Weekend Labor Day Open Comments

Are you people having a good Labor Day weekend? Tomorrow is May Day, when workers around the world celebrate their workerhood.

Buncha slackers.

It’s also become a day for protesting and agitating for more “rights” for workers, as if being able to just up and quit and go find a better job isn’t good enough for these people.

It’s also become a day for your garden-variety pinkos, commies, anarchists, bolshies, and other far-left malcontents to “protest the plight of the worker” – as if any of them have or could ever hold a job. Unfortunately, they don’t seem to really care about workers per se; they seem to be more concerned about tearing “the system” down (whatever that means) while being totaly oblivious to the fact that “the system” is what is keeping them from getting their a$$es whipped by productive people.

btw – it’s been going on for a while…

Friday Worst Ex-President Ever (so far) Open Comments

James Earl Carter

He specifically asked the Presidential ballots in 1976 to read “Jimmy Carter”.

Those who voted for him (or planned to) should have known just from that alone how bad of a mistake they would be making. It is difficult to express the depth of the mistake American voters made that November day so long ago.

What is clear now is that virtually nobody is of the opinion that electing him was the best thing they could have done. He has so effectively marginalized and beclowned himself that virtually nobody takes him seriously. Not even the poofy-haired troll dictator in the DPRK.

What Peanuts is essentially saying is that we have the obligation to feed the North Koreans so that he can keep them in slavery. We should do whatever we can do to ensure that Mr. Trolldoll will just keep talking and not shut us out. Why this is important is left unsaid.

To be sure, this is not Peanuts’ only failing. While in office, he managed to relinquish control of the Panama Canal, enable lots on Marxist rebels in Central America, set in motion events that led to the crazies in Iran taking control and causing havoc 35 years later.

He also presided over an economic disaster on the domestic front. High unemployment and high interest rates that led to the creation of the “misery index”, plus the Department of Energy.

Department of Energy – created to lessen our dependence on foreign oil. When it was created, imported oil represented 30% of our usage. Its budget is currently about $24 billion per year. Let’s use a quarter of that for an average for its overall annual budget. $6 billion times 34 years is about $204 billion. What have we gotten for our $204 billion?

Imported oil represents 70% of our usage.

Way to go Peanuts.

Thursday Presidential Biking Open Comments

President Bush recently paid respects to wounded warriors by participating in a 100km bike ride in the Big Bend area of South Texas.

What? You didn’t hear about it?

No surprise there. He doesn’t really crave the attention. He does it because it’s what he feels in his heart.

Don’t forget about our other bicycling enthusiast of a president…

The caption at the link speaks volumes.

Wednesday Open Comments

I guess this is a case of “If you can’t beat them, join ’em.”  Or rather, “If you can’t beat your competition, force ’em to join you.”

In charter schools, the interest of the students comes first, so adults oftentimes find themselves going above and beyond to ensure that students succeed.  In the documentary “Kids Aren’t Cars,” the story was told of Tindley Accelerated School in Indianapolis.  The principal said his teachers stay late and work Saturdays if necessary because they do not accept failure.

That’s why it is disturbing to watch labor unions organize charter school after charter school, with little being done about it.  Their intent is clear.  Consider what United Federation of Teachers Vice President Leo Casey said at the recent socialist Left Forum, courtesy of EAGtv:

“If we do not figure out how to organize charter schools and if we are not successful in doing that, we will end up in the same place as the auto workers. So there is no more key question before us as a union and a broader labor movement with regard to education than how we approach charter schools and our ability to organize them.”

Yep, that’s seems about right for the left.  If you can’t get your legislation passed, punt the issue to a friendly judge.  If you can’t win in the arena of ideas, stop fighting with ideas and demonize your opponent.  And if you see your protectionist racket being exposed and rejected, your leadership about to be demoted, and your friends in high places endangered and disempowered – force your successful opposition to become one of you!

There’s a word for this, but I just can’t seem to recall it right now…

 

PS: Sorry this is a little late.  I worked until I reached puke status night before last, and crashed and burned early last night and into the morning….

Tuesday Song or Prayer? Open Comments

Carrie Underwood can sing. Here she sings what is likely my third-favorite song, certainly a top-five.

If you can watch without feeling a lump in your throat and a little misty-eyed, you’re stronger that I am.

Numbers one & two?

Amazing Grace, because it saved a wretch like me. Arlo goes into the story behind the man who wrote the song. Give it a listen, it’ll give you some perspective on what repentance means to some; it was his hope that his prior occupation would “always be a source of humiliating reflection” as he embarked on his new life in Christ.

Ave Maria. The beautiful, perfect prayer asking the Holy Mother of God to intervene on our behalf to her son, our Lord and Savior.

That’s the common point among all of these – they are truly prayers. They have beauty and power even when read without music.

You should give it a try with all three. I’ll even link to them for you.
How Great Thou Art
Amazing Grace
Ave Maria (Schubert) – For the benefit of non-Catholics, Ave Maria is essentially the Hail Mary (with some poetic and musical license) set to (beautiful) music and sung in Latin. Here’s the Hail Mary in English.

Go ahead and read them. Better yet, print them out, go to a private place, and read them aloud.

I’ll wait.

Easter Weekend Open Comments

Today is Holy Saturday, a day of prayer and preparation in the Catholic Church.  There will be people praying in Adoration vigil while others help prepare the Church for the holiest day of the year.  There will be no mass, no liturgy, but there will be flowers to arrange, banners to hang, linens to change, and then there’s the preparations for the fire to be lit outside from which the Paschal candle will be lit.

