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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Pick Your 2015 Conservative Book of the Year . . .

Every year there are a lot of books targeted to conservatives; more than most of us have time to read. Nevertheless, if you had to pick one conservative book of the year for 2015, what would it be?

For me, I made my selection based on how important the book is. I had three finalists:

The one that was published first was
This book was not written by a conservative, but it only makes it all the more credible. This is the go to book to learn about the train wreck that is Obamacare. More: ObamaCare Winners and Losers
The next one I read was
This book revealed the all but criminal behavior exhibited by Hillary Clinton in extracting millions of dollars from shady characters in return for government favors. In a perfect world, every voter would be required to read this before voting. More:  7 Things The Foreign Donor Scandal Reveals About Hillary

Final, my third choice would be
This year ISIS expanded its span of terror. Obama and other liberals refuse to recognize the religious basis for Islamic terrorism. This book lays out all the reasons that it is about Islam and we shouldn't ignore it. More: 13 Reasons Carson Is Right To Be Against A Muslim U.S. President

All three are great, but if I had to narrow it down to one, I would pick America's Bitter Pill. It clearly shows the damage that can happen to the nation when we allow government to interfere in the economy.

What is your top conservative book for 2015?

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Thursday, December 24, 2015

The Best Read Aloud Christmas Book Ever . . .

There are a lot of great read aloud Christmas stories. Of course none of them would be possible without the original version of the original Christmas story in the New Testament. Charles Dicken's A Christmas Carol is a great classic, and Dr. Suess has his The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, which is a favorite of millions of readers. But there is another book that I believe should be acknowledged as the Best Read Aloud Christmas Book - Barbara Robinson's The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.

Ms. Robinson, who passed away in 2013, wrote this book in 1972. What makes it such a great read aloud book is that at 100 pages, it is not that long. With just seven chapters, you can read it in just one week's time if you read one chapter a day, but you might get through it faster since your listeners may demand that you go on and read another chapter.

But what makes this book the most appealing is that it is laugh-out-loud funny while at the same time it has a touching message of the meaning of the birth of Christ that will easily bring tears to you and your listeners.

So do your family a favor and turn off the TV and read this book together. You will not regret it.

Is there another read aloud Christmas book you would recommend even more?

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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Why "A Charlie Brown Christmas" Almost Wasn’t

Peanuts creator Charles Schulz and Hollywood party boy Charlie Sheen have both been in the news lately -- Schulz because of the excellent Peanuts movie that was recently released and Sheen for announcing that he is HIV positive.

Sheen has been proud of his hedonistic lifestyle and acted like he was invincible. No doubt some people envied his playboy antics of doing whatever made him feel good. Sheen is now learning that you can choose your actions, but you can't choose your consequences. If you play with snakes, you are going to get bit.

Schulz was not perfect, but his personal values were based on his Christian faith and he left us with a beloved treasure of comic characters that will continue to bring happiness to many future generations.

Schulz was not shy in proclaiming his faith in public. 50 years ago this month he proved it.

In today’s entertainment culture, no one would ever make a prime time TV cartoon where the highlight of the program is having a main character recite the nativity story from the Gospel of Luke. One might guess that 50 years ago, this would be no big deal.

It was a big deal and A Charlie Brown Christmas almost didn’t happen.

By 1965, Charles Schulz had turned down offers to make Peanuts into animated movies or TV programs. Schulz finally consented to do A Charlie Brown Christmas, but he maintained strict control over the content. It was to have a message about how Christmas was being commercialized that would play on commercial television. In an era when all cartoons used a laugh track, he insisted on no laugh track. He decided that he would use real children to do the voices, not adults imitating children’s voices.

Most importantly, Schulz wrote a script where Linus spent one whole minute reciting St. Luke’s Christmas story. CBS executives were not pleased. One said, “The Bible thing scares us.” Another thought the show was too slow and too innocent. Schulz was adamant that the Gospel story would stay in.

The program first aired on a Thursday night, December 9, 1965. Half the people watching television in America tuned in.

The next day reviews across the nation recognized it as an instant Yule classic. Audiences loved Linus’s touching speech which brought tears to many. The next year A Charlie Brown Christmas won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Children’s Programming.

We can thank Charles Schulz for keeping to his values and giving us a Christmas special that is actually about the real meaning of Christmas. When his co-producer tried one last time to get him to drop the St. Luke section, Schulz told him, “If we don’t do it, who will?”

For a comprehensive biography of Charles Schulz, read Schulz and Peanuts by David Michaelis.

What about Charlie Sheen's legacy? The less said, the better.

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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Trump Doesn't Know What The Triad Is? . . .

I continue to be surprised that Donald Trump continues to attract high poll numbers. I always thought that those who picked their candidates based on emotions were Democrats. But Trump clearly proves that Republicans can also pick someone based on an emotional connection, regardless of the candidates qualifications.

If you can eliminate the emotional element, it is clear that Trump is the least qualified candidate in the Republican field. This was on display at the December 15 debate when it was clear he had no clue what the "Triad" is, although Hugh Hewitt did all but describe it. His rambling, incoherent, off-topic response to the question should give people pause. We are picking the person who will have his finger on the nuclear button. The "Triad" is not a subject for someone with a PhD in nuclear physics. It is a basic term that anyone who lived through the cold war should easily know. Not since Sarah Palin have Republicans flirted with someone as ill informed and ill prepared for the presidency.

