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Florida man disemboweled girl friend in a monstrous rage

One of the many differences between conservatives and liberals is their worldviews — how they regard the world and human nature.
Liberals see the world and human nature as benign, except of course when it comes to conservatives, whom liberals regard as evil. That, of course, contradicts their view of human nature as benign, but then liberals are full of logical inconsistencies and contradictions.
In contrast, conservatives’ view of human nature is more consistent with that of America’s Founding Fathers, who believed human nature to be universally and inherently selfish instead of benevolent. And so, they designed a polity that recognizes and works with that selfish human nature, where government is a necessary evil that must be constrained and delimited. To quote James Madison in The Federalist No. 51:

“What is government itself but the greatest of all reflections on human nature? If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external or internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: You must first enable the government to control the governed, and in the next place oblige it to control itself.”

Looking at today’s news, there are many political news that warrant our attention, but one particular piece of non-political news stands out because of its sheer horror and what it says about human nature.
Before you read further, you are forewarned that what follows is graphic and horrific, beyond your worst imagination. So if you choose to continue, please don’t blame the messenger.

At 3:39 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015, at 3:39 a.m., a man in Sunrise, Florida, called 911 to report that his girlfriend, Maria Nemeth, was having trouble breathing and was going to die.
Sunrise is a city of 89,000 in the Miami metropolitan area.
The man, 24-year-old Fidel Lopez, and 31-year-old Nemeth had been co-habiting the apartment at 1603 Northwest 128th Drive for only about a week.
1630 Northwest 128th Dr., Sunrise, FL
Nemeth worked at the apartment complex as a leasing agent; Lopez was employed at the Florida 595 Truckstop.
When police arrived, Lopez initially told investigators that he and Nemeth had been having rough sex and that she went into the bathroom, vomited and collapsed.
But what police found at the scene went far beyond “rough sex.”
To begin, two people in a neighboring apartment reported hearing a man’s voice yelling and lots of loud noises that lasted for about two hours. Detectives said they found, in the Lopez-Nemeth apartment, a half empty bottle of 1800 Tequila and cut limes in the kitchen and signs of a physical struggle and foul play. There was a lot of blood in a bedroom closet, in the bathroom, and smeared on walls and doors. The bathroom door was ripped off its hinges. Several holes were punched in the walls; a sliding glass door was shattered. And there was “body tissue” strewn about.
Sunrise Fire-Rescue pronounced Nemeth dead at 4:02 a.m.
Maria Nemeth
Upon further questioning, Lopez told a different story. He said he became a “monster” when Nemeth twice called out her ex-husband’s name while they were having sex in the closet. Lopez said he got upset and enraged hearing someone else’s name during sex upset. He left Nemeth in the closet and started breaking things throughout the apartment, smashing the rear sliding glass door and punching holes in the walls.
Then he went back to the closet where Nemeth was lying unconscious and he started inserting things into her vagina and anus — a beer bottle, a flat iron for hair, and both of his fists. Then he inserted his arm into her vagina up to his elbow and ripped out part of her intestines.
He carried Nemeth into the bathroom and put water on her face, but she did not wake up. Lopez then washed the blood off his hands in the bathroom sink, went out on the porch to smoke a cigarette and started to panic.
After further efforts to clean the apartment, Lopez checked on Nemeth in the bathroom, found that she wasn’t breathing and called 911.
Fidel Lopez
Lopez was arrested at 2 p.m. Sunday and charged with first-degree murder. The police report lists him as 6 ft. tall, weighing 200 lbs.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement shows only one other arrest for disorderly intoxication in 2014 on Lopez’s record.
Sources: Sun Sentinel; NBC Miami
Lopez is blaming his monstrous deed on tequila, but consuming (with Nemeth) half a bottle of tequila cannot account for his barbarism.
As for Nemeth, there is a reason why, once upon a time not that long ago, our society had insisted on certain rules and etiquette particularly for females — those of courtship, the longer the better, before marriage; no pre-marital intercourse; and no pre-marital cohabitation. Those rules were meant to protect and safeguard women’s interests and well being, feminist propaganda notwithstanding.
Because men (and women) are not angels, as Maria Nemeth discovered, too late.

