Col. West Goes to Washington

I just love this picture of Col. Allen West showing up for his five day congressional orientation:Yup. Got my military helmet bag; always ready for a battle, and I'm taking names and notes.Yup, my tie does sort of match my bag; you like that, right?Yup, I look good standing in this doorway.Yup, yup, yup. Great picture. I do not anticipate Congressman West to sit around becoming part of the wallpaper, hiding out between election years. … [Read more...]

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No Crying in Politics

My Tuesday Column is up over at the home page. Call it my last bilious burp for election '10. It occured to me that, unlike the last defeat the Democrats suffered, in 2004, this time they have not had to process their disappointment through internet apology sites and group therapy sessions, and I wondered why:Obviously, making international apologies is more glamorous than making domestic amends, but if GOP victories are the unmitigated catastrophes the Democrats and the press would have us … [Read more...]

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Glenn Reynolds, Rah! – UPDATED

Instapundit's Glenn Reynolds has the read of the weekend or perhaps the whole week, in the Washington Examiner:With the election over, Republicans are arguing about whether they should address Democrats via compromise, or confrontation. Both have their places, but I have a different suggestion.Clarity.With the deficit and the debt ballooning, with the economy remaining in the tank, and with tough choices on the horizon, what Americans need more than anything is clarity about what those … [Read more...]

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God & Man; Great Morning Reading – UPDATED

On this cold rainy day:Start here, with Pat Gohn's How To Grow a Priest. That's a must-read.Swinging Catholics: and their effect on the electionAn insightful piece on Mad Men: The Fall of Don DraperGreatest Title Ever: How the Gray Lady became Margaret Dumont; and of course, a good piece, too!The Tea Party Must Learn to "Reagan" the Press: my own piece today at PJM. The Tea Party is off to a good start, but it needs to learn how some bladework, if they want to use Reagan's … [Read more...]

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Reasoned Loyalty; the Tuesday Column

My Tuesday Column is up, wherein I wonder about whether an adult and fully-formed faith should rest upon reason or loyalty, and decide that, well...it requires both:Reasonable Catholicism is reasoned loyalty, or sometimes even loyalty with gritted teeth; it is loyalty that insists upon the application of reason lest its value be questioned. By the same token, intellectualism that is not tempered with loyalty ends up pickling itself in its own ego. Either one, by itself, is incomplete. Both … [Read more...]

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Elect the NORMAL people!

In general, I have disapproved of using children in campaign ads, from the "daisy bomb" ads of the 60's to the "mommy, can I have another glass of arsenic" commercials of 2000. I abhorred "singing for Obama" ads from 2008.But this, I can't help but love. Not only does it succinctly sum up the driving issue of the election, these kids are just incredibly adorable, to boot.I can't help getting the impression, too, that Joel Demos and his wife do not talk about "little people" unless they … [Read more...]

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Pratchett from 2004: “Too Big to Fail”

It's not prophecy. It's not a fine or proved economic theorem. It's not even life imitating art. It's simply the way one Master Grifter recognises the cynical underhandedness of another Master Grifter. And how a very smart novelist understands the constant con:From Terry Pratchett's inventive and smart novel Going Postal, at that point where the sympathetic shyster, Moist von Lipwig, charged -on pain of death- with re-tooling the defunct Ankh-Morpork postal service, understands the … [Read more...]

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Lies and liars – UPDATE

I've cribbed the video, but after watching it, do go read Ed Morrissey's whole piece. They lie and lie. And they may get away with it, too.The reason they may get away with it, even with boldface lying like this, is because they are assisting in strenghtening the resistance of the world, that there may be no breach by which to "open up space for God’s life to pass through."Am I actually suggesting that at this point The Pelosi and The President are -knowingly or unknowingly, actively or p … [Read more...]

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G. Washington, S. Brown & Idealism

This is both interesting and sad:Over at dotCommonweal, Robert Imbelli had a brief post on the buzz-producing "Yes" from Scott Brown on yesterday's jobs bill. While many analysts have spent the last little while dissecting the vote itself, Imbelli noticed a much quieter (yet much more depressing) note in the story:Three hours before the jobs-bill vote, the Senate chamber opened with its 117-year tradition of reading Washington's Farewell Address on his birthday. The current lawmakers … [Read more...]

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SOTU Speech Reaction

My Elder Son was on his way home from school and listening to the speech as he drove. He came in and said, "this speech is reminding me of Chesterton's dictum that'The reformer is always right about what is wrong. He is generally wrong about what is right.'"I ended up surprising myself by live-blogging much of the speech, so you can read what I thought, there.Mostly I thought Obama was less fluent that he had been on the campaign trail, and less dynamic or energetic. I also thought his … [Read more...]

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