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Waited on By Angels. St. Michael 2013.

St. Michael and All Angels St. Peter Lutheran Church Revelation 12:7-12 (Daniel 10:10-14; 12:1-3) September 29, 2013 Out of Nothing, Week 3.  Prayer. “We are waited on by angels” Jesus   There’s nothing like seeing an angel to make you understand clearly what you are apart from Christ.   Apart from Christ, you are nothing.  […] . . . → Read More: Waited on By Angels. St. Michael 2013. . . . → Read More: Waited on By Angels. St. Michael 2013.

SUDDEN DEATH OF THEIR DAUGHTER TURNED INTO A ‘PAY IT FORWARD’ MOVEMENT

Coffee, a lot of people enjoy it, especially Alyssa Josephine O’Neill, who had a request – she asked her mother to take her out for a pumpkin spice latte the following day. Sadly, O’Neill died the next day, Sept. 4, of an epileptic seizure—she never got her latte. “We were just shocked at the sudden […] . . . → Read More: SUDDEN DEATH OF THEIR DAUGHTER TURNED INTO A ‘PAY IT FORWARD’ MOVEMENT . . . → Read More: SUDDEN DEATH OF THEIR DAUGHTER TURNED INTO A ‘PAY IT FORWARD’ MOVEMENT

We Are DOOOOOOOOOOOOOOMED

With the Government Shut Down coming, we may not get to see the #PandaCam Officials say the Smithsonian’s National Zoo panda cam and all other live animal cameras will go dark in the event of a government shutdown. The zoo will be closed to visitors as well. The zoo tweeted Monday that “None of our live animal cams will be broadcast.” Officials say this includes the panda cam, which has been popular since the birth of a cub on Aug. 23. DOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM . . . → Read More: We Are DOOOOOOOOOOOOOOMED . . . → Read More: We Are DOOOOOOOOOOOOOOMED

Why negotiate if you’re Harry Reid or President Obama?

John Nolte’s article explains why President Obama and Harry Reid won’t negotiate with Republicans: Now we also know why Obama felt so secure golfing during this weekend’s shutdown crisis, instead of rolling up his sleeves like a leader to make a deal. Why not? He knows he the media won’t blame him for anything, including […] . . . → Read More: Why negotiate if you’re Harry Reid or President Obama? . . . → Read More: Why negotiate if you’re Harry Reid or President Obama?

Media Alert

I’ll be appearing on Ox in the Afternoon at 2:20 on KNSI. That’s AM 1450 or 103.3 FM. We’ll be talking shutdown developments. . . . → Read More: Media Alert . . . → Read More: Media Alert

Running on Empty – Refueling Your Tank

The tank-drainers include nagging questions like, “Am I where I’m supposed to be?” “Am I making a difference?” “Should I quit because I’m not getting anywhere?” “Should I change course, slow down or speed up?” Another fuel sucker is the lack of confirmation and affirmation. We do our very best and hear crickets in response. We shout, “Was that OK, God?” and hear only echoes of our question. . . . → Read More: Running on Empty – Refueling Your Tank . . . → Read More: Running on Empty – Refueling Your Tank

If I only had a Brain #BlameHarryReid

So a Shutdown seems inevitable since both the WON and Harry Reid do not want to negotiate at all.  They seem to think that the House does not matter at all. I know I was not in favor of the Defundit and Shut it Down people, but the lack of any kind of tact by the WON and Reid is unconscionable. They are willing to Shut Down the Government, without even considering anything from the GOP lead House. And it seems that the WON was maybe willing to cave a little bit, but Dingy Reid nixed that. If the Government… . . . → Read More: If I only had a Brain #BlameHarryReid . . . → Read More: If I only had a Brain #BlameHarryReid

Congress Should Not Have Its Obamacare Paid

Senator David Vitter (R-LA) and Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) will hold a press conference today, September 30 at 3:30 p.m. EDT at the “Senate Swamp,” on the northeast grounds of the U.S. Capitol. The press conference is to urge House Republicans to include Vitter’s “No Washington Exemption from Obamacare” (S.1497) amendment in the Continuing Resolution (CR). DeSantis has identical legislation pending in the House called | Read More » . . . → Read More: Congress Should Not Have Its Obamacare Paid . . . → Read More: Congress Should Not Have Its Obamacare Paid

