It’s Monday!!

It’s the start of another week and the nation staggers on under the growing burden of socialism.

We had a prime example of the cultural changes had has happened of the last fifty years.  Last night was the first installation of The Bible miniseries created by the star of the old “Touched by an Angel” TV series, Roma Downey and her husband.

All I can say is, “What a disappointment!”

First, according to the series, the Bible starts with Noah. Then it jumps to Abraham, Moses and Joshua, skipping all the events in between. It does show Moses dealing with Egypt and the Ten Plagues, receiving the Ten Commandments but skips how the Israelites came to Egypt. It skips the Golden Calf and the forty years wandering in the desert; the next scene is Joshua before the walls of Jericho. That event drops the marching around the walls and the blowing of trumpets.

It’s Bible Lite!

Now, contrast the portions about Moses in this miniseries with Cecil B. DeMille’s epic, The Ten Commandments with Charlton Heston as Moses and Yul Brenner as the Pharaoh. DeMille’s version was an epic with all the pomp and majesty of the wondrous epic history. The Ten Commandments included actual Bible quotes from Exodus, narrated personally by DeMille. This new series played loose with Biblical text. For instance, when Abraham takes Isaac up the mountain for the sacrifice, the Bible says God provided a ram. In the movie, it’s a lamb. Minor? Yes, but if small liberties are being taken with Biblical text, what other liberties will be taken in future episodes. A scene of Lot leaving Sodom has, as labeled by the Christian Science Monitor, ninja angels!

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Of all the issues we expect from Obamacare, the damage done to our culture is the worse. Obamacare coarsens our view and attitudes of  personal care. We have a prime example from that heart of liberalism, California.

Elderly woman dies after nurse refuses to do CPR

Updated 4:41 pm, Saturday, March 2, 2013

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — An elderly woman being cared for at a Bakersfield retirement facility died after a nurse at the facility refused to perform CPR on the woman after she collapsed, authorities said.

When the 87-year-old resident of Glenwood Gardens collapsed at the facility around 11 a.m. Tuesday, a staff member called 911 but refused to give the woman CPR, Bakersfield television station ABC23 (http://bit.ly/YQULm3 ) reported Friday.

In refusing the 911 dispatcher’s insistence that she perform CPR, the nurse can be heard telling the dispatcher that it was against the retirement facility’s policy to perform CPR.

During the exchange between the nurse and the dispatcher, the dispatcher can be heard saying “I don’t understand why you’re not willing to help this patient.”

An ambulance arrived several minutes after the call and took the woman to a hospital, where she was later pronounced dead. She has been identified as Lorraine Bayless, a resident of the home’s independent facility, which is separate from the skilled and assisted nursing facility.

The retirement facility released a statement extending its condolences to the family and said its “practice is to immediately call emergency medical personnel for assistance and to wait with the individual needing attention until such personnel arrives.”

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There has been numerous articles over the last month about huge ammunition purchases by the Department of Homeland Security. According to some, the purchases have totaled well over a billion rounds in the last two years.  Some critics claim those figures are too large, others say the numbers are understated. 

With all that controversy comes this item in the news. DHS is buying light armored vehicles designed to be IED resistant.

IED resistant? Here in the US. Why? Are they suspecting an armed uprising? Should we rename the DHS to the Department of Internal Security?

No doubt, there will be more articles that the transfer of these “surplus” vehicles from the Army to DHS is just coincidental. On the other hand, what justification is there for these transfers?

What does DHS need with 2,700 armored vehicles?

Rick Moran, March 4, 2013.

More to the point; why isn’t anyone in Congress asking?

You see a story like this – and the one about a billion bullets bought by the government – and you wonder why no one in Congress has bothered to look into it. I am totally unconvinced there are any dark designs by DHS on American citizens or our democracy. But this seems a colossal waste of money – if true – and isn’t ferreting out waste like this what we are paying those jamokes on Capitol Hill for?

Jim Hoft:

Modern Survival Blog reported:

The Department of Homeland Security (through the U.S. Army Forces Command) recently retrofitted 2,717 of these ‘Mine Resistant Protected’ vehicles for service on the streets of the United States.

Although I’ve seen and read several online blurbs about this vehicle of late, I decided to dig slightly deeper and discover more about the vehicle itself.

The new DHS sanctioned ‘Street Sweeper’ (my own slang due to the gun ports) is built by Navistar Defense (NavistarDefense.com), a division within the Navistar organization. Under the Navistar umbrella are several other companies including International Trucks, IC Bus (they make school buses), Monaco RV (recreational vehicles), WorkHorse (they make chassis), MaxxForce (diesel engines), and Navistar Financial (the money arm of the company).

