Benedict: The Last 20th Century Man: UPDATED

:::SCROLL DOWN FOR UPDATE:::It seems almost silly to say I am bringing coverage of Benedict XVI's extraordinary sojourn in America to a close (actually, my final final thoughts are here) because the truth is I will likely be reading all of his addresses more closely and bringing them up in coming weeks, but the wall-to-wall writing will end here. I do want, though, to end with a thought that blipped through my head when Benedict was in DC, and again as he addressed the United … [Read more...]

Deconstructing Christianity, Itself – UPDATED

Regular readers know I am not one of those easily offended types who get a case of the vapors at every salvo blasted at Christianity or the Christ or his Blessed Mother.I figure Christianity - if it is true, and it is - can stand up to the slings and arrows of the world, Mary has her own way of dealing with anyone stupid enough to disrespect her (hint - she hounds you with love until you give in) and Jesus has the big shoulders that are required to carry the cross or move the world, so he … [Read more...]

Obama, Psychic duality & Race

Where charity and love are, there God is. The love of Christ has gathered us into one flock. Let us exult, and in Him be joyful. Let us fear and let us love the living God. And from a sincere heart let us love each other (and Him).As a young woman working in New York City, I watched a lovely, brilliant middle-aged black woman struggle to maintain her dignity and forbearance when she was told, by a youngish white woman who seemed to love her, that she -- the white woman -- could not … [Read more...]

Furnace dead; house cold

The other day the old furnace needed repair.Tonight...the old furnace dead. House cold.This is unrelated to the technical difficulties that kept me from writing earlier today. But it's been one of those days.To keep you amused and entertained while things are a bit undone over here, I'll show you my most googled post, which KIA asked me about a few days ago.LABIAS UP! VAGINA-GAZING SEASON IS OPEN! Originally posted November, 2005Or something. (H/T Tongue-tied.) No, … [Read more...]

Jeremiah Wright, Steinem & Primacy of Victimhood

Okay, got lots of emails from folks decrying the "racism of Barack Obama's pastor," Jeremiah Wright, in this video.I watched the video twice, and I don't know if I'm seeing racism. I think I'm seeing anger, some of it reality-based and quite justified, some of it politically expedient for emotional manipulation, and some of it just strange."Jesus was a poor black man who lived in a country and in a culture that was controlled by rich white people [Romans rich and Italian, therefore … [Read more...]

A prayer request & a repost, Gadzooks!

Urgent prayers are requested for a girl named Erin who has a fungal infection in her lungs that is spreading; she is very ill.As I am nursing a flu-stricken hubby today, posting will be light. Here is a repost of a column answering Sam Harris' essay championing atheism over faith, which he had called "God's Dupes."Originally Posted March 19, 2007 God's Dupes? Gadzooks!Seduxisti me, Domine, et seductus sum; fortior me fuisti et invaluisti.You duped me, Lord, and I let myself be … [Read more...]

Michelle Obama is just Hillary redux

Had an interesting exchange with someone in the press today, who noted that the big kahuna of the big-time-journalism outfit which signs the paycheck is fervently pro-Hillary, and seeks "to use Michelle Obama's first time I've been proud of my country' gaffe as a stick to beat Obama with.Thus, you see, helping Hillary with her difficult February.The irony here, of course, is that Michelle Obama is the circa-'92-Hillary of this election; she is the smart, tough, ivy-league-educated, loose … [Read more...]

Obama rising, Hillary sliding

Clearly, Barack Obama has not yet peaked. He just resoundingly won Maine, and he even beat the Clintons out for a Grammy! Hey, the dude does have a great voice.It is both inspiring and a little nerve-wracking to read that he, without planning or security, gave an impromptu rally outside a Maine meeting hall, when it was too full to admit everyone: We waited in the longest line I had ever seen in my life for almost two hours...we were only a few hundred feet from the auditorium when we were … [Read more...]

Shameless Hill Shill on NBC

Lucianne highlights this video at her home page, and I think it's a pretty interesting one, for several reasons, first because the woman sitting next to Matt Lauer (I don't watch the show - who is that?) is all but wearing a "Vote for Hillary" button on her breast - there is a most unseemly gushing going on there that sets off all my antennae and makes me want to buy a pair of waders.The video is interesting, secondly, because at almost the same time Eric at Classical Values is noting … [Read more...]

Clintons and the Christians third party gambit – UPDATED

[Jesus] then addressed this parable to those who were convinced of their own righteousness and despised everyone else. "Two people went up to the temple area to pray; one was a Pharisee and the other was a tax collector. The Pharisee took up his position and spoke this prayer to himself, 'O God, I thank you that I am not like the rest of humanity--greedy, dishonest, adulterous--or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week, and I pay tithes on my whole income.' But the tax collector … [Read more...]