Election 2012 Post-mortem: Still looking for the Silver Linings

7 11 2012

This is the last post I expected to write on November 7, 2012. But life, often gives unexpected results.

As opposed to 2008, when I went to bed early already knowing the outcome of that election (and wrote about those “silver linings” the next day), this time around, I was much more optimistic that Americans wanted to oust this fraudulent leader. A friend even invited me to an election night party with other like-minded Conservatives, and I was excited to go and have a room full of people to potentially share in victory. So I prepared to stay up late, but be happy in doing so.

The stay up late part came to pass, the happiness and victory, not so much. President Obama was re-elected for a second term, and this grieves me beyond measure. After watching the demise of the America I thought I knew last night, I did what I do in good times and bad: look for God’s perspective on this. For my life, this is best found in God’s word.

So my comments will be interspersed with scriptures that come to mind or that fit the focus of my thoughts. Take it for what it’s worth. I will start off my rant with railing at the storm clouds first, because that’s always the first thing you. But take heart, after gazing at the dark clouds, if you look deeply enough, you can still find silver linings.

In honor of PBS funding and Big Bird being saved by an Obama re-election, this rant is brought to you by the Letter “D”.

It is Disastrous and Disgraceful that a Leftist media protected and propped up this President in order to ensure he be re-elected. Former-Hurricane-now-reduced-to-SuperStorm-Sandy is the most recent example, but they are legion. The most egregious is Benghazi, which I have written about, and will continue to write about until justice is done for Ambassador Stevens and the other Americans who lost their lives because of the incompetence of this President.

Concerning this corrupt and gangrenous entity called the mainstream media, Isaiah 5:20-21 came to mind, “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter. Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes and clever in their own sight.”

Describes the MSM to a “T”. But what they do not know is that any shred of credibility they may have had left is now completely gone. I portend that their Demise will continue to be swift and Decisive–more than we know. I plan to dance on the graves when this happens. The collective lot of them are a Disgrace to Democracy.

It is Disheartening that American people refused to watch both the Republican and Democrat conventions, the debates, or read anything the candidates were saying and critically compare their messages. More important, the refusal to look at the false and inaccurate claims on both sides and weigh the information accordingly. Some of these people are culled from my Facebook and Twitter interactions, but if this is even a microcosmic representation of a cross-section of our population, then we are in a world of hurt as a country. Laziness and Ignorance really do great harm.

It is Disturbing that a sector of Blacks are perfectly fine with having a Black President for the sake of having a Black President. No care about his lack of character, his ability to lie, blame, and obfuscate, along with his inability to keep his promises. Again I go back to the aftermath of Former-Hurricane-now-reduced-to-SuperStorm-Sandy as a shining example of who this President is and how he operates. President Obama showed up, made promises, took lots of photos, pretended to “feel their pain” , and then left to continue campaigning. Yet the people of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut continue to hurt, continue to be without food and power, and most frightening, as the weather turns colder, remain homeless. FEMA is failing in its execution of emergency aid to a degree that exceeds Katrina. But this crop of voters is still blaming Bush for the bad economy? Well, you can’t blame Bush for Sandy, or for the next four years. It’s all on our “first Black President” Obama.

Even with all this evidence, some Blacks still laud Obama as a hero and hold him up as a shining example for the Black race. How Delusional is that?

It is beyond me that some Blacks are content with 14.3% black unemployment, preferences of another race group’s voting power over their increasingly dwindling one, and black genocide in the form of highly-funded and unfettered abortions among minorities. I doubt that I will feel any sympathy toward them when they come to see that they have been bamboozled. What I do have is Hosea 8:7: “They sow the wind and reap the whirlwind. The stalk has no head; it will produce no flour. Were it to yield grain, foreigners would swallow it up.” Matter of fact, they should read the whole chapter, as it is a frightening reality on what America has become and what may be in store.

So glad I got that off my chest. Now on to that flash of light in the darkness.

God is in Control. Daniel 2:21 “He changes times and seasons; he sets up kings and deposes them. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning.” I navigate in lots of worlds, and in my Christian world, lots of people were fasting and praying for the outcome of this election; I believe God’s will was done. What that means for me as a Christian is that I continue to pray for President Obama and our nation, according to 1 Timothy 2:1-2 “I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.”

What it also means is that I do what I can to fight and stand for what is right. And much about this administration is not right. I am also praying Luke 8:17: “For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open.” I will work for this revealing to unfold, and for believers to know their role and place when it does happen.

I gave 2 Corinithians 4:8 to another Christian Conservative who was very disheartened at last night’s results: “We are hard pressed on every side, but not defeated, crushed, but not in despair.” For those who believe like me, if we pray and we seek, we are going to see God’s intended plan for this time, and hopefully make a difference for righteousness–no matter what the circumstances.

