Tuesday, January 31, 2006

WorldNetDaily: Hamas asking Israel for help

What is this!? I'll tell you what it is. The sojourners-within-the-gates who call themselves "Palestinians" elected a terrorist group to be their national government--and now that group wants Israel to let its leader out of prison, where he sits in punishment for directing suicide bombing raids.

My advice to Israel: Give that the contempt it deserves.

WorldNetDaily: Boycott of Citgo launched

The announcement comes from the American Family Association. But it echoes some remarks made by John Sununu, who points out that Hugo Chavez made a grandstand play that first made some of us (including me) aware that Citgo is a Venezuelan concern, much less that it is the national oil company of Venezuela.

Where've they been? I've been telling people to stay away from Citgo ever since I found out its association. It'called "trading with the enemy," sportsfans. That has to stop.

Academy Awards Nominations

Here, from the Associated Press, are the nominations for the Awards of Merit from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences--called "The Oscars" after someone's "Uncle Oscar," said to be the actual inspiration for the trademark statuette of a Crusader knight holding his broadsword.

As expected, Brokeback Mountain, the movie about the homosexual cowboys, won a nomination for Best Picture, Best Actor and Supporting Actor (for the two gay 'pokes), Best Supporting Actress, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay (for the two-writer team), and one other Oscar, probably in a technical category, that the article did not mention.

This while The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe was blessed to get an Oscar nomination for Best Visual Effects.

Ted Baehr has already said that the Golden Globes become less relevant with every passing awards season. I expect him to say that about the Oscars, too. Time was when the movies garnering the most Academy Award wins and nominations were also the most successful at the box office. Not anymore!

Those guys at Hollywood are idiots--and I use that word in its origina, ancient meaning of "one in a world of his own" (from the ancient Greek idios, idie, idion meaning one's own).

Senate confirms Alito for Supreme Court - The Changing Court - MSNBC.com

The vote was 58-42, with zero abstentions and all Senators present. The AP calls this the most partisan confirmation in the history of the Senate--in that Alito won with the smallest number of votes from the party in opposition to the President.

But that designation is misleading--because Mr. Justice Clarence Thomas achieved confirmation with fifty-one votes, a bare majority. So "most partisan" doesn't mean "closest."

Furthermore, Alito won without the cooperation of "Missing Link" Chafee of Rhode Island--something he might want to remember as he starts raising funds to beat back a primary challenge.

WorldNetDaily: Is new AOL IM slogan marketing blasphemy?

Good question. AOL's new slogan for its Instant Messaging service is "I AM." If that sounds familiar, it should: God used it to answer Moses' question, "Who shall I say told me to tell these things to the people of Israel?" Jesus also says, "Before Abraham was, I am."

Would they try to imitate Allah? I don't think so.

I, along with several others, await AOL's response.

Monday, January 30, 2006

Alito Wins Cloture

From the Associated Press: By a vote of 72 to 25, with three abstentions (or absences--I'm not sure which), the Senate has invoked cloture on the nomination of Mr. Justice Samuel J. Alito of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Even "Missing Link" Chafee voted for cloture, though he announced his intent to vote against confirmation. With fifty-three Republicans announcing their intent to vote for confirmation, and with four Democrats (Ben Nelson, D-NB; Robert C. Byrd, D-WV; Kent Conrad, D-ND, and Tim Johnson, D-SD) also announcing for confirmation, Mr. Justice Alito will be moving to the Supreme Court very soon, barring the unforeseen.

This was a test of the Deal of the Gang of Fourteen, of which Senators Nelson and Byrd are members. As far as I know, none of the seven Democratic members of the Gang broke ranks. (I'll have updates later.)

In the post mortem department, you might want to consider this article from Jerry Zeifman, a Democrat himself and a former Chief Counsel to the House Judiciary Committee. He says that Senator Kennedy has behaved disgracefully, hypocritically, and selfishly--in the most negative possible sense of that word. Zeifman goes so far as to trace Kennedy's current acts clear back to the sad death of Mary Jo Kopechne in his automobile on Chappaquiddick Island in 1969. He pandered to feminists so that they would overlook his leaving a woman to die. Sadly, it has worked--for him. Whether it has worked out so well for the other parties to his understandings is debatable. It has definitely not worked for the country or the State he is supposed to serve.

I pray that conservatives everywhere will settle Ted Kennedy's hash someday. In the meantime, go for the goal, Sam! One more hurdle to go. Please don't stumble now.

Debra Burlingame on Security

Specifically, the sister of the command pilot of American Airlines Flight 77--the flight that hit the Pentagon on September 11, 2001 (or 22 Jumada t'Tania 1422 AH)--intorduces a radical concept. The President's opponents speak loudly of "rights" to "privacy" and so forth--even the "privacy" of a phone call with a terrorist on the other end of the line. Well, says Miss Burlingame--actually, Counsellor Burlingame--she has a right, too: the right to be secured in her own person against such acts of sabotage and mass murder that the Patriot Act might have prevented on that fateful day and are preventing right now.

She might not be a lawyer anymore, but she might as well be--my lawyer. Whenever any of those in-a-world-of-their-own Senators babbles about how they are protecting my rights, and presume to ask the President--and by extension, me, who voted for him--what Benjamin Franklin would say, I want to remind them that they wouldn't know Benjamin Franklin if he rubbed his feet on the carpet and gave them a handshake and a shock. If they did, old Doctor Franklin would ask them why they thought the original Foreign Office was called the Committee on Secret Correspondence. And he would tell them that they were the same prize collection of blabbermouths with whom he lost patience when he was Minister to France! And maybe John Adams would explain to them why he violated the instructions of the Second Continental Congress when he saw France and Spain double-dealing behind his back with the British after Washington's victory at Yorktown. He did this for two reasons:

  1. He didn't have time to ask for updated instructions, as Doctor Franklin had only recently discovered (or rediscovered) electricity, and Samuel F. B. Morse would not invent telegraphy for decades--much less would anyone lay a cable across the Atlantic!
  2. He would have had even less time to explain to them why he had to cut the French out of the negotiations and deal with the British directly. (N.B.: the French haven't changed a bit since then. How do they say it in their own language? Plus ça change, plus ça reste. Or in English, the more it changes, the more it stays the same.)
We can all be glad that John Adams acted as he did. And I am glad, even if no one else is, that President George W. Bush has acted as he has. I don't have space to explain all the myriad reasons why those Democrats are wrong. I'll leave that to the President, and to good people like Miss Burlingame. I don't even dare speculate on this page on what would happen to some of those poor excuses for statesmen if they really killed the Patriot Act and the remnants of Al-Qa'ida really started playing with Saddam's old WMD stockpile in Syria. I'll leave that to the FBI--or to former Producers Gary and Dave Alan Johnson, who produced a TV show (now off the air) that explained it much better than I can.

