Entries from July 2009 ↓
July 22nd, 2009 — Random thoughts
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Josh Barnett is out of the headline fight vs. Fedor Emelianenko.
Possible replacements are Vitor Belfort or Bobby Lashley.
Gomi vs Oliveira
Gilbert vs Buentello
“Babalou” Sobral vs Mousasi
July 20th, 2009 — Shenanigans
So I had another drive-by spammer hit my blog today. This time he seems to be generally anti-Christian rather than specifically anti-Catholic.
Now I doubt this person will ever come back to this blog, the spammers never do. So I sent a message to the email address he submitted on his comment. Of course it bounced back as a bad address. Hardly a surprise. But that confirms yes, when submitting a link that would reveal “the truth” about Christianity, he lied about his email address. Needless to say, I put as much stock in the info on his link as I do in his method of lying for the truth.
July 18th, 2009 — Politics
On June 28, the country of Honduras ousted its president for his illegally trying to extend his term as president in the country. In doing so, he attempted to follow the lead of Venzuelan President Hugo Chavez who did the same thing in his country.
Hugo Chavez has threatened to invade Honduras in retaliation for them upholding their own constitution. So what did the United States do? The Obama adminstration immediately criticized the Honduran governement’s legal actions and sided with Hugo Chavez and the wannabe Honduran dictator Zelaya.
Sadly, Obama is showing he is no friend of freedom.
July 15th, 2009 — Random thoughts
UFC 100 fight results.
July 9th, 2009 — Podcast
The best MMA podcast ever. I hosted with my friend Kevin. Maybe a bit rough around the edges. Hopefully we’ll get better with practice.
Anyway, listen here:
Or go to the podcast website here:
Kevin already has a couple good blog posts there. They are the best part of the whole thing so far.
July 6th, 2009 — Media matters
Former NFL quarterback Steve McNair was shot and killed in July 4th in an apparent murder-suicide by a woman he was “dating” who was not his wife. News reporting have been referring to the woman as McNair’s “girlfriend.”
Meanwhile, South Carolina’s governor, Mark Sanford, is receiving much deserved scorn for his extra-marital affair with an Argentine woman whom new agencies refer to as his mistress.
Wonder why they felt the need to sanitize it for McNair?
July 3rd, 2009 — Politics
One of the most brilliant political moves I have ever seen was when Barack Obama made Hillary Clinton his Secretary of State. The two had been bitter rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination. They clearly did not care for each other.
In making Hillary Clinton his Sec. State, Obama seemed to be following the adage to keep your friends close and your enemies closer. He gave her one of the most prestigious positions in his Cabinet, then he stripped that position of its influence. Case in point, Obama is scheduled to travel to Russia next week but his Secretary of State will not accompany him.
Back in May, Dick Morris wrote how Obama has taken authority away from Hillary Clinton.
Former Sen. George Mitchell is in charge of Arab-Israeli relations. Dennis Ross has Iran. Former U.N. Ambassador Dick Holbrooke has Pakistan and Afghanistan. And Hillary has to share her foreign policy role on the National Security Council (NSC) with Vice President Biden, U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice, CIA chief Leon Panetta and NSC staffer Samantha Powers (who once called Hillary a “monster”).
Obama maneuvered the Clinton’s into a corner where he could keep his eye on them but they can’t do any real damage to him. As part of the administration, Hillary cannot criticize Obama and neither can her husband. Doing so would be viewed as a betrayal.
What does surprise me is that the Clinton’s let themselves be caught in that political trap. They were supposed to be brilliant political strategists in their own right. How could they not see this coming? Rather than accepting the Sec. State nomination, Hillary’s best move would have been to announce that she was honored by the nomination and she fully supports Obama but she feels that she can best support him by remaining in the Senate and representing the people of New York. Now, she finds herself irrelevant with no senate seat and no influence in the president’s administration.
Bill Clinton at least is showing that he is not happy with the situation. Karen Gillenbrand was appointed to fill Hillary’s vacated senate seat. That seat will be up for election in 2010. The White House supports Gillenbrand and has made it clear they do not want any competition for her in the primary election. Bill Clinton is going to do a fund-raiser for Gillenbrand’s presumed primary opponent. Uh oh. Trouble in paradise?
It will be interesting to see if Hillary can get out of the trap she is in. Her only hope will be an unpopular Obama. Lucky for her, his approval ratings are headed south quickly. As the economy tanks, Hillary could eventually resign and distance herself from its failed economic policies (“I was not a domestic advsior) as well as foreign policy (“I tried to work with the president but he refused to listen to me”). Even so, it might be too late. Clinton influence seems to be irrevocably diminished.
(Hat tip: Hot Air)
July 2nd, 2009 — America, Politics, Religion, Shenanigans
Three is a pattern. Add Maine to the list.
Elaine Thibodeau of the State of Maine’s Department of Professional and Financial Regulation has sent a letter to the Christian Action Network (CAN) in which they were told to pay a fine totaling $4,000 for not being properly registered in the state as a fund-raising organization and for improperly using the name of Maine’s governor in its fund-raising letter. http://pajamasmedia.com/blog/maine-fines-group-for-inflammatory-anti-muslim-message/.
CAN says they were properly registered and have the canceled checks that Maine cashed to prove it. As far as using the governor’s name, telling people to write the governor does not imply the governor supports CAN’s position.
Most telling is that Thibodeau claims that CAN’s fund-raising letter “contained an inflammatory anti-Muslim message.”
Think about what that says. The state of Maine says that CAN (or anyone else) is not allowed to send a letter that contains an inflammatory anti-Muslim message. Certain Islamic sects and the U.N. agree with that, but it is not consistent with our constitutionally protected rights in this country. We have the right to make inflammatory anti-anything messages.
If there was any doubt there there is a trend to erode our rights in this country, there should not be any doubt now. First Connecticut, then California’s speaker, now Maine. Christians are a special focus in this trend. We must not be intimidated into being silenced.