Some Housekeeping

Please pray for Heather, who is pregnant and now diagnosed with what seems to be an aggressive cancer. She is taking light radiation (with protection for the baby) and responding well to that, but she has a long way to go. Doctors hope to take the baby in April, provided its lungs can handle it. This young woman, her baby and her family, need lots of prayers.

Congrats to Ann Althouse
who has gone and gotten engaged to a fella who started out as a commenter on her blog, and has become her love. They’re engaged and looking at an August wedding. Hope she vlogs it!

Yes, and by her own president: American capitalism under siege

Another day, another trillion thrown about: Here is what a trillion dollars looks like.

Offered without comment:
Geithner Aides Worked With AIG for Months on Bonuses

“Gallows-humor”: Yes, that would certainly have been well-received had Bush uttered it, or had he smiled, laughed, joked, preened and campaigned his way through a crisis.. Ah, yes, so smart, so slick. Just what American needed.

Here’s some “gallows humor”. Har har. That makes me feel so much better! Don’t you feel better?

What does the Treasury Department do?: Ummm…about as much, these days as blue ribbon panels. It does not fix things. Treasury does nuthin’ if you don’t want it to do anything.

That bail out money: Going into politicians pockets. Had enough, yet?

The Press: beginning to understand that by abrogating their responsibilities (by never asking a question tougher than, “how’d you get to be so great? Do you like waffles?”) They really had no idea what they were carrying into the White House.

“… there is no history for what he is doing. He is the most radical President of our times, far outside the mainstream of our political philosophy.

He is not a reformer who fixes things. He fancies himself “transformative,” a man who reshapes and reorders. It apparently begins with smashing the existing order under the pretext of managing the crisis he inherited.

During the campaign, a fellow journalist confided that “I know Obama is a Manchurian candidate, I just can’t figure out what for.”

I laughed then, but no more. Obama represents a secular religion that believes, no matter the malady, Washington is the antidote. More government is the chicken soup of his tribe.

I think some in the press knew, but others really did not (and still do not) understand who Obama was and is. Well, how could they, what with their never asking to see so much as a college transcript, a thesis. When Bush was running, they actually tracked down a dentist who filled one of his teeth…but for Obama, no questions, and how dare anyone ask for something as irrelevant as a look at his grades…or even his birth certificate. How dare anyone read anything into his past and present associations? You racists!

Roger L. Simon demands the press resign!. After all, they put Obama in office!

Yes, it’s pretty clear: Obama is a statist, a socialist, and all that.

Obama: Wants to control how much money people can make. In America. Yeah, he’s a socialist. I don’t think he likes America very much, to he honest.

Nor does he seem to like our allies…or the current president of France. Or, umm…whatever.

Jake Tapper:
mentions how active the citizen-politicos were this weekend.

A lesson in The American Government. Worth watching. Did you know the word “democracy” doesn’t exist in the Constitution or the Declaration of Independence? “in every case democracies descended into mob-rule, then anarchy then tyranny…” Got mob rule?

Surber is right, when he says that Lucianne.com is a site worth supporting. I don’t read the commenters too often (who has time) but what I love about the site is that its members all put up headlines, from all over the world, and so you can find lots of news you’re not seeing elsewhere. You’d be amazed at what the narrative-controlling US press does not cover, concerning our own country.

Those Tea Parties:
Any day now: “they’re hate-filled mobs! Nazis!” You know it’s coming, right, from the very people who organize “bus trips” to help identify “the rich people bad guys” while using ANSWER/ACORN-provided signs for their “grassroots” action? The classic projection and the misdirection will continue, for as long as it works. And historically, it does work.

VDH: Won’t make you happy today:

Let’s get this straight: Our president takes over $100,000 from AIG in campaign donations. Then he signs into legislation a bill crafted by his own party, with input from his own Treasury secretary, giving mega-bonuses to the execs of this bankrupt, federally bailed-out company — and then goes on the stump to trash the culture of Wall Street as typified by . . . AIG, of course.

That’s as sunny as he can manage.

Mandatory volunteerism: Everything you think it is

Palate Cleaner: A young, beautiful woman talking modesty

Harvard “AIDS expert” says The Pope is correct about condoms and AIDS. Andrew Klavan, who is not a Catholic agrees and has more.

The Rule: When it comes to Papal Coverage, particularly overseas, ignore the first reports and wait a few days, eventually they “clarify” what they meant to report on the Pope.

That excommunication in Brazil: a surprising read

Notre Dame: a little bi-polar?. Apparently they always invite the sitting president to speak at commencement. Obama accepted. The world trembles. I think it is a very interesting story in light of Archbishop Chaput’s word to Catholics about their complacency, and how that has contributed to where we are, today.

I do think the good archbishop – and he is a good one – should look seriously, however, at what 40 years of very poor catechesis has wrought and perhaps see where the bishops share some blame in that.

Speaking of Chaput: I’d love to see him debating Hitchens

I don’t think he’ll ever be president: That exorcism will follow him around forever. But Jindal.

The Era of Airheads

Baseball

About Elizabeth Scalia
  • Rich Fader

    I’ve often thought that experience with assisting at exorcisms might be useful to have these days, for American politicians in general and Louisiana politicians in particular.

  • http://vita-nostra-in-ecclesia.blogspot.com/ Bender B. Rodriguez

    I think some in the press knew

    Of course much of the MSM knew, and at least 40 percent of the Democrat Party knew — that is, those who were originally Hillary supporters. They all knew then, but when general election time came around, they allowed themselves to throw their true beliefs and principles right out the window in the name of anti-Republican partisanship. Well, they can’t hide behind that anymore, they can’t use that as an excuse anymore.

