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Now to this week's second offering... and remember the usuals.
- Okay, I might as well put this right up front. There is no way I'm going to be able to explain this but, thanks to reader Keith... We No Speak Americano.
- Deacon Emil Gregorovitch prepared a little too zealously to give a warm embrace during the morning service.
- Is it possible for a knock-knock to be funny? I think so:
Person #1: Knock-knock.
Person #2: Who’s there?
Person #1: Control freak. Now YOU say, “Control freak who?”
- And now...
- For your gustatory delectation, my dear wife has found — bacon salt! Maple-bacon lollipops! Bacon lip balm! And what night of movie-watching would be complete without... bacon popcorn?
- Michael Horton fans will want to know that the Westminster Bookstore has his new systematic theology on sale for 45% for one week.
- Reader Susan found that the Tiger mom's eldest daughter has written an open letter, responding to some of the criticism her mother received.
- Wow! A doctor who kills babies turns out to be a really bad guy! Who could have predicted that? (Reader Pam Sigfriend also points to this article.)
- Another Irony Alert: the winner of the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize plays dinner host to the jailer and torturer of the winner of the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize. But irony is usually completely lost on doctrinaire liberals.
- Promise-keepers. Tell me again about how there's no difference between the parties?
- Unconvinced? I think I'm in love, ideologically-speaking: the House GOP's Republican Study Committee just yesterday unveiled a plan that would mean $2.5 trillion in spending cuts over the next 10 years. It is a proposal for consideration by the House. The more I read it, the more I love it. However, voters failed to put the Senate back in the hands of Constitutionally-oriented adults, so its prospects there at present would be iffy at best. Could frame a beauty of a debate, though, if handled right.
- Good news, if you can believe it: Gallup reports that conservative Americans outnumber liberal Americans in all but three states — and those three are a tie. Part of the trouble seems to be that some of those conservatives are Democrats who don't get that they're in the wrong party.
- When Democrats/MSM plead for "civility," don't drink the Kool Aid. They don't mean it. They're just out of power, and it makes them cranky. Plus, they're counting on a really stupid populace. On which subject...
- Remember I once pointed you to a civic literacy test? Now reader Gabby started me looking for the results. They're not good for citizens at large... and even worse for elected officials.
- And, again, relatedly....
- Profiles in Abject, Barking Idiocy. Texas Dem Representative Sheila Jackson Lee is famous (among other things) for asking whether the Mars rover had taken a picture of the flag... planted on the moon. (Which is an entirely different heavenly body.) Now she has distinguished herself and the geniuses who sent her to Washington by arguing that repeal of the statist health-care takeover violates the Constitution. Yes, that's right. Specifically (Professor Lee informs us) it violates the Fifth Amendment, because it means people will die — without police-state health care.
- Dwell on that, er, logic, Gentle Reader. Even leave aside the concerns of this pro-abort woman for loss of life, or even the assumption that, if our Overlords don't provide, we are helpless. Think of other amendments. Think of the First Amendment: right to freedom of speech. But don't I need internet access to make my voice heard? If the State doesn't provide me with internet access, then, am I not equally being denied my First Amendment rights? Or, if the State won't build me a church and pay a minister for me, am I not equally being robbed freedom to worship? Or think again of the Second Amendment. Won't people actually die because they don't have guns with which to protect themselves? So, if the State doesn't provide me with weaponry, isn't it equally denying me my Second Amendment rights?
- Now here is a beautiful irony. It is doubtless not coincidental that Rep. Lee's district becomes the first in the nation to host a black Tea Party group,
- Sadly, back to foolish statements, we have a runner-up in Rep. John Lewis, himself the source of other lamentable oracles in the past. Now he rises to link statist health care as a right guaranteed by the Constitution under the "pursuit of happiness" clause. There y'go.
- Problem? You're BibChr readers. You already know: that isn't in the Constitution, genius.
- I'm starting to think that it was a kindness that the GOP made Dems read the Constitution. I'm also thinking that it didn't take.
