No, David Gregory is not a Hack

I'm seeing a lot of remarks on Twitter about this exchange between Newt Gingrich and David Gregory this morning.I'm seeing people saying Newt "schooled" David Gregory; that he "took it to" Gregory and so forth, but Gregory lets Gingrich speak for nearly two full minutes, uninterrupted, and in doing so he allows Gingrich to point out all of the issues that are going undiscussed, everyday, while the Democrats and the media promote the absolutely false narrative that anyone is trying to ban … [Read more...]

WH to Dolan: We’re not listening but you should!

CARDINAL-DESIGNATE TIMOTHY M. DOLAN

Timothy Cardinal Dolan of New York, who is president of the USCCB, brings an update on the HHS Mandate battle and he is being realistic and, it seems to me, trying to tell us all to gird our loins.All links and emphases are mine:The President invited us to “work out the wrinkles,” and we have been taking him seriously. Unfortunately, this seems to be going nowhere: the White House Press Secretary, for instance, informed the nation that the mandates are a fait accompli (and, emb … [Read more...]

The Busy Servants of Moloch – UPDATED

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When the "learning opportunity" of the Susan G. Komen/Planned Parenthood debacle was taking place, I wrote:[the past day's high drama had given] me a mental image of Moloch, enraged and stomping and roaring because there was a threat of less meat coming to his fire.Today, Moloch is appeased; the media’s heartbeat and respiration are returning to normal. They and their pals in DC can take a nice, deep cleansing breath and sit back and smile, understanding what they have just demonstrated … [Read more...]

Congressional Performance Art – UPDATED

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Oh, the humanity! Oh, the sudden outcry of the suffering!.This is my favorite part:Fluke spoke in strong language of her resentment of university administrators and others who suggest she should have chosen to attend a different university that would have offered student insurance that does cover contraception — even if that other university wasn’t quite as prestigious as Georgetown.Yes, how dare a Catholic college actually inflict its Catholicity on the poor victim, who just cou … [Read more...]

We don’t need no stinking Bishops! – UPDATE

I guess this is like "smart" diplomacy, right? If you need to affirm your special relationship with the United Kingdom you ship back the bust of Winston Churchill, and if you are having trouble with Catholic bishops, you go talk to...anybody but Catholic bishops.HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says the Obama administration plans to issue a rule "in the near future" on its compromise plan on contraception coverage and is meeting with insurers, clergy and health leaders to get feedback on how … [Read more...]

All Your Conscience Are Belong to Us

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My First Things column from today:Through its mouthpieces, the administration has already begun to argue that “an institution does not have a conscience.” This is utter nonsense. The missions of the church are predicated on conscience, and conscience and mission feed and build upon one another. Conscience is what sent Catholic religious women to drag Civil War soldiers off the battlefields and into their hospitals, regardless of uniform; it is what put Catholic charities and hospitals and sch … [Read more...]

To Defend HHS Mandate: Look at Anything but Constitution

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The vacationing Deacon Greg Kandra has still managed, between spending time with Mickey and Minnie to post this interesting piece by Dave Gibson, who has written an informative article about what I called my First Things piece, yesterday, the "nuances between direct and indirect co-operation with evil".Gibson does his usual brilliant job in expanding on it, but he does so from a place accepting that President Obama's recent "accommodation" did actually accommodate the churches. Completely … [Read more...]

The Stranding of the Catholic Left – UPDATES

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Literally bleary with fever last night, boxing metaphors came tumbling out of my brain and into my column over at First Things:To that end, the White House seemed to have conferred not with the concerned Bishops but with members of the “Catholic Left” whose criticism of his original plans had had a weighty effect on others, and whose progressive credentials made their alliance vital to retain; he effectively went to Sr. Carol Keehan, President of the Catholic Health Association, and E.J. Dio … [Read more...]

Obama’s HHS: Bring on the Penal Laws! – UPDATES!

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Sure and it begins to feel like Grandad's auld sod, what with the elites getting comfortable with the notion of telling us what we can and cannot do, what business we may or may not conduct, what materials we can or cannot own...because we're Catholics.Over at NPR's Bench Memos Ryan T. Anderson ponders illegalities in the making:Here’s an aspect of the HHS preventive-services mandate and the “compromise” announced on Friday that has gone unnoticed: It will soon be impossible, because it w … [Read more...]

WH never “botched” contraception question

I have my own thoughts about last Friday's "accomodation" by the White House and the HHS, but I am saving those for my First Things column, tomorrow, so here is what has developed over the weekend on that front:Law Prof William Jacobson remembers the "odd" debate question:Remember when George Stephanopoulos, at the New Hampshire Republican debate on January 7, brought up and harped on whether the candidates thought states could ban contraception?Everyone, at least on our side of the … [Read more...]


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