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Coulter On Cain

About that Cain affair… …it’s time to Show-Me.  Show me the texts.  If you have 61 texts from Herman Cain, show them to me.  Otherwise, shut up!  Show me the texts Ms. White, or shut up!

Show me some evidence Ms. Bialek! Your past is too scurrilous to take your word; show me some evidence.

And, Ms. Kraushaar, um, tell us something! You said he did something. He said he noticed you were short. If there’s something else, bring it out.


Until then, Ann Coulter sums up the media hatchet job pretty well:

With the mainstream media giddily reporting on an alleged affair involving Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain​, how long can it be before they break the news that their 2004 vice presidential candidate conceived a “love child” with his mistress, Rielle Hunter​?

The left is trying to destroy Cain with a miasma of hazy accusations leveled by three troubled women. Considered individually, the accusations are utterly unbelievable. They are even less credible taken together. This is how liberals destroy a man, out of nothing.

After the first round of baseless accusations against Cain, an endless stream of pundits rolled out the cliche — as if it were the height of originality — “This isn’t he said-she said; it’s he-said, she-said, she-said, she-said, she–said.”

Au contraire: We had two “shes” and only one “said.”

More here from Coulter.

I previously wrote that my problem with Cain on this issue is what seems like a lack of preparation by Mr. Cain and his team.  However, assuming Cain’s wife knew about Ms. White, and there was no affair, I can see how this latest one came out of left field.

How about we get on to important issue, you know, like the White House Black Friday document dump.  If we yell enough about it, sooner or later the lamestream media will pay attention.

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Posted by on November 30, 2011 in Election, Media, White House


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Sermon – 11/27/2011 – Mark 13:24-37

On 11/27/2011, I was again honored to be asked to lead the services at St. Mark Lutheran Church in Cape Girardeau, MO.  With a focus on the Gospel of Mark 13:24-37, I prepared and delivered the following sermon to the glory of God!

GOSPEL: Mark 13:24-37

24But in those days, after that suffering, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, 25and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken.  26Then they will see ‘the Son of Man coming in clouds’ with great power and glory.  27Then he will send out the angels, and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven.   28From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near. 29So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that he is near, at the very gates.

30Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all these things have taken place. 31Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.   32But about that day or hour no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.

33Beware, keep alert; for you do not know when the time will come.  34It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his slaves in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to be on the watch.  35Therefore, keep awake — for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrow, or at dawn, 36or else he may find you asleep when he comes suddenly.  37And what I say to you I say to all: Keep awake.”



The Sermon

I gave the sermon last year on the 1st Sunday of Advent!  It was from the Gospel of Matthew, but it was basically the same story.

I asked the question then… …why are we admonished to prepare for the 2nd coming of our Savior on the same Sunday we start the preparation to celebrate His 1st Coming.  We talked about how the word ‘Advent’ means ‘Come’, and we re-read portions of the Gospel with the word ‘Advent’ in the place of the word ‘Coming’.

I concluded that one reason we may be asked to prepare, at this point, for His Second Advent is that, as we go through the finite four weeks of the First Advent, we know for sure when we will celebrate His First Coming.  But for His Second Coming, His Second Advent, we will not know the hour.

In verse 32 of today’s Gospel, Jesus tells us that not even He knows the hour.

Last year we also looked around the world and wondered if various people were prepared.  Were the Haitians prepared for the earthquake, the Iraqis and Afghanis for the wars, the Indonesians for the tsunamis?  Was all this ‘but the beginning of the birth pangs’?

Since that sermon a year ago, we find the Middle East boiling over as the Arab uprisings continue.  We have roving gangs in the U.S. attacking innocent fairgoers and shoppers and people walking down the street. Many of these attacks occur in what is called ‘The Knockout Game’ where youths attack people of my age and older just to try to ‘knock them out’.

We have mobs pillaging local convenience stores, malls, and shops.  We have gone to war in Libya and sent troops into Uganda.  We see the criminal activities of the Occupy Wall Street movement and their related attacks on businesses and their harassment of school children.

I wondered last year if all this is ‘but the beginning of the birth pangs’?  Here we are again in 2011.  Is this just the continuation of the birth pangs?

