February 25, 2009
Lest you think I take everything as a joke, time for serious introspection.
Today is Ash Wednesday. It marks the beginning of Lent in the litugical calendar and is a day of fasting for Catholics between the ages of 18 and 59, and abstinence for Catholics above age 14. On a fast day, Only 1 complete meal is allowed the entire day. Abstinence is abstaining from meat and poultry (fish is excluded.)
The purpose behind fasting and abstinence is self-denial. Self-denial increases will-power because it must be done conciously. Food is used because it is the lowest common denominator, and hunger is an immediate feeling rather than a long-term effect. The idea behind Lent is to make yourself more mindful of how you act towards yourself and others. It is a time of reflection and repentence.
Ultimately human beings have only one life on this earth. Our bodies are from dust and unto dust they shall return. Only the soul remains after death.
February 25, 2009
Worst. Lie. Ever.
HotAir has a brief sampling of the pet projects and chicanery in the porkulus bill from a few weeks ago, go there for more details.
A brief rundown: Goodies for affordable housing, enviro-projects, education grants, high-speed rail grants, and all other non-direct means of economic investment.
The most terrifying thing about Obama is that he will lie to your face on national television and smile about it. He did it at least twice in the last McCain/Obama Presidential Debate vis-a-vis his relationship with William Ayers and the circumstances surrounding the Born Alive Infants Protection Act, which he killed on at least 4 separate occaisions.
My only suggestion is to spread truth to your friends and neighbors. You certainly won’t be getting it from the Federal Government, and especially not from the herald of Hope and Change himself.
February 24, 2009
From the Beeb:
President Obama is many things, but optimistic he is not. He has consistently told us that things will get worse before they get better, that we must, absolutely and unequivocably, rush boldly into his new trillion dollar plan with nary a brake to stop us; that so important is his plan and that of tax cheat (er, Treasury Secretary) Timothy Geithner that all his sunshine and roses campaign rhetoric about transparency must be cast aside in the rush to do nothing. I’m still waiting for that damned frozen puddle to recede.
Obama shall make another speech tonight, and I imagine it will be like his many other speeches: Long on length, short on content. Obama’s rhetorical style is that of the flim-flam man: he has you hang, on every word, no matter how absurd. Note that no matter how soothing and calming Obama’s voice and that of the only tax cheat who can save America, Timothy Geithner, the market has refused to go up. The emperor has no clothes. Or perhaps, the clothes have no emperor.
However, I am sure it will be billed as the greatest speech since the Gettysburg Address. Then tomorrow the market will drop another hundred points. Shovel ready indeed.
February 24, 2009
According to the Sacramento Bee, a new law proposed would allow retailers to sell marijuana in small amounts if it passes.
Here in Massachusetts we had a similar proposition (Prop 2) on the ballot this past November. It is now legal to carry up to an ounce of marijuana on your person, although selling the drug is still prohibited. If caught you pay a $100 fine instead of being imprisoned, as was the case before Prop 2. I voted No (keep illegal + imprisonment), but as it stands there are worse laws that could be on the books.
The only thing particularly egregious about this is that California is on a noble crusade against the scourge of laboratory-manufactured saturated fat, also known as trans fats. Apparently eating delicious, fatty food is banned while lighting up a brain-killing, growth-stunting hallucinogen is not. Some fatties truly are more equal than others.
The nanny state is as destructive as it is selective. The next question shall surely arise: Are fatties banned from restaurants, or is tobacco the only smokable carcinogen deserving of such infamous status? Stay tuned. The hippies are in charge now, and they will have their cannabis. After all, it has brought them so very far in life: all the way to the levers of power.
The question is: are they the dopes… or are we?
February 23, 2009
NYU Local has Lotorto’s Last Stand.
Lotorto even has an amusing post about the “revolutionaries” populating New York’s Finest Schools.
My favorite thing about crazy campus groups is they use force to occupy an area, and then accost the police for using force in dealing with them. They never stop to consider why security is there in the first place. “The Cause” is all that matters; let mere, inferior, “couch potatoe” mortals stay locked in their plebeian, unenlightened enshacklement to “The Man” while they evolve into the nirvana of civil dissidenthood and 15-minute notoriety.
Maybe Mr. Lotorto and his cadre should have asked for Democratic Consensus vis-a-vis taking over the Kimmel Center and barricading themselves in. Perhaps they should have polled the population on whether their demands were legitimate. But such democratic means are boring to the radical campus activist. Consensus is what you build within The Party after taking power. Democracy is a platitude for the masses to absorb while the leaders live the Life of Riley.
And so it goes that the Palestinian propping, radical student organization, is thwarted once again by “The Man.” Damn that Man, with his silly rules, and his silly laws. For only we have the sagacity necessary to run things around here, above the plebeian, the moron, the illiterate, and the corporate gasbag. Laud to Us, The Dissenters, without whom freedom and liberty would cease to exist.
February 23, 2009
Video Link courtesy YouTube:
Just writing Sean Penn here would be sufficient to make a joke, but this requires a little more depth.
It is laughable for the likes of Sean Penn to talk about the shame of pro-family supporters when he jets around the world doing photo-ops with President for Life Hugo Chavez. When will Sean Penn be ashamed for propping up a man who leaves his own people without electricity? When will he reflect on his actions, or is the Communist in Communist Chic an enhancement?
Hatred, sir? Hatred is the reaction of the Proposition 8 mob to non-politically protected houses of worship. The Gay Mafia doesn’t dare target the black churches, despite the 70% African American support of Prop 8, but rest assured if there’s a Mormon to be pushed around somewhere, the Gay Mafia will be there in their pink Teflon to deliver “justice,” vigilante style, to all who oppose “tolerance.” They are a vile lot of perverts not because of their sexual proclivities, but because their brand of “justice” supercedes the freedom and liberty of everyone else to vote their conscience.
I’d make a witty quip about the Prop 8 mob feeling shame for their children and grandchildren, but it isn’t as if they have any.
February 23, 2009
President Obama is followed by Jesus Christ and Martin Luther King. Others in the top ten, in descending order, are Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush, Abraham Lincoln, John McCain, John F. Kennedy, Chesley Sullenberger and Mother Teresa.
The Harris Poll was conducted online among a sample of 2,634 U.S. adults (aged 18 and over) by Harris Interactive between January 12 and 19, 2009. The authors point out that when interpreting the results, one must keep in mind that these heroes were named spontaneously by those surveyed and they were not shown or read a list of people to choose from.
Note this poll was before President Obama’s innauguration day.
It is extremely disturbing when a politician who is best known for spending time in office running for a higher office is thought to be a greater hero than the professed savior of a majority of Americans. Placing all of one’s hopes in a single man, especially one so prone to displays of arrogance and egotism is dangerous. Obama’s touchstone campaign style is messianic imagery. He literally said at one of his speeches that his election will be the day the waters recede and the planet starts to heal.
Obama is not the first politician to use messianic imagery in tandem with impossible promises and a cult of personality. I don’t want to invoke Godwin’s Law, but lets just say the last time someone like this came along, the results were disatrous for the entire planet. This is terrifying.