Posts Tagged ‘United States of America’
Feds To Seize Private Land For 9/11 Memorial
Posted: 1:04 pm EDT May 7, 2009Updated: 1:12 pm EDT May 7, 2009National Park Service officials said they will begin taking land for the Flight 93 memorial in Somerset County from property owners because negotiations have been unsuccessful.
The service said it will condemn about 500 acres still needed for the memorial to be built in time for the 10th anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks…
Look. There have been all sorts of national leaders throughout history, but none of them perfect. Some good administrators were clumsy, or crude, or lousy public speakers, or otherwise annoying or easy to caricature. I wish we’d, as a culture, get over the idea that our elected officials must do double duty as leading-men-of-classy-films-without-the-benefit-of-retakes. Being a member of the loyal opposition, I don’t care if Mr. Obama sometimes falters in a speech, or now and then takes a wrong turn heading to his office. I do mind if the press blames his distracted behavior on the Republicans, for not agreeing with him.
Uhm. He’s a grown man. He’s been in politics for a while. He’s been in the very mean politics of Chicago, for pity’s sake. Treating him like a kid whose parents just sent him to a new school where he doesn’t have friends yet just doesn’t strike me as all that useful. Telling, yes. Useful, no.
If you have a child of school age, and they have a textbook that takes note of “The Mayflower Compact,” will you please compare the text presented there, to the original text? Leaving off the signatures, the original (courtesy The Avalon Project at Yale) reads:
IN THE NAME OF GOD, AMEN. We, whose names are underwritten, the Loyal Subjects of our dread Sovereign Lord King James, by the Grace of God, of Great Britain, France, and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith, &c. Having undertaken for the Glory of God, and Advancement of the Christian Faith, and the Honour of our King and Country, a Voyage to plant the first Colony in the northern Parts of Virginia; Do by these Presents, solemnly and mutually, in the Presence of God and one another, covenant and combine ourselves together into a civil Body Politick, for our better Ordering and Preservation, and Furtherance of the Ends aforesaid: And by Virtue hereof do enact, constitute, and frame, such just and equal Laws, Ordinances, Acts, Constitutions, and Officers, from time to time, as shall be thought most meet and convenient for the general Good of the Colony; unto which we promise all due Submission and Obedience. IN WITNESS whereof we have hereunto subscribed our names at Cape-Cod the eleventh of November, in the Reign of our Sovereign Lord King James, of England, France, and Ireland, the eighteenth, and of Scotland the fifty-fourth, Anno Domini; 1620.
The subject comes up because yesterday, at a The Truth Project seminar, I was informed that some current textbooks omit references to God or the promotion of the Christian faith, leaving the colonists to be only people out to “plant the first colony” in that part of the world.
If your child has a textbook more or less making Pilgrims out to be secularists out for their own ends, please fill in the gaps yourself. It is a sad thing when a child is given a false heritage. Besides, whether or not you can understand the motivation of early American settlers, can we agree that to baldly misrepresent them by sneaky omissions from their writings is both silly and unfair?
If you do have a textbook with a Dowdified text (i.e. one that uses ellipsis to change the meaning to better suit the editor’s purposes), please do me the favor of dropping into the comments here the name of the book, and what it puts forth as The Mayflower Compact. I have no reason to doubt my source, but I also haven’t got verification yet. Thanks.
Cross-posted at Suitable For Mixed Company (under a different title).
The so-called Freedom of Choice Act (also known as FOCA), would provide legal bulldozers to the abortion industry in the United States, for use in flattening opposition. Not that a billion dollar industry that kills people on a per-hire basis needs more sledgehammers than it already has, in my opinion, but what do I know? (At least I have company. More than 330,000 people have already signed a Fight FOCA petition, as just the tip of the iceberg in the fight against this horrific bit of proposed policy, which would strip away the few feeble laws that protect the most vulnerable women and girls amongst us.)
In another arguably dishonest use of language, the so-called Employee Free Choice Act would provide brand new legal bulldozers to unions, not least by turning thugs loose on workers who currently enjoy the protection of voting by secret ballot. (Uhm, folks, there are reasons secret ballots are considered part and parcel of advanced civilizations…) Joust the Facts has a look.
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.
I’ve been busy rounding up news and views over at Ladies for Life. If you know of a pro-life lady who would like to be added to the blogroll, please have her read the Oct. 9 posts. Her blog doesn’t need to discuss pro-life issues, it just has to be hosted or co-hosted by a pro-life lady.
At Hey Plumber Joe: Been There, Done That (American Thinker, Oct. 17, 2008), C. Edmund Wright explains a few things the Left doesn’t seem to understand about running a small business. (via CM, Children and Lots of Grace)
From Bookworm Room, “Some thoughts to carry with you.” (Among them, “The state has no conscience.”)
Also from Bookworm Room, the last half of the post to be filed under the ‘Funny Only If It Doesn’t Really Happen’ heading, “Long hidden species carefully emerges from hiding,” takes a look at the possible future from the perspective of a conservative living in a particularly non-conservative part of California.
If you missed Joe Biden promising an international crisis if Sen. Obama becomes president, Cal Thomas has it covered, with commentary.
Were you taught that Americans on the left and Americans on the right had the same goals, and only differed in their ideas on how to get there? I was. And for a long time I believed it. But Dennis Prager has concluded that simply isn’t so, and I think I have to agree with him.
India has launched its first moon mission. In the article, it says that Japan and China sent probes to the moon last year. If everything goes as planned, India will become the fourth nation with a flag there, joining the US, Russia, and Japan, the article further says. (I’m a bit behind on space news, obviously.)