Support Traditional Marriage? You Don’t Deserve a Job!

April 6, 2014

The Left’s claims of tolerance often fall when confronted by someone who disagrees with them.  They view any disagreement as intolerance, which must be met with the most intolerant hate and vitriol.

William Saletan wrote an article in Slate (I won’t link  to increase his traffic)   entitled “Purge the Bigots”.  The subtitle is “Let’s oust everyone who donated to  the campaign against gay marriage.”

“Purge” is not a harmless word.  The first definition listed under “purge” is “to get rid of opponents;  to remove opponents or people considered undesirable from a state or organization.”

Besides forced emigration, which I’ll give Saletan the benefit of the doubt that he would not support (I hope), he is explicitly endorsing the latter part of the definition.  He provides a link in his article of all of the donors who gave to the Proposition 8 campaign which passed in California.  Proposition 8 was a state amendment that made marriage (state sanctioned) between a man and woman.  Of course, this is what it has always been, but the homosexual activists had successfully changed that definition in other states.  Proposition 8 was passed in order to preserve the definition of historical marriage.

Civil unions between homosexuals would still be legal, with its attendant tax and judicial benefits.  But Proposition 8 was pegged by homosexual activists as “homophobic” and “bigoted” because it would not allow homosexuals to change the definition of marriage to include them.

Per Dennis Prager, homosexuals account for 3 percent of the population.  According to a Pew research poll, 60% of homosexual respondents were currently married or wanted to get married.  52% were ambivalent or against marriage.  So, about 1.5% of the population dictates what the 98.5% of the population must accept regarding marriage.

Saletan is agitating for the many people who supported traditional marriage to lose their livelihoods.  And he has provided the means to do it with a link to the complete list.

Such intolerance should be shunned by all.  As a supporter of traditional marriage, I am chilled to the core.

There are a few on the Left who are uncomfortable with such intolerance, but their voices are being drowned out by the cacophony of homosexual activists willing to actively hurt those who disagree with them.

As Saletan put it:  “If we’re serious about taking down corporate officers who supported Proposition 8, and boycotting employers who promote them, we’d better get cracking on the rest of the list. Otherwise, perhaps we should put down the pitchforks.”

Pitchforks, indeed.

 

 

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Hey, I kinda like this new Egyptian government…

March 10, 2014

1.  They have killed or imprisoned the Muslim Brotherhood…with gusto!  And- bonus points- they don’t apologize to the liberal Western media who are wailing and gnashing their teeth about Da Hood’s demise.

2.  The interim government (the military) resigned after a 15 minute meeting.  That’s getting things done!  First on the agenda…we all resign.  Second the motion?  Great, we’re adjourned until forever.  It of course is a power play for el-Sisi, but hey, at least they get things done.

3.  They don’t hesitate to jail Al-Jazeera “journalists”.  Al-jazeera has been caught using stringers who work with/for terrorists, fudging the truth in favor of terrorists and having a correspondent who moonlighted as a courier for al-qaeda.   If Osama bin Laden made a tape, you could be sure Al-Jazeera would air it.  Here’s a cartoon they ran inciting the insurgency in Iraq to go after U.S. personnel.

Friendly note to Al-Jazeera…if you get women to hold up signs proclaiming the innocence of your correspondents, try to dress them like the the one on the left, not the one on the right.  Just a friendly suggestion.

 

BUT….Christians are still being marginalized, persecuted, and killed in Egypt.  Two thousand years of Christian history may be coming to an end as copts are fleeing for their lives.  It doesn’t appear this new government cares much about them.

 

 

 

So There Really Is a Slippery Slope

December 20, 2013
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When a Salon author was hammering on one of the Osmonds for standing up for traditional marriage, I made a comment that opening up traditional marriage to homosexuals could lead to a malleable definition of that institution.  Once something is redefined, I reasoned, what is there to prevent it from being further redefined?  Why not marriage between a man and two more men, or a man with several women?  Or a man and a child? I was digitally assaulted with ad hominems and put downs, for, as the commenters at Salon calmly explained, how could I be such a idiot?  No one was pushing for marriage between anything other than two consenting, loving adults.  My point was a non sequitur to throw off the discussion.

Well, it didn’t take long to see the branches of the homosexual marriage advocates bear strange but predictable fruit.

(Fox News) Advocacy groups for polygamy and individual liberties on Saturday hailed a federal judge’s ruling that key parts of Utah’s polygamy laws are unconstitutional, saying it will remove the threat of arrest for those families.

…The ruling was a victory for Kody Brown and his four wives who star in the hit TLC reality show “Sister Wives” and other fundamentalist Mormons who believe polygamy brings exaltation in heaven.

