Fri, 21 December 2012
Tom Fitzgerald re-introduces this generation to Benjamin Franklin… Poor Richard’s Lament. Tasty. Then, Jeff Patch with another chunk of the Harkin-Korean saga. WTF. Then, Roger McEowen, ISU economics professor, says the fiscal cliff is likely. Suggests a couple of things to be done to prepare…including dying before the deadline. He doesn’t have a sign-up sheet though. Obama speaks. Then, the NRA speaks. So do Iowans.
Thu, 20 December 2012
Iowa exercise guru Erica Ziel with her “From Knocked-Up to Knockout” workout DVD. Iowa blizzard coverage. And Iowa educators refuse to consider arming teachers to defend themselves and students. And an FAQ for answering some objections teachers may have.
Thu, 20 December 2012
How can you help calm down those people who are teachers or educrats who find the idea of being armed in the classroom scary and appalling?
This is an important question. There is a difference between somebody who sees himself as an individual equipped with God-given rights, including the right to self-defense…more than that, the DUTY of self-defense, than those who don’t.
Think about this. Parents have the right to defend themselves and the right and duty to protect their own children with force, even deadly force. These are individual rights and duties assigned to individuals and members of the most basic unit of government, the family. Parents assign those duties to teachers who are supposed to agree to the doctrine of “in loco parentis”… in the place of parents. They are our designated parents in the public sphere. Too often members of this generation only see themselves as creatures of the state. They have assigned the state the duty of “in loco parentis”… they have made themselves children and have embraced the state as parent. They want nanny state to always be there to protect them against evil. So, when Nanny says schools are a gun free zone, they feel secure. And they feel disloyal to Nanna if they even ponder having their own gun or taking personal responsibility for their own safety. As we say, they have been worked over.
The quickest way to cut through this tension is to ask a couple of questions.
1. Do I, as a parent, have the right to use deadly force in my home to repel or even kill an invader who seeks to do harm to my children?
2. Do you as a teacher accept your duty as in loco parentis to do the same? If not, why not? If you aren’t concerned enough to defend my child why should put my kid in your “care”? If not, does that mean you won’t even defend yourself? If not, are you a pacifist? Or just a pacifist at school? Is there something magic about a school building which requires state sponsored pacifism? If so, isn’t that an example of a state sponsored religion? Does the state have the power to convert you to the Quaker religion during school hours? You might say that you’re untrained or not competent to defend your life or the lives under your care. Ok, so if somebody is breaking into your house in the middle of the night are you gonna call out, “Hey buddy, I’m not really trained to repel you. Can you come back after I get some training?” No, you’d grab anything you could to stab, beat, and bludgeon and discourage the attacker. And you would feel great if you were successful. So, now imagine how you’d feel if you had just prevented the murder of 20 helpless kids under your care in your classroom. The parents would erect a statue of you in your honor. And you would be a living hero. The teacher who threw her body in front of those bullets in Connecticut is also a hero, but she is dead. So are the kids.
3. Perhaps it’s time to reconsider.
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00 PM
Wed, 19 December 2012
Retired Des Moines Police Captain Kelly Willis wants us to adopt ASP, (Active Shooter Prevention) programs in Iowa Schools. Clayton Cramer says now is the time to REALLY take mental illness seriously as it relates to violence. Jeff Patch talks about the Harkin-Korean money links. Amazing.
Tue, 18 December 2012
Harvey Simon says that Cuban Missile Crisis woulda turned out different if Nixon had been president rather than Kennedy. “The Madman Theory”…an alternate history. Then, the left is using our outrage to make a run on the 2nd Amendment. So, from the smart book, “The Making of America”, we review what the 2nd Amendment was for. Vigorous. Oh, and here’s the Huckabee answer to the question “Where Was God?.”
Mon, 17 December 2012
Notable Quotable Awards for 2012. Silly media tricks. Tim Graham. And Jeopardy superstar Ken Jennings reveals, “Because I Said So”…the nonsense we tell our kids evaluated. Then, Iowans respond to the many facets of the CT shootings. Responding to the president’s speech and a mother’s plea for help in dealing with here own child who has mental issues.
Fri, 14 December 2012
Friday pot luck. ESPN and race. Accidental fire and prepping tips with lint. Hay rustling? And advice for out of town drivers coming to the big city. Plus stuff ya hafta watch out for. (This program aired before the CT school shooting happened, otherwise our conversation would have been much more serious. For the record, great sadness for our country and for the families who were so horrendously damaged...great, great evil)
Thu, 13 December 2012
How about some real school choice? And how can we keep homeschoolers and Christian educators from paying twice to educate their own children? Shane Vander Hart, Eric Goranson, Pastor Aaron Gunsaulus, and Bill Gustaff have some ideas. Then, The Boyz Are Back In Town...a free concert Friday and Saturday at First Federated Church, 4801 Franklin Ave, Des Moines. 7PM. Free. Stefan Weitz from Microsoft says Bing is better than Google. Plus talking apart a silly atheist rant.
Thu, 13 December 2012
I get sent this or its derivatives many different times a month. I’ll bet you do too.
"The Bible also says that a man who touches the dead skin of a pig is unclean, Leviticus 11:7. Should that man be stoned for liking football? Exodus 21:7 says as a man, I am allowed to sell (if I ever have any) my daughters into slavery. What's the going rate for a daughter? My family owns farm land, and plant both soybeans and corn to make a living, but according to Leviticus they should be stoned for planting different crops, side by side. What about working on the Sabbath? Exodus 35:2 says we should stone those who do so. I wonder if that means the Sabbath they had back then when the bible was written (Saturday) or our Sabbath, Sunday. Should I bring my own firewood so the public can burn me alive for wearing a garment of different threads (Deuteronomy 22:11)?
