Saturday, March 28, 2015

No Religious Freedom in Wisconsin?

Apparently Indiana and 19 other States have religious freedom, and 13 more are considering same.

Not Wisconsin.

Curious, eh?

HT:  Owen

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Pray, Get Arrested

Spineless Boehner grew a spine.  He ordered the arrest of 7 pro-lifers who prayed. 

....Those arrested, who included prominent pro-life activist and nurse Jill Stanek, were protesting the House Republican leaderships' failure to call a vote on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would prohibit aborting an unborn child in or after the 20th week of gestation.

The House Republican leadership shelved the bill less than 24 hours before it was set to come up for a vote on Jan. 22 ...

...After a brief introduction, protestors knelt in the hallway in front of Boehner’s office and began praying the Lord’s Prayer, followed by individual pleas to God to end abortion.

Within minutes, more than a dozen Capitol Hill police arrived and told protestors that they were “engaging in unlawful activity” and would be arrested if they failed to stop praying and move. After refusing, the protestors were handcuffed and forcibly removed from the area....

It's easy to jail people who pray.  You can do that while sitting in a bar someplace cutting deals with Pelosi.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Ted Cruz's First Story-Example

Candidate Cruz wants to implement the Flat Tax.  (I prefer the Fair Tax, but he's running....)

Here's a guy that he should meet, so he can tell the story on the stump.

...Our tax code is so complex that people our government deems too poor to buy their own health insurance must fork over nearly a tenth of their income just to comply with it. I cannot be the only one.

If I could reasonably compute my own tax – and it’s a matter of common law, surely, that a typical citizen must reasonably be able to meet all impositions of the state by his own means – I’d willingly pay double my current income tax because of all the money I’d save on compliance
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He's a Sub-S with income from property and fees.  His tax forms, Fed & State, are well north of 100 pages.

HT:  Grim

Wiggy Nods

Homer did it.  Now Wiggy does it.

..The shutdown ended as a terrible defeat for Republicans. Cruz was lauded by some conservative groups but nothing was accomplished while Republicans in Congress were hurt politically....

Yah.  The largest (R) majority in the House since 1776 (or thereabouts) and the Senate is under (R) control, albeit led by a sissy.

I'll take two more "terrible defeats" for $1000.00, Wiggy.  

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

If Only...






We have two more years of this Marxist Cloward-Piven facilitator's  regime.  So he's not done yet.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

That AK? It's a Sturmgewehr

Huh.  See, Ace's blog is a learning channel, sorta like public TV, except it's interesting.

Lenten Ritual Distinctions

In this area, the celebration of the Roman Rite Ordinary Form Mass is almost totally un-informed by traditional practices.  It is common practice to use instruments before, during, and after Mass in Lent and a 'hail-fellow-well-met' atmosphere has supplanted dignified restraint throughout the year, which is especially grating in this season.

The Ambrosian Rite serves as a vivid contrast and as a silent reminder of what 'penitential' really means.

...First of all, it should be noted that in the Ambrosian Tradition, the whole of Lenten time is “aeortological”, that is no Saint’s feast - apart from St. Joseph and the Annunciation, the latter only since 1902 - is ever celebrated during Lent. Thus, almost on every Lenten weekday, the Mass is de feria, with the only exception of the above mentioned feasts. Fridays are always aliturgical, and the celebration of the Mass in Ambrosian churches is strictly [forbidden], as is the celebration of Mass by Ambrosian priests in the Roman Rite churches of the diocese.

The liturgical colour for Lenten feriae is that of strict penance: black
....

Frankly, this should not strike us as "odd."  Were the OF Lenten Masses hewing to any resemblance of traditional praxis, the Ambrosian would appear to be only a few degrees more "Lenten" than the Roman.

Instead, it strikes one as other-worldly.

Would that the OF celebrations strike us in the same way!!  Orate!!!

The REAL Waste of Tax Money

Chatter all you like about welfare or Gummint bureaucrats, but to find the Most Massive Waste of Dollars, look to the military-industrial complex.

..Inside-the-Beltway wisdom holds that the $1.4 trillion F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program is too big to cancel and on the road to recovery. But the latest report from the Defense Department’s Director of Operational Test and Evaluation (DOT&E) provides a litany of reasons that conventional wisdom should be considered politically driven propaganda. The press has already reported flawed software that hinders the ability of the plane to employ weapons, communicate information, and detect threats; maintenance problems so severe that the F-35 has an “overdependence” on contractor maintainers and “unacceptable workarounds” (behind paywall) and is only able to fly twice a week; and a high-rate, premature production schedule that ignores whether the program has demonstrated essential combat capabilities or proven it’s safe to fly. All of these problems are increasing costs and risks to the program. Yet rather than slow down production to focus resources on fixing these critical problems, Congress used the year-end continuing resolution omnibus appropriations bill—termed the “cromnibus”—to add 4 additional planes to the 34 Department of Defense (DoD) budgeted for Fiscal Year 2015. The original FY2016 plan significantly increased the buy to 55, and now the program office is further accelerating its purchase of these troubled planes to buy 57 instead....

