Saturday Morning Thoughts

With Deb away, I guess its up to Geoff and I to make sure that there is something for Deb’s readers to consider on this day, and since Geoff doesn’t really post anything, it appears that it falls to me.

So this morning, I read about a  new translation of the Bible, that is “easier to comprehend”. 

Professor David Capes says the Bible “is probably the most owned and least read book out there. That’s because, for many, it’s too difficult to understand.”

The “own it but haven’t read it” demographic is his target market, says Capes, who teaches the New Testament at Houston Baptist University and was part of a team that compiled “The Voice,” a new translation of the King James Bible. Capes told CNN that the motivation behind the translation, seven years in the making, was to emphasize the meaning behind the words.

“‘The Voice’ considers the narrative links that help us to understand the drama and passion of story that is present in the original languages,” according to the website for the book. “The tone of the writing, the format of the page, and the directness of the dialog allows the tradition of passing down the biblical narrative to come through in ‘The Voice.’”

I really have mixed feelings about this.  While there are several translations of the Bible that are the result of years of translation from original greek texts, that have allowed for a deeper, richer understanding.  This still requires an effort from the reader, and it is precisely the difficulty in understanding certain portions that causes me to read from these translations in the first place. 

But what makes this different is the fact that it is someone re-writing a King James Version because it is too difficult to understand.  This smacks of the same thinking in which people denigrate the Constitution, because it is too hard to understand, or refuse to read the Federalist Papers because they are difficult, or CS Lewis’ apologetics, or…well, you get the point.  It isn’t the average person who benefits when such books are “dumbed down”, and it empowers the ones doing the dumbing down.  You don’t value what you don’t pay for, and when this version has abandoned the use of “angel”, “Christ”, and “apostle”, I don’t get a sense that it ends well.  It smacks a little too much of the continual “redefinition” of all things being forced upon us in other parts of culture and society.

Am I the Only One…

…who wants to choke the s*** of the people on “our side” of the political spectrum when they keep attacking the non-expert/experienced politicians who have decided to endure hostile, partisan reporters spelunking in their sphincters and uteruses, and the scorn and derision of pundits, who often have done nothing remotely risky in their lives other than ordering iffy fish at swanky restaurants or daring to buy a suit off the rack, rather than visiting their tailor for their latest Armani.

I’d like to know when so many conservatives bought into the idea that our leaders must be drawn from the pool of experts and experienced politicians.  A careful reading of the Federalist Papers and other assorted writings make it clear that the Framers certainly never envisioned a government consisting of career politicians and professional experts rich in “knowledge” largely or completely unsupported by real world experience.  But honestly, as far afield as we have strayed from so many other things that they intended, I find this gradual acquiescence less frustrating than the unrestrained contempt that so many of these so-called conservative “journalists”, talking heads, and their devoted followers have for people like Sarah Palin, Herman Cain, or even Michelle Bachmann.

Whether it’s the vacuous and groundless criticisms leveled at Sarah Palin, (She’s dumb, she’s a hillbilly, Trig isn’t hers, OMG, she didn’t give a polished and pat answer to the hostile reporter’s query, its her fault the nutbar shot Gabby Giffords, or that she’s a quitter because she decided to stop costing the taxpayers of Alaska money fighting boundless and, ultimately frivolous ethics complaints and resigned the governorship), the “he doesn’t have a policy plan for every single contingency” leveled at Herman Cain, someone who I would wager has more ideas that would actually grow the economy and jobs in his little finger than The President and all of Congress have between themselves and their legions of advisors and staff.  Besides, I’m quite sure that the only reason an “electable candidate” like Mitt Romney can cogently answer a specific foreign policy question because at least one or more paid advisor has advised him on a safe, or expected answer to such question.  Be honest, do you think at his first inauguration, George W. Bush was planning to spend the majority of time in office in charge of conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, or that he thought that we would suffer a devastating terrorist attack on our soil that would kill thousands of American civilians, or that a cadre of career Democratic appointees going through a revolving door at Freddie and Fannie would feed an unsustainable bubble by guaranteeing bad loans and personally enriching themselves in the process, despite it being brought to his attention once in office, and his numerous warnings to Congress about their dreadful oversight after it was brought to his attention.

