A couple of days ago I wrote this concerning Judeo Christian Culture

The truth is very simple, one of the things that Christianity and the Judeo Christian Culture provides is a society that has positive values. That individuals and institutions haven’t always lived up to those values doesn’t make the values any less valid than a corrupt cop means the police should be disbanded.

I would think that even if you didn’t believe in the religion the moral structure might be valuable.

We’ve already seen the image of wealthy atheists funding Catholic Schools because they provided the best educational chance for children, making it the rational choice for society.

Now we see elite atheists making another rational choice for their own children:

The researchers found that agnostics attend religious services (e.g., church) at about the same rate regardless of whether they have any children. By contrast, the attendance rate of atheists with children jumps 70% compared to those without. Children constitute a statistically significant factor in atheists attending religious services and joining religious communities. It should be noted that the atheists and agnostics in this study are all top-tier scientists, so these findings may not hold for atheists in general.

Looked at another way, contrary to popular expectation, atheist scientists show a proclivity to join a religious community when raising children. Unlike many atheists who feel isolated in a region of heavy religiosity, scientists have ready access to a community of fellow, morally minded atheists, and yet choose to raise their children in a religious community

If that doesn’t make online atheist go Kryten this next bit will:

In many circumstances they favored a religious upbringing because, third, they believed it would provide children with moral orientation. One scientist, who does not have children, said he would raise his children in the Catholic Church because he was raised Catholic and believes Catholicism teaches children important values.

What? You mean to tell me that these top-tier atheist scientists, the pool where this study was taken, these well-educated brilliant people need religion to teach moral values? Simple rationality can’t do it alone?

Hopefully the children of these scientists will grow up fast enough with strong enough moral values to solve this pressing problem of atheism:

[Women complained to Watson they didn’t want to attend atheist events] because they felt uncomfortable in a room full of men. They told me about how they were hit on constantly and it drove them away. I didn’t fully get it at the time, because I didn’t mind getting hit on. But I acknowledged their right to feel that way and I started suggesting to the men that maybe they relax a little and not try to get in the pants of every woman who walks through the door. Maybe they could wait for her to make the first move,

Of course that presupposes the following:

1. These children don’t in fact choose religion.

2. They attend an atheist conference with Rebecca Watson

3. She remains as Stacy McCain Described her: “the total smokin’ hotness of atheist chickdom.” albeit by that time the cougar version.

But alas it likely won’t work because that same moral compass might cause them to choose to reject both the concept of the one night stand or a person robbing the cradle as it were.

Oh well I guess the moral structure provided by religion can’t solve everything.

Via Hotair Headlines

…those are the words of Rush Limbaugh and they describe Sarah Palin to a T:

ITEM: Andrew Sullivan continues to exhibit the signs of Advanced Sullivan’s Syndrome whenever Sarah Palin comes up

What you see here is the chart of the Real Clear Politics poll average for the 2008 presidential campaign, showing that by Sept. 8, the McCain-Palin ticket was leading by 2.9 points — with the RCP average for the Republican ticket (48.3) on that date being the highest poll showing of McCain vs. Obama at any point during the entire campaign, even before either candidate had won his party’s nomination.

When Sarah Palin’s name was announced as the GOP vice-presidential candidate on Sept. 29, Andrew Sullivan saw what everyone saw: Here was a potential game-changer.

I remember that numbers game, the democrats were in dead panic, and in my opinion still are.

Item: People are getting violent

The general consensus is that Cowan was a leftist suffering from a particularly bad case of Palin Derangement Syndrome (via memeorandum). The story really doesn’t bear that out, though. I mean, he could have gotten just as enraged had be seen any spoiled politician’s daughter who had wrangled her way into a position that she would never have earned save for her last name.

That’s not to say that Bristol Palin is one of those bratty daughters (let the record reflect that I don’t believe she is), but given the general disposition of politicians’ daughters, you can forgive him just a little for thinking she is. It’s not as if the media has made any real effort to show her otherwise.