- Now to do a complete circle close, combining blacks, abortion, Obama and the Constitution as only BibChr HT's can do it. To wit:
- Former senator Rick Santorum is a very poor guest host for Bill Bennett. He's boring, he stammers, he loses me every time. But he's also dead-right about abortion, when he says this:
“I find it almost remarkable for a black man [such as President Obama] to say, no, we are going to decide who are people and who are not people.
- Predictably, the boring man's should-be-commonsense words stirred up a bit of a storm.
- Chris Carney found us some cool food art.
- Staying with food: tacos... with lion meat. I'd try one.
- Robert Sakovich found a Lego Mona Lisa.
- This is also what it sounds like when Dad reads while sleepy:
- Senator Joe Lieberman will not run again (reporter can't spell "Ecclesiastes," heh) for Senate. Good riddance. Never has reputation and reality known a greater gulf, except perhaps with Senator Robert Byrd. Being known as the "conscience of the Senate" is a pretty damning assessment of that august body. Someone wisely observed that Lieberman was always wrestling with his conscience, and his conscience always loses. His great "legacy" will be that he single-handedly kept Bill Clinton's pasty-white self in the Oval Office, after the latter had committed perjury and sexually used a subordinate in the White House.
- Now, the Timothe Allen section. Some of you have asked for more news and pix of my dear grandson. He's doing great, can't wait to grow up. Has a tooth! Last night, Timothe took a few steps toward Grandpa several times, to thunderous applause. Now, first, an older (but adorable) picture of the li'l cub:
- Now a couple more recent pix. Boy loves his Grandma's cooking!
- So Wednesday, you read about the lying homosexual in England who is trying to get a Christian counselor's license revoked for trying to help him when he asked for help. Now we read some say that Britain is becoming an unfriendly place for Christians. Imagine that.
- The phenomenon of Palinoia continues to receive analysis. Why does Sarah Palin elicit such vicious, unhinged, visceral hatred? Jedediah Bila analyzes the can't-win scenario that is Palin's public life, and opines that it because she is an ordinary person who has succeeded on her own, is happy, and has retained her values. Then there's James Taranto, whose lengthier analysis (pointed out to me by Joel Griffith) concludes that snarlin'-mad Palin hatred is generating from women, specifically liberal women — specifically jealousy that "threatens their sexualidentity, which is bound up with their politics in a way that it is not for any other group."
- Me? I don't doubt there is truth in both analyses. But what explains white elitist males? Taranto would say that they want to impress liberal women. Possible. Here's what I think applies in very many (not all) cases: it's because Palin is effective, happy, unapologetic, and on-offense. I think that the popular image of conservatives (especially Christians) is that, when we come under criticism, we're all supposed to curl up into a ball, whimper, and apologize for existing. Above all, we're expected to take our abuse in silence. Palin not only does none of those things, but her response usually actually moves the opposition back a yard or two. This drives liberals batty, and provokes creampuffs to fear the wrath (or, worse, disdain) of their overlords.
- Alabama governor Robert Bentley, in church, says that fellow-Christians are his brothers in Christ, others aren't, he hopes they will be. Of course, panic and terror erupt, outrage all around. The governor apologizes. I'd just want to ask the offended: so, do you want the Governor to say you are his brother in Christ? No? Then what's the problem.
- The problem is that Christians aren't supposed to be Christians out-loud, in public. You knew that.
- No problem being a self-absorbed Native American"-whatever guy in public, though. Franklin Graham says Jesus' name is being scoffed at. I say it's hated and feared.
- Meanhile, reader James Joyce notes that Deepak Chopra will be running Canada Post. (Not that Deepak Chopra, I think.)
- Sonja notes that the Cheezburger guy is doing pretty well for himself.
- Muslim logic? Tank-top = modest. Shorts = modest. No hijab? Gasp! Immodest! (Thanks, Paula.)
- Oh my. Reader Kerry Garrett found us something that might even be worse than the Star Wars Holiday Special. It's... it's... the Donny and Marie Osmond Star Wars!
- Leading to these parting images: