Happy Birthday, Deacon Greg

Today, we celebrate the birth of pundit, deacon and Gemini, Greg Kandra. Greg’s one of my personal heroes, for three reasons: 1) he is sincerely and completely committed to serving God; 2) he’s worked as a real, live media guy; and 3) his blog, the Deacon’s Bench, gets hit like a ten-dollar hooker. For him, [Read More...]

Girlgeek’s Kids Avenge Mom’s Honor

Change your maps: Connecticut is the Khyber Pass; America’s suburbs are Pakistan’s tribal areas. The children of America’s hipster moms are paying off their parents’ blood debts.* As an anonymous woman writes to Slate’s Emily Yoffe: I enrolled my two boys into an exclusive private school in our new hometown. At a school event I [Read More...]

Man Declines to Serve as Deacon Under Finn

How to remonstrate with a bishop? The Church is not a democracy, nor even a constitutional republic. Catholics dissatisfied with Church leadership can vote with their feet — and about one in three do — but with their voices gone, the dialogue, such as it is, coems to resemble an echo-chamber. A few propose alternative [Read More...]

Weeping (A Little) for Weiner

I weep for Anthony Weiner — not a big, blubbering flood of tears, mind you, but one or two. Picture a Native American contemplating a crumbling ecosystem, and you’ll get the idea. All the evidence of Weiner’s cyber-flings — the pec-flashing photos released by Andrew Breitbart, the the explcit Facebook messages now in the hands [Read More...]

Jud Süss, the Myth and the Man

A few days ago, in attacking the apparently hateful caricatures of Jews in Foreskin Man, the comic drawn out by anti-circumcision “inactivist” Matthew Hess, I cited the 1940 German film Jud Suss. The film’s poster, from which a bearded Jew glowers at the viewer, was obviously an ancestor, so to speak, of the comic, which [Read More...]

Eek! A YA Novel!

Change your maps: the YA section is the new Gommorah, at least according to Meghan Cox Gurdon. In the Wall Street Journal, she asks: How dark is contemporary fiction for teens? Darker than when you were a child, my dear: So dark that kidnapping and pederasty and incest and brutal beatings are now just part [Read More...]

Dear Editor: I Hate You

Note to publishers: Be nice to Michael Kinsley. That’s gospel, Jack. You can tug on Superman’s cape, spit into the wind, and even pull the mask of the old Lone Ranger, but you’d better not mess around with the former co-host of Crossfire and the founder of Slate. Otherwise, he’ll give you a piece of [Read More...]

No End in Sight for Endogamy

In the Tmes’ “Modern Love” series, Diane Farr relates how her relationship with a Korean-American man taught her that “stick to your own kind,” as a parental injunction, is alive and well, at least when it comes to marriage: That may seem just as random and hurtful as “they will never accept you” had sounded [Read More...]

Hooked on Natural Death

On its website, Zoe Carter Fitzgerald’s memoir, Imperfect Endings, is billed as “the uplifting story of a woman determined to die on her own terms and the family who has to learn to let her go. “She may need to fire her blurb writer, because her thoughts on the subject of assisted suicide seem to [Read More...]

Despite Government’s Best Efforts, Unemployment Stinks

According to the New York Times, the federal government’s programs to save unemployed homeowners from foreclosure are failing. Somehow “no income” and “mortgage payments” just don’t mesh: Critics of the Obama administration’s approach to preventing foreclosures have pressed for two years to get officials to focus more of their attention on unemployed homeowners, with meager [Read More...]

A Bad Catholic Defends Pie

I, of all people, have no right to make this kind of assumption, but I’m betting Slate contributor Nate Heller is not a Catholic. Not to prosyletize or anything, but he really ought to think about signing up. He’d be a natural. All the best Catholics I know have a strong fussy streak; they are [Read More...]

The Sign of Peace for Needy Misanthropes

In National Catholic Register, self-professed introvert Jennifer Fulwiler advises other people-shy Catholics on how to give and receive the Sign of Peace without dissolving into a puddle of self-consciousness. She must be a very good Catholic indeed, because she breaks the whole process down into a long series of — you guessed it — rules. [Read More...]

Foreskin Man: Peeling Back the Mystery

A vigilant reader has informed me that I was entirely wrong in supposing that Foreskin Man, the comic put out by San Francisco circumcision opponents, was someone’s bad idea of meta-humor. The artist, Matthew Hess, is a real person of real German ancestry — not, as I had hoped, a Jewish prankster who named himself [Read More...]

The Mystery of Foreskin Man

Tatler of Pajamas Media claims to have found proof that behind San Francisco’s proposed circumcision ban lurks the blue-eyed monster: 19th-and 20th-century race-based anti-Semtism, the philosophy that brought you the Final Solution. The smoking chimney, so to speak, is an indie comic book, allegedly circulated as “campaign literature.” The eponymous hero, Foreskin Man, battles a [Read More...]

Sarah at Tilbury

For the past three years, ever since Sarah Palin introduced her winsome self to our great nation, I have promised myself I would rewrite the Tilbury speech in her idiom. The Tibury speech, many of you will know, ranks among the greatest PR coups in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I of England. Drake had [Read More...]

Overweight Girls Are Underachievers, Study Says

Unchivalrously boiled down, this is the conclusion of a study by Christy N. Glass and Eric Reither. Women who are overweight early in life, they find, are less likely to complete college and for that reason, earn significantly less than better-proportioned. They found no such differences among men of varying sizes. As they summarize their [Read More...]


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