Friday, October 02, 2015

Trump 2016

I have no idea whether this was intended as mockery. But if it was, it failed miserably. It's adorable, clever and funny.

And the artist that came up with the face/logo is a genius. It is just SO the man, himself, from the red hair swoop to the pursed lips, while incorporating his declared and obvious love of America with the red, white and blue stars and stripes. Brilliant.

Even if inadvertently so.


10 Best Practices for a Happy Life, Part 2

Part 1 is two posts down.
See Tony Rubolotta's comment there that prompted me to develop my theme here.
Thanks, Tony, you always make me think.

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My former pastor is the one who told me the Ten Commandments were a recipe for good living.  He said they were like a map of the solid ground through a swamp. Follow them and you’ll have a good trip.

If you love your family, for example (5th commandment), you’ll have a loving family life. And that’s way better than the alternative.

If you don’t envy and covet (10th commandment), but are satisfied and happy with what you’ve got, you’ll be a lot happier, and undoubtedly bring happiness to others.

If you don’t murder or steal, (6th & 8th) you won’t end up in prison…or at the least have to live with an intensely guilty conscience, which will taint your entire life…even if you pretend or declare otherwise (barring mental illness like psychopathy, of course, but that’s a whole ’nother kettle of fish.)

If you remember what’s important (2nd), and don’t get caught up in the shallow and unfulfilling, you’ll more likely be happy and fulfilled.

If you treat other people kindly (4th) chances are they’ll return the favor.

If you don’t commit adultery (7th), you don’t destroy marriages, families, homes and children, which are, despite the modern take on self-indulgence, way better than a good lay.

God gave us freedom. And like civil liberty, it comes with risks. Suffering, mistakes, pain, loss etc. are all part of the deal. He could have made use perfect little obedient robots, I suppose. We’d never sin. But we wouldn’t be nearly as much fun. And couldn't voluntarily honor or love Him, which He seems to appreciate.

I think God laughs, I think God cries. But he does not rage, or howl in anger. I don’t think God gets cross, or offended, or affronted, or jealous. He’s GOD for Christ's sake. He’s above all those petty human emotions. God ain’t Allah.

He doesn’t rain fire and brimstone, he doesn’t flood the world to kill all living things. These are, however, certainly useful, vivid stories.

All God really says is, “When you do what you did, you get what you got.”

Consequences. You hit someone, they hit you back. Ouch. Consequences.

Think Karma, or "What goes around, comes around".

God made us, and the universe with certain characteristics. We behave in certain ways, we respond in certain ways and react in certain ways. And so does everything else.

When we do bad things, one way or another, we end up feeling bad. Because we feel guilty, because we have to hide them from the ones we love, so we can't be completely ourselves, because people find out and we're humiliated, because the law finds out and we get busted.

Bad people are profoundly unhappy. Consequences.

But it IS easier to demonstrate the dire and dreadful consequences of sin if you shout "God rained down fire and brimstone because the people in Sodom and Gomorrah were sinners!"

It’s rather less evocative to say that the people of Sodom & Gomorrah had really crappy lives because they did really crappy things. When you’re preaching, you’ve only got so much time to really get your point across. I vote for Fire and Brimstone!

I think my pastor proved that interpretation is the key to realizing that God is not a furious judge but a loving father.

Best advice: Follow the map through the swamp, you’ll mostly avoid getting eaten by ‘gators, or at the very least, ruining a good pair of shoes.


Letter Requesting Criminalizing "Climate Deniers"

Letter to President Obama, Attorney General Lynch, and OSTP Director Holdren

September 1, 2015

Dear President Obama, Attorney General Lynch, and OSTP Director Holdren,

As you know, an overwhelming majority of climate scientists are convinced about the potentially serious adverse effects of human-induced climate change on human health, agriculture, and biodiversity.We applaud your efforts to regulate emissions and the other steps you are taking. Nonetheless, as climate scientists we are exceedingly concerned that America’s response to climate change–indeed, the world’s response to climate change–is insufficient. The risks posed by climate change, including increasing extreme weather events, rising sea levels, and increasing ocean acidity–and potential strategies for addressing them–are detailed in the Third National Climate Assessment (2014), Climate Change Impacts in the United States. The stability of the Earth’s climate over the past ten thousand years contributed to the growth of agriculture and therefore, a thriving human civilization. We are now at high risk of seriously destabilizing the Earth’s climate and irreparably harming people around the world, especially the world’s poorest people.

We appreciate that you are making aggressive and imaginative use of the limited tools available to you in the face of a recalcitrant Congress. One additional tool–recently proposed by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse–is a RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act) investigation of corporations and other organizations that have knowingly deceived the American people about the risks of climate change, as a means to forestall America’s response to climate change. The actions of these organizations have been extensively documented in peer reviewed academic research (Brulle, 2013) and in recent books including: Doubt is their Product (Michaels, 2008), Climate Cover-Up (Hoggan & Littlemore, 2009), Merchants of Doubt (Oreskes & Conway, 2010), The Climate War (Pooley, 2010), and in The Climate Deception Dossiers (Union of Concerned Scientists, 2015).We strongly endorse Senator Whitehouse’s call
for a RICO investigation.