Black Conservatives have become more visible and vocal. I’m not just talking about Herman Cain, Congressman Allen West (who continues to fight for his seat), and the “acceptable” ones they trot out on Fox and CNN. I’m talking about all the grassroots brothers and sisters I have found (and who have found me) on Twitter, Facebook, and some organizations of which I have recently become a part. These fired up folks represent and fight with reasoned thought, penetrating words, facts, and their presence. We will no longer be ignored.

I know I have increased in my conservative thought and activism over the years. It started in 2000, crystallized in 2004, and became more strong in 2008. Now on the other side of 2012, I am no less fired up, and no less motivated to see Leftist memes about Black monolithic thinking destroyed. Not every Black supports everything this President does just because he is Black. His policies and practices are the problem, not his race. I and other Black Conservatives will continue to trumpet this, and hopefully join together to make our stance known. A fellow Black Conservative, Demetrius Minor said it best on Twitter: “The racial division will only continue to widen under Obama. Conservatives: We need one another. Let’s unify.” Amen to that. Let’s demonstrate Ecclesiastes 4:12, “Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”

Finally, Grassroots activism is still alive and well. Now that this national election is over, I can turn my attention to local affairs of city and state, which is where leaders are built and real change can occur that affects the national level. While I still plan to point out the falsehood and hypocrisies of this Obama administration, I’m shifting some of my to focus the Los Angeles mayor’s race. Antonio Villaraigosa has overseen the decline of Los Angeles business and it’s economy, while feathering his nest for whatever place he will be rewarded with in the Obama administration. Many of the candidates running to replace him willingly aided and abetted Mayor Eleven Percent, and I plan to point this out, while promoting candidates who truly want to reverse the damage Villaraigosa has incurred on this city through his negligence, neglect, and power mongering. Proverbs 29:2: “When the righteous thrive, the people rejoice; but when the wicked rule, the people groan.”

Please don’t misunderstand me that I want a theocracy or only “religious” people in elected office. I take the textbook definition of “righteous” which says, “morally upright people.” I know moral atheists and immoral believers, and I’ll take the moral atheist any time. If you hold to a worldview that embraces, uplifts and seeks to further the good of a people and a community, then you are righteous in my book. On the converse, are leaders like Obama and Villaraigosa who use people and communities as a tool for the furtherance of their own agenda–and damn the consequences.

We need “righteous” leaders locally and regionally, so we can have better choices nationally.

I’ve said my peace.

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In My Orbit…

9 05 2012

Digital Image courtesy of Danilo Rizzuti / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

So The Girl has been vacating and marinating under the Central Coast skies, joining hubby in his geek pursuit of Military Radio collection, and visiting with his family. All-in-all, a nice little respite, where I got more sleep than I have in several months now–so it’s all good.

Time Passages

Now it’s back to life’s realities, and one of those is dealing with death. A few weeks back for In My Orbit, I paid tribute to Jack Gilbert and my cousin Ricky. Jack Gilbert’s memorial service is this Saturday, and it will be fitting to be part of a more public tribute to such a good man.

When you get to my age, you start marking time by these passages, and two more have made me reflective: Maurice Sendak, and Digby Wolfe.

Maurice Sendak, author and illustrator of Where The Wild Things Are, In The Night Kitchen, and Outside Over There, died yesterday at the age of 83.  I loved Sendak’s work–it spoke to me as an introspective, bookish child, and the illustrations inspired me as a young artist. My first college major was commercial art with an emphasis in illustration; but I found I was much better at painting with words.

His books, along with Florence Parry Heide and Edward Gorey’s The Shrinking of Treehorn, and Julian Scheer’s Rain Makes Applesauce were part of the formative alchemy of who The Girl is today. Had I had children, I would have read his books to them too, passing on these shaping works to another generation.

I had the privilege of taking a class with Digby Wolfe in his last year of teaching at the University of Southern California, and went on to do one semester of focused study under his tutelage.

Digby Wolfe was one of the creators of Laugh-In, and his wit was just as sharp and fun 30-years in, as it was when he wrote the show in the 60s. He also had a depth of insight about character, and writer motivations which helped to make me more conscious and more directed in my own writing. Digby died of lung cancer on May 2, at the age of 82.

It was interesting that as a successful Renaissance man (he was an actor and singer as well) he spent the balance of his life as an academic, albeit a non-traditional one. He taught in the Watts Writer’s Workshop, then at USC, before he left Los Angeles for the University of New Mexico at Albuquerque.  The obit in the Los Angeles Times said it best:

“‘He wasn’t an academic in any traditional sense,” Jim Linnell, dean of fine arts, said with a laugh. “He was a provocateur and a satirist. Having Digby in an academic program kept things lively, challenging and constantly pushing the boundaries of getting work done.'”

