Yes, tax cuts do work

I don't know why the message has to be repeated, but some folks never quite get it. Tax cuts work.NRO points out that even some of Bush's harshest critics have stopped laughing. We're surging and the deficit is being cut in half...yes, even with all that spending.Related: The Lonely Booming Economy. Economy "slips" into a sweet spot 800,000 jobs that didn't go away Rich Republicans and Democrats … [Read more...]

With the vote, the Dems stand revealed

A good piece by Hugh Hewitt on the 256-153 vote in the house which spells out clearly and succinctly why the Democrats cannot be trusted to win the war on terror, here or in Iraq, or anywhere else.Hugh directs you to read this piece on spinning Zarqawi and writes, "The vast majority of Democratic Congressmen refuse to endorse victory and they refuse to face facts. Which is why a Democratic majority in either the House or the Senate will cripple the war effort."Go check out all of his … [Read more...]

Holding Fast, and Having Faith

A friend of mine is going to be ordained a permanent deacon in the Catholic Church next May. Right now he is taking a class in homiletics, and he's been showing me some of his homily preparations. This one was so good, (and it is pegged to the readings for June 25th) that I asked him if I could post it here, and do so with his permission.*** - by Greg Kandra In his offices a co-worker has hanging on his wall a print of a famous painting by Rembrandt, depicting the very scene described in … [Read more...]

You like-a Ukulele? Buster got Uke for U!

Well, it's very possible you don't know that you like Ukulele music, because you have not be introduced to the very astounding music of Jake Shimabukuro, which Buster is turning the household onto in his inimitable fashion.Don't worry, I'm not going to go all Bryn Terfel on young Jake (my heart is fast and true...and it's pretty well loaded up between Bryn and Kiefer, these days, anyway), but you really must check out this fellow's musicianship.Start here with While My Guitar Gently Weeps. … [Read more...]

More on My Life With the Saints

I wrote about this James Martin's wonderful Book My Life With the Saints the other day, and I have received several emails from folks who picked it up either on my Lenten recommendation, or from Julie's recommend at Happy Catholic, and who have loved it:From DL: Most of all, the book really gave me a new perspective about my relationship with the saints. Merton's discussion about being a saint-you gotta want to be one, and it's all about being what you were born to do-was enlightening. But … [Read more...]

Profane. Profanity! F-words abounding!

Okay, you've been warned.I've now told you three different ways that if you are sensitive to naughty words, if the f-word makes you cringe (and I admit, there are limits to how much of it I can take, but in moderation naughty words don't make me faint), if you don't like the idea of a strange cartoon cat-type creature ranting about the effing news, about morning news shows - ("gotta listen to them giggle when all I want is the effing weather report!"), the BBC and pretty much all televised … [Read more...]

Coulter: Hate consumes the hater

It's a shame - a rather storied and celebrated career ends in the trash compactor like Jimmy Hoffa, all because the man could not control his ego or his hate.Bush Derangement Syndrome is going to do more than ruin a few careers, it's going to destroy a once great political party.Not that the GOP is in any shape to crow - it is busily making itself as unattractive to the rest of the country as it possibly can, what with Coulter apologists slapping their knees and chuckling while she carries … [Read more...]

Come to Coney Island, Pope!

Very cute satire from the Onion.Pope Benedict XVI returned to Rome today following a historic, three-day trip to Six Flags St. Louis, the first official papal visit to a major American theme park since Pope Paul VI's Thanksgiving Mass at Wet 'n Wild in August 1966 [...] Early Saturday morning, Benedict delivered a children's prayer in Looney Tunes Town, in which he urged "courage, resolve, and strength of stomach when you come face to face with the temptation of XCalibur," and stressed that … [Read more...]

Bloggers in Pajamas…

Victorian Trading CoTaking a cue from comments left at his site by Ask Mom, Vanderleun is talking about pajamas and admitting that he seems to have lost track of all of his bottoms.Now, that is odd, to me. Back in the day, before we had kids, my hubby and I would share his pj's; I would wear the tops, he the bottoms. Unless it was winter in which case he wouldn't share because he's a wimp about winter. But the thing is, in reading Vanderleun's confession, it seems to me that a man might … [Read more...]

An “assertion” is as good as the truth…

Lorie Byrd wrote an important piece yesterday, which I missed. We've been moving in this direction for a long time, but she is correct; we've finally gotten there: Any assertion, particularly if it's made from the left, or by the press, is as good as the truth.When assertion replaces truth, language no longer has definite meaning assigned to it, and civility becomes a thing of nostalgia, the table is set for a dysfunctional debate that not only fails to educate the public, but misleads and … [Read more...]

Pulling out, doing good and happy talk

Sometimes someone emails me and says "remember when you wrote this?" And I have to admit that no, I don't remember writing the thing, but I am kind of glad I did. With all the Democrat talk about ill-advised timetables for pulling out of Iraq, someone sent this piece to me, in which I had written:In order to succeed they need two things. They need time - to train their forces and police and to get their political infrastructure established. They need reassurance that America will not desert … [Read more...]

Didn’t I tell you this was a great book?

Do I know a good book, or do I know a good book? All those times I directed you toward Rumer Godden's In This House of Brede, I knew what I was doing (as so many of you have been kind enough to email me) and now, once again, I direct you toward a book you will be very glad you own. (Yes, I'm in an 'It's all about me' mode. Live through it!) ;-)Jim Martin has a real winner with My Life With the Saints, which is published by Loyola press, and you can read a snippet of over at Amazon. … [Read more...]

Is this your kids brain online? UPDATED

A very interesting second-parter over at CBS in their excellent three-part series on teenagers and the internet. Today - what is happening to your kid's brain when they're online.This is particularly interesting to me, as my Elder Son is super-connected, so to speak and has been fascinated by all manner of computer and 'net technology since he was toddling around. While he's an affable young man, sometimes I do feel like he's a little disoriented with the "real world," that he is rather like … [Read more...]

If this is for real, it’s just too, too sad

It's too sad on too many levels.When I finished her lower lip started to tremble and her eyes began to fill with tears, "Daddy" she said, "why are the Republicans doing this to the country?" Well, that was it for me: I finally fell apart. She just fell into my arms and we both began sobbing for several minutes.A grown man, who writes a lot like a woman, collapses into the arms of his young daughter because President Bush was sent to Iraq by his boss, Karl Rove to divert attention from a … [Read more...]