Succinct insight from Dorothy Sayers:

If you wish to preserve a free democracy, you must base it — not on classes and categories, for this will land you in the totalitarian State, where no one may act or think except as the member of a category. You must base it upon the individual . . . upon you and me. (p 50)

In a recent conversation, someone said they didn’t get “fed” when they taught in church. Others around the table nodded in agreement. This revelatory statement told me a couple of things, namely this person (and the ones agreeing) is missing the joy of study and preparation when sharing God’s word. For me, these are the most fruitful, introspective, and insightful times. I absolutely love that part of ministry. When I heard this spoken, it made me wonder about calling to ministry, how much time this person devotes to preparation, and the selfishness of that mindset.

Ever since, I’ve pondered this person’s statement. For full-time ministers and people called to ministry, we are always giving to others and “feeding.” Should we rely on others to “feed” us? Is staying connected with God and self-care in our daily walk not enough? There is no shortage of resources: sermon podcasts, websites with audio and video resources, small groups, Bible studies, etc.

If you’re called to ministry or serving in church, how do you stay “fed”? What are your thoughts on that mindset? Does your study preparation “feed” you? Is there a danger in always being the giver and never receiving? What does healthy and balanced look like?

Thanks.

Hubby and crew taking a dip at the equator.

All work and no play make the Squids . . . .

With the passing of ObamaCare on 3/21/10, a day of infamy, the United States departed from her foundational principles of individual freedom and liberty and lurched into the realm of Socialism. The Democrat motto of “the right of healthcare for all” comes at a price. With a federal deficit on the fast track to insolvency, the Democrats have only one option to realize this untenable utopia: tax increases for all. Hardest hit will be businesses–large and small. Big business will pass along the costs by increasing their prices as well as cut expenses (translation: decrease their workforce) and small businesses will be forced to close their doors.

The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) sent a letter in December 2009 to Senators Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell outlining the dangers of this legislation to small business. A local small business owner shares her fears about the tax increases from the healthcare legislation.

Howard Portnoy discusses the impact of ObamaCare on restaurants in the Green Room.

As oil is needed for an engine to run, entrepreneurs and businesses–both large and small–are necessary for  a vibrant economy. The Obama Administration and Democrat policies seem to think they will be a sufficient oasis for a desolate economy and discouraged public. In their egotism, they have overestimated their importance and ability to solve our economies problems. On the contrary, they are only exasperating the issues.

Gabriel at AoS has some troubling revelations.

Funnier than expected. Donning their white boxers and rose colored Oxfords, Coach K, Rick Pitino, Roy Williams, and Bobby Knight participate in the “Risky Business” of a Guitar Hero commercial with Metallica. Take a look.

Here’s behind the scenes footage with the coaches.

At Shearer Academy, memorization is a vital aspect of spiritual formation and sharpening our minds. Scripture has much to say about hiding God’s word in your heart and knowing his Word for yourself and for others. Second Timothy 3:14-17 says:

But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,  so that all God’s people may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

This year we have committed to memory Psalm 103, Lamentations 3:22-23, Romans 8:38-39, Psalm 19, John 15:1-8, and Psalm 121.

As we study American History this year, we are now turning our attention to noteworthy speeches of this period. My oldest is memorizing a portion of Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream,” my second daughter is memorizing “The Gettysburg Address” by Abraham Lincoln, and I am working on “Ain’t I a Woman?” by Sojourner Truth. While committing these to memory, we study the historical background and context of the speech, which is always fascinating. Additionally, these speeches provide wisdom and context to our many political and cultural discussions.

Here’s the transcript of Sojourner’s speech, “Aint’ I a Woman?” given at the Women’s Convention in December 1851 in Akron, Ohio.

Well, children, where there is so much racket there must be something out of kilter. I think that ‘twixt the negroes of the South and the women at the North, all talking about rights, the white men will be in a fix pretty soon. But what’s all this here talking about?

That man over there says that women need to be helped into carriages, and lifted over ditches, and to have the best place everywhere. Nobody ever helps me into carriages, or over mud-puddles, or gives me any best place! And ain’t I a woman? Look at me! Look at my arm! I have ploughed and planted, and gathered into barns, and no man could head me! And ain’t I a woman? I could work as much and eat as much as a man – when I could get it – and bear the lash as well! And ain’t I a woman? I have borne thirteen children, and seen most all sold off to slavery, and when I cried out with my mother’s grief, none but Jesus heard me! And ain’t I a woman?

Then they talk about this thing in the head; what’s this they call it? [member of audience whispers, “intellect”] That’s it, honey. What’s that got to do with women’s rights or negroes’ rights? If my cup won’t hold but a pint, and yours holds a quart, wouldn’t you be mean not to let me have my little half measure full?

Then that little man in black there, he says women can’t have as much rights as men, ’cause Christ wasn’t a woman! Where did your Christ come from? Where did your Christ come from? From God and a woman! Man had nothing to do with Him.

If the first woman God ever made was strong enough to turn the world upside down all alone, these women together ought to be able to turn it back , and get it right side up again! And now they is asking to do it, the men better let them.

Obliged to you for hearing me, and now old Sojourner ain’t got nothing more to say.

iTunes has a good recording of the speech at “Every Tone a Testimony” by Various Artists.

Jim Calhoun defended himself against the interrogation of a political activist “journalist” in a post-game press conference last week. This presser was typical: it takes place following a basketball game in which sport’s journalists ask the Coach and certain players questions regarding the game.

