Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Supreme Court Resignations and Replacements

It is rumored that Chief Justice William Rehnquist and possibly Sandra Day O'Connor will be retiring from the United States Supreme Court this year. Here is some of the latest gossip, along with a list of the most likely Bush nominees.

Nominees are a tough lot to figure out. Reagan nominated two justices that antagonize conservatives in O'Connor and Kennedy, but he also nominated one of their most beloved in Antonin Scalia.

One thing we can be certain about, however, is that the Democrats will immediately launch attacks against anyone that Bush nominates. They will be labeled as "radical" and "out of the mainstream"--just like all of Bush's other high profile nominations.

It has been clear for the past five years that the Democrats will oppose Bush in everything that he does. According to them, he can do no good. I sometimes wonder if they wouldn't find ways to critique him even if he were to mimic Democrats word for word.

Moonlight Graham

The film Field of Dreams immortalized an otherwise fairly ordinary man, Archibald "Moonlight" Graham. If you've seen the film you will remember Burt Lancaster's portrayal of Graham, as a beneficient small-town doctor, who played a couple innings in the outfield but never got an at bat. He quit baseball and answered an advertisement in Chisholm, Minnesota for a doctor.

The Minnesota Twins are honoring Graham tonight, and the Star Tribune has an interesting article about Graham. I would encourage you to read it. Evidently the movie (and original book) did justice to Graham as a man.

If you haven't seen the movie and enjoy baseball I highly recommend the movie. It captures the spirit of America and its favorite pasttime well.

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

De-Christianizing America

Monday's Supreme Court decision on the Ten Commandments cases has brought to light the left's aim to remove all vestiges of Christianity in American consciousness. This is not and should not be news to anyone, as this has been happening for decades. But this should not only upset us, but it should gravely concern us.

We ought to be concerned not only because our nation has put itself on a path of burning away its roots, but because there are those who aim to destroy Christianity. The religious and philosophic ideas that created this great nation are being eroded by radical pagan leftists whose sole desire is to rid not only themselves, but the collective conscience of America of Jehovah: our creator and judge.

So not only are we as a nation losing sight of our historical roots in Judeo-Christian values, but those who oppose us are gaining traction, respectability, and momentum. Joe Carter at The Evangelical Outpost calls this the new anti-semitism. It is a compelling thesis. Being anti-Christian has never been so in vogue as it is now.

Anti-Christian zealots bemoan a conservative christian theocracy just as anti-semites scream about zionist conspiracies. It is all lunacy, but it is becoming more and more accepted to slander Christians. But as we know, we are called to suffer for his sake. But that is not to say we shouldn't continue to speak out against religious oppression. We must be salt and light to the world, despite the fact that many do not want to listen.

Just Desserts

Last week the Supreme Court issued a ruling that allows states and local governments to seize private property to create tax revenue. This ruling expands the definition of "public use" in the fifth amendment to the Constitution. Private land can be seized at the whim of a town council. It is an outrageous overreach of the government.

Now, Logan Darrow Clements is attempting to use this very ruling to seize Justice David Souter's home in New Hampshire to build "The Lost Liberty Hotel." I can only hope that this is true and that he is successful. What better way to teach Souter and his comrades that they are imperiling American's pursuit of life, liberty, and happiness.

The backlash against this ruling has already begun. I pray that there is not only a backlash against this ruling, but against the justices and their affiliates that let such rulings stand.

Friday, June 24, 2005

Nubble Light


A friendly bystander willingly took this picture for us at the Nubble Light near York, Maine. Posted by Hello

Our Apartment in Boston


My beautiful wife, Naomi, was willing to wash the dishes from breakfast for me. Our apartment in Boston had a kitchenette. I made a breakfast of scrambled eggs, bacon, hash browns, and toast. Yum. Posted by Hello

New England Breakfast


New Englander's like their pancakes to be as big as their plate--and they like two of them. Well, call me a lightweight if you must, but it was too much cake for me. I couldn't even finish my eggs! Posted by Hello

mmm... Lobster....


