The Arafish Speaks Again!

Remember to speak precisely when you are speaking to The General!

Arafat was quoted on Wednesday in an interview with Reuters news agency as saying he was ready to take action against the militant groups on the condition that Israel stop its strikes against them.

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International monitors, Arafat said, should come to the Middle East to keep an eye on the compliance of each side to the so-called road map for peace backed by the United States, Russia, the United Nations and the European Union.

Mmmhmmmm. That’d work. ‘Cause we all know just how effective the U.N. has been at not taking sides in the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, right?

Sorry for the lag time between posts. The wife and I were on a lovely Southern swing, in which we hit Virginia and South Carolina.
I have to say, after all this vacationing, I need a vacation! Thank goodness for Labor Day…

Come To Think Of It…

I had an epiphany last night. Bravo has begun running reruns of The West Wing at 11pm. I’ve never particularly cared for the show’s politics. nor its sense of smug self-satisfaction. (As one of my coworkers tells it, TWW is akin to “liberal political porn”. I don’t think I’ve ever heard a more accurate description of the show.)
Above and beyond all that, though, there has always been something about the show’s character that has bothered me, yet I could never quite put my finger on it. Enter last night’s epiphany.
The West Wing‘s devoutly-Catholic-yet-socially-liberal-and-wise-enough-to-transcend-Rome’s-ignorant/racist/homophobic-positions tough-on-foreign-policy-yet-softhearted-with-domestic-downtrodden-people-of-all-walks President Josiah Bartlett (Martin Sheen) is a dead ringer for one NBC’s other leading dramatic men, Law and Order: Criminal Intent‘s Det. Robert Goran (Vincent D’Onofrio). In both cases, the men are endowed with intelligence far outpacing those around them. Each episode’s tension consists not of whether the good guys will win in the end; rather, it’s simply how each Giant-Among-Lesser-Men will respond to the situation.

And So It Begins…

With Arnold Schwarzenegger’s announcement last night, the Day of the Living Puns has begun. Fox & Friends ran a segment on him titled “The Running Man”. He has terminated months of speculation as to whether he’ll run and terminated the suspense. Mancow (on F&F) said that Larry Flynt is planning on “rolling” for the governor’s position in opposition to Arnold. LGF positions Ah-nold as the Governator. And, yes, it was inevitable, this will indeed be a Total Recall. However, who wrote that Arnold fired a Sniper shot? Don’t they know that that was Tom Berenger?

Sheesh. I just hope the media gets this out of their system before Arnold has to use the line-item veto. I do not want to hear “This line…has been turr-mon-ated,” nor do I look forward to hearing how the CA gov’t has been Predatory towards its citizens, nor do I wish to hear how this recall is a Raw Deal. Speak not to me of this being Davis’ End of Days. And I swear, yea, by Conan’s sword, that if anyone, anyone talks of Erase[r]ing CA’s debt, I will flip out.

Now, let’s all hope that Ah-nold is able to “crush [his] enemies, see them driven before [him], and to hear the lamentation of [the Democrats]! ”
[UPDATE] And, of course, there’s now talk of an Arnold vs. “Arnold” race in-the-making. Let’s hope Gallagher doesn’t “smash” their electoral hopes! (I know, I know. Somebody hit me, please.)

[UPDATE AGAIN]’s front page now headlines the story as “Pumping Up Sacramento”.
[UPDATE YET AGAIN]’s headline now: “Conan the Candidate” and Taranto stole Fox & Friends’ line in today’s Best of the Web

Gay Episcopal Bishop

I’ve seen this issue debated many, many times (coming from a Presbyterian Church U.S.A. background as I do) and I still feel as strongly as ever: in no way, shape, or form should a practicing homosexual person be put in a position of ministry in a Christian church. If the church insists on ordaining such people, they ought to quit labeling themselves as Christians.
That said, John Derbyshire has had a very interesting discussion with his readers over at the Corner today, most of which was prompted by the following statement:

