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The Eight-Hundred Pound Gorilla

February 9, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK The “eight-hundred pound gorilla in the room” figure of speech is a familiar one. People use it to refer to an important problem that is left unaddressed when people offer solutions to issues of the day. I think it is a fitting metaphor for the millions of American minority students who will be left behind if the educational reforms favored by many conservatives — vouchers, tax credits, charter schools, magnet schools — were ever to be put in place. No question, the students who escape crime-ridden, non-functioning public schools through any of the above proposals will benefit greatly from attending their new school. But what of the families who want their children to escape the neighborhood…Continue Reading

McCain In Trouble? Try Ignoring It, Media Cheerleader Says

February 8, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — A tottering establishment does itself no good when it tries to ignore serious signs of discontent. But that’s what Arizona’s out-of-touch political class is counseling about the censures of Sen. John McCain that The Wanderer has been chronicling (on page 1 of the January 23 and February 6 issues). McCain turned stomachs here last year as radical Barack Obama’s “bromance” buddy. On January 11, at the annual general meeting of Maricopa County’s Republican precinct committeemen, McCain was censured by an overwhelming vote of 1,150 to 351. The censure resolution, acknowledging this was a drastic step, said that “until he consistently champions our party’s platform, we, the Republican leadership in Arizona, will no longer support, campaign…Continue Reading

The Ecumenical Fallacy

February 7, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By DONALD DeMARCO I have been in a discussion for a few years with a friend and former student of mine about his desire to enter the Catholic Church. A few things are holding him back, including his ministry in a small Christian church he calls “On Eagle’s Wing.” He ministers to people who come in off the street and find comfort in food, music, and fellowship. He was generous enough to invite me to give a talk to his group. At that time, twins were born to my middle son and his wife. I offered to talk about this blessed event, but my friend advised against it since it might offend the sensibilities of members of his congregation who…Continue Reading

Will Mobocracy Triumph In Ukraine?

February 6, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN Despite our endless blather about democracy, we Americans seem to be able to put our devotion to democratic principles on the shelf, when they get in the way of our New World Order. In 2012, in the presidential election in Egypt, Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood won in a landslide. President Obama hailed the outcome. One year later, the Egyptian army ousted and arrested Morsi and gunned down a thousand members of his brotherhood. The coup was countenanced by John Kerry who explained that the Egyptian army was “restoring democracy.” Comes now the turn of Ukraine. In 2010, Viktor Yanukovych, in what neutral observers called a free and fair election, was chosen president. His term…Continue Reading

Rolling Stone Or Solid Rock?

February 5, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By FR. DWIGHT LONGENECKER (Editor’s Note: Fr. Dwight Longenecker is an American who has spent most of his life living and working in England. He studied theology at Oxford University. He was eventually ordained as an Anglican priest and served as a curate, a school chaplain in Cambridge, and a country parson on the Isle of Wight. Realizing that he and the Anglican Church were on divergent paths, in 1995 Fr. Dwight and his family were received into the Catholic Church. He is the author of The Romance of Religion: Fighting for Goodness, Truth, and Beauty. (The article is reprinted with permission from Aleteiaw, ww.aleteia.org, where it first appeared on January 30, 2014. All rights reserved.) +    +    + Pope…Continue Reading

Obsession

February 4, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By DONALD DeMARCO What does “obsession” mean? When Calvin Klein uses the term he is thinking of a perfume that “set the world on fire with its powerful sensuality” and “revolutionized the prestige fragrance business with its feverish intensity and irresistible appeal.” Mikhail Baryshnikov confessed: “Dancing is my obsession. My Life.” For Claude Monet, “Color is my day-long obsession, joy, and torment.” Eugene Delacroix saw obsession as continuingly drawing from a bottomless well: “What moves those of genius, what inspires their work is not new ideas, but their obsession with the idea that what has already been said is still not enough.” At the same time, the dictionary defines “obsession” in terms of “addiction,” “fixation,” “mania,” “fetish,” and “hang-up.” Like…Continue Reading

Glimmers Of Hope

February 3, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK Most of the correspondents to First Teachers are pessimistic about the state of education in the United States. It is easy to see why. There seems to be little progress on the issues that matter most to them: discipline and standards in our public schools, a voucher system that would provide school choice for parents dissatisfied with their local public schools, counteracting union opposition to merit pay and reforms of the tenure system. Even so, there are glimmers of hope on these issues. In recent weeks there have been reports on the web site Education News (educationnews.org) that indicate a consensus to the liking of readers of this column is beginning to form on all of…Continue Reading

McCain Is Defiant . . . Arizona GOP Censures Pile Up

February 2, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — Sen. John McCain keeps having problems with fences, not only leaving them porous to alien invasion on his home state’s southern border, but also refusing to mend them with his own Arizona Republican Party. After Arizona’s state Republican committeemen censured him recently for breaking faith with party principles, McCain didn’t make a move for reconciliation or apologize for perhaps going astray. Instead, he doubled down in defiance — just like the behavior of his “bromance” buddy, Barack Obama, against American voters. The resounding voice vote against McCain on January 25 by state leadership sounded as if it was about two-to-one. Two weeks earlier, on January 11, a recorded censure vote by precinct committeemen in McCain’s…Continue Reading

Ugandan Women In The Crosshairs

February 1, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By BRIAN CLOWES The battle between the Culture of Life and the Culture of Death in Africa is at its most intense in three nations: Nigeria, Kenya, and Uganda. It is not an exaggeration to say that the rest of sub-Saharan Africa follows what these three countries decide on many issues, including those involving life and family. This means that a large number of population control groups are expending a lot of effort and money to ensure that these countries eventually embrace abortion and homosexuality. In Uganda, the leading organization actively involved in anti-life work at the local level is Marie Stopes International. MSI is backed up by the usual alphabet soup of population control groups, from AVERT to USAID,…Continue Reading

Dr. Pangloss, Free Trader

January 31, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN “We’ve outsourced our manufacturing and much of our pollution, but some of it is blowing back across the Pacific to haunt us.” So says University of California scientist Steve Davis. Smog from Chinese factories has already saturated cities like Beijing, where residents go about in surgical masks, and crossed the East China Sea to foul the air of Korea and Japan. Now China’s smog is coming to America’s West. Among the pollutants wafting their way over the Pacific, says the Guardian, is black carbon, which is “linked to cancer, emphysema, and heart and lung diseases,” and travels “huge distances on global winds known as ‘westerlies’.” Davis is one of a team of U.S. and Chinese researchers…Continue Reading