O' Donnell's Masturbation Maturation – UPDATED

In my Tuesday column, I take a surprising turn (I am full of surprising twists and turns) in order to defend Christine O' Donnell on two fronts, although neither of them is witchcraft, since I wrote it before that bit of silliness raised its pointed hat:O’Donnell is like Palin-Lite; half the experience, less bitter. In her favor, though, is that she appears to be utterly without guile. She projects the sort of wide-eyed-innocent openness that personifies American naiveté to our cousins in Eu … [Read more...]

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The Ultimate in Nanny-Statism! UPDATED

Productive citizenry, diligently earning its allowancesThe Ultimate in Nanny-Stating: UK wants to take paychecks and give citizens an allowance!That's basically what it comes down to. "While we're 'modernizing' our systems, why don't we just take all that messy tax-calculation off everyone's hands?"The UK's tax collection agency is putting forth a proposal that all employers send employee paychecks to the government, after which the government would deduct what it deems as the appropriate … [Read more...]

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The Clampdown; Shirley Sherrod & Ken Howell – UPDATED

Here we have the presentment of two job losses:Shirley Sherrod gives a speech; within the speech she indulges in a bit of roundaboutation, saying some things that seemed offensive, until the larger context was understood.Because the embrasure of "politically correct speech" has encouraged reactionary hyper-vigilance as to words, sentences or modes of reasoning that might steer too close to the movable line known as "hate," Sherrod's edited remarks were immediately received as such and … [Read more...]

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Journolist: Listening So You Don't Have To!

Git along little dawgiesOver at RCP Jay Cost is asking what's so bad about journolisters?It's a good piece, and I urge you to read it, but here's what I think:Journolisters discourage listening among their readers and the general public, and if people are not listening, they are not thinking, either; they're just following the moo-path, which appears to suit the journolisters just fine, since it is the one they're forging.When Jeremiah Wright's America-damning, race-tainted rants were … [Read more...]

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Sherrod should write a book- UPDATED

The Pool of Bethesda, 1645, Joost Cornelisz DroochslootShirley Sherrod says she is not certain that she would accept a reinstatement to her office even if the USDA offers it to her.I think she should not. This woman needs to write a book. Politics aside, (and Sherrod may have had a little time to reconsider her absorption of the NAACP's message that tea parties = racists) her personal story is gripping, poignant and wholesome - a staggering snapshot of where America was 50 years ago, … [Read more...]

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A Splendid Rant on Boomers!

Barbara R. Nicolosi, Slayer of BoomersAnd today we enter Week 4 of Patheo's summer-long look at the Future of Religion; The Future of Catholicism.Mainline Protestants, you're next, then Evangelicals, then Mormons, and so forth.I can't say I have had much to do with putting the "Catholic" week together, as I have only started working over there these past weeks, while this effort has been in the works, but I think Patheos has put together a pretty provocative group of essays on the subject, … [Read more...]

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What's wrong with Jaden Smith? Nothing

Having enjoyed Jaden Smith's performance in The Pursuit of Happyness, (a film I liked very much) but uninterested in his current flick, The Karate Kid I had somehow missed the pop-controversy over whether or not young Jaden is a likable kid, or a brat.He seems quite alright, to me. In fact, the kid seems better than alright; he may be that Hollywood creature so rarely-seen-in-public, the product of a happy childhood. Jaden Smith strikes me as an intelligent and mannerly kid who spends the … [Read more...]

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Has Social-Justice been Co-opted?

Over at Patheos, Timothy Dalrymple offers Part I of what he is referring to as a "Three Part 'Tea Party Suite'". Here he asks the thoughtful question, Is the Tea Party a Social Justice Movement?Since it is intent on the formation of a more accountable and more restrained government that will better serve the interest of all Americans: Is the Tea Party movement a social justice movement?When I asked this question of my beloved liberal friends, they were mortified. There may be no quicker way … [Read more...]

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Paul McCartney, intellectual…UPDATED

...still trying to prove he's as smart and as cynical as John.Still trying to get John to love him.How pathetic, infantile and classless. And totally uninformed.And the reaction of the "guests" gracing the White House? Predictable. They are all, after all, stalled at age 14, and stuck in 1968.Perpetual adolescence mixed with Botox is one creepy cocktail.UPDATE: Over at J's Cafenette Sue gives an example of class. … [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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