One terrible bill. Lott and Yeatman vs. Pelosi. Obama’s Persian adventure. Plus more.
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Re: Larry Thornberry’s A Great American — a So-So Book:
Of course, this is too far back to matter anymore, but the best
baseball announcer I ever heard (and I have been listening since
1941) was Red Barber. Barber never gave any indication of whom he
rooted for, unlike so many announcers today. He was quiet,
soft-spoken, and so easy to listen to. I used to admire Scully
years ago, but having heard him in recent years, he seems
terrified of leaving even a split-second of silence. He talks
endlessly, and wears the listener out. Too bad, because it was
Barber who taught Scully the basics of baseball announcing when
he broke in with the old Brooklyn Dodgers in 1948 or 1949.
— Dr. Edward Lowry
SPLITSVILLE — NOT YET
Re: Mark Tooley’s A Tale of Two Churches:
Slow Down! The Episcopal Church has “split”? No, I don’t think so; rather another offshoot has been established and not for the first time.
Such breakaway groups have their origins among most, if not all, larger religious bodies globally.
100,000 members in the new, self-declared “Anglican” body? Incorrect, too. Perhaps two-thirds of that number — which represents a tiny fraction of The Episcopal Church in the United States.
To be sure, many Christian churches, even those that appear monolithic, are engaged in doctrinal/moral self-examination. The Enlightenment and Reformation continue. Virtually every religious body evolves; none is static — even though many clergy and laypeople would prefer final certainties in all matters. “Preservers” are in tension with “pioneers” in every generation — whether among religions or among schools of thought in physics, economics, psychology, etc.
A 72-year-old “cradle Episcopalian,” I am personally dissatisfied with a number of significant matters of belief and practice in the contemporary Episcopal Church. However, it is within the life of the Church that effective remedies can emerge — after much discussion, debate, and discernment. Fewer “schools of thought” and practices then survive. Those that prefer one (their own) notion of the Christian Faith are doomed to frustration or the establishment of their own “orthodox” group (in which dissension will surface in time).
I predict confidently that within a decade, perhaps sooner, the
ACNA will be embroiled in much internal turmoil. That is bound to
happen and be particularly vicious among the many members who
yearn for absolute certainty (rather than informed faith) and for
power (rather than the inevitable messiness of shepherding among
fellows who think differently). Just watch!
— Rev. Canon Richard T. Nolan, Ph.D.
West Palm Beach, Florida
Re: Jim DeMint’s Political Greed:
There is only one way to make term limits happen: By never
reelecting anyone in Congress, the
American voter could impose term limits on Congress.
In other words, don’t let anyone serve more than one term. That’s the only way to teach them that the voter is the boss! The “one term limit” can be eased after we citizens get control of Congress.
Congress will never allow us to constitutionally term limit them. Our only choice is to never reelect them.
Remember too, it makes no difference who you vote for, as long as it is never for any incumbent!
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online