Daily Archives: April 27, 2011
Palin: Make Up Your Mind, Mr. President
Hat Tip: Brian B.
San Fran’s Blasphemous “Hunky Jesus” Competition
Content Warning… No photo on this site folks. You’ll have to go over to Pajamas Media for that.
Zombie has a new article and photo shoot out that made me do a double-take. When you read it, make sure you read the whole thing. The first part is satire. The piece really is the opposite of what it starts out to be. And, just a thought, be prepared for the pics. They are – different.
Having said that, the article is excellent. The subject, if you are a Christian, will really, really piss you off though. And when you are reading it (and you should), just know, I’m right there with ya brother or sister… While I respect Zombie’s attitude towards the contest, I find it blasphemous since I am a Christian and personally consider Easter to be a holy time.
What makes the post compelling – other than the excellent writing and great photography – is the aspect that San Francisco shows a lack of faith that is common these days I believe. It shows the basest form of humanity and what we should stay away from. I have friends who live there, but I have always considered San Francisco to be a modern day Sodom and Gomorrah. I found it hard to look at the photos, but hey, I’m just a prudish Christian right?
I would read this and get a glimpse into the dark, liberal, progressive movement. You can’t appreciate evil, if you don’t fully know what you are fighting.
The Move to Undocument the Documented
By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
Do you remember the legislation that now dictates that passports must be shown at US land borders? It went into effect on June 1, 2009 I believe. That’s almost two years ago. Here is a link to the old passport application form. When this became law, many of us shrugged it off with the reasoning that is was for homeland security and that it was logical to show papers to get back into the country to prove who you were and that you were a documented American. Now I wonder…
I live about 100 miles from the Canadian border. Just a few years ago, we could drive over the border just by showing our driver’s license. We might have to submit to a brief car inspection and a rude border guard, but that was about it. Now, it’s “papers please!”
When I first heard on the Glenn Beck show on the radio yesterday about the new proposed passport forms, I instantly got very angry at what I perceived as a fourth amendment infringement on our rights. I then proceeded to look up the form and research it. That is why I did not post until today. I wanted to get my facts straight and cool off a bit before racing into battle. My conclusion – I have never had a passport in my life, but always intended to get one. It may very well be that I can now never get one and I was born and raised in America. I grew up as a construction brat and we moved an average of four times a year. There is no way I can ever find out all the schools I went to and all the places I have lived. In my life, I have worked at casinos and applied for security clearances as well. They only asked for the last 10 years. What the government is now asking for, effectively bans me from ever getting a passport. It bans me from traveling legally over the Canadian border as well. I find myself a prisoner in my own homeland. I am beyond furious over this.
From Glenn Beck when he asked questions about the form:
A State Department Official told Glenn’s producers, “The Biographical Questionnaire for a U.S. Passport, form DS-5513, is a supplemental form that an applicant may be asked to complete when information supplied on the application for a U.S. passport is insufficient to support passport issuance.”
“Where the information provided in an application is insufficient, rather than deny the application automatically, we ask for additional information to help an applicant prove his or her identity or citizenship.”
While not being able to answer a question would not preclude an applicant from being issued a passport, the official said, “Passport adjudicators will consider the information derived from the form in its entirety to confirm identity and citizenship, the two elements required by law for U.S. passport issuance.”
The goal of the new questionnaire is to stop people from obtaining passports through fraudulent means, as a passport is “gold standard among identity documents”.
Oh, I feel soooo much better. So if an “adjudicator” does not like the way you look, so sorry, no passport for you! You don’t qualify for the gold standard. I’m sure this won’t be abused by the government at all. This smacks of Nazi Germany. It looks like the new form went into effect on April 24th.
Here is the new form – DS-5513. The authorities say it should only take you 45 minutes or so to fill out. No freaking way… Let’s cover what is on the new 5 page form (the old one required two pages of filling out).
