Saturday, August 30, 2014


A mathematician once remarked that everything in science was man-made except numbers which had been created by God Himself.

The state is dependent for its vital motivation upon an independent religious community.

Intransigence (in atheists or believers, in liberals or conservatives) is nothing but the shadow thrown by the light of … faith.

So doesn’t God have everything to do with the health of our world? 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Must say goodbye to all of this!

At 23 and just before he was killed in WWI, Wm. Hodgson wrote:
            “I, that on my familiar hill
             Saw with uncomprehending eyes
            A hundred of Thy sunsets spill
            Their fresh and sanguine sacrifice,
            Ere the sun swings his noonday sword
            Must say goodbye to all of this!
            By all delights that I shall miss,
            Help me to die, O Lord.
And an incomprehensible number to young men didn’t die in WWI, this about this too-  58,000 horses bit the mud and dust.  Oh Lord!


Monday, August 25, 2014

robbing him of all confidence in his own thinking.”

Can 1949 be that far in the past that we have forgotten these facts stated by professor J.B.S. Haldane?

…” society enjoys the greatest amount of liberty in which the greatest number of human genotypes can develop their peculiar abilities.”  … “liberty demands equality of opportunity … and a tolerance of those who fail to conform to standards which …are not essential for the functioning of society.”

…”his whole life long, man of today is exposed to influences which are best on robbing him of all confidence in his own thinking.”

“Renunciation of thinking is a declaration of spiritual bankruptcy.”

Sunday, August 24, 2014

consequences of Common Core

Think about the consequences of Common Core as you read the opinion of Lewis Mumford in 1944.

“The standard examination papers that have appeared in so many departments of American education under the guise of progressive method would, in a short generation  paralyze the acquisition and extension of fresh knowledge: this symbolizes a much wider menace to life and thought.”

Thursday, August 14, 2014

George who?

George who?  “For George belongs on the muster roll of capitalists whose speciality was to wed scientific discoveries of the ninetteeth century to mass-producing and  marketing techniques, and thereby to create enormous quantities of goods for  Everyman.”   George Eastman of Kodak fame, of course.  No matter that he committed suicide at 77 be cause his healthfailed and his job was done – his legacy lives on.


Wednesday, August 13, 2014


           I,  ME,  MY

Obama Uses First Person Singular 199 TIMES in Speech Vowing Unilateral Action

Posted: July 13, 2014 | Author: Pundit from another Planet

Terence P. Jeffrey reports: Not counting instances when he quoted a letter from a citizen or cited dialogue from a movie, President Barack Obama used the first person singular–including the pronouns “I” and “me” and the adjective “my”–199 times in a speech he delivered Thursday vowing to use unilateral executive action to achieve his policy goals that Congress would not enact through the normal, constitutional legislative process.

The remarks, the White House reports, ran 40 minutes, and the full transcript (including annotations for “laughter” and “applause”) is more than 5,500 words (read more) CNS News

Number of Times Obama Has Accepted Blame or Taken Responsibility: 0   For his entire Presidency.

Monday, August 11, 2014




Whereas most other sins at least begin by being pleasurable, the feeling of envy is miserable from the outset.  Yet envy, is these democratic days, is particularly prevalent.  How many of those moods which we supposed to be a sense of justice are infected at their very base by envious impulses.

Wilhelm Roscher’s 1895


Fore! As Obama Golfs

                  Fore! As Obama Golfs


WALTER RUSSELL MEAD: Fore! As Obama Golfs, Tanks Roll in Baghdad and A Country Unravels. “The fact that President Obama thought that the day of an Iraqi coup was a good time to hang on the Vineyard and get on the links is bad news. Either the President blew off warnings from his advisors, or the intel community got blindsided again. Both possibilities reflect badly on the management of the nation’s affairs.”

Also Falling Apart:

ISIS Attack succeeding

Christians being Exterminated

Ukraine Doomed

U.S. Borders a Mess

Economy if Freefall

Obamacare a Disaster


BARACK OBAMA ON PRESIDENTIAL VACATIONS IN 2008: “You have to understand that if you seek that office, then you have to be prepared to give your life to it. Essentially, the bargain that I think every President strikes with the American people is, ‘you give me this office, then in turn my fears, doubts, insecurities, foibles, need for sleep, family life, vacations, leisure, is gone. I am giving myself to you.’”


ROGER KIMBALL: Obama In Oz. “Crippling successors, of course, is precisely what Obama is trying to do. It’s all part of his strategy of fundamentally transforming the Untied States of America.”

