Archive for January, 2010

The Union Needs Jobs, Not Broken Promises

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 28, 2010 by raingeg

“It begins with our economy.” Those are the words that I, and I suppose a whole lot of Americans, wanted to hear in President Barack Obama’s first State of the Union address. The overall tone of the speech seemed a bit deflated. It was self-deprecating at times, as he tried to be more personable and appeal to the American people as an empathetic president. Given those slight differences, there was not much that separated this from past speeches. He played the blame game and used the usual Obama style. As many have pointed out, this was not the speech that he wanted to give. I imagine he wanted to be saying something a little like this; we closed Gitmo, we passed meaningful health care reform, we passed cap and trade, unemployment did not go above 8 percent and we are on our way to a speedy recovery. That, however, was not the case.

On his promise to close Gitmo he’s not come through, though I don’t see the need to close down the prison other than to appease the left in America and around the world, it aids me in making a much larger point. Health care reform as we know it today looks pretty dead, though I’m skeptical. He pleaded for people to take another look at the bill, but I think its on the back burner for a while. He seems more focused on the economy and job creation, something that probably should have happened months ago.

“Now, the true engine of job creation in this country will always be America’s businesses. But government can create the conditions necessary for businesses to expand and hire more workers”

Does he get his own message? Cap and trade doesn’t seem to be around in the near future, but it was mentioned in the speech, and it is still a fresh reminder of what this administration and the Democrats in congress have in mind. That, being the desire to create more bad regulations and a bad job growing environment, with bad “conditions,” through job killing legislation like cap and trade, trains to nowhere and “green jobs.” Which happily leads us to the issue of unemployment, where things have not gotten better or stayed the same, they’ve actually worsened. And while there have been some “saved” jobs that doesn’t account for all of the ones that were not saved and isn’t very consoling, all things considered.

I know that we were hit with a major economic crisis and the President is not the only one to blame for this mess. The “worst since the Great Depression,” I know all about that, if I have to hear that saying again, I’m gonna explode. But here is the much larger point that I mentioned earlier. I think many people walked away from their television sets tonight thinking one thing, “is anything going to get done?” And by “anything” I mean something that actually has substance, instead of the rhetorical message and symbolic appeasement to the American left that we saw throughout the first year of this administration. Gitmo, health care, cap and trade and green jobs, are all big ticket items of the leftist agenda, when put together they are not the issues that make up the vast majority of this center-right country.

What the president has to prove is that he is willing to go beyond the empty talk and symbolism and try for real bipartisanship, not the arrogant “we won, you lost” message that we had to hear for the last year from his administration and congress. How is there even any room for bipartisanship with that attitude? It is not bipartisan to say join us or die, we have a mandate. It turns off the American people, and it did just that throughout the health care debate.

Were there things in the speech that I liked? Sure, there were some, but far too few for me to jump up and down and be happy. The president starts talking about nuclear power and I’m supposed to be happy about that? Ordinarily I would be. Maybe a year ago, had he brought this up, I would have been happy. But now, the completely symbolic president that is Barack Obama is going to have to prove to me that he is willing to practice what he preaches in regard to real bipartisanship and completing actual work.

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The Joel Gaines Show 1-24-10

Posted in Health Insurance, Politics, The Joel Gaines Show with tags , , , , on January 26, 2010 by raingeg

Just so you know, the information on the show was written by Joel, I’m not Joel.

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Some surprising news today about me (Joel) and the American National Political Scene – I think those of you who have followed me over the years will find my announcement unbelievable – to say the least.

Health Care – what is the latest – I mean we took a few weeks off and they still have not got the thing signed into law.

There was a special election in Massachusetts to fill Ted Kennedy’s senate seat. Now many of you know what the outcome was, but what does it mean?

President Obama’s bank proposals are not getting much acclaim in the G20 and Wall Street has responded very negatively as well. Let’s talk about this issue and see if we can solve it here.

What is the Democratic Party’s major worry in 2010 plus Campaign Finance laws in 24 states are impacted by a recent Supreme Court ruling.

