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Van Jones

Scott Johnson, over at Power Line, notes this interesting observation by Washington Post writer Lois Romano in her profile of Van Jones.

His [Van Jones] career path was not unlike President Obama’s. After graduating from Yale Law School, Jones worked as a community activist in Oakland, Calif., and founded the Ella Barker Center for Human Rights. A few years ago, he saw an opportunity to combine his commitment to racial and economic parity with work to solve the environmental crisis. He soon became a hero of the green movement as he talked about “greening the ghetto,” appearing on hip shows such as “The Colbert Report” and sending out his message on YouTube. (Emphasis mine)

Johnson, translates the highlighted sentence thus:

“Jones saw how he might combine his racial hustle with his Marxist claptrap to seize on purported concern for the environment as the path to power.”

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The Jay Leno Show

Time on the new Jay Leno Show.

If The Jay Leno Show succeeds — where succeeding means not getting more viewers than the competition but simply increasing NBC’s profit margin — it suggests a TV future in which ambitious dramas become the stuff of boutique cable, while the broadcasters become a megaphone for live events and cheap nonfiction. “If the Leno Show works,” says former NBC president Fred Silverman, “it will be the most significant thing to happen in broadcast television in the last decade.”

More at Time.

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Age of Enhancement

The coming age of enhancement.

A cornucopia of drugs will soon be on sale to improve everything from our memories to our trust in others.

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7 Deadly Sins

Wired Magazine maps the 7 deadly sins.

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Democracy and Islam

Andrew McCarthy has a lengthy essay on the the “folly of the democracy project’s premises” in Islamic nations, calling it “a dangerous delusion.”

There has been a fascinating point of alignment since 9/11 between the anti-war Left and the democracy hawks. Both sides have failed to identify the enemy: Islamists. The hard Left resists because it doesn’t see Islamism as an enemy at all. The Islamists, like the Left, regard the United States as the problem in the world.

Democracy hawks are another matter. Their boundless faith in democracy blinds them to the severity of the Islamist challenge. For them, dwelling on Islam is counterproductive: If Islam is understood as a huge liability, Americans will rebel against the prohibitive costs, in lives and money, of democracy-building. So the democracy-hawk approach is either not to mention Islam at all or to absurdly portray it as a “moderating” influence that will help build stable democracies. They shame doubters into silence by decrying “Islamophobia” and “cultural condescension” — mortal sins these days. On some level, the democracy hawks may grasp that the threat here involves more than terrorism. But they’ve convinced themselves that if we could just get rid of the terrorists, the rest of the Muslims who abhor us would be brought around by democracy’s light.

It’s a fantasy, and we’re betting our lives on it

McCarthy hits the proverbial nail on the head. I opposed both the war in Afghanistan and the war in Iraq, and McCarty nicely outlines my opposition in the above quote from the essay. The following quote explains why I think Bush was wrong in attacking Iraq.

Individual liberty and democracy are not “universal values of the human spirit.” And our democracy-building enthusiasts are wrong, and unintentionally insulting to Muslims, when they intimate that the Islamic world will fall in love with our values once they taste a little freedom.

Muslims on the other hand

are convinced that Western liberalism and the Judeo-Christian veneration of reason in faith are corrupting influences that rationalize deviations from Allah’s law and His natural order. They believe, instead, in a pre-ordered, totalitarian system in which the individual surrenders his freedom for the good of the umma — and in which sowing discord (i.e., engaging in what we think of as free speech) is a grave sin, on the order of apostasy.

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Obamacare

The religious left rallies for Obamacare here.

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Stuck in Lodi

Lodi (CA) atheists challenge City Council prayers.

The controversy started in May when the Freedom From Religion Foundation based in Madison, Wis., contacted Lodi city leaders. In a letter, the group said it appeared that officials were “endorsing not only religion over nonreligion but Christianity over other faiths.

The controversy has galvanized people on both sides of the issue.

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Top 5

One Christian’s top 5 books on Islam.

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Baptizing a Drunk

A man is stumbling through the woods, totally drunk, when he comes up-
on a preacher baptizing people in the river. He proceeds to walk into the
water and subsequently bumps into the preacher. The preacher turns
around and is almost overcome by the smell of alcohol, whereupon he
asks the drunk, ‘Are you ready to find Jesus?’

The drunk answers, ‘Yes, I am.’

So the preacher grabs him and dunks him in the water. He pulls him up
and asks the drunk, ‘Brother have you found Jesus?’

The drunk replies, ‘No, I haven’t found Jesus.’

The preacher shocked at the answer, dunks him into the water again for
a little longer. He again pulls him out of the water and asks again, ‘Have
you found Jesus my brother?’

The drunk again answers, ‘No, I haven’t found Jesus.’

By this time the preacher is at his wits end and dunks the drunk in the
water again —- but this time holds him down for about 30 seconds and
when he begins kicking his arms and legs he pulls him up. The preacher
again asks the drunk, ‘For the love of God have you found Jesus?’

The drunk wipes his eyes and catches his breath and says to the preacher,
‘Are you sure this is where he fell in?’

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St. Barack

See St. Barack here.

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Truther

Gateway Pundit has noticed that Barack Obama’s Green Czar Van Jones is a Truther.

(h/t The Corner)

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Calvin College

David French at Phi Beta Cons comments on this story taking place at Calvin College, regarding same-sex marriage.

In what should be a dog-bites-man story, Calvin College, one of the nation’s best theologically orthodox Christian schools, has put out a statement prohibiting faculty and staff from advocating for same-sex “marriage.” For an institution that — as a matter of policy — “profess[es] the authority of scripture and the witness of ecumenical creeds” to take a position that is completely consistent with 2,000 years of church history and scriptural understanding is, well, common sense.

But not, apparently, to some professors. While many professors couch their objections in process terms (i.e. “We should have had committee meetings!”), it’s clear that there is some objection to the Board of Trustees resolving a “controversial topic.” While many people would be forgiven for wondering why professors at a (theologically) conservative Christian school might consider the definition of marriage to be “controversial,” those people haven’t spent much time within our nation’s Christian educational institutions.

More from French here.

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Record Month II

Here I mentioned the record month for The Divine Conspiracy in June when the site had 6738 page views. For the month that just ended, August, TDC had another record month, this time page views hit 14,821. While almost 15,000 page hits is minuscule compared to some sites that have millions of monthly visitors, it’s still a long way from the days when this site might have fewer than 5 visitors a day.

Thanks, again, to all who visit this site.