"I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live by the light that I have. I must stand with anybody that stands right, and stand with him while he is right, and part with him when he goes wrong."-- A. Lincoln
The Boston Phoenix has "outed" the demoted CIA officer who struck back at the Bush Administration by writing a breathtakingly naive book called Imperial Hubris that is highly critical of the War on Terror, as waged by the Bush Administration.
His name is Michael Scheuer, and he badly needs a new job in the private sector.
Davis is right: Fahrenheit 9/11 is a despicable movie, and Michael Moore is a despicable, hate-filled man. But I'll go a step farther: those Davis merely chides for their lack of judgment- the Eberts and others who grant this piece of cinematic garbage legitimacy- are just as despicable.
I can't believe our luck will be this good- but The Drudge Report says that speculation is building that Hillary Rodham Clinton will be John Kerry's running mate!
Seriously, this smells of a rumor being spread to grab a few headlines and attract a little attention to the extraordinarily long and boring odyssey of Kerry's quest for a VP who will strengthen the ticket without making him look like a stiff.
I think there's as much of a chance of Donald Rumsfeld being Kerry's running-mate as there is of Hillary getting the call. But we can only hope. It would mean that Kerry would be tying his fortunes to the one possible candidate who is so disliked by all but the nut-case Left that the President's negative ratings would be more than neutralized.
If Hillary is the candidate, this election ceases to be a referendum on the President, and becomes a referendum on Hillary. Let's enjoy the dream while it lasts....but alas, it…
It's Wictory Wednesday again...and whether or not you realize it, time is running out.
There are still four months before the election. Now, four months seems a long time, and a lot of people aren't even paying attention to the campaign yet. But don't be deceived! It's later than you think!
Only a month or so remains before the Republican National Convention in New York- which, due to that wonderfully intrusive yet curiously sieve-like Campaign Finance Law of which George Soros and his fellow Middle Class crusaders have made such a farce, is now the legal deadline for contributions to the President's re-election campaign. It's going to take every dime the President to raise to beat back the lies. Now is the time to get out your charge card and contribute!
This has been called an "Armageddon election." There's a great deal at stake, not the least of which being your security and that of your family in the race featuring a challenger whose understandin…
This is the day when the Cassini-Huygens spacecraft enters Saturn orbit. It will provide our closest look at the planet, its rings, and its moons- including the soft landing of the Huygens probe on the surface of Titan, the only moon in our solar system with an atmosphere and possibly a prototype of early Earth. Since Titan is enshrouded in orange clouds of methane and other gasses, this will be our very first look at its surface- which may be at least partially covered with petroleum oceans.
Below: a recent picture of Saturn taken by the probe as it approached the ringed planet.
Note, in judging its credibility, that it is reported by the BBC, is alleged to have taken place in Iran, and that the child is apparently French. It is not explained how a child born to an Iranian mother turns out to be French. But in any case, we really, really need to do something about that nuclear program.
An Iranian newspaper has reported the controversial story of a woman who claims to have given birth to a frog.
The Iranian daily Etemaad says the creature is believed to have grown from larva to an adult frog inside her body.
While it is unclear how this could have happened, the paper carries quotes from medical experts who say there are human characteristics to the animal.
It has been speculated that the woman, who has not been named, unknowingly picked up the larva while she was swimming in a dirty pool.
The woman, from the south-eastern city of Iranshahr, is a mother of two children.
Remember those famous "sixteen words" from the State of the Union address a couple of years ago- the ones about Iraq seeking yellow cake uranium in Niger?
Turns out they were true. European intelligence sources (not, it seems, entirely an oxymoron) are confirming the conclusion MI6 reached prior to the President's speech, and which we have been assured ever since was not merely a mistake, but a fabrication.
Not that you'd know about the new report from the liberal media which spent all that time and effort telling us it wasn't true when the President mentioned it in passing- and falsely misrepresented his report of MI6 findings as a claim for their validity.
