Saturday, February 27, 2016

The Hug of Death

In the last debate Marco Rubio not only exposed Donald Trump as a ridiculous empty suit, but gave us a glimpse of what will happen if Trump appears on a debate stage with Hillary Clinton.  Trump, who polls already show would lose to Clinton, will serve up the greatest election disaster in the history of this country, losing miserably to the most unattractive candidate the Democrats have ever nominated.

But have no fear Donald.  The day after you looked feckless and rattled on the debate stage, here comes Chris Christie to the rescue.

Mitt Romney's campaign  was the last recipient of Christie's hug of death when he slobbered all over Obama... And now, when things look bad for the party's version of the Titanic, here comes Christie again with an endorsement.


Thursday, February 18, 2016

Fear of Flying

I watched the movie Gran Prix recently and was struck by what the Yves Montand character said about the fear involved in auto racing.

He said: 
"I think if any of us imagined - really imagined - what it would be like to go into a tree at 150 miles per hour we would probably never get into the cars at all, none of us. So it has always seemed to me that to do something very dangerous requires a certain absence of imagination."

Exactly.  When I fly I'm meticulously considering every tragic possibility that my mind can come up with... From the cabin suddenly filling with flames... To a crack forming  in the fuselage that spreads until the aircraft buckles into itself.   Friendly skies... I think not.

I'm the same way with elevators.  I imagine that in the split second I board or get off... the cable snaps and catches me half on and half off... And I'm cut clean in half.   (That's not how I wish to go.)  So I fly in... And leap out... And probably look ridiculous.

But a commercial jet's seat for me is like the dentist's chair... Sitting there expecting the pain at any moment. 

Now I know that getting into a Formula One race car and driving 200 miles per hour has a different risk level than flying in a commercial aircraft... But that doesn't help me. 

I think Valium would help me.


Empty Trucks Make the Most Noise

Sunday, February 14, 2016

 When Giants Fall

Last night Ted Cruz said, "Justice Scalia was a legal giant. He was somebody that I knew for 20 years. He was a brilliant man. He was faithful to the Constitution. He changed the arc of American legal history. And I’ll tell you, his passing tonight, our prayers are with his family, with his wife, Maureen, who he adored, his nine children, his 36 grandkids. But it underscores the stakes of this election. We are one justice away from a Supreme Court that will strike down every restriction on abortion adopted by the states. We are one justice away from a Supreme Court that will reverse the Heller decision, one of Justice Scalia’s seminal decisions that upheld the Second Amendment’s right to keep and bear arms. We are one justice away from a Supreme Court that would undermine the religious liberty of millions of Americans..."

If Democrat judicial appointees respected, and deliberated under the authority of... The Constitution, the death of one man wouldn't endanger our freedoms and threaten our right to govern ourselves.  But Democrat appointees rule by personal preference and the dictates of the liberal elites.

Our 2nd amendment rights... Our freedom of speech... Our freedom to teach and live by the truth of scripture... All in jeopardy.


Quote of the Day

"On a day when America lost a great patriot — a Supreme Court justice who defended the Constitution and upheld its vital principles until the very day that he died — it was particularly sad to see the hijacking of constitutional conservatism in a race that is quickly degenerating into a dangerous farce at the very time when the nation so desperately needs principled, courageous leadership. Dear candidates, if you can’t win, step aside. If you can win, step up. Otherwise, we are lost."
--David French...  Commenting on the February 13th Debate.


Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Understanding the Christian Support of Donald Trump

There is a reason why so many believers in this country support Trump and it isn't pretty. 

Trump is pompous and arrogant... He uses filthy language.  His fame is a product of greed and a sinful American pop culture... A Hollywood entertainment system that is run by the enemies of God.

So why do moral, church-going Believers support this reprobate?

Idolatry.  The Bible tells us that we must not love the world system, and yet most of the Believers in this country, who deny themselves nothing... Are bathed, tutored, and inebriated in an entertainment culture that perverts and corrupts their fidelity to the Bridegroom.  I would argue that the vast majority of Believers in America are much more the bride of this world than the bride of Christ.

So is it surprising that when their security, their bank accounts, and their freedoms are threatened, they blindly embrace the cult of celebrity and seek the wisdom of the god most real in their lives?