As a writer, I was blessed to have that support and influence, even for a brief time.

Chain of Fools

So I was fortunate to miss the Occupy LA/Immigrant Rights protest on May Day. While this local counterpart managed to remain low-key (what a shock), their brother organizations in Seattle and Cleveland did not fare so well. Downtown Seattle saw millions of dollars in commercial and personal property damage, and 25 arrests. But Cleveland takes the cake.

Five OWS Cleveland protestors plotted, then attempted, to blow up the Brecksville-Northfield High Level Bridge, 15-miles outside of downtown Cleveland. The smooth criminals rigged explosives that they thought were packed with C-4 at the base of the bridge, and tried to detonate them using a text-message code.

Of course, when you announce such an intention to a G-Man, you are bound to fail. Apparently an undercover FBI agent had infiltrated their pack and managed to thwart the plot by supplying phony explosives, and then calling in the posse. Good times!

OWS Cleveland’s official word is that they do recall these guys at their events, but they do not support bombing bridges. One of the suspects actually signed the lease to property where the OWS Cleveland protestors camp; so I think guilt by association can be proven here. What surprises me is the light press this continues to receive.

Now, had this been a right-wing group, or people who claimed to be a part of the Tea Party? It would be the Trayvon Martin news cycle all over again.

Rich Lowry calls it like he sees it, in an opinion piece in the New York Post; give it a read, if only to get the other viewpoint on these protests and the type of people it attracts.

Clowns to the Left of Me

From my house, that’s the direction toward Downtown L.A., where our idiot City Council wages war against sanity, commerce, and anyone finding or keeping a job in Los Angeles.

Their latest campaign involves banning single use plastic bags in an attempt to supposedly reduce litter. The law of unintended consequences comes into play here. According to the Los Angeles Times, Crown Poly, one major manufacturer of plastic bags, estimates they may have to lay off 20 to 130 employees because of this action. With unemployment numbers in Los Angeles city in the 10-11 percent range, you would think they would take pause at this action. But “think” and “Los Angeles City Council” are often mutually exclusive.

One of the useful idiots, Councilman Paul Koretz, compared the company to makers of horse-drawn carriages who were phased out with the introduction of the automobile.

“‘I’m the last one to allow for layoffs in L.A. city, and I fight them hard,’ he said. ‘But I’ve never stood and said that if a job doesn’t make sense anymore, that we’ve got to keep that job.'”

Who says it doesn’t make sense? The majority of these bags are made from recycled material–heck, some of the grocery stores have recycle kiosks for unused bags, along with other things recyclable.  How many people are employed in this enterprise? I know a few, and their jobs are on the chopping block too.

I’m all for environmental awareness, but like what they did in the San Joaquin Valley to save a Delta smelt, this smacks of foolishness that will further cripple the city and the State.





Illustrating Absurdity: Boycott Edition

13 05 2010
Illustrating Absurdity

Chicken crossing by Peter Griffin

L.A. has got a feevah–not to correct its massive budget deficit, or to reign in the utterly corrupt Department of Water and Power.  No, L.A. has decided to boycott the State of Arizona for its anti-illegal stance.  L.A. City Council votes to ban travel and future contracts with Arizona….

This action was approved by the City Council 13-1, with Councilman Greig Smith casting the only dissenting vote.  Of course, they haven’t all-out canceled the City of L.A.’s $58 million worth of contracts with Arizona companies, but are asking port and city authorities to “review” contracts that have ties to Arizona.  A pull quote:

“LAX receives $22 million in revenue from two Arizona-based airlines — US Airways and Mesa Air. The port relies on three Arizona firms for new, low-emission big rigs, part of the city’s “clean truck’’ program that is expected to reduce truck-related pollution at the port by 80% by 2012.”

So, the Port of Los Angeles and LAX all but depend on Arizona to be able to do its business and to garner certain revenue.   Since we’re the ones that are broke and busted, you would think the City Council would consider this before taking such an action.  But that would be asking for reason and accountability–two traits sorely lacking in the City’s current leadership.  Smilin’ Tony was unavailable for comment.

In other news, the L.A. City Council approved an initiative to crackdown on abandoned shopping cartsHugh Hewitt said it best: “They’re the clown posse.”  Love him.

Leesa Bellesi, pastor’s wife, has called for a boycott of the Miss USA Pageant over an overtly sexual photo shoot of the contestants called, “Waking Up in Vegas”, posted on the pageant’s official website.  Pastor’s wife calling for Miss USA boycott.

The pageant president went on the Today show to defend the campaign, “telling Matt Lauer that most of the contestants want to be Victoria’s Secret models anyway, so this is just giving them practice.”  With Barbie-Doll sluts like Kendra Wilkinson Baskett and Kim Kardashian being thrown in the face of young women as “role models,” why would anyone be surprised at this?

