The difference between Left and Right

Dennis Prager ably delineates the differences, when all is said and done, between the political Left and the political Right.

It goes way, way beyond politics.

HT: Real Clear Politics

Why it's raising the minimum wage that's "heartless"

"A.D." needs to re-visit the Book

The "A.D." television series takes some rather drastic dramatic license with the Book of Acts at times. And it takes even more theological license.

It seems to separate baptism and the reception of the Holy Spirit, for example. And Peter actually prayed on Sunday that all Christians might receive the Holy Spirit.

If he actually had prayed such a prayer, it would indicate that he needed to listen to he Holy Spirit a bit more closely himself- and familiarized himself with just what the Holy Spirit's "job description" is.

Perhaps "Peter" and the writers of "A.D." both need to re-read the Book of Acts.

Jesus on homosexuality

The snakes get the last laugh

Natural historians tell us that there actually never were any snakes in Ireland. The legend of St. Patrick driving them out, it's generally acknowledged, is a metaphor for his driving paganism out of Ireland.

But the snakes are back- and triumphant. Ireland has voted to set aside Jesus's definition of marriage and embrace a pagan one.

Doubtless many will be hypocritical enough to continue to attend Mass and celebrate St. Patrick's feast day in March.

Ochone!, as the ancient Celts would say.

To all who served, and especially to all who gave their lives to keep us free...

...thank you.

Sci-fi fans (or at least those who have read Heinlein's Starship Troopers) will be familiar with this song. It celebrates the heroism of one such man, and it's always seemed to me to stand quite well for the heroism of them all.

'Your bloomin' arm is off' 'No, it's not!'

President Obama says that we're not losing in Iraq.

Is he right? Is a bear Catholic?

Rubio v. Clinton? The prospect gives the Democrats a heart attack!

Speaking of the aging of the Democratic party, ccording to the Democratic Campaign Pamphlet of Record- the New York Times- the prospect of a matchup between Hillary Clinton and Marco Rubio scares the living Geritol out of the party of (snicker!) Jefferson.

Given the Democrats' current attitude toward the Bill of Rights, of course, old Tom has got to be spinning in his grave.

I can see it now: the party of Barack Obama and Jack Kennedy telling us what a bad idea it would be to elect an inexperienced but charismatic senator...

HT: Drudge

Hey! I'm part of a 'problem population!'

The world's oldest political party really IS the world's oldest political party!

The Democratic party may not have much of a future. Just lots and lots of past.

HT: Drudge

Here we go again!

Just got another email from Sen. Lindsey Graham, who earlier had emailed me to announce that he would announce that he would announce his decision to run for President on Monday. I misinterpreted that to mean that he was announcing that he would run for President. Got that?

Well, I just got another email from him beginning, "When I announce my candidacy for President...."

So did he just announce that his announcement that he would announce his decision on whether to announce his candidacy in June is now inoperative, and that he's just announced? Or has he just announced that he's going to announce?

I just wanted to announce that when I figure it out, I'll make an announcement to that effect.

But he's running after all.

Will everything old soon be new again?

Didn't this happen once with Ike and Nixon?

Watch Iowa Democrats- and former Democratic congressional candidate Clay Aiken- try in vain to name a single accomplishment by Hillary Rodham Clinton

HT: Drudge

Marcus Kruger sends me to bed happy

Through all the static is by now a familiar part of trying to listen to WGN in downtown Des Moines, I listened last night as the Hawks and Ducks went into triple overtime in Game Two of the Western Conference Stanley Cup Finals.

Marcus Kruger finally lit the lamp- and the Good Guys have pilfered home-ice advantage from their Fowl opponents.

Game Three is Thursday night at the UC. GO HAWKS!

And speaking of Sweet Home Chicago....

...what those who knew what they were about feared would happen if "Chuy" Garcia had been elected mayor has happened anyway: Moody's has reduced Chicago's debts to 'junk bond' status.

