To The Human Life Review, which had a successful annual dinner (an important fundraiser for them) on Friday night in New York City. They honored Congressman Chris Smith for his devotion to defending the defenseless. Ramesh introduced him, emphasizing that fact that Smith approaches the battle in defense of the unborn as “a campaign for human rights” (that’s a note John McCain hit at the Value Voters summit on Friday, earlier in the day). Congrats to the Review. Congrats to the congressman. And buy Ramesh’s book.
A Washington, D.C., city councilman has issued an apology for suggesting that a cabal of Jewish financiers manipulates weather patterns to exercise control over urban areas. Trayon White (D., Ward 8) posted a Facebook video Friday during a brief snowfall in which he complained about the weather and argued ... Read More
Assuming all the reporting is accurate, Cambridge Analytica used Facebook data that was supposed to be off-limits to it. The firm allegedly paid Cambridge professor Aleksandr Kogan to collect the data on Facebook users and claim it was being used for academic purposes; in reality, Kogan collected and passed along ... Read More
Conor Lamb’s success has revived interest in “I’m personally opposed, but.” It’s a rhetorical convention — a cliché, really — that many Catholic Democrats have resorted to ever since Mario Cuomo popularized it with his speech at Notre Dame in 1984, as Alexandra DeSanctis explained a few days ... Read More
Doug Ford was elected head of the Conservative party of Ontario last week, and as the blustering blond gripped the podium on the night of his narrow victory, the conclusion was clear: The tough-guy takeover of North American politics is continuing apace. Ford, an ex–city councilor who shares the blue-collar ... Read More
The use of assassination raises two difficult sets of questions. First: Is it effective? Can the elimination of an individual significantly change the course of history? Make the world a safer place? Save the lives of other human beings? Second: Is it morally and legally justified? Is it ethically and ... Read More
An unforced error from a Vatican communications office the other day drove me a little something like crazy. The nature of the unforced error is that it is wholly unnecessary and typically distracting. And so it was. Days before, as the fifth anniversary of Pope Francis’s election as pope was approaching, a ... Read More