Dear Media Matters: Catholics call them ’sins of omission’


Media Matters‘ latest “gotcha” goes like this:
National Catholic Reporter Endorses Health Care Bill
With some pro-lifers trying to make the health care debate an argument over abortion, it was interesting to see the National Catholic Reporter, which knows a thing or two about anti-abortion views, come out in favor of the Obama health care plan.
And then [...]

Fighting Irish In the Trenches: Kathy Shaidle’s St. Patrick’s Day Toast to the Irish – Slantie! All Your Ancestors Were Ignorant Drunks!


In an uncharacteristically acidic post, NRB Kathy Shaidle turns her normally elegant and erudite pen to a gratuitous, baffling attack on the Irish. In response to NRB Blogger Michelle Horstman’s post celebrating the rise of Irish Immigrants from abject poverty and prejudice to complete integration and participation in American society, Kathy felt it was a [...]

No Irish Need Invent Urban Legends About ‘No Irish Need Apply’ Signs


My NewsReal colleague Michelle Horstman has penned a fine post espousing an even finer sentiment: that the Irish should serve as a great example to other ethnic newcomers; despite breathtaking, backbreaking hardship, they eventually embraced the American melting-pot model and assimilated into the broader culture, without losing their distinctive cultural and religious traditions.
The Irish also [...]