Letters from the Lunar Outpost

It is an error to suppose that courage means courage in everything. Most people are brave only in the dangers to which they accustom themselves, either in imagination or practice.
- Bulwer-Lytton, English Novelist and Poet (1803-1873)

Monthly Archives: October 2013

Oh, the irony of government ineptitude . . . the government mandates that every citizen of the land buy health insurance, then the government rolls out with a system that makes it next to impossible to comply. After 630 million taxpayer dollars spent and 3 full years to implement it, the healthcare.gov website has turned out to be a complete and total disaster which could take months or even years to fix. As National Journal’s Ron Fournier points out, building a website and getting people to sign up should have been the easy part, but in true Obamian style, the president held a press conference yesterday trying to convince the American people what a triumph this debacle really is.

Though the “most transparent administration in historywon’t even release their numbers (or even worse, perhaps they can’t even get a handle on the numbers) an independent analysis of the first week’s enrollment puts the number of people who have successfully signed up at a paltry 36,000. It’s a success the administration tells us, but “success” is definitely a relative term here.

Let’s put some perspective on it, shall we?

Putting Successful Obamacare Enrollments in Persepective

sources: Fox News and Space Industry News

That’s right folks, over 200,000 people are willing to sacrifice their lives on a one-way ticket to Mars, only 36,000 successfully enrolled in Obamacare. To tell you the truth, the people eager to flee the planet seem a lot more sane to me than the people trying to sign up for Obamacare.

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Let’s review a little history of government shutdowns, because none of this was mentioned anywhere across the Obama State Media:

  • During the Ford presidency, a Democrat-controlled Congress started the history of government shutdowns with a 10 day shutdown from Sept. 30 to Oct. 11, 1976
  • The Democrat-controlled Congress shutdown the government during the Carter presidency FIVE TIMES.
  • Congress shutdown the government EIGHT TIMES under President Reagan, the first six under split houses, the last two with . . . you guessed it, a Democrat-controlled Congress.
  • Democrats shut down the government once again during George H.W. Bush’s presidency.
  • Then came the two previously most recent shutdowns in Clinton vs. Gingrich I and II.
source: WaPo

For those of you not keeping count, that’s seventeen government shutdowns since 1976.

But then something interesting happened on the eighteenth government shutdown . . .

It happened during Obama’s presidency and suddenly, for the first time in 18 shutdowns, we were told OH MY GOD, IT’S RACISM!

Obama zombies like Robert Redford speaking on CNN, Chris Noth appearing on MSNBC, Joyce Jones of BET, Roger Simon of Politico, Zack Beauchamp of Think Progress and Salon’s Joan Walsh (just to name a few) these people can’t resist pulling the race card any more than the lab rat can resist a cocaine pill:

17 previous shutdowns in 37 years, but this time it’s RAAAAAACIST!

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For the man who owns the NFL team that plays in Washington, D.C., a lot of people have been giving Dan Snyder their two cents on whether he should or shouldn’t rename his team. Last week, Obama decided to stir the racial pot yet again with this quote:

“If I were the owner of the team and I knew that there was a name of my team – even if it had a storied history – that was offending a sizable group of people, I’d think about changing it.” – Barack Obama

source: NBC Sports

This attempt to rile the natives comes despite the fact that a poll shows only 9% of Native Americans call the Redskins name offensive themselves. Not exactly a “sizable” group of offended people there, Mr. President.

This isn’t the first time political correctness has spurred debate over the names of D.C. sports teams. In 1995, as owner of the city’s NBA Team, Abe Pollin announced the Washington Bullets would change their name after 23 years. A contest was held and the name selected was the Wizards. While it may have helped clear the conscience of some fans who had misgivings rooting for the Bullets in a city with such a high crime rate, another group began to cry foul over the new name “Wizard” being a word used in the rankings of the Ku Klux Klan.

Sometimes you just can’t win with these team names. What was it Lincoln said? “You can please some of the people some of the time . . . “

So back with the Redskins controversy, after Obama reignited the debate, we saw this bit of gasoline poured on the fire by the New York Daily News:

New York Daily News Ridiculous Nazi-Redskins Equivalency

The hysteria continues, with a Virginia newspaper now vowing to censor its own pages in saying they will be “expunging the nickname of the Washington professional football team” from their news and editorial columns. To top it off, several schools in D.C. want to ban team jerseys from their classrooms.

Many fans of tradition mention how the Redskins are a storied team with 80 years of NFL history to their name, but there’s another side to that coin. As Krauthammer points out in in his read on the controversy, the overtones of a word can change dramatically over time as did with the word “negro”. In his “I Have a Dream” speech in 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. used the word “negro” fifteen times. That was simply the word people used back then. Now the word has such a heavy connotation of ugly signs and uglier times that that word has been banished from popular usage.

Ultimately, the only people whose opinions matter on the Redskins’ name are the Native Americans themselves. The fact that the vast majority of Native Americans are not offended by the Redskins name and can respect other teams wanting to fight like a Brave or a Chief or pay direct tribute to the tribes that were in that region originally, like the Seminoles or the Blackhawks doesn’t matter to the professional agitators, however. The opinions of Native Americans will only matter to them if they can manage to turn Native Americans against these team names.

