Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The Crime Family: Obozo, Clinton, Holder, Putin, and Bit-Players

We mentioned yesterday that Clinton took cash from Putin before giving her assent to a Russian takeover of US uranium assets.

Holder, Clinton, Mueller, Rosenstein, McCabe, and Comey were all involved, with Mueller, Comey, Rosenstein, and McCabe "investigating" the facts for FOUR YEARS.  We invented and perfected atomic bomb in far less time than that.

Now it turns out that Obama/Holder/Clinton had even more in common with The Mob than just simple graft and corruption.

...Sara Carter of Circa News interviewed Victoria Toensing, a lawyer for the FBI informant who said her client “is not only afraid of the Russian people, but he is afraid of the US government because of the threats the Obama administration made against him.”...

Fits very well.  When do the executions begin?  Will Grassley's investigation last ANOTHER FOUR years??

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Clintons Took the Money and Gave....

There's really no other way to put this.  The Clintons have an established M.O. of taking large money and then selling out US interests. 

That was obvious in Bill's first campaign for President when--in the primaries--he took a large load of cash from Chinese Commnuist coffers and later created a "national monument" which benefitted the Lippo Group, a ChiCom front company.

Now it is demonstrated that Hillary gave the Russians control of US uranium assets in return for a whole bunch of Russian money sent to the Clinton piggy bank Foundation.

Here's a question:  who paid Hillary to violate the Espionage Act with her personal server??

Here's another question:  is the death penalty still in effect for treason?

Famous Jesuits

Here's one famous (former) Jesuit:

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law on Sunday that will allow Californians to identify themselves as having a “nonbinary” gender on state identification documents, rather than having to choose either male or female....

Sure, Jerry.  We normals think testes and ovaries are different, but we've been wrong until *just now.*

Another famous Jesuit is Pp. Francis.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Yah, Your Router Is a Leaker

But it's not so much your household router that you should worry about.

It's those "Free Wi-Fi" business routers found in all sorts of places, such as car-dealer showrooms, etc.

Just don't do it outside your home.

Vukmir/Nicholson Cage Match

Well, it's begun. 

Channel 6 does a decent job of covering the story, although Theo Keith needs to learn how to spell "Uihlein."

As a Conservative, I've been impressed by Vukmir, and Nicholson will have to come up with a lot more than "I'm a Marine and I fought in a war" to get traction.  (Charlie Sykes is a converted (D), too--and look what happened to him, Mr. Nicholson.)

At the same time, Vukmir has to convince us that she's not going to go Grothman and follow Ryan's directions like a little puppy-dog.

Get the popcorn.

Sean Duffy's Right on This One

Sean Duffy (R-WI) is not always a hard-boiled Conservative.  But on flood insurance, he IS one.  And he's proposing that taxpayers stop "insuring" homes which are built in flood zones.

Other "conservative" (R)'s are fighting him tooth and nail.  That's because, ya'know, principles don't earn big-ass campaign contributions.  And, what the hell, it's not THEIR money--it's just play money, financed so that your grandchildren will have to pay it off--long after the Congress-slime has retired with their very nice pension and gold-plated retirement-health-care package.

The Swamp is a lot worse than even Trump imagined.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Problematic Bishops

Earlier today we mentioned a problematic Pope (the current one.)  We haven't published much about problematic Bishops here, but it's not hard to find news items about them.  There are plenty here in the USA, and undoubtedly more in other parts of the Catholic world.

But it's not quite as bad as in the 'good old days' of the Diocletian persecution.

"When the African Council of Cirta met in 305, after the persecution had spent its first violence in these parts, it revealed a pitiful state of affairs. All the bishops present but two seem to have been traditores in some sense. The president himself was compromised, and agreed to suspend all enquiries to avoid unpleasantness. Nor were the only faults those of lack of courage. More than one of these men was afterwards found guilty of direct theft; others of simony and adultery, and of peculating Church funds. One bishop, who admitted to two murders, retained his seat in this assembly by a timely display of diabolically bad temper.

"We may hope that this sort of thing was exceptional, but the evidence is not reassuring. We hear, e.g., of bishops in Palestine who after the persecution, "because they had not rightly shepherded the rational flock of Christ, were by divine justice turned into camel-drivers, an animal of a natural perversity to which they were suited". It is a fact that though there were a score of sees in Palestine, no bishop was martyred there in ten years of persecution
... "

Comforting words.  Or maybe not.

HT:  Fr H

The Paddock Story Doesn't Add Up

Apparently Paddock slipped and fell in a casino a few years ago and sued the casino.  CNN (yes, I know) got their hands on the case transcripts and tells us this:

...He was a nocturnal creature who gambled all night and slept all day. He took Valium at times for anxiousness, and had the doctor who prescribed it to him on retainer. He wagered up to a million dollars a night, but wandered around glitzy Las Vegas casinos in sweatpants and flip-flops, and carried his own drink into the high rollers’ area because he didn’t want to tip the waitresses too much....

So this ex-postal worker, ex-IRS agent, ex-manufacturing firm employee and current "landlord" was pushing $1 million chips around? 

I know Ann Coulter has trouble believing that this guy could 1)  HAVE that sort of disposable cash; and 2) LOSE as much as he had to lose (about $25 on every $10K he bet.)

AND he had a couple of small airplanes and at least 2 houses?

Really?

Civil War in the Catholic Church, Part XXIV

The current Pope, a Jesuit with a bad case of running-mouth, has managed to muddy the clear waters of Catholic teaching on more than one occasion.  For the past year, his deliberately ambiguous statement on divorced-and-remarried Catholics have been under attack by hundreds of clergy and laymen.  (N.B.:  the term 'divorced-and-remarried' is short-form, not nuanced.)  He loosed another swirl of foofoodust with his effusive praise of Luther, managing to confuse the grace/works doctrine in the process. 

Now the Jebby Pope has gone even farther into the swamp of confusion with his remarks on the death penalty. 

Ed Feser is a Catholic and a professor of philosophy in California.  Feser has studied the question of the death penalty extensively.

...“When Pope Francis says that capital punishment is ‘in itself contrary to the Gospel,’ and ‘inadmissible … no matter how serious the crime,’ he seems to be contradicting traditional teaching,” said Dr. Edward Feser, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Pasadena City College in California...

Some of you remember that JPII modified Church teaching on the DP, suggesting that in wealthy societies (i.e., most of the West), life imprisonment could be substituted for the DP.  But JPII did not say that the DP is intrinsically wrong.

...Both the Old and New Testaments indicate that the death penalty can be legitimate. For instance, Genesis 9:6 states: “Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed; for God made man in his own image.” Or again, St. Paul in his Letter to the Romans teaches that the state “does not bear the sword in vain (but) is the servant of God to execute his wrath on the wrongdoer.”

Feser said previous popes have “consistently” reaffirmed the legitimacy of capital punishment and have “insisted that accepting its legitimacy is a requirement of Catholic orthodoxy....

For clarity:  I am NOT a fan of the DP; I think JPII's idea is perfectly serviceable in the US.

Here in Milwaukee we had a microcosm of this under the reign of Rembert Weakland.  There was a benefit:  Catholics who cared were forced to study up on the Catechism.  I guess it's time to start that study all over again.

Near-Fatal Darwin Award in Racine, WI

The only problem with this group of Darwin Award winners is that they damn near killed 3 other people.

Three adults brought a gas tank from a car inside the building when it started raining, firefighters said. Gas vapors somehow ignited in the basement, causing the explosion....

When the stairwell -- the only way out from the second floor burned, three people were trapped and forced onto the roof....

Take a gas tank, WITH GASOLINE, into a home through a standard-sized door.  Spill the gas, of course, down the stairs, into a basement with several not-too-tight electrical connections.

Commence kaboom!!

How Stupid Is George Lopez, Anyway?

Apparently he's stupid enough to appear at an event and insult everyone in the audience.

Stupid enough to get booed, loudly.

Stupid enough to get removed from the stage, horse-hockey about "four minute limit" aside.

Bonus question:  is this the beginning of the end for the lefty crap-machine?  Or did it begin with the crash in NFL ratings?

Army-Officer Commie, USAF Satanists. Hmmmm

We're all aware that West Point allowed a Communist to graduate and become a second-john in the US Army. 

But the US Air Force can top that!!

Four airmen from Shaw Air Force Base have been charged after allegedly spray-painting a church in South Carolina with satanic graffiti....

