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What About Those Opinion Polls?

Posted by revkharma on May 29, 2008

Sitting at home, relaxing and the phone rings. Through the magic of caller ID, I can see it is a “private caller” the third or fourth such call in a couple of days. Most of the time I simply ignore these, but was a bit curious, so I answered.

” Good evening, I’m Mrs,XXX from —- Opinion research. We are conducting a survey on voter preference for the upcoming elections, and would you be willing to share your thoughts?”

OF course, I replied. But you don’t need to ask a lot of questions. I don’t favor any of the candidates. ( I was in a particularly mischievous mood) I really don’t think I will vote for any of the named candidates.”

” well, sir, who do you intend to vote for?”

I actually favor the restoration of monarchy, and the establishment of an American Emperor.

A moment of stunned silence, and a few seconds of stammering.

” I haven’t got any category that would fit, sir.”

Well, is there a write in category?

‘No, sir, How about Senator Obama. He supports change. that’s what you favor, change to a monarchy? Why don’t we put your down for Senator Obama?” she replied helpfully.

Because, I do not favor Obama. Change for change sake is silly. I want you to put down that I support an Emperor, and a retun to Monarchy. Will you put that on your form, please?

“Well, sir, there is no category for monarchy. If you let me put Obama, that will keep things competitive and maybe you can just write monarch when you actually vote.”

I sighed , venting my frustration, and said ” If there is no Emperor, nor a write in, please cancel any replies from this call. And please don’t call me again, until you can actually record my opinion as I give it.”

I hung up, chuckling. Then reflecting on the chat I came to realize why I have no respect for the validity of so many polls. The only people who actually answer these calls either have absolutely nothing better to do with their time than answer phone calls from, and give opinions to total strangers, or believe they have all the answers and this poll will help them get that across. Those recording the responses are completely unable to respond to someone who is not honestly responding. The information presented by the sponsoring news organizations then take this information and present it as news. The thing is, they have manufactured what they want to say, then present it as objective news. Nothing objective, nor newsworthy there. But then, people hear the reports, and then discuss what ” most people think” according to the polls. Those with less than firm convictions will be swayed by the artificial information foisted upon them.

So, when the phone rings, and I don’t answer, you will know why I’m ignoring you.

As Always,

Keep The Faith!

The Rev

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Red Lights, and less regulation

Posted by revkharma on May 28, 2008

This one is merely a mention of something not at all earth shattering. the SC Governor, Mark Sanford has just signed a bill which allows, in very limited situations, motorcyclists to go through a red light. Of course many of the safety nannies were up in arms over this. They were joined by the reflexive supporters of more government at any level possible. What this law does is quite simple. A motorcyclist, who is at a red light which does not change, may, after 120 seconds, after verifying that the intersection is clear, proceed through the red light. The background is simple, and anyone who has ever ridden a bike for any length of time is familiar with it. Most traffic lights are operated by sensors. There is a wire loop under the road bed. This sets up a weak current, which then reacts to the metal in vehicular traffic in the road. The mass of metal induces a current in the loop, which then triggers the light to change, allowing the car or truck to pass. This way, the light can stay green on the main road, only changing when needed to allow traffic to flow. The hitch here is that almost all motorcycles contain less metal than is required to trip the sensor. I’ve sat for many minutes waiting in vain for a car or truck to pull up behind me to trip the light. The usual work around involves making a right turn on red, then making a U-turn to effect the intent of the left turn. This involves all sort of maneuvering which is time wasting, and probably breaks traffic laws. This is NOT carte blanche for bikers to run red lights. The rider must wait two minute, and verify the road is clear before proceeding.

My favorite part of this lies in one thing: This law reduces regulation, and removes one hurdle (small as it may be) to freedom. That can’t be bad. That is also why the safety ninnies are already crying and looking for ways to thwart this bill. Anything that enrages the fans of big government earns my applause. Only through hard work and persistence from various groups around the state, including some heavy lifting by ABATE did this happen. ABATE is a group that works hard on freedom and liberty issues. The folks in that group, and its various chapters work unseen in many ways to protect freedom and thwart needless regulation all the time. Good work folks! Thanks for your efforts folks. Don’t stop.

Congratulations and thanks to Gov Sanford.

As always

Keep the Faith!

