Archive for January, 2009

Ledbetter Red than Lead

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

Equality is an interesting notion but what does it mean? The self-evident truth that \”All men are created equal\” is not an easy concept to grasp unless we add the rest of the qualifiers that complete the sentence and the thought. The ideal comes then into sharper focus.

\”We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.\”

I take this to mean that the Being who created all men endowed each, equally, with the right to life, the right to liberty and the right to pursue happiness. We are otherwise unequal. Were we all truly equal we would be unisex clones. We would be of like mind. We would wear the same clothes and eat the same food. We would have the same abilities. We would be equally honorable and ethical. We would all have the same things, listen to the same music, star in and watch the same movies, drive the same cars, sleep the same number of hours during the same hours of the day. We would all have the same name and if you called for one, all would turn in unison with the same expression on each identical face and answer with the same words in the same voice. Thank God we are not all equal!

Apart from the equally administered endowment of these specified gifts, we are gratefully dissimilar. The characteristics that make you you and me me do not deprive us of life or the ability to make choices or the opportunity to thrill in the singular wondrousness of our unique perspectives. That our existences are sometimes disrupted or made uncomfortable by the actions of others is to be expected, just as we recognize the we occasionally impact the lives of others in less than perfect fashion. The challenges and adversity that arise from our contact with intelligent life on this planet are mortality\’s best teachers if we actively seek for the lessons contained therein. Living shoulder to shoulder we cannot help but rub each other the wrong way from time to time.

Still, we must guard against the twin tyrannies of injustice and greed while remaining ever mindful of the unintended consequences which naturally and inevitably accompany inappropriate attempts to mitigate common human contentions in the absence of principle. We will be seeing more and more of this. The Lilly Ledbetter Law, signed by Obama today is just a preview of coming attractions.

Lilly apparently worked for 20 (or so) years for a company which had offered her employment, which she accepted. Toward the end of her time with this company she discovered that a man who performed essentially the same functions as she had received more pay for the work he had done. She ultimately filed an EEOC complaint against her employer (former employer). The Supreme Court subsequently ruled that as she had not filed the suit within 180 days of the issuance of the offending paycheck, she was unable to make a claim against the employer for wage discrimination. The new law allows for suits to be filed within two years of the alleged violation and permits the plaintiff to collect up to two years of judicially adjusted compensation. This law applies to wage discrimination the basis of age, race, gender, nationality, religion or disability.

Who does this new law help most? Attorneys, perhaps?

I am all for fairness and justice. I am not for enduring the consequences of foolishness. What is now to stop someone from suing an employer who pays his or her employees on a scale based upon any of a host of objective or subjective criteria? Who is now responsible for placing a value on the labors of individuals? Can Luke Walton now sue the LA Lakers because he doesn\’t make the same amount of money as Kobe Bryant? They both play basketball. They both work hard at it. They both practice just as much and as hard. Can Alexa Davalos sue Paramount because she is not getting paid as much as Daniel Craig to act in the movie \”Defiance\”?
They work on the same set in the same conditions and they both act.

Unlike the movie, this bad scene is not likely to end before the popcorn runs out. Next will come the Fairness Doctrine in contravention of the Freedom of Speech. Then, following Obama\’s criticism today of bonuses for financial sector executives, will come edicts governing compensation in the private sector. The impending elimination of DOMA will be accompanied by the shrill invective of the harpies of hedonism and the attendant attacks on the \”Neanderthal\” traditions of the religionists. Then we will awake to find that more than just the banks have been nationalized, and that a new international currency has been created to meet the global economic crisis. We don\’t want to know what then lies in store. And it will not end until it is brought to an end.

In closing this post for today, the following belongs to the thoughts discussed at the beginning. The words shine like a beacon through the twilight fog that inexorably descends upon the jagged, craggy shoreline toward which the ship of state is being steered.

