Say a little prayer, please

God SkyOne of my blog friends passed away yesterday after a long illness. She was a devout woman and a very good human being. I have absolutely no doubt that, if there’s a Heaven, she’s there, being greeted by those who passed before her, and waiting patiently until it’s time for her loved ones to join her.

While her suffering is over, I think the ones she left behind could use a little spiritual support. They’ve traveled a long, hard road. So a prayer, please, for both my friend and for her family and friends.

Continued prayers requested for Caped Crusader

God SkyThree weeks ago, I told you that my blog friend, Caped Crusader, who kept this blog supplied for a very long time with wonderful posters, has been seriously ill.  Despite several medical setbacks, he continues to hang in there and is determined to recover.  My blog is most certainly not a controlled study about the power of prayer or healing thoughts, but I nevertheless believe that the collected power of our prayers for him, whether they take the form of actual prayers, wishes for his health, or just good thoughts tucked away in the corners of our minds, can make a difference.  So please, in whatever way works best for you, keep Caped Crusader in your thoughts.

And while I’m mentioning it, another of my blog friends is also fighting a very serious health battle.  She keeps confounding expectations, but I’ve heard that she’s not feeling at all well now, and I know that she too would appreciate and benefit from whatever good wishes, prayers, or thoughts you can send her way.  I realize that I’m giving you very little information about her in order to preserve her privacy, but if the cosmos can help heal people, perhaps they can also figure out where the good energy needs to go.

Caped Crusader needs your thoughts and prayers

Get_Well_SoonFor a long, long time, when I put up a wonderful series of posters and cartoons, I’ve given a hat tip to a friend who goes by the name of Caped Crusader. I hadn’t heard from him in a while and it reached the point at which I thought, “I need to see what’s going on.”

It turns out that Caped Crusader has been pretty darn ill. He’s recovering now, thank goodness, but it’s never too late to agitate the universe with a little bit of whatever moves you, whether that’s thoughts, prayers, crystal healing, or anything else. I know that he’ll appreciate good wishes in whatever form they come.

John Whiteside “Jack” Weaver, Jr. — RIP

Longtime readers may remember ExPreacherman, a fellow blogger.  The person behind that blog was a man named John Whiteside “Jack” Weaver.  Although we lost touch a few years ago, he and I used to correspond frequently.  We came from different places — He, a deeply devout Christian, and I, a vaguely agnostic Jew — but we met in a middle place of loving our country and both respecting and liking each other.  I learned today that Jack died at 85 following heart surgery.  To the end, his strong faith supported him and in his family.

Jack and his loved ones are in my thoughts.  Rest in Peace, my friend.

Welcome to the Canardvark

Welcome matAs you see, below, the Bookworm Room welcomes a new contributor, the Canardvark.  He used to blog regularly under his own name at a prestigious site, but the demands of his real-world life made that unsustainable.  After a few years of lying fallow, he asked if he could occasionally contribute to the Bookworm Room.  I jumped at the offer.

I’m not giving too much away about his super-secret identity when I tell you that the Canardvark is clever (hence the funny, punny name), thoughtful, well-informed, and knowledgeable about national security issues, among other things.  I’m absolutely thrilled that he will be writing here occasionally.  Indeed, I’ve urged him to ditch the occasional part and write regularly, but I’ll take anything I can get.

Woot! My post comparing Ted Cruz’s filibuster to the Spartan “300” inspired Chris Muir’s wonderful “Day By Day” cartoon

I’ve long been a big fan of Chris Muir’s “Day By Day” cartoon.  It’s intelligent, witty, and sophisticated.  You can imagine, then, how thrilled I am to have inspired his latest cartoon, this one about Ted Cruz:

Chris Muir cartoon

(If you missed the reference to my blog, check the very bottom of the cartoon panel.)

Honestly, this is so cool.

The post to which Chris refers is this one, which I believe in more now than on the day I wrote it:

"I will do everything necessary and anything possible to defund Obamacare."

“I will do everything necessary and anything possible to defund Obamacare.”

Most people, whether Democrat or Republican, agree that Ted Cruz’s planned filibuster in the Senate is doomed. It will do nothing to stop Obamacare’s inexorable path towards implementation. (To understand precisely what the filibuster is about, Ace has a good, short explanation.)

Because Ted Cruz is nobody’s fool, I’m guessing that he too knows that it won’t stop Obamacare from getting fully implemented within the next few months. Why, then, is Cruz engaged in this quixotic effort? I think I have the answer, but you’ll have to bear with me, because it involves taking a little trip back, back in time . . . to the Battle of Thermopylae.


Even now, 2,500 years later, the Spartans’ brave stand at Thermopylae still has the power to inspire us. Victory wasn’t the point. The point was to fight and to educate Greeks about their merciless enemy and its overwhelming drive for power. Leonidas and his men may have died there, but their ghosts led the Greeks to eventual victory.

Which gets me back to Ted Cruz and his buddies in the Senate. They’re not stupid. They know that this filibuster will be futile. But they know two other things as well: Filibusters grab headlines, which gives them a golden opportunity to lift the cone of silence that the mainstream media places between Republicans and voters.

Under the current media regime, Republican arguments and statements get to the voters only if small fry Republicans get arrested, or say something “provocative” about gay marriage or abortion. Other than that, most voters would be hard pressed to know what conservatives politicians and thinkers are saying.

“Come and take them.”

“Come and take them.”