Bellesi runs an organization called Kingdom Assignment, and from my brief perusal of her bio and work, seems to be a woman of substance.  Here’s where she lost me.  A pull quote from the Orange County Register article with emphasis added by me:

“After seeing Shugart on the Today Show, Bellesi, who has made a tradition of watching the pageant, sent out an e-mail to hundreds calling on people to boycott the show, which airs live from Vegas Sunday night on NBC.

“‘Christians and young women in general in these pageants are being asked to compromise themselves regarding modesty of any kind,’ she wrote.”

Hello?  That entire circuit is built around the exploitation of beauty and sex as a ticket.  Anyone remember JonBenet Ramsey?  I stopped watching these contests oh, about age 12 or 13, because I realized I certainly wasn’t going to get anywhere on my looks.  So these girls, as bright, vivacious and earnest as they were, would not be good role models.  No disrespect to these women, if that is the path you choose, then so be it–but not all of us have (or want) that option.

Mrs. Bellesi made a tradition of watching this show, and now is suddenly concerned about modesty and exploitation?

Kind of sinks her cause in my eyes.

Glee creator Ryan Murphy is calling for a boycott of Newsweek magazine for what Murphy says, is a “needlessly cruel and mind-blowingly bigoted piece” by Ramin Setoodeh. Setoodeh, who also happens to be gay, posits that gay actors cannot play straight roles.  Tell that to Tom Cruise, Ramin.

Newsflash: Nobody read the article, because nobody reads Newsweek.  Then again, a boycott might push the already failing newsweekly over a cliff.  Hmmm….

Methinks Mr. Murphy should take a chill pill, enjoy his successful show, and focus his energy on writing those great musical numbers.  Had Murphy not mentioned the article, I would have never heard of Ramin Setoodeh.  But Ryan Murphy and Glee are already household words.  Glee creator Ryan Murphy urges magazine snub.





In My Orbit…

7 04 2010

Digital Image courtesy of Danilo Rizzuti / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Chicken Little, the sky is indeed falling.  The House of Cards that is the City of Los Angeles fiscal management is crashing down around us, with the requisite posturing, finger-pointing and blame being laid.  You know, the same behaviors that got us into this mess in the first place.

Along with digits being raised and cries of fie and foul screamed throughout the Basin, the media whore that is May-V will be making the television rounds.  LAist accurately dubs it, Villaraigosa’s ‘We’re Almost Out of Money’ media tour.  The lowlights:

“9:00 AM — LOS ANGELES — Mayor Villaraigosa will be interviewed on Bloomberg News about the budget between 9:00am – 9:30am PST.

“10:00 AM — LOS ANGELES — Mayor Villaraigosa will be interviewed by Ali Velshi on CNN about the budget between 10:00am – 10:30am PST.

“10:45 AM — LOS ANGELES — Mayor Villaraigosa will be interviewed by Larry Mantle on “AirTalk” on KPCC 89.3 about the budget between 10:45am – 11:00am PST.

“3:30 PM — LOS ANGELES — Mayor Villaraigosa will be interviewed by Neil Cavuto on Fox Business News about the budget between 3:30pm – 4:00pm PST.

“7:00 PM — LOS ANGELES — Mayor Villaraigosa will be interviewed by Art Laboe on 92.3 fm about the Census between 7pm – 12am PST.

Granted, the last appearance is to plug the Census, but it still adds up to the same thing: money desperately needed!

After the L.A. City Council slapped down the DWP rate hike which would pay for a carbon surcharge and ensure May-V’s place in history as “The Greenest Mayor on the Planet”, the DWP Commission has chosen to not transfer a remaining 73.5 million to the City’s General Fund coffers.  According to our hand-picked-by-the-Mayor Controller, Lil’ Wendy Gruel, “Without the full Power Revenue Transfer I now project that if the City remains on its current path, the City’s General Fund will be out of money – in fact it will be negative $10 million – on May 5th, 2010.”

That was two days ago, hence Smilin’ Tony’s money dance.   Displeasure is being served up in the local papers.

LA Times Blames Mayor; Daily News calls for Villaraigosa’s Resignation.

A pull quote from a Daily News editorial from radio personality Doug McIntyre:

“Here’s his legacy: the city is broke, we lead the nation in poverty and homelessness, and we’ve hemorrhaged our manufacturing and tax base. The mayor has proven himself incapable of righting these wrongs. We need a real leader. Antonio Villaraigosa is not up to the job.”

The rest is equally brutal.  Wanted: a real leader for L.A. in crisis times.

This would indeed be popcorn-worthy, if, as an Angelean, I were not so personally affected.








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