Famous and Infamous


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Today marked the end of the papacy of a good, if not great, and humble man trying to provide moral and religious leadership on an increasingly evil planet. Pope Benedict XVI, now Pope emeritus, served his flock well through (to say the least) challenging and difficult times for the Catholic Church worldwide.

Throughout everything that happened during his papacy, including the sex abuse scandals that have dogged the clergy, he has been a rock solid proponent of rationalism and conservative Catholic doctrine. In 2005 many “cafeteria Catholics” were looking to Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger, as the newly minted Pope Benedict XVI, to make wholesale changes in the Church hierarchy and to embrace what may be kindly termed “progressive” changes in Church doctrine and practice. To his credit, Benedict did not budge to the whims of the populists and the progressives…and his teachings were what might be thought of as a back-to-basics in the individual-Church-faith relationship. He espoused and frequently preached “Friendship with Jesus”, where he saw the love of God as a means and a bridge to loving others who loved God as well. He saw this as an important tool in replacing the rampant secularism and consumerism that has gripped developed societies. He also sought to bring the Catholic faith closer to other worldwide religions by reaching out to other prelates and faiths. But he also had the strength of his convictions to speak out regarding evil when he saw it, and this forthrightness created friction with Islam and many of its teachings.

So as the helicopter that carried him away to the papal retreat, Castle Gandolfo, we should offer our thanks to a man who was unselfish and worthy of his station. A man who put the needs of his God and his Church before his needs. He was a worthy successor to the beloved John Paul II, and he sets a high bar for future Popes to aspire to. We can only hope and pray that the upcoming conclave puts aside political correctness and chooses Benedict’s successor based on his loyalty to God and to the Church, and his fidelity to the teachings of Jesus Christ.

God bless you and thank you, Pope Benedict. May God always shine his grace down upon you.

This

or this

or these

or this

have not killed a single person, let alone have committed mass murder.

However this has

(particularly if it is the brain of a mentally deranged or mentally ill person.)

If we keep these

out of the hands of the likes of these

then we don’t seem to have a problem with mass murder perpetrated with firearms.

I hope this helps our liberal friends understand that playing with or truncating the unalienable rights of countless tens or hundreds of millions of law-abiding Americans will not save a single life if a deranged or mentally ill person has the will to obtain a firearm and use it for nefarious purposes. If folks in the Senate were serious about this issue they would do everything possible to insure that folks like in our rogue’s gallery above are identified and prevented from obtaining a gun BEFORE they use it. Violating my rights and those of every other law-abiding citizen in the US will not accomplish that end. It will only serve to make us hate and distrust our already hated and distrusted government even more. Is that really what we all want???

Let’s use the Constitution as our guide for once and punish the guilty instead of the innocent.

In that one profane tweet all the feelings and the underlying evil core of the agenda of the Democrat Progressives are laid bare for all to see. In the wake of the Supreme Court Obamacare decision last week, DNC executive director Patrick Gaspar summed up the treachery and perfidy of the Democrats vis-a-vis “healthcare” in one 29 character Tweet after the decision was read to the public. Besides being the prime example of classlessness, the words were quite revealing.

They speak of a Party and an ideology more interested and obsessed with “winning”…and ultimately with control of and domination over the individual. A party that has been infected by socialism in all its anti-individualistic forms, and a party that has become essentially blind to fiscal and authentic constitutional reality. See, you can’t chalk up the words in the Tweet as simply the author being overcome by the emotion of the moment. It’s a nice thought, but I would suspect that if Mr. Gaspar and his Progressive cohort were truly, really, actually happy for the American people because an essential piece of legislation was passed, then his Tweet would have been far more G-rated and humble. Instead, we in the opposition get in-your-face denigration and obvious contempt for being opposed to something that we see as the capstone on tyrannical, anti-constitutional legislation.

