A Value of a Sickly Pope and 5 Other Thoughts

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1) Over at his new blog, David Mills (who appears to be having quite a jolly time of it, over here, and we had him first!) responds to Marc Barnes' notion that Popes should resign more often.Writes Mills:I agree with everything he says, with one qualification: It would also be a good thing, a thing in the proper order, for a pope to continue as pope till he died, even if he suffers years of declining ability. . . His public endurance of suffering might be a needed witness, or the … [Read more...]

Russia, Ukraine, Poland and 2 Timely New Saints

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"President Obama's foreign policy is based on fantasy."That's the Washington Post's ultimately restrained assessment, not mine.But I think along similar lines. The man's sense of himself has been over-indulged to a reckless point.The current sense of impotence, however, is not wholly Obama's fault. Yes, he damaged his own credibility, and ours when he drew a red line regarding Syria (and then not only ignored it being crossed but tried to deny that he ever drew it) but in truth, the … [Read more...]

Lanny Davis Speaks Out Against FCC in Newsrooms BREAKING: FCC “PULLS PLUG”

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::::UPDATE BREAKING:::: The FCC is "throwing in the towel on its plans, but...only sort of.The Federal Communications Commission has pulled the plug on its plan to conduct an intrusive probe of newsrooms as part of a “Critical Information Needs” survey of local media markets.However, a revised version of the survey could raise new concerns: that it will trade its now-kiboshed news questions for a demographic survey that might justify new race-based media ownership rul … [Read more...]

FCC in the Newsroom: A Look at What they Want

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Now that one-or-two members of the mainstream press are bothering to notice the FCC preparing to question their editorial processes, Ed Morrissey is helping us all get a better take on what it will look like, with this analysis at Hot Air:It’s difficult to determine any other reason for the FCC to take an interest in editorial decisions unless it wants to intervene in that process. It’s not all that outrageous to believe that the only reason a federal agency wants to conduct a study of an are … [Read more...]

Little Sisters, HHS Mandate, Al Gore and Incurious Press – UPDATED

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I've mentioned before that both President Obama and his press secretary, Jay Carney are wearing identical facial expressions; they both look like men who wish it would all go away.And "make it go away" was the first thing that came into my head when I saw this headline over at Deacon Greg's: "WH Says Birth Control Mandate Doesn't Apply To Little Sisters of the Poor".Let's skip over the fact that this isn't exactly a "birth control" mandate. It's also a free-sterilization and … [Read more...]

Obama Disclaims Red Line; Crosses Red, White and Blue One

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So, let me get this straight:1) Obama is not asking the country to "go to war"2) And he "did not set a red line" on Syria and chemical weapons, despite saying last year, "[chemical weapons] would change my calculus, or equation". Note the first person, singular.(Apparently that line was "unscripted". So it didn't count!)3) Despite the admissions of Chris Matthews and Eleanor Holmes Norton who both say Democrats may vote for this thing for no other reason than to close ranks and … [Read more...]

Miley Cyrus, Syria and the Head of Saint John the Baptist

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A great deal has been written this week about 20 year-old Miley Cyrus and her maniacally over-the-top performance at the MTV Video Music Awards. As Mark Shea points out, as the world stands on the brink of something dire and deadly the public seeks only bread and circuses, which the bottom-line-obsessed press serves up with such alacrity that satire cannot surmount it.The headlines are grim, but they're bare blips within our awareness. Who wants to read about constitutional ethics, war … [Read more...]

I take Sundays Off, Even From Trayvon-Zimmerman UPDATE Zimmerman pulls guy out of truck?

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So, the person who left me three screaming emails demanding that I release his comments from a thread and castigating me and calling me names for not releasing them? I take Sunday's off, which is why your comments languished in moderation. Regular readers pretty much know that. They also know better than to use the c-word -- you know which one I mean -- which is why once I logged on this morning, your comments were promptly deleted, and you were banned.I don't care how much I piss you off, … [Read more...]

IRS, DOJ, Benghazi: How we Got Here & Just Who was Easily Led? UPDATED

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The other day, pondering the slickness of the Obama presidential campaigns and the lousy job Americans have done in their interview/hiring process in recent elections, I joked:If America were an office, and its citizens were its manager...It [has hired] dazzling bullshitters over the doggedly competent, and now wonders why there appears to be no one trustworthy in charge of the goods.Reading the collection of headlines over on Drudge or at Instapundit, seems to bear it out. The … [Read more...]

“Why Weren’t Embassy Attacks Under Bush & Clinton Investigated?” – UPDATES

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There is an argument I am seeing show up pretty regularly on Twitter. Someone tweets a link to a news story asking valid questions about Benghazi, or suggesting that there has been a cover-up (and history shows that fallout from coverups are always worse than the incidents that preceded them, but politicians never learn) someone intent on protecting the administration or Hillary Clinton tweets the equivalent of a sneer: "oh yeah? Well there were this many attacks on US Embassies while Bush was … [Read more...]


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