Thursday, March 06, 2014
NPR Plays the Race Card With Hilarious Results
For National Public Radio, the defeat of Obama’s nomination of Debo Adegbile
to head the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department was not because he is a noxious radical and an apologist for an unrepentant cop killer. No, it was because “a handful of Southern Democrats” voted to keep the Black Man down.
Well *ahem* here are those “Southern Democrats” who voted against the
nomination of Debo Adegbile:
Joe Manchin (WEST
By the way,
your taxes pay for NPR and their Race Card playing. And if you don’t like that, you must be RACIST.
this vote may come back to haunt some of the Senators who voted for the
nomination, particularly Shaheen, Warner, Hagan, and Landrieu . . . because of
Labels: Democrats, news media, NPR, politics, race card
Wednesday, March 05, 2014
Prostrate on Ash Wednesday
No, I am not prostrate as I write this. But I began the morning with a period of prostration. And, yes, that out of bed in my private chapel, mind you.
I’ve mentioned the practice of prostration on Good Friday. But it has recently come to my
attention that it is (or was. I am
admittedly ignorant at this time about current catholic practices in this
regard.) an Ash Wednesday practice as well. The Sarum rite for Ash Wednesday began as follows:
there may be a sermon to the people.
After which let the Clergy prostrate themselves in the choir and say the
seven Penitential Psalms . . .
That is a long period of prostration! And there was more prostration after that as well during Ash
Wednesday services in pre-Reformation England.
I certainly did not remain face down on the floor that long, but is that
not an appropriate way to begin the chief penitential season?
Whatever posture you assume, may you have a holy and edifying Ash
Wednesday and Lent.
Labels: Ash Wednesday, Lent, liturgy, Sarum Rite
Monday, March 03, 2014
Straining at Gnats and Swallowing Camels
One of the many
qualities shared by both political and religious liberals is their marvelous
ability to strain at gnats and swallow camels. Both can make such a big deal about the trivial but commit the
most egregious outrages even as they so do.
body of United Church of Christ congregations in the Mid-Atlantic is proposing
that its members boycott Washington Redskins games and shun products bearing
the team’s logo until the team changes its name and mascot.
those with the least familiarity with the United Church of Christ know they are
a profoundly apostate denomination that jettisoned the basics of the faith
decades ago. But boycotting the Redskins
Now this Texan
hates the Washington Redskins. And
just the thought of the 49ers or of the Steelers has me reaching for my
imprecatory psalms. But at least I
have some sense of what’s important
to the Christian faith.
Then there is
this from Obama’s Feds:
For more than
three decades the predominantly Aleut fishing community of King Cove has been
fighting to build a one-lane,gravel track connecting the Cove to the nearby
hamlet of Cold Bay. What they have gotten is 30 years of flat-out federal
refusals or stall tactics.
say a road is necessary so they can reach an all-weather airport in Cold Bay
that will transport them to Anchorage, about 625 miles away, for medical
treatment. They say that in emergency situations, it’s a matter of life and
year, though, the Department of Interior announced it was rejecting plans for a
proposed land swap that would allow the road to be built. The Dec. 23 decision
cited the negative environmental impact on grizzly bears, caribou and water
fowl like the Pacific black brant. . . .
local Aleutian elders, 19 people have died since 1980 as a result of the
impossible-to-navigate weather conditions during emergency evacuations.
August visit to Alaska, Jewell was told that building a road that connects King
Cove and Cold Bay was vital. But in December, Jewell rejected the road saying
it would jeopardize waterfowl in the refuge.
“She stood up
in the gymnasium and told those kids, ‘I’ve listened to your stories, now I
have to listen to the animals,” Democratic state Rep. Bob Herron told a local
television station. “You could have heard a pin drop in that gymnasium.”
required for the road is less than 1 percent of the total refuge.
Now I love waterfowl, too.
And God help those I catch trespassing on my duck pond. But I am not going to endanger or even kill people to defend my ducks.
Now the liberal propensity to strain at gnats and swallow camels at least
provides some amusement. For
example, I love this comment at the above link:
If the gravel
road ended at an abortion clinic the Army Corps of Engineers would be air
lifting bulldozers at near supersonic speed.
Too true. Yes, said propensity can be amusing . .
. until people get hurt.
Labels: liberals, Obama, United Church of Christ
Friday, February 28, 2014
10th Anniversary: Another Crossroads
February 2006, I found myself at a crossroads. I was deciding whether to focus on academics or on rewriting
my novel, Pilot Point. I decided for academics for a time,
particularly studies in Oxford at the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance
Studies in the Autumn of 2007, an experience which was not easy, but provided
many fond memories (some of which you may find in the archives at right).
But now my life
has taken another turn. I did eventually
return to Pilot Point and rewrote it
in more recent years. Now I am in
the process of getting it published – finally! And I am doing so by joining “The Indie Author Revolt.”
More and more
authors are going independent, bypassing publishing houses by publishing and
selling their books themselves. Said
self-publishing is frequently taking the form of e-books. And it is taking market share from
traditional publishers. Yes, this
is no longer that new of a trend, but it is gaining momentum.
I can tell you
from personal experience that many publishing houses have it coming to
them. Publishing houses used
to have all the power in the book world when the then primitive state of
technology made bypassing them problematic at best. They abused that power, often putting easy sales above
serving creative authors and discriminating readers. (That got so ridiculous for my novel that I decided to set
aside trying to get it published decades ago with the intent of trying again when
the environment was better. That
decision is proving wise and/or lucky.)
authors are using the internet and improved technology to bypass the houses
every day. And, fed up by delays,
foot dragging, and sometimes downright laziness from publisher after publisher
in this and other writing ventures, I am joining the Indie Author Revolt myself.*
I will say the
delays in publishing Pilot Point have
been providential. When I first
finished it in the Nineties (Yes, that long ago.), I didn’t know an Anglican
from an angel nor a rood screen from a rude scream. But in rewriting the novel, I have enriched it with
Anglicanism and liturgy. That’s
not something you see every day in a very Texan novel. And it has greatly improved it if I may
say so myself.
Now the delays
are near an end. Expect Pilot Point to be available this summer,
in both paperback and e-book.
*NOTE: I would
be unfair if I did not also say that I’ve had positive experiences with some publishers
as well. I hope these manage to
thrive as the world of publishing undergoes needful change. Recent years have not been easy ones
particularly for small publishers.
calendar commands that the 10th Anniversary month of this humble
blog is now at an end. But I have
decided to continue to mark occasionally the 10 years as I come across times
and places that bring back memories.
I promise not to be too insufferable about it.
Labels: life, Pilot Point, publishing
Harry Reid – Despicable Liar
Reid has stooped so low in the past, it has not occurred to me he could get any
Having done his
part to cram Obamacare down the throats of Americans, now he says, on the
Senate floor no less, that the numerous stories of people suffering because of
Obamacare are “all . . . untrue.”
Again, he has the gall to say those who are telling of suffering because
of his work are all liars.
Yes, I share
Guy Benson’s anger about this. The
only reason it is not rage is because I slept it off last night. (And my longstanding policy is when I
am really angry, I sleep first and wait until the morning to post.)
And Benson and
Twitchy give a long but by no means exhaustive list of those who have told of
their sufferings under Obamacare – people Harry Reid says are lying.
Harry Reid only has his position of Majority Leader because Democrats hold a
(semi-fraudulent) majority in the Senate.
If you vote for a Democrat for Senate, you are voting for Harry Reid.
Labels: Democrats, Harry Reid, Obamacare
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Coalition of African American Pastors call for impeachment of Eric Holder
If you think Obama’s Attorney General
Eric Holder should be impeached you’re RAAAACIST!... Or not.
Holder has given cover to states’
attorneys general to subvert the constitutions and laws of their states. He has advised them not to defend their
states’ laws against same-sex marriage.
This subversion of the rule of law was
the last straw for the Coalition of African American Pastors. They have started a petition calling
for the impeachment of Eric Holder.
They must be Black White Supremacists* or something. I’m confused. Anyway, yes, I have signed… because I’m also very racist, you
Would that the Republican leadership of
the House of Representatives had the courage of these pastors. I am getting tired of all talk and no
action from Speaker Boehner and company.
The Obama Regime is running roughshod over the Constitution and the rule
of law…. And Establishment Republicans are more concerned about going after the
tea partiers who want to stop Obama.
*Apologies to Dave Chappelle, who is a
brilliant comedian, by the way.
Labels: Eric Holder, gay issues, humor, Obamagate, racism, rule of law
Sunday, February 23, 2014
Nashotah House, St. John would like a word with you.
As readers may have noticed, much has already been
written about the controversy surrounding Nashotah House’s invitation to
Presiding “Bishop” Katharine Jefferts Schori to preach. But I have yet to come across any
mention of 2nd John. Surely,
someone somewhere has mentioned that epistle in discussing this situation. But, again, I have not seen that.
I think St. John’s very relevant word about dealing
with false teachers is being neglected.
So I repeat it here. 2 John
Anyone who goes too far
and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God; the one who
abides in the teaching, he has both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you and does not
bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house, and do not give him a
greeting; for the one who gives him a greeting participates in his evil deeds.
Does any more really need to be said?
Labels: Nashotah House