Mike McGavick has been running an insurgent campaign against incumbent Democratic Senator Maria Cantwell. Bucking the trend against the GOP nationally, Mike has closed the gap between his Democratic competitor to within 5 percentage points in the last Rasmussen Reports poll. Last November, he was trailing by 15 percentage points.
Mike is a solid conservative who understands the necessity of fighting the war on terror and on regulating the flow of immigration at the border. There is a difference between welcoming immigrants in an orderly way and having a wide-open border that is open to exploitation by those who wish to harm the American way of life.
On health care, Mike realizes that the problem is not that the industry is run by insurance companies, but that there are too many middlemen who leave the consumer out of the loop. Insurance companies are paid by companies who provide benefits to their employees. Those companies want to keep costs low so they pick one vendor and offer t…
Wake me up when he learns how to regulate volcanoes... and decaying animal and vegetable matter... and the breathing of people and animals plants... and the evaporation of water from the oceans... and the other natural causes which account for all but the tiniest percentage of CO2 emissions.
Eric Metaxas has no intention of revealing how this particular piece of correspondence came into his possession. Suffice it to say that it purports to be from a demon low down in the Lowerarchy, it's addressed to his apparently reprieved nephew, Wormwood (scheduled to be fed upon when last heard of), and its subject is The DaVinci Code.
We may rest assured, I think, that it was not diabolical clemency which saved poor Wormwood's bacon, but rather some necessity whose nature this letter regrettably does not reveal to us.
Maybe she's been covering the Bush White House too long ;).
Well, no. I think that's a given. She's long since lost any claim to objectivity, and any political reporter who admits to waking up and asking, "Who do I hate today?" would probably be better off in another line of work.
And yes, I know it was a joke. Unfortunately, so is Helen Thomas's claim to objectivity.
Where American Christians got the idea that the idolatrous joint public prayer of a religiously diverse group at a civic occasion essentially addressed "To Whom it May Concern" is in any sense offered to the Holy Trinity, I don't know.
Hello! Only two percent of abortions performed in the United States are performed because of rape, incest, a threat to the life of the mother, or gross fetal abnormalities incompatible with life.
Nearly all abortions are performed either as birth control or for reasons as trivial as reported by this story. That's what makes the euphemistic term "choice" so chilling. And while large majorities support an abstraction called Roe v. Wade, in poll after poll, similar majorities oppose the legality of abortion for the reasons for which nearly all abortions are, in fact, performed.
ADDENDUM: Or maybe not. Maybe we should just not watch CNN, or read the New York Times.
CPA and organshoes have brought me up to date on this story through their comments. Turns out that the statement was misreported, and is in fact perfectly in harmony with Bush Administration policy.
No, the Iraqi government has not come out- as CNN suggests in the article linked to above- in unrestricted support of Iran's nuclear aspiriations. Omar at Iraq the Model translates the Iraqi statement this way (click on the quotation to be taken to the full post):
For want of anything better to do, Babou and I just watched a silly thing on the Hallmark Channel called "The Curse of King Tutenkhamen."
To make a long and very silly story short, King Tut himself rescues the hero and heroine literally from hell at the end (though an ancient Egyptian version of that realm, wherein the persona of a Pharoah as the incarnation of Horus apparently is decisive in helping Tut defeat Set and rescue the protagonists. Got that straight?) is repaid by our worthies turning a map to Tut's tomb over to Howard Carter- a nice piece of treachery indeed, according to the ancient Egyptian wordview espoused by the film.
No hint of even ambivalent feelings about it on the part of the hero and heroine, however.
The moral anarchy of the thing bothers me, even while bearing in mind the fantastic premise. A fine example of Post-Modernism; the heroes act dishonorably even within the context of the pagan world-view of the story, and the authors themselves never e…
As Rosen notes, Bush haters- those whose personal animus toward the President precludes rational thought- will be unmoved by his sober reflection of the facts concerning the last fourteen years of American governance. But there's plenty for the rest of us to chew on as we ponder the incumbent President's role in recent history- and how we should reflect upon it as he- and we- face the last two and a half years of his administration.
Charles Krauthammer notes that Europe- which is famous for decrying Bushite "unilateralism-" now wants the U.S. to accept the Iranians' demand that we sit down with them and unilaterally negotiate the nuclear issue.
The key word is publicly. No room should be left for the Europeans to stab us in the back, the way the French did when they reneged at the last minute on a private pledge to support enforcement of those seventeen Security Council resolutions threatening military action of Saddam didn't destroy those WMD's he admitted having under UN supervision.
Kevorkian, who is serving a 15-to-20 year sentence for second degree murder, is seeking clemency so that he can die in freedom.
His attorney says that if he had it to over again, he would campaign for the legalization of physician-assisted suicide, but would not perform them. God willing, before he dies, he'll come the rest of the way- and see that our lives are not our own to end, with or without help from a doctor whose very oath forbids him to do so.
