Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Best LIttle Methodist College in De Pere...

We're acquainted with a number of St Norbert's graduates.  All likeable (or lovable) folks.  But for about 20 years I've known that the college is really Methodist (or something not-Catholic).

Once again, St Norbert's does its best to prove it.

St. Norbert College has apparently decided to go ahead with hosting prominent abortion-rights advocate Gloria Steinem, despite the recent disapproval of Bishop David Ricken of the Diocese of Green Bay. The College’s current trajectory is both offensive to its bishop and reflects a deeper misconception about its own Catholic identity,...

Yup.

Yellow Flags Flying on Economy

We mentioned, a week or so ago, that copper prices were heading downward.  Ticker noticed a few other signals.

New orders for manufactured durable goods in December decreased $8.1 billion or 3.4 percent to $230.5 billion, the U.S. Census Bureau announced today. This decrease, down four of the last five months, followed a 2.1 percent November decrease. Excluding transportation, new orders decreased 0.8 percent. Excluding defense, new orders decreased 3.2 percent.

Transportation equipment, also down four of the last five months, led the decrease, $6.8 billion or 9.2 percent to $66.7 billion
....

He also mentions a 3-month downturn in computer orders and a 90-day downturn in machinery orders AND shipments.  You can ask Deere employees about that--or those at Rexnord's Falk operations.

And since Obozo has been actively destroying the economy for the last 6 years, the 'recovery' has been far less than robust, which begs a bit of speculation:  just how bad will the next downturn be?

Stay tuned.

Run Away, Tammy!!! Run Away!!!

Tammy Baldwin has made a career of doing absolutely nothing except being a 'nice' lesbian. 

Yah, she'd put her name on some legislation once in a while; she'd flounce around in all the right places.  But she never really DID anything.

As it turns out, "doing nothing" can get you some very nasty headlines.

So what does Tammy do?

Bribes an ex-assistant and runs away from the Press.

Run Away, Tammy!!  Run Away!!!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Another Look at Gun Control

Read this list and you will clearly see the required litmus-test for gun ownership.

In 1865 a Democrat shot and killed Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States .
In 1881 a left wing radical Democrat shot James Garfield, President of the United States who later died from the wound.
In 1963 a radical left wing socialist shot and killed John F. Kennedy, President of the United States .
In 1975 a left wing radical Democrat fired shots at Gerald Ford, President of the United States .
In 1983 a registered Democrat shot and wounded Ronald Reagan, President of the United States .
In 1984 James Hubert, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 22 people in a McDonalds restaurant.
In 1986 Patrick Sherrill, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 15 people in an Oklahoma post office.
In 1990 James Pough, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 10 people at a GMAC office.
In 1991 George Hennard, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 23 people in a Luby’s cafeteria.
In 1995 James Daniel Simpson, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 5 coworkers in a Texas laboratory.
In 1999 Larry Asbrook, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 8 people at a church service.
In 2001 a left wing radical Democrat fired shots at the White House in a failed attempt to kill George W. Bush, President of the US .
In 2003 Douglas Williams, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 7 people at a Lockheed Martin plant.
In 2007 a registered Democrat named Seung – Hui Cho, shot and killed 32 people in Virginia Tech.
In 2010 a mentally ill registered Democrat named Jared Lee Loughner, shot Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and killed 6 others.
In 2011 a registered Democrat named James Holmes, went into a movie theater and shot and killed 12 people.
In 2012 Andrew Engeldinger, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 7 people in Minneapolis .
In 2013 a registered Democrat named Adam Lanza, shot and killed 26 people in a school.
As recently as Sept 2013, an angry Democrat shot 12 at a Navy ship yard.
Clearly, there is a problem with Democrats and guns. Not one NRA member, Tea Party member, or Republican conservatives was involved in these shootings and murders.
 
See!  It's easy!!

Pantywaist v. Putin

Obozo--the very model of Pantywaist Pussy, is pushing the wrong people's buttons, according to this ex-counter-intel guy:

...To the shock and dismay of hopeful Westerners, including nearly all NATO leaders, the hard hit of sanctions has caused Russians to hate the West, not Putin. Most Russians view their war in Ukraine as a legitimate defense of Russians and Russian interests, certainly nothing like America’s aggressive wars of choice halfway around the world, and they are backing the Kremlin now.

