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Thursday, June 02, 2005

Israel Releases 398 Palestinian Prisoners - Yahoo! News
Meanwhile, the thousands of innocent Israelis killed by terrorists remain dead and buried.

Jonah Goldberg on Mark "Depp Throat" Felt vs. Linda Tripp
Jonah's summed up my feelings pretty well. The letter in his posting immediately below this one makes good points as well.

Thomas Sowell: Who can afford it?
One of the middle-class communities in the county is Foster City, a planned community built back in the 1960s. When the first homes went on sale there in 1963, you could buy a three-bedroom house for as little as $22,000. If you wanted something bigger or more fancy, or in a more scenic location, you could still get it for under $50,000.

Today, the average price of a home in Foster City is $1.2 million.

People who wring their hands about a need for "affordable housing" seldom consider that the way to have affordable housing is to stop making it unaffordable. Foster City housing was affordable before the restrictive land use laws in this area made all housing astronomically expensive.

Contrary to the vision of the left, it was the free market which produced affordable housing -- before government intervention made housing unaffordable.

None of this is rocket science. Anyone who can understand the concept of supply and demand can understand that putting most of the land in a whole county off-limits to building will cause the price of the remaining land to rise.

It is the land, rather than the houses that are built on it, which has become astronomically expensive in places with extreme "open space" laws and other severe restriction on the use of land. In some places without such laws, a house can be bought for a fraction of what that same house would cost in parts of California.

The people who push restrictive laws and policies often try to blame everything else for high housing costs. "Overpopulation" is one such red herring. In reality, the population of San Mateo County has declined by 9,000 people in the past four years while housing prices have risen sharply.

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

"But the mild voice of reason, pleading the cause of an enlarged and permanent interest, is but too often drowned, before public bodies as well as individuals, by the clamors of an impatient avidity for immediate and immoderate gain." --James Madison

"Democracy is a device that ensures we shall be governed no better than we deserve." --George Bernard Shaw

"One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors." --Plato

"When people stop believing in God, they don't believe in nothing -- they believe in anything." --G. K. Chesterton

"Abuse at Abu Ghraib prison -- where no one was killed or even hurt -- was given massive attention; Saddam's mass graves precious little. The news media's double standard is clear." --Jack Kelly

"Democrats consistently rely on judges to impose legislation that they can't get through the normal democratic process because majorities don't want it. As a result, our politics and our courts have been deformed. A contempt for majorities keeps growing on the left, and contempt for the courts keeps rising on the right." --John Leo

"Military metaphors are rarely exact, but sending Republicans against Democrats when the issue hangs in the balance is nearly always as futile as sending George B. McClellan against Robert E. Lee, the Italians against Marshal Montgomery's desert rats or an Arab armored division against an Israeli rifle company. The copy desk can write the headline before the battle begins and take the rest of the night off." --Wesley Pruden

"Democrats, that herd of independent minds, will or will not, as a bloc, filibuster a nominee whose only discernible disqualification is his or her deviation from the prevailing consensus in the faculty lounges of the Yale, Harvard, Michigan, Chicago, Stanford and Columbia law schools." --George Will

Jay Leno ... In Middlefield, Ohio, they opened an Amish Wal-Mart -- a Wal-Mart catering to the Amish community: the Amish people say it's the greatest thing since unsliced bread. .... A new study shows that the child population in San Francisco is dwindling and in fact San Francisco has the smallest share of children of any major city in the United States. That's odd, huh? For some reason couples in San Francisco don't seem to be reproducing as much as couples in other cities. Gee, I wonder what the problem is there? You think it might be something in the Rice-A-Roni?

Obviously posted last night. From The Corner.

Tuesday, May 31, 2005

'Deep Throat' Reportedly Comes Forward
In 2003, Woodward and Bernstein reached an agreement to keep their Watergate papers at the University of Texas at Austin.

At the time, the pair said documents naming "Deep Throat" would be kept secure at an undisclosed location in Washington until the source's death.
Maybe Dick Cheney's "Deep Throat"?

A Papal Primer
The best way to get a handle on the role of the pope is to go back to the Gospels. Jesus had numerous disciples, including Mary Magdalene, Lazarus, and many others. But from these He chose twelve to whom He entrusted special responsibility. He gave them power to sanctify through the sacraments which they were to administer (Jn 20:21, Lk 22:19, etc.), the authority to teach what they’d received from him (Mt 28:20), and power to govern the life of the Church (Mt 18:18).

