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A kid’s new “Pledge of Allegiance”

prayeratvalleyforgeGasp! George Washington at Valley Forge actually knelt down to pray to God!

Did you know that the United States Constitution does not and has *NEVER* said there should be a “separation of church and state”?

The words “separation of church and state” are not in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, but are words from the phrase, “wall of separation between church and state,” in Thomas Jefferson’s letter to the Danbury Baptist Association in 1802.

But the Left deliberately twists the First Amendment’s establishment clause prohibiting the government’s establishment of a state religion (“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof”) into the iron rule of “separation of church and state.”

With the help of complicit Congress, legislatures and judges across America, that separation is then further defined to mean crosses and the Ten Commandments must be removed from courthouses and other government buildings, and the Pledge of Allegiance and The Lord’s Prayer must be banished from public schools because both contain the dreaded word “God.”

Never mind that despite the “separation of church and state,” a U.S. federal government agency — the Department of Interior’s National Park Service – saw fit to issue a series of videos extolling the “church” of Islam.

This sad state of affairs in our public schools prompted a 15-year-old student in Arizona to write a new Pledge of Allegiance:

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Now  I sit me down in school
Where praying is against the rule
For this great nation under God
Finds mention of Him very odd.

If  scripture now the class recites,
It violates the Bill of Rights.
And anytime my head I bow
Becomes a Federal matter now.

Our hair can be purple, orange or green,
That’s no offense; it’s a freedom scene.
The law is specific, the law is precise.
Prayers spoken aloud are a serious vice.

For praying in a public hall
Might offend someone with no faith at all.
In silence alone we must meditate,
God’s name is prohibited by the state.

We’re allowed to cuss and dress like freaks,
And pierce our noses, tongues and cheeks…
They’ve outlawed guns, but FIRST the Bible.
To quote the Good Book makes me liable.

We can elect a pregnant Senior Queen,
And the ‘unwed daddy,’ our Senior King.
It’s ‘inappropriate’ to teach right from wrong,
We’re taught that such ‘judgments’ do not belong.

We can get our condoms and birth controls,
Study witchcraft, vampires and totem poles.
But the Ten Commandments are not allowed,
No word of God must reach this crowd.

It’s scary here I must confess,
When chaos reigns the school’s a mess.
So, Lord, this silent plea I make:
Should I be shot, my soul please take!

Amen

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Jesus said, ‘If you are ashamed of me, I will be ashamed of you before
my Father.’

H/t FOTM’s Wild Bill Alaska

~Eowyn

Where have all the good Presidents gone?

Today is Presidents’ Day, a federal holiday that originally was a day to celebrate the birthday of one president — the first President of the United States, George Washington.

By the mid-1980s, with a push from advertisers, the term “Presidents’ Day” began its public appearance. Although Lincoln’s birthday, February 12, was never a federal holiday, approximately a dozen state governments have officially renamed their Washington’s Birthday observances as “Presidents’ Day”, “Washington and Lincoln Day”, or other such designations. In Washington’s home state of Virginia, however, the holiday is still legally known as “George Washington Day.”

By changing Washington’s Day into a generic Presidents’ Day, America has diluted and forgotten this day’s significance. Today, Presidents’ Day is better known for being a day in which many stores, especially car dealers, hold sales.

This post is a reminder of what Presidents’ Day originally was about and of the kind of man America’s first president was.

In a letter to Dr. Walter Jones in 1814, Thomas Jefferson, America’s third President (1801-1809), wrote this about the first President of the newly independent United States of America:

“[H]is was the singular destiny and merit, of leading the armies of his country successfully through an arduous war, for the establishment of its independence; of conducting its councils through the birth of a government, new in its forms and principles, until it had settled down into a quite and orderly train; and of scrupulously obeying the laws through the whole of his career, civil and military, of which the history of the world furnishes no other example.”

George Washington was the commander of the Continental Army in the American Revolutionary War from 1775 to 1783. He never used his command for his own advantage. Washington even rebuked his men when they suggested that he be king or that the army assert its control over the civilian authorities. As Commander in Chief, Washington demonstrated his respect for the rule of law by his consistent deference to the elected Continental Congress.

