The Washington Nationals Are World Series Champs!

“This October has been an out-of-body experience for Washington baseball fans, who seem to levitate over their world, barely believing what they are seeing, game after game, series after series.

“But they should, the entire sports world should, because this has been going on since May 24. Since then, including playoffs, the Nats have gone 86-43 — two wins for every loss — and have the best record in baseball.

“What they have done this October is dazzling. But it is also in character. The 106-win Dodgers and 107-win Astros may find it hard to believe, even now. But the Nats, at this moment, are their peers.

“And, now, their betters, baseball kings with brand new crowns.” — Thomas Boswell, Washington Post, the best baseball writer of this generation.


“Now that it’s done, though, remember not just that they won but how they won. The 2019 Washington Nationals taught us all lessons — about patience and belief, about faith and fortitude, about finding life where none seemed to exist. They are champions because of all of that, even if — right now or next month or next year — it’s unfathomable they did it at all.” — Barry Svriuga, Washington Post sports columnist.

If You Think Aliens May Exist, God Can Get To You, Too

Read that headline again because it probably doesn’t suggest what you thought it did the first time through. That is, it’s NOT suggesting that if you think there are little green men somewhere “out there,” you must also believe God exists.

Free-Thinking Ministries’ Timothy Fox (Screen shot from the blog).

Now, check out this logic from Timothy Fox, one of the proprietors of the Free Thinking Ministries blog, in an illuminating post on Dr. Sean McDowell’s blog entitled “Aliens and the Existence of God”:

“So how could we demonstrate that God does not exist? Aliens are physical beings and so we must seek physical, scientific evidence of their existence. Continue reading “If You Think Aliens May Exist, God Can Get To You, Too”

What About Editing The Human Genome? How Long Till Congress Must Act?

Gene-editing or altering DNA to achieve a desired change in the characteristics of a person yet to be born, is a technology that holds both great promise for bettering the human condition and of creating, unintentionally or otherwise, bio-monsters capable of unimaginable horror.

Gene-Editing – What Could Go Wrong? (Screen shot from RTB blog).

Molecular biologist Anjeanette Roberts points out on the Reasons to Believe blog that gene-editing has made big strides in the past six years, highlighted most notably in the recent case of a Chinese biologist who claimed to have altered successfully the genomes of three babies born of IVF processes to make them resistant to HIV. It appears his claims, however, were in error.

Even so, such developments pose huge ethical, political, technological and regulatory questions that sooner or later will have to be addressed by Congress, the courts and federal policymakers in the executive branch.

Roberts’ essential point is the crucial importance of caution. Here’s why: Continue reading “What About Editing The Human Genome? How Long Till Congress Must Act?”

THINK ABOUT THIS: What The Movie ‘Groundhog Day’ Points To On Biblical Prophetic Accuracy

If you remember or have seen the 1993 movie “Groundhog Day” with Bill Murray and Andie McDowell as the two lead characters, you know he’s local TV reporter, she is his producer and he becomes trapped in a day-long time loop.

And of course, he falls in love with her, but she’s skeptical when he tries to explain the time-loop. Only when he repeatedly tells her details easily forgettable details about what is about to happen does she realize he’s telling her the truth. Continue reading “THINK ABOUT THIS: What The Movie ‘Groundhog Day’ Points To On Biblical Prophetic Accuracy”

There Are Good Reasons Why Everybody Agrees The Universe At Least Appears To Be Fine-Tuned

Some Washington political sage whose name I long ago forgot once remarked that when you see a tree covered with big, juicy red apples, you can pretty much count on it being an apple tree.

So why shouldn’t the same logic apply when we encounter a universe in which hundreds of factors must be finely tuned simultaneously in order for we humans to survive, as we have for thousands of years?

NBC “Dateline” cold-case detective J. Warner Wallace points out in the following video clip that even atheists like physicist Paul Davies concede that “everyone agrees that the universe looks as if it was designed for life.” There is a reason for that and it isn’t chance:

WORKING ON CAPITOL HILL: Look Who’s Movin’ On Up

Recent Staff Moves, As Reported By Legistorm:

Matt McNally now occupies the chief of staff’s office for Rep. Sean Maloney (D-NY) after two years in Gotham City as director of its federal affairs operation. Previously, McNally was communications director for Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.). He is a Roger Williams University graduate.

Jacob Stubbs has his first position on a congressional staff, serving as a legislative assistant for Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.). For two years prior, Stubbs was a special assistant in the Department of Homeland Security. He has an MA from Yale Divinity School and a BA in government and religion from Berry College.

There’s a new professional staff member for the Research and Technology Subcommittee of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, Alan McQuinn. He’s a “Hook’em Horns” kind of guy, earning a BS in 2013 in political communications and public relations from that big school in Austin.

Got a scheduling question involving Rep. Cindy Axne (D-Iowa)? Ask the new scheduler, Tony McComiskey. The new gig comes after three years in various capacities with former Rep. John Delaney (D-Md.). McComiskey’s BA in political science and government was awarded by Gettysburg College in 2014.


Think You Want To Go Back Home And Run For Congress?

It’s not unusual for congressional staffers to return home at some point and stand for election as their neighbors’ representative in the nation’s capitol.

Rosemary Bechi (Screen shot from Facebook)

Sometimes they win, sometimes they don’t. Rosemary Becchi, former tax counsel for the Senate Finance Committee, is making major strides toward being among the former, having raised, according to the New Jersey Globe, more than $387,000 in her bid for the GOP nomination for Congress in the seventh district.

If she wins her primary against two opponents, Becchi will take on Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-N.J., a freshman who will be running for re-election for the first time. Becchi has the endorsement of FreedomWorks America and Maggie’s List.


LOOKING FOR A HILL JOB?

Check out this five-part HillFaith series by Bret Bernhardt, former chief of staff for Senators Don Nickle (R-Okla.) and Jim DeMint (R-S.C.). Bernhardt has a wealth of experience, insider insight, how-tos and obscure terms (know what a “golden reference” is on the Hill?), plus lots of helpful links.

The Best Resources for Finding a Job On the Hill

Where Your Best Job Lead is on Capitol Hill May Surprise You

Getting in the Door on Capitol Hill

Here’s Nine Valuable Tips for Interviewing Well on Capitol Hill

Working on Capitol Hill is the World’s Best Job (Or at Least My Best Ever)