Friday, August 05, 2005

Back In The Saddle

Between bad internet access and busy vacation, I've been off. But a couple of things to pay attention to:

The Recess Appointment of John Bolton

This was a brilliant political move. Bolton will be the U.N. Ambassador until a new Congress comes in, and one more likely containing more Senate Republicans. By then, Bolton will have shown his fitness. And Ted Kennedy's accusing the President of sneaky behavior is laughable. Her never complained when Bill Clinton did it over 100 times. And Ted Kennedy still lacks any moral authority to make any comments about the ethical behavior of anyone else.

Profiling

The Brits are getting it right. And it likely won't kill us to follow their lead. Profiling people (or excluding people from searches) based upon a statistical profile is not "racial profiling". It is wise. And as many will discover, certain people will be stopped who have no Arabic descent. But insult or not, it will save the lives, even of the hypersensitive left. And I think they'd rather be happily outraged than dead, right? More on this later.

Helen Thomas Suicide Watch

Former White House correspondent, perpetually miserably angry curmudgeon, and reject for the role of "Momma" in Throw Momma From the Train, Helen Thomas promised that she would kill herself if Dick Cheney ran for president. All he has to do is run, not win, mind you. and it is very inexpensive to set up a campaign. But I certainly would not want to see Helen do herself any harm. My goodness, no.

But then, refocusing her persistent reservoir of leftist anger, she claimed that her comments were taken out of context and that she would never speak to a reporter again. Fancy that: a reporter claims that another reporter took her comments out of context!

What goes around comes around Helen.

Roberts' Kids and the NYT

The New York Times, in an effort to make sure that John Roberts if the right kind of guy to sit on the Supreme Court has gone to a heretofore unexplored area--the adoption records of his children. Those records are generally sealed for the protection of the birth parents, the children, and the family. But the rules are different for conservatives and their kids. More on that too, today.

Harry Potter

Vacation is great, but not when you have no internet access. My ISP is moronic. Anyhow, I completed Harry Potter and am eagerly awaiting book #7. It's a shame that we have to wait. Suffice it to say that Rowling will likely lose the children's author classification and will possibly move a tad closer to Tolkien and Lewis, as one of the greats of English Literature.

There is much Christian imagery there like Tolkien and Lewis, but she certainly does not restrict herself to an allegory. Good for her, as I find imagery more effective. And to my brethren who believe that the idea of magic, etc. is evil...the same folks who objected to Star Wars, etc., be certain that you throw Tolkien and Lewis in the same bonfire that you throw Rowling. The books do not encourage the use of witchcraft. They encourage the brave and even self-sacrificial use of good to defeat evil, and complacency in the face of evil. And if Dumbledore's words are to be believed, love is the greatest threat to evil. Love of goodness, peace, and freedom. And no man has greater love than this: that he lay down his life for his friends. Just read the books.

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