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Friday, July 3, 2015

PCers in a Frenzy: The Confederate Flag Flap



By Eddie Howell
Confederate battle flag
It's remarkable that the horrible shootings in Charleston, SC, by a demented lunatic are being used as an excuse for the PC police to pursue their worse-than-worthless agenda, i.e., cram their thuggish, bullying nonsense down everyone's throat. Now the moronic left is trying to remove all traces of the Confederacy from our history, because they find it unpleasant. Maybe they like the mottos in Aldous Huxley's novel Brave New World, “Most historical facts are unpleasant,” and Henry Ford's quote “History is bunk,” used by the authorities to discourage people from inquiring into the past.

The brainless attempt to eradicate the Confederate flag is one of their latest efforts, and now they have the Supreme Court's lawless decision to legalize gay marriage everywhere to work with as well, plus, of course, Donald Trump's comments about Mexican immigrants, which may have lacked tact, but not truth.

Gen. Robert E. Lee
Common sense is becoming rarer and rarer with these self-righteous, sanctimonious ninnies, whose main purpose in life seems to be just to be offended and scream out at things (e.g., the Confederate flag) which have nothing to do with what they're supposedly protesting (e.g., the shootings in SC by a deranged person). That flag has been around for a century and a half following the Union victory in the Civil War. All of a sudden, because of some crazy man's murder spree, now we're supposed to rewrite history and cleanse it of many important facts.

Lt. Gen, "Stonewall" Jackson
I'm not a racist, but I am a Southerner, and, like it or not, that flag represents things greater than the sins of slavery and racism. It calls to memory the thousands who fought and died for their homeland. It helps us remember men like Robert E. Lee, a great and honorable man who only reluctantly led the rebel forces, after concluding that it was his moral duty to do so; Lieutenant General Thomas Jonathan “Stonewall” Jackson, brilliant commander, and other brave Confederate fighters who felt that it was worth putting their lives on the line to defend their homes. Yes, the South was wrong about slavery, and the Civil War settled the issue at great cost. Because the war was fought on American soil, unlike the World Wars, and involved Americans fighting each other, sometimes brother against brother, it left an emotional residue that was very slow to recede, and is still around today.

But the South has, to very great extent, grown away from racism, albeit with some unpleasant incentives (Reconstruction, Supreme Court rulings, National Guard deployments, etc.), but grow it has, and, especially since the end of legal segregation, the great majority of Southerners accept the fact that people of all races share equally in legal rights, and merit respectful treatment.

Removal of the Confederate flag brings to mind George Orwell's novel 1984, and the memory hole which was the destination of historical documentation to be removed and never seen again. The Soviets practiced their own version of this, revising history books and altering photographs to try to wipe out the memory of people or events they didn't like, as though they never existed.
The "General Lee" from "The Dukes of Hazzard"

Today, we have some genius ordering that “The Dukes of Hazzard” be taken off the TV Land channel. John Schneider and others are right in their criticism. They can do what they want with their network. The market will respond, “Dukes” will likely find another TV home, and TV Land's ratings will be affected. But it was a dumb decision, helping nothing.

Now Al Sharpton wants the military to remove all traces of the Confederacy. How he can be taken seriously any more, given his track record, is beyond me. He owes millions in taxes, but has access to the White House of President Obama, our Deceiver-in-Chief. What Sharpton asks is ridiculous on its face, and to comply would take extremely stupid, un-American, and unconstitutional orders. We may hope our generals have better sense, but I'm not so sure about Obama.

This July Fourth, let's celebrate and exercise our freedom. We're going to have to defend it against the leftists.





Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Southern Baptist Convention President: Bible Is Final Authority about Marriage



The United States Supreme Court -- Top row: Associate Justices Sotamayor, Breyer, Alito, and Kagan; Bottom row: Associate Justices Thomas, Scalia, Chief Justice Roberts, and Associate Justices Kennedy and Ginsburg

Dr. Ronnie Floyd

Southern Baptist Convention President Ronnie Floyd recently spoke to the Convention meeting in Columbus, Ohio. Anticipating the Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage, he set a strong standard for resistance to the ruling, and urged the denomination to stand against it. The Columbus Dispatch reports,
“This could be a watershed moment in our history, possibly changing the trajectory of our nation unlike anything we’ve seen since 1973 in the Roe v. Wade decision,” Floyd said. “This decision could add fuel, more fuel, to the already sweeping wildfire of the sexual revolution and move it beyond anyone’s control locally, statewide, nationally and globally...

Dietrich Bonhoeffer
“Our first commitment is to God and his word — nothing else and no one else. And I want to remind everyone today, humbly, the Supreme Court of the United States is not the final authority, nor is the culture itself, but the Bible is God’s final authority about marriage, and on this book we stand,” Floyd said to applause.
He reminded the audience of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a Lutheran pastor and anti-Nazi dissident who is quoted as saying, “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil. God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak, and not to act is to act.”

