December 30, 2009


   Today is the day before New Year’s Eve. That means one thing for most Ohioans. THE ROSE BOWL IS ONLY 2 DAYS AWAY!!!

   For the first time in Coach Tressel’s coaching career, he’s heading to the Grandaddy of them all, the Rose Bowl. Across the field we will be facing off against the University of Oregon and their obnoxious duck. The Buckeyes will come into the game as the underdog in many analysts eyes with the exception of a very few who actually think that our defense will shut down the speedy Jeremiah Masoli and the bruising LeGarrete Blount.

   Obviously I predict an Ohio State win and I predict it to be a pretty good one at that. But since most fans will say they predict their team to win, I am going to back it up with some facts and reasons for which the Buckeyes will prevail.

   1. Cameron Heyward. A one man wrecking ball on offensive lines this year, Heyward can disrupt the passing AND running games and gets pressure on the quarterback like very few other linemen. It should be noted that in the PSU-OSU game, most analysts picked PSU to win and because of their offensive line being able to shut down everyone that they had to face. It should also be noted that on the fist play of the game for PSU, Heyward busted through the line and sacked Daryll Clark. That set the tone for the whole day and Ohio State dominated PSU (widely regarded to be either the best or the second best team in the B10). OSU only allowed 1 touchdown by PSU and that one was questionable at best.

   2. Defensive line. Defense doesn’t come much better than B10 defense and Ohio State’s at the top of the league. Our defensive line is, despite having no particular standout player, one of the best in the business and has caused nightmares for quarterbacks from Illinois, Penn State, USC, and nearly every other team we have faced. This line outweighs Oregon yet still maintains a admirable speed. Oregon will not have faced a defense like Ohio State’s.

   3. Terrelle Pryor. While the sophomore quarterback hasn’t been brilliant this year, he has shown improved and growing maturity as he has taken care of the ball and limited mistakes against very good defenses. It was revealed that for the past couple games he has been playing with an injured PCL in the knee and also a sprained ankle. His injuries will have healed more by the time the Rose Bowl rolls around day after tomorrow and he will be able to run better against a smaller and overmatched Oregon defensive line. He has been working on the passing game over the break and will most likely be allowed to make more and monger pass attempts to take pressure off of the running game. That brings us to…

   4. The running game. Ohio State may not have a standout player like Beanie Wells in the running game this year, but in the past couple games the Buckeyes have established themselves as a power running team. Boom Herron and Brandon Saine have been splitting time and forcing defenses to stop the Buckeye rushing game. It hasn’t happened lately as the Bucks have run up 150+ yards in each of their last three games. The OSU running game will be helped by the O-line being able to stave off Oregon’s outmanned and underweight D-line.

   All in all, this should be a good game for Buckeye fans. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Oregon strike first, but when OSU gets the steam going, they are a hard team to beat. Coach Tressel’s style of play limits other offenses from having the ball much and limits mistakes. That is exactly what OSU needs to do to win.

Prediction: Ohio State rolls in this game: 28-17.


Merry Christmas To All!

December 24, 2009

On this Holy Night, the night before Christmas, Christmas Eve I will abstain from political attacks or partisan bickering long enough to wish everyone out there a safe, happy, blessed Christmas.

Christmas is a time to spend with family and to enjoy all the wonderful gifts we have been endowed by God with. It is a celebration of the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ. Through God’s divine and overarching love, He sent His only begotten Son to a tiny town called Bethlehem to be born as a babe to the Virgin Mary. This Child would be called the Son of the Most High and The Prince of Peace. He was born that, in time, He would take the punishment for humanity’s sins on the cross of Calvary. His birth indicates with what manner we are supposed to give.

I know it is politically incorrect to talk about Christmas and I’m supposed to talk about the ‘holiday season’. While I certainly recognize that there are other holidays out there that compete with Christmas for celebratory time, no other holiday can compete with the sheer importance for every man, woman and child’s immortal soul. We can all celebrate this season with joyful hearts and an assurance that we will meet the reason for the season in heaven. All we need to do is ask Him to come into our hearts and become Lord of our lives and our Savior. All we need to say is “Lord Jesus, I am a sinner. I’ve sinned against You and I want You to come into my heart and cleanse me of all my sins. I want to serve You. I thank You for dying for my sins on Calvary. I want to become a new creation through Your blood. In Your name I pray, Amen.”