Satanism trumps Communism.  On paper the Commies worship nothing at all, whereas the Satanists worship the Ultimate Wrong Guy.

Think 8 years of Obozo were just misguided health- and economics- policies???

Think again.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Rape, Non-Disclosure, and Public Policy Vis-a-Vis Weinstein

Well, yes, this is about Weinstein.

Althouse cites a story in which Rose McGowan has 'blown off a [non-disclosure agreement (NDA)] and openly told her story about Weinstein raping her.  Not 'grab-a-boob,' not 'grab-a-pussy' (both reprehensible, by the way)--but RAPE.

There is such a thing as "public policy."  Here's a definition of public policy:

A principle that no person or government official can legally perform an act that tends to injure the public.

OK.  So.  If Weinstein is a serial rapist and abuser, is an NDA about Weinstein's activity contrary to "public policy"?  If the NDA prevents other young women from knowing that they may well be victims of this scumbucket, it would seem that the NDA is a problem.  After all, those other young women are "the public." 

I suppose someone could argue that "the public" is a much larger entity than just 5, 10, or 25 young women; or that disclosure would precipitate greater harm than non-disclosure.  But I don't think those arguments hold water.

Hmmmmm??

The New "Speeding"

Not that long ago, someone who was nailed for speeding 15-25 miles over the limit was regarded as a lunatic. 

Now 20-30 over is not very fast.  The new benchmark is 20-49 over

We're talking 80-90+ MPH on Milwaukee County interstates--where there IS other traffic.  Not like out in cow-town Jefferson County.  Yes, 80 or so is the accepted norm on I-90/94 in Michigan--but everybody runs at that speed there, and have done so for at least 20 years--and NOT in metro Detroit.

In Milwaukee County the norm is still 5-10 over.  Trying to run at 80 in 60 MPH traffic is a big problem. 

Friday, October 13, 2017

Marc Lasry Has Some 'Splainin' To Do

One could ask Mr. Lasry exactly why he was a close associate of Pig-Wig Weinstein.

Lasry was a member of the Board of Weinstein's company, and the company paid out hundreds of thousands of settlement dollars to young women.

Hmmmm???

Of course, local media hasn't asked the questions.  They won't.

Trump Slaps Congress, Hard. Good For Him!

The President just body-slammed all the insurance lobbyists, insurance companies, and hospitals who paid off various congressmen to institute and maintain ObozoCare.

Since Congress didn't get the message, maybe they'll pay attention after their friends are bankrupt.

Can you hear us now??

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Ingrate Bitch in Puerto Rico

PDT states the obvious:  the US military, its first-responders, and FEMA people cannot remain in Puerto Rico forever.  Since Puerto Rican governments have--basically--pissed away hundreds of millions of dollars instead of maintaining or improving infrastructure, it is impossible for the US to "fix it all" for those islanders.

So the Lefty Ingrate Bitch-Mayor of San Juan doesn't like it?

Tough.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Another Liturgical Revolution Coming?

These guys claim to be well-informed.

Reliable sources close to the Holy See have indicated that sometime in the second half of 2018, the Novus Ordo Lectionary and Calendar are to be imposed upon the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Mass. 

The new Roman Missal will become available on the First Sunday of Advent 2018 but the Vatican will allow a two-year period to phase it in....

Other sources say that the above is complete balderdash.

There has been discussion about the OF's three-year cycle of readings.  People who favor it say that the more extensive readings from the NT and the inclusion of OT readings are a good thing.  People who oppose it say that it's a LOT easier for the people in the pews to grasp a repeated 52 than a repeated 156 readings.

What IS certain is that the Propers of the Mass (remember them??) have not been updated to reflect the OF cycle.  Maybe just eliminating them will be the next major change; and under Pp. Francis, that could very easily happen.

Blast From the (Distant) Past: Matt Flynn

Saw Flynn last night on the teevee.  Hard to miss--he hasn't had a haircut since 1980 or so, when he was playing hardball bully-boy, picking on child-victims of homosexual priest ephebophiles.

Don't know why he wasn't wearing bell-bottoms with a paisley shirt.

If nothing else, he makes Tony Evers look even more like a girl.

NeverTrumper Schneider Having Teenage-Girl Fits

Some NeverTrumpers have gone into catatonic-teen-girl states.  Schneider joins the RedState bunch in his piece here.

By the way, whatever happened to Charlie Sykes?

Diane Feinstein, Aging Badly

The woman from the land of fruits and nuts has declared--after lots of research into the Second Amendment--that concealed carry is un-Constitutional.

OK, then.  She should disarm us.

Monday, October 09, 2017

What the GunGrabbers Want Next

It ain't a "bump-stock" ban.  (By the way, very few actual gun people use the damn things.  It's more important to hit a target than to blow a bunch of lead everywhere....but I digress.)

Courtesy The Captain, we have this exchange:

...“You said earlier that you would be willing to allow a clean bill in Congress that bans or regulates bump stocks without requiring more, broader gun control to be attached to the bill,” Jake Tapper said. “Is universal background checks, closing the so-called gun show loophole, requiring background checks for private sales, is that the next step for people in your philosophical camp and Senate?”

“It should be the next step, in large part because it is the most popularly accepted change. And it has the biggest effect,” Murphy said. “So yes, that would be the clear next step....

That next step is also called "a registry."  Your name will be on a list, which will be kept by the ever-trustworthy IRS FBI  NSA.......well, they'll find somebody.  Not to worry.

Sunday, October 08, 2017

Colonic Kaepertwit: "It's All About MEEEEEE!!"

Well, see, here's the principle:  employ MEEEEEEE!!! and I will respect the flag.

UPDATE:  The story is Fake News!!  And the reporter has been offered a lifetime no-cut $1 million contract with CNN.

I might have made up part of the last graf.

Saturday, October 07, 2017

Importing Deflation: Auto Industry

Margins in the automobile business are dropping fast.  While US-based automakers manage to make most of their products (83%) in the USA, non-US labels are barely over 60%--at least by the measures created in a study from American Automotive Policy Council and cited by DetroitBureau.

Whatever the 'product balance' numbers are, it is critical to understand that the US automakers are competing against lower-cost non-US product.  Thus, US automakers squeeze suppliers and dealers, regularly, and hard.  Ford Motor just announced that they will reduce 'material costs' (read:  suppliers) and 'engineering' to increase its pretax from 6% to 8%.  Ford did not say so, but you can bet the house that a chunk of money will also come from the hides of dealers.

When imported/foreign-made components or whole goods force cost & price reductions, that's called "importing deflation."  The auto industry, overall, is about 1/6th of the country's economy--same as healthcare.  So the deflation, most often seen and felt in wage/benefit reductions, is meaningful.

It's what Trump talks about, people.  Pay attention.


Satire Is Fun!!

For those of you who just can't take all the SERIOUS......whether Left, Right, or NFL......there's The Babylon Bee, which is a 'Christian' version of The Onion.

Here's their essay on the Gun Control debate.

Stop there, and stay a while.

Watch the Commentariat on Blackburn

Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) will be running for Corker's Senate seat.

Marsha Blackburn is absolutely hated by Planned Parenthood, the nation's most prominent, enduring, and prosperous mass-murderer.

The Official Commentariat from the Left--which means all the Ds and the MSM--will say what we expect them to say.

Watch closely the Official Commentariat from the Right.  Many of them suck up to the nation's most prominent mass-murderer, and have voted accordingly.  They do NOT want Blackburn in the Senate.

Know the enemy.

Luther's Two-Sacrament Religion, Revolt Against the Mass

Pp. Benedict XVI asked 'Where is God in modern worship?' 

"The doing of man has certainly put the presence of God in oblivion". The Church, however, lives on the "right celebration of the liturgy", emphasizes Benedict XVI. If the pre-eminence of God were no longer clear in the liturgy and in life, the church was in danger....

Perhaps the genesis of the God-less-ness in today's worship lies with Old Mr. 500, M. Luther.  Russell Shaw reviews a re-publication of Paul Hacker's "Faith in Luther" with foreword by Reinhard Hutter--and preface by none other than Ratzinger (!)

We are reminded, too, that Luther reduced the seven Sacraments to only two (baptism and Eucharist)--dumping Confession/Reconciliation into the wastebasket.

...Out of this tangle came Luther’s distinctive view of faith as a “reflexive” or “apprehensive” entity – the believer’s reaching out to salvation in Christ, seizing it (or Him), and directing it (or Him) back upon himself in order to possess the assurance of salvation and a place among the elect....

