Backgrounder on Egypt

If you're looking for some quick background on what's going on in Egypt, this "A Short Primer on Egypt Now" is a good place to start. … [Read more...]

Egypt making us proud

Bravo, Mona! The abject ignorance and plain uselessness of American MSM commentators really jumps out at you watching this. The state of American journalism is just abysmal--a people is on the streets fighting for its freedom and MSM "journalists" are obsessing over a few cases of looting (which isn't exactly unheard of during disasters or political crises). They can't pin the Islamist bogey man label on the uprising, so they play up the few cases of criminality (while downplaying the absolute … [Read more...]

The Pharoah’s reign is nearing its end

Man, this is a beautiful picture. Sic semper tyrranis. This man has been personally responsible for an incredible amount of torture, privation, corruption, and injustice in the Arab world's most populous and politically important nation.[Source] Too bad the American government has been so slow to support the Egyptian people's valiant struggle for freedom, and too bad the "security" forces that Egypt's protesters face are not only infamous for their brutality but also … [Read more...]

Fr. Thomas Michel on “Hagar and God’s Compassion for the Poor”

Check out this thoughtful discussion by a Jesuit scholar of Islam of poverty in the Abrahamic traditions, as seen through the prism of the story of Hagar. Very interesting stuff.Hagar and God's Compassion for the Poor: An Interreligious Reflection | About Muslim Christian Relations - … [Read more...]

There’s hope for every homeless person in America. So long as he’s extraordinary.

You might've heard about the homeless man in OH with a "golden voice" whose fortunes changed overnight after a video of him speaking was posted online (see below). The next day, offers of lucrative voice-over work in commercials and other major projects flooded in. I'm certainly very happy to see a person who's been down on their luck be shown a modicum of concern by the surrounding world, but I find the extremeness of the case emblematic of what's wrong with … [Read more...]

A woman reports overdose; 1000+ “friends” too busy chattering to care

A woman updates her Facebook profile with a report that she's overdosed on pills and not only do none of her one-thousand odd "friends" express concern; some go so far as to mock her. Soon, she's dead.A sad window, I think, into the subconscious ethos of the Internet. There's something about this medium of communication which feeds people's ugliest instincts, and the fact that its subculture was founded by engineers probably got everything started on the wrong foot, as well. And it's not just on … [Read more...]

Terror attack in Sweden

There was a "successful" terror attack in Sweden yesterday (Sweden Begins Terror Inquiry After Bombing in Stockholm - Sadly, a man was killed, but the goal was obviously to do far more harm, so in the grim calculus of these things I guess we must be quasi-thankful. You really have to wonder what kind of twisted fantasy land such "Muslims" must live in to imagine such an action could somehow help anybody or any cause. Well other than, say, demagogues like Geert Wilders--or, more … [Read more...]

Greenwald on the latest fishy anti-terror busts

Glenn Greenwald's concerns about credibility and value of many of the much touted busts of various "terror plots" on American soil deserve to be pondered carefully.The FBI successfully thwarts its own Terrorist plot - Glenn Greenwald - The FBI is obviously quite pleased with itself over its arrest of a 19-year-old Somali-American, Mohamed Osman Mohamud, who -- with months of encouragement, support and money from the FBI's own undercover agents -- allegedly … [Read more...]