Peek-a-Boo, Mr. President. We see you.

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Back in October of 2009 I asked, Does Obama Know Who We Are?Obama is an American President who is not particularly American in character or disposition. He seems not to really understand Americans, or their way, which is a way peculiar to the rest of the word, at once shallow and heroic, capable of great materialism and breathtaking self-sacrifice. [...] The American mind is a duality of sorts. A country founded by displaced nobles and built by the strongest and most resourceful commoners … [Read more...]

Mandates, the IDEA of America and the Worrisome Line

Someone wondered why I seem less plugged in to the "Fortnight for Freedom" than he had expected me to be. I'm not sure why he is surprised; I've never been much of a joiner.But he's right. I am lukewarm on the F4F, because I am a little uncomfortable with it.I certainly am in complete agreement with the bishops that the HHS Mandate is an assault on our first amendment right to Freedom of Religion -- and that it concerns all believers, not just Catholics.And I agree with Russell … [Read more...]

DC's Bad Kabuki & the Next Chapter of Trouble – UPDATES

Clearly, what we are getting out of Washington is not leadership, not from anyone. It is spitefulfulness; it is deceit; it is hyperbole unto madness and maneuvering and masterful manipulation, but it's not leadership.What it is, is pure Kabuki theater, but less honest.Or maybe it's not Kabuki, at all; maybe it's just a carnival with freakshow, burlesque and a magic act, all brought forward to engage our attention in misdirection. "Look right this way, folks, (no, not there or there, there … [Read more...]

The Healy Brothers; a Thrilling, Shameful Story

February is Black History Month, and to kick it off historian Dr. Pat McNamara brings us a fascinating story that thrilled and shamed me. What a remarkable family of faith existed in the sons and daughters of Michael Healy and Eliza Clark; they became priests, nuns and even a bishop emerging from their home in Georgia, where mixed-race children were called "slaves." But none of it came easily or peacefully in 19th century America:By any standard, the Healys were an impressive family. … [Read more...]

"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...]

Pope, Condom, TSA & Crucifix – UPDATED

With a title like that, what else could I be talking about but my Tuesday column:I had been driven to the crucifix because I had become overwhelmed with the media/internet cacophony that had followed L’Osservatore Romano’s weekend revelation of Pope Benedict XVI’s thoughts on the use of condoms in certain situations, and by the uproar over newly put-in-place TSA regulations on pre-flight searches and pat-downs.In both cases, reactions were swift, and they varied according to agendas but fe … [Read more...]

"Imagine" a Love so Real

As John Lennon's birthday recently passed, a few articles have floated my way via email. Chuck Colson's piece wondering if Lennon was an unwitting prophet, while including Beatles titles within his text was a fun read.Mark Shea, who dislikes the song "Imagine" published a lengthy response to an "Imagine" lover was also interesting and fun.My own thoughts on "Imagine" are currently up at Patheos, and while I don't know if they're fun, I hope you'll find them interesting - I look at it from … [Read more...]

The Force of Her Focus – UPDATED

Marks '10/Kris Snibble (Photosource)Readers may remember a post from the spring, featuring Mary Anne Marks, Harvard '10, and her salutatory address, given in Latin, with not a notecard in sight.In this interview with Kathryn Jean Lopez, you can feel the force of her focus; she is like a laser.The cry that the Church is a “dying, loser organization of sinners” echoes down the centuries; it rang out in Christ’s day, it rang out in Luther’s day, and it rings out in ours. The second part always … [Read more...]

This gives me hope – UPDATED

I can't say why, exactly, but all of this gives me hope.Clearly, thirty years of access to home video has made everyone pretty comfortable before the cameras. Until now--thanks to Reality TV, I was thinking of that as a net-negative. I am rethinking my position. A society that can handle its devolution with a bit of humor and artistic entrepreneurship gives me hope. You may feel differently. Watch the videos in order:Antoine Dodson, charismatic and with a delivery that lends itself … [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...]


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