So this jerk sneaks into the press-conference and then hijacks it with a non-basketball related question about Calhoun’s high salary in economic hard times, and he does so in an offensive and combative manner. Calhoun attempts to redirect the “journalist” by asking him, “What was your take tonight?” Psuedo-journalist: “I don’t know.” Then he continues with his scheme.

This guy clearly had an agenda. The other journalists reprimanded him on the spot, yet this “journalist” continued with his interrogation, until Calhoun gathered himself and basically told him off in G-rated language. 

Now, Connecticut lawmakers want to reprimand Calhoun!

Un. freaking. believable.

Here’s the confrontation. 

Are you serious? They want to reprimand Calhoun?!?

First, did the lawmakers request privately to Calhoun their concern over his behavior? There was no mention of it in the article, so I’m assuming “no.” Perhaps, they’re looking for “15 minutes” of face time and decided to reprimand Calhoun publicly? There are better ways to handle this situation than for these two lawmakers to air publicly their grievances over Calhoun’s response to the “reporter.”

Secondly, are there no pressing problems in Connecticut for these lawmakers other than to quip about Calhoun’s personal defense from this “reporter’s” sinister agenda? 

As a Duke fan, I do not like UConn nor will Calhoun ever be in my Top 5. I can put aside my allegiances and will defend Calhoun in this situation. This is just government gone mad.

Get out of our lives and stop telling us how to act, think, speak, spend, and live!

He’s been in office for less than a month and it’s been a complete disaster. Yet, they’re already throwing out the idea of adding Obama to Mt. Rushmore. The Chicago Tribune Sunday Magazine ran a feature article with this photo on the cover today:

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Unbelievable. The deification and obsession of Obama never ceases to amaze me.

Duke lost to Wake Forest last night. Duke played awful until the last few minutes of the game, minus the last 2.6 seconds. But nothing is more annoying than an ungracious winner. Case in point: Wake Forest guard Jeff Teague.

Watching Teague during the game and his demeanor and actions toward the Duke players reminds me of another egocentric, ungracious player from Wake Forest: Chris Paul. If you know about the time Paul punched NC State’s Julius Hodge in the groin in 2005, then you know what I’m talking about. Paul was suspended, rightly so, for one game. Incidentally, he attempts the same shenanigans in the NBA. I watched him in a game last week where he threw a light punch to another player in the chest, the guy fell down, and the ref didn’t call it. Paul acted like he didn’t do anything. Hey, who cares, he’s passionate and an NBA all-star??? I digress.

I am not saying Teague is a dirty player like Paul, but that he has a similar arrogance.

I’m wondering how the Duke coaching staff is feeling after Teague’s swipe at them when he said this in the post game press conference, “You give our coaching staff a whole week to prepare for you, we’re going to have everything down pat.” And then another dig at the entire Duke team: “I knew we were going to win this game,” Teague said. Bulletin board material me thinks.

Wonder if Teague will be singing a different tune after Wake’s visit to Cameron in a few weeks on Feb. 22. I would venture to guess yes.

Love or hate Duke, everyone can admit that they are a classy, gracious organization, which is set by the attitude of Coach K. They are always quick to say good things about the opposing team–win or lose–and deflect personal praise to a team effort.

I didn’t watch the press conference, so if you did and (objectively) think I’m judging Teague harshly, set me straight. 

On a side note, I used to love Dickie V., but now I find him so annoying. I had the most of the game muted. Vital doesn’t call the game, he cheerleads as the wind blows. It gets old. Even when he’s singing the praises of Duke. Thankfully, he isn’t calling many of Duke’s games this year. But then sometimes we’re stuck with Jay Bilas, a former DUKE player (!), who is almost as bad. I’ll take Mike Patrick and Len Elmore any day. Better yet, Coach Knight! I digress again.

Anyway, Wake Forest is a tough place to play and Wake is exceptional this year. I think the two teams will split their games. That said, I am not surprised at the outcome of this game, but I am surprised at how poorly Duke played. It wasn’t Duke basketball or defense. They were clearly rattled. I was amazed that they nearly squeaked out a W given their horrendous play. Hey, it’s a long season and this is the ACC. Carolina beat Florida State at the buzzer yesterday. They will all beat each other up and lose to one another.  

Duke will watch tape, learn from it, and adjust appropriately. The rematch on Feb. 22 will be a good one. 

Next game: Virginia on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 1 @ 2 pm (et) (FSN)

I Want Your Money

 

Do you ever wonder what you’d do if you won the lottery? Well, I think the Democrats are manifesting their fantasies with the “Stimulus” Bill, which is really a facade for PORK geared to stimulate bigger government and left-wing interest groups.

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and so Dee Dee Myer gushes

Lest you miss her premise, her lap dog rhapsody begins with her thesis statement: 

Barack Obama is the most famous living person in the history of the world.

Knowing that cultural savants will immediately think of John Lennon’s infamous statement in 1966, “The Beatles are more popular than Jesus,” Myers dispels any grandiose comparisons between Obama and Jesus.

I’m not trying to induce an acid flashback to John Lennon’s infamous 1966 comment, “The Beatles are more popular than Jesus.” But whether you measure fame in terms of saturation or sheer numbers, it seems indisputable to me that more people know at least something about the new American president than anyone alive, at this point—or any—in the planet’s existence. 

My daughter asked me today to define “idolatry.” I responded, “Worshipping something or someone in the place of God, i.e., it is your god. It is the thing/person/idea that you think about most and shape your life around. If it isn’t God, then that thing/person/idea becomes your idol and, consequently, you commit idolatry.” 

