Kim Jong Il is Dead; New Tyrants Come

While you were sleeping our already-roiling world took another hit to its tenuous stability:North Korean leader Kim Jong-il has died at the age of 69, state-run television has announced.Mr Kim, who has led the communist nation since the death of his father in 1994, died on a train while visiting an area outside the capital, the announcement said.He suffered a stroke in 2008 and was absent from public view for months.Pyongyang described his son Kim Jong-un as the "great successor" … [Read more...]

O'Donnell "stupid" on 1st Amendment; um…wait

I think the most nefarious and reprehensible game the press plays--beyond spiking stories to protect the politicians they love--is the trick they have of creating blaring headlines for distorted or misreported stories, and then, in a day or two, or three (or, in the pope's case, four - always four) they either run a discreet "correction" no one sees, or an even more discreet "clarification" that runs under a nothing-headline and usually turns the original story (and newly-established … [Read more...]

Wondering about Ameridolotry, Krugman, Absorption…

My plan to work, work, work, today is being interrupted by a family situation that needs attending-to (nothing awful, but important, nonetheless) so here's some interesting stuff I meant to respond to or comment on. Now, you'll have to do it! :-)I've wondered several times over the past five years whether some Americans are allowing their ideologies to become their idols. I've never quite had the answer, but thought it was an important question, nonetheless. Today Mr. Dalrymple asks the … [Read more...]

Journolist: Listening So You Don't Have To!

Git along little dawgiesOver at RCP Jay Cost is asking what's so bad about journolisters?It's a good piece, and I urge you to read it, but here's what I think:Journolisters discourage listening among their readers and the general public, and if people are not listening, they are not thinking, either; they're just following the moo-path, which appears to suit the journolisters just fine, since it is the one they're forging.When Jeremiah Wright's America-damning, race-tainted rants were … [Read more...]

"No, we're fearless and edgy. Really." – UPDATES

This is both funny and a bit pathetic:Comedy Central might censor every image of the Prophet Muhammad on "South Park," yet the network is developing a whole animated series around Jesus Christ.As part of the network's upfront presentation to advertisers (full slate here), the network is set to announce "JC," a half-hour show about Christ wanting to escape the shadow of his "powerful but apathetic father" and live a regular life in New York City.In the show, God is preoccupied with playing … [Read more...]

Douthat, JPII and B-16 -UPDATED

Over the past week, in correspondences with friends, I've wondered how Pope John Paul II -whom I revere for a holy man- was such a poor judge of character? He named so many weak bishops, and seemed to believe people he should not have. When this story broke about Fr. Maciel, I had to wonder again: was JPII a deplorable judge of character?After reading that, I wrote to someone, "It seems like JPII was the charismatic hero, leading the parade, and Cardinal Ratzinger was the homely little guy … [Read more...]

"Where's the Left's Palin?"

Taylor Marsh, who is a very smart woman whose knee does not jerk, asks the question, and it's a revealing one. Despising her as they do, the question suggests that -beneath the disdain- they appreciate what she brings with her. At least Marsh does:Mrs. Palin's politics aren't for me, and though I pine to see hot headliners from the left, instead we get the likes of Claire McCaskill, Kathleen Sebelius and other Obama blue dog duds, with no women of any wattage in sight.As much as they … [Read more...]

Clarity & Spirited Defense re Pope -UPDATED

CLARITY After adding a link to this post, I decided that this piece by Jimmy Akin deserves to be more than a footnote in a blogpiece.I am not saying that the Holy See’s handling of abuse cases can’t be legitimately criticized. I’m not saying that then-Cardinal Ratzinger/now-Pope Benedict XVI didn’t experience a learning curve on this point. And I don’t know what else is out there that remains to be discovered.But I am saying that the media is getting this story wrong, particularly in the case … [Read more...]

Pratchett from 2004: "Too Big to Fail"

It's not prophecy. It's not a fine or proved economic theorem. It's not even life imitating art. It's simply the way one Master Grifter recognises the cynical underhandedness of another Master Grifter. And how a very smart novelist understands the constant con:From Terry Pratchett's inventive and smart novel Going Postal, at that point where the sympathetic shyster, Moist von Lipwig, charged -on pain of death- with re-tooling the defunct Ankh-Morpork postal service, understands the depth … [Read more...]

Brit Hume and Tiger Round Up

So, the clip of Brit Hume's "Tiger, Come to Jesus" moment is running viral.Over at the National Catholic Reporter, the rather left-of-center Michael Sean Winters writes:Fox News commentator Brit Hume has gone off the deep end, even by Fox News’ standards which are a pretty low bar. [...] I am a big fan of everyone becoming Christian. But, a person in crisis should probably not be counseled to abandon his or her own faith traditions unless the conversion was part of an organic process, not t … [Read more...]


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