Catechumens preparing to enter the Church will be making their professions of faith and practicing for the sacraments of baptism and communion.  Those of us who are decorating the church will have to work around them, which we do gratefully and as gracefully as possible.  I hear that we have a large group this year, thanks be to God!

Now that the kids are grown, I don’t do the whole Easter basket thing, so Easter will be primarily spiritual.  While I miss the magic of childhood, it’s nice to go to bed early and not deal with the hassle.  Of course, when my kids were kids, it wasn’t a hassle.  It was a delight to do it and see their faces in the morning.  The Easter Bunny used to hide the eggs around the house, which the children would have to find when they woke up.  Then I would dress Lovely Daughter in her lovely dress and socks with lace on them, and Handsome Son would be put into his Easter best and we’d attend Mass together.

So I wish all of you the magic and wonderment and childlike amazement at the blessings and gifts of this holy season.  Take some time to peer into the empty tomb and marvel at the gifts with which we have been blessed, and thank God for his marvelous gift of salvation and love. These are gifts not selfishly held only for a chosen few, but are available for all who open themselves to His grace.

He is risen!

Thursday Open Comments

The battle is being waged – States’ Rights vs. Obamacare

Thank goodness that various states are showing some cajones, since we’re not sure there are enough in the national capital carrying those body parts.  True, the GOP in the House have tried, but there aren’t enough in national office right now to actually repeal the law.  In reaction to the inability of Washington to listen to the people and represent THEM, various states are making laws and taking steps to effectively shut down this disgusting infringement upon our rights.

Colorado, for instance, just placed an initiative on the ballot that would, if passed, block many aspects of Obamacare – including the requirement that individuals purchase health insurance. A similar measure was overwhelmingly approved by voters in Missouri last month. And several states recently announced that they don’t believe they have the authority to enforce the new law.

With actions like these, the message to Washington is clear: If Congress doesn’t repeal Obamacare, the states just might do it themselves.

Even some Democrat controlled states are balking a bit:

Even states with Democratic [grammar error correction is all mine – ya’ll know my pet peeve] governors have expressed pessimism about complying with the law. Michigan and Oklahoma, for instance, have both stated that they do not currently have the authority to implement Obamacare. California – not exactly a bastion of opposition to President Obama – has said that it may not be able to enforce the law.

It seems that the hidden costs of healthcare – the “tribunals” required, the rewriting of policies to accommodate this “plan”, the forcing of employers to set aside a chunk of money to implement the “plan” – all of these requirements are already forcing a change in how medical care is being approached.  Needless to say, the American taxpayer will never be able to completely understand this monstrosity of a “plan,” much less be able to afford it.  That applies not only to finances, but also to our freedoms.  We will be herded like cattle into a sure-to-fail medical care plan.  Wait – let me make the correction: We will be herded like cattle into a sure-to-succeed dependency creating plan.

And then there is the whole discussion of the supremacy clause.  Of course, Democrat representatives are wanting to walk like storm troopers all over the states’ rights:

…Rep. Pete Stark (D-Calif.) … told constituents at a townhall meeting, “The federal government … can do most anything in this country.” That statement has a nice totalitarian ring, doesn’t it?

But they don’t really understand, do they?

But the clause referred to by statists as the ‘supremacy clause’ does not give a blank power check to the federal government. Like a number of other Constitutional points, this clause has been spot-read by statist media ever-eager to help Democrats complete the goal of reshaping the U.S. into a collectivist nation. Here is the section Democrats are currently using to pass questionable legislation: “[Article 6, Section 2] This constitution, and the laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof; and all treaties made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the United States shall be the supreme law of the land; and the judges in every state shall be bound thereby, any thing in the constitution or laws of any state to the contrary notwithstanding.”

What they don’t realize is:

The law has to be grounded in the Constitution. Obamacare is not; it is unconstitutional regardless of claims by Ivy Leaguers who want to transform the document into an entity that bears little resemblance to the original.

/snip

The so-called ‘Supremacy Clause’ is at present misunderstood and taken out of context. There is an equally powerful article statists don’t like to talk about—Article X in the Bill of Rights. This article is very clear: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

Our founding fathers knew what they were trying to avoid:

The Tenth Amendment Center puts the amendment in context: “The issue of power – and especially the great potential for a power struggle between the federal and the state governments – was extremely important to the America’s founders. They deeply distrusted government power, and their goal was to prevent the growth of the type of government that the British [have] exercised over the colonies.”

We can only hope that the current legal fights will bear fruit, and/or that the states are successful in asserting their rights.  I thank God our founding fathers saw the wisdom in specifying a Tenth Amendment.  It may be our salvation.

 

The Battle of San Jacinto

Today marks the 175th Anniversary of the Battle of San Jacinto. As the inscription on the monument reads:

Measured by its results, San Jacinto was one of the decisive battles of the world. The freedom of Texas from Mexico won here led to annexation and to the Mexican War, resulting in the acquisition by the United States of the States of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, California, Utah, and parts of Colorado, Wyoming, Kansas and Oklahoma. Almost one-third of the present area of the American nation, nearly a million square miles of territory, changed sovereignty.

Battle of San Jacinto
Henry Arthur McArdle, 1895