Staggering bigotry of Kathleen Parker – UPDATED

After reading this execrable bit of bigotry and preening martyrdom by Kathleen Parker - who apparently has discovered that the magic formula for "instant media love" is "going maverick on your own tribe," - I am considering adding her to my list of Media Whores and Sad She-Clowns who - in excessive spurts of spirit brought on by sudden media praise - cross lines and go way too far.Parker, who had her right-wing, "Christianist" Conservative moments until she found her Smart-Kid-Inclusion sword … [Read more...]

Proposition 8 and Believers

As I leave for retreat, I note it's getting pretty hot in California and elsewhere regarding Proposition 8. Almost sad to be incommunicado as the debate rages. Does seem to me, though - from a strictly legislative point of view, anyhow - that the "will of the people," is supposed to mean something. Had gay marriage been approved, that would certainly (and justly) be the case, wouldn't it?As my Li'l Bro Thom said to a co-worker at his job (about a different but similar issue)"...this is a … [Read more...]

Thoughts on The American Presidency

I was helping someone find a quote about American Presidents, and in the process of searching, we found these from my own site. Thought as we ponder our latest election and the question of what the presidency means and where it might lead, I'd toss 'em out to you.But sticking to Clinton, and to the value of the American Presidency - it is worth noting. We are too enthralled with our partisanships and our "hates", sometimes, and we overlook the fact that - as with the papacy - the Office of … [Read more...]

Paglia pretty much says it all…UPDATED

I've written almost nothing about politics since the election because there was so much noise out there in the days following it that I thought it best to step back, reflect, process and pray. One thing I've come to realize is that the instant busyness of the right - the call to "win in 2010, win in 2012" - before election day was even over, was off-putting to me. I think if you're too busy scurrying and too busy moving from fury-to-fury, you're going to make many missteps. Be a little angry, … [Read more...]

Bush, Obama, & Ghosts of Hate – UPDATED

“The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country.” Lincoln’s Second Annual Message to Congress, December 1, 1862.I would love nothing better than to be able to stop writing about "left" and "right." I wish we had a better vocabulary to describe our distinctions, because these … [Read more...]

Obama thoughts, links and reactions…UPDATED

Some must reads for today - Updated, scroll down for new:You know who you are: But I don't. Two people have generously donated to the site and left me no way to send a personal thank you. Please know I appreciate it more than I can express. You help keep the site running.H/T Lynda: NY Times suddenly discovers "nuance" in Gitmo issues that used to be all about Bushhitler. That didn't take long. Watch the double-standards begin to fly!The Daily Show makes a similar discovery: "There’s l … [Read more...]

Good Night, & Good Luck w/ Roundup – Updated

Good Luck, President-Elect Obama. You'll be in charge of our Armed Forces - Commander-in-Chief to 2,200,000 brave men and women who serve and are willing to die for their country.You'll understand when I say I hope you're up to the task (your resume is pretty thin) and that you'll think about what is best for those troops and the honorable victory they are achieving in Iraq, before you embark on the creation of your domestic army. To start, maybe, as president, you could do something to make … [Read more...]

PA Called before Counting…

Hmmmm...I actually listened to Rush at my desk today and seem to recall him saying that the networks would be calling PA for Obama before they even started counting the votes - presumably in order to set up a "theft" narrative if needed - and that is what's just happened. Many people registering surprise that Pennsylvania has been instantly called Obama's. Stephen Green asks just how many dead people voted in PA?. Others having some difficulty believing it: Ace, who remembers NBC calling … [Read more...]

Exit Polls All Over the Place; Ignore 'em

That's my advice, and it's Jim Geraghty's advice, too:We have typically wildly contradictory data. We have Gawker's initial numbers that would make McCain fans think they have a real shot, and Drudge, which has Obama ahead in Pennsylvania by 15. Drudge also has Ohio, Indiana, and Florida too close to call, which is... strange. It's not easy to imagine a scenario in which Pennsylvania is a blowout, but demographically-similar Ohio is too close to call.We also are seeing floating around places … [Read more...]

Stop freaking out…

Election Anecdotes are here, but meanwhile...We all want what we want out of this election, but I am getting some emails from people that are downright frantic. I'm not sure there is room for "frantic" - and certainly not for despair - in the life of a believer. Yes, things seem chaotic, but there are always angels in the whirlwinds.Someone wrote early this morning, saying that she took comfort in Genesis 18, wherein we see the Lord telling Abraham he'll spare Sodom and Gomorrah if he … [Read more...]