Geez! And all the Mansion Family members had to do was carve an "X" into their foreheads. At least if he had gone with "goldenpalace.com" he might've got some money out of the deal.
Sometimes nuts. Always reasonable. We are REASONABLE NUTS.
The explosion of storage required to accommodate increasing numbers of photos at higher resolution is a genuine challenge. This data management problem is inconceivable to the average person and was only an issue companies with technical staff had to deal with.He cites several problems, such as storage requirements, indexing issues, expensive and slow backup options, and redundancy issues. But I would counter that these problems always have existed with photography. Let's take them issue by issue:
Each time I wander into blogdom, I'm reminded of the savage children stranded on an island in William Golding's "Lord of the Flies." Without adult supervision, they organize themselves into rival tribes, learn to hunt and kill, and eventually become murderous barbarians in the absence of a civilizing structure.She has a fine point, but is engaging in a bit of hyperbole and generalization. Of the several bloggers I know as friends, not one is of the ilk she mentions. We all tend to approach the blog similarly: looking to be value-adding members of the b'sphere.
What Golding demonstrated - and what we're witnessing as the Blogosphere's offspring multiply - is that people tend to abuse power when it is unearned and will bring down others to enhance themselves. Likewise, many bloggers seek the destruction of others for their own self-aggrandizement. When a mainstream journalist stumbles, they pile on like so many savages, hoisting his or her head on a bloody stick as Golding's children did the fly-covered head of a butchered sow.
One reform I would propose is to cut back on contrived debates. Why not interview those with opposing views separately, and give each more than a minute or two to make their point without having to respond to another person's debating tactics? And how about encouraging interviewers to intervene when blatant errors or falsehoods are offered as facts?
I think these reforms would raise the level of discourse and the quality of those willing to appear on cable programs by weeding out some of the hacks whose only knowledge on a subject comes from their party's talking points.
The Federal Reserve currently has three vacancies within the 19 top Regional Bank and Board of Governor spots. Why? Part of ongoing wholesale resignations.The bottom line according to the author:
The latest is from the Philly Fed. Fed President and Open Market Committee member Anthony Santomero has announced his resignation after only a brief year and a half tenure. Very unusual. Hey, Fed Presidents are treated like gods. They have enormous power, prestige, and presence. Why quit? He is far from alone. Over the past few years no less than six Federal Reserve Regional Bank Presidents have resigned. This is highly unusual.
The recent rise in Gold catalogued 74 points over about a month, a 16 percent rally from precisely the day the Fed announced it would hide M-3 from taxpayers and citizens of this great nation. That is no coincidence. Gold sees hyperinflation, monetization of debt, and intervention into free markets. Gold is telling us it expects Ben Bernanke to be an inflationist.
... that too many Americans have contempt for the principles of liberty and opt for solutions that employ the political arena to forcibly impose their wills on others. If that's the preferred game, then those Americans shouldn't whine when others employ the same tactic to impose their wills.I'm right there with ya, Williams. Keep the solutions as close to home as possible. Only resort to the political arena as a last resort.
Happy New Year,Begin MY removal process? I'd rather not begin that process until such a time as I deem appropriate. And what's this about my being a mere decoration? Maybe I should begin my removal process! ;-)
Many of us have decorated our work areas with holiday decorations and many more of us have enjoyed the decorators' efforts and creativity. It is now time to remove all decorations.
Please begin your removal process to ensure all decorations are removed By January 3, 2006.
