She was a personal friend and strong admirer of Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, the largest provider of abortions in the country;(Thanks to Augustine.)
She was a strong advocate of birth control and sterilization;
She was a supporter of the eugenics movement, once declaring, in an ironic twist, that: “Our puny sentimentalism has caused us to forget that a human life is sacred only when it may be of some use to itself and to the world.”
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
'Desecrated flag' video is DNC finalistGee, you think?
One of the 20 finalists in health care video contest run by Barack Obama’s campaign arm features a mural of an America flag splattered with health care graffiti until it’s covered completely by black paint.
A contestant whose video didn’t make the final-20 cut complains that a video “defacing the flag” won’t do much to help President Barack Obama or the Democrats sell health care reform.
“They should never pick that,” said the contestant, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. “It makes the Democrats look really, really bad.”
And just who were the geniuses who gave the nod to this mind-numbingly stupid excrescence? Why "a panel of 'qualified' Democratic National Committee 'employee judges,' " no less.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
OCE, House ethics committee fight over release of documentNormally we would expect Madam Speaker to dismiss those "watchdogs," tarring them as "right-wing extremists" or similar. That may prove difficult in this case considering they are the following radical-right organizations: U.S. PIRG, Public Citizen, Common Cause, Campaign Legal Center, the League of Women Voters and Democracy 21.
By Susan Crabtree - 10/27/09 07:34 PM ET
The House ethics committee and a new entity created to help it police lawmakers are engaged in the first major showdown in an ongoing turf war.
Board members and staff of the quasi-independent Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) laid down the gauntlet this week and challenged the ethics committee to meet a Friday deadline or face the consequences.
Watchdogs also joined the OCE in demanding that the ethics committee on Friday release the OCE’s original report on ethics charges against two members: Reps. Sam Graves (R-Mo.) and Maxine Waters (D-Calif.).
They called it a critical test of Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) commitment to raising ethical standards in Congress.
What a treat it will be watching our intellectually-challenged Speaker wriggle her way out of this one.
(Thanks to For What it's Worth.)
John Travolta is the most likely celebrity to leave the Church of Scientology, according to the bookmakers Paddy Power, who are taking odds on stars abandoning the troubled religious organisation founded by L Ron Hubbard.The odds:
9/4 John Travolta
3/1 Katie Holmes
4/1 Lisa Marie Presley
6/1 Jason Lee
8/1 Priscilla Presley
10/1 Chaka Khan
12/1 Nancy Cartwright
25/1 Kirstie Alley
50/1 Tom Cruise
...[The Anglican Church] does not send its missionaries out to tell deliberate lies to AIDS-weakened Africans, about the alleged ineffectiveness of condoms in protecting against HIV. Whether one agrees with him or not, there is a saintly quality in the Archbishop of Canterbury, a benignity of countenance, a well-meaning sincerity. How does Pope Ratzinger measure up? The comparison is almost embarrassing.There, there Dickie, the nice men in their clean white coats will be here in just a jiffy (Nurse, prepare injection 100 mg Hydroxyzine Hydrochloride stat!).
Poaching? Of course it is poaching. What else could you call it? Maybe it will succeed. If estimates are right that 1,000 Anglican clergymen will take the bait (no women, of course: they will swiftly be shown the door), what could be their motive? For some it will be a deep-seated misogyny (although they'll re-label it with a mendacious euphemism of some kind, which they'll call 'an important point of theological principle'). They just can't stomach the idea of women priests. One wonders how their wives can stomach a husband whose contempt for women is so visceral that he considers them incapable even of the humble and unexacting duties of a priest.
No wonder that disgusting institution, the Roman Catholic Church, is dragging its flowing skirts in the dirt and touting for business like a common pimp: "Give me your homophobes, misogynists and pederasts. Send me your bigots yearning to be free of the shackles of humanity."
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
ROME, October 26, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - By focusing on the issue of married clergy in the Catholic Church, the secular media has got the thin end of the story of last week's offer of reunion from the Vatican to "traditionalist" Anglicans. The more interesting story, says Fr. Philip Powell, a Dominican priest based in Rome and a former Episcopalian, is the "huge cultural shift" in the Anglican Church that it presages.Also worth mentioning, liberal Anglicans may find they face a bigger threat from their own rather than the despised conservatives. Since they recognize no sins save for racism, homophobia and insufficient obeisance to Gaia, and since only conservatives can be guilty of those and are leaving in droves, in due time (by definition) there will be no more sinners left in western Anglican churches. As postulated earlier in an overlong posting, the left only thrives when in conflict so things don't bode well for the liberal Anglican church after that "huge cultural shift." With salvation assured for them all and no more conservatives to bash, increasing numbers of liberal churchgoers will ask themselves: "Are there any reasons for continuing to go to church?" and in increasing number they will answer: "None whatsoever."