Item: Adults are obsessing with a teen girls facebook

“Willow Palin is a 16 year old girl who, like all 16 year olds is going to make mistakes and say things she shouldn’t have. This, however, has nothing to do with Willow Palin or the substance of what she said on Facebook. The ‘slur’ used here is one you could hear on the streets of West Hollywood or Chelsea every day of the week. Apparently, it’s only a ‘homophobic slur’ when it comes from the daughter of a conservative female leader. Make no mistake; this is all about destroying Sarah Palin by any means necessary.

“The angry misogynistic left and their accomplices in the main stream media have been unable to take down Governor Palin – no matter how hard they have tried. Unable to take her down directly they now have decided to try to hurt her by attacking the most important thing in her life – her family.

“Any person, gay or straight, who participates in this cheap political smear should be ashamed of themselves.”

Meanwhile Bristol Palin shows more class than those who wish to judge her:

Willow and I shouldn’t have reacted to negative comments about our family. We apologize. On a nicer note, thank you for supporting the great competition in Dancing with the Stars!

And those having no daughters of her own the Lonely Conservative (our guest next week!) asks the relevant question

Lefties are in a tizzy because of some things the Palin girls wrote on their facebook pages. Who, but the deranged, spends time reading teenagers’ facebook postings?

It’s a pretty good question, what would advocates on the left say if it was the facebook of one of the Obama girls?

Item: Panic over a dancing show

“This will be a disaster for the show if Bristol wins,” one TV insider tells me. “Any creditability the show had will be over. It will go from being a dancing competition to a popularity competition where whoever has the most rabid fan base will always win no matter how little talent they have.”

And while it’s true Bristol’s dancing has dramatically improved since the season began, no one with working eyes would put her in the same league as the other remaining stars, Jennifer Grey and Kyle Massey.

Excuse me “Dancing with the Stars” has credibility? It’s a dancing show that has the public voting on who stays or goes, just like American Idol. What kind of credibility do you think it had? Allah Pundit puts it well:

Is there any better proof of how stupid the hyperventilating over Bristol and “Dancing With the Stars” has been than “The Daily Show” feeling obliged to open the program with a defense of the Palins? Even if it is basically just a lead-in to a segment goofing on her new show? This is like flipping over to Maddow’s program and being greeted with the segment, “Maybe we’re being too hard on Jim DeMint.”

Full disclosure. I don’t watch Dancing with the Stars, I have no interesting in Dancing with the Stars, I never will have any interest in Dancing with the stars and I don’t care who wins or doesn’t win, but it is fun to watch the the left go Kryten over this.

Item: Sour grapes

JOE SCARBOROUGH: She’s not going to run. It’s The Art of War. The reason she’s saying this is cause she knows she can’t win. She knows she’s got to keep her name out in the press. She knows her poll numbers are dropping. She knows that she was humiliated in her home state of Alaska. She knows that Christine O’Donnell did not work out well. And so–I hate to say it–it’s about money.

And so, this keeps things ginned up. Because if she wasn’t saying this right now, people would be writing her Dany Quayle political obituary. So, she’s going to stir it up, and get people talking about to get in the mix. Now listen: you can hate me at home if you want to, and Mom, go ahead and write me the email, call me a Marxist. It’s the reality; it’s what’s happening. And it is so patently obvious I’m surprised more people haven’t picked up on it.

Joe I like you a lot, and if my show gets that 2nd hour sometime next year I’d love to have you with or without Mika on but if you think that Sarah Palin has been “humiliated” in the last election and call that reality then you need to have somebody cut the mind altering drugs you are being fed a bit more. Or is it just in the contract of all MSNBC conservatives not named Buchanan that they must dis Sarah Palin to preserve the Niche Market of the MSNBC Brand?

Oh and lets face it it’s you lot that hit depend on Sarah Palin for money, every time you hit her, or put her on the air, or whatever your ratings soar. That’s why you are upset she is not on your show, not because she is a coward, but because she isn’t bothering to punch downwards.

Item: People are getting upset over typos

From a strictly lexical interpretation of the different contexts in which Palin has used “refudiate,” we have concluded that neither “refute” nor “repudiate” seems consistently precise, and that “refudiate” more or less stands on its own, suggesting a general sense of “reject.”