If you’ve said that prayer, you can rest assured that God has listened and you have everlasting life in heaven waiting for you when you die. That is what Christmas is all about. If you have questions or would like more information about how to become saved, you can email me at or leave a comment on this post.

Christmas is a joyous season and I wish everyone a blessed, Merry Christmas.

Conservative Principles And the Burden of Big Government (Pre-election)

December 20, 2009


   The greatest tragedy of our time is the loss of personal responsibility by the American citizen. The rise of the Democratic party as we now know it is wrought by the corresponding deficiency of active conservative principles by our citizens. The Democratic party now has espoused the greatest big government agenda in the history of our great nation. They promise free money, free healthcare, free college tuition: who is going to pay for it? Where do we get the money? And more importantly, what do we do when that free money runs out? We will have become so dependant on the government that we will have shed all personal responsibility and will no longer know how to earn anything ourselves.

   In fact, we are rapidly heading toward that state now. The Democratic party seems an inexorable juggernaut unable to be stopped by traditional Republican tactics. Hillary Clinton and Barak Obama champion the advent of government run healthcare (read: socialistic health-care) which would add untold trillions to the government debt which we are now entangled in. They support many billions of dollars toward the creation of new and far-ranging government programs for the poor and suffering. I am for the removal of poverty from the American scene, but never at the cost of throwing our security into the briny depths of foreign whims. How can we take care of our own citizens’ money issues while throwing the nation into debt and disarray?

   As every conservative knows, big government is the trumping of state and local government and the crushing of the will and freedom of the people of which the government was borne to serve. When government begins to control your wallet, yea, even a part of it, it becomes like a wild animal with bloodlust, it cannot be satiated with just the minor taste, it must consume the entire entity. This means that if we allow our liberal government to control even the minutest fraction of our financial lives, it will eventually grow to be the detestable brute that the founding Fathers intended to prevent through the various checks and balances. We must now elect someone with the great principles that have driven conservatives since the Reagan Revolution: the principles of integrity, honesty, small government, noninterference except when absolutely necessary, freedom of the individual, freedom of the nation, personal accountability and other principles so advocated by conservatives that have long thwarted the liberal pick-pocketing by the scourge of big government.

   You may ask why I speak of big government as an animal, or even a cumbersome and obstinate impediment to liberty. Well the common principles of man have long sustained the human race since the days of Noah and Moses to our current state. When God saw the wickedness of the people, he did not indiscriminately destroy Noah as well as the heathen sinners. No, he saw the righteousness of one and seven and spared them. As well as with the rebellion of Korah against the laws of God brought by Moses from the Mount Sinai, God destroyed Korah and his followers yet spared those that remained loyal to Him. Personal accountability made all the difference. The followers of God made a personal commitment to remain loyal and steadfast when others were blindly following one erroneous man. This can be said of liberalism, we follow blindly in the direction our brute big government leads us. With conservatism; however, personal responsibility is the driving force. Personal accountability in finances, freedom, choice and family. The government stays as much out of your life in a conservative government as it intrudes and obstructs in a liberal-run one.

   Therefore choose for yourself of which you wish to be yoked under: a government that restricts or a government that uplifts? A government that controls or a government that knows it’s role? A government that determines what you can do and when or a government that allows for personal freedom in bounds of natural law? A government that promises big and falls short or a government that stays out and allows you to become all you can be? A government whose yoke is crushing in weight and destructive in nature or a government whose yoke is light and unrestrictive? A government who lives to control or a government who is controlled by those living under it? A government grown to the size of unsustainable range or a government who helps more than controls? These are the questions before us now in the great moment of elective process. The time in which we exercise our will. We still have the choice, do we have the will? We still have the power to shrink this sizeable behemoth to a manageable and freedom loving ordinance run by us and doing our will. Will we step up and say to the government through our ballots that we will no longer be controlled by them, instead they will become adherents to our will?

   Now is not the time for apathy on the part of the great conservative spirit within every American. Now is the time to act, to set forth a new revolution: not one wrought by violence or death, not of communism nor Marxism nor liberalism. A peculiar revolution indeed it shall be, instead of ‘progressing’ to a new depth of personal unaccountability, we shall instead ‘progress backwards’ as it were, to the shining shores of liberty and the sunny plains of personal freedom. We can truly progress, but we shall progress genuinely, for once, toward a right and just goal of freedom and responsibility and the removing of the yoke of government that has become a prevalent factor in the ongoing demise of the liberty we have had for two hundred and thirty two years. We shall indeed break the bondage imposed by government and replace it with a righteous government of old, one of noninterference save the case of war, violence or fraud.


Union Busting

December 19, 2009

   The Unions have grown far too powerful. While unions used to represent workers in their quest for fair hours and fair pay, now their main uses are shaking down business and lobbying for the Democrat party. Anyone disagree with me? Look at any major unions’ past support for politicians. Do you see any more than about 5% of Republicans endorsed by the unions? I found one Republican endorsed by the UAW local

   So what am I saying? I’m saying that we need a few good men (or women) left in the Senate or the House that will say ‘The unions have gone too far’. I think Americans are turning en masse from the leftist agendas of the Democrats and the unions.

   I know this for a fact, there is still a market for American cars, but maybe the market’s not there for GM cars. It hurts because I love the Chevy brand and have always loved the Silverado as a truck. But the markets dictate, in a free country, what is sold and what falls by the wayside. I won’t say that the Chevy and Cadillac brands will fall away. But GM needs to take a look at longtime rival Ford and model themselves after Ford and maybe a little after the foreign carmakers that are thriving in the recession. No one wants to buy cars from a government run company. GM is now essentially a government owned company, and having the CEO put in place by the government certainly doesn’t make it look any better.

   But this isn’t about GM, Ford or the government. It’s about the leftist unions growing grip on politics and the Democrat party. It used to be the unions stood up for their workers and wanted a fair wage for a honest day’s work. Now unions want exorbitant pay for less work and more benefits. Autoworkers in a GM plant have more robotic help at this point than they have ever had in the past, yet they are paid more for doing less and complaining the whole time. And it makes me ever more angry when honest guys like myself can’t find a job to save our souls yet union members get paid $20+ an hour and complain about the work. The financial secretary of the local UAW recently complained and moaned in the union newsletter that he was getting old and that his ‘legs just aren’t what they used to be.’ Uh, what’s that got to do with the union or union finances? Union members, while I think they are mostly okay and not nearly as corrupt as the Big Union bosses, are steeped in the art of complaining. They think they are entitled to ever increasing pay at ever lightening loads and ever more benefits.

   You want to tell me that unions have helped whatever industry or field they work in? Look at Detroit public schools. Almost all schools are unionized by the teacher’s unions. In Detroit 69% of 1900 4th and 8th grade students that were randomly tested scored BELOW AVERAGE. The National Assessment of Educational Progress has a test that is comprised of two parts. The first part grades the average of the students from 1-500. The second part of the test ranks the students from ‘below basic’ to ‘advanced’.  On the first part of the test the national average is 239, Detroit public school students scored an average of 200. On the second part, 67% of 4th graders were ranked ‘below basic’ but even more sickening is that 77% of 8th graders were ranked ‘below basic’.

   Well you might say, ‘oh but that’s not the unions fault!’ Really? You want me to believe that? Oh yes, it is the unions fault. Here’s the ugly truth. The unions keep mediocre to downright worthless teachers on their rolls due to the fact that it is so dang hard to fire a teacher that the state doesn’t bother. So, what do we have now? We have idiot teachers that couldn’t teach a bird how to sing and as a result the poor people of Detroit can’t afford to take their kids to private schools. So now we have unionized idiots trying to ‘teach’ our students and are getting nowhere yet are continually supported by the unions who are in it for nothing but more union dues. See where I’m going with this?

   Unions have ruined the public school system. We used to be one of the envies of the world because of our teachers that wanted to teach and wanted to get young minds to think and analyze and become all that they could. The unions came in like the Grinch on Christmas Eve, took all the money and left imbeciles in the classrooms. Now, instead of having teachers like Anne Sullivan, we have teachers that are having relationships with students and raking in the pay.

