• PC And Raising Kids

    November 2, 2015

    PC is the death of America. The left can accomplish almost all its goals by changing the meanings of words, by punishing the use of “improper” terms, and forcing everyone to comply. If you are anything like me, you have even seen the Politically Correct words and phrases sneaking into your own vocabularies. “Well,” we might rationalize, “it’s only right that we not use those old terms for things.” Of course. I agree that the day for calling Blacks anything but “American” or “Black” are long past. But calling Indians “First Nation” or whatever the current cute term is is simply too cute, too cumbersome. I have several Indian friends, and they like the term “Indian.” One even had a teeshirt that said, “INDIAN. And PROUD.”

    It’s not just terminology for differences in skin color or genetic origin. These days, you have to use appropriate devices and follow certain appropriate guidelines, and you are not allowed to speak out about anything that might actually indicate you have a preference for something the government hasn’t chosen for you. Politically corrected regulations are bogging life down to a pathetic crawl. The robust, business-oriented American culture has been politically-corrected into a cheap, wishywashy imitation; a mere shadow of its former glory.

    Schools have banned any games in which children might get hurt. This includes softball, dodgeball, tag, cowboys and “first nations.” Have you looked in the aisles of the toy sections of the local store? Although there are a few gun games there, most of the toys are related to non-competitive, non-aggressive, non-violent “play.” What little boy DOESN’T make a gun of his finger without prompting? What’s the first thing boys build with a set of Lego blocks? What’s the first thing a little girl does with a kitten, besides turn it on its back and cradle it like a baby? Then she dresses it in doll clothes, takes it into the house, and has a tea-party for it.

    The political correctness that has saturated all of our daily lives might possibly be entering a less-popular trend, as parents realize that, try as they might, even to forcing “gender identity shifts” on their children, they can’t undo the intrinsic tendencies of their sexes. Boys, by nature of their genetic makeup, do “boy” things, while girls, for the same reason, do “girl” things. Of course, there is also a parallel trend in the schools. Because boys want to do “boy” things, teachers (mostly women these days) are impatient with the kinetic, boisterous behavior of their male students, and label it “ADD” or “ADHD” and seek to medicate the kids so they become little passive, feminized beta-males who just want to sit around and veg out with bland “personal best” video games.

    I noticed it in myself when my grandsons were small. At first, I tried diligently to teach them that they mustn’t “play guns” with each other, and that there were other, more constructive ways to play. Then, it dawned on me that they were doing what they were born to do–act like boys. It was unfair to them as boys not to allow them to role-play in ways that would help them learn to be protective of weaker people, to be unafraid to do battle where and when necessary, and to simply live up to their genetic heritage as males. So, Nerf guns made their appearance under the tree that Christmas.

    It’s a shame that their paternal grandfather is no longer around. Of all the perfect role models these boys could possibly be blessed with, he was the ultimate. He was a good, righteous, and honest man, a hard-working laborer who knew so many ways to do so many things that might challenge a young man as he went through life, that it’s perfectly honest of me to say that they are “deprived.” His sons are all good, honest, hard-working men who saw their father set the kind of example he wanted them to follow when they were men in turn. Fortunately for my grandsons, the lessons he taught his boys were well-learned, and now, we have the wonderful opportunity of sending real MEN into the future world. And, buying your sons and/or grandsons copies of The Dangerous Book For Boys.

    Raising manly men and feminine women is the most important job a parent can do, which is why single-parent households are handicapped from the beginning. Such families exist from necessity, but their job as nurturers of real men and women is more difficult than the same job in a two-parent household. It can still be done, however, and many a prominent hero or heroine was raised by one parent.

    The job is not impossible. But struggling against the flood of political correctness in order to make boys into men and girls into women is a real challenge for good parents. Religious training is a must, if for no other
    reason than to impress the children with the reality of an Ultimate Authority. Bucking the tide of PC and undoing what the feminized, lobotomized “educators” have done to our children is difficult, but not impossible.

  • Weenies With Words

    October 8, 2015

    Rupert Murdock backpedals like an outboard

    Media try to make Ben Carson backpedal like an outboard.