I think Myers’s adulation of Barack Obama provides a fitting, albeit long-winded, example of such misguided reverence.

Give me all 100!

Obama enjoys an adoring media (networks, cable news, nationally public funded radio, newspapers and editorial pages, supposedly unbiased news agencies such as AP) whose “reporting” borders on propaganda. Yet, there are a few outlets and voices that dare to elicit not-so-glowing assessments of The One. One such outlet is Fox News. Given the mammoth number of venues providing positive coverage for Obama, it appears that negative reporting does not sit well with him. To say that Obama has thin skin is, well, an understatement. 

According to someone in the Congressional meetings today

He [Obama] also acknowledged that there will be plenty of time for them to beat him up politically, according to the notes of one participant in the meeting. “I understand that,” Obama said, then joked, “and I will watch you on Fox News and feel bad about myself.

This reminds me of the parable the prophet Nathan told King David regarding Bathsheba. David had everything, but one. Rather than focusing on what he had, he focused on what he lacked.  In the same manner, Obama has nearly all of the media carrying his water but a few and he choses to focus on them. Telling.

His insecurity is going to trip him up.

 

In my last post, I highlighted Barack Obama’s philosophy of governance, learned and implemented during his community organizing days in Chicago. “Rules for Radicals” (RR) by Saul Alinsky is Obama’s playbook. In order for his “plan” to succeed, he nudged the proverbial #13 ball down the hill last Friday by singling out Rush Limbaugh, a prominent voice of Conservatism. 

By attacking Rush, Obama utilized Alinsky’s RR Tactic 13:

Pick the target (Conservatism specifically and Republicans generally)

Freeze it (Why me? We are not the problem, it’s x, y, and z!)

Personalize it (Avoid abstracts, make it personal: Rush Limbaugh)

Polarize it (Get the Conservatives and Republicans to fight one another)

Polarize it.

Yesterday, it was Bill Bennett chastising Rush for his rhetoric against our new CinC. Today, it is the House GOP leadership telling Rush to zip it. Rep. Phil Gingrey, R-Ga., said:

“I think that our leadership, Mitch McConnell and John Boehner, are taking the right approach,” Gingrey said. “I mean, it’s easy if you’re Sean Hannity or Rush Limbaugh or even sometimes Newt Gingrich to stand back and throw bricks. You don’t have to try to do what’s best for your people and your party. You know you’re just on these talk shows and you’re living well and plus you stir up a bit of controversy and gin the base and that sort of that thing. But when it comes to true leadership, not that these people couldn’t be or wouldn’t be good leaders, they’re not in that position of John Boehner or Mitch McConnell.”

Limbaugh responded in an email to Politico:

“I’m sure he is doing his best but it does not appear to be good enough. He may not have noticed that the number of Republican colleagues he has in the House has dwindled. And they will dwindle more if he and his friends don’t show more leadership and effectiveness in battling the most left-wing agenda in modern history. And they won’t continue to lose because of me, but because of their relationship with the grassroots, which is hurting. Conservatives want leadership from those who claim to represent them. And we’ll know it when we see it.” 

Obama has achieved his objective. These cowardly Republicans have earned their bottom feeder approval ratings. Our elected officials are more concerned about getting a picture with The One and neglect their principles due to Obama’s intimidating approval ratings. And they wonder why Democrats are in power and the GOP base is revolting?

Obama’s attempts to divide Republicans have not gone unnoticed from those across the pond .

I’ll take “Get A Clue for the GOP Leadership for 100” Alex.

UPDATE

Smart move and humbling. Rep. Phil Gingrey, R-Ga, just called into Rush Limbaugh’s show in the first hour to apologize for his comments yesterday, say he was wrong, and pledge his solidarity with Rush and Conservatives.

Barack Obama attacked Rush Limbaugh in a private meeting on Friday morning with House leadership. Many are scratching their heads and asking, “Why would Obama, the most powerful person in the world, attack Rush Limbaugh, a talk show host and clown*?”  

In order to understand the motives behind Obama’s actions, we must turn to “Rules for Radicals” (RR) by Saul Alinsky.** As a disciple of Alinsky, RR is Obama’s playbook and he’s using the Tactics (126-164) to a tee. I finally got my own copy (I was using my local library’s copy; hey, I live in Chicago so of course they’d have a copy!) and tore through it over the weekend.

When Obama attacked Rush on Friday, he combined a number of the Rules. Rush responded citing Rule 13:

Pick the target (Conservatism)

Freeze it (Why me? We are not the problem, it’s x, y, and z!)

Personalize it (Avoid abstracts, make it personal: Rush Limbaugh)

Polarize it (Everyone comes out in support of Rush or against him, e.g., Bill Bennett goes against Rush and others will speak out in like manner)

Obama’s attack on Rush, a private citizen, unelected official, and entrepreneur, actually combines a few of Alinsky’s “Tactics”: Rule 5 (Rush is Conservatism’s most potent weapon given his audience and the talk-show medium), Rule 6 (The Dems and Liberals LOVE it when Rush is ridiculed), Rule 8 (They are keeping the pressure on Conservatives, and Republicans to a lesser degree, with the assistance of the media (think Pitts and other “Conservative” editorials and Astroturfing via Axelrod).

Obama’s attempting to restructure power with the Cabinet and the Czars and it all comes from Alinsky–fascinating at his arrogant audacity and frightening in the scope of the potential damage he can render to our country. However, I think Obama has met his match.