My earlier posts show that I am not of fan of Mr. Trump:

He's The Trump . . . Sing Along! ;)

Carson v. Trump is Character v. Pomposity . . .

Sing along to the Trump / Gaston song . . . :)

Dump Trump For Dissing POWs . . .

How Donald Trump Lost $11 Billion

I am hopeful that the Republican party still has more "thinking" conservatives than "feeling" conservatives and we can get behind a true conservative and not one who plays one on TV. Trump may be leading polls, but no one has gotten any votes yet.

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Sunday, December 13, 2015

11 Reasons Darth Vader is a Liberal Democrat . . .

The pending release of the highly anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens has created an increased interest in all things Star Wars.  No character is more closely identified with Star Wars than Darth Vader. During this election season, I asked myself, "Which presidential candidate would Darth Vader vote for?" The answer is surprisingly easy to predict.

Darth Vader would vote for Hillary Clinton because he is unquestionably an establishment liberal democrat. Sorry Bernie, you are too much of a rebel to attract Vader's support. And the anti-big government Tea Party Republican candidates are a clear choice for the rebel alliance. Darth Vader would try to destroy them.

Here are the reasons that Darth Vader is a liberal Democrat:
  1. He's a white guy trying to be black.  This seems to be a trait found among Democrats.  See Rachel Dolezal or Shaun King.
  2. He is a descendant of slaves. Despite having done little to help the descendants of slaves escape poverty, they tend to vote for Democrats who created and run the welfare system that keeps them poor.
  3. He hates the military. In more than one scene Vader personally kills a leading military officer.
  4. He is okay with killing old people. Democrats are big supporters of euthanasia. Vader killed senior citizen Ben Kenobi at a time when he was not even defending himself.
  5. He is single. After a bad breakup with with wife Padme, Vader remained single. Voter surveys show that singles usually vote Democrat while married people vote Republican.
  6. He works for the government. Most government workers are Democrats.
  7. He slavishly follows a dictatorial chief executive who ignores the legislature. Vader's all in for governing with a phone or pen or lighting bolts that shoot out of hands. Same goes for the Obamanation.
  8. He doesn't own a gun. Liberals don't like guns and don't own them.
  9. He's okay killing small children and even wanted to kill his own kids. Darth Vader killed the young Jedi children in the temple. Vader is in the mode of liberal icon Peter Singer who has advocated for killing severely disabled infants even after they are born. It goes without saying that he would have no problem with abortions.
  10. His actions show he is clearly a criminal. Surveys of felons show that 7 in 10 are Democrats and only 1 in 10 are Republican.
  11. He's a champion of the dark side. The delegates to the 2012 National Democrat Convention famously denied God three times when they voted down attempts to reinstate the mention of God in the Democrat platform. The Democrats are lead by many godless secularists. They think people who believe in God and follow the teachings of Jesus should be excised from sharing their believes in the public square. They have embraced the dark side.
Until we see Darth Vader's voter registration card, liberals may deny that he is one of their own, but the facts speak for themselves . . .

Darth Vader is a liberal Democrat.

Some Democrats may object and point out that Darth Vader couldn't vote for Hillary because he is dead. All I can say is, when has that ever stopped a Democrat from voting?

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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Hillary is Trump's Second Choice for President

Things are not looking good for conservatives when it comes to retaking the White House. Despite pledging that he would not run as an independent if he did not get the nomination, Donald Trump recently tweeted that a majority of his supporters "would vote for me if I departed the GOP & ran as an independent."

We'll have to wait and see if Trump's signed oath and pledge is good or if he's a promise breaker and would run as an independent. This would guarantee the presidency to Hillary Clinton.

Trump is notoriously egotistic, thin-skinned, vain, narcissistic, and mercurial. He threatens to bolt if the GOP is not "nice" to him. Trump's great at dishing it out, but he doesn't handle disagreement well at all. Is that the kind of temperament we need in a president? It hasn't turned out so well with the thin-skinned Obama.

Reality star Trump has run a clinic in how to run a campaign in our modern internet age. He is a master of the soundbite and knows how to attract free media attention. He is touching the emotions of his supporters, the same strategy that Obama used to build his grassroot's support.

This emotional connection is blinding his supporters to Trump's questionable conservative and constitutional views. However there are enough other, less emotional Republican voters who may like some of what Trump is saying but don't like the package. They will vote for someone else and Trump could lose the Republican nomination.

How will Trump supporters feel if their infatuation for Trump leads them to supporting his independent run for the presidency?  Reality alert: that would guarantee Hillary would be our next president.

So if you support Trump to the end, know this -- your second choice for president is Hillary Clinton.

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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Radical + Muslim = Terror

President Obama and other liberals have done all they can to separate the word "Muslim" from "Radical" or "Terror." They talk about the War on Terror -- as if terror was an enemy by itself, even though the global terrorists are overwhelmingly Muslim. They never say the War on Islamic Terror. They talk about terrorists being "Radicalized" without mentioning the other key ingredient -- the killers are Muslim, not Mormon, not Catholic, not Evangelical, not Buddhist.

Sane and rational people recognize that being radical is not a worldwide problem with other religions. Radical Mormons might become missionaries and knock on doors at their own expense for two years. Radical Catholics might renounce all world possessions and become monks or nuns. Radical Evangelicals might dedicate their time and money to build schools and wells in Africa. You may think all these actions are crazy, but they don't kill anyone.

