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Hounded at Death by the Greenies

Not every news story has quotes this odd:

It is not enough to be a corpse anymore. Now, you have to be a politically correct corpse.
Yes, folks, you can spend up to $15,000 to be buried the eco-friendly way.

What I found most intriguing in this story about the "little boutique cemeteries with a social justice component" is the brief mention that embalming is done by a freelance embalmer named "Dead Ed" who works on -- believe it or not -- a bicycle.

Others, however, may be more interested in learning more about $5,000 eco-friendly coffins made of recycled newspaper and non-toxic glue. To a greenie, paradise. To me, peewee art gone grotesque.


Cindy Sheehan's Apologist Allies

I see in the Washington Post that Cindy Sheehan is using the same PR agency the Nicaraguan Sandinistas used.

Perhaps understandably, Fenton Communications doesn't brag about its work promoting Nicaragua's pro-Castro, anti-U.S. communist government. At least, not on its website.

For those who don't remember the Sandinistas, here are remarks by then-President Ronald Reagan about the Sandinistas' torture of dissidents, their pro-Soviet military activities, their personal financial corruption and more. Read it while remembering that Fenton Communications stood shoulder-to-shoulder with the Sandinistas, and now Cindy Sheehan stands with them.


Funniest Blog?

I think if a careful tally were to be taken, The Shape of Days just might officially be named "Most Sarcastic Blog." Or funniest. Or both.

But: That cute little boy pictured at the top right of The Shape of Days sure knows some naughty, naughty words.

(Yes, Jeff, I did see the last sentence of this post.)


War Protest Question

408,306 Americans were killed in World War II. Does anyone remember a case in which the family of one of them protested subsequently against FDR, U.S. participation in the war, or the way the war was being conducted?

I'm wondering: Did this simply never happen, or did it happen a) without media coverage, or b) without me having ever learned of it?

I would appreciate an e-mail from anyone who knows the answer.


Social Security's Birthday

Former House Majority Leader Dick Armey says the Social Security program turns 70 this week.

It seems a lot older than that.


Mick Jagger, This One's For You

New to the blogroll, listed under "Interesting Websites": The United States Central Command (more commonly referred to as CENTCOM) Home Page.

I received an e-mail today from CENTCOM asking to be listed on our blogroll (I'm guessing other bloggers did, too). I would have said "yes" anyway, but in light of Mick Jagger's recent dig at those who are protecting his sorry existence, I'm extra enthusiastic about doing this today.


Another Dope Heard From


David Limbaugh on Mario Cuomo's Damning Admission

David Limbaugh referees a debate held on "Meet the Press" between Professor Douglas Kmiec and former New York Governor Mario Cuomo. Says Limbaugh, in part: is axiomatic that those who don't play by the rules are always suspicious that the other side won't either. Since liberals have routinely exploited the judiciary to implement their policy agenda they fear conservative-oriented judges might do the same. Actually, they're horrified at the prospect that conservative judges might simply reverse precedent established through liberal activism, such as Roe.

Mario Cuomo gave voice to this liberal fear during the debate. Kmiec asserted that Pope John Paul II's admonition to public officials to work legislatively to limit abortion did not apply to judges, because they are not legislators. Cuomo vehemently disputed this, saying, 'The law today, as we all know, is Roe against Wade. That was made by judges and it can be overturned by judges. To say that the [pope's] rules that apply to legislators shouldn't apply to judges is, it seems to me, wrong.'

Quite a damning admission by Cuomo. That he so adamantly rejected the legislative-judicial distinction reveals that he fully embraces the idea that courts are a third policymaking branch...
About ten years ago, Mario Cuomo had a national weekly talk radio show. In an attempt to give the liberal point of view a fair hearing, reasoning that Cuomo was one of liberalism's leading lights, and figuring that three hours per show gave Cuomo a chance to really present the liberal POV, I made a point of listening to every show.

