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Book Bomb for John C. Wright

The Boycott of TOR books is now in full swing. Throughout this event, it has come to my attention that the Social Justice Warriors at TOR books have gone so far as to deny the personhood of those who disagree with them in that they claim that those who took the time to actually write to TOR to express their offense at the unprofessional comments made by senior TOR staff were not really people, but merely spambots.

All of this has been covered nearly endlessly over the past few months so I will not rehash it here. However, this leads us to the subject at hand.

As:

1) It has been implied that we are not real people, and it has been shown that certain groups are all talk and no action

And

2) John C. Wright as an author published by Tor books will be unfairly affected by the boycott

I do hereby announce the Book Bomb for John C. Wright will be held on Monday, June 29. We will be purchasing his book City Beyond Time: Tales of the Fall of Metachronopolis published by Castalia House.

The purpose of this book bomb is two-fold. First, to help offset the losses that Mr. Wright will incur from the boycott. And secondly, to demonstrate to Tor/Macmillan that not only are we real people, we are real people who Actually Spend Money On Books (as opposed to those who just tweet about it) which is why I am linking to Amazon instead of Castalia House directly so that it can be clearly demonstrated that we are actually spending money.

Should any of you care to forward your order confirmations from Amazon to me at flannel_avenger (at) robertleeray.com on Monday or comment here with your participation I will keep a tally of those participating and publish the results (and keep the proof available should the need arise).

He Is Risen

John 20:1-20

Now on the first {day} of the week Mary Magdalene *came early to the tomb, while it *was still dark, and *saw the stone {already} taken away from the tomb.
Jhn 20:2 So she *ran and *came to Simon Peter and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and *said to them, “They have taken away the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid Him.”
Jhn 20:3 So Peter and the other disciple went forth, and they were going to the tomb.
Jhn 20:4 The two were running together; and the other disciple ran ahead faster than Peter and came to the tomb first;
Jhn 20:5 and stooping and looking in, he *saw the linen wrappings lying {there;} but he did not go in.
Jhn 20:6 And so Simon Peter also *came, following him, and entered the tomb; and he *saw the linen wrappings lying {there,}
Jhn 20:7 and the face-cloth which had been on His head, not lying with the linen wrappings, but rolled up in a place by itself.
Jhn 20:8 So the other disciple who had first come to the tomb then also entered, and he saw and believed.
Jhn 20:9 For as yet they did not understand the Scripture, that He must rise again from the dead.
Jhn 20:10 So the disciples went away again to their own homes.
Jhn 20:11 But Mary was standing outside the tomb weeping; and so, as she wept, she stooped and looked into the tomb;
Jhn 20:12 and she *saw two angels in white sitting, one at the head and one at the feet, where the body of Jesus had been lying.
Jhn 20:13 And they *said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She *said to them, “Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid Him.”
Jhn 20:14 When she had said this, she turned around and *saw Jesus standing {there,} and did not know that it was Jesus.
Jhn 20:15 Jesus *said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” Supposing Him to be the gardener, she *said to Him, “Sir, if you have carried Him away, tell me where you have laid Him, and I will take Him away.”
Jhn 20:16 Jesus *said to her, “Mary!” She turned and *said to Him in Hebrew, “Rabboni!” (which means, Teacher).
Jhn 20:17 Jesus *said to her, “Stop clinging to Me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, ‘I ascend to My Father and your Father, and My God and your God.’ “
Jhn 20:18 Mary Magdalene *came, announcing to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord,” and {that} He had said these things to her.
Jhn 20:19 So when it was evening on that day, the first {day} of the week, and when the doors were shut where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst and *said to them, “Peace {be} with you.”
Jhn 20:20 And when He had said this, He showed them both His hands and His side. The disciples then rejoiced when they saw the Lord.

Pray

Now is the time for all Christians to pray for the future of the United States and the world. We need God’s wisdom and His blessing now more than ever.

