Showing posts from May, 2003
Christian Hedonism -- looking at the flip side
A few days ago, I posted a discussion on Christian Hedonism or less provocatively, the ideal of enjoying the life that God has given us. Why is that hard to carry forth consistently?

The reality of suffering makes it seem pie in the sky.

Would anyone dispute the reality of suffering described in the lyrics of the first and last tracks of Carl Orff's Carmina Burana?

Denial of suffering would be equally theologically untenable as the denial of the goodness and rightness of enjoyment.

One of my pastor friends who liked the phrase Theology of Play described our life on this earth as being proleptic: the Kingdom of God is here but not fully here; we know in part but later we will experience in full.

Suffering and enjoyment co-exist now. The God of Playful and Joyful Creativity walks the Garden of Genesis. And that same God is here today if we are willing to look.

Well, guess what? That same God is the Suffering Savior of the Cro…
Design and Briggs-Myer
Did my nearly daily visit to Virginia Postrel's site and enjoyed her link to a quiz designed by a student who wants to study aesthetics and personality types.

Isn't personal taste an amazing thing? Everyone has their own sense of style and what they consider beautiful. What marketeers wouldn't pay to figure out what people like. I suppose "taste" comes into play when considerations of quality and price have been taken into account already. But be honest, have you ever decided to buy something based on its "look and feel" regardless of price or quality?

When you think about our modern economy a lot of the "value" of an item is in the intangible aspects of it. The manufacturers and retails who get this will have an edge.

The Gods Must Be Crazy
Went to the Blockbuster to see if i could rent The Gods Must Be Crazy. I'm going to Botswana at the end of June and this cult favorite movie was filmed in Botswana. Unfortunately, I couldn't find it in the Blockbuster! They did however have The Gods Must Be Crazy, II. It was hilarious and charming and left me with the warm fuzzies. The story line has the Botswana Bushman from the first film this time looking for his two missing sons. The other line is of a wildlife zoologist and a New York lawyer whose ultra-light plane goes down in bad weather trying to survive. The third line is a local solider slugging it out with a Cuban mercenary. The three story lines eventually merge with amusing consequences.

I recommend the film if you want a light and fun evening of rental movies. I would like to see the original but finding it may be a little difficult. I went to and they only sell it used! Mint condition copies go for over $100! Wow!

Bruce AlmightyJim Carrey's latest movie beat out Matrix in the weekend box office numbers. I haven't seen it but reports have been favorable. Interestingly, the director of the film comes with Christian understanding. A friend sent this page where the director fielded questions from a religious audience.
Here are a few excepts from the Q&A:
I think there are subtle messages all over this movie. And you can take them for what you will, where you are standing in your particular spiritual walk. I accidentally run into them, like with the Father, Son and Holly Ghost analogies. Morgan is three guys in the movie. Morgan is the electrician, the janitor, and the boss. Father, Son, Holy Ghost -- kind of. Many were intentional and many were just coincidental -- which is one of my favorite sayings, “Coincidence is God’s way of remaining anonymous.”
Question: One of the things I heard, before seeing the film, was “What about this raging agai…
Africa in NYT Op-ed
Will be going to Botswana with Habitat for Humanity. As such, my ears perk up when I hear news about Africa. Hugh Hewitt linked to an article recently by Nicholas Kristof. Certainly brings some perspective to our comparative lives of luxury here in the USA. NYT does require registration so here are some excerpts below:


While our attention is diverted by Iraq, famine is looming over 40 million people on the continent, West Africa seems caught in an expanding series of civil wars, and much of Central Africa has been a catastrophe for up to a decade.

In Congo, in which I've had a special interest ever since Tutsi rebels chased me through the jungle there for several days in 1997, 3.3 million people have died because of warfare there in the last five years, according to a study by the International Rescue Committee. That's half a Holocaust in a single country.

Our children and grandchildren may fairly ask, "So, what d…
Christian Hedonism
This past Sunday at my church there was an interesting discussion on Christian Hedonism. A term apparently coined or popularized by John Piper.

Hedonism certainly has a lot of baggage as a word. How often have people said that Los Angeles is a hedonistic town with it emphasis on entertainment, good looks and pleasure? For that matter, isn’t one of the biggest beefs the radical Islamists have with the West is that it is hedonistic?

