Where is John Galt?

Where is John Galt? Follow along as we find out!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Professions of Faith

Bear with me there is a point to this (I think)

We believe in one God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is seen and unseen. We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten not made, one in Being with the Father. Through him all things were made. For us men and for our salvation he came down from heaven…

This is the beginning of the Catholic Profession of Faith, as a Catholic I recite this every Sunday at Mass, and at times I’ve even paraphrased it under my breath during times of trouble or doubt, but how many people in the U.S. believe in this or, frankly, any prayer.

Since September 11, 2001 The United States has been involved (probably belatedly, but better late than never?) in an amorphous war on Terror. We win battles, we take and hold territory, and we have even removed a rouge regime from a country that (allegedly?) sponsored terrorists. But, we still haven’t won… Why?

The terrorists aren’t more intelligent, they don’t have better weapons, or soldiers, by all the indications that I have seen they aren’t better funded or equipped. For that matter, they show themselves to be nothing more than an international nuisance most of the time… failed attacks, pathetic attempts, half-baked plans… with only the occasional headline grabbing success, and yet we haven’t beaten them. Again… why?

I brought up the Profession of Faith because I think, that is the reason. In the United States and Europe we speak of our Judeo-Christian heritage, but I think we’ve lost our belief. Speaking a prayer is one thing, believing it is entirely another. The radicalized Muslim terrorists (and no amount of Political Correctness ™ will convince me it isn’t Muslims, albeit radical ones) have a faith that transcends their own physical life. They Believe, heart and soul, body and mind that they are spiritually immortal. Further, they are certain their family unit will continue after they are gone. How many of us have that kind of Faith? Will you die for your faith? Make no mistake they will die for theirs.

Glenn Beck is making a lot of noise about Faith, Hope, and Charity, and I believe he has dedicated himself to those values, I also believe his Faith will allow him to continue forward against anything put in his way. But, no matter how much he talks, and you listen, do you have the Faith to die for what you believe in… Don’t answer… it’s easy to say “I would die for God, Country, and Family”, it’s another to build a bomb vest or fill a car with explosive and physically become the guidance system. I have a lot of Faith, and I like to think that it will see me through if I am ever called to die for what I believe in. However, until every one of us finds that Faith, that ironclad Belief that we are RIGHT, that our culture, and traditions are stronger and more worthy of survival than any of the others, we can’t even begin to think that we are capable of fighting, let alone win a War against Islamic Terrorists. They can continue to launch half-baked plans and use untrained fighters against the most powerful military in the history of the world, and they will still win.

Monday, December 6, 2010

The All-American Airline controversy

It seems all the rage these days to be up in arms about practically everything under the sun, but what I can’t understand is people getting into a lather about TSA screening procedures. Rather than fuss and moan about the violation of your rights, understand that boarding an airplane with several dozen other people is a privilege… If the Government Grope™ doesn’t make you feel wanted and loved by Big Brothers minions, perhaps you need to stop flying. Granted Flying is probably the most convenient and certainly the fastest way to travel, but do we need to rack up those frequent flyer miles?

In my opinion a more practical protest against the grasping tentacles of the great government Octopus is (Wait for it)… DON’T FLY! Take the train, most people don’t enjoy the journey as much as they used to, America is a beautiful country and should be appreciated. Going over seas?... Why? But if you must, take a cruise ship. Ships still travel over both the Atlantic and Pacific, and even though they are slower wouldn’t it be nice to start a trip without being prodded by a stranger.

All right, I know most Air Travelers are business class. Can you teleconference, or must you jump onto, what amounts to a greyhound bus that flies?

All right, I didn’t want to do this but you’ve forced my hand, prepare yourself… Alternative modes of transport are greener. Yes that’s right modern trains are far more efficient than they were in the past, Ships, far cleaner alternative and more relaxing.

We have pushed ourselves into an even more “work centered” life style than ants for pities sake. Being productive does not mean burning ourselves to a cinder by the pressure of our jobs.

Americans built the wealthiest and most productive land ever know in a short two hundred and thirty five years and for all but the last seventy or so, you would have been thought a fool if you even mentioned manned flight. From two Ohio Brothers and their dream, we seem to have not only embraced the notion of flight, but now look on any inconvenience as a violation of our rights. I hate to disagree with Judge Napolitano, a jurist I hold in very high esteem, but… I cannot help but think that if we extrapolate out the forth amendment right in this case, where does the “right” end? Will the “right” to fly become just another entitlement, where if you cannot afford an airplane ticket the government should provide one to you, and before you scoff, look at what ‘ObamaCare’ will do to your medical insurance.