The Rev

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Memorial Day

Posted by revkharma on May 26, 2008

Today is the day we now celebrate Memorial Day. On Friday of last week, I had someone offer me a cheery greeting : “Have a happy holiday” she said as she waved, walking away from me. At the end of a phone conversation someone said to me, ” Happy Memorial Day”, just before hanging up. Now, I realize each of these people meant anything but the best. But, the greetings jarred me. I have always understood that Memorial Day is a day specifically set aside to honor those who have given the ultimate sacrifice to protect me and my country. Tribute should be given, not cheery greetings.

Men such as Michael A. Monsoor, of the United States Navy. Or Albert Schwab, part of the invasion force going into Okinawa, or Woodrow Keeble, who earned his posthumous medal during the fighting in Korea.

This should be a day of solemn remembrances, and serious reflection on the cost of freedom, a price which has been paid by so many valiant Americans over the years. A price paid to allow us to sit at the table today, eat and drink and ignore those who are gone, and give barely a thought to those still in harms way.

Only one thing can be said: Thank You. The words are inadequate to convey the depth of gratitude felt by those of us whose freedom continues to be secured by warriors.

I found this, doing some reading, and thought I’d pass it along. Read more here.

Poems written by LCpl Jason Gerstner:

FINAL INSPECTION

The Marine stood and faced his God, which will always come to pass.

He hoped his shoes were shining, just as brightly as his brass.

Step forward now you Marine, how shall I deal with you?

Have you always turned the other cheek and to my church been true?

The marine squared his shoulders and said, “No, Lord, I guess I ain’t,

Cause those of us who carry guns can’t always be a saint.

I’ve had to work on Sundays and at times my talk was tough,

And sometimes I’ve been violent cause the world is awfully rough.

But I never took a penny that wasn’t mine to keep,

Though I worked a lot of overtime when the bills just got too steep,

And I passed a cry for help though at times I shook with fear,

And sometimes, God, forgive me, I wept unmanly tears.

I know I don’t deserve a place among the people here.

They never wanted me around except to calm their fears.

If you’ve a place for me here, Lord, it needn’t be so grand.

I never asked or had too much. If you don’t, I’ll understand.

There was silence all around the throne, where saints had often trod,

As the Marine waited quietly for the judgment of his God.

Step forward now, you Marine. You’ve borne your burdens well.

Walk peacefully on heaven’s streets. You’ve served your time in hell.


Thank God for Americans like them. God bless them, and their families. The families, too have given.

I’m not sure the origin, but we’ve all heard the lines: Some gave all, all gave some.Honor those who gave all, pray for them at least one day this weekend.

By all means,

Keep the Faith!

The Rev

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Update: The Hidden Cost of Illegal Immigration

Posted by revkharma on May 20, 2008

There is more to the story, and it continues to get worse, not better. Some details were printed in the local paper, the (Hilton Head ) Island Packet. At the time of his court appearance, the driver of the car announced to officials that he was NOT the man they had named. He now claims that either: he provided his friend’s ID to police at the time of arrest, or they mistakenly used an ID they found. Either way,he has also indicated that he has no social security number, and no available immigration documents. However, in the face of this statement, police are still “checking on his immigration status”. Once such status is determined, what will be done? We will pay for a trial, we will pay for an attorney for this man, we will then, if he is convicted, pay for his incarceration, medical treatment, and mandated care for the duration of his sentence. In effect, the taxpayers will foot the bill for this man for many years.

It seems to me, that most logical, most fair , most sensible thing would be to determine if he is in fact here illegally,then determine his country of origin. Then repatriate him, billing the host country for any incurred costs. But that is merely a pipe dream, isn’t it. I’ll keep you updated on this one.

As Always..

Keep the Faith!

The Rev

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Reading Between the Lines- Hidden Cost of Illegal Immigration

Posted by revkharma on May 19, 2008

This weekend, while returning from a high school prom, a high school student was involved in a collision. His car was hit by another, driven by a drunk. The drunk continued on to his home where he was later arrested. The young man is still hospitalized, seriously injured.

Now, this is, all alone a tragic occurrence, one which is unfortunately repeated many times around the country during this time of year. There is a twist to this however, which makes this many times more serious and much more of concern. Let’s examine the details of this particular incident.