This unsurprising ruling (in light of the pressure homosexual marriage advocates are exerting nationwide) seemed to confirm many conservatives’ suspicions about redefining marriage.  It certainly confirmed mine. Changing the definition of marriage will result in it becoming anything society says it is.

An alliance, albeit a loose one, appears to be forming between two very different camps.

On one side, the progressive left agitates for homosexual marriage. On the other side, a strange mix of entertainment moguls and strange real-life apostates push for polygamous marriage.  When I first heard about Big Love on HBO, I had assumed that Hollywood would portray polygamy as a “Mormon” thing in order to show that Mormons are cult whackjobs.  Produced by Tom Hanks, Big Love made it painfully obvious to any real Mormon that its agenda was to show Mormons as controlling, neurotic despots over their flock, be it their wards or families.  The protagonist polygamist, although cast in a sympathetic light, nevertheless is weird enough to keep the attention of viewers curious for the salacious details of living with multiple wives.  The little I saw of the series bored me to distraction, so I gave up trying to see what Tom Hanks really thought of the Mormons.  Fortunately,  he provided a quote to help me understand his views on Mormons who support traditional marriage:

“the truth is a lot of Mormons gave a lot of money to the church to make Prop-8 happen, There are a lot of people who feel that is un-American, and I am one of them.”

Tom’s agent (who must have realized that Mormons are not quite as small a minority as Tom may have thought) I’m sure convinced him to retract his statement that Mormons who supported Proposition 8 were un-American.  To his credit, he did retract, but I believe Mr. Hanks allowed us a glimpse into his thinking in an unguarded moment.

Now TLC  produces a reality show, Sister Wives, about the day to day doings of a Utah polygamist and the show seems quite sympathetic to Kody’s plight.  He’s a polygamist living in fear of arrest every day.  Poor, poor Kody!  I think it is interesting that in both Big Love and Sister Wives, the producers choose the polygamist himself as their hero.  My, have we come a long way from when the polygamist was the aging Brigham Young, preying on poor, defenseless virgins for his great lust!  Contrast Hollywood’s present day take on polygamy with that of the history of the early Mormon church— polygamy was one of the main curmudgeons used by the press to hammer the weird Mormons and call for their extermination.

What strange bedfellows politics have made.  Homosexual marriage advocates alongside polygamists.  That slope had to have been pretty slippery for those two groups to find common ground.

Book Review: One Second After by William R. Forstchen

December 12, 2013

As an amateur prepper, I was excited when my sister lent me a copy of One Second After.   I had heard good things about the book and read a few reviews on amazon.  It seemed like a prepper’s classic.

One Second After excels in its portrayal  of the human cost of an EMP (electromagnetic pulse)-caused disaster.  Forstchen distills a massive continental cataclysm into the struggle to find insulin for his daughter.

Another good aspect of the book is its understanding of post-disaster politics that will most likely develop.  Strongmen will fill the vacuum of the nonexistent government and the clans will fight for territory and resources.  Unlike Mad Max, most of the survival will be boring farming activities and common sense sanitation.  Forstchen nails this.  The central importance of medications and pharmacies was very well done. But it seemed a little weird  that the pharmacist had a gun but where was her husband?  Of course, the protagonist uses his manly strength to help the poor little woman pharmacist clear out the riffraff, thereby earning the right to get more insulin than others.

This brings up a good point.  When is it moral to take more than your ration?  Or to get it before others? The movie Contagion brilliantly delved into the moral dilemma of a health care provider getting access to the cure before others.  (If you haven’t seen Contagion, please watch it.  About as accurate as a disaster movie will get.)

One Second After gets the “Big Picture” right, but since it is a novel, the long passages of “telling” come across as dry and didactic.

The book falls flat (on its face) in a couple of technical errors and the military final battle.

First, the book describes all vehicles (except old diesels) becoming irreparably inoperable due to the EMP.  This will not happen.

In the EMP Commission Critical National Infrastructures Report done in 2008, 18 cars were tested with artificial EMP’s of up to 50,000 volts per meter (by the way, most researchers do not believe the voltage would exceed this in an EMP).  Only a few of the running cars were affected.  All but one restarted immediately.  All cars that were not running survived the experiment without any harm to the vehicles’ microelectronics.

Having the majority of vehicles undamaged would change the book dramatically even if the gas pumps were not working.  (Hand pumps, anyone?)  Long term, of course, fuel transportation would dribble to nothing.  So, whatever fuel was left in pumping stations would not last long.  But initially, most people would have the fuel in their tanks to use.  And, like so many disaster movies before and after, in One Second After, bicycles have inexplicably vanished from the earth.  It’s either ride in a car or walk.  No alternative!  I guess it’s difficult to make your protagonist “cool” if he’s riding a ten-speed.