...Luther’s “temptations” were the outcome of the deadly stress produced by the first effort of a man-oriented trend to assert itself within the uncontested framework of a decidedly theocentric and Christocentric religion. Since Luther’s time the same trend has forced faith to withdraw to the position of a “religionless Christianity.” Anthropocentrism has reached its last stage before coinciding with professed atheism. This situation causes a new kind of interior convulsion, and this is the contemporary form of faith’s essential experience of temptation.....(quoting Paul  Hacker)

Hacker relies heavily on Luther’s immensely popular Small Catechism. Summing it up, he writes that for Luther “the act of reflexive faith is directed to the Divine Person of Christ, but it is intended to recoil on the believer’s ego in order to evoke in him a consciousness of his own relation with God, a consciousness of consolation and salvation.

Think of the "Jesus Loves Me"/"Just As I Am" class of hymnody....Hmmmm?

...The effects of Luther’s thinking, of course, didn’t end with him. On the contrary, Hacker says, “The new concept of faith inescapably initiated a development in which religion became at first man-oriented and eventually man-centered.” Here was “the seed of anthropocentrism in religion and of idealism in philosophy.”...

Back to Ratzinger:  "Where is God in modern worship?" 

And one more thing:  is it just a co-incidence that there are almost zero confessions heard in the Modern Worship parishes??  Luther ditched Confession and created the theology which Ratzinger warns about when that theology is applied to liturgy.  People act on their instruction, and as we know, the liturgy is a primary instructor:  "Lex credendi, lex orandi" and all that.

Hmmmmmmm.

Another YUGE Move From The Donald

The President has reversed the mandate of his tinpot-dictator predecessor and as a result, a religious objection will suffice for an organization to dump artificial birth-control from its ObozoCare plan.

The foppish-Right neocons such as Billy (War-War) Kristol, Kevin Williamson, George Will, and Eric Erickson continue to despair from their various Caribbean-cruise boats, and certain leftover Congress-slimes who have not yet gotten the question (much less the answer) continue to flail about, looking for assurances that putting America third is still OK.

They will eventually lose their grip on the boat and disappear into the deep. Thank God.

Friday, October 06, 2017

Kimmel Actually an Authority!

I did not know this!

Kicking off a rousing and emotional monologue on his Jimmy Kimmel Live! late-night talk show Tuesday during which he laid out yet another case for the common-sense nature of his views on policy and the evil barbarism of those who hold different views, host Jimmy Kimmel reached into his desk and produced a document officially declaring himself America’s greatest moral authority.
“I know some people have questioned my impassioned political speeches, so let me just show you this,” Kimmel said before presenting the document for all the world to see. “I guess I assumed it was obvious due to the tone of my lectures and the obvious emotion behind them, but just in case anyone is unclear—I am, in fact, this nation’s highest moral authority.”...

The news item also has a picture.

Good thing that Pp. Francis is NOT in this country, eh?

Gill Another Version of Dumping the Electoral College

One of Wisconsin's brightest lawyers essays on Gill currently before SCOTUS.  The case has portent; if it is decided favoring the (frankly) Left, then the Electoral College will be defunct.

....The lower court in Gill nevertheless thought Wisconsin's maps were unfair because it was possible to draw maps that might lead to more "proportional" results. This gives away the game. Because the efficiency gap treats "wasted" votes as a presumptive constitutional problem that must be explained away or remedied, it is, in the end, a requirement of some form of rough proportionality between the aggregate votes for the candidates of one party and the number of seats won by that party's candidates. It is the absence of that proportionality that turns out to be the "inefficiency" that must be remedied.

But Democratic and Republican voters are not uniformly distributed throughout a state's geography and it is unlikely that the results of numerous individual elections will match statewide preferences. Although it claimed otherwise, there is no way around the fact that the lower court majority chose to impose a constitutional obligation to, in effect, gerrymander for "competitiveness" and to compensate for the natural disadvantage imposed by the geographic concentration of Democrats....

Follow the logic of the Lefties on this case and look at the red-highlighted text.

Hillary would be President, people.....

Thursday, October 05, 2017

(R) Money Spigot in "OFF" Position

Apparently Mitch-Yertle-McTurtle has been told to go screw himself.

...Tensions reached a boiling point at a recent dinner at the home of Los Angeles billionaire Robert Day. In full view of around two dozen guests, Thomas Wachtell, a retired oil and gas investor and party contributor, delivered an urgent message to the night’s headliner, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell: Just do something....

The only referendum on the Pubbies that really counts is telling a tale:

...Party officials are so alarmed that North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis, who oversees fundraising for the National Republican Senatorial Committee, told his colleagues at a recent conference meeting that donations had fallen off a cliff after the Obamacare flop. The committee’s haul plummeted to just $2 million in July and August, less than half of what it raised in June....

Yah.  In fact, other pundits are whispering that the Pubbies could actually NOT gain Senate seats in the next election, despite very, very, favorable contests.

Oh, well.  If they're useless wastes of oxygen, get rid of 'em. 

The Family: Sine Qua Non of Real "Social Justice"

Neumayr, as usual, produces a barbed and insightful essay on the Modern Administrative Totalitarians, which only co-incidentally touches on The Evil Of The Day, guns.

But in passing he makes this observation:

...[A]n elite that prides itself on destroying the traditional family is aghast at the rise of so many mass-shooting misfits who come from “broken families.”...

You can find statistics on the enormous increase in fatherless children on your own, and note the co-incidence of such children with certain racial groups.  You will also note that that particular disparity is disappearing, so don't get all snarky about it.  Look hard at the backgrounds of our recent "mass murderers"--and at the cohort which is killing off Chicago's youth.  What do you see?  More pointed:  who is missing??  Hmmmmm???

"Social Justice" in the teaching of Leo XIII begins with the FAMILY.  The Modern Administrative State has attacked the family with subtle (e.g., baby-welfare) and not-so-subtle (e.g. "no-fault" divorce), and now it appears that the Church's leadership is dancing with that Devil in recent ambiguous flapjawing over re-married Catholics.

Ask not for whom the bell tolls.  It tolls for thee.....

B-16: Where Is GOD in Modern Worship?

Pp. Emeritus Benedict XVI has not stopped writing on the Only Thing That Matters, the Mass (liturgy.) 

According to katholische.de, the German Catholic newspaper:

...The emeritus pope, in the preface, is pursuing a core thesis that the deeper cause of the present crisis of the Church is the darkening of God in the liturgy. "The misunderstanding of the liturgical form, which is widespread in the Church, focuses on the aspect of submission as well as its own activity and creativity". The consequence: "The doing of man has certainly put the presence of God in oblivion". The Church, however, lives on the "right celebration of the liturgy", emphasizes Benedict XVI. If the pre-eminence of God were no longer clear in the liturgy and in life, the church was in danger....

...Benedict XVI draws a pessimistic picture of the present in his text. "In the consciousness of today's people, the affairs of God and thus also the liturgy did not appear urgently," he complains. All things are urgent today, only the matter of God is not. The emeritus pope recalls the principle of the monastic rule of Benedict of Nursia (around 480-547) that nothing should be preferred to worship....

So.  Where is GOD in your parish's Mass?  Has He been stashed someplace behind a screen of incessant jabber-flappy, or incessant, purposeless, music?  Do the "announcements" take more time than the Canon of the Mass?  

Hmmmm???

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Scrawny Old Crone and Her '60's Revolution

The New Yorker has a little piece crowing about an old crone who is still trying to keep the '60's revolution's flames going.  Name's Ginsburg.

As any fool can tell you, SCOTUS decisions are not always correct.  Same fool can tell you that some of their decisions were atrocious exercises of "raw judicial power"--except that the quote comes from a NOT-fool who sat on that bench and noted the reality.

Hey, honey, the '60's are over!  Shut up and retire.

Woops!!

The stupid, it burns.

HT:  AOSHQ, of course.

BANG-On!! Arendt: The Administrative State, Violence Follows

Found by AOSHQ....Limbaugh dug up a very pertinent quote from Hannah Arendt on violence in society.

