Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Jesse Causie

Jesse Bidstrup Causie

Hitchens reports how Democrats punish Americans for foreign terror attack

The simple fact is that a Muslim terrorist from Nigeria attempted to detonate an explosive device that was strapped to his person (under his clothes) and attached to his underwear. I want to call him the Knicker-Bomber but Underwear Bomber may work too. The act would have murdered over 300 people in Detroit, MI.

He would have succeeded if not for the partial failure in the device's construction, and that a Dutch film director named Jasper tackled the villain without hesitation.

In response to an attack that was thwarted not by any American law enforcement or safety agency (the attack was thwarted by a private individual and then by other private citizens)... the American government has been working to remove various freedoms from traveling Americans in general. The attack was not attempted by an American.

These government folk are morons or tyrants or worse. They make life more stringent to make people less safe while making them feel more safe because making idiots feel safe gets more votes. Christopher Hitchens reports.

Womens basketball - Spartans versus Wolverines

Who cares?

the United States harms Iraqi Christians?

This is horrible.
While the Iraqi government has belatedly taken some modest steps to ease the suffering of Iraqi Christians, the U.S. government’s consistent policy of studied and shameful indifference forms rare common ground between the Bush and Obama administrations. It is an indelible stain on American honor that two administrations did nothing to assist, much less protect, a beleaguered religious minority. Such was not the case in the Balkans a decade ago, when the Clinton administration came to the aid of embattled Muslim minorities in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Kosovo with decisive military force in similar circumstances. In Iraq, however, America’s unmet moral obligations were and are the direct consequence of the security vacuum arising from the American-led destruction of Saddam’s Republic of Fear.
I wish I was surprised. Here are some origins.
This policy of malign neglect helps explain why so few Americans are even aware that Iraq still remains a rich ethnic and religious mosaic beyond the simple tripartite division of all Iraqis into three warring tribes: Shiites, Sunnis, and Kurds. Fewer still are aware that Christianity in Mesopotamia dates from the mid-first century, when local tradition holds that the Apostle Thomas (the same doubting Thomas who appears in John’s Gospel) founded what became the Church of the East, the only enduring Christian community formed outside the borders of the Roman empire during apostolic times. Thomas’s mission predates the arrival of Islam by six centuries and serves as a needed reminder that early Christianity was an essentially Eastern phenomenon.

Today, the vast majority of Iraqi Christians share common roots in the Church of the East, which split into two branches in the 16th century, one Roman Catholic (Chaldean) and the other essentially Orthodox (Assyrian). Both churches worship partly in Arabic and partly in Aramaic, the same language that Jesus spoke. Smaller Christian denominations include Syriac Christians (mainly Roman Catholic, but also Orthodox), Latin Rite Roman Catholics and other historic Middle Eastern churches (mainly Orthodox and Armenian), and some Protestants (mostly Anglicans) and Evangelicals.

It was not so long ago that Iraqi Christians belonging to all these churches played a unique and vital role in the common life of modern Iraq. Their contributions, both institutional and individual, once formed an irreplaceable part of the fabric of Iraqi life. And their contributions in turn played a wholly disproportionate role in relation to their actual numbers in an overwhelmingly Muslim society.

On the one hand, there was a web of church institutions — schools, hospitals, clinics, and orphanages — that served all Iraqis regardless of faith. Of these, none was more prominent than Baghdad College, a remarkable Jesuit preparatory school for boys that turned out a disproportionate share of Iraq’s political and cultural elite between 1931 and 1968. As with most other church schools, fully half the student body were Muslim. Even today, 40 years after the American priests and seminarians were expelled and all private schools nationalized in the wake of the Six-Day War, Baghdad College’s legacy endures. In the December 2005 parliamentary elections, three of the four leading candidates for prime minister (all Muslims, of course) were former students. So too are many other distinguished Iraqis, such as Kanan Makiya, whose 1989 classic Republic of Fear shattered the wall of silence around the Baathist dictatorship. Yet this one school’s splendid example is by no means a strictly Iraqi or purely historical phenomenon, as Christian schools continue to educate an outsized share of local Muslim elites in places as diverse as Egypt (Gamal Mubarak) or Pakistan (the late Benazir Bhutto).

On the other hand, there was and remains individual Christian witness to values that are in notably short supply in Iraq nowadays, especially respect for one’s neighbor regardless of faith and willingness to resolve disputes without recourse to violence. These particular values are ones their Muslim neighbors most often acknowledge and admire, as I learned while living and working as a Catholic seminarian in Jordan a decade ago. And they are precisely the same ideals Pope Benedict XVI cited in his annual Christmas message on Saturday:

How can we forget the troubled situation in Iraq and the little flock of Christians which lives in the region? At times it is subject to violence and injustice, but it remains determined to make its own contribution to the building of a society opposed to the logic of conflict and the rejection of one's neighbor.

Yet these same values have made Iraqi Christians easy targets for Sunni and Shiite extremists and common criminals in the utter collapse of law and order that followed the U.S.-led invasion in March 2003. Unlike their Shiite, Sunni, and Kurdish neighbors, Iraqi Christians have no private militias, no powerful foreign patrons — and no fighting ideology like the political Islam of the Muslim Brotherhood or its Shiite counterparts. They are thus the only group in Iraq without blood on their hands, holy innocents caught up in an unholy war.