The methods of these organizations are quite similar to those used earlier by the tobacco industry. A RICO investigation (1999 to 2006)played an important role in stopping the tobacco industry from continuing to deceive the American people about the dangers of smoking.If corporations in the fossil fuel industry and their supporters are guilty of the misdeeds that have been documented in books and journalarticles, it is imperative that these misdeeds be stopped as soon as possible so that America and the world can get on with the critically important business of finding effective ways to restabilize the Earth’s climate,before even more lasting damage is done.

Jagadish Shukla, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
Edward Maibach, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
Paul Dirmeyer, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
Barry Klinger, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
Paul Schopf, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
David Straus, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
EdwardSarachik, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Michael Wallace, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Alan Robock, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
Eugenia Kalnay, University of Maryland, College Park, MD
William Lau, University of Maryland, College Park, MD
Kevin Trenberth, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO
T.N.Krishnamurti, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
Vasu Misra, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
Ben Kirtman, University of Miami, Miami, FL
Robert Dickinson, University of Texas, Austin, TX
Michela Biasutti, Earth Institute, Columbia University, New York, NY
Mark Cane, Columbia University, New York, NY
Lisa Goddard, Earth Institute, Columbia University, New
York, NY
Alan Betts, Atmospheric Research, Pittsford, VT

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So. These people want to criminalize anyone who disagrees with them. Wow. It's the Inquisition! History really does reapeat itself.

I'm sure they're very proud of themselves.

Oh wait. After sending this letter to Øbama, et al, someone posted it online. The minute there was the slightest whiff of negative reaction, the letter disappeared. So, maybe they're not actually so proud of themselves, after all. No doubt the signers were happy to petition Øbama, but didn't want the actual SANE world to know what they'd done.

Well Cletus, guess you shoulda thought that one through. Can I just say, INTERNET!!

As it happened, some tech guys burrowed down and found a copy of the letter, and made it available. I've reprinted it here, because everyone should know who these scumbags are and what they'd like to do to the rest of us.

Happily, we are not the only ones pissed off. A few are in positions to make a difference.  See the next installment of this story, and the Congressional reaction, and another page with more info:  WUWT (What's Up With That).


Friday, September 25, 2015

10 Best Practices for a Happy Life

01  Be grateful.
02  Remember what's important in life.
03  Be Just.
04  Be generous and kind.
05  Don't hurt the ones you love.
06  Don't murder.
07  Don't break your promises.
08  Don't steal.
09  Don't lie.
10  Don't be jealous or envious.

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01  I am the Lord your God who brought you out of Egypt.
02  Don't worship false idols.
03  Don't use my name to justify evil.
04  Honor the Sabbath and keep it holy. Give everybody time off, even your animals, to rest and enjoy a respite from labor.
05  Honor your Mother and Father.
06  Don't murder.
07  Don't commit adultery.
08  Don't steal.
09  Don't bear false witness against others.
10  Don't covet your neighbor's wife or his stuff.

An occasional reminder is a good thing.


Going All the Way

I just got Donald Trump's book, Time to Get Tough. I've only read a couple of chapters, but I'm in love with the guy.

You can tell he wrote ever word, it sounds just like him...albeit after a little finessing by a good editor that doesn't mask the personality or tone of the man at all.

It's turning out to be a great read, by a man who quite obviously loves America, and is sick to death of the Washington way of (not) doing business.

He sees clearly through the bullshit to the core problem, and presents common sense, and perfectly obvious (to anyone outside the beltway) solutions.

He's a MAN in the best sense of the word.

He's not interested in talking prettily; he's interested in winning for America. He's not interested in pandering to muslim criminals, or Chinese hackers & currency manipulators, or Russian bare chested horse-riders, but besting them all to the advantage of America.

He's clear, he's logical, he's sensible. He's down to earth. He's one of spite of his fortune. Or maybe because of it. After all...he actually WORKED for it.

I haven't finished the book. I suppose it's possible that in chapter 5 he recommends eating small children. But so's a winner. And I'm more excited about him than I was before.

He could be a game changer. For the better. He could instill pride, optimism, a winning and pioneer spirit in a land that has been beaten down for so long that we almost forgot our heritage, and our inherent greatness.

I think I'm actually ready to say:  "TRUMP 2016!!"


Postscript:  For all those Trump bashers who insist he's just mouthing "conservative" values this week because he's running for president, READ THE BOOK. He wrote it in 2011. He's clearly been thinking this way for years.

The book contains a very clear picture of his principles and policies. As do his policy papers published here, click on "Positions".

I Am NOT an Immigrant

I can't credit the quote, but someone said recently, that America is supposed to be a model for the world, not a refugee camp.

If it's so great here that y'all wanna come, create the same thing where you live.

That's the whole idea behind America being a beacon of freedom for the whole world.

It's not a WELCOME sign. It's a BLUEPRINT.

Use it. Build it.

And stay the hell home.


Thursday, September 24, 2015

Pope Fidel

Can Pope Commie just SHUT THE FUCK UP?

I used to be a Catholic, and have subsequently, more or less always respected the pope, whoever he was. But this guy is really getting on my last nerve.