This is a dreadful event, a triumph for the forces of death over the forces of life. Robinson cheerfully acknowledges that he is an active homosexual. The Bible is perfectly clear that homosexual acts are sinful. Our Lord gave sinners strict and clear instructions: stop sinning, and repent your past sins. Robinson is in brazen violation of fundamental Christian doctrine. Nobody has to be a Christian; but if you are going to call yourself one, you should follow the rules. Further, Robinson abandoned two little girls in order to indulge his sexual urges. (His supporters are glossing this like crazy. They tell you–they are telling me–that his wife was entirely on board with it, and the whole family get together once a year and dance round a maypole together singing “Kumbaya,” or some damn thing. Well, if his wife was agreeable, she is as big a moral criminal as he is. Little girls need their Daddy around. If Robinson doesn’t know that, he is not fit for any position of responsibility, anywhere. If his wife didn’t fight tooth and nail against his abandonment, she is no Christian woman. What did Mrs Robinson say when the tots asked: “Mommy, why has Daddy gone away?” Millions of ordinary Americans struggle through worse crises every day, and come down at last on the side of social responsibility and Christian duty. Robinson came down on the side of Woody Allen: “The heart wants what it wants.” Feu!) That he could become a bishop in my church sickens and disgusts me. We can show tolerance and Christian obligation towards deviant minorities without handing them the keys to the house, can’t we? Apparently not, not today, not in America. For shame! For shame!

A woman reader followed up with this letter. Money quote:

Dear Mr. Derbyshire,
I am not Episcopalian, but as a Christian who was victimized by a “gay” ex-husband, I commend you on your insight that this “bishop’s” real crime was what he did to his children.
After 16 years of marriage, my husband abandoned me with 3 children, the oldest severely disabled, the youngest 3 weeks old, to run off with a food editor in what he said was a “lifetime commitment.” That one lasted a couple months.

Followed shortly by this missive. The whole thing:

In the New Testament, Jesus quite plainly chose his servants. He told them that he had chosen them, not they him. Christ’s church has always been a kindgom, not a democracy. As I read the Bible, it is clear that it is a top-down management style. Christ calls apostles, they call bishops, they call elders, etc. (this is the way my church functions, so perhaps this makes sense to me because it is what I am used to–I don’t mean be offensive). This pattern is of course, completely contrary to today’s hyper-egalitarianism. I believe democracy (well, I prefer a democracy modified by aspects of republic) is ideal for a civil government, but not for Christ’s church, where it is, in my opinion, incredibly arrogant for men and women to decide what they want as opposed to learning what God wants. At any rate, it seems to me that this incident with Bishop Robinson is really a symptom of the larger problem that as a culture, we have allowed the idea of hierarchy, authority and obedience to become synonymous with oppression and have allowed cherished, traditional institutions (other than government which should be democratic) to be run like clubs where everyone has a vote. After all, if the people in Robinson’s episcopate had not elected him, none of this would have happened. What if Christ had allowed his disciples to vote on whether Peter would be the chief apostle? An unlettered fisherman?

I have to say, those are two very good points that I’ve never even considered. They only serve to further my view that this step by the Episcopals is an abomination.

Known Thy Enemy

Concerned about your airliner being hijacked? Here’s a handy guide for what to do in just such an event, featuring such advice as ” If the guy seated next to you is named Al, watch him with suspicion; that’s halfway to Al Qaeda” and “As in Die Hard and Passenger 57, the best way to avoid the initial terrorist attack is to be in the bathroom. If someone complains about you being in there so long, tell him you’re fighting terrorism”.


Miscellaneous /etc

Looks like Bruce Campbell will be all right. Now if only they’d bring Bubb Ho-Tep to Philly…
A view (that I agree with) as to why canceling the “Terror Futures market” was a dumb idea. What part of DARPA’s mission don’t congresscritters understand?
J.R.R. Tolkein – the anti-Wagner?
Stories like this almost convince me that I’d be at home in Texas. (Shhhh, don’t tell my wife! *grin*)