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Violence that Outrages Few

December 31, 2012


DANIEL S. writes:

While Barack Obama, Dianne Feinstein, and the rest of the liberal establishment continue to manipulate the mass murder of school children to push through their totalitarian “gun control” agenda, Muslims that the Obama administration sponsored in Libya and Syria continue their own campaign against the remaining pockets of Middle Eastern Christianity.

Muslim militants in Syria kidnapped and murdered a young Syrian Christian man named Andrei Arbashe, then they dismembered his body and fed it to wild dogs. Read More »


Two Mothers Too Many

December 29, 2012


SPEAKING of the commodification of children and the suicidally low birthrate of white Americans, this New York Times article about a lesbian’s efforts to procure a child is a revealing glimpse into the sentimental narcissism behind these phenomena.

Among the details: the child’s young, unwed mother chooses two lesbians to adopt her child because she wants to help homosexuals overcome exclusion; she is moved out of the birthing suite so that the two lesbian “mothers” can bond with the newborn alone; both the adoptive parents plan to take maternity leave and their families share in their project. So an adoption agency, a hospital, employers and grandparents all take part in the shocking pretense of lesbian “motherhood.” There’s also a strange and creepy romantic flavor to the relationship between the lesbians and the birth mother. It’s as if they seduce her into giving them — or selling them — her child.

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Russia Bans American Adoption

December 29, 2012


A NEWLY-ENACTED law banning adoption of Russian children by Americans prompted immediate outrage this week by the American press and politicians, who generally consider any desire by an American for a foreign child to be sacred and inviolable. The ban was signed into law by Vladimir Putin yesterday and is part of a larger bill that has nothing to do with adoption. John McCain, who has a daughter adopted from Bangladesh, called it “shameful and appalling.” According to The New York Times, McCain said, “The effects of this legislation are cruel and malicious. To punish innocent babies and children over a political disagreement between our governments is a new low, even for Putin’s Russia.”

Americans believe they have a right to any child anywhere who may be suffering.

I highly recommend this presentation, “International Adoption: In Whose Best Interest?” by Peter Dodds, an eloquent critic of the adoption industry and the modern practice of sending children far from their native countries to homes of affluent Westerners, typically those who have put off having children of their own until it is too late. The transnational adoption industry is largely unregulated, reduces children to commodities and violates their inborn sense of cultural identity. Many children who are adopted have at least one parent who is alive.

Putin, to his credit, brushed aside the idea that the thousands of adoptions a year by Americans were justified because America is a wealthier nation. Read More »


By 2060, Nonwhites Will Be Almost 60 Percent of U.S.

December 29, 2012


ACCORDING to new Census projections, whites will cease to be a majority group by 2043. Nonwhites, who now compose 37 percent of the population, will more than double in number, and become 57 percent of the total, if the projections are correct.

The L.A. Times reports that the white population will decline by nearly 20.6 million from 2024 to 2060. Almost one in three U.S. residents will be Hispanic. The Times reports that the U.S. will be “more diverse” as a result.

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The Essence of Safety

December 29, 2012


MICHAEL S. writes:

Check out the photo with this New York Times article about crime in the city. Of course, it focuses on a beaming female police graduate. Note how much shorter she is than the men to either side of her. She’s practically a MiniMe.

The incumbent Chief Bloviator of New York, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, says:

“The essence of civilization is that you can walk down the street without having to look over your shoulder.”

As usual, Bloomberg, you’re wrong. The essence of civilization is discrimination — deciding that one thing is better than another, that one state of being is better than another, and then choosing to do the work necessary to have that better thing. Being able to walk down the street without looking over your shoulder is one of the results of civilization, not its essence.


Attached to Home but Unable to Live There

December 29, 2012


SARAH S. writes:

At Christmastime one sees family members and occasionally a revelation occurs. My grandmother is quite old, no longer able to drive or live alone in her own home. She will not think of selling the property that has been hers and my late grandfather’s for over 40 years. But what has puzzled the family is that she will not consider returning there with another competent family member who can cook, drive, etc. (rather than staying with her various children for a few months at a time). Read More »


Is Christmas a Solstice Celebration?

December 27, 2012


IT IS widely believed that Christmas is celebrated on December 25th because the holiday is an adaptation of popular pagan winter festivals. Two writers, The Catholic Knight  and Taylor Marshall, assail this theory, pointing out, among other things, that it is reasonable to assume that Christ, who was conceived on March 25th, was born on the 25th of December. The Catholic Knight writes:

I submit to you that everything you’ve heard about the supposed “Pagan origin” of Christmas is false. It is much hyperventilation over nothing really. Not only is it false, but it is based on such poor scholarship that it ought to be embarrassing to anyone who embraces it. Sadly, it would seem the whole modern world has embraced this error, a serious error, which ought to give us some pause.

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The Divine Baby

December 27, 2012


From The Nativity by Giotto


IN an essay on Christmas, the late Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira reflected on Mary’s initial reaction to the birth of Christ:

The iconography of the Renaissance completely deformed one aspect of Our Lord. It presented the Child Jesus as a foolish babe in order to give an idea of His purity. The artists of that period often presented Him as an inexpressive infant without showing any sign of His divine mentality. I cannot think that such a thing is true. On the contrary, I believe that everything we admire in Our Lord as a man – His goodness, balance, distinction, affability and strength, and especially His transcendence – was already manifest in the face and body of the Divine Infant.


All I Want for Christmas Is a Family

December 27, 2012


THE MOST popular item on the Christmas wish lists of British children included in a recent survey was a sibling, according to The Telegraph. The tenth most popular request was for a father.