The revolution will not be televised – Intellectual Froglegs S2 – Ep 11

The democrats want a blank check again to spend, and are blaming the conservatives for not being willing to compromise – also accusing them of not being fiscally responsible. Of course, liberals also think that just because ObamaCare is the … Continue reading . . . → Read More: The revolution will not be televised – Intellectual Froglegs S2 – Ep 11 . . . → Read More: The revolution will not be televised – Intellectual Froglegs S2 – Ep 11

Maybe the Real Lesson Is that It’s Best to Shut Down the Federal Government Before a New Fiscal Year Begins

The politicians, bureaucrats, lobbyists and interest groups in Washington are hyperventilating that the federal gravy train may get sidetracked for a day or two by a shutdown fight between Republicans and Democrats. I’m not sure why they’re so agitated. After all, the shutdown is really just a slowdown since only non-essential bureaucrats are sent home. […] . . . → Read More: Maybe the Real Lesson Is that It’s Best to Shut Down the Federal Government Before a New Fiscal Year Begins . . . → Read More: Maybe the Real Lesson Is that It’s Best to Shut Down the Federal Government Before a New Fiscal Year Begins

Reid refuses to negotiate, shuts down gov’t

Harry Reid is the ultimate spoiled brat. He’s refused to negotiate with House Republicans throughout the budget process. Now he’s prepared to take the final step and shut the federal government down: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will double down on Monday afternoon and again dismiss the House’s attempts to chip away at Obamacare as […] . . . → Read More: Reid refuses to negotiate, shuts down gov’t . . . → Read More: Reid refuses to negotiate, shuts down gov’t

Mjølner and Bifrost, in the modern world

We’ve talked before about the dual heritage we have from the Graeco-Roman world and also from the northern European/Viking world. Here is that link. It’s important but, it’s also a fun heritage to celebrate. Back in the day, when rock stars had real educations, sometimes they wrote songs about it. Mjølner, if you don’t happen to […] . . . → Read More: Mjølner and Bifrost, in the modern world . . . → Read More: Mjølner and Bifrost, in the modern world

Forum: Will There Be A Federal Government shut down,And Do You Approve Or Disapprove?

Every week on Monday morning , the Council and our invited guests weigh in at the Watcher’s Forum, short takes on a major issue of the day. This week’s question:Will There Be A Federal Government shut down,And Do You Approve Or Disapprove?

 The Razor:I used to get worked up about these things, but they’ve happened so many times and become such a Washington DC insider sport that I’ve lost interest. I neither know nor care whether the federal government will shut down. As far as I’m concerned the less it functions the better. I hate to sound cynical but seriously, how many times have we gone through this?

 The Independent Sentinel:I do believe there will be a shutdown and I also believe the media will successfully put the blame on Republicans. As much as I don’t want a shutdown or see Republicans blamed, I believe it is the right thing to do. The Republicans are trying to do the right thing. They are doing what most of their constituents want, not just the Tea Party as the Democrats would have us believe.

The reason I feel the way I do is because I see Obamacare as irrevocably damaging this country. I listened to Bill O’Reilly the other day talk about how melodramatic people are about Obamacare. This isn’t about melodrama, it’s about our freedom. Our Founding Fathers didn’t sacrifice all that they sacrificed to have us turn around and sell ourselves to the highest bidders in government.

Some of the things Obamacare does:

