Quote of the Week:

"As scarce as truth is, the supply has always been in excess of the demand." (Joshua Billings)

Drop me a line if you want to be notified of new posts to SiTG:

The Best of Sand:

The Blog
Greatest Hits
Faith and Life
Judo Chops
Critiques of Libertarianism
Snapshots of Life

Creative Commons License
All work on this site and its subdirectories is licensed under a Creative Commons License.

Search the Site:

My Writing Online:

On Crossing a Picket Line

Not Non-Fiction
Caroline's Journey
Coming Apart

The Craft:

Banshee Studios
Collected Miscellany
Doorknobs & Bodypaint
Image Journal
Missouri Review

Favorite Journals:

Atlantic Monthly
New Pantagruel

Blogs I Dig:

Education & Edification:

Arts & Letters Daily
Bill of Rights Institute
Junk Science
U.S. Constitution

It's good to be open-minded. It's better to be right:

Stand Athwart History
Weekly Standard
Media Research
WSJ Opinion


Institute for Justice
Local Pregnancy Crisis
Mission Aviation
Prison Ministries
Russian Seminary



last 50 referring URLs

Donors Hall of Fame

Susanna Cornett
Joe Drbohlav
Michael Heaney
Laurence Simon
The Timekeeper
Rob Long
Paul Seyferth

Amazon Honor System Click Here to Pay Learn More

August 27, 2002

I've always been intrigued by the little ways that organizations tell you about themselves without meaning to. The organizational instinct is to restrict information to all but those in the upper echelons, but not every portal is patrolled, especially the electron-sized windows.

By now everyone knows about sites like F***** Company, where disgruntled employees mingle to gripe about their current and previous employers. But how many people realize that some of the best information about an organization can be found on its own site, via its search engine? I'm not talking about screeds and proclamations, but rather the information that is imparted at the meta-level, by searching for simple but significant words.

Let me show you what I mean. We all know that The National Organization for Women is, as its name implies, in the business of championing women. What's interesting is that only some of the issues that directly affect women seem to make the cut. Not surprisingly, when one types the word "abortion" into NOW's search engine, 853 articles that mention the subject appear. But surely childbirth is something an organization that claims to be "for women" should provide information about, right? Someone should tell the gals at NOW -- their search engine provides exactly 30 articles that mention this term, and most of these describe its dangers and complications. Women who need post-abortion counseling should look elsewhere as well, because NOW has nothing to offer them. Someone looking for guidance on breastfeeding will find seven articles. And of course we've all heard the myth that committed NOW members are a bit, well, either bitterly single or frighteningly butch. The NOW search engine doesn't help dispel this impression: the term "married women" was mentioned in 10 articles, while "lesbian" was mentioned in 584.

Planned Parenthood's website is similarly instructive. Searching for "abortion" yields 654 articles, while "childbirth" yields 68 (a typical article explains that emotional problems resulting from abortion are less frequent than those resulting from childbirth). It appears that planned childlessness is more likely to be the fruit of this organization's work. Women seeking post-abortion counseling will find 17 articles, though most of these are about how to use contraceptives in order to avoid getting oneself in the same jam a few months down the road.

I was especially interested in what I would find when searching for the word "ultrasound," because such an overwhelming percentage of woman who are considering abortion and who get ultrasounds choose to keep their children. Planned Parenthood's search engine turned up 11 articles that mention this word, but none recommends getting one before deciding on abortion -- they only talk about the ultrasound as a means of detecting fetal anomalies (one of many reasons you'll find on this site to abort your child). NOW, by the way, has five articles that mention ultrasounds, all in the context of abortion.

I've been reading a bit about environmental groups, and how many of the large national organizations oppose giving local citizens ownership and control over the resources in their communities, preferring instead federal bureaucratic control. Surely this is just a caricature, one might imagine, but sure enough, The Natural Resource Defense Council's website yields 50 articles mentioning the term "federal land," and zero that mention "private stewardship." Forget about one of the chief lessons of the past 1,000 years of human history, which is that people take better care of what they own -- the attorneys who comprise the NRDC seem to think they've stumbled onto something better. One wonders who they think runs the Post Office.

