I posed a suggestion for Christians in general and Catholics in particular on how to cope with the problems this bad economy is hitting you with.

If you are an atheist and can’t bring yourself to try it here is another depression fighter; Amazon has a sale on chocolate and candy this month.

It’s a sweet alternative for the unbeliever, then again its not a bad deal for us believers either.

I got a very nice comment from Darren Hutchinson thanking me for my links. Let me say louder what I said in the reply comment. The tag Honorable left is made for a guy like him who doesn’t check his principles at the door when his side is in power.

Dissenting Justice
is being added to the blogroll and I would recommend keeping an eye over there. I’m sure we will disagree a lot over the next few years but that’s how you learn and form an honest opinion on things.

It looks like This is not going to go away. Darren Hutchinson is hot and angry and shows no signs of backing down:

But this forms the basis of the charge of hypocrisy. Human rights groups detailed in numerous policy statements the specific aspects of Bush’s program with which they disagreed. These practices certainly included rendition to torture and indefinite detention, but they also involved the lack of judicial oversight and denial of access to counsel. If liberals now believe that some activists overreached by criticizing the lack of judicial oversight or legal representation in their arguments condemning Bush, then they should express this point. It is absolutely disingenuous to argue instead that human rights groups only disagreed with rendition to torture and indefinite detention, when the organizations’ own words demonstrate that they made a fuller set of arguments.

Furthermore, describing Bush’s plan as “extraordinary” does very little to defend “rendition” in the Obama administration. Labels do not give rise to human rights violations. Specific practices do.

This back and forth is going to be interesting to re-visit at the end of the Obama Presidency.

In looking for the video for Kryten’s head exploding (Ketchup on Lobster! BOOM) for the last post I found this bit of news at the BBC:

Cult comedy Red Dwarf is returning to TV, 21 years after its initial launch.

The show has been resurrected by digital channel Dave for a two-part Easter weekend special, which sees the cast finally return to Earth.

Written and directed by Red Dwarf co-creator Doug Naylor, the new show reunites the line-up, including Coronation Street’s Craig Charles.

The hit show, which ran for eight series on BBC Two between 1988 and 1999, won an International Emmy award.

This show was always very funny and very offbeat. It will be a very fun time. More details here.

Going over the press’ feeding frenzy over the Pope’s decision some things struck me:

If Williamson had been an Iman the press coverage of him would either be non-existent or be considered a hate crime in Canada, Sweden and Holland. It would be really nice if just once the antisemitism in Islam got a tiny bit of attention.

Have you noticed that on any given week you can find a story that starts with “Pope’s decision/action on” and ends with “criticized”. You can bank on this with the media. In fact You can see the same thing with “Israel decision/action on” “criticized” the same way with the same media. All the “beautiful” people seem to hate both. Then again the pope is unlikely to cut off anyone’s head, nor is Israel. (This comes under my “indirect proofs” theory concerning God and Catholicism).

Other than Charles Johnson I haven’t seen anyone mention the truther/Kennedy conspiracy stuff in reports. These are things that the media doesn’t want to touch for some reason.

And speaking of this stuff have you ever noticed that people never seem to believe in only one conspiracy? On occasion they might be short one but they never believe in only one. Sort of like a Lays commercial.

You know just once in one of those dramas where the lone cop is cautioned by their higher ups about being wrong or the doctor who defies all convention over an odd diagnosis or the investigator who is so convinced that that guy is innocent if they were actually wrong once on the screen itself and then have them deal with that over and over during the rest of the season.

Everyone knows that they are wrong sometimes, but they never know it at the actual time they are wrong.

There is no darker time then the time between the last game of the World Series and the begining of spring training.

Once you reach a particular age a rather large percentage of your social calendar is spent at funerals.

And you know you are getting old when your regular doctor is younger than you. Once that happens its very rare that it changes.

Speaking of Chips once Cape Cod Chips came out suddenly everybody had kettle cooked chips for sale, that’s how you know your product is good.

How do you know times are bad? The wonder bread thrift store. The guy who runs it tells me his business is up 40%.

How many of studies that we hear about on the news actually pan out? Someone should do a study on it.

