Saturday, June 30, 2012

Michelle Obama’s Political Perverting of Christianity

Michelle Obama politically perverts, and she is not the first to do so, the teachings of Christianity when she quips the following at a conference of the African Methodist Epispocal Church.

First lady Michelle Obama Thursday offered a rare public reflection on her religious faith, telling a conference of the African Methodist Episcopal church that the life of Jesus Christ is a model for democratic organizing.

“It’s kind of like church,” Obama said. “Our faith journey isn’t just about showing up on Sunday for a good sermon and good music and a good meal. It’s about what we do Monday through Saturday as well, especially in those quiet moments, when the spotlight’s not on us, and we’re making those daily choices about how to live our lives.

“We see that in the life of Jesus Christ. Jesus didn’t limit his ministry to the four walls of the church,” she said. “He was out there fighting injustice and speaking truth to power every single day. He was out there spreading a message of grace and redemption to the least, the last, and the lost. And our charge is to find Him everywhere, every day by how we live our lives.”

No.  Michelle Obama’s musing is a political perversion.

...the biblical view is not just apolitical but antipolitical in the sense that it refuses to confer any value on political power, or in the sense that it regards political power as idolatrous, inevitably entailing idolatry.  Christianity offers no justification for political power, on the contrary, it radically questions it…

...Political action and things that concern the state are without interest.

Jacques Ellul, The Subversion of Christianity, William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, Grand Rapids, MI, 1986, Chapter IV, Political Perversion, pgs. 113 - 115

Michelle Obama cites Jesus as model for citizenship

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An Illegitimate Commander in Chief

If, one of the legitimate functions of government is to provide for the common defense, Obama is an illegitimate commander in chief.

The Obama administration on Friday threatened to veto a defense appropriations bill in part because it does not include higher health care fees for members of the military.

Obama to Soldiers: Pay Up

Via a post at In the MIDDLE of the RIGHT titled “Rat Bastard” doesn’t seem to be harsh enough.

Posted by John Venlet on 06/30 at 08:22 AM
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Redneck vs Elitist Air Conditioning

Do you know the difference between redneck air conditioning and elitist air conditioning?

“A five man crew (drawn to government diversity standards)”.

Posted by John Venlet on 06/30 at 08:03 AM
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Friday, June 29, 2012

Dangerous Reformers - A Quote

The danger in the leadership of a certain type of reformer lies just in the fact that often he surrenders an old benefit for every new benefit he receives.  He is so much interested in what he is getting that he does not notice what he is giving up.  Thus it happens that the world is not really advanced by his labors.  It merely changes one set of wrongs for another.  It merely gets some new rights at the very moment when it is giving up important old ones.  It is only when the radical is nobly conservative that the world really moves forward.  And it is when the conservative becomes radical that there is the largest promise for the life of the future.

Lynn Harold Hough, The Clean Sword, The Abingdon Press, New York, Cincinnati, 1918, pgs. 204-205

Posted by John Venlet on 06/29 at 02:07 PM
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ObamaCare However

Observing enthusiasm for government health care around the world, it seems fairly proportional to the amount of involuntary euthanasia, the amount of murder by the state.

Government healthcare has been demonstrably successful in moving the population and voters left, in large part in proportion to its propensity to murder people…

However, when visiting Cuba, I noticed that there was lack of enthusiasm for its even more lethal government health care proportional to the availability of black market medicine. To the extent that people had to put their lives in the hands of the state, they loved the state. To the extent that they had an alternative, they did not.

From a post at Jim’s Blog titled Health care and stockholm syndrome

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This Page Has Been Viewed 5000004 Times

This page has been viewed 5000004 times, says the stats at the bottom of this page, at 10:14 a.m. EST.  Only took 9 years, give or take a month or two.

Posted by John Venlet on 06/29 at 10:17 AM
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“Killer, Killer Whale Story”

Great killer whale(s) hunting a seal story out of Nanoose Bay, B.C., with photos.  Really good photos.  Wish I could’ve been there for that.  Pretty amazing.

June 25th-Insane killer whale story……

Via Moldy Chum.

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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Hacking Drones On A Budget

The following information kind of makes me wish I was not techically illiterate.

There are a lot of cool things you can do with $1,000, but scientists at an Austin, Texas college have come across one that is often overlooked: for less than a grand, how’d you like to hijack a US government drone?

A group of researchers led by Professor Todd Humphreys from the University of Texas at Austin Radionavigation Laboratory recently succeeded in raising the eyebrows of the US government. With just around $1,000 in parts, Humphreys’ team took control of an unmanned aerial vehicle operated by the US Department of Homeland Security.

After being challenged by his lab, the DHS dared Humphreys’ crew to hack into their drone and take command. Much to their chagrin, they did exactly that.

The New Heroes

Via Curmudgeonly & Skeptical.

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The substitution of humanitarian and unchecked feeling for disciplined democracy leads inevitably to bitter disillusionment, and is likely to lead through blood to imperialism.

Lynn Harold Hough, Forest Essays - Vital Control, The Abingdon Press, New York, Cincinnati, Chicago, 1934, pg. 33

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Just Be Like Sheep Peas in a Pod

David Brooks and Gabe Suarez are like peas in a pod, reminding you to kowtow to your alleged betters, though Brooks would be unwilling to honestly acknowledge that the betters he believes Americans should kowtow to are also holding the guns.

Link to Suarez’s feelings on kowtowing to your betters via Billy Beck.

Posted by John Venlet on 06/27 at 03:46 PM
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Chivalry Refresher - Got Manners?

When did chivalry die and for what reasons?  Did chivlary die when the Titanic sank?  Or, did chivlary die in the 16th century, or was it just a figment of writers’ imaginations? Or, as some individuals suggest, did women kill chivalry?

