Friday, November 07, 2008

The Brick Testament

An amazing website, its the result of a multi-year project to illustrate the bible...with Legos.

Gallery of Contestants from the World Beard and Moustache Championships.

I think that kinda says it all.

Here's the link.

The House I Live In.

Frank Sinatra gives a timeless lesson on religous tolerance. This won an Academy Award for best short subject in 1945.

I missed these campaign ads.

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Build the Starship Enterprise from Office Supplies.

Find out how here.

What Is A Moderate Muslim?

I have a lot of Muslim friends who I admire and respect but there are times when I think we're talking past one another.

There was this fellow I knew in college who was a good friend. He was from one of the more moderate gulf states. Supported the first Gulf War, dated one of my friends and heck...he and I went to strip joints together. He was a very cool guy and I liked him a lot.

Then one day we were talking about some issue relating to gays and he announced that "all gays must be killed". He wasn't kidding and it wasn't just rhetoric...he was in deadly earnest. That's when I realized that I didn't really know him at all. I didn't have any sense whatsoever what the underlying assumptions of his world were. I'm not saying my friend was evil or even ignorant. He was a good guy but if were serious about having a pluralistic, multi-cultural society we need to a least agree on a few basic assumptions of what a civil society ought to look like.

Amy Alkon has some thoughts here.

'Compassionate' Conservatism Was a Mistake.

Ya think?

To be sure, the American people have handed power over to the Democrats. But today there is a categorical difference between what Republicans stand for and the principles of individual freedom. Parties are all about getting people elected to political office; and the practice of politics too often takes the form of professional juvenile delinquency: short-sighted and self-centered.

This was certainly true of the Bush presidency. Too often the policy agenda was determined by short-sighted political considerations and an abiding fear that the public simply would not understand limited government and expanded individual freedoms. How else do we explain "compassionate conservatism," No Child Left Behind, the Medicare drug benefit and the most dramatic growth in federal spending since LBJ's Great Society?

John McCain has long suffered from philosophical confusions about free markets, and his presidential campaign reflected as much. Most striking was his inability to explain his own health-care proposal, or to defend his tax cuts and tax reform. Ultimately, it took a plumber from Ohio to identify the real nature of Barack Obama's plan to "spread the wealth."

Read the whole thing.

What about people who bomb abortion clinics in America?

When reading on the internet about Islamic terrorism, commenters often mention that there is also terrorism by Christian fundamentalists in America, where there have been bombings of abortion clinics and shootings of abortion providers.

How prevalent is this form of American domestic terrorism? In recent years there have been round about 15,000 - 20,000 murders in total per year in the US. How many of these were of abortion providers?
Guess now. Scribble your answer down.

If you had asked me a few months ago I would have said three or four murders per year.

Considered over the last fifteen years I was overestimating somewhat. According to the best-known pro-abortion organisation in the US, NARAL Pro-Choice America,

Since 1993, seven clinic workers – including three doctors, two clinic employees, a clinic escort, and a security guard – have been murdered in the United States. Seventeen attempted murders have also occurred since 1991.That figure comes from a document published in December 2007. So far as I know the figures have not changed since then.

Did Barack Obama help torpedo gay marriage?

It seems likely that post election analysis will show a strong increase in black turnout in support of Senator (now President-elect) Barack Obama. One of the paradoxes of modern American politics is that while blacks are the most loyal constituencies that the Democratic party has, they are also the socially conservative. While white Democrats tend to favor gay marriage, blacks are adamantly opposed...essentially for biblical reasons.

Politics makes strange bedfellows.

A similar take here.