Monday, March 26, 2007

New Tolkien Book

I am incredibly excited about the upcoming release of the new book by J.R.R. Tolkien, given to us by its editor, and Tolkien's son, Christopher Tolkien.

I don't know how it is that I am just finding out about this; better late then never I suppose. I've read the short version of this story in the Silmarillion and the longer version in Unfinished Tales and remember being completely captivated and enthralled with the tragic tale. To have a full narrative version of the story is truly a gift.

Christopher Tolkien's life has been one of dedication to his father's legacy and also to his father's many fans. What better way could there be to wrap up nearly a lifetime of loving devotion. Thanks Christopher.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

An Amazing Man

I had the privilege of working with Paco. I am proud to consider him a friend. I wish I had a tenth of the strength he has. Read some of his story here.

It is very good to be reminded that sitting here reading and writing about the Iraq situation is a far cry from actually being personally involved.

Tuesday, March 6, 2007

This is just WRONG!

Just a little something for all you multicultural, moral relativist, types to chew on. Sometimes evil is evil. Sometimes bad is bad. Sometimes you can look at another culture and say: "You know what, that's just wrong!".

Well, I'm not afraid to say it. This is so many kinds of wrong I don't even know where to start.

Next time someone starts equating conservative Christians in the United States with conservative Islam ask them to take this story, and so many others like it, into account. There is no comparison and anyone saying there is is certifiably nuts.

Friday, March 2, 2007

News Flash. Stop the presses.

And people are just figuring this out? You read the story and you'd think this was some major revelation. Give me a break. It shouldn't take a genius to figure out the connection between promiscuity and the spread of Aids. Those of us with traditional values have been saying this since day one but all we've received is a deaf ear or ridicule for our old-fashioned morals.

Take this statement: " These factors, researchers say, explain how North Africa, where Muslim societies require circumcision and strongly discourage sex outside monogamous and polygamous marriages, has largely avoided AIDS. They also explain why the epidemic is far more severe south of the Sahara, where webs of multiple sex partners are more common, researchers say."

What needs to be added? What more needs to be said? Thankfully they didn't use a Christian society as an example, if they had it would never be reported because, after all, attaching anything positive to Christianity is all but forbidden in the mainstream media.

All that being said I'm very happy to see stories like this, especially in a paper like the Washington Post. They deserve major kudos for having the guts to print such a story. It seems as if abstinence has become a dirty word, a politically incorrect word, I'm happy to see it reported positively for once.

Thursday, March 1, 2007

Stop the train

Can I be allowed a bit of sarcasm? Read this and see if you agree with me that this legislator is not exactly qualified to be quibbling over words and phrases.