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Friday, June 30, 2006

New Blog Home
I've got a new home page for blogging. You can see me at Gazizza.net. So far, you can read my review of Superman Returns there. More will come.

Superman is Jewish
According to the linked article, the creators of Superman conciously created his back story and motivations to make reflect the Jewish experience in America.

I still believe he fits the Christ story even better, which Superman Returns really plays up.

Link via The Corner.

The Easter Bunny Hates You - Google Video
Hilarious video. Not for all tastes, though.

Link via The Corner.

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Superman Returns (2006)

Go see it. Go see it now! Freakin' great movie.

In the Light of the Law: Excommunication for deliberate embryo destruction?
Canon lawyer Ed Peters defends latae sententiae excommunication for embryonic stem-cell research (discussed here yesterday) as flowing from the historical development and understanding of canon law.

Hat Tip: Mark Shea

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

BREITBART.COM - Smile! A new Canadian tool can re-grow teeth say inventors
And Alabama rejoices!

Stepping Out with the President
Ah, yes, the need to distinguish between public and private. It’s a familiar observation, but I’m not sure I understand it.

Nearly every examination of a historical figure ends up looking intensely at his home life and seeing how it influenced his public actions, whether it’s Pontius Pilate and his wife or Warren Harding’s scandalous presidency. Historians know: There is no great divide between private and public. The same person walks in both.

If a person doesn’t have control of his greed in private life, isn’t he more likely to take a bribe in public life? If a person has a terrible temper in private life, isn’t he more likely to lose it when we need him to be a good diplomat? If a person is a drunk in private life, isn’t he more likely to attend meetings under the influence? If a person isn’t faithful to his betrothed, what makes us think he’ll be faithful to 300 million strangers?
Habits carry over into other parts of your life. If you're dishonest in one facet, you're likely to be the same in others. Private conduct matters because it tells us what sort of person you are.

First State Politics
New Blog. Check it out!

Catholic World News : Excommunication for stem-cell research
Scientists who conduct research involving the destruction of human embryos are subject to excommunication, the president of the Pontifical Council for the Family has warned.
This is only right; research on embryos kill a living human person.

UPDATE: The Curt Jester makes an amusing point as to why Catholic politicians who promote laws that endorse or allow embryonic stem-cell research or abortion are not automatically excommunicated ("latae sententiae" is the official phrase): "it does not apply if 'a person who lacked the use of reason,..."

"Republics are created by the virtue, public spirit, and intelligence of the citizens. They fall, when the wise are banished from the public councils, because they dare to be honest, and the profligate are rewarded, because they flatter the people, in order to betray them." —Joseph Story

"Our country offers the most wonderful example of democratic government on a giant scale that the world has ever seen; and the peoples of the world are watching to see whether we succeed or fail." —Theodore Roosevelt

"Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws." —Plato

"The dangers of a concentration of all power in the general government of a confederacy so vast as ours are too obvious to be disregarded." —Franklin Pierce

"The government solution to a problem is usually as bad as the problem." —Milton Friedman

"[D]uring World War II, the Japanese...gave their psychological warfare script to their famous broadcaster 'Tokyo Rose' and every day she would broadcast this same message packaged in different ways, hoping it would have a negative impact on American GI's morale. What was that demoralizing message? It had three main points: 1. Your President is lying to you. 2. This war is illegal. 3. You cannot win the war." —David Horowitz

"One day, our grandchildren may ask us what we did when Islamic fascism threatened the free world. Some of us will say we were preoccupied with fighting that threat wherever possible; others will be able to say they fought carbon dioxide emissions. One of us will look bad." —Dennis Prager

"When I was a mere sprout, I recall that some nincompoops were convinced that fluoridating water was a communist plot. So it was at a very tender age that I first caught on that, no matter how normal people might appear to be, there was always a good chance that scratch the surface and you'd find screwballs." —Burt Prelutsky

Jay Leno: Korea wants the United States to know they're about to test a long-range missile that they say may eventually have the capability of reaching the United States. Ooohhh. Since we're exchanging knowledge here, it may be good for them to know we have a few thousand missiles that can reach North Korea in about an hour. In fact, if Kim Jong ordered a pizza, our missile would get there first. ... The U.S. soccer team is out of the World Cup after a 2-1 loss to Ghana. And today, an angry John Kerry demanded we pull all our soccer players out of Germany. ... They also had flooding at the Internal Revenue Service and had to close that down. They said some records may have been lost. Good.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

CNN.com - Rowling hints Harry Potter might die - Jun 27, 2006
I've always assumed he'd die. Given the link that exists between Harry and Voldemort, it made sense to me that perhaps one can't die without the other dying as well.

