Friday, June 30, 2006

Live-blogging the NBA Draft - and a Bill Simmons highlight...

Draft Diary XI don't imagine that a lot of readers are big sports fans...maybe I'm wrong. Even if you're not, you need to check in with the Sports Guy - Bill Simmons - every now and then. His takes are right on, and a lot of fun.

Every year, he live-blogs the NBA draft. Here's part of the latest edition:
9:31 -- After Washington takes a giddy Ukrainian dude who looks happy just to be on national TV (never a good sign), Patrick interviews Larry Legend (looking disgruntled, like he spent the whole night trying to unsuccessfully trade Stephen Jackson and Jamaal Tinsley) and the Kings jump on Rutgers gunner Quincy Douby (one of my sleepers in this draft), followed by DP joking, "He can really light it up." And that brings us to our featured attraction of the evening ...


ESPN wisely works the MSG crowd into a hostile frenzy by showing the obligatory "KNICKS UNDER ISIAH THOMAS" graphic. Has there ever been rioting at an NBA draft before?


(Translation: The Knicks need to pick someone good.)

9:36 -- There are those moments in sports when you expect something great, and then it actually happens. And then there are those rare moments in sports when you expect something great, and something even greater happens. This was one of those moments: The Knicks on the clock, the crowd pushing for Marcus Williams, and then ...

--Stern: "With the 20th pick, the New York Knicks select ... Renaldo Balkman."

(Crowd explodes in horror.)

--Stern (over the boos): "Renaldo is not here."

--Patrick (without missing a beat): "And it's probably a good thing."

(Shot of a beaten-down Spike Lee laughing hysterically.)

9:36 -- That was fantastic. Everyone kept e-mailing me to write about Isiah and the Knicks last week ... what else was there to say? OF COURSE Isiah was meant to coach this team as his final job in the NBA before retiring to a life of greeting people at casinos and doing informercials. If somebody clogs your toilet, you ask him to clean up the mess. That's just the way life works. I'm telling you, we're going to remember the Isiah/Knicks Era the same way we remember things like Enron, the Hindenberg and the Bay of Pigs. It's reached that level. I don't know what else to say. Honestly. I have Knicks fans e-mailing me every day asking me if it's OK to root against their own team. What else can you say at this point?

(Wait, I know ... Renaldo Balkman!)

9:37 -- A stammering Bilas sets off three minutes of Isiah-bashing by saying, "This to me is a stunner, I'm stunned. This is a second-round player. Nobody else would have taken him in the first round," followed by Greg Anthony using the word "befuddling" and Stephen A. (maybe for the first time ever) admitting, "I'm almost speechless."
Bill Simmons. Great stuff!

Also, the YouTube Hall of Fame...check out Shatner at #6!



Thursday, June 29, 2006

A quick news article roundup...

Michelle Malkin - NY Times protestProtest the NY Times - Monday, July 10 at 5:00PM. (Hot Air video: Changing Times)
We have a sound permit, and we will be across the street from the New York Times. They are at 229 West 43rd Street.

The groups on board so far are Free Republic, Caucus for America, the Congress for Racial Equality, and Protest Warrior, NYC Chapter. We have reached out to several other groups as well, and are waiting to hear back from them.

Some high-visibility media people are interested in speaking at the protest. More information will be coming on this as we gather groups and speakers.

So hold the date! If you have been as sick about the Times's unconscionable blabbing of our classified information as the rest of those who care about the nation, now is your chance to do something to make your outrage heard.

The Clinton-Gore Deceitful Fundraising Sideshow:
... The bottom-line is this; congressional Democrats and their supporting political organizations could have helped to move this country forward, for the good of the people, but they didn’t. They could have aided in successfully executing the war against radical Islamist terrorism in an effort to bring it to a more immediate conclusion, but they didn’t. They could have helped to heal this country after the hard-fought and contentious elections of 2000 and 2004, but they didn’t. They could have put the good of the country ahead of their political ambitions, but they didn’t.

And now they want your money so they can, “move the country in the right direction.” Yeah, right. And Al Gore invented the Internet.

Major Pacific exercise underway with N. Korea in backgroundMajor Pacific exercise underway with N. Korea in background:
SEOUL — Eight Pacific naval powers opened a month of exercises around the Hawaiian Islands this week in one of the biggest displays of allied naval strength since World War II.

The number of vessels participating in the show of force — and some of the specific war games they played — were fine-tuned to train for countering long-range missiles even though the exercises were scheduled long before the current threat from North Korea.

Led by the U.S. Navy, the countries participating included Japan, South Korea, Chile, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Great Britain — the last still viewed as a Pacific naval power in view of its colonial legacy and strong ties to other participants.

Scarborough and Stossel Slam Al Gore and Global Warming: (video)
ABC’s John Stossel was a guest on MSNBC’s “Scarborough Country” Wednesday, and it is quite safe to say that he’s not buying into any of the recent alarmism concerning global warming. As a result, he and host Joe Scarborough had a lot of fun at Al Gore’s expense.

Rated Rated "R," for "Racist":
If you falsely use the race card, you become the racist, because you have used race to marginalize the innocent. Recently, three high-profile events of differing importance have emblematically clarified this growing phenomenon.

First, Georgia Democratic Representative Cynthia McKinney claimed that when caught violating security protocols, the Capitol Hill cop stopping her wasn’t trying to preempt her continued infraction as much as he was targeting her because she is an “African American, female progressive.”

The second is tied to the Immigration Reform debate and the ongoing assertion by the Left, and many Hispanic leaders, that supporters of sealing up our borders are racists by virtue of that position held.

And third, the Congressional Black Caucus’ position that Louisiana Congressman Democrat William Jefferson was kicked off the House Ways and Means Committee because he’s black, and not because there’s video footage of him accepting a bribe that was later found in his home freezer. If sophistry were booze, the courts would put these folks on a “twelve-step.”

HotAir - Changing TimesAll the Treason that’s Fit to Print:
The most puzzling thing about the New York Times’s exposure of America’s counterterrorism secrets is that this Manhattan-based newspaper has no apparent sense of self-preservation. If the Times were headquartered in, say, Bismarck, North Dakota, its spectacular disregard for human safety might be explained by the low probability that terrorists ever would hit its community directly.


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Foul-mouthed comedy on Christianity and the handicapped... I need more comedy at the moment.

Carlos Mencia. If you didn't watch part III off of a recent post, I'm going to suggest you watch it if you thought that the " soon as Achmed blew something up, it was like 'Blackie, Darkie, Cracker - Wondertwins power activate!'" was even a little bit funny.

