Because it has rules based on the Truth. Read it and weep for joy or sadness.
Because it has rules based on the Truth. Read it and weep for joy or sadness.
The Crack Young Staff is two years old today. Hooray!
Were you aware that an anagram for Crack Young Staff is Crock Of Fast Gyun? Gyun was that font of widom who posed as a Korean General. His most famous saying is "In a war it is to kill or be killed." Yup, that pretty much sums up HQ.
Seriously, congratulations guys. You are terrific, funny, well-mannered, and kind. May you come in 9th place in this year's Weblog Awards.
Mr. and Mrs. P
"If many thousands of illegal aliens marched in their zeal, many more millions of Americans of all different races and backgrounds watched--and seethed. They were struck by the Orwellian incongruities--Mexican flags, chants of "Mexico, Mexico," and the spectacle of illegal alien residents lecturing citizen hosts on what was permissible in their own country.
"If the demonstrators thought that they were bringing attention to their legitimate grievances--the sheer impossibility of deporting 11 million residents across the border or the hypocrisy of Americans de facto profiting from "illegals" who cook their food, make their beds, and cut their lawns--they seemed oblivious to the embarrassing contradictions of their own symbolism and rhetoric. Most Americans I talked to in California summed up their reactions to the marches as something like, 'Why would anyone wave the flag of the country that they would never return to--and yet scream in anger at those with whom they wish to stay?' "
Why indeed? The rest is here.
Thanks to RealClearPolitics.
Remember Revolting Students? In it I told you of Mr. P's wise friend who at the ripe age of 19 realised that Mr. P was only a liberal because he had never taken an economics course. I went on to observe this about France's problems and her problem children :
"While irony of the ancient students of '68 asserting their superiority over today toadies of their warped philosophical thinking is delicious, not much time ought to be spent on it. France needs to deal with the mess it has created by giving into those idealistic thugs. The majority of France's economic woes could be solved if the students, the government of France and the educational system of France would simply listen to the wisdom espoused by Mr. P's wise college friend of a conservative bent who at the age of 19 could see that what was needed to combat liberalism was a course in economics. Not only would the students of today realize their demands do not have a leg to stand on, it would create a whole new raft of young thinkers who could help France out of its mess. The good news is that France's woes are big enough to keep a lot of her students employed for a very long time."
Well, nine days later, my favorite doctor, Theodore Dalrymple concurs with Mr. P's friend's long-ago diagnosis :
"French students should go back to class to learn some economics."
Of course Theo has much more to say and his advice is always sound.
Thanks to RealClearPolitics.
From Diogenes :
"The Boston Globe's Michael Paulson reports on the newly increased level of co-responsibility with which Pope Benedict wishes to invest his cardinals:
"On Friday, Benedict repeatedly used the phrase, "I am counting on you," as he bestowed red hats on the 15 men he had chosen as his first crop of cardinals. ... "I am counting on you, dear brother cardinals, to ensure that the principle of love will spread far and wide, and will give new life to the Church at every level of her hierarchy, in every group of the faithful, in every religious institute, in every spiritual, apostolic, or humanitarian initiative," Benedict said Friday. "I am counting on you to see to it that our common endeavor to fix our gaze on Christ's open heart will hasten and secure our path towards the full unity of Christians. I am counting on you to see to it that the Church's solicitude for the poor and needy challenges the world with a powerful statement on the civilization of love."
The read given by Paulson's experts to this address is that the cardinals are to assume a more important consultative role in Vatican policy. I think this interpretation is largely correct. But the Pope's repeated "I am counting on you" sounds to me less like an announcement than an entreaty, specifically, an entreaty that the cardinals go beyond their minimal official duties and take on a larger share of the dirty work. In another words, the Pope's plea is that, faced with Church business where the solution is clear but unpleasant, the cardinal archbishops stop passing the buck and thus forcing the Holy See to deal with it.
