An apt metaphor

This incident seems par for the course, since an election of Hillary Clinton will mean dumping all over America:

Lawrenceville police are investigating a claim that involves a Democratic National Committee tour bus illegally dumping human waste into a storm drain between campaign stops…

Police say when officers arrived on the scene, toilet paper was scattered on the roadway near the storm drain, there was a foul smell.

Mike Robins, manager of a nearby business, took several photos of the tour bus dumping waste into the storm drain. In the pictures, a liquid can be seen coming from the bottom of the bus.

CBS46 reached out to the DNC, which issued the following statement:

This was an honest mistake and we apologize to the Lawrenceville community for any harm we may have caused. We were unaware of any possible violations and have already taken corrective action with the charter bus company to prevent this from happening again. Furthermore, the DNC will work with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, as well as local and state officials to determine the best course of corrective action.

These people seem to make a LOT of “honest mistakes.”  Using a private server for highly sensitive national security information (“golly gee, everyone, you mean that was wrong?”) to taking items from the White House as the couple left the first time (“oh, we thought all that nice stuff had been given to us!  Sorry!”) to giving speeches in front of Goldman Sachs that are 180 degrees from what they tell the rubes in the rest of the nation.  (To be fair, they don’t apologize or think that one an ‘honest mistake.’  No, that’s having both a “public and private position” on a subject.)
Even giving Clinton the benefit of the doubt, you have to wonder how many “honest mistakes” of this nature we can afford from a possible future president.  No matter how personally repugnant Trump may be, I’ve reached the conclusion that anyone voting for Hillary after all that’s come out (and all they’re desperately trying to keep under the rug for three more weeks) is knowingly voting for an evil, self-centered, the-rules-don’t-apply-to-me president.  Should she win, they will be accessories to the murder of what little is left of the historical America.
That bus can dump as much as it wants.  Her campaign will still be full of… well, you know…

Can you hear us now?

The elites of the Republican Party have been startled enough by Trump that they’re finally asking the right questions:

Something has gone terribly wrong with the Republican party, and it has nothing to do with the flaws of Donald Trump. Something like his tone and message would have to be invented if he did not exist. None of the other 16 primary candidates — the great majority of whom had far greater political expertise, more even temperaments, and more knowledge of issues than did Trump — shared Trump’s sense of outrage — or his ability to convey it — over what was wrong: The lives and concerns of the Republican establishment in the media and government no longer resembled those of half their supporters…

How, under a supposedly obstructive, conservative-controlled House and Senate, did we reach $20 trillion in debt, institutionalize sanctuary cities, and put ourselves on track to a Navy of World War I size? Compared with all that, “making Mexico pay” for the wall does not seem all that radical.

The most important question, however, is what is likely to happen as millions of Americans decide the Constitution is long dead and what we have in government is simply organized crime wearing the dead carcass of the America we grew up loving.  Hint: it isn’t going to be pretty.  Everyone is focused on Trump (the symptom) rather than the underlying causes (the near-complete corruption of our government to benefit insiders at the expense of everyone else.

Trump may be an outlet for the anger of many Americans, but his defeat will not end their disaffection. . . . Republics are first and foremost tests of faith. Hundreds of millions of people must believe in the system of government our forebears collectively agreed to; and they must believe the elections are free and fair and that the rule of law applies to all — the lowliest of the low and highest and mightiest. Otherwise, the Constitution is just so many very eloquent words written on really old pieces of paper.

This is my shocked face (not really)

A survey finds most American Christians are actually heretics in their religious views:

A survey of 3,000 people conducted by LifeWay Research and commissioned by Ligonier Ministries found that although Americans still overwhelmingly identify as “Christian,” startling percentages of the nation embrace ancient errors condemned by all major Christian traditions. These are not minor points of doctrine, but core ideas that define Christianity itself. The really sad part? Even when we’re denying the divinity of Christ, we can’t keep our story straight. Americans talking about theology sound about as competent as country singers rapping.

The article notes that today’s mega-churches are a “Bible-less alternative version of Christianity.”  This should not come as a surprise:

For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions,  and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.

(2 Timothy 4:2-4)

This is not a new development; rather, it’s a rapid acceleration of a long-term trend.  Years ago I had an ongoing discussion with a coworker who claimed to be Christian but also was emphatic that “all people are basically good.”  Pointing out the Scriptural warning that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23) didn’t dissuade her from her position (thus indicating what level of authority she attributed to the Bible).  I pointed out this was easily observable, in that babies are the most self-centered creatures on the planet.  If they’re hungry, they scream to be fed.  If they’ve soiled their diaper, they scream for a change.  They don’t care if you just worked a 12-hour shift, or have the flu, or are worried about something else.  Sometimes it seems they scream just because they can.  The point?  Such self-centeredness is our default setting!  Children have to be taught not to snatch toys from another, or to smack another child who said something they didn’t like.  I’ve even joked you can learn everything you need to know about international relations by watching a kindergarten class.