These two bits from his "No Strings Attached" show...the first about Christianity, the second about the handicapped...are outstanding I think.

He needs to tour with Ann Coulter. Seriously. How do I get in touch with her to suggest that she contact Carlos about teaming up for a conservative commedy tour. Anyone?

Here's the previous piece...just as good!


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"Military Photographers On the Frontlines"

Military Photographers on the FrontlinesCheck out some tremendous photography by some brave soldiers courtesy of
Like their civilian counterparts, military photographers are on the frontlines of the war on terror. "Military Photographers On the Frontlines" is a collection showcasing the work of some of our best military photographers.

Military Photographers on the Frontlines
Check out all of Defend America's lead photos... here.


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Militant Muslim Mix-Masters for Mohammed...

Malkin's Vent is again outstanding...

Jihad Rap!

C'mon folks...this isn't a "War on Terror", it's a war against "Islamofascism" or "Islamic Extremism"! Naming the enemy correctly is not PC, but it's necessary if we're going to succeed.


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Team building with beer and pie... (humor)

Pie Joust 2006A great friend of mine who works for the New Belgium Beer Company...makers of the very fine beer Fat Tire...sent me this link to their annual Pie Joust competition.

There are definately benefits of working for a beer company.

Click on the image to the right for a good laugh...and a good idea if you're looking for a team-building activity at work!

A history of the event... here. :)



Wednesday, June 28, 2006

If you can handle the language, Carlos Mencia is absolutely hilarious!

This is quite a departure from the previous post, but the world gets so serious sometimes that you really just need to laugh. This is good therapy...

Conservative humor from Carlos Mencia? I think so... although mixed in with some not-so-conservative language. Seriously funny! Maybe even...the Ann Coulter of comedy!

This "No Strings Attached" performance is laugh-out-loud funny. Here are the video clips from I, II, III, IV, and V.

Here he is with Craig Ferguson earlier this year.

Carlos Mencia website here.


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Should moral "evolution" of a society require a reinterpretation of God's law...

Does Society Set The Standard For God's LawDoes Society Set The Standard For God's Law?

I missed this post over at All Things Beautiful last week, but it's worth reading if you're interested in the debate over homosexuality and the likely split it will cause within the Anglican Church.
Society does not set standard for God's law. God does not obligate nor encourage us to fulfill all our desires. Those desires that violate his laws must be controlled; and yet, where does that leave the question of homosexuality, which is considered an acceptable practice by many in our world today.

"Will gay debate tear the Church apart?" was the screaming headline on CNN's Larry King Live, featuring the first openly gay Episcopal Bishop in U.S. history, The Rt. Rev. V. Gene Robinson, Bishop of New Hampshire, The Most Rev. Frank T. Griswold, Presiding Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church, who appointed him, the clergy that oppose him, and....our own journalist/blogger Andrew Sullivan, who is Catholic and gay.
Alexandra's post - along with many very thoughtful comments - is... here.

Michael Liccione asks "Can one affirm the traditional norm that homosex is wrong without positively rejecting confirmed homosexuals as persons?". As Alexandra puts it... can we "hate the sin and love the sinner"?

For me, that answer has to be yes, absolutely. I don't, however, agree that a man so proud of his outwardly proud of his sin should be elevated to the leadership role of Bishop.

Some recent related posts of mine:
God's Top 10
The Episcopal tragedy - The secular progressive movement strengthens...Christianity & morality regroup.
Paul's letter to the Romans contains the Bible's clearest condemnation of same-sex relations. Recent scholarship finds the opposite. Who is right?
Feminist Absolutism Infultrating Religions with Moral Relativism...
The homosexualization continues as emotion, love & tolerance are used against morality, standards & truth...


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Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Mistaking courage for cowardice...

Courage to Resist?

Courage? (I suppose the NY Times is courageous too)

National Day of... Action?

Lt. Ehren Watada is a hero and deserving of our thanks?

Vent, with Michelle Malkin Like father, like son. What a disgrace.

The Seattle Times covers a rally with Michael McPhearson, executive director of Veterans for Peace in St. Louis:
"When you have a person like Lt. Watada or Cindy Sheehan, I think that's more real, and Americans react to sincere people expressing themselves."
I don't know about you, but my reaction is not a favorable one for Watada.

How about words like Honor, Duty and Commitment. Here's to the rest of Watada's unit!

Check out his well-prepared interview here. Apparently, PepperSpray Productions is the same group behind the ridiculous Jesse MacBeth masquerade.

Today's Vent is a must-watch.

Lot's of Watada news... here.

(Watada photoshop by Sanctuary. Hat Tip to Michelle Malkin)


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Monday, June 26, 2006

When will it be too late to ask for our country back?

Security and Prosperity Partnership Of North AmericaLook at the big picture... it may be sooner than you think.

Jerome Corsi has been all over it.




God's Top 10...

Harvest OnlineGreg Laurie writes about the mother of all top 10 lists:
1. Have no other gods before Him (see Exodus 20:2-3).

2. Do not make any idols (see Exodus 20:4-6).

3. Do not take the Lord's name in vain (see Exodus 20:7).

4. Keep the Sabbath holy (see Exodus 20:8-11).

5. Honor your father and mother (see Exodus 20:12).

6. Do not murder (see Exodus 20:13).

7. Do not commit adultery (see Exodus 20:14).

8. Do not steal (see Exodus 20:15).

9. Do not lie (see Exodus 20:16).

10. Do not covet (see Exodus 20:17).

... Sadly, what we have in the place of these commandments today is moral relativism, the lack of acceptance of moral absolutes. In other words, there is no such thing as right and wrong. There is "your version" of right that may indeed be right for you, but no universal right that we must all accept.

Moral relativism teaches that we are all products of the evolutionary process. There is no God, no plan, no real purpose for our lives, and there is no devil. Moral relativism teaches that we make our own luck, fate, etc. It tells us we are all basically good inside, and if we go bad, it is because we are "products of our environment." It is the complete freedom from all restraint.

And if you dare to disagree with it and believe in right and wrong, you are labeled "insensitive, intolerant, bigoted and narrow-minded." And if you actually dare to quote the Bible, then you are accused of imposing your "puritanical value system."

No wonder our culture in America is in the state it is in. ...
Read the whole article... here.


A letter from a frustrated jarhead...