When we champion new “rights”, we must look to the consequences of our actions. Besides if enough people refuse to fly because of the TSA search policy, the airlines themselves will push to rescind the ruling, or will find some way to provide their customers with an alternative. It leaves you your rights, and the Private Air Carriers their rights, and with enough cooperation between the Airlines and the People, will leave the Government out in the cold where it belongs… At least in this case.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Time to test the waters...

Some of you may or may not know my wife, the other day her blog disappeared from blog spot. No reason was given, and so we are left to wonder what she could have possibly said or done to offend the sensibilities of the blog spot moderators, or what ever they are called. As her editor, I have not noticed any posts that violated any of the posted terms and conditions of the site, and while I appreciate Googles right to terminate a blog they don't agree with, I think this is a terrible precedent to set.

So having said that, and being a supportive hubby, I have invited my little firebrand to post here, let's see if it was a technical malfunction, or if she is somehow inflaming their senses... regardless let the battle begin.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Money to Palestine

Just heard on the news that the US Government wants to send 400 Million Dollars to Palestine. This is a "Territory" with a GDP of 6,641 Million Dollars (that put them number 18 out of 22 countries in the Middle East*1).

Why are we sending any money, to any country when we are already up to Obama's big jug ears in debt?

Look do things suck in "Occupied" Palestine? Sure they do. Would they suck less if they would start trying to become a cohesive country instead of playing the perpetual victim? HELL YES!

I hate to be the one to have to tell you this, but YOU AREN'T PALESTINIANS - Palestinians don't exist, and for that matter Palestine hasn't existed since the Brits gave the land BACK to Israel. What you folks are, are Israeli. You just happen to be angry, Arab, Islamic Israeli - and the sooner you come to grips with it the better it will be for all of you.

Give up the pose, you aren't refugees anymore, you haven't been since the Six days War, the Yom Kipur War, or the Seven Days War. How many time do you need to lose the fight before you realize Israel is not going away?

*1 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Arab_League_countries_by_GDP_(nominal)

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

American Pie

Nice little video for Memorial Day...



...Sigh

Memorial Day in Memorium

For the first time since the creation of Memorial day (that I know of at least) an American President will be absent at a ceremony dedicated to the very people that have allowed him to hold the office.

In his defense (a sorry and pathetic defense but one none the less), he could not possibly be expected to understand what a slap in the face this is to the men and women who have, and continue to fight and die for our country. Our complacency has allowed a man (until proven otherwise) without the experience of even the Greenest Soldier to sit at the very pinnacle of the command structure. Never in his life did he offer to die for strangers, simply because they shared a common nation. He has never been asked to sacrifice, and perhaps that is the most telling attribute of his life.

Perhaps I would be as self absorbed and narcissistic if I had never been told "No". Had I been given an education (though we are still waiting to find out how that went for him), or given a career with out any skills or experience, I might also wander through life with the social skills of a child. Never has the United States been in such jeopardy from it's own government.

We speak of the revival of American Values, and the Founding Principals, but how many in the Government even know what those principles and values are?

I fear for my country and the trials in store for it... I pray daily that I am simply paranoid when I worry we won't have the chance to vote for a new government come November, and what we are seeing is the beginning of a new and more dangerous Dynasty. History has a way of repeating itself, and the repeat I am seeing now has happened twice before in modern memory... 26 October 1917, and 30 January 1933.

May God grant me Paranoia...

Saturday, April 24, 2010

The Revolution is coming...

The Revolution is coming…

Make no mistake the revolution is coming, it is being brought to you by the Liberal Left, and it will be violent.

The meme circulating in the mainstream media right now is that the Tea parties are fomenting violent opposition to the current government; this is exactly what they want, by systematically describing every act of violence as a response to the Conservative movement, they plant the seed that we are the violent and reprehensible ones. To those who get their news through only the mainstream media outlets, this becomes the truth.

What will destroy freedom in America will be the zombie-like trance many Americans (especially the young) are placing themselves in.

Historically all acts of political violence have been perpetrated by the Socialist Left. I, and since this is my rant, cannot find nor remember a time when violence has been the hallmark of Conservatism. This is not to say Conservative don’t fight when we must, we simply do not start the fights, we finish them.

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