Shots Across the Bow

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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

I’ve Moved

If you haven't noticed yet, I'm posting here now.

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Monday, October 12, 2009

The Last Shots Post

I'm not done writing; I'm just not going to be doing it here.

I had my fill of writing about politics about a year before the election, but just when I said I was through, Democrats launched one of the most offensive smear campaigns I have seen in my life, targeting the Palin family for destruction. Democrat campaigners showed no honor, no respect,and no restraint as they attacked each and every member of that family.

It was a disgusting display of partisanship made worse by the fact that so-called moderate liberals did nothing, giving their tacit approval to the process.

And so I go fired up again. I dug into Obama's past political campaigns, his history as an executive, short lived and unsuccessful as it was. I learned that nobody should have been surprised at the treatment the Palin family got because that was the standard M.O. of the Obama political machine. His ascension to power was waged as a scorched earth campaign, regardless of the cost to others. As he said when questioned about the ethics of one of his early campaigns, he simply said,"If you can win, win."

I put that information out, and was met with a collective yawn.

The far left thought Obama's tactics were wonderful, while the moderate left (all two of them) were upset that I and others who were presenting the facts were "muckraking."

But I kept on, thinking in the back of my head that there were liberals out there who were interested in the facts, who could handle a debate, and could put together a sound argument that would explain their position in a rational manner.

I was wrong.

My mistake has been thinking that liberalism,or more properly, progressivism, is an ideology, as is conservatism. That is, an idea, based on facts and reason, useful for describing te behavior of a society, and the best manner of organizing that society. It isn't. It has more in common with religion than anything else, complete with hierarchy, a rigid orthodoxy, excommunication for dissenters,and an intolerance for questioning.

And you can't talk a man out of his religion. All you will do is piss him off.

The Nobel Peace Prize was the final straw. There is no rational way to defend giving it to President Obama. Not without debasing everything the Prize used to stand for. The Committee has said that they wanted to help shape the direction of American policy by giving the award to Obama. Many progressives find nothing wrong with that. But let's think about it for just a minute. Here we have an external group attempting to shift the course of American policy by giving an award to the sitting President.

Is it just me, or did the Nobel committee just try to buy off the US President?

And the progressives are okay with it. Of course, we know buying and paying for politicians is the Chicago way,but even in Chicago they try to be a little bit more subtle about it.

Putting the whole bribery thing aside, the act that many progressives,including people I know and respect, are so caught up in the idea of an Obama Presidency that even this farce, that tops Pia Zadora's Golden Globe and Milli Vanilli's Grammy, must be defended.

It's ludicrous

And then I see CNN running a fact checking story on a Saturday Night Live skit about Obama. Yeah, a real news organization investigating a comedy sketch show for factual references because they dared to poke fun at Obama.

That's scary. It's not surprising; after all, we've seen other news organizations target critics of President Obama, both before and after the election. What makes it scary is how few people seem to mind.

If they don't care, then why should I? As the progressive agenda is crammed down our throats over the next few years, and as people trade away basic rights and liberties in exchange for government supplied security, they will quickly learn that when you put your faith in men, you will always be greatly disappointed. And government is nothing but a group of men.

I'm out of the fight. Not because I somehow think I'm too good to get my hands dirty, or that I'm above the fray, or that I'm debating the issue on a higher plane. All that crap is nothing more than the loathsome lies of a man too cowardly to stand on his principles. Rather than choose to stand, he chooses to abandon principle in favor of a deluded sense of self aggrandizement, based on his supposed ability to stand above it all. To those, I simply leave the words of Rev 3:16;
So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.

I'm out not because I refuse to commit but because the fight is lost. I used to hope that what I wrote might make a difference,even in a small way. I'm not egotistical enough to believe that I could change the course we're on, but that maybe I could contribute to a flood of writers that could energize people, get them involved, and maybe get this thing called Americaturned aroundand back on the right track. I no longer believe that can happen. I think it's too late.

Over a million people marched on Washington to demonstrate their anger at the course our government is taking. Most of these people had never demonstrated before in their lives. The march was a culmination of months of demonstrations and town hall meetings. meetings where the people spoke to their representatives, and voiced their concerns. And after this unprecedented display of grass roots activism, nothing has changed. The President claimed to be unaware of the march. The media downplayed it. The progressives caricatured the people,using offensive epithets to mock and demean the participants.

It was a shining moment, but it came too late. Most people are too ignorant or too apathetic to realize exactly where we are being taken by our dully elected government. (No, that isn't a misspelling.)

So, I'm not going to fight the tide anymore. We're going to get government health care whether we want it or not. That's the message Washington has sent and I'm getting it loud and clear. Cap and trade will pass as well, and I suspect Obama will then move on to education reform, to make sure he indoctrinates kids as quickly as possible. The world is sensing weakness, not just on the part of our President, although that's bad enough, but on the part of the American people, because we elected him. And folks, there's nothing worse than showing weakness to a pack of wolves. We're about to see the dollar fall like nothing anybody has ever seen before. We're about to see America become a laughingstock as our powerlessness is demonstrated over and over again. We're about to see Israel face extinction as she is hemmed in by enemies on every side, without the strong support of the United States.

We're about to see hard times like we've never seen before, and my efforts are going to be aimed at getting ready for them.

