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It’s Called Personal Faith, Dipstick!

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Today is one of those days for me where if I could, I’d throw a very large brick at the offender’s head:

So, the Council for Secular Humanism today decided to chide Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack because he made this statement with respect to this statement:

“I get on my knees every day, and I’m saying an extra prayer now. If I had a rain prayer or a rain dance I could do, I would do it.”

Atheist doofus Tom Flynn, the head (that I want to throw the brick at), showed just how much of a hater he is in that he called Vilsack’s comment “out-of-line”, citing mingling religion with politics, and saying that the statement sends the wrong message to the midwest’s farmers who have been dealing with drought.

Then they took the old Dr. Phil jab saying, “how’s that working out for you”.

The atheist haters out there are quick to attack anyone who decides to show a side of their personal selves through actually living their faith.  Vilsack made the statement because, somewhere in his heart, he knows that no matter what the government does,  it’s going to take something a little more powerful to bring the rain.

In my experience being raised in the midwest, I know that farmers would rather have rain than government subsidies. And since both are running low these days and God is in the weather-control business, it stands to reason that there’s no harm done to pray.  Many of these midwest farmers are also God-fearing, so when they see someone in Washington showing some humanity by praying out to God for rain, that’s not a bad message.

Unless you’re a godless atheist hater.

All throughout our history, we have examples where our country’s leaders have made public appeals to the people to pray.  When tragedy struck, such as during 9/11, or during Hurricane Katrina, or most recently, the wildfires in Colorado, what do people do?  They begin to seek for spiritual support, even hearing little glimmers in the news from the anchors saying things, “our thoughts and prayers are with…”.   It brings comfort and peace in tumultuous times.  Prayer softens hearts and allows our inner spirit to flow past all the stupid things that we fight about.  It brings a power that no atheist can truly explain, because their self-righteous, indignant, morally-superior attitude can’t see humanity for what it truly is.

Regardless of what system of faith a person leans on for support, it is a touching example of humanity when it shows for people to see, when, in that showing, we see love spring forth.

It’s that kind of support that brought Democrats and Republicans alike to the steps of the Capitol during 9/11.  It’s that kind of spirit where a conservative can hand a bottle of water and hygiene supplies to a liberal who just lost her house because of a fire.  It’s that kind of support that we need now.

So, Mr. Flynn, you’re the one who is out of line.  Dipstick.

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July 19, 2012 at 11:17 am

Government Red Tape Is Not an Effective Firefighting Tool

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So here’s another reason why the Federal Government should be reduced in size.

Turns out, there is a wildfire burning in Northwest Nevada.  And on station was a HH-1H Huey helicopter with 323 gallons of water in its tank, ready to drop to assist firefighters in curtailing the blaze.  However, because the pilot was unclear as to whether the fire was on property owned by the Bureau of Land Management, or the US Forest Service, the pilot didn’t do the drop, because it would have been legal for BLM, but not for the USFS.

As we go into the article, the writer goes into some of the technical issues that prevented the chopper from doing the drop.

Red tape BS in other words.

What surprises me is that whether its BLM or USFS, it’s federal land, so what does it matter?  But for these organizations, which have their own rules about how and when things can be done, it makes all the difference.

Wildfires don’t really care where and what they burn.  They will torch a grove of trees of an entire neighborhood -it makes no difference to a wildfire.  But it does matter to bureaucrats.

This is a reason why limited government is better.  More government means more bureaucrats, more ivory towers and more turf wars for supremacy.  Reducing government means taking agencies that do very similar things and condensing them into one organization, which could run leaner.

If we go back and look at the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, we see, again, the government basically stumbling over itself in what was one of the worst natural disasters in the nation, coupled with one of the worst governmental debacles.

What we got to do is stop thinking like government can save us from ourselves and do these things at the community level.  The Colorado Springs fire in Waldo Canyon a few weeks ago showed that cooperative efforts at the local level are the best way to handle disasters.

