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Posts in October 2006

Presidential Visit to Sugarland

by: Justin Mills | on: 2006-10-31 00:00:00
My connections got me a ticket to the rally in Sugarland for Shelly Sekula Gibbs, who is running to replace Tom Delay in the Sugarland area. President Bush stopped by to deliver a speech, and it was spectacular. He may be awkward at press conferences but he excels at these rallies. It was a real privilege to be able to see him speak in person, and will remain one of the highlights of my life.

Mitt Romney...

by: Russell Updike | on: 2006-10-31 00:00:00
I have once before let the ranters know my feelings about Mitt Romney. As 2008 approaches speculation on the man and his potential have increased far more then I would have suspected. I read this little tidbit this morning; I found it... awesome: Read more...

Don't Let Honeybrowne Die

by: Mindy Hess | on: 2006-10-30 00:00:00
Alright Dubya. I have found some pretty convincing evidence supporting the idea that musicians themselves feel that radio play compromises their musical integrity.

Consider the following lyrics from Ben Lee's song "Catch My Disease"

They play Good Charlotte on the Radio
And that's the way I like it

They play Sleepy Jackson on the Radio
And that's the way I like it
Yeah that's the way I like it

I hear Beyoncé on the radio
And that's the way I like it
'Cause that's the way I like

They don't play me on the radio
But that's the way I like it

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"Uncovered Meat"

by: Jennie Martin Howe | on: 2006-10-27 00:00:00
So I read this morning about a speach given to muslim worshippers by a "Sheik al-Hilali". He is the most senior muslim cleric. While addressing women who do not wear their veil, he said the following:

"If you take out uncovered meat and place it outside on the street, or in the garden or in the park, or in the backyard without a cover, and the cats come and eat it..whose fault is it - the cats or the uncovered meat? The uncovered meat is the problem."

Women, he said, were 'weapons' used by Satan to control men.

Can I just say, that teaching women they are weapons used by Satan is probably not the best way to raise self-confident, independent women. I could only imagine the self worth these women feel...

And as for the men- shame on them. I can say no more.

Open Letter to Dubya

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2006-10-27 00:00:00
Dear Dubya,

Is baseball still America's past-time?

Your friend,

el Seco

Get Real

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2006-10-16 00:00:00
My friends, I live in Austin, TX. Also, in case you didn't know, next month there is a gubernatorial election for the governorship of the great state of Texas. Austin is a political town and is buzzing with the election. I recently saw a debate of the four main candidates running. You can see it online here My opinion of the candidates in the debate follows:Read more...

Scandalous... but true!

by: Russell Updike | on: 2006-10-12 00:00:00
I about died when I saw the headline, "Republican on Foley scandal: At least no one died." on CNN's website. I thought it was an attempt to make a Republican look stupid, which I'm sure it really was based on the timber of the article. But this Congressmen Shay makes a point that I think is rather... subtle.

What Happened to Cory Lidle?

by: Justin Mills | on: 2006-10-11 00:00:00
Cory Lidle, pitcher for the New York Yankees, crashed his light plane into a building in New York.

Prayers go out to Lidle's friends and family. I wish I knew more about what happened.

Higglytown Heroes

by: Justin Mills | on: 2006-10-10 00:00:00
Have I ever told you my thoughts on the kids show "Higglytown Heroes"?

Well, suffice it to say that if you continually apply the label "hero" to people like the local librarian or motel manager, the word doesn't mean as much when you apply it to people like Todd Beamer or the soldier who throws himself on a grenade to save his brothers-in-arms, or people like George Washington, Sam Houston, and others.

That's why Higglytown Heroes and the egalitarianism philosophy it projects is dangerous.

Hard Words from Victor Davis Hanson

by: Justin Mills | on: 2006-10-02 00:00:00
Victor Davis Hanson is among my favorite writers, so I try to keep up with his online essays as much as possible.

National Review Online posted an article by VDH, titled "Traitors to the Enlightenment."

Here is an excerpt:

So the present generation of Europeans really is heretical, made up of traitors of a sort, since they themselves, not just their consensual governments or some invader across the Mediterranean, have nearly destroyed their won freedoms of expression — out of worries over oil, or appearing as illiberal apostates of the new secular religion of multiculturalism, or another London or Madrid bombing.

Europe boldly produces films about assassinating an American president, and routinely disparages the Church that gave the world the Sermon of the Mount, but it simply won’t stand up for an artist, a well-meaning Pope, or a ranting filmmaker when the mob closes in. The Europe that believes in everything turns out to believe in nothing.

Emphasis is VDH's.