Of course Piper doesn't mean that kind of hedonism! I haven’t read his work but others in our discussion have and I get the feeling what Piper is getting at is recapturing the sense that God wants us to enjoy life and to do so in a way that is not self-destructive.

One statement of the Christian faith puts it this way: the purpose of man is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever.

Interesting, no?

Humans have a tremendous capacity to enjoy and experience pleasure: the nature lover enraptured by the view of the Lower Falls of Ye…
Sullivan on Sorenstam
Here is an extented excerpt from Tuesday, May 27, 2003 Daily Dish:

THE SECRET OF ANNIKA'S POPULARITY: Yes, she's sexy. But the way in which the public rallied behind Annika Sorenstam's pioneering golf game was surely because of something else: she represented an old, pure form of feminism, a message that has been somewhat lost in the politically correct culture wars of the last decade or so. Sorenstam, after all, was not portraying herself as a victim of male oppression. She's a fabulously successful sportswoman, a wealthy celebrity, and happily married. She wasn't asking for special treatment in any way.
And she's refreshingly free of political posturing. She's not aiming to be a feminist icon. She's trying to play golf as best she can against the best competition in the world. She is also not attempting to deny the obvious: that there are significant differences between men and women. The more we learn about…
African Restaurant
One of the great pleasures of living in LA is the variety of ethnic food options. Have a hankering for African food? Well, then give Ngoma a try! I discovered it while jogging around my neighborhood. I've enjoyed dining at this cute little place. The Okra Soup is a bit spicy so that experiment was a little too fiery for my tastebuds. But everything else I've had there is wonderful.
Annika's Adventure
She gave it a good try and finished +5 for two rounds missing the cut line by four strokes.

In an earlier post (May 21 -- the perma-links aren't reliable) I thought her goal would be to make the cut or hit around +6. And indeed, I was closer to the mark than the Las Vegas odds makers.

From sports talk radio, I had heard her golf game is accurate hitting and that her weakness was putting. They said this course is longer than the usual LPGA course but not excessively long. So I figured her accuracy would keep her close to par. But as they say, "Drive for show, putt for dough" and so putting might be where she would lose some strokes and indeed that was the case.

By all accounts, she was a crowd favorite and I'm sure she won some grudging respect from the men at the competition.
What a rescue mission for Columbia would look like
The accident investigation has pretty much come to the end. Just like the Challenger, it is a small item that caused the disaster. In Challenger it was the low temperatures turning the rubber O-rings brittle allowing hot gases to escape the solid rocket boosters. In Columbia, it was insulating foam damaging the wing which made it vulnerable to heat damage during re-entry. One question on the minds of many was: if NASA knew the wing was damaged could they have rescued the crew. This AP article on Yahoo! News describes what the rescue mission may have looked like.
Gagne saves another again!
Three wins over Florida, three saves for Gagne. Three wins over Colorado, three saves for Gagne. Unbelievable!!

UPDATE: Tracy says Gagne will not pitch the first game against the Brewers as he needs a break!
Asian-American Viewpoints
Belong to a newsgroup with emphasis on Asian-American Christians and Social Justice. One discussion item that came up was the following whether or not there really is a distinctly Asian-American point of view in Christianity and in Social Justice. I took a crack at it this way....

> How do we develop pan-ethnic Christian unity?

I suppose that would depend on what kind of unity we are looking for. In Revelation, we will eventually reach a point where every tongue, tribe and nation will worship Him. However, on this earth, we still operate under some practical constraints. As long as the USA is open to immigration, there will be a need for churches that minister specifically because of language reasons.

For me, I can only function in English so I sometimes have the "worst of both worlds" ... viewed as insufficiently Chinese by Chinese folks and not accepted as truly American by other groups. I try to be open to building friendships with people of…
Gagne saves another oneOne Dodger gaining a cult following is Eric Gagne the marginal starter turned star closing relief pitcher. I've always wondered what qualifies for a save in baseball. So I asked my sports guru buddy by email and here is her reply...

Credit a pitcher with a save when he meets all three of the following conditions: (1) He is the finishing pitcher in a game won by his club; and (2) He is not the winning pitcher; and (3) He qualifies under one of the following conditions: (a) He enters the game with a lead of no more than three runs and pitches for at least one inning; or (b) He enters the game, regardless of the count, with the potential tying run either on base, or at bat, or on deck (that is, the potential tying run is either already on base or is one of the first two batsmen he faces); or (c) He pitches effectively for at least three innings. No more than one save may be credited in each game.