Instead, I'll just ask a personal favor of those fine, upstanding Senators and congressmen. With all due respect to your rank, stop acting like asses, even if an ass is your mascot!

POSTSCRIPT: Here's a detailed treatment of what Benjamin Franklin really said, and how he would really regard all this pontificating.

Sunday, January 29, 2006

Dems' Obama Criticizes Filibuster Tactic

I'll give him this much credit: he's actually going to vote against the filibuster. That's more than I can say for Joe Biden.

But I have this against Obama. He says:

We need to recognize, because Judge Alito will be confirmed, that, if we're going to oppose a nominee that we've got to persuade the American people that, in fact, their values are at stake.
Wrong, Obama. You already have persuaded the rest of us that our values are at stake. Your trouble is that your values are not our values, and you can't even see that.

Howard Dean Implicates Harry Reid in Abramoff Scandal

Specifically, Dean said to Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday that if any Democrat interceded with anyone on behalf of one of Jack Abramoff's clients, then such a Democrat would be in trouble. He evidently did not know that Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) has done just that.

Part of the confusion about Jack Abramoff's activities is that the man had two different modi operandi for buying favors from Republicans or Democrats. If it was a Republican, Abramoff wrote a check payable to that Republican's campaign fund. But if it was a Democrat, Abramoff would launder the money by first writing a check to one of his clients and then telling the client to write a check for the same amount of money to that person's campaign fund. Why the difference? You'd have to ask him. My guess is that he didn't want Republicans seeing him write checks to Democrats.

And that's how he paid off Harry Reid to intercede for one of his clients: by paying the client and telling the client to pay Reid. Somebody needs to remind Howard Dean of the proverb-comprehension test that doctors routinely give to patients suspected of not being entirely with it. One such tested proverb says, "People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones."

While I'm on the subject: about those pictures with Abramoff and the President? He got the picture by paying an amount of money that entitled him to stand in a receiving line with the President and have his photo shot when he got to the President. So as far as the President could know, Jack Abramoff was just another ten-thousand-dollar face-in-the-crowd. That hardly rises to the level of a Lincoln Bedroom overnight guest. Add to it that every such picture has come from Abramoff, who evidently is trying to peddle them for whatever royalty he can wring out of somebody.

Ready For $262-a-Barrel Oil?

If the House of Saud fell, and Arabia became Bin Laden's Arabia, that could drive the price of oil that high, according to two of the world's most powerful financiers. Other scenarios exist that could drive the price of oil into three figures, though none as devastating as the fall of the House of Saud would be.

Now let's consider sources. One of them is George Soros, who tried twice to influence American elections without success, and who once manipulated another country's currency to serve some twisted power-tripping end of his. Is this just more of the same from him? Probably.

But am I complacent about the price of oil? No. I'd like to see the development of some real alternatives--not so much sun and wind power, that are effective only locally, but nuclear power and widespread use of fuel cells. If we could just get some projections from more credible sources, then news like this might be the needed spur for such development.

Iraqi General: Syria Gave Al Qaida Saddam's WMDs

Remember General Sada, who said that Saddam Hussein ordered his WMD's smuggled out of Iraq on gutted-out commercial airliners? Now comes another bombshell. He reveals for the first time what Sean Hannity and others suspected when terrorists tried to launch a gas attack against Amman: that the chemical munitions used in that abortive attack were the very chemical munitions that Saddam smuggled out of his country before we invaded.

Sada has also said--and he said it on Sean Hannity's radio program--that he repeatedly dissuaded Saddam Hussein from embarking on some really crazy plots--like using chemical weapons against Israel. Basically, the general asked Saddam if he wanted to get nuked--which Sada said would happen if Saddam pulled a stunt like that, and I say the general is correct. The trouble is that Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, and others like him, are even crazier than Saddam Hussein in his least lucid moments. And they might be in possession of even more such munitions than what the Jordanians were able to seize.

WorldNetDaily: Tehran fast-tracking bomb with North Korea purchase?

In other words: if they can't make their own nuclear fuel, they'll buy it from North Korea--and plutonium is a lot more dangerous than uranium.

War might come sooner than any of us thinks.

Saturday, January 28, 2006

Mexico Army Likely Part of Border Incident

More details on that incident in Hudspeth County, Texas (seated in El Paso):

The thirty-odd Mexican nationals apparently were wearing poor imitations of Federale uniforms. But they had military equipment. Congress has now scheduled hearings--or so the Hudspeth County Sheriff understands.

The Mexicans now say that the uniforms and equipment that Sheriff Arvin West and his deputies saw that day could have been stolen. But earlier this week they were saying that American GI's were involved. Talk about not being able to keep your story straight. Vi-cennn-taaayyy! You've got some 'splainin' to do!

But what I want to know is: Where is the Texas State Guard? If any need ever arose for this force, which is separate and apart from the Texas National Guard forces and is fully authorized under 32 USC 1:109(c), then surely this is it. The next time any such armed force comes two hundred yards inside our border--why, take them prisoner! The Texas State Guard can act on the word of the Governor of Texas, and not even the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff can interfere.

WorldNetDaily: Jesus Christ trial begins

This is a preliminary hearing on a motion for summary dismissal, in a lawsuit that an atheist author brought against a Catholic priest, alleging consumer fraud--in that Christ did not exist, and therefore anyone preaching His Message is guilty of fraud. This is Paul's trial before Herod Agrippa II and Berenike II all over again. Will this judge ask the defendant whether he, the defendant, proposes to make him, the judge, a Christian in a short time? Order in the court! [sound of gavel]

Friday, January 27, 2006

WorldNetDaily: Hamas divulges 'peace initiative'

And so the machinations begin. Remarkably, the Hamas leader who told this to Aaron Klein at WND's Jerusalem bureau admitted that it is all a sham, just something to get America to look the other way long enough for them to destroy Israel. What kind of peace initiative is that? Judge for yourself.

WorldNetDaily: Hamas government to be new Taliban?

