From Google Earth and cars that drive themselves (only fallible by human error) to holding government records and being the number one bibliographical source for school reports/people wanting to sound educated via quote, Google has now annexed Motorola Mobility (aka, inventor of the cell phone) and taken one step closer to controlling everything about your life. Presumably it was done to protect the Android market, against potential lawsuits concerning patent violations. If you can’t beat ‘em, buy’em.
Yeah, you read that right. Small Pacific island nation called Niue just released a new set of coinage, and it’s FREAKING STAR WARS. Carry the Force in your pocket, how cool is that? As for the US dollar, what a piece of junk!
Sort of. Goodbye Pawlenty, Hello P(a)rry. The real frontrunners begin to show as the Ames Straw Poll (whatever significance it serves) passes. Jimmy Kimmel is my hero for the above video. And here’s a related article: CLICK After Obama’s approval ratings drop to their lowest yet, it seems more likely that one of these folks will be el Presidente come 2012, if Google hasn’t gone Cyberdyne on us by then.
I’ll Just Leave This Here (They’re Better Than Me)
Thoughts of the Day
I was reading 1 Timothy yesterday, which is basically about how the church should be structured. In the fourth chapter it says:
1 The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. 2 Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron. 3 They forbid people to marry and order them to abstain from certain foods, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and who know the truth. 4 For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, 5 because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer
That got me thinking about the Middle Aged Catholic Church, prior to the Protestant reformation, that forbade marriage amongst the clergy.
And that got me thinking as to how sometimes the Church, though claiming to live by God’s Word, can miss it in a very human way.
And that got me to thinking how much the world (ie, those not a part of the church) judge what Christianity is by what the Church (universal) does, and not necessarily by what the Bible says. Notice the distinction between the two, they’re not always in line. And one misrepresentation can misrepresent everyone. Look at Westboro, look at the Norwegian terror attacks, look at the 9/11 attacks.
A little bit of yeast can leaven the whole batch.
And that’s why it’s so important as a Christian to continually be in the Word, and live by it, and not by some personally biased excerpt or extremism. To quote Billy Graham, and I think I saw this on my friend Hannah’s Facebook initially (creeper be creepin’), “We are the Bibles that the world is reading.”
A settlement of differences by mutual concessions.
So, the road to avoiding a national debt default has hit yet another obstruction, as the House rejected the Senate bill to raise the debt ceiling, continuing the ongoing volley of opposition that leads us closer to higher interest rates, lowered value of the US dollar, and other such consequences if such a default were to occur.
While I don’t claim to be an expert on current affairs or US history (relevance later), I want to say that I’m tired of the bi-partisan bickering that is preventing a solution from being reached and ratified. Both parties hold a pride over politics attitude, and for good reason since the over turn in the House reflected support for a ‘never compromise’ attitude (CNN). The left criticizes the right as favoring the rich too heavily, and the right criticizes the left as being out of touch with American principles of a free economy, and neither side it seems, until very recent, and in the face of the reality of a default, has made steps to bridge the gap between the two views.
Adamancy is a respectable quality, but it doesn’t fly in politics (which, coincidentally, is the art of compromise). This country was built on compromise. The three institutions responsible for composing and approving the budget are the direct results of compromise during the formation of our Constitution:
The Great Compromise – at the Constitutional Convention, a concession was made between the Virginia plan (representation based on population) and the New Jersey plan (equal state representation) to form the bickering bicameral legislative body we see today.
Presidential Compromise – The original Articles of Confederation didn’t provide for a chief executive, and the process by which we elect the President today is a compromise between popular election and informed election. So, today, we vote for electors (who, in actuality tend to just roll with the popular vote by state) who then vote for the Presidential nominees.
In the American political system, policy can only be made if concessions are made by those who form it. The right is correct (I think) in saying that too high of taxes or too much government involvement can cripple economic development. The left is correct in saying that raising the debt ceiling is necessary for avoiding default, but that just gives room for more spending that has been characterized by growing government in the past decade. Every time the debt ceiling has been raised, it’s had to have been raised again.
So? We need to compromise. President Obama calls for this, but at the same time piggybacks on Reid’s plan and says he will not pass Boehner’s (which includes a short-term debt ceiling increase), and doesn’t exactly have a proposition of his own other than critical rhetoric and appeals from an ‘American just like you’ (Address).
The Republicans need to agree to raise the debt ceiling (and they have) and also raise taxes a bit. The thing is, taxes are low, but they may be too low. We tax 13% of the GDP, but spend nearly a quarter of it (David Stockman). So, the left needs to agree to cut more of spending, through entitlement reform perhaps. And we need to let them. Sure, the benefits may be a great aspiration, but they cost much more than they’re worth at the moment, and our fiscal plans can’t handle them at the moment. OH, spending. It has been a bi-partisan problem.
So, when this is all over with, whether by a passed resolution or a default, work on passing the balanced budget amendment. It’s obvious that one can’t be held for long without some higher power, like the Constitution, demanding it. Maybe we could take Warren Buffet’s advice.
That concludes my little rant, however you may see it.
Quit whining about not getting your own way. In a nation with 300 million people, and over 500 governing individuals, the best way for everybody is for everybody to give a little. Find the middle road.
Cut spending drastically, increase revenue moderately, raise the debt ceiling temporarily, and work on long-term solutions to what has been a long-term problem.