1. Pat Patterson says

    Try to find an In-N-Out or Fatburger to make an OC visit better than normal.  I live less than ten miles from Disneyland but probably haven’t been there in twenty years.  I worked in the parking lot during the summers in HS and college and still have all the skin cancer scars to prove it.  Have fun!

  2. suek says

    It’s not the Dems per se.  It’s the lefties who have infiltrated an taken control of the party.  We have the same problem in the GOP, though not to the same extent – probably because they have to maintain cover.
    It’s the Progressive ideology that invades both parties, and is the cause of our problems today.
    As it is, I see a new role for the Tea Party – not as a political party, but as a means of assisting in candidate evaluation.  I hope they don’t attempt to form a third party – not because there’s anything wrong with that, but because if they do, then they can “win”, and will be an inviting target for yet more infiltration.  Apparently they already have some infiltration…check this article by MM out today:
    In particular, read the stuff about Norquist.
    What we need is help in investigating the histories and backgrounds of candidates so that we can rely on their recommendations to choose the really conservative choices.  Even this is fraught with the danger of being infiltrated, but if it’s a State by state thing, it’s less likely to be so than if there’s the possibility of winning the “whole enchilada”…

  3. SADIE says

    The Tea Party is an excellent laxative for getting the b.s. out. It’s an effective tool for any and all politicians, who do not serve their constituents and the best interests of America. I hope it continues to serve as a clearing house to ferret out the ‘rats’.
    Thanks for the Yiddish link. In short, it uses the Hebrew alphabet but spoken but is a blend of German and Hebrew. I guess you could compare the similarities among the Romance languages. So many words in Yiddish have entered the English language and the Hebrew word AMEN (belief/faith) has entered many languages.
    I am fascinated how language and words cross borders and travels. It’s a history lesson.
    Short story: While working in Tel Aviv, I was sharing a dream with a co-worker in Hebrew to a woman who came from Russia. I mentioned that it was a real nightmare. She was stymied by the word ‘nightmare’. Note here, that she was very fluent in Hebrew, much more than I am or was. I called over a third person, who spoke English, Hebrew and Russian, who gave her the translation in Russian. To my surprise, the word he used was in FRENCH! To their surprise, neither of them realized it was French – another Waterloo.

  4. suek says

    Sadie…go to that First Things link and do a search within the blog (upper right hand corner)  for  “Ruth Wisse” – apparently that article was the last of about 4-5 articles, which you might enjoy.

  5. SADIE says

    Thanks suek, will do. Btw…I thought #9 were my words. Wonder how a CS Lewis quote got trapped in my old brain. Seems like we have our own personal thread here today.
    This little news blip just got in under the radar when it should have been in font as big as a [White] House.
    CBN News has learned exclusively that five Muslim soldiers at Fort Jackson in South Carolina were arrested just before Christmas. It is unclear whether the men are still in custody. The five were part of the Arabic Translation program at the base.
    The men are suspected of trying to poison the food supply at Fort Jackson.
    A source with intimate knowledge of the investigation, which is ongoing, told CBN News investigators suspect the “Fort Jackson Five” may have been in contact with the group of five Washington, DC area Muslims that traveled to Pakistan to wage jihad against U.S. troops in December. That group was arrested by Pakistani authorities, also just before Christmas.
    Coming as it does on the heels of November’s Fort Hood jihadist massacre, this news has major implications.

  6. says

    Suek, that’s a good first step.
    What I want to see are institutional methods that train people to be able to check things off a list concerning people they can or cannot trust with life and death decisions. Say you’re on a plane that has been hijacked and somebody steps up to the leadership position. How do you know you can trust him to 1. benefit the group and not himself and 2. not screw allies over because of personal or ideological motivations?
    Would you trust Ted Kennedy in the driver’s seat? John Kerry with a machine gun? Murtha with a Predator drone?
    People right now seem to have gut instincts, but they don’t have any institutional checklist that has been proven to be accurate. So they devolve to charisma, speechifying, or some other idiotic method they thought up on their own.

  7. SADIE says

    trust with life and death decisions
    That’s a giant leap of faith. We do it all the time with doctors and surgeons and that’s why many get a second opinion. The tangibles vs the intangibles is a challenging list. An  institution or person that was trustworthy 5 years ago may be questionable today or tomorrow.

  8. SADIE says

    In brief: muslim father murders his daughter for being too westernized and btw.. he immigrated here from Iraq. Welcome to America, the judicial system will not infringe on your culture by seeking the death penalty.

    “An open process provides some level of assurance that there is no appearance that a Christian is seeking to execute a Muslim for racial, political, religious or cultural beliefs,”

  9. suek says

    Found it by way of this page: (the whole thing wasn’t there, but enough to lead me on to the whole thing)
    Lots of good quotes there.  It seems odd to me that CS Lewis and GK Chesterton are authors whose names  are bandied about almost familiarly these days.  They’re certainly not big names in schools, but somewhere along the line, they seem to have been rediscovered.  Which is a good thing.    Interestingly, some of the quotes there exemplify the responses made to the indeep guy on the church/state thread.  More succinct, more pointed, more exact – but many of the same ideas.

    “Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.”

  10. suek says

    Well…at least that’s Santa Domingo’s problem, not ours!!
    Still…a body drops from the plane and they just keep on keeping on??? That’s cold.  On the other hand, there wasn’t likely anything anybody could do for him at that point – and the folks on the ground would be better able than anything anyone on the airplane could do.  So maybe it was the sensible thing to do – even if it _was_ cold…!

  11. SADIE says

    Here’s a solution to all the controversy over full body scanners:

    Erect a booth that you can step into that will not X-ray you, but will detonate any explosive device you may have on you.

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