I cranked up the tivo last night to watch my daily dose of O’Reilly (the 12/26 show isn’t up yet), and who do I see hosting for him, but Michelle Malkin. Now, normally, I like Michelle – she’s intelligent, she’s a minority female who is a conservative, and she can be just snarky enough to be funny, while not indulging in inconsistent analogies that demean her opponents, a la Ann Coulter.
However, last night, she got on the subject of the illegal aliens who were arrested at the Swift meat packing plants, and unfortunately, she has adopted the inhuman, hard right position on illegal aliens which smart leaders like GWB have not indulged in. So Michelle, though I am a lowly blogger like you once were, I hope you read this and take heed, because you are just too pretty and smart, and I don’t want to lose you to the dummies on the fringe.
When I think of horribly unpersuasive spokespersons for their views, I think of Pat Robertson and Richard Dawkins. Both see the absolute worst in those with whom they disagree and feel the need to constantly speak their mind when no one wants to hear it. So why would I be surprised when Dawkins actually defended Robertson's Haiti idiocy? New York Times columnists Russ Douthat explores what he calls "the symbiotic relationship" between new atheists and fundamentalists.
Recently, I heard Pastor Mark Driscoll explain how the three facets of Jesus' ministry (Prophet, Priest and King) tend to be over-emphasized depending on your religious leaning. I thought he made excellent points that spoke to virtually everyone who would call themselves a follower of Christ.
While the tradgedy of Haiti rightly moves us all to help, there are some reasons to think about what kind of help Haiti needs in the long term, not just in this emergency, in part because Haiti has been in crisis almost continually for decades. Perhaps the way we have been helping them IS NOT WORKING.
A few facts to consider (sorry, no time for footnotes, you can correct me if you need to):
- Since 1992, the US alone has poured in over $3B dollars into Haiti, and the UN has done more on top.
- Haiti’s population is only 10M, so how much money has been spent per capita?
- The current earthquake in Haiti was about the same strength as the big Loma Prieta quake in CA. Some 60+ people died in CA, while the body count in Haiti is now easily over 100,000
- Some experts say that the reason that Haiti’s economy hasn’t grown (besides the rampant corruption and thuggery) is it’s dependence on foreign aid
As Newt Gingrich pointed out today in What’s Going on in Massachusetts?, Scot Brown, the GOP challenger in Massechusetts in the run for former Senator Ted Kennedy’s seat, raised $1.3B this past week alone, and is now neck and neck with the liberal candidate. This is remarkable because MA might be the most liberal state in our nation, and if it is having this trouble, this might be a sign of what’s to come in the midterm elections.
One of my friends thinks that it’s just a reflection of conservative angst, not a movement or trend. Newt and I disagree with him. We see it, albeit with hope, as a sign of what is really happening – the nation is finally waking up to the false promises (read “lies”) of liberal economics and policy in general.
This story is so amazing, I just had to share it. I know I sullied the inspiration of this by mentioning abortion, but I just have to say that such ‘handicapped’ children are murdered by their parents more often than not today. This Dad is a hero, and so is his boy.
Sure, both sides play politics, but liberals do it best. Here’s their decision chart. Enjoy.
Luke over at Common Sense Atheism is engaging in a letter exchange with Tim Challies. I have taken it upon myself to answer Luke’s letters, since I am not Tim Challies, and see things a litle differently. Luke has not answered my responses, but perhaps he may. Here’s the Series links, in chronological order
One of my favorite movies, panned by the easily offended leftist critics, was An American Carol, a mocumentary making fun of Michael Moore (played hilariously by Kevin Farley, Chris Farley’s brother). Watching it again, I re-enjoyed the mini-mocumentary buried in the Bill O’Reilly interview, in which people are subject to long lines at airport security due to the Christian fundamentalists.
As people have to strip down to their skivvies, and other’s have cavity searches, two passengers complain about the reason – the Christian “underwear bomber.” Who knew that some crazy Muslim (redundant?) would actually do exactly that. Enjoy the predictions of Islamic idiocy, couched in liberal anti-Christian idiocy.