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Amerika: A nation of know-nothing potheads

This past Wednesday, Sept. 17, was Constitution Day — the 227th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution.
It’s a sad day for our Founding Fathers because after they had labored and sacrificed to establish a government of checks and balances and the rule of law, for the people, by the people, and of the people, only 36% or about one of every three Americans can name the three branches of government — executive, legislative, judicial — which the Constitution had created.
Reid Wilson reports for The Washington Post, Sept. 18, 2014, on more findings from the new survey from the Annenberg Public Policy Center:

  • Only 38% of Americans know the Republican Party controls the U.S. House of Representatives, while 17% think Democrats are still in charge. Worse still, fewer Americans –a drop of 17% — now know the GOP controls the House than back in 2011, right after Republicans had reclaimed control of the lower chamber.
  • An identical number, 38%, knows Democrats run the Senate, while 20% believe Republicans control the upper chamber.
  • Only 27% know it takes a two-thirds majority of the House and Senate to override a presidential veto.
  • 15% of Americans correctly identified the chief justice of the United States, John Roberts; but 27% know Randy Jackson was a judge on American Idol.
  • Only 13% know the Constitution was signed in 1787.

There are groups, like the Civics Education Initiative (CEI), which are are pushing to include more civics education in high schools by requiring students to pass the same citizenship test that immigrants do when they come to America. CEI will introduce legislation in seven states that would require passage of the citizenship test before graduating.
Meanwhile, Kate Rogers reports for CNBC, Sept. 18, 2014, that 1 in 10 Americans are showing up to work high on pot.
A new survey conducted by Mashable.com in partnership with SurveyMonkey found 9.7% of Americans fessed up to smoking marijuana before showing up to the office. Worse still, nearly 81% said they scored their cannabis illegally.
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Think you can do better than the 36% of Americans who can’t name the three branches of the U.S. government? Take the American Civics Literacy Quiz!
After you’ve taken the quiz, compare your score to our elected officials by going to “How Elected Officials Scored on American Civics Literacy.”

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Enough with the U.S. military being police of the world!

America’s national debt is now 102% of GDP and at $15.904 trillion, is fast approaching $16 trillion with each passing second (see U.S. Debt Clock).
In fiscal year 2010, the Department of Defense accounted for 18.74% of federal government expenditure. That means the government spends nearly $2 out of every $10 on the military.
This morning comes news that the U.S. Marine Corps is creating law enforcement battalions.
Yes, you read correctly. Not military defense, but LAW ENFORCEMENT.

Julie Watson reports for the AP, July 22, 2012:
The Marine Corps has created its first law enforcement battalions – a lean, specialized force of military police officers that it hopes can quickly deploy worldwide to help investigate crimes from terrorism to drug trafficking and train fledgling security forces in allied nations.
The Corps activated three such battalions last month. Each is made up of roughly 500 military police officers and dozens of dogs. … Marines have been increasingly taking on the role of a street cop along with their combat duties over the past decade in Iraq and Afghanistan, where they have been in charge of training both countries’ security forces. Those skills now can be used as a permanent part of the Marine Corps, Durham said.
… The battalions will be capable of helping control civil disturbances, handling detainees, carrying out forensic work, and using biometrics to identify suspects. Durham said they could assist local authorities in allied countries in securing crime scenes and building cases so criminals end up behind bars and not back out on the streets because of mistakes. …
Gary Solis, a former Marine Corps prosecutor and judge who teaches law of war at Georgetown University, said Marines have already been doing this kind of work for years but now that it has been made more formal by the creation of the battalions, it could raise a host of questions, especially on the use of force. … “Am I a Marine or a cop? Can I be both?” he said. “Cops apply human rights law and Marines apply the law of war. Now that it’s blended, it makes it tougher for the young men and women who have to make the decision as to when deadly force is not appropriate.”
In his 2004 important and insightful essay for The Future of Freedom Foundation,The Bill of Rights: Antipathy to Militarism,”  Jacob G. Hornberger reminds us:
The Third Amendment to the U.S. Constitution provides that “no Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.”
Obviously, the Third Amendment has little relevance today. But what is relevant for us today is the mindset that underlay the passage of that amendment — a mindset of deep antipathy toward militarism and standing armies. Our ancestors’ fierce opposition to a powerful military force was consistent with their overall philosophy that guided the formation of the Constitution and the passage of the Bill of Rights. …
Historically, governments had misused standing armies in two ways, both of which ultimately subjected the citizenry to tyranny. One was to engage in faraway wars, which inevitably entailed enormous expenditures, enabling the government to place ever-increasing tax burdens on the people. Such wars also inevitably entailed “patriotic” calls for blind allegiance to the government so long as the war was being waged. Consider, for example, the immortal words of James Madison, who is commonly referred to as “the father of the Constitution”:

