- I don't like dogs. Sorry about that folks, but it's true. And statistics tell us that cats are more popular pets than dogs. So why is it that on shows such as HGTV's "House Hunters," almost everyone is trying to fit at least a couple of dogs into their new home? Michael at 2Blowhards doesn't answer that question, but he does prove I'm not the only one who's noticed this dog thing:
Yet many suburban types don't seem to consider all the elements of their life to be in place until a Lab or a Golden is part of it. House with two-car garage? Check. Kids? Check. Huge out-of-control dog? Check ... How did this conviction that the Good Suburban Life includes a free-ranging dog come to be?
- At Architecture and Morality, the politically conservative Relievedebtor makes a very astute observation on how important it is for leaders to actually lead. And in musing on how George Bush has performed the almost miraculous achievement of alienating both liberals and conservatives, he poses a provocative question:
And as a Christian, I am actually starting to question something I never thought I would, which is the detrimental impact Bush’s faith may have had on his presidency. Again, call me naïve, but I once considered Bush’s faith to be an asset to his leadership, but I have come to see it as more of a liability. His faith seems similarly stubborn and myopic, which comes across as more fundamentalist than faithful. And this isn’t to say he should abandon principles, but perhaps humility could have come more into play. I don’t know that he believes a war against Islamic forces is the will of God per se, but his faith has led him to a misguided optimism that Christianity doesn’t necessarily endorse.
- Speaking of politics, I had no idea that former Israeli prime minister, defense minister and Nobel Peace Prize winner (and newly elected President) Shimon Peres and Lauren Bacall are first cousins. Did you? Imagine where that six degrees of separation could take you - you've already gone from Humphrey Bogart to Yasser Arafat. From gangster to gangster, one might say.
- At The Recovering Dissident Catholic, Cathy (who's always been an ally of ours in the campaign for a civil blogosphere) makes a pretty shrewd comment about a site that seems to typify so much of what's wrong out there: "[T]hey spend way too much time presenting unsubstantiated allegations and being angry over the same old tired crap. Get over it." Couldn't have said it better myself.
- From the very funny (and very sharp) IMAO comes this analysis of how to explain the fact that, despite the popular notion after 9/11 that more major terrorist strikes in this country were inevitable, none have occurred. What's changed?:
Of course, after reading these varied pieces, you might come to understand why this blog is the way it is...
* We're in numerous messy wars with no end in sight.
* We have an odd and incoherent homeland security.
* Our border situation is out of control.
* The President is hugely unpopular.
Obviously, the only conclusion is that these are the ingredients to an effective defense against terrorism