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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

...And that's the way it is.

Associate Press - 31 October, 2012

FOX to Purchase BBC

FOX TV is set to purchase the venerable British Broadcasting Company for a $5.2 billion stock swap. The BBC, producers of such fan favorites as "Doctor Who" and "Torchwood" will continue to have its base of operations in Great Britain, but, according to FOX spokesperson Lindsay Harcourt "There will be a number of programming changes to consider.". One of the

plans involves cancelling the popular "Doctor Who" franchise, replacing it with a time-travel series based upon "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure". Says Harcourt: "Time shows are a sci-fi staple. The replacement is in keeping with our corporate strategy." When asked about fan uproar, she said "If it is sci-fi, they'll watch it."

I did this one, too! Artsy me.

The End of the Empire


Lucas' expression shows that he did, in fact, at one time have a soul.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

The Uriah Tactic.


The right-wing rags have been a-twitter for months about fell rumors regarding Barack Hussein Obama's...proclivities. Stories of his participation in the Chicago bath house scene. His marriage being camouflage. Like that. If this is in fact true (cue Seinfeld: "Not that there's anything wrong with that."), then it raises uncomfortable possibilities.

The US ambassador in Benghazi, J. Christopher Stevens, was also supposed to be gay. Our State department apparently sent a homosexual to a Muslim country, where such behavior is punishable (at least) by imprisonment. This is breathtakingly stupid, unless there is a Reason. Every indication of late is that the consulate was left high and dry, and that the defenders did so voluntarily, against orders. The CIA operatives there were told to stand down when they wanted to help. Ambassador Stevens was abandoned by President Rainbow and his State Department.

Apparently President Obama did listen during his years under Rev. Wright's preachifying. II Samuel 11 details the story of Uriah. He was one of King David's mighty men. He had a beautiful wife, Bathsheba, who David saw bathing on her roof (David's roof was higher. It's GOOD to be the King.).
David sent for her, and she gave a command performance, while her husband was on the battlefield. Whoops, it was during her fertile time (maybe the bath should have been a clue), and she became pregnant with child, in the family way, with a bun in the oven. David went into scheming mode, and brought Uriah home to confer about the war. David then told him to go home to his wife.

Uriah said "My men are not able to enjoy such comforts." and refused. David got him drunk, delivered him home, but that dratted Hittite's honor held up to the challenge, and he slept in the servants' quarters. No whoopie with wifey. No convenient excuse for David and Bathsheba.

David was a man used to getting what he wanted:

In the morning it happened that David wrote a letter to Joab and sent it by the hand of Uriah.  And he wrote in the letter, saying, “Set Uriah in the forefront of the hottest battle, and retreat from him, that he may be struck down and die.”  So it was, while Joab besieged the city, that he assigned Uriah to a place where he knew there were valiant men. Then the men of the city came out and fought with Joab. And some of the people of the servants of David fell; and Uriah the Hittite died also.

Lesson: You put the guy you want to get offed to the front, then abandon him. The enemy becomes your hitman. Obama and Co. watched a drones-eye view as the events took place, rather like David awaiting news from the front. It was just a matter of time.

Benghazi has all the earmarks of this tactic. Why was Stevens marked for death? It certainly appears that he was, and that a badly-done anti-Mohammed movie trailer had nothing to do with it.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Now Ezekiel saw the wheel in a wheel; Way in the middle of the air.


So, we always remember the end of Walt Disney's "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea", with James Mason's manly English lisp sepulchrally intoning "...in God's good time". The end of George Pal's "The War of the Worlds" has Sir Cedric Hardwicke's closing narration:

"After all that men could do had failed, the Martians were destroyed and humanity was saved by the littlest things, which God, in His wisdom, had put upon this Earth."

Many of the Cold War Sci Fi thrillers had references to God and Creation (even scientists!).
"Red Planet Mars" storyline is:

An American scientist contacts Mars by radio and receives information that Mars is a utopia and that Earth's people can be saved if they return to the worship of God.

What is the point? When the idea of Francis Schaeffer's "Christian Consensus" (I prefer "Biblical Consensus") comes up, the knee-jerk reaction is : "America was NEVER a Christian nation!" "The Founders were DEISTS!!!" "We need unlimited rice pudding!!!!"

