Blogbait 1 Apr ’13

by andrewlohr

To Pulse, Janis Hashe on SPLC
Psychoanalyzing without asking whether your targets, however wrong in some ways, have any legitimate concerns? Does this show (the wrong kind of) fear in Dr Beirich and the Pulse? Just askin’–think about it.

Perfect love throws out fear, says the Bible, and the man who let himself be crucified to express God’s love for sinners has earned the right to claim he has achieved victory over fear. (Let himself be crucified? Staying alive as long as he could was not Jesus Christ’s top priority, as even theological liberals would admit.)

Among His followers, Wycliffe Bible Translators is driven not by fear of people who speak other languages, but by love for them.

Most of the Tea Party would probably have voted for Herman Cain had he been nominated, and I didn’t see the party of Bill Clinton and Teddy Kennedy rushing to Mr Cain’s defense when he was charged with adultery, nor saying “We’re for gay marriage, what’s the problem with what Mr Cain is alleged to have done?” I suspect the left is scared stiff lest a black Ronald Reagan emerge. Are the enemies of Ben Carson, Allen West, and Clarence Thomas racist? Does the SPLC defend those men?

The problem with our current President is not his skin color–I’ve voted for darker–but the fact that under him, the rich have gotten richer and the poor actually poorer. (Under Bush, the poor got richer but the rich got richer faster, increasing the gap but not hurting the poor.) The fact that Romneycare in Massachusetts has increased the wait time for seeing doctors, and is fixing to increase taxes, and that Obamacare copied Romney. The fact that $5 will only buy 20 washcloths at Family Dollar these days, instead of 30: inflation at 10% a year. (See also gasoline prices, and he’s been blocking the Keystone pipeline.) (Those are anecdotes, but a statistic is a collection of anecdotes, and I’ve seen serious economists argue the official inflation statistics are too low.) He’s been a lousy President, as Jimmy Carter was. I don’t think it’s worth calling him “socialist,” but he does want to redistribute power from the people to himself. I don’t think he’s a Muslim, but his sympathy for Muslims has backfired, replacing a tamed regime in Libya with one that let our ambassador be murdered.

They have sandpapered the Homeric laughter off Aphrodite’s face, complained a “common chastitute” known as C. S. Lewis. So these “gays” are causing legal trouble for someone who didn’t want to do a job photographing one of their “wedddings” (3rd d for the devil; two can play at word games), and someone who didn’t want to make a wedding cake for one. Is there freedom for “chastitutes”? In business, I’ve worked for a lesbian and been sent out front to serve a “gay” couple while a couple urban rednecks laughed in back. Don’t worry, wrote Saint Paul, about how nonChristians fornicate; keep the Church clean, and grow the Church as you can.

To Pulse, 8 April, on letting IRS fill out tax forms
Since the IRS has to do the work anyway, let ’em do it in advance to be approved or corrected by taxpayers.
But once they’re doing it, yeah, they might want to crowd out competitors: IRS agents are just as human as TurboTax workers, just as greedy, perhaps even a bit more power-hungry on average just in the nature of things.
Prove it? The IRS wanted to force mom-and-pop tax preparers to get IRS approval–and this was just fine with H&R Block (???and TurboTax???)–big companies cronying up with big government, like Tennessee-American Water Company having a monopoly on water supply in a river town surrounded by other water districts, instead of allowing competition.
So every law, every ad and every form had better make clear that competing with the IRS is legal and always will be.
Can we trust D.C. about this? No, but I’d hate to clutter the Constitution with an amendment guaranteeing this right. I’d settle for an explicit law, referring to the existing guarantees of freedom of association to petition for redress of grievances, freedom of press (to create and print alternative tax worksheets), and freedom from slavery.

To NYTimes, The Stone, col of 30 Mar
Considering Stalin and Mao, how can atheism claim to exemplify either love or rationality? We Christians have Jesus of Nazareth to consider.

Considering that my wife and her mother have experienced Christian miracles, how can atheism be factual? A universal presupposition against miracles is refuted, as a complete account of reality, by a single counterexample.

Wendy’s cat was raised from the dead: therefore Marx and Rand are in Hell. Follow Jesus, and them only to the extent they borrow from Him, or illuminate things He didn’t bother with in 33 years.

“The historical stories…are best taken as parables”? All of them? Was there an historical Jesus? Did he say anything? Did he do anything? Was he crucified? Was he buried? Four days after he died, was his corpse still at Rush’s “room temperature”? Four days after Buddha, Mohammed, Marx, Darwin, Rockefeller, Gandhi, and Rand died, were their corpses at room temperature? Did His followers start half the hospitals in the third world, even in China?

To Paul Krugman, NYTimes, 1 April A.D. 2013
Andrew Lohr
Chattanooga, TN

Californians average poorer than Texans when taxes and cost of living get considered, eh?

CA schools are a mess? They get paid whether or not customers like what they offer, unlike businesses which have to keep customers happy. Simply divide the dollars by the students and let families choose to spend on home, private, public, college, or other education–even park the money in an education/medical/retirement account for students who aren’t ready for school right now. Parental involvement, instant accountability, variety–bingo! Jesus is libertarian (and Easter reminds us that He outranks the only superpower du jour.)

The GOP is a minority in CA? Do minorities have rights? Maybe the conservative part of the state has a constitutional right to secede and form its own state, as West Virginia did.