Watching Morning Joe this morning and the sight is astounding.

You see a single person (Joe Scarborough) pointing out that it is not a hard thing for the Obama camp to actually know what their chief of staff knows and asking why he isn’t answering questions, while a “cast of thousands” comes up with reasons why the administration can not. Sounds like John 1:23a to me:

He said, I am the voice of one crying in the desert

And that cast of thousands is not even the Obama staff, they are the reporters. When he questions why the reporters are making excuses the answer seems to be you may have a point. He is having a great time with the headline of the front page of the New York Times today:

Obama $10 Billion Promise Stirs great hope

Joe seems incredulous at this. Again I see shades of John the Baptist Matthew 3:9-10

And do not presume to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I tell you, God can raise up children to Abraham from these stones. Even now the ax lies at the root of the trees. Therefore every tree that does not bear good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.

Sounds like a great description of the main stream press lets play with that quote and call it Joe 3:9-10.

Don’t say I went to journalism school so that is what will bring the readers. I say the internet and blogs can take anyone in their pajamas and turn it into an investigative reporter!

The real question is how long the public will put up with this nonsense.

Update: As expected the Hotair has the clip. You know I sometimes wonder how I got along before Hotair was launched.

Update: Here is a clip from Morning Joe yesterday on the subject.

Well those photos were interesting but apparently that isn’t the half of it:

Sneed hears rumbles President-elect Barack Obama’s chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, is reportedly on 21 different taped conversations by the feds — dealing with his boss’ vacant Senate seat!

Via the Campaign spot.

This would explain the milk carton bit. To paraphrase Arthur Dent; This must be a new usage of “No contact” that I haven’t heard of before.

Question what does the number of bids on my home offered tech services and the amount of dollars the SEIU spent on its charitable efforts for low income housing?

Both equal nearly one:

Union-founded nonprofit spent zero on its charitable purpose in two years

The Captain states an uncomfortable fact.

One has to wonder how the SEIU could have remained in the dark about its charitable arm for so long, unless it was a willful blindness and the unit had some other purpose.

I don’t wonder at all I think they as implied by the intercepts blog followed the rules of Larry in the stooges short Income Tax Sappy.

Moe: How much did you claim for charity?

Larry: $5,000

Moe” Who did you give the money to?

Larry: Me.

Moe: You?

Larry: Sure, charity begins at home.

Can’t find the clip online so you will have to settle for the python camel spotting clip again.

You know you would think that winning an election would be enough for some people , apparently not:

Investigators say arson caused a fire that badly damaged the former church of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin late Friday night and into early Saturday morning.

The blaze at the Wasilla Bible Church broke out as a group of women made crafts inside. It is not yet known if the church was targeted because of Palin’s affiliation. Palin’s spokesperson, Bill McAllister, issued a statement on her behalf after she visited the church on Saturday.

“(Palin) told an assistant pastor that she apologizes if the incident is in any way connected to the undeserved negative attention the church has received since she became a vice presidential candidate on Aug. 29. Whatever the motives of the arsonist, the governor has faith in the scriptural passage that what was intended for evil will in some way be used for good.”

The Captain being his level headed self is not willing to state if this had anything to do with Mrs. Palin candidacy. In my opinion he is being very generous.

Gateway Pundit notes that the folks at Democratic Underground are in his words: “having a field day with this”.

Michelle Malkin however links to a fund raising page to help rebuild.

By their fruits shall you know them

A few thoughts in the middle of the mess that is North Central Mass these days….

The troubles of a crook in Chicago don’t mean a lot when you can’t turn on your lights in Massachusetts.

I can’t imagine what people went through say 150 years ago when there was no communication when a storm like this hit. Then again they would have mostly cleared land and no electricity and generally had their own food supplies so it might not have been an issue in the days before the car and the telephone pole.

When you are a 16 year old kid and you are working in the only supermarket in town that has power, you are likely doing the greatest service for the general public that you will do during your teenage years.

The local Bishop gave dispensation for Catholics to skip mass this Sunday however we had it anyway and a fair amount of people turned up.

It’s kind of funny I’ve been disappointed that there have been no bites on my eBay offerings for remote tech support, but it turns out that I’m lucky because if there had been pretty bad to not be able to connect.

It is a real commentary on the state of television these days that I have not missed it in the least.

During my time when my family and another stayed at a friend’s house in Ft. Devins on Friday night we ended the evening with a game of Apples and Apples and started the morning with a game of Talisman. There is a real pleasure of 6-9 people sitting at a table together playing a game and enjoying each other company.

It very odd when you can drive 50 miles in a direction and there is absolutely no damage when your city looks like its been chewed up and spat out.

You know all those ads about firing your phone company with magic jack or the Comcast triple play sound great until you have no power to run your phone.

And I am very grateful that I decided to keep my second line as an old fashioned land line. It has been working the entire time.

And finally it is amazing what you can do without when you have no choice in the matter.

Well its Sunday night and I’m over my sister-in-laws for her youngest son’s birthday. She is one of the few people in town who has had heat, power and internet right along, its kinda odd because houses very near are all pitch black.

When I got back to my house yesterday afternoon the power was back the heat was back but Comcast is down and no internet. We lost power again briefly last night but it came back after 45 min. We basically put the house back in order and started to clear the trees out of the driveway. I have acquired a great respect for lumberjacks of old as we finally got the big logs out using one manual saw, one large axe and one hand ax. I’m going to have very sore muscles for the next few days.

For some reason one Market Basket store in our town is open, they have been flat out selling cooked chickens and stuff, the irony is they keep selling out of ice with the temp below freezing around here.

The power ends right with my house so the neighborhood is half dark and half light, from what I hear (no confirmation yet) Comcast will start restoring service when the wires are fixed in town.