Rule 13 says to “ridicule” the enemy, yet that plays right into Rush’s hand. Rush is the master at poking fun at others and getting his message across and Obama’s skin is too thin. For example, Rush opened his show today calling himself “Senator Limbaugh,” jabbed Obama and the spineless Republicans who won’t stand up to the tyrannical, bullying tactics of the Great Unifier. 

 

* This is projection by Leonard Pitts, Jr., who is the real clown.  

** In order to not contribute income to the Alinsky estate and the Vintage publishing company, consider buying a copy from a reseller.

On the heels of his DUI arrest and embarrassing details surrounding the incident, TNT reports that Charles Barkley will be taking a “leave of absence” from the broadcast booth. It’s about time. 

A Gilbert officer working a regional DUI task force stopped Barkley shortly after he left a popular nightclub at about 1:30 a.m. He failed field sobriety tests but was cooperative.

But was cooperative? If “cooperative” means bribing the officer with promises of putting a tattoo on his butt in the officer’s likeness and getting the officer to understanding the true reason for blowing off the stop sign, i.e., the hotness of his girl-friend and imminent O.S., then I guess that’s “cooperative.” 

Barkley was booked and released at a field command post and later issued a statement saying he was disappointed he put himself in that situation.

If “disappointed he put himself in that situation” means cheating repeatedly on his wife Maureen and racing to get there, then that sums it up I guess. 

Now that the loud-mouthed, egomaniac, ignoramus, Conservative-bashing Barkley is on a “leave of absence” indefinitely, I can return to watching TNT’s Inside the NBA. Good riddance.

Guilty by Ann Coulter

 

Where’s the dummkopf hat when you need it? Oh that’s right, it has permanent residency at NBC’s sister network MesSNBC.

Once again, Drudge gets the scoop.  NBC has banned Coulter for life. Their actions backfire and essentially proves the premise of  Coulter’s new book, Guilty: The MSM is a mouthpiece of liberal ideology and will silence any and all dissenting voices. 

“Over the top” or too close too home? Reality bites.

UPDATE

All is well. NBC saw the light and reneged its hours old “life-long ban” of AC. She’s booked for Wednesday morning on The Today Show in the first hour.

Can you believe conference play has already started and I have not mentioned Duke basketball once??? What is going on?!? Let’s get up to speed.

For the non-basketball junkie, college basketball has different phases to the season: Preseason, non-conference play, conference play, conference tournaments, and the crown jewel–March Madness. The season begins with boondoggle preseason tournaments, the most coveted and prestigious being the Maui Invitational. Seriously, who in their right mind wouldn’t want to be in Maui in late November? I rest my case.

Other tourneys include the Paradise Jam in the Caribbean, the South Padre Invitational, CBE Classic, Great Alaska Shootout, the Preseason NIT (you don’t want to be in the POST season NIT because that means you didn’t make the cut as one of the 65 teams for the Big Dance. NIT is also known as Not In Tournament, i.e., no March Madness and no money), Coaches vs. Cancer at Madison Square Garden in NYC, which incidentally Duke won this year. Sweet.

Well, Duke has played well thus far; they’re 12-1 (They lost to Michigan). I have my gripes with the line-up and their sometimes mediocre play despite having 8 (EIGHT!) McDonald’s All-Americans on the roster, but Coach K is still one of the best coaches in the game and knows how to maximize his talent. I like the defense creates offense philosophy and unselfish team play. There are aspects I don’t like, but we’ll focus on the positive.

Conference play started yesterday in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and this is when the W’s really count. It is with the utmost satisfaction and heartfelt glee in which I write the following:

Duke won.

Carolina lost.

The ABCs of college basketball, especially on Tobacco Road: Anyone But Carolina.

The sport’s pundits can make excuses all they want, but the fact is Boston College played a good, tough basketball game against UNC except when BC got careless in the last few minutes. They could’ve given away the game if Carolina had made some shots, but they didn’t. It goes to show that conference play is challenging, especially within the ACC. This is the one time of year that I miss living in North Carolina. It’s ACC all the time. Gotta love it.

Obama was elected the 44th POTUS as a perfect example of the Peter principle. Now he wants to nominate political hack Leon Panetta to run the CIA. Frankly, nearly all of Obama’s Cabinet selections are case studies of the Peter principle, e.g., Hillary Clinton as Sec of State, Ken Salazaar as Sec of Interior, Bill Richardson as Sec of Commerce, Tom Daschle as Sec of HH Services, and Janet Napolitano as Sec of Homeland Security.  

Back to Panetta. Imagine putting Rove in as CIA director or Andrew Card or Rahm Emmanuel in a few years. Is the blurriness giving way to the focused absurdity of this pick? Just what we need: the further politicization of the CIA. The inevitability of another unwarranted and unwanted attack and/or international crisis involving our country becomes more of a reality with these buffoonish decisions. Gird your loins people, we have entered the Twilight Zone. 

On a side note — Does it bother anyone with the number of Senators being nominated to run the Executive Branch of our representative government? Anyone??? 

UPDATE
Via Hot Air Allahpundit notes opposition to The One’s questionable pick from fellow Dems Dianne Feinstein and Jay Rockefeller. Schadenfreudelicious.

UPDATE 2

The One is trying to calm the waters with Dianne Feinstein. Biden confesses that they made a “mistake” by not informing Feinstein, the incoming head of the Senate Intelligence Committee. Goodness, Obama isn’t sworn in and he continually makes junior Senator mistakes. One problem, he isn’t a junior senator from IL anymore, but POTUS. His blunders make national headlines (well, they should) and the repercussions go far beyond the Illinois state borders. 

