Video: A Birth In Bethlehem

This profound carol, Oikans Ayns Bethlehem, (A Birth In Bethlehem) became one of my very favorite Christmas songs, the first time I heard it, several years ago. It’s sung here, by Emma Christian, in Manx,  the Gaelic language of the Isle of Man.  I’ve included lyrics in both Manx, and English.

The mind of God is now made clear to us:

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For all the sound and fury about America not being a Christian nation, once again, we have come to that time of year when the government, and the retail temples for which little is sacred will close early, and then remain closed for a whole day to observe the holiday of Christmas…a day which bears the name of Christ.

While some outlets of government, such as public schools have chosen to remove his name from break which they take, his name is still attached to the holiday that the schools dare not name as it tumbles from the lips of excited children, who cannot be blamed for their jubilation and exuberance about all that the celebration brings, even if it does tend to detract from the reason we observe the celebration with his name.

This is a singular phenomenon. Government does not observe other religions in this fashion. It does not shut down for Muslim holy days. The birthdays of Buddha or Confucius are not marked with empty offices and closed stores. The radio is not filed with Zoroastrian carols at any time of year.

And while those who stridently believe in “a wall of separation between church and state” that the architects of our government never envisioned, and that would have indeed shocked and dismayed them attempt to erase these links in the name of preserving the wall that did not exist until 1949, we continue as if there is nothing at all arrogant in presuming that people more than one hundred and fifty years removed better understood what was intended than the people who wrote the blueprint. It is a fiction laid bare by what occurs this time of year, when we celebrate the birth, life, and death of a man who was God in the flesh, who came to freely give the ultimate gift, knowing that there would be too many who would reject what he gave, and would condemn themselves to a life of bondage, and an eternity of suffering before they would accept that which was freely given.

And during this time of year, when things fall still and silent, in his name, it is an occasion to reflect of the real harbinger of hope and change, humbly born, exalted and abandoned, and resurrected in real transformation. I know that people can still be sobered by the account of this life which came to save all others. I first heard this song a few years ago, and I still feel the gravity of it every single time I hear it.

Merry Christmas to all, even those who doubt or reject the gift…it is freely offered just the same.

Happy Christmas Eve Eve


I allow my kids to open one present on Christmas Eve before we go to Mass – just like my siblings and I did when we were kids. At some point we even tried to con my mother into letting us open one present on “Christmas Eve Eve”, too. She never caved in and let us, but,  we tried it every year.

On Christmas, we take turns, (going from youngest to oldest) at opening one present at a time. It takes about an hour, and some of the younger ones complain because they want to tear open all their presents at once, like animals. As they get older, though, they appreciate the orderliness of being able to savor each present received, or given to others, one at a time. This is another family tradition that dates back to when I was growing up.

Most of my kids give me broad hints of what they want for Christmas – even write out lists. I’ll always get some of the things on their lists, but like to include some surprises, too. My oldest son, now a junior in college,  always refused to tell me what he wanted for Christmas. No lists for him – he wants everything to be a surprise.

I hope all of you have a Christmas full of laughter and surprises as well…

Christmas would not be complete here at Nice Deb, without my posting  this horrifying A Very Perry Christmas video:

Tradition!


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Re. Those Leaked Wikileaks Cables On Honduras

I read Mary O’Grady’s piece, in the WSJ with great interest, yesterday, because I was hoping it would shed more light on why the Obama administration took the side of the wannabe dictator for life, Zelaya, and regional commie tyrants, Castro, Chavez and Ortega over the pro-Democracy, pro-American government of Honduras. The cables didn’t shed new light, really. But they do confirm our worst fears about what happened.

The cables reveal that outgoing Ambassador, Charles Ford informed the Obama State Dept. of the dangerous and anti-Democratic nature of Zelaya:

Although Mr. Zelaya can be “gracious and charming,” wrote Mr. Ford, “there also exists a sinister Zelaya, surrounded by a few close advisors with ties to both Venezuela and Cuba and organized crime.” He eerily observed what Zelaya opponents would repeatedly allege privately in the year to come: “Due to his close association with persons believed to be involved with international organized crime,” the president could not be trusted. “I am unable to brief Zelaya on sensitive law enforcement and counter-narcotics actions due [to] my concern that this would put the lives of U.S. officials in jeopardy.”

