Science Czars & Healthcare; When Life is devalued…UPDATED

President Obama's plans are to appoint 32 Czars within his administration. These are people about whom Congress does not advise or consent, and about whom the press is conveniently incurious. So far, the press thinks they're all just brilliant and they have no problem with a president appointing 32 Czars accountable only to him. Whadda you think of that? You comfortable knowing that these "czars" escape serious but are given some rather potent power with little oversight? I mean, come … [Read more...]

Palin, Obama & Not quite pulled together yet

I know it must seem like I'm being lazy and not attending to my work over here; it's not that. I just can't seem to settle in and focus on much. The news feels like it's all coming in too fast to process, the congress is passing mammoth bills it can't be bothered to read. As the deficit tops ONE TRILLION DOLLARS for the first time, ever, the president is standing at ship's helm, a deep gouge in his hull, and blocking our views while saying "everything is mostly great; things are working … [Read more...]

Ok, concedo; the world is nuts

Reading the news today, I feel a little like Roberto Duran, blocking the blows and shouting, "no mas, no mas!" Let's start here: Pop’s parents, both 24, made a decision when their baby was born to keep Pop’s sex a secret. Aside from a select few...nobody knows Pop’s gender; if anyone enquires, Pop’s parents simply say they don’t disclose this information. In an interview with newspaper Svenska Dagbladet in March, the parents were quoted saying their decision was rooted in … [Read more...]

Reclaiming a Holy Thing from the Dogs

So, a during the Carrie Prejean/Prop 8 kerfluffle, I wrote this: "...if you’re going to take off your top for a camera, be prepared (sooner or later) to have to answer for it, both in this world, and the next...You’ll have to answer for it because when you profess yourself a Christian, you choose exile, and you will be held to a different standard, entirely, than the world’s. ... In the next world, of course, you’ll have to answer to Christ, himself, who is much more merciful than the … [Read more...]

Our freezing summer makes me gripe

It's freezing here; we can't swim, can't have the windows open. Every day is cold. It just convinces me more than ever that solar flares (or the lack of them) have more to do with the ever-changing climate of planet earth. And more resentful of policies, programs and restrictions put in our way, in service to the hoo-hah of Mr. Gore. And why this ticks me off, too. And this. And why not, anymore? I am most seriously unhappy today. The prescient satirical genius of Paddy Chayefsky In … [Read more...]

Obama: the Opposite of America

I had this awful feeling, a few months into Obama's presidency, that he had no wish to lead the nation, but to rule it. One of his minions (I can't remember who, sorry) had actually used the phrase "when Obama rules" prior to his inauguration, but I'd excused it as a misspeak. Now, I am not so sure. In five years of blogging, I have never called a president by anything but his name or his title. I have booted people who have tried to call past or current presidents by foul nicknames. … [Read more...]

Off. Steven Tyrone Johns; Holocaust Hero – UPDATED

Don Surber says it's a bad day to be an American. Steven Tyrone Johns Let us pray tonight, for the soul and the family of 39 year-old Officer Steven Tyrone Johns who has lost his life while helping to prevent a bloodbath by an elderly, anti-semitic, anti-Catholic, 9/11 truthing, sick, sick mind. Surely when Officer Johns awoke this morning, he could not guess he would be the latest hero of the Holocaust, which we delude ourselves into thinking has ended. In truth, in too many parts of the … [Read more...]

Huge Friday Linkaround

I so much wanted to do a podcast of morning prayer, but time got away from me. Will try to get a podcast up for Vespers, this afternoon. Meanwhile, this may keep you reading into tomorrow. For your linkaround, first let me talk about me, me, me; Yesterday's Daily article on the murder of George Tiller, and the musings of some Christians as to whether Bonehoeffer made a case for such a terrible killing, garnered many comments, a few of which suggested the commenter had not read the thing, a … [Read more...]

Tiller, Long & Presidential action -UPDATE

I became mightily annoyed with a commenter yesterday here. He took some exception to my casually wondering what it meant that the Commander-in-Chief had allowed the murder of one of his troops to pass unremarked upon after little coverage, particularly after the same president had wasted no time in expressing great sorrow at the murder of an abortionist. Ignoring the fact that I've posted little-to-nothing for the better part of three weeks due to technical issues and family obligations, our … [Read more...]

Weakland is a Weak, Weak Man

Over at Inside Catholic, Brian Saint-Paul discusses what appears to be a sensational, unthinkable and questionable statement by disgraced Milwaukee Archbishop Rembert G. Weakland, who will claim in his upcoming biography that he did not know that the priestly abuse of children was "criminal." Writes Saint-Paul: For all his flaws, Rembert Weakland is an intelligent man. The claim that he didn't realize that having sex with a child violated the law is absolute nonsense. He's lying. Most of us … [Read more...]

Maybe forgiveness didn't 'take' the first time

Last year my header contained a quote attributed to Malachy McCourt: Resentment is like taking poison and waiting for the other guy to die. It's a great quote, great sentiment, and I shared a little of my experience with real, spirit-shredding resentment, too. I have actually been struggling with resentment, recently, for the first time in my life, and I can attest to the poison-power of it. The mild aggravation and eye-rolling impatience I have for Mrs. Clinton are nothing like the … [Read more...]

Don't prosecute assaults, thefts & burglaries?

Reader misogynist - who is a libertarian sort - sends this along with the note, "this is some scary stuff, right here..." Misdemeanor crimes such as assaults, thefts and burglaries will no longer be prosecuted in Contra Costa County because of budget cuts, the county's top prosecutor said Tuesday. District Attorney Robert Kochly also said that beginning May 4, his office will no longer prosecute felony drug cases involving smaller amounts of narcotics. That means anyone caught with less than a … [Read more...]

DHS documents picking a fight? UPDATED

Boy, I don't like that header, and hope it won't come to that, but who knows anymore? I really did not want to get back into politics so soon - I have other things on my mind - but I'll just throw these out and you guys make your own stew. Item: Gov. Rick Perry joined state Rep. Brandon Creighton and sponsors of House Concurrent Resolution (HCR) 50 in support of states’ rights under the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. “I believe that our federal government has become oppressive … [Read more...]

"Abortion is a blessing!"

You know, it's so sick, I really didn't want to write about it. I linked to Amy Welborn and figured I'd let you folks find this monstrosity on your own, but I want to make sure you read it. These remarks were made before a NARAL audience, in 2007, but are only just getting some reaction, perhaps because of the current movement to suppress the conscience clause that protects doctors, nurses and pharmacists from losing their jobs, and Catholic hospitals from closing their doors. Or, perhaps her … [Read more...]