And now it turns out that they were valid. Apologies, anybody?
Four years of non-stop lies and slander, topped off by Michael Moore's most recent exercise in fiction masquerading as documentary, aren't enough. Presidential assassination has become a staple of Leftist discourse. Lacking ideas or rational arguments, all the people on the other side have to offer is hate.
It's sickening...but these are sick people, after all.
I seriously doubt that there really is such a word, but if there were, I would be a "Canadianophile." I've always admired our neighbor to the North- and it's not simply a question of being the son of two people who were hockey fans two decades before being a hockey fan was cool.
I like their system. As unpopular as this statement might be among American right-of-center bloggers, I like the parliamentary system much better than ours. It's more responsive, for one thing. A government cannot presume upon its mandate, and the great issues of the day can bring about an election when the country needs it, not merely when the calendar says it's time to vote again.
For the past three elections, there has been no single Conservative opposition to the Liberal government. That changed eight months ago, when the Western Reform Party and the corpse of the old Progressive Conservative Party united to form the Conservative Party of Canada. As of this moment, it has captured…
This is a famous Arabic verse of divine Wisdom; the eloquence and resonance of the sentence cannot be translated but the meaning is as follows:
"As for the scum, it will go (disappear) in vain (uselessly); and as for that which as benefit for people, it will stay in the earth."
One man of the people is asked by an MBC (An Arab network) reporter what he thinks about the new government. He answers very simply in that spontaneous genuine manner of simple folk: "aren't these men better than the riffraff who used to govern us?" Truer words have never been said.
This day, this modest ceremony, no elaborate celebrations, no fanfare; yet surely this is a "Mother of Days" for Iraq, and history will remember this day.
Likewise, I am not going to say anything grandiose today, rather in the same style of today's ceremonies. All I can say is taht almost everybody here has hope, great hope. Personally I a…
In 2000, the Presidential election was even close in Florida only because thousands of felons were illegally allowed to vote- overwhelmingly for Al Gore. Election officials already were taking steps to see that it didn't happen again. But there is a drive underway to put a referendum to allow felons to vote legally on the ballot this Fall. Unfortunately for the Democrats, the attempt seems likely to fall short of the number of signatures required.
The Supreme Court has upheld the Administration's right to hold American citizens and foreign nationals as enemy combatants- but must prove their allegations in court. Prisoners so held may challenge their status, and are fully entitled to the protections of the Constitution. But military tribunals such as have been contemplated by the Administration are apparently OK.
I'll even stand by the word "idiosyncratic." While it's clear that Ebert and Roeper have a great deal of company in the intellectual dishonesty department, their fellow film critics are also, as a class, so far out of step with the American people and with reality that their peculiarity is the most their most prominent characteristic.
Roger Ebert and the late Gene Siskel could be depended on for poltical correctness more than for reliable guidance about the movies they reviewed. The arrival a while back of Siskel's replacement, Richard Roeper, hasn't changed that.
Sometimes these guys will steer you right. But all too often, what they serve up are idiosyncratic, parochial and narrow reviews which reveal a distorting political and social agenda, belie the affected sophistication of the hosts, and sometimes display a level of general knowledge as limited as their world-views. I had to chuckle, for example, when Ebert criticized the movie Luther, partially on the basis that lines which were actual, historical quotations from the characters being portrayed were implausible and badly written!
But they've outdone themselves this time. Believe it or not, they've just given Michael Moore's dishonest screed, Fahrenheit 9/11, two thumbs up.
Unless they're a fellow left-wing moonbat, it's hard to se…
The Wahabi terrorists (Zarqawi & his supporting thugs) killed Hussein Al-Harithi who is the representative of Ali Sistani in a district in Baghdad. Harithi used to run a charity organisation to help the poor and needy as well. His assassination came as part of the systemic and organised attacks against the Shia figures and institutes.
Wahabism, of course, is the strict and fanatical sect of Islam which is the official religion of Saudi Arabia, shared by bin Laden, Zarqawi, and the Saudi Royal Family alike.