I'm sure you're wondering by this point what their search engines reveal about the various political parties. Here's a brief run-down. First, the Republican website is so lame that it doesn't even have a search engine, though it does have a George W. Bush store, for all your Dubya paraphernalia needs. You'll get what information the Republicans want to give, by golly, and nothing more. This is one of many things about Republicans that irritates those of us who want to like them, if only because of the alternative.

Speaking of which, the Democrat's website is in much better shape than the GOP's. Good form doesn't change the fact that they are a whining, carping bunch of ninnies, of course. Searching for pronouncements with the term "funding," for example (as in, "the ruthless jackbooted Republican attempt to cut Section 86 funding will seriously damage our efforts to assist first-time Latino bookstore owners in Southeastern Ohio"), yielded 73 hits, while a search for anything that mentioned "tax cuts" in conjunction with "economic growth" yielded four articles. What's more, none of the latter actually suggested a connection between lower taxes and economic prosperity -- apparently the Daschle-Gephardt plan is still to raise the highest bracket to 99% in order to really let the good times roll. God help us, that G.W. Bush mouse pad is starting to look pretty good.

Of course this wouldn't be fun if we didn't pick on the Libertarians who, bless their fevered little hearts, really do try hard. Their website, by the way, appears to be the best organized of the three, and stocked with the most forthright statements. They don't care if you love them, and their poll numbers prove it. A search for the term "legalize drugs" (you knew I was going there, didn't you?) yielded 72 articles. A search for the term "defeat terrorists" yielded four articles. And that, in a nutshell, is why Libertarians don't win.

I learned at the dinner table not to talk about religion or politics, and I learned in graduate school not to talk about women. Since I've violated the latter two taboos, we might as well go for the trifecta. I have a theory, which is that churches that talk about justice as much as they talk about Jesus have gone dreadfully wrong somewhere. Certainly Jesus preached against injustice, but he wasn't just a social worker in a robe. He had a clearer and more important message, which is the reason he addressed the behavior of slaves and owners, for example, without addressing slavery itself.

The Southern Baptist Convention leads the way here, scoring a very conservative justice (1851 hits) to Jesus (32,019 hits) ratio of 1:17 (Appropriately enough, John 1:17 reads: "For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ"). Unfortunately the SBC, like most conservative church bodies, also exhibits an obsession with some sins at the expense of other, perhaps more pernicious sins. A search for "homosexuality" turned up 1443 hits, "pornography" yielded 770, but "gossip" yielded only 109. Anyone who has spent time in a conservative church can tell you the latter is cancerous, but rarely addressed from the pulpit with the same vituperation reserved for the first two.

Two other church bodies appear to be in fair shape: The Lutheran Church (Missouri Synod -- an important distinction) has a justice to Jesus ratio of 1:3.4, while the Presbyterian Church (USA) has a ratio of 1:2.4. Here's a prediction you can hold me too: expect the latter's ratio to decline as it follows the path being forged by the increasingly liberal Episcopal Church.

Speaking of which, the Episcopal Church has a justice to Jesus ratio of 1:1.2. Sadly, this is better than the 1:1.09 ratio of the United Methodist Church. The UMC's new marketing slogan is "Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors." -- a beautiful sentiment that tends unfortunately to be uttered only by those without Open Bibles.

Of course, this methodology has limitations. Consider the numbers posted by Grace Cathedral, an Episcopal Church in San Francisco, which yields a justice (40 hits) to Jesus (87 hits) ratio of 1:2.18. This is all well and good -- and to be honest, a tad surprising to anyone with a healthy disrespect for San Franciscan theology -- until we learn that the topic of a recent sermon at Grace Cathedral was: "What would Jesus do if Jesus recognized that his was a closed mind?"