  • Obamacare gives the government the right to tax the people as much as they want on anything they want. This law should never have been declared constitutional.
  • Obamacare gives the government the right to tax the people as much as they want on anything they want. This law should never have been declared constitutional.
  • The Affordable Care Act was supposed to give the people in this country access to affordable healthcare. The CBO says, however, that 30 million will be without healthcare under Obamacare.
  • The CBO also said it was unsustainable. Mr. Obama said that premiums would go down by as much as 3000% but they are skyrocketing in some cases.
  • Mr. Obama assures us there will be subsidies, but who pays these subsidies? Roughly, 41% of the country will pay for the other 59%. If that’s his idea of justice, I want no part of it.
  • Worst of all, we are losing the 40-hour work week. My guess is that Obama will make some concessions to unions and this could be one of them, but then who pays for that? Someone has to pay for this free healthcare.
  • Many believe that healthcare should not be profit making. However, instead of the insurance companies profiting, the government will profit. We can’t sue the government – there will be no judicial recourse. There is also the problem of doctors profiting. If they don’t make a profit, we will see the end of private practice and we will only get our health services through clinics and hospitals. The service will be lacking and the lines will be long.
  • Obamacare will ruin our healthcare system.
  • Obamacare isn’t ready for prime time and a lot of people will be hurt by it.
  • People who are opposed to paying for abortions will be forced to pay for them. That is unconscionable.
  • Kathleen Sebelius gets to decide who lives and who dies. What was that she said – some live, some die?
  • An IPAB comprised of non-medical, unelected bureaucrats will operate as a rogue government and decide the fate of the elderly and handicapped by limiting payments to doctors and hospitals. The IPAB operates independent of Congress and only the Executive controls it. IPAB can probably levy taxes. That is too much power in the hands of one branch of government.
  • Our healthcare records will not be secure and we could easily be subject to tyranny of government agencies and rogue employees.
  • The bill is almost 20,000 pages. That can’t be good.
  • Obamacare is about the government taking over 18% of the economy.

Every doctor I know thinks this is an awful bill. It was written in secret by special interests. There is a lot of money and influence involved. We are giving our health over to a small number of elite.

We will eventually be stuck with a single payer system and most freedom-loving Americans don’t see that as a good thing. The non-profit co-ops subsidized by the government and the many demands placed on insurance companies will force them out of business.

The White House is rewriting this bill, not Congress. They have amended it 19 times without going through Congress.

If this bill goes through as is, we won’t be the country we were.

The Republicans finally look like the party of Lincoln. It wasn’t easy for him and his party then and this won’t be easy now.

GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD: Shut it down. Keep the Gov out of our hair for a while. Besides, they can’t harm us while they’re out of biz.

 JoshuaPundit: I think the chances of a shutdown are 65-35 that it will happen. I see it, overall, as a positive thing.

For five years, we’ve been governed by a dysfunctional, arrogant  demagogue and his enablers engaged in  the looting of the treasury to reward their political cronies, Chicago-style. It’s the height of irony to see a president and his allies who wasted a trillion taxpayer dollars on a bogus ‘stimulus’ that did nothing but enrich their political cronies, who have made an art out of ‘digitizing’ money that doesn’t exist now raging about ‘political terrorists’ and fiscal responsibility merely because someone finally said no, we’re not going to raise the amount of your credit line again unless we can negotiate over some things we want to happen.

This president has a long history of governing by diktat and executive order, including his de facto imposition of the Dream Act congress rejected three times and modifications to ObamaCare (the name ‘Affordable Care Act’ is an unintended joke on the country). Both of these acts are illegal under U.S. law along with other actions by this president.

I’d remind everyone exactly why ObamaCare is the train wreck it is – because this president, Majority Leader Harry Reid and Speaker Pelosi shoved it through with Republicans literally locked out of the room and without the normal negotiations and deliberations with the Senate. They did it  because Republican Scott Brown won a special election in Massachusetts and would have been a vote not to end debate, holding ObamaCare up indefinitely. So they pushed the bill through with even reading it Now they, or rather the American people are stuck with this mess.  President Obama and the Democrats own it.

So all in all, it’s high time an attempt was made to have this president  do something he’s consistently refused to do – negotiate with  Republicans. Whether the House Republican leadership will hold steady is, of course, another matter. If they don’t, if they cave,  I doubt the GOP will survive as a party.
The Glittering Eye:Yes, the federal government will shut down. Default is also possible. No, I do not approve of it. I think it’s an abrogation of responsibility on the part of our elected leaders and there’s plenty of blame to spread around. Refusing to fund the PPACA was like waving a red flag in front of a bull. Whatever Congressional Republicans’ views of the program, shutting down the federal government to poke a thumb in the eye of the Senate Democrats and the president is just irresponsible.