Word of this defiance has even crept into The New York Times, which otherwise is a pitch-perfect expression of the WEIRD worldview. As Russian troops are advancing deeper into Ukraine, fresh from victory at Donetsk, NYT asked what on earth is going on here, why would Russians want more war now that the cost of it all to their economy is becoming obvious? The explanation was proffered by a Moscow economist: “The influence of economists as a whole has completely vanished,” he opined about the Kremlin: “The country is on a holy mission. It’s at war with the United States, so why would you bother about the small battleground, the economy?”

Once again, Westerners have imagined Putin is just like one of their leaders — cautious, timid even, obsessed with Wall Street and finely tuned to what big donors care about — when our Chekist-in-Charge is nothing of the sort. With perfect timing, Patriarch Kirill, the head of the powerful Russian Orthodox Church, addressed the Duma this week, for the very first time, delivering a speech long on social conservatism, including a plea to ban abortions to help Russian demographics, as well as a caution to ignore the West’s dangerous “pseudo-values.” Putin’s Russia is inching ever closer to Byzantine-style symphonia, and in the war against America and the West that is coming — and, according to many Russians, is already here — the Kremlin wants its people to be spiritually fortified for a long fight....

Russia is not the biggest foreign policy problem, of course; ISIS holds that spot, and will continue there as the entire Middle East goes into a bloodbath.  Think it's just Yemen?  Then check the health reports on the new King of Saud--and by the way, how's that Saudi Army doing?  Better, how will it do with around 30 crown princes vying for control of those oil revenues?

One advantage in electing the Pantywaist:  his Patriots-style deflateds will not support throwing US troops into that mess.  Given his strategic stupidity, it's better (for them AND us) that they stay home.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Cloward-Piven Writ Largest

Hmmmm.  Kilpatrick theorizes, credibly, that one should assume the worst about Obozo & Co.

...Obama’s contribution to the Cloward-Piven strategy is to extend it to every area of life. In other words, if you can overload the local welfare system, why not overload local law enforcement? Why not overload the health care system? Why not overburden the immigration system by letting in hundreds of thousands of illegals? Then you can claim that all these systems are broken and have to be totally rebuilt—preferably in the image of some imaginary socialist utopia....

No question--assuming the worst fits the facts and circumstances best.

But why confine it to domestic issues?

...The worst possible assumption would be that the President and some of his key appointees don’t really like America: that they actually believe all the hype about America being the sum of all evil, and therefore want to weaken its power on the global stage. Once again, the worst assumption is the one that best fits the facts. Let’s start with the fact that the administration has been radically cutting back our military force at a time when world threats are on the rise. There are fewer troops, fewer tanks, fewer ships, and fewer planes than at any point in recent history....

Buy.  More.  Ammo.

Target Closes Canada, Declares BK There

Ye gods!

...Target Corp's abrupt decision to withdraw from Canada is troubling news for many mall owners, as the most obvious potential buyer of property assets - Wal-Mart - is expected to cherry-pick from Target's 133 locations. Minneapolis-based Target, the second-biggest U.S. discounter, obtained creditor protection for the Canadian unit and said on Thursday it will seek to sell real estate assets...

That will put 17,000 on the unemployment line; and there is the little matter of $5 BILLION in debt.

Lie. Cheat. Steal. Rinse. Repeat. DEMOCRATS!

Remember that mortgage collapse thing?  Remember that it's all the banks' fault?

Not really--although I will concede that SOME banks were rotten.  They were usually controlled by Democrat donors.

..."The FCIC majority misused its mandate for political purposes," Wallison writes, adding that the panel made sure its findings supported Democrat demands for a "new New Deal" that would put even more of the banking industry under federal control.

Democrats passed the Dodd-Frank Act in July 2010, six months before the FCIC released its report — "a clear demonstration that the Democratic Congress knew well in advance exactly what this well-controlled commission would say." After Dodd-Frank shockingly left Fannie and Freddie untouched, the FCIC excused the glaring oversight by exonerating the toxic twins and their affordable-housing masters at HUD.
As a result, Fannie and Freddie, now under full federal control, are back making low down payment loans to low-income borrowers, and the Dodd-Frank-mandated Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is forcing banks to ignore credit risks in the name of affordable housing.

A corrupt investigation led to corrupt reforms.

We could ask what the new-majority Republicans intend to do about this, but you know damn well what the answer is.  Hint:  "We're powerless to act."  Translation:  "We have no balls. "

2014: Damn Cold Year!

