Sunday, August 22, 2010

Quips, Quotes and Tweets – 8/22/10

Right v. Rectitude: So, as far as the Left is concerned, when it comes to the Ground Zero mosque controversy, the principle of constitutional right rules the day, but when it comes to Glenn Beck, MLK and the Lincoln Memorial, rectitude is the driving factor. The only thing these seemingly disparate arguments have in common is that they flow not from a position of principle, but one of rhetorical expediency. In one case it suits Olbermann and his liberal brethren to invoke the hallowed liberties enshrined in our constitution, in the other it suits them to ignore them.

Dreams From My Father: Conservative Truths to Live By

  • "Hate is a terrible word."
  • "Don't cross the line. You can walk up to it and even step on it on occasion, but don't ever cross it."
  • "Life isn't fair."
  • "Whatever happens to you is your own fault."
  • "Treat others as you want them to treat you."

Like Mark Twain's father, mine seems to have gotten a lot smarter as I have grown older.

Kenneth Minogue in the June issue of The New Criterion:
Most Western governments hate me smoking, or eating the wrong kind of food, or hunting foxes, or drinking too much, and these are merely the surface disapprovals, the ones that provoke legislation or public campaigns. We also borrow too much money for our personal pleasures, and many of us are very bad parents. Ministers of state have been known to instruct us in elementary matters, such as the importance of reading stories to our children. Again, many of us have unsound views about people of other races, cultures, or religions, and the distribution of our friends does not always correspond, as governments think that it ought, to the cultural diversity of our society. We must face up to the grim fact that the rulers we elect are losing patience with us. . . . Some may forgive these intrusions because they are so well intentioned. Who would defend prejudice, debt, or excessive drinking? The point, however, is that our rulers have no business telling us how to live. . . . We might perhaps be more tolerant of rulers turning preachers if they were moral giants. But what citizen looks at the government today thinking how wise and virtuous it is?

The entire law is summed up in a single command: "Love your neighbor as yourself."
Galatians 5:14

From Way Down the Rabbit Hole: Dawa, Uncle Sam Style?: FORWARD OPERATING BASE WILSON, Afghanistan — “May you have a blessed Ramadan,” reads a poster greeting U.S. troops outside a base mess tent. It refers to Islam’s holiest month, a time of good deeds, prayer and purification of the spirit through sunrise-to-sunset fasting…. That would be a Happy Ramadan poster on a US base mess hall tent. Just curious: Does the military post Happy Hannukah, Merry Christmas and Yay Diwali (Hindu holiday) posters on mess hall tents as well?… You could almost ask who’s training whom.

From Doug Powers in Obama: We Must Stop the Corporate Takeover of Our Democracy:
  And forget the “corporate takeover” nonsense. Ever since the Supreme Court ruling freed up corporate political spending, labor unions are still out-spending corporations:

  Labor unions have dominated spending on independent campaign ads so far this election season, despite a recent Supreme Court decision that freed spending by corporations, a Washington Post analysis shows.
  The findings are an indication that corporate money is not flooding into campaigns as many predicted would happen after the landmark decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission.
  So far this year, $24.7 million in independent spending has been reported to the Federal Election Commission, campaign filings show. Unions have spent $9.7 million (or 39 percent of the total), compared with $6.4 million (26 percent) spent by individuals and $3.4 million spent by corporations.

[The lies continue! Obama’s current rants about the GOP trying to keep the citizenry from knowing who is paying for corporate political advertising is really about keeping us from knowing how much the unions are paying for his rants! – JS]

From Kevin McCullough:
  The problem is Mr. President you wish to have it both ways. You wish to say that Islam is peaceful and good, but that you prefer Christianity for yourself.
  But by the definition of what constitutes Christianity in its deepest sense you can not do so and faithfully call yourself a Christian.
  Jesus Christ didn't call himself "a light, a truth, or a way." He said He was "THE" way.
  Yes Jesus claimed exclusivity but he did not tell his followers to go lop off the heads of those who disagreed, in fact he taught them the opposite to feed, clothe, and love those in need.
  It is not possible for a Christian to acknowledge Islam as a pathway to truth, for the two worldviews are exclusive to themselves and can not both be seen as authoritative.
  Sadly now, in your attempt to have it both ways you have caused people to judge you with suspicion you do not wish, and you have subverted an important truth that is vital to the safety of us all.

Is This What Obama Intended?
  For as long as Barack Obama has been a household name, he has devoted much of his time and energy to maligning American free enterprise. While campaigning for the presidency, Senator Obama traversed the country preaching, among other things, his economic doctrines. And the recurrent themes from these economic messages were quite clear: A) our nation’s greatest enemies were not terrorists or hostile nations, but American corporations; B) American oil companies, pharmaceutical companies, insurance companies, and businesses that “shipped jobs overseas,” were among the worst fenders; and C) victory over these enemies would not be achieved until he, himself, could control these various sectors of our economy…
  Yet there is nothing “incoherent” about Barack Obama. He is consistent with his quest for control. Our President has demonstrated that, for him, it’s not about being “for” or “against” “the banks,” or “Wall Street,” or “Main Street” – it’s about seizing power over private affairs, and he will achieve that power by what ever means necessary.
  Slumping economy or not, the truth is abundantly clear: our President is achieving precisely what he intended.

“The best way to help poor people is to not be one of them.” Bob Harrington