In The Future

As life hits us head on and unrelentingly, I find myself pulled to family. I’ll be attending my mother’s 90th birthday next week and must travel from Texas to Indiana to do so. While her health has been good, it’s starting to fail as she is challenged with obstacles that age cannot easily overcome.

While I am an optimist, there is an underlying truth. Our time on this earth is limited and, although we might experience a longevity uncommon to most, we still must reconcile ourselves to the inevitable.

My thoughts go back to centuries past, when our travels took us far and beyond our place of birth. Back then, it might have been years before we learned of a loved one’s passing. Today, we’re alerted to all things instantly and within an airplane’s ride back home, assuming we’re all well within the confines of our country.

What about the soldier that toils on lands far away? Do they have the ability to jump on an airplane at a moments notice to attend to a dying relative? Of course not. Their commitment is to the future of us all and to secure the liberties that give us the ability to render our country a short trip home.

We must never forget what is important, which is the future of our freedom and that of our countrymen. In sacrificing for that, we will find eternal life and can always expect to see our loved ones again in Paradise!

My BlogTalkRadio show will skip over next week, as I attend to my Mom. My blogging might be diminished as well. I’ll be back in the future, however.

Lazarus – An Affirmation of Life’s Renewal

As our lives mimic one another, I attended a funeral today. A good friend’s father died. I never met him, but I knew him threw my friend. We are all a product of our parents and our parents’ personality. It goes without saying, that as our parents’ go, so do we…

During the service, the minister talked about the story of Lazarus, an uncle of Jesus. As Lazarus lay sick and dying, word went out for Jesus to come and help. Jesus was in a neighboring area, but still quite a ways away by foot. “If you could only come here and help Lazarus, we know that you can heal him”.

Jesus deferred and told his disciples that Lazarus would not die from what afflicted him. In time, Jesus told his disciples that Lazarus was dead, but that he would not remain so. Jesus explained that this was to be a testament to his status as the Son of God, for when Lazarus was healed, so the people would believe.

I won’t dwell on the Scripture, because I trust that you already know the ending.

What the minister was trying to convey was the fact that we are ALL subject to renewal, albeit in the terms of God’s everlasting Kingdom. Our lives on this earth are but a fraction of our eternal lives.

Take heart that He is watching, as we struggle to maintain our God-given freedom. Know that the struggles He presents us are fleeting and only serve to make us stronger.

I fully trust that we will prevail in our quest for liberty. After all, it is what He ordained!

Hey Mitt, Don’t Telegraph Your Debate Strategy!

Although I find the source to be questionable (Politico), is still raises a certain question: why telegraph your debate strategy?

According to Politico:

Top Republicans are telegraphing Romney’s hard-line strategy for his faceoff with Obama, according to Mike Allen’s Playbook in POLITICO on Thursday. The debate plan comes during a presidential cycle where media fact-checkers have held a high profile and where an earlier effort by Democrats to cast GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan as untrustworthy got results.

Romney himself was the first to signal the strategy.

“I think he’s going to say a lot of things that aren’t accurate,” Romney said on ABC’s “Good Morning America” earlier this month, adding he would have to choose between correcting Obama and delivering his own message.

“I’d be tempted to go back to that wonderful line by Ronald Reagan, ‘There you go again,’” Romney said.

How could Romney NOT want to use Reagan’s famous quip? I would too!

But to construe from that a Romney strategy in the debates? I really don’t think Romney is dumb enough to assume an entire strategy based on Obama obfuscations, which are legion. After all, don’t forget that the first debate will be moderated by Jim Lehrer from PBS. Don’t you think Obama will be given a pass on hard questions?

My take of what Lehrer will ask:

“President Obama, what would you do in a second term about….”,

instead of,

“President Obama, what HAVE YOU DONE in your first term to….”

Don’t expect Lehrer’s questions to give Romney a chance to nail Obama on lies!

Zombie: The Five False Assumptions About Poll-Skewing

In an excellent piece posted on PJ Media, Zombie provides some valuable observations about poll-skewing.