PowerLine shows us what climate has really been in history.  It's different from what the Green Weenies screech and rant about, of course.






So as it turns out, 2014 was one of the coldest 3% of years in the last 10,000.


"Feminization" of the Catholic LIturgy: Is Burke Right?

Discovered this while engaged in a discussion over Cdl. Burke's remarks.  Per the intro of the post, the Jesuit who wrote these observations is a liberal w/the usual laundry-list of demands for changes in the Church.  But as you'll see, he presents a very interesting thesis which actually underscores and affirms Cdl. Burke's commentary.

For many years liturgists felt that highly formalized worship services bored people and turned them off; "creative" liturgies were proposed as the solution. Unfortunately, the resulting Butterfly, Banner, and Balloon Extravaganzas severely alienated many men. The most saccharine outbreaks of forced liturgical excitement featured fluttering dancers floating down the aisles like wood-nymphs, goofy pseudo-rites forced on the congregation with almost fascist authoritarianism, and a host of silly schticks usually accompanied by inane music. It was exciting all right; any men felt exciting enough to rise from their pews and walk right out the door. What was their problem? It seems that most men are instantly turned off by surprise spontaneity in ritual circumstances; moreover, ceremonies that are entirely nice, sweet, and happy usually strike men as phoney and completely unconnected with the harsh world they experience every day. ...

We know that 'the most saccharine' stuff is at the margins, rarely done any more.  That said, he builds on that "spontaneity" stuff:

Men need a certain regularity and consistency in their worship; spontaneity has its appeal for men, but not in the midst of ritual. The highly popular masculine traditions of Judaism and Islam, for example, encourage set times, places, and formulae for daily prayer and worship, and men respond to these demands very well. Ritually, men like to know exactly what is expected of them and what the rules are; religion helps men when it challenges them to clear, reasonable, and achievable goals, whether liturgically or devotionally. ...

I think those observations are defensible.

But here is the strongest line of argument:

...Even more central to masculine worship is the notion of the Transcendent. In deemphasizing in recent generations a concern with absolutes and ultimates, heaven and hell, and eternity and infinity, modern Christianity has taken a decisive turn towards feminine religion, which is typically interested in the immanent and the incarnational, in finding God in the small things, the everyday, and the mundane. These are genuine Christian qualities and mark the beautiful spirituality of a Therese of Lisieux or a Mother Teresa of Calcutta; without doubt, men also need such grounding emphases. These traits are not, however, essentially masculine in nature. As liberal religion stresses increasingly the immanent and "horizontal" dimension of faith to the exclusion of the transcendent and "vertical" reality, it inadvertently ignores the voracious appetite of men for the Great, the Wholly Other, and the Eternal.

A liturgy or a sermon that truly speaks to men will tend to "pitch" men outside themselves, confront them with the Absolute, and offer them an eschatological viewpoint on life. Admittedly, this is hard to do in the Mass or eucharistic liturgy, which is structured around the domestic motif of the dining table. Yet a service that simply emphasizes the sacredness and eternity of the eucharistic actions, the infinite value of the ceremony, and the worldwide solidarity of the prayer is already on the way to capturing the male imagination....

That term, "horizontal" has been used as a descriptor of the Ordinary Form Mass for at least a decade by "conservatives" AND "liberals."  To the former, it's a derogatory adjective.  Note that the author concedes that men 'need such grounding', too; IOW, some is good.  

Also worth noting:  he correctly observes that 'it is difficult to do in a dining-table-based structure,' which recalls a complaint of the "conservatives."  It is not just "a dining table"--it is also an altar of self-sacrifice, certainly an "eschatological" sign.  Downplaying the latter in favor of the former, whether by image or textual reference--is "feminization."

There is a formulaic (conservative) expression which comes into play here, usually stated thus:   the Mass is conducted in "sacred space," at a "sacred time," using a "sacred language" and "sacred music."  That formula is clearly in evidence in Eastern Orthodox rites and Islamic rites.  It is also clear in "high-church" Episcopalian rites which use the King James sacral-English translation as well as "smells and bells." 

(We could spend a bit more time and pixels addressing the music issue, by the way, but we won't here.)

So.  Was Burke correct?  As to the question of "feminization," he most certainly was.  Did he call for total elimination of women from Church ministry?  No.  Is he chary of "altar girls"?  Yes--but he did not call for them to be eliminated, either--he specifically talked about age-levels in his interview.