Ephesians 6:10-18 NASB
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might.
Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual {forces} of wickedness in the heavenly {places.}
Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.
Stand firm therefore, HAVING GIRDED YOUR LOINS WITH TRUTH, and HAVING PUT ON THE BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS,
and having shod YOUR FEET WITH THE PREPARATION OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE;
in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil {one.}
And take THE HELMET OF SALVATION, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints,

Re: Obama’s First Prime Time Press Conference

Those of use who oppose the so called “stimulus bill” do not want to “do nothing” We want to do lots of things. We just oppose spending money that doesn’t exist!

Before spending almost a trillion dollars how about trying to cut some of the federal fat? It is imperative that we balance the budget before the value of the dollar becomes nothing!

How about trying to balance out some of our one sided trade deals? A lot of our trade deals have been designed to help countries less fortunate than ours move up in the world – but we’ve given more than we can afford.

The bottom line is that the federal government Does NOT have $850 Billion to spend right now – and it seems to me that the Obama Administration is not considering in the slightest the affect that creating that much money out of thin air will have on the value of the dollar.

The man who campaigned against the “Failed economic policies of the last 8 years” and reiterated that stance last night, has decided that the problem was not spending money that we didn’t have. The truth is that the failed economic policy of that Bush Administration was spending money we didn’t have, and the Obama administration has kicked this policy into overdrive.

Enjoying a Good Laugh…

I find it hilarious that the recent cabinet picks have been giving Obama such fits. It seems that the Democrats don’t take to well to having the spotlight on their activities.

Although in fairness, Barack Obama deserves credit for not doing the politically expedient thing and brushing the tax evasions under the rug, having the Congress rubber stamp his men, and moving on as if nothing had happened.

Still, I’m practically rolling at the fact that the party of taxing the rich doesn’t actually bother to pay their taxes. Paragons of virtue they ain’t. In fact, it turns out that some of them have neglected to pay more in taxes than my net earnings over the past 5 years.

Lets all remember this the next time a Democrat gets up and lectures us about taxes having to be raised for the good of us all.

Somebody buy the AP an atlas…

updated 12:34 p.m. ET, Mon., Dec. 1, 2008

CHICAGO – President-elect Barack Obama announced former rival Hillary Rodham Clinton as his choice for secretary of state Monday and also said he would keep Robert Gates as defense minister as the incoming administration seeks to wind down the U.S. role in Iraq.



The United States does not have a “Defense Minister”  we have a Secretary of the Defense, and anybody reporting on the United States should know that.

More on Fixing the GOP

I agree with Bobby jindal’s comments here:


“As Republicans, we need to do three things to get back on track,” he said on CBS’ Face The Nation. “Number one, we have got to stop defending the kind of spending and out-of-control spending that we would never tolerate in the other side. You know, when voters tell us that they trust Democrats more to cut their taxes [and] control spending, that tells you something is wrong with the Republican Party. We’ve got to match our actions with our rhetoric.

“Number two, we’ve got to stop defending the kinds of corruption we would rightfully criticize in the other party. The week before the election, our most senior senator is convicted on federal charges – and that’s only the latest example.

“Number three, we have got to be the party that offers real solutions to the problems that American voters, American families are worried about. We don’t need to abandon our conservative principles; we can’t just be the ‘party of no.’ We need to offer real solutions on making health care more affordable, on the economic challenges facing families, on the international threats.”

He’s exactly right, the GOP has seriously dropped the ball in all three areas.  The people didn’t reject Conservative ideas, they reject Republican Hucksters who didn’t walk the walk, and in the end, didn’t even pretend to be conservatives.

Jonah Goldberg sums up the Bush Years

I think that Jonah Goldberg nails it here…

Dissent from Bush was muted for years, in large part because of 9/11 and the Iraq war. Conservatives, right or wrong, rallied to support their president, particularly in the face of shrill partisan attacks from Democrats who seemed more interested in tearing down the commander in chief than winning a war. But the Bush chapter is closing, and the fight to write the next one has begun.

