Friday, August 26, 2005

Specter and Able Danger

Friday, August 26, 2005
Specter and Able Danger...

Sen Arlen Specter's decision to go after the Defense Department on Able Danger has raised some eyebrows. Captain's Quarters thinks he's serious, despite the reservations that many conservatives have about Specter.

I suspect he's quite serious for a reason that some may have forgotten or not quite understood--Specter was a key staffer for the Warren Commission in 1964. As such he identifies with the special problems that 9/11 Commission had in investigating a major national tragedy.

What people forget--or may not appreciate--is that the staff of the Warren Commission was very well aware of the fact that the FBI, CIA, the Dallas police department, and other government agencies were determined to hide to the maximum extent politically possible their own malfeasance and misfeasance in the period leading up to the JFK assassination.

Specter would have little or no confidence in the willingness of the executive branch to volunteer information to the 9/11 Commission that would tend to implicate the government in its failure to prevent terrorism.

From Specter's perspective based on his experience with the Warren Commission, allegations that the government failed to act on information that would have prevented 9/11 have an a priori credibility.

We'll see what happens, but Specter has always cut his own course; here it might be well to take seriously his own take on his career: A Passion for Truth.

Wednesday, August 03, 2005


Dawn writes:

I once heard a Catholic respond to the question of whether he believed in God, saying something like, "I should hope so. I ate Him this morning."

Or as one convert to the Catholic faith put it to me: if you're mad at God when you go to Mass, just crunch extra hard!

The theological point here is the lex orandi, lex credendi--the rule of prayer is the rule of faith. Worship and theology are one integrated whole: we believe in the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ because Christ visits us in his resurrected body through the eucharist every time mass is celebrated.

The tradition is rooted in St Luke who links Christ's presence in the breaking of the bread on the road to Emmaus with Peter's encounter with the resurrected Christ (Luke 24). Here the sacrament of the eucharist is presented symbolically as parallel to Peter's eyewitness encounter with the resurrected Christ.

St Thomas wrote about this from yet another angle:

On the cross thy godhead made no sign to men
Here [in the eucharist] thy very manhood steals from human ken
Both are my confession, both are my belief
And I pray the prayer of the dying thief

Monday, August 01, 2005

Book review!--Harry Potter!!

Well, a short one anyway!

I haven't read the new Harry Potter yet--but my niece just finished HP6 over the weekend.

Uncle: Out of the six Harry Potters, how does this one rank? #1, #2...
Emily: It's the best!
Uncle: Really!
Emily: Yup!
Uncle: Wow...

Uncle is pretty partial to the first HP himself...but kids being the true experts, he bows in homage to the more refined literary judgments of his nieces and nephews....