You’ve Been Left Behind Sucker

A great new website has openned up and unfortuntely I only have one post now because I’ve been spending all morning using it to write mails to Catholics I know, liberal politicians, and people who have questioned my religion in the past.  www.youvebeenleftbehind.com is the world’s first (for all I know) post rapture emailing system.  When us believers are called up to Heaven, we’re still able to send one last taunt to the non-believers from Heaven.

According to the website, “We have set up a system to send documents by the email, to the addresses you provide, 6 days after the “Rapture” of the Church. This occurs when 3 of our 5 team members scattered around the U.S fail to log in over a 3 day period. Another 3 days are given to fail safe any false triggering of the system.”  I wonder who the 2 team members that they are pretty sure aren’t going to be saved are.

The only problem is it only saves us to 62 email addresses and I’m on 59 and I’m just at Pelosi in the alphabet.   Looks like good news for Gloria Steinem and Barbara Streisand.  I’m basically using the service to taunt people, but if you have a friend who won’t be saved (why?) the site explains “You will also be able to give them some help in living out their remaining time. In the encrypted portion of your account you can give them access to your banking, brokerage, hidden valuables, and powers of attorneys’ (you won’t be needing them any more, and the gift will drive home the message of love). There won’t be any bodies, so probate court will take 7 years to clear your assets to your next of Kin. 7 years of course is all the time that will be left. So, basically the Government of the AntiChrist gets your stuff, unless you make it available in another way. You can also send information based on scripture as to what will happen next. Each fulfilled prophecy will cause your letter and plea to be remembered and a decision to be made.”

The site also offers a wonderful selection of letters from people using their service (None of these letters have bank account information) at http://youvebeenleftbehind.blogspot.com/

Bush to India, “Stop Eating So Much”

A firestorm of protest in India has ignited over a comment that George Bush made speaking in St. Louis earlier in the month.

Speaking to employees at a high-tech firm in St. Louis , Bush noted that much of the developing world was prospering and that U.S. businesses could benefit. As an example, he cited India, where the “middle class is larger than our entire population.”  But “when you start getting wealth, you start demanding better nutrition and better food,” he said. “And so demand is high, and that causes the price to go up.”

I admire Bush for calling it like he saw it.  You look back at Gandhi and there was an Indian.  The man ate to live instead of living to eat.  Nowadays Indians are gorging themselves and as Americans we owe it to them to stand by our friend and say “Hey you know you could really lose a few pounds.”  We need to do the diplomatic equivalent of telling India, “Wow, are you really going to eat all that?” or “You know I’m not giving you any money to buy bigger jeans when you grow out of those.”  The basic stuff I tell my 12 year old daughter whose a bit of a porker too.

Of course, even for a proud country like India the truth hurts.  They were all like “Oh no he didn’t” over Bush’s remarks.

“India is not a net food importer. It is a food exporter. The assumption that prices are increasing because of a changed India is completely erroneous,” said Manish Tewari, a spokesman for the ruling Congress party.

Defense Minister AK Anthony called Bush’s remark a “cruel joke,” while an opposition member called the president the world’s new “bread inspector.”

We’re pulling for you in your struggle to lose weight.  You really have a lot going for you if you’d just take off a couple of pounds.  Your tech sector is booming, you’ve got a great history, you have a lot of people with nice faces. just drop the weight.

Scott McLellan Didn’t Write That Book

I was shocked and awed by quotes I heard coming out of Scott McClellan’s new book.  Now I don’t read books so I have no intention of ever buying it, but it still hurt to hear what McClellan said about the Bush years…Then I got smart.

According to a statement in November Peter Osnos, the founder and editor-in-chief of Public Affairs Books, which is publishing McClellan’s book, McClellan  “Did not intend to suggest Bush lied to him.” Osnos said the president told McClellan what “he thought to be the case.” But, he says, McClellan believes, “the president didn’t know it was not true.”  This is much different than what is in the book today.

Karl Rove who has been close to McClellan since their days in Texas together said, “This doesn’t sound like Scott.  This doesn’t sound like the Scott McClellan I know.  This sounds like someone else.  This sounds like a left wing blogger.”

He is puzzled, and he doesn’t recognize this as the Scott McClellan that he hired and confided in and worked with for so many years,” said Dana Perino, the sitting White House press secretary.

I don’t believe there is any doubt that a left wing blogger ghost wrote this book.  I know there will be a lot of pressure on McClellan, who probably had no idea this stuff was in the book, to keep quiet and let the money roll in.  I hope he does the courageous thing and admits that these weren’t his words.