Last year, I wrote about how practically every Christian neighborhood, parish, or family was repeatedly forced to pay protection money (jizya) to avoid exile, murder, or forced conversion to Islam. These evils were universally justified by their perpetrators on the basis of the same Koranic verses dealing with subject peoples, but they were seldom if ever publicly denounced as a perversion of Muslim faith by Iraq’s influential Muslim clergy.

This year, Iraq’s dwindling Christian communities are still being targeted on the basis of their faith. That is especially the case in Mosul, long the most lawless and violent place in Iraq. By an unhappy coincidence, Mosul is also located in the ancestral heartland of Iraqi Christianity, and is thus the last refuge (short of exile) for Christians fleeing targeted violence in Baghdad, Basra, and other places.

Mosul is therefore a target-rich environment.
There is sadly more. This should not be left up to historians yet this is a blog and I copied it from a more famous blog. Nothing will be done and lives will be lost. There is one thing left we can do:
Spare a thought — and perhaps also a prayer — for Iraq’s beleaguered Christians, who yesterday observed the somber Feast of the Holy Innocents.

Jasper Schuringa never hesitated

He fought the Christmas Day Underwear Bomber.

He took terrorist threats more seriously than the President or his supposed Department of Homeland Security. Imagine that.

Monday, December 21, 2009

an Anne Norlander Christmas message

In 2009, the NORLANDER Family is making a conscious effort to
wish everyone a MERRY CHRISTMAS! It is our way of saying that
we are celebrating the birth of Christ.

We are asking our friends, if you agree with us, to please do the same.
This is part of our effort to prevent one more tradition from being lost
in the sea of political correctness.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year,
Jim and Anne Norlander

Thursday, December 17, 2009

A government ought to contain in itself every power requisite to the full accomplishment of the objects committed to its care, and to the complete execution of the trusts for which it is responsible, free from every other control but a regard to the public good and to the sense of the people.

Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 31, January 1, 1788

Good constitutions are formed upon a comparison of the liberty of the individual with the strength of government: If the tone of either be too high, the other will be weakened too much. It is the happiest possible mode of conciliating these objects, to institute one branch peculiarly endowed with sensibility, another with knowledge and firmness. Through the opposition and mutual control of these bodies, the government will reach, in its regular operations, the perfect balance between liberty and power.

Alexander Hamilton, speech to the New York Ratifying Convention, June 25, 1788
Founding Fathers Quotes

Government implies the power of making laws. It is essential to the idea of a law, that it be attended with a sanction; or, in other words, a penalty or punishment for disobedience.

Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 15, 1787
Founding Fathers Quotes

Here sir, the people govern.

Alexander Hamilton, speech to the New York Ratifying Convention, June 17, 1788

A fondness for power is implanted, in most men, and it is natural to abuse it, when acquired.

Alexander Hamilton, The Farmer Refuted, February 23, 1775

Responsibility, in order to be reasonable, must be limited to objects within the power of the responsible party, and in order to be effectual, must relate to operations of that power, of which a ready and proper judgment can be formed by the constituents.

Alexander Hamilton and Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 63, 1788

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Let me tell you something apparently universal...

if she loses interest in you, e.g. "I'm not interested" then you don't get to know her any better.

Wanting to get to know someone better is one of the worst desires you can have because it makes you vulnerable to the whims of one person and if that one person is female she will cut you off for the dumbest of whims

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

anything can be a weapon so trust me with one

If one is smart enough or devious enough just about anything the airport security lets through can destroy an airplane or harm its passengers (naturally doing one likely does the other). Just about everything they confiscate cannot or simply would not be used to betray the common public trust.

The common public trust is that sort of faith that your average American has that the person walking behind him will not suddenly speed up, back-stab, and lift the Wallet of the Dying. We believe that our fellows are not Out To Get Us, by and large, which is why the people who suspect other human beings of acting true to nature are called "paranoid" by nearly everyone else. I suspect the paranoid are less prone to suffer from identity theft but I doubt they live as long.

I never knew that you could do this with a laptop battery but xkcd knows more than I.
So what if a laptop battery (maybe not mine) has the same amount of potential energy as a hand grenade? The common man does not know how to weaponize it and the common man would not consider weaponizing it for use against his fellow citizens, or in any case, innocent people.

But naturally any thing that can be brought onto an airplane, or an office, or a home, or a public gathering place can be used as a weapon (and I will not call that a "misuse"). It is not a great idea to institute the common faith in humanity in every social situation yet it is still incredibly stupid to level suspicion against everyone. For one reason it creates a false sense of security; it also riles the populace against institutions and authorities it need not rebel against, or should not feel the need to rebel against. It does not help to create or foster blind resentment of the common folk towards authority figures. I believe the best attitude to create is one where we do trust people not to make bombs out of computers, knives out of nail clippers, incapacitants out of fluids; most importantly I trust most Americans, but not all, to be able to judge when we can use these weapons and when should we these use these weapons.

