“I am not a saint, and I am sure I have done things I might have done better or differently, or not at all. I have also left undone things that I should have done. But I believe and hope that I have been honest with myself and with others, that I have been faithful to my friends and fair to my opponents, and that I have tried my very best to make this great government work for the good of all Americans.” —President Gerald Ford

“There is a higher law than the Constitution.” —William H. Seward

“Peace is not the absence of war, but a virtue based on strength of character.” —Spinoza

“The surest way to prevent war is not to fear it.” —John Randolph

“To give real service you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity.” —Donald A. Adams

“A Social Security reform that raises the tax share on upper income Americans hovers like a cloud over the GOP. Not only is President Bush refusing to rule out such a tax increase but Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson has been actively considering such a politically volatile provision. On top of all his other troubles, President Bush could finally lose his base on this issue and split the party.” —Robert Novak

“President George W. Bush has endorsed an increase in the minimum wage… Government wage-setting is supported by organized labor, and not for the purpose of helping poor people. Rather, the goal is to put out of work lesser-trained, low-wage competitors to union members. We need a Republican president to help labor do this?” —Doug Bandow

“John Edwards announced his candidacy Thursday for the Democratic presidential nomination. It’s the second time he has run. The desire to be president is a siren’s call, and no one responds to a siren faster than a personal injury attorney.” —Argus Hamilton

“[T]here were many pesky problems left over from 2005 that refused to go away in 2006, including Iraq, immigration, high gas prices, terrorism, global warming, avian flu, Iran, North Korea and Paris Hilton.” —Dave Barry

Jay Leno: I’m the designated driver on New Years Eve. I still have fun. Here’s what I do. I like to drop off all my drunken friends at homes of strangers. … It is tradition on New Year’s Eve to watch the ball drop. Who also watched Saddam drop? … Saddam Hussein was executed in Iraq by hanging over the weekend. Which in Iraq is known as death by natural causes. … Big announcement from Senator Hillary Clinton: She now says that she wouldn’t have voted to authorize President Bush’s attack on Iraq if she knew what she knows now. Big deal. She wouldn’t have married Bill if she knew what she knows now. … There is now a new law outlawing melting down pennies and nickels for profit. Based on current metal prices, both pennies and nickels are worth more melted down. Leave it to the government to figure out a way to lose money while making money.

More Than Dreams: Muslims Coming to Christ Through Dreams and Visions

For decades, a well-documented phenomenon has been occurring in the Muslim world—men and women who, without knowledge of the gospel, or contact among Christians in their community, have experienced dreams and visions of Jesus Christ. The reports of these supernatural occurrences often come from “closed countries” where there is no preaching of the good news and where converting to Christianity can invoke the death sentence. But these are more than just dreams. Setting them apart is the intense reality of the experience and the surrender of one’s heart and mind to Christ in the wake of the dream. A common denominator appears to be that the dreams come to those who are seeking—as best they can—to know and please God.

I’ve said before that the only way we’ll ever have peace between Islam and the rest of the world is for Muslims to recognize that Christ is indeed the Son of God. It seems Christ is trying to help us towards that goal with some small steps of his own. But that doesn’t relieve us of our responsibility to spread the Good News. But it’s nice to know he’s helping us out in places we can’t reach.

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Hat Tip: Mark Shea

Today in History – January 2nd

1521: Martin Luther was excommunicated from the Roman Catholic Church.

1777: The Continental Army commanded by Gen. George Washington defeated the British at Princeton, N.J.

1833: Britain seized control of the Falkland Islands in the South Atlantic.

1840: Father Damien, helped the lepers in Hawaii, born

1879: Grace Coolidge, First lady. born

1888: 1st drinking straw is patented.

1892: J.R.R. Tolkein, author of the fantasy novel “Lord of the Rings,” born

1938: The “March of Dimes” campaign to fight polio was organized.

1947: Congressional proceedings were televised for the first time as viewers in Washington, Philadelphia and New York got to see some of the opening ceremonies of the 80th Congress.

1959: President Eisenhower signed a proclamation admitting Alaska to the Union as the 49th state.

1959: Castro takes command of the Cuban army.

1961: The United States severed diplomatic relations with Cuba after Fidel Castro announced he was a communist.

1967: Jack Ruby, the man who shot accused presidential assassin Lee Harvey Oswald, died in a Dallas hospital.

1988: The Israeli Army ordered nine Palestinian activists deported as part of a controversial crackdown to stop the uprising in the occupied territories.

1990: Ousted Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega surrendered to US forces, ten days after taking refuge in the Vatican’s diplomatic mission.

2000: The last new daily “Peanuts” strip by Charles Schulz ran in 26-hundred newspapers.