The Name Nate

Growing up, I didn’t always appreciate my first name.  I was usually the only Nate in my class and things like “license plates” for my bike and personalized toothbrushes frequently didn’t come with the name Nate.

However, as I have grown older I have grown to appreciate my rather unique name as well as the Ameircan patriot who inspired it.  I was named after Revolutionary War hero Nathan Hale.  Hale is often called either “America’s First Spy” or “The Swamp Fox” for his ability to strike at the English and then return to the swamp to hide–kind of like an American Robin Hood.

He is most famous for getting captured by the British and uttering a famous speech before his execution of which the sentence most widely known is “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death”.  Hale was near death before a timely rescue by George Washington mush to the approval of the delighted crowd who had come to watch Hale’s execution.

Hale went on to be a member of the Constitutional Convention and an important leader in the colonial government before dying in his native New York.  I am proud to share his name and his love of country.

Obama’s Secret Ties to Big Oil

According to neutral website, factcheck.org Barrack Obama has received over $60,000 in contributions from oil company employees.  While I am certain the Senator would love to keep this quiet, the big question I have is what do they want for their money?  Politics is all about money and with oil companies throwing that kind of cash around you can be sure they’re going to want something in return.  Exxon who is famous for the disastrous spill in Alaska 20 years ago is particularly troubling.  Their employees alone accounted for over $30,000.  Obama is not the clean politician he pretends to be.  If elected you can be sure the oil companies will come around wanting something for their cash and what they’ll want is the ability to continue raising oil prices with impunity.

Profile In Heroism: Dr. Leon R. Kass

This Memorial Day in addition to thanking our troops, thank the soldiers who are fighting just as hard with a great deal less glory in the cultural war.  Today our blog salutes Dr. Leon R. Kass the founding director of the President’s Council on Bio-Ethics and the architect of the President’s ban on stem cell research.

Kass has also come out against other important issues of the day such as the “shallow and frivolous” lives of the Greek gods.  Kass takes a stand against the modern conception of freedom. There is a “mortal danger,” he writes, in the notion “that a person has a right over his body, a right that allows him to do whatever he wants to do with it.” He is troubled by cosmetic surgery, by gender reassignment, by invitro fertilization, and by women who postpone motherhood or choose to remain single in their twenties.

When bio-ethics can sometimes be above the average person’s head Dr. Kass extends his expertise to the mundane to give the President and the rest of us a clearer idea of where we as a society are living unethically:

“Worst of all from this point of view are those more uncivilized forms of eating, like licking an ice cream cone–a catlike activity that has been made acceptable in informal America but that still offends those who know eating in public is offensive. … Eating on the street–even when undertaken, say, because one is between appointments and has no other time to eat–displays [a] lack of self-control: It beckons enslavement to the belly. … Lacking utensils for cutting and lifting to mouth, he will often be seen using his teeth for tearing off chewable portions, just like any animal. … This doglike feeding, if one must engage in it, ought to be kept from public view, where, even if we feel no shame, others are compelled to witness our shameful behavior”

It takes a great deal of guts to come out against something as popular as ice cream, but Dr. Kass does not back down.  It is clear to see with advice like this where Bush’s own splendid ethical record comes from.  Dr. Kass continues to be an unsung hero in the culture war.

We’re Becoming a Nation of Losers

In a recent game between Central Washington and Western Oregon or maybe it was Central Oregon and Western Washington, a player hit a homerun and then injured herself jogging around the bases (No doubt patting herself on the back).  The other team carried her around the bases.  It is sad enough to see women attempting to play sports, but at this rate it won’t be long until they’re knitting a cozy for the dugout bench.  Sports should be played by hard nosed men who cause injuries not tend to them.

Then Hussein Obama was on Letterman last night making light of his lack of skill bowling.  He should be hiding his head in shame.  Nixon actually had a bowling alley put into the White House.  No American presidential contender should be unable to bowl and if they are that terrible they should be living in shame and not in self-depricating humor.

Finally, a news story this morning says that 58% of black children can’t swim.    This is despite the fact that whites only pools and beaches haven’t been around for over 40 years.    While blacks do have less buoyancy han whites, this issue can be overcome with proper technique.  There is no reason for this lack of swimmers among our black population.  This does leave water polo scholarships available for white college atheletes who were unable to earn a scholarship in say baseball or football, but it deprives the navy and marines of many potential recruits.

America, we need to go back to winning.  A quitter never wins and a winner never quits.  Witout some drastic changes we will fall behind the rest of the world.