The situation is not nearly as bad as the Democrats and their media allies would like us to believe. Nor is it nearly as good as some of the war's supporters think it is. The violence is largely confined to only four of Iraq's 18 provinces- but in those four, anarchy is the order of the day.
And Baghdad, the nation's capital, is one of the places where anarchy rules. As Boot points out, the Iraqi blogosphere - The Mesopotamian and Iraq the Model are cases in point- warn of a situation in Baghdad which is deteriorating on a daily basis.
I've supported this war from the beginning, and I still do. But it's long since become clear that serious mistakes have been made in its management. Not the least of these was the failure of the Bush Administration and specifically the Rumsfeld DOD to heed the advice of Colin Powell and many serving senior…
ADDENDUM: According to NPR, human-to-human transmission has happened before. What is worrisome here is that it was human-to-human-to human transmission. But all the cases were within one family, Epidemiologists say that the time to become really concerned will be when it spreads to friends, neighbors, health care workers, schoolmates, etc.
I just realized that today is the second anniversary of my moving this blog here from Blog Studio.
It had actually been there for several months- maybe even a year; I really don't quite remember. But the move was occasioned by a server failure that wiped out my blog and all my archives- and by my inability to get ahold of tech support for a week thereafter. Apparently at the time Blog Studio was a relatively small operation, with only one guy handling the technical end. He was out of town.
Of course, I'd briefly had what amounted to a blog- though at that point I don't think I'd ever actually heard that word- during the drawn-out aftermath of the 2000 election. It was called, of all things, Respublica (just like Diane Meyers' blog!) That, I suppose, is the real origin of this blog, so in one form or another it's been around off and on for not quite six years.
But like I said, this is its second anniversary in its present incarnation. I"m enjoying it, so I gu…
"The Award," the Library's website explains, "was created in 1989 by members of President Kennedy's family to honor President John F. Kennedy and recognize and celebrate the quality of political courage that he admired most."Whether or not JFK actually wrote his Pulitzer Prize-winning Profiles in Courage,…
It would seem that not all religions react the same when others abuse their freedom of speech when dealing with them. Perhaps the Left might do well to make some small distinction with regard to these reactions.
It's also a common form for the expression of religious bigotry to take among secularists these days. And as much as I disagree with him on theological as well as political matters, if Jimmy Carter ever was, as Albright implies, uncertain about his Christian beliefs, he's done a very good job of conveying the opposite impression.
For the film to call into question the Incarnation, the goodness of God's creation, the Christian understanding of salvation, and just about every other cardinal tenet of the Faith doesn't see, tp disturb the NCC. Nor should this be surprising. After all, many of the churches which comprise it have tolerated and even embraced many such distortions of the Faith for decades.
It has been suggested that before we discuss anything else which might be done to address the problem of immigration (see the comments here), the first thing we should do is to secure our border with Mexico.
Fair enough. I'm certainly willing to discuss that. I'm even in favor of it.
Just one question, though: How?
Well, two. The other is whether we are willing to pay the price, both financially and in terms of the massive new bureaucracy which would be required to effectively militarize our southern border.
Bear in mind that even so we'd be talking about a reduction in illegal immigration, not its elimination.
But how about it? It's fine to complain that something isn't being done. What sometimes isn't nearly so easy is to actually do it.
The reaction of the Red Meat Right to the immigration crisis is rapidly dissipating the progress Republicans have made among Hispanic Americans in recent years, probably dooming the party to opposition status for the foreseeable future- and likely ensuring that conservatism will be out of power for a generation or more.
And ironically, it's President Bush- who at a moment when he needs every friend he can get, has put his own popularity with his party's base on the line in opposing calls for unenforcable, draconian measures on immigration- who is being vilified in the Latino community as a result.
And conservatives will never have the chance they're throwing away again...
But neither will Latinos. The message for Republicans, after all, is that it doesn't pay for an individual Republican to go to bat for the Latino community- that he'll still be blamed for what the others in his party do.
As I've already conceded to commenter Robert, this is utterly unacceptable.
One strong reason for hope remains, however, that the travesty of an immigration bill the Senate is cobbling together will not stand. A conference committee is going to have to iron out the differences between it and the tough House bill. Rep. James Sensenbrunner (R-Wis), one of the most vocal immigration "hawks," will be leading the negotiating team for the House.
The longer the process goes on in the Senate, the worse the bill seems to get. I only hope that the apparently self-destructive Red Meaters don't follow through on the bizarre strategy of voting against hard-line Republicans because they're Republicans, or- even worse- vote for soft-line Democrats because they're not.
They will also have to wear color-coded pieces of cloth: yellow for Jews, red for Christians, and blue for Zoroastrians.
The requirement is in keeping with an ancient Islamic tradition which insists that the Dhimmi ("protected ones-" Jews and Christians who, having declined to embrace Islam, are tolerated as second class citizens) wear distinctive clothing, so as to be easily distinguished from Muslims.