I imagine she got it from a web page devoted to baseball stats…
Lastest outrage over Robert ScheerLos Angeles Times columnist Robert Scheer is taken to task by Hugh Hewitt for parroting the BBCs now discredited story calling into question the DODs account of the Saving Private Lynch incident. As an Angelino I only occasionally read Scheer because he is so often wrong headed and gives me a headache. Life it too short for that kind of grief.

I'll be curious to see how well Richard Riordan's Los Angeles Examiner will do.
Stupid tax tricksSo it looks like the dividend tax cut is going through. Postrel and Levy at Volokh Conspiracy think it is stupid. Agree. Taxes are about raising revenue and keeping it simple is the smart way to do things. Suffice to say, that kind of thinking is in short supply in DC.

UPDATE: was watching Nightline and Warren Buffet was telling Koppell that he thinks the cut is not a good idea either. He thinks if the Feds really want to stimulate the economy just declare a paroll tax holiday for a short period of time and everyone gets a bit of money in their pockets to spend.
Abuzz about AnnikaI knew there would be some media interest in the Annika Sorenstam playing in the PGA. But who would have thought there would be the feeding frenzy that is going on? To critics of Annika, my take is: let her play and sit down and stop acting like it is the end of the world as we know it and take a chill pill.

There is no getting around the fact that Annika is fiercely competitive and so she wants to see how she would do and if along the way her PR stock goes up more power to her. Now if she goes out there and shoots in the high 80s for two rounds then she will take a big PR hit. But you got to give her credit for going out there and taking that risk.

She will of course say that all she wants to do is play her best. But I would love to be a fly on the wall when she actually puts some numbers on the table of what she wants do out on the course. Is making the cut after 36 holes her goal? Or does she have a specific score she would like to get like say score withi…
California Economy
Did you know that California is the FIFTH largest economy in the world? This according to a California government web page.
Got lyrics?
The wonders of the web is access to information. And one great area is finding lyrics to songs. The other day, had the chance to hear some terrific guitarists sit around and play and so that started a lyrics search on my part the next day. My not think Sheryl is so hot in political stuff but her music is soulful and fun to listen to. Here are the lyrics to Soak up the Sun.

Rene(e) isn't a common name in America (I'm told it is very common in France) but it is immortalized in one song.

The last lyric hunt was for the haunting words that went with the lilting sound of Sugar Mountain.

Found on the Web
As music fans will know, there is one famous song with the name Rene(e) in it. So I decided to find out the lyrics for that song and went to the internet and found it at this web page. Needless to say, the domain name caught my eye, and so if you need that smirk wiped off your face or need words for the sadness, then visit where the editors there catagorize and organize lyrics of those sad songs.

Want to know more about Rocky Mountain Oysters? Then read all about it here and here. These sites were found by my road trip buddy who suggested we have some of those delicacies at a restaurant just outside of Yellowstone National Park.

Web page suggested by a friend... for those of us (most of my generation and younger) who grew up with television. Check out this site where you find opinions about the television shows we grew up with and when they "jumped the shark" (the show went downhill). A must read for all who love our shared televisi…
Three Words
Jean-Sebastien Giguere. Nuff said?

Anyway, the hot goalie of the Anaheim Mighty Ducks has been a key part of their improbable run to the Stanley Cup!

With the Lake show closed for the season, Los Angeles is now Hockey Town. Go Ducks!

Attention Carnivores!
Had dinner recently at a nice little place in Glendale. Gauchos Village is a Brazilian place with a buffet with a heavy emphasis on various meats. So if you want to tease your vegetarian and vegan buddies, take them here! 8-) The evening we were there, the owner said hello and he told us the restaurant has been open for about 1 1/2 years. He is a Polish immigrant to Brazil immigrant to the USA. Also, that night an Italian Brazilian singer performed tunes to entertain the crowd. She too stopped by our table to chat and we found out she does the gig most Friday nights at the restaurant. She sings at other Brazilian restaurants on other evenings.

Its a small cozy little place and quite busy that Friday night so reservations are advised or be prepared to wait for an open spot.