   Unions have ruined GM. Look at the CEOs. Everyone says blame the CEO because they’re paid so much money they HAVE to be the cause of GM collapsing. Not really because Toyota, Audi, Nissan etc. all have handsomely paid CEOs. So did GM and so does Ford. The one thing present in GM that isn’t in the foreign companies is the union. Non-unionized car companies are turning a profit and are set to come out of the recession just fine. Yet GM, once the pride of American manufacturing is shriveling and dying. Why? The union arm-twisting and shakedowns of GM cost them big time. The cost of GM cars went beyond what foreign cars cost at the same quality. Foreign companies were not hamstrung with pricey environmental quality taxes. Yet unions try to shift the blame to the fat-cat, capitalist pigs at the top. One word… puh-lease.

   I used to think that Bush was a moron for trying to bust up the unions. Maybe now we need a little good ole fashioned union-busting.  


The Horror of Abortion

December 11, 2009


   The left’s assault on the sanctity of life is seemingly never-ending, save for when they stand up for rapists, murderers and dictators. But this post is dedicated to showing the viewers the horrors of abortion. I won’t post the actual pictures due to their graphic and explicit nature, but I will link to them and comment on them.

   The first site that has some gruesome images of the aborted fetuses is from The Center for Bio-Ethical Reform. The site is dedicated to showing people the horror of abortion through articles, audio\video samples, abortion facts and photos.

   The photos show the parts of various aborted babies from 7 weeks (page 1) to 24 weeks (page 3). The gruesome photos show just what happens to the poor baby as it is systematically slaughtered inside the womb of the mother. In the abortions in progress page, photos show the damage done in the process to the females reproductive system, thus disproving the idea that abortions are harmless to the mother.

   Since I am sure that you have seen enough pictures of the horror of what the poor babies go through, let me give you some sites with the testimonials of the women who have had abortions and now regret them.

   I’ll be posting more on this subject in the future. I do hope you’ve checked out the links I have included. The pictures and the testimonials are heartbreaking.


Reason for Lack of Posts

December 11, 2009

Hello friends, if you’re shocked by the surprising lack of posts over the past week or so, I assure you the situation is temporary. Due to the Christmas season and much gift making, buying, shopping etc. I have not had the usual amount of time to devote solely to creating well thought posts. My apologies to all those that rely on me and my insight, however I can guarantee that in the New Year there will be MUCH information and opinion thrown in every which direction from An Informed Mind. I am currently working toward putting some more posts on the site, but they will not come with the regular frequency. Stick with me.

An Informed Mind wishes everyone a Merry Christmas, and tells you to spend as much time as you can with family, because you never miss them until they’re gone. God Bless and Merry Early Christmas.


EPA: Your Breath Can Kill You

December 9, 2009

   In another stunning move of monumental stupidity, the EPA has now told us that our breath is dangerous to us and the planet. It is now undertaking steps to begin regulating CO2, Carbon Dioxide, a regular part of the atmosphere and everyone’s breath.

   While I don’t deny that we need to do our best to not pollute, this isn’t about pollution. This is stupidity, pure and simple. Since the beginning of the earth there has been varying amounts of CO2 in the atmosphere. CO2 is naturally trapped. Do none of these ‘scientists’ have a brain of their own to research these things without organizational bias getting in the way?

   Whereas I have little scientific knowledge outside of high school level biology, I do keep up to date on the whole global warming issue and find myself informing myself more and more through research on the subject. It seems to me that this is just another way to tax people and regulate industry to be able to pay for more and more government largesse.

   America has been driving and using coal-fired electric plants for many years. In fact, when we were the number 1 manufacturer in the world, we used a lot of energy, usually dirty energy and we did not see the whole ‘everyone is going to be poisoned etc. arguments that are trying to scare people into supporting the various new controls that government wants to impose. Why then should we impose new regulations on industries when they are already being burdened by more regulations than in other countries. You would think that issue #1 for Obama and his Democrat stooges in Congress would be for ending the recession first and tackling global warm… oops, I mean climate change when that ends. We have had cars for over a hundred years, coal fired plants for as long, maybe longer, and other dirty sources of energy that SPEW CO2 for a LONG time. If there was global warming, we would be steaming by now. We would literally be stewing in our own juices. But that is not happening.

   The whole regulation of carbon is sure to ruin our economy even further and put America’s industries in an even worse position when we are facing an ever growing China and cheaper sources of labor elsewhere. I only hope that we can reverse this nonsense before it destroys our country.