He's a flaming commie, and doesn't understand the first thing about economics, climate, liberty, personal responsibility, borders, national security, private property, or any other principle that makes for a decent, free, prosperous civilization.

He's not for God, because he's for everything that makes God's children suffer endlessly and unnecessarily in poverty, want, despair, hunger, disease...not to mention tyranny.

He needs to retire, go away, shut up.

I have always defended Christianity, because it was responsible for the most advanced civilization in the history of the world. If this guy is it's new face, I'm gonna have to reconsider.

He's Post-Christianity-Christianity in the flesh.


"Just Following Orders"

From My Firearms Instructor:

Where did we lose our way?

DOD, including BHO-era Secretary of the Army and Army Chief of Staff are  currently trying their best to summarily discharge a heroic SF NCO for the  “crime” of trying to protect a young Afghan boy from blatant sexual abuse from a  pedophile Afghan police official.

We are told that widespread pedophilia is common to that “culture” (and most others where Islamics dominate), and that US troops are thus supposed to “look the other way” when it occurs, even when it takes place openly, and on our  own military bases!

So, America’s finest young men and women are fighting and dying to defend a government and “culture” that are worse than Iran’s?  And, anyone who dares  to object, or is even personally offended, is thrown out of the Army? Now that this story, despite their best efforts to suppress it, has come out, mealy-mouthed Pentagon spokesmen are pathetically back-peddling, with customary false denials and despicable, pseudo-sanctimonious professions of innocense.

If something like this had happened during WWII, US soldiers would have righteously beaten that deviant to within an inch of his life, and would have received medals for it!

Under BHO, is America now officially as amoral as ISIS?  Are we no better than our sworn enemies?  Are there no stand-up good guys left, or  just a wretched gallery of driveling, boot-licking atta-boys?

“Only two things no one can take from you are you honor and your  word. Those you can only give voluntarily.  Those two combine to form  your bond, and the strength of your bond then becomes the measure of your personal integrity.”

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Going along with these sorts of orders comes perilously close to the "We were just following orders!" defense at your trial for crimes against humanity before the world and before God.

Good luck with that.


Tuesday, September 22, 2015


"Sanders is a Commie Symp. Hillary is a gangster"

--Randy Dandy

Belongs on a bumper sticker.


Monday, September 21, 2015

Post Christianity Christianity (reprint)

As I've mentioned a few times here, I am not a believing Christian. However, I am a cultural Christian, and a "defender of the faith", in that I see that the tenets and followers of Christianity have built the most free, most prosperous, most decent civilization in the history of mankind.

Whatever its any adversary's measure (including mine)...that is simply the bald truth.

The American Constitution is the direct result of the influence of the Christian concept of "Equality before God".

And seriously, short of heaven, it just doesn't get better than that.

That being said...

I have some problems with the whole Christian story. I don't understand what appear to me to be unnecessary complexities and contradictions and what appear to be logic fallacies.

Except as they reinforce the divinity of the Christ and his mission, without which there wouldn't be much holding Traditional Christianity together, I don't see their point.

Of course, the problem with asking Christians, Christian clergy, Christian apologists and Christian historians and Christian Biblical scholars about the veracity or logic or likelihood of the correctness of the story, is that they, naturally, have a vested interest in it being true as the world currently understands it.

But if you approach it from (what I hope is) a disinterested point of view, it just doesn't hang together.

I don't want to insult any Christians....which is why I opened this post with my honest admiration of all the good wrought by their beliefs...but I just can't quite buy those beliefs as they are presented and seemingly understood by the Christian community of the World.

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Here are a few of my observations.

Fundamental to Christianity is the need for ATONEMENT for the grave sin of Adam (and Eve?)

Without Adam's (and Eve's?) monstrous, horrifying, shocking, appalling, heinous, vile, hateful, abominable disobedience of God, Jesus doesn't have to "Die. For. Our. Sins".

But...what is this foul SIN of Adam (and Eve)?

From where I stand, it looks like evolution.

I know that some people believe that the entire Bible is literal truth. But many others understand it to be figurative in part, historical in part, and metaphoric in part.

I submit that Genesis is figurative.

Genesis seems to be telling us that Adam and Eve were living in an innocent time of pre-humanity. They lived like animals (in a good way) and ate like animals, and ran around naked, like animals. And just enjoyed being alive, generally hung out eating and sleeping and never worrying about much of anything, especially the animals.

It was, kind of like, you know, Paradise!

But then, one day, they "ate from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil." Which I think is a figurative way of saying they reached the stage of evolution (or the moment God touched them on the forehead and "poof!") when they developed the ability to REASON, think abstractly, think creatively, developed free-will and self-agency.

Now, Christians says that through Adam (and Eve?), Sin entered the world.

Well, yeah.

Give man free-will, the ability to scheme - I mean "reason" - and some of things he thinks up are going to be bad, selfish, greedy, mean, cruel, thoughtless...

I don't think Adam (and Eve?) sinned. I think they just grew up. And growing up into Self-Awareness Self-Motivation, Self-Agency and Creative/Abstract thought...leads to a lot of possibilities for bad ideas and bad behavior - as well as Good ones.

