Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Monday, December 28, 2009
An American missionary believed to be detained when he stepped into North Korea on Christmas didn't inform his parents of his plans but they had a hunch he would visit the communist nation.
"We had a sense," Pyong Park, the missionary's father, told The Associated Press late Sunday. "We told him to continue what you're doing in South Korea."
About 100 people held candles Sunday night at Palomar Korean Church in San Marcos, a north San Diego suburb, to commend Park for going to North Korea.
"Robert is doing what God called on him to do," the Rev. Madison Shockley told the crowd. "We call this speaking truth to power."
Robert Park, 28, slipped across the frozen Tumen River into the North from China carrying a letter calling on North Korean leader Kim Jong Il to shut down the country's political prison camps. There has been no word from him since.
Park's parents last heard from their son Dec. 23 in an e-mail that predicted upheaval in North Korea.
"Know that I am the happiest in all my life," his e-mail read. "Incredible miracles are happening in the liberation of North Koreans right now ... We are going to see a big and beautiful change in Korea and in the World this year!"
I find this story to be a light in an age of cynicism towards religious belief, especially Christian belief. There are many people today who view the Christian faith in scorn, who harbor prejudices towards Christians, considering them all to be Bible-thumping hypocrites and bigots, and considering their religious leaders to be either con-artists or pedophiles. In essence, there are those who view religious belief as an enemy to freedom.
This missionary breaks the mold of the Christian stereotype. In a time when missionaries are viewed in contempt, accused of forcing their religion and culture on foreigners, this missionary risked his life to enter a closed country and deliver a message of freedom—not only through human rights, but through Christ.
Only God knows the fate of this missionary. Shall he live to see his loved ones once more, or shall he die a martyr’s death? Either way, let us pray that he fulfills God’s will.
Friday, December 25, 2009
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Guess what’s hanging on Obama’s Christmas tree:
The face of China's Mao Zedong, blamed for the deaths of 50 to 80 million of his countrymen, graces an ornament on the White House Christmas tree for President Obama's first holiday season in residence.
According to BigGovernment.com, the tree also features an ornament adding Obama to Mount Rushmore.
The images, such as the "transvestite" character "Hedda Lettuce," are attributed to the work of Simon Doonan, creative director of Barney's New York, whose previous projects have included Margaret Thatcher as a dominatrix and Dan Quayle as a ventriloquist's dummy, according to the New York Times.
"Why let a holiday season come between the White House and making some political statements," Big Government's report asked. "These photos of ornaments on the White House Christmas tree in the Blue Room were taken just days ago. Of course, Mao has his place in the White House."
As much as I disagree with Obama, I do not think he is evil. I simply think he is wrong on many issues.
Unlike other right-wing bloggers, I do not wish to jump the bandwagon by calling Obama a Marx-worshipper who is hell bent on turning this country into a socialist regime akin to the Soviet Union.
However, it’s really hard not to accuse Obama of being a Marxist or communist when an ornament of Mao hangs from the White House Christmas tree. It really is!
If Obama and his administration wish to curb accusations of communism and Marxism, they need to carefully watch what they do and say, especially when it comes to decorating the Christmas tree.
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
It was the night before Christmas, and all through the Senate
The right held up our health care bill, no matter what was in it
The people had voted a mandated reform
But Republicans blew off the gathering storm
We'll clog up the Senate, they cried with a grin
And in the midterm elections, we'll get voted in
They knew regular folks needed help right this second
But fundraisers, lobbyists and politics beckoned
So try as they might, Democrats could not win
Because the majority was simply too thin
Then across every state there rose such a clatter
The whole senate rushed out to see what was the matter
All sprang up from their desk and ran from the floor
Straight through the cloakroom and right out the door
And what in the world would be quite so raucous?
But a mandate for change from the Democratic caucus
The president, the Speaker, of course Leader Reid
Had answered the call in our hour of need
More rapid than eagles, the provisions they came
And they whistled and shouted and called them by name
Better coverage, cost savings, a strong public plan [sic]
Accountable options. We said, 'Yes, we can.'
No exclusions or changes for preexisting conditions
Let's pass a bill that restores competition
The Democrats all came together to fight
For the American people that Christmas Eve night
And then in a twinkle, I heard under the dome
The roll call was closed, and it was time to go home
Despite the obstructionist tactics of some
The filibuster had broken, the people had won
And a good bill was ready for President Obama
Ready to sign and end health care drama
Democrats explained as they drove out of sight
Better coverage for all, even our friends on the right.
