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Despite the Caterwauling, It’s Legal, and Is the Right Thing to Do

Posted by Mark on December 21, 2005

Despite the whining, and gnashing of teeth from the Defeatocrats, the detect and intercept program is legal. John Schmidt, associate attorney general under Clinton, makes the case for all to see.

Now, to answer Jason’s question: Just because Clinton did it does not make it right. That statement has more truth with Clinton than any other President of this great nation. But precedent does mean something, and the fact that Clinton, Reagan, and even Carter administration officials are onboard with this should tell you something. If you are interested in the truth. And if you can take off the Bush hater goggles long enough to see it.

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The Story of the Nativity – Part One

Posted by Mark on December 21, 2005


Birth of Jesus Foretold
Luke 1:26 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed
[2] to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary. 28 And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” [3] 29 But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. 30 And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”

34 And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?” [4]

35 And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born [5] will be called holy—the Son of God. 36 And behold, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son, and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. 37 For nothing will be impossible with God.” 38 And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant [6] of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.

The Birth of Jesus Christ

Luke 2:1 In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2 This was the first registration when [1] Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3 And all went to be registered, each to his own town. 4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, 5 to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, [2] who was with child. 6 And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. 7 And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.

The Shepherds and the Angels

8 And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear. 10 And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy that will be for all the people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,

14 “Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” [3]

15 When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. 17 And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. 18 And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. 20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.

21 And at the end of eight days, when he was circumcised, he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.

Angels played a huge part in the entire Nativity, especially Gabriel. Gabriel was the entire reason Joseph did leave Mary due to her apparent infidelity. Gabriel was the one that foretold and later announced the messiahs coming. I find the Angels to be the most intriguing of the biblical characters and beyond Jesus, the most dynamic. They tend to lend to the credence on my Unity belief, as every religion has had some form of the angels described in their writings.


ANGEL FACTS

The Christian View of Angels

The following are several of the basic beliefs that have been held by Christians throughout the centuries.

God created angels as angels (Colossians 1:16). They have never been anything else. People do not become angels when they die.
For when the dead rise, they won’t be married. They will be like the angels in heaven. (Mark 12:25). We do not know how many angels there are, but the Bible refers to them as an innumerable company (Hebrews 12:22).

God created the angels as spirit beings (Psalm 104:4). Because they are spirits, they are unseen by human eyes. An angel takes on a form that can be seen temporarily if this will help an angel do his assigned task on earth. In the Bible, angels are highly diverse in appearance. They are usually so awesome when they appear that their first words are, “Fear not.” Angelic appearances in the Scriptures include being seen as a bright light, fire, having wings (but never a halo), or like an ordinary person. As spirit beings, angels are not only invisible but also immortal. They never get sick or die. They are without gender as we know it, being neither male nor female, and they do not marry (Matthew 22:28-30).

A major characteristic of the angels is their strength. Angels are extremely powerful beings. In the Bible, they are described as “mighty ones” (Psalm 103:20) and God’s powerful angels. One angel was able to destroy the entire Assyrian army or destroy Sodom and Gomorrah. But they are not all powerful; only God is omnipotent. Angels sometimes require assistance from the Lord in their conflict with evil (Jude 9). – (Find Out More)

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The Wile E. Coyote Defeatocrats

Posted by Mark on December 21, 2005

This is EXACTLY what I’ve been wanting to say about the left, but couldn’t figure out how to say it. HT to Best of the Web. Leave it to the boys from Powerline to say it for us:

UPDATE: Reader Stephen Fossati writes:

For the better part of ten years I had the privilege of working closely with Wile’s creator Chuck Jones and in fact produced and co-wrote Chuck’s final Roadrunner cartoon in 1994, so I would humbly offer that I am a fair authority on said erstwhile coyote.

Having spoken with Chuck about Wile more times than I can count, I can say with great conviction that your suggestion that the Murtha, Dean, Kerry, Boxer et al, position with regards to the GWOT and the war in Iraq, is appropriately analogous to Wile and to his inumerable, ill-considered and near fatally-flawed plans to catch the Roadrunner — a good many of which resulted in him falling off of a cliff.

