Month: January 2011

Egypt, Islamism, and a Grim Future

What are we to make of the uprising in Egypt? I am not an expert in Egyptian affairs, but a little history lesson might help here as we ponder what might happen next. Egypt was one of the earliest enemies of the state of Israel. The wars in 1967 and 1973, in particular, were primarily between Egypt and Israel, although other Arab countries joined in. In both cases, Israel came out on top, especially in 1967 when it gained a… Read more »

Ephesians 5:25-32

Therefore, laying aside falsehood, speak truth each one of you with his neighbor, for we are members of one another. Be angry, and yet do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and do not give the devil an opportunity. He who steals must steal no longer; but rather he must labor, performing with his own hands what is good, so that he will have something to share with one who has need. Let no… Read more »

Doing My Thinking for Me

As I sit here to write this blog entry today, I’m particularly tired. It was a good week at the university in the sense that I got to teach a lot, but that’s the reason why I’m so tired. I guess I don’t have quite the same stamina as earlier in my life. Could age have something to do with that? Surely not. Anyway, I’ve decided that since my brain is not at peak efficiency right now, I’ll allow some… Read more »

The State of Denial Address

A number of commentators have stated their opinion that Obama’s State of the Union Address was rather flat, not only in his delivery but in his same old “solutions” to our problems. There was nothing really dramatic that would change our current direction. Even his call for a five-year spending freeze was reminiscent of his three-year freeze proposal last year. What freeze? Did I miss that? Supposing he is actually serious [a rather large supposition], the freeze would be targeted… Read more »

Journalism's Golden Age Never Existed

Brent Bozell of the Media Research Center had an excellent article yesterday dealing with the lack of coverage in the mainstream media of abortion news. He cited two events in particular. The first has to do with the atrocious activities of the abortionist Kermit Gosnell, who regularly practiced severing the spinal cords of babies born alive during abortions. Except for a few stories on Fox News and CNN, one would search in vain to find any real treatment of this tale… Read more »

Responsible Government … For a Change

So President Obama gave his view on the current state of our union. Then the Republicans responded, via Rep. Paul Ryan, with their approach, which is the polar opposite of the president’s. Even Rep. Michele Bachmann gave a Tea Party response. Two out of three got it right. That’s because there is a difference in worldview, philosophy of government, and economic policies as wide as the Pacific Ocean between the two sides in this debate. Republicans are moving forward with… Read more »

The Civility Ploy

Tonight is the State of the Union Address.  I predict that the two words we’ll hear repeatedly are “civility” and “investment.” The latter has to do with more government spending disguised as “investing in our future.” The former is now the new catchword for politics. I believe in civility. While I do have a sense of humor and like to poke fun at absurdities in our public life, there’s a line that should not be crossed. The problem is this—that… Read more »