January 23, 2008

You must read Noemie Emery’s “The Weekly Standard” article in The Wages of Sensitivity, which discusses how the Clintons are being accused of racial insensitivity whenever they criticize Obama, the kind of purposeful misinterpretation that they themselves pioneered: For the Clintons, with their sense of private entitlement running head on into their boomer assertion of moral enlightenment, all this must come as a shock. As Matt Bai wrote on the New York Times website, “It must be a kind of… Read more

January 23, 2008

Fred Thompson, the great conservative hope, has dropped out of the presidential race. Meanwhile, Romney leads by a fairly large margin in Florida. It looks like the Republicans will nominate either McCain or Romney. Of those two, who would be better? Read more

January 23, 2008

The Academy Awards nominations have been released: Performance by an actor in a leading role George Clooney in “Michael Clayton” (Warner Bros.) Daniel Day-Lewis in “There Will Be Blood” (Paramount Vantage and Miramax) Johnny Depp in “Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” (DreamWorks and Warner Bros., Distributed by DreamWorks/Paramount) Tommy Lee Jones in “In the Valley of Elah” (Warner Independent) Viggo Mortensen in “Eastern Promises” (Focus Features) Performance by an actor in a supporting role Casey Affleck in… Read more

January 23, 2008

it’s probably because it includes a bunch of links. For some reason, this blog software flags such comments and puts them in a “moderation” queue that I have to approve. I do approve them, but it might take awhile for them to appear. So that’s what’s happening if you make a comment and it doesn’t appear immediately. But don’t let that slow you down. Again, I think the comments and the discussions that get going are the best part of… Read more

January 22, 2008

Today is the 35th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision. We need a word for the commemoration of a bad event that we mark with the opposite of celebration: This is not a holiday, but an unholy day. Thousands will mourn the unholy day here in D. C. in frigid weather at the March for Life. But perhaps we are seeing a little progress. A study of every abortion facility in the country has found that the number of… Read more

January 22, 2008

Anthony Sacramone goes off on a sublime rant occasioned by the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America pursuing full fellowship with the United Methodists. In doing so, he poses an ecumenical solution: Why not merge the churches and be done with it—they’re already bleeding more members than a mohel convention. Why not create one great American mainline Protestant denomination—called the First Church of the Grand High Exalted Mystic Vague—where all are welcome, because all are one, and between self and nonself… Read more

January 22, 2008

Samuel Smith’s thoughts on our recent post about study of the arts being good in itself, from his comment and his maplemountain blog site: Art does not have to have any “practical” utility to be of value. If it is good, it has value that need not be “useful.” And I mean useful in a practical way. To a large degree Christian artists have become utilitarians, seeing art as merely a vehicle for transmitting a message. And that is not… Read more

January 21, 2008

Avery Cardinal Dulles, after surveying Roman Catholic teaching through the ages about who can be saved gives this bottom line answer: Who, then, can be saved? Catholics can be saved if they believe the Word of God as taught by the Church and if they obey the commandments. Other Christians can be saved if they submit their lives to Christ and join the community where they think he wills to be found. Jews can be saved if they look forward… Read more

January 21, 2008

Canada has “human rights” commissions that seem bent on shutting down human rights. At least the right of free speech. The board is currently prosecuting an editor for publishing the infamous cartoons of Muhammed. Other targets include a Catholic publication for upholding the church’s teaching about homosexuality and Canada’s main newsmagazine, Macleans, for printing a column by conservative pundit Mark Steyn who was critical of Islam. Read this and be appalled. There are other meandering cases in the works, or… Read more

January 21, 2008

According to pro-life activist Gerard V. Bradley is John McCain. McCain is not the only pro-life candidate in the Republican field. There are — and were — others. Kansas Senator Sam Brownback is rightly regarded as a champion of the unborn. He was no doubt the first choice of many ardent pro-life Republicans. But Brownback gave up his campaign for the Republican nomination months ago. Now he is backing McCain. Of the remaining pro-life Republicans, none can match McCain’s record… Read more

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