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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“Cool”: You keep using that word… UPDATE

Apparently, in reaction to the reality that the youth vote is fading on Obama, a memo has gone out from the campaign to the mainstream media, Democrat operatives, Hollywood moneybags, and all the ships at sea. It's message was succinct: "Obama Hip, Cool! Romney Square. Peace-and-Drones Out, Daddy-O."Do an internet search of "Obama cool" this morning and there is an embarrassment of riches:The New Yorker: Mr. Cool; Obama and the Hip FactorChris Cillizza at the WaPo didn't even break … [Read more...]

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Is Sentimentalism the Last Step Before Violence?

InDisorientation: How to Go to College Without Losing Your Mind (which I highly recommend), I contributed an essay on the Soft Tyranny of Sentimentalism, wherein I wrote:If 20th-century atheism rode in on the backs of totalitarian regimes, the 21st-century has delivered unto the world an anti-God, anti-Church movement that fits seamlessly into shallow, postmodern popular culture. Having no need for uprisings and the hardware of destruction, the new fog of faith has crept in on the little … [Read more...]

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Chris Matthews and his Trained Baboons

I couldn't believe the headline so I had to see it for myself and yeah, Chris Matthews actually said this:“There are a number of people who have chosen to convert to the Catholic faith because they don”t like the liberal positions taken by their sectarian groups,” said Matthews, “that’s a fact, you can write that down. . . .I’m saying that some people who are bigoted against gay people have changed religions, yes."This is a guy who profoundly misunderstands his own faith and its teaching … [Read more...]

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Yeah, yeah, I’m hip, I’m hip! UPDATE

Andrew Klavan so often says precisely what I think, and here he nails it; the left's obsession with always needing to be perceived as "cool" has played a large part in our undoing, because the culture has adopted that mindset. The government, the media and academia are all in the clutches of perpetual 14 year-olds forever chasing times and trends to maintain the aura of hipness that keeps them sitting at the lunch table with the "cool" kids. The spoiled cool kids who think they're just entitled … [Read more...]

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Why Tim Tebow Terrifies – UPDATED

Mentioned yesterday that my First Things post today would be joining in on the multitude of words being written about Tim Tebow. Patton Dodd has given a terrific overview of Tebow in WSJ and in his ebook, but I was interested in one small aspect of his phenomenon: how terrifying Tebow must be to those busy elites in politics and media who are so determinedly constructing the ungainly "profits-gained-outside-of-government-or-other-approved-venues-are-evil" narrative and the more subtle but … [Read more...]

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Who will sue over Same Sex OWS Tents?

Sexual assaults and rapes are apparently so numerous at Zuccotti Park in the New York "occupation" that the occupiers are installing single-sex tents:It’s a safe house from the sex fiends.Zuccotti Park has become so overrun by sexual predators attacking women in the night that organizers felt compelled to set up a female-only sleeping tent yesterday to keep the sickos away.The large, metal-framed “safety tent” -- which will be guarded by an all-female patrol -- can accommodate as ma … [Read more...]

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OWS: This Food is for the Privileged! UPDATED

Delicious Irony:The Occupy Wall Street volunteer kitchen staff launched a “counter” revolution yesterday -- because they’re angry about working 18-hour days to provide food for “professional homeless” people and ex-cons masquerading as protesters.For three days beginning tomorrow, the cooks will serve only brown rice and other spartan grub instead of the usual menu of organic chicken and vegetables, spaghetti bolognese, and roasted beet and sheep’s-milk-cheese salad.They will also pr … [Read more...]

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Calling and Revolution and Calling UPDATED

(Photo: APF/Getty)My piece today at First Things is a little odd, I think. In some spots it is deliberately to the fore, and in others, deliberately ambiguous, and it is talking about two seemingly very different things -- the Occupy Wall Street folks who know that they want something, but are not quite able to articulate what that something might be, and impossibility of nurturing a sense of "calling" in our children when we over-manage their lives, from an early age, teach that … [Read more...]

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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...]

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