The fact that these criticisms come from people who haven’t decided to subject themselves to the inevitable criticism and scrutiny directed at these candidates is irritating.  These people aren’t making the decision to run because they want power.  Despite the claims to the contrary, they don’t do it for “the fame”.  I’m quite certain that Governor Palin hasn’t appreciated “the fame” that has made her daughters the focus of David Letterman’s creepy sexual innuendos, or Andy Sullivan all but petition the courts to make his own gynecological examination of her nethers.  I’m equally certain that Herman Cain didn’t decide to move into the public eye and run for office because he’d like to be President.  Representative Bachmann on the other hand, clearly enjoys driving partisan hacks like Chrissy “Tingles” Matthews insane when she purposely doesn’t play the role that he hamfistedly tries to maneuver her into.  But then, to hear some talking head with a complete lack of understanding of the tax code prattling on and pretending to know more than her would lead me to frustrate the sputtering simpleton at every opportunity as well.  No, these people made the decision to step away from their lives because they could no longer ignore the fact that decades of leadership by the experienced and the experts isn’t working.  And what thanks do they get?  A complete eclipse of consideration by self-appointed deciders obsessed with talking points, elaborate plans which may or may not survive the events of the potential candidate’s administration, ‘electablity’-otherwise known as the careful positioning that ensures that the candidate doesn’t really have a position that would evoke a strong feeling by any potential voter, and policy expertise informed by, well, more experts.  And then they lament months later the fact that the new boss is largely undistinguishable from the old boss.

I have an idea.

How about you journalists, pundits, loyal followers and other deciders who purport to be on our side try a novel strategy this time?

Shut the hell up and let us decide, m’kay?


Oh Joy: Two Major Soros Conferences In One Weekend

Beloved philanthropist, George Soros is so dedicated to improving American lives, he’s scheduled two major conferences in one weekend:

The emphasis of both conferences is a familiar one to American voters – change. Soros wants to begin changing the global economy in one event. In the other, his flunkies want to “Change the world. Change the media.”

Now that is change you can believe in. Sadly, those who actually report the news must believe in it because they sure as heck aren’t reporting on Soros or either event. And that’s even though staffers or even executives from Reuters, the Financial Times, NPR, PBS, The Washington Post and other major media outlets are speaking at one event or the other.

The first gathering in Bretton Woods, N.H., is an economic conference Soros once described as “a grand bargain that rearranges the entire financial order.” In October 2009, Soros committed $50 million to the Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET). A week later, the glib lefty investor wrote a column calling for a new Bretton Woods event, to recreate the one that helped design the post-WWII economy. Only he wants this one to knock America down a peg or three.

The announced speakers include a lot of prominent lefties, globalists and economists on the board of the organization he has throwing the event – more than two-thirds of the overall total have ties to Soros. To underscore their connection to history, INET is hosting the conference at the Mount Washington Resort, the very same hotel that held the first gathering.
And if that wasn’t enough, a Soros-funded media conference will be held just three hours away in Boston.

Close to 350 left-wingers from a variety of organizations are gathering there for the National Conference for Media Reform.That “change the world” conference includes two commissioners from the FCC, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, Sen. Bernie Sanders, four Democratic representatives, the head of Columbia University, and assorted left-wing journalist types, from Salon’s Glenn Greenwald to disgraced former MSNBC host David Shuster, who now works for a Soros-funded investigative operation.

The rest of the list reads like a “Who’s Who” of left-wing organizations and talking heads, including the president of PBS, a senior vice president with American Public Media, an Al Jazeera English executive, the president of the Newspaper Guild – CWA and Washington Post columnist Rob Pegoraro. Many others have Soros connections, such as:

Common Cause, which has been going after conservative Supreme Court justices who have some connection to the Koch brothers. Common Cause seems immune to similar investigations of their own gravy train.