Where's the outrage?Courtesy of Craig R. Smith and WorldNetDaily:
Phil is a retired Marine who is 55 years old. He would do anything to, once again, put on the uniform of the country he loves and fight against the threat he knows exists. Phil has experience in defending his nation. He did so with valor during Vietnam. He still relies on his instincts of right and wrong to guide his life. So he was compelled to write his friends a letter. The letter speaks for itself and will not be accompanied by any commentary from me. Special thanks to WND for having the backbone to allow the world to hear the true heart and grit of the American spirit.
My friends,

Now Fox News has reported that [the two American soldiers] had their genitals cut off and stuffed into their mouth. They were beheaded. They were tortured unmercifully while still alive by the disciples of Allah, and I hear no words of outrage from the "left" today. Not a single word from Kennedy, Kerry, Pelosi, Howard Dean or Cindy Sheehan. If they speak at all, it is only to blame our president. Shame on the liberals. Shame on the Democrats. Shame on the MSM (mainstream media).

They were members of the 101st Airborne Division from Fort Campbell, Ky. They were America's finest. They were slaughtered.

There is a growing chorus coming from the "left" today urging us to close Gitmo. At Gitmo we have detained 432 terrorists. These vermin are the worst scum on the planet. We are at war. Can I say that again? WE ARE AT WAR!

At Gitmo these proud, bloodthirsty, murdering cowards have the following amenities:

  • Air conditioning;

  • three meals per day;

  • they have their Qurans;

  • And, they have an army of ACLU types willing to do their bidding.

    At Gitmo they eat better than you and me. Yet, all we hear from the "left" today is that we must close Gitmo because of our abuse of those poor terrorists. Lies and audacity.

    Meanwhile, when our enemies detain our troops, America's best and America's bravest get slaughtered in the name of Allah.

    Where is the treasonous press today? Why aren't the headlines today filled with rage for this subhuman enemy?

    My friends, allow me to share just a shred of truth with you: "Good people sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf." Said differently? Many in this nation do not deserve the freedom these brave soldiers have provided us. Can you think of another time in history where there was such blindness, hypocrisy and lack of honor?

    I am depressed. I am discouraged. I want to fight back. I don't know what to do. I have never felt so uneasy or so helpless. I suppose this letter today is my way of coping with my sadness and anger. Please forgive me.

    Will America wake up in time? Will we find the courage to face this enemy and defeat him? If we sleep on, if we continue to give way to the "politically correct," I am afraid we will be overrun and our children will rise up and curse us.

    If there was ever a time to pray, perhaps it is in this time.

    Semper fi,

    From an old and frustrated jarhead.
  • Every politician in America should read this letter! This jarhead speaks for me.


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    Left, right & wrong...

    Left, right and wrongA great article from Michael Gawenda over at The Age...
    ... Some people in Europe and Australia, who consider themselves on the left, have concluded that too many people on the left are so blinded by Bush hatred and by anti-Americanism, that they end up supporting terrorists, jihadists, and Islamic fundamentalists. This despite the fact that the core ideologies — let alone the horrific violence inflicted on innocent civilians — of these groups are contrary to everything the left should stand for. ...
    Worth a look. The rest... here.



    Sunday, June 25, 2006

    Blabbermouth backlash... photoshop style:

    Blabbermouth Photoshops...The photoshop call went out... here.

    Along with Peter King... I say it's time for criminal charges against the NY Times and friends.

    The photoshop call was answered by bloggers in great and here, courtesy of Michelle Malkin. You must check them out!


    Take a poll... here.

    Schooling the Blabbermouth Media: (click the image for video over at HotAir)

    Schooling the Blabbermouth Media


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    Where is the outrage?

    Click the image to the right, or here, for the video from the Mujahedeen Shura Council showing the execution of three Russian embassy employees... if you think you can take it.

    Michelle Malkin has the story covered... here.

    "Peaceful religion" my ass. Jamal at The Opinionated Voice disagrees. Check his site out for the opposing point of view.

    E.D. Hill want's to know too... here.


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    Saturday, June 24, 2006

    The Episcopal tragedy - The secular progressive movement strengthens...Christianity & morality regroup.

    Here are the first and last paragraphs of a column posted yesterday on Virtue Online by F. Earle Fox:
    I am an Episcopal priest who has labored in that vineyard for over forty years, now watching the Church I loved and cherished self-destruct. There will be a resurrection of sorts, that is a division with one side conforming, more or less, to orthodoxy.

    But there are few signs that the orthodox in the West have learned the lessons which God meant us to learn over the last four centuries (see below). Unless there is new leadership with intellectual, moral, and spiritual credibility raised up, the division will not make much difference to the Christian Church -- which has been in the backwaters of civilization for most of the last two centuries. ...

    ... The issues are bigger than the Episcopal disaster, which is just a forerunner. America shows all the signs of going the Episcopal way -- down the sink hole of relativism and pseudo-pluralism, ending in totalitarianism. They are the issues of Western Civilization, and becoming the issues of world culture (thanks to the globalists and their tool, the UN).

    America shows all the signs
    of going the Episcopal way --
    down the sink hole of
    relativism and pseudo-pluralism

    There is no hope for civilization outside the Church of God. Only a people rooted in the Hand of God and obedient to His Voice will be able to turn the momentum of self-destruction back toward rational, sane, and truly compassionate culture and spirituality.

    Christians did it before, and, under the law and grace of God, we will do it again.
    Read it all... here.

    This issue hits close to home, as I am a member of the Episcopal Church. I know that many like me are struggling with the recent decisions of the church leaders. It's very disheartening, to say the least.

    Paul's letter to the Romans contains the Bible's clearest condemnation of same-sex relations. Recent scholarship finds the opposite. Who is right?
    Feminist Absolutism Infultrating Religions with Moral Relativism...
    The homosexualization continues as emotion, love & tolerance are used against morality, standards & truth...


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    Fair & Balanced, and appropriately outraged...

    E.D. Hill wonders where all the outrage is on Fox & Friends earlier this week.

    (hat tip to Jay over at Stop the ACLU)

    The best morning show on television!

    John Gibson too...where's the outrage indeed!



    Friday, June 23, 2006

    The High Priest of the Church of the Warming Globe - Al's Big Adventure...

    Questions for Al GoreTodays Patriot Post covers "Al's Big Adventure" —This summer's hottest hit...

    (Check out Questions for Al too)
    ... Gore has always promoted himself as a "man of the people," a thoughtful and inquisitive farm boy who grew up in Carthage, Tennessee, on his family's 80-acre estate. Yet the real Al Gore was a pampered, privileged rich boy, heir to his father's financial and political estate. It's likely, then, that the closest Prince Albert ever got to real livestock was the time he spent roping hamsters in his family's penthouse suite atop Washington's tony Fairfax Hotel.

