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Thursday, November 03, 2005

TIME.com: Why Bush Picked Alito -- Page 1
His hobby is baseball: He's a Phillies fan, and coached youth league baseball from 1994 to 2000.
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Wednesday, November 02, 2005

"'Trust-me' government asks that we concentrate our hopes and dreams on one man, that we trust him to do what's best for us. My view of government places trust not in one person or one party, but in those values that transcend persons and parties." —Ronald Reagan

"It is not the fact of liberty but the way in which liberty is exercised that ultimately determines whether liberty itself survives." —Dorothy Thompson

"The object and practice of liberty lies in the limitation of government power." —General Douglas MacArthur

"I do esteem individual liberty above everything. What is a nation for, but to secure the maximum liberty to every individual?" —D. H. Lawrence

"Liberty is the hardest test that one can inflict on a people. To know how to be free is not given equally to all men and all nations." —Paul Valéry

"What is a 'moderate' judge? One who gives opinions half way between what the Constitution actually says and what they'd like it to say? Talking about 'moderate' judges makes no sense, but talking about moderate politics does." —Justice Antonin Scalia

"Any judicial nominee who has said that the Constitution means what it says, not what judges would like it to mean, is going to be called an 'extremist.' That person will be said to be 'out of the mainstream.' But the mainstream is itself the problem." —Thomas Sowell

"In the last two weeks, the Administration began to talk tough on border security, the President suggested across-the-board spending cuts, and now we have a mainstream conservative nominee to the high court. That's a perfect recipe for a second term political turnaround." —Rep. Tom Tancredo

"So, Exxon Mobil broke corporate records last week, posting a $9 billion profit on $100 billion in revenue in the third quarter. Right on cue, Democrats demanded that Washington confiscate some of those profits. Are they predictable or what?... Want to know who is making a bigger windfall than oil companies are making from the prices paid by the poor gasoline consumer? It's good old Uncle Sam and his 51 little brothers. Refining costs and profits combined make up about 15 percent of the cost of a gallon of gasoline, according to the U.S. Energy Department. State and local taxes make up almost double that, about 27 percent. State and local gas tax collections exceed oil industry profits by a large margin, according to a Tax Foundation study released last week. Since 1977, consumers have paid $1.34 trillion in gas taxes—more than twice the profits of all major U.S. oil companies combined during that same period. Last year, state and federal gas taxes took in $58.4 billion. Major U.S. oil company profits last year totaled $42.6 billion." —New Hampshire Union Leader

"Sen. Ted Stevens, Alaska Republican, threatened to resign if money for his state's 'bridge to nowhere' is taken away. That is the best idea I've heard since the term limits movement of some years ago. The president might offer to attend his going-away party." —Cal Thomas

"The 'Ding Dong, the Bush Is Dead' fever rages on, disappointments notwithstanding. Hurricane Katrina was, politically, a wash. And say what you like about Harriet Miers, but at least the disaffected right wrapped the whole thing up in a month. Meanwhile, the left's still panting orgasmically about Patrick Fitzgerald's investigation into what Scooter Libby said to Judith Miller about what Valerie Plame knew about what Joseph C. Wilson IV said... zzzz... fingers growing heavy... losing the will to type." —Mark Steyn

"Ask most 'ordinary Americans,' as the media call people leading normal lives beyond the Beltway, whether Karl Rove or Vice President Dick Cheney leaked the name of Valerie Plame/Wilson to New York Times reporter Judith Miller—and they're likely to say, 'Yeah, a beer sounds good'." —Kathleen

"Al Pacino was honored for his career at a banquet in Beverly Hills Friday. He's played a mobster, a mayor, a revolutionary, a cokehead, a sex addict and the devil. For thirty years the Democrat nomination for president has been his for the asking." —Argus Hamilton

Jay Leno... Happy Halloween everybody! I'm not going trick or treating until Wednesday. Do you know why? I'm going to go as a FEMA worker. ... What's with this fun size candy now? Have you noticed, our Halloween candy is getting smaller and smaller yet our kids are getting fatter and fatter. How is that possible? ... This is sad. Did you hear what Harriet Miers dressed up as for Halloween? A Supreme Court Justice. It was her only chance. ... President Bush was asked how he came up with a conservative like Alito. Bush said he got the idea over the weekend while turning the clocks back. ... Anti-war protestor Cindy Sheehan said that she would tie herself up at the White House to get President Bush's attention. Right idea, wrong president. I think that was more Bill's kind of thing.

"I was part of that wild and crazy Class of '94 that shook the political landscape by taking over the House after more than 50 years of unfettered Democrat control. We came to Washington full of ideals and conviction. But sadly, what they say about absolute power is coming to reality in the 2005 GOP Washington. Republicans in just 10 years have developed the arrogance it took the Democrats 30 years to develop. But you know, in spite of the very real arrogance displayed by my party in Washington in the years since taking the House, Senate and White House, I firmly believe the Republicans have a real chance to rebound simply because our Democrat friends just don't get it. Essentially, they believe the basic plan of getting their base to the polls, increasing Hispanic voters, and better communication will put them over the top. They believe their failures in these mechanical functions have cost them in the past decade" -- former Republican Rep. J.C. Watts of Oklahoma

Words of Encouragement
To transcend the law!