Radical Muslims blow people up. They cut off their heads. They crucify people. They throw them off buildings. They do this because they follow a warped version of Islam that approves and encourages such evil behavior.

In other faiths, being radical might make someone eccentric, but it doesn't make someone dangerous.

Making excuses for religious fanatics by claiming they are not religious ignores the source of their rage. They are not attacking the West because of climate change. They are not attacking the West because of unemployment. They are not attacking the West because of lack of education.

They are attacking the West because they are radical Muslim terrorists who are acting in keeping with their religious beliefs.

The political correctness, that refuses to label the problem for what it is, is leading to more deaths. It's time to recognize that the formula for Terror is Radical plus Muslim.

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Sunday, December 6, 2015

The Time Prayers Brought Angels to Stop a Mad Bomber - Cokeville, WY

Faithless liberals are in the news recently for heartlessly criticizing people who are praying for the families of the San Bernardino terrorist attacks. Faithless liberals have no comprehension or even interest in the power of prayer.  They think that prayer should work like putting money in a gumball machine, but God is no gumball machine.

The faithless liberals see the tragedies in San Bernardino and Paris and to them it proves that there is no God because God would not allow evil to happen. In their understanding, because there is evil, there must not be any God.

Ironically, the world is worse off when secularism dominates and Christianity is suppressed. Faithless liberals don't make for a better world when they work to eliminate Christian values and actions such as prayer from the culture. Prayer can work and despite regular death and destruction caused by ISIS and other evildoers, there have been times when prayers have stopped acts of terror.

This year an excellent movie was released about a true story where prayers and angels intervened to stop a madman who was prepared to blow up a school full of students and teachers. The movie is The Cokeville Miracle.

On May 9, 1896, David Young, a disgruntled, mentally unstable, former town marshal returned to Cokeville, Wyoming. Accompanied by his compliant wife Doris, he walked into the Cokeville Elementary School with multiple firearms and a home-made bomb. He corralled more than 120 students and teachers into a classroom and he attached himself to trigger on the bomb so that if he fell or was pulled away from the bomb it would explode. He made demands of the principal to collect a multi-million dollar ransom but at the same time, he told his hostages that he intended to kill them all. It was not an idle threat, Young had successfully detonated his home-made bombs in practice. He had no doubts it would work.

Word of the crisis quickly spread throughout the small ranching community. Prayers were offered for the safety of the children by parents and others, even at the local high school in defiance to rules against prayers in school. It became a national and international story which resulted in more prayers by more people world wide.

Two and half hours into the hostage ordeal Young needed to use the bathroom, so he transferred the bomb trigger to his wife. While he was in the bathroom, Doris Young inadvertently set off the bomb. It should have completely destroyed the room and much of the school. Instead the bomb created a localized explosion with the force directed upward. The children and teachers ran. Some exited out of the classroom door and others squeezed through the windows that lined one side of the room. Apart from the explosive blast, the escapees had to content with exploding bullets that were being cooked off by the heat of the bomb and firing all over the room.

Young came out of the bathroom. He shot one of the teachers in the back while he was running away. He then shot his mortally injured wife and then returned to the bathroom where he killed himself.

The teacher who was shot did not suffer a critical injury. None of the children or other teachers sustained any life threatening injuries. There were some with burns and others that breathed in smoke, but miraculously, no hostages died.

Investigators later discovered that 3 of the 5 blasting caps did not work because the wires had been cut. Also, the container Young pick, to hold the bomb fuel, had a leak which also lessened the power of the explosion.

Most miraculously many of the children told their parents afterwards that men and women dressed in white had given them instructions on how to protect themselves before the bomb exploded and helped guide them out of the smoke filled room after the explosion. Curiously, many of the children also pointed out that their guardian angels looked like relatives who had died, many whom they had never met in life.

Why it appears that there was heavenly intervention in this event, but not in others, is an answer I don't have. But clearly miracles can happen and do. For a recently written book on the subject of miracles, I recommend Miracles: What They Are, Why They Happen, And How They Can Change Your Life by Eric Metaxas.

If people don't believe in prayer, that is their loss. But if they mock and criticize others for praying, that is not helpful. It only makes things worse. I pray that more people will use the power of prayer to make this world a better place.

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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

How ISIS is Obama's Ally in the War on Climate Change . . .

Critics, even many on the left, are dumbfounded that President Obama is so passionate on his war on climate change, but less than engaged in the war on radical Islam terrorists. He can't even say the words "radical Islam terrorists."

Obama is always finding excuses for the murderous actions of radical Islamists. Why? We know he attended a Muslim school as a child. We know he feels closer association Kenyan Muslims than the Europeans who made Africa into colonies. We know he feels no loyalty or affinity to his supposed Christian values, seeing them as no better than Muslim values that have made a mess of their culture.

But there is one more reason why Obama may not be as tough on ISIS as we would hope -- Obama is fixated on solving climate change and the rise of ISIS actually helps fight climate change.

Here is how . . .

