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April 12, 2014

If I were the Devil … Harvey 1965

Filed under: culture, marriage and family, politics, economy, etc., video — Anthony Biller @ 9:57 pm

The legendary newscaster saw what was happening as it began to unfold.  He called it.

July 24, 2013

The Spiritual State of USA — Judgment?

April 9, 2013

Lady Margaret Thatcher 1925-2013 RIP

Filed under: culture, politics, economy, etc. — Anthony Biller @ 3:21 pm

Lady Thatcher’s words from 1994, as delivered at Hillsdale College, provide a fitting Margaret_Thatchermemorial:

The Moral Foundations of Society

History has taught us that freedom cannot long survive unless it is based on moral foundations. The American founding bears ample witness to this fact. America has become the most powerful nation in history, yet she uses her power not for territorial expansion but to perpetuate freedom and justice throughout the world.

For over two centuries, Americans have held fast to their belief in freedom for all men—a belief that springs from their spiritual heritage. John Adams, second president of the United States, wrote in 1789, “Our Constitution was designed only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate for the government of any other.” That was an astonishing thing to say, but it was true.

What kind of people built America and thus prompted Adams to make such a statement? Sadly, too many people, especially young people, have a hard time answering that question. They know little of their own history (This is also true in Great Britain.) But America’s is a very distinguished history, nonetheless, and it has important lessons to teach us regarding the necessity of moral foundations.

John Winthrop, who led the Great Migration to America in the early 17th century and who helped found the Massachusetts Bay Colony, declared, “We shall be as a City upon a Hill.” On the voyage to the New World, he told the members of his company that they must rise to their responsibilities and learn to live as God intended men should live: in charity, love, and cooperation with one another. Most of the early founders affirmed the colonists were infused with the same spirit, and they tried to live in accord with a Biblical ethic. They felt they weren’t able to do so in Great Britain or elsewhere in Europe. Some of them were Protestant, and some were Catholic; it didn’t matter. What mattered was that they did not feel they had the liberty to worship freely and, therefore, to live freely, at home. With enormous courage, the first American colonists set out on a perilous journey to an unknown land—without government subsidies and not in order to amass fortunes but to fulfill their faith.

Christianity is based on the belief in a single God as evolved from Judaism. Most important of all, the faith of America’s founders affirmed the sanctity of each individual. Every human life—man or woman, child or adult, commoner or aristocrat, rich or poor—was equal in the eyes of the Lord. It also affirmed the responsibility of each individual.

This was not a faith that allowed people to do whatever they wished, regardless of the consequences. The Ten Commandments, the injunction of Moses (“Look after your neighbor as yourself”), the Sermon on the Mount, and the Golden Rule made Americans feel precious—and also accountable—for the way in which they used their God-given talents. Thus they shared a deep sense of obligation to one another. And, as the years passed, they not only formed strong communities but devised laws that would protect individual freedom—laws that would eventually be enshrined in the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution.

Freedom with Responsibility

Great Britain, which shares much of her history in common with America, has also derived strength from its moral foundations, especially since the 18th century when freedom gradually began to spread throughout her socie!y Many people were greatly influenced by the sermons of John Wesley (1703-1791), who took the Biblical ethic to the people in a way which the institutional church itself had not done previously.

But we in the West must also recognize our debt to other cultures. In the pre-Christian era, for example, the ancient philosophers like Plato and Aristotle had much to contribute to our understanding of such concepts as truth, goodness, and virtue. They knew full well that responsibility was the price of freedom. Yet it is doubtful whether truth, goodness, and virtue founded on reason alone would have endured in the same way as they did in the West, where they were based upon a Biblical ethic.

Sir Edward Gibbon (1737-1794), author of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, wrote tellingly of the collapse of Athens, which was the birthplace of democracy. He judged that, in the end, more than they wanted freedom, the Athenians wanted security. Yet they lost everything—security, comfort, and freedom. This was because they wanted not to give to society, but for society to give to them. The freedom they were seeking was freedom from responsibility. It is no wonder, then, that they ceased to be free. In the modern world, we should recall the Athenians’ dire fate whenever we confront demands for increased state paternalism.

Read the rest here.

