Sunday, March 30, 2008


You know you're campaign isn't going well when it's factually undermined by Sinbad. Here's an interesting take on Hillary's future from Peggy Noonan in The Wall Street Journal:

I think we've reached a signal point in the campaign. This is the point where, with Hillary Clinton, either you get it or you don't. There's no dodging now. You either understand the problem with her candidacy, or you don't. You either understand who she is, or not. And if you don't, after 16 years of watching Clintonian dramas, you probably never will.

That's what the Bosnia story was about. Her fictions about dodging bullets on the tarmac -- and we have to hope they were lies, because if they weren't, if she thought what she was saying was true, we are in worse trouble than we thought -- either confirmed what you already knew (she lies as a matter of strategy, or, as William Safire said in 1996, by nature) or revealed in an unforgettable way (videotape! Smiling girl in pigtails offering flowers!) what you feared (that she lies more than is humanly usual, even politically usual).

But either you get it now or you never will. That's the importance of the Bosnia tape.

Friday, March 21, 2008


Here's a thought from Fulton Sheen's book "Life of Christ" to consider this Easter weekend:

"Those who saw the empty grave were bidden to go to Peter who had tempted Our Blessed Lord from the Cross and had three times denied him. Sin and denial could not choke Divine love. Paradoxical though it was, the greater the sin, the less the belief; and yet the greater the repentance from sin, the greater the belief. It was to the lost sheep panting in the wilderness that He came; it was the publicans and the harlots, the denying Peters and the persecuting Pauls to whom the most persuasive entreaties of love were sent."


"American Idol's" resident rocker chick, Amanda Overmyer, exited the competition this week after receiving the least votes. Based on an interview with Entertainment Weekly's web site, she has her head screwed on straight about the whole experience which is refreshing to see.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Would you ever go back to being a nurse?
AMANDA OVERMYER: I might have to. You never know. Number 11 is still pretty far down there on the food chain. Hopefully I created enough attention that somebody wants to pick me up and let me do something with music. But chances are they won't and I might end up right back where I started. I'll probably give it a good six months or so and beat the pavement. If this ends up being my 15 minutes of fame I will gracefully bow out and move on to do something different. This will not be the unicorn I will chase for the rest of my life.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: You sound very grounded and normal about this whole experience. Good for you.
AMANDA OVERMYER: That's the attitude I've had with all of this. I'm thankful to be here and feel very privileged to have come this far. But I absolutely refuse to be nostalgic about it. You know why? That's when you lose a sense of reality. I saw it happen with a few people. It's just ridiculous. We have the potential to be stars right now. We're not stars. All we are now is recognizable. That's it. I've got a hell of a lot more work in front of me before I can exhale and say, ''All right. I've made it.''

Friday, March 14, 2008


This improv group's performance at a food court should definitely make you smile:

Wednesday, March 12, 2008


My favorite American Idol contestant this season is Brooke White, a former nanny with serious musical chops. As Paula said last night, Brooke's performances are always heartfelt. That is indeed her strong suit. She doesn't have a Celine Dionesque power voice, but that's actually a good thing in my book. There are enough power singers out there. Brooke instead invests her songs with heart and meaning. That approach conveys an emotional connection between her and the music - and between her and the audience. I'd love to hear her sing The Eagles' song "Desperado" because that's the kind of number she thrives on. Hopefully, America keeps voting for her because she brings talent, maturity, sincerity, and a genuinely sweet nature to this competition. If you haven't seen Brooke, here are her performances of The Beatles' "Let It Be" and a brilliantly reimagined version Pat Benatar's "Love is a Battlefield."

Tuesday, March 11, 2008


Deacon Greg of CBS News was asked to write a story about the Vatican's list of the new 7 Deadly Sins. But Deacon Greg's Catholic insticncts kicked in, he dug a little deeper, and discovered some interesting facts. Read the rest here.

Monday, March 10, 2008


It’s not a huge shock that New York Governor Eliot Spitzer has now been linked to a prostitution ring. That’s not to say there was any indication of this type of behavior. But when a man in power refers to himself as a “f---ing steamroller,” you can tell he’s more than a little full of himself. And when you’re full of yourself – full of pride actually, the top ranking deadly sin – you’re bound to think you can get away with anything and that you’re beyond the rules that apply to everybody else. Or maybe you just think you can’t get caught because you’re so powerful.

This scandal is certainly nothing to take joy in especially because there are innocents like the Governor’s wife and children to think about. The kind of public flogging Spitzer will take in the coming days will probably be brutal. Watching that happen to your father can’t be easy. The only positive thing that may come out of this is that Gov. Spitzer will be reintroduced to the virtue of humility.

When people reach positions of power, it’s inevitable that they’re going to get a little big for their britches now and then. Even people with little power need to be reminded of this sometimes. I know that when things go well for me at work and I start to think I’m pretty damn great, something else will happen – usually as a result of my swelled head - to bring me back down to earth.

It’s so important that leaders never get too detached from their sense of humility in life, from the realization that they’re fallible human beings who don’t know it all and who are prone to mistakes. Jesus’ anger in the gospels is usually directed at the religious leaders who always seemed to think they were better than everybody else. You’d think we would learn from that lesson. Instead, we always need to be reminded that unhealthy pride breeds false confidence.

Hopefully, Gov. Spitzer will learn from this and become a more humble person as a result. The other alternative is that he’ll dig in his heels and insist that his transgression was not as big a deal as it’s being made out. If he opts for the former, he’ll likely receive forgiveness and possibly become a better leader as a result. He may even be a little more open to working with the Catholic Church on issues it cares about instead of proposing inhumane amendments to the New York Constitution that would solidify an unrestricted, nine-month right to abortion forever. If he digs in his heels, on the other hand, get set for a sideshow that could rival the Clinton/Obama campaign.

Time will tell.

Friday, March 7, 2008


This is the second great quote I've found on Happy Catholic's site this week. This one is by C.S. Lewis:

"To love at all is to be vulnerable… If you want to make sure of keeping your heart intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket of your selfishness. But in that casket -- safe, dark, motionless, airless -- it will change. It will not be broken -- it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable… The only place outside of Heaven where you can be perfectly safe from love is Hell."

Wednesday, March 5, 2008


The prettiest voice in the music industry sings a James Taylor classic.