Bon appetit!
Dining in LA
Went to this hole in the wall fish place. Fish Grill is a Kosher fish place that serves fish straight up on paper plates. They also do fish tacos and pastas. There is a box of Rabbi sermon tapes on the counter if you want to learn about the Torah. Great bargain, good food and the kind of restaurant in the neighborhood you love. It is on Beverly Blvd. just a couple of blocks west of La Brea on the south side of the street.

Only in LA, eh? 8-)
Lunar eclipse
Last night went to see the lunar eclipse at Griffith Park near the Autry Museum. The star party was organized by Griffith Observatory and many local astronomers with the LA Astronomy Society and the Sidewalk Astronomers brought their telescopes and enthusiasm to share with the casual observers like myself. The media was out in force with news vans from all the local television stations. My buddy and I talked with a number of the astronomers but clearly our favorite was the high school girl who built her own telescope. Her 10 inch Newtonian reflector with a Dobbsonian mount gave the clearest images of Jupiter that night. And to top it off, her enthusiaism for astronomy was infectious.

As for the lunar eclipse, it started while the sun was still up and so the moon was hard to see with all the smog and light of the city. But as the night wore on and the moon rose higher, it was a great sight and everyone was enjoying the views with binoculars and telescopes.

Where are the WMDs?The mystery remains as to where the WMDs are in Iraq? Saw this National Review item that was referenced by Andrew Sullivan.
Money paragraph:
In the event that we do not find the WMD smoking gun this is the only explanation that would make any sense. Saddam wanted the program and was willing to endure crippling sanctions to have it. However, his henchmen were unable to deliver and, unwilling to be on the receiving end of Saddam's zero-defects program, they faked it. In the process of making Saddam believe he had a functioning program they could easily have sucked U.S. intelligence into the deception. In fact, deceiving U.S. intelligence in this way would have been important to them. It would not have been conducive to a long life if the United States had come to Saddam and told him they had discovered he had no WMD program and all of his most trusted advisers were lying.
Hmmm, any history buffs out there? Wonder what Hitler's scienti…
Heard of Hayek?
Was talking with a friend and mentioned that I had heard that Hayek was an influential figure from the 20th Century. All I know was that some of the current economic thinking in ascendancy right now was advocated by Hayek when it was the minority view. Other than that I don't know anything about him. Recently in Postrel's blog, she mentioned a Hayek-centric web page.

Below is an excerpt from the PBS documentry on economics where some of the notibles are profiled.

As World War II progressed, Hayek became increasingly apprehensive about what he saw as the advance of collectivism, central planning, and what would become Keynesian interventionism. In one of his most famous articles, he argued that the problem of knowledge defeats central control of economies: Those at the center can never have enough information to make their decisions. Much better, he argued, was the price system, which, in "its real function" was "a mechanism for co…
The latest West Wing
Last night's season finale to West Wing was as usual a cliff hanger with the President leaving the Oval Office having handed over the Office to the Speaker of the House under the 25th Amendment.

Have to wait to whole summer to find out how they are getting this situation resolved. In the past "cliffhangers" you kind of knew where they would go next. With the track record of the West Wing writers killing off characters (Mark Harmon's secret service agent or the tough love secretary Mrs. Landingham) it isn't assured that Zoey will be rescued.

I wondered why they had the Veep bumped off for a scandal a couple of episodes ago. It would have been dramatic enough for Bartlett to invoke the 25th and turn over the reins to Hoynes. However, with Hoynes out, they turn things over to the opposing party Speaker of the House played by John Goodman. So yeah, more drama I suppose.

Anyway, back to the real world. To see Grolier's summary of the 25…
Breaking news -- Saudi bombing maybe Al-Qaeda
Just got an email flash from
-- U.S. official: 'Initial suspicions' are that blasts at three western compounds in Saudi Arabia 'could very well' have been al Qaeda operation.

No surprise there. One of many Al-Qaeda talking points is that the US infidels are in Saudi the home of many holy sites of Islam.
Lakers still afloatSure didn't look good after game 2... Lakers down 0-2, George injured and everyone writing them off. And I'll admit it, I was one of the many fans who were giving up. Nevertheless, I still wanted to know if they could pull themselves off the floor Friday night in game 3. George showed up and stood up and delievered! Jack Nicholson got into the act hasseling the refs. And the Lakers won comfortably. Saturday brought the shocking news that Phil Jackson had to have an emergency angioplasty and stent to fix a 90% blocked artery. He was literally a walking heart attack. So game 4 on Sunday arrived with Jackson resting at home from surgury. And at the beginning the Lakers were down and out but somehow they stayed in the game and it turned into an ESPN classic knock down drag out and the Lakers found a way to win.

