Daily Archives: February 18, 2015

Are All Democrats ‘Irony-Retarded’?

Much has been made of the fact that President Obama’s Executive Amnesty adventure was most enthusiastically condemned by none other than himself. In months and years past, the President stated many times, publicly, that such an action would be illegal. Until, apparently, he changed his mind and signed such an order. That patently illegal action is very likely dead now that it’s been halted by a federal judge. Executive Amnesty is not the first occasion the present-day Barack Obama has found himself in stark disagreement with the younger Senator Obama. His miraculously changing views on the ethics of the federal deficit come to mind. But the President has nothing on other high-ranking Democrat Party officials, like former Chairman Howard Dean, who just recently came under fire for criticizing Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s credentials to run for President, because he has no college degree. It comes as no surprise to anyone that Dean has praised the credentials of plenty of Democrats who lacked much more than a college degree, some who lacked even a verifiable birth certificate. While this is merely a bit of hypocrisy, the result is ironic when, as Walker pointed out, we end up with Harvard-educated politicians who are still morons. Dean’s successor, Debbie Wassermann Schultz is likewise a legend for her rhetorical gymnastics and amusing contradictory positions.

But the current reigning champ of world-class irony-blindness has to be our Vice-President, Joe Biden, pictured below while still a US Senator and chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee deliberating, in 1991, the nomination of Judge Clarence Thomas to the US Supreme Court.  Those extremely painful hearings were responsible for putting the entire nation on high alert about sexual harassment in the workplace.  Chairman Joe, at the time, was very comfortable establishing that the slightest action by a male co-worker that made a woman uncomfortable, even without any physical contact of any kind, should be dealt with in the harshest of ways.
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Later in 1993, while still a senator, Joe said: “No man has a right to touch a woman without her consent, and that’s what we’ve got to get across.” Later, in 2000 while discussing the Violence Against Women Act, he said, according to the Washington Examiner:

“There is no circumstance under which a man has a right to touch a woman without her consent other than self-defense. We are changing the attitudes of America about what constitutes appropriate behavior on the part of a man with a woman.”

Since that time, Vice President Joe Biden has proven to be a man on a mission to disprove all that, and to perpetrate as much sexual discomfort on women as is possible for one man. Who can forget this?
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Or this?
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Or this?
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And, how irony-retarded do you have to be to accuse Republicans of a “War on Women” while this is going on all over the world, and Democrats actively dismantle our ability to do anything about it?
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How do Democrats respond to the subjugation of women under Islam? By excusing it, of course. Just when does a little irony-retardedness become a criminal act? I believe we’ve achieved that reality for some time now.

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King Obama vs. Constitutional Scholar Obama

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The U.S. Constitution requires the combined agreement of the House, the Senate and the President to make, change or strike down a law. The only one of these three that can be ignored is the last one; if the President vetoes a law, Congress can still pass it, if there are enough votes. But nothing, Nothing, NOTHING gives any president the right to unilaterally make, change or strike down a law.  The law may be the law, but the Obama administration is still going to appeal the injunction and try to force King Obama’s decree on us.  The case will now move to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans.

Ted Cruz on The Kelly File

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Eight minutes about a pencil

Mike Rowe with pencil

From Mike Rowe’s Facebook page:

Kyle Smith writes…

Howard Dean recently criticized Gov Scott Walker for never finishing college, stating that he was “unknowledgeable.” What would your response be on college as a requirement for elected office?

Hi Kyle

Back in 1990, The QVC Cable Shopping Channel was conducting a national talent search. I had no qualifications to speak of, but I needed a job, and thought TV might be a fun way to pay the bills. So I showed up at The Marriott in downtown Baltimore with a few hundred other hopefuls, and waited for a chance to audition. When it was my turn, the elevator took me to the top floor, where a man no expression led me into a suite and asked me to take a seat behind a large desk. Across from the desk, there was a camera on a tripod. On the desk was a digital timer with an LED display. I took a seat as the man clipped a microphone on my shirt and explained the situation.

