Archive for August, 2010
Posted by Christopher Johnson | Tuesday, August 31st, 2010 | Uncategorized | 48 Comments
Many jokes have been made here about how the Church of England is a Church Nobody Goes To Anymore and so how about returning Westminster Abbey, Wells Cathedral et al to the British Catholic church what with the Anglicans not using them anymore? Normally, I’d be all for it except for those times British Catholics demonstrate that they don’t deserve to get them back.
Posted by Christopher Johnson | Tuesday, August 31st, 2010 | Uncategorized | 27 Comments
See that flag over there on the right? The Gadsden flag was there for a long time and probably will be back again. And I suspect that the flag of Israel may go up at some point. But the flag of Arizona is there now. Here’s why:
There can be few sights more humiliating for the American people than that of a US president kowtowing to a foreign leader or to supranational institutions. Continental Europeans are used to this sort of thing after decades of dominance by unelected bureaucrats in Brussels, and have grudgingly accepted over time the gradual and undemocratic erosion of their freedoms. But most Americans fiercely defend their national sovereignty, and find the idea of giving international organisations a say over their laws and lives completely unacceptable.
The Obama administration however has submitted a report to the UN Commissioner on Human Rights, South African judge Navanethem Pillay, which makes direct reference to a popular Arizona immigration law aimed at tackling illegal immigration, which is fiercely opposed by the White House, and is the subject of legal action by the Justice Department.
The highly controversial reference to the Arizona law serves only one purpose – to gain UN and international support for the Obama administration’s position in the face of mounting opposition from Arizona legislators and a majority of the American people. A recent Rasmussen poll showed 61 percent of Americans backing Arizona-style laws for their own states, and just 28 percent supporting a Justice Department challenge .
By doing so, Obama officials undoubtedly hope to stir up international condemnation of the Arizona policy in advance of the UN General Assembly meetings in September, which they believe will increase pressure on Arizona to back down. It is a highly cynical move that speaks volumes about the Obama team’s willingness to undercut American sovereignty and popular will on the world stage.
It is important to note that the Obama administration’s report to the United Nations will go before the UN Human Rights Council, which includes in its current membership some of the world’s worst human rights abusers. The likes of China, Cuba, Libya, Russia, and Saudi Arabia, will have a right to pass judgment over the Arizona immigration law, a humiliation for a great superpower before some of the most brutal regimes on the face of the earth.
In the meantime, the Justice Department continues to harass Arizona.
So it is a violation of “human rights” to insist that the federal government do its job. Democrats? If you want a reason why you’re currently in freefall, this is as good a reason as I can possibly provide you.
Spin this any way you like. But the fact of the matter is that the leader of your party doesn’t much like the country he leads. He and his administration are only too happy to kowtow to the “international community” at the expense of people with whom he shares a nationality and who only ask that the government secure the national borders, something that it is the responsibility of all governments to do.
What, do you think the United States is a perfect country, Johnson? What about the whole chattel slavery thing, huh? What about that?!
What about it? Six hundred thousand Americans lost their lives to get rid of it. Yeah, well, what about America’s endemic racism? Spare me.
Tell you what; if you can come up with any other country in the world where a member of a minority group has a chance in hell of being elected to lead that country, that country will be the only one in the world who has the right to criticize the United States on racial matters.
Until you can, keep your mouth shut. Simple fact of the matter, rest of the world, is that you’re as racist as you think we are.
Are Americans arrogant? Now and then. Not to put too fine a point on it but compared to many of the members of the United Nations whose opinions this president and his sychophants believe that we are obliged to respect, this country has, quite frankly, a great deal to be arrogant about.
If Arizona was rounding up illegal aliens and herding them into concentration camps, that would be one thing. But the fact that the Arizona law referenced treats illegal aliens better than they are treated in Mexico, say, is something else again. That Barack Obama considers this law a human rights violation should tell anyone without blinders everything they need to know about the current president and his toadies.
Posted by Christopher Johnson | Tuesday, August 31st, 2010 | Uncategorized | 12 Comments
Because the calamari isn’t taking crap these days.
Posted by Christopher Johnson | Tuesday, August 31st, 2010 | Uncategorized | 11 Comments
Will November’s mid-term elections be a repeat of 1994 for the Democrats? Right now, a repeat of 1994 looks like the Democratic Party’s best-case scenario:
Republicans lead by 51% to 41% among registered voters in Gallup weekly tracking of 2010 congressional voting preferences. The 10-percentage-point lead is the GOP’s largest so far this year and is its largest in Gallup’s history of tracking the midterm generic ballot for Congress.
The Republican leads of 6, 7, and 10 points this month are all higher than any previous midterm Republican advantage in Gallup’s history of tracking the generic ballot, which dates to 1942. Prior to this year, the highest such gap was five points, measured in June 2002 and July 1994. Elections in both of these years resulted in significant Republican gains in House seats.
