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Archive for 30 April 2008
Lifted from Arctic Fox.
Whew! I’m certainly glad to hear the “snippets” from Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s sermons “in context.”
In the famous B. Hussein Obama speech that sent a tingle down Chris Matthews’ leg, Obama dismissed the clips of Rev. Wright being played on TV as mere “snippets.” He claimed the media were highlighting Wright’s “most offensive words,” complaining that they had been played endlessly, as if repetition were the problem with the statement: “GOD DAMN AMERICA!”
It’s absolutely unheard of to repeat passages from famous speeches. In fact, I have a dream that we will not do that. Ask not what your country can do for you, but ask that the media stop replaying “snippets.” All we have to fear is repetition itself, because we are the people we’ve been waiting for to tear down that wall of endless repetition.
Why does this headline from CBS have particular words in quotations?
Is Iran’s hostility towards the U.S., and western countries in question?
A second American aircraft carrier steamed into the Persian Gulf on Tuesday as the Pentagon ordered military commanders to develop new options for attacking Iran. CBS News national security correspondent David Martin reports that the planning is being driven by what one officer called the “increasingly hostile role” Iran is playing in Iraq – smuggling weapons into Iraq for use against American troops.
There they are again. Well, I understand quoting a person’s words (I did ace English believe it or not), I find the context a little odd. Do the folks as CBS not hear the words of Ahmabooboo? Have they not been aware of Iran’s actions in Iraq, aiding the terrorists? Is anyone awake over there at CBS? Naw…..probably not.
Carry on, CBS. The bad guys must really love y’all.
And no, for the record, I do NOT want to see our country engaged in a war with Iran.
…..one of the many reasons I quit attending the church my mother took me to for the majority of my youth?
The highest court of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has found that a Northern California minister did not violate denominational law when she officiated at the weddings of two lesbian couples.
The ruling announced Tuesday by the Louisville, Kentucky-based court overturns a decision against Jane Spahr last year. A regional judicial committee had found Spahr guilty of misconduct and gave her a rebuke — the lightest possible punishment.
The church’s high court found that the ceremonies Spahr performed were not marriages, so she did not violate the church’s constitution. The panel reiterated the church’s position that Presbyterian ministers can bless same-sex unions as long as the ceremonies don’t too closely mimic traditional weddings.
Spahr, 65, of San Rafael, retired last year. She was the first minister of her faith to be tried for officiating the weddings of homosexual couples, and one of several Presbyterian ministers facing disciplinary action for similar offenses. Acting on a complaint brought by a minister in Washington state, the Presbytery of the Redwoods, which oversees 52 churches along the Pacific coast, brought the charges against Spahr in 2005 for marrying the couples from New York and California.
It stopped following the Gospel.
By Walter E. Williams
While it’s politically popular to impose confiscatory taxes on America’s 40 million tobacco smokers, there are a number of consequences one might consider, but let’s start out with a quiz. If a carton of cigarettes sells for $160 in New York City, and $35 in North Carolina, what do you predict will happen? If you answered tons of cigarettes will be going up I-95 from North Carolina to New York City, go to the head of the class.
A 3rd grader could figure this out, but not elected officials. Kind of sad, don’cha think?
Smuggling cigarettes is illegal; so the next quiz question is: Who is most likely to engage in cigarette smuggling? It’s a mixed answer, but for the most part, organized smugglers will be people with a high disregard for the law. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has found that Russian, Armenian, Ukrainian, Chinese, Taiwanese, and Middle Eastern (mainly Pakistani, Lebanese, and Syrian) organized crime groups are highly involved in the trafficking of contraband and counterfeit cigarettes. What’s worse is the ATF found that some of these groups use the money to provide material financial assistance to terrorist groups such as Hezbollah and Hamas.
Now, the logical thing to do would be to lower the tax, which would, in turn, cut down on the smuggling.
Some smugglers are good people who differ little from the founders of our nation such as John Hancock, whose flamboyant signature graces our Declaration of Independence. The British had levied confiscatory taxes on molasses, and John Hancock smuggled an estimated 1.5 million gallons a year. His smuggling practices financed much of the resistance to British authority — so much so that the joke of the time was that “Sam Adams writes the letters (to newspapers) and John Hancock pays the postage.” Like Hancock, some of today’s cigarette smugglers are providing a service to their fellow man caught in the grip of confiscatory taxation.
Tyranny, in the form of taxation, is still tyranny. I’m surprised so few people actually notice this.
