Quotes of the day

posted at 10:01 pm on March 27, 2013 by Allahpundit

As attorney Paul Clement took to the Supreme Court to defend the Defense of Marriage Act on behalf of House Republicans, the lawmakers who hired him to do so stood silently by. It was the right thing to do, many Republican strategists say, to avoid distracting from the GOP’s core economic message.

But some members of the House Republican Conference thought their leaders should have done more to publicly stand behind an effort that is important to social conservatives.

“The silence was absolutely deafening and very disappointing to the millions of value voters that are in the party,” Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kan., told National Journal Daily.

***

In a mostly hidden subtext of the gay marriage debate, a lot of Republicans would be thrilled with the most far-reaching court decision [on gay marriage] possible. This is the only way, they reckon, to take the issue out of an electoral arena in which it is increasingly bringing them little but grief…

One top Republican pollster, who requested anonymity in order to speak bluntly, said that Republicans will struggle to connect with many swing voters as long as they’re perceived as the party of cultural retrenchment.

“We can’t continue to fight a losing battle on gay marriage and gay rights, and if we need the Supreme Court to help in that regard, so be it,” the pollster said…

One of the reasons some Republicans hope for a pro-gay marriage ruling from the Supreme Court is that barring a judicial resolution to the issue, there’s no obvious way for the party to liberalize on gay rights without angering its most fervent rank-and-file supporters.

***

Let’s be honest: If you are a conservative evangelical who believes in the biblical definition of traditional marriage then guess what? You are one of the following: An outcast, a bigot, narrow-minded, a “hater” or all of the above. It’s a different type of ridicule but it’s still ridicule.

The tables have been turned. Evangelicals are now the ugly stepchild. In our American culture today, you can easily make the argument that it is harder to stand for biblical truth than it is to be a supporter of gay marriage in today’s society…

[T]he level of vitriol by media commentators and others who support the homosexual lifestyle is just going to continue to increase and get more aggressive against Bible-believing evangelicals. That’s what happens when you become part of the minority. It’s inevitable. Just ask homosexuals about being in the minority opinion. They know the feeling. It wasn’t that long ago!

***

No one with half a brain wants to be thought of as a bigot. But that’s what I and others risk as members of a distinct and irritating minority — as traditional Christians in journalism.

It is a world of language and political symbolism, a world where ideas are often framed so that they may lead to inexorable conclusions favored by the dominant culture. In this media world, I sometimes wonder whether the word “sin” has been outlawed by the high priests of journalism for fear of offending one group or another. And I’d rather not ask.

Now that the debate has been framed, if I hold to my faith and resist applauding the changes, I’m easily cast as some drooling white cartoon bigot of the Jim Crow era, denying black Americans the right to sit at a lunch counter and have a meal with the white folks…

What is also clear is that, given demographic shifts and attitudes, particularly by young people regarding sexuality and family, traditional Christianity is no longer the dominant culture.

It is the counterculture, fast becoming a minority view.

***

Social conservatives are greatly outnumbered (a byproduct of having lost the culture war argument). We hear a lot about the supposed “three-legged-stool” of the conservative movement, but in fighting the culture war, social conservatives are on their own. In fact, it’s wrong to think of this in terms of a left versus right paradigm. It would be better understood as part of the continuing struggle between virtue (as social conservatives define it) and liberty (defined by our modern secular society to mean the freedom to do whatever we want). In that light, liberty is murdering virtue…

Of course, there has always been a tension between virtue and liberty. But at some point, America ceased emphasizing community values and began valuing extreme individualism. More and more, Americans — including many conservatives — now believe that individuals should do whatever they want so long as it isn’t hurting anybody else.

But the cultural conservative says that there is a “tragedy of the commons” problem with this — that the “if it feels right, do it” mentality will eventually hurt society collectively.

***

Yet one gets the sense that, at root, the same-sex marriage project isn’t even really about opposition to the family as it is currently conceived—no matter how outmoded and bourgeois it may be. No, the family is just necessary collateral damage in the real struggle for sexual liberation. I suspect that, to the left, arguments about contraceptives, abortion, and gay marriage are really all about the same thing: the idea that sexual behavior must not be discriminated against, by anyone, in any sense. There must be no adverse outcomes; there must be no distinctions made; and any form of disapproval is tantamount to discrimination. Other freedoms—of speech, of liberty, of thought—may be, to some extent, negotiable. But for the left, sexual freedom is a paramount freedom.

The opponents of same-sex marriage, on the other hand, are just as deeply invested in a different freedom—religious freedom. Because they recognize that the same-sex marriage project is headed directly for conflict with religious organizations. Chai Feldblum is a thoughtful and honest proponent of same-sex marriage who serves on President Obama’s EEOC and was, before that, a professor at Georgetown Law School. Here’s Feldblum explaining the inevitable conflict between gay marriage and religious freedom to Maggie Gallagher a few years ago…

“To Feldblum the emerging conflicts between free exercise of religion and sexual liberty are real: ‘When we pass a law that says you may not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, we are burdening those who have an alternative moral assessment of gay men and lesbians.’ Most of the time, the need to protect the dignity of gay people will justify burdening religious belief, she argues. But that does not make it right to pretend these burdens do not exist in the first place, or that the religious people the law is burdening don’t matter.”

***

Christians should, starting yesterday, work on a new front. While we should not stop the fight to preserve marriage, and we may be willing to compromise on civil unions, we must start fighting now for protections for religious objectors to gay marriage.

Churches, businesses, and individuals who refuse to accept gay marriage as a legitimate institution must be protected as best we can. Those protections will eventually crumble as the secular world increasingly fights the world of God, but we should institute those protections now and pray they last as long as possible.

The left cannot allow Christians to continue to preach the full gospel. We already see this in, of all places, Canada. Gay marriage is incompatible with a religion that preaches that the unrepentant are condemned, even of a sin the world has decided is not one. The religious freedom will eventually be ended through the judiciary. We should work to extend that freedom as long as we can.

***

When former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean began campaigning for the 2004 Democratic presidential nomination, he would regularly say in his stump speech, “I am tired of fighting elections on guns, God and gays. We’re going to fight this election on our turf, which is going to be jobs, education and health care.”

Fast-forward 10 years to the third month of President Obama’s second term. Suddenly, the Democrats’ turf doesn’t look so friendly anymore. It’s not hard to see why they’re changing gears to fight a culture war of their own choosing…

Unless the economy markedly improves in the near future, or Obamacare is miraculously implemented without a hitch, expect Obama and the White House to turn the 2014 election into an all-out culture war centered around gun control and gay marriage. This is the only turf that appears remotely friendly to them these days.

***

***

Via MRC TV.

***



Related Posts:

Breaking on Hot Air

Blowback

Note from Hot Air management: This section is for comments from Hot Air's community of registered readers. Please don't assume that Hot Air management agrees with or otherwise endorses any particular comment just because we let it stand. A reminder: Anyone who fails to comply with our terms of use may lose their posting privilege.

Trackbacks/Pings

Trackback URL

Comments

Comment pages: 1 7 8 9 10

It’s a lovers moon somthing to behold and whisper of sweet nothings
cuddling up for warmth, with a thermos of hot chocolate!

Scrumpy on March 28, 2013 at 4:02 AM

Lets tell stories. Too bad we can’t build a camp fire and tell stories, like haunted stories.

SparkPlug on March 28, 2013 at 4:02 AM

“Minnesoter”?

thatsafactjack on March 28, 2013 at 3:56 AM

Hmm.

. . . more mulling required.

Axe on March 28, 2013 at 4:02 AM

If You Don’t Know Me By Now – Simply Red

thatsafactjack on March 28, 2013 at 4:04 AM

63
`Science, Poetry, and Thought
Are thy lamps; they make the lot
Of the dwellers in a cot
So serene, they curse it not.

64
`Spirit, Patience, Gentleness,
All that can adorn and bless
Art thou — let deeds, not words, express
Thine exceeding loveliness.

Percy Bysshe Shelley

Scrumpy on March 28, 2013 at 4:05 AM

Can’t handle your whiskey, huh?

Just kidding. I’m crawling into bed at the next opportunity, anyway.

There Goes The Neighborhood on March 28, 2013 at 3:55 AM

Nah, I never get drunk on whisky on account of the fact I drink it at a snail’s pace. Gotta get the full range of smells and flavors and that takes time, or something like that. At least that’s what they tried to teach me at those GOP Establishment cocktail parties out at the country club that I worked so hard to get invited to.

alchemist19 on March 28, 2013 at 4:06 AM

Prolly head on over to the glade and see what’s shakin’. Maybe some nymphs are out looking at owls.

SparkPlug on March 28, 2013 at 4:06 AM

More Shelley:

73
`Let a vast assembly be,
And with great solemnity
Declare with measured words that ye
Are, as God has made ye, free–

74
`Be your strong and simple words
Keen to wound as sharpened swords,
And wide as targes let them be,
With their shade to cover ye.

75
`Let the tyrants pour around
With a quick and startling sound,
Like the loosening of a sea,
Troops of armed emblazonry.

Scrumpy on March 28, 2013 at 4:07 AM

I saw a black wing, a big one, like an eagle’s wing, disappear into the naked branches of a tall tree. Behind it was a living sky of dark grey clouds outlined by the moon in silver. The clouds moved like scales.

The moon was bright, but always covered.

But nothing that big flies at night. It was an eyelash, a mistake.

Axe on March 28, 2013 at 4:08 AM

Where’s Rusty? I’m “for whole volumes in folio.” :)

Axe on March 28, 2013 at 4:11 AM

Axe on March 28, 2013 at 4:11 AM

Rusty just goes…tho he may appear out of nothing

Scrumpy on March 28, 2013 at 4:13 AM

SparkPlug on March 28, 2013 at 4:02 AM

The bannister was covered in dust and felt rough with age and misuse beneath Emma’s hand. She made her way down the stairs, one at a time, feeling her way, despite the dim spotlight cast by the flashlight she clutched in her shaking left hand.

The floor of the cellar stretched before her. To her right, she could make out some rags strewn across some large mounds in the dirt floor. To her left stood a stack of old luggage. Foremost amongst the luggage was a steamer trunk, the labels of its many voyages almost legible in the dim, shaking circle of light cast by her flashlight.

She stopped at the foot of the stairs. She stared at the largest label on the trunk. All she could make out was the date. 1932. She turned her attention to the rags and mounds on the floor to her right. She strained to see, to determine what those mounds were, without leaving the safety of the bottom step. The rags were the remnants of clothing, and there was something else lying there with them. It was about a foot long and grey. She leaned nearer, trying to see what it was. She was grasping the bannister so hard her knuckles were white and her hand and wrist ached.

As she realized what it was she struggled to keep the scream rising in her throat from escaping her lips. It was a

thatsafactjack on March 28, 2013 at 4:15 AM

SparkPlug on March 28, 2013 at 4:02 AM

Your turn…:)You pick it up here…

thatsafactjack on March 28, 2013 at 4:16 AM

Axe on March 28, 2013 at 3:09 AM

Sorry for the delay–I made some brownies! Then I had to think about what to say.

Evil can be intensely and personally directed, and at times is so disproportionate that it does seem to flood out of nowhere. Looking back on long past events of history, evil acts seem even more disproportionate and irrational. But evil doesn’t suddenly appear, it’s inherent in our own hearts. Romans 1 through the middle of chapter 3, covers the range from the self-righteous kind of evil to the most ruthless type. There’s also the reality that this world is locked in a spiritual war. Jesus said that Satan was a murderer and liar from the beginning. We’re in quite a struggle right now, and there’s a very real spiritual aspect to it. That sense of violence is there, because violence is there.

INC on March 28, 2013 at 4:18 AM

Now hear a heart’s gray, still lament,
A sadly smiling spending, spent
On love without a snare. She went
Beneath old-fashioned moonlight, went
Beneath her star toward home.

Axe on March 28, 2013 at 4:18 AM

I made some brownies!

INC on March 28, 2013 at 4:18 AM

Ah. And now life mocks me outright. :)

Axe on March 28, 2013 at 4:19 AM

Axe on March 28, 2013 at 4:11 AM

You should feel free to jump in on this one, too. Spark wanted a haunting story… so I dashed off something. I started it and left it hanging.. so if you feel like it, pick up the thread…

thatsafactjack on March 28, 2013 at 4:20 AM

Ah. And now life mocks me outright. :)

Axe on March 28, 2013 at 4:19 AM

Sorry! I’d share if I could!

INC on March 28, 2013 at 4:20 AM

INC on March 28, 2013 at 4:18 AM

*And thank you for a thoughtful answer.

Axe on March 28, 2013 at 4:20 AM

Axe on March 28, 2013 at 4:18 AM

Very touching :-)

Scrumpy on March 28, 2013 at 4:21 AM

Scrumpy on March 28, 2013 at 4:13 AM

You, too, Scrumpy! Give it a go if you want…:)

thatsafactjack on March 28, 2013 at 4:22 AM

Evil is ever present. It takes stealth to avoid it’s snares.
One has always the choice to do what is good and wholesome and right.

I have tried to figure out if progs/libs are perhaps unknowingly evil…?

It twists in my mind how can they think that what they want is good and good for all?

It is a ‘what I want and want now and it has to be for all’ that way I look good?

A liberal mind is a difficult place to penetrate let alone try to understand.

Scrumpy on March 28, 2013 at 4:26 AM

Nothing Compares 2U- Sinead O’Connor

thatsafactjack on March 28, 2013 at 4:28 AM

And here a warming Spring’s gone cold.
And here a surging tree’s grown old,
And upright sways, its shade unfolds,
And stumbles in the musty wold,
Without his star, toward home.

Axe on March 28, 2013 at 4:29 AM

I don’t want to step on Scrump or Spark’s solution to Jackie’s sentence. :)

I know what it is though. Someone needs to write it.

Axe on March 28, 2013 at 4:30 AM

It was a leg bone barely visible. The scream caught in my throat before it came alive, instead I deeply gasped and held my chest…

A morbid curiosity took over me, the light gave me a sense of safety, as I ventured closer.

My foot scraped against somthing, so I took my unsteady hand and shone the light downwards.

There on the floor was a dagger, faint traces of blood it glittered.

As I refocused my light on the bundle, a sound gripped me, I frantically shone my light in the direction from whence the noise came, and saw nothing, it was an insistent scratching clawing, somthing was trying to

Scrumpy on March 28, 2013 at 4:32 AM

Axe on March 28, 2013 at 4:30 AM

LOL! Oh, I was looking for more than just a sentence. I was hoping for the next part of the story, too. What it is must only be the beginning of this tale. I provided the setting, the clues, the inky blackness of an ancient cellar…penetrated only by a small circle of light held in the shaking hand of a frightened woman. The rest is up to you guys. This story can go many directions…it can, in fact, be many stories. :)

INC, feel free to jump in, too, this is open to all of you.

thatsafactjack on March 28, 2013 at 4:34 AM

a leg bone

lol — well, ok, that was an option too. :)

lol

Axe on March 28, 2013 at 4:34 AM

Scrumpy on March 28, 2013 at 4:32 AM

Excellent, Scrumpy! Well done, indeed. Very Lovecraft in tone. :)

thatsafactjack on March 28, 2013 at 4:35 AM

Red Red Wine – UB40

thatsafactjack on March 28, 2013 at 4:36 AM

Story’s gone actiony. K.

*cracks knuuckles*

Axe on March 28, 2013 at 4:37 AM

I like spooky :-)

Scrumpy on March 28, 2013 at 4:37 AM

Axe on March 28, 2013 at 4:20 AM

You’re welcome.

INC, feel free to jump in, too, this is open to all of you.

thatsafactjack on March 28, 2013 at 4:34 AM

Thanks, Jackie, but I’ll let the wordsmiths have at it. I also have to go finish cleaning the kitchen—the downside of brownies.

INC on March 28, 2013 at 4:37 AM

Axe on March 28, 2013 at 4:37 AM

kk! :)

thatsafactjack on March 28, 2013 at 4:38 AM

Jackie, you and Axe seem to have the ‘inside’ scoop on the story!

Scrumpy on March 28, 2013 at 4:38 AM

INC on March 28, 2013 at 4:37 AM

Leave that for the gremlins!!

Scrumpy on March 28, 2013 at 4:39 AM

Scrumpy on March 28, 2013 at 4:38 AM

Not at all, Scrumpy. I wrote that off the cuff just now because Spark asked for a haunting story. I don’t know how it ends any more than you do and neither does Axe. What you wrote was excellent. We’ll take turns. It will be fun. :)

thatsafactjack on March 28, 2013 at 4:40 AM

The brain has a consciousness that the mind uses in infinitismal ways…

Scrumpy on March 28, 2013 at 4:40 AM

thatsafactjack on March 28, 2013 at 4:40 AM

I am up for it and down for it too!!

Scrumpy on March 28, 2013 at 4:41 AM

Think Sparky has gone to ground?

Scrumpy on March 28, 2013 at 4:41 AM

Drive-By News Intell Report:

Catch you late Peeps Later:)
===========================

Exercise FOAL Eagle
*******************
*******************

Update: US Strategic Command sent 2 B-2 Spirit bombers for a ‘long-duration, round-trip training mission’ over South Korea – @YonhapNews

1 hour ago by editor
========================

2013/03/28 16:59 KST

(3rd LD) U.S. B-2 stealth bomber conducts first firing drill in Korea
By Kim Eun-jung

SEOUL, March 28 (Yonhap) The United States air force’s nuclear-capable B-2 stealth bombers carried out its first-ever firing drill over the Korean Peninsula on Thursday, the Combined Forces Command said, sending another strong warning to North Korea, which has threatened a preemptive nuclear attack on the U.S. and South Korea.

The U.S. Strategic Command sent two B-2 Spirit Bombers for “a long-duration, round-trip training mission” from Whiteman Air Force Base in the U.S. state of Missouri to South Korea in a demonstration of the country’s defense of South Korea and to provide “extended deterrence to its allies in the Asia-Pacific region,” the CFC said in a release.

http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/news/2013/03/28/0200000000AEN20130328006653315.HTML
====================================

Foal Eagle

During Key Resolve/Foal Eagle 2013, North Korea threatened to abandon the Korean Armistice Agreement, argung the excercises threatened North Korea with nuclear weapons and that the U.S. was unwilling to negotiate a peace treaty to replace the armistice.[43] JoongAng Ilbo reported that U.S. vessels equipped with nuclear weapons were participating in the excercise,[44] and

The Pentagon publicly announced that B-52 bombers flown over South Korea

were reaffirming the U.S. “nuclear umbrella” for South Korea.[45]
(More…)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foal_Eagle

canopfor on March 28, 2013 at 4:42 AM

INC on March 28, 2013 at 4:37 AM

If you should change your mind, INC, feel free to jump in! It’s a game that everyone can play. Just like when we were kids and we used to make up stories for one another at slumber parties or sleep overs or camping. :)

thatsafactjack on March 28, 2013 at 4:42 AM

claw under the door on the other wall.

The bright moon illuminating the floor crack showed me nothing, and the flashlight hindered rather than helped, illuminating those places it touched, but leaving the surrounding darkness impenetrable. I switched it off and waited for my eyes to adjust.

Something small scratched at the bottom of the further door. I could see its shadow moving. There was something sporadic, something unnatural about it’s jerky movements. My imagination showed me a bony hand and I shuddered.

“Tommy,” I whispered, but I didn’t make a sound. turned my head without turning my eyes and tried again. “Tommy!” I whispered harshly.

I heard shuffling behind me, and then a hand on my shoulder.

Axe on March 28, 2013 at 4:43 AM

Scrumpy on March 28, 2013 at 4:41 AM

I don’t know. He said he was going to the Glade to check it out. Maybe he’ll be back soon.

thatsafactjack on March 28, 2013 at 4:44 AM

Jackie, you and Axe seem to have the ‘inside’ scoop on the story!

Scrumpy on March 28, 2013 at 4:38 AM

I was playing. :) I thought of a doll — the same creepy doll she just saw in the attic.

But murder and mayhem work. :)

Axe on March 28, 2013 at 4:45 AM

Axe on March 28, 2013 at 4:43 AM

Oh, very good! :)

thatsafactjack on March 28, 2013 at 4:45 AM

Axe on March 28, 2013 at 4:43 AM

Ohhhhhhhhhhhh the plot thickens!

Scrumpy on March 28, 2013 at 4:47 AM

Ugh,its Heating Up:

Yonhap News Agency ‏@YonhapNews 9m

S. Korea worried about N. Korea’s ‘growing uncertainty’: official http://bit.ly/WY7umD
====================

2013/03/28 17:38 KST

S. Korea worried about N. Korea’s ‘growing uncertainty’: official
*****************************************************************

SEOUL, March 28 (Yonhap) — A high-ranking official at Seoul’s foreign ministry said Thursday he was concerned about a “growing uncertainty” in North Korea, with the North cutting a military hotline a day earlier and raising tensions yet again.

North Korea severed the last military hotline with South Korea, which is mainly used for the passage of South Korean managers who work at an inter-Korean industrial park in the North’s border city of Kaesong. Despite the cut, South Koreans were allowed access through the border via civilian telephone line.

http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/news/2013/03/28/0200000000AEN20130328013300315.HTML

canopfor on March 28, 2013 at 4:50 AM

Ohhhhhhhhhhhh the plot thickens!

Scrumpy on March 28, 2013 at 4:47 AM

Oh, very good! :)

thatsafactjack on March 28, 2013 at 4:45 AM

?? Who’s up? Scrump?

Jackie, in the rotation? :)

Axe on March 28, 2013 at 4:50 AM

Axe on March 28, 2013 at 4:45 AM

Sorry to bust in on you three, but I wanted to make sure that you got my email.

MarshFox on March 28, 2013 at 4:51 AM

canopfor on March 28, 2013 at 4:50 AM

Good Morning Canopfor!! Hot news indeed!!

Scrumpy on March 28, 2013 at 4:51 AM

Axe on March 28, 2013 at 4:50 AM

Jackie I would say :-)

Scrumpy on March 28, 2013 at 4:51 AM

Am cut n pasting it in my notepad..

Scrumpy on March 28, 2013 at 4:52 AM

MarshFox on March 28, 2013 at 4:51 AM

Good day Marshfox!! Hope all is well with you?

Scrumpy on March 28, 2013 at 4:54 AM

I stood stock still, rooted in place by my own fear. I heard the harsh breath rasping behind my right ear. He was sniffing me. I felt the fear shoot down my body, like a bolt of electricity all the way to the soles of my feet.

I couldn’t speak. I could barely breathe.I knew him. I knew who he had been and what he had become.

He moved, slowly around me, never taking his massive, gnarled hand from my shoulder. As he moved past me, the scent of death, of rotting flesh filled my nostrils. I retched, gasping for breath. He stood before me. I realized that the flashlight remained fixed on the floor near the door. I could only make out his outline in the darkness that engulfed us.

Even in the cloying darkness I could make out the glint of his eyes. I lifted the flashlight beam to that ravaged face…

thatsafactjack on March 28, 2013 at 4:55 AM

SEOUL, March 28 (Yonhap) — A high-ranking official at Seoul’s foreign ministry said Thursday he was concerned about a “growing uncertainty” in North Korea, with the North cutting a military hotline a day earlier and raising tensions yet again.

canopfor on March 28, 2013 at 4:50 AM

*facepalm*

What’s uncertain about it? Time to go prove a new King.

*sigh*

(Nice to see you, Canada. :)

Axe on March 28, 2013 at 4:55 AM

MarshFox on March 28, 2013 at 4:51 AM

Hello, MarshFox! I hope all is going smoothly and that you and yours are well. :)

thatsafactjack on March 28, 2013 at 4:58 AM

canopfor on March 28, 2013 at 4:50 AM

Hello, Canopfor! :)

thatsafactjack on March 28, 2013 at 4:58 AM

Sorry to bust in on you three, but I wanted to make sure that you got my email.

MarshFox on March 28, 2013 at 4:51 AM

Bust in, hell. :) Go get Mrs MarshFox (Lila Munroe) or pick up a pen yourself. :)

Haven’t checked. I’ll go check. I’ve taken to checking at lunch and at five (professional responsibilities) and then ignoring it — till the first of the month when I have to be an adult again for a few weeks.

Axe on March 28, 2013 at 4:59 AM

Scrumpy on March 28, 2013 at 4:54 AM

It is and it isn’t, Scrumpy, I am assuming either you or you husband served, so either way your TRICARE such that it is is earned, every bit. Email my wife at her account on her web page, trust me she will tell you the deal. Never let anyone, either on here, conservative or Lib ever tell you different, Jackie is right, you earned it. I almost left work to come to the barracks to get on here just to tell you that but I couldn’t get away at that instant. Jackie covered it anyway, we are not takers, we gave, sometimes all, because we believed in what most don’t, true freedom, and you can always walk with your head held high:)

MarshFox on March 28, 2013 at 5:02 AM

MarshFox on March 28, 2013 at 5:02 AM

I got no email. Not yet anyway.

Where’d you send it? Did you Sketchbook/contact? Do you have my actual email address?

Axe on March 28, 2013 at 5:05 AM

I lifted the flashlight beam to that ravaged face…

“Oh Tommy” I cried, and then the stench hit me, I bent over nauseated, trying to keep my focus on him.

He started to speak, but could gurgle, and collapsed on the cold dank floor.

I shone my feeble light on him and saw an iron collar round his neck, and a heavy chain leading back to where he had shuffled from.

I could only imagine how long he had been down in this dark dank cellar, empathy flowed through me as I looked at the pitiful sight that lay before me, how he was still alive was beyond my comprehension.

I hastily looked around for a key so I could release him, my thoughts scattered, free him or call for help!

Slowly he reached out an almost skeletal hand, nails torn out, grabbed my ankle and slowly pulled himself into a semblance of a sitting position.

He pointed back towards the dark room and I heard more scrabbling sounds as tho someone somthing was in there…

Scrumpy on March 28, 2013 at 5:07 AM

Axe on March 28, 2013 at 4:59 AM

You should check out her actual page, some really good stories there, she loves doing those interviews like you linked to though:) I think I will leave the writing up to her, she is so much better at it;) Besides you guys are doing fine:) 37 days and I get to hold her again, hopefully never to leave again:)

MarshFox on March 28, 2013 at 5:07 AM

Axe on March 28, 2013 at 5:05 AM

sketchbook, that gives you my real email btw

MarshFox on March 28, 2013 at 5:09 AM

MarshFox on March 28, 2013 at 5:02 AM

Thank you Marsh! Sometimes meds fog the mind…and having that reassurance that I am not being a moocher has greatly eased my mind!

I so appreciate Jackie and you for your kind words to me… :-)

Scrumpy on March 28, 2013 at 5:11 AM

sketchbook, that gives you my real email btw

MarshFox on March 28, 2013 at 5:09 AM

OK. One sec. Have to do something terrible.

Scrumpy on March 28, 2013 at 5:07 AM

You are to blame for what happens next. :)

Axe on March 28, 2013 at 5:13 AM

“The silence was absolutely deafening…”

… Silence is gay.

Seven Percent Solution on March 28, 2013 at 5:16 AM

Axe on March 28, 2013 at 5:13 AM

Collaborating on a story like this one never knows where it will lead!

I can’t wait!!

Scrumpy on March 28, 2013 at 5:19 AM

Scrumpy on March 28, 2013 at 5:11 AM

Let me tell you something, Lila Munro would have been heated had she seen that, she would have wanted to sit you down and tell you how it is(in a good way, she would have empathized trust me) and anyone who may have made you feel that way would have paid the price because she would have blasted them. For the last 9 years she has been alone for six of those, raised two kids, watched our dogs grow old and worried over me becoming pink mist in some far away desert, she knows the deal, and honestly, I think it would do you good to talk to her, she has a heart of gold,(she married me, you know she has to have to stay with me)She had some really good senior wife mentors when she was a blushing brand new military wife, and she has never forgotten that kindness

MarshFox on March 28, 2013 at 5:19 AM

I appreciate ALL of you!! Y’all help keep me sane in this crazy world!

Scrumpy on March 28, 2013 at 5:20 AM

He pointed back towards the dark room and I heard more scrabbling sounds as tho someone somthing was in there…

but as I stepped uncertainly toward the door, he became agitated. I realized he was waving, swinging his hand, not pointing, and he was making a sound like a man without a tongue desperate to speak.

I was ashamed. This was Tommy. I wanted to comfort him — he seemed terrified — but I didn’t want to be anywhere near him. He didn’t seem alive. He was a bony, rancid thing chained to a wall, throwing his arms like a madman and grunting. And he was Tommy. I didn’t notice at the time, but my tears began to mix with the sweaty face.

The noise stopped behind the door. I shined my flashlight, and the beam was shaking.

“It’s all right, Tommy,” I lied as well as I could, “it’s going to be all right now. Is there –” I choked. “Is there something back there?”

He groaned so that the walls themselves were full of his sound.

In the still behind the door, a little girl cried out. I caught my breath. She cried out again, and I went quickly to the door. Tommy would have grabbed me if he could. He seemed panicked.

Axe on March 28, 2013 at 5:21 AM

MarshFox on March 28, 2013 at 5:19 AM

No no no, I am not blaming anyone, someone wrote somthing and I took it to heart…it was my own conscious that took it further.

In the early years I did too, a good mentor, a Sgt Majors wife!

Things happen and time marches on and one loses and gains friends, some you can talk to and others not so much!

I so miss that closeness and cameraderie I felt with other army wives…

Honestly, I took to heart this whole moocher thing, it wasn’t said to me directly, so I must say that!!

For what it is worth, I do not blame anyone here, tho I did mention a couple names, they are NOT at fault!!

I apologise to them both when they read this thread… they are not at fault…

I shall email Lila at her gmail… please let her know that I shall.

In the subject I shall put, ‘Marshfox’ so she will know I am not a ‘kook’…

Scrumpy on March 28, 2013 at 5:27 AM

Axe on March 28, 2013 at 5:21 AM

Brilliant!

Scrumpy on March 28, 2013 at 5:29 AM

@MarshFox

Got it.

Something strange is going on, since it didn’t beep me like it’s supposed to, and I had to go get it, but I got it. Good thing too, cause you’d never retype all that. :) I’ll write you back tomorrow.

Axe on March 28, 2013 at 5:31 AM

Oh! Now we have to wait for jackie to write!

This is good!! :-)

Scrumpy on March 28, 2013 at 5:31 AM

I forced myself to shake off the almost paralyzing fear that gripped me. I stood before that door, holding my breath so that I could hear, seeking a sign of what lay beyond, but the frantic beating of my own heart filled my ears. The little girl had gone silent.

I cast about me with the flashlight, looking for anything I could use as a weapon against whatever lay beyond that door. There was nothing. I looked down at the tarnished, battered door knob. A new wave of trepidation filled my soul. I reached out my trembling hand and turned the knob and pushed. The door seemed stuck, it didn’t budge. I leaned against the door with my shoulder and pushed hard.

Suddenly, the door gave way and opened so suddenly that I nearly fell into the small, dank room that lay beyond it. I regained my balance and swiftly scanned the room with the flashlight. There was nothing. How could that be? The thought raced through my mind. Just as swiftly it was replaced by another, more fearful thought. What was behind the now open door? I turned…

thatsafactjack on March 28, 2013 at 5:33 AM

So when do we hear the final verdict on the gay thing? Don’t the justices need to spend a lot of time writing their decisions?

bluegill on March 28, 2013 at 5:35 AM

Suddenly, the door gave way and opened so suddenly that I nearly fell into the small, dank room that lay beyond it. I regained my balance and swiftly scanned the room with the flashlight. There was nothing. How could that be? The thought raced through my mind. Just as swiftly it was replaced by another, more fearful thought. What was behind the now open door? I turned…

thatsafactjack on March 28, 2013 at 5:33 AM

Ahhhh. Quite. :)

Axe on March 28, 2013 at 5:35 AM

Scrumpy on March 28, 2013 at 5:27 AM

Good deal, but better to put that I sent you to her from Hot Air, she’ll know because I will tell her, besides I am quite sure you and her will get along cheeky:) She loves the Brits:) Make sure you explain why your emailing her, she needs to know. She can help you out with this way better than I ever can.

MarshFox on March 28, 2013 at 5:41 AM

So when do we hear the final verdict on the gay thing? Don’t the justices need to spend a lot of time writing their decisions?

bluegill on March 28, 2013 at 5:35 AM

I don’t think I’ve heard anything about that wrinkle in any of this.

The decisions on these are pretty narrow.

Axe on March 28, 2013 at 5:42 AM

Axe on March 28, 2013 at 5:31 AM

No worries, just hit me back on my gmail account, that way I can answer at work if I have to, can’t do nothing but lurk there for Hot Air, I can use personal gmail there though which is cool cause Lila and I can text each other:)

MarshFox on March 28, 2013 at 5:43 AM

I’ll write you back tomorrow.

Axe on March 28, 2013 at 5:31 AM

*If you don’t mind. This is the end of my day, and my brain is a marshmallow. :)

Axe on March 28, 2013 at 5:43 AM

I turned…

And as my eyes became aware of somthing vague wispy ethereal and my mind grasped what it was seeing…

My mind screamed rebelled repulsed by what I saw. I couldn’t bear the sight of her, of what was at one time a child but was no more.

What the hell was going on here?

My heart went out to her.

She wasn’t more than maybe 8 or 9 judging by her size, but this ‘creature’ was unlike anything I’d ever seen, horrendous yet in a strange way she had beauty.

Her skin was so thin so translucent and faintly floresent, where her arms were were now two sets tentacles which she waved vigorously, her mouth barely resembled a human mouth was full of rows of sharp pointed teeth, where her legs should have been, were also two tentacle like appendages.

It was her eyes, her human eyes that were so sad, so piercing…so telling of the horror she had to endure…

Then as I looked back to Tommy I realised what had happened to him, he

Scrumpy on March 28, 2013 at 5:50 AM

MarshFox on March 28, 2013 at 5:41 AM

Thank you I will mention HA!

Scrumpy on March 28, 2013 at 5:51 AM

Axe on March 28, 2013 at 5:31 AM

Actually I meant to put that down there meaning tomorrow:)

MarshFox on March 28, 2013 at 5:54 AM

Axe on March 28, 2013 at 5:43 AM

As you depart to sleep!! We can continue our story tomorrow night!

God Bless and sleep well Axe!

Scrumpy on March 28, 2013 at 5:54 AM

*If you don’t mind. This is the end of my day, and my brain is a marshmallow. :)

Axe on March 28, 2013 at 5:43 AM

Me, too. I’ve been up with this dog for over 24 hours. I’m going to try and grab a nap for a couple of hours. I think he’s feeling better and he was able to rest for about four hours without having to go outside, and he’s sleeping now, so I think I may be able to get in a nap.

We can pick this story where we left off… sort of like a serial.

~Stay tuned for the next installment of Terror In The Dark.~ A SAJ Production

Scrumpy…that’s great work! We’ll pick it up where you left off. :)

thatsafactjack on March 28, 2013 at 5:54 AM

Why Worry – Dire Straits

I bid you all a fond goodnight. It’s been a pleasure, as always. See you soon.

thatsafactjack on March 28, 2013 at 5:57 AM

thatsafactjack on March 28, 2013 at 5:54 AM

God Bless and good night jackie, hope your dog gets well soon hon!

Scrumpy on March 28, 2013 at 5:58 AM

Scrumpy…that’s great work! We’ll pick it up where you left off. :)

thatsafactjack on March 28, 2013 at 5:54 AM

K, night guys. Going to quietly review, and maybe review some of the damage I’ve managed to do today. Sleep well. :)

Later MarshFox!

*poof*

Axe on March 28, 2013 at 5:58 AM

Time I swooshed on outta here too!!

Good Night!!

Good Morning Morning Crew!! Wish you all a blessed day!!

*swoosh*

Scrumpy on March 28, 2013 at 6:01 AM

Mornin’, y’all!
Here’s a little something off-topic to get some excitement going this morning: “We say keep your change, we’ll keep our God, our guns, our constitution.” – Sarah Palin
Sarah Palin: The Re-emergence of the Arctic Fox My take.

kingsjester on March 28, 2013 at 6:40 AM

good morning HA

another day of lsm bashing the gop for not supporting ssm, who’s up for it?

cmsinaz on March 28, 2013 at 6:44 AM

kingsjester on March 28, 2013 at 6:40 AM

nice take on cuda KJ :)

cmsinaz on March 28, 2013 at 6:47 AM

*unpoof*

Apologize for the pajamas. I’m about to flop ingloriously, but this beeped on me just before I could hit the power button and collapse:

This is a must read.

[. . .]
4. Now, even with her much-ridiculed “gosh and golly” mannerism, she also managed to put together a totally new approach to getting a natural gas pipeline built which will be the biggest private construction project in the history of North America. No one else could do it although they tried. If that doesn’t impress you, then you’re trying too hard to be unimpressed while watching her do things like this while baking up a batch of brownies with her other hand.

5. For 30 years, Exxon held a lease to do exploratory drilling at a place called Point Thompson. They made excuses the entire time why they couldn’t start drilling. In truth they were holding it like an investment. No governor for 30 years could make them get started. Then, she told them she was revoking their lease and kicking them out. They protested and threatened court action. She shrugged and reminded them that she knew the way to the court house. Alaska won again. . .

Sarah Palin gives new meaning to “irrelevant,” apparently yet another evolving, redefined term.

*repoof*

Axe on March 28, 2013 at 7:01 AM

i don’t know how the lsm can sit their with a straight face, saying that DOMA is a states rights issue but then defends CA for banning a states right of NO SSM

am i missing something here???

cmsinaz on March 28, 2013 at 7:04 AM

Thanks for your support, y’all!

kingsjester on March 28, 2013 at 7:11 AM

Apparently Time magazine says the american people have already decided that SSM is here to stay….apparently because 9 states allow it the entire nation is for it…

cmsinaz on March 28, 2013 at 7:33 AM

Looks like some of you got pretty gay.

Bmore on March 28, 2013 at 7:38 AM

apparently because 9 states allow it the entire nation is for it…

cmsinaz on March 28, 2013 at 7:33 AM

And 8 of those states had sodomite relationships pushed through the legislature and not through the ballot box.

Happy Nomad on March 28, 2013 at 7:41 AM

Comment pages: 1 7 8 9 10