Linkstorm: Natural Law, Student Loans, and More

James V. Schall, S.J. on why Natural Law needs to guide public policy.

Some atheists actually believe that religion can be a good thing – and they get shunned by the New Atheists for falling out of line.

Ben Bernanke promises that Student Loans won’t cause a crisis. He also promised that the housing market was fine, America would not enter a recession and, besides, we’d start recovering by 2010 anyway.

Monetary policy entertainingly explained.


Linkstorm: The Underground Edition

Becoming an informed citizen truly engaged in our political system, not as a mindless party follower but as an independent thinker, is difficult and requires as a first step going beyond the mainstream media as your source of news and actively and constantly seeking new sources of news and, even more importantly, ideas. Above all, this search requires vigilance.

However, there’s no reason why we must search alone in order to be independent. So, here’s a few informational websites that I’ve recently discovered to help you in your search. You may agree with the opinions presented or you may not but either way you will benefit from exposing yourself to new and diverse opinions and ideas:

anti-state, anti-war, pro-market

from the Ludwig von Mises Institute

presents anti-war news, viewpoints and activities

espouses individual liberty, constitutional government, sound money, free markets, and a noninterventionist foreign policy


Welcome to the underground.

Linkstorm: The Totalitarian Edition

The Curt Jester points out a blatant flaw in the HHS’ decision making process

Everything you need to know about the Obama Administration’s decision making process on the HHS mandate:

1. U.S. Bishops consulted – No
2. Insurance companies consulted – No
3. Constitution consulted – No
4. Planned Parenthood consulted – YES

Mike Flynn makes the obvious yet ingenious observation concerning the erroneous statistic reiterated by the Obama administration as “fact”:

If it is true that 98% use contraceptives — and it isn’t, really — then they cannot really be hard to acquire.  One wonders how women got them for all these years since Griswold.

If 98% really do use contraception then there is obviously no issue of ease of access – and certainly not on a national scale – the HHS mandate suddenly looks so frivolously silly in addition to being tyrannical.

Ironic Catholic presents a satirical piece entitled NPR marks ‘Kick a Catholic Week’ with new t-shirt pledge drive gift which had me in stitches. Here’s an excerpt:

“We’re always looking for new incentives for our pledge drives,” said NPR promotions director Frank Byast. “People like things that are a fun twist on the news, so we think the ‘Kick a Catholic!’ thank you gifts will be a big hit. No pun intended.”

The shirt was inspired by NPR’s “Kick a Catholic Week,” the brainchild of NPR reporters forced to cover the controversy generated by the Obama administration’s mandate that Catholic institutions pay for contraceptives and abortifacients.

“We thought, ‘Okay, we can’t ignore this anymore, so how can we have fun with it?’” said Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep. “That’s the nice thing about a story like this. When one side is so clearly wrong, you’re a little less concerned about being fair and balanced. It’s like covering the fall of communism in Eastern Europe. You’re not going to ‘balance out’ your coverage by interviewing Nicolae Ceaușescu, right? It’s the same with the Catholic bishops.”

Byast says that the organization doesn’t mean the promotional items to be taken literally. “We don’t want public radio members walking into a Catholic Mass and kicking people in the shins during communion,” he laughs. “It’s meant more figuratively.”

Staff in the NPR newsroom have posted a list of ways to celebrate “Kick a Catholic Week.” First on the list? “Read Catholic teaching documents on human sexuality.”

“Yeah, that one’s pretty tongue-in-cheek,” laughs religion reporter Barbara Bradley Hagerty. “Who has time for that kind of deep background research? I mean, I printed a few documents, but after a couple hundred pages, the printer ran out of paper. And it’s all in Latin! So we recycled it in the NPR bathrooms. Which, come to think of it, would be a great membership premium—Catholic-themed TP.”

One of the most popular suggestions from the list has been #18: “Misrepresent embarrassing survey results. Repeatedly.”

Linkstorm: The Americanist Edition

Fantasizing about peeing on dead Afghan soldiers is patriotic but joking about a Superbowl ad is categorically un-Americanist and cannot go unpunished. 

After tough sanctions, Iran meets some of Obama’s demands . . . sort of.

NATO airstrike kills seven children aged between seven and 15 and one adult who was a 20-year-old mentally-handicapped person.

Apparently, not only is it okay for America to be the policemen of the world, but we have a responsibility to to do so. We, “must keep an eye on the entire world.” White man’s burden, anyone?

President Obama decides that its okay for wealthy corporations to contribute to his campaign when merely 16 months ago he called the very same super PACs a “threat to Democrats” and a “threat to democracy.”

Santorum says that as president he would demand Iran “open your facilities, you begin to dismantle this nuclear program, or we will dismantle it for you.” Even though Iran has a far more transparent nuclear program than the United States and we retain the right to our own massive nuclear arsenal. Gingrich and Romney both complain that China is “cheating” in order to bolster their economy. Romney wants to take measures that could lead to sanctions against America’s biggest importer – never mind that China would almost certainly considered such measures an act of war. 

Patrick Vandapool provides a fitting illustration for Americanist ultra-nationalism.