This quote turns out to be a summary of a rant which was on "West Wing". It is very powerfully written and presented. When the ordinary cultural Christian sees it, he sinks into the chair, along with the actress playing a Dr. Laura composite being skewered by the "President". It's very effective propaganda on the surface. However, with just a casual analysis, its "power" evaporates. Let's take it apart line by line.
"The Bible also says that a man who touches the dead skin of a pig is unclean, Leviticus 11:7. Should that man be stoned for liking football?
1. Silly… footballs are made of cowhide.
2. Ignorant. Before you ridicule a religion, you should make a feeble attempt to understand it. This refers to the priesthood cleanliness laws of ancient tribal Israel. Designed for two reasons. A. Cultural identity. B. The health of the community. “Unclean” has two meanings at least. A. Violating the ceremonial laws. B . This is a literally a health concern. Does taking care concerning the handling of the carcass of a dead pig really need to be explained to you?
3. Try making this kind of comment to a Muslim. How fond are you of your head?
4. You are anti-Semitic. Hitler used to laugh at this kind of ethnic slur.
Exodus 21:7 says as a man, I am allowed to sell (if I ever have any) my daughters into slavery. What's the going rate for a daughter?
1. Dunno…can we see her dental records and SAT scores?
2. Again this is another example of intellectual laziness. Before food stamps, EBT cards, Obama-care, and the welfare state, people had to be productive or die. If the family didn’t have enough resources to support another mouth to feed they would allow their offspring to be indentured to somebody who could provide food and housing for their unmarried or unmarriageable daughters. It was part of the social safety net in ancient covenantal Israel. It was necessary, humane and very wise. The treatment of the “indentured” was defined by culture and law. Now days we are much more enlightened. Instead of indenturing the unskilled or unproductive to wealth producers, we indenture the wealth producers into the service of the unproductive. I’m sure our plan will work out much better.
3. You are anti-Semitic
“My family owns farm land, and plant both soybeans and corn to make a living, but according to Leviticus they should be stoned for planting different crops, side by side.”
1. This is either a lie or just plain stupid. The death penalty didn’t apply to these “identity” laws. Again try to actually understand what you are reading.
2. Don’t need another response to stupidity. See answer “1”.
3. You are anti-Semitic.
“…what about working on the Sabbath? Exodus 35:2 says we should stone those who do so. I wonder if that means the Sabbath they had back then when the bible was written (Saturday) or our Sabbath, Sunday…”
1. If you had just been rescued from slavery and still had all the bad habits accrued from being on welfare, and Moses told you to take the day off one day a week to honor your rescuer, and you refused? Then yes, you deserve to die. You are apparently too stupid to appreciate your Rescuer and Maker or even having a day off work. You should get the Darwin Award at the very least.
2. Ok, the soft answer is, these strict rules were meant only for tribal, post slavery, covenantal Israel. You however, can feel free to work 7 days a week. I would suggest you get a better union though. The one you are in apparently sucks.
3. Rather than wondering? Col. 2:16
4. You are anti-Semitic
“… should I bring my own firewood so the public can burn me alive for wearing a garment of different threads…” (Deuteronomy 22:11)?
1. Again you are either lying or are just stupid. Again, the death penalty didn’t apply.
2. These were tribal identity laws to distinguish them from their pagan neighbors.
3. You are still anti-Semitic.
“What I read in the bible,”
There is no evidence to support claim that you have actually read the Bible...ever.
“…was the love and tolerance that Jesus taught us….”
Jesus taught love… Luke 6:31 Golden Rule. He did NOT teach tolerance of sin. He died to pay for the sins of others. He did not say ” Go ahead and live a debased life, I love you”. He said, “ Go and sin no more”.
“…to love thy neighbor as thyself…' Mark 12:31
Yup… the golden rule. Do you have a problem with that? I certainly don't.
“and 'let he who hath not sinned, cast the first stone'.” John 8:7
Yup.. he said that in a judicial procedure in which he was inviting the ” witnesses” of adultery to execute judgment in a mock trial. The legal requirement of two witnesses in a capital case didn’t happen. So Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you.” Case dismissed. Then he told her “...go and sin no more.” Did you really think Jesus was actually forgiving adultery? Or advocating tolerance of adultery? Or terminating the death penalty for adultery? Lifting quotes out of context to support disordered (lawless) behavior is biblically dishonest, illiterate and just plain cheesy. It doesn’t work on people who actually try to understand what has been written in context.
“I choose to believe that god so loved the world that he gave unto us his only son, and his sons message was love, and understanding, not hate, and segregation. You are free to feel whatever you like."
You CAN choose to believe whatever you wish. You CANNOT derive such empty drivel from reading the Bible however. Yes “ God did so love the world He gave us His only SON, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” You finally got something right. And yes, His message was that of love, forgiveness and understanding. That’s why I can put up with fundamentally dishonest blogs like this one. I am NOT free to believe whatever I like. My faith requires me to only believe the truth. And Jesus said, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through me” John 14:6 I believe that. That’s the truth.
“…not hate, and segregation…”
I try to hate what God hates (he has a list and he’s checking it twice…Proverbs 6:16-19)
"There are six things the Lord hates,
And I DO like to segregate myself from people like that. So far it’s worked out just fine.
Category:general -- posted at: 8:19 PM
Wed, 12 December 2012
Count yer blessings or I'll hit you. Then, Iowa farmland...best of times, worst of times. Mostly highly valued, soon to be most highly taxed. Who invented the modern progressive estate tax? An Iowan, dang it.