    After college, Gore dabbled with seminary for a couple years, but dropped out to hop his father's escalator to the Senate. Years later, when Bill Clinton picked the lesser Gore to run on the bottom of his ticket, the elder Gore said, "We raised him for it." Bill and Al, and spouses Hill and Tipper, tolerated each other for two long terms.

    Gore—earth tones, orange face and all—tried every trick in the book to prove his alpha maleness in the 2000 presidential election, but alas, to no avail. Since then, he has dedicated himself to his true calling—picking up where he left off after leaving seminary, and building a cathedral of worship for his cadre of eco-nuts.

    Which brings us to his latest sermon, "An Inconvenient Truth," in which Gore proposes Orwellian government regulations curtailing industrial output from Western nations on the thesis that global warming is a man-made phenomenon. In typical fashion, Gore dramatically exclaims, "The era of procrastination, of half-measures, of soothing and baffling expedients, of delays, is coming to a close. In its place we are entering a period of consequence." He chastises "deniers" (un-believers), and predicts cataclysm if his teachings are not received.

    "An Inconvenient Truth" is a documentary knockoff of last years pop film, "The Day After Tomorrow," only less credible.

    "Everyone is entitled
    to his own opinion,
    but not his own facts."
    —Daniel Patrick Moynihan

    "The debate in the science community is over," Gore insists, but in the inimitable words of the late Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, a classical liberal, "Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts."

    Questions for Al GoreMore than 17,000 scientists, to date, have signed a petition sponsored by Dr. Frederick Seitz, past president of the National Academy of Sciences, refuting Gore's claims that global warming is human-induced. The petition states: "There is no convincing scientific evidence that human release of carbon dioxide, methane, or other greenhouse gasses is causing or will, in the foreseeable future, cause catastrophic heating of the Earth's atmosphere and disruption of the Earth's climate. Moreover, there is substantial scientific evidence that increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide produce many beneficial effects upon the natural plant and animal environments of the Earth."

    Renowned meteorologist Dr. William Gray, in a recent interview with Discover Magazine (which has advocated the theory of human-induced global warming), says: "This human-induced global-warming thing... is grossly exaggerated... I'm not disputing there has been global warming. There was a lot of global warming in the 1930s and '40s, and then there was global cooling in the middle '40s to the early '70s. Nearly all of my colleagues who have been around 40 or 50 years are skeptical... about this global-warming thing. But no one asks us." (Gray was described by Discover Magazine's editors as one of "the world's most famous hurricane experts.")

    "Freeze or fry, the problem
    is always industrial capitalism,
    and the solution is always
    international socialism."
    —Harvard Professor Malcolm Ross

    Commenting on the misuse of science to support political agendas, Harvard's Dr. Malcolm Ross concludes of such folly, "Freeze or fry, the problem is always industrial capitalism, and the solution is always international socialism."

    Dr. Roy Spencer, former Senior Scientist for Climate Studies at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, has issued "Questions for Al Gore" based on what he calls "Gore's Inconvenient Truth." NASA scientist James Hansen, director of the agency's Goddard Institute for Space Studies, argues, "The natural fluctuations of climate are still large—at least, the natural fluctuations of weather compared to long-term climate change." (Hansen, it should be noted, is a liberal who publicly endorsed the 2004 presidential campaign of John Kerry.)

    Neil Frank, former director of the National Hurricane Center, is a bit less nuanced about Gore's claims: "[Global warming] is a hoax."
    Read the whole thing... here. It's worth it!

    Quote of the week...
    "Back in the 1970s, the hysteria was about global cooling and the prospect of a new ice age. A National Academy of Sciences report back then led Science magazine to conclude in its March 1, 1975, issue that a long 'ice age is a real possibility.' According to the April 28, 1975, issue of Newsweek, 'the earth's climate seems to be cooling down.' A note of urgency was part of the global-cooling hysteria then as much as it is part of today's global-warming hysteria. According to the February, 1973, issue of Science Digest, 'Once the freeze starts, it will be too late'."

    —Economist Thomas Sowell

    Vent - Stupid Global Warming Media Tricks:

    Recent related:
    An inconvenient paranoia...
    Al Gore visits South Park to talk about the single biggest threat to our planet: Manbearpig.
    Fear-mongering and climate change: Al's big lie...


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    Revealing secrets that most americans wouldn't reveal...

    World War II PostersBlabbermouths at the NY Times and LA Times... stike again:
    Dammit. These people don't know when to stop. The anonymous leak-addicted NY Times tag team of Eric Lichtblau and James Risen is at it again. Their front-page, splashy piece posted on the web tonight and top-linked on Drudge ...

    Backlash against the blabbermouths:
    They can buy ink by the barrel, but we can fight back now with bandwidth by the terrabyte. I'm getting inundated with furious readers' letters to the Times, most of which the editors won't bother to read or publish - since they're not in, you know, the "public (Pulitzer) interest." So I'm reprinting a representative sample here and I'll keep adding to it. Don't forget that it's both the NY Times and the LA Times that blew off security concerns in favor of blowing the cover of the terrorist finance tracking program.

    Messages for the blabbermouths:
    These WWII posters are in need of some 21st century photoshop updates.

    Anyone inspired?

    Michelle Malkin rocks.


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    Thursday, June 22, 2006

    Paul's letter to the Romans contains the Bible's clearest condemnation of same-sex relations. Recent scholarship finds the opposite. Who is right?

    Speakers at STRPaul, Romans and Homosexuality...

    by Greg Koukl:
    ... Paul was not unclear about what he meant by "natural." Homosexuals do not abandon natural desires; they abandon natural functions: "For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another..." (1:26-27) ...

    ... Natural desires go with natural functions. The passion that exchanges the natural function of sex between a man and a woman for the unnatural function of sex between a man and a man is what Paul calls a degrading passion.

    Homosexual desire is unnatural
    because it causes a man to abandon
    the natural sexual compliment
    God has ordained for him: a woman.

    Jesus clarified the natural, normal relationship: "Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning made them male and female and said 'For this cause a man shall leave his father and mother and shall cleave to his wife and the two shall become one flesh [sexual intercourse].'?" (Matthew 19:4-5)

    Homosexual desire is unnatural because it causes a man to abandon the natural sexual compliment God has ordained for him: a woman. That was Paul's view. If it was Paul's view recorded in the inspired text, then it is God's view. And if it is God's view, it should be ours if we call ourselves Christian.
    Read the whole article... here.