\”— That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.\”

Around and About

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

Swiss scientists are about to play Russian Roulette with their giant Hadron Collider. Speculation exists that they will induce the formation of a Black Hole that will pull everyone and everything inside it. Too late for that! We all carry around our own (not colliders, silly) and, judging from levels of logic and understanding on display, more than half the population has already been \”darkened\”.

What would Patrick Henry say about Rush Limbaugh\’s right to speak his mind?

What are Al Gore\’s credentials, his bona fides, that give him any credibility to testify about global warming that could possibly sway any thinking person who might bother to look out the window upon the ice storm that has brought nearly every other activity to a halt? Oh, I forgot! The hearing room has no windows! All are assembled for the purpose of hearing, not seeing. Would the result be any different if the hearing was held outside? The professor that introduced Al to this nonsensical theory back in his college days has long ago renounced the notion. And why, if it is so wrong for Dick Cheney to have had a relationship with the oil industry (the very purveyor of climate change) through his association with Haliburton, has no one on the Left leveled similar criticisms at Gore whose family had a deep relationship with Occidental Petroleum, which, in fact traded with the Soviets during the depths of the \”Cold\” War. Perhaps the answer lies in the question.

The $335,000,000 found tucked away in Pelosi\’s \”stimulus\” bill for sexually transmitted diseases is exactly what it would cost to provide each of America\’s 335,000,000 citizens with one condom. Then what? And shouldn\’t that be a private individual responsibility, in any case? I mean, we don\’t want the government in our bedrooms, right?

Ahmadinijad says that America should apologize for past actions toward Iran. I think the administration should appoint Jimmy Carter as a special envoy to Iran. That would at least provide some levity as we peer through the looking glass \”darkly\”.

The 225 vote difference in the ongoing Senate battle in Minnesota between incumbent Norm Coleman and alleged funny man Al Franken may provide the clearest evidence that half the population is indeed suffering from the effects of what we will henceforth refer to as Hadron Syndrome.

Executive Orders

Sunday, January 25th, 2009

Much can be learned about the true nature of a president by viewing his executive orders (EO); especially the orders drafted early in his presidency. These are usually indicative of his true ideological stance and are a demonstration of allegiance to those who were not only instrumental in his election victory but to those whose ongoing support is politically indispensable. The Poached Frog has waited for the official activities of the Obama administration to begin before wading into the swamp for a closer look.

That the first EO written deals with Executive Privilege issues related to presidential records indicates a certain sensitivity to the release of documents yet to be generated. Why? It also allows the current occupant of the White House to assert privilege over the documents of former executives. Why? What is it that Obama will be attempting to hide from the public and from legislative or judicial branch scrutiny? This order was issued on the first full day of his presidency; the same day he issued memoranda on \”Openness and Transparency in Government\” and \”Freedom of Information\”. As contradictory as this seems, it is wholly consistent with Obama\’s history of clinging to multiple sides of the issues. This Executive order shall henceforth be known as the CYAEO.

The same day, he issued the EO on Ethics Commitments by Executive Branch Personnel, which the president himself immediately violated by appointing a lobbyist as Deputy Secretary of Defense. What more needs to be said?

The next day, he issued an order closing the Guantanamo Bay detention center within one year. This is the pay-off to the ultra left wing of his party. His next order was to issue the mission statement to a new executive commission dealing with the questions about how to process the 600 or so detainees currently housed in Guantanamo. Logic would have dictated that the EO to establish the commission should have come first to be followed, after the receipt of the commission\’s recommendations concerning the disposition of the detainees, by the determination of the future of the detention facility. This can only be viewed as a nod to his buddies in the business of practicing law. The Trial Lawyers have long been clamoring for terrorism to be dealt with as a legal rather than a military issue. They don\’t make near as much money when the Marines handle the problem. Who can\’t handle the truth?