Now, the Ayatollah Sistani is the most influential Shi'ite in the country, right? Why, then, doesn't he be, perhaps, a tad more explicit about which side he's on? Why aren't the Shi'ites lining up in our- which is to say, their own, corner?
Come to think of it, of course, the same question could be asked about the whole country.
President Bush has bet his presidency, and a thousand Americans have lost their…
It seems to be a different nest of Islamovermin this time. They are also threatening to behead a Muslim hostage, whose nationality is in dispute. Meanwhile, the Zarqawi thugs- the ones who beheaded Nick Berg, Paul Johnson, and Kim Sun-il- are also threatening to murder three Turkish hostages, also Muslims.
Not only do they not respect the Geneva Convention, but they also don't respect the Koran, which strictly forbids that sort of treatment of at least fellow Muslims. Wanna bet the Left will spend the next couple of months complaining about it? Or the Islamic world? I don't think so, either.
From Ken Mehlman, President Bush's campaign manager:
On Thursday, the campaign launched a web video titled Kerry's Coalition of
the Wild-eyed. The video featured Democrats who support John Kerry making
negative and baseless attacks against the President. Interspersed in the
video were segments of two ads that appeared on a website sponsored by
MoveOn.org - a group campaigning for Kerry - in January.
On Friday night, John Kerry's campaign denounced our use of these ads, and
called that use "disgusting."
The Kerry campaign says, "The use of Adolf Hitler by any campaign,
politician or party is simply wrong."
We agree. These ads, like much of the hate-filled, angry rhetoric of
Kerry's coalition of the Wild-eyed, are disgusting.
* Where was John Kerry's disgust when he hired Zack Exley - the man
responsible for encouraging the production of these ads as part of a MoveOn
contest - to run the Kerry campaign's internet operation?
Yesterday after posting my response to Raed below (which I've cleaned up a bit), and sending a copy to him (I don't think he reads this blog often), I calmed down and realized that my harsh language would be counterproductive. So I sent him an apology for the language, without backing down from the substance of my argument.
He responded very graciously. He didn't try to argue. I hope he's thinking about what I said.
It's important to bear in mind that some of the folks over there get their news from al Jazreea and al Arabya the way we get ours from Fox. Sometimes what looks like willful ignorance is just ignorance.
Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi said today that January's elections could be delayed if security is not established in the whole country. This, of course, is just what al Quaeda and the Fedayeen Saddam are trying to accomplish.
Who will the Raeds, the French, and the Leftist moonbats blame for the delay in that case? Al Qaeda? The Fedayeen Saddam? Nope. George W. Bush.
Dealing with willfully irrational people can really be a drag.
Chasing the Wind sums up the whole Jack Ryan mess about as well as it could be summed up:
So, on one hand a Democrat commits adultery, perjury, then fights to stay in office. On the other hand, a Republican suggests something kinky with his wife but doesn't actually do anything and steps down from running for office.
If Clinton's transsgressions weren't severe enough for him to step down, why was Ryan's suggestion to his wife so bad? Is there a double standard here, or am I not understanding the seriousness of the charge against Ryan?
The Chicago Tribune reports that State Board of Education Chairman Ron Gidwitz, a former gubernatorial candidate, has emerged as the leading contender to replace the departed Jack Ryan as the sacrificial Republican lamb in what seems a hopeless race against State Senator Barak Obama for the U.S. Senate from Illinois.
I should know better than to read sites like Raed's.
I went to seminary with a great many domestic Leftists, many of them moonbats. I got to know some especially arrogant German students, along with several quite decent ones. I'm used to irrational anti-Americanism. But it's real hard for me to deal with people in Raed's position who think like he does.