This, unfortunately, soon became a painful experience. Cuomo patronized nearly every caller, and gave answers, when challenged, that often were self-contradictory. He convinced me only that liberalism is a dead philosophy -- which soon proved to be the fate of Cuomo's radio show, as well.

I wonder: How many liberals can even correctly define the term "strict constructionist"? It might be fun to ask a few.

Meanwhile, I recommend David Limbaugh's entire piece. Unlike Mario Cuomo, David Limbaugh understands the Constitution.

Addendum: MSNBC has posted the transcript of the August 7 debate between Doug Kmiec and Mario Cuomo. ( As an aside, for those who are interested, the transcript also contains a debate between two autism experts, Dr. Harvey Fineberg of the Institute of Medicine and David Kirby, author of "Evidence of Harm: Mercury in Vaccines and the Autism Epidemic: A Medical Controversy," regarding the state of scientific evidence relating to the cause and treatment of autism.)


Ghost Stories

Thoughts of Loy is telling ghost stories with a twist.

Hat tip: The Paragraph Farmer.

Addendum (later): If you stop by Thoughts of Loy, stick around to read this post. It starts out as a gripping and inspiring war story, but if you take the time to read the comments, it becomes a discussion of the role of divine Providence in pivotal battles of world history.

Sometimes I read blogs and am amazed they can be read for free.


Embryonic Stem Cells, James Dobson and David Brock

Jeff Blogworthy praises James Dobson and David Brock in the same post.

It's a good, thoughful post, too.


Night Writer: Scary Humor

The Night Writer has a post on the British health care system that manages to be both funny and scary at the same time.


Harry Belafonte Attacks Black Conservatives Again

Marc Morano's story about singer Harry Belafonte's name-calling (again!) has to be read to be believed.

A sample paragraph:

When asked specifically who was a "black tyrant" in the Bush administration, Belafonte responded to this reporter, "You." When this reporter noted that he was a Caucasian and attempted to ask another question, Belafonte abruptly ended the interview by saying, "That's it."
Harry Belafonte strikes me as a man with a great deal of anger, but not much intellectual depth.

Addendum: Apparently, Belafonte's hate speech was par for the course at this event. Read this second piece by Marc Morano to see reality-show "judge" Greg Mathis attack conservatives, Republicans, the Supreme Court, Congress and the Bush Administration in worse terms than Belafonte, and singer Stevie Wonder fret about "mother earth."

The event was sponsored, reports, by Jesse Jackson's Rainbow/PUSH Coalition. Participants included the National Urban League, The Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the NAACP, and the AFL-CIO.

Several Members of Congress shared the podium, including House Democrat leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Rep. Barbara Lee, Rep. Charlie Rangel, Rep. John Conyers and Rep, Maxine Waters. Lee, in her speech, called the war in iraq "immoral" and claimed the last two presidential elections were stolen. The quotes of other Members of Congress, as quoted by Morano, were only slightly less inflammatory.

An irony: The rally supposedly was called to support an extension of the Voting Rights Act, which requires certain states to get approval from the U.S. Department of Justice before making certain election law changes. The speakers, however, spared little in their vitriol for President Bush and his Administration -- which includes, of course, the U.S. Justice Department. If the Bush Administration is so bad, why are these activists spending their time and money promoting an extension of the Administration's power?


Godspeed Peter Jennings

I am sorry to learn of the death of Peter Jennings earlier this evening (here's an ABC News message board for those who wish to post thoughts).

He and and his viewers experienced a lot of history together. As a result, though I never met him, I feel as though I did.

Godspeed Peter, and God bless your family.

For more extensive blog coverage, try Michelle Malkin, La Shawn Barber and Michael King's Ramblings' Journal.


Safety Second

From Scripps Howard:

Backpacking into the wilderness? Don't look for any amenities, says a federal judge, who nixed plans by the National Park Service to rebuild aged and collapsed shelters in alpine wilderness areas of Washington state's Olympic National Park. The Park Service said the three-sided shelters are safety measures for hikers stranded in unexpected snows, but U.S. District Judge Franklin Burgess declared they're not allowed under the 1964 Wilderness Act, which declared that wilderness should remain wilderness.
Possibly an amendment is called for.