....[Limbaugh]:  I am quoting Hannah Arendt: “The greater the bureaucratization of public life, the greater will be the attraction of violence. In a fully developed bureaucracy there is nobody left with whom one could argue, to whom one could present grievances, on whom the pressures of power could be exerted. Bureaucracy is the form of government in which everybody is deprived of political freedom, of the power to act; for the rule by Nobody is not no-rule, and where all are equally powerless we have a tyranny without a tyrant.”...

Limbaugh goes on to ID the bureaucracy as 'the deep state.'  That's not inaccurate, but a better term might be 'the Administrative State.'  

And the Administrative State is what we now have, people.  Ever walk into a Bank to make a small cash deposit to one of your children's accounts?  You CAN NOT DO SO--because the Feds 'have a rule' about that and the Bank is, BY RULE, required to think the money is drug-dealing proceeds.

I am not kidding.  And that four-levels-removed decisionmaking is what produces deserved anger.

"Joy of Sex" Panel at Boston College

About 100 years ago, I was accepted by Boston College.  Didn't go there, but ya'know....

Anyhow, BC has provided a roster of ....ahhhh....interesting fellows.....who will address Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Sex After Your First Marriage).  If you paid attention over the last 18 months, you'll recognize all the names.

...Cupich will attend the Boston-area event as will Cardinal Kevin Farrell, who was called to Rome from Dallas by Francis in 2016 to lead the Vatican's new Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life. Farrell will speak Oct. 5 as part of a panel on how the apostolic exhortation addresses those in Western cultures who have become disaffected by authority structures.

Keenan said the event will have a particular focus on hearing from those who have been involved with helping the European church better understand and implement Amoris Laetitia.

Speakers include German Bishop Franz-Josef Overbeck, who participated in the 2014 and 2015 Synods of Bishops that led to the exhortation; Malta Archbishop Charles Scicluna, who co-wrote a January 2017 document for Malta's priests on how to implement the exhortation in their country; and Jesuit Fr. Antonio Spadaro, a papal confidant and editor of the Italian magazine La Civiltà Cattolica.
 
Other bishops set to speak at the event include Atlanta Archbishop Wilton Gregory and San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy....

Abp. Chaput will not attend, but will send a sacrificial lamb delegate.  We hope that the delegate will have body armor.

We don't know why Planned Parenthood wasn't invited.

The Perils of Cheap Labor: Tata

We're not particularly sympathetic with Epic Systems of Madistan; on the other hand, theft is theft, and the bad guys got caught.

And--wonder of wonders--the bad guys are a slave-labor IT house!!

...In its initial complaint filed in October of 2014, Epic accused Tata of waging an “elaborate campaign of deception to steal documents, confidential information, trade secrets, and other information and data from Epic.”...

Bad, bad, bad boys.  Tata was creating its own med-system and just needed a little information, you see?  Well, it cost them:

... Judge William Conley handed down an order on Friday to reduce the damages that Tata Consultancy Services, a massive technology firm headquartered in India, would have to pay Epic from $940 million to $420 million. He also dismissed a motion by Tata to reconsider the jury’s verdict, along with counter-allegations that Tata had filed....

It's not just importing deflation, folks.  It's also importing theft.

The Ignorance. It Hurts.

It is really painful to read ignorance like this:

...Lee said high-caliber bullets do the most damage.

"They have great penetrating power and capacity, and it's a real hazard and it's a real danger for the community," Lee said....

Lee is a BATF/E agent and really, really, really ought to know better than to use completely meaningless flapdoodle such as "high-caliber."

The story is about .........doh.........."assault weapons," of course.  They're the ones that kill everything in sight, sorta like nuclear bombs and pesticides and diesel exhaust. 

So is "high caliber" the .223 of your AR?  Or is it the .308 of your AK?  There IS a difference.   Or is it the .45 of your handgun?  How about the .50 of other handguns?  Or the .540 of an elephant-gun?

Hmmmmm???


Teacher's College Kiddie Klub

Meanwhile, at the Teacher's College of UC-Berkeley, we have some graduate students (yes, in Education) protesting ..........stuff.

..."Well-beings are being put on the line because of the emotional, mental, and physical stress that this university is compounding with what is already going on in [their] everyday lives," one student said.

"This is our mental health. This is our physical health. This is…um," another demonstrator said  before trailing off, scratching her head and turning to another protestor.

"I don’t know why you’re still, like, sitting down, y’all. I don’t understand. I really don’t understand. Y’all can take your f—ing test, but people are dying out there," another protestor said before then accusing students of supporting white supremacy....

Notice the carefully-articulated diagnosis of ailments, the utilization of what used to be English, the careful and logical linkage between cause and effect?

Yah.  I didn't either.

These swamp-things will be teaching your kids, my friends.

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Politico's Hot Story

This is really quite a hot story.

Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff railed against congressional leaders in closed-door remarks to wealthy donors and called for a “purge” if GOP lawmakers don’t quickly rally behind President Donald Trump’s agenda....

As Politico notes, Pence has been--externally--the 'peacemaker' in the Executive offices.  But this guy is his COS and later in the article, he specifically mentions Ryan and Yertle McConnell-Turtle.

Basically he told the Big Money to call up these guys and tell them the spigot is closed--AND that the Big Money guys should threaten to primary them.

Wow.

Well, good.  If the BozoClass hasn't learned from watching Boner and Can'tOr go down in flames, then they can join them in sudden-death retirement.

Ryan Wimps Out Again

It's reported that Paul Ryan has "indefinitely" shelved the hearing protection act which would delete the pile of paperwork anyone has to do to get a suppressor.  They ARE legal now, ya'know; but it's  a typical Gummint Bureaucracy pain in the ass to get one.

It's entirely possible that Ryan will lose to his (D) opponent.  The First is NOT a 'safe' Pubbie district and--to give Ryan credit--he represents it pretty well.  Not conservative at all.

The Feebs: Top. Men. Only.

The FBI has had a lot of problems lately, most notable being its ex-director who is apparently a perjurer, serial liar, toady, and megalomaniac all rolled into one.

But maybe he's just as stupid as this EX-feeb:

..."Sportsmen, hunters would make an argument that they need that so that their target, whether it's a deer, etc. don’t hear the shot," Gomez claimed, "but numerous other sportsmen have shot from muskets–when the founding fathers started the Second Amendment--up until now successfully killed game animals without the use of a silencer."....Top. Man. Manny Gomez quoted at AOSHQ

Yup.  Deer-hunters really want suppressors so the Bambis will not hear the shots.

Top. Men. Only.

Monday, October 02, 2017

CBS "Legal" Scrunt Pipes Up

Some "legal" scrunt employed by CBS, a woman with three or four surnames (take your pick/guess) has decided that country music fans, being largely Trump voters, deserved what they got in Vegas.

Hayley Geftman-Gold Lattman, whoever. 

That's classy.

About That FBI....

A couple of posts below, I mention that the FBI seems to think that it is an Independent Authority All Its Own.  You suckers may well pay for it, but the FBI does whatever-the-f*&^ it wants to do and you just shut up.  Or they will find a way to SHUT you up.  Get it?

Anyhow, good ol' Z-man has another theory on the Mueller thing:

....The most likely answer for why a special prosecutor was appointed is that it was an easy way to get the whole thing out of the White House. Since the story is bogus and Mueller surely knows it is bogus, it will be a nice patronage program for a year or two and then the whole thing goes away. The second most likely answer is that Mueller’s job is to clean up the mess left by Comey and protect the reputation of the FBI, maybe even some other intelligence agencies. That way, no one gets hurt the problems are quietly fixed....

IOW, it's the "Look!!!  A squirrel!!!" thing writ about as large as possible.

Talk About Oppressing the Poor!! How About EPA??

It's true, but that doesn't matter to the Cloud People inhabiting the press (or D.C.):  Many Gummint regulations cost the poor a lot--which they often don't have.

Cigarette taxes are one example;  while do-gooders insist that high commodity-taxes discourage smoking (which is true to an extent) reality-based people know that high commodity-taxes also slam the poor harder than the affluent.

Same with EPA's ridiculous emission testing.  Poor people don't buy new cars--and often, they don't even purchase slightly-used cars.  They have old beaters instead.  So emissions testing is a severe burden, especially when failing the test requires $400.00++ in spending before you're off the hook.

FORTUNATELY, we have State leggies who get it!!

...With respect to vehicle emission limitations which are required by the federal government for specified Wisconsin counties, one bill would provide for an exemption for any motor vehicle “not less than 10 years old.”  This represents a broadening from the current exemption which is tied to the year 1995....