Seems like it’s getting worse to me.  So, again this year, it is a good question.  Are we prepared for Christ’s Second Advent?


In the first verses of today’s reading, Jesus says, “24But in those days, after that suffering, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, 25and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken.”

What ‘days’ is He talking about when says “in those days”?  What suffering?  As I read the rest of Mark 13 for today’s reading, it started with the Disciples marveling to Jesus about the wonder of the Temple in Jerusalem.  Jesus then prophesies that the Temple will be destroyed with not one stone left upon another.  He goes on to tell them to watch for false prophets with signs performed to deceive you.  He tells them to watch for war and rumors of war.  He warns that nation will rise against nation; kingdom against kingdom – of earthquakes and famine; we will be handed over to local councils and flogged; brother will betray brother; father will betray child; children will rebel against parents; everyone will hate you.

(Mark 13:17)How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! 18Pray that this will not take place in winter, 19because those will be days of distress unequaled from The Beginning…

I guess… …all that could be considered suffering. [sarcasm]

And now at the beginning of our reading (after all that Jesus has just told us) we hear “24…the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, 25and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken.

Well, that doesn’t sound much better does it?

In terms of my human experience, I have always looked at the Earth as ‘here’ and Heaven out ‘there’ – somewhere above the Earth. So the very thought of the darkened sun and moon, stars falling, and the heavenly powers being shaken does not sound very good at first blush.  It sounds like impending extinction!  The scientists tell us that a meteor a mere 6-miles across will be an extinction level event, so a darkened moon, sun and stars would have to be much much worse!

But wait.  God created those things in a blink of His eye (clearly not in a blink of our eyes) and has ultimate power over the sun, moon, stars, and earth.  So, when Jesus makes his triumphant return, does it really matter if none of that remains?  We’re not talking about bodies and brains at that point.  We’re talking about souls.

In two Biblical verses, God has just undone The Universe as we know it.  So, I doubt if Jesus really means ‘hovering frozen water droplets’ when He says “they will see ‘the Son of Man coming in clouds’ with great power and glory.”

There are clouds of water, clouds of smoke, and clouds of dust.  There are clouds of bats, flies, foxes, gnats, grasshoppers, locusts, and tadpoles.  A cloud may be a swarm, a horde, a multitude, a throng, a host, a crowd, or an army.  It could be a white fluffy cloud from a mostly sunny day; it could be a dark angry cloud just before a storm.  It could be a multitude of happy foxes; it could be a swarm of starving locusts; it could be an army of crazed Neanderthals.  I don’t know, but, I probably better reconsider my idea of what the cloud bringing Jesus’ return might look like.


Jesus goes on to tell us that “this generation will not pass away until all these things have taken place.”  Generation?  We have had 100 generations since Anno Domini, but have all these things come to pass?  Maybe, like the word ‘cloud’, I need to look into the word ‘generation’ a little more closely.

So, I searched for information on the Greek word for ‘generation’.  It is ‘genea’ and is used 43 times in the New Testament.  I found definitions that matched my traditional understanding.  And, I found definitions and writings that said it was not the 20 year period we normally consider but an ‘age’ or ‘time’ or ‘era’.

It took some digging, but I finally found a discussion of this usage of ‘generation’ that matched our Lord’s usage of the word.  Now, I didn’t take much time to dig around and vet his résumé, but I found a discussion by a pastor named Tony Warren that brings to light the words ‘chosen generation’.  You and I are members of a ‘chosen generation’ of people who are believers in Christ.  Another phrase furthers the discussion: ‘We are the Children of God’.  Clearly we weren’t born directly to God, but we are His Children.  Mr. Warren said, “[The Phrase,] Children of God refer[s] to the whole family of God, which is a chosen generation throughout time, and not just people living at the time in which it was spoken.”  This generation spans the time from Christ’s ministry on Earth, through today, and until the end of times – when Christ comes. Technically, it can go all the way back to Abel.


As Jesus continued to warn us, He said “32But about that day or hour no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” Nor the Son?!?! Wait a minute?!?!  We are taught that our God is a Triune God.  The Son is God; God is the Son; the Holy Spirit is God; God is the Holy Spirit.  One but three; three but one.  How could it be possible that the Son did not know the day and hour of His return?

