Chick-fil-A: if you’re not sure, this is how fascism works – UPDATED AGAIN

Over at Facebook, I noticed a picture of Kermit and Miss Piggy marrying, with a caption about Chick-fil-A*. I can't seem to find it, now -- perhaps the person who posted it deleted it. I confess, haven't been following this story at all. But after the Muppets picture, I saw someone ranting about Chick-fil-A being denied business licenses because they were "against gay marriage." At that point, I posted to Facebook, "Whether these Chick-fil-A people support gay marriage or not, are … [Read more...]

The Unthinkable: To Rome I Go!

Back in July I did one of my loud, obnoxious huff-and-puffs: Honestly, do I have to go to Rome and storm the press office of the Holy See, and sit the curia down and pull their hats off to smack them upside the head? Now, oddly--unimaginably--well...I'm going to Rome and will be visiting the press offices of the Holy See, to boot! And no, you smart-alecks, the picture above is not meant to indicate that my presence in Rome portends a coming darkness. Stop that! What happened is basically … [Read more...]

Podhoretz Makes My Point – UPDATED

NYPost Opinion Photo/Jeff Day Yesterday, I wrote here that if we had not so utterly failed in rebuilding at Ground Zero, the Cordoba House, Islamic Cultural Center/Mosque, don't-call-it-a-mosque-Park51 currently occupying our thoughts would not have been an issue, at all: In a near-decade that “something” could have taken the form of a park, or a memorial, or a glistening new tower, and the construction of a mosque two blocks thence would have been nothing more than a reinforcement of the … [Read more...]

Happy 4th, or, umm…UPDATES

When I was in elementary school, the typical class had 52 students, with one nun in charge of getting information into our heads. The public schools had a better student-to-teacher ratio, but outside of religion the courses were the same, and they included a quaint little class called "civics." Civics class taught you things like: when, how and why America was formed. What the Declaration of Independence was; what the Constitution said, and the origination of the Bill of Rights. We learned … [Read more...]

The Fundamental(ist) Imbalance

Nowadays, the truth of peace continues to be dramatically compromised and rejected by terrorism, whose criminal threats and attacks leave the world in a state of fear and insecurity. These are often the fruit of a tragic and disturbing nihilism. Looked at closely, nihilism and fundamentalism share an erroneous relationship to truth: the nihilist denies the very existence of truth, while the fundamentalist claims to be able to impose it by force. Both show a dangerous contempt for human beings … [Read more...]

Immigration & the Storm Next Time

Chapel at Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn Last week, I was in Brooklyn taping a few episodes of In the Arena, and one of the drivers, taking a route that brought us past The Green-Wood Cemetery, reminisced about Park Slope, where he had lived all his life. "We were working class, then. Our fathers were train conductors and shoe salesmen. No, we'd never be able to afford to live here. We'd cut through Prospect Park to Ebbets Field to watch the Dodgers. In the summer, they'd close off four … [Read more...]

John Allen; definitive on Benedict, Scandals

The great John Allen, perhaps the best English-language reporter on the Vatican beat, does yeoman's work in three different articles, to which I am linking today. Allen takes knowledgeable, sometimes devastating but always fair looks at Pope Benedict XVI and the crisis that has engulfed him over the past few weeks and has come to -rather unjustly- define his papacy. None of these pieces is fun to read. All of them are thoughtful, instructive and very valuable, particularly to anyone who wants … [Read more...]

How to Pray for the Nation

Got this from reader Alexandra, and thought it was such incredibly simple (but profound) advice, that I had to share it. It really humbled and instructed me: . . .when the Bush-Gore recount battle was going on, I asked my parish priest, a very wise man who loves Christ, how to discern God's will. I wasn't asking so much for his opinion on the politics of the day but when I am in one of these political battles and a religious person, can I discern God's will in the course of trying to decide … [Read more...]

Politics & Religion until you puke

Lots and lots to read today, but I'll break it down for you, one section for religion, one for politics. Pols first - got this from Insty: You can read the lyrics here. SOTU Address: Obama "needs to come off as authentic". Come off? Perhaps this illustrates a big difference between Presidents Obama and Bush. Bush did not have to "come off" as authentic. He was authentic. Beltway Democrats (and to be fair, too many Beltway Republicans) do not understand it because they -as smart, … [Read more...]

Haiti: "Nothing on the ground, yet"

Another report -with pictures - from Ed, the missionary who is in Haiti, sharing in the suffering (thanks to his friend DeLynn, who passes it on to us...). Offered without comment: Saturday 11:56 AM Back on line. I can't believe it's Saturday. This has all been one long day. We are getting more news now as the phone lines are opening up, some good news, some bad news. Some folks are still alive, some are not. Daphne just found out that her uncle did not die. We are still having tremors but … [Read more...]

New Idea for the New Year -Updated

This is an idea I love, out of the blogosphere, via Glenn Reynolds at Instapundit, who writes: KILLING THE D.C. SCHOOL VOUCHER PROGRAM: Because protecting bureaucrats’ rice bowls is more important than, you know, actually educating. UPDATE: “Democrats Resegregate DC School System.” We discussed this here a few months ago: Pay attention to the former Headmaster of Sidwell Friends School (where Chelsea Clinton, went, and Malia and Sasha Obama currently attend), who seems utterly baffled … [Read more...]

Obama and Doing vs Being – UPDATED

Neo-neocon is wondering what has happened to Obama's vaunted fluency? Obama was always a fluid if vapid speechmaker, although his off-the-cuff statements featured a lot of hemming and hawing. But I’ve noticed something that seems new: hesitancy even when he speaks from a prepared text. Obama now seems to go off-teleprompter more often—perhaps because he’s been critiqued so much for its use—and when reading from notes on a lectern he stops and starts, as well as using a … [Read more...]

Wrapping our heads around the world at Christmas

So, Bookworm is sounding bummed out as she is quoting Mark Steyn: The liberal wing of the party—the Barney Franks, the David Obeys—are focused beyond November 2010, to the long-term political prize. They want a health-care program that inevitably leads to a value-added tax and a permanent welfare state. Big government then becomes fact, and another Ronald Reagan becomes impossible. See Continental Europe. Optimism is still a virtue, and I am forever battling my inner cynic, but I've said … [Read more...]

The shadow of the jackboot…

I have only just begun to read news about The Ghastly Mrs. Pelosi's machinations, or the single-mindedness of the president who flinches at the slightest criticism but seems not to care about the CIC part of his job, and the passing of the monster bill, and also about some of the troubling rumbles coming out of Europe. While reading, I had the overwhelming image of the shadow of a jackboot, poised just above our nation. Socialism is an opportunistic infection of the body politic. It occurs … [Read more...]