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October 31, 2010

"They provoked him to jealousy with strange gods, with abominations provoked they him to anger."

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They sacrificed unto devils, not to God; to gods whom they knew not, to new gods that came newly up, whom your fathers feared not.

Of the Rock that begat thee thou art unmindful, and hast forgotten God that formed thee.

And when the LORD saw it, he abhorred them, because of the provoking of his sons, and of his daughters.

And he said, I will hide my face from them, I will see what their end shall be: for they are a very froward generation, children in whom is no faith....

They shall be burnt with hunger, and devoured with burning heat, and with bitter destruction: I will also send the teeth of beasts upon them, with the poison of serpents of the dust.

The sword without, and terror within, shall destroy both the young man and the virgin, the suckling also with the man of gray hairs.

I said, I would scatter them into corners, I would make the remembrance of them to cease from among men....

-- Deuteronomy 32

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"They are as great heaps of light chaff before the whirlwind; or large quantities of dry stubble before devouring flames."

There is no want of power in God to cast wicked men into hell at any moment.

Men's hands cannot be strong when God rises up. The strongest have no power to resist him, nor can any deliver out of his hands. He is not only able to cast wicked men into hell, but he can most easily do it. Sometimes an earthly prince meets with a great deal of difficulty to subdue a rebel, who has found means to fortify himself, and has made himself strong by the numbers of his followers. But it is not so with God. There is no fortress that is any defence from the power of God. Though hand join in hand, and vast multitudes of God's enemies combine and associate themselves, they are easily broken in pieces. They are as great heaps of light chaff before the whirlwind; or large quantities of dry stubble before devouring flames. We find it easy to tread on and crush a worm that we see crawling on the earth; so it is easy for us to cut or singe a slender thread that any thing hangs by: thus easy is it for God, when he pleases, to cast his enemies down to hell. What are we, that we should think to stand before him, at whose rebuke the earth trembles, and before whom the rocks are thrown down? -- Sinners In The Hands Of An Angry God by Jonathan Edwards

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October 30, 2010

Be the Whirlwind They Reap: Comment of the Week from Scott M

In reaction toSide-Lines: The Autumn of President Putz

Luckily for Obama, and the other dedicated Marxists seeking American punishment, their opponents will not even knock over a trash can no matter what the Marxists do to this country.

Drive across country and stand at the Lincoln Memorial for hours listening to speeches about playing by the rules, check.

Picking up your trash and carefully driving back home, check.

Complaining to your neighbor as the ACLU drives the Boy Scouts out of business, check.

Avoiding any place or institution that is predominately liberal, double check.

Moving away while the liberals left behind take over, oh yeah double super-check.

Liberals want to take over the world and conservatives want to be left alone. You have to go on offense against the liberals and take over their turf and be willing to "punch back twice as hard."

Resolve to not convict anyone resisting liberal tyranny and elect local politicians willing to nullify unconstitutional measures from above.

Don't hide behind standing on formality while the Marxists take it all away from you.

Make every commie-lib that opens their pie hole sorry they ever open their mouth about politics.

They know what they are doing, do you?

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Ripples Beginning to Build Up to Tsunami Tuesday

First Read - NBC's latest House ratings changes

HOUSE RATINGS CHANGES
TX-17 TOSS UP TO LEAN R
TN-8 TOSS UP TO LEAN R
NV-3 TOSS UP TO LEAN R
WI-8 TOSS UP TO LEAN R
NJ-3 LEAN D TO TOSS UP
MO-4 LEAN D TO TOSS UP
IA-3 LEAN D TO TOSS UP
NM-1 LEAN D TO TOSS UP
TN-4 LEAN D TO TOSS UP
NY-20 LEAN D TO TOSS UP
MA-10 LEAN D TO TOSS UP
OH-6 LEAN D TO TOSS UP
AZ-7 LEAN D TO TOSS UP
MS-4 PROBABLE D TO TOSS UP
GA-12 PROBABLE D TO LEAN D
IA-1 PROBABLE D TO LEAN D
ME-1 PROBABLE D TO LEAN D
MI-15 PROBABLE D TO LEAN D
RI-1 PROBABLE D TO LEAN D
MA-4 PROBABLE D TO LEAN D

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SF Chronicle Endorses Deep Throating Pelosi

Nancy Pelosi is perfect fit for San Francisco

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October 29, 2010

A peek inside the "moderate Muslim" minds in the Maldives

Ah, the Maldives. So exotic. So romantic. Until you find out what the Islamic locals are saying about you in their own language: Foreign couple mocked as “infidels” and “swine” throughout resort’s ‘wedding ceremony’

“Before buggering a chicken, check if the hole is clean. That is because the people of the countries that you are from are familiar with the taste of the ****holes of chicken,” he chants, still with hands held over the couples’.

