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BBQ and the Culture War

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‘No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.’  ~ Matthew 6:24  


The most truly disadvantaged are those who are hated for their virtues, not their vices…’ ~ Wilmot Robertson, The Dispossessed Majority







  • Another professing Christian company capitulates to Mammon and agrees to worship at the altar of Equality. The e-Harmony matchmaking site will now begin to include homosexuals in its listings following a lawsuit in New Jersey. You cannot serve two masters.








I can look back on campaigns in which I saw Republicans on the local level working their hearts out for a cause they believed to be just , only to realize, after is was all over, that the kingmakers had given them a candidate who would not campaign on the issues.’ ~ Phyllis Schlafly 1964




  • If it has not become increasingly clear to us by now, the current tactic in the culture war against Christians is to make us appear mentally ill. In this video, Joy Behar of ‘The View’ insists that homeschooled children are ‘demented.’




  • In discussions of Texas barbecue, the equivalent of Matt Damon and George Clooney and Brad Pitt would be establishments like Kreuz Market and Smitty’s Market, in Lockhart; City Market, in Luling; and Louie Mueller Barbecue, in Taylor—places that reflect the barbecue tradition that developed during the nineteenth century out of German and Czech meat markets in the Hill Country of central Texas. (In fact, the title of Texas Monthly’s first article on barbecue—it was published in 1973, shortly after the magazine’s founding—was “The World’s Best Barbecue Is in Taylor, Texas. Or Is It Lockhart?”) Those restaurants, all of which had been in the top tier in 2003, were indeed there again in this summer’s survey. For the first time, though, a No. 1 had been named, and it was not one of the old familiars. “The best barbecue in Texas,” the article said, “is currently being served at Snow’s BBQ, in Lexington.”’   [Anyone up for a road trip?]




  • I’ve been waiting for this for SEVENTEEN YEARS!! Do you know where you are? You’re in the jungle, baby!







Political leaders in our post-literate society no longer need to be competent, sincere or honest. They only need to appear to have these qualities. Most of all they need a story, a narrative. The reality of the narrative is irrelevant. It can be completely at odds with the facts. The consistency and emotional appeal of the story are paramount. The most essential skill in political theater and the consumer culture is artifice. Those who are best at artifice succeed. Those who have not mastered the art of artifice fail. In an age of images and entertainment, in an age of instant emotional gratification, we do not seek or want honesty. We ask to be indulged and entertained by clichés, stereotypes and mythic narratives that tell us we can be whomever we want to be, that we live in the greatest country on Earth, that we are endowed with superior moral and physical qualities and that our glorious future is preordained, either because of our attributes as Americans or because we are blessed by God or both.’








Can you tell which one is the artist?


  • Peter Schiff, one of the few men to try and warn us (unsuccessfully) of the coming economic meltdown, discusses what we can expect to see down the road. Some of his conclusions might surprise you. (Podcast.)




  • Unfortunately, as we moderns ascended the social heights, when we reached a new level we often kicked out the ladder we climbed to get there. And now when we find ourselves forced to reverse direction, we find that the things that allowed us to exist comfortably at lower levels are no longer available to us. Mother and Dad and that comfortable home equipped us to venture out into the wide world, but now that the wide world has turned us away we return to find that Mother and Dad and home are no longer there to welcome us back—and that it was our leaving that destroyed them.’













  • Speaking of whether the u.S. Constitution still means anything, the controversy over President-elect Obama’s birth certificate continues to build.




  • [S]preading [the wealth] is mostly what Washington does. Here, the Constitution is an afterthought; the supreme law of the land is the principle of concentrated benefits and dispersed costs.’ ~ George Will []


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  • Here is an example of just how corrupt Washington City can be: ‘Ted Stevens — the longest-serving Republican senator in history [who was recently convicted in a court of law for corruption] — bid farewell to the Senate on Thursday’ to a standing ovation.




  • Already, you can see that the political constellation is lining up in a way that is more friendly to the cause of liberty. The Democrats are up to their old tricks, which are transparently dumb and dated. The Republicans are responding with smart and sound criticisms. The government looks poised for a fantastic gridlock that will let the liquidation take place so that we can move toward a good recovery.




  • I’ve said it here before—and probably will again—but don’t expect u.S. foreign policy to change. In fact, you can expect an expansion of the GWOT©–you can bank on it—now that Obama has selected Hillary! to be Secretary of State. For all of her rhetoric and demagoguery, she is a neoconservative u.S. hegemonist of the highest order. The world should be very, very nervous right about now.

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