Not that this will necessarily have long-term consequences for Mayor Emanuel, who may be a totalitarian at heart but has been struggling manfully to put the city's financial house in order. There probably isn't another financially responsible candidate who will challenge him four years hence.

His strongest opponent will probably be another far-Left deficit lover. Or maybe more than one.

Chicago- which has always been a corrupt oligarchy- is now crazy Left as well.

A blast from da past

A Chicago cop has been videotaped sleeping on duty by the local CBS affiliate.


Reminds me of the time I was a poll watcher for an anti-Machine candidate and busted a cop for doing the same thing out in his car when he was supposed to be watching the polling place. He was not happy with me.


HT: Drudge

"Getting small" really does make you smaller!

Here's another reason why the comparisons between alcohol and marijuana don't work: according to a new study, marijuana brings about early puberty and stunts growth.

Boys who regularly smoke it end up being four inches shorter than those who don't.

I guess that gives George Carlin's routine "getting small" as a euphemism for smoking dope whole new meaning.

HT: Drudge

Boys and girls are not frogs.

Certain frogs and other such critters are able to change from male to female (and vice versa) when the local population has an oversupply of one or the other. This helps to maintain a balance between the genders, and maximizes the community's potential for reproduction.

Somebody apparently needs to tell the Fairfax County, Virginia Board of Education that human sexuality doesn't work that way. They seem to be confused about this.

Excuse me, Senator, if I'm a little irritated

The other day I got an email from Sen. Lindsey Graham saying that he would have an important announcement about his 2016 plans this morning on CBS. So I blogged that he would be announcing his candidacy this morning.

But it seems that he was only announcing that he would announce his candidacy on June 1. Mike Huckabee pulled the same stunt a while back. I bit that time, too.

Give me a break, Senator Graham. And Governor Huckabee.

It's either one or the other

Diane Lockhart watch: on last night's "Good Wife" re-run, Alicia's boss made the legal point that homosexuality is defined, not by psychological orientation, but by specific sexual behavior.

Which is interesting, because only a few weeks ago she dismissed the argument that one cannot discriminate against behavior and said that it's just a dishonest dodge to justify discriminating against people of a particular sexual orientation.

Both things cannot be true. Unless truth is merely the will to power, and the truth is whatever happens to serve the agenda at the moment- as I seem to remember Nietzsche and Hitler both claimed.

Graham will announce for president early Monday morning

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) will announce his candidacy for the presidency Monday on "CBS This Morning."

Since it's scheduled for 6 am Central (7 Eastern), it obviously won't have much live play, but should be in time for the morning news cycle.

Few candidates in either party can match Sen. Graham's foreign policy and defense credentials. He's clearly one of my three or four top choices.

ADDENDUM: Well, no.

Turns out that he merely announced when he would announce whether he'll announce.

June 1.

ISIS goes 'boo-hoo' for Abu. Sayyef, that is. Or not. Whatever.

When I was a debater in college, I quickly learned one standard negative case that works in debate, but nowhere else: the evil decried by the affirmative is totally imaginary, it's not as bad as they say, and besides- it's stopped. Obviously, the three propositions are mutually exclusive. But since the task of the negative side in a debate is not to make sense, but merely to prevent the affirmative from making its own case, Nichego.

But ISIS seems to think it can work for propaganda, too. They're gonna get us for killing Abu Sayyef, and besides- we're lying about having done it in the first place.

Sorry, guys. Ain't gonna work.

As was the case with the killing of Osama bin Laden, President Obama- who has, on the whole, been one of our more ineffectual presidents on the world scene- deserves credit for having given the order.

Even the Obama administration does something right every once in a while.

An ISIS supporter comments:

HT: Drudge

And then, there were four...

A blow to GOP fundraising efforts

Mr. Burns of "The Simpsons" is out!

