September 20th, 2010


Pet peeve

I really get tired of people saying that So and So "passed" when they mean "died." I accept the euphemism "passing away," and I don't mind using the noun "The Passing of So and So." But when someone tells me that somebody "passed," all I can think of is that he declined to name trumps.

Quit being so delicate, people. The word is "died." Saying the word aloud doesn't mean that you'll jinx yourself to be the next, nor will it offend the person in grief. Calling things by their right names is a sign of health; refusing to do so is a sign of an uncomfortable psyche.
beats working

Monday, Monday

It's a typical Monday morning, which means I began it feeling like an orange that has been thoroughly juiced. It's now noon, and I'm finishing up my office work and starting to feel moderately lively. Think I'll go find some lunch.

This afternoon, we've got picture-taking for the new church directory, so I've got to stay reasonably clean and fresh in order to climb into a coat and tie this afternoon. But the lawn needs mowed, the laundry needs to be done, there are people to see and stuff to do.

I'm hoping for a little trip to Wilderstead this weekend, maybe dig in the dirt. I'm way behind on projects there, too.

Meanwhile, prayers for Maggie and Beth, for peace and mercy and for God to show his goodness even amidst grief.
moonbat alert

So much for tolerating the idea we hate

In Mark Steyn's latest essay, he writes,
Take this no-name pastor from an obscure church who was threatening to burn the Koran. He didn’t burn any buildings or women and children. He didn’t even burn a book. He hadn’t actually laid a finger on a Koran, and yet the mere suggestion that he might do so prompted the President of the United States to denounce him, and the Secretary of State, and the commander of US forces in Afghanistan, various G7 leaders, and golly, even Angelina Jolie. President Obama has never said a word about honor killings of Muslim women. Secretary Clinton has never said a word about female genital mutilation. General Petraeus has never said a word about the rampant buggery of pre-pubescent boys by Pushtun men in Kandahar. But let an obscure man in Florida so much as raise the possibility that he might disrespect a book – an inanimate object – and the most powerful figures in the western world feel they have to weigh in.

Aside from all that, this obscure church’s website has been shut down, its insurance policy has been canceled, its mortgage has been called in by its bankers. Why? As Diana West wrote, why was it necessary or even seemly to make this pastor a non-person? Another one of Obama's famous "teaching moments"? In this case teaching us that Islamic law now applies to all? Only a couple of weeks ago, the President, at his most condescendingly ineffectual, presumed to lecture his moronic subjects about the First Amendment rights of Imam Rauf. Where's the condescending lecture on Pastor Jones' First Amendment rights?

Take a moment and reread that first sentence in the second paragraph again. Where is the referee to blow a whistle and throw a flag for piling on here? That could be your church's fate -- or mine -- and it wouldn't be Islamic fanatics who shut us down, either.

I think the pastor in Florida who threatened to burn a Koran was a publicity-seeking loon, but I think the proper thing to do with loons is ignore them, not eviscerate them. But that's the world we live in. The dangerous mobs who hate everything that isn't like them aren't the hicks any more, but the multi-culti, soi-disant sophisticates.