Obama’s 8.1% Funhouse Mirror!

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Do you know anyone who has been seeking work in the last several months, and has suddenly found openings?Since hardly any jobs were added to the economy in April, your answer is probably "no." I know mine is.And yet, the headlines are blaring that unemployment is down to 8.1%!So, no jobs to speak of are being added, in fact -- as Ed Morrissey notes here, our total employment level actually fell by 169K -- and yet the unemployment numbers sound encouraging!Welcome to the … [Read more...]

The Battle of the Blessings: Just a Warm Up

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Deacon Greg Kandra is an old-school newsman; his decades at CBS News has honed his ability to sniff out a story -- particularly a human-interest story sure to tug at the heart strings or impart a universal lesson -- that someone else (like me) would pass over with a sigh (if the story is sweet) or an eyeroll (if it is sour).The deacon hates confrontations; if he had his druthers, he'd live on a straight path between Disney World and Rome -- between innocence and glory -- and never mind the … [Read more...]

Trayvon and the MSM: “Who will guard the guardians?” UPDATED

It's an ironic question, given George Zimmerman's own ideas about guardianship, but it's one that needs to be asked of the mainstream press.A long time ago, in the midst of of a month-long discussion on media, I noted a piece by a journalist who bristled at the existence of alternative media. To his way of thinking, the internets lacked the scruples, ethics, and sensibilities of "the mediating intelligences" within traditional, mainstream media. I had suggested, back then, that the whole … [Read more...]

Trayvon and Zimmerman: A “good faith” breakdown?

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In the comboxes, someone wondered earlier today why I had not written anything about the killing of Trayvon Martin by a "neighborhood watch" volunteer named George Zimmerman. Since I don't watch the news or read papers anymore, I only became aware of it yesterday, and it seems the political world was slow to come to it, too.It's a dreadful story; my heart cannot help but go out to the family of Trayvon Martin, and my prayer is that this case gets a thorough and honest investigation which … [Read more...]

Is Sentimentalism the Last Step Before Violence?

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InDisorientation: How to Go to College Without Losing Your Mind (which I highly recommend), I contributed an essay on the Soft Tyranny of Sentimentalism, wherein I wrote:If 20th-century atheism rode in on the backs of totalitarian regimes, the 21st-century has delivered unto the world an anti-God, anti-Church movement that fits seamlessly into shallow, postmodern popular culture. Having no need for uprisings and the hardware of destruction, the new fog of faith has crept in on the little … [Read more...]

Obamacare’s Gift to the Catholics – FINAL

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Photo by Bob Mullen/The Catholic Photographer/NY Daily NewsIn my First Things column, today, I find the silver lining behind the cloud of this administration's assault on the constitutional right to Freedom of Religion.To be sure, this situation is cause for concern, but there are some bright spots in all of this. Although the mainstream press has reported very little about this event—a close examination might prove uncomfortable for their own worldviews—the unified public expression of … [Read more...]

God is Not Done with You

Deacon Greg's homily for this weekend is especially good, and powerfully useful, I think:In the gospel, when the men who want to follow Jesus ask him where he is staying, he doesn’t give them a direct answer.“Come,” he says, “and you will see.”On one level, he’s inviting them to follow him.  But more importantly: he is also inviting them to see. To have their eyes opened.  The Lamb of God who will take away the sins of the world – and who will soon give sight to the blind! — is invi … [Read more...]

Gibbs, Jarrett and Mrs. Obama: The Tussle

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So, former WH press secretary Robert Gibbs apparently tussled with Obama's seeming mother-substitute Valerie Jarrett, and he was very rude to the woman, in discussing First Lady Michelle Obama.This cartoon has foul-language (you're warned) but depicts what seems to have gone down.Well, I'm not surprised that Gibbs tussled with Jarrett. Gibbs, after all, is a white Irish Catholic, and as we all know, white Irish Catholics enjoy an occasional donnybrook.Perhaps that is why … [Read more...]

Why Robert Reich is Wrong – UPDATED

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Robert Reich--claiming "no inside information"--spells why he believes/recommends that Hillary Clinton and Joe "Boom-boom" Biden should trade places:Why do I say this? Because Obama needs to stir the passions and enthusiasms of a Democratic base that’s been disillusioned with his cave-ins to regressive Republicans. Hillary Clinton on the ticket can do that.Moreover, the economy won’t be in superb shape in the months leading up to Election Day. Indeed, if the European debt crisis grows wor … [Read more...]

The Vanishing: Can Faith Fuel the Future?

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Last year I mused over at First Things about Vienna, and how it had seemed, when I visited, to be vasishing before my eyes:A few years ago I had occasion to spend a few days in Vienna. The beautiful city of museums and music remains a favorite but a forlorn one; its charming avenues and architecture and nightly concerts could not fully distract from the sleepy sense of diminishment that hung over the city, like the acquiescence of a cancer patient who has decided to forgo the next round of … [Read more...]


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