“This is a Bonhoeffer moment for every pastor in the United States,” Floyd said. “While some evangelicals ... may be bowing down to the deception of the inclusiveness of same-sex marriage or marriage in their churches, we will not bow down, nor will we be silent.”
It should be noted that Bonhoeffer was executed by the Nazis.

The evil we face is not the same as Bonhoeffer faced, but it is evil nonetheless. It remains to be seen to what extent churches and people of faith will be pressured to cooperate with this immoral ruling.
As a matter of faith, believers in Christ should follow the example of Peter and John when they were
confronted by the religious authorities of their day about healing a man in the name of Jesus:
“Peter and John answered and said to them,'Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you more than to God, you judge. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.'” (Acts 4:19-20). In following such an example, believers must be prepared for the consequences of their actions. In this biblical instance, the apostles were taken into custody and threatened, then released.

In the political realm, the United States Constitution, especially the Bill of Rights, specifically guarantees freedom of religion. The federal government, liberals, atheists, and the gay rights movement have already acted in ways that show they don't mind restricting religious freedom. Consider the Obamacare contraceptive rules, and the bakers who are losing their business for not baking a cake for a gay wedding. This, despite constitutional protection of freedom of religion. Preachers against homosexuality may see efforts to silence them, despite constitutional freedom of speech.

It's going to be an interesting decade.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Ted Cruz Analyzes Washington, D.C. Cronyism and Corruption

In this recent speech at the Heritage Foundation, Senator Ted Cruz makes a strong case for his presidential candidacy by demonstrating his understanding of the problem of Washington cronyism, corporate welfare, and corruption by both parties that continually benefit the well-connected at the expense of the American taxpayer. The situation he describes should be shocking, but maybe we're not tuned in to politics enough to realize what a problem this is. Senator Cruz is willing to take on these issues and is one of the very few who will.

I urge everyone who is interested in these issues to watch and listen to the complete video. America will not benefit from the continuation of these unacceptable practices, and it will take some doing to really start correcting things.

I found this video at Lexington Libertarian, via Liberty Tree on Twitter.





Monday, June 22, 2015

Sen. Sessions: Senate Should Slow Fast-Track Before It's Too Late

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL)
Who knows what's in the Trans-Pacific Partnership proposed agreement? It's many pages of something mysterious and likely detrimental to American sovereignty. With fast track, it's like a blank check to President Obama to whatever he wants with little to no say-so from Congress. It's not like a normal treaty. Congress is voting on a bill that they're hardly allowed to see, let alone read. Shades of NancyPelosi's famous Obamacare statement: "We have to pass this bill so you can find out what's in it." Ninety-nine percent of those voting on it do not know what's in it.

I hope Sen. Jeff Sessions' op-ed at Breitbart Big Government is being read by a lot of people. Seems he's the one of the very few that has enough basic caution to be concerned about this potentially disastrous bit of legislation, if you can call it that. As he notes, it's a shell game, and, I would add, a hat trick. For the Congress to pass any legislation of so many pages and having never read, let alone understood it, we the people are being very poorly represented on very large-scale matters.

Bravo, Senator Sessions!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Mayor Giuliani Is Correct


I do not believe, and I know this is a horrible thing to say, but I do not believe that the president loves America,” the former New York mayor said at a dinner attended by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.
From the mayor's subsequent appearance on "Fox and Friends" is the following:


Liberals are acting as though they're horrified by the recent comments by former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani that he doesn't believe that President Obama loves America. Of course, the left is probably thrilled that he said something that they think they can use as political ammunition against the GOP. It seems startling that the former mayor would say such a thing about the president, until one considers the facts as he explained them and as we have heard about them before. When we examine Obama's rhetoric before and during his presidency, his opinions as stated in his book Dreams from My Father, and his known influences in his younger days, it's not such a surprising thing for Mr. Giuliani to say. What makes it a little surprising is that this statement comes from such a well-known and respected source.

Far from “tarnishing his legacy,” he has merely stated the obvious.

It is true that the young Obama was mentored by communists, domestic terrorists and anti-Semites. Giuliani points out that he was in Jeremiah Wright's church for 17 years. But of course, Obama was never present to hear one of Wright's anti-American tirades. Really? We're supposed to believe that?

A CNN reporter dismissed all the criticisms of Obama's ties with radical leftists with the simple statement that they are “getting old,” not that they aren't true. The anchorwoman says “good reporting” in response, but it isn't really reporting at all. Another CNN commentator incorrectly refers to Dinesh D'Souza's well-researched documentary 2016, which asserts that Obama was and is influenced by the extreme anti-colonialism of his father and others, as “fictionalized.”

The fact that Obama cannot bring himself to say to “Islamic terrorism” defies not only reason but honesty. Both Charles Krauhammer and George Will have referred to this as “pathological.”

