Obama channels Dubya at UN but to Change Paradigms

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So Dana Milbank noticed that President Obama by-passed an opportunity to meet with world-leaders visiting our country, yesterday, so he could hang out with the gals on that execrable program, The View. Milbank, while raising an eyebrow at Obama's priorities, carefully manages to mention that Mitt Romney and his wife have also done the silly shows.As Ed Morrissey points out, that false equivalence is pointless; moreover until yesterday, the American President did not blow off meeting with … [Read more...]

MSM Holds Its Freedom Cheap; Ours, Too

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(Neveshkin Nikolay / Shutterstock.com)My column at First Things this week chronicles the almost surreal behavior of the mainstream media as they do whatever they can to propel Obama and their preferred narrative forward.When the State Department threatened to go into a bureaucratic swoon of Judy-Garlandesque proportions if forced to answer questions about the attack, the press offered a thoughtful cold compress to soothe its frazzled brow, and then closed the door softly, as it made its … [Read more...]

Quick Chick-fil-A Roundup – UPDATES

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Fr. Dwight Longenecker went to a Chick-fil-A yesterday in a cassock, and he says yesterday was a revolutionary day in protest-theory:Yesterday’s Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day was the sort of ‘revolt’ this country needs, but it was even better than the non violent revolutions and peaceful protests which have changed the world because it was so ordinary. It was just plain, ordinary Americans getting in their cars and doing a plain, ordinary American thing: going out for lunch to a fast food joi … [Read more...]

A Divided Church and a Movement with Momentum

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(Image courtesy of shutterstock.com)Over at Egregious Twaddle, Joanne McPort asks (and answers) whether the church can survive the times:The received narrative paints a Church disproportionately and irreconcilably divided between The People, a vast international sea of those who reject doctrinal pronouncements, tradition, and authority in favor of relevance, inclusivity, and individual conscience, and The Bishops (among whom the Pope is just one of the boys), a tiny aged and withering … [Read more...]

Building on what you’ve built: A GREAT Story

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My Patheos colleague Tim Dalrymple has a story and video that really should make everyone stop in their tracks and think about what we all mean when we say (or sneer) at each other: "success", "capitalism", "share", "evil corporations", "collectivism" and "church."We get caught up in words like those -- particularly in an election year where, suddenly, words like "hard work", "build", "success", "welfare", "human dignity", "profit", "business", "hand-outs", "hand-ups" and "community" are … [Read more...]

The Alleluia that Defeats the Chill of Evil – UPDATE

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A friend of mine sent me this piece from the WSJ on the "rapid descent" of the Aurora shooter, pointing to one paragraph, in particular:On June 25, the Lead Valley Range received Mr. Holmes' online application with answers to basic questions about age, gun ownership and drug use; all seemed normal, said range owner Glenn Rotkovich.Mr. Rotkovich called Mr. Holmes to set up an orientation time, and heard an "incoherent, bizarre" voice-mail message, which he described as "very guttural." … [Read more...]

The Aurora Shooter: Image of Loss – UPDATED

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We all know his name, but I prefer not to use it in a public forum, mostly because his name should not be better known than the names of his victims.I will use it, though, in private prayer.Social media is abuzz that the shooter is in court being arraigned. People are looking at the images and using words like "catatonic", "evil", "empty", "scared".I think he looks lost. Lost boy, lost soul. Knowing nothing at all about him, I can't know if he has snapped out of a psychotic … [Read more...]

Aurora Slaughter and the Enthralled Tribes of America

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ViaHow overly-enthralled we are becoming to our ideological tribes? Enough, perhaps, to wonder if our too-passionate engagement with ideas is poisoning our communal well, and robbing us of our humanity. At a moment when we should be united as a people responding to evil in our midst -- and a mass murder is not a "tragedy", it is evil on legs -- it's disheartening to realize that while the dead were not yet cold, the injured were still dying or being treated, the people who are charged with … [Read more...]

Peek-a-Boo, Mr. President. We see you.

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Back in October of 2009 I asked, Does Obama Know Who We Are?Obama is an American President who is not particularly American in character or disposition. He seems not to really understand Americans, or their way, which is a way peculiar to the rest of the word, at once shallow and heroic, capable of great materialism and breathtaking self-sacrifice. [...] The American mind is a duality of sorts. A country founded by displaced nobles and built by the strongest and most resourceful commoners … [Read more...]

Dating, “going out”, “seeing…” it’s so confusing!

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When my niece was a teenager, I couldn't tell which (or if any) of the boys in the roving gang she hung out with was a guy she was actually dating. Turned out there was one fellow who was "hers" and we had a long confusing chat about how no one "dates" anymore. People "went out", which was different from "seeing each other" but that didn't mean they were dating, which apparently was completely passe.I never could get a handle on the new language, but I remember feeling sad that she and her … [Read more...]


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