For these people who have even less right to claim Native American status than Elizabeth Warren did getting into Harvard, for the non-Natives inciting outrage and promoting a sense of victimhood, it’s is all a part of the playbook. These people’s careers in politics and in the media are built on dividing America, on pushing a message that you and your ancestors were oppressed, that only by placing your faith in the Almighty Government can you redress the wrongs and “punish your enemies“.

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This Land Ain't Your Land

If you’ve been keeping up with the news, you’ve probably noticed that the Obama government is now using armed guards to prevent its lowly citizens from visiting our national parks and memorials. Make no mistake, in the eyes of our self-assumed totalitarian leaders, the government is no longer the servant of the people, it is the people who are subjects of the state.

You may remember this singing this song as a school child, but those were happier times. Now it’s the other way around and so I reworked this Woody Guthrie classic to reflect the new reality under Dear Leader Obama.

This land ain’t your land, this land is government land
From California to the New York Island
From the Redwood Forest to the Gulf Stream waters
This land was made for government.

As I was walking that ribbon of highway
I saw above me that endless skyway
I saw below me that golden valley
This land was made for government.

I roamed and I rambled and I followed my footsteps
To the sparkling sands of her diamond deserts
While all around me a voice was sounding
This land was made for government.

When the sun came shining, and I was strolling
And the wheat fields waving and the dust clouds rolling
A voice was chanting, As the fog was lifting,
This land was made for government.

This land is your land, this land is my land
From California to the New York Island
From the Redwood Forest to the Gulf Stream waters
This land was made for government.

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Happy Pig Says, "Hi!"“In Shaanxi Province, Chinese police have discovered 22 tons of pork that was sold as certified halal (Islam-approved) beef. Muslims are forbidden from eating pork. This case, once again, demonstrates the lack of seriousness of the halal industry in Asia.”

source: Bare Naked Islam

I’ll admit that my first instinct was to laugh and that I actually did just that. I would also bet money that this was not some sort of mistake or careless oversight and that somewhere, some Chinese bureaucrat is getting a good laugh himself off the prank he pulled.

I’ll share a story though I’m slightly embarrassed to admit it – I don’t know how it was that I could have been thirty years old and not know the recipe off-hand and failed to scrutinize the box a little better, but I remember vividly how I once unsuspectingly fed my Muslim wife a Marie Callender’s chicken carbonara dinner and saw first-hand how, after a few bites, she realized that the little bits along with the chicken and pasta were bacon and how she then proceeded to get sick from it. I felt horrible.

Those were just a couple bits of bacon, but 22 tons of mislabeled pig meat sold as halal???

Imagining all that pork being eaten by Muslims calls to mind an old joke:

Q: What’s a Jewish dillema?

A: Free ham.

If you find the story funny then laugh just as I did, but I would also hope that after laughing, we might ask ourselves if our prejudices might lead us to believe it would have been a little less funny had the pork been labeled Kosher and sold to a bunch of Jews in Brooklyn.

Unfortunately, we live in a little sliver of history where it’s the Muslims infected with the crazy virus and all the headlines in the news speak of Muslims blowing up bombs and trying to maim and kill as many innocents as they can, but as Christians, we should remind ourselves that after the first four centuries of enduring persecution and Constantine’s subsequent conversion, for most of the fifteen hundred years that followed, it was the Christians who were slaughtering the natives, burning the witches and starting the wars.

It’s a little hard for Christians to get high and mighty about Muslim terrorists when you look at the big picture of all the history that preceeded the times we live in.

So hey, if it’s funny, laugh, but I also think it is our duty as Christians to have respect for people of other faiths. I have the unique perspective of being married to a Muslim, and through our relationship and knowing quite a few Muslims personally, it’s given me a far better perspective on the typical Muslim in America than all those headlines of terror attacks might lead you to imagine.

I have a Muslim sister-in-law who is so gentle and peace-loving that she’s more like the way I envision Jesus than any Christian I’ve ever met.

I know a wonderful guy we call Easy Azizi and having a conversation with him is as interesting as any philosopher I’ve ever read.

The next time you look at a hijab-wearing woman as someone akin to an alien from another planet, allow me to introduce my mother-in-law who raised a son who served in the U.S. Army as mediator between our forces and the Afghan tribes.

Not only are Muslims as a whole not our enemy, but even if you were led to believe that they are, didn’t Jesus teach us to love our enemies?

Muslim people as a whole are not our enemies, and while it disgusts me that many in the media and the Obama administration try to sanitize the news and refuse to call Muslim terror for what it is, even if we are sane enough to call it for what it is, it still doesn’t change the fact that there are so many more examples of Muslims that we can be proud to call our fellow Americans.

Aren’t we, as Christians, supposed to believe that it’s not for us to judge? Aren’t we supposed to be aware that we are all sinners and that the only one who is worthy of judging anyone is God Himself?

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