Heaven or Hell?

(Via Obi)

While walking down the street one day a US senator is tragically hit by a truck and dies.

His soul arrives in heaven and is met by St. Peter at the entrance.

“Welcome to heaven,” says St. Peter. “Before you settle in, it seems there is a problem. We seldom see a high official around these parts, you see, so we’re not sure what to do with you.”

“No problem, just let me in,” says the man.

“Well, I’d like to, but I have orders from higher up. What we’ll do is have you spend one day in hell and one in heaven. Then you can choose where to spend eternity.”

“Really, I’ve made up my mind. I want to be in heaven,” says the senator.

“I’m sorry, but we have our rules.”

And with that, St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and he goes down, down, down to hell. The doors open and he finds himself in the middle of a green golf course. In the distance is a clubhouse and standing in front of it are all his friends and other politicians who had worked with him.

Everyone is very happy and in evening dress. They run to greet him, shake his hand, and reminisce about the good times they had while getting rich at the expense of the people.

They play a friendly game of golf and then dine on lobster, caviar and champagne.

Also present is the devil, who really is a very friendly guy who has a good time dancing and telling jokes. They are having such a good time that before he realizes it, it is time to go.

Everyone gives him a hearty farewell and waves while the elevator rises…

The elevator goes up, up, up and the door reopens on heaven where St. Peter is waiting for him.

“Now it’s time to visit heaven.”

So, 24 hours pass with the senator joining a group of contented souls moving from cloud to cloud, playing the harp and singing. They have a good time and, before he realizes it, the 24 hours have gone by and St. Peter returns.

“Well, then, you’ve spent a day in hell and another in heaven. Now choose your eternity.”

The senator reflects for a minute, then he answers: “Well, I would never have said it before, I mean heaven has been delightful, but I think I would be better off in hell.”

So St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and he goes down, down, down to hell.

Now the doors of the elevator open and he’s in the middle of a barren land covered with waste and garbage.

He sees all his friends, dressed in rags, picking up the trash and putting it in black bags as more trash falls from above.

The devil comes over to him and puts his arm around his shoulder. “I don’t understand,” stammers the senator. “Yesterday I was here and there was a golf course and clubhouse, and we ate lobster and caviar, drank champagne, and danced and had a great time. Now there’s just a wasteland full of
garbage and my friends look miserable. What happened?”

The devil looks at him, smiles and says, “Yesterday we were campaigning…

Today you voted.”

Happy Halloween

STILL the best Halloween video ever made!

Swimmin’ with the Sharks

Fausta has a great post going on the LA Time’s refusal to release a video of Obama celebrating with Rashid Khalidi (formerly of the PLO) and another known terrorists.

This is the final weekend before the Presidential election, and the media is intent in hiding any information that might hurt the chances of Obama becoming President of the United States.

You know they are! I wonder what kind of deal the media has made with the Obama camp?? In return for favors to be named later? Frightening to have your Commander in Chief beholden to others, isn’t it? Massive squashing of the blogosphere is first on their list, I’m sure.

It is amazing to me that the media, on it’s death bed of credibility, continue to shill for this empty suit. Even the NYT is willing to deny their previous reporting in order to protect Dear Leader. After all, if you don’t make him glow, then off you go!

Imagine if the tables were turned and the tape contained evidence of McCain with some shady characters with less than America’s best interests at heart. Would the LAT still be sitting on the tape? It would hit the presses like some zombie hot potato!

UPDATE: Debbie Schlussel has more!

Get Used To It

So get this – I go out for lunch today, alone. I head over to my favorite taco joint. As I walk in the door, I think “Good. There’s one seat left at the counter.” Since my mama raised me right, very politely I ask if the seat is taken. The blonde to the right, says “Yes, I’m waiting for my friend that’s parking the car.”

Ok. The line is now too long. I don’t want to sit at a table by myself. So I decide to order to go. In the meantime, one of the waiters goes over to the woman and says she can’t save seats. She gives him the same story.

The parking lot is half full. Where did her friend park – Turner Field? So the waiter comes over to me and says she admitted (after some serious prodding) that she wasn’t saving the seat for anyone and that I could sit there. I told him I’d already ordered to go.

While I was waiting, mulling over the many ways I wished her harm, he came back over and we struck up a conversation. In a way, he tried to take up for her, because in his eyes she still is a customer. Albeit a bad, snotty one. And probably a lousy tipper to boot. But one thing he said to me rings true of this election and what days may await our nation. (paraphrased, of course)

“She didn’t realize she was being selfish.”

Really? A grown woman, acting like she’s in a high school cafeteria? No, YOU can’t sit there. Beside ME. You’re not cute enough, you’re not thin enough, you’re too short, I don’t like your clothes, I don’t like your shoes, I don’t like your purse, I don’t like your hair, you look like a conservative, you smell like a christian, how dare you approach me.

Shades of Miss Astor.

Again, really? A grown woman, sitting in one of the busiest Atlanta lunch spots, hogging a stupid bar stool? Seats there are primo real estate – lunchtime gold – for the 30 odd minutes you get to occupy one before the wait staff nudges you out the door. After all, the line is 50 people deep by 11:45. Is she from Mars? Or worse, Florida?

I thought about his comment all the way back to the office. After Tuesday, if Obama is elected, the nation’s leading entitlement-minded, truth-challenged, lacking-moral-fiber narcissists and their band of merry thieves will be running the show.

So no tacos for you!

God Help Us All.

The Obligatory Crybaby Gator Post

The World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party kicks off tonight culminating in tomorrow’s game. Kickoff 3:30 EDT.

Just a gentle reminder to all those Gators out there, nursing that grudge all year long,

Yeah, baby, we owned you last year. And we’ll renew that subscription tomorrow.

GetThePicture says Matt Stafford is the game breaker. GPOOE, my backside. I want to see Big Tebow Tears tomorrow.

Two in a row in JAX – I like the sound of that!

Obama’s Onion Soup Recipe

I have my favorites. Frequent readers here know who I read and link the most.

American Digest, written by Gerard Vanderluen is the best of the best. Today he writes that Obama is the onion from Peer Gynt.

When you peel off all his layers of signifying and symbolizing, of blathering and bamboozling, Obama is — it must be said — simply lacking in the elemental qualities of manliness necessary for the Chief Executive of the United States of America. Obama is like the onion in Peer Gynt. Once you strip off the layers there’s nothing in the center.

Nothing. Vapor. Oblivion. Anti-matter. Sheer emptiness that might rival the rim of deep space.

What is essential to me when I think about who deserves my vote is whether or not the person for whom I’m voting has the right stuff to lead this country. Right up at the top of that list for me is manliness. And by that I do not mean a quality exclusive to men. Rather I mean the old-fashioned values of courage and the ability to do the right thing, the strong thing, under pressure – regardless of the consequences. Those who do not know what I mean by “manliness” by now will never know it, but by way of example I’ll cite the most recent President to possess it, George Bush.

The manliness of Bush is, regardless of the perverted souls who look upon him as the source of evil in the world, really not open to question. Some would say that it is, perhaps, too much with him, that he should have been a more subtle player in the fields of power politics. That’s for history to decide in the long term. The short history is that nobody has attacked America on its home soil since September 11. This is not an accident. This is because there was, in the minds and hearts of our many enemies, no doubt as to what might happen to them and their countries if such an attack had come. No doubt. None. Niente. Nada. Zero. Zip. The only question was whether the Bush response would be in the form of an airborne division or a small, man-made sun being brought to life about 5,000 feet above their capitol city. This is not a bad question for our enemies to have in mind. The question itself keeps the terrible answer at bay.

The leftards sneer about the Crazy Cowboy, but let’s briefly review. Bush kept us safe and salvaged our economy without goosing any interns. Despite the help he has spread around the world, the world still hates him and everything he stands for. He is a brave man to face down these weasels, all day, every day. Does Obama have the backbone to do the same?