The insightful diplomat also recognized Mr. Zelaya’s disdain for other institutions. He “resents the very existence of the Congress, the Attorney General and Supreme Court.” That resentment rose to the surface in June 2009 when the Supreme Court ruled that a referendum on his re-election was unconstitutional. Mr. Zelaya responded by leading a mob to break into a military installation where the ballots for his initiative were being stored.

Hondurans were appalled. The Supreme Court issued an arrest warrant, the military deported him, and Congress voted to remove him from office.

Another cable has Ford explicitly telling the Obama administration that Zelaya is not a friend:

10. (S) I have found Zelaya’s real views of the United States hidden not too very deeply below the surface. In a word, he is not a friend. His views are shaped not by ideology or personal ambitions but by an old-fashioned nationalism where he holds the United States accountable for Honduras, current state of poverty and dependency. Zelaya,s public position against the Contra War and against the establishment of Joint Task Force Bravo at Soto Cano Air.

The leaks also finally disclose the State Dept’s  warped legal analysis of the situation, (written by transnationalist, Harold Koh), which they had refused to release throughout the crisis. The reason being, Koh’s analysis was laughably  flimsy, illogical and bizarre.

So what’s the real reason why Obama chose to side with our enemies,  instead of our friends in the Honduran government? Why did they cut off aid to the impoverished nation, revoke  visas, and threaten not to recognize their upcoming election?

As Selwyn Duke had noted last year in The American Thinker, the US was becoming an “evil empire” under Obama:

It’s not just that he has adopted a policy that was unthinkable for most of America’s history. There is something far more striking, far more telling and far more alarming: in the current Honduran situation, Zelaya is precisely the man the Soviet Union — that evil empire — would have sided with.
Now I want you to let that sink in for a moment . . . .
This reality merely illustrates the obvious in an emotionally gripping way. While Reagan opposed Sandinista leader Daniel Ortega by funding his anti-communist opponents, Obama sides with a reinvented Ortega in supporting Zelaya. In doing so, he also lines up with unrepentant communists, either in name or spirit, such as Chavez and Fidel Castro. Fine company you keep there, Mr. Obama.

O’Grady soft-pedals the answer, here:

Honduras offered a bonding opportunity. Mr. Zelaya was a protégé of Mr. Chávez. Standing up for him as democratically elected was a way to score points with Latin America’s hard left.

I think that was a nice way of saying what we already knew: “birds of a feather, flock together”:

Why would it surprise anyone that a man of the hard left would stand up for Latin America’s hard left?

PREVIOUSLY:

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UK Muslims Say Merry Christmas In Their Own Special Way

UK Muslims Start “The Evils of Christmas” Campaign

(Daily Mail) — Fanatics from a banned Islamic hate group have launched a nationwide poster campaign denouncing Christmas as evil. Organisers plan to put up thousands of placards around the UK claiming the season of goodwill is responsible for rape, teenage pregnancies, abortion, promiscuity, crime and paedophilia. They hope the campaign will help ‘destroy Christmas’ in this country and lead to Britons converting to Islam instead.

They hope to destroy Christmas? Gee, join the club.

Hat tip: Weasel Zippers

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Video: Republican Senators’ Press Conference On START

Graham, Kyl, Barrasso, DeMint, Sessions, Risch, Thune, and Hatch  held a press conference on START, earlier today. Missing are Lamar Alexander, Bob Corker, Scott Brown,  and Judd Gregg, who, for some inexplicable reason, are  allowing the Obama administration to rush them into a yes vote on something that should take weeks to debate.

As Senator Graham says, there has never been a treaty ratified during the lame duck session in the history of the country.

See also Jim DeMint’s National Review article from last July: The Treaty Is MAD.

RELATED:

AoSHQ: Damn RINO Senators Guilty of “Capitulation of Dramatic Proportions,” Sneers Firebrand Jim DeMint Lindsey Graham

What the Funk and Wagnall’s.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) lashed out at fellow Republicans Tuesday for a “capitulation … of dramatic proportions” to Democrats and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) in the lame-duck Congress.

