Bloomberg: No Clergy, No FDNY -UPDATE

So, let me get this straight, just so we're all on the same page, here.When two hijacked, terrorist-piloted passenger jets were deliberately flown into the Twin Towers, in an act of war against our nation, the first recorded casualty was a Roman Catholic priest and NYFD chaplain -- Fr. Mychal Judge -- who had ridden to the burning towers, and blessed doomed firefighters, hearing last confessions on the way.And while Judge's body was being carried away from the catastrophe by the … [Read more...]

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Wondering about Ameridolotry, Krugman, Absorption…

My plan to work, work, work, today is being interrupted by a family situation that needs attending-to (nothing awful, but important, nonetheless) so here's some interesting stuff I meant to respond to or comment on. Now, you'll have to do it! :-)I've wondered several times over the past five years whether some Americans are allowing their ideologies to become their idols. I've never quite had the answer, but thought it was an important question, nonetheless. Today Mr. Dalrymple asks the … [Read more...]

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Shahzad's grudge is recent? – UPDATED

The mainstream media has presented us with a plethora of possible motives behind Faisal Shahzad's attempted bombing in Times Square. We have read that he was a victim of the (Bush) economy, whose house was foreclosed on! In 2004, he is said to have remarked that he hated Bush (hardly a remarkable opinion) and the Iraqi war! He didn't like the drone attacks!But now it seems that Shahzad's has been a recent turning of a worm.If you stay with this story, you find, 13 paragraphs into it:Any … [Read more...]

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SOTU Speech Reaction

My Elder Son was on his way home from school and listening to the speech as he drove. He came in and said, "this speech is reminding me of Chesterton's dictum that'The reformer is always right about what is wrong. He is generally wrong about what is right.'"I ended up surprising myself by live-blogging much of the speech, so you can read what I thought, there.Mostly I thought Obama was less fluent that he had been on the campaign trail, and less dynamic or energetic. I also thought his … [Read more...]

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Random Must-Reads

Collected in my tab-bar since I started feeling cruddy - might as well share with you all the things I have either read or "been meaning to get to reading..." All submitted mostly without comment, because I'm still not 100%."We are at war...":The president went on to say that while America will strengthen its defenses, "we will not succumb to a siege mentality that sacrifices the open society and liberties and values that we cherish as Americans, because great and proud nations don't … [Read more...]

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Neoneocon; Hitler's Germany & US

Neoneocon rouses me from my couch that I may link to her fascinating post, one that seems relevant to our day. She offers a quote from a book (written by an American "man of the left") recounting the attitudes of his interviewees regarding a certain moment in the history of Germany:National Socialism was a repulsion of my friends against parliamentary politics, parliamentary debate, parliamentary government—against all the higgling and the haggling of the parties and the splinter parties, t … [Read more...]

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Terrorist not Talking; Obama Cruises Yemen – UPDATED

Noted at The Corner:To see the danger we face because of Obama’s return to a law-enforcement approach to terrorist interrogation, read today’s front-page story in the Washington Post.At the very end of the article, the Post notes:Abdulmutallab remains in a Detroit area prison and, after initial debriefings by the FBI, has restricted his cooperation since securing a defense attorney, according to federal officials. Authorities are holding out hope that he will change his mind and cooperate … [Read more...]

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SecState in a Headband?

So, the Obama administration's "smart diplomacy" on Iran is not working. And this is very troubling, indeed. Iran is test-firing increasingly advanced missiles at a time when, as Ed Morrissey notes, the B+ President Obama has awarded himself includes having both "made progress toward halting" nuclear weapons in North Korea and um...cancelling our installation of missile shields in Eastern Europe.Read all of Ed's piece, and then consider for a second how difficult it is to be president, … [Read more...]

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Gatecrash Update

My Li'l Bro Thom sends along this piece in the WaPo with the note: Your musings about the real GateCrash story are not far off the mark at all.I had written:What if what happened is this: this couple talked to someone in the WH, someone on Obama’s staff, like (but not necessarily) Rahm Emmanuel, (or Kalpen Modi, or Robert Gibbs) and said, “hey, remember us? Obama loves us! We’d really like to come to that party” and this White House Accessible Person (WHAP) said, “sure no problem, I’ll get yo … [Read more...]

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Democrats Channel Rhett Butler

For some reason, even though we did not host Thanksgiving here, and none of us overdid during the day (I even convinced my MIL to eliminate the pasta course) yesterday most of us around here were like zombies, unable to do much more than grunt at each other and read or nap.In the later part of the afternoon, Buster convinced me to go out for a cup of coffee and a game of chess, but the fact that I beat him tells you that even he was not in his proper head. Zombieland was leftovers, books, … [Read more...]

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