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Tuesday, November 30, 2004Out of nowhere, John Stott returns from my college days! Let me explain. In the New York Times today David Brooks writes about the religious "leaders" typically chosen to "speak for" the rest of us - the likes of Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, Al Sharpton, or the prototypical bogeyman, Bob Jones III. (Brooks doesn't mention Jones, but he's been a favorite quote for the MSM.) Anyway, Brooks asks why consequential journalists like Tim Russert don't interview consequential leaders,
Falwell and Pat Robertson are held up as spokesmen for evangelicals, which is ridiculous. Meanwhile people like John Stott, who are actually important, get ignored.I don't know where Brooks got Stott's name, but he found the right guy.
Yet, as Michael Cromartie of the Ethics and Public Policy Center notes, if evangelicals could elect a pope, Stott is the person they would likely choose. He was the framer of the Lausanne Covenant, a crucial organizing document for modern evangelicalism. He is the author of more than 40 books, which have been translated into over 72 languages and have sold in the millions. Now rector emeritus at All Souls, Langham Place, in London, he has traveled the world preaching and teaching.Wouldn't it be nice if Christians were represented publicly by someone like that, rather than the caricatures (Falwell, Robertson, etc.) the public usually sees?
Maybe you're wondering why I mentioned my college days. Those were the formative years in my spiritual upbringing. Thanks to the campus ministry Inter Varsity Christian Fellowship and authors like John Stott, John White, J.I. Packer, and Paul Little my Christian education kept pace with the strides in my secular education. I think I'll be reading some John Stott books in the coming months...
Wednesday, November 24, 2004The Iraqi government has objected to paying for the investigation into the Iraqi oil-for-food scandal. Unbelievable. The U.N. has participated in the bilking of billions of dollars from the Iraqi people and, having been caught, will investigate themselves and charge the victims for the cost of the investigation. This is an organization that is too arrogant and lawless to continue. Certainly Kofi Annan should be removed and jailed. The problem is, most of the people who should be taking action against him, the UN member governments, are just as arrogant and corrupt as he is. They don't see a problem. Sheesh. At the very least, he should resign.
James Robbins at NRO stirs the heart with his recounting of Thanksgiving, 1864. Here is Lincoln's 1863 Thanksgiving proclamation. God bless our troops and their families.
Saturday, November 20, 2004Man, I love President Bush. I admire the guy. I wish I had stones half the size of this guy.
His latest? Going toe-to-toe with the Chilean Security Service. He goes in, grabs is Secret Service guy, pulls him through the Chilean dudes, and goes about his business.
The world is learning the hard way: When it comes to our President: You mess with the bull and you get the horns.
Wednesday, November 17, 2004
Hugh Hewitt is saying on today's show, "Don't shop at Target!" (because of Target's policy against Salvation Army bellringers.)
Saturday, November 13, 2004Thought you'd like this one, Gary.
While you are over at Protein Wisdom, be sure to check in on Martha Stewart's prison diary. Quite a scoop.
Friday, November 12, 2004I can't let Attorney General John Ashcroft go without a warm and heartfelt "thank you." As Jonah writes, "Ashcroft was among the best attorneys general in American history." His record during the arrival of terrorism on our shores has been fantastic. Terrorist cells have been rounded up, terrorist-supporting groups have been de-fanged, and no attack has occurred here since Sept. 11th. If that weren't enough, has performed admirably while enduring whithering and scurrilous attacks on his character and job performance. Most accusations had no basis in fact, and the rest were launched once the truth had been twisted beyond recognition (see Nordlinger's defense from 2002). He endured all with nary a whimper.
John Ashcroft deserves our appreciation and admiration. God Bless You, John!
I don't know what to say about this except that college administrators need to have a better response than punishing the victims.
Thursday, November 11, 2004"CBS Apologizes for Interrupting CSI"
It was CBS, are you surprised?
Minnesota Sen. Norm Coleman heads the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. The committee has sent a letter "accus[ing] the United Nations secretary general, Kofi Annan, of obstructing their inquiry" into the oil-for-food scandal. Way to go, Norm! It's good to see that this story is not going to die. Hearings begin next week. (Powerline also comments.)
Yassir (That's My Baby) Arafat is dead. Arafat was a terrorist, murderer, and corrupt leader. (Powerline adds to the legacy here.)