    We have absolute one-party rule. The Dems are totally in charge, with Republicans unable to do anything to stop them. And the Hillary supporters in the MSM and rank-and-file know it. They know that they cannot blame Republicans and they know they no longer have the luxury of reflexive, knee-jerk partisanship. This is their baby. And their previous judgments of Obama must necessarily come back to the fore — he is a green know-it-all empty suit, but worse than clueless, he is a clueless ideologue, he is going to pilot the Titanic to New York in record time, icebergs be damned.

    Hopefully, if enough of them have the courage of their convictions, they will speak out and act. And then, just maybe, Obama will pitch a hissy fit, and stomp off to sulk and pout in the corner because the game isn’t fun to play anymore. Yeah, for all the Mr. Cool persona, we all know that he has that little petulant boy in him as well.

    ******

    As for papal coverage — better than waiting a few days for the anti-Catholic MSM to get it right, bypass them altogether and go immediately to the original source material. Indeed, there are a couple of news sites, and a blog or two, that try to get the Pope’s words out, in full, as soon as the translations come out (which is quicker and quicker these days, especially with the help of the invaluable Teresa Benedetta at Papa Ratzinger Forum).

    To be sure, Pope Benedict said some dynamite stuff on this Africa trip, and reading all of his addresses and homilies in full is highly recommended. For example, from yesterday’s homily (at a Mass of one million people!!) –

    “Live,” then, “by the truth!” Radiate the light of faith, hope and love in your families and communities! Be witnesses of the holy truth that sets men and women free!

    You know from bitter experience that, in comparison with the sudden, destructive fury of evil, the work of rebuilding is painfully slow and arduous. Living by the truth takes time, effort and perseverance: it has to begin in our own hearts, in the small daily sacrifices required if we are to be faithful to God’s law, in the little acts by which we demonstrate that we love our neighbors, all our neighbors, regardless of race, ethnicity or language, and by our readiness to work with them to build together on foundations that will endure. Let your parishes become communities where the light of God’s truth and the power of Christ’s reconciling love are not only celebrated, but proclaimed in concrete works of charity.

    And do not be afraid! Even if it means being a “sign of contradiction” (Lk 2:34) in the face of hardened attitudes and a mentality that sees others as a means to be used, rather than as brothers and sisters to be loved, cherished and helped along the path of freedom, life and hope.

    and this quote, a line about the need for evangelization that keeps coming back at me — “Let us enable human poverty to encounter divine mercy.” (homily 3/21/09)

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  • gcotharn

    “Jindal” means competent, i.e.

    “Finished already? You are so Jindal!”

    “My housekeeper is Jindal. She rocks!”

  • tim maguire

    Thanks for a great round up. I’ll be spending much of my free time today checking them out.

    As for Obama, I’ve known what he is from the moment he gave Hillary Clinton the “secret” finger and then laughed at his own naughtiness. He’s the coolest kid in high school, the BMOC-in-Chief. That’s all he is, all he ever was, and god help us if he doesn’t figure out how to hire a couple people who can tell him how to be president. And soon.

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  • http://vita-nostra-in-ecclesia.blogspot.com/ Bender B. Rodriguez

    A request –

    What with the ever-increasing epiphany of the MSM and some Dems regarding President Clueless, a simple request. As noted earlier (and floating in the spam-ether at this writing), many of these were Hillary supporters.

    Accordingly, how about some big name blogger, somebody who people in the know actually read, including getting some mentions in the MSM (including the NYT), how about that blogger help throw a wrench into the process, help drive that wedge of discontent even deeper, by asking in a prominent stand-alone blog posting –

    “Would not Hillary have done a better job?”

    Ask the question. Reflect on the answers. Get the ball rolling. Start the process of bouncing that question all over the blogosphere and MSM.

    There are no doubt a LOT of Dems prepared to say “yes,” which itself might be enough to stop Dear Leader from continuing the Revolution.

    [How funny, Bender, I was just thinking the other say that Hillary would have been a better president than Barack. - admin]

  • Gayle Miller

    Much as it pains me to say it, Hillary – though a creature of pure evil to my mind – would have done a marginally better job!

    A – I blogged last week about my outrage at the people who have the effrontery to tell Catholics and their Church what they ought to believe. I have a new yardstick – “What would you say/do if a Muslim made the same pronouncement?” It’s amazing how quickly this quiets the bleating of the know nothings!

  • http://vita-nostra-in-ecclesia.blogspot.com/ Bender B. Rodriguez

    To be sure, Hillary would have done only a marginally better job.

    But whether she would or would not have done a better really is beside the point. The point of the exercise is mischief-making.

    The point is to get the question out in the open, to get Hillary supporters to come out in the open, and thereby drive a canyon-sized wedge between the Hillary faction and the Obama faction in the Democrat Party and MSM.

  • Mary in CO

    Praying for Heather, and seeking the intercession of St. Gianna Beretta Molla. A lovely novena can be found at this web page. Please let us know how things go for Heather and her family, OK?

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  • http://jscafenette.com Jeanette

    Forgive me if I misread the story of the nine year old who aborted twins. I think I understood she was excommunicated.

    Does not the Catholic Church consider she is still a child and does not realize the ramifications of what was done, or maybe is not even old enough to have given her consent?

    I can see excommunicating the adults, but the child is innocent in my humble opinion.

    Yes, abortion is a sin and she could have been watched and given an C-section to deliver the babies and give them up for adoption, but did she commit the sin or was it the adults who committed the excommunicable sin?

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