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Well worth a look

Beggars All is, in my opinion, the best Lutheran blog around. Right now two items in particular are worth a visit there.

The first is on the"Christian Nice Guy Syndrome."

In seminary, I dated a Mennonite woman who used to say that all of her friends went looking for nice Christian men of other denominations to convert, because growning up Mennonite turned men into such wimps. Well, it's not just the Mennonites who have that problem- and it's a real crisis for the Church.

The second is an introduction linking to "The Real History of the Crusades" by Thomas F. Madden. Dr. Madden's article is a corrective to the politically-correct, Terry Jones-style pro-Muslim, anti-Western portrayal of these defensive wars which is so much in vogue among the elites- including those who taught most of us our college history (in that respect I, for one, was singularly blessed with Republican history profs!).

These, as is the case with most things that turn up on this outsta…

Satan is alive and well- and is currently a free agent

Hockey star Miroslav Satan has been released by the cash-strapped Buffalo Sabres, and is now a free agent.

I personally do not appreciate diabolical names for sports teams; I think they trivialize evil. But even so, I for one, think it would be a shame if he signed with anybody but the New Jersey Devils.

His name, it should be noted, is actually pronounced, "shah-TAN."

Helen: "I'll never talk to a reporter again!"

The Helen Thomas affair is assuming a comic, rather than a tragic, aspect.

Helen hasn't lost it. She's just showing herself to be a typical liberal, with a typical liberal's double-standard.

Thomas has made no bones over the years about her dislike for President Bush, her love for Bill Clinton, and her outrageous left-wing bias. But when she told a reporter that she would kill herself if Dick Cheney ran for president, and that "we don't need another liar," she apparently thought she was "off the record!" And now, she's "furious" with him!

Doesn't a reporter of Helen Thomas's experience know better than to assume such a thing without establishing it, in so many words?

And doesn't she see that her unfitness to report on the Bush Administration or on Dick Cheney- or to serve in the White House press corps- has less to do with her being "outed" as an outrageously biased partisan, than with the fact that she is one in the …

"Come out from among them and be separate!"

Bunnie Diehl blogs on the ELCA's upcoming decision to ordain some gays (but not others- as if that will last long!). She asks for our prayers for the ELCA.

An ELCA pastor repeats that request in the "comments" section. Well, that request causes me a grave struggle of conscience.

I must confess that even now, six years after leaving the ELCA ministry, I still struggle with some of the bitterness I felt in my own futile fight in the same cause that pastor is fighting in now. But beyond that bitterness is what I believe to be righteous anger at the damage being done to people I still love, even though they wouldn't listen; even though most of those sheep have voluntarily chosen to make nice-nice with the wolves despite all their under-shepherd at the time did to try to warn them.

For some the ELCA is a part of their ethnic heritage. For others, it's simply the church of their youth and their family. Nothing wrong with that, of course- until that ethnic heritage or fami…

"Jesus isn't in a manger anymore!"

Double nod to and Pastors Stiegemeyer and McCain for originating and pointing out, respectively, a very sensible response to the objection that we shouldn't use a crucifix because Jesus is not on the cross anymore: "He isn't in a manger anymore, either. Does that mean we shouldn't use creches at Christmas time?"

Kudos to Pr. MCain, BTW, for his excellent piece on that traditional Lutheran symbol of the object of our faith: Christ, and Him crucified!

Hi, Kids! It's Mickey! YAYYYYY!

Here's a series of pictures of newly-discovered Planet 'Mickey' and its moon (Minnie? Goofy? Donald? Haven't decided yet) moving against the background of the stars.

The new planet orbits the sun at an estimated distance more than three times that of the next-farthest solar planet, Pluto.

I've seen all of the other nine planets (assuming that you're not one of those who wants to demote Pluto to the status of a mere Kuiper Belt Object), though Pluto is visible only as a star in a decent-sized telescope. Pluto's moon, Charon, of course, is impossible to see with anything less powerful than the Hubble. But I'm really going to have to save up for a couple of millennia years to get a telescope capable of giving me a glimpse of this one.

Our Lady of the Underpass is still a hit- for some

Last Spring, I did a couple of posts on the alleged apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary on the Fullerton Avenue Overpass of the Kennedy Expressway in Chicago.

The Mother of God took the form of a salt stain from the efforts of city workers to melt the ice on the JFK.

Well, it seems that Chicago Catholics are still making a fuss over this ersatz icon. But more reasonable voices are also being raised.

