Friday, December 12, 2014

Sweet 16

Res Ipsa Loquitur        THE 16

Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-IN)83% should be on this list, but at the last minute it appears House Republican Leaders lied to him to get him to switch his vote. So I cannot include him.

But here are the House Republicans who stood up to their House Republican Leaders. I hope you will consider calling them to thank them. You can call the Capitol Hill switchboard and ask for their offices at (202) 224-3121.

The members are:

  1. Congressman Amash of Michigan
  2. Congresswoman Bachmann of Minnesota
  3. Congressman Brat of Virgina
  4. Congressman Brooks of Alabama
  5. Congressman Broun of Georgia
  6. Congressman Gohmert of TExas
  7. Congressman Gosar of Arizona
  8. Congressman Huelskamp of Kansas
  9. Congressman Jones of North Carolina
  10. Congressman Jordan of Ohio
  11. Congressman King of Iowa
  12. Congressman Labrador of Idaho
  13. Congressman Massie of Kentucky
  14. Congressman Posey of Florida
  15. Congressman Salmon of Arizona
  16. Congressman Stockman of Texas

Friends, they have come under withering attacks from their own leaders for their defiant, heroic act. And their act forced the spotlight onto the sham of a bill, which now is in shambles. They may not have had enough votes to kill the rule, but they made it so close they caused the legislation to crumble.

House leaders are now in chaos.

Call them at (202) 224-3121 and tell them thank you. They need to hear thanks. They need to know they are appreciated.



If you were an atheist who wanted to ride the Bible movie craze and did not really care about the material or the beliefs of a few billion people, you’d make Darren Aronofsky’s Noah movie.

If you were an atheist who wanted to ride the Bible movie craze and thought it necessary to be respectful of the beliefs of a few billion people, you’d make Ridley Scott’s Exodus.

The movie is not without its faults. But I enjoyed it and came away a bit disappointed from a faith perspective, but entertained and not insulted as a movie goer. To understand why requires some mild spoilers.

If you were an atheist, or at least not a person of faith, and wanted to do a movie about the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt, your movie would look a lot like Ridley Scott’s movie. In other words, you could not avoid God, but you’d minimize him and play up natural phenomena as explanations for the plagues as best you could.

And that’s where the movie is interesting.

In Noah, the lead character is a psychopath and the deity is a delusion and dream. In Exodus, the lead character is a psychopath too and God comes in the form of a boy first seen in a delusion following a rock slide on a mountain.

But they cannot stop there. God could be a delusion for Noah, but he cannot for Moses because of the ongoing interaction. He is minimized, but is not the bit player as in Noah. God appears throughout the movie as a boy. The effect is to make Him seem both juvenile and prone to tantrum. At least that is how it starts.

But God’s hand is always present in the movie. God may not always be seen, and he may be an abstraction, but he is there. The Passover is, for instance, given short shrift, but it is clearly the work of a Deity and that is not minimized. When Pharaoh confronts Moses while carrying his dead child, he yells that only fanatics could worship a god who kills kids. You get the sense that both actors — Joel Edgerton as Pharaoh and Christian Bale as Moses — really believed that.

But then Moses says no Hebrew children died. And the God who’d been being built up as some tantrum prone, vengeful child suddenly looks like a real god worth worshipping.

I have to tell you that I was starting to check out of the movie. It disappointed me from a faith perspective and seemed to really get stuff wrong. But there was a moment that changed my mind. Moses laying on the beach is the scene.

I finally realized that what I liked least about the movie was its twist on an old tale. This is not a movie about breaking Pharaoh. This is a movie about breaking Moses. The Prince of Egypt who believes in no god must be broken to the point he must rely on the one true God. That moment on the beach when Moses finally realizes God is really real and really knows what he is doing sealed the deal for me.

I could buy in, then, to the unbelievers who made the movie using natural forces to part the red sea because I, like Moses, had by then bought into it being God using those natural forces.

The movie certainly left me with a sense of disappointment. God was so much more in the real life version than He is in this movie. Moses’s family too played a bigger role in reality than in the movie. Some of the miracles were miracles that could not be explained by natural forces, but Ridley Scott tried to squeeze them into that —- a person of shallow or no faith trying to make sense of it all. And I have to respect that because he tried very hard to not disrespect my faith.

Stepping back from the religious aspect, I think John Turturro as Seti was terribly cast. He, the great Seti, seemed always on the verge of a Monty Python skit breaking out. Sigourney Weaver was completely underused. It was flat out disappointing in how little she was used. [Full article]

It Just Keeps Coming ...