Obviously trusting everyone is like sending a nudist down a "rape trail"... it is an invitation for really bad things. However I do not see the point of allowing people to board the plane if we do not trust them. We disallow their accoutrement yet if they are really out to get us they likely are not thwarted by losing something obvious. Should we simply limit the passenger manifest to those people we trust and then those we've searched to an ugly extreme?

welcome to the future

xkcd tells that killer robot assassins roam the skies. We were looking forward to that in 1984 and now they are here
The question remains: who controls these hunter-killers, or who will?

weapons for the Pure of Heart

"To the Pure of Heart, everything is a weapon."
- from a Police Academy personal combat instructor

I love golf and I love beautiful women

But I don't think I can combine the two this way: there is a combination system in Japan consisting of lingerie that can be removed to be a putting course. That is your secretary can wear putting course lingerie.

My swing is bad enough as it is; I cannot see myself performing well with a naked woman constantly drawing my attention.

some 1960s Chipmunks animation history

As a habit-enslaved child I watched the old Ruby-Spears Alvin and the Chipmunks in/of the 1980s and while I enjoyed a bulk of them I did not enjoy most of them; I think I hated 60% of them. I will not go back and check.

In the late 1960s the creator of the original concept created a show called The Alvin Show. David Seville really is the stage name of the creator (and the animated vision of David Seville is a reasonable vision of the real man). 26 episodes for just one season but it looks good to me.

Monday, December 07, 2009

a more modern Soundwave

Soundwave is one of the most famous and appreciated of the Transformers characters and is quite a classic. As Botch the Crab notes
There's so much that's novel embodied in the concept. A larger robot carrying passengers (subordinates, agents, underlings, companions)! The introduction of sound as a weapon, music as a disguise, communications as a tactical element! I remember the very first time I saw the commercial for Soundwave on television and witnessed him transform from cassette player to robot, open his chest case, withdraw a cassette and throw it at the Autobots, only to see the cassette transform into a robot condor -- and it was like a million cool things all collided at once. (Soundwave's eerily synthetic voice didn't hurt, either.)
Of course his "vehicle mode" is not a vehicle. As such the "alternate mode is practically defenseless and utterly immobile. Plus, if the G1 Autobots ever took him out before he ejected his minions, the G1 Decepticons would have lost over half their forces."

I am certain that a lot of the character's appeal is that he was voiced by Frank Welker, processed/modified, in the classic cartoon. As a toy however he is cool because his play interacts with other, smaller toys. As a toy in his alt-mode he was scaled 1:1, which means that when he was not a robot the toy was the same size as the item he was mimmicking. That is the last time I explain what 1:1 scale is, I hope. There is an irony in that scale, I am certain.
Though Soundwave's toy is a microcassette recorder, his fictional appearances depict him as a stereo cassette deck or Walkman. (Likewise, his microcassette tapes are depicted as regular audio cassettes.)
Soundwave's Autobot counterpart, Blaster, transforms from robot to a ghetto-blaster, a boombox. His tapes are the same size as Soundwave's and they fit into Blaster just right, meaning that his alt-mode is out-of-scale. Of course Transformers toys were never that great on scale in the sense of the robot mode, and the vehicular Transformers were not good on relative scale in either mode. It is just a little odd that of the Transformers that transform into role-playing toys, the two that essentially convert into the counterparts of the other do not keep scale with one another.

Saturday, December 05, 2009

science and politics do not always overlap, but there are still fools

Mike Huckabee & the Seattle Cop Killings

Many years ago the governor of Arkansas granted clemency to someone, not quite a legal adult, who was not a murderer. Closer to present day that someone, who is now an adult and was when he became a murderer, became a murderer. Daniel Foster provides a rundown of Mike Huckabee's level of responsibility and admission of the extent of his responsibility.

day five of the Advent season

Twenty days until Christmas?

How is my math.

Day of the Ninja

I don't know why it's trying to encourage people to do stuff at work; today is Saturday.

Thursday, December 03, 2009

a Thanksgiving letter from Christopher Ewald

Christopher Ewald is a local Republican politician. He ran for County Commissioner in Ingham County and is a voting citizen in the Michigan 8th Congressional District. His letter to the Lansing State Journal was published Thursday November 26th, 2009.

Rogers trusted

If Michigan has the worst unemployment in the nation, how is it going to help us to pay higher taxes for a big government health-care plan?

That is exactly the plan that Democrats in Washington are pushing on us.

A job-killing, bureaucratic health-care system is a horrible Christmas present from the government. Who's to say that one day the government won't take it away - much like the Michigan Promise Scholarship that just disappeared?

Thanks, but no thanks.

I will take the approach of leaders like Congressman Mike Rogers, R-Howell, who are working to lower health-care costs and make it available to more citizens.

Christopher Ewald
East Lansing
I could not tell you when it was written.

Mr. Ewald, who originally hails from Detroit, is correct that granting the government certain rights, responsibilities, and therefore power, can be dangerous as that same power enables the government to yank stuff from us, as is their right.... that we had given them.

Does anyone have a copy of the Thanksgiving Lansing State Journal? He forgot to pick up his and I did not think to keep mine.

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Mortal Kombat - "there is supposed to be brackets"

XKCD Two-Party System

Christ is faithful

No separation

Romans 8:35-39 (New International Version)

35Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36As it is written:
"For your sake we face death all day long;
we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered."a]">[a] 37No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,b]">[b] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

  1. Romans 8:36 Psalm 44:22
  2. Romans 8:38 Or nor heavenly rulers

If we confess...

