Friday, September 23, 2016

The Kids Are Alright

Over at Dan Trabue's blog, he often (almost always) posts that which provokes a response from me.  Now and then (almost always) he rebukes me for my observations, conclusions and perspectives on whatever topic, issue or report compels them.  Kinda goofy considering there's a place at the end inviting comments.

But this time, as his recent posts here and here  involve family, specifically his kids, I thought it best I post my wonderment here instead of there.

Now, first of all, I want to reiterate what a wonderful thing I believe it to be that his kids popped for the trip for the family to take that marvelous vacation.  I'm truly envious of him as well as very much happy for him.  How very cool indeed!

Now here's the "but"....

How is this remarkable good fortune not an example of "over-consumerism" against which Dan so often preaches?  Did he not make his position on the subject well known to his kids?  Did they ignore his teachings about simple living?  Was he informed of their plans before the arrangements were set so that he could gently reject their plans, encouraging them to instead make a donation to the poor in his name as a better use of the money so that Dan would not have to bear the shame of having more than so many unfortunates?

I only mean this with just a tad bit of snark.  After all, it isn't like such an expenditure wouldn't fall within the boundaries of opulence and hyper-consumption.  It's neither a need nor a simple pleasure to take such a trip.  I personally have no problem with enjoying the fruits of one's labor to experience as much of the world God created as money allows.  That would be nice stuff of all kinds, including Lamborghinis, large estates, a fine wardrobe, fine dining and of course, European vacations (if not a second or third residence there).

But not Dan.  He doesn't believe we're to have more than we need.  And that's the problem here, because who needs to go to Europe for a vacation?   Did I say how cool I think it is that he got to go, and to go courtesy of his kids?  Way cool!  Good for him.  But by his own beliefs, shouldn't he be ashamed?

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Coming Attractions

In two recent posts http://marshallart.blogspot.com/2016/03/agenda-lies-10-nothing-to-worry-about.html
and http://marshallart.blogspot.com/2016/02/rip-antonin.html, the intrepid and always faux-intellectual feo listed 15 points meant to testify to the greatness of one Barry Obama.  I've been wanting to take on this list, most if not all 15 points, in an effort to present the reality that is so hard for those like feo to take.  I don't know how long it will take me to get through them all, assuming I ever feel I need to do so, as my schedule leaves me little time to truly gather what I need to complete the task.  But in time I will indeed get most of them.  I may do two at once depending upon the nature of the given assertions, while others will surely require undivided attention.  I'm not sure if I'll take them in order, or by virtue of which is the most outrageous claim.  Nonetheless, the list gives me something to do until a more pressing issue compels me.  In the meantime, I will begin with the link below, which deals with the Great Unifier, who has done so much to divide us.
http://victorhanson.com/wordpress/?p=9383#more-9383

Friday, June 24, 2016

By The Numbers

https://youtu.be/pSPvnFDDQHk

The above is a short film put out by the Clarion Project about the actual numbers of those who claim to be "moderate" muslims versus the entirety if islam.  It demonstrates what many have been saying for some time with regards the notion that "not all" are extremists or jihadists or even in agreement with those who are.  It speaks to the incredible task of finding those among the muslim population who are actually more like us than not in terms of rejecting the vile and barbaric beliefs and practices that in recent days have resulted in the murder of 50 people in a club in Orlando, FL. 

There was a recent post by leftist looney Dan T regarding what he hailed as a historic event to which someone from his church (if I recall correctly) was a part.  This conference saw itself as one that is "doing something" to end the violence associated with the teachings of islam...teachings which many claim are not truly the teachings of the "prophet" at all.

Dan also has done much trash talking about Donald Trump and his call to halt immigration and the flow of refugees from countries with muslim majorities...countries known to have a large radical muslim population or are under radical muslim control.  This suggestion has also been put forth by people like Ted Cruz and Rand Paul, and between the three of them the suggestion shows far more concern for the welfare of the American people than anything proposed or implemented by the current administration and those of his party seeking to step in when he thankfully steps out. 

And about that... a curious thing.   In 2009, the Obama administration did exactly that which is proposed by those three with regard to halting the flow of refugees from, I believe, Syria.  Don't recall too many lefties whining about that being un-American, as if allowing just anyone into the country is what America, or immigration for that matter, is all about. 

Immigration policy is not for the immigrant.  It's for the host nation who allows immigration.  It's for OUR benefit that we CHOOSE to let anyone into the country at all.  It is NOT anti-American to deny entry to anyone for any reason whatsoever.  Nor is it "unChristian" to totally seal off our borders until such time that we, based on reasons that make sense to our own national security and the benefit and general welfare of our own people, choose to open them up. 