Healing Iraq has this useful admonition at the top of its page, which I should learn to take to heart: "It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of what he was never reasoned into." -Jonathan Swift
By contrast, Raed in the Middle blathers thusly (spelling and punctuation errors are his):
I really feel ashamed and disgusted seeing all of those heads falling down. Every new head that is cut shows how much we, seculars, are isolated and marginalized.
All of these feelings of anger after the occupation of Iraq, are being translated into more and more irresponsible violent reactions, but whom are we supposed to blame?
When did this fashion of beheading start anyway?
Did anyone ever heard about beheading before the occupation of Iraq? Before the silly right-wing war of terror?
Who do you really think created these monsters cutting heads?
I was defending my theory the other day, about the dumb administration acting as a super power, while having some Mojito with my French friends. Well, speaking about politics is better than listening to all of that crap about NGO work, and security concerns, whatever
The real war for America as a super power was in the time of the so called cold warÂ, when …
Zeyad, the Iraqi graduate student who blogs Healing Iraq, has this to say about the beheadings of Nick Berg, Paul Johnson, and Kim Sun-il:
I look forward to see what the conspiracy theorists who were convinced that the Nicholas Berg video was staged are going to say about this one. Just a week after the beheading in Saudi Arabia by Al-Qaeda, Jama'at Al-Tawhid wa Al-Jihad which is believed to be the group led by Zarqawi beheaded a South Korean national who was kidnapped in Fallujah. They say his body was found near Baghdad which painfully shows the ease and confidence in which this group operates and moves around from place to place.
These are the same people that continue to pour in from the borders of our 'friendly neighbours' to wage their 7th century Jihad on Iraqi soil, they are the same people that pack vehicles with tons of explosives to relieve thousands of Iraqis of their existence, they are -I believe- the same people who continue to assassinate hundreds of Iraqi …
Telegenic multi-millionaire turned inner-city school teacher Jack Ryan has withdrawn from the Illinois Senate race, a move that likely means the loss of a Republican seat in the Higher Chamber.
Equally charismatic Democratic State Senator Barak Obama has led from the outset. While one of Ryan's primary opponents probably will be asked to pick up his fallen standard, realistically only someone like Jim Thompson or Jim Edgar- both former governors neither of whom is remotely interested in a Senate seat either could have had for the asking for a long time- would seem likely to be a viable candidate at this stage.
Retiring Senator Peter Fitzgerald, who is leaving the Senate after one term despite favorable reviews from almost everyone, stood by Ryan and is said to be even more discouraged about the political process after the nominee was forced out of the race than he had been previously. Obama refused to comment on the embarassing revelations from Ryan's recently opened divorce r…
Fox News reports that a news conference will begin in a matter of minutes at which Illinois Republican Senate candidate Jack Ryan will withdraw from his race with Democrat Barrack Obama.
The papers from Ryan's divorce from actress Jeri Ryan were made public this past week as the result of a lawsuit by the Chicago Tribune and WLS-TV. The papers revealed allegations by Jeri Ryan that her ex-husband had pressured her for public sex.
Last week I read an article on the website of Leftist, anti-American British newspaper The Guardian. It warned of a scathing new book by a senior CIA analyst that was strongly critical of the Bush Administration's counter-terrorism policy.
Turns out that Imperial Hubris by Anonymous basically argues, on one hand, that we're the bad guys for supporting Israel and the counter-terrorism policies of other countries- but on the other that we may end up needing to be far more bloody and ruthless if we don't essentially give in to blackmail now.
The author is said to be a former head of the CIA unit hunting Osama bin Laden, who has since been demoted. Certainly, like Richard Clark, he would seem to have a strong personal motive for wanting to strike back at the Administration- though it's also worth noting that the book is just as critical of the Clinton Administration as of the current one.
Personally, I don't see that it would be all that hard to figure out who this guy…
Fox News and- gasp!- the New York Times are reporting that captured Iraqi documents prove meetings between Iraqi intelligence and Osama bin Laden in the mid-ninties. The memoranda document an agreement between al Quaeda and Saddam Hussein to work together against "foreign elements" operating out of the Arabian peninsula.
