Praying Causes Irreparable Harm

A federal judge has ordered a Texas school district to prohibit public prayer at a high school graduation ceremony.

The ruling was in response to a lawsuit filed by Christa and Danny Schultz. Their son is among those scheduled to participate in Saturday’s graduation ceremony. The judge declared that the Schultz family and their son would “suffer irreparable harm” if anyone prayed at the ceremony.

from Fox News


Apparently the president has a lack of integrity. He agreed to the budget cuts that defunded four of his “czars.” Then after the budget was signed, he said he was going to ignore that part.

I know it’s Fox News, but they are a news source. And they are at least as reliable as anyone else.

Conference Politics

I forgot how uncomfortable the presentation of Republicans and half the nation as anti-intellectuals who were evil becomes when you are at a conference.

The speakers assume that everyone is a strongly left liberal. They use “we” and “our” in response to hate of Gingrich and Palin. All about how stupid the people are who believe these things, also including the mainstream media (what are they reading?), it is very frustrating.

It really frustrates me when I am trying to listen to something that has nothing to do with politics.

Other People’s Money

Margaret Thatcher said:

“…and Socialist governments traditionally do make a financial mess. They [socialists] always run out of other people’s money. It’s quite a characteristic of them.”

Feb. 5, 1976

Talking to Castro

But during the generally lighthearted conversation (we had just spent three hours talking about Iran and the Middle East), I asked him if he believed the Cuban model was still something worth exporting.

“The Cuban model doesn’t even work for us anymore,” he said.

This struck me as the mother of all Emily Litella moments. Did the leader of the Revolution just say, in essence, “Never mind”?

I asked Julia to interpret this stunning statement for me. She said, “He wasn’t rejecting the ideas of the Revolution. I took it to be an acknowledgment that under ‘the Cuban model’ the state has much too big a role in the economic life of the country.”

from The Atlantic

Why did the Soviet Union Fail?

The Soviet Union didn’t collapse because of Reagan or Thatcher or missile bases or Star Wars: It collapsed because of Bulgarian blue jeans. The free market was trying to tell the Communists that Bulgarian blue jeans were ugly and didn’t fit, that people wouldn’t wear Bulgarian blue jeans — not, literally, to save their lives. But the Kremlin wasn’t listening, and the Berlin Wall came down.

from World Affairs Journal

2010 Darwin Winners

The Math Curmudgeon has one that made me … something. Anyway, I thought it was worth sharing.

3rd Place
After walking around a marked police patrol car parked at the front door, a man walked into H&J Leather & Firearms intent on robbing the store. The shop was full of customers and a uniformed officer was standing at the counter. Upon seeing the officer, the would-be robber announced a hold-up and fired a few wild shots from a target pistol. The officer and a clerk promptly returned fire and several customers also drew their guns and fired. The robber was pronounced dead at the scene by Paramedics. Crime scene investigators located 47 expended cartridge cases in the shop. The subsequent autopsy revealed 23 gunshot wounds. Ballistics identified rounds from 7 different weapons. No one else was hurt.

I don’t have a Guns category, so this is going in Politics/Military. Because folks there often have guns or discuss them.

Two Bad, One Good: Supreme Court Decisions

Constructive Curmudgeon says

The Supreme Court just ruled that a college or university may deny a student group official status if that group does not allow homosexuals as leaders.

Stop the ACLU says that people are going to quit signing petitions.

In an 8-to-1 decision, the high court said public disclosure of referendum petitions does not as a general matter violate the First Amendment.

We saw how well the “saying who gave $$” worked out, with Prop. 8 in California, right? (Such as this article.)

GOOD:, in “Gun Rights Must Be Honored by States/Cities,” says:

[T]he constitutional right to bear arms … binds state and local governments, as well as federal officials…

The justices, voting 5-4, said an individual right to bear arms was among the fundamental guarantees protected against state and local interference through a constitutional amendment after the Civil War.

So Chicagoans have the right to own and use their weapons to stop criminals.

He Will Command His Angels Concerning You

nofearwiththelordStaff Sgt. Edward Rosa reads the Bible and extends a cigarette to Pfc. Jorge Rostra Obando, who was stunned by an explosion in Afghanistan’s Arghanab Valley. One comrade was killed and two injured in the blast. Pfc. Rostran asked the sergeant to read Psalm 91, a favorite from his childhood. (Ricardo Garcia Vilanova for The Wall Street Journal) — Photo Journal – WSJ

1 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.

2 I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”

3 Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare
and from the deadly pestilence.

4 He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.

5 You will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,

6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday.

7 A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.

8 You will only observe with your eyes
and see the punishment of the wicked.

9 If you make the Most High your dwelling—
even the LORD, who is my refuge-

10 then no harm will befall you,
no disaster will come near your tent.

11 For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways;

12 they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.

13 You will tread upon the lion and the cobra;
you will trample the great lion and the serpent.

14 “Because he loves me,” says the LORD, “I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.

15 He will call upon me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.

16 With long life will I satisfy him
and show him my salvation.”

Psalm 91, NIV, from BibleGateway