It has been the fashion to label Trump as racist for his stance on immigration and border control.  That is, it has been the fashion of the typical center-right hating liberal (not that Donnie is a conservative or anything) to so label anyone who dares suggest we take a step back until such time as we can secure those borders, improve the efficiency of our vetting process and find those who have overstayed their visas.  That isn't racism at all, regardless of who it is we want to more thoroughly scrutinize.  It's called "protecting our own people". 

The boneheads who have failed to prevent terror attacks in this country (since Obama first became president) speak of needles in haystacks as regards finding the small percentage of scumbags willing and eager to perpetrate more Orlando crimes.  FBI Director Comey has even suggested some of the hay becomes needles.  Dan, Obama and other leftist pinheads want to bring in more hay and hope for the best.  They think our refusal to do so would incite more muslims to radicalize.  What a joke!  They don't need an excuse.  They are already successful at recruiting and inciting and influencing the stupid to do what they insist they intend to do to the world. 

The numbers are too great.  Talk percentages of the total all you like and it doesn't change the fact that the numbers are too great.  Unfortunately, the numbers of idiots who think like Dan and Obama are great as well.  We need conservatives (read: smart people, courageous people, leaders) in positions of authority in this country.  All we have right now is Trump, but on this issue, he is correct and Hillary, Bernie and the Idiot-In-Chief don't even understand the situation...AND THEY HAVE ALL THE INFO THAT SHOULD INFORM THEM!!! 

Loretta Lynch, who has no business speaking to the friends and families of the Pulse shooting (that's not her job), said something stupid about fighting terrorists with love.  This administration is killing us...literally...by their lame notions of how to deal with the issue of terrorism.  They want it to be about guns.  With this latest crime they want it to be about homophobia.  They don't have the brains, the honesty, the integrity to properly deal with the issue and thus protect the people they are sworn to protect. 

Sunday, June 05, 2016

Toto, I've A Feeling We're Not In Kansas Any More.

What a sad time.  Coming to the end of an eight year period of idiocy by a guy poorly pretending to be a president, and what have we got?  The choice between bad and worse and the inability to decide which is which.  I am on record as insisting it is the duty of every American to vote...for every Christian to vote...that not voting is a vote for the worst of evils on the ballot (assuming more than two)...and that one cannot complain about the state of affairs when one did nothing to influence the direction of the state. 

So now what do I do? 

Assuming there's still a chance ol' Bernie can win the Democratic nomination, there's no way on God's green earth that I would ever vote for a socialist...especially one as goofy as this guy.  And Hillary?  Are you freaking kidding me?  At best she's four more years of Barry O! 

Then there's the Trumpster.  We know what kind of hell hole we'll be in with either Bernie or Hillary.  Of that there's no doubt.  They simply CAN'T improve our situation.  But Donnie-boy is an unknown.  That is to say, we really don't know what he'll do given the fact that he hasn't given us a whole lot about which we can feel certain.  I'm not talking about getting things done, but about exactly what he'll try to get done.  He's walked back a lot of things he's asserted he will do. 

I'm concerned about the guy's character, frankly, and despite what some who are said to know him well say, it's hard to feel good about a strip-club owner.  There's also his lack of concern for private property rights.  And we're just supposed to believe him that things will be better with him in charge, when a little insight as to how he intends to accomplish what he promises would go a long way toward instilling some confidence in those like myself who are not impressed with his "political incorrectness". 

That alone is a big deal to me.  There's rejecting political correctness, and then there's being an ass.  There is no need to be the latter when claiming to favor the former.  In speaking to Megyn Kelly, he said he likely wouldn't be where he is if he hadn't acted and talked like he did.  I don't doubt it for a minute.  But being a clown is not what we need in a president, as Barry has proven.  (Indeed, pretending for a moment that he's actually conservative, he's the conservative Barry O, and his supporters are very much like Barry's were...and just as foolish.)

He also told Kelly that if he fails to win the White House, he would regard his campaign as having been a great waste of time.  Two problems with this gem:  1.  He didn't use the word "failure" in regards to...you know...FAILING to win the presidency, and 2.  Striving to serve the nation as its president, but failing to be elected is not a waste of time if one is truly concerned with doing the job I the first place.  His comments indicate an "it's all about me" attitude, which seems to be totally Trump.

