That Bronchitis that was chasing me linkfest – UPDATED

It hasn’t quite caught me, yet. But it seems to be gaining on me.

Meanwhile, this made me laugh: “he’s not an orator; he’s a Republican”.

Blogging will be on and off today. Don’t know how interesting it will be!

Here are some links:

Spengler: The Long-Term Employment Bust.

Archbishop Dolan: It’s a grand time to return to confession!

More Lenten Reading Recommends. He Leadeth Me really is incredible.

Also, Free Downloadable Lenten Reading and Books

First they excommunicate her, then they canonize her: there’s hope for me, yet, after reading about Australia’s first saint.

Didn’t think I’d like this video: I was wrong

A Metamorphosis

Reverencing Mystery

“The Icon gives off an odor of myrrh

Saying “No” actually works

15 Reasons Why He’s a Believer

This largely sums up my feelings about Sarah Palin

“These delicious, fresh vegetables come from Wal-Mart? I hate them! Ptooie!

One for the Traditionalists: All Your Church Are Belong to Us

Inevitable and tiresome

Paul Ryan needs to keep doing what he’s doing

And the spending goes on

Climategate: The Big Picture

Not a good optic

I had exactly the same thought

I expect this story to just fade away

Prayers for Dan

After all that, is it unconstitutional?

Candadians Get No Respect

The Enduring Appeal of Calvin and Hobbes

Ed Morrissey: Blogger of the Year and no one deserves it more.

Let Yourself be Loved

About Elizabeth Scalia
  • Doc

    I’ll add one more linked story, courtesy of Gateway Pundit:

    link

    The corporate media continues to commit hari-kari in their insistance on lying to the American public in their depiction of the news and their effort to shape the stories to fit the narrative.

    To quote Michael Ledeen, faster please.

  • BROOKLYN

    THREE CHEERS FOR CAPTAIN ED!

    Very nice to see, even though I still wish he was still at CQ. I like Hot Air, but they play to this game of being the pure conservative overtly – it is fashionable and perhaps a little too predictable.

    The information skews, and fails to be objective at times. Not his writing, even though I enjoy AllahP.

    Mr. Christie is top notch and doing wonderfully. They are running non stop ads out east now – the Union Democrats – telling us this is ‘politics as usual’. It is quite a comedy bit, as this is far from politics as usual, that is why they are so upset with proposed cuts to the gravy train of Union – especially Governmental Union preferential treatment.

    Again, as painful as it may be, the Anchoress was correct, Mrs. Palin took the bait, See:

    http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/02/18/family-guy-voice-actor-says-palin-does-not-have-a-sense-of-humor/?no_interstitial

    It reminds me of writing ‘Hi Mom’ on the hand, which only lets everyone know, the Democrats are in Mrs. Palin’s awareness as much as they are obsessed in an ugly fashion about her.

    On another note, I notice a very big silence in Conservative Punditry Arenas, including Hot Air, on the lack of Mrs. Palin’s appearance at CPAC again this year. Maybe I have it wrong, maybe she visited, but I do know how Mrs. Palin’s speech – if she made one, would be pushed on every Conservative Blog for the popularity reasons alone.

    Mrs. Palin is a mighty fine American, and I even learned about her via the Anchoress ages ago, long prior to the McCain selection. But I grew totally disappointed in the General, seeing the hype was not matching reality. It never does. What bothered me about the fashion, which ignores basis, is how some grow to debase other fine Americans in the name of this Celebrity.

    The same thing happened with the Fred Head Movement, which empowered what I felt was the worst Candidate possible in the last Presidential offering.

    Fashion and popularity often provided different rules for some deemed the ideal. Excuses are even being made today for some, when others are pounded over far less. It is all related to the very poor treatment of GW Bush, in which a number of Conservative Sideline Celebrities simply lack an objective approach, bowing to overt hyperbole and fashion.

    Regardless, as Pawlenty, Romney, Brown, etc., made fine speeches and appearances, I note how their presence at CPAC is ignored. All the while, I know many would go overboard with the presence of Mrs. Palin. Again, some are setting all up for a letdown, and reveal they are far from sincere with conservative principles they push, as they lack fairness and objectivity.

