Holmes Norton: “It’ll be because of loyalty…” UPDATE


My Image, Rome, 2010 She is not eligible to vote on the matter, but I was right with Eleanor Holmes Norton (Dem-DC), until she said this:“If [Obama] gets saved at all, I think it’ll be because, it’ll be because of loyalty of Democrats. They just don’t want to see him shamed and humiliated on the national stage.”So, the citizenry can take this issue seriously, ask serious questions, and fret about things, and offer prayers for the president and congress, and plan on participating in a wor … [Read more...]

Is Assad Goading Obama? Herod Couldn’t Take it, Either – UPDATED

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Given the social media jeers of his adolescent son, and Assad's assertion that President Obama "is weak", it sure does look like Syria is trying to taunt Obama into blowing things up, over there.That alone should make everyone pull back from declaring "bombs-away."A few days ago I wondered whether Obama -- who last year recklessly pronounced the use of deadly chemichals ae "red line" to which America would respond with great vengeance and furious anger -- was in a similar position to … [Read more...]

Miley Cyrus, Syria and the Head of Saint John the Baptist

A great deal has been written this week about 20 year-old Miley Cyrus and her maniacally over-the-top performance at the MTV Video Music Awards. As Mark Shea points out, as the world stands on the brink of something dire and deadly the public seeks only bread and circuses, which the bottom-line-obsessed press serves up with such alacrity that satire cannot surmount it.The headlines are grim, but they're bare blips within our awareness. Who wants to read about constitutional ethics, war … [Read more...]

Lib Blog: Afghan support was a political tactic

It's refreshing to hear the truth, even if the truth is a shameful one that played with the lives of our service people while politicians and pundits postured.An astonishingly honest assessment — one that I fear is accurate — from the lefty blog Hullabaloo:Escalation is a bad idea. The Democrats backed themselves into defending the idea of Afghanistan being The Good War because they felt they needed to prove their macho bonafides they called for withdrawal from Iraq. Nobody asked too many que … [Read more...]

Pat Conroy proves my father right

When I was a little girl, the nightly news was full of young men dying in Vietnam and other young men (usually bearded, long haired "counter-culturalists" wearing the latest trendy "counter-cultural" clothes and listening to the permitted "counter-cultural" music) who were burning their draft cards and chanting "hell no, we won't go," into the cameras for the 6 O' Clock News.I asked my birth-father, a WWII draftee who had served in Okinawa, what the long-haired students were all about, and … [Read more...]

Attitudes are changing; I blame Bush.

I don't like polls, and don't follow them, because I think any poll can be rigged depending on how you aske the questions or who you poll.That said, I do think it's pretty funny how a poll that in any way shape or form is "bad for Bush" is immediately trotted out by the MSM, but a poll that might reflect well on him is...lost...misplaced...ignored...deemed a non-story.The Pew Global Attitudes Project (one of it's chairs is Maddy Albright) reports that terrorism is losing support/democractic … [Read more...]

It is a very different world

I continue to maintain that Frank Martin is one of the best minds and best writers in the blogosphere, not that he needs my endorsement. Today he gives us a look at how very much things have changed in the world since...oh, say...2001.A few excerpts, but read the whole thing:In other news, Today Lebanon formed a free democratic government. This puts the score at three new secular democracies in the Muslim world and zero Christian countries overturned by the murdering Islamic butchers like … [Read more...]

Rampant tolerance has run its course in Europe

Jeff Jarvis reports that unchecked rampant "tolerance," forcefully propelled by western guilt, has finally hit a wall in Europe.The pendulum has swung too far. Europe has caught on, and is setting about making corrections, fine-tuning the thing. We in America had better get to it, too. A very great and beloved friend of mine - a schoolteacher - admonished me last week with the sophistry that "one man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter."I love my friend, but this knee-jerk habit … [Read more...]

Is any grief keener than a parents?

I weep for and with this mother, whose son appears to have died in the terrorism attack of 7/7. Her grief is palpable. Her words and picture have brought me to tears.My son Anthony is my first son, my only son, the head of my family. In African society, we hold on to sons. He has dreams and hopes and I, his mother, must fight to protect them. This is now the fifth day, five days on, and we are waiting to know what happened to him and I, his mother, I need to know what happened to Anthony...I … [Read more...]

Just how vehemently DID John Paul oppose the Iraq war?

Are the media presenting this issue fairly or accurately?It's a good question. Last night we heard CNN's Christiane Amanpour, among others, say approximately 7,392 times that Pope John Paul II "deeply opposed President Bush's Iraq war..."Sometimes we got the addendum, "...although he was supportive of Americas Just War in the Balkans, under President Clinton."I don't know about that second part - this article seems to suggest otherwise.Pope John Paul II, in the midst of a talk on the newly … [Read more...]