And that's another problem.  Many insist that he will surround himself with really good people.  I would hope so.  But my fear is that he will not abide their counsel.  He regards himself highly.  He's a legend in his own mind.  Will he truly take guidance from more expert people? 

I could go on and on about all the things that make him a horrible choice.  As disappointed as I was with the American people for Obama, both with those who supported him as well as those who didn't vote because of all the lame reasons for not voting, I am even more disappointed now.  We had a guy who really knows the Constitution and has proven that he is more concerned with it being followed than he is with making friends, and people think Trump spouting off about immigration makes him more worthy of their votes.  It didn't then and doesn't now, but now we have a harder choice (Cruz was the no-brainer choice, meaning too many have proven they have no brain). 

We have a harder choice, but we have no choice but to cast a vote for this low-life scumbag (I'm following his lead in my word choices here).  To allow a Clinton/Sanders win is to support what they will do to us.  That simply can't be allowed to happen.  It's too late to go third party and while I'd like to write in Cruz, that's really no different than going third party without some real confidence that a majority will do the same. 

I'm going to have to hold my nose (tightly) and vote for Trump.  I don't want to.  But fools have tied my hands.  I have to vote for the guy who didn't attract enough attention in the primaries to quickly force out those who eventually stayed in the race too long.  Most of the right-wing didn't want him.  I still don't.

But....

I recently heard Mark Levin talking about SCOTUS appointments and those on Trump's list of possibilities.  Mark knows these things well and his opinion of the list is favorable for the most part, Levin knowing many of them on the list.  So Trump's choice(s) could make voting for him worth it.  What else he might do and/or accomplish will remain to be seen.  And I'm nervous as hell about it.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Agenda Lies 10: Nothing to Worry About

There is an insane push by the activists of the agenda that does not exist to force laws that require opening women/s rest rooms, locker rooms, dressing rooms and the like to men who "self-identify" as women.  We are supposed to put aside the feelings of actual women on this matter and subordinate them to the demands of sexually perverse men.  We are told that there is nothing to worry about, women should just deal with it, because, after all, these men are women, too, and as such there is nothing about which any woman or girl should be alarmed. 

Oh, no.  There are separate stalls in restrooms and some locker rooms.  As there men are really women, they have no desire to do anything other than relieve themselves or change their clothes or try on clothes that won't look good on them no matter what because they aren't really women.  The real women will just have to accept that not all women look like women, and some really, really look like men, but if they say they're women, then by golly, they must be.  What could possibly go wrong?

Well...this link, and the video within it gives us examples of just what could go wrong.  They are EXACTLY examples of the very fears women, and their menfolk, have expressed, and what normal, honest people could easily foresee.  The link is an article by the incredible Laurie Higgins of the Illinois Family Institute, and outfit that gives hope that Illinois isn't totally the leftist hellhole it has been trying to become for most of its existence. 

One particular story in the video (and there might be another, as the vid is a bit long----watch it all anyway) concerns a creep who in the guise of a woman attacked a woman at a women's shelter, the very place women at risk go to escape creeps who have or wish to attack them.

Of all the insane items on the LGBT agenda, it is hard to argue against this demand being the most insane.  I pity the scumbag who comes out of a women's restroom before my wife or daughter does.  I would consider his having been in there at the same time as a sex crime, with my womenfolk being the victims.  They don't belong in there, and the rest of us normal people have no obligation to acquiesce to their mental instability.  They can find all the enabling they need in an institution under the care of a serious mental health care provider.

Agenda Lies Opposed: Hope For The Culture Still Exists

It appears that not every major medical association has bought into the nonsensical "gender identity" narrative.  The
American College of Pediatricians apparently cares more about the welfare of America's children than they do the feelings, sensitivities and ideologies of the "trans" community.  Good for them, and better for the kids. 
For honest people not deluded by false rhetoric or cowed by the fascistic actions of the LGBT agenda activists, what is obvious is confirmed by the College.  For the "gender confused", it is not the body that's the problem.  Sensible people have been saying "Duh!" to that statement of fact for years.  And to refer to enabling as child abuse is...well...it's about time.  It's as long overdue as was the admission that what has been happening to Christians by muslims is "genocidal". 

Our young have been inundated with all manner of immorality for quite some time.  It is a blessing that things are not far worse than they are now, though it's hard to imagine it could be much worse.  For some, it would have to be far worse before that some would begin to acknowledge what is so obvious. 

