“Cool”: You keep using that word… UPDATE

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Apparently, in reaction to the reality that the youth vote is fading on Obama, a memo has gone out from the campaign to the mainstream media, Democrat operatives, Hollywood moneybags, and all the ships at sea. It's message was succinct: "Obama Hip, Cool! Romney Square. Peace-and-Drones Out, Daddy-O."Do an internet search of "Obama cool" this morning and there is an embarrassment of riches:The New Yorker: Mr. Cool; Obama and the Hip FactorChris Cillizza at the WaPo didn't even break … [Read more...]

Dick Clark Dies: Cue Boomer Nostalgia

My elder siblings are all much older than I, and they grew up with Dick Clark. There is a famous family story about a squabble that developed between my sister -- who came home from school ready to dance to American Bandstand -- and one of my brothers who probably wanted to watch cartoons. The donnybrook apparently involved black eyes and clothes being thrown out a second story bedroom window.Good times, good times!I'm sure my sister will be thinking about that today as she ponders the … [Read more...]

Caine’s Arcade: Resourceful, Can-do Stuff

Andrew Malcolm slipped this into twitter last night and it just completely charmed me. Young Caine is a small businessman within his community; he's got a dream, a clever head and an open heart. He has everything he needs to succeed in America: curiosity, imagination, vision, ambition, energy, optimism and openness. He also has a "government" (in the form of his father) that is happy to see him dream and explore ideas and avenues, one that's willing to let him run with his head and sink or swim … [Read more...]

Prayers for Kitty and Three Others…

Some of you may remember that about six months ago my son's fiance "Kitty" dealt with a burst appendix and many complications. She's been having increasing pain and discomfort for the past few days, and today it reached the point where she really couldn't function, so they are waiting for doctors to tell them whether they can do an office visit or must go back to the ER.I haven't spoken to Kitty, but I can imagine she is feeling pretty upset, if not by the pain, then by the potential havoc … [Read more...]

The Battle of the Blessings: Just a Warm Up

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Deacon Greg Kandra is an old-school newsman; his decades at CBS News has honed his ability to sniff out a story -- particularly a human-interest story sure to tug at the heart strings or impart a universal lesson -- that someone else (like me) would pass over with a sigh (if the story is sweet) or an eyeroll (if it is sour).The deacon hates confrontations; if he had his druthers, he'd live on a straight path between Disney World and Rome -- between innocence and glory -- and never mind the … [Read more...]

American Heretics Abounding

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In my First Things column of last week, I quoted a small portion from Ross Douthat's remarkable book Bad Religion; How We Became a Nation of Heretics, which will be released this week.I plan on writing a fuller review of the book, but one of my concerns with my column was that I'd inadvertently given the impression that Douthat spent a lot of time discussing the issue of sexual morality, hypocrisy and homosexuality. In fact, he spends very little time on that front -- mostly, in fact, as he … [Read more...]

Why We Need Redemption

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This ugly, deplorable, heartbreaking picture showed up in my facebook feed.That's a beautiful baby, who looks to be full-term. And there are thousands if not millions of people who cannot have babies, and who would quickly claim this little one for their own. In a world where the fullness of love is constantly being challenged by hate and emptiness, the love therein created -- parent-to-child-to-grandparents and so on -- would have brought a little more affirmation, a little more "yes" into … [Read more...]

Obamacare, “and then what”? – UPDATED

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We had a busy weekend, and I barely was able to keep up with the headlines, but I did read a little about the Obamacare arguments before the SCOTUS. I also heard about former Vice-President Dick Cheney's heart transplant, and some of the less-than charitable, often outright hateful remarks emanating from the left. The most interesting of those, I think, are the ones instantly re-embracing the "constitution-shredding" and "war criminal" narratives of 2001-2008 without the merest acknowledgment … [Read more...]

If there is no more “good faith”. . .

...then how do we proceed as a nation?That's essentially the question I am posing in my column at First Things:Perhaps projecting their passions on to me, both sides assumed that whatever I was writing about Palin was meant as a political manipulation against them. If I tried to offer balanced criticism, Palin fans accused me of “hating her from the first.” When I—because I detest bullies—defended her from an unconscionable assault by supposedly “liberal” people and the press after the G … [Read more...]

“But you’re even nice to the dishwasher…”

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A Bronx mugger steps out of an idea, into wonder:Julio Diaz has a daily routine. Every night, the 31-year-old social worker ends his hour-long subway commute to the Bronx one stop early, just so he can eat at his favorite diner.But one night last month, as Diaz stepped off the No. 6 train and onto a nearly empty platform, his evening took an unexpected turn.He was walking toward the stairs when a teenage boy approached and pulled out a knife."He wants my money, so I just gave him … [Read more...]


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