But a wider world awaits the next President; a world that can kill 3,000 Americans at their place of work in a single morning. A world that wants to see, more than anything, the destruction of American hegemony so that their dreams of conquest can go forward unabated.

After thousands of years of crawling up from the swamp of totalitarianism we can see, at last, in the distance a world where this ancient nightmare is removed from the world. But we cannot get there if America does not stand.

Again. The world cannot rid itself of the terror of totalitarianism if America does not stand.

For that to happen we need to have a leader — man or woman — who possesses real, demonstrated courage. For that to become true we need to have a leader who has — man or woman — real manliness.

Obama is intelligent, charming, good-looking, stylish, well-educated and slick. He’s everything that other people who value such surfaces look for… not in a leader, but in an icon. And that’s what they’re buying by buying Obama, an icon. A glowing plastic post-modern Jesus for the dashboard of their Prius. They know, as we all know by now, that he can talk the talk. He just can’t walk the walk. He’s soft talk and no stick.

I keep coming back to the one indisputable fact first spoken in Sarah Palin’s acceptance speech: “There is only one man in this election who has ever really fought for you … in places where winning means survival and defeat means death.”

One of those places where defeat means death is in the Oval Office on a very bad day.

Just to be clear, I’m not saying Obama is not a man. He’s just not man enough for the job.

One reason the leftards hate Gov. Palin so much, is that she’s right and they know it.

Obama’s election to the Presidency is a recipe for disaster. And no crying over a pile of rotten onions will save America from the onslaught that awaits.

Quite the Little Despot

The Anchoress has the most interesting readers. One, from Pennsylvania (the home of bitter-gun-clinging-redneck-bible-thumpers), emails over his discomfort with the coming Ascension:

Dear Anchoress:

An observation about Barack Obama that bothers me enough to write somebody an email.

Barack Obama said during the first debate that he would sit down and talk to Iran, a state sponsor of terrorism, without preconditions because he did not believe in the notion that by not talking to people we are somehow punishing them.

Then when a Florida TV reporter asks his VP candidate, Sen. Biden, some questions he didn’t like, their campaign cuts them off and refuses to talk to them or grant any further interviews.

So, Barack Obama is willing to sit down and talk with the regime that gave the order for the bombing of our Marine Barracks in Beirut but not willing to talk to an American TV station because of a few tough questions.

Politicians all make contradictory statements; it’s almost impossible not to considering all the speeches they make. But this is different. This is a case of actions speaking louder than words. His cutting off of that Florida station is a preview of how he will act as President. Will he be this vindictive towards all Americans who don’t agree with him or his administration? Cutting off that station but still being willing to talk to a terror sponsoring regime also reveals a certain naiveté, or worse, an unacceptable level of moral relativism.

This, combined with his going back on his word about public campaign financing, I think, are a true measure of his character.
[All links and italics mine – The Anchoress]

She passed it on, and so should you. The difference of exactly who warrants the receipt of Obama’s Words From On High is frightening. Again, The Anchoress:

He’s the guy who spends over half a billion dollars to win an election because he could not keep his word about public funding. He wants to ’share the wealth’ and he wants to talk about ‘fairness’ – but he doesn’t have any moral qualms about outspending his opponent by $518 million, thanks to a dishonorable flip-flop which – it must be said – his GOP opponent did not copy.

He’s a guy who spends half a billion dollars on electioneering while talking about how to help the poor and the downtrodden. Note – he does not share his wealth. Someday he’ll drive past those downtrodden and give them a thumbs up for keeping it real, as they stand in their lines full of “shared” discomfort.

[…] He’s quite the little despot, ain’t he? I thought he – like Bill Clinton – would be too tall to be a despot, but he’s belying that old canard.

//spotted.augusta.com/chronicle/display.html?collection=14378&gallery=28124&page=1&photo=624121">Rick McKee</a>, Augusta Chronicle (h/t Obi)

(Cartoon by Rick McKee, Augusta Chronicle (h/t Obi))

The entire world wants Obama to win. Even the terrorists want him to win. Word on the street is that bin Laden will crawl out of his cave sometime in the next few days and endorse His Boy.

