Juan Williams: Fired for Doubting – UPDATED

(Graphic via Ed Driscoll, who has a good roundup)I wonder if it was smart of NPR to--12 days out from an election where leftism is headed for a defeat of rejection--re-inforce the perception that both liberalism and the media are out of control; that they have utterly cast off their former roles as champions of free speech and free thought, in favor of compulsory conformity.On consideration, I (along with Andrew Malcolm) say, no...not smart. Catastrophically not smart.My first thought … [Read more...]

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Wondering about Ameridolotry, Krugman, Absorption…

My plan to work, work, work, today is being interrupted by a family situation that needs attending-to (nothing awful, but important, nonetheless) so here's some interesting stuff I meant to respond to or comment on. Now, you'll have to do it! :-)I've wondered several times over the past five years whether some Americans are allowing their ideologies to become their idols. I've never quite had the answer, but thought it was an important question, nonetheless. Today Mr. Dalrymple asks the … [Read more...]

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"Prosper the work of our hands…"

How dare these monks try to make a living for themselves?Margaret Cabaniss has moreVia InstapunditRelated: St. Joseph's Abbey and a lovely gallery of abbey photos … [Read more...]

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The Privileged Call for Limited Dictatorships

When I read last week that Woody Allen likes the idea of letting President Obama be a dictator for a "few years" I was repelled; but then I've found Allen to be a repellent individual for decades--since Manhattan, at least--so I just shrugged it off as the foghorn bleat of an over-privileged mediocrity looking for some attention.But then the equally mediocre Tom born-wealthy-high-carbon-footprint-lover-of-Chinese-Communist-Capitalism-I've-got-mine-you-should-not-have-yours Friedman let fly … [Read more...]

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Obamacare & the Aging Population UPDATES

Since the Democrats last night offered anecdote-after-anecdote in order to justify the passage of Obamacare, I guess anecdotes are now completely fair entries into the debate. Let me offer two of them.A friend of mine listened to the healthcare vote while driving home from a hospital, where he'd spent the day with his 80 year-old father.His father is a robust man, fully in his wits, who only retired "for good" about six months ago. He had retired from his job as a line man and became bored … [Read more...]

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How to Pray for the Nation

Got this from reader Alexandra, and thought it was such incredibly simple (but profound) advice, that I had to share it. It really humbled and instructed me:. . .when the Bush-Gore recount battle was going on, I asked my parish priest, a very wise man who loves Christ, how to discern God's will. I wasn't asking so much for his opinion on the politics of the day but when I am in one of these political battles and a religious person, can I discern God's will in the course of trying to decide … [Read more...]

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Pelosi Doesn't Know from St. Joseph

I'm sorry. Almost nothing that has come from this woman's mouth has infuriated me like this.This woman is a profound grotesque who gets virtually everything wrong here, from what feastday it is, to the kinds of Catholic religious sisters supporting her monster's bastard of a bill.Note, because it is important in the face of her stupidity, her mendacity, her slander and her willingness to use any-and-all means to achieve her ends, the Catholic sisters who vehemently oppose this health care … [Read more...]

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"If the whole world were to crumble…"

“The function of the true state is to impose the minimum restrictions and safeguard the maximum liberties of the people, and it never regards the person as a thing.” -- Kant“The more corrupt the State the more numerous the laws.” -- Tacitus“Ninety eight percent of the adults in this country are decent, hardworking, honest Americans. It’s the other lousy two percent that get all the publicity. But then, we elected them.” -- Lily TomlinLots of upset people out there, today. I can … [Read more...]

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Just how angry are some Americans? -UPDATES

Because all of his pronouncements are subject to sudden change, President Obama, who decried the use of reconciliation on much smaller matters than this, has decided reconciliation is the perfect vehicle by which to tell the American public to shut up and take what he's giving them (language warning), and also take command over 17% of the economy.And he's doing it, all while pretending not to know that America is saying "no."Is that just Obama taking a stab at some plausible deniability? … [Read more...]

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If Obama v Alito were a murder trial -UPDATED

Still lots of talk in the blogosphere about the president calling out a co-equal branch of government before the whole nation and then inciting another co-equal branch to jeer against it, and Justice Samuel Alito's reflexive, and unheard-only-lip-read reaction.I have followed with great interest the varying opinions, arguments, and thoughtful comments. I was particularly struck by Megan McArdle, though, who wrote:I'm sorry, I'm having a really hard time getting worked up about Alito's … [Read more...]

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