Slouching Toward Bethlehem

And what rough beast, its hour come round at last, Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?WB Yeats, The Second ComingPolly Toynbee’s mother died three weeks ago. Ms. Toynbee has written of it here, while in the throes of exquisite pain and some very plain anger:My mother died three weeks ago, less than a year after a diagnosis of terminal cancer. From the start she faced its inexorable course with rational calm, unafraid of dying but determined to avoid lingering beyond what she thought bearable. … [Read more...]

Exit Mr. Kerik, Enter…?

Egad.I wanted this appointment to happen. Kerik says there is an immigration problem with a nanny. Maybe. That would certainly be problematic for a man in charge of Homeland Security, with illegal immigrants being part and parcel of the issue. The Democrats in congress, remembering Clinton AG nominee Kimba Wood would have had a field day with it. I suspect there might be more, though. Certainly we saw a co-ordinated effort yesterday in the press to bring Kerik down, knowing it would taint … [Read more...]

There is always a but…

A famous atheist has decided that there is a God, after all. BUT, of course, "I'm thinking of a God very different from the God of the Christian and far and away from the God of Islam, because both are depicted as omnipotent Oriental despots, cosmic Saddam Husseins..."Ah, yes. There is a God, but not that Christian God (I'm surprised he didn't mention the God of Moses) I daren't move too briskly away from my lifelong PC stances. Get too conventional, too quickly, there might be a reaction.That's … [Read more...]

To whom much is given, much is expected

This is not the first time I've heard about Mel Gibson sharing the wealth since his phenomenal success with The Passion of the Christ (I know someone whose auntie is a tiny, cute-as-a-button and very young 83 year old nun, and have heard stories of Gibson's generosity in solving the various housing or medical bill costs of several orders) but it's the first one I've seen in print.Good for Gibson. And God bless these kids. Hattip to Kathryn Jean Lopez at The Corner … [Read more...]

Why play games? Giuliani IS the bench.

I have been a fan of Peggy Noonan's for a very long time. We are both Irish Catholic, Long Island raised girls, although I don't have her cheekbones, or her mid-atlantic accent or her writing skills. I like seeing a local girl who has done so very well for herself. After the death of Ronald Reagan, however, I was becoming alarmed at her writing, which seemed to have gone a little loopy - wallowing in sentiment. Irecall reading about her experiences at the Capital evacuation and thinking … [Read more...]

A Warrior Monk

Wonderful story.Marine Lance Cpl. June N. Ramos was preparing for a quiet and rather anonymous life of a Benedictine Monk at this monastery when he felt called to another sort of service.The hospital in Baghdad where Ramos recovered from the bomb blast in October had a special hallway reserved for insurgents who had been wounded and were being patched up by military doctors. Ramos said he was angry, hurt, in pain, but he decided to walk down that hallway."God told me not to be angry, " Ramos … [Read more...]

Get Funny, Get Serious, Give Thanks and Rope-a-Dope

Coming in very late (or early in the AM, if we're being sticklers) and too keyed up to head directly to bed, I find that while I have very limited time or freshness of mind for writing, I cannot help myself; before turning in, I must treat myself to the good writing and fine minds of so many excellent bloggers. Tonight, I found this, from Tracy A at Worship Nakedthe crush"Come," says The Harvester."And see the olive, crushed for the purest oil." "Come," He says again."And see the grape, crushed … [Read more...]

In the Spirit of Christmas: A Letter to Maureen Dowd

Dear Ms. Dowd; I have just finished reading your sad and unfunny column from yesterday's NY Times. While I don't normally read yesterday's news, my time has been so taken up with another issue that I was (quite unusually) glad to happen upon your writing, even a day late.You would, of course, have no reason to know that the other issue which has so taken up my attention as to leave me unavailable to read your pearls in a timely manner is the very untimely, slow and agonizing death of a much … [Read more...]

A Moment of Grace

It's a genuinely painful, but also rather good experience, to watch someone taking their leisurely leave of this world. I might not have written those words a few days ago, but things are happening, and changing. As my brother S makes what appears to be a final lap around the days and seasons of his own life, some beautiful mystery is being played out before our eyes. I think we might be witnessing grace.We have been watching S make his unhurried exit for a few months, but these last few days … [Read more...]

The Kindness of Strangers

Please allow me to thank those of you who left kind comments, prayers and poems concerning my brother. I am always immensely humbled by examples of huge generosity of spirit by strangers, for other strangers.When I think back on 9/11, I remember the people helping each other, pulling each other along, one person dousing another's face with bottled water to cleanse the eyes of ash and more, people driving hours from regions upstate to leave sandwiches and lemonade for hard-working volunteers. … [Read more...]

At Journey’s End…

Things will be rather silent for a little while...let the world be brother, my beloved brother, is near his end, all 41 years and 68 lbs of him are reaching their culmination. On this day of rain and wind, all overcast and bleak, we will very likely see one more light go out, and things will seem a bit darker. This event has been long, so very long, in coming - you'd think our hearts would be more than prepared...and is almost more than we can bear. Please remember my … [Read more...]

Exit Mr. Ridge, Enter…

My prediction: Former NYC Police Commissioner, Bernard Kerik. He's got the skills, he's got the resume, he's got the reputation, and the left will have a hard time saying anything bad about him. He'll do the job very well. A good fit.WELCOME Instapunditers and many grateful thanks to Professor Reynolds for the Insta-lanch. It's much appreciated. … [Read more...]

Slimey Whispers

Why do Democrats do THIS?It's just wrong, and it's inconsistent, too. If there is nothing wrong with being gay - and there isn't - then why act like there IS something wrong with it, when it seems politically expedient to do so? The same people who would jump down your throat if you whispered that someone might be gay because, "there is nothing wrong with it, and you must be a homophobe for even thinking it" will start pssssting behind their hands if they think they can hurt someone with it. … [Read more...]

Fallujah: City of Blood and Malice

There really isn't much to say. NRO's The Corner linked to this government pdf file on Fallujah.You can't look away. … [Read more...]