Either that, or civil war with the al-Fatah faction, who might not give up so easily.

But the most likely outcome is that global war, and the rise-to-power of the Beast of Revelation, just got a little closer.

WorldNetDaily: U.S. behind border skirmish, suggests top Mexican official

Talk about an insult to our intelligence! And a downright lie.

When a group of thirty-odd men dressed in Federale uniforms stood off against a Texas sheriff and US Border Patrolmen, the White House, we now learn, did what any reasonable head-of-state would do: sent our ambassador to Mexico's foreign office to complain. Mexico's response is to suggest that American citizens have been running drugs across the Mexican border, that those were Americans (and perhaps even American GI's!) wearing those Federale uniforms, and that the Texas sheriff who provided descriptions of what he had seen was exhibiting racial discrimination!

Why do some people always cry "racial discrimination" whenever someone turns in a description of a criminal suspect, and that description would never fit a white Anglo-Saxon Protestant? But more to the point: what kind of neighbors are these Mexicans when they invent such a ridiculous cover story for an embarrassing incident? The drug-runner cover was flimsy enough, but at least it was still plausible--had they pledged to investigate fully who was wearing Federale uniforms when they were not Federales. But when they say they are American GI's, that makes me think that those thirty-odd men were indeed Federale regulars. Even my third theory--renegades in the pay of drug runners--is less likely because of the insulting thing that the Mexicans have now said.

If I were the President, I would be seeking a declaration of war right about now.

Thursday, January 26, 2006

WorldNetDaily: Kerry seeking Alito filibuster

No doubt at the urging of The New York Times, Senator John F. Kerry (D-MA) is going to "object" to the end of debate. This will prompt a vote for cloture. And then one of two things will happen:
  1. The Republicans will achieve cloture, with the seven Democratic signatories to the famous Memorandum of Understanding all voting to end debate.
  2. Cloture will fail--and then Senator Frist will finally schedule a vote to change the rules of the Senate.
Go ahead, Senator Kerry. Make. Our. Day.

BBC: Most Brits Don’t Believe in Evolution

Instead, according to NewsMax.com, they believe either in creationism or in intelligent design. The distinction is not trivial. Even intelligent-design theorists specifically deny standing on any idea of exactly who the "designer" is or was. Only creationists put forward a unified, or "made one," theory about how the world and mankind came to be, and at Whose Order. More interestingly, forty-one percent of respondents actually said that schools ought to present creationism, at least to discuss it.

And this ought to scare the demons out of the liberal educational establishment: the younger the respondents, the more likely they were to choose an alternative to evolution, specifically intelligent design.

WorldNetDaily: Campus holy war over 'gay' posters

The posters involved say that homosexual and/or trans-gendered students can regard the school as a "safe space." Five teachers have balked at hanging the poster in their classrooms, saying that their religious beliefs prevent them from doing so.

This is an example of why the public schools are no longer a fit place for a Christian to have his children educated. The message, of course, is that "gay is good." The pressure can only be to encourage students to become homosexual, or else be branded as intolerant of new ways of thinking. "Be willing to try something new before you decide that you do not like it" is a common schoolteacher maxim. That poster is now encouraging students to try something they ought not touch with a seven-cubit pole.

Interestingly, even one teacher who says he agrees with the message prefers not to hang the poster in his classroom. The reason: it "could be political." Could be? Is.

Pagans or publicans, sportsfans. Separate, separate, separate.

Iraq's WMD Secreted in Syria, Sada Says - January 26, 2006 - The New York Sun - NY Newspaper

The "Sada" in the article was the deputy commander of Saddam Hussein's Air Force--and therefore, he should know. They smuggled them out in civilian aircraft, stripped of their airliner seats, under the cover of a humanitarian relief mission to Syria after a dam had burst in that country. No one took any notice, allegedly because it was the Christmas holiday season at the time--or maybe because they did not want to take notice!

Sean Hannity has always said that the weapons of mass destruction were in Syria. Now we have a very plausible story of how they got there. It is a story we dare not ignore--because now it means that Syria has an arsenal of chemical and biological (but perhaps not nuclear) weapons.

WorldNetDaily: Hamas wins big majority

No doubt about it. With as many votes as they got, Hamas won a mandate for everything they said that they were going to do, which includes governing according to the Koran (and we know what that means), and striving to destroy the Republic of Israel. We cannot allege anything in mitigation, such as that Hamas people were taking care of social services while the Al-Fatah faction was busy lining their pockets. So now instead of a corrupt government, we face an openly hostile one.

How long shall we wait, then, for Ezekiel's War to break out?

Crosswalk.com - PC(USA) Renewal: Life Issues are Key in Return to Orthodoxy

This represents one very common response, within mainline denominations, to the leftward tilt of their leadership: form a coalition of clery and laypeople to challenge the leadership and, if possible, get them thrown out of office in the next church elections.

The overall goals of organizations like Presbyterians Pro-Life are laudable: they seek to restore proper respect for Scripture and a proper appreciation for the Christian's place and role in the social order.

But the way they're going about it will not solve the problem. A far better response would be to leave these backsliding churches. Paul the Apostle specifically exhorted his readers to separate from worldly practices--and if a church won't do that, then--as Jesus would no doubt advise--let those churches be to you as a social club or a tax office.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Abortion Stops a Bleeding Heart

So says Ann Coulter, Fly-swatter Extraordinaire for the conservative movement. And the particular fly that she is swatting today is the continued delusion that abortion, and the "right" thereof, is still a winning issue for the Democratic Party. Not anymore, she concludes.

Rights, they say. In fact, to paraphrase Gregory Peck in Twelve O'Clock High, they've got a right to explain to the American people irresponsibility, wholesale slaughter of innocents, and a cruel streak a mile wide. And someday they'll have to explain it to God. In the meantime, they can tell us any time they want to lay aside their hypocritical and increasingly lame excuses.

A word on the title: Ann Coulter is pointing out that the Democratic Party has already cast aside the gun-controllers and the welfare addicts, the former after a comprehensive assault-weapons ban cost them control of Congress, and the latter after Bill Clinton signed equally comprehensive welfare reform into law. Though Clinton won the next election, he did not dare try to revoke welfare reform. Result: a permanent break in the cycle of dependence for a lot of welfare families. And the transform of most members of those families into productive citizens.

