A Gathering of Eagles – UPDATED

This is wonderful and true:When it is 95 degrees, the two guys you don’t envy are Santa Claus and the man in the bomb disposal helmet and gear.There were a couple hundred of us, mostly old guys, hiding from the heat by standing under the trees on the Capitol Mall. What distinguished us from the 10,000 or so other marchers resting under the trees beside us was that they were all under 18-years-old and wearing Boy Scout uniforms, while we ranged in age up to seventy-one and were mostly wearing … [Read more...]

Adrift and trembling…

Do yourself a favor and go read this short piece by Joseph Bottum.It is so us. … [Read more...]

Your Civics and Your Spirit

As we head into the weekend, let me give you three pieces to read, all on rather different subjects, but all important to us, as Christians and as civic-minded folk.First up, read J. Peter Nixon, who recounts last night, in Oakland:. . . there I was, making a last minute decision to remain in downtown Oakland at a time when many (white) commentators were convinced the place was about to explode in civil unrest.I wish I could tell you it was an act of heroic virtue. The truth is that I was … [Read more...]

Happy 4th, or, umm…UPDATES

When I was in elementary school, the typical class had 52 students, with one nun in charge of getting information into our heads.The public schools had a better student-to-teacher ratio, but outside of religion the courses were the same, and they included a quaint little class called "civics."Civics class taught you things like: when, how and why America was formed. What the Declaration of Independence was; what the Constitution said, and the origination of the Bill of Rights. We learned … [Read more...]

Buyer's Remorse Among the Seniors

Bookworm has a very good piece up, wherein she wonders at how our president can run the gamut of emotional and intellecutal circuits, from A, as is Apathy, to umm...A, as in Anger.Health care bill: Apathetic. (Yeah, it passed and, yeah, he made the talk show circuits, but he was a follower, not a leader on this one. The momentum came from the Democratic Congress.)The Green Revolution in Iran: Apathetic. (Obama had the opportunity to topple the Iranian government using the power of the … [Read more...]

One man, six votes – UPDATED

I don't even know what to say, except I'm thinking it is setting a dicey precedent. Is this part of the "remaking America" thing?Arthur Furano voted early — five days before Election Day. And he voted often, flipping the lever six times for his favorite candidate.Furano cast multiple votes on the instructions of a federal judge and the U.S. Department of Justice as part of a new election system crafted to help boost Hispanic representation.Voters in Port Chester, 25 miles northeast of New … [Read more...]

Has Social-Justice been Co-opted?

Over at Patheos, Timothy Dalrymple offers Part I of what he is referring to as a "Three Part 'Tea Party Suite'". Here he asks the thoughtful question, Is the Tea Party a Social Justice Movement?Since it is intent on the formation of a more accountable and more restrained government that will better serve the interest of all Americans: Is the Tea Party movement a social justice movement?When I asked this question of my beloved liberal friends, they were mortified. There may be no quicker way … [Read more...]

Speaking of Nino & Other Things

Playing with the ongoing non-story of SCOTUS Nominee Elena Kagan's sexual orientation, Michael Kinsley has written a rather amusing satire about the sex lives of Supreme Court Justices:Why does Justice Antonin Scalia, by common consent the leading intellectual force on the Court, have nine children? Is this normal? Or should I say "normal," as some people choose to define it? Can he represent the views of ordinary Americans when he practices such a minority lifestyle? After all, having nine … [Read more...]

The Wussification of the Workplace- UPDATES

:::WARNING: The very funny and insightful essay and link I am about to present to you contains a variation of the "S" word and several renderings of the "F" word. If you cannot handle the "F" word in any context, please do not follow this link. Go write me a letter about how scandalized you are that any Catholic site would dare to suggest that you read something that contains the "F" word, and then, rather than tempting yourself away from charity, tear it up and pray for me, instead. You are … [Read more...]

Rima Fakih is Gorgeous; That is All – UPDATED

The Miss America Pageant, and a few others, like to say that they are all about showcasing talent and poise for the purpose of awarding scholarships. Fine. Preserving polite fiction is part of what makes society run.The Miss USA Pageant has never voiced a pretension to higher thought--it is a celebration of the superficial--so it is a bit odd that for the second year in a row, a pageant judge has asked a rather deep question with an apparent expectation of a deep response.The new Miss USA … [Read more...]