As is my habit, I was listening to NPR this evening and heard a report of the most recent Republican debate. NPR spoke with several New Hampshire Republicans about their reaction to the debate. Most were generally supportive of Mike Huckabee or Fred Thompson, though none had decided for sure who they would vote for. Not a one liked Rudy Giuliani. Honestly, they didn’t seem very excited at all. At the end, the reporter asked which candidate excited them the most. They all admitted that the Republican field did not have such a figure. Then they said something that didn’t really surprise me.
They said they were excited about Barak Obama.
Even though they disagreed with some of Obama’s policies, they all agreed that he alone, of all candidates of either party, had the capacity to change the atmosphere of political cronyism and incompetence that has permeated Washington. He alone can unite the nation.
Let’s hope the Democrats can get past the ridiculous “Hillary is inevitable” mantra, and realize they can nominate a man who will draw strong support from both parties in a way no one has since, well, Ronald Reagan.
Over the holiday weekend, some friends and I ventured up to the Windy City. On Saturday, we visited the Field Museum and the special exhibit currently on display on the life of Charles Darwin. As noted in the exhibit, Darwin was meticulous in every aspect of his life. As a young man he even made a list of the pros and cons of marriage. Among the cons was “less money to spend on books.”
If you’re planning a trip to Chicago soon, the Darwin exhibit was wonderful. Highly recommended!
I’ve had a couple of days off before Thanksgiving which has been wonderful. How did I spend my morning, you ask?
It was like this except the body butter was passion fruit, not mango.
The weather forecast. In Anglican chant. Enjoy!
(Hat Tip: Zach Wendling)
From NPR’s Fresh Air, here’s a wonderful interview with an Army chaplain recently on leave from Iraq.
Andrew Sullivan has an interesting post on the “is-waterboarding-a-form-of-torture” debate. He cites a ruling from the Mississippi Supreme Court in 1926.
The Deep South.
A generation before the civil rights movement.
It was common knowledge that waterboarding was torture, and therefore a bunch of white men overturned the conviction, based on his forced confession, of a black man.
And yet the Attorney General doesn’t know if waterboarding is a form of torture, the Congress refuses to make him answer, and the President hides behind the flag in defense of his abuses and excesses.
It seems to me that issues past:
conservative vs. liberal,
are you better off now than 4 years ago?
shall we have high taxes, low taxes or no taxes?
are made inconsequential when the leadership of a country sanctions the use of torture.
Joe Carter is right: Christian silence on this issue is unacceptable and immoral.
Recently finished Cormac McCarthy’s The Road. Dark, stark, bleak, scary and depressing with just a glimmer of hope to pull you through to the end. Maybe not the best read for the dark days of winter.