"A Word in Season"

Ever have one of those moments, as you go through life, when someone comes along and says just the right word at the right time? It's usually when we needed it most! Or did you ever have a song play on the radio, or in the shuffle of the iTunes library, and you just knew that somehow that song was meant just for you? A moment of inspiration can make all the difference, for it contains a small blessing. Tucked deep in the Revised Standard Version translation of the Old Testament book of … [Read more...]

The Employment Rosary; on Currents

Last week, I had a chance to speak with Currents' Nathalia Ortiz about the idea of using the mysteries of the Rosary as a consolation and meditation for all of those who are seeking employment, or their family members who are anxiously watching them. The prayers and meditations are fleshed out in this little publication by Our Sunday Visitor, which I have written more about here. The great folks at NET-NY produce Currents (the only nightly Catholic newscast in the nation) have excerpted the … [Read more...]

Journolist: Listening So You Don't Have To!

Git along little dawgies Over at RCP Jay Cost is asking what's so bad about journolisters? It's a good piece, and I urge you to read it, but here's what I think: Journolisters discourage listening among their readers and the general public, and if people are not listening, they are not thinking, either; they're just following the moo-path, which appears to suit the journolisters just fine, since it is the one they're forging. When Jeremiah Wright's America-damning, race-tainted rants were … [Read more...]

First Things First

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When Conspiracy Theories…Get Confused

I must be in the big leagues now! According to this post at Huffpo (basically cribbed from Media Matters) I am part of a vast right-wing conspiracy to umm...ask to see the whole Sherrod tape. Regular readers know, because I have probably said it scores of times, that I don't watch the mud-wrestling babes on Fox News; I don't watch any news that's not breaking--as in real disasters, not political theater, and I'm no fan of Bill O' Reilly or Glenn Beck or Hannity. I'm sure they are all very … [Read more...]

Sherrod Blames NAACP for Resignation – UPDATED

Shirley Sherrod is blaming the NAACP for her resignation/firing, and she is right to: Asked about the NAACP’s actions during an interview with CNN on Tuesday, Sherrod said the only reason the video surfaced was in response to an NAACP resolution accusing the tea party of using “racist” tactics. “They got into a fight with the tea party, and all of this came out as a result of that,” Sherrod said. I said something very similar in the comment #81 section of this post: It is worth … [Read more...]

The Breitbart Sherrod Tape – UPDATE

Glenn Reynolds linked to this piece at Hot Air where Ed Morrissey writes: Andrew Breitbart announced that he would publish at least one video of the NAACP itself cheering racism. Breitbart delivers on that promise today at Big Government, showing USDA official Shirley Sherrod explain to an appreciative NAACP audience in July 2009 how she deliberately withheld information from a white farmer in Georgia trying to save his land and his business: The Breitbart piece is here, and yes, the … [Read more...]

The Radical Religion of Abortion

Source: Newsweek We hear a lot, particularly from the "new" atheists and their supporters, about the danger of religion, which--we are told--too often encourages a murderous fundamentalism. Such "tolerant" great thinkers as Rosie O' Donnell have suggested that "radical Christianity is just as threatening as radical Islam.” I am inclined to think that radical anything, by its very narrowness, must give one pause and that zealotry can too often stumble into something unthinking, and therefore … [Read more...]

Airbrushing/Rewriting History – UPDATE

As the Obama Replaces McChrystal with Petraeus story broke, Instapundit Glenn Reynolds noted that MoveOn.org had quickly removed its long-standing "General Betray-Us" ad, and snarked: Have you noticed how these people are always airbrushing? It’s kind of an admission that their stuff won’t sell if they tell the truth. . . . They are very busy bees. Over at Ann Althouse's site, one comment began the arduous work of re-writing history on the internet with this forehead-slapper: The same … [Read more...]

Dynamic Speaker and 2 Great Books! – UPDATED

I had the opportunity to attend a writer's conference held at the beautiful Seminary of the Immaculate Conception, this weekend, where it was my pleasure to meet a number of Long Island-based Catholic writers whose work I had admired. I had previously recommended Josephine Nobisso's splendid children's book The Weight of a Mass (my nieces have loved it!) to Anchoress readers, but to hear Nobisso describe the difficulties of getting faithful, non-ironic Catholic work published, and how she began … [Read more...]

Etheridge & feeling ambushed -UPDATED

There is a right way and a wrong way to handle it, when a stranger comes up to you with a flip camera and asks you a question you don't want to answer. Democrat Congressman Bod Etheridge demonstrates the wrong way. Cameras are ubiquitous to the culture, and elected officials who (at least in theory) "serve" at the pleasure of the citizenry need to deal with that fact. If a citizen steps in the way and asks a question, and the elected official hasn't the time or the inclination to parley, he … [Read more...]

The Privileged Call for Limited Dictatorships

When I read last week that Woody Allen likes the idea of letting President Obama be a dictator for a "few years" I was repelled; but then I've found Allen to be a repellent individual for decades--since Manhattan, at least--so I just shrugged it off as the foghorn bleat of an over-privileged mediocrity looking for some attention. But then the equally mediocre Tom born-wealthy-high-carbon-footprint-lover-of-Chinese-Communist-Capitalism-I've-got-mine-you-should-not-have-yours Friedman let fly … [Read more...]

A "Good" Catholic Hymn

It pains me to admit it but as much as I love my church, I hate most modern Catholic music. But I like, no love, "Holy is His Name," John Michael Talbot's interpretation of Our Lady's splendid Magnificat. This is a rather good version of it. So it's nice to see Talbot showing up at Deacon Greg's establishment and in a two-part interview on Currents, the nightly news show produced by NET-TV, in the Diocese of Brooklyn. Part two will be broadcast (and livestreamed here) tonight at 7:30. And … [Read more...]

Was Jones' Joke Anti-Semitic? UPDATE

President Obama's National Security Advisor, retired General James Jones, with an ice-breaker: Is it offensive? Why, yes. In our easily-offended society, you might say this joke wins the Triple Crown or the Insult Trifecta: Some feel Jones has used a denigrating stereotype of Jewish people "greedy merchants" for a cheap laugh, and has therefore insulted the Jews. Some free-market capitalists note that Jones describes the Taliban member as a "warrior" instead of a guerrilla, and seems to … [Read more...]