And now, many columnists on the left are swallowing their gorge and telling the Democrats to lay off defending Roe v. Wade. As well they should, if they were smart, anyway. First, the court in Roe used a legal theory that was every bit as flawed as that in Scott v. Sandford (that's Scott as in Dred). Second, even Jane Roe herself has recanted and sought a reconsideration of her case. Third--and here is something that Ann herself missed, though others have caught it--if the Democrats' constituents keep on having abortions, then Republicans' natural constituents will out-breed them and then out-vote them forever. Arguably, this "Roe Effect" has already decided a Presidential election--the last one. And fourth--more people are now realizing that the earliest feminists--the ones with whom feminism began--regarded abortion as a nefarious anti-woman plot. And they're beginning as well to understand what Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony were talking about!

Human-Embryo Liberation: A Reply to Peter Singer

Patrick Lee and Robert P. George have written the most comprehensive treatise I have yet seen on what makes us human, why an embryo is also human, and therefore why abortion and euthanasia are wrong. This is "a reply to Peter Singer" because Prof. Singer, in light of the dust-up involving the Korean dry-labber Hwang Woo-Suk (who claimed to have cloned human embryos when in fact he had achieved no such thing), held that the very possibility that someone might succeed where Hwang failed destroys the argument against cloning, abortion, and all the rest.

As Lee and George make clear, Prof. Singer (the same man who said that a mother ought to have a month's grace to decide to kill her newborn infant if she so desired) tries to equate each cell of our bodies with a human embryo--or most likely a zygote, which is the single-celled stage of an embryo. The trouble is that body cells are more like gametes--commonly called sperm (literally, "seeds") and eggs--than like embryos. The distinction is important: a sperm cell or egg ceases to be in the formation of a new being, while an embryo simply is. The embryo comes into being through fertilization and continues to develop until birth, never ceasing to exist at any time.

And by the way: though Lee and George never say this, they have written not merely an answer to Peter Singer, but also to Michael Schiavo, Jodi Centonze Schiavo (yes, he and Sweet Patootie got married over the weekend), The "Honorable" George Greer, the Hemlock Society, and everyone else who says that Terri Schindler Schiavo essentially lost her rights when she lapsed into a coma. If we accept the Singer view, then we kill a person, legally as well as clinically, when we put him under general anesthesia (for what is anesthesia, after all, but a controlled coma?), and the whole notion of therapy of patients in coma, reversible or not, falls to the ICU floor.

WorldNetDaily: Saddam's atrocities exposed on video

One of the major benefits of the alternative media, including outlets like WorldNetDaily, is that the Left's favorite bogeymen get an opportunity to set the record straight. Such an event is the release of these videos showing exactly what kind of atrocities Saddam committed or ordered. Chew on this when you ask "where are the weapons of mass destruction." (Hint: they're in the Bekaa Valley in Syria.)

City Journal Winter 2006 | The Plot to Shush Rush and O’Reilly by Brian C. Anderson

I take this sort of thing very seriously. What success the right has had in turning this nation around is strictly due to the fall of multiple barriers-to-entry in the media industry. The left would like nothing better than to go back to the days when the Fishwrap Axis determined what is news and what is not. (Hat Tip: OpinionJournal.com, which reproduced this article.)

Tuesday, January 24, 2006


Well might the neighbors be fed up with a spectacle--or an "audicle"--like this. The neighbors aren't objecting to any ringing of church bells. We're talking about rock music, played so loud that it makes the buildings shake. (And think of what it's doing to the eardrums of the congregants, not to mention the members of that "Worship Team"!)

This goes to one of my main objections to current trends in church music. "Contemporary Christian Music" is neither Christian nor musical. Most CCM artists, in fact, look no different from American Top Forty artists.

The pastor of this church is doing everything wrong:

  1. Catering to the worst worldly impulses in the youth, instead of training them to be adults.
  2. Promulgating a style of music that cannot possibly be pleasing to God.
  3. Violating every rule of good neighborliness, and thus violating Scripture--for Scripture tells us to love our neighbors as ourselves.
  4. Flying in the face of Scripture. For it is plainly written that proper worship of Christ includes psalms (songs that are themselves a part of Scripture, and specifically The Book of Psalms), hymns (songs quoting Scripture other than from the Psalms), and spiritual odes (which are inspired by Scripture).
With regard to this last: Rock music today, including CCM, hardly qualifies as spiritual odes. Typical rock songs, if they are odes at all, are odes to the flesh, not the spirit.

This whole dust-up reminds me of the Strange Fire Incident, in which the two elder sons of Aaron got zapped after they got drunk, took coals from a fire other than the brass altar in the Tabernacle enclosure, filled their censers (incense burners) with them, and--capping audacity and impudence--entered the Holy of Holies and sprinkled incense on the hot coals in the presence of the Ark of the Covenant. God doesn't answer this kind of thing with a zapping today, but that's only because God does not show Himself in all His glory to any but the dead. But that does not mean that we ought ever to be remotely as disrespectful to Him as were Nadab and Abihu, the foolish sons of Aaron who were turned to ashes for their tom-foolery. Think about it--does "Christian rock" rise to the level of strange fire? I think it does. And yes, that makes it worse than the specific trespass of disturbing the neighbors.

WorldNetDaily: Texas border standoff with Mexican military

This sort of thing has been happening for years, because no one wants to "start an international incident." But with the Federales mounting machine guns on the US side of the border, the Federales have started an international incident, not anyone on the US side. They're doing it to run drugs into this country, of course, because drugs pay big-time.

If any of you reading this is a user of cocaine or marijuana or any other such drug, think about this before you toke up next time. Better yet, if you're a Senator or Representative, take this as another indication that we need to secure our border. This will mean, at a minimum, clearing military personnel on this side to stop staying a mile away from the border and get in close and do battle with the Federales if they have to. Nothing would better demonstrate to Mexico that we mean business than taking a few prisoners-of-war.

Conservatives vow change in Canada - Yahoo! News

They won a plurality of seats in the Canadian Parliament, after their opposition was caught diverting taxpayer monies to their own campaign funds, and Canadian taxpayers did not appreciate it.

I never can get straight who the un-named "analysts" are, who in this case predict that Canada will hold new parliamentary elections in two years. My guess is that the Conservatives will form a coalition with the Bloc Quebecois. ("I am confident! I vote for the Quebec Party!") My advice to new Prime Minister Harper is to strike boldly and give people a reason to return him to office--with a majority next time.

