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Partisan press? Really?

In Uncategorized on February 7, 2009 at 2:42 pm

Look. There have been all sorts of national leaders throughout history, but none of them perfect. Some good administrators were clumsy, or crude, or lousy public speakers, or otherwise annoying or easy to caricature. I wish we’d, as a culture, get over the idea that our elected officials must do double duty as leading-men-of-classy-films-without-the-benefit-of-retakes. Being a member of the loyal opposition, I don’t care if Mr. Obama sometimes falters in a speech, or now and then takes a wrong turn heading to his office. I do mind if the press blames his distracted behavior on the Republicans, for not agreeing with him.

Uhm. He’s a grown man. He’s been in politics for a while. He’s been in the very mean politics of Chicago, for pity’s sake. Treating him like a kid whose parents just sent him to a new school where he doesn’t have friends yet just doesn’t strike me as all that useful. Telling, yes. Useful, no.

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Another ‘Free Choice’ proposition to watch out for

In Uncategorized on December 12, 2008 at 4:47 pm

The so-called Freedom of Choice Act (also known as FOCA), would provide legal bulldozers to the abortion industry in the United States, for use in flattening opposition. Not that a billion dollar industry that kills people on a per-hire basis needs more sledgehammers than it already has, in my opinion, but what do I know? (At least I have company. More than 330,000 people have already signed a Fight FOCA petition, as just the tip of the iceberg in the fight against this horrific bit of proposed policy, which would strip away the few feeble laws that protect the most vulnerable women and girls amongst us.)

In another arguably dishonest use of language, the so-called Employee Free Choice Act would provide brand new legal bulldozers to unions, not least by turning thugs loose on workers who currently enjoy the protection of voting by secret ballot. (Uhm, folks, there are reasons secret ballots are considered part and parcel of advanced civilizations…) Joust the Facts has a look.

Rounded up Nov. 7, 2008

In Uncategorized on November 7, 2008 at 10:22 am

(Do you ever have days where you can’t get back to a draft to get it posted? With my apologies, this is a several-days-strung-together round-up.)

Massively rich, philanthropist rock star’s skyscraper will be on land seized by the government?

Jim Tonkowich muses on reading Brideshead Revisited through bifocals… (There’s a point. Really.) I’d been led to believe that Brideshead Revisited was a book I should avoid like the plague. Perhaps I was misled?

Michael Novak suggests that now is not the time to rehearse grave doubts about the President-elect. I find myself more or less in agreement. Or, as Mark Steyn puts it, “As for us losers, there’s no point going down the right-wing version of Bush Derangement Syndrome.”

That’s not to say we can’t still wonder if the media isn’t a bit too personally invested in Left-wing politics. I wouldn’t know, personally. I asked myself why I was giving the news-cum-entertainment industry so much of my time, and couldn’t come up with a good answer, so these days I give them far less time to try to mislead me or try to convince me that celebrity watching is for some reason important. (Do you understand their obsession with performers? The fascination eludes me.)

I wish I’d linked to this before this election, but (for future reference) there’s something to remember when you vote in the United States of America – lot of blood was shed to turn us into citizens instead of subjects. And there is, indeed, a difference between citizens and subjects (and nothing that says citizens can’t revert to subjects if they aren’t careful).

And nothing says people can’t cross party lines when the party crosses them. Heh. I wish there had been more of them, of course, but, well… you take what you can get, right? I would also like to steal a quote made in passing in this post, because I also depend on a small business for my livelihood: “Sylvia has worked in small business her entire life so she’s a natural Republican; she knows how government just gets in the way of business and free enterprise.” Oh, my, yes. Our costs and headaches are going up in January, again. Even if McCain had won, we were looking at cutting hours of operation and/or getting rid of an employee so that we’d have enough to pay the others. Needless to say, we hope we can hold the line there, but we doubt the Democrats will help matters.

Changing the subject, but only slightly: A bit of info on ethanol mandates and food prices, and changing food supplies. But here’s a countering view on food prices, based on other criteria.

Patrick over at The Paragraph Farmer has had several good posts lately, but the quote I can’t resist is from a pre-election post (with lots of links I should probably go back and read). Sayeth Patrick:

Christians in my own church and elsewhere have been urged to pray for a pro-life outcome “no matter which candidate wins.” Heartfelt advice like that goes a long way toward preserving tax-exempt status in a litigious society, but let’s not kid ourselves: a pro-life outcome with the Republican ticket is a good bet, while a pro-life outcome in the aftermath of an Obama/Biden victory requires a miracle of the kind that slapped Saul upside the head on the road to Damascus. 