Germans to open super-brothel for World Cup

We're used to mourning what became of the land of Luther during the 'Thirties, and wondering how it could have happened.

The present gives us plenty to wonder about, too.

Germany has a thriving sex industry, which is socially accepted to the point where, as I reported some time ago, a woman was threatened with the loss of her unemployment benefits because she declined an offer to work as a prostitute. I don't know how that story turned out, but the situation could only arise in a very sick culture.

ADDENDUM: This story, as it turns out, is an urban legend. No such incident ever occured.

Astronomers discover tenth planet in Solar System!

The family of our star, Sol (aka "the Sun") has a new member.

Well, a new member to us, anyway.

Scientists have announced the discovery of a new planet nine billion miles from the Sun, or about three times the distance of Pluto, hitherto the furthest known planet in our solar system.

Of course, there is an ongoing debate over whether Pluto is really a planet, or just a Kuiper Belt object- essentially a big comet with an unusually regular orbit, itself orbited by another big comet (its moon, Charon). Both worlds are thought to be composed mostly of mostly of ice (the data obtained from Comet Tempel-1 by the Deep Impact probe may yet force a re-evaluation of that theory, however).

Michael Brown of Cal Tech has submitted a proposed name to the International Astronomical Union, but the name as neither been accepted or even released as yet.

My personal suggestion is either 'Mickey' or 'Goofy.'

The Presidential candidacy of Bill Frist...

is toast.

Nobody who opposes abortion can consistently support fetal stem cell research. Once an individual has been created and cell division has begun, the new entity differs from you only in geography and in its state of development.

No candidate with Frist's new position has a chance of getting the Republican nomination in 2008.

Theological liberalism as unbelief

Thanks to Pr. McCain, too, for his heads-up on this fine article on the bottom line for "mainline" Protestantism and theological liberalism generally: unbelief.

When the bishop came to visit my last ELCA parish prior to my resignation, he and the retired ELCA pastor who was a member of the congregation both bristled at my suggestion that the historical-critical method was essentially the study of the Bible through the presuppositions of unbelief. They kept trying to cite innocuous examples of higher criticism to make it seem to be what they claimed: "just a tool."

The problem is that literally every example they cited was, in fact, an example of the historical-grammatical method, and not the historical-critical!

A great deal of what I was taught in seminary was really an apologetic for unbelief. Dr. Mohler explains how this works very well.

ABC promises non-partisan'Commander in Chief'

Tuns out that the first woman president, portrayed by Geena Davis in ABC's 'Commander in Chief,' will be a registered Independent who succeeds to the office upon the death of a Republican chief executive.

ABC vows that the series will be neutral as to partisan politics. In other words, no more weekly, hour-long unpaid partisan Democratic commercials ala 'The West Wing'.

Helen needs to retire

If Helen Thomas thinks she has an ounce of credibility left after publicly trashing the Administration in such a baldly partisan fashion...(link expired)

Well, suffice it to say that the dean of the White House Press Corps needs to retire ASAP, for the good of everyone concerned.

HT: Drudge

Poll re-launch

Well, I blew it. We'll have to start the 2008 Republican Presidential Poll all over again- and with some new rules.

First of all, I discovered last night that in alpabetizing the candidates and putting them on the list, I had somehow left out one of the most prominent contenders- Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.

During the day, I realized that I had also omitted three or four other candidates who apparently have some significant support.

Finally, I thought I had set the poll up to be cumulative, i.e., in such a manner that a person could vote as often as he wanted to, so as to maintain a running approximation not only of the opinion of those who visit this blog, but of changes in it. That turns out to have been an option on an earlier poll I had considered installing, but didn't because it only offered a maximum of ten options. When I tried to enter the current result into the new version poll, it told me that I had already voted!

So we're going to have to start the poll a…

Bravo, Tim!

Bravo to Tim over at Beggars All for this utterly superb post on the importance of doctrine.

Tim includes this marvelous quotation from Dr. Robert Kolb:
Part of what Luther and Melanchthon understood in structuring their confession of faith was that the articles or topics of the faith (as found, for example, in the Augsburg Confession) are not so many equally valuable pearls on a string, with so many required to make the string a necklace and so many dispensable. Instead, they believed that Biblical teaching is like a human body. Christ is the head; decapitated it dies. When the arm of Baptism is cut off, or the foot of eschatology badly mangled, the whole body suffers. It can survive with serious injury, but it may also hemorrhage and bleed to death. (qtd. in Pless, Handling the Word of Truth, p. 89).