Forstchen’s credentials would lead the reader to believe he’s got a grasp of strategy and tactics of war (he’s a professor of military history) but his protagonist becomes “too stupid to live” when he and a few good guys decide to risk everything by using the only operating car(!) to explore a dangerous, lawless locale.  What is the pressing, nay, critical need to risk their lives?  To “check things out“.  I’m sure the author would argue that they needed to begin a dialogue with those in the city but, why would they risk it?  Why not send a courier with a letter and a white flag?  At least then you only lose one messenger.   But no, it has to be the leaders themselves, lightly armed.  They start assaulting guards at a check station.  D-uh.  The guards are of course imbeciles.

The other letdown was the final battle.  The book’s entire buildup ramps up to this final conflict and then Forstchen skips it!  He just describes the mopping up sequence.  He missed out on all the tension the approaching army would have created, especially if the battle could have gone against the protagonists.  Ah well.

I’m glad for the book, but all preppers be advised, your car will probably work after an EMP.  And don’t go exploring during a breakdown in society to “check things out.”  It might be slightly hazardous to your health.

So This is What The Recovery is Made of…

October 24, 2013

A month ago, a poll of 1,000 Americans revealed that three out of four people have less than a six month cushion in savings, while almost a third have no savings whatsoever.

Now drops the other shoe.

Washington Post, Oct. 23, 2013

A majority of Americans with 401(k)-type savings accounts are accumulating debt faster than they are setting aside money for retirement, further undermining the nation’s troubled system for old-age saving, a new report has found.

Three in five workers with defined contribution accounts are “debt savers,” according to the report released Thursday, meaning their increasing mortgages, credit card balances and installment loans are outpacing the amount of money they are able to save for retirement.

Roughly 60% of Americans are digging deeper into debt faster than they are saving for retirement.  So, this “recovery” which has been anemic by any standard, has largely been fueled by debt.

 

 

 

Happy Fourth of July, and Happy Independence Day, Egypt!

July 5, 2013

Color me surprised.

Not only did the deadline have teeth, but Da Hood were embarrassed out of power.   Backlashes will be forthcoming. 

Happy Independence Day, Egypt.  I hope you can keep vigilant against Sharia law, Da Hood, and Islamofascism. 

You will certainly have to do it on your own.  Don’t look to the U.S. for any help.  Obama is triangulating against you.  I pray that you will be strong.

Never submit!

From Nice Deb–Obama is threatening Egypt’s Military

July 2, 2013

Wow, just wow

The Obama administration is urging Egyptian President Mohammed Morsy to call early elections and has warned the Egyptian military that it risks losing U.S. aid if it carries out a military coup amid the political crisis, senior administration officials tell CNN.

At the same time, the officials stopped short of saying Morsy should step down immediately.

“We are saying to him, ‘Figure out a way to go for new elections,’” one senior official said. “That may be the only way that this confrontation can be resolved.”

Anyone who thinks that Obama isn’t completely and utterly in the tank for Da Hood is willfully blind.  He has no problem with a U.S. friendly soft-dictator getting the boot, but if the organization that spawned Al-Qaeda is threatened, our president threatens to pull the plug on the billions in aid!

Walid Showbat, who I happen to agree with, maintains that this time, there will be blood.  I think that even if Morsi is defeated, he or his thugs will do what they did for decades under Mubarak—lie low and survive until they can pounce on opportunity. 

i still can’t figure out why Da Hood, after being so clever, prematurely jumped the gun when all they had to do was incrementally tighten the Sharia screws.

Look at Turkey…almost 10 years went by without any real protests and now the people are finding that the military is not really behind them.  Erdogan did it right.  Morsi was impatient.

 

 

 

 

 

Egypt has 48 hours left? Not so fast…

July 1, 2013

Although the military has given the political parties 48 hours to mend their differences and come to an agreement, don’t hold your breath.  Deadlines come and go in the Middle East.

However, on the brighter side, it appears this backlash against the Muslim Brotherhood (Da Hood) is even larger than the original Tahrir square demonstrations.  There were a few hundred thousand then…reportedly there are millions now.

Like I noted before, it was interesting to see Da Hood overplay its hand the way it has.  I thought they were confident because they knew they had the thing sewed up.

Perhaps they called the hand too soon….

…hundreds of protesters overran the national Muslim Brotherhood headquarters located in the Moqattam district of Cairo, resulting in the death of at least five people, according to Al-Ahram.

…Reportedly, an Egyptian military source told Reuters that across the country, more than 14 million people had participated in protests…

The article at Stratfor downplays how momentous this truly is, but it is nothing less than the biggest showdown of secularists vs. islamofascists in the world.

I predict that however this one goes, it will have similar repercussions around the Middle East.  My bet is on Da Hood.  Although they’ve badly miscalculated their strength, Morsi and his thugs will figure out a way to survive and live to fight another day.

