Odds and ends for your perusal:
At the subject line Captain Ed writes "A Market Free of Consequences Is Not Free." Yep. Another disappointment from the Bush Administration. Sigh...
Episcopal Diocese Votes to Secede: The secession of California's Diocese of San Joaquin is major news, as it marks the first time an entire diocese has voted to leave; previously a number of individual parishes have seceded. This is another positive step forward as Biblically orthodox American churches flee the Episcopal Church's liberal, theologically squishy leadership and continue to realign with the theologically and evangelically robust Anglican churches of Africa and South America. The diocese is now part of the province of the Southern Cone (South America) and remains within the worldwide Anglican Communion.
On Romney's Speech: Jay Cost has some interesting analysis at Real Clear Politics. I don't really have a strong opinion on the speech...it was well delivered but I don't think it actually broke any new ground. Savvy voters -- the ones paying attention at this early stage -- are already well aware of our country's history of religious freedom and tolerance. Somewhat bizarrely, Romney fan Hugh Hewitt, an early proponent of the power of the blogosphere and the collective impact of individual small-audience bloggers on public opinion, haughtily announced to Romney or speech naysayers that "Your opinion of who ought to be the GOP nominee doesn't matter beyond your vote." Small wonder I'm not listening to Hugh nearly as often as I used to...
Everyday Math=Junk: More from Michelle Malkin on silly elementary school math programs. Like one of Michelle's commenters, when our oldest was in school she was once told to redo problems the long-form "Mathland way," when she was perfectly capable of quickly calculating the problems using traditional math skills. A previous post on this topic is here.
THE BACON COOKBOOK: A new cookbook entirely devoted to bacon recipes! "More Than 150 Recipes From Around the World For Everyone's Favorite Food."
Bill Clinton in Hillary's Cabinet Meetings?: The mind continues to boggle at the prospect of a co-Presidency, effectively circumventing the 22nd Amendment.
10 Things I Like About White Christmas: A fun post from Jacqueline at Another Old Movie Blog.
Butterscotch Blondie Marble Drops: I recently made these and they turned out pretty well. The recipe is from BIG FAT COOKIES, a beautiful book by Elinor Klivans.
So You Think You Know Carols?: A 25-question quiz. Have fun!