As Modernism (the notion that truth is subjective, or that objective truth is unknowable) and Pietism (the cutting off of Faith's head on the theory that only the heart is important) …

Shuttle fleet grounded again after another foam mishap at launch

NASA has grounded the space shuttle fleet once again after the debris captured by TV cameras falling from the main fuel tank of Discovery was identified as foam insulation.

Officials say that the shuttles will not fly again until the problem is solved. Reportedly there is no damage to Discovery, but prayers for the crew are very much in order.

Hat tip: Drudge.

Things wouldn't have gone better with this coke...

Drudge passes on a New York Post report that Osama bin Laden planned to kill thousands of Americans with poisoned cocaine a year after the 9/11 attacks.

The plot supposedly failed because Columbian drug lords thought it would be bad for business- and might result in a response from the American government they would have preferred to avoid.

To me, the interesting thing about this story is what it illustrates about Osama's view of American society. Without underestimating the number of foolish Americans who actually use cocaine, I get the feeling from his rhetoric about American culture that Osama thinks that it's the Coke those polar bear commercials are about, and which we sell in vending machines. He probably thought that this would be a mortal blow in more ways than one!

And rightly so!

A proposal is being considered to construct a new condo/hotel building near Navy Pier in Chicago which would be the tallest skyscraper in the United States- and, although the article doesn't mention it, the world.

Sears Tower, also in Chicago, currently holds the American title. New York's proposed Freedom Tower would replace it upon its completion in 2010- but would fall 280 feet short of the stature of the new, drill-bit shaped Chicago building.

The world's tallest building is currently the Taipei 101 in Taiwan, which stands 1,670 feet tall. The Sears Tower is 1,450 feet tall, and the new building would be eight feet taller- without its spire. Add the spire, however, and it soars to a record 2,000 feet!

Freedom Tower will stand 1,776 feet high, including the spire.

In addition to reclaiming its rightful place as the location of the world's tallest skyscraper, until the completion of Freedom Tower the new building would give Chicago the distinction of having the two tall…

"...Whoever despises a single word of God does not regard any as important" --Martin Luther

Thanks to Pastor Paul McCain for this excellent paper on Luther's attitude toward Scripture, written by the sainted Dr. Robert Preus.

At a time when even many who describe themselves as Lutherans reject the authority of Scripture, either outright or by suggesting that it is "unclear" (the paper contains a section on Luther's emphatic rejection of that suggestion), it's good to be reminded of what the great Reformer taught on the subject.

Eric- and Turley- are right

Eric Phillips has replied to my post Roberts is right, and Turley is wrong... except for one thing.

Eric has this to say:
I agree in principle, but this isn't an executive position we're talking about; it's a judicial one. If a judge is doing his job correctly, he's only interpreting the laws and the constitution the way they were written (and the best thing I've heard about Roberts is that he's a strict constructionist, and therefore will take this responsibility seriously). If a good judge is asked to interpret a bad law, and there is no good grounds for finding that law unconstitutional, simply by being honest and doing his job he may end up with a ruling he dislikes as much as he dislikes the law on which the case had to be decided. That's not his fault; it's the fault of the legislature.

I would still respect a judge's choice to recuse himself, but I wouldn't expect it.

Eric is right. Given the actual content of the U.S. Constitution, I find i…

He's coming for you, Cousin Maxine!

The Autonomist passes word along that Rusten Currie, a military intelligence officer stationed in Baghdad, has had enough of anti-war Democrat politicians- especially his representative in Congress, Maxine Waters.

His response:
"The Honorable Maxine Waters, D-Calif., called the Iraq war 'one of the biggest scandals in the history of this country.'... Yet, what does it say of the recent movement by some of the left (the far left) who are supporting this recent barrage of conspiracy theory? More food for thought, some want us to abandon the progress we have made in Iraq. They lack the resolve to finish what we have started, sadly in war men and women die. Those who have never served, are telling our warriors that because they cannot find the courage to persevere that we must withdraw... I'm sorry friends, I don't remember Vietnam, but I have studied it, and I have learned from it. No, we will not leave our allies here in Iraq until our job is done. I cannot in good …

Cubs 3, Giants 2

Roberts is right, and Turley is wrong... except for one thing

John Roberts was asked the other day by "Gulag Dick" Durban what he would do if the law required a ruling which his Catholic church considered immoral.