The removal to Rome of those Anglicans in the Communion who had been fighting for a more traditionally Christian ethos "presages a huge cultural shift in the Anglican Church," he said. It will push the mainstream of Anglicanism in the west further out onto their liberal doctrinal limb. And it will likely push the existing Anglican factions further apart and contribute to the final break-up of the Communion between the liberal west and the conservative evangelical Africa and Asia.
Mr. Stengel: Well, I started in professional ball in 1910. I have been in professional ball, I would say, for forty-eight years. I have been employed by numerous ball clubs in the majors and in the minor leagues. I started in the minor leagues with Kansas City. I played as low as class D ball, which was at Shelbyville, Ky., and also class C ball, and class A ball, and I have advanced in baseball as a ballplayer.Now Senator Burris' testimony at a hearing of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs hearing on czars, October 22, 2009.
I had many years that I was not so successful as a ballplayer, as it is a game of skill. And then I was no doubt discharged by baseball in which I had to go back to the minor leagues as a manager, and after being in the minor leagues as a manager, I became a major league manager in several cities and was discharged, we call it "discharged," because there is no question I had to leave. (Laughter). And I returned to the minor leagues at Milwaukee, Kansas City, and Oakland, Calif., and then returned to the major leagues.
In the last ten years, naturally, in major league baseball with the New York Yankees, the New York Yankees have had tremendous success and while I am not the ballplayer who does the work, I have no doubt worked for a ball club that is very capable in the office. I must have splendid ownership, I must have very capable men who are in radio and television, which is no doubt you know that we have mentioned the three names — you will say they are very great.
We have a wonderful press that follows us. Anybody should in New York City, where you have so many million people. Our ballclub has been successful because we have it, and we have the Spirit of 1776. We put it into the ball field and if you are not capable of becoming a great ballplayer since I have been in as a manager, in ten years, you are notified that if you don't produce on the ball field, the salary that you receive, we will allow you to be traded to play and give your services to other clubs.
The great proof was yesterday. Three of the young men that were stars and picked by the players in the American League to be in the all-star game were Mr. Cerv, who is at Kansas City; Mr. Jensen, who was at Boston, and I might say Mr. Triandos that caught for the Baltimore ball club, all three of those players were my members and to show you I was not such a brillant manager they got away from me and were chosen by the players and I was fortunate enough to have them come back to play where I was successful as a manager.
If I have been in baseball for forty-eight years there must be some good in it. I was capable and strong enough at one time to do any kind of work but I came back to baseball and I have been in baseball ever since. I have been up and down the ladder. I know there are some things in baseball, thirty-five to fifty years ago that are better now than they were in those days. In those days, my goodness, you could not transfer a ball club in the minor leagues, class D, class C ball, class A ball. How could you transfer a ball club when you did not have a highway? How could you transfer a ball club when the railroads then would take you to a town you got off and then you had to wait and sit up five hours to go to another ball club?
How could you run baseball then without night ball? You had to have night ball to improve the proceeds to play larger salaries and I went to work, the first year I received $135 a month. I thought that was amazing. I had to put away enough money to go to dental college. I found out it was not better in dentistry, I stayed in baseball.
Any other questions you would like to ask me? I want to let you know that as to the legislative end of baseball you men will have to consider that what you are here for. I am a bench manager. I will speak about anything from the playing end — in the major or minor leagues — and do anything I can to help you.
[Sen. Burris]: This has — being a constitutional and political science student, I mean, this is Political Science 101 or Political Science, maybe, 1000. The panel’s just been terrific.Obfuscation of two kinds: intentional, like that from Casey Stengel, a highly intelligent and witty man who preferred to stay out of an area beyond his purview, knowing he could add no insights to the matter (as the no doubt starstruck Senators already knew full well), and unintentional, like that from Senator Burris, a sad little political hack (with delusions of grandeur), spawned from the swamps of the Cook County Democratic machine who, in this desperate display of scrambling, reveals to the nation just how far out of his league he is.