But beware Mr. Gaspar and command-and-control Democrats, those 29 characters may have awakened and stirred to great ire a sleeping giant…and provided a rallying cry for all those who have compromised their conservative, constitutionalist ideals and ideology for far too long. We’ll see if this is true come November. But in the mean time we who vehemently oppose Obamacare (and in light of this ruling, more properly termed ObamaTax) and all other contemptible legislation forced upon the American people against their will, will not let our anger diminish. We will not shrug and accept what is being told to us is the inevitable. We will not accept the obvious abandonment of the consent of the governed that is epitomized by ObamaTax. So begins our long, hard struggle to take back our ballot boxes and our political process!!

Last Thursday, the Supreme Court did all conservatives in the US a great favor with its decision to uphold ObamaTax as a tax. It slapped us into reality. The reality that the Constitution is no insurance policy and no guarantee. It made a lot of formerly-complacent folks realize that “the cost of freedom is eternal vigilance.” Whereas Progressives have been single-minded, unflinching and persistent in implementing their agenda since the early 1900′s, conservatives have been passive and on the defense — trying to counteract the death-by-1,000 cuts assault on our Constitution AFTER the damage has been done. Of course except when they’re doing their level best to imitate the Progressives with the creation of  “benefits” like the ill-conceived prescription drug benefit (thank you, GWB) or the creation of the Department of Energy (thank you, RMN.) The SCOTUS made us realize that the Tree of Liberty must be constantly nourished not only by blood spilled on the battlefield, but by blood, sweat and tears at the ballot box, and in all other aspects of a vigilant citizen’s daily life. The protection of our liberties MUST be job one, and prioritized by each of us as such.

Unlike past insults to our freedoms and liberties, the ObamaTax situation is different. It is an unambiguous assault on our (heretofore supposed) constitutional rights…and the results of its implementation will certainly chafe against the sensibilities of all Americans who cherish the Constitution not just in word but also in practice. So, in response to Mr. Gaspar and the now-proven untrustworthy, lying bunch of straw-grasping ninnies who now infest the Congress (as well as the White House and SCOTUS) I’ve got just one thing to say to you and your future political plans: I think November 2012 will be instructive as well as entertaining. A textbook case of Civics 101.

“It’s the Will of the People Coming for You. Bitches.”

President Barack Obama stands astride the American economy like a modern Colossus. Except instead of a beneficent and understanding giant holding a lantern and guiding ships into safe harbor, he is akin to a modern paperweight…pressing down upon business and prospective prosperity, atop a mountain of regulations and restrictions.

As this election year progresses look closely at Mr. Obama trying to cast himself as being a Colossus…looking out for the “interests” of the average American with his guiding light. You know, the “working” stiff with no other advocacy. Also look for the incredible yet predictable support of the Colossus persona by Obama’s lapdog MSM. They are poised to pull out all the stops in their support and image honing of this immensely flawed man.  The subtle and overt propaganda will be nauseating to the trained and careful observer.

Obama and Progressive minions…and the MSM may have their opinion of our struggling POTUS, and his accomplishments and capabilities.

The rest of us who have to live under the weight of his rules, regulations and restrictions will unfortunately see and feel a man more equivalent to a massive boat anchor than as an effective leader.

We live in a nation where the electorate and the administration are apparently stuck on stupid. New statistics regarding poverty and median income have been made available today. These numbers are astounding: According to CNNmoney.com, “The nation’s poverty rate rose to 15.1% in 2010, its highest level since 1993. About 46.2 million people are considered in need.” And other data released by the Census Bureau indicated that the median household income fell by more than 2.3 percent.

How’s that Hope and Change working out for you 33 months into the experiment?

Our current president has spent more money in these 33 months than all other US presidents combined…and certainly many times more than any other national leader on Earth in our recorded human history. And the result is greater poverty and lower income? Not unpredictably, the president and the Democrats want to spend MORE. They want to once again play Robin Hood to the callous “rich” and spread more wealth around. They want to increase the government’s size from tyrannical to ubiquitous.

