Monthly Archives April 2009

Benedict Arlen

Honestly, I don’t mind a bit that the old RINO has finally come out of the closet and stopped pretending to be something he’s not.  Not that I think he’s a passionately committed Democrat, either.  He’s not a passionately committed anything.  He’s just addicted to power and influence, like most of the rest of the […]

The courage of her convictions

A few weeks ago when Georgetown University invited President Obama to give the commencement address, I meant to write about it. Then, when the President asked that the crucifix and IHS logo behind the podium be covered, I meant to write about that, too. Now Notre Dame University has also invited the President to give […]

Thanks for your service. Now get out.

Not much blogging time today, so just a quick link to S. Weasel’s post about Ghurka veterans of the British Army not being allowed to remain in the U.K. I admit I’m not an expert on British immigration policy, but it does seem rather unsportsmanlike, to say the very least, not to allow men who […]

Nothing else matters

Remember that Metallica song, “Nothing Else Matters“? It came out in 1991, when I was young (well, younger anyway), newly married, without the marks of time that Estee Lauder and I have done our level best to undo, and above all, without children. That song has been running through my head because I spent Tuesday […]

Sarcasm in defense of liberalism is no vice

Or so the editor of the Santa Fe New Mexican would seem to believe. Today my column in the New Mexico Independent addresses a recent New Mexican editorial mocking Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-Alabama) for purported red-baiting. The latest Democratic talking point is that all good progressives should mock conservatives for their fear of socialism, painting […]

Tea and antipathy

The tea parties, or “teabagging parties” as sophomoric leftists like to call them with tongue (or whatever) firmly in cheek, have generated quite a bit of hot air over the past few days. It didn’t get much hotter than Janeane Garofalo, comedienne, political pundit and, apparently, eminent neuroscientist, on Countdown: You know, there is nothing […]

Childless in Albuquerque

Yesterday I drove down to Albuquerque for the Christian Association of Parent Educators (CAPE) annual convention. Last night some of the other Santa Fe homeschooling moms and I went to dinner, and when the hostess asked, “Do you need any children’s menus?” I can’t tell you the euphoria I felt saying, “No!” Isn’t that awful? […]

And you thought tea and chile didn’t go together

The Santa Fe Tea Party was a resounding success. There were more people than I had dared hope would come, and far fewer protesters. I heard there were a few, but the only one I saw was a grim-faced man who glowered at us as he walked around holding above his head a sign that […]

Can’t pay for the government you’ve already got? Make it bigger!

This would be hilarious if it wasn’t so damnably sad.  The New Mexico state legislature had a devil of a time balancing its budget this year, so what did those geniuses do?  Why, they passed a bill creating a new cabinet department!  In this case, the Department of Hispanic Affairs, which, as I explain in […]

Why I’m not a Democrat anymore

I’m from a family of Democrats, was raised to be a Democrat, went to college and had Democrat professors echo in more erudite words the same things my parents and grandmother had always said about politics.  But always, there was cognitive dissonance.  I would read things, hear things, that just didn’t add up in the […]

Palm Sunday on the Plaza

My two eldest daughters and I took part in our first ever religious procession yesterday.  Every year, the clergy, choir and lay ministers of the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi and two other downtown Santa Fe churches, Holy Faith Episcopal and First Presbyterian, process from their churches the few blocks to the Plaza […]

Santa Fe Tea Party

On April 15, the day our hard-earned money has to be sent to the IRS so Barack Obama and a Democratic Congress can spend it on more corporate bail-outs, mortgage relief for people who bought homes they couldn’t afford, socialized medicine, tax-payer funded abortions and a host of other worthy causes, concerned citizens in Santa […]

Peanut butter and cabbage

I kid you not. And I thought chocolate covered bacon and corned beef and cabbage ravioli were weird. I saw the PB&C on the blog of Michael Ruhlman, whose book, The Making of a Chef, I enjoyed immensely. The sandwich, hmm, I think I would enjoy less. In comparison, I’m thinking that bacon chocolate bar […]