When he ended his service at the end of the war, he resigned his commission in 1783 and retired to private life at his plantation in Mount Vernon, thereby proving King George III wrong. George III had asked what Washington would do after the war and was told of rumors that he would return to his farm, prompting the King to state, “if he does that, he will be the greatest man in the world.”

Washington presided over the Philadelphia Convention that drafted the United States Constitution in 1787. Washington was elected the first president, unanimously by the Electoral College, something that has never been repeated in American history.

Washington belonged to no political party and served as America’s first President from April 30, 1789 to March 4, 1797. After two terms Washington thought it was important that he step aside. He believed that a peaceful transition of power to a newly elected president was necessary before his death. He feared that if he died in office and the vice-president ascended to the presidency, it would appear too much like an heir ascending to the throne after the death of a king.

Washington’s farewell address was a primer on republican virtue and a stern warning against partisanship, sectionalism, and involvement in foreign wars. When Washington stepped aside at the end of his second term, George III said that Washington’s retirement from the presidency along with his earlier resignation of Commander in Chief, “placed him in a light the most distinguished of any man living,” and that his relinquishing power made him “the greatest character of the age.”

Washington died in 1799. Henry Lee, delivering the funeral oration, declared Washington “first in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen”. Historical scholars consistently rank him as one of America’s greatest presidents. [Sources here and here.]

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Tears streamed down my face as I wrote this post.

We the People are political orphans. Where have all the good presidents gone?

In their place is a man who picks his nose on live T.V. and a First Lady who lets snot dribble from her nose while delivering a speech to America’s governors.

I will not sully this remembrance of George Washington with those images. Click here to see who we now have in the White House.

~Eowyn

A Day of Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is one of the most beloved holidays in America. But did you know that unlike other secular holidays like Labor Day or the Fourth of July, Thanksgiving is a national holiday that is explicitly religious in nature?

In 1789, in his first year in office, President George Washington called for a day of Thanksgiving because –

“it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor.”

In 1815, President James Madison issued a proclamation for “a day of thanksgiving and of devout acknowledgments to Almighty God for His great goodness.” After Madison, however, Thanksgiving reverted to a regional celebration in New England for 48 years.

In 1863, magazine editor Sarah Josepha Hale petitioned the Lincoln administration that “a day of Thanksgiving now needs National recognition and authoritive fixation, only, to become permanently, an American custom and institution.” President Abraham Lincoln called on Americans that year to “fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore if, as soon as may be consistent with the divine purpose, to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquility, and union.”

As a nation of faith, Americans have set aside this day to thank God for the many blessings He has bestowed.

We of the Fellowship of the Minds want to take this occasion to thank all our readers and especially our faithful regular commenters who contribute so much to this site with their trenchant observation, insight, righteous outrage, and wit.

Yes, this Thanksgiving is bittersweet because we lost the presidential election or, more correctly, we lost the election to massive vote fraud. Despite our loss, we are grateful to God for gracing us with:

Food on our tables; a roof over our heads; clothing for our bodies; family and friends; productive work; soldiers who secure our freedom with their lives; the courage of our convictions; and the gift of life.

God bless you, and may God bless America,

~Eowyn

Hurricane Sandy, the Unheeded Prophet

Sandy is the diminutive form of Cassandra.

In Homer’s Iliad, Cassandra was a Trojan princess blessed with the gift of prophecy. She had foretold the fall of Troy, but her prophecy was unheeded. And so the ancient city of Troy fell to the onslaught of the Achaeans (Greeks).

The ancient Greeks thought that the Trojan War was a historical event that had taken place in the 13th or 12th century BC, and believed that Troy was located in modern-day Turkey near the Dardanelles. By modern times, both the war and the city were widely believed to be non-historical. In 1868, however, the German archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann maintained that Troy was real — a claim that is now accepted by most scholars.

In other words, the hurricane that became Frankenstorm Sandy bears the name of an unheeded prophet.

Michael Brown of Spirit Daily writes:

That the “superstorm” is prophetic can be seen in the simple images of water flooding onto the site of the new Freedom Tower. This was “Ground Zero.” Monday night, it was a series of waterfalls. It is also where President George Washington prayed for the goodness — and protection — of our nation (on the day of his inauguration). As in Isaiah 9:10, our response to the warning of 9/11 was to build an even taller tower, in defiance, instead of re-evaluation. And as a result, there is more to come. Just as a stranger was seen playing a trumpet eerily just beyond the barricades immediately after the September attacks, so too, now, as Hurricane Sandy approached, did a weatherman describe the wind howling through the Freedom Tower construction site as sounding like a “trumpet.”

