Ross Mackenzie

Speaking of things extraterrestrial, how about those pictures of the Victoria Crater from the Opportunity rover tooling around Mars — 230 million miles from Earth? NASA thought Opportunity would survive in Mars’ frigid climate for 90 days max; it’s now in its 21st month, dutifully dispatching pictures of voluptuous Victoria. Amazing stuff — and oh, to go! Either Mars or the moon will do.

If the Israelis can build a security fence, and if we can build a fence hundreds of miles long to thwart illegal immigration, then why not a 60-mile ditch around Baghdad? The purpose would be to limit access to the city to 28 security checkpoints, thereby to stymie terrorists — notably those driving cars loaded with explosives. Barriers have calmed things considerably in Fallujah and Samarra. Iraqi security forces, working with the U.S. military, already have begun to dig.

This from Roger Ailes — responsible more than anyone for the extraordinary rise of Fox News: “We have forced a dialogue into the news business that didn’t exist before we got here.”

In the run-up to the elections, the complaint goes up about voter guides from supposedly lunatic right-wing churches — telling parishioners and anyone else within earshot what lever to pull or what box to check. What about voter directives from establishment churches and the religious left? Let’s see: (1) Primarily Democratic candidates routinely campaign from the pulpits of minority churches. (2) The IRS is investigating a liberal Episcopal church in Pasadena for sermons risking its tax exemption. (3) A number of mainline Virginia churches are actively supporting or opposing the marriage amendment on the November ballot. (4) Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good is distributing 1 million copies of a 12-page booklet spinning its leftist views on war, abortion, poverty, tax fairness, and homosexuality. And (5) the ever-vigilant National Council of Churches is agitating for “eco-justice” and against — of course — oil-drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Ross Mackenzie

Ross Mackenzie lives with his wife and Labrador retriever in the woods west of Richmond, Virginia. They have two grown sons, both Naval officers.

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