Sunday, October 26, 2008

Loyalty - Bad; Every Man for Himself - Good

Loyalty, bad - Every man for himself, good. Is that what political correctness is all about?

During a recent “meet and greet” I met a gentleman who relocated from Utah. He was not a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS) aka “Mormon” as most Utahans are. In fact, he was a Unitarian – an organization that institutionalized the celebration of anything from the spiritual belief or disbelief menu that fits their member's fancy. This provision makes cafeteria Catholics and cafeteria Presbyterians appear to be exceptionally uncreative. He was also a senior manager of a company who hired many LDS employees for their well known characteristics of “dependability, respect for authority, and work ethic” - traits he admitted benefitted his company greatly.

His next comments had a surprisingly negative twist. He complained that the Mormons in Utah were predisposed to not question authority - too obediant, and were excessively “clickish”, not inviting their non-Mormon boss to social events for the umpteen years he worked there. He did admint, however, that LDS outside of Utah are much more socially inclusive of people of other faiths.

What was fascinating to me about his complaint is he appeared to want to have it “both ways”. He wanted obedient rebels. He wanted people who would do the work given to them and at the same time he wished they were more independent-minded and strong-willed “like folks in the rest of the country.” But then, would his company be able to stick to its strategic plan through unity and teamwork? Probably not.

The opposite scenario is the several Republican Sarah Palin handlers being upset for her being a "maverick." They want her to be a maverick at the same time they want her to be a "yes" woman.

Anyway, back to my Utah acquaintance. This gentleman’s critique is an apt representation of how far our nation has strayed from being “E Pluribus Unum” – “out of many, one.” Even though his company benefited from its’ employees respect for authority and related traits, he felt individuals practicing such traits were flawed in some manner - that their loyalty and obedience were oddly extreme. Well, in our society, respect for authority, dependability and the like are out of vogue. No wonder this individual thought it “unnatural.” These have become peculiar and uncommon traits. He is caught up in our “every man for himself” culture.

The Utah LDS he disdains for their “excess loyalty” reflects the character that could reunite the people of this nation. Their perceived “clickishness” is a cultural safeguard against being sucked into the larger devisive morass of our society. Or is our growing devisive, self-absorbed disdain for our cultural heritage and national goals seen as one of our nations' strengths? Hmmmm. Unfortunately, that seems to be the case.

We as a nation have strayed far afield from being united, with a common purpose. We have strayed from stressing things we have in common to "celebrating our differences." We have evolved into a nation that cherishes diversity (read: differences and disunity) above all. Why don't we identify and celebrate things we have in common with one another? Wouldn't that enhance chances of unity? Ahh, but it cuts against our rebellious grain. We disdain unity.

A poignant speech a la Thomas Paine and his “Common Sense” eloquently describes what we have become in this short video titled "The Ghost of Thomas Paine and the Second Revolution." View it here.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

All About Race

How on earth can can anyone claim with a straight face that support for a black presidential candidate who has indoctrinated himself in Black Liberation Theology, is buddies with radicals, and endorsed as "the Messiah" by the leader of The Nation of Islam (which has declared the white man is the devil) that their support is not "all about race." The Obama campaign is all about the pot maliciously and erroneously calling the kettle white. Charles Krauthammer has it nailed here.

And the polls? 93% of blacks support Obama while 43% of whites support Obama (Quinnipiac University Poll - September 2008). I was unaware that such a super-majority of blacks were super-liberal. What other reason might there be for such a lopsided 93 to 2 (remainder not responding) poll among blacks? Could it possibly mean that blacks are more racist than whites? If so, will folks now start arguing that racism isn't such a bad thing - in defense of their racist preferences? That would certainly fit the mold of Obama's Black Liberation indoctrination he received throughout most of his life.

Colin Powell's disclaimer that his Obama endorsement is not about race is as phony as Obama's claim he was never a Muslim. While it may be true he is not now a Muslim, two things are certain: 1} He was a Muslim and he is likely a sympathizer with that violent, deceitful anti-American religion today, and 2) He is a racist and is supported by racists. Can you imagine the appointments he is likely to make? Consider his past associations and where his support is coming from: Middle east funding, black liberation racists, Muslims and their sympathizers, socialists and anti-Americans. Some federal government we are likely to have. That's all this county needs - a new dive into the abyss of public racism.

You think the ratings of the Bush presidency are low today? I cannot fathom the depth of discontent and dysfunction an Obama presidency will bring to this nation.