UPDATE 3

Obama handpicked CNN’s medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta for Surgeon General. A journalist for Surgeon General??? Red is yellow, black is white, and 1 + 1 = 3. It’s going to be a bizarre four years. 

One of the highlights on Gupta’s resume–in 2003, he was named one of PEOPLE magazine’s “Sexiest Men Alive.” Michelle Malkin asks, “What next? Judge Judy for the next Supreme Court opening?”

Granted, this decision comes with reservations.

Gupta’s only hesitation in taking the post is said to involve the financial impact on his pregnant wife and two children if he gives up his lucrative medical and journalistic careers. But he is expected to accept the position within days.

So he’ll be slumming for a couple of years making only six figures instead of seven or more. 

Rush is right: It’s a Giant Sitcom.

Welcome to 2010! It’s a new year and that means it’s time to make some goals for the next 365 days. 

Yes, I make New Year resolutions and generally attain many of them, but certainly not all of them. I know most people steer clear of NY resolutions, but I am not one of them. Taking personal inventory is a good thing. There is a saying, “If you aim for nothing, you’ll hit it every time.” The only way to grow and be the best me that God wants me to be for the greater good is by challenging myself and aiming for new heights. That includes introspection, which can be painful and messy.

Some of my goals are recycled, some are new. I focus on different areas: spirit, soul, mind, body, family, and work. This year I’m adding some new categories: Angel (our new dog, a rescue pet, and yes, we need to set some goals with her!) and finances. I ask the Lord for a theme and how he desires me to grow and be shaped in the next year. Over the years I’ve learned to set realistic targets, hence I actually accomplish some of them! 

For some fun NY ideas, go here

Slightly Off-Topic ~

I am still trying to figure out the thematic content of this blog. My tag is “musings on faith, culture, and politics,” but I’ve written mostly about politics. Honestly, it generates a lot of traffic and that is enticing. Yet, I don’t want to be trapped into writing about one topic and, frankly, it’s draining and time-consuming. The media machine never stops: it’s 24/7/365. I’ll leave that to more qualified people who enjoy the madness of  politics. My topics will reflect my life and interests–a hodgepodge of musings. 

May this be a year of new beginnings, growth, and the realization of many dreams. Blessings to you.

Calling all bibliophiles and lovers of learning! Trevin Wax at Kingdom People is generously giving away a stack of books for Christmas! Here’s the list:  

1. THE REASON FOR GOD – Tim Keller
2. CULTURE MAKING – Andy Crouch
3. SURPRISED BY HOPE – N.T. Wright
4. WHY WE’RE NOT EMERGENT – Kevin DeYoung & Ted Kluck
5. HOW PEOPLE CHANGE – Timothy Lane & Paul David Tripp
6. THE BIG PICTURE STORY BIBLE –David Helm & Gail Schoonmaker
7. JESUS MADE IN AMERICA – Stephen Nichols
8. RESIDENT ALIENS – Stanley Hauerwas & Will Willimon
9. WORSHIP MATTERS – Bob Kauflin
10. THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT THROUGH THE CENTURIES – Jeffrey Greenman, Timothy Larsen, and Stephen Spencer

The winner will be chosen on December 25. So, stop over at Kingdom People and get your name in the drawing! 

h/t  sunestauromai

UPDATE: Winner here.

Lots happening in the Windy City. Blago isn’t the brightest bulb on the tree, but I gotta give him props for his chutzpah. The Democratic Party, the Chicago machine, and the MSM are throwing him under the bus and he’s fighting back. Until Monday? And poor Rahm is stuck in the middle. Boo-hoo. 

He is, after all, a Chicago politician. What’d you all expect–Hope and Change??? Joke’s on you. 

h/t Hot Air

Do they wonder why? Here’s a hint: Try a different front page subject matter other than The One and tell your newspaper deliverers to avoid knocking over your patron’s pumpkins.  

Newsflash: Not everyone in the Chicago area voted for BO. You are a newspaper not a propaganda machine. I loved doing the daily crossword puzzle, but couldn’t stand another day of the “All Obama, All the Time” format and downgraded to Sunday only. Here’s their thanks:

Tribune Pumpkin Mess

 

Tribune Pumpkin Mess - 2

Having lived a good portion of my life in northwest Minnesota and being part Norwegian, this list made me laugh. For all you like-minded people, here is a little something to make you chuckle. Enjoy.

1. Der’s only one God, ya know. 

2. Don’t make that fish on your mantle an idol.

3. Cussing ain’t Minnesota nice.

4. Go to church even when you’re up north or at the lakes. 

5. Honor your folks. 

6. Don’t kill. Catch and release.

7. There is only one Lena for every Ole. No cheatin’. 

8. If it ain’t your lutefisk, don’t take it. 

9. Don’t be braggin’ about how much ya shoveled.

10. Keep your mind off your neighbor’s hotdish. 

The originals. For visual learners.

Nobody says it better than Red Eye–the funniest, straight-talking (ha! no pun intended.) show on cable.

 

h/t Gateway Pundit

Michael Medved

The obvious question is “Why?” Why is Medved lecturing Rush and other “conservative” talk radio hosts on the content of their show and their approach? 

I listen to Michael Medved regularly and subscribe to his podcasts, mainly for his member exclusive commentaries. For the most part, I enjoy his show. He respectfully engages people who disagree with him on political issues (which I like) and he has interesting topics and guests. He is highly intelligent, almost to a fault. At times, he comes across as condescending and snooty, borderline elite. (He often reminds his audience of his educational pedigree and going to Yale with Hillary and Bill Clinton). He is a liberal turned conservative. I think his living in Seattle, a bastion of far-left liberalism, colors his perspective (think Stockholm Syndrome). 

