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Beware A Beneficent Government

June 14, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By ANDREW P. NAPOLITANO The president is an ardent progressive. This dastardly philosophy of government was brought into the American mainstream 100 years ago by a Republican, Theodore Roosevelt, and a Democrat, Woodrow Wilson. Its guiding principle is the belief that government — not individuals — is the chief engine of human progress. If that means government tearing down rich persons to help poor persons, if that means the massive redistribution of wealth, if it means federal regulation of every conceivable occupation or productive endeavor, if it means fighting an unjust war, progressives are for it. Before the progressives, the dominant political thinkers in America were Madisonians.

Mark Cuban: Nihil Obstat

June 13, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK I can’t say that my predictions are always correct: I can remember telling people that the personal computer was just a fad (“What are people going to do with it after they’ve saved their recipes and Christmas card list?”). Even so, I was surprised when it turned out that I was wrong about the remarks about racial prejudice made by Mark Cuban, the owner of the National Basketball Association team the Dallas Mavericks. I thought they were going to be met with universal approval. Cuban was attempting to put into perspective comments made by fellow NBA-owner Donald Sterling about American blacks, comments that earned Sterling widespread condemnation. Sterling’s comments are hard to defend. But not Cuban’s.…Continue Reading

Give ’Em An Inch

June 12, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK The campus leftists are feeling their oats these days. They appear to have been emboldened by how easy it has been to get campus administrators to appease them on the issue of commencement speakers. They are taking the proverbial “yard.” One is tempted to speculate that they have gone too far, becoming so irrational in their demands that the people who matter in educational circles — alumni with money — will step in and put an end to their petulance. We’ll see. If the reaction at The New York Daily News (a quite liberal publication these days, under publisher Mort Zuckerman) on Sunday, May 18 means anything, a consensus may be building that it is time…Continue Reading

“Are The Mainline Media Really Biased On Abortion?”

June 11, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By BRIAN CLOWES (Editor’s Note: Brian Clowes has been director of research and training at Human Life International since 1995. For a document containing hundreds of examples of bias by the mainstream media, e-mail him at bclowes@hli.org. This is the second part of his commentary on media bias.) +    +    + The previous column described just a few of the particularly egregious incidents of media bias against the pro-life movement. This problem is certainly not new; as ABC News Political Director Mark Halperin has admitted, “It’s an endemic problem. And again, it’s the reason why for 40 years, conservatives have rightly felt that we did not give them a fair shake.” Why have the media deliberately suppressed, misrepresented, and outright…Continue Reading

As Bishops Decry “Legalism”. . . Obama Dumps Illegal Immigrants At Arizona Bus Stations

June 10, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — The same day that a few Catholic bishops officially pushed anew in Washington, D.C., for national “immigration reform,” the news broke that the federal government quietly was flying illegal immigrants into Arizona then dropping them at bus stations, so they could continue their journey into the United States. A news story on Phoenix’s KKNT radio (960 AM) attributed the increasing illegal entry to a poor economy in Central America “and the promise of amnesty.” Tucson’s liberal Arizona Daily Star newspaper reported: “Art del Cueto, president of the local Border Patrol union, said when agents ask people they just apprehend why they are coming, they often mention they heard about amnesty.” The lure of “amnesty,” which…Continue Reading

Activist At Tea Party Convention . . . Holds Up GOP Historic Hero Frederick Douglass As A Model

June 9, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN SUN CITY WEST, Ariz. — The example of 19th-century emancipation leader Frederick Douglass, himself a former slave, can change the political culture in the United States, an activist conservative Republican told the first annual Arizona Tea Party state convention here. Most people at heart are conservatives, keynote speaker KCarl Smith told the convention of close to 300 Tea Party members from around Arizona on May 31, but the life and example of Douglass, a Republican, can make the necessary emotional connection to win them over to a political allegiance.

Suffer The Children

June 8, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By REY FLORES This June 4 marked the United Nations International Day of Innocent Children, Victims of Aggression. This is what the UN website tells us: On August 19, 1982, at its emergency special session on the question of Palestine, the General Assembly, “appalled at the great number of innocent Palestinian and Lebanese children [who were] victims of Israel’s acts of aggression,” decided to commemorate June 4 of each year as the International Day of Innocent Children, Victims of Aggression (resolution ES-7/8). The purpose of the day is to acknowledge the pain suffered by children throughout the world who are the victims of physical, mental, and emotional abuse. This day affirms the UN’s commitment to protect the rights of children.

Inside The Vatican Reports… A Majority Of The Cardinals Oppose Kasper

June 7, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

(Editor’s Note: The staff of Inside the Vatican magazine wrote the following news story. Dr. Robert Moynihan is the editor of the magazine. The article is reprinted here with permission; all rights reserved.) +    +    + In the February 20-21 consistory, which focused on Walter Cardinal Kasper’s proposal to seek a pastoral solution to allow divorced and remarried Catholics to receive Communion, a majority of the cardinals opposed the “Kasper Thesis,” Italian Vaticanista Marco Tosatti has reported. Pope Francis on February 20 opened a major two-day meeting on the Church’s approach to the complexities of modern family life. He told the assembled cardinals that the Church needs a “pastoral” approach toward divorced and remarried Catholics that is “intelligent, courageous, and…Continue Reading

Defending Harvard’s Black Mass

June 6, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK Am I going to defend the idea of reenacting the black mass at Harvard? Not a chance. But I found someone who did. There are such things. The advocate for what he called “a historical reenactment of a black mass through the Harvard Extension School Cultural Studies Club” was Joseph Laycock, an assistant professor of religious studies as Texas State University, writing on the web site Religion Dispatches on May 15. This story may seem moot, considering that the black mass first got rescheduled off campus, and then probably did not take place at all. The Catholic News Agency reports, “A satanic ‘black mass’ did not take place as planned May 12 on Harvard’s campus. The…Continue Reading

No Place To Hide

June 5, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By ANDREW P. NAPOLITANO With heart-pounding suspense, John le Carré-like intrigue and Jeffersonian fidelity to the principles of human freedom, Glenn Greenwald has just published No Place to Hide. The book, which reads like a thriller, is Greenwald’s story of his nonstop two weeks of work in May and June of 2013 in Hong Kong with former CIA agent and NSA contractor-turned-whistleblower Edward Snowden. Greenwald was the point person who coordinated the public release of the 1.7 million pages of NSA documents that Snowden took with him in order to prove definitively that the federal government is spying on all of us all the time.