Archive for December, 2007

\”Rocky\” Anderson

Saturday, December 29th, 2007

A friend just emailed me the text of the speech given by Salt Lake City mayor Ross \”Rocky\” Anderson, delivered in Salt Lake a couple of months ago. His friends did him a great favor by not making this part of the news cycle though I am sure it didn\’t get past the people he purportedly represents. In it he lambasted President Bush and VP Cheney, in a withering hail of political invective. It was reminiscent of the Dean Scream, only much, much longer. If you are so inclined, it may be worth reviewing for the buffoonery and for its bracing astringent quality (though I will not pollute this page with his remarks).

It is an interesting address; indisputable evidence supporting Nietsche\’s theory that myth is mightier than reality. He will doubtless be hailed by the Kucinich wing of the party as a hero and a martyr as his oratorical explosion destroyed any political future he might have envisioned for himself (though there might be a place for him as a speech writer for Harry Reid). What a meltdown! He might as well have poured gasoline over himself and flicked his bic! The real problem for him and the like-minded (or like-mindless) is that his political suicide missed its mark, claiming himself as his only victim. Would that all suicide bombers be as successful.

Death as a Strategy

Thursday, December 27th, 2007

Bhutto\’s inevitable death at the hands of terrorists should serve as stark warning to anyone foolish enough to believe that the West can and should negotiate with Al Qaida and the Taliban (indeed the virulent strain of Islam known as Wahabism). These are not people who will tolerate any divergence from their anachronistic, uber-chauvinistic worldview. There is but one thing these people will ever understand; overwhelming force. The West will not survive if it cannot comprehend this fact.

Bhutto not only knew this would happen, she encouraged it by being there openly and publicly. She knew her task was insurmountable, that it could take many lifetimes to accomplish, but in death she might be able to move her country in the right direction to defeat the forces of fanaticism. Tainted as she was by corruption and scandal, her willingness to risk death for the cause of Democracy is quite different from the martyr\’s death chosen by radical jihadis whose sacrifice is only worthwhile if others lose their lives in the process. But, of course, the blame will be erroneously laid at Musharaff\’s feet by the deluded. The fate of Pakistan now lies with the Pakistani Army and its ability to suppress the madness sure to accompany and follow Bhutto\’s death.

Let us hope that Bhutto was right; that there are more brave Pakistanis willing to stand up to the terror and the tyrants than there are terrorists who will keep the tyrants in business. The people will choose, by their actions or by their silence as they face ever escalating radicalism in their communities.

The Big House

Thursday, December 27th, 2007

The Clintons\’ obsession with political power is more than just another monotonous exercise in megalomania. They know that once they allow the reins of power (and associated immunities) to slip from their hands, the posse and the lynch mob will be close behind. Corruption in Washington is nothing new but the Clintons imported a virulent strain of Arkansas politics that make the Teapot Dome scandal (not to mention Watergate) look like a light sprinkle in a teapot by comparison. Her bid for the presidency may truly mean the difference between the White House and the Big House for Hill and Bill.

Merry Christmas

Tuesday, December 25th, 2007

On this day when the world celebrates the birth of the Savior of mankind, I send greetings and my testimony that I know that Jesus is the Christ, that He lives and loves us, that He knows each of us personally, our challenges, pains and joys. I know that He has purchased us with His infinite atoning sacrifice and thereby freed us all from the chains of death and made it possible for all men to return to live live Him and our Heavenly Father. I also know that through this magnificent atonement He has made it possible for us, while yet in this mortal state, to overcome our sins, doubts, imperfections, fears and guilt. His \”peace\” is the only true peace. I know this as well as I know anything.

Merry Christmas to you!

Now the West has Won

Friday, December 21st, 2007

Yesterday I was reading China Today magazine; assuredly a government propaganda piece designed to be consumed by Americans. It paints a rosy picture of life in China but does not flee from all the sensitive stuff. The frank observation that 70% of those over 60 have no children to care for them as they prepare for old age is pretty sobering. The old slogan \”Many sons equal happiness\” provides insufficient solace for those who are lonely and reliant upon government largess for both economic and filial security. Population control hasn\’t worked too well in China. There are now about 100,000,000 more men that women as compared with universally historic averages of 51 women for every 49 men. Who will they love? Western culture has, however, irreversibly overtaken the East. The magazine displayed pictures of Mongolian bareback riders wearing cowboy hats and a huge rock concert featuring all-Chinese acts playing——rock and roll! The Rolling Stones said it best; \”It\’s all over now\”!

Meanwhile in Russia, Vladimir Putin has amassed scores of billions of dollars for himself, which he scraped right of the top of the Motherland\’s mineral wealth, and now hides in Switzerland and Liechtenstein. I\’m sure when his enemies (those not yet assassinated) catch up with him they will just be able to write a check and bring all that loot back to Moscow, just as the Palestinian Authority has repatriated Arafat\’s similarly obtained billions for the benefit of the Palestinian people—–right!