Mark Shea argues that Harry is a Christological figure and therefore he will die and rise again. I don't know that I buy that. I've never seen Harry as Christ, and don't really get how he is a figure of Him.

Monday, June 26, 2006

delawareonline | The News Journal | Rally planned in support of needle exchange
I have never understood the rationale behind needle exchange programs. "I'm intending to an illegal, immoral and harmful thing to myself. I think you, a law-abiding moral person should be drawn into my depravity by being forced to pay for some of my expense."

We're supposed to do this to reduce the spread of AIDS. But making it easier for people to have drug habits will just lead to more people with drug habits. People on dugs aren't known for coherent thought, so they will likely end up using an unsafe needle anyway.

We should be trying to help people get off drugs, not keep them addicted. I would support a needle-excahnge program where someone brought in a needle and in exchange, we put them into drug rehab. Anything else is just comdemning a person to remain in a living hell. That doesn't help them at all; getting them to kick the habit would.

Great News - The IRS has been shut down
Unfortunately not permanently. The flood wasn't big enough for that.

"A free people [claim] their rights as derived from the laws of nature, and not as the gift of their chief magistrate." —Thomas Jefferson

"One of these days they are going to remove so much of the 'hooey' and the thousands of things the schools have become clogged up with, and we will find that we can educate our broods for about one-tenth of the price and learn 'em something that they might accidentally use after they escape." —Will Rogers

"Most people have still not learned...that attempts to change the world that do not place God and goodness at their center will make this world worse. Is it not time to try ethical monotheism? It is the only truly effective answer to moral relativism, to racism, to nationalism, to worshiping art or law or success. All one needs to do is live by the simple and revolutionary message of Micah, 'to do justice, love goodness, and walk humbly with your God'." —Dennis Prager

"It is not bigotry to insist that there is a good reason why marriage has existed in every known human society, and why it has always involved the uniting of men and women. It is not bigotry to acknowledge what reams of scholarship confirm: Family structure matters, and children are more likely to suffer problems when they are not raised by their married mothers and fathers. It is not bigotry to resist the dishonest comparison of same-sex marriage to interracial marriage—skin color has nothing to do with wedlock, while sex is fundamental to it. And it is not bigotry to fear that a social change as radical as same-sex marriage could lead to grave and unintended consequences, from the persecution of religious institutions to a growing clamor for legalizing polygamy." —Jeff Jacoby

"[T]he Marxist vision of man without God must eventually be seen as an empty and a false faith...first proclaimed in the Garden of Eden with whispered words of temptations: 'Ye shall be as gods.' The crisis of the Western World, Whittaker Chambers reminded us, exists to the degree in which it is indifferent to God. 'The western World does not know it,' he said about our struggle, 'but it already possesses the answer to this problem—but only provided that its faith in God and the freedom He enjoins is as great as communism's faith in man.' This is the real task before us: to reassert our commitment as a nation to a law higher than our own, to renew our spiritual strength. Only by building a wall of such spiritual resolve can we, as a free people, hope to protect our own heritage and make it someday the birthright of all men." —Ronald Reagan

"[T]he most significant portent for the Dems may not be their stupendous flopperoo in the California special election nor the death of Zarqawi nor the non-indictment of Karl Rove—though, taken together, they render pretty threadbare the Democrat strategy of relying on Republican immigration splits, bad news in Iraq and the GOP's 'culture of corruption.' No, the revealing development is Joe Lieberman's troubles in Connecticut. Six years ago, he was the party's beaming vice presidential nominee. Two years ago, he was an also-ran for the presidential nomination. This summer, he's an incumbent senator struggling not to lose in his own primary to a candidate who's the darling of the anti-war netroots left. What's the senator done to offend the base? Nothing—except be broadly supportive of the Iraq campaign and other military goals in the war on terror. He's one of a very few Democrats who give the impression they'd like America to win. But in today's Democratic Party it's the mainstream that gets marginalized. Forty years ago, George Aiken recommended that in Vietnam America 'declare victory and go home.' Today, the likes of Jack Murtha, John Kerry and Ted Kennedy have come up with their own ingenious improvement: Declare defeat and go home." —Mark Steyn

Burning Questions
Mark Levin makes a good point:
Does the First Amendment prohibit states and localities from outlawing flag burning? The Supreme Court says it does. Does the First Amendment prohibit states and localities from outlawing cross-burning? The Supreme Court says it does not. Will those who oppose a constitutional amendment outlawing flag burning in the name of free speech propose a constitutional amendment allowing cross-burning in the name of free speech?

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