Section A is pretty standard:
Section A – Biographical Information
1. Full Name
2. Date of Birth
3. Social Security Number
4. Place of Birth – City, State, Country
So far, so good. Section B is where it starts to go off the rails:
Section B – Information about Your Family (Living and Deceased)
Information About Your Family… They want the full name, place of birth – city, state, country, date of birth and if the person is a US citizen. You need to list the following: Father, Stepfather, Mother, Stepmother, Spouse, all Siblings and all Children. Okay, children fine. But my Mother passed away when I was two and I don’t know where she was born. She was also married multiple times and I don’t even know the names of some of my half siblings. As you are supposed to list all those alive or deceased, I have half-siblings that I have absolutely no information on and cannot fill this part out. Hurdle number one for yours truly…
Section C gets even worse, but you only have to fill out this section if you did not receive a birth certificate within one year of birth in the US and/or if you were not born in a medical facility:
Section C – Information for Non-Institutional Births or Delayed Birth Filings
5. List your mother’s residence one year before your birth.
6. List your mother’s residence at the time of your birth.
7. List your mother’s residence one year after your birth.
8. List your mother’s place of employment at the time of your birth. This includes dates of employment, name of employer and the address of the employer.
9. Did your mother receive pre-natal or post-natal care? At what hospital and what was the address? What was the name of the doctor? What were the dates of the appointments?
10. What type of document, if any, did your mother use to enter into the United States before your birth?
11. Please describe the circumstances of your birth including the names (as well as addresses and phone number, if available) of persons present or in attendance at your birth.
12. Was there any religious or institutional recording of your birth or event occurring around the time of birth? (Example: circumcision, confirmation or other religious ceremony. Please provide details including the name, location of the institution, and date.)
Getting ridiculous huh? I ask you, is there any way someone could answer all this? It just gets better and better… Now more requirements if you are a born and bred American like me:
Section D – Residences
In this section you have to list EVERY residence you have had since you were born until present day. That’s street, city, state, zip, country and the dates of residence. For me, this is impossible. For many military or overseas contractors or salesmen, this is impossible. Maybe you are one of the fortunate ones who can list everywhere you lived, but I would wager it will take you a lot longer than 45 minutes to get through this form.
Onward and downward – hope you have super-duper records folks:
Section E – Employment
Here you have to list everywhere you have worked in your life here in the States and abroad. They want the company name, address, city, state, country, dates of employment, your supervisor’s name and telephone number.
Got that? I’m sure you can just recite that from memory right? Next:
Section F – Schools
They want you to list all schools you attended inside and outside the United States during your lifetime. They want the school name, address, city, state, country and dates of attendance.
This one would also be impossible for me as I changed schools on average four times a year. Another hurdle.
Do you feel that this is intrusive? I sure as hell do. Section G – Oath and Signature is self-explanatory and then you are done. Simple huh?
I have done countless hours of research on Cass Sunstein and his grubby fingerprints are ALL OVER this. I think Beck got it right when he said this is an attempt to undocument the documented. It is a move towards a national ID card and amnesty for millions of illegal aliens. The government wants to level the playing field and make us all peasants that are easily dealt with.
You know, my husband and I fought like mad to get our son-in-law into the US. He’s Danish and just a wonderful guy. We proved our income; we filled out countless forms. Now, I am not sure that we did him a favor. Oh, and it looks like there’s a strong possibility that I won’t be vacationing in Canada this lifetime or anywhere other than the US unless these creepy, invasive rules are overturned. I owe a world of thanks to Sunstein and DHS.
Welcome to the new United States, where it feels more like East and West Germany rather than America and Canada. Better have your papers in order or really good contacts (and a lot of money).
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We Started Out a Christian Nation
By: T F Stern
T F Stern’s Rantings
My goodness; but my last article, Mother Earth Rights – A Rose by Any Other Name, set off a firestorm of controversy. My Facebook account went off like a Roman Candle trying to “set me straight” for having expressed my summation of historical facts. Here’s what got some folks upset, enough to waggle a finger in my direction:
“America was founded upon Christian values. Our sacred documents include the Scriptures, Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and Bill of Rights. Individual rights are gifts from our Creator, not something Congress came up with. Our Constitution and Bill of Rights were put in place to protect individual God-given rights FROM Congress and the natural expansion of government powers. America only works if a majority of its inhabitants voluntarily uphold the principles of self-governance as set forth in these sacred documents.”