There.  That should set the liberals into a tizzy.

(By the way, Burke speaks of the need for the Church to address masculine "self-sacrifice" for the sake of the family.  Think that the theme of "American Sniper" might kinda-sorta have that?  No, I will not accept cheap-shot black/white argumentation on Kyle's first 5 years of marriage....)

Saturday, January 24, 2015

DOJ/ATF Abuse Coming to a City Near You?

Think that Big Gummint is your friend?

Think again.

The judge accused the government attorneys of perpetrating "a fraud on the court."

Dobyns' house was burned, and he argued it was arson, carried out by Hell's Angels, and successful because BATF had blown his cover and denied him protection. It turns out that a Justice Dept. attorney in his civil case told BATF not to reopen the investigation of the arson, lest its finding help Dobyns in his suit against BATF. That was concealed from the judge until the trial.

""An ATF agent who testified in this case may have been threatened by another witness during the trial." Justice Department attorneys ordered the agent not to report the threat to the court or he would face repercussions, [Judge] Allegra said."

When the judge entered his ruling, he ordered that the seven Justice attorneys who had handled the civil case were not to file any further documents in it -- essentially, they were banned from the court.

Dobyns' attorney complained that he had been under "extreme surveillance for the last sixty days, both fixed and moving..." and that his house and car had been broken into, although no property was taken.
A former BATF agent who testified for Dobyns attested that he, too, was followed after he left the attorney's office.

This is truly a BATF and DOJ Watergate... or worse. Attorneys and agency officials concealing evidence, secretly threatening witnesses, agency surveillance of attorneys and witnesses. All over a civil lawsuit -- can you imagine what they'd do over something big?...

Like, for example, backing a (R) candidate for Governor in Wisconsin....?

This story will not appear in George Stanley's rag.

The Apple/Google/Adobe/Intel Plantation

We mentioned yesterday that certain high-tech companies were pushing the lie that 'there are not enough computer science grads' so it is necessary for Congress to allow importation of thousands of foreign workers.

It's called wage suppression.

But if THAT doesn't work, there are other means!!

Apple, Google, Adobe and Intel, whose politics are often to the far left, have agreed to pay $415 million to resolve a class-action lawsuit alleging they conspired as an illegal cartel to suppress tech workers’ wages through secret “non-poaching” agreements involving 64,000 employees.

Yah, the Civil War kinda settled that slavery question.  But maybe the modern day plantation bosses don't know history.

Friday, January 23, 2015

B-16's Regensburg Lecture and The Mohammedans

Nice summary of why Benedict XVI's Regensburg lecture is even more pertinent today:

...Benedict’s lecture is ever relevant because one of its central arguments is that a religion’s understanding of God’s nature has immense implications for its capacity to live peacefully with those who do not share the same faith or, for that matter, have no religious faith. A religion that regards God as sheer Will, operating above and beyond reason, cannot ultimately object to the notion that such a God may command its adherents to do unreasonable things. For if God is ultimately unreasonable and the Creator of the universe, then so too are the people created in His image. Hence, if such an unreasonable God commands equally unreasonable humans to do something utterly irrational — such as slaughter cartoonists, fly planes into buildings, axe to death Jews praying peacefully in a synagogue, behead Christian children in the Middle East, kill Nigerian as Boko Haram has done, the list is endless — not only can we not object on grounds that such actions are unreasonable and intrinsically evil, but we must simply submit to the irrational Deity’s desire for blood. In other words, whether we like it or not, there is a theological and religious dimension to what happened in Paris — and what is happening in Syria and Iraq, what occurred on 9/11, and what Islamic jihadists keep doing all around the world — and we ignore this at our own peril. That’s another reason why it is so embarrassing and self-defeating for people like President Obama, President Hollande, and Prime Minister David Cameron to go on repeating, mantra-like, that Islamic jihadism has nothing to do with Islam. Of course it has something to do with Islam. That’s why it’s called Islamic jihadism....

One of the great failings of the Bush (2) Administration was its total disregard of religion as a motivator and force.  It is far more significant and potent than money or Constitutions.  It is the reason that the Middle East has always been at war.  The mind of the US is simply not able to grasp this--which is why "emplacing democracy" failed so miserably.

And the religion which B-16 described is the problem.  The Prime Minister of Egypt gets this far better than Obozo and his cabal ever will.

