The Doom of Our Age

is that the best reportage on the actions of unaccountable tyrants comes from clowns:

This is the Obama policy FOX pauses from shrieking “OBAMA IS HITLER!!!” to endorse and Commentary describes as careful and responsible.

Just where the Right should really be acting as watchdog and raising a clamor about this grave menace to the rule of law it is instead barking nuts.

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  • Noah D

    This is the Obama policy FOX…endorse[s]

    You mean like this endorsement?

    Or this one?

    To be thorough and fair, I did find one.

    • Rosemarie


      Sean Hannity is fretting about the drones targeting US citizens:

      Of course, he also whitewashes waterboarding in the process. And at least one military analyst he interviews is okay with both torture and drone killings, which is disturbing. Though Hannity himself is clearly very bothered by the president claiming a right to kill anyone without due process.

      • Mark Shea

        Hannity is a hack who is feigning concern because it’s Obama doing this. If Rommey had won, he’d be cheering. Since Bush ordered torture, he’s still cheering for that. The man is an idiot.

        • Rosemarie


          Whether or not he is feigning concern (and I don’t think he is unconcerned with this flauting of due process) the fact remains that he is *not* endorsing the drone strikes. He is criticizing them *on Fox News*. As are the first two columnists Noah cites above. So the blanket claim that Fox News endorses the drone strikes is untrue. Rather, the channel and website clearly present voices from both sides of the issue.

        • Gina

          Way to show your Christian charity, there. 🙂

  • Jesters have always been more free to speak truth to power than courtiers. As our press corps has morphed into a threatening of courtiers for our corporate and government panjandrums, we are left to rely upon jesters (and the prophetic witness of the Church).

    • freddy

      Like! Thumbs up! All that jazz!

  • Izzy

    you are a liberal hack

    • Are you a poe?
      (Comment lengthened to placate spam filter.)

    • Mark Shea

      Thank you, brain dead reader, for another ignorant remark.

    • Rosemarie


      Mark is not a liberal and such false charges accomplish nothing.

    • Jmac

      Apparently only a god-damned librul could possibly care about government-sponsored assassination of its citizens. That’s why all the Republicans are cool with this and would happily hand over their guns to our benevolent administration.

      Wait, no, how does that one go again?

      • Mark Shea

        Guys like Izzy aren’t too gifted in the non-slogan thinking department. Don’t expect a lot.

  • Arnold

    For someone who never watches TV, especially cable news, Mark always claims to be knowledgeable enough about the details of what Fox News broadcasts to make blanket judgments. .

    • Rosemarie


      Fox News is neither perfect nor above criticism; I’ve criticized them myself when I felt it was warranted. Yet it is true that watching a string of rapid-fire, carefully-edited sound bytes on The Daily Show or a short YouTube video are no substitute for actually watching the channel itself to find out what’s going on there. Too many of the channel’s critics don’t watch it so it’s hard for someone like myself who has watched it in the past, and still watches occasionally, to take them seriously.

      Also, there are so many reporters and commentators, on both the channel and its website, with differing points of view, that it’s hard to generalize about Fox News. Just because one or even a few talking heads there may say the same thing doesn’t mean the whole news channel holds that opinion. You can often find dissenting views among other commentators. Hannity supports torture, Shepard Smith opposes it. Erick Erickson likes the drone strikes, Judge Napolitano does not, etc. There’s nothing wrong with a media source providing both sides of an issue, even if one side of that issue happens to be dead wrong. In fact, that’s what the media should be doing. Fox News may have its flaws, but it is at least attempting to present the news in a balanced fashion, unlike much of the rest of the MSM.

  • Will

    Our pastor blasts the MSM and recommends Fox News.

    • Too bad about your pastor, Will.
      Fox and MSNBC typify the MSM: partisan fearmongering that gets its victims (ahem, viewers) rabidly frothing at the mouth with enraged support for Team Red or Team Blue, instead of discovering the radical prophetic social critique of the ancient yet ever-new Gospel of life and social justice taught by Mother Church. Less “news” and more Good News would do us all good.

    • Mark Shea

      Out of the frying pan into the fire.

  • Rosemarie


    Regardless of what media source you watch or read, just don’t do so uncritically.

  • Brian

    Not an hour ago, I was thinking of Stephen Colbert’s ignorant claim that the papacy isn’t “in the bible” and started lamenting that people don’t listen to teachers anymore. They get their truth from clowns.

    I have no way to prove what I was thinking, and will thus refrain from legal action.

    But stop stealing my thoughts!

    • Ghosty

      I don’t know exactly what Colbert said, but it’s correct to say that the Papacy is not in the bible. The Petrine ministry that is utilized by the Papacy is indeed Scriptural, but that is merely a small part of what the Papacy is. The ability to appoint bishops, the establishment of curia, unilateral writing of Canon Law, having the sole authority to convoke Councils, none of these things are Scriptural, and have been developed over time.

