The New Religion

Tuesday, November 3, 2009 \PM\.\Tue\.

This is from my personal blog – an exploration of what I think is the new secular religion. I took the gloves off for this one, and I’m sure more than a few people will take offense.

But if Larry David can pee on Jesus, I don’t mind returning the favor for the new religion.

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More Than Intentions

Tuesday, November 3, 2009 \AM\.\Tue\.

Don Boudreaux of Cafe Hayek makes a good point which is too often glossed over in political debate:

Writing about health-care, Paul Krugman asserts that “conservatives … don’t want Americans to have universal coverage” (”The Defining Moment,” Oct. 30).

Among the earliest lessons that I teach my freshman economics students are (1) intentions are not results, and (2) to oppose a government program is not necessarily to object to the intentions stated by that program’s advocates.

Paul Krugman obviously teaches his students differently, for he clearly believes that (1) if government intends for Americans to have universal health coverage, then the result will be that Americans actually get universal health coverage, and (2) anyone who opposes a government program promising universal health coverage is a person who objects to Americans actually getting universal health coverage.

This is perhaps the most common fallacy of all in political argument for people to follow the form: I support bill/candidate X because I think it will have good result Y. You don’t support X. Therefore you don’t care about Y. Read the rest of this entry »


One Year Later: 49%-45%

Tuesday, November 3, 2009 \AM\.\Tue\.

Obama

An interesting poll from Scott Rasmussen here.  If Obama was up for re-election today 45% of adults say they would vote to re-elect Obama and 49% would not.  Intriguing that this is of adults, who tend to skew Democrat in polls, and not of likely voters, who tend to skew Republican.  34%  of the respondents said they would be very likely to support Obama while 40% of respondents said they would be very likely not to support him.  With Obama there is very little middle ground.  We will see tonight if this poll is an accurate gauge of the public mood.


“Hope and Change” Lizards Are Here!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009 \AM\.\Tue\.

If I can tear myself from the election results tonight, I plan on watching the pilot of the new V series on ABC which will premier at 7:00 PM central tonight.  I wrote about this new V series here in a post last May, a remake of a cheesy, yet entertaining, alien invasion show from the Eighties.

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USA Today Reports on Catholic Blogosphere

Tuesday, November 3, 2009 \AM\.\Tue\.

Last Friday on October 30 the mainstream media here in America reported inaccurately that the Vatican was warning parents that Halloween is ‘anti-Christian’.  Of course no such thing occurred.  The Vatican did not say that Halloween is ‘anti-Christian’, in fact they didn’t say anything at all.

On that same day, Jack Smith of The Catholic Key Blog debunked the story with yeoman’s work finding the source of the “alleged” Vatican Halloween Warning to a priest of the Spanish Bishop’s Conference by the name of Fr. Joan Maria Canals, CMF, a liturgy expert.  I followed up with a posting on this website early the next day supplementing Jack Smith’s findings with common mistakes made in reporting what is and isn’t official.

I then submitted my article to several news organizations, including the Drudge Report and the USA Today.  Additionally I left comments and sent emails explaining why their reporting was inaccurate.  To their credit, both the Drudge Report and the USA Today, rectified the situation some extent.

Drudge Report Catholic Church Halloween Evil 2

The Drudge Report removed the link to the Daily Mail late Saturday morning.  Then early Monday afternoon on November 2, Doug Stanglin, who wrote the piece that inaccurately attributed the Vatican warning parents of the anti-Christian nature of Halloween, followed up with our side of the story.

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