Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The Courage to Stand Up for What Is Right, Part Two

Last week, I reported how proud I was of a group of high school choir students who walked out on an immoral and degrading concert number provided by the Lyric Opera at Arizona State University. You can read the original here.

Since then, the largest news agency in Arizona AZCentral.com ran a "news" story about how ASU officials were "forced" to apologize to the parents of students who walked out on the show.

Predictably, the overwhelming reaction was to condemn the students for being "naive" and the parents for being "controlling."

I've included some choice remarks from the news comment section who apparently wish to promote lewd and immoral behavior. Keep in mind, however, the following:

1) The students didn't go see a production of RENT. They were at a state choir competition and were invited to see some of ASU's choirs perform.

2) The students who walked out (most of the audience) did so because they had the courage to stand up for what they believed was right and good. They chose not to watch the production from RENT because they didn't want to subject themselves to its vile message.

Now on to the comments:
It is ASU...they do all kinds of stuff like this on stage, they are big on art for social change. Lastly "pornagraphic"? Ha. Pa-lease. So you saw buttcheeck and someone dry humped a table...the same s**t happens in the Broadway versions. Welcome to the performing arts
Welcome to Lilly whiteville where everyone is pure in Gilbert... Lol 
That is ridiculous! Do your research kid!!! congrats to ASU for really opening up and showing us true art through this amazing play. 
What a joke! these kids have been doing worse things at school dances and sleep overs. Parents should have asked questions before sending there kids somewhere.
Besides the atrocious spelling, grammar, and mechanics, these comments are a small sample of the "outrage" over parents who complained to ASU for exposing their children to a song from a raunchy, lewd, and inappropriate Broadway musical.

Yes, we now have those who defend immorality as a public good and "edgy" theatre as a moral mandate.

I am still heartened by the students who walked out of the performance. Not all youth are as willing to wallow in the garbage heap of modern art.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

The Snarky Files: Week Ending April 19, 2014

The Snarky Files. Snarky has several definitions. I prefer "sharply critical." Here's my take on some news stories this past week. No real news here, just snark.

They Hate Me! They Really Hate Me! 
Let's start off with last week's recap by pointing out just how much liberal ideologues hate dissent, and by extension, the dissenters.

Take our Dear Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid for instance. (Please.) After Ranchgate in Nevada has died down, Reid got in his two cents worth by calling those who dared to stand up to federal agents as "domestic terrorists."

Keep in mind that just by labeling Americans who stand up to tyranny as terrorists, we can be arrested and held without charge indefinitely. This little-known fact is brought to you by the Patriot Act and the rejection of the Fourth Amendment by the current administration.

Close behind Reid (too close for comfort), Al Gore, the patron saint of climate change, called climate change skeptics "immoral, unethical, and despicable."

In the war of words, leave it to liberals to always show their maturity by arguing using ad hominem fallacies.

Here's a Video of Daffy Duck Saying "You're Despicable"

Screwy School Rules
We've seen how, over time, grade school and high school rules have made less and less sense. With zero tolerance rules, kids have been suspended for sucking on a cough drop to pointing their fingers in the shape of a gun.

This following case is the latest in bizarre school rules that punished the victim instead of the perp.

A sophomore at South Fayette High School in McDonald, Pennsylvania, who suffered bullying for a year, and has ADHD, finally got fed up with the bullies. He decided to record them on vide. They taunted him while he was getting help from his teacher. One student said, "You should pull his pants down!" Another student replied, "No, man. Imagine how bad that (c**t) smells! No one wants to smell that (t**t)." Then, a loud noise is heard—the sound of book being slammed down next to the bullied student after a student feigned hitting him in the head with it. Laughter followed.

The child's mother submitted the video to school administrators, hoping against hope that they would do something about the bullying.

They did. The school principal called the police and the bully victim was investigated on charges of felony wiretapping then charged with disorderly conduct. Seriously. Felony wiretapping and disorderly conduct.

The child was taken out of his special education math class, while the bullies remained.

We should never wonder why our school system is failing us.

Scary Numbers
The US Census Bureau has posted its 2012 count of private-sector workers. The total number was counted as 86,429,000. 

The US Census Bureau also posted the number of people who work full time for the US government, who are on government welfare, or who receive benefits from one or more programs. The total number (minus those receiving veteran benefits) comes to 147,802,000 people.

That's a 1.7 to 1 ratio of people who receive government benefits or are full-time employees of the federal government versus private-sector workers. And that was in 2012, before Obamacare kicked in.

How long will we be able to sustain the private sector when the have nots take all that the haves make?

