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Friday, October 07, 2005
From your mouth to God's ears, I hope
KNEEL before Zod!
Jim Geraghty asks:
If Vinny Testaverde can get another shot at being quarterback for the Jets, why can't Robert Bork get another shot at the Supreme Court?
When I first came to your planet and demanded your homes, property and very lives, I didn't know you were already doing so, willingly, with your own government. I can win no tribute from a bankrupted nation populated by feeble flag-waving plebians. In 2008 I shall restore your dignity and make you servants worthy of my rule. This new government shall become a tool of my oppression. Instead of hidden agendas and waffling policies, I offer you direct candor and brutal certainty. I only ask for your tribute, your lives, and your vote.
-- General Zod
Your Future President and Eternal Ruler
Vote for him in 2008!
Quotes of the Day
When President Bush chose Harriet Miers for the Supreme Court, he put his own personal feelings and wishes ahead of his duty to his party and his country. This appointment to the swing seat on the Supreme Court is the most important domestic-policy decision of his presidency. It should have been made with patriotism, principle, and public spirit. It was made instead with pique and self-indulgence.
In the end, George Bush is just another public employee. He has a duty to do his best for the people who elected him, for the country that follows him, and for the constitution he swore to defend and uphold. In this case, he failed- worse, he refused. It would be best if this nomination were quietly and decently withdrawn. If not, it should be resisted.
David Frum, who usually doesn't do much for me, gets it exactly right.
News in Science - Dolphins sing 'Batman' theme - 03/10/2005
"It is particularly dismaying that this act should have been perpetrated by the conservative party. For half a century, liberals have corrupted the courts by turning them into an instrument of radical social change on questions -- school prayer, abortion, busing, death penalty -- that properly belong to the elected branches of government. Conservatives have opposed this arrogation of the legislative role and called for the restoration of the purely interpretive role of the court. To nominate someone whose adult life reveals no record of even participation in debates about constitutional interpretation is an insult to the institution, and to that vision of the institution. There are 1,084,504 lawyers in the U.S. What distinguishes Harriet Miers from any of them other than her connection with the president?" -- Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer.
"The song-and-dance routine still didn't cut it, but I found one particular part of the overall 'spin' (during a conference call by Republican Party Chief Ken Mehlman to rally support for Harriet Miers) to be particularly insulting. Mehlman said that since conservatives supported George Bush, they should automatically support the people he selects to be around him. Specifically, Mehlman compared supporting Harriet Miers for the Supreme Court to supporting Donald Rumsfeld as Secretary of Defense. If you support the president's choice of Rumsfeld, then you have to support the president's choice of Miers, went Mehlman's logic... Chairman Mehlman, we know Don Rumsfeld. And Harriet Miers is no Don Rumsfeld. Please stop insulting our intelligence" -- Conservative blogger Chuck Muth.
Delavoice - 50 People Who Are Screwing Up Delaware
This is why we have science!
Link via Catholic and Enjoying It!
Submit your nominees at the above link! I submitted mine.
Thursday, October 06, 2005
OpinionJournal - Peggy Noonan -What was President Bush thinking?
Protestant Author Asks: Is the Reformation Over?
The president would have been politically better served by what Pat Buchanan called a bench-clearing brawl. A fractious and sparring base would have come together arm in arm to fight for something all believe in: the beginning of the end of command-and-control liberalism on the U.S. Supreme Court. Senate Democrats, forced to confront a serious and principled conservative of known stature, would have damaged themselves in the fight. If in the end President Bush lost, he'd lose while advancing a cause that is right and doing serious damage to the other side. Then he could come back to win with the next nominee. And if he won he'd have won, rousing his base and reminding them why they're Republicans.
He didn't do that. Why didn't he? Old standard answer: In time of war he didn't want to pick a fight with Congress that he didn't have to pick. Obvious reply: So in time of war he picks a fight with his base? Also: The Supreme Court isn't the kind of fight you "don't have to pick." History picks it for you. You fight.
The headline lately is that conservatives are stiffing the president. They're in uproar over Ms. Miers, in rebellion over spending, critical over cronyism. But the real story continues to be that the president feels so free to stiff conservatives. The White House is not full of stupid people. They knew conservatives would be disappointed that the president chose his lawyer for the high court. They knew conservatives would eventually awaken over spending. They knew someone would tag them on putting friends in high places. They knew conservatives would not like the big-government impulses revealed in the response to Hurricane Katrina. The headline is not that this White House endlessly bows to the right but that it is not at all afraid of the right. Why? This strikes me as the most interesting question.
Quote of the Day
One for my liberal friends
"Far from being rivals or enemies, religion and law are twin sisters, friends, and mutual assistants. Indeed, these two sciences run into each other. The divine law, as discovered by reason and the moral sense, forms an essential part of both."
