Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Working through the fog

Have been absent too long from this site due to recent scary health issues concerning my beloved. Out of a clear, blue sky - typical almost year round in the afternoons in the Monterey Bay area - came major bad stuff - known as PAP, a rare pulmonary disorder. But God has been good and we are out of the first set of woods and now waiting on pending visits to the west coast version of the fount of all medical knowledge for further instructions and care. So far the gap seems to be almost manageable.

Will update this situation here as events unfold. Will also try to get caught up on pending 'stuff' at my earliest. Have passed off major duties for two upcoming volunteer activities to gifted, hard-working and intelligent people, and should be able to just step in at the last minute as the events occur and take all the credit for their successes without having had to break a sweat. Well, it COULD happen that way!

Great post today from New Sisyphus. Classic refutation of the gap between reality and the illogical Liberal position vis-a-vis Iraq and Bush. A must read if you want to clearly understand why we should NEVER announce a timetable for the conclusion of events in Iraq. Any thinking person knows this, but - after all - Liberalism is a mental disorder. Why else are so many demanding a "timetable?"

Our northern C(A)ousins are preparing for their own version of "Alice in Wonderland" as their parliament takes one step closer to a permanent gap by adopting SSM as the law of their land. See this. Query: Is it really true Canadian churches will be required under law to perform marriages on individuals with whom they are out of fellowship? Even those who are in revolt to a body's statement of faith? Will try to get that answered, but talk about a scary issue? We may be seeing droves of Pastors and Elders and Trustees and Deacons and Bishops and Priests going to prison in the near North. Talk about civil disobedience. And of course we'll see a large number of "social Christian" church leaders [why do they insist on shaming His name?] announcing their compliance with this latest feel-good government religious dogma, too.

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Also recommended: Daily, before anything else, read Backup Belmont Club for astute and reasoned "history and history in the making". Brilliant work by Wretchard the Cat who seems to be able to chew gum, think and write intelligently at the same time, without attempting to constantly prove his own ego. His ability to identify and neutralize gaps is simply amazing.

If you are still reading a daily newspaper for the news, (other than sports or comics) or watching the evening newscast on one of the locals, and think you are "in the know" about what is going on in the world, go back to sleep. It is probably too late for you. Nothing broadcast or printed by the MSM in the past dozen years has been straight news. News is now "opinionized" for your edification and amazement by people who know much better than do you just how things should be 'going down'. So go to sleep. And meanwhile, watch the gap expand between what is said, and reality.

Friday, June 10, 2005


Been 'minding' quite a few gaps the past few days, what with family stufff, volunteer stuff, church stuff, and all, but should be able to respond to my recent "tag" by a northern cousin sometime over the week-end.

Friday, June 03, 2005

Why "Minding the Gap"?

This ubiquitous sign appears on platforms everywhere at "tube" stations such as this on the London Underground. Even more alarming, the warning notice is audibly repeated by means of automated or real-time public address announcements on loudspeakers at virtually all of the railway stations in the United Kingdom.

Gaps between trains and platforms can indeed be dangerous. But even greater than the hazard of uneven spaces afoot between railcars and station platforms are the differences separating our dreams from reality. The disparity between what we intend to do, versus what is eventually done. There-in lies an interesting and challenging "gap"; a space whose exploratory analysis could prove immensely profitable to a careful sifter of fact.

This web log is loosely dedicated to considering the human drama created when we attempt to bridge the vast gap between our collective triumphs and universal failures, all the while urgently living out our lives in this common endeavor. Minding gaps may sometimes prove to be a pundit's delight.
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Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Hero or Heel?

Mark Felt has now slipped out of his closet as the long sought-after “deep throat”, of Watergate fame. But according to MSNBC for a long time he wondered if he had done the right thing:
  • “A statement from the family, read by Felt's grandson, Nick Jones, described how conflicted he was over whether his role was noble or dishonorable. ‘Mark had expressed reservations in the past about revealing his identity and about whether his actions were appropriate for an FBI man,’ Jones said. ‘But as he recently told my mother, 'I guess people used to think Deep Throat was a criminal. But now they think he's a hero’.' "
Well, not exactly. Scott at Power Line has a well-referenced post that points out the likelihood Felt’s ulterior motives were not benign, but instead were bureaucratically political in nature. Since he had been passed over for the directorship (at the time of Hoover’s death), Felt was not adverse to creating mischief for the president’s appointee-du-jour, L. Patrick Gray.

(Read the whole thing to discover how the MSM still doesn’t get it).

Felt is now 92, so he may be forgiven further flogging. But there is no denying what he did so many years ago tarnished his cherished institution so badly it will probably never recover its glory days.

When a law-enforcement organization – at any level – plays politics, then truth, justice and the American way simply can’t survive. That principle has been proven in this country for almost two centuries, in big cities, small towns, rural counties – everywhere. So when Felt casually threw away the FBI’s reputation over petty politics, instead of justice, he gave away the store and started his own agency on a gradual downward slide that might never end.

NOTE: Nothing in this implies that every agent is tainted. Absolutely not. What it DOES say is that the culture is now in place so that the mere suspicion of political machinations makes it easy for public talk to rear up and haunt the agency’s proponents whenever it is involved in politically sensitive investigations. So now, how do they un-peal the bell?