“The purpose of this audition is to see if you can talk for eight minutes without stuttering, blathering, passing out, or throwing up. Any questions?”

“What would you like me to talk about?” I asked.

The man pulled a pencil from behind his ear and rolled it across the desk. “Talk to me about that pencil. Sell it. Make me want it. But be yourself. If you can do that for eight minutes, the job is yours. OK?”

I looked at the pencil. It was yellow. It had a point on one end, and an eraser on the other. On the side were the words, Dixon Ticonderoga Number 2 SOFT.

“OK,” I said.

The man set the timer to 8:00, and walked behind the tripod. He pressed a button and a red light appeared on the camera. He pressed another button and the timer began to count backwards. “Action,” he said. I picked up the pencil and started talking.

“Hi there. My name’s Mike Rowe, and I only have eight minutes to tell you why this is finest pencil on Planet Earth. So let’s get right to it.”

I opened the desk drawer and found a piece of hotel stationery, right where I hoped it would be. I picked up the pencil and wrote the word QUALITY in capital letters. I held the paper toward the camera.

“As you can plainly see, The #2 Dixon Ticonderoga leaves a bold, unmistakable line, far superior to the thin and wispy wake left by the #3, or the fat, sloppy skid mark of the unwieldy #1. Best of all, the Ticonderoga is not filled with actual lead, but ‘madagascar graphite,’ a far safer alternative for anyone who likes to chew on their writing implements.”

To underscore the claim, I licked the point. I then discussed the many advantages of the Ticonderoga’s color.

“A vibrant yellow, perfectly suited for an object that needs to stand out from the clutter of a desk drawer.”

I commented on the comfort of its design.

“Unlike those completely round pencils that press hard into the web of your hand, the Ticonderoga’s circumference is comprised of eight gently plained surfaces, which dramatically reduce fatigue, and make writing for extended periods an absolute delight.”

I pointed out the “enhanced eraser,” which was “guaranteed to still be there – even when the pencil was sharpened down to an unusable nub.”

I opined about handmade craftsmanship and American made quality. I talked about the feel of real wood.

“In a world overrun with plastic and high tech gadgets, isn’t it comforting to know that some things haven’t evolved into something shiny and gleaming and completely unrecognizable?’”

After all that, there was still five minutes on the timer. So I shifted gears and considered the pencil’s impact on Western Civilization. I spoke of Picasso and Van Gogh, and their hundreds of priceless drawings – all done in pencil. I talked about Einstein and Hawking, and their many complicated theories and theorems – all done in pencil.

“Pen and ink are fine for memorializing contracts,” I said, “but real progress relies on the ability to erase and start anew. Archimedes said he could move the world with a lever long enough, but when it came to proving it, he needed a pencil to make the point.”

With three minutes remaining, I moved on to some personal recollections about the role of pencils in my own life. My first legible signature, my first book report, my first crossword puzzle, and of course, my first love letter. I may have even worked up a tear as I recalled the innocence of my youth, scribbled out on a piece of looseleaf with all the hope and passion a desperate 6th grader could muster… courtesy of a #2 pencil.

With :30 seconds left on the timer, I looked fondly at the Dixon Ticonderoga, and sat silently for five seconds. Then I wrapped it up.

“We call it a pencil, because all things need a name. But today, let’s call it what it really is. A time machine. A match maker. A magic wand. And let’s say it can all be yours…for just 99 cents.”

The timer read 0:00. The man walked back to the desk. He took the pencil and wrote “YOU’RE HIRED” on the stationery, and few days later, I moved to West Chester, PA. And a few days after that, I was on live television, face to face with the never-ending parade of trinkets and chotchkies that comprise QVC’s overnight inventory.

I spent three months on the graveyard shift, five nights a week. Technically, this was my training period, which was curious, given the conspicuous absence of supervision, or anything that could be confused with actual instruction. Every few minutes a stagehand would bring me another mysterious “must have item,” which I’d blather about nonsensically until it was whisked away and replaced with something no less baffling. In this way, I slowly uncovered the mysteries of my job, and forged a tenuous relationship with an audience of chronic insomniacs and narcoleptic lonely hearts. It was a crucible of confusion and ambiguity, and in hindsight, the best training I ever had.