1 John 1:9 (New International Version)

9If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

Gotta read this eventually -

Monday, November 30, 2009

Hamburger Helper addibles

Rather obvious, I think
Hamburger Helper® Beef Pasta
Easy Additions
• 1/2 cup sour cream
• 1 cup Green Giant® frozen cut green beans, thawed, drained
• 1 can (8 oz) sliced water chestnuts, drained
• 1/2 cup sliced almonds
• 1/2 can (2.8-oz size) French-fried onions
• Chow mein noodles

Hamburger Helper® Cheesy Ranch Burger
Easy Additions
• 1 cup Green Giant® Niblets® frozen whole kernel corn
• 1 large tomato, chopped (1 cup)
• 1 cup diced red bell pepper
• 1/2 cup croutons, crushed
• 1/4 cup crumbled cooked bacon
• 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese (4 oz)

Hamburger Helper® Lasagna
Easy Additions
• 1/2 cup small-curd cottage cheese
• 1 medium tomato, chopped (3/4 cup)
• 1 can (2 1/4 oz) sliced ripe olives, drained
• 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (4 oz)
• Coarsely crushed seasoned croutons
• Grated Parmesan cheese
I could have figured this stuff out myself; how insulting

Friday, November 27, 2009

Michian State Spartans at Florida Gators


(Legends Classic - Championship Rounds)
Nov. 27, 2009
Atlantic City, N.J.
8:00 p.m. ET



How the blue blazes does someone watch HDNet?

Thursday, November 26, 2009

70th Annual Thanksgiving Day Classic

Go Lions! Pull off an upset.... I am starting to hate the Green Bay Packers

Thanksgiving Day

Happy Thanksgiving!

You should not be here. Go celebrate with your family, loved ones and thank God.

Black Fridayhol

I offer no serious help. is reliable on most any day but if you waited this long to plan you are in trouble now.

Besides, the prices are so low in general that I have trouble believing the sales will be so good on this day of all days.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Michelle Obama is costing Americans over 1.5 million dollars

“In my own life, in my own small way, I have tried to give back to this country that has given me so much,” she said. “See, that’s why I left a job at a big law firm for a career in public service,”— Michelle Obama.

She should get on her knees and scrub floors across this great nation for the rest of her life for the simple price of what her greed and avarice costs the citizens.

She is greedy. She is vain. She is a horrible person. Let that be that.

The article, which became a chain letter viewed by millions of Americans, reported that Michelle Obama requires more than twenty attendants - - more than any First Lady in U.S. History. It provided the following list of White House staff members assigned to the First Lady:

  1. $172,2000 - Sher, Susan (Chief Of Staff)
  2. $140,000 - Frye, Jocelyn C. (Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of Policy And Projects For The First Lady)
  3. $113,000 - Rogers, Desiree G. (Special Assistant to the President and White House Social Secretary)
  4. $102,000 - Johnston, Camille Y. (Special Assistant to the President and Director of Communications for the First Lady)
  5. $102,000 - Winter, Melissa E. (Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief Of Staff to the First Lady)
  6. $90,000 - Medina, David S. (Deputy Chief Of Staff to the First Lady)
  7. $84,000 - Lelyveld, Catherine M. (Director and Press Secretary to the First Lady)
  8. $75,000 - Starkey, Frances M. (Director of Scheduling and Advance for the First Lady)
  9. $70,000 - Sanders, Trooper (Deputy Director of Policy and Projects for the First Lady)
  10. $65,000 - Burnough, Erinn J. (Deputy Director and Deputy Social Secretary)
  11. $65,000 - Reinstein, Joseph B. (Deputy Director and Deputy Social Secretary)
  12. $62,000 - Goodman, Jennifer R. (Deputy Director of Scheduling and Events Coordinator For The First Lady)
  13. $60,000 - Fitts, Alan O. (Deputy Director of Advance and Trip Director for the First Lady)
  14. $60,000 - Lewis, Dana M. (Special Assistant and Personal Aide to the First Lady)
  15. $52,500 - Mustaphi, Semonti M. (Associate Director and Deputy Press Secretary To The First Lady)
  16. $50,000 - Jarvis, Kristen E. (Special Assistant for Scheduling and Traveling Aide To The First Lady)
  17. $45,000 - Lechtenberg, Tyler A. (Associate Director of Correspondence For The First Lady)
  18. $45,000 - Tubman, Samantha (Deputy Associate Director, Social Office)
  19. $40,000 - Boswell, Joseph J. (Executive Assistant to the Chief Of Staff to the First Lady)
  20. $36,000 - Armbruster, Sally M. (Staff Assistant to the Social Secretary)
  21. $36,000 - Bookey, Natalie (Staff Assistant)
  22. $36,000 - Jackson, Deilia A. (Deputy Associate Director of Correspondence for the First Lady)

Readers throughout the country expressed outrage that Mrs. Obama would hire an unprecedented number of staffers in the midst of the Great Recession.

There's more.

When questioned by Mr. Gore, Katie McCormick Lelyveld, Michelle Obama’s press secretary, said that the First Lady does retain a staff of more than twenty who remain at her beck and call. But the actual number is 24, not 22, as the article reported.

Mrs. Lelyyeld failed to provide the names of the two additional attendants to Mrs. Obama. But she did confirm that six staffers who do not have “first lady” in their title but are a part of the First Lady’s office staff, such as Desiree Rogers, who bears the title “Special Assistant to the President and White House Social Secretary,” and Natalie Bookey, who is listed as a “staff assistant.”

What’s more, even a list of 24 would be incomplete since it would fail to include the names of makeup artist Ingrid Grimes-Miles, 49, and “First Hairstylist” Johnny Wright, 31, both of whom travel aboard Air Force One and provide Mrs. Obama with daily attention.

This adds up to a whopping $1,600,700.00 and the amount doesn’t include the elite benefit packages granted to the White House staff and their significant others (include same-sex partners). Nor does the figure take into account the salaries for the two additional full-time staff members mentioned by Mrs. Obama’s Press Secretary nor the full time hair-dresser and makeup artist assigned to her. A guesstimate of the total salaries for Mrs. Obama’s attendants is $1,750,00.00 plus the additional benefits.

In contrast
Bess Truman and Mamie Eisenhower had to shell out the salaries for 5 of their personal secretaries from their own pocketbooks.
Mind you Laura Bush and Hillary Rodham Clinton were not saints and I am not sure how Jackie Kennedy measures up....

definition of "immanentizing the eschaton"

From the 2002-01-16 Goldberg File:

At the end of my column, "We Can See Clearly Now," I chastised many of you for not being more zealous promoters of NRO. I wrote:

I'm not asking anyone to become the high-minded ideological equivalent of a Howard Stern listener, calling in to shows to ask Brian Lamb if he's immanentized his eschaton lately, but it would be nice if you could swing the big foam finger with "NRO's Number 1" every now and then.

This elicited three types of responses: 1) people wanting to know where they could buy a big foam finger with "NRO's Number 1" on it, 2) ecstatic shouts of "Thank God someone remembers!" or "Nice Illuminati reference!" and 3) people who wanted to know, "What the hell does 'immanentized his eschaton' mean?"

It is this last category of readers who were ensnared by my conservative dork trap. And now that I have you tied up in curiosity, like Butch and Marsellus in Pulp Fiction, I can indulge myself at my leisure. "Immanentize the eschaton" is a hard-core conservative insider-thing. Sort of like saying "TK-421, where are you?" to a Star Wars freak.

In modern parlance, the phrase was coined by the late, great Eric Voegelin in The New Science of Politics in 1952. Voegelin doesn't make for easy reading, and if you can get through The New Science of Politics you probably think I'm an idiot and aren't reading this column anyway. One small example: Voegelin writes, "The problem of an eidos in history, hence, arises only when a Christian transcendental fulfillment becomes immanentized. Such an immanentist hypostasis of the eschaton, however, is a theoretical fallacy." Now, if you can understand that the first time through, you probably need a tan.

Anyway, Voegelin believed that Western civilization took a wrong turn under those damnable Gnostics. Gnostics are small furry creatures with opposable thumbs and who tend to get into your garbage cans. Oh, wait. Sorry. Those are raccoons (whom Cosmo considers to be Gnostics — very long story there).

Gnostics were pre-Christian, early Christian, and various Jewish sects who believed that if you stood on one foot while saying the alphabet backwards, or some other silliness, you could release your soul from material constraints while you were still alive.

Actually, that may not be exactly right either. The problem is that Gnosticism took many forms, in many places, over many distinct periods (sort of like bell-bottom pants). The central thing to keep in mind is that Gnostics believed that personal enlightenment — or revelation to a specific truth or viewpoint — liberated you from the need to find salvation in the afterlife or through any conventional, institutional means. Instead of going to salvation, they brought salvation to them (a Muslim Gnostic, I assume, could have his 72 virgins delivered to his home — which, if true, would make Islamic Gnosticism the fastest-growing religion in the world, for men). It's not surprising, then, that the Catholic Church was constantly putting out Gnostic fires through most of its history.

Because the Gnostics believed they — and they alone — had figured out God's plan in the here and now, they tended to be very, very smug and more than a little annoying (except when they were on the rack, which tended to make them a lot less smirky). It also inclined Gnostics to argue that heaven could be established here on earth, that through material or political means they could perfect the inherently imperfectible.

If that sounds shockingly like Hillary Clinton to you, you deserve a door prize ("But I don't need a door!" my couch just heckled). Voegelin believed that Gnosticism flourished in the liberal, leftist, Nazi, and Communist minds. These folks were hell-bent (heh, heh) on creating heaven on earth. According to Voegelin's perspective, Ralph Nader is a direct descendant of — I am not making this up — such 9th-century crypto-Gnostic thinkers as Scotus Eriugena (if you are tempted to write me saying, "Eriugena was a pantheist, not a Gnostic," I bet you need a tan too).

So: Immanentize means to make part of the here and now. Eschaton, like eschatology, relates to the branch of theology which deals with humanity's destiny. You know, the end times, when all of that wacky, end-timey, Seventh-Seal stuff happens (oceans boil, the righteous ascend to heaven, Carrot Top is funny, etc). Hence "immanentizing the eschaton" means, in effect, trying to make what is reserved for the next life part of the here and now. You can see why all sorts of cults, heretical sects, Scientologists, and various flavors of Mother Jones readers — including the Fighting Illuminati — would be accused of doing precisely that.

So why do conservatives care about all this so much? Well, because in the 1950s and 1960s, thanks largely to William F. Buckley's popularization of the phrase, Young Americans For Freedom turned it into a political slogan. Pale YAFers sported bumper stickers warning, "Don't Immanentize the Eschaton." I believe buttons were made for Mr. Buckley's mayoral campaign when he ran against that renowned eschaton immanentizer, John Lindsay, saying the same thing.

Now that you know all that, I should apologize to Brian Lamb for suggesting that he's such a person. However, you can hardly deny that some C-SPAN callers would dearly love to immanentize the eschaton.

It is important to realize the similarities between the Gnostics and the humanists, being a branch of leftism as I see it, a descendant of Christianity and rightist philosophy. Their idea is that their own respective personal knowledge and possession of such knowledge is a key to salvation, not a relationship with God.

GOP health, feminity with Burqa Barbie and Katie Couric, Eco-Fascists' case unravels

  • Weekly Standard extols Katie Couric's femininity with pictures.
  • Mark Steyn talks about the recent discovery that the eco-fascists were covering up crucial scientific data and that a man named Phil is scapegoated. The only relevant to me is this (not written by Steyn):
    We’re dealing with an incomplete understanding of the way the earth system works… When we come to the last few years when we haven’t seen a continuation of that (warming) trend we don’t understand all of the factors that create earth’s climate...We just don’t understand the way the whole system works… See, these people work with models, computer modelling. So when the computer modelling and the real world data disagree you’ve got a very interesting problem…
    We do not understand the history of the world's climate yet we are declaring what are not patterns and what are.
  • Barbie is wearing a burqa for Mohammedan girls to realize that even Barbie can be forced into Eastern traditions. It is for charity.
  • Chuck Grassley suggests the Republican alternative to Democrat party Health Care Re-Form.

Elizabeth Dole endorses Mike Bouchard

For Immediate Release: November 23, 2009

Elizabeth Dole praises Mike Bouchard’s agenda, vision
Respected national leader backs Bouchard for Michigan governor

Oakland County- Former presidential cabinet member and U.S. Senator Elizabeth Dole announced her support of Mike Bouchard for Michigan governor, praising Oakland County sheriff as the “right person to get the state back on it’s feet.”

“Michigan needs courage, vision and leadership,” Dole said. “In short, Michigan needs Mike Bouchard. I am impressed with his depth of knowledge, well-thought agenda and willingness to do what’s right regardless of political consequences. That’s why I support Mike Bouchard for Michigan governor. He’ll restore the Great Lakes State to it’s rightful status as an economic powerhouse, a leader in education and a world-class destination.”

Dole’s distinguished resume includes service as North Carolina’s U.S. senator from 2003-2009, secretary of transportation from 1983-1987, U.S. secretary of labor from 1989-1990, president of the American Red Cross from 1991-1999, and chairwoman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee from 2006-2007. She also continued her service to our nation by seeking the Republican presidential nomination in 2000.

Dole is married to former U.S. Sen. and presidential contender Bob Dole of Kansas.

“Elizabeth Dole has taken public service to its highest level,” said Bouchard, an Oakland County Republican. “She has devoted her life to bettering our nation. Sen. Dole’s unwavering belief in the American Spirit and her countless sacrifices makes her a real inspiration. Her vote of confidence in my vision for Michigan is deeply appreciated. I have tremendous respect for Sen. Dole and her husband Bob, a true American hero.”

Dole added that she has a personal interest in Michigan’s future. Bob Dole recuperated in a Battle Creek hospital after being severely wounded in World War II.

“Michigan will always have a special place in the Dole family’s heart,” she said. “I want what’s best for the state and its wonderful people. I know Michigan can rebound from its economic challenges but it will take strong leadership. Mike Bouchard is that leader.”

Dole’s support is the latest in the line of impressive endorsements earned by Bouchard. Other members of the Bouchard team include Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, former Lt. Gov. Connie Binsfeld, former first lady Michelle Engler, former Michigan Republican Party co-chair Jane Abraham and Bishop Ira Combs.


Paid for by Mike Bouchard for Governor
P.O. Box 1433
Royal Oak, MI 48068

George Washington's Thanksgiving Proclamation

From the Library of Congress

Thanksgiving Proclamation

[New York, 3 October 1789]

By the President of the United States of America, a Proclamation.

Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor-- and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.

Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be-- That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks--for his kind care and protection of the People of this Country previous to their becoming a Nation--for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his Providence which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war--for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed--for the peaceable and rational manner, in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted--for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed; and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.

and also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions-- to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually--to render our national government a blessing to all the people, by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed--to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shewn kindness unto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord--To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the encrease of science among them and us--and generally to grant unto all Mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.

Given under my hand at the City of New York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra Michigan Tour Schedule

Sun, Dec. 27, 2009 Detroit, MI The Palace of Auburn Hills On Sale Now Buy Tickets
3:00 PM

Sun, Dec. 27, 2009 Detroit, MI The Palace of Auburn Hills On Sale Now Buy Tickets
7:30 PM

Sat, Jan. 02, 2010 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena On Sale Now Buy Tickets
3:00 PM

Sat, Jan. 02, 2010 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena On Sale Now Buy Tickets
8:00 PM
from TSO On Tour site

Nissan Vanette (is not an ambulance)

In 1985 through 1986 children everywhere were told that this

was an ambulance as well a passenger van.