School will be out for the next couple of days, my oldest feels gyped since he was going to have they day off for a conference anyways.

Had errands to run in town my Mother’s section looks like disaster area which indeed it is.

Snow if forecast for Wednesday so I hope stuff can be up before then.

As you might guess blogging will be VERY light or non-existent for the next few days as I’ll be staying close to home.

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.

On Instapundit Glenn quotes a reader Steve Nelson who nails it better than anyone else I can think of:

Notice the problem with Obama’s websites?

Neither he nor his staff is censoring the comments…. but they’ve set the site up to allow others to do so.

Neither he nor his staff asked for any illegal foreign contributions, or for contributions from obviously false donors….. they just disabled the standard controls and credit card checks to allow it to happen.

They didn’t have any ties to whacky characters with extreme ideas…. but the campaign website allowed anyone to set up a “blog” and put out the propaganda.

In each case, Obama and his staff were careful to leave no directly illegal / unethical fingerprints of their own….. but they sure made it easy for “supporters unknown” to do so through their IT systems.

Deniability — it’s built right in.

Looks like he learned the lessons of Chicago well. This isn’t a bug it’s a feature.

There are simply too many things I want to talk about today but i don’t want to put up 15 posts like that today. So I’m going to steal the format of my 2nd favorite writer and start with something and then go where my mind takes me.

Am I actually reading Dee Dee Myers the press secretary to Bill Clinton go after Obama Mr. Favreau’s photo with a cutout? She is right of course but a tad late in the outrage department. There are some days when I think some people forget there are such things as youtube and videotape.

Captain Ed gives her a Captain Louis Renault award and rightly so, but I think Don Surber puts it best:

Groping a cardboard cutout is worse than cheating on your wife for 30+ years.

All I know is I have a job interview next week and if a picture like that of me came out before it it would be a real short one.

I’ve had time to watch some of my DVD’s since being laid off. I’ve been particularly watching the 50’s British show The Adventures of Robin Hood starring Richard Greene. It was my favorite show as a kid and when it was on at 6 a.m. on WMUR I always woke up on time. The quality of the writing holds up very well particularly against the new series which is a waste of space.

Since blacklisted writers including Ring Lardner Jr. were involved the quality isn’t a surprise. The irony is that watched 50 years it seems very politically incorrect, the Crusades as a noble endeavor and defensive war, and particularly the respect for the Catholic Church. I think that would make people like Lardner spin in their graves, and it couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch of guys.

You know people keep forgetting the Communism was the greatest killer of humanity of the 20th century, not Fascism, not Racism but Communism. It still kills today but people for some reason don’t want to admit it.

On that same subject it is the 75th anniversary of Stalin’s Terror Famine. Cathy Young writes about it here. the Volokh Conspiracy talks about it here.

Walter Duranty of the New York times wrote about it too back when it happened. He denied it in the pages of the New York Times winning a Pulitzer for it while acknowledging it privately. Some things never change.

I can’t think of the New York Times without thinking of my favorite writer Glenn Reynolds. Of course he is not a professional writer but a law professor who blogs for at Instapundit I am one of his many blog children. I never forget that when I started reading him in 2001 he used to have a quote on the top of his page saying “The New York Times of Bloggers.” I remember when he removed from his site thinking its absence enhanced his reputation.

The day the New York Times can call itself the Instapundit of Newspapers is the day its stock will not be tanking, its building will not need to be mortgaged and will be worth reading again.

BTW the link to the story above about the Times Stock Tanking is from 5 months ago, since that time when it “tanked” it has lost a further half of its value.

If you are a Doctor Who fan Rich’s Comix Blog should be your first stop on the next every day. His 10 doctors is on its 162th page as of this writing. The only problem with it is that i have to wait for more of his ancient Roman strip FVLMINATA.

If you are a Doctor Who or a Bugs Bunny fan you will love this, if you aren’t a doctor who fan you will likely not get it.

Since we are on British TV again one more thought about The Robin Hood Series. There are only a few episodes where the political message is blatant, but their politics are there. With older eyes you can see subtleties that are missed as a child. When you know what you are looking for it is easier to see.

It reminds me of something Bill James said about Joe Morgan in his first baseball abstract concerning base stealing and pitchouts. Apparently it never worked on Morgan because he would always notice something that gave it away, and when you noticed one thing you would notice others.

Oh and if you are baseball fan David Pinto’s blog Baseball musings should be a daily visit, particularly during the dark days of winter.

Speaking of baseball these are golden times for us Red Sox fans. Two world series and a contender every year. For us who remember the decades of disappointment we should be very grateful. But our children will never understand it.

Along those same lines. My mother was born in 1924 and is 84. My teenage sons were often babysat by her and have had first hand experience in depression era values. This has given them an advantage that their peers lack its one more debt to her I can never repay.

And finally when talking about debts that can’t be repaid; that 2nd favorite writer Jay Nordlinger whose Impromptus column is required reading at any time but his hour long interview with President Bush is incredible. An excerpt:

A word about popularity: You can be popular, but “at what price”? “You can get short-term popularity in the Middle East if you want, by blaming all problems on Israel. That’ll make you popular. You can be popular in certain salons of Europe if you say, ‘Okay, we’ll join the International Criminal Court.’ I could have been popular if I’d said, ‘Oh, Kyoto is the way to deal with the environmental problem.’ That would have made me liked. It would have made me wrong, however. And, ultimately, you earn people’s respect by articulating a set of principles and standing by them.

“You know, popularity comes and goes. It just does. It comes and goes for an individual or a nation [sing it, brother]. But principles are enduring.”

The president has been wrong on some big things (cough: bailouts cough:) but on a day when the big story is the attempted sale of the president elect vacant senate seat that message is important. It will be decades before we appreciate what we had.