UPDATE:

The 11 Republicans who voted for cloture:

Sens. Dick Lugar (Ind.), Bob Bennett (Utah), Scott Brown (Mass.), Thad Cochran (Miss.), Susan Collins (Maine), Olympia Snowe (Maine), Johnny Isakson (Ga.), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), Bob Corker (Tenn.), Lamar Alexander (Tenn.), and George Voinovich (Ohio).

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Collins, the ranking Republican on the Senate Homeland Security Committee, told NRO that many on-the-fence GOP senators “just naturally came to a conclusion.”

“To me, as Brent Scowcroft told me, [New START] is a modest and useful step in the right direction,” Collins said. “It’s refreshing to see serious, bipartisan consideration of a very important issue. Dick Lugar gets a lot of credit for that, as does Jon Kyl on the other side.”

The clock was another factor. Sen. Richard Burr (R., N.C.) notes that many senators are itching to catch a flight home for the holidays. The move toward START, he said in an NRO interview, “has more than a bit to do with jet fumes.”

UGH.

UPDATE II:

RightKlik has found the reason(s) the Tennessee Senators are capitulating: 86 Billion Reasons to Ratify START

As always…follow the money

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“Crazy Muscle-Flexing” Suspect Found Not Guilty Of Crime Spree

You may remember the “crazy muscle-flexing man” with the unforgettable mugshot, who made the news a few weeks ago. Mark Siebenmorgen, 46, was arrested for  wreaking havoc in Milwaukie, OR, last Oct. 21. He was accused of a  “one man crime spree” that  included assaulting a man, throwing rocks at a woman, and swinging his arms & flexing his muscles before jumping onto the hood of a car.

Anyhoo, I can’t link to my post because I “disappeared” it a couple of days or so after I posted it.

That’s right, I deleted the post, (which I realize is not a kosher thing to do in the blogosphere).

But here’s why – A couple of days after I posted the mugshot, (which could easily qualify for *craziest mugshot of the year*), a friend of Siebenmorgen’s contacted me by email and told me some things about him that made me feel very guilty for laughing  -  he was a wounded vet, suffered from manic depression, and was a great guy, normally,  who in fact,  often volunteered at the homeless shelter. She told me that the behavior he was being accused of was not like him at all.

Here’s a picture of him under normal circumstances:

She emailed me a little while ago with an update to his case. He was found not guilty of the charges:

Milwaukie police say he was behind a one-man crime spree on Oct. 21. They arrested him at his apartment on Stark Street in Portland and they jailed him on charges of criminal mischief, assault and menacing. A Clackamas County judge found Siebenmorgen not guilty Friday afternoon. Because it was a bench trial and not a jury trial, the judge made the decision.

My contact had assumed that he was the culprit, but after hearing the facts laid out during the trial, tells me that she agrees with the judge’s decision.

So Mark Siebenmorgan’s name has been cleared in time for him to enjoy his Christmas.

In the meantime…is there still a muscle-flexing madman on the loose in the Portland area?

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FCC Poised To Impose Net Neutrality Rules, Today

FCC Chairman, Julius Genachowski has the votes he needs to impose net neutrality rules on the internet, so this is a fait accompli:

The rules would prohibit phone and cable companies from abusing their control over broadband connections to discriminate against rival content or services, such as Internet phone calls or online video, or play favorites with Web traffic.

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski now has the three votes needed for approval, despite firm opposition from the two Republicans on the five-member commission. Genachowski’s two fellow Democrats said Monday they will vote for the rules, even though they consider them too weak.

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Republicans, meanwhile, warn that the new rules would impose unnecessary regulations on an industry that is one of the few bright spots in the current economy, with phone and cable companies spending billions to upgrade their networks for broadband.

Burdensome net neutrality rules, they warn, would discourage broadband providers from continuing those upgrades by making it difficult for them to earn a healthy return on their investments.

Live coverage of the FCC meeting at CSPAN.