Greed.  How many Believers backed Bill Clinton because he was good for their pocketbooks?

Ignorance, foolishness and a lack of Holy Leadership.  In this country of the rich, a holy man who empties himself of the world and is subsequently filled and led by the Holy Spirit into truth and wisdom... Just where is that guy?  Where is the guy that is fixated upon the pearl of great value that has cost him everything

The Christian Leaders in this country have found the small gate, but have no interest in the narrow way.  They are just like us... Which is why we hired them.

So when you have mastered compromise and rationalized the ingestion of every pollutant that cheers and entertains... When you have fashioned a more practical god that fits your lifestyle... you have the tools and know-how to unashamedly embrace The Donald.

My Conclusion:  The Christian support of Donald Trump is the sad reflection of our devotion to this world and our casual tolerance of the spiritual entity that runs it.



Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Donald Trump's Profanity Revisited

Dennis Prager wrote a great column on the subject over at the National Review Online... You'll find it HERE.


Monday, February 08, 2016

To be fair to the Donald:
Christie Threatened to Drop "F-Bomb" at the 2012 GOP Convention

Ultimately, Christie was given the keynote address at the 2012 GOP convention - a coveted speaking slot reserved for rising stars. There, his "big" personality came out in a big way: when organizers told Christie that they were scrapping a three-minute introduction video before his speech due to time constraints, the governor insisted they reconsider. When they pushed back, according to Balz, Christie told a member of the production team "to ask the director if he had ever heard anyone say 'f***' on live television, because that's what he was about to do if the video didn't run."
After another sharp exchange, Christie said he wouldn't deliver the speech if the video didn't run. Romney's convention team leader, Russ Schriefer, intervened, instructing the director to play the video.

Are all the Republican candidates more or less immoral in their speech?

I reject Christie because of his liberal record, his lack of enthusiasm and team play for Romney... His Obama Hug and his keynote Flop at the convention... But now I have another reason.


Saturday, February 06, 2016

We’re gonna bring businesses back from Mexico so you can tell them to GO...

Trump May Not Be as F-ing Devout as He Claims

Yesterday Donald Trump mouthed the F word at a rally in New Hampshire, startling any deaf lip readers that may have been watching, and disgusting the Christians who had foolishly bought into his conversion story.

Someone needs to quickly mail him a WWJD bracelet along with the suggestion that "go F themselves" is never found, nor highlighted in red, in the Gospels.

I believe Trump's Evangelical support just got a lot smaller... and a lot less enthusiastic.


Friday, February 05, 2016

The Problem with Ted Cruz

Cruz is a guy I would love to stick in the White House without having to worry about his electability. 

There is something in his manner and facial expressions that scream "fake" and "creepy" and it makes me want to shake him and say, "Ted... You come across like a very poor high school drama student."

I have read two articles from two very different sources that comment on the way he emotes.

In Psychology Today Richard Cytowic M.D. writes, "It’s hard to look at Ted Cruz’s face. He’s a brilliant orator with a sharp legal mind. But his expression unsettles me. I know my reaction is visceral and automatic, but as a neurologist it is my business to notice things out of the ordinary and probe them. The Senator’s atypical expressions leave me uneasy.

And then there is that open “O” of the Senator’s mouth that photos capture over and over. I don’t know what to make of it. But he makes it when he overtly emotes—shows us as well as tells us that he is determined, irritated, or above it all—whereas speakers who are angry, indignant, or rhetorically displeased push their mouth forward in a pout. He doesn’t. Google “Ted Cruz smiling,” and judge for yourself. For the record I am not a Democrat. I’m at a loss to verbalize what unsettles me so when I watch the freshman senator. But it leaves me cold."

Of the Republican field, I think Ted Cruz would make the best president.  But I work with little girls who are in their twenties and thirties who are as conservative as I am, but don't do politics... And when they tell me that Ted Cruz is creepy... I know Ted has a problem with his image.

And that needs to be considered, because we have to win this election.


Monday, February 01, 2016

Quote of the Day

"I do not believe the election next fall can be won by a vulgar, profane, mannerless Manhattan Hillbilly."
-- Malott ... January 31, 2016