Obama: The 4th best president in history?

I knew that anyone running for President needed a monumental ego to do so. But this is staggering.Next to Obama, Bill Clinton is a model of humility and rational introspection.He was the one he was waiting for.Full Transcript HereHow Obama Distorted Inequality Statistics in his 60 Minutes Interview … [Read more...]

Obama Admin vs Religious Conscience UPDATES


One of the stupidest political remarks I ever heard came from Ben Affleck, who -- campaigning for Hillary Clinton during her 2000 senate run -- declared that a vote for her opponent, Rick Lazio, would amount to a vote (I am paraphrasing) "to bring back Irish Need Not Apply signs in the workplace."It does appear, though, that the Obama administration has decided that a Catholics Need Not Apply sign might be in order.Today Michael Gerson spells out why that may be so:Shortly before … [Read more...]

Obama Admin and HHS vs Catholic Church

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There was a lot of pretense in 2008 that Obama -- with his 100% approval rating from NARAL -- should be the choice of "intelligent" Catholics because even if he was wrong on abortion, he was "so good" on everything else -- the poor, the disadvantaged, the promise to turn back the Bush wars, close Gitmo, halt rendition, bring "transparency" and restore our "shredded constitution" -- these were all so compellingly at-one with the church that an Obama presidency would bring about the large … [Read more...]

President O-Irony


Hot Air, taking another look at the "bungled" negotiations that will prevent the U.S. from having any presence in Iraq, after December 31.They link to this piece by McClatchy News, in which it is suggested that neither the president nor the vice-president got involved with negotiations, instead allowing State Department lawyers to break down the options for them. Allahpundit asks: How much of that was due to “bungling” and how much was due to Obama’s and Biden’s studious disinterest?A … [Read more...]

SECOND Thoughts on Cain: Maddeningly Gray – UPDATE

Okay, so the other day I posted my First Thoughts on Herman Cain.Culled from Cain's recent remarks about abortion, gay marriage and Jesus-as-Conservative, here are some second thoughts:Cain's "I'm pro-life but pro-choice" is getting a lot of attention:...it ultimately gets down to a choice that that family or that mother has to make. Not me as president. Not some politician. Not a bureaucrat. It gets down to that family. And whatever they decide, they decide. I shouldn’t try to t … [Read more...]

“ABC: Anybody But Catholics”

Sister Mary Ann Walsh, Writing at the USCCB Media Blog:There seems to be a new unwritten reg at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). It’s the ABC Rule, Anybody But Catholics.It showed up in a letter from HHS’s Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) to advise the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Office of Migration and Refugee Services (MRS) that it would not receive a grant to continue its services for victims of human trafficking.The USCCB progr … [Read more...]

ACT III: American Fall – The Revolution


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...]

Hillary Looking for a Way In

Byron York notes that Bill Clinton is looking to burnish his reputation in comparison to Obama (hey, he doesn't need to convince me!):While the political world obsesses over Chris Christie, Rick Perry and the rest of the Republican presidential field, something is up with Bill Clinton. On Nov. 8, the former president will publish a new book entitled Back to Work: Why We Need Smart Government for a Strong Economy. Judging by pre-release publicity, the book resembles nothing so much as a … [Read more...]

Occupiers as Mindless Drones -UPDATE

Wow. And they say religious folk want to be told what to think and what to say!This is pathetic. It reminds me of kindergarten. It's actually kind of terrifying: "just tell me what to say and I'll parrot it." Completely mindless.UPDATE: At the urging of a few commenters, I looked at the video again, and concede that this may in fact be less a mindless-drone-fest than I had thought. As some know, I don't venture forth into crowds very often, so I have not experienced or witnessed … [Read more...]

Freedom of Religion Under Assault

I have to stop blogging and start writing two columns and an introduction to a book, but I wanted to just encourage you to be aware of two important stories, and perhaps take the time to make a phone call or send an email:Julie at Happy Catholic writes: ...Margaret at ten thousand places rightly points out that this is a much bigger issue. Which is, of course, what Keith Rothfus points out in his letter.And, I forgot that today is the deadline.Today is the last day to voice your concerns … [Read more...]