A bag of leaves? Luxury! When I was a child, we were forced to get up four hours before we went to bed and our father used to make us lick leaves off the road with our tongues….

Won’t you help him?

Billy Evans writes: My name is Billy Evans. I am a very sick little boy. My mother is typing this for me, because I can’t. She is crying. The reason she is so sad is because I’m so sick. I was born without a body. It doesn’t hurt, except when I try to breathe. The doctors gave me an artificial body. It is a burlap Bag filled with leaves. The doctors said that was the Best they could do ON account of us having No money OR Insurance. I would like to have a body transplant, but we need more money. Mommy doesn’t work because she said nobody Hires crying people. I said, ” Don’t cry, Mommy and ” and She hugged my burlap bag. Mommy always gives me hugs, Even though she’s allergic to burlap and it makes her sneeze and chafes her real bad.

I hope you will help me. You can help me if you Forward this email to everyone you know. Forward it to People you don’t know, the too. Dr. Johansen said that for every person you forward this email to, Bill Gates Will team up with AOL and send a nickel to NASA. With that funding, NASA will collect prayers from school Children all over America and have the astronauts take them up into space so that the angels can hear them Better…. What kind of cruel person are you that you can’t take Five freakin’ minutes to forward this to all your Friends so that they can feel guilt and shame about Ignoring A poor, bodiless nine-year-old boy? Please help me.

This desperate plea for help brought to you by reader and Good Samaritan JN.


From NRO’s Corner: More and more I am reading such letters that begin with something like “I am a life-long Republican” or “I voted for Bush in the last election” that then go on to list the litany of sins perpetrated by the current administration. Letters such as these may well influence the non-blogosphere since their carry the cachet of the daily snoozepaper. I’ve noticed that these letters don’t have the same amount of vitriol that a liberal/leftist writer would use, but they have got me thinking. I don’t agree with everything going on the Bush administration, but I sure wouldn’t write a letter complaining about it to the local news.

This is an interesting development. Let’s break it down.

1) Conservatives voted for Bush, believing he was a conservative.

2) Bush has governed in a profoundly and overtly non-conservative manner.

3) Conservatives are not happy, as reported by numerous conservative commentators.

4) Public complaints have been printed in numerous newspapers by self-styled conservative former Bush supporters.

Therefore, such letters to the editor are obviously fakes produced by liberal Bush-haters. Yeah, I don’t so much follow that logic.

Now, the argument is based on Moby suggesting “it’s possible to seed doubt among Bush’s far-right supporters on the Web. “You target his natural constituencies,” says the Grammy-nominated techno-wizard. “For example, you can go on all the pro-life chat rooms and say you’re an outraged right-wing voter and that you know that George Bush drove an ex-girlfriend to an abortion clinic and paid for her to get an abortion. “Then you go to an anti-immigration Web site chat room and ask, ‘What’s all this about George Bush proposing amnesty for illegal aliens?'”

The problem, of course, is that you don’t have to make anything up to come up with a laundry list of thing that Bush has done that infuriates, even enrages, conservatives. It should be easy enough to tell the fakes. If they’re outraged that Bush cut taxes for the rich, it’s a fake. If they’re angry that he instituted a vast new Federal entitlement, it’s genuine. It seems rather stupid to complain about an enemy hitting you with the baseball bat you just handed them.


Yes, people, it’s email mythology. I don’t understand why anyone would have believed this optimistic nonsense for five seconds, but then, I don’t understand people who send on little Timmy’s heart-rending request for 100,000 emails before he dies of Tibetan jungle rot to everyone they know either.

And chain letters. What on Earth is the point of chain letters? Ponzi schemes, Amway and Girl Scout Cookies, I understand. I don’t like them, but I understand. But who gets anything out of a chain letter?

Mailvox: Organized religion

DB writes: Organized religion has always mystified me. I don’t have a problem with it, but I don’t understand it. For example, I think the Bible is a fascinating book, and has plenty of good advice and stories. But taking things like Jesus rising from the dead and Moses parting the Red Sea literally as actual events stretches the bounds of my credulity. My problem is not with Christian philosophy, but with accepting their version of events as the true versions of what occurred. A related problem comes into play for me when considering all the various sects of Christianity, let alone other major religions. How did you come to settle on the Baptist sect? What do you think happens to those who worship other religions? How can you be sure that God prefers that we worship him as Baptists, and not as say, Catholic? Even more drastically, how can you be positive that God even exists, considering that you most likely heard about Him through other people?

I don’t put much credence in my particular sect versus the Christian church as a whole. I am not a Southern Baptist because I analyzed the minutiae of the denomination in comparison with others, but because I happened to find a particular Southern Baptist church as a great place to worship Jesus Christ. If the leaders of the SBC began promulgating anti-Biblical non-Christian teachings as other denominations have done, I would leave it in a heartbeat without remorse. My only loyalty is to Jesus Christ, everything else is unimportant in comparison. So, I am not sure that God prefers, or even cares, that His Son is worshipped with electric guitars or Gregorian chant. The idea that the rocks will cry out if we do not seems to suggest that he is not worried overmuch with such details.

As for your questions, I believeJesus Christ when He said that He was the only way. I also accept that He told Peter that the decisions of others and the subsequent consequences were no direct concern of Peter’s or mine. I am not indifferent to the eternal fate of others, but neither am I answerable for them. As for my faith, it is intellectually strong because I have too often seen that the wisdom of the Bible is far greater than the wisdom of Man, even when Man has the advantage of 2,000 or more years of experience upon which to draw. And my personal experience of God’s actions in my life and the lives of those around me tends to correlate very closely with this Biblical wisdom as well.

I don’t view this as an argument to convince anyone, mind you. I am not trying to do so. But having lived life sampling a good part of the best that the world has to offer and then experiencing some of what Jesus Christ taught was a mere prelude, I am both intellectually and emotionally satisfied with the path that I have chosen.

Regarding the truth of the Bible, I have no more doubt about Jesus Christ than I do about Alexander the Great. By virtue of secular historical standards, the evidence for the former far surpasses that of the latter. I have seen modern science and archeology fail far too often before the ancient record of the Bible to be much concerned about apparent contradictions that remain therein. In a world where cloning has now been accomplished – despite being an avid sci-fi reader, I never would have imagined it happening in my lifetime – I am very hesitant to even consider using the word impossible with regards to anything except the abstract laws of logic.

Those responsible TV newsfolk

I find it amusing that the various TV and cable news networks are avoiding all discussion of the Kerry rumors, presumably out of some noble notion of journalistic purity, while they emit nothing but equine ejecta everytime they address economic, military and religious matters. No wonder more and more people are abandoning television for the Internet.

Television is like having a crotchety old nanny deciding what is too much for your innocent little ears to hear.

The only reason I know this, of course, is that it’s been discussed on NRO’s Corner. I’m sure not watching. I don’t bother.