Lawrence O’Donnell got wee-wee’d up with the decision, and lashed out against the dictionary for allowing Sarah Palin to ruin the English language, or something. He is also annoyed that for a woman, who he claims will not run for president, gets this much attention. Then why talk about her if she is so irrelevant?

Whatever you might think about Lawrence O’Donnell he is a smart political operator. He doesn’t waste his time on targets that don’t threaten his admitted socialist agenda.

Item: And here comes the old Bush Gravitas question:

The article by Robert Draper was much more fascinating as a snapshot of where the New York Times is at this moment regarding the former Alaska governor.

Now we can take it as a given that the powers that be on 44th Street would prefer China’s Hu Jintao — possibly even Hugo Chavez or Ahmadinejad — for U.S. president to Sarah Palin. Nevertheless, they have a problem. Is it better to tear down Palin unmercifully now, as was done by most of the MSM earlier, or to give her a pass for the time being, so that she might actually get nominated to be branded later, when it counts, as a dangerous extremist, not to mention an illiterate moron?

As Simon continues the whole book question comes up as the Times

I explained to Palin that in my view, at least, this line of inquiry wasn’t gratuitous — that questions did in fact linger about her “gravitas gap.”

Questions linger… Ah, poor Sarah. So insecure about her intellect. Ah, the “gravitas gap.” What we are we to do?

Let’s leave aside the snide quality of the writing (his and mine), the absurdity that Katie Couric could be the arbitrator of anything intellectual, and even that Draper is simply rehearsing the tired nostrum that Democrats are more educated than Babbit-like Republicans (when the Times itself finally admitted than Bush had better grades than Kerry at Yale) and ask something simple and important that rarely gets asked: What the Hell difference does this make anyway?

Katie Couric would be the laughing-stock of the media for managing to Sink a ship already at the bottom at CBS, but she helped stop the Palin when the one needed it so she will remain in the pantheon of heroes of the MSM and the 44th street crowd.

Item Spencer Baucus the voice of the GOP:

Alabama Rep. Spencer Bachus (R) told members of the South Shelby Chamber of Commerce that former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin was probably the reason for the GOP’s failure to take control in the U.S. Senate in last week’s election.

“The Senate would be Republican today except for states (in which Palin endorsed candidates) like Christine O’Donnell in Delaware,” Bachus said. “Sarah Palin cost us control of the Senate.”

Tell me how much favorable coverage Spencer Bachus has gotten in the MSM before that comment? anyone Bueller? Bueller?

Every republican challenger will be using back benchers like Spencer like this over the next year to hit Palin because they don’t dare attack her openly and risk losing support of those of us who support her. And the media will lap it up.

Let’s bottom line this: Sarah Palin is the person liberals most fear, because of what she means culturally, she makes a lie out of truths they have convinced themselves of for years.

Sarah Palin is also the person the republican establishment fear the most because she means it when she says about change and that threatens their personal prerogatives.

It will not be a boring year.

Q: How insanely paranoid is Andrew O’Hehir’s review of the movie Secretariat?

And Ebert is about as far let as it gets.
Ebert’s article starts thus:

Andrew O’Hehir of Salon is a critic I admire, but he has nevertheless written a review of “Secretariat” so bizarre I cannot allow it to pass unnoticed. I don’t find anywhere in “Secretariat” the ideology he discovers there. In its reasoning, his review resembles a fevered conspiracy theory.

Read the whole thing along with Ebert’s review of the film here.

Of course if you prefer your red meat from a red source there is always John Nolte at Big Hollywood who says:

O’Hehir’s divisive, race-bating language should look familiar to you. This is what the Left does when they’re losing power and out of attractive ideas to launch any kind of comeback. It’s the language of desperate left-wing politicians and their media allies when facing everyday Americans with the temerity to speak out against ObamaCare and a failed stimulus in townhall meetings; it’s the language of White House surrogates desperate to dishonestly shame into silence the millions who organized Tea Parties after waking up to the nightmarish realization that Obama wasn’t kidding about fundamentally transforming America, and now O’Hehir has opened up this new front.