      Peace and God bless!

  • The True Will

    I guess Geraghty is not a “real” conservative and somehow sneaked into National Review Online, or Doesn’t Count for some other reason, under your magisterial power to tell people who their spokesmen are.

    • Mark Shea

      I’m happy to see some voice on the Right make noise. I’m happy that Napolitano is saying something too. A year after Greenwald, but better than nothing.

  • Beth

    If anyone is interested, here’s a new reading list for Pro-Western Christianity:

    Please make recommendations in the comments below the reading list.


    • Mark Shea

      I’ll thank you to keep your filthy racism to yourself. It has *no* place in the Catholic Church.

      • Beth


        Anti-racism is a codeword for anti-white:
        If you think genophilia (love of one’s own race) is wrong, then what you’re arguing for is essentially Christian Cultural Marxism.

        • Mark Shea

          Annnnd you’re gone. Bye!

        • Mark S. (not for Shea)

          Dividing people by race makes no sense. “White” people in rural Alabama have very little in common with the “white” folks in Manhattan or Seattle. In fact, those white folks in Alabama have far more in common with their black neighbors than they do with the white folks in Seattle.

          There’s absolutely nothing wrong with being proud of your culture, faith, nationality, language, history, etc. But as soon as you start wanting to separate or look down upon others who are different, you’re starting to tread perilously close to the guys in white sheets and pointy hats.

          Anyone who is worried about the end of the white race, take my advice: Move to Iceland. The U.S. will be a predominantly Hispanic nation in the near future. Bring it on. They have great food.

        • Noah D

          Wow. Just…wow.

          I could have sworn that Spain and all that she influenced were part of the ‘West’. Silly me!

          • David

            I’m not racist or anything…but if you follow population genetics, you’ll know that most people in Latin America are mestizo or Amerindian. Most have barely, if any, Spanish blood. They are not Western. Just saying!

        • Cinlef

          Actually read a couple pages (couldn’t stomach much more than that) from those documents on that reading list….and no Mark Shea didn’t misunderstand you, it’s pretty clearly racism.

          As an aside Mr Shea have you ever looked into where links to your blog are posted? Because you get a small but not insignificant number of commentators with extraordinarily ugly views (racism, Falangist etc)

          • Mark Shea

            I’m not sure what you mean. I’ve only noticed Beth, and she’s gone. I won’t have that filth on my blog.

    • Jmac

      Yeah, I really want a pro-Western version of my religion, which started in the Middle East.

      • Rosemarie


        Heh. Yeah.

        One definition of the word “Catholic” is “universal.” Scripture says that the Lamb has redeemed us out of “every tribe, and tongue, and people, and nation.” And that we are all one in the Body of Christ, members united to the one Head, brothers and sisters with a common Heavenly Father and Mother Mary. So while I like “Western Christianity” and all, I can’t despise or reject the rest of the universal Church.

        Terence, the pagan Roman playwright, once said “Homo sum, humani nihil a me alienum puto” (roughly “I am human. Nothing human is alien to me”). Whatever sense he meant that, I like to think about Catholicism along similar lines. I am Catholic, nothing Catholic is alien to me. I rejoice to embrace it all rather than reject some of it because of an artificial concept that some people call “race.” There is really just one race, the human race, which Christ entered and died to redeem.

        Save us, Savior of the world!

    • Patrick

      Beth, no offense intended, but where do people like you come from?

      Seriously, does anybody know?

    • Ghosty

      An odd link to post on a Catholic website. It’s true that the Church has typically taken a dim view of mixed marriages; my priest refused to perform one for my fiance and me, in fact, and I thank God for that! Fortunately, after a couple of years of work, my wife changed her tribe and we were happily married by this very same priest…a few weeks after she was Baptized. Our beautiful “mixed” children have no problems due to their parents having different skin tones.

      Mixed marriage for Catholics refers to differences in Faith, not race. The Catholic Church in the U.S. was actually at the forefront in overturning anti-miscegenation laws, and the Church around the world has been notorious for creating new “races” of mestizos and the like. A marriage between two people of the same race, but different religions, is discouraged, while a marriage between people of different biological heritage but both Catholic is encouraged. That’s the way it’s always been in the Faith, and racism has no place in the Church.

      Peace and God bless!

  • I must discuss this ‘genophilia’ thing with our curate here in my parish in the UK.
    He’s Congolese.

  • j. blum

    God bless the Copts, the Chaldeans, the Assyrians, the Ethiopians, Armenians and all those other non- or dubiously “Western” ancient Christian nations who came to the Cross centuries before the blond and blue eyed (in the broadly brushed main) got around to it!

  • ivan_the_mad

    Mark, I unreasonably demand that any future posts of yours with the word doom in the headline shall be accompanied with this Youtube video: