Looks Good on Paper

The casual outside observer of British politics may think that we have a two- or three-party system. We are actually a multi-party country, with some parties have more viability than others. If you are outside the UK, you may be unfamiliar with the UK Independence Party, known as Ukip. Ukip’s principle aim is the withdrawal of the UK from the European Union.

Though ironically they have 10 members of the European Parliament, Ukip does not have any MPs at Westminster. They field candidates in most constituencies, some of which they have a chance of getting enough votes not to lose their deposit.

They are trying to make in-roads in local elections, where they have an actual chance of winning. One of those potential candidates is a former member of the special forces and holder of the British Empire Medal. Sounds like a winner.

But Ukip don’t want Jack Biggs in a winnable seat. He’s registered disabled. He’s had a double knee replacement. Of course local councillors spend most of their political time sitting on their bum cheeks and there has been no question that Mr Biggs has these in working order. But since he can’t campaign by handing out leaflets and canvassing voters, the don’t want him. Or more specifically, they only want him as a “paper candidate”.

There’s no reason why Mr Biggs can’t use other campaign methods, especially if he has the help of volunteers. That might require Ukip to think outside the box when it comes to campaign methodology. (It wouldn’t be out of the box in terms of US elective politics, but having worked in both systems, the British campaigns are remarkably uninventive.) Sometimes cripples are just good for making up the numbers.

Out of Space

“I personally find the word ‘alien’ offensive when applied to individuals, especially to children,” said Florida State Senator Frederica Wilson, D-Miami. “An alien to me is someone from out of space.”

“Out of space”?

Senator Wilson wants to ban the term “illegal alien” from official state documents.  She prefers “undocumented” to “illegal” and “immigrant” to “alien”.  These are the terms of choice in Miami-Dade. Things are different upstate in Tallahassee. She said she encountered the offensive term when trying to pass a bill allowing children of foreigners to get in-state tuition at colleges and universities.

That’s right, people from Georgia or Alabama would have to pay out-of-state tuition. Americans living in Florida for less than a year would have to pay. I haven’t seen the bill, but I bet legal (or “documented”) immigrants would have to pay out-of-state tuition. Wilson’s philosophy:  break the law and get a break.

I just wish she would be clear. Does she support in-state tuition for immigrants from “out of space”?

H/T Anything & Everything

A Cost of Benefits Analysis

I found out tonight that the Government paid out £57 million in benefits to dead people last year. Actually that’s the good news, because it represents a miniscule percentage of the total benefit expenditure, and because dead people can’t cheat.

Digging a little deeper, I found out that overall there was £2.6 billion paid out due to a combination of fraud and error last year. But I suppose that’s still good news.

The bad news is that £2.6 billion represents only 2.2% of all benefits paid out. That means that overall the taxpayer foots an annual benefits bill of £119 billion. That’s a cost of nearly £2000 for every man, woman, and child in this country. But we know that every man, woman, and child in this country does not pay taxes. Cut out all the children, pensioners, and council estates, and the burden increases heavily on the remainder.

Welcome to the Welfare State.

Taking out the Trash

Maybe a lot of other people haven’t, but the spammers have found me. Thanks to WordPress’ Akismet filter, only one rogue comment has made it through. At this point, 120 have been blocked.

I didn’t even notice until I needed to edit one of my own comments to fix a typo.

This has been one of the little advantages of the underhanded upending of my old web hosting account. After my old hosts screwed up my spam blocking software with Moveable Type, I had clean out spam on a daily basis – massive amounts of it sometimes. When I moved to Blogger, the multi-step process of commenting stopped that. Now I know that WordPress is as effective, without requiring all the hoop-jumping. And with comments fully editable, it is as close to a perfect world as could be expected.

Genteel Blogging

After my excursion over to the dark side, and the way I was attacked and called all sorts of names, I was left wondering if there are blogs on the Right where the there is such a lack of culture and decorum.

I’m not suggesting there aren’t right-wing blogs which demonstrate a marked lack of brain activity. Stupidity is remarkably apolitical. But are there places that left-wingers dare not tread, lest they be sworn at or be called all sorts of names as other others fire in half-baked comments as fast as they can type and hit the submit button? There may be – I just don’t know.

It’s good to be back here in the light, where if you want to disagree with me, I shall ponder your words over a cup of tea before I vigorously, but cordially, answer.

Like Pearls

While tag surfing, I came across a piece about the Al Sharpton and Strom Thurmond story I blogged about last night. It was in what has to be one of the most vitrolic anti-anything-but-radical-liberalism blogs I’ve ever seen.

I probably made a mistake by leaving a lengthy comment.  I didn’t get a particularly sensible response from the blog author, and it was unkind toward my family, though it was a bit more coherent than an earlier comment she made, “The Pigs in the GOP go oink oink oink, oink oink oink, oink oink oink…the Pigs in the GOP go oink oink oink…..all daaaaaaaaaay long!” which I believe was related to “Oh Larry, Lex has nothing to defend the GOP and their stinking Pig ways, so he comes here to make us out to be just like them. Ignore him. As a Pig, he’ll find something else to eat and spew.”

Just when I despair because of the silliness of Conservapedia, I realise that for every goofy idiot on our side, they have a raving lunatic on theirs.

Badge Envy

Heather Mills has more than just Paul McCartney angry. She’s gotten on the wrong side of the Federation of Disabled People.

They are all in a huff because Heather is appearing in the ABC TV series Dancing with the Stars. The UK-based group say that she should give up her blue (handicap parking) badge because she is able to get around. “Clearly she has mobility so she should refrain from using the badge. It’s not fair on other disable people.”

Now I’m no particular fan of the strange estranged Mrs McCartney, but as a advocate for the handicapped, and most certainly my fellow amputees, the only thing I can say to the Federation of Disabled People is “on your bike”. I’m glad that on a good day and with the quality of prosthetics Heather can clearly afford, she can dance. I wish I could. It still takes her 35% more energy to do it. That means she gets worn out that much faster. And she’s taking half the weight on a stump in a socket. If she dances for a hour or two (and why shouldn’t she), she may not have much energy or tolerance left to do much more.

The advantage of handicap parking is not just the proximity to a destination. It is the width available to open the door. Someone wearing a prosthesis needs more room to open the door, because even if they can run into the store, they can’t fully flex their knee.

What is mobility? That she isn’t in a wheelchair? There are a lot of people who are not in wheelchairs with blue badges. And how is it not fair on other people? She’s a leg amputee. She has mobility issues and they aren’t going to go away. Why can’t the FDP instead focus on the fact that a disabled person is being showcased in a talent that is mobility-oriented.

The Federation of Disabled People does not appear to be a national organisation. The only thing that comes up when I Google the name is the Brighton and Hove Federation of Disabled People. I also noticed that in every news article it is mentioned that her car is a Mercedes. I don’t know if the original story writer knew this or if it was pointed out by the FDP. Perhaps they don’t like rich relatively mobile amputees.

Down in the Muck

I thought when it came to depravity, the UK was right up there with the best (or worst). No, no, no. I think the Norse have to take that title.

I’m not suggesting in any way that all of Norway should be tainted with the actions of one man, but I’m not even going to describe them, other than to say it was, in just about every sense of the term a “crime against nature“. The story is three years old – but even if it isn’t hot off the press, the shock value is unabated.

H/T to Bad Cop News

Family Connections

I suppose with Virginia apologising for slavery, the news atmosphere is ripe for other stories about the Peculiar Institution.

Who would have thought one of Al Sharpton’s ancestors was owned by Strom Thurmond’s family. Now I didn’t say they were owned by ol’ Strom himself – that would have made an even better news story – but conrary to what you might think, Strom was born after the War of the Northern Aggression.

The connection still isn’t quite as close as it appears. He were owned by Strom’s first cousin twice removed, i.e, his grandfather’s first cousin.

The historical novel I’m researching will deal with the relationship between my own first cousin four times removed and the slave who saved his life by hiding him from Federal troops. I have information that his great-granddaughter is still alive and in her 90s. I need to get a hold of her before too long.

I wonder if there are any famous black people out there who have traced their lineage back to slaves owned by my ancestors or even some of my cousins. They had a lot of slaves – not hundreds owned by the same person, but well over a hundred amongst them, of which I’m aware.

If any of you are reading this, please get in touch. You don’t even have to be famous.

Amillia’s Transatlantic Impact

She’s American, but Amillia Taylor is big news in the UK. She has re-ignited the abortion debate that fires up from time to time.

Abortion isn’t the political litmus test issue that it is the States. Views cross party lines. Peter Garrett was the spokesman for Life while a member of the Labour Party (though he has since become a Conservative Prospective Parliamentary Candidiate) and David Alton was the highest profile pro-life activist in the House of Commons when a member of the Liberal Democrats (though he is now a Crossbencher in the House of Lords). , It would be fair to say that most of those opposed to abortion on principle are Tories.

However, despite the Conservative attempts at attracting feminist votes, the Labour Party depends on the social left to support it’s incursion into Middle England. This makes it difficult for the Government to lower the age of preservation for unborn lives. Critically, Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt is not in favour changing the law, which makes it unlikely to get any Parliamentary time for debate.

Currently abortions can be carried out up to 24 weeks for “social” (meaning “any”) reasons and up to the time of birth for medical reasons. Partial birth abortion is practiced in this country.

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All is Quiet on the Inner City Front

Ok, so it’s the small Midlands city front, but why waste a chance to drop in a Bruce Cockburn line?

WordPress may not be the best platform for someone who is borderline OCD. With Blogger, I was blissful unaware that no one was reading my drivel. Now I have stats. I’m constantly checking the stats. Does my public love me?

For some reason, after riding uncharacteristically high, I’ve hit a dip today. This is despite the fact that in between marking Year 9 exams, I’ve put a lot of stuff out there trying to get you tag surfers (and you know who you are, even if I don’t) to click on over.

I could try hiding some stuff under the “More” tag to entice you. Hmm…. Sex? Right-wing politics? Left-wing politics? Devotional content? (I’m still reading Job and Fr Pat’s commentary.) History? (It is the 424th anniversary of the Papal bull Inter gravissimas – the object of derision by Orthodox Christian ever since and the 203rd anniversary of Marbury v. Madison, the bane of Presidents and Congresses ever since.) Humour? (Or maybe I can get more American readers if I write it “Humor”.) Britney Spears? I could be the 4 millionth blog to put up a picture of Bald Britney, or even one with her head shaved. What is it you people want?

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“Hi Margaret? Hi, it’s Gordon.”

If you want to find out what’s really happening in the Cabinet, and what one member thinks of others, just be a skilled impressionist. That’s what TV comic Rory Bremner did by ringing up Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett and pretending to be Chancellor (and PM-in-waiting) Gordon Brown.

The tape of the conversation is locked away for legal reasons, but The Sunday Telegraph has published a transcript. The conversation took place on the day before the 2005 General Election.

It demonstrates that Beckett knew what the rest of us had already figured out (as paraphrase by the Telegraph),

– John Prescott’s empire was ineffective and should be broken up

– Patricia Hewitt was “out of her depth”

– Alan Milburn couldn’t “hack” it as party chairman

– Stephen Byers was a “bit of a risk”

And those are some of the people who take collective responsibility for running this country.

Bremner doesn’t just pick on Labour. Back in the mid-1990s, he rang three Tory MPs pretending to be John Major. Like the fake Brown conversation, those tapes never made it to air either.

The Cost of Socialised Medicine

I saw two headines on the same day. The Daily Telegraph said

Death toll from ‘superbugs’ is soaring

and the local paper said

Axe going to fall on hospital jobs

Our local county hospital once had one of the best rates of MRSA and Clostridium difficile in the country. In other words, it was one of the safest hospitals when it came to superbugs. It is still relatively safe as hospitals go, but that isn’t saying much. Between 2003-04 and 2004-05 the number of cases locally increased by 350%.

Now the Telegraph tells us that nationally between 2004 and 2005 “the number of deaths recorded as associated with MRSA rose 39 per cent and those that mentioned Clostridium difficile rose by 69 per cent.”

But this is the reality of socialised medicine. When the system is stretched to the limits, stretch it further. Locally that means axing around 75 jobs in one hospital to meet a £3 million shortfall. It means fewer nurses and less patient care. It means less time to wash hands and change linens. It means less attention to the little things than lead to big problems.

The entire burden won’t be borne by the rank and file. No, the members of the local Hospital Trust have confirmed “a revision of the portfolios of its top managers and executive directors, aimed at saving £80,000 a year.” So 2.67% of the savings will come from the fat at the top. How generous.

Notice that this is achieved by shifting some responsibilities around. No job cuts. Those are reserved for people who actually care for patients.

Accommodation or Islamification?

There’s been a bit of a kerfuffle over the Guidelines for Schools published by the Muslim Council of Britain. Some news sources have tried smooth this over whilst others, not unpredictably the Daily Express, call them “Taleban-style” conditions. Not happy in this case to get my news from filtered sources, I downloaded the 4.2 MB, 72-page document myself.

Well, I wouldn’t characterised them the same way as the Daily Express, but I would agree with the BBC’s Mike Baker: “The emphasis is almost entirely on how schools should adapt to Muslim pupils rather than vice-versa.” He also noted, “The language was polite but there was a strong insistence that schools should adapt.”

So what is the MCB insisting on?

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Made in England

If you still aren’t clear about the future of Britain, here he is. Oh, and the story mentions another bloke who wants to be the Prime Minister.

For What It’s Worth

I’m watching back-to-back episodes of Star Trek on BBC2. It is possible to watch Star Trek every day in this country, but that’s with Sky and we’re a Freeview family.

If you are wondering which Star Trek I’m watching, you might call it The Original Series or TOS. I don’t like to call it that. For me, it is simply Star Trek – everything else needs a colon and a subtitle. The later shows may seem more realistic to the early 21st century viewer (even the Enterprise prequel series), though I’m sure they will seem as technologically cheesy by the middle of this century.

I’m no longer the Trek fan that I used to be. I watch it now for nostalgic reasons more than anything. I still have a great interest in the future of space travel and even colonisation. I still love to hear William Shatner’s voice-over to the original theme, “Space the final frontier. . . ”

However, I have no passion for Gene Roddenberry’s Federation built on the principles of utopian socialism. From a television entertainment standpoint, I think he was quite a visionary. The perpetuation and mutations of the Star Trek franchise are evidence of that. But as a political philosopher he’s predictable and his conclusions unsustainable.

Tony and the Welsh

Tony Blair is worried about the Welsh.

He’s always had a problem with the Welsh. When watching disappointing results for Labour from the 1999 Welsh assembly elections coming in, he repeatedly said “F*&^%ing Welsh”. He didn’t actually say this to any Welsh people, but North Wales Police even used this as an excuse to investigate him for racial hatred. (Apparently the money they spent investigating Anne Robinson for “anti-Welsh remarks” on BBC Two’s Room 101 wasn’t enough. A superintendent, a detective chief inspector and two detective inspectors spent 96 working hours after 12 complaints that Anne had said the Welsh were “irritating and annoying”.) In both cases, the Crown Prosecution Service declined to proceed so no charged were made.

Now Tony is looking at Welsh Assembly elections that portend true humiliation. Labour has been dominant in Wales for a long, long time. Even so, they are one vote short of a majority in the Welsh Assembly.

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Teen Pregnancy Numbers Game

The Government has pumped millions of pounds of tax money into reducing teenage pregnancy. As with most Government plans that cost money, it produced the exact opposite effect.

The 2005 figures are now out and show a four percent rise in the pregnancy rate amongst teenagers 13-15 year old. Surprisingly, only 60% of these pregnancies ended in death, especially as the number of abortions also continues to climb.

The Daily Telegraph noted, “In the past, the Government has blamed parents for not doing more to help cut teenage pregnancy. But a key part of the Teenage Pregnancy Strategy has been to provide abortions and birth control to under-16s without parental knowledge.” There’s talking out of both sides of your policy.

The Telegraph further notes that in October, the British Medical Journal reported that easier access to the morning after pill had “no measurable effect on rates of pregnancy or abortion”. I’m sure the BMJ overlooked the fact that the morning after pill is an abortifacient. So what the BMJ is really saying is that because enough embyronic people are being flushed down toilets, the abortuaries haven’t seen their business skyrocket.

Hence the Government’s information about the rates of teenage pregnancy are seriously flawed in favour of the Government’s targets. Even with this advantage they have no chance of reaching their goal of halving teenage pregnancy between 1998 and 2o10. The number are still going the wrong direction.

Just like the Government.

The Truth is No Defense

The nice thing about living in a Western country under a government with totalitarian ambitions is that I can complain about living in a Western country under a government with totalitarian ambitions.

