The Littlest Soapbox

June 3, 2010

The Afternoon Bulletin 6/3/10

Filed under: News & Politics — mikecgannon @ 4:00 PM

If this past week’s faux “humanitarian mission” to Gaza, which ended with nine dead smugglers, wasn’t enough to raise some eyebrows over the direction Turkey is heading, this serves as a tragic exclamation point.

A Catholic bishop who was a leading figure in Christian communities in the Middle East was stabbed to death at his home in southern Turkey Thursday, and police arrested his driver in connection with the attack.

The motive for the killing of Luigi Padovese, apostolic vicar for Anatolia, in the town of Iskenderun was not known. Previous attacks on Christians have raised concerns about the safety of religious minorities in Muslim Turkey.

Hatay Provincial Governor Mehmet Celalettin Lekesiz told the state-run news agency Anatolian there was no immediate evidence of a political motive and the bishop’s driver had been arrested.

I’m curious to see how long takes before someone tries to argue that this is all Israel’s fault.

George Will talks about the two competing visions of American constitutionalism, as personified by James Madison and Woodrow Wilson, and how it affects the political divide today.

Victor Davis Hanson reflects on a Europe that now has to contemplate paying the piper for the fifty-year vacation from reality it took in the form of its social democratic consensus.

National Review Online editorializes against President Obama’s nominee for the administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Dr. Donald Berwick, in the hopes of preventing the same thing from happening here in the United States. Berwick is a statist to his core, a top advisor for the British National Health Service, and a recipient of an honorary knighthood. The confirmation hearings should be fun to watch.

Lori Ziganto crows over the death of old-school feminism, and warns against the temptation to revive feminist identity politics in a conservative incarnation.

Ann Coulter roundly mocks Barack Obama, as only she can do.

Have a great evening!

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