However, the Senate Democrats are irresponsible, too, in refusing to deal with the legislation passed by the House and the president has been decidedly unhelpful by refusing outright to negotiate with House Republicans. Sometimes I fear for the republic.

Bookworm Room: No, there won’t be a government shutdown, because Republicans always blink. And without regard to the shutdown, I disapprove of Republican’s blinking problem. As for the shutdown itself, I think it would be a useful exercise for all Americans to see what happens if the federal government is reduced to its essential services. It will shake people up, one way or another.

I was reminded of a mini-government shutdown just today when I found myself at San Francisco’s beautiful Marina and Chrissy Fields. Looking out at the Bay and at Alcatraz, I was truly saddened when I thought that the sequester means that, for the first time in 25 or so years, there won’t be a Fleet Week event in San Francisco. When the sequester hit, the Pentagon didn’t trim waste (and there’s lots of waste in our wonderful military). Instead, it immediately punished the American people. The Pentagon is, after all, first and foremost a bureaucracy. The loss isn’t just emotional, it’s financial. Fleet Week is a very profitable weekend for the towns that host it. In addition to sailors and Marines, Fleet Week brings in about 100,000 tourists and their money. Nevertheless, the important thing to remember is that, in the grand scheme of things, life goes on. A government service was cut and it’s no biggie.

Well, there you have it.

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The Neighborhood Precinct Committeeman Strategy — It’s Up To Each Redstater, No?

Conservatives, we’ve had five years now to get organized and united for real political action. It’s just common sense. It’s just basic American Civics. Are we no longer capable of organizing and uniting for real political action inside a political party? If not, here is how to do it: Can you, Redstater, ACT? Will you, Redstater, ACT? Please share your precinct-level, Get Out The Vote, | Read More » . . . → Read More: The Neighborhood Precinct Committeeman Strategy — It’s Up To Each Redstater, No? . . . → Read More: The Neighborhood Precinct Committeeman Strategy — It’s Up To Each Redstater, No?

Where’s Harry?

When the going got tough, Harry Reid took the day off: “I’m glad now to invite to the microphone our distinguished majority leader in the Senate,” said Rep. Bill Johnson of Ohio, gesturing to an empty microphone as House members guffawed. “I’m sorry, Harry’s not here today. Maybe he’ll show up later.” The conventional wisdom […] . . . → Read More: Where’s Harry? . . . → Read More: Where’s Harry?

Personal Note From the Tales

Tales will be taking care of personal business these next couple of days after having wallet with credit cards, driving license, etc. stolen [window of car broken as I was doing my daily 3 mile walk].   Tales knows better, that I shouldn’t h… . . . → Read More: Personal Note From the Tales . . . → Read More: Personal Note From the Tales

Death Rattles of a Civilization, part 2. Media, Democracy, Money.

Spengler asserts that democracy is simply the political weapon of money, and the media is the means through which money operates a democratic political system. The thorough penetration of money’s power throughout a society is yet another marker of the shift from Culture to Civilization. Democracy and plutocracy are equivalent in Spengler’s argument. The “tragic comedy […] . . . → Read More: Death Rattles of a Civilization, part 2. Media, Democracy, Money. . . . → Read More: Death Rattles of a Civilization, part 2. Media, Democracy, Money.

A Civilization’s Death Rattle

….Decline is also evidenced by a formlessness of political institutions within a state. As the “proper” form dissolves, increasingly authoritarian leaders arise, signaling decline. The first step toward formlessness Spengler designates Napoleonism. A new leader assumes powers and creates a new state-structure without reference to “self-evident” bases for governance. The new régime is thus accidental […] . . . → Read More: A Civilization’s Death Rattle . . . → Read More: A Civilization’s Death Rattle

Why Pastors Won’t Take A Stand

You don’t need a successful pastor; you need a truthful pastor. . . . → Read More: Why Pastors Won’t Take A Stand . . . → Read More: Why Pastors Won’t Take A Stand

No 1-Year Delay – Boehner Never Blinks While Kissing Liberal Butt

While a lot of the other bloggers were pounding on their keyboards, stressing over Obama’s looming Syrian war, we told our readers three weeks before anyone else, “Obama has no intentions of sending cruise missiles to Syria.” Now let’s see…

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