And with so many of the other predatory members of the 1% are lining up to protect the 99% from the predatory members of the 1% by supporting Hillary, what are the poor Republicans gonna do?

HT: Drudge


Saudi Arabia says that if Iran gets the bomb, they- the Saudis- want one, too.

Somehow, Tom Lehrer never gets dated...

HT: Drudge

History (or herstory) repeats itself

You know, there was an Eva Peron Foundation, too.

In fact, the comparisons between Hillary and Evita are remarkable.

So, America. How does it feel to be living in a Broadway musical?

Crumble the Quackers!

Still waiting for the time and date of Game One of the Western Conference Stanley Cup Final to be announced. But it should be quite a series. I expect the winner to take home the English nobleman's silverware.


There are no 'atheists' or 'agnostics'

This article, which reports that a Pew Research Center poll shows that America is becoming a less Christian country and that "atheists," "agnostics," and "nones" are on the rise statistically, misses the point on at least two counts.

First, it's doubtful how "Christian" a country America was to begin with. Countries don't have religions; people do. And if there has ever been a time when a majority of Americans were serious disciples of Jesus, it's a long time ago. More to the point, we as a people may recognize that we are sinners in principle. But as a practical matter, being one's own savior is the American way. We like to pull ourselves up by our own bootstraps (or tell ourselves that we have) in the spiritual realm as well as in all the others. The theology of most of the popular American religious movements leaves little doubt of that, nor does our national religious history.

For most Americans, religion is pretty much what President Obama and the political Left seem to think it should be: something private, personal, and easy, involving no necessary sacrifice and having particular impact on one's behavior. Certainly, for most of us, it can involve nothing which might bring one into conflict with others. Religion, like politics, is something best not discussed. And increasing, religion is something Americans are even more ignorant about than they are about politics.

There was a time, at least, when churchgoers were biblically literate. At least marginally.

No, for Americans, religion is something to be trotted out for marriages, baptisms, funerals and other family occasions, to provide an increasingly rough structure for loose, pliable, and above all individualistic moral boundaries, and to provide often sappy, banal pseudo-comfort in times of trial through the trotting out of ill-understood but vaguely comforting clichés.

The second problem with the poll's findings is that there really is no such thing as an "atheist" or an "agnostic." Everybody has someone or something which he or she values above all else. Everybody has someone or something to whom (or to which) he or she turns when the chips are down and all else fails. Everybody has a "bottom line-" someone (or something) which is, without fail, to be "feared, loved and trusted above all things," in Luther's phrase.

I believe that in fact a majority of Americans- including those who claim to be atheists and agnostics, and even most of those who claim to be Christians or to adhere to some other religious tradition- in fact have the very same god. Rachel Held Evans's recent piece in the Washington Post in which she combines an admirable appreciation for historical liturgy with the plea for the Church to attract the Millennial generation by selling out to the culture on matters of sexual ethics is a perfect illustration of that dominant American faith in action.

And here is a video sample of what would be in that faith's hymnal, if it had one:

Let it be noted that the Christian God- unlike this one- doesn't allow us to make our religion up to suit ourselves as we go along.

Or to suit society or the government, either- or certainly the demands of political correctness.

Where have we heard THIS one before?

I wonder what brand of vodka Secretary Kerry is drinking. Must be the same brand POTUS uses. And must be potent stuff to kill memory cells so completely.

Wouldn't it be great to have a competent administration running our foreign policy again?

HT: Drudge

REPOST: One of my favorite Blackhawk Stanley Cup stories

In 1938, the 14-25-9 Chicago Blackhawks won the most improbable Stanley Cup championship in history- so improbable that nobody bothered to have the Cup there the night they won it. And one of the Hawks' stars in the series was Alfie Moore, a minor league goalie who was under contract to the other team at the time and who had prepared for the game by downing "ten or fifteen drinks."

Perhaps they should stock a case of good Canadian whisky for the nights when Corey Crawford's game isn't up to snuff.