"He instinctively can find the shining greatness of our American culture and does a good job of highlighting it (although he also does have those rare lapses when he writes about hockey, but that is something caused by impurities in the Eastern waters or something)." Erik Keilholtz
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The Four Freedoms come to the Corcoran Gallery, and no matter what Erik Keilholtz thinks, I say bravo * Michael Novak pens a tribute to "the Last Liberal," Sargent Shriver * A former Marine who says Lynndie England should have said "no" criticizes the abuses at Abu Ghraib while recalling even more severe hazing performed by American servicemen on each other.
The Innkeeper at the End of the World, who has been reporting on the passing of the Old Mass from St. Mary's by the Sea, says he's heard rumors of "renewal" planned for the Serra Chapel that is now the only indult site in the Orange Diocese. (Aptly named, one says, to the roll of the Lambeg drum.) Perhaps the 300-year-old reredos there will be preserved as a museum piece, separate from the sanctuary, which will be remodeled into a spare and ambo-friendly worship space to encourage Full Active and Conscious Participation in the liturgy by the unreconstructed Tridentines who haven't heretofore been doing so.
US Olympians told to cool it on flag-waving at the Athens Games: Wouldn't it be an even better exercise in humility if the American athletes simply lost on purpose to forswear jingoistic medal ceremonies and anthems? More from Garrulitas (via Power Line)