If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, looks like a duck, it must be a duck.
Topic: Proverbs
Source: (Italian)

Of late, a commenter who goes by the name of RR Edwards has sought to dominate the discussion on this blog (at this post).   His basic technique is to be disagreeable.   Unless you agree with him, you are entirely wrong.   Other than in the eradication of Christianity and apparently every other religion, it is difficult to figure out what Edwards believes.  So even if you want to, you probably could not agree with him.

Is Edwards an “Internet troll?”  Perhaps.  For those who are unfamiliar with the term, the Old Fashion Liberal came up with this definition.

An Internet troll is someone who posts offensive, controversial, or divisive material on an Internet community. Trolls are an unfortunately common occurrence on many communities across the Internet, and there are various steps which can be taken to combat them. If you are currently struggling with an Internet troll, the best thing to do is to walk away, since trolls feed on attention, and they will usually disappear if they are ignored.  (continued here)

Based upon the definition and that old duck proverb, I think we can safely classify Edwards as an Internet troll.  He certainly has not had much that is positive to say about anybody or their beliefs.  Moreover, I think his cause, the eradication of Christianity, is at least somewhat controversial.

Anyway, Edwards visits do provide an excuse to quote a few Bible verses.  What verses?   Since Edwards sows confusion over what it means to be a Christian, I will quote some verses from 1 John that clarify the matter.

First of all, what does it mean to be a follower of Christ?

1 John 1:5-10 (Today’s New International Version)

Light and Darkness, Sin and Forgiveness

This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth.  But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.

If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.

So Christianity is about the forgiveness of sins and the effort to become holy.  To become holy, we must avoid sin.   What does it take to avoid sin?  How do we avoid being lead astray?

1 John 3:7-10 (Today’s New International Version)

Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. The one who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous. The one who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work.  Those who are born of God will not continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in them; they cannot go on sinning, because they have been born of God.  This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Those who do not do what is right are not God’s children; nor are those who do not love their brothers and sisters.

We must seek what is righteous, and we must be reborn of God.  And how do we know what is right?  How are we reborn?

1 John 4:7-21 (Today’s New International Version)

God’s Love and Ours

Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.  Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.  No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.

This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit.  And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world.  If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God.  And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.

God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.  This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus.  There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

We love because he first loved us. If we say we love God yet hate a brother or sister, we are liars. For if we do not love a fellow believer, whom we have seen, we cannot love God, whom we have not seen.  And he has given us this command: Those who love God must also love one another.

Ultimately, Christianity is about faith in God’s love in the form of Jesus Christ.  What distinguished Jesus?  We say that Jesus was a man, and we say that Jesus was God.  As a man Jesus needed the love of the Father.  As God, Jesus knew the love of the Father with absolute certainty.  No one else before or since has had such certainty.   Thus, no man is good, certainly not as good as was Jesus.  Yet when we strive to love one another, God lives in us and His love is made complete in us.

1 John 1:5-10 (Today’s New International Version)

Light and Darkness, Sin and Forgiveness

5 This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. 6 If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all [a] sin.8 If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.

The Growing Idolatry of Civil Government

Election Day rapidly approaches, and many are only now taking notice. Most, I fear, will not.  Urge your friends and neighbors to participate.  Those of you who understand the stakes involved must cajole your friends and neighbors to learn and participate.  The following,  from Fulcrum Express: A Journey of Faith Embracing All of Life, provides some logical arguments you can use to persuade your friends and neighbors.

Some may think we’ve not yet sunk into the clutches of socialism — which happens when we have a state-run economy. But consider this: In 2009, federal and state governments will consume 40 percent of the United States’ TOTAL gross domestic product. This means that nearly half of all the wealth generated in America this year will be taken by civil government to fund its ever expanding control over more and more of our lives and our economy. As a result, we have run out of money while undercutting the means for producing future wealth.

Yet the federal government seeks to expand its reach even more.

This has happened because too many Christians confuse civil government with self government and the other spheres of government ordained by God — mainly the family, the church and voluntary associations. We have failed to fulfill our obligations of self, family, church government, and want the “easy out” of expecting civil government to do it all for us. Politicians, ever eager for more power, are only too willing to accommodate us and we are now reaping the disastrous results.   (continued here)

This article is by James C. Wright, J.D., of Fulcrum Ministries.  Again, I urge you to read it and discuss it with your friends.


What follows is an excerpt from yesterday’s edition of Senator Ken Cuccinelli‘s of the Cuccinelli Compass.

With a week to go, our opponent is almost going berserk with negative ads.  And his union supporters are feeding him cash to do it, like the $25,000 donation he got today from the AFSCME.  So, how is it working?

Well, I will share with you some of our internal numbers as a way of figuring it out.

We see daily tracking numbers, so we can see trends.  The tone and tenor of our opponent’s ads became sharply negative this past week, so let’s look at the comparison of where we were last Sunday to this Sunday, and let’s isolate that part of Virginia where we’ve been being hit the hardest with his negative ads – Southeast Virginia (referred to as the Norfolk media market, though it includes the whole area).

FYI, we poll by media market, so we can react by media market if need be.

My opponent appears to think that there’s ground to be gained in SE Va. by trying to tie me to his attacks on Del. Hamilton, so he’s pouring it on there.  He has been running negative radio ads since the very beginning of September, with T.V. since the end of September.

No where else in Virginia did they begin advertising before the third week of September.

