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The GOP Jellyfish

06-Dec-12

Here she is, the GOP Jellyfish Girl, complete with pink tie, no spine, and no brain.  If you copy the artwork, you must give credit to Carrie S. Reed. otherbrothersteve@gmail.com

Life on the left

05-Dec-12

If you’re wondering what life will be like as our Democrat overlords get comfy with their 2012 “mandate,” look no further than the Belly of the Blue, New York City, where victims of Hurricane Sandy are being cited for failure to clean up their property.  In one case cited at this link, a tree from […]

May not need to disband GOP

05-Dec-12

They may do it on their own.  You probably know by now that John Boehner has dumped conservatives from some key committee assignments.  Tea Party voters, never big fans of the GOP to start with, have even more reason to walk away.  If I were an artist, which I’m not, I’d replace the GOP elephant […]

The Mexican civil war

01-Dec-12

Providence directed that I be in Mexico in 1982 at the height of that nation’s ruinous episode of hyperinflation.  Just before I arrived, the old peso was replaced with the “mil,” or 1,000 pesos.  It was their basic currency, something like our dollar bill. To put this in perspective, let’s say you had 401k savings […]

Time to disband the GOP

29-Nov-12

The Democrats hold the GOP in sneering, mocking contempt.  So do I.  I can’t be represented by a tentative, overcautious gaggle of a pink-ties without conviction or boldness or an understanding of the times. The GOP is in the process of proving they have no understanding of the principle of separation of powers.  They certainly […]

Random remarks about Israel, eschatology, and current politics

19-Nov-12

Not everyone who doesn’t care about Israel is antisemitic.  But everyone who is antisemitic hates Israel.  In the former category are political isolationists who believe America should look out for none but its own interests.  I don’t agree with that position, but at least it’s rational and coherent.  In the latter category are men like […]

Trash as theater and prophecy

11-Nov-12

The entertainment industry will never catch up with Washington reality.  First you have the tragic deaths in Benghazi which, to any reasonable adult, beg for explanation.  And then the most blazingly obvious questions are met with silence.  People who could have intervened to prevent the deaths were ordered to stand aside.  Who gave such an […]

Victory for Team Grifter

07-Nov-12

Why did the GOP get clobbered after winning so decisively in 2010? 1.  The Obama campaign won the so-called “ground game” of getting its voters to turn out in numbers that were big enough.  That was key in this race.  Voter turn-out is to politics what speed is to NASCAR. 2.  The Romney campaign perhaps […]

What’s the government FOR, anyway?

05-Nov-12

The 2012 general election will begin in just a few hours.  The biggest question never asked is, Why is there a government?  What is its purpose? Purpose introduces the idea of an Agent who does the purposing, yes?  And an Agent with a purpose brings along the idea of an ought.  There are things the […]

The undecided nation

28-Oct-12

The 2012 election is a gut-check for America.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen the two halves of America so cleanly and neatly divided.  I call it the party of outright moral rebellion against the party of lip-biting and indecision. For a generation the Democrat party has stood for rebellion and up-in-yo’-face irresponsibility.  They represent […]

Need more Gospel

20-Oct-12

I work during the day, so I seldom hear Rush Limbaugh’s program which airs (oddly) during working hours.  But I happened to hear him ranting about the murder of our ambassador in Libya and accusing the president of lying about it. He made a fairly convincing case that the CIA had already told the president […]

Possible signs of a brain wave?

06-Oct-12

Imagine the patient lying there on the gurney, wires all over his head, doctors studying the screens searching for any sign of brain activity.  They prod the patient’s feet with a needle.  Nothing.  Loved ones speak and squeeze the hand, still nothing.  The preacher stops by and offers prayer to God.  Still nothing.  The doctors […]

Snake handlers

14-Sep-12

Just a brief observation about one of the quirks of human nature.  People of all social strata seem drawn to do foolishly dangerous things.  The crackpot preacher handling rattlesnakes is easy to pick on.  What about the crackpot liberal that handles a gang of murderous outlaws such as the Muslim Brotherhood?  Both kinds of creatures […]

Election 2012, with the West hanging in the balanace, it’s still evil vs. stupid

09-Sep-12

Now that Mitt Romney has secured the GOP nomination, he’s backtracking on his promises to repeal ObamaCare.  As recently as June 28 of this year — before the convention — Romney was still vowing to “repeal and replace” ObamaCare.  Now that he’s the official nominee, he’s saying he will not repeal it, at least not […]

The Party of 1812

03-Sep-12

Los Angeles mayor Villaraigosa says the Republicans are the Party of 1812, by which he intends to convey an insult.  The Republicans are retro and uncool, so nobody should vote for them. Wise men wish the GOP was the Party of 1812.  They are, instead, the Party of 1865, which was the year the expansion […]