Columbia Journalism Review’s Dean Starkman. He is chief of the review’s “The Audit” section and a 2006 Katrina Media Fellow with the Open Society Institute, the primary Soros charitable foundation.

Free Press, which is holding the conference. Free Press has received more than $1 million from Soros since 2003 and has 18 presenters pushing for things like “strong public media” or an extremely expensive national broadband plan they quaintly describe as “universal access to communications.”

Think Progress’sKoch-hating Lee Fang. Think Progress is a project of Democrat John Podesta’s Center for American Progress, which was founded with Soros money. Fang is on the panel for: “Real Issues vs. Astroturf: Confronting the Koch Brothers,” and makes the laughable claim “this is not about liberals versus conservatives” when the entire goal of the left is to shut down the Kochs to defund the right.

Meanwhile, those evil Koch brothers have been engaging in one nefarious deed after another — “stealing our democracy”

I remember hearing the account of how the Koch brothers amassed a $10 Billion position in the British pound and then sold it short causing “Black Wednesday.” The evil brothers made $1.1 Billion and set England on a course towards a recession which hurt millions of people as businesses failed and the housing market collapsed. They essentially bankrupted an entire country to make a profit. That’s pure evil.

The Kochs broke the Bank of England via  their enormous, largely unregulated, derivative based hedge funds which aren’t even headquartered in the US!! Lord knows how many taxes those evil rich guys have avoided over the decades of their funds’ existence. The Leftists are always telling us how shady it is to offshore an operations’ headquarters and the Koch brothers are a prime example. Crashing economies and undermining currencies. Making billions of dollars. And then they have the audacity to not even use that money to create jobs in the US?? PURE. EVIL.


They’ve been convicted of insider trading. They fund organizations dedicated to silencing opposing view points (literally, they don’t just disagree, they want them shut down). They operate a network of organizations which fund, directly or indirectly, nearly every radical movement in the US and abroad. They have declared themselves the “world’s conscience” as if their history of pure evil doesn’t exist.— Keep reading here.

Those bastards!


Cowardly Dems Flee Indiana; Cowardly Governor Signals To Repubs To Drop Right-To-Work Bill


Image via Doug Ross

Earlier today, reported:

Seats on one side of the Indiana House were nearly empty today as House Democrats departed the the state rather than vote on anti-union legislation.

A source tells the Indianapolis Star that Democrats are headed to Illinois, though it was possible some also might go to Kentucky. They need to go to a state with a Democratic governor to avoid being taken into police custody and returned to Indiana.

The House came into session twice this morning, with only three of the 40 Democrats present. Those were needed to make a motion, and a seconding motion, for any procedural steps Democrats would want to take to ensure Republicans don’t do anything official without quorum.

With only 58 legislators present, there was no quorum present to do business. The House needs 67 of its members to be present.

Ed Morrissey asked:

At what point does the decision to hold democracy hostage transform from a localized example of petulance to a national strategy?

To which I would  add, ” and how would Dems respond if Republicans employed this strategy every time they disagreed with a bill?  Can liberals really be such short sighted, cowardly fools, or could the risk of upsetting the gravy train that’s kept them going for so many years, be causing  them to jump the shark?

But never fear, just when momentum and public opinion seems to be  going against the Dems,  there’s always some unprincipled, craven Republican around to enable their bad behavior – in this case, the Governor of Indiana, and Presidential contender, Mitch Daniels.

3:40 PM — Governor says time to dump labor bill

Gov. Mitch Daniels signaled this afternoon that Republicans should to drop the right-to-work bill that has brought the Indiana House to a standstill for two days and imperiled other measures.

Daniels told reporters this afternoon that he expects House Democrats will return to work if the bill dies. It would be unfortunate if other bills are caught up in the turmoil, he said.