What I’d like to know is: How much do we have to spend before the poor can raise themselves out of poverty and America becomes the Socialist Utopia that is the ultimate dream of the Progressive Democrats? I’ll give you the short answer — there is no answer! One cannot change human nature with handouts and social programs. Even Jesus said that there will always be poor among us [Matthew 26:11.] As God, He certainly knew and understood human nature and the human condition better than any of we mere mortals. So what makes the Democrats and liberal Progressives think that they can cure mankind’s ills with an endless string of handouts, programs and wealth redistribution?

The short answer is that they are using sin as a motivator — they understand that social programs cannot cure poverty or change the behaviors of those who simply don’t want to help themselves. The Democrats have raised covetousness to a high art…they utilize the greed and avarice of people to achieve their political goals. This explains why they constantly use the “rich” and their trappings to spur on the funding of the very programs that get them elected in the first place. Not only are these programs and entitlements sinful at their core, they are also a political conflict of interest. The Democrats know that desperate people will trade anything — and in particular their precious vote — to improve their lot in life. After all, casting a vote for the right (or should I say “left”) candidate is far easier than sweating at a day’s work for many people.

But I think that there are far more people that would like to set things straight once and for all. They want to break the chains of bondage to an ever-increasing-in-size-and-power government, and do something for themselves using their own blood, sweat and tears…and initiative, pluck and exceptionalism to improve their lot in life and create true, self-generated wealth for themselves and their posterity. I think that many people can see how the grotesque spending agenda of the Democrat Progressives simply isn’t working. Money cannot buy happiness. Money changes everything.

President Obama and his Socialist/Progressive cohort are either insane or rigid tacticians of their ideology. They might be insane, as the classic definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and over and expecting different results each time they are done. Well, 33 months of ungodly government profligacy hasn’t improved things — the statistics cited previously prove this in spades. In fact,  with all the dire news coming to us on a daily basis, we can see that massive government expansion and spending are killing our national spirit…and depressing our economy.

So, Obama and the Democrats are obviously rigid doctrinaire Progressives who place more trust in their political theory and agenda than they do in common sense and real world results. To me, they’re stuck on stupid. They are also quite wealthy in the wages of sin. They use mankind’s inherent darker side and lesser angels to keep themselves in political power. They may not have to face judgement here on Earth from humans in possession of a naturally flawed nature, but they surely will have to meet their Maker some day and face his wrath.

And their excuses will ring hollow in His ears and in His ultimate judgement of them. They will have some ‘splaining to do — and their alibi that they were only acting in our best interests will put them on an express elevator down to Hell.

Good riddance.

My hope is that we never, ever forget what happened on what started out as a crystal-clear, azure-blue-sky day we who were alive experienced as September 11, 2001. And let’s not varnish over who committed this unspeakable act of murderous barbarism, and why, in the name of political correctness.

Let us not forget the 2,977 innocents who were slaughtered by Islamist extremists, nor forget their families who have had to endure for these past ten years the horror, grief and sadness of their loss. We must teach our children this fact and the magnitude of this loss so that it will never, ever happen again in our nation.

There are no amount of remembrances, tributes and memorials that will bring back a single person loss to the attack. There is no amount of revisionist history or second-guessing that will have saved a single soul. The loss of these unsuspecting victims — working men and women, the heroic police and fire personnel who charged into burning buildings to save them, and those truly heroic passengers on United flight 93 who fought back against those who were bent on sacrificing them should be a tragic lesson to us all to remain vigilant and to realize that there are those in the world who hate us beyond description. And those individuals and groups do not care if they kill innocent civilians in the pursuit of their goals.

I am sure that the victims of this despicable terrorist act, a modern day, barbaric, Kamikaze sneak attack, rest with God and that they look from the great beyond approvingly at their flesh-and-blood loved ones who have tried the best to continue on with their lives. God bless each and every one of them.

May God give eternal rest and peace to the souls of our brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, aunts, uncles, husbands, wives, friends, neighbors and loved ones who perished on that fateful day in 2001. They did not deserve such a fate.

May we American NEVER forget.