Alito Approved 10-8 by Senate Judiciary Committee

That vote occurred about half an hour ago--after the usual nonsense--or "fundraising foolishness," as Chuck Colson calls it--from the Democratic caucus of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Read Chuck Colson's commentary--you'll find it very instructive, particularly about the use of Christian as bogeyman by Democrats hoping to raise campaign cash.

WorldNetDaily: Pope believes Islam incapable of reform?

We hear this from the founder of Ignatius Press, one of many who attended a private conference with Pope Benedict XVI last fall.

Last summer, the Pope pointedly refused to characterize Islam as a religion of peace, as President Bush has done. Now we hear that His Holiness actually said that democracy goes against the Koran, and therefore Islam and democracy (or republicanism, which is not quite the same) can never mix without fundamentally compromising one or the other.

But the Pope got one thing wrong in that conversation last fall. He said that Christianity has an "inner logic" that permits its reinterpretation in modern times--in other words, its adaptation to secular trends. That is absolutely, positively not correct.

What is correct is that Christianity was itself the greatest liberator and protector of the dignity of women in its early days, and its principles are far more woman-friendly than those of Islam ever were. That might not seem true to those, men and women alike, who want to jump off the deep end without checking to see whether the pool even has any water in it. But sober reflection, and careful reading of Scripture (and comparison either to life without restraint or life under the stultifying restraints of Islam), will reveal that under Christianity, men and women alike get the best deal.

What might have confused the Pope is that nothing in the Old or New Testaments forbade the emancipation of slaves, or the establishment of forms of government other than monarchy or tyranny. Jesus will be the Greatest Monarch of all time when His Millennial Reign begins, but until then, Christianity is entirely compatible with a republic--and even a republic that does not establish any particular church. And the advice Paul gave to masters and slaves could apply equally to employers and employees.

This is still the best understanding that any Pope since Urban IX has had about the true nature of Islam, and its fundamental incompatibility with the human spirit.

WorldNetDaily: NBC pulls the plug on 'Book of Daniel'

Here is WorldNetDaily's article on the cancellation of The Book of Daniel, which I first reported here as soon as John Kenny announced it on the blog apparently operated by the Episcopal Diocese of Washington--though whether they really want to admit it is anyone's guess. WND says that NBC won't even air any more of the episodes they have thus far received; they scheduled an episode of Law and Order in that time slot for this coming Friday. And again, small wonder, with them losing two or three million dollars per show, their affiliates fleeing, and their national advertisers heeding the warnings--by the American Family Association and by yours truly (through other channels)--that the show would be a ratings disaster and a source of disrepute.

This abrupt mid-season cancellation follows the announcement of the non-renewal of The West Wing after seven seasons. Rush Limbaugh had already observed that show after show depicting liberal ideals, such as they are, is failing.

Monday, January 23, 2006

WorldNetDaily: U.S., Israel to attack Iran nukes 'before April'

That, according to Joseph L. Farah's G2 Bulletin premium service. Though that service requires a subscription, Mr. Farah describes some of the details in this article. Basically, now that Ariel Sharon has suffered a stroke, the last remaining impediment in the Israeli government to a quick strike has fallen. And the imagery of the cracked ball with the US flag on it is not lost on the US government, either.

Remember: you read it here, and at WorldNetDaily, first.

Iranian President Sees End of World Order

And according to this article from NewsMax.com, some highly influential people in Iran happen to see their President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, as a dangerous maniac and a loose cannon on the gundeck of state. Some have even attempted to assassinate him.

And small wonder, if he keeps insisting that he is paving the way for some five-year-old time-traveler from the past.

WorldNetDaily: Teacher 'humiliates' student for wearing Broncos jersey

I've heard of teachers forcing the captive audiences that are their classes to accept their political opinions or face downgrading of homework and test scores. But this is the limit. The teacher is a fan of one particular football team, and when a student walks in to take a test, wearing the jersey of another team, he
  1. makes that student sit on the floor, and then
  2. makes all the other students throw paper wads at him, or they will lose points on the test!
Things were a lot simpler when I went to school: boys were simply not allowed to wear semi-turtleneck shirts and football jerseys. Everyone understood that. It was in the Student Handbook. And no teacher ever enforced discipline with that kind of selectivity.

When called on it, the teacher said that he was joking around. Sorry, teacher, but no teacher does a thing like this even as a joke.

The boy's mother wants him to have another go at the midterm exam. I should think so--and I should also think the teacher involved should consider himself fired. Enforcing discipline is one thing--but creating a discipline problem by your own conduct is quite another.

WorldNetDaily: What would Jack Bauer do?

I don't watch 24, so I only know the hero of that action-thriller show, Jack Bauer, through the accounts of other people. Happily, they all agree: Jack Bauer is a hard-nosed, occasionally dirty fighter who, to borrow a phrase from the late Ian Fleming, has a self-awarded license to kill that no one dares challenge.

I have held off this blog entry to avoid spoiling things for devoted fans of the show--at least until it becomes common water-cooler conversation. But now I'd like to make a comparison that even Mr. Buchanan missed:

Emotional at the death of the president he loved, for whom he had often risked his life, Jack returns. He is intercepted and almost killed by the team that murdered Palmer. Wounding the leader of the terrorists, Bauer interrogates him, warning the bleeding man he will die unless Bauer helps him get to a hospital. The terrorist talks.

After he spills all his information, Bauer starts to walk away. The terrorist demands to be taken to the hospital.

Were you the one who shot President Palmer? Bauer asks. Yes, replies the wounded terrorist, in agony on the floor. Bauer stares at him for two seconds – then shoots him.

I'll tell you what that reminds me of--King David, before he became King of Israel. David had a Jack Bauer moment, when he had before him an Amalekite who killed King Saul on the battlefield. Bear in mind that Saul and David had little love lost between them--except that Saul had gotten the ceremonial oil treatment prescribed by God Himself for kings of Israel, and David respected that. So when he had someone before him who admitted to killing Saul, he asked him whether he really thought he could get away with killing the Lord's anointed one--and then ordered his immediate execution.

As Buchanan admits, 24 is escapist action-adventure fare, and probably unrealistic. But Mr. Buchanan also observes that this show's ratings are consistently high--and I've noticed that several prominent conservative talk-show hosts swear by the program. I think I know why.

Jack Bauer represents the sort of hero that has always captured the imagination of those who love their countries: the troubleshooter, or blunt instrument, having a license to kill at discretion when fighting what is at bottom a secret war. More than that, everyone understands the enemy--everyone, that is, except those who think that America itself is the enemy of mankind.