    Previous posts on Greg Koukl... here.

    Apologetics at Stand to Reason.

    Feminist Absolutism Infultrating Religions with Moral Relativism...
    The homosexualization continues as emotion, love & tolerance are used against morality, standards & truth...


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    The Democrats "New Direction for America"...

    Noonan archivePeggy Noonan... Ronald Reagan's Navy secretary runs for Senate as a standard-issue Democrat:
    One can argue about why the Democratic Party no longer seems to have a reason for being. I believe the reason is this: They have achieved what they set out to achieve in 1932, when the modern Democratic Party began.

    They got what they asked for, achieved what they fought for. They got a big government that offers a wide array of benefits and assistance; they got a powerful federal establishment that collects and dispenses treasure, that assumes societal guidance. They got Social Security and Medicare. They got civil rights (much murky history there, the Southern Democratic lions of the U.S. Senate having retarded the modern civil rights movement from 1940 through 1964; still, by the late '60s Democrats came to seem to own the issue, and that hasn't changed). They got what they stood for. They went on, in the 1970s and '80s, to stand for things about which Americans showed they had doubts and ambivalence: abortion, the modernist social agenda. By the time the Democrats ran out that string, they got tagged for the cost of their dreams. Big government is expensive, and the American people didn't enjoy being forced to pay, through high taxes, for the pleasure of being pushed around.

    Also the Democrats, since 1968, hate war. But that's not really a philosophy. No one likes war, or no one who's normal. The real difference is between those who think war is bad and must never be fought and those who think it's bad but sometimes must be fought. The vast majority of voters are in the latter camp.

    A second reason the Democratic Party has trouble knowing what it stands for, and thus articulating its purpose, is that it is so spooked by polls, focus groups and past defeats that it's afraid to take any vivid and differentiating stands, and seeks refuge in the muck of small issues. But small issues are small. And in this case don't even offer a philosophical pattern. "We stand for lower college loan costs and better prescription drug benefits." That's something you'd die on the battlefield for, isn't it?
    Read the whole article... here.


    Peggy Noonan also thinks the Dems are way off base:
    ... They don't only think they're more sophisticated than their base, more informed and aware of the complexities. I believe they think their base is mad.

    You can see their problem in their inability to get a slogan. Which, believe me, is how they think of it: a slogan. "Together for a Better Future." "A Future With Better Togetherness." Today for a better tomorrow, tomorrow for a better today.

    A party has a hard time saying what it stands for only when it doesn't know what it stands for. It has trouble getting a compelling slogan only when it has no idea what compels its base. Or when it fears what compels it.

    I got a sense of the distance between Democratic leaders and the base a few years ago when I met up with a Democrat who was weighing a run for the party's 2004 nomination. He hadn't announced but was starting to test the waters, campaigning out of state.

    I mentioned to him that the press gives a great deal of attention to the problems of Republican leaders and their putative supporters on the ground in America, but I was interested in the particular problems a D.C. Democrat has with his party's base.

    His eyebrows went up in the way people's eyebrows go up when they're interested in what they're about to say. He said--I write from memory; it was not an interview but a conversation--that he was getting an education in that area. He said when he spoke before local Democratic groups they were wildly against the war in Iraq and sometimes booed him when he spoke of it. It left him startled. He had supported the president for serious reasons: He thought Saddam a bad actor who likely had weapons of mass destruction. He wanted to talk about it, but they didn't want to hear him. They were immovable.

    But there was something else. He didn't say it, but something in his manner suggested he thought they were . . . just a little crazy.

    I thought of him the other day when I saw Howard Dean say something intemperate on TV. I actually can't remember what it was, one intemperate Dean statement blending into another as they do. I was standing near a small screen with recent acquaintances, all of them relatively nonpolitical, and as I watched Mr. Dean speak I blurted, "Why does he say things like that?" A middle-aged woman--intelligent, professional--answered, "Because he thinks they're stupid."

    He thinks who's stupid? I asked. The press? "His party," she said. We both laughed because it sounded true.

    But today I'm thinking that's not quite it. Howard Dean is actually the most in touch with his base of all D.C. Democrats because he speaks to them the secret language of Madman Boogabooga. Republicans are racist/ignorant/evil. This is actually not ineffective. It's a language that quells the base and would scare the center if they followed it more closely, but they can't because it's not heavily reported because "Dean Says Something Crazy" is no longer news.
    The rest... here. Well done.


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    WS 399: Sex and the City

    Nathanael BlakeNathanael Blake:
    At 500 students, this class (Oregon State University) is one of the largest on campus, and the instructor reported that after it was filled she "had women in my office crying, trying to get into the class." That’s understandable. For the intellectually apathetic student (which is to say, for the majority), upper division credits for watching TV is a great deal. And for the intellectually vacuous instructor, it’s a class commensurate with her abilities. ...

    Our universities have become Narcissus, staring at their own reflection until they shall die.

    Wednesday, June 21, 2006

    More Coulter, more fun with idiots...

    Coulter on Day that name-calling? I apologize to all of the overly-sensative idiots that may have just been offended.

    (Click image for video over at HotAir)

    You'd think that Ann Coulter is the most sinister, mean-spirited, hate-filled person on earth. Kerry didn't really mean it when he called our troops terrorists...Durbin was just making a point when he compared our troops in Guantanamo to Nazis, Soviet gulags and Cambodia's Pol Pot...Cindy Sheehan is grieving, so we can't blame her for calling President Bush the most dangerour terrorist in the world.

    Coulter on Day SideGood grief! Coulter calls them like she sees them...I suppose just like these folks do. I'll take Coulters fact-based, thoughtful analysis anytime over those panderers.

    God forbid we see another author promoting his/her book in the next decade or so...this is aweful!!!

    God forbid the four greedy, now-millionaire, government-blaming, liberal activist 9/11 widows have their delicate feelings hurt 5 years after their husbands deaths.

    Can we please grow up and discuss the content of her outstanding book uncovering the godless religion of liberalism? Oh, of course not. Think what that would mean. That would be only slightly more interesting than if we found WMD in Iraq!

    Don't like Ann? Waaaaaaaaaah! Boo hoo hoo!


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    How well do you know the real Jack Murtha?

    The Washington Times discusses the "Real Jack Murtha":
    Rep. John Murtha is thinking big thoughts. Since coming out for an immediate withdrawal from Iraq last year, he has accused Marines of murder "in cold blood" before a preliminary investigation is even complete; accused the military of a cover up over the same incident; declared his candidacy for the House majority leadership post; and, most recently, refined his cut-and-run strategy in Iraq to mean "redeployment" to Okinawa, Japan.
    The rest... here.

