"Limited Dictatorships" of the Americas

So, Hugo Chavez thinks he should be allowed to run a dictatorship for a year:Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Tuesday asked congress to grant him special powers to enact laws by decree for one year, just before a new legislature takes office with a larger contingent of opposition lawmakers.The measure would give the president the ability to bypass the National Assembly for the fourth time since he was first elected almost 12 years ago.How much do you want a bet that Nancy Pelosi and … [Read more...]

Sanders Filibusters/Clinton Takes Over!

Democrat Senator Bernie Sanders, of Vermont, has been engaged in a filibuster on the Senate floor; he doesn't like the Obama/GOP tax plan.Good opticsI may not agree with him, but I applaud the man getting up and actually going through with a filibuster. After watching numerous drama-free, procedural "declared filibusters" through the latter part of Bush's presidency--actions that really meant, "we're just obstructing and going home"--Sanders is putting his money where his mouth is (or, … [Read more...]

That felt good! UPDATED

Really goodMy favorite part, though, was watching Barbara Bush take her own pictures with her little camera, and scoring the game.I respect anyone who loves baseball enough to score it.UPDATE: I am looking forward to reading Bush's upcoming book, for may reasons, including this one … [Read more...]

Bullying, Tolerance & the Disconnect

(Source)Yesterday, I wrote a little about the rampant bullying that is driving too many gay teenage boys and straight teenage girls, to suicide.Today, I look at how that can be, after whole generations have heard the "tolerance" messages since their cradles, and suggest one surprising step that the church could take, in order to teach the world how to actually walk all that talk.USA Today has picked the piece up, with predictable emphasis. I notice that in the midst of the pc-focus on … [Read more...]

In the Day of the Bully

Over the weekend, I mentioned to someone that I hate the tv ad for the Chrysler Town and Country--the one where a little boy is being chased by bullies; he dives into the open hatchback of a waiting minivan, and his mother--who apparently knows her son is the target of bullies, but parks some distance away from school--then smiles as he makes his escape and the hatchback slowly closes behind him. Still smiling, and oblivious to the fact that thwarted bullies do not surrender, but only slink … [Read more...]

Why We Miss Bush – UPDATED

Ed Morrissey notes that many who spent 8+ years detesting Bush as the worst moron-nazi-terrorist ever born of woman are now looking for him to break his post-presidential silence in the cause of aiding President Obama and the unpopular dont-call-it-a-Ground-Zero-mosque construction planned in New York City.It's certainly a delicious irony to savor. Of course all of those pundits clamoring for Bush's assistance are careful to point out that he is still an idiotchimp on every other issue but … [Read more...]

The Ground Zero of Our Madness

In just a few weeks we will be observing the 9th anniversary of the deadliest attack ever to take place on American shores. We will stare solemnly at the gaping hole of Ground Zero, and the hole will stare back at us, until it becomes clear that we are the hole, and the hole is us - politically paralyzed into stagnation; broken, sad and empty.The crater in Lower Manhattan has become a permanent aching void, but nature abhors a vacuum and so from its empty depths something must arise. In a … [Read more...]

The Best & Brightest Need to Vacate

Well, for sure, Mrs. Obama will never go back to her life, as usual. Apparently there are two more vacations scheduled before September, next weekend's overnight "somewhere" at Florida's Gulf coast, and then 10 days at Martha's Vineyard.I don't begrudge anyone a vacation, especially not to Martha's Vineyard, which I hear is great. But as reports suggest that coverage of the First Lady's 5 days in Spain could have generated about a billion dollars to the economy of that nation, I wonder if … [Read more...]

"Gender no longer…essential (to) marriage"

In an utterly unsurprising ruling, and one that is inarguable if one is peering through the narrowed prism of stringently secular law, and reducing marriage to a sort of contractual partnering, Judge Vaughn Walker has ruled restrictions against same-sex marriage to be unconstitutional.You can read the whole Prop 8 decision here.I was intrigued with this part:Race and gender restrictions shaped marriage during eras of race and gender inequality, but such restrictions were never part of the … [Read more...]

Rosary for Job-Seekers – UPDATED

UPDATE: I have written an expanded version of these rosary meditations for OSV; you can order pamphlets of it for your church or group, hereReading about these especially horrific numbers and the endless squeezing of the Middle Class, and watching my son--still trying to find a real, full-time job now that the temporary one has ended--brought prayer.Prayer has power. When everything is falling apart, prayer holds. Any one of us can suddenly find ourselves out of work, and looking at … [Read more...]


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