God designed Christianity to be a 4WD spiritual vehicle with mudders, a truck that brings life to the outback. It is not a sensitive Miata that must be preserved from going off road and into the bush. Quit treating the truth claims of the scripture, the power of the Holy Spirit and the compassion of the Creator like they are some fragile little Faberge’ eggs that must be coddled, kept in the sanctuary and never exposed to the mean world. –Doug Giles, from www.townhall.com 03.12.05.
Man Dies After Winning Tequila Shot Contest
” SANTO DOMINGO , Dominican Republic – One person is dead and three are gravely ill following a tequila drinking competition in Santo Domingo , Dominican Republic .
“The winner of the contest died. Officials say Ricardo Ivan Garcia – who was 21 – drank more than 50 shots of tequila Sunday night at a disco. The prize was ten-thousand pesos – about 330 dollars.
“A prosecutor says the man died of apparent heart failure brought on by alcohol poisoning. Three other contestants remain in serious condition in the hospital. – submitted by Mark Zaveson, from an unknown source 03.07.05
“Modesty used to be considered a natural female attribute. No more. Just take a look around next time you’re at the mall. With warm weather on the way, belly buttons will be popping out everywhere, and thighs will be very much on display, even in church. Back in the day, a pair of tight jeans was enough to earn a girl a bad reputation. Now slutty has gone Main Street . … Many studies show that promiscuous behavior entails greater psychological costs for even the most “liberated women.” –Linda Chavez
On religious freedom
“I had been contemplating this same thought, quoted below, over the past year. With all the brouhaha in the media about our religious liberties being attacked I’ve wondered if they would just cause us to band together all the more. It appears when common people are challenged, whether they should be allowed to say a prayer before a local city meeting or display the Ten Commandments in their local park, it causes them to wake up and take notice. The attacks against Christianity are before the Supreme Court at this very moment. Im anxious to hear of the outcome.” –Mark Zaveson, 03.04.05
“Liberty has been planted here; and the more it is attacked, the more it grows and flourishes.”–Samuel Sherwood, from The Church’s Flight into the Wilderness, An Address On the Times, 1776
Something about not thinking
“We are a nation that is unenlightened because of religion. I do believe that. I think that religion stops people from thinking. I think it justifies crazies. I think flying planes into a building was a faith-based initiative. I think religion is a neurological disorder. If you look at it logically, its something that was drilled into your head when you were a small child. It certainly was drilled into mine at that age. And you really cant be responsible when you are a kid for what adults put into your head.” –Bill Maher as quoted on MSNBCs Scarborough Country and as listed at www.federalist.com
“I think we have more machinery of government than is necessary, too many parasites living on the labor of the industrious.” –Thomas Jefferson
The numbers: Iraqi security forces
“There are a total of 136,065 Iraqi security forces trained and equipped, senior defense officials said Feb. 4, 2005 . About 79,000 serve in the Ministry of Interior Forces,Â police, civil intervention, emergency response, border enforcement, highway patrol, dignitary protection. Another 57,000 serve in the Ministry of Defense Forces, Army, National Guard, Intervention Force, Special Operations, Air Force and Coastal Defense Force. –from the DOD website www.defendamerica.mil 02.12.05
Jihadists and Journalists
“Our journalists need to drop the feigned naivete. Reporters who cut deals with terrorists for gory footage, who know a terror bombings on the way and say nothing or who accompany thugs as they ambush U.S. soldiers, are not neutral observers.
“As this column has consistently maintained, al-Jazeera, especially, is not a news organization. Its an anti-American propaganda bureau. Does anyone imagine that al Qaeda and other terror groups, the head-choppers for Allah send their tapes to al-Jazeera because the postage is cheaper?” –from an article in The New York Post
Guns and crime
“Laws that forbid the carrying of arms…disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes…Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.” –Cesare Beccaria
Big cars and big intellects
“There were limousine liberals before there were limousines.” –Thomas Sowell
Capitalism and socialism – two for the price of one
“We can’t expect the American People to jump from Capitalism to Communism, but we can assist their elected leaders in giving them small doses of Socialism, until they awaken one day to find that they have Communism.” –Nikita Khrushchev
“The American people will never knowingly adopt Socialism. But under the name of “liberalism they will adopt every fragment of the Socialist program, until one day America will be a Socialist nation, without knowing how it happened.” –Norman Thomas
Some cockeyed vote counting?