Imagine someone as intelligent and articulate as Ted Cruz – a man who has a knack for clearly stating complex principles – speaking directly to the voters about Obamacare, without the media acting as his “interpretor.” And remember, if he does filibuster, he’ll be speaking to voters who, for the most part, are already beginning to realize that, with Obamacare, they’ve been sold a bill of goods.

Absent a miracle, Cruz will lose on the filibuster. The Republican establishment will start bleating out “I told you so” on every “news” show they can find. And Obamacare will go forward.

But here’s what Cruz also knows: Obamacare will be a disaster. We know that for certain. Indeed, the best evidence you need is Congress’s frantic effort to ward off Obamacare in its own marbled halls. If that’s not enough, look at the diminution in choice, the price increases for the middle class, the lost jobs, the lost insurance coverage, and the downward adjustments in working hours.  We, the people, are going to be badly hurt by Obamacare.

Americans aren’t going to learn about the nasty stuff hiding in Obamacare until they experience it first hand.  What was an abstract political fight in Washington, D.C. will become a genuine problem in their day-to-day lives.  And that’s when Ted Cruz will pop back up again and say (nicely, of course), “Remember me? I tried to warn you and I tried to help. Trust me to have the courage and the wisdom to fix this. But this time, you have to stand with me to win the battle.”

The filibuster is Cruz’s Thermopylae. He knows that, whether he wins or loses, in the long term he will be the victor.  When it all falls apart, Ted Cruz will be seen and remembered for coming down on the side of sanity and freedom.

Just a reminder about some good blogs out there

I’ve been up and  working since 6 a.m., and now it’s 5, and I’m still trying to finish the must-do tasks before I get to the I-want-to-do tasks.  Since I’m stalled, though, I wanted to remind you about two of my favorite blog friends, both of whom are also real world friends.  Here are the links so that you can peruse good stuff, from good, smart people:

To Put It Bluntly

Castra Praetoria

And of course, you should always consider visiting every member of the Watcher’s Council:

The 11th Annual Blogger Awards

I’m always a bridesmaid in these things, and never a bride, but I’m still beyond thrilled that John Hawkins included me as a nominee in the 11th Annual Blogger Awards for CPAC.  I’m right there under “Best Kept Secret Award.”  Indeed, right now, I’m so secret that the link is to my old WordPress blog.  I sent a note to John about that, though, so I know it will be fixed soon.

I was also delighted to see that a lot of my blog friends got nominated too.  I was especially happy to see The Mellow Jihadi as a People’s Choice nominee.  Navy One has been a friend of this blog since before he started blogging, and he’s become one of my personal friends as well.  I’m so delighted that he’s getting this kind of recognition.

Other friends of mine (meaning that I a lot of email correspondence with them) who have been nominated are YidWithLid, The Jawa Report, and Doug Ross,

Having acknowledged myself and my friends, let me say that John is spot-on in all of his selections.  Each of the blogs named is a high quality blogs that deserves recognition for providing a true form of alternative media.  If you blog, please consider broadcasting this list of nominees, since the more readership they get, the less believability the drive-by media gets.

The last thing left for me to do is to figure out how to lobby the CPAC voters for this one.  I’ve got their beer and party favors all lined up….  😉

Hillary’s new glasses; or I have the smartest readers in the world

Yesterday, I received this email query from one of my world’s smartest readers:

I assume you have seen the pictures of Hillary Clinton testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Cmte.  Her glasses look odd.  I’m wondering if her illness/head injury was not more serious or other than what was disclosed.

Hmmm.  That’s interesting. So I went to Google images and looked at pictures of Hillary in glasses.  I concluded that Hillary’s glasses indeed looked peculiar — but I didn’t know what to do with that observation.  Even had I commented upon it, it wouldn’t have gone anywhere.  I would just have been noting an anomaly.

But my reader was right, not just that Hillary was wearing strange glasses, but that those glasses spoke of a probable injury, not just a changed prescription:

Clinton’s spokesman confirmed Thursday night she is wearing the glasses as a result of the fall and concussion she suffered last month, but he did not elaborate.

Experts told the Daily News that Clinton likely has a Fresnel prism placed on her glasses. The adhesive panel is used to treat double vision.

Do I have the smartest readers or what?

Another conservative information clearinghouse

Yesterday, I directed your attention to Ritely, which aims to be the conservative answer to Reddit.  Ritely is easy to use:  posting articles takes seconds and it’s got a clear format for finding other people’s posted articles.  Today, I get to tell you about Helen’s Page, a conservative information clearinghouse that Glenn Reynold’s wife started.  It too has an easy interface and straightforward format.

I strongly urge you to check out and use these two sites.  Right now, conservatives rely heavily on sites that are owned by very Leftist companies (e.g., Facebook, Google, Twitter, Blogger, YouTube, etc.).  Most of the time, we don’t think about it, but the fact remains that these are privately run sites and they can — and do — censor at will.  Not surprisingly, their censorship trends to silencing the right, as Gates of Vienna recently discovered.  My email is rich with stories from fellow bloggers telling about being banned from Facebook or Twitter.

I’m planning on using both Ritely and Helen’s Page regularly.  I like the way they’re set up, I like the audience they reach, and I like the fact that they’re not going to censor me just because I’m a conservative.

Incidentally, this kind of networking — sharing both ideas and practical information — is precisely what conservatives need to do if they are serious about remaining politically viable.