Just a few random thoughts…
Many conservative Christians are convinced that the Harry Potter books are the work of the devil, based on the fact that the characters in them can cast spells. They never seem able to see beyond that fact, which is a pity, given that the books are actually fairly wholesome and have absolutely nothing to do with witchcraft as we understand it. This dislike is, in my mind, fairly irrational.
But fortunately, Richard Dawkins is busy proving that atheists can be far more irrational than most believers. He’s starting a crusade against the Potter books, warning of their “pernicious” effect on children. Dawkins, apparently, is under the impression that kids will believe what they read and grow up believing in wizards and spells. Dawkins claims to have made only one convert to atheism (Douglas Adams), and with arguments like that, I can see why.
Senator Norm Coleman is virtually tied with Al Franken in the Minnesota Senate race. It’s hard to think of a more irritating figure than Franken. He’s not really successful enough to be considering influential (half his books are bestsellers, but the rest were flops, and his radio show tanked), but just successful enough to be a threat. His books are poorly researched and mean-spirited, and obviously aren’t written by a man with the temperament of a Senator. In 1984, Minnesota was the only state that went for Walter Mondale, so it obviously doesn’t have the best of taste when voting, but inflicting Al Franken on the U.S. Senate is unforgiveable. Hopefully, the state will make the right decision this time.
I’ve given up on reading the polls—there’s just too much variance between them to make them worth reading. But one thing is for certain—unless every single poll is wrong, McCain will lose.
Gas prices are around $2.30 in Cincinnati, and are at similar levels around the nation. Evidently, all the hype about “the end of cheap oil” was overblown. Oil can’t last forever, but it will probably remain cheap for a few more years yet.
Quite a lot of pro-lifers seem to be supporting Obama because he is such a nice person. He may be—but it seems worthwhile reminding them that he still supports what is basically infanticide.
A bit of perspective on the military decline of Europe. Germany has about 100,000 troops. America has about 75,000 troops—just stationed in Germany. Granted, America is much bigger than Germany, but that is still quite a difference. Were anything to happen to the United States, Europe would be nearly defenseless.
Although Europe is doing a pretty good job of becoming defenseless already. In England, a judge recently ruled that a property owner could not protect his property with barbed wire—because criminals might cut themselves on it. Just unbelievable.
Yet another example of hypocrisy in the media: when some one allegedly shouted “Kill him” about Obama at a Palin rally, the media went berserk and started accusing the McCain campaign of inciting violence against its opponent. When someone hung Sarah Palin in effigy in California, though, the media didn’t seem to think that it were representative of the Obama campaign. It seems that the media has done a worse job than usual this year—not only in its political bias, but in its choice of stories.