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On today’s date 1517, a parish priest and university professor by the name of Martin Luther challenged the authority of the Roman Catholic Church. In announcing his 95 “Theses”, or discussion topics, Luther wanted to reform the errors of the Roman Church. Unfortunately for Rome, they refused to be reformed, and the Protestant Reformation was born.

The Reformation had far reaching effects. In translating the Bible into German, Luther in effect, standardized the language. In addition, the churches of the Augsburg Confession (as the Lutheran churches were known in Luther’s day) held that Rome had no secular political authority, which meant that local governments no longer had to obey Rome.

The transition from the autocratic theocracy that was Europe in 1517, to the freedom we in the USA enjoy today did not come quickly, and more than a few people shed blood to make it happen. However in a very real way, the liberty which we enjoy (for the time being) in our nation had its roots in those 95 These nailed to the Church door in Wittenburg Germany all those years ago.

Luther did not set out to start a new Church, he wanted to fix the one he had. Luther also did not set out to change the world. he merely wanted to see the God’s word rightly proclaimed to the people. The amazing thing is that God used this unknown preacher in a backwater college to begin the process of reshaping the world.

We owe him and the other reformers thanks.

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Got this from commenter “s.houston” over at this Breitbart TV thread:

The $50 Lesson

I recently asked my friends’ little girl what she wanted to be when she grows up. She said she wanted to be President of the United States. Both of her parents, liberal Democrats, were standing there. So I asked her, “If you were President, what would be the first thing you would do?” She replied, “I’d give food and houses to all the homeless people.” Her parents beamed.

“Wow…what a worthy goal,” I told her. “But you don’t have to wait until you’re President to do that. You can come over to my house and mow the lawn, pull weeds, and sweep my driveway, and I’ll pay you $50. Then I’ll take you over to the grocery store where the homeless guy hangs out, and you can give him the $50 to use toward food and a new house.”

She thought that over for a few seconds, then she looked me straight in the eye and asked, “Why doesn’t the homeless guy come over and do the work, and you can just pay him the $50?”

I said, “Welcome to the Republican Independent Party.”

Her parents still aren’t speaking to me. Made my day!

Ah, another young skull full o’ mush (a little Rush lingo, there) seduced to the dark side.  Muah-hahahahahhaha…!!!!1!!!ONE!!ELEVENTYLEVEN!!!!1 

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The lovely & gracious Michelle is reporting (via Stacy McCain) that RINO leftist and Newtie Gin-grinch darling Deidre “Dede” Scozzafava has finally read the writing on the wall and dropped out of the NY-23rd district race.  The likelihood grows stonger now that bona fide  conservative Doug Hoffman takes the seat.

Memo to the RINOs currently in hijack of the GOP:  This  is what happens when you piss off the base, assclowns!

Hot damn! 

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Denizens, this week’s edition of the Perfect Football Weekend…

VENOMOUS:  Gentlemen, I’m in a bit of pain today, and I do not  feel like it, mkay?

MERLIN:  Uh, it’s nothing we did, is it?

VENOMOUS:  No, Wizard, you guys are cool…

MERLIN, KORRIOTH, K’HADIBAK’H, OZY, T-BONE, K’TINGHE:  (collective sigh of relief)

VENOMOUS:  …it’s something I did to myself last night.

KORRIOTH:  So that’s  where my painstick went.

MERLIN, KORRIOTH, K’HADIBAK’H, OZY, T-BONE, K’TINGHE

VENOMOUS:  Quite.  I needed something that tickled by comparison.

KORRIOTH:  Eep.

Aw, come on! Is that all you got?! >

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I will leave it to others to discuss more fully, but yesterday was the 40th anniversary of the first internet connection. Read about it here.

Looking at what has happened in the past 40 years makes me wonder what will happen in the next 40.

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Okay, Denizens, here we have the text of a normal, average, garden-variety veto by Governator Ah-nuld:

Fairly innocuous, no?

Here is that exact same veto, with certain parts…um…redacted

Oh, SNAP. 