The driver of the car, the drunk, who continued on after seriously injuring a young man from Bluffton HIgh School was eventually cited for the following offenses:

…”felony drunken-driving, leaving an accident with great bodily injury, driving without a license, operating an uninsured vehicle and disregarding a traffic signal. His bond had not been set as of Sunday evening.” according to the Island Packet

Ok, why the concern? Why should this be of more interest than any other similar collision. Well, also stated in the report is the following information about Mr. Juan Rodriguez. According to Lt. Bryan Norberg, of the Bluffton Police,”Norberg said he wasn’t sure of Rodriquez’ immigration status.” Well, I wonder why he is unaware. The current wave of political correctness makes it ‘uncomfortable’ for most departments to inquire about the immigration status of criminals. Once the status is determined, then there is the messy question of why this person is still in our country. Note that he has no license, and no other required documents. In the current parlance, it makes him an ‘undocumented driver’ doesn’t it? After all if someone is in the country illegally he is merely an ‘undocumented immigrant’. Let’s put away the pejorative words, the harsh judgementalism which puts those who have invaded our country into nasty ‘categories’ and makes them feel badly.

If our national authorities were properly doing their job, I am willing to wager we would see a great reduction on crime simply by stopping the criminals from entering in the first place. ‘What? you ask ” how do I know they’re criminals?” Well, let’s start at the beginning. In order to get here in the first place they have broken the law to get here!!!.

We probably will not see any follow up stories regarding the ‘uncertain immigration status’ of the driver who fled the scene. There’s no payoff. If the local paper reports that lo and behold, the gentleman in question is here illegally they will have to discuss the immigration issue in a circumstance that puts the ‘undocumented migrants’ in a bad light.

If there is a report that the individual is an ‘undocumented migrant’ then the authorities, from local police, to the state, to the Homeland Security will have to answer why they have permitted invaders to roam unfettered in our country. We have surrendered our borders, and we will continue to pay the price until someone, anyone decides to take steps to take it back. It seems to me that all the various things our Washington Government keeps trying to do such as stealing power, over regulating our lives, and invading our privacy, could be eliminated and replaced with a logical, secure border. The government is NOT doing what the constitution requires, yet it continues to make up non-constitutional things to tax us for and spend our money on. More and more, the obvious conclusion can not be avoided. It’s time to shake things up. It’s time to replace whoever is in power and start again. How, when? Once again, I’m not offering solutions, but at least, I’m not afraid to ask the questions!

As always,

Keep the Faith!

The Rev.

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Money and Value

Posted by revkharma on May 17, 2008

Remember when money actually had value? When I was younger, and collected lots of things, I recall having several Five Dollar Silver Certificates. They all noted that they were ‘redeemable in silver’ . It said so right there on the paper issued by the treasury department.

Now there is nothing even close to that printed on our paper money, or even our coins. I’m told that our currency is backed by the “Full faith and Credit of the United States”. Uh-huh. Fat lot of good that will do in a pinch. Anyone following the world economic picture can see that the value of the US Dollar continues to shrink day by day. Recent meetings in Saudi Arabia had the Saudi oil minister lecturing on the cost of oil and the relationship between world oil prices and the falling dollar. Even a significant ramp up in oil production cannot correct for the decreased value of the dollar relative to other currencies, and to fixed value assets. Look at the price of gold. If you want to see a good comparison, look at some historic data.

In 1968 the average monthly price per ounce of gold was around $38. The same year the average price per barrell of oil was around $3.18. (that’s right THREE DOLLARS AND EIGHTEEN CENTS!!!)

Currently, gold hovers around $1000.00 per ounce, and oil floats over $125.00 per barrel. The US Dollar is weaker by the day. Seems to me there’s a relationship here. If I can figure it out, why can’t the big shots at the Treasury, or the Federal Reserve? If you want to pay less for oil, or gold, stop the policies that are making the dollar worth it’s weight in toilet tissue.

I realize by putting these words down, I am likely to be branded as a ‘gold bug’, but I’ve said more ‘out there’ stuff and been accused of worse before. I just can’t shake the feeling that something needs to be done.

Let’s look at another good example of value. Near as I can tell, a loaf of bread cost somewhere around 25 cents in 1968. Currently I think you can buy bread in the range of $1.60 or more. ( around a 640% increase!) Think about that. The actual costs of producing that bread are almost certainly less, due to increasing mechanization, better yield farming techniques, more efficient distribution, etc. But the amount of US Dollars required to purchase that bread has increased. Which item do you think has actually seen a greater change in value? Once more we come back to the Dollar.

Now far smarter people than I should debate the causes of this, and often have. All I know is that each time the Federal Reserve says they are going to ‘support the economy’ by ‘injecting liquidity’ into the market, that means they’re just running the presses and printing more and more dollars. Each of those new dollars, which ‘increase liquidity’ steals the value from each dollar in my pocket and yours. That’s because they don’t have to back the dollar with any real value. Only that “Full Faith and Credit” stuff.

Does anybody but the banks think this is a good idea? The value of the Dollar drops, and to remedy the economic shock caused by this, they print more Dollars? I don’t think that the Congress, the federal Reserve, or the Treasury has the power to repeal the laws of supply and demand. If there is too much of a commodity, it’s value decreases. Yet we see more dollars, and lower interest rates offered as a fix for economic doldrums that include a falling Dollar. I’m just not getting something here.

All I can say, hold on to your wallets. Maybe start to fill your savings with some sort of fixed value commodities. We live in dangerous times. And it seems none of our political leaders has the answer. Most don’t even to seem to know the questions!

As always…

Keep the Faith!

The Rev

My correspondent, John Wrisley ( check his site here) has pointed out several things.

First, the price of bread: …

“you may have low-balled the price of bread in your commentary. It’s possible, I think, to buy some of that white fluffy stuff for $1.50 a loaf or so, but it’s not fit for human consumption. I think real bread, such as 100% whole wheat or healthful multi-grain breads are going for $3.50 or more per loaf. ” (I tend to buy the cheap stuff myself)

Second: about living beyond our means:

“The election of 1932 started the U.S. down the road to fiat currency and eventually everything got turned upside down. People came to believe that debt was wealth. They even came to believe they could put down little or no money on a house and suddenly call themselves “homeowners.” Not until they clear their mortgages are they homeowners, of course, but we’ve all grown used to double-speak.”

Finally he offers some insightful advice, born of the wisdom of experience:

“So, what does one do to prepare for the storm? The common sense things come to mind: Pay off debt. Live BENEATH your income. Put aside some money…chiefly silver coins. (Gold, if you’re rich.) Eat healthfully and get plenty of exercise. Don’t worry about finding happiness. That’s an extremely rare commodity. Aim for contentment”

Thanks John!

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Fast link

Posted by revkharma on May 14, 2008

Another great info source, check it frequently.

There’s now a permanent link on the blog roll, but check into this now.

The Liberty Sphere

Again and again, it needs repeating: Liberty Matters!!!

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Guns,The Constitution, and individual rights

Posted by revkharma on May 12, 2008

( This is the first of what I hope will be a semi-regular series of discussions of the Second Amendment and Gun rights, as well as Bill of Rights issues in general)

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a Free State, the right of the People to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

“What are we to do with all those guns”! If you listen to many in the media, that is the constant cry. Americans reside in a dangerous Wild West arena of gunslingers. All those yahoos living in flyover country just need to see the light. If they refuse to see things the way the “educrats” and the rest of the anti-gun crowd see it, well, we’ll just have to take them to court and force them to see clearly. From that viewpoint, groups such as the Brady Campaign to prevent gun violence work diligently to convince us that we are simply not in need of guns. The police will protect us. That’s why they are there. That is the way Americans are being taught to think. Information is distorted under the pretense of presenting objective information. A quick example can be found in the US News and World Report cover story devoted to the impending Supreme Court hearing on the DC gun ban.

For most of American history, courts have interpreted the Second Amendment to apply to the collective right of states to assemble groups of armed citizens, such as the National Guard.

The problem is with the facts. The court decision to which the author refers is the 1939 Miller case. Despite revisionist history, in the Miller decision, the Supreme Court took note that the provision describing a Militia, was specifically referring to:”the common view was that adequate defense of country and laws could be secured through the Militia- civilians primarily, soldiers on occasion…. And further, that ordinarily when called for service these men were expected to appear bearing arms supplied by themselves and of the kind in common use at the time. (Source from FindLaw) That’s pretty clear to almost any reader. The problem is that these writers have an agenda, and will change the facts to fit that agenda. The ruling in Miller, in fact, did not turn on second amendment issue. The court ruled on the legitimacy of regulations prohibiting ownership if a sawed off shotgun. The court found that there was no purpose for such a weapon in a functioning militia. It appears that the right to own guns is taken for granted.

