1st Elder: Be warned, Jor-El. The Council has already evaluated this outlandish theory of yours.
Jor-El: My friends, you know me to be neither rash nor impulsive. I am not given to wild unsupported statements and I tell you that we must evacuate this planet immediately.

Superman 1978

Donna Noble: [in Pompeii on warning of the impending disaster] I don’t need your permission. I’ll tell them myself.
10th Doctor: You stand in the market place announcing the end of the world, they’ll just think you’re a mad old soothsayer.

Doctor Who The Fires of Pompeii 2008

Today if you are a believing Christian particularly one of my age one of the hardest things to deal with is the complete reversal of society & culture in the last two generations to one that considered Christian ideals the template of right behavior (no matter how some acted in private) to one where all the “right” people and society teaches not only rejection of these norms but the branding of those who accept them and remain in them as bigoted evil persons.

It’s a very frustrating thing particularly when the consequences of these narcissistic moves are apparent to any person who knows history (which is one of the reasons why those who have worked hardest for this change have done their best to ignore or rewrite history at every turn.

There are a lot of people who just what Christians to be quiet, based on my appearance on Conservatively Speaking yesterday a lot of them are republicans “conservatives” calling talking radio afraid that talking values will chase away the young who have not been taught them for the last generation. To them apparently we are gadflys trying to stop them from having a good time, at last that’s the painting that our secular leftist friends have painted for them and pushed on them.

However there is a much easier way to explain why Christians care about these things to today’s generation, because the reality is Christians are not stern Isis like taskmasters trying to oppress the masses.

We are Jor-El.

For those few of you who are not familiar with the backstory of Superman Jor El is Superman’s biological father, he discovered that their home planet was blowing up and not being able to convince anyone else of that fact decided to do what he could to save his son.

We are the Jor-El’s of our world, we are working on our ships while at the same time through word and deed trying to warn others, even those who might scoff and laugh at us, so when the disaster comes they’ll be able to fly rather than sink.

This is Christianity.  We are called upon to love others and if you love your fellow man you don’t want them to go down the path of destruction.  So we take the abuse, the scoffing, the twitter zings and the angry shouts the mockery  because not only do we as St Paul noted have to run the race ourselves (and believe me some days like last night & this morning it isn’t easy) but we’ll do this in the hopes of saving somebody anybody.  Because like Donna Noble the thought of others destruction is a painful thing:

 

10th Doctor: That’s just it. Don’t you see, Donna? Can’t you understand? If I could go back and save them, then I would, but I can’t!  I can *never* go back. I can’t. I just can’t. I can’t.

Donna Noble: Just someone. Please.  Not the whole town. Just save someone.

As St. Paul said in 1 Corinthians 9:

Although I am free in regard to all, I have made myself a slave to all so as to win over as many as possible.  To the Jews I became like a Jew to win over Jews; to those under the law I became like one under the law – though I myself am not under the law – to win over those under the law.  To those outside the law I became like one outside the law – though I am not outside God’s law but within the law of Christ – to win over those outside the law.  To the weak I became weak, to win over the weak. I have become all things to all, to save at least some.

 

As long as there is life, your ship can be built and even if you laugh at us, we’ll do our best to convince you to get started while there is still time.

Rodham home,  Park Ridge, IL
Rodham home,
Park Ridge, IL

By John Ruberry

Yesterday in a speech given on New York City’s Roosevelt Island that was touted as Hillary Clinton’s official campaign launch, the former First Lady used personal stories about her mother, Dorothy Rodham, in an attempt to connect with ordinary Americans.

Didn’t she announce her intention to run for president in 2016 already?

She did.

HRC’s second presidential run has been an ethereal effort, dominated by sit-downs with pre-screened ordinary Americans and on occasional address where Clinton avoids questions from the media.

So it’s fitting that Hillary chose a small island that even New Yorkers rarely visit for yesterday’s speech. The exclamation point for this story is that Roosevelt Island was declared a no-fly zone during her visit. Did Clinton take questions after her speech? Of course not.

“No man is an island,” John Donne famously wrote over 200 years ago, but Hillary Clinton is.

As for her speech, understandably Hillary talked about Franklin D. Roosevelt, for whom the island is named, but at great length in her flat Chicago accent. Do Americans care much about a president who died two years before the 67 year-old candidate was born?

Iowa was cold to  Hillary in 2008
Iowa was cold to
Hillary in 2008

As for her mother, her struggles eased after she married Hugh Rodham, a successful business owner and a lifelong Republican. The Rodhams raised their family in Park Ridge, a wealthy Chicago suburb. This part of her family biography was not included in Saturday’s pep talk.

What’s next for the Hillary Clinton campaign? I’m not sure if the candidate and her handlers know for sure. Perhaps HRC hopes to coast through the Iowa Caucuses based on her name recognition and the strong possibility that she will be America’s first female president.

That was Clinton’s strategy in 2008–and it didn’t work out for her.

On the other hand, Hillary can always make a third campaign launch. Or a fourth.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

A Congressman’s first duty is to get re-elected

Sam Rayburn

There is a lot of fuss being made concerning Nancy Pelosi’s “Betrayal” of the president this weekend. The sunday shows are all abuzz concerning it and people are talking about it as a gigantic blow to the President.

That many of these people saying this are supposedly people who cover the political scene makes their statement even more outrageous and false.

Pelosi was simply doing the very same thing she did when Obamacare passed, manipulating the vote for the benefit of her caucus.

Consider Obamacare. It passed by the smallest of margins, but the truth was she KNEW she had the votes. The reason for the long drawn out drama was to determine which Democrats would be allowed to vote against it and which would be required to jump off the bridge.

Pelosi understood that this vote would be a problem for any Democrat not in a safe seat. This is why the votes was so close she wanted just enough votes to pass it and not more.

Of course it didn’t matter, Obamacare destroyed the Democrats in the house and will keep them in the minority till at least 2022, perhaps longer.

Fast forward to Friday, Nancy Pelosi understood that this vote of trade was going to hurt Democrat in their districts, not so much with the general voting public but with the Democrat base that, inspired by Bernie Sanders, would be furious. A vote for this bill was to invite a primary challenge, so again Nancy Pelosi counted the members willing to play along.

But this time she realized that the votes just wasn’t there, so she had a choice.

Make the vote as close as possible and lose, and cause her members to risk their seats on an issue Hillary Clinton won’t even take a stand on or allow her caucus to cover their asses?

That’s why she made it a point to get out on the floor and publicly oppose the trade bill, it was the signal to all of the Democrat votes that were willing to go along with the president to pass the bill that the bill wasn’t going to pass, so their votes (and the political risk it entailed) wasn’t needed.

I guarantee you if Obamacare didn’t have the votes it would have failed by the same margin as this trade bill.

I also guarantee you if Pelosi had managed to snare just a few more members behind closed doors the trade bill would have passed by the same margin as Obamacare.

There are a lot of words, some unprintable that’s I’d use to describe Nancy Pelosi, but “stupid” is not among them.  She did the smart thing, the thing that a leader does, once she saw she couldn’t win that vote she protected the members of her caucus from the voters.

This is the reality of the situation and any political reporter who tells you otherwise is full of it.

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