Reason TV produced this video to explain why net neutrality is not only unnecessary – it’s a bad idea:

See also:

Stop The ACLU: FCC To Vote On Net Neutrality Today, Create Problem Where None Existed

UPDATE:

As expected:

Weasel Zippers: FCC Votes 3-2 to Regulate the Internet Via Net Neutrality…

But:

Republican Congressmen Vow to Quash Net Neutrality…

(Daily Caller)- In the wake of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) passing of a net neutrality plan, some Congressmen are already planning how to fight back. For some, that means the 1996 Congressional Review Act (CRA).

Michigan Republican Rep. Fred Upton, the incoming chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Oregon Republican Rep. Greg Walden and Nebraska Republican Rep. Lee Terry have pledged to use that law to fight the FCC’s new regulations.

The CRA gives Congress the authority to review federal agency regulations, and repeal them if necessary with a joint resolution.

 

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Video: Reason TV’s Nanny Of The Year

Funny stuff – Reason TV gets the V-Blogger of the Year award in my book:

Busybodies, Babes, and Bacon!

 

 

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Gov. Christie commutes Aitken’s Gun Sentence

This great news for Brian Aitken comes via The Daily Caller:

New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie commuted the sentence of Brian Aitken’s Monday, reducing his sentence from seven years in prison to time already served. According to Christie’s order, he will be released as soon as it’s “administratively possible.” 

As The Daily Caller previously reported, Aitken, 27, was arrested in New Jersey in 2009 after police found unloaded guns in the trunk of his car that had been purchased legally in Colorado. New Jersey law requires residents who want to transport firearms legally to request a permit from a local law enforcement office and produce a letter stating why it is necessary for them to carry a gun.
The judge had refused to accept evidence supporting his defense, and treated him like a common criminal who bought the guns to commit  crimes. 

This story was posted here, on November 30, by BlackIsWhite Imperial Consigliere. He  soon became a cause celebre among Second Amendment enthusiasts, and a Facebook page was set up to support his cause: Free Brian Aitkin, attracting over 15,000 fans.

As I mentioned previously, a lot of conservatives were watching this case, and hoping that Christie would do the right thing.
He did, and now Aitken doesn’t have to spend Christmas in jail. Good news all around.

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Monday Quick Links

Cartoon via Theo spark

It’s just not normal or right that there is so much government activity going on, this close to Christmas. But as it happens, the Dem Socialists need the cover of Christmas to get their dirty deeds done. So here I am, blogging, instead of finishing up my Christmas shopping….

Seton Motley has another post up about the FCC usurpation of the internet, scheduled for tomorrow, the 21st:

Big Government: Right Before It Tries To Take Over The Internet, The FCC’s Websites Are “Unavailable” Due To “Scheduled Maintenance”

As we have much discussed, the FCC has decided to power grab Internet authority on December 21st.  The Commission must seize said authority because it does not have it unless and until Congress writes a law saying so – which The Chairman himself admits Congress has not done.

The Chairman will do so via a three unelected bureaucrat Democrat Party-line vote (that’s counting him).  He intends to do so under cover of Christmas – slamming it through less than 96 hours before the Big Day.

The Chairman will do so by writing (and rewriting, and rewriting some more, and rewriting again) an 80-plus page “order” – which sounds an awful lot like he’s appropriating Congress’ job and writing law.  (Because, again, Congress has never written a law that allows him to do this.)  He is in perpetual revision mode to continue to capitulate to the demands – and induce the vote – of the FCC’s most Leftist member – Commissioner Michael Copps – driving this Web takeover to the outer limits of illegal usurpation.

Keep reading at Big Government.

More FCC news from Motley at The American spectator: Al Sharpton Helping FCC Design Rush Limbaugh ‘Free Speech’ Show Trials

…apparently the FCC is looking into warping beyond all recognition its definition of “public hearing” — with the Reverend Al Sharpton lending a hand.

Public hearings would instead be used to drag unfavorables like Rush Limbaugh before the Commission to “explain how they justify” their availing themselves of their First Amendment rights. And to threaten their stations’ broadcast licenses should they fail the FCC’s definition of “justification.”

Meanwhile, The Washington Times reports that START has lost GOP support, but Senate Democrats say they still have votes to ratify treaty.

Key Senate Republicans on Sunday announced that they do not support ratification of a U.S.-Russia arms control treaty, upsetting White House plans to win passage of the pact during the lame-duck session of the Senate.