I'll give this guy credit: at least it wasn't Senator Alan Grayson reading the poem. Then again, he probably would have chosen "How The Grinch Stole Christmas," rewriting it as "How The Republicans Stole Healthcare (And Wanted Americans to Die Quickly!)."
Here’s something you don’t see every day: Liberals promoting abstinence!
Just when every tactic in the book had been seemingly exhausted in the health care debate, Rock the Vote comes along with a new one: if you want health care reform, don't sleep with anyone who opposes it until his or her mind is changed.
The youth advocacy group is pushing the campaign in a Web video and pledge on its Web site, which asks supporters to "hold out" for health care.
The subtlety of the online pledge, though, is completely undone by the video, which employs zero rhetorical devices, except for a couple of bleeps, to get its message bluntly across.
"We pledge ourselves to the health and liberty of young Americans and to government for the people ... and to never f---ing you if you are against us," the team of actors in the video says.
"We will vote against you, work against you, and once again, just in case you forgot, never ever, never ever, never ever, never ever f--- you."
Figures: the one time Liberals tell kids to keep their pants up, and it’s to promote Obamacare! Maybe they should heed their own criticisms about how telling kids not to have sex doesn’t work. LOL!
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Liberals like to criticize Conservatives for using scare tactics to oppose healthcare reform, which is ironic since Liberals use scare tactics to support healthcare reform (“Sign this bill, no matter how dubious it seems, or else Americans will die!”).
During an interview last night on ABC News, the big man himself propagated his own scare tactic: Support healthcare reform or else the federal government will go bankrupt.
President Obama told ABC News’ Charles Gibson in an interview that if Congress does not pass health care legislation that will bring down costs, the federal government “will go bankrupt.”
The president laid out a dire scenario of what will happen if his health care reform effort fails.
“If we don't pass it, here's the guarantee….your premiums will go up, your employers are going to load up more costs on you,” he said. “Potentially they're going to drop your coverage, because they just can't afford an increase of 25 percent, 30 percent in terms of the costs of providing health care to employees each and every year. “
The president said that the costs of Medicare and Medicaid are on an “unsustainable” trajectory and if there is no action taken to bring them down, “the federal government will go bankrupt.”
“This actually provides us the best chance of starting to bend the cost curve on the government expenditures in Medicare and Medicaid,” Obama said.
Hmm. So Obama claims that not passing the healthcare bill will raise premiums, increase costs, and hurt Medicare.
If I recall from a previous blog post of mine, the Health and Human Services Department gave a different story, claiming that passing the healthcare bill will raise premiums, increase costs, and hurt Medicare.
Either Obama has not checked with HHS, or he is lying. Somehow I want to go with the latter.
And if Obama is truly worried about bankrupting the federal government, he should be less concerned about passing an expensive healthcare bill and more about the wasteful spending of the federal government itself (i.e.: the economic stimulus).
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Theology For Dummies by ~BlameThe1st on deviantART
Theology seems like a difficult subject; but it basically revolves around one question: Does God exist? And the answers to that question can easily sum up an entire beleif system.
I want to say it’s hard to believe that a boy would be suspended for drawing a picture of Jesus on the cross; but considering the growth of secularism in public schools, it’s not hard to believe at all.
A Taunton father is outraged after his 8-year-old son was sent home from school and required to undergo a psychological evaluation after drawing a stick-figure picture of Jesus Christ on the cross.
The father said he got a call earlier this month from Maxham Elementary School informing him that his son, a second-grade student, had created a violent drawing. The image in question depicted a crucified Jesus with Xs covering his eyes to signify that he had died on the cross. The boy wrote his name above the cross.
The student drew the picture shortly after taking a family trip to see the Christmas display at the National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette, a Christian retreat site in Attleboro. He made the drawing in class after his teacher asked the children to sketch something that reminded them of Christmas, the father said.
“I think what happened is that because he put Xs in the eyes of Jesus, the teacher was alarmed and they told the parents they thought it was violent,” said Toni Saunders, an educational consultant with the Associated Advocacy Center.