Of all the enemies to public liberty war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded, because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes; and armies, and debts, and taxes are the known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few. In war, too, the discretionary power of the Executive is extended; its influence in dealing out offices, honors, and emoluments is multiplied; and all the means of seducing the minds, are added to those of subduing the force, of the people…. [There is also an] inequality of fortunes, and the opportunities of fraud, growing out of a state of war, and … degeneracy of manners and of morals…. No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare.”

The second way to use a standing army to impose tyranny was the direct one — the use of troops to establish order and obedience among the citizenry. Ordinarily, if a government has no huge standing army at its disposal, many people will choose to violate immoral laws that always come with a tyrannical regime; that is, they engage in what is commonly known as “civil disobedience” — the disobedience to immoral laws. But as the Chinese people discovered at Tiananmen Square, when the government has a standing army to enforce its will, civil disobedience becomes much more problematic.
Consider again the words of Madison:

“A standing military force, with an overgrown Executive will not long be safe companions to liberty. The means of defence against foreign danger, have been always the instruments of tyranny at home. Among the Romans it was a standing maxim to excite a war, whenever a revolt was apprehended. Throughout all Europe, the armies kept up under the pretext of defending, have enslaved the people.”

The idea is that governments use their armies to produce the enemies, then scare the people with cries that the barbarians are at the gates, and then claim that war is necessary to put down the barbarians. With all this, needless to say, comes increased governmental power over the people.
Sound familiar?

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A Night in Zucotti Park

Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679)

360 years ago, the great English philosopher Thomas Hobbes warned in Leviathan that the state of [human] nature is not  pretty.
In Chapter XIII, “Of the Natural Condition of Mankind, as concerning their Felicity, and Misery,” he describes life in the state of nature as a war of every man against every man, wherein human life is “solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short.”
A major attribute that differentiates Conservatives from the Left is our view of human nature. Conservatives believe as the Founding Fathers did, that our universal human nature is both good and bad. As James Madison famously put it:

“What is government itself but the greatest of all reflections on human nature? If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external or internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: You must first enable the government to control the governed, and in the next place oblige it to control itself.”                                      

The Left, however, have a curiously utopian view about human nature: They believe that a utopian society and world is possible, so long as some people (mainly the evil capitalists) are eliminated. In other words, the Left do not believe that human nature is universal, but are convinced they are good but their political enemies are evil. Sadly, human history keeps proving the Left wrong, attested to by the mountainous piles of corpses of the 20th century — those hundreds of millions of human lives murdered by failed Marxist regimes.
The Occupy Wall Street encampment in New York’s Zucotti Park is the latest testimony of the Left’s wrong-headed view of human nature. The park has devolved into a nightmarish world of rape (of women and men), theft, robbery, drugs, in-fighting, and questions about its $750,000 “war chest”.
A female reporter for the New York Post decides to find out for herself by, bravely, spending a night in the park. This is her report.

NYPD says OWS in Zucotti Park has become a crime magnet

Post reporter spends an in‘tents’ night amid anarchy in Zuccotti Park

By Candice M. Giove – NY Post – Nov. 6, 2011
The cheap walkie-talkie crackles inside a crowded downtown McDonald’s, stopping the gathered mass mid-sip from their Kombucha bottles and cups of corporate coffee.