Oh That Silly IRS!
New emails released this week show that, not only did the IRS unfairly target conservative groups when they applied for tax exempt status, but the head of the department at the time, Lois Lerner, contacted the Department of Justice to see if she could somehow criminally prosecute those groups.

Yes, she wanted to prosecute them for being politically active.

No Pain No Gain
It looks like we'll all be starting those diets we've all been threatening to begin. We may not have any choice as food prices continue to inflate, even as all the news media celebrates how much our economy has recovered.

Here's a Scary Graph of Soaring Meat Prices

Feds Looking for "Domestic" Terrorists
FBI agents in South Carolina have been visiting gun shops looking for potential domestic terrorists. On their list are people who pay for guns with cash, or buy "long guns," or make other "suspicious" purchases.

Life is just getting weirder and scarier here in the good old US of A.

Here's a Cartoon of the Direction We're Headed in Politics

The Weirdest Thing I've Seen in a Long Time - Pope Nancy
As if Nancy Pelosi isn't strange enough, she spent time this past week assisting Bishop Marc Andrus wash the feet of two children at Saint John the Evangelist Episcopal Church in San Francisco.

I cannot believe that St. Nancy suddenly found religion or found a conscience. I can only conclude that nothing is sacred as long as the holy doctrine of liberal politics is served.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Liberalism's Peculiar Institutions

Liberalism born out of the 1950s and 1960s used to protest against the "Establishment" or the status quo of government. Now that liberalism is the Establishment, just what is the point of liberalism? What's left for liberals but the empty shell of a broken system?

Before the US Civil War, Southern Democrats used to refer to slavery as "our peculiar institution." Peculiar in this case means "one's own," referring to a distinctive trait among the Southerners. Slave owners, seeing no moral ambiguity in their institution, held on to it as necessary and integral to the South's self-definition. Despite the moral imperatives from the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution, Southern Democrats clung to its peculiar institution. Slave holders defended it against all argument and moral objection.

We can all agree that chattel slavery is an immoral institution, despite those yesteryear slave holders who defended their "rights" to buy and sell humans as property. Every bit as connected, and stemming from the moral failure of the South's peculiar institution, is the deep rooted and pernicious institution of racism. We as Americans have made progress in the dialog of race, yet racism remains.

Modern liberalism, born out of the 1950s and the 1960s, has its own, definitive, peculiar institutions. To a moral society, these peculiar liberal institutions lack the moral backing that slavery lacked more than 150 years ago. Social conservatives denounce these modern and peculiar institutions of liberalism with the same moral outrage as the abolitionists of old. And, as the old Democrats of antebellum America, liberals cling to their peculiar institutions with all the fervor and zeal as those slave holders.

Also, as the Southerners of yesterday used political power to keep and hold onto their peculiar institution of slavery, modern liberals also skew political power to keep their own institutions. Yet, as US history showed us in the mid-1800s, despite the political backing, an immoral institution is still immoral, no matter the political backing.

Here are a few examples of modern liberalism's peculiar institutions:

No other social issue defines modern liberalism more than abortion. It has grown to be the definitive issue around which liberalism rallies. Traditionally, liberals have renamed the institution in various ways, hiding its true meaning and purpose behind the monikers of "Pro-Choice" or "Women's Rights" or "Reproductive Rights."

How aborting babies came to be so intimately connected with modern liberalism dates back to the early 1900s with its roots in people such as the eugenicist Margaret Sanger. It wasn't until the 1973 Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade that state abortion laws in the US were declared unconstitutional and abortion became liberal's peculiar institution.

In one fell swoop, and with a Supreme Court decision that was every bit as convoluted as the antebellum Dred Scott case, modern liberalism succeeded in creating an institution as morally reprehensible as slavery. In essence, Roe v. Wade says that a woman's right to privacy (in this case to abort her fetus) is politically more expedient than the morally substantive inalienable right to life.

Yet modern liberals cling to their peculiar institution of abortion with all the fervor of moral imperative, derived from political and economic expediency.

Race Warfare
To say that racism doesn't exist in this country is to turn a blind eye to real racism. Racism is divisive, creating legal, social, and economic inequities across the country. Of course, liberalism helped expose the immorality of racism under the moral imperative established by the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution.

How then, did racism become modern liberals' peculiar institution? Simply because of the liberal view that now filters all human transactions in terms of race, instead of viewing the broad range of interactions that humans actually have. In other words, modern liberals stereotype all interactions as racial interactions.