I ate a 2 1/4 lb. lobster at the Ogunquit Lobster Pound in Ogunquit, Maine. This is what was left over. At $15.95 a pound, that was an expensive meal! Posted by Hello

Arethusa Falls


Naomi took this picture of Arethusa Falls. At 220 ft. it is the tallest waterfall in New England. Posted by Hello

Fenway Park


Naomi's wedding gift to me was tickets to the Red Sox vs. the Reds on June 14th. It was a great game, though a cool night. We each enjoyed our Fenway Franks with fries and a Coke. Posted by Hello

G-Mail

I have been using G-Mail since September 2004 and have found it to be a great email service. Email messages are stored as conversations and can be searched using the Google search engine. This feature allows you to find emails with key words in moments. You also get over 2GB of email storage, so you don't ever need to delete an email.

To use it you must receive an invitation from a current Gmailer. I have fifty invitations if anyone is interested in giving it a try. Email me if you would like an invitation.

For more information about G-Mail, click here.

ESPN Insider

You sports fans out there may have noticed a trend toward exclusive content on ESPN.com. Their free online content used to be extensive. But they have slowly taken away free access to most of their columnists.

This trend began last summer with Rob Neyer. I have long considered he and Peter Gammons the two best baseball writers in the country. I have not read a Rob Neyer column in a year now because ESPN.com put his column in their "Insider" subscribtion.

Neyer has been joined recently by Joe Morgan and Jayson Stark. Football columnist Chris Mortenson is also now only readable to "Insider's." Has anyone else been annoyed by this trend? Do people actually pay to read these columnists?

Yankee Hating

This is one of the best seasons in baseball memory for Yankee-haters, of which I count myself. This article is typical of the lamenting and gnashing of teeth taking place in Yankee-ville these days.

I find it so ironic that these same columnists bark for the Yankees to sign the biggest free agent names available including a 40+ year old with a bad knee, an overrated Marlin pitcher coming off a career year, and a hasbeen with a bad shoulder whose career was resurrected under the tutelage of Leo Mazzone, the best pitching coach of his era.

And now that these free agent pitchers are all proving busts with huge salaries, they whine and moan as though the Yankees were and are fools for assembling a team of mercenaries.

It is seasons such as this that affirm that there is justice in this world. Poor George has cornered himself into trading farm talent away for aging stars whose best seasons are behind them to make ends meet. And at the same time he is paying luxury taxes to subsidize the rest of the league. Life is beautiful.

Thursday, June 23, 2005

Clintonian Apology by Dick Durbin

Those that watch the news closely know that Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois recently got into some trouble for comparing the United States' treatment of Guantanamo Bay prisoners to that of the Nazi's, Soviet's, and of Pol Pot's regime.

Woodchips and Text Musings has some worthwhile comments on the matter. He argues that the moral equivalency in Durbin's argument is "a terrible wickedness." I encourage you to read it, along with his responses to Durbin's "apology."

Most of you probably remember Bill Clinton's "apologies" from the Lewinsky affair and impeachment which followed. These "apologies" lack the contriteness and humility of an apology . An apology should show remorse for your actions--not regret that some were offended by your comments or actions. This is what Durbin has done--he has apologized that some were offended. He did not apologize for slandering United States Armed Forces.

Durbin even stated that he would, "continue to speak out on the issues that I think are important to the people of Illinois and the nation." This ensures that he will spew forth this same type of rhetoric in the future. Will the left ever give up on blaming America first?

Clinton was an artist in weaving criticisms into apologies and giving back-handed jabs at his opponents for even bringing him to the podium to apologize that some were offended or misunderstood what he said. It is this same type of poisonous rhetoric that has poisoned reasoned debate in Washington ever since the Clinton administration.