Tune in next week, when Pastor Sheila will expose the homophobia of the Holy Spirit. Another potential clue is the fact that hits for the word "spirituality" were an ecumenically healthy 155. The word itself is perfectly decent, but like the word "liberal," it has been hijacked by twits.

So, you can see the fun waiting to be had with something as simple as a search engine. (Here's a hint: go to Enron's website and search for the word "integrity.") Organizations spend millions learning how to market themselves, and the result, especially in an age when saying any wrong little thing lands one in court trying to prove that one is not discriminating with respect to race/sex/gender/other protected classes, is that they all revert to a nauseating corporate lip-sync of "We Are the World."

But the discerning eye always finds a window. Don't you wish some people had search engines installed in their foreheads? Many folks are like the aforementioned organizations -- their individual statements all sound reasonable enough, but after listening to them talk for awhile, one starts to wonder if they aren't a tad unhinged. If only we could push a button on that co-worker to confirm that indeed, he has talked about his inadequate paycheck 187 times in the last year, but about his work only twice. Or, we could prove or disprove our hunch that, while Jesse Jackson talks an awful lot about other people's moral responsibilities, he has precious little to say about his own.

However, while we'll probably never have search engines bodily installed, as more of what we say and write accumulates in electronic space, an approximation of such a device becomes possible. So, please forgive me while I soften the curmudgeonliness that is likely to emerge should someone be meanspirited enough to level a similar meta-analysis at me: puppies, sunshine, flowers, ponytails, peace, brotherly love, dialogue, acceptance, and high fructose corn syrup.

Posted by Woodlief on August 27, 2002 at 10:47 AM


Good piece. You should copyright the "Justice to Jesus ratio."

Also, thanks for bowderizing the F-ed company site. Other people who should have done so haven't.

Posted by: Mark Byron on August 27, 2002 11:30 AM

I didn't do to well with stats in HS or College... but this Jesus:Justice idea is very cool.

I checked my old (Episcopal) parish and came up with 1:1.86 (Jesus:Justice) My Orthodox parish is 1:.179 (if I did the math right) While the "national website" for my Orthodox Jurisdiction is 1:.083. My parish is in San Francisco, after all.

Thanks for a great bunch of thoughts to start the day.

Posted by: Huw on August 27, 2002 01:45 PM

You sir, have a lot of time on your hands.

Posted by: Spoons on August 28, 2002 12:11 AM

Brilliant article.

Posted by: Richard Bennett on August 28, 2002 01:19 AM

Excellent article.

I follow 20 or so blogs faithfully and always save yours for last.

Your superb writing and logical, reasoned commentary are always a pleasure to read. I am pro abortion (within reasonable limits) and a fairly hardcore agnostic, none the less, I often find myself wishing I was as eloquent and persuasive when I am right as you are when you're wrong.

Keep up the good work the world needs more sane people.

Posted by: D. V. Dawe on August 28, 2002 03:53 AM

Have you considered using Google's engine to search the sites without built in search engines? If you go to advanced search, (or have the google toolbar) you can search on a specific domain.

Posted by: Tony Hooker on August 28, 2002 07:48 AM


Excellent essay, with some very sharp and funny turns of phrase ("the Post Office," "Bush mouse pads," "Open Bibles," etc.).

The feminist would respond thus:

Sir, you are ignoring the fact that women have been victimized by men for centuries, through all of history. No single organization can address the myriad needs of women. There are thousands of organizations working at the grass-roots level, helping women who are not lesbians or who are not "of color" solve the diversity of problems brought on by a patriarchal, racist, and homophobic social structure. We work hand-in-hand with all of these organizations...

And so on. Speaking of feminists, I heard one Professor Stang, head of women's studies at Skidmore College, on Michael Medved's syndicated radio program a fews days back, attempting to explain an op-ed piece that she had written. The gist of her argument was that women "learn" at a very early age to be "afraid." The cultural factors responsible for this are apparently so diaphonous that they are almost beyond articulation, but every woman feels it and knows it to be true. (In other words, I don't need to defend my argument, I just need to say something is so.)

