Homeless Man

A business man was walking down the street when he was accosted by a particularly dirty and shabby-looking homeless man who asked him for a couple of dollars for dinner.
The man took out his wallet, extracted ten dollars and asked, “If I give you this money, will you buy some beer with it instead of dinner?”

“No, I had to stop drinking years ago,” the homeless man replied.

“Will you use it to go fishing instead of buying food?” the man asked.

“No, I don’t waste time fishing,” the homeless man said.. “I need to spend all my time trying to stay alive.”

“Will you spend this on green fees at a golf course instead of food?” the man asked.

“Are you NUTS!” replied the homeless man. “I haven’t played golf in 20 years!”

“Well,” said the man, “I’m not going to give you money. Instead, I’m going to take you home for a shower and a terrific dinner cooked by my wife.”

The homeless man was astounded. “Won’t your wife be furious with you for doing that?

The man replied, “Don’t worry about that. It’s important for her to see what a man looks like after he has given up drinking, fishing and golf.”

Tom DeLay May Well Be Certifiably Insane

Former congressman and House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX) has no idea how this country was founded. Apparently, the U.S. went astray when we allowed our government to be secular. According to an interview on the Global Evangelism Television Network (GETV), DeLay thinks we’ve forgotten that God founded this country, and that God wrote our Constitution.

Say what?

This is worse than absurd, even for Tom DeLay. He served in Congress for over 20 years, so he should know something about U.S. history. It’s bad enough that our elected members of the religious right think this country was founded on Biblical law. It’s also pretty bad that they see the word “creator” in the Declaration of Independence and automatically assume that the founding fathers intended for the U.S. to be a Christian nation.

Men, not God, founded this country on many different principles. The most important, and the central principle of our country, is freedom. That includes religious freedom. Tom DeLay’s idea that God founded this country and wrote the Constitution is disturbing at best, because it takes the “We are a Christian nation” myth to a whole new, terrible level.

Tom DeLay said, back in October, that we need to have a Constitutional renewal and revival. This, of course, would go hand-in-hand with whatever spiritual revival he sees going on in this country. God has, apparently, called for just such a revival to bring this country back to him.

Tom DeLay is now reminiscent of people like Sarah Palin.

He sounds as crazy as Sarah Palin. She has said that legislation should be based on biblical law. In 2010, she said, “Go back to what our founders and our founding documents meant — they’re quite clear — that we would create law based on the God of the bible and the ten commandments.” Which, of course, is not true.

But what’s most disturbing is that Tom DeLay wants this country turn back to what’s in the Constitution, yet he thinks the Constitution was written by God. His problems with us forgetting that God founded this country and wrote the Constitution are at serious odds with his stated desires.

Our founding documents say nothing about God. Jesus, God, salvation, and the Bible are mentioned exactly zero times in the Constitution. The 1st Amendment specifically prohibits establishing a state religion. There is nothing in the Constitution that makes us a Christian nation. Did Tom DeLay’s God forget to put that in there? One would think that if he did intend for us to follow biblical law, he would have specifically said so when he wrote the Constitution. And one would think people like Tom DeLay would realize that.

Watch his interview below.

As Bad As Indiana Is, I’m Glad I Don’t Live In South Carolina

After Volkswagen workers decided to turn down unionization at their plant, pundits called it a defeat for the UAW. The reality is that this was a loss for the workers. There is ample data that shows that America’s decline in wages track the decline of worker unions, It is disconcerting that workers continue to believe and articulate the false narratives they have been fed by well-funded campaigns. The backlash was swift as the head of VW’s works council said it would be unlikely anymore factories would be built in the South.
Then there was Nikki Haley (R-SC), governor of South Carolina.

South Carolina is glad to have non-union jobs from BMW, Michelin and Boeing, but don’t expect any factories from Ford, General Motors, Chrysler or other companies with unionized work forces.

According to Gov. Nikki Haley, they’re not welcome.

Haley said last week that she discourages companies from building new facilities in South Carolina if they are planning to bring a union with them.

“It’s not something we want to see happen,” she told The Greenville News following an appearance at an automotive conference in downtown Greenville. “We discourage any companies that have unions from wanting to come to South Carolina because we don’t want to taint the water.”

State Sen. Vincent Sheheen, Haley’s Democratic opponent in this year’s gubernatorial race, said he thinks South Carolina should remain a right-to-work state where workers are free to decide whether to join unions or not.
Nikki Haley would deny South Carolinians jobs if companies providing the jobs are unionized. In other words her ideology trumps what is best for the citizens of her state.

Nikki Haley said the following in her 2012 State of the State address.

Finally, I love that we are one of the least unionized states in the country. It is an economic development tool unlike any other. Our companies in South Carolina understand that they are only as good as those who work for them, and they take care of their employees. The people of South Carolina have a strong work ethic, they value loyalty, and they take tremendous pride in the quality of their work. We don’t have unions in South Carolina because we don’t need unions in South Carolina.

What Nikki Haley neglected to say is that South Carolina takes such “good care” of their workers that they are ranked 44th in 50 for income. Is Nikki Haley working in the best interest of the citizens of her state?