“Do not treat with kindness people against whom violence is being committed. Commit more violence against victims of violence. You are not people who have been sent to this world to commit violence.”

He begins to chant loudly about “black swine”, stringing insult after insult and delivering it in the same rather ominous tone that Maldivian religious figures choose to deliver their sermons in.

“You fornicate and make a lot of children. You drink and you eat pork. Most of the children that you have are marked with spots and blemishes… these children that you have are bastards,” he continues solemnly.

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Alas, none of my readers qualify

“If You Don’t Know What’s Going On, Don’t Vote”

You know who you are. You’re kind of Americans whose principal source of “historical” information is Hollywood movies such as Oliver Stone’s “JFK” or “Nixon.” Your environmental “expertise” begins and ends will Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth.” Economics? “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.”

Your reading material, for those of you who haven’t yet reached the conclusion that reading is for “nerds,” is dominated by magazines or internet sites dedicated to celebrity gossip or the latest trends and fashions. Your knowledge of the Constitution? Nil. “American Idol” and/or Kim Kardashian? Chapter and verse.

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The Autumn of President Putz

"'We're gonna punish our enemies." -- Obama

"This is how the great post-partisan, post-racial, New Politics presidency ends - not with a bang, not with a whimper, but with a desperate election-eve plea for ethnic retribution." -- Charles Krauthammer - The great campaign of 2010

For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind: it hath no stalk; the bud shall yield no meal: if so be it yield, the strangers shall swallow it up. -- Hosea 8:7

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The Others Among Us

Shelby Steele: A Referendum on the Redeemer - WSJ.com

Barack Obama is not an "other" so much as he is a child of the 1960s. His coming of age paralleled exactly the unfolding of a new "counterculture" American identity. And this new American identity—and the post-1960s liberalism it spawned—is grounded in a remarkable irony: bad faith in America as virtue itself, bad faith in the classic American identity of constitutional freedom and capitalism as the way to a better America. So Mr. Obama is very definitely an American, and he has a broad American constituency. He is simply the first president we have seen grounded in this counterculture American identity. When he bows to foreign leaders, he is not displaying "otherness" but the counterculture Americanism of honorable self-effacement in which America acknowledges its own capacity for evil as prelude to engagement.

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October 27, 2010

Random Remarkable Remarks

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Uptalk is very much about political correctness,

or non-shorthand: the ability to make sure your statements may be perceived by the broadest number of people in the broadest number of situations to be as correct as possible. This is speech when absolutes, both moral and otherwise, are eroded. If there is no right or wrong, there can be no declarative statements. -- Mean It Like You Mean It | Sarah Et Cetera

The Owls Are Pretty Much What They Seem – The Bleat.

I went to Target. A fellow can get a good meal from the sample ladies, if you time it right. They had toast with jam, which was delicious. Oh, it was something more, of course; organic five-grain bread with organic blueberry preserves. But really, toast with jam.

Sippican Cottage: Politics and Power Tools

You are holding on to that piece of wood, if you trust yourself not to put your hand too near, and trust others never to fool you, or be fools themselves. You've been told that others have made you safe, and so you trust it a bit more than you should, maybe. On the table saw, the case hardened wood might pinch the saw kerf closed, and it will grab the back of the spinning blade and be hurled at you. Or conversely, perhaps you will hang on to it tightly enough, and it will buck and rocket away in some unexpected direction, and draw your hand into the abyss.

Bookworm Room » Individualism as a psychiatric illness--what the NPR kerfuffle reveals

One of the ways the Soviet Union controlled dissidents, whether they dissented because of religion, political beliefs, homosexuality, or whatever else made them challenge the statist monolith, was to send them to psychiatrists for "€œreeducation€"œ.

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When confronted by multiple facial piercings remember that...

