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My favorite carol

And it perfectly sums up what this holy night is all about.

Unto us, a Child is born

The Birth of Jesus Christ

In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all went to be registered, each to his own town.And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth.  And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.

The Shepherds and the Angels

And in the same region, there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behol…

The right to life vs. the right to lie: deceit just isn't nice, even when it's Trump opponents who do it

I take it back. Doug Jones's Senate victory was not a victory for decency, although Roy Moore's defeat was.

I was misled by the moderator of a pro-McMullin group on Facebook into believing that Jones was pro-life. She actually used that term. Here is Jones's actual position: "To be clear, I fully support a woman's freedom to choose to what happens to her own body. That is an intensely, intensely personal decision that only she, in consultation with her god, her doctor, her partner or family, that's her choice."

Which, of course, begs the question. The morally nihilist cliche to the contrary, abortion is not about "a woman's right to choose what happens to her own body." That choice is made in the bedroom. Unless we're talking about rape, the choice to abort is solely the choice to tear someone else's body limb from limb. It is no more a matter of personal choice than the wrongful taking of anybody else's life.

The person in questi…

Doug Jones shows that the only way to fight the cabal of the crazy is with a 'coalition of the decent'

(NOTE: I revised this post after I found out that I had been deceived by a fellow McMullin supporter into thinking that Doug Jones was pro-life. I'm still glad he beat Roy Moore. But if I lived in Alabama, I myself would have been unable to vote for Jones for that reason).

According to a recent poll, one-fifth of Republicans (I was one of them, back when I considered myself a Republican) refused to support Donald Trump last year, and continue to refuse to support him. 23% more supported him in 2016, but will not support him again. 

That's roughly 43% of Republicans. On one hand, I cannot begin to express how heartened I am by that. I was beginning to think that the heritage of Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt and Ike had vanished from their party. Intelligent Republicans- decent people- continue to make excuses for a man whose unfitness for the presidency was obvious to anybody who actually knew anything about him back in 2016, and is even more obvious now.

The trouble is that this…

No Moore

Congratulations to the people of Alabama, who have rejected Donald Trump's fellow predator Roy Moore and elected a Democrat whose indecency is limited to thinking that women should be able to kill their unborn children at will as their new senator. Doug Jones's ethical perversity may well be the result of honest ethical confusion. That's better than being a habitual sexual predator.

May this be the beginning of the utter purging of Bannonism and the cult of the predator and of all alt-right poison from the American body politic.

Time to flush.

It's no fun being part of the chorus in the GOP's Greek tragedy

As if nominating and- far more worrisome- lining up behind a president so unfit for the office that the damage his election would do to the country would inevitably result in Democrats controlling the presidency and both houses of Congress for a generation, the Republicans- who need to seriously consider changing their party symbol from an elephant to a lemming- have taken their self-destructive lunacy even further.

First, after a generation of railing against the national debt and bemoaning the historic increase in the debt under Barack Obama, they adopt a so-called "tax reform bill" which the CBO estimates will add a trillion dollars to the debt while hitting the poorest Americans hardest and stimulating the economy to a degree with will earn only a third of that back.

And now they're looking at Medicare and Medicaid cuts as a way of controlling the debt!

My former party could not do better if it had hired somebody to plan its own self-destruction, especially with a m…

The baker in the gay wedding cake case seems likely to lose

The Washington Post reports that based on today's arguments he Supreme Court seems "closely divided" as to whether freedom of religion trumps Colorado's discrimination laws when it comes to Christian bakers who decline to bake cakes for same-sex weddings, and that once again Justice Anthony Kennedy appears likely to cast the deciding vote.

In other words, the liberal side will win, and the cultural Left will succeed in its attempt to punitively ruin baker Jack C. Phillips financially. Which is as much the objective here as establishing a legal principle.

As I've said before, I personally don't see how baking a cake constitutes acquiescence in the occasion it's intended to celebrate.  The lawyers for Phillips argued today that because his cakes, unlike those of most bakers, are elaborately creative works of art and that he's being ordered to use his powers of expression to celebrate the event rather than to merely bake a cake, a narrow decision support…

Flynn will reportedly implicate the President in contacts with the Russians

ABC News is reporting that former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty to charges of lying to the FBI today, will testify that President Trump directed him to make contact with former Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak about President Obama's sanctions against Russia for interfering with the election. Mr. Trump has denied doing such a thing and asked former FBI Director James Comey to go easy on Flynn in the aftermath of Flynn's dismissal as National Security Advisor.

Flynn was fired for lying to Vice-President Pence about the matter. Then-Acting Attorney General Sally Yates warned Mr. Trump that Gen. Flynn had been "compromised" by contact with the Russians.

Observers are startled by the fact that despite his exposure Gen. Flynn was only charged with one count of lying to the FBI, which raises speculation as to the extent of Flynn's potential testimony.

The president says that he isn't worried by this development. But if I was Vice-Pres…