On Weddings and the Modern Vision of Marriage

Posted in Humanity, Religion, Top Posts with tags , , , , on January 25, 2010 by raingeg

Marriage is in the spotlight a lot these days as the issue of gay marriage is hotly debated in California. I’d like to turn away from the issue of gay marriage to address marriage and modern conceptions of heterosexual marriage.

Last weekend a good friend of mine was married. It was a very nice wedding and even a couple days after I am still feeling a little elevated by the happiness that it brought me. Pretty much anything sentimental will leave me with a good feeling afterward, I’m just that kind of guy.

One of the most powerful things that I took away from the wedding was its emphasis on purity and Godliness, something that is often left out of marriages in the 21st century.

First, purity is almost completely absent from the marriage scene. Society has put a large emphasis on sex, and that has made purity something that is seen as bad or “uncool.” But just think of all the problems that could be solved with sexual purity before marriage. Abortions would greatly decrease, single mothers would go down, divorce might decrease given the ability to compare lovers would be nonexistent and we would have stronger ideas of what commitment and family are really supposed to be about.

Unfortunately, society decided some time ago, that it is better to follow our emotions where ever they lead us. And if those emotions lead us to a society that has and condones a large number of abortions, has more and more single mother households and a good number of broken families, then so be it, at least we are following our “true emotions.” This is all based on the idea that what comes from within the human is good, noble and true, a notion that I despise.

An excuse often used to promote promiscuity is the need for experience. The claim that one needs experience has become a talking point of a world of humans that seek justification of vile practices and lack in the area of good  judgment. This mode of thinking has made its way into many social debates on sex, drugs, alcohol and war. When it comes to any certain act we find ourselves debating whether or not the given act is moral and ethical, and what is often said is that if you haven’t experienced the act personally you are not qualified to judge its moral and ethical value. This would only be true if the one judging was the only person alive on the earth, a situation that will most likely never happen. If a person can perceive and judge the actual effects of something on a person or a society then experience is not required.

We live in a society that is completely appalled by judgment of actions, even in Christian circles. The “whatever floats your boat” ideology has permeated society, as judgment of right and wrong action becomes based more and more on ones own interpretation of what is right and wrong. We are loosing objective standards in favor of subjective standards, which inevitably makes judgment of another humans actions impossible. And as we get more subjective it almost becomes a requirement that one must experience something in order to judge its moral and ethical value.

Second, Godliness too has made its way out of the marriage process. Just look at some of the reasons that some people get married. Contrary to the Kardashian’s, marriage is not just a reason to stop using a prophylactic. Marriage is however a very strong lifelong commitment, and it requires all of you and more to make it work. Hence the reason for God to be a part of a marriage.

For some, marriage is just a piece of paper, and if it is a piece of paper then what is the difference between being an unmarried couple and a married couple, a bigger sense of commitment? The argument that marriage is the difference between having a piece of paper and not having one makes sense, coming from the world we live in now, where Godliness is a thing of the past. It seems that people put their college degree in higher regard than they do their marriage. Your degree is just a piece of paper, your marriage is not.

The divorce rate now makes sense. Marriage has been reduced to a piece of paper, a stronger commitment (whatever that’s supposed to mean) and a reason to stop wearing a condom. It is now not a binding vow, a life long commitment and a reason to remain pure. And when something gets demoralized as much as marriage has in America and around the world, I don’t have to wonder why we are finally having the debate over changing the definition of marriage and further corrupt marriage. We’ve already changed the definition, it is no longer what it once was, let this be seen as a plea to fix what has been broken and not further damage marriage, because I fear that if we do that it will soon not be salvageable.

Conservative Nihilists?

Posted in Life, Politics with tags , , , , , on January 23, 2010 by raingeg

I’m pretty sure that when I started to write this one there was some kind of philosophical idea or something that I was trying to convey, but it just turned into a bunch of words, not really accomplishing the goal of being concise, so I started over. Ever happened to you? Well its bound to.

