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Tin Men and Scarecrows on the Hill

You know that government shutdown?

It needs to not happen.

The chaos it will unleash in the lives of ordinary Americans isn't worth it. The same, btw, may be said about the consequences of simply not funding Obamacare.

If Obamacare is going to be repealed (and hopefully replaced by something that works better), you do that when you have the votes. These ridiculous, silly games aimed at scoring ideological points- and having absolutely no chance of actually changing a thing where Obamacare is concerned- are irresponsible, childish, and downright heartless.

I suspect the symbol of the Republican Party may be changing soon to the Tin Man from the Wizard of Oz (the Tea Party being the Scarecrow). The Congressional Right needs to decide whether the welfare of the American people or winning an argument with Barack Obama- and winning it right now- is more important..

The trouble is that I suspect that many of them  have already decided that- and prefer to win that argument.

Sveum out as Cubs manager; will Girardi be the new one?

After a year in which the Cubs finished thirty games under .500 and budding stars Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo significantly regressed, the Cubs have fired manager Dale Sveum. He'd run the club for two years.

Speculation as to his successor centers on New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi, who recently declined to say that he wanted to stay in New York. Another obvious choice, Cubs Hall-of-Famer Ryne Sandberg, was recently named to manage the Phillies.

Girardi, who attended Northwestern University, grew up as a Cub fan and spent most of his playing career on the North Side.

'Warp drive' could be real. In fact, NASA is working on it!

Fans of sci-fi TV tend to be sharply divided between "Star Trek" fans and "Babylon 5" fans. To be sure, three is a great deal of overlap. But partisans of the two shows often divide quite sharply. Dr. Sheldon Cooper of "The Big Bang Theory" is an example of an extreme "Star Trek" partisan- which is strange, because one of the reasons why I fall into the other camp is that the science of the B5 universe seems to me, on the whole, to be a great deal more realistic, even down to things like rotating crew compartments on space ships in order to create artificial gravity. In one episode of  TBBT, even Sheldon, in fact, shared his shattering realization that if something like the transporter were actually built, it wouldn't actually transport a person from Point A to Point B. It would kill him- annihilate him physically- and then assemble an exact copy of him somewhere else. The copy would have the same memories as the original, and might be simi…

Where have we seen THIS deal before?

Where have we seen this before?

Hint: Saddam Hussein agreed to essentially the same deal in order to end Desert Storm.

Of course, he never accounted for the WMD's he admitted having, never destroyed them, jerked the UN inspectors around for twelve years- and, the oft-repeated Democratic lie to the contrary, THAT, as much as the new WMD's every intelligence service in the world believed he had, was the reason we went to war with Iraq the second time.

Yes, MSM. All those WMD's we found that were left over from the First Gulf War did count. The real question is whether the Left and the MSM will treat Obama's response the same way they did Bush's if Assad reacts the way Saddam did.

Wanna bet?

HT: Drudge

More on the Pope Francis's undercutting of every missionary, everywhere

And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. -- Hebrews 11:6, ESV
Thus says Holy Writ. Pope Francis, it seems, disagrees.

It might be useful to compare the Pope's bizarre statement that atheists and agnostics may be saved with a letter on the same subject written in 1949 and promulgated by the Holy Office under the authority of Pope Pius XII, who himself was quoted on the subject in a previous post. Interestingly, the letter was written to correct Father Leonard Feeney's too strict interpretation of the maxim extra Ecclesiam nulla salus ("outside the Church there is no salvation"). Fr. Feeney was ultimately excommunicated for his teaching that only Roman Catholics can be saved.

The letter states:

But it must not be thought that any kind of desire of entering the Church suffices that one may be saved. It is necessary that the desire by which one is related to t…

Tim Tebow has a surprising defender

Namely, Gene Simons of KISS, who says:

He’s proud to be a Christian, what’s wrong with that? And yet, with sports media and pop culture media, they make fun of his religion. Really? In America? If he was wearing a burqa, they wouldn’t dare say anything. But if you’re a Christian, you get to be picked on? What the hell? The guy’s got family values. I never saw the media picking on Michael Vick for torturing dogs. Or this other football player, who’s alleged to have killed, committed murder. That’s ‘cool.’ But a guy who’s religious and has got family values isn’t ‘cool?’ He’s cool to me.

When the MSM is to the Left of KISS on the subject of Christianity, maybe- just maybe- it's time for the arbiters of what Americans are to be allowed to know and to think reexamine their own attitudes on the subject.

Incidentally, perhaps this quote will help put paid to the recurring meme that KISS stands for "Knights in Satan's Service."

Methinks that might better describe the MSM.


Pope Francis denies the Faith

We're used to thinking of the gap between Reformation Christianity and Roman Catholicism as growing smaller.

Vatican II is part of it. And then- sadly- there's   intellectually dishonest theological sleight-of-hand like the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification between a group of Roman Catholic theologians and representatives of the (allegedly) Lutheran World Federation (which, among other things, both finessed the fact that the words "justification" "grace" and "faith" all have different meanings in Roman Catholic and Lutheran theology, and also failed to take notice of the Council of Trent's Canons on Justification.They- unlike the JDDJ- are binding Catholic dogma- and anathematize all who hold the Lutheran and Pauline doctrine!).

Unfortunately, Pope Francis has just illustrated all too clearly that in fact the gap between Rome and the Reformation is  growing, not shrinking- and specifically on the issue of justification! In fa…

Getting dizzy from the Obama/MSM spin on Syria

Looks like the American people are catching on about the foreign policy ineptitude of the Obama administration.

It was hilarious watching Bob Schieffer try to spin the day's developments as a victory for Obama on the CBS Evening News last night. Schieffer crowed that Obama's "credible threat" of force (which was anything but credible once he made the foolish and unnecessary decision to ask Congress's permission- which would never be given- for a limited missile strike) had forced Assad to "admit having chemical weapons" (while it is true he had never previously admitted this, he also had never denied it!).

HT: Drudge

Just plain embarrassing

First, John Kerry- remember him from Bushbashing days?- says that the attack President Obama wants to make on Syria would be "unbelievably small."

If it's going to be that small, what's the point of making  it? 

Then Vlad Putin deeks Obama out of his diplomatic socks and makes the question moot.

The MSM tries to spin POTUS being made to look silly as a break for him.

And Kerry tries to change history in order to take credit for the solution.

The ineptitude of this administration's foreign policy has been unbelievable over the past four years. But the MSM gives it break after break.

But unfortunately for Mr. Obama, the MSM will not write the history of the most diplomatically feckless American administration of the modern age.

HT: Drudge

The polar bears are saved! It's a miracle!

It seems that the polar ice cap has staged a comeback. A big, BIG comeback. And it's done it in a single year.

Five'll get you ten the climate change alarmists won't even have the grace to admit that there's egg all over their faces. You're still stupid if you don't buy the worst-case scenario sola fide.

To borrow an expression from the Intelligent Design debate, there seems to be reason to wonder whether the notion that we're headed for ecological disaster is falsifiable. No matter what evidence turns up to refute their position, there is always some reason why it doesn't count.

Now, I say this on a day on which Des Moines is expected to set a record for the latest 100 degree day in recorded history. This has been a very bizarre summer- cool, for the most part, followed by a September which thus far has been virtually infernal. "Global weirding," as some people call it (since "global warming" confuses people, often being characteri…

The case that doomed marriage in America

All of us but the most hopelessly deluded realize by now that the institution of marriage is in serious trouble. I am one of those who expects homosexual pseudo-marriage to be the institution's coup de grace. Unstable and non-monogamous "marriages" are not going to help the institution survive, the disingenuous arguments of the Left to the contrary.

Anyway, here's an interesting article over at First Things on Marvin vs. Marvin- the legal case which arguably lit the institution of matrimony on its way toward dusty death.

HT: Real Clear Religion

Will an airman who opposes marriage redefinition be court-martialed for it?

This is from the Christian News- a far, far Right renegade Missouri Synod publication with a record of...well, lurid excess. So take it with a grain of salt.