It would be nice if EPA were called out on its anti-poor policies by the MSM.  But that will never happen.

Full-Auto Massacre in Vegas

I never believe the MSM's yapping about "automatic" rifle fire, but this video tells the story.

Also a bit surprising:

Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo confirmed that the suspected gunman was a 64-year-old man named Stephen Paddock....

LVPD killed the guy and found his gal-pal.  Nothing--so far--tells us that it was IslamoFascist.

Clearly, the FBI Doesn't Work For YOU.....

Just in case you think that paying someone's salary entitles you to control over their activities and records, the FBI is here to prove you wrong, sucker.

It has now been more than a month since a House Intelligence Committee subpoena set a September 1 deadline for the FBI and the Justice Department to turn over documents related to the Trump dossier.

Not a single document has been produced.

"Well," you say, "that's just the House.  Who cares what they think?"

Wrong, NFL-kneeler breath!!

...Just as they have been doing with the House intelligence panel, the FBI and Justice Department tried to blow off [Senator] Grassley...

Need I remind you that this FBI bunch now reports directly to Trump's attorney general Sessions?

Or maybe they don't.  Evidently they think they 'report' to nobody at all.  And THAT, my friends, is what needs to be fixed, either the easy way or......

Wimpy Wimpy Wimpy Zinke

Apparently Rule # 1 remains in force in the Interior Department:   

All Land Belongs to the Deep State.  You just occupy it, even if you have a title.  Deep State can and will take it back any time it wants.

Don't like that?  Don't ask Trump's boy Zinke for relief.

...He failed to recommend revocation of any Clinton and Obama decrees, despite finding that many failed to satisfy the requirements of the Antiquities Act of 1906. He offered boundary adjustments for only four monuments (two in Utah, one in Oregon, and one in the Pacific Ocean) but suggested, with unwarranted optimism, the worst of the others could be eased by expanding the lawful activities there.

Finally, he urged using the widely-discredited act to set more land off-limits, including in his backyard in Montana....

There's a record of non-accomplishment if I ever saw one.

Sunday, October 01, 2017

From Your Lips......

Kasich thinks he might leave the (R) Party. 

At least he's more honest than McPain.  But that's a VERY low bar.

Actual Puerto Rico Situation--From a Cop Living There

Apparently this female cop from San Juan area called a NYC radio station and spilled the beans on the demi-Communist mayorette who is bitching to NPR and CNN about the relief efforts.

It's not surprising.  Kinda smells the same as the New Orleans mess--you know, (D) Mayor, totally incompetent bureaucracy, people dying....

The usual stuff.

Drone Mass!!!

You thought you'd seen it all.

You haven't.  (Note:  this post has been corrected!)

Today, at a parish on the far-west end of Waukesha County the Mass' processional and recessional were accompanied by a DRONE which was there to record such for the new parish website.

This is because websites save souls, ya'know.

There is good news:  the drone was noisy enough to cancel out the singing of the choir.

By the way, this parish has a staffer whose concern is liturgical correctness.  Apparently "correct" does not include 'common sense.'

I am acquainted with a number of under-40 types who understand the economy of salvation--and who are making EF Masses their home.  Thanks be to God!!

Saturday, September 30, 2017

General "Stuck on Stupid" Is, Sorta....

As I recall, Honore was responsible for or complicit in the abrogation of the 2A in New Orleans.  So whatever he has to say about the President......eehhhh....well....let's start with Con Law 101, General.

Puerto Rico's problem has to do with its wastrel government--the "grasshopper" of the Aesop legend--spending on 'social programs' and ignoring its infrastructure for about the last 30 years, which includes its electrical grid and highways.

Guess what Puerto Rico desperately needs now? 

Yup.  Electrical grid and highways.


Friday, September 29, 2017

Aaron Rodgers, Cloud-Person

Rodgers is one helluva quarterback, already among the top three in NFL history.  He works hard at it, studies it, lives it.  Good for him!!

He is also paid a LOT of money for it, and--if he wasn't there growing up in California--he's moved into Cloud People land.

Yep.  Rodgers has declared that this whole kneeling thing is about the "divisive" President Trump.

Uh, no, Aaron, you ignorant twit.  Colin the Commie started that crap LONG before Trump was elected President--and for that matter, LONG before anyone thought he had a chance to win the job.

And it's Colin the Commie that is "divisive,"  Aaron.

You play football a lot better than you understand history and events, Aaron.  Keep your head in the football game, and one more thing:  you'll be a lot more loved if you'd get out of The Cloud-o-Sphere. 

Thursday, September 28, 2017

War to the Knife in Madistan?

Word has it that Cock Robin is mightily p.o.'d at Walker.

Popcorn-crop failure, or maybe the alimony got raised? 

Or was it Cock Robin's massive short-man-syndrome ego that took a beating when the budget didn't come out with MORE TAXES the way Cock Robin wanted?

We'll see.

Lying in the Vatican??

Let us begin with an important truth:  while power is important, the salvation of souls is THE Important.  Creation's most significant Liar, therefore, would much rather impede the salvation of souls than merely play for power.

So this little vignette is interesting:

...Davies also speaks (starting at 28:10) of an aspect of his work which I either never heard of before, or forgot if I did, an example of the kind of dishonesty actively present in the reform which led Fr Bouyer to call Abp Bugnini (with classic French restraint) a man “as devoid of learning as he was of honesty.” It is a well-known fact that a group of six Protestant ministers were “consulted” by the Consilium ad exsequendam in the process of reforming the Mass. Bugnini would later claim in Notitiae that they only intervened once, and were merely observers; this led Davies to write to one of the six and ask to what degree they were involved, “and he said ‘Oh no, we played a very active part, and we were given all the documents same as the Catholic observers, every morning there was a discussion, a great free-for-all in which we put forward our opinions.’ That sort of thing has happened again and again....quoted at NLM, here.

Bugnini was a high-placed Vatican official. 

We relate this because some people think that "Vatican officials" do not lie, simply because they are "Vatican officials."  I would propose that Satan's interest in lies from the Vatican is far greater than his interest in such as 'power', or 'money,' or simple 'sex.'

What happens in (and from) the Vatican has to do with the salvation of souls, friends.  What better place for Satan's work of lies??  Hmmmmm????

The Dumb Test: Is Russia an Enemy? Y/N Answer, Media Dummies

As Ace notes, the media's love affair with Stalinism/Russia/China/(etc.) is long-standing, but went into full-reverse/flank speed with the election of The Donald.

That was at the direction of John Podesta, who has taken quite a few dollars from the Russkis himself as a "lobbyist" *snicker wink wink* or Paid Enemy Operative--whichever you prefer.

Anyhow, the media has suddenly discovered that Stalinism/Russia/China (etc.) is actually sowing discord and chaos in the US through BLM among others, and attempting to jigger elections, too!

OMG.  Zounds!!

"Sharing the Journey" to Suicide??

The Roman Catholic Church launched a program called "Sharing the Journey" yesterday, with an address from Pp. Francis and co-ordinated efforts from USCC and at least a few US Dioceses (including Milwaukee.)

Happily, the Catholic Church's teachings on the topic of immigration allow that 'countries should have control of their borders' and--logically--who crosses them as legal immigrants.

UN-happily, Pp. Francis hasn't yet figured out that many Muslims actually believe what the Koran teaches:  that Islam ("submission") should enforce "submission" from ALL people.  They've done a very good job, too:  Britain and other Northern European countries have ceded boroughs and cities to Muslims, making those areas "no-go" zones.  In the USA, there have been constant--albeit small-scale--attacks on US citizens with the hope of disrupting our civilization.

Most US politicians haven't figured this out, either, with the most notorious dupe being "Religion of Peace" George W. Bush.  Obozo, of course, was perfectly happy to fill the country with potential bombers and knife/acid attackers.

Trump SEEMS to have a clue, but we'll see.

Catholics should remind their pastors and Bishops that suicide is still forbidden by the Church.  Maybe they'll get the message.




Fantasy, the CEO Way

Everyone knows that Judy Faulkner was a VERY heavy contributor to the Alinskyite B. Hussein Obama--and to the much less charming (and much less competent) "Diamond Jim" Doyle.

But few knew, until yesterday, that Ms. Faulkner thinks of herself as a Wizard-ette.

...A rapt audience of 11,000 filled the Deep Space auditorium at Epic System Corp. in Verona on Tuesday as founder Judy Faulkner -- garbed in a red wizard's gown and hat -- addressed the annual users group meeting. ... Caption, picture at this link.