    Every time a public person expresses an opinion not adored by the hacks behind the free-form desks, the backing water of the hapless expressor throws up a roostertail. They simply, out of fear of what the leftist media are going to say about their opinions, cannot backpedal and apologize fast enough. Since when has this been the thing to do?

    How much longer are we going to bite off a mile of tongue before we say what SHOULD be said in favor of what the media will accept? How much longer will we be considering our opinions as “unapproved” speech? Approved by whom? We have allowed the leftist media to dictate to us what we can say on any topic. Why are we letting the media scare us into silence and/or craven whimpering? US?? Us Americans?? Hello? What planet is this?

    We have been watching our words in public ever since this administration took over, and it has only gotten worse as time has gone by. I said years ago on the original predecessor to the Sourdough that political correctness was going to be the death of this country. If this isn’t evidence of that, as well as all the other “apologies” that have been cravenly produced by weenies who should either have stood by their words or kept their opinions to themselves, I don’t know what is. I have NEVER seen Americans run away from leftists and political hacks. So, why is it happening now? When did prominent Americans become such a fearful bunch of cowardly weenies?

    This should not be, America!

  • There WILL Be A Test

    October 2, 2015

    “America has retreated from the world,” Cruz says. “Every bad actor on earth has taken the measure of President Obama and determined that he is no credible threat whatsoever. For the next sixteen months, we are in a Hobbesian state of nature, it is like Lord of the Flies, where the only limit on misconduct and aggression of bad actors is the limit of their own strength. (Boston Herald)

    From the time the final vote was counted in the 2012 elections, I could feel the dread of the second half of the current resident’s second term bearing down. I have had the premonition that this period was going to be THE absolute most dangerous period in America’s entire 240 years of existence. No wars, no bombast from warlords or crime bosses, no natural calamities have ever threatened it like this administration has done in just seven and a half short (LONG!!) years. Every gun in the hands of every villainous group, every weapon in the arsenals of militaristic cults or hubristic nations is now pointed at the heads of America’s people, for the very reason that we exist.

    What the current resident has done to our national strength, reputation, and integrity around the world is leave it in unconscionable ruin and destruction for no reason beyond jealousy. As a convinced Marxist, he is jealous of American thrift, wealth, living standards, and happiness, and he is determined to do absolutely anything it takes to drag us down to third-world status as long as he has the power to do so.

    If and when we are ever to undo any of it, it is going to require not just the strength and determination of American citizens, but a sovereign miracle of God’s intervention. Should we be blessed with a real Conservative in the White House as a result of this next election, I pray that Americans will understand our dangerous position and will elect down-ballot officials who also have America’s best interests at heart and will strive with prayer and strength to return our country to something like it was before this second civil war in which we find ourselves.

    Our children and grandchildren will be the ones who pay for this administration’s profligacy and revenge. They are the ones who will be left not only to shoulder the crippling burden of debt forced on them by the criminal enterprise of this administration, but they will be faced with the prospect of beating back the tides of militants who, convinced by our weakened position, our silence so far, and our battered world reputation that we will be easy prey, will stop at nothing to finish us off.

    I pray to Almighty God that Americans will scrape together the shreds of their patriotism and pride and stand fast against the tidal wave of destruction that will descend upon us to test our strength and resolve.

  • Uninteded Consequences? Really??

    September 30, 2015

    Years ago, liberated women who were horrified at the spectre of a life without no-consequence sex, with a growing population, and with an expanding economy, demanded easily accessible abortion. Many cooler heads looked into the future, trying to foresee the national (and natural) consequences of such a choice, and they all came up with the same nightmare scenario:

    Killing babies THEN was going to lead to dire consequences thirty, forty, and fifty years down the road, in terms of culture and economy, not to mention the mortally sinful nature of the practice. Now, here we are, fifty years or so since the abortion ruling, and what do we see? Our economy has shrivelled to the point where it can no longer support the topheavy government and its profligate spending and borrowing. We have dried up the tax and economic income that could have come from an expanding taxbase (read “workforce”).