And don't we just know it.

The Bible also says that God told them that if they ate of the Tree, they would surely die*. But it's obvious that they did not die, at least not right then. So, more figurative language. I think it means that when they became able to REASON, they became aware of their own mortality.

This would make you sad. This would be a major drag. So it sort of ruined the perfect happiness they had before.

Paradise Lost...

So. (Still according to the Traditional Christian Dogma) We are mortal because Adam (and Eve?) sinned by eating an apple.

So. We are destined to suffer eternal torture in hell because Adam (and Eve?) sinned by eating an apple after God said "Don't Eat It!) the story goes, God loves us so much....(?)...that he sent his only begotten (on whom? just wondering) Son to die for our sins, and redeem our souls from this sickening, gruesome, sadistic, punishment unearned by every single human being who has ever existed on planet earth...except Adam (and Eve?)

Just a reminder, for centuries, Catholic Dogma had it that un-baptized babies who died, and all the people in lands where the Word of God was never heard—so they couldn't be 'saved'—went straight to Hell. Forever. Eternal punishment. Amen. Praise the Lord.

Now that just pisses me off. I find it hard to stay "nice" about it. When I think of all the horrors, terror, dread, distress, and nightmares this so-called Truth has given true believers, (Think of the terrified children! And mothers of still-born children, And parents whose children fall away from the Church, and husbands and wives and friends who are not believers that Christians must believe will be consigned to eternal fires of Hell.

Think of the kind of person you become if you believe that most of the people you will ever meet, like, befriend, even love, will spend eternity suffering in the eternal fires of hell being tortured by the Devil and his demons.

Crazy? Paranoid? Brokenhearted? Hardhearted? Cold? Distant? Suicidal? Fallen-Away Christian?

Personally, I'd rather have my beating heart cut out by an Aztec priest...and be done with it.

It's a shorter and kinder end.

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So, in my Post-Christianity Christianity all of this is bunkum.

There was no Original Sin by Adam (and Eve?) that brought Death and Sin into the world. There is no Original Sin to taint every new soul born into the world.

There was just Adam and Eve gaining Reason. The Genesis story is sort of: "Evolution in a Bite"

So...there is no need for The Atonement.

Jesus of Nazareth does not have to "Die. For. Our. Sins".

Doesn't mean he wasn't born on Earth.
Doesn't mean he wasn't crucified
Doesn't mean he wasn't resurrected.
Doesn't mean he isn't God's Son.
Doesn't mean his life and death and resurrection are not the most amazing things in the history of mankind.

It's just a different story.

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What if we consider all creatures God's children?

Is it plausible to imagine that there were some creatures created before Man?

Is it plausible to imagine that they were spiritual beings rather than corporeal beings?

Might we, just for convenience, call them "angels" ?

Might we assume, because they are spiritual, therefore have no material bodies, that they are what we would call "immortal" ?

Might we call them the older siblings of Mankind...who are also God's children?

Might we assume that there is a "birth" order among the angels. That some were created before others?

Might we assume, say, that there was a First Born and a Second Born....the highest...and maybe "mightiest" Children of God?

What if they were Lucifer and Jesus respectively? (of course those are not their real names...but just for identification purposes...I'll call them that)

What if after all the Old Testament relationship with the Chosen People, God decided it was time to send a representative to His People to lead them to the next stage in their relationship; to send them not just a human prophet, but a real, actual messenger from Heaven?

Now, what if God said to Jesus..."Listen, Son, I need you to be born on Earth as human and teach the Good News about Me to my people. It might be dangerous, because your body will be mortal, and people can be dangerous. But I really feel like a direct emissary from Heaven is what they need to grow in their relationship with Me and each other."

And Jesus, being a good son, said, "Sure, Dad. I'll do it."


...What if Lucifer, the actual Firstborn. Beautiful, strong, righteous, mighty, shining Lucifer, the Light Bearer of God, and older brother of Jesus...

...went, "What the...? He's choosing the Kid to go on this important mission?  What am I, chopped liver?"

And let jealousy and anger overtake him?

(Oh...did I mention that the first creatures of God - those angels - had free-will too?)


What if Jesus was born as a natural child to Mary and Joseph Carpenter and grew up in beauty and grace - being the Son of God and well as being a human, and when he was about 30, knew it was time for him to begin his ministry to God's people.

And what if Lucifer, who was watching and waiting and biding his time, began his campaign at the same time.

What if, in his jealousy, envy and anger, he got the idea that if Jesus failed...if he got more followers than Jesus, his Father would see that He should have picked him for this historic mission, instead of his little brother, and all would be right with the world again. So he went to work.

He whispered, he slandered, he tempted, he promised...he poured his poison into the ears of anyone who would listen, and it was often those who were also disposed to feel threatened by and jealous of Jesus because of the multitudes who were hungry for his Good News that God was a loving Father who wanted nothing but the best for his children, that He was not a distant King of Rules and Punishment and Law...but a Loving Father God of Mercy and Forgiveness.

All those who lived and prospered under the old ideas which gave them power and made them feared and important...hated the new guy and his blasphemous "Everyone is Equal in the Eyes of God" crap that was threatening to knock the pedestal of special status and privilege right from under their feet.

