What a Difference A Month Makes to “Coolness”


It's getting so hard to keep up! Apparently, now, if someone says Obama is "cool" they're sending a coded racism:[Angela Rye, Executive Director of the Congressional Black Caucus] said that "a lot" of conservative opposition is racially-charged, citing the use of the word "cool" in an attack ad launched by Karl Rove's Crossroads GPS superPAC."Oh, for Pete's sake, it was just one month ago -- just a bare month! -- that we were being told by members of the Obama press and the folks who … [Read more...]

It's a Catholic Thing

Or, perhaps, an Irish-Catholic Thing:We just had a huge college graduation party with all kinds of family and friends and everyone paused so Gwam (my Mom) could lead us in prayer before we started in on the Corned Beef Tacos and Jameson's shooters.Sounds like something my Auntie Lillie might have written, if she had ever deigned to eat a taco. … [Read more...]

Technical Difficulties…

As Auntie Lillie used to say, "welladay!" The technical difficulties are not wholly fixed, but we should be mostly readable/usable for now. I thank you all for putting up with the ups and downs for the last two days.Thanks, too, to Ed Morrissey for inviting me onto his radio broadcast. He was a heaven-sent distraction from all the techno-woes. He asked me on for "a few minutes" and we ended up doing an hour of live chat; my first experience without a delay and an editor. Hopefully it's … [Read more...]

Meyer: Americans, feel pride re Obama!

Dick Meyer, writing over at NPR (when we all know he should be out there promoting his excellent book, Why We Hate Us) says we as a nation - regardless of our political affiliations or which way we're voting - should feel proud, tonight, to watch an African American be declared the official presidential nominee of a major political party.I would hope that as voters listen to Obama's acceptance speech and watch his campaign, they will do so with pride no matter how they ultimately vote. And I … [Read more...]

A little drinky-poo, a little smoke

There is absolutely nothing wrong with an adult having a drink, or even with an adult having an occasional cigarette. Done in moderation, what's the problem?I mean, aren't we all getting a little weary of the finger wagging that erupts, constantly and on all sides, depending on an issue? I certainly am. I'm tired of adults being lectured to by other adults for the lesser sins of the flesh, or the even lesser sins of the carbon, when in the end the sins of the heart are the ones that bring … [Read more...]

The Remnant: to worship underground

For some reason, there is a theme recurring on this blog, not by intention. A while back I wrote this piece, which jumped off of a remark by Hillary Clinton and mused on how a "big" idea like communism can work well when executed in a "small" way but utterly fails on the large scale, mostly because of free will and intention.There is an enormous difference between a few dozen people voluntarily giving up their worldly goods for communal living, and forcing people to participate in such a … [Read more...]

Olive Oil as anti-inflammatory? Granny knew!

Every once in a while I get these things in my email - I'm sure you get them, too - blaring headlines announcing new medical discoveries that will change your life. The discovery usually involves something like "drinking water" in a therapeutic manner, which they'll be glad to share with you for a low monthly fee...Sometimes, though, one such notice will catch my eye, because Granny, Auntie Lillie, The Other Nonna and many other of my elder female relatives were well-versed in folk medicine … [Read more...]

My Irish Auntie

Just sent me an email about the Senate Judiciary Committees examination of John Roberts:"They're making quite the balls of it, aren't they? Were I part of this crew, I'd end this farce and call a general meeting at the pub in 15 minutes to hoist a few pints and try to forget. These men, and this women, are making desperate fools of themselves, and by extension their senatorial associates."Why yes, Auntie, I think you've nailed it."And does that Biden fellow have doll hair plugs in his … [Read more...]