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What’s more controversial?

Posted by zaphriel on May 10, 2005

This?

or
this?

The top one is a banner I made in response to the bottom one. I Saw it several time on blog explosion and wondered, what does this person have against patriotic people. I also wondered, why would liberals dislike someone having a flag on their banner? Then I looked at other banners on Blog Explosion, and notice that the author of the second banner was right, conservatives do use the flag a little more often than liberals, at least on that site. So I made the top banner in response, not knowing that it would be controversial.

I have received several comments, off-topic as they all were about this particular banner. Like this one…

“Saw your banner and thought the comment SO stupid that I had to say something. Being proud to be American is fine, but perhaps most ‘liberals’, as you put it, aren’t so insecure in themselves that they have to thrust their Americanism in the face of everyone who happens to scroll past their site.

There is a reason why America is enjoying such a massive lull in global popularity at the minute and people like you are not helping that.

Rabid nationalism is not the same as national pride.” – Stephen

Now I give Stephen here the benefit of the doubt, maybe he hadn’t seen the other banner. SO I explained myself…

” Sure Stephen,
But it still got you here.
That banner was in response to another banner I saw by an ultra-liberal person who was trying to put down conservatives as a whole solely on the basis of having a flag on their banner. My phrasing is even very similar to that one, so I can’t take credit for that banner, I have to admit, I barrowed the idea.
It is not a bad thing to love the flag, and to be patriotic, and simply having a flag on your banner is not a statement against liberalism, but it is a statement for America and what it stands for.
Thanks again for visiting.” – Zaphriel

To date the top banner is my most successful, It has nearly a 2% click-through rate, all of my others average a 0.6% click-through rate, so I use it, often, and I will continue to do so, until the rate goes down.

So to you my dear readers, I ask which banner is more controversial, and why? Please comment because I really would like to know your opinion.
Z.

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The Vice President Wins a Big One in Federal Court

Posted by Mark on May 10, 2005

I wonder how much of this you’ll see on the MSM? And how much more of this story you would see if the decision went the other way. Not the MSM has an agenda or anything…

A lawsuit seeking to force Vice President Dick Cheney to reveal details about the energy policy task force he headed and the pro-industry recommendations it made was scuttled Tuesday by a federal appeals court.

The Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit unanimously found that two private groups that sued Cheney failed to establish that the federal government had a legal duty to produce documents detailing the White House’s contacts with business executives and lobbyists.

The lawsuit, filed by the Sierra Club and Judicial Watch, alleged that energy industry officials effectively became members of the task force, while environmental groups and others were shut out of the meetings. It also argued that the task force was a federal advisory committee with an obligation to publicly disclose its operations.

The appeals court disagreed. “There is nothing to indicate that nonfederal employees had a right to vote on committee matters or exercise a veto over committee proposals,” it said. The court ordered a lower court to dismiss the case.

Cheney’s energy task force was not an advisory committee and “it follows that the government owed the plaintiffs no duty, let alone a clear and indisputable or compelling one,” said the opinion by Judge A. Raymond Randolph.

I’m sure not everyone will be happy with this decision. I think it’s a good ruling, and keeps the environmentalist wackos out of government decisions. Having said that, I’ll sit back and wait for the fallout…:-)

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Was Lincoln Forced to Free the Slaves?

Posted by Mark on May 10, 2005

If you repeat a lie long enough, people begin to believe it. A truth of political warfare, and unfortunately, of some historians as well. One of those lies is that Lincoln was forced to free the slaves, but never really wanted to. Not exactly the way it happened….

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The Vice President Wins a Big One in Federal Court

Posted by Mark on May 10, 2005

I wonder how much of this you’ll see on the MSM? And how much more of this story you would see if the decision went the other way. Not the MSM has an agenda or anything…

A lawsuit seeking to force Vice President Dick Cheney to reveal details about the energy policy task force he headed and the pro-industry recommendations it made was scuttled Tuesday by a federal appeals court.

The Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit unanimously found that two private groups that sued Cheney failed to establish that the federal government had a legal duty to produce documents detailing the White House’s contacts with business executives and lobbyists.

The lawsuit, filed by the Sierra Club and Judicial Watch, alleged that energy industry officials effectively became members of the task force, while environmental groups and others were shut out of the meetings. It also argued that the task force was a federal advisory committee with an obligation to publicly disclose its operations.