    Over the last fifty years we have busily gone about demanding the right to slaughter aborning the millions of taxpayers who should have been by now working, paying taxes, paying into our retirement and Social Security systems, as well as feeding the economy with their purchases and savings.

    So, how did the super-geniuses in Washington decide to deal with the truncated economy? That’s easy. They fired all the good American employees, put them on food stamps, and imported foreign workers, and they swarm over our southern borders in, well, swarms. But the problem with this part of the liberal plan is that, even though they can manipulate the election process and get these criminal trespassers to the polls on time, they can’t be sure they will pay taxes, and all the influx of new labor is not only NOT the solution to the problem, but in their millions, simply adds more strain on a crippled and failing system.

    So, now that our demographic chickens have come home to roost, what does the left come up with as a new solution? More pressure, more spending, more gifts abroad, more borrowing from China, more porous borders to all comers, etc.

    No matter how hard the right tries to turn things around by cutting spending and defunding numerous wasteful programs, they are outmaneuvered by the social experimenters on the left who still believe the socialist mantra that the answer to our national problems lies in more illegal “immigration,” more abortion, more government, more debt, more spending, and more regulation.

    The criminal trespassers have it easy with all the handouts and special care they get as gifts from an unwilling American population. We citizens, on the other hand, are locked into a Catch-22. We can’t leave (can’t afford to), we can’t work (our companies are hiring the cheap imported labor (you get what you pay for, fellas…)), we can’t save (home mortgages are foreclosed in record numbers), we can’t afford to pay the taxes the government demands, pay for Obamacare, and all the government can figure out to do about our desperate situation is to hire more government workers, hire more illegals, raise our taxes, and print more useless paper “money” to pump into the stock market to keep it inflated. (Balloon economy, anyone?)

    We were warned years ago, but were all busy trying to legislate sex without consequences, and didn’t read the signs telling us that abortion was not just counterproductive, but fatal to us as a nation, and to abandon it before we killed off the last future taxpayer. We have created two generations of people who copulate without worrying about consequences. They have no concept of the reality of dead people in the future as a consequence of abortions in the past. It simply cannot be comprehended by their dumbed-down minds, so they have no concept of sex as a sacred part of a marriage between a man and a woman. They can’t see past their genitalia and their momentary pleasures to envision a world where the people killed in the past do not populate the future.

  • He Doesn’t Speak For Me

    September 26, 2015

    I have to confess something. I am a devout Catholic. I recognize the papacy as the spiritual office that heads the Church I love. Most times, I also admire and respect the men who occupy that position. It is an office of grave responsibility and sacrifice. Whether they are good and saintly, like Benedict, or righteous and strong like John Paul II, they have all always had my respect.

    But, I have to admit that from the first moment I laid eyes on the current occupant, Pope Francis, I have had very serious reservations about his fitness for the position. A child of his upbringing, he is a South American socialist, and, like the current placeholder in our own White House, he can only spout what he has been taught and groomed to repeat.

    Faithful and believing Catholics do not worship the environment any more than they worship the concept of “income equality,” and other such Marxist pillars of belief. But, sadly, what we have heard from Pope Francis since his elevation to the Chair of St. Peter, is nothing less than textbook Marxist socialism.

    I have been a Catholic most of my life. I converted from Mormonism as a teenager, and have always believed it was where I was supposed to be, even when I was “lapsed,” the Church’s term for Catholics who believe but don’t practice. Being back in Communion since the early Seventies, religious experiences varying widely, about ten years ago I found the Byzantine Rite of the Catholic Church, and called it “home at last.” I have been there ever since.

    Please believe me when I tell you that what Francis is expounding in his speeches is NOT Catholic doctrine, no matter how much he wishes it were so. It is his personal belief (obviously propped up by the leftist sycophants in the College of Cardinals who saw to it that he was elected). His authority in this matter can only be that, and is not binding on any Catholic. He can preach about it all he likes, but that does not make it Catholic Doctrine.