And let the people in Washington do what they do best…which is basically nothing.

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July 16, 2012 at 8:37 am

Seventeen Governors – Could It Be True?

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So, I finished up on my vacation, a restful and fun few days to be sure – and the subject of a post later this week.

But for the moment, I wanted to share something that caught my eye that was just too intriguing to ignore.

Question: What do the states of Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Kansas, Iowa, Maine, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Wisconsin, and Wyoming have in common?

Answer: They all elected Republican governors in 2010.  States that are pretty staunch blue states, like Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, battleground states like Ohio and Florida, seventeen in all.

However, that’s not what is most interesting here.  Turns out that these states have all seen decreases in their statewide unemployment rates.  All of them.  Now I wouldn’t take the bait on a few states (unless it was something significant), or even a handful, but we’re talking a third of the entire Union has seen a drop in the unemployment rate, and on average, far faster than the national average.

The lowest of these states was Maine with just a 0.6% increase, from 8.0% to 7.4%.  The greatest of these is my home state of Michigan where the decrease was from 10.9% to 8.5% – a 2.4% drop.

Before I let any jubilation get the best of me, the pessimist inside me urged caution.  Now, I had to dig a little more to see what was actually happening.  Not that I don’t welcome news like this, but sometimes, it can be too good to be true:

Michigan is dropping because nearly 224,000 residents have left the Great Lakes workforce.  It seems the spike in improvement isn’t coming from the fact that there are more jobs, but less people in the unemployment line.  It’s estimated that 94,000 have left the state, so the other 130,000 have either retired out of the workforce, gone to school, of just gave up looking.  This is the more dangerous of the unemployment figures because it disguises the real problem – that the true level of unemployment just isn’t being talked about.

Florida seems to be showing the same pattern.  With a 2.3% drop, a very encouraging number, the number isn’t something to completely believe.  Florida is a haven for retirees – retiring baby boomers that have lost their jobs and had trouble securing new employment.

So, while I always think that electing Republicans are better for business than Lib-crats, we need to make sure that our celebrations are earned, when we see the results of real policies generating real results.  But of course, we need to remove those who believe expanding government is the way to fix the economy.

Hat Tip: Breitbart

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July 8, 2012 at 11:13 pm

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The Time Has Come…for Iran to Shut the Heck Up

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So, this weekend, I decided to take a little time off with my lovely wife and go into the mountains for some much needed R&R.  But, will sipping on hotel coffee and reading the news, I read the one where a top Iranian official is saying that it’s time for the US and Israel to vanish from the earth.

Naturally, like any other patriotic American on the 4th of July, I said in a huff, “okay, punk, are you big and bad to take us out then?” as I continued though the article.  Then I hit the last paragraph:

The top Iranian official also referred to the recently cited comment by Ahmadinejad, in which he stated Israel must be “wiped off the map,” saying that the remark was “definitely not” meant in a military sense and that such a move was not “a policy of Iran.”

Taking a breath, I shook my head.  So, Iran believes the US and Israel should be wiped off the face of the map, vanish from the earth, blah, blah, blah, but it’s not the policy of Iran to do it militarily.  So how do they intend for it to happen?  Are they suggesting that the US and Israel disappear like Atlantis or something?  Oh, oh, maybe they think Allah (the most merciful) will just scoop us all up and leave a big void behind or something.

It’s funny how the Islamo-nuts think that this kind of talk actually means anything of importance.  In America, talk is cheap.  In Iran, talk is all they have because they realize that if they actually tried something militarily they’d have their collective butts handed to them in a box.  And I think we can find a box-maker here in America to carry that out.  (or we could outsource the job so the box says, “Proudly made in Israel”).

Okay, I’ll stop talking for now, since I doubt anyone is overly impressed with a bunch of words.  But perhaps I’ll get a few thumbs-up by saying, “Iran sucks.  God Bless America”.

Happy Birthday, BTW, Lady Liberty!

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July 5, 2012 at 10:28 am

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