Beyond Words

I think I had better stop reading blogs. I seem to be seeing more stories about adults mistreating children than I can handle. (Hat tip: The Night Writer)

I think I will not comment further at all on this one, because I do not trust myself to be anything near to civil. I am very tempted, however.


New York Times Claims Moral Superiority; Claims It Only Would Hurt Kids When Really Important

RightPundit shows that the Executive Editor of the New York Times, Bill Keller, has claimed the New York Times would not harm the Roberts children "gratuitous[ly]."

Yep, the Times hurts kids only when it really thinks it is important to hurt them. Never gratuitously. I'm sure the children won't mind, then. Sheesh.

Keller also claims some moral superiority because, he says, he is an adopted parent. I bet anyone Keller wouldn't have the guts to enter a room full of adoptive parents right now and explain how it is that the Times is perfectly willing to investigate their children anytime the parents get a noteworthy job offer. If he had the guts, he could see if the "I'm one of you" defense buys him anything more than a resounding "then you should know better!" before someone pops him one.

Let's remember, too, why the Times wants Roberts investigated: Nearly everyone there fears he might vote to overturn Roe v. Wade.


New York Times: Going After the Kids Who Got Away

Why are we surprised that the New York Times is preying on Judge Roberts's two small children by trying to investigate and publicize their private adoption records? As the children are adopted, there is a good chance they escaped abortion by only the narrowist of margins. (Had they been conceived by parents unable to care for them on New York's East Side, they probably would not have survived.)

The Times, of course, ardently supports abortion.

The kids were fair game to the Times a few years ago; the Times probably figures, why not now?

Frankly, if I had a dog I wouldn't give it the Times to pee on. Dogs, which tend to nurture their young, deserve better.


Americans for Tax Reform Reagan Legacy Poll

Americans for Tax Reform is alerting folks to an online poll being conducted by Washington D.C.'s all-news radio station asking if Washington should re-name 16th Street "Ronald Reagan Boulevard."

I voted yes. After all, the number 16 in honored in many other places.

Americans for Tax Reform has a long-standing project to honor former President Reagan in various ways. This web page on the Americans for Tax Reform website explains their work to preserve the Reagan legacy in some detail.


On Disciples of Christ: New Republic Begs to Differ

After posting this praise for the Disciples of Christ by Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) as part of our "Congressional Action" series, I came upon another view in my e-mail box.

Martin Peretz of The New Republic is incensed at the Disciples of Christ for:

...jump[ing] in to the recent St. Vitus dance mania of some of its brethren, the United Church of Christ, the Presbyterian Church, and the Anglicans (both here in the United States and in Great Britain), in pouncing on the State of Israel as the primary villain in world politics...

In this, they are following the lead of the National Council of Churches...

It is a macabre spectacle watching these communions denounce Israel, the most consistent target of helter-skelter Arab and Muslim terror in the world, with victims virtually every day...

The Disciples and the United Church, the most recent players in the "Israel shouldn't protect itself" school of international politics, have called on the Jewish state to dismantle its security barriers around the West Bank...

Members of the high-minded general assembly of the Disciples of Christ declined to hear a talk by Tzippi Cohen, a young woman who survived the 2003 suicide bombing at Cafe Hillel on Emek Refaim Street in a neighborhood mostly made up of students and growing families, before they voted...

There's more, but a paid subscription is probably required and is not recommended. The New Republic tends to mix its fact and fiction pieces without labeling, so you never know what you are getting when you read it.

Still, Mr. Peretz might want to have a sit-down with Senator Rockefeller. It seems the former has a few things for the latter to consider.

Addendum: Gerry Daly recommends this Balloon Juice post for more.


The American Thinker: Solving Border Problems

The American Thinker has thought of a way to solve some of our border problems.