Adele M. Stan

Adele M. Stan is a columnist at The American Prospect, and editor of Clarion, the newspaper of Professional Staff Congress-CUNY, a New York City labor union. The views expressed here are her own.

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SORE WINNER.

SORE WINNER. One would think that William Donohue , the mouth of the right-wing organization, the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights , would be humbly and joyously thanking his Creator for last week's merciless Supreme Court decision upholding the federal ban on the dilation & extraction method of abortion. Instead, the official bully of the Catholic right chooses to use the occasion, in this piece at Human Events Online , to rehash old, trumped-up charges against journalists who, when reporting on the nominations of Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court, noted that both men are conservative Roman Catholics. According to Donohue, who has made a career out of spewing resentment and worse , reporting on the biography of a Catholic Supreme Court nominee amounts to anti-Catholicism. (Note to my future biographers, I am a Roman Catholic and I don't mind if you say so.) In fact, Donohue confers upon the Prospect and yours truly a special...

WHEN DID HE...

WHEN DID HE KNOW ORDER IT? Right out of the box at today's big hearing , Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez cast himself as the fall guy for decisions made by "the White House," i.e., President George W. Bush and his Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove . In the opening volley of questions served by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Partrick Leahy , Gonzo said that he would never have initiated the removal of of U.S. attorney for political reasons, "nor do I believe that anybody in the department would advocate for such a purpose." (Emphasis added.) The attorney general then admitted that he had "heard concerns" about U.S. attorney David Iglesias of New Mexico from Rove and "the president." Iglesias, you'll recall, refused to pursue a voter fraud case against Democrats prior to the 2006 congressional elections (he was not able to find damning evidence), which prompted a phone call from New Mexico's Republican Sen. Pete Domenici , who improperly attempted to pressure Iglesias to prosecute...

State of the Church

What does it mean to be a European? Though it does not entail a common language or cuisine, these days, we're told, a growing number of young people on the continent are more likely to describe themselves as European than by any identity drawn from the language they speak, or their home country. Yet perhaps the most obvious aspect of European identity that transcends the continent's national borders stands rejected by the continent's citizens: despite the entreaties of Pope Benedict XVI, Europe, it seems, is loath to claim its Christian (largely Catholic) heritage as a common bond. Benedict argued hard for a mention, in the European Union Constitution, of Christianity as the root of European values, and lost. In his quest to return Europe to its former status as the Christian continent, Pope Benedict XVI lays the blame for Catholicism's loss of Europe to many things: modernism, relativism, multiculturalism. But never, it seems, has he looked in the mirror to find the true reason the...

DWEEBS AND BAD BOYS.

DWEEBS AND BAD BOYS. Reader Howard, commenting on my last post, called my attention to a wonderful piece by Sam Tanenhaus that ran in yesterday�s New York Times . In an essay in the Week in Review, Tanenhaus, now the editor of the New York Times Book Review , recounts his own seduction into Imusland, a phenomenon that occurred after Imus took an on-air shine to Tanenhaus�s biography of Whitaker Chambers , and began having Tanenhaus as a regular guest. By now, I was tuning in regularly. It had become part of my routine: waking up each morning to WFAN and the frisson of hearing my name broadcast on the radio. Of course, I was hearing other things, too, and they were disturbing at times: slurs against black athletes, an �impersonation� of Clarence Thomas that didn�t sound like him at all (unlike the impersonations of white figures), but instead drew on the stalest of the �here come de judge� grotesqueries of a previous era; the almost continual soundtrack of leering sexual comments...

LITERAL WORDS.

LITERAL WORDS. Yeah, I know that I should've given this horse his last lash a while back, but I simply cannot resist bringing to Tapped readers (in case you missed them) the words of New York Times columnist David Brooks on the Imus affair. Talking to NPR's David Folkenflick , Brooks answered this way a call for penance by historian and author Philip Nobile for having appeared with apparent glee as a guest on "Imus in the Morning": "You know, when you're dealing with humor, you're not dealing with literal words. You're dealing with people who are putting on a costume." It would seem that Brooks could use some tutoring from his colleague, language maven William Safire , on the application of the word "literal." I have always thought that when one is speaking, one is using "literal" words. By their nature, words are literal. I presume here to deduce that what Brooks intended to say was that a humorist donning the costume of, say, a bigot -- for the benefit, most likely, of a bigoted...

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