God Bless America!

Despite the outward appearances to the contrary, the Democrats, Progressives and Liberals (DPLs) are gripped with fear. A glance at the state of our country, society and economy will give you a pretty good impression why.

The big government, nanny state vision of America as espoused by DPLs is imploding right before our eyes. Imploding big time! The mountainous deficits, the ever-increasing joblessness and small societal things like the increasing-in-number violent flash mobs are all the direct result of DPL ideology and government programs. Profligate social spending (regardless of the cries that we spend too much on defense), suffocating government regulations and a pervasive entitlement attitude are at the core of those economic, business and criminal problems.

The DPL folks in Congress know this…they can read the writing, or should I say graffiti, on the wall. Many of the hard-core DPL ideologues are twisting and contorting themselves into logical pretzels in order to explain away or ignore the obvious — that big government, wealth redistribution, welfare state policy and programs have failed spectacularly.

If creating a per-person debt that cannot be paid-off in one’s lifetime was the goal of the New Deal and Great Society…as well as all the other government goody give-away programs, then the DPLs can claim success and plant the flag of victory on Mount Debt. But I think most folks who are concerned, patriotic Americans (at least those concerned about their children’s futures) see things differently. They see racking up more and more and more debt as a crippling legacy that our generation will pass on to the next and the next and the next. Trillions and trillions of dollars spent to, for the most part, insure that scheming, craven politicians enjoyed a life-long lock on their political position. And to provide an elite few with power, both economic and political, that was never intended by the Framers.

But what was done was done without our (the citizen’s) permission and with generous interpretations of the Constitution in favor of almost unlimited congressional power. And although it has been one heck of a ride so far for the DPL folks, and has spawned numerous long-lived political careers (Ted Kennedy, Robert Byrd immediately come to mind), it seems that lately the excess and profligacy of the DPL are catching up to them. Our economy and the nation’s fiscal situation are unraveling right before our eyes…debt is mounting and individuals are finally recognizing the trouble that has been caused by those who purportedly preached good times for oh so long.

The Tea Party and many conservative Republicans, Paul Ryan and Michelle Bachmann to name but two, are now leading the charge to reduce government spending as well as to reduce the size of government. We have come to the point where our government taxation and spending simply cannot be supported by our tenuous GDP. So, we can either cut those programs that are supposed to benefit us all, like the military, or we can cut the military in favor of preserving vote-grabbing social benefits and programs. Doing the latter is so short-sighted as to be ridiculous — and really not a viable option at all in a world where jihadists run free and the Chinese are hurriedly modernizing their military. Therefore, we must reduce social programs and either eliminate them immediately or reform them and then phase them out gradually. Many people recognize this need, and they are increasingly clamoring for such actions to occur.

Which brings us to prominent DPLer’s…up to and including President Barack Obama, and the likes of Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee. In recent weeks, both these Democrats have made excoriating statements regarding the Tea Party and those in the political opposition who would reduce the size of government.

You can almost smell the fear! As his favorability ratings are shrinking virtually every day, Mr. Obama is desperately searching for some way of reversing that trend. If you don’t believe me, just visit Rasmussen Reports for the bad news delivered on a daily basis. Despite his trying REAL hard, his economic agenda…punctuated by oppressive regulations and a “tax the rich” divisive mantra, is not currying favor with voters who see through this attempt at class warfare. So we have attacks on conservatives and the Tea Party by Obama and his DPL surrogates, like Ms. Jackson Lee.

So, be on the lookout for more of the same. Watch for the gratuitous attacks on “tea baggers” and on GOP presidential candidates — particularly those who deign to speak out about the Ponzi schemes that are Social Security and Medicare. It’s sort of gratifying to watch…the squirming, the fear mongering, the insults and, there’s no other way to put it, the lies.

