BDS defined, in a shoe-throwing

Lots of talk, of course, about the shoe-throwing incident in Iraq. The point has been made, enough, I think, that this Iraqi reporter would never have been free enough to throw his shoes under Saddam.In reading some of the forums, this commenter at Ann Althouse made a spot-on analysis that actually can be broadened.Harsh Pencil wrote:The reporter knows deep down that he can throw his shoe at Bush only because of Bush and it shames him. He can't forgive Bush for that.Yes. Spot-on. And … [Read more...]

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Some questions from the mailbag

Q: Anchoress, I notice you're writing a lot about Advent and nothing about politics.A: Well, you're very observant! I decided after the election - actually a few weeks before the election, but by then I was in the circuit and had to see it through, so to speak - that I would write about politics only where it intersects with religion. I didn't like myself writing about politics and I frankly didn't like the tones being sounded from the right in my email. Also, Advent is just always … [Read more...]

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Linking Around

I wanted to write a little about the joys of CAT scans today - they're not so bad, really, except for the disgusting drink - and also wanted to think a little more about the idea of Falling into Community and why Catholicism suits me, but I'm kind of wiped out, today, and so I'm hitting interesting links you may or may not have seen - and sharing emails of gift discoveries from readers:GUESS WHO SAID IT: Zoe Romanowsky tickles the brains on a topical topic:"I believe that banking … [Read more...]

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Happy V-I Day!

Declared here.More here … [Read more...]

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French Praise for American Soldiers

Via Friend Michael, this must must must read. It will do your heart, soul, sinews, lungs, kidneys and brain good, translated Via:American Troops in Afghanistan Through the Eyes of French Infantryman“We have shared our daily life with two US units for quite a while - they are the first and fourth companies of a prestigious infantry battalion whose name I will withhold for the sake of military secrecy. To the common man it is a unit just like any other. But we live with them and got to know t … [Read more...]

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Update on Beloved

Many of you have been kind enough to keep this gravely injured serviceman and his family in your prayers, and have asked for an update.Well, all I can say is I'm sort of clinging to the adage that "no news is good news." I have not heard back from his family since the day of posting, when they asked me to release no details at all - not even the branch of service, sorry - due to the nature of the mission. I know his wife and kids are with him and so I don't expect many updates...to be … [Read more...]

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A Military Family in need of prayers

Folks, I cannot go into a lot of detail, but a military family and good friend to this blog has written an email they never wanted to write - because of the inability to give details I can share only this:"[he] has been wounded very badly. The doctors have said I need to be prepared to lose him. If there's a positive, they said most other men would have died because of the severity of wounds. At present, he's under heavy sedation."The wife of this serviceman - who is a formidable and … [Read more...]

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Obama has a "troop-gate" – UPDATED

UPDATE II: Here is a long and anti-climactic denouement to this whole story. Bottom line: both the press and Obama need to be taken with a grain of salt. We should know that, by now. :::Yes, yes, yes, Sen. Barack Obama really did - while on his "Behold, It's Me World Tour" - interfere with American foreign policy and troop withdrawal negotiations in Iraq:The Obama campaign spent more than five hours on Monday attempting to figure out the best refutation of the explosive New York Post … [Read more...]

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Palin/Gibson/Obama/McCain; let's party!

Okay, I'm just having too much fun, even though I also feel sick and the insomnia's kicking me in the head. Let's just link around at and watch the fun. I'll keep a running commentary, newest stuff on top!Since we've been talking about the pros and cons of my chanting podcasts, thought you'd like this. H/T Piano Girl who had us howling with The Perfect Fifth (stay with it):Liveblogging Hurricane Ike: Hey, if Dan Rather could stand in the storm into his 70's this young'n can try it from … [Read more...]

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Biden & the draft, Fairness Doctrine, etc

While we have all been distracted by Hurricane Gustav and Hurricane Smear Palin, there have been some fascinating (and sometimes chilling) bits of news escaping our attention:Sen Biden received 5 deferments from the draft before being declared "medically ineligible" to serve in Vietnam: Hey, I frankly don't care. But if "it mattered" about Cheney, then "it matters" about Biden. The left has to figure out - once and for all - when "it matters" (did with Bush) and when "it does," (didn't with … [Read more...]

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