    Reason, the facts, the record, sincere basis, etc., were central to the success of many who truly grew this ‘conservative’ movement many exploit today. It is unique to see, as the ‘cult of personality’ was rightfully condemned coming from the Democrats, which often ignored the glaring contradictions and lack of substance from their offering.

    Are these high profile Conservative Pundits truly reasoned as some suggest, or do they just follow their own fashion?

  • http://vita-nostra-in-ecclesia.blogspot.com Bender

    It’s a grand time to return to confession?

    But we have nothing to confess — we are all pure and holy and without sin. That is why we are entitled to pick up all the most-jagged rocks and throw them at Tiger Woods. So what if he made a public confession with public contrition — it was all just a show, don’t you know, and we are all his judges.

  • http://reflectionsofaparalytic.com Chelsea

    Thanks for the link!

    CZ

  • Brigid Elson

    I am glad to see that The Anchoress has a clear view of Mrs. Palin, who is a political phenomenon of some note but not, that’s NOT, of presidential status, not now and probably not ever.

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  • Manny L.

    I don’t believe Ronald Reagan was picked on the way they have been picking on Palin. I can understand her insecurity. And frankly some of the insecurity must come from her lack of experience. But I agree with Brigid above. Palin is not presidential material.

    [I think any reasonable person will agree that Palin was literally savaged by the press and the left in '08; that cannot be denied. Because of it, I do believe that many people are overly-protective of her, perhaps to an unhealthy extreme, where they find any criticism of Palin at all to be unacceptable. This is nonsense, of course; it also runs too close to the Obama cult or personality for my comfort. Palin is not taking the opportunity to reinforce her folksy populism with a more serious demeanor and a deeper understanding of issues. Reagan was a populist, but he was also a bit of a sophisticate. Palin is in danger of simply falling into unintended caricature, and the response to the FG episode seals my sense that she's not "growing into" what she would have to be, to be president. -admin]

  • Manny L.

    I agree with your response. That’s a good way to put it: The Palin cult is the flip side of the Obama cult. Thanks, and I hope you’re feeling better.

  • http://vita-nostra-in-ecclesia.blogspot.com Bender

    That’s a good way to put it: The Palin cult is the flip side of the Obama cult.

    That is not the way she put it. And in any event, there is no “Palin cult.”

    where they find any criticism of Palin at all to be unacceptable. This is nonsense, of course; it also runs too close to the Obama cult or personality for my comfort

    Not only is there no “Palin cult,” those protective of her come nowhere close to a cult, Obama’s or otherwise.

    Palin supporters do not believe her to be “the One,” they do not believe her to be our “hope,” they do not believe that she is the Messiah, they do not believe her to be “almost a god,” they do not build temple-like structures for her to speak at, and they do not create propaganda pictures of her that look like they come from behind the Iron Curtain.

    And it is not the case that supporters find “any criticism of Palin at all to be unacceptable.” Rather, it is that she has already had several lifetimes of her fair share of criticism, and we are no longer willing to take that @#$%* about her from punk libs and leftists or elite prissy prig Republicans.

    Whether a negative observation about her is legitimate or unfair is, at this late date, totally beside the point — enough is enough. She has more than earned a little bit of immunity from the crap that people want to fling at her.

    [Bender, I must disagree. True, Palin's supporters do not think she is the Messiah, but in her instincts to protect her from any and all criticism, they do her no good, just as those who raise their children with nothing but praise do them no good, either. There is no "enough is enough," when we're talking about someone who may be our president. There is "fair" and "unfair" criticism, and those distinctions must be made. When Palin has been unfairly criticized, I've said it. When the criticism is fair, I've said that, too. And you know, for Palin herself, SHE must be able to make those distinctions - to be able to say, once in a while - "yeah, that's a fair point, but..." People fling a lot of crap, it's true. They're going to fling more. Some of it will be fair, some won't. It behooves ALL of us -on both sides- to be able to keep our heads and our reason enough to know when a politician is on strong footing and also when he or she is not. We must all know a hawk from a handsaw, or there is no hope for us. -admin]

  • http://vita-nostra-in-ecclesia.blogspot.com Bender

    The same goes with George W.

    I will not say a bad word about him. I will not criticize him or try to prove my “objectivity” with others by saying that there were areas I disagreed with him.

    Enough other people have contemptuously heaped @#%&* all over him. Enough others have done that, cosmic justice doesn’t need me to join in, even if there were things I disagreed with.

