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Anti-totalitarian backlash drives down support for gay "marriage"

A new Pew poll shows both growing support for a role for religion in politics and a five-point drop in support for same-sex "marriage" since February.

Maggie Gallagher of National Review has a hunch why, and I think she's right: the heavy-handed tactics of Leftist totalitarians in seeking to suppress rather than refute opponents of marriage redefinition has left a bad taste in the mouth of freedom-loving Americans, and a backlash is setting in.

The incidents involving Brenden Eich, Chick-fil-A, Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson, and all the other victims of Leftist intolerance are beginning to turn our stomachs. And it's about time.

Ernst opens up six-point lead against Braley, two polls say

The prestigious Iowa Poll, run by the Des Moines Register, has become the second recent poll to show Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst leading Democrat Bruce Braley by six points. Twelve percent are undecided.

A Quinnipiac poll two weeks ago also showed Ernst with a six-point lead.

In the Quinnipiac poll, the key was Ernst's seven-point lead among Independents. Voters reportedly found Ernst both "stronger" and more trustworthy than Braley.

The Iowa Poll gave Ernst with a double-digit lead among Independents.

Rural voters- offended by Braley's dismissal of Republican Senator Chuck Grassley, who stands to become chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee as "an Iowa farmer who never went to law school-" heavily favor Ernst. Iowans also seem put off by Braley's poor attendance record at meetings of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee.

It's been a very negative and even dirty campaign, ranked by many observers as one of the worst in the country.…

Just sayin'

I used to teach a class for the Des Moines Public Schools Talented and Gifted program on "Science Fiction, Astronomy and Space Travel." Past of what we covered was stuff like this:

Dishonest, even for the Washington Post

As readers of this blog know, I have little use for the Tea Party movement or conservative extremists generally. On the other hand, I am fascinated by the proclivity of the media (and Democrats generally) to perceive Leftist extremist as somehow "moderate."

But even for the delusional Washington Post, one of the most influential organs of self-deceived left-wing extremism, this piece of nonsense is off the wall.

To begin with, the issue isn't "over-the-counter birth control pills," any more than the issue in the recent Supreme Court decision was whether employers should have to fund insurance plans that pay for birth control. In both cases, the issue is over-the-counter abortifacients. And to pretend otherwise is not only bad journalism, but outright dishonesty.

And there is nothing particularly "moderate" about same-sex "marriage," which not only violates two thousand years of law and tradition but remains opposed by about half of Americans…

LCMS President Harrison on the War on Religion

More on that Braley push poll

Here's an account by an Iowan who was on the receiving end of that Braley push poll:

Today I got a second push poll call. A woman with a definite south Asian accent, but all too Iowan name (Jenine Hanson) asked a series of questions and then came the push part. After two of the outrageous questions (lies about Ernst' s positions followed by a hypothetical- if the accusations were deemed given, would I vote for Joni) I interrupted her and said this was not a legitimate poll, but a push poll. She protested that she was not working for a campaign... I told her I knew she was only doing her job with her script. She begged to be able to finish the poll. I realized that she was getting paid to complete the who spiel, so I decided to stick it to the arrogant *#$%s who think I'm too stupid to smell a weasel (who really do stink like their cousins the skunks). I answered all her questions and she assured me that she had noted that I would now definitely not vote for Braley because o…

Here's the number from which the Braley push-polling is being done

As noted in an addendum to yesterday's post, this is the Minnesota telephone number from which the pro-Braley push-polling is being conducted.

This is not a new tactic. Several cycles ago there were reports of out-of-state push pollers wanting to know whether one's vote would be affected by knowing that Tom Harkin's opponent was going to be indicted as a child molester right after the election.

The innuendo, of course, was hooey.

Bears 28, San Francisco 20

Go figure.

First the Bears lose to the lowly Buffalo Bills, and look like a high school team. Then, after being dominated for three quarters by the mighty San Francisco 49'ers, they suddenly become unstoppable and score 21 points to win, 28-20.

Now they've got us hoping again. At least this year it's a different pattern from the usual awesomeness during the first half of the season and ineptitude the second half.

Ah, well, We can always hope. BEAR DOWN!!!

Braley and supporters are "push polling" their lies about Ernst

Supporters of Bruce Braley are engaging in "push polling-" alleged "polls" which misrepresent the positions of a candidate's opponent and then ask "hypothetical" questions about whether knowing that would affect your vote. It's a none-too-sophisticated way of lying about Joni Ernst in much the same way Braley's TV ads do, and it's universally recognized as dirty politics.

But don't expect the media to say much about it. On the other hand, Joni's supporters need to shout "Foul!" just as loudly as they can. Braley, NextGen, and their ilk can't be allowed to get away with this.

ADDENDUM: Here is the White Pages entry for the out-of-state number from which the push-polling is being done.

Don't look around, uh-oh! The Commissar's in town, uh-oh!

Hillary Clinton is visiting Des Moines. In fact, I saw a "Ready for Hillary" mobile billboard driving around a few hours ago.

I hope she sees the sign on the Koch Brothers stationary store on Grand Avenue.

Oh. And yes- the title of this post is as much hyperbole as Nancy Pelosi's statement reported below. The difference is that I realize it, and she doesn't seem to.

HT: Drudge

No, Bonhoeffer was not a theological liberal!

There are those on the theological Left who try to claim World War II German Lutheran theologian and martyr Dietrich Bonhoeffer as their own, balking at his emergence as an "Evangelical" hero.

The problem, of course, is that nobody could possibly mistake the author of Nachfolge for a member of the ELCA or the PCUSA or the UCC.

Yes, he was a student of Barth. And yes, he played the higher critical game. But he also took the Faith seriously.

In fact, as Gene Veith observes, nobody could make that mistake about anyone who took sin as seriously as Bonhoeffer did.

Francis Scott Key responds to Osama bin Laden

Somehow, as I reflect upon the anniversary we observe today and the fates of Osama bin Laden and the al Quaeda leadership, I find myself also reflecting on the final two verses of our national anthem:

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion
A home and a country should leave us no more?
Their blood has wiped out their foul footstep's pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved homes and the war's desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heaven-rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: "In God is our trust."
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall w…