The magic magnet

I realize this is supposed to scare us. And yet the solution is pretty obvious, because you know, we could always just NOT LET THEM IN:

Large teams of newly trained suicide bombers are being sent to the United States and Europe, according to evidence contained on a new videotape obtained by the Blotter on Teams assigned to carry out attacks in the United States, Canada, Great Britain and Germany were introduced at an al Qaeda/Taliban training camp graduation ceremony held June 9.

A Pakistani journalist was invited to attend and take pictures as some 300 recruits, including boys as young as 12, were supposedly sent off on their suicide missions.

Fortunately, they won’t be a problem, our open borders notwithstanding. We’ll just take them out when they attack our troops in Iraq, because the presence of our military forces there acts as a magic terrorist magnet. See, if we weren’t over there, we might have to fight them over here.

Green Ed and the Mahatma Paul

Gary North on the American Ghandi:

Ron Paul is convinced that self-government is the wave of the future. Empire isn’t. That was Gandhi’s message in 1915. It did not seem plausible back then. By 1947, it did.

It has taken until quite recently for India to move economically more toward self-government and away from Nehru’s Fabian socialism. Sadly, the U.S. economy seems to be moving back toward Nehru. The state keeps getting bigger in the visible affairs of this world. But a great decentralization is taking place: in education, on the Internet, and with technology generally. The wave of the future is not toward Fabianism and its legacy. Ron Paul’s campaign is proof of this.

It’s an astute analogy. And as far as the decentralization of education, I can assure you, you haven’t even begun to see anything yet. In twenty years, the idea of gathering a group of individuals physically together in order to learn is going to look positively pre-Cambrian.

Call it Green Ed. With a name like that, who could possibly be against it? Increase human liberty, educate the children more effectively and save the planet.

The Episcopalian Circus

I wish I could say this surprises me:

Shortly after noon on Fridays, the Rev. Ann Holmes Redding ties on a black headscarf, preparing to pray with her Muslim group on First Hill. On Sunday mornings, Redding puts on the white collar of an Episcopal priest. She does both, she says, because she’s Christian and Muslim.

Redding, who until recently was director of faith formation at St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral, has been a priest for more than 20 years. Now she’s ready to tell people that, for the last 15 months, she’s also been a Muslim — drawn to the faith after an introduction to Islamic prayers left her profoundly moved….

Redding’s bishop, the Rt. Rev. Vincent Warner, says he accepts Redding as an Episcopal priest and a Muslim, and that he finds the interfaith possibilities exciting.

This sort of incoherent idiocy isn’t as unusual as you’d assume it would be. And it’s not the dumb ones who are prone to it either, but the intelligent maleducated. I once dated a girl with a degree from a well-regarded college who thought she was still a Catholic in good standing after converting to Mormonism.

Her: “Just because I’m Mormon doesn’t mean I’m not Catholic anymore.”

Vox: “How did you manage to graduate without learning what ‘convert’ means? Oh, that’s right, you’re an IR major.”

This sort of thing tends to make one suspect that perhaps there is a very good reason the Bible forbids putting women in leadership positions in the Church. If you want to kill a church, just put a woman in the pulpit.

Interfaith possibilities are exciting. So is the Dark Lord obtaining the Ring of Power. That doesn’t make either one of them desirable. Both the bishop and the priest should be excommunicated; the fact that they will be celebrated instead is proof that the Episcopalian organization is no longer a Christian church, but a post-Christian circus.

Corrupt like a senator

Barack Obama isn’t quite as clean as Sen. Biden had thought:

During his 12 years in politics, Sen. Barack Obama has received nearly three times more campaign cash from indicted businessman Tony Rezko and his associates than he has publicly acknowledged, the Chicago Sun-Times has found. Obama has collected at least $168,308 from Rezko and his circle. Obama also has taken in an unknown amount of money from people who attended fund-raising events hosted by Rezko since the mid-1990s.

But seven months ago, Obama told the Sun-Times his “best estimate” was that Rezko raised “between $50,000 and $60,000” during Obama’s political career…. Burton said Friday the campaign was sticking by its original estimate that Rezko raised no more than $60,000.

I wonder if the senator’s staff will try to argue that there’s a difference between what Rezko “raised” and what Obama himself “received”. None of this matters, of course. Obama isn’t a real candidate, he’s only running to give the media something to talk about until the Lizard Queen can be nominated. If he plays along nicely, then he’ll be in the mix for 2016.

Don’t get excited about Sarkozy

He’s just another French leader in the Vichy tradition:

Mr Sarkozy’s joint declaration with Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, the Spanish prime minister, sets out a 10-point programme to preserve the “advances” of the old EU constitution within a new “simplified” European treaty. To Downing Street’s dismay EU powers, including the taboo areas of justice, foreign policy and defence, are combined with a demand for a “legally binding” charter of fundamental rights.

The Franco-Spanish alliance also insists that a European “foreign minister” keeps his powers despite any titular compromise. They appear determined to take on every red line set out by Downing Street last Friday, and call for the EU to take on a “single legal personality”.

The demand has alarmed Britain amid fears that the new legal power could allow the EU to sign treaties in the UK’s name and one day see a European seat replacing Britain’s on the United Nations Security Council.

Naturally, the faux conservatives at National Review LOVE the guy because he’s so pro-American. Just like they love Tony Blair. Of course, if they knew anything about European politics, they’d know that both Blair and Sarkozy are Eurofascists hell-bent on erecting the revived Carolingian empire across the continent and the Channel.