Clinton left not only a legacy of apathy toward terrorism but of poisoned and inflammatory apologies and moral equivalency. Durbin, along with the left at large, has picked up right where Clinton left off.

How long will it be before Clinton's stain on the Democratic party will be washed away?

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

John's Summer Book List

Summer is here, and hopefully you have a stack of books you hope to read through this summer. I have a few recommendations for you to consider.


I recently finished reading Evelyn Waugh's Sword of Honor Trilogy. My first encounter with Waugh was A Handful of Dust, on the Modern Library's Top 100 Novels of the 20th Century. I have set my mind to reading all the novels on this list. I have currently read nearly 40 of them. I have not stuck too closely to the list, however. When I encounter a writer I enjoy such as Waugh, I settle into reading much of his work before moving on.


I found myself drawn to the three novels of the Sword of Honor trilogy: Men at Arms, Officers and Gentlemen, and The End of the Battle. It took me a while to read through them due to the business of wedding planning, but I was able to finish The End of the Battle shortly before the wedding.


I highly recommend them. You will see a different side of World War II than what you were taught in school. It is particularly interesting to see a English perspective. You will see what Patrick Buchanan meant in a recent widely condemned article: the Allies (Britain in particular) were complicit in the Soviet's takeover of eastern Europe.


I am currently reading a diversionary book called The Golden Ass: The Transformations of Lucius. No, it is not pornographic. It is a highly amusing tale of an ancient traveler and how he was turned into a donkey and returned to human form. It is translated by Robert Graves, author of two of my favorite books I, Claudius and Claudius the God. He is yet another author I discovered while reading through the Modern Library's list.


I hope you enjoy your summer reading!

Wedding and Honeymoon

My new wife and I returned from our honeymoon on Sunday afternoon. What a ride it has been! The past ten days have been a whirlwind for the two of us. Our wedding day went smoothly. We both appreciate everyone who came to celebrate with us. We hope you enjoyed the celebration if you were one of our guests.


We left for Boston on Sunday morning. We stayed in Boston for three nights. On our last night in Boston we went to Fenway Park to watch the Red Sox defeat the Reds. It was a great game that the Sox dominated from the beginning. David Wells had a no hitter through 5 2/3 innings. A single by Ryan Freel was the only offense the Reds could muster.


The weather was lousy for our entire trip, but that didn't deter us from enjoying beautiful New England. New Hampshire was a highlight. Had it been clear, rather than misty and rainy, we would have enjoyed the breath-taking scenery even more.


After two nights at Nordic Village in Jackson, New Hampshire we drove to Ogunquit, Maine. We stayed at Rockmere Lodge along the Marginal Way on the coast of southern Maine. In Maine we enjoyed the scenery, the lobster, mini-golf, and a nap!


The transition into real life: post-honeymoon will take a while to set in. Married life has been a great joy for both of us and we look forward to see what the Lord has in store for us! I will post some pictures soon.

Thursday, June 09, 2005

I Surrender...

After witnessing blog after blog created by friends, enemies, and unknowns, I have decided to enter the fray. I am normally one to give little credence to anonymous bloggers, as I find that too many people are ill-informed or ill-mannered. I pray that I am neither.

Hopefully this will be as much a forum as a personal blog. I look forward to dialoguing with you on everything from the hit and run to God's sovereign grace.

Let the games begin!

John Caneday

Wedding Countdown


Naomi and I are two days away from being married! It is exciting for things to be so near now. We have watched the days countdown from the 180's since we were engaged in December.

The stress and anxiety level increased exponentially up to the last few days, but now that practically everything is ready, we have felt more relaxed and at ease. Now we're just hoping the weather will cooperate!

We are also monitoring the weather in New England, as that is where we will be spending our week long honeymoon. The airfare is compliments of Pakon, Inc. as they flew me all over the world during my five years there and I accumulated nearly half a million frequent flier miles in that time! Thanks Pakon! Posted by Hello