Arizona politician beaten in his office

Frank PrattFrank PrattFrank PrattTake a moment on this dy after Boxing Day to remember Frank Pratt in your prayers. 

Police in Casa Grande say an Arizona legislator was sent to the hospital after being beaten and knocked unconscious at his business Christmas Day.

Rep. Frank Pratt, 68, was found by his wife about 8 p.m. Saturday at Pratt Pools in Casa Grande, said Mike Keck, criminal investigations commander for the Casa Grande Police Department.

Pratt had gone to the business earlier in the day to check on it and was confronted by someone who was already inside, Keck said.

Pratt was beaten and knocked unconscious, and left tied up inside the building. 

May justice be swift and sure.

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December 27th, 2010 by admindude

Comfort Ye, My People

Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God.
Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem,
and cry unto her,
that her warfare is accomplished,
that her iniquity is pardoned:
for she hath received of the Lord’s hand double for all her sins.

The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness,
Prepare ye the way of the Lord,
make straight in the desert a highway for our God

Every valley shall be exalted,
and every mountain and hill shall be made low;
and the crooked shall be made straight,
and the rough places plain.

The soloist is Jerry Hadley, the performance is the unmatched (and possibly unmatchable) 250th Anniversary performance of “Messiah” by the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields

Merry Christmas.

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December 23rd, 2010 by admindude

Fat Fight

Mike Huckabee used to be overweight and in declining health.  He radically changed his lifestyle and transformed himself into the healthy and fit man that he is today.

Good for him!

But why join the Nanny State bandwagon with Michelle Obama?

Its true that many (most?) Americans are overweight and out of shape.  This increases healthcare costs (think insurance premiums and taxes to pay for government-paid programs), reduces economic productivity, and shortens lifespans.  There is no doubt that this is a problem throughout the nation.

Getting the government involved though…that does not seem to be a good idea based upon past performace.

I mean, with a Surgeon General like this?

My guess is this effort won’t succeed in reducing obesity or increasing fitness, but it will get the government more involved in people’s lives.  It will cost a lot of money and fund some pet projects along the way too.  All to satisfy the busybodies who know what is best for us.  That reminds me of a quote:

Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victim may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated, but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.

C.S. Lewis

Michelle Obama would do well to get her own children fit and healthy first before she decides to lecture others on how to eat.  Maybe she could get he husband to quit smoking too while she is at it.  My guess is though that the Obama girls will remain chubby, her husband will continue puffing, and this whole effort will fail and be forgotten in a few years.

Maybe M. Simon is on to something when he writes about similarities amongst statists.  The common thread is controlling what others do, even in the name of something good, like Mike Huckabee advocates.  He ends his post with this gem.

And why do I call Christian “Conservatives” liberal? Because like all liberals they believe that there are a lot of things that can be fixed with a liberal application of government. They believe in the Daddy State. Liberals are more inclined to the Mommy State. Family values.

Hey, I am all about a healthy diet and rigorous exercise, both are a part of my lifestyle and I encourage others to emulate that.  Governments and moral busybodies don’t need to lecture me on this subject though, free people need to choose this for themselves and realize the benefits.

Call me a radical but I don’t think its the government’s place to tell us what or how much to eat.

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December 23rd, 2010 by admindude

Jihad on Christmas

While the ongoing Muslim War Against Christmas (Jihad?) is all too real at times, we can take a humorous look at the struggle through cartoons.

You know, those images that cause Muslims to go out and protest.

Well, here is the former Charlie Brown (now known as Farley ak-Mohammed al-Farouk al-Rasheed after he converted) waging a Jihad against Christmas.

They did get it wrong at the end though, he is supposed to get raisins, not virgins!

If you are offended by this, just remember what Red State wrote not long ago:

Just because you can intimidate our president and media elites, you should know that the majority of Americans are not willing to shape our culture to your specifications. If you don’t have a sense of humor, tough luck.

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December 22nd, 2010 by admindude

Making Things

I work for one of America’s leading exporters, which is a world-class manufacturer of a variety of aerospace products.

Manufacturing, you know, that sector of the economy that the press and academia decry as being under threat from foreigners.

Twenty years ago in college, I read a book by one of the nation’s leading economists.  The central theme was that the USA was loosing its economic strength, jobs, and manufacturing capability to…Japan.

Looking back, this seems a bit silly given that Japan has had 1.6% economic growth for the past two decades.

Anyway, the theme that American manufacturing is being taken away by an Asian country (80’s Japan, 00’s China) is a recurring one.  Make no mistake, this sector could be healthier but it remains strong.

This article by American Express looks at where manufacturing is today, and its not as gloomy as predicted in the past or as moribund as some say it is today.

The fact remains that a lot of products are still “Made in the USA” and that this sector remains a viable part of the economy.

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December 21st, 2010 by admindude

GOOOOOOOOOOAL?

The older I get, the less I care about most professional sports.  However, some events are VERY big business and worthy of at least paying cursory attention to.  So even though I don’t watch or care much about the FIFA World Cup (soccer/football/futbol), the awarding of this massive world sporting event to Qatar is…baffling.

Paul over at Powerline sums it up much better than I can because he is a bona fide soccer fan and is very knowledgeable on the topic.  In my ignorance though, I am asking the same questions that others are like:

I am scratching my head over this one but I am sure money talks.

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December 18th, 2010 by admindude

My response to the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

Don’t care, don’t mind

I may be a conservative Christian, but I’m not going to point fingers (or anything else) on this issue, because let’s face it, if all our sins were known to each other, the only shocking thing would be our complete lack of originality. 

While there be some short-term issues over this change of policy, the Israelis have had this sort of thing for years, and no one is willing to tell their army they’re a bunch of ineffective pansies. 

Well, more than once, that is. 

Exit quotation: 

“If you told me the guy who was the best pilot and who had the best shot of putting a J-DAM bomb on the Iranian nuclear program’s main facility was Harvey Fierstein, I’d say get that goatee airborne over Persian skies pronto.” 

Jim Geraghty

 
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December 18th, 2010 by admindude

International Consensus

Michael Moore, a uniter and not a divider.  

Canadians and Britons can’t stand him, Americans are up to HERE with him, and now the Cubans think he’s full of s…. stuff

Michael Moore’s Sicko was banned in Cuba: The revelation, contained in a confidential US embassy cable released by WikiLeaks, is surprising, given that the film attempted to discredit the US healthcare system by highlighting what it claimed was the excellence of the Cuban system…

Castro’s government apparently went on to ban the film because, the leaked cable claims, it “knows the film is a myth and does not want to risk a popular backlash by showing to Cubans facilities that are clearly not available to the vast majority of them.” 

We are the world, and we don’t like Michael Moore.

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December 18th, 2010 by admindude

Lights, please

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

Merry Christmas.

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December 18th, 2010 by admindude

Water works

Even if you know how the trick is done, the fountain is still magical.

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December 17th, 2010 by admindude