  1. ISIS uses eco-friendly ways to execute people. A knife has a much smaller carbon footprint than a gun and a bullet. Crucifying someone doesn't even need a knife. And throwing someone off of a building even saves making the cross.
  2. When ISIS killed at least 130 Parisians, they eliminated Westerners with higher than average carbon footprints, thus reducing climate change.
  3. When ISIS blew up a Russian airplane, they eliminated one of the worst CO2 emitters around. A victory in the war on global warming.
  4. Suicide bombing is the ultimate tool to reduce global warming. Not only does it permanently remove the carbon emissions of all the victims, even the bomber's carbon footprint is eliminated. Can there be any greater sacrifice in advancing the war on climate change?
  5. ISIS would eliminate the state of Israel and replace it with Arabs with much smaller carbon footprints. Global warming reduced again.
  6. ISIS would like to force all women to remain at home. Think of all the reduction in CO2 emissions if half the population hardly left home and were not even allowed to drive cars.
  7. ISIS would love to destroy a Western city with a nuclear bomb.  This would be another great victory in the war on global warming. Think of the impact of millions less people contributing to global warming.
  8. ISIS embraces seventh century culture as ideal. Think how much less man-made global warming there would be if everyone lived in the conditions that existed 1,300 years ago.
So the next time you go nuts about Obama's fixation with global warming while at the same time being soft on ISIS, remember this -- to defeat ISIS means to lose a great ally in the war on global warming. Obama is being entirely consistent in his current actions. He thinks global warming is the bigger problem, so he cut ISIS some slack because they are on his side when it comes to the war on climate change.

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Thursday, November 26, 2015

Fiddlin' - He's The Trump . . . Sing Along!

Trump supporters are a quandary to true conservatives. How can people want to elect a candidate who has in the past espoused progressive views? Trump may be the sound-bite and Twitter master, spewing red meat headlines that attract attention and cheers -- but a thrice married candidate whose past views embraced abortion, gun control, land confiscation, single payer healthcare, and higher taxes?

How can conservatives pick Trump when other, clearly more conservative candidates are running?

He's The Trump

(sing to the tune He's A Tramp from Disney's Lady and the Tramp)

He's The Trump, but they love him.
Blasts a new tweet every day.
He's The Trump, they adore him.
And they only hope he'll stay that way...

He's The Trump, he's a scoundrel
He's a birther, he's a cad
He's The Trump, but they love him.
Yes, clueless crowds have got it pretty bad.

You can never tell what he'll spew up.
He gives you plenty of dribble.
I guess he's just a no-count pup
Wish he weren’t left of middle.

He's The Trump, he's a rover
And there's nothing more to say.
Yes, he's The Trump, he's a huge one
And I wish that I could Cruz him away...
Wish that I could Cruz him away...
Wish that I could Cruz him away...

For an index of all Fiddling Ant parody songs, click here.

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Friday, November 20, 2015

Valerie Jarrett - Obama's Rasputin

During the reign of Czar Nicolas II, the shadowing adviser Grigori Rasputin provided the czar with advise that caused one disaster after another. Rather than take actions for the best of his country, Nicolas made poor decisions under Rasputin's influence that in the end cost him his life. Rasputin qualifications had nothing to do with his understanding of government or foreign relations. He was a trusted family friend.

Obama has his own Rasputin in the guise of family friend Valerie Jarrett. The Iranian born Persian speaking Jarrett is Obama's mirror. She once hired Michelle Obama and she was mainly a Chicago pol prior to her White House appointment. Her family had extensive ties to communist associations and individuals.  She had no Washington or foreign policy experience when appointed to be Obama's senior adviser. What she does have is the president's ear. She makes sure that her view is the last one he hears. And she tells him what he wants to hear, not what he needs to hear.

All the disastrous policies and decisions made by Obama from cramming Obamacare down the throats of congress to cramming the Iran deal down the throats of congress where supported by his Rasputin Jarrett. Jarrett was for pulling U.S. troops out of Iraq prematurely and abandoning his original marriage position to go whole hog for the LGBT agenda. She even successfully got Obama to cancel the attack on Osama Bin Laden three times!

More than one Obama adviser has griped that Jarrett has undermined and opposed their advise to the president. As the ultimate yes-man to every bad Obama decision, Jarrett has pushed Obama along in his anti-American positions.

Obama has been entirely capable of making bad decisions on his own, but Jarrett's role has made sure that no one has been able to successfully challenge Obama to make a better decision.

Putin is a foreign enemy, but in Jarrett, we have a Rasputin who has damaged our nation from within.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Leftism + Radical Islam = The Church of the Devil

The claim that Leftism and radical Islam are equated with The Church of the Devil is a strong one. But it is one that is firmly grounded as this essay will show.

Whether one believes the first chapter in the Book of Mormon was written by the prophet Nephi in 600 B.C. or by Joseph Smith in the 1820's, there is a passage that is eerily prescient in predicting the world we now live in.  In the 14th chapter of 1 Nephi, the prophet Nephi sees our day in a vision and is told by an angel that there are two churches only: one church that includes all who follow Jesus, and the devil's church which stands in opposition.  The relevant verses are:

9 And it came to pass that he said unto me: Look, and behold that great and abominable church, which is the mother of abominations, whose founder is the devil. 

10 And he said unto me: Behold there are save two churches only; the one is the church of the Lamb of God, and the other is the church of the devil; wherefore, whoso belongeth not to the church of the Lamb of God belongeth to that great church, which is the mother of abominations; and she is the whore of all the earth. 

