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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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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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Mrs. Obama is ProChoice, Except for Schools, Lunches — UPDATED

Look, I am not a big detractor of Michelle Obama. I mostly like her fashion choices, and I think her mission to encourage garden growing and healthy food choices is, on its face, an excellent focus for a First Lady, and something I can really get behind.And yet, for a woman who possesses (as she often notes) degrees from Princeton and Harvard Law, Mrs. Obama's arguments for her cause are clumsily executed, specious, and (one hopes) unintentionally insulting. Her school lunch program needs an … [Read more...]

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On Cantor: Dems Rang Pavlov’s Bell, Conservatives Barked

Well, Eric Cantor has lost his re-election bid to a fellow who seems exquisitely unready for prime time, and the questions are flying: did the Immigration issue sink Cantor? Is Immigration reform dead for this session? Will John Boehner "surrender" on "amnesty" and then run from office?I've said this before, multiple times. The immigration question is never going to be settled, because no one wants it settled. The GOP is too afraid of its base to do anything, and the Democrats love that … [Read more...]

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MSM Warned: Be Nice or Hillary Won’t Give Us Her Presidency!

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Via Sissy Willis, who writes: "Anita Kuntz's 1993 NYT Sunday Mag illustration of "Saint Hillary" graced what Peggy Noonan later called "the first and still definitive Hillary Clinton take-down." Update: Airbrushed from the New York Times online during the 2007-08 primary, ["Saint Hillary"] has apparently been restored": Read "Saint Hillary", by the late Michael Kelly, here.[/caption]I know, I know, I said I would write no more on politics, except where it affects the church, but this isn't … [Read more...]

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Chick-fil-A! Lay Thyself Toward the Idol or Be Damned!

When asked to define the greatest commandment, Christ Jesus answered:“You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself."It sounds simple, but that one-two punch of a commission is a constant challenge, and the work of a lifetime.The whole point my writing Strange Gods was to illustrate how idolatry, far from being a d … [Read more...]

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