Roberts replied, after hesitating, that he'd probably have to recuse himself.

John Turley of Georgetown Law Schoolsays that this was "the wrong answer;" that in view of his oath to uphold the Constitution, Roberts should ignore his faith and his conscience, and support an immoral ruling.

Now, Turley is a law professor, and I suppose he has credentials to address the legal side of this issue. But theologically, it's Turley who is wrong. And I'd argue that he's wrong constitutionally, too. Far from making Roberts unfit to sit on the Court, his answer was the only answer anyone morally fit to sit in judgement on others in any capacity could possibly give- and the only one which honors the right of a judge to have a religion other than secularism.

None of us would be safe if the people who sat on our courts …

Wood back on the DL- and then to the bullpen

I guess its' official: Kerry Wood- who re-injured his shoulder the other day and who was placed back on the DL as a result- will be moved to the bullpen when he returns.

On one hand, it's a sad day. I still remember the rookie who tied Nolan Ryan's MLB record by striking out twenty Houston Astros in his major league debut, and who shut down the Marlins in the '03 NLCS. But his mechanics have always been suspect, and its obvious at this point that his surgically-repaired arm just can't take the rigors of starting every fourth or fifth day.

With that fastball, he could be an awesome closer (one of the Cubs' worst needs for most of the season- though Ryan Dempster has been more than adequate in that role of late). The Cubs have plenty of dominating starters in their farm system, the most pitching-rich in baseball. With the boost having Kerry Wood as an anchor could provide, this might just turn out to be a blessing in disguise.

Apologies to would-be commenters

Over at Yahoo, we call it "yahooifying:" baffling technical glitches for which there is no particularly reasonable explanation, which sort of come and go at will. But Blogger does it too- which is one reason why I am considering going back to Blog Studio, where this blog originated, or elsewhere.

But be that as it may, I counsel patience- and apologize on Google's behalf. The posting problem will probably pass presently.

What's good for the Ginsberg is good for the gander

The Democrats' historically-unprecedented use of ideology as a reason to oppose judicial nominees has led the Bush Administration, Robert Novak observes, to adopt a strategy of holding them to the standard of questioning which obtained when Bill Clinton nominated a Supreme Court justice much further from the American mainstream than John Roberts, and at least as far as the most wild-eyed conservative he might likely appoint in the future.

Novak calls it the Ginsberg standard.

It works like this: you can't ask a nominee's views on matters upon which he or she may be called upon to rule. Ginsberg refused to answer such questions, and got away with it, arguing correctly that it would actually violate judicial ethics for her to do so.

It's going to be very, very hard for the Democrats on the Judiciary Committee not to give Roberts the benefit of "the Ginsberg rule" this time out- and undoubtedly very, very frustrating for them to have to do so. Just watch their uppe…

See Jane run- her mouth. Again.

Unlike many people, I've tended to have some sympathy for Jane Fonda.

People do stupid things when they're young which they really, really come to regret later. I understand the anger of many at Fonda's Vietnam antics. I especially understand the anger of Vietnam vets, and the hard time they have forgiving her for the things she said about them- and most of all, for her trip to Hanoi, her infamous photo session on the anti-aircraft gun, and her generally boarderline-treasonous activities.

Then, too- as uncomfortable as I was with Fonda's behavior even at the time- I, too, opposed the war in Vietnam. My anger at Fonda could never have been of the same kind as that of the people whom that anti-aircraft gun shot at, who, while languishing as POW's, were made props for propaganda films staring Fonda, or who lost loved ones in Vietnam.

But her remorse has seemed to me to be sincere, and while I can't forgive her on the behalf of those angry vets, I do notice that forgi…

Two out of three from the Cardinals!

Did you notice, Bunny?

Great series, though. Either team could have won any of them. Perhaps some time this year we'll even get a chance to see the Cubs and Cards go at it when both of them are healthy.

Says who?

It dawned on my this morning that in my discussion of the gospel reductionism over at Here We Stand, I inadvertently refered to Article VII of the Augsburg Confessionas Article XX. Perhaps a natural mistake when talking about gospel reductionism, since AC XX deals with the accusation leveled by Roman Catholics that Lutherans "forbid good works." Nevertheless, it was an embarassing lapse.

But Article VII, in any event, is the focus of a great deal of confusion among Lutherans and would-be Lutherans. Josh S. over at Here We Stand rather oddly refuses to acknowledge the standard distinction- generally recognized among confessional Lutherans- between the word "Gospel" in its narrow (or "proper") and broad uses, and its in a confusion between the two where the problem begins.

