The Roots Of Romney’s Toughness

Daniel Allott reminds us of when the Kennedy clan used Romney’s faith against him in Romney’s 1994 challenge against Ted Kennedy.  I sort of remember it.  Part of the story involves local context.  John F. Kennedy’s Houston speech was a local legend as an advance . . . . Continue Reading »

I Love New York

Yes, it’s true. I love New York, and for all sorts of reasons, among which is Mayor Bloomberg. Matthew Cantirino’s posting draws attention to the ironies of Bloomberg’s neo-puritanism. When it comes to abortion we’re not to invade anybody’s private choices: . . . . Continue Reading »

From the Mayor of Belmont, a New Edict

Peter Lawler offers some thoughts on New York mayor Michael Bloomberg’s proposed ban on large sugary drinks, seeing it as a somewhat intelligible proposal and yet also further evidence of ascendant Belmontian neo-Puritanism: Bloomberg’s policy is full of barely concealed class . . . . Continue Reading »

On the Square Today

Leroy Huizenga on why Catholics care about Christians : he University of Mary defines its mission and identity as “Christian, Catholic, and Benedictine.” Its Christian Leadership Center, which I direct, is intended to foster relationships among a wide variety of Christians, from Catholics . . . . Continue Reading »

Brookings Endorses Quayle?

Yes, the Brookings Institution: On May 19, 1992, as the presidential campaign season was heating up, Vice President Dan Quayle delivered a family-values speech that came to define him nearly as much as his spelling talents. Speaking at the Commonwealth Club of California, he chided Murphy . . . . Continue Reading »

Still Misreading Dylan

Two days ago, Bob Dylan received the Presidential Medal of Freedom. And once again we saw the tendency of American liberals to misunderstand a man who has refused to be enlisted in their causes. President Obama remarked that “No one ever picks up a guitar, or fights a disease, or starts a . . . . Continue Reading »

Tomatoes Have More Genes Than Us!

Big news on the tomato front: They have more genes than human beings! From the NYT story:The tomato, whose genome has just now been decoded, turns out to be one well-endowed vegetable, possessing 31,760 genes. This rich legacy, possibly a reflection of the disaster that killed . . . . Continue Reading »