The beginning of atonement is the sense of its necessity. --Lord Byron
It is impossible for a man to be freed from the habit of sin before he hates it, just as it is impossible to receive forgiveness before confessing his trespasses... –Ignatius
Men tell us in these days that sin is what you think it is. Well, it is not. Sin is what God thinks it is. You may think according to your own conscience. God thinks according to His. –John G. Lake
Any concept of grace that makes us feel more comfortable sinning is not biblical grace. God's grace never encourages us to live in sin, on the contrary, it empowers us to say no to sin and yes to truth.--Randy Alcorn
We have a strange illusion that mere time cancels sin. But mere time does nothing either to the fact or to the guilt of a sin. --CS Lewis
Self is the root, the tree, and the branches of all the evils of our fallen state. --William Law
In short, a man must be set free from the sin he is , which makes him do the sin he does .--George MacDonald
Evangelical repentance is repentance of sin as sin: not of this sin nor of that, but of the whole mass. We repent of the sin of our nature as well as the sin of our practice. We bemoan sin within us and without us. We repent of sin itself as being an insult to God. Anything short of this is a mere surface repentance, and not a repentance which reaches to the bottom of the mischief. Repentance of the evil act, and not of the evil heart, is like men pumping water out of a leaky vessel, but forgetting to stop the leak. Some would dam up the stream, but leave the fountain still flowing; they would remove the eruption from the skin, but leave the disease in the flesh. --Charles Haddon Spurgeon
Sin is not to be ignored, nor minimised. It is the most patent fact in life, the darkest experience in the history of the race. It is the root of all the world's tragedies. It is that which makes "conscience a thousand swords," "the torture of an inward hell," "the worm that doth begnaw the soul." --James M. Campbell
People do not drift toward Holiness. Apart from grace-driven effort, people do not gravitate toward godliness, prayer, obedience to Scripture, faith, and delight in the Lord. We drift toward compromise and call it tolerance; we drift toward disobedience and call it freedom; we drift toward superstition and call it faith. We cherish the indiscipline of lost self-control and call it relaxation; we slouch toward prayerlessness and delude ourselves into thinking we have escaped legalism; we slide toward godlessness and convince ourselves we have been liberated. --D.A. Carson
Get alone with Jesus and either tell Him that you do not want sin to die out in you - or else tell Him that at all costs you want to be identified with His death. --Oswald Chambers
Beloved, if any unholiness exists in the nature, it is not there by the consent of the Spirit of God. If unholiness is in your life it is because your soul is giving consent to it, and you are retaining it. Let it go. Cast it out and let God have His way in your life. --John G. Lake
Nothing hath separated us from God but our own will, or rather our own will is our separation from God. --William Law
You are the way you are because that's the way you want to be. If you really wanted to be any different, you would be in the process of changing right now. --Fred Smith
The temptation of the age is to look good without being good.—Brennan Manning
Men do not differ much about what things they call evils; they differ enormously about what evils they will call excusable. -- G. K. Chesterton
Whatever weakens your reason, impairs the tenderness of your conscience, obscures your sense of God, or takes off the relish for spiritual things then it is sin for you, however, innocent it may be in itself. --Suzanna Wesley
It is perilously easy to have amazing sympathy with God's truth and remain in sin.-- Oswald Chambers
Jesus reserved his hardest words for the hidden sins of hypocrisy, pride, greed and legalism.--Philip Yancey
One of the misfortunes of our time is that in getting rid of false shame, we have killed off so much real shame as well. –Louis Kronenberger
The world has lost the power to blush over its vice; the Church has lost her power to weep over it. --Leonard Ravenhill
To be humbly ashamed is to be plunged in the cleansing bath of truth. -- George MacDonald
Heart-suffering because of sin is the best proof that the Holy Spirit dwells in your heart.--Johann Arndt
I couldn't live in peace if I put the shadow of a willful sin between myself and God. --George Eliot
Sin and the child of God are incompatible. They may occasionally meet; they cannot live together in harmony --John R. W. Stott
You'll never be able to speak against sin if you're entertained by it. --John Muncee
Primarily, God is not bound to punish sin; he is bound to destroy sin. The only vengeance worth having on sin is to make the sinner himself its executioner. --George MacDonald
Repentance is but a denying of our will, and an opposition of our fantasies. --Montaigne
Repentance lifts a man up. Mourning knocks at heaven's gate. Holy humility opens it. -- John Climacus
Great is the difference betwixt a man's being frightened at, and humbled for his sins. --Thomas Fuller
Personal sin reflected upon breeds compassion. --John M. Shanahan
When the Spirit is absent, our excuses always seem right, but in the presence of the Spirit our excuses fade away. --R. T. Kendall
People don’t do what they believe in—they just do what’s most convenient and then they repent. –Bob Dylan