    That’s not nonsense. It’s just that the man has earned a little respect, not to mention a little charity that precludes even more criticism.

    [I think you will agree that I am both protective and admiring of W, and his passionate defender. But even I think he let congress spend too much, used his veto's too late and I have wondered whether he made a mistake in telling the people to "go shopping; go on vacation" after the 9/11 attacks. I understand WHY he did that, and at the time it seemed psychologically smart, but I think it ultimately made people feel disconnected from the effort. No president is perfect. No president can possibly get it all right, especially not a war president, and W was savaged unfairly by people who truly wanted to see him fail. But he was able to take the hits and still get things done. A balanced human being can do that. I think there is much to admire in Palin's background and story, but things can go two ways right now, while she is a private citizen: she can either grow into the Thatcheresque stateswoman people want her to be (and in some cases already believe she is) or she can increase the perception that she is a folksy populist better suited to the Will Rogers circuit. My saying that is neither criticism or praise. It's just what it is. Her ambitions are too important to allow sentiment to override common sense. -admin]

  • Manny L.

    That’s a good way to put it: The Palin cult is the flip side of the Obama cult.

    That is not the way she put it. And in any event, there is no “Palin cult.”

    where they find any criticism of Palin at all to be unacceptable. This is nonsense, of course; it also runs too close to the Obama cult or personality for my comfort

    Not only is there no “Palin cult,” those protective of her come nowhere close to a cult, Obama’s or otherwise.

    Palin supporters do not believe her to be “the One,” they do not believe her to be our “hope,” they do not believe that she is the Messiah, they do not believe her to be “almost a god,” they do not build temple-like structures for her to speak at, and they do not create propaganda pictures of her that look like they come from behind the Iron Curtain.
    -Bender

    No Admin didn’t quite say it, but it was implied and I condensed it to a pithy statement. Sure they haven’t raised a temple like structure to her yet, but she hasn’t won a nomination either. If you don’t think there is a Palin cult out there, then you haven’t spent time on the politcal forums. Look, I thought the world of her myself when she hit the scene at that GOP convention, but she’s slowly proven herself to not be up to leadership. I like her, she’s got the right values, and I would vote for her in a heartbeat over Obama or any other Democrat, but I don’t feel she’s presidential.

  • gb

    I am a Palin supporter & that does not mean I have instincts “to protect her for any & all criticism”, for heaven’s sake! Or maybe i should say: LOL.

    I’m unsure why folks on the left and on the right are unable to see a real person involved in political life without trying to come up with some sort of pigeonhole to stick them into. I guess because its easier that way…if the left can say she’s brainless or is actually the grandma of her own child and the right can say she’s not presidential material then nobody has to actually listen to what she’s saying or look at the testimony of her life.

    For my part, I just like what she has to say about developing our own energy, getting the feds out of the business of taxing us to death (literally), letting small business do their thing & every life is sacred. Period. That’s it. There’s no need to attribute to me a pathological need to defend her anymore than when I agreed with Reagan & voted for him. Geez.

    [Well, geez, I never said every one of her supporters were unbalanced about her. I said "some." -admin]

  • http://vita-nostra-in-ecclesia.blogspot.com Bender

    There is (a) a way to make constructive comments regarding any perceived missteps by Palin and to voice one’s disagreement with her, and then there is (b) criticism, which even if well-meaning and objectively “fair,” will be seized upon by those who hate her and hate you and used for destructive ends. We should not play that game.

    Rather than judgmentally pointing out a person’s faults, rather than throw rocks, it is often better to helpfully suggest future actions. One is negative, the other is positive. Sarah Palin is, at this point, entitled to the positive.

    “Sarah Palin — don’t let others sucker you into getting bogged down into petty fights.” — none of her supporters would object to such a statement

    “Sarah Palin — you were wrong to talk out against this thing because it makes you look like a fool.” — such a statement is going to rub her supporters the wrong way.

    [Then there is the third way: you weren't wrong to respond, but were wrong in how you responded (with suggested tack) which is what I did. -admin]

  • http://www.vivificat.org TDJ

    Thank you for the link to Vivificat!

    -Theo

  • Bridget

    Anchoress,
    Many thanks for the link to Msgr. Pope’s article “Reverencing Mystery”. Simply beautiful and much to meditate upon.


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