The first comment pointed me toward a treaty signed long ago. It read in part, “…treaty of tripoli submitted to the Senate by President John Adams, receiving ratification unanimously from the U.S. Senate on June 7, 1797 and signed by Adams, taking effect as the law of the land on June 10, 1797 states, “As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion….”
All I could remember about that time period and geography had to do with pirates taking advantage of ships at sea and how America took care of the problem by creating the U.S. Navy to protect vessels traveling in those waters.
I looked up the Treaty of Tripoli to get a better understanding of it. Sure enough, there is a statement expressing one of America’s first “Politically Correct” positions; should we be surprised, it was written by a career diplomat, Joel Barlow.
“Art. 11. As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion; as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion, or tranquillity, of Mussulmen; and, as the said States never entered into any war, or act of hostility against any Mahometan nation, it is declared by the parties, that no pretext arising from religious opinions, shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries.” (spelling and grammar unchanged)
I thought it odd, at least momentarily, an obscure document of limited historical value would surface with precisely the perfect line required to counter my statement, “America was founded upon Christian values,” much less, within minutes of the article being posted. I don’t believe in “coincidence,” but this particular line appeared to give credence to the gauntlet thrown down. Had I been mistaken and was this the golden bullet to shoot me down?
My guess, based on having dealt with several highly educated “non-believers” on other topics; this was the “go to” answer; one which had been researched and saved by like minded non-believers over the years. A means to defeat anyone claiming the United States was founded on Christian principles. The fact that such a thought passed my consciousness led me to conclude my suspicions were spot on.
Students are routinely challenged to defend certain positions, theories and opinions; especially in public schools or places of higher education when the topic of religion comes up. If confronted with this “go to” answer an unsteadied person might throw in the towel and quietly admit defeat; such is not the case as will be unfolded below.
There were several articles under the heading “Treaty of Tripoli,” which shed light on the dangers involved with ships on the high seas and negotiations with Muslim nations involved openly in piracy. The most informative piece by David Barton included a considerable number of historical facts excluded in other reports which discounted the importance of Article 11.
“It would also be absurd to suggest that President Adams (under whom the treaty was ratified in 1797) would have endorsed or assented to any provision which repudiated Christianity. In fact, while discussing the Barbary conflict with Jefferson, Adams declared:
The policy of Christendom has made cowards of all their sailors before the standard of Mahomet. It would be heroical and glorious in us to restore courage to ours.
Furthermore, it was Adams who declared:
The general principles on which the fathers achieved independence were. . . . the general principles of Christianity. . . . I will avow that I then believed, and now believe, that those general principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable as the existence and attributes of God; and that those principles of liberty are as unalterable as human nature.
Adams’ own words confirm he rejected any notion that America was less than a Christian nation.”
President Adams was not bashful in proclaiming America to be a Christian nation; but since Adams signed* the “politically correct” document, a document intended to mollify several hundred years of hatred between European nations of dubious Christian adherence with Muslim nation states harboring blood thirsty pirates; well, you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to read between the lines and figure out the purpose for Article 11.
Another comment pointed the way to the Avalon Project which contradicted the authenticity of Barlow’s translation of the Treaty of Tripoli, the version used by non-believers to discount American links to Christianity. According to the document on file in the National Archives there is no reference to an Article 11.