-- James Wilson ()
Reference: The Works of James Wilson, McCloskey, ed., 125.
Become a liberal, in the true sense!
A liberal man will be enriched,
and one who waters will himself be
Yesterday we read of God’s generosity as a magnificent king. Today we are reminded that we too are kings and queens and are called to live and act in that knowledge. "Liberality" in Scripture means, not leftist political leanings of course, but generosity, open-handedness and certain relaxed gladness in giving. The Scriptural promises concerning giving and receiving are ultimately focused, not on "I scratch your back and you scratch mine" but on really and truly giving with no thought of return so that, paradoxically, we may be rewarded with treasure in heaven. In a certain sense then, biblical giving is done in the hope and expectation of a reward. Jesus himself never rebuked the disciples when they asked "what’s is it for me" (Mark 10:28). But he also assured them that their rewards were going to be heavenly, not earthly. That is why he commanded them to go to the poor, the weak, the blind, the lame: in short, to those who could not repay them. For ultimately they and we are to give a gift in his name that nobody could ever pay for: salvation. As Jesus said, "You will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. You will be repaid at the resurrection of the just" (Luke 14:14).
Wednesday, October 05, 2005
Can This Nomination Be Justified?
Catholic World News : Abandon Eucharistic doctrine, dissidents urge Synod
It is not important that she be confirmed because there is no evidence that she is among the leading lights of American jurisprudence, or that she possesses talents commensurate with the Supreme Court's tasks. The president's "argument" for her amounts to: Trust me. There is no reason to, for several reasons.
We Are Church argued that the dogma of the transubstantiation-- the teaching that the bread and wine at Mass are transformed into the Body and Blood of Christ-- is unacceptable to Protestants, and thus impedes ecumenical unity. The group decried traditional forms of Catholic piety, such as Eucharistic adoration and processions, as tending to make an "idol" of the Blessed Sacrament.
Unity above truth?
And since the Eucharist truly is the Body and Blood of Christ, how can we not
I fail to see how these people are Catholic.
Quote of the Day
"Remember democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide." —John Adams
"Any excuse will serve a tyrant." —Aesop
"It is my belief that there are 'absolutes' in our Bill of Rights, and that they were put there on purpose by men who knew what the words meant and meant their prohibitions to be 'absolutes'." —Justice Hugo L. Black
"We should remember that it is no honor or profit merely to appear in the arena, but the wreath is for those who contend aright." —President James Garfield
"Something has been left unachieved by the Miers nomination. A Republican president has yet to erase the stigma of the Robert Bork hearings and the David Souter nomination. The nomination of Harriet Miers has not rid us of the repugnant situation that a jurist with a clear and distinguished record will not be nominated for higher service. The nomination did not rid us of the apprehension of stealth nominees." —Manuel Miranda
"[President] Bush could very much use a brisk confirmation battle right now... Confirmation battles over big ideas are clarifying in ways that are good for the public and good for a president whose principles are getting blurry. The Miers pick comes along at precisely the wrong moment. Bush is saying 'trust me' at exactly the time when conservatives want to be reassured they can trust him. The last thing he needs right now is to dip into his house credit one more time." —Jonah Goldberg
"Republicans were put on this earth to cut spending and to cut taxes. That's why God created them, but we haven't been doing this on the spending side... The president has not served us well when it comes to spending, when it comes to trimming the bureaucracy. When government tries to be all things to all people, it fails at the essentials." —Former House Budget Committee Chairman John Kasich
"The results are in, and it's official. Katrina also drove politicians crazy. I don't mean it unnerved them. I mean it drove them stark-raving, rubber-room bonkers... It is usually Democrats who drown problems in money, distracting criticism with feel-good platitudes. But this time, it is a Republican chief executive buying into the Great Society-style excess, following what another Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham called a 'Marshall Plan' for the region. This is insane." —Mark Davis, Dallas Morning News
"USA Today reported Friday that gasoline sales are down fifteen percent. They said high gas prices are wiping out cigarette, candy and soft drink sales. There's a risk everyone could live to a hundred and bankrupt the entire Social Security system." —Argus Hamilton
"Of course, when they confirmed Justice Ginsburg, liberals did not worry about balance. Actually, if not for their double standard, one might think that they had no standards at all." —Manuel Miranda
Jay Leno... Do you believe these fires?! In one day we've gone from a blue state to a red state. In fact, there is so much smoke and soot in the air you can't even see the smog! ... Well, there's a new hurricane that hit Mexico last Saturday. The good news, nobody had to evacuate because they're already here. ... Here is some good news—the Supreme Court is hiring, no experience necessary. So if you are looking for a job, go on down there. ... According to the National Enquirer, President Bush has started drinking again. Boy, he'll do anything to get Ted Kennedy's support for that Supreme Court nominee. ... You know who I feel sorry for—Barbara Bush. Her son's hitting the bottle and her husband's hanging out with Bill Clinton. She's the one who should be drinking!