Here are some pictures of the devastation inflicted by Frankenstorm Cassandra (source):

168-ft water tanker John B. Caddell lies grounded on the shore of NY’s Staten Island.

Burnt-out homes in the Breezy Point section of NY’s Queens borough.

People stand among the burnt-out remains of homes in Queens, NY.

Brian Hajeski reacts to debris of a home washed up onto a bridge in Mantoloking, NJ.

A flooded section of Harvey Cedars on Long Beach Island, New Jersey.

Zoe Jurusik paddle-boards down a flooded city street in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy in Bethany Beach, Delaware.

A flooded car park in the Wall Street area of lower Manhattan.

Sea water floods the Ground Zero construction site in New York.

The storm surge engulfs the Inlet section of Atlantic City, N.J.

A statue of the Blessed Mother of Christ stands unharmed in the midst of the fire-destroyed homes in the flooded Breezy Point, Queens, NY.

As of this morning, the New York Daily News reports that the death toll of Sandy has reached 74, more than 5.6 million homes and businesses are still without power, down from a peak of 8.5 million. Here’s a snapshot of what is happening, state by state:

Here’s a snapshot of what is happening, state by state.

CONNECTICUT: Widespread damage to homes on Long Island Sound. Deaths: 3. Power outages: 378,000, down from a peak of more than 620,000.

DELAWARE: Some southern coastal areas remain underwater, but officials say the damage is far less than anticipated. Governor lifted state of emergency. Emergency shelters closed. Power outages: 1,700, down from more than 45,000.

KENTUCKY: As much as a foot of snow fell in higher elevations of Appalachian Kentucky.

MAINE: Port of Portland reopened, but ocean conditions remained dangerous with high winds. Amtrak’s Downeaster resumed service. Power outages: 3,500, down from more than 90,000.

MARYLAND: Eastern Maryland cleaned up from storm surge, while western Maryland dealt with as much as 29 inches of snow. Dueling disasters are straining emergency resources. Deaths: 3. Power outages: 33,600, down from 290,000.

MASSACHUSETTS: Continued cleanup from fallen trees and damage to homes and businesses, but relief that storm wasn’t worse. Many schools remained closed. Power outages: 46,000, down from 400,000.

MICHIGAN: Cargo shipping on the Great Lakes resumed after waves of up to 16 feet subsided. Power outages: 35,000, down from 154,000.

NEW HAMPSHIRE: Some schools and day care centers remained closed. Trick or treating postponed until Sunday. Deaths: 1. Power outages: 40,000, down from 210,000.

NEW JERSEY: Trick or treating postponing until Monday. Fires that destroyed several homes in a shore town rekindled, fueled by natural gas. National Guard arrived to evacuate residents of Hoboken and distribute supplies. Storm renewed debate about whether to rebuild shoreline sand dunes. Deaths: 14. Power outages: 2.1 million, down from 2.7 million.

NEW YORK: Traffic choked city streets as residents tried to return to work in a New York City whose subway system remained crippled. Schools closed all week. Two of three major airports in metropolitan area re-opened with limited flights. Limited commuter rail service resumed and limited subway service is resuming Thursday. Utilities say it could be
days before power is fully restored in the city and on Long Island. Deaths: 30, including 22 in New York City. Power outages: 1.9 million, down from 2.2 million.

NORTH CAROLINA: The search continued off the coast for the captain of a tall ship that sank as Sandy headed north. Parts of western North Carolina saw continued snow. Deaths: 2.

OHIO: High winds uprooted trees in northern Ohio. Schools closed and major commuter arteries along Lake Erie flooded. Deaths: 2. Power outages: 160,000, down from more than 250,000.

PENNSYLVANIA: The core of Sandy made its way north through western Pennsylvania into western New York, causing wind and flooding that closed roads. Deaths: 11. Power outages: 612,000, down from 1.2 million.

RHODE ISLAND: Residents may not be able to return to their homes for another day in some coastal communities amid power outages and impassable roads. Some schools reopened while others remained close. Power outages: About 48,000, down from more than 122,000.