Radio host Mark Levin has a good analysis of Giuliani's comments:


These things, plus Mr. Obama's constant apologies for America, his refusal to consider the United States an exceptional nation, his kowtowing to Arab leaders while disrespecting the prime minster of Israel to the point of working against his reelection, do not reflect the views of someone who loves America. While we cannot fully know Obama's inner motivations, we can tell a lot by his words and actions. “By their fruits ye shall know them.”

Monday, February 16, 2015

ISIS Murders 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians in Libya: Egyptian President Responds, Obama Doesn't

By Eddie Howell

The barbaric Islamic terror group ISIS on Sunday beheaded twenty-one Egyptian Coptic Christians in Libya, releasing a video of the murders as well as a statement of their further intentions. This is said to be their worst mass execution outside of Syria and Iraq. And yet it has raised hardly a ripple among MSM outlets or even the White House.

This is in line with President Obama's usual way of doing things, i.e., he sees little need to respond to Islamic persecution of Christians in numerous countries around the world, or, for that matter, the worsening anti-Semitism going on in Europe and elsewhere. But don't let anyone complain too much about about the Muslims. That could get his dander up.

In response to the murder of the twenty-one Christians, the White House released a statement that failed to acknowledge that the victims of this foul deed were Christians. Maybe the administration thought that if that were mentioned, someone might notice the elephant in the room, that is, that the executioners were Islamic jihadists. The statement:

The United States condemns the despicable and cowardly murder of twenty-one Egyptian citizens in Libya by ISIL-affiliated terrorists. We offer our condolences to the families of the victims and our support to the Egyptian government and people as they grieve for their fellow citizens.
ISIL’s barbarity knows no bounds. It is unconstrained by faith, sect, or ethnicity. This wanton killing of innocents is just the most recent of the many vicious acts perpetrated by ISIL-affiliated terrorists against the people of the region, including the murders of dozens of Egyptian soldiers in the Sinai, which only further galvanizes the international community to unite against ISIL.
Some people, including this writer, find it offensive that the White House didn't mention that those who died were Christians.

Even the official media of Egypt acknowledged that they were Christians and citizens of Egypt.

...President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi warned that his country would respond to the deaths as it saw fit. Speaking on national television hours after the release of the video, Sisi said Cairo would choose the "necessary means and timing to avenge the criminal killings." Egypt's state news agency MENA quoted the spokesman for the Coptic Church as confirming that 21 Egyptian Christians believed to be held by Islamic State were dead...
Sisi has spoken out before about the evil of Islamist terrorism and therefore has been condemned by ISIS.

President Obama was so moved and shaken by the news that he had to play golf Sunday with the billionaire founder of Oracle. He did not find the murders sufficiently important to warrant a statement from himself personally, but left that matter to the press secretary.

These events and responses seem to follow now-well-established patterns. The president and his administration will have little to say about, let alone try to do anything about, the persecution of Christians or Jews, and there can be no connection acknowledged between Islam and terrorism. As mentioned in a previous post, the required words have been, in effect, removed from the Newspeak Dictionary, so such thoughts are no longer possible. Like it or not, believe it or not, that is the thinking, or lack thereof, at the White House.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Charles Krauthammer on Obama's Prayer Breakfast Lecture to Christians


By Eddie Howell

At the annual National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday, February 5, the President Obama's remarks included criticism of “ISIL,” but also the following:
Unless we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ.
In response,columnist and Fox News commentator Charles Krauthammer on Fox's Hannity gave a brief and accurate analysis of President Obama's recent prayer breakfast comments.


The president lectured on the past evils of Christianity, i.e., the Crusades and the Inquisition, seeming to make a moral equivalence to the barbaric atrocities now committed daily by jihadist Muslims, including the burning alive of a Jordanian pilot. Never mind that the bad things he referred to about Christians took place centuries ago. In the president's outlook, terrorism and barbaric practices must not in any way be associated with Islam. In other words, let's not live in the world of reality about this. For Obama, the Newspeak Dictionary does not allow that kind of thinking because the required words have been removed.

This is just one more incident of Obama's reckless and ill-advised polices, by which he insults the American people and our allies (Netanyahu, for example) and is very timid about criticizing any aspect of Islamic terror without comparing it to Christianity. It is jihadist Muslims who are burning churches and killing Christians in several countries. It is not the other way around. Many Muslims oppose this behavior, and some leaders are speaking out, but we don't hear many Muslim clerics complaining about it. In fact, they and their radical followers are up in arms (sometimes literally) about “Islamophobia” if anyone mentions something negative about Islam or if authorities don't go out of their way to accommodate their wishes. Fortunately, most Americans of all faiths reject senseless violence.

I might add that Obama, who claims to be a Christian, has championed the sins of Romans 1 as his party's political platform, as pointed out not long ago by a prominent preacher.

Further reading I recommend: “Obama Newsflash: Terrorism Has NOTHING To Do With Islam, Folks. But, Hey, Let’s Blame Christianity For Crusades A THOUSAND Years Ago” at Michael Eden's Start ThinkingRight blog.