I’d say that cuts to the car chase.

Patrick also has some wisdom from Michael Crichton on science versus consensus.

Rounded up Nov. 3, 2008

In Uncategorized on November 3, 2008 at 4:15 pm

Obama vs jobs. (hat tip: Peter Lawler)

Obama promises to bankrupt coal industry.

A coal miner’s daughter puts faces to his target. (hat tip: Mommy Life)

Palin promises McCain support for clean coal and energy independence.

The Catholic vote in PA and Ohio (and the Democrats’ contempt for small town and rural America).

Richard Adams looks at The Political Character of Obama.

Obama has said he plans to ask Britain to send more troops to Afghanistan – but, there might be objections from terrorists. (Not necessarily the terrorists you might think.)

How the world will love us. (Or: Being on the menu is not a good place to be.)

Nov. 1, 2008, round-up

In Uncategorized on November 1, 2008 at 3:00 pm

Kelly Boggs of Baptist Press says Lay those experts end-to-end! It’s tempting, some days. Especially in election season.

A kid got sent home from school in New Jersey for wearing a Jesus costume for Halloween. He was told he had to lose the beard and the crown of thorns… The boy has a Catholic mother and a Jewish father and recently celebrated his Bar Mitzvah, and is studying Jesus as a historical and religious figure, his mother says… (hat tip: Alliance Alert)

On the upside, an AWANA club in Wisconsin finally gets to meet on school grounds without paying a fee. Non-religious clubs have been able to use the facilities for free, and so Christian lawyers stepped in to request equal treatment for the church club. The school district saw its way clear to accommodate them.

Do you use the phrase “my brother’s keeper.” Perhaps it’s time to remember the difference between brothers and keepers.

Rounded up Oct. 23, 2008

In Uncategorized on October 23, 2008 at 3:00 pm

I’ve been busy rounding up news and views over at Ladies for Life. If you know of a pro-life lady who would like to be added to the blogroll, please have her read the Oct. 9 posts. Her blog doesn’t need to discuss pro-life issues, it just has to be hosted or co-hosted by a pro-life lady.

At Hey Plumber Joe: Been There, Done That (American Thinker, Oct. 17, 2008), C. Edmund Wright explains a few things the Left doesn’t seem to understand about running a small business. (via CM, Children and Lots of Grace)

From Bookworm Room, “Some thoughts to carry with you.” (Among them, “The state has no conscience.”)

Also from Bookworm Room, the last half of the post to be filed under the ‘Funny Only If It Doesn’t Really Happen’ heading, “Long hidden species carefully emerges from hiding,” takes a look at the possible future from the perspective of a conservative living in a particularly non-conservative part of California.

If you missed Joe Biden promising an international crisis if Sen. Obama becomes president, Cal Thomas has it covered, with commentary.

Were you taught that Americans on the left and Americans on the right had the same goals, and only differed in their ideas on how to get there? I was. And for a long time I believed it. But Dennis Prager has concluded that simply isn’t so, and I think I have to agree with him.

India has launched its first moon mission. In the article, it says that Japan and China sent probes to the moon last year. If everything goes as planned, India will become the fourth nation with a flag there, joining the US, Russia, and Japan, the article further says. (I’m a bit behind on space news, obviously.)

Rounded up October 20, 2008

In Uncategorized on October 20, 2008 at 11:01 am

Via Bookworm Room, Ed Morrissey has some ideas on what it means when the media tries to destroy “the man Obama picked at random to ask a question.” (emphasis in original)

Bookworm provides a lesson in history to counter a friend’s wish for a more powerful government. In another post, she uses a comparison of European history and American history to explain why Sen. Obama’s “share the wealth” argument isn’t perhaps such a good idea.

Charles J. Chaput defends unborn babies, honest use of language, vigorous public debate, and proper respect for one another. He also says “If American Catholics don’t know history, and especially their own history as Catholics, then somebody else – and usually somebody not very friendly – will create their history for them.” The article is based on an address he gave to a Catholic group. Otherwise he might have pointed out that’s largely true for anyone, Catholic or not.

Speaking of Catholics, when a Texas newspaper ran an article in response to a pro-life statement made by Texas bishops, The Practicing Catholic ran the article with corrections and commentary. I think she clears things up nicely.

Anthony Esolen muses on Modernity as Confinement, and on joy versus the cocoon of “self-fulfillment”. He notes in passing that “Nothing is farther from joy than a snicker.” C.S. Lewis, if I remember correctly, had a few things to say about flippancy that were along the same lines… Now, if I could remember if it was in Mere Christianity or The Screwtape Letters, I’d be set…