TENNESSEE: A route across the Smoky Mountains closed as heavy, wet snow accumulated to as much as 2 feet.

VERMONT: Winds knocked down trees and power lines, and schools were closed, but damage was not as severe as feared in a state still recovering from Tropical Storm Irene. Power outages: 3,550, down from more than 10,000.

VIRGINIA: Navy sending three Virginia-based ships toward the Northeast in case they’re needed to help with storm response. Utilities brought in crews to help restore power after high winds and snow. Deaths: 2. Power outages: About 29,000, down from more than 180,000.

WASHINGTON, D.C.: Federal and local governments asked people to return to work Wednesday, and transit systems resumed full service. The National Mall reopened. Power outages: 70, down from 25,000.

WEST VIRGINIA: Some areas were buried under more than a foot of snow. Eight buildings in Nicholas County — an apartment complex, a grocery store, two convenience stores, a hardwood plant and three homes — collapsed under the weight of heavy snow, but no injuries were reported. Deaths: 6. Power outages: 224,000, down from about 271,000.

~Eowyn

Happy Thanksgiving! / Open Thread below

Thanksgiving is one of the most beloved holidays in America. But unlike other secular holidays like Labor Day or the Fourth of July, Thanksgiving is a national holiday that is explicitly religious in nature.

In 1789, in his first year in office, President George Washington called for a day of Thanksgiving because –

“it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor.”

In 1815, President James Madison issued a proclamation for “a day of thanksgiving and of devout acknowledgments to Almighty God for His great goodness.” After Madison, however, Thanksgiving reverted to a regional celebration in New England for 48 years.

In 1863, magazine editor Sarah Josepha Hale petitioned the Lincoln administration that “a day of Thanksgiving now needs National recognition and authoritive fixation, only, to become permanently, an American custom and institution.” President Abraham Lincoln called on Americans that year to “fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore if, as soon as may be consistent with the divine purpose, to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquility, and union.”

As a nation of faith, Americans have set aside this day to thank God for the many blessings He has bestowed.

We of the Fellowship of the Minds want to take this occasion to thank all our readers and especially our faithful regular commenters who contribute so much to our Fellowship with their trenchant observation, insight, righteous outrage, and wit.

Despite the corruption, incompetence, and decay of our government, we are grateful to be living in still the greatest country in the world. That is precisely why the Fellowship of Minds was founded nearly 2 years ago — as a small but fierce Voice of Opposition to the systematic and deliberate destruction of our beloved America.

Above all, we are grateful to the magnificent, loving, and most awesome Triune God for everything He has graced us with:

Food on our tables; a roof over our heads; clothing for our bodies; family and friends; productive work; soldiers who secure our freedom with their lives; the courage of our convictions; and the gift of life.

God bless you, and may God bless America,

~Eowyn and all the writers of the Fellowship

P.S. I know things are pretty bad these days, but please share with us just one thing you are thankful for. Also we would like your funniest/worst Thanksgiving story.

Happy Thanksgiving and God Bless to all.

-Steve

America At the Precipice

In a letter to James Madison in 1786, George Washington wrote that “No morn ever dawned more favorable than ours did; and no day was ever more clouded than the present! Wisdom, and good examples are necessary at this time to rescue the political machine from the impending storm.”

Those words are as true in 1786 as they are today.

We stand at the edge of a precipice and, whether or not we succeed in rescuing America from the abyss depends on what each of us — you and you and you and I — does.

The good news is that it appears that the American people finally recognize a very simple fact: Skippy is a commie!

A new Rasmussen Reports poll of 1,000 American adults found that a majority, 54%, believe Obama is more to the left than they are. (Another 26% don’t see much difference between their own ideology and his; and a lunatic fringe of 12% see Obama as more conservative than they are.)

But Obama — just like the communist party apparatchik of the former Soviet Union who preached socialism-communism but shopped in unmarked special stores for caviar and western blue jeans while the “proletarian” masses stood in long lines for milk and toothpaste — sure loves to surround himself with luxury.

For his reëlection campaign in the Midwestern cornbelt, Obama is traveling in a new luxury bus, with a $1.1 million pricetag. The bus had been purchased by the Secret Service, which means you and I and the other 53% of Americans who still pay income taxes. So what if America’s $16 trillion national debt now equals our GDP?