February 26, 2013

What “radical” looks like to the nanny state …

Filed under: politics, economy, etc. — Anthony Biller @ 7:26 pm

The sequester horror … (zoom in to see it). The wheels come off the federal behemoth Saturday if these draconian measures go into effect.

Who knew the leviathan was so fragile?

Catastrophic Cut

February 11, 2013

Let The Nations Be Glad

Filed under: Ministry, politics, economy, etc., praise — Anthony Biller @ 10:15 pm

Another Great Awakening is taking place in our world today. More people are becoming Christians than at any other time in history. God’s Spirit is sweeping across the nations of China, South Korea, Australia, Central and South America, Cuba, and parts of Africa drawing more than 82,000 people every day according to recent surveys. However, only 3 to 4% of these daily conversions are occuring in North America

How can our nation become part of this Great Awakening and experience God’s blessings? Let’s look at Psalm 67 for some answers from God’s Word. Although we don’t know who wrote this psalm, we do know that he wanted God to bless his nation and he wanted to be a blessing to others.

May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us, Selah 2 that your way may be known on earth, your saving power among all nations.

Notice that the first thing the psalmist does is go to the Lord in prayer. He begins with a cry for God’s forgiving grace. This is the first step in receiving His blessing. God forgives, then God gives. Then the psalmist asks for God to bless them and give them a realization of His favor and approval. Finally, he asks that God’s ways may be known and His saving power experienced by all the other nations of the world. That’s a great prayer for us to ask of God.

The Lord has blessed us so that we will be a blessing to others. He answers our prayers so that we might become the answer to someone else’s prayer. If we are not sharing the “Good News” of God’s saving power with others, our spiritual life may end up resembling the Dead Sea, a holding pond with no new life or blessing. This certainly is not God’s plan for His people! He wants us to be a channel of His blessings and share them with others.

The psalmist has a passion to know Him and make Him known. God’s will must be known on earth if it is to be done on earth. If people do not know the Lord’s will, how will they ever follow it? In His Word, God revealed His will by extending His grace to unbelievers. He also demonstrated His method through the life of His Son. The way He communicates His will, in addition to studying His Word, is through His people as they share His way with the nations (Matthew 28:19-20; John 14:6).

God chose and blessed Abraham so that he might be a blessing in reaching a lost world with the saving message of His Name (Genesis 12:1-3). Later, He took on flesh and blood and became a man in the person of Jesus Christ, who humbled Himself to the point of death (Philippians 2:8) in order that the “Good News” of salvation might go out to all the nations.

First, God’s grace draws us to Himself; then we gain knowledge of Him as we spend time in His Word; then He gives us the desire to see others experience His saving power; and the result of this process is praise. We cannot see God without His grace and we cannot praise God without knowing Him.

3 Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you! 4 Let the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you judge the peoples with equity and guide the nations upon earth. Selah 5 Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you!

When believers share God’s love and the way of salvation with others, praise results. However, nations will never be glad and sing for joy until they come into a personal relationship with the Great Shepherd, Jesus Christ (John 10:11; 1 Peter 2:25; Rev 7:17). Then and only then will they be glad and sing songs of praise and joy.

6 The earth has yielded its increase; God, our God, shall bless us. 7 God shall bless us; let all the ends of the earth fear him!

The prayer of the first verse is the song of the last verse. He blesses and blesses and blesses! As we humble ourselves and pray, trust Him and obey Him by sharing His saving power with others, He will meet our needs and cause a Great Awakening to sweep across our nation (John 4:34-35).

One day all the nations of the world will fall down and worship the King of Kings (Isaiah 45: 20-24; Philippians 2:9-11). However, the worldwide worship of God will not become a reality until the “Good News” of Jesus Christ is shared both here in the United States and in the nations of the world.

Ask God how he might want to use you to bless others and see our nation be blessed by Him (Psalm 33:12).

Dave Dagwell
Assistant to the President
Capitol Commission

January 25, 2013

Gun Control – Australia

Filed under: politics, economy, etc., video — Anthony Biller @ 9:24 pm

January 17, 2013

Filed under: politics, economy, etc. — Anthony Biller @ 4:29 pm

Senator Obama was correct, when the national debt approached $8.6 TRILLION, it was immoral and horrid public policy to extend the ceiling. Now that our national debt approaches $16.5 trillion, even more so. Truly, our children deserve better. This is all their bill. http://www.usdebtclock.org
See Senator Obama’s statement from 2006 …

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INCREASING THE STATUTORY LIMIT ON THE PUBLIC DEBT — (Senate – March 16, 2006)

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Mr. OBAMA:

Mr. President, I rise today to talk about America’s debt problem.

