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Short film: Volition

In Uncategorized on November 28, 2008 at 9:40 am

Have you seen Volition yet? It’s an interesting (and artistic) take on the choices confronting individuals who live in a society that classes some people as subhuman. (I found the ‘behind the scenes’ video interesting, too. It’s available on the same page as the film.)

Parents: I recommend screening this one before you invite the kids to watch.

Cross-posted at Suitable For Mixed Company.

hat tip: Michelle

Movie note: Light for Greytowers

In Uncategorized on November 22, 2008 at 6:00 pm

An Orthodox Jewish movie director wanted to arrange a women-only screening of her film, for religious reasons, and movie festival mucky-mucks in Israel screamed discrimination. The movie, as it happens, is about a girl who comes up against a cruel orphanage matron who tries to keep her from celebrating her religious traditions…

(hat tip: Seraphic Secret)

Persecution of homeschoolers…

In Uncategorized on November 19, 2008 at 12:40 pm

… in Germany is so bad it has prompted one family to apply for political asylum in the United States. (via Alliance Alert)

Rounded up for Nov. 8, 2008

In Uncategorized on November 8, 2008 at 9:57 am

A doctor in Washington state has some thoughtful ideas on changes to make in the wake of the election.

Bookworm uses a memorable scene from a Narnia book to illustrate the problems other conservatives seem to have communicating with Blacks and Hispanics.

Jonah Goldberg suggests that “while the election is still fresh in our minds, let us look at some of the goofy assumptions and buzzwords that defined so much of the coverage discussion this year.” Yes, let’s. (hat tip: Bookworm Room) Hmmm. I wonder if Mr. Goldberg has read Charles J. Chaput’s Little Murders article… They’re both writing about political vocabulary…

Good news and bad news out of the Methodist Church’s 2008 General Conference. And may I offer my thanks to the delegates from Africa? They might yet save the church – and thereby those who listen to its teaching.

This February, Oregon started requiring that Social Security numbers be verified by the folks who issue driver’s licenses. Since then, the number of people taking the driver’s license test in Spanish has dropped by more than 90 percent. Other languages have been unaffected, the report says.

This might or might not be related: immigration officials say that more than 10,000 illegal aliens were deported from Oregon, Washington, and Alaska between October 2007 and September 2008. Nationwide over the same period, the “repatriation” figure was 341,041, one third of whom had prior criminal convictions.

The bad news is that the Obama camp thought it was a good idea to require students from middle school through college to perform community service. The good news is that they can jettison a really bad idea when they hear the opposition building. Please note that I disagree with the tone and rhetoric at the Gateway Pundit post. I linked there because he’s got before and after screen shots from the Change.gov website. (hat tip: Head Noises, which yesterday had a post mulling the economic and freedom aspects of the proposed mandate as it then stood.) I spent part of this morning working on a post discussing the proposed mandate. I’m glad I checked around today, before I spent much more time on it. I would have been fighting what is now a straw man. President Clinton, as I remember it, was prone to saying one thing on Monday and changing course one or more times as the week progressed, without seeming to notice the contradictions. During his administration, I think I reread Animal Farm twice. It just somehow seemed strangely applicable. Perhaps it’s time to find a copy and do a bit of review…

Added: I do think it’s important to acknowledge what this election meant to some people, symbolically. Also, if this presidency defangs the Jesse Jackson types of this country, it will have done a long-overdue good thing. I just wish the symbolic guy didn’t come with so many worrisome friends, theories, and propositions.

Rounded up Nov. 7, 2008

In Uncategorized on November 7, 2008 at 10:22 am

(Do you ever have days where you can’t get back to a draft to get it posted? With my apologies, this is a several-days-strung-together round-up.)

Massively rich, philanthropist rock star’s skyscraper will be on land seized by the government?

Jim Tonkowich muses on reading Brideshead Revisited through bifocals… (There’s a point. Really.) I’d been led to believe that Brideshead Revisited was a book I should avoid like the plague. Perhaps I was misled?

