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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...

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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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