Monday, February 13, 2006

Random Items

I was cruising through Carmon Friedrich's blog and came across this gem by Alan Carlson. You may recall that I wrote an article some time ago on the issue of deliberate childlessness. I haven't yet been able to conclude if this phenomenon is the result of economic choices, or has to do more with changing religious presuppositions. Carlson argues that one reason, among many, for the increasing lateness of marriage is the vast amount of debt incurred by students attending college. Quite thought provoking.

Cato Institute foreign policy maven Ted Galen Carpenter destroys the dubious assumptions undergirding our coming invasion of Iran.

Tom Fleming dissects the Danish cartoon flap.

Paul Craig Roberts on his epiphany, Colin Powell as "Yes Man," and how conservatives lost their minds.

I don't watch many movies these days, but I did catch "Cinderella Man" the other night. Well worth a rental. Here are couple reviews from unlikely sources: Russell Moore and Pat Buchanan. Russell Crowe as pugilist, however, lost a bit of sheen when my brother told me that Joe Sobran's daughter beat up Crowe on the set of the lousy "Master and Commander."

I've seen a spate of stories over the last few days that "The Right" is beginning to bash Bush. Right, the president has a lot to fear from congressional Republicans and bootlickers like Jonah Goldberg! Give me a break.

Is the president above the law? Pat Roberts says so:

Roberts, a staunch defender of Bush's right to spy on who he wants, whenever he wants and however he wants, told Russert that Bush can, and should, ignore the law when he feels it is in the best interest of national security.

That prompted Russert to ask:

"Senator Roberts, let me ask you a very serious question. Do you believe that the Constitution gives the President of the United States the authority to do anything he believes is necessary to protect the country?"

To which Roberts replied: "Yes."

Roberts later said he believed the President's authority was "above laws passed by Congress." In other words, George W. Bush is a dictator with absolute authority and no one, not the law and certainly not Congress, has the power to question or override that authority.


So I got my daily email from "Focus on the Family" this morning. Humorously, they seem to think that there will be a serious attempt made to amend the Constitution so as to prevent the legalization of same-sex marriage. Poor delusional fools. Meanwhile, according to the Denver Post, Dobson and company have expressed "support for state legislation that would provide expanded legal benefits for same-sex couples and other non-traditional households." Here is more on Dobson's support of benefits for homosexuals.

The NY Times reports that the U.S. and Israelis are hatching a plan to destabilize the democratically elected government of the Palestinian Authority. You mean they don't really believe in democracy?

Liberal churches across the United States took time out of their busy schedules blessing gay unions to celebrate the birth of...Charles Darwin. You just can't make this stuff up. Later in the year maybe we can all celebrate the births of Nietzsche and Freud.

More on the pipeline of Iraqi WMDs that allegedly migrated to Syria along with those millions in mass graves that haven't materialized just yet. Never mind, go back to the Fox News and U2.

Chris Ortiz writes some interesting stuff at the Chalcedon blog. Here is an example.

Is Rick Warren hawking his books to Jews? Looks like it: "According to Synagogue 3000, an umbrella organization pushing for synagogue transformation, there was 'a pathbreaking meeting with Rick Warren ('The Purpose-Driven Life'), founding pastor of Saddleback Church' – an evangelical Christian church that average over 30,000 worshippers each weekend - to explore what synagogues can learn from mega-churches and small groups."

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