In the meantime, HRH posts on Daily Kos that kitman is alright by him. America – wake up!

Why Don’t Democrats Have to Take a Citizenship Test?

Because if they did, they might learn something.

Isn’t it amazing that the majority of immigrants, especially those that survived of corrupt regimes, are voting Republican?

The majority among the Russian community in the United States are going to vote for Republican John McCain at the U.S. presidential election- according to the Russian Interfax New Agency.

It is no accident that America has a large Russian population. After decades of oppression, when The Wall fell and the Communist Bloc slowly crumbled, many Russians saw their opportunity for escape. Did they go to France or Sweden or some South American tin-pot Dictatorship? No, they came to America.

Ahhh, those utopias bring back such happy memories. In fact, the campaign rhetoric coming out of the Democratic camp probably induces the same level of nausea they felt on finding out the new neighbor is KGB. Remember the old movie, The Red Danube, where “comrades” would rather commit suicide than be returned to their “motherland”, Soviet Russia? After living and breathing freedom, the worker’s paradise had lost its appeal.

It reminds me of Gerard Vanderleun’s Conversations with Paul (read the whole thing!)

“Because in Russia, freedom can go away. Here never. If I vote for best.”

I dearly hope Paul is right.

Fausta discusses Obama as a young Castro.

No Power of Hell, No Scheme of Man, Can Ever Pluck Me from His Hand

After a few days of beautiful leaves and equally beautiful music, my heart is at ease. For the moment, at least. The old saying “Music soothes the savage beast” even applies to the torture a soul feels when faced with such uncertainty that nightmares crowd out any restful sleep. You wake exhausted, with the heavy feeling like you’ve battled demons all night long

Driving between concert venues, for every 20 McCain yard signs, we saw one Obama sign. Lots of houses flying Old Glory. Everyone I spoke with shared my concerns about the election, but they had all either already voted for McCain or planned to. Regardless, they continue to pray for the nation and it’s future.

Roger Kimbell at PJM feels that all is not lost.

What I find depressing about this–as, indeed, about the whole Obama juggernaut–is the extent to which it represents a return of bad ideas that have already been tried time and again, have failed and made people poorer and less stalwart, and yet seem poised to make a sorry comeback once again.

[…] Still, I do not despair.

In this last week, remember that desperation breeds strange behavior. Ignore the media – they are in the tank for The One. They believe that the American public is SO stupid that they can say whatever their handlers demand without redress. The polls, too. Their samples are skewed and questions are flawed. The pool of lemmings grows deep and wide. Listen to your favorite music, watch old movies. Crank up the Mozart, Vivaldi, Led Zepplin, Brad Paisley, bagpipes, whatever. Watch the classics. Remember how great it is to be an American.

Liberty can be a messy business. I don’t mind the mess and I certainly don’t want an Obama adminstration to clean it up for me.

As a sidebar, at this morning’s concert, I met Dr. Emir Caner, the new President of Truett-McConnell College in Cleveland, GA. I’ve written previously about his brother, Ergun. During his words to the group during lunch, he was comfortable and light on his feet, weaving his ideas for the college’s future in with jokes about his faculty that participated that morning. His vision reminds me of that line of “In Christ Alone,” the closing piece of the concert.

“No Power of Hell, No Scheme of Man, Can Ever Pluck Me from His Hand”

This election is in His hands. I have cast my vote and cast my fears of the future to the foot of the Cross.

Time Away

Slipping away for a few days in the mountains – for music and prayer. Away from the never-ending cacophony this election has become.

Catching Up with the Cheatin’ Messiah Machine

Check out this week’s Carnival of Insanties!

Hey, Obama. How was that impromptu Hawaii trip? Find any time at all to visit your ailing granny? Aloha! A-lo-ha! Get it? A-looooo-ha! Bueller? Bueller?