Chuck defined Wile in the words of George Santayana who said: “A fanatic is one who redoubles his effort when he has forgotten his aim.” Assuming that the Dems’ aims are to regain control of the House, the Senate and the White House and based upon their seemingly fevered attempts to discredit President Bush by mis-representing the success of the war, advocating for our withdrawal/surrender, and purposefully undermining our efforts/abilities to wage war on an enemy unlike any we have faced before, I think it’s fair to say that the Democrats clearly meet Santayana’s definition of a fanatic. And since it is Santayana’s definition of a fanatic with which Wile’s own creator described him, I would conclude that your comparison of our luckless, over-zealous and too-clever-by-half coyote to the leaders of the Democratic party, is not only correct but painfully (for the Dems), astute.

It’s interesting that Wile E. Coyote’s creator viewed him in such philosophical terms. Meanwhile, another point of similarity between Wile and the Democrats occurs to me. Remember how Wile viewed even his misadventures as evidence of his superior intellect?

And for a full explanation of the Left’s “genius” you need only read the commentary from Real Clear Politics:

With the resounding success of last week’s election, it will become harder for the press and the Democrats to frame Iraq as an unmitigated disaster. You could see the mainstream media walking back the negativity in their coverage of Iraq this past week and, while I have no doubt the negative reporting will return, at some point the facts start to win out – just as has happened with the economy. Ironically, one benefit to the Bush administration from the consistently negative reporting on Iraq is that expectations have now been set so low the odds are better than 50-50 that 2006 will be viewed by the public as having seen significant progress in Iraq.

The media may be writing stories about Bush “in a bubble” but they are two months late to that theme. Just like the spring and summer of 2004 when the conventional beltway wisdom said that Bush’s sub-50% job approval made him a political goner, there is a distinct sense this president is being misunderestimated again.

Misunderestimating the President appears to be the Defeatocrats favorite hobby. Perhaps they should find a more productive past time, like finding a way to win elections.

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The Story of the Nativity – Part One

Posted by zaphriel on December 21, 2005

Birth of Jesus Foretold
Luke 1:26 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed [2] to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary. 28 And he came to her and said, �Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!� [3] 29 But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. 30 And the angel said to her, �Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.�

34 And Mary said to the angel, �How will this be, since I am a virgin?� [4]

35 And the angel answered her, �The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born [5] will be called holy�the Son of God. 36 And behold, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son, and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. 37 For nothing will be impossible with God.� 38 And Mary said, �Behold, I am the servant [6] of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.� And the angel departed from her.

The Birth of Jesus Christ

Luke 2:1 In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2 This was the first registration when [1] Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3 And all went to be registered, each to his own town. 4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, 5 to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, [2] who was with child. 6 And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. 7 And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.

The Shepherds and the Angels

8 And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear. 10 And the angel said to them, �Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy that will be for all the people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.� 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,

14 �Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!� [3]

15 When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, �Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.� 16 And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. 17 And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. 18 And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. 20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.

21 And at the end of eight days, when he was circumcised, he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.

Angels played a huge part in the entire Nativity, especially Gabriel. Gabriel was the entire reason Joseph did leave Mary due to her apparent infidelity. Gabriel was the one that foretold and later announced the messiahs coming. I find the Angels to be the most intriguing of the biblical characters and beyond Jesus, the most dynamic. They tend to lend to the credence on my Unity belief, as every religion has had some form of the angels described in their writings.

ANGEL FACTS

The Christian View of Angels

The following are several of the basic beliefs that have been held by Christians throughout the centuries.

God created angels as angels (Colossians 1:16). They have never been anything else. People do not become angels when they die.
For when the dead rise, they won’t be married. They will be like the angels in heaven. (Mark 12:25). We do not know how many angels there are, but the Bible refers to them as an innumerable company (Hebrews 12:22).