UF requirement for partner benefits: You must have sex

In other words, the tight-fisted HR department will not grant domestic-partner benefits to roommates who do not have a sexual relationship. Such same-sex roommates must file an affidavit attesting to their sexual activity.

Well, well, well. Are those roommates willing to let the HR department into their bedroom to that extent?

Organizations everywhere could save a lot of trouble if everyone went to portable Health Savings Accounts in lieu of joining the company HMO or going to the company's preferred providers. Then your relationship with your roommate wouldn't be HR's business. But instead...!

And in this case we have a special problem: this is a university. An institution of higher education. What an example to set for the students--that turning homosexual or bisexual is now the ticket to a health benefit.

Parents, take heed. You might want to send your kids to an explicitly Christian college, one that perhaps enrolls everyone in an expense-sharing plan like Medi-Share.

Hillary 'Talks' Right, Still Votes Left

Ninety-six percent of the time, to be exact, based on comparisons of her own votes with the Democratic Party's position.

Deeds, not words, Senator.

McCain: 'Lobbying Process Breeds Corruption'

To be fair, that headline is misleading. In fact, Senator John McCain (R-AZ) did call the real problem straight up: the practice of "earmarking" funds for special district projects. He's right! Special projects should not be Acts of Congress, not without highly specific Constitutional authority.

McCain also, to his credit, said that this country needs to start building nuclear reactors again in order to achieve energy independence--that is, not having to import fuel from other nations.

McCain doesn't always go far enough, and even this time he might have said that the real problem is that we've gotten too far away from the spirit of the Constitution. Sorry, Senator Robert C. Byrd (D-WV), but the latest library bearing a plaque with your name on it does not constitute a "needful building" within the meaning of Article I, Section 8, Clause 17 of the Constitution. Nor do I see it as a law "necessary and proper for the execution of the foregoing powers" or any other power granted to the government.

Sadly, time sanctions all thefts--and highly informal means of amending the Constitution.

Iran says Palestine is center of Islam, fight against arrogance - Irna

From the horse's mouth--said horse being a fine Persian war charger.

The Observer | World | Shuttle a deathtrap, says astronaut

Leave it to your most determined ideological enemies--in this case the Guardian of London--to point out your worst failings. In this piece, a retired US astronaut says that the Space Shuttle is the worst-designed, most dangerous craft that has ever taken to air or space. Yet people launch it anyway, thinking that they have no alternative--and astronauts won't throw away their chances at getting another flight.

I suppose everyone remembers where he or she was when Challenger blew up a little over a minute into launch because of a failed O-ring seal on a solid-rocket booster. Then, nearly three years ago, Columbia broke up and burned up on re-entry because of unsuspected damage to its wing on take-off. (What do you do when you're on a flight that, in effect, has already crashed?) The astronaut reminded us of another key failing: that the shuttle has no powered launch-escape system, like the one on the venerable Saturn C-5 (which was never required in all the Apollo years).

The Guardian piece is very short on the other things wrong with the Shuttle. But I can add a number of things to it, leading with its off-center (technically, off-axis) thrust on blast-off, because of the way the shuttle is mounted on the back of a fuel tank.

The irony of this whole thing--including the multibillion-dollar price tag that keeps mounting up for a fleet that is still grounded--is that the shuttle is really not all that great a launch system. It can put only 28 tons into low-earth orbit. To put that into perspective, the old Saturns could lob 110 tons into LEO--and if we still had the Saturn, we could have finished the International Space Station years ago.

Which is why, right now:

  1. Many teams of engineers, including some working for not-for-profit organizations, are coming up with workable proposals to use Shuttle-derived technology to build either
    1. a heavy-lift vehicle using a central core and a cluster of solid-rocket boosters, like an old Russian Energiya rocket, or
    2. a shuttle that makes sense--in which you mount the orbiter on a recoverable core that delivers its thrust on-axis, and don't use an external fuel tank with foam insulation that can tear a hole in your wing.
  2. A company called Sea Launch LLC is busy putting six-ton payloads into geostationary transfer orbits. (Once at the top of those orbits, these payloads fire their own engines to circularize and thus stay in geostationary orbit.) This is happening now. Today. And to my certain knowledge, Sea Launch is trying to get NASA's business to launch the remaining ISS modules. They launch at sea, from a converted oil-drilling platform, in an adaptation of the old Sea Dragon concept that the Air Force and Navy studied, but never did anything with.
  3. Another company called the Liftport Group is raising capital and building an infrastructure to build a new way to get into space: a carbon-nanotube ribbon that stretches from a point on the equator to a counterweight 100,000 kilometers up--high enough to launch a payload into an interplanetary orbit, as well as to place something in GEO. I have personally discussed with Liftport officials certain variations on the theme, that would permit an interplanetary launch in the plane of the ecliptic, using no rockets at all other than a reaction-control system ("steering jets") and eventually a much smaller engine for Earth return, if you're sending a crew.
So don't say that the space shuttle is the only game in town. It certainly doesn't have to be.

SignOnSanDiego.com > News > State -- Teacher pleads not guilty to sex with 15-year-old

This is only the latest in a string of cases, too numerous to count, involving adults--mostly women and usually women in their twenties--crossing the boundary that all adults must respect between themselves and any children in their charge.

Behold the logical result of the sexualization of children, and the creation of a "youth culture" devoted to sex. Inevitably the Humbert Humberts began to prey upon impressionable Lolitas. Then, following the feminists' advice, the older women started taking advantage of the younger boys. (And that is so easy. Boys will generally welcome any such liaison as a "score" in the game of life, not realizing how warped they are until years later. And when I think of how Mickey Rooney gave this subject such a light-hearted treatment in his movie, Andy Hardy Gets Spring Fever...!)

So now add sexual sin to the latest harms that a kid can face in school. All the more reason to send your kids to a Christian school, or home-school them.

Winston-Salem Journal | Book of Daniel's creator asking fans to contact stations

And well he should, with NBC losing seven figures of money per episode and many stations having to fall back on Public Service Announcements to fill the ad time, or sell ads at pennies on the dollar.

So the creator has started a new blog to save his show--and the Episcopal Diocese of Washington is his host! That speaks volumes about the Episcopal Church. Now the world may know why, for example, I left it a long time ago, and why I am not waiting for churches to find themselves walking out of their beautiful, stained-glass-windowed buildings and meet in rented auditoriums and storefronts. That any element of the Episcopal Church would have anything to do with this blasphemous show, shows you that they are thoroughly worldly.

