Knock Off

Cultural Caviar

Cultural Caviar

10 Picks for the Week A Patch on My Evil Eye, May 6 - May 26, The Arab-British Centre,...

Law

The Devil’s Advocate

The Devil’s Advocate

Authors of serious books seldom have cause to celebrate, but Larry Stratton and I have...

Ephemera

Why A-Rod Can Play The Field (And Tiger Can’t)

Why A-Rod Can Play The Field (And Tiger Can’t)

There are some people who can carry off this having a girlfriend in every town thing:...

Law

The Frank Ricci Indecision

The Frank Ricci Indecision

On Monday, June 29, 2009 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled for the plaintiffs, a group of...

Love Life

Obamania in Canuckistan

Obamania in Canuckistan

Despite sharing much in the way of popular culture and language, Canadians like to...

Diversity

The Institution of “Institutional Racism”

The Institution of “Institutional Racism”

The Macpherson Report on the police investigation of the 1993 murder of black teenager...

Don’t Look Left

Don’t Look Left

The only hope of resisting the partisans of secular intolerance is to clean up the Christian Right (Catholic and Protestant), to purge it of jingoism, anti-intellectualism, millenarian nihilism, and to break up its shotgun wedding to the hacks who run the conservative movement. The Christian Right must become less “Right” and much more Christian, reassert its intellectual and moral independence of partisan politics, and insist on applying its principles consistently. Pastors must stop endorsing torture, public Catholics must choose their pope above their president, and all of us must remember that the real war is not between the Democratic and Republican parties, but between the Church and the World. And the battlefield lies within our hearts.

A Martyr for Peace

A week before George W. Bush arrived in Rome for their first meeting, Benedict XVI put his signature to a document proclaiming the Austrian farmer Franz Jägerstätter a Christian martyr for refusing to serve in an unjust war, such as Benedict and John Paul the Great insisted the Bush war against Iraq has been from the beginning. The beatification will take place on October 26 -- just about the time that some observers expect a departing, lame-duck President Bush to launch a Pearl Harbor style pre-emptive attack (perhaps a nuclear one) against Iran.

High Life

Basic Instincts

Basic Instincts

A man I know wrote to tell me he finds my “intelligence” frightening.  My...

High Life

On Name-Stealing and Misplaced Catholic Anger

On Name-Stealing and Misplaced Catholic Anger

New York. In the forty-five years I spent going to Annabel’s I never once heard...

District of Corruption

Obama’s Court of Red Czars

Obama’s Court of Red Czars

Although Obama has appointed more czars in six months than Russia’s Romanov Dynasty...

All Quiet on the K Street Front

Erich Maria Remarque was a hell of a man. Good looking, a terrific womanizer and a heavy drinker, he bedded most Hollywood stars he came into contact with, and he came into contact with many of them. He was Marlene Dietrich's favorite beau, was married to Paulette Goddard, and had affairs with Greta Garbo (yes, she made an exception in his case) Dolores del Rio, Lupe Velez and Louise Rainer, to name but a few....

Manhunt

The Relativist Roots of Libertarianism

The Relativist Roots of Libertarianism

Conservatism is sometimes criticized as unprincipled, relativistic, or contradictory. ...

Empire of Nothing

Empire of Nothing

President Nicolas Sarkozy responded to claims that the EU was a paper tiger by taking credit for the Russia-Georgia ceasefire and Moscow’s partial troop withdrawal: It “is the only body which can solve the situation and is able to help Georgia.” But the limits of this approach are obvious. The EU will be able to “solve the situation” only if the Georgia and Russia are willing to solve it. The EU lacks the foreign and military policy tools to compel anyone anywhere to do anything, one reason people like Sarkozy are pushing consolidation through Lisbon. However, as the group Open Europe points out, “The Lisbon Treaty allows majority voting on foreign policy proposals from the Foreign Minister.” Would the emergency summit have turned out any differently had this been the procedure? There was no majority for tough action, ready to override the dissenters to ensure effective cooperation.

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