Civil Obama and the Civilizing Press – UPDATE

"Civility is not a sign of weakness" declares President Obama. Well, we know that. When President Bush was civil to his opposition, some of us knew that did not mean he was weak.Actually, though, his lecturing on civility might carry more weight if the same president saying this did not use the same language to describe Republicans as he uses for terrorists:“Obama used the same language toward Republicans as he did toward extremists in the Muslim world in his inaugural address. Of R … [Read more...]

Candlemas; Feast of the Presentation

And his father and his mother marveled at what was said about him; and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, "Behold, this child is destined to be the rise and the fall of many in Israel, and a sign that is spoken against (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), that thoughts out of many hearts may be revealed." The Gospel According to Luke, Chapter 2It is odd that this feastday -The Feast of the Presentation of Christ- (which is also called "Candlemas" because it is … [Read more...]

Bang! Zoom! Sally Jenkins goes off!

It's one thing for a nobody-former-Dem-former-feminist-blogger like me to say this sort of stuff; for a mainstream journalist writing in the Washington Post, a defense of Tim Tebow and a pro-life ad during Super Bowl time is truly noteworthy.This is dynamic truth-speaking to a stagnant and hypocritical establishment. This is someone who claims to be liberal actually writing like a liberal -as liberalism used to be defined; it is someone secure enough in her own abilities to reason that she is … [Read more...]

My Wallpaper from Haiti

I love these two Haitian children. I don't know who they are, but they are so beautiful, so charming -and they remind me of my sons in demeanor, the straightforward older one, the little hotdogger behind him.They have been on my desktop since I posted this piece, an update on Haiti, mostly from the perspective of Ed, a missionary in a city called Petit Goave.I get updates on Petit Goave, and Ed, from a reader named DeLynn, and each time I open one of her emails, it is with a feeling that is … [Read more...]

Politics & Religion until you puke

Lots and lots to read today, but I'll break it down for you, one section for religion, one for politics. Pols first - got this from Insty:You can read the lyrics here.SOTU Address: Obama "needs to come off as authentic".Come off? Perhaps this illustrates a big difference between Presidents Obama and Bush. Bush did not have to "come off" as authentic. He was authentic.Beltway Democrats (and to be fair, too many Beltway Republicans) do not understand it because they -as smart, … [Read more...]

What Does Obama Like About America?

We know all the things the Obama administration dislikes about America: Banks, business, journalists who ask actual questions, investors, entrepreneurs, unintimidated voters, traditional alliances, military tribunals, Gitmo, the private sector, the middle class, cities that are still thriving, or trying not to turn into Detroit, people who make more than federal workers while working within the private sector, George W. Bush, transparency, capitalism and possibly the rights to free speech, the … [Read more...]

Abortion, War and Taxes – UPDATED

The formerly very liberal and very pro-choice Bookworm is thinking long and hard about abortion arguments in the 21st Century:I dreamed last night about the first ultrasound I had when I was pregnant with my daughter. I was sixteen weeks pregnant, and had been throwing up non-stop for 15 1/2 of those sixteen weeks. I was not happy. I resented the parasite within me. And then I saw the sonogram image and discovered that the parasite had a little round head, two arms and two legs, and an … [Read more...]

Young Women of Good Intention

I'm going to ask a favor of my readers who pray, to keep the intentions of a few young women in their prayers, particularly for the next week.First up, Elder Son's Sweet Girlfriend. This kid has been going to grad school full time (and earning all-A's) while working full time, and managing to pull it all off as she commutes between two states. Last semester was an absolute killer, but she never gave up. Now, it looks like she may have an opportunity to snag a much-desired assistant's job on … [Read more...]

A Coupla Catholic Guys…

...sittin' around, talkin' about faith and society:William Buckley and Malcolm Muggeridge on Sharing the Christian Faith - Watch more Videos at Vodpod.Went looking for this after reading Peter Wehner's thoughts on Brit Hume's remarks on Tiger Woods.Also, Bill O' Reilly touches base with Hume over what he meant by his initial remarks.To those who wonder if I am as uncomfortable with Hume discussing religion in this clip, as I was earlier, the answer is no; in fact I think … [Read more...]

Neoneocon; Hitler's Germany & US

Neoneocon rouses me from my couch that I may link to her fascinating post, one that seems relevant to our day. She offers a quote from a book (written by an American "man of the left") recounting the attitudes of his interviewees regarding a certain moment in the history of Germany:National Socialism was a repulsion of my friends against parliamentary politics, parliamentary debate, parliamentary government—against all the higgling and the haggling of the parties and the splinter parties, t … [Read more...]


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