So Vladimir and his buddies have ransacked the Russian economy. The Chinese have an aging population bubble that makes our baby boom problem look almost comical in comparison. The death rate in European nations exceeds the birthrate by a considerable margin. Qaddafi, making his first state visit since he took up permanent residence in a Bedouin tent, and his 30 elite Lybian female bodyguards (in Western garb down to the nail polish) thumb their formerly hidden noses at Sharia law. Mohammed is the number two choice as the name given a newborn son in Great Britain. The majority of nations south of the equator will maintain the same influence in the world that they have always enjoyed, and Canada is still occupied by Canadians. And all of their children, in every corner of the globe, want MTV and MP3\’s.

The West (aka USA) has won buy default if nothing else. Let\’s not disqualify ourselves by handing the reins of power to a group of rationally challenged people ill-suited (aka emotionally driven Leftist Democrats) to deal with the stark and very real realities we face if we hope to further lead the world out of the dark-madness of tyranny and corruption that continue to minimize human potential.

Greatest Generation?

Tuesday, December 18th, 2007

In a previous post I questioned whether or not the generation that won WWII was truly the greatest generation, not that I thanklessly discount their ingenuity, diligence and sacrifice. I have nothing but respect for the virtues that enabled them to defeat Fascism. The problem I have with that generation was that too many thought their work was done when the war was over. Too many thought the rest of their lives would be \”gravy\”.

They came home and their diligence atrophied at home. They raised a bunch of spoiled brats who turned out to be us. They bought Dr. Spock\’s (no, not that Spock) book and proceeded to thoroughly screw up the next generation. The reason they might appear to be the greatest generation is because, compared to us, they really look terrific. After whipping the Germans and the Japanese, they should have come home and spanked their kids.

I pray that those presently selflessly serving our nation will return home with an understanding that the war is not really over. We may have a cessation of open hostilities elsewhere but there is conflict to resolve here at home. I plead with you returning veterans to get involved and stay involved in your country, your community, your churches and most of all your families. If you do, you will raise the greatest generation of Americans.

May God bless you for your sacrifices. Merry Christmas!

Atlantis Rising

Tuesday, December 18th, 2007

I remember as a kid going to see a movie about Atlantis in which the adepts of the age had created new forms of life through genetic experimentation with humans and animals. These creatures were primarily used as slaves. It was partly due to this cultural ethical lapse that Atlantis and its citizens, according to the movie, were submerged beneath the sea as punishment. It was fantastically far-fetched, or so I thought.

According to Monday\’s Washington Post we seem to be only days away from making all of this a reality.

\”Details of the process are under wraps until the work is published, probably early next year. But Venter has already shown that he can insert a \”natural\” chromosome into a cell and bring it to life. If a synthetic chromosome works the same way, as expected, the first living cells with fully artificial genomes could be growing in dishes by the end of 2008. The plan is to mass-produce a plain genetic platform able to direct the basic functions of life, then attach custom-designed DNA modules that can compel cells to make synthetic fuels or other products. It will be a challenge to cultivate fuel-spewing microbes, Venter acknowledged. Among other problems, he said, is that unless the fuel is constantly removed, \”the bugs will basically pickle themselves.\”But the hurdles are not insurmountable. LS9 Inc., a company in San Carlos, Calif., is already using E. coli bacteria that have been reprogrammed with synthetic DNA to produce a fuel alternative from a diet of corn syrup and sugar cane. So efficient are the bugs\’ synthetic metabolisms that LS9 predicts it will be able to sell the fuel for a dollar a gallon.\”

The real problem will come when we have created larger creatures to fulfill this role. The catastrophic potential for the rebellious among them to take up smoking cannot be overlooked.

Forty Thieves

Monday, December 17th, 2007

The Arabs are a wonder; they soak up dollars, Euros, yen and Yuan at an alarming rate, foment and perpetuate an unacceptable level of international tension, keep the world on the brink of chaos, and make everyone else responsible for providing a solution for the difficulties as well as the money to pay for it. How do they get away with it? Did they find Aladdin\’s lamp while drilling for crude?

Huckabee\’s Criticism of Bush

Saturday, December 15th, 2007

Mike Huckabee criticized President Bush for having a \”Bunker Mentality\” foreign policy and he also assailed the President for failing to initially send more troops at the outset of the invasion of Iraq.

Perhaps he has mistaken this with the Bunker Hill mentality, when American Colonial forces occupied a position clearly in view of the enemy, drawing them into a battle that proved too costly for the British, hastening their departure from Massachusetts (now occupied by the Liberal Left, Red Sox, Patriots and Celtics). As pointed out here before, the Iraq strategy of drawing the Jihadis into open conflict with our military, as opposed to martyring themselves against our civilian population right here at home, will ultimately be heralded as the stroke of genius that it is.

Huckabee also forgets that troops of the 4th Mechanized were to have been deployed through Turkey into Northern Iraq at the same time that Allied forces pressed north from southern Iraq. This move was checked by the Turks who refused, at the last moment, to permit the 4th from crossing their territory. By the time the 4th had been re-deployed, the war was over. Facts are stubborn things. Many have forgotten this one.

Huckabee might gain some ground on this issue were he to criticize the DoD and the Administration for not leafleting Faluja and wiping it off the face of the earth with a MOAB or two. This would have shortened the subsequent conflict significantly. Arabs, like most folks, are quite respectful of overwhelming force.

