(Length warning: this is an unusually long post for this blog. You may want to bookmark it to read when you have the time, or alternatively, print it out for reading over your favorite beverage. You have been warned.)
A young man by the name of Joel Northrup has apparently grievously offended the liberal left recently (more power to him!) by daring to abide by his upbringing and clinging to a biblical concept that once formed a cornerstone of Western civilization. What was his dire transgression that raised the ire of the self-righteous left? He forfeited a championship wrestling match to his female opponent by refusing to wrestle a girl! Yes, as you can imagine, this has the PC crowd up in arms against him, even though the girl and her family have themselves taken no offense and are supportive of this young man standing by his convictions. Perhaps therein lies part of the problem: Joel dares have convictions, based on the Bible, and is willing to live by them even if it means personal loss. He is showing that he has a backbone. What is even more interesting, and commendable, is the reason which is not related to the more obvious gender issues. He takes on the prevailing feminist ideology and slaps it in the face. The critical statements from the Fox News report (emphases added):
Northrup then made the rounds of national TV talk shows to address the decision. “There’s no specific scripture or verse in the Bible that condemns wrestling girls,” Joel told the “Fox & Friends” show. “It’s more of a Biblical principle of treating the opposite gender with respect … I don’t think wrestling should be a coed sport because of all the compromising holds and everything.”
Northrup didn’t say anything about discomfort over wrestling a girl because it was personally embarrassing or sexual in any way. It wasn’t about the bad publicity that would result if he gave her a broken forearm or a concussion. It was about elevating the woman. Shoving a woman’s face into the mat is undignified. He told CBS it gets “violent at times … I just don’t feel it’s right that a boy should engage a girl … like this.”
Well said, Mr. Northrup, well said!
Equality of worth does not translate into equality of treatment, and different treatment is not necessarily a statement of different worth. Here’s an astounding concept that frazzles the liberal mind and frequently causes a total implosion: men and women are different! God created male and female with equal worth, but different roles, and fitted them uniquely for those roles. Thus, for example, men tend to be physically stronger than women. For those who are offended by that statement, tough! Facts are stubborn things. Just compare the world records for men and women in track and field events. Men typically run faster, throw farther, and jump higher than women because of how they are designed, not because women are inferior or have been treated as inferior. Mr. Northrup’s position is amply fortified by physical reality.
Now after you’re done hyperventilating, if you have any sense left, you should probably ask, what does any of this have to do with an anniversary of whatever? Patience, dear reader! I am getting there.
South Carolina Declares War on the USA .
ONLY in SC !!!!!!!
President Barack Obama was in the Oval Office when his telephone rang.
"Hello, President Obama” a heavily accented southern voice said. "This is Archie, down here at Joe’s Catfish Shack, in Charleston , and I am callin’ to tell ya’ll that we are officially declaring war on ya!"
"Well Archie," Barack replied, "This is indeed important news! How big is your army?"
"Right now," said Archie, after a moments calculation "there is myself, my cousin Harold, my
next-door-neighbor Randy, and the whole dart team from Hooters. That makes eight!"
Barack paused. "I must tell you Archie that I have one million men in my army waiting to move on my command."
"Wow," said Archie. "I’ll have ta call ya back!"
Sure enough, the next day, Archie called again. "Mr. Obama, the war is still on! We have managed to acquire some infantry equipment!"
"And what equipment would that be Archie?" Barack asked.
"Well sir, we have two combines, a bulldozer, and Harry’s farm tractor."
President Obama sighed. "I must tell you Archie, that I have 16,000 tanks and 14,000 armored personnel carriers. Also I’ve increased my army to one and a half million since we last spoke."
"Lord above", said Archie, "I’ll be getting back to ya."
Sure enough, Archie called again the next day.
"President Obama! I am sorry to have to tell you that we have had to call off this here war."
"I’m sorry to hear that," said Barack. "Why the sudden change of heart?"
"Well, sir," said Archie. "We’ve all sat ourselves down and had a long chat over sweet tea and come to realize that there’s just no way we can feed two million prisoners."
Southern CONFIDENCE CANNOT BE SHAKEN!!
If you are a REAL South Carolinian, you won’t even need to be told to pass this on.
No further comment needed.
Saturday night, February 19, 2011, at about 11:00 PM, my step-father (I’ll call him Joe) received his final wish and was ushered into the presence of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Like Jacob/Israel of old, he was able to have last words with each of his children and loved ones, and then was “gathered to his people.” I have no doubt that he will hear those words, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant. Enter into the joy of thy Lord!”
You see, although my personal relationship was carried out almost entirely by long distance phone calls, in the same way astronomers deduce the presence of a planet by its effects on other heavenly bodies, so Joe’s character can be readily deduced by its impact on the lives of others, and most notably on that of my Mom.
I did have one opportunity to observe Joe firsthand when they were eventually able to visit us here in Chicagoland, and in that short time, I truly grew to love and respect this gentle giant. (And by giant, I don’t mean in stature but in Christian integrity.) His sense of humor was infectious, his faith in his God triumphant, and his care for my Mom obvious. How could I not love this man? It was with no difficulty at all, and the very truth, that I shook his hand as they were leaving and told him point blank that I was proud to call him “Dad.”