In my book, the Hancock-type smuggler is a hero of sorts. Let’s look at it. During the days of the Soviet Union, Swiss watches were illegal. During our Prohibition era, the sale, manufacture and the importation of intoxicating liquor was illegal. Britain’s Navigation Acts imposed high tariffs and restrictions on goods sold to the American colonies that ultimately led to our 1776 War of Independence. The common theme in all of these acts is government seeking to interfere with, regulate or outlaw peaceable voluntary exchange between individuals.
If peaceable, then I have NO problem. I’m going to go out on a limb here and say the majority of cigarette smugglers are NOT funding terrorist groups, but providing a service that, while not really a good thing to do because of the law breaking issues, is thumbing it’s nose at an oppressive authority, just like back in the day. No, I’m not advocating breaking the law, just wishing that there was no need for it to be broken.
Tell me what’s wrong in people wanting to wear a Swiss watch, having a drink, purchasing tea from a Dutch seller rather than an English seller, or cheap cigarettes from North Carolina rather than expensive ones from New York. People in government or those in pursuit of a do-good agenda think they know better and think they have a right to use government’s brute force to hinder peaceable voluntary exchange.
Just look at the tax revenue that is being lost in places like New York because the ‘powers that be’, and every person with a nanny mentality, can’t see past the “we must control you so we can feel better about ourselves”.
In comes my hero the smuggler to the rescue. He’s the guy who, in effect, tells us, “I know the government wants to interfere with your consumption of booze, tobacco, or tea, but I can get a deal for you.” He might have to run clandestine operations, blackmail and corrupt public officials, but at least you get the item, if it has been prohibited, and for a lower price if it has been confiscatorily taxed.
Well, I wouldn’t go so far as calling him a “hero”, but I sure can see a need for such folks in places like New York. Hey, do they have ‘trans fat’ smugglers?
The smuggler who uses the proceeds to finance destructive activity is not my hero, but that is not an argument against the smuggling itself anymore than it would be an argument against the practice of medicine if some medical practitioners used their earnings to finance terrorist activities.
Arguably, if the taxes weren’t so flippin’ high, said terrorist abettors wouldn’t have a product to smuggle?
The easy solution to cigarette smuggling, and its attendant activities, is to eliminate the confiscatory taxes. Unfortunately, for politicians and do-gooders, the attack on smokers is a moral crusade that sees only benefits and costs are irrelevant. Or as novelist C.S. Lewis put it, “Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive.”
Hear hear!! Common sense that will be ignored, like ever other common sense idea that comes along. Yes, common sense is truly dead.
Last night, I noticed something on my front porch had been moved. Now since we basically live out in the middle of nowhere, and we only have one semi close neighbor, noticing something being moved on the porch, that I didn’t move, alarmed me. Not a major alarm, but enough to get me to lock all the doors, including one that is never locked, and make sure all the windows were latched. I even had my gun closer at hand than usual….just in case. Rarely do I have trouble going to sleep, but last night was definitely an exception. Yes, with the Mr out of town, I was a tad nervous.
I mentioned this to Jr a few minutes ago, and she started cackling like a chicken laying an egg. SHE had moved it.
Why do we let teenagers run free? Why aren’t they kept in cages where they do less harm and raise the BP of us ol’ folks? sigh…..
An angry Obama told reporters yesterday he was “outraged” by what he called a “performance” by Jeremiah Wright at the National Press Club in Washington on Monday and added that he was “saddened by the spectacle.”
Wright used the forum to reiterate some of his charges against the U.S. government, including his suggestion that the government invented the AIDS virus to destroy “people of color.”
Obama calls the comments “divisive and destructive” and says “they end up giving comfort to those who prey on hate.”
And, I’ll repeat my, and 9 million other’s question: What were you doing in that pew for 20 years? Why would you take your young children to such a place? To learn hatred from the “master” of hatred? No, Sen. B., too little, too late. I thnk think the only thing you are truly angry about is you’ve been exposed for what you really are!
The Rev. Jeremiah Wright would be happy to see Barack Obama’s presidential campaign derailed because the pastor is fuming that his former congregant has “betrayed” their 20-year relationship,
The Post has learned. “After 20 years of loving Barack like he was a member of his own family, for Jeremiah to see Barack saying over and over that he didn’t know about Jeremiah’s views during those years, that he wasn’t familiar with what Jeremiah had said, that he may have missed church on this day or that and didn’t hear what Jeremiah said, this is seen by Jeremiah as nonsense and betrayal,” said the source, who has deep roots in Wright’s Chicago community and is familiar with his thinking on the matter.
Keep talkin’ “Rev”. Keep right on talkin’. Heh.
The plot to kill President Hamid Karzai over the weekend was hatched in lawless tribal areas of neighboring Pakistan, the Afghan intelligence chief said Wednesday.
