Where Government Drops Ball, People Must Take Up

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This is one of those stories that makes you feel good about one human being seeing and hearing and helping another human being, but it also frustrates, because long-term answers are not forthcoming.When she asked if she had paid for all the food she was carrying, Robles confessed that she hadn't."I asked her, 'Why would you do that? What would make you do that?'" [Officer] Thomas told WSVN. "And she said, 'My children are hungry.'"Thomas pulled her aside and checked her criminal … [Read more...]

“God be my savior…”: Screaming ‘prayer’ on a plane

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I didn't mean to do it, but I started working on two projects a little too close to deadline, so today is a mad scramble to get done.While I'm working, here's a question for you: This lady screaming "God you're my savior" while on the plane. Out of her head or just screwing around, or in some kind of fugue state? Maybe her mother made her repeat that and she was having a weird episode.It would certainly be unnerving to listen to 20 minutes of that. Picturing myself there, over the … [Read more...]

Sky Garage and Penthouse Beach: Lazarus in the City UPDATED

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Today's New York Post has a story on the "Crazy luxe amenities" enjoyed by some of New York's better-heeled, and I don't mean the dogs, although they can put on the Ritz, too, if their owners are so inclined:Since the unveiling of Chelsea’s “sky garage” condo — with an elevator that takes tenants’ cars to their floors — high-rises are rolling out other crazy comforts. [. . .]* 45-45 Center Blvd. in Long Island City, Queens: The 41-story rental’s 50,000-square-foot deck has tennis cou … [Read more...]

Obama Disclaims Red Line; Crosses Red, White and Blue One

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So, let me get this straight:1) Obama is not asking the country to "go to war"2) And he "did not set a red line" on Syria and chemical weapons, despite saying last year, "[chemical weapons] would change my calculus, or equation". Note the first person, singular.(Apparently that line was "unscripted". So it didn't count!)3) Despite the admissions of Chris Matthews and Eleanor Holmes Norton who both say Democrats may vote for this thing for no other reason than to close ranks and … [Read more...]

Miley Cyrus, Syria and the Head of Saint John the Baptist

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A great deal has been written this week about 20 year-old Miley Cyrus and her maniacally over-the-top performance at the MTV Video Music Awards. As Mark Shea points out, as the world stands on the brink of something dire and deadly the public seeks only bread and circuses, which the bottom-line-obsessed press serves up with such alacrity that satire cannot surmount it.The headlines are grim, but they're bare blips within our awareness. Who wants to read about constitutional ethics, war … [Read more...]

Ashton Kutcher: American Subversive?

Here he is, pitching lots of subversive ideas to a crowd that doesn't even realize it."Opportunity looks a lot like hard work." . . . He went on to talk about working from the age of 13 sweeping floors and washing dishes. "I've never had a job in my life that I was better than. I was always just lucky to have a job and every job I had was a stepping stone to my next job."And..."The sexiest thing in the entire world... is being really smart," Kutcher said, gazing around at the … [Read more...]

Transparency: Can you see the illusion, now?

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As the great Edward G. Robinson might say, "How do ya like yer transparency now? Ya! Ya!"Obama's "transparency" was always a damned illusion, of course. People bought it b/c they wanted to. In truth, I can't think of a less transparent administration than this one, which keeps using that word as though it means something else.So, here's the latest:The Sunlight Foundation notes that Change.gov, the website created by the Obama transition team in 2008, ceased to exist after June 8, … [Read more...]

Obama: “The planet will boil over!” UPDATED

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Obama in Africa: We're used to him preaching this stuff to our sinfully prosperous nation, but it seems odd to hear him tell a continent full of developing nations that they'd better temper their own aspirations and dreams, and not aim too high from their sphere.Ultimately, if you think about all the youth that everybody has mentioned here in Africa, if everybody is raising living standards to the point where everybody has got a car and everybody has got air conditioning, and everybody … [Read more...]

Antonin the Antagonist and the Politics of the Bad People! – UPDATED

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My First Things column this week looks at the surprising way the words "liberal" and "illiberal" have been lately represented by the Supreme Court via the recent DOMA ruling, which found Justice Kennedy playing the over-simplifying Mike Stivic to Antonin Scalia's blustering Archie Bunker. It wonders, too how long it will be, before the nation is reduced to the least complex of ideas: the good people versus the bad ones:Often referred to as the “most conservative” of the Supreme Court jur … [Read more...]

Putting Away the Labels to Hear/See Each Other

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Under it's new editor, Matt Malone, S.J., America Magazine is doing a very good thing:America aspires to nothing more than to live up to the fullest meaning of our motto, to pursue the truth in love, for as Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has written,“The only strength with which Christianity can make its influence felt publicly is ultimately the strength of its intrinsic truth.” The fundamental truth of Christianity is personal, the person of Jesus Christ, the one for whom love and for … [Read more...]


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