And I have so many thoughts just rolling through my head, I don’t even know where to start. I mean, this is — this is the meat that caused us political scientists to even exist, because you’re dealing with these major issues of the separation of powers and the creation of this country and whether or not you want your president to really have the powers that you granted it, and whether or not the Congress, which is on similar or equal footing, can then control or muscle in on those powers of the president.
Based on the fact that — especially the House of Representatives, since they stand for re-election every two years and senators much longer, you — you have this constant power struggle as who is really representing the people and what that representation is going to mean when it gets to the — the policy decision that’s going to impact the public.
And I don’t know whether or not — I don’t think you can come up with a definition dealing with this. Having served in a governor’s cabinet and having dealt with those staffers, it almost depends on how strong the cabinet member is as to just what and how he’s going to deal with those situations and those circumstances.
Because having experienced that on the state level, and knowledgeable to some extent on the federal level — I was very close to the — to the Carter administration and had good insights into the workings of the White House and all of those decisions that were being made and how the gatekeepers really sought to filter the information that got to the president.
Every president’s going to go through it. I don’t even know how we in the Congress can legally — I mean, I heard the distinguished ranking member say that we passed a law. We can pass a law and say there’s going to be a position in there, but I don’t think the Congress can tell the president who to put in that position.
I mean, if we do that, then I think that we’re violating the separation of powers. I mean, this is what we get into. And you can create a position. What happens if — what happens if the president says, “I don’t want to appoint anybody as secretary of state. I’m going to use the undersecretary as an acting secretary”?
Is there a law that would require us or require the president to appoint a secretary of state? Is there? Is there?
Monday, October 26, 2009
HINSDALE, Illinois, October 23, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - A Dominican nun has been seen frequenting an abortion facility in Illinois recently - but not, as one might expect, to pray for an end to abortion or to counsel women seeking abortions, but to volunteer as a clinic escort.Uh, Cardinal George, Eminence? Think you could take a couple of minutes out of your busy day and have a look-see at this, maybe make a couple of phone calls at least? This woman really isn't helping matters.
Local pro-life activists say that they recognized the escort at the ACU Health Center as Sr. Donna Quinn, a nun outspokenly in favor of legalized abortion, after seeing her photo in a Chicago Tribune article.
"I've called her sister several times, and she never responded," local pro-lifer John Bray told LifeSiteNews.com (LSN).
In a 2002 address to the Women's Studies in Religion Program at Harvard Divinity School, Sr. Quinn described how she came to view the teachings of her Church as "immoral": "I used to say: 'This is my Church, and I will work to change it, because I love it,'" she said. "Then later I said, 'This church is immoral, and if I am to identify with it I'd better work to change it.' More recently, I am saying, 'All organized religions are immoral in their gender discriminations.'"
(Thanks to Binky.)
President Obama has already caught up with predecessor George W. Bush in one area: Rounds of golf.Some of the President's critics will have a field day with this news but I for one am delighted. I'd be happier still, as would many others I think, if the president chose to spend all day, every day, for the rest of his term, on the golf course.
The Oval's good friend Mark Knoller of CBS News reports that Obama on Sunday played his 24th round of golf since his inauguration Jan. 20 -- matching Bush's presidential total, which he racked up in two years and ten months.
(h/t For What it's Worth.)
Saturday, October 24, 2009
A regular reader, writing from a lodge in the wilds of Connecticut where he's staying and owned by "some crazy Catholic" as he puts it, sent me this photo of a painting he came across in the joint; one of "hundreds of lurid examples of Catholic art on display," he reports. Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
I must confess though, I rather like the sentiment expressed: Jesus knocking at the temple to atheism (at least I think that's what it is).
Friday, October 23, 2009
We appreciate the welcome the [P]ope extended to those in the Anglican Communion who are disaffected. We for our part continue to welcome our Roman Catholic brothers and sisters, both lay and ordained, conservative and liberal, who wish to belong to a church that treasures diversity of thought."Perhaps it's only my skeptical nature but do I detect just a teensy-weensy bit of insufferable self-righteous didacticism in Her Grace's comment? As for all those "Roman Catholics" she hopes to welcome: that source of fresh Episcopalian souls, which began flowing around the time Humanae Vitae was published, slowed to a trickle during toward the end of the reign of Pope John Paul II and dried up completely with the election of his successor. In fact if Bishop Roskam were to take a survey of the pews in her diocese on Sunday mornings, she might suspect the flow is going in the opposite direction now and may even increase in the days to come.
(Thanks to the MCJ.)
The relative lack of diversity in places like Portland raises some tough questions the perennially PC urban boosters might not want to answer. For example, how can a city define itself as diverse or progressive while lacking in African Americans, the traditional sine qua non of diversity, and often in immigrants as well?Not really, when you think about it. The vast majority of progressives in the this country are college-educated members of the upper classes who, by and large, are white. Despite whatever egalitarian babblings they spout they, like most members of most classes, prefer the company of their own; especially where they live.
Imagine a large corporation with a workforce whose African American percentage far lagged its industry peers, sans any apparent concern, and without a credible action plan to remediate it. Would such a corporation be viewed as a progressive firm and employer? The answer is obvious. Yet the same situation in major cities yields a different answer. Curious.
(h/t Ann Althouse via Instapundit.)
Thursday, October 22, 2009
So I say go for it. Take His Holiness Father Infallibility up on his kind off[er] to 'come on down' and go join his [sic] church.To Episcopalians still sitting on the fence: you have a cordial and generous invitation from the Pope to join the Holy Catholic Church and a churlish and mean-spirited invitation from an influential Episcopalian to get out of "her" church. How much more persuading do you need?
And leave mine alone.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
We need to see how this works out in practice. The existing Anglican Rite RC parishes are in practice neither fish nor fowl, whatever their theological status. All but the most Catholic leaning protestants are hesitant because of the "popish taint," and the traditional RCs appreciate the liturgy, but always have a non-AR church nearby they can attend. For some such as the Traditional Anglican Communion, this is a perfect match. It will be interesting to see how others, especially those with formal or back door connections to the Anglican Communion, react.My guess is many protestants, seeing the downward direction their denominations are headed in, will decide that salvation is worth a mass--and a pope.
NOTE OF THE CONGREGATION FOR THE DOCTRINE OF THE FAITH ABOUT PERSONAL ORDINARIATES FOR ANGLICANS ENTERING THE CATHOLIC CHURCH , 20.10.2009Other than the desire to hold on to their real estate (hardly a good reason though understandable) is there any compelling reason now for traditionalist Anglo-Catholics still remaining in the Episcopal Church not to embrace the full Catholic faith? And other traditionalist Episcopalians, too?
NOTE OF THE CONGREGATION FOR THE DOCTRINE OF THE FAITH ABOUT PERSONAL ORDINARIATES FOR ANGLICANS ENTERING THE CATHOLIC CHURCH
With the preparation of an Apostolic Constitution, the Catholic Church is responding to the many requests that have been submitted to the Holy See from groups of Anglican clergy and faithful in different parts of the world who wish to enter into full visible communion.
In this Apostolic Constitution the Holy Father has introduced a canonical structure that provides for such corporate reunion by establishing Personal Ordinariates, which will allow former Anglicans to enter full communion with the Catholic Church while preserving elements of the distinctive Anglican spiritual and liturgical patrimony. Under the terms of the Apostolic Constitution, pastoral oversight and guidance will be provided for groups of former Anglicans through a Personal Ordinariate, whose Ordinary will usually be appointed from among former Anglican clergy.
The forthcoming Apostolic Constitution provides a reasonable and even necessary response to a world-wide phenomenon, by offering a single canonical model for the universal Church which is adaptable to various local situations and equitable to former Anglicans in its universal application. It provides for the ordination as Catholic priests of married former Anglican clergy. Historical and ecumenical reasons preclude the ordination of married men as bishops in both the Catholic and Orthodox Churches. The Constitution therefore stipulates that the Ordinary can be either a priest or an unmarried bishop. The seminarians in the Ordinariate are to be prepared alongside other Catholic seminarians, though the Ordinariate may establish a house of formation to address the particular needs of formation in the Anglican patrimony. In this way, the Apostolic Constitution seeks to balance on the one hand the concern to preserve the worthy Anglican liturgical and spiritual patrimony and, on the other hand, the concern that these groups and their clergy will be integrated into the Catholic Church...
Monday, October 19, 2009
We inform accredited journalists that tomorrow, Tuesday 20 October 2009, at 11am, in the John Paul II Hall of the Press Office of the Holy See, a briefing will be held on a theme pertaining to the relationship with the Anglicans, at which His Eminence Cardinal William Joseph Levada, Prefect of the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and His Excellency Mgr Joseph Augustine Di Noia OP, Secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments will take part.The other from the Archbishop of Canterbury:
You are invited to a press conference with Archbishop Vincent Nichols (Archbishop of Westminster) and Archbishop Rowan Williams (Archbishop of Canterbury) on Tuesday 20 October at 1000. The press conference will take place at 39 Eccleston Square, London SW1V 1BX.Thompson seems to think (as does Fr. Zulhsdorf) that these notices might might well presage the long-awaited announcement from the Vatican the Traditional Anglican Communion, a breakaway Anglo-Catholic organization that two years ago petitioned Rome to be received en masse into the Holy Catholic Church, will at last be granted its wish.
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Jeffrey Stern's mother wanted him to have every advantage -- from his schooling at Manhattan's prestigious Dalton School to summer camp in the Berkshires.This seems a perfectly natural development in a society that worships creation over creator: if the creation doesn't meet your aesthetic standards make necessary corrections until it does. It is only a matter of time however until vicarious narcissistic parents reconsider the merits of the formerly discredited science of eugenics, a vastly more efficient means of assuring satisfactory reproductive outcomes than inelegant post-birth methods like the above.
So when Jeffrey, at age 11 and 4-foot-1, was a full foot shorter than everyone else in his class, she talked to an endocrinologist, who put him on human growth hormone.
"The doctors said that he was that he was destined to be taller," Margot Stern said.
Jeffrey now stands 5-foot-7, but that's not tall enough for the 16-year-old and his mother.
"They said that the height that's owed to him is around 5-foot-8 or 5-foot-10," she said. "I was going to give him a chance to achieve his growth potential."
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Add Noam Chomsky to the growing list of people using the Nazi analogy lately. Speaking to the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco, he alluded to right-wing media as “substantive content — crazy content, but it does give answers,” and warned that if Americans weren’t properly educated about what was really happening to them, they could be in for a repeat of the Nazi takeover of Germany in the 1930s.Or, to paraphrase a jingle from a TV commercial familiar to those of us of the post-literate age:
I'm a Nazi,(Thanks to Augustine.)
He's a Nazi,
She's a Nazi, we're a Nazi,
Wouldn't you like to be a Nazi, too?
Friday, October 16, 2009
SIOUX CITY, Iowa, October 16, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Catholics must learn to "exorcise" the so-called "spirit of Vatican II" to end the secularization that has "wreaked havoc" on the Church since the Council, says Bishop R. Walker Nickless of Sioux City, Iowa.I think the worst excesses of Vatican II were less the result of reforms coming from the Council itself than the openings they later presented to radicals, who saw them, correctly, as an opportunity to ram through an innovative agenda for which there was little or no demand. The radicals must have also realized their opportunity would be a short one thus the need to move quickly effecting the changes, then hoping they would stick. In that respect their behavior bears a remarkable resemblance to our President and Congress today and the radical programs they work feverishly to enact. We must pray the damage done by them proves not so long lasting as that done by their post Vatican II counterparts.
In a pastoral letter issued Thursday to the lay and religious of his diocese, Nickless wrote that he has "no other desire" than to see the reforms of Vatican II implemented properly. However, he said, "It is crucial that we all grasp that the hermeneutic or interpretation of discontinuity or rupture, which many think is the settled and even official position, is not the true meaning of the Council."
The "hermeneutic of discontinuity," under the guise of the "spirit of Vatican II," sees "the Second Vatican Council as a radical break with the past," explained the bishop. However, "There can be no split ... between the Church and her faith before and after the Council."
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Orthodox Anglicans remaining in the Episcopal Church should regard those dismal figures as a warning they cannot continue closing their eyes, holding their ears and pretending not to notice what is happening around them. Even if traditional worship and theology are still observed in their churches, they are but a priest or bishop away from heterodoxy. The time draws nigh.
(Thanks to the MCJ).
Oct. 15 (Bloomberg) -- The Pentagon is reviewing the Bush administration’s doctrine of preemptive military strikes with an eye to modifying or possibly ending it.Isn't that lovely? When our cities are glowing in the dark (regardless the lack of electricity) those who survive will surely bask in the gratitude (in addition to the radiation) Iran, North Korea or whomever gets to us first has for us for being so gosh-darned accommodating; and the rest of the world will love us for it too.