I would think He’d be in on the big picture of His own ministry.  He was there at Creation!  He knew about that!  Watched it happen!  I take that back; He, as the Triune God, made it happen.  How could He not know?

Well, back to the search.  There were many articles that proposed that the phrase “nor the Son” was not originally a part Mark’s Gospel and was added later.  It is said to be ‘peculiar’ to Mark and not found in Matthew, Luke, or John (although it was in the version of Matthew that I was reviewing as I prepared the sermon).  Maybe someone just added it in?

Other articles proposed that the word “knows” should be interpreted as “makes it known”.  In that case, the verse would read, “32But about that day or hour no one [makes it known], neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.”  That sounds reasonable, and it flows nicely from our previous discussion of how the word ‘generation’ was to be interpreted as ‘a group’ and not as a period of 20 years.

But, I read on.  And, I quickly realized why I don’t get paid the big pastoral bucks for writing and giving these sermons a few times a year.

I came across the writings of Martin Luther on the subject.  Seems to me, as a Lutheran, the first place I would look for guidance and biblical commentary would be… …Luther!  But, NO! I’ve written at least eight sermons without consulting His thoughts.

And, not-surprisingly, His thoughts on the subject were of great comfort.

Luther’s solution for Mark 13:32 can be found in a debate with Caspar Schwenkfeld von Ossig.  Schwenkfeld believed that since Jesus did not know the time of His Second Advent, He was not omniscient and therefore could not be God.  Luther’s answer was that in this case, Jesus was speaking with regard to His human nature.

Schwenkfeld Argument:  God knows all things.  Christ does not know all things.  Therefore Christ is not God.  I prove the minor premise from Mark, where Christ says that He does not know the last day.

Luther Response:  The solution is that Christ there speaks after a human manner, as He also says:  “All things have been given to me by the Father.”  Often He speaks of himself as if simply of God, sometimes simply as of man.  The Father does not will that the human nature should have to bear divine epithets, despite the union, and yet sometimes [Christ] speaks of himself as of God, when He says, “The Son of Man will be crucified.”  To be crucified is a property of the human nature, but because there are two natures united in one person, it is attributed to both natures.  Again, “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life.”  There He speaks of the divine nature.  Or again, “They crucified the Lord of glory,” where He speaks of the property of the humanity.

For from the very beginning of Christ’s conception, on account of the union of the two natures, it has been correct to say: “This God is the Son of David, and this Man is the Son of God.”  The first is correct because His Godhead was emptied and hidden in the flesh.  The second is correct because His humanity has been completed and translated to divine being.

In Philippians 2, St. Paul writes that Jesus…

6Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to His own advantage; 7rather, He made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.

8And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled himself by becoming obedient to death – even death on a cross!

In explaining that verse, Luther wrote:

[St. Paul] says that Christ emptied Himself of the divine form; that is, He did not use His divine might nor let His almighty power be seen, but withdrew it when He suffered.

Bottom line, if Christ did not use His divine power during His humiliation and crucifixion on the Cross, He certainly can choose at other times of His ministry to humble himself.  The very fact that He became incarnate as a lowly human bears witness to this interpretation.

Thus, He chose not to know the day or hour of His Second Advent.  Or, at the very least, He decided not to tell His Disciples.


Finally, as we near the end of today’s lesson, Christ gives us the warning to ‘Beware’, ‘Keep Alert’, ‘Keep Awake’ – for his coming will be like a thief in the night.  This warning is not just for the End of Times when the Son of Man comes in his glory.  It is an everyday warning for us as we go through our life and prepare to meet Jesus at our death.

Whenever our Lord comes, be it at our death or at the end times, we must work to make sure He does not find us indulging in wrath or greed or sloth or pride or lust or envy or gluttony. He says to us, “Keep Awake’ that we may be found in peace – aware, and alert.


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Posted by on November 27, 2011 in Miscellaneous


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Do You Know Your State’s Preamble?

Received via e-mail:


Alabama 1901, Preamble:

  • We the people of the State of Alabama , invoking the favor and guidance of Almighty God, do ordain and establish the following Constitution..

Alaska 1956, Preamble:

  • We, the people of Alaska , grateful to God and to those who founded our nation and pioneered this great land.

