Sherrod Blames NAACP for Resignation – UPDATED

Shirley Sherrod is blaming the NAACP for her resignation/firing, and she is right to:Asked about the NAACP’s actions during an interview with CNN on Tuesday, Sherrod said the only reason the video surfaced was in response to an NAACP resolution accusing the tea party of using “racist” tactics. “They got into a fight with the tea party, and all of this came out as a result of that,” Sherrod said.I said something very similar in the comment #81 section of this post:It is worth noting that th … [Read more...]

You Have Video Recommendations?

Over at Patheos, I am still getting my feet wet and doing what little I can to contribute to next week's focus on Catholicism, as The Future of Religion Series Continues.If you haven't yet checked out the series, do so; you'll find it fascinating. This week, the site is focusing on Judaism, and you might enjoy availing yourself of some interesting writing and opining on the subject (I am looking at you, especially, Hantchu!); you may enjoy spending some time with the people John Paul II … [Read more...]

Lizzie's New Adventure!

Recent weeks have brought some new opportunities and looming adventures my way, and I will be rolling them out a little at a time, just to keep you in suspense, but today I can tell you that in addition to blogging here at First Things and contributing the occasional On the Square piece, I will also be managing the Catholic Portal over at of you may recognize Patheos from my blogroll, and recent links by this and other blogs, including Hot Air and Instapundit have made to the … [Read more...]

The Future of Religion

Some of you may be a little familiar with because of Timothy Dalrymple's current three-part article, linked from this site--and also by Hot Air and Instapundit--exploring whether the Tea Parties might be considered a Christian movement.Patheos has begun a summer-long series on The Future of Word Religions. Each week knowledgeable writers will share their ideas on the future of their own religions. This week the focus is on Hinduism, with the schedule as follows:Interesting … [Read more...]

Dynamic Speaker and 2 Great Books! – UPDATED

I had the opportunity to attend a writer's conference held at the beautiful Seminary of the Immaculate Conception, this weekend, where it was my pleasure to meet a number of Long Island-based Catholic writers whose work I had admired. I had previously recommended Josephine Nobisso's splendid children's book The Weight of a Mass (my nieces have loved it!) to Anchoress readers, but to hear Nobisso describe the difficulties of getting faithful, non-ironic Catholic work published, and how she began … [Read more...]

I heart Simcha Fisher

And it is not difficult to see why when she shares her research into baby shower games:What could be so bad about candy bars? Well, howzabout we take a nice selection of them, melt them down until they’re gooey and shapeless, and slap each one into a diaper. Yes, pooplike. Then we pass them around . . . at a party, let’s not forget . . .and we poke them into each guest’s face, and we say, “Smell!” The idea is to see how many types of candy bar you can identify without their wrappers. … [Read more...]

Make Parody, not Pain!

Or something...Mockery is more powerful than indignation, and those who do not want to read the voluminous details will still watch a video. Little Miss Attila, who is not afraid of a righteous battle, quotes a friend about Jewish Black Humor and posts a video you must see to believe.I think the Springsteen and Dylan bits are the best, although the Dylan was too intelligible. Ed Driscoll has more.Meanwhile, Bookworm looks at what Obama's idea of "support for Israel means.And Saturn, … [Read more...]

Nice…er…reporting, WaPo!

Ann Althouse, good instructor that she is, finds that a professional-big-time-journalist at the Washington Post (and other journalists, elsewhere, I am sure) have difficulty with reading, interpreting and pulling actual quotes from primary sources.She takes WaPo to the woodshed, and it's a joy to watch.Tom Maguire deals similarly with the NY Times, which is also misreporting about the history they prefer to be re-written.Gabriel Malor has more. It seems there are people who really don't … [Read more...]

My Biggest Fan

Few people in my family (and almost none of my friends) read my blog; I don't mind it - people are busy, after all, and I'm not that interesting, anyway.But every once in a while, I'll send my husband a link to something I've written, because I think he'll enjoy it.Today I sent him this piece about the wussification of the workplace.He said "I thought it was well-written, but are you veering off, now, into other subjects? I thought you just wrote about politics and religion. And … [Read more...]

Sometimes Things Don't Work Out

So, I spent a good portion of the morning writing something that I thought you'd enjoy. It concerned a pal, but it was funny and sort of sweet, and I had written a couple of deliciously wicked metaphors about someone who had spitefully and needlessly wronged him.Then I showed it to my pal, who asked me not to post it.Well, fine, but now I have nothing for you guys to read.I had had a plan.It did not work out.Dammitall.Then I got this from Rick at Brutally Honest, and it made me … [Read more...]