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Sunday, January 31, 2010

Meanwhile, in Indian/Pakistani cricket news...

Times of India:
"MUMBAI: After targeting Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan for his remarks supporting the inclusion of Pakistani cricketers in the IPL, the Shiv Sena Saturday dragged in Aamir Khan, calling the duo "2 Idiots"."
What does that mean? Well, as far as I can tell, it means a rich & famous Indian cricket team owner is getting extreme heat from other Indians because he is willing to have Pakistani players on the professional cricket team he owns.

The political Left in the U.S. tries to convince Americans we are bigoted people; we are somehow less 'tolerant' than other 'cultures'. This is the opposite of the truth. Semi-official, and even official, bigotry (religious, national, tribal, etc.) is well-entrenched and acceptable in much of the rest of the world. In my experience people in the U.S. are just about the least bigoted on the planet today.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Spitting on Howard Zinn’s Grave?

If all the fawning comments about the recently late Howard Zinn are starting to peg out your creepiness-meter, David Horowitz has got what you need to turn the dial back down.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Darn! No more secret "Jesus" codes on military optics

Weapons Company Caves to Political Correctness

"A sensationalized news story about "Jesus" codes on telescopic sights has led to Trijicon bowing to unwarranted pressure to remove them."
A couple points:

1. Why would you put the Lord's name in quotation marks when we're talking about Bible references? I don't get it.

2. If I ever get around to buying a rifle scope I will absolutely buy a Trijicon product. It's hard to blame Trijicon for removing the references when their biggest customers demand it. It was great they had the references on the products for as long as they did.

Obama's answer for America: more of me

Jonah Goldberg says it better than I do:

Obama insists that Americans need to muster the courage to agree with him, to sign on to his agenda. Just as at Omaha Beach and Bull Run, Americans need to show their mettle. "Again, we are tested. And again, we must answer history's call." That "call" is the call of Obama.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Thoughts on Christian orthodoxy

Christianity Lite, in which Mary Eberstadt considers:
"...the multifaceted institutional experiment, beginning but not ending with the Anglican Communion, of attempting to preserve Christianity while simultaneously jettisoning certain of its traditional teachings—specifically, those regarding sexual morality."
She speculates:
"Surveying the record to date of what has happened to the churches dedicated to this long-running modern religious experiment, a large historical question now appears: whether the various exercises in this specific kind of dissent from traditional teaching turn out to contain the seeds of their own destruction. The evidence—preliminary but already abundant—suggests that the answer is yes."
(HT: Kathryn Jean Lopez at NRO Corner)

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Global warming: to err is human...

IPCC deputy says scientists are 'only human'
"The UN's climate science body is under fire after being forced to retract claims that the Himalayan Glaciers would melt by 2035."
Left unsaid is the apparent fact that the 'humans' at the IPCC are craven, lying, religious zealots who happily sacrifice scientific ethics on the alter of gaea-worship. (HT: Drudge)

Update: As Charlie Martin rightly points out, where zealotry reigns, scamsters also tend to profit.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Why we read Steyn

Mark Steyn is my favorite writer of political and cultural polemics. He demonstrates his skill once again this weekend critiquing the Obama reaction to Scot Brown's victory in the Massachusetts senate race.

"Presumably, the president isn’t stupid enough actually to believe what he said. But it’s dispiriting to discover he’s stupid enough to think we’re stupid enough to believe it."

Friday, January 22, 2010

Why we read Krauthammer

"You would think lefties could discern a proletarian vanguard when they see one."
Some guys just have a way with words.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

The War Against the Infidels

This issue is critically important but, since it doesn't fit the west-is-always-wrong narrative, it doesn't get nearly the recognition it needs. That is to say it's pretty much completely ignored.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Obama's War of Choice

So it just occurred to me: The economy was tanking, men were losing their jobs left and right, we had troops in the field in both Iraq and Afghanistan, and Barack Obama decided to attack the way Americans receive health care, which polls showed (and still show) Americans are by and large happy with.

So isn't the current health care debacle the result of a "war of choice" for the president?

Press Takes a New Look at Tea Parties After Brown Win

Mary Katharine Ham:
"It was disrespectful and dumb of Democrats to smear people giving voice to their worries, evincing the exact arrogance that turned voters in Massachusetts away from Martha Coakley."
Just so, as far as it goes. One could add that using code-terms to publicly call your critics homosexual testicle-suckers is probably not too sharp a move either.

(HT: Instapundit)

Monday, January 18, 2010

U.S. Military Weapons Inscribed With Secret 'Jesus' Bible Codes

Seriously. As you can imagine, the usual suspects go buggy.

Personally I'm tickled. To paraphrase the joke about the pastor at ringside: it doesn't mean a thing if the guy can't shoot.

(HT: Drudge)

Iraq WMD thoughts: a useful reminder

"We had an assumption, and we had that assumption because Saddam Hussein had lied about using WMD and he had lied about getting rid of them. We had bombed Iraq in 1998 on that basis and it would have taken some quite strong evidence to suggest he had got rid of them.

"We didn't really have any doubts about it and I don't think other people had any doubts about it."

That made the British view the same as the American view, the German view, the Israeli view, the Russian and Saudi views, etc., etc.

Unless of course you suffer from BDS, in which case it was all about Bush lying.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

So why is it classified?

So, why is the report about the Detroit/Northwest bomber "classified"? We decided to put the guy in the civilian court system so we will have to give all the information to him and his lawyer anyway, right?

Friday, January 1, 2010

Proverbs 27:18

He who tends a fig tree will eat its fruit,
and he who looks after his master will be honored.
I've been unemployed for a while and it's given me time to think, often too much time. One good thing is I am spending more time reading the Bible ( Speaking of "clinging to God and guns" I need to renew my concealed carry permit this month). Part of my routine is reading one chapter a day from the Book of Proverbs. Every Sunday I select a memory verse from that day's chapter. 27:18 is the verse I picked last Sunday.

The verse hits me because half of it is so intuitively obvious ("He who tends a fig tree will eat its fruit...") while the second half is much less so in our current age ("...and he who looks after his master will be honored.") We don't think in terms of having masters these days but when one considers the matter the guy who said everybody has to serve somebody was right on target. The only question is who or what do we each pick for our master: career? company? family? God? money?

We all serve something. We should choose wisely and serve well.