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Thursday, November 24, 2005

On Thanksgiving Day

I once grabbed a plate of what was quite possibly turkey, but which certainly involved processed cranberry and pumpkin, in a U.S. Army position in the desert on the frontier of Iraq. It was the worst meal--by far the worst meal--I have ever eaten. But in all directions from the chow-hall, I could see Americans of every conceivable stripe and confession, cheerfully asserting their connection, in awful heat, with a fall of long ago. And this in a holiday that in no way could divide them. May this always be so, and may one give some modest thanks for it.

Christopher Hitchens, "The Turkey Has Landed," The Wall Street Journal, November 24, 2005 (link)

What? How Can This Be?

Americans are largely ignoring the mainstream media's attempt at forcing us to surrender in Iraq. Go figure.
Public ignores Iraq war naysayers
By Jennifer Harper, The Washington Times

Negative press coverage of the war in Iraq in recent weeks has emphasized rising pessimism among the American public about the conflict. But a new survey found that 56 percent of the public thinks that efforts to establish a stable democracy in the country will succeed.

The survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press -- which also plumbed opinions of journalists, university presidents and others in academe, diplomats, government officials, religious leaders, members of the military, scientists and international security specialists -- revealed a marked disconnect between the perceptions of the general public and many of the so-called opinion leaders. (link)
The liberals in the mainstream press and their buddies in the Democratic Party must be really demoralized by this. Not that they won't keep trying to push the al-Qaeda line down our throats.

On The Abortion Pill Debate

While Hillary Clinton is pressuring the FDA to release the "morning after" abortion pill (RU-486) to over-the-counter status, the father of a young woman who died after having taken it is asking that it be completely removed from the marketplace. From The New York Times:

Deaths After Abortion Pill to Be Studied by Officials

WASHINGTON, Nov. 22 - Federal drug regulators have discovered that all four women in this country who died after taking an abortion pill suffered from a rare and highly lethal bacterial infection, a finding that is leading to new scrutiny of the drug's safety.

Since all four deaths occurred in California, an unusual clustering, the Food and Drug Administration quietly tested to see if abortion pills distributed in California were somehow contaminated. They were not.

Stumped, officials from the F.D.A. and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have decided to convene a scientific meeting early next year to discuss this medical mystery, according to two drug agency officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the topic.

Among other issues, the experts hope to explore whether the abortion pill, called Mifeprex or RU-486, somehow makes patients vulnerable to an infection with Clostridium sordellii, the lethal bacteria. If so, they will explore how such an infection "could be more easily diagnosed and even prevented," one official said.

Monty Patterson, whose daughter Holly died on Sept. 17, 2003, less than a month after her 18th birthday, said he believed that Mifeprex inhibits the immune system, making women more vulnerable to bacteria.

Mr. Patterson's campaign against Mifeprex helped persuade the family of at least one other woman who died to have tissue samples tested for the presence of the rare bacteria, he said.

"I believe this drug should be taken off the market," Mr. Patterson said. (link)

The fact that women are dying from RU-486 use won't stop Hillary Clinton from demanding that it be included with every Happy Meal. People who don't have a problem with millions of babies being slaughtered surely aren't going to care about the deaths of a few women.

It's the movement that's important. The movement for social change must be maintained. And she needs the voting block.

A Worm From a Worm

I got about half a dozen emails from the FBI and CIA yesterday informing me that I had been visiting unauthorized websites or some crazy thing. I knew immediately, after reading the first one and seeing that I was to open an attachment and fill out some form, what was going on. Here's the rest of the story:
Computer Worm Poses as E-Mail From FBI, CIA
'Sober X' Web Threat Spreads Quickly
By Arshad Mohammed and Brian Krebs, Washington Post Staff Writers

It's being called the worst computer worm of the year -- a fast-spreading Internet threat that looks like an official e-mail from the CIA or FBI but can leave your computer wide open to intruders.

The bogus e-mail claims the government has discovered you visiting "illegal" Web sites and asks you to open an attachment to answer some official questions. If you do, your computer gets infected with malware that can disable security and firewall programs and blast out similar e-mails to contacts in your address book. It can also keep you from getting to computer security Web sites that might help fix the problem, and it may open your Windows computer to intruders who can steal your personal data. (link)

Here's my advice if either the FBI or CIA contact you:

(1) You and I don't know each other.
(2) Leave the country immediately.
(3) Don't open any attachments to emails from people you don't know, unless you want to be out buying yourself a new computer for Christmas because your old computer crashed after having been infected by a worm or virus because you didn't heed this advice.

'Nuff said.

To Whom Do They Give Thanks?

You all aren't even out of bed yet and I've already given thanks to God for this day. But don't worry. I thanked Him for you as well. So we're good. As long as you don't do anything stupid for the rest of the day. Then we're both in big trouble.

Today is Thanksgiving Day, a day set aside to thank God for all that we have been given and for those whom we love and protect.

Unless you have no God. Then you thank ... whom? What? Why?

The New York Times editorial staff unwittingly (go figure) grapples with this dilemma the godless have created for themselves by giving thanks on this day but can't seem to figure out who it is that needs to be thanked or for what we should all be thankful. Such miserable and confused creatures they are. Here's how an editorial entitled, "This One Meal" begins:
Somehow Thanksgiving always recalls the past. The question is which past.
If the first two sentences you utter on Thanksgiving Day include the words somehow and question, you have a problem. These guys know they're supposed to take time out to give thanks but they have no clue as to why. The rest of us begin this day with the straightforward;
We gather together to ask the Lord's blessing

Beside us to guide us, our God with us joining,
Ordaining, maintaining His kingdom divine;
So from the beginning the fight we were winning;
Thou, Lord, were at our side, all glory be Thine!
The Times comes close to naming names with this:
For a moment, we grasp how rich we are, how close we feel to the ones around us, and we give thanks before it all seems merely normal again.
For a moment is right.

I spent an inordinant amount of time trying to figure out that sentence. What it means to me (as a psychoanalyst) is that whoever wrote it believes that he or she should pause to go through the motions of being thankful before going back to livin' it up. But they haven't the faintest idea why.

Such sad lives these people must live.