Proverbs 11:7 - When a wicked man dies, his hope perishes;
all he expected from his power comes to nothing.
Proverbs 11:10 - When the righteous prosper, the city rejoices;
when the wicked perish, there are shouts of joy.
Today is Veterans Day and I want to say thank you to our fighting men and women, past and present. Our peace is preserved by your ability to wage war. Nobody does it better. God Bless You!
Monday, November 08, 2004Bruce Almighty - It was much less offensive (to me, as a worshipper of God) than I thought it would be. There were some good points made. The most important being that we, as humans, don't know the whole story. We don't know the future, we don't know what's going with other people or in other places. So how can we know what is best? Some difficult things can turn out for the best. God knows. Trust Him. Another nice theme you don't see very often in the movies - don't be so self-centered! Life is more than satisfying your own appetites. Overall, I enjoyed this one.
Man From Snowy River - This one's a classic from back in the 80's. Set in Australia, it features a lot of horses and fantastic scenery. The acting isn't great, but not too bad. Kirk Douglas plays two parts. We watched it with the kids and didn't feel embarrassed by bad language, violence, or sex (they did want us to fast forward through the kissing parts, though). The music really adds a lot - very moving. I've seen this movie many times and I'll probably see it some more. It's one of my favorites.
High Noon - Believe it or not, I'd never seen this one before. An excellent flick. People have recently referred to High Noon in relation to President Bush and his stand against the terrorists. I definitely can see this. You have to do what's right, and sometimes it's difficult to take that stand. Often other people don't see it that way and will not stand with you. I watched the special features on the DVD and it was interesting to learn that the Hollywood folks at the time saw the film as a parable of their fight with Joe McCarthy and his "witch hunt." I can see that too (from their perspective). Mostly it's a story about duty and honor even when it's not popular. It's a story well told, wonderfully acted, and superbly produced.
I agree with these people. They are the sorriest group of losers I've seen since ... these guys.
Friday, November 05, 2004Good riddance.
All together now....
Oh, where is my hairbrush, oh wheeeeere is my poor hairbrush, oh where oh where oh where oh where oh wheeeeeeeeeeere....is my hairbrush!
Bush is now winning my 4.7 million votes and his percentage is up to 52%.
Thoughts for today:
Thursday, November 04, 2004I'll only quote one sentence, but the rest is here.
If I were a Dem, I'd support any candidate who pledged to de-celebrify the party and disown the paranoid Left.
Always read David Gelernter.
Today in The Weekly Standard he writes about the election, Truman Beats Dewey! Again!!
The elections of 1948 and 2004 resemble each other in many ways. But there are deeper analogies in play too. The plain-spoken moralist for whom religion matters greatly, the common man who seems too small for the presidency but is confronted in office by a cataclysm that re-creates him; who rises to the challenge and transcends it; who faces a tough re-election battle and wins it; who redefines the nation's mission in the world and emerges a hero--that is a traditional American story. It is Lincoln's story. ... No president matches Lincoln's greatness, but in modern times this was Harry Truman's story; and today it is George W. Bush's also.He goes on to insightfully compare the two. I won't quote any more (do go read it) except from the final paragraph.
Yet the greatest achievement, now as in '48, is the American people's. America really doesn't give a damn what Europe or the New York Times or Hollywood or the worldwide professoriate has to say. It tries hard to do right, and more often than not it succeeds.God Bless the American people!
Here's a glimpse into the mind of a blue stater. Thank goodness she's in the minority.
Now here's gratitude for you. President Bush endorses Spectre over the more conservative Pat Toomey in the Pennsylvania Senate Republican Primary and a day after the election, Spectre comes out with this..
Great, Arlen. You're the man. Not.
ADDED: The Corner is on fire about this, and rightly so. I just called Norm Coleman at (202) 224-5641 and asked him not to vote for the ungrateful Spectre as Judiciary Chair. I suggest that you do the same if you are from Minnesota.
Wednesday, November 03, 2004Interesting map. Lots and lots of red. Seas of it, actually. How about Nebraska! Oklahoma! Solid red! Minnesota is interesting, eh? Not a lot of blue there, but what is blue must be really dark blue. Same with, say, Wisconsin. Missouri is solid red except for St. Louis and Kansas City. Heck, even California is mostly red. Look at Washington and Oregon -- those are very red looking Kerry states.