The enabling of the confused child by the radical sex activists, as well as their encouraging of children to "experiment" with their sexuality has indeed caused great harm.  Parents who are justifiably alarmed when their children "come out" are vilified and demonized if they don't accept totally the direction their children are heading, when the proper course of action is to encourage kids to refrain from indulging their compulsions in this area, and to guide them and reassure them until such time as they are adults and fully capable. 

As most kids will simply pass through this phase, it is abhorrent that anyone would dare demand that parents acquiesce to the child, rather than remind the child that they are obliged to acquiesce to their parents.  Too often we are told tales of children victimized by their parents because they "self-identified" as being of the sex opposite what their chromosomes prove they are.  We never hear the parents' side of the story.  But parents are right to care enough about their children to risk the wrath of the child.  Of course the kid will rebel.  They will say the parents are cruel.  These stories are put forth by enablers who care for the LGBT cause, not the welfare of the kids. 

We need more medical professionals "coming out" in favor of the truth about these things.  No more "tolerance" that puts kids at risk. 

Saturday, February 13, 2016

R.I.P. Antonin

It is with great sadness that I learned that Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia passed away.  I am saddened for him, naturally.  But worse is my sadness for our country to have lost such a great member of the Court, one who truly understands the Constitution and how and when it applies. 

We now have the threat of stupidity forced upon the nation to a greater degree than it has thus far been imposed.  Obama, the Idiot-in-Chief, the empty suit, the bane of our nation's existence, will no doubt select another brain-dead leftist to pervert the Constitution in the furtherance of leftist ideology.  I don't know if there are enough Senators wise enough to do the right thing in terms of who they are willing to confirm.  There should be no attempt to posture themselves as anything but committed to the most Constitutionally literate and devoted candidate for the appointment.  No more Sotomayors.  No more Ginsburgs.  No more Kennedys.  No more Breyers.  No more Kagans. 

We need another Scalia, another Thomas, another Alito.  At the very least, another no worse than Roberts.

We won't likely get one.  We'll get another idiot with an agenda far removed from that of the duty of a Supreme Court Justice. 

The passing of Antonin Scalia is a true American Tragedy for both the loss of possibly the wisest Justice we've seen since his appointment on September 26, 1986, as well as for the horror that will follow given who Obama will nominate to replace him. 

We are so screwed.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

"De-Friended" Again!!

I don't know what it is about the left.  They are incredibly over-sensitive.

All sorts of stuff gets posted on Facebook.  Aside from that which speaks to personal events in the lives of those on one's friends list, there are many things related to the political.  One fellow seems to do nothing but post things from a conservative perspective.  I often wonder where he gets it all and how much time he spends posting it.  Naturally, listing hard to starboard as I do, I click the "Like" button on most of them.

But another dude posts things of a decidedly leftist nature.  Some of them provoke from me a response because, being of a leftist bent, they are so stupid and false.  I then go on to explain why.

This dude is someone who, for a time, was a band-mate.  His regular band is one of which I am a big fan.  I look forward to an opportunity to again be entertained by his band.  This dude, who I'll call "Rick", since that's his name, has recently taken his leave of me, Facebook-wise, due to a particularly goofy post to which I responded.  It was an idiotic quote from the idiotic Noam Chomsky.  To paraphrase (since I can't seem to find the post in question for some reason), "Everyone's talking about doing something about terrorism.  It's simple:  don't participate in terrorism."

Yeah.  That sounds profound to the left-leaning individual.  Shame on those who participated in terrorism by being victims of it!

So I contributed my two cents.  Such idiotic comments provoke responses from me more vitriolic than what is usual.  The result?  Rick was insulted.  Not long after, I found I was "de-friended".  That's too bad.  It was very recently when we both agreed that dialogue was important, and here he is cutting it off because he felt insulted.

Insulted.  The irony is strong with this one.  It apparently never occurred to him that his posts might be insulting to those the memes intend to insult.  One of his postings stated, "I think, therefore I am not a Republican."  Yeah.  Nothing insulting about that!  But this is typical of the leftist, whether the leftist realizes it or not.  They so often do that which they accuse the other of doing.  They so often ARE what they accuse the other of being.

Most importantly, however, is the fact that the dialogue is now suspended, if not ended.  Yet it remains open here, and I invite Rick, and his band-mate Jon (especially Jon) and his former band-mate Phil to  feel free to respond to anything they might find provokes them to do so here.  I welcome it as I always have.  I sincerely hope they do.  I sincerely fear they won't.  It's been at least a week since I've appealed to Rick and Jon without response.  Leftists always run away. (Except for Dan Trabue).