Waiting for Belichick To Say....

Waiting for Belichick to say "I didn't know anything about it until I read it in the newspaper."


Decimation for Republicans!

Ace has a perfectly wonderful rant, and re-states his very excellent idea.

...Here's a not terribly-well-kept secret: Most of the GOP establishment -- the elected officials, the shadow government of consultants and "think tank" people and so on -- has spent the great majority of its adult life in Progressive Dominated Social Circles, and have largely adopted their mores on a great many issues.

I'm not as bothered by this state of affairs as some conservatives might be; after all, I'm socially moderate (or even liberal-ish) myself. 

But where I can agree with other conservatives is on this issue: The GOP must stop lying about every fucking thing.

We've noted that Jim Sensenbrenner was AGAINST Cromnibus just after he was FOR it.  (And the "FOR" it resulted in passage, as Sensenbrenner knew full-well.)

We've also noted that RoJo was AGAINST ObozoCare before he went all limp-dick and kinda-sorta-maybe-ish doesn't really like it, but he sues a lot to prove he's .....something.

And of course, "Responsible Ryan" crammed the largest budget in history down the throats of the electorate while posing for Holy Pictures as an advocate of subsidiarity.

So.

...When a Roman legion was guilty of cowardice or mutiny, they were sentenced to the punishment of Decimation, the execution of every tenth man, to encourage the remaining 9/10ths to take their obligations to the Roman state more seriously.

It is time to begin the practice of Tactical Decimation -- just firing people from their sinecures, not executing them, of course -- to let the GOP know we have no further need of soldiers who refuse to fight.

Line 'em up!!

Black Lives Matter. So Do Other Ones.






One group has been saying that 'black lives matter' for 42 years.  But that group is not so discriminate in their respect for life--it's ALL lives to them.

Notice any MSM pix like this?

Didn't think so.

Supply, Demand, and Computer Science

As we all know, the Ruling Class is trying to demolish the middle class with its immigration policy.

One element of that policy deals with "highly educated" immigrants which--for practical purposes--means computer science graduates.  The Google/Facebook/Intel/Microsoft oligarchy has been inflating the campaign accounts of the Ruling Class with the purpose of deflating the price of CompSci graduates.

Except the price of CompSci grads has already taken a very significant dive, all by itself.

The 2014 mean starting salary for new CS bachelor’s degree grads was $67,300, according to NACE.  But the organization’s projection for 2015 is only $61,287.  If that projection holds, it will be a drop of 9%.

Silly things like the "supply-demand-price" curves don't mean much to Congress (or the President) because as everyone should know, they write laws, not God, and not The Economy.

Uh-huh.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Levin: "I Don't Trust Ron Johnson"

Senator Ron Johnson got elected on one issue and one issue only:  he promised, time and time and time again that he would 'do everything possible' to repeal ObozoCare.

Time and time and time again, Johnson has NOT 'done everything possible.'

Finally, Mark Levin called him out.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Flim-Flam Boehner & The Sensenbrenner Shuffle

The flim-flam man a/k/a the "speaker of the house" has a new card-trick he wants you to see. 

And Part 2, the Sensenbrenner question!!

...With constituents burning up their phone lines to protest the CRomnibus as it headed to a vote, jittery Republicans pleaded with leadership for a fig leaf they could portray as real opposition to Obama. GOP leaders accommodated them by carving the Department of Homeland Security out of the agreement to fund the whole government for a year. The DHS behemoth includes the agencies that enforce – or, rather, refrain from enforcing – the immigration laws....

OK, so?

 ...The scenario enabled Republicans to maintain their pose as opponents of unconstitutional executive amnesty (even though many of them actually support Obama’s amnesty policy). Yet, it also provided a ready-made excuse for retreat. How, after all, could Republicans possibly put funding for “homeland security” in jeopardy? By teeing up the controversy as if it were a battle over anti-terrorism dollars, rather than pro-amnesty dollars, Republicans left themselves an escape hatch: When the time was right, they could withdraw their opposition to Obama’s amnesty scheme while portraying themselves as mature, responsible guardians of public safety....

Ahhhhh..  SAFETY!!  That's the ticket!!


...As if on cue, jihadists trained by al Qaeda carried out mass-murders in Paris. Meanwhile in Cincinnati, Christopher Lee Cornell, a would-be Islamist terrorist inspired by ISIS, was arrested for planning to bomb the U.S. Capitol.

