Not-So-Smooth Operator > Obama increasingly comes across as devious and dishonest: What is happening is that the president is coming across more and more as a trimmer, as an operator who's not operating in good faith. This is hardening positions and leading to increased political bitterness. And it's his fault, too. As an increase in polarization is a bad thing, it's a big fault.
The Battle Requires Perspective and Perseverance: We must fix our eyes on Christ and not grow weary in doing good. Victory comes to those who remain on the battlefield regardless of the how the battle seems to be going at that particular point in time. In Christ's name, we fight for life, marriage, and religious freedom. May He grant each of us the grace to persevere in this battle.
CIA Discovery: Jerusalem Is the Capital of Israel: The State Department isn't sure whether Jerusalem is the capital city of the state of Israel. In fact, yesterday,spokesman Victoria Nuland was asked, "What is the capital of Israel?" She would not say. "Our policy with regard to Jerusalem is that it has to be solved through negotiations," Nuland responded, without answering the straightforward question. "That's all I have to say on this issue." The whole exchange is astonishing. [BHO rides again … JS]
Calling George Orwell > Foolishness in Federal Prisons: George Orwell … “Only an intellectual could believe such stuff – an ordinary man could not possibly be such a fool.” … cultivating LGBT cultural awareness” inside a prison is tantamount to painting targets on the backs of prisoners. As anyone who has been in a prison knows, they are violent places where rape is often the weapon of choice. [Only an elitist could believe that all LGBTers want to be outed and then out them because that elitist knows best. – JS]
"The power of the state to impose restraints and burdens upon persons and
property in conservation and promotion of the public health, good order, and
prosperity is a power originally and always belonging to the states, not
surrendered to them by the general government, nor directly restrained by the
constitution of the United States, and essentially exclusive." -- Justice Melville Fuller (1833-1910) Chief Justice of the United States (1888-1910)