It’s an impenetrable-looking conveyance the size of a cross-country Greyhound, painted all in black, with dark tinted windows and flashing red and blue lights. To top it off, the bus was made in Canada!

And finally, by turning his back on Israel, Skippy is emboldening the Jew-haters in the Mid East.

Iran is itching to ignite the apocalypse. Iran’s chief military commander is ratcheting up the war rhetoric, warning Israel that its citizens should flee the Middle East or face annihilation, and threatening that “the heads of the Zionist government and Mr. Netanyahu should prepare themselves for the cage (prison).”

With so many awful people around the world, it is hard to choose  which one is the true Anti-Christ. So many candidates, so little time! But if that looney Mahmoud Ahmadinejad really fulfills his oft-stated promise to wipe Israel from the face of the Earth, we’ll know he’s the one.

~Siegfried & Eowyn

Good News, Bad News from Gallup

The Good News

The latest Gallup Poll has Obama’s approval numbers falling to the lowest he’s ever received, dipping below 40%, at 39%. (74% of Democrats, 36% of Independents, 9% of Republicans approve of Skippy.)

The even better news is how Obama compares to his predecessors at the same juncture in his presidency. Only Jimmy Carter had worse ratings than Obama:

The Bad News

Gallup’s first measure of the 2012 congressional elections shows Democrats leading Republicans, 51% to 44%, in registered voters’ preferences for which party’s candidate they would support in their district “if the elections for Congress were being held today.” Worse still, twice as many voters say Tea Party endorsements are a negative rather than a positive.

Take heart, friends! Remember these words of George Washington, in his letter to James Madison, 1786:

“No morn ever dawned more favorable than ours did; and no day was ever more clouded than the present! Wisdom, and good examples are necessary at this time to rescue the political machine from the impending storm.”

~Eowyn

The Inspiring History of the National Day of Prayer

In June 1775, the Continental Congress found itself in the middle of a disaster. Their worst fears about the deteriorating relationship with Britain had come true.

British troops had decided to open the can of worms by confronting a rebel ammunition stash in Concord, Massachusetts. Rebels took a stand, quite literally, in the middle of the road to stop them. A gunfight ensued.

Paul Revere had known the can would open that night, so he rode through the woods of the northern colonies with the news.

The British got their job done in Concord, but at too great a price: as they turned to march back to the safety of their home in Boston, some 15,000 minutemen showed up, vowing to make them rue the day.

The return to Boston was the longest 20 miles of their life. By dawn they stood safely in the city, but the rebels did not go away. A siege was laid around the city limits. British troops were told to either starve or take a boat and leave.

King George was not amused. While a ragtag group of amateur rebels held the impromptu siege together, the empire staged a plan to strike back.

What should Congress do? They were not particularly impressed by the siege on Boston, knowing it was like trying to scare a grizzly bear by poking him with a stick. But they also understood the reasons why it happened, the desperation, the anger, the need for the pressure to come out somewhere.

If Congress condoned the siege and sent supplies to the minutemen, any pretense of them being above the fray was gone. But if they did nothing, 15,000 guys would surely be destroyed by Britain’s looming revenge.

Congress searched for advice on how to handle a coming disaster to an entire people. They remembered the story of Purim in the Old Testament, how the nation of Israel, living under Persia’s control, faced a similar threat of massacre. Queen Esther called for a three-day event where every Israeli house joined in fasting and prayer. God responded with a miracle.

image courtesy Gener8Xion Entertainment

June 12, 1775, Congress released a statement calling for every home in the colonies, from Massachusetts to the Carolinas, to join as one people and fast before God.

And God showed up with a miracle.

Congress decided to support the rebels and get this game over with. They chose George Washington as the best guy to go to Boston and make something happen. Washington found a way to force the British to leave Boston in March 1776.

Four months later, the British army returned in a show of force like something right out of Star Wars. Washington was forced to confront them in New York. This time, he lost. And then he lost again. And then he lost some more.

By August 29 he had lost all of New York and faced certain defeat with his back to the East River. He needed an escape. He planned an overnight crossing of the river and on to temporary safety in New Jersey. Crossing a river in the middle of the night? Armies just didn’t do those things back then.