Some often repent, yet never reform; they resemble a man traveling in a dangerous path, who frequently starts and stops, but never turns back.--Bonnell Thornton
I would far rather feel remorse than know how to define it.--Thomas A’Kempis
Look upon your chastening as God's chariots sent to carry your soul into the high places of spiritual achievement. --Hannah Whitall Smith
How else but through a broken heart may Lord Christ enter in? --Oscar Wilde
It is not that we need more power, but that we need more brokenness. When we are properly broken we will find the indwelling Christ is more than sufficient. —Chip Brogden
Honesty before God requires the most fundamental risk of faith we can take: the risk that God is good, that God does love us unconditionally. It is in taking this risk that we rediscover our dignity. To bring the truth of ourselves, just as we are, to God, just as God is, is the most dignified thing we can do in this life. --Gerald May
When we won't let ourselves be held in the midst of our messes by God who loves us and made us, we miss the unspeakable joy of knowing that we are truly His beloved. --Deborah Newman
Sweet Spirit, grant us the faith to resist our resistance to Thee! --James Melvin Washington
Repent! The Kingdom of heaven is at hand! --John the Baptist and Jesus Christ
When one doesn’t learn to resist the devil, he or she probably doesn’t know much of submitting to God. --Greg Manalli
If you will not determine to be pure, you will grow more and more impure. --George MacDonald
It's one thing not to sin---it's another not to want to! --Jacquelyn K. Heasley
People do not mind their faults being spread out before them, but they become impatient if called on to give them up. –Goethe
God never takes away anything that He doesn’t replace with Himself. --Jacquelyn K. Heasley
There is more joy in heaven over a converted sinner than over a righteous person standing firm. A leader in battle has more love for a soldier who returns after fleeing, and who valiantly pursues the enemy, than for one who never turned back, but who never acted valiantly either. A farmer has greater love for land which bears fruitfully, after he has cleared it of thorns, than for land which never had thorns but which never yielded a fruitful harvest. --Gregory the Great
When prodigals return great things are done. --A.A. Dowty
When old companions, old lusts, and sins crowd in upon you, and when you feel that you are ready to sink, what can save you, sinking sinner ? This alone — I have a high priest in heaven, and he can support in the hour of affliction. This alone can give you peace—I have a high priest in heaven. When you are dying — when friends can do you no good — when sins rise up like spectres around your bed — what can give you peace ? This — "I have a high priest in heaven" --Robert Murray M'Cheyne
True repentance will entirely change you; the bias of your souls will be changed, then you will delight in God, in Christ, in His Law, and in His people. --George Whitefield
He comes never late who comes repentant. --Juan de Horozco
Actor Morgan Freeman has a solution to the problem of racism – "Stop talking about it!"
In a CBS News' 60 Minutes profile of the Oscar-winning actor scheduled to air tonight, Freeman tells Mike Wallace labels like "white" and "black" are an obstacle to defeating racism.
"I am going to stop calling you a white man and I'm going to ask you to stop calling me a black man," he says. "I know you as Mike Wallace. You know me as Morgan Freeman. You wouldn't say, 'Well, I know this white guy named Mike Wallace.' You know what I'm saying?"
The actor also criticizes Black History Month, saying setting aside a special month actually segregates black history from American history.
Calling the idea "ridiculous," Freeman notes there's no "white history month."
"You're going to relegate my history to a month?" Freeman asks Wallace. "I don't want a black history month. Black history is American history," he says.
Whenever Richard Cory went down town,The Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year holiday season is a most wonderful time, but perversely also a time when suicides increase in frequency. Nothing, it would seem, so reminds many of us of our state of unhappiness than other peoples' happiness. And yet that itself (other peoples' happiness) is illusory. The sooner a man realizes that no man has it all together, the sooner a man will get on with his own life.
We people on the pavement looked at him:
He was a gentleman from sole to crown,
Clean favored, and imperially slim.
And he was always quietly arrayed,
And he was always human when he talked;
But still he fluttered pulses when he said,
"Good-morning," and he glittered when he walked.
And he was rich - yes, richer than a king -
And admirably schooled in every grace;
In fine we thought that he was everything
To make us wish that we were in his place.
So on we worked, and waited for the light,
And went without the meat, and cursed the bread;
And Richard Cory, one calm summer night,
Went home and put a bullet through his head.
THE Catholic Church is preparing to abandon the idea of limbo, the theological belief that children who die before being baptised are suspended in a space between heaven and hell.
The concept, which was devised in the 13th century and was depicted in numerous works of art during the Renaissance, such as Descent into Limbo by the painter Giotto, and in Dante's masterpiece, the Divine Comedy, is of a metaphysical space where infants are blissfully happy but are not actually in the presence of God.