Abdelkareem Suleiman was jailed in Egypt for four year for criticising his university. His blog had already gotten him expelled, but that wasn’t good enough. Accusing them of being “professors and sheikhs at Al-Azhar who stand against anyone who thinks freely” was just too much. Speaking of them in the second person, he said, “You are destined for the rubbish bin of history, where you will find no one to cry for you, and your regime will end like others have.”

He also blogged about the riots against Christians in 2005, “The Muslims have taken the mask off to show their true hateful face, and they have shown the world that they are at the top of their brutality, inhumanity, and thievery.”

Judge Ayman Okkaz said. “On his site, he claimed that Islam incited terrorism, hatred and murder.” Yeah, and. . .? Oh, you mean the truth isn’t a defense? Or has Judge Okkaz not been watching the news for the last, say, 1400 years? Or even the last four? Or do they gloss over a lot on Al Jazeera?

As a result he was convicted of “spreading information disruptive of public order and damaging to the country’s reputation”; “incitement to hate Islam” and “defaming the President of the Republic”.

He couldn’t really look to his family to help him get a lawyer. His father has disowned him and called for his execution under Islamic law. It’s pretty bad when you dad complains that your sentence wasn’t severe enough and he wants you dead.

The Longest Day

Tonight was Year 10 parents night at school.

RE being an undervalued subject, usually I have big gaps in my appointments and I’m home before 8:00. As it turned out, I didn’t have a break from 5:30 until almost 9:00. I was the last one in the hall.

This may be in part attributed to my tendency to verbosity. We are supposed to have 5-minute meetings. I sometimes ramble. I never keep a parent against their will, but I can prattle on a bit. At times I had a queue, so I tried to move them along.

The nice thing about parents night is that there is a much higher percentage of good kids represented than in the classroom. The parents who care enough to see RE are often the ones who care the most about education. They also tend to have kids who care the most about education.

After weeks of shouting at kids, it nice to actually say nice things about some of them. Even with the ones who are underachieving, I can at least let parents know that I see their child’s potential and discuss how we can work together to reach it.

It makes for an 13-hour work day, but I enjoy parents night.

Indian Honour Scalped by Political Correctness

The University of Illinois has finally bowed to the pressure of false accusations of racism brought by NCAA, which in turn was pressured by the political agenda of the leadership clique of the National Congress of American Indians and post-Marxist academics who need a liberal cause.

This has been since August 2005, when the NCAA decreed that universities with American Indian mascots would not be allowed to host lucrative post-season tournaments. If you want to make a university leave all reason behind, just hit them in the budget. Greed will win every time.

Back in August 2005 I wrote one of my Mental Meanderings about this topic, because to give it justice took more space than the reading tolerance of the casual blog browser. Because I temporarily lack hosting for my Meanderings archive, but now have that “more” feature on WordPress, I’ve posted the full article below the fold.

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Pastoral Care

Mrs H has informed me that Fr Patrick Reardon’s book I received yesterday only made three trips across the Atlantic. While it was Mrs H’s idea, contrary to her intentions it was Fr Pat’s gift.

Even though I haven’t seen Fr Pat since he and Khouria Denise put me up for a couple of nights while I was getting my residency visa from the Consulate, from the time I first met him in Indianapolis, he played an important role in bringing me into Orthodoxy. I almost didn’t attend his talk that night at the bookstore where I volunteered, as I had made other plans. When I met him as I was setting up the chairs, I changed my mind and my plans.

Fortunately email and the internet make it possible to stay in touch, but that’s why I’m a bit jealous of people like Clifton who get to partake of his pastoral ministry on a weekly basis. A significant number of Fr Pat’s sermons are available on MP3 in the archives of Ancient Faith Radio.

No Laughing Matter

The Church if England is launching a comedy club in Birmingam. It is not coincidental that they are launching it on Ash Wednesday. They are purposely beginning during Lent, with the intention of making this time less solemn. According to the BBC, “The club is part of a wider effort by the Church of England to make Lent, which began on Wednesday, a bit more fun.”

To me that kind of misses the point of Lent, but then I’m not running the Church of England. Not that anyone is sure who is running the Church of England. But these are all points for another time.

No, I have a much more tangental point to make. It’s not even about fact that it’s not really a Christian comedy club, but rather just a place to have good clean fun without having to listen to swearing. Rather it’s about a commenter on the BBC article who said, “Clean, Christian Comedy. I’m losing the will to live just reading the article.”