...Electronic health records are “so last year,” Faulkner told Epic’s annual users group meeting on Tuesday.

“You have to look at who you are,” she said, and consider a patient’s eating habits, sleep patterns, education, habitat and even issues such as loneliness. They are all factors in a person’s health, she said....

Well, OK, then.  Let's not forget "gun ownership," Judy. 

This fantasy-world stuff is not restricted to Ms. Faulkner.  The Chairman of General Motors, Mary Barra, has joined the Board of Disney.   Barra's car company is spending mucho-lotsa dollars on "self-driving" cars--which is nice, until you realize that "self-driving" cars will erase BRAND LOYALTY from the car-buying equation.  But hey!!  Tomorrow-Land and Fantasy-Land co-exist at Disney, so what could go wrong?? 

Ahh, fantasy.   


*Shock*! States Gaming Medicaid??

RoJo is curious as to how certain States could have spectacular gains in (Federal) Medicaid spending.

Not curious at all, Ron.  Here's the list of suspected game-playing States along with their sticky-fingered Governors:

Jerry Brown, D-Calif.; Jim Justice, R-W.Va.; Bruce Rauner, R-Ill.; Andrew Cuomo, D-N.Y.; John Kasich, R-Ohio; Christopher Sununu, R-N.H.; Rick Snyder, R-Mich.; and David Ige, D-Hawaii.

Not one surprise in the whole bunch.


If I Were at Lambeau Tonight

Frankly, Aaron Rogers is a great quarterback, but he's not a deep thinker.  So while he is holding hands with whomever, and NOT saluting the flag with his hand over his heart, the crowd can sing the Anthem.

Immediately after, were I at Lambeau, I'd start the chant:  "USA!    USA !   USA !   USA!!....." just so there's no confusion about which country is still the land of the free and the home of the brave.


Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Wall Street Banks Screwed Puerto Rico

Ticker doesn't quite say it, but it's true.  The Bigs on The Street screwed Puerto Rico, not the US taxpayer, nor the US Congress.  The Bigs financed PR's drunken spending spree (at a price, of course) which caused problems now that the chickens have come home.

Of course, Puerto Rico's lefty political "leaders" were the primary problem.  But they're furiously tossing the foo-foo dust around and--as usual--the MSM is inhaling with joy.

Reality?

.....Those issues arose because of decades of intentional mismanagement, grift and fraud including by the Governor himself and the rest of the Puerto Rican government, which has taken on debt over and over while squandering it on social programs instead of taking care of critical infrastructure needs -- like basic maintenance to the electrical grid....

By the way:  Puerto Rico has a lot of resemblance to certain US cities which have also been mis-managed for decades by Lefty politicians, ain'a??  Good thing hurricanes don't hit Detroit, or Chicago, or Milwaukee.....

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

New NFL Icon

Here ya go!!





OK then.

Alabama Day

It's Alabama Day....and as Z essays, it could well be the end of the McConnell/Ryan hegemony.

...It’s a gamble, but Trump is a guy who thinks he can make something out of anything, as long as he has options. Whether it was by design or serendipity, this election is a referendum on the GOP establishment. The most likely outcome, according to polling, is a Moore win and maybe a very big win. Trump will not only take credit for it, but start to bet his winnings on the belief he can scare the GOP into passing his agenda items. They may hold the result against him, but Trump is betting they cave and play ball with him.

The reason it is a good gamble is the pressure on leadership will now come from their own ranks. Ryan and McConnell can keep discipline as long as they can promise their members they will keep their seats. If the rank and file start thinking they are safer with Trump or that Trump will back their challengers, then it is game over for Ryan and McConnell. They have to play ball. From Trump’s perspective, he has everything to game and nothing to lose. Ryan and McConnell can’t hate him more than they already do....

I suppose that Ryan can always hook up with the NFL, until they run out of money.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Paul Ryan's Exceedingly Smart Aide

Gee, this guy is really, really, smart, eh??

Paul Ryan's Chief of Staff has also managed to get really "lucky" on the timing of some trades over the years.

That would be David Hoppe, a former lobbyist.  Through skill and intellectual acumen, Hoppe and/or his wife purchased stock in various pharmaceutical and energy stocks.  These purchases were executed just before Congress passed legislation favorable to those interests.

Those purchases had nothing whatsoever to do with Hoppe's status as the Speaker's Chief of Staff.  It was pure skill, analytical ability, and smarts.

Yup.

Could Mark Levin Be Like This?

Levin continues to insist that labor arbitrage--the practice of replacing higher cost labor with lower cost labor (read, "coolies") is VERY GOOD for the US economy.

Kurt Schlichter differs:

...Conservativism forgot about the real world conservatives we expected to line up behind us. While we were talking about free trade, we were ignoring that GOP voter who fought in Fallujah, came home, got a job building air conditioners, raised a family, and then one day watched the video of the oh-so-sorry CEO – who looked remarkably like Mitt Romney, because all these guys look remarkably like Mitt Romney – sadly informing his beloved employees that their jobs were getting shipped to Oaxaca. And our response to the 58-year old Republican voter who asked us how he was going to keep paying for his mortgage and his kid in college? Pretty much, “Well, that’s how free enterprise works. Read some Milton Freidman and go learn coding....

Actually, Levin could be like that.  And he IS like that.  

USAToday/JSOnline Headline WRONG

No surprise that the USAToday/JSOnline headline is flat-out wrong.

The group did not 'accuse Pp Francis of heresy.'

They stated that his words, and lack of words, has tended to support heretical positions.

Yes, there is a difference--but The Nooz people aren't real bright, are they?

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Romo: The Best

Lotsa years watching football, back to Lombardi/Starr/Jordan....

Ray Scott was great because he said only what HAD to be said.  Radio guys--they're OK, but just sorta average guys.

Now comes Tony Romo.  Damn, he's good.  Knows the game, knows what to point to--and he's right.  And he's a likeable guy, not a dick like some ex-receivers on Fox, or other ex-QB's.

Thanks, Tony.

The Desperate Deep State

It's becoming clear that The Donald has a great deal to fear, if only because his A.G. is either incompetent or has been blackmailed.

The Deep State, composed of every intel head and a few camp-follower lawyers, spied on Trump and all his associates, illegally, on orders from Obama, for 15+ months, and are probably still doing so.

I would think that these people have security details, right?

James Woods Has It!

Found at Gateway, from James Woods:

Liberals have supported "taking a knee" from Colin Kaepernick back to Monica Lewinsky.

True dat.

Luther, Pp. Francis, and Marriage

The below-mentioned "third volley" in the Catholic Church's civil war is loaded into ScribD here.  The authors mention that Pp. Francis' admiration for Martin Luther, an arch-heretic, is a problem.

...he was intelligent and took some steps forward justifying, and because he did this [sic]. And today Lutherans and Catholics, Protestants, all of us agree on the doctrine of justification...

Thus spake Francis in June, 2016.  The assertion about justification is wrong.

More:

...We notice here, as in several other parts of this Apostolic Exhortation, a close relationship with Luther’s disparagement of marriage. For the German revolutionary, the Catholic conception of a sacrament as effective ex opere operato , in an allegedly ‘mechanical’ way, is unacceptable. Although he maintains the distinction of signum et res , after 1520, with The Babylonian Captivity of the Church , he no longer applies it to marriage. 

Luther denies that marriage has any reference to sacramentality, on the grounds that we nowhere read in the Bible that the man who marries a woman receives a grace of God, and that neither do we read anywhere that marriage was instituted by God to be a sign of anything. He claimed that marriage is a mere symbol, adding that although it can represent the union of Christ with the Church, such figures and allegories are not sacraments in the sense we use the term ...



In fact, Luther bifurcated marriage, referring to both 'spiritual' and 'worldly' laws governing it.  Then he justified re-"marriage" after divorce as a 'remedy for concupiscence,' ignoring the fact that concupiscence per se is NOT sin.   The problem here is that Pp. Francis' work (AL) on the topic parallel's Luther's concepts almost precisely.  So who's the Lutheran here?

About that 'justification' thing:

...The gospel does not teach that all sins will in fact be forgiven, nor that Christ alone experienced the ‘judgement’ or justice of God, leaving only mercy for the rest of mankind. While there is a ‘vicarious suffering’ of our Lord in order to expiate our sins, there is not a ‘vicarious punishment’, for Christ was made “sin for us” (cf. 2 Cor. 5:21) and not a sinner.  