The idea of limbo was developed as a response to the harshness of early Church teachings which insisted that any child who died before he or she was baptised would still be stained by Original Sin and so would be condemned to hell.
The belief, which is unique to the Catholic Church, has fallen out of favour over the past 50 years. It is rarely mentioned and until recently has been left in its own kind of limbo.
However, an international commission of Catholic theologians, meeting in the Vatican this week, has been pondering the issue and is expected to advise Pope Benedict XVI to announce officially that the theological concept of limbo is incorrect.
Instead, the new belief is expected to be that unbaptised babies will go directly to heaven.
Pope Benedict had already expressed his doubts about limbo when, as Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, he was head of the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Church's doctrinal watchdog.
In an interview in 1984, he said: "Limbo has never been a defined truth of faith. Personally, speaking as a theologian and not as head of the Congregation, I would drop something that has always been only a theological hypothesis."
John Haldane, a professor of philosophy at St Andrews University and a consulter to the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Culture, said that the issue of limbo was "something of a medieval curiosity" that no longer preoccupies people. He said that the reason the Catholic Church was clarifying its position was that people still wrongly perceived heaven as a place and not as a state of being.
"The idea of limbo conjures up the image of God as some kind of government bureaucrat who says to people, not just babies, 'Sorry, you don't have your passport stamped with baptism, you'll have to wait over there'.
"Instead, God's powers are such that He can overcome the issue of Original Sin as He chooses, according to special circumstances."
The Word of the Day for December 13 is:(Source: m-w.com)
glogg \GLUG\ noun
: a hot spiced wine and liquor punch served in Scandinavian countries as a Christmas drink
"[The] Gallery will host a Christmas Cheer Weekend.... Johnson's latest barn print will be available, framed or unframed, as well as Swedish cookies and glogg." ([Dubuque] Telegraph Herald, December 9, 2004)
Did you know?
Glogg is a holiday favorite in many Scandinavian cultures, where it is commonly served on St. Lucia's Day (December 13) and all around Christmas time. Not surprisingly, the word "glogg" itself (sometimes written as glögg) is of Scandinavian origin; it comes from Swedish and derives from the verb "glödga," meaning "to burn" or "to mull." But although "glogg" may look like it should rhyme with that other notable holiday beverage "eggnog" the two aren't quite a perfect match. The "o" in "glogg" is pronounced like either the "u" in "nut," the "oo" in "foot," or the more foreign-sounding "œ" in "bœuf," the French word for "beef." "Nog," on the other hand, is generally pronounced with the "o" as in "mop" and thus it rhymes with "grog."
"The general difference between conservatives and liberals is that liberals like pretty pictures and conservatives like to build bridges that people can drive across. And conservatives are indeed conservative because if the bridge falls down then people die, whereas the liberals figure, we can always build a nice memorial and make people forget it ever happened and was our fault. They're very good at making people forget it was their fault. All right?I remember seeing this interview. I remember being engrossed.
"The CIA was gutted by people on the political left who don't like intelligence operations... And as a result of that, as an indirect result of that, we've lost 5,000 citizens last week."
Chris Wallace: Mike Wallace Has 'Lost It'It's not really a surprise, as I seem to recall Mike Wallace writing at length about his mental condition. Then again, depression is not insanity. Sometimes it is sanity tenfold.
"Fox News Sunday" anchorman Chris Wallace says father Mike Wallace has "lost it" - after the legendary CBS newsman told the Boston Globe last week that the fact George Bush had been elected president shows America is "[expletive]-up."
"He's lost it. The man has lost it. What can I say," the younger Wallace lamented to WRKO Boston radio host Howie Carr on Friday.
"He's 87-years old and things have set in," the Fox anchor continued. "I mean, we're going to have a competence hearing pretty soon."
Wallace Jr. quickly dispelled any notion that he was joking. When Carr suggested that his comments were likely to be covered by NewsMax, he responded: "You know what? Fine. Go ahead. Call them. That's fine. I'll stand by that."
Returning to the topic of his father's competence, Wallace Jr. explained: "He's checked out. I don't understand it," beyond the fact that Wallace Sr. has "problems with the war."
"I don't know why he said what he said," he added.
On Thursday, the elder Wallace told the Boston Globe that if he had the chance to interview President Bush, he'd ask:
"What in the world prepared you to be the commander in chief of the largest superpower in the world? In your background, Mr. President, you apparently were incurious. You didn't want to travel. You knew very little about the military. . . . The governor of Texas doesn't have the kind of power that some governors have. . . . Why do you think they nominated you? . . . Do you think that has anything to do with the fact that the country is so [expletive] up?"
Still, despite his criticism, Wallace Jr. seems to have inherited some of his father's shoot-from-the-lip-style.
Asked about DNC chair Howard Dean's recent prediction that the U.S. would lose the war in Iraq, Wallace told Carr:
"We are in a war. We do have 150,000-plus American soldiers over there. I mean, it's Tokyo Rose, for God sakes, going on radio saying we can't win the war."
Maybe the problem is that we, as Americans, tend to buy into the idea of the “Culture War” too easily. “I think that the press is clearly obsessed with that,” Flaherty responded when I posed that question to him. “But we like to pride ourselves on being the purple company.”This has been a supertheme in my life for a few years now - that the way for me is beyond right or left, conservative or liberal, truth or mercy. My way, I have discerned, is to have a foot in both, sensitive to both intellectually and emotionally persuasive arguments and acting appropriately, based on judgment grounded in respect for history as well as a commitment to both short and long-term compassion.
A blonde goes to the post office to buy stamps for her Christmas cards.
She says to the clerk, "May I have 50 Christmas stamps?"
The clerk says, "What denomination?"
The woman says, "God help us. Has it come to this? Give me 6 Catholic, 12 Presbyterian, 10 Lutheran and 22 Baptists."
In my years doing consumer reporting, I watched every American industry find ways to do things better, faster, and cheaper. Today's computers cost less, but are more powerful. Cars got better. Supermarkets offer more for less. Most every business is better.Stossel goes on:
But not the law business. In law, everything is slow and expensive, and our choices limited.
Other businesses pad bills, too, but competition limits it. There's less competition in law because lawyers outlawed competition from outside their profession -- they prosecute paralegals who offer cheaper alternatives, calling it "unauthorized practice of law." And they are all bound by rules of procedure, drafted by lawyers and, for the federal courts, issued by the Supreme Court, that call for volumes of paper and make lots of work -- lucrative work, if you're a lawyer.I think the essential issue is that we are a nation ruled not by Kings or God, but by laws. It would follow then that whomever makes the laws rules. At one point this had largely been the legislative bodies of the states and Federal government - which were exceedingly weak by today's standards. That generally left the individual as his own ruler, provided he did not break one of the relatively few laws which existed. Today our rulers are found in the judiciaries, populated (some would say infested) by attorneys.
This is a Christian nation, my friends. And all of us are fortunate it is one, and that so many Americans have seen fit to live up to the highest precepts of their religion. Speaking as a member of a minority group – and one of the smaller ones at that – I say it behooves those of us who don't accept Jesus Christ as our savior to show some gratitude to those who do, and to start respecting the values and traditions of the overwhelming majority of our fellow citizens, just as we keep insisting that they respect ours.
Most U.S. citizens would shudder at the possibility that the taxes they pay, out of the money they worked hard for, were being used to fund a school that was founded as a link between the country they call home and an overseas terrorist organization. But that is precisely what had happened (with the case of IAF), and unbeknownst to many, it is continuing still today (with IAF).Yes, this fact disturbs me as one would expect.
hol·i·daySo we're all familiar with the first definition, as this is the mainstream intent of the oft muttered "Happy holidays". And the Anglophiles or British television viewers among us may be aware of the third definition. But look at the second definition: a HOLY day. Doesn't this seem to be where the word originated? HOLYday. Indeed, that's what the above dictionary indicates:
1. A day free from work that one may spend at leisure, especially a day on which custom or the law dictates a halting of general business activity to commemorate or celebrate a particular event.