    He does not speak for me, any more than he speaks for any faithful Catholic, and he does NOT reflect my own beliefs. In matters such as he expounds, I have to say that I have to politely disagree. I can only pray that the light of the Holy Spirit enlightens him and he has an earthly opportunity to reverse his problematic beliefs in “climate change” and “income equality,” among other things.

    (Interestingly, in his address to the joint Houses of Congress on Friday, he did not mention Jesus Christ even one time.)

  • Hopeychangey

    September 25, 2015

    It’s a fact that there has never been a time in the history of the world when  news gets out and gets spread faster than it does today, for all the obvious reasons you already know. Nowadays, we should add this consideration to the way we think about any national and international events.

    More people know more about what’s going on around them than ever before (and, on the other side, there are probably more people knowing LESS about anything than every before, as well).

    Unfortunately, thanks to the efforts of leftists who refuse to allow real values, morals, and politeness to be taught in public schools, we are faced with a nation of government-educated people who have no concept of Right or Wrong (as it applies to others), a simplistic belief in the leftist Holy Grail of “fairness,” of decency or degeneracy, or of truth and falsehood, who believe that they are entitled to the fruits of the labor of others because they have been taught that they are, regardless of the truth.

    Without God in our daily life, it becomes just existence. With no morality, least of all, the kind called for in the Ten Commandments, we become a nation of undisciplined and selfish pleasure-seekers, people who can’t be bothered with kindness or charity, who believe that signing up for welfare or grant handouts of whatever kind can be a career choice. The apparent main focus of the daily life of a young person is “connecting,” a new word for finding a sexual partner for the night. Unborn babies are slaughtered because of their inconvenient existence, their body parts removed while their hearts still beat and sold off to the highest bidders, and these things are called part of “life.”

    In such an environment, it is easy for ignorant people to be led astray by plausible liars. Unaware because they are taught so, that there is REAL TRUTH, the victims of these plausible liars fall for any lies, and find their lives losing meaning by the day, but thinking that being “cool” or “hip” will fix all that. Nothing is important but their individual comfort.

    Unfortunately, this also means that when a smooth-talking liar comes along, he will be able to convince large numbers to follow him. The current trend of referring to President Barack Hussein Obama as “The One,” or “messiah,” are simply symptoms of the unknown hunger in the hearts of sheep without a shepherd, whose souls long for the REAL Messiah, but who know Him not. But most of them have already thrown out the REAL Messiah, and have chosen to follow the fake.

    Empty promises are simply that: empty. It’s not difficult to promise anything. The difficulty lies in keeping those promises. Unfortunately, the people who have been lied to still retain enough understanding to believe that someone who promises us something is going to keep the promise, while the liars just add lie to lie without the slightest moral qualm.

    A false messiah promises “hope” and “change,” and more of the same. For a lot of those who believe the change they hope for will be that they will be suddenly thrust into the ascendancy above others, placed into positions of power and privelege. They hope the change will mean no more debt or work for them. They believe they will become the elite, while those whom they blamed for their problems will suddenly become the “underclass,” to be treated with disdain and contempt. Will these changes materialize? Unfortunately, even a pale version will not only not be probable, but not possible this side of the grave.

    Many times throughout history people have tried to pass themselves off as the hope of their nations, or the long-awaited One who would change the world for the better and bring the Utopian completion of all mundane life. But, unfortunately, these charlatans have presented themselves to people who have stopped believing in the REAL Messiah, whose Return the real world still awaits. If the people are tired enough of waiting, they will settle for a plausible substitute to acclaim; one who promises “hope,” and “change.”