And that is what Stability For Our Time is all about. Isaiah 33:6 says that:
Wisdom and knowledge will be the stability of your times, And the strength of salvation; The fear of the LORD is His treasure.

I don't know about wisdom, but I do have a lot of knowledge. More importantly, I know here to find out things that I don't know, and I have the ability to help people understand these things. While the site is barely built and as ugly as the north end of a south bound mule, it is functional, and it's time I started using it .I'm sure that when she gets time,my lovely wife will drop in and spruce the place up a bit.

I'll still cover a lot of the same topics, but you can expect a lot more posts about what I'm doing, and why, and how, along with posts on natural philosophy, and most importantly, my journey as an awakened Christian. I also hope that as I purge the poison of politics from my veins, my sense of humor will return as well. I've been missing it.

And so, after 7 years, Shots Across the Bow is out of ammunition. The guns are silenced, but the ship is still afloat. I hope you all make the switch over to Stability, but more importantly, I am honored that so many of you have found my ramblings a worthy way to spend a little bit of your time.

Thank you.

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Sunday, October 11, 2009

Vols Were The Top Dog on Saturday

Three times this season, the Vols have both shown their potential and fulfilled it. In the first game of the season, the dominated Western Kentucky, a weaker team. In the second, they went toe to toe with the Florida Gators, but losing. But now, the Vols have thoroughly beaten a quality team in the Georgia Bulldogs.

The players have demonstrated they have the talent to play with and beat just about any team in the SEC. Now it's up to the coaches to demonstrate that they have the ability to consistently get this team to perform up to their potential.

They'll have the chance to do just that in 2 weeks.

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Friday, October 09, 2009

Those Silly Democrats!

So, let me get this straight. The Milli Vanilli President was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize after his two weeks in office for his efforts to reach out to America's enemies, who are now blasting the Nobel Prize committee (figuratively,not literally...yet) for giving him the award for reaching out to him. Meanwhile, the DNC is charging anyone who comments on the idiocy of giving him the prize a few months later with being in league with America's enemies.

While it's nice to see the DNC finally recognizing that America has enemies, they are sounding just like the Bush administration. "If you don't honor the President for this empty achievement, then you are aligned with terrorists."

What a bunch of hypocrites.

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The Milli Vanilli President

How is a Nobel Peace Prize like a Grammy?

Apparently you can win either one without actually doing anything as long as you look good while not doing it.

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Sunday, October 04, 2009

Lame Kiffin and the Not Ready for Prime Time Players

UPDATE: Thanks to the folks who let me know that writing a post at 1AM can lead to mistakes, like misidentifying the offensive coordinator. Obviously, Ed Orgeron is not the offensive coordinator. I've made the appropriate corrections.

No, that wasn't a typo.

After four games, I've seen enough to make this simple declaration. The Vols will never be a top tier team in the SEC with Lane Kiffin as head coach.

Here's why.

The Vols were out coached on both sides of the ball today, but in the end, they played well enough that they had a shot to win. Monte Kiffin's crew gave up big play after big play all night long, but they played well on the goal line, forcing the Tigers to settle for field goals instead of touchdowns. Ed OrgeronJim Chaney's offense, well, let's just say that the only thing Tennessee had fired up on the field was the batons at halftime. Jonathon Crompton was off target for most of the night, and when he chanced to hit a receiver in the hands, they dropped the ball.

Probably from shock.

But the Vols stayed in the game, mainly through the sheer physical talent of Montario Hardesty and Eric Berry.

Tennessee was trailing by 17 with just over 11:00 to go in the 4th quarter when Hardesty caught a Crompton pass and wiggled his way 31 yards into the end zone for a touchdown. The defense forces Auburn into a three and out, and the Vols had the ball and just over nine minutes left in the game. They needed two scores, so clock management was critical. The offense responded, driving the ball methodically up the field, until they had the ball first and goal. The drive had taken 4 minutes off the clock, and the Vols ran three plays but couldn't get the score.

It was 4th and goal from the 10, and there was about four and a half minutes to go in the game. The drive had eaten up over five minutes, meaning that there wasn't enough time left for them to get back into this position again. Kicking a field goal would give all the advantage to Auburn, since all they would have to do is hold the ball for a couple of minutes and then punt, robbing Tennessee of the time needed to score again. Going for it and making it, on the other hand, gave Tennessee more ways to win. If Auburn took the ball on their next possession, and Tennessee held them to a field goal, the Vols would still only need one score to tie or win.

By going for the touchdown, Tennessee would give themselves more chances to win. By kicking the field goal, they would give Auburn more chances to win. This was the call Lane Kiffin had to make, and he blew it. He chose the field goal, conceding the game with over four minute to go. Auburn drove the length of the field, kicking a field goal and putting the game out of reach.

Lane Kiffin didn't give his team a chance to win.

Monte Kiffin adjusted his defense and managed to contain the Tigers as well as could be expected. Ed OrgeronJim Chaney, despite the bad passes and dropped balls, managed to put enough points on the board to keep the Vols in the game. But when the pressure was on, when Lane Kiffin had a choice to either play to win or play not to lose badly, he folded. He opted to play it safe, take the points he could, and try not to lose too badly.

You don't win games in the SEC coaching like that.

Playing to win is not something you can teach a coach. It's a character thing; you either have it or you don't, and Lane Kiffin doesn't. He may be a fine assistant coach, or position coach, but he doesn't have what it takes to be a head coach.

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