flags of Our Fathers, the famous flag-raising picture, and they didn't do that. If I go ahead and put an African-American actor in there, people'd go, 'This guy's lost his mind.' I mean, it's not accurate."

Lee shouldn't be demanding African-Americans in Eastwood's next picture, either. Changeling is set in Los Angeles during the Depression, before the city's make-up was changed by the large black influx. "What are you going to do, you gonna tell a fuckin' story about that?" he growls. "Make it look like a commercial for an equal opportunity player? I'm not in that game. I'm playing it the way I read it historically, and that's the way it is. When I do a picture and it's 90% black, like Bird, I use 90% black people."

Eastwood pauses, deliberately - once it would have provided him with the beat in which to spit out his cheroot before flinging back his poncho - and offers a last word of advice to the most influential black director in American movies. "A guy like him should shut his face."

It is easy to sympathize with Eastwood on this point. Has Spike Lee studied the history of the period? Does he not know that there weren't blacks in these regiments? Does he really expect directors to recast historical films as ahistorical? Does political correctness go so far as to dismiss historical fact and portray events as they believe it should have happened?

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Hillary is Out: God Saves us from Obama

Read Doug Groothuis on why we should vote for and support John McCain. I agree with him. The prospect of Barack Obama as president is frightening.

A Barber Shop Shave

The Star Tribune has an interesting article on the increasing popularity of barber shop shaving. The straight razor shave at a barber shop is supposedly the best shave one can get. The article states that there is a barber school in northeast Minneapolis that only charges $4 for a shave--I might have to take them up on that some time.

Update: This is by far the most popular post. Those of you looking for information on how to get a good shave without skin irritation should also read this post.

Monday, June 02, 2008

What Does Barack Obama Believe?

Barack and Michelle Obama have resigned from Trinity United Church of Christ, stating two reasons:
  1. "We don't want to have to answer for everything that's stated in the church."
  2. "We also don't want the church subjected to the scrutiny that a presidential campaign legitimately undergoes."
CNN reports, that "Obama said the Pfleger controversy made it clear that, as long as he remained a member of the Trinity congregation, remarks from the pulpit would be "imputed" to him, even if they conflicted with his personal views."

Obama's entire response to the criticism that he has received over Trinity United Church of Christ has been disingenuous and very revealing. There is no way whatsoever that Barack Obama did not know what his former pastor, Jeremiah Wright believed or preached in the pulpit weekly. It is impossible for one to go to a church for "about 20 years" and not know what is going on theologically within the church--particularly when the senior pastor is your mentor.

For Obama to claim otherwise strains credulity. Does he really expect us to believe all this? How can he honestly attempt to court evangelical voters when his theological track record is full of deception, back-tracking, naivete, and obfuscation?

Of course the problem is that Barack Obama himself does not appear to actually be a Christian. Trinity United Church of Christ is not a Christian church. So of course Obama's "Christian testimony" is not going to resonate with evangelical voters. But you won't hear that in the media.