Kobe and Shaq are the stars of the team but they need at least one or two guys to step up to help them out and they keep finding the strength w…
Pulitzer Prize
Samatha Powers wins the Pulitzer for general non-fiction. I heard her speak at the UCLA Festival of Books. Her book "Problem from Hell" is about the history of genocide and looks are the history of intervention and non-intervention. I saw her interviewed on Newshour on PBS and she was quite pleased with the award and she recounted how she had a hard time even getting a publisher for her book. She hopes the attention garnered will raise the profile of the issue. Her main point is that there is great political risk to stop genocide (things go wrong during intervention) and almost no political credit gained for doing so; thus, non-intervention is the default response. But hopefully as people become more concerned about human rights then there will be some political cost for inaction.
Losing Bill Bennett's Money
I certainly was disappointed to hear of Bennett's gambling problem. He did nothing illegal but to lose such huge sums of money gambling is troubling.

I think most people don't take an absolute prohibition on gambling. Think about this: if you go to Las Vegas and lose $100 playing various games there and while there you also see a show for $100. Are the two uses of $100 morally equivalent? I think so... they are entertainment expenses. Now if you go there and lose large sums of money... I suppose we will all differ on what is "large sums" ... then that is a different story. Or you go and lose $100 day after day after day then I 'd have a problem there.

Within Christian circles and religious communities there will always be a debate on what is appropriate behavior. Some people might say, no R-rated movies, no dancing, no smoking, no drinking, no gambling, fill in the blank no this or that, etc. etc. etc. And don't get me …
Classical music in LA
Esa-Pekka Salonen, the current music director of the LA Philharmonic has a strong following in the city. Last Saturday, went to his final conducting at the Dorothy Chandler as the LA Phil will finish up the 2002-2003 season with a few more performances with guest conductors. When Salonen returns with the LA Phil in the Fall, it will be in the brand new Disney Hall

Last Saturdays program was Mahler's Symphony #3. This work has played a role in Salonen's career in that it catapulted him into international promenance when he at the last minute had to substitute for an ailing conductor in London. With a mere few days to learn the piece and work with the orchestra, the 24-year old Salonen led a performance that received critical praise and a star was born. Eventually, the LA Phil hired Salonen to take over the LA Phil and for his first concert at the baton, Maher's #3 was played. Since then, the LA Phil has played it several times and even had a CD …
Bonhoeffer stage play
Recently, saw a stage event at Actors Co-op on the life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. He was part of the resistance to Nazi within Germany. He was hanged to death in April 1945 just as the "1000 Year Reich" was collapsing. What is notible about Bonhoeffer was that he started out as a pacifist. His writings on theology and the Christian life are often quoted in sermons and by contemporary religious writers.

A friend who also saw the show sent me some quotes from Bonhoeffer...

A Poem from Prison: "Who Am I?"

'Who am I? They often tell me I would step from my cell's confinement calmly, cheerfully, firmly, like a squire from his country house.

Who am I? They often tell me I would talk to my warden freely and friendly and clearly, as though it were mine to command.

Who am I? They also tell me I would bear the days of misfortune equably, smilingly, proudly, like one accustomed to win.

Am I then really all that which others tell me, or am I only…
At the movies
Big ones are rolling off the line... X-Men, Matrix Reloaded, Hulk, T3, and more to come as the summer season approaches.

However, in the meantime, went and saw "Bringing Down the House," the latest vehicle for Steve Martin's zany comedic talents. And in this film ably supported by Queen Latifah who was amazing in Chicago. Anyway, loaded with a lot of racial stereotypes and oh so politically incorrect. But the good guys win at the end and the laughs are good and the sunny side up don't take themselves too seriously attitude helped. Give it a 2 and 1/2 stars out of 4 and a go see at matinee rates or on video.

Went to Yahoo! Movies box office and buzz and found out that "Brining Down the House" has brought in over $128 million dollars!

More on affirmative action
Below in an earlier post, I had some thoughts on the affirmative action case before SCOTUS. If I had the chance, I would have to ask college administrators the following question: how well do the students fare who are admitted with the under-represented minority bonus score?

If they do poorly, then the affirmative action plan that got them in actually doing them a dis-service! What is the point of saying our enrollment is a diverse population, hooray; then to look at graduation rates and see that diversity disappear. The mission of the university is educational. A diversity of student body experience is of value in the future job market where globalization will be a major factor. However, that diversity value is lost if those under-representated students wind up dropping out.

On the other hand, if the students admitted under affirmative action actually do okay in school then we are balancing the benefit of diversity with reasonable fairness in admission…
UN General Assembly President Speaks in Los Angeles
Jan Kavan spoke last Thursday to the LA World Affairs Council. I wondered if his speech would be a "rose colored glasses" look at subject since he is leading the lesser known body of the UN. Kofi Annan is the current General Secretary of the Security Council which was where all the diplomatic action was in the run up to the war in Iraq. Kavan joked that he was the warm up act for Annan which drew laughter from the crowd. The dinner program with Kavan cost $41 and was attended by almost 100 people. Annan is scheduled for a much larger LAWAC event later this month where many hundreds are expected and the price of admission will be $300!

I was plesantly surprised at his honesty about the struggles of leading the UN. He started his talk by acknowledging that the UN has had many failures. In the UN Charter, the prevention of war is its primary goal and he said it has been estimated that 127 conflicts have occurred around …
Affirmative action and Asian-Americans
A month or so ago, the US Supreme Court heard oral arguments regarding affirmative action in law school and undergraduate admissions in Michigan. It was such a big case that SCOTUS actually recorded the session for later broadcast. In my recollection, the only other time they have done that was in the 2000 Bush v. Gore case that ended the Presidential Election standoff.

To read the transcripts of oral arguments, check out the PDF files for Grutter v. Bollinger and Gratz v. Bollinger

I confess I haven't read all 100 + pages but I did skim them over and I heard the session on NPR.

The Asian-Pacific American (APA) community is generally pretty quiet politically. I can't say I"m really in tune with what APA's who are politically active are saying. This issue is particularly difficult to address for APAs because on one hand, APAs remain a definite ethnic minority group in the USA but on the other hand, APAs do not benefit and in so…
Made it out for my second Dodger game of the season and the first time I've ever watched a game in the rain. When I lived in the East coast, there was a rain delay when a thunderstorm passed through Camden Yard and that delayed the game for about 30 minutes in the late innings. Last Friday night, it rained constantly at Chavez Revine but apparently not heavily enough for the umps to call the game. Dodgers lost but we got our Eric Gange bobblehead dolls!
Dog blog
Got this link from a friend. Amazing but true. See the life and times of a dog.
"The View from 17th and Euclid" by Colbert King (Washington Post)
I lived in suburban Maryland from 1993 to 1997. However, thorough my involvment with the Chinese Community Church and Greater DC Cares. I got to know a little bit about life in the city and the difficulties there.

Below are some excerpts from Colbert King's article on the mean and deadly streets of DC which I came across in my daily visit to Andrew Sullivan.

"Close" takes on added meaning when it comes to a group of youths in a five-block area north of Florida Avenue. They are bound together by more than their love of hoops. Their lives are crammed into a Northwest Washington community bordered by Columbia and Kalorama roads and 16th and 18th streets. And within that small stretch of land, carefully hidden from direct observation by city motorists, commuters and the occasional presidential motorcade zipping up and down 16th Street, is a chaotic and violent world that produces, as Sc…
On the run...Gonna do some blogging to unwind from my twenty mile training run this morning. Am getting ready for San Diego Rock and Roll Marathon which will hopefully be my third successful marathon. I train on Saturday mornings with the LA Running Club.
Various Items on the Net

Plot to attack US Embassy in Karachi, Pakistan reported by AP in Yahoo! News.
Homeland Security officials say there is no specific evidence about an attack using small aircraft in the United States. But the advisory says al-Qaida could try to use such planes because they are easily available and require less pilot skill than large jets.

Security procedures also are less rigorous for small aircraft, there would be no need to attempt to control a large group of passengers and a credit card could be used to rent such a plane, the advisory said.

By all accounts the various arrests of Al-Qaida have disrupted them. At some point, hopefully, their numbers would be so reduced they give up the fight. Unfortunately, it doesn't take too many people to cause damage and disruption. Remember, the DC area sniper? Two men essentially paralyzed a major metro area.

Got this item in the emailbox from a friend: columnist Horowitz takes on col…