Sunday Show Round Up

Conservatives dispute administration claims Healthcare.gov problems solved

Republicans maintained Sunday that the Obama administration has failed to solve the issues surrounding healthcare.gov despite an announcement from the Department of Health and Human Services that the problems have been solved.

Backwards and Upwards

Review: Renewal: How A New Generation of Faithful Priests and Bishops Are Revitalizing the Catholic Church by Anne Hendershott and Christopher White

Lately something curious has been happening in the Catholic Church—and it’s not, as some would have it, that Pope Francis is rewriting the Catechism on social issues. According to a new book by Anne Hendershott and Christopher White, the Church is actually thriving where it is most orthodox.

The Greens Are Coming!

Review: “The Little Green Book of Eco-Fascism” by James Delingpole

At first sight, the A-Z dictionary format of James Delingpole’s latest effort, The Little Green Book of Eco-Fascism, seems surprising. But there is a sound reason for its structure. In his prior book, Watermelons, Delingpole cited George Orwell: “Who controls the language controls the culture. Who controls the culture wins the political argument. … [Orwell] explained that one of the most effective ways of suppressing heretical thought was to eliminate undesirable words or strip them of their meaning.” Eco-fascists have a talent for that sort of thing.

Why We Need Real Healthcare Reform

Review: How Medicaid Fails the Poor by Avik Roy

Illinois medicaid transplantsWith the disastrous rollout of Obamacare’s website dominating the news over the past month and a half, another part of Obamacare is easily overlooked: the law’s expansion of Medicaid, the federal government’s health insurance program for the poor.

Beyond the Binge

Column: Confessions of a Binge Reader

When Thanksgiving transitioned from a Puritan-influenced feast of civic gratitude into a four-day festival of consumption is not entirely clear. But that is where we are today: at a place in our proverbial and increasingly depressing “national story” where the events of the holiday itself are overshadowed by the rituals associated with Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday. That the Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend has so far been officially untouched by the dark arts of marketing and branding can be attributed to a somewhat anachronistic respect for religion, or to a failure of creativity. Let me therefore suggest an appropriate nickname and activity. Starting this year, let’s all celebrate Binge Sunday.