When pressed for a concrete example, she named as Exhibit A "Gone with the Wind." It's a film that has been given iconic status even though its message is that "it's OK to rape."

Medved pressed the argument that certain of her complaints seemed to be complaints against human nature itself (I'm off the rape topic here, I hope it's needless to say). Professor Stang countered by arguing that these problems were endemic to American and Western culture, and she cited by way of contrast -- are you ready for this? -- Islamic society!

I wonder how many hits for "women's rights" I'd get on a Wahhabi website.

Posted by: jim on August 28, 2002 01:15 PM

I disagree on one point. No real feminist would call me "sir." I think they get kicked out of the club for that.

Posted by: Tony on August 28, 2002 05:55 PM

Good Queen Bess stated that she did not want a window into mens' souls. An apt and pithy comment.
I am a lawyer, and in criminal law there are two overaching elements to be aware of:
mens rea, the guilty intent; and
actus reas, the guilty act.
One without the other is not enough.
That is the (I think) basis of Queen Elizabeth I's comment and the fallacy of the movie "Minority Report".

I don't know if this has anywhere else to go, personally I've had a couple of beers and am tired. I just offer the concept of intent and act needing to be joined together before any really bad thing can be assumed (thought?) about an orgnization or employee.
By the way, I am an Episcopalian, and I think the bishops are awfully selective as to how they employ their venom (invective? public denouncements?) about others' sins.

Posted by: Michael Orris on August 28, 2002 08:20 PM

Good Piece. For some back up, when I was with my previous girlfriend, we went to Planned Parenthood to get the Pill, and all was good. I'm now marriend and a few weeks ago my wife happily informed me that she was pregnant. I went to the Planned Parenthood site to find out what PreNatal services they offered, mistakenly thinking that they also offered services for people down on their economic luck who planned to be a parent. No Go.

Fortunatly, we found a local Birth Center with a convenient payment plan. Go Market Economies!

I also agree with your assessment that the term liberal has been hijacked by twits, as I'm a liberal who is none-to-pleased with the Democrats, et. al.

Keep Fighting the Good Fight.

Posted by: TomCarr on August 29, 2002 03:48 AM

Funny, nobody mentioned Matthew 12:36. ;)

Posted by: Jay Manifold on August 29, 2002 03:02 PM

Hi, im Tony Hokker

You have outdoene yourself again with an analysis of various websites via their search engines.

For example, Your visit to the Libertarian Website yielded the following:

A search for the term "legalize drugs" (you knew I was going there, didn't you?) yielded 72 articles. A search for the term "defeat terrorists" yielded four articles. And that, in a nutshell, is why Libertarians don't win.

Of course, he skewers everyone from the Republicans to the National Organization to Women, with various other parties, companies and religious denominations thrown in for good measure.

I wonder if he has ever attempted to use Google to search the sites lacking Search Engines, such as the GOP?

FWIW, I'm a Methodist, and he Skewers their website pretty well, with the Jesus/Justice Ratio. IMHO, the bigwigs of the UMC are quite a bit different than the rank and file members, particularly those in the many rural/southern Methodist Churches.

- Tony Hooker

Posted by: on September 1, 2002 12:10 AM

Loved the piece.

Regarding "liberal" -- if I may be so crass, I wrote an essay on that topic that I'd love to hear others' reactions to (JUST CLICK HERE. If anyone has any.

Posted by: Dean Esmay on September 3, 2002 05:37 AM


Search for "birth", too. That's going to be the far more common term. It's like searching for information about the PATRIOT Act by the extended acronym - few are going to type out the longer version with any frequency.

Your entire hypothesis is invalidated by the fact that you simply looked for the wrong things.

Posted by: jesse on September 4, 2002 03:48 PM

"the ruthless jackbooted Republican attempt to cut Section 86 funding will seriously damage our efforts to assist first-time Latino bookstore owners in Southeastern Ohio" --

I'm from Southeastern Ohio (or near enough). Are there any Latino bookstores, or bookstore owners, in the area?