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It’s bad enough that Newtie Gin-grinch Gingrich endorses an ultra-liberal RINO for the NY-23rd congressional seat.

Gingrich called Scozzafava a “liberal Republican” for her support of gay marriage and abortion rights. But he defended those positions as in-step with her district and her predecessor, former Rep. John McHugh (R-N.Y.), who was tapped to be President Barack Obama’s Army Secretary.

But he said that her endorsement from the National Rifle Association, her signing a no tax-increase pledge, and her opposition to cap-and-trade and healthcare reform legislation made her “adquately conservative in an upstate New York district.”

Oh, really, Newtie?  Joe Liberman has indicated he’s not necessarily willing to rubber-stamp Dingy Harry’s health-care clusterfuck – and I know of damned few folks who would ever confuse Mr. Lieberman with a conservative, now do you?

But no, here’s Newtie’s money quote on the Scozzafava Shitstorm™:

“So I say to my many conservative friends who suddenly decided whether they’re from Minnesota, or Alaska, or Texas, they know more than the upstate New York Republicans? I don’t think so,” he added.

This as Hoffman is continuing his surge in at least one poll.

Um, Newtie – where did you say you were from again?

Now it comes out that this clown is contemplating Yet Another Run™ for President:

“Callista and I are going to think about this in February 2011. And we are going to reach out to all of our friends around the country. And we’ll decide, if there’s a requirement as citizens that we run, I suspect we probably will. And if there’s not a requirement, if other people have filled the vacuum, I suspect we won’t.”

Don’t bother, Gin-grinch.  The way you’ve exposed your true colors to the GOP base, you’d finish sixth in a four-man race.

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Over my dead body, Stern, you fucking tosser.

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That was just flat-out inexcusable.

Arlington Heights 57, South Hills 0

#7 TCU 38, at #16 BYU 7

UBuffalo 31, at Western Michigan 34 (OT)

#25 Oklahoma 35, at #21 Kansas 13

at Nebraska 7, Iowa State 9

at Dallas 37, Atlanta 21

Aw, come on! Is that all you got?! >

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As Mondays go, this one is a Monday From Hell™.

I have the PFW recap mostly done, but it needs a bit of polishing.

KORRIOTH:  Isn’t that true of most of your turds?

VENOMOUS:  Oh shut up, Adirondack Head.

KORRIOTH

Anyway, I’ll have it up tonight.  ThatIsAll™.

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Martin Luther remained faithful, despite the price on his head. Could we do the same?

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Folks, Darth has totally lost his mind! He has allowed a wannabe Lutheran preacher, with a big mouth, to post to this blog!

For those who don’t know, Rifqa Bary is a seventeen year old young lady who after converting from Islam to Christianity, fled her home in Ohio, taking refuge with a Florida couple. Rifqa believes that if she returns to her parents home, her life would be in danger. Recently the Florida authorities ruled that she should be returned to Ohio, to the custody of the Ohio family court authorities; who have said that she will not be returned to her parents if doing so would place her in danger.

Now it seems that there is some question as to the immigration status of Rifqa and her parents. Until that is confirmed one way or the other, Rifqa is apparently going to be kept in Florida.

As I recall, Rifqa turned seventeen this past June. If this immigration thing carries on another eight months, the court will no longer be able to control where Rifqa lives. If Rifqa’s parents are deported, she could be allowed to stay in the USA because to return to Sri Lanka would place her life in danger.

Assuming that Miss Rifqa is being truthful, I hope that the courts will move at their customary snail’s pace.

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We start this edition of the Perfect Football Weekend by noting, with a modicum of surprise, that Warshington Deadskins owner/spoiled brat Danny Snyder did not  fire head coach Jim Zorn after the ‘Skins surrendered the first win of the year for the previously 0-and-5 Kansas City Chiefs.  Coming on the heels of giving up the Detroit Lions’ first (and, we might add, only) win in nearly two years, and noting Danny Boy’s tempestuous nature, one would have supposed ol’ Jimbo would have been searching the classifieds for an offensive coordinator’s position by now.

Instead, Danny Boy simply told Jimbo he’d no longer be calling the plays.