Sadly, nothing I said had any effect.  The same individual, right after 9/11, expressed amazement that Christian missionaries were in Afghanistan (and that several were held by the Taliban for a short while).  She asked why they would go to a place that clearly didn’t want them.  I simply said “maybe because God believes that’s the kind of place where the Word most needs to be heard.”

America needs to hear the Word again, too.  More importantly, it needs to believe the Word again.  Everything else is merely symptoms of this root problem.

Reaping what was sown

I’m not writing this in defense of Donald Trump, nor specifically to point out Hillary’s many flaws.  I’m writing because this piece is worth your time and careful consideration.  While everyone is pointing and shrieking, they’re missing the larger point:

I find this reaction to Trump’s private conversation rather ironic. It’s ironic coming from a secular culture that long ago declared objective morality dead. It’s ironic coming from politicos and media bottom-feeders who defended the abusive and disgusting behavior of Bill Clinton, not when he was a private citizen but when he was a sitting president

The creep of moral relativism in America has been steady for many decades, increasing in speed to the point that the “slouching toward Gomorrah” has become a sprint. The notion that there is objective truth or absolute morality has been universally panned to the point that everything is tolerated except standards of right and wrong. “Everyone decides for himself what is right, especially when it comes to sex” is the mantra of today’s culture…

Those who are complaining about Trump today have no basis for their moral outrage. That’s because their secular amoral worldview rejects any basis for that moral judgment. Any argument they make against the “immorality” of Trump is stolen, or at least borrowed for expediency, from a religious worldview they have soundly rejected.

Don’t settle for the excerpt above; read the entire piece.  One of Saul Alinksy’s recommended ‘Rules for Radicals’ was making the opposition live up to their own standard, pointing out any perceived hypocrisy.  It’s tragically ironic that by finally tearing down all the standards America once held, these leftists now have no basis upon which to claim any moral high ground (even without considering Hillary’s 33,000 missing emails and such).

Sadly this election, with all the head-scratching and exasperation by the average voter over what to do, was inevitable given the nation’s moral trajectory.  The sooner we seriously ask ourselves “what have we become,” and begin to backtrack to what we were, the better.

It’s only further downhill from here, folks.

Things that make you go hmmm…

DISCLAIMER: This post is tongue-in-cheek.  I hope you enjoy a chuckle as I have.

I’ve been listening to old classic hymns a lot lately.  It occurred to me that “It is Well With My Soul” may have inadvertent modern relevance.  I offer you the final verse:

“And Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight,
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,
Even so, it is well with my soul.”

I certainly wouldn’t mind that combo resulting from the train wreck that is the year 2016.

(You may laugh now.  Seriously.)

They never learn

Newsweek (which was sold in 2010 for a mere 1 dollar) is taking the liberal mantra of “never let a crisis go to waste” to peddle the idea that Hurricane Matthew is yet another sign of the EcopocalypseTM.

Major storms such as Hurricane Matthew, which has slammed into Haiti and is now headed towards the U.S., will grow in menace as the world warms and sea levels rise, scientists have warned…

There was previously far more certainty among climate scientists over the increase of temperatures than trends in hurricanes, but government officials are now confident enough to say there has been a “substantial increase” in Atlantic hurricane activity since the 1980s, with the destruction set to ratchet up further as the world warms.

Really?  A ‘substantial increase?’  It’s been ELEVEN YEARS since the last major hurricane (category 3 and above) struck the U.S. — Hurricane Wilma in 2005, the same year as Hurricane Katrina.  Back then, that one-two punch was touted as proof positive that these anonymously quoted “scientists” agreed that would be the new normal due to mankind’s bad ecological behavior.

Except that it wasn’t the new normal.  Much like the Goreacle Effect, it seems every time these self-certain scolds make major predictions, the observable data go the opposite way.  Let’s see what some of those ubiquitous “scientists” have to say:

…statistical tests reveal that this trend is so small, relative to the variability in the series, that it is not significantly distinguishable from zero (Figure 2). Thus the historical tropical storm count record does not provide compelling evidence for a greenhouse warming induced long-term increase.

This is why I stop listening to anyone who screams “the science is settled!”  That crowd ignores any ‘inconvenient truths’ the average person can observe directly, and all too often manipulates, er, “normalizes” data to produce the effect they’re selling.  The ‘normalization’ process is too complex for the plebes to understand (kind of like how reading animal entrails to predict the future was only for those ‘in the know’), so we’re expected to just take their word and carefully selected data for it.

Don’tBecause at the end of the day, even the loudest voices calling on the masses to ‘save the planet’ through self-sacrifice don’t seem too troubled by their own ‘carbon footprints.’