Posted by: paul on September 5, 2002 04:39 PM


Posted by: SYED ASIF HUSSAIN on September 5, 2002 10:46 PM

Tens of thousands of players play online poker daily on
Online Poker Free, and there are
many good reasons why! Here are the largest
Online Poker Rooms in the world
and we offer a variety of Free Online
Poker Games and Tournaments
, including Texas Holdem, Seven Card Stud and
Omaha high/low .With thousands of players
Online Poker Free provides the
best in live, multi-player online poker, offering a wide variety of
free online poker games and
daily, weekly, and monthly free poker
with generous cash prizes. Guaranteed security and fairness !

Posted by: online poker free on October 2, 2004 09:30 AM

Since we started playing at online texas
holdem poker rooms online casinos
, we are constantly seeking to find the
best online texas holdem rooms and
online texas holdem casinos to play
and gamble at. After experiencing tens of
online texas holdem rooms
and online
texas holdem
sites , we chose some of the best and You can find them here at
this website . Why did we choose these and not others? In our minds, the main
criteria for judging an online online
texas holdem room
and casino are payout percentages, bonuses and the
online texas holdem gambling and
betting players and operators quality. Plus, each of the casinos and
online texas holdem rooms that has
made it into the list has passed our test for honesty, reliability and
exceptional online texas holdem
customer service. These test were done by us, and also by many of our friends
who we share our experience with. The trusted
online texas holdem rooms and casinos
below are the ones we both highly recommend .

Posted by: online texas holdem on October 4, 2004 04:35 PM

Sexual abuse dog rape frEe rAPE pIcS rApE sUrVIvor stOrieS. Fantasy rape stories women rape RAPE COMIX. Incest rape fantasy rape stories rape sex stories. Anime rape prison rape VIRGIN RAPE. Forced sex stories family violence RAPE PHOTOS. Interracial rape rape fantasy GANG RAPE. Rape bondage family violence FREE RAPE GALLERIES. Rape sex rape sites girl rape. Rape gallery rape sex stories RAPE Sex CArToon rapE. Rape comix date rape raPE MOVIES rape CArtOoNs. Asian rape rape galleries FREE RAPE MOVIES. Date rape rape photos torture and rape websites. Teen violence rape fantasy FORCED SEX FANTASY. Gay rape incest rape cartoon rape. Rape photos gay rape gang violence rape sex. Torture and rape websites rape scenes TEACHER RAPE. Free rape porn free rape pictures DOG RAPE. Free rape porn free rape pictures aNIME RApE. Rape fetish boy rape RAPE VICTIMS. Rape images rape victims RAPE gaLLERIeS. Free rape movies rape sex fREe RapE viDeos. Domestic violence sex rape RapE xXX. Prison rape true rape stories free forced sex asian rape. Forced sex pics rape porn STORIES OF RAPE. Rape sex stories rape pictures FREE RAPE STORIES. Free rape japanese rape RAPE PICS RAPE SITES. Rape pictures tentacle rape RaPE sURvivor StoRIES rapE PIc. Free rape video rape fantasy stories frEE RAPe cLips. Rape bondage free rape galleries rape fantasy stories rape victim. Incest rape rape sites sEXual aBUse. Boy rape teacher rape rape fantasy. Dog rape rape videos russian rape. Rape fantasy stories rape fantasy ANAL RAPE. Rape sex stories gay rape WOMEN RAPE. Anime rape cartoon rape fRee Rape sEX tEnTaClE RAPE. Rape images forced sex fantasy rApE cOMIcS forCEd rapE. Family violence virgin rape FREE RAPE PICTURES. Real rape rape gallery FrEE raPE VIDeo. Rape comics black rape rape sites. Free rape galleries boy rape erotic rape stories. Tentacle rape rape cartoons HENTAI RAPE. Family violence russian rape WORKPLACE VIOLENCE. Free rape pics fantasy rape XXX RAPE DATE RAPE. Rape fantasies rape victim tentacle rape. Women rape free rape movies RAPES BONDAGE RAPE. Black rape girl rape RAPE VICTIM CARTOON RAPE. Free rape stories sexual abuse boy rape. Teenage rape ass rape FAMILY VIOLENCE. Free rape clips gang rape BLACK RAPE. Workplace violence sex rape teen rape.