Well, you know what happened next.

And when Jesus died, and went to heaven sorrowful that he had failed his Father because he didn't live long enough to reach everyone with the Good News, and Lucifer delighted by his success, joined him to gloat over his victory and get the appreciation of his Father for his success in the rather the surprise of his life when God told him to, "Get the Hell out of Heaven!"

Which He meant quite literally...

And he had to find new digs...and it ended up being known as Hell.

(God knew what he was talking about.)

With Lucifer banished, God sat Jesus down and told him that he was a good Son, and not to feel bad about not being able to finish the job. He had a great idea that was going to blow everybody's mind and they'd NEVER forget either Jesus or his message of Good News about a loving Father God.

God was gonna resurrect Jesus' human body, and Jesus could go back and inhabit it just long enough to prove to his grief-stricken loyal followers...and thence to the rest of the world... that Jesus really was God's true messenger, and that what he told them was the undisputed Truth.

So, Jesus returns to Earth, showing up in what should be his dead body, but is alive and well...and scares the shit out of his friends (wouldn't it just!) until they are convinced it's really him, and he tells them that THIS...this immortality...this rising from the what God has in store for everyone. That death isn't the end. That hope is alive. That God wants to hang out with his kids, and for the family to be happy.

Everyone will be saved. (There is no eternal punishment of any kind). Amen. Praise the Lord.


Talk about happiness, and hope, and love, and peace and joy!

And that's what they were supposed to say. And most of them did. But it got a little mixed up in the translations and the cultural references, and we got a story that's a little heavy on guilt and punishment, death and torture and eternity...instead of hope and life.

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Okay. I know some will say, "Wow, Gun, nice story. But what about all the criminals and killers and evil people. What happens to them? Are they gonna just waltz right into heaven. If so, why be good? What's the point, if what you do doesn't matter to salvation?

Well, of course what you do matters. In a lot of respects. First, you'll feel good. Being good has that effect. You'll be in touch with God right here and now. That's a plus. And you can really call Jesus, "Brother"...with all the respect and love and benefits thereof.

But I didn't say there wouldn't be a price to pay for being evil. I just said there was no eternal Hell. Big difference.

Remember the description of Hell is eternal fire?

Here's what that really is.

The pure light and truth of God shining into your soul.

If you've lived in the light your whole life, it'll be a sort of strong, warm hug from the Lord.

But if you'd lived in the darkness of sin, it will be a searing, blinding, blowtorch of a light, that will show every corner of your nasty little soul in a way that you will not be able to deny what's there.

And THAT will feel just like Hell. The heat will not be physical, of course, but psychic. And because, first and foremost, you are a Child of God, you will not be able to stand what you see there, the knowledge and awareness of it will burn you with shame and sorrow and you will want it gone. That is called "repentance"...and when the process is'll be ready to enter the pearly gates.

I'd say the duration of the process will depend on just how wide and deep and labyrinthine the darkness is, and how stubbornly the individual remains in denial.

But hey, do you think you, no matter how cool and evil you think you are, can stand up to the cleansing light of God?  Yeah, good luck with that.

 So, yeah....everyone will be "saved."

Remember, God's pure light and truth is eternal. An eternal fire. And it will shine eternally on His children. But it won't burn and hurt forever. Just until the process of cleaning up that nasty, dark little soul of yours is complete.

The Fire is eternal. The pain and suffering is not.

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Oh, one last thought. Lucifer will be saved too.

Yep. In the end he will repent too. He will miss his Father, and his Brother and all of the goodness they represent more than he loves his anger, and his pride.

And he may be the very last. I like that scene: We'll all be in heaven, looking over the wall, watching him approach the gate, horns in hand.

Witnesses to the Last Act of Deliverance.

He's standing there. Wanting to come home, but knowing how evil he has been, and what horrors he has instigated, worried that he might be even beyond the forgiveness of God.

The Gate opens, the light shines out, and Jesus walks out and says, "Hello, brother."

Lucifer falls to his knees in the silence of despair, until Jesus speaks the next words, "Welcome home."

He remains kneeling, head down in submission...and the Father comes out to join them. He puts out his hand and touches Lucifer's forehead...and there plays the eons of evil, like a movie in fast motion that Lucifer has done - for all and himself to see.

And he burns like a star in the righteous light of Truth.

And when it's over. Lucifer, too, cleansed by repentance, is delivered.

So, that's my story.  It's a Christianity that makes sense.‡

And I like a happy ending.



*"The Wages of Sin is Death" is a familiar warning. And, of course, the reference is to Adam's (and Eve's?) sin, through which all succeeding generations suffer the consequences of whatever it was they supposedly did that was worse than Hitler's murder of millions of Jews, or Stalin's murder of millions upon millions of people...or Mao's murder of hundreds of millions of people...

...because, after all, their sins were NOT visited upon any subsequent generations. Just sayin'.

‡ "Making sense" can have, for me, elements of the supernatural. The story just has to hang together.

