Pope Francis is increasingly showing his hand. He came into the papacy promising to clean up the church, especially on matters of sexual abuse. In doing so, he raised hopes among the laity, especially in America and Latin America. He said all the right things or at least many of the right things. He traveled the world. Now it is increasingly obvious that he means none of it.
Pope Francis comes from Argentina. Yet, the more I see of him he looks and sounds like a fat alderman from Chicago. He is slippery, evasive, and I think we all know where he is going to go.… Seguir leyendo »
When I heard that Bob Dylan had received the Nobel Prize for literature, I was mildly surprised. He writes music, popular music. As did George Gershwin and Irving Berlin, both of whom almost certainly wrote better music. I have nothing against Mr. Dylan’s music, except that it was written by a scruffy young man who has remained a scruffy young man all his life. At least, that is an achievement. As the years accumulate around him, Mr. Dylan has remained a scruffy young man, right down to his recent achievement, bewildering the Nobel Committee, whose members still do not know what Mr.… Seguir leyendo »
Let us change the subject. August is upon us, and it is time to change the subject from the hype of presidential politics to the hype of international sports. No, not the hype of international soccer — the scam of that racket is well known. Let us turn to the hype of international Olympic competition.
As I wrote in this column some 30 years ago, I am against the Olympics. I have maintained a boycott against them for years. The boycott is not going as well as I had anticipated, but this year we shall try again. Rio de Janeiro may be different.… Seguir leyendo »
Regarding our community activist president’s current imbroglio with Vladimir Putin of Russia, I stand with Donald Trump, who said recently: “The thing I have the most concern about is that he’s being so lambasted for not being respected, and for being a joke, that he’ll do something really stupid to show that he’s a man.”
We are now about where we were with Jimmy Carter after he lectured his fellow citizens about their so-called “inordinate fear of communism” even as the Soviet Union was spreading its tentacles over the Third World.
His sudden turnaround — caused by Soviet aggression in Afghanistan — from a position of sweet reason to the pose of a hawk alarmed me and doubtless alarmed the Russians.… Seguir leyendo »
It appears that President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan is acting up again. As if President Obama does not have enough on his hands with Healthcare.gov and hot spots spreading around the globe, he now has Karzai, the Importunate.
The Afghan prima donna is threatening our president’s role as a wartime president, a role he has not been particularly comfortable in, but at least it is popular with some Americans. Now the playing of “Hail to the Chief” may become somewhat subdued, all because of Mr. Karzai’s demands. He is refusing to sign a status of forces agreement allowing us to leave U.S.… Seguir leyendo »
Maybe Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki of Iraq should not have been in such a hurry to bid American troops adieu as he was back in 2007. What is more, maybe President Obama should have come up with a few more compelling proposals for American troops to stay in Iraq for a few more years. After all, we did expend all that blood and treasure in getting the Sunni and the Shiite to live together peacefully — no car bombs, no suicide bombers. I think Mr. al-Maliki would agree with me. Iraq was a relatively peaceful place to live when there were American troops stationed nearby.… Seguir leyendo »
How little we know about holy Islam. When those poor wretches who were imprisoned at Abu Ghraib were pictured for all the world to see naked with underpants on their heads, we were told that the naked male Islamic body must never be seen in public. Yet we have been seeing naked male Islamic bodies for years. Often with their hands tied behind their backs and their heads chopped off. Their assailants were devotees of Islam, often very zealous. Few Westerners committed those atrocities, and if they were caught, they were punished. Then, too, we were told that mosques were revered places of worship in Islam, and they must not be subject to attack or used in acts of violence.… Seguir leyendo »
Readers of this column will remember that when Dominique Strauss-Kahn was taken off an Air France flight in May just as it was about to vamoose for Paris, I was suspicious. The story and circumstances of his adventure with the chambermaid, Nafissatou Diallo, in the Sofitel hotel kept changing. In the meantime, he was accorded the indignity of the “perp walk.” He was sent to Rickers Island, a veritable hellhole. He got up on the morning of May 14 as one of the world’s most distinguished public servants. He was head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and apparently about to become the Socialist Party’s front-runner for president of France.… Seguir leyendo »
Do we need any other evidence that the Kultursmogexists and that it is international - at least in the English-speaking world - than the fact that the biggest news story in the United Kingdom today is also the biggest news story here? I have in mind the telephone-hacking story about NewsoftheWorldreporters in London listening in on private conversations and possibly bribing Scotland Yard. The Kultursmogis that set of ideas and tastes that are utterly polluted by left-wing values and carried by the liberal news media to pollute peoples’ minds.
Every day, the NewYorkTimesand its subsidiaries throughout mainstream media hammer away at the story of a scandal in faraway England, and, of course, they have located Rupert Murdoch at the very heart of the story.… Seguir leyendo »
French President Nicolas Sarkozy has joined the chorus. The other day, he said, “My answer is clearly yes, it is a failure.” The “it” was multiculturalism, and he was on French national television. In pronouncing multiculturalism defunct, the French president joins German Chancellor Angela Merkel, former Australian Prime Minister John Howard, Spain’s former Premier Jose Maria Aznar and, most recently, British Prime Minister David Cameron in heaving a failed policy into history’s dustbin. The question is: What will replace it? Or actually, another question arises: How did multiculturalism ever become a policy of these European countries anyway?
“If you come to France, you accept to melt into a single community, which is the national community, and if you do not want to accept that, you cannot be welcome in France,” Mr.… Seguir leyendo »