"The society that does not discipline attitudes and gestures renounces social aesthetics." -- Don Colacho’s Aphorisms: #2,120

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The Crimes

Just as small sample of what has been attempted and accomplished:

A vast new health care monstrosity that will send private insurance rates through the ceiling. The Machiavellian way in which it was slammed through. Failed stimulus. Wasteful pork-barrel spending of hundreds of billions in borrowed money. Persistent near 10% unemployment. Three trillion dollars in new debt in just two years. Record levels of federal spending. The vast increase in the size of government and its share of GDP. Eight years of projected $1 trillion annual budget deficits. Record high foreclosures. Record high usage of food stamps. The Keynesian zeal of Romer/Summers/Orzag followed by their sudden resignations in the wake of failure. Constant talk of higher taxes on “them”— the promised new health care surcharge taxes, the promised return to the Clinton income tax rates, talk of a VAT, talk of lifting the caps on income subject to FICA taxes, new capital gains taxes, new inheritance taxes on the horizon.... "

"The use of extra-cabinet czars to avoid confirmation and audit. The neglect of the law, from reversing the order of Chrysler creditors to announcing a BP $20 billion shakedown and punishments for health insurers who don’t toe the line. The ascendance of ACORN and SEIU. The months-long shutdown of Gulf drilling. The failure to encourage coal, nuclear, and oil and gas new production. The Black Panther voting intimidation mess. The bowing abroad. The apologies. The outreach to enemies, and the snubbing of allies. The unnecessary humiliation of Great Britain and Israel. The Iran serial “deadline” charade. The unnecessary announcement of Afghan troop withdrawal deadlines. “Overseas contingency operations” and “man-made disasters.” The proposed civilian trial of KSM. The Ground Zero mosque mess. The beer summit mess. NASA’s new main mission of Muslim outreach. Stopping the border fence. Suing Arizona and demonizing the state. The apologies to the Chinese over the Arizona law, which was trashed from the White House lawn by the president of Mexico, and sued by foreign governments to the apparent approval of the administration.

"The constant “Bush did it” refrain. The gratuitous slurs against limb-lopping doctors. The thrashing of the “rich” going to the Super Bowl and Las Vegas. The artificial divide of them/us based on $250,000 of annual income. The racial divisiveness from a sad cast of characters that gave us “cowards,” “stupidly,” “wise Latina,” and whites polluting the ghetto. Unhinged appointees like Van Jones and Anita Dunn. The occasional unguarded admissions like “never waste a crisis” and “at some point I do think you’ve made enough money.” The wacky behavior from the whining of “like a dog” to the sudden junketing to Copenhagen to lobby for the Chicago Olympics. The Orwellian cheap damning of the Bush anti-terrorism protocols only to accept or expand tribunals, renditions, Guantanamo, Predators, Iraq, and intercepts and wiretaps. The golf obsession and Costa del Sol while trashing the indulgent rich."-- Victor Hanson: The Great Divider€™

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October 26, 2010

Diving With the Submarine Hatches Open: Obama at 38%

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Who says there's never any good news getting better all the time?

NEW YORK , N.Y. - October 25, 2010 - President Obama is spending the next week crisscrossing the country in support of Democratic candidates before this year's midterm elections. While the president may do a great job of energizing the base, he may not be able to convert any Independents who have yet to decide for whom they will vote. Currently, two-thirds of Americans (67%) have a negative opinion of the job President Obama is doing while just over one-third (37%) have a positive opinion. This continues the president's downward trend and he is now at the lowest job approval rating of his presidency. - Harris Interactive: Harris Polls > President Obama Heads into Midterms at Lowest Approval Rating of Presidency

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October 25, 2010

File Under: Major Missed Opportunities of History. If Only He'd Been More Decisive as a "Young Adult"

In which the Mush from the Wimp gets as thick as solidified oatmeal:

President Obama: It Gets Better | The White House "This is personal to me. When I was a young adult, I faced the jokes and taunting that too many of our youth face today, and I considered suicide as a way out. But I was fortunate. One of my co-workers recognized that I was hurting, and I soon confided in her. She cared enough to push me to seek help. She saved my life. I will always be grateful for her compassion and support – the same compassion and support that so many kids need today."

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Mark Steyn: November is the last chance

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Without serious course correction, America is doomed.

