Striking a tone of disgust, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi ridicules the GOP as obsessed with its loathing of President Obama and hell-bent on hurting him politically, regardless the cost. She
assigns little to no blame to the president (even though Democrats privately say that’s laughable) and instead portrays him as saintly, above reproach and the victim of jealousy or something worse.
After 26 years in the House, she says, “I haven’t seen anything like it. I haven’t seen anything like it.”
Throughout a 50-minute interview on Thursday in her second-floor Capitol office, where the late Speaker Tip O’Neill used to receive supplicants, Pelosi was sharply derisive about the scorn Republicans have for this president.
“You know why it is,” she said. “You know why it is. He’s brilliant, … he thinks in a strategic way in how to get something done … and he’s completely eloquent. That’s a package that they don’t like.”
Then she added a line that she has used before, that drives Republicans batty: “He has been … open, practically apolitical, certainly nonpartisan, in terms of welcoming every idea and solution. I think that’s one of the reasons the Republicans want to take him down politically, because they know he is a nonpartisan president, and that’s something very hard for them to cope with.”
Nancy Pelosi represents everything, and I do mean everything, wrong with our political leadership today.
On Monday, ABC News reported that George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer acquitted in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, recently helped rescue a family trapped in an overturned vehicle.
Predictably, some Martin supporters claimed the accident was staged to improve his image in the media.
"i'm sorry but that George Zimmerman car accident was staged (sic)," one person tweeted.
"I think so too. Next he will save a kitten from burning house (sic)," one person tweeted in response.
"Is it just me or does it seemed a lil bit staged that Zimmerman rescued someone from a car accident? Timing seems to be funny (sic),"added "Champ Sinatra."
"Zimmerman didn't witness the accident, but he responded before the police, or paramedics?!? STAGED!! It's a d**n shame what they are doing," one person said without specifying who "they" are.
A search of Twitter revealed hundreds of tweets suggested Zimmerman staged the accident.
According to ABC News, Zimmerman was one of two people who came to the aid of the family trapped inside a blue Ford Explorer SUV that had rolled over after traveling off the highway in Sanford, Fla. Thursday afternoon.
Police said the crash occurred at the intersection of I-4 and route Route 46, less than a mile from where Zimmerman shot Martin last year.
No injuries were reported and Zimmerman, who did not witness the accident, left after speaking with a deputy.
In the meantime, the related status of the day in my mind on Facebook was the following via Scott Broadway:
"Obama, speaking about the Zimmerman car wreck: "35 years ago, that could have been Ted Kennedy."
The Underground Pewster is suggesting the answer is yes and I've got to wholeheartedly endorse that answer:
Now, that was not the part of her sermon that initially caught my attention, nor was that what led me to suggest that this might be her worst sermon ever. No, it was her interpretation of the story of Paul and the slave girl that left me shaking my head. You may recall the version that Luke gives us in Acts 16,
"Now it happened, as we went to prayer, that a certain slave girl possessed with a spirit of divination met us, who brought her masters much profit by fortune-telling. This girl followed Paul and us, and cried out, saying, “These men are the servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to us the way of salvation.” And this she did for many days. But Paul, greatly annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.” And he came out that very hour. But when her masters saw that their hope of profit was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace to the authorities." Acts 16:16-19 (KJV)
I understand that there are different takes on this passage, and here is mine: Paul does let the possessed girl cry out her message for several days before he casts out the spirit. One might guess that this kind of hawker might draw in the crowds initially, but being praised by the demonically possessed seems counter-productive to Paul's ministry. Paul heals the girl, freeing her from possession, but in actual fact it is not Paul doing the healing, but Jesus Christ whom Paul rightly invokes.
Our P.B. has a very different opinion, and after she worms the obligatory remarks about homosexuality into the Gospel, she... well, read it (emphasis added) for yourself...
"We live with the continuing tension between holier impulses that encourage us to see the image of God in all human beings and the reality that some of us choose not to see that glimpse of the divine, and instead use other people as means to an end. We’re seeing something similar right now in the changing attitudes and laws about same-sex relationships, as many people come to recognize that different is not the same thing as wrong. For many people, it can be difficult to see God at work in the world around us, particularly if God is doing something unexpected." "There are some remarkable examples of that kind of blindness in the readings we heard this morning, and slavery is wrapped up in a lot of it. Paul is annoyed at the slave girl who keeps pursuing him, telling the world that he and his companions are slaves of God. She is quite right. She’s telling the same truth Paul and others claim for themselves. But Paul is annoyed, perhaps for being put in his place, and he responds by depriving her of her gift of spiritual awareness. Paul can’t abide something he won’t see as beautiful or holy, so he tries to destroy it. It gets him thrown in prison. That’s pretty much where he’s put himself by his own refusal to recognize that she, too, shares in God’s nature, just as much as he does – maybe more so! The amazing thing is that during that long night in jail he remembers that he might find God there – so he and his cellmates spend the night praying and singing hymns." "An earthquake opens the doors and sets them free, and now Paul and his friends most definitely discern the presence of God. The jailer doesn’t – he thinks his end is at hand. This time, Paul remembers who he is and that all his neighbors are reflections of God, and he reaches out to his frightened captor. This time Paul acts with compassion rather than annoyance, and as a result the company of Jesus’ friends expands to include a whole new household. It makes me wonder what would have happened to that slave girl if Paul had seen the spirit of God in her."
