Thursday, October 07, 2004

Points of Disgruntlement

A point to remember - anything the federal government funds, it does so with money collected from the citizenry. I'm tired of reading things that can be taken to mean that our government is a magic money machine, and you just have to open the spout.

Another point - 'separation of church and state' is an extra-constitutional phrase. The two mentions of religion in the basic document say that (1) you can't impose a religious test for holding office and (2) congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion.

I've always taken the establishment clause to mean the feds can't set up a state church.

Hearing people squawk the phrase 'separation of church and state' like a mynah bird, with no understanding of the history behind it, makes my teeth itch. Most especially when it is applied as a club against Christianity, as it most often seems to be.

Love God, and love your neighbor as yourself - and please don't throw the misdeeds of self-professed 'Christians' in my face - you shall know them by their deeds, not their words.

I'm trying to have my actions be informed by love - given my current state, a more-than-lifetime job, I fear.

The 'CART' program for CBS and Rathergate

I advocate what I call the 'CART ' program for CBS -

C - Confess the documents were fabricated

A - Apologize to all concerned

R - Retract the story

T - Terminate those involved

To date, CBS has done none of these things, although they try to present the appearance of having done the first three.

Instead, they talk about 'not being able to authenticate the documents'.

This is like saying 'we're not able to find General Franco's pulse'. An insult to the public's intelligence, and an indelible stain on their own credibility.

Tuesday, October 05, 2004

James Lileks Rules! Posted by Hello

Blogger Envy

Bad journalists resent bloggers for the same reasons that hookers resent nymphomaniacs.

The amateurs are more enthusiastic, often better, and they give it away for free!