The EO relating to Ensuring Lawful Interrogations (issued in conjunction with the two noted above) now requires the US to look upon un-uniformed, non-state combatants the same way we treat prisoners of war from the duly commissioned ranks of the uniformed branches of the military of those nations at war with us. Why is this when it is perfectly legal to summarily execute an un-uniformed combatant or spy when that individual is captured on or near the battlefield? The Nuremberg Trials did not assess guilt or consequence for the execution of partisan combatants even though those partisans were clearly nationalist freedom fighters. Today\’s terrorists can\’t even qualify as partisans. The enemies we face in the war on terror are not aligned with any nation or branch of any nation\’s military. They are armed gangs of ideologically oriented messengers of mayhem who never have and never will abide by any of the conventions of civility. This EO will return us to the days of the War in the Pacific when the battle cry was \”No prisoners!\” Let the gathering of intelligence be damned.

One can wonder how the \”Mexico City Policy and Assistance for Voluntary Population Planning\” got its name and why it is a Memorandum, not an EO. There can be no question as to why the new president has decided to spend taxpayer money to fund abortion clinics abroad. First and foremost, it is tip of the hat to the Pro-abortion crowd in the US, of which he is an unblemished member. What is it about \”Life, Liberty an the Pursuit of Happiness\” that Obama and his administration don\’t understand? Oh, I see, the foreign unborn are not heirs to this right as they are not citizens of the US. Why then does this administration now conclude that foreign terrorists \”have the constitutional privilege of the writ of habeas corpus\”? Is it that the unborn are simply unable to avail themselves of the benefit of having an attorney because they are unable to speak, or is it because they can\’t pay for one and the government won\’t?

What Now?

Sunday, January 25th, 2009

Our personal actions may never have much of an impact on the larger world. The overwhelming majority of us will have to find satisfaction in our appropriate activities or behaviors on a very localized level; perhaps exclusively within the walls of our homes, but this fact does not free us from the responsibility of paying attention to the goings-on that shape the environment in which we all live and pursue happiness.

Others, relatively few in number, exercise considerable influence over the world around us. The well-known are strangers to us, personally, but the things they do and say transform our existences in the most intimate of ways. Some, like Edison and Philo Farnsworth, have dramatically changed the way we live and the way we view our lives. Others, such as Hitler, Stalin, Mao and Bin Laden, have evicted us from our comfort zones and caused many among us to offer their lives in defense of our nation, families, freedoms and traditions. Some, like Alvin York, Audie Murphy and the passengers on Fight 93, have truly earned and have been duly awarded the title, hero. Others, Benedict Arnold, Tokyo Rose, the Rosenburgs and John Murtha, sharpen the focus on the lesser elements of our natures.

What can we do of any consequence? What can you do of any significance? Let this be our task, your task in these days; to watch and prepare to witness for those whose deeds are exceptional in their benefit to the world and watch and prepare to witness against those who, out of greed or lust for power, inflict the rest of us with the consequences of their poor judgement or vile behavior. The judgment day will come and you will be be judged by the effort you put forth to observe and record, if only in memory, the actions taken by the few that positively or negatively impact the many.

With this in mind, this site will intensify its focus on the actions of the most influential among us, notably our new president. The powerful in Congress, the culture and the media will continue to come under scrutiny here at the Poached Frog, as has been the case for nearly five years. I hope you will enjoy each post here in the post literate age.

My Prayer for President Obama

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

I pray that the burden of responsibility that he has taken upon himself as president and Commander in Chief will instill in President Obama an appropriate sense of America\’s historic mission and purpose, that he will be granted wisdom sufficient to the task, that he will work tirelessly for the betterment of this nation and its people, that he will be a stalwart example of our better natures, that he will not forget that he, too, is a citizen of this great land. I pray that his themes of hope and change will cause him to ponder and reflect upon his personal and public obligations to act in harmony with truth and in concert with the principles that set this nation apart. May he always seek to know and to do the will of the God of Heaven and and earth and the founder of this nation. Grant those with whom he works a significant measure of the same.

Amen

Martin Luther King Day

Monday, January 19th, 2009

One of the morning TV news programs posted this question this morning; \”Is Barack Obama\’s becoming president the fulfillment of Martin Luther King\’s dream?\”

It is good and therapeutic that the United States should have a person of color as president for the purpose of illustrating to everyone that ours is not a racially insensitive nation. It is good that children of all races will be able to say that, in America everything is possible. It is good that the voices that have tried for so long to divide us along racial lines will be marginalized, if not altogether muted. It will be even better if we ditch the divisive hyphens and recognize that we are first and foremost Americans. From this perspective, as the first person to invite a black person to spend the night in my home town, I am very pleased to witness this moment in history.

But the proper and fitting answer to the question put forth is this; if King\’s dream were truly fulfilled in this moment, this question would not be asked. The fulfillment of King\’s dream is a colorblind society where only the content of one\’s character is his measure, not the color of his skin. We cannot know the content of Obama\’s character until he actually displays it.

I do have hope for the future but not because of Obama. I have hope for the future because of my deeply held belief in a loving God. I do find a measure of hope in Obama\’s references to God. I hope that in this he is being honest, for if he is not this character flaw will turn King\’s dream into a long, dark national nightmare.

Hollywood Hanks Craves Relevance

Saturday, January 17th, 2009

Tom Hanks, an Executive Producer for HBO’s controversial polygamist series “Big Love,” made his feelings toward the Mormon Church’s involvement in California\’s Prop 8 (which prohibits gay marriage) very clear at the show’s premiere party on Wednesday night.

“The truth is this takes place in Utah, the truth is these people are some bizarre offshoot of the Mormon Church, and the truth is a lot of Mormons gave a lot of money to the church to make Prop-8 happen. There are a lot of people who feel that is un-American, and I am one of them. I do not like to see any discrimination codified on any piece of paper, any of the 50 states in America, but here\’s what happens now. A little bit of light can be shed, and people can see who\’s responsible, and that can motivate the next go around of our self correcting Constitution, and hopefully we can move forward instead of backwards. So let\’s have faith in not only the American, but Californian, constitutional process.”

Three points that Hanks failed to comprehend; first, no Mormons gave money to their church for Proposition 8. Individual Mormons gave money to the Yes on 8 campaign. Additionally it seems that Tom failed to consider (if he knew to begin with) that the Supreme Court long ago ruled that campaign contributions are the equivalent of political (i.e., free) speech. Three; existing law applies equally to all people, so how can it be discriminatory? His description of the Mormon defense of traditional marriage as \”un-American\” (the word itself should jolt Hollywood elites into some level of consciousness after Hollywood\’s own negative experience with that word back in the 50\’s) misses the mark entirely as their chosen method of participation embodies the essence of the First Amendment as it relates to Free Speech and Freedom of Religion, but what can one expect from Forrest Gump? Someone once observed that he was always runnnning! Now, it appears, he\’s just runnnning his mouth.

\”Stupid is as stupid does\”, his momma always said.

It Won\’t Take Another Big One

Saturday, January 17th, 2009

The $850 Billion Pelosi bailout package, and all the previous bailout packages, are the equivalent of an extravagant effort to redecorate a building whose foundation has been compromised by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake. Instead of bringing in the structural engineers, the Pelosi plan brings in the artisan contractors to re-stucco, re-paint and refurnish. It will not take long for the cracks to reappear. Though the old edifice has survived a major jolt, it won\’t take another big one to bring the whole thing down. This is what happens when you hire the wrong contractor.