Like that. Note that I do not make the claim of America being a Christian nation, but that it was founded on Biblical truth, the very thing that has made the West a success, at least until the West abandoned it of late. Lots of people went to church (at least on holidays) and had a working knowledge of what the Bible teaches. Ten Commandments, Golden Rule. Heck, even Ward and June sent Wally and the Beav to Sunday School, clutching their piaculative pence. There is a God, and we in some way are beholden to him, at least to say "Thank You" in November around mouthfuls of turkey and dressing.

What an odd bit of evidence to find that such a consensus existed at least into the late 1950s, when a majority of science fiction movies were made bowing to a need to acknowledge "God" in their writing (perhaps to appease the Joneses of Peoria). The pervasiveness of belief in God in America was enough to tacitly dictate Hollywood scriptwriting.

Just an odd bit of social archaeology I had to dig out.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Lose your voting virginity to Barack Obama, so the State can be your BabyDaddy.


Sunday, October 21, 2012

Here's a cute one.

Ummmm...these women volunteer to fly and die for their country. What reproductive decisons are they denied? Has Roe v. Wade been struck down? Have the pharmacies closed? Or is it merely that they must pay for their "reproductive health"?

As to wages, I will note an enormous "gender gap" in our White House.

"According to the 2011 annual report on White House staff, female employees earned a median annual salary of $60,000, which was about 18 percent less than the median salary for male employees ($71,000)."

As to the putative wage gap in the US, Stephanie Wang writes:

America’s “wage gap” between men and women may be more paper-thin than Democrats are letting on, and it’s non-existent among those with a college degree.
President Obama and Senate Democrats have recently taken to repeating Census Bureau numbers showing that U.S. women earn 77 cents for every dollar a man earns, but that figure may not be the best representation of the facts. At the least, it’s not the only representation.
The Census Bureau report is based on workers who earn an annual wage, so it doesn’t take into account professions like school teachers who don’t necessarily work year-round, the Washington Post reports.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics looked at weekly wages instead of annual salaries, and determined that women earn 81 percent what men earn. That gap narrows to 86 cents on the dollar when hourly wages are examined.
And hourly wages among those with college degrees are at parity: The BLS figures show there is no gap between men and women.
Wage comparisons across broad population groups can be significantly flawed, too. When female workers are compared to male workers with similar characteristics, the hourly wage difference is only 5 cents.

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2012/06/05/white-house-exaggerates-male-female-wage-gap-statistics-show/#ixzz29ytgfag8

 Logs and motes.

A revisitation for a reason.

This may be a re-visitation, but in a time when the "why" of someone's actions may be more important than the actions themselves (think "hate crimes"), Christians are again given the nasty end of the stick.

I pause to allow you to pick your jaw up from the floor.

One of the most annoying things the True Believers do is share, or witness, or evangelise. (Remember, evangel means "good news") The militant atheist crowd, as well as the "just want to be left alone" crowd really militate against this hateful practise of telling them about Jesus. They see it as judgmental, that they are being told they are bad people who are going to hell.

Admittedly, there are some who take it upon themselves to punch someone's ticket, but the scriptures themselves do not offer that as part of the job description. We may speak as far as the gospel does...no farther. Thus-and-so will keep you out of the Kingdom of God. It is up to the hearer to make the connexion. One must recognise peril to recognise the need for rescue.

Since the motive is more important than the action in today's enlightened view, please consider this: is it a bother to you for a flagman to stop you to warn of the bridge being out? Do you malign his callous disregard for your time schedule? The reasonable person sees through to motive: "I don't want you and your family to die at the bottom of the gorge.". Likewise the coworker, friend, family member, or artless stranger who wishes to tell you about the gospel. This person does so with the highest motive: concern for your well-being. He sees you in spiritual peril (Jesus said "No-one comes to the Father except through me".), and wants to throw you a life-ring. Do you argue with the lifeguard who is pulling you to shore?

