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I Can’t Do My Chores – It’s the Sabbath Day

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Saturdays are not a day of rest for me.  This quarter, I am teaching a college course, so I’m in the classroom from 9am until 2pm. It’s part of how I’m trying to keep my head above water, financially.  So, I don’t get a lot in the line of time off.  I work pretty much from 8am to 11pm, three nights out of four.  It’s not easy for me, most days.

Meanwhile, this morning, my son, Richard, decided that he was not able to do his chores today. Most weeks, we do our chores on Saturday, cleaning up ahead of our friends coming over for gaming, as well as catch up on the week’s regular labors.  But this morning, he came to his mother in a very serious attitude.

Richard: I have a very good reason why I’m not able to do my chores today.

Mom: Oh, why is that?

Richard: Because, Mom, it’s the Sabbath Day.

Now, I’m a Christian and my family is, as best as I am able to claim, a Christian home. We don’t have especially against Jews or Judaism in any shape or form – I have great respect for Israel and the traditions of God’s Chosen People. I, myself, have never espoused those beliefs for my own life, nor have led my family in that way. But when my son decided that he wanted to claim that mantle as a way of excusing himself from “servile work”, I think he didn’t realize the entire situation into which he was getting.

He probably heard about the Sabbath from when Mom was teaching it during school, as part of their Bible studies.

Mom: Well, son, since it would not be right to make you work on the Sabbath Day, we want you to stay in your room, rest, meditate, and spend the time in prayer.

Of course, since my son is going to walk the Jewish path today, there are also some things that he will have to consider as part of his exposure into Jewish life. And part of that is eating kosher.

Since we don’t want him walking around too much, since the Sabbath has strict restrictions in that regard, Mom delivered a peanut butter sandwich to his room for lunch. He’s alright with those, but he has things that are his favorite, which now, some are not lawful for him. So, let’s go through some of his favorite fare.

  • Cheeseburgers – Nope. It’s not lawful to seethe the kid in his mother’s milk. Because of that, Jews can’t have beef and cheese together.  Hamburger with ketchup and mustard, but hold the cheddar.
  • Pizza Rolls – Nope. Pepperoni is not kosher. Not even a stretch, considering it also has meat and cheese together.
  • Hot Dogs – We don’t have them anyway, but unless they are Hebrew National, nope. Not kosher either – as they say, “No Ifs, Ands, or Butts”
  • Soda – Nope. High fructose corn syrup is not kosher. And I haven’t seen kosher soda in the grocery store lately.
  • Lemonade – Country Time powder mix…yep. It’s got a Circle K symbol. It’s cool.

So, we have a few hours yet before sundown and the end of Shabbat when he will then get to experience what six days of servile work are.  My friend Jan, a Messianic Jew, even offered up a Kippah for him to wear.  I suppose we can get him a nice red one. But I think, at the end of this exercise, he will understand that he doesn’t just get to pick and choose what is convenient when espousing a religious system of belief.

Not to mention that one of the Ten Commandments is “Honor your Father and Mother”.

Shabbat shalom, son.

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November 9, 2013 at 3:26 pm

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Word of the Law vs. Spirit of the Law

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Well, it would seem that we have a court case that could cause problems for the newly launched but floundering ACA.  States that set up an exchange were entitled to subsidy to help with insurance premiums, but now, it would seem that IRS doesn’t want to get in dutch with the states that didn’t. So the IRS is sending some cash their way, in direct contrary to the ACA. Now, a federal judge has refused a government motion to dismiss a case where the were getting subsidy in contrary to the ACA.

But one thing that’s quite clear about all this. Right now, the pro-ACA crowd is arguing for the law as intended, while the anti-ACA folks are petitioning for the law to be held as written.

Wasn’t it Nancy Pelosi that said that we have to pass the law so we can find out what was in it? So, what happens if, after we find out what was in it, that it was really really bad for the liberals? What then?

Well, we’ve already found out. First, ObamAd, Inc unilaterally suspended the employer mandate. Now, IRS has decided to offer subsidies to states that did not set up their own exchanges.  They contend that the law never intended to favor states that set up their own exchanges (16 did) over states that did (34 did not).

