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Much Deserved Thanks to the Swift Boat Veterans

Posted by Mark on February 16, 2005

It continues to fascinate me to hear some Democrat say that the Swift Boat Vets were discredited. No evidence of this “discrediting” then follows the statement. Nice to see the Swifties are getting the credit they deserve for pointing out the truth in Mr. Kerry’s spin machine.

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Episcopal Church Funding Down 12% For the Past Year

Posted by Mark on February 16, 2005

Let’s see. What’s changed in the Episcopal Church in the past year? Here’s one desperate explanation:

“There’s a decline … but what I’d emphasize is that some of that may be an economic reaction or reality,” (Denomination Treasurer Kurt) Barnes said. “People’s incomes in 2003 and 2004 were recovering or were hurt by the market decline of 2001 and 2002.’

But wait. Here’s the truth (denial free) about the drop:

(Canon David Anderson, president of the American Anglican Council), responded that “the economy is not down, it’s up. … Maybe he could have argued that two years ago.”

Since Robinson was first confirmed by the Episcopal General Convention in August 2003, parishioners and their local leaders upset over the denomination’s direction have moved to withhold or limit contributions to the national church in protest.

In fact:

Some dioceses, including Pittsburgh and Dallas, have refused to send any money to the national church.

This sentence does not begin to tell the story of the conflict within the Episcopal Church over the gay issue. To be fair, some parishioners tried to make up the difference in Pittsburgh. But it was but half of the amount given by the total diocese.

The price being paid for a decision so contradictory to historic Chistrianity may very welll be the end of a denomination that has been the faith cradle of many, including Presidents, and continues to be common ground for Protestants and Catholics today.

Growth is occurring in some Episcopal churches, however. Ask the conservative Episcopal churches in Pittsburgh and Dallas, or any other conservative Anglican community in this country.

-Hat tip to Carol Platt Liebau for this story.
-Apologies for the sudden change in font size. One of the joys of using blogger, I guess.

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Shifting Paradigms: More Opinion from the Reformation

Posted by Mark on February 16, 2005

I know a compassionate social worker, who would do absolutely anything for anybody, and would not dream of being offensive or “judgemental.” The day after 9/11, she and I were discussing the tragedy. She made what she assumed was a “given” remark, something “everyone” who had any intelligence would certainly agree with. She said, “Well, I guess we need a warmonger like Bush at a time like this.” It never crossed her mind that someone involved in a helping profession like social work or counseling might have a different political opinion. Her shock that her remark would be taken as offensive, or at least uncivil, would have been funny on any other day except 9/12/01.

I was reminded again of that conversation by the reactions of the MSM to the Eason Jordan story, and the blogosphere that kept it in the light.

Journalism is not the only profession being confronted with new ideas and scrutiny. The left across many fields are experiencing the power of the blogosphere, and are reacting much the same as the MSM. Carol Platt Liebau chronicles the wailing and gnashing of teeth :

But now the air is filled with the laments of those who, for so long, have had exclusive powers through their status in the MSM to decide (1) what will be news and (2) what matters. And many of these people — many of whom are fine people personally — have taken to deploring the “new” incivility that’s supposedly flowering with the birth of the blogosphere.

But what they don’t realize that the incivility is only “new” to them. They are those who have enjoyed positions of power within the liberal elite, where they have been able either to level abuse, look away while their colleagues did it, or assume that everyone so fully accepted their own world view that abuse wasn’t “incivility” — it was just received wisdom (e.g. “Everyone knows Reagan’s a warmonger”).

Perhaps they’re discovering now that it feels a little different when you’re on the receiving end of the “incivility”. But those who carry a torch for (among other things) the U.S. military, William Westmoreland, Whittaker Chambers, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan or George W. Bush could have told them that, because they’ve been experiencing “incivility” from the press for some time now. And unlike the liberal media bigshots, the difference is that these “ordinary” people never had a network or newspaper to fight back with; they’ve been defenseless to make their claims and clear the names of their heroes — or their own.

The stages of loss include Denial, Anger, and Bargaining. The shifting of the left through these stages is fascinating to watch. Perhaps some civility will come when the beginnings of Acceptance are seen from today’s power brokers on the Left.

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Much Deserved Thanks to the Swift Boat Veterans

Posted by Mark on February 16, 2005

It continues to fascinate me to hear some Democrat say that the Swift Boat Vets were discredited. No evidence of this “discrediting” then follows the statement. Nice to see the Swifties are getting the credit they deserve for pointing out the truth in Mr. Kerry’s spin machine.

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Episcopal Church Funding Down 12% For the Past Year

Posted by Mark on February 16, 2005

Let’s see. What’s changed in the Episcopal Church in the past year? Here’s one desperate explanation:

“There’s a decline … but what I’d emphasize is that some of that may be an economic reaction or reality,” (Denomination Treasurer Kurt) Barnes said. “People’s incomes in 2003 and 2004 were recovering or were hurt by the market decline of 2001 and 2002.’