Arizona 1911, Preamble:

  • We, the people of the State of Arizona , grateful to Almighty God for our liberties, do ordain this Constitution…

Arkansas 1874, Preamble:

  • We, the people of the State of Arkansas, grateful to Almighty God for the privilege of choosing our own form of government…

California 1879, Preamble:

  • We, the People of the State of California , grateful to Almighty God for our freedom…

Colorado 1876, Preamble:

  • We, the people of Colorado , with profound reverence for the Supreme Ruler of Universe…

Connecticut 1818, Preamble:

  • The People of Connecticut, acknowledging with gratitude the good Providence of God in permitting them to enjoy.

Delaware 1897, Preamble:

  • Through Divine Goodness all men have, by nature, the rights of worshipping and serving their Creator according to the dictates of their consciences.

Florida 1885, Preamble:

  • We, the people of the State of Florida , grateful to Almighty God for our constitutional liberty, establish this Constitution…

Georgia 1777, Preamble:

  • We, the people of Georgia , relying upon protection and guidance of Almighty God, do ordain and establish this Constitution…

Hawaii 1959, Preamble:

  • We, the people of Hawaii , Grateful for Divine Guidance … Establish this Constitution.

Idaho 1889, Preamble:

  • We, the people of the State of Idaho , grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, to secure its blessings.

Illinois 1870, Preamble:

  • We, the people of the State of Illinois, grateful to Almighty God for the civil , political and religious liberty which He hath so long permitted us to enjoy and looking to Him for a blessing on our endeavors.

Indiana 1851, Preamble:

  • We, the People of the State of Indiana , grateful to Almighty God for the free exercise of the right to choose our form of government.

Iowa 1857, Preamble:

  • We, the People of the State of Iowa , grateful to the Supreme Being for the blessings hitherto enjoyed, and feeling our dependence on Him for a continuation of these blessings, establish this Constitution.

Kansas 1859, Preamble:

  • We, the people of Kansas , grateful to Almighty God for our civil and religious privileges establish this Constitution.

Kentucky 1891, Preamble:

  • We, the people of the Commonwealth are grateful to Almighty God for the civil, political and religious liberties..

Louisiana 1921, Preamble:

  • We, the people of the State of Louisiana , grateful to Almighty God for the civil, political and religious liberties we enjoy.

Maine 1820, Preamble:

  • We the People of Maine acknowledging with grateful hearts the goodness of the Sovereign Ruler of the Universe in affording us an opportunity … And imploring His aid and direction.

Maryland 1776, Preamble:

  • We, the people of the state of Maryland , grateful to Almighty God for our civil and religious liberty…

Massachusetts 1780, Preamble:

  • We…the people of Massachusetts, acknowledging with grateful hearts, the goodness of the Great Legislator of the Universe In the course of His Providence, an opportunity and devoutly imploring His direction

Michigan 1908, Preamble:

  • We, the people of the State of Michigan , grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of freedom, establish this Constitution.

Minnesota, 1857, Preamble:

  • We, the people of the State of Minnesota , grateful to God for our civil and religious liberty, and desiring to perpetuate its blessings:

Mississippi 1890, Preamble:

  • We, the people of Mississippi in convention assembled, grateful to Almighty God, and invoking His blessing on our work.

Missouri 1845, Preamble:

  • We, the people of Missouri , with profound reverence for the Supreme Ruler of the Universe, and grateful for His goodness- Establish this Constitution…

Montana 1889, Preamble:

  • We, the people of Montana , grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of liberty establish this Constitution..

Nebraska 1875, Preamble:

  • We, the people, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom. Establish this Constitution.

Nevada 1864, Preamble:

  • We the people of the State of Nevada , grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, establish this Constitution…

New Hampshire 1792, Part I.. Art. I. Sec. V:

  • Every individual has a natural and unalienable right to worship God according to the dictates of his own conscience.

New Jersey 1844, Preamble:

  • We, the people of the State of New Jersey, grateful to Almighty God for civil and religious liberty which He hath so long permitted us to enjoy, and looking to Him for a blessing on our endeavors.

New Mexico 1911, Preamble:

  • We, the People of New Mexico, grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of liberty..

New York 1846, Preamble:

  • We, the people of the State of New York, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, in order to secure its blessings.

