1. I love E.M. Zanotti’s rationale for Kris winning American Idol:
I can find a lot of explanations for Kris winning Idol, among them that (1) middle America recognizes that guyliner is so three years ago and Adam should have left the Bad Gal at Hot Topic where he found it, (2) America loves an underdog, particularly one that pisses off Simon Cowell, and (3) three weeks ago, Adam might have won the contest, but given that in the last three weeks he sang every song like he was Mariah Carey in a yodeling contest. Not among them is that the American public was getting back at Barack Obama, and that the entire Idol franchise is somehow a metaphor for political elections, and finally, therefore, the Red States, who championed the guy who looked normal, triumphed over the Blue States, who championed a guy who looked like a strung out runaway with a good makeup artist.
The she seriously addresses political metaphors which is the seriously good read.
2. Congress is showing commons sense on Gitmo, and pigs are flying.
On Wednesday, the Senate rebuked Obama’s request for funding to close the Guantanamo prison, withholding on a 90-6 vote $80 million that would go to shutting down the facility until the president presents a plan for what to do with the remaining detainees. That followed a similar move last week in the House, underscoring widespread apprehension among Obama’s Democratic allies in Congress over the issue.
Both Democrats and Republicans have faced an uproar in their districts over the possibility that terror suspects would be housed in local prisons, making it more difficult for administration officials to convince European and Muslim allies to take some of the detainees.
Unfortunately, President Obama still thinks he knows better than Congress, the FBI and us and is still pushing for this.
HT: Angela Stevens
I’ve heard the quote once too often. It’s time to set the record straight—about the quote, and about the gospel.
Francis of Assisi is said to have said, "Preach the gospel at all times; when necessary, use words."
This saying is carted out whenever someone wants to suggest that Christians talk about the gospel too much, and live the gospel too little. Fair enough—that can be a problem. Much of the rhetorical power of the quotation comes from the assumption that Francis not only said it but lived it.
The problem is that he did not say it. Nor did he live it. And those two contra-facts tell us something about the spirit of our age. (read the rest)
HT: Justin Taylor
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