Thursday, November 20, 2014
“Obama Is About to Commit an Act of Constitutional Infamy”
But I cannot let pass
without comment that, as Peter Wehner writes, Obama with his executive amnesty
is about to commit an act of Constitutional infamy – really a coup against the
Constitution as well as against the American people and their just-elected
Congress. It is certainly the most
brazen attack on our Constitution in my lifetime.
And why? What Labour did to Britain shows the
way. The U.K. electorate was too
English and Tory for Labour’s tastes, so they imported Labour voters. The U.S. electorate is too American for
Obama’s tastes, so he is importing Democrat voters.
At least Labour did not
tear down the rule of law to do so.
And that leads back to the
issue that is even more important than Obama’s attempt at social engineering –
if his executive amnesty is allowed to stand, it would set a precedent for a
monarchal President that the Founders took pains to avoid and ruled out in the
And this alarms even some
Obama supporters, as it should. To
his credit, Jonathan Turley (an Obama-voter, btw) is among those concerned:
As the liberal law professor Jonathan Turley put it last night, this is
a “particularly dangerous moment” for the president to defy the will of
Congress yet again, just 15 days after an election in which the American people
registered their emphatic (anti-Obama) judgment. “What the president is
suggesting is tearing at the very fabric of the Constitution,” according to
Professor Turley. “We have a separation of powers that gives us balance. And
that doesn’t protect the branches — it’s not there to protect the executive
branch or legislative branch — it’s to protect liberty. It’s to prevent any
branch from assuming so much control that they become a threat to liberty.”
Any attack on the rule of
law and any threat to liberty invites consequences, doubly so when it is so
opposed by Americans and by the opposition party they just, for the most part,
And as I predicted just
after the election, this could indeed get very ugly.
Labels: Constitution, freedom, immigration, Obama, Pilot Point, tyranny
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Announcing the Pilot Point Gun Show Tour!
taken my new Texas novel Pilot Point to
two gun shows. And the sales and
the experiences were so good, I’ve decided to make a tour out of it.
I hereby announce the Pilot Point Gun
if you haven’t heard of a book tour of gun shows, I haven’t either! But I am already having fun doing this.
intend to add appearances, but here is the schedule so far. (Tentative shows are ones where I
expect to be able to get a vendor’s table, but I am on the waiting list for one
at this time.)
Pass Gun Show – Aransas Pass Civic Center, A.P., Texas
28 – March 1, 2015
Saxet Gun Show – Robstown Fairgrounds, near Corpus Christi, Texas
am already posting photos and updates of my Gun Show Tour frequently on
Facebook, so be sure to like Pilot Point on Facebook.
Labels: Pilot Point
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
I REFUSE to make merchandise of Christmas to sell my novel!
hamburger joint I (still) like put up Christmas decorations the day after
Halloween. Santa has been in the
mall for two weeks already. Heck,
the old sell-out is now busy selling cars during football games.
Enough! It is time to take a stand for the
sanctity of Christmas and of blessed St. Nicholas! I am trying to sell my novel Pilot Point, but I refuse
to make merchandise of Christmas and of St. Nicholas to do so!
for your Advent gift giving needs (And
most so-called Christmas gifts are really given during Advent because most lack
the self-control to actually wait until the Christmas season . . . which begins
on Christmas Eve when a chorister at Kings College sings “Once in Royal David’s
City” and don’t you forget it.), may I suggest Pilot Point?
the Kindle version only $2.99 and the paperback only $13.41 now at Amazon, it
is an excellent gift to give for those on a budget. And with themes of loss and belonging and of God entering
lives in his providential timing, it is a thoughtful gift for . . . this time
of year and any time.
if there are any Texans or Anglicans on your list, how many Texas novels have
an Anglican flavor to them?
I will not hijack St. Nicholas to hawk my novel. He asked, but I told him he has enough to do already. But I did ask him to like Pilot Point on Facebook.
Labels: Advent, Christmas, humor, Pilot Point, St. Nicholas
Monday, November 17, 2014
Obama, Gruber, and Obamacare: Lies About Lying
you are a habitual liar, what do you do when you are caught in your lies? You could do the right thing, confess,
and come clean. Or you could
double-down on your lies.
When asked directly if he
or his administration had, as Gruber insisted, intentionally misled the public
and oversight organizations like the Congressional Budget Office when they
crafted the Accordable Care Act, Obama’s reply was terse and direct. “No,” he
said. “I did not.”
stupid does Obama think we are to keep believing his lies upon lies? Pretty stupid apparently. Which is right in line with the Gruber
videos . . . which seem to
increase in number by the day.
Obama were a CEO instead of POTUS he would have done a perp walk by now and
would be well on the way to prison for fraud.
Labels: Gruber, Obama, Obamacare
Friday, November 14, 2014
Paris, Texas (1984)
month is the 30th anniversary of the U. S. release of the great
movie, Paris, Texas.
it was mild shock to stumble upon this (and a reminder that I am getting old). I was also pleasantly surprised, when
reading at wikipedia (spoiler alert), that the movie was an inspiration for
U2’s The Joshua Tree and that it was
perhaps the favorite movie of Kurt Cobain. Its influence is greater than I had thought, and rightly so.
have only the vaguest memory of what prompted me to watch this movie in the
80’s. I think I read a review that
interested me. And I know I was
very interested in Nastassja Kinski if you know what I mean, and I think you do. I am pretty sure I did not see it in
the theaters but on VHS.
do know I was captivated and moved.
