Feeding and Diaper Changing on Wall Street UPDATED

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Here is something I don't understand. Why is it the Tea Partiers were able to clean up after themselves at all of their gatherings, no matter how large, but the Wall Street "occupiers" have to be told to leave the park so the city can clean up after them, at which time they will be able to re-enter the park and mess it up, again, without responsibility or accountability? Is this what we've come to? Treating adult people like infants in need of a diaper change? Wait, it gets better. … [Read more...]

ACT III: American Fall – The Revolution

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Michelle Obama did tell us "Barack Obama will never allow you to go back to your lives as usual". Specifically, she said: Barack Obama will require you to work. He is going to demand that you shed your cynicism. That you put down your divisions. That you come out of your isolation, that you move out of your comfort zones. That you push yourselves to be better. And that you engage. Barack will never allow you to go back to your lives as usual, uninvolved, uninformed. Oh, irony. The most … [Read more...]

Jesus in the Bookstore or the Leaves?

Matt Emerson takes an encounter in a bookstore, gives it some literary spin and then leaves us with something to think about: His brow is smudged with condensation and his shirt smeared with sweat. The shirt, draping him like a large towel, looks just-pulled from a washer, but a washer that doesn't clean and in fact is not a washer at all. It's supposed to be a collared shirt, but by mysterious exertions it is now a v-neck. His chest, visible through the v, makes me think of gaunt children in … [Read more...]

Branding 3 year-olds as Haters, for Life

I'd guess this is the absurd and disspiriting levels to which unchecked political-correctness and a thought-policing society may descend: 3 Year-olds Branded Racist, Homophobic; Put in Gov't Database: Over 30,000 British schoolchildren, some as young as three, have had their names registered on a government database and branded “racist” or “homophobic” for using playground insults, infractions that could impact their future careers. The shocking figures were disclosed after civil … [Read more...]

Dear POTUS: If we can't believe you on civility…

Dear Mr. President; I understand you have a huge speech about job-creation coming up this week; the speech is so big, in fact, that it requires a venue that is somewhat out-of-the-ordinary for a simple policy speech. Some have suggested it is a do-or-die speech; that you'll really have to convince the country that you have a plan, and not just a plan, but a bold one. And not just a bold one, but one that is actually feasible. Well, I hope for the best, but I have one question. When you get up … [Read more...]

Postcard from the Staycation

Dear Washington, Just wanted to drop a note from our stay-cation to say we hope you're enjoying your time off, and do let us know how the fishing, golfing and clam bakes have gone for you. Circumstances being what they are, we have decided to stick close to home this year. We hope you don't mind if we tag along, vacationing vicariously with you through media. After all, reading that you've driven four under par is like a victory for all us little people and I personally pine to see the latest … [Read more...]

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...]

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 … [Read more...]

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...]

Will the UK Riots Come to USA?

The situation in London seems dire and disheartening and there is already one iconic photo emerging from the story: Lots of obnoxious, frightening, maddening and infuriating stories coming over the wires, with lots of conjecture as to the cause, but I found this Drudge headline most distressing: American Baseball Bats Selling Fast in UK... Citizens arming themselves for protection, or mobsters looking for more strength? I'd bet it's the former. Arms are difficult to come by, in England, but … [Read more...]


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