But they went for it. Crossing was slow and tedious in the dark. Morning came too soon. Washington began to panic that dawn would bring light over his men, sitting in the middle of the river like fish in a barrel.

And then out of nowhere, help came. A thick, dense fog crept over the water, so bad that you couldn’t see five feet in front of you. British troops knew, just knew, that the Americans were somewhere in the river, but they couldn’t see a thing. By the time the fog lifted, Washington was gone.

Four months later, on Christmas Day in 1776, Washington plotted another midnight run across a river. This time he crossed the Delaware and surprised some valuable Hessians in New Jersey.

Against all odds, those prayers began to work. Washington was doing the impossible.

President Abraham Lincoln revived this tradition in 1863 when he called for a national fast to guide America through the Civil War.

In 1952, President Harry Truman established a national day of prayer to occur every year.

And then in 1983, Ronald Reagan found himself leading a nation that struggled to keep an economy and feared an evil empire. National Day of Prayer was set as the first Thursday in May.

Today, I encourage you to consider that the best thing you can do for your family is to pray. Having a stockpile of food is a good idea. Investing in physical assets is a good idea. Supporting our troops is a good idea.

But if you want a miracle to keep your family safe – if you want a Red-Sea-splitting, Spanish-armada-stalling, fog-over-New-York, battle-of-Midway-changing, moon-landing, Olympic-hockey-winning, Berlin-wall-destroying kind of response… you need to pray and fast.

Even if you can only pray for 10 minutes. Even if you can only “fast” by swearing off your favorite thing for 24 hours. Do something to show God you are reaching out to Him.

And He will show up.

-Candance

Moral Sickness at Root of America’s Decay

 

James Madison

How can self-government work if the people’s “self” is depraved? As James Madison so rightly observed, “What is government itself but the greatest of all reflections on human nature?” (Federalist No. 51, 1788)

Both the Left as well as Libertarians like to think that America’s Founding Fathers pursued individual liberty merely and solely for itself, without regard to matters of morality and faith.

Not true.

Thomas Jefferson in old age

Our Founders believed that the new American Republic was possible and viable only if it rested on the proper foundation or infrastructure — a virtuous people. (A good book on this is The Moral Foundations of the American Republic.)

In a letter to George Logan in 1816, Thomas Jefferson wrote: “The man who is dishonest as a statesman would be a dishonest man in any station. It is strangely absurd to suppose that a million of human beings collected together are not under the same moral laws which bind each of them separately.”

John Adams

John Adams, in his letter to Mercy Warren in 1776, similarly noted: “Public virtue cannot exist in a nation without private, and public virtue is the only foundation of republics. There must be a positive passion for the public good, the public interest, honour, power and glory, established in the minds of the people, or there can be no republican government, nor any real liberty….”

George Washington praying at Valley Forge

But it was George Washington, the Father of the new American Republic, who put it best when he sounded this warning in his first inaugural address in 1789: “There exists in the economy and course of nature an indissoluble union between virtue and happiness … we ought to be no less persuaded that the propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right which Heaven itself has ordained.”

Popular culture is the expression of a people’s moral orientation. Look at the state of America’s pop culture today.

Who speaks of “virtue” today? What an old-fashioned archaic word!

A half-naked Britney “The Crotch” Spears, 29, bumps, grinds, and gyrates before a rapt crowd of 6,000 in San Francisco; while the media slavishly report on the latest antics of bad “boys” like middle-aged Charlie Sheen, 45, and bad “girls” like mature adult Lindsay Lohan, 24.

Less than 20 minutes after the tickets for Sheen’s two “My Violent Torpedo of Truth/Defeat is Not an Option” concerts went on sale, they were all sold out. So he expanded his concert tour to 20 cities. A ticket for his “concert” in San Francisco costs $97 to $136. After Lohan wore a tightly-fitted white Kimberly Ovitz dress to court to face grand theft charges of a necklace she claims she had merely “borrowed” from a jewelry store, the $575 dress quickly sold out.

Alexander Hamilton

So much for our supposed economic recession-depression!

Did you know that John Adams was 41, Thomas Jefferson only 30, and Alexander Hamilton a mere 21 years old, in 1776 when the American Revolution began? [Source]

At the root of our political-economic-social problems is plain moral rot.