North Carolina 1868, Preamble:

  • We the people of the State of North Carolina, grateful to Almighty God, the Sovereign Ruler of Nations, for our civil, political, and religious liberties, and acknowledging our dependence upon Him for the continuance of those…

North Dakota 1889, Preamble:

  • We, the people of North Dakota , grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of civil and religious liberty, do ordain…

Ohio 1852, Preamble:

  • We the people of the state of Ohio , grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, to secure its blessings and to promote our common.

Oklahoma 1907, Preamble:

  • Invoking the guidance of Almighty God, in order to secure and perpetuate the blessings of liberty, establish this

Oregon 1857, Bill of Rights, Article I Section 2.:

  • All men shall be secure in the Natural right, to worship Almighty God according to the dictates of their consciences

Pennsylvania 1776, Preamble:

  • We, the people of Pennsylvania , grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of civil and religious liberty, and humbly invoking His guidance…

Rhode Island 1842, Preamble:

  • We the People of the State of Rhode Island grateful to Almighty God for the civil and religious liberty which He hath so long permitted us to enjoy, and looking to Him for a blessing….

South Carolina, 1778, Preamble:

  • We, the people of the State of South Carolina grateful to God for our liberties, do ordain and establish this Constitution.

South Dakota 1889, Preamble:

  • We, the people of South Dakota , grateful to Almighty God for our civil and religious liberties.

Tennessee 1796, Art. XI.III:

  • That all men have a natural and indefeasible right to worship Almighty God according to the dictates of their conscience…

Texas 1845, Preamble:

  • We the People of the Republic of Texas , acknowledging, with gratitude, the grace and beneficence of God.

Utah 1896, Preamble:

  • Grateful to Almighty God for life and liberty, we establish this Constitution.

Vermont 1777, Preamble:

  • Whereas all government ought to enable the individuals who compose it to enjoy their natural rights, and other blessings which the Author of Existence has bestowed on man.

Virginia 1776, Bill of Rights, XVI:

  • Religion, or the Duty which we owe our Creator can be directed only by Reason and that it is the mutual duty of all to practice Christian Forbearance, Love and Charity towards each other

Washington 1889, Preamble:

  • We the People of the State of Washington , grateful to the Supreme Ruler of the Universe for our liberties, do ordain this Constitution

West Virginia 1872, Preamble:

  • Since through Divine Providence we enjoy the blessings of civil, political and religious liberty, we, the people of West Virginia reaffirm our faith in and constant reliance upon God ….

Wisconsin 1848, Preamble:

  • We, the people of Wisconsin , grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, domestic tranquility….

Wyoming 1890, Preamble:

  • We, the people of the State of Wyoming , grateful to God for our civil, political, and religious liberties, establish this Constitution…

After reviewing acknowledgments of God from all 50 state constitutions, one is faced with the prospect that maybe, the ACLU and the out-of-control federal courts are wrong! (Please note that at no time is anyone told that they MUST worship God.)

Let us bring God back into America !




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Federer On Thanksgiving And OWS

Thanksgiving – Pilgrims reject “Occupy Wall Street” wealth redistribution

By William J. Federerh/t

As Thanksgiving nears, one wonders what the Pilgrims would have thought about “Occupy Wall Street” and its effort to redistribute wealth.

The Pilgrims were originally part of the Virginia Company and were ruled by a set of bylaws that set up a communal system for the first seven years.

In this system, all capital and profits remained “in ye common stock”:

“Anno: 1620. July 1. 1. The adventurers & planters do agree that every person that goeth being aged 16 years & upward…be accounted a single share

3. The persons transported & ye adventurers shall continue their joint stock & partnership together, ye space of 7 years…during which time, all profits & benefits that are got by trade, traffic, trucking, working, fishing, or any other means of any person or persons, remain still in ye common stock until ye division…

5. That at ye end of ye 7 years, ye capital & profits, viz. the houses, lands, goods and chattels, be equally divided betwixt ye adventurers, and planters

10. That all such persons as are of this colony, are to have their meat, drink, apparel, and all provision out of ye common stock & goods.