Honestly, you can almost smell the fear…

It appears as though in the run up to the 2012 election that the GOP candidates for president are going to be actually challenging two incumbents. First there will be the actual incumbent, the ineffectual and inept Barack H. Obama and second there will be the state run media, the so-called mainstream media, who are rabid supporters of the incumbent and a dedicated group of so-called “journalists” who would say or do anything to get this man re-elected.

Examples are always necessary, so I offer you two examples of the utter propaganda being offered by the MSM as “news” items, but are not quite so cleverly disguised liberal/Progressive party line drivel:

Leading Democrat says GOP tax argument flawed

Major teachers union endorses Obama’s re-election

The first story describes the attack on the GOP by Obama’s premiere pit bull Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC). Clyburn is a liberal’s liberal…and a sure Obama supporter regardless of the president’s competence — both men are black Democrats. Clyburn’s statements regarding the debt ceiling disagreement in the House are intended to place the GOP in a bad light, and thus Obama’s position in a good light, by making the GOP the bad guys in the fray. Clyburn is using the reliable liberal tactic of attempting to make the Dems the guardians of “everyman” and the GOP the patsies of “the rich.” See, Clyburn’s comments make the GOP seem implacably retrenched in their position on no new taxes because they refuse to consider closing tax loopholes in the existing tax code. But if a tax loophole is closed, doesn’t the individual who previously exploited the loophole pay more in taxes — ergo undergoing a tax increase?

It certainly does! But Clyburn is trying to associate tax loopholes, legal tax avoidance, with “fat cats” and millionaires. It doesn’t matter that such loopholes may be exploited by anyone who pays taxes. but such facts are trivial in the political gainsay that may be achieved by engaging in the sinful class warfare that is the hallmark of the Democrat party. Clyburn is the the latest bomb thrower on the right — aided and abetted by the AP, the Progressive’s trusty media lapdog.

The second story should surprise nobody. Does anyone with an IQ greater than 15 think that the teacher’s unions anywhere would endorse or support a Republican for any elective office? Certainly not, given the more-than-cozy historical, and almost symbiotic, relationship between the Democrats and the unions.

But the ringing endorsement as described in the story reveals the selfish motivations of the NEA and other teacher’s unions. The unions will support Obama, who has been an abject failure as president. Our country is in historic jeopardy as a viable nation under this man’s “leadership.” We have 9.1% unemployment, multi-trillion dollar deficits and debt and a crisis in our culture where an almost majority of Americans believe in an entitlement nation or outright depend upon the government for their living. But these problems matter little because Obama and the NEA have the same education “visions.” I postulate that this vision includes a favored, protected and special interest status for the NEA and other unions by the administration. Just look at the way that Obama used his “Present” response to pressing national issues regarding the recent union brouhaha in Wisconsin. All the Democrat senators in Wisconsin leave the state for parts unknown thus paralyzing the state’s legislature, and Obama has no comment?

Sure, Obama would have stepped in it if he had the courage to comment on this legislative treachery because he would be betraying or sabotaging his cozy relationship with the unions. Unions are a major fundraising artery for the Democrats, and with his track record so far, Obama is going to need an abundance of money if he is going to get re-elected. The unions, particularly teacher’s unions, are his useful idiots.

And by penning the second story, so are the AP.

With such blind support of the liberal/progressive ideology and candidates, the mainstream/lamestream media is going to do everything they can to place GOP candidates in a negative light and in a scrutiny crucible. These candidates will need to stiffen their spines and summon every ounce of virtue and honor that they can in order to do honorable political battle with Obama and his insane media posse. Because everything that Obama has said and done, and will say and do will be massaged and propagandized by a complicit media. And each and every one of us needs to rebuff the shameful bias of this media, and make sure that the hypocrisy is documented and publicized.

This is our country, and the upcoming elections are ours as well. Not theirs.

Sometimes, just sometimes, a picture is worth a thousand words. I came across once such example in my most recent internet meanderings. I’d like to share it with you:

It really does kinda say it all about our Fearless Leader and his failed agenda. Let’s all pray and work hard for a better, alternative outcome in the election of 2012. Our nation cannot endure much more of the insanity, nonsense and cancerous ideology that are the hallmarks of the Obama presidency.

