The Reverend Falwell’s Heavenly Timing
By Frank Rich
The New York Times Sunday 20 May 2007
Hard as it is to believe now, Jerry Falwell came in second only to Ronald Reagan in a 1983 Good Housekeeping poll anointing “the most admired man in America.” By September 2001, even the Bush administration was looking for a way to ditch the preacher who had joined Pat Robertson on TV to pin the 9/11 attacks on feminists, abortionists, gays and, implicitly, Teletubbies. As David Kuo, a former Bush official for faith-based initiatives, tells the story in his book “Tempting Faith,” the Reverend Falwell was given a ticket to the Washington National Cathedral memorial service that week only on the strict condition that he stay away from reporters and cameras. Mr. Falwell obeyed, though once inside he cracked jokes (“Whoa, does she look frumpy,” he said of Barbara Bush) and chortled nonstop.
This is the great spiritual leader whom John McCain and Mitt Romney raced to praise when he died on Tuesday, just as the G.O.P. presidential contenders were converging for a debate in South Carolina. The McCain camp’s elegiac press release beat out his rival’s by a hair. But everyone including Senator McCain knows he got it right back in 2000, when he labeled Mr. Falwell and Mr. Robertson “agents of intolerance.” Mr. Falwell was always on the wrong, intolerant side of history. He fought against the civil rights movement and ridiculed Desmond Tutu’s battle against apartheid years before calling AIDS the “wrath of a just God against homosexuals” and, in 1999, fingering the Antichrist as an unidentified contemporary Jew. (MORE)
Malware ‘hijacks Windows Updates’
The trojan could hijack Windows security patches
Virus writers may be able to smuggle malicious files onto a computer using Microsoft’s security patch updates, experts say.
At least one program is in circulation that can hijack a key component of Windows Update to introduce malicious software that could be used to hijack a computer.
The method bypasses users’ firewall, allowing files to download undetected.
Microsoft said it was aware of reports of the attack. (MORE)
Part of a healthy diet
Children of mothers who eat plenty of apples during pregnancy are less likely to develop asthma, research suggests. The University of Aberdeen project quizzed 2,000 mums-to-be on their eating habits, then looked at their child’s health over five years.
They found that those who ate four or more apples a week were half as likely to have an asthmatic child compared with those who ate one or fewer (MORE)
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