What is it to him (or her, it was just signed “MB, London”)? It’s not like he’s being forced to go. It’s not even like Songs of Praise, where he might have to endure three or four seconds of it before he changes the channel. It’s not like the vast majority of comedians don’t pander to his preference for a lowest common denominator constant stream of obscenity.

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On the 58th Day of Christmas

My last Christmas present of the season arrived today.

It had to make four trips across the Atlantic and got lost in the post at least once, so it’s no wonder it’s a bit late. Mrs H bought Fr Patrick Reardon’s Chronicles of History and Worship: Orthodox Christian Reflections on the Books of Chronicles and sent it to Chicago to get it autographed. Fr Pat sent it back but Mrs H didn’t realise he had our old street address. We kept checking with the residents of our old house, and they had our phone number, but they claimed it never arrived.

Several weeks later it appeared back at Fr Pat’s house, returned to sender. He promptly sent it packing again and it arrived this morning as I was getting ready for work.

I want to read it right now, but since I’m working my way through Fr Pat’s The Trial of Job, as well as two other books, I better not try to multi-task in too many directions.  In serial fashion I might try to do Job and Chronicles in Lent.

Frankly Speaking

I am apparently the last person on earth to have really paid attention to who Carrie Underwood is. Yes, I know it’s a bit shocking. Nonetheless, when I saw her contrasted with blue-state-wannabes Dixie Chicks and trotter-in-mouth lead singer Natalie Maines, I thought I ought to give her a listen. She’s gotta be about the best thing I’ve heard in a long time.

My favourite tune right now is “I Ain’t in Checotah Anymore”. I used to drive through Checotah when I was living in Arkansas and would travel back to Texas. Well, I used to drive around it on the bypass. Of course that was long before Carrie Underwood was even singing at the annual Okrafest. As I’m sure you know if you are one of the 5 million people who has bought the CD, the song harkens back to growing up in small town America.

In the first job I had after moving to this country a number of years ago, my colleagues frequently remarked that I was the most Anglicised American they had known. After all, I liked drinking tea (or cider when we would go to the pub for lunch) and watching football (the round black and white version). I was conversant in British politics and geography and most certainly history.

The longer I live here the more layers of this country I peel off and the more I understand it. The more I understand it, the more American I really am.

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Not in the Right State of Mind

The former First Woman of the Natural State, who now happens to be the Senatorette from the Empire State, was campaigning down in the Palmetto State, telling locals they need to rid themselves of memories of the last time South Carolina was free and sovereign, the way the framers of U.S. Constitution intended.

The Confederate flag on the grounds of the state capitol seems to draw fire from all northern liberals, as Hillary is just chiming in after Chris Dodd and Joe Biden, seeing if she can get a wedge of the NAACP vote. Not that it is going to matter, because she needs electoral votes and she’s not going to get them in South Carolina.

As Grit notes, Hillary would be much happier to do away with the States altogether.

Free Indeed

Gary North waits until I’m no longer a Christian Reconstructionist and then he goes and starts giving away the ICE back catalog for free. As long as you don’t mind reading these books in HTML or PDF they are free to read online or download.

I’m not mentioning this because I’m trying to promote Reconstructionism, though I have a more favourable view than Huw. I think there is a lot of good biblical scholarship there. In fact, I’m Orthodox because I was Reconstructionist. It was a Reconstructionist pastor who gave me a copy of For the Life of the World with a typewritten insert by another Reconstructionist theologian (though he’s since split off to something call Federal Vision theology). The purpose of the insert was to explain some of the differences between Eastern and Western theology – in other words, how to read Schmemann and keep Western juridical theology. I did that for a while.

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To Do List

From previous posts on this topic, I know that some readers are quite skeptical about the benefits of further lunar exploration. I agree that there isn’t a lot of use in just hopping or sliding around the surface.

NASA has compiled a list of 181 things to do on the Moon. In case you are opening it in your browser, just a warning that the pdf file is just under 1MB. I’m betting that once people are up there looking around, even more ideas will come to mind.

I’m Still Not Stupid

Since it is 13 posts ago, but generated quite a bit of traffic, I want to point those interested to the comment and reply posted today about false dichotomy of republics and democracies.


I’m always glad when space travel makes the news. If Google News results are any indication it made more international news than US national news, even though the story came out of San Francisco.

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