Zorn was told after a 14-6 setback to the previously winless Kansas City Chiefs that he will not call offensive plays anymore. Executive vice president of football operations Vinny Cerrato met with Zorn and told him that he has too many responsibilities right now, Redskins’ director of communications Zack Bolno said.

A league source told ESPN.com’s Matt Mosley that Sherman Lewis, who was hired Oct. 6 as an offensive consultant for the Redskins, will assume play-calling duties. Lewis was the play caller during his tenures as offensive coordinator in Minnesota, Green Bay and Detroit.

Good luck with all that.  According to the linked article, Warshington – and yes, the spelling is deliberate, thank you – is…

the first team in NFL history to face six consecutive winless opponents, but they haven’t managed to take advantage.

Suddenly, I feel a little better about the matchups with the Cowgirls this year.  Not much.  Just a little.

On to the PFW.  Back to action for my Arlington Heights Yellow Jackets, as they take on the South Hills Scorpions tonight on the southeast side of town.  The Scorps have had a tough time of it this year, giving us a big oh-fer (0-7).  I don’t look for anything to change; give me Heights to win comfortably.

After a two game win streak, it’s back to reality for Turner Gill and the UBuffalo Bulls, as they travel to Western Michigan for a Saturday morning tilt.  All Turner’s running backs are hurt, so Zach Maynard is going to have to have a monster game with Naaman Roosevelt if the Bulls are to have a chance.  WMU is favored by five at home, which sounds about right.

Bob Stoopes and the 25th-ranked Oklahoma Sooners could have picked a better opponent for the post-TU debacle hangover.  Unfortunately, the schedule has them at 21st-ranked Kansas to play RockChalkJayhawk™, who’s a 7½-point home dog.  A betting man will take Kansas straight up and be happy; I’m not terribly convinced that last week was OU’s last loss this year.

Fortunately for Bo Pelini and the Nebraska Cornhuskers, their own hangover for the TTech loss will be somewhat easier, as Iowa State comes in to offer up their virgin sacrifice.  It’s an 18-point spread in Vegas; look for the Huskers in a romp.

The marquee college game of the week occurs in Provo, Utah tomorrow – so much so that Kirkie Herbstreit, Lee Corso and the rest of ESPN’s College Gameday crew will set up shop there for the broadcast, as seventh-ranked (BCS) Texas Christian goes up against the 16th-ranked BYU Fucking Mormons in Big Game Of The Year Number One™.

If this is to be the magical year that everyone’s forecasting for TCU, Patterson’s boys have  to win this game.  Dalton & company are favored by 2½ on the road, so it’s really a pick’em.  The over-under on number of fingernails I have left afterwards is two.

In the Anti-Climactic Game Of The Year™ on Sunday, the Cowgirls will return to their get-the-crap-beaten-outta-them ways by the Atlanta Falcons.  That is to say, unless Miles Austin has another lights-out game…?

Nah.  I don’t think so, either.

We’re back Monday for the recap.  Meanwhile, Bucky is off this week, so the question for HDD is:  What went wrong against Iowa?

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Those of you who’ve not been hiding under a rock for the last two weeks will have taken note of the goings-on in the 23rd dictrict up in Noo Yawk State, where the Stoopid Party GOP Republicans Stoopid Party has nominated leftist bimboid Dede Scozzafava – winner of the prestigious, heavily-sought-after-by-the-Right Margaret Sanger Award – as its candidate for that particular seat.  And what’s especially disturbing about this is that not only has the local GOP up there endorsed her candidacy, so has another Republican of note.

Fellow by the name of Gingrich.  Perhaps you’ve heard of him?

“The special election for the 23rd Congressional District is an important test leading up to the mid-term 2010 elections,” Gingrich said in a statement to supporters. “Our best chance to put responsible and principled leaders in Washington starts here, with Dede Scozzafava.”

Aw, come on! Is that all you got?! >

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Got this off the lovely & gracious Michelle’s site.

Below the fold so I can swipe appropriate post and comment on more of it. 

Aw, come on! Is that all you got?! >

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