The Radical Religion of Abortion

Source: NewsweekWe 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 o … [Read more...]

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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 guy who … [Read more...]

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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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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Mighty Obama Tempts Nature! – UPDATES

SourceFrom an email:Recall what Obama's said after healthcare in response to his critics: that the earth had not opened up and that nothing was falling from the sky. That is precisely what happened within days of his mocking pronouncement: the volcano and the Midwest fireball.Oh, do we want to go there, and give Obama that much power? That his adolescent sneers at his opposition carry such weight that even Nature must respond?I mean, it is sort of a funny coincidence, and Obama did … [Read more...]

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Giftedness and Othersight

"Ephphatha" by the wonderful artist, Nathan-BrownLinking you to two sites because you need to go see them yourself, rather than getting excerpts. Both of them reinforce a point I tried but failed to make a while back, about the use of art, and why it must be nurtured, valued and supported. Artists see things the rest of us do not. By "othersight" I don't mean anything occultic. I simply mean the view of the inmost being -which I suspect brings us into a kind of commonality- brought forward … [Read more...]

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Putz, Putsch? – UPDATED

The King is a Fink by Parker & HartAs Harriet the Spy's father would say: "what a finking thing to do!"What a finking way to treat a visiting head of state who has always been a staunch ally.Disgraceful.ArrogantUnstatesmanlikeBreathtakingly rude, willfully insultingContemptibleBookworm asks: Has their ever been a more ungracious man in the White House?Nope.What an appalling Putz.Sounds like putsch, a little, doesn't it.There, I've broken my own rule about referring to … [Read more...]

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Obamacare & the Aging Population UPDATES

Since the Democrats last night offered anecdote-after-anecdote in order to justify the passage of Obamacare, I guess anecdotes are now completely fair entries into the debate. Let me offer two of them.A friend of mine listened to the healthcare vote while driving home from a hospital, where he'd spent the day with his 80 year-old father.His father is a robust man, fully in his wits, who only retired "for good" about six months ago. He had retired from his job as a line man and became bored … [Read more...]

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I think I am in love with Oatmeal

Not the kind you eat (although I am unusually fond of the porridge, particularly with a bit brown sugar) but the website.Pianogirl sent me this link of the Oatmeal's 15 things you need to know about coffee, and I read it while drinking a cup of Liquid Crack, and thought it was pretty charming, and informative, as well.Next, I am going to learn how to tell if your cat wants to kill you and 8 ways to tell if my family is planning to eat me. … [Read more...]

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