Despite these statements, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Senate Democratic leaders said they have the 67 votes needed to ratify the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START). Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid set the key test, ending debate and proceeding to a vote, for Tuesday.

At Big Journalism, we  find that HHS is  steering Google searches of “ObamaCare” to its propaganda site by buying a Google advertisement that directs people to its page.

“We are using a bunch of search term[s] to help point people to HealthCare.gov. Part of our online efforts to help get accurate information to people about the new law (i.e. also use Facebook, Twitter, blogs and webcasts),” an HHS official confirmed by e-mail.

Your tax dollars at work.

Speaking of propaganda, The BlogProf reports on some sickening agitprop by way of  the Governor of MI: Granholm releases propoganda video even the establishment MSM can’t stomach

More propaganda cited  at NewsReal as Megan Fox lists: Top 10 Hoaxes Perpetrated by the Left and Trumpeted by a Complicit Media

And we’re starting with a college professor who spray-painted her own car, and then pretended she was the victim of a hate crime: Kerri Dunn.

I’m glad somebody finally compiled a least of these.

Gateway Pundit: Unreal… Napolitano Says DHS Is Going to Start Battling Climate Change As Homeland Security Issue

Great, what next? Is DHS going to get involved with the childhood obesity national security problem?

Pirates Cove has more on the global warming climate change global climate disruption front: Global Warming Disrupts European Travel

Ace notes an amazing coincidence: Sunspot Activity Predicts Lower Temperatures , but we all know the sun has nothing to do with global weather disruptions, right?!

More great news comes via Michelle Malkin: Watch out: More Obama union pay-offs in the works:

On Friday, President Obama mollified Big Labor bosses at the White House. Which means you better watch your wallets.

Some genuinely good news for President “Miss Me Yet”: US News: Merry Christmas, Mr. Bush: ‘Decision Points’ is a big seller.

Are you kidding me, lady?: Newsbusters: Nina Totenberg: ‘I Was At – Forgive the Expression – a Christmas Party…’

You know what? If the word, “Christmas” is that distasteful to you, maybe you shouldn’t be going to Christmas parties?
Ace has this to say about Totenberg’s faux pas:

Does anyone think that Nina Totenberg, or anyone in the media or government or academy, would ever say, “I was — forgive the expression — at a gay wedding”? No, of course not; they would never give that such a slight, classifying it as an actual vulgarity.

But Christmas? To Nina Totenberg and the alien creatures who have, V-like, infiltrated and captured our key institutions, the word “Christmas” is now on par with a lower-grade racial slur.

Pigford Lawyer: Claimants “Got Away With Murder”

The President recently signed a $1.25 billion settlement to black farmers in Pigford II, which was on top of the $1 billion 1999 Settlement, (Pigford I), amid  accusations of large-scale fraud among the thousands of cases.

As Lee Stranahan of  Big Government notes, there has been a marked lack of journalistic curiosity into this matter.

The press has blindly repeated the Obama Administration’s claim that there are only a handful of fraud cases among the twenty thousand or so paid Pigford claims.  Worse, the media has helped promote the narrative that those raising concerns about fraud in Pigford are racist.

You’re about to watch a video clip where Othello Cross, an attorney for Pigford claimants with about fifteen years of experience on the case, admits that he is personally aware of hundreds of cases of fraud in the state of Arkansas alone. Furthermore, he explains how easy it was to commit that fraud and receive a $50,000 check from the government; it’s appropriate to deduce from Cross’s revealing statement that the actual number of fraudulent claims is likely much higher than the hundreds he knows about.

The good news is, the USDA  increased their estimate of Pigford fraud cases by 300%.

The bad news is that’s only an increase from their previous estimate of 3 cases to a whopping 10.

Hello? Are there any investigative journalists left in the MSM?

More at Big Government.

Hat tip: adeliemanchot

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Report: Saudi Plan Afoot To Move Ground Zero Mosque To Another Site

A Saudi-linked Manhattan lawyer is claiming that King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia wants to move the controversial  mosque to New York’s West Village.

