Follow-Up: Stiehm’s Anti-Catholic Bigotry; US News’ Silence – UPDATED

Let's pick up where we left off with our fisking of Jamie Stiehm's ignorant and bigoted attack on Justice Sotomayor and Catholics in general. Stiehm's column is being discussed in various corners of the blogosphere, including legal ones, and all points of view are worth reading.I wondered, particularly after discovering that Stiehm suffers from what she calls a mild case of bi-polar disorder, whether I should shrug off her recent column as a one-off; every writer, after all, knows what it … [Read more...]

Fisking Stiehm’s Bigotry at US News

Ewww, Catholic girls.

I stopped being a Democrat when it became clear that I was expected to vacate any of my own thoughts and opinions in order to fall in line with the party, or be called moronic or hateful or bigoted or even evil. There was no way the party could be wrong on anything, therefore dissent indicated a problem originating with me. "I" had the problem; not the party.Don't snigger, conservatives, you have your narrow-minded purists, too. Perhaps you've never marched in lockstep with quite the same … [Read more...]

NY Judge Rules against Government on HHS Mandate – UPDATE

::::UPDATE:::: Go immediately and read Gabriel Malor's excellent read-and-analysis on Judge Cogan's decision. It's terrific!Rather surprised at the lack of coverage on this one, but then again, this ruling is merely one battle in the course of an ongoing conflict. Nothing will be fully and finally settled on this issue until the Supremes address it, and there is still time for the make-up of that court to change and better-reflect the thinking of the current … [Read more...]

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

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...]

Obama says Church Consciences will Be Respected? – UPDATE

That would be surprising! Refreshing, too!Says Obama, today:On an issue as sensitive as [gay marriagte], knowing that Americans hold a wide range of views based on deeply held beliefs, maintaining our nation’s commitment to religious freedom is also vital. How religious institutions define and consecrate marriage has always been up to those institutions. Nothing about this decision – which applies only to civil marriages – changes that.This from the man who said, during his Comme … [Read more...]

Kagan not an automaton but…UPDATED

A morning email from a good friend:You predicted Bush would pick Bernard Kerik for Homeland Security (that didn't work out). You predicted Bush would pick Harriet Miers for the Court (also, ahem, didn't work out). You predicted Hillary would cry before the New Hampshire primaries in '08 (things...did not work out for her) and on In the Arena last week, you predicted Obama would choose Kagan. I think your successful predictions are like a kiss-of-death, and Kagan should be worried! Please … [Read more...]


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