Rush Limbaugh

Medved was the only conservative who supported and embraced John McCain for the Presidency from the beginning of the ’08 campaign. This is telling as his support for McCain discloses his moderate Republican leanings. Reading Medved’s recent editorial and listening to his subsequent commentary on his radio show exposes the fact that Medved doesn’t actually listen to Rush. If he did, he wouldn’t make the suggestions and statements about Rush that he does. But everyone knows that mentioning Limbaugh’s name gets media attention, which is why Medved does so. If Medved and Rush have ideological differences, then so be it. But Medved wants to redefine Conservatism with moderate principles and that puts him at odds with Rush. In my opinion, that is one of the chief reasons Medved takes aim at Rush, as well as Medved wanting to generate some traction for his position.  

 

h/t Hot Air

Farm Scene Cow Tax 

Environmentalist wackos intend to inflict their ideology on the world, whether we agree with them or not.

 This is just insane.

Yeah, right. The more “news” that spews forth from the O Camp and Democrats in general, the more I see a class system ala Imperial Rome. The politicians are the elites, the aristocracy, the ruling class. We are the plebs, the common people, the masses or hoi polloi

The list is long and will grow, but let’s look at two examples from today’s news that demonstrate this great divide. 

Case in Point #1:

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 Caroline Kennedy is interested in replacing Hillary Clinton in her soon-to-be-vacant NY Senate seat. What political experience does Caroline Kennedy have other than being an attorney, an author, serving on various Boards, and some stump speeches for other candidates? None.

 BUT her last name is Kennedy.


Case in Point #2:

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The Obamas will be vacationing in upscale Kailua on the island of Oahu for Christmas. Having lived on the Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe Bay for two and a half years, which is a stone’s throw from Kailua, I am quite familiar with the area. Dumps in Kailua cost $750k. Anything in that area along Kailua beach is pricey, like millions pricey. To be sure, it is one of the most beautiful places on the earth. Kailua is on the windward side. Because it receives more rain than the leeward side of Honolulu, the lush beauty and the majestic Ko’olau mountain range are awe-inspiring. When it rains, spontaneous waterfalls cascade the mountains. It really is something to behold.

Kailua is the quintessential beach town–laid back and slow. Obama’s vacation digs will be relaxing and serene. He will be vacationing like a king. Somehow, I can’t imagine the locals being happy about the traffic jams he will cause since there are only a couple of main streets. Hopefully he won’t go anywhere or the locals will be stuck going nowhere fast. 

Hey, if Obama wants to vacation in one of the most expensive places in our country, knock yourself out! My problem is this: drop the class warfare rhetoric and stop pretending that you’re one of the common people. Common people don’t live in million dollar houses, complain about the price of arugula at Whole Foods, send their kids to an elementary school that costs $28k+ per year, or vacation in multi-million dollar beachfront homes in Hawaii no less. That isn’t common people livin’, but living like a king.  

An interesting tidbit to his getaway vacation spot: from his beachfront view and across the lagoon, he’ll see the Marine Corps Base Hawaii, home of the awesome Marines (one of the five military branches stationed on the islands). The above picture is one I took while living there. It’s a typical view from the Kailua side of MCBH, with the multi-million dollar oceanfront “civilian” properties of Kailua across the water in front of the Ko’olau mountains.

Come to think of it, I wonder if he’ll stop and visit the Marines since it is literally right around the corner. Doubt it. Not that the Marines care. They’re too busy defending freedom and keeping us all safe.

An endless supply of sexism today! Oh joy. This time courtesy of MesS-NBC. ***CONTENT WARNING***

Let’s hope the producer will get help for his obvious inability to handle stress and latent misogyny

(thanks to commenter joannathemaid)

 

Jon Favreau, Obama speechwriter

Classy guy that Jon Favreau, newly appointed director of speech writing for Obama. The following picture of Favreau groping Hillary and his fellow “Obama Staff” buddy, seemingly giddy giving “Hillary” some beer, surfaced briefly on his Facebook. As Obama’s main speechwriter, does Favreau think posting this picture on Facebook will somehow go unnoticed? Yeah, riiiiight.

Feast your eyes on the “Grope and Change“: 

Jon Favreau, Loser

Jerks. 

How long do you think it’ll be before the “immensely talented” wordsmith is checking the Classifieds? Any guesses? Answer: He gets a pardon! At least that is the Washington Post’s position. Moral equivalency makes all things justifiable.

Favreau is not the first campaign aide whose online presence has proved awkward. Last March, John McCain aide Soren Dayton forwarded an anti-Obama YouTube video to his private Twitter feed linking Obama with the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, leading to his suspension from the campaign. And in 2007, two bloggers hired by former North Carolina senator John Edwards stepped down after blog posts they had written before he hired them became a subject of controversy.

Imagine the crime of posting an anti-Obama link to *gasp* Obama and Rev. Wright! From a McCain staffer no less!!! That’s another story.

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Hmmm…..grumblings are trickling in from the ranks. Things are getting interesting as The One’s MSM cohorts grow edgy. The more Barry talks, the more he exposes his nothingness, and we witness the Peter principle in HD. 

Three press conferences in three days. Yowza! He’s like Superman. (Well, in his world he is.) And he’s sooo smart, ‘cuz you know, he went to those Ivy League schools and so did all the members of his team. What happens when Barry exhausts his talking points on the topic of the day? He talks about the really important issues: missing his Blackberry, Christmas shopping, the future First Puppy, and, drumroll please……turkey recipes!