Mediocrity is the Norm

Friday, January 16th, 2009

Are we truly to believe that the people with whom Obama proposes to populate his cabinet are so wonderful and so smart and so essential that we are supposed to blindly pardon the many staggeringly significant mistakes they have made? Surely there are at least 300,000,0000 other people in this country whose misdeeds and missteps are far less less than Geitner\’s, Browner\’s and Holder\’s, and whose moral clarity is far greater. In these times of peril, economic and otherwise, don\’t we deserve to be served by better people than these? If Obama is as smart as so many believed him to be when they put his name on the backs of their cars and pulled the lever for him, why has he surrounded himself with so many tainted Washington insiders possessing such obviously limited discernment? Mediocrity is clearly still the norm at the highest levels of government. So, where\’s the change?

Prop 8 Maps

Thursday, January 15th, 2009

Some wildly misguided person has taken the names and addresses of each donor who contributed to the passage of Proposition 8 and merged that data with Google maps on his or her website. The identity of this person is unknown. Of course this places each person who exercised his or her First Amendment right to free speech (yes, campaign contributions equal equal free speech) in jeopardy of the very real possibility of falling victim to someone loosely tethered to reality. This is unambiguously unfriendly at the very least but it is the bad news and the good news. Everyone on this map throughout the state should immediately contact their local sheriff and and demand a concealed carry permit for their own personal defense. That is the surest way to get this site shut down in a hurry without the negative PR baggage that comes with merely complaining. The other option is to file a class action civil rights lawsuit against everyone associated with this and any other action that seeks to intimidate people in the exercise of their freedoms of speech and religion; the very essence of civil rights.

The Real Issue

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

This was written in response to an article in today\’s Sacramento Bee on the subject of Prop 8 and one prominent local union organizer\’s reaction to the election result in view of the marriage entered into this past summer between his son and another man. In the article, the organizer wanted to know \”on what basis would some SOB\” deny his son the right to marry. I am not sure I qualify as an SOB, but this was my online reply.

\”Now we are getting to the real issue; love. Where is love found in secular law? Ask a polygamist. Love is, however, addressed in scripture. Both homosexuality and adultery are sins in nearly all religions because they are a misuse of procreative power (in which humans partner with God in the creation of life). Religions get involved in this debate for two reasons; one, because marriage is a religious compact predating all secular law (and preventing the free exercise of religion is expressly prohibited by the US Constitution), and two, because believers are admonished to encourage the sinful person to reconsider his actions for the eternal benefit of that individual (also called love or sometimes referred to as tough love). Christians are even commanded to love all men, but this does not mean marrying all those that one loves.

To accuse believers of being hateful is 180 degrees off. Love is a wonderful thing. It is not limited by contract. The people referred to in the article should love each other regardless of secular law, or even in spite of it, but the union of two people of the same gender is not now and cannot ever be legitimately called marriage.\”

Impeachment

Monday, January 12th, 2009

Is it possible to retroactively impeach a president? If it is, Jimmy Carter would be a great candidate. Let\’s just try it to see if it can be done. On what grounds, one might ask? How about complicity in the the dissemination of enemy propaganda; in this case Hamas (our sworn enemy), referring to the spiderweb of terrorist smuggling tunnels as \”defensive\”. This man is an utter disgrace. It is a small wonder that few in the international community, especially our enemies, take us seriously.

Concentration Camp?

Saturday, January 10th, 2009

Cardinal Renato Martino, a former Vatican envoy to the United Nations and now Pope Benedict XVI\’s top official on issues of peace and justice, said in the interview that Gaza now resembles a \”big concentration camp.\”

Commenting on Israel\’s two-week military offensive against Hamas in the Gaza Strip, Martino told the online newspaper Il Sussidiario.net that both sides were concerned only with their own interests.

\”But the consequences of this selfishness is hatred, poverty, injustice. It is always the defenseless populations that pay,\” he was quoted as saying. \”Look at the conditions in Gaza: It looks more and more like a big concentration camp.\”

The Cardinal may be right about Gaza looking like a concentration camp but if so, it is due to the Palestinian leadership\’s failure to look after the best interests of their people. Like race mongers in this nation, Hamas (and the PA Fatah movement) cling to and perpetuate the issues of injustice (real or imagined) in order to justify their own hypocritical existences. They have no power if they permit their people to prosper.

