Monday, April 24, 2006

This and That

I missed '60 Minutes' the other evening, but apparently the broadcast included an interview with Tyler Drumheller, who was a top CIA liaison officer in Europe before the war. Drumheller told Ed Bradley that the Central Intelligence Agency warned President Bush before the Iraq war that it had reliable information that Iraq did not posses weapons of mass destruction. According to Drumheller, the White House was "no longer interested" in intelligence because the policy toward Iraq had been already set.

In Lexington, MA, a teacher used the children's book, "King & King," as part of a lesson about different types of weddings. In the book, a prince marries another prince rather than a princess. Gives new meaning to the term "fairy tale." Lexington Superintendent of Schools Paul Ash says the school has no affirmative duty to tell parents it is teaching perversion. In fact, it's all about celebrating diversity. Ash says, "Lexington is committed to teaching children about the world they live in, and in Massachusetts same-sex marriage is legal." On a related note, if anyone is interested, Kathy has created a page over at my website that contains homeschooling links. Hopefully, we will be adding more information as time goes by.

A fine column by William Lind looking at a study published by the U.S. Army War College's Strategic Studies Institute. Here are a couple tidbits:

"Though the critics have made a number of telling points against the conduct of the war and the occupation, the basic problems faced by the United States flowed from the enterprise itself, and not primarily from mistakes in execution along the way. The most serious problems facing Iraq and its American occupiers – 'endemic violence, a shattered state, a nonfunctioning economy, and a decimated society' – were virtually inevitable consequences that flowed from the breakage of the Iraqi state. "

"It is now clear that the insurgency enjoys advantages on its own terrain that are just as formidable as the precision-guided weaponry deployed with devastating effect by the United States. Because U.S. forces can destroy everything they can see, they had no difficulty in marching into Baghdad and forcing the resistance underground. Once underground, however, the resistance acquired a set of advantages that have proved just as effective as America's formidable firepower. Iraq's military forces had no answer to smart bombs, but the United States has no answer – at least no good answer – to car bombs. "

"The assumption that the United States would have won the hearts and minds of the population had it maintained occupying forces of 300,000 instead of 140,000 must seem dubious in the extreme."

"Rather than 'do it better next time,' a better lesson is 'don't do it at all.'"

Thomas Fleming with some thoughts on Mexican immigration:

But even though the primary motives are economic, we would be making a big mistake if we failed to realize that Mexican immigrants generally—not just spokesmen for Aztlan or LULAC—have not absorbed the ideology of the Reconquista. The Spaniards stole the land from the Indians; the Norteamericanos stole the land from the Mexicans; and now it is time to get back a little of what they are owed. It is this ideology—and not merely a typically Latino skeptical view of law and order—that gives illegal immigrants their puzzling self-righteousness in defying US laws.

On "The Trinity and Race." Interesting thoughts from Chris Ortiz:

"This ideal of the one-race of humanity lies behind much of the evangelical rhetoric on reconciliation. And, unless the emphasis of "unity" is placed squarely upon the foundation of Biblical justice -- rather than base sentimentality -- the coercive power of the state will impose harmony with the sacramental "sprinkling" of the church's endorsement. The unity of humanity that disregards Biblical distinction is a social pillar to the totalitarian state."

On Libertarianism

Baptists for pagan schools.

A few billion here, a few billion there, and pretty soon you're talkin' about some big money:

"According to a recent report by the Congressional Research Service, the combined costs of war in Iraq and Afghanistan this year will hit $117.9 billion - about $9.8 billion a month - if Congress passes the White House's emergency money request, as is virtually certain.

About 80 percent of the cash goes to Iraq, where costs have risen from $48 billion in 2003 to a projected $94 billion this year - for a total of $282 billion, according to the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, a think tank."

De Borchgrave and Cohen on The Lobby.

A defense of Christian activism by John Frame. Gene Veith assess four ways that Christian can engage culture. I'll cast my lot with Frame.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

"if anyone is interested"

If I was a parent I definitely would be, so thanks to the both of you for the effort.

The Lexington story is really infuriating. Tolerance is one thing: we can all see that homosexuals are human beings and deserve to be 'tolerated', i.e. left alone to live their lives (and be judged by God, if you want to go that far); responsible parents will raise their children to see it this way. But it is absurd to suggest that "tolerance" must include acceptance and even endorsement of gay marriage and parenting (adoption usually goes along with all of that), and it is beyond absurd, not to mention beyond arrogant, to preach about such things to grade schoolers. One can only ask: What kind of people would write, publish, and then promulgate such books as part of a legitimate curriculum for children?

No wonder interest in home-schooling is booming.

6:57 AM  
Blogger Darrell said...

We hope to be adding links (I notice, for example, that my wife doesn't link to The Homeschool Revolution, yet!) over time.

My wife and I will begin homeschooling in the fall after our oldest son spent kindergarten in a private Christian school.

Many of our concerns revolve around the perverse peer socialization that will take place in any institutional educational settings.

The public schools are, for better or worse, repositories of an anti-Christian worldview. To speak of neutrality or "tolerance" is little more than a ruse to impose the morality of the sexual revolution on our children.

7:10 AM  

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