"[T]he propitious smiles of Heaven, can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right, which Heaven itself has ordained."
-- George Washington (First Inaugural Address, April 1789)
Monday, October 03, 2005
This sums up my attitude well...
www.delawareonline.com | The News Journal | Husband charged with shooting wife and companion
Have congressional Republicans lost their way?
I was confused by this headline at first. What did they mean by companion?
[Police spokesman Cpl. Trinidad] Navarro said Ares arrived home early from work late Sunday, found his wife and Davis in the bedroom and opened fire.
Oh, they meant the guy banging her. Couldn't they have said "wife and her lover". It would have been more honest. (If they had to, "alleged lover" would have worked also.)
It was wrong when we started granting "companion" status to a live-in lover. Now we're granting to an adulterous lover? Language matters. Even if this was an innocent slip of the tounge, it's granting a sense of legitimacy to an apparent adulterous relationship.
At the behest of the White House, Mr. Hastert and then-Majority Leader DeLay held a floor vote open for three hours early one morning while they browbeat GOP members to pass a prescription drug benefit that was the largest expansion of an entitlement program since LBJ's Great Society. "It was a watershed event, the moment when Republicans who stood for limited government realized they were the enemy of their own leadership," Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma told me.
Since then the GOP's love affair with big government has intensified. This summer Congress passed a $286 billion highway bill stuffed with 6,373 pork-barrel projects inserted by individual members, many so marginal they have drawn national ridicule. All this was abetted or even led by a Bush White House that has yet to veto a single bill and whose officials have apparently adapted the old New Deal slogan "tax and tax, and spend and spend, and elect and elect" into merely "spend and spend."
Matthew Continetti, a writer at the Weekly Standard who is writing a book on the modern Republican Party, worries that a decade in political power might have "exhausted conservatism's fighting spirit, lowered the movement's intellectual standards and replaced a healthy independence with partisan water-carrying." That sounds an awful lot like a description of what the last period of one-party rule did to liberals in 1993 and 1994. Back then they ignored the "unseen" political consequences of their actions and thereby convinced the electorate they no longer deserved that power.
"We have abundant reason to rejoice that in this Land the light of truth and reason has triumphed over the power of bigotry and superstition, and that every person may here worship God according to the dictates of his own heart." —George Washington
"No where in the scripture has God ever assured anyone, baptized or not, of a carefree, no conflict existence... When (not if) the trials come, we can be certain that they will reveal our courage, call, commitment and convictions... Regardless of how disheartening the difficulties can be, they should not send us into a tailspin. Rather, they should bring out the best in the believer. They can, if played correctly, bring us back to the biblical basics of faith, hope and love." —Doug Giles
"What if I told you that there was a magic bullet—something that would improve the quality of your daily life, your children's chances of success in the world, your family's health, our values as a society? Something that is inexpensive, simple to produce and within the reach of pretty much anyone? Miriam Weinstein begins her book 'The Surprising Power of Family Meals' with those two questions and then suggests that the 'magic bullet' missed by so many families is as simple as a shared meal. A 2003 survey indicated that children and teens who share dinner with their families five or more nights a week were far less likely to have tried alcohol, cigarettes or marijuana. 'Those who eat lots of family dinners are almost twice as likely to get A's in school as their classmates who rarely eat as a family.' Now that's something to chew on. Launch a revolution. Have dinner as a family." —Albert Mohler
"I was a Democrat once...for a long time, a large part of my life. But in those days, its leaders didn't belong to the 'blame America first' crowd. Its leaders were men like Harry Truman, who understood the challenges of our times. They didn't reserve all their indignation for America. They knew the difference between freedom and tyranny and they stood up for one and damned the other. To all the good Democrats who respect that tradition...and I hope there are many...you're not alone. We're asking you to come walk with us down the new path of hope and opportunity, and we'll make it a bipartisan salvation of our country." —Ronald Reagan
"If you want to understand the Left, the best place to start is with an understanding of hysteria. Leading leftists either use hysteria as a political tactic or are actually hysterics. Take almost any subject the Left discusses and you will find hysteria... America neglects its poor, beats up its gays, oppresses its women, fouls its environment, ignores its children's educations, denies blacks their votes, and invades other countries for corporate profits: These are common accusations of the Left. No event is free of leftist hysteria. On the third day after Katrina, civil rights activist Randall Robinson reported that blacks in New Orleans were resorting to cannibalism. Indeed, most of the news media coverage bordered on the hysterical. Not to mention the hysterical predictions of 10,000-plus dead in New Orleans... [T]he irony in all of this is that the Left sees itself as the side that thinks intellectually and non-emotionally. And that is hysterical." —Dennis Prager