This Texan appreciated the starkness of the settings and of the
screenplay. I appreciated both the
simplicity of the story, and that the movie took its time and with small
details in telling it. There is
the simple genuine interaction between the characters. And then the conclusion . . . I cannot
recall any conclusion to a movie that so moves me. I still cannot recall it without my eyes getting moist.
as you can probably tell, I am not much of a movie reviewer. (Heck, as my
friends can tell you, I rarely watch movies anymore. I do not have the patience and attention span for most of
them. For me, life is too short to
watch most movies.) Roger Ebert has written an excellent review (spoiler alert). So feel free to read that.
is a second reason I am noting Paris,
Texas. The movie was an
important influence on me as I wrote Pilot
Point. The image of man alone
in the desert, the importance of the road, themes of the torments of repeated loss
and of the risk of reaching out, attention to detail while keeping the story simple
and unhurried, the technique of meeting the main character in the middle of his
utter aloneness and then slowly finding out what led to it, a conclusion that
is moving yet marked by uncertainty – all these aspects of my novel were
influenced by the masterful use of the same in Paris, Texas.
Pilot Point is a very different work
than the movie with a different structure and plot. And I certainly would not presume that it is a great work
like this movie. But I am among
those who owe a debt to Paris, Texas.
Labels: movies, Pilot Point
Thursday, November 13, 2014
No, Not Everything is Political
stop laughing. I know that
headline seems slightly ironic coming from me. There have been numerous very political posts on this blog in
its ten years, which I will address in due time.
even I know it is a mistake to politicize everything or to see everything
as political. Further, that can
lead into grievous error. The 20th
Century heresy of Liberation Theology comes to mind, in which the Gospel of the
Kingdom was mangled into a Marxist message. Politicizing everything can lead to bad art and literature
as well. (Yes, I do think there is such a thing.) Some of the absurd and even obscene performance art of
recent decades is a case in point . . . funded by your taxes, of course. (There I go being political again!)
leads me to my novel, Pilot Point. It may surprise some readers to be
informed it is not a political novel. Further, it is virtually devoid of
political content. (The only reason
I do not assert it has no political content at all is that I know I can be very
political. So, considering the
author, something political may have slipped in that I did not notice or cannot remember.)
I think Pilot Point would have been
harmed by any significant political content. If I may say so, it is a subtle, painterly novel in which
the “still small voice” would have been drowned out by any trumpets of
politics. And my purposes in
writing it were far removed from politics.
as for this blog, when I began it ten years ago, I did not intend for it to
become as political as it has. But
I cannot deny it did and that for two reasons:
I find politics interesting. So
As the election of Obama approached in 2008, I saw that with my experience I
was better equipped than most to see what was coming and to warn of it. And, along with numerous other bloggers,
I felt it was my duty to inform and warn as the “mainstream” news media had put
aside its role of informing for the purpose of propagandizing.
never did presume that my warnings would make that much of a difference. But I felt it was my duty nonetheless,
not unlike the watchman of Ezekiel 33.
if the danger to this country diminishes significantly, I will likely reduce
the political content of this blog.
Likewise if this country becomes so far gone that it is time to give it
over to its own devises. Because
some things are more important than politics, much more, and I do not want my
political bent to distract from that.
fact, I am already pulling back a bit from political content here, believe it or
not. My twitter account is
frequently an outlet for my political ranting, and I often decide to leave it
there and not bring it here. So if
you just can’t get enough of my ranting . . .
yes, although I seem at times not to recognize it, politics is not everything,
and not everything is political.
Labels: Pilot Point, politics, this blog
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
God With Us - a new series and a sad verse
After Trinity 16, I posted
that I was touched by the Gospel for that Sunday from Luke 7. Jesus interrupts a funeral procession
by raising the deceased. And the people joyfully exclaim, “God
hath visited his people.”
After reflecting on this
and also talking on the subject to some young adults, I’ve decided to begin a
series – God With Us. That refers,
of course, to Matthew 1:23 which quotes the prophesy of Isaiah 7:14:
virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel”
(which means, God with us).
I think the name Immanuel,
God With Us, points to a key theme of the Bible and of its portrayal of God
acting in history. One of God’s
purposes is that he would be with us and us with him. And scripture unveils how he is bringing that about.
I want to begin this
series by briefly looking at what is surely one of the saddest verses in Bible,
Genesis 3:8, which comes just after Adam and Eve fell by disobeying God.
And they heard the sound
of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and
his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of
Before the Fall, Adam and
Eve had perfect communion with God. So much so that they recognized “the sound of the Lord God
walking in the garden.” God so
frequently came and talked with them that they knew the sound of him
approaching. And that sound had
surely been an occasion for joy.
But now, with Adam and Eve
having fallen, it was an occasion for fear. And instead of openness between them and God, they now hid. The relationship between God and man
was so harmed by the sin of man that it was not the same anymore.
And it has not been the
same ever since.
But God has not left it at
that . . . as we shall see.
Labels: God With Us, Immanuel, The Fall