2010 Predictions? – UPDATED

Regular readers know I have made some predictions in the past that have panned out ("...when Mrs. Clinton, in her ongoing effort to turn herself into whatever the polls says she must be, cries in public. It’s going to be genuinely ghastly.") and some that have panned out and then flamed out.I'm lousy at making formal predictions, but on the fly I can sometimes -in the process of reasoning- come up with something halfway credible. Others are better at it than I.Over at Inside Catholic, there … [Read more...]

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"Un-American" to oppose KSM trial in NYC

During the Bush administration, we heard the frequent straw-man charges, from the Democrats and the left, that they were being called "un-American" for opposing various policies. Hillary Clinton famously bellowed about it, but if the accusation of being "un-American" had been made with anything like the frequency the Dems pretended, it's nebulous in my memory.Since January of '09, the Democrats have unleashed the "un-American" charge with some real frequency. Jon Stewart, who should know … [Read more...]

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My World Series Prediction?

Several readers have asked me to predict the outcome of this world series.Now, I do dearly love the Yankees, and it is true that Hillary Clinton is no longer NY's senator, (having moved on to become a truly DREADFUL SecState), so her "I've always been a Yankees fan" curse may have finally been lifted (we have not won the WS since she was sworn into the Senate in 2001), and of course, I am rooting for them.But, the Phillies are a scrappy young team, and the defending champs. And the Yanks … [Read more...]

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Science Czars & Healthcare; When Life is devalued…UPDATED

President Obama's plans are to appoint 32 Czars within his administration. These are people about whom Congress does not advise or consent, and about whom the press is conveniently incurious. So far, the press thinks they're all just brilliant and they have no problem with a president appointing 32 Czars accountable only to him.Whadda you think of that? You comfortable knowing that these "czars" escape serious but are given some rather potent power with little oversight?I mean, come … [Read more...]

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Why "the recession is over."

Yesterday, President Obama and Joe Biden went out and grabbed a burger in a bit of "we're just normal guys" political theater, a replay of what we saw back in 2004, when John Kerry and John Edwards went to Wendy's.A breathless press told us this was part and parcel of Ben Bernanke's statement that, while things must still bottom-out, and un-employment numbers are still going up, our economy was looking much better.So, in February, we were facing "catastrophe" and Obama didn't know if we'd … [Read more...]

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Morning Prayer (With a cold)

Awoke this morning with one of those messy, wet colds, so it took a bit of doing to find my voice today. I think I edited out all the coughs and sniffles, so here is a podcast of morning prayer for March 12.My voice may sound a bit deeper at some points.I found my lectio today in the third psalm, #81, "I answered, concealed in the storm cloud..."Yes. Sometimes we do not recognise the answers we seek, because they seem to be enshrouded in storms, and disguised as clouds.I can't say it … [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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Asimov & Amazon's Kindle

I see that Amazon is getting ready to launch its updated Kindle, and I have to say, I am intrigued. I believe our friend Dave Justus (I think) once commented here raving about his.This morning, my Elder Son - with whom I am in an ongoing discussion about faith and science - left this short story of Asimov's on my screen, because he thought it would amuse and entertain and also, I think, shore up his own argument on one level.The Last Question by Isaac Asimov 1956 The last question was … [Read more...]

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Predictions for the next 24 hours…

I ain't sly enough to actually make a prediction on the scale of Ed Morrissey's; he calls for a close race with McCain/Palin squeaking out a win.And - while I agree with her prediction - I won't take Kate's rather easy road on this one; of course she is correct.Okay, here's one prediction I'll make: If McCain/Palin wins, the press and the Dems will stroke out and Obama will play The Ultimate Chutzpah Card and say that at least 14 states (the big ACORN states) must be challenged because "the … [Read more...]

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Ohio: A wee Banana Republic?

Yes, an obvious exaggeration, but this Secretary of State, Jennifer Brunner, needs to lose her job, yesterday.Almost as if she anticipated a court ruling a few hours later, Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner promised yesterday to give county elections workers access to a list of possibly problematic voter registrations.She'd been sitting on them, you see. Something like 200,000 of them.She's been told to provide by Friday; says can't do it until Monday at least. Gotta buy … [Read more...]

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