What on Earth?!

Friday, January 9th, 2009

I am fascinated by much of what NASA does and am particularly interested in the subjects mentioned in two of their most recent press releases. The more recent of the two provides warning of a potentially devastating solar storm in which coronal mass ejections (why do I picture Red Foxx grabbing for his heart?) aimed in our direction could wreak havoc on everything electric, which would be almost everything worth noting. Apparently a similar-sized storm (compared with the one anticipated) fried the fledgling electronic infrastructure of the US back in the latter part of the 1800\’s, but few noticed and fewer cared.

Things would be different today, of course, as the effects of mass withdrawal symptoms would make the flu epidemic of 1919-1920 appear like a giant sleepover, in comparison, as the instantly unplugged become increasingly unhinged. The sun\’s anger would yield something akin to \”The Shining\” with \”Here\’s Johnny\”s here, there and everywhere! The big star is scheduled to appear at a planet near you in 2012! Is it mere coincidence that the Mayan calendar ends in 2012? What on earth shall we do? There isn\’t a black hole near enough or deep enough to even consider anything like Dr. Strangelove\’s plan to deal proactively with a doomsday event of such cosmic magnitude.

Interstellar weather is certainly nothing we have any power over but is fortunately not something we cause, unlike bad terrestrial weather for which we are apparently to blame but which can no longer be referred to as \”global warming\”, not without causing a mass eruption of cat-calls and knee-slapping guffaws aimed those who bought into such immense silliness, by those still warm enough to laugh. The only thing more immensely silly than this notion is its author, Al Gore; who is both immense and silly. Gettin\’ pretty toasty out there, huh Al? Soon even the polar bears will be begging for a good old fashioned polar solar storm. Will they survive the chill between now and 2012?

The more disturbing of the two stories, however, is the one entitled \”Dark Energy Found Stifling Growth in the Universe\”. What could this be? It sounds seriously sinister. I excerpted the following from the NASA website mainly because, as caustic as I can get, I could never even imagine writing anything that could compete with this:

\”Scientists think dark energy is a form of repulsive gravity that now dominates the universe, although they have no clear picture of what it actually is. Understanding the nature of dark energy is one of the biggest problems in science. Possibilities include the cosmological constant, which is equivalent to the energy of empty space. Other possibilities include a modification in general relativity on the largest scales, or a more general physical field.

To help decide between these options, a new way of looking at dark energy is required. It is accomplished by observing how cosmic acceleration affects the growth of galaxy clusters over time.

\”This result could be described as \’arrested development of the universe\’,\” said Alexey Vikhlinin of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory in Cambridge, Mass., who led the research. \”Whatever is forcing the expansion of the universe to speed up is also forcing its development to slow down.\”

\”Repulsive\” is right! Talk about \”arrested development\”! \”Whatever is forcing the expansion of the universe to speed up is also forcing its development to slow down.\” Suddenly this is sounding more like the \”global cooling is caused by global warming\” argument. \”—-although they have no clear picture of what it actually is\”. So then, what is is it?

What is the \”cosmological constant\” and how long have we been measuring it? How have we managed to measure the affects of \”cosmic acceleration on the growth of galaxy clusters over time\”? How much time? How long have we known the rate of cosmic acceleration? How do we know either of these values has not changed since, say, 1682, 1249 or 2237 BC? After all, human history on the planet represents a mere grain of sand on the long beach of geologic time, which itself is like a pebble in the midst of the Rockies when compared to galactic time, which is like a blade of grass on the great Serengeti Plain compared to the enormity of intergalactic epochs, right? Alright, I\’ll stop.

