Sign that man up for a comparative religions class

It’s not like we haven’t argued before over whether God hears the prayers of a non-Christian. Jerry Falwell got us involved in that discussion in 1980. But, in the wake of a new Pew poll showing 18 percent of Americans think the Ø is a Muslim, the White House has implied that prayer is a Christian practice by definition.

White House spokesman Bill Burton said most Americans care more about the economy and wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and “they are not reading a lot of news about what religion the president is.” He commented on Air Force One as Obama headed for a vacation in Massachusetts on Martha’s Vineyard.

Burton added, “The president is obviously a Christian. He prays everyday.”

Christians who have a good spiritual discipline do pray every day. But so do Muslims, 5 times daily. And observant Jews, 3/day. And Baha’is. And pagans. And Hindus.

I’m not sure why this is such an issue, other than we’re all so used to hearing Obama lie that it wouldn’t be unusual to find out he was lying about his faith or that the conspiracy mill is juiced about where his loyalties lie (besides in himself).

As a messianic believer in Yeshua, I’d just as soon the Ø turn out to be something other than a Christian or Jew until such time as he changes his ways. For right now, he wouldn’t be doing either tradition proud.


Life on the way home–8/4

They were there at one point. I swear it.

Is this what trees look like to The Flash?

Just before it ate my library borrowings.

From a Focus 03

Granted, it’s no “From a Buick 6,” but the new category of From a Focus 03 will offer glimpses of what I see on my way home or into work.

Who says weeds can’t be pretty?

Remember Then Came Bronson?

No longer a danger? I beg to differ

From the “Wish I had had a camera” dept:

I stop at Thornton’s at Illinois Routes 26 and 116 Monday night to gas up, and as I’m putting the pump handle up, I look a couple lanes over to see a young man smoking a cigarette while filling up.

Before I hastily got my receipt and jumped into the car to get out of the area, I noticed his T-shirt, which said:

“No longer a danger to society.”

Talk about false advertising …

Paul Ryan, family guy

Congressman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, probably the most level-headed and maybe smartest guy in the GOP, has ruled out a run for president in 2012, says The Weekly Standard. Interestingly enough, one of the qualities that would make him a good president is also one of the reasons that he won’t run: his priorities.

But the 40-year-old congressman has consistently tried to quash the notion that he might run for president and did so again last night during the $50 per person fundraising cruise on Lake Geneva. “No, no there isn’t,” Ryan replied when asked if there’s any chance he would run for president.

“I want to be a normal person,” Ryan continued. “Other people can run for that thing. Other people can’t do this,” he said, pointing to one of his three young children sipping a kiddie cocktail.

Many politicians say they won’t run for higher office because of their family, but Ryan really seems to mean it. “I lost my dad when I was a little kid,” he said. “So I’m very sensitive to that issue. I’d be on the campaign trail in a month, and I’d be crying myself to sleep because I hadn’t seen my kids for eight or ten days. Right now, I can handle it when I don’t see them for three or four days.”

It’s a shame that, thanks to the news media, running for president is a no-go if you value family like Ryan does. That’s not saying that politicians with young children, like Barack Obama, are cheating their children of their father if they run for president. But Ryan’s not taking any chances.

Dig yourself in, dig yourself out

Major Garrett, senior White House correspondent for Fox News, was tweeting the president’s town hall on Wednesday when this came through from him at 1:59 p.m. CT:

RT @c…….: why even listen to this a–hole. he should be impeached and then tried for treason//Warning. No profanity of that kind. [Dashes not in original tweet; user name withheld.]

A minute later came this tweet from Garrett:

To all followers….if you use profanity against POTUS or other followers or are abusive to me or anyone, you will be blocked. No appeal.

Which was weird, because Garrett had just retweeted such. But then came this another minute later.

Did not mean to retweet that earlier tweet to me…it was errant. Hence the across-the-board warning to everyone.

And, four minutes later:

Everyone. That retweet was a mistake. I hit send before I edited it as I did. This is a sane, civil place. As long-time followers know.

It’s a simple mistake (how many times have you hit the send key when you didn’t mean to?), but it helped me seeing someone else have to dig themselves out of a hole they themselves dug. I’ve had to do it plenty of times in my life, just by saying something that I shouldn’t have and then over-explaining it or overapologizing for it. It’s even rougher if you’re a reporter at a major news outlet with 18,536  18,534 followers on Twitter. (The drop there occurred between the first and second tweets.)

Update, 2:27 p.m. CT: Tweet from MajoratWH:

RT @c9758langwaters i dont think that was a mistake by you retweeting that. otherwise you would just delete it?/ I DID delete it.

And the digging goes on. 🙂

The (Superstitious) One

According to Time magazine in June 2008, “Amongst the things that Barack Obama carries for good luck are a bracelet belonging to a soldier deployed in Iraq, a gambler’s lucky chit, a tiny monkey god and a tiny Madonna and child.” (via Has President Obama run out of luck? – Roger Simon –

This is the man who is the most powerful in the free world? A “tiny monkey god”?

And how many of his supporters trash Christians for being supposedly superstitious?

Assume what you write …: Part 2

Here I warned that we should all assume that anything we send in e-mail, leave in voice mail, etc., will end up on the front page of the paper, because sometimes it does.

Now comes the resignation of Washington Post reporter/blogger Dave Weigel after some e-mails he sent to a group of journalists were exposed.

FishbowlDC has confirmed that WaPo conservative-beat blogger Dave Weigel has resigned after a slew of his anti-conservative comments and emails surfaced on FishbowlDC and Daily Caller over the past two days.

Obama aces McChrystal test

I’ve been mostly–all right, totally–negative about Barack Obama as president, leader, politician, whathaveyou. But at first blush, he handled the Gen. McChrystal controversy perfectly, and gave solid reasons for removing him from command: civilian over military rule; the impact of divisiveness within the chain of command. He treated McChrystal with respect, as well.

On the other hand, per John Derbyshire, we need to get our buns out of Afghanistan and devote resources instead to protection here.