PRISM: Political Theater, fast change, Snowden idolatry – UPDATES

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Part of my morning ritual involves logging into Twitter to see what people are talking about -- to get a sense of the mood of things.Today, the mood was unnervingly manic and whirling; it gave me a sense of vertigo -- really of chaos. There are simply so many scandals, so many stories, so many concerns, solutions, opinions. People railing on the scandalous garbage leaking out of the State Department. The submerged Benghazi story. The getting-lost NSA story; the becoming-distant IRS story -- … [Read more...]

DC Wins Hypocrisy and Let Them Eat Cake Trifecta! – UPDATE

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I am seriously of the opinion that there is not a single office-holder in Washington who deserves either our respect or our trust and yesterday they managed to win the trifecta of utter elitist shamelessness and privilege:1) Washington DC Airports Spared Sequester Impacts. Our betters mustn't be made to wait; delays for you but not for them.2) Obama's $3 Million Cap on Retirement Accounts Would Not Apply to Him. That would be your IRA. At some point you've made enough money, but not … [Read more...]

Pastor Louie Giglio and the Chill Wind of Correctness

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(image courtesy of Shutterstock.com)Considering the wide media attention accompanying the announcement that laywoman Myrlie Evers-Williams and Atlanta-based preacher Louie Giglio would offer prayers at President Obama’s upcoming inaugural, Giglio’s withdrawal from the podium just two days later garnered little notice outside of Evangelical circles, but it is a story that deserves some attention. So, I'm talking about it over at First Things:For Pastor Louie Giglio, a frequent visitor to … [Read more...]

Peek-a-Boo, Mr. President. We see you.

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Back in October of 2009 I asked, Does Obama Know Who We Are?Obama is an American President who is not particularly American in character or disposition. He seems not to really understand Americans, or their way, which is a way peculiar to the rest of the word, at once shallow and heroic, capable of great materialism and breathtaking self-sacrifice. [...] The American mind is a duality of sorts. A country founded by displaced nobles and built by the strongest and most resourceful commoners … [Read more...]

Obama and Welfare Reform: Gutting Bill Clinton’s Best Legacy?

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Mickey Kaus has been writing about it: Obama weakens welfare reform (again):Here are some quick initial reactions to the administration’s apparent surprising (and possibly illegal) attempt to grant waivers of the work requirements written, after great effort, into the 1996 welfare reform law. I’m posting Thursday night; the story should break for real tomorrow (Friday). This will be updated over the next few days if possible.Well, the story has broken, indeed, and you should go read Mic … [Read more...]

Obama’s HHS: Bring on the Penal Laws! – UPDATES!

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Sure and it begins to feel like Grandad's auld sod, what with the elites getting comfortable with the notion of telling us what we can and cannot do, what business we may or may not conduct, what materials we can or cannot own...because we're Catholics.Over at NPR's Bench Memos Ryan T. Anderson ponders illegalities in the making:Here’s an aspect of the HHS preventive-services mandate and the “compromise” announced on Friday that has gone unnoticed: It will soon be impossible, because it w … [Read more...]

SCOTUS Unanimous For Religious Freedom – UPDATED

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The Supreme Court of the United States has ruled unanimously in favor of a church's right to be itself, and its freedom to assign its ministries:This is an enormous and timely victory for religious freedom:In a groundbreaking case, the Supreme Court on Wednesday held for the first time that religious employees of a church cannot sue for employment discrimination.But the court’s unanimous decision in a case from Michigan did not specify the distinction between a secular employee, who c … [Read more...]

Gibbs, Jarrett and Mrs. Obama: The Tussle

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So, former WH press secretary Robert Gibbs apparently tussled with Obama's seeming mother-substitute Valerie Jarrett, and he was very rude to the woman, in discussing First Lady Michelle Obama.This cartoon has foul-language (you're warned) but depicts what seems to have gone down.Well, I'm not surprised that Gibbs tussled with Jarrett. Gibbs, after all, is a white Irish Catholic, and as we all know, white Irish Catholics enjoy an occasional donnybrook.Perhaps that is why … [Read more...]

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...]

Quantitative Easing, Explained

Choose your poison.<centerWhy do I feel like at some point, this government is going to show up--covered with feathers--claiming, "as God is my witness, I thought turkey's could fly!"It's the 70's all over, again, only this time is the tragedy, the first time was the farce. … [Read more...]


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