The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. Government can’t pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal policies.

Over the past 5 years, our federal debt has increased by $3.5 trillion to $8.6 trillion. That is “trillion” with a “T.” That is money that we have borrowed from the Social Security trust fund, borrowed from China and Japan, borrowed from American taxpayers. And over the next 5 years, between now and 2011, the President’s budget will increase the debt by almost another $3.5 trillion.

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January 16, 2013

Correlating Gun Control Laws Worldwide and Crime Discloses Surprises

Filed under: politics, economy, etc. — Anthony Biller @ 10:38 pm

Do readily available guns make a society more safe as citizens are better able to protect themselves and deter wrongdoers, or, do more guns make a society more violent and dangerous?

Well, there’s a world of information to look at to get answers.  Literally.  For many years now, some countries, such as England, Singapore, and New Zealand, have made it all but impossible for their citizens to lawfully own and possess let alone use a loaded firearm.  Other countries, like the United States, Israel, and Bulgaria have made it only moderately cumbersome for a citizen to lawfully obtain the right to own and possess a loaded firearm. Do the strict gun control countries enjoy lower rates of crime or higher?

As I set out to investigate the relationship between the freedom to carry firearms and violent crime, I could not find a source that gauged a nation’s freedom to possess firearms and correlated it to crime in that country.  I did, however, locate FreeExistence.org’s excellent analysis and index by country of “Gun Freedom.”  I also found several sources that provided statistics on serious crime, by nation, but nothing correlating the two.  Until now. I put the two together. Kinda like the chocolate mixed with peanut butter, but on a sortable spreadsheet and without calories.

I reviewed and correlated over 40 countries, primarily though not exclusively developed OECD states.  Some of the results stunned me.

Importantly given the current debate in DC, though the United States is rated as having the highest Gun Freedom Index (“GFI”) among countries at 6.8 out of a scale of 10, the United States is not the most violent amongst developed countries.  Not even close.  In fact, the United States did not even make the top twelve “worst” crime countries – by number of instances or by weighted – the Dirty Dozen.

The big stunner?  That would be who tops the ranking of the Dirty Dozen serious crime list:  BELGIUM.  Really.  Home of the Enlightened Eurocrat and a nanny-state-appropriate 3.0 GFI.  Worse crime than South Africa.  Spain finished second, also ahead of South Africa.  In fact the Dirty Dozen hosts several additional big name, nanny-state, gun control elite: Sweden, England, Denmark, Australia, New Zealand and France rank higher than the United States for serious crime, both by the number of instances and also when violent crime is heavily weighted (murder, rape and robbery).

Eight of the twelve worst countries for serious crime feature highly restrictive gun control laws (GFI≤3.0).  See below.  Four of the twelve “best” countries with the lowest serious crime rates have comparatively loose controls (GFI>4.0) (If my suspicions are correct and India substantially under-reports serious crime, then Bulgaria makes the top-twelve list of safest countries with the second highest GFI=6.5).

The facts worldwide appear to support the contention that in countries where lawful citizens have surrendered their guns and right to bear arms, crime is typically higher, not lower.

Gunlaws and Crime

Method: The Gun Freedom Index comes from the folks at FreeExistence.org whose methodology for ranking appears straightforward and well thought out (check out their Freedom Meta Index also).  The crime statistics come predominantly from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (“UNODC”), though for some developing countries, particularly South Africa, e.g. UNI and ASR,  I used other sources as the UNODC reports lacked data for many developing countries. After a moderate search effort, I could not find further statistics on Brazil. For the OECD countries, I relied upon a UK Civitas Institute report that conveniently listed the UNODC crime rates for those countries (which reduced the number of countries I had to look up in each of the UNODC reports). The “Total” column is simply the summed rates for all five crime categories. For the weighted total score, upon which the rankings are based, I multiplied the murder rate by twenty, the rape rate by ten, robbery by five, and no increase for assault or burglary, and then summed those for the total. Finally, a few disclaimers – I’m not claiming gun control causes crime, but it appears there’s evidence that instances of rape, robbery, assault, and burglary are higher in countries where lawful citizens are less likely to own a firearm and/or have one readily accessible. There are clearly numerous factors, such as culture and poverty, associated with crime and violence.  Also, I’m not a statistician so I haven’t tried any regression analyses or other number plumbing.