~Eowyn

America’s Crumbling Moral Infrastructure

George Washington, First Inaugural Address, 1789:

“There exists in the economy and course of nature an indissoluble union between virtue and happiness … we ought to be no less persuaded that the propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right which Heaven itself has ordained.”

John Adams, 2nd President of the USA:

“We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Our Constitution was made for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate for the government of any other.”

Dr. Nelson Price:

“Democracy is not the soil out of which morality grows. Morality is the essential soil in which democracy thrives. A certain ethos, a characteristic spirit of a culture or community, is required.”

Antonio Gramsci, Italian Marxist:

A revolution is not just fought in the realm of politics or with violence. To be successful “any revolutionary class . . . must secure cultural hegemony.”

Prov 24:19; Romans 12:19:

“Do not fret because of evildoers.””Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”

C.B.:

“Trust a God who loved us enough to die for us.”


The United States of Shame

by Jeff Wysaski - PleatedJeans – Jan 24, 2011

Whether it’s a fat population, high rate of STDs or excessive tax rate, it turns out that every state ranks dead last in at least one unsavory category. Check out the map (click image to enlarge) to see what your state is the worst at. Most stats taken from http://www.americashealthrankings.org/ and http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/rankings.html (unless otherwise noted)

  1. Alabama: highest rate of stroke (3.8 percent) (tied with Oklahoma)
  2. Alaska: highest suicide rate (23.6 suicides per 100,000 people in 2004)
  3. Arizona: highest rate of alcoholism
  4. Arkansas: worst average credit score (636) http://www.talkbusiness.net/article/ARKANSAS-RANKS-LAST-IN-CREDIT-SCORE-AVERAGES/1007/
  5. California: most air pollution (15.2 micrograms per cubic meter)
  6. Colorado: highest rate of cocaine use per capita (3.9 percent total population)
  7. Connecticut: highest rate of breast cancer http://www.statehealthfacts.org/comparemaptable.jsp?ind=469&cat=10&sub=112&sort=a
  8. Delaware: highest abortion rate (27 per 1,000 women aged 15 to 44)
  9. Florida: highest rate of identity theft (122.3 reports per 100,000 people)
  10. Georgia: sickly based on highest rate of influenza
  11. Hawaii –highest cost of living (tied with California) http://www.cnbc.com/id/38148092/States_With_the_Highest_Cost_of_Living?slide=11
  12. Idaho – lowest level of Congressional clout http://www.newwest.net/topic/article/roll_call_rocky_mountain_states_still_at_bottom_of_congressional_clout_list/C559/L559/
  13. Illinois: highest rate of robbery (284.7 incidences per 100,000 people)
  14. Indiana: rated the most environmentally unfriendly by NMI solutions http://www.environmentalleader.com/2010/09/15/indiana-comes-in-last-on-green-state-ranking/
  15. Iowa: highest percentage of people age 85 and older (1.8 percent) (tied with three other states) http://www.statemaster.com/graph/peo_per_of_peo_who_are_85_yea_and_ove-percent-who-85-years-over
  16. Kansas: poorest health based on highest average number of limited activity days per month (3.5 days) http://www.statemaster.com/graph/hea_lim_act_day_per_mon-limited-activity-days-per-month
  17. Kentucky: most cancer deaths (227 per 100,000 people) (BONUS fact: Kentucky also has the highest rate of tobacco smokers – 25.6 percent)
  18. Louisiana: highest rate of gonorrhea (264.4 reported cases per 100,000 people) http://www.statemaster.com/graph/hea_gon_rat-health-gonorrhea-rate
  19. Maine: dumbest state claim based on lowest average SAT score (1389) http://www.commonwealthfoundation.org/policyblog/detail/2010-sat-scores-by-state
  20. Maryland: highest rate of AIDS diagnosis (27.6 people per 100,000 people) http://www.avert.org/usa-states-cities.htm
  21. Massachusetts: worst drivers claim based on highest rate of auto accidents http://www.theautochannel.com/news/2002/11/11/150352.html
  22. Michigan: highest unemployment rate (13.6 percent)
