Fox House

In an otherwise informative and interesting article in New York magazine about the Fox network, Roger Ailes and their relationship to the GOP going into the 2012 election cycle is this assertion:

That the GOP Establishment’s bench seems so thin now is a by-product of how the party, and Fox, reacted to Obama’s presidency.

The thesis of the . . . → Read More: Fox House

Huckabee Out

Ross Douthat sings the funeral lament for Huckabeeism in today’s Times:

He’ll be missed because he embodied a political persuasion that’s common in American life but rare in America’s political class. This worldview mixes cultural conservatism with economic populism: it’s tax-sensitive without being stridently antigovernment, skeptical of Wall Street as well as Washington, and as concerned about . . . → Read More: Huckabee Out

A War to Make You Hate All Wars

Chistopher Hitchens reviews Adam Hocschild’s new account of WWI, “To End All Wars.”:

Without President Wilson’s intervention, the incensed and traumatized French would never have been able to impose terms of humiliation on Germany; the very terms that Hitler was to reverse, by such relentless means, a matter of two decades later. In this light, the great American . . . → Read More: A War to Make You Hate All Wars

Chief Wahoo and Us

Over at my baseball-side project, The Slurve, I argue with Indian’s blogger Stephanie Liscio that Chief Wahoo should stay.

Anyway, consider the Fighting Irish logo of Notre Dame. Here we have a man dressed as a leprechaun, posed in the absurd fighting stance Conan O’Brien assumes when playfully immitating early 20th century boxers. The Fighting Irishman is . . . → Read More: Chief Wahoo and Us

More from the Bin laden Man-Cave

Clearly this story could be a bit of psychological warfare being used to demoralize truly religious Islamic terrorists. Though we do know that the 9/11 hijackers frequented strip clubs.

I can’t put aside the head-spinning weirdness of finding the idiom “porn-stash” in a lede on a Bin . . . → Read More: More from the Bin laden Man-Cave

Instructions in Latin

I have a quick reaction to the Vatican’s latest instructions regarding the celebration of the Traditional Latin Mass, over at the newly re-branded Crisis Magazine.

So far it seems I’m the only one who expresse any worries about it.

Here’s a good part:

A close reading of this instruction seems to reduce bishops to a welcoming committee. It’s almost . . . → Read More: Instructions in Latin

KJV is the Commoner’s English too

Nifty video showing how we still use the language of the King James . . . → Read More: KJV is the Commoner’s English too

Traitor to my Generation

I must be the only person in the world not enthralled by the middle-school choir at New York’s PS-22. Their teacher seems to be doing a competent job: they sing well! The songs they perform are of the same level of difficulty as those I remember singing in middle-school. But of course, they are unbearably hip. . . . → Read More: Traitor to my Generation

Bin Laden, Ineffectual

This FoxNews story about Osama Bin Laden is enough to make me re-evaluate almost everything I had thought about terrorism. Here is OBL, safely ensconced with his journal, watching the BBC, or watching videos of himself. He writes down ideas for plots, none of which seem to have been in any stage of operation. He kept . . . → Read More: Bin Laden, Ineffectual

Gottfried’s Theses

Paul Gottfried has some smart reactions to my TAC cover story on white Evangelical Protestants and their unmatched clout in the GOP. And I particularly like his line that many Evangelicals are functionally “divine-right monarchists” supporting whoever, in Providence, the GOP bossess have selected for them. But the good professor has some criticism for me. Gottfried . . . → Read More: Gottfried’s Theses

The GOP Platform is an Article of Faith

My cover-story in The American Conservative is now online. Basically my thesis is this:

The religious right is more convinced of American righteousness in the exercise of its military might than the neoconservatives are, and more invested than Wall Street in lower taxes.

Many on my particular ante-chamber on the right have posited that neoconservatives have brainwashed an . . . → Read More: The GOP Platform is an Article of Faith

Heads Talking on Your Computer Device

This morning I recorded another episode of with Sarah Posner of Religion Dispatches.  We discuss Gingrich’s marriages, social conservatism stuff, Rand Paul’s ability to take Paulism mainstream, marriage vows, and the political homelessness of . . . → Read More: Heads Talking on Your Computer Device