“There’s a situation,” a vagabond gumshoe dubbed “Conscience” tells me after the static-filled communique arrives over the air at around 3 a.m.
Cornered on the other side of the fast-food joint is Fisika Bezabeh, 27, a Zuccotti squatter who inexplicably returned to the eatery after allegedly clobbering a manager with a credit-card reader earlier in the night.
“We can’t take him in by ourselves,” yells another OWS security-force member.
The Zuccotti “cops” had just spent an hour and a half tracking Bezabeh through goat paths in the park armed with a description from the manager.“We cannot take him in by ourselves, the cops have to come!” reiterates the OWS security force member.
They call the NYPD — and it becomes abundantly clear that the cops down there are sick of the antics.
“Every single night it’s the same thing. I mean, some guy was a victim of rape!” an officer snarls. “There comes a time when it’s over. This is a disaster. It’s all we’re doing, every two seconds, is locking somebody up every time. It’s done. It’s done,” he repeats. “Occupy Wall Street is no longer a protest.”
Scenes like this — and far worse — have been playing out since the Zuccotti Park “occupation” began on Sept. 17.
The parcel is now a sliver of madness, rife with sex attacks, robberies and vigilante justice.
It’s a leaderless bazaar that’s been divided into state-like camps — with tents packed together so densely that the only way to add more would be to stack them.
And despite an NYPD watchtower overhead and the entire north side of Zuccotti lined with police vehicles, it is quickly becoming one of the most dangerous places in New York City.

Reporter Candice Giove in her sleeping bag

I arrive in the Financial District after dark on Thursday lugging a backpack, a sleeping bag and layers upon layers of clothes.
It’s 8 p.m., and the suits and ties fill the bars. They glare at my overstuffed bag as I walk from the E train to a 7-Eleven for a few last-minute items for my night in Zuccotti Park.
The anti-bacterial soap and powder are nearly out. Naturally, the condoms are fully stocked.
Outside, an old-man Occupier in a plaid earflap hat is screaming at people in the crosswalk at Church and Barclay. “Why are you afraid of bunny rabbits? Whyyyyy?”
As I cautiously walk the Zuccotti perimeter, picking up photocopied literature on anarchy, there is a poster on a tent bearing a set of park rules that includes: “If you want to hook up, go to a singles bar.”
There is literally no space to unfold my sleeping bag. I ask around for help.
Out of nowhere, a man pushing a shopping cart with his friend inside rammed the thing “Jackass”-style into a police barrier and walked off laughing like a hyena.
A woman emerges from a makeshift tent that looks more like a layer cake — a clear tarp draped over a sleeping bag that is on top of a filthy mattress. It even has a welcome mat missing the “m” and the stench of a vagrant. “There’s not much space left,” she said and walked off into the darkness.
Every camp tent is like its own state. There is “Camp Anonymous,” the group best known for anti-Scientology protests.
It’s neighbored by a tent full of vampires, the “Class War” tent and the “Occupy Paw Street” tent, whose residents hand out treats to occupying pets.
There’s also “Camp France” and the “Nic at Night” tent, which supplies the protest with smokes.
I settle on a sliver near Broadway by an OWS library — which frighteningly has a children’s section. On a bulletin board, there are personal messages like, “Call your sister!”
I’m wedged between a newbie from Brooklyn and some guy from Toronto, who preferred the experience of urban camping to his buddy’s couch or a hotel.
“My knees will crush you,” a hulking squatter shouts. “I don’t want to hurt you.
“You’re in my doorway. I’m going to crush you.”
Someone takes offense and yells, “Manners!”
He’s much kinder when he emerges later from his green tent and hands me a shiny Mylar blanket for extra warmth. “It’s going to get cold,” he said.
This spirit of generosity and the naivete of the original OWS protesters is devolving into a state of distrust and paranoia, however.
They speak of theft, about government infiltrators and tales of Rikers Island castoffs being dropped off to roam and ravage the site.
From underneath my blanket, I hear allegations of financial corruption and intimidation over sexual orientation.
“I’m in a tent that keeps getting flooded, ransacked and robbed,” fumes a transgender group leader — a female who identifies as a male. He said that the transgender group would create its own police force for transgender protesters and females, since an immense distrust loomed over the OWS-created authority.
That group is also demanding financial transparency amid growing concern over the use of the $750,000 war chest.
They have a point. I notice supply-station cupboards are dangerously lacking any blankets, tents, tarps or Mylar. “Someone forgot to get that stuff out of storage,” an attendant claimed.
“We have three-quarters of a million dollars in the bank and all these f–king people are not doing financial accounting while we’re calling for it from the larger corporations,” says the transgender leader. “A lot of good people are quitting.”
A day later, a female-only “safety tent” would be erected to shield women from predators. Organizers plan to add a medical tent, as well as others designed to provide safe sleeping for gay, transgender and co-ed groups.
The threat of rape is very real here — for women and men.
Sitting in the McDonald’s just moments after Bezabeh was hauled off in cuffs, Lauren DiGioia, 26, tells me about how she became one of the growing number of victims on her very first night in the park.
“I was forced into a very tight space,” she says. “He kind of moved up against me. ‘Oh, let me warm you up. It’s cold out here,’” the creep told her, she said. “He kept pursuing me, and he started becoming aroused, and I could tell that he was becoming aroused,” she said. “I just tried to shield myself.”
He allegedly groped her, pulled her and tried to get on top of her. “I kept thinking to myself, ‘In the morning, I am going to get this guy arrested,’ but in the morning, he was gone,” she said.
DiGioia, who is from Clifton, NJ, was shocked to see her alleged attacker’s image in The Post about a week later — and she identified him to the police.
She is now offering counsel to other victims, as new ones crop up every day. “I just talked to two gentlemen who were raped last night, and they don’t want to press charges because [authorities] wanted to take them in an ambulance and . . . do a rape kit,” she said.
She passed on their account to the security force, while encouraging them to press charges. “There was another girl raped by the same man,” she said from a table in the McDonald’s, which has become the headquarters of the revolution. It’s a place to meet, to get warm, to scarf down dollar-menu grub and to use the bathroom that becomes increasingly vile as the night goes on.
I’m ultimately invited to spend the night in a Camp Anonymous tent instead of solo in a sleeping bag. I spend the rest of the night awake against the wall of a tent built for four — but packed with six.
My bunkmates include an anarchist, a sexual-assault victim, two security-force members, a girl dressed like the devil and her kitten — the “Anarkitty.”
“We are a microcosm of all of society’s defects and the failing economy,” DiGioia said. “Just because we’re here under a microscope, everybody’s going to come and throw up their arms and say we have to shut this place down.”
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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.”