Pilgrim Governor William Bradford wrote in his Of Plymouth Plantation, that sharing everyone’s profits & benefits equally “in ye common stock,” regardless of how hard each individual worked, was a failure:

The failure of that experiment of communal service, which was tried for several years, and by good and honest men, proves the emptiness of the theory of Plato and other ancients, applauded by some of later times, – that the taking away of private property, and the possession of it in community, by a commonwealth, would make a state happy and flourishing; as it they were wiser than God.”

William Bradford continued:

“For in this instance, community of property (so far as it went) was found to breed much confusion and discontent; and retard much employment which would have been to the general benefit and comfort.

For the young men who were most able and fit for service objected to being forced to spend their time and strength in working for other men’s wives and children, without any recompense.

The strong man or the resourceful man had no more share of food, clothes, etc., than the weak man who was not able to do a quarter the other could. This was thought injustice.

The aged and graver men, who were ranked and equalized in labor, food, clothes, etc., with the humbler and younger ones, thought it some indignity and disrespect  to them.”

The women did not like this communistic plan as well, as William Bradford wrote:

“As for men’s wives who were obliged to do service for other men, such as cooking, washing their clothes, etc., they considered it a kind of slavery, and many husbands would not brook it…”

William Bradford added:

“If (it were thought) all were to share alike, and all were to do alike, then all were on an equality throughout, and one was as good as another; and so, if it did not actually abolish those very relations which God himself has set among men, it did at least greatly diminish the mutual respect that is so important should be preserved amongst them.

Let none argue that this is due to human failing, rather than to this communistic plan of life in itself. I answer, seeing that all men have this failing in them, that God in His wisdom saw that another plan of life was fitter for them.”

William Bradford also wrote:

So they began to consider how to raise more corn, and obtain a better crop than they had done, so that they might not continue to endure the misery of want.

At length after much debate, the Governor, with the advice of the chief among them, allowed each man to plant corn for his own household, and to trust themselves for that; in all other things to go on in the general way as before. So every family was assigned a parcel of land, according to the proportion of their number…

This was very successful. It made all hands very industrious, so that much more corn was planted than otherwise would have been by any means the Governor or any other could devise, and saved him a great deal of trouble, and gave far better satisfaction.

The women now went willing into the field, and took their little ones with them to plant corn, while before they would allege weakness and inability, and to have compelled them would have been thought great tyranny and oppression.”

This Thanksgiving, as we partake of the bounty that the Almighty has provided, let us not just recall the Pilgrims’ historic meal, but let us recall the economic wisdom that helped the Pilgrims to produce their bountiful harvest.

William J. Federer is the author of the new book, Change to Chains-the 6,000 year quest for control.


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Posted by on November 25, 2011 in Activism, Communism, Conservative, Liberals


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The Stethoscope

From 365 Ways To Annoy a Liberal…

When the holidays roll around, always say:

“Merry Christmas,” never “Happy Holidays.” Not only do 70 percent of Americans prefer it—according to Rasmussen polls—but you are much more likely to offend a liberal. While 88 percent of Republican voters prefer “Merry Christmas,” only 57 percent of Democrats do (h/t James Delingpole / Human Events)

God Bless

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Posted by on November 23, 2011 in Liberals, Miscellaneous


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Why Can’t Chuck Get His Business Off The Ground

Two clear differences between Republicans / Conservatives and Obama / Democrats / Liberals… …the folks on the right want to stop the out-of-control exponential growth of regulations… …Obama and his minions want more and more!

h/t Institute for Justice

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Posted by on November 21, 2011 in Conservative, Liberals


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New Bloomfield School Board Too Busy…

…voting on issues unrelated to education to improve the education at their schools.


As you know the Rockin’ Conservative believes that state, local, and federal revenues should be gathered through taxation of consumption — not the myriad of income, realty, and personal property taxes currently employed.

To that end, the Rockin’ Conservative has joined on with United For Missouri and Let The Voters Decide to enact a Citizens Initiative Petition abolishing Personal Income Taxes in favor of a Consumption Tax.

Today, we find out that the New Bloomfield School Board will vote on a resolution in disapproval of this Citizens Initiative Petition.  Thanks to Beverly Martin of Missouri Fair Tax for the ‘heads up’.

The average New Bloomfield ACT score in 2011 was 19.90. Unimpressive (Read here). Perhaps they could work on meeting all 15 of the MSIP APR Measurements instead of just 12.

