Egypt: As Vague as We Wanna Be – UPDATED

Photosource In 2003, when the United States liberated Iraq, an older Iraqi man related his vision of what life would be like without Saddam Hussein.“Democracy!” he shouted. “And whiskey! And sexy!” Yes, but perhaps with a Middle-Eastern, faith-based spin that intellect-based Washington could never quite grasp, not in Iraq, not in Afghanistan, and now, not in Egypt. My column at First Things takes a look at Egypt, and the nearly impenetrable vagueness that has surrounded the story of … [Read more...]

The Idea of Praying Through Time

Pondering prayer, and the notion of praying through time, thanks to our Holy Father: We can love ourselves only if we have first been loved by someone else. The life a mother gives to her child is not just physical life; she gives total life when she takes the child's tears and turns them into smiles. It is only when life has been accepted and is perceived as accepted that it becomes also acceptable. Man is that strange creature that needs not just physical birth but also appreciation if he is … [Read more...]

Obama Finds His Voice, MSM Still Lost

If you missed the Tucson Memorial tonight, you can read President Obama's speech here. It was a very good speech, very well delivered. I was watching it and monitoring twitter at the same time, and saw many judging the speech to be his best since the election. I think I agree with that. I recall being disappointing with Obama's inaugural speech, and even some of Obama's biggest supporters have complained that he sometimes seems too detached from his words or surroundings, but this was a … [Read more...]


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