1 Corinthians 10:23
"All things are lawful," but not all things are helpful. "All things are lawful," but not all things build up.

Today's verse is a quote of a quote. Paul is responding to some cheap and easy rhetoric in a letter the Corinthians had sent him. In that letter,the Corinthians had been dumbing down Paul's teaching on the grace of God till it meant nothing more than "do whatever you like and God will overlook it." The Corinthians torque Paul's words into meaning, "everything is right and nothing is wrong." Paul reminds them that this is like saying, "Everything is right and nothing is left." And the slogan the Corinthians appear to have settled on to sum up this cartoon of Paul's thinking was, "All things are lawful." So Paul takes time in his reply to the Corinthians to set everything straight. His reply, in a nutshell, is, "Jesus frees us to transcend the law with goodness, not ignore the law like criminals." We are not under law for the same reason a grown man is not under his kindergarten teacher, not because we are now free to steal cookies and pull our sister's hair, but because the Holy Spirit of Jesus Christ has written law on our hearts and made us grownups who do not need such supervision. We reach the country where everything is permitted by letting Jesus fashion us into people who only desire what is good.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Townhall.com :: Columns :: A necessary debate by George Will
Our nation properly takes its political bearings, always, from the Constitution, properly construed on the basis of deep immersion in the intellectual ferment of the Founding Era that produced it. That is why our democracy inescapably functions under some degree of judicial supervision. The nation has long needed a serious debate about the proper nature of that supervision. And the president needed both a chance to demonstrate his seriousness and an occasion to challenge his Democratic critics to demonstrate theirs in a momentous battle on terrain of his choosing. The Alito nomination begins that debate.
This is the debate the country has needed for several generations: Should the Constitution be treated as so plastic, so changeable that it enables justices to reach whatever social outcomes -- ``results" -- they, like the result-oriented senators who confirm them, consider desirable? If so, in what sense does the Constitution still constitute the nation?

This is a debate the president, who needs a victory, should relish. Will it, as Democrats mournfully say, ``divide" the country? Yes. Debates about serious subjects do that. The real reason those Democrats are mournful is that they correctly suspect they are on the losing side of the divide.

Monday, October 31, 2005

"Liberty has never come from the government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of the government. The history of government is a history of resistance. The history of liberty is the history of the limitation of government, not the increase of it." —Woodrow Wilson

"There have been men before now who got so interested in proving the existence of God that they came to care nothing for God Himself...as if the good Lord had nothing to do but exist! There have been some who were so occupied in spreading Christianity that they never gave a thought to Christ." —C. S. Lewis

"First, the good news: American teenagers are more religious than many adults seem to think. And now the bad news: American teenagers are less religious than many adults seem to think... Instead of learning the basic tenets of their religion, teens are simply absorbing a belief that if you try to be good all the time, you'll be happy—and being happy is what life's all about...Teenagers aren't getting this vague, consumer-based version of religion out of nowhere...[A]dults preach at teenagers about defying authority, spending too much money, watching too much TV, being sexually irresponsible, and more—and yet adults engage in these practices to a far greater extent than teens do... Teens who compartmentalize their faith, or just don't take time to understand it, are a natural result of adults who do the same things... [T]he kids we're so concerned about are in many ways simply reflections of us." —Chuck Colson

"The American people have made themselves clear: our borders must be secured and our laws must be enforced before any guest worker plan can go into effect... Even with the President's backing, no plan that offers amnesty to illegal aliens will pass this Congress... Slowly, the President's team is coming to realize that they have a political revolt on their hands. And, it's no longer just the conservative base that's angry about illegal immigration—there's widespread discontent about our broken system from coast to coast, from left to right... I sincerely hope the Administration's [recent] language is backed up by action." —Rep. Tom Tancredo

"Americans...are getting increasingly angry with out-of-control government spending, waste, fraud, and abuse... It is the sense of increasing disgust about blatant overspending and our ability to make the tough choices people on budgets have to make each and every day... In the State of Washington alone there are 17,590 homeless people, and we are going to take money from Housing and Urban Development and we are going to build a sculpture park. I think that is not the right priority. It may be a good idea, but the priority is certainly out of line with what the fiscal needs are, and certainly out of line with the expectations of the American people on how we are spending their money... I also remind our fellow Members [of Congress] that if you read the Constitution, there are great difficulties—regardless of what our history has been—justifying, looking at the Constitution and saying this is a role for the Federal Government... It is probably a great project, but not now, not at this time, and not with Federal money." —Sen. Tom Coburn

"The Left...offers an appeal to moral virtue: It's better to pay more in taxes and to share the burdens as a community. It's kinder, gentler, more compassionate, more equitable. Unfortunately, as recent European election results demonstrate, nothing makes a citizen more selfish than socially equitable communitarianism: Once a fellow's enjoying the fruits of government health care and all the rest, he couldn't give a hoot about the broader societal interest; he's got his, and if it's going to bankrupt the state a generation hence, well, as long as they can keep the checks coming till he's dead, it's fine by him. 'Social democracy' is, in that sense, explicitly anti-social." —Mark Steyn

Quote of the Day
When Thomas Aquinas was ginning up proofs of God's existence, he neglected to mention the ash tree. It is the source of the Louisville Slugger, and hence conclusive evidence that a kindly mind superintends the universe.
--George Will
I've always said that baseball is proof that God exists and He loves us.

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