Unsafe at any altitude
: What Ken Layne says about the 15-year-old sad doofus who crashed his dinky plane into an empty (thank God) building in Florida: “Why does Do-Nothing Tom Ridge insist this has “nothing to do with terrorism”? Somebody commits a terrorist act — a suicide crash of a hijacked plane into an American skyscraper — in support of a terrorist war against the West. It doesn’t matter if the kid acted alone (which it seems he did) or if the kid went crazy (which of the Saudi hijackers wasn’t crazy?). It’s a terrorist act. Deal with it, Tom.”
: Besides all this… What the HELL are we doing letting 15-year-olds get anywhere near the controls of a plane? Oh, yes, I like the idea of pimply faced hormone jobs flying near me up there. We won’t let a kid that age (a) drive, (b) drink, (c) vote, (d) have sex but yet we let him fly? Insane. Unsafe and insane.
Whose God is He?
: Joe Bob Briggs suggests leaving God out of this: “When men in war councils start invoking the name of God thrice daily, every corpuscle of my cigar-wracked body groans like an infidel on the inquisitor’s rack. I have nothing against the Almighty. I think the Big Guy knows what he’s doing. But I’m not sure he’s inclined to delegate this much work to men who have been checked out on M-16s.”
Briggs worries about everyone taking possession of God:
Franklin Graham, evangelical heir apparent to his father Billy’s brand of white-bread Christianity, did his best to get the anti-Islam ball into play. He pronounced Islam “a very evil and wicked religion” — and was promptly ostracized for the remark. But wasn’t he simply paraphrasing the Old Testament curse that the sons of Ishmael would always behave like “wild asses,” destined to be eternally at war? Perhaps he should have said, “Islam is a religion of wild asses,” if for no other reason than to preserve his defense in the original Hebrew.
Briggs cautions that if the Texas Christians in the White House really want to invoke their God, they’re doing to have to deal with Jesus’ admonition in favor of nonviolence, and nonresistance, and forgiveness nine times nine:
I didn’t say it was practical. I said it’s what the man said. That’s why I would recommend leaving God out of it for the time being. They didn’t call him the Prince of Peace for nothing.
[via Relapsed Catholic]