Out of divine love, and not as the object of God’s wrath, Christ offered the supreme sacrifice of salvation to reconcile us with God, taking upon himself only the consequences of our sins (cf. Gal. 3:13). Hence, so that we may be justified and saved, it is not sufficient to have faith that our sins have been removed by a supposed vicarious punishment; our justification lies in a conformity to our Saviour achieved by that faith which works through charity (cf. Gal. 5:6)...


In other words, both faith AND works.  Remove 'works' and you have Lutheranism's "justification."



This is an ugly mess.  Pray for the Pope.




Yes, Mike Tomlin IS a Very Smart Guy

Last week someone described Mike Tomlin as 'the smartest guy in the room.'

He may have proved it today.

...Earlier today, it was reported that the all of the Pittsburgh Steelers players would remain in the locker room while the national anthem played prior to the start of their away game with the Chicago Bears. Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin explained that the team wouldn’t participate because he didn’t want to force players to choose whether or not to take part in a protest....

It was really to keep the Rooney family from being totally embarrassed, of course, but we'll play along.

One player DID get to the top of the ramp, however.

...Afghanistan veteran, former Army Ranger, and West Point graduate Alejandro Villanueva stood at the tunnel entrance while the song was played, standing with his hand on his heart....

Thanks, Alejandro.  And by the way, your family is very attractive in those commercials!

Yes, Crooks ARE Stupid

Another happy ending to a "stupid crook" story.  This guy had the capacity and will to shoot anyone, any time, anyplace, so it's a good thing that he didn't know about Instagram's location ability, right?

Civil War in the Catholic Church: Volley Three

After Pp. Francis published a document on marriage--which publication had many of the elements of the (D) enactment of ObozoCare--there came a reaction.

That reaction, the first, was from four Cardinals of the Church who asked some very pointed questions about the wording of the document.  It's been more than 1 year since the Cardinals sent their letter to Pp. Francis and there has been no response (although one of the Cardinals was summarily--and dishonestly--'fired' from his post.)

The second reaction was from about four dozen prominent theologians spread across a few continents.  They asked the same questions, but the run-up to them was much more detailed.  They have gotten the same response--and another firing, this time of a lay professor in Spain.

Now another reaction, from several dozen OTHER laypeople and clerics.  (I'm told that the Jebbies are 'doxxing' these people as this is being composed, showing all the usual class of the post-Vatican II Jebs.)

Pretty soon, ya'know, this might get serious.

Trump v. NFL: THE Cage-Match

So The Donald, lacking anything else to do, managed to stick his fingers into a hornet's nest, calling out football players who think that the USA sucks.

First off, the players who pull that stuff are jerks.  They are acting like two-year-olds.  By the time normal people are about 21 years old, they understand that life is not fair.  (Yes, I know; for college snowflakes the age is more like 27.)

Here's a thought:  as soon as your $1+++ million/year contracts stop rolling in, leave the country!  Find a better place!!  See how that First Amendment stuff works there!!  I heard that Germany is looking for diversity.  So is Italy.  Or you could try Red China; they really need diversity but don't know it.  Educate them!

Secondly, the NFL is as "divisive" as can be, second only to the Obozo Administration.  This is the NFL which threatened a church group with a lawsuit because that group hosted a fund-raiser in the church basement while an NFL game was played on a TV.  Divisive  much, Goodell, you jackwad?   This is the NFL which would NOT allow Dallas Cowboys to wear a memorial patch to the 6 Dallas cops killed by BLM criminals.  This is the NFL which demands that teams interview "diverse" candidates for any coaching job, instead of just "the best" candidates.  This is the NFL which threatened to fine players for wearing stars-and-stripes footwear after 9/11.  Fuck you, Goodell!

I'll take the NFL seriously when Tony Dungy is Commish.

Finally:  The Donald shoulda stood in bed.  There are some situations which the President cannot and should not attempt to resolve, and this is one of them.  The President cannot eliminate or shame all the jackwads in the USA--hell, this President can't even prosecute Hillary Clinton for blatant, willful, and serial violations of the ESPIONAGE ACT.  In short, Donald, play on your home field and start shooting the alligators in the swamp.  Ignore the two-year-olds.  

In Vegas, the odds are that you'll lose this one, Donald.  Cut the losses and go after Hillary, Susan Rice, Lois Lerner, Podesta, and your immediate predecessor.

That's something you can WIN with.

NOTE:  For a different--and in many ways more insightful--take on this pile of crap, see Wiggy.

So Rand Paul Wants *THIS* Legacy?

Nolte said it pretty well.

...we cannot all be Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), who looks like he could end up taking John McCain’s place next week as Obamacare’s sole savior. Because he is not getting everything he wants right away, Paul is refusing to support Graham-Cassidy, and his no-vote, his oh-so principled stand, could forever saddle our country with Obamacare. Some legacy....

I'm fairly certain that Rand Paul understands history and the term 'long march.'  It took the Progressive Socialists about 100 years to effect national healthcare and they still have not gotten The Prize, which is single-payer.

I ask Rand Paul to understand the 'long march' in reverse, and vote FOR Graham-Cassidy-RoJo.  I'm not a raving fan, either--but this is not a PolicyWonkLaLaLand Ryansplat.  It's a pretty damn good start. 

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Gummint Wanted a Nice Truck. So They Took One.

The guy is paying $673/month for a truck the Gummint stole.

S'pose he'll get his money back?

(OK.  I can hear your bitter laughter all the way over here....)

End of Dishonest Accounting in NAFTA?

For years (and years, and years) we've been told that all those jobs which went to Mexico didn't really make a difference to the Glorious Future of America because the 'value-added' component was tilted towards the US.  (Of course, that lost job meant something to the family whose breadwinner was on the street, but hey!!  The Glorious Future calls!!!)

We were also told that the Cost Of Labor was excessive; that nobody could possibly survive $30.00-$40.00/hour (plus bennies) labor-cost in industry. 

(We were told that by people who were paying up to $100 grand plus bennies to public school teachers, by the way.  That was for their 9-month/year scheduled work.)

Well, on further review of the actual statistics:

...the Trump administration released a new study on Friday that shows U.S. value-added content is declining for manufactured goods imported from Mexico and Canada. 

The Commerce Department analysis of recently released OECD trade in value-added data found that U.S. content in automotive imports from Mexico declined to 18.1 percent in 2011 from 26.5 percent in 1995. U.S. content in automotive imports from Canada declined to 26.4 percent from 34.9 percent over the same period

At the same time, automotive value added content from non-NAFTA countries in Mexican auto imports rose to 29.5 percent from 13.2 percent. China has seen the fastest growth in that component, to 5.8 percent in 2011 from a scant 0.3 percent in 1995....

Obviously, someone OTHER than the lying US Chamber performed the study. 

But I'll cut some slack to the US Chamber of Commerce (read:  GE, GM, IBM and 10 others).  The REAL culprit for the exporting of jobs is the Government.  The cost of OSHA, EPA, and ERISA (not to mention such things as multiple-levels of taxes and compliance costs therefor) are VERY significant--probably far more than mere 'labor' costs.

But don't hold your breath.  Trump or no, the Gummint will not de-regulate, particulary if that means less Gummint employees sucking your lifeblood.  Not gonna happen.

I Told You So!

Several years ago, I warned that Sen. Chris Dodd of CT was the Big Banks' stooge on Capitol Hill.  And then The Stooge co-wrote Dodd-Frank, which passsed, and which Obozo signed. 

(You remember Obozo, right?  The Commie who played 'anti-bank' harmonica in the Totalitarian Band, right?  The one who just picked up a $400K check for opening his pie-hole at Goldman?  Yah, that one.)

So, anyhow.

...“Dodd-Frank is great if you’re a giant financial institution. It is lousy if you’re a local community bank and if you’re a credit union. And in the four years after Dodd-Frank, community banks lost market share at a rate double what they were losing before then – 12 percent versus 6 percent.”
According to Cruz, more than 80 community banks have “gone under” in Texas while 1,800 have closed across the nation.

“This is not good for the banking institutions but it’s particularly bad for small businesses. If you care about growth, if you care about small businesses, who do you think is lending to small business? Who do you think lends money to that farmer to buy the tractor? Who do you think lends money to that small restaurant owner to open a new restaurant and hire the waiters and waitresses and cooks? It’s the small community banks, the financial institutions hurt by Dodd-Frank,” he said....