11 And it came to pass that I looked and beheld the whore of all the earth, and she sat upon many waters; and she had dominion over all the earth, among all nations, kindreds, tongues, and people

A cursory look at world geography shows that there are two main groups that "sit upon the many waters" and  "have dominion over all nations" of the world and these are Leftism and Islam, with the heavy influence of radical Islam. There is no other world view that fits this description.

Conservative philosopher Dennis Prager regularly points out that Leftism is the most dynamic religion of the past century.

Prager notes that Leftism dominates the thinking of Europe, Latin America, Asia and, growingly, even the United States. Leftism is the world view of most of the world's intellectual and political elites. Leftism controls the educational systems in the West from preschool through University.

In this verse Nephi writes that the church of the devil uses its resources to attack Christians:

13 And it came to pass that I beheld that the great mother of abominations did gather together multitudes upon the face of all the earth, among all the nations of the Gentiles, to fight against the Lamb of God

Every day we see stories in the news of radical Islams who want to kill Christians and Leftist who want to eliminate all public vestiges of Christianity from society. Pretty much any value that is promoted by Christians is opposed by Leftism: the sanctity of life, traditional marriage, chastity, religious charity, parental rights, freedom from porn and illegal drugs, public prayers, sharing teachings from the Bible, etc.

Nephi writes that God is not pleased and it will result in wars which we are also seeing:

16 And as there began to be wars and rumors of wars among all the nations which belonged to the mother of abominations, the angel spake unto me, saying: Behold, the wrath of God is upon the mother of harlots; and behold, thou seest all these things 

Again the reference to Leftism and radical Islam is clear. All of the Leftist countries are aligned to wage war with radical Islam.

Ironically, radical Islam would probably agree with Nephi in referring to Leftism as "the church of the devil" and "the whore of all the earth."

Leftists are less inclined to call Islam the church of the devil because they don't believe there is a devil. But of course that is first thing the devil would have you believe. Leftists would also object to being referred to as a church, but Prager is absolutely correct to refer to Leftism as the religion that it is.

Their priesthood is the faculty of higher education. They worship the earth. They have great faith in global warming, believing climate predictions decades in the future.

And just like radical Islam, the Leftism is intolerant of any beliefs that are contrary to their dogma. Radical Islam seeks a overt theocracy. Leftism seeks a theocracy without using the word, but it still wants power to take away choices from individuals such as forcing them to pay a global warming tax or denying them the right to own guns.

One can see there is one perfectly clear commonality of Leftism and radical Islam that makes them part of the church of the devil. Mormons believe that all humans lived with God in a pre-earth life. There was a heavenly council to decide what our earthly existence would be like. Satan proposed a plan that would force everyone to obey God's commandments so they could return to God's presence. Jesus advocated for God's plan which was to give everyone free will -- let people decide for themselves. Satan takes away people's choices. Jesus gives people the power to choose.

Notice that both Leftism and radical Islam follow the model of imposing their way on everyone else, just as Satan did. Communism was the ultimate Leftist form of control, but even the current popular form of Leftism tries to shut down other viewpoints. Leftism does not want to engage. It prefers to avoid debating the opposition. You can see this exhibited everyday on the campus that train young people in Leftism.

So the sides have been defined. Where do you stand and what do you do?

Final thought: Nephi is told that those who follow the Lamb of Go are few. But being few in number should not result in surrender or defeat. All faithful Christians need to stand for Christian values against both radical Islam and Leftism.  The good news is that we have God on our side.

14 And it came to pass that I, Nephi, beheld the power of the Lamb of God, that it descended upon the saints of the church of the Lamb, and upon the covenant people of the Lord, who were scattered upon all the face of the earth; and they were armed with righteousness and with the power of God in great glory. 

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Saturday, November 14, 2015

Obama: ISIS Contained -- No One Told ISIS in Paris

In an exclusive Thursday interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos aired Friday morning on Good Morning America, President Obama claimed that ISIS was contained.

Less that 24 hours later, events in Paris proved Obama wrong again.

Incredibly, Obama claimed that he had the best military and foreign policy advisers around to counsel him on steps to take to fight ISIS -- giving the impression that he is doing the best that anyone can do.

What he didn't say, and what Stephanopoulos did not ask, was why Obama did not listen to his best military and foreign policy advisers back in 2011 when they were telling him to leave troops in Iraq to prevent the deterioration into unstable control of terrorists in Iraq.  He also failed to take any "red line" action to prevent the deterioration of the civil war in Syria.

His failure to act created the opportunity for ISIS to fill the power vacuum. Obama didn't see it coming, dismissing the highly organized, disciplined, and violent terrorists as "the JV team."

Obama has gone out of his way to divorce the word "Muslim" from "terrorist." He has been less than serious in defeating ISIS, being content to "contain and degrade." His decision to pull out of Iraq will be the biggest foreign policy mistake of his presidency (unless Iran develops a nuclear bomb).

Admittedly, Obama has left himself with terrible options, but mostly due to poor decisions earlier in his presidency.

Do you think John McCain, Mitt Romney, or even Hillary Clinton would have gone down this path to widespread, uncontrolled terrorism the way Obama did?

Of course not. Worst President Ever.

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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Historian benchmarks predict Obama to be Worst President Ever

Updated 2/15/2016 - President's Day

Boston University history professor Robert Dallek has specialized in studying the presidents of the United States. In his studies he has surmised that there are five qualities that result in successful presidents:
  • Vision
  • Pragmatism
  • Consensus building
  • Charisma
  • Trustworthiness
Even an impartial look of Barack Obama's presidency clearly shows that he has failed at four of these five qualities.