That was the world of the Transformers for you. Trust me: the Nissan Vanette is many things but it is not an ambulance. I do not recall Autobot Ratchet ever transforming into an ambulance.

Who say so????

Nissan Vanette also been modified into ambulances for transporting non critical patient. My working place have two of these.
I've never heard of it being done myself, and no movie or toy has ever presented Ratchet converting into a vehicle that exists in the settings being portrayed.

quotable from Justice Scalia - Brilliance wasted in lawyering

I paraphrased it as the shame that we waste so many brilliant minds placing them into the bodies of lawyers.
Justice Scalia on whether smart people going into the law is a good thing. From The ABA Journal:

“I used to be disappointed that so many of the best minds in the country were being devoted to this enterprise.

“I mean there’d be a … public defender from Podunk, you know, and this woman is really brilliant, you know. Why isn’t she out inventing the automobile or, you know, doing something productive for this society?

“I mean lawyers, after all, don’t produce anything. They enable other people to produce and to go on with their lives efficiently and in an atmosphere of freedom. That’s important, but it doesn’t put food on the table, and there have to be other people who are doing that. And I worry that we are devoting too many of our very best minds to this enterprise.”

Via Volokh.

As said, if these people are so smart perhaps we should not waste them in legal scuffles as we should deploy them in social or technological construction.

On the other hand a lot of lawyers are parasites and destructive creatures, politicians- most politicians are not burdened with an overabundance of awareness.

I took the quoting from Reason although its point is lodged into my memory.


The logical assumption when faced with an -ist is that there is an accompanying -ism but I am certain that the assumption in many cases does not flow into an actual fact. Which is to say that there is no survivalism to explain the ideas and beliefs, an ideology or a philosophy, simply to live and practice as a survivalist.

The simple fact is that there is no such as word as survivalism. Survivalism is not word. Yet Libertarianism is a word and there is no clear, unified distinct philosophy of Libertarianism that all Libertarians can be defined by or under which agree to live. Having an -ism as a word does not mean the word has a direct, distinct, narrow practical meaning, although it certainly can be a general guide if not altogether practical. Ideally a libertarian is antithetical to the authoritarian in the simplest sense. To the point of defining opposing forces the libertarians are what opposes the statists in modern practical politics. In this sens libertarianism is a broad umbrella under which a (very) loose coalition of different forces preside, even when not in a state of political alliance or coalition.

On the other hand the libertarians can be seen as alternative views to the Conservatives, conservatives, however you wish to capitalize, when it comes to ideas on the right. Under those circumstances it is already understood that living on the Political Left, be it with the Democrats or whoever, is not a palatable option. Under these terms the libertarian definition is certainly a narrow one, excluding all that the conservatives and their conservatism would find allowable. Libertarianism finds intolerable what conservatism may stomach. The umbrella of the conservatives often finds statists hiding underneath it; these statists usuall are left-wing Progressives and are almost always Republicans. These may define themselves as Conservative under loose definitions, which render the use accurate yet makes the word itself useless.

Conservative works better as a word when it is applied in a way that makes its beholders and beliefs activists for smaller government and broader power stretched among more citizens, that is federalism. Typically the term is wielded in self-identification by people who firmly believe in various moral and moralistic beliefs, Western Judeo-Christian and by all good measures those beliefs are just and admirable. The problem lies in application. The problem lies in political application as the folk in question are political individuals who solve problems politically or get elected by identifying government solutions to general problems through a lens of wholesomeness or religiosity. Governor Mike Huckabee before 2009 was such a "Conservative". He was not a true Conservative as he looked at government as an instrument of positive application for various problems, such as obesity. I believe he has reformed now which does not change the simple facts. His morals in many so-called "social issues" were spot-on, but he would still expand government and was not a "Fiscal Conservative". President Bush has his "Compassionate Conservatism".

Compassionate Conservatism is a redundant phrase as being Conservative is being compassionate. Yet while President Bush had enough bonafides to carry the title "Conservative" and still seem authentic he governed as a statist in certainly enough ways that he needed, in his own mind and others', to qualify his brand of Conservatism as if conscious that it could never fit pure definitions of the real thing. I don't care what they say; Diet Doctor Pepper is not regular Doctor Pepper and regardless of how it tastes real sugar is real sugar.

One of the benefits of sugar versus an artifical sweetener or an approximation of desired effect is that we know what sugar does and few really know what the chemical properties of the artificial sweetener will be.

Hence why words are valuable when used properly and consistently. When we know what Conservatism is and what it is not then it as a word is more potent. When the meaning is blurred it can become dangerous and mis-applied, which is what happened, in part, in 2008 when the economic horrors came crashing upon us and the Vile Leftists successfully framed the fiscal liberalism and greed (which is certainly not Conservative or part of Adam Smith's recognition of healthy economic practices) as "Conservative". The Conservatives and the Republicans left themselves open to such framing and it never helped that we let John McCain claim to be one of us.

Yet by certain definitions John McCain cannot be denied the label of Conservative, a fact which is I consider woeful.

Now we certainly want the labels to make sense and to be used consistently so we have a guide for action and perhaps even for allegiance. Yet we have many labels and it is difficult to know which of them should be housed under what umbrella, in what hierarchy or if they are in opposition to one another at any given time.

