Friday, April 27, 2007
Saturday, April 21, 2007
At the station break, we heard:
"Next, NASA weighs the Theory of Relativity and your letters."
No kidding? Oh, on Thursday they read their email.
And so introducing one of the letters (one which NASA, incidentally, neglected to weigh), they referred to an earlier story
"... our story about a man suffering from Alzheimer's and his wife ..."
If anything, she was probably suffering from him.
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
The medium interrupted and actually said, "Well, some people say you can't be psychic about yourself, but I think that's just an old wives' tale."
Actually, ma'am, the "tale" goes much further than that.
Monday, April 16, 2007
Richard Land, president of the Religious and Ethics Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, takes a hard line against virtually all the major Republican candidates. He says he'd vote for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, New York Democrat, over Mr. Giuliani if the 2008 presidential race came down to such a choice.
Wow. And in the national election, too.
My approach has been to cast my purest philosophical vote in the primaries, but when it comes to the final ballot, I take the path suggested by William F. Buckley many years ago -- I go for "the rightwardmost viable candidate". It seems that by that time, unless there is an overriding reason not to vote at all -- and I'm not sure that a choice between Guiliani and Clinton may not be that circumstance --, it is better to block the worse candidate than to seek to punish the one who doesn't live up to my expectations. The latter approach, in my view, is why we have Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid leading the House and Senate this year.
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
When Luther met Zwingli to debate the nature of the Lord's Supper, before he sat down he chalked the words Hoc Est Corpus Meum on the tablecloth before Him. And so it is -- but it's still bread, and the wine is still the fruit of the vine.
UPDATE: Ebeth sent along a couple of links to Roman Catholic apologetics blogs. First, I'd say thanks to Ebeth for reading, then taking the time to share his (or her) concerns. However, this being a blog from a historic Reformed perspective, Ebeth will understand why I'm not publicizing a Catholic defense of transubstation here. John Calvin's Short Treatise on the Lord's Supper (1541) lays out the Reformed position -- basically, that Christ is truly present in spirit, but with bread and wine unchanged in their physical substance. Christ is only received in the spirit, not in physical consumption of the bread, though the two occur at the same moment.
More resources ancient and modern are posted on Monergism: The Church on the Threshold, here.
Monday, April 09, 2007
John and Elizabeth Edwards have announced their intention of joining 33,690 other North Carolina families in a rapidly-growing phenomenon. Elizabeth told Newsweek this week:
I think we've pretty much settled on what it is we're going to do. I think the children will finish out the school year and then, in the fall, they'll travel with us. We will home-school them. We'll employ a tutor to travel with us to help teach them. I hope it will be an extraordinary experience for them.
I'm sure it will be. I'm no fan of Edwards, but I applaud their decision.
Admittedly, hiring a tutor is more like the education enjoyed by wealthy families from time immemorial, than the largely middle-class, single-income homeschooling mainstream ... more Theodore Roosevelt than Abraham Lincoln, to put it in presidential terms ... but as long as the parents are in ultimate charge of the program, more power to them, I say.
John does demonstrate one minor problem of life in the public eye when he told Salon.com:
We haven't even talked to the children about it, which we have to do.
Oops. Uh, kids, about those news stories ...
 In case anyone's wondering, John asserts that evolution will be part of the curriculum, though the question said more about the liberal media's assumptions than about Edwards or homeschooling generally. Interesting there was no question about algebra, creative writing, or a million other academic options.
 Not that comparing John Edwards to two Republican presidents means anything political, understand.
Ninety years later, Bell’s greatgrandson lives on part of the land his ancestor paid for with bales of cotton. After moving his family 400 miles to reclaim part of his heritage, Joseph Avery of Smithfield has crossed the Pacific twice to help strangers reclaim part of theirs — the legacy of American Buffalo Soldiers who stayed in the Philippines after serving in the Spanish American War. ...
Joseph has a fascinating story, both in his local family history and in the broader history he's uncovering in the Philippines. I appreciate Joe sharing his experiences and photographs; we had two solid interviews to get it all down, and I wouldn't be surprised if there's more to come. The article "Smithfield Man Scours Pacific for Buffalo Soldier Legacy" appears on the front page of the April 2007 Carolina Journal; you can download the electronic edition here.
The Inner Banks Eagle calls it: "... a great article about one of the most impressive men in the Republican Party of North Carolina."
Tuesday, April 03, 2007
If there is a downside to living in North Carolina, or at least this part of it, I think this would have to be it. We've got corruption and occasional flakiness in state government, but we had that in Louisiana and California. Hot and humid summers, Louisiana again, and Florida. High taxes, California again. But pollen, oh, we got pollen.
The first year I worked in Johnston County, the pollen nearly killed me. I think my co-workers knew me as the new engineer who was slowly choking to death; "Tuberculosis?" they may have thought. It hasn't been as bad since then, and I thought maybe it was just becoming acclimated.
Nope. I saw the first dusting about a week ago, then here it comes. Two of the boys went to Cary for a movie Friday night. By Saturday morning, the new pollen on the hood of the Jeep was so thick, it rolled off in blowing drifts as I drove to the store. Washing the car seems a pointless exercise; by the next day, it looks like a crime scene after the investigators finish dusting for prints (hmm, there are clearly nine people involved with this vehicle). There are piles of pollen in the gutters. The dog's nose is greenish-yellow; how does a hound survive in this?
The news reports that this is the heaviest pollen count in about eight years. Yep, that sounds about right. But it reminds me of my granny's house in Sumter -- short grass, hard dirt, piles of oak catkins, and a slight greenish cast to everything. At least the azaleas are pretty.
Allusion note: A very old English round