DHS even released a video on their newly purchased MRAPs.
Via Pat Dollard:
Put down the tin foil hat and pick up your green eyeshades. Ask your congressmen to find out first and foremost if this is true, and secondly, to ask DHS what the hell they need 2700 armored cars for.

And they better have a damn good reason to spend that kind of money when budgets are so tight.

Parallels between new TV Mini-series and Obamamania

Tuesday night was the first part of a remake of an 1980s TV mini-series, “V.” The Sci-Fi channel (oops! excuse me, SciFy) re-ran the old episodes all weekend in preparation to the broadcast of the remake.

For those of you unfamiliar with the mini-series, a fleet of alien spaceships arrive and hover over all the major cities of the world. A charismatic spokesman for the self-called “Visitors” say they are here to help humanity (into the stewpot, that is.) The aliens recruit some human propagandists to help people to voluntarily join the lines to the soup-kitchens.

It occurred to me that a number of parallels to our current political condition existed with this TV show. Apparently, I’m not the only one to think that. Here from Newbusters.org is a review of the show.

Parallels to Obamamania in ABC’s ‘V’ Sci-Fi Mini-Series, Plus Reporter Helps the Aliens

Photo of Brent Baker.



ABC’s ‘
V’ mini-series, which will debut tonight (Tuesday) in the first hour of prime time, is “nominally a rousing sci-fi space opera about alien invaders bent on the conquest (and digestion) of all humanity,” but “it’s also a barbed commentary on Obamamania that will infuriate the President’s supporters and delight his detractors,” Miami Herald TV critic Glenn Garvin asserted in a review distributed by the McClatchy/Tribune news service and run in Tuesday’s Chicago Tribune, among other papers. Garvin contended:

From the fawning reaction of the news media…to the recruiting of human supporters into an alien front group that could easily be mistaken for “community organizing,” the parallels to Obama are unmistakable.

Though the leader of the aliens, in Garvin’s words, “is secretly a totalitarian space lizard who’s come here to eat us,” the plot has a featured character, a TV journalist, aiding the effort. “Some welcome their arrival,” USA Today’s Gary Levin recounted, “but the suspicious form a resistance movement, which leads the visitors’ charismatic leader, Anna (Morena Baccarin), to enlist an ambitious TV reporter (Scott Wolf) as a propaganda tool.” Garvin, presumably citing the same character: “One simpering anchorman even shouts at a reporter who asks a tough question.”

A storyline ripped from real-life!

The top producer of the mini-series, set to air over the next four Tuesdays and then return in March, denied to USA Today’s Levin’s any parallels to Obama:

Others on both sides of the political spectrum may point to the visitors’ explicit promises of hope, change and universal health care as a pointed reference to pledges of the Obama administration. But [Executive Producer Scott] Peters says the show has been in the works since 2007. Reality was “never really a factor,” he says. “There’s no political message being shoved down anyone’s throat.”

An excerpt from Garvin’s Sunday, November 1 Miami Herald review (“’V’: The saucer-shaped bandwagon”), which the Chicago Tribune headlined “’V’ aims at Obamamania.

Imagine this. At a time of political turmoil, a charismatic, telegenic new leader arrives virtually out of nowhere. He offers a message of hope and reconciliation based on compromise and promises to marshal technology for a better future that will include universal health care.

The news media swoons in admiration — one simpering anchorman even shouts at a reporter who asks a tough question: “Why don’t you show some respect?!!” The public is likewise smitten, except for a few nut cases who circulate batty rumors on the Internet about the leader’s origins and intentions. The leader, undismayed, offers assurances that are soothing, if also just a tiny bit condescending: “Embracing change is never easy.”

So, does that sound like anyone you know? Oh, wait — did I mention the leader is secretly a totalitarian space lizard who’s come here to eat us?

Welcome to ABC’s V, the final, the most fascinating and bound to be the most controversial new show of the fall television season. Nominally a rousing sci-fi space opera about alien invaders bent on the conquest (and digestion) of all humanity, it’s also a barbed commentary on Obamamania that will infuriate the president’s supporters and delight his detractors….

From the fawning reaction of the news media (sample press-conference question to V leader Anna: “Is there such a thing as an ugly visitor?”’) to the recruiting of human supporters into an alien front group that could easily be mistaken for “community organizing,” the parallels to Obama are unmistakable.

The anti-V underground, in its frustrated insistence that the aliens have a covert agenda, resemble nothing so much as the anti-Obama teabaggers. And even the president’s repeated attempts to suborn Republicans into making his program bipartisan get a scorching reference.

“Compromising one’s principles for the greater good is not a shameful act,” a V leader reassures an erstwhile opponent who’s just been bought off. “It’s a noble one.”

Scary, isn’t it?