Which brings me to the point of your question, Kyle.

I don’t agree with Howard Dean – not at all.

Here’s what I didn’t understand 25 years ago. QVC had a serious recruiting problem. Qualified candidates were applying in droves, but failing miserably on the air. Polished salespeople with proven track records were awkward on TV. Professional actors with extensive credits couldn’t be themselves on camera. And seasoned hosts who understood live television had no experience hawking products. So eventually, QVC hit the reset button. They stopped looking for “qualified” people, and started looking for anyone who could talk about a pencil for eight minutes.

QVC had confused qualifications with competency.

Perhaps America has done something similar?

Look at how we hire help – it’s not so different than how we elect leaders. We search for work ethic on resumes. We look for intelligence in test scores. We search for character in references. And of course, we look at a four-year diploma as though it might actually tell us something about common sense and leadership.

Obviously, we need a bit more from our elected officials than the instincts of a home shopping host, but the business of determining what those “qualifications” are is completely up to us. We get to decide what matters most. We get to decide if a college degree or military service is somehow determinative. We get to decide if Howard Dean is correct.

Anyone familiar with my foundation knows my position. I think a trillion dollars of student loans and a massive skills gap are precisely what happens to a society that actively promotes one form of education as the best course for the most people. I think the stigmas and stereotypes that keep so many people from pursuing a truly useful skill begin with the mistaken belief that a four-year degree is somehow superior to all other forms of learning. And I think that making elected office contingent on a college degree is maybe the worst idea I’ve ever heard.

But of course, Howard Dean is not the real problem. He’s just one guy. And he’s absolutely right when he says that many others will judge Scott Walker for not finishing college. That’s the real problem.

However – when Howard Dean called the Governor “unknowledgeable,” he rolled out more than a stereotype. He rolled a pencil across the desk, and gave Scott Walker eight minutes to knock it out of the park.

It’ll be fun to see if he does.

Mike

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Obama’s High Horse

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Christians aren’t the only ones expecting the End Times.  According to this author, Daesh is TRYING to bring on the Apocalypse!

http://www.theatlantic.com/features/archive/2015/02/what-isis-really-wants/384980/

Daesh: My preferred descriptor for IS, ISIS, ISIL because it does not include the word “state” thus depriving them of this legitimacy.

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Ash Wednesday Shade of Grey

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Meditation (excerpted by CtH) by Kate Rhodes

Leviticus 13:1-2, 44-46 – God’s command concerning quarantining of lepers
Gospel of Mark 1:40-45 – Jesus heals a leper

I remember helping in RCIA at my parish in Los Angeles, and we had broken out into small groups. In my small group, one of the candidates was reflecting on the Scripture readings for the week and said how she’d heard that the New Testament was essentially God’s apology for the Old Testament.

It was the first time I’d ever encountered this pretty pervasive (and WRONG!) idea that God thought He was too harsh in the Old Testament and so in the New Testament He plays his nice card and sends Jesus.

We live in a culture dominated by “bleeding heart” liberal ideology that wants a watery gospel where Jesus was this super nice guy and sin doesn’t exist.

But Jesus doesn’t contradict the Mosaic Law. He says in the Sermon on the mount: “Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets. I have come not to abolish but to fulfill.” (Math. 5:17)

And in today’s Gospel we have a beautiful example of that profession. Jesus doesn’t hug the leper, and say: “Moses was just so mean. I love you just the way you are.” No. He actually, literally makes him clean.

Jesus doesn’t overlook or ignore our flaws, he bears them for us. Just as the leper was cast out, sin casts us out. Sin isolates us. It divides us not only from God but from our family, our friends, and our communities.

Jesus wants to transform you the way that he transformed the leper. He wants to bring you out of isolation and into communion.

Be bold today to approach Christ as the leper approached Him—in full awareness of your brokenness—and ask him for healing.

http://blessedisshe.net/jesus-heals-leper/?mc_cid=673b2f3ab9&mc_eid=ccaefed520

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