Obama's Buses Ordered Last Year. Why?

Glenn Reynolds and Ed Morrissey are writing about the completely out-of-touch optics coming forth from a White House, that -- despite the president's much vaunted, 3-day "listening" tour of the heartland -- appears to be staffed with aliens from another galaxy, who really don't understand why these earthlings aren't loving their shtick.Reynold's notes that Matt Drudge is having enormous fun with these spaceman optics, where text and visuals make the messages clear to all but the … [Read more...]

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Moments "After America"

On Sunday I'd mentioned that I was reading Mark Steyn's After America.Finding the book less "LOL funny" than Steyn's previous book, America Alone, I was nevertheless unable to put After America down, and I write more about it in my column at First Things:I thought of Chesterton a great deal while reading After America. Steyn quotes de Tocqueville liberally throughout the book and makes great, relevant references to H. G. Wells’ Eloi and Morlock populations, but in reading about the sort of … [Read more...]

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Three More Little Words UPDATED

In the post below, we look at Three Little Words -- "Don't be afraid" -- that we should perhaps use to begin more of our sentences.Here are three other words, that perhaps should end more of those sentences: "Pay it forward.""Don't be afraid; pay it forward." It's almost the perfect one-sentence summary of the Gospel.And here are a few more words, from both my mom and Saint Bernadette Soubirous, the visionary of Lourdes:"God is never outdone in generosity."This is true. I know this … [Read more...]

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DC's Bad Kabuki & the Next Chapter of Trouble – UPDATES

Clearly, what we are getting out of Washington is not leadership, not from anyone. It is spitefulfulness; it is deceit; it is hyperbole unto madness and maneuvering and masterful manipulation, but it's not leadership.What it is, is pure Kabuki theater, but less honest.Or maybe it's not Kabuki, at all; maybe it's just a carnival with freakshow, burlesque and a magic act, all brought forward to engage our attention in misdirection. "Look right this way, folks, (no, not there or there, there … [Read more...]

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Kathy Coffey at Patheos

Today, a new column debuts in the Catholic Portal with award-winning writer Kathy Coffey's Catholic Being -- and nothing could be better-timed, I think, than her excellent exposition on how the pathway to prayer can be accessed by stress:If we think of prayer as long, uninterrupted stretches in a quiet church or retreat house, we might get more stressed out worrying that we'll never achieve that. Instead, we might want to think of prayer in terms of the different voices heard in John … [Read more...]

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Tumbling America and the Narrative Thrust UPDATED

America is in the process of tumbling: she has one party interested only in "remaking" America with or without the constitution's guidance; it is a party become so expert at political maneuvering that it no longer believes it actually has to lead, build consensus or compromise -- ever -- and another party that can't manage to stick a post into a hole and call it a goal. The Democrats and Republicans remind me of nothing so much as Jules and Brett in Pulp Fiction -- the Democrats alternately sly … [Read more...]

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Swords, Chaput, Wheat and Weeds – UPDATED

My Tuesday Column over at First Things this week addresses what seems to me to be the unseemly amount of fretting being done by people of faith:Perhaps it is because so many Catholics currently seem to be wandering that some are panicking and reaching for their cutlasses. Certainly the Church does seem to be in a prolonged season of penance, wrought by both her tragic inattention to clerical abuses and the sinfully inadequate catechesis of the last forty years. That a couple of generations of … [Read more...]

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Chaput to Philadelphia

I do believe that Rocco Palmo's Whispers in the Loggia may have been first to break the news, but New Advent might have won by a nose.And it's big news, indeed -- the beleaguered and hurting Philadelphia's new bishop is Denver's Charles Chaput:Rocco -- from whom I shamelessly cribbed the picture -- writes:He is brash, outspoken and fearless -- energetic, colorful, cultured... indeed, even hard-core....And if multiple indications from near and far have it right, he stands set to bring … [Read more...]

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Peace of Mind, Distractions, Forgiveness?

Matt Emerson writes today of Peace of Mind. Why don't we have it? Do we really need it? What brings it?Of late, however, I've been unsettled less by the headlines and more by the trepidation of friends and family. I've sensed a growing unease and a strident wish to know when and by what means the economy gets fixed.At root, I sense a desire for peace of mind.But the cure we seek may never come. Gas prices may continue to rise, housing prices may continue to drop, and a second recession … [Read more...]

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Thoughtful pieces on Casey, Caylee, Corapi, Idols

Emails are coming in reporting a state of high tension on various Corapian threads, in anticipation of the Black Sheepdog's "very special announcement" which is promised today.You gotta give the Dog credit; he knows how to play to an audience and build up the suspense. I'm finding it kind of sad (and troubling) that so many people have made this one man such a huge part of their lives of faith.And I am troubled, too, by our society's seemingly endless appetite for high-drama and … [Read more...]

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