We need to acknowledge that Obama has charisma. How else can you exclaim the surprising number of people who have fainted in his presence? It almost isn't an Obama event if someone in the audience doesn't pass out.

As far as the other qualities go, there is no question that he has failed miserably.

Vision. Obama was hoping to lead the country into a era of growing Democratic majorities. The country has overwhelming rejected his vision. Over 900 state level incumbents have lost office to Republicans since Obama became president. 12 governorships have switched from Democrat to Republican. Both the house and senate, which were firmly in Democrat hands in 2008, have flipped to Republican control.  

There has never been a Democrat president who has left his party in worse shape while president than Barack Obama.

Pragmatism. Dallek noticed that successful presidents focused on the possible and not on radical ideology. When Bill Clinton was in a similar situation and lost control of congress, he tacked to the center and got results that the Republicans could support such as welfare reform and balancing the budget. Obama did not have the character to take such steps -- and it is something to have less character than Bill Clinton. The worst example of Obama's failed pragmatism was his decision to pull American troops out of Iraq in 2011. All his military advisers and cabinet officers (even Hillary Clinton) advocated leaving troops behind. Leaving troops like we did in Germany, Japan, Korea and Bosnia would have made his left wing supporters upset, but everyone else saw the wisdom of American troops keeping the peace. Obama rejected this wise advice, pulled out American troops and let ISIS fill the power vacuum. 

No other person is more responsible for the creation of ISIS than Barack Hussein Obama.

Consensus Building. From the start with his $900 billion stimulus package and his vastly unpopular and unmanageable Obamacare law, Obama proved incapable of solutions that could get bipartisan support. Whether bypassing the Senate in the Iran deal, waging a war on the American coal industry, pushing his global warming agenda down our throats, rejecting the Keystone XL pipeline, or turning the White House into a rainbow colored ad for gay lifestyles, Obama seems incapable of actions that were acceptable to anyone but his far left supporters.

Future thesauruses will show Obama as an antonym to consensus building.

Trustworthiness. When Bartlett's adds Obama to it's quote book, the most famous phrase will be "If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor." Obama is a consistent weasel. If it wasn't for the mainstream media giving him a pass on his many scandals, he would never have been reelected in 2012. Besides selling us a bill of goods with Obamacare, Obama has mislead the nation regarding "Fast and Furious," the terrible management of the VA department, IRS targeting of conservatives, the Benghazi "video" cover up, and multiple examples of spying on reporters.

The only reason that Obama is not viewed as less trustworthy than he is, is because Hillary looks even worse.

Let's see, if you fail in 4 of 5 categories, that is only 20% which in anyone's book is a clear "F."

Jimmy Carter used to be the consensus worst president ever. Yet even he was able to broker peace between Egypt and Israel and he began to rebuild our military after earlier neglect in his presidency.

Without doubt the biggest failure of Obama's presidency was the complete failure to reign in government spending. After making a big deal to authorize his Simpson Bowles commission, he totally ignored their recommendations and took no actions to lead this country towards fiscal responsibility. As a left wing big government proponent, Obama was perfectly positioned to fix this problem. No one would have expected staunch anti-communist Richard Nixon to open relations with the Peoples Republic of China and he surprised a lot of people when he did. Obama never had this "Go to China" moment. Instead his legacy is trillions and trillions of debt that will weaken the future of America.

The verdict is not even close. Historians will have no choice but to recognize Obama the WPE - Worst President Ever.

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

11-11 Ponderable: How America Created Hitler

November 11 is the day of the year we rightly honor the veterans of our armed forces. This is a well deserved holiday since the freedoms we enjoy in our country are in no small part due to the actions they took in defending our nation.

Those of us familiar with the date chosen for this holiday may be surprised to know the majority of the people do not know the significance of November 11. This was the day the fighting stopped to end World War I.

If you ask people which war had the worst results for America, you would probably hear mentioned the Iraq War or the Vietnam War. While those wars did not end up with the results we had hoped for at the start, I believe that the worst war to involve America was World War I. This is contrary to general perception we have of World War I. We think of songs like ¨Over There¨ and that America was saving Europe from the evil Huns (Germany).

However, a closer examination of the facts clearly shows that without America's involvement, Germany would not have suffered a humiliating defeat that resulted in the punishing terms in the Treaty of Versailles which in turn created the environment where Hitler and his Nazi goons were able to rise to power and lead Germany into World War II.

World War I was not a war of good vs. evil as you can easily claim World War II to be. World War I was just another war among European nations that had been going on for centuries. What made this war particularly bloody was the advancement of artillery and the machine gun. While Americans might have felt greater affinity to England due to common ancestry and to France for helping us win the American Revolution, Germany's reasons for entering the war were to honor alliances, not to promote some genocide. The Kaiser and the King of England and the Tsar of Russia were cousins. The Kaiser wanted a quick war to humiliate France like Germany did in 1870s.
Russia's Nicholas, England's George, and Germany's Wilhelm, all cousins

Germany came very close to defeating France in first few months of the war, but then the war bogged down into trench warfare for more than three years. Germany's defeat of Russia in 1917 freed up enough troops to give Germany another chance to defeat France and England in 1918. However, the arrival of American troops tipped the scales in favor of the allies and looming starvation back in Germany forced them to sue for peace. The peace terms sowed the seeds that reaped Hitler.