He will not send out state police to corral the Democrats, the Republican governor said.


Looks like Daniels is calling a friggin’ truce on fiscal issues, too – and not serious about running for President.




It gets worse…

Daniels Says, Legislators Running Away Is A “Perfectly Legitimate Part Of The Process”

After reading spirited NRO defense of Daniels, Fritzworth at AoSHQ asks: Mitch Daniels: Caving In or Ahead of the Game?

Sorry this fight fell on his lap when he has so much on his plate, already – but it did, and the correct response is to fight back – not placate  and excuse dishonorable Dems

Answer: Caving.

Linked by Michelle Malkin in Buzzworthy, and The Conservative Diva, and, and Voting American, thanks!


UPDATE: Daniels Says, Legislators Running Away Is A “Perfectly Legitimate Part Of The Process”

Shock and Awe: Rahmbo Lets one rip on the Charlie Rose Show

Emanuel’s one gun salute comes at the :22 sec mark. Watch him smirk and quickly grab for his coffee:

Video via Gateway Pundit, who says: “Of course this surprises no one”.

Makes for riveting live t.v., no? What’s sad, is less hot air was expelled during that blast than everything he said preceding it.

Another unprecedented achievement for the Obama administration.

And historic. God knows everything this bunch does is historic.

– Did anyone from the Bush administration ever fart that loud on national t.v? I think not.


{{{The Thing That Wouldn’t Leave}}}: Pelosi Says Dems Will Have Health Bill

Egad. The Rocky Horror Picture Show that our government has become, continues to appall. First ObamaCare is dead because of the Brown election,  then it’s not dead, and then it is truly dead, stick a fork in it, and then :

The top House Democrat says giving up on a health care bill isn’t an option.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday, “I don’t see that as a possibility…we will have something.”

The California Democrat said today’s health care system is financially unsustainable, and it’s not in the American character to allow tens of millions of citizens to go uninsured.

Pelosi didn’t say whether the final bill will be the sweeping overhaul sought by President Barack Obama, or smaller-scale legislation that accomplishes only some of his goals. Democrats were on the verge of passing far-reaching legislation, but the loss of a Massachusetts Senate seat has cost them the 60-vote majority needed to deliver.


In case you didn’t get the “The Thing That Wouldn’t Leave” reference,  (Gosh this dates me) – it’s a classic skit from the original SNL:

John Belushi played the slobby, inconsiderate house guest of nice couple Jane Curtain and Bill Murray. All the rest of the guests had  gone home, it’s past midnight, and Belushi won’t stop flipping channels, and raiding their fridge.


And hilarious.




CNN Poll shows 69% say scrap the bill, start over

But will the thing take a hint, and leave?


Ace says update II was a false alarm.

Hat tip: Weasel Zippers


Pelosi Plan v.s. GOP Plan Side By Side

Michelle Malkin is liveblogging what she is characterizing, “the government health care takeover ram down”. GOP Rep. Virginia Fox just called it: “this exercise of tyranny by the majority.”

If you are away from a t.v., you can tune in and listen to it live on CSPAN.

For a reminder of how God-awful this bill is, see John Boehner’s: Mega-Bureaucracy: J.E.C. Chart Shows Speaker Pelosi’s New Bill Will Create Unprecedented Health Care Labyrinth
Boehner’s office has also put together a GREAT side by side analysis of Republican v.s. Democrat Health Care plan:

