Scanning the Sphere: quick hits

Found in the mailbox: No One Sees God; The Dark Night of Atheists and Believers by Michael Novak.Which reminds me, this is the best book I've read this year, reviewed here and here.We're painting another bedroom (I love it when my husband takes some vacation time) so here are some quick hits - follow the links, they're all good:From the Dept. of Obama's gotta learn to lighten up!: I can't believe the brouhaha over the New Yorker cover! Remember when Kilborn put the "Snipers Wanted" logo on … [Read more...]

Catholics, Abortion & Sen. Obama

:::Welcome, Hot Air readers, and thanks Ed. The piece Ed quoted from is here, at Pajamas Media!:::In my latest at Pajamas Media, I look at a recent Wall Street Journal piece exploring the means by which Catholics justify a vote for Barack Obama, whose NARAL rating (his recent musings on abortion notwithstanding) is 100%.The WSJ reports that the Obama Catholics justify voting for him in good conscience, despite his abortion record, because he is "so good on other issues" of import to … [Read more...]

Nancy Pelosi Orwell: The lady likes control

What kind of "liberals" are these? What sort of "transparency" is this?Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Lady Liberty herself, who has in the past made noises about regulating free speech on the internet, has decided that her colleagues in congress have too much free speech, and they should be reined in.And California's Sen. Diane Feinstein seems to be cooking up a similar idea in the Senate.How do people, supposedly committed to the first amendment and to free speech, discuss managing … [Read more...]

Holy Eucharist & "Crackers" – UPDATED

Medal-Cross of St. BenedictIs it too much, really, to ask reporters to get it right? They always seem to write some variation of this:...he smuggled a Eucharist, a small bread wafer that to Catholics symbolic (sic) of the Body of Christ after a priest blesses it...No. We believe it is the Real Body and Blood of Christ, after consecration. Not a "symbol" after a "blessing." Is that so hard to get straight?Don't know how I missed this story, but I almost wish it had not been brought to … [Read more...]

June 9, the Chinese Martyrs

A while back we took another look at U2's halftime show at the 2002 Super Bowl (I never realized it before, but Bono speaks a phrase from psalm 51 "Oh Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will proclaim your praise" before he starts he starts wailing).Only Deacon Greg Kandra can take that clip and use it to teach us - brilliantly and movingly - about St. Augustine Zhao Rong & Companions, The Chinese Martyrs:As the song began, behind the stage a massive banner started to rise, coming up from … [Read more...]

Dubya: Underrated and Underappreciated – from UK

I got this in an email, and I appreciated reading it: a fellow named Sameh El-Shahat - writing in a "have your say" space in the UK Telegraph - writes (and videos, charmingly) of George W. Bush:Whatever happened to leadership and honesty as presidential traits? I happen to believe that the only leader in the West to have these two admirable qualities in droves is the leader of the free world: George W Bush. [...] Take the Iraq war for example. OK, so he got us into Iraq in the first place. … [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...]

Blogger Free Speech, Humanae Vitae – UPDATE

:::UPDATE::: A blogger who is rebuilding finds his Obama-critical posts uncached and unrecoverable. Hmmmmm...:::END UPDATE:::So, these Obama True-Believers are an insecure bunch.It seems to me if you are confident in your candidate, you don't need to run around doing all you can to silence opposition by shutting down blogs that dare to dislike your guy.When you act like a jack-booted silencer of dissent, you do your candidate no favors. You (and by extension your candidate, even if he … [Read more...]

Free Speech, Liberals, Eugenics, Move America!

I need a cat. Or maybe another puppy to keep the collie company!Blogging will be light and probably not so long as I'm posting this...Is free speech really such a tough concept? Three pieces yesterday on a Huffpo writer admonishing The Daily Show's Jon Stewart for daring to make jokes about Obama that have any sort of substance to them. Stewart is apparently only to gently mock Obama, and only when doing so also mocks John McCain.There is something ominous … [Read more...]

Delicious sarcasm

Said it before and I'll say it again: I wish I had Glenn Reynolds' economy of words. … [Read more...]