The international environment is “more complex” than when President George W. Bush announced the policy in 2002, Kathleen Hicks, the Defense Department’s deputy undersecretary for strategy, said in an interview. “We’d really like to update our use-of-force doctrine to start to take account for that.”
James Mann, an author in residence at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, said the doctrine “was presented as not just the ‘right’” to strike “before you are about to be attacked, but as an entirely new strategy for dealing with the world.”
“I don’t think the Obama people believe preemption should be defined in this incredibly broad sense -- and I think they feel -- with some reason -- the broad definition really lost American support in the rest of the world,” said Mann, author of “Rise of the Vulcans,” a 2004 history of Bush’s war cabinet.
(Thanks to For What it's Worth.)
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Losing Their Religion: 2009 officially declared year the media lost their faith in man-made global warmingfears
I know it's not nice to say "I told you so" but what the hell: I told you so.
It has finally happened. We have reached the “tipping point.”
2009 can now be officially declared the year the media lost their faith in man-made global warming fears.
Significant organs of the mainstream media are now officially abandoning one-sided man-made global warming fear promotion and alleged claims that the "debate is over."
The stunning media reversal has accelerated in recent weeks as top UN scientists have raised the specter of continued global cooling. See: UN Fears (More) Global Cooling Commeth! IPCC Scientist Warns UN: We may be about to enter 'one or even 2 decades during which temps cool' – Sept. 5, 2009
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Friday, October 09, 2009
Thursday, October 08, 2009
Reynolds' fixation with the women's ski-jumpers seems naggingly familiar to me and with his latest posting I am finally able to nail it: Howell Raines, the former editor of the New York Times, and his tireless, equally futile thumping for the admission of women to the male-only Augusta National Golf Club. Covering that earlier tempest-in-a-teapot seven years ago, Jack Shafer in Slate wrote: "The headline of today's Page One, above-the-fold story —'CBS Staying Silent in Debate on Women Joining Augusta'—is the giveaway that the Times is blowing on embers in hopes that the story will reignite."
Indeed. Keep puffing, Professor!
Wednesday, October 07, 2009
In the 41 sentences of her remarks, Michelle Obama used some form of the personal pronouns "I" or "me" 44 times. Her husband was, comparatively, a shrinking violet, using those pronouns only 26 times in 48 sentences. Still, 70 times in 89 sentences conveyed the message that somehow their fascinating selves were what made, or should have made, Chicago's case compelling.Hats off to the Trousered Ape, who posts rarely but well. Inspired by the above he has penned a redo of Carly Simon's "You're So Vain," dedicated to our Commander in Chief. Here is the first verse.
You walked into the White House,Go to the Ape's website to read the rest and other very clever stuff too.
Leaving your unicorn parked outside.
The razor-sharp crease in your pants set off
The shapely toned arms of your bride.
And every leg was tingling
At the hope and change in your stride;
And everyone dreamed that you’d pay off their mortgage –
Pay off their mortgage, and
You're so vain
You probably think this country’s about you;
You're so vain
I'll bet you think this country’s about you -
Don't you? Don't you?
Tuesday, October 06, 2009
Why indeed and while we ponder that perfectly reasonable question, here is a classic from my youth to provide some stimulus (if you'll pardon the expression).
Monday, October 05, 2009
A woman who allegedly lied about being raped in 2005 and sent an innocent man to jail could soon be facing her own trip to prison, The Post has learned.My concern is not over someone becoming a guest of the state for making a false rape charge, there's been far too much of that lately. Rather that one of the witnesses for the prosecution, if the story is correct, is a priest to whom the defendant confessed. Since when does a priest testify against one who confesses? My understanding is it is never, ever, permitted (in fact there's a corker of an Alfred Hitchcock movie, I confess, based on that very premise).
Prosecutors are now presenting evidence against her to a Manhattan grand jury. A source said perjury charges were "likely."
They plan to call witnesses to testify that Biurny Peguero Gonzalez made up a story of having been raped at knifepoint in upper Manhattan because her pals were furious with her for leaving them.
Among the witnesses is the Rev. Zeljko Guberovic, her priest at St. Anthony's, in Union City, NJ, where Gonzalez, 26, confessed to the fabrication in March, sources said (emphasis added).
