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...]

Obama’s 8.1% Funhouse Mirror!

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Do you know anyone who has been seeking work in the last several months, and has suddenly found openings? Since hardly any jobs were added to the economy in April, your answer is probably "no." I know mine is. And yet, the headlines are blaring that unemployment is down to 8.1%! So, no jobs to speak of are being added, in fact -- as Ed Morrissey notes here, our total employment level actually fell by 169K -- and yet the unemployment numbers sound encouraging! Welcome to the … [Read more...]

“Cool”: You keep using that word… UPDATE

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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 Factor Chris Cillizza at the WaPo didn't even break … [Read more...]

Is Sentimentalism the Last Step Before Violence?

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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...]

Springsteen, Sex Strikes and Shut Up, Stupids!

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I have doctors appointments all afternoon, so let's just do a quick lookaround: Springsteen's Phoniness finally clear: I've never bought his "working man" schtick, and his mot recent "big" songs have been lazy three-note drone-fests (Philadelphia, Secret Garden). Now the botoxed, hair-weaved, fake "everyman" who summers in the Hamptons (where his children showcase their equestrianism) is writing some pretty irresponsible lyrics that appear to advocate violence against the fatcats and bankers … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

Yeah, yeah, I’m hip, I’m hip! UPDATE

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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...]

Bring Out Yer Dead, Mr. Santorum! – UPDATED

Those of us who work in alternative media--particularly we who run blogs, which require daily updating and a continual perusal of news in order to remain relevant--run a high risk of becoming so inured to non-stop political spin, and so desensitized to public rudeness that we become not just observers, but bobbing participants in the overheated muck and stew of the daily outrage, the daily hysteria, the daily meme. Mired in the thick of things, we can lose sight of the depths of madness to which … [Read more...]

Why Tim Tebow Terrifies – UPDATED

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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...]

Who will sue over Same Sex OWS Tents?

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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 … [Read more...]


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