No doubt many children were disappointed when they found iPhones under the tree instead. The illegitimacy rate is about 50 percent in Britain and the average age of new mothers is 30. Asking for a normal family is sort of like asking for the moon, which was also included on some Christmas wish lists.

Santa Claus should get out of the toy and electronics business and start delivering brothers and sisters instead.

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Merry Christmas

December 24, 2012


The Nativity with the Adoration of the Shepherds, Giorgio Vasari

I WISH you joy and happiness this Christmas, dear reader. May the miracle of Christ’s birth fill you with wonder and may it grant you the confidence and strength to battle the forces of darkness.



December 23, 2012


Wood engraving by Sol Eytinge from "A Christmas Carol in Prose: being a ghost story of Christmas", publisher: Ticknor and Fields (Boston), 1869, Diamond Edition.

WHEN the Ghost of Christmas Past appears to the hard-hearted Ebenezer Scrooge on the night of Christmas Eve and takes him on a journey back in time, one of the episodes of Scrooge’s past that they revisit is a party at the warehouse of Scrooge’s former employer, Mr. Fezziwig.

The scene has been played countless times in countless remakes and adaptations of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. But in all these interpretations, Mr. Fezziwig remains fundamentally the same.

The Industrial Revolution is transforming London into an impersonal, Scrooge-like city. Fezziwig stands for another world. He is the paternal employer who treats his workers like extended family. His warehouse on Christmas Eve is transformed into a festive ballroom, with the good cheer and generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Fezziwig presiding over all. Mrs. Fezziwig is “one vast substantial smile.” When Fezziwig dances “a positive light appear[s] to issue” from his calves.

Mr. Fezziwig is everything Scrooge is not.

Here is the scene from Stave Two of The Christmas Carol:

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Iowa Court Defends Discrimination

December 22, 2012


THE IOWA Supreme Court has upheld a dentist’s decision to fire his assistant because she was highly attractive and wore tight, revealing clothing. The dentist claimed that working alongside the asssistant was a threat to his marriage.

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Promiscuous Grief

December 22, 2012


ROGER G. writes:

Ilana Mercer expresses what I have been feeling about the public grieving for the victims of Sandy Hook, but have not been able to put into words:

“The pornography of public grief in our country is almost as warped as the evil (not ill), mother-slaying, mass murderer responsible for the Sandy Hook carnage. There is very little dignity in the freaky spectacle of mass contagion – where members of the public turn professional mourners, flock to memorial happenings for victims they never knew …

“The victims of killer Adam Lanza have become a sideshow …. Tragedy is denuded of any dignity, reduced to a showy public affair…”

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Christmas with the Helmers

December 21, 2012


Claire Bloom and Anthony Hopkins in A Doll's House


Henrik Ibsen

HENRIK IBSEN’S famous play A Doll’s House, which premiered in Copenhagen in 1879 and has been staged many thousands of times since, is a now classic statement of modern divorce. We will never know how many women have been inspired or encouraged to leave their husbands by Nora Helmer, Ibsen’s lovely and effervescent housewife who slams the door behind her when she leaves her home two days after Christmas, but we can assume that the immense popularity of this character in the ensuing years has had personal and grave consequences for some.

The play opens on Christmas Eve.

Nora Helmer returns to her comfortable and cozy Norwegian home after shopping for presents for her three children and her husband, Torvald. She is excited and happy. For the first time in years, she has felt free to spend at Christmastime. Her husband has a new job at a bank and, with this good fortune, they are likely to be comfortable for many years. Torvald is in the next room and soon comes out to greet her. He likes to tease her and call her his “little lark” and his “squirrel.” He finds his wife enchanting but also treats her like a child, a habit which she fully encourages. The moralistic Torvald is what people refer to today as a “control freak.” He even attempts to regulate what his wife eats. In contrast, Nora is sweet and charming. Read More »


Thirty-Six Hours of Christmas Music

December 21, 2012


JANE S. writes:

The best classical music station in the world, KDFC in San Francisco, has a special program every year for the holidays. Starting at noon on December 24th, they play Christmas music for 36 hours straight. They pause to announce the station every now and then but other than that, it is nonstop. I don’t think they repeat any of the selections. They play stuff you’ve never heard before, like medieval French Christmas carols and the like. It is absolutely out of this world. I just thought I’d pass that along, since it’s one of my favorite things.

Merry Christmas!


The Inverted World of Christmas Greetings

December 21, 2012



From my employer, SUNY Oswego, I receive only “holiday” greetings.  From my remote colleague at the University of Tehran, where I have supervised a dissertation, I receive honest-to-God Christmas greetings.  I have also received Christmas greetings from the student whose dissertation I oversaw.  She, like the colleague, is Muslim.  Truly the world is standing on its head.


What One Reader Learned about Antidepressants

December 20, 2012


IN THE ongoing discussion of antidepressants and violence, Zippy Catholic, who has also commented on the issue here, writes:

As for myself, although I’ve never been on psychotropic drugs, I’ve personally seen people who were not violent or suicidal become violent and suicidal on SSRI’s, and then lose those characteristics when carefully weaned off of them. Read More »


Robert Bork

December 20, 2012



Robert Bork died yesterday. The nation has lost a great patriot, towering jurisprudential intellect, and devoted Christian.

I met him only once, but during our extended conversation (at an airport where we were awaiting boarding of a delayed flight), I came to realize that, to quote the Bard, Judge Bork’s qualities were such that:

Whenever the bright sun of heaven shall shine,
His honor and the greatness of his name, shall be…

Requiescat in pace.

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