Notes:

This analysis did not include most of the countries in the world.  Of the approximately 200 countries on this globe, I looked at less than fifty.  I focused on the most economically developed countries (the OECD states), a few well-known additional countries like Russia, South Africa, Kenya, Brazil and India, and a few with wide-ranging GFIs, e.g. Bulgaria with its 6.5 GFI and Liberia with its low 1.5 GFI.  For what its worth, to the extent I reviewed them, many of the “other” countries in the developing world had very high murder rates compared to the above nations, to the extent there was data.  It appeared most countries reported murders, which were consistently high across the developing nations, but few reported statistics for other crimes (which explains the gaps in data above for Argentina and Nicaragua and the absence of data beyond murders for Brazil, Honduras, and Liberia).

From interviews and anecdotal news coverage, it appears crime reported from India to the UN is understated.  Government travel advisories and many reports of brutal rape and of the necessity of hiring private security coming from India to view these rock-bottom crime numbers as highly reliable.

East Asia is safe.

Similarly, Brazil either does not disclose its crime numbers or makes no effort to aggregate its numbers.  Travel advisories and news reports indicate significant levels of robbery and burglary in Brazil, consistent with the high murder rate reported.

Nicaragua and Argentina made the list of the Dirty Dozen even without my being able to locate any data on their burglary rates and scoring them a “zero” in that category.

Russia’s high murder rate was a surprise – more than double the rate of the US.

Kenya was also odd – one of the worst reported murder rates in the world, but minimal crime in all other categories, such that it made the top “safe” countries notwithstanding the tremendous murder rate.  Again, it could be that Kenya is not as diligent in reporting or recording other categories of crime.  Numerous developing nations reported information on their murder rates only to UNODC.

December 22, 2012

Off the Amazon: 2.5 million reasons to shop Walmart.com, and elsewhere

Filed under: books, culture, politics, economy, etc. — Anthony Biller @ 10:30 am

Be holy in all your behavior.  1 Peter 1:15

Every action contributes to culture.  While we passionately and deliberately vote every few years, the accumulation of our thousands of smaller actions ultimately contribute more to shape our culture and our country.  Our economic actions have far greater impact on our culture than does our biannual votes.  And the results of those actions?  In general, conservatives are losing American culture.  Related, although I don’t know whether Christians had ever “won” American culture, cultural respect for and deference to Judeo-Christian morality wanes in the U.S. While diligent in how we vote, Christians and conservatives, myself included, have been far less conscientious in our daily purchasing decisions than we have been in our infrequent political votes.

To promote his apparently strong beliefs favoring gay marriage, Amazon.com boss Jeff Bezos donated $2.5 million dollars to promote gay marriage in his State of Washington.  Hurrah for Bezos coming out strongly in support of his beliefs.  I have strong beliefs also, premised in God’s revealed word, as taught in the Bible. Those beliefs clearly teach that homosexuality is wrong.  The fact that two men feel strongly and passionately for each other no more make it moral than when a man feels strongly and passionately for a woman other than his wife.

I’ve been a loyal fan of Amazon.com for nearly 15 years.  I remember buying a book from Amazon.com in 1998 from my dial-up modem and thinking “how cool is that!” … For the last five years, at least, we’ve purchased “Prime” memberships and did most of our Christmas shopping online through Amazon.com.  No more.

While I support Mr. Bezos’ right to spend his money in support of his beliefs, I’m not going to spend my money to further his profits, which he uses to undermine Biblical values in our laws and culture. I have not purchased anything on Amazon since I learned of Mr. Bezos’ efforts in support of gay marriage.  With disappointment, we did not renew our Prime membership. It’s been over a month now, and not only has it not been difficult, I’ve found more cost-effective websites from which to make my online purchase.  I’ve been particularly pleased with Walmart.com where the books are often several dollars less than at Amazon.com, the shipping is less (though no “Prime” type membership, yet), and you can have items delivered for free to your local Walmart store for pick up.