The self-aggrandizement of one man is not more important than the fate of our nation.

America has an education crisis. Scores in math and the sciences are at almost all-time lows. When you converse with the random person on the street…or exchange an e-mail with a stranger, you find that English and grammar skills are dreadful in most cases. But the worst crisis in education is in regards to the average citizen’s understanding of the Constitution and how the document relates to them. And obviously this constitutional ignorance extends from top-to-bottom and left-to-right in our society and in our political universe.

There are two premiere examples of this ignorance, willful or otherwise, that appear in today’s top news stories. The first involves an absolutely ignorant statement by an absolutely ignorant liberal bloviator, Sen. Richard (Dick) Durbin (D-IL). From Real Clear Politics — Durbin: Illegal Alien Could Be Our Future President. According to Sen. Durbin:

“When I look around this room, I see America’s future. Our doctors, our teachers, our nurses, our engineers, our scientists, our soldiers, our Congressman, our Senators and maybe our President.” [emphasis added]

Uh, no Sen. Durbin…you pinhead! What is truly frightening is this ridiculous statement comes from an experienced legislator who we would expect to be well-versed in constitutional law…since I think we should expect our legislators to enact laws that are in strict conformance with the Constitution. But maybe that’s just me and my foolish expectations!?!

Well, Sen. Durbin…just for you…today’s edition of Constitution 101, or as we like to put it here at The Sky’s The Limit, The Constitution for Complete Imbeciles:

Article II, Section 1: The President
No person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any Person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty-five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States.

I suppose that a person who was a strong supporter of Obamacare and it’s patently unconstitutional individual mandate requirement might have some trouble understanding the words contained in AII, S1. The good people of Illinois have the remedy to this problem, and I hope that they choose to remove this useless man from office at their first opportunity. But I fear that they see usefulness in his Liberal/Progressive ideology and his goody-getting for the state of Illinois — and this outweighs the man’s utter inanity.

Consider, please, if this statement were made by Sarah Palin or Michelle Bachmann, the MSM would be all over them like fleas on a bloodhound. But because Durbin is an outspoken “critic” of the GOP, he get’s yet another Mulligan…a hall pass.

All the previous constitutional ignorance leads me to my second example of utter constitutional ignorance — the recent decision by a three judge panel from the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to declare Obamacare is constitutional. A two judge majority declared that Congress indeed has the authority to require American citizens to purchase health insurance under the Commerce Clause in the Constitution.

Okay, let’s go once again to The Constitution for Complete Imbeciles for the august judges who cogitated this decision:

Article I, Section 8: Powers of Congress
…To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes…

Now, Congress has the actual constitutional authority to regulate Commerce among the several States — as in interstate Comerce, but I fail to see where they have the authority to regulate Commerce among individuals and private businesses (of which health insurance companies are a subset.) The good judges, and apparently most of our misguided Congress — at least those on the Progressive/Liberal side of the political aisle — mistake the Congress’ power to regulate interstate commerce with absolute power over dictating the behaviors of the citizens of the US.

Fellow citizens, we are on the precipice of a dark abyss. For the past century or so we citizens have ceded our Constitution and it’s care and feeding to the political elites. We have collectively forgotten that the Constitution belongs to each and every one of us. The Congress, supported by complicit courts or the SCOTUS, cannot push the proverbial “Easy Button” and conjure up work-arounds and abridgements for their actual, codified constitutional powers and authorities.

The actions of Durbin and the majority of that three justice panel on the 6th US Circuit Court makes me think that to them, the political elites, giving Congress new constitutional powers is no big deal. It indicates to me that they are in the end stages of wresting the control of the Constitution from us to them.

With all their unconstitutional claptrap and actions, apparently in the minds of the elites and the single-minded Progressives, the US would be a GREAT place if it weren’t for those pesky, empowered, freeborn citizens. Their plans for complete control of the country would certainly be a lot smoother without us.

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