On second thought; the speed of light was only measured in the last century and within that century the values have slightly changed. Why? Because, according to some, the tools by which we measure have become more precise or sensitive. But if that is so, and if the speed of light is a constant, the differences noted should be smaller, not larger, and should converge around the original number, not move away from it. Furthermore, the whole notion of a cosmological constant is inconsistent with the effort underway to prove the Big Bang theory. How is it possible for a \”constant\” to exist in a universe that began as nothing and is ever-expanding? There are nearly infinite inconsistencies involved in the seemingly endless attempts to separate emerging data from the hint of the possibility of intelligent design. This appears to be just another pot-shot by the starry-eyed detractors of the author of the cosmos.

\”Other possibilities include a modification in general relativity on the largest scales, or a more general physical field.\” To grasp the leeway in this statement consider the difference between \”The Iranian military launched 100 nuclear tipped cruise missiles at targets across Israel this evening\” and \”Jimmy hit me in the back of the head with an eraser!\”

\”To help decide between these options, a new way of looking at dark energy is required.\” Yes, try looking at something visible. For heaven\’s sake, we are not even permitted to talk about God and science in the same sentence simply because we are unable to see Him! But now we are to accept the existence of dark energy based upon alleged measurements of something that we cannot define, let alone observe.

The \”energy of empty space\”? If there is energy there how can it be empty? If I fill up my tank with gas, my car has energy, right? Still, I am beginning to like this dark energy idea. If it\’s not really there, a tank full couldn\’t cost very much, could it? But who would provide it if they couldn\’t measure it to sell it? So much for that great idea!

I love science but this looks more like seance. I\’ll tell you what the dark energy is that is stifling the growth of the universe. It is the same dark energy that is stifling the growth of logic and reason and true science here on this planet. Call him by any name you like. Dark energy isn\’t one of the biggest problems facing science. The biggest problem facing science is honesty and openness and permitting others to freely follow the evidence; not fearing that it might lead to God, as Isaac Newton always believed. The biggest problem facing science is remaining true to scientific principles in the face of cultural distractions and distortions, and remaining free of the conflicts of interest generated by the acceptance ideologically tainted grant money. What profiteth a man that he gain the whole universe if he should lose his soul?

Returning to the bright side, in conclusion. The greatest thing NASA has done in the last 20 years was wholly unintended. In attempting to show us the history of the universe by pointing Hubble at the darkest part of the sky, hoping to capture an image of the crest of the timewave that exploded forth from the center of the great void, they have instead unveiled our future. With 90% of the matter in the universe \”unorganized\” (their term), we will have much to do, after we have illuminated, arrested, consumed or quarantined all of that devious, diabolical dark energy.

Facing Adversity

Thursday, January 8th, 2009

I had decided some time ago that I would be pulling for the Oklahoma Sooners in tonight\’s NCAA Football Championship game but then I saw the Florida quarterback, Tim Tebow. He had written \”John 3:16\” on the anti-glare patches under his eyes. Anyone that unabashedly devoted to Jesus Christ here in the modern world deserves enthusiastic support. Adding that kind of courage in the face of our PC culture to the determination he displays on the field, we discover in Tim a true champion. There is even greater depth to this young man. He has lived in an orphanage and a leper colony, bringing a message of hope and an exemplary attitude as he travelled the world as a missionary, uplifting the majority of people he has met. God can use more men such as he, and so can we.

The way it should be:
1. Utah
2. USC
3. Florida
4. Texas
5. Oklahoma

$1.2 Trillion?

Thursday, January 8th, 2009

Did someone say we have a budget deficit of $1.2 Trillion? That might be correct if we exclude all the current unfunded liabilities on the US Government\’s books. If we add those costs (Social Security, Medicare, Treasury Bills, etc.) back into the calculation we are actually looking at approximately $70 Trillion (numbers obtained from the Federal Reserve) in the hole. Yes, and it is money that government has actually promised to pay, but they don\’t like to mention it very often because it doesn\’t make them look too good. They are trying so hard to get their approval rating back into the double digits. Madoff\’s madness looks like petty larceny in comparison. All the printing presses in the land can\’t produce enough greenbacks to begin to soak up the ocean of red ink that hurtles, tsunami-like, toward the shivering ship of state.

