How I Spent My Christmas Vacation...So Far
and Happy New Year!
In our civilization, and under our republican form of government, intelligence
is so highly honored that it is rewarded by exemption from the cares of office.
~ Ambrose Bierce~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
"When I wake from dreaming, it's then I'm most alive."
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From one of my reactionary buddies who insists on calling Holiday carols *Christmas* carols...
I was passing through a small Southern town and saw a Nativity Scene in the town square. I was delighted to see that great skill and talent had gone into creating it.
One small feature bothered me.
The three wise men were wearing firemen's helmets.
I was completely at a loss to explain it, so I left. But I found a "Quick Stop" on the edge of town, so I asked the lady behind the counter about the helmets.
She exploded, "You damnYankees never do read the Bible!"
I assured her that I did, but it had been a while since I'd perused the Gospels and simply couldn't recall anything about firemen in Matthew, Mark, Luke or John.
She sniffed and jerked her Bible from behind the counter, ruffled through the pages and finally jabbed her finger at a passage.
She stuck the passage under my nose and said, "See? Plain as day, it says right here, 'The three wise man came from afar.' "
Fred briefed on December 20, 2005 11:35 PM
"A pun does not commonly justify a blow in return. But if a blow were given for such cause, and death ensued, the jury would be judges both of the facts and of the pun, and might, if the latter were of an aggravated character, return a verdict of justifiable homicide." ~Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., The Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table, 1858
A federal judge has resigned from the court that oversees government surveillance in intelligence cases in protest of President Bush's secret authorization of a domestic spying program, according to two sources. [ed. - Emphasis mine]Of course, the "sources" may be correct. Paul Mirengoff of Powerline has his own take on Judge Robertson who may have had a political reason to leave the panel so publicly.
Judge Robertson should be respected for his decision, which appears to have been an act of conscience. However, as the Post acknowledges near the end of its story, Robertson is a liberal judge (very liberal, if my my experience is any indication) who "who has often ruled against the Bush administration's assertions of broad powers in the terrorism fight, most notably in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld."Read the rest of Paul's post and follow all the links. If you do, I think you'll agree that Judge Robertson's departure is a welcome one.
"You're going to relegate my history to a month?" the 68-year-old actor says in an interview on CBS' "60 Minutes" to air Sunday (7 p.m. EST). "I don't want a black history month. Black history is American history." ...Read Doug's entire post regarding this color blind ideal that once was the centerpiece of the civil rights movement.
Freeman notes there is no "white history month," and says the only way to get rid of racism is to "stop talking about it."
The actor says he believes the labels "black" and "white" are an obstacle to beating racism.
"I am going to stop calling you a white man and I'm going to ask you to stop calling me a black man," Freeman says.
"But it is."If only George had been at the Scopes Trial . . . On the other hand, Charles Krauthammer and John Derbyshire demonstrate that there are limits to any human being's intelligence by furiously constructing and squashing cliched evolutionist ID-strawmen. It seems to me that neither has bothered to learn anything about Intelligent Design, which is too bad. I would like to have read read some thoughtful criticism of ID by these gentlemen. Boiler plate criticism is beneath them.
[Krauthammer and Will] "have now lashed Intelligent Design to the track, hoping to run it down with their train of thought."Snidley Whiplash redux.
Will and Krauthammer are upset by Pat Robertson, and Pat Robertson is frequently upsetting, but they do not mention the many science textbooks that more or less explicitly state that a scientific account of the origins of life precludes the necessity—some say the possibility—of a Creator. In short, they appear not to be upset that classrooms are being used for propagandizing, in the name of science, an atheistic and materialistic philosophy.This is just a sample of Father Neuhaus' slapping down of Will and Krauthammer. Be sure to read the entire post by Father Neuhaus. (You will need to scroll about half way down the page.)