You can't have a loving God that damns people to eternal torment for anything. At all. Ever. Creatures who live in "time" can only commit "temporal" sins. So "eternal" punishment would be the product of a vicious sadist—neither just nor loving. You can have that God. I don't want him.

And one more important logical fail: In the story of Genesis, God supposedly tells Adam and Eve not to eat of the Tree in the center of the garden. We find out later that this is the "Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil".

If they ate the apple, before they ate the apple how would they know it was wrong? If you see what I mean...

If they ate the apple, before they knew the difference between Good and Evil... could they be accused of doing Evil?

How could they have known that's what they were doing, if they hadn't yet eaten of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil?

See what I mean? It's circular reasoning. According to the Catholic Church (at least when I was in it), you can't commit a sin before you are 7 years old. (That's when you can receive First Holy Communion) It is considered the "age of reason". Until then, you are unable to distinguish good from evil. You're still just living within your appetites.

Wouldn't that be the same for Adam and Eve, before they reached the age of Reason, i.e., ate the apple from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil?

So how can what they did be a "sin"?

Doesn't hang together.

And without the "Fall"...there is no requirement for "Atonement".

And everything unravels.

Take it or leave it. It's my story, and I'm stickin' to it.

Praise the Lord.


Quote of the Day ,er, Decade

'In the meantime, former Pacific Fleet Commander Adm. James Lyons is telling us,

“The Obama administration has a strategy. It is very simple. Any thinking American should be able to grasp it. It’s anti-American, anti-Western, it’s pro-Islamic, pro-Iranian, and pro-Muslim Brotherhood.”
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The detestable piece of shit.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Operation "Get the Fuck Out Of My Country!"

It's boring to keep copying and pasting articles from the same place, but I can't seem to figure out how to link to an individual story over at Newsmachete.

This story is about the whimpering of the mainstream about the impossibility of deporting "so many" illegals.

Please note:  Operation Wetback deported one million illegals.  Check it out:

Operation Wetback deported 1 million illegals with only 750 agents

Jeb Bush says it will cost "hundreds of billions of dollars" to deport illegal aliens. President Eisenhower, however, deported a million alone in the space of a year, and with only 750 deportation agents, in an operation with a name we would never use today: Operation Wetback.

Some 750 agents swept northward through agricultural areas with a goal of 1,000 apprehensions a day. By the end of July, over 50,000 aliens were caught... Another 488,000, fearing arrest, had fled the country. By September, 80,000 had been taken into custody in Texas, and an estimated 500,000 to 700,000 illegals had left the Lone Star State voluntarily.

Unlike today, Mexicans caught in the roundup were not simply released at the border, where they could easily reenter the US. To discourage their return, Swing arranged for buses and trains to take many aliens deep within Mexico before being set free.
Tens of thousands more were put aboard two hired ships, the Emancipation and the Mercurio. The ships ferried the aliens from Port Isabel, Texas, to Vera Cruz, Mexico, more than 500 miles south.

The sea voyage was "a rough trip, and they did not like it," says Don Coppock, who worked his way up from Border Patrolman in 1941 to eventually head the Border Patrol from 1960 to 1973.

Wikipedia says over 1,000,000 were detained and deported. If only 750 agents were able to get rid of a million or more illegals (either by direct arrest or by self-deportation), by the same logic 7,500 agents should be able to get rid of 10 million illegals. 7,500 agents won't cost "hundreds of billions of dollars". I'd be surprised if the entire operation cost more than a billion dollars, counting costs of detention and transportation.

But Jeb says it will cost hundreds of billions. He just doesn't want to try. Neither do any of the politicians. But in reality it would be quite easy to do and cheap. I am distressed that in a race full of so-called conservatives only Donald Trump is calling for deportation of illegals, and the only one who emphasizes, truthfully, how easy it is to be done, especially if e-verify was mandatory and welfare benefits were cut off. I wish the other "real" conservatives would also stand up and do the same.

The only change I would make is the name of the operation. I do not like "Wetback". I do like "Operation of Reciprocated Love".

(Abridged version originally published in AT)

Related articles:
Ben Carson supports citizenship for illegal aliens

Jeb: People concerned about border security are racist dogs

Bush says that the "reality" is that immigrants and illegals speak English 

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Carly - Not Really So Great

For those infatuated with Carly, please read this from NewsMachete

Carly Fiorina is basically a transgendered version of Jeb

When Carly Fiorina rips into Hillary Clinton, the tendons in her neck snap taut like clotheslines, her eyes turn into human blinking machines, her voice roars like a buzzsaw, and low information Republican primary voters clap like trained seals.

The reality is, however, that Carly Fiorina is a moderate Republican. The good people at have compiled a rather disturbing dossier of her political views.
Immigration: Carly supports keeping birthright citizenships and allowing anchor babies, calling attempts to change the law a mere "distraction". She supports amnesty for so-called "Dreamers", and supported Marco Rubio's gang of 8 amnesty bill. (By the way, wasn't Marco's prepared speeches great in the debate? If you think so, please don't vote for him.) Carly refuses to say whether she supports a broad amnesty program. She opposes deporting illegals. These positions only put her a smidgeon to the right of Jeb Bush, who openly supports amnesty for illegals; they hardly make her a raging lion of conservatism.
Economy: Carly supported the expensive cap-and-trade program promoted by John McCain. She said very recently she still believed in imaginary global warming. She has spoken out against efforts to defund Obamacare. She supported the wall street bailouts and has said she wants more government intervention in the housing market.

