NSA Inevitability and what Ted Kennedy Knew! – UPDATE

“He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.” ― George Orwell, 1984Just some stuff to think about as we digest all of this breaking news about what the government knows and when it knows it, how it gets it and where it stores it. And how ubiquitous is the case (tracking credit cards, too?).Do people fear the wheels are coming off the trolley? Is this fear widespread? A few weeks ago I was reading Christopher Lawford's lovely, candid and a … [Read more...]

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Sebelius meets Major Major’s Catch-22 – UPDATED

What could you possibly say to him? Major Major wondered forlornly. One thing he could not say was that there was nothing he could do. To say there was nothing he could do would suggest he would do something if he could and imply the existence of an error or injustice in Colonel Korn's policy. Colonel Korn had been most explicit about that. He must never say there was nothing he could do."I'm sorry," he said. "But there's nothing I can do." Catch-22, Chapter 9Because most of the time, … [Read more...]

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Echo Chambers Leave Us too Weak to Fight Idols and Bullies

Since they seem to be recurring themes in my life and my writing, last week I had occasion to again contemplate idols and idolatry and also the way bullies operate. Both idols and bullies play with our psyche, of course, and can do great damage. They are like germs and bacteria that bring disease and make us exceedingly ill, but only if they can first penetrate the immune system.In the case of bullies and idols, this involves a piercing of the spiritual and psychological immune systems. We … [Read more...]

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Is MSM Awareness of Gosnell a Wave in Tide of God’s Mercy? UPDATE

It has been, as Ed Driscoll notes a slow awakening for the mainstream media, but now that they are reading the Grand Jury reports on Kermit Gosnell and the testimony at his trial, some members of the press are saying yes, this story deserves covering and in fact demands it from many angles. Perhaps no one has touched on the crux of the thing like Seth Mandel at Commentary:The media should be ashamed beyond description for this behavior. The American left should come to terms with what it … [Read more...]

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Media Assist: Easy, Logical, Fair Angles to Pursue on Gosnell Story – UPDATED

So, something happened yesterday, something I have been praying would happen, regarding many stories, for years -- at least since the death of Tim Russert. A mainstream reporter looked up from headlines full of spin, distraction and politically expedient, empty themes ("war on women!") and said, essentially, "why the hell is this absolute horror in our midst not on every front page?"The reporter was Kirsten Powers, who reached her breaking point with the Kermit Gosnell Butchering of Women … [Read more...]

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Acts 4:32: Christian Commonality Ends Where Compulsion Begins UPDATED

I love today's reading from Acts, which gives us a beautiful snapshot of the early church:The community of believers was of one heart and mind, and no one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they had everything in common. With great power the Apostles bore witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great favor was accorded them all. There was no needy person among them, for those who owned property or houses would sell them, bring the proceeds of the … [Read more...]

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Elizabeth Scalia: Intrinsically Disordered Human Being

So, basically, I realized something about myself over the last few days, and over at First Things I'm just putting it out there, because, why not?I yam what I yam:Up to now I have done a very poor job of dealing with it, largely because until that moment of clarity, I had not recognized the disorder. Like most same-sex attracted persons, I had thought of my battles and defeats in terms of weakness, shame; discipline, programming, and willpower; there was no connection to the … [Read more...]

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Am I a Cynic, or Simply Observant? Both?

Since I am both socially inept and an introvert (not an automatic blend; I'm just a particularly clumsy amalgam of the two) to me, watching from sidelines is altogether preferable to deep engagement. This has made me pretty observant, or at least that's what I took from it when my mother -- reaching for an answer when queried as to why I was "so odd" -- said, "well, she's very observant..."Two really excellent columns by women I admire have crossed my screen today, and in both cases, I found … [Read more...]

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Talking Benedict with Kathryn Lopez and Ed Morrissey – UPDATES

If you're free from about 4PM Eastern you might want to turn your online radio dial to Ed Morrissey's daily show, where I will join Ed and Kathryn Jean Lopez in discussing today's startling news out of the Vatican:The Ed Morrissey Show and its dynamic chatroom can be seen on the permanent TEMS page. Be sure to join us, and don’t forget to keep up with the debate on my Facebook page, too!What's a plug among friends.Check back for more linkage and updates, but if you have a spare m … [Read more...]

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Jesus and the Hemorrhagic Woman: Accountability and Thanksgiving

Today's Gospel reading (Mark 5:21-43) tells us of Jairus' plea to Jesus, that he go to his sick little girl, “My daughter is at the point of death. Please, come lay your hands on her that she may get well and live.”Oh, that spoke to me; on a snowy, cold morning, with the arthritis screaming, I read that and thought, "me too, that I may move!"Along the way to Jairus' home, we read what is (for me, anyway) one of the richest and most powerful stories of Christ's healings:There was a wom … [Read more...]

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