I think that it’s really ironic that the Democrats did more to solidify Republican support of George Bush with their constant harping on Bush than he ever could have gathered otherwise.  If the Democrats would have been gracious in defeat, and consistent in their support (or lack of support) for the conflicts we are engaged in, then I think that there’s a good chance he could have been a one term President.  Lets face it, the Prescription Drug entitlement that Bush was touting in 2004 made Republican eyes roll to say the least.

If congressional Democrats could have acted at all like they had any clue about what they wanted to do, they would have done much better in 2004.  The Democrats problem is summed up very nicely in the infamous John Kerry quote, “I voted for the 87 billion before I voted against it”.  And that’s still the Democrats problem.  They voted for the war, but now they’re against it.  They’re for the poor, but they won’t do anything to help with high gas prices that hurt the poor the most.

The Republican problem is that they have shown that they have abandoned all pretense of being the party of fiscal responsibility, which is something most people understand.  You can’t live on borrowed money forever.

I have read a lot over the past few days where the pundits think that the Republican party should move to the center to try to attract moderates.  That’s a bad idea, and I’ll tell you why.

1)  Fiscal responsibility should be a core value of the Republican Party.  Everybody can understand this, and most people will accept the fact that our resources are not infinite and thus we cannot throw money at every societal problem that there is.  And in fact, in many cases, government involvement makes the problem worse than it was before.

2)  The Republican Party should be Pro-Life.  It should be strongly pro-life.  Even most people who support legalized abortion will acknowledge that it’s an ugly business and that they would wish it would never happen in a perfect world.  While it may be difficult to outlaw abortion, we can certainly aggressively move to restrict it.  Our ultimate goal should remain the end of abortion in the United States, but it need not happen overnight.  Partial birth abortion is a crime against humanity.  Embryonic Stem Cell research has ethical strings attached to it with a dubious promise of return, whereas providing that money to adult stem cell research may produce far better treatments.  When you get down to it, while we may not be able to accomplish what we want in the short term, we can right the ship in favor of Life over Death.

3)  Abolish the income tax.  Liberals are always blathering on about how what goes on in the bedroom should stay in the bedroom.  But on April 15, Uncle Sam is entitled to know how much money you spent down at the dirty bookstore on the corner.  A tax structure that doesn’t make us all criminals by virtue  of a complete and total inability of anybody to understand the law is something this country desperately needs.  Abolishing the income tax would also have the net benefit of ending a lot of class warfare.  After all, if you fund the government with tariffs then Mr. Rich Fancypants is funding the government when he pays the tariff for his custom hand crafted German engineered Swiss Built grandfather clock that cost more than your house.  We slap some tariff’s on Chinese imports, and all of a sudden we might have some manufacturing jobs come back home.

The Will of the People…

I have been thinking, over the past several years, there has been a lot of talk about the “Will of the People”, but what exactly does that mean?  The popular vote?  We have Arnold Schwarzeneeger openly talking about how to undo California’s Proposition 8, which was passed by the popular vote.

The idea of the will of the people has become a joke and a farce.  Roe Vs. Wade bypassed the will of the people entirely.  Even today, such a widespread and open ended legalization of abortion would never pass if put to the popular vote.

Take, for example, the 10th Amendment to the US Constitution – the Bill of Rights had to pass the Congress and votes of the States. A Constitutional Amendment is the highest law of the land and the will of the people…

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

The powers are reserved to the states or the people.  It’s not rocket science.  How many government programs run afoul of this law?  A part of our Bill of Rights?  Our highest laws?  It is routinely ignored.

If the 10th Amendment is not respected, why should the 1st?  Or the 2nd?  Or the 5th?  Do people realize that this principle is enshrined with the right to speak your mind without fear of repercussions from the government, the right to worship freely, the right to a trial by jury, the right to not implicate yourself, the right to confront your accuser, the right to be free of unreasonable search and siezure, and the right to not have excessive fines or cruel and unusual punishment imposed?

The Constitution of the United States is more than a piece of paper, and it isn’t a living document.  It’s an agreement by which the American People consented to be governed.  When the government fails to live up to its obligations under that agreement, it forfeits its legitimacy.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security