According to the documents, it was bin Laden who initiated the meetings. The papers recommend that the "relationship" (the word is specifically used) be allowed to develop through continued discussion and negotiation.
Hey. Why not? The ECUSA, the PCUSA, the United Methodists, the ELCA, the UCC and the other liberal churches have been teaching the exact opposite of Scripture on many issues for years. Why not save a step, and just change the Bible to say what they want it to say?
During the reign of Charles I, a Bible printer was once fined for accidentally omitting the "nots" from the Ten Commandments, resulting in an edition remembered in history as "the Wicked Bible." Who would have imagined that one day Lambeth would endorse the concept?
It would be hard to imagine a better way for a President to have handled the moment when he received the awful news on 9/11 than the way President Bush in fact handled it. Rushing from the classroom would in no way have enabled him to deal with the situation any better; exposing himself to the possibilty of death by airliner by returning to the White House would have been the act of a fool. Instead, his quiet, calm determination as he finished reading that story to those kids, and his self-possession at a moment of dire crisis, comforted and inspired the whole nation.
Ignoring massive evidence of pre-9/11 links between Saddam Hussein and al Quaeda- including those expressly acknowledged by the 9/11 Commission- former Vice-President Al Gore has launched another bizarre, over-the-top attack on President Bush today, accusing the President of lying both about the existence of those established links and about the weapons of mass destruction of which Gore himself once attacked the President's father for not depriving Saddam.
Gore completely mischaracterized the findings of the Commission, which agreed with the Administration that there were many pre-9/11 links between Saddam and al Quaeda, concluding only that there was no convincing evidence that they collaborated on the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon . The Administration, of course, has never said that they did. Rather than lying about that point (as many Kerry supporters and members of the media have done), Gore accused the President of deliberately deceiving the public b…
Jack Ryan, Republican candidate from the U.S. Senate from Illinois, already was far behind Democrat Barrack Obama. Now, though, unsealed papers from Ryan's divorce from actress Jeri Ryan (aka 'Seven of Nine') may have eliminated any chance of his catching up. Ryan had told Illinois GOP leaders that the papers contained nothing his candidacy couldn't survive. Now, those leaders are accusing Ryan of having misled them as to the potential damage his dirty laundry could do his candidacy.
At this point, only the unlikely substitution of immensely popular former Governor Jim Edgar for Ryan seems likely to even make this race competitive. A pity, too; what looked like a matchup between two strong, articulate candidates capable of an exemplary debate on the issues of the day has degenerated into a dirty joke.
This very likely means that the moderates have won a power struggle over the fate of the Brits with the hard-liners. It's good news for reasons that go far beyond the safety of a few men, as welcome as that is in itself.
Fox News reports that the bad guys are staging a major series of attacks all over Iraq today. Three Americans have been killed, though apparently Iraqi security forces are the main target. With the handover of sovereignty approaching, al Quaeda and the other groups working against the new government are apparently escalating their efforts to disrupt the process.
As long as we're producing young men and women like Bryan Henderson, the cause of freedom and common sense will survive.
I'm going to send Principal Browning an e-mail at email@example.com (BlogSpot won't allow a email link; one can be found on this page, or you can copy and paste the address as it appears above) supporting Bryan's right to free speech and opposing the indoctrination of students with unanswered propaganda from the Far Left. I encourage you do do the same!
Pastor James Wetzstein, who draws the lectionary cartoon Agnus Day, provided the link. Pr. Wetzstein remarks, "Everybody loves the martyrs, but nobody wants to be one."
Technically, Sun didn't die for the Faith, so he doesn't quite qualify as a martyr- unless, perhaps, he volunteered for his translator job in preparation for his ministry. But nonetheless, my mind is drawn to Martin Luther's first hymn, originally written to commemorate the martyrdom of the first martyrs of the Reformation. One verse goes like this:
The Father has received Their latest living breath- And vain is Satan's boast of triumph At their death! Still, still, though dead, they speak, And, trumpet-tongued, proclaim To many an awakening land The one availing Name.