The ‘gun culture’ needs to be changed in order to protect Americans from themselves. Do these words sound familiar? How can we reconcile the words contained in the Bill of Rights with what we hear endlessly from our media and opinion elites?

Media control is a key weapon in the battle to disarm US citizens. We are told relentlessly of the vast lobbying power of the NRA, usually described in terms reserved for Darth Vader. Over and over the huge budget and vast spending power of the NRA is described as a weapon used to overpower common sense, legislation and influence court cases to prevent the removal of a terrible evil from our streets. This evil group should be held to account for the many deaths directly attributed to guns.

All the while the NRA is being demonized, there is a huge coalition of anti gun groups moving silently behind the scenes, working to move public opinion, as well as to influence judicial rulings.

Groups such as Doctors Against Handgun Injury (DAHI) work to include questions during pediatric exams about guns in the household. The CDC works to classify guns with viruses as a health hazard. Already mentioned is the now ubiquitous Brady Campaign. Hollywood celebrities are trotted out regularly to proselytize about the evils of gun ownership.

One of the more insidious groups is also one of the least known, The Joyce Foundation. An organization founded in 1948, originally to help hospitals. As with so many ‘philanthropic’ foundations, it has drifted steadily leftward. It has funded anti gun research with millions of dollars in grants. A vast array of groups and organizations are funded by this group. In addition, they fund legal symposia with the express purpose of providing backing for the anti-gun side in court cases. National Review documented much of this in Feb of 2008 ( may need a subscription).

My point in all this is simple. We Americans have had a right to our arms since the foundation of the nation. If there is to be a battle (and there WILL) we had best make sure we know just who our opponents will be.

Why is there such a drive to eliminate this right? In all seriousness, a government with the military power of the USA has little to fear from citizens bearing arms. Should there be an insurrection, the many thousands of Americans bearing handguns, rifles and shotguns which are owned by so many Americans would be no match for the US military. Even the police departments of most major cities would have more firepower available than that which could be brought to the field of battle by ordinary groups of citizens.

So why the fuss? Why the drive to over turn centuries of precedent and understanding of the Second Amendment? Look for the motivation of all big governments. If the ACLU, and various collectivist organizations can help the government to change the understanding of the Second Amendment, it will be a sea change in the understanding of the Constitution as a whole. Reversing the understanding of the Second Amendment to a group or government right as opposed to an individual right will have devastating implications. Once that is understood, then the move will be to bring more of the rights previously understood as individual under the umbrella of ‘group’ rights. Thus, bit by bit our individual rights can be stolen by legal subterfuge. The Second Amendment is one of the most fiercely debated, pro and con in our nation’s history. If the clear meaning of that amendment can be stood on its head, then almost any of our rights can be distorted beyond recognition. Once the Bill of Rights is watered down to the point of meaninglessness, then the government can impose whatever restrictions, regulations and enforcements deemed necessary or desirable without fear of court interference. The Executive and Legislative branches of the government have always been restrained, for good or ill, by the sure knowledge that court interpretation could possibly restrict their power. Eliminate the restraints on federal power contained in the Bill of Rights, and all restraints on government action are removed.

Fight. Fight–hard, loud, and strong to protect this amendment. This may be the first and most serious battle for the soul of our republic.

[You may note that I have links to many anti gun, or anti second amendment groups here. I encourage those on both sides of the issues to read up on the methods, ideas and tactics used by the opponents of private gun ownership. If successful, these tactics will be copied and used to erode other rights going forward.]

As always,

Keep the Faith!

The Rev.


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Voting rights

Posted by revkharma on May 7, 2008

I haven’t linked to, nor mentioned this gentleman before, but this particular bit has been brought to my attention.

Neal Boortz, a radio host from Atlanta, Ga( nationally syndicated) has hit this theme before, and he’s brought it up again. His claim: There is no constitutional right to vote in any federal election.

Check out his information here. Then, lets discuss!!!!

Keep the Faith!

The Rev

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Amazing new Discovery

Posted by revkharma on May 7, 2008

I just had to  link to this. Here is an amazing bit about a new scientific discovery.

What do you think folks?

As always.

Keep The Faith!

The Rev

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