Politics & Religion until you puke

Lots and lots to read today, but I’ll break it down for you, one section for religion, one for politics. Pols first – got this from Insty:

You can read the lyrics here.

SOTU Address: Obama “needs to come off as authentic”.

Come off? Perhaps this illustrates a big difference between Presidents Obama and Bush. Bush did not have to “come off” as authentic. He was authentic.

Beltway Democrats (and to be fair, too many Beltway Republicans)
do not understand it because they -as smart, sophisticated sorts- live in a world of social and professional illusion, and they think the rest of the country does too, or it SHOULD. They think illusion is enough for them, so it should be enough to satisfy everyone else. They don’t know from authentic. To them authentic is too corny; it can only be dealt with ironically, or cynically, if at all.

Bob Herbert has some good advice for Obama

The Ellie Light Astroturf Saga:
Patterico has been all over it and notes that the press is finally picking it up. Mudville Gazette goes heavy on the sarcasm in this post. Michelle Malkin is watching the apologies. There is one, so far. Light’s letters (or the pearls of other astroturfers) are all over the place, like a virus.

She affirms she is passionate about the president. And astroturfing for him is different than when anyone does it for anyone else. It just is.

Global Warming Hoohah: Too big to fail, but on the ropes, nevertheless. The science, it seems, is not settled, after all. Pew poll says America is not buying the hysteria anymore. The good news is, that ozone hole prevents global warming. I actually remember reading that years ago. The Big Global Warming Bus has hit a few bumps and wheels are coming off in all directions.

Obama’s Halliburton? No-Bid Contracts to connections are morally reprehensible, and stuff, right? A good time, I guess to remind everyone that the Dems spent the last 8 years shouting “Halliburton! Halliburton!” without, I suspect, even understanding what they were saying. As I wrote, way back when I said we should impeach Bush:

Please name the work for which Halliburton was contracted and then expound on what other companies do the same work with the same level of expertise and experience as Halliburton. We’ll wait. This is Impeachment we’re talking about…this is all going to have to come under real investigation and involve real testimony, and good lawyers never ask questions to which they do not already know the answers – so you should know that 94.7% of all of Halliburton’s contract funds came through “full and open competitive bids”, shouldn’t you?

Oh, wait. I guess this is another Obama line with an expiration date; when he said the magic word, “Halliburton” the crowd responded to the cue. America went through the 2008 election like Pavlovian dogs responding to bells. Note the response to the patently false denunciation of “lobbyists,” too. Meaningless. Just words, it’s all just words, served up to an audience trained by the MSM to bark at the right times, and pull the correct lever. After all, the press is not interested in covering actual news stories; that all gets saved for the bestselling books.

Obama believes that most of the country, however is still going to fall for his every sleight of hand and misdirection. Some of them will buy into his spending freeze that isn’t really a spending freeze at all, of course. But overall, he seems not to understand that his magic is gone. It’s kaput. Nor does he seem cognizant of the fact that videos and the internets exist.

Seems Obama is doing quite a lot of reprehensible Bush-type things. When does Joy Behar start demanding that he be impeached? When does Michael Moore call him a war criminal? Oh, wait, we’re mirandizing terrorists after less than an hour’s questioning. Nothing to see here. Move along.

WSJ says Obama has committed the biggest mistake a pol can commit: he has believe his own hype. Yep. We’ve talked about that here, before. It is always a politician’s downfall.

Let’s try something else for this year: Let’s be in charge of our own brains.

Is Congress Exempting itself from Health Insurance Tax? Why not. It’s exempting itself from Obamacare! Congress is full of creeps and rats who treat themselves as though they are akin to royalty. Yes, indeed…economic freedom for the elites. For you and me? Salvation through serfdom.

I guess Moscow does support gay marriage?

Haiti: A desperate need for infrastructure, yes, and sound, committed long-term leadership. Also, don’t miss this thoughtful post.

A “Murders at Gitmo Conspiracy?
Joe Carter takes a look and decides Sullivan is being sloppy and reckless.

I am not bitter. Just Bittersweet

Really, what will they be doing
when they are thirty? As a parent, my mind is blown.

Lech Walesa: On the American campaign trail.

Purity Tests: I hates ‘em too

Even Football has become political to those people for whom everything is political

Ah, and that last item brings us to our Religion section:

Lots of focus on the always-under-reported-unto-obscurity annual March for Life on Washington DC. The number of marchers varies from 200,000 to 400,000, but I think anytime you can get even 150,000 people to show up and march in the middle of winter, there is a story there, and it should be covered. Lots of bloggers finding hilarity in the woefully inaccurate and biased media coverage – or what there was of it.

Deacon Greg, whose father-in-law wonders if the march might be even better attended if it were held in the springtime, links to a terrific video profile of a 17 year old marcher who, as an adoptee, says she wants others to have the same chance at life that she has had, and cannot help but notice how many young people are marching.

Cal Thomas writes about corporate rights and rights of the unborn

Fr. Richard John Neuhaus: We shall not weary in the fight for life. His 2008 remarks to the convention of the National Right to Life Committee. A must read and keep.

Horton was right: Everyone matters, no matter what.