It seems that the School Board of New Bloomfield would better serve their constituents by working to improve those scores… …instead of working to disapprove of a Citizens Initiative Petition. The Rockin’ Conservative asks you to contact the school to remind them to focus on improving the education they provide!

But, if they must, ask them if they have contacted the above proponents of the initiative to hear their side of the story.  Or, are they making this vote without all the facts?  Ask them, considering that State Auditor Tom Schweich won’t even weigh in, how did they come to the conclusion that they should disapprove of the initiative!

The phone number at the school is 573-491-3700.

The School Board will meet to vote TONIGHT!

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Posted by on November 17, 2011 in Education, Reform, Taxes


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I’m The 1%

I own a business with earnings of $6.25 Billion per year.  I employ 4,992 production workers and 1,513 administrative personnel. There are 47 people in my corporation that make more than $1,000,000 per year.  The total St. Louis City payroll alone is $323 Million.  After expenses (including $423 Million in donations), the corporation pays $825 Million per year in Local, State, and Federal Taxes. I fly in a G5 Private Jet.  I drive a Maserati. I live in a 12,200sqft house that cost $3.2 Million to build.  I am the 1%.

I’ve watched outside my business offices and factories located in St. Louis Missouri, Oakland California, and Atlanta, Georgia as the so-called 99% have engaged in their Occupy Movements.  I’ve watched as all manner of illegal, criminal, and law-breaking activity has been committed in their encampments.  I have watched as the mayors of these cities have looked the other way, ignored the breaking of laws, and shirked their responsibility.

I watched as St. Louis representative of Mayor Slay, Jeff Rainford, sarcastically suggested that the Occupy Movement try to encamp in cities of Manchester, Ballwin, or Wentzville near to St. Louis (I think those were the three cities he listed).  Clearly, he was inferring that the law enforcement in such cities would not allow this law-breaking activity.

I’ve watched as all manner of elected Democrats – from freshmen House members and the DNC Party Chair to President Obama himself – have endorsed the criminal Occupy Wall Street movement and verbally thrashed the peaceful and respectful Tea Party movement.

h/t Brian Bollmann

Can you tell me why… …why in the world would I keep my business in St. Louis, Oakland, and Atlanta?  Why would I keep my business in the United States of America?  Why would I subject myself to this kind of abuse after working 16 hours a day for years to improve my lot in life?  Why would I assume that the mayors of these cities will enforce laws that protect me when they won’t enforce the laws that govern the use of their public spaces?  Why would I employ people in these cities when they are in danger of being harassed and injured as they come and go from their places of work?  Why would I endanger my family by living in these cities where I have no assurance that the mayors will prosecute protesters that trespass on my property or injure my family or property?


I want to take my business to Manchester, Ballwin, and Wentzville… …where Mr. Rainford tells me they enforce their laws.  I want to take my business to another country where me, my family, and my employees will be safe.

I’m the 1%; I have that choice.



Posted by on November 16, 2011 in Activism, Obama, White House


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Blunt’s Turn

It’s an apropos blog title today because every other representative of Cape County’s Tea Party members has been the topic of this week’s blogging AND it describes a serious turn towards liberalism and big government by Missouri’s freshman Senator.

ht/ aolcdn.comI couldn’t believe when an article came across my Internet Wires reporting that Roy Blunt was the Co-Sponsor of a new bill to enforce sales tax collection on Internet Purchases.

From Brian R. Hook…

The Marketplace Fairness Act would close what the Republican from southwest Missouri describes as a tax loophole, leveling the playing field between local and online retailers.

The Marketplace Fairness Act:  I don’t think anything could sound more Obama-esque!

At 7:00am on Friday 11/11/11, Jamie Allman of St. Louis’ KFTK 97.1 was scheduled to interview Blunt.  I fired off an e-mail to Jamie requesting that the Marketplace Fairness Act be a topic of discussion.

Here are a couple of statements from Mr. Blunt before the tax fairness discussion:

Are we going to be the United States of Europe; or are we going to be who we want to be…

The president’s view of this is clearly different than mine…

…We have to make a different decision; get our spending under control; get our programs under control.

What have we learned from [list of countries]…and other European countries? If your government gets bigger than you economy can support, it creates a huge, and maybe even unsolvable, problem.

Are we going to be the United States of America – where opportunity is the goal – rather than just sort of an equal division of everything that’s out there to divide.

Well, apparently, Mr. Blunt thinks that, here in America, we’re not collecting enough taxes… …and that’s just unfair. Here is the pertinent part of the discussion

Jamie: ~~Sales Tax. Is it Controversial?

Blunt: It is a little controversial; I’m for it; I’ve always been for it. What that would do would be to create a pattern where states could participate; they’d have to make the choice to opt in where the merchant who does $500 million of business over the internet would have to collect the sales tax when they do that business.

Wrong Mr. Blunt; your bill taxes SMALL business that sell $500,000 worth of goods – not $500 million

Blunt: It’s a fairness thing; it’s a fair tax equity thing. The local merchant who’s trying to be there on the Main street on the corner not even far from here or across the street from here… their products all have that – whatever it is where they live – that 5 or 6 or 7%.

Jamie: Yeah they’ve got to pay it.

Blunt: And if you get that mailed to you, you’re not paying that tax right now; though actually technically, under most state laws, including ours, you’re supposed to then voluntarily send the sales tax to the state. And, of course, we know what happens with that.

Jamie: Right

Blunt: So this is not “Taxing the Internet”. This is saying that if you buy things on the internet, you pay a tax, the same tax you’d pay if you bought it from the grocery store across the street.

Jamie: And here’s the issue, I think, for some people if they’re against this. Let’s put it this way. Let’s have no sales tax at all. But if you’re going to have a sales tax; everybody ought to be sharing that burden in terms… there’s no reason an internet company from California ought to be at a competitive advantage over a company right here in MO.

Blunt: That’s right. If you don’t pay that – your share of the tax – who takes care of the sidewalk in front of your house? Who takes care of the police department or whoever else is dependent on that tax? And so, this is a tax fairness…. I think for years, it’s been confused with the government trying to manage or tax use of the internet – which I’m not for. Now this is just saying, if you buy on the internet – and this is much less complicated all the time too ya know – if your GPS can hone in on a picture of every address in America, they can pretty closely figure out exactly what the sales tax would be for that address with a not-very-complicated program. You apply that program; send the money to the states; the states figure out how to distribute it in the fairest possible way.

Mr. Blunt, which side are you on?  The keep the government as small as possible side?  Or, the let’s make a giant sales tax collection bureaucracy side?  In your discussion with Jamie this morning, you came down on both sides.

Full Disclosure: I am a proponent of abolishing the 16th Amendment in lieu of all taxation via Consumption Taxes, I don’t disagree that we need to be able to apply taxation to the final (first) purchase of an item or service.

However, as Mr. Blunt surely knows, we don’t have a taxing problem in the U.S. right now, WE HAVE A SPENDING PROBLEM.  He is clearly not paying attention to his constituents or holding to his word when he co-sponsors a bill that provides an increase in revenue to the Government.  No matter what kind of spin he tries  to put on it, if I’m paying $10 of taxes to the government, and he puts through a bill that makes it become $11 worth of taxes… …IT’S A TAX INCREASE!!

And Mr. Blunt, it seems you are tone deaf to the regulations already stifling America’s small businesses AND to the millions of Americans that are unemployed or underemployed.  A new regulation to require such businesses to track this level of detail taxation will require new, costly and unproductive accounting activity within their firms.  And the customers will suddenly be paying 7% more (let’s call it 7% inflation) for the goods and services they spend time and effort locating for the best possible price.

Yes, Mr. Blunt, it’s your turn… …your turn to be the topic of this blog; your turn towards bigger government; your turn towards ignoring your word on taxation; your turn towards ignoring that unemployed / underemployed don’t need a 7% increase in their purchase cost; your turn to sound like Obama and his doctrine of Fairness.

Now is NOT the time for big government and more taxes.  IT’S THE SPENDING, STUPID!!


Posted by on November 12, 2011 in Congress, Taxes


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God Bless Our Troops. God Bless Our Veterans.

Thank you Colonel Oliver North for this fitting tribute to the virtue of our military men and women


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Posted by on November 11, 2011 in Heroes, Media


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