For the last couple of days I’ve just been reading multiple blogs and columns and not really posting anything. I think after sitting for eight hours at work thinking and hearing about politics drains me, then when I get home and try to write something nothing comes out. But that’s enough about me, on to other stuff.

Republicans in congress, conservatives and libertarians alike all stood fast against most of what the current administration is proposing. And it seems that they are making a new name for themselves. Conservatives are being labeled nihilistic and anarchistic by left wing pundits. The question that we’re forced ask is whether this stems from the conservatives desire to go against the Democratic party establishment or bad their legislation. I can tell you for sure that it is the latter. Right now the Democratic party is the party of big government and Republicans just simply can’t stand for that. The other problem that the Democratic party has, is a lack of unity. The Republicans are almost 300-esque, standing strong against the left wing Obama administration.

The leftists in the party are running the show and the more conservative congressional Democrats, who are concerned about re-election, have been forced to fight with them. How does this look to the American people? Not good. Especially when you’re looking at the party that is supposed to be run by the “post-partisan” and “not a Washington insider” president and all there is within the party is partisan bickering and behind closed doors Washington insider politics.

It is now the job of Republicans to start coming up with solutions and presenting them to the American people. If Republicans refuse to do that I believe that they too will be on the ropes. We cannot stop fighting, we have to continue to take the message of small accountable government to the people.

Last week was probably the best week for conservatives that I’ve ever seen, mostly because I’ve only been politically active for a short period of time, but still, it was still awesome. Lets hope that we can keep the fire burning and not let victory go to our heads.

Question of Morality

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on January 20, 2010 by raingeg

I did this on Facebook and I’ll do it on my blog now. I’m looking for some good answers. Morally, is the world better or worse today than in the past? Think about all other civilizations up until now. I have my own theory but I’d like to hear yours!

Olberman on Scott Brown, No One is Watching (Video/Ratings)

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on January 19, 2010 by raingeg

Keith Olberman goes off on Scott Brown on MSNBC.

Via Olberman Watch.

Joe Scarborough fired back this morning on “Morning Joe” on MSNBC.

The best part about this whole thing, no one is watching MSNBC.

TV By the Numbers Nielsen ratings 1/15/10:

Morning programs (6:00AM-9:00AM) P2+ (25-54) (35-64)
FOX & Friends- 1,202,000 viewers (394,000) (681,000)
American Morning- 609,000 viewers (255,000) (310,000)
Morning Joe- 417,000 viewers (133,000) (280,000)
Squawk Box- 204,000 viewers (76,000) (129,000)
Morning Express w/ Meade- 324,000 viewers (172,000) (216,000)

5PM – P2+ (25-54) (35-64)
Glenn Beck – 2,712,000 viewers (689,000) (1,183,000)
Situation Room—1,216,000 viewers (360,000) (570,000)
Hardball w/ C. Matthews —488,000 viewers (108,000) (243,000)
Fast Money —230,000 viewers (61,000) (122,000)
Prime News —226,000 viewers (114,000) (146,000)

6PM – P2+ (25-54) (35-64)
Special Report with Bret Baier – 2,420,000 viewers (510,000) (1,009,000)
Situation Room—1,251,000 viewers (378,000) (614,000)
Ed Show —666,000 viewers (158,000) (304,000)
Mad Money— 180,000 viewers (60,000) (98,000)
Prime News – 158,000 viewers (87,000) (109,000)

7PM – P2+ (25-54) (35-64)
The Fox Report W/ Shep – 2,318,000 viewers (614,000) (1,116,000)
CNN Tonight – 1,184,000 viewers (397,000) (576,000)
Hardball – 693,000 viewers (187,000) (342,000)
Kudlow Report – 225,000 viewers (82,000) (102,000)
Issues – 280,000 viewers (116,000) (160,000)

8PM – P2+ (25-54) (35-64)
The O’Reilly Factor – 4,205,000 viewers (1,085,000) (1,889,000)
Campbell Brown – 1,537,000 viewers (619,000) (788,000)
Countdown w/ K. Olbermann – 1,148,000 viewers (351,000) (606,000)
Illegal Gambling – 171,000 viewers (85,000) (105,000)
Nancy Grace – 867,000 viewers (289,000) (420,000)