I was going to post "Obama opens fraud-ridden benefits programs to illegal immigrants," but JFC!; there's only so much you can handle in one week.

Lands End Men- Ruh Roh

Mad Men Run Amok



Tina Joemat-Pettersson -Energy Saver

Stock Metaphor of the Day

This is so delicious I had to find out from whence it came.  Pictured licking her T-Cup is Tina Joemat-Pettersson MP,  the South African  Minister of Energy since 25 May 2014. She was previously the Minister of agriculture, forestry, and fisheries from 2009-2014. I suspect Her Ministerness is demonstrating her plan to save energy used by dishwashers?

So Just How Stupid Are Liberals Anyway?

“Stupid and Inexcusable” is the liberal method, mantra, and motto

So Just How Stupid Are Liberals Anyway?

King Gruber

Seeing as how liberal stupidity is a given, the question becomes one of degree—just how stupid are liberals?  Are they off-the-charts stupid, or simply low-wattage-dim-bulb stupid?

Please don’t mistake my question for being merely some snarky ad hominem attack.  You have only to look at the recent questioning of John Gruber by Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) in order to see the truth of things.

As Dietrich Bonhoeffer said before his execution by Nazis in WW II, “Not to speak is to speak.” Indeed—so the “intellectual community’s” silence in the face of Gruber’s “glib, stupid, thoughtless, inexcusable” comments amounts to tacit approval. Referring to the “intellectual community’s” implied agreement with Gruber’s remarks, Issa commented “I guess what you said was popular in that community.”
When Gruber called the American voters stupid and easily fooled (and he’s a frou-frou professor from MIT, so he should know) he was obviously not referring to the conservative electorate, who knew that ObamaCare was a pig in a poke from the get-go.

No, Gruber was referring to liberals, the mindless herd that gets its marching orders from NPR, “The New York Times.” and other such propaganda outlets (they don’t call them “useful idiots” for nothing).

When Gruber was recently questioned by Gowdy regarding comments that Gruber had made regarding the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare), Gruber characterized his own comments as being variously: glib, thoughtless, stupid, arrogant, and inexcusable.  (Gruber, as I am sure most everyone knows by now, was one of the chief architects of ObamaCare).

Gowdy: Do you see a trend developing here, professor Gruber?

Gruber: I don’t understand the question.

Gowdy:  [That’s] a lot of stupid quotes you’ve made, that’s the trend.

Gruber:  A lot of stupid and inexcusable quotes.

“Stupid and Inexcusable” is the liberal method, mantra, and motto

Bingo!  Give the man a cigar and a Kewpie doll.  “Stupid and Inexcusable” is the liberal method, mantra, and motto.  But, wait, it gets better.

After Mr. Gowdy finished his questioning, Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, asked Gruber “When you made these repeated comments, your glib inappropriate comments, in an intellectual community with lots of other like-minded people…did anyone come to you and tell you that what you were saying was inappropriate?”  To which Gruber replied “Not that I can recall, no.”

As Dietrich Bonhoeffer said before his execution by Nazis in WW II, “Not to speak is to speak.”  Indeed—so the “intellectual community’s” silence in the face of Gruber’s “glib, stupid, thoughtless, inexcusable” comments amounts to tacit approval.  Referring to the “intellectual community’s” implied agreement with Gruber’s remarks, Issa commented “I guess what you said was popular in that community.”

And this “intellectual community” is what passes for America’s “best and brightest” these days.  God help us all.

These are the “elites,” the puppet-masters that pull the strings and give the marching orders to the liberal “useful idiots.”  If the puppet-masters are glib, stupid, and thoughtless, then what does that make the liberals that follow them?

Dumb as a box of rocks.  (These are the people, after all, who said “but of course” when Pelosi told us that we needed to pass ObamaCare so that we could find out what was in ObamaCare).  So there’s your answer to the question posed in this article’s title: just how stupid are liberals?  Pretty darn stupid.

But don’t be lulled into complacency by their stupidity—they can be vicious and crazy as well.  I would no sooner turn my back on a liberal than a rabid dog—but that’s the topic for another article. Cananda Free Press FULL LINKS AND COMMENTS

Gruber is, hands-down,  the best poster boy for "smug and condescending," EVER!

My truth can beat your truth!

Beating Dead Horses Because They Aren't Really Dead
should be, but they ain't

I'm no economist, but I do get my facts from MSNBC

Lonnio -
You can show grafts all you want ..BUT Republicans will just
 accuse  the most watched Black man on the planet of cooking the books

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