2. A religious feast day; a holy day.
3. Chiefly British. A vacation. Often used in the phrase on holiday.
[Middle English holidai, holy day, from Old English hlig dæg : hlig, holy; see holy + dæg, day; see day.]What does the word holy mean? The same dictionary says:
ho·lyAll definitions but the last one indicate a special reverence, infused with religious overtones. So - is this what people are meaning when they wish you "happy holidays" - that you have days of reverence for your God? While I am tempted to take it that way, I wager that's not what is being intimated. Rather, it is something more along the line of "I'd like to wish you a "Merry Christmas", but I'm fearful of offending either you or those immediately around us. Thusly, I offer you the intelligentsia approved Newspeak form of this anachronistic greeting, 'Happy Holidays.'"
adj. ho·li·er, ho·li·est
1. Belonging to, derived from, or associated with a divine power; sacred.
2. Regarded with or worthy of worship or veneration; revered: a holy book.
3. Living according to a strict or highly moral religious or spiritual system; saintly: a holy person.
4. Specified or set apart for a religious purpose: a holy place.
5. Solemnly undertaken; sacrosanct: a holy pledge.
6. Regarded as deserving special respect or reverence: The pursuit of peace is our holiest quest.
7. Informal. Used as an intensive: raised holy hell over the mischief their children did.
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Sen. Byrd has set a new standard for taxpayer-funded narcissism by convincing the West Virginia Legislature to erect a statue of himself in the state Capitol. The statue's completion violates state law prohibiting statues of government officials until they have been dead for half a century.I particularly enjoyed this comment from the same source:
(source: Citizens Against Government Waste)
Byrd's statue is currently housed in the Capitol Rotunda, as shown in the picture, and it is said if you stand under the statue the senator's hand points directly at your pockets.Here's a list of published placenames dedicated to Byrd (source: Wikipedia.org):
Rep. Young had a much more curt response when asked by a Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reporter about redirecting the combined $450 million for the Gravina Island and Knik Arm (renamed Don Young’s Way) bridges to hurricane victims: “They can kiss my ear.” He then called such a request the “dumbest thing I’ve ever heard.”With all due respect (that would be less and less daily) Congressman, the dumbest thing I've ever heard is your statement and rash euphemism. I for one will be kissing no part of your person.
Brian, your definition of (or perhaps more accurately, your interpretation of Moore's definition of) "patriarchy" as "male hegemonic rule" fired-off a few synapses, reminding me of a specific word: Authority.
I have had the pleasure and torment of knowing several individuals whom were reared upon / indoctrinated into the teachings of entities such as Bill Gothard's Institute in Basic Life Principals. Only when I was invited to a "Basic Seminar" and left in disgust halfway through the second session, did I begin to do research on the organization.
The perversion of authority - descending into authoritarianism - is endemic today, both on the political Left and Right. But it is most immediately destructive in families. It is especially perverse that the IBLP, which was initially created supposedly to solve problems with children, often causes far greater problems. What greater problem is there for a child on the precipice of true, saving faith in God, than to turn his back on God never to accept His gift?
I welcome your efforts here, as I've often found myself internally recoiling at the dogmatic and often wrong statements of those who would presume to speak for our Lord and Savior. I am reminded of the title of a book I once saw, but have yet to read: Following Jesus Without Embarassing God. Perhaps you've read it?
Generally, I have found those critical of more politically conservative Christians, while calling themselves Christians, tend to focus on the politics of those they criticize, rather than their manner of following Christ. This tends in my view to undermine their "Christian" arguments. Such is why I am more heartened to see your blog. I am glad also to see a link to Al Mohler's exceedingly excellent blog. This tells me that no matter where your actual political bent may take you, you are sensitive to the persuasion of a great argument, which Mohler often makes.
Some friends and I started a blog a few months ago, appropriately termed Reasonable Nuts, in order to bandy-about notions we think should be discussed. Sometimes I stray with what I find interesting, as my other blog has been less-than-online for a while. But generally, we like to offer up topics that need some investigation. We have a couple of more conservative Christians and a couple more libertarian, such as myself. We haven't added any distinctly liberal friends, but one is coming to mind who I may ask. I usually invite based on an ability to communicate effectively rather than a specific political bent.
I'll be reading your blog and look forward to your interpretation of events and ideas.
Allowing Tookie Williams to receive the death sentence 24 years after it was imposed by a jury of his peers is not an outrage; the outrage is that thousands of Americans were conned into lavishing sympathy on this murderer instead of his victims and their families, that a street thug who's learned to manipulate the Left enjoys glowing press coverage, a positive biopic, warm personal relations with Hollywood's elite, and an honored position in the Crips.He ends with this:
I'm not a father confessor, but I'm fairly certain of this moral arithmetic: Writing children's books is not an appropriate penance for killing an entire family in as bloody a way as possible, dedicating his entire life to a ruthless pursuit of violence, and founding an organization that has trapped generations of inner city youths into the same destructive cycle.