Comrade is “Official” Journalist? Certified, Da or Nyet?

I find it increasingly difficult to look away from a Nancy Pelosi presser, less because of what she says, but for how she says it. Her shuddering gestures and stammering cadences remind me of Judy Garland (and, lately, her daughter, Liza) gassing away in the moment and then smiling broadly at the audience when a sentence is finally completed. It's unnerving; it's discomfiting and -- when coupled with her astonishing willingness to say almost anything in order to sustain and promote the Party … [Read more...]

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“It’s a Tax!”; “It’s a Penalty!”; “It’s a Ta -!”

Apparently Mrs. Pelosi tripped over some clunky, in the way talking points.I know I'm dating myself, but all I can think of is: It's a floor wax, and a dessert topping!Ed Morrissey has more thoughts on the Obamacare ta--, pena---, floorwax … [Read more...]

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PP on Komen Debacle: “A learning opportunity”

Charlotte Hays writes at the Register that the Komen decision was about a Planned Parenthood shakedown:“What happened this week was nothing short of a mafia shakedown by Planned Parenthood of the Komen Foundation,” said Austin Ruse, president of the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute, a New York and Washington, D.C.-based research association that works exclusively on international social policy. “Planned Parenthood’s message was: ‘Give us money or we will shut down your organizat … [Read more...]

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The Burdened Mrs. Pelosi May Leave?

Is Mrs. Pelosi smelling the smoke of a distant fire that may be heading her way?Alexandra Pelosi is suggesting that maybe her mother has served her country enough.She would retire right now, if the donors she has didn’t want her to stay so badly. They know she wants to leave, though. They think she’s destined for the wilderness. She has very few days left. She’s 71, she wants to have a life, she’s done. It’s obligation, that’s all I’m saying.So, if this is correct, Mrs. Pelosi is only … [Read more...]

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Pelosi and the “Lobbying” Bishops

I read this and couldn't stop laughing. And I don't know why I was laughing -- I guess because it all seems so perfectly on schedule or something:This lawyer apparently has a strong hate on against Catholics. And a touch of paranoia, I think.In the sedate and sober world of bankruptcy law, one lawyer's memorandum sticks out like a sore loser."Across the country the court systems and particularly the Bankruptcy Court in Minnesota, are composed of a bunch of ignoramus, bigoted Catholic … [Read more...]

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“Catholics have this ‘conscience’ thing!”

This obnoxious woman is never going to get off the stage; she's going to be with us for another decade, at least, spouting this kind of brainless, willfully obtuse stuff:“I’m a devout Catholic and I honor my faith and love it . . . but they have this conscience thing [that puts women at risk.]’’And thank God for it, says I. This "conscience thing" is one of the last centering poles still propping up the once-understood notion that people are more than automatons with utilitarian lives. It … [Read more...]

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DC's Bad Kabuki & the Next Chapter of Trouble – UPDATES

Clearly, what we are getting out of Washington is not leadership, not from anyone. It is spitefulfulness; it is deceit; it is hyperbole unto madness and maneuvering and masterful manipulation, but it's not leadership.What it is, is pure Kabuki theater, but less honest.Or maybe it's not Kabuki, at all; maybe it's just a carnival with freakshow, burlesque and a magic act, all brought forward to engage our attention in misdirection. "Look right this way, folks, (no, not there or there, there … [Read more...]

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Sowing into Overreach and Weakness UPDATED

My Tuesday column is up over at First Things. It occurred to me that one must stretch out in order to sow seeds of change, but eventually the stretch becomes an overreach that ends up perverting and weakening a movement, whether it's feminism, labor unions, even grassroots efforts or churches.On some level, what is weak knows that it is weak; it understands that foundationally, it cannot support the weight of its own ideas, much less endure an opposing wind. And because weakness knows this, … [Read more...]

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Credit where it's due

I can't embed the video, but credit where it's due, I give Nancy Pelosi props for hanging in there, allowing people to have their say, and not running away.When I see a politician do that, I am appreciative. I liked it when Bush did it, and I like it now. The free expression of political opinion and disagreement is so fundamental to America, that I will always appreciate a politician who manages to hang in there, although they ought never put themselves in danger.Pelosi rightly judged, … [Read more...]

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Pray for Nancy Pelosi

Just pray for her.Pelosi’s office did not respond to CNSNews.com’s follow-up questions regarding the speaker’s statement that she seeks to make policy in conformance with the values of the Word made flesh.It takes a special kind of cognitive dissonance to speak fervently of the Word Made Flesh, and to understand that by his Incarnation God has ennobled all mortal flesh with a sanctity and a holiness relative to his own, and yet to consistently vote--as Nancy Pelosi did in 2003--against legi … [Read more...]

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