"Paul is annoyed perhaps for being put in his place"! I don't get it, but I can only assume this is a reflection of the modern attitude that Paul was an arrogant, self righteous, homophobic, hung up, misogynist who needs a little put-down from revisionist teachers and preachers so that today's congregations won't take Paul's letters too seriously.
Paul deprives the girl of her "gift of spiritual awareness"!Are you kidding me? The girl was possessed! (Remember this comes from the leader of a church that believes that homosexual marriages are a gift from God, so with that in mind, demonic possession as a gift from God makes perfect sense).
"Paul can’t abide something he won’t see as beautiful or holy, so he tries to destroy it." Oh, she must really dislike Paul, but the fact is that Paul sees demonic possession as something that is neither beautiful nor holy, whereas our Presiding Bishop sees it as a gift from God. Bad Paul: destroyer of God's gift. This too fits the revisionist picture of Paul as an intolerant man who is merely a reflection of a first century value system that we have mercifully outgrown.
"She, too, shares in God’s nature, just as much as he does – maybe more so!" Now this is going too far. Does God's nature include possession?
"The amazing thing is that during that long night in jail he remembers that he might find God there – so he and his cellmates spend the night praying and singing hymns." The amazing thing is that anyone with a bishop's miter on her head would spread the supposition that Paul had forgotten God in the first place.
There's much more and every jot and tittle confirms for me that my departure from the ECUSA was divinely ordered... and I can't help but wonder what it would take for the orthodox to leave if this ain't it.
New York City schools are offering young girls a full menu of birth control options, free of parental
counsel, thanks to an unpublicized project by Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration.
School nurses handed out 12,721 doses of the Plan B One-Step “morning-after” pill in 2011-12, up from 10,720 in 2010-11 and 5,039 in 2009-10, the New York Post reports.
Mona Davids, president of the NYC Parents Union, was stunned by the report.
“I’m in shock,” she said. “What gives the mayor the right to decide, without adequate notice, to give our children drugs that will impact their bodies and their psyches? He has purposely kept the public and parents in the dark with his agenda.”
Besides “emergency contraception,” about 40 school-based clinics have dispensed prescriptions for contraception, intrauterine devices and hormone-delivering injections, the Post reports.
The most common adverse events (>10%) in the clinical trial for women receiving Plan B One-Step included heavier menstrual bleeding (30.9%), nausea (13.7%), lower abdominal pain (13.3%), fatigue (13.3%), and headache (10.3%).
Think of the parent who sees his/her daughter suffering from any or all of these symptoms and being oblivious to the likely cause.
We are all flawed individuals. We're all sinners. So let's get that part out of the way. But there should still exist a means by which the measure of a man can be taken, by which we can determine whether or not he is someone you'd want to hang with, someone you'd want your children to look up to, someone you'd want your daughter or niece to marry.
A few of these metrics come to mind quickly.
How does said man treat women in general and his wife/girlfriend in particular?
Is he a man of evidentiary faith?
Is he compassionate and charitable?
You may have your own list of traits that we're likely to agree help measure how much of a man men truly are.
I'm about to add another, though this one I'm sure might have its detractors.
Are you ready for this one?
What does said man think of Tim Tebow?
This past week, I was exposed to two sports writers who had never really registered even the tiniest of blips on my there-goes-a-man-of-character radar. Not because of anything in particular that they've done or not done before but because I've never really seen or heard anything from either of them that had captured my attention.
So much for the whole bearing good tidings thing. In a roundtable discussion on Monday morning'sSportsCenter, ESPN analyst Merril Hoge went on a rant about New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow, saying that he's "as phony as a three-dollar bill" and that the New York Jets didn't realize "how bad Tim Tebow was" when they traded for him.
Fellow analyst Ron Jaworski tries to defend Tebow's handling of his yearlong situation with the Jets while insider Adam Schefter attempts to relay a conversation he had with Tebow late Sunday night regarding theESPN New York report that he asked out of the Wildcat formation for the team's game with San Diego. While both are given time to make their points, they are just lulls between Hoge's fury-laden sound bites.