The Daily Telegraph reports:

Attorney Dudley Gaffin said the Saudi king might want to buy shuttered St Vincent’s Medical Centre and transfer the mosque to a new Islamic cultural center he would build on a plot at that site, sources who heard Mr Gaffin’s pitch said, according to the New York Post.

The King would also save the hospital, reopening most of the units that closed when St Vincent’s filed for bankruptcy on April 14, the sources said.

According to an unidentified source, quoted in the NY Post, the king wants to do this as a PR move:

-to save the hospital and move the mosque away from the World Trade Center site,” the source added. “He wants to show that Muslims can do good works.”

“[Gaffin is] talking about the Saudis,” said another source, a politically connected lawyer. “I don’t know if any conversations have taken place [with them].”

The cost would be at least $300 million — the combined amount that the Sisters of Charity, which owns the hospital, owes the biggest secured creditors, GE Capital and TD bank.

“He wanted to know what it would cost,” said the community leader.

Gaffin said the mosque and cultural center would likely be built in a space now occupied by a shuttered nursing facility on 12th Street, just east of Seventh Avenue.

Sources said Gaffin claimed to have broached the topic with Mayor Bloomberg and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, but reps for both denied it.

“No one here has heard of this,” said Bloomberg spokesman Marc LaVorgna.

Keep your fingers crossed. This would be a good PR move on the part of the Saudis.

Most of all, it would a good move for 9/11 families who don’t want a mosque built on their loved ones’ grave site.
Thanks to American Power who also posted the trailer for the new short documentary, Sacrificed Survivors:

The film will include undercover footage at the mosque—Yes, the controversial mosque is already constructed and holds services every Friday. The proposal in question is to expand this facility into a 13-story, $100 million Islamic center within eye’s view of the former site of the World Trade Center.

“This film is not your ordinary story-telling documentary. It is not a film that shows people protesting and fancy speeches on the topic,” said Jason Campbell, CAN’s Projects Director.

“It is a 45-minute film that is fueled by the testimony of the survivors and the families of the victims of the attacks of September 11, 2001. It is about how they feel about the mosque being built on the site where their loved ones lost their lives,” he said.

In “Sacrificed Survivors,” CAN’s staff go undercover into the mosque so the viewer can see the prayer room that is already being used and feel like they are a part of the drama that is unfolding in New York City.

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By Hook or Crook…

their agenda will become your agenda, because the given inches always yield to the taken miles, as this story from Yahoo news so helpfully foreshadows:

After years of contentious debate, the Senate on Saturday voted to repeal the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy that blocked gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military.

While critics, including Arizona GOP Sen. John McCain, said the repeal would cause a deadly distraction on the battlefield at a time of war, the lawmakers backing repeal equated the vote to other historic moments including the end of racial segregation among troops in the 1950s and the decision to allow women to attend military service academies in the 1970s.

Which isn’t an accident.  If they can paint it in the same light as real civil rights legislation, then it makes it much easier to maintain and forcefully assert the fiction in the federal lawsuits against state law that are to come.  And make no mistake, they will come.

“It is time to close this chapter in our history,” President Obama said in a statement hailing the vote’s passage. “It is time to recognize that sacrifice, valor and integrity are no more defined by sexual orientation than they are by race or gender, religion or creed.”

But sacrifice, valor, and even integrity can find a home in the deeds of the worst of the worst when the circumstances are right.  That was the whole point of films like The Dirty Dozen, and The Devil’s Brigade, wasn’t it?  Taking convicted criminals, some of whom were under sentence of death, and siccing them on the enemy, demonstrating that such characteristics were not reserved for the law-abiding and the basically “good”?   Still, branches of the military do not generally make a habit out of integrating criminals and other people with “evil” habits and tendencies, that have manifested themselves in the choices that they have made, into military units as a matter of policy.   And yet, because of a near-constant erosion in the basis of our law, this is exactly what the Senate has decided to do.  What makes it an act of far-reaching consequence is that it will not stop there.  The will of a small vocal minority, and a larger minority that has installed itself as the “Decider” and arbiter of what is and is not good for society will not let it. 