    Here's the latest pictures from Camp Pendleton.

    More Murtha:
    Murtha's Second Act - Novak
    Murtha's Fuzzy Math - Bevan
    John Murtha - Cox & Forkum

    Could it be that Bush was right?!?! Gateway Pundit has the story... here.


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    Solving the terrorists problems for them...

    Cox & Forkum are tremendous! A great post... here: (click the image below)

    Guns & ButterAs Caroline Glick so aptly point out last month:
    ... Every cent transferred in "direct aid" to the Palestinians is money that will prevent Hamas from failing. Every well-fed Palestinian welfare case will be a vindication for the Palestinian people's decision to vote Hamas into power. Every penny of Western and Israeli aid tells them that they may both escalate their war against Israel while officially joining the global jihad and eat well on the Israeli/ American/ European dole.
    Hey, maybe the UN can help...NOT!


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    MM: "Welcome to the 21st century librarian: book-smart, reality-stupid, Bush-deranged bigots"...

    SHUSHMichelle Malkin's latest column... here.

    The supporting blog
    My column previews the American Library Association's annual conference in New Orleans (hey, maybe that's why they needed the National Guard). It opens tomorrow with Madeline Albright (here's the schedule) and the First Lady is scheduled to speak on Monday. Cokie Roberts is the closing speaker.

    Popular speakers at past ALA conferences: Bush-bashers Richard Clarke, RFK Jr., Gloria Steinem, and E.L. Doctorow. A featured benefit screening of Michael Moore's conspiracy-mongering Fahrenheit 9/11 drew an SRO crowd of 2,000+ in 2004. Dissenters are mocked on ALA mailing lists and conference events.
    Conservative librarians unite!


    Tuesday, June 20, 2006

    An inconvenient paranoia...

    An Inconvenient ParanoiaWhy are liberals more likely to believe AlGore's DOOM & GLOOM conclusion that the world is only a few years away from DISASTER based on flawed and biased data?

    Great question. Because they're fundamentally guilt-ridden and drawn to self-hate and pessimism?

    Surely they're intelligent...but others are painted as RIGHT WING NUT JOBS if they dare question whether or not the data is reliable...reliable enough to bet it AAAALL on black...or on human control of the weather.

    Why was the NY Times writing articles about "GLOBAL COOLING" just 30 or so years ago?

    Hasn't the earth's temperature always been changing?

    Doesn't there appear to be 30-40 year cycles of higher storm frequency/intensity throughout this century?

    How is the first named tropical storm of 2006 a confirmation or affirmation that "Global Warming" is REAL and that more storms are a result of REPUBLICAN POLICIES as Bill Clinton and Howard Dean have implied recently?

    The "Televangelist for the First Church of the Warming Globe" is doing more to heat the planet with his own hot air... and for his own benefit. Chicken Little in '08!

    Holy Smoke and MirrorsI love the premise of this article..."An Inconvenient Paranoia". Why are liberals buying this, and conservatives not?

    Dennis Prager discusses...
    Observers of contemporary society will surely have noted that a liberal is far more likely to fear global warming than a conservative. Why is this?

    After all, if the science is as conclusive as Al Gore, Time, Newsweek, The New York Times and virtually every other spokesman of the Left says it is, conservatives are just as likely to be scorched and drowned and otherwise done in by global warming as liberals will. So why aren't non-leftists nearly as exercised as leftists are?Do conservatives handle heat better? Are libertarians better swimmers? Do religious people love their children less? ...

    ... liberals are far more likely to be impressed when a Nobel Prize winner in, let us say, physics signs an ad against war or against capital punishment. The liberal is bowled over by the title "Nobel laureate." The conservative is more likely to wonder why a Nobel laureate in physics has anything more meaningful to say about war than, let us say, a taxi driver.
    The rest... here.

    Also, Al Gore and the Global Warming Scare


    AlGore will be fighting it out with Hillary for the Democratic nomination in 2008. There's just not doubt in my mind, unless McCain jumps ship. :)

    Gore v. Hillary will be a battle of heavyweights for sure. I think that having Bill as spouse puts Hillary on top. The left won't be able to contain themselves about the possibility of having the smooth-talking, immoral groper back in the White House.


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    Teacher's union begins plans to promote homosexual marriage in public schools...

    Check in with the American Family Association from time to time. They stand for traditional family values and focus on the often negative influence of television and other media on those values in todays society. A great resource.

    National Education Association Set to Endorse Homosexual Marriage
    The National Education Association is set to endorse homosexual marriage at their convention coming up in Orlando June 29 through July 6.

    The new NEA proposal essentially says schools should support and actively promote homosexual marriage and other forms of marriage (two men and one woman, three women, two women and three men, etc.) in their local schools.

    The new proposal, expected to pass overwhelmingly, is found under the B-8 Diversity paragraph:
    The Association... believes in the importance of observances, programs and curricula that accurately portray and recognize the roles, contributions, cultures, and history of these diverse groups and individuals.

    The Association believes that legal rights and responsibilities with regard to medical decisions, taxes, inheritance, adoption, legal immigration, domestic partnerships, and civil unions and/or marriage belong to all these diverse groups and individuals.
    Translated, that means the NEA will promote homosexual marriage in every avenue they have available, including textbooks, to all children at all age levels and without the permission or knowledge of parents. Their plans will include every public school in America.
    Gay-Straight Youth Pride 2004Our public schools are in trouble. Their decline has been fueled by myths, a liberal agenda, and an ongoing push to remove God and patriotism powered by the ACLU.

    Opposition to Gay Marriage Is Not Discrimination...
    Education myths - The longer they live, the dumber we become...
    Homosexuality and education: The rants roll on...
    As if the obviously-perverted "man with the yellow hat" and "curious" George weren't enough...
    Big Al takes no prisoners as he fights his gag reflex...


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    Feminist Absolutism Infultrating Religions with Moral Relativism...

    Gay love OK with God - bishopHow Feminist Absolutism Drives Moral Relativism, by David Usher:
    ... Twenty years ago, feminists realized that it was necessary to take over all major religions in order to eliminate pesky moral yardsticks. Only a handful of churches have not yet been devastated or severely compromised.

    Only a handful of churches
    have not yet been devastated
    or severely compromised.