One point four TRILLION dollars on planes that--really--cannot defend this country.

HT:  RenMan

GKC's Observation on the USA

'Tis a blessing to read Chesterton.

America had a great political idea, but it had a small religious idea. The spiritual vision was not wide enough for the breadth and variety of brotherhood that was to be established among men…. The nation arose not with unity of philosophy but with variety in fanaticism; with sects built on special dogmas or on the denial of special dogmas, on something that was not merely private judgment but particular judgment.--quoted at Crisis

As Ahlquist puts it, this led to the current problem.

...the latest attacks on cigarettes and beer don’t come any more from religious sects, but from secular sects. The religion is gone, only the fanaticism remains. And those who hold these “particular judgments” want to make them universal. And so all the fanaticisms clash and the culture falls into chaos because there is no unifying philosophy....

Those 'secular sects' are principally two:  one revolves around free sex, the other around materialism.  There is a third, whose current high priest is Al Gore; it is the worship of nature, which is different in degree from respect for nature.

The essay is worth the read, for Ahlquist (voicing Chesterton) also defines democracy in a way which is entirely different from the common holding.  


Thursday, March 19, 2015

Justice Kennedy Encapsulated

This excerpt from a longer essay encapsulates SCOTUS' Kennedy (among other 'progs'.)

...For the progressive, what matters is the isolated individual and his will as it pertains to moral matters. In a toxic blend of three deficient philosophies—Ockham’s nominalism (perpetuated in American society through its Protestant roots), the social contract theory of the “Enlightenment,” and the Nietzschean √úbermensch whose power and superiority is his will—the progressive gives us a lone individual who does not discover but who actually creates and constitutes right and wrong....

That is, curiously enough, the Statism we see today.

The (Mostly) Unintimidated Walker

Seems like Governor Walker is kinda-sorta-mostly-sometimes "unintimidated."

The Iowa welfare-queen Corn-a-Holers scare the bejabbers out of him, and he's not doing very well wrestling with the slave-driver Big Biz illegal immigrant crowd, either.

Wait until the insurance-and-hospital crowd buys his silence on ObozoCare.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Obozo, the Terrorist-Enabler

Now SCOAMF cuts off Egyptian tank and spare-parts deliveries for its military.

For example, the US is delaying the shipment of tanks, spare parts and other weapons that the army desperately needs in its war against Islamic State.  --quoted at PJMedia

The President of Egypt, Al-Sisi, notoriously defeated the Muzzie Bros.--who are prominent Friends of Barack here in the US.  Yes, that was a coup--but it was supported wholeheartedly by the Egyptian public, which could not put up with the Muzzie regime.

Smells like high crimes and misdemeanors to me.

EPA Moving Into Your Home. Ready??

Given lots of money by the Republicans, the EPA is going to move into your home.

Maybe that's figurative--but maybe it's not.

The Environmental Protection Agency has its eyes on pollution from backyard barbecues.  --3/13/15

The EPA’s new environmental regulations reduce the amount of airborne fine-particle matter from 15 micrograms to 12 micrograms per cubic meter of air. This means that most wood burning stoves would now fall into a class deemed unacceptable under these new draconian measures  --1/1/13

and currently,
  
The agency is spending $15,000 to create a wireless system that will track how much water a hotel guest uses to get them to “modify their behavior.”  

Yes, that's 'hotel' showers.

For now.

EPA/Norman Bates.  No difference.

By the way, there are new EPA regs on water heaters.  Will cost you about $200.00 extra/heater, beginning later this year.  Betcha didn't know that, eh?



Fat Turtles, Monkey Mood-Juice: UW Research Triumphs!

"Research without which Western Civilization will perish!!!"

Or so our UW leadership screeches as it bemoans a 3% budget cut.

Uh-huh.

Great list composed here.

Democrats Vote for Sex-Trafficking

In a vote anticipating a Bill Clinton-occupied White House, Democrat senators voted to keep sex-trafficking legal in the US. 

(R) Budget: Spend, Spend, Spend!!

We've mentioned that Gummint spending--at all levels--is the problem

So what do the Republicans do?

SPEND!!  

And just to show that they hold you in utter contempt, they come up with this line:

"...This budget does not make sudden cuts. Instead, it increases spending at a more manageable rate. On the current path, spending will rise by an annual average of 5.1 percent. Under this budget, it will rise by only 3.3 percent."

They'll call that "governing."  Makes them feel good at night, partying away in DC.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

OMG! Catholics Acting Catholic!!

