Helen Thomas Retires

As Instapundit says: Felled by a flip camera!Helen Thomas is retired, effective Immediately, and the White House Correspondent's Association, after mulling it over for a few days, has released a condemnation of Thomas' remarks, and add:". . . the incident does revive the issue of whether it is appropriate for an opinion columnist to have a front row seat in the WH briefing room. That is an issue under the jurisdiction of this board."The White House itself, after ignoring the anniversary … [Read more...]

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A Most small-c Catholic Drama

Over at Pajamas Media, I have a piece that you might call an addendum to my weekend article at First Things.In 2009 an Arizona woman, pregnant with her fifth child and suffering from pulmonary hypertension (an often, but not always fatal complication), consulted with her doctor and the ethics committee member on call — a Catholic Sister of Mercy — and obtained an abortion at the St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center.As the story has gone public, the reactions have been predictable across r … [Read more...]

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King, Bridegroom Self-Immolating Lover

Thumbing through Benedictus last night, I read two excerpts from the pen of our good pope, Benedict XVI, in succession. The second nearly took off the top of my head.It's not that Pope Benedict is saying anything that -on some level- we don't already know. It's that he fleshes out these truths in such a way that heightens the sense of revelation:By calling ourselves Christians, we label ourselves as followers of the king, as people who recognize him as their king. But we can … [Read more...]

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Off. Steven Tyrone Johns; Holocaust Hero – UPDATED

Don Surber says it's a bad day to be an American.Steven Tyrone JohnsLet us pray tonight, for the soul and the family of 39 year-old Officer Steven Tyrone Johns who has lost his life while helping to prevent a bloodbath by an elderly, anti-semitic, anti-Catholic, 9/11 truthing, sick, sick mind.Surely when Officer Johns awoke this morning, he could not guess he would be the latest hero of the Holocaust, which we delude ourselves into thinking has ended. In truth, in too many parts of the … [Read more...]

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Miranda Rights for Terrorists & President Opposite

Over breakfast, my husband and I were discussing President Obama's Cairo speech, wherein he lectured the West about the freedom of Muslim women to wear the hijab (Obama called it a hajib; is either correct?), but said nothing about Muslim nations giving them the freedom to not wear the covering, if they choose."He speaks here about nations not having the right to tell other nations what to do," my husband mused, "but does precisely the opposite with regards to Israel; he's always telling … [Read more...]

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An Exceedingly Interesting Round-up

You will like this round-up of links. No, seriously, you will; it is full of chewy, satisfying round-uppy goodness, and contains no artificial sweeteners, and I will fully resist the urge to fall into my cowgirl lingo of yore. Some religion, some politics, some gossipy stuff.Bookworm: is wondering if Obama is an atheist:Obama’s White Houses instinctively uses the same wishy-washy language atheists use: “My heart is with you.” “My thoughts are with you.” “I send you my wishes.” No prayer … [Read more...]

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"…I prayed my way into thinking."

This I understand."The truth is that I did not think my way into praying. I prayed my way into thinking." - David P. Goldman, writing in First Things.Goldman gives a masterful exposition on why he wrote undercover as "Spengler" and looks at his journey into Jewishness, into becoming a prayerful, thinking, religious Jew.I recognize myself in some of what Goldman writes. I too blogged anonymously while writing freelance, and yes, coming out did have me pulling my punches a little at first, … [Read more...]

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Gay Marriage and the Move to control the Church

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. -- The First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of AmericaWell, here we are.As I wrote in the comments section, here, back in 2006:I have no doubt that within the next few decades that will find … [Read more...]

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