I strongly predict that our friends on the left will suddenly get a new respect for Victoria Toensing:

I am as repulsed by the governor’s crude statements — captured on tape by investigators — as anyone. And although I am a Republican, I am first an officer of the court. Thus, I take no joy in a prosecutor pursuing a Democratic politician by violating his ethical responsibility. I fear for the integrity of the criminal justice system when a prosecutor breaks the rules.

I further predict that we will see her on morning talk shows this week. It’s the Kathleen Parker effect.

I really like Charles Johnson, his blog Little Green Footballs is one of the first ones I started reading back in 2001. When it comes to the Islamic threat he will NEVER earn a Nelson nor will he compromise his beliefs concerning some on the right who have bedfellows he objects to. His blog should not be missed.

When it comes to religion however he can get a bit iffy. Today he posts on the fact that more people in the US believe in the Devil than in Evolution.

Well DUH most Americans are Christians. The Devil is specifically mentioned in both the new and old testaments. Christ specifically mentions him. As a Roman Catholic I will state this categorically:

If you say you are a Catholic and don’t believe in the devil, then you might as well say you are something else because you are not a Catholic.

If you say that you are a Christian and you don’t believe in the Devil, then you must be of a sect that doesn’t believe in the divinity of Christ either, and if not, why are you bothering to say you are a Christian?

Christianity as a religion is not one of compromise, either Christ is God or is is not. If he is not then there is no point being a Christian. If he is then he is and nothing anyone else says will make it otherwise. The Catholic Church states that the devil exists as a fact. Period. End of sentence. I’m not a protestant but I’m not aware of any protestant denominations that believe in the divinity of Christ that don’t state the existence of the devil as a fact.

Now unlike most Christian denominations the Catholic Church doesn’t deny the existence of evolution. Catechism of the Catholic Church says the following:

282 Catechesis on creation is of major importance. It concerns the very foundations of human and Christian life: for it makes explicit the response of the Christian faith to the basic question that men of all times have asked themselves:120 “Where do we come from?” “Where are we going?” “What is our origin?” “What is our end?” “Where does everything that exists come from and where is it going?” The two questions, the first about the origin and the second about the end, are inseparable. They are decisive for the meaning and orientation of our life and actions.

283 The question about the origins of the world and of man has been the object of many scientific studies which have splendidly enriched our knowledge of the age and dimensions of the cosmos, the development of life-forms and the appearance of man. These discoveries invite us to even greater admiration for the greatness of the Creator, prompting us to give him thanks for all his works and for the understanding and wisdom he gives to scholars and researchers. With Solomon they can say: “It is he who gave me unerring knowledge of what exists, to know the structure of the world and the activity of the elements. . . for wisdom, the fashioner of all things, taught me.”121

284 The great interest accorded to these studies is strongly stimulated by a question of another order, which goes beyond the proper domain of the natural sciences. It is not only a question of knowing when and how the universe arose physically, or when man appeared, but rather of discovering the meaning of such an origin: is the universe governed by chance, blind fate, anonymous necessity, or by a transcendent, intelligent and good Being called “God”? And if the world does come from God’s wisdom and goodness, why is there evil? Where does it come from? Who is responsible for it? Is there any liberation from it?

This doesn’t even count the Jews, the Muslims who’s writing also specifically state the existence of the devil as a fact. There is no way that the numbers can not favor the existence of the Devil vs evolution.

This should not be a shock and its a good thing too. In a later post I’ll explain why.

UPDATE: Allahpundit puts up the numbers.

Bob Owens the Confederate Yankee goes after truthism on the right with an article on Pajamas Media on the president elects constitutional qualifications for the White House:

In various courts, dozens of cases have been filed claiming that Barack Obama is not eligible to hold the presidency because of various alleged citizenship issues. The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday turned down a request to review one such case. Another case challenging Obama’s eligibility nearly identical to the first was immediately added to the Court’s docket for December 12, and yet another case looms in the wings.