Posted by: forced rape on October 9, 2004 08:22 PM

Animal sex clips girls having sex with animals BESTIALITY PICS FREE ZOOPHILIA. Free zoo sex free bestiality movies BEASTIALITY ANIMAL SEX. Bestiality stories sex with dogs ANiMAl SeX PIcturES. Sex zoo beastiality pictures men having sex with animals bestiality movies. Free animal sex pictures farm animal sex beastiality porn. Bestiality pics beastiality pictures male beastiality. Sex with animals people having sex with animals FREE BEASTIALITY STORIES HORSE BESTIALITY. Beastiality pics free beastiality galleries bEstiAlitY PIcTURes DOg sex. Free dog sex movies bestiality free SEX DOG. Bestiality pics free dog sex stories free beastiality pics. Zoophilia stories bestiality forum FREE HORSE SEX PICTURES. Horse beastiality bestiality sex sex animal. Girls having sex with dogs beastiality pictures bestiality sex. Beastiality mpegs beastiality cartoons free animal sex videos. Sex with animal sex horse FReE AnimAL sex stoRieS. Free beastiality videos beastiality sex free dog sex. Free dog sex free animal sex pics free beastiality videos. Zoofilia men having sex with animals freE hORSE SeX fREE doG sEx. Zoo sex animal farm sex BESTiality MoVIEs GAy ANImAl Sex. Free bestiality stories sex with horses bEAStIaLItY DvD beAStIAlITy FOrumS. Beastiality dvd sex with dog people having sex with animals. Sex zoo men having sex with animals GIRLS HAVING SEX WITH DOGS ANIMAL SEX MOVIES. Beastiality animal sex dog sex stories girls having sex with animals. Dog bestiality bestiality free farm aNIMal SEX beAStiality Cartoons. Animal sex movies animal farm sex horse sex. Beastiality cartoons beastiality pics animal sex StoRieS. Beastiality dvd beastiality video aNIMal sEx moVIEs. Male bestiality beastiality videos aNImAl SEx. Beastiality animal sex sex with horses ANIMAL SEX VIDEO. Women having sex with animals zoofilia gaY bestIAlIty. Zoophilia free animal sex pics SEX WITH HORSES HORSE SEX. Free sex with animals sex with animal HORSE SEX STORIES. Bestiality pictures beastiality tgp beasTialItY Free. Bestiality forum bestiality stories FREE BESTIALITY PICS. Dog sex bestiality stories Sex wItH dOGs fRee BEstIALitY mOvIEs. Beastiality videos sex with animal bESTIALiTY stOries. Girls having sex with dogs beastiality pictures bEstIalITY. Free beastiality mpegs beastiality pictures BEASTIALITY GALLERIES. Sex zoo zoofilia SEX wiTh aniMalS. Bestiality pics horse bestiality horse beastiality. Free zoophilia zoophilia ZoOFilIA. Beastiality pictures beastiality SEX ZOO. Free beastiality mpegs beastiality pics free bestiality movies. Bestiality pics beastiality video FrEE ZOOPhIliA. Horse sex stories sex animal fRee bEASTiALiTY. Bestiality porn animal farm sex sex horse. Horse bestiality beastiality cartoons bEAstIALitY cartOons. Horses having sex with women beastiality free free beastiality mpegs free beastiality pics. Beastiality pics animal sex Zoo sEx. Free beastiality mpegs women having sex with dogs FREE DOG SEX MOVIES.

Posted by: beastiality pics on October 9, 2004 09:10 PM

Post a comment

Email Address:



Remember your info?