Congressman apologizes for being offensive to Munchkins. Fixes it by referring to them as “abnormal.” Plus cornball brothers and Bizarro Jesus!
There’s some strange stuff in the news today, and because I’m bored, I’m going to show them to you. First, Rob Parker of Detroit Free Press fame, goes on ESPN to question RGIII’s blackness.
“Let me say this, I’m uncomfortable where we just went.” Aaaaand cut. Classic. Next thing you know, RGIII will be doing stuff like playing golf and having sex with non-black hookers. Reminds of this guy…
That guy doesn’t have dreads though.
Next up, a guy who may or may not look like Jesus, but looks a lot like what a bunch of people think Jesus might have looked like, gets removed from a darts competition because the ridiculously large crowd of darts-loving drunk Brits can’t keep their stuff together. Apparently their chants of “Stand up if you love Jesus” was too distracting to the players. As such, “Jesus” was removed:
If that guy was really Jesus, he would have calmed the crowd, while simultaneously tossing 10 consecutive bulls-eyes. Just sayin’.
And last but not least, Dem. Rep. Hank Johnson of Georgia, spends over five minutes in an empty room, apologizing for call vertically-challenged people “midgets,” apparently at the request of bat-s**t-crazy Illinois Rep. Jan Schakowsky. He fixes the problem by calling them “abnormally small.”
I like how it’s just Johnson, Schakowsky, and the court reporter.
This would be surprising if Johnson wasn’t the same guy who worried about Guam tipping over a few years ago due to over-population. Here’s that flashback.
Not anticipated to happen. That’s good.
I usually don’t write about the same thing twice on this blog…or at least not two times in a row, but I continued to be flabbergasted at just how absolutely assinine some people are being about the whole Joe Paterno’s-A-Class-Act-Hey-What’s-Going-On-In-The-Shower thing. Don’t get me wrong. I’ve always thought of my common-man as misguided, but this takes it to a whole new level.
Yesterday, on Mike and Mike in the morning on ESPN Radio, which I rarely listen to because the two of them give me a headache, I heard an interview with Brent Musberger. Mr. Musberger proceeded to tell everyone how disappointed he was in the NCAA for laying the wood to Penn State, and that the only person at fault was Jerry Sandusky. I was understandably confused. Had he not read the Grand Jury Testimony? Or the Freeh Report? Or turned on his TV in the last six months? But then I remembered that Musberger’s livelihood depended upon sports-folk being able to do whatever the hell they want. Still though, what a tool.
And then I see this video making its way around the interwebs. This
jackass waste of space isn’t just some idiotic fan; he’s on the freakin’ Board of Trustees for Penn State. That’s right! The alumni actually voted to give this guy a leadership position at the school. This video should cause Penn State alums to react similarly to how Calvin College alums reacted when one of its professors said Adam and Eve were simply literary figures. In other words, they should be asking whether they accidentally selected a mentally handicapped person to be in charge.
I’m fairly certain that I crapped my pants at one point. And unless I’m reading the last scene of this inspiring video incorrectly, it looks like the Board of Trustees may have actually authorized this guy to speak on their behalf. Does anyone in State College, PA have a rationale brain cell left in their head? The Board even threw the evilest of evil people, Phil Knight of Nike, in there for support. That’s kind of like asking Satan to act as a character witness on your behalf.
Just for the sake of my own sanity, I have to type the following, just so I know I’m not watching Dr. Who, or something: Joe Paterno was told that Jerry Sandusky was molesting boys, and instead of reporting it and following up on it, he conspired with his bosses to cover it up. I got that right, right?
Assuming I’m right, the only way Paterno acted with “honor,” as the video asserts, is if “honor” had the exact opposite meaning. Maybe Joe was a good guy for most of his life. Maybe he made a difference in the lives of his players and town. And if so, then it sucks that his legacy to everybody but some crazy Penn State people will be that he failed to act when circumstances required it. But sometimes when you blow it, you really blow it.
Well, apparently some homicidal maniac shot up a movie theater in Colorado last night, for the opening of the new Batman movie. Looks like 13 people are dead, with something like 50 others injured. Those effected should be in our prayers. And as usual, everyone is trying to find someone/thing to blame. Honestly, this shouldn’t be that hard. It’s the guy who did the shooting (and reportedly booby-trapped his apartment with bombs). He’s been arrested. He’ll be tried; probably convicted; and because our justice system is imperfect, not executed. But nowadays, it seems that the last guy who gets blamed is the guy who did the killing (unless the victim happens to be Trayvon Martin). Already, and as expected, you have the left claiming that too many guns are the problem. Some are talking about cuts in mental health. Others are talking about our culture that worships violence in movies and video games and comic books. Hell, ABC News even claimed the shooter belonged to a Colorado Tea Party…until it retracted it.