What all these cases have in common is a sincere, often irrational belief that Barack Obama does not meet the Constitution’s minimal requirements to become president of the United States. Let’s look at those requirements and see if we can lay these to rest.

He lays out a great case and on his own blog asks if it is good enough to convince the doubters. The answer is no. And the reason is multi-fold.

First the leadership will never admit defeat, that hurts the book sales, conference sales and speaking fees as suggested in this post. The subject is different but the tactics are the same, make a buck. When it comes to these guys i’m not so sure about the sincere part.

Secondly there are the followers, they need a reason to follow, and be part of something bigger then themselves. By being a part of this they “know” a truth that is either in their mind denied by the more foolish or unknown to the ignorant. This increases self esteem which might be lacking.

Thirdly you have those who absolutely hate Obama and the fact he was elected. It’s hard to lose an election. As I said before I held a sign for McCain in Massachusetts for 7 hours on election day it was tough to lose. I didn’t buy the results in Pennsylvania at first but in the end the facts are the facts and one must to steal a phrase “move on”. This group actually has the best shot of being convinced because they are motivated more by hope than anything else but some will cling to this and will bring it up every time that the president elect does something foolish.

Hey some people are still not convinced that the 2000 election wasn’t stolen, what makes us think that these people will be any different?

Via Glenn who knows all , sees all and sooner or later blogs all.

Via The Captain, The Anchoress makes the correct argument in a column at Pajamas media today:

To secularists and avowed agnostics who work to expunge all religious language from governments, that idea is anathema. I doubt it makes many Christians or Jews happy, either. But the war on terror is as much about ideas and ideals as about security and strategy. If one side’s ideas are mayhem in service to transcendence and the other side is thinking about meetings and signed papers, then secular Western diplomacy is boxing with one glove.

Silencing the language of faith in public discourse and policy weakens the West’s ability to engage and defeat an enemy entirely motivated by relentless theology. By failing to speak in the same language, it has no weapons for victory, short of destroying whole cities.

Well she wanted to know what we thought. I think this is exactly right, since we don’t want to have to use the “Sherman” option. Faith is highly respected in the Islamic world as Christians as “People of the Book” should take advantage of this. I would think that our secular friends would not care how the war is one as long as it is, and any tactic that would decrease the need to kill should be plan A or at least plan B. I see no reason why it should generate the hate mail it apparently has.

Her blog is always a worthwhile read particularly if you are a Catholic like me although I must admit I did forget today was the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. As our Hispanic population has increased it has become a bigger Catholic feast here in the US and will continue to do so. The story is here.

Well the ice slammed into us really good. No power (or heat) in the house, no power in the neighborhood, no power for most of the city (although as of this writing two sections of town have lights) and a good chunk of central mass is totally dark.

Tonight I’m writing from a friend’s house in the former Fort Devens. Our friend insisted we come to a place where the lights burn brightly.

I have my laptop with me and once I get a chance to read about today’s news I’ll have things to say but I’ll just go with a few observations:

People seem to be taking the lack of power in stride.

Trees are down everywhere, very large branches were blocking my driveway we cleared enough to pull in and out but there are huge trees and power lines all over the place.

The bright side is with school out we were able to make a trip to my favorite haunt in the days of HiWired: Mighty Subs in Needham (where you would never know a storm took place). Art and Karen have been together since high school and have run this place for decades. Their motto is “Our small is their large” and they aren’t kidding.

If you are EVER in the Needham Massachusetts area give them a visit, they are only open weekdays till 4 and serve a full breakfast as well, but it is their Mighty Subs that are the star of the show.

There is a fair amount of pleasure just reading a book or staying under the and not worrying about the rest of the world.

It’s days like this when you really have to appreciate the Police, Fire and Utility people. When the chips are down they work like there is no tomorrow.

You know at least one Christmas its a good idea to buy your wife $300 worth of Yankee Candles. Not only will she not need any more for years but some dark day it might pay off.

I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, nobody has a better group of friends than me that you can count on. I’m really blessed.

And destructive as it was, those trees covered in ice, particularly the view of a tree covered hillside is one of the most beautiful sights you will ever see.