American entry in the war was not a foregone conclusion. There was overwhelming opposition to getting involved in a European war. Woodrow Wilson campaigned for reelection in 1916 with the promise of keeping us out of the war. Germany's clumsy attempt to enlist Mexico into attacking America along with its submarine warfare forced America into war. Had America stayed neutral, Germany may have defeated France and England or at least negotiated better peace terms. Without the Treaty of Versailles, there would have been no Hitler and no World War II. Perhaps World War I truly would have been the war to end all wars.

Or at least saved the lives of more than 100,000 American soldiers who died during World War I, including the one now buried at The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

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Monday, November 9, 2015

Mormons Support LGBT Families More Than LGBT Activists

Did you see any of these headlines last week?

CNN - Mormon church labels same-sex couples apostates

Slate - Mormon Church to Declare Gay People—and Their Children—Apostates

Boston Globe - Mormons take hard line on gay marriage: Same-sex couples, their children barred

To read many of the headlines with stories about the LDS church policies update, one would think the LDS church was declaring war on gays with children.

This is completely false.

LDS apostle D. Todd Christopherson, who has a gay brother, said the church announced it will no longer do baby blessings (christening) or baptisms for children of same sex couples because of "a desire to protect children in their innocence and in their minority years. We don't want the child to have to deal with issues that might arise where the parents feel one way and the expectations of the church are very different."

The LDS church has always been a pro-family church. Many people are familiar with the TV commercials the church has run for years showing heartwarming family stories. This doesn't change if the family has same sex parents. The church is against pitting the views of same sex parents with pro-traditional family views that are basic to LDS doctrine. It is not fair to put minor children in the middle of this conflict.

Meanwhile LGBT activists do not express any similar concerns for these children. They want to see institutions that oppose them torn down. They want contention that can generate emotional headlines without regard to the lives of these children. This is consistent with what is most important to the LGBT community. Although they like the media to cover the LGBT minority who want marriage, the majority of people who label themselves as LGBT have no intention of marriage. They are more concerned with pursuing selfish pleasures than in doing what is best for children. In their view, it is better for a few LGBT families be torn apart by differences in believes so that they can criticize a church that cannot sanction their life choices.

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Saturday, November 7, 2015

Why Does MSM Target Carson Not Obama?

The mainstream media is trying to torpedo GOP front runner Ben Carson by investigating his youth and revealing supposed lies about Carson's biography. They want people to believe that Carson never had a violent temper and was never accepted to West Point.

There is clearly a different standard for investigating the backgrounds of Republicans and Democrats. In 2008 when Barack Obama was running for president the mainstream media gave zero investigative attention to the relationship young Barack Obama had with the radical activist Frank Marshall Davis or possible ghostwriting partner Bill Ayers. These stories were investigated by other sources, but discounted and ignored by the mainstream media.

Yet another example of the double standard that exists in the media's treatment of Democrats and Republicans. Impartial journalism is clearly an oxymoron.

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Friday, November 6, 2015

What's Crazier? Grain in Pyramids or Men in Ladies' Rooms?

Can someone tell me why thinking Joseph built the pyramids to store grain is crazy (as Ben Carson said nearly two decades ago) while men dressed up like women can use a women's locker room or restroom is not crazy?

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Carson v. Trump is Character v. Pomposity

In a recent Facebook post, Dr. Ben Carson made the statement, "I know my faith is strong and my ego is small." I couldn't help but contrast this with the other front runner Donald Trump, who clearly has a strong ego and is small of faith. 

Trump's idea of faith is having a room to collect Bibles (but no necessarily read them). Anytime Trump has spent in church seems to have limited impact on his character or personal behavior.

Will character trump pomposity? Some cartoonists are having fun contrasting Carson and Trump:

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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Match the candidate with their Disney doppelganger

Updated 9/29/29

Which Disney character best matches our three main choices for president?

Trump just can't stay on message. Just like Doug the Dog from the movie, Up, Trump is easily distracted by squirrel moments where he goes off on some tangent that distracts from the important messages that should be making news. The latest spat with the former Miss Universe is just the latest example.

With two unlikable candidates like Trump and Clinton, the Libertarian Party blew it by nominating a goofy, pot smoking candidate like Gary Johnson. The rule is that only Donald Trump can say stupid things without hurting his base of supporters.

Hyenas by nature are scavengers who live of the work of others. This is a good fit for Hillary and her record of getting money from rich people by selling access to government.

Which Muppet matches up best with each of the candidates running for president?

 Both Jeb! and Fozzie try to be funny, but with limited success.

 Both Animal and Trump speak short sound bites and have a thing for the ladies.

Beaker and Paul have the hair and speak a different language than others. Beaker speaks who-knows-what. Paul speaks libertarian.

 Christie and Snufalupogus both have weight issues and are invisible to many people.

 Dr. Teeth and Dr. Carson both have beards and an appealing smile.

 Gonzo and Cruz are both daredevils willing to try stunts others won't touch.

 Oscar and Sanders are both grumps complaining about their situtation.

Rubio and Kermit are both young looking and green compared to the others.

Bert and Santorum both like sweaters.

Rizzo and Jindal are both clever, smart, and witty, but also rarely noticed.