The Democrats have some thinking to do. Their "base" is increasingly concentrated in cities, and I suspect that that support comes pretty strongly from people who consume wealth and don't produce it. Not a good recipe for the future.
Well, I guess things went about as well as could be expected yesterday. They certainly went a lot better than I had feared they might. Thoughts:
Dick Cheney in today's acceptance speech: "Once again I have delivered the state of Wyoming for the Bush-Cheney ticket."
UPDATE: I just watched Nancy Pelosi interviewed on NBC after the Victory speech. She, like Edwards, was unconciliatory, belligerent, and vowing to stand her ground. She hoped the President would, this time, "keep his promise to be a uniter." Apparently she, along with John Edwards, is unaware her party has just been soundly defeated in a national election. Even Tom Brokaw noted after her comments that she was not showing much effort to reach across the aisle. Hopefully it's becoming more and more obvious to everyone that the nation is divided because the Democrats refuse to admit the majority of the people are not with them and they - the Dems - are the ones dividing the country by stubbornly obstructing the majority's will.
I stayed up til about 3:30 (central time) waiting for the President to surpass the 270 mark. It never happened. NBC & Fox both declared Ohio for Bush, giving him 269 electoral votes. Just one more state would put him over the top - Nevada, New Mexico, and Iowa looked pretty certain. But they wouldn't do it. On the other hand, CBS & ABC wouldn't give Ohio to Bush but they did give him Nevada, putting him at 254. Dan rather had little trouble giving Nevada to Bush, but I watched Brokaw assiduously explain why he couldn't give Nevada to Bush. Nobody was willing, including Fox, to declare George Bush the winner even though it was obvious.
Thumbs up to Senator Kerry for conceding the election this morning. It was the smart thing to do, and very good for the country. It just accentuates what a whack-job Al Gore is. Thank God for saving us from him 4 years ago.
K-Lo highlights the significance of the President's victory.
I'm listening to John Edwards speak before Kerry. This guy is not helping. If Dems are really so concerned about a "divided America," why is he ramping up the rhetoric of division? He says they will continue to "fight." Well, what is that except saying we haven't lost just now by a large margin, we reject the beliefs and values of the majority of this country because we know best. And until the rest the country agrees with us, this country will remain "divided." What a load of crap.
John Kerry is being much more gracious in defeat. He congratulated the President. He thanks everybody from the bottom of his heart. (Wow, Faneuil Hall is a cool place.) He thanks his band of brothers. He thanks all the voters who voted for either candidate. "We must find common ground without recriminations or rancor." "America is not only great but it is good." "God Bless America." Very nice speech.
Tuesday, November 02, 2004John Fund schedules the evening for you. He predicts a Bush victory, by the way.
UPDATE: And here's Jim Geraghty's "How To...".
It's Election Day and I'm praying.
I'm also glued to the Corner. Is there any better place to be? Links from the Corner:
Monday, November 01, 2004Has there ever been a presidential candidate that's been less scrutinized than John Kerry? From his discharge, to his meetings with the enemy government during war, to tax returns, medical records, and his Senate record. The public knows far more about President Bush's National Guard service records than Kerry's Senate record.
I've long believed that Kerry's discharge from the US Navy was not an Honorable Discharge. Why else tell the world that all of his records are public when they are, in fact, not all public. (By the way, doing that is called lying). Kerry has never signed an SF-180 which would authorize the release of the 100 or so pages that the Navy says are still sitting there in his record.
Finally it is starting to come out. Much of Kerry's anti-war activities were done while he was still in the Reserves, including the treasonous act of meeting with the enemy, and thus giving them aid and comfort, in Paris in 1970. I would love nothing better than for it to be widely known that this traiterous scumbag wasn't given an honorable discharge.
Link came via the Powerline Boys.
Haven't done any Bumper Sticker of the Week is a while -- have been concentrating on my Bumper Sticker poll too much, though I confess I pretty much let that count go.....
Anyway, saw the following two bumper stickers on the same car!
Kindness begins at Birth: Support Midwives
Keep Abortion Legal
Had to shake my head on that one.
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