While I was out being famous…

So, yesterday I was all-but-out of commission thanks to the server move and my own haplessness, but Thursday I was in Brooklyn taping the last two episodes of In the Arena. The show was only slated for ten episodes, but we squeezed out an eleventh; it ended with Lizzie and the priest (Fr. Kieran Harrington) gettin' loud in a passionate exchange on whether Catholicism is community-focused or deeply interior. Being Irish, we both rather enjoyed that noisy exchange. I'm not sure when that … [Read more...]

Workers: Embrace your mandatory volunteerism!

Comrades, I am out today, but wanted to throw a few links up.On the heels of the very interesting Mike Rowe, of "Dirty Jobs", and his thoughts on work, dignity and AIG rage, some very disturbing reading, much of it thanks to Larwyn:Every American a Volunteer: the incomprehensible legislation that is speeding through Congress and will take away your right to do or not do a thing. So much for Freedom in America, circa 2009.Obama presses for more power, less transparency. What you O-lovers … [Read more...]

The $13 a week stimulus – UPDATED

Hey, $13 dollars is $13, I guess. In January that falls to $8.Here is our 800 billion dollar stimulus mostly-spending bill we must see passed, and we must gratefully accept as the only possible solution to our "catastrophic" problems and our growing malaise. The ONLY solution.This other one, over here, brought up by another Democrat? Ignored. Just ignored.I just have one thing to ask:What does Michelle Obama suggest we do - how we will stimulate the economy with our $13?As I … [Read more...]

Turn up the heat: Yes we can! – UPDATED

Or, more properly, you and I may be wandering around the house in sweaters, but President Obama can turn up the heat.Just days after calling DC folk wimps for not being able to handle a little snow, and just months after proclaiming his 43 word manifesto, we read a glowing article about President Obama which includes this warm narrative:The capital flew into a bit of a tizzy when, on his first full day in the White House, President Obama was photographed in the Oval Office without his suit … [Read more...]

Hurry Springtime!

Rescheduled for posting later:Double Hollyhocks via Burgess Seed & Plant Co.I love winter and snow, but I hate ice and these cold temps are a little wearying, so I am perusing a seed catalogue and imagining the warm sun on my face and my fingers in the freshly turned soil...I want wildflowers in my backyard, and daisies and daylillies...and the game to begin.I also want need a new coffeemaker. Here I am drinking what is unquestionably the greatest coffee in the world, with a … [Read more...]

Peggy Noonan, Roger Ebert & me

Noonan - October 2005A few weeks ago I was reading Christopher Lawford's lovely, candid and affectionate remembrance of growing up in a particular time and place with a particular family, the Kennedys, circa roughly 1950-2000. It's called "Symptoms of Withdrawal." At the end he quotes his Uncle Teddy. Christopher, Ted Kennedy and a few family members had gathered one night and were having a drink in Mr. Lawford's mother's apartment in Manhattan. Teddy was expansive. If he hadn't gone into … [Read more...]

Wednesday Linkfest!

Personally a difficult day over here for some family members who are crucible-stepping. If you could keep J and P in your prayers, I would really appreciate it.Meanwhile, there's plenty to read!Big Doings: for the launch of Big Hollywood. I like the Steyn quote highlighted by Ed Driscoll he's right!. And Driscoll is correct that editor John Nolte will keep the site provocative, smart and funny. I like the site a lot - it's quickly going to become yet another of my daily "must reads" and a … [Read more...]

A 2008 Round Up

H/T to Pianogirl:And if you haven't yet read these, don't miss them:Dave Barry's always brilliant and gut-busting Year in Review. He does it again!NRO's The Cornermakes predictionsA Russian Professor: Gets in on the act; sez America will dieBeowulf: Sitting Next to a 16-Year-Old Kid, Watches Frasier on a Transcontinental Flight. Really. H/TA Day to Remember two American heroes.Bush was Right?: Maybe Gitmo isn't so bad...Bizzy Blog sez to VF: Oh yeah?No predictions this … [Read more...]

Bush was right. Victorious, too – UPDATED

I'm still trying to keep to my new pledge of only writing about politics when it intersects with religion, but it does seem only fair to note that, Old Europe, which has been struggling all along with its restrictions, has finally admitted that, President Bush was right to keep America out of the Kyoto treaty.That's all I'm going to say. Bush was right. Lots of numbers simply should not be trusted enough to build policy on them.And he also was effective on the environment in ways you never … [Read more...]

Did Bill Ayers Write Obama's Books? w/ UPDATES

There is mounting evidence that Obama's two best-selling books, Dreams of My Father and The Audacity of Hope were in fact ghost-written.Dr. Jack Cashill first raised the question earlier in the month, and made a compelling (but not convincing) argument that the author of both books was not Barack Obama, but prolific author, upstanding Chicago citizen and unrepentant domestic terrorist Bill Ayers.Now, Cashill shores up his thesis with more detail.Cashill is wrong when he says Obama … [Read more...]


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