Pelosi to Bishops: drill your brains?

Wait, that can't be right. Nancy Pelosi cannot have respond to the rather heavy dose of correction she received from various and sundry Bishops and Cardinals, some of her colleagues in Congress and the US Conference of Catholic Bishops with an offer to drill their brains, right?Oh, wait! I see! She asked some of the "Drill here, drill now" people chanting in Colorado if she could drill their brains. Which seems like a strange remark - what does it mean, actually? Is she saying these … [Read more...]

Meyer: Why We Hate Us

Through his columns, first at CBS and now at NPR, Dick Meyer has provided this site with so many interesting jumping-off points that I've given him his own category. I believe he is the only writer besides Chesterton to gain that dubious distinction, but, I digress.Several times over the past few weeks, I have mentioned the upcoming release of his book, Why We Hate Us; American Discontent in the New Millennium; it was released yesterday, and good for all of us that it was.In his recent … [Read more...]

I thought the GOP was the dumb party

I know that Democrats and members of the left are supposed to be our intellectual betters, and that those of us center or center-right are all "knuckledragging neanderthals" (Ted Kennedy, circa 2002) but the Dems seem to be making some very dumb unforced errors, heading into the Fourth of July Weekend and their National Convention:1) Only Fox News reported positive news from Iraq. Because God forbid we should hear it (and think well of our troops) as we head into Fourth of July! The … [Read more...]

Honing your Critical Thinking Skills – UPDATED

The other day I linked to my most recent piece at Pajamas Media, which looked at the illogical responses we too-often see when a news report does not match someone's world view.Impressively, within hours - literally hours - of my piece being posted, the erudite Roger Kimball jumped off of it with a huge, and hugely entertaining and enlightening piece which of course is much smarter than anything I had to say, and much more elegantly said.Nietzsche clung to honesty after abandoning the other … [Read more...]

Salmonella impeachment, gay marriage & more

It's now official, CNN's Lou Dobbs has become that network's Keith Olbermann.Lou Dobbs: Bush Should Be Impeached for Salmonella OutbreakThere's really nothing to say. Dobbs wonders if there is "any sense of embarrassment" in the Bush administration. I might ask the same of the mainstream media. I mean, honestly...are we supposed to believe there were never salmonella outbreaks before President Bush took office? This is beyond parody.Meanwhile, try as they might, congress - in its … [Read more...]

"Barack-o-phobia" and "Bush-o-phobia"

Jonah Goldberg at The Corner:I caught the beginning of the Daily Show the other night and saw what appears to be a recurring segment: "Barackaphobia." This, as you might guess, is where Stewart mocks anybody who is overly concerned with Barack Obama's ideas, background, whatever. In short, anybody who takes stark exception to Obama or the cult of Obama is paranoid. [...]The left loves to characterize conservative dislikes and disagreements as "phobias" and other maladies of the mind. … [Read more...]

Chesterton & Lewis warn against tyranny

G. K. Chesterton's helpful assessment of fundamental liberty. By his measure, our liberty is indeed threatened."The free man owns himself. He can damage himself with either eating or drinking; he can ruin himself with gambling. If he does he is certainly a damn fool, and he might possibly be a damned soul; but if he may not, he is not a free man any more than a dog." - Broadcast talk 6-11-35Emphasis mine. Jay at STACLU has a great quote on a similar theme:“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny e … [Read more...]