The idiocy of liberal stereotyping can easily be seen when applied to extreme cases. For example, when the Harvard professor, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. was arrested and, in turn, decried his arrest as racist. Then, when President Obama got involved to decry racism, and when it turned out that no racism was intended or implied in Gate's arrest, in such a case we see the vacuous stereotyping of liberalism's peculiar institution.

An even more absurd example stems from the current nation-wide protests against Obamacare. Liberal members of Congress and the White House have labeled protesters racist. Why? Ostensibly under the definition that anyone who disagrees with a black president, in any capacity or under any pretense, is a racist.

In another example, gay activists apply the term against anyone who disagrees with them about same sex marriage. The concept attempts to equate homosexuals in terms of race despite the absurdity of such an equation. Yet gay activists make the connection because, according to liberals, all human interactions are racial interactions.

What was once a serious description of a real division between Americans has been trivialized, becoming one of liberalism's peculiar institutions. Liberals fling the term "racist" around like mad carnival barkers attempting to hawk their wares, and by doing so, they cheapen and degrade any real or meaningful discussion about race itself.

Modern liberals also wrap themselves in the cloak of self-delusion, that they are the only ones who are qualified to talk about race (hence making racism liberals' peculiar institution). Yet, by clinging to race within political discourse, liberals perpetuate and extend the problem - in effect creating a form of class warfare in order to maintain the liberal agenda.

Liberals perpetuate the peculiar and immoral institution of racial divide to create political expediency, because without race warfare, liberalism would sputter and die.

Same Sex Marriage
One of the newest peculiar institutions on the liberal scene, the concept of same sex marriage, derives its basis out of denying the foundations of the established social institution of marriage based entirely on a disagreement with the moral imperative to preserve it. In other words, liberals claim a right for homosexuals to marry for no other reason than marriage is denied to them. The peculiar institution denies the historical fact of marriage in order to make male-female biology and marriage meaningless.

It seems inevitable, that liberalism which so desperately clings to race to create political tension, should invent new class struggles to maintain the status quo. Above all else, liberals must fight against the Establishment, whatever the Establishment is. In the case of same sex marriage, liberalism has defined the Establishment by the very nebulous term "the religious." The subject of attack - religion - is obvious. However, modern liberalism is the Establishment. Hence, other enemies, apart from government, must be sought, other causes must be taken up, liberalism must progress at all costs.

The problem arises from liberalism naming religion as immoral. By doing so, the peculiar institution of same sex marriage, spurred on by homosexual behavior, is set against the liberal imperative that religion be immoral. Liberals clash with Americans on this point because, by definition, liberalism claims anyone opposed to same sex marriage is an immoral and religious nut.

All the same, modern liberals cling to their peculiar institution of same sex marriage with all the fervor of a moral imperative, when, in reality, it derives from political and economic expediency to promote an immoral ideal.

In order for modern liberalism to survive, it must maintain its status quo. However, just as over 150 years ago Southern Democrats clung to their peculiar institution of slavery with all of the fervor of religious zealots, liberals also cling to their immoral, peculiar institutions of abortion, race warfare, and same sex marriage. Without these, liberalism faces the exposure and death of its underlying dogmas.

Yet, as we have seen in US history, even without slavery the South remained.

It's time for modern liberalism to give up its immoral, peculiar institutions in favor of the core values that made it successful in the first place. Instead, if liberalism maintains its peculiar institutions, it will find itself without the legitimacy it so desperately desires.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Courage to Stand Up for What Is Right

I am not easily impressed, but this weekend a group of high school students impressed me.

This past weekend, talented high school choir, orchestra, and band students from all over Arizona participated in a three-day event. Each student had competed for a regional performance and, after another audition and selection process, was chosen for the all state performance.

The students are all talented and capable musicians. Their abilities and dedication to the arts, despite schools cutting music funding right and left, is impressive enough.

But even more impressive was the courage they showed to stand up for what was right.

The three day event included extensive rehearsals, workshops, and guest performances from students at Arizona State University, where the event took place.

During one such performance, the students listened to ASU choirs and performance groups, including the Lyric Opera - a group of professors and students in musical theatre.

The Lyric Opera students performed a selection from the Broadway musical Rent - a popular musical best known for being "edgy" or, in other words, a musical featuring a lot of crude language and immoral situations. It is a modern retelling of Puccini's opera La Boheme. When it was performed on Broadway, the musical strove to give modern bohemians vicarious experiences with drugs, sex, homosexuality, sadomasochism, HIV, and good old-fashioned youth rebellion.

When the Lyric Opera students performed a selection from Rent, the director and students decided to improve the "edginess."

One young woman pulled her pants down and mooned the audience of high school teens.

The performers flipped off the audience of high school teens.

And do you know what?

The high school teens, hundreds of them, stood up and walked out of the performance.

That is impressive.

The immoral dogmas of the modern world would like us to believe that being "edgy" takes courage.

That is a lie.

It is easy to be immoral. It is easy to promote evil. It is easy to give in to the lowest, basest, most demeaning behavior humans can invent.

Standing up for what is right takes courage. Making a moral choice not to follow the seduction of depravity takes courage.

Hundreds of high school students, from all walks of life, religious or not, decided last weekend that they did not need to waste their time being "edgy." They also decided not to attend ASU, where their morals and courage would be disparaged by "edgy" philosophy and moral turpitude.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

The Snarky Files: Week Ending April 12, 2014

The Snarky Files. Snarky has several definitions. I prefer "sharply critical." Here's my take on some news stories this past week. No real news here, just snark.

Tax Freedom Day 
This week, we celebrate support of our giganormous government by affirming that we have, indeed, paid our taxes. It's a ritual that we, at the Euripides household, honor by spending hours trying to get as much stolen property back from Washington, DC, as we possibly can.

So it was disconcerting to discover that Tax Freedom Day was pushed back another three days this year, falling on April 21st.

Tax Freedom Day is the day that the total country has made enough money in order to pay its tax burden for the year.

Yes, that's correct. It takes the people of the US about one-quarter of the entire year to pay our government to waste our money.

Presumably, the rest of the year we get to keep our own property.

Meanwhile, Far from the Border
The news media, by and large, ignores the war going on between the US and Mexico.

What war?

Why that would be the war with Mexican drug cartels which infiltrate into the US.

Outmanned and outgunned, local Sheriffs are alarmed by the drug and human trafficking, prostitution, kidnapping, and money laundering that Mexican drug cartels conduct in the US.

Mexican drug cartels now operate in over 3,000 US cities, recruiting gangs, former inmates, and teens to do their dirty work.

So, by all means members of Congress and Mr. Obama, let's welcome these illegals as full-fledged US citizens with open arms and brain-dead minds.

Here's a Photo of Hillary Clinton Cringing from a Thrown Shoe

Eric Holder Gets Testy
US Attorney General Eric "I'm Too Important to Be Bothered By Laws" Holder got testy this past week after being questioned by a congressional House committee for his many failures to uphold the law.

Calling the questioning “unprecedented, unwarranted, ugly, and divisive," Holder attempted to build up his character by tearing down Congress.

Holder has already been charged with contempt of Congress. He was threatened with another contempt charge.

Holder needs to be thrown into federal prison for his illegal involvement in "Fast and Furious" - a failed operation where the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives put guns into the hands of criminals in Mexico, then blamed US gun sellers for the ensuing fiasco.

Here's a Map Showing How Much Obamacare Premiums Have Risen among 27 Year-Olds

Range War
Cliven Bundy, a Nevada cattle rancher won a victory over federal officials who claimed that his cattle could not graze on public lands. The rancher claimed that his family had been using those lands since the 1870s and that he paid fees to allow his cattle to graze there.

In response, federal officials rounded up cattle and tasered several people, including Bundy's son.

The officials finally backed off.

One of Bundy's sisters described the reason behind the protest."It's about the freedom of America. We have to stand up and fight."

Jesus the Married Man
In what has surely angered Christians everywhere, a piece of papyrus dating back eleven hundred years was shown to be authentic.

It claims Jesus was married.

I have no problem with that idea, since Jesus was Jewish and was considered to be a rabbi. He must have been married.

Then again, I also think the Obama is not the Messiah, so what do I know?

Here's a Video Showing a Deranged Harry Reid Focusing His Wrath on the Koch Brothers

Sebelius Falls
Obama's Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, finally resigned, removing a key focal point in Republican efforts to get rid of the unpopular Obamacare.

Without Sebelius around, the Republicans don't have a clear target to rally those opposed to Obamacare.

It was a masterful move by the Obama administration - throw Sebelius under the bus in order to diffuse opposition to a law that most Americans really don't want.

Once again, Obama will do anything he can to maintain liberal power.

Connecticut Revolts
Dannel Malloy, governor of Connecticut signed law last year requiring residents to register "assault weapons" and "high capacity magazines" by the end of 2013.

Only 50,000 of the estimated 372,000 so-called assault weapons were registered (13%). Only 38,000 out of an estimated two million magazines were registered (.02%).

What does this tell us?

It may indicate that the people of Connecticut are ignorant of the law, or it may indicate that they are all criminals.

Or maybe, just maybe, it indicates that Americans don't trust government, especially when the government infringes on the rights guaranteed by the Second Amendment.