Equal Time

The New York Times’ most recent foray into the revealing of state secrets has me wondering. Instead of prosecuting the Old Gray Lady for her untimely treachery, why not put the brilliant reporters and editors of the Times to work?

Given that they’ve already disrupted our efforts against al Qaeda, the Times should now give equal time to the opposition. They should put all the vast resources of the newspaper of record behind gathering informants, tracking movements, and disclosing the plans of al Qaeda operatives.

If the Times is that good about disclosing American intel, just think of how good they would be working against the enemy…

Labash Does YearlyKos

We bloggers often suffer from symptoms of self-importance — that vile disease that deludes us into thinking that everything we write is on the same level of significance as, say, The Declaration of Independence. If self-importance really were an illness, few would be more afflicted than the folks over at DailyKos.com.

Weekly Standard senior writer Matt Labash visited DailyKos’ first-annual convention, YearlyKos. What resulted is the funniest article I’ve read in a long time, “Riding with the Kossacks.” Read it now.

Finger-lickin’ Lawsuits

When it comes to the corruption of America’s judicial system, activist judges play a large part, but they certainly don’t have the market cornered. Take, for example, the news of the lawsuit brought against Kentucky Fried Chicken. Dr. Arthur Hoyte, along with The Center for Science in the Public Interest, is suing the fast-food chicken magnate because it uses trans fat in its cooking oil.

Apparently Hoyt and company were under the impression that gorging oneself on the Colonel’s blend of 11 herbs and spices was a healthy endeavor:

Hoyte said he is suing to force KFC to change its cooking practices “for my son and others’ kids, so they may have a healthier, happier, trans-fat-free future.”

“If I had known that KFC uses an unnatural frying oil, and that their food was so high in trans fat, I would have reconsidered my choices,” Hoyte said.

Perhaps Colonel Sanders had his cane to their heads, but it’s unlikely that they were forced to buy their fried chicken at KFC. If a lawsuit like this wins, the entire Southern United States is in danger of litigation for occasionally serving food with more flavor than a sheet of cardboard.

Therefore, in order to save our governments money on court fees in the future, I’m compiling a list of potential dangers for those of you whose thinking might be a little “extra crispy.” Write these down, and burn them into your memory, and they may even save your life:

  • Fried chicken is good, but not good for you.
  • Coffee is very HOT! when served.
  • Manhole covers are not to be stepped upon.
  • Eating the pancakes and ice cream combo at IHOP is generally not a good idea.
  • Red meat can make you obese, but only if you eat it.
  • Knives are sharp, and have been known to cut.
  • Last but not least, do not eat silica gel!

I’m sure I’m missing something here, so feel free to add to the list.

Around the Sphere

~ Volume XVIII ~

Away from the web I have been for a while;
Yet fear not my dear friends, cease not to smile;
While words around here have been waning in style;
I’ve returned to you now, with links by the pile!

At his insightful Crunchy Con blog, Rod Dreher recounts a telling experience from a recent sonogram session, where he discovered that his soon-to-be-born child is a girl. Apparently, some are not so happy at the news of a female offspring:

The sonogram technician told us that you’d be surprised at how many women burst into tears upon hearing the news, and apologize on the spot to their husbands or male partners.

“You are kidding me!” I said, shocked.

“Oh no,” the technician replied. “I’ve had boyfriends go sit right there in that chair when they find out, and put their heads in their hands.” Like it’s the end of the world.

In a world where children have become like fashion accessories to some, this is not all too surprising. Still, it pains the heart to think that some are so callous as to act like a child who didn’t get a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas.

One who is definitely not so callous is Russell Moore. He doesn’t have daughters, but as he poignantly wrote a couple of weeks ago, fatherhood often teaches us more about God than any amount of schooling could do. Moore movingly tells of why he was not there when two of his sons were born, and how God’s glory is seen through that fact.

Colby Willen apparently fell asleep while reading my blog, and is now exploring ways to wake himself up. Actually, his thoughts are a little more serious than that and are worthy of reflection, even for a habitual “snoozer” like me.It is, however, a good thing that his alarm is not set to go off when a new post at TruePravda appears — he’d never wake up!

How far should one travel to go to church? The inestimable Jollyblogger tackles this issue with not just one, but two recent posts. This is a good subject to ponder, as I have been members of churches that were both near (5–minute drive) and far (25–minute drive) away. The distance does make a difference, and the effect it has should not remain unexamined.

That’s all for tonight, but shed not a tear;
There are more words pending, have ye no fear;
Come once and then often, do please appear;
Confusion be closed, and cloudy be clear.