By the way, you can take it from me:  Chase Bank sucks toad-balls.  Never had an account there, and I never will--and the story won't fit into this blog.  But they suck toad-balls.

The Demise of Metro Milwaukee

One doesn't have to look far to understand why businesses and people are fleeing the metro-Milwaukee area.

The two shitbuckets caught in this chase (two others remain at large) have extensive juvie criminal records, but are still out there doing extensive damage to people and property.

So why are people fleeing the area?

John Chisholm, Tom Barrett, Chris Abele, and damn near every single judge in the County.

Why Vegas? Here's a GREAT Reason!!

Ya' learn something every day.  Here's an item about an excellent reason to go to Vegas.  Has the word "strip" in it, but has nothing to do with wimminfolk.

Actually, Jimmy Kimmel, It's NOT All About YOU

So it turns out that Jimmy Kimmel is the dummy for ventriloquist Schumer, and Kimmel uses his personal situation to bleat and whine about repealing ObozoCare.

(Kimmel is one of the very few who have survived being between Schumer and a camera!  For that he should be grateful.)

And Kimmel should STFU because it's not all about Jimmy and his son. 

It's actually about the whole country, Jimmy.  I know that's hard to take, because your Mommy never told you that.  But get over it and act like a man, instead of a little wooden dummy.

The Pope's Straw-Man Jive v. History

I suppose that a Jesuit who is facile with creating straw-man arguments is about as unusual as the sun rising in the east.  But the Pope shouldn't resort to such ....ahhh.....shady stuff.

...“I won’t hide my concern in the face of the signs of intolerance, discrimination and xenophobia that have arisen in different regions of Europe,” the pontiff said, which are “often fueled by reticence and fear of the other, the one who is different, the foreigner.

“I am worried still more by the sad awareness that our Catholic communities in Europe are not exempt from these reactions of defensiveness and rejection...

Thus spake Francis.

Actually, Charles (the Hammer) Martel and J. Sobieski--not to mention all of Spain--would beg to differ, Holiness.  It ain't 'fear...of foreigners' here.  It's knowledge of history and current events.  Moslems have a well-documented record of warring on Catholics and assorted other Christians, not to mention Jews and Hindus.  You might have noticed that truck-massacres, nail-bombs, fire-bombs, sex assaults, and knife- and acid-attacks in Europe over the last 2 years are NOT being made by 20-something Methodist girls.  In fact, they are being made by 'foreigners' who are 'different.'

Get off your PC horse, Holiness, and answer Cdl. Burke's questions about your "marriage" document.  You're a year overdue on that project.

Need Money? Join the US Senate

Sen. Bob Corker is a wealthy man.  So are a lot of US Senators, of course.  Our very own Herbie Kohl proved that a Senator could be wealthy and STILL sleep through several terms.

But sometimes, accumulating that wealth is.....ahhh......interesting.  Let's take Sen. Corker, who is from Tennessee, and did well on an Alabama land-development.

...According to Annual Reports Sen. Corker filed with the U.S. Senate between 2014 and 2016, he made an investment in an entity known as McGowin Park, LLC, an Alabama corporation, valued at between $1 million and $5 million on July 11, 2014, for which he received a 13.7 percent interest.
McGowin Park, LLC, is an investment vehicle controlled by the Hutton Co., a Chattanooga, Tennessee, real estate development company whose CEO, Karen Hutton, has been a longtime financial contributor to Sen. Corker. It was formed for the purpose of developing the McGowin Park retail center in Mobile, Alabama....

OK.  Let's assume that Corker wrote a check for $5 million here.  At 13.7%, he would have one-seventh of the pie--making the pie $35 million.  Got that? 

Next:

...The McGowin Park retail center was sold for $77 million this year....

So a $35 million investment paid out $77 million after 3 years.  Not bad at all.  I'm sure that Sen. Corker will take phone calls from his friend Karen Hutton, who steered him to this little bonanza.

There's more to the story, by the way.  A LOT more.  But you have to read the link.  Suffice it to say that WellsFargo may be very PO'd about how they are being treated, especially compared to how Sen. Corker may benefit from this little deal in the next 20 years or so.

Anybody here old enough to recall how Hillary played the cattle-futures market?  She was SO smart that she was able to make $100 grand pre-tax in only 10 months.  Tyson Chicken hasn't done too badly since then, either.  And that's not a co-incidence.  (Neither did her "advisor," who was named chairman of the home-loan bank board by none other than Bill Clinton, who did not have sex with that woman.)

See?  Run for office, cash in.  This also worked for a leading Republican pervert and Representative, Hastert, who arranged for an Interstate highway to run right past a chunk of land he owned.  Nicely done, backdoor specialist!!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Lock Them Up. Lock Them Up. Lock Them Up.

Nice Elitism you have here, Lois and Hilary.  It would be a shame if it were to go up in flames.

But unless Trump and his pet dog Sessions get their butts in gear......

On Friday, September 8, 2017 -- just before the weekend -- the DOJ announced that it would not prosecute Lois Lerner for her part in the IRS-Tea Party scandal. Evidence of Lerner's guilt is overwhelming....

Yah, hey.  The author, heavily credentialed in law, takes us through the Elite "Religion" phenomenon which permeates the Deep State.  What is that?  It is the belief that anything the Deep State Hive thinks is "good" is "good" regardless of law or ethics.  That is how the jackass in DOJ came to his "non-prosecute" conclusion.

...But the second reason for the insubordination is the inner conviction of the subordinates that their policy views are not supposed to be subordinated to those of the elected president and his top lieutenants. This is both because those views are religious in nature and because it is certain these subordinates believe that indeed the executive must not be allowed to be unitary.

Of course, this will be demonstrated predominantly when the chief executive is of the opposing party. Otherwise, all is well. Meetings can take place on tarmacs, investigations will be called "matters," classified and other government documents can be taken into personal possession, the names of persons swept up in surveillance can be unmasked and even leaked to the press, and the general refrain is "we will see no evil."
...


Maybe The Swamp will "see no evil."  But that's not how actual CITIZENS see things.


..we must insist and demand, publicly, that the only elected official in the entire executive branch -- the president -- act to control his underlings. (Some have begun to do so.) When he does act to control them, we must support him -- publicly -- vigorously (and peacefully)....

Peacefully, assuming that Sessions' butt is kicked hard enough to get him into the game.   This ain't the Senate, Jeffy-boy.  You have no "friends" anymore.  That's OK.  Treat them as Enemies of America.  They are. 

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Graham-Cassidy Looks Very Good, Indeed!!

Although their names are not on the masthead, Sen. RoJo, Gov. Walker, and Rick Santorum had a great deal to do with this bill.

Judging by the pearl-clutching, hand-wringing, and pants-peeing from this little creature at Vox, the bill is by far the best we can hope for in the near future.  When you read what he objects to, you will ask "So f'n what??"

(Screw Rand Paul, who is simply PO'd about every. damn. thing.  Yes, he's right.  So what?  He's not able to dictate....)

HT:  Grim 

Warning: Lawyers Ahead

We are alerted to certain law schools, specifically U. Penn and U. SanDiego (allegedly Catholic).

...two law professors published an op-ed in the Philadelphia Inquirer calling for a revival of the “cultural script” that prevailed in the 1950s and still does among affluent Americans: “Get married before you have children and strive to stay married for their sake. Get the education you need for gainful employment, work hard, and avoid idleness. . . . Eschew substance abuse and crime.”...

...The op-ed triggered an immediate uproar at the University of Pennsylvania, where one of its authors, Amy Wax, teaches. The dean of the Penn law school, Ted Ruger, published an op-ed in the student newspaper noting the “contemporaneous occurrence” of the op-ed and a white-supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., and suggesting that Ms. Wax’s views were “divisive, even noxious.” Half of Ms. Wax’s law-faculty colleagues signed an open letter denouncing her piece....

...The dean of USD’s law school, Stephen Ferruolo, issued a schoolwide memo repudiating Mr. Alexander’s article and pledging new measures to compensate “vulnerable, marginalized” students for the “racial discrimination and cultural subordination” they experience....all quotes from MoonBattery

That meme "...first thing, let's kill all the lawyers!" proves to me that Shakespeare knew about U Penn and U SanDiego law-school deans and several current and former SCOTUS occupants.