Saturday, December 26, 2009

election year appears in a Christmas miracle

You can smell election year politics rearing its head concerning our national security with the reports of a possible failed bombing attack on Christmas. Fox News will definitely benefit from any coverage of the issue. It will be interesting to see how the administration handles the hype.

Friday, December 25, 2009

it's not about you

I find the argument of Rev. C. Thomas Anderson to be out-of-line. Even though I am merely a layperson and by no means an expert, I have always felt that the faith is not about me. It is about others and my relationship to them. Through that relationship I benefit. Wealth is not a measure of anything but possessions just as poverty is not a measure of success. Merry Christmas.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

small world after all

This short film from the American Museum of Natural History, once again reminds me that I'm not as important as I think.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

colorful life issues

Sophie Keller has not had an unusual experience, but her reflections on the ordeal of losing a pregnancy are a must read.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

palin science

So former Governor Sarah Palin has an Op-Ed in today's Washington Post. After reading it, I'm certain it is her opinion even though I cannot figure out how someone from Alaska could have such an opinion. Certainly she has knowledge of communities in Alaska that are on the front lines of climate change. If not, then she needs to pay these folks a visit. I would think Alaskans would be some of our most aggressive environmental conservationists. But maybe they have so much wildlife and wide-open spaces they cannot see the forest through the trees.

Friday, December 4, 2009

reap what you sow

I have to admit that I have been fascinated with former Alaskan Governor Sara Palin. To me at least, see is very American. She loves her country, family and God. And she does not quite know what she does not know.

The bloggosphere has been hoping over a radio interview that she conducted where she basically announced that she is part of the Birther movement. So to the left that has opened the door to going full tilt after Palin on whether her son Trig is really her son and not that of her eldest daughter Bristol.

I'm not sure I'll be able to watch, but it has the feel of a really good train wreck. How can I turn away?

Thursday, December 3, 2009

what shall we cut?

The Washington Post addressed Governor-elect McDonnell's predicament with Virginia's budget. With a history of fiscal responsibility Virginia is a tough place to prove the Republican maxim of small government. According to the article Virginia's general fund spending has grown only 8 percent over the past 10 years. If McDonnell cuts anything it will have to be in the areas of education or public healthcare (Medicaid). Things that should be paid for through tax hikes or service fees - not cut.

fuzzy science

Popular Mechanics has printed a great article on the climate debate and the recent email-gate. Unlike belief, real science is never 100% which puts it at a public relations disadvantage related to its detractors. I tend to lean towards the climatologists and their associates even though they too suffer from human imperfections.

I will also always remember the first rule given to me by Dad when he would take me camping as a kid, "Leave it better than you found it." Still sounds like good science to me.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

he is what he says he is

With the President's troop increase announcement on tap for tonight, I'm concerned by the left's anger towards the decision. This is exactly what the man said he was going to do. Consider these orders a fulfilled campaign promise.

Money quote: "As president, I would pursue a new strategy, and begin by providing at least two additional combat brigades to support our effort in Afghanistan. We need more troops, more helicopters, better intelligence-gathering and more nonmilitary assistance to accomplish the mission there."