And that’s not all. The Republicans have a huge lead in another area.
Republicans are now twice as likely as Democrats to be “very” enthusiastic about voting, and now hold — by one point — the largest such advantage of the year.
Republicans usually turn out in higher numbers in midterm elections than do Democrats, and Gallup’s likely voter modeling in the final weeks of an election typically reflects a larger GOP advantage than is evident among registered voters. The wide enthusiasm gaps in the GOP’s favor so far this year certainly suggest that this scenario may well play itself out again this November.
Let’s see. A ten-point lead in the generic ballot, twice as large as it was in 1994 when the Republicans took control of both houses of the Congress. And a 25-point lead in likely voter enthusiasm. I may have to use some vacation time to live-blog that day.
Posted by Christopher Johnson | Monday, August 30th, 2010 | Uncategorized | 11 Comments
One of the giants decides to hang it up:
I think I’m going to wind down this blog. The stupidity of the religious Left has stopped being funny to me, and I find that commenting on their continuing decomposition just isn’t worth the energy genuine indignation would require. Politics is also going from bad to worse, what with the Ground Zero Abomination Mosque Roach House project failing to produce the correct response: pistol duels. I’m starting to feel like M. Scott Peck dealing with one of his evil-infected patients: that the sickness of so many parts of the world today is so great that it will overwhelm me if I don’t get away from it.
I understand that, I really do. The idea has occurred to me from time to time and if you run one of these things long enough, it’ll occur to you too. So why have I kept at it?
Probably the only advantage to being an intensely shy, moody loner is that it provides you with a certain distance. If you spend your entire life on the outside looking in, you’ll eventually develop an outside-looking-in way of looking at the world.
After getting over the wrench of leaving the only church I had ever known, the Episcopalians began to amuse me so it was fun to write about them. If you’re interested, here’s the best chronicle of that process(not available at fine bookstores everywhere; just sayin’).
And they can’t even do that anymore. These days, since they are so predictable, the Episcopalians and the rest of the Christian left bore me more than anything else. Hence the gradual move into other areas.
But how have you stayed at it as long as you have, Chris? Why hasn’t it gotten to you? Here’s one reason. Know why the Anglican Investigator exists? Know why I take occasional semi-successful stabs at humor? Stuff like that actually isn’t for the readership. It’s for me.
You have to amuse yourself once in a while.
Fact of the matter is that most of the time, I rarely post things because I think other people will be fascinated by them. I post them because I am. The fact that other people are as well is icing on the cake.
Posted by Christopher Johnson | Sunday, August 29th, 2010 | Uncategorized | 5 Comments
Headquarters informs me that this joint will be going down for about four hours or so some time this evening so if you can’t get through, don’t panic. Good for me since it’ll give me time to work on the brand-new CJ:AI some more. But if anything needs blogging during that period, it’ll be posted here:
Posted by Christopher Johnson | Sunday, August 29th, 2010 | Uncategorized | 12 Comments
Posted by Christopher Johnson | Sunday, August 29th, 2010 | Uncategorized | 8 Comments
Posted by Christopher Johnson | Sunday, August 29th, 2010 | Uncategorized | 5 Comments
Tim Blair lays Chuckles out.
Posted by Christopher Johnson | Sunday, August 29th, 2010 | Uncategorized | 10 Comments
Not to go all armchair sommelier on the readership or anything but it seems to me that proclaiming to the world that your Sauvignon Blanc was a double gold medal winner at the 2009 Houston Livestock and Rodeo show is not the strongest of selling points. True story; saw it at the store about half an hour ago.
Posted by Christopher Johnson | Saturday, August 28th, 2010 | Uncategorized | 6 Comments
Some time tomorrow, probably in the afternoon, this site will be down for an extended period. Greg’s moving us to a new server so the MCJ will be unavailable for about 4 hours, give or take. If anything needs to be blogged, I’ll post it at the back-up site:
and then post it back here later if it doesn’t suck too much.
Posted by Christopher Johnson | Friday, August 27th, 2010 | Uncategorized | 27 Comments
Will the Environmental Protection Agency fire a (non-lead) bullet into the back of the head of the electoral chances of the Democratic Party?
Will Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson make a back door move to ban lead bullets the day before the November 2 elections?
Several environmentalist groups led by the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) are petitioning the EPA to ban lead bullets and shot (as well as lead sinkers for fishing) under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Although EPA is barred by statute from controlling ammunition, CBD is seeking to work farther back along the manufacturing chain and have EPA ban the use of lead in bullets and shot because non-lead alternatives are available. But here’s the catch: the alternatives to lead bullets are more expensive. A ban on the sale of lead ammunition would force hunters and sport shooters to buy non-lead ammunition that is often double the cost of traditional lead ammunition. A box of deer hunting bullets in a popular caliber could be upwards of $55.
