A Search for Faith, Family, and Miracles
by Justin Calanoso

Posts Tagged ‘Obama’

Is Murdoch stupid?

Saturday, August 15th, 2009

This column, by my friend Frank Wilkinson of The Week, is worth reading closely. It’s about the culpability of Fox News in whipping up not only opposition but quite possibly violence against the Obama administration, or the president himself.

Excerpt:”Casual incitements to violence were once the portfolio of the radical left on American campuses and the streets. They now appear to be the job description of select Fox News personalities.”

Calabrian connection

Tuesday, January 6th, 2009

When President-elect Obama nominated Leon Panetta as the new CIA director, Washington insiders were stunned. Later, it was my turned to be surprised when a friend in Spokane, Wash., shared this link with me. It explains that Panetta, whose parents were immigrants for Siderno, just north of Reggio Calabria, speaks the village dialect, as well as Italian, “perfectly,” according to a Calabrian relative.

A wonderful day to be an American

Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

“There is nothing false about hope.”

GAZA (New York Times, Nov. 5, 2008) — From far away, this is how it looks: There is a country out there where tens of millions of white Christians, voting freely, select as their leader a black man of modest origin, the son of a Muslim. There is a place on Earth — call it America — where such a thing happens. [The rest of the story is here.}

Italians for Obama

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

Even if you’re not an Obama/Biden supporter, you should get a kick out of this light-hearted endorsement — straight from the Grand Canal in Venice! As if we needed a reminder, the whole world is watching this election, even Venetian gondoliers.

Biden: Risks and rewards

Monday, August 25th, 2008

Associated Press: By selecting a Pennsylvania-born Catholic as his No. 2, Obama is betting the potential rewards — including swaying elusive lunch-pail Catholics in the Midwest — outweigh the risks.

The whole story is here.

Common sense

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

There is a chapter in my book called “Believe What You Can,” and it underscores a common-sense outlook for lapsed Catholics like myself who are interested in returning to church, but know there is much about Catholic teachings that we can never embrace or support. I came across two fine essays by thoughtful Catholics that give voice to a couple of issues that tend to keep many Catholics comfortably on the sidelines: the ban on contraception and voting issues.

Excerpt No. 1: “Catholics the world over support the use of contraception, and those who can access it use it. It would enable hundreds of thousands if not millions more families to make informed decisions about their futures if the church lifted this ban – not to mention the impact it would have on HIV prevention.”

Excerpt No. 2: “In 2008, the group Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good have put out a very different voter guide. They list 10 key issues: Dignity of work, economy, environment, education, foreign policy, health care, immigration, Iraq war, life, and poverty. For each issue, they highlight some key positions held by both Sen. McCain and Sen. Obama. There is no negative condemnation of either candidate.”

Iraq, Obama & McCain

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008

Thoughtful commentary at the Jesuit-led America magazine blog. An excerpt:

“Barack Obama’s tour of Afghanistan and Iraq is already paying dividends politically. The pictures of enthusiastic troops cheering him on were worth a thousand words: He is no peacenik a la Jane Fonda. Ditto the photos of Obama in a helicopter with General David Petraeus. They may not agree about strategy but they appeared to be enjoying each others’ company. And, standing alongside Obama in virtually every photograph is Republican Senator Chuck Hagel, giving a bipartisan glow to the trip.”

Read the whole story.