Security: "A mere two weeks after the terrorist attack of 9/11, Fiorina gave a speech praising the early Islamic Caliphate as one of the greatest civilizations the world has ever known. Radical Islamist social media has taken to using this speech as a recruitment tool. " As a 9/11 survivor, I find her speech, especially the timing of it, extremely offensive.

While she was in charge at HP, her company circumvented sanctions to do business with Iran.

Judiciary: Carly would have voted to confirm ulta-leftist Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court. She also said that county clerks who have objections to the gay marriage diktat should comply or resign, rather than fight the law through civil disobedience.
There are some good things about Carly, to be sure. She is very vocal against Planned Parenthood's sale of human body parts. She opposes the nuclear deal with Iran. She wants Obamacare mostly repealed, as long as it can be done without prompting a government shutdown.

But I think, rhetoric aside, she is clearly a moderate Republican. How does that make her different from Trump? Well, both have been quite liberal in their pasts. But at least on the key issue of immigration, Trump is the most conservative candidate. On immigration, Carly is almost the most liberal candidate, and on most other issues, she's somewhat liberal too.
I think the GOP establishment may be using her as a backup for Bush. Now that Bush has faltered, and Kasich hasn't caught fire quickly enough, they are still looking for their Trump-killer, and Carly, who is Ronald Reagan on the outside but Nancy Pelosi on the inside, seems to fit the bill.

Seriously, if you're conservative, why would you vote for her? I don't think we should vote for a candidate just to put a pretty face in the White House, do you?
(Abridged version originally published in AT)

Related articles:
What happens when Ted Cruz and Carly Fiorina are compared head to head?

Carly Fiorina's support for John Boehner and 9/11 praise for Islam 

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Far be it from me to mention her face...but her politics don't pass the smell test.



Victor Davis Hanson said this. 
"So far the Iranian leader has posed as someone 90 percent crazy and ten percent sane, hoping that in response we would fear his overt madness, grant concessions, and delicately appeal to his small reservoir of reason. But he should understand that if his Western enemies appear 90 percent of the time as children of the Enlightenment, they are still suffused with vestigial traces of the emotional and unpredictable. And military history shows that the irrational ten percent of the Western mind is a lot scarier in the end than anything Islamic fanaticism has to offer." 

I approve. In fact, it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy. Kinda like a lullabye. (I originally posted this in 2007. Still hunts.)

I keep trying to warn them....all our little non-White friends; but do they listen??


From the Mailbag

Politically incorrect is not necessarily factually incorrect as can be seen in this bit of British humour as it used to be: Absolutely politically incorrect!

It has been announced that the police are going to be allowed to use water cannons  on rioters. They are putting in some Tide washing powder to stop the coloureds  from running. 

Two  Muslims have crashed a speedboat into the Thames barrier in London. Police think  it might be the start of Ram-a-dam.

Following the riots in Tottenham, it's important to remind ourselves that not all black people are stereotypical liars, thieves and arsonists. Many are drug  dealers.

Riots in Birmingham last month caused over £1 million worth of  improvements

Muslims have gone on the rampage in Manchester, killing anyone who's English. Police  fear the death toll could be as high as 8 or 9.

They've  had to cancel the pantomime 'Jack & the Beanstalk' in Birmingham, Bristol,  Oldham, Bradford, Burnley, Leicester, Manchester and  London. Apparently the giant couldn't smell any Englishmen.

Years  ago it was suggested that, "An apple a day keeps the doctor away." But, since  all the doctors are now Muslim, I've found that a bacon sandwich works  great!

Police  in London have found a bomb outside a mosque.
They've told the public not to panic as they've managed to push it inside.

During last night's high winds an African family were killed by a falling tree. A  spokesman for the Birmingham City council said "We didn't even know they were  living up there".

Jamaican  minorities in the UK have complained that there are not enough television shows  with minorities in mind, so Crime watch is being shown 5 times a week  now.

I  was reading in the paper today about this dwarf that got his pocket picked. How could anyone stoop so low.

I  was walking down the road when I saw an Afghan bloke standing on a fifth floor  balcony, shaking a carpet. I shouted up to him, "What's up Abdul, won't it start?"


Donald Trump

When Mr. Trump announced that he was running for president, I had the same response as everyone else. I rolled my eyes at the idea of a guy known for being an egotist with weird hair and a reality show running for "Leader of the Free World".

Then two things happened.

First, he attacked Illegal Immigration with a passion...and I sat up and took notice. As a California native (of several generations)...the Mexican invasion is very real to me. And I want it stopped and reversed, so we can have our State back.

And Second, he was immediately attacked by the Democrats and more importantly (to me), the Republican establishment (aka the GOPe).

When both Crime Families of the Washington Cartel are trying to destroy the same guy, you gotta figure he's the man to support if you're one of the white hats.

(Note: If Donald Trump had not entered the race, they'd be aiming all their ordnance at Ted Cruz, so you can count on him as being on the side of the angels, too.)