The U.S. said, however, that it would review future American participation in peace-keeping forces.
It's unclear whether the Bush Administration has simply changed tactics, choosing to boycott U.N. operations for which American forces might be desired, or caving in on the principle of American liability before courts lacking the protections of defendant rights available under the United States Constitution. In any case, it seems clear that American liability before the court would be a major compromise of our national sovereignty, and may be in conflict with the Constitution itself.
This is certainly good news, but there are rough times ahead. Kerry can be expected to re-capture the lead when the Democratic National Convention opens in Boston in a few weeks. It's going to be a long, hard fight.
Now is the time to volunteer for and/or contribute to the Bush Campaign. The latter is particularly urgent, because once the Republican National Convention is held August 29- September 9 in New York, individuals will no longer be allowed under the Campaign Finance Act to contribute.
Well, Instapundit can fill in some of the blanks from the February 13, 1999 article for you.
But Blogs for Bush, which points to that entry, has even more from the same piece:
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) -- Osama bin Laden, the Saudi millionaire accused by the United States of plotting bomb attacks on two U.S. embassies in Africa, has left Afghanistan, Afghan sources said Saturday.
Bin Laden's whereabouts were not known, said the sources who declined to be identified. ...
Iraqi President Saddam Hussein has offered asylum to bin Laden, who openly supports Iraq against the Western powers.
Moreover, both quote- of all sources!- The Guardian as reporting during the same period:
Saddam Hussein's regime has opened talks with Osama bin Laden, bringing closer the threat of a terrorist attack using chemical, biological or nuclear weapons, according to US intelligence sources and Iraqi opposition officials.
The key meeting took place in the Afghan mountains…
Alpha Patriot is one of many blogs that carry Chris Muir'sDay by Day- which today offers the apt comparison between Democrats (especially John Kerry) and quantum particles. Both, you see, are capable of occupying multiple positions at the same time.
I was browsing my favorite blogs tonight and found that one them, Mark A. Kilmer's Political Annotation, has linked to me. Given the quality of Mark's blog and his reputation on the Right side of the blogosphere, I am, needless to say, honored.
This is, of course, an outcome to bring joy to the heart of any Cub fan. But since I served three and a half years down in St. Louis (actually Webster Groves) in my first parish, I especially enjoy it when my hereditary baseball team beats the Ruddy Birds.
One game out of first, now. Goat or no goat, destiny calls us to glory this year!
The Abrams Report on MSNBC- incredibly- is accusing the Administration of Clintonesque "talking like lawyers" for insisting on the distinction between not having positive proof of Saddam Hussein's collaboration in al Quaeda's attacks on the U.S. and denying the well-established and long-standing relationship between the two.
Let me spell it out for you, Mr. Abrams. It's simply that absence of evidence is not evidence of absence where such collaboration is concerned- especially when, by the nature of the case, direct evidence would be hard to come by.
The 9/11 Commission said that it saw no clear evidence of collaboration. The problem is that, by the nature of the case, we really have no way of knowing whether they collaborted or not-and so it's absurd to draw definitive conclusions either way.
The Commission overstepped the facts when it jumped to the unsupportable conclusion that the long relationship between Saddam and al Quaeda bore no fruit. Worse, the li…
Well, I've been trying off and on all day to link to the story about Reagan Administration Navy Secretary John Lehman's "revelation" about Ahmed Hikmat Shakir, the Lieutenant Colonel in the Fedayeen Saddam who was a high-ranking member of al Quaeda. It's nothing new, of course; it's the substance of Stephen F. Hayes' book- which isn't even a new book anymore. It's been the subject of discussion among the President's supporters literally for weeks, and has been cited over and over in debates with liberals.