9 PM – P2+ (25-54) (35-64)
Hannity – 3,255,000 viewers (927,000) (1,534,000)
Larry King Live —1,575,000 viewers (529,000) (767,000)
Rachel Maddow Show —916,000 viewers (320,000) (531,000)
Inside the Mind of Goggle — 167,000 viewers (68,000) (88,000)
Joy Behar- 794,000 viewers (153,000) (275,000)

10 PM P2+ (25-54) (35-64)
On the Record w/ Greta—2,167,000 viewers (622,000) (1,051,000)
Anderson Cooper 360 — 1,459,000 viewers (587,000) (787,000)
Countdown w/ K. Olbermann – 594,000 (215,000) (313,000)
Marijuana Inc. – 198,000 viewers (127,000) (128,000)
Nancy Grace –404,000 viewers (158,000) (207,000)

11 PM P2+ (25-54) (35-64)
The O’Reilly Factor— 1,558,000 viewers (509,000) (897,000)
Anderson Cooper 360 – 1,109,000 viewers (528,000) (651,000)
Rachel Maddow Show —479,000 viewers (159,000) (287,000)
Mad Money – a scratch w/88,000 viewers (a scratch w/44,000) (a scratch w/49,000)
Showbiz Tonight– 398,000 viewers (144,000) (189,000)

Haiti’s Deal With the Devil

Posted in Humanity, Religion, Top Posts with tags , , , , , , on January 14, 2010 by raingeg

It seems that every time a large disaster happens there is always going to be someone that blames it on sin. Pat Robertson, yesterday, did just that. I know that he said it was because of a deal with the devil, but in essence that would be a sin. I find it hard, given what the Bible says, to agree with Robertson’s assessment of the situation. The truth of the matter is that it goes far beyond any deal with the devil that Haiti did or didn’t make, it goes back to Adams sin.

Scott Richards of Scott Richards Live put it this way.

So when we are hurting or find ourselves hurting others, it goes back to the fall. When we find ourselves struggling with a sense of emptiness and frustration in the deepest part of our souls, it goes back to the fall. When we at once see the remaining traces of the beauty of creation, and the mind-blowing destruction that same creation can deliver, it goes back to the fall. And so, in a sense, Pat Robertson was right. When Adam and Eve listened to the voice of the serpent, the result was a cursed creation. But that curse isn’t restricted to Haiti, or the coasts of Indonesia and India when the tsunami disaster hit. It effects all of us. And every time we sin, we ratify that same decision that rendered the once “very good” creation into what we live in today. But the good news is, in spite of what we have done, God continues to love us.

Jesus, in the book of Luke, seems to refute Robertson’s claim.

1 There were present at that season some who told Him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. 2 And Jesus answered and said to them, “Do you suppose that these Galileans were worse sinners than all other Galileans, because they suffered such things? 3 I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish. 4 Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them, do you think that they were worse sinners than all other men who dwelt in Jerusalem? 5 I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.” Luke 13:1-9

What message should we get from these words? Turn to Christ, its no matter whether or not you’ve made a pact with the devil. Turn to Christ and you will be set free. You will not be set free from the trials of this world, be it an earthquake or the common cold, that is not the point, we still live in a fallen world.

In the book of Hebrews it says.

23 Therefore it was necessary that the copies of the things in the heavens should be purified with these, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. 24 For Christ has not entered the holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us; 25 not that He should offer Himself often, as the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood of another— 26 He then would have had to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now, once at the end of the ages, He has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself. 27 And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment, 28 so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.

That means that you need Christ. So was Pat Robertson right when he said that the people of Haiti need to turn to God? Yes, but lets not limit it to the people of Haiti. We are all sinners and we all need God. Was he right to say that the people of Haiti are more deserving of the destruction because of their deal with the devil? No, as Christ said “unless you repent you will all likewise perish.” We are all sinners and we are all deserving of death, that is why we need Christ.