Best “general” online store: http://www.walmart.com

Best online bookstore, used and new: http://www.bookdepository.com

Best sites to purchase Christian stuff like books, movies, toys, apologetics, and generally Christ-centered, counterculture merchandise:

http://www.answersingenesis.org/store
http://www.visionforum.com
http://www.christianbook.com
http://store.lamplighter.net/storefront.aspx

Happy Shopping!

November 29, 2012

Are you smart enough to make a pencil?

Filed under: politics, economy, etc., video — Anthony Biller @ 9:35 pm

November 10, 2012

Power and the mourning after

Filed under: encouragement, politics, economy, etc. — Anthony Biller @ 10:59 pm

Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth. Serve the Lord with gladness; Come before Him with joyful singing. Know that the Lord Himself is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him, bless His name. For the Lord is good; His loving kindness is everlasting and His faithfulness to all generations.
Psalm 100

I was wrong on both counts, regarding the election.  It was close and the other guy won.

The experience was worse than anticipated because it made the truth so obvious. There was no way to rationalize it for anything other than what it is: a plurality of tens of millions of Americans knowingly elected a European styled social democrat notwithstanding having lived through four years of a European styled economy while at the same time watching the European social democracies struggle with insolvency with no long-term solution.  The past miserable four years were exactly on par with European social democracies, albeit with greater debt to show for it than even our European friends are accustomed to accumulating in their throes of insolvency.

The election defeat was good for clarity of vision.  I saw for the first time our consistent progress towards social democracy (socialism light).  2008 we elected the same man, though I thought he had just “fooled” many … the plurality didn’t knowingly elect a progressive, or so I told myself.  2000-2008, GWB’s domestic legislation was as progressive, big government as any Democrat since LBJ.  Further, in 2000, the plurality voted for Al Gore, arguably more liberal and certainly less stable than our current liberal President. Eight years of Bill Clinton before that; the man who claimed the era of big government was over, as domestic non-defense spending continually increased…

But wait, there’s more! The European democracies have all long since moved to social welfare democracies.  So have Japan and Canada, and the democracies of Latin America are all either social democrat or left-populist.

American was exceptional precisely because it was founded on the ideas of liberty, individualism, egalitarianism and free markets.  It now appears however that we’re joining the collectivist pack … indeed, Tuesday night was so painful because it became apparent to me that tens of millions of Americans have for some time now been more comfortable with and supportive of the collective compact than with American exceptionalism.  As the Englishman Charles C.W. Cooke eloquently notes, that’s quite unfortunate for the world.

Socialism and social democracy as practiced throughout much of the world is simply not sustainable, as we’re seeing in Europe and as we’ve seen in most the nations south of our border.  Further, for reasons beyond this post, the social democracies are rarely “family friendly” in the sense of producing families with children, and they are almost always militant secular humanist societies.  Apparently, the “welfare” state does not like sharing power or influence with the church or with nuclear families. Ironic, that.

Tocqueville warned that such an end for democratic experiments was inevitable.

A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations has been 200 years.

Stanley Kurtz notes, the social welfare state may be inevitable, but the system is impossible to sustain.  It will collapse of its own weight, sooner rather than later, regardless or perhaps precisely because it is not obvious enough to a majority of our fellow Americans.

We must keep faith and pray hard for this country, President Obama and the rest of our leaders.  The future could be upon us soon.  We need God’s grace and wisdom.  True power is from Him and for His glory.  Let us rejoice in Him and be witnesses to his truth. Pray. Pray. Pray.

Verses upon which to meditate and remember with your family: Daniel 2:21 (God removes and appoints kings), Romans 13:1 (no authority but God and those established by God), John 19:11 (Jesus telling Pilate he only has power because God gave it to him), Matthew 12:25 (divided Kingdom will be ruined; we shouldn’t writhe in anger over those who vote differently), Romans 8:28 (God works all things for good with those who love Him), Matthew 6:34 (don’t fret over the future – be prepared but don’t live in fear), Proverbs 16:4 (the Lord works everything out in the end even the wicked), Joshua 1:9 (be strong and courageous, not discouraged), Titus 3:1,2 (be subject to authority).