The latest squeal from the Left:  Catholics vote Catholic principles.

OMG.

..Krueger points to the Catholic bishop’s demonization in 2011 of the “contraceptive mandate” in the Affordable Care Act, and their subsequent ginning up of the war on “religious liberty” — which was joined by elements of the religious right and fused with its war on Obamacare — as another factor helping to drive Catholics toward the GOP. And the numbers bear Krueger out. According to Pew, between 2009 and 2014, the number of white Catholics who said the Obama administration — and by inference the Democratic Party — was “unfriendly to religion” more than doubled from 17 percent to 36 percent....

Lots more at the link, all of it unsurprising, to a Catholic.

(By the way, the JFK Democrat Party left the building around 1972, so fuggeddabout running pix of JFK.  Capische?)

Friday, March 13, 2015

What's Wrong With This Graf?

This shouldn't be too hard for a real Conservative:  what's wrong with this graf?

...U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy, R-Wisconsin, has led the charge in the effort to reform of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Last week, Duffy, chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, along with several colleagues, reintroduced his Consumer Financial Protection Bureau reform package....

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Duffy lacks balls.  He should be ELIMINATING this damnfool agency (which is only 3 years old or so).  The Republic got along very well without this bunch for 200++ years, right?

Who needs them AT ALL, Rep. Duffy, you coward?

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Got AR? Buy Ammo.

We've been using this as a tagline for years, and it's never been wrong.

BUY.  MORE.  AMMO. 

 

Next Up: Blow a Hole in the Debt Ceiling!

McConnell has just said that Obozo will get a larger credit card.

What McConnell is telling Obama is that no matter what he does from now until October, Republicans will always give him the debt ceiling increase he desires.  Hence, Obama can demand anything he wants and attach it to the debt ceiling – with full confidence that McConnell’s self-expression of fear and culpability for default will drive him to capitulate.

You can bet that the Wisconsin delegation will help.  Sensenbrenner and Ryan are hopeless cases--one a fraud, the other a toady to Boehner.  As to the rest, wind-speed will determine their vote.

Obozo's objective?  To screw this country into oblivion.

As to the (R) party:  same thing, just a little slower, or something.

Common Core "Fact, Opinion, Judgment" Horrors

This essay mentions Common Core, but that doesn't mean that the rot isn't in other curricular choices.

What it is, however, is rot, and it's spreading.

...When I went to visit my son’s second grade open house, I found a troubling pair of signs hanging over the bulletin board. They read:

Fact: Something that is true about a subject and can be tested or proven.

Opinion: What someone thinks, feels, or believes.

Hoping that this set of definitions was a one-off mistake, I went home and Googled “fact vs. opinion.” The definitions I found online were substantially the same as the one in my son’s classroom. As it turns out, the Common Core standards used by a majority of K-12 programs in the country require that students be able to “distinguish among fact, opinion, and reasoned judgment in a text.” And the Common Core institute provides a helpful page full of links to definitions, lesson plans and quizzes to ensure that students can tell the difference between facts and opinions....

Hmmmmm.....

...So what’s wrong with this distinction and how does it undermine the view that there are objective moral facts?

First, the definition of a fact waffles between truth and proof — two obviously different features....It’s a mistake to confuse truth (a feature of the world) with proof (a feature of our mental lives). Furthermore, if proof is required for facts, then facts become person-relative. Something might be a fact for me if I can prove it but not a fact for you if you can’t....second, and worse, students are taught that claims are either facts or opinions. They are given quizzes in which they must sort claims into one camp or the other but not both. But if a fact is something that is true and an opinion is something that is believed, then many claims will obviously be both....

This is where it gets interesting.  That 'true for you/not for me' leitmotif is transferred to moral decisionmaking (!??!)

...Kids are asked to sort facts from opinions and, without fail, every value claim is labeled as an opinion. Here’s a little test devised from questions available on fact vs. opinion worksheets online: are the following facts or opinions?

— Copying homework assignments is wrong.
— Cursing in school is inappropriate behavior.
— All men are created equal.
— It is worth sacrificing some personal liberties to protect our country from terrorism....

 ... In each case, the worksheets categorize these claims as opinions. The explanation on offer is that each of these claims is a value claim and value claims are not facts. This is repeated ad nauseum: any claim with good, right, wrong, etc. is not a fact.

In summary, our public schools teach students that all claims are either facts or opinions and that all value and moral claims fall into the latter camp. The punchline: there are no moral facts. And if there are no moral facts, then there are no moral truths....

So that kid you're sending to the very best, finest, most up-to-date screwel, will hold the proposition "It is wrong to kill Mommy when she gets old and drools and talks silly" as a mere opinion, not a truth.

Well, then, you may get exactly what you deserve, I suppose.

HT:  The Catholic Thing