The rhetoric is admittedly over the top (of course, you could count the number of times on the fingers of one thumb that most members of the Party of Hate would say as much about, for instance, Michael Moore's rhetoric about the President) but this ad really makes the point I've been making for months.
Once again: What's the difference between Ernest and Julio Gallo and John Kerry? The Gallos will sell no wine before its time, while Kerry will whine at pretty much any time.
All you have to do is to ask him to be accountable for his own record.
Former President Bill Clinton is still pretending that he was impeached for having an affair with intern Monica Lewinski, rather than for lying under oath.
Repeating that secondary lie over and over again was the chief strategy of his defenders- and it worked.
I'm reminded of the apparent strategy of partisan 9/11 Commission member Richard Ben-Veniste and much of the liberal media with regard to the mischaracterization of the Commission's preliminary findings as saying that there were no lies between Saddam Hussein and al Quaeda, as opposed to what the Commission actually said- that it found no compelling evidence that Saddam was in on the planning of 9/11 and other such al Quaeda attacks. It's essentially the strategy Heinrich Himmler endorsed when he pointed out that if you simply repeat a lie often enough, people will believe it.
P.J. O'Rourke- plugging his new book (misleadingly entitled America's Fun New Imperialism) on Fox News- tells of being held at gunpoint by a screaming Hezbollah teenager somewhere in the Middle East years ago who went on and on about the evils of the Great Satan, the United States- before finishing by saying, "...and as soon as I get my green card, I'm going to Dearborn, Michigan to study dentistry."
O'Rourke also suggests that France is "the butt end of the moral compass," reliably keeping us informed- whether it be by collaboration with the Nazis, accomodationism with the Communists, or wishy-washiness in the War on Terror- of what the morally correct posture would be for us to take.
All we have to do to be certain of being in the right is to carefully study what the French do- and do the exact opposite.
Fox News reports that the U.S. Supreme Court has just unanimously ruled that HMO's cannot be sued in state courts when they refuse to pay for necessary treatments duly prescribed by a patient's doctor. Such lawsuits must be filed in Federal courts instead.
Johnson's kidnappers supposedly wore Saudi uniforms, and stopped their victim at a phony roadblock. Obvious question: if this is true, why would al Queda tell us about it? Wouldn't that draw the wrong kind of attention to what otherwise would be a major advantage?
I want to make it clear, incidentally, that I thoroughly reject the Donatistic commentary found on the page with the pictures referred to in the previous post. Even eucharistic piety can be carried too far if it goes farther than Christ does. And naturally, I would charge the author of that page with errors as serious as he attributes to others in his sacramental theology (in fact, I think I just did!)- as well, no doubt, as in other areas.
In any event, the hands of priests, too, handle mundane objects; the hands of the laity, no less than the clergy, are made holy by their common baptism- and the tongues of both are normally housed in the human mouth, not the cleanest of tabernacles even among those who brush twice a day, and floss regularly.
Still, nowhere is it recorded that our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night on which he was betrayed, took an oatmeal-raisin cookie...
As a Lutheran, I'm all too aware of such nonsense. It seems odd that the denominations which retain the ancient liturgy (and, in the Lutheran case, the most glorious musical tradition in Christendom) feel compelled to resort to bad music whose words house worse theology sung while engaging in bizarre behavior instead- all in the name of attracting people hungering for spiritual nourishment.
What they get instead, of course, is spiritual junk food- sometimes involving literal, "consecrated" junk food!
Mark A. Kilmer's Political Annotation not only explains why this blog was down most of the day- apparently it was a BlogSpot-wide problem also affecting his blog- but also has picked up on the $2,000 contribution the Kerry campaign has accepted from Chun Jae-youg, son of disgraced former South Korean President Chun Dooh-hwan.
Zev Chaflets of the New York Daily News points out that where Russian President Vladimir Putin's statement that Russian intelligence passed on warnings "on several occasions" that Saddam Hussein was planning terrorist attacks on the United States is concerned, John Kerry loses any way you look at it.