I had no interest in this movie, I was alive when this happened. The Horse ran and won, but I’m tempted to do so just to make him go Kryten

While everything is election election election in the US things continue to get interesting in England:

Anglo-Catholicism within the Church of England is evaporating like a cloud of incense rolling down the nave. Those Anglicans who have decided to take advantage of Pope Benedict XVI’s historic offer of special privileges within the Roman Catholic Church are already constructing a network of Ordinariate communities that will bear fruit in new Catholic parishes. Crucially, they are led by two “flying” Anglican bishops, the Rt Rev Andrew Burnham of Ebbsfleet and the Rt Rev Keith Newton of Richborough.

When you have media that thinks in terms of winning a media day vs the Church that looks at things in terms of centuries there really is no contest at all is there?

Update: The Anchoress points out this isn’t just going on in England:

On the heels of Pope Benedict’s well-received visit to the United Kingdom came the announcement last week of the CDF’s appointment of Archbishop Donald Wuerl, of Washington, as its delegate, “to guide the incorporation of Anglican groups into the Catholic Church in the United States.”

Yeah. It’s a big deal. And today, NETNY, Brooklyn Diocese-run channel that broadcasts, among other things, the nation’s only daily Catholic news program, scored an interview with Wuerl that helps clarify what the Ordinariate means for both Anglicans and Catholics, and how many Anglican congregations and parishes will be proceeding toward full Communion with Rome, and what the process will look like.

This is not about individual “conversions” but about how whole parishes may be incorporated into Communion with Rome, while maintaining their heritage, their liturgy and music (and anyone watching the gorgeous Evening Prayer at which Pope Benedict participated while in England will understand their desire to maintain it). Wuerl does a good job of laying out the basics.

This development will make many liberal in the US go Kryten

This Ad:

Donny Deutsch is going nuts over this and the Morning Joe crowd is razzing him over it. He can’t understand the appeal, I think he is going to go all Kryten on us.

Mika is honest, she thinks it will be effective but says “I don’t like it”.

O’Keefe not withstanding, A million members of the left must be going Kryten today.

Fox is the most trusted television news network in the country, according to a new poll out Tuesday.

A Public Policy Polling nationwide survey of 1,151 registered voters Jan. 18-19 found that 49 percent of Americans trusted Fox News, 10 percentage points more than any other network.

Thirty-seven percent said they didn’t trust Fox, also the lowest level of distrust that any of the networks recorded.

There is some serious gloating going on

Meanwhile on the left: disbelief and resignation.

I used to get upset about this sort of thing, but now? Pft. Whatever.

Couple this with a new influx of corporate cash into political advertising and… well hey, democracy was nice while it lasted.

Boom!

Just remember this would not have been possible without the long term cooperation of the MSM. Acorn videos, Van Jones, Tea Parties, “Racism”, Ken Gladney, Anita Dunn, Kevin Jennings, ¿Quien sabe? and Sarah Palin’s “Acknowledged Grandchild”, all ignored, misrepresented, delayed or otherwise not covered by the MSM…

…and that’s just in the last year!

The difference, how many days did it that the MSM to cover O’Keefe and Acorn, days, even weeks.

How many days did it take Fox to cover the story? On the net same day. On TV? I saw it this morning.

That’s it in a nutshell!

Oh and Fox, don’t get cocky, if you fall into the MSM’s habits you will suffer the same fate and deserve it.

…this time over Obama’s Oslo speech.

The Nobel address was Obama at his worst or near-worst. Let’s count the ways.

He then proceeds to Fisk the speech raising a some valid points. I personally think he is missing the forest for the trees but it is a valid critique.

More interesting that this is the fact that Mr. Frum will find that the media that normally fawns over him lately while trashing Palin will be quoting Palin approvingly today (as Morning Joe already has) and ignoring his take. The results for him are predictable:

Will this be a dawn of awareness concerning the media’s sudden respect for him? I wouldn’t be the farm on it. I think he might be one of the people Mike Gravel is talking about.

Update: Talk about strange bedfellows, Atlas and Bolton are with Frum on this one.

Seriously you can’t make stuff like this up:

Top Obama donor and fundraiser Jodie Evans met with the Taliban in Afghanistan on a recent trip there, according to a report by Jane Fonda of a discussion she had with Evans last month. The meeting with the Taliban took place just weeks before Evans was videotaped directly handing to President Barack Obama a package of information about her trip to Afghanistan at a high dollar fundraiser in San Francisco.