 Telly and Fiorina both make their marks when given time on TV.

Sam Eagle and Huckabee are both patriotic, stern and good at scowling.

Miss Piggy and Clinton are both full of themselves.

Did I get these right?

What about Kasich? Is there a Muppet match for him?

. . . As suggested below:

Which Muppet would you match to which candidate?

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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Is Carson the Next Huckabee/Santorum?

In the latest polls Ben Carson is on top, especially in Iowa. He is the clear choice of the value voters of which I am one.

Unfortunately, the choice of the value voters have not done well lately. In 2008 dark horse, shoestring candidate Mike Huckabee handily beat John McCain in the Iowa Caucus, but still lost the nomination to McCain. In 2012 dark horse, shoestring candidate Rick Santorum beat Mitt Romney in the Iowas Caucus, but still lost the nomination to Romney.

What is with the value voter candidates who can start the race fast, but not maintain the lead? Does Carson have something that Huckabee and Santorum lacked?

I say yes.

Huckabee was by far the best debater in 2008. That is how he rose to prominence from way back in the pack. What he did not have was money. After McCain recovered in liberal New Hampshire, Huckabee did not have the money to compete in the states where ad dollars made the difference.

Carson will not have this problem. He has been much more effective in raising money. In the third quarter he raised more money than any other candidate and only Ted Cruz has more cash on hand.

In 2012 Santorum not only had a money problem, he had a resume problem. He was trounced in his final race for Senate. People want to back a winner and losing a reelection by a landslide in your own state tells a story that is hard to gloss over.

Carson has never held office and in the current environment that is a good thing. People want a leader who will not play the political games of professional politicians. That is why the value voters are backing Carson and why this time around Huckabee and Santorum, despite having experience and past success, are going nowhere.

Some Tea Party types, of which I am one, don't think Carson is as conservative as Ted Cruz. That may be true, but if Hillary Clinton could pick a candidate to run against it would be Senator Cruz. She thinks she could paint him as the 21st century Barry Goldwater. She would hate to run against Ben Carson. The contrast of Clinton's sleaze against Carson's character would be obvious to all undecided voters. Carson is living proof that falling for the Democrat created welfare system is not the way to get out of poverty.

The mainstream media is trying to trip up Dr. Carson. They think some of the things he has said are not presidential, such as his comments about not being able to support a Muslim for president. They are not mainstream presidential. If you want that, you want Obama and Clinton.

I am hoping that Carson will win decisively in Iowa and finish respectfully in New Hampshire. I think he could win South Carolina and finish near the top in Florida. If he also wins in Nevada, he could make a good run through the Southern states. Carson has an excellent chance of earning the Republican nomination.  Cross your fingers and say a prayer.

America deserves a mulligan on its election of the first black president. Technically, Barack Obama was only half black. Ben Carson can still be the first real black president of the United States.

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Monday, October 26, 2015

The 10 Commandments for Liberal Secularists

Earlier this month the courts ordered the removal of a monument of the Ten Commandment on the Oklahoma Capitol grounds. This is just the latest action of secularists to remove religious speech from the public forum. I guess the contents of the Ten Commandments are just too horrifying to read outside of a church or one's home.

Secularists have a horribly weak understanding of history. The Ten Commandments were considered important and inspiring by America's founding fathers. The successful creation and perpetuation of the American success story is based on a Judeo-Christian foundation. The Americans who created our country took the Bible and it's teaching seriously and America has benefited from this.

Contrast the American Revolution to those revolutions based on secular values such as the French Revolution in 1789, the Russian Revolution in 1917 and the Chinese Revolution in 1949. Secularism does not have a great track record for societies. Horrors perpetuated by secularists in Nazi Germany and Cambodia also were ruinous.

Modern secularists may not have the same evil intentions of their ideological forebearers. But replacing traditional Christian values with their liberal secularist values is not good for society. They demand removal of the Ten Commandments from the public, but they have their own commandments that they follow and do all they can to promote.

The Ten Commandments for Liberal Secularists

1 There is no Lord thy God. Thou shalt have no God before you.

2 Thou shalt worship any graven image that makes you feel good, such as nice cars, clothes, sport teams, celebrities, progressive organizations, etc. Thou shalt bow down to them, and serve them.

3 Thou shalt take the name of the Lord God in vain; for the Lord is just a made-up fable to suppress a libertine lifestyle and people that don't swear are just goodie-two-shoes.

4 Forget the Sabbath day and keeping it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the day of the NFL thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates. And Superbowl Sunday is the nation's high holy day.

5 Honor thy government and the entitlements that emit therefrom: that thy days may be long upon the dole.

6 Thou shalt not kill anyone convicted of murder, or animals or anything like unto it. Thou shalt kill unborn babies since they are inconvenient to a modern lifestyle.

7 Thou shalt commit adultery, fornication, sodomy, or anything else that feels good, as long as you don't hurt anyone.

8 Thou shalt not steal. Let the government do it for you and then get the money from them.

9 Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor, unless it is for the greater good of society in general so there is nothing wrong in saying, ¨“If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor. Period. If you like your health care plan, you will be able to keep your health care plan. Period. No one will take it away. No matter what.”

10 Thou shalt covet the One-Percent's house, thou shalt covet the One-Percent's wife, and his manservant, and his maidservant, and his ox, and his assets, and any thing that is from a One-Percenter.

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