"Austen's ladies distinguished by character more than rank"
"It was the late eighteenth century which, in fact, saw a distinct change in the status of women and the social respect paid to them. The upheavals of the Civil War, and the libertine creed of the Restoration wits had made the seventeeth century an uneasy time in which to cultivate further manners, other than those of a small courtly elites. But by the end of that era of comparative peace and prosperity, the eighteenth century, woman's intelligence and sensibility began to be openly acknowledged. It was no longer necessary to be a woman of rank to earn the title 'lady'. The blue-stockings held court in their salons, and a group of talented woman poets (whose work has been recently revived and, it must be said, in some quarters, overestimated), Ann Seward, Elizabeth Robinson and Charlotte Smith, for example, emerged in popularity.
Last Tuesday, radiohost Laura Ingraham kicked up a hornet's nest on the Today Show. The hornets, being true to form are still buzzing about mad as, well, hornets. Who knew reality TV could be so much fun?
Anyway the hornet's anger brought to mind some of Duff Cooper's WWI correspondence with his future wife, the Lady Diana Manners. Duff Cooper, or Alfred Duff Cooper, 1st Viscount of Norwich, (if my rusty memory is correct) served with distinction in the Grenadiers Battalion during the First World War. After the war, Duff went on to do many distinguished things, among them turning Britain away from the appeasement course Neville Chamberlain was taking with Hitler by giving a magnificent speech that concluded with the resignation of his Cabinet post.
Algernon: (picking up an empty plate in horror) Good heavens Lane! Why are there no cucumber sandwiches? I ordered them specially.
Lane: (gravely) There were no cucumbers in the maket this morning, sir. I went down twice.
Algernon: No cucumbers!
Lane: No, sir. Not even for ready money.
Algernon: That will do, Lane, thank you.
-The Importance Of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde.
Spring is in the air and my thoughts are naturally turning to asparagus, strawberries, shad roe, and cucumber sandwiches. Cucumber sandwiches, if done properly are the most delightful treat one can have. Unfortunately, we Americans like to gussie them up too much, and you will find cucumber sandwiches made with brioche or adorned with a herbed goat cheese spread or have their edges rolled in parlsey. They are very nice sandwiches but they are not cucumber sandwiches, in the traditional sense. I am guilty of all of those crimes against the cucumber sandwich. It took an elderly Latin teacher of true British descent to set me straight on the art of the cucumber sandwich, as well as shortbread.
Basically, to make a proper cucumber sandwich you need a hothouse cucumber, high-quality unsalted butter at room temp, a decent sandwich bread (both brown and white), white wine or malt vinegar, and a sharp potato peeler. First you slice the cucumber with the potato peeler into translucent discs and lay them in a colander, sprinkle them with the vinegar and lightly salt to get rid of excess water. After about an 1/2 an hour, gently sqeeze them and pat them dry. You can sprinkle a bit more vinegar if needed. Now, slice your bread very thin (or purchase the Pepperidge Farm thin sliced bread) and apply a thin coat of butter to both sides of the bread to seal it. Then lay two layers of cucumber on a buttered slice and top with another. Then, with your rolling pin lightly roll the 2 halves together. Trim the edges and slice crosswise into 4 triangles.
Place on your best plate and enjoy with a nice pot of tea.
"The most worrying aspect of the Bishop of Exeter's speech is his concern that certain actions by the Anglican Church might might lead to the possibility 'that the dialogue process with Muslims would end'.
"Recently, to coincide both with the 350th anniversary of the resettlement of the Jews to England and with Holocaust Memorial Day, the ABC put out the following statement: 'from a Christian perspective the dialogue between Christians and Jews is not only historically the most senior, but also theologically distinct'.
"So what is more important for the Anglican Church, dialogue with Jews (as the ABC has stated), or with Muslims (as appears to be the reality)?
"Maybe we can glean something of an answer to this question. For immediately after the ABC's public statement reiterating the very close partnership between the Anglican Church and the Jewish community, Synod voted overwhelmingly to heed the the call from Palestinian Christian, Bishop Riah of Jerusalem, to overturn the Church's own Ethical Investment Advisory Group's decision and to divest from companies in Israel. The Archbishop of Canterbury was one of those who voted in favour of divestment.