I do knot know when, or even if, chivalry died, but I do know that we should probably reacquaint ourselves with some of the tenets of chivalry, and Brigid has posted just such a chivalry refresher in a post titled Big Damn Heroes, Sir., which is definitely worth a read.

As such, it also seems appropriate to ask, in association with Brigid’s post, Got manners?

Posted by John Venlet on 06/27 at 03:26 PM
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Oo, Oo, Oo, I Made A Monkey Out of You

I come from a relatively large family; I have five (5) brothers and two (2) sisters; and when we were kids, we all had a tendency to attempt to make each other look ridiculous in our other siblings’ eyes, or in the eyes of our parents.  If one of us were able to fool the other, you would often hear the one sibling who had fooled the other say “Oo, Oo, Oo, I made a monkey out of you!”

This thought immediately came to my mind, just now, when I read this.

The first chimpanzee baby born at the LA Zoo in 13 years was mauled to death Tuesday by an adult chimp in front of a crowd of visitors, including children, zoo officials said…

“I did talk to a couple of visitors as I was coming up here, tried to help them process what they had seen,” said John Lewis, director. “We also had some other visitors to help us get a better understanding.”...

...Tuesday’s violence against the infant, who was gradually introduced to the coed group, was unexpected for the staffers that make up the zoo’s Great Ape Team.

“We have made grief counseling available to them,” said Denis Verret, deputy director. “They are a support group. They work with these animals every day.” (bold by ed.)


Adult common chimpanzees, particularly males, can be very aggressive. They are highly territorial and are known to kill other chimps.  Chimpanzees also engage in targeted hunting of lower-order primates such as the red colobus and bush babies, and use the meat from these kills as a “social tool” within their community. (bold by ed.)

Perhaps the zoo’s Great Ape Team should study up on actual chimpanzee behavior, then they would not require grief counseling, and possibly they wouldn’t be made monkeys of.

Adult Chimpanzee Fatally Mauls Baby Chimp at LA Zoo via Drudge.

Posted by John Venlet on 06/27 at 10:18 AM
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Abnormal Fear of Guns and Anonymity

Joan of Argghh! has posted an interesting little viddie (3:17) under the heading Anonymity: Still Not A Crime..  The video, taken by an individual who was stopped by the police for open carry, displays the individual’s courage, and knowledge of the law, in a non-confrontational yet assertive manner.

The only reason the police articulate for stopping the individual, is, “people are concerned,” which echoes something I said here.

There is such an abnormal fear of guns in this society, that a young man walking down the street with a rifle (handgun in the above case - ed.) slung across his back is automatically considered a person of interest, and quite possibly could be subject to deadly force.  We have arrived at a point in the demonization of guns where many individuals feel that the only people that should be seen carrying a firearm out in the open is a cop, and every other individual carrying a firearm is automatically some potential dangerous killer intent on mayhem, which is completely irrational.

Posted by John Venlet on 06/27 at 09:27 AM
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Title Search

Having worked in the mortgage industry, for a good number of years, I am quite familiar with title searches.  Some titles can be quite interesting to read, such as the title to the home my folks owned when we lived in Havertown, PA, just outside of Philadelphia, PA, which had restrictions and covenants limiting the number of barrels of beer which could be brewed, and the number of horses which could be boarded, amongest other peculiarities.

Here’s a quite humourous exchange between a New Orleans attorney, and FHA bureaubots, regarding title to a property in New Orleans for which the owners are seeking a FHA mortgage.

A New Orleans lawyer sought an FHA loan for a client. He was told the loan would be granted if he could prove satisfactory title to a parcel of property being offered as collateral. The title to the property dated back to 1803, which took the lawyer three months to track down. After sending the information to the FHA, he received the following reply.

(Actual reply from FHA):

“Upon review of your letter adjoining your client’s loan application, we note that the request is supported by an Abstract of Title. While we compliment the able manner in which you have prepared and presented the application, we must point out that you have only cleared title to the proposed collateral property back to 1803. Before final approval can be accorded, it will be necessary to clear the title back to its origin.”

Annoyed, the lawyer responded as follows:

(Actual response):

“Your letter regarding title in Case No.189156 has been received.. I note that you wish to have title extended further than the 206 years covered by the present application. I was unaware that any educated person in this country, particularly those working in the property area, would not know that Louisiana was purchased by the United States from France in 1803, the year of origin identified in our application. For the edification of uninformed FHA bureaucrats, the title to the land prior to U.S. ownership was obtained from France , which had acquired it by Right of Conquest from Spain . The land came into the possession of Spain by Right of Discovery made in the year 1492 by a sea captain named Christopher Columbus, who had been granted the privilege of seeking a new route to India by the Spanish monarch, Queen Isabella. The good Queen Isabella, being a pious woman and almost as careful about titles as the FHA, took the precaution of securing the blessing of the Pope before she sold her jewels to finance Columbus ‘s expedition. Now the Pope, as I’m sure you may know, is the emissary of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and God, it is commonly accepted, created this world. Therefore, I believe it is safe to presume that God also made that part of the world called Louisiana . God, therefore, would be the owner of origin and His origins date back to before the beginning of time, the world as we know it, and the FHA.. I hope you find God’s original claim to be satisfactory. Now, may we have our damn loan?”

The loan was immediately approved.

Via Theo Spark.

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Rangle: How Much for a Political Indulgence?

Drudge links to a news article which reports on Charlie Rangel‘s winning his primary race as he seek’s his 22nd consecutive professional jobholder’s position with a headline with reads Rangle Redemption, which I think is a rather humorous headline.

I think Rangel’s winning of this primary is more akin to the purchasing of an indulgence, though the definition of the root word of redemption, redeem also means “to buy back.”

Posted by John Venlet on 06/27 at 08:07 AM
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