I’m heading out a week from Sunday to go to Walla Walla, Washington; this will be my first trip to the Pacific Northwest. I’ll be taking a week long intensive course on the Development of Seventh-day Adventist Theology from George Knight. I’ve been doing lots of required reading for the class last week and this,…
LTC Darrel Vandeveld, prosecutor at Gitmo, resigned recently–after Fr. John Dear advised him, “Quit.” LA Times notes he’s the fourth prosecutor to resign under protest. Neither of the main candidates has made Gitmo an issue.
A schismatic Catholic church in Midland, TX, is under fire for having a sign that says, “Annihilate Islam.” Video. Transcript. Except that it doesn’t say that–not as if it were a command. Rather, the reference is historical. The sign says, “Lepanto October 1571, Mary & Her Rosary Annihilate Islam.” This was a decisive victory of…
New NT translation: The Voice. A friend who is one of the translators sent me the link. More when I get a copy. Here’s an article about it from the Houston Chronicle.
The folks in Waller County, NW of Houston, seem to be a little slow to learn. For thirty years they have been obstructing the right to vote of students at Prairie View A&M University (a historically black university). County officials have consistently lost court battles, but they haven’t learned. In the latest go round, they…
I remember my first Bell bicycle helmet, which I got the summer of ’79 at a bike shop in North Haven, CT. They were new, back then, and big, and clunky, and expensive–If I recall correctly, it was around $50 (an on-line inflation calculator says that’s equivalent to $150 today). Take a look. I was…
Michael Bloomberg is set to run for a third term. The City Council decided to give it to him–despite the fact that term limits had been imposed by public referenda over a decade ago. Paul Moses comments at Commonweal. Newsday: [Queens Democrat Tony Avella said,] “You’re not conning anybody. The public of this city knows…
Where do you suppose these kids got their attitude from? You’ve got to be taught before it’s too late, Before you are six or seven or eight, To hate all the people your relatives hate, You’ve got to be carefully taught!
Better not be in a hurry to hop over to Freebird–you’ll be getting a $180 fine.
The pro-gay marriage folks are showing their “tolerance” in Chino Hills–ugly vandalism, plus intimidation from city hall, which threatened to fine a church for distributing signs and people for putting them up in their yards.
Shock for parents, who weren’t told in advance of the pro-homosexual activities at a Hayward charter school.
Lots of money is being spent by backers of an assisted suicide measure in Washington.
The House of Commons has approved a measure allowing creation of animal-human hybrids for experimental purposes. Now it goes to the House of Lords.
Prison footage of John McCain.
Hillary Clinton: “Al Franken was taking on the vast right-wing conspiracy before other people even admitted it existed.”
Proposition K would prevent “investigating, arresting or prosecuting anyone for selling sex.” It’s on the ballot in San Francisco, of course.
David Bernstein at Volokh.
Tell me, where does the Constitution say candidates for office have to disclose their health records?
A bizarre rant by Deanie Mills at the Huffington Post about those religious crazies. You know, the ones who send their kids to Christian schools. Listen to Christian music. Read Christian books. Think there is right and wrong. Believe Jesus is coming again. Christians are secessionists, she cries!
I paid $2.35 today. Shortly thereafter, someone told me they bought a new car. Someone else then told me they got a buyer for their house and closed. And the sun rose and set today. Life goes on.
Early voting started today. I got it out of the way.
Fear and threats at ACORN.
It seems that disposable diapers are better for the environment than cloth diapers after all–but the British government doesn’t want people to know.
In a recent book, Dan Kimball surveys the attitudes of non-Christians towards Christianity and finds, They Like Jesus, but Not the Church. What do they like about Jesus? Alicia, a 24 years old biologist, says, “Jesus, to me, is an all-loving, perfect, prophetic person.” Duggan, a 30 year old coffee shop manager says, “Jesus was…
I rarely play along with blog memes, but Irish Elk got me thinking (btw, his blogspot theme is what I first used) … Ten Things I Was Doing Ten Years Ago Left Santa Barbara. Moved to Houston. Started a new job as Director of Young Adult and Campus Ministry for the Catholic Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston.…
It is sometimes imagined that abortion was a non-issue in earlier times. I was reading tonight in an old copy of John Harvey Kellogg’s book, Man the Masterpiece, recently purchased on eBay, and came a cross a very strong denunciation of abortion. This prompted me to do some quick research, and I came across references…
Richard John Neuhaus: We are two nations: one concentrated on rights and laws, the other on rights and wrongs; one radically individualistic and dedicated to the actualized self, the other communal and invoking the common good; one viewing law as the instrument of the will to power and license, the other affirming an objective moral…
Ann Coulter runs down some history, and shows that presidential polls have tended to be biased in favor of Democratic candidates.
A lot of manipulation goes into polls, the WSJ reports, which is why there is so much disparity in what we’re seeing now.