100 years from now people will still be laughing at the three stooges.

There is nothing that brings inner peace more than sitting in a room with your spouse, even if you aren’t doing or watching the same thing. I don’t know how widows or widower’s handle it.

Do you remember what you did with your time 20 years ago when you didn’t have a PC or internet to play with? It’s almost like that time didn’t happen isn’t it?

I still have high hopes that I will be able to make it to 50 without a cell phone, if I can make it to 60 without one it would be even cooler.

And finally I noticed this on election day. If you spend 8 hours watchhing traffic you will be shocked at how many accidents don’t happen.

When you are a computer guy who does gaming and played D & D you meet an inordinate amount of Geeks.

When that is the case a show like The Big Bang Theory is even funnier because you know people like this.

The following scene is one of the funniest new scenes that I’ve seen on TV in a long time.

Watch the whole thing, if you don’t laugh at this, I don’t know what to do you with you.

Docweasellblog took exception to Andy Levy’s list which I linked to here. Gateway Pundit has his own follow up of his own:

DON’T let Barack Obama or the media tell you that they saved Iraq a year from now. Barack Obama voted to cut-&-run like the rest of the Democrats… several times. If Obama had his way Iraq would be in the hands of Al-Qaeda or Iran. Don’t let the media spin this any other way. Bush, Petraeus and the military saved Iraq.

DON’T let Barack Obama tell you he supported the surge. He said it would never work… He said it wasn’t working… He said it wasn’t working good enough… He said it was more successful than anyone could have imagined. He was as steady as a noodle.

DON’T believe democrats when they say they support the troops. They don’t. If they supported the troops they would not aid and abet the enemy. They would not have given the terrorists a reason to continue to slaughter American soldiers and innocent civilians. Democrats support their own power.

DON’T believe the mainstream media. Don’t take their propaganda as fact. It’s more than likely that they are just spewing out the part of the story they want you to hear. The media is just a vehicle for the radical Left to push their extremist agenda on America. Check and double check everything.

Being civil and keeping arguments germaine doesn’t mean we roll over and forget. Despite what some bloggers apparently believe we don’t need to be either asses or phonies or even dishonorable to be the opposition.

Nobody is saying we don’t fight on issues, nobody is saying we roll over but we aren’t going to persuade people by being a bunch of loud mouthed idiots.

Also remember that the media aided the left when they did those actions, they would put the best face on their stuff and hide the worst of it. If anyone on the right thinks that this is going to be the case for us if we act the same way they are drinking something much stronger than I do.

This has to be won at the local level up. We are going to have a ton of Iraqi vets coming home, many are conservatives and thought of very highly in their homes. We need to run these guys in local and state elections and re-build a base that way. No matter what Rudy says we need to continue to push conservative values. Not because they agree with our faith, but because they work and make a stronger society.

The pro life ad I linked to last night is a great example, so was Erin Burnett’s dig at Geithner today.

Geithner is a liar (turbo tax my left foot) UPDATE: maybe not and a tax cheat. He should not be confirmed and we should say so loudly.

Update: Stop the ACLU gets it EXACTLY right.

The upshot is, we as conservatives and Republicans should want Barack Obama to fail if he is to strive for the wrong things. It’s not unAmerican, or even relatively impolite to say so, either.

This is all not to say that Republicans and conservatives should treat Barack Obama in like manner as the ignorati of the lunatic left have treated George W. Bush. We should give Obama a fair hearing, agree when it’s appropriate, disagree when it isn’t and fight tooth and nail when we know we are right. We should eschew the sort of DailyKos, Huffington Post or DemocraticUnderground style of hate so prevalent with the left. But we should not go wobbly. Principled and firm opposition is called for, as always, cooler heads should prevail.

But, we should not wish Obama “success” just for the sake of success. Nor should we let our guard down in some foolish bid to force the left to appreciate us for our civility. Civility is a reward in and of itself. It isn’t a gift to the enemy.

So, here’s hoping great failure for Obama on all the things he should fail on and success with those things that are right and good for the United States of America.

He said what I wanted to say much better than I did.