Groucho Marx on Politics…

H/T Gentle Mint

The Dozen Lawsuits Filed Today Garnered all of 15 Seconds on CBS News. We Shall Overcome.

Calvin and Hobbes are at it again, making great points in less than 10 seconds.

Thinking along these lines then, I can’t remember the last time I actually watched the evening news. Too many ads from pharmaceutical companies and not enough real news as I recall. But tonight, what with the news that 40+ Catholic organizations sued the government by simultaneously filing a dozen lawsuits across the country, I decided to take a look, and realized pretty quickly that I’m never going to get back that half hour of my life.

I didn’t bother with CNN, or Fox, but I informally surveyed what used to be the Big Three, ABC, CBS, and NBC. Of those three networks, only CBS mentioned the story at all. Deep into the program, ’round about the 25 minute mark, Scott Pelley spent 10 to 15 seconds on the story, er blurb. ABC and NBC? Nothing at all. Nada, zilch, zippo.

Checking their websites, NBC has nothing on the story at all. [Read more...]

Because of Natural Law and Politics

One of the early agreements Webster Bull and I had when he invited me aboard the good ship YIMCatholic was that “we don’t do politics” here. And for the most part that is a wise way to go. There are, after all, a myriad of ways to elucidate why I am Catholic without making politics the lynchpin of the reason. Bill Watterson’s characters Calvin and Hobbes get it about right, don’t they? [Read more...]

Democrat Opposition to Obamacare and St. Thomas Aquinas? There may be a link spelled F.R.E.E.D.O.M.

Well, would you believe Representative Barney Frank (D-Mass.) has misgivings for one? Of course, he’s not running for re-election so his admission doesn’t do much good except as a possible gauge of his colleagues thoughts. Same thing for retiring Representative Brad Miller (D-N.C.) and Senator James Webb (D- Virginia), who announced last year that he will not seek re-election.

Julian Pecquet and Sam Baker over at the political blog, The Hill, have the story, [Read more...]

Death to Tribalism: Or Several Anti-NDAA Bills in Congress You Should Support Now

I know, I know, it’s easy to forget that which has gone on before. The Magna Carta, signed by King John way back in 1215 AD? That is sooooo eight centuries ago. That’s what it seemed Congress and the Administration said last winter when they fell all over themselves approving the unconstitutional law which strips us of our our rights of habeas corpus, etc. Language like this in that document helped build a foundation for our own Constitution, [Read more...]

A liberal, moderate and conservative walk into a bar…

Image Credit: NY Post, Tamara Beckwith

The bartender says, “Hi your Eminence!”

Get it? I don’t know if it’s funny, but it sure is true (and Catholic with a capital “C”).

 

 

There is No Ghetto Between the Shire and the City

Ghetto Catholicism, that is. You see, we Catholics aren’t like the Amish, or other religious sects that hole up and pretend the rest of the world doesn’t exist.

We don’t just hunker down in our own enclaves and let the rest of the world go to hell in a hand basket. That isn’t what we’ve been called to do. And I argue, the day after Divine Mercy Sunday, that sticking to our religious knitting as Catholics isn’t in keeping with our mission of mercy to the world. [Read more...]

The Editors at Commonweal Think the Bishops Protest Too Much

Earlier today, I shared the latest from the USCCB’s stance on religious liberty. Bishop William Lori’s Ad-hoc Committee on Religious Freedom’s statement was long, and involved. From what I read, it seemed well thought out, above board, and non-partisan. It even dipped into the history of religious freedom in our country, though more historical background of this type needs to be shared with the faithful and all citizens. [Read more...]

The Bishops Give Us A History Lesson On Religious Liberty And A Call For Prayer

You would have to have been living under a rock not to know that religious liberty has come under fire here in the United States. Those who believe that the Catholic Church is wrong to get involved in the politics surrounding the HHS Mandate, for instance, have unwittingly bought into the argument that there is a “wall of separation” between Church and State, and that one should be completely separate from the other. [Read more...]

A Brand New Top Tier UPDATED

Nobody saw this matchup coming, huh? Former senator Rick Santorum is announcing the suspension of his campaign this afternoon. The Washington Post has the scoop. And the Huffington Post has reactions from Mitt Romney and the RNC.

Sure, Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich are still in the race. But Gingrich has all but stopped campaigning and Ron Paul is sort of like Cyber Monday. In other words, he’s huge on the internet, but small in the ballot box. [Read more...]


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