Friday, December 14, 2007
See this diagram for further information:
Any questions? Then what is with this recent upswing in the polls?
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Okay, well I posted asking readers to comment on reasons why Mitt Romney should not be the next President of the United States, and we received no comments. All I can surmise, is that all of my readers would love to have Mr. Romney as the next President.
Actually, I did take one comment to the contrary, but it was from a friend at work. His concern was that Mormons come door-to-door to attempt to gain followers to their faith. This really bothered him for some reason. It didn't help when I suggested that Christians who feel strongly enough should be doing the same thing :) But he said it was enough to keep him for voting for Mitt. Perhaps he believes there is something sinister about trying to gain Mormon converts? I'm sure the Romans thought the same about Christians.
Then, of course, you have one evangelical preacher from the great state of Florida, some guy named Bill Keller, who states, "If you vote for Mitt Romney, you are voting for Satan." This would seem to be a fairly compelling Con, but hard to verify as if Mitt Romney really were the Evil One, I'm sure you won't get him to admit it. Besides, I'm fairly sure Satan is the leading Democratic candidate right now.
While I don't agree with the tenets of the Mormon faith, and I certainly don't think Mormonism is as closely aligned with mainstream Christianity as Mitt would like us to believe, I do think that the LDS Church is conservative and teaches family oriented values. At least as far as I can tell from reading. As long as Mitt is a moral man, making moral decisions, and upholds my conservative ideals, I hardly think theological differences should hold him back.
If that were the case, as a Roman Catholic, I wouldn't be voting for anyone until the get another Kennedy in there, and I can't stomach any of the Kennedys.
So, come on! Give me some good reasons he can't be President.
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Ann is a tad far of the right for a lot of my ideals. Regardless, I hold her in high esteem and explore what she presents. In her most recent column, in Human Events, there is one line that sent snot across my monitor. She stated, “For you kids out there too young to remember, Al Gore is a vaguely gay, morbidly obese former Clinton administration official who raised campaign cash from Buddhist monks and claimed he invented the Internet.” No one else may find this amusing, but to me it was a fantastic comment on the current recipient of the Nobel Prize for Lunacy.
The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) has posted a video that exemplifies some of the wishes that liberals want/demanded as gifts. This is not the traditional Christmas carol, though it is a tune with which we are all familiar. We all know how Santa rewards those who have been bad (the gift of coal can be forgiven). Santa never had to deal with a congress that had a lower approval rating than the President. The approval rating for Congress is now the lowest ever recorded by Gallup since it first tracked public opinion of Congress in 1974. This video may seem to be a conservative agitprop, but it also seems to be on target.
The most recent example of how Islam is the "religion of peace", A Canadian Muslim man has been arrested for the strangling murder of his daughter. Apparently, at 16, she didn't want to submit to sharia law, and would not wear a hijab.
The Canadian authorities, eh, have rightly denied this lunatic bail.
How can a religion that can endorse this kind of behavior peacefully co-exist with western civilization? I don't care what your teenager has done, you certainly don't have the right to kill her.
We as Americans, and for that matter, anyone in a civilized country need to be on the lookout against anyone trying to make Islam more "mainstream". They are a minority, thankfully, lets keep it that way. The last thing we need are roving death squads, sharia law, and morality police.
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
His opponent, countered that this smacked of liberal sentiments, and accused (quite-wrongly) that Brother Malcolm was a liberal. Now, a quick glance at Too Much Liberty and all was settled regarding the good Brother's right leaning tendencies. But that brings me to the topic of this post.
I don't think that good sportsmanship is in any way "liberal". To the contrary, I think the tenets of good sportsmanship:
- Full commitment to participation (e.g., showing up, working hard during all practices and games, acknowledging one’s mistakes and trying to improve)
- Respect and concern for rules and officials
- Respect and concern for social conventions (e.g., shaking hands, recognizing the good performance of an opponent)
- Respect and concern for the opponent (e.g., lending one’s equipment to the opponent, agreeing to play even if the opponent is late, not taking advantage of injured opponents)
- Avoiding poor attitudes toward participation (e.g., not adopting a win-at-all-costs approach, not showing temper after a mistake, and not competing solely for individual prizes)
It probably started with a simple handshake after a baseball game. Or an admonishment not to gloat about beating your sibling at a game: "nobody likes a sore-winner" (or loser). And you learned it was appropriate to cheer a fallen player when he gets back up, regardless of the team he's on.
These behaviors are American. And are only "liberal" in so much as they have fallen from practice by so many Americans, and must seem new.
We have soccer moms fighting in the sidelines and dads attacking referee's for ejecting obscenity spewing parents during children's games. Just a quick glance at http://www.naso.org/sportsmanship/badsports.html will show you that we are not teaching good sportsmanship to our children, and apparently, some of us have failed to learn it ourselves.
"But we are Americans, and this is America! We are about winning!"
At what cost? Yes, Americans love a winner and don't give a "hoot in hell for a man that lost and laughed". But we don't particularly like a sore winner, either.
So, the next time you see someone being a bad sport, take the time to let them know they are behaving improperly.