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Oh, How I Miss Them….

“Whatever may be the judgement pronounced on the competency of the architects of the Constitution, or whatever may be the destiny of the edifice prepared by them, I feel it a duty to express my profound and solemn conviction … that there never was an assembly of men, charged with a great and arduous trust, who were more pure in their motives, or more exclusively or anxiously devoted to the object committed to them.” –James Madison, 1835

I weep….

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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….”
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.”

George Washington praying at Valley Forge

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.

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Who's to Blame? Politicians or We the People?

How many of the Reps and Senators in Washington, DC, do you think can claim to live up to this wise injunction?

James Madison

“If we resort for a criterion to the different principles on which different forms of government are established, we may define a republic to be, or at least may bestow that name on, a government which derives all its powers directly or indirectly from the great body of the people, and is administered by persons holding their offices during pleasure for a limited period, or during good behavior.”
James Madison, Federalist No. 39  (H/t PatriotPost)
But then, we really have no one to blame but ourselves. We elected them…and keep reëlecting them —

Corrupt Congressman Charles Rangel

No matter how badly they behave, e.g.,

And no matter how long they’ve served. The late Demonrat Sen. Robert Byrd has the distinction disgrace of having served been the longest in Congress — 57 years! Below is a list of 14 currently serving reps and senators with the longest tenure in Congress, 10 of whom are Demonrats:

  1. Rep. John Dingell (D-Michigan), 55 years
  2. Rep., then Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii), 51 years
  3. Rep. John Conyers (D-Michigan), 46 years
  4. Rep. Charles Rangel (D-New York), 40 years
  5. Rep. Bill Young (R-Florida), 40 years
  6. Rep., then Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Mississippi), 38 years
  7. Rep. Pete Stark (D-California), 38 years
  8. Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska), 38 years
  9. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont), 36 years
  10. Rep., then Sen. Max Baucus (D-Montana), 36 years
  11. Rep., then Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), 36 years
  12. Rep., then Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), 36 years
  13. Rep. George Miller (D-California), 36 years
  14. Rep. Henry Waxman (D-California), 36 years

Poor James Madison. If he could see us now….

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Democracy and the Hookup Culture

The word “democracy” is derived from two Greek words, “demos” (people) and “kratia” (rule) — thus, “rule by the people” or self government. A republic is a type of democracy via elected representatives. Inherent in the concept of democratic self-government is a central conviction of the American Founding Fathers that all human beings have the capacity for reason. How else can a people discern their interests and so vote for the most rational and efficient means to achieve their ends?
At the same time as our Founders were convinced that we are endowed with reason, they also were mindful of an opposing human impulse — the sway of our irrational tempers or passions. As James Madison put it:

But the mild voice of reason, pleading the cause of an enlarged and permanent interest, is but too often drowned, before public bodies as well as individuals, by the clamors of an impatient avidity for immediate and immoderate gain. -Federalist No. 42, January 22, 1788.