It starts with the money. For dominant powers, it always does – from the Roman Empire to the British Empire. “Declinism” is in the air these days, but for us full-time apocalyptics we’re already well past that stage. In the space of one generation, a nation of savers became the world’s largest debtors, and a nation of makers and doers became a cheap service economy. Everything that can be outsourced has been – manufacturing to by no means friendly nations overseas; and much of what’s left in agriculture and construction to the armies of the “undocumented”. At the lower end, Americans are educated at a higher cost per capita than any nation except Luxembourg in order to do minimal-skill checkout-line jobs about to be rendered obsolete by technology. At the upper end, America’s elite goes to school till early middle age in order to be credentialed for pseudo-employment as $350 grand-a-year diversity consultants (Michelle Obama) or in one of the many other phony-baloney makework schemes deriving from government micro-regulation of virtually every aspect of endeavor.... In 2009, the US spent about $665 billion on its military, the Chinese about $99 billion. If Beijing continues to buy American debt at the rate it has in recent times, then within a few years US interest payments on that debt will be covering the entire cost of the Chinese military. This summer, the Pentagon issued an alarming report to Congress on Beijing’s massive military build-up, including new missiles, upgraded bombers, and an aircraft-carrier R&D program intended to challenge US dominance in the Pacific. What the report didn’t mention is who’s paying for it.

Answer: Mr and Mrs America. -- SteynOnline - Home

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October 24, 2010

What of the Objects?

You know, the things to which you apply Meaning simply by owning them for a while?

That’s another issue. You have to realize that the meaning changes when you no long own them, which is a kind way of saying “it’s wiped clean when you die, mate.” There are some things whose previous meaning I can infer; my Grandma had a little metal container for pins, with 1893 Columbian Exposition engraved on the cover. It was regarded as junk, I guess, but my mom kept it, and then it passed to me. It’s possible my great-grandfather went. He got out of town from time to time. The fact that it sat on her dresser for seven decades was enough to infuse it with meaning, but that’ll be lost after me; daughter didn’t know her, never saw the farm, never saw the sleek 30s Sears bedroom-set dresser on which it sat. Daughter may see a corner of that dresser in an old photo, because I inherited it. But that’s the end of the chain – after that, it’s a series of facts, not a sequence of memories and emotions. -- The Burden of Things – The Bleat.

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The Infinite Dorkitude of the Recumbent Progressive Cyclists

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Admit it. The urge to flatten these demented hipsters is almost irresistible.

"Recumbent bicycles are the perfect metaphor for the progressive mind set.

They are generally ridden by people obsessed with reinventing that which already works perfectly fine. They are easy to get into and exceedingly difficult to remove yourself from without looking like an idiot. They are more expensive, more engineered, and theoretically more efficient, at least on paper, than a traditional bicycle and therefore the rider is, as they will inform you ad nauseum, inherently superior to those on “lesser” machines. While the rider pedals nonchalantly through traffic confident in his theoretical brilliance, he pisses off everyone else on the road who would rather he just ride upright where they can see him so as to avoid an accident. -- Give your brain a break and just get a bike. | westsound modern

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Commercial Sex Workers of the World Unite!

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Waiting on a motorcade in Kamathipura

"Adding to the Obamas' busy schedule

is Michelle's likely visit to Kamathipura, where she will meet commercial sex workers on the invitation of an NGO. The highprofile visit is likely to inconvenience the citizens, as there could be a complete clampdown on traffic on some main roads of south Mumbai and sanitisation of buildings flanking them." -- Barack and Michelle's Mumbai darshan plans - The Economic Times
I don't know why she'd want to go all that way to meet with professional whores. They're easy enough to find back in D.C.

[HT: Commenter Rob DeWitt]

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October 20, 2010

Let's Review: HealthCare

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An email correspondent opines:

Let me get this straight……

We've passed a health care plan written by a committee whose chairman says he doesn’t understand it,.

It was passed by a Congress that hadn’t read it but exempted themselves from it.

It was signed by a president that also hadn’t read it and who smokes.

The funding is administered by a treasury chief who didn’t pay his taxes.

It is all to be overseen by a surgeon general who is obese, and financed by a country that’s broke.

What the hell could possibly go wrong?

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October 18, 2010

Smuggling Pumpkins Home for Halloween

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"Settling into Air Force Won for our return flight: all our troubles are behind us." -- Michelle Obama's Mirror

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October 11, 2010

Don Colacho Notes:

The democrat comforts himself with the generosity of the program over the magnitude of the disasters it produces. -- Don Colacho’s Aphorisms: #2,025

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