Monthly Archives: March 2012
Hattip to Ed Morrissey at Hot Air. We have had a few hard core Gingrich supporters who have been commenting here recently. If they have 50 bucks to shell out they can have a memento to remember the wild Gingrich for President campaign:
In a sign that his campaign is in need of fresh funds, Newt Gingrich on Monday began charging $50 to have a photograph taken with him following a campaign speech to Republican groups here in the northernmost part of the state.
It was the first time that the former House speaker has charged those attending one of his public speaking events to pose for a photograph with him. Lately, a member of his campaign staff has been snapping photos of any interested attendee and later posting them online at the campaign’s website, newt.org.
On Monday night, those paying for a photograph were also told they could find their photos on Gingrich’s website, after they had filled out a form providing their credit card information. Continue reading
My beloved state of Illinois has a terrible economy, and a shrinking tax base but that is apparently no problem for the bi-partisan pirates who have been plundering the Land of Lincoln for decades:
When Republican state Rep. Roger Eddy announced his retirement from the House Thursday, you could hear the “ding, ding, ding” of a slot machine all the way from Springfield.
Eddy hit the pension jackpot.
He is retiring early from the House to run the Illinois Association of School Boards, which, among other activities, lobbies the Illinois Legislature. His start date is July 1 — although now that he’s leaving the Statehouse before the end of the spring session, he said it’s likely he’ll work for the association before July.
Why the sudden defection? One likely reason: He’ll be much richer in retirement, thanks in part to taxpayers.
In his new job, Eddy will not only stay in the Teachers’ Retirement System, he can collect more in benefits from it. He has been working both as a state representative and superintendent for Hutsonville Community Unit School District 1. He has been part of TRS through his Hutsonville job, where he earned a salary of $107,400. His new salary is expected to be at least $200,000, and his pension will be based on that.
Illinois Statehouse News reported that Eddy’s pension as school superintendent would have been about $70,500 a year. It will climb to at least $141,000 in his new job. His predecessor at the IASB, Mike Johnson, is earning an annual pension — get ready to swallow hard — of $193,273, according to TRS.
But that’s not the end of Eddy’s pension largesse. He’ll be eligible in two years to begin collecting a pension of about $24,000 a year from his nine years of part-time work in the Legislature. Illinois Statehouse News projected his lawmaker pension carries a lifetime value of $584,273. Eddy is 53 years old. Continue reading
I would caution everyone from reading too much into the questions asked by the Justices on the first of three days of oral argument, but it was an interesting day of oral argument. Go here to read the transcript. Go here to listen to an audio recording of the oral argument. My thoughts on the first day I will post this evening. Continue reading
Ah, Politicians tend to be most honest when they do not realize the public is hearing them. Case in point Mr. Obama in the video scene above which is destined for immortality in this campaign
The International Tribunal Into Crimes of Church and State (ITCCS) is announcing the worldwide “Occupy The Vatican” movement. It’s set to begin on Palm Sunday which, in 2012, ironically is April Fool’s Day.
According to the ITCCS announcement, Occupy The Vatican will take “direct action against the world’s oldest and most ruthless criminal.”
“Gee, what’s that human exorcism chain?”
“Not in Our Name” (NON), a group of Catholic and Protestant clergy who “support the legal disestablishment of criminal church corporations like the Vatican and the Church of England,” will be linking up with Occupy the Vatican. NON seeks a “return to an egalitarian, congregational system of Christianity devoid of the genocidal legacy of Christendom.”
Also joining in the movement will be traditional indigenous elders in Canada from the Mohawk, Squamish, and Ojibway nations who survived Catholic and Protestant “Indian residential schools.” Their particular contribution to the movement will be to issue new banishment orders evicting these churches from their lands.
On April 8—Easter Sunday—Occupy the Vatican supporters will gather in Rome to create a “human exorcism chain” around the Vatican. They’ll be praying that God “expel the spirit of lies and violence” from the Church.
Caoimhin Ui Niall of Occupy the Vatican said:
The important thing is to take action to dismantle the church from the ground up, and place it under public control. That’s the only way future generations of our children will be safe from a church that’s a law unto itself and feeds and profits off the suffering of the innocent.
Let everyone do something on April 1 and April 8 to end the reign of terror of this false church.
The Motley Monk’s Mom used to warn him about prayer. “Be careful about what you ask for. You may just get what you’re asking for,” she’d say.
That warning seems apropos for the Occupy the Vatican’s human exorcism chain. They had better be careful about what they’re asking for. They might just find that God expels their spirit of lies and violence from the Church.
To read the ITCCS announcement, click on the following link:
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We recently got this missive over the transom at The American Catholic which made my day:
It’s really unfortunate to read a Catholic publication so full of hateful speech and uncharitable thought and partisan bigotry. Jimmy Carter is many things but he is not, nor has he ever been, a bigot. To denounce Carter and Obama in these crude ad hominem assaults doers nothing to advance rational discourse, does nothing to propagate the faith, does nothing but drive deeper wedges into a society already torn by ideological zealots. The editors of the American Catholic are far more Catholic than they are Christlike and far more Republican than they are American. Your screeds are reminiscent of the rants from the South in the tragically blind days before the Civil War. Step back and think of the damage you are doing to the grace and coherence of what once was known as Christian doctrine.
I am sincere in my contention that it made my day. Praise rarely elicits anything other than a brief moment of pleasure. Criticism, even off the wall bitter criticism, provides an opportunity for thought and for fisking! Continue reading
“There is not one single social or economic principle or concept in the philosophy of the Russian Bolshevik, which has not been realised, carried into action, and enshrined in immutable laws a million years ago by the White Ant.”
Let us pray today for Pope Benedict while he is in Cuba that, like Moses, he may help lead a people in bitter bondage out of slavery. Pope Benedict XV named Our Lady of Charity patroness of Cuba in 1916, and therefore we will beseech her aid:
Our Lady of Charity, we humbly ask you to intercede with Our Lord, Your Son, for your suffering people in Cuba. Inspire the hearts of your people to turn to God and pray for their deliverance from sin and from the tyranny that has deprived them of their freedom for more than five decades. Strengthen Pope Benedict as he brings the truth of Christ to your people of Cuba longing for that truth and for spiritual and temporal freedom. Let this year O Lady, if it be the will of God, be a year of Jubilee and Freedom for all Cubans. We ask this in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
At the atheist rally in Washington on Saturday, which drew a pathetic 20,000 worshipers of the Great Vacuum, Professor Richard Dawkins delivered himself of this tolerant and loving sentiment:
Then Dawkins got to the part where he calls on the crowd not only to challenge religious people but to “ridicule and show contempt” for their doctrines and sacraments, including the Eucharist, which Catholics believe becomes the body of Christ during Mass.
Dawkins obviously needs our prayers for the state of his soul and our horse laughs for him being such a bigoted dweeb. However, part of me wishes that he could encounter a Catholic convert like Clovis. Clovis was a chieftain of the Franks in the late fifth and early sixth centuries. He laid the framework for Frankish domination of Gaul and is the Father of France. A pagan, he was converted to the Faith primarily through the prayers and loving example of his Catholic wife Clotilde. In the battle of Tolbiac where the Alemanni were defeating his Franks, he cried out to the God of Clotilde that he would convert if victory was granted to him. He won and began instruction in the Faith under Saint Remigius Bishop of Reims. The Saint told Clovis when he was baptized on Christmas Day 496: Bow thy head, O Sicambrian, adore what thou hast burned and burn what thou hast adored! Continue reading
Bad enough that James Earl Carter, Jr. is the worst president this country has had not named James Buchanan or Barack Obama, but he is also an anti-Catholic bigot as his latest mind droppings amply demonstrate:
The former president said that he complained to the Pontiff about the Church’s “perpetuation of the subservience of women” while Blessed John Paul II was visiting the US in 1978, and “there was more harshness when we turned to the subject of ‘liberation theology.” Carter said that he classified the Pope as a “fundamentalist,” placing him in that category along with Iran’s late Ayatollah Khomeini.
In the same interview Carter said that “it is very fine for gay people to be married in civil ceremonies,” although he suggested—“maybe arbitrarily”—that churches should not be required by law to solemnize same-sex unions.
Santorum needed a big victory today in Louisiana, and he got it. The polls closed at 8:00 PM and the networks called the Pelican state for Santorum immediately. According to the exit polls Santorum won every demographic except those earning over 200k who went for Romney. Vote percentages look like they will be in the range of 46-28, with Romney taking the 28. As in Illinois, Gingrich was a non-factor. This race is supposed to be all over according to most pundits, but I guess someone neglected to tell the good voters of Louisiana.
And scattered about it, some in their overturned war-machines, some in the now rigid handling-machines, and a dozen of them stark and silent and laid in a row, were the Martians–dead!–slain by the putrefactive and disease bacteria against which their systems were unprepared; slain as the red weed was being slain; slain, after all man’s devices had failed, by the humblest things that God, in his wisdom, has put upon this earth.
H.G. Wells, The War of the Worlds
Remember, no panicking. All will be well. Nothing to worry about:
Amateur astronomers are puzzling over a seemingly anomalous cloud that has shown up on images of Mars taken over the past few days. Is it really a cloud, or a trick of the eye? Does it really extend 150 miles up from the surface, as some of the observers suggest? And what churned up all that stuff, anyway? The amateurs and the pros will be trying to resolve those questions before the phenomenon fades away.
“It’s not completely unexpected,” Jonathon Hill, a member of the team at the Mars Space Flight Facility at Arizona State University, told me today. “But it’s bigger than we would expect, and it’s definitely something that our atmosphere guys want to take a look at.” Continue reading
(Cross-posted at Acts of the Apostasy)
There is really no other way to describe it.
Except for maybe vulgar, indecent, crass, low-minded, uncultured, beneath contempt…
This is on Barack Obama’s Twitter feed:
Health reform—still a BFD, and now it’s on a t-shirt:OFA.BO/z7FP8M
Barack Obama (@BarackObama) March 24, 2012
And here’s the t-shirt –
Remember when Obamacare was signed into law, and VP Biden made a remark to Teh One, that he thought was off-mike but wasn’t? He said “This is a big f****** deal!”
And now it’s on a $30 t-shirt.
Slimy, and unfit for the office of the President of the United States. These people have absolutely no respect for any bit of this nation, so I can’t say that I am not shocked. After all, vulgarity is the exclusive hotness for the Liberal elite. When you have no moral core, profanity is poetry and cursing is civility.
Which doesn’t mean it can’t, or shouldn’t, be mocked. BFD could just as easily stand for “Big Financial Disaster”…
November cannot come soon enough.
ht to Hot Air
Something for the weekend. Although I have almost as little sympathy for the tsars as I did for their communist successors, I have always thought that the instrumental version of God Save the Tsar is one of the most stirring of national anthems. Below is a fine rendition sung by a choir: Continue reading
The Santorum campaign has some very talented ad people in it. I hope this is the start of a series on this theme. Now all they need is a theme song: Continue reading
“Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.”
Those of us of a certain vintage may recall Rocky IV where Rocky fought a Soviet Superman, Captain Ivan Drago, portrayed with robotic efficiency and inhumanity by Dolph Lundgren. I therefore found it interesting to come across the interview below in which Dolph Lundgren relates why his father advised him to come to America: Continue reading