We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
By placing their hopes and aspirations in the hands of Obama, they have in effect transferred the individual faith they have in themselves to another person. A person who has promised to make their dreams come true for them. No longer will they have to fight, or struggle, or even work to achieve their dreams; Obama promises to do it all for them. But sooner, rather than later, they will realize that Obama can never deliver on this impossible promise. It is then when they will experience a pain much greater than they can imagine; the pain of realizing that you gave up not only your most sacred dreams and hopes to someone else, but that you gave up hope on yourself so that someone else can do it for you.
Let the culture go where it may; we must be a true light. It is time to abandon the delusion that we may change the hopeless by becoming more like them — we must instead become a shining city on a hill, a stark contrast to the darkness which surrounds us. If what we believe is true — and it is — then those who run from truth may well see in us an answer to their failed and fruitless pursuits, to the shallow shell of a life lived in self-gratification and the pursuit of pleasure and power.
We will be misunderstood, hated, ridiculed, rejected. So be it — our strength will lie in one another, and in Him who calls us to holiness.
A reminder that Halloween is the eve of All Hallow's Day, ie All Saint's Day. Like so many Christian holy days, it was moved from May to overlap with an existing pagan festival in the 700s. Here's a painting by Daniel Maclise of a Halloween party he attended in Blarney in 1832:
Speaking of Halloween - Sarah Palin just gave a speech in PA and Trig was dressed as an elephant, and Piper a snow princess. Darling!
And breaking news... Obama dumped three conservative newspaper reporting crews off his plane. The reason given is that he needs the seats for a documentary crew. Nice preview of what we can expect from his administration should Venus and Jupiter not align on the 4th. Scary stuff.
What bothers me are people who decide what they want is what God wants, and turn that into an excuse to insult and demean other people. Dr. Bob doesn't know what God wants, and his thinking-out-loud demands that we must do this or that are designed to do just that - force us to follow his lead and accept his word as God's word. He is not talking to himself. He is posting on a blog with the expectation of people reading his thinking out loud and believing what they read. Who are you kidding?
Much like Jeremiah Wright and preachers before him, I wonder how it is they know. How about your preacher, BD? Beyond the fact that some men are paid to think out loud, who and what determines which one has truly heard the word of God?
The banks who didn't need funding were forced to take it for the same reason we tried to get the preacher's daughter to go along with our stunts in school. If she was in on it, we wouldn't get in trouble.
By making them all take money, you hide which ones are in need of it so as to avoid bank runs and such.
All Saints' Day is a Holy Day of Obligation, meaning that practicing Catholics who take their faith seriously go to Mass. That means Mass Saturday, and Mass again Sunday, because every Sunday is a Holy Day of Obligation.