In its narrow sense, the "Gospel" is the Good News of what God has done for us in Christ. In the broad sense, it is the sum total of the Christian faith. And when Melanchton …

This must have hurt!

It just struck me that I forgot to watch the final episode of the Discovery Channel's series meant to determine, by poll, who the greatest American in history was.

The winner: Ronald Reagan!

While I would have reversed the order of the first two, and put Abraham Lincoln first and Reagan second, that part of the poll doesn't really cause me much of a problem- though it must have made the show's staffers wince!

On the other hand, by listing Bill Clinton seventh, Elvis Presley eighth and Oprah Winfrey ninth. the participants in the poll saved me from any temptation to regard it as anything but a joke.

When it comes to ranking the great Americans of history, the rank-and-file American seems no better informed or competent than in picking an All-Star team in baseball.

I'm not sure what to make of this

What sci-fi character do I most resemble?

Ganladriel... a female elf from the Rings trilogy, it seems.

This says of me (or so I am informed) that "Possessing a rare combination of wisdom and humility, while serenely dominating your environment you selflessly use your powers to care for others. Even the smallest person can change the course of the future."
Uh... Ok. I guess little old me can live with that. I thought Lord of the Rings was fantasy, rather than sci-fi, though. Oh, well.
Hat- tip: JustWords.

Lance Armstrong wins his last Tour

Good for him!

Hats off to a genuine American hero.

House backs Bush space plans

Good.

One of the least-appreciated chapters of late Twentieth Century history was the huge boost the American economy received from the program to put a man on the moon.

Instead of going on to Mars, we chose to focus on near-earth stuff like the shuttle and eventually Space Station Alpha. Good programs, those- but not the economic gold mine Projects Mercury, Gemini and Apollo turned out to be.

With the end of the Cold War, many of the same segments of the economy which had contributed to the moon project suffered further devastation when strategic arms spending was cut. The Bush plan can reinvigorate them. It can also return us to the days when unlooked-for spinoffs from ground-breaking space research not only enriched our lives through the products they created, but created whole new industries to put people to work, led to breakthroughs in medical science- and, let us not forget, yielded scientific knowledge of a kind which can often only be obtained by manned missions.

It is not besid…

More good news on the Roberts front

Although she repeats the standard nonsense about how the Republican Party would be destroyed by the repeal of Roe v. Wade, even Newsweek's far-Left columnist, Eleanor Clift, sees Judge Roberts as likely to be confirmed- perhaps the first of several Bush appointees on the Supreme Court.

Bottom line: for the first time since "Harry's Abortion," as even the pro-abortion clerks at the Supreme Court called Roe when it was first foisted upon the nation with no particularly logical rationale, the pro-abortion crowd is worried.

Cubs 6, Cardinals 5

Way to go, Derrek!

After last night's heartbreak, good to see the guys battle back. Now we have to reel off a nice, long winning streak...

Howard Dean has a good day. Sort of.

On one hand, this statement by Howard Dean is almost shockingly reasonable, civil, and even conciliatory.

On the other, in view of his analysis of the difference between the Republican and Democratic positions on the abortion issue, it doesn't make a whole lot of logical sense. How do you "reach out" to people while continuing to dogmatically oppose their position, and even spinning your description of that position to make them look bad?

Set your calendar- and your alarm clock!

Make it a point to get up before sunrise on August 12. An unusually close planet Mars (see it through a telescope if you can!) will share the skies with what ought to be a nice edition of the Perseid meteor shower.

The Perseids result from the Earth's orbit taking us through the path of debris from short period Comet Swift-Tuttle every August. Obviously, the further you can get from city lights, the bettter.

A response to Josh S., in which I strive to be more civil than he

Josh S. over at Here We Stand has effectively closed our discussion over there of his gospel reductionism with a rather obnoxious post which doesn't actually respond to Luther's rules of biblical hermeneutics (which he apparently ascribes to me, despite my having pointed out the contrary) in rejecting them. He just sort of talks past them, not so much missing the point as not really aiming at it, it seems. The irony is that the specific rules I cited weren't unique to Luther. With the exception of Luther's rejection of philosophical reason as a filter for biblical interpretation, Calvin and other non-Lutheran Reformers embraced them, too!