Considering the boy was required to have a psychological evaluation, you’d think he had drawn a realistic depiction of Jesus’ crucifixion with blood, flesh wounds, and full-blown nudity—something that would rival the Passion of the Christ.
But no. The boy had drawn a stick-figure Jesus with Xs for eyes.
That’s supposed to be violent?
The boy was asked to draw something that reminded him of Christmas. Considering that Christmas is celebrated as the birth of Jesus Christ, whom Christians believe was born to die for the sins of mankind, the boy wasn’t exactly drawing something off-topic. And a stick figure with Xs in its eyes hardly qualifies as violent.
In other news (and Ironic enough) school children in Indiana are singing songs to Allah. I also want to say this is hard to believe; but considering the double-standards concerning secularism in public schools, this is also not hard to believe.
A battle over religion is brewing in central Indiana after a public school wanted second graders to sing a song declaring, “Allah is God.” The phrase was removed just before the performance after a national conservative group launched a protest.
The principal of Lantern Road Elementary School in Fishers, IN, said they were trying to teach inclusiveness through their holiday production. It included references to Christmas, Hanukkah, Ramadan, Las Posadas and Kwanzaa. However, no other deity, other than Allah, was referenced in the show.
Here are the lyrics that school children were required to sing:
“Allah is God, we recall at dawn,
Praying ‘til night during Ramadan
At this joyful time we pray happiness for you,
Allah be with you all your life through.”
School children can’t sing Christmas carols in school, but they can sing praises to Allah? A school boy can be suspended from school and recommended psychological evaluation for drawing a picture of Jesus on the cross?
Just what are our public schools coming to?
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Must have been a slow news day for 13WHAM in Rochester, NY for it to run a news story about a chicken shortage at a local Popeye’s restaurant.
As humorous as this story may be, many people weren’t laughing about it. Some people accused the new story of stereotyping, as it interviewed mostly black customers (and angry ones at that!).
Could the fact that the story mostly interviewed black customers be because most of the customers were—oh, I don’t know—black?
I’d like to rant about this subject, but I think one YouTuber actually nails it in his video, and shows my sentiments exactly:
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Republicans have been accused of obstructing healthcare reform with scare tactics and misinformation. They have even been maligned as wanting millions of Americans to die without health insurance.
But according to the Health and Human Services Department, Republicans are right: the proposed bill will hurt healthcare, not help it.
Democrats trying to push President Barack Obama's health care overhaul plan through the Senate got a sober warning Friday that costs will keep going up and proposed Medicare savings may harm the program.
A new report from government economic analysts at the Health and Human Services Department found that the nation's $2.5 trillion annual health care tab won't shrink under the Democratic blueprint that senators are debating. Instead, it would grow somewhat more rapidly than if Congress does nothing.
More troubling was the report's assessment that the Democrats' plan to squeeze Medicare for $493 billion over 10 years in savings relies on specific policy changes that "may be unrealistic" and could lead to cuts in services. The Medicare savings are expected to cover about half the nearly $1 trillion, 10-year cost of expanding coverage to the uninsured.
In still more bad news, the report starkly warned that a new long-term care insurance plan included in the legislation could "face a significant risk of failure" because it would attract people in poor health, leading to higher and higher premiums, and eventually triggering an "insurance death spiral."
The one bright note: The bill would provide coverage to 93 percent of Americans, reducing the number of uninsured people by about 33 million, the report said.
So let me get this straight: under the healthcare reform bill, costs will increase, Medicare will be drained, and premiums will rise. But at least Americans will have health insurance!
That’s like saying: in your new house, the roof will leak, the foundation will sink, and the electricity and water will not work. But at least you will have a house!
Maybe uninsured Americans will finally have health insurance (After all, that was the Democrats’ goal), but it will be crappy—if not crappier—health insurance.
Republicans seized on the report as validation of their concerns that the overhaul bill is both unaffordable and unrealistic.
"This report confirms what we've long known — the Democrat plan will increase costs, raise premiums, and slash Medicare. That's not reform. This analysis speaks for itself. This bill is a sham," said Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.
Couldn’t have said it any better myself.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Apparently, Maddow does not understand why Americans would fear allegations of racism for opposing Obama and his policies.
Gee, Rach, could it be because your network often allows libtards like Janeane Garofalo to label protestors “tea-bagging rednecks” who are only “hating a black man in office”?