Gonzalez had accused William McCaffrey and two of his friends of gang-raping her in Inwood. He was convicted and sentenced to 20 years before being released last month
Given the delicacy and greatness of this ministry and the respect due to persons, the Church declares that every priest who hears confessions is bound under very severe penalties to keep absolute secrecy regarding the sins that his penitents have confessed to him. He can make no use of knowledge that confession gives him about penitents' lives.I am at a loss here. Is it possible the defendant confessed to the priest outside the box thus he may (or must) testify against her? That still doesn't ring true, I can't believe any priest would do it. Anybody more expert than I have an explanation?
Barack Obama gathered doctors from every U.S. state at the White House on Monday to press his case for healthcare reform in a week when the sweeping overhaul could clear a major hurdle in Congress.Nice touch the crisp white lab coats to add authority: it brings to mind the "over-the-top hucksterism" of an earlier age.
UPDATE: Some of the doctors attending the photo-op didn't bring lab coats despite instructions. Not to worry, the White House provided loaners!
That guy in the back with his head in his hand looks like someone just realizing he's been duped into shilling for a con man.
Sunday, October 04, 2009
Let's face it, the Church of England is never going to roll over and submit to the Holy Father, but it would be rather nice if a conservative group were to split off, join the Catholics and have Her Majesty come long for the ride. She could repudiate her role as the head of the Church of England, and the Anglicans could elect Elton John to take her place. That way they could have everything they really want: homosexual marriage and an old English queen as the head of their religion.
Friday, October 02, 2009
COPENHAGEN (Reuters) – Rio de Janeiro will host the Olympics after winning over Madrid in the final round of voting among on Friday.UPDATE: The cost of a "stupid and unnecessary" Presidential trip to Copenhagen? Over $10 million. I can't help thinking this debacle will affect the President (and his claque) more than all the others.
In an astonishing start to the voting, Chicago, the odds-on favorite, went out in the first round, despite receiving unprecedented support from United States President Barack Obama and the first lady.
UPDATE 2: CNN: "What do you mean Chicago's out? That doesn't follow the narrative!"
The latest Fox News/Opinion Dymanic poll is chock-full of bad news for the president. But on foreign policy, the results are nothing short of stunning. On who they trust more to decide the next steps in Afghanistan. 66 percent say military commanders, while only 20 percent say the president. Even Democrats have more faith in the military commanders (by a 45 to 37 percent margin). On Iran, 69 percent say Obama has not been tough enough, including 55 percent of Democrats. Sixty-one percent favor a U.S. military action, if needed, to keep Iran from getting nuclear weapons. Fifty-one percent think Obama apologizes for American too much.The comparison to Carter is apt but I think Obama may even be worse: a hybrid of Carter's bumbling incertitude and Nixon's Queeg-like paranoia. Most worrisome are the antics the President might engage in as he watches his popularity (and putative "mandate") vanish.
In short, Obama has already achieved what it took Jimmy Carter an entire term to attain: the conviction of a large majority of the American people that he is not protecting our interests or performing adequately as commander in chief.
Thursday, October 01, 2009
[T]he Presbyterian Church (USA) apparently has been giving grants to scandal-ridden ACORN for years. And it’s been engaging in some unsavory accounting practices to keep the funds flowing. Parker Williamson reports on the subject in The Presbyterian Layman, a publication of a renewal organization in this mainline Presbyterian denomination...There is no cause for smugness however among Catholics: Holy Church has also been a sponsor of the thugs at ACORN in a big way. The only difference is there are enough Catholics outraged by such appalling misuse of Church funds chances are reasonably good it will be stopped...eventually.
According to the Institute on Religion and Democracy, the National Council of Churches has also worked with ACORN in the past to, um, “increase voter turnout.”
Not so with most Protestant denominations, which have seen their membership drop precipitously as leadership becomes increasingly dominated by left-wing extremists. Many if not most of those who might be upset by their churches' support of ACORN and similar groups long ago walked away. The remaining conservatives and traditionalists are so disenfranchised there is little they can do about their churches' support of repellent organizations like ACORN other than follow the example of those who have already left; thus the downward spiral will continue.
"As much of a sacrifice as people say this is for me or Oprah or the president to come for these few days," the first lady told a crowd of people involved in the Chicago project, "so many of you in this room have been working for years to bring this bid home."(Thanks to the MCJ.)