So, on October 18th, they were up in the polling in the Norfolk media market (the only market in Virginia they were leading in).  And they were up by a lot – 15 points.  The early part of the week they dramatically escalated their negative attacks, departing farther from reality in their attacks than ever before.

So, by the end of the week, how did that work out for them?

Incredibly, we saw the single biggest one week swing in ANY media market anywhere – 25 points!  By Sunday the 25th, we were up by 10 in the Norfolk media market.  We now lead in every single media market.

How does this happen?  Well, there are two explanations in my humble opinion.

First, I already mentioned the extraordinary tone of their negative ads.  Ads that just can’t stand up to scrutiny.

Second, is a factor I haven’t mentioned yet, and that is name identification.  Incredibly, after outspending us for the duration of the race, my opponent STILL has not crossed 50% name I.D. (that’s as of today!).  He has failed to do the most basic thing in political advertising: introduce yourself to the audience.

It’s amazing how frequently people all over Virginia ask me who I am running against.  It is STILL happening, even at the end of October!  Usually I refuse to tell them… I figure, let him spend his own money to introduce himself.

His very low name I.D. is particularly important in the context of negative attack ads because of a concept called “carrying a negative.”  A candidate has to have sufficient stature of their own with the electorate to “carry a negative” attack.  Part of the reason his negative attacks are not working is that he has not adequately introduced himself to the electorate to capture any benefit from attacking me.

It also doesn’t help my opponent that Creigh Deeds – you remember him? – ran 6 weeks of unrelenting negative ads against Bob McDonnell, so folks are fed up with it even more than they would otherwise be.

The result is that all his negative advertising did virtually nothing to change his name identification in the Norfolk media market, and people actually reacted by moving our way on the ballot.

Moral of the story?  Several.  First, there’s a very real danger to unmitigated negative campaigning.  Second, a candidate needs to have already established his own image in the public’s mind before going negative on the other side.  You have to be known to be “for” some position(s) before you can effectively attack your opponent.

So, that’s your inside view here at The Compass.

When all is said and done, most people do want to elect someone they trust, someone who stands for something and means it.  Even if you don’t agree with a politician, it is nice to know he will not swindle you.

Are you one of those people who wants to trust the people we elect to public office?  Do you care about the future of Virginia and the United States?  Then this coming Tuesday, make certain you get to the polls and vote.

Unauthorized and paid for by nobody. ;-)


Since I was out-of-town this weekend, I am still catching up.   So I did not catch the Washington Post’s endorsements until just a little while ago (Missing such news is one of the things that makes vacations worthwhile.).

Were there any surprises for citizens of the 13th District of the House of Delegates?  Unfortunately, no.   The Post lived up to its reputation by castigating Delegate Bob Marshall and endorsing John Bell. Here is what the Post had to say about Marshall.

Del. Robert G. Marshall has distinguished himself by standing still; he remains the author of off-the-wall legislative antics that even members of his own Republican Party regard as clownish. In addition to making hay with wedge social issues (like trying to outlaw in vitro fertilization), he has also done his best to impede transportation funding proposals that would benefit his own district.  (from here)

The folks in the 13th District should find the Post‘s comments about Marshall highly insulting for at least two reasons:

  • We have elected Delegate Bob Marshall repeatedly, and the Post is calling our delegate a clown.
  • What the Post calls off-the-wall legislative antics is something that the hypocritical editors of the Washington Post have no trouble with if the clown is on their side of the aisle.  The Post is engaging in nothing more than partisan name calling.  This sort of juvenile name-calling and “news” is why I don’t buy that paper anymore.  I have little desire to subsidize propaganda for a cause I oppose.

Delegate Bob Marshall has served us honorably.  When he has disagreed with the elected leaders of his party, he has done so openly and for sound reasons.  For example, in cooperation with Democrats, the Republican Party leadership supported legislation, HB3202, that was unambiguously unconstitutional (see Marshall v. NVTA and here).   Marshall fought the bill every step of the way, eventually defeating it.

Latter, when he was running for the U.S. Senate, Marshall wrote a letter to Virginia voters.   Marshall described his “clownish” opposition this way.

Dear Virginia Voter,

I have been a state legislator for 17 years, winning nine elections in Northern Virginia, and I am running for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate. I respectfully ask for your support.

I am the state delegate who brought the SUCCESSFUL lawsuit (Marshall v. NVTA) challenging the Hampton Roads and Northern Virginia unelected regional transportation taxing authorities, the only lawmaker who challenged the unconstitutional law and the only Republican who opposed HB3202 on the floor of the House of Delegates. (See You Tube  (continued here)

Contrary to what the Post suggests, rank and file Republicans respect Delegate Bob Marshall.  That is why Marshall almost won the Republican Party’s nomination for the U.S. Senate.  In fact, Marshall came within a hairbreadth of defeating former Governor Jim Gilmore.

Do you want to see how a clown represents you in the House of Delegates?  Check out the video.  This is what the Post considers “off-the-wall legislative antics.”

What is sad about candidate John Bell is that he and the Post see too much eye to eye.  In Bell we have a former military officer that regards his oath as something he can, when it becomes inconvenient, set aside.   Thus, the fact that HB3202 is clearly unconstitutional does not bother Bell (PWC100 debate with Marshall).  What truly concerns Bell is that Marshall stopped a bill that supposedly would have provided transportation funding.  Nonetheless, Marshall fought HB3202 for soundly philosophical reasons.  The bill gave taxation and spending authority to an unelected body, the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority.   For such a cause the Founders of this nation fought the American Revolution.