You may not believe at all, or you may be a lifelong neo-Zoroastrian, but when an unsophisticated evangelist sees you as his personal mission, please understand that what he does is done out of love, out of a true desire to do you good. It is in your purview to say "Not interested." if need be, but please be kind. The believer is doing it with the best of intent: concern for you.

Motive IS important.

Friday, October 19, 2012

But Jesus didn't know Joseph Farah....

I am inundated by political and Christian-ey emails. I calculable percentage of my life is now spent deleting stuff I will never read, and unsubbing. Recently I have been getting adverts from WorldNet Daily flogging a new book that purports to reveal how study of the Mosaic Feasts will enable us to pinpoint the Very Day of Jesus' Return!

Must find my Septuagint, a circular slide rule, and some cr*ck!

"But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only." (Mt 24:36)

If that were even referring to the Second Coming and Judgment Day. It was A judgment, to be sure. (Read the whole chapter. It is in the context of the overthrow of the Temple, setting it in the lifetime of the disciples " This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.")

So we have another date-setter AND he teaches US how, as well! I am reminded of Edgar C. Whisenant, whose tome 88 Reasons Why the Rapture Will Be in 1988 said that Rosh Hashanah weekend was to be Rapture Central. At least he didn't set a day or hour.

More to come on other stuff!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Thank you very much...he's here all week. Try the veal.

I received a request from someone with  summat on their mind, but who cannot afford "it getting back" to the wrong folks.

Isn't our free speech culture AWESOME?!


I Resemble That Remark

I work at a small prestigious university somewhere in the mid-west. As it's a "liberal arts" establishment it's not what you would call a bastion of conservative thought. Because of this & the fact at least three people at work view my blog regularly, I can't post this article on it or even under my own name. If my anonymity threatens the credibility of this article, it can't be helped. In the past twelve years, because of my views, I have been harassed at one work place & fired from another.
On arriving for work on October 13, I was informed of a large gathering of students in the union lobby for the purpose of canvassing surrounding neighborhoods for the Obama campaign. OK. It is their right to do so after all.

While going about my custodial duties I noted a young man giving instructions & passing out packets of info on the areas they were to cover in town. About 4 PM I heard him comment:
"We have some red necks here."
As I superficially resemble that "demographic" I looked up & saw him putting a manila packet in a box & drawing out another. Wether he was trying to "protect" the young ladies in front of him or wanting to impress them is unclear. The contempt in the uttered phrase was, however, quite plain.
While the town the college is in is predominately white, I would hardly call it a hot bed of lynching & cross burning.

It's not just this. A couple days before, I noticed a gathering of young "Democrats" laughing & hooting along with Joe Biden during the VP debate. In talking with & overhearing others at work, I've noticed something interesting. They seem to equate aggressiveness & arrogance with strength. I think it is actually more out of desperation than anything else. Desperation because:
Since the first presidential debate, the paradigm has changed. For the first time the public has gotten to see & hear Mr. Romneys' postion from Mr. Romney himself, unfiltered by a hostile media. Because of that, poll results & moods on both sides of the campaign have changed.
Democrats, from the top down, now realize things are different. This is NOT the John McCain cakewalk of '08 where the presidency was handed to Mr. Obama wrapped in pretty paper & bow on a sterling silver platter. The Dems are now faced with the more than very real possibility of their candidate having to vacate the White House come January.

This does not sit well with them & they are now taking the attitude as exemplified by Mr. Biden. Some across the country have even threatened riot & violence if Mr. Obama is not re-elected. This is what it has come to. It has become more than just an intense political campaign with many on the left looking upon it as a (un)holy crusade with conservatives being viewed as infidels.
If you are conservative & give a damn ... or are just undecided & concerned ... and one who THINKS in a rational manner, then keep in mind that this election is not just about the presidency. It is not just also House & Senate seats up for grabs. It is also about up to two Supreme Court appointments that could determine the character of our Judicial branch & thus our nation for many years to come.

It is also about the expansion of government in areas of our lives we never thought possible a few short years ago. The last four years have proven devastating enough in both terms of government intrusion & the economy. Do we need another four years to figure that out? DO WE?
The decision is YOURS. For Gods' sake ... on November 6, VOTE!

If I may, he exposes a truth!