But it seems that a veteran Air Force sergeant with a lesbian commander may be court-martialed for his opposition to gay "marriage." Apparently he's already undergone unspecified "punishment" for declining to answer the commander's question about whether he agrees that opposition to gay "marriage" is "discrimination," and whether a chaplain who opposes it is a "bigot."

This is the kind of thing we can expect to continue, since 1) the Left is determined to continue its thus far largely successful tactic of confusing the issues of homosexual orientation (which is not voluntary) and homosexual behavior (which is); and 2) it therefore insists on treating disapproval of either as bigotry. While it's allowed by the mainstream media (which also confuses the two) to get awa…

Pseudo-John Cleese on European security

PowerLineBlog shares a meme supposedly written by John Cleese (though apparently a case of pseudonymous authorship) which explains the current state of European security. Goes like this:

The English are feeling the pinch in relation to recent events in Syria and have therefore raised their security level from "Miffed" to "Peeved." Soon, though, security levels may be raised yet again to "Irritated" or even "A Bit Cross." The English have not been "A Bit Cross" since the blitz in 1940 when tea supplies nearly ran out. Terrorists have been re-categorized from "Tiresome" to "A Bloody Nuisance." The last time the British issued a "Bloody Nuisance" warning level was in 1588, when threatened by the Spanish Armada.

The Scots have raised their threat level from "Pissed Off" to "Let's get the Bastards." They don't have any other levels. This is the reason they have been used on the fro…

Heaven forefend!

Joe Biden wants Janet Napolitono on the Supreme Court.

Ruth Bader Ginsberg seems most likely to be the next of the Supremes to retire, so it wouldn't necessarily do irreplaceable harm to the prospect of the Court ceasing to function as a standing constitutional convention. But the election of a Republican in 2016 to select Ginsberg's replacement would save the Court in one fell swoop.

Don't call me Al!

I've just been working on my categories here on the blog, and have noticed the following dismal, dire, and wholly regrettable progression on the list:

Al Franken
Al Gore
Al Quaeda
Al Sharpton
Now THAT's what I call a losing streak!

''Way up north in the land of nuggets...."

Siskiyou County in far Northern California- famous for its role in the gold strikes of 1849 and thereabouts- feels that it's underrepresented and not listened to in Sacramento. So it wants to secede from the state.

Siskiyou wants other counties in Northern California and Southern Oregon to join it.

Unlike the Confederacy's attempted secession from the Union in 1861, the secession of a county from a state has a legal basis.  Legend to the contrary, however, it is not true that Jones County in Mississippi, Winston County in Alabama, or any of the other various counties in the South other than Virginia where a majority of the population were loyal to the Union actually seceded from the Confederacy. A post-war attempt by a region of Tennessee to secede and form its own state never was recognized, The northwestern region of Virginia, however, remained loyal to the Union when Virginia seceded, and was admitted to it as the State of West Virginia.

HT: Drudge

Poor John McCain riles the wingnuts yet again

John McCain is no stranger to fire from the Right for talking sense. He's experiencing more.

He's pointed out that for a Muslim to shout "Allahu akbar!" ("God is the greatest!") is no different from a Christian shouting, "Thank God!"

In other words, the Muslim phrase is in itself no more tainted when fanatical Muslims use it to celebrate terrible things any than the blasphemous use of the Christian phrase when, say, Ronald Reagan died makes everybody who says "Thank God!" an intolerant moonbat.

Not to say, of course, that the wingnuts will acknowledge that fact.

HT: Drudge

"Unfurl the flag/March rank on rank together..."

The Rahm Emmanuel award for intolerance in the name of tolerance, utter contempt for the First Amendment, and general "liberal" fascism goes to those responsible for threatening and intimidating a family-owned bakery which refused, on religious grounds, to bake a "wedding" cake for a lesbian couple, and ultimately forcing it to close.

Of course gays and lesbians have a right to boycott a business they disapprove of. But terroristic threats in this case are no more appropriate than Mayor Emmanuel's abuse of the city's licensing power to intimidate Chik-fil-A into ceasing its support of anti-gay "marriage' groups was. Both tactics expose the hard, totalitarian edge to so many who characterize themselves as "progressive."