Let\’s not even mention the $760 Trillion worth of credit derivatives that will someday be presented for redemption. Speaking of redemption we can be assured that there are a whole lot of people who are praying for the first time in long time, if ever, who will be in great need of more than a mere quantum of solace.

What, Me Worry?

Monday, January 5th, 2009

Why, in this the most dangerous era in human history, should we be concerned that Leon Panetta, just appointed by Obama as the next CIA Chief, has no intelligence background? At the very least the experience he brings to the job is equal to the qualifications the next Commander in Chief brings to his. Surely each of them must have spent at least one night during their lives at a Holiday Inn Express.

Islam and Neo-Secularism

Sunday, January 4th, 2009

There are two groups in the modern world that are pre-approved by the PCH (Politically Correct Hierarchy) for bigotry, scorn and revulsion; Christians and Jews. Who have these two groups offended so seriously that they have qualified to be held up as nearly universally acceptable targets of derision? Islam and Neo-Secularists (the PCH), that\’s who. Why? Because both Islam and Neo-Secularism are self-contradictory and cannot withstand serious scrutiny and must therefore defend themselves and their internally inconsistent ideologies not only by attacking the ideologies of others but also in refusing to debate or discuss the questions that arise from even casual examinations of the facts that pertain. Employing the principle (one of the few principles they observe) that the best defense is a good offense, the radical adherents of both Islam and Neo-Secularism have, in their toxic zeal, become the most virulent and violent of the enemies of freedom.

Most of us have witnessed the same dynamic at work on a personal level, as well, as the unerringly prideful, refusing to invest a fraction of a moment in pondering even the most remote possibility of the existence of any personal fallibility, lash out at those who in any way threaten their commitment to notions for which there is no logical defense.

What do we do about it? Both Christian and Jewish traditions are replete with admonitions for their adherents to love their enemies. This makes for a different kind of tough love but serves to fulfill other requirements to exercise patience, kindness and long-suffering. There is a point, however, when accepting the unacceptable is no longer reasonable; when the actions of the aggressors jeopardize the entire human enterprise by undermining the true meaning of \”choice\”. It is at this point when fighting back with everything at one\’s disposal is wholly appropriate. This moment appears to have arrived.

All is Quiet—-For Now

Thursday, January 1st, 2009

It hasn\’t been this quiet in this neighborhood since the invention of the automobile. The only thing I hear is the tapping of my fingers as they dance upon the keyboard to the strains of \”All is Quiet on New Year\’s Day\” rising from the middle floors of my memory. U2? I awoke at 3:00AM and the unusual silence would not permit me to get back to sleep, so I mulled the many reasons I don\’t think all this quiet is going to last.

While 2008 failed to generate significant enthusiasm, or friends or fans, I cannot help but believe that we may shortly be looking nostalgically back with longing fondness upon \’08 as having contained at least 360 of the good old days. We are inescapably fixed on a collision course with the unavoidable consequences of a nearly endless succession of horribly inappropriate choices made by far too many poorly informed people on nearly every imaginable level. It would require a wholly delusional optimist to prognosticate in favor of the likelihood of increasing peace and prosperity in the coming year. Certainly, as conscious beings, we should be able to muster enough pragmatism to anticipate and prepare for the inevitable. In case you have missed it, Casey Jones\’ progeny is at the throttle and the \”heavy\” hitters are swinging mighty Casey\’s bat. The case for optimism in the near term will not withstand the verdict.

Welcome to 2009! Gird up your loins, strap on your pads, your padding and your motorcycle helmet, grab some protein bars and a bottle of water and whatever else is appropriate and portable, and fasten your seat belts; it\’s going to be a bumpy ride but we will nevertheless arrive, no worse for the wear, at our ultimate destination.

Happy New Year!