"He is not going to win for the Jacksonville Jaguars. All he will do is set the franchise back further if that is a possible feat," Hoge said. "This organization is down as far as you can get. The last person they need is a guy like this now that we're starting to see his true colors."
What was it that set Merril Hoge off you might be asking?
It should not come as a surprise that reports indicate that Tebow opted out of the wildcat package for Sunday’s game against the Chargers when he was told that Greg McElroy would get the start over him. Tebow’s “I’ll do whatever I can to help the team” pledge from the day that the Jets acquired him turned out to be nothing but utter nonsense.
Tebow is not the good teammate that we all thought he was and now it seems as if reports about him being a bad apple in the locker room are true. What does it say about someone, who has captivated the world with his religious faith, doesn’t want to be a part of the game plan to help his team win?
Ryan acknowledged Monday that Tebow wasn't happy when the coach chose Greg McElroy to start for the benched Mark Sanchez, but insisted Tebow was willing to play in any role Sunday against San Diego - including the wildcat.
''He was disappointed, there's no question,'' Ryan said Monday. ''He was disappointed that he was not named the starter, but with that being said, I'm not going to get into private conversations that I have with players, but it was my decision to use Jeremy Kerley in the wildcat, without question.
''But I'll say this: I believe if Tim's number was called, he would've went in and played. I don't think there's any doubt about that.''
In other words, there was no basis for which Hoge and Schwartz unleashed their venom for Tebow. None whatsoever. Of course, this isn't the first time they've done so. Hoge in particular has a history of Tebow hatred since the latter entered into the NFL.
And so I, with a firmness and resolve I'd be hardpressed to give up, am making a decree.
Merril Hoge and Peter Schwartz have no integrity, no class, no character.
I wouldn't turn my back on either of them. I find them each to be deplorable and pity their loved ones.
The sort of hate they have for Tim Tebow is based in my view on their own hatred of religion in general, Christianity in particular and Mr. Tebow specifically. It seems more than obvious to me.
Unlike either of them however, I'm open to having my mind changed. If you have evidence that would suggest I'm full of crap, leave it in the comments but quite frankly and bluntly, I'm willing to bet this post's comment thread will remain largely empty.
Tebow said on Wednesday that he told Ryan last Tuesday that he was “definitely disappointed” he wasn’t going to be the starting quarterback in place of the benched Mark Sanchez, and added that he told the coach he wanted to play “regular quarterback.”
“I never said, ‘Hey, I don’t want to do anything,’” Tebow said. “That wasn’t the talk at all. He knows that. And everybody on this team knows that I would never not do something if I was asked. That’s what’s disappointing. People saying,‘Oh, you quit, or you didn’t do this.’ That was not it at all. It was just me asking to get an opportunity to play the position I love, which is quarterback. It wasn’t me asking out of anything.”
My brother summed things up nicely when he wrote on his Facebook wall, "Hoge retired due to excessive concussions. Based on his tirade I'd say he is still a jelly brain."
Excessive concussions, maybe but more likely, Hoge's problem, and Schwartz' along with him, is simple hatred for a man of faith.
Today I've read a number of post-election articles vowing to continue the fight.
While I concur that it is a righteous, necessary, and worthwhile fight, it might be well to take a moment to review the character of this fight.
The fight that wins this is not one of arms. It is one of thoughts, of ideas, of communications.
Who educates your kids? Who entertains them? Do they get their news from Comedy Central? What do they believe in? Why is that? What are their truths? Where did they get them?
This election wasn’t won in speeches. It wasn’t won in TV ads. It was won in cartoons. It was won in movies. It was won on Sesame Street. It was won in schools.
Yes there is a fight ahead of us, and it does not look like a short or clean one. The fight is one of belief, of principle, of culture. We have been infiltrated and compromised over decades.
Are you a religious person? Do you entrust the emotional well-being and mental health of your family to Psychology & Psychiatry? Why would you do that? Do you not grasp that a “science” which classifies your core beliefs as a “mostly harmless” delusion is a poor vehicle for the preservation of a moral culture? Do you not know their history, their background, their cultural foundation? Or have you simply accepted that they are the “authority” in all things mental and emotional? They’ve had fifty years of unfettered access to our schools, and with that as their crown jewel, what is the state of that school system?
Yeah, we have a fight ahead of us. It is our challenge to communicate core values in spite of schooling. It will be our campaign to teach real history into the teeth of disinformation. We have the truth on our side, but only if we are effective in communicating it.
Take heart. Even with the lead they have, we are not helpless, and even with all the brainwashing that’s been splashed around, truth can penetrate and bring illumination.
We must become educators, not just “smart” people. We must arm ourselves with real facts, real history, real reasoning and logic.