The thing I have to wonder about is what more we can do. The problem is that their method is simple and easy to execute. Kidnap someone--it doesn't really matter who--videotape them, threaten to behead them unless their demands are met, wait, then kill them. Anyone can do this; I mean, if I wanted to, I could pull off something like this. You don't need a huge army; you just need a couple of big guys, a big knife, and a videocamera. And the address to Al-Jazeera.
The only thing I've heard that might be effective is my dad's solution: Bomb al-Jazeera. If the terrorists have no one to publish their videos, then they'll quit making them.
All I can say right now is: Thanks be to God that I was born into this era.
Now it's off to mail a postcard to my brother (who's working in a camp across the country, which he reached by airplane) and to get my car's oil changed. What a country!
The site provides links to the news stories that earned the terrorists their place in the list.
(Hat Tip: The Carnival of the Vanities, the roving list of many posts)
The next step is getting into orbit. After that, I think we should go to the moon. It's only three days away; we could set up a hotel there with a restaurant and a golf course next to it. After all: How much would *you* pay to play golf on the moon?
Then we can work on Mars....
One (1) block sharp cheddar cheese
One (1) package of chocolate frosting.
Open cheddar cheese and set on a plate. Slather chocolate frosting on block of cheddar. Smooth. Cut into pieces. Makes 12 large pieces.
(What was really bad about this cake was it won 3rd place out of 4 entries in my division. And half of it was gone by the end of the night. Weird. It's like they took me seriously.)
Give up? She's pregnant! Not only that, but she has the strength of character to reject the abortion option.
But Tasha recalls, “ . . . this line from the Scriptures kept coming into my head: ‘For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world and lose his own soul?’ For me, the whole world was the Olympics. At the same time, I felt I would be losing my soul.”
Good on ya! God bless you and your baby.
I found his blog through a conversation about homeschooling, when he said "[There's] a need for a sea change in the concept of what we think government is FOR." After looking at his blog, which he started around a month ago, I noticed a strong libertarian slant to his opinions, which I can only approve of. It's really a great blog from what I've seen, and I hope you'll stop by and add him to your reading list.
Most media suffer from this sort of syndrome. Look at the editorial page of your local paper, watch the TV news, and you'll find one side of the story, and no more. I think that the two huge advantages that blogs have in this area are comments and trackbacks. Not only can you get one person's viewpoint (the host of the page), but you can also get the viewpoints of others, and then you get to see the argument that ensues.
In short, it gets you to think about things from more than one angle. For example, take the Judge Roy Moore and his ten commandments
idol monument. On the one hand, you have the position of my pastor, who seemed to look at Moore as a heroic defender of the faith. On the other hand, Glenn Reynolds of InstaPundit.com asks "If judges don't obey court orders, who will?" Chances are that if I hadn't been reading blogs, I wouldn't have come to share Reynold's conclusion.
(Via Dean's World)
Dilbert was also particularly good.
Now that I've shown some strips with good humor, it's time to smush those good feelings with a politically-oriented Non Sequitur cartoon (and in the funnies too!).
OK, so in the author's universe the Spanish Inquisition (i.e., state-sponsored religious terrorism) = the War on Terror (i.e., a fight against state-sponsored religious terrorism). If he even bothered to examine his own cartoon he'd seen the difference between real torture (involving physical pain a la the rack, the blade over the tortured one's head, and the boiling oil) and taking pictures of naked people. I mean, certainly what they did was wrong, and I think it was utterly foolish for Rush Limbaugh to call it "blowing off steam," but it's not torture.
Roy Gibson, 70, said he spent an hour waiting for help to arrive as he tried to save one of the women. Paramedics were prevented from entering until Thames Valley Police had completed a one-hour assessment of any further risk to life.
He [a neighbor, Mr. Roy Gibson] said: "Vicky took her last breath as we tried to comfort her. There was no ambulance and no police officer with us, despite my repeated reassurances to officers that the gunman had long since fled. I think there is a very real chance that Vicky and Emma could have been saved if the paramedics had been allowed to the scene."
Ya know, I don't think this would happen on ER. There's a certain amount of risk involved with being either a police officer or a paramedic. That's why the entertainers make so many doctor/police dramas. It seems that, in attempting to avoid the risks of its profession and in preventing others from taking those risks themselves, the British police force has managed to fail in its duty and kill two of the citizens it was supposed to protect.
Of all the incurable diseases known to man, I think that Alzheimer's is the worst. What other disease invades the sanctum sanctorum of the mind and steals the memories of its host? I can only hope and pray that researchers will find the cure to the disease by the time that I've grown old enough to be susceptible. (Wait, I lied; I can also donate.)
Grace and glory to Reagan and his family, and let us hope that God sends us more presidents like him.
While I know that the "personal reasons" excuse may tend to be overused, particularly in movies, to cover up the real reasons for quitting a political office, this time I think it's his genuine reason. Think about it: What word appeared three times in the opening sentence of this entry? Failure. Day in and and day out he has to hear about intelligence failures, which is really saying that he's a failure. After months--years--of working the long hours that it takes to head any government agency, and being told at every turn what a failure he is, I think he decided it just wasn't worth it anymore. Why put so much time and effort into the job when every time something bad happens to the country, people are going to blame him? I can definitely understand why he'd rather spend time with his family.
What should be done for this boy? I would tend to think he should be commended for his efforts, wouldn't you? Now, imagine instead that the boy is instead banned from pitching in any more little league games because he's too good. Because he blows away the competition, he's now an "illegal player."
According to the New York Daily News, from which I've quoted some lines above, it's happened to a boy named Anthony Seblano of Marine Park, New York. Because "he is an overwhelmingly, [sic] powerful pitcher" he has "a very unfair advantage."
This decision is brought to you by the same mindset that encourages taxes for the rich (after all, the rich couldn't possibly have worked for that money).
It's nice to see the little league team so dedicated to encouraging excellence in its players. On the other hand, I suppose this decision is a valuable lesson on how some people will treat those who are better than they are. (Via Common Sense and Wonder)
I need to find something to occupy my time. Maybe I need to find a good temporary job for the summer. On the other hand, my Dad suggested that I work for a SC Senatorial political campaign (I'd do either Jim DeMint or Thomas Ravenel), partially for the experience in the political process and partly to put it on my résumé. I'd like to be working at a summer camp in California, Camp Lucerne, but I ended up turning in my application too late and I was put on a waiting list of some kind. So, that's a (remote) possibility, but one I won't know about for another week or so.
Other ideas: Hugh Hewitt, in his excellent book entitled In, But Not Of, suggests that to be influential in the world, it's important to have a good understanding of history, and suggests about a dozen books to read on the subject. Considering my less than stellar understanding of history, it might be prudent to spend my summer reading them.
He also suggests, "Your obvious need is to go deep into at least one area of material that will be of interest to many, if not all, people of accomplishment" (page 53) as a means of demonstrating the desire to develop "depth of intellect." To be honest, this is probably one of my weak points. Naturally, as a Christian, brought up in a Christian home, going to Christian schools all of my life, I have a fairly in-depth knowledge of the Bible, at least by comparison to the world. I could teach you how to customize a windows-based computer to look and act like a Mac (or whatever you wanted). I could bore you to tears about Star Trek. But are any of these interesting to "influential" members of society?
I could learn to golf, I suppose. That seems to be a useful skill for any aspiring businessman.
Anyways, I'm open to suggestions.