I really have to say that I have lost count on my scorecard of the Left Angeles Times and its continuing free fall into irrelevancy.
But today, two articles caught my eye and see if you get the same "Huh?!" that I got.
Exhibit number one is this one focusing on a supposedly vulnerable House Republican congressman, Dan Lungren. Sure, the Democrats are throwing good money after bad. They do have a decent candidate in Ami Bera. But you have to go all the way to the end of the article to get the fact that the Democrats should have taken this seat in the presidential election year of 2008.
Tony Quinn, longtime California political know-it-all said this:
Quinn, a Sacramento campaign analyst, suggests Democrats may have missed their best chance to beat Lungren, in the Obama landslide. "Two years ago was when they needed to do it. He may survive thanks to good timing."
Yet the Left Angeles Times gives the impression that Mr. Lungren is about to get voted out on the rails. That somehow Democrat turnout will be awesome or something like that.
Uh, think again.
Before Mr. Quinn's money take down of the whole premise that Mr. Lungren will be voted out,
there is this from Julian Lopez, a labor organizer:
The problem Bera faces is not a lack of resources but an absence of enthusiasm, which was evident as he recently canvassed a neatly-tended development on the eastern side of Elk Grove, about 15 miles south of Sacramento.
The barefoot man in shorts, Julian Lopez, greeted Bera warmly and happily accepted a campaign flier. But after Bera left, Lopez, a labor organizer, said members of his plasterers' union had other priorities besides politics.
"They only thing that interests them and gets their attention is jobs," Lopez said. "The excitement about politics is nowhere near what it was in 2008. It's like it just died."
Yes, even labor organizers realize that this is not going to be a good year for the Dems. But, the Left Angeles Times wants you to think so. That somehow, there will be manna from heaven and Democrats and Democrat-leaning independents are going to come out for the Dear Leader, President Obama.
Not. Going. To. Happen.
The next article is an op-ed piece by former Times reporter Bill Lobdell. Mr. Lobdell was once an active, born-again Christian. Until he lost his faith and wrote a Meh book, "Losing My Religion: How I Lost My Faith Reporting on Religion in America — and Found Unexpected Peace." So, in the eyes of the editorial board of the Times, that makes him a go-to guy on religion.
And Mr. Lobdell cites the author Anne Rice and her "leaving" the Christian faith as proof of the decline of the Christian church in the United States.
In his latest piece, Mr. Lobdell also uses statistics to back up that the evangelical side of Christianity has its problems. Along with Mainline Protestants and Roman Catholics.
Essentially, Mr. Lobdell is stating the obvious. That all who profess Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior are still sinners. And, regrettably, hypocrites as well.
There is no question that the church is becoming more like the secular world in many ways. But that does not take away the truth that is Jesus Christ, his saving redemption and promise of everlasting life.
The church has been wracked by people who have perverted the faith for their own ends, well since there has been a Christian church. In reality, one can say that the Roman Catholic church is the first Protestant church. I think that Orthodox Christians would think that way. Then there is the Protestant rise and reformation within the Roman church.
No question that there are problems between what Jesus teaches and actions. Some perverse and some that show the grip of the secular world.
But leaving the institutional church because it is not perfect is worse than finding one that works. The institutional church runs the gamut.
People like Mr. Lobdell and Miss Rice simply were not grounded enough in their faith to overcome the clear problems that are within.
But, the Times thinks this is the mainstream of Christian thinking.
I am afraid to burst their bubble, but it is not.
Just as Dan Lungren really in all that much trouble in the upcoming midterm election is not true.
Again, these are real reasons the Left Angeles Times is continuing its downhill spiral. How long before the powers that be realize this and try to right the ship? So, far the crickets are still chirping.