The Daily Telegraph reminds us that despite the famous (though questionable) statement that there is "no convincing evidence" that al Quaeda and Saddam Hussein worked together on attacks against the United States," the preliminary 9/11 Commission Report contains the following damning paragraph:
The new Iraqi government- quite rightly- will call the shots. But calling the shots is serious business, with serious consequences- and the fact is that we just don't know what's going to happen when the shots are called by those who have lived their lives under a dictatorship, and have no experience of democratic government. If the shots they call aren't compatible with the safety of our troops or our overall, strategic interests worldwide, we should not feel obligated to stay out our U.N. mandate.
Americans dying to give Iraqis- however ungrateful- a chance to govern themselves is one thing; Americans dying because of bureaucratic egos or ministerial stubbornness is quite another. The ingratitude of those who see us as occupiers rather than liberators is bad enough; our troops shou…
The Cubs came back in the bottom of the Ninth to defeat the Oakland A's 4-3 today.
There is an old tradition at Wrigley Field. Whenever a Cubs game ends, a flag is flown from the scoreboard for the benefit of commuters on their way home from work informing them of the result. If the Cubs have won, a white flag with a blue 'W' is flown; if they have lost, a blue flag with a white 'L' is displayed instead.
The Catholic News Service quotes the bishops as stating that Catholic politicians who act "consistently to support abortion on demand" risk "cooperating in evil and sinning against the common good," and that "those who formulate the law" are morally compelled "to work toward correcting morally defective laws."
"The killing of an unborn child is always intrinsically evil," the bishops stated. "To make such intrinsically evil actions legal is itself wrong."
Catholic politicians who availed themselves of "the Cuomo dodge-" including former New York Governor Mario Cuomo,…
Bill Gertz of the Washington Times, interviewed on Fox News, reports that the ringleader of Paul Johnson's murderers, Abdul Aziz al Muqrin, was located by Saudi forces due to a tip from a witness who saw Johnson's body being dumped, apparently by al Muqrin, from his car. A car chase and siege followed, ending in the deaths of al Muqrin, two other al Quaeda members high on the Saudi wanted list, and one Saudi policeman.
The Associated Press reports that two al Quaeda members escaped when Abdul Aziz al Muqrin, believed to be the ringleader of the group that kidnapped and murdered American engineer Paul Johnson, was killed by Saudi forces along with two fellow-terrorists earlier this afternoon.
Islamic satellite network al Arabiya and American government sources are confirming that Abdul Aziz al Muqrin, believed to be the man in the black hood brandishing an automatic weapon in the al Quaeda videos and pictures surrounding the murder of American engineer Paul Johnson and the leader of the al Quaeda cell that beheaded Johnson, has been killed by Saudi forces.
So far only Reuters has reported that al Muqrin and two others were killed while actually disposing of Johnson's body.
Fox News is passing along a report from Reuters that Abdul Aziz al Muqrin, the head of al Quaeda in Saudi Arabia and the suspected leader of those who beheaded Paul Johnson, has been killed by Saudi forces, presumably in the Ri'yad firefight mentioned earlier by the Saudi government!
I've spent the last couple of hours scanning blogs I consider worthwhile for reaction to the Johnson murder. Just about everyone has a post about it- and naturally, the emotion is the same everywhere. The rage we all feel is expressing itself in an understandable desire to pave Saudi Arabia, the Sunni Triangle, and the entire Middle East. There is an upswing in ethnic slurs toward Arabs among bloggers too bright to be indulging in them.
I share the outrage. I also share the frustration of my fellow Americans with the double game the Saudis have played where al Quaeda is concerned. Wahabi extremism and hatred toward the United States is preached and taught with impunity in a nation which claims to be our friend, and which is hardly under the kind of constraints with respect to dissenting viewpoints we who live in democracies must deal with.
Right now the signals from Ri'yad are mixed. On one hand, there are well-founded fears of the support al Queda has in Saudi Arabia- in no…