Writing on Gosnell Media Blackout in 2011 -UPDATED

On twitter yesterday, it was mildly irking to see a few tweets in my timeline from people like Kevin Drum and I forget who else, basically saying, (essentially) "oh, yeah? Well, if the Gosnell story was such a big deal, why weren't any of you people writing about it in 2011, huh? Answer that! Burn!".It was pretty easy to do a quick search and send him links of this blog and Hot Air and Michelle Malkin and others, writing multiple times of Gosnell in 2011, and even 2012. But here's a piece … [Read more...]

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If Mom didn’t say we couldn’t…I guess we can!

That's adolescent reasoning, and of course, dishonest, but it's also the reasoning meant to buttress up the case for gay marriage, except instead of "Mom", the non-prohibitor is Christ Jesus, and I'm writing about it at First Things:...we are told by Jimmy Carter, Stephen Colbert, Bill O’Reilly and others that if you look in the Bible, “Jesus never said anything about homosexuality or gay marriage.”Of course, in chapter 10 of Mark’s Gospel Jesus states definitively that divorce cannot exi … [Read more...]

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The Quiet Menace: Fixating on Francis, Missing the Point – UPDATED

Having just gone to confession after mass this morning, it was not my intention to get into a little tiff with a media outlet on Twitter, but being who I am, I couldn't let it go when I saw one of those lazy, thoughtless sneers cross my timeline, to the effect that Pope Francis (good guy) was refusing to stay in (bad guy) "Pope Benedict's luxurious apartments."I needed to disabuse the writer of the notion that Pope Benedict owned anything, including a "luxurious apartment" but that the papal … [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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Atomic Stupidity: Obama has all the Numbers! – UPDATE

In telling the GOP to use the Obama playbook, yesterday, did Mark Thiessen calculate poorly in his Washington Post piece? He's a very smart man, but I suspect he did:Thiessen’s recommendation makes a deadly miscalculation: He forgets that Obama’s single-minded pursuits are fully backed and protected by the mainstream press.Whether in print or broadcast, our increasingly lofty and elitist media are a little like the FDIC to Obama’s commercial bank; they provide insurance and coverage. They … [Read more...]

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MSM Holds Its Freedom Cheap; Ours, Too

(Neveshkin Nikolay / Shutterstock.com)My column at First Things this week chronicles the almost surreal behavior of the mainstream media as they do whatever they can to propel Obama and their preferred narrative forward.When the State Department threatened to go into a bureaucratic swoon of Judy-Garlandesque proportions if forced to answer questions about the attack, the press offered a thoughtful cold compress to soothe its frazzled brow, and then closed the door softly, as it made its … [Read more...]

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Media Disorientation is Complete

There is a Southern Baptist gentleman, who has corresponded with me for almost as long as this blog has been running. Early on, he would read a news report about the Pope, or the Vatican and he'd shoot me an email that amounted to an outraged "what is [the pope] or [the curia] doing! This is outrageous!"And I would write back and tell him, "wait four days or so, and when the story is fading, you'll see a correction or a clarification, that tells you the truth. But it won't be on page one, … [Read more...]

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Chick-fil-A: if you’re not sure, this is how fascism works – UPDATED AGAIN

Over at Facebook, I noticed a picture of Kermit and Miss Piggy marrying, with a caption about Chick-fil-A*. I can't seem to find it, now -- perhaps the person who posted it deleted it.I confess, haven't been following this story at all. But after the Muppets picture, I saw someone ranting about Chick-fil-A being denied business licenses because they were "against gay marriage."At that point, I posted to Facebook,"Whether these Chick-fil-A people support gay marriage or not, are … [Read more...]

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Aurora Slaughter and the Enthralled Tribes of America

ViaHow overly-enthralled we are becoming to our ideological tribes? Enough, perhaps, to wonder if our too-passionate engagement with ideas is poisoning our communal well, and robbing us of our humanity. At a moment when we should be united as a people responding to evil in our midst -- and a mass murder is not a "tragedy", it is evil on legs -- it's disheartening to realize that while the dead were not yet cold, the injured were still dying or being treated, the people who are charged with … [Read more...]

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Yay Verily! A Fresh Magazine with a Fresh Message

Do you ever look at the magazines on the rack at the grocery store and wonder just who the women are who related to them? The book with the stick-thin celebrity, air-brushed almost beyond human recognition, surrounded by headlines about how to be better at sex, how to please men sexually, how to use sex at work, how to look better than you do, because no matter how great you might look, this magazine knows you can do better; the one with the stick-thin woman with two perfect children holding up … [Read more...]

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