More on “It’s a Wonderful Life”

A few days ago, while writing about Will Smith's new film The Pursuit of Happyness, I also found myself talking about the classic, "It's a Wonderful Life," starring James Stewart.My L'il Bro Thom added his thoughts, and I wanted to share them:It’s a very deceptive movie – froth and cream on top, but bitter and full of bile underneath. I know now why people were so upset when it was colorized in the 80s – it needs to be told in black and white. The scene when George Bailey returns to his hou … [Read more...]

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Vespers for Monday, Dec 18

The Dominican nuns of Summit, New Jersey have made a video of vespers for tonight. Not perfect (they're very apologetic about that) but perfectly lovely, and I hope they share more of this with us. They sounded like angels to me as they sang the second of what are known as the O Antiphons, which we chant in the last week of Advent, as the antiphon just prior to the chanting of the Magnificat. These antiphons are especially beautiful. They started yesterday with the O Sapientia: “O Wisdom, O h … [Read more...]

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Hillary respect reaches zero

While I've never been a fan of Hillary Clinton, I have always respected (and expressed respect) for the fact that she didn't do the usual shuck-n-jive dance regarding her vote for the war in Iraq. She seemed to me to be holding on to her own assertion that the intelligence regarding Saddam's dangerous capabilities were (as she said) "consistant with what we saw when we were in the White House," and remaining intellectually honest about the fact that, given the intelligence, the invasion of Iraq … [Read more...]

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Pols who talk, YOU and more

Daisy Cutter says we have no press, and asks some interesting questions about how journalists operate these days. You'll want to read it.Roger Simon links to Victor David Hanson who wonders if we have "serious" politicians anymore:Does running for President allow a candidate to freelance at a time of war by talking to our enemies and triangulating against the president? Why is Gov. Richardson talking to North Koreans, or Sen. Kerry trying to talk to the Iranians, or Sen. Bayh to the … [Read more...]

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Panis Angelicus and O Holy Night

You must run over - yes, run, immediately - over to Scribal Terror and watch/listen to the exquisite video she's posted of "Panis Angelicus" sung by St. Phillips' Church Boys' Choir of Norbury UK. Haunting and perfect.She also has posted a lovely version of O Holy Night sung by Welshman (and Welshboy) Aled Jones, here.Take a moment from your busy day for something gorgeous, and for the season. Even if you "hate" Christmas you would have to be a philistine to not appreciate these … [Read more...]

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Weblog Awards Winners Named

Votes have been tallied and the winners are announced!.I must admit, very few of my personal faves ended up winning, but congrats to all, and to Kevin Aylward and crew, for doing their usual great job.I was saddened to hear from one blogging friend that his site seemed to be under attack during much of the voting time. He never made the accusation that there was a connection, so I won't, either, but the timing of the attacks against him seemed to co-incide with the "voting" time-frame.I … [Read more...]

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What becomes a Grande Diva Most?

I have to admit this is fun! I find that I have been fortunately enough to have been nominated (and seconded) as a contender in Gay Patriot's Grand Conservative Blogress Diva, along with such other Diva-wannabees as:Ann Althouse Little Miss Attila Tammy Bruce Dymphna of Gates of Vienna e-Claire Townhall's Mary Katharine Ham Sondra K of Knowledge is Power National Review Online's K-Lo (Kathryn Jean Lopez) Michelle Malkin Virginia Postrel of Dynamist Blog Kathy Shaidle of Relapsed … [Read more...]

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An Amusing Go-Round

Some funny, amusing or just interesting stuff...because I am forever thinking of you, dear readers! ;-)Laura Lee shows us that the troops have a sense of humorAmbivablog links to some unfreakinbelievable chalk drawings by Julian Beever.Dr. Melissa Clouthier asks so just what are you worried about, America?The Curt Jester brings us carefully wrapped nuns.The Shrine of the Holy Whapping tours a gorgeous Presbyterian church and asks a pointed question at the end.Bulldog Pundit has had a … [Read more...]

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Aw, who would have thunk it?

You Are an AngelA truly giving soul, you understand the spirit of Christmas.What Christmas Ornament Are You?My husband would disagree, I think. h/t Julie at Happy Catholic. … [Read more...]

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‘Pursuit of Happyness’ and George Bailey – UPDATED

I'm a longtime fan of WaPo film critic Stephen Hunter. He's a crackerjack writer - witty and insightful - and I find his film reviews to be very trustworthy. Perhaps we simply have similar tastes.In his review of Will Smith's new flick The Pursuit of Happyness Hunter strikes an ironic note that might not go over with a too-literal-minded conservative reader, but stay with the review, because it (and the film) are worthy of attention.You can look up "The Pursuit of Happyness" on the … [Read more...]

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Military responses to Kerry and Rangel

Hadn't seen it myself, but thanks to reader Piano Girl, I've had a chance to read some of these military letters to James Taranto of OpinionJournal.com - men and women in uniform responding to the never-ending charge by John Kerry and Charles Rangel that our military is full of naive dupes, slack-jawed dopes or under-privileged folk with no alternatives to their miserable existances. The letters are impressive and heartening, and there are plenty of 'em. Sit back with a java and enjoy! … [Read more...]

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Eason Jordan, Malkin and Curt

Lorie Byrd reports that Eason Jordan, whom neanderthal bloggers were accused of tire-necklacing a while back, has decided to head up an Iraq information site.Ed Morrissey has the full and accurate background on that whole story, and why Jordan's new gig is full of irony.I'm kind of wondering what else it's full of. Seems when Jordan's new venture was announced, Michelle Malkin challenged him to get to the bottom of the "who is Jamil Hussein" question and Jordan has invited her and Curt from … [Read more...]

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So, Anchoress, who you voting for? – UPDATED

I've been only intermittently interested in this years Weblog Awards. Not that I don't think they're fun, and that I don't appreciate being a finalist (you can vote for me here if you are so inclined), I do, I do! I've just been, as I mentioned elsewhere, ridiculously busy and distracted, so much so that I haven't even been checking in and voting for myself everyday. I haven't been nagging my husband and kids to vote for me from their computers (so naturally, without my reminding, they … [Read more...]

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Peter Boyle, Holy Crap and Self-censorship

I was very sad, yesterday, to hear of the death of Peter Boyle, who was such a talented actor in both film and television. The guy could do anything, drama or comedy, but he'll most likely be remembered for two particularly outstanding comedic turns, as the Monster in "Young Frankenstein" and as the slobby patriarch Frank Barone in "Everybody Loves Raymond."Looking around the web, yesterday I saw a brief remembrance of Boyle, entitled "Holy Crap," at Couric & Co., the blog for the CBS … [Read more...]

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