Could it be because your network allows pundits like David Shuster to label protests against Obama as being “intolerance festivals” which contain “white, whiter, and whitest”?
Could it be because your network is known for race-baiting Republican figures like Sarah Palin, whose book-signing crowd was labeled “white vs. other people”?
But hey, we can’t blame Rachel. We can’t expect her to see the race-baiting in her network or political party.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
I couldn’t make this story up if I wanted to:
So who knew? Santa Claus is a ho-ho homosexual. When the story goes public, it rocks the world. Well, at least in writer-performer Jeffrey Solomon's "Santa Claus Is Coming Out," his newest one-man show exploring gay issues. What Solomon's really interested in is how to discuss gay sexual orientation with young children. It's a timely and important subject, particularly as the religious right's demagoguery has exploited people's fear of it to roll back legal gay marriage in California and Maine. But while Solomon—who has taught theater to children in Catholic school and written works for young audiences—has his heart in the right place, his play is a curiously muted affair.
So Santa Claus is turning gay? Oh, excuse me, I mean Santa Claus is “coming out of the closet” (because we all know people can’t be turned gay!).
I believe in tolerance as much as the next person, but I also believe in common decency. As Mr. Garrison of South Park once said: “Just because you tolerate something doesn’t mean you have to approve of it.”
We should tolerate homosexuals and allow them to have the same rights as heterosexuals, including the right to marry. But we shouldn’t approve of homosexuals when they throw parades featuring BDSM paraphernalia and simulated sexual acts. We shouldn’t approve of homosexuals when they try to teach sex education to kindergarteners. And we shouldn’t approve of homosexuals when they produce plays such as this one aimed at young children, especially since one scene involves a character “who shows Santa the bar scene” (You know, for kids!).
Unfortunately for this play, the article gives it a poor review.
It's hard to know who Solomon's audience is. Material such as this needs much more of an edge to hook hardboiled New Yorkers, but if changing hearts and minds is the idea, that title alone will probably keep such folks away. "Santa Claus Is Coming Out" is unlikely either to fire up the converted or convert the fired up.
Monday, December 7, 2009
Anyway, here's a video from How The World Works spoofing Obama's Weekly Address: Pushing Forward On Jobs:
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
No matter how much I disagree with him, I want and need the president of the United States for the stability of our country – the stability of our world – to be safe. I also think it would be a good idea to keep his family and the guests in the White House safe.
I know what most of you are thinking: "Oh Glenn Beck is just fear-mongering again!" But Glenn Beck is not creating a conspiracy theory, he's explaining that a conspiracy theory can be created with the lack of information about this incident.
And he does has a good point. Does it really make sense that the couple simply slipped by the secret service--the men who have been trained to guard and protect the President and White House? I'm not saying the incident was a publicity-stunt, but I'm keeping keep the idea far from my imagination.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Comedian and overall liberal douchebag Bill Maher appeared on The Jay Leno Show last night. Because he can’t go anywhere without ridiculing faith and religion, Maher cracked his usual irreverent jokes.
Why is faith good? Faith is the lack of critical thinking….Why, especially in perilous times, is that a good thing?
So, according to Maher, people who believe that the universe may have a cause and purpose for its existence lack critical thinking. Does that mean Isaac Newton, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein lacked critical thinking?
While I do believe that religion has been responsible for many ills, and that we should be skeptical of organized religion and dogma, I still believe faith in God is a good thing. Granted, faith means believing in something without proof; but then again, God needs no proof for his existence. His existence is self-evident.
Maher claims to have liberated individuals through his film Religulous. But has he? Or has he taken them out of the frying pan and into the fryer? After all, without God, we are left with an indifferent and uncaring universe where all things good and bad happen purely by chance, and where we are nothing more than highly-evolved clumps of cells.
This is why faith is good: it gives meaning to our otherwise meaningless universe, purpose to our otherwise purposeless lives, and, most importantly, hope in otherwise hopeless times. One would think, especially in these ‘perilous times,’ that we could have hope in that, no matter how bad things get, something out there is making sure all things will work out for the best.
Obviously not Bill Maher. He just loves being a pessimist.
In closing, here’s a commentary about Bill Maher and his beliefs, a video made by my favorite columnist Jack Hunter (a.k.a.: The Southern Avenger):