Instantly, the GOP spin machine cranked into high gear: Senator John Cornyn, now the majority whip, promised an “unequivocal commitment to funding” DHS – “we’re not going to put that at risk under any circumstances.” “We recognize the important role that the Department of Homeland Security plays in this country,” intoned John Thune, the Senate’s third-ranking Republican. According to his House counterpart, GOP Conference chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Republicans must “work very closely with the president,” when it comes to “keep[ing] the country safe.” ...

McCarthy points out that the FBI actually does "homeland security" and is part of the Justice Department, not DHS.

But the cake's been baked.  The Flim-Flam Man will do exactly what the Chamber of Commerce told them to do:  give Obozo whatever he wants.  Cheap labor, ya'know.

The only question remaining:  will Sensenbrenner be For It Before He's Against It, or Against It Before He's For It?

MU Wants Secret Faculty With Unlimited Powers

Well, this is an interesting turn of events.  Marquette University wants its TA 'faculty' names kept secret when that 'faculty' stifles speech on the pretext of PC.

Following is the operative graf from a nastygram sent to the kinda-sorta-maybe-ish "non-suspended" Professor McAdams:

....Your recent actions in publicizing on the internet the name of our now-former graduate student, who had been secretly recorded by one of her students [redacted], require University review. Whatever your views of this secretly-recorded exchange in the graduate student’s office, and whatever your thoughts about separate classroom interactions that you did not observe (and putting aside the multiple other ways any concerns you had about our graduate student could have been advanced) you had no justification to put our graduate student’s name in your internet posts. The personal impact on her was plainly foreseeable,...

At Marquette, the TA enjoys absolute power over the class.  They lecture, devise, administer, and grade exams, and are to be treated as if they were professor-status creatures.  That's justifiable, I suppose.  But that power, when abused, can draw a reaction.

Ms. Abbate apparently got some hate-mail as a result of her intemperate use of her power, and fled.

So MU now (in effect) accuses McAdams of endangering the safety of this poor snowflake by publishing her name?

Really?

Really? Unlimited powers in the classroom but "secret"?  Dzerzhinsky comes to mind.

(Read the rest of the link for Esenberg's response and escalation.  Then buy some popcorn.)

George Weigel et.al. v John Paul II

An essay on the involvement of First Things in the Iraq wars.  The author begins with the current situation:

...“By last week, most Christians in Mosul had already taken a fourth option—evacuation. Their departure marks the end of a continuous Christian tradition in Mosul. For thousands of years, Mosul has been a center for Christians, particularly for Assyrians, an ethnic group that predates the Arab conquest of Mesopotamia. Indeed, the ancient Assyrian capital of Nineveh, where the Prophet Jonah preached, lies across the Tigris River. Christianized in apostolic times,...."

Yah, well.  Better fled than dead, I suppose.

...As recently as a decade ago, tens of thousands of Christians lived in Mosul, some of them descendants of victims of the genocide the Ottoman Empire perpetrated against Assyrians, as well as Armenians and Greeks, during World War I. After this weekend, virtually none remain. On Saturday, ISIS expelled the fifty-two Christian families still in the city, after first requiring them to leave behind all their valuables. For good measure, ISIS also burned an 1800-year-old church and the Catholic bishop’s residence, along with its library and manuscript collection.”...

No stone left unturned by the IslamoNazis.

So.  What about George Weigel and Robert Michael Novak?

...If you’ve been reading FT long enough then you’ll recall all the symposia on “Just War,” which increasingly became showcases for Weigel’s and Novak’s brand of American preemptive interventionism. Their calls to arms brazenly went against John Paul II’s unequivocal opposition to both our adventures in the Middle East.

Umnh-huh.  Pre-emptive just war.  Pre-emptive defense, right?

(That's something Mike McCarthy should be told about for next season's Packers playbook!)

Anyhoooo....we now see the end-game of the Weigel/Novak modernificated Just War Theory.  Iraq is in tatters, a ~2,000 year Christian presence is over and done, and blood roars into the sewers of Iraqi streets.

John Paul II was not a pacifist.  He knew what war could and could not do.  It is critical, MOST important, VERY much germane to know that the Vatican has the single largest humint operation that the world has ever seen.  The Vatican has people on the ground in every country inhabited by mankind.  In comparison, CIA is a fart in the wind.