  23. Minnesota: highest number of reported tornadoes (123 in 2010) http://woodbury.kstp.com/content/minnesota-ranks-first-nation-tornado-reports-2010
  24. Mississippi: highest rate of obesity (35.3 percent of total population) BONUS facts: Mississippi ranks last in the most number of categories. These include highest rate of child poverty (31.9 percent), highest rate of infant mortality (10.3 percent) lowest median household income ($35,078), highest teen birth rate (71.9 per 1,000 women aged 15 to 19) and highest overall rate of STDs.
  25. Missouri: highest rate of bankruptcy (700 out of every 100,000 people) http://www.bcsalliance.com/bankruptcy_statestats.html
  26. Montana: highest rate of drunk driving deaths (1.12 deaths per 100 million miles driven) http://helenair.com/lifestyles/article_c48ad0a6-bce0-5f69-931e-dc5ca0f83583.html
  27. Nebraska: highest rate of women murdered annually
  28. Nevada: highest rate violent crime (702.2 offenses per 100,000 people). BONUS fact: Nevada also has the highest rate of foreclosure (one in 99 houses)
  29. New Hampshire: highest rate of corporate taxes http://newhampshire.watchdog.org/7194/nh-ranks-last-in-corporate-tax-climate-7th-best-for-business-overall/
  30. New Jersey: highest rate of citizen taxation (11.8 percent) http://retirementliving.com/RLtaxes.html
  31. New Mexico: antisocial claim based on lowest ranking in social heath policies http://www.lasg.org/NMecon05.htm
  32. New York: longest average daily commute (30.6 minutes) http://www.statemaster.com/graph/lab_mea_tra_tim_to_wor-labor-mean-travel-time-work
  33. North Carolina: lowest average teacher salary http://www.southernstudies.org/2008/01/north-carolina-ranks-last-for-teacher.html
  34. North Dakota: ranked last in ugliest residents report as chosen by The Daily Beast http://www.thedailybeast.com/galleries/1272/1/?redirectURL=http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2010-02-01/the-most-and-least-attractive-states/
  35. Ohio: nerdiest state claim based on highest number of library visits per capita (6.9) http://www.statemaster.com/graph/edu_pub_lib_lib_vis_per_cap-libraries-library-visits-per-capita
  36. Oklahoma: highest rate of female incarceration
  37. Oregon: highest rate of long-term homeless people
  38. Pennsylvania: highest rate of arson deaths (55.56 annually) http://www.statemaster.com/graph/cri_ars_dea-crime-arson-deaths
  39. Rhode Island: highest rate of illicit drug use (12.5 percent of population) http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/08/11/drug-use-across-the-united-states-or-rhode-island-needs-more-rehab/
  40. South Carolina: highest percentage of mobile homes (18.8 percent) http://www.statemaster.com/graph/hou_per_of_hou_uni_tha_are_mob_hom-housing-percent-units-mobile-homes
  41. South Dakota: highest rate of forcible rape 76.5 per 100,000
  42. Tennessee: chosen most corrupt state by The Daily Beast http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2010-05-11/the-most-corrupt-states/
  43. Texas: lowest high school graduation rate (78.3 percent) http://www.statemaster.com/graph/edu_hig_sch_dip_or_hig_by_per-high-school-diploma-higher-percentage
  44. Utah: highest rate of of online porn subscriptions http://www.deseretnews.com/article/705288350/Utah-No-1-in-online-porn-subscriptions-report-says.html
  45. Vermont: infertility claim based on lowest birth rate of any state (10.6 births per 1,000) (tied with Maine) http://www.statemaster.com/graph/hea_bir_rat_per_100-birth-rate-per-1-000
  46. Virginia: highest number of alcohol-related motorcyle deaths http://www.vabiker.net/2008/09/virginia-ranks-last-nationally-in-alcohol-related-motorcycle-deaths/
  47. Washington: most cases of bestiality (4 reported in 2010) http://www.pet-abuse.com/pages/cruelty_database/statistics/state_ranking.php?year=2010&search=go
  48. West Virginia: highest rate of heart attack (6.5 percent of population)
  49. Wisconsin: highest rate of binge drinking (23.2 percent of population)
  50. Wyoming: highest rate of deadly car crashes (24.6 deaths per 100,000) http://www.autoinsurancequotealert.com/news/wyoming-leads-nation-with-highest-motor-vehicle-fatality-rate/

~Posted by Eowyn