Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Obama's 'civilian national security force' -- huh?

I'm seriously confused. What's he talking about? I'm assuming he means we need a whole separate department? Would that be under the department of defense? Why haven't we heard more about this? I mean, is this a law-enforcement group or a military group?

I'm not sure I even care what he really meant, something left as vague as this freaks me out.



Just as powerful, just as well-funded?Do you realize what kind of budget that would be? Here's a few quotes from the press release summarizing the Defense Department's budget.
President Bush’s Fiscal Year 2009 budget provides $515.4 billion in discretionary budget authority for the Department of Defense, a $35.9 billion or 7.5 percent increase over the enacted level for Fiscal Year 2008.
So will President Obama get over $1 trillion in discretionary budget authority for the defense department plus this "civilian national security force?"

One more question for you Mr. Obama: Who will this fanciful "force" be fighting in particular and what weapons will they require?

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Monday, September 29, 2008

House GOP: Michael Moore's best friends!

It's an amazing irony, to see the biggest leftist loony in the country sitting happy about something conservative congressmen can take credit for: killing the $700 billion bailout plan. His reasons for opposing are naturally a bit more lunatic. His ideas are embodied in this statement from his web site:
Let me state this simply: If we had had universal health coverage, this mortgage "crisis" may never have happened.
It's almost amusing to know someone thinks more entitlements will help the situation. But he actually sounds conservative (if he weren't so intent on class mongering) in his final paragraph:
When you screw up in life, there is hell to pay. Each and every one of you reading this knows that basic lesson and has paid the consequences of your actions at some point. In this great democracy, we cannot let there be one set of rules for the vast majority of hard-working citizens, and another set of rules for the elite, who, when they screw up, are handed one more gift on a silver platter. No more! Not again!
Wow! Sounds like Rush Limbaugh!

Ultimately, the best argument for killing the bill are found in this statement by Rep. Mike Pence of Indiana which he put out before the vote:
“Economic freedom means the freedom to succeed and the freedom to fail.

“The decision to give the federal government the ability to nationalize almost every bad mortgage in America interrupts this basic truth of our free market economy.

“It must be said, Republicans in this Congress improved this bill, but it remains the largest corporate bailout in American history, forever changes the relationship between government and the financial sector, and passes the cost along to the American people. I cannot support it.

“There are no easy answers, but the American people deserve to know there are alternatives to massive federal spending."
Read the whole piece for the real explanation for the bill's failure. Note a link on his website with the proposal from the Republican Study Committee, considered the conservative core of the GOP caucus.

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Thursday, September 25, 2008

Clinton to the rescue

I'm not going to sit and say Clinton has pure motives in this case. What I do know is that he's telling the truth. He appeared on Good Morning America and defended McCain's decision to suspend his campaign and return to Washington, calling well-deserved attention to the fact that McCain spent the summer months challenging Obama to debate all over the country -- challenges Obama stubbornly ignored. He didn't want to speak without his precious teleprompter (Most experienced critics know that in a standup, shoot-from-the-hip gun battle between the two, McCain would level Obama. Obama is too deliberate, rarely provides concise unprepared answers).
"We know he didn't do it because he's afraid because Sen. McCain wanted more debates," Clinton said, adding that he was "encouraged" by the joint statement from McCain and Sen. Barack Obama.

"You can put it off a few days the problem is it's hard to reschedule those things," Clinton said, "I presume he did that in good faith since I know he wanted -- I remember he asked for more debates to go all around the country and so I don't think we ought to overly parse that."
He even had kind words for Bush regarding his address to the nation -- I haven't yet viewed that.

I watched Letterman last night with a friend -- he acted all self-righteous about the fact McCain canceled on him. It was incredibly boring and repetitive as he tends to be -- constantly going on about how McCain shouldn't suspend his campaign but instead put Sarah Palin in charge (the "second-string quarterback"). Then he brought on the blowhard Keith Olberman -- thanks Dave. We needed a second, identical opinion to yours!

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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

McCain stays true

The left just panicked!

Sen. John McCain just announced he is suspending his campaign completely in order to stay in Washington until after the weekend. The Democrats are in an uproar. Obama says he won't agree to a debate postponement (he's going to be begging for a postponement after he gets kicked in the rear in his first outing). Harry Reid, who earlier said he needed McCain's help, now is begging McCain to go back to campaigning.

Ultimately, the democrats are just gnashing their teeth about the fact that they didn't think of it first. They can't follow suit without making McCain looking like the effective leader in this race. So now they will pull out all the stops and try to paint the decision as strictly political. It will be a hard sell and a huge gamble -- McCain has taken his ads off the air! McCain just owned the high road in front of the whole world and there's nothing Obama and ilk can do but throw a tantrum about it.

There's a brief list of talking points that are already out there:
"Can't McCain multitask?"
"Is he afraid of debating?" (that's a good one, considering Obama has avoided debates like the plague)
"Hasn't he heard of a telephone?"

But that's about it. Nothing of substance. Just Obama's insistence on continued campaigning. It's funny, that's all the country has seen him do since his 2004 campaign. It seems he started running for president as soon as he hit the senate. Does he know how to do anything else?

Fact is, there's a lot of debating to be done in Washington before the weekend runs out. Better not miss it Obama, or your party will be over for good!

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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Electoral eccentricity

An interesting piece in the Washington Times paints a fascinating picture of the possible outcomes of the presidential election should an electoral tie exist -- which apparently isn't that far out.

Imagine this: President Barack Obama with Sarah Palin ending up as his vice president (all because Lieberman and Cheney's tie breaker in the Senate).
Sound impossible? It's not. There are at least a half-dozen plausible ways the election can end in a tie, and at least one very plausible possibility - giving each candidate the states in which they now lead in the polls, only New Hampshire - which went Republican in 2000 and Democratic in 2004, each time by just 1.5 percent - needs to swap to the Republican column to wind up with a 269-269 tie.
That's just one of the scenarios possible with our current system. There "doomsday" thinkers out there who predict constitutional wrangling will put us in a state of paralysis.

The Times is right to bring up the presidential race between Adams and Jefferson, in which Aaron Burr betrayed Jefferson and collected an equal number of electoral votes for himself, deadlocking the electoral college and later congress for dozens of votes in a row. Adams and the Federalists, who were far behind both Burr and Jefferson, finally threw their weight behind Jefferson at the behest of Alexander Hamilton. While Burr did later challenge Hamilton to a dual, it happened a few provocations down the road.

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Thursday, September 18, 2008

Some people will do anything to get elected

This is an email forward I received from a political friend. I think this is the right method of overcoming the Palin advantage. It looks great on him!

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Al Qaeda hacked (again)

It seems the average American citizen has found a way to do battle with the mighty Al Qaeda. The terror group had promised to issue another "anniversary video" on Sept. 11. They didn't, thanks to hackers who were all over them, preventing the video release:
The US-based intelligence group IntelCenter had speculated the video would be a message from Osama or Zawahiri with a recording of the last will and testament of Mohammed Atta, one of the leaders of the 9/11 attackers.

Sources close to US intelligence said, “Hackers knocked out Al Qaeda’s online means of communication, thus preventing them from posting anything to commemorate the anniversary.”

Western intelligence suspects two hackers who have targeted Islamicist sites before were responsible: Aaron Weisburd from Internet Haganah and Rusty Shackleford from the web group My Pet Jawa.

Both have been active in ongoing Internet battles between Islamicist hackers and their opponents.
Nicely done! Someone should get a medal for this. Apparently this has been going on for a while.
This is not the first time hackers have dented the plans of the world’s deadliest terror network. In 2004, a hacker group called TeAmZ USA had knocked out the websites of Abu Musal al-Zarqawi, late head of the Al Qaeda in Iraq, for showing tapes of Westerners being beheaded. The hackers left the image of a gun-toting penguin on the website...Last year, Washington released the anniversary tape two days before Al Qaeda did. Says Raman, “This was probably to deliberately show the US had hacked the password to Al Qaeda’s website.”

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Friday, September 12, 2008

Genesis and the Word

There have been a number of times in the past where the issue of the creation account has come up in reformed circles. Most, from what I can gather, don't really have a problem with taking the text at face-value with regard to the meaning of "day" and such (I'm one of them). However, the more people press me on the issue, the more I find myself pushing back and trying to refocus on something that gets completely lost: the gospel of Genesis.

I believe it is very important that we don't forget to preach the gospel from this crucial book. I am very much thankful that my pastor has taken on this task. I had a discussion once with him to express my frustration that the book is not often preached from a reformed, redemptive-historical perspective. In other words, if the only way we read Genesis is as a historical account (which I believe is appropriate), we would stop being Reformed in our reading of scripture -- we would not be exegetical if that is where we stopped in our "preaching."

Let me use a little logic:

Premise 1:
"In the beginning was the Word..."
i.e. Christ and the gospel are present in the beginning.

Premise 2:
"All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness."
i.e. All of scripture has meaning and implications for our life and walk and what we understand concerning God and his attributes.

Premise 3:
Genesis is a part of scripture (last time I checked)

Conclusion:
Christ and the gospel must be preached from the book of Genesis.

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Since no campaign can say this without getting in trouble,

...but I think it is insightful:
Despite the fact that Hitler brought "change," promoted clean, energy-efficient mass transit by making the trains run on time, supported abortion for the non-master races, vastly expanded the power of the national government and was uniformly adored by college students and their professors, I gather that liberals don't like Hitler because they're constantly comparing him to Bush.
-- Ann Coulter (in her latest column)

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Monday, September 08, 2008

Matrimony:

"The act of marrying, or the state of being married; legal union of a man and a woman for life, as husband and wife; wedlock; matrimony."
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary.

That's as detailed a definition as I could find of this enlightened concept. However, it's worth mentioning that two months from now, I will have just entered this state. Is it like evolving? Maybe it's a form of transcendence? After all, scripture uses such mysterious language to describe it: "the two shall become one flesh." Kind of freaky -- as a child, you may have envisioned something akin to Siamese twins when you heard this read (but you can be sure I didn't)!

The important thing is that I'm going to suddenly be a better person, right? After all, if the two of us are going to balance each other out why wouldn't that create a more perfect person in each of us?

Yeah, think again -- before every pastor in the country starts commenting, offering me premarital counseling.

The truth is, I am well aware that some things are not going to change; some sins will not just shrivel and die -- it may feel like they are harder to conquer when it comes right down to it. If, for example, I'm am prone to snap at my siblings, what's going to protect my wife, with whom I intend to spend the rest of my earthly life?

It's a sobering prospect. However, we serve a gracious God. If He can supply the humility I need to daily lay down my life, I am not ashamed to be confident and to relish the thought of what the future can hold.

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Friday, September 05, 2008

Palin Power

Over 40 million watched! Since when is a vice presidential pick supposed to out-do a presidential nominee? Oops, sorry Barack -- didn't mean to steal some of that halo glow.



Keep in mind that McCain had pulled ahead before the Dem's started their convention. What hope do they have now?

What do you think? Does Barack Obama officially have underdog status yet?

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Monday, September 01, 2008

Beck on Palin - touching monologue