How Obama can win a second term

The crushing rebuke of the Democrats in the recent election by no means finishes Barack Obama.  He can easily win a second term by emulating the last Democratic President who likewise lost a midterm election but came back to win a second term.  Bill Clinton simply played along with the Republicans to the point of co-opting their positions.  Welfare reform was a Republican issue, but Clinton made it his own.  He also won the public’s sympathy. President Obama could take… Read more

Stopping the letter bombs

The terrorists have another bright idea:  just make a bunch of bombs and put them in the mail!  It was a wonder the parcels were intercepted.  According to reports, we have to thank an ex-prisoner in Guantanamo who had been released and was living in Saudi Arabia.  He informed authorities and managed to even get them the tracking numbers of the packages.  The Saudis too did their part in stopping the mayhem before it happened.  They all deserve our thanks…. Read more

Election post-mortem

Well, the House will be under the control of the Republicans with the Senate still in the hands of the Democrats.  What is your analysis and what are your projections? A hung government is a good thing according to conservatives who want government to be checked and balanced into inactivity.  But might this thwart things that the government does need to do? Read more

Cure for the common cold–and more

British researchers have made a breakthrough discovery that may not only lead to a cure for the common cold but for viral diseases in general.  It hinges upon a discovery that the human immune system is even more comprehensive than anyone dreamed, that it can even work within cells: In a dramatic breakthrough that could affect millions of lives, scientists have been able to show for the first time that the body’s immune defences can destroy the common cold virus… Read more

Christians slaughtered in church

Details from the al-Qaeda attack on Christians as they were worshipping in a Baghdad church: The worshipers heard the first shots and explosions about 20 minutes after the beginning of Sunday Mass at Our Lady of Salvation Church. Heads turned, the sermon stopped abruptly and the Rev. Wassem Sabeeh quietly began ushering parishioners into a fortified room in the rear of the church. “We realized these explosions were close,” said Bassam Sami, 21, one of the survivors of the attack… Read more

Special Election Day Edition

Today Americans go to the polls to vote.  In our ongoing discussion of those forbidden topics of religion and politics, I want to underscore that the two are, literally, different realms; that is to say, different Kingdoms.  Christianity is not about politics.  It is possible for two Christians to agree in the faith and yet disagree politically, and the former is far more important than the latter.  And yet we do have vocations as citizens, so participating in the deliberations… Read more

Voting for change, yet again

Liberal columnist E. J. Dionne, Jr., quotes a Democratic operative who deserves the Martin Luther Catechism Award for putting the best construction upon everything: Nathan Daschle, the executive director of the Democratic Governors Association, argues that if the Republicans do as well as is expected, 2010 would be the third election in a row in which voters cast ballots for change, the very quest for a “new direction” that propelled Democrats such as Murphy into office four years ago. via… Read more

The campaign strategy of staying out of sight

From a piece about Harry Reid’s difficult re-election campaign: Reid has what some political strategists refer to as an “Al Gore problem.” It is widely believed that Gore would have won the 2000 campaign if he would have just stayed out of public view for the last two weeks of the campaign. But every time Gore would emerge into the spotlight, George W. Bush’s numbers would improve. For an incumbent (or in Gore’s case, quasi-incumbent) who is not well-liked, visibility… Read more

Obama uses Clinton's 1994 speech

Pro-Obama pundit Dana Milbank notes a curious fact about the President’s campaign speeches: As he barnstorms the country in these closing days before the midterms, he has borrowed Bill Clinton’s 1994 stump speech — in some cases, word for word. “It’s up to you to remember that this election is a choice,” Obama said in a recent speech. “It’s a choice between the past and the future; a choice between hope and fear; a choice between falling backwards and moving… Read more

Tell about a Saint

Today is All Saints’ Day.  It commemorates the Christians who have gone before us and the way Christians can help each other in the “communion of saints.”  Use this space to tell about a “saint” who impacted your life.  Not anybody famous.  I’d like to hear about a regular, everyday Christian who helped build up your faith. Read more

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