Grassroots

Are the Tea Parties Radical and Paranoid Enough?

Are the Tea Parties Radical and Paranoid Enough?

According to Paul Krugman, the some 700 “Tea Parties” that sprung up in all 50...

Culture

Basel on the Beach

Basel on the Beach

Last weekend, in an attempt to uncover the mysteries of the contemporary art market, I...

All About Me

A Writer’s Life

A Writer’s Life

‘Never heard of you…’. What generosity of spirit.  Some thirteen years ago now,...

Those Dangerous Racists at Vogue

Those Dangerous Racists at Vogue

The latest media chatter concerns whether a certain cover of Vogue is “racist” because...

Wooster Si, Murdoch No!

Wooster Si, Murdoch No!

As we watch Gordon Brown prepare to follow Tony Blair’s path into the sands of Levantine catastrophe, I am led to reflect on Blair’s lasting legacy for Britain. To be sure, there is much rich material to choose from. Memories of his early years in office flood the mind—his demented smile, for instance, which never failed to remind one of a chipmunk caught in the headlights. Who can forget Tony’s Millennium high-jinx, and his boogying to the Rolling Stones at the Queen’s Golden Jubilee? But perhaps the most important wind of change visited by the ever-imaginative Tony upon his hapless subjects was the final gutting of the House of Lords.

Environmental Snafus

The Big Deep Garbage Heap

The Big Deep Garbage Heap

Like most people, I love the sea. Though I often fear what lies beneath–more so now...

Europe’s Fascist Future?

Europe’s Fascist Future?

A united Europe has long been an aspiration spanning the political spectrum. The leader of the pre-Second World War Fascists, Sir Oswald Mosley, called for “Europe a Nation,” while, only slightly later, the British Independent Labor Party worked toward a “United Socialist States of Europe.” Again, in 1945 Prime Minister Winston Churchill called for a “United States of Europe."

Confessions of an Australian Organist

Confessions of an Australian Organist

There’s no limit to what troublemaking choristers can achieve. I have been present when a tenor has simply walked out of the choir in the middle of Mass, apparently because he was afraid that if he stood near the sopranos and altos, he would get Girl Germs. I have even been present when a politically extremist goon infiltrated a choir.... Perhaps I shouldn’t actually refer to him as “neo-Nazi”, but let’s just say he had a criminal record for violence against Asians in protest marches, and that he publicly denied that the Holocaust ever happened, and that he was said to have been kicked out of another church because he kept giving Hitler salutes.

High Life

Bush Pardons Carly Simon’s Little Drug Pusher

Bush Pardons Carly Simon’s Little Drug Pusher

NEW YORK—A Brooklyn-born rapper by the name of John Forte had a business idea of sorts...

Mental Health

Paging Dr. House

Paging Dr. House

Once, in the years B. D. (Before Deinstitutionalization), Australia’s mental hospital...

High Life

Honest Men

Honest Men

Let’s start 2010 right and mention a few honest people in the news… I wrote this...

Bitch

Back Off, Michelle McGee

Back Off, Michelle McGee

Amateur philanderers like Bill Clinton, Elliot Spitzer, Tiger Woods, and Jesse James...

Just War, Jeremiah, and Jeremiah Weed

Just War, Jeremiah, and Jeremiah Weed

The prophets whom God sent to His people carried a two-fold message, which can be boiled down to this: “Go to Temple—and don’t provoke the goyim!” Again and again, the prophets of Israel countered the claims of ambitious kings and zealous nationalists (think of them as the first neocons), whose plans for national greatness entailed risky and needless wars. In fact, the Hebrew prophets were the precursors of the Christian critique of conquest. While the Church has never advocated outright pacifism, beginning with St. Augustine it has developed increasingly strict criteria by which to judge the causes and conduct of war. These criteria take all the fun out of war—banning naked land-grabs, empire building, torture, mass-rape, fire-bombing cities, and the use of America’s 10,000 or so nukes for pretty much anything at all. Since the Just War tradition is such a buzz-kill, Christians of a certain kind often argue it away as cleverly as a canon lawyer wangling an annulment for a Kennedy.

Uncle Sam

The Cakewalk War

The Cakewalk War

Six months before the invasion of Iraq, Taki Theodoracopulos, Scott McConnell and this...

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