But what can one expect of a church that consecrated an openly homosexual bishop? Or for years tolerated bishop after bishop, from Otis Pike to John Shelby Spong, who swings at the foundations of the faith with a pick-ax?

Thank you, no. I'll read the book by the other Daniel.

UPDATE: Someone named Jim Naughton, representing the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, specifically denies hosting any blog created by Jack Kenny. However, I quote the article in the Winston-Salem Journal:

Jack Kenny, the creative force behind the prime-time drama about an Episcopal priest and his dysfunctional family, posted his appeal on a blog, www.blogofdaniel.com, whose host is the Episcopal Diocese of Washington.
Also, I would like the Bishop of Washington, or his accredited representative, to be good enough to explain why a legend reading "From the Episcopal Diocese of Washington" appears on the header of that blog, and why the domain name "blogofdaniel.com" resolves to "blog.edow.org/weblog/", if the Diocese did not decide to host it. I respectfully suggest that if the Bishop of Washington has any quarrel with anyone, then it might--I say again, might--be with Jack Kenny for representing the EDOW as his hosts. However, the domain-name resolution leaves the Diocese of Washington with a great deal of explaining to do.

I will gladly correct any error I make. But when my research produces facts that are at variance with someone's complaint, then the complainer must explain the discrepancy, and I don't care who it is. I cannot--no journalist could--operate any other way.

UPDATE II: As I was editing the above, and trying to iron out exactly what the EDOW was trying to tell me, Jack Kenny posted another message on the blog, admitting that The Book of Daniel is now cancelled. Herewith the message:

My thanks to Kat, who spotted this message from Jack Kenny on the NBC homepage.

Unfortunately, due to many reasons, "The Book of Daniel" will no longer be aired on NBC on Friday nights. I just wanted to say "thank you" to all of you who supported the show. There were many wonderful, talented people who contributed to it's success - and I do mean success. Whatever the outcome, I feel that I accomplished what I set out to do: A solid family drama, with lots of humor, that honestly explored the lives of the Webster family. Good, flawed people, who loved each other no matter what... and there was always a lot of "what"! I remain proud of our product, proud of my association with Sony, NBC Universal, and NBC, who all took a chance on a project that spoke to them, and proud to have made an impact on so many of your lives.

Thanks for watching.


Jack Kenny

Creator, The Book of Daniel

With regard to Jim Naughton's protest earlier today: if Jack Kenny did not create the blog, then who did? Did the Episcopal Diocese of Washington create it themselves? If the Bishop of Washington thinks that I think any more highly of him upon learning that the decision to create a blog on a frankly blasphemous television show came from him or any member of his episcopal staff, then I hereby inform him that he is sadly and dreadfully mistaken.

And about The Book of Daniel itself, I say: Good riddance to bad rubbish. I never watched it, and after the accounts I heard of that show, which not one person ever contradicted, I consider that I missed nothing that could possibly have built me up. That show did not build up; it tore down. I shudder to think of the "impact" that the show had on anyone's life. If I wanted to contemplate the depths to which the Episcopal Church has sunk, I needed no dramatic presentation beyond Tennessee Williams' play, The Night of the Iguana, later made into a motion picture of the same name starring Richard Burton, Deborah Kerr, Ava Gardner, Sue Lyon, and Grayson Hall. And at least Tennessee Williams did not dare suggest that Jesus Christ Himself would have approved of the debauched condition, and ultimate surrender to the mire, of "The Rev. T. Lawrence Shannon." And that character was a very paragon of virtue compared to "The Rev. Daniel Webster." Shannon at least had enough honor to recognize when he was no longer fit to be a minister of the Gospel. Daniel Webster, who violated every condition for the ministry laid down by Paul to Timothy (I Timothy 3), never admitted the same in his own case.

US filmmaker Michael Moore weighs in on Canada's election

Michael Moore does not like being voted down. Not even if he's not on the ballot.

So when he hears that the Canadians, who are voting today, might return the Conservatives to office (as the American People returned the Republicans to control of Congress in 1994), he takes alarm. Says he:

Oh, Canada -- you're not really going to elect a Conservative majority on Monday, are you? That's a joke, right? I know you have a great sense of humor, ... but this is no longer funny.

First, you have the courage to stand against the war in Iraq -- and then you elect a prime minister who's for it. You declare gay people have equal rights -- and then you elect a man who says they don't.

Hey! Let's have a pity party for Michael Moore!





Gumming up a war of civilizations to justify your own inaction in that war is no act of courage. It is the worst sort of cowardice. And marriage is not a right, but a privilege that inheres in the male-female relationship, not male-male or female-female. (Not to mention that we have only Michael Moore's word on the positions of the Conservative party leader.)

Sunday, January 22, 2006

BREITBART.COM - NBC Cancels 'West Wing' After 7 Seasons

I don't normally follow network television. But after all, The West Wing was "Bill Clinton as the producers wished he was." Everyone knew it who cared to know. But you could only get away with that when Bill Clinton was in office. He's been out of office for five years now, and the show becomes less relevant with every passing episode. Consequently, its ratings have slid--and the article writer wants to blame that on the show's move to Sunday evening. Pish, posh. And good riddance to bad rubbish.

WorldNetDaily: Jesus Christ's existence going on trial this week

That's right: an atheist has sued a Catholic priest in Italy, alleging systematic fraud and maintaining that no such person as Jesus ever existed. Well, it had to happen, I suppose: someone had to bring Higher Criticism into a court of law. Let us pray that the judges in the case are competent to judge the truthfulness of expert witnesses and of historical evidence.

John Spencer Blasts Hillary Clinton's 'Mullah Moo-lah'

A very serious charge, to be sure. And before you ask, "John who?" John Spencer is the favorite Republican challenger to Hillary in her bid to stay in the US Senate for six more years (or maybe just for two more, but that's another topic). And by "Mullah Moo-lah" Mr. Spencer means campaign cash from groups in this country with too-close ties to the Islamic Republic of Iran--and more particularly to that country's crazy President who thinks he's paving the way for the return-to-life and accession-to-power of a five-year-old kid who allegedly presided over his father's funeral and then vanished into another dimension at Allah's kind invitation, waiting until March of 2007 to come back and lead Allah's armies.