One big happy radical neighborhood...

Portions of an old Bill Ayers book was posted on Michelle Malkin's web site. It fondly notes the close proximity of the homes of Bill, Barack, Muhammad Ali, and the another Muhammad supporter, Louis Farrakhan, the leader of the Nation of Islam - the same Louis who recently declared Obama to be "the Messiah." Not that neighborly proximity indicates mutual admiration. But in this case, expression of mutual admiration by the noted parties indicates mutual admiration - unless this is another case of, as Obama puts it, they are not the Bill or Louis I used to know. It makes no difference to him that they were anti-American radicals at the time he "used to know" them.

While on the topic of Luigi, did you know the Nation of Islam is nearly identical to mainstream and radical Islam except for one thing? The Nation of Islam is considered apostate by Islam because it differs in one respect: The Nation of Islam considers the white man the devil - Islam does not.

Jeremiah Wright. Tony Resko. Bill Ayers. And now Louis Farrakhan. Will non-racist America wake up to the fact that Obama was indoctrinated by, relates to, supports, and is embraced by America-hating racists?

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Anything but...

Neel Kashkari - as in "cash 'n carry", the "back in the day" throwback expression used to describe a cash transaction for merchandise - is the Interim Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Financial Stability in the United States Department of the Treasury. God has a dry sense of humor. This is too funny. The man placed in charge of the greatest credit binge in this nation's history is called Cash N. Carry.

Another not so funny thing, though. I don't see anything in his bio that qualifies him for this critical economic policy implementation task. He designed latches for TRW.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Christian Representation in Iraqi Councils?

Increased Christian representatin on Iraqi Councils? Snowball's chance in hell.

Christians are being massacred in Iraq because they peaceably demonstrated for representation in the Iraqi government. So much for the promise of Iraqi democracy. As common sense and history should teach, there will be democracy in Iraq long enough for their leaders to fully implement Sharia law. For those not understanding that implication, Sharia law does not tolerate other religions very well.

There is a better chance that Obama will find a pro-American mentor than there is for the Iraqi government to tolerate demonstrations, never mind representation of Christians in their "democratic" government.

Democracy, by the way, is a two-edged sword: The majority can represent tyranny. Tolerance and liberty are much better ideals. But, unfortunately, the great majority of folk in Iraq are Muslim. 1,400 years of Islamic influence doesn't allow Muslims to tolerate. McCain's suggestion that it might take 100 years to achieve US objectives in Iraq might not be long enough to reverse 1,400 years of ingrained intolerance and violent habits.

We as a nation, especially our leaders, haven't yet grasped the fact that Muslims aren't Christians. They have a different value system. Their Koran is closer to our Old Testament on steroids without the New Testament. Legalism and vengence prevail. Grace, forgiveness, and tolerance are foreign to those folk. It is a safe bet that democracy is the wrong goal for us in Iraq. And I don't hold out much hope that the US will stomach devoting several hundred years of our resources to try to instill "grace, forgiveness, and tolerance" in that land.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Known by the Company You Keep...

But who really cares? Apparently, not many.

Ever since Jeremiah Wright's rabid feelings and philosphy about America became widely known last year, there has been radical after radical revealed as having been Obama's mentors, friends, and associates. Here are some of those associations along with some of his decisions based on those associations...

First his Muslim father,
...Then his Muslim stepfather,
...Then his aetheist mother,
...Then his decision to change his name from Barry Sotero to Barack Hussein Obama
...Then his not-so-hot-on-America wife,
...Then Rev. Wright,
...Then his personal and business relationships with Tony Rezko, the corrupt Syrian Chicago developer,
...Then his expression that the Muslim call to prayer is "one of the prettiest sounds on Earth at sunset."
...Then his personal and community organizer relationships with Bill Ayers, the terrorist, which certainly went well beyond "just being in his neighborhood."
...Then the many associations with and support from leaders of the Nation of Islam, Islamic front groups, welfare, Communist and socialist organizations...

Is there any non-radical, non-socialist, non-Black Liberation thologist, non-Islamic, non-America hating, pro-American individual that has mentored Barrack Hussein Obama over the years?

The sad reality is, even if supporters of Barack Hussein Obama were convinced beyond any doubt that the above is all true, none of this would matter to them.