Two pieces of recent news provide apt illustration of human irrationality that, in turn, brings into question the feasibility of self-government.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the highest prevalence of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) is among the young: “Estimates suggest that even though young people aged 15–24 years represent only 25% of the sexually experienced population, they acquire nearly half of all new STDs.”
But a recent article by Meredith Cohn in the Baltimore Sun, Feb. 21, 2011, tells us that although “Up to half of sexually active young people will get a sexually transmitted disease by the time they are 25, yet many don’t seek testing because it may be difficult, costly or embarrassing.”
At the same time as at-risk young people eschew being tested for STDs, they have embraced the new phenomenon of “hookups” (also called “booty calls” or “friends with benefits”) — having sex with someone with whom one is not in a relationship. Stripped of its urban slang patina, hookups really are just casual sex, which is just another word for promiscuity.
Last April, CNN’s Stephanie Chen wrote that casual hook ups fueled by alcohol has become the norm across college campuses. “Almost every weekend, there is a tradition called raging at Vanderbilt University” — casual hookups with a stranger or acquaintance “fueled by alcohol.” Studies found as many as 75% of women have engaged in hooking up on campus, with the number even higher for men.
Flash forward to a year later. Enterprising students at the University of Chicago has found a way to better facilitate hookups — i.e., help students to be promiscuous. The Chicago Tribune reports on March 18, 2011 that a new site, UChicago Hookups, connects students at the University of Chicago or its Booth School of Business looking for a no-strings attached hookup.
“We’re trying to change the ages-old stereotype that UChicago students are severely sexually deprived. With that in mind, if you’re looking for ‘where fun comes to die,’ you’ve come to the wrong place,” according to the site created by a group of undergrads. Instead, the site’s tagline is “where fun comes to thrive.”
Only students with a school email account can post and respond to fellow students looking online for casual sex. Launched last month, UChicago Hookups had 77 posts as of Thursday (March 17), most from guys looking for women. The site claims more than 200 registered users; more than 1,000 private messages have been sent.
The following video on college hookups shows that – SURPRISE! – women feel exploited by hookups!
In fact, more and more college women are quitting hookups because of the “emotional devastation” of those “whose hearts are broken by the hook-up scene.” Nor are the broken hearts exclusively women’s.
Sexual promiscuity is especially damaging to females, on both their physical and emotional wellbeing. Did you know that females secrete oxytocin upon orgasm? A mammalian hormone that acts primarily as a neuromodulator in the brain, oxytocin is also called the love or bonding hormone. Women also secrete oxytocin during childbirth and nursing, which binds mother to baby. Sex is not casual; oxytocin emotionally binds women to their sexual partners. No wonder college women feel emotionally devastated, their hearts broken, by participating in hookups! 
The more things change, the more things remain the same. Human beings yearn for love — for an other who knows, loves, and cherishes us for who we are. Hookups  Casual promiscuous sex is not the way to find it. For we were made in His image with inherent dignity. So when we cheapen our body by treating it as a piece of meat, we devalue our very being and soul.

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Obama Expands Obese Govt Via Regulatory Powers

Mindful of our flawed human nature, our Founding Fathers designed a limited government because, in James Madison’s immortal words,

“What is government itself but the greatest of all reflections on human nature? If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external or internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: You must first enable the government to control the governed, and in the next place oblige it to control itself.” —The Federalist Papers

Below is the Obama Chart, made by Americans For Prosperity, which maps out the ways in which Obama, in just two years, has grown our already Big Government into Morbid Obesity.
Not only is Obama ignoring Congress, but he is actively creating vast new regulatory powers on critical issues of healthcare, cap-and-trade, and card check. He has sidestepped the Senate by creating some 41 new policy ‘czars.The best solution is the REINS Act, which is explained on the chart.

The REINS Act (Regulations From the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act of 2011) has been introduced in the House of Representatives as H.R. 10. Read the full text of H.R. 10 HERE. Urge your reps to support H.R. 10!
Sign the petition to stop Obama’s power grab HERE.
H/t my dear friend Bill.

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