This morning, on the radio, I actually heard the talking heads proclaiming against Trump for something he DIDN'T SAY during a townhall meeting. Apparently a questioner prefaced his inquiry with the statement that Øbama was a muslim, then asked his question, which Trump duly answered.

Trump did not, however, bother to correct the man's statement and thus is now being castigated for neglecting to proclaim Øbama a patriotic American fighter for Truth, Justice and the American Way as well as a devout, practicing Christian.

The idiot on the radio actually asked with a straight face (metaphorically, of course) whether this would "hurt" Trump's approval in the polls.

This is how insane they've become.

And I have to admit, even if there were no other good reason to vote for him...and there are plenty of other good reasons to vote for him...I'd be tempted to do so just to fuck with the swarm of assholes who are so hysterically going to any length to destroy him.

He's beginning to be seen as the People's Revenge against the Political Crime Families and the Washington Cartel. And if that catches on, Washington insiders are toast.

From my typing digits...


Who Got the Powa?

A friend sent me an article about the ridiculous power that 12% of the population has over the rest of us.

Of course, he was talking about blacks in America.

His point was well made regarding the eggshells the rest of us walk on in order not to "offend" Negroes, but the power he spoke of does not rest with them.

To that point, here's my response:

"I love this piece. Except for one thing. Blacks don’t rule. White Liberals do. It is they who have created and maintain this absurd situation. In their positions in education, entertainment, media and government, they have power and influence way beyond their actual numbers, and revel in this environment. Whether it is because they also hate America and themselves (White People) like Øbama, or because they just want to “feel” superior or self-righteous, or they see it as a pathway to more money, status and power, I can’t say. I do not understand stupid people.

But ifWhite Liberal institutions suddenly stopped “honoring” blacks’ every whim, this would cease immediately. Blacks have no power at all. They are merely weapons in the hands of others. Unfortunately, they are, in general, also too stupid to realize it."

And I suppose that will "offend" any number of people.

Life's tough.


Thursday, September 17, 2015

Ann Barnhardt

You have GOT to read this!

From the woman famous for this video:

Gotta love her.

And Hat Tip to Wraith for the reminder.


From the Web

Regarding Trump, the hysterical reaction to him by the the Political Class. Here are a few of my favorite comments to this post:

"Both political party establishments and their media mouthpieces are seriously deluding themselves with the meme that Trump's supporters are "less educated" and not overly politically engaged.

The vast majority of those expressing support for him on these pages are anything but.
This is full scale revolution against the entrenched DC political class and they can't bring themselves to admit that they brought it on themselves so they dismiss Trump's supporters as unsophisticated rubes and personality cult followers.

Oh well, whatever makes them feel better about themselves.

He's certainly got their attention. The donor class is mobilizing big time to bring him down.
What they again fail to grasp is the more they slime him in the media, the more his support grows. We're sophisticated enough to understand that the media and the attack ad buyers at the Chamber of Commerce and the Business Roundtable are all part of the political class and they are as much the target of our rage as the politicians they own.

Jeb!'s their patsy. They'd be much happier with a President Hillary than a President Trump. The rape, pillage and plunder of the American taxpayer will continue unabated."



"Bingo mebenhack, this line is the clincher; 'This is full scale revolution against the entrenched DC political class and they can't bring themselves to admit that they brought it on themselves so they dismiss Trump's supporters as unsophisticated rubes and personality cult followers.'

The career politicians have been treating we the people like mushrooms for a long time. They no more listen to us because they don't believe they have to. They've had their way for so long they believe they're untouchable.

They are wrong, and they will find out just how wrong they are."



I believe that many politicians & especially Obama are operating under the "what are you gonna do about it" scheme.

--El Camino


"They are gonna accuse us of "wanting to shut down the Government!" Ok. Yeah, if that's what it takes to scrape you corrupt barnacles off the hull of this republic. I'm cool with that!"


"We have a government that has:

1). Spent somewhere in the neighborhood of 19 trillion dollars more than it has -- and that is just what it will admit to, the actual number is at least an order of magnitude bigger than that.

2). Systematically usurped freedoms, even though they are ensconced in the fundamental "law of the land".

3). Co-opted the very foundations of scientific research and credibility by funding "research" that leads to conclusions it wants, thus promulgating a massive worldwide hoax (Glo-bull Warming / Climate Change / whatever-they-call-it-this-week).

4). Set up and continues to operate a gigantic Ponzi scheme disguised as a national retirement system.

5). Given and continues to give taxpayer money to an organization that literally butchers fetuses removed from wombs and sells their parts like choice cuts of meat.

6). Co-opted healthcare through a Byzantine web of regulations, payment schedules and requirements -- despite the fact that NOBODY ever went to a politician to get cured of ANYTHING.

7). Regulated entire industries out of the country -- and given them taxpayer-funded support when they did.

Of course, this list could go on ad nauseum. But I must cite one more item:

8). Sold us (and all of the rest of civilization) out to the Iranians.

Please Tell Me W*H*Y This Accursed Government Should Not Be Shut Down!"



They make writing a blog so easy!