Tribute to the Great Margaret Thatcher

April 8, 2013

For me, the most memorable moment of Margaret Thatcher’s leadership was when our own president, George H.W. Bush, lost his nerve when confronted by an aggressive Iraq in 1991. She met with George and in so many words told him to stop being such a wimp.  Britain would have America’s back.  It is my view that without the Iron Lady, we would have shrunk from kicking Saddam Hussein out of Kuwait.

More importantly, she spearheaded the fight against the Soviet Empire.  Before Margaret Thatcher, almost everyone believed the Soviet Union undefeatable.  My father and I never believed that the Soviet Union would be defeated in our lifetimes.  She bravely stood against communism, unflinchingly resolute.  She gave the critical support Ronald Reagan needed.  The words that Margaret Thatcher spoke gave hope to dissidents languishing in gulags and tortured by the KGB.  Liberals who derided these two great leaders have to reconcile their abandonment of those brave Russians who they refused to support.

As I read the tributes from world leaders, I was shocked how few mentioned her brilliant defeat of the Soviet Union.  But there were some leaders who did mention it… her old foes.

From Miriam Elder:  “There are few things Russian officialdom respects more than a strong leader and, to them, Margaret Thatcher was it. It was Krasnaya Zvezda, the Red Army’s newspaper, that dubbed her the “Iron Lady” in a 1977 article. The title stuck around. The Soviet Union didn’t.”

Speaking to journalists on Monday, Communist deputy Leonid Kalashnikov said: “She is the greatest woman, the greatest politician – as an opponent, I always respected her.”

“And how she, with the Americans ‘strangled’ the Soviet Union is also worth quite a lot – because she did it correctly, logically and in their own interests,” he said. “Our men-politicians need to learn from her, how to stand up for the national interests of your country,” he said.

What a lady!  We’ll miss you, Baroness Thatcher.  I hope she and Ronald share a few well-deserved pats on the back from the many, many patriots in Russia, Great Britain, and the United States who gave their lives to destroy the Communist Empire.

How Long Can Europe Hold On?

March 24, 2013

I’ll admit my predictions were wrong.

When I first started reading Monty’s Doom posts at Ace’s a couple of years ago I was convinced that Europe would split within a year or two.  Greece led the debt-ridden PIIGS (Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Greece, and Spain) and looked to be on the way out.  

When we visited Athens my family decided to go without an organized tour group.  Things appeared quiet, but my family could detect an undercurrent of desperation.  I was pickpocketed on the train, but they only got a few euros for their trouble.  Waiting for buses back to the cruise ship, the tension in the air was palpable.  These were not happy people. 

The next year Athens saw the violent protests against austerity.  So, I supposed the end was approaching.

I was wrong. 

Crisis after crisis was averted by Angela Merkel’s handouts, with a full expectation that the southern countries would reciprocate with grateful reductions in spending. 

But as the great Victor Davis Hanson wrote, the way of life in Greece was one of graft, first through a socialist government largesse to welfare recipients, then to those employed by the government.  He would tell of repairmen who would tell the good doctor that his washer could not be fixed for several weeks but if the repairman came back, off the clock, the job would be done that same day if he paid him under the table.  That repairman would reap his government salary for the day despite going home at 2 pm.  Then, he’d make his real money after hours in seedy wink-wink transactions.  Such is Greece.

Austerity?  No way.

Merkel’s consternation at Greece’s intransigence could not trump her desire to see the European Union survive.  Too many bureaucrats had staked their reputations and fortunes on the grand EU experiment to let it fail.  So bailout after bailout ensued, with the ECB (European Central Bank) finally announcing it would perpetually bailout any distressed countrie’s struggling banks.

Crisis averted.  EU solidly together again, despite a few raised hackles in Germany who is funding most of these bailouts.

Nothing to see here, move along.

And then along came Cyprus.  How could a small (tiny, really) island make any difference even if its banks were in arrears?  Who cared with such a tiny fraction of the trillions of GDP that represents the EU? 

Ahhh, but there’s that human thing.  People don’t like it when their government takes money right out of their accounts.  They’re much more docile when taxed and when interest rates are kept artificially at zero.  But take their money directly, and it’s panic time,

The lies told to us by the EU governments are laughably transparent.  Bank holidays?  What a joke. 

Will this be the domino that starts it all?  Well, if so, it’s several years too late, and of course the reckoning will be that much worse. 

Now the real question is, with the slow-motion trainwreck of EU dissolution taking so gosh-darn long, what will be our tradjectory in the U.S. when our own collapse occurs?

I can imagine it will topple quickly, once it starts to go.  It all comes down to the faith of the common person in the fiat currency.  Once it’s gone…splashdown.