“It’s obvious to anyone who pays attention that the drive to “have every vote counted is strictly one-sided. It seems strange that the results from the same machines weren’t challenged in 1992 or 1996, when they logged more votes for Bill Clinton than any of his opponents. It’s only when Republicans get more votes that Democrats complain about faulty machines and the owners of the companies that made them.” –Joe Mariani, 01.16.05 www.guardian.blogdrive.com
The Endless Party
“In 1943 Archibald MacLeish expressed liberals hopes about realizing the “America of the imagination:”
“We have, and we know we have, the abundant means to bring our boldest dreams to pass–to create for ourselves whatever world we have the courage to desire. We have the metal and the men to take this country down, if we please to take it down, and to build it again as we please to build it. We have the tools and the skill and the intelligence to take our cities apart and put them together, to lead our roads and rivers where we please to lead them, to build our houses where we want our houses, to brighten the air, clean the wind, to live as men in this Republic, free men, should be living. We have the power and the courage and the resources of good-will and decency and common understanding…to create a nation such as men have never seen.”
“One could discount this as rhetoric, considering that MacLeish was a poet by trade. It is, however, language that working politicians relied on as well. President Lyndon Johnsons speech in 1964 calling for the creation of a Great Society “explained” it in these terms:
“”The Great Society rests on abundance and liberty for all. It demands an end to poverty and racial injustice, to which we are totally committed in our time. But this is just the beginning.
“”The Great Society is a place where every child can find knowledge to enrich his mind and to enlarge his talents. It is a place where leisure is a welcome chance to build and reflect, not a feared cause of boredom and restlessness. It is a place where the city of man serves not only the needs of the body and the demands of commerce but the desire for beauty and the hunger for community.”
–William Voegeli, Posted 01.21.05, The Claremont Institute
Things cast off
“We have grasped the mystery of the atom and rejected the Sermon on the Mount.” –General of the Army Omar Bradley
From the “Lets Blame America Bureau:”
“There are over six billion people living on our planet. Of that six billion, almost two billion are Muslims. That’s roughly a third of the total population of the earth.
“The earthquake that triggered the killer tsunami was centered just off the coast of the Indonesian island of Sumatra . Indonesia is the world’s most populous Muslim country. It was also the most severely devastated by the wave. Nearly 100,000 of the victims of the December 26 catastrophe were Indonesian Muslims.
“The vast majority of the victims were either Muslims, Buddhists or Hindu.
“It didn’t take long for these same liberal elitists to turn Mother Nature into an American right-wing hater of Islam.
“Not only had America’s imperialistic self-enrichment policies created the natural disaster, but also cold-hearted Muslim hating President Bush wouldn’t leave his ranch in Texas … which by the way, is his home — not a vacation destination — and only offered a ‘stingy’ initial monetary donation.
“While these elitist journalist were assailing President Bush and expounding the mantra that America should be giving more money to the devastated region in a token gesture that would ‘show Islam that America didn’t hate Muslims’, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan was still on his vacation skiing in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. He returned to New York four days later.
“And did anybody notice that the majority of the private donations came from those evil corporate types the left so loves to loathe? –Jack Kinsella, Omega Letter , 01.06.05
Get serious stupid…
“Is there any more glaring public display of folly possible than the “No Blood For Oil bumper sticker I recently spotted on the back of an SUV? The closest thing to that level of irony was a “Buy American bumper sticker I saw years ago on a VW Beetle — a German car manufactured in Mexico . The humor was intentional in that case, however. Frankly, unless you live in a hand-built log cabin eating only what you grow and wearing clothes you weave yourself out of the hemp you dont smoke, youre as sticky with oil as though you dove headfirst into a tankers hold. If you drive a car or ride a bus, you use oil. Heat your house? You use oil. Wear clothes? Buy groceries? Reading this on a computer screen? Youre using oil. And if you’re driving something that uses more gas than almost any other car you could possibly be driving, and youre accusing the US government of invading other countries to steal their oil for your consumption… well, it’s a shame that stupidity isn’t painful. –Joe Mariani, 01.16.05 www.guardian.blogdrive.com
Article contributed by Richard Vandagriff and Mark Zaveson