Yet the repeal is far more than just a single policy shift. The overturning of “don’t ask, don’t tell” is likely to create a ripple effect in addressing other gay-rights issues, as many states continue to debate issues including same-sex marriage and the right of gay partners to share benefits the same way legally married couples do. With gay service members serving openly, it will become difficult for policy makers to justify, say, withholding visitation rights or survivor benefits to the same-sex spouse of a wounded or fallen soldier. [Emphasis Added.]

The casual observer might simply take this as an inspired bit of wishcasting, but anyone who has been paying attention sees it as another in a series of careful plays intended to bring about a specific result.  The fact is that we have no rational basis for treating this policy shift as a victory for civil rights, and those who today enjoy the great strides made in the area of civil rights should be insulted that the implication that “discrimination” on the basis of what can only be conclusively proven to be a choice is the same as discrimination on the basis of an immutable condition, such as race or gender, or of specifically protected behaviors like religion or creed.   The Left does not see it in this light, because their elation at sticking their fingers in the eyes of those they brand as “extremists” or “fundamentalists” has specifically blinded them to the reality of what they have done.   That realization will be for a later day, if indeed they are still capable of drawing any lines between things that are acceptable for a society and things that are not when that day comes.  The over/under on that being the case is about even at this time, and it has occurred to me more than once that once it is no longer socially acceptable to call evil what it is, then drastic changes to the definition of good cannot be too far behind.   We have already started down this road, and while we are not in danger of putting our imprimatur on things like obvious theft and murder as society, there is already a groundswell under way that supports it in less obvious forms, and have already made compromises between it and our formerly better understanding of such things.  The more obvious manifestations will be the last to come, not because they are obvious, but because the only thing that purveyors of the new, who reject the old philosophy and understanding, hold sacred is the self, and that once their own possessions are forfeit through proceedings that commonplace avoid process, or consist only of a perfunctory circuit through the motions, and they cry foul, will the most perceptive among them realize that they long ago removed the rationale allowing them to hold these last vestiges of an old order by any rational legal means.

The truth is that this policy will not benefit the military or society at large.  We are not made stronger when one of the things we must prepare for are policies and procedures to deal with new claims of discrimination, with merit, and perhaps more importantly, those without, and the way to add finality to such determination without completely removing it from those closest to enforcement in the attempt to give it the appearance of legitimacy.  All of what this entails will unquestionably bring more cost, more complication, and more distraction to a profession already arguably more weighed down in the issues of diversity, fairness, and equality than it is in the idea of merit, which benefits the service, and actually training to achieve and maintain physical and technical superiority over our nation’s enemies.

By casting it as a victory for Civil Rights, the Deciders and those they would empower delegitimize Christianity, when it was Christian churches which have been major players in the Civil Rights movement, a move that somehow does not appear to them to be a logical disconnect in any fashion, or call their previous victories into question.   This makes them either hypocrites or opportunists.  Given their support of self-proclaimed “christian leaders”, who tell them exactly what they want to hear on this subject, (a position that can only be reached by picking and choosing what portions of scripture support their conclusions) I’m coming down hard on the side of opportunist.   However you choose to define it, it brings us to the same place:  When we start redefining evil, first by accepting it, then by legitimizing it, a creeping redefinition of what we place value on as being good must also follow.  And it has.  This is the elephant in the room that these modern-day crusaders for the Religion of Self™ refuse to recognize.   If we decide that choice is the basis of a civil right to behavior largely unthinkable 20 years from now, there is no basis for denying a civil right on the basis of choice for things that are still largely unthinkable now.  These crusaders scoff at such notions, all the while failing to recognize that there are already those who are laying the same kind of groundwork that they themselves have put down to get us here.  If you look hard, you can see the future, and what it holds isn’t pretty.   Everything will be permissible, except for believing that some things should not be.  And the worst part is that the trap is already springing.  Those who claim that these things aren’t related are blind to the steel teeth closing about them already.   They have already made such things possible, and arguing that they will never be acceptable to society ignores the fact that they already are.

Your Sunday Hymn: The King Shall Come When Morning Dawns

I’m a little late with this – been busy, busy, busy getting ready for Christmas.

I’ve always loved this advent hymn, and I found this Chinese Choir’s version  absolutely charming:

Lyrics in Chinese, English and Spanish, below:

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