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

watchwords of a Jacksonian

The following are watchwords of a Jacksonian:  “The world is governed too much.  Our countrymen are beginning to demand” … that the government be content with “protecting their persons and property, leaving them to direct their labor and capital as they please, within the moral law: getting rich or remaining poor as may result from their own management or fortune.”  Could that we could return to those freeer days of yesteryear.


Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Second Great Awakening put us on the path to great ness?

The secularizing of the Biblical covenant of God with Abraham became one of the sources (perhaps the principal one) for American exceptionalism well into the 19th century.  What do you think - the Second Great Awakening put us on the path to great ness?


Monday, August 04, 2014

in 2014 as SWAT teams and enthusiastic police routinely raid homes

            “… A man’s house is his castle… this writ would annihilate the privilege of officers (entering) our houses when they please.  Their menial servants, may enter, may break locks, bars, and everything in their way; and whether they break through malice or revenge, no man, no court, can inquire.”  James Otis Jr. in 1761 pled against the Custom House writ which permitted forced entry.  Does any of this sound familiar in 2014 as SWAT teams and enthusiastic police routinely raid homes and apartments?

            Yes, I know there is supposed paperwork and suspicion of malfeasance.  But… even a libertarian in the White House in 2016 could not let this practice stand.  Or could he /she?  

Saturday, August 02, 2014

Buyer of bulls… b eware

            Buyer of bulls… b eware


“No man can be as great as that man looks,” said Ralph Waldo Emerson of Daniel Webster.  “TR bit me and I went mad,” William Allen White said of Teddy Roosevelt. “…I appeal to you for the long line – the long, long line reaching back through the ages, and forward to the years to come – the long line of  despoiled and downtrodden people of the earth,”  spoke Clarence Darrow for the defense of Thomas I. Kidd charged with conspiracy to injure a business  (asking for Union recognition) in 1898.  “I should like to have it said of my second Administration that in it these forces (of selfishness) met their master,” were FDR’s words in 1936. Beware of a charismatic figure who CAN alter the  course of history.  

Friday, August 01, 2014



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IRS Strikes Deal With Atheists To Monitor Sermons And Homilies

First Amendment: Government's assault on religious liberty has hit a new low as the IRS settles with atheists by promising to monitor sermons for mentions of the right to life and traditional marriage.

A lawsuit filed by the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) asserted that the Internal Revenue Service ignored complaints about churches' violating their tax-exempt status by routinely promoting political issues, legislation and candidates from the pulpit.

The FFRF has temporarily withdrawn its suit in return for the IRS's agreement to monitor sermons and homilies for proscribed speech that the foundation believes includes things like condemnation of gay marriage and criticism of ObamaCare for its contraceptive mandate.

The irony of this agreement is that it's being enforced by the same Tax Exempt and Government Entities Division of the IRS that was once headed by Lois "Fifth Amendment" Lerner and that openly targeted Tea Party and other conservative groups.

Among the questions that the IRS asked of those targeted groups was the content of their prayers.

Those who objected to the monitoring of what is said and done in mosques for signs of terrorist activity have no problem with this one, though monitoring what's said in houses of worship is a clear violation of the First Amendment. Can you say "chilling effect"?

Congress can make no laws prohibiting the free exercise of religion. So it's not clear where the IRS gets off doing just that by spying on religious leaders lest they comment on issues and activities by government that are contrary to or impose on their religious consciences. Our country was founded by people fleeing this kind of government-monitored and mandated theology last practiced in the Soviet Union.

The FFRF cites as its authority the 1954 Johnson Amendment, which states that tax-exempt groups cannot endorse candidates. A 2009 court ruling determined that the IRS must staff someone to monitor church politicking.

The FFRF claims that the IRS has not adhered to the ruling and that the settlement amounts to enforcing both the Johnson Amendment and the court ruling.

But is the Catholic Church "politicking" when it proclaims its "Fortnight for Freedom" dedicated to opposing ObamaCare's contraceptive mandate and the government's forcing schools and charities it considers an extension of its faith to include it in insurance coverage or face crippling fines?

Are Protestant and evangelical churches "politicking" when they participate in "Pulpit Freedom Sunday" this year on Oct. 5 to encourage congregations to "vote their faith," which they consider to be an exercise of free speech and freedom of religion?

The FFRF says that such events at "rogue churches" have "become an annual occasion for churches to violate the law with impunity." But doesn't the Constitution say that Congress can make no such laws?

Rather than "rogue churches," it's the rogue IRS that needs to be stopped.