“As even a casual examination of the annotated translation of 1930 shows, the Barlow translation is at best a poor attempt at a paraphrase or summary of the sense of the Arabic; and even as such its defects throughout are obvious and glaring. Most extraordinary (and wholly unexplained) is the fact that Article 11 of the Barlow translation, with its famous phrase, “the government of the United States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian Religion,” *does not exist at all. There is no Article 11. The Arabic text which is between Articles 10 and 12 is in form a letter, crude and flamboyant and withal quite unimportant, from the Dey of Algiers to the Pasha of Tripoli. How that script came to be written and to be regarded, as in the Barlow translation, as Article 11 of the treaty as there written, is a mystery and seemingly must remain so. Nothing in the diplomatic correspondence of the time throws any light whatever on the point.”
It would seem history has been “toyed with;” a generous way of saying somebody wished to create a slippery slope of doubt regarding America having been established on Christian principles.
While looking for enlightenment, either for or against the idea that “America was founded upon Christian values,” it was remarkable how many negative articles Google had listed. A goodly portion of articles espoused excessive loathing for anything religious or conservative in nature; but having used Google for other searches, the top listed results didn’t surprise me, a telling statement on priorities.
The idea occurred, much as in the movie, Miracle on 34th Street, each side could parade an endless supply of factoids to defend or attack the statement. Were there any historically undeniable facts which could be counted on to settle once and for all my claim, “America was founded upon Christian values?” The answer came out, probably not.
Those who refuse to believe the Scriptures have the same reaction to historically recorded facts if recorded by one with an opposing mindset. It wouldn’t matter if I had John Adams on digital recording, boldly proclaiming America as the Lord’s chosen nation. No, it wouldn’t sway my detractors one iota. Fat chance of finding such a recording since it had not been invented at the time. No employee of the U.S. Postal Service was going to haul sacks filled with date stamped testimonies from each of our founders.
One of the books in my personal library came to mind as I read the various challenges to America having been founded on Christian principles, The Christian Life and Character of the Civil Institutions of the United States, by Benjamin F. Morris. It had been a while so I dusted it off and speed read a few chapters from the beginning. (Below is a scanned image of page 46, please click on it to enlarge.)
Quoting from state papers of the Continental Congress, predecessor to our Constitutional Republic, try this statement on for size.
“…that the nation may be made a holy nation, and that the religion of our divine Redeemer, with all its benign influences, may cover the earth as the waters do the sea:”
Maybe it’s just me; but it would seem to go far beyond “implying” America was founded upon Christian doctrine. Remember; this is part of our nation’s official record.
As you glance over this one page, be aware, the book contains 1060 pages with similar historically accurate accounts which could only be understood to mean exactly what my short opening summary recorded, “America was founded upon Christian values.”
This article has been cross-posted to The Moral Liberal, a publication whose banner reads, “Defending The Judeo-Christian Ethic, Limited Government & The American Constitution.”
Trump is Bad Theater
By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
Hat Tip: Brian B.
I caught Trump on Fox News this morning, blowing his own horn for getting Obama’s birth certificate released. Yawn… This is a false flag tactic folks. Do not fall for Trump’s crowing. He is a fraud and the worst form of bad theater.
Trump is trying to capitalize on populism. He’s not truly interested in exposing anything. ANYTHING. Now he’s calling for Obama’s school records. First, let me say, yep… Obama should have released all of this to begin with. Now he’s using it as a distraction so you won’t look at what is really going on. Specifically, the Fed and the debt.
Trump is for Canadian-style socialist healthcare. When asked about Soros, he says leave the man alone. He says that Soros has enough problems. Really Mr. Trump? I contend that Soros is BEHIND most of our problems and we should look at who is BEHIND Soros.
Trump says we should lay off the budget issue. The budget issue is THE issue that will take us down. Trump knows this.
Trump gave 50k to Rahm‘s mayoral campaign. He claims to be a Republican. Well, if he is, he is a progressive. Personally, I think he is in this for one of two reasons:
1. To detract from Obama for Hillary. The birth certificate claim was originally a Hillary Clinton tactic.
2. If by some miracle he wins the Republican nomination (he won’t), he is a progressive and the left still wins.
Do not fall for the Donald. He is a progressive and will seal the fate of America. America should tell the Donald he is fired…