Michael Novak suggests that now is not the time to rehearse grave doubts about the President-elect. I find myself more or less in agreement. Or, as Mark Steyn puts it, “As for us losers, there’s no point going down the right-wing version of Bush Derangement Syndrome.”

That’s not to say we can’t still wonder if the media isn’t a bit too personally invested in Left-wing politics. I wouldn’t know, personally. I asked myself why I was giving the news-cum-entertainment industry so much of my time, and couldn’t come up with a good answer, so these days I give them far less time to try to mislead me or try to convince me that celebrity watching is for some reason important. (Do you understand their obsession with performers? The fascination eludes me.)

I wish I’d linked to this before this election, but (for future reference) there’s something to remember when you vote in the United States of America – lot of blood was shed to turn us into citizens instead of subjects. And there is, indeed, a difference between citizens and subjects (and nothing that says citizens can’t revert to subjects if they aren’t careful).

And nothing says people can’t cross party lines when the party crosses them. Heh. I wish there had been more of them, of course, but, well… you take what you can get, right? I would also like to steal a quote made in passing in this post, because I also depend on a small business for my livelihood: “Sylvia has worked in small business her entire life so she’s a natural Republican; she knows how government just gets in the way of business and free enterprise.” Oh, my, yes. Our costs and headaches are going up in January, again. Even if McCain had won, we were looking at cutting hours of operation and/or getting rid of an employee so that we’d have enough to pay the others. Needless to say, we hope we can hold the line there, but we doubt the Democrats will help matters.

Changing the subject, but only slightly: A bit of info on ethanol mandates and food prices, and changing food supplies. But here’s a countering view on food prices, based on other criteria.

Patrick over at The Paragraph Farmer has had several good posts lately, but the quote I can’t resist is from a pre-election post (with lots of links I should probably go back and read). Sayeth Patrick:

Christians in my own church and elsewhere have been urged to pray for a pro-life outcome “no matter which candidate wins.” Heartfelt advice like that goes a long way toward preserving tax-exempt status in a litigious society, but let’s not kid ourselves: a pro-life outcome with the Republican ticket is a good bet, while a pro-life outcome in the aftermath of an Obama/Biden victory requires a miracle of the kind that slapped Saul upside the head on the road to Damascus. 

I’d say that cuts to the car chase.

Patrick also has some wisdom from Michael Crichton on science versus consensus.

Rounded up Nov. 3, 2008

In Uncategorized on November 3, 2008 at 4:15 pm

Obama vs jobs. (hat tip: Peter Lawler)

Obama promises to bankrupt coal industry.

A coal miner’s daughter puts faces to his target. (hat tip: Mommy Life)

Palin promises McCain support for clean coal and energy independence.

The Catholic vote in PA and Ohio (and the Democrats’ contempt for small town and rural America).

Richard Adams looks at The Political Character of Obama.

Obama has said he plans to ask Britain to send more troops to Afghanistan – but, there might be objections from terrorists. (Not necessarily the terrorists you might think.)

How the world will love us. (Or: Being on the menu is not a good place to be.)

Nov. 1, 2008, round-up

In Uncategorized on November 1, 2008 at 3:00 pm

Kelly Boggs of Baptist Press says Lay those experts end-to-end! It’s tempting, some days. Especially in election season.

A kid got sent home from school in New Jersey for wearing a Jesus costume for Halloween. He was told he had to lose the beard and the crown of thorns… The boy has a Catholic mother and a Jewish father and recently celebrated his Bar Mitzvah, and is studying Jesus as a historical and religious figure, his mother says… (hat tip: Alliance Alert)

On the upside, an AWANA club in Wisconsin finally gets to meet on school grounds without paying a fee. Non-religious clubs have been able to use the facilities for free, and so Christian lawyers stepped in to request equal treatment for the church club. The school district saw its way clear to accommodate them.

Do you use the phrase “my brother’s keeper.” Perhaps it’s time to remember the difference between brothers and keepers.