That pride was even more reinforced by my phone calls with my Mom and Joe in the ensuing years. The joy and happiness, in the Lord and not in frivolous things, that Joe inspired in my Mom was such a blessing to observe. I was constantly challenged by the calm acceptance of the physical pain he endured as his body succumbed to age but his spirit clung to the truths of Scripture and rejoiced in the Lord regardless, truly a living lesson in Philippians 4 (the whole chapter!) attitudes.
The strength I’ve seen in my Mom in the last few months as Joe’s health declined and he was hospitalized is a direct reflection of the spiritual life Joe nurtured in her, and while I weep over the events that have required the utilization of that strength these last days, I rejoice that my Mom has had that strength at her disposal planted in her from her time with her husband.
So, yes, I know my step-father is now enjoying his rest from pain and his audience with his Lord. May I find the same strength of character and follow in his footsteps to the foot of the same cross of our Lord and Savior. Amen.
As a measure of the character of the man, I give you a short piece he wrote last Veteran’s Day regarding the meaning of that day that was published in their local paper.
Army Air Forces, World War II
November 11, 2010
I am an Iwo Jima survivor, and Veterans Day to me represents the sacrifices our men and women endured during the wars.
As a combat veteran, I am appalled as to what is happening to the freedom that was bought by the lives of all servicemen and women. It seems that those in power have totally forgotten what our Constitution stands for and the oath that they swore to uphold. They should be ashamed of what they are doing in Washington.
Recently I had the honor to visit Arlington National Cemetery. I stood in awe of the many graves that represent the price paid for the freedoms we enjoy.
Please, each and every president, senator and congressman, visit this hallowed place, examine yourselves and honor those brave men and women by standing up for what you once swore to uphold. Be not a Democrat or Republican or independent, but be an honest and truthful public servant. God bless and save America.
A lot of people in America are elated by the sight of mobs gathering in the streets of Egypt. They view it as an oppressed people longing for liberty. They rejoice at the prospect of a dictator being dumped in favor of democracy. That is because a lot of people who are forever quoting Santayana’s quip, ‘Those who can not remember the past are condemned to repeat it,’ have apparently remembered precious little themselves. It would seem that the extent of their historical knowledge begins and ends with the final score of the recent Super Bowl. The thing to keep in mind is that Cairo and Alexandria are not to be confused with Concord and Lexington, and nobody in the streets lobbing rocks and burning bottles is named Washington, Adams, Madison or Jefferson. Then there are those simpletons whose eyes begin to twinkle at the mere mention of the word ‘revolution.’ But comparing most revolutions to our own is sheer insanity. The French Revolution led to Robespierre and the Reign of Terror. The Russian Revolution led to Stalin and the gulags. China’s Revolution brought us Mao and the slaughter of millions, Cuba’s Revolution brought us Castro and the Iranian Revolution brought forth the Ayatollah Khomeini. … Those good-hearted chumps who insist that democracy is the end-all and be-all are sadly misguided. Hitler won a popular election, as did Hamas in Gaza, as did Barack Obama, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi, in America. Just because folks are allowed to vote is no guarantee that they can always be trusted to do the right thing.
Columnist Burt Prelutsky, with emphases added.
(HT: Patriot Post)
A multiplicity of reports have scoffed at Obama’s alleged budget cutting, so I will not repeat what others have done so well here. However, the graphical display of quantitative data is something with which I am rather familiar as I make part of my living analyzing quantitative data in an attempt to extract the story behind the numbers (as some readers may be aware from past posts). Thus I found the following pictorial description from Doug Ross particularly clarifying for those who have problems dealing with the actual numbers. Given the stratospheric range of these numbers, that is not necessarily a slam on the intelligence of such individuals.
Mr. Ross introduces his work thus:
President Obama’s 2012 budget will be roughly $3,800,000 million ($3.8 trillion).
The anticipated 2012 budget deficit will be $1,500,000 million ($1.5 trillion). This means we are borrowing that amount from our children to fund all of the Democrats’ Utopian spending programs.
Finally, the president has proposed "tough budget cuts" that total $775 million. No, that’s not a joke.
Let’s illustrate the magnitude of Obama’s cuts.
Don’t squint too hard at your monitor screen. The “green” of Obama’s proposed cuts is invisible at this level of magnification. Fine. Mr. Ross then says, let’s up the magnification 10x and zoom in. This generates this picture taken from the top (~ 12 o’clock on the pie):
There! You see it now? No? What are you, an old man/woman? Git your magnifying glasses out!
OK, OK, Mr. Ross kindly helps us with yet another 10x enhancement, bringing the total magnification to 100x for this view:
Yes, that’s it. That’s all The One is able to come up with, and that doesn’t even begin to describe the abysmal economic consequences of the real budget he’s proposed. To conclude, I resurrect this little visual reminder of the situation in which we find ourselves:
Any questions? (Oh, and for those who want to know what I think of the Republican alternative, let me just say that to date I am not impressed.)
Further pictorial updates: