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...]

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Unhappy Nation America: Not a Family, Not a People

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...]

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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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Dear Chelsea Clinton: Stop. Just…Stop it

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

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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Hillary, Stop Being Coy! Fight Sexism; It’s YOUR TIME!

While traveling yesterday I had a chance to catch up on my reading and discovered that Hillary Clinton is "thinking about" running for President.We love her when she is coy, don't we? I can't wait to see her new presidential posters. Remember this one, from 2008?2008 was a big year for Democrat candidates drawn with just a hint of totalitarian flavor. Hillary's rising sun was reminiscent of Chairman Mao, Obama's posters often ran more toward soviet propaganda.That was then, and … [Read more...]

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