Global Warning

Friday, December 14th, 2007

Anyone who honestly believes the Eco-extremists and their faith-based, apocalyptic global warming visions of rising tides and temperatures should look to Oklahoma, where even atheists are praying for relief from the cold. The plight of the ice-encrusted American midsection doesn\’t augur (or auger) well for candidates fishing for votes with the issue of global warming and attendant UN-ification.

God\’s Country

Thursday, December 13th, 2007

It is more than a little noteworthy that the current chatter over presidential politics has collided with the issue of religion over the topic of \”Is Satan Jesus brother?\” Not long ago we debating whether or not God and Satan were even real. Does this mean they are? I don\’t here anyone yelling that they aren\’t (not yet anyway). At least the current contest has brought us something truly meaningful to ponder. This must really be God\’s country after all.

Manchurian President

Tuesday, December 11th, 2007

Is Huckabee the Clinton\’s Manchurian candidate injected into the Republican discourse to inoculate the electorate against the plague of right-wing religious thought? Based on what we know about campaign cash, Bill Clinton was obviously China\’s Manchurian President.

What Mormons Believe

Thursday, December 6th, 2007

Governor Romney proved that passion is the mother of eloquence but he left questions appropriately unanswered. Politically, his faith is equal to all others and a specific delineation of doctrines would unnecessarily and unavoidably approach encroachment upon the Establishment Clause. Anyone looking for a dissertation on Mormon doctrine from any political candidate is looking for the wrong thing in the wrong place and is in danger of creating the thing he or she is probably seeking to avoid, but for those of you that did not get the answers you were looking for in Romney\’s speech, I offer the official text of

THE ARTICLES OF FAITH OF THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS

1 We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost.
2 We believe that men will be punished for their own sins, and not for Adam’s transgression.
3 We believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel.
4 We believe that the first principles and ordinances of the Gospel are: first, Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; second, Repentance; third, Baptism by immersion for the remission of sins; fourth, Laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost.
5 We believe that a man must be called of God, by prophecy, and by the laying on of hands by those who are in authority, to preach the Gospel and administer in the ordinances thereof.
6 We believe in the same organization that existed in the Primitive Church, namely, apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, evangelists, and so forth.
7 We believe in the gift of tongues, prophecy, revelation, visions, healing, interpretation of tongues, and so forth.
8 We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly; we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God.
9 We believe all that God has revealed, all that He does now reveal, and we believe that He will yet reveal many great and important things pertaining to the Kingdom of God.
10 We believe in the literal gathering of Israel and in the restoration of the Ten Tribes; that Zion (the New Jerusalem) will be built upon the American continent; that Christ will reign personally upon the earth; and, that the earth will be renewed and receive its paradisiacal glory.
11 We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may.
12 We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law.
13 We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul—We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.

The last three are probably most critical for the majority of voters.

Black Knight

Thursday, December 6th, 2007

The Congressional Dems are not just the gang that can\’t shoot straight, they are the Black Knight of the modern political world. No matter how many bills they they wield in an effort to end \”Bush\’s\” war, none shall pass. And when they get thoroughly drubbed and humiliated they claim limply to have simply been dealt a flesh wound. Silly persons indeed!

Just Say NO

Tuesday, December 4th, 2007

The Senate is about to mingle church and state with the neo-secular version of the apocalyptic vision of the global alarmists posing as pious non-partisans in the debate over global warming. Talk about faith! The last time the Congress took this up the final question asked of the panel of witnesses was \”Well, shouldn\’t we do something, just in case man is proven to be the cause of the 1 degree C increase in temperatures over the last 150 years?\”

The answer is still \”NO!\”

The Dems are introducing this purely as a 2008 campaign bludgeon to use against the GOP, knowing full well that the legislation won\’t pass (not even green house gas).

If they really want to change the climate they can start with the climate of corruption that corrodes nearly everything they touch down in the swamp along the Potomac. Earmarks, my eye!
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Beware

Tuesday, December 4th, 2007

The \”liberal\” attack ads directed against Hillary are actually part of a ploy by the Hillary campaign to make her appear centrist. Maintain your focus.

Wit is Not Wisdom

Monday, December 3rd, 2007

I like Mike Huckabee. He possesses that Arkansas affability that make most folks \”ah shucks\” comfortable (until one remembers Bill Clinton). He is quick on the drawl and lightning fast with the sound bites. He\’s done something most people would like to do; he has lost weight and kept it off. He is not only a governor but a minister. How\’s that for separation of church and state? He\’s on the rise. That makes me uncomfortable.

Anyone the media seems to adore makes me nervous, especially in a race wherein religion will be a dominant focus. The mainstream media will bludgeon Romney with Huckabee to make sure both are bloodied, bruised and battered when one emerges from primaries as the candidate, making each far less attractive in the contest against their candidate, Hillary Clinton. Again, Heaven help us if our choice in \’08 is reduced to two chiselers from Little Rock.

In making our choice, we would all do well to understand and remember that wit is not wisdom and that these debates debase the discourse rather than illuminating each candidates respective strengths and weaknesses.

Do your homework.