The Mark Levin, The Corner (h/t Dr. Sanity)

Obama’s entire campaign is built on class warfare and human envy. The “change” he peddles is not new. We’ve seen it before. It is change that diminishes individual liberty for the soft authoritarianism of socialism. It is a populist appeal that disguises government mandated wealth redistribution as tax cuts for the middle class, falsely blames capitalism for the social policies and government corruption (Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac) that led to the current turmoil in our financial markets, fuels contempt for commerce and trade by stigmatizing those who run successful small and large businesses, and exploits human imperfection as a justification for a massive expansion of centralized government. Obama’s appeal to the middle class is an appeal to the “the proletariat,” as an infamous philosopher once described it, about which a mythology has been created.

Read the whole thing!

Michelle (Malkin, not Obama) quips

But I guess if you have enough in-the-tank media propagandists photoshopping halos around your head, people start to believe it.

The Anchoress laments the deplorable state our national media has attained, psychotic episodes and all.

I personally believe that the press is going “all in” on Obama because they figure it’s the best way to shut down alternative media – which is killing them – and go back to being the only game in town. The only game in town, and completely beholden to the government. That’s scary as hell.

What ever happened to healthy journalistic skepticism? If you stray off the prescribed talking points, you get “punished”.

Camp Obama – where else can you and all your friends participate in Premature Inaugration?

Bill Ayers calls the cops. Rich.

Don’t forget to contribute to the largest campaign donation fraud in history!

But never you mind – you don’t need to trouble your pretty head with such. Things will be soooo much better when Obama is President.

AfterGleaux

Go Dawgs! How sweet it is!

That was a win worth savoring – Mark Richt goes to 28-4 in opponents’ stadiums, an incredible record for an SEC coach and the Dawgs ended a thirty game LSU home winning streak in dominant fashion. That ain’t exactly chopped liver. Sure, Penn State complicated Georgia’s chances to play in the BCS title game and we’ll be rolling our eyes this week over tales of Gator revenge, but that’s all in the future, even if the future is only a day or so away. This was a damned good win. Enjoy it.

Rainy Friday Linkapalooza

If you don’t read anything else today, read this.

Campaign worker attacked. Or was she? “Well, this story is bad if it’s true and it’s even worse if it’s a hoax.”

UPDATE: Well, there you go. She admits to making up the story. Sad. So sad. If she wanted some attention, this was the WRONG way to go about it. End Update.

The Fred speaks.

Words of wisdom from the candidate who says the race isn’t about race, unless he’s the one playing the race card.

Many have said that the Senate race in Georgia will tip the Congress to a super-majority if the incumbent Chambliss loses.

Now imagine, for a second, what might happen if the Democrats’ filibuster-proof U.S. Senate hinges on Jim Martin winning a December run-off. I suspect that money would begin pouring in from across the nation and you’d see high-profile surrogates such as Max Cleland, Virginia Senator Jim Webb and other moderate-to-conservative Democrats hitting the campaign trail in Georgia.

Andre was right. Here comes the out-of-state funding.

Grabby Democrats want to nationalize what is left of your retirement. Welcome to the gulag – where you get to work until you die.

Bill Ayers is just swell, according to some Georgia profs.

Biden’s Freudian slip – John McCain as John McLane. NSFW(!) but way cool. And yeah, Joe, you wouldn’t stand a chance!

You wanna a piece of me?

Oh yeah! You wanna a piece of me?

P.S. Don’t forget to support Operation Love from Home!

Operation Love from Home Christmas Card Project

Operation Love from Home, a local Georgia organization, is in the midst of their Christmas Card campaign and could really use the help of the blogosphere! They have a very ambitious goal this year of 50,000 cards to our troops!

You can click here to send e-cards or send handwritten cards to this address:

Operation Love From Home
P.O. Box 1660
Loganville, GA 30052

Longtime readers will remember this post detailing where I heard first of Kathy Orr and her organization. Through the word of the internetz, they meet their Independence Day goal of 5000 cards! So it’s time to do it again.

Make a difference for a soldier far away from home protecting our most precious natural resource – liberty.

Early Voting in Georgia, So Far

Via PeachPundit.

12% so far. That’s more turnout, with 13 days to go, than many earlier elections. Stay tuned…

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