Not America’s Finest: The Border Patrol

You have to have a bachelor’s degree to enter the FBI. Harris County Sheriff’s Department and Houston PD require an associate’s degree. But the Border Patrol? You don’t even need a high school diploma. And background investigations have been outsourced from the FBI to private contractors, and these aren’t as thorough. Veteran Border Patrol officials…

“Pregnant Man”

Heard the story? But the “man” isn’t a man. She’s a woman who had some of her bodily parts disfigured–but not all–and was taking male hormones, and stopped so that she could get pregnant. This is just evidence that there really is no such thing as “sex change.”

Feeling Old

Rod Dreher reflecting on “Happy Days” and “Welcome Back Kotter.” Like Rod, I watched “Happy Days” as a kid, and I thought it seemed like ancient history. Well, he says, the program began in 1974, and was set in 1955. That would be like a program airing today set in 1989.

Tasered for Being Sick

In Alabama, a man having a diabetic seizure was found slumped over the wheel of his car and tasered by police for not complying with their orders. In Waxahachie, TX, earlier this year, a man called 911 because he was having a diabetic seizure–cops broken down his door, forced their way into his bedroom, and…

A Culture of Death

What does it say about our society when it celebrates the killing of something rare–simply because it is rare? Story.

The FBI and Torture

Steve Bergstein tells the horrific story of the ordeal suffered by Abdallah Higazy, who was coerced into a false “confession” after 9-11 by an FBI agent who threatened that he would have Egyptian security forces torture his family. The long and the short of it was that an Egpytian national, Abdallah Higazy, was staying in…

“Itching Ears”

2 Timothy 3:1-5–“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers…

Cop Sues Victim’s Family

A baby fell in a pool, nearly drowned, and suffered severe brain damage. Paramedics were called and worked on the baby. A cop came running in, and slipped on the wet floor. So the cop is suing the baby’s family. “The loss we’ve suffered, and she’s seeking money?” said Richard Cosmillo, 69, the boy’s grandfather.…

Who Is an Adult?

Politicians are debating the drinking age once more, and “Safety” groups are madd (as it were). The oft-mentioned problem is that young men can fight and die for the country at 18, but can’t have a drink until they’re 21. I think this is getting at the right question, which is, “What is an adult?”…

“An Act of Courage”

Jim Herrington writes of his father’s decision to continue to send his kids to public school in Louisiana after a white exodus prompted by a segregation order.

Sodom Was a Nice City

In comparison to San Francisco. Mark Shea has some links about the recent Folsom Street Fair (which featured anti-Christian posters, along with public homosexual sex acts, which police did nothing to stop). Nancy Pelosi wouldn’t criticize it–but the San Francisco supervisors did criticize Michael Savage for a different kind of intolerance. Meanwhile, Whoopi Goldberg had…

The Morality of Congress

In a Senate hearing, General Peter Pace reiterated his conviction that homosexual acts are immoral, and reminding the senators that the UCMJ prohibits them and adultery. Some jeered. Senator Harkin suggested the UCMJ be changed.

Ticketmaster Evangelism …?

Rob Bell is having another tour. Charging $13-$17 (plus Ticketmaster service fee) for tickets. One listing adds: “EVERYONE MUST have a ticket INCLUDING infants.” Did Jesus charge admission …? Did he require tickets? Or security? Or special accommodations? Any of the things that various “evangelists” or “religious leaders” demand today?

An Under-reported Instance of Police Brutality

Sgt. Mark England got pulled out of a security line at the Las Vegas airport for having a bottle of Sprite. The TSA agent claimed to be an Army lieutenant. England asked him to show his ID; he refused. England went on to try to get on his plane, but it had left. He came…

Can a Christian Call Art “Degenerate”?

Not in Germany, it seems. Cardinal Joachim Meisner of Cologne made a theological observation about art, about how art is debased and “degenerates” when divorced from a Christian worldview, and all hell broke loose. He was preaching at a mass opening a new diocesan art museum. His exact words: Let us not forget that there…

Terri Schiavo Wins at Vatican

The Vatican today issued a Statement (Amy, Rocco) on providing food and water to patients in a persistent vegetative state. First question: Is the administration of food and water (whether by natural or artificial means) to a patient in a “vegetative state” morally obligatory except when they cannot be assimilated by the patient’s body or…

North Carolina School Bans US Flag

Students at a North Carolina school are forbidden to wear any item of clothing featuring a flag. Not even the US flag. Not on any patriotic holiday. Not on 9-11. Update: School district wipes egg from face, rescinds ban.

Silly School Rules

Girl told her senior photo can’t be in the yearbook — because she’s holding a flower. They made a blanket policy against “props” to keep one kid from being pictured attired for trap shooting. We had a rifle range and a rifle team at one of the high schools I attended–rifle instruction was part of…

“A Terror-Industrial Complex”

Colin Powell is interviewed in GQ. What is the greatest threat facing us now? People will say it’s terrorism. But are there any terrorists in the world who can change the American way of life or our political system? No. Can they knock down a building? Yes. Can they kill somebody? Yes. But can they…

Arrested for a Salty Hamburger

In Union City, Georgia, a (white) cop arrested a (black) McDonald’s employee for accidentally putting too much salt on his (free) hamburger. The girl spent a night in jail, and the manager (who she says was OK with just knocking the salt off) has suspended her without pay. I think the cops involved should be…

American Justice

A soldier rescued two women being beat up–the abuser went free, the soldier was arrested. When the soldier asked the judge to release him on his own recognizance to speak to his commander, the judge raised his bond from $20K to $50K. Should he have just called the police, waiting for them twiddling his thumbs…

“The Mainstreaming of Pornography”

ABC article on the new TV season, and a new emphasis on “explicit sex.” It generates “buzz” among insiders even before the shows air. But it is precisely this sort of artistic and marketing myopia that leads Hollywood into the missteps that seem to dog each development season, says Ted Baehr, critic and Chairman of…