Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Iraqi orphanage nightmare


Please read this CBS news article (and look at the photos and videos, too) about the discovery of a special-needs orphanage near Baghdad. Troops were patrolling and found the boys naked, starving and bound.

Monday, June 18, 2007

Liberalism gone mad

You remember the stories about Antioch College - its sexual offense prevention policies were parodied on SNL.

Please read Michael Goldfarb's fascinating article about the cannibalistic destruction of Antioch College. Once a bastion of open-minded liberalism, its insistence on change for its own sake broke the institution's back. Constant re-invention is indeed costly.

Goldfarb writes:
"Antioch College became a rump where the most illiberal trends in education became entrenched. Since it is always easier to impose a conformist ethos on a small group than a large one, as the student body dwindled, free expression and freedom of thought were crushed under the weight of ultraliberal orthodoxy. By the 1990s the breadth of challenging ideas a student might encounter at Antioch had narrowed, and the college became a place not for education, but for indoctrination."

Ratatouille preview!

Click on this link to watch the Ratatouille movie preview - fun!

$65 million pants update

First of all, let me say that they are now $54 million dollar pants. Why this lawsuit was given the time of day in court is beyond me. The fact that our plaintiff is an attorney/judge makes matters worse.

Read the CNN article here.

Dog art

SALISBURY, Md. (AP) -

The owner of a fledgling dog-training academy in Salisbury has come up with a bizarre money-raising scheme.

Mary Stadelbacher figured that if she could teach dogs to become service animals for the disabled, why couldn't she teach them to hold a paintbrush and swab a piece of art? Two years later, the owner of Shore Service Dogs has a collection of abstract paintings created by her three service dogs in training. Twenty of the works are being shown this month at a gallery at Salisbury University.

The doggie DaVincis also have a line of greeting cards that has sold out as word spreads about the unusual works of art. One of the original works has sold for 350 dollars.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Ratatouille

I can hardly wait for Pixar's new movie about a Remy the rat who longs to be a chef.

From the NYT:
"The story is a classic underdog tale that leans heavily on Cyrano de Bergerac. Remy, a food-obsessed rat with an exceptional sense of smell, dreams of becoming a chef. To get there, he teams up with Linguini, a clueless garbage boy at Gusteau’s, a once-great Parisian restaurant that has fallen into disarray since the death of its chef, Auguste Gusteau. Remy teaches the lowly kitchen worker to cook dishes that impress even the powerful food critic Anton Ego, who is given voice by the actor Peter O’Toole."

Read the article.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

The Lord is in This Place

R.C. Sproul preached an excellent sermon at tonight's worship service. He began by saying that he had preached this same sermon many times (Charlie heard it at the Twin Lakes Pastor's Conference), and apologized to those who have already heard it; but the committee asked him to preach the text (Genesis 28:10-19) so it was their fault, not his.

I could have cared less - though it was my first hearing. Dr. Sproul delivered a great exposition of the passage. Jacob is traveling toward Haran, and dreamed of the ladder stretching from heaven to earth, with angels ascending and descending.

The bottom line? Jesus is that ladder: the only access to heaven, the only access to the heavenly father, the only mediator between God and man.

Though they're not available online yet, go to this link for information on downloading seminars and sermons from 2007's General Assembly.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Great Concert

Okay, so you don't attend PCA General Assembly for the excitement, but there are perks - worship services with great preaching (R.C. Sproul tomorrow night), worship seminars (taught by Bryan Chappell) and, of course, fabulous book tables.

A nice surprise: Nathan Clark George gave a wonderful concert before tonight's worship service. A singer/songwriter who loves to put scriptures to music, he delivered a brief but memorable six-song set.

Charlie and I purchased his CD (at the aforementioned book table) so we could listen on the way home, too. Please check him out at www.nathanclarkgeorge.com.

Monday, June 11, 2007

On Abortion, Hollywood is No-choice

From the NYT.

Interesting article regarding the disconnect between Hollywood philosophy and Hollywood reality. Why do films from an industry that supports a pro-choice agenda rarely feature women who have abortions?

"Though conservatives regularly accuse Hollywood of being overly liberal on social issues, abortion rarely comes up in film. Real-life women struggling with unwanted pregnancies might consider an abortion, have intense discussions with partners and friends about it and, in most cases, go through with it. But historically and to this day in television and film — historians, writers and those in the movie industry say — a character in such straits usually conveniently miscarries or decides to keep the baby.

“It’s one of those topics that would alienate a portion of the audience no matter what you do,” Sarah Brown, executive director of the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, said of Hollywood’s reluctance to tackle abortion more realistically."

Read the entire article.

Friday, June 08, 2007

Pusillanimous Political Pentagon Pick

I can only express my deep sorrow at the ditching of Peter Pace.

Read the NYT article behind the gutlessness.

Read (or listen to) his 2006 Commencement Address to the graduates of The Citadel.

1,683 play "Smoke on the Water"

"KANSAS CITY, Kansas (AP) -- More than 1,680 guitar players turned out, tuned up and took part in what organizers say was a world record rendition of Deep Purple's "Smoke on the Water" -- a song that was the first many of them ever learned.

Some came from as far away as California and Germany on Sunday to take part in a Kansas City radio station's effort to break a Guinness world record for the most people playing the same song simultaneously. The record had been 1,323 people playing the same song in Vancouver, British Columbia, in 1994.


"It was cool to see little kids playing, people who had been playing for their whole lives, like older people, and then I'm sure there were people like me who just picked up the song a couple days before," said Autumn McPherson, of Winfield, a senior at the University of Kansas."
Read the entire article.

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Alabama senator punches colleague

in the head - on public television.

"Republican Sen. Charles Bishop claimed that Democratic Sen. Lowell Barron called him a "son of a (expletive)."

"I responded to his comment with my right hand," Bishop said. Alabama Public Television tape captured the punch."

Woman arrested for making faces at dog

From Breitbart.com:

CHELSEA, Vt. (AP) - A prosecutor has dropped charges against a woman who was arrested for staring at and making faces at a police dog.

"Prosecuting a woman for `staring' at a police dog is absurd," said her lawyer. "People are allowed to make faces at police dogs and officers to express their disapproval. It's constitutional expression," said public defender Kelly Green, who represented Jayna Hutchinson.


Hutchinson, 33, of Lebanon, N.H., was charged with cruelty to a police animal and resisting arrest after a July 31 incident in West Fairlee in which police were called to a market to investigate a report of a brawl. They were approached by Hutchinson, who told one officer she had been assaulted the day before by one of the men involved.


She asked Vermont State Police Sgt. Todd Protzman to take her statement but he refused, telling her she smelled like alcohol and was drunk but that he would take her statement at another time.


After a heated exchange, she approached Protzman's cruiser, where his dog Max was waiting, putting her face within inches of the window and "staring at him in a taunting/harassing manner," Protzman wrote in an affidavit.


"While the defendant taunted my canine, Max was focused on the defendant and the perceived threat she presented to him," the affidavit said. "He was no longer focused on me and the other officers at the scene."

Officers arrested Hutchinson, adding the resisting arrest charge because she pulled her arms and upper body away during the arrest. She registered 0.21 percent blood-alcohol content on a breath test, more than twice the legal limit for drivers in Vermont.


On Tuesday, two days before Hutchinson was to go to trial, Orange County State's Attorney Will Porter decided to drop the charges, after viewing a videotape of the incident over the weekend.


"I think it was going to be difficult to prove her conduct changed the dog's behavior," Porter said. "Most of the time (in harassment cases) people would come tell the court what it felt like. Dogs can't do that."


Without the cruelty charge, jurors would be unlikely to convict her on the resisting arrest, Porter said.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Global warming extends breeding season

From LiveScience.com:

Droves of cats and kittens are swarming into animal shelters nationwide, and global warming is to blame, according to one pet adoption group.
Several shelters operated by a national adoption organization called Pets Across America reported a 30 percent increase in intakes of cats and kittens from 2005 to 2006, and other shelters across the nation have reported similar spikes of stray, owned and feral cats. The cause of this feline flood is an extended cat breeding season thanks to the world’s warming temperatures, according to the group, which is one of the country’s oldest and largest animal welfare organizations. “Cats are typically warm-weather, spring-time breeders,” said the group’s president, Kathy Warnick. “However, states that typically experience primarily longer and colder winters are now seeing shorter, warmer winters, leading to year-round breeding.”

“Basically, there is no longer a reproduction lull with cat breeding cycles, and unfortunately, it seems more people are bringing boxes of kittens into our agencies during winter now,” she added. Studies have shown that global warming is altering the breeding seasons of other animals, such as migratory birds and penguins. One possible solution to stem the tide of cats is to make sure pets are spayed or neutered. “We have long discussed the benefits of spaying and neutering cats,” said Pets Across America Vice President Bob Rhode. “It is likely that global warming is probably not going to be slowing any time soon, therefore, it benefits everyone when pet owners take action and spay and neuter their pets.”

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Live frogs cure stomach pain

From Reuters:

"After a month of eating live frogs, his stomach pains and coughing were completely gone."

Read the article.


Monday, June 04, 2007

All About Adam?

"Disney has made a preemptive six-figure purchase of "All About Adam," a spec script by Alan Schoolcraft and Brent Simons. Scott Rudin will produce the project. Spec follows the biblical Adam as he trails Eve to modern-day Gotham after they have a lover's quarrel. Adam discovers Satan was behind the breakup."