Rush, Obama and Charity

We all know there is no way President Obama will take up Rush Limbaugh's offer for a live debate on his radio broadcast.Or is there?In the comments section, Gayle (comment #21) made a brilliant suggestion: Why not urge Rush's tens of millions of listeners to pledge $10 or $20 each, to go to a charity of the president's choice, if he will debate?Of course, leaving the charity up to the president, may not make everyone happy. He may, for instance, decide have it all donated to ACORN, for … [Read more...]

Obamarama Linkapalooza

Actually, the Linkfest will be coming up, but I had to share Chris Muir's great cartoon, (H/T Amused Cynic):Oh, come on, laugh! If you're not allowed to laugh at your president, then you're already not free!Check back for lots of links! Today will be a "day of continual linking" with constant updates, so keep coming back! One quick thought: If any congressional critter needs an excuse to suddenly "switch my vote in order to take a serious look at this provision, they've got it. And … [Read more...]

Joyless Prudes & Panics

I'm sorry but I'm really starting to lose patience with these decorate nothing because it might offend someone and don't let kids dress up for thanksgiving because it might give offense or re-inforce an old narrative that needs "correction."These people prattling on and on, trying to render everything sterile in the name of "sensitivity" and "accuracy" give me a pain in the ass. One wonders - if these practices are so "demeaning" and detrimental to society - how these enlightened folks (who … [Read more...]

Mornings are for Prayer & Study

That's actually a Dominican in the picture, but "ora et labora" is the motto of the Benedictine: Pray and Work.And study. Books are the Benedictine lifeblood.I promised myself a while back that I would take mornings to study, specifically to read books on anything but what is going on around us, although very often what I'm reading has its resonances in the day, as well, and no, I don't strictly mean scripture, but there's that, too.It is good to be quiet. In fact, it is necessary. I … [Read more...]

Obama Sex Ed: McCain right, Behar wrong?

A couple of days ago, John McCain appeared on the always-execrable morning program, The View. During his visit he had to endure Whoopi Goldberg asking him if she - under a McCain presidency - would have to "worry about being a slave again?", he also had to deal with Joy Behar declaring that McCain was "lying" in campaign ads that suggested Barack Obama voted in favor of legislation to approve sex ed in Kindergarten.Behar didn't ask him, in mannerly fashion, if he had a basis for making that … [Read more...]

Anchorpoll: Does Sex Ed Prevent Teen Pregnancy?

I just need to ask it.Let me state up front that I believe Sex Education is the responsibility of parents, and that a part of responsible parenting is comprehensive sex education: talking clearly, openly and often with your kids about human sexuality, natural urges, hygiene, masturbation, abstinence, forms of birth control etc, along with moral guidance reflecting your family's belief system or "humanist" ethics.Does anyone know what the sex-ed curriculum is in Alaska?Having endured sex … [Read more...]

BRILLIANT: "Give up yer aul sins…"

Sent to me via friend Shana.From the notes: Based on the original recordings taken by Peig Cunningham in Dublin schoolrooms from the 1960's, (subsequently re-discovered and released by EMI record) this film dramatizes the event as a TV crew arrive to record the children and we are treated to the story of John the Baptist told as only children can. It received an Academy Award nomination for Best Animated Short at the 2001 Oscars.It's a charmer. And the animation is great; I love how they … [Read more...]

Fallout from Retreat & Other Stuff

It has been a very interesting week since the online retreat; I'm still dwelling desert-side, but I've managed a peek at Drudge and a perusal of My interest in the political is still way diminished, but not totally lost.I sense within myself not so much a broad change of perspective but rather the installation of a new window, to let in a bit more fresh air, so to speak. Whether that will blow me to pieces or simply refresh is anyone's guess.Strangest post-retreat … [Read more...]

10 year presidencies; test what you know

Now, I'm not going to take the cheap route, here, and jump all over Barack Obama (or compare him to Dan Quayle) just for suggesting that his time spent schmoozing world leaders is important because he expects to be "dealing with them over the next 8 to 10 years,". Every schoolchild knows that - unless he's expecting to repeal the 22nd amendment - no president will serve more than two four year terms. I'm sure Obama, who is a brilliant constitutional scholar and former editor of the Harvard Law … [Read more...]

Meyer & Shana: Blaming vs Growing Up

I label Dick Meyer as an "omni-spective." He is an educated, urbane "DC-NY-corridor" secularist who defies the stereotype of snobbish insularity. He is introspective and also outwardly mega-observant; he doesn't just peer at a surface, but looks into and around everything - hence my label.Meyer recently left CBS News and headed to NPR and he has taken his Against the Grain column with him. Today's piece is a good 'un you will want to read. I have a few small quibbles with it - as usual - … [Read more...]