More misses than hits

One problem Obama faces is the expectation that a U.S. president can actually “manage” what happens elsewhere in the world. Obama may have contributed to such heightened expectations himself with his administration’s talk of a “reset” of U.S. relations with Russia, not to mention the rest of the world.

Amusing to see NPR try to tie Obama to Reagan: saying it isn’t as bad since Iran-Contra was clearly worse, but then pointing out that Gorbachav was willing to negotiate to make thigns better. Are we to infer that NPR thinks Obama’s only hope of salvaging his Foriegn Policy is for Putin to decided to negotiate?

see also: The price of failed leadership

An Open Letter from Dylan Farrow

when I was seven years old, Woody Allen took me by the hand and led me into a dim, closet-like attic on the second floor of our house. He told me to lay on my stomach and play with my brother’s electric train set. Then he sexually assaulted me. He talked to me while he did it, whispering that I was a good girl, that this was our secret, promising that we’d go to Paris and I’d be a star in his movies. I remember staring at that toy train, focusing on it as it traveled in its circle around the attic. To this day, I find it difficult to look at toy trains.

Devastating. Frankly, I’m heart broken. I remember seeing this case when I was young. Still the case stuck with me and I knew enough never to watch to a Woody Allen film, lest I somehow endorse his actions unintentionally. Still haven’t.

Before we turn our attention elsewhere, saying ‘innocent until proven guilty’, let’s remember that such a phrase is a matter of law, not moral judgement. Christians now, more than ever, have an obligation to society to moral standard higher than relativism.

The Bad Faith Presidency

All politicians are prone to shaving the truth, giving themselves the benefit of the doubt and trying to appear more reasonable than they are. Obama has made it an art form. Bad faith is one of his signal strengths as a politician, and makes him one of the greatest front men progressivism has ever had.

If only the President had less Dewey and more of this

Between Planning and Reality is a half-billion dollar site that was unable to complete even a thousand enrollments a day at launch, and for weeks afterwards. As we now know, programmers, stakeholders, and testers all expressed reservations about’s ability to do what it was supposed to do. Yet no one who understood the problems was able to tell the President. Worse, every senior political figure—every one—who could have bridged the gap between knowledgeable employees and the President decided not to.

A little individual humility could have gone a long way.

Presidential Lies and Political Ownership

“If you like your health-care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health-care plan. Period.”

We now know, I believe, with something approaching moral certainty, that this was a lie. Perhaps it was not the president’s lie; while one additional claim of ignorance on his part would seem to confound belief, stranger things have happened. But he was uncorrected, and no doubt encouraged by aides who certainly knew its falsity, and if he has no responsibility himself, then he was simply an agent for the false assertion of others. That there was a lie is something it seems impossible to doubt.

Ariel Castro Found Dead by Hanging

Castro was sentenced on Aug. 1 to life plus 1,000 years in prison without the possibility of parole for abducting his three victims and keeping them imprisoned in the dungeon-like confines of his house, where they were starved, beaten and sexually assaulted for about a decade.

Matthew 5:43-47

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers and sisters,[a] what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same?

Some days are harder than others, but we strive, re-reminding ourselves that in the end we must “be perfect just as [our] Heavenly Father is perfect”.