Read the article--both of them--for yourselves. John Spencer knows what he's talking about. The information on the Shi'a Mahdi comes from the Wikipedia.

John Kerry Touts Al Qaida Successes

That's right. Here is what Senator John Kerry (D-MA) actually said on ABC's This Week with George Stephanopoulos:
Many people surmise that one of the reasons we haven't been attacked here, is because they are being so successful at doing what they need to do to attack us in Iraq and elsewhere.
And he a United States Senator. Three cheers for the World's Most Famous Deliberative Body. And one cheer more for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, for sending such a blithering idiot to the Senate.

Terri Schiavo's sister says country has lost 'value' of life: South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Suzanne Schindler Vitadamo was speaking at a pro-life rally. But her point is well-taken. Lisa Van Riper, head of South Carolina Citizens for Life, echoed it:
When you begin to disregard the sanctity of life at one stage, that basic philosophy will begin the erode the sanctity of life at other stages.

In related news, Michael Schiavo and his Sweet Patootie have applied formally for a marriage license.

WorldNetDaily: Bin Laden hailed as 'Pancho Villa of Islam'

That comes from the same group that publishes the "Voice of Aztlan" Web site. These are the same people who want the American Southwest back. Add to it that some people smugglers have already tried to smuggle Middle Eastern terrorists into this country--"Osama's People."

WorldNetDaily: Terror leader revels in killing Israeli civilians

In point of fact, the man who blew himself up in Tel Aviv the other day was a member of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigade, not Islamic Jihad. WND broke that story here. In this story, the head of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigade talks freely and boastfully to Aaron Klein, head of WND's Jerusalem bureau.

WorldNetDaily: Is Iran already at war with U.S.?

If not, then why did a poster titled The World Without Zionism depict an hourglass with a ball having a Star of David on it falling to the bottom, next to an already broken ball with an American flag on it? Everybody missed that--everybody, that is, except Joseph L. Farah and his sources.

BTW: apologies for the hiatus in blogging--BlogSpot has had to fix some problems.

WorldNetDaily: Innocent blood: How lying marketers sold Roe v. Wade to America

David Kupelian is editor-in-chief of WorldNetDaily's monthly magazine, Whistleblower. His is the most comprehensive commentary on abortion I've seen yet--a complete review of how we got to where we are and where we've come since the decision he mentions in the title. The "lying marketers" remark comes from his recent best-selling title, Marketing of Evil. A must-read.

Saturday, January 07, 2006

Congress Debate Koran

At last, a Web-based campaign to pressure Congress to do that which it ought to have started to do at that special session it called in New York as the dust of the World Trade Center was settling: try the facts of the Koran and the Hadith, with a view to declaring the movement of Islam out of the protection of the First Amendment.

The First Amendment says,

Congress shall make no law...prohibiting the free exercise [of religion].
Yet Article III, Section 3 of the Constitution says,
Treason against the United States shall only be defined as levying war against them, or adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort.
So when someone says,
Fight and slay the infidels wheresoever ye find them [Surah 9:5]
that, sportsfans, is tantamount to treason.

The site Congress Debate Koran features news of the latest atrocious acts by militant Muslims, plus a link to petition the United States Congress, and the General Assembly of the United Nations, to investigate Islam as they ought. I urge everyone to sign.

And by the way: I eat pork chops at least twice a month, and am quite prepared to lay down a cordon of bacon grease around my house.

Saddam did have weapons of mass destruction!

So says Brad L. Maaske, who just made a documentary about Saddam Hussein and his mis-rule of Iraq. By his account, which appears today in WorldNetDaily, multiple witnesses specifically told of seeing some manner of freight--likely in unmarked trucks--passing through Syria and headed for Lebanon's Bekaa Valley.

Sean Hannity has said numerous times that that is where Saddam's weapons of mass destruction are to be found. Now we have direct evidence from a credible investigator. (I also commend Mr. Maaske for giving Michael Moore a taste of his own medicine.)

Where now is the Democratic/MoveOn/liberal case against prosecuting a war in Iraq? Should we have left that situation in place? I don't think so.

UPDATE: Here's more evidence, from a former intelligence analyst. He has Saddam caught on tape! Anyone who flies in the face of evidence like this is a maniac.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Scratch an Ex-Fundamentalist...

Mr. Alan Pell Crawford, writing in the arts section of The Wall Street Journal, today reviews a book by one who had a Christian-school education, and did not like the experience. The author, Christine Rosen, writes disparagingly of a school where "The Bible was our textbook" and students learned that God created the world in six days, and that a great Flood destroyed most of the dinosaurs forty-four hundred years ago.

To put matters into perspective: Mr. Crawford ia a left-leaning vegetarian who has in the past expressed great fear of conservatives, as his bibliography makes abundantly clear. So anything he says about Christian education, or about someone who went through it and wasn't too happy about it, we must take with a few milligrams of sodium chloride.

That said, let us look at the criticisms that Miss Rosen makes, as Mr. Crawford summarizes them:

  1. The school teaches literal Creationism and diluvianism--that is, that the world underwent a Great Flood. Now I did not attend Keswick (pronounced KEZZ-IK) Christian Academy in St. Petersburg, Florida. But I do attend a church that keeps a Christian school. I can tell you that Christian education does not and need not neglect a solid grounding in the scientific method and in actual scientific results. Evolution is not science. It is an anti-religion promulgated by those who don't want to admit that God exists, and also promulgated by fraudulent means, as I have discussed repeatedly. And any geologist who cares to look can see ample evidence that a Flood did occur. Indeed, you cannot have fossils without sudden death and burial--which is exactly what the Flood produced.
  2. Miss Rosen also makes "aesthetic" criticisms of her experience. They amount to: frumpy appearance, out-of-date clothes, and home permanents--in short, separation from the gaudy, "glamorous" styles of the secular world. I ask Miss Rosen--and I ask Mr. Crawford--what is wrong with that? And if that's your best criticism of fundamentalists, then you admit that your entire world view is totally shallow.
To his credit, Mr. Crawford laments that this is the worst thing that Christine Rosen could find to say about Keswick and its adult associates. To his discredit, he tries, ever so subtly, to take other issues about fundamentalism, and never once bothered to consult the growing body of scientists who are not satisfied with the seductive--and fraudulent--message that the evolutionists have been peddling.

But what can one expect of a left-leaning vegetarian? If you still believe that "God is a Moderate," think again.