Although the EPA could have dismissed the request due to a lack of jurisdiction, it is obliging CBD.
Or maybe this should be considered seppuku.
UPDATE: Apparently, the Democrats don’t have all that much of a death wish.
Posted by Christopher Johnson | Friday, August 27th, 2010 | Uncategorized | 15 Comments
To paraphrase Oscar Wilde, one would have to have a heart of stone to read a story like this one without laughing:
Charges the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) has abandoned the historic episcopate by receiving a bishop from the Communion of Evangelical Episcopal Churches (CEEC) without re-consecrating him are unfounded, the traditionalist province-in-waiting tells The Church of England Newspaper.
On July 31, American church commentator Robin Jordan charged the ACNA with having abandoned the historic episcopate when its Provincial Council of Bishops voted on June 9 to receive the Rt. Rev. Derek Jones as a bishop in good standing. Formed in 1995, the CEEC is an American Protestant denomination that has found a niche blending charismatic worship with liturgies drawn from the Book of Common Prayer, and is not normally numbered among the Anglican breakaway churches in the United States.
However, a review of Bishop Jones’ episcopal antecedents by the CEN finds that while a number of his consecrating bishops would not be recognized by Anglicans, his descent from a Brazilian bishop whose episcopal orders were recognized by Pope John XXIII places him within the apostolic tradition.
Mr. Jordan charged that Bishop Jones “was irregularly if not invalidly consecrated,” adding that the CEEC’s “episcopal line of succession is derived from Eastern Orthodox and Old Catholic lines of questionable validity.”
The ACNA’s newest bishop was therefore an episcopi vaganti he said, adding that Bishop Jones’ reception violated traditional Anglican teaching on the episcopate as stated at the 1958 Lambeth Conference. Resolution 54 of Lambeth 58 stated the Anglican Communion “cannot recognize the Churches of such episcopi vagantes as properly constituted Churches or recognize the orders of their ministers’.”
A year and a half ago, I had at the whole “apostolic” question. And as most of you have probably figured out by now, that particular subject has never been something that has concerned me all that much.
Know how I evaluate churches? Is the Gospel being preached? Is the whole counsel of God being taught? Are disciples being made? Do those people truly love one another?
And that’s pretty much it. If you give me a choice between an “apostolic” church that isn’t doing any of that particularly well and a “non-apostolic” church that is, guess which of the two churches I’m going to select?
At the moment, there are two apostolic Christian churches in the world and only two. Rome and Constantinople. One way I know that is that neither one spends anywhere NEAR the time obsessing over the question that other churches who claim “apostolic” status do.
If you don’t have anything to prove, there’s no point in wasting a whole lot of your time trying to prove it.
This sort of thing is one of the reasons why you’re seeing more and more politics around here and less and less Anglicanism. Not that I’ll abandon the Anglicans completely; there’s way too much comedy gold there. But I just can’t get worked up about debates like this anymore.
UPDATE: Me and my pro-Western bias. Dave P. writes:
Actually, all the Non-Chalcedonian Orthodox Churches (Armenian, Ethiopian, Coptic, Syrian, Chaldean) are apostolic as well…
So the number’s different. But my basic point’s the same.
Posted by Christopher Johnson | Friday, August 27th, 2010 | Uncategorized | 12 Comments
American liberals, reports Charles Krauthammer, are frothing at the mouth over the fact that the Great Unwashed refuse to be instructed by their betters.
Liberalism under siege is an ugly sight indeed. Just yesterday it was all hope and change and returning power to the people. But the people have proved so disappointing. Their recalcitrance has, in only 19 months, turned the predicted 40-year liberal ascendancy (James Carville) into a full retreat. Ah, the people, the little people, the small-town people, the “bitter” people, as Barack Obama in an unguarded moment once memorably called them, clinging “to guns or religion or” — this part is less remembered — “antipathy toward people who aren’t like them.”
That’s a polite way of saying: clinging to bigotry. And promiscuous charges of bigotry are precisely how our current rulers and their vast media auxiliary react to an obstreperous citizenry that insists on incorrect thinking.
It is a measure of the corruption of liberal thought and the collapse of its self-confidence that, finding itself so widely repudiated, it resorts reflexively to the cheapest race-baiting (in a colorful variety of forms). Indeed, how can one reason with a nation of pitchfork-wielding mobs brimming with “antipathy toward people who aren’t like them” — blacks, Hispanics, gays and Muslims — a nation that is, as Michelle Obama once put it succinctly, “just downright mean”?
The Democrats are going to get beaten badly in November. Not just because the economy is ailing. And not just because Obama over-read his mandate in governing too far left. But because a comeuppance is due the arrogant elites whose undisguised contempt for the great unwashed prevents them from conceding a modicum of serious thought to those who dare oppose them.