Obama, Jews & Newsweek: the MSNBC of mags

In the National Review today, Mark Hemingway looks at what he calls Newsweek's "absolutely Herculean feat of water-carrying" for Barack Obama:...before tackling the factual problems, the article’s biggest problem needs to be addressed — Newsweek aids and abets the Obama campaign’s decision to slander Joe Lieberman:In a brief but animated Senate floor confrontation last week, according to a campaign aide who asked for anonymity when talking about private discussions, Obama told Lieberman h … [Read more...]

FreeSpeech, Powergrids, Gays, Anti-Semites, Ideals

Free Speech -"A dead thing can go with the stream, but only a living thing can go against it." - G. K. Chesterton, The Everlasting ManSteve Boriss has a thoughtful piece up at Pajamas Media, on how the internet will be at the front of the fight to preserve free speech:In a recent editorial, the NY Times welcomed federal regulation of the Internet under the benign-sounding cause “net neutrality,” warning us that Internet service providers might suppress ideas they do not like. The Times ign … [Read more...]

Fun Fact Friday

Ralph Peters spells out some facts:...I happen to agree with Sen. Barack Obama...the terrorists had a tenuous connection with Saddam's regime. But it's 2008, not 2003. And our next president will take office in 2009. It's today's reality that matters.* After our troops reached Baghdad, al Qaeda's leaders made a colossal strategic miscalculation and publicly declared that Iraq was now the central front in their jihad against us. Matter of record, in the enemy's own words. * Some Iraqi Sunni … [Read more...]

Questions in the Blogosphere III

Q: Anchoress, if someone tells you that you cannot be credibly pro-life until you adopt a sick baby, and then you go out and adopt a sick baby (and then a second) and that person - who promised to become "pro-life" if you did it - never kept his end of the bargain, what does that mean?A: It means you can't form a conscience in fits and starts. You cannot become "pro-life" because of what someone else does, unless you are really willing to let their actions open up within you what you have … [Read more...]

The Last Secret of Fatima

I just finished (and loved) The Last Secret of Fatima by Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, which will be coming out in early May but may be pre-ordered.If you followed coverage of Pope Benedict's XVI's recent visit to America, you saw a lot of Cardinal Bertone, the Vatican's SecState; you'll recall he told informed the pope, in St. Patrick's Cathedral, of the moment of the anniversary of his election, at which the pope spoke so eloquently and extemporaneously.The Last Secret of Fatima is actually a … [Read more...]

Benedict's serious call for seriousness

In looking again at the text of Pope Benedict's White House address, I was struck by how serious were his remarks within the context of such a short speech given amid such pomp, particularly here:Historically, not only Catholics, but all believers have found [in America] the freedom to worship God in accordance with the dictates of their conscience, while at the same time being accepted as part of a commonwealth in which each individual and group can make its voice heard. As the nation faces … [Read more...]

Benedict XVI, Allam & Osama bin Laden – UPDATED

:::SCROLL DOWN FOR UPDATE:::So, a few days before Easter, Osama bin Laden - who may or may not be dead - claimed a conspiracy against Islam being headed up by an 81 year old feller who likes cats and plays Mozart.At the Vigil for Easter, the old feller, who also wields a crozier, writes tirelessly and uses the soft answer to turn away wrath, made his gentle response. He baptized with his own hands, and publicly, one Magdi Allam, who chose the baptismal name "Christian".Magdi Christian … [Read more...]

Weigel on Faith, Reason and Jihadism

Reviewed the book here (and highly recommend it - for some it might even be Lenten reading).Thanks to Gloria.TV, came across EWTN's Raymond Arroyo interviewing author George Weigel on the book - excellent!Quickly transcribed excerpt - somewhat paraphrased: Thomas Aquinas learned a lot of his Aristotle from Muslim philosophers...A religious community [Islam] which for several hundred years ad been the ground for great speculative accomplishment not only in philosophy but in math and other … [Read more...]

Lamb & Dragon: Counter Terrorism with Love – UPDATED

I think I can count on my hands the number of times I have revisited a past post specifically to discuss a response to it, but my post on reassessing Iraq generated a great deal of email (very little of it the usual "hate" mail, which surprised me), and a few interesting blogger responses. Nate of The Lamb and Dragon blog took some issue with me, from a Catholic perspective and wondered if I have lost sight of the supernatural componants of this war:If we fail to identify our enemies in a … [Read more...]

Nevada Muslim stares down al-Muhajer

This is, perhaps, exactly what some Americans will appreciate reading on the 5th anniversary of 9/11:The leader of al-Qaida in Iraq, Abu Hamza al-Muhajer, recently issued a decree to its supporters: Kill at least one American in the next two weeks "using a sniper rifle, explosive or whatever the battle may require."Well, Abu Hamza al-Muhajer, I am an American too. Count me as the one of those you have asked your supporters to kill.I am not alone, there are thousands of Muslims with me in … [Read more...]