A voice cried “blog,” and I said, “what shall I blog?”: All flesh is grass, but even so, Pope Benedict wants to set his priests a-bloggin’, and the vatican has of course, is leading by example! I have already blogrolled His Holiness at the Pope2U.net blog. And yes, I’m following on Twitter, so I hope the pope knows he is supposed to give me a reciprocal link, and a nod! Benedict’s is not the only new blog, though.

The Most Ebullient Catholic in the World:
That would be Webster Bull who brings his infectious enthusiasm into his faith, every day.

For American Jews: An Orthodox Moment

Marching for Freedom of Religion in Egypt

Tammy Bruce says don’t blame the monks for the reckless youth of Scotland!

Msgr Charles Pope, whose stuff I like more and more, on the beauty of dying

One Gen-xer’s story Why he is a priest

An amusing and beautifully linked piece on “the most important psalter in the world”.

10 Catholic
iPhone apps

, the secret to learning is in the listening

Gawd, that’s enough. I really do feel like tossing it, now.

About Elizabeth Scalia
  • dry valleys

    Yes, I once went to Buckfast Abbey. A lovely corner of England, but one too far away to be a regular visit. I’m surprised to see the Daily Fail talking sense- Anton Vowl chronicles why that’s a rarity- but always welcome.

    I don’t like the stuff myself. But I think if people are binging on it that most likely is a problem with a lot of causes, chief of them all the lack of meaningful opportunity for youngsters to do honest, rewarding work as their grandfathers did, their communities having suffered horribly ever since 1979, as we have, & as other areas in the Celtic fringe, the north & midlands, inner city areas, & other unpopular places that are best ignored (according to the middle classes).

    I once had a job in which, despite my objections, the radio was constantly played, & they had a recording of a youth called Buckfast Boy. You have to laugh- imagine someone going to Scotland in search of swashbuckling, romantic highlanders & washing up on a sink estate in Glasgow & beholding what it’s really like.

    A Europe-wide news story that has been going around is about bans, actual & proposed, of the burqa.

    I am a bit torn because I hate the burqa because what it stands for is hateful. But I do not believe banning it will really do any good because it won’t conquer those attitudes. & it is my view a lot of those who support it are just vindictive rather than trying to bring about good outcomes.

    But you can’t make the “it’s their choice, let them do whatever they like” argument because anyone with any acquaintance with the reality-based community knows it is so often not a matter of free choice at all.

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  • expat

    The ridiculous Murders at Gitmo conspiracy made it in yesterday’s print Der Spiegel. They did no research–just accepted Scott Horton’s baloney.

    Related: Saw yesterday in WaPo that Obama reads Andrew Sullivan. The first class intellect of our president.

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

    Must we be subjected to yet another acronym??

    SOTU? Since when did we start using that one? Besides, when I see it, my dyslexic brain sees STFU instead. Even though that might be more applicable in this case, that is beside the point.

    I don’t much care for SCOTUS either. It sounds rather . . . well, let’s say, inappropriate for the dinner table, if you know what I mean.

    [You're lucky I'm not using TOTUS yet -admin]

  • silverpie

    On the other hand, during the 2000 recount, it came out that you abbreviate Supreme Court of Florida to…

    wait for it…

    SCOFLA. Somehow, it works.

    And on the Tebow ad, those taking NOW’s side have now lost the right to complain about being called “pro-abortion” as opposed to “pro-choice”–although a lot of them already had forfeited it in the matter of Bristol Palin.

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

    You’re lucky I’m not using TOTUS yet

    There is also POSUS.

    (Hey, play nice now! No need to be obscene. There isn’t?)

    [What does it mean? -admin]

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  • Pepper

    The one that cracks me up is FLotUS or FLOTUS…First Lady of the United States.

    For some reason…and it’s only been this year as I don’t remember seeing it used when Laura Bush was First Lady…when I see that acronym, I tend to think of the word ‘flatulence’.

    I wonder how this can be analyzed? : P

    [FLOTUS has been around for a long time -admin]

  • http://www.savkobabe.blogspot.com Gayle Miller

    Dear Anchoress: Please spare a thought for those unfortunates amongst your readers who actually WORK in the District of Columbia and whose commute home on Friday night was thoroughly mucked up by the volume of protesters. I leave work at 5:30 p.m. and normally am home between 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Friday night, I didn’t make it home until 9 p.m. and I was not PLEASED at all. I was exhausted to begin with and spent half the day Saturday sleeping because I got home so late the night before. So my weekend was truncated as well.

    The demonstrators were unbelievably rude as well. They chose to sprawl on the floor of Union Station where I catch my train home, in large groups, with young men sleeping on the floor with their heads in their girlfriends’ laps. Picking your way through that gang was excruciatingly slow and irritating. A bunch of inconsiderate children. I support their cause but abhor their complete lack of concern and respect for their elders.

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

    POSUS? Play on POTUS, of course.

    The U and S are the same, it’s the POS part that is crude.

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  • no one in particular

    “it’s the POS part that is crude.”

    start with piece?

  • Elaine

    I read the article about the gen x priest and it was so enlightening. I am very fortunate to have a wonderful young priest as rector and I am so grateful for his faith, energy and especially his love for all of us. I just wonder how I can be more supportive of him as I know he is so busy helping all of us in our spiritual lives. Do you give priests lots of cookies or candy as I am clueless on what a priest would like to have!