This isn’t the first time we’ve looked at what was written versus what was intended. With respect to, for example, church/state separation, the Founding Fathers never intended for people to be denied the right to pray at a public school football game or claim the name of Christ at a graduation. Liberals and the American Crazy Liberals Union have long maintained how the law is written and have taken the most anti-God position with respect to the so-called “establishment clause”.

Now, with respect to this, the libs don’t like how the law was written and passed (and really, neither do we), so the IRS is saying, “what we really meant to do is…”. 

I guess Chief Justice Roberts is right about one thing, nothing in the Constitution prevents passing bad law. Of course, we knew it from the start. The liberals are generally blinded by their idealism to pay attention.

To my friends.

Written by Rick

October 23, 2013 at 3:28 pm

The Positives of Conservatism – Limited Government

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So I’ve decided to try and start a series of posts on the positives of Conservatism. To elaborate, we spend a LOT of time trashing the left. And while it’s good sport for us, it hardly does anything to win the hearts and minds of those who vacillate between left and right. So, it’s my opinion that we, as Conservatives, need to actually start uniting behind a real message of hope – one that works because it’s not contrary to the left, but rather, promotes the things that are great about America. If we can do that, we stand to begin winning hearts and minds to the RIGHT path.

Part of this series will be questions to ask people. Liberals will likely retort with race-bating, hate-bating, or some other emotionally charged response about how Bush screwed this or that up, or how the Tea Party is wrecking America. But these questions are designed to be individualized – which means you have to start having conversations with individual people.

In other words, how government is supposed to be.

So here is something to “pass through the grass”.

On Limited Government

When I stand around a watercooler, I never hear anyone who sings the praises of the government. Mostly, the conversation takes a downward turn about how stupid everyone in the belt-way is, or how inept the government is, or how they simply hate them. Without exception, I NEVER hear, “oh, I love the government”, or “I simply love Congress”.

The only part of the government, really, that gets any real respect and adoration is our Military. And that’s because they justly earn it. Thanks for your service, my Brothers and Sisters in Arms.

Today, approval of Congress has never been lower, something like 85% disapproval, less than 10% approval according to Real Clear Politics. It’s never been as bad as it is now. Now chalk it up to things like the shutdown, or the O’care rollout, or their general acts that are morally questionable when spending money and earmarking – but either way, less than one person in ten has a positive view of Congress.

Logic dictates one of either two courses of

  • They are unwilling to improve.
  • They are unable to improve.

To that end, either way, that doesn’t sit will with me when we consider that we’re to trust government with our money, our freedoms, or even our health care.

Ask: If everyone in government is so stupid and incapable, then why do we want to continuously trust them with things that could effectively mean life or death?

Government only was commissioned for specific things. Originally and specifically, it was commissioned for:

  1. print money – Dept of Treasury;
  2. negotiate treaties and communicate with other nations – Dept of State;
  3. raise and maintain a military – Dept of War (now Defense); and
  4. manage commerce issues between the several States – Dept of Commerce.

The way I see it, this is what it should be. But now, government has become so bloated and unworkable, it’s beyond repair. We as individuals need to evaluate just how involved government is in our lives. We saw a glimpse of this during the shutdown. Frankly, it should be a very disturbing thing to all Americans as to how dependent we have become on government.

Ask: Are you saying then that you NEED the government, because you’re incapable of taking care of yourself, or you want the government to pony up because it continuously takes from you. In either case, why is the government something that is desirable?

Ask: Wouldn’t you feel better if you were to realize the American Dream on your own, rather than holding to a handout?

Ask: Wouldn’t it not be better to be unaffected by what happens in Washington on a personal level, than to have people in Washington make decisions without considering how it affects you?

In the end, the more that government is involved in our lives, the less liberty and freedom we enjoy. We can’t allow the bureaucrats to sacrifice our liberty for the entitlement of others. Each person is to control their own destiny – without an overreaching government messing it up.

So, the first benefit of conservatism is that we believe that with government out of the way most of the time, people are more free to control their own destinies. Government has its purposes, but it’s better to have those purposes limited and specific, not over-reaching and broad.

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October 22, 2013 at 11:29 am

O’care Website – Epic Fail

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So, it didn’t take much for all of us to watch as the O’care website flopped right on it’s face.

With three years and over $300 million, it’s astonishing how people aren’t being sent to the unemployment line, beginning with that battle-axe Kathleen Sebelius. She was put in charge of all this and it’s been nothing but a colossal disaster.  So as the HHS sorts out all the brouhaha, I have a few points of my own.

1) I talked a couple times already on this (here, and here), and wonder why more people aren’t asking the questions. We’re supposed to have the best IT in the world, and yet, we can’t make a functional website? Or is this just another shining example of government ineptitude – focusing on bureaucratic constraints and organizational needs, rather than customer needs. Vincent Flanders of Web Pages That Suck talks about this on his website (here)

2) Why did HHS opt to use CGI Federal to build the website after Canada fired them? That doesn’t make a dang bit of sense, particularly since the project that CGI failed to do with slipped deadlines and the like was much smaller. Either HHS didn’t know and didn’t vet them properly or they did know, which suggests something more insidious.

3) If Sebelius was smart, she would have contracted with a website design firm right here in the USA.  You see, we’re all natural-born capitalists and building a functional website that could sustain millions of hits per day should not be that difficult. Perhaps Sebelius should have contacted the developers for Amazon or eBay.

What do you think?

 

To my friends.

 

Written by Rick

October 21, 2013 at 8:24 pm

For Downtrodden Conservatives – What We Do Now

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Well folks, the shutdown is over and we dodged the so-called default bullet.

I know many of you out there are sad, angry, irritated. We want to punch someone in the face over this. We want to scream and yell at all the “eaters” and “takers” out there who demand we surrender our liberties for their entitlement – and they are thankless ingrates who have no problem sponging off the system and hustling for what we work hard to give to our families. Believe me, I’m angry too. I wanted to print out a picture of Harry Reid, tape it to my heavy bag, and punch it until the paper was shredded, followed up by photos of GOP members for selling out and screwing up this whole thing.

But then, after talking to my wife, who is pretty upset over all of this, wondering, “what do we do now?”, well, I went to my chair and started thinking about all of this. She feels angry and betrayed, as we all do.  But it’s time to prepare for the next fight. That will take some wisdom.

1) Keep On Talking and Listening - We keep on going in the marketplace of ideas. Conservative ideas are good and pure and they work whenever we actually take the time to do them.  Now, don’t expect that the Mainstream Media is going to help – they are the soundboard for the Lib-crats – and there is no hope in changing them.

We won’t change the liberal mindset so long as we don’t have a message on which we all can get behind. Keep on tweeting, blog posting, and “Pass through the Grass” (yes, that sounds funny, but it’s a good slogan – “Pass through the Grass” means keep on talking to your friends, family, and co-workers (the grassroots). Don’t adopt talking points; instead, make the conservative message YOUR message. Integrate it into your thinking and speech and keep on talking.

We gotta stop preaching why liberal ideas are bad and focus on why conservative ideas are good. Do we even know?

Also, keep on listening and pointing out the failures of Obama and his left-wing libcrat Congress.  Continue holding Biden to ridicule. Continue holding the Administration accountable about Benghazi and the IRS scandals. Don’t let up.

2) Keep Resisting – We keep on resisting Government tyranny at every turn. Now I can’t tell you what to do, but I’ve decided to opt out of ObamaCare completely. I’m not signing up, I’m not buying in, and I’m not paying the IRS fee. ObamaCare requires seven million people signed into it for it to work.  I won’t be one of them. And maybe you might choose to not be either.

Now that won’t be easy, because I’ll have to be fiscally responsible and make sure I set money aside, in case something happens. But until they fix the system, I can’t afford the premiums. I have to do what is best for MY family, not someone else.

3) Enjoy Your Freedoms and Liberties – There is something to be said about someone who can continue to live in joy (something not easy for me) amidst pain, suffering, and hopelessness. We can continue to laugh at those angry liberals, drowning in their own misery, but the way I see it, the liberals spike a football every time we roll out our anger. They are overjoyed to see our sad or angry reactions. Don’t give it to them.