    The plan backfired on feminists in the Catholic Church. Their idea: since gays could be ministers, feminists could sue the institution for what gays do inside the Church, and put it out of business. The Vatican is finally standing its ground, removing gays and speaking against feminism after finding out what gay feminist ministers do when given power. If the Episcopalian grassroots cannot find the moral resolve to clean house now, perhaps the lessons of the Catholic Church will change their minds quickly.

    Feminists failed broaching the Muslim faith. Indeed, one of the reasons Muslim countries see western cultures as being threatening is due to the fact that all western cultures are radically feminist. We insist on exporting absolutist feminism via every possible channel, and then wonder why Muslims are ready for war against the evil West. Do not mistake me: I am not saying we deserved to be attacked. I am saying that it could easily have been avoided had we said “No” to radical feminism in the 1960’s.

    We fear it is a rude insult to the American melting pot when American Muslim women wear a chador. It is not. It is a rejection of feminism. We should take this seriously, and clean our own house of the absolutist feminism that Muslims of both sexes so correctly reject. ...

    ... Now, it is my turn to drop the “A” bomb on liberal feminists, who “are the absolutists”. They absolutely cannot stand the healthy moral values of marriage, family, and fatherhood. They will say anything to scare or threaten politicians and religions into doing what they demand.

    we must stand firmly
    against all aspects
    of institutional feminism

    We have only one option: we must stand firmly against all aspects of institutional feminism, or heterosexual marriage and fatherhood will be replaced in both the secular and ecclesiastical worlds by entitled marriages between Murphy Browns under the insidious connivance of “equal rights for lesbian women”. Any politician, policymaker, or church leader who cannot rise to this necessary duty must necessarily be removed from positions of authority.
    Worth reading. The rest... here.



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    Gore: "We're in a no-win situation"

    Gore in '08!

    Keith Olbermann is as biased as they come.



    Monday, June 19, 2006

    Tiger's Father's Day Tribute...

    Tiger Woods is the most dominant athlete of our time. His father, Earl Woods, passed away on May 3 after a long battle with cancer.

    This tribute, aired by Nike over the weekend, shows a personal glimpse into Tiger's relationship with his Dad. It's fantastic.

    Tiger missed the cut, meaning he now shares, with Jack Nicklaus, a record of 39 consecutive major tournaments without missing a cut.

    Click to watch:

    It's also here.


    The broad and deep talent that is...Connie Chung.

    Yikes! You probably never even knew that Connie and Maury had their own talk show cancelled after six months. Anyone looking to hire loony Connie now?

    Please stay away Connie. It's over!



    Blogs represent the voice of the people...

    Nathan Tabor, on the attack.


    ¡Viva El Fair Tax, Amigos!

    A solution worth repeating: (bumped from 6/13/06)

    Mac Johnson HomepageHoly two-fer Batman!!!

    Mac Johnson has a GREAT idea!
    Illegal immigration is an unsolvable problem. America should surrender now to the irresistible will of the leaderless gaggle of semi-literate busboys and landscapers who stumble northward with the unbeatable plan of “that way!” in their diabolical minds. Who can stop these master criminals? Not the poor little U.S. government!

    With its limited resources and power, how can it do something as complex as watch to see if a confused mob of aspiring roofers walks across a line in the desert? Or enforce laws against hiring illegal aliens? Or most intimidating of all, how can it find illegal aliens already within America? ...

    how can (the government) do something
    as complex as watch to see
    if a confused mob of aspiring roofers
    walks across a line in the desert?

    ... Everyday we hear the whine of the willing failures in Washington, D.C: It’s just so hard…Can’t we just give up and start over? ... We tried to guard the borders but they’re soooooo big. … There are so many people to keep track of and it’s just not reasonable to try. … It’s crazy to deport people back to where they actually are supposed to be … so we win, ha, ha, give us open borders like we wanted all along.

    By contrast, if you want to see what our federal government is capable of when it stands to benefit from law enforcement, just look at our tax system. The modern tax code is a Byzantine obscenity. It’s too large to be understood by any one person. Armies of lawyers, accountants, and computer programmers are needed just to figure what each individual owes. ...

    The modern tax code
    is a Byzantine obscenity.

    ... For those of you that don’t know, the Fair Tax movement seeks to replace the maze of current personal income, capital gains, corporate, gasoline, and payroll taxes that the federal government has thrown up over time with a single, fair consumption tax. Every person in America would take home their entire paycheck, and pay only this one tax, which could thus be easily monitored by voters. Likewise, every business would be subject to it and freed from having to hire a flock of lawyers to figure out their tax burden each year. The IRS would be abolished.

    The Fair Tax is a consumption tax—a sales tax—it would be automatically calculated and collected every time you or any other person or business bought any item at the retail level. No more W-2s or 1040s or schedules B, or IRS audits or multiplying the greater of either line 32 or 34a by the amount from the appropriate box on the table on page 92. When you buy, you pay.

    The tax has an enormous number of economic advantages that have been extensively analyzed by many economists and would spur growth, discourage corporations from moving offshore, and reward savings. These are too numerous and lengthy to detail here, but I encourage you to learn more by reading the Fair Tax Book.

    The Fair Tax would neither raise nor lower your taxes, it would simply change the way they are collected—and that is how it might have an unintended effect on border security. When taxes are collected on retail sales, instead of income, the easiest way to avoid paying them is to try to buy your goods across a border, in a jurisdiction without the sales tax. This pattern is very familiar within America.

    Just across the border from states with high gasoline taxes are clusters of gas stations. Just out of the reach of states with onerous liquor taxes are clusters of liquor stores. The southern portion of sales tax-free New Hampshire is one great cluster of malls and stores catering to shoppers from high-tax Massachusetts. States are prohibited from interfering with such activity under the interstate commerce clause of the Constitution. They really are powerless to enforce their borders (and properly so).

    But imagine if Northern Mexico and Southern Canada became giant outlet malls catering to frugal shoppers from a Fair Tax America. How seriously do you think the federal government would become about inspecting every car and closing every isolated crossing point? If it were taxes sneaking across our borders, instead of illegal aliens, the government would have the Marines mining the fronteir with Quebec. Somebody sneaking in to take a job away from an American doesn’t bother Washington at all. But can you imagine the outrage and panic if that same person were sneaking in to try to sell Americans tax-free iPods?

    If it were taxes
    sneaking across our borders,
    instead of illegal aliens,
    the government would have the Marines
    mining the fronteir with Quebec.

    The impossible-to-patrol border would suddenly become very, very patrolled. Or the government could choose to just forego all those taxes and get smaller and smaller. Which do you think would happen?