The accusation came just hours after Afghan security forces raided a Kabul hide-out of militants with suspected links to the attack on Karzai. Seven people died in the raid.
Intelligence chief Amrullah Saleh said there was no evidence that Pakistan’s government or its intelligence agencies were involved in the assassination attempt Sunday.
Let’s see, they use the word “lawless tribal areas”. That tells me, the Pakistani gubmint has no control of that area, ergo, why are they denying the possibility? Hmmmm….
Pastor Tom Lane, an overseer and mentor for New Life from Gateway Church in Southlake, Texas, said that it is uncommon, even among charismatic evangelical churches, to give this type of teaching and demonstration of prophecy from the pulpit.
“I don’t think it should be,” Lane said. “We live in an age when the greatest need in people’s lives is for encouragement.”
Prophecy, Boyd said, is one of his primary gifts as a minister, yet he wanted all church members to share the power rather than relying on one leader.
“I’m going to teach it in a real practical, down-to-earth way so that all of us can apply the gift of prophecy day to day,” Boyd said.
The Holy Spirit can give people direct guidance from God on everything from their marriages to their jobs if they learn how to hear it, Boyd said.
Seems to me, there’s already a Book that covers prophecy. REAL prophecy. Hmmm…. I’ve got one that’s 1888 pages long that covers just about anything and everything you can think of, large print, so I can see what I’m reading.
The outage happened when the power was taken down by airport officials on Tuesday night around 10:30 p.m. for scheduled maintenance. When it was brought back up as planned at on Wednesday morning, it didn’t work. Officials then turned on the emergency power in the terminal.
The power outage is not affecting the ability for flights to land and take off. However, it is affecting the power to load and unload passengers.
Well, there’s not much point in having passenger airlines without the passengers, now is there.
The rise in the severe violence against Jews “could be understood as part of the increase in the crime rate in general,” the study authors write, but also note that “the vast majority of anti-Semitic incidents have been recorded in western and central Europe, where the growing presence of millions of immigrants, including 20 million Muslims, is a source of friction and unrest.”
Here’s a novel thought…..stop letting in the folks who are causing the biggest part of the problem, and the problem will eventually decrease. DUH!
The Federal Reserve, which began the year aggressively fighting a severe credit crunch and economic weakness, may push the pause button after delivering perhaps one more quarter-point cut in interest rates.
Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke and his colleagues were to wrap up a two-day meeting Wednesday and financial markets widely expected that the discussions will end with an announcement that the Fed will cut a key interest rate by a quarter-point.
Oh, fer the love of pete! Knock off all the manipulation! It’s doing more harm than good!
Al Hawsawi’s defense lawyer is Army Maj. Jon S. Jackson, 37, a Kirby High School and 1996 UofM law school graduate.
It is not clear when a trial could get under way. Jackson expects to meet his client for the first time in mid-May. This week, hearings are being held in the case of bin Laden’s driver, Salim Ahmed Hamdan.
“It’s an honor for the law school to be represented at such a high level in such an important case,” said acting law school dean Kevin Smith.
Honor? Questionable honor.
President Bush, hoping to inoculate his party and his presidential legacy from election-year anger over the economy, heaped criticism on the Democratic-led Congress on Tuesday for “letting the American people down.”
But Mr. President, the Congress has been way too busy doing the really important stuff……like investigating BASEBALL! (insert massive sarcasm here)
It was thought vehicles up to seven years old would be exempt from the shake-up, designed to penalise high emissions.
But now it has emerged their owners will have to pay the new road duties after all.
And making people pay more is going to help……how?
A small North Carolina company says it will stop making nail guns equipped with automatic firing systems this fall to avoid worker injuries and prevent accidental deaths.
Jim Brown of Amigo Tools & Fasteners Inc. of Durham said he had no idea that thousands of U.S. workers and do-it-yourselfers are being hurt – some even killed – by the tools until he learned about it from The Sacramento Bee.
“I am shocked by the information The Bee has and I believe in doing what’s right,” Brown said. “I will change my tools knowing that they can kill people. The last thing I want is to have some kid left without a father.”
Tell ya what…..let’s all stop making anything that could possibly, maybe, hurt anyone, and all live in a bubble. No shoe laces, cuz you could trip and fall. No plastic forks, cuz ya might poke yourself. The list is endless. Let’s start now….you first. The Bee kills trees. Trees have to have someone cut them down, which requires sharp objects. Trees can fall on people, sharp objects can cut or main. So, by this logic, the Sacramento Bee MUST stop publishing.
15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: