Jane Chastain : Politically Direct

Is the Resurrection Bunk? Don’t Bet Your Life on It

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Another Easter has come and gone.  There are sales on everything from bunnies to bonnets.  For some it’s an opportunity for bargains, others will breathe a sigh of relief.

Easter is the most important, joyous event on the Christian calendar, but for others it’s a reminder of their mortality and they simply can’t wait for the last signs of this annual celebration to be gone.

Death is something we must face.  The question is, “If you died tonight, where would you be tomorrow?” Read the rest of this entry »

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April 19th, 2017 at 11:20 pm

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Cleaning out the Rats in Government

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This week my husband smelled a foul odor in the area around his vintage sports car which he keeps under raps in our garage.  He removed the cover and lifted the hood to discover a big fat rat with a nest full of babies.  There is no telling how much damage could have been done if he had not made that discovery and quickly dealt with the problem.

However, this was nothing like the rat we discovered in the California state legislature when it was revealed that Republican Sen. Anthony Cannella of Ceres provided the margin of victory needed by Democrats to pass a $5.2 billion dollar tax increase, ostensibly to repair the states road and bridges.  This included a gasoline tax hike of 12 cents a gallon which hurts poor and middle class working commuters.   It will give California the 2nd highest gas tax in the nation and likely the highest price at the pump due to California’s distance from the major refineries and a requirement by state air regulators that further increases the cost of gasoline for our state.

For his vote, Cannella, the rat, received a half billion payoff for projects in his district that have nothing to do with fixing potholes.  They were designed to give him something to crow about to voters when he seeks higher office in a state heavily dominated by Democrats. Read the rest of this entry »

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April 12th, 2017 at 5:30 pm

Nuclear Option? Call It Constitutional Option

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“Elections have consequences.”  (Barack Obama, 2009)

Indeed they do and the most important factor to consider in electing a president of the United States is what kind of justices will he or she appoint to the Supreme Court?  While a president can serve for a mere eight years, a Supreme Court justice holds that job for life (or as long as he or she can sit on the bench without nodding off).

Will the high court consist of justices who will faithfully decide cases based on the Constitution alone (preferred by conservative Republicans) or should the high court be made up of justices who see the Constitution as a “living instrument” that can be changed on a whim (preferred by liberal Democrats)? Read the rest of this entry »

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April 11th, 2017 at 6:55 pm

The Culture vs Biblical Morality (Culture Wins at Least for Now)

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Disney’s long-awaited live-action remake of the fairy tale “Beauty and the Beast” broke records on its opening weekend despite the news that, for the first time, the studio is featuring an openly gay character in a film aimed at children.

Disney has been promoting the gay agenda for some time but never crossed this all-important line.  It’s executives have reason to celebrate.  Despite this controversial content that flies in the face of Biblical morality, the film broke the record for best March opening, Best PG rated all-time opening, and scored the 7th biggest launch of all time for any movie.   It pulled in $174.8 million in the U.S. where 70.6 percent of our population identify as Christians and another 1.4 percent adhered to Judaism.

Both the Old and New Testaments in the Bible condemn homosexuality in the strongest terms, as do all the major religions.  However, only one theater in the United States, a drive-in in DeKalb County, Alabama, refused to show the movie.   Read the rest of this entry »

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March 22nd, 2017 at 5:30 pm

Big Bird: You’re Fired!

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On Monday, Donald Trump signed an executive order aimed at cutting out waste in the federal government.  The ink wasn’t dry when the Washington Post trotted out Big Bird, the affable “Sesame Street” figure who has been used to blunt past efforts to cut unnecessary government programs.  https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/the-end-of-big-bird-hes-survived-the-budget-ax-many-times-before/2017/03/13/f5c1c94a-082a-11e7-93dc-00f9bdd74ed1_story.html?utm_term=.c6a28dc55b29

“Sesame Street” has millions of fans and I am one of them, but this bird is a fat cat!  It’s time we recognize that his life and our lives will not change if we cut the funding for the National Endowment for the Arts, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, NPR and all the rest. Read the rest of this entry »

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March 15th, 2017 at 5:30 pm


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