We need to be diligent to study the Bible and history so we can be wise. We also are not to be grumbly and complain about authority. Turn away from mourning to focus your hope in Christ, the holder of power and of the future, which future He promises will include His followers and His perfect kingdom.

November 4, 2012

Conservatism Calling or Goodbye Tomorrow?

Filed under: politics, economy, etc., video — Anthony Biller @ 7:51 am

We’ll find out Tuesday!  I have faith that our fellow Americans will not reelect this President.  Contrary to the hordes of handwringers, I don’t think it will even be close.

Below is one of the best presidential election videos I’ve seen; it elaborates on what should be the fundamental nonpartisan issue of this election for most voters, and on this issue Obama is a miserable failure. Obama was correct in calling Bush a failure on this issue, but then Obama exponentially increased the rate of failure, despite controlling Congress for two years.

This video also “calls out” that the debt and other ills that are stifling job growth are part of a much larger social ill, which well predates this presidency.  The political solution or cure is conservatism, a simple and tested concept that is relatively unknown and untaught in the vast majority of our public schools and universities.

President Obama should be and I believe will be held accountable.  Accountable.  Fitting.

Regardless, our hope is neither conservatism nor socialism, since all politics ultimately rely upon  institutions of fallen man.  Our hope should and must be in Christ.  Win our lose, we must fix our gaze on Him and praise him for giving us life and giving us eternal life.

November 3, 2012

Reasons for Evangelicals to Support Romney

Filed under: politics, economy, etc., video — Anthony Biller @ 8:31 am

During the primaries, I did not support Romney, but that was due to my belief that his fiscal and economic policies in general, and his plan to reduce the deficit in particular, were too timid.  I am more confident now after following his general election. Regardless, you could hardly do worse for the deficit and small business than President Obama did in his first term.  I also said that from a political perspective, evangelicals have much more in common with Romney than they do with President Obama, who’s progressive social policies are fueled by his progressive (low view of scripture) Christian beliefs, whose social gospel resembles evangelical beliefs hardly at all.  The following video makes the same points, but more powerfully and goes one step further, to articulate a belief that a second Obama term would not just be an economic catastrophe, but that evangelicals would also have concerns about our civil liberties.

The opening sequence in the video brings tears to my eyes and reminds me of what motivated me years ago to be politically outspoken – the Supreme Court’s decision in Stenberg v Carhart.  I had followed the case closely and knew the details, still, Scalia’s dissent had me in tears; the majority opinion was and remains morally repugnant and a jurisprudential fraud (but still “good” law).

October 23, 2012

Reagan on Christ

Filed under: culture, politics, economy, etc., video — Anthony Biller @ 8:08 pm

October 13, 2012

The Future Hiding in Plain Site

Filed under: politics, economy, etc., World etc. — Anthony Biller @ 8:50 am

I am the way, the truth and the light. No one comes to the Father except through me. John 14:6

Sometimes historical events are so convoluted that it is no wonder that few saw what was happening.  More often, however, historical events seem unsurprising in hindsight and we more often wonder why past generations did not see the imminent consequences until it was too late.

There are certain undeniable truths facing us today.  Undeniable however does not mean that they cannot be ignored.  It increasingly seems we may be living in a time where future generations will wonder why we failed to more timely act in the face of such obvious calamity. Five truths.

1. Crushing and unsustainable debt, public and private. Routinely living beyond our means in the USA and throughout western liberal democracies.

2. Both Iran and an evolving pan-Arabia based on strict Sharia law profess a commitment to destroying Israel, are fervently anti-semitic, and do not care a whit for western style liberal democracy or individual rights.

3. The Muslim world is growing by birth rates and by proselytizing and is fervent regarding strict adherence to Islam.  In contrast, the western-styled liberal democracies, to include the US suffer declining and unsustainable demographic trends.

4. The collapse of the Bible believing church in Europe and the United States.

5. We’re going on a second decade of war against Islamic people.  Notwithstanding or espoused noble purposes, it’s still two decades of war.