The majority of the "anti-bullying" foofooraw comes from the types written of here. Perhaps their chicken necks were wrung once too often at recess by kids two grades younger. Yet, the selfsame behavior is their stock-in-trade, from terminal passive-aggressive behavior to their "aggressiveness & arrogance" being equated with strength. Biden's knavery in the debate was a form of bullying, and it backfired, except among the faithful.

I am not happy with our choices, but by Goo, I shall not stand for "four more years" of this trainwreck. If there was a constitutional Zoroastrian zombie running, I would consider him over the incumbent.

A vintage Vargas pinup would do less damage than O'bama.


Sunday, October 07, 2012

Six hundred, sixty, and six.

I  received this notification from Etsy (where I sell my shirts online) a few days ago:

"Due to your direct checkout sales volume, we'd like to collect some tax-related info from you.

We are doing this to comply with a new IRS rule that requires Etsy to report sales information, in the form of a 1099-K, for sellers who have reached certain sales thresholds for the year.

This information will be stored with your account and will be used to provide you with a form 1099-K at the end of the year if you do end up reaching the gross sales thresholds." 

I am livid. All the propaganda involved with the income tax hoots about "voluntary compliance", but with the (way past) dawn of the cashless society, every transaction is ultimately trackable. I hear Jack Strawman muttering "Well, if you weren't trying to hide something, it wouldn't bother you." I am not hiding b*mbs, nor Al Qaeda in my trousers, but it bothers me for some TSA lackey to stick his hands in them. The presumption of "guilty until proven innocent" evident in these IRS rules is patently unConstitutional, habeas corpus and all that. I may have to go back to a website-based sales model, which means I have to spend money and time developing a new site which will likely NOT be as friendly for me to use as Etsy.

Color me peeved.

EVERYONE of any size remotely attached to the government (schools, colleges, Baptist churches) requires that I fill out a W-9 if I am to be allowed to sell to them.

Remember, kiddies?

Of course, these are organizations that obtain monies, or special favors, from the Givement, so it makes sense having that requirement, but mere sense doth not it Constitutional make.

Both "real" candidates are big-government characters. I would encourage looking into Gary Johnson.

Friday, October 05, 2012

Thursday, October 04, 2012

...and then there were none.

Well, four jobs printed today, and I am still upright. Busy, busy. I fixed fried rice, and The Dread Dormomoo did porkchops and onions. Makes a lovely combo! We ate and watched the premiere Who episode for this season, "The Dalek Asylum". We must work our way through to episode 5, the much-spoilered "Daleks Take Manhattan" this weekend. But there is much work as well, so it will all get done somehow.

This is a droll comment:
And Rawesome Green Foods wouldn't be allowed to debate.

 So no Libertarian Party or Constitution Party debaters. Hmmm.
(Gary Johnson is the Libertarian, and is pushing hard to be included. Gary, meet Immovable Object.)

I will write more over the weekend. I dunno about what, as I am weary of the whole two-headed snake of the Republocrats. Neither am I a Loki fangirl, so I won't have "Avengers" fits. (Haven't even seen the movie, yet. The Fans are off-putting to me. Yah. Elitist.

So, happy Friday, all!

Monday, October 01, 2012

Viva la Ponylucion!

My Little Communist Pony

My Fa-CHAY-book entry.

So here's the thing. On November 6th we vote for President of the United States. This is not a popularity contest (who has the coolest hair, or the best smile...) or a fanfest ("Ermagherd...it's Lehrki!" or "David Tennant is the BEST Doctor."). We have to assess if we are better off after our current President Obama, or if Gov. Romney has what it takes to lead us back to powerhouse status, or if one of the Unheard-of parties has a viable President (Gary Johnson as a Libertarian, Virgil Goode as Constitution Party, or even Ron Paul as a write-in, f'rinstance).

Please, please, please look beyond "your party" and consider the candidates out there. This is important, and really needs to be done thoughtfully, not just to push a single agenda, but to get our nation working (in every sense of the word). 

This is not an endorsement of any single candidate, but is a call to do this thing right, not as a "Republican" or a "Democrat", or any other mere party. Do this as an American, for the rest of America.