Well, Dana Milbank (yes, of the MSM) gets indigestion and calls out Mr. B.O. for “talking B.S. turkey” and “running out of things to say.” Gasp! Is that possible? I thought the high-brow Ivy Leaguers never run out of important things to say. But what do I know, I went to a state college.

I’m sure VP-Elect Biden, who loves to hear himself talk, could help Barry out, but he seems to be, uh, mmm, well, sequestered unavailable.  

The funniest (you have to laugh at these things or you will be on the max dose of Prozac for the next four years constantly asking yourself, “How did this guy get elected?!???”) is when reporters go off-topic: “First of all, that’s not the topic.” Mr. Prez-Elect does not approve. Like I needed to tell you that. Watch for yourself: 

This exchange makes me chuckle. Obama interrupts Ed Henry from CNN whilst he’s submitting the second of this three-part question, and asks, “How many compound questions is this going to be?” Because dude, I can only handle one-part questions. Didn’t you get the memo?!?

Obama is such a tyrant; a megalomaniac enamored with this fictional messianic image of himself created by Axelrod and propped up by the media. Incidentally, a megalomaniac who thinks he’s the President already. These spectacle press conferences and weekly addresses look like an SNL skit. I’m waiting for Barry to say, “Live from New York, it’s Saturday Night!”, but I digress.

I do not doubt that in time we will all see the emperor is not wearing any clothes. In time….Let’s just pray he doesn’t destroy our country and our families in the process.

 

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The adulation and idolatry worship of the mere mortal messiah Barack Obama continues.

STREET NAME: Check. 

SCHOOL NAME: Check. 

CITY NAME: Check.

HUMANS: Check. Check

 

Already sealed: MOUNTAIN

 

Still working on it: B.O. NATIONAL HOLIDAY

 

Normally, accolades such as these occur after a person has performed well and actually done something. I guess just being “Barack Obama” is sufficient for his cult followers.

PDS (Palin Derangement Syndrome) rears its ugly head and the Left and the MSM city slickers are in a tizzy again courtesy of, guess who?: Sarah Palin! You’d think they were obsessed with her or something . . .

Doing what governors do prior to Thanksgiving, Governor Sarah Palin pardoned a turkey. While at the turkey farm, she gave an impromptu on-camera interview as the other not-so-fortunate gobblers were prepared in the background for our Thanksgiving feasts next week.  

 

This is outrageous because? Someone give these lefties and liberal MSM elites a clue. They wouldn’t be such blubbering hypocrites if they showed some outrage at the barbaric practice of abortion on demand and partial birth abortion. The beasts are these liberal idiots who will sound a clarion call to defend an animal, but not an innocent baby.

This pithy, sobering email comment from NRO sums up the Left’s outrage perfectly:

She should tell the media that she apologizes and she’ll do her next interview inside an abortion clinic. 

(h/t Power Line)

Yes, the estimable Charles Barkley, who plans on running for governor of Alabama in 2014, doesn’t know the capital of Arizona, despite having played on the Phoenix Suns for four seasons! You just can’t make up this stuff. 

Oh yeah, TNT couldn’t help themselves by getting another dig in to Sarah Palin. Let it go people. 

 

 Hilarious FLASHBACK:

Since I am a home educator, Joy Behar’s comments about homeschooled children being “demented” caught my eye. (I never watch this drivel. Ever. I read about the story online.) Ironically, Whoopi Goldberg was homeschooled, to what extent I do not know. 

The humdinger begins around the 6:00 mark and putters out around 7:30. 

Ms. Blowhard owes an awful lot of people an apology. Will she? Doubtful. Does it matter? Anyone with an ounce of common sense recognizes that she is a graceless, clueless, arrogant, vulgar, crass individual. My daughters have more class and respect for others in their pinkies than this grown woman. Why she still has a job is beyond me. Why people listen to her and give her the time of day is another mystery. 

If you want to exercise your First Amendment rights (while you still can), then you may send ABC a complaint here.

As the wise sage Solomon penned, “Do you see someone who speaks in haste? There is more hope for a fool than for them.” 

h/t Michelle Malkin

We the Sheeple

Goodness, our electorate is stoopid. Not to mention, McCain ran the most inept campaign in history and Obama had a major assist from his press secretaries–that would be the MSM. Watch and weep.

 

 

h/t Jawa Report

Freedom of speech is acceptable only when I agree with you

The final tally of California’s Prop 8:

YES   52%

NO    47.8%

The people voted and they voted to define marriage between a man and a woman. Get. Over. It. Move. On.

If anyone wonders how the 52s would be acting if Obama would have lost and they were the 48s? Look no further than the Prop 8 losers gone freaking crazy

Welcome to the Banana Republic.

“The Audacity of Hope Denial”: The Blubbering of Unrepentant Terrorists and Rewriting History.

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Bernadine Dorhn
                      Bill Ayers

(h/t The Jawa Report)

 

UPDATE

If you can stomach it, the unrepentant, got-off-on-a-legal-technicality terrorist appeared on Good Morning America this a.m.

Self-restriction, self-denial, self-discipline, temperance, moderation, spending freezes, et.al., are so passé. Especially if you live in Chicago. 

Illinois has a “historic $4 billion backlog of state bills.

Mayor Daley prepares for mass layoffs in Chicago. (h/t Riehl World)

CTA board expected to voted today and approved an increase in transit fares, again

The agency blames higher costs and Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s decision in January to extend free rides to seniors.

Rob Peter to pay Paul. Some people call this “sharing our toys,” others call it “socialism.”