The law- which had been stalled in Parliament- was revived at the behest of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
Several years ago, the sister of a woman I was dating- a lapsed Lutheran (well, ELCAn)- explained in my presence that, "I'm not religious- but that doesn't mean that I'm not spiritual."
I wonder why she ever left the ELCA...
Well. The Corner, the blog of National Review Online, has been featuring a thread by Jonah Goldberg on what he calls "Voodoo Atheists-" alleged "rationalists" with no time for conventional religion, who are nevertheless willing to entertain any whacked-out superstition you can imagine, as long as it doesn't mean that they have to believe in the Christian God.
The President is right: without encouragement for potential immigrants to enter the country openly and legally, mere punishment for sneaky, illegal entry isn't going to work.
Not even if you build the longest, highest fence in the world along the border to make it harder to sneak across. As Sen. Frist has pointed out, they'll just climb over it.
Desperate people are going to come across that border- and not even the highest and longest fence in the world is going to stop them. Not even draconian criminal penalties are going to make an enforcement-only approach work. Enforcement has to be combined with incentives; the carrot has to be added to the stick.
The President's critics can talk as tough as they want, but we aren't going to be able to stop uncontrolled illegal immigration without finding a way to promote controlled, legal immigration as an alternative. And the sooner immigration "hawks" figure that out, the sooner the country can get down to the busines…
It would be helpful to know just which provisions those were. It would also be helpful for Sensenbrenner to talk to the President about why he changed his mind. Few of us expected the explosion of passion on either side of the issue, and the President may just have decided that some recalculation was in order to prevent hitherto unexpected political consequences.
...as Hugh Hewittimplies, the debate in the conservative blogosphere as to how best to handle disillusionment over President Bush and the Republican Party is over- though the argument continues, in some quarters.
Rep. James Sennsenbrunner (R-Wisc) and other immigration "hawks" continue to misuse the word "amnesty" in order to oppose guest worker provisions and other details of the bill which would allow illegals to remain in the country under any circumstances.
The evolution of the Senate version of the immigration bill continues.
"'By moving away from English-only policies and reaching out to Hispanics, Bush has closed the gap among Latino voters. Gore carried them by 30 points, but Kerry only won among them by 10. But the border backlash may be undoing all this good work.
'The obvious answer is to couple a fence with a good guest-worker program, with a citizenship track predicated on good behavior.”
Morris further advised at the time that if the Republican Party allows the enforcement-heavy House bill to become law - a fence with no guest-worker program - it will antagonize the vital Latino vote and the GOP would consign itself to permanent minority status."
The clueless element of the American Right thinks that this is somehow only bad news for something called the Republican Party. Hopefully, they will wake up from their hookah dream of a right-wing third party, and recognize that the fate of the Republican Party is inseperable from the …
While I don't generally approve of women preachers on scriptural grounds, The Anchoress preaches the Law quite effectively to American conservatives on the subject of George W. Bush!
This and this is what I've been trying to get across ever since right-wing anti-Bush nonsense first got started!
I continue to be encouraged by the fact that so many on the Right have reacted to the President's speech with common sense and a salutary appreciation of the complexity of a situation which simply does not admit of emotionally satisfying, nuke'-em-all-and- let-God- sort-'em-out self-indulgence masquerading as a solution.
This blog briefly ran an entry- based on the original version of this story from Drudge Report- suggesting that CNN had run sixteen seconds of a rehearsal of President Bush's speech tonight, complete with false starts and requests for instructions from off- camera advisers, thereby embarrassing the President on national television.
The original entry has been deleted, since its entire premise is inaccurate. The current version of the Drudge story corrects the original version.
It seems that, in fact, NBC had erroneously prompted the President to begin his speech early- leading to a false start, which only CNN actually broadcast.
Michelle Malkin thinks (or thought) preemptively that the President's six thousand man increase in border control personnel (National Guard, in a support capacity, now; permanent new INS personnel by the end of 2008), combined with a major tech upgrade in border patroling and a carefully regulated guest worker program, is "too little, too late."
I'm going to watch the conservative blogosphere's reaction to that speech with great interest. Preliminary indications from The Hill are that- not unexpectedly- the Right as a whole is dissatisfied. Some even argue- illogically- that the guest worker program the President proposed would be a form of amnesty. No permanent right to stay would be conferred by that program; this argument is not only hysterical, but disingenuous.
Having said that, I would have been much tougher than the President was. I would have done what the original House bill was going to do, and affixed stiff criminal penalties to being here illegally. S…
The problem here is the unprecedented magnitiude of the historical and religious ignorance of the American people at this particular moment in history- and the certainty that most people who see the movie won't recognize the "howlers."
Frontpage Magazine uses the title "Subversive Fiction" for this review of two books- Gone, by Jonathan Kellerman, and Kill Me, by Stephen White- which seem to be subversive indeed of two of the things in our contemporary American culture which most need subverting: our denial that there is such a thing as evil, and our love affair with death.