  • Are We Embarrassed Yet?*

    September 19, 2015

    The “Undeniable Truths” were part of an article written by Rush Limbaugh for the Sacramento Union in 1988:

    1. The greatest threat to humanity lies in the nuclear arsenal of the
    USSR.
    2. The greatest threat to humanity lies in the USSR.
    3. Peace does not mean the elimination of nuclear weapons.
    4. Peace does not mean the absence of war.
    5. War is not obsolete.
    6. Ours is a world governed by the aggressive use of force.
    7. There is only one way to get rid of nuclear weapons – use them.
    8. Peace cannot be achieved by developing an “understanding” with the
    Russian People.
    9. When Americans oppose America, it is not always courageous and sacred;
    it is sometimes dangerous.
    10. Communism Kills.
    11. Neither the US, nor anyone else, imposes freedom on the peoples of
    other nations.
    12. Freedom is God-given.
    13. In the USSR, peace means the absence of opposition.
    14. To free peoples, peace means the absence of threats and the presence
    of justice.
    15. The Peace Movement in the US, whether by accident or design, is
    pro-Communist.
    16. The collective knowledge and wisdom of seasoned citizens is the most
    valuable, yet untapped, resource our young-people have.
    17. The greatest football team in the history of civilization is the
    Pittsburgh Steelers of 1975-1980.
    18. There is no such thing as war atrocities.
    19. War itself is an atrocity.
    20. There IS a God.
    21. Abortion is wrong.
    22. Morality is not defined and cannot be defined by individual choice.
    23. Evolution cannot explain Creation.
    24. Feminism was established so as to allow unattractive women access to
    the mainstream of society.
    25. Love is the only human emotion that cannot be controlled.
    26. The only difference between Mikhail Gorbachev and previous Soviet
    leaders, is that Gorbachev is alive.
    27. Soviet Leaders are just left-wing dictators.
    28. Abe Lincoln saved this nation.
    29. The L.A. Raiders will never be the team that they were when they
    called Oakland their home.
    30. The US will again go to war.
    31. To more and more people, a victorious US is a sinful US.
    32. This is frightening and ominous.
    33. There will always be poor people.
    34. This is not the fault of the rich.
    35. You should thank God for making you an American; and instead of
    feeling guilty about it, help spread our ideas worldwide.

    Now, Saul Alinsky’s side:

    1) Healthcare –Control healthcare and you control the people
    2) Poverty –Increase the Poverty level as high as possible, poor people are easier to control and will not fight back if you are providing everything for them to live.
    3) Debt –Increase the debt  to an unsustainable level. That way you are able to increase taxes, and this will produce more poverty.
    4) Gun Control –Remove the ability to defend themselves from the Government. That way you are able to create a police state.
    5) Welfare –Take control of every aspect of their lives (Food, Housing, and Income)
    6) Education –Take control of what people read and listen to – take control of what children learn in school.
    7) Religion –Remove the belief in the God from the Government and schools
    8) Class Warfare –Divide the people into the wealthy and the poor. This will cause more discontent and it will be easier to take (Tax) the wealthy with the support of the poor.

    *(Huge hat-tip to the wonders of the outernet…)

    Comparing these two sets of axioms is self-explanatory.  I wonder every day how we so easily went from the first set of truths to the second without a pause or a quibble.   And I wonder every day how we became so helpless we lost our ability to make wise choices about how to turn this sad situation around.   But enough of us have to want it badly enough to do something about it, but doing so involves letting go of the “helpful” hand of the government.

    And, no, I’m not leaving out the Judeo-Christian Biblical rules for conduct, which always and forever transcends anything that has come after.  But many of us are so captivated by the second set of truths here that the Bible was the first thing people put down in order to grab for all they could get with both hands. From a nation of stalwart patriots and heroes, scientists, explorers and inventors, we have deliberately and sleepily turned ourselves into one of whiners, wimps, and largesse-clutchers. We have, sadly, become a country of people who will do anything it takes to make sure we don’t lose our places on the government nipples.  This is not just uncharacteristic of Americans.  It is downright DANGEROUS.

    Are we embarrassed yet?

  • Armored Intercessors

    September 6, 2015

    If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. – 2 Chronicles 7:14(NIV)

    I can’t speak for God beyond what we have all been required to do, but I believe that this past six and a half years is a chastisement–not necessarily THE Chastisement–and that He is in effect telling us that we have not only not done what we are required to do as believers, but that we simply haven’t repented.

    Prayer is always a good thing. But a lot of times, people pray and pray, and wonder why their prayers haven’t been answered, and the answer is simple, but not simplistic. The Lord tells us that the prayers of a righteous man “availeth much.” The operative word in that phrase is “righteous,” and it means “repentant.” Prayer isn’t much good if we don’t repent while we’re at it.