The CTA’s still got to raise fares even though there’s an increase in passengers?” Rome, 56, said in disbelief. “Is somebody stealing money from the CTA, or does the head of CTA not know what he’s doing?”

I think he’s onto something. Gov. Blagojevich confesses:

Blagojevich has countered criticisms of the senior free rides and his veto of the transit subsidy by saying the CTA has failed to manage it money well, despite a sales tax increase for transit that the legislature passed in January. Blagojevich begrudgingly accepted the tax hike, but he added the senior free rides.

Now, nine months after the tax increase, a statement Thursday from the governor said it is “unfortunate that the CTA is now asking riders to bail them out.”

Wonder how P.E. Obama will pay for those social programs? Look no further than the Windy City and get ready to empty your pocketbook. It’s part of the Chicago  Way.

Thank you to all the veterans, active duty members, reservists, and family members of the Army, Air Force, Navy, Coast Guard, and Marines who serve in defense of our country’s freedom, security, and prosperity.

 

 

 

 

Another reason to search elsewhere.

Honor. Courage. Commitment. 

Semper Fi: More than a Motto. A Way of Life.

The Few. The Proud. The Marines

I love that commercial. 

And a little something for the anti-war crowd courtesy of the Marines:

War has never solved anything but . . .

Obamamessiah weekend slobfest below.* 

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Farrakhan shares God’s divine plan:

Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan said God’s divine plan for the world is the reason President-elect Barack Obama won the election, and that God will make sure Obama has the vision needed to guide the country through current economic and social woes.

Speaking Sunday at Mosque Maryam, the movement’s headquarters, Farrakhan gave a speech titled “America’s New Beginning: President-elect Barack Obama” and warned the packed audience that having a black president will not mean the end of racial inequity in the U.S.

The prime minister of Antigua “plans to rename its highest peak after Barack Obama.” 

Kenya declares a national holiday after President-Elect Obama.

Not to be upstaged, a civil rights organization in Kansas wants November 4 to be a national holiday, commemorating the day “America grew up” by electing Barack Obama as President of the U.S. Forget Presidents’ Day, they want The President’s Day!

Obama ready to “rule” on Day 1 says Valerie Jarrett. (h/t Newsbusters)

To Obama be the glory. 

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UPDATE

Reverend Pfleger’s Sunday sermon, “Free at Last.

How could I forget. The Obama faux Presidential seal is back! Because he can. 

Global adulation for the new “political rock star.” (h/t Hot Air


FLASHBACK:

Newsweek: Under God: Is Obama a (or the) Messiah?

Slate: Inaugurated the Obama Messiah Watch in 2007

Ben Shapiro weighed in.

 

*Excuse me while I go and take a shower.

If there’s one thing Joe Biden said of merit on the campaign trail, it was this: 

Now, we have one of those possible scenarios looming on the horizon:

OSAMA bin Laden is planning an attack against the United States that will “outdo by far” September 11, an Arab newspaper in London has reported.

This is no surprise, but still jarring at the reality of an imminent attack. Even more so since I live near a major urban city that could be targeted. *sigh* 

I hope PE Obama truly realizes he has been elected to protect the people of our country, not just to inject his ideology and transform our nation into something he thinks is better. The American Idol winner has been crowned; OJT and voting “present” does not cut it anymore. 

h/t Ace of Spades

 

FLASHBACK

Cook county residents of Chicago: Your top-in-the-nation tax dollars at work celebrating The One. 

Obama posters in downtown Chicago

 

Chicago Mayor Daley unveils poster

And to satisfy all your Messiah needs: History is on sale at The Tribune store.

People buying History at the Obama Store

In Philadelphia, police arrested a young man wearing a McCain/Palin t-shirt at a post-election rally for President-Elect Obama.

No resistance to the officers, yet they rough him up. DBKP thinks they probably saved his life.

There is no dissent in the Age of Obama. 

With a track record of suppressing freedom of speech here, here, here, here, here, and here, we can, unfortunately, expect more of this in the future. 

Gird your loins people. 

Irrationality hangs in the air. 

Since I like trivia, enjoy games, and must be organized, I am compiling some categories for President-Elect Obama and his Administration for future virtual rounds of Jeopardy!. As we follow President-Elect Obama and his Administration through the next four years, I will file their activities, legislation, policy, etc. into different categories. We can stay sharp on our politics by routinely playing Obama Jeopardy!, have a nice filing system to the Obama Administration’s activities, and have fun! It’s a win-win. 

Here are some first round categories:

  1. What is my Messianic Complex?
  2. Get Your Facts Straight: Keeping Promises or Breaking Promises 
  3. Where am I Governing: from the Right? the Center? or the Left?
  4. Quasi-Related Pairs: First Ladies
  5. Also a Chicago Politician
  6. Name that Alinsky Rule

Moving on to Double Jeopardy

  1. Quotes that begin with “I AM” 
  2. Name that Aggressor Country
  3. VP Joe Biden Potent Potables
  4. Common Bonds: Name that Donor
  5. Anagrams and Astroturfing
  6. ?

What categories would you add?

Sarah Palin is back home in Alaska. The pressure and filters are off, so now we can get to know this great woman. 

Listen to this four-part local radio interview with Sarah Palin. We need more people in government like this classy lady. 

UPDATE

Sarah Palin responds to these anonymous smears and the “jerks” who spread them during an impromptu press conference

 

h/t Hot Air

I’ve always liked that dog. There is a metaphor in this skirmish, isn’t there? 

 

h/t Riehl World View

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