Enjoy your liberty and freedoms, because they are given to you by God, not government.

4) Pray and Ally with God – We pray and seek God’s will for all that we do. Remember, we’ll never get the liberals on our side, nor the RINO GOP’s who just want peace and love in Washington. But instead of getting people on our side, how’s about we surrender our will to God’s will and then, draw strength from that.

5) Remember your Reagan – Ronald Reagan taught many good things of how conservative government is supposed to work.  Thing is, Reagan didn’t have a Congress full of conservatives. He was a uniter – the “Great Communicator”. This is what we need to do, so here are some words of wisdom, from the Ol’ Gipper himself. for you:

  • Don’t speak ill of fellow Republicans (That’s going to be tough for us who are more allied with Tea Party values than the establishment)
  • If a Republican agrees with you 80% of the time, he’s your ally.
  • No arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is as formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women.
  • If we ever forget that we are one nation under God, then we will be one nation gone under.
  • There is nothing wrong with America that we, together, cannot fix.

Folks, it’s time we step up and remembered who we are, who we serve, and continue being Americans.

Written by Rick

October 17, 2013 at 4:15 pm

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ObamaCare Website Failures – Intentional?

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Now this borders on conspiracy theorist, but it does make a lot of sense.

Question: Did the government engineer the Heathcare dot gov website to purposely obscure the costs of premiums? 

It might make sense, given the previous commentary from Aetna’s CEO about how the code drop only happened last month and they government would “fix it on the fly”. That level of sheer incompetence does border on the intentional – they had three years to get it done! It didn’t take other high volume websites that long to come online and meet the demand.  But it certainly did for the ACA’s website.

Or maybe there were some who felt that it wasn’t going to work out anyway, so rather sink a lot of website development costs into something that people would effectively reject, they’ll just take the money and produce a pathetic product.

There’s also the thought that government web developers are so incompetent – that that’s why they’re in government – they got fired from civilian, for-profit gigs.

I don’t know.  But I’m quite sure that, as not many Americans have actually signed up for ACA as ObamAd, Inc would like, not disclosing the costs of ACA to the public without signing up would not be in the best interests of the Administration. The aim is to get you to sign up, not to have you see the costs, get “sticker shock” and then walk away.

I wouldn’t be surprised if the next step was to start signing everyone up automatically.

Read the Piece: http://www.forbes.com/sites/theapothecary/2013/10/14/obamacares-website-is-crashing-because-it-doesnt-want-you-to-know-health-plans-true-costs/

Rush’s Commentary: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qV6cpyFs56M

Written by Rick

October 15, 2013 at 3:56 pm

I Bet If It Was Amazon…

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If there is one thing I like about Amazon.com, it’s the fact that they know what is important and what isn’t.  And they know how to build a system that doesn’t take years to construct, cost tens of millions of dollars to get working, and isn’t buggy as crap. Instead, they know how to take the ample time to prepare for a good system rollout.

But according to Aetna’s CEO, Mark Bertolini, code drops for the site showed up within a month before go-live. Mr. Bertolini indicated, though more diplomatically than I would, of how much that ObamAd, Inc was hell bent on getting the project launched on October 1 and that all the testing now was “on-the-fly”.

So in other words, it was more important to get it out there, rather than getting it right.  That is the same madness that has driven the entire ACA in the first place.  Nancy Pelosi wanted to “pass it to see what was in it” and then she wanted to “fund it before we could fix it”. Obama and the rest of the Congressional jackasses were refusing to negotiate on anything because this is “signature legislation”. It’s all about “getting the framework into place” rather than actually having a working solution.

Many of my friends are in IT, systems designers, enterprise architects, web developers and code jocks. All of the ones I’ve spoken with in my circle find the entire thing laughable. And then I bring up Amazon and it puts it into perspective, because if they were really about business, it wouldn’t nearly be this nightmarish.

Typical government idiocy.

Watch and Read it: Obamacare insurance market deeply flawed: Aetna CEO.

Written by Rick

October 15, 2013 at 8:36 am

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