These five truths do not make portend well for the future.  As someone else recently observed, as we approach 17 TRILLION dollars in debt, a substantial percentage of voters and most the conventional media care more about how Mitt Romney spent his personal millions than how the current President has spent trillions of dollars of our money (and our children’s money).

We’re spending billions and countless lives to build Islamic nation states.  We’re in our second decade of war in Afghanistan.  They are so grateful that our “allied” Afghan troops there increasingly turn their guns on our troops.  In newly “democratic” and “liberated” Libya which we helped “liberate,” the grateful Libyans recently (a) enacted a Thank the Yanks Day!, (b) enacted a constitution guaranteeing freedom of religion, or (c) stormed our consulate and murdered our Ambassador, who had no U.S. Marines to guard him. Answer: (c) only. Same thing recently in Egypt, but our Ambassador was not murdered, notwithstanding our own efforts to disarm the Marines responsible for guarding our embassy in Egypt. They love us, not really.  Our money and words of appeasement are not what they want.  Like Hitler in 1920s Germany, they’re pretty forthright about what they want: elimination of Israel, elimination of Jews, and global caliphate.  Not terribly different from the Nazis or the Soviets, really.

The Afghans turning their guns on US and the Libyan’s way of thanking the USA are likely only a foretaste of what’s to come.  Unfortunately, our financial, demographic and religious trajectories do not trend favorably for western liberalism.

Finally, the fact that so many of our political elites, up to and including our President and Secretary of State, refuse to acknowledge the fundamental and deep level of this conflict, does not advance our chances.  The recent attacks against us had to be the result of a several months old YouTube video – just had to be, because it could not be something more fundamental, like a clash of incompatible civilizations.  No, it must be something frivolous and just a matter of misunderstanding.  The only misunderstanding is on our side, and it’s more an issue of denial that “they” don’t share our affinity for pluralism, compromise and tolerance.

A light is needed for the West.  The darker it becomes, the greater the opportunity for light to be seen.  Pray hard.

August 14, 2012

Nanny State Edumacation

Filed under: politics, economy, etc., video — Anthony Biller @ 8:27 pm

 

August 11, 2012

VP Ryan! Deficit Hawk Cheese Head!

Filed under: politics, economy, etc., video — Anthony Biller @ 10:53 am

Great choice!  I’ve expressed before that our out of control national debt is the single greatest threat to the future of our republic and that Romney did not have a strong enough record or positions on fiscal conservatism.  The Ryan selection is a huge step forward for Romney on this critical topic.  See past posts re Ryan here, here, here and here.

August 2, 2012

Prof. Paul Ryan: Poli Sci 101 on global convergence

Filed under: politics, economy, etc., video — Anthony Biller @ 7:18 pm

July 31, 2012

Nanny State Peach Milkshakes

Filed under: culture, politics, economy, etc. — Anthony Biller @ 6:12 pm

Over at The Corner today, Charles C.W. Cooke took issue with British police arresting an English teenager who broadcast insensitive Tweets about the Brit’s failure to medal in men’s synchronized diving.  Apparently, the teenager posted to Tom Daly that Mr. Daly’s father would be disappointed.  Mr. Daly’s father died earlier this year. Mr. Cooke notes:

Britain is now a country in which you can be arrested for writing racist tweets, for criticizing your local government on the Internet, for telling a policeman that his horse is “gay,” for shouting offensive things on a bus, for issuing leaflets condemning homosexuality, for evangelizing for Christianity on the street, for issuing leaflets evangelizing for atheism in an airport, and so on and so forth. And the press, as ever, is silent.

This should come as no surprise.  When the State takes on the role of primary caregiver and nanny to the population, it will act as such, to include parenting basic thoughts and speech.  Even in the United States, if you’re a nanny state totalitarian politician, you see it as a responsibility to punish businesses that do not adhere to your moral code, which code happens to be the current dogma of the secular humanist “intellectuals.”  How long until we start building re-education camps in the West?

Speaking of which, tomorrow August 1st is EAT AT CHICK FIL A DAY! Make sure to order an extra-fatty delicious peach shake, while they last. 

July 21, 2012

Political Logic of the Nanny State, Illustrated

Filed under: books, culture, politics, economy, etc., video — Anthony Biller @ 1:47 pm
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