Naturally even the term "Liberalism" only has its meaning based on the time and place for context. Politics are full of -isms and no one can use them properly, least of all those who are supposed to be masters of those -isms.

So I wonder, what the heck is a survivalist?

And if one dies, is he really a survivalist? Has anyone heard of a dead survivalist? It just sounds stupid: the survivalist who failed to survive.

It raises the possibility: an -ism may be more a matter of intent.

Linsay Gould

Monday, November 23, 2009

Michigan State University men's basketball schedule 2009-2010


2009-2010 SCHEDULE
Date Opponent / Event Location Time / Result
10/24/09 vs. Green and White Game # East Lansing, Mich. W, 78-71
11/01/09 vs. Northwood University (Exhib.) # TV East Lansing, Mich. W, 76-45
11/09/09 vs. Grand Valley State # TV East Lansing, Mich. W, 76-53
11/13/09 vs. Florida Gulf Coast TV East Lansing, Mich. W, 97-58
11/17/09 vs. Gonzaga TV East Lansing, Mich. W, 75-71
Legends Classic - MSU Host Site
11/20/09 vs. Toledo TV East Lansing, Mich. W, 75-62
11/22/09 vs. Valparaiso TV East Lansing, Mich. W, 90-60
Legends Classic - Championship Rounds
11/27/09 vs. Florida TV Atlantic City, N.J. 8:00 p.m. ET
11/28/09 vs. Rutgers TV Atlantic City, N.J. 8:00 p.m. ET
12/01/09 at North Carolina (Big Ten/ACC Challenge) TV Chapel Hill, N.C. 9:00 p.m. ET
12/04/09 vs. Wofford TV East Lansing, Mich. 7:00 p.m. ET
12/07/09 at The Citadel TV Charleston, S.C. 7:00 p.m. ET
12/10/09 vs. Oakland TV East Lansing, Mich. 7:00 p.m. ET
12/19/09 vs. IPFW TV East Lansing, Mich. 12:00 p.m. ET
12/22/09 at Texas TV Austin, Texas 7:00 p.m. ET
12/30/09 vs. Texas-Arlington TV East Lansing, Mich. 7:00 p.m. ET
01/02/10 at Northwestern * TV Evanston, Ill. 6:30 p.m. ET
01/06/10 vs. Wisconsin * TV East Lansing, Mich. 6:30 p.m. ET
01/09/10 at Iowa * TV Iowa City, Iowa 5:35 p.m. ET
01/13/10 vs. Minnesota * TV East Lansing, Mich. 6:30 p.m. ET
01/16/10 vs. Illinois * TV East Lansing, Mich. 3:30 p.m. ET
01/20/10 vs. Iowa * TV East Lansing, Mich. 6:30 p.m. ET
01/23/10 at Minnesota * TV Minneapolis, Minn. 12:00 p.m. ET
01/26/10 at Michigan * TV Ann Arbor, Mich. 7:00 p.m. ET
01/30/10 vs. Northwestern * TV East Lansing, Mich. 7:00 p.m. ET
02/02/10 at Wisconsin * TV Madison, Wis. 9:00 p.m. ET
02/06/10 at Illinois * TV Champaign, Ill. 9:00 p.m. ET
02/09/10 vs. Purdue * TV East Lansing, Mich. 9:00 p.m. ET
02/13/10 at Penn State TV University Park, Pa. 12:00 p.m. ET
02/16/10 at Indiana * TV Bloomington, Ind. 7:00 p.m. ET
02/20/10 vs. Ohio State * TV East Lansing, Mich. TBA
02/21/10 vs. Ohio State * TV East Lansing, Mich. TBA
02/27/10 at Purdue * TV West Lafayette, Ind. TBA
02/28/10 at Purdue * TV West Lafayette, Ind. TBA
03/02/10 vs. Penn State TV East Lansing, Mich. TBA
03/03/10 vs. Penn State TV East Lansing, Mich. TBA
03/04/10 vs. Penn State TV East Lansing, Mich. TBA
03/06/10 vs. Michigan * TV East Lansing, Mich. TBA
03/07/10 vs. Michigan * TV East Lansing, Mich. TBA
03/11/10 Big Ten Tournament Indianapolis, Ind. TBA
03/12/10 Big Ten Tournament Indianapolis, Ind. TBA
03/13/10 Big Ten Tournament Indianapolis, Ind. TBA
03/14/10 Big Ten Tournament Indianapolis, Ind. TBA
03/18/10 NCAA Tournament - First/Second Rounds TV TBD TBA
03/19/10 NCAA Tournament - First/Second Rounds TV TBD TBA
03/20/10 NCAA Tournament - First/Second Rounds TV TBD TBA
03/21/10 NCAA Tournament - First/Second Rounds TV TBD TBA
03/25/10 NCAA Tournament - Regionals TV TBD TBA
03/26/10 NCAA Tournament - Regionals TV TBD TBA
03/27/10 NCAA Tournament - Regionals TV TBD TBA
03/28/10 NCAA Tournament - Regionals TV TBD TBA
04/03/10 NCAA Final Four TV Indianapolis, Ind. TBA
04/05/10 NCAA Final Four TV Indianapolis, Ind. TBA

from Michigan State University Official Athletic Site