Thursday, August 26, 2010

More Wit and Wisdom From Lance "D.C. Douglas" Baxter

I can honestly brag that D.C. Douglas attempted to leave a comment on this august blog.  Since I didn't allow him a forum here, there's no way that it would hold up in a court of law, but you can take my word for it, fair reader.

D.C. is up to his old tricks once again.  Although I normally make it a policy not to link to left-wing sites here, I'll break with my self-imposed tradition; Tommy Christopher describes it so much more elegantly than I ever could.

Stay classy, Lance.  I'm sure with your numerous other voiceover jobs, you won't have to starve.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

In the National Spotlight

There's been a lot of blather in the news today about President Obama's iftar al-Ramadan remarks concerning the Ground Zero Mosque.  Needless to say, Obama approves of the Cordoba Initiative's project.  But for those who seem to think that Obama's remarks are nothing to be exercised over, how about what Obama said about the Gates affair?  Or any other number of matters that Obama himself said were "local?"

A word of advice to liberal apologists:  If the president has to say "it's a local matter," commentary should stop forthwith.  He doesn't need to say anything else, nor should he.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Who is this Guy?

I'm from South Dakota. I'm also a registered independent who self-identifies as an objectivist-conservative. My proclivities at the ballot box lean heavily toward the Republican party, as does my entire home state.

South Dakota's political history is blood-red by today's standards. South Dakota has held the longest uninterrupted party control of any state's gubernatorial office, since Bill Janklow assumed office in 1979. Including M. Michael Rounds, the current sitting governor, there have been 31 governor's in the state's history. Only six of those administrations were not Republican, and of those, five were Democratic.

The presence of Democrats in South Dakota's federal congressional delegation is somewhat anomalous, but Senator Tim Johnson has pull in the farm bill appropriations process, and Stephanie Herseth-Sandlin is part of a political dynasty that dates back to her grandfather's two years in the governor's chair, from 1959 to 1961.

So why does Al Franken, the junior senator from our eastern neighbor Minnesota, seem to think that supporting Nancy Pelosi is something to brag about? Anyone with a rudimentary understanding of Dakota politics will probably agree that this gaffe was utterly needless and painfully stupid. Franken may have just sealed Herseth-Sandlin's electoral doom.

At any rate, I hope so.

H/T to and National Journal's Hotline On Call blog.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

The Naked Ape, or Animals of Reason

I had an interesting exchange this evening in what turned into a roundtable discussion with a couple of fellow-guests of my good friend Douglas V. Gibbs on his BlogTalkRadio show. The subject of tonight's show was the role that a creator-god played in the founding of our country, and the future (or future-absence) of that role.

The discussion got me thinking the sort of things that I felt quite compelled to write. For you atheists and agnostics out there, I'm not going to hammer on the particulars of Judeo-Christian philosophy. Instead, I hope to be able to address a fundamental question that I believe is posed by all religions: How is humanity different from the other creatures of creation?

The following list is by no means comprehensive, nor can I claim that it is 100% correct with any philosophical certainty. Comments are welcome, but as always, will be moderated.

Islam: Humans are slaves to Allah, and will submit to his will or be destroyed in a torrent of otherworldly suffering.

Judaism: Humans are made in the image of God and share in his dominion, but can choose to live as animals and reject his grace. (cf. Adam and Eve, from the opening chapters of the Biblical book of Genesis)

Christianity: Essentially the same as Judaism, but the sacrifice of God's son in the person of Jesus paved the way for personal relationships with God that transcend traditional Jewish notions of nationalism and law.

Buddhism: Humans are unique among creation in their ability to rid themselves of of the impurities that drive their rebirth.

Taoism: Humans are unique among creation in their ability to resist the "tao," or natural flow of the universe (literally "the way").

Additions? Corrections? Critique? Feel free to comment, but please keep it civil.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Funky Spunky Junk

Because it's my blog, and I can, I give you the hottest funk act ever to come out of Scotland, The Average White Band:

Monday, August 2, 2010

The Stark Truth

Fortney Hillman "Pete" Stark has been in Congress since 1973. While I don't believe that his militant atheism necessarily disqualifies him from office, Stark is buck-naked in his utter and complete contempt for the United States Constitution.

This is a shining example of why your vote will be so important in November. Stark can not possibly be the only congressman with this level of contempt for the constitution, but he is probably the most honest. I think Stark deserves to enjoy his retirement beginning in 2011.