Let’s quote Fonda directly:

I sat next to Jodie who told me a little about her recent trip to Afghanistan with an American delegation that included a retired colonel, and member the State Department. While there, she met with people ranging from the brother of President Karzai, Afghan members of Parliament, activists, to warlords and members of the Taliban. Jodie is co-founder of the peace organization, Code Pink, and always willing to go to any lengths to try and find out what’s really going on.

Gee meeting with our enemies when we are at war with them. It looks like Jane hasn’t changed all that much in 40 years. I guess this is the new Vietnam after all.

The fact that I am seeing this just before going to a meeting concerning the eleven-eleven campaign breaks the irony meter and turns my stomach. Our failure to arrest Fonda for Treason 40 years ago is still paying dividends.

Just remember Evans is part of the Obama fund raising crew. Would she get away with it under President McCain?

Never forget we did this to ourselves and as always we get the government we deserve.

Update: Just to clarify my eleven-eleven meetings are all with local people about getting involved, they are not “national meetings” after all I’m just an unemployed tech guy.

Update 2: Gateway had this yesterday and I didn’t see it. Apparently neither did the MSM. (shock!)

Update 3: The president now says he’s restored America’s standing, are we standing up or bowing down. Combined with this I’m in danger or a going Kryten moment. Is Legal Insurrection right that this is his “Mission Accomplished” moment?

Update 4: Finally found an embeddable clip:

Here comes that Kryten moment for those on the left (Hi Andrew) who were sure that George Bush was going to impose a religious test for free speech:

While attracting surprisingly little attention, the Obama administration supported the effort of largely Muslim nations in the U.N. Human Rights Council to recognize exceptions to free speech for any “negative racial and religious stereotyping.” The exception was made as part of a resolution supporting free speech that passed this month, but it is the exception, not the rule that worries civil libertarians. Though the resolution was passed unanimously, European and developing countries made it clear that they remain at odds on the issue of protecting religions from criticism. It is viewed as a transparent bid to appeal to the “Muslim street” and our Arab allies, with the administration seeking greater coexistence through the curtailment of objectionable speech. Though it has no direct enforcement (and is weaker than earlier versions), it is still viewed as a victory for those who sought to juxtapose and balance the rights of speech and religion.

I guess all you folks who took that idiotic Blasphemy challenge (which doesn’t actually work by the way) better watch out for Eric Holder and not Benedict XVI or George Bush.

To steal a line from Glenn from who this comes… They told me that if I supported Sarah Palin that free speech would be suppressed in favor of religious speech and they were right!

If there was ever a time that we will find out if the Obamacult is real this is it.

Don’t get me wrong the Nato commando’s freeing the hostages is a wonderful thing but Capturing the pirates and then LETTING THEM GO:

NATO Lieutenant Commander Alexandre Fernandes, speaking on board the Portuguese warship Corte-Real, said the 20 fishermen were rescued after a Dutch navy frigate on a NATO patrol responded to an assault on a Greek-owned tanker by pirates firing assault rifles and grenades…

…He said the hostages had been held since last week. The commandos briefly detained and questioned the seven gunmen, he told Reuters, but had no legal power to arrest them.

“NATO does not have a detainment policy. The warship must follow its national law,” he said.

“They can only arrest them if the pirates are from the Netherlands, the victims are from the Netherlands, or if they are in Netherlands waters.”

That’ll put the fear of God into them. Hot Air says it best:

Sweden was tougher on The Pirate Bay this week than NATO was on actual pirates.

I just can’t wrap my head around this.

verb: derived from the Red Dwarf episode Beyond a Joke where the concept of Lister wanting Ketchup served with his Lobster causes his head to explode as shown here.

1. The state caused when an event is so shocking to the system that it causes the head to spontaneously explode.

2. The act of one’s head exploding over events that can’t be processed.

3. The current state of Obama supporters who might now be realizing that he had less experience and legislative ability than Dan Quayle; by a LOT.

Update: found an embed