I didn't even give an exhaustive list. No doubt if I had cited Luther's (and Calvin's) conviction that every passage has only one, literal sense, Josh would have argued for the legitimacy of allegory. I simply cannot escape the impression that it wasn't the rules Josh was rejecting, but simply any possibility that the …

Roberts, Souter, and the future

Quite a few liberals and pro-abortion types seem to think that Judge Roberts is David Souter after all.

Are they putting the best face on what, for them, is a no-win situation? Are they whistling in the wind? Or is there really reason for us pro-lifers to be nervous?

The article to which this post links vastly overestimates the pro-abortion sentiment of the American electorate, as the pro-death crowd usually does. It also fails to see the downside of another O'Connor/Souter experience: the onset of a radicalizing cynicism among social conservatives which would probably cause them to despair of electoral politics as a means of ending the abortion holocaust. It might deprive the Republican Party of the better part of its base.

There is another side of the coin, though. Whether, and to what extent, the overturning of Roe v. Wade would prove a disaster for the Republicans because of the outrage of an alleged pro-death majority, there is no doubt that it would have the potential to be a…

It gets a little wearisome, doesn't it?

Jihad Watch points out that the new Iraqi Constitution's Bill of Rights grants immigrants from any country in the world the opportunity to become naturalized citizens of the Middle East's second democracy, and states that Iraqi citizens may hold duel citizenship with any country in the world.

Any country but the Middle East's first democracy, that is.


The full text of the Bill of Rights is here.

A good e-mail devotional

If you're looking for a daily e-mail devotional that will both feed your faith and strengthen you theologically, you can't do much better than Memorial Moments, a service of Memorial Lutheran Church in Houston.

The devotions are written by the Rev. Dr. Scott Murray, author of Law, Life, and the Living God, the definitive work on the place of the Third Use of the Law in recent Lutheran history.

I appreciate the devotions nearly as much as I appreciate the book.

Petition for Judge Roberts

You can send an email calling on your senators to vote in favor of Judge Roberts' confirmation by signing an electronic petition here.

A warning, though: by doing so, you automatically sign up for NewsMax daily breaking news alerts. You can immediately unsubscribe, however.

After Iraq, how about Sudan?

Members of Secretary of State Condi Rice's party were roughed up by Sudanese security officials today.

These jokers are responsible for an ongoing genocide against Christians in the south of the country, and more crimes against humanity than you can shake a hangman's noose at. They are not in a position to be uppity. I think they may have forgotten who lives in the White House these days.

Uh-oh! Here we go again!

Kerry Wood has shoulder problems- and got rocked last night.

It's beginning to look like the injury bug is going to totally ruin two seasons in a row for the Cubs. Even a dominant rotation does you no good if it spends the season on the DL!

"We're Number Six! We're Number Six!"

The Big Ten currently has arrangements to send member teams to six bowl games- and is considering a seventh!

Yes, that's what I said. Of the eleven teams in the Big Ten (they didn't change the name of the conference when Penn State joined) six- no matter what- get bowl bids- and the the team that finishes seventh may be going to a bowl, too!

The sixth-place finisher, it seems, gets an automatic bid to the Insight Bowl. I thought there was a minimum number of games you have to win to go to a bowl game, or something!

I know the Big Ten is a respected football conference, but even a Big Ten fan like yours truly thinks that giving more than half of a conference automatic bowl bids is a bit ridiculous!

The art of the misleading headline

AP story's headline: Study: U.S. Divorce Rate Falls as Cohabitation Climbs

The headline should read: Study: U.S. Marriage Rate Falls as Cohabitation Climbs

The thing is, the divorce rate is falling because people are shacking up instead of getting married, not before!

In fact, three seperate studies in three different countries have shown- as the story acknowledges in its last paragraph- that couples who live together before marriage are much more likely to divorce than couples who don't. In fact, divorce for such couples seems to be nearly twice as likely. But the same studies show something else: couples who live together are much less likely to get married at all.

For men, it's the old question, "Why buy the cow when you're getting the milk for free?" For women, it's a failure to confront the fact that their men are asking that question- and that it's a rather obvious question for men in their position to ask.

So women continue to let themselves be used…

Bring on the Cardinals!

Eight out of nine, baby!

Two homers for Aramis Ramirez, which makes three in two days. And is Derrek Lee preternatural, or what?

Mark Prior continued the dominant pitching which has characterized our two best starters since they came off the disabled list. Just shows what the Cubs can do when baseball's best rotation is intact!