Speaker Pelosi’s Gov’t Takeover of Health Care
2,032 pages, $1.3 trillion (and counting)
GOP’s Common-Sense Health Care Plan
219 pages, $61 billion
Does It Lower Premiums? NO. Individuals and families would pay higher premiums under the government-run health care plan created by Speaker Pelosi’s bill, according to estimates by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO.) YES. Families’ premiums under the GOP plan would be nearly $5,000 lower than under Speaker Pelosi’s bill, according to CBO estimates.
Does It Protect Jobs? NO. Speaker Pelosi’s bill requires employers to either provide “government-approved” coverage or pay a steep tax.  According to a methodology developed by White House economists, these mandates – coupled with tax increases in the bill – would destroy as many as 5.5 million American jobs over the next decade.  YES. The GOP plan protects jobs by lowering premiums for small business owners and their employees by as much as 10%, according to CBO.
Is It Fiscally Responsible? NO. Speaker Pelosi’s $1.3 trillion (and counting) bill fails to account for a number of hidden costs, including a $210 billion Medicare “doc fix.”  CBO estimates Speaker Pelosi’s bill will increase federal spending on health care by $598 billion over ten years, as well as increase federal spending on health care in the following decade. YES. The GOP plan would cut the deficit by $68 billion over the next 10 years, according to CBO estimates.  The GOP plan is the only one that consistently reduces federal spending on health care over the next two decades.
Does It Protect Families and Small Businesses From Massive Tax Hikes? NO. Speaker Pelosi’s bill imposes $752.6 billion in tax increases on working families, large employers, and small business owners.  YES. The GOP plan protects family budgets.
Does It Protect Medicare? NO. CBO estimates Speaker Pelosi’s bill would cut Medicare by more than $500 billion over the next 10 years. YES. The GOP plan protects Medicare.
Does It Provide Sustainable Coverage for Pre-Existing Conditions? NO. Speaker Pelosi’s bill imposes an unworkable, one-size-fits-all fix through Washington mandates that will inevitably raise the cost of insurance.  YES. The GOP plan establishes Universal Access Programs to help guarantee access to affordable coverage, including for individuals with pre-existing conditions.
Does It Prevent Taxpayer-Funded Coverage of Illegal Immigrants? NO. Speaker Pelosi’s bill would actually cover 2.5 million MORE illegal immigrants than House Democrats’ original proposal, according to CBO estimates. YES. The GOP plan explicitly prevents illegal immigrants from receiving taxpayer subsidies.
Does It Prevent Taxpayer-Funded Abortions? NO. Under Speaker Pelosi’s bill, the government-run health care plan is authorized to cover elective abortions by way of a “monthly abortion premium.” YES. The GOP plan codifies the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits the use of federal funds to pay for elective abortions.
Does It Protect The Doctor-Patient Relationship and Prevent Rationed Care? NO. Speaker Pelosi’s bill creates 118 offices, bureaus, commissions, programs, and bureaucracies charged with such obligations as “establishing waiting lists” and determining “categories of covered treatments.” YES. The GOP plan strengthens the doctor-patient relationship and prevents rationed care by making care more affordable and accessible.
Does It Tackle Junk Lawsuits? NO. Speaker Pelosi’s bill fails to meaningfully address the need to put an end to junk lawsuits that contribute to higher health care costs. YES. The GOP plan implements reforms that will protect doctors from a feeding frenzy of trial lawyers.
Does It Protect State Budgets? NO. Speaker Pelosi’s plan includes an expansion of Medicaid that will cost cash-strapped states $34 billion over the next ten years. YES. The GOP plan rewards states for implementing innovative solutions to make health care more accessible and affordable.

See also RedState: CBO: New House Health Bill Spending Estimate, $3 Trillion over 10 Years

The totals below, I am told by the Heritage Foundation, do NOT include the $250 billion extra spending on Medicare to buy off the American Medical Association for their support of the U.S. House bill.

The Democratic House Leadership has completely lost touch with fiscal reality.

The Republican Health Care alternative is here.

All The Blogs are buzzing about, “Dr. No”, Tom Coburn, and his bid to force the bill to be read in its entirety on the Senate floor:

Hot Air: Coburn plans to read the bill …

Riehl World View: Sen. Tom Coburn Yells STOP!

Pundette and Pundette: Why We Love Sen. Coburn, Reason #325: Dr. No Threatening to Have Bill Read on Senate Floor