    As long as America is going to continue slaughtering its posterity and teaching its children how to have illicit sex (among other things), we are not going to see much happening on the Spiritual Warfare front. We wouldn’t send our soldiers into battle without arming them, and we shouldn’t expect to go to war against the evil one without at least the Breastplate of Righteousness. We are a nation designed for a praying people. Without that, the country simply cannot “work.”

    Repentance is a painful process, but it is absolutely necessary for our Salvation. Not just “confession,” but real, life-changing sorrow for past wickednesses and a strong and determined desire not to return to those ways of life and behavior. But if we want our prayers to be effective and move the battle forward, we must be armed with the right weapons. The Breastplate of Righteousness “extinguishes the firey darts” (temptation and accusation, for example) of the evil one. Let’s get suited up, get on our knees in deep repentance, and get into the battle. There is a war ahead, and we need to be prepared for it in all ways.

    10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

    18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the LORD’S people. (NIV)

    1 Sam 17:47 (NKJ) [David, speaking to Goliath] “Then all this assembly shall know that the LORD does not save with sword and spear; for the battle is the LORD’S, and He will give you into our hands.”

    Deut 20:3-4 (NIV) …”Hear, O Israel, today you are going into battle against your enemies. Do not be faint-hearted or afraid; do not be terrified or give way to panic before them. For the LORD your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory.”

    Ps 18:32-35 (NIV) It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect. He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he enables me to stand on the heights. He trains my hands for battle; my arms can bend a bow of bronze. You give me your shield of victory, and your right hand sustains me; you stoop down to make me great.

    Zec 4:6 (NIV) ”‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty.”

    If there is one thing I know, it’s this: God knows how this is going to turn out. Willingly or unwillingly, Americans will be repenting or they will continue to lose freedoms until they are no longer even American, no longer free.

    What must our children think of the mess we are leaving them?

  • Those Were The Days

    September 3, 2015

    Time was when we could believe the things we heard on the news. I was pretty young, but I do remember when newscasters and reporters simply reported the news and allowed the listener or reader to formulate their own opinions.

    Time was when turkey for Thanksgiving cost 4 cents a pound, too. And a package of cranberries for that meal was a full pound. Now, it’s about 12 ounces. Same for coffee. But still at one-pound prices, of course.

    Time was when we could put a dollar’s worth of gas in an empty gas tank and Get half a tankful.

    But, was there ever a time when we could trust our government to actually have our best interests at heart, or has it always had the shadow personality that exists to insure and expand its existence? Americans have been led down the primrose path for over a hundred years, as politicians and consultants, lobbyists, crooked officeholders and officials, greedy diplomats, and all their sycophants work out the best ways to fool us into supporting them in their double-dealing one more time.

    Time was when we would have done something about that, too.

  • Presidential “Don’t’s”

    August 27, 2015

    American presidents don’t keep company with domestic terrorists, bow to foreign kings, apologize for their country all around the world, sneer at their citizens, or RULE as if the Constitution didn’t exist. These things are what despots do.

    For the first time in America’s history, she has saddled herself with a cowardly despot; someone who regards America as his personal fiefdom, its people as his serfs and slaves, good for nothing except as a source of revenue and adulation, and actively and openly makes policy that is so counter-productive and so anti-American, that it is no stretch to see him as an America-hating Marxist who has surrounded himself with an unelected covey of like-minded elites, bent on the destruction of the very country that elected and acclaimed him. A despot who, as we are finding out to our pain, is going to do everything he can do, pull out all the stops, call in as many military groups as he can, all to stay in power in 2012. The Constitution won’t stop him, since he has nothing but contempt for it. If the thought of this eventuality doesn’t disturb us, it certainly SHOULD.

    The question falls to us: What do we want? Do we want more of this, or do we want our country BACK? We need to stay in the loop, to keep ourselves infomed and inspired, and send true-blue conservatives to every public office we can. AND PRAY. We can do this.