God created the angels as spirit beings (Psalm 104:4). Because they are spirits, they are unseen by human eyes. An angel takes on a form that can be seen temporarily if this will help an angel do his assigned task on earth. In the Bible, angels are highly diverse in appearance. They are usually so awesome when they appear that their first words are, “Fear not.” Angelic appearances in the Scriptures include being seen as a bright light, fire, having wings (but never a halo), or like an ordinary person. As spirit beings, angels are not only invisible but also immortal. They never get sick or die. They are without gender as we know it, being neither male nor female, and they do not marry (Matthew 22:28-30).

A major characteristic of the angels is their strength. Angels are extremely powerful beings. In the Bible, they are described as “mighty ones” (Psalm 103:20) and God�s powerful angels. One angel was able to destroy the entire Assyrian army or destroy Sodom and Gomorrah. But they are not all powerful; only God is omnipotent. Angels sometimes require assistance from the Lord in their conflict with evil (Jude 9). – (Find Out More)

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The Wile E. Coyote Defeatocrats

Posted by Mark on December 21, 2005

This is EXACTLY what I’ve been wanting to say about the left, but couldn’t figure out how to say it. HT to Best of the Web. Leave it to the boys from Powerline to say it for us:

UPDATE: Reader Stephen Fossati writes:

For the better part of ten years I had the privilege of working closely with Wile’s creator Chuck Jones and in fact produced and co-wrote Chuck’s final Roadrunner cartoon in 1994, so I would humbly offer that I am a fair authority on said erstwhile coyote.

Having spoken with Chuck about Wile more times than I can count, I can say with great conviction that your suggestion that the Murtha, Dean, Kerry, Boxer et al, position with regards to the GWOT and the war in Iraq, is appropriately analogous to Wile and to his inumerable, ill-considered and near fatally-flawed plans to catch the Roadrunner — a good many of which resulted in him falling off of a cliff.

Chuck defined Wile in the words of George Santayana who said: “A fanatic is one who redoubles his effort when he has forgotten his aim.” Assuming that the Dems’ aims are to regain control of the House, the Senate and the White House and based upon their seemingly fevered attempts to discredit President Bush by mis-representing the success of the war, advocating for our withdrawal/surrender, and purposefully undermining our efforts/abilities to wage war on an enemy unlike any we have faced before, I think it’s fair to say that the Democrats clearly meet Santayana’s definition of a fanatic. And since it is Santayana’s definition of a fanatic with which Wile’s own creator described him, I would conclude that your comparison of our luckless, over-zealous and too-clever-by-half coyote to the leaders of the Democratic party, is not only correct but painfully (for the Dems), astute.

It’s interesting that Wile E. Coyote’s creator viewed him in such philosophical terms. Meanwhile, another point of similarity between Wile and the Democrats occurs to me. Remember how Wile viewed even his misadventures as evidence of his superior intellect?

And for a full explanation of the Left’s “genius” you need only read the commentary from Real Clear Politics:

With the resounding success of last week�s election, it will become harder for the press and the Democrats to frame Iraq as an unmitigated disaster. You could see the mainstream media walking back the negativity in their coverage of Iraq this past week and, while I have no doubt the negative reporting will return, at some point the facts start to win out � just as has happened with the economy. Ironically, one benefit to the Bush administration from the consistently negative reporting on Iraq is that expectations have now been set so low the odds are better than 50-50 that 2006 will be viewed by the public as having seen significant progress in Iraq.

The media may be writing stories about Bush �in a bubble� but they are two months late to that theme. Just like the spring and summer of 2004 when the conventional beltway wisdom said that Bush�s sub-50% job approval made him a political goner, there is a distinct sense this president is being misunderestimated again.

Misunderestimating the President appears to be the Defeatocrats favorite hobby. Perhaps they should find a more productive past time, like finding a way to win elections.

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Narnia: An Excellent Review

Posted by Mark on December 21, 2005

R. Andrew Newman presents a marvelous review of a truly wonderful movie. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe is no children’s movie, just as the books are not “children’s literature” either. This review presents the secret things of the movie, that only became apparent after much thought, or after reading this piece.

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