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"Bride of Caesar?"

Ever since seminary (Wartburg was a far more solid and monolithic fortress of left-wing extremism than even Concordia- River Forest was of the right-wing kind), I've had to chuckle to myself whenever the Left lamely complained that whenever social conservatives raised moral issues in the arena of public policy they were somehow mixing church and state- while Christian leftists were simultaneously coming up with stuff like Jim Wallis's "Circle of Protection."

HT: Real Clear Religion

Surprise!

Mitch McConnell says that Republicans and Democrats are "very close" to a deal to raise the debt limit and beat the deadline.

As I- and most people who pay attention to such things- kind of figured would happen.

There is a bit of drama, though: will the deal be long-term enough to convince Moody's and Standard and Poor's not to drop our Triple A national  credit rating?

HT: Drudge

Bad idea

Michele Bachman says that if President Obama invokes the 14th Amendment and meets America's financial obligations despite a failure on the part of Congress to raise the debt limit, the Republican House will impeach him.

The nuttiness of Bachman's own position and the huge political bump the president would get from yet another ill-considered- and inevitably, failed-  Republican attempt to impeach a Democratic president are not the only reason why this is a bad idea. Jay Leno anticipated the chief objection the other night.

Three words: President Joe Biden.

Sadly....

The wingnuts of the Tea Party are just as insane as any "progressive" moonbat.

And America may pay the price.

If Standard and Poor's or Moody's downgrades our national AAA bond rating, the interest on our national debt will go up- and the end result of all the manuvering to blackmail the President into not finding what Congress has already voted to appropriate in order to force a reduction of the deficit would almost inevitably result in the deficit dramatically increasing.

If the Tea Party is looking for a mascot, the lemming would seem appropriate.

HT: Real Clear Poltics

"Christian terrorist?" No way.

Janet Napalitano's Department of Homeland Security predicted it. The Christians are out to get you!

He has been labeled a "Christian fundamentalist," a "Christian extremist," and even a "Christian terrorist."  He is being held up as an example of "right-wing Christianity." Not unexpectedly, the far left secularists have been especially vocal in trying to equate him with Osama bin Laden as regards the alleged relationship between his crimes and his alleged religion.

But as Jordan Sekulow points out in the Washington Post (!), Norwegian mass-murderer Anders Breivik is, in fact, not a Christian of any description.

Oops.

HT: Real Clear Religion

NASA satellite data upends global warming hysteria

NASA satellite data from 2000 through 2011 reveal that Earth's atmosphere is releasing far more heat into space than alarmist computer models have assumed, throwing the most hysterical of the many global warming warnings being sounded around the world into a cocked hat.

The peer-reviewed journal Remote Sensing reported the findings in its most recent issue. The study's co-author, Dr. Roy Spencer, principal research scientist at the University of Alabama-Huntsville and U.S. Science Team Leader for the Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer flying on NASA's Aqua satellite, said in a press release from the University of Alabama on July 26, "The satellite observations suggest there is much more energy lost to space during and after warming than the climate models show... There is a huge discrepancy between the data and the forecasts that is especially big over the oceans."

The data from NASA's Terra satellite is consistent with other long-term  NOAA and NASA obse…

The rest is silence

Yesterday- 42 years and one day after Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon- America's man-in-space program ended.

We are now a second-rate nation when it comes to space, reduced like Third World countries to having our astronauts hitch rides with the Russians.

American vehicles will take Americans into space again. But due to the Obama Administration's decision to get the government out of the space program- one of the areas in which the government truly does have the resources and motivation to do things the private sector at this point cannot- it will be years from now. By that time, we will be far behind not only the Russians but the Europeans, the Chineses and perhaps even the Indians.

This is a sad day for America.

ADDENDUM: It seems that I owe the President an apology. I hadn't heard about it, but over a year ago he reversed field at least to a degree and approved the continuance of the Orion crew vehicle for low-orbit missions. A new heavy-lift booster (though appare…

The consequences of the U.S. defaulting would be...

Ben Bernanke: “Calamitous. … I can only conclude this would be very bad for jobs.”

Simon Johnson, Professor of Entrepreneurship at MIT Sloan School of Management (and former chief economist at the IMF): “Other countries that have tried to play these kinds of games with the financial market usually end up getting burned…Why would you want to take that risk?”

Mihir Desai, Professor of Law and Finance at Harvard University: “People may stop receiving their payments which is extremely problematic, but it can also become a broader manifestation of a system that appears broken to the rest of the world and that is where we run into significant problems. I think it’s very important that this particular deadline is not ignored…It is essential that we act now.”

Moody’s: “An actual default, regardless of duration, would fundamentally alter Moody’s assessment of the timeliness of future payments, and a Aaa rating would likely no longer be appropriate… A return to a Aaa rating would be unlikely in…

Here's a Catholic who isn't offended by the WELS teaching on the papacy

Believe it or not, here is an article by a conservative Catholic who actually understands what the Smalkald Articles mean when it says that the papacy is the Antichrist- and is not offended by it.

Good for him. While I find it hard to be quite as accepting of the Canons and Decrees of the Council of Trent and what they say about those of us who hold the Pauline doctrine of justification as he is of Luther's admittedly inflammatory description of the papacy, I don't hold them against Catholics, either.

I do wonder, though, why such a big deal has been made of Luther's statement in the case of Michele Bachmann, and so little in the case of John Kerry, Nancy Pelosi and Joe Biden, to name only three Catholics whose attitudes toward the teachings of their own church should be at least as scandalous to their fellow Catholics as the fact that the Lutheran Reformation didn't have the warmest of regard for the papacy.

HT: Real Clear Religion

An alternative suggestion

Charles Krauthammer has a suggestion for an alternative Republican strategy on the debt crisis: while Obama postures, act.

Instead of playing chicken with the good faith and credit of the United Stated States government, he suggests, pass something in the House designed both to address the immediate impasse and take positive steps toward a long term solution with or without Administration help- and challenge POTUS commit to one actual change in the structure of at least one entitlement program instead of leaking stories about how he's prepared to consider this or that.

In other words, act like grownups. And leaders. Take the initiative- and let the Senate and the White House respond. Set the agenda, instead of letting Barack Obama set it for you.

HT: Real Clear Politics

Oh, please.

Pawlenty for President

Ok. I've studied the candidates, weighed their merits, and I think I'm  ready to make my 2012 endorsement.

Ron Paul, Michele Bachmann, Sarah Palin, Rick Santorum and Herman Cain are unelectable. Other than Cain- who has no qualifications to speak of- they are simply too extreme. At least the first two are insufficiently in contact with political and economic reality not to raise questions in different ways as to whether their candidacies might not be actual  threats to the  national security. Paul is clueless where foreign policy is concerned, and his libertarianism is repugnant to me. Moreover, nobody who could allow a racist newsletter to be pubished under his name for year and then excuse himself by saying that he didn't know what was in it has any business asking us to trust him with the destiny of the nation.  And what can you say about a candidate like Bachmann, who is willing to damage the value of  the economic faith and credit of the United States and deal severe…

Bachmann's apostasy is official

It's official: Michele Bachmann has left the Lutheran church in order to become a Reformed "Evangelical." Rumors to that effect have been circulating for some time, and a Lutheran pastor I know was told that they were true some months ago by a Bachmann staffer who is a member of his church,.

It is doubtful, from the remarks about her spirituality Bachmann has made down through the years, that she was ever theologically a Lutheran in the first place. Doubtless she will be much more at home in the world of pop "evangelicalism." But apparently the final straw was the flack Bachmann took during her last congressional campaign over the claim by the Lutheran Confessions that the papacy is the biblical Antichrist.

I'm a little amused by the comparison by the Catholic journalist in the article of confessional Lutherans to the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, President Obama's anti-American former pastor.  I'll apologize for the Confessions the moment the Catholic chur…

Pastor faces martyrdom by Iranian regime

A 32 year-old Iranian pastor is facing execution if he refuses to deny his faith.

Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani  has been in prison since 2009, and was condemned for his faith last year.

Pray for Pastor Nadarkhani- and let the White House and your representatives in Congress hear from you!

HT: Real Clear Religion

Earth to the American people...!

For some time, the polls have shown that, by wide margins, the American people are unwilling to accept cuts in entitlements, such as Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare, in order to balance the budget.

It seems that, according to a new poll, they are also unwilling by a margin of 2 to 1 to accept an increase in taxes.  This in spite of the fact that President Obama says that 80% of the American people are in favor of raising taxes- an assertion which does not speak well for the degree to which POTUS is in touch with the people who elected him.

But maybe that's not entirely a bad thing. It seems that the American people are nevertheless in favor of cutting the deficit.  My fellow Americans, I hate to break this to you, but you've kind of run the table here. There aren't any options left.


Even more absurd, most actually oppose raising the debt limit- despite the fact that default would make what has happened to the economy since 2008 look like a picnic.

Winston Churchill i…

'Rev. Irrelevant' is back- and still spouting nonsense

They call the last player selected in the NFL draft "Mr. Irrelevant." But the Rev. Jesse Jackson- who, since the election of Barack Obama, no longer has any claim to the leadership of black America or even any particular relevance to the American political scene- has at least as good a claim to the title.

He now informs us that cutting spending will make unemployment worse.

Gee. Waste, pork and  government extravagance are actually good for the economy. Who'da thunk it?

Seems to me, though, that there have been entire periods of our economy when people had jobs and government spending wasn't nearly what it is now.

Like the entire history of the American nation before Barack Obama, for example.

HT: Real Clear Politics

Nice of her

Michele Bachmann now says that she would be willing to let the debt limit be raised and default- which would mean utter disaster for the American economy- avoided.

But only if Obamacare is repealed.

Obamacare needs work. But so does Ms. Bachmann's contact with reality- and that of anyone who would seriously think of supporting her for president.

Nobody willing to let economic disaster overtake the nation in order to make an ideological point ought to be allowed to get anywhere near the White House, except maybe as part of a tour.

HT: Real Clear Politics

So it isn't conservative to think the debt limit should be raised?

Certain conservative blogs have criticized this post, in which I took Michele Bachmann to task for her reckless opposition to raising the debt limit and thus preventing our national debt from going into default.

It seems to me that another conservative needs to be heard from here. This particular gentlemen said, at a moment at which we faced the very same question,
The full consequences of a default — or even the serious prospect of default — by the United States are impossible to predict and awesome to contemplate. Denigration of the full faith and credit of the United States would have substantial effects on the domestic financial markets and the value of the dollar in exchange markets. The Nation can ill afford to allow such a result. The risks, the costs, the disruptions, and the incalculable damage lead me to but one conclusion: the Senate must pass this legislation before the Congress adjourns.
On another occasion, the same gentleman said,
Congress consistently brings the government…

Obama's re-election in the bag, so to speak?

Top Obama advisor David Plouffe says that people's vote for president next year won't be based on the unemployment rate.

Dream on, Mr. P.

LEFT: An Obama campaign official considers David Plouffe's instructions for the upcoming campaign.

HT: Drudge

In space, no one can hear you whimper

The Atlantis astronauts awoke this morning to an appropriate song: I Used To Rule the World.

No doubt the irony was unintentional, but it's hard to miss. The current Atlantis mission is the last U.S. manned space mission planned. President Obama's cancellation of the Constellation program leaves us without the means to put astronauts into orbit, and NASA astronauts will have to hitch-hike with the Russians for the foreseeable future.

We used to rule the world- or at least space. Now, we have effectively taken ourselves out of the manned spaceflight picture, and Barack Obama's legacy will be, among other things, the image of the Chinese flag being planted on the surface of a moon that is now, thanks to him, beyond our reach.

Given the exponentially greater return in revenue than the expenditure and the virtually unprecedented explosion in jobs created by the Apollo program, a bold decision by the Obama administration to stage a crash program to return to the noon and then t…

Maybe Bachmann is a flake after all

Maybe Michele Bachmann is a flake after all,

She's running ads in Iowa trumpeting her opposition to raising the debt limit. If the debt limit isn't increased, the United States will default on its debt- a thing which is not only unconstitutional under the Fourteenth Amendment, but which would guarantee that the economy will be plunged into a crisis that will make what we've been going through since 2008 look like child's play.

This is not the time to be playing chicken with the financial credibility of the United States and whatever prospect of economic recovery we as a nation might have. One more reason not to support Michele Bachmann at the caucuses in February.

HT: Real Clear Politics


ADDENDUM: Phillip Melanchthon once wrote that it is impossible to state an idea so clearly that it is impossible to misunderstand it. Somehow- I know not how- two aggregators, Stones Cry Out and Pseudopolymath- have completely missed the point of this post (stated, I think, rather clear…

A sign of the End Times?

A remarkably sensible article on the subject of God in The Huffington Post!

It is true, as the secular Left never tires of pointing out, that Creationism isn't science. But then, neither is Darwinian evolution, insofar as it dogmatically asserts random chance rather than divine will as the driving force of species change.

Naturalism and supernaturalism, materialism and theism, alike are metaphysical rather than scientific concepts. They can neither be proven nor disproven by observation, and are therefore outside the purview of the scientific method. We would all be far better off if both sides of the argument would accept that.

HT: Real Clear Politics

Such a choice!

Will President Obama dump Joe Biden and ask New York's radical governor, Andrew Cuomo, to be his running mate next year? Or is a second term for the administration's house embarassment a done deal?

Is the whole thing a foolish media fantasy?

And what in the world was Barack Obama thinking when he chose somebody with Biden's track record of putting his foot in his mouth in the first place?

One thing is sure: Cuomo would bring the crazies back firmly into the President's camp. What Biden would offer is unclear- besides lots of material for Jay Leno.

HT: Real Clear Politics

Sts. Johann Esch and Heinrich Voes, 1523

Today is (or should be) the feast day of Johann Esch and Heinrich Voes, Augustinian monks who were burned at the stake on July 1, 1523 for teaching that faith alone justifies. Esch and Voes were the very first martyrs of the Reformation, and their deaths inspired Martin Luther to write his very first hymn.

More on the martyrdom of Esch and Voes can be found here,here, here, here and here.

In an age of doctrinal indifference and superficial, emotionalized religion, the deaths of Esch and Voes provide a much-needed witness to our day. May the fire they lit in Brussels 477 years ago never die out.

Precious to the Lord is the death of His saints.