Each side has defined for itself an ultimate goal. Obama’s supporters in the media and online strive incessantly to demonstrate and publicize that Obama is ahead in the polls. Romney’s supporters strive to demonstrate that those polls are skewed, since the published totals are “weighted” (i.e. arbitrarily distorted) to match statistics about past voter behavior that are no longer true.

Now, if you had just landed on Earth from another galaxy, you likely would be very confused about this behavior on the part of the poll-wrestlers. Presuming there is such a thing as objective reality, there must be a certain true percentage of people who support each candidate — so what purpose is served by intentionally misrepresenting that reality if, at the end of the campaign, that misrepresentation will be trumped by an actual vote? Isn’t the purpose of polls to reveal a snapshot of how things really stand?

Oh you naive extraterrestrials, we reply. Originally, yes, polls were meant to document reality, but nowadays polls are designed to mold reality. If two candidates are in truth currently tied, but we announce that one of them is in the lead, then on election day he will actually win, because our false poll reporting affected how people vote. Get it?

You can read the whole thing HERE. I recommend it.

Polls Designed to Supress Early Voting to Backfire?

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There has been a tremendous amount of coverage of current polling data that suggests Obama is pulling away from Romney in swing states, practically guaranteeing an Obama re-election. Take for example these headlines:

The Atlantic – “Romney Is Flailing in Ohio”

CNN – “Obama above 50% in some battleground polls”

CBS News – “Obama opens substantial leads in key swing states”

I could go on and on, but you’ve seen those same headlines in local newspapers and countless online sites.

The problem? Most of these polls are commissioned by such liberal media outlets as The New York Times, CNN, CBS, etc. These polls are using the same voter turnout model as occurred in the 2008 election. This model completely ignores the results of the 2010 elections and paints a far more favorable result for Obama in 2012 than has ever been demonstrated historically.

The question is WHY? Many theories abound, but I think Rush Limbaugh offers the best explanation. The skewed polling models are designed to suppress voter turnout for Romney, especially early voters. The suggestion is that an Obama re-election is inevitable, so why vote?

The dirty little secret is this: Republicans are highly motivated to vote, much more so than Democrats. I don’t expect that to change between now and the election.

So what if early voting is depressed? This will just make election day that much more intense and prove that current polling numbers were completely bogus. These attempts will indeed backfire! After all, the economy continues to tank, Obama’s foreign policy is in tatters and Obama’s campaign lies are becoming more obvious and desperate with each passing day.

UPDATE:

I knew there was something else I wanted to add and it’s this:

QStarNews Poll methods and modeling

Cultivating ‘The Look’

Make no mistake about it. Ahmadinejad is as concerned about his appearance as any other human being who has access to a mirror. Why would he always look the same, if not deliberately?

What is it with the scruffy beard and short, unkempt hair? Who is he trying to appeal to?

Is the beard his attempt to appeal to Islamic fundamentalists and the short hair an attempt to appeal to the West?

I’m curious to know your take, because this guy does not exude “class” (or “classy”) in anyway I’ve come to know it, despite his expensive suits.

Valerie Jarrett Ties to OPEC-Funded Islamic Plot?

Gary Jackson is on the story:

Let me start out by saying that I hate conspiracy theories. Usually the correct answer to a difficult problem or situation isn’t something elaborate, or sinister, it’s usually quite simple. But the fact is, once you know the players here, you’ll see it is pretty simple, if not just a little sinister.

Most of our readers will have heard all of these names before, quite often in fact. Most know at least part of these people’s history, and know of their ties to Obama.

We all know who Valerie Jarrett is, she’s Obama’s “brain” if you will and a Marxist. She was born in Shiraz, Iran, in 1956, where her father [a physician of great renown] ran a children’s hospital. She has deep ties to murdering domestic terrorists Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dorhn.

Please read the whole thing. He provides substantive links to the entire story.

Why does this not surprise me?