Cheesecake from space

It’s sweeps week at Instapundit again.

Too little, too late

An Anglican bishop laments the collapse of the English church:

The collapse of Christianity has wrecked British society, a leading Church of England bishop declared yesterday.

It has destroyed family life and left the country defenceless against the rise of radical Islam in a moral and spiritual vacuum.

In a lacerating attack on liberal values, the Right Reverend Michael Nazir-Ali, the Bishop of Rochester, said the country was mired in a doctrine of ‘endless self-indulgence’ that had brought an explosion in public violence and binge-drinking.

In a blow to Gordon Brown, he mocked the ‘scramblings and scratchings’ of politicians who try to cast new British values such as respect and tolerance.

The Pakistani-born bishop dated the downfall of Christianity from the ‘social and sexual revolution’ of the 1960s.

(Via Glenn.)  Good luck with that one.  The fact is, the empty churches of Britain are a culmination of over a century of failure by the Anglican Church to find a way to keep the English in the pews.  Founded on reasons of state and lust by Henry VIII, the Church of England ripped the Catholic soul out of British Christianity and mainly flourished to the extent it did at all in the succeeding centuries as a flavoring for confident Jingoism.

With the collapse of the Empire, the COE’s main activity has been keeping up with the Joneses in terms of out-Vatican-II’ing Vatican II in a race to the left.  It has lacked either the reactionary equilibration or the charisma — much less the interest and courage on behalf of freedom — of a John Paul II.  And it has, in an effort to please leftist elites, tied the United Nations in the contest for foremost legitimatizer of antisemitism in the West.

Can Right Reverend Michael Nazir-Ali turn the ship of spirituality in England around?  Almost certainly not.  But if he really wants to try, let him catch up with Vatican II in one way the COE has completely punted:  By publicly condemning the entrenched antisemitism, couched cynically as anti-Zionism, of the Anglican Church and English society in general.  The Jews or their treatment may not matter so much in England’s big picture, but it is a simple fact that you can weigh the moral merit of any society, and any institution, in no small measure by how it deals with the social and cultural cancer of antisemitism.  In the case of the COE, it has historically, and in contemporary times, done a despicable job.  There’s no better way to show the world of what he is made, and to demonstrate that there just may just be a good reason to root for Anglican Christianity to survive, than for the Right Reverend Nazir-Ali to address that challenge head on.

Going a-courtin’

Special Civil Part courtroom, Essex County Hall of Records, Newark NJ

I know many of the legions of readers here keep score of this sort of thing.

Here goes: In the last month I have physically appeared in the state courts of New York (Kings, New York, and Richmond counties) and New Jersey (Essex County) as well as federal district courts in Arizona, New York (Eastern and Southern Districts) and New Jersey. Also a rabbinical arbitration in Manhattan (the Rabbinical Council of America’s Beth Din of America permits attorney representation) and, as mentioned earlier, a mediation in Miami more or less under the auspices of the federal court for the Southern District of Florida, too.

I think I am due for a new pair of shoes. And a nap.

By the way I can go to court for you, too. For money. Just to be really clear.

Monkeys Control a Mechanical Arm With Their Thoughts

Monkeys Control a Mechanical Arm With Their Thoughts — actually, a fascinating article. But the title itself sounds incredibly like a creepy hallucination, or the kind of thing a psychotic would walk around saying.

Um, that’s just how it struck me.

UPDATE:  A-hah!  I’m not the only one troubled by this!  Here’s Ted Frank‘s Facebook status since Thursday:

Ted Frank

thinks he will start a legal niche bringing suits over damage caused by monkey-controlled robot armies.
Updated on Thursday
Great minds think alike!  Great… troubled…. minds…

Nobody move or the Republican gets it!

Remember that quote from Blazing Saddles? Same idea here, right? Not quite:


I do not believe you’re going to teach anyone a “lesson” by sitting this one out or writing in Fred Thompson or Sunny Lucas. I believe that way too many people are ignoring the forest for the trees and that in doing so, they’re going to have a hand in electing Obama. Some say that’s fine because if the country’s going to be “ruined”, better that it’s ruined by a Democrat, and somehow magically we’ll come up with a fantastic, “real” conservative in 4 years even though there is no one like that on the horizon and everyone knows it. Like I said, I think that’s a super-crappy plan.

Sounds familiar. It’s like I told you months ago: Youth is wasted on the conservative.

Strong to save

Staten Island pier, Fleet Week

Originally uploaded by Ron Coleman

Two verses I sang, as a high school men’s choir tenor:

Eternal Father, strong to save,
Whose arm hath bound the restless wave,
Who bidd’st the mighty ocean deep
Its own appointed limits keep;
Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee,
For those in peril on the sea!

Most Holy Spirit! Who didst brood
Upon the chaos dark and rude,
And bid its angry tumult cease,
And give, for wild confusion, peace;
Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee,
For those in peril on the sea!

These men and women did and do place themselves in mortal peril all around the world so the likes of us can write self-indulgent blogs without fearing even for a second the peril that our ancestors, in whatever place they were, lived with at every moment in their own homes — the perils of tyranny, of arbitrary violence and of comprehensive destruction of their entire worlds.

This Memorial Day we are morally obliged to thank them, to remember them, and to thank no less the God Who has given so much victory and might to their hands and to ours; and we are obliged as well to live our lives to and demand of our civilization a standard of moral and civic quality that merits the bestowing of such grace today and tomorrow.

Attorney Ronald D. Coleman