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I think we westerners can all attest to the declining numbers of us who profess a religious faith. Christian Europe is no more. Christianity in Europe is not a practice but a heritage, or better yet, a page in the history books. America is right behind Europe. Churches in America are losing attendance every year. […]

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My grandfather was a navigator and bombardier in the Burma Bridge Busters, flying B-25s in Burma and China.  Over the weekend my uncle sent me this video.  The only word I can think of to describe the breathtaking pictures and soundtrack is triumphant.  Watch it in full screen and turn up the speakers! <iframe src=”http://player.vimeo.com/video/18135369?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0″ […]

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Stop the Presses! Nancy Pelosi Agrees with Paul Rahe!

 

Sorta.

In a recent post, Paul argued that much of the animus directed at the Catholic church (most recently on contraception) by liberal Catholics and the liberal media and the liberal establishment is in fact a matter of chickens coming  home to roost: i.e., that over the past few decades the bishops and clergy gave cover to a left that interpreted the Sermon on the Mount as a ringing call for a bigger and more encompassing federal government. The sub-theme here is that this was done while traditional doctrines went untaught.

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The movie Breaker Morant is based on the book “Scapegoats of the Empire” written by the only survivor of a kangaroo court, George Witton.  Near the end of the second Boer War, the elite British high command picked three soldiers who basically were doing their jobs and set up a court with pre-determined outcomes, subsequently […]

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Snookered

 

I’m not sure whether it’s news in the Heartland, but the New York Post is reporting that Nicole Polizzi, better known by her Jersey Shore name, “Snooki,” is pregnant. The Post claims that she has a deal to announce the joyful news on the cover of Us magazine, and “to bankroll her mommy-to-be status into becoming ‘the next Kourtney Kardashian.'” It’s nice to have aspirations.

My guess is that she will succeed, and that it may make her wealthier than before. Wonder if Miss Snooki has read Charles Murray’s terrific new book, where he argues that those who do not come from the most elite parts of society pay a steep price for illegitimacy and non-marriage. Doesn’t seem to apply in this case.  

Syrian Paradoxes

 

Everything about Syria is a paradox. Obama came into office with the idea that Syria would be one of the jewels in his Bush “reset” crown. So we naively re-opened the Damascus embassy; Hillary in surreal fashion declared the thuggish Bashar Assad a “reformer”; and the Western press in lapdog fashion discovered his supposedly Voguish wife. In this messianic spirit, we were to assume that all Assad’s recent evil—the assassination of Hariri, the subversion of Lebanon, the alliance with Hezbollah, the sly attempt to go nuclear, the facilitation of jihadists into Iraq—were simply responses to Bush provocations. But now what? Suddenly, we are resetting reset and now back to the Bush policy of 2008? And we learned exactly what from 2009-12?

Second, the Obama Doctrine, as I understand it from Libya, is to bypass Congress in its use of force and instead seek authorization from the U.N. But we subverted the U.N. resolution in Libya, vastly exceeding “no-fly-zones” and “humanitarian aid” through bombing Gaddafi’s forces — in direct air support for the rebels — in order to win the war. The result is that China and Russia will not get snookered again on a U.N. Syrian or Iranian authorization; and perhaps our Congress won’t either.

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The hilarious Newt Judges You tumblr has been featured here before, but as far as I can tell this particular one hasn’t, and I think it deserves a posting.  Someone added a fun caption to the Yeti’s photo from the UK Gingrich shoot, one that has popped into my mind every time I see Peter […]

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In the HHS mandate debate, there’s something I just don’t understand.  The Bishops, to their great credit, have come out firmly opposed to the so-called accomodation, but Sister Carol Keehan, the head of the Catholic Health Association more or less says its OK.  Question:  Isn’t Sister Keehan subject to the Church hierarchy?  If not, why […]

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There have been numerous and significant natural gas discoveries in the US and Canada in the past few years.  Huge shale fields in Texas, the Dakotas, Colorado, California, Ohio, New York, Alberta, Ontario, Louisiana, Michigan, to name only a few, have been identified and are still being characterized and evaluated.  These discoveries have led to a […]

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Uncommon Knowledge with Peter Robinson: Condoleeza Rice

 

In this wide ranging interview, Peter Robinson and the former Secretary of State discuss Iran, Israel, Iraq, George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, and Aretha Franklin. 

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Mapping the Michigan Results

 

The Michigan GOP has a useful map of Mitt Romney’s bullet-dodging win in Michigan which shows how the regions of the state played out in a pretty stark wayThese exit polls speak to this as well – note that Romney’s supporters were generally older, wealthier, better educated, and less conservative than Santorum’s. As the WSJ notes:

Mitt Romney won the overall vote by more than 22,000 votes. But Michigan awards 28 of its 30 delegates based on the winners in individual congressional districts. So while Rick Santorum was the loser, it wasn’t a total loss for his campaign because he won seven districts – including districts 1,2,3,4, 6 and 7 in the northern, western and southern parts of the state. Mr. Santorum also won in district 13 – which meanders from Detroit’s economically depressed east side to blue collar suburbs of Lincoln Park and Westland. Mr. Romney won everywhere else in Metro Detroit – from the affluent communities of Oakland County to the industrial suburbs of Macomb County and up into the state’s rural “Thumb” area. He also took district 12 which includes Ann Arbor, home to the University of Michigan.

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Archaeologists have found a carving of Jonah’s Whale in an ancient Jerusalem tomb that may be the oldest Christian icon ever found. A few go so far as to describe the site as the family tomb of Jesus. At a minimum, the find sheds light on practices of Christians or Jews in the time of […]

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We all know where this is headed; to the delight of a few and dismay of many conservatives, we have been haltingly headed toward a Romney nomination for some time now (many would contend since the moment John McCain unfortunately wrapped up the nomination in 2008).  So it’s time to talk about how to get […]

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Just last week, the commentariat was warning of Mitt Romney’s “narrow lead” in Arizona and Michigan was “breaking” for Rick Santorum. In the event, Romney garnered 127,110 more votes than Santorum in both contests and beat him by over 20 percent in Arizona. He remains the only contender to have won more than 1 million […]

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Please come and join the conversation as the results pour in. As Michigan is a very open primary, Democrat members are particularly welcome. ;-) Edit: it appears that most of the conversation will be about Michigan, where the overall result is still in doubt, and the Delegate count is even more in the air… Preview […]

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As I mentioned in a post last night, Wisconsin, like Michigan, has open primaries, and having never experienced any other primary system, I’ve never considered that there was anything wrong with it. Yesterday’s griping about Democratic “crossover votes” left me a little flummoxed, and through discussion, I’ve almost come to accept that maybe open primaries […]

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Bands at Their Best

 

Yesterday I posed a question on Twitter that had people hopping to respond, so I thought I’d share it here, too: Has any band had a more awesome period than The Rolling Stones from 1969-1972?

You can take it back to 1968 to include Sympathy for the Devil and Street Fighting Man, but those three years included Gimme Shelter, Let It Bleed, Brown Sugar, Wild Horses, Can’t You Hear Me Knocking, You Can’t Always Get What You Want… and that’s just 2 out of the 3 albums released in that timeframe. The third, Exile on Main Street, is one of their best and most influential albums.