Category Archives: Blithe Spirit

The good and the bad, emphasis on Trib and Sun-Times

Reuters takes down live feed on Spicer home after blowback

Newsies do get carried away.

It’s the newsroom atmosphere: all those think-alikes going for the headline. It’s natural.

On that strange, disturbing, and anti-American “Civiltà Cattolica” article

From Catholic World Report, an analysis of the recent article by an Italian Jesuit and a Presbyterian Argentinian, both working under the approving eye of the Vatican (and Pope Francis):

No doubt, Evangelical scholars and others will highlight the many problems characterizing the article’s grasp of the history of Evangelical Christianity and fundamentalism in America.

One agnostic friend of mine who happens to be a leading historian of American Evangelicalism at a prestigious secular university described the article’s take on this subject to me as “laughably ignorant.”

I also suspect Rev. Figueroa and Father Spadaro are oblivious, for instance, to many Evangelicals’ embrace of natural law thinking in recent decades: something that, by definition, immunizes any serious Christian from fideist tendencies [that undersell reason drastically].

more more more at CWR . . .

Old movies never die — When they speak to ages like ours (and all others)

“Let Right Be Done!”

A classic film’s lesson in liberty

 

Pope Francis, won’t you please come home!

COME BACK SOON: GROWING FRUSTRATION IN POPE’S NATIVE ARGENTINA ABOUT HIS APPARENT RELUCTANCE TO MAKE HOME VISIT

Mueller Expands Probe to Trump Business Transactions – Bloomberg

​Out to get him.

Ald. Maldonado’s Argument With Police At Crime Scene Caught On Tape: VIDEO – Humboldt Park – DNAinfo Chicago

With aldermen like this, what could go wrong in Chicago?

Ben Stein: We Essentially Have a Civil War Going On | Fox Business

Commenting on Trump’s situation:

“The media is at war with the president,” Stein said. “We essentially have a civil war going on.”

The famed economist said the political civil war is driven by the debate over sanctuary cities, which are a serious challenge to the constitution.

“These people are in open revolt against the constitution that is a very, very serious matter. It’s not a joke. It’s not trivial liberal airy fairy stuff. It’s a really serious challenge to the constitution,” Stein said

Such a good point. S-Cities are civil disobedience by office-holders. Selective secession, you might call it. State’s rights the Democrat Party way. Shades of Fort Sumter.

The 2016 Election and the Demise of Journalistic Standards – Imprimis

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​This working journalist with long and distinguished resume remembers when "
journalists were trusted and admired."

We were generally seen as trying to report the news in a fair and straightforward manner. Today, all that has changed. For that, we can blame the 2016 election or, more accurately, how some news organizations chose to cover it.

Among the many firsts, last year’s election gave us the gobsmacking revelation that most of the mainstream media puts both thumbs on the scale—that most of what you read, watch, and listen to is distorted by intentional bias and hostility.

I have never seen anything like it. Not even close.​

That’s what you call an indictment.

In dramatic shift, most Republicans now say colleges have negative impact

​Tenured radicals have their impact.​

Bury the Bishop – Kindle edition by Kate Gallison. Mystery, Thriller & Suspense Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.

​A few pages into this book, I call it George Eliot revisited​.

Clean copy, crisp, not a word wasted. Excellently observant of manners and customs — and speaking Christian language clearly.

​Oh, I forgot, witty to beat all. A blessing, to be sure.

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