    Now, the Fair Tax is worth implementing for other reasons, and would also discourage illegal immigration by fully taxing the underground economy for the first time (unlike an income tax, which is easily avoided by those who work off-the-books). But wouldn’t it be nice to have a byproduct of our tax system be secure, well ordered borders, adequately staffed and patrolled?

    This year the Fair Tax bill (HR 25) has an impressive 57 co-sponsors in Congress and it gains support every year. The added support of millions of Americans opposed to open borders could push the bill into the realm of real possibility.

    Most of life is the result of unintended consequences, and every once in a while they can actually work for you.
    Click here to listen. Click here to read the beginning.


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    Moral relativists...should pedophilia be up for discussion?

    Center for Christ & CultureWhat the heck is going on in the Netherlands!

    Michael Craven discusses "Pedophiles & Politics"...
    Pedophiles in The Netherlands have launched their own political party, The Charity, Freedom and Diversity (NVD) party. Their goal is to legitimize pedophilia through the political process and a sustained campaign of public persuasion. According to Reuters, "Dutch pedophiles are launching a political party to push for a cut in the legal age for sexual relations to 12 from 16 and the legalization of child pornography and sex with animals..." Ad van den Berg, one of the party's founders, told the Algemeen Dagblad newspaper, "We want to make pedophilia the subject of discussion."
    The rest here.

    Eating their own children
    Atlas Shrugs was on it a few weeks ago, here.
    Stop the ACLU


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    The homosexualization continues as emotion, love & tolerance are used against morality, standards & truth...

    Albert Mohler's Web SiteAlbert Mohler, President of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, was one of a number of religious experts on Larry King last Thursday to discuss the subject of homosexuality and the church...specifically what's happening in the Episcopal Church and how it's support of homosexuality is affecting Christianity.

    His article from a few years ago: Courage and Compassion on Homosexuality
    The church's engagement with the culture involves a host of issues, controversies, and decisions--but no issue defines our current cultural crisis as clearly as homosexuality. Some churches and denominations have capitulated to the demands of the homosexual rights movement, and now accept homosexuality as a fully valid lifestyle. Other denominations are tottering on the brink, and without a massive conservative resistance, they are almost certain to abandon biblical truth and bless what the Bible condemns.

    Within a few short years, a major dividing line has become evident--with those churches endorsing homosexuality on one side, and those stubbornly resisting the cultural tide on the other.

    The homosexual rights movement understands that the evangelical church is one of the last resistance movements committed to a biblical morality. Because of this, the movement has adopted a strategy of isolating Christian opposition, and forcing change by political action and cultural pressure. Can we count on evangelicals to remain steadfastly biblical on this issue?
    The rest here.

    I wonder. Is Christ still the head of the Episcopal church?

    Gay Eucharist attracts 1,000+From VitueOnline: Gay Eucharist attracts 1,000+
    COLUMBUS, OHIO (6/16/06)- Over 1,000 homosexual and pro-homosexual clergy, bishops, and laymen of the Episcopal Church celebrated Eucharist Friday evening at Trinity Episcopal Church, just blocks from the site of the 75th Episcopal General Convention.

    "This is a small taste of what heaven must be like," said the Rt. Rev. V. Gene Robinson, Bishop of New Hampshire, as he began his sermon to the prolonged cheers of the adoring congregation. Then Robinson was brought to tears as he thanked his homosexual partner Mark, three years after the Episcopal Convention at which Robinson's election as bishop was affirmed.

    Sponsored by the homosexual pressure group Integrity, the gay-themed Eucharist stretched on for about two hours and 20 pages in the Eucharist program. The service began with a prelude on the church's massive pipe organ and concluded with a resounding rendition of "Amazing Grace" by the congregation. Around 600 communicants took places in the pews, while hundreds more sat in folding chairs, packed into the balconies, and flowed into the basement, the foyer, and out the doors.
    The rest here.

    An Open Letter to Episcopal Leadership.

    Albert Mohler discussed on his radio program... listen here.

    I'm here.


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    Education myths - The longer they live, the dumber we become...

    Education MythsJay Greene does a great job debunking "Education Myths" in this article that I found through Renew America.

    The "money myth"...the "teacher pay myth"...the "myth of insurmountable problems"...the "class size myth"...the "certification myth"...the "rich school myth"...the "myth of ineffective school vouchers". Read 'em and spread the truth!
    Myths aren't lies. They are beliefs that people adopt because they have an air of plausibility. But myths aren't true, and they often get in the way during serious problem-solving. This essay identifies seven common myths that dominate established views of education these days. Dispelling these misconceptions could open the door to long-awaited improvement in our nationÍs schools.
    Read the rest here.

    Here's the closing:
    ... Over the past 30 years, many of our education policies have been based on beliefs that clear-eyed research has recently shown to be false. Virtually every area of school functioning has been distorted by entrenched myths. Disentangling popular misconceptions from our education system--and establishing fresh policies based on facts that are supported by hard evidence--will be the work of at least a generation.

    That work will be especially difficult because powerful interest groups with reasons to protect and extend the prevailing mythology will oppose any rethinking. But with time, and diligent effort by truth-tellers, reality and reason have triumphed over mythology in many other fields. There is no reason they can't prevail in schoolhouses as well.


    This race card a joker: Jefferson not the real deal...

    Star Parker (Coalition on Urban Renewal & Education) talks about another disappointment from the Black Caucus:
    The House of Representatives has voted to boot Louisiana Rep. William Jefferson off the Ways and Means Committee while he is being investigated on bribery charges. This immediately follows a vote by House Democrats recommending that such action be taken.

    The way in which Jefferson has handled himself during this episode, and the support he has gotten from a number of his Black Caucus colleagues, is an embarrassment and demonstrates, once again, the sore need for a new kind of black leadership in Washington.

    Jefferson should have taken the high road and voluntarily relinquished his committee seat. The fact that he didn't, the fact that the Congressional Black Caucus leadership supported his decision to resist Nancy Pelosi's request that he step aside, and the fact that the caucus chose to insert a racial dimension to these events, seriously undermines the credibility of black leadership. ...
    The rest here.


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    Friday, June 16, 2006

    Shackles removed from confined Marines, sailor...

    U.S. needs big improvement against Italy...

    Change in attitude requiredLive from Germany - Saturday, 3:00 Eastern!

    Big improvement required by US asked a few USA players what went wrong in their 3-0 opening-day defeat to the Czechs, and how they hope to solve their problems heading into a rapidly approaching and decisive showdown with Italy in Kaiserslautern.
    For more

    Fifa World Cup coverage here.

    ESPN here.