Reader: Country star joins group founded by Terri Schiavo’s family, Ridge backs Huntsman, Reagan for Senate?

Welcome to the Lunchtime Reader, where we assemble important stories to keep your eyes on. Kudos to country music star (and recent Catholic convert) Collin Raye, who agreed to be the new spokesman of the Life and Hope Network, founded by the family of Terri Schiavo. “What the Life and Hope network does is provide an already pretty impressive network list of attorneys and doctors that are avai... More

Hoopes Avoids the Reductio ad Teenagerum

I gotta hand it to my friend Hoopes. After a post over at NRO where he basically blamed Twitter and other social media for Anthony Weiner’s perversion, he came a long way to a rather good post on the potential pitfalls of social media as well as guidelines for responsible usage. None of which surprised me or put me off my consistent message. The most ironic part about it was how he first lam... More

Thoughts On A Scandal

Over the past few weeks, as I’ve been listening to all the coverage of Congressman Weiner’s transgressions, I’ve realized that we’re at a crossroads. Aside from lying about what he did, Weiner did nothing illegal. (I’m not even sure that lying about what he did was illegal.) Weiner was engaged in behavior that [hundreds of] thousands of people, men and women, particip... More

Weiner’s Women & Other Gals Who Behave Badly

LZ Granderson, the journalist who recently suggested that parents are idiots for allowing their girls to dress immodestly, has another provocative column. This time, he’s raising the excellent question of why we never question the integrity of the women involved in high-profile sex scandals with men like Rep. Weiner. I’ve been wondering the same: Yes, the men in these scandals all made... More


Reader: Marriage battle continues in NY, Rep. Weiner quits, NC cuts PP funding, Supremes upholds Pledge, and praise for Conan

Welcome to the Lunchtime Reader, where we assemble important stories to keep your eyes on. To put pressure on the New York State Senate, the lower chamber just passed a bill to legalize so-called ‘same-sex marriage’ by a 80-63 vote. With Gov. Andrew Cuomo ready and willing to sign the bill, the last chance to stop marriage redefinition is in the New York State Senate. The New York Dai... More

Top Ten Great American Tweets

In my friendly dialogue with Tom Crowe below, the question arises: What effect might our Twitter culture have on the way we think and act? For Anthony Weiner, Twitter gave his scary weirdness a stage on which to strut. What if great figures in America’s past had access to Twitter? Would they have trivialized their lives, too?  Is tweeting compatible with greatness? Herewith, a thought exper... More


Not Weinerized: A sort-of response to Tom Hoopes.

First, there are entirely too many Toms on this site. I shall forthwith refer to fellow CV blogger Tom Hoopes as simply “Hoopes.” And if we ever have a meeting of the Toms I’ll buy the first round—these are good guys. But I have to push back a little, or perhaps simply give a different emphasis, in response to an item he recently wrote at National Review Online and linked t... More



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