Monday, February 3, 2014

More random thoughts ...

Nobody asked me, but ...

-- You probably heard about the controversies concerning last week’s Grammy Awards ceremonies, which Christian singer Natalie Grant, up for two awards, walked out of because of what some may call a glorification of Satan, and also due to a mass gay wedding. Such situations might understandably upset some Christians, and I for one certainly don’t support gay marriage. (I did watch the show for a time, largely because I wanted to see the band Chicago, my all-time favorite pop-rock act.)

I hope we understand, however, that this is the world we live in and a secular show might very well contain such themes these days. Are they doing so to persecute Christians? I don’t believe so; at best, it’s a shot at culture-warriors intent on forcing their values down everyone’s throats so that they can live in this world and avoid spiritual warfare. Sorry, but that ain’t gonna happen and we need to get used to that.

-- You probably heard the recent conservative meme about the hypocrisy of feminists supporting President Bill Clinton back in the day despite allegations of sexual harassment; the truth, however, is that he never really was. Monica Lewinsky, his dalliance with whom triggered his impeachment, made advances toward him — in fact, Linda Tripp, the White House aide and anti-Clinton conspiracy point person indicted in Maryland on wiretapping charges, was recorded as saying, “She’s had affairs with married men before.” And as for Paula Jones, she went to court only because her first name had been dropped, inadvertently, in a story written by then-American Spectator writer David Brock, who mentioned later in a book that she was possibly interested in a relationship with him; her original legal team quit because it recognized that she had no case.

Let’s be honest as to what this is really about: Another pre-emptive strike against Hillary Clinton, who remains the prohibitive favorite for the Democratic nomination for president in 2016. While she hasn’t officially announced, it’s well-accepted that if she does run she’ll not only win handily but, due to her coattails thanks to Bill’s popularity, possibly even destroy the Republican Party as we know it today — and the GOP has to know this. Recall that Anita Hill accused Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment right during his Supreme Court hearings, those charges corroborated by three other women mentioned by ABC News Nightline had they testified. “Well, that was really about politics,” you might say. True, perhaps — no different than today.

-- Scholar and writer Dinesh D’Souza has complained that President Obama is going after him because of his film “Obama’s America: 2016” that was released just before the presidential election of 2012; recall that he’s being indicted for election fraud for illegally funding a Congressional candidate; I notice, however, that few conservative Republicans, none of any stature, are supporting him. That tells me one of two possibly related things: 1) They did the same thing, perhaps being involved themselves; or 2) They know that that the charge against him is legitimate.

-- I was rooting for the Seattle Seahawks during last night’s Super Bowl, primarily because they would have won their first championship. (In fact I would have done so the previous time they made the game except for one thing: They were playing the Steelers.) I didn’t expect, however, a complete meltdown from the Denver Broncos.

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