Obama, “showing his shortcomings…”

As David Niven once said, "Ladies and gentlemen, that was almost bound to happen."Yes, I suppose it was unavoidable.Although very likely we all hoped, sincerely had hoped, that it would be otherwise, President Obama could not find anything like grace, maturity, professionalism, magnanimity or humility when responding to the undeniable drubbing his party took -- largely, it would seem, due to the weight of his own hubris-laden anchor -- in yesterday's election.Despite the … [Read more...]

The Great Unraveling: A Necessary Look at Reality

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This morning, the New York Times published an exquisitely-written dose of reality via Roger Cohen. If "only Nixon could go to China" then perhaps only a NYT columnist could spell this out and thus permit us to credibly acknowledge that things are as grim as we have all known, in our guts:It was the time of unraveling. Long afterward, in the ruins, people asked: How could it happen?It was a time of beheadings. With a left-handed sawing motion, against a desert backdrop, in bright … [Read more...]

Do The Rapes of Rotherham Tell a Tale of Conquest? UPDATED

For days I avoided the story, as I know many others have. Coming on the heels of the atrocities of the Islamic State, the take-over of Mosul (now a holding camp for kidnapped Yazidi "brides") the purging of the Iraqi Christians from their ancient lands and the pursuit of genocide -- the disheartening knowledge that, despite the official pivot away by our government, there are still thousands on Mount Sinjar who will not be rescued, because they are very old, or very young, or very weak -- who … [Read more...]

Unhappy Nation America: Not a Family, Not a People

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America is not happy. However it might look on paper, in reality we are not getting along. We are e pluribus unum, no more.I wrote that, and later struck it as being too harsh, for my latest column at First Things, which was written after an evening's troubling conversation with an African American friend who is feeling done with everything and everyone. The militarized police in Ferguson so strained his basket of disciplined goodwill that I suspect one more straw, no matter how light, will … [Read more...]

The West Lacks One Essential Tool to Defeat ISIS

In an article covering President Obama’s reluctant decision to begin limited airstrikes against the so-called Islamic State (IS), New York Times writer Peter Baker quoted Ambassador Ryan Crocker, who affirmed US national security interests and added “This is evil incarnate.”Few would disagree. Do not click here unless you are willing to see horrific images of beheaded children, or videos of young men being led into trenches and summarily executed, but their existence -- along with news that t … [Read more...]

ISIS: Obama Admin SAW the Threat, Ignored

A maddening admission from an administration that really doesn't seem to give a crap about anything, and also seems perfectly content to have that known: Obama administration knew Islamic State was growing but did little to counter it:In congressional testimony as far back as November, U.S. diplomats and intelligence officials made clear that the United States had been closely tracking the al Qaida spinoff since 2012, when it enlarged its operations from Iraq to civil war-torn Syria, seized … [Read more...]

Noonan Sees It: Obama Past Caring. Happy Independence Day!

Peggy Noonan has written an excellent, some might say worrisome piece re Barack Obama's historically rather perverse presidency. You'll want to read it.I have for a while, now, wondered if the president's disengaged "check-out", and the "so, sue me" smugness -- the absolute lack of concern for anything, including his own legacy or the "future of the party" -- has less to do with a conceit that he possesses the ethereal, above-merely-human-detachment of a godling, and more to do with an … [Read more...]

Dear Chelsea Clinton: Stop. Just…Stop it

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Sometimes you read a piece like this and you want to be nice, but it takes all you got. All you got. Then you say, "Lord, save me from myself..."And sometimes, the Lord says, "got my hands full over here in the Third World with real issues, so just be a dude and abide! In me."And you really try, but then you read another version of the piece, and realize that no, you cannot abide.I cannot abide this nonsense a moment longer. I thought the IRS telling us that Lois Lerner's hard drive … [Read more...]

A Value of a Sickly Pope and 5 Other Thoughts

1) Over at his new blog, David Mills (who appears to be having quite a jolly time of it, over here, and we had him first!) responds to Marc Barnes' notion that Popes should resign more often.Writes Mills:I agree with everything he says, with one qualification: It would also be a good thing, a thing in the proper order, for a pope to continue as pope till he died, even if he suffers years of declining ability. . . His public endurance of suffering might be a needed witness, or the … [Read more...]

Cordileone’s “March for Marriage” Response a Gem

I shouldn't say it because, well, this guy has good reasons why I oughtn't (H/T) but recovery from pneumonia (and now bronchitis) has made me busier than I want to be, as I try to catch up with work that has fallen behind. I barely have time to read all the Patheos writers, much less off-site pieces.Because I must read those, though, I was happily prompted, first by David Mills's excerpt, and then by Deacon Greg, to read San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone's outstandingly pastoral … [Read more...]


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