So when JPII forcefully reminds a US President that war would be folly, he has reasons--and intel to back it up.

But Weigel, Novak, and Bombs-Away McCain--not to mention Billy Kristol, the armchair warrior--all knew more than the Pope.

I'm sure they're putting up the refugees in their homes as we speak, right?



Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The Chair of Peter is Not the Chair of Jay Leno

Good take on 'rabbits' yappaflappa from the Jesuit Pope.

Sanfelippo's "Dead School" Idea? Not Good

When Conservatives complain about "too much Gummint," there's a reason.

Rep. Sanfelippo provides an example!!

...Under the bill, the state would clearly define a vacant or underutilized school and require that those schools be sold, with other educational operators such as private or charter schools having the first opportunity to buy the underutilized of vacant schools....

Umnnhhh.  Yes, MPS is a bunch of twits.  Yes, MPS is the very definition of 'wastrel.'  But let's attack the cause:  MPS has too much money--much of which is provided by taxpayers in Grant, Dane, Brown, and Trempeleau Counties.

 So Joe:  cut off the money from the State.

Let the locals pay the freight for their idiot elected Board members.

Setting the new precedent that the State 1) can and should define 'underutilized' and 2) can and should direct disposition of local assets is going to allow the Other Party to do the same.  In other words, Joe, you're adding to the Big Gummint pile of bricks.

Actual Conservatives believe in the law of subsidiarity.  Be a Conservative, Joe. 

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Ugh. What I Don't Get....(Packers)

OK.  Seattle scores, making it 22-14.  Green Bay gets the ball back with around 4 minutes in regulation time.

So the Packers call a running play with Lacy.  No gain.  Another running play, little/any gain.

Rodgers has been VERY successful with 5-yard passes over the middle up to this point.

So the Packers call another running play, no gain, punt?

Sorry.  I think the Pack decided to play "prevent offense."

The Origins of Feminism: Lenin

Stacy McCain finds a real gem.

The communist economy does away with the family. In the period of the dictatorship of the proletariat there is a transition to the single production plan and collective social consumption, and the family loses its significance as an economic unit. The external economic functions of the family disappear . . . In the period of the dictatorship of the proletariat the family economic unit should be recognised as being, from the point of view of the national economy, not only useless but harmful. The family economic unit involves (a) the uneconomic expenditure of products and fuel on the part of small domestic economies, and (b) unproductive labour, especially by women, in the home — and is therefore in conflict with the interest of the workers’ republic in a single economic plan and the expedient use of the labour force (including women).  --Kollontai, quoted at The Other McCain

Yah.  Note especially (b) above.

Who's "Kollontai"?

She was one of Lenin's bitches, elevated to "Kommissar" in the Party. 

"Feminism" was simply another name for 'class warfare', the Marx/Lenin prescription for war on Right Order.

Handy little factoid.

ObozoNomics: Still Sucking After All These Years

Before Golfer-in-Chief tells you all the unicorn-and-rainbow crap about how wunnerful his economic performance is, let's remember a few facts which he will NOT mention.

The number of people actually working in the US as a percentage of eligible workers continues to decline.

The "jobs created" in both November and December were heavily salted with part-time work in restaurants, bars, and retail stores.

December retail sales were the worst in 12 months.

Wages are flat, and average hours worked remains under 35/week.

Young adults who are lucky enough to HAVE a job are earning ~$2,000/year less than the same cohort in 1980.

The economy has NET-gained only 225,000 jobs/month in the last year.  "Job openings" sounds wonderful--but let's not forget layoffs and permanent separations (Obozo will.)

And let's not forget the copper-crash of the last 60 days or so.  That is usually a sign of impending recession.

ObozoNomics:  not good for the US nor any of its citizens.

Friday, January 16, 2015

What Is It About Democrats and the 1930's?

There's something about the 1930's that makes Democrats weepy-nostalgic.

In Milwaukee, the (D) Mayor is pleading on bended knee for a trolley-car system which will not only be ridiculously expensive, but damn near useless in winter.  But it's '30's haute, you see.

In D.C., the Obozo-ites are going to body-slam the Internet with a 1930's regulatory scheme.

Since Obozo's election, the US has NOT "pulled out" of the 2008 recession in any meaningful sense, either.

So should we conclude that Depression, Regulation, and Trolleys are the new (D) gold standards of good?