Are guns too easy for people to get? Unquestionably yes…and I’m sure we’ll find out where the shooter picked up the shotgun, assault rifle, and two handguns he had with him. But is additional gun control going to solve the problem? It certainly hasn’t worked in Chicago, where gangs are shooting up neighborhoods literally everyday. And the reports from the shooting indicate the gunman threw a canister of tear gas in the theater initially. I’m not sure if a canister of tear gas is legal for a civilian to own, but I strongly doubt it…especially in a left of center state like Colorado. Despite its likely illegality, the shooter still got his hands on the gas.
Should we put more money into state mental health hospitals? Without question. In fact, you’ll clean up a lot of homeless by doing so. But we don’t even know if the guy was off his nut…so mental health comments are a little premature. How about censoring movies and video games and books? How would it work? Who decides what’s “too violent?” Movies/TV/video games already have rating systems. That doesn’t seem to stop parents from bringing their seven year old to see Jurassic Park.
Here’s the point. You want to blame something? Blame life. It doesn’t suck, but it’s full of bad stuff that isn’t fair. There’s nothing anyone can do to keep bad things from happening. The best we can do is teach our kids values…and pray it works out. Some will ask if our culture is broken. In a theological sense, it absolutely is. In a practical sense, maybe. Fact is, values simply aren’t valued much. Moral relativism is the law of the land. Personal accountability is a relic. Society talks about guns when commenting on shootings in the ghetto, but no one seems to correlate its lawlessness with a lack of fathers in the home. We’ve legalized the murder of millions in the name of choice, and the purveyors of infanticide don’t seem to think it has any impact on how we, as a people, value life in general. Hell, atheists even complained because Obama prayed for rain.
So why did it happen? It happened because it happened. It happened because bad stuff happens sometimes. It happened because the world is imperfect. That’s all. That may not be satisfying…or fixable…but it’s the truth.
This issue has created quite a stir in the blog-o-sphere, and while I’m a day late to the party, this horse still ain’t dead. B4U-ACT is a group of “mental health professionals” whose purpose is to remove the stigma from being a pedophile. And while it appears to be a small group, its simple existence is enough to be taken seriously. I had never actually heard of the group until I ran into a post on another site that I frequent. Upon first glance, the group’s website certainly seems mundane enough:
B4U-ACT is a unique collaborative effort between minor-attracted people and mental health professionals to promote communication and understanding between the two groups. Our goal is unique and unprecedented: to make effective and compassionate mental health care available to individuals who self-identify as minor-attracted and who are seeking assistance in dealing with issues in their lives that are challenging to them. We want to give them hope for productive and fulfilling lives, rather than waiting for a crisis to occur.
Sounds nice, right? Let’s help ’em out before they offend. Well, others have fortunately been on this for a while now, and have done some important digging of their own. Verdict: B4U-ACT was started by an unrepentant, convicted pedophile whose stated goal was to decriminalize the sexual abuse of minors. Moreover, several individuals currently affiliated with the group are quite open about their desire to decriminalize, and in fact normalize, sexual abuse of children (while taking part in it). It behooves you to read the entire linked article, as well as B4U-ACT’s website (also linked above). Everyone needs to keep up on this group, as well as their efforts, since the main stream media doesn’t seem to want to touch it. Remember…liberalism is more than just big-spending government. It’s a movement that seeks to degrade definitive ideas of right and wrong, while replacing them with moral relativism. It has already succeeded in convincing many that there is no authority outside of oneself, and it will continue to do so until stopped.
Declaration of Independence
(Adopted by Congress on July 4, 1776)
The Unanimous Declaration
of the Thirteen United States of America
When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security. –Such has been the patient sufferance of these colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former systems of government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over these states. To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid world.
He has refused his assent to laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his governors to pass laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of representation in the legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved representative houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the legislative powers, incapable of annihilation, have returned to the people at large for their exercise; the state remaining in the meantime exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavored to prevent the population of these states; for that purpose obstructing the laws for naturalization of foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migration hither, and raising the conditions of new appropriations of lands.
He has obstructed the administration of justice, by refusing his assent to laws for establishing judiciary powers.
He has made judges dependent on his will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of new offices, and sent hither swarms of officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, standing armies without the consent of our legislature.
He has affected to render the military independent of and superior to civil power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his assent to their acts of pretended legislation:
For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by mock trial, from punishment for any murders which they should commit on the inhabitants of these states:
For cutting off our trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing taxes on us without our consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of trial by jury:
For transporting us beyond seas to be tried for pretended offenses:
For abolishing the free system of English laws in a neighboring province, establishing therein an arbitrary government, and enlarging its boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule in these colonies:
For taking away our charters, abolishing our most valuable laws, and altering fundamentally the forms of our governments:
For suspending our own legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated government here, by declaring us out of his protection and waging war against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burned our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large armies of foreign mercenaries to complete the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of cruelty and perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow citizens taken captive on the high seas to bear arms against their country, to become the executioners of their friends and brethren, or to fall themselves by their hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavored to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian savages, whose known rule of warfare, is undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.
In every stage of these oppressions we have petitioned for redress in the most humble terms: our repeated petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.
Nor have we been wanting in attention to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, enemies in war, in peace friends.
We, therefore, the representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress, assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the name, and by the authority of the good people of these colonies, solemnly publish and declare, that these united colonies are, and of right ought to be free and independent states; that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the state of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as free and independent states, they have full power to levy war, conclude peace, contract alliances, establish commerce, and to do all other acts and things which independent states may of right do. And for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.
New Hampshire: Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple, Matthew Thornton
Massachusetts: John Hancock, Samual Adams, John Adams, Robert Treat Paine, Elbridge Gerry
Rhode Island: Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery
Connecticut: Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, William Williams, Oliver Wolcott
New York: William Floyd, Philip Livingston, Francis Lewis, Lewis Morris
New Jersey: Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon, Francis Hopkinson, John Hart, Abraham Clark
Pennsylvania: Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, John Morton, George Clymer, James Smith, George Taylor, James Wilson, George Ross
Delaware: Caesar Rodney, George Read, Thomas McKean
Maryland: Samuel Chase, William Paca, Thomas Stone, Charles Carroll of Carrollton
Virginia: George Wythe, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Nelson, Jr., Francis Lightfoot Lee, Carter Braxton
North Carolina: William Hooper, Joseph Hewes, John Penn
South Carolina: Edward Rutledge, Thomas Heyward, Jr., Thomas Lynch, Jr., Arthur Middleton
Georgia: Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, George Walton
Source: The Pennsylvania Packet, July 8, 1776
If I had a dollar for every time the media reported an “unexpected” rise in unemployment, I could quit my job. Rising unemployment is not unexpected when it happens month after month. Rising unemployment is not unexpected when our government continues to spend money it doesn’t have. Rising unemployment is not unexpected when the government threatens to, and does, raise taxes. Rising unemployment is not unexpected when the government passes huge financial regulatory bills that nobody voting on the bills reads or understands. In fact, it’s completely expected.
President Obama’s, and the Democratic Congress’s, response to the unemployment crisis is incomprehensible. Talking about the economy improving doesn’t actually cause it to improve. Now, with the Greek economic crisis affecting the entire European market, and eventually us, a double dip recession is possible. We continue to give unemployment benefits and health insurance subsidies to the unemployed, regardless of how long they’ve been unemployed, which is a kind and politically correct thing to do, but doing so fails to do anything to stimulate the economy or create jobs. In fact, the opposite is true. It increases spending, which will ultimately require tax increases. The government needs to stop spending, stop pushing policies like cap and trade, stop kicking the tires on a value added tax, and cut taxes on everything, for everyone. Let’s start with capital gains and payroll.
At some point, one has to ask whether the Democrats (who have complete control of the government) even want to improve the economy.
With the help of Republicans Scott Brown, Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins, the Senate passed its financial regulatory bill today. While I haven’t read it yet, the bill is described by the Wall Street Journal as such:
The 1,500-page bill includes an array of curbs on banking and finance, aimed at creating new consumer protection rules, providing more scrutiny of big bank operations, and insulating taxpayers from future bailouts of financial companies. Opponents argued throughout lengthy debate that the measures will over-regulate the financial industry.
While it might address some of the problems that lead up to the financial collapse, it appears to have completely ignored one huge issue: the Community Reinvestment Act. Lest we forget, the root cause of the collapse, before the banks traded anything relating to mortgages, were home loans made to people during the housing boom that could never pay them back. The Community Investment Act, originally signed into law by Jimmy Carter, was created to pressure banks into extending credit to low income individuals. If it is not significantly modified, along with Fannie and Freddie, the primary cause of the collapse will not have been addressed.
Look, no one likes the banks. That’s a given. But the amount of vitriol being spewed at them is disproportionate to their responsibility. Like it or not, their only purpose is to make a profit. The government’s role, however, is to simply legislate the rules that banks operate under. In direct contrast to that role however, the govt. has been actively manipulating the private housing market for decades, in an effort to make sure everyone owned a home. With the passing of the CRA, what used to be the American dream suddenly became a right. Simply put, nothing good happens when the government goes beyond its simple rule-making function and begins to directly influence how the actors play the game. That’s exactly what happened here. Instead of addressing the problem though, the govt. appears to do what it does best: pass the buck.