"It must be well known to the ABC and others that Bishop Riah's view is that: 'We [the Palestinians] are the true Israel ... no one can deny me the right to inherit the promises, and after all the promises were first given to Abraham and Abraham is never spoken of in the Bible as a Jew.... He is the father of the faithful'.
"Riah has recently welcomed Hamas' victory in the Palestinian elections. Hamas' stated goal is the destruction of the State of Israel.
"I wonder if fellow bloggers can help me here. Next Monday, I am guest speaker at the AGM of Southend CCJ on the subject of 'Jews and Christians facing the future together in the UK and the future (if any) of Jewish/Christian Dialogue'. The title itself demonstrates the fears and concerns of the organisers of this event. After that, in May and June in Manchester, and in the wake of 7/7 (in which four well-integrated Muslims from the Leeds area blew up Londoners), I am chairing three dialogue sessions on 'Interfaith Dialogue in the 21st Century' at Manchester Metropolitan University.
"It appears to me, however, both from recently talking to, and experiencing the behaviour of, various Anglican Bishops, interfaith advisors and interfaith workers, that the attitude of the Bishop of Exeter is the present reality in the Anglican Church and that this attitude is growing.
When it comes to war what matters most, in tactical terms, are the realities on the ground. The battlefield realities must be looked at objectively and constantly by the military commanders. Strategies must be constantly re-drawn to deal with the ever-changing battlefield realities. What should have zero impact upon military strategy is public opinion. This is common knowledge. So, why is money being spent by prominent media organizations like the Washington Post to run polls like this? The only natural outcome to polling like this is to demoralize the citizenry, demoralize the soldiers engaged in the battle and their families, and scare the politicians. The politicians fear is very key as their careers rise and fall on polls. Their fear could cause them, out of misguided interests of self-protection, to start making loud noises about the war not going well and question loudly when we are going to pull out the troops. This sort of behavior can influence military strategy as the strong anti-war movement seriously impinged upon our Vietnam strategy.
Here's the battlefield reality in Iraq as of this morning from a man who understands what is actually happening there, Col. Ralph Peters:
Melanie Phillips isn't buying the Defender of Faith's arguments :
"However, there is a further point to be made about the princely comments. Although he began by expressing his ‘heavy heart’ at the impact of terrorism and his sadness that no-one had listened to his call for bridges to be built between cultures (so far, so unexceptionable) he went on to criticise the publication of the Danish cartoons:
'The recent ghastly strife and anger over the Danish cartoons show the danger that comes of our failure to listen and to respect what is precious and sacred to others,’ said the prince. ‘In my view, the true mark of a civilised society is the respect it pays to minorities and to strangers.’ He continued: ‘I look forward to a world in which we share a vision that acknowledges our differences with respect and understanding, that recognises what others hold sacred, and to a world in which we see that we cannot and must not abuse our great traditions and their teachings as a weapon in the service of selfish worldly power.’
"So the worldwide violence, destruction, killings and lootings that followed publication of the cartoons were merely ‘ghastly’ and were caused by ‘our failure to listen and to respect what is precious and sacred to others’. But this was not so. The uproar was caused by the Islamist world failing to respect the freedom to protest against a clerical threat to life and liberty and then actually attacking life and liberty, thus amply proving the point of the original protest. Publication of the cartoons was therefore a morally justified act which should be defended by all who fight intolerance and bigotry. Yet here was the heir to the throne of England taking the part of the bigots, and blaming the violence instead on the ‘lack of respect’ for the creed that promoted that violence!
"How very different from the home life of our own dear Queen."
Again, unfortunately for everyone, Melanie is spot on about the prince taking the side of the bigots but, again, this is nothing new.
UPDATE : Ruth Gledhill adds her tuppence :
"... And yes, the Prince of Wales is right to speak out against Islamophobia. But I can't help wonder who is going to start speaking out in defence of Christians and Christianity around the globe.
"It seems unlikely that we can expect much defending of Britain's historic faith from the future head of the Church of England. In Britain, our future monarch, perhaps on line to become the first truly Multi-Cultural Monarch, has already made it clear in his 1994 BBC interview that he wishes to be defender of faith rather than Defender of the Faith when he ascends the throne.
"Ian Bradley of St Andrew's university has argued: "'We are witnessing a reinvention of the monarchy to articulate the values of a tolerant society and to provide a focus for multiculturalism and religious pluralism.'"
"Another Scottish academic, Graham Spence, contacted me this morning with some enlightening insights following the article I wrote for today's paper about Islam's deathly treatment of apostates. You can read here just one of the many sources I used for this short piece. Spence has studied Islam for the past five years both as a form of personal study and towards a degree and he is currently doing an MSc in journalism at Napier in Edinburgh. Regarding the Prince of Wales, he says: "'This is an impassioned speech from a man who believes what he is saying but clearly does not understand what he is dealing with. A few years ago he expressed a desire to be "defender of faith" removing the definite article from the title. However his history studies at university should have told him that the title was granted to Henry VIII by Pope Leo X for defending the faith from the evils of Luther and Tyndale, and royalty being royalty, despite the split from the Church of Rome, they kept the title long after Catholicism was gone from the UK palaces.'"
I was about to say that Charles will have to try harder, but I forgot that he doesn't have to. The world as well as the truth clearly has to accommodate him.
I think I know who the chap is. But a visit to his tailor is in order to confirm suspicions. And his parish priest. Until then, I'll venture out on a limb and say, "Welcome back Mr. Soames. Unlike the Protestant Misspent, I knew you'd return." As Jane Austen once wrote ;
"All the priviledge I claim for my own sex (it is not an enviable one, you need not covet it) is that of loving longest, when existence or when hope is gone." - Anne Eliot
Remember Life In Neutral? Well, it appears that Switzerland may not be so neutral anymore. The Swiss Foreign Minister has decided that Switzerland is 'partnering' with that great terror and social service group, Hamas. Now, we needn't be alarmed yet as we don't know why Switzerland is partnering with Hamas or what exactly partnering means with a suicide bombers' organization. This decision may be more financial than political as we did learn that the PLO under Arafat, siphoned off millions of foreign aid designated to help the Palestinian poor (which is almost all of them) and wired it into Swiss bank accounts. Remember when the widow Arafat wouldn't hand over the passbooks until she got the PLO to agree to her allowance?
Thanks to littlegreenfootballs.
The plight of condemned Christian Abdul Rahman is getting more and more attention. According to Amnesty International, the lower court ruling that sentenced Rahman to death for his conversion to Christianity is violating the UN Charter of international treaties and international conventions that Afghanistan signed as well as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights :
"Article 7 of the Constitution declares, moreover, that “the state shall abide by the UN Charter, international treaties, international conventions that Afghanistan has signed, and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights”.
"As a state party to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), the government of Afghanistan is bound to uphold Article 18, which provides that “everyone shall have the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion” and that “this right shall include freedom to have or to adopt a religion or belief of his choice”. In its General Comment on this Article, the Human Rights Committee, the panel of independent UN experts which examine states’ implementation to the ICCPR, has stated* that “the freedom to ‘have or to adopt’ a religion or belief necessarily entails the freedom to choose a religion or belief, including the right to replace one's current religion or belief with another or to adopt atheistic views, as well as the right to retain one's religion or belief”. It further stated that “the use of threat of physical force or penal sanctions to compel believers or non-believers to adhere to their religious beliefs […], to recant their religion or belief or to convert” is prohibited.
"Amnesty International believes that for "justice to be served in the best possible manner", as required by Article 130 of the Constitution, the authorities should ensure that international standards of justice, including human rights law are accorded a primary place, as guaranteed by the Article 7 of the Constitution."
The pressure the Allies and AI are bringing to bear on Afghanistan to honor the treaties they have signed is good, just, and necessary. Where is Kofi Annan?
Thanks to Michelle Malkin.