Because none of those "radicals" are radical or distastefull in the eyes of those who support Obama. There is such a lack of appreciation - not just lack of appreciation, but disdain for our culture and political system that none of Obamas' associations are seen as a negative. In fact, I would guess that while a small minority of his supporters may be put-off by these associations and influences, the greater majority are either indifferent or energized by them.

Note that most of Obama's supporters are from among Generation Ys (age 20-35 group) with a strong showing from the Xs (35 to 50).

A disproportionately large number of these folks are the ones who have slouched into becoming liberal (takeoff of William Bennett's "Slouching Toward Gommorrah") out of ignorance of our Christian heritage, and the history of our nations' struggles over the last couple of generations with their inherent sacrifices. They have no point of reference to what has made America great, most conspicuously, our founding sense of self-control and sacrifice.

So, it is only natural that these ignorant and deprived souls support a candidate who promises the easy way: fewer taxes and a massive increase in federal programs and entitlements. This is Obama's claim to fame - where his heart is - providing entitlements to those who lounge in their comfort zone of being the "oppressed" and "disadvantaged", mostly at the hands of the "enablers." Yes, the "enablers" - the well-off among us who have such pity for the "entitled" that they deprive them of the will to be self-sufficient by providing esteem and incentive squealching government handouts. There is much self-esteem, power and immediate gratification garnered by the enablers by arranging for these handouts.

After the "boomers" quit producing and paying taxes, the Gen Y/X liberals will go from feeding off the old folks to feeding off themselves - sort of like eating their young.

The election may or may not be a sqeaker - depending on the degree "the Bradley effect" is at play. But there is a growing liberal population who sees nothing wrong with radical causes and behaviors, and thus sees nothing wrong with associations with radicals.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

God: Why Science Exists

As I was reading the introduction to The Shack by William P. Young, this thought about those atheists and agnostics who have a narrow but abosolute faith in Science crossed my mind. I thought I'd share...

It is this: There would be no need for science if there were not an unlimited number of undiscovered, unexplained, unknown, and seemingly unknowable things for science to prove or disprove. God fits in the category of things that science hasn't figured out. If it ever did, there would be no need for science. In the meantime, it would serve devotees of science well to accept the fact that God exists. Some scientists know him; some consider him unknowable. But to assert he does not exist is foolish - and unscientific.

Sunday, October 05, 2008

In Bed...

Here's the picture:

Wachovia, a large "plum" financial institution in trouble.

Merger with a healthier institution required by FDIC.

FDIC arranges a $2.1 billion purchase by Citi Bank.

Wells Fargo offers $14.8 billion, which is favored by Wachovia stockholders and would not cost the taxpayers anything.

FDIC objects and files an injunction against the $14.8 billion deal. Further background is explained here.

This is a snapshot of the FDIC in bed with Citi Bank, ya' think?

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Weird Presidential candidate pleas about economy

Both presidential candidates and many in Congress are pleading to pass the $700 billion bailout to enable Americans to get more credit to keep the economy going. In their next breath they bemoan the fact of our excessive national and personal debt. Isn't there a disconnect here?

Am I the only one confused by this?

From Wikipedia: "As of September 2008, the total U.S. federal debt was approximately $9.7 trillion[2], about $31,700 per capita (that is, per U.S. resident). Of this amount, debt held by the public was roughly $5.3 trillion.[3] Adding unfunded Medicaid, Social Security, Medicare, and similar obligations, this figure rises to a total of $59.1 trillion, or $516,348 per household.[4] In 2007, the public debt was 36.9 percent of GDP [5], with a total debt of 65.5 percent of GDP.[6]"

Consumer debt alone is nearly $2.6 trillion dollars. This is about $8,500 in debt for every man, woman and child - not including mortgage debt.

We have been warned for decades that this magnitude of national and consumer debt is excessive and will come back to bite us some day. While that debt is in the midst of biting us (it is the root cause for the current failure of our financial system), our leaders are in the process of getting us $700,000,000,000 MORE in debt so that that consumers can get themselves more in debt.

What am I missing here. I know there are two theories of national fiscal policy. One is that we ought to avoid "excessive" quantities of national and personal debt. The other, and the one that we are told we need to follow to "survive" is that national and personal debt are essential (without limit?) to maintain our national and personal prosperity.

Have we, as a nation, passed the fiscal "point of no return" whereby we have no choice but continue to embrace suicidal economic policies to prolong the agony? Or does someone really know what they are doing and things are not as bad as they seem?