The appeals court disagreed. “There is nothing to indicate that nonfederal employees had a right to vote on committee matters or exercise a veto over committee proposals,” it said. The court ordered a lower court to dismiss the case.

Cheney’s energy task force was not an advisory committee and “it follows that the government owed the plaintiffs no duty, let alone a clear and indisputable or compelling one,” said the opinion by Judge A. Raymond Randolph.

I’m sure not everyone will be happy with this decision. I think it’s a good ruling, and keeps the environmentalist wackos out of government decisions. Having said that, I’ll sit back and wait for the fallout…:-)

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Was Lincoln Forced to Free the Slaves?

Posted by Mark on May 10, 2005

If you repeat a lie long enough, people begin to believe it. A truth of political warfare, and unfortunately, of some historians as well. One of those lies is that Lincoln was forced to free the slaves, but never really wanted to. Not exactly the way it happened….

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Democrats Kicked Out of Baptist Church?

Posted by Mark on May 10, 2005

Well maybe. This is certainly the kind of scare story the MSM loves to broadcast. If it’s true, its wrong. But having grown up Southern Baptist, I’m inclined to wait to see the story shake out. You’ll know the truth by what you don’t read in the MSM. If this really is a “great misunderstanding” you won’t hear another word, or at best, you’ll read a small paragraph on page C22, tucked between the chess column and a recipe for deviled eggs. If this pastor really did cross the line, you’ll hear this story blasted on all the cable news networks, and get above the fold coverage from the usual suspects.

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A Skewed View of Liberty

Posted by Mark on May 10, 2005

Not much can be added to this:

What’s missing in all of this talk about “decisions” and “compassion” is any appreciation of the absurdity that underlies the abortion debate. In any other context, the idea that a 13-year-old has a constitutional right to choose against her parents’ wishes an invasive surgical procedure, or even consent to one, would be absurd. Schools need parental permission to dispense over-the-counter medications. And a 13-year-old can’t get her ears pierced without mom or dad being present.

Similarly, an unrelated adult who took a minor out-of-state for another medical procedure would be called a “kidnapper.” We’d issue an “Amber Alert,” and her picture would be on CNN and Fox 24/7. Upon apprehension, the adult would face possible charges of endangering the welfare of a minor or interference with parental custody—both of these are felonies.

Yet, because the “procedure” in question is abortion, none of this applies. Abortion is not a right anymore; it’s the right. It trumps everything else and, thus, embodies our deepest commitments and most treasured values.

The absurdity of the abortion debate. Who’s rights are being violated, the child, or the child making the decision to kill the child?

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Democrats Kicked Out of Baptist Church?

Posted by Mark on May 10, 2005

Well maybe. This is certainly the kind of scare story the MSM loves to broadcast. If it’s true, its wrong. But having grown up Southern Baptist, I’m inclined to wait to see the story shake out. You’ll know the truth by what you don’t read in the MSM. If this really is a “great misunderstanding” you won’t hear another word, or at best, you’ll read a small paragraph on page C22, tucked between the chess column and a recipe for deviled eggs. If this pastor really did cross the line, you’ll hear this story blasted on all the cable news networks, and get above the fold coverage from the usual suspects.

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A Skewed View of Liberty

Posted by Mark on May 10, 2005

Not much can be added to this:

What�s missing in all of this talk about �decisions� and �compassion� is any appreciation of the absurdity that underlies the abortion debate. In any other context, the idea that a 13-year-old has a constitutional right to choose against her parents� wishes an invasive surgical procedure, or even consent to one, would be absurd. Schools need parental permission to dispense over-the-counter medications. And a 13-year-old can�t get her ears pierced without mom or dad being present.

Similarly, an unrelated adult who took a minor out-of-state for another medical procedure would be called a �kidnapper.� We�d issue an �Amber Alert,� and her picture would be on CNN and Fox 24/7. Upon apprehension, the adult would face possible charges of endangering the welfare of a minor or interference with parental custody�both of these are felonies.

Yet, because the �procedure� in question is abortion, none of this applies. Abortion is not a right anymore; it�s the right. It trumps everything else and, thus, embodies our deepest commitments and most treasured values.

The absurdity of the abortion debate. Who’s rights are being violated, the child, or the child making the decision to kill the child?

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My Favorite Music Critic Has A New Post

Posted by Mark on May 10, 2005

Jackory does his usual stellar job on a founder of Christian contemporary music. Great stuff.

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