Then from their number He chose one whose name He changed from Simon to Cephas or Peter, meaning “Rock” (Mt 16: 18). This should tip us off right away of the unique role of this Apostle, for this is the only instance recorded in the four gospels of a name-change initiated by Jesus. When God changes someone’s name in the Old Testament, its always indicative of a special role in God’s unfolding plan (e.g. Abram to Abraham).

Nearly every book of the New Testament notes the special role of this Apostle, even if the book is written by another apostolic hero. Out of respect, the “Beloved Disciple” allows Peter to enter the empty tomb first (Jn 20:5-6) making Peter the first official, apostolic witness of the Resurrection. Paul, the Apostle “born out of normal course,” feels no obligation to spend time with any of the Apostles except Peter (Gal 1:18). When it is time to proclaim the Resurrection to the people of Jerusalem, it is Peter who is the Apostles’ spokesman. Peter’s role is so preeminent that Acts even speaks of Peter and “the Eleven” (Acts 2:14).

The Body of Christ?
When Jesus spoke about eating His flesh and drinking His blood in John 6, the response was less than enthusiastic. “How can this man give us His flesh to eat?" (V 52). “This is a hard saying who can listen to it?” (V60). In fact so many of His disciples abandoned Him that Jesus asked the Twelve if they also planned to quit. Note that Jesus did not run after the deserters saying, “Come back! — I was just speaking metaphorically!”

It’s intriguing that one charge the pagan Romans lodged against Christians was that of cannibalism. Why? They heard that this sect met weekly to eat flesh and drink human blood. Did the early Christians say: “Wait a minute, it’s only a symbol!”? Not at all. When explaining the Eucharist to the Emperor around 155AD, St. Justin did not mince his words: "For we do not receive these things as common bread or common drink; but as Jesus Christ our Savior being incarnate by God's word took flesh and blood for our salvation, so also we have been taught that the food consecrated by the word of prayer which comes from Him...is the flesh and blood of that incarnate Jesus.”

Ex-FBI official says he's 'Deep Throat' - Politics - MSNBC.com
This is, of course, completely untrue. Jimmy James is Deep Throat.

Yeah, I think I'm obsessed....

Link via Drudge.

Catholic World News : New report shows how UN document promotes abortion
Merely two months after the close of the 'Beijing +10' conference at the United Nations, where pro-abortion lobby groups and delegates from several countries vehemently denied that the 1995 Beijing Platform for Action supports a right to legal abortion, a prominent abortion advocacy group has released two briefing papers admitting that Beijing promotes legalized abortion.

In 'Abortion and the Law: Ten Years of Reform,' the Center for Reproductive Rights, the world's only organization of human rights lawyers focusing exclusively on abortion, states that Beijing 'provides vital support to advocates seeking abortion law reform in their countries.'"
More reason not to support the UN.

"NewsRadio" (1995)
Ok, as predicted, I watched too much TV this weekend, but I just couldn't stop watching my NewsRadio DVDs. (Fortuantely, I still got most of the work I had planned for this weekend done. Mopping the last part of the living room will have to wait.)

You know how when you loved a show when you were younger, and then you watch it again once you're older, you realize how bad it truly was? I've seen it happen with "Night Court", "Star Trek", "Star Blazers", among others. I had this lingering fear that "NewsRadio" would provide the same result. Was I ever wrong: it's even better than I remembered. I was laughing so loud I was worried I would bother my neighbors. I saw a few episodes for the first time, or least I didn't remember them, and they were great. (I ended up watching the episode where Joe filled in on-air for Catherine twice since it was so funny. Although the subplot with David Cross as Jimmy's "weird" nephew was a little disappointing.)

It amazed me not just how well-written the show was, but how perfectly each actor was cast as their character. The recurring themes are just great. I'm not sure, but I think the teaser of every 2nd season episode ended with Matthew getting hurt.) Jimmy's wife search, and the various reasons for crossing women off his list are hilarious. ("I found out the sweet girl from 'Saved by the Bell' made a dirty movie!", "So, Melanie, you think this thing with that Antonio Banderas guy is going to last?" "I had to cross Loretta Swit off the list because no one can seem to find her.")

And Lisa Miller could just be the perfect woman: cute, can do math in her head, wise ass.

The worst part of finishing Seasons 1 and 2 is that I can't wait for season three to come out on DVD. Jimmy runs for President; Dave and Stargate Defender; Bob Costas punching out Joe at the radio awards banquet; Dave is discovered to be Canadian (which leads to a great line: "You poor misguided Canadian bastard."); the complaint box; and the episode set in outer space. We need season 3 on DVD!!!

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