But wait. Here’s the truth (denial free) about the drop:

(Canon David Anderson, president of the American Anglican Council), responded that “the economy is not down, it’s up. … Maybe he could have argued that two years ago.”

Since Robinson was first confirmed by the Episcopal General Convention in August 2003, parishioners and their local leaders upset over the denomination’s direction have moved to withhold or limit contributions to the national church in protest.

In fact:

Some dioceses, including Pittsburgh and Dallas, have refused to send any money to the national church.

This sentence does not begin to tell the story of the conflict within the Episcopal Church over the gay issue. To be fair, some parishioners tried to make up the difference in Pittsburgh. But it was but half of the amount given by the total diocese.

The price being paid for a decision so contradictory to historic Chistrianity may very welll be the end of a denomination that has been the faith cradle of many, including Presidents, and continues to be common ground for Protestants and Catholics today.

Growth is occurring in some Episcopal churches, however. Ask the conservative Episcopal churches in Pittsburgh and Dallas, or any other conservative Anglican community in this country.

-Hat tip to Carol Platt Liebau for this story.
-Apologies for the sudden change in font size. One of the joys of using blogger, I guess.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a Comment »

Shifting Paradigms: More Opinion from the Reformation

Posted by Mark on February 16, 2005

I know a compassionate social worker, who would do absolutely anything for anybody, and would not dream of being offensive or “judgemental.” The day after 9/11, she and I were discussing the tragedy. She made what she assumed was a “given” remark, something “everyone” who had any intelligence would certainly agree with. She said, “Well, I guess we need a warmonger like Bush at a time like this.” It never crossed her mind that someone involved in a helping profession like social work or counseling might have a different political opinion. Her shock that her remark would be taken as offensive, or at least uncivil, would have been funny on any other day except 9/12/01.

I was reminded again of that conversation by the reactions of the MSM to the Eason Jordan story, and the blogosphere that kept it in the light.

Journalism is not the only profession being confronted with new ideas and scrutiny. The left across many fields are experiencing the power of the blogosphere, and are reacting much the same as the MSM. Carol Platt Liebau chronicles the wailing and gnashing of teeth :

But now the air is filled with the laments of those who, for so long, have had exclusive powers through their status in the MSM to decide (1) what will be news and (2) what matters. And many of these people — many of whom are fine people personally — have taken to deploring the “new” incivility that’s supposedly flowering with the birth of the blogosphere.

But what they don’t realize that the incivility is only “new” to them. They are those who have enjoyed positions of power within the liberal elite, where they have been able either to level abuse, look away while their colleagues did it, or assume that everyone so fully accepted their own world view that abuse wasn’t “incivility” — it was just received wisdom (e.g. “Everyone knows Reagan’s a warmonger”).

Perhaps they’re discovering now that it feels a little different when you’re on the receiving end of the “incivility”. But those who carry a torch for (among other things) the U.S. military, William Westmoreland, Whittaker Chambers, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan or George W. Bush could have told them that, because they’ve been experiencing “incivility” from the press for some time now. And unlike the liberal media bigshots, the difference is that these “ordinary” people never had a network or newspaper to fight back with; they’ve been defenseless to make their claims and clear the names of their heroes — or their own.

The stages of loss include Denial, Anger, and Bargaining. The shifting of the left through these stages is fascinating to watch. Perhaps some civility will come when the beginnings of Acceptance are seen from today’s power brokers on the Left.

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Always Be Sure of Your Answers When You Ask Question

Posted by Mark on February 16, 2005

From Fool’s Blog:

Why Lawyers should never ask a witness a question if they aren’t prepared for the answer:

In a trial, a Southern small town prosecuting attorney called his first witness to the stand -a grandmotherly, elderly woman. He approached her and asked,”Mrs.Jones, do you know me?”

She said,”Why, yes I do know you, Mr.Williams. I’ve known you since you were a young boy, and frankly, you’ve been a big disappointment to me. You lie, you cheat on your wife, you manipulate people and talk about them behind their backs. You think you’re a big shot when you haven’t the brains to realize you never will amount to anything more than a two-bit paper pusher. Yes, I know you.”

The Lawyer was stunned. Not knowing what else to do, he pointed across the room and asked, “Mrs.Jones, do you know the defense attorney?”

She again said, “Why yes, I do. I’ve known Mr. Bradley since he was a youngster, too. He’s lazy, bigoted, and he has a drinking problem. He can’t build a normal relationship with anyone and his law practice is one of the worst in the entire state. Not to